I get a ton of spam in the comments of ERV.
Happily, we have a really good spam filter (too good sometimes, as most of us, even me, have gotten comments sent straight to spam for no discernible reason), but still, a bit of Turkish spam or STD dating site spam or steroid spam gets through now and then, and I have to manually remove it.
So at first I was a bit annoyed when a comment was let through a couple days ago that appeared to be spam. It had the markers– late to the party (‘older’ post, ie 11 days old), simply a link in the comment section, same link as the ‘website’ of the commentor, and a non-committal phrase: ‘scary stuff’.
But I followed the link, and Im glad I did.
I dont think the comment was bot generated, but even if it was, I fully support the website advertised, humanewatch.org
They are keeping an eye on the Humane Society of the United States as an organization, and the people involved with the organization.
I hate HSUS so much, and even I learned some new stuff on humanewatch– Grown Up For Realsies stuff like how the IRS is investigating HSUS, but are having trouble because theyve never had to deal with charity fraud of this magnitude before. Personal things, like HSUS using a contributors picture of a handicapped pit (how was it hurt? lets all take a guess) to raise money and PR, when HSUS wants pits exterminated. And then internet lolz, like this EPIC FAIL that lost HSUS a ton of cash (tl;dr– Wayne-baby showed his true colors on facebook, members FREAKED OUT, HSUS responded by sending comments and members down the memory hole, cue more FREAK OUT).
And then they have done something I really respect– they actually put action behind their words. One thing I hate is when people/a group are really just blow-hards, and never really do anything to back up their writing (aka Chris Mooney), not these folks. They regularly feature local shelters in need of funding, they have put up a Randi-esque challenge to HSUS “Donate half of your income to shelters, and we will shut this blog down”, and they recently put up billboards in Times Square to get the message out about HSUS.
I am so glad ‘Pat’ left that ‘spam‘ comment.