A Note about Technical Difficulties

Somewhere in one of the many articles written about Koch v. Cato in the last two weeks (can’t find it right now), the reporter says something to the effect that Cato had launched “a coordinated PR campaign” in response to the Kochs’ lawsuit. I got a chuckle out of that one.

The fact is, though many of us knew this dispute lurked in the background, we were all surprised as hell when they sued us on February 28. And our response was, I can assure you, utterly ad hoc and improvised.

Case in point: two weeks ago, when I fired up my long-dead blog for a few posts about the case, I discovered that when I put the links up on Facebook, the preview panel contained spam text for generic Viagra and Cialis:

24h online support, Absolute anonymity & Fast delivery by courier or airmail. Best price for generic cialis. Free samples viagra cialis …

I can only imagine what people thought when they reposted the link: “Cato: even in their hour of greatest danger, they stand for liberty and against erectile disfunction!”

Any conspiracy theorists reading this should chill out, though: the hacking wasn’t corporate espionage, or anything of the sort. I noticed the problem a couple of years ago, but didn’t do anything about it because I wasn’t using the blog. If I knew we were going to launch a coordinated PR campaign (ha!) I would’ve had it fixed well before last week.

My long-suffering web sherpa, PJ Doland, solved the problem—but old posts will still retain the spam if anyone forwards them.

All of this is prelude to an explanation of why I’m about to repost last week’s “It’s Pretty Simple.” Should you choose to circulate this one, it won’t mix messages anymore.

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments

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