Mysterious Social Network ‘Ello’ Explodes In Popularity For People Fleeing Facebook

Another kind of decentralized network, Diaspora, also caught my eye.

“Diaspora is the Privacy Aware Open Source Social Network that puts you in control of your information.
With Diaspora you decide what you’d like to share, and with whom.
Choice
Diaspora lets you sort your connections into groups called aspects. Unique to Diaspora, aspects ensure that your photos, stories and jokes are shared only with the people you intend.

Ownership
You own your pictures, and you shouldn’t have to give that up just to share them. You maintain ownership of everything you share on Diaspora, giving you full control over how it’s distributed.

Simplicity
Diaspora makes sharing clean and easy – and this goes for privacy too. Inherently private, Diaspora doesn’t make you wade through pages of settings and options just to keep your profile secure.”

My Transgender Roam on “We Hunted The Mammoth.”

A Mammoth Task

In the dark well cultured corners of feminist influenced academia is a deep murky cavern inhabited by a swell male feminist lad named David Futrelle who runs the “Misogynist” tracking site aptly labeled, “We Hunted The Mammoth”.   On a side note, he lives in Chicago so only about 45 minutes from me.  Hopefully, he isn’t a violent fellow who is easily triggered.

Now he is actually a rather fascinating and  cheeky fellow in which Return Of Kings sums him up,

 “And, at risk of driving more traffic to the site, I must mention David Futrelle’s site “manboobz.” Futrelle is the typical male feminist; an overweight, thinking-impaired omega male.”

Futrelle’s specialty is actual misandry on a daily basis, something that he takes quite a bit of pride in.   Rest assured though, his self-loathing of his gender makes him a decent sum of money during his funrasing drives where we witness some of the worst misogyny ever seen – women being tricked into giving their money to men.

Now I’m not sure if its a ploy to make himself more likely to get laid by his fellow feminists, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I did some roaming on the site and some light trolling.  for his gem on Davis M.J. Aurini.  I’ll give Futrelle one thing though, Aurini does look a hell of alot like Anton La Vey in that picture lending the case to Aurini needing a full beard.

My badge of honor.

My roam exposed a fact that we often forget ; when it comes to many feminists,  you can’t criticize anything about any women anywhere for any reason. It doesn’t matter if she killed her kidsbecame a serial killer, or threatened to blow up a Federal Building – I’m a bit more sympathetic with that last one – you are an automatic brutal womyn hating misogynist whose chances of committing rape immediately exceed 9000.

Do you approve of mothers who abuse their kids?

No?

You’re a vicious misogynist!

Hell, I’ve one male feminist left dumbfounded about how any women want to be around me.  Apparently, quite a few, considering the two self-professed feminists that slept with me knowing about my anti-feminist views.  (Good looks, game, and a sexy demeanor can work wonders.)

Recently I stumbled upon an angry gulf in the LGBTQ community between TERFS and Radfems vs the Trans community.   Apparently trans women – who were men – are actually part of a patriarchal ploy and should not be accepted as lesbian “gatherings” who refuse to acknowledge that the penis should be considered part of the female appendage if they identify as… women.  I agree with the TERFS here.  If you are interested in a dive down that way, visit “Mancheeze” at your own peril for a taste of a rather delightful lesbian TERF named, “HouseMouse” or something like that who actually really hates men as well as Paul Elam and MRA types.   (She doesn’t deny this.)

Now considering social justice identity politics, it really shouldn’t surprise us that the radical corners of feminism literally despise trans people – even though their biological argument is a sound considering what science tells us about actual biology.  (Sex vs Gender.)

Honestly, one thing that stood out to me is that modern feminism is all about social interactions, norms, and customs specifically concerning binary gender.  I’m not shocked and neither should anyone else be.

Fighting Fire With Fire

When engaging with social justice advocates who refuse to engage honestly, it’s best to employ their own ideology against them.  Chief among this is the the idea of non-binary and “fluid” gender concepts.    Basically, this means that you can identify as whatever the hell you want at any moment in time. Use this to your advantage.

So anytime some short-haired virulent feminist on tumblr,  Salon, or Jezebel informs you of your male privilege bullshit, make sure you immediately identify as trans.  Yes, you can identify as trans at any time for any reason – specifically in conversations about gender and supposed oppression of women by the patriarchy.  In the world of identity politics where having a lack of privileged is something to be gloriously attained and retained in an iron grip, you will have a headstart in the vicious fight to see who has more privilege and is therefore a terrible who is automatically wrong and not needed in the world.

When it comes to identifying as “transgender” or some other weird gender fluid nonsense, are they going to tell you that you can’t do that?  That’s transphobia of course, and by Futrelle’s logic, its a bannable offense to add to the hundreds of other “offensive” subject matter on the list.

What if they question if you are actually trans?

1. How would they know? 2. Questioning if someone is trans is obviously transphobia.  3. Obviously, they can’t actually tell someone what gender they can and can’t identify as by the universal SJW code.

Most feminists and LGBTQYSJGJAA+++++++  will tell you that you can be whatever gender you feel at any time. Well, use that to your advantage in every encounter.  If they tell you you aren’t trans, drop the “transphobic” card.   There are no winners in the oppression olympics these days, but you can piss them off pretty easily with this simple idea.  Just remember to tell them to check their cis privilege.

Note, this can also be explored when it comes to government benefits.  I urge you to check out Benefits.Gov and when it asks for race and gender just pick “other” for race and “woman” for gender.  (Transracial coming soon)   You’ll be getting some of your tax dollars back, and draining the beast the only way it understands – monetarily. 

The highlights of their very angry commentary can be seen below. It doesn’t take much besides disagreeing with these people to set them off. Classic. They did make many vitriolic efforts to respond to my comments, so I’ll give them that.

My personal highlight is where they completely missed the reference about Anita Sarkeesian and I being the ultimate victims because we can claim the “genocide” and “slavery” card being Armenians. Apparently these Radfems don’t know their history well either – nor are these reputable SJWs aware of their “lack-of-genocide” privilege.

Highly appalling, but not surprising.

Ann Coulter’s Futbol in Mouth

About two months ago during the World Cup, that nothing thing ruins a nation’s identity like kicking a ball around. That’s what Ann Coulter is desperate to have us believe and acknowledge this. I’m not exactly one of her haters nor one of her admirers, but when I see bullshit, I mention it.

Why this late? Because its early into the EPL season and I’ve seen some great games and shocking results already.   Arsenals loss to Southampton, 1-2, was a pleasure to watch.  (Especially if you root for Southampton after their supposed confinement to a relegation battle this season.)

Backstory: I was converted into a soccer fan in about 6th grade. I not only played the sport, but the video game, Championship Manager, got me into the EPL and the basics of the game.  Football Manager escalated that enjoyment into actual regular attempts to get up to watch EPL games on early Saturday Mornings. (That time difference means the first game is at 6:45 central time in the morning.)

One thing I do like about Coulter is she will say whatever is on her mind. It pisses plenty of people off, but at least she has balls.   Right now though, she needs a kick in those balls.

First off, one of the most exciting goals I’ve seen in the “boring” sport of soccer came in the World Cup, and the situation and context of tying a team like Portugal made the goal all that much more exhilarating.

Second, this countries identity has been ruined for a while.  You know what ruins a nation?

Concepts like hate speech.  Conservatives and Liberals who endorse the Police State as necessary for our security. Crippling national debt. 80% of created jobs being part time.  Being taxed on every last damn thing in addition to property, income, federal taxes, paycheck taxes, ect.

As for the research that liberals are more likely to watch “soccer”, hogwash. Soccer is my favorite sport, and I despise the ideals of modern day progressive liberalism.

The growing attraction to the beautiful game may be partly because of growing immigration from south and central America, but easier access to streaming sites to watch the Champions League, EPL games on NBC Sports, the pussification of major sports with the exception of Hockey, and the fact that the NFL is suspending players because of “incidents off the field” because of their worry about PR and image is what causing people to look elsewhere.  At least the MMA is still all about the fighting.

Granted, England, which has arguably the most competitive league in the world – The English Premier League – has insane rules about just about everything thanks to FIFA.  The condemnation Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere received for smoking a cigarette was ridiculous. The fact you can get suspended and possible jailed for “racist” arm gestures on the pitch is also absurd.

One primary criticism of soccer is the diving and flopping.  It does happen. Players go down to easy, embellish the impact of a foul, ect.  There are two important things to point out about that.

– Getting your foot stomped on while running full speed can bring you to the ground. It’s hard to run through that.
– Divers and floppers get heckled badly on the pitch from the stands. Fans let you know how much they despise you.  It’s more damaging to a player’s form on the pitch then you may think.

Regardless, I still dislike players who go down to easily. Yea, I’m talking about you Sergio Busquets.  However, it doesn’t subtract from the beauty and physical demands of the game.  As long as normal American sports keep getting worse, world sports like soccer will start to replace them. At least our men’s soccer team has actual competition on a world level – unlike the world basketball championship.

These highlights from the ageless classic British highlight show, Match Of The Day, might give you an idea as to what you are missing.  Also, Southampton. All the way.

Liquored Up, Broke, and Hungover: The Poor and the Promotion of Video Gambling.

When it comes to trying to use every possible method to trick people into losing their money, the decrepit and morally bankrupt state of Illinois is right up there.  It’s citizens – myself included – have been treated like a piggybank, but apparently the state needs to garnish even more of our money to feed the machine that is billions in debt.

Illinois has been actively encouraging people through commercials, online media, ect to play the Illinois Lottery. Hell, there is now even a new official app you can play the Lotto through to make losing your money even easier as you watch you the game.  What they don’t tell you is that the real lotto winners are the ones who snag a public sector job in Illinois. You can bet your ass it won’t be part time either like 90% of the jobs offered in this cespool.


Apparently people still weren’t coughing up enough money in the mega jackpots that the local poor and homeless never seemed to win after years of trying their luck.  Even being the first state to allow online lottery sales still isn’t generating enough revenue. So what else can be done?

Historical Flashback: October 9th, 2012 marked the first day of legalized video gambling in bar, pubs, and “drinking establishments” across Illinois.  As a radical libertarian, I’m not opposed to legalize gambling on principle, but it doesn’t take a genius to realize that alcohol and video slots are a great way to keep pulling the lever instead of walking away.

Who profits? The bars, the state, and the local government.  This is why the state actively encourages both the lotto and the gambling regardless of who it hurts.  I’m still pissed that they are blowing tax dollars – even though thats pretty damn normal in Illinois – on promoting the Illinois Lotto on TV and Cable.  Hell, how is that even in the budget? I guess that “investment” really does turn a literal sick profit. 

In every game where there are devious winners, there must be distraught losers. Those losers are the local patrons who walk away with even less money. Note that the place, Jesters, is in Waukegan which is one of the poorest areas in Illinois whose residents now have 70,000$ less to put toward bettering their lives.  You can’t walk the streets without people asking you for “bus money” that they can gamble away, use for drugs and liquor, ect.  But yes, lets encourage them to spend their money poorly instead of on their families!

Besides the morning after hangover, throw in a terrible and shocked look on your face when you realize how much money you lost last night.  I live in Fox Lake – about 10 minutes from the Wisconsin border – and we have ALOT of bars.  This now means people gamble their money away at much more of an increased rate then they did two years ago. The Reverse Robin Hood Effect is in full display.

I’ve seen it all.

– My former, now evicted neighbor, already drank his unemployment money away at one of the local Fox Lake bars, and with the slot machines, it became even worse.

–  The local poor hobbling lady at the gas station wasting away what money she has buying lotto tickets.

– The homeless people roaming the streets buying as many lotto tickets as they can hoping to strike lucky and maybe land a warm place to stay when our nasty winter hits.

Now I’m not calling for video gambling in bars to be banned or even moderated any more than it is. I’m just simply pointing out the blatant bullshit of this state in promoting and encouraging people to do it.  Seriously, just imagine if this state was encouraging people to smoke cigarettes. The uproar would be incredulous.

But yes! Let’s encourage all these people to play the lotto instead of investing that money in ways to get them out of the rut they are stuck in.  At least the school, infrastructure, and “public” projects will reap the rewards.  All for the greater good right?

Wrong. The ends – especially in this situation – don’t justify the means.  I just wish my corrupt state run by self-proclaimed caring liberal democrats stood by their supposed allegiance to the poor, downtrodden, and less fortunate in Illinois instead of actively promoting and encouraging new and revised ways to trick them out of their money. (At least Pat Quinn tried.) Hypocrites, the lot of them. Seriously, fuck this state.

The actual compassionate, fair-minded, and justice seeking liberals who control the state of Illinois should be outraged to see articles from publications like Businessweek with headlines like, “How Poor Families Fund College for Wealthy Students“.  Let that article soak in.  Seriously, justify this bullshit with excuses like, “It funds the schools!” or “It helps fund important social welfare programs! I dare you. I dare you to be consistent with your ideology for once.

A Review: Opinionated Man – Harsh Reality

Jason Cushman is a proud Asian man who literally doesn’t give a fuck. In his own words:

“My goal with this blog is to offend everyone in the world at least once with my words… so no one has a reason to have a heightened sense of themselves. We are all ignorant, we are all found wanting, we are all bad people sometimes.”

He posts what he feels, when he wants, and in a very unique style in the blogging community. It is the primary reason why he stands out – his blogging style is specifically his own.

His blog, Harsh Reality, directly encourages bloggers to consistently interact with each other and he frequently features guest posts by other bloggers to promote this ambition.   His, “WordPress Meet and Greet” is another example of attempting to get bloggers to actually interact with each other and based on the feedback he has gotten, I’d say its been very successful.

The most important message I have seen reflected from Cushman is admonishing of fellow bloggers to carve out their own unique style.   If you desire an actual breath of fresh air and a writing style that you won’t see elsewhere, his blog is a must follow. (I’ve been following him for several months now.)

Let’s get real. In today’s blogging world, many bloggers are still very afraid from posting what they actually think because of possible backlash from dissident opinions.  Jason doesn’t care and he shouldn’t.  Disagreements are an inevitable part of daily life and that is manifested to even more of an extent online and in the blogging world.   Remember, life goes on. 
Usually there is very little moderation on his blog in a direct attempt to promote feedback – something I applaud.  State your piece, and he will state his.   One of my personal favorites is, “Women are Crazy (The way to lose your female readers)” .   The original post of it had over 2k comments.  It’s yet again evidence that when it comes to blogging, all publicity is good publicity.

I highly suggest his blog for people who are looking to improve their own as he won’t bullshit you with “easy steps”.  There is no shortcut for the time investment and gradual building of your blogging network – something he has repeatedly pointed out.

A quick golden rule for bloggers: Don’t spam and selfishly promote on others blogs if you wouldn’t approve of it happening on your own.  Opinionated Man’s, “WordPress Meet and Greet” however is an opportunity for all of us to self-promote in the right way. Try it some time.

“I Hope You Die”

“I Hope You Die”.

 

The internet these days can get to people. Take OM who has been helping other bloggers as much as possible. The internet will still find faults.

The guy who said OM made him feel “suicidal” is priceless – or a damn good troll.

My motto: surround yourself with motivated people with a sense of self-responsiblity. Ignore the haters and SJWs like they aren’t even there. Light trolling can be useful sometimes however.

 

Keep strong OM.

Toddlers, Perspective, Drugs, and Flashbanging Swat Raids.

My family is a diverse  and divided one, and I love it.  Not just racially, but politically and on all those “controversial” issues which you aren’t supposed to bring up at the dinner table at family parties.  Well I’m a true rebel and I bring up that crap anyway.  So I somewhat… started up a huge debate on gun control with my family. (My aunt for a while was of the opinion that we didn’t need guns because the cops would always be there in time to protect people. Note I live about 50 minutes from Chicago.)

It ended up in everyone shouting, my Uncle putting my Aunt in an armlock, my Uncle yelling at my Grandpa for bailing him out of jail – I didn’t even know that happened – my Dad yelling about my Aunt being a cop and it distorting her perspective. It literally looked like something out of a movie.  Wait.  Right there, that magic word – Perspective.

Me and my Dad both hold rather “anti-cop” views – according to cops that is on PoliceOne – the site where if a cop blows up kittens on public television – the use of that force must somehow be justified.  My aunt is a cop and tends to view things from their point-of-view, even if the video evidence is pretty damning. She points out that there are always two sides to the story. I’m not sure what other “sides” to the story there can be in some of the headlines over the years that I have seen – and the one’s I’ll list are just three out of the hundreds.  So just for background:

1. The Kelly Thomas beatdown – that homeless man in Seattle who they literally beat to death as he called for his dad for over 10 minutes.  Seriously, watch the video. It’s sickening and disturbing. I’m EXTREMELY manly, but it made me cry.  Image

2. A “no knock” recent swat raid on a house in Georgia where they “suspected” drugs were located. It’s “unclear” whether they found drugs or not – That means they did not – but they did throw a flashbang in the house that melted off part of the face of a two year old toddler, burned a hole in his chest, and now has him in a coma.  It reads like something out of a movie where everything goes wrong for a family, but the video of the kid really shows how – fucked up – this really is.

3. An 80 year-old man killed in his own bed in a swat raid where the police were looking for Meth. They didn’t find any and were forced to change their story after bloodstains in the man’s bed indicated that he had been sleeping.  “Put the gun down!” apparently was shouted after the six shots were fired… not before.  What side could the deputy who pulled the trigger have to justify his actions?

Sidenote: Below, courtesy of Cato is a map of many botched Swat Raids. It should trouble you. Their site has the “interactive” map for you to scour through.

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I list those three examples specifically because of the perspective on the other end toward what happened.  The perspective of the district attorney and the GBI (George Bureau of Investigation) emphasized by the County Sheriff (Terrell) on the injured Toddler story mentioned above blew my mind.

“I’ve talked to the D.A., I’ve talked to the GBI,” Terrell said. “I’ve given them the whole information and they say there’s nothing else we can do. There’s nothing to investigate, there’s nothing to look at. Given the information given, GBI’s SWAT team would have done the exact same thing – they’d have used the exact same scenario to enter the house.”

As Radley Balko points out in his article on the Washington Post about this story and the SWAT policy for raids:

If your drug cops conduct a raid that ends up putting a child in the hospital with critical burns, and they did nothing that violates your department’s policy, then there’s something wrong with your policy.

However, I’ve seen cops defend this burned toddler pointing to the perspective of the SWAT team, notably at the fore-mentioned PoliceOne facebook page where what I assume is mostly officers exchange stories of “winning”. Note some of these perspectives:

  • “As sad as this is this is not the fault of the Police. The scum bag mother is to blame here.”
  • “WOW, REALLY? I CAN’T BELIEVE THE NUMBER OF “SO CALLED” OFFICERS ON THIS THREAD THAT ARE BLAMING THE POLICE ON THIS ISSUE! DID YOU READ THE ARTICLE?  THIS WAS NOT THE INJURED CHILD’S HOME. THE FAMILY WAS VISITING FROM OUT OF TOWN. THE PROBLEM IS THEY WERE SLEEPING IN A DRUG PUSHER’S HOME!!!!SAD, YES, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. THE CHILD SUFFERED FOR HIS PARENTS STUPIDITY. DON’T BLAME THE OFFICERS WHEN THE RESPONSIBILITY LIES WITH THE ADULT PARENTS IN THIS SITUATION!” –   (What is this Tumblr with the all caps?)
  •  “They did nothing wrong. Don’t take a infant to a drug house and this would not happen.”
  • ” Here’s an idea. Don’t sell drugs and cops won’t throw flashbangs into your house.”
  • “Dont commit crimes and things like this wont happen…..yeah blame the police for doing their jobs arresting POS criminals. This is the families fault this baby is injured. NOT the police.”
  • “Meanwhile, keeping a toddler in the home of violent felons, meth labs, dangerous criminals walking in and out on a daily basis high on dope, and complete disregsrd for any care for a toddler is ignored. Charge the parents an extra felony for the innocent childs suffering.”

The Facebook posts to the article go on and on.  What’s fascinating is that the drug fiend they were looking for was the husband’s brother who didn’t even live there, nor was there at the time when the raid occurred.  Essentially, we all better hope that none of our friends or family does, partakes, deals, ect – with or without your knowledge – and come’s back home for Thanksgiving because a SWAT team could bust through the door and toss military grade hardware your way.

What this all boils down to is that no matter who gets hurt, the cops they will justify whatever happens because from their perspective, it appears to be us vs. them; they are first and we are a distant second.  I love my Aunt dearly, but she said something that has disturbed me in conversations over things of this nature, “I will do whatever I need to do get back home safe to my family.”  I understand that, but imagine all the other cops who think like this. I hope I’m not deemed an obstacle to said safety from their perspective.

I don’t have a particular vendetta, even though my aunt believes I do. I have no criminal record, though I am still perturbed at some of the bullshit traffic tickets I’ve gotten. I won’t pretend to say I don’t have a bias, but when I see injustice like this excused it angers me. When a toddler has part of his face burnt off, a hole in his chest, and is in a coma in what is essentially an appeal to “safety” for the SWAT team by flashbanging without knocking or investigating to see if children were present, we have a deep problem.

Seriously. Justify it. I dare you. Look at it from “their perspective” and justify the botched raids and what happened to people like Kelly Thomas.  Even if “use of force” is/was justified, their deaths certainly were not.

We need to be deeply worried about the prevalence of this assumption among Law Enforcement that “resisting” arrest automatically means it’s acceptable to use lethal force to subdue a “suspect.”  I seriously don’t give a fuck if the suspect is resisting or not. It doesn’t mean you need to kill them or use excessive force. 

I strongly suggest LEO’s would be less likely to endorse excessive force of they or their families were subjected to their all too common playbook.

Everyday there is a story of excessive force by the police, brutality, mistaken shootings. We need to address this growing epidemic of state sponsored brutality before we, our families, and are friends become suspects and subject to this treatment.