I have been hanging out here on the TH blogs for a while. Lately, I have noticed a marked increase of "troll posts" and irrelevant advertisements. Together, they seem to overwhelm the conversation, or at the very least clog up the current topics and thus, in a sense, disable any sane use of the medium.

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I wonder WTF is going on. I wonder if there is not a "movement" to disrupt what has gone on here, for years, in terms of sane conversation.

"Money doesn't talk, it swears," and I wonder if this is not at the bottom of their motivation. Special interest money funding some of these bombastic folks? Or is it just ignorance? One thing is for sure - election day is coming soon - what better motivation for a Repug?


dhavid 5 years 21 weeks ago

I realize this overlaps "Has this become a forum for prisonplanet.com and crazy paranoid ideas" but the situation seems to be becoming worse and worse.

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Recovering cons... 5 years 21 weeks ago

I agree Sunday and Monday of this week for several hours, the blog section was clogged with advertisements.

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Natural Lefty 5 years 21 weeks ago

I often flag these advertising posts as offensive. These people are quickly banned, but come back under different identities. I think this is quite different from the issue on the message boards. I only see these advertisements on the blogging section of this site, for some reason. I agree with you, Dhavid, that this junk is making it harder to blog here, and suggests a possible connection to conservative politics, disguised as advertising, although I have no idea whether that is true or not.

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DdC 5 years 21 weeks ago

Trolls are mostly Neocons. Lies are simply a means to an end. Same with disruptions or advertisments. Generalizing accusations doesn't help. Be specific. This is twice someone is losing sleep over prisonplanet post that I have yet to even see. If it's topics not included in the MSM then they should be welcomed. Not hide in the corner throwing spit balls at them. No topic is off topic in a true democracy. Corruption is rampant and agndas are being met with these diversions and some boards even threaten and troll with similar names. Try advocating Hemp on a Christian board if you want to see paranoia in public. The forum should have blockers but they only change their monikers. You could try informing the Justice Dept to track their ISP's. But in some cases it probably is the Justice Dept. Or at least the DEA. Legally they can lie, cheat and troll for the good of the drug war profits. Pass them by, they're only titles in the community menu. Or some might think thoust protest too much.

The Corporate Muzzle
Trolls of Fascism

As nightfall does not come at once,
neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight
where everything remains seemingly unchanged,
and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air,
however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.

-- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

Not that hard to find the trolls.

Bivings Group
Bivings work, premised on the power of the Internet, engages in covert online attacks and web based front groups.

Osborn & Barr Communications
Osborn & Barr was formed in 1988 with Monsanto as its founding client. The company's slogan is, "We create belief." - Friday, January 15, 1999 Osborne & Barr to harvest Monsanto's ag marketing.

Big Lies by Joe Conason
The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth

Kill the Messenger

Busheney Rumcondi Cocktail

Authoritarians and the Drug War by Pete Guither
Drug WarRant Saturday, February 17, 2007

The Wrecking Crew, on How Conservatives Rule

Democracy Now Interview: Thomas Frank
“Fantastic misgovernment of the kind we have seen is not an accident, nor is it the work of a few bad individuals. It is the consequence of triumph by a particular philosophy of government, by a movement that understands the liberal state as a perversion and considers the market the ideal nexus of human society. This movement is friendly to industry not just by force of campaign contributions but by conviction.”

Authoritarians Wrecking Crew

Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids
By Radley Balko Cato Institute, 2006

Nixon lied to schedule Ganja #1

Example: This thread has been sent to the Justice Dept. for hate crime and internet stalking infractions. Documented May 10, 2011 at 2:04 am that Fred Rogers numerous attempts to censor information and harass members,

Debate has always been welcome, trashing posts is illegal.

Cyberstalkers meet or target their victims by using search engines, online forums, bulletin and discussion boards, chat rooms, and more recently, through online communities such as MySpace, Facebook, Friendster and Indymedia, a media outlet known for self-publishing. They may engage in live chat harassment or flaming or they may send electronic viruses and unsolicited e-mails. Victims of cyberstalkers may not even know that they are being stalked. Cyberstalkers may research individuals to feed their obsessions and curiosity. Conversely, the acts of cyberstalkers may become more intense, such as repeatedly instant messaging their targets.

More commonly they will post defamatory or derogatory statements about their stalking target on web pages, message boards and in guest books designed to get a reaction or response from their victim,

If you are a Victim of Cyberstalking
U.S. Department of Justice. (August 1999). Cyberstalking: A New Challenge for Law Enforcement and Industry -- A Report from the Attorney General to the Vice President. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, pp. 2, 6.


The Dark side of Old Time Radio
Examining the facts behind the conspiracy

The Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie.

Congressmen Seek To Lift Propaganda Ban

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