Absolute Zero' or AZ, (f. 2006) can be described as an internet hate-campaign run by anti-pedophile activists. Whilst little vigilantism takes place on Absolute-Zero, the campaign serves to promote the vigilante work done by Perverted Justice and probably shares much of its staff with said organization.
At one point, the organization held the absolutezerounited.org domain, but this disappeared for some unknown reason. The group - consisting of around seventeen volunteers (of which about five are active at any one time) continues to operate on Google's free blogging platform, Blogger/Blogspot.
Absolute Zero was first established at absolutezerounited.blogspot.com after a member (Daydreamer of Oz) was offended by a pedophile who posted on a website of hers. Her mother, Marina H/Stitches77, a highly active AZ member later wrote:
- "You see Matt is a filthy pedophile. Not only that, he's a rather stupid, militant filthy pedophile I had the misfortune of 'meeting' when he decided to make a target of my daughter. Daydreamer of Oz was a blogger, just a blogger minding her own business and writing her opinions about whatever struck her fancy at the time. She didn't know about people like Matthew Woodward...........a crazed filthy pedophile proud of his perversion. Until she became his target that is. Until he decided to inflict his ugliness upon her -- an unwanted intrusion into her life. Matt changed everything".
By "Matt" she means an alleged real-life identity of Lepidopterist. His own commentary on the affair is highly conflicting:
- "I visited a blog by the daydreamerofOz character - who is a female - and I posted something which was not a flame. The next I knew they were up in flames and due to my posting inoffensive messages on other blogs of people who hate us naturally, they all seem to have banded together to form the ridiculous and false site Absolute Zero".
Early on in its existence, AZ editorials focused on what the group saw as "Pro-pedophile" Cyber-activism, attempting to manipulate quotes, intimidate chosen enemies and shut down the sites of those who they found offensive via a flagging mechanism. AZ was instrumental in blogger.com censorship. With the emergence of online Sex Offender activism, purging of offensive pedophile blogs and establishment of less vulnerable replacements elsewhere, AZ turned its attention to Sex Offender activists such as Tom Madison, attempting to link them and their groups with their previous pedophile targets. 2008 postings seem to suggest that AZ is now little more than an advert for Wikisposure, and old posts are frequently shunted to the front of the site to make up for a drop in participation.
Absolute Zero is seen as an extremist group by individuals of many different persuasions. The campaign has been ridiculed for a number of reasons, including:
- The socially conservative (generally American Imperialist/Dominionist) viewpoints of its contributors and supporters on a number of topics.
- The repetitive, back-slapping nature of comments posted after editorials.
- The inevitable pro-rape and "Bubba" type comments on the blog.
- The contrivance of a language of hate not found on any other site.
- The group's name, often compared to various measures of its participants' intelligence.
- The almost willful inability of its contributors to make a distinction between child molesters and pedophiles.
- The contributor Marina H. (Stitches77) - thought by many to be a borderline psychopath.
Absolute Zero has taken on a number of campaigns, some successful and some impotent. On the one hand, they were very successful at harassing the boylover, Octaevius Altair and getting him banned from a number of on line communities and book distributors. It is worth noting that the level of targeted, destructive rage expressed by a number of members during this campaign erases all doubt that AZ is anything but a hate mob. On the other hand, AZ embarked on a highly comical and ineffectual crusade against Disney, calling for a boycott after journalist, John Stossel outraged them by exposing the true impact of statutory rape laws.
- Daydreamer of Oz
- Violet Leaves
- Tampa Pirate
- Determined ("rookiee")
["Absolute Zero"] (Original Newgon Wiki Article)