The story is mythic. A wife pens a negative review of how a company treated her husband. The company sends out the lawyers. The story lands on instapundit. A new verb is born.
But while JL Kirk insane public relations strategy of suing bloggers sparks general discussion and even military theorizing, we shouldn’t forget that there are other JL Kirks who may be unfairly tarred. So the rest of this post examines perhaps three, perhaps more, JL Kirks who have gone before…
One J.L. Kirk seems to have been a Victorian lover of knowledge and generally good-doer.
Mrs Norah Kirk, wife of Dr J.L. Kirk (founder of the Castle Museum in York) is seen with hat and coat, sitting in the middle of a group of wounded soldiers during the First World War, at One Oak, Hallgarth.
While another unearths the past:
I assume this is the same John L. Kirk, who along with Philip Corder wrote “The Roman Villa at Langton, Near Malton, E. Yorkshire” in 1932. was cited in (pdf download).
(This Victorian-in-spirit JL Kirk would, I imagine, have loved the Coming Anarchy blog.)
Another J.L Kirk worked with E.E.D. Schmidt and K. Vedam to write “Variation of the refractive index of diamond. with hydrostatic pressure to 7 kilobars: Addendum” (pdf download). An otherwise incomprehensible Japanese article notes that the piece the Schmidt/Kirk/Vedam piece was an addendum to was originally published in “Amer. Mineral.” (presumably American Mineralogy) in in 1968.
Working again with Vedam, his fellow at the Materials Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University, J.L. Kirk published “Direct Optical Observation of the Semiconductor-to-Metal Transition in SmS under Pressure ” with V. Narayanamurti, A. Jayaraman, and E. Bucherof Bell Laboratories, in New Jersey.
Yet could this possible be the same J.L. Kirk who, along with P. Moutoglis, J. Klironomos, H. Lee, and J.T. Trevors wrote “Toxicity of diesel fuel to germination, growth and colonization of Glomus intraradices in soil and in vitro transformed carrot root cultures” (pdf download) in 2003 for Plant and Soil? Doubtful, I would imagine, as the toxic relationship of diesel fuel was discussed by Jennifer L. Kirk of the Department of Environmental Biology of the University of Guelph in Ontario.
An entirely different JL Kirk is “JLKIRK General and Mechanical Contractor,” which specializes in “Commercial, Residential Construction, Heating and Air.”
Since I wrote my post on how two-thirds of the first three results pages for JL Kirk are now negative, the kirking has grown and grown. Since then, the following anti-JL Kirk pages have been added to those first three pages:
- SharonCobb: Why Isn’t JL Kirk Threatening To Sue The Better Business Bureau
- The curious case of JL Kirk and Associates
- Doubling Down On Sleaze
- JL Kirk & Associates: Stupid Bullies
- jl kirk: tdaxp
- BBB of Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky: Reliability Report
- JL Kirk & Associates CEO Kirk Leipzig: A Captain Ahab for the 21st Century
- Tailrank Just Another Pretty Farce
- JL Kirk & Associates: The Monster Round-Up
- Chop Sue Me
Hopefully, in the deluge of bad publicity which may drown JL Kirk’s own message from public discourse, the other JL Kirks aren’t lost, as well.