Monday, March 19, 2018

Raw Story one-month anniversary

It's been one month since Raw Story "temporarily" removed this article about Al Franken and Twitter bots: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/white-nationalists-twitter-bots-fueled-war-al-franken-democrats-fell/

The editor's note says:
We’ve discovered several issues with this article and have removed it temporarily while we do further research. Thank you for your patience.
Don't worry, I'm a patient guy.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

What were his grades?

David Hogg is having difficulty with his college applications.

I assume he sent in the applications back in January, and so there wouldn't be any references to his recent gun-control activism.  But still...I'd expect a lot of colleges would want to take a flyer on him.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

InfoLounges.com

Come on InfoLounges.com, who are you trying to fool?

Your article from March 7, 2018, is titled: "Iceland makes it illegal to pay women less than men"

An article in the New York Post from January 3, 2018, is titled: "Iceland makes it illegal to pay women less than men"

Your opening:
Iceland became the first country in the world to force employers to pay workers the same rate — regardless of gender, sexuality or ethnicity. 
A law that went into effect on New Year’s Day requires all companies with 25 or more employees to file annual disclosures proving people in the same position are paid equally, the BBC reported.
The opening from the New York Post:
Iceland on Monday became the first country in the world to force employers to pay workers the same rate — regardless of gender, sexuality or ethnicity.
A law that went into effect on New Year’s Day requires all companies with 25 or more employees to file annual disclosures proving people in the same position are paid equally, the BBC reported.
You're using somebody else's content, and your site has AdSense ads?  That's just sketchy. 

Skitocenter.com

Come on, Skitocenter.com, who are you trying to fool?

Your article from March 8, 2018, is titled: "It’s Now Illegal to Declaw a Cat in Denver"

An article on Fortune from November 14, 2017, is titled: "It's Now Illegal to Declaw a Cat in Denver"

Your opening:
Denver has taken a stand in the oft-controversial debate over declawing cats, with the City Council unanimously passing a ban on the practice Monday night. Critics have labeled the procedure, which is common in most states, as inhumane.
The opening from Fortune:
Denver has taken a stand in the oft-controversial debate over declawing cats, with the City Council unanimously passing a ban on the practice Monday night. Critics have labeled the procedure, which is common in most states, as inhumane.
You're using somebody else's content, and your site has AdSense ads?  That's just sketchy. 

(Incidentally, this article was submitted to /r/UpliftingNews, where it received 180 upvotes.)

The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is spreading fake news

In December, I reported that the biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook,  facebook.com/blacklivesmatter1, was a sham. After I published my story, BlackLivesMatter1 took down its Shop page and removed its Donate buttons. However, the BlackLivesMatter1 page remains popular, with over 694,000 followers.  (You can read my original story here.)

Yesterday, BlackLivesMatter1 began posting links to a new domain: BlackLivesMatterMedia.com.  This domain contains embedded links to news stories, and it basically acts as a middleman between the headlines on BlackLivesMatter1 and the news sites.

The very first article embedded on BlackLivesMatterMedia was a fake news story from BreakingNews247.net, claiming that an old photo of the 1936 Yankees showed the players kneeling in protest during the National Anthem.  Snopes debunked this story back in November, and several commenters on the BlackLivesMatter1 Facebook page called out the story as fake.  Nevertheless, the post has been shared 867 times and liked 1,678 times.


This isn't the first time BlackLivesMatter1 has amplified fake news.  A post in December claimed the city of Chicago was under martial law.  Most notably, the page shared a 4Chan meme claiming the dab was "a secret White Supremacist signal."  That post (which is still up) has been shared over 7,400 times:


There is a "DONATE" page on BlackLivesMatterMedia.com, where you can give money in order to help boost the stories on Facebook.  (I won't link directly to the donation page, but you can view an archive here.)  The "Buy Now" button takes you to PayPal.  A drop-down menu shows dollar amounts ranging from $4.99 to $4,999.99.


It's a free country, and if folks want to give money to a sketchy, anonymous Facebook page, that's their right.  I just hope anyone who's thinking of giving money to BlackLivesMatter1 (AKA "Black Lives Matter Media") will do some research first.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Bipmodo.com

Come on, Bipmodo.com, who are you trying to fool?

Your article from March 6, 2018, is titled: "Yes, this is real: Michigan just banned banning plastic bags"

An article in the Washington Post from December 30, 2016, is titled: "Yes, this is real: Michigan just banned banning plastic bags"

Your opening:
A new law in Michigan will prohibit local governments from banning, regulating or imposing fees on the use of plastic bags and other containers. You read that correctly: It’s not a ban on plastic bags — it’s a ban on banning plastic bags.
The opening from the Washington Post:
A new law in Michigan will prohibit local governments from banning, regulating or imposing fees on the use of plastic bags and other containers. You read that correctly: It’s not a ban on plastic bags — it’s a ban on banning plastic bags.  
Your using somebody else's content, and your site has AdSense ads?  That's just sketchy.

(Incidentally, this article was submitted in the /r/LateStageCapitalism subreddit, where it received over 16,000 upvotes:
https://www.reddit.com/r/LateStageCapitalism/comments/82ez8y/yes_this_is_real_michigan_just_banned_banning)

Startoriall.com

Come on, Startoriall.com, who are you trying to fool?

Your article from February 24, 2018, is titled "The Highest Form of Disagreement"

An article in The Atlantic from June 26, 2017, is titled "The Highest Form of Disagreement"

Your opening:
For Joshua Johnson, the host of 1A, an NPR talk show inspired by the First Amendment, Americans can better thrive despite their differences and disagreements by taking inspiration from the courageous lead character in a modern classic.
The opening from The Atlantic:
For Joshua Johnson, the host of 1A, an NPR talk show inspired by the First Amendment, Americans can better thrive despite their differences and disagreements by taking inspiration from the courageous lead character in a modern classic.
You're using somebody else's content, and your site has AdSense ads?  That's just sketchy.

(Incidentally, this plagiarized article was submitted to the /r/Philosphy subreddit and received over 6,000 upvotes:
https://www.reddit.com/r/philosophy/comments/7zw7k2/the_highest_form_of_disagreement_the_best_way_to/)

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Newsweek Network, part 17: Info@33universal.com

41 domains have been linked with the admin e-mail address "Info@33universal.com."

I've already mentioned 16 of them:  33Networks.com, BooksNReview.com, Celebeat.com, ChesterCo.com, DesignTimes.com, FashionNStyle.com, FashionTimes.com, FoodAdnet.com, iTechPost.com, JobsNHire.com, MobileNApps.com, MotorTimes.com, ScienceTimes.com, TechTimes.com, TravelersToday.com, and UniversityHerald.com.

Here are the other 25:

1. AsianInside.com -- Offline.  No archived pages.

2. BooksJournals.com -- Offline.  No archived pages.

3. BoomsBeat.com -- This site is a combination of listicles ("50 Interesting Facts About Whitney Houston") and product reviews ("Top Best 5 karaoke speakers for sale 2017").  Some review pages contain outbound links to the products on Amazon, while other review pages contain outbound links to the products on IBBuy.com.  The BoomsBeat About Us page says: "Owned and Operated by IBSPOT Inc"

4. BoomsBuzz.com -- Offline.  No archives.

5. BoomsPlus.com -- Offline.  No archives.

6. BoomsWire.com -- Offline.  No archives.

7. DailyNewsNow.com -- Offline.  This site was mainly re-posting Reuters articles for a period of time in late 2014/early 2015.  In December of 2015, the homepage started aggregating excerpts of articles from other news sources, similar to Memeorandum.

8. DailyZone.com -- Offline.  This was a news website with an emphasis on international news.  An About Us page from September, 2014, shows the address 33 Whitehall Street, 7F, New York, NY, 10004.

9. Enstars.com -- Redirects to Enstarz.com.

10. EntertainmentAsiaTimes.com -- Offline.  No archives.

11. FoodNReceipe.com -- Offline.  No archives.  (I don't know if the typo in the domain name was intentional.)

12. FoodWN.com -- Redirects to FoodWorldNews.com

13. HNGNTV.com -- Offline.  No archives.

14. ISchoolGuide.com -- Offline.  Archived pages show this was a news site about education.  The earliest Contact page shows the phone number 917-310-0811 and the address 1133 Broadway
New York, NY 10010.

15. KPopStars.com -- Redirects to KPopStarz.com.  The entity KPopStars Inc. was registered in New York on December 12, 2011.  The DOS Process address is 61 Broadway Suite 0120, New York, New York, 10006.  The CEO is Julieta Mendoza, and her address is 33 Whitehall St, 7th Fl, New York, New York, 10004.

16. LatinosColumn.com -- Offline.  No archives.

17. MDNewsDaily.com -- This site contains various science-themed articles.  The About Us page says: "mdnewsdaily provides medical news and health news on a daily basis.

18. MoneyTimes.com -- A news site about finance and business.  The most-recent story is from May, 2017.  The Contact page shows the address 40 Wall Street FL 28, New York, NY 10005.  The entity "Money Times Inc." was registered in New York on April 9, 2015.  The DOS Process address is: David Enwright, 40 Wall Street, Flr 28, New York City, New York, 10005.

19. NewsEveryDay.com -- A general news site.  The most-recent articles are from January, 2018.  The About Us page says: "News Everyday is committed to providing insightful and engaging approaches to the news that will inspire thought-provoking discussions among our consumers."  The Contact page shows the address 115 E 57th Street, 11th Floor, New York City, NY 10022.

20. OffbeatAsia.com -- This is an empty WordPress blog.  There's just a "Hello world!" post, dated April 21, 2017. 

21. Pierpaolo.com -- A media company.  The About Us page says "Pierpaolo is a New York-based Corporation providing digital global fashion news to a growing audience of  2 million fashion-obsessed."  Its portfolio includes FashionNStyle.com BeautyWorldNews.com, and DesignNTrend.com.  The Contact page shows the address 37 Trinity Place, BSMNT, New York, NY, 10006.  The entity "Pierpaolo Corporation" was registered in New York on July 7, 2011.  The DOS Process address is Pierpaolo Corporation, 33 Whitehall Street Fl 9, New York, New York, 10004-2112.

22. Sandwichsms.com -- Offline.  No archives.

23. TravelerToday.com -- Offline.  The site's archived URLs redirect to TravelersToday.com.

24. uPlayList.com -- Offline.  This was a site where users could make and share YouTube video playlists.  By late 2014, the URL would redirect to uplaylist.kpopstarz.com.

25. VineGroup.net -- Offline.  No archived pages.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Netflix library size

Just cause I want to track this.

From March 8, 2018, according to UNOGS:

United States
5663 videos | 4076 movies |1587 series