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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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!

temp

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

Justthinkin

They didn’t pay their carbon tax???

David Ball

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

George A

Don’t anyone tell them!

papiertigre

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.

I have $20 to buy the domain…are your with me.
Of course, it is not obvious that even the webmaster would notice it was gone.

Lew Skannen

Perhaps Gleick sent them a checque of the same quality as the Heartland documents.

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.

Alex Heyworth

Probably wound up the company behind it to avoid any possible liability from a Heartland lawsuit.

NikFromNYC

“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)

Frederick Michael

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 …

Richard111

Can’t depend on big oil then. /sarc

mrmethane

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.

Ben D.

http://desmogblog.com/ s working for me?..

DaveA

Ben that might be a cached version, mine looks like the screenshot above.

LevelGaze

Well, doesn’t work for me at 17.10 Australian Eastern Standard Time.
(Sigh of relief.)

temp

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.

banjo

Not for me, whats on the page?

Thon Brocket

DeGoneblog.

X Anomaly

DGH

Server is still running.
http://23.21.253.212/
And the hosts are still posting. Apparently they had no idea that this was coming.

The smell of napalm in the morning.
Pointman

People were staying away in droves…
Laugh? I never started…
There wasn’t a dry seat in the house!
Boom Boom!

dennisambler

http://desmogblog.com/ s working for me?..
Not for me….

I picked the worst script…
I picked the worst director…
I picked the worst cast….
Where did I go right?

Mike McMillan

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

Mike McMillan

Yes, proofread after hitting the ‘Post Comment’ button.

papiertigre

http://desmogblog.com/ s working for me?..
Not for me. Course they never were my cup, but that’s a personal op.

D. Patterson

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.

papiertigre

You know how many reference trackbacks at Bill Connoly’s Wikipedia just went tilt?

“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.

Otter

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.

he ‘namecheap’ page I was redirected to still has a 2011 copyright sign. Doesn’t sound like a very on-the-ball outfit.

Multilolz
There again, my ‘profile’ is no longer available. It was good for laugh.

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.

commieBob

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

johnbuk

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.

DGH says:
September 22, 2012 at 1:11 am
Server is still running.
http://23.21.243.212/
And the hosts are still posting. Apparently they had no idea that this was coming.

Don’t give them your name Pike!
(Brit sitcom joke)

David Ross

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…”)

cui bono

Yup, and working for me. I blat Firefox cache weekly. Did they buy the domain back?

Bloke down the pub

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

petermue

DGH says:
September 22, 2012 at 1:11 am
Server is still running.
http://23.21.243.212/

Timed out… no response from the server here in Germany.

wayne

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)

DGH

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?

D. Patterson

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.

D. Patterson

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.

D. Patterson

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.

cui bono

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 🙂

John Silver

Our lawyers are feasting upon their carcasses.