Saturday, November 05, 2005
Censored by NationMaster in Retaliation for a Negative Review
What do radical Islamists, Communist China, and NationMaster have in common?
All three want tdaxp to shut up
- The first intimidation I received for this blog was in retaliation for a humorous photo gallary. Specifically, azman wrote
don't play with mujahid.. Allah with us.. we will find u ..
while "mujahidah" opined
what a loser man,if you wanted to fight real mujhaids u'd be dead by now.get a life u wimp
- The second intimidation was much quieter -- China just blocked this blog without telling me. Still, no threats, so that's a step up. I tried to handle it with humor.
- The third intimidation was a series of threatening emails from John Steinmetz of Nation Master
Specifically, they are
# First Threatening Email
# Response to the First Email
# Second Threatening Email
# Reponse to the Second Email
# Third Email
# Reponse to the Third Email
# John Steinmetz's Email Renewing Legal Threats
For now, I don't know what to do. The negative review Mr. Steinmetz complained about -- that he falsely accused of defaming his company -- is down. He never mentiond anything wrong with the second and third posts, and he even said that the person I criticized in them (Viswa Priya) no longe works for the company.
Suggestions? Help? Ideas.
For now I have started NationMaster Watch to allow me to keep track of all this without clogging up the tdaxp main page, but I am searching for something better than caving into the hostile "content managers" and staff at NatMast.
NationMaster has a record of such thuggishness, and I do not feel comforatble with censoring this blog after the vaguest threat of "lawyers." Free Speech, consumer rights, and censorship are too important for that... I hope.
You are getting squeezed by a party that doesn't have a case, but is use to using "bigfoot" legal letters to get their way and keep their money.
After going over all of the letters I don't believe they have a case, other than to attempt you into an expensive legal situation.
I am forwarding by email to you a referal to an attorney and friend of mine who has helped me with a somewhat similar internet related issue.
Posted by: Bill Rice | Saturday, November 05, 2005
I just posted a summary over on my blog.
I know they have a free legal clinic here on campus. They might for you too.
Posted by: Adam | Saturday, November 05, 2005
Ditto to Bill -- NationMaster is about to be hit with the unfortunate reality that movie reviews, book reviews, and website reviews are covered by the First Amendment.
The "Kabuki":http://www.mutantfrog.com/2005/10/12/kabuki-update/ dance of emails was intereting -- I would have taken it down and grabbed the money. It read as a battle of wits/nerves, and he just gave up and blew his top (after both of you were dancing around and talking about being "polite"). I would have just been up front -- give me the cash and I'll take it down.
These guys are going to waste a lot of money on their lawyers... if they actually bother. And while you're at it, please restore that post! I want to read what was so bad about them!
Posted by: Lord George N. CURZON | Saturday, November 05, 2005