Now I find this to be just a bit funny, in a sort of ironic way. I posted this thread back a while ago in which I responded to a homeopathic practitioner about the whole issue of homeopathy. Between I said and my readers posted, it seemed that “Doctor” Sunil Sharma was looking rather bad, failing to post much in the way of proof and being generally rather vague about the “proof” of homeopathy. However, soon there were some who fell on the side of homeopathy. Jenni, Pjmilli, VKN and others started posting. Even a woman and her daughter (Paula and Cathy) showed up. It turns out Cathy is her daughter and practices homeopathy in the US. Another “doctor” showed up too and before long India, the US and Canada were all represented.
But I took a look at the comments recently and noticed something strange. You might want to look at this image of screenshots from the admin page on this blog and you’ll notice something rather strange for a group which hails from all over the world. They all have very similar IP addresses. They all start off with 59.178 andgenerally the third group has higher numbers which are over about 90. It would seem that these are all from the same IP group, possibly the same ISP and definitely the same internet backbone.
Here’s a lookup of one of the IP’s which shows that indeed this whole range is part of the same group:
More importantly, they all get the same geographic trace. Click to enlarge:
So what we have here is a bunch of IP addresses which are all from the Asia Pacific internet region and all are registered to an Indian ISP located in New Delhi. They’re also “dynamic” which means that you get a different IP address each time you log on to the net. This is common in dialup and some DSL service. But they are all from the same ISP and as it turns out, this ISP only serves a relatively small area of India.
Thus, whoever has posted these coments must either be getting their service through this ISP or perhaps is bouncing off of a proxy server on the ISP. But using a proxy server seems unlikely. None of the traces detected one, so if it is a proxy it must be one that is does not report to be so and is not public. Since the IP address is different each time it also seems unlikely. Even the same poster seems to have a different IP address each time, so the only conclusion which can be drawn is that what we have here is a group of individuals (or perhaps one individual) who have dynamic IP addresses all from the same ISP and all located in Delhi India.
It should be noted that the email addresses also seem to be from the free services. Paula and Cathy have the same email address, but I guess maybe mother and daughter share it, although that still does seem a tad bit unlikely. It’s possible that the two “Doctors” just happen to be both in the same part of India, but the only explanation for all the others would be that they’re all traveling in the same part of the country and are not home in the US, Canada or elsewhere. Or… maybe they’re “sock puppets”… just maybe.
But would a homeopath ever resort to such desperate and dishonest measures to defend homeopathy? (Um.. I think so) Actually, it makes me feel kinda important to think that someone would go to so much trouble. I mean, this blog gets a decent number of readers but not *that* many.
So who is the dishonest, selfish one here?
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