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Thread: Mapping a @monsanto-loving octopus. Let's start with @scienceblogs (whoa... just realized they blocked me!) was a popular blogging site ca. 2008 that was bought out several times and eventually died. Then @science2_0, a nonprofit org, bought the moribund site & rights.
Some former bloggers expressed concern about the purchase by @science2_0. Rightly so, and not just because they posted embarrassing Nazi-sympathetic and antisemitic nonsense.
A step back. In 2008, back when @scienceblogs was popular, a man named @hankcampbell founded a for-profit corporation, ION Publications, LLC. Hank apparently launched a few low-quality "science blogging" websites of his own: sciblogs.com, sciencecodex.com...
So what was the purpose of ION Publications and all these sites? Well, @ACSHorg , a nonprofit org that's inordinately attached to spreading the word about how safe @monsanto's products are, says that it's a "website development service" that increases traffic to ACSH's website.
As it happens, the president of @acshorg is @hankcampbell, who, in his role as president is busy paying @hankcampbell's ION Publications $60,000 for promotional activities.
Last year, @science2_0 went nonprofit, apparently not long before they acquired the @scienceblogs name. (Presumably, whoever gave financial backing for the acquisition got a nice tax deduction.) They revealed their founding document, only after I reported them to the IRS...
... and its founders are @riskmonger, another disinterested person who happens to be gung-ho about @monsanto product safety, and @hankcampbell. So @hankcampbell's nonprofit is paying @hankcampbell's for-profit which owns @hankcampbell's nonprofit which owns @scienceblogs.
(Just for the record, don't try to pay @science2_0 or ION Publications a visit at their address at 705-2 E. Bidwell St. in Folsom.... it's a UPS Store.)
Now, I'm no expert on corporate governance, but this seems kinda fishy to me -- not just the money flow, but the for-profit owning a non-profit with such obvious overlap in governance structure. But heaven forfend that someone suggest @acshorg @science2_0 etc. are in cahoots!
Attached is a handy-dandy chart for those attempting to follow at home. And disclosure: the @acshorg network, @hankcampbell, and various minions have attacked me and some of my colleagues, incl. on their "Deniers for Hire" website. And I fully admit that I think they're scumbags.
So, the TL;DR version... this is how a once-admired science blogging site, @scienceblogs, was acquired by a complex and, IMO, shady network of for-profits and non-profits helping @monsanto. No wonder @monsanto said @ACSHorg was such a good value for the dollar! --END--
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