Looks like I've gotten on the wrong side of Patrick Byrne.
Byrne is the wingnut chairman of the Milton Friedman Foundation, Ron Paul supporter and "65% deception" anti-schools financier. He runs Overstock.com, which is an internet retailer but he is mainly known for coming on the web to hatch conspiracy theories. He has a hate list longer than Nixon's, including journalists and anybody else who has rubbed him the wrong way. Most of the people on his enemies list are obscure financial reporters, but the best known is Bethany McLean, who exposed Enron when she was at Fortune magazine.
McLean got on his enemies list by writing this great article in Fortune. Read the article and see how he responded to a previous article by accusing her of giving blowjobs to Goldman Sachs traders.
I got on Byrne's enemies list by two diaries: this one and this. He's all over the latest diary's comments section. I dissed him good. Then I gave him a dig in my diary on his pal Glenn Beck. So he had to fight back.
He did this by putting on my case one of his hired help named Judd Bagley.
I know that because of an email I got today. It was from a "Robin Dangelo" and it said as follows:
Glenn Beck and Patrick Byrne are two of the leading threats to capitalism going right now. I love what your saying about them on Kos. You need to keep it up.
Here is something that might help it's a screenshot of both of them with their eyes closed at the same time. Kind of like the blind leading the blind. You can use it the next time you post about them which will hopefully be very soon. I'll attach it here and then if you want to use it I have it uploaded on photobucket.com too...
I had been warned by some other people on the Byrne Enemies List to watch out for emails with images. I clicked on the "show original" function in the email and saw this: img src=3D"http://am1.activemeter.com/webtracke=
That's an Activemeter tracking bug. I changed it slightly above. What this does is fish for IP addresses. It functions as spyware when used in this way. It is one of the things Bagley does and is all over the web. See this blog by one of Bagley's targets, journalist Gary Weiss.
Still, I thought maybe it was an accident or something like that. So I played dumb and we had this exchange:
thanks. you on kos?
I'm not a Kos diarist. Just not that eloquent. But I do frequently comment, like I did on your earlier piece on Byrne, which was very funny.
By the way, here's an even better version of the Byrne and Beck shot. I made it sharper...
Which comment was yours?
That's really strange. My comment is gone, but I know it was posted at one point because I linked to it on a Yahoo post I made. I might have used some colorful language but nothing worse than I've seen others use. Do you moderate your comments or does someone else do it?
Of course, by now I knew this Dangelo was full of it, but I knew for sure when I checked that link. At the top were two from Yahoo user "whambamflimflam." See for yourself. The first consists entirely of the following:
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The second one consists entirely of: