Federal jury rules that you’re not allowed to remove graffiti from your own building

In New York City, the owner of a building gave graffiti artists permission to put graffiti on his building, with the understanding that the owner would eventually tear the building down.

However, after the owner did tear the building down, the artists filed a lawsuit, and a jury actually agreed with the artists.

A judge will be ruling on this in the future. But as it stands right now, the concept of private property has just been eroded by a huge amount.

And this is a federal ruling, so it applies to the entire country.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/nyregion/5pointz-graffiti-jury.html

Brooklyn Jury Finds 5Pointz Developer Illegally Destroyed Graffiti

November 7, 2017

Ending a trial that explored the question of whether graffiti, despite its transient nature, should be recognized as art, a jury found on Tuesday that a New York City real estate developer broke the law when he tore down the so-called 5Pointz complex in Queens three years ago. Along with the buildings nearly 50 swirling, colorful murals that had been spray-painted on its walls were lost.

The finding by the jury, in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, will serve as a recommendation to the judge who presided over the case and who will render a final verdict.

For the better part of 20 years, 5Pointz, a complex of buildings in Long Island City, was a New York rarity: an aesthetic collaboration between the developer, Jerry Wolkoff, and a scrappy crew of graffiti artists that not only became an offbeat tourist destination, but also helped transform the neighborhood into a thriving residential enclave. Though it eventually became what a lawyer for the artists called the “world’s largest open-air aerosol museum,” its existence was always predicated on Mr. Wolkoff tearing it down and turning the buildings into luxury apartments, which he ultimately did in 2014.

When the artists learned about the demolition, they filed suit against Mr. Wolkoff in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, accusing him of violating the Visual Artists Rights Act, which has been used to protect public art of “recognized stature” created on someone else’s property. During the trial, the artists’ lawyer, Eric Baum, claimed that Mr. Wolkoff had failed to give his clients the proper 90-day notice before he destroyed their work by sending in a team of workers one night to cover it in a coat of white paint.

Mr. Wolkoff’s lawyer, David Ebert, had argued at the trial that V.A.R.A. was irrelevant in the case because it was intended to protect art, not his client’s building. Mr. Ebert also maintained that the 21 artists who had joined the suit had known for years that 5Pointz would eventually come down and contended that they had destroyed more graffiti themselves by constantly changing their paintings than Mr. Wolkoff had in demolishing the structures. In the last decade or so, Mr. Ebert said, about 11,000 murals had come and gone on the walls of the complex.

Even though the jury rendered its decision after hearing three weeks of testimony, near the end of the trial both Mr. Baum and Mr. Ebert agreed that Judge Frederic Block, who presided over the case, should take its verdict only as a recommendation. Judge Block has asked both sides to submit court papers in the coming weeks about the validity of the verdict, at which point he will issue a final decision and, if warranted, force Mr. Wolkoff to pay the artists damages.

Despite this legal quirk, Mr. Baum claimed victory on Tuesday night. “The jury sided strongly with the rights of the artists,” he said. “This is a clear message from the people that the whitewashing of the buildings by its owner was a clear and willful act.”

Mr. Ebert declined to comment on the case.

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November 13, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Art and sculpture, Dumb lawsuits, Politics. 3 comments.

Another fake hate crime on a college campus

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/11/08/a-black-student-wrote-those-racist-messages-that-shook-the-air-force-academy/?utm_term=.42a1168fdb21

A black student wrote those racist messages that shook the Air Force Academy, school says

November 8, 2017

In late September, five black cadet candidates found racial slurs scrawled on message boards on their doors at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School. One candidate found the words “go home n‑‑‑‑‑‑” written outside his room, his mother posted on social media, according to the Air Force Times.

The racist messages roiled the academy in Colorado Springs and prompted the school to launch an investigation. They led its superintendent to deliver a stern speech that decried the “horrible language” and drew national attention for its eloquence.

Surrounded by 1,500 members of the school’s staff, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria told cadets to take out their phones and videotape the speech, “so you can use it . . . so that we all have the moral courage together.”

“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect,” Silveria said, “then get out.”

The speech, which the academy posted on YouTube, went viral. It was watched nearly 1.2 million times, grabbed headlines nationwide, and was commended by former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

But on Tuesday, the school made a jolting announcement. The person responsible for the racist messages, the academy said, was, in fact, one of the cadet candidates who reported being targeted by them.

“The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation,” academy spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Herritage said in a statement to the Associated Press, adding: “Racism has no place at the academy, in any shape or form.”

The cadet candidate accused of crafting the messages was not identified, but the Colorado Springs Gazette reported that the individual is no longer enrolled at the school. Sources also told the Gazette the cadet candidate “committed the act in a bizarre bid to get out of trouble he faced at the school for other misconduct,” the newspaper reported.

The announcement thrust the Air Force Academy Preparatory School onto a growing list of recent “hate crime hoaxes” — instances in which acts of racism or anti-Semitism were later found to be committed by someone in the targeted minority group.

On Monday, police in Riley County, Kansas, revealed that a 21-year-old black man, Dauntarius Williams, admitted to defacing his car with racist graffiti as a “Halloween prank that got out of hand.” Scrawled in washable paint were racist messages telling blacks to “Go Home,” “Date your own kind,” and “Die.” The incident provoked controversy and concern at nearby Kansas State University, especially after Williams spoke with the Kansas City Star, claiming to be a black student who was leaving the school because of the incident. He was not, in fact, a student.

Officials decided not to file criminal charges against Williams for filing a false report, saying it “would not be in the best interests” of citizens of the Manhattan, Kan., community, police said in a news release. They said Williams was “genuinely remorseful” for his actions and published an apology on his behalf.

“The whole situation got out of hand when it shouldn’t have even started,” Williams said in the statement. “I wish I could go back to that night but I can’t. I just want to apologize from the bottom of my heart for the pain and news I have brought you all.”

When reports circulated last week about the racial slurs on the car, African American students at the nearby Kansas State University campus held a meeting to talk about the incident.

Andrew Hammond, a journalism student at Kansas State, told the Kansas City Star Monday he was “outraged and hurt” to learn the crime was fake.

“As a black student who has witnessed racist incidents first-hand around Manhattan this hurts the credibility of students who actually want to step out and say something about it,” Hammond said. “I’m not sure what type of human being does this kind of thing as a prank.”

About three weeks earlier, police announced that a 29-year-old black man, a former student named Eddie Curlin, had been charged in connection with three racist graffiti incidents at Eastern Michigan University: “KKK” sprayed on a dorm wall, messages ordering blacks to leave scrawled on a building, and a racist message left in a men’s restroom stall.

It’s unclear exactly what prompts people to commit these hoaxes, stunts and false reports. But such revelations have become a major concern for civil rights activists who document racist and anti-Semitic incidents, particularly amid a rise in reported hate crimes since the 2016 general election.

“There aren’t many people claiming fake hate crimes, but when they do, they make massive headlines,” Ryan Lenz, senior investigative writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Project, told ProPublica. All it takes is one false report, Lenz said, “to undermine the legitimacy of other hate crimes.”

These reports have also energized many right-wing commentators and President Trump supporters, who argue that reports about hate speech and racist graffiti are often fake accounts disseminated by liberal media.

“Anyone (including the lapdog media) who was surprised by this hate crime hoax hasn’t been paying attention,” Jeremy Carl, a research fellow at the right-leaning Hoover Institution at Stanford University, tweeted early Wednesday in response to the news about the Air Force Academy Preparatory School. “The stream of fake hate crimes became a flood after Trump’s election.”

“HATE HOAX: Air Force Academy Cadet Candidate Wrote Fake Racist Messages Himself,” read a headline in the conservative Daily Caller.

There is even a website — fakehatecrimes.org — committed to listing hate crime hoaxes.

In August, Sebastian Gorka, then-deputy assistant to Trump and his spokesman on national security matters, appeared on MSNBC to explain why the president hadn’t condemned the bombing of a mosque in Bloomington, Minn. He suggested it was because the attack may have been a “fake” hate crime.

“There’s a great rule: All initial reports are false,″ Gorka said. “We’ve had a series of crimes committed, alleged hate crimes, by right-wing individuals in the last six months, that turned out to actually have been propagated by the left.”

Despite the string of frauds, experts on hate crimes say that false accounts are still relatively rare.

Brian Levin, director for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino, told Talking Points Memo that hoaxes do appear in hate crime reports, just as they do in reports of other criminal offenses. But these fakes are a “tiny fraction” of the hundreds of hate crimes reported to law enforcement every year.

“These hoaxes have become symbols for some who want to promote the idea that most hate crimes are hoaxes,” Levin said. “That’s important to rectify.”

And indeed, scores of these incidents are cropping up across the country, particularly on college campuses.

Using a ProPublica database, BuzzFeed News found 154 total incidents of hate speech at more than 120 college campuses nationwide. More than two-thirds promoted white supremacist groups or ideology, while more than a third cited Trump’s name or slogans, BuzzFeed News reported.

Yet authorities caught fewer than 5 percent of perpetrators in cases of vandalism or threats. In at least three instances, college officials determined the incident was a hoax, according to BuzzFeed News.

On Tuesday, Silveria, the Air Force general who gained national fame for his speech condemning the September incidents at the preparatory academy, stood by his original remarks.

“Regardless of the circumstances under which those words were written, they were written, and that deserved to be addressed,” Silveria told the Colorado Springs Gazette in a Tuesday email. “You can never over-emphasize the need for a culture of dignity and respect — and those who don’t understand those concepts, aren’t welcome here.”

November 8, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Fake hate crimes, Racism, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

When will liberals who claim to oppose illegal guns call for the prosecution of gun criminals Barack Obama and Eric Holder?

In Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama administration ordered gun storeowners to illegally sell thousands of guns to criminals.

U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered with one of these guns.

The murderer was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but his accomplices, Eric Holder and Barack Obama, haven’t even been arrested or charged.

In September 2012, Obama falsely said that Fast and Furious had “begun under the previous administration.” In reality, Fast and Furious began in October 2009.

In October 2013, the ACLU announced that it would be defending John Dodson’s first amendment right to free speech, against the Obama administration, which was trying to prevent Dodson from publishing a book about Obama’s “Fast and Furious” scandal.

Obama illegally ignored Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information requests regarding Fast and Furious.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder illegally refused to release 1,300 pages of information on Operation Fast and Furious, even after he had been subpoenaed to do so.

On October 3, 2011, CBS News aired a story by Sharyl Attkisson which showed that Attorney General Eric Holder had lied under oath regarding Fast and Furious. The report can be seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JaDEShZIvQ

On October 4, 2011, Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, wrote the following in an email to White House Deputy Press Sectary Eric Schultz:

“I’m also calling Sharryl’s [sic] editor and reaching out to Scheiffer. She’s out of control.”

Schultz responded with an email that said:

“Good. Her piece was really bad for the AG.”

Afterward, CBS made it harder and harder for Attkisson to do reports on Fast and Furious, and she eventually quit her job at CBS.

In April 2016, it was reported that the Department of Justice had illegally ignored a court order to turn over certain Fast and Furious documents.

In May 2016, it was reported that newly released documents from the Department of Justice suggested that guns from Obama’s Fast And Furious program had been linked to at least 69 killings by Mexican drug cartels.

Bush and Obama each had a program where the U.S. government put guns into the hands of Mexican criminals. Bush’s program was called “Operation Wide Receiver,” and Obama’s program was called “Operation Fast and Furious.” However, there were three major differences between the two programs:

First, Bush’s program was carried out with the knowledge, permission, and cooperation of the Mexican government, whereas Obama’s program was not. Mexican attorney general Marisela Morales told the Los Angeles Times that she first learned about Obama’s program from the news, and said, “In no way would we have allowed it, because it is an attack on the safety of Mexicans.”

Secondly, many of the guns used in Bush’s program contained radio tracking devices, whereas most of the guns used in Obama’s program did not. In addition, under Bush’s program, U.S. federal agents followed the guns to see whose hands they ended up in, whereas with Obama’s program, U.S. federal agents were ordered not to do this.

Third, Bush’s program did not cause any known deaths, whereas Obama’s program did.

 

November 6, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Barack Obama, Guns. Leave a comment.

Reminder: President Obama broke the law when he released five Islamic terrorists in exchange for U.S. Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl

In June 2009, U.S. Army private first class Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post.

Six U.S soldiers died while searching for Bergdahl.

Instead of being court-martialed for his desertion, Bergdahl was promoted to the rank of specialist in June 2010, and later promoted to the rank of sergeant in June 2011. Since President Obama was Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military at the time, he had final approval or denial of these promotions. Obama’s allowing these promotions to happen is an expression of his de facto support for Bergdahl’s desertion.

Although Bergdahl had deserted his post, in June 2014, Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, falsely said that Bergdahl had been “captured on the battlefield” and had served “with honor and distinction.”

In May 2014, Obama released five “high risk” Taliban terrorists in exchange for deserter Bergdahl. These Islamic terrorists were wanted by the United Nations for possible war crimes, including thousands of murders.

However, in January 2015, Eric Schultz, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary, falsely said, “We don’t give concessions to terrorist organizations.”

Furthermore, federal law requires the President to notify Congress 30 days before releasing terrorists. However, Obama did not give this advance notification.

Although Bergdahl could have received life in prison for his desertion, this past week U.S. military judge Col. Jeffery R. Nance issued a sentence which exempted Bergdahl from having to spend any time whatsoever in prison for his desertion.

Finally, I’d like to remind everyone that in 2010, President Obama supported releasing Abdel Baset al-Megrahi from prison. Known as the “Lockerbie bomber,” Megrahi was an Islamic terrorist who had been convicted of murdering 270 people.

 

November 4, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Islamic terrorism, Military. Leave a comment.

University of Texas at San Antonio department chair Eve Browning threatened a bisexual philosophy grad student with possible “academic dismissal” because he truthfully said there were Muslim-majority countries that executed people for being gay

A bisexual philosophy grad student has left the University of Texas at San Antonio and transferred to another school after department chair Eve Browning threatened him with possible “academic dismissal” for truthfully saying that there were Muslim-majority countries that executed people for being gay.

And the student has this threat on tape. (In Texas, it’s legal for one party to record another party without their knowledge, which is exactly what the student did.)

The recording can be heard at https://vid.me/eKq2l

The transcript of the recording can be read at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xCjOb-ysUAo7nqhKng1Rgeo3FxvvMRg1Cx0OtspmTAI/pub

What this means, in addition to its assault on freedom of speech, is that in the hierarchy of political correctness, Muslims are higher up than gays.

October 31, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Education, Political correctness, Religion, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Regular people commenting at YouTube understand college campus hate crimes a lot better than the mainstream media

Last year and this year, multiple hate crimes were committed at Eastern Michigan University, which consisted of written messages in public places, that included racial slurs against black people, and threats for black to people stay off campus.

Yesterday, it was reported that the perpetrator of these anti-black hate crimes has been identified, and that he himself is black.

Here’s a video of protestors from a year ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTxIiJaJkSQ

The first comment (based on the number of likes, I think) is from a year ago, and this is what it says:

“it’s gonna turn out some black person actually did the spray painting”

Does that commentor have some magical, psychic ability to predict the future?

No.

Instead, that person knows that the best way to predict the future is to look at the past.

Here’s another protest, which is also from before they found out the perpetrator was black:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wytSjmLGdc

And here’s another, also from before they knew:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMOXZnBPatQ

And another:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3x_SF6CjWo

And a comment on that one from a year ago says:

“The blacks are the idiots painting the shit.”

Again, the commentor does not possess any special or unusual ability. Instead, the person just knows that the best way to predict the future is to learn from the past.

I’m curious to know what percentage of the protestors in the above videos still feel the same way, now that they know the guy is black. Based on multiple, similar past incidents where hate crimes were later discovered to be fake, I’m guessing that most of them will stop caring about this particular incident.

And the reason I feel so accurate in my prediction is because of past events. For example, I previously wrote this blog post, which is called “Hillary Clinton and hundreds of college students switch from anger to silence when they find out that a hate crime of assault and racial slurs by whites against blacks was fake, and that the assaults had actually been committed by blacks against whites.”

And I’ve written about so many different fake hate crimes that I gave that subject its own category.

Meanwhile, while those commentors at YouTube accurately predicted that the perpetrator was black, no one in the mainstream media made such a prediction. The mainstream media just assumed that the perpetrator was a white person, despite the fact that so many of these hate crimes on college campuses have turned out to be fake.

I’ll take the common sense of the regular people who comment at YouTube over the biased idiots in the mainstream media any day of the week.

 

October 26, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Fake hate crimes, Media bias, Racism. Leave a comment.

Black protester shows Nazi who the bigger man is

http://nypost.com/2017/10/19/black-protester-and-neo-nazi-skinhead-embrace-at-rally/

Black protester shows Nazi who the bigger man is

October 19, 2017




GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A man in a swastika T-shirt wandered into an angry crowd of anti-white-supremacist protesters in Gainesville on Thursday, where he got jostled, punched, and — of all things — hugged.

The skinhead, whose white T-shirt featured multiple gray swastikas, found himself in the midst of an angry crowd at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Some 300 protesters had gathered there to demonstrate against white supremacist Richard Spencer, who was giving a speech at the student center.

The mob surrounded the skinhead; video of the encounter recorded shouts of “F— you!” and “Leave him alone!”

“Speak your mind,” one protester demanded of the silent man. “Everybody hates you.”

Someone swung at the skinhead, bloodying his nose.

Then, something wonderful: An African-American man approached the skinhead, chest to chest, and demanded, “Give me a f’in hug.”

“Why you don’t like me, bro? Huh? What is it? What is it?”

The skinhead first grimaced, as if bracing for more violence, then relaxed, smiled slightly, and hugged back.

And shrieking cheers rose up from the mob.

Speaking inside the student center, Spencer was getting a worse welcome: Protesters inside the auditorium drowned him out with continual shouts of “F— you!” and “Go home!” and even, “Let’s go, Gators!”

October 20, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Kindness, Racism. Leave a comment.

YouTube admits censoring independent news channels

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xepABu61OU4

 

October 18, 2017. Tags: , , , . Media bias. Leave a comment.

Senate Judiciary opens probe into Obama-era Russian nuclear bribery case

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/355957-senate-judiciary-opens-probe-into-obama-era-russian-nuclear-bribery

Senate Judiciary opens probe into Obama-era Russian nuclear bribery case

October 17, 2017

The Senate Judiciary Committee has launched a full-scale probe into a Russian nuclear bribery case, demanding several federal agencies disclose whether they knew the FBI had uncovered the corruption before the Obama administration in 2010 approved a controversial uranium deal with Moscow.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the committee chairman, gets his first chance to raise the issue in public on Wednesday when he questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions during an oversight hearing.

Though the hearing was scheduled for other purposes, aides said they expected Grassley to ask Sessions questions about a story published in The Hill on Tuesday that disclosed the FBI had uncovered evidence showing Russian nuclear officials were engaged in a racketeering scheme involving bribes, kickbacks and money laundering designed to expand Russian President Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business on U.S. soil.

The evidence was first gathered in 2009 and 2010 but Department of Justice officials waited until 2014 to bring any charges. In between that time, President Obama’s multi-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) gave approval to Russia’s Rosatom to buy a Canadian mining company called Uranium One that controlled 20 percent of America’s uranium deposits.

The committee’s members at the time included former Attorney General Eric Holder and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose husband collected large speech fees and millions in charitable donations from Russia and other entities interested in the outcome of the decision.

Grassley dispatched letters late week to all the federal agencies whose executives served on the CFIUS when the decision was made, demanding to know whether they were aware of the FBI case before they voted.

He also questioned whether the documented corruption that was uncovered posed a national security threat that should have voided approval of the uranium deal.

“It has recently come to the Committee’s attention that employees of Rosatom were involved in a criminal enterprise involving a conspiracy to commit extortion and money laundering during the time of the CFIUS transaction,” Grassley wrote in one such letter addressed to Sessions.

“The fact that Rosatom subsidiaries in the United States were under criminal investigation as a result of a U.S. intelligence operation apparently around the time CFIUS approved the Uranium One/Rosatom transaction raises questions about whether that information factored into CFIUS’ decision to approve the transaction,” the chairman added.

Grassley has been one of the few congressional leaders to have consistently raised questions about the uranium deal, and in 2015 agencies told his committee they had no national security reasons to reject the Moscow approval.

Those representations, however, made no mention of the FBI probe or the national security issues uncovered by agents, including the fact that Russian officials had compromised an American trucking firm that transported uranium.

Grassley’s letters demanded answers from the agencies by no later than Oct. 26.

October 18, 2017. Tags: , , . Barack Obama. Leave a comment.

Donald Trump threatens to shut down NBC and other TV news networks that criticise him

https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-threatens-shut-down-150300346.html

Donald Trump threatens to shut down NBC and other TV news networks that criticise him

October 11, 2017

Donald Trump has threatened to shut down NBC and other American networks, saying that they peddle fake news.

“With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!” Mr Trump wrote in a tweet.
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October 16, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Donald Trump, Police state. Leave a comment.

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer gave $10,000 to Manhattan DA after he declined to file sexual assault charges

http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/harvey-weinsteins-lawyer-gave-10000-manhattan-da-after-he-declined-file-sexual

Harvey Weinstein’s Lawyer Gave $10,000 To Manhattan DA After He Declined To File Sexual Assault Charges

October 5, 2017

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer delivered $10,000 to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. in 2015, in the months after Vance’s office decided not to prosecute Weinstein over sexual assault allegations, according to an International Business Times review of campaign finance documents. That contribution from attorney David Boies — who previously headlined a fundraiser for Vance — was a fraction of the more than $182,000 that Boies, his son and his law partners have delivered to the Democrat during his political career.
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October 13, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , . Sexism, Violent crime. 1 comment.

Buzzfeed: Here’s how Breitbart and Milo Yiannopoulos smuggled Nazi and white nationalist ideas into the mainstream

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLNLPIRS62g

https://www.buzzfeed.com/josephbernstein/heres-how-breitbart-and-milo-smuggled-white-nationalism?utm_term=.cq7oqgvdo#.ruKNr6AlN

Here’s How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream

A cache of documents obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals the truth about Steve Bannon’s alt-right “killing machine.”

October 5, 2017

It’s a relationship illustrated most starkly by a previously unreleased April 2016 video in which Yiannopoulos sings “America the Beautiful” in a Dallas karaoke bar as admirers, including the white nationalist Richard Spencer, raise their arms in Nazi salutes.

“Finally doing my big feature on the alt right,” Yiannopoulos wrote in a March 9, 2016, email to Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer, a hacker who is the system administrator of the neo-Nazi hub the Daily Stormer, and who would later ask his followers to disrupt the funeral of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer. “Fancy braindumping some thoughts for me.”

“It’s time for me to do my big definitive guide to the alt right,” Yiannopoulos wrote four hours later to Curtis Yarvin, a software engineer who under the nom de plume Mencius Moldbug helped create the “neoreactionary” movement, which holds that Enlightenment democracy has failed and that a return to feudalism and authoritarian rule is in order. “Which is my whorish way of asking if you have anything you’d like to make sure I include.”

“Alt r feature, figured you’d have some thoughts,” Yiannopoulos wrote the same day to Devin Saucier, who helps edit the online white nationalist magazine American Renaissance under the pseudonym Henry Wolff, and who wrote a story in June 2017 called “Why I Am (Among Other Things) a White Nationalist.”

The three responded at length: Weev about the Daily Stormer and a podcast called The Daily Shoah, Yarvin in characteristically sweeping world-historical assertions (“It’s no secret that North America contains many distinct cultural/ethnic communities. This is not optimal, but with a competent king it’s not a huge problem either”), and Saucier with a list of thinkers, politicians, journalists, films (Dune, Mad Max, The Dark Knight), and musical genres (folk metal, martial industrial, ’80s synthpop) important to the movement. Yiannopoulos forwarded it all, along with the Wikipedia entries for “Alternative Right” and the esoteric far-right Italian philosopher Julius Evola — a major influence on 20th-century Italian fascists and Richard Spencer alike — to Allum Bokhari, his deputy and frequent ghostwriter, whom he had met during GamerGate. “Include a bit of everything,” he instructed Bokhari.

“I think you’ll like what I’m cooking up,” Yiannopoulos wrote to Saucier, the American Renaissance editor.

“I look forward to it,” Saucier replied. “Bannon, as you probably know, is sympathetic to much of it.”

Five days later Bokhari returned a 3,000-word draft, a taxonomy of the movement titled “ALT-RIGHT BEHEMOTH.” It included a little bit of everything: the brains and their influences (Yarvin and Evola, etc.), the “natural conservatives” (people who think different ethnic groups should stay separate for scientific reasons), the “Meme team” (4chan and 8chan), and the actual hatemongers. Of the last group, Bokhari wrote: “There’s just not very many of them, no-one really likes them, and they’re unlikely to achieve anything significant in the alt-right.”

“Magnificent start,” Yiannopoulos responded.

 

October 8, 2017. Tags: , , , . Media bias, Milo Yiannopoulos, Racism. Leave a comment.

Journalist Shaun King leads effort to identify skinhead shown on video throwing punches who is now behind bars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWt-dukiIpE

https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/09/29/internet-sleuths-track-down-another-bad-penny-charlottesville

Journalist Shaun King leads effort to identify skinhead shown on video throwing punches who is now behind bars

September 29, 2017

The long arm of the Internet finally caught up with Dennis Mothersbaugh.

Roaming the scene in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the violent “Unite the Right” rally on Aug. 12, the 33-year-old skinhead with a long rap sheet apparently felt anonymous enough to begin punching some of the counter-protesters who showed up to oppose him and his fellow white nationalists.

Video recorded at the protest showed the man lashing out and hitting first one protester as he came down a set of stairs, and then moments later punching a woman protester directly in the face, knocking her to the ground. He then was quickly surrounded by men defending the victim, and he walked away.

That recording, however, created the impetus for a search by Internet sleuths to unearth his identity. Led by Brooklyn-based freelance journalist Shaun King, the activists in short order figured out his identity in large part because of the unique tattoo on Mothersbaugh’s head, a quote from rock star Kurt Cobain which reads: “I am rather hated for who I am, than loved for something I’m not.”

Mothersbaugh, who currently resides in rural North Vernon, Indiana, has a long and violent record from the 2000s, when he resided in the Portland, Oregon, vicinity. Among his more noteworthy arrests was a 2005 bust in suburban Gresham for threatening three African-American men and attempting to assault them, as well as a previous 2003 for an assault on a black man.

He also sports a number of other tattoos indicating his membership in the Hammerskins skinhead organization, as well as the Inland Empire neo-Nazi prison gang.

Now Mothersbaugh is behind bars. Once identified, police in Charlottesville issued a warrant for his arrest on assault charges. Police in Indiana were notified, and once Charlottesville police issued a request for extradition, Mothersbaugh was arrested at his home by deputies.

According to a news release, he was being held in the Jennings County Jail. He will be extradited to the Charlottesville/Abemarle Regional Jail “in the near future.”

King has led previous successful efforts to identify the violent white supremacists involved in criminal assaults on people at Charlottesville, including the four men who attacked an African-American man, Deandre Harris, at a parking garage.

King thanked his readers on social media. “You helped make that happen. We identified him. Charlottesville issued the arrest warrant. The police in his hometown, who’ve been great by the way, wanted to arrest him, but Charlottesville had to request extradition.

“Well, they just did, and he is now in custody. He is the third white supremacist from Charlottesville that we have identified and lobbied for an arrest. Your hard work is paying off.”

October 8, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Racism, Violent crime. 1 comment.

Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California

http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-gov-brown-downgrades-from-felony-to-1507331544-htmlstory.html

Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California

October 6, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday that lowers from a felony to a misdemeanor the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection.
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October 7, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

Black Lives Matter’s newest phrase: “Liberalism is white supremacy”

According to the student newspaper at the College of William and Mary, the ACLU recently tried to host an event called “Students and the First Amendment.”

However, five minutes after the event began, Black Lives Matter protestors started shouting loud enough to prevent the ACLU from being heard.

The ACLU suggested that both Black Lives Matter and the ACLU be allowed to speak. But the Black Lives Matter protestors would not allow the ACLU to be heard. After 30 minutes of not being allowed to speak, the ACLU canceled the event.

Statements shouted by Black Lives Matter protestors included

“liberalism is white supremacy”

and

“the revolution will not uphold the constitution”

Afterward, the college’s Black Lives Matter chapter posted the following on its Facebook page:

“Tonight, we shut down an event at William & Mary where Claire Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, was speaking. In contrast to the ACLU, we want to reaffirm our position of zero tolerance for white supremacy no matter what form it decides to masquerade in.”

 

October 7, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Social justice warrior Edith Macias might be charged with a felony for stealing someone’s Trump hat

In the video below, which was recently filmed at UC Riverside, social justice warrior Edith Macias spends nine minutes explaining why she stole a Trump hat right off the head of a Trump supporter.

Macias takes the hat to campus authorities, under the belief that they will take her side.

But they don’t. Instead, they take the side of the hat owner, get him his hat back, and call the campus police.

Originally, the owner of the hat was not planning to press charges.

However, after Macias put a video online where she encouraged other people to steal people’s Trump hats, the owner of the hat changed his mind, and is pressing charges. Macias could be charged with a felony.

Meanwhile, Macias continues to claim that she is the victim. And her friends are demanding that the school pay for a safe place for her and her family to live, as well as pay for the cost of her current residence.

I’m no legal expert. At first, I thought that a felony charge seemed kind of severe for stealing someone’s hat. However, the fact that Macias has gone online and incited other people to steal people’s Trump hats makes me have no problem with her getting a felony charge. She still shows no remorse for what she has done, and, on the contrary, seems to be quite proud of it. That’s a shame. I think she just ruined any chance she had of living a decent life, or getting a college education.

If she is convicted, I hope her sentence is to write a 500 word essay on why it’s wrong to steal other people’s personal property. And then the essay should be put online for everyone to see. I think that would be a much more appropriate sentence than prison, especially for a first time, non-violent offender. Besides, it would be cruel and unusual punishment for the other prisoners if they were forced to live with her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ2T4b14WbY

 

October 6, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Donald Trump, Racism, Social justice warriors. 3 comments.

Trump gives no-bid “fraud prevention” contract to Equifax to “protect” the identities of taxpayers

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October 4, 2017. Tags: , , . Donald Trump. Leave a comment.

Video: social justice warrior spends nine minutes explaining why she stole hat from Trump supporter

In this video, a social justice warrior spends nine minutes explaining why she stole a hat from a Trump supporter.

The thief takes the hat to campus authorities, thinking that they will take her side.

But they don’t. Instead, they take the side of the hat owner, get him his hat back, and call the campus police.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ2T4b14WbY

 

September 28, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Donald Trump, Political correctness, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Here’s my author page at amazon, which lists all of my books

Here’s my author page at amazon, which lists all of my books:

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B075VP9SY7

 

September 26, 2017. Tags: , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

Attention Shelby Mayes! Please quote the parts of Ben Shaprio’s UC Berkeley speech that caused you “psychological trauma.”

The student newspaper at UC Berkeley recently published this opinion column by Shelby Mayes, a person who is described as being “a UC Berkeley student and the membership development director for the Black Student Union.”

Mayes writes:

“If your perceived definition of violence is limited to the confines of physical contact, that’s probably because you’ve never had to experience the psychological trauma that comes along with being a Black person in America. I didn’t need to be physically harmed to feel violated by my school Sept. 14.”

The date cited by Mayes is the day that Ben Shapiro gave this speech at the school:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP_9cRUzqMw

The speech makes up the first 28 minutes of the video. The rest is a Q&A.

Shelby Mayes, please quote the parts of this speech that caused you “psychological trauma.”

 

September 25, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , . Political correctness, Racism, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

In Venezuela, they were teachers and doctors. To buy food, they became prostitutes.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article174808061.html

In Venezuela, they were teachers and doctors. To buy food, they became prostitutes.

September 22, 2017

ARAUCA, Colombia – At a squat, concrete brothel on the muddy banks of the Arauca River, Gabriel Sánchez rattled off the previous jobs of the women who now sell their bodies at his establishment for $25 an hour.

“We’ve got lots of teachers, some doctors, many professional women and one petroleum engineer,” he yelled over the din of vallenato music. “All of them showed up with their degrees in hand.”

As Venezuela’s economy continues to collapse amid food shortages, hyperinflation and U.S. sanctions, waves of economic refugees have fled the country. Those with the means have gone to places like Miami, Santiago and Panama.

The less fortunate find themselves walking across the border into Colombia looking for a way, any way, to keep themselves and their families fed. A recent study suggested as many as 350,000 Venezuelans had entered Colombia in the last six years.

But with jobs scarce, many young — and not so young — women are turning to the world’s oldest profession to make ends meet.

Dayana, a 30-year-old mother of four, nursed a beer as she watched potential clients walk down the dirt road that runs in front of wooden shacks, bars and bordellos. Dressed for work in brightly-colored spandex, Dayana said she used to be the manager of a food-processing plant on the outskirts of Caracas.

But that job disappeared after the government seized the factory and “looted it,” she said.

Seven months ago, struggling to put food on the table, she came to Colombia looking for work. Without an employment permit, she found herself working as a prostitute in the capital, Bogotá. While the money was better there, she eventually moved to Arauca, a cattle town of 260,000 people along the border with Venezuela, because it was easier to send food back to her children in Caracas.

The previous night, her sister had traveled by bus for 18 hours from Caracas to pick up a bundle of groceries that Dayana had purchased — pasta, tuna, rice, cooking oil — and then immediately jumped on a bus back home.

“If you had told me four years ago that I would be here, doing this, I wouldn’t have believed you,” said Dayana, who asked that her last name not be used. “But we’ve gone from crisis to crisis to crisis, and now look where we are.”

“The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing,” President Donald Trump stated before the United Nations on Sept. 19, 2017. He later called on other countries to do more to address the crisis in Venezuela under the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro which “has inflicted terrible misery and suffering on the good people of that country.”

With inflation running in excess of 700 percent and the bolivar currency in free fall, finding food and medicine in Venezuela has become a frustrating, time-consuming task. Dayana said she often would spend four to six hours waiting in line hoping to buy a bag of flour. Other times she was forced to buy food on the black market at exorbitant rates. Hunger in Venezuela is rampant.

That has fueled a scramble to earn hard currency — Colombian pesos or, even better, the U.S. dollar, which is the legal tender of Ecuador and Panama.

Dayana said that on a good night she makes the equivalent of $50 to $100 dollars, selling her services 20 minutes at a time.

“Prostitution obviously isn’t a good job,” she said. “But I’m thankful for it, because it’s allowing me to buy food and support my family.”

Selling sex is legal in Colombia, and even small towns have red-light districts where authorities look the other way. So while immigration police were actively hunting down Venezuelans selling trinkets and panhandling in Arauca’s central square, the women along brothel row said they were rarely harassed.

Marta Muñoz runs the Casa de la Mujer, a municipal program that focuses on women’s health and rights. She said that prostitution is something of a blind spot for local authorities who are more focused on blatant crimes, like child trafficking, rape and the abuse of minors.

“I know that some of them are being paid unfairly and being treated very poorly,” Muñoz said of the Venezuelan prostitutes. “But how do we protect them without strong public policies?”

Sánchez and others in the sex industry say Venezuelans dominate the trade now because they’re willing to work for less pay.

“I would say 99 percent of the prostitutes in this town are Venezuelan,” he said. All 12 of the women who work for him are from the other side of the border.

It’s not just a border phenomenon. Fidelia Suarez, the president of Colombia’s Union of Sex Workers, said her organization has seen a dramatic influx of “Venezuelan women and men working in the sex trade” across the country.

While it’s impossible to quantify how many might be working in the trade, Suarez said her organization is trying to safeguard the vulnerable migrants.

“We want to make sure they’re not being harassed by authorities or taken advantage of,” she said. “Being sexually exploited is very different than being a sex worker.”

In a sense, Venezuela’s economic crisis has been so severe that it has even upended long-held social norms.

Marili, a 47-year-old former teacher and grandmother, said there was a time when she would have been ashamed to admit she’s a prostitute. Now she says she’s grateful to have a job that allows her to buy hypertension medication for her mother back in Caracas.

“We’re all just women who are working to support our families,” she said. “I refuse to criticize anyone, including myself. We all have to work.”

Both Marili and Dayana said they had told their families how they make a living. “I don’t like to keep secrets,” Dayana explained.

Even Sánchez, the 60-year-old brothel owner, says he was forced into the business by the Venezuelan crisis. Like many Colombians, Sánchez moved to the neighboring country 30 years ago, when the oil rich nation was booming economically and Colombia was mired in violence.

There, he had solid work in Caracas repainting cars. When the crisis killed that job several years ago, he began smuggling Venezuelan wood and its cheaper-than-water gasoline into Colombia.

Eventually, things got so bad he decided to return to Colombia permanently. He and his wife opened the brothel, called “Show Malilo Night Club.” Sánchez’s nickname is Malilo.

“This place is mine, thank God,” he said of the modest building, strung with Christmas lights to provide ambiance. “But it hurts me deeply what’s happening over there.”

Marili said the couple had been lifesavers — giving her a place to stay and a way to make a living.

“Not just anyone will lend you a hand,” she said. “These people are humanitarians.”

There seems to be no end in sight for Venezuela’s economic pain. Last month, the Trump administration restricted Caracas’ ability to borrow money from American creditors, which will undoubtedly deepen the crisis. And yet, President Nicolás Maduro has been digging in, avoiding the economic reforms that economists say are necessary.

Dayana dreams of a day when she’ll be able to go home and start a small clothing boutique. Asked when she thought that might happen, she shook her head.

“No one knows,” she said. “We just have to be patient.”

September 25, 2017. Tags: , , , . Communism, Economics, Venezuela. Leave a comment.

My new book “The Maduro Diet” is ranked #1 in the amazon sales category Books > History > Americas > South America > Venezuela

My new book The Maduro Diet is ranked #1 in the amazon sales category Books > History > Americas > South America > Venezuela

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Full title: The Maduro Diet: How three-quarters of adults in Venezuela lost an average of 19 pounds in 2016

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075W2LXT8


September 24, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Books, Communism, Economics, Venezuela. 2 comments.

I just published this new book about the food shortages in Venezuela

I just published this new book about the food shortages in Venezuela:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075W2LXT8

September 24, 2017. Tags: , , , . Communism, Economics, Venezuela. Leave a comment.

All Lives Splatter

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/20/state-lawmaker-posts-all-lives-splatter-meme-on-facebook/

State Lawmaker Posts ‘All Lives Splatter’ Meme On Facebook

September 20, 2017


A South Dakota state lawmaker shared a meme to Facebook showing a car driving through a line of protesters with the caption “all lives splatter” Sept. 7 before deleting it Tuesday and apologizing.

Republican state Rep. Lynne DiSanto posted the meme, saying, “I think this is a movement we can all support #AllLivesSplatter.” She later apologized and claimed she had just been encouraging protesters to stay out of the road, after thousands of people criticized her post online and two local businesses cut ties with her, the Argus Leader reported.

“I am sorry if people took offense to it and perceived my message in any way insinuating support or condoning people being hit by cars,” DiSanto said. “I perceived it differently. I perceived it as encouraging people to stay out of the street.”

September 21, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Black lives matter, Idiots blocking traffic, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

I feel sad for anyone who thinks Hobby Lobby is racist for selling cotton decorations

MSN recently published this news story about a woman in Texas who said Hobby Lobby was racist because it sells cotton decorations.

For something such as this, the context matters a huge amount.

The article includes this picture:


In that context, I don’t see any problem.

They sell cotton balls at every supermarket and pharmacy.

They sell cotton clothing at every clothing store.

There needs to be a distinction between actual racism, and imaginary racism.

Anyone who criticizes Hobby Lobby for selling cotton has allowed herself to be brainwashed by social justice warriors who insist on seeing racism everywhere. I feel sad for her. I hope she find happier, more fulfilling things to focus her thoughts on.

Racism is real. Racism is a very real problem.

But this is not racism.

September 21, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Racism, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

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