George Bush’s official campaign website is currently off limits to anyone outside of the US and Canada. Go on, try clicking the link: – it’s “403 forbidden”. Isn’t that weird? John Kerry‘s site’s still talking to us.

It might be a response to a DoS attack that might be the cause of six hours of downtime on October 19. If the attack (if there was an attack – the Republicans won’t comment the blocking) was from outside of the US, it would make sense, I suppose, for their server to simply refuse to communicate with any computer outside of the US. Though surely avid hackers could get round that anyway by just attacking through a US computer?

It’s an apt metaphor for the way Bush generally handles world opinion though. Say no to the Kyoto global warming treating, though the US is responsible for 36.1% of the world’s greenhouse transmissions. Invade Iraq, though the UN says no. Refuse to sign an global treaty allowing war criminals from any nation to be tried in an international court. See no world, hear no world, speak not with the world. (via Grandtextauto)

[Update: Boing Boing has lots of reader info though no official story on this, and one of Joi Ito’s readers has this example of a polite way of banning the world.

7 thoughts on “see no world, hear no world

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  3. Jorunn

    Well, if you go by way of, say, you still get to the official Bush site, presented in the dialect of your choice 🙂

  4. H?•kon Styri

    If doesn’t make sense (or doesn’t work), you could try 😉

    (The parody site is probably less scary than the real site translated to redneck. However, there are many free proxy servers that may give you access to without adding some weird translation.)

  5. fivecats

    On another note, would you be willing to give a translation to a new Norwegian site for those of us who are Norwegian-impaired?


  6. fivecats

    The BBC is reporting this story now as well at

  7. Jill

    Oh dear. claims to be collecting donations towards a bounty for whoever assassins Bush. They claim to be against violence but believe he’s doing too much evil. I assume it’s ironic, there’s no way of actually donating since there’s no links or further info.

    It’s a really stupid way of making a point, and a awful idea.

    The BBC article’s interesting, it suggests they’re simply saving bandwidth with increasing traffic:

    Mike Prettejohn, president of Netcraft, speculated that the blocking decision might have been taken to cut costs, and traffic, in the run-up to the election on 2 November.

    He said the site may see no reason to distribute content to people who will not be voting next week.

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