ATTACK UNDERWAY: Ponzi Advocate ‘joe’ Says ‘joe Leaves When joe Wants To Leave’ And That Blog Will Be ‘Scrambling To Put Out Fires’
UPDATED 8:44 P.M. EDT (U.S.A.) The attack described below abated for a short time, and then started anew, with “joe” back posting from his usual IP. He has posted from two IP’s today, using the identities “Mr. Wonderful”; “Quicjk”; and “Almighty Joseph (the risen),” along with multiple email addresses, including one that uses the word “boo.”
This behavior, which we believe is designed to intimidate and to extract a result through harassment, is extreme. The behavior has not ceased — not even after the “fair warning” described in the post below.
“joe” says he will continue his course of conduct until we permit him to post on his terms. His most recent nonpublic posts include another vulgarity directed at a reader and more vulgarity directed this Blog. “joe” insists it’s OK to do what he’s doing.
“I feel some satisfaction that you seem to be intimidated by me,” joe says. “You can deny all you want but itâ€™s true even though [sexual reference/poster's name deleted] is right, Iâ€™m harmless. Now if youâ€™re a good boy and post this unedited we can consider this my final retirement. I donâ€™t really want to keep coming on here but I just wasnâ€™t going to be unceremoniously tossed like a bad penny and you know what they say about bad pennies.”
What follows below is our earlier post, bringing this matter to the attention of readers.
The PatrickPretty.com Blog is under attack.
We find it necessary to make a record and to inform you about what is taking place behind the scenes. In the past, we have made similar posts to inform you about matters that we cannot dismiss as garden-variety harassment directed at this Blog and perceive as threats to our ability to publish.
As many of you know, a poster who advocates for Ponzi schemes and calls himself “joe” was blocked from posting here Sept. 1. We made this decision based on “joe’s” inability to exercise even minimal restraint when posting.
“joe” had previously announced two separate “retirements” from posting here, dismissing this Blog’s coverage of autosurfs and Ponzi schemes as meaningless. “joe” subsequently came out of retirement twice and began to post anew, and then went into what he described as semiretirement, saying he’d post anew as the situation warranted.
While “joe” was in his semiretirement phase, he continued to post abusively before his access to public posting was blocked. “joe” did not react favorably to our decision to block him from posting here. In fact, “joe,” who says he was a POW in Vietnam, began to direct anger and hostility to this Blog outside the view of readers, and directed short, vulgarity-laced rants at specific readers who post here.
In one of his blocked posts, he explained that he had directed the vulgarities only to test the system. So, in plain fact, what we were left with was a person who licenses himself to rant against this Blog and its readers, claiming his most recent submissions were tests, not communications to be taken seriously.
“Testing 1-2-3″ would have worked, if any testing was necessary at all. It was not, of course. This Blog has a right to conduct operations free from harassment by “joe” after he has been asked to leave.
“joe” ramped it up yesterday, suggesting he would get the result he seeks — reinstatement of his posting privileges — or else.
“joe leaves when joe wants to leave,” he said.”Youâ€™ll be scrambling to put out fires. I suggest you let ME retire . . .”
He also noted that, “Itâ€™s amazing how many people in a short distance from my house havenâ€™t got security on their computers. I drove around with my laptop and was able to get online in a few places. There are also a few internet cafes around me. What Iâ€™m saying is get ready for the return of joe and then you can block all of these people from your site.”
The “fires” joe referenced now have started. He is attacking from a separate location, calling himself “Almighty Joseph (the risen).”
“joe” is attempting to post a link for TradingGold4Cash, the purported program associated with the AdVentures4U autosurf, and has attempted nine additional posts in rapid succession, creating new identities for some of the posts.
We will take appropriate action to prevent “joe” from interfering with the operation of this Blog.