The description that What Really Happened uses is quite good.
"...The money-addicts working against freedom and democracy are in a panic, and trying to shut down all opposition to their plans. Everyday more and more honest blogs are vanishing, to be replaced with well-funded "Flogs"; fake blogs designed to wrap the same old lies in new high-tech wrappings in the hopes that the people will fall for it."
You just knew this was going to happen; it has started to creep in with tool's that rate people's influence and claim to show how much of a leader a blogger is in influencing opinion or what consumers will want to buy.
Even the Wall Street Journal Chimes in on this:
Several times over the last few months, I have been approached by people asking me to blog about their product in return for payment.
One party told me to send my resume and other documentation, along with samples of my writing, so that they can review them and decide if they wanted to hire me to be a writer for them. I am not so conceited to think that I am above all that, but I thought they had it backwards: I wasn't applying for a job to them; they were asking if I'd blog about their products.
Those products were fashions and designer jeans. People who know me personally would know just how laughable a proposition that one is: Mike Rogers blogging about how cool the new fashion jeans are!? Are you kidding me?
I am reminded of the one time the Hip Hop fashion maker, X-Large, asked me if I wanted some sample jeans to wear. You know X-Large, right? They were the company that made those huge baggy jeans for street and Hip Hop people (that some artists wore backwards).
Anyway, I was the disc jockey of a very highly rated FM radio music program at the time and we played all sorts of underground music. The rep from the fashion maker was visiting because we played some Hip Hop too. The conversation went like this:
X-Large: "Yo! Mike, wassup Dawg? We love what you are doing. Would you like us to give you some X-Large fashion jeans to wear?"
Me: "Er, okay. Word up.... Er, Do you have the X-Large in the small size?"
.....We .......didn't........ talk..........
Riiiiiight! Can you imagine me, Mike Rogers,
wearing baggy pants like this?
Ridiculous! What would my mom say?
I don't buy clothes. I haven't bought clothes in years. I hate shopping. My wife buys all my clothes. Before I got married, my mom bought all my clothes.
When I was a teenager and into punk rock, I would put pins and chains on the fashionable jeans and T-shirts that my mom bought for me at K-Mart. That's the extent of my fashion buying. Imagine someone asking me to blog about designer jeans!
I've always thought that guys who care too much about clothes were a bit too Metro-sexual for me. But to each, their own.
(PS: I'd like to give a shout out right here to my grandma who buys me underwear and socks at Christmas every year! Yo! Grandma! Wassup? You rock!)
Anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah... Flogs.
The point of all this is that you, the reader, are going to need to keep a sharp eye out for real alternative news and media and things like Rupert Murdock starting a blog. In fact, just the other day, I got a mail from a nice lady telling me about her companies new product that is a newspaper just for iPads... "How cool!" I thought.... Until I went to check it out and found that this service was a part of that very same Rupert Murdock News that brings you that fine Fox News. (It's part of the Murdock empire so that's why I do not link to it).
So, anyway, as far as this blog is concerned, I want to write about what I want to write about. I already have to sometimes bite my tongue due to personal and political considerations, but I feel that I need to do my duty and report the truth as I see it.
That's why there are no ads on this blog anymore. I got sick of bashing Groupon on to have the Google algorithm place Groupon ads on my blog.
To reiterate; readers beware! There is a movement afoot by the US government to seize domains and blogs under the guise of "Copyright infringement" but it is really a ruse to silence sites that do not tow the government line.
See Activist Post here:
Apparently the Department of Homeland Security is now authorized to rewrite and enforce copyright infringement laws. In a stunning precedent, the recent round of domain seizures to shut down websites that allowed illegal streaming of the Super Bowl also included a few other websites that were seized simply for linking to infringing content.
If it were true that they were seized merely for linking then why doesn't the government seize Google or Yahoo? Isn't it obvious? Major mass media in cahoots with the government is trying to take control of the internet so that things like Egypt don't happen in the USA.
This is highly suspicious evidence that something is afoot.
Will the bad guys succeed? Only time will tell.
Readers! Beware of Flogs!