This blog is dedicated to the memory of David Weintraub, who took on insidious astroturfers and won.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Is This the New Conspiracy Story?

(above taken from JTRIG - Snowden docs)

The Beginning:

Right-wing extremists blamed for posting top law officials' info

CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues appears to be the source for this story. No proof accompanies the piece. There is this block quote to line up with Pegues' source claiming it's right wing kooks:

This apparently was known about on Tuesday, April 14th. The CBS article was out the next morning.

CNN has its own article which came out a few hours later, but it's filled with disclaimers that they can't vouch for any of this. They mentioned the names were disclosed on pastebin. I found the following in google cache. It was posted close to dinner time according to what pops up when hovering the mouse.

The registrar records show that website belongs to Marco Ceppi. He is located in Virginia. He is at Twitter. Maybe he can explain.

I'm not saying Marco's involved.

It's just weird.

Yes, I am mailing this in. The story immediately had me going with conspiracy story. This adds to it. Maybe Alex Jones will invite me on his show and then I can blog about that too. That's the end. The middle preceded it. I'm done.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Matt Osborne Guilty of Defamation

A person named Matt Osborne wrote that I have schizophrenia. That is what's known in the law business as defamation per se. I saw it published at a website called Crooks and Liars.

Osborne has been in that weird Neal Rauhauser milieu for as long as I can remember.

So what am I supposed to do?

I've never been to a shrink. I've never taken medication. I've never been diagnosed as mentally ill. Defamation per se occurs when words in themselves prove actual defamation. You can't libel people. It's not legal. It's not free speech.

The best defense against a defamation charge is the truth. The corollary of that is the best offense for making a charge of defamation stick is to show that the words add up to a vile and menacing, supertroll smear.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Is this 25-year-old a misguided pickup artist or rape guru?

 Arriving at a city near you.

Just what has Julien Blanc been promoting and making a living off of? He surely has made a name for himself.

Not everything is as it seems on the web. It can often feel difficult to ascertain facts versus fiction. Yet, when such a barrage of complaints against one person appears in the media, one wonders what this person has done to cause such a stir.

For a lot of those on social media and especially Twitterland, his hashtags certainly got noticed.

If you use a hash tag like ChokingGirlsAroundTheWorld, people will speak out! If you scroll down, you will see very strong and mixed reactions.

Well, as of this writing Julien's original tweets under that hash tag have been removed. His account is now protected. Here are a few of his saved tweets(Update: Blanc's Twitter account is again public.)

One can easily see why people were offended.

Some of the reactions came under the hashtags "take down Julien Blanc"  and "take down pua`s" (pick up artists).

I'm not on a moral crusade here, but I make no apologies for abhorring violence of any kind in relationships.

Take a look at the World Health Organisation's stats on violence towards women. These are just the recorded ones.

So, should this man be allowed his "brand" of freedom of speech? There certainly has been a huge amount of public scrutiny. He was slammed in several news outlets. This Guardian article describes Julien Blanc in colourful words. Please note that the original video has been removed.

The story even spilled into real life, not just with Twitter and social media reaction. While on tour in Australia, things got rather heated. 

Well, I can see nothing wrong with dating advice, if one should need it.

In truth, I am not keen on personal attacks in social media, and for those of you who have been on the receiving end of it, it cannot be a pleasant experience.

People do have a right to speak out. However, some very big questions still remain. Were media simply jumping on a bandwagon in pursuit of page hits? Shouldn't the real issue addressed post "tweetstorm" concern the actual sexual exploitation of women on a global scale? Protecting free speech is important, but shouldn't the safety of women trump over a misogynist apparently being silenced?

Did Blanc actually commit any crimes? It's interesting to note that he publicly apologised through CNN, though many didn't seem to believe in his contrition

I am not here to publicly attack this man, but at the same time I do not condone his behaviour witnessed in tweets, websites and videos.

There seems to be a very fine line between free speech and inciting violence. Many feel that Blanc clearly crossed a line into illegality. The classic line is one cannot yell fire in the movie house. It may be difficult to gauge whether Blanc's activities have incited real life violence against women or if his fifteen minutes of fame simply went on for too long.

Jenn Li certainly feels threatened by such a man. I find it difficult to not agree with her viewpoint.