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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Russell Brown tries the smear-job

Chefen sent an interesting email informing me Russell Brown has been making stuff up in a pathetic attempt at smearing SH, well more myself actually.

Here's what Brown said in a comment on NRT referring to this thread on SH (there are many 'interesting' comments on that NRT thread - I recommend readers go take a look, especially at the writings of a guy called Christiaan):
Here's sometyhing amusing about that particular thread: while they're busy conjuring fevered and outlandish fantasies about Peter Davis, the administrators have deleted two posts referring to a certain rumour that actually *is* circulating. (Which does not, you may have guessed, relate to anyone on the political left.)

Quoth AL (after actually demanding that commenters ante up with their allegations): "Take your innuendo elsewhere."

Now there's quite a few points to be made here, aside from the disturbing giggle.

(1) The thread in question was about Prime TV showing video of Peter Davis being given a quick kiss by another man. As was stated by many commenters, the issue at stake was again questions about Clark's personal integrity (IF) the allegations were true.

(2) From our archival Sir Humphrey's email account, where all comments are stored, I've located the one comment deleted by myself from that thread:
From: Anonymous <anonymous-comment@blogger.com>
Date: Sep 22, 2005 2:36 PM
Subject: [Sir Humphrey's] 9/22/2005 01:33:43 PM
To: @gmail.com

You guys are getting all heated about this...get you hands on top of you desks where we can see them!

Posted by Anonymous to Sir Humphrey's at 9/22/2005 01:33:43 PM
I clearly remember deleting this comment as it was very crass and came from an Anonymous. It obviously doesn't refer to any right-wing politician.

Russell Brown has entirely manufactured the content of this comment and my intentions in deleting it to fit his own little conspiracy story.

(3) Russ says there were two comments deleted by the Admins (there's just one of me sorry), but that is also incorrect. In the same thread James Guthrie deleted one of his own comments, as anyone who uses a Blogger account can. People often do this if they make a spelling/grammatical mistake or type something they regret, etc. Because of this the SH archival comments email account is littered with double and even triple versions of nearly identifical comments.

So Brown is either referring to a comment deleted from another thread (no reference given of course), or is again making things up.

(4) In the same thread James Guthrie offered to mention a supposed sex scandal affecting a rightwing politician, to which my reply was "Who?". That is not the action of a person trying to hide the entire rightwing from besmirchment. By the way - my email address is antarcticlemur@gmail.com. But obviously I'm not going to publish on anything unsupported by some sort of video evidence.

(5) This following little aside by Brown is rather odd:
Quoth AL (after actually demanding that commenters ante up with their allegations): "Take your innuendo elsewhere."
Now that's just plain B.S.

So in conclusion, Russell Brown makes stuff up.

Now that we've cleared that up, when can we expect to read all the comments-via-email Brown has received but never posted? You know, given he doesn't have any comments facility. At all.

Side note
Not too long ago Brown hard-linked an image of mine stored on a Professional-level Flickr account. As anyone with a modicum of Internet experience knows, hard-linking is a big no-no as it generally incurs the host of the image expenses without allowing them to publicize the reason the photo was shared on the Internet in the first place. Pro Flickr accounts usually cost money, but luckily mine was a gift from a heavy Flickr user so I didn't make a fuss about it. But this guy bills himself to the public as some sort of new media/Internet expert. Yeah right.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 10/11/2005 10:50:00 pm


Blogger noizy said...

"...Brown hard-linked an image of mine stored on a Professional-level Flickr account..."

That's pretty common practice isn't it? Flickr is set up as photo-sharing/storing site, and encourages people to use it as repository for photos used on other websites.

From the flickr terms and conditions...

"The Flickr service makes it possible to post images hosted on Flickr to outside websites. This use is accepted (and even encouraged!). However, pages on other websites which display images hosted on flickr.com must provide a link back to Flickr from each photo to its photo page on Flickr."


Although, I suppose if he didn't have a link back to flickr, he was being a bit naughty.

10/12/2005 09:32:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

He linked to the actual image itself, not the Flickr page. And no it's not common as far as I know, primarily because Flickr makes it fairly difficult to get the link for the various image sizes. Now it is common on Blogger, because all Blogger image hosting is completely free.

10/12/2005 11:11:00 am  

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