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The Henry Nicholas dirty trick 
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This has NEVER been noticed or documented before that I can find. Noticed it today, and remember blogging about Nicholas back in 2008 when he was at the center of a considerable media hellstorm. First a few example news reports from that period. Note the prominent mentions of terms like "orgy cave" and "cocaine and ecstacy" and "James Bond villain style sex crazed, drug loving billionaire boss". The story reeks of disgruntled-employee revenge but our wonderful media had a field day with it. It also shows that billionaires can get away with things that would get poor-little-you tossed into prison for 30 years. ... story.html ... orgy-cave/ ... ads-guilty

I remember what the article about Henry T. Nicholas III looked like in 2009. It was NOT complementary. Unfortunately I can't point you to an old diff on Wikipedia, because in 2010 the "Henry Nicholas" article was originally about a 16th-century German cleric. It was quietly renamed to "Henry Nicholis" and moved. The modern-day Henry Nicholas was put there, "Henry T. Nicholas III" was deleted, and its history disappeared. Done by an unnoticed SPA called "Toweltoweltowel". ... =369268141 ... =369268141

Another SPA, "Littlebrownpill", dropped the original Henry T. Nicholas III text into "Henry Nicholas". ... =369270776

Then those SPAs, plus three more ("Beahero", "Silvergoldsilver", and "Worrytrap"), quietly sanitized the article and boiled down the lurid orgy-cave and drugs business. A few other edit accounts, including a very dodgy one called "Dstringer71" which grinds info about "Marsy's Law", also edited Nicholas's bio. Guess who the champion of Marsy's law was.

Also note this stupid incident, when idiot administrator Ohnoitsjamie tried to destroy the article, and reversed himself. After another SPA called "Phoneyplayer" showed up to object.
(cur | prev) 18:54, 26 June 2010‎ Ohnoitsjamie (talk | contribs)‎ . . (16,397 bytes) (+16,369)‎ . . (oops) (undo)
(cur | prev) 18:54, 26 June 2010‎ Ohnoitsjamie (talk | contribs)‎ . . (28 bytes) (-16,369)‎ . . (yes it does; we only need one article, the one at Henry Nicholas) (undo)
(cur | prev) 18:50, 26 June 2010‎ Phoneyplayer (talk | contribs)‎ . . (16,397 bytes) (+16,369)‎ . . (Undid revision 370285439 by Ohnoitsjamie (talk) redirect didn't go anywhere?) (undo)
(cur | prev) 18:35, 26 June 2010‎ Ohnoitsjamie (talk | contribs)‎ . . (28 bytes) (-16,369)‎ . . (redirect (we don't need three pages on the same subject)) (undo)

Luckily saved a few early versions of Nicholas's bio, so you can see how Mr. Nicholas was being treated by Wikipedia during the scandal and legal battles. Note the references to the "sex cave". ... cholas_III ... cholas_III

Today's article blathers about Nicholas's philanthropy and "great citizen" credentials. The scandals have been squeezed into a very small paragraph at the bottom. A few perennial "paid editor" types like Patapsco913 have been watching it carefully. ... _dismissed

And THAT is how you purify an article about a controversial businessman. It helped that he managed to avoid conviction on any of the major charges. So, you cannot read about what really happened on Wikipedia today. Check those references!

Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:38 pm
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Does anyone think this should be posted on the WS blog? Would need some expansion.

Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:46 pm
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