ACL comments on outrageous domain name squatting

WE WILL DECLARE WAR IF NECESSARY

we r so angry

Dear faithful Cat Ladies,  Cat Lady allies, and other readers,

It has come to our attention that some ne’er-do-well has purchased the domain name http://www.australiancatladies.org and has redirected it to a similarly-titled organisation’s webste, http://www.acl.org.au.

[UPDATE: Apparently it now redirects to a Google Image Search for 'dogs'. THIS IS EVEN WORSE.]

Needless to say, we are OUTRAGED. Our cats are letting out angry yowls as we speak! MEOW!!??!!?!?!

Who would DARE to so BLATANTLY and IMMORALLY squat a domain name like this?!!!? Just disgusting. Now hard working salt-of-the-earth Cat Ladies will be met with EXTREMIST ANTI-CAT PROPAGANDA when all they’re attempting to do is look at cuddly cat pictures.

We ask the perpetrators behind this, do you mock DOGS as much as you mock cats? Why do you single cats out for special harsh treatment? Is it because you know cats are an easy target?!?!?! You absolute cowards. You should be ashamed of yourselves, you smarty-pants canine-lovers.

We bet you’re dog-owners. Did you know that we even have some dog-owning friends? They don’t agree with the immature mockery you’re trying to make of us. You’re just giving them a bad name.

We have a right to free speech!!! You can’t censor us! Our meows will be heard wide and loud! You’ve just given us more publicity!!!

We will pray for you, after we have had our afternoon nap.

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Media Round-up

with all of this publicity maybe it's time we bought a boat

just us having a casual read of the newspaper in the morning

Well well well, what a time we’ve been having over here at the new improved ACL! It would appear that we’ve underestimated the depth and intensity of the internet’s love of cats and distaste for religious bigotry.

Like a newborn kitten unable to climb into the litter tray, the internet has shit itself, and these are the results. To be updated as it goes!

First out of the blocks was News Ltd., with a surprisingly positive (it is Murdoch-owned, after all) article syndicated on several of its sites

Cat Ladies Snatch Australian Christian Lobby’s Domain Name 

It’s also here. And here in an updated version.

Next up was the Gay News Network, which initially, due to a typo, accidentally outed Hilary as a lesbian. Her boyfriend was certainly surprised, as Genevieve and Jessica are the queers, and Hilary is our token straight lady.

Cat Lovers Pounce on Australian Christian Lobby’s Web Address

Fairfax is now in on the action, with the Australian Financial Review:

Feminist “Cat” Group Launches Protest Christian Lobby Website

Whoops, almost forgot The Australian!

Gawker Media has jumped on this excellent, cat-filled bandwagon, with LifeHacker asking some very relevant questions about domain name protection.

How Many Domain Names Should You Protect?

Triple J Radio interviewed Grandmaster Hilary on Tom and Alex’s breakfast show this morning, and I’m sure there will be a podcast up soon on their site.

Tom and Alex on Triple J

ABC Newcastle has an interview with Grandmaster Hilary up here, and The Wire has one with Grandmaster Genevieve here.

LGBT/Queer-oriented sites are also enjoying the new ACL:

Same/Same Australia

Star Observer

Gay Star News

Tech-based blogs seem to be among the most amused:

CNET

Kotaku - please note, this one currently attributes Genevieve’s quotes to Jessica, and incorrectly refers to Jessica as a lesbian.

Gizmodo Australia

IT Wire

We’ve also been mentioned by:

Pedestrian.tv

Urban Society

The Token Skeptic

The Literati Collective

We’ll be updating this post if there are any more articles, but at the moment we’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has read and enjoyed our site and shared it with friends or their cat. Rest assured, we are purring loudly.

Media enquiries and offers of waving a laser beam at a wall can be directed to australiancatladies@gmail.com or to @AusCatLadies on twitter.

If you’d like to contact a specific grandmaster, we can be found here, here and here

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

DEAR READERS:

It has come to our attention that there appears to be a case of mistaken identity between the ACL and another similarly named Australian lobby group.

PLEASE NOTE, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT CONFUSE ‘Cat-Holics’ with ‘Catholics‘. (Although of course you can be both at the same time!)

Cat-Holics

(All credit to Bec Hill for the fabulous image)

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- A statement from one of our founding felines on the importance of the ACL.

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