October 28, 2005


Happy 25th birthday, NEP!

Yes, it was 25 years ago today that Pierre Trudeau unveiled the National Energy Program. Hooray.

John Weissenberger and George Koch have an excellent article in the Calgary Herald which debunks the claims of modern liberals who claim that the NEP wasn't that bad for Alberta and that its architects had noble motives. (The article is behind a subscriber wall, but it should be up on their blog fairly soon.)

Update: Here we go.


October 01, 2005


IP Liberally

In the weeks just before and after the Conservative Party convention in Montreal, I got several e-mails from an anonymous source, featuring crude photoshops of Stephen Harper's head on a dog's body. (You many remember this very important news item from a mainstream media outlet near you.) The person(s) behind this used a variety of identities. According to a post in this Free Dominion thread, the sender must have obtained the list of e-mail addresses for convention delegates.

The reason I'm posting about this now is because I just got another e-mail from the same guy, featuring another dog picture and a plug for the website "houndsofwar.blogspot.com". I'm curious whether it's possible to determine who sent them.

I've posted the date, claimed sender, and IP address for all the e-mails I've gotten in the table below. All of them came from Montreal using the Sympatico ISP, with the possible exceptions of the March 16 (Ushud Noah) and September 29 messages, which I couldn't get valid reverse DNS entries for. (However, it's possible that they used an anonymous proxy to hide their true origin.) You can also see the full headers from the messages.

Mar 14 - delegates4democracy (
Mar 14 - Krista Porter (
Mar 16 - Donal Canard (
Mar 16 - Ushud Noah (
Mar 24 - Mike (
Apr 06 - Mike (
Apr 06 - Mike (
Sep 29 - Mike (

If you see somebody with one of these IPs (or one that's very similar) posting comments on your blog, or arriving at your site via a notable referring link (eg. a Google search for someone's name), please let me know. I think that finding out who's behind these e-mails could be very revealing...


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