I genuinely think there's no better demonstration of sexism in our society than the fact that we talk about cat ladies but not sword guys (and I do not mean to disparage either). This is despite the fact that the transition into the sword-guy lifestyle is swifter: A woman has to have, let's say, more than three cats before her cat ownership becomes a lifestyle statement and people deem her a "cat lady." But if a guy just mounts a single katana on his wall he is saying, "That's it, this is me now." Yet we never talk about sword guys?
Last week, "firefighter prophet" and right-wing conspiracy theorist Mark Taylor appeared on Sheila Zilinsky's radio program, where he warned that the Freemasons and the Illuminati are using a Satanic frequency to change people's DNA in order to make them oppose President Trump.
"I believe what happened on November 8 is the enemy has literally sent out a frequency," Taylor said, "and it agitated and took control, basically, of those who have their DNA turned over to the enemy. That's what's happening. The Illuminati, the Freemasons, all these people, their main goal is to change the DNA of man and they're doing it through these frequencies."
Taylor claimed that he is getting "bombarded with emails" from Christians who are being isolated by their friends and families because of their support for Trump and that is "because their DNA is being controlled by the enemy."
Taylor said that the media is broadcasting its audio at 440 Hz, which has been found to "damage your body organs" and "also changes your DNA, which is the goal of the Freemasons, the Illuminati; they want you part of that Illuminati bloodline."
The major social media sites have been making some weak, token efforts to clean up the racism and sexism endemic to places like Twitter and Facebook, but so far it's been feeble. [....] We know, however, that Twitter and Facebook could prohibit hate speech, because they already do in France and Germany. It's a conscious plan to allow Nazis to flourish in American social media. Why?
In an article about alternative social media, there's a hint. The white nationalists, the Nazis, the MRAs, the general bottom-feeding trash of the internet, are getting worried about the few examples of evicted Nazis, and so are building their own new brands: a chat network called Gab, and there's something that is an alternative to Patreon that is, amusingly, openly called Hatreon, for people who want to get paid for hating. If you're wondering why American companies are so reluctant to block online hatred, one answer is that American tech workers have a high proportion of haters. [...]
But why? Why would American computer programmers drift towards Naziism? I think there's an answer to that, too. They're saturated in triumphal capitalism, and in particular, Libertarianism, which is the gateway drug to full-blown greed, which they've branded as "liberty". [...]
They don't care about race or gender. That usually means they don't care about the inequities constructed around race and gender, because they're mostly white men who have got theirs already. They also claim to not believe in ideology, even to be ideology-free, while not noticing that they're soaking in a particularly ugly ideology.
According to a Facebook spokesperson, "people trying to block a profile or Page may see an error message if it has been blocked many times within a short period." In other words, the official company line is that Zuckerberg and Chan's profiles may be deluged by Facebook users trying to block them.
That said, when we tried to block a few other pages that seem likely to be experiencing a similar torrent of blocking requests, [spoiler: Trump] we didn't encounter the same problem.
So you can prevent people from blocking you just by being staggeringly unpopular! Sweet!
"And then about two days later, we get this call. And it's a big crisis," Jerry says. The call was from the vice president of business affairs for Warner Brothers. "David Berman, who was a guy that you would cast in a movie about the music business," Jerry continues. [...] And the first communication is, 'I'm a golfer and I'm a fan of golf and I know Chi Chi Rodriguez. I've met Chi Chi Rodriguez. You cannot use Chi Chi Rodriguez.'"
"That is completely and totally false," Berman tells me.
I told you not everybody's memory is crystal clear regarding this story.
"It was an artist's rendering of what the last four presidents would have looked like, had you combined them," Jerry says. So Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford all mashed together. It was a picture Mark Mothersbaugh had lying around. "And it was this hideous, bizarre face that had John Kennedy's hairline and it had Lyndon Johnson's ears and Richard Nixon's nose," Mark says. [...] It was like building an old Mr. Potato Head toy. They grafted Johnson's ears and Nixon's nose on Chi Chi's head, reversed the mouth.
"Hello, Chi Chi Rodriguez?" I ask.
"Yeah, who's this?"
Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, who was famously put in harm's way by former president George W. Bush in 2003 after his administration leaked her identity as an agent as a way to try to discredit her husband's denunciation of the Iraq War, has taken to social media to join the call to get President Trump banned from Twitter. She's now put together a crowdfunding campaign -- albeit probably a symbolic one -- to buy a controlling share of Twitter so that she can do the job herself. As the Associated Press notes, that would cost about $6 billion. So far it's raised a bit over $22,000.
Donald Trump has done a lot of horrible things on Twitter. From emboldening white supremacists to promoting violence against journalists, his tweets damage the country and put people in harm's way. But threatening actual nuclear war with North Korea takes it to a dangerous new level.
It's time to shut him down. The bad news is Twitter has ignored growing calls to enforce their own community standards and delete Trump's account. The good news is we can make that decision for them. [...]
Proceeds from this campaign will be used to buy a controlling share of Twitter. If we can't get a majority interest, we'll explore options for buying a significant stake in the company and champion this proposal at the annual shareholder meeting. If that's impossible for any reason or if there is a surplus from this campaign, 100% of the balance of proceeds will be donated to Global Zero, a nonprofit organization leading the resistance to nuclear war.
People wanted to know why the K Foundation burnt the money. Cauty and Drummond did not have an adequate answer. Cauty and Drummond felt it was for others to tell them why. Cauty and Drummond signed an agreement to stop trying to explain the burning of the money for a period of 23 years. This was done to provide adequate time for others to tell them why they burnt the money. The agreement took on the name The Twenty Three Year Moratorium, and was backdated to the night of the burning. This moratorium will be complete on 23rd August 2017. [...]
Various witnesses to the original burning and subsequent events will be called for testimony. [...] Note: neither J Cauty nor B Drummond will be amongst the witnesses, as they have nothing further to add.