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Owner of Wendy’s chili finger still not found

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Health officials in San Jose, California are still unable to identify the owner of the missing finger found in a bowl of chili at a local Wendy’s restaurant last week.

Fingerprints on the detached digit have been run through an FBI database as well as the local criminal database in Santa Clara County, but no matches were found. According to Rich Reneau, who is currently leading the investigation, the fingerprint was marginal, and the likelihood of finding a match is slim.

The finger is also undergoing DNA tests by the county medical examiner, which could determine the race and gender of the owner of said finger.

Plans for a toxicology lab to run tests on the finger to see if the tissue contains preservative chemicals, such as embalming compounds are underway.

According to Lt. Chris Forrester, the coroner may end up hiring a private lab to run further tests on the finger.

Wendy’s International stock was trading at US$39.37 Tuesday morning, relatively unchanged from its levels last week, before the news hit the stock markets.




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Abramoff begins prison sentence

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

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Jack Abramoff, the disgraced ex-lobbyist began his six year prison sentence today. Abramoff himself pled guilty on January 3, to three criminal felony counts in a Washington, D.C. federal court related to the defrauding of American Indian tribes and corruption of public officials. The following day he pled guilty to two criminal felony counts in a separate federal court, in Miami, related to his fraudulent dealings with SunCruz Casinos.

On March 29, he was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of more than $21 million. His prison sentence was the minimum permitted under a plea bargain with federal prosecutors. Abramoff arrived at about 6:30 a.m. ET at a prison facility in western Maryland and began serving a nearly six-year prison sentence for a fraudulent deal to buy a fleet of casino ships in Florida. The camp is all male.

Stephen Finger, executive assistant at the prison, said all inmates work while there. Incoming inmates such as Abramoff typically are assigned to jobs such as food service work. Finger said that inmates can work their way up from low-level jobs paying 12 cents an hour to better positions paying up to 40 cents an hour.

Abramoff has ties to many Republican officials including former Representative Bob Ney, two of former Representative Tom DeLay’s Aides, Senator Conrad Burns (lost on Election Day) and Representative John Doolittle.



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Wikinews holds Reform Party USA presidential candidates forum

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Three men are currently seeking the presidential nomination of the Reform Party of the United States of America: small business owner Andre Barnett, Earth Intelligence Network CEO Robert Steele, and former college football coach Robby Wells. Wikinews reached out to these candidates and asked each of them five questions about their campaigns. There were no space limits placed on the responses, and no candidate was exposed to another’s responses before making their own. The answers are posted below in unedited form for comparison of the candidates.

The Reform Party is a United States third party that was founded in 1995 by industrialist Ross Perot. Perot ran as the party’s first presidential nominee in 1996, and won over eight percent of the popular vote, the highest percentage for a third party candidate since. In 1998, professional wrestler Jesse Ventura ran on the Reform Party ticket and was elected Governor of Minnesota. The party fell in prominence during the lead-up to the 2000 presidential election when it was plagued by infighting between ideological factions. In 2000, paleoconservative Pat Buchanan won the presidential nomination, and went on to receive only 0.4 percent of the popular vote in the general election. In 2004, the party opted to endorse consumer advocate Ralph Nader, but ended the year nearly bankrupt. In 2008, Ted Weill won the party’s presidential nomination, but appeared on the ballot in only one state and won a total of 481 votes.

The party is currently trying to rebuild and has opened several new state chapters. They will attempt to appear on the ballot in more states for the 2012 presidential election. The party is expected to nominate its presidential ticket during the National Convention this summer.

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  • 1 The candidates
  • 2 Forum
    • 2.1 Question 1
    • 2.2 Question 2
    • 2.3 Question 3
    • 2.4 Question 4
    • 2.5 Question 5
  • 3 Related articles
  • 4 Sources


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Therapy for rheumatoid arthritis

Treatment and Case Study by Dr. Ronald Mullen

If you think you or someone you care about has rheumatoid arthritis and are searching for therapy for rheumatoid arthritis, here you may find that the natural therapies offered in Dr. Ronald Mullen’s office can serve your needs.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment by Dr. Ronald Mullen

Rheumatoid arthritis is due to an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks its own joint tissue. This causes swelling, pain, stiffness and function loss in the joints, eventually leading to joint destruction. Such autoimmune disorder is caused by a poor lymphatic circulation which is also called spleen damp in TCM term. The therapies at my clinic is to enhance the lymphatic circulation and clean the spleen damp, and therefore, resolve the symptoms related to autoimmune with long lasting results. I also use other treatment to help restore the damaged joint structure and relieve the pain and inflammations. The treatment usually takes 3 months. Patients should notice about 50% symptom improvement after one month and can achieve 80% to 100% improvement by the end of 3rd month. Patients should experience a lasting result after treatment. If they experience flare-ups, it requires 2 week treatments to regain a pain-free condition. Some of our patients who have undergone an extensive treatment (6 months) have seen the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Factor returning to negative.

Case Study on Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

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A 57 year old male presents with stiffness and soreness bilaterally in all joints of the upper and lower extremities. Symptoms are aggravated by walking, especially the ankle joints, which swell severely and produce extreme pain. He reports his condition is getting worse and that he had to leave his employment six months earlier and is now completely disabled. He has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis by his previous MD. After TCM examination, he was given acupuncture treatment and prescribed herbal supplements. At his next appointment, three days later, he reported that the swelling in his left ankle had disappeared within the first 24 hours, with other symptoms beginning to improve. Continuing this protocol, after one week, he reported all symptoms had improved approximately 70%. With continued treatment and herbs for three additional weeks, he reports improvement at 80%. He continues to improve at the time of this writing, and is planning to return to work soon. In his own words, he says the treatment has “given me my life back”. P.S. Eight months later, the patient did another blood test and found that the RH factor became negative.

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Matt Smith revealed as 11th incarnation of Doctor Who

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Actor Matt Smith will be the next to portray the Doctor on the BBC television program Doctor Who. Smith will be the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, taking over from actor David Tennant who will end his time with the series after filming four editions of the program through 2009. The Doctor comes from a race of Timelords, and has the ability to “regenerate” and change appearance when his health is failing. William Hartnell was the first actor to play the Doctor, from 1963–1966. Smith will become the new occupant of the Doctor’s time machine and spacecraft the “TARDIS” in 2010.

David Tennant will be a very hard act to follow, but I’m optimistic that the new Doctor will be just as good.

John Harper, founder of the Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society and a fan of the series, called the decision to cast 26-year-old Smith in the role “wonderful”. MP for Scarborough Robert Goodwill, also a fan of the program, told the Scarborough Evening News: “David Tennant will be a very hard act to follow, but I’m optimistic that the new Doctor will be just as good.”

He is possibly going to be one of the best Doctors we’ve ever had.

Matt Smith, 26, portrayed researcher Danny Foster on the political drama Party Animals, which aired on BBC Two in 2007. Fellow actor Andrew Buchan from Party Animals told The Guardian: “It’s a sublime bit of casting. He’s got that huge hair, a twinkle in his eye — Matt’s the king of geek chic. He is possibly going to be one of the best Doctors we’ve ever had.”

After a back injury got in the way of Smith’s goal of becoming a footballer, his drama teacher Jerry Hardingham at Northampton School for Boys encouraged him to pursue acting. Though Smith did not audition, Hardingham cast him in a school production of the play Twelve Angry Men. Hardingham later convinced Smith to join the National Youth Theatre, and he landed the lead role in the play Murder in the Cathedral, performing before members of the British Royal Family and other VIPs at the Westminster Cathedral.

David Tennant, 37, has portrayed the Doctor on Doctor Who since taking over for Christopher Eccleston in 2005. A major feature of his character’s stories involved a romantic interest in his companion in the TARDIS, Rose, played by actress Billie Piper.

Tennant announced his exit from the program on October 29, 2008, at the National Television Awards in the United Kingdom, during his speech accepting the outstanding drama performance award at the program. Doctor Who was recognized with the award for most popular drama program.

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“I love this part, and I love this show so much that if I don’t take a deep breath and move on now I never will, and you’ll be wheeling me out of the Tardis in my bath chair,” said Tennant in his address to the audience in attendance at the Royal Albert Hall. He was previously recognized at the National Television Awards for his role in Doctor Who with the award for most popular actor, in 2006 and 2007.

Tennant is currently performing the lead role in Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and his engagement at the Novello Theatre in Westminster, London is set to end on January 10. He portrayed Hamlet 60 times with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon prior to the production’s move to London.



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Incomplete data may mislead doctors into overprescribing expensive medicines

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Medical doctors have not been getting the full picture about newly FDA-approved drugs, concludes a research team from the University of California, San Francisco. This is because not all the studies required for FDA approval get published. New drug studies that do see publication tend to be ones where the medicine appears to perform well while poor and middling results are less likely to appear in medical journals. The result appears to be that doctors who read the available literature may get an inflated impression of new medications and may prescribe expensive new drugs in place of older medicines that perform as well or better. As Jordan Lite of Scientific American wonders, are drug companies cherry-picking the studies they publish to make their drugs look better than they actually are?

The University of California team reviewed trials that had supported new drugs approved from 1998 to 2000 and examined 909 trials of 90 medications. The search was conducted upon PubMed and other search tools that a typical medical doctor or patient could access. They concluded that less than half of the studies had been published five years after drug approval and a publication bias existed.

Erick Turner, who coauthored a similar study earlier this year, expressed concerns to Scientific American that the problem was not merely the raw percentage of studies published, but that a disproportionate share of the research that appeared in journals are examples where new medications appear to perform well:

When trials are selectively published … it will skew the efficacy of the drug and make it look like it works better than it does.
When trials are selectively published … it will skew the efficacy of the drug and make it look like it works better than it does. It’s going to create a lot more enthusiasm among consumers of that information or in the words of Alan Greenspan, ‘irrational exuberance.’

Ken Johnson, senior vice president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), defended the pharmaceutical industry by saying FDA review of new drug applications is more important than publishing the results of medication trials in medical journals. Approved medications come with labels that give patients and doctors enough information, assures Mr. Johnson.

Yet concerns about full and appropriate disclosure have been serious enough that a new law was enacted last year. FDA Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA) requires that all trials which support FDA-approved drugs be registered at the National Institutes of Health website. The requirement goes into effect this coming Saturday. Congress enacted the legislation in response to hearings that determined pharmaceutical companies were less likely to publish studies that indicated significant side effects. One shortcoming in the legislation, according to UCSF associate professor Ida Sim, is that the FDA is still not required to specify which trials it weighs when considering applications for drug approvals. Yet she praises the new law as a major improvement. It’s critically important that we know trials exist and that we get the summary results, positive and negative, into the public domain—that’s a huge step and more than any [other] country is doing now.



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Malaysian authorities arrest fourth suspect in killing of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Malaysian authorities on Friday arrested North Korean man Ri Jong Chol, 46, on suspicion of involvement in the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother to Kim Jong Un, leader of North Korean leader. He died in Malaysia on Monday morning. According to South Korean officials, he was killed by a fast-acting poison administered by two women who approached him in Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Ri is now the fourth subject in custody. On Wednesday, Malaysian authorities said, they arrested 26-year-old taxi driver Muhammad Farid Bin Jalaluddin, whom they believed was the boyfriend of one of the women who approached Kim Jong Nam in the airport on Monday. Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign affairs confirmed one of the women, Siti Aishah, is a Indonesian citizen, but confirmation was not then available on whether her counterpart, whose name was given as Doan Thi Hong, is actually Vietnamese or was merely carrying a Vietnamese passport. Selangor State Police Chief Abdul Samah Mat told CNN Jalaluddin helped the police find Aishah. The two women are to be held for seven days.

In findings published in the New Straits Times, CCTV footage from the airport showed two women, ostensibly Aishah and Hong, walking up to Kim near the self-check-in stand. One of them distracted him while the other grabbed his face or neck and administered the poison, though reports differ as to whether she used a needle, spray or impregnated cloth. Kim Jong Nam fell sick and went to the airport clinic, from which he was sent to hospital by ambulance. He died before reaching the hospital. One of the two women was wearing a T-shirt reading “LOL” when she approached Kim. Aishah allegedly told police she thought she had been hired to perform a prank for a television show and that she had been hired to spray people with liquid before.

Kim had been traveling under the alias Kim Chol and was returning to Macau where he has lived with his family since leaving North Korea.

Kim Jong Nam, 45, was the oldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. His mother was Kim Jong Il’s mistress Song Hye Rim and he was raised separately from his half-brothers. He was considered the elder Kim’s heir apparent but lost favor after an incident in 2001 when he used a fake passport in an attempt to visit Japan. Kim has lived outside of North Korea for many years and did not attend his father’s funeral in 2011. He favored more economic reform for North Korea and once told Japanese writer Yoji Gomi he did not believe Kim Jong Un would be a good leader:

“The Kim Jong-un regime will not last long,” said Kim to Gomi in 2012. “Without reforms, North Korea will collapse, and when such changes take place, the regime will collapse.”

South Korea’s national intelligence agency accused the North Korean government of having Kim killed. The Korean Institute for Defense Analyses’s Kim Chang-su stated Kim Jong Un may have felt his brother was a threat to his position. In the years since Kim Jong Un became leader, many people so perceived, including his uncle and advisor Jang Song Thaek, have ended up dead. Jang was executed for treason. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi dismissed allegations North Korea arranged Kim’s death as “only speculation.”

Malaysian authorities completed the autopsy of Kim Jong Nam earlier this week over objections from the North Korean government but announced Thursday they would not release the body to North Korea or disclose the results without a Kim family DNA sample. The North Korean government already said it won’t accept the validity of an autopsy done without its permission or oversight.

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The Adhd Child And The Great Distraction Myth

By Tellman Knudson

One of the great myths of working with the ADHD child (and anyone with ADHD symptoms for that matter) today is: “Take away all extra distraction and stimulus so the ADHD child can focus.” This is just not true, and I will show you why.

There was an ADHD child I was working with…his mother worked in a fitness gym, and I had an office there. At my office, I would see this ADHD child to try to help with his ADHD symptoms.

His mother was often really frustrated. Whenever she was trying to close up the fitness center to go home at night, her ADHD child was running all over the place…he wasn’t listening to anything she said…making a mess…taking all the exercise cushions and scattering them…basically tearing the place apart. She was trying to clean up and go home for the night, and she was at her wit’s end.

One night, I was locking up my office for the night and I said to his mother, “Pssst…watch this.” This particular ADHD child was only about six. He had eight different diagnoses of ADD, OCD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder on top of his ADHD symptoms, and everything else. But I said, “Hold on, let me show you something simple.”

Then I said to the ADHD child, “Hey, try this… All those cushions you’re throwing all over the place, I’d like to see if you can do this. I don’t think you can. I don’t think that you’re smart or fast enough to do this, but if you can, prove me wrong.”

I said, “Try to balance them all up on one hand while you’re looking up at the ceiling, while you’re reciting the alphabet backwards.”

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The next thing I knew, this ADHD child had all these cushions from the workout machines balanced on one hand…AND he was looking up at the ceiling, and reciting the alphabet backwards.

I said, “Ok, let’s see if you can remember where each one of those cushions go, and if a single one of them is out of place, you have to start over.” The fact is, it didn’t really matter where they went. But this ADHD child, even though he was only six, he remembered precisely where they all came from.

One at a time, he put all these cushions back squarely, exactly where they were supposed to go, and he didn’t argue, because I didn’t give him anything to argue with. I gave him something challenging to do that needed to be done that occupied all his senses at once.

At the same time, we turned the music up in the fitness center while we were at it. We turned it loud to give him more auditory sense, and bam! He had focus instantly. Why does this work? How does this happen?

There are some different theories about how this happens, and I read about one amazing theory in a book called Healing ADD by Daniel Amen. He’s a medical doctor, and he talks about the prefrontal cortex of the brain, the part of your brain that’s actually responsible for doing a few things. One is for balancing your emotions, for maintaining a balanced emotional state, also the ability to actually plan ahead and think in advance. Finally, it allows you to do things in a sequenced, step-by-step structure, to essentially make a list of things to do and do it in steps A through G.

A linear person focuses on one thing. This activates that part of the brain we were talking about earlier, the prefrontal cortex. Their emotions get balanced. They’re able to think ahead, plan ahead and do things in sequence. That’s pretty good for focusing on one task at a time, such as doing the dishes. It’s a monotonous, step-by-step kind of thing.

If a person with ADHD symptoms, or an ADHD child, focuses on one thing, generally what happens is, your brain, the part of your brain that is in control of doing things in sequence, planning ahead and doing things in order, literally shuts down.

The activity in your brain just goes “plop,” and what happens is your brain starts looking for other things to stimulate it so it can stay active, except it’s going on “randomizer,” meaning it will just soak up whatever’s coming into your senses.

The point is, if you feed an ADHD child’s senses with things that are related to what they’re trying to accomplish, they’ll stay focused on accomplishing that thing.

This is the big difference between people with ADHD symptoms and people without ADHD symptoms, that gets really misunderstood.

Someone who sees an ADHD child struggling to stay focused on one thing, usually tries to help by “taking away all the distractions” actually taking away more stimulus from the ADHD child’s environment, and trying to force their brain to focus even more on just that one thing.

Because that is what works for a person without ADHD symptoms, right? However, as I’ve shown, that is the worst thing to do to the ADHD child.

When you give an ADHD child (or adult) enough things to do at once, as well as a stimulating environment, they can do anything at all, they are in their element, and they really shine. If you’d like to learn more surprising secrets about how to help the ADHD child and others with ADHD symptoms focus and thrive, see below.

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Obituaries: January 21-27, 2008
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Sunday, January 27, 2008

The following deaths were reported over the past week:

Richard Darman, who was the trustee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Non-Executive Chairman of the AES corporation, as well as being the aide to five presidents died of Leukemia on Friday. In 1990 he successfully persuaded Congress to raise taxes, despite the fact that former president George Bush pledge to do otherwise.

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Thomas Cecil Gray born 11 March 1913 in Liverpool, died 21 January 2008. He died peacefully at home on the Wirral. A requiem mass will be held at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on 26 January 2008. He pioneered modern Anaesthetic techniques.

Born in Liverpool in 1913, educated at Ampleforth College, he qualified in medicine at The University of Liverpool in 1937. He began his career as a General Practitioner before joining the Royal Army Medical Corps.

He later returned to the University to become Head of the Department of Anaesthesia and was made Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in 1970, retiring in 1976. As Senior Lecturer he established the Department of Anaesthesia at Liverpool University, the ‘Liverpool technique’, based on the triad of unconsciousness, analgesia and muscle relaxation, was developed as a result.

Professor Gray was the editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia from 1948 to 1964. Until recently Professor Gray continued to give occasional lectures at the university.

Professor Gray was presented with a CBE by Her Majesty the Queen and in 1982 was honoured by Pope John Paul II who made him a Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. In 2007 the Liverpool Echo included him in its list of the 700 greatest Liverpudlians, as part of Liverpools 700th anniversary.

Married twice. He married his first wife Marjorie Kathleen Hely in 1937 they had 2 children, she died in died 1978; He married Pamela Mary Corning in 1979, they had 1 son before she died on 5 January 2008. He had four grandchildren.

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Marie Smith Jones, who is believed to be the last remaining speaker of the Alaskan language Eyak has died at age 89. She was an activist who supported conservation and the rights of indigenous people. She is survived by her nine children, none of whom can speak Eyak. Her Eyak name was Udach’ Kuqax*a’a’ch, which she translated as “a sound that calls people from afar”.

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Heath Ledger, Australian actor, 28 ===

According to police in New York City, New York, Australian actor Heath Ledger, 28, has died from a suspected overdose of prescription drugs. He was found by his housekeeper in his Manhattan apartment.

At about 3:26 p.m. EST (UTC-5), the housekeeper was on her way to inform Ledger that his masseuse had arrived when she discovered his naked body on the bed.

Ledger starred in the 2005 movie Brokeback Mountain where he was nominated for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He also starred in the 2000 movie The Patriot with Mel Gibson.

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Journalist and morning news presenter for CBS died in a snowmobile accident. He was pronounced very soon after the emergency services arrived. Scott Hirschey, a childhood friend of Salerno was driving the snowmobile, was also injured.

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Broadband users kicked off service for constant questioning

Friday, September 2, 2005

A UK ISP, Plusnet, terminated the service of two of their broadband service customers for asking too many repeated questions and taking up too much customer support time on their portal discussion forums.

Early last year, Plusnet, an ISP with nearly 200,000 subscribers, cut its prices for all of its broadband products. In doing so, Plusnet allegedly did not inform its existing customers by e-mail, and instead published new products and prices on their public portal. This manner of notice for the price changes may have resulted in thousands of customers paying almost twice as much for the same service.

Within the last month, Plusnet began Packet Shaping peer-to-peer transfers for users of its ‘Premier’ service, which is sold and described as a ‘clean’ connection.

They also recently introduced the throttling [enforcing a maximum limit] of customers using more than 150GB per month of bandwidth. Users whose bandwidth is throttled receive service of 70Kbps, while paying for 2Mbps. This figure is based on the PlusNet network contention of 30:1, being 2mb divided by thirty users. The throttle is in place until the end of the customers current billing period, and is meant to help keep broadband access for all Plusnet users fast by stopping a small percentage of users from using excessive bandwidth. As a result, the ISP has begun receiving numbers of customer complaints and criticism both privately and through their publicly accessible member discussion forums. Though the vast majority of comments on this new Sustainable Usage Policy have been positive.

Wade Woverly, 20, from Leeds (also known as “Wadev1589”), started a thread in the Plusnet member discussion forums challenging the ISP on a number of customer service issues. One of those was regarding the customers who were paying an unnecessary premium for the same internet connection. In addition, Woverly mentioned he was assisting the Trading Standards Institute with an investigation of the legality of terms and conditions of Plusnet.

The accusations by Woverly, that customers are being over-charged, are considered speculative. Woverly asked the same questions dozens of times on forum pages, hoping to receive some sort of answer from Plusnet that he considered satisfactory. Ultimately, he claims the ISP called him on the telephone and said that if he didn’t stop posting comments on their forums, they would terminate his ADSL internet connection and forum access. Woverly said Plusnet’s position was that he was using up excessive customer services resources.

After a night of lengthy posts both on Plusnet boards and at the forums at ADSLGuide, a Customer Services Manager at Plusnet, Carol Axe, allegedly contacted Woverly to inform him that they would be terminating his service, and that he has 30 days to migrate away until his line will be disconnected. Axe refused to allow her conversation to be recorded: “her voice was that of rude arrogance, not listening at all, it was a true ultimatum of a call,” according to Woverly.

Neil Armstrong, the Head of Marketing at Plusnet, commented, “Our comms team is there to serve all our customers, not to be drained by one unreasonably demanding customer.”

The Plusnet forums are led by a team of moderators, also customers, whose job it is to deal with problem posters, amongst other things. Forum Moderator Liam Martin, another stirrer, said “Part of our moderation involves restricting access to those users causing problems… and this is always carried out at our discretion when we believe somebody is causing a nuisance and/or breaking forum rules. ‘Wadev1589’ didn’t come close to being banned, in my book. This has come as a complete shock.”

A second user, “pr100” from Wargrave, has since then had his service ended after being given the same ultimatum. He was told that it was “in his best interests”. He responded on the Plusnet forum, “I did suggest to her that perhaps PlusNet should allow me to decide what will be in my best interest whereupon she stopped beating around the bush and said that my account was being terminated because of my anti-PlusNet posts in the forum.” Not all ISP’s would give you the option of migrating or losing your BB connection, some would just use their right to end your contract forthwith.

Another forum user, “chuffbears”, commented, “Carol [Axe] is in a position where she should be taking responsibility for customer service. In my book she should be issuing an apology over this entire situation.”



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