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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Domain Name Sleuth Discovers The Truth About "Open Up" Protests and 200 GoDaddy Domains Powering Them

Somebody did some extremely basic WHOIS searching and found that the person who set up all the "reopen $STATENAME" protest web sites is in fact one guy in Jacksonville.

This two guys are lifetime scammers, and crooks, the Dorr Brothers. The fay before the protests started they were trying to sell mask sterilization machines to hospitals from their "surplus" shop in Jacksonville.

But they are likely proxies for someone bigger.

So, most of what's going on here is an organized astroturfing campaign.

Astroturfing: the practice of masking the sponsors of an org to make it appear as though it originates from the grassroots; intended to give the statements or organizations credibility by withholding info. about the source's financial connection.

There's an imperial ton of astroturfing going on, and it's quite visible in how those groups popped up literally overnight (hint-hint). The thing is that they targeted groups who were... how does one say... more receptive to the message who wouldn't be inclined to look any deeper into what they were joining.

(All these links below are accessed from the Orange County link above.)

Now, here's a screenshot of the description of the "Operation Gridlock Los Angeles" group when it was first spotted by Buzzfeed News.

Concurrently, here's a screenshot of the description of the "Operation Gridlock Tennessee" group.

But, hey... it's Buzzfeed News right? Cool-cool-cool-cool-cool...

Here's a link to the group "Pennsylvanians Against Excessive Quarantine" - sitting 55,281 members deep at the time of this post.

Now here's a link to the group "Minnesotans Against Excessive Quarantine" - presently with 18,938 members.

Why do these groups have the exact same description?

Let's not stop there. Following their own links: one is from the "Pennsylvania Firearms Association", and the other is from the group "Minnesota Gun Rights" - both with the exact same layout.

Both of these domains are registered with the same registrar and were registered on the exact same day at the same time.

Meanwhile, the President then starts tweeting "LIBERATE MINNESOTA", "LIBERATE VIRGINIA...", and "LIBERATE MICHIGAN"; and one of the major forces behind the group in Michigan was a political group that has direct ties to and has historically been heavily funded by the family of the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (though said family denies direct involvement in last weeks protest)?

In that regard, the Reddit poster is not alleging some major conspiracy here, but l-o-fucking-l.

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