August 18, 2006

Part One: Are All Blogs Created Equal?

By Meri, Aruban Boycott Contributor

This will be the first in a series of articles regarding some of the current blog sites either for or against Natalee Holloway and her family.

I want to begin by listing what I have been told are the pro-Holloway sites:

Scared Monkeys
Blogs For Natalee
Aruba Dirty Police
Boycott Aruba: Justice For Natalee (this blog)

All of the above have played a role in several areas of the case of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

The following are supposedly Anti-Holloway sites:

Refugees Unleashed
The Unusual Suspects

I'm sure that there are many more pro and against but these are the ones I am most familiar with. It is my opinion that the difference between the pro-Holloway blogs and the anti-Holloway blogs is the hostility shown toward Natalee and her family as opposed to the support offered to Natalee and her family.

What if one could NOT tell the difference? What if a blog purported to be pro-Holloway but was infiltrated by anti-Holloway people? What if that hostility seeped into the desired goal of members of a blog to support the family of Natalee Holloway? What if information was presented that was supposed to help those interested in seeking the truth in this case but was really posted to confuse and mislead? What if some of the posters or bloggers actually worked for the very people that the family of Natalee Holloway consider responsible for or involved in the cover-up of information leading to the disappearance of their daughter?

What if the two schools of thought (those who believe that Aruba has done a piss-poor job of investigating this case and that the three main suspects know more then they are telling) and those who believe that Natalee simply "Vanished" (as per a comment from Arlene Ellis Shippers) and that the family of Natalee is evil and only interested in persecuting the innocent Island of Aruba, were intermingled?

What if we were relying on individuals who pretend to be friends of the Family for help when in fact they were scamming us instead?

I believe that on one particular pro-Holloway blog this is the case. I also believe that it has to be stopped and exposed.

I intend to do that in due time.

This is not something that I ever thought that I would be doing, and frankly, it makes me queasy to think about it. Because I believe that the family of Natalee Holloway has been tortured enough, I have no qualms about revealing what I am slowly putting together to make a case for one of the biggest and ugliest scams ever perpetrated against a victim's family.

Because I need to be cautious and accurate I can't promise when my next article will appear...just KNOW that it WILL appear and that I WILL name names.


Anonymous said...

Take them down Meri

Anonymous said...

Thank you Michelle.

I've left that site due to the conditions you speculate may exist. I've watched it evolve. And I've wondered why it couldn't be stopped. So many heartfelt posters tried. And still do.

But I now consider the site just another 'hate site'. And one that is not even moderated with fairness and consistency anymore.

Too bad. Along the way they just forgot that THIS IS ABOUT NATALEE ANN HOLLOWAY. And I shudder when I think that the family might still read there.

I really look forward to your next article.

Michelle Says So said...

Thanks for the nice words, but I didn't write the article; Meri did. I want to make sure she gets credit for what she writes. When I found out about this, I was hoping to God it wasn't true...but Meri has been doing some hard investigating and it will be interesting to see what she has to say next. As she promises, 'stay tuned'.

Keep reading and thanks for your support!

Anonymous said...

Please tell me this is not true.

This is very serious so please, be certain.

And please let us know WHO they are by blogger name.

This would be the lowest blow of all.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is true, and when the time is right I will name the people who are causing this chaos on one of the blogs. It is a very complicated situation and I NEVER post anything without having total and complete documentation behind what I post. I have quite a bit right now but it isn't time to put it out in the public yet. I need to protect the innocent as well as reveal the guilty so please be patient. I believe that there are people who do NOT know that they are being used and I don't want them to be hurt. When the time is right I will blog about everything and I will put out the documentation for everyone to see. Just remember this; we are all about Natalee and finding the truth and we are all about the boycott and that is what counts. Please support Michelle and this movement and help in any way that you can. The enemies of this movement will not win. We will NOT let Beth down as so many others have.

Anonymous said...

Meri --

I respect that you need to make sure you have accurate information and proof.

That's what makes the sites in support of Natalee different from the 'hate' sites who will post anything and say it is true.

But we have seen that some have come in and taken over the site in discussion -- and now it's more about anti american and anti semitism than it is about Natalee.

And although that type of bashing is acceptable by the moderators (and encouraged) -- pictures of people 'associated' with the suspects can not be displayed unless they are listed as suspects.

But getting pornographic pictures in your Private Messages seems to be acceptable behavior.

Go figure.

There are still great posters there -- who have so much love for Natalee and so much compassion for her family and loved ones, that they refuse to give up the fight.

And with your help -- they may win:-)I hope so.

In the interim, they need to stop representing themselves as a forum in support of Natalee.

Thanks Meri/Michelle -- for all you do.

Rammstein said...

Well I read the second story and still I see no names.

Different blogs/forums may have different point of views about what they feel is and isn't appropriate. Some are more conservative in what they allow then others, that is just how blogs/forums work. Of the four pro-Natalee sites you have named I can see none that is anti-Natalee or against the family.

The refugee site though is very anti-Natalee and especially her family. I cannot believe people like that can post some of the disgusting posts they do. Hatred will only expose those that spead it and unfortunatly Refugees spreads hate instead of trying to find the truth and that is sad.


Anonymous said...

Peter (Ramm):

I have read many of your posts and frankly, I feel that you are full of it and full of yourself. Those are American expressions and even though it often appears that you are not terribly fond of Americans I thought I'd teach you some new words since you enjoy translating. Full of it means that you have no clue what you are talking about most of the time and full of yourself means that you are your own biggest fan. Thanks for the comment.

Rammstein said...

If I were a lesser person Meri, I would say it takes a person who is full of it to know one but I am not that childish (only just though).

And me? Not fond of americans? I have several very good american friends who seem to think very differently. Being somewhat critical from time to time is not the same as not being fond of Americans. And to be honest, I knew that expression already and yes, I do love translating materials, something that some people think is an admirable quest of mine even if you don't think that.

And if "Full of it" means that a person doesn't have a clue what they are talking about then I must be very much "not full of it" because I know a lot of things, especially about the case. And no, my biggest fan is my mother probably or my little nephew. I am not that arrogant to be a fan of my own, I am way to shy for that.