Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

you know you're getting up their nostrils when...

This shows up on your blog stats:

Domain Name ? (Military)
IP Address
141.116.10.# (Army Information Systems Command-Pentagon)
Army Information Systems Command-Pentagon
Continent : North America
Country : United States (Facts)
State : District of Columbia
City : Washington
Lat/Long : 38.8933, -77.0146 (Map)
English (United States)

What can I say???

"Think outside the Pentagon" ???


Blogger JahTeh said...

Nothing sinister here. The Septics love bears especially grizzlers....I mean grizzlies.

August 16, 2006 1:41 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

I think you can relax. I queried similar visits from my stats once and was told that any serviceman using base computers, or military ISPs, would go through that, or a similar, link. So it could be just some grunt visiting DD while sending an email to granny.

Then again ... (Xfiles theme plays in the background)

August 16, 2006 7:39 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I agrre, Ron, that the odds are that it is just as you say, but I was nevertheless amused.

August 16, 2006 11:18 AM  
Blogger GreenSmile said...

You should not suppose that the spooks don't know how to make an IP header say anything they want it to. Their IP addresses might not be in any DNS but their own and sitemeter could not tell you a thing about who browsed you.

Its the hits with "Unknown" in most of the fields that should be searched for patterns of traffic. Some that come in at the same time every day or every week may be crawlers run by the search engine companies.

and besides,
If they are serious about reading you without your knowledge and you have made your blog searchable, they need no experts or trickery and they don't even need to touch your site: google cache will have your every word on file.

BTW, those map coords are usually a bit off. E.g. that visit resolves to a building on the wrong side of the potomac a block from the capitol building at the end of the mall.

August 17, 2006 2:49 AM  
Blogger GreenSmile said...

just to test my assertion about google and the loss of all privacy, I snipped a line from a Dec 05 post of yours:

"record exposing the Uzbeki regime as one which regularly used"
and googled it.
Surprise! the line is to be found exactly as quoted, but not in Diogenes!
It was your post almost word for word but instead of your blog it was The Phylotopian.

[its a kind of answer to the question you posed at the end of that post]

August 17, 2006 3:01 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Damn, GS, and here I was thinking I'd hit the Big Time at last. ;-)

I even had tailor-made orange overalls made...

About that quote you found at The Phylotopian... Not surprising really, Deep down in my blog post I attributed my articel to that blog and provided a link to it. So nyer... :-)

But yeah, Google's great!!!

August 17, 2006 5:17 PM  
Blogger Davo said...

Heh, I had a hit from someone in Arlington, Virginia .. dunno who lives there .. but the most intriguing one was when someone typed my full name into Google, and the hit was listed as coming from the Ministry of Education TAIWAN!
(that one didn't arrive at the blog, though .. Statcounter for my other website)

August 25, 2006 6:48 PM  
Blogger Brownie said...

Not surprising that the US Defence budget is bazillions if they have staff searching blogposts.

August 30, 2006 8:30 PM  
Blogger PoliticalCritic said...

My story is slightly more disturbing. I run a political blog (, but also started a sports blog last week.

The sports blog was not listed on any search engine yet and had no links to it. I had not even linked to it yet from my political blog....but I still got the same visit from the Pentagon site.

In fact, I have had no visits to the site other than immediate family and the 'Army Information Systems Command'.

This all tells me that they are monitoring people and not the blogs specifically.

September 13, 2006 1:01 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Well, Shawn, the answer can still be benign. Once something is on the internet, SOME webcrawler SOMEWHERE will find it pretty darn quick, so, like lightening stiking the same spot twice, maybe the dude at the pentagon got lucky... Or mayby they are spooks who are too stupid to cover their tracks...

I dunno, Shawn...

September 17, 2006 8:23 PM  

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