It sounds like something from an episode of CSI: Hollywood Hills. Enter a group of young professionals partying it up at a fund-rasier at the famous Playboy Mansion. Cut ahead 24-hours, and one of the “guests” is writhing in pain, sweating feverishly in his hotel room (and he’s not on his computer chasing after a Namejet auction). Wait, cancel that scene, make it dozens of guests from around the world. Seriously, who’s working on the script for this right now. . . Law and Order? House? CSI ? Bones ? Maybe Fringe ? If you are reading this and you’re writing in an evil character. He/she needs to be named Halvarez to make it authentic. :)
So, while the story sounds straight out of Hollywood (because it is), it’s not a made for TV story, though it’s sure one the media seem to be loving. No direct signs from the investigation are pinning the mystery illnesses on anyone, including the Playboy Mansion, though the mainstream media are eating this story up, as sick domainers want to point the finger. Sensational !
I talked to David Castello tonight who told me he had just finished an interview with Good Morning America, Fox, ABC, The LA Times, and KTLA. Elliot Silver and Ron Jackson were interviewed on page 6 of the NYPost. The Drudge Report picked that up and slapped it on the front page. The story has now been picked up by the AP, so it’s now circulating through other news outlets like NPR and the San Jose Mercury News and likely will be on the pages of your local paper Monday morning.
Not exactly the mainstream coverage the domain business was seeking. The Los Angeles County Health Department is on the case. I sincerely hope they get it straightened out and I hope everyone is feeling better soon. If you were at the event, regardless of being ill or not, please fill out the survey on the website
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