CFR.NET Is Not Affiliated in Any Way with the Council on Foreign Relations

CFR.NET is about the Code of Federal Regulations – the real CFR.  It’s not affiliated in any way with the Council on Foreign Relations.  It had not occurred to me this might be unclear, but on May 4, I received an email that suggested, yes, some people are unable to distinguish between CFR.NET and CFR.ORG.

"Our Members aren't very bright."
“Our Members aren’t very bright.”

A more jaded and cynical person might infer, this coming from an attorney, that the claim of rampant confusion and hysteria over the similarity in domain names is merely calculated, legal posturing precedent to a claim that I, the nefarious domain registrant have set up this domain as a trap to lure you Council seekers into my grasp. You should read the first salvo of hyperbole she fired. But let’s give the General Counsel of the Council, the benefit of the doubt.

And shame on the designers of the Internet URL scheme, for permitting registrants to set up “shop” a mere three characters, and a full Top Level Domain apart!  For Shame!  It this what you wanted?  Is it?!

Domain confusion-induced panic, and looting outside the Main Office? Copyright and courtesy of the BBC. 2014.
Domain confusion-induced panic and looting outside the Main Office? Copyright and courtesy of the BBC. 2014.
You, Councileer! Not the domain you're looking for. Move along.
You, Councileer! Not the domain you’re looking for. Move along.

Thus now, voluntarily, I say, Go!  Run Free!  Hie thee to the Cerfian Fields of CFR.org, the one true website for the Council on Foreign Relations for which you yearn, ye Seekers of Relations!

The “negotiated solution,” mentioned in Mia’s email, by the way, ran along the lines of, “Hey, that’s an awfully nice domain you have. Too nice for a grease spot like you. Hand it over.”  You can learn more about how the Council preys on disabled veterans in my posts – My Contact from the Council on Foreign Relations and The Letter that Started It All.

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