By now we all know about a certain Dr Dragan Dabic (aka Radovan Karadžić). It is also a fact that Karadžić worked as a doctor of alternative medicine in the centre of Belgrade. And he even had his own website!
First thought: How weird … Second thought: Wait a minute… why is there an English translation? Also the headline…
“The Ever Increasing Need for Alternative Viewpoints in the Modern World.”
– shouldn’t it be about medical viewpoints??? Also the rest of the quotes are clearly written with the war criminal in mind:
Behind every able man, there are always other able men.
A wise man makes his own decisions,an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them.
An email that starts with “healingwounds@” … give me a break!
I think this page is a big fake! In the Whois directory you can find the following information:
Domain Name: DRAGANDABIC.COM
Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Whois Server: whois.enom.com
Referral URL: http://www.enom.com
Updated Date: 22-jul-2008
Creation Date: 22-jul-2008
Expiration Date: 22-jul-2009
Aha … the page was created yesterday and now everyone seems to “find” the website and is amused about the email address…
BTW: Apparently the real website is this one: http://www.psy-help-energy.com/ – looks very weird as well! (Update: There is also a discussion about a few suspicious things connected to this website!)
Update: In case you are still not convinced that this is a hoax (although international media has also picked up the story eventually) compare this screenshot from July 28 with the screenshot from July 23! You will notice:a separate page in Serbian, more advertising, some esoteric signs and a black and white picture called “dragan-dabic-mladic”…
Update: The International Herald Tribune reveals the background story of the hoaxer here: An online hoax becomes a source about Karadzic:
The hoaxer identified himself as Tristan Dare, and described himself as a “media artist who specializes in masterminding viral ‘guerrilla style’ interactive online performances.” He said he was a “citizen of the world, and currently resides in the global village.” He agreed to be interviewed, but only via e-mail, after being reached at the randomized e-mail address assigned to the person who registered dragandabic.com. His identity could not be confirmed.
He would not speak over the phone, but laid out a chronology of the site’s creation and editing, and had meticulously tracked his viral experiment across the media landscape with a couple of dozen screenshots of news Web sites, from Poland to China to Japan, that referred to the site.
He said the Internet traffic totals “reached 24,000 by the end of Day 1 (July 22), to 180,000 visitors on Day 2 (July 23).” He added, “In those first two days over 1.6 million files from this one-page site were served to automatic server requests,” which includes not only accessing the site but also viewing or linking to the photos on the site.