UPDATE: I’m definitely being targeted. I announced on in the comments on this blog post and on Facebook that I would start an account with Vimeo. Within 30 minutes after I opened my new Vimeo account, I received an email from Vimeo saying they had a password request from me. I did not request a password change but someone did.
I have some wicked smart people helping me with this.
I had some very different topics lined up for my blogging this week so I am plenty irritated which only increases my motivation.
Recently I’ve had several occasions where I received “unusual activity” alerts on my Google account. One time Google provided a list of IP addresses that had accessed my account and some of them were not mine.
Today, you might have noticed that all my YouTube videos have been removed. I received no notice about any violations, not emails from YouTube or any warnings about anything. What I have received recently are a lot of comments from people in the industry. One video of a hydraulic fracturing operation was featured on Energy In Depth where they claimed to have “debunked” it. That video had nearly 20,000 views. Another video, Barnett Shale: An Aerial View also had nearly 20,000 views. Both videos were starting to circulation internationally.
Could this be a coincidence?
We are working on getting the videos back up. In the event that YouTube refuses to reinstate the videos, I will upload them on Vimeo.
I was told by Clifford Krauss, NY Times reporter, that the biggest story never told in the Barnett Shale is the pattern of intimidation. Someone needs to tell this story!
To industry: ‘You think you can intimidate me? Screw you. Choose your weapon.’ Elliot Spitzer.
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Sharon…I find myself never scared anymore. A certain peaceful bliss that has come over me.
I imagine it's similar to the struggle of the Jewish People in the Nazi Concentration Camps.
Some people will die slower than me, maybe I'm healthy enough, maybe it's the symptoms and the chemicals coming and going more quickly. Maybe I'll be the one who will die the fastest.
Regardless, I will fight with a peaceful bliss to the bitter end until Mother Earth takes over and the good are welcomed to embrace the Love of Earth. While others are brought before fiery gates of death.
The fight is a big fight.
Sue Ann says
I sure am glad you made backups!!!
It says your account has been "terminated." How can they do that? This should be big news. It's obviously a big hack by big gas.
Don't know if you'd seen this or not, but here's another example of intimidation.
Net Neutrality, our last avenue to voice opinions that are ignored by corporate media, is under attack by the corporate fascist. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will announce this week whether he'll fulfill President Obama's promise to protect the open Internet and Net Neutrality. And the New York Times reported last night: http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/netflix-partner-says-comcast-toll-threatens-online-video-delivery/
Just proves the strong impact you are having and the opposing monied interest's lack of scruples. Unfair-but no real surprise.
Are these videos you have uploaded to your YouTube Account that is associated with your Google Account that are being terminated? Or videos you have embedded from someone else's YouTube Account? After getting my websites hacked over and over again, I don't trust anything as being secure. What happens when you try to go into your YouTube account? You can't go into it because it is terminated? If it your videos YouTube is having a problem with you should be getting a message from YouTube in your YouTube message inbox.
Anyway, this is very troubling. Do you have a stats thing so you can keep an eye on who is hitting your blog?
I do see that your site had a brief visit earlier today by the federal government…..Big brother must be lurking – that can't be good.
Hey Durango, nice work with that Greek place. Let me know if there is a way I can help.
I have, or had, my own YouTube account that was part of a host of Google products that I use. It was TXsharon and it had years of work on it.
When I try to log in, I got a message that says: "If you've been redirected to this page from a particular product, it means that your access to this product has been suspended. Read on for more information."
I received no warning or inquiry. This morning there was an email in my gmail account from a friend asking what happened to my videos.
I can't get to my YouTube account or my inbox or anything. I am banned for life. I can't even comment on a YouTube video.
But, this will not stop me. I will upload all my videos on Vimeo and ask my many readers to help make them popular.
I do have a stat counter on my blog.
Thank you for the input.
Anonymous, how can you see that I had a vist from the FEDS. Can you post more information so I can search my stat counter?
I see a visit from the GAO but that's because I posted their study on GHG and natural gas.
Sharon – Check your sitemeter. Then click on "By Details" under the "recent visitors" heading. Under detail on page 5 you will see house.gov. Click the number of that visit and it will show that you were visited briefly at 4:39 pm.
It may or may not be relevant.
My site has been seen by state and local govt entities, as well as big gas and oil.
Here's a cut and paste:
Domain Name house.gov ? (U.S. Government)
IP Address 143.231.249.# (Information Systems, U.S. House of Representatives)
ISP Information Systems, U.S. House of Representatives
Continent : North America
Country : United States (Facts)
State : District of Columbia
City : Washington
Lat/Long : 38.9097, -77.0231 (Map)
Keep fighting the good fight.
Best wishes from Sybil in Nova Scotia
They visit regularly. That's some legislative aide trying to keep the boss informed. It's the DHS and CIA visits that rattle me.
Sybil, I think part of the reason I was targeted is because I am getting so many international readers. Industry does not want you to know what it coming.
Friends, I strongly suggest that everyone with any video on YouTube, get it uploaded on Vimeo and any other alternative site possible. If anyone has TXSharon's videos in any other format, please help her get them back and posted, the information is too important. Personally, I will be boycotting YouTube, and sending them my comments about censorship. Truth is powerful, do not let this slow our efforts. We are behind Sharon 100%
black balled….any one that knows anything….and they'll do it to me also….
Robert Finne says
Videos from Arkansas of SWM toadies lying have been removed from YouTube for "copyright violation." the account was still active though.
Wonder if the ACLU would be interested in this? I'm sure YouTube reserves rights To host what they want but do they want the publicity?
Sue Ann says
Keep giving 'em hell, Sharon! You rock!
What happened with Freedom of Speech?
This is happening to other YouTube accounts of people who speak out against the government. Alex Jones posted a YouTube post just a few days ago about a notice that his channel was going to be shut down (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVtfSO28Upw). The power of bloggers to affect change is evident and clear. It's being used by companies and political groups to get out their message. If this mechanism is closed off to dissenting opinions, heaven help us.
Looks like O&G has met the other unmovable force in Texas, TEXAS WOMEN! I'm betting on the one that fights for family and community and not greed. One person fighting for their home is worth a 1000 hired guns.
I agree and would add that the people who take down videos and blogs can hide their identity. Seems illegal. Wonder if money changes hands with these "deals."
Abusers use three primary methods of hiding their actions:
They either deny they've done something they know to be harmful,
or claim what they've done is trivial (read: "non-harmful")
or blame someone else for their own actions——-all in the interest of hiding themselves away from accountability.
That there hasn't been more sabotage of dissent against those who would expose the harmful practices of gas drillers surprises me.
Sorry for your troubles, Sharon, but truth-tellers like you are always going to be targets of the abusers.
As long as it stays in cyberspace at least it only has to do with information, which can be rerouted.
But please keep your antennae on full alert—I don't trust any of them to play fair.
D.G. Worley says
It appears that your YouTube channel has been reinstated. I admire your tenacity.
Oh nooooo some other Alex Jones nutbag(jklol) beat me to the punch and stole my comment about THEALEXJONESCHANNEL on youtube which is constantly getting shut down so that the number of views is erased. The Obama Deception had millions of views before it was yanked off youtube. It will be interesting to see WHEN they reinstate your videos if they will have erased the number of views on them. Death to the New World Order/ The beast IS upon us http://nwobeastomfg.ytmnd.com/
iuf you are facing problems sharing ur videos u can share them on city.vi . Citymedia foundation (http://citymediafoundation.org) has launched http://www.city.vi , a network of 68,000 city specific video sites, where you can share videos about cities and regions across the world. like for New York videos you can visit http://newyork.vi . You can also find out about other cities that you are interested . Hope to see you there