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    Alex Jones and Bullying by the Establishment

    Electrician, plumber, home inspector, gas tank safety officer working with hydrogen sulfide, engineers, surgeons. Training and testing, a lot like the Masons or the Illuminati, but not really. How is an airline pilot trained and tested and subject to continuing education on safety matters? Who the heck cares? Air traffic controllers, trained, licensed, tested, failed. Pfft. Standards of competence tested. Pfft. Gun men. Phony plastic surgeons. Phony lawyers and document forgeries. Caveat emptor, loser. Phony degrees, forged certificates, con-men, frauds and deluded cranks. Let them take out your appendix, fly your Air Alaska plane into a mountain, 'cure' your child to death with dangerous nostrums, 'certify' your car as road-worthy just before it blows, sell you fake investments ... occupy that space in your mind of clarity and truth. License day care aides who can pass basic first aid courses and not be drugged out child-molesters or sociopaths ... This is a lot of lard masquerading as meat. Not even wrong, Jerry. This might not even pass Lard Inspector scrutiny. Look, it's okay to grieve the passing of a Great Man or Woman. It's okay to loathe with a cold flame every intrusion on human freedom that so-called civilization has come up with since the taming of fire and plucked eyebrows. It's alright to feel thwarted and unseen and vengeful when you think you have been crushed by the weight of this hideous state of affairs, be it orthodoxy, conventional and oppressive moral climate, the grotesque profusion of Administrative Bureacracy. It's okay to feel fucked over by Them. Alex Jones's media complex will continue to offer accessible twenty-four hour 'live' audio-visual programming and pointless and expensive social megameatavegamin and hooey pills. The plex will gain paying patrons, build an invincible outpost of freedom on its own freaking property, be it a super-cooled underground fibre-opticked ultra-fast server-farm or satellite-connected Next Level pay-per-view Cloud 9.
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    Alex Jones and Bullying by the Establishment

    For a more pensive mood, pathos, empathy, the inimitable stylings of PINGTR1P ...
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    Alex Jones and Bullying by the Establishment

    My thoughts on Alex Jones struggling with the (allegedly unfair) consequences of his own speech acts. I don't think the lawsuit against him from the poor parents of murdered children will be won by the parents, sad to say. Protected speech extends to even titanically wrong and consequential speech, so on balance, even if the parents can prove in civil court that a chain of events was started by irresponsible theorizing about 'crisis acting' and hoax BS ... leading to ongoing personal harassment of the parents by crazy and/or malicious people, no responsibility can be assumed to rest in Alex Jones. That is the point of free expression, yes? The 1st amendment protects him ... As for economics and free-riding on world-wide free-to-use or pay-to-play platforms ... retreating to his own video-hosting, podcast-serving platform is dead easy; he won't benefit from Youtube's or Facebook's reach any more. Free rides for the Infowars media complex appear over ... For those larping about Free Speech absolutism and Privately-held forums, I recall the (incorrigible idiot) Regi Firehammer. He had zero rights to this platform, ultimately. Nobody has rights to a platform when they can obviously use their own freaking servers. Alex Jones, if I had to be restricted to a two word term, is Fake News. Subscribe to his tale-telling at your own epistemological risk. Oh, and let a hundred flowers bloom. Including harshly critical 'attacks' on Alex Jones's reasoning and performativity. Including name-calling, abusive language and crazy talk. Until a Red Button push is triggered.
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    "Inside Robert Mueller's Army"

    The work history of the folks in the Robert Mueller team is reported on by the Daily Beast's Betsy Woodruff. For those unspooked by a relatively quiet news front on the special counsel's activities, and for those who are curious about credible/non-credible implications of the activities. And maybe for those who use "Muh Russia" unironically ... (& for those who may have forgotten the details of the inquiry's frame of reference: the Rosenstein order establishing his authority) The DB article's subheadline slug: To probe alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, the special counsel has essentially built his own miniature Justice Department. Meet the experts he’s recruited. Here is an excerpt from the conclusion (emphasis added):
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    "Inside Robert Mueller's Army"

    Put your whole shoulder into the swing of the mallet, and with precision you can always make the stone break the exact way you want it to. You will win with that rock, every time. But no, I said my opinion, Caroljane, you racialist moral monster comunest demented avoidant of the lessons of Q -- I think that Roger Stone was too stupid or myopic to notice his swastika blunder. His after the fact cover-tale two-step is laughably bogus to my eyes, almost as bogus as his tales of Polonium Poisoning. Give us a break, indeed. Dirty Trickster ... meets the Jester. That's my opinion, and all the Phil Coates-tinged talking-down-to tends to leave me a bit giggly. Maybe my emotional brain is being poisoned by the smoke pall hereabouts. Vulnerable seniors, asthmatics and respiratory-challenged are ordered to stay inside, but the smoke is inside our house and our eighty-year old insists on doing a yardwork shift anyhow. There is no getting away from the smell. How much longer will BC burn?
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    Too Darn Hot

    The only poet whom I do not fear, who lives in a secret chamber of my heart ... On this day tradition allots to taking stock of our lives, my greetings to all of you, Yeasts, Bacteria, Viruses, Aerobics and Anaerobics: A Very Happy New Year to all for whom my ectoderm is as Middle-Earth to me. For creatures your size I offer a free choice of habitat, so settle yourselves in the zone that suits you best, in the pools of my pores or the tropical forests of arm-pit and crotch, in the deserts of my fore-arms, or the cool woods of my scalp. Build colonies: I will supply adequate warmth and moisture, the sebum and lipids you need, on condition you never do me annoy with your presence, but behave as good guests should, not rioting into acne or athlete's-foot or a boil. Does my inner weather affect the surfaces where you live? Do unpredictable changes record my rocketing plunge from fairs when the mind is in tift and relevant thoughts occur to fouls when nothing will happen and no one calls and it rains. I should like to think that I make a not impossible world, but an Eden it cannot be: my games, my purposive acts, may turn to catastrophes there. If you were religious folk, how would your dramas justify unmerited suffering? By what myths would your priests account for the hurricanes that come twice every twenty-four hours, each time I dress or undress, when, clinging to keratin rafts, whole cities are swept away to perish in space, or the Flood that scalds to death when I bathe? Then, sooner or later, will dawn a Day of Apocalypse, when my mantle suddenly turns too cold, too rancid, for you, appetising to predators of a fiercer sort, and I am stripped of excuse and nimbus, a Past, subject to Judgement.
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    "Inside Robert Mueller's Army"

    William, Gimme a break. He made it look like Roger Stone was secretly celebrating his own Nazism and that of the Trump people. Since this point is lost on you, let me be clear. No need for folly, though an argument touching on pleasure in narrative would suit, since my question was discarded. A person can 'read in' what rubs them the right way, itches, soothes, smooths, and is a snug fit in the arm's cradle of understanding. Warming one's self in an embrace of self-knowledge. A shiver of purpose and rigour. I'm not lit with the same kind of fire as you, he said affectionately, touching the shoulder of his friend as if to show him he believed in him as a man and a brother. It's time for you to write your memoirs, he said softly. Feel the tools in your hand ...
  8. Six fun (sad/awful/false/infuriating) stories emerged from the swamp in the last couple of days. Peter Taylor noted elsewhere on the site some vows made by Attorney-General Jeff Sessions on the issue of "leaks." Some of the usual suspects have pretended that this is a "Threat" against the noble profession of prostitution journalism. The strongest or least-false coverage of this issue from that point of view may be from font of evul Politico ... in a story called Jeff Sessions' Attack on the Media Is Worse Than You Think. Of course, Objectivist analysis might find that the threat is more than necessary, and that it will encourage a proper "chilling effect." Less clear is the notion of "Lie Detectors" (in the White House). Polygraphs are a useful investigative tool, but not accepted by US courts on the whole. Less intrusive than a lie detector is the power to subpoena ... but see the story for all the convolutions. (one stand-out point was that it is relatively rare for journalist-itutes to be prosecuted or held in contempt for refusing to reveal sources [think Judith Miller]; the Politico story points out that the four arrested cited-but-not-cited by Sessions were not recipients but those who had purloined secret and often highly-classified 'spy' entrails from the DC borg.) ********************************* The second story circulating is that Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington, DC. This may or may not be true -- even though everyone and the dog has been biting on the "news." I do not know if this would become public in the normal course of justice. The third story is that President Trump is a lazy do-nothing, who spends far too much time at his golf clubs ... instantiated in a nasty Newsweek cover. The fourth story is related to the Mueller grand jury suggestion ... this excerpt is from the brief Slate article "U.S. Reportedly Intercepted Suspected Russian Agents' Chatter That Manafort Asked for Their Help With Clinton: There are obviously multiple investigative balls in the air, and the public focus has shifted of late to Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, who certainly have had longer and more lasting influence on Donald Trump, but keep an eye on Paul Manafort, his Russia connections are deep and dodgy. Update, Aug. 4, 2017: Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort, issued this statement on the latest round of accusations: “Paul Manafort did not collude with the Russian government to undermine the 2016 election or to hack the DNC. Other than that comment, we aren't going to respond to anonymous officials illegally peddling second hand conspiracy theories. But the Justice Department, and the courts if necessary, should hold someone to account for the flood of unlawful government leaks targeting Mr. Manafort." Manafort was the first somewhat hinky part of the Trump campaign and influence apparat to appear in posts here on OL, back a year and more ago. It's not surprising that Mueller would request documents and testimony from the Manafort axis. It isn't that he was a tool of Russia or an obvious go-between, but that he could have been a major conduit for the wink-wink quid pro quo that the crazy Russia conspiracists are certain is going to be found. Did Mr Manafort wink-nudge the Trump attitude that 'we take help from where it comes, given that politics is a dirty dirty game'? I mean, isn't the essential question reduced to who promised what in return? I take the tentative position that Trump's stated positions on Russia during the campaign and since being in office are obvious. So it will be exceedingly hard to show him 'promising' things on the down low, since he did it on the stump. Then, if he was inclined to reduce sanctions bite on Russia and to warm things up between the superpower and the also-ran, it was open and public. Which requires that underlings and satellites were going to be the ones dealing with the details of wink-wink, nudge-nudge. If you are a Menshist, or not. (the more hysterical of the Russia hoopla employees and hobbyists are those who think every rumour is true, every leak informs the big picture. So the Flynn Effect [very pro-Russia relax] and other fizz from the week means Russian "information warfare" was coordinated. Which is alarmist nonsense, right?) ************************************* The fifth story is about vacation-time, but in this instance taken by the manly President of Russia. Here's a sample: The sixth story is as usual performed by two casts, in two theatres. In the permutations, a Cernovich wing in the White House leaks out a broad range of accusations against Trump's National Security Adviser Lt. General HR McMaster -- that he is a tool of Soros/Rothschilds/Saudis, an enemy of Israel, and ever-so Swamp-Like that his hideous influence must be extirpated from Cabinet. Two guys come shambling up the alley. First guy looks like Steve Bannon, the second guy looks like McMaster, and the guy with McMaster is brown and in a turban**. Which one would you ask out on a date/for help? Which one is leaking to the Washington Post, or -- as this week -- to Cernovich-Breitbart-Gateway Pundit? I think there is a mini-war of ideas in the White House, which slops over into a war of words and Grand Hoopla Theatre in the mediatic multiplex. But what do I know. I am that guy who wrote "Why Donald Trump lost the election." Incidentally, as a bonus seventh story -- did you know that obsessive humans do such things as rigorously analyze Twitter accounts that peddle the Kremlin lines of attack? Yes you did, but did you know that PR and political attack campaigns have a particular 'footprint' or pattern? Of course you did, so it won't be a surprise that there is a website that tracks real-time information-warfare memes and their flows in Kremlin-friendly orbit. If you squint and pretend to be Louise Mensch, yesterday's peak trends like the Cernovich Leaks from the angry West Wingers about McMaster were coordinated with a robust 'managed news' campaign directed by the drunk guy in the alley. See if you can find your favourites bot link or alt-news site here. I add a screenshot of the crazy site, but first an intro from the feverish topic ends of Twitter. __________________________ * I am picturing Harjit Sajjan, who rarely togs out in his Commander outfit, but still. Who doesn't feel safer when a turbaned Sikh gets on the bus? I would think Bannon was a drunk, and McMaster probably a loud talker. Which makes me think how many more generals should join the Trump cabinet and administrative apparatus.
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    Sessions, leaks, security, Manafort and 'false news.'

    Fox News co-host Melissa Francis spins a wee confection in re Manafort: A kind of "Could he have been paid by Russia?" leap-off point:
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    Cult Warning Signs

    Socialist Hellhole Denmark ... Danish government hits back at Fox host Trish Regan after she portrays their country as a socialist hellhole
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    Cult Warning Signs

    From Rick Ross's Cult Education Institute -- Getting Started: See also the fascinating Objectivist Living topic, "Secret Objectivist Cult," a funny and intriguing thread started by Dear Leader seven years ago: I am a big fan of Tony Ortega's blog The Underground Bunker. Tony is former editor of the Village Voice, where he began his decade-long examination of Scientology. Some readers here may have seen him on various episodes of the Leah Remini cable series "Scientology and the Aftermath. Tony had a 'public service' announcement in an awful GQ article that dared to compare Trumpism to a cult ... It seems to me, rightly or wrongly, that the word cult gets flung around with wild abandon at the best of times. My first immersion into "cult studies" came in the mid-nineties, when a couple of trends in psychotherapy met and melded with moral panic into a belief that an intergenerational and international "Satanic Ritual Abuse" cult was stalking children and adults (sound familiar?). One of the many astute chroniclers of this time was Frederick Crews, whose "The Memory Wars" still stands out above the rest. I note in passing his most recent book, a stunning tour de force in my opinion. See Freud: The Making of an Illusion. I have mentioned his work a couple of times here on OL. He is the author of a book review just out, published at the online site of Skeptic Magazine, which is -- to say the least -- becoming massively controversial. See this critical blog entry to grasp the contours of the controversy. In a nutshell, the book reviewed suggests that Jerry Sandusky may be innocent ... Anyway, back to the main subject, cult warning signs, and what to do or say and how to behave if you suspect someone is trapped in cult-thinking or a 'High Demand Group.' Here's another PSA: -- finally (save for edits), what compelled me to post this rambling topic. NB: I have never, ever used the word "shithole" on Objectivist Living, to the best of my memory (which unfortunately, may not approach the 'best memory' of the US President). I much prefer "socialist hellhole."
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    Alex Jones and Bullying by the Establishment

    The index page at Infowars.com is working fine at the moment. I have been listening to a (I think recorded) "live" War Room broadcast on Periscope.
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    Alex Jones and Bullying by the Establishment

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/08/14/cnn-chris-cuomo-antifa-violence-right/
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    Sessions, leaks, security, Manafort and 'false news.'

    More on the Manafort defense moves ... I understand now that this kind of 'no defense' defense (except for closing arguments) is not so surprising to experienced lawyers. In a nutshell, it focuses a jury's mind on the prosecution's case. It thus can be a risk-avoidance choice -- underlining that the burden of proof lies with the prosecution. No defense witness to cross-examine, no 'bombshells' about witnesses. (Hat tip to @PopeHat for this gist.) Our correspondent from New England is not giving hat tips to Popehat, as his bottom line is that the prosecution is weak and awful. Intriguing video all the same. I don't think Styx consulted any lawyerly types before Youtubing.
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    "Inside Robert Mueller's Army"

    Well, what did he post that wasn't true? "It appears that Roger Stone has deleted this photo of him and Trump as the "Space Force" wearing uniforms clearly emblazoned with swastikas." Stone was too stupid to notice the swastikas? Ha ha.
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    Rigging the 2016 Presidential Election

    GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump raises the spectre of a stolen election, a rigged electoral system, a plot or plots to deny him (and the GOP) a rightful victory. This is not the first time Mr Trump has raised the spectre. Here is the typology as outlined at Wikipedia. I am going to do some digging, to find the most recent and the most serious instances of electoral/voter fraud in the USA. 1.1Electorate manipulation 1.1.1Manipulation of demography 1.1.2Disenfranchisement 1.1.3Division of opposition support 1.2Intimidation 1.3Vote buying 1.4Misinformation 1.5Misleading or confusing ballot papers 1.6Ballot stuffing 1.7Misrecording of votes 1.8Misuse of proxy votes 1.9Destruction or invalidation of ballots 1.10Tampering with electronic voting machines 1.11Voter impersonation 1.12Artificial results I think that raising the spectre is politically-wise. It can serve to deepen a sense of malaise and distrust in institutions-- which should redound to Mr Trump. Here are a few indications that we will see the issue raised again over the next 97 days.. Maybe there will be some detail from the campaign that helps 'election auditors' zero in on the likeliest fraudulent mechanisms, at the particular weak areas. An effective warning can help prevent fraud and chicanery. In 2012, Donald Trump suggested that the result was rigged. He warned of the same thing this week. -- another view -- The mainstream spin?
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    Alex Jones and Bullying by the Establishment

    The news just keeps getting more depressing ... (as of two hours ago) -- this report from Oliver Darcy may or may not be related to this: Le heavy sigh.
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    Rigging the 2016 Presidential Election

    News flash. Kansas Governor loses GOP primary -- concedes.
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    "Inside Robert Mueller's Army"

    "My Doctor Believes I Was Poisoned" Kind of ... but not really. At least, all Roger Stone has shared is a story. Not too convincing, IMHO.
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    Sessions, leaks, security, Manafort and 'false news.'

    While we were dancing, hugging, discussing, and wiping smirks off each other's faces, some intriguing developments of the trial of Paul Manafort. In a fairly surprising move (to me and some Fake News commentators and analysts), the defense is moving straight to closing arguments, without calling any witnesses -- if I understand correctly. The Supreme Grand Hoopla about Trump and Dog Woman and the N-word is dominating the flabby discourse, but still.
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    "Inside Robert Mueller's Army"

    Roger Stone does an own-goal:
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    Donald Trump

    Meanwhile, a woman associated with the brand is still in the headlines. Who hired this crazy-ass again (file under: Unforeseen Consequences?)? Ah ... Apparently, the campaign is seeking an arbitration ruling on the nasty, nasty book's contentions -- since the dog signed a non-disparagement agreement, at least according to the Fake News Washington Times reporter Dave Boyer. Relatedly, another fake news outlet -- Politico -- under Annie Karni's byline, suggests the staff at the White House is beyond unhappy with the headlines: ‘People are terrified’: Trump staffers live in fear of [Dog Woman]'s next tape | 'Trump aides are suffering from the same type of psychological warfare that gripped Clinton’s campaign during the WikiLeaks'
  23. I've mentioned the author Frederick Crews a few times on OL** ... and now I am ploughing steadily through his book "Freud, the Making of an Illusion." It's the kind of book people reserve the word 'magisterial' for, so far. The subject is Freud's story-telling, in essence, and the divergence from the actualities. Crew is the first to exploit the new availability of previously censored or suppressed materials. He has previously rubbished mythic Freud in some earlier work referred to by the lesser term "tour-de-force." What will appeal to the Objectivist or Objectivish is the hard line, the hard line for reality trumping bullshit. Crews was the first to achieve a kind of encyclopedic knowledge of the Freudian-derived Recovered Memory movement and its associated Satanic Ritual Abuse allegations, trials and injustices. He was able to 'wrap it up' like a good prosecutor, with an at-my-fingertips-knowledge of what went down where and when and how and why. A good taste of what would be to come were you to purchase or borrow the book comes from its Preface, which I quote from (you can also Look Inside at Amazon): Among historical figures, Sigmund Freud ranks with Shakespeare and Jesus of Nazareth for the amount of attention bestowed upon him by scholars and commentators. Unlike them, he left behind thousands of documents that show what he was doing and thinking from adolescence until his death at age 83. Although many of those records were placed under lengthy restriction by followers who felt both financial and emotional incentives to idealize him, that blackout has at least partially expired by now. More revelations will emerge, but they are unlikely to alter the outlines of Freud's conduct and beliefs as they appear in the most responsible recent studies. [...] Of course, hardcore partisans can be counted upon to dismiss this book as an extended exercise in Freud-bashing -- a notion that gets invoked whenever the psychoanalytic legend of lonely and heroic discovery is challenged. To call someone a Freud basher is at once to Shield Freud's theory from skeptical examination and to shift the focus, as Freud himself so often did, from objective issues to the supposedly twisted mind of the critic. Like other aspects of Freudolatry, the charge of Freud bashing deserves to be retired at last. The best way to accomplish that end, however, is just to display the actual record of Freud's doings and to weigh that record by an appeal to consensual standards of judgment. _________________________________ ** totalismCult Warning Signs william.scherk posted a blog entry in Friends and Foes ...One of the many astute chroniclers of this time wasFrederick Crews, whose "The Memory Wars" still stands out above the rest. I note in passing his most recent book, a stunning tour de force in my opinion. See Freud: The Making of an Illusion. I have mentioned his work a couple of times here... January 12 30 comments Solving a Puzzle-- Understanding Some People's Reactions william.scherk replied to Philip Coates's topic in Objectivist Living Room ...ThenFrederick Crews saved me. He let me see that crashing through the Dominant Discourse of Freudian Bullshit was a dangerous job. Those who had peddled that shit all the years were deadly opposed to being pushed off their thrones, their departmental thrones, their kingdoms of influence and tenure... January 30, 2012 358 replies Emotions as products of Ideas william.scherk commented on nealelehman's blog entry in neale's Blog ...readFrederick Crews on Freud/psychoanalysis, anything you can get by Allen Esterson, Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, Frank Cioffi, and the very interesting current-philosophical-outrages site Butterflies and Wheels , a British site that is part of my regular reading. My favourite living philosopher is Susa... June 30, 2007 6 comments
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    real.video

    That is a general question, I don't know how to answer it without more specificity. As it pertains to Shipp, he has been peddling his insider stuff since 2011, freely. It's become a kind of shtick. In any case, Jerry, a so-called censorship of Shipp's Shtick can be watched for. I tend to think that his stuff doesn't really come close to subverting any Youtube platform "Community Guidelines," at least not yet. If he were to go all kookrant about the insidious Muslim menace of Person X -- or put someone's identity online to be a target (doxxing), or indulges in creepy fantasies of killing, torture, etcetera of named persons, maybe, probably, especially if someone 'reported' a violation. I think that some of his reporting about awful things that the government has purportedly been doing to him is tinged with fabulism and auto-suggestion, though I could of course be wrong. Thinking you are a victim of hideous plots doesn't always come accompanied by hard evidence. You wrote (of the eleven month old video) that: "He is risking his life revealing this information." I think not. I contacted him on Twitter to ask if he fears for his life. He may or may not answer. -- incidentally, there is an allied group of sufferers who call themselves "Targeted Individuals." You may or may not be familiar with this, or have no opinion about it. That quoted phrase is likely not able to be copyrighted, so I don't know how to track down the story behind your claim. Since it isn't a trademark or similar, I'd need to know the actual web-address that no longer exists (or at least some more information about it). There are plenty of prosaic reasons why a website "dies." I am sure you can think of a few. In any case, if that gigantic website "Expose The Truth" was a group effort, and if it was primarily interested in the Illuminati and its hideous control of the world, the gang might just have got sick of paying for a stand-alone site, and gone with a Facebook Page. I inquired at an existing "Expose The Truth" Facebook page, just to check. Otherwise, you haven't given enough information for an investigation. All that aside, what do you think of Dane Wigington's work, if anything?