We were watching one of MKD’s recent videos, featuring a clip in which Mel Ve interviewed Sabine McNeill in early 2015, when Sabine said something that made us roar with laughter. At about 2:27, she states (without the slightest trace of irony), “Well, I was one of the first to use computers for communication and I started to publish websites, and the most popular one was ‘Victims Unite!’….”
One of the first? Really?
That’s funny, because when we took a look at the domain name for that blog, victims-unite.net, we saw that the domain had first been registered on the 2nd August 2010.
Now, call us foolish, but it seems to us that “using computers for communication” has been around a wee bit longer than six years. In fact, some of us recall “using computers for communication” as long ago as the late 1980s/early 1990s.
Something else struck us when we looked at that entry on who.is: some of you might recall that Sabine told Angela Power-Disney, in hushed tones, that she was quite certain that RD, who they both believe runs this blog, was spending a great deal of time in California.
San Francisco, to be exact.
How did Sabine know this? Well, she looked up Hoaxtead Research‘s (publicly available) IP address, plugged it into an IP geolocation app, et voilà!
If you’d like to try this little experiment yourself, here’s how: go to a site like Who.Is, which maintains a registry of information about registered domain names. Plug in the domain for this blog: hoaxteadresearch.com; then click the button for “DNS Records”.
The IP address for any website on the internet is basically just a numerical address that tells other computers where that site can be found. In this case, it’s located on a server that can be found at 220.127.116.11 or 18.104.22.168.
When you do this, here’s what you’ll see:
(IP Location Finder gives you results from several geolocation apps, which is why it’s coming up three times here.)
So. Based on this information, Sabine is quite right: the IP address for HoaxteadResearch.wordpress.com points straight to San Francisco.
But here’s another little experiment you might like to try: let’s find the IP address for Sabine’s own Victims Unite! blog. We plug the domain name into Who.Is…
…and we find that it’s located at 22.214.171.124 or 126.96.36.199. Plug one of those addresses into IP Location Finder…
Uh-oh! Looks like Sabine McNeill lives in San Francisco too! What an astonishing coincidence!
But maybe we did something wrong. Let’s try another of Sabine’s blogs: National Inquiry into Organised, Orchestrated & Historic Child Sexual Abuse. Mercifully, Sabine chose a shorter domain name for this site: nationalinquiry.wordpress.com.
OMIGOD!! This time, the IP address that comes up is the very same as for Hoaxtead Research! Could it be that El Coyote and Sabine are, well, closer than they like to let on?
What can this mean?
The clue can be found on the geolocation results page. It gives the ISP (Internet Service Provider) for the IP address 188.8.131.52 as “Automattic”. For those who don’t use WordPress blogs, Automattic, Inc. is the name of the company that owns WordPress…and hosts its servers.
In San Francisco.
Yep. Sabine thinks that because our blog is hosted by WordPress, we are physically located in San Francisco. We assume that she’s never bothered to check the IPs of her own blogs, which would place her in the Golden Gate City as well.
No matter where in the world a person might be located, if they use WordPress.com as their blogging platform, their blog will be hosted on a server farm in San Francisco. Scarlet Scoop, El Coyote, Sabine McNeill, Belinda McKenzie, Peter Bellett, Maurice Kirk, the Musa Family…all their blogs are hosted by WordPress, and all have IP addresses that originate there.
Wouldn’t you think Sabine might have already twigged to this, given that she claims to have such longstanding, in-depth tech experience with “using computers for communication”?
Then again, have you ever known her to be right about anything?