Thursday, September 21, 2006

So who is "" anyway?

How funny! Why, just yesterday when we checked our counter it looks like these people came by. I've never heard of them, have you? But wpm sounds strangely like a name that has been in the news of late, doesn't it? W P M? That sounds like Wendy McCaw or Wendy P. McCaw or possibly Wendy Petrak? So, because just after we posted the name Jerry Roberts yesterday this popped up on the old counter -- we thought we'd investigate just to see.

Since our counter also tells us where they arrived from -- it was "Santa Barbara Free -- which just happens to be that fab little paper The Santa Barbara Daily Sound being published up on the Mesa.

So what is the deal here? Does this have anything to do with the "electronic surveillance" the employees at the Santa Barbara News-Press were talking about lately?

We wondered.

So, we decided to find out who the "WPM foundation" is via the simplest route -- the WEB!

Everybody is welcome here at The Santa Barbara Star Free Press Blog. Because we believe in FREEDOM OF THE PRESS! And you know who else we believe in? Our Mayor Marty Blum and our Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger. Because they are both really into environmental stuff here in California. And so are we.

And I bet, I just bet, that both of them are also into Freedom of the Press issues too. All the politicians in our country are, or they should be. It's very important to them what newspapers say isn't it? It is in the best interest of our country to make sure the press is free here. Always. And I know they will. Because I trust our leaders. All of them.

Right now, they need to look into who owns what and who is outsourcing what in the newspaper industry. Next up, we have more news about that, especially since the big events recently down at The Los Angeles Times.

So, let's start with a little search like this:

I used google!
to search for this:

You try it!


Even quicker is "whois", which immediately reveals that the domain is owned by Ampersand Holdings, which is of course owned by Wendy McCaw:

Domain ID:D2297516-LROR
Created On:29-Oct-1998 05:00:00 UTC
Last Updated On:28-Jan-2005 00:21:32 UTC
Expiration Date:28-Oct-2013 05:00:00 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Schlund+Partner AG (R73-LROR)
Registrant ID:SPAG-33144473
Registrant Name:Lee Tabata
Registrant Organization:Ampersand Holdings
Registrant Street1:1301 Santa Barbara St
Registrant Street2:
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Santa Barbara
Registrant State/Province:CA
Registrant Postal Code:93101
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.8059637301
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:+1.8059637301
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Admin ID:SPAG-33144473
Admin Name:Lee Tabata
Admin Organization:Ampersand Holdings
Admin Street1:1301 Santa Barbara St
Admin Street2:
Admin Street3:
Admin City:Santa Barbara
Admin State/Province:CA
Admin Postal Code:93101
Admin Country:US
Admin Phone:+1.8059637301
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin FAX:+1.8059637301
Admin FAX Ext.:
Tech ID:SPAG-32126886
Tech Name:Hostmaster ONEANDONE
Tech Organization:1&1 Internet Inc.
Tech Street1:701 Lee Rd.
Tech Street2:Suite 300
Tech Street3:
Tech City:Chesterbrook
Tech State/Province:PA
Tech Postal Code:19087
Tech Country:US
Tech Phone:+1.8774612631
Tech Phone Ext.:
Tech FAX:+1.6105601501
Tech FAX Ext.:
Name Server:NS29.1AND1.COM
Name Server:NS30.1AND1.COM

'Nuff said, eh?
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