Friday Funny Bonus – Forget to pay your bill fellas?

Jim Hoggan’s flagship propaganda outlet, releaser of the Gleick stolen files, Desmogblog.com – is D.O.A.

…or maybe they just gave up, according to Alexa, they had their last measurable traffic blip almost 6 months ago (lower number is better):

The Pakistani’s like them though:

h/t to WUWT reader Henry

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104 thoughts on “Friday Funny Bonus – Forget to pay your bill fellas?

  1. Having been in their position, I could feel sympathetic. Nah…:

    Registration Service Provided By: Namecheap.com
    Contact: support@namecheap.com
    Visit: http://namecheap.com

    Domain name: desmogblog.com

    Administrative Contact:
    Namecheap.com
    Namecheap.com Namecheap.com (support@namecheap.com)
    +1.6613102107
    Fax: +1.5555555555
    8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #110 – 732
    Westchester, CA 90045
    US

    Status: Locked

    Name Servers:
    dns101.registrar-servers.com
    dns102.registrar-servers.com

    Creation date: 21 Sep 2005 18:51:02
    Expiration date: 21 Sep 2012 18:51:02

    Yep. looks like they forgot to renew. Perhaps Namecheap.com doesn’t send reminders. It’s a fail!

  2. lol someone should run the plastic and buy the domain and then link it to climate depot. The raging would be epic…

  3. Due to technical difficulties beyond control, our regularly scheduled vitriolic spite and character assassination will not be seen tonight. Please tune to these related searches for alternative programming.

    Thank you,

    The management.

  4. Yeah. Crap happens on the world wide web. It happens all the time that those who don’t remember, or didn’t pay attention to the renewal notice, get properly deprived of service.

    It doesn’t cost a lot of money to keep a web site going. It does take a lot of effort to keep a good one going, and gaining in readership like WUWT. You have to have a marketable product.

    DeSmog, from my perspective as a web developer, did not have a decent product. Maybe they ran out of the lunch money it takes to keep a site on the air. Maybe they have done the world a favor and committed www suicide.

  5. “I spend too much money on art, fine wine, skis, and high-end bicycle parts, and I am in recovery from my habit of buying luxury cars.” – Jim Hoggan (“Climate Cover-Up”, 2009)

    “Someone who is highly trained in rhetoric can argue any question from any angle.” – Jim Hoggan (“Climate Cover-Up”, 2009)

    “In his 1928 book The Business of Propaganda, Bernays put into words something that every demagogue in history probably knew instinctively. He wrote, “If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing about it? The recent practice of propaganda has proved that it is possible, at least up to a certain point and within certain
    limits.” – Jim Hoggan (“Climate Cover-Up”, 2009)

    “Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels praised another of Bernay’s books, ‘Crystallizing Public Opinion,’ as having been helpful in crafting the
    campaign against German Jews.” – Jim Hoggan (“Climate Cover-Up”, 2009)

    “I have never liked the term “spin doctor,” and I hate the definition – at least I hate that someone would propose “PR person” as a reasonable
    synonym.” – Jim Hoggan (“Climate Cover-Up”, 2009)

    “Spin is to public relations what manipulation is to interpersonal communications.” – Jim Hoggan (“Climate Cover-Up”, 2009)

    “Lies are darned handy when the truth is something you dare not admit.” – Jim Hoggan (“Climate Cover-Up”, 2009)

    “”In court (and before you conclude that I am lawyer-bashing, I learned all this in law school myself, there is a convention that every accused person deserves the best possible defense, and it is the lawyer’s duty to mount that defense to the best of his or her ability. We have even grown to accept the idea that it’s acceptable to construct a case that is entirely – almost deceptively – one-sided, knowing that the lawyer on the other side will bring equal vigor to the case.)” – Jim Hoggan (“Climate Cover-Up”, 2009)

    “Denying it was wrong. Delaying action is dangerous. People who say otherwise should, at some point in the very near future, have to stand accountable for their recklessness.” – Jim Hoggan (“Climate Cover-Up”,
    2009)

    “You should be hypervigilant.” – Jim Hoggan (“Climate Cover-Up”, 2009)

    “Join the neighborhood watch of those who people who no longer stand for disinformation to be passed around your social circle.” – Jim Hoggan
    (“Climate Cover-Up”, 2009)

    “That’s what we need: vigilance. Eyes on the street.” – Jim Hoggan (“Climate Cover-Up”, 2009)

  6. David Ball says:
    September 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    temp says:
    September 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm
    Fiendishly clever. I like it.

    Actually, if you want to have some serious fun. Buy the domain and continue it in the same spirit as it was. Then, after a while, start to let some facts creep in, while still maintaining that signature, “deniers are idiots” tone. You can see where I’m going. A true believers blog could be a lot more fun.

    Don’t ever pull a Muller and “convert.” You could even make really lame arguments “refuting” the “denier” points.

    Come to think of it, doesn’t …

  7. I wonder if John Lefevre, who otherwise is very generous to the little island community he seems to call home, was embarrassed by desmog’s out-and-out sliminess. If I recall correctly, he provided some seed funding for desmog.

  8. I tried a couple times to have the namecheap.com search for it but it always locks. Probably is giving them like 2 weeks before name goes on market.

  9. Obviously this it the real reason for the riots in Pakistan. State Dept needs to issue an immediate apology.

  10. Namecheap has the following policy for expired domains: The owner of a domain has a non-guaranteed grace period of approximately 27 days after the expiration date to renew the domain at the regular domain rate. If the domain is not renewed, the domain will be deleted from our database and it is transferred to a “redemption period” at the Registry. If the domain is not re-instated in this phase, then the domain is released to the public by the Registry and becomes available approximately after 80-85 days in the status of redemption or is auctioned off by the Registrar and becomes property of the different party. Once in redemption, then there is an additional fee of $200 for reactivation. So it’s total $200 + the renewal cost for the domain.

    Namecheap.com is currently holding the expired domain registration.

  11. “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. It is however the end of the beginning” – Winston Churchill.

    Science has a lot further to go to regain an acceptable level of integrity but this development, plus the “florid-psychosis” quality of Lewandowsky and Gleick, suggest that the healing crisis point has been reached and normality is slowly returning.

    It would be good to buy the domain simply to ensure it does not revert to the psychotics.

  12. Hopefully someone will buy the domain name quickly. But, Anthony, what was that bounce in your graph in August? I would have thought there’d be a bigger one since PBS-Gate.

  13. Frederick Michael says:
    September 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm
    David Ball says:
    September 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    temp says:
    September 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm
    Fiendishly clever. I like it.

    Actually, if you want to have some serious fun. Buy the domain and continue it in the same spirit as it was. Then, after a while, start to let some facts creep in, while still maintaining that signature, “deniers are idiots” tone. You can see where I’m going. A true believers blog could be a lot more fun.

    Quick, archive the content. desmugblag.com is available.

  14. NikFromNYC says:
    September 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    What they seem to use the most is the following:
    “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― Adolf Hitler

  15. It’s working for me sadly!
    Have never been to the site before so it won’t be cached on my laptop. Tried f5 route and it came up OK.
    So it looks like they’re back in business for the two viewers remaining in Pakistan.

  16. You mustn’t laugh at these renowned experts in science, technology and communications. They’ve just switched to a new Internet protocol.

    ftp-tb://desmogblog.com

    ftp-tb (Forgot To Pay The Bill)

    Can’t wait for them to get back online and read their excuses/conspiracy theories (“The Koch brothers are behind it … The dog ate my check … We received a renewal confirmation anonymously in the post…”)

  17. Is there any way of telling how much of their trade was coming form Wuwt readers following links here?

  18. You mean still, within 80-85 days, the DeSmog could resurrect into a kindof DeZombieBlog ?? Forget about CO2, now that might be something to be alarmed about! (not)

  19. Hmmmmm…It’s this reader Henry fellow that we should be worried about. One of those Lewandowsky skeptics that frequents the other blogs. How do you feel about the moon landing Henry? Real or Fake?

  20. The desmogblog.com registration expired Friday, 21 September 2012, but it remains unavailable to the public in the Namecheap databse for the guaranteed grace period of about 27 days to give the expired registrant the opportunity to redeem the expired domain. The domain still will not become available to the public for an auction of the domain name or registration to a different registrant for about 80 to 85 days.from Friday’s expiration date. That would put the availability date for the public to register the domain somewhere about 10 December 2012 to 15 December 2012.

    Presumably the typically lazy and irresponsible political radicals will realize there are undesirable consequences for stiffing a vendor with a delinquent payment and finally deign to pay what is due. Some years ago my swimming pool serviceman described to me how his worst paying customers were the wealthiest lawyers, judges, medical doctors, and academics. They were the same people who screamed and protested loudest about the plight of the poor working man and immigrants trying to earn a living. But when it came to paying the serviceman, they always had an excuse to delay payment or deny payment altogether in a scheme to defraud the worker, making it necessary to raise the rates for all of the customers who paid on time.

  21. johnbuk says:
    September 22, 2012 at 2:38 am
    It’s working for me sadly!

    That’s interesting. The Website must be mirrored or cached in some fashion for clients outside North America. Namecheap is displaying its own Web page in place of the desmogblog Website when accessed in the U.S.

  22. December 10th to 15th is the approximate date when desmogblog.com would be auctioned or registered to someone other than the last registrant, if the lazy, irresponsible, and delinquent registrant fails to finally pay the bill.

  23. Wierd. In UK it still shows.

    On whois they’re locked and expired:

    ———
    Registrant Contact:
    Namecheap.com
    Namecheap.com Namecheap.com ()
    Fax:
    8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #110 – 732
    Westchester, CA 90045
    US

    Status: Locked

    Name Servers:
    dns101.registrar-servers.com
    dns102.registrar-servers.com

    Creation date: 21 Sep 2005 18:51:02
    Expiration date: 21 Sep 2012 18:51:02
    ——————–

    Could have some fun with: desmogblog.xxx Available $78.88/yr :-)

  24. It is 13:27 CET on 22nd September and the blog still seems to be up with the last tweet as follows:
    readfearn @NoDirectAction @ericcampbellfcp how sceptics see global temperatures. http://t.co/pNFB6iW7 #climate
    42 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite.
    Their last post timed at Fri, 2012-09-21 11:32

  25. johnbuk says:
    September 22, 2012 at 2:38 am

    > It’s working for me sadly!
    > Have never been to the site before so it won’t be cached on my laptop.

    When a domain expires, the DNS entry is changed to the registrar’s parking HTML server. My guess is that your DNS server hasn’t heard the news yet.

    It still redirects for me:

    $ host desmogblog.com
    desmogblog.com has address 199.59.166.108

  26. I for one will be sad to see them go.
    They gave me so much entertainment.

    Mind you, in these Politically Correct days, I guess it is bad form to derive one’s
    enjoyment laughing at lunatics.

  27. Still waiting for someone to turn the “denial” rhetoric on its head and ask some prominent warmist whether they deny the results of Watts et al 2012, and if so, why? Do you deny that Gore lied about xxx (pick one) ? Or that Gore has made millions pushing …
    Continue with a long string of such leading questions

  28. Ric Werme says:
    September 22, 2012 at 4:46 am

    johnbuk says:
    September 22, 2012 at 2:38 am

    > It’s working for me sadly!
    > Have never been to the site before so it won’t be cached on my laptop.

    When a domain expires, the DNS entry is changed to the registrar’s parking HTML server. My guess is that your DNS server hasn’t heard the news yet.

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    If one’s computer infrequently caches DNS entries instead of asking the DNS system it is possible that the lookup your system does uses your cached entry which still points the server with the site on it.

    You can even make an entry on your system that persists forever.

  29. GoDaddy now gives two WHOIS results. DeSmogBlog was at namecheap.com, expired Sept 21. But now it’s registered at enom.com, record updated on Sept 22, new expiration Sept 21, 2013, a year away.

    Is “enom” some sort of name holding company, the name will stay “parked” on their lot until the name is reclaimed or sold off? Or is “enom” the commercial/professional side, “namecheap” is the “discount” side?

  30. It looks like DeSmogblog.com is up and running now. I’ve never been there before, but it seems to be fully functional.

  31. I ran the Alexa comparison of WUWT and Desmogblog a couple of days ago. I was going to make a note of it in tips and notes. I decided not to because I didn’t want then to get a single extra hit. OH WELL!!! There is nothing happening over there at DeSmogBlog… don’t waste your time. They are having money issues clearly.

  32. On the topic of things disappearing, let us all congratulate the Arctic Ice on its continued existence (per sidebar countdown). More panic next summer, no doubt, if the warmists haven’t all exploded with rage by then.

  33. All I get on http://www.desmogblog.com

    Related Searches:

    Climate Change Global Warming
    Global Warming Info
    Wind Energy Facts
    Effects of Global Warming
    Effects of Climate Change
    Is Global Warming Happening
    Climate Change Facts
    Global Warming Fact or Fiction
    Carbon Tax Facts
    Information on Global Warming
    Reasons for Global Warming

  34. kadaka (KD Knoebel) says:
    September 22, 2012 at 6:55 am
    I think you are on to something. It is too much to hope that the Frankenstein monster is kaput.
    We know that there is coordination behind the scenes and I see this as “restructuring” only.

  35. Martin Mayer says:
    September 22, 2012 at 7:43 am
    “it seems to be fully functional.”

    Well, that’s new!!! 8^D

  36. Do not worry: Hoggan and his teamsters are probably preparing “Nobel Prize winner” Andrew Weaver’s run for the BC Green party…

  37. Interesting. Previously there were just 2 nameservers listed, same for namecheap and enom:
    dns101.registrar-servers.com
    dns102.registrar-servers.com

    Now there are five:
    dns1.name-services.com

    dns5.name-services.com

    Before I couldn’t pull up the site at all, “taking too long to respond”.

    Now I get a blank page, unless I turn off AdBlock then I get the search terms list.

    The site is parked, running through googlesyndication.com and “demdex.net” to try to dig up some search ad revenue.

    (Heh, punch in demdex.net and you get sent to http://www.adobe.com/products/audiencemanager.html)

    If the site ain’t dead yet, it’s sure doing a good imitation.

  38. I get an apparently blank page as well (i’m not about to turn off adblocking). However when i view source, I see a whole bunch of javascript and some interesting meta tags:

    name=”keywords” content=”cash advance debt consolidation insurance desmogblog.com”

    name=”description” content=”Find Cash Advance, Debt Consolidation and more at Desmogblog.com. Get the best of Insurance or Free Credit Report, browse our section on Cell Phones or learn about Life Insurance. Desmogblog.com is the site for Cash Advance.”

  39. Chris Mooney has been absent from DeSmogBlog for about a month. I would guess that he is their top traffic and comment generator.

  40. Oh not to worry. They just need to give the ol’ turbine blades a spin to get them up and running again. Or maybe dust off the solar panels. Maybe they forgot to feed the squirrel that runs the little generator? Alternative energy, which I assume ALL AGW blogs and websites depend on, has to be nurtured and cared for ya know.

  41. Here are the ping statistics:
    I am not sure where the IP address comes from, but I pinged it. It’s not there.

    Ping statistics for 23.21.243.212:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

    C:\Users\Bob>ping desmogblog.com

    Pinging desmogblog.com [199.59.166.108] with 32 bytes of data:
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.

    Ping statistics for 199.59.166.108:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

  42. For Gawd’s sake, wherever they are – if they are – don’t give ‘em the numbers. Don’t give them your hits. It’s bad form to get a decrepit old thing excited. It’s bad for an old heart, it might… oh.

  43. Funny, basically ‘forgot to pay the rent’ event..

    What’s even more funny is that their SEO positioning will/is tanking – after this is won’t be worth starting up again. Now is a good time to set up blogs with names around desmogblog and take up the empty space..

  44. Seems to be working again – new article up on 22nd. I think this article has caused another blip on the traffic graph

  45. They need a Public Relations company and support of a large Environmental organization to help them spin their way out of the lost prestige and regain the moral high ground from which they can pontificate once again.

  46. On Friday they seemed to swap host
    And DNS takes time to spread
    So that as of this post
    They’ve retrieved their own ghost
    And (at least for the moment) aren’t dead.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  47. The Canadian Revenue Agency is just now starting to investigate crooked enviromental organizations that claim charitable status. Since this is suzuki’s PR firm, wanna bet that had something to do with it?

  48. Noting how many people here are checking out their site, I have to suspect they allowed this to happen, as our response is now giving them the biggest hit since they ever existed!

  49. Otter says:
    September 23, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Noting how many people here are checking out their site, I have to suspect they allowed this to happen, as our response is now giving them the biggest hit since they ever existed!

    Let us know when Dr. Lew sends you a survey to take.

  50. These listing agencies are notoriously unreliable for low-ranking sites.
    The German site http://www.refertus.info also does tracking.
    Global rankings are currently
    wattsupwiththat 19072
    desmogblog 953654
    manicbeancounter 960117

    My hits in the past 30 days 1694
    That means a couple of hundred hits and I overtake a well-funded website!
    All I did recently was help take apart the Lewandowsky paper.

    http://manicbeancounter.com/

  51. DGH says: September 22, 2012 at 1:11 am “Server is still running. http://23.21.253.212/ And the hosts are still posting. Apparently they had no idea that this was coming.”

    That’s wild.

    One thing I do is set my browser’s “ home page” setting to my web site, so every time I open a browser while on the Internet I see if my site is working.
    (Browser default is typically a search engine associated with the browser maker.)

    Problems can occur with DNS name servers, besides of course the hosting operation.

    As for the Desmog page showing up outside of the US, it may have been cached locally to speed response to users, and the cache automatic update can’t update due domain status.

    And moving a web site to a different hosting service can be an effort if the site owner did not think through control of the site. Most people will want to have the technical contact as the hosting service but control of the registration and hosting in their hands – not all registrar host combinations are that straight up. My host sends me a reminder every year that I should check on my domain name registration information.

    And there are scammer scum around, one in Canada sends renewal notices written to sound official to the naiive but with a link to re-register through them.

    As for the keywords in a meta tag, a common scam used to be to pack the tag with hook words that had nothing to do with the site. Search engines caught onto that and started ignoring that tag.

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