Activist Podcaster Traces Trollâ€™s IP Address Back to The House Of Representatives
January 9th, 2013
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by JG Vibes
On their podcast â€śFreedom Feensâ€ť Michael Dean andÂ Neema Vedadi often joke about how the government is probably trolling and monitoring their website.
While this is probably true for anyone who is speaking out these days, it seems that Michael Dean was actually able to notice something very interesting on his network, after a troll posing as John Boener made a derogatory comment on their website.
At first he thought it was listener going along with one of the gags on the show, until he traced the IP address back to a government office, the house of representatives in fact.
The following post was made toÂ the Freedom Feens blog, complete with pictures:
Today while going through the litany of e-mails, tweets, etc. that had arrived while I slept off the last bit of my flu, I saw an odd comment waiting for approval on the Freedom Feens Podcast site, on the latest episode, â€śThe Flu Has a Higher Approval Rating Than Congress.â€ť The comment claimed to be from â€śJ. Boehnerâ€ť with the e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The comment wasÂ â€śOur approval rating is because of shows like yours that poison the mind of the people.â€ť
I approved it.
I was (and am) sure it wasnâ€™t actually from House Speaker John Boehner, figured it was just one of the Feens fans playing off our ongoing â€śCentral Scrutinizerâ€ť joke theme. Then I noticed the i.p. block was listed as (IP: 184.108.40.206 , housegate12.house.gov):
I did a quick i.p. search and determined that it did in fact come from an actual i.p. address allocated exclusively to the US House of Representatives and their staff:
I did a Google search on the i.p. address and it lead toÂ this talk pageÂ on Wikipedia. Itâ€™s the talk page for an article called â€śCongressional computers continue to be used to vandalize Wikipedia.â€ť Hereâ€™s an excerpt:
â€śWikinews contributors have discovered that members of the United States Congress or members of their staff have recently been making questionable edits to Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia anyone can edit. This continues the trend identified by four exclusive Wikinews reports over a four-year period exposing questionable and fraudulent edits made beginning in 2005 by Congress members or staff.
Beginning in 2006, Wikinews reported that members of Congress or their staff were vandalizing Wikipedia by removing critical information in various articles, or adding false or offensive information. These edits were and continue to be done using computers owned or operated by the United States governmentâ€¦.â€ť
I like the fact that someone working in the US House of Representatives actually found The Feens and complained. Maybe they listened. Iâ€™d love to have been a fly on the wall for that.
I find it interesting that they donâ€™t use a proxy to do this, itâ€™s as if they WANT people to know theyâ€™re being Internet trolls. I do know that in the private sector youâ€™d get fired for pretending to be your bossâ€™ bossâ€™ bossâ€™ boss and posting crap in his name on the Internet. But I guess this is â€śgood enough for government work.â€ť Nice to see my tax dollars being spent so well. No wonder Congress is seriously considering the Simpsons solution ofprinting a trillion-dollar coin to â€śhelp the debt.â€ť
IN SOVIET AMERIKA, REPRESENTATIVES CONTACT YOU!
I actually used to write to my representatives in Congress. Never got anything more than a form letter back. Iâ€™m glad that Neema and I have progressed to the point with our media creation that someone in Congressâ€™ staff now takes time out of his busy day to personally insult us and try to â€śdefend their brandâ€ť on the Feens podcast blog.
â€“Michael W. Dean, Freedom Feen.
The Feens have a good sense of humor and were able make light of this situation, but this encounter reveals a deeper trend where the political class is attacking the alternative media because it loosens their grip on the minds of the slaves.
You can check out the Freedom Feens siteÂ here,Â and check out their movieÂ â€śGuns and Weedâ€ťÂ an entertaining documentary which shows, in no uncertain terms, why Freedom of Ingestion and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms are equally indisputable civil rights, and why the War on Drugs and the War on Guns are both entirely immoral.
Read more articles by this authorÂ HERE.
J.G. VibesÂ is the author of an 87 chapter counter culture textbook calledÂ Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer and reporter for The Intel Hub and host of a show called Voluntary Hippie Radio.Â
You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his websiteÂ www.aotmr.com
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