themonkeyasylum.com is down right now because the domain registration expired on March 19. Whether this is due to a payment oversite or some other reason, I do not know, BUT it can be stated for a fact that NO ONE “took the site down” (and yeah, I’m looking at the usual suspects here, and we all know who they are).
Now, before some of you go lunging in for the kill and try to grab the domain name, ICANN has an 80 day limit on the release of any registered domain name, so in a nutshell, you can’t do jack or shit for almost 3 months. At any time in the next 45 days, The Monkey can simply contact the host, catch up on the billing and the site is back up like nothing ever happened. After 45 days, there is a fee attached for the next 30 days, then there is a 5 day hold until the name is dropped (source for all this: ICANN Domain Registry Regulations, posted online fucking near everywhere).
I post this simply because I have been asked by more than one person if I know what happened. I do not know the what, but I do know the why, so to speak.