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Friday, March 28, 2008

You're so captured!

After making you suffer the indignity of a rave review of a bogus gangbangin' book and following it up with a bogus FBI report of the most notorious hip-hop murder ever, the former fishwrap of record known as the LA Times now wants you to hand over your spammable data for the mere privilege of reading one of their possibly true stories on the local news page.

Quietly today, the Times flipped the switch on a capture system that demands you list an email and password with the site to access a local story. I know---it's so 1994. But that's russ.fishwrap.2.0 for you.

I can't imagine bothering to link to many such firewall insulated stories for a long time. If they need to build a list, they need to build it---but as for me, I think I can sit this one out. It shouldn't take long for them to revert.

UPDATE: Readers report that this is business as usual for them. It's not for me; I've been skating into local news on the same set-up for years. Last night, suddenly, I was hit with the registration screen, for the first time.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've always avoided the Times for just that reason. If it asks for registration, it just goes unread, but check out:


They post newsletters that their customers put together. You subscribe to the newsletter at the customers site, and they host it on the SimpleSend site. When the newsletter is updated, you get an email notification from SimpleSend's customer. Newsletters are "Outreach", right?

What they don't tell the subscriber is that their email address is embedded in the URL for the newsletter notification, so if you click the link they record the fact that you looked at the newsletter. They also track which links on the page you clicked, so they know which issues you're interested in, and pass it along to their customer.

Not an uncommon marketing technique, but a community activist I know forwards the link to thy're email list of other interested parties, primarily other activists. The forwarded URL includes the subscribers email ID so they immediately know how many people hear from the original subscriber and can perhaps get some idea of who might be the most influential.

Today most people use cable or DSL and so have a fixed IP address. That IP address is also available to SimpleSend when you click the link. If a person on the list of forwardees clicks the URL, SimpleSend might not know who that person is, but they've got their Internet "phone number". If there's a record of the IP address (all you have to do is to email someone and they'll have the IP address) they can tie the unknown person to a known email address and probably a name. A system could easily be set up correlate IPs, addresses, and associates of "persons of interest" to the customer into lists on any particular subject they'd care to put on the newsletter. I'm sure you can see the implications.

I mention it because I ran into it on a forwarded message about the newsLetter put out by Dennis Zine. I caught it and checked out SimpleSend's web site. You'll see that their "Case Studies" page includes Villaraigosa and Huizar (and some other institutions that I'm not particularly fond of).

So, subscribe to your elected representatives newsletter today and let them know who your friends are and how much influence you have with them! They'll appreciate it!

March 28, 2008 10:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Given that you have the Petrafried agenda nut writing here your hardly in a position to criticize any of the fishwraps Michael Higby. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Clean your own blog first.

March 28, 2008 10:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I just got some bullshit newsletter from Tony Villar using simplesend. Thanks for the heads up - I clicked nothing.

March 28, 2008 10:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You posted it and then you made it come true. Brava Chicken Shit.

March 28, 2008 11:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Times has long required that users be "registered" this way -- what's the "new" thing that happened today? Or did you just find out about this?

March 28, 2008 11:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm totally confused. The LA Times requires a registration - I thought everybody knew that.

March 28, 2008 11:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is Joe always talking about gangs and crime, does he have an agenda?

Is he trying to instill fear in as many Los Angeles residents as possible, Los Angeles is a very safe place with very few actual innocent victims.

The way Joe keeps copy and pasting links to gang shootings and topics you would think people are being killed on a daily basis in Los Angeles. Ask yourself why is Joe doing this?

March 29, 2008 1:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree Joe is almost as bad as the shar-pei face gang nut the "anony-mousa" who keeps posting boring gang stories which absolutely nobody cares about.

The economy is what is important to everybody on this blog. We don't need to hear about the Mayor so-called pandering to illegal aliens. It's the mexican immigrants who keep the Los Angeles economy thriving.

I am getting really tired of the racist xenophobe anony-mousa draging this blog thru the mud.

Fuck you shar-pei face anony-mousa, we all now know about your sick agenda thanks to the very alert and astute detectives on this blog.

We don't care about you anony-mousa shar-pei face GO AWAY

March 29, 2008 1:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Lord in Heaven! Give it a rest Don Quixote. Every word you put up follows your own agenda: that being the "Sanctuary City" tact of our idiot mayor. You coupled with this gang scourge you'd have us sweep under the rug, and the open US border policy you preach is what is quickly disseminating this City and bringing her to her knees, both economically and spiritually. I can't imagine how a natural born citizen of this country can seek to undermine her security so blatantly and with such malice. Your actions are akin to treachery.

So continue to rail about your fabricated demons, "anonymousa, sharpei face," etc. Continue with your repetitive rants as you grovel for attention. The spectacle is entertaining, but please don't expect any of us to withdraw as your critics. The cause is great enough to warrant our efforts.. Your agenda is destined to fail and we'll be there to watch it crumble..

March 29, 2008 4:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Why is Joe always talking about gangs and crime, does he have an agenda?"

One would hope so..

"The way Joe keeps copy and pasting links to gang shootings and topics you would think people are being killed on a daily basis in Los Angeles."

You're joking, right? People are being killed on a daily basis in LA. Gangs are the primary perpetrators of those killings.

Oh I get it. You subscribe to the DQ Mexican Mafia agenda. The primitive slash and burn technique, while millions of invaders hurry across our open borders to join their countrymen in some new Mexican Republic? Hell, they've already installed a smarmy little weasel latino as mayor. They're halfway home..

March 29, 2008 4:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is that you shar-pei face ???

Nobody cares about gangs in Los Angeles, people are only concerned about the economy stupid.

Your tactic of trying to portray Los Angeles as some violent city does not fool anyone. Your constant xenophobic posts about gangs fools no one, the jig is up, you have been exposed for the repetitive fool you are.

You repeat the same thing over and over again. Like a record scratch-scratch-scratch shut the fuck up.

Nobody cares about the over-hyped paranoia about gangs and crimes. You are obsessed and keeep repeating the same thing. If the republicans spent money in Los Angeles, it would be an even greater city, we have too many republicans running California politics and that is the only problem Los Angeles has.

Now shut up anony-mousa shar-pei face.

March 29, 2008 5:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is Mailander's obsession with the Times? Did they reject his resume? I he even capable of posting a thread without LA Times being the topic? Mailander is the king of the most brilliantly worded pieces about nothing. Higby sure has let his blog slip away from him.

March 29, 2008 6:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sewer rats don't mind the sewer. Gang bangers don't mind gangs. Decent people hate gangs. Los Angeles has never been as violent and dangerous, as a whole, as it is today. The politico stats are fake, trying to cover up the worse side effect of illegal immigration. Keep posting about the violent, gang-ridden Los Angeles crime problems, which have been made much, much worse by illegal immigration. We have a need to know the truth, not the propaganda from City Hall.

March 29, 2008 7:29 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

I posted a lot of stuff about Friday's City Council agenda (shady as F*CK!) Plus a lot of stuff about DWP, other city issues -- and ZD hears the hunt is REALLY on to find out who some of the anonymous bloggers in town REALLY are. (Political thuggery to try and neuter you in the community.)

click here

March 29, 2008 7:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

shar-pei face anonymousa, scratched, record got her culo spanked by mayor antonio. so now shar-pei posts racial vitriol.


March 29, 2008 9:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


March 29, 2008 9:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mailander, you must have accidentally erased your LA Times cookies. You either did this or your anti-virus software did. Either way, the Times has required registration since 1999. Get with the program.

March 29, 2008 11:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The City Attorney maybe looking for whose anonymousa Sharpei face, and this yarn of truth is about political sex, spinning, and, racial blogging. Anonymousa might require our community assistance from this political brutality. Unless dumb twat was neutered already? Stand by.

March 29, 2008 11:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That don queerjote is nuthin but a greasy beaner in white man's garb.He brings all the nostalgic trivia from back in his day, meanwhile his cholo compadres are killing children in the streets while you're expected to share his reverie.. There are invasion enablers among us. Be wary.. This is a creep who goes waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back.

March 29, 2008 1:46 PM  

Blogger westchesterkids.org said:

>> 10:43 - Today most people use cable or DSL and so have a fixed IP address.

Not true. Most people with broadband services have dynamic IP addresses which means that they change over time. Dynamic IP is a lot cheaper. Some businesses will pay the extra money for static (fixed) IP addresses because they need a fixed address to host web sites or use for VPN's.

IP addresses are always available to people that care to look at web site logs but the IP addresses that are recorded don't alway mean that it is the same visitor.

March 29, 2008 10:59 PM  

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