“Birth Or Not” Scam

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Something of a fury has blown up over a website –www.birthornot.com – which purports to running an online vote which will decide whether a married couple will have their unborn child aborted.

The smart money suggests that the site is fake and, most likely, an anti-abortion stunt following checks on the site’s domain registration information which show that the domain name was registered several weeks before the couple claim to have conceived.

The Ministry of Truth has now found evidence linking this site to a climate change denier site ‘The Church of Global Warming‘.

Although both sites have been registered anonymously, examination of each site’s source code shows that both sites have their web traffic monitored from the same Google Analytics account – UA-7524334.

This clearly suggests that boths sites are being operated by the same – as yet unidentified – individual(s) and, given the content and tone of the ‘Church of Global Warming’ site, that the abortion vote site is a right-wing conservative hoax.

5 Eyewitness news have a report on this story which identifies the site owners as Pete and Alisha Arnold of Apple Valley, Minnesota.

The key info here is a claim that the unborn foetus will be 17 weeks old on Friday (19th Nov), which puts the date of conception at around the end of July/beginning of August.

The Whois records for the site – as the Slate article correctly notes – give a registration date for the domain name of 17th May, a minimum of 9-10 weeks before conception.

Jeff Fecke at Blog of the Moderate Left seems to have nailed down the lid on this hoax…

Ah, but it gets better. You see, Pierre “Pete” Arnold III also used to be a “researcher, contributor, and part time producer for the Race to the Rightradio show in St Cloud.” He blogged at Always Right, Usually Correct, which had a hard anti-choice bent. He used the aliases “The Pete” and “Zeeboid” — indeed, the latter is both a domain he owns and the userid for his gmail account — but it’s not that hard to track down. He operates (or used to operate) a site called “The Church of Global Warming.”

Yes, you say, but it’s still possible that the Arnolds are that rarest of creatures, the radical conservative pro-choicer.2

To which I say…remember that I told you Pete likes the name “Zeeboid?” And that he uses it as his gmail handle? Well, what do we have here — it’s an edit in the dKosopedia for “Pro-choice.” An edit on July 16, 2006, by user “Zeeboid.”

Behold, Pete Arnold’s early days of trolling

The term “pro-choice” is used by men and women who support a woman’s right to kill an unborn child.

The term means that a woman has the right to determine whether or not she will be pregnant by killing a baby that has already been conceived.

Also Refered to as Pro Abortion

And…we’re done here. Pete Arnold is an anti-choice troll.

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