HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Saviolo » Journal
Page: 1


Profile Information

Gender: Male
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Home country: Canada
Current location: Toronto, Ontario
Member since: Wed Oct 29, 2008, 03:34 PM
Number of posts: 3,025

Journal Archives

Who are the wealthy backers smearing Elizabeth Warren?

It's looking like some big money is behind an effort to smear Elizabeth Warren.


A billionaire-backed conservative group is targeting Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts as she tours the country in support of her new book, according to a memo obtained by Politico.

“We view (the) book launch as the soft launch of her presidential campaign,” said executive director Colin Reed. “We’ll do the same to her as we did with Hillary Clinton in 2014,” Reed added.

America Rising’s backers would stand to lose some cushy tax breaks and regulatory favors if the progressive policies advocated by Sen. Warren were enacted. For her part, Warren denies that she’s running for the presidency and notes that this is her 11th book.

America Rising is tracking a number of potential contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, including Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, and Sen. Kamala Harris of New York.

The group appears to be taking special interest in Warren, however. Reed’s memo cites her “enormous sway” over the party and describes her – inaccurately — as its “titular head.” (Reed does not appear to know what the word “titular” means.)

America Rising was formed in 2013 by Matt Rhoades, the director of Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 presidential campaign, and it represents the worst of what our current political system offers. Its goal is not to debate the issues or offer solutions to the nation’s problems. Instead, the PAC gets cash from big-money donors and spends it trying to tear down its political opponents.

The group’s million-dollar-plus budget is funded by a bevy of high-dollar backers. The list of donors during the 2014 and 2016 election cycles includes:

Hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer, who specializes in “vulture capitalism” – purchasing distressed assets and squeezing every last dollar out of them. Singer’s fund earned the “vulture” label by purchasing the debts of distressed governments like Panama’s and Peru’s, and then pressuring the authorities to force repayment. In Argentina’s case, the fund’s tactics including seizing an Argentine vessel docked in an African port.

Singer, a major Republican donor, is the founder of a hedge fund called Elliott Management Corporation. He flooded New York’s 19th Congressional district with money last year in order to successfully defeat reform Democrat Zephyr Teachout. Teachout offered to debate Singer, whom she labeled “the actual voice” of her opposition, but he declined to respond. Singer was America Rising’s largest reported donor.

Wrestling magnate Linda McMahon, who ran the World Wrestling Entertainment empire with husband Vince McMahon and is now Donald Trump’s head of the Small Business Administration. McMahon gave $6 million to Trump’s campaign – money Trump has reportedly used in ethically dubious ways.

More details at the link.

Warren is one of the strongest and hardest working progressive voices in the Democratic party, and her efforts against the huge banking behemoths has painted a great big target on her back for big money to try to smear her, much in the same way the GOP has smeared Hillary for over 30 years.

Don't fall for it. Don't let the wealthy entirely unethical right from dividing the left. Support progressive voices.

An interested Twitter thread about the deplorables:

This tread crossed my Twitter feed recently, and I thought it was very interesting and somewhat chilling.

Please note, this is not my work, I've linked the original tweeter here. Also, I'll copy/paste the thread below the link to the lead tweet:


the entire chan phenomenon is one of the most terrifying things in history bc we bred a generation that doesn't understand "real"
it's all a great big Enders Game to them and none of them understand that they're piloting the actual space fighters
and it's like making a joke about making a joke, and you keep going "ok but seriously......NOT!!"
and it just never ends, every layer of potential sincerity is just another joke about human betrayal
and that's really a big part of this. A ton of young people got exposed to a really terrifying fact: everything only works bc of honesty
People trust you, they have to, we have nothing but the words of others to describe 99% of our world
So if you start lying you suddenly have tremendous power and realizing that just sends you reeling
And the earlier internet in particular was masturbatory in nature - forums tended to exist for their own sake
Being an isolated "community" 4ch [4chan] ended up the same - posting for the sake of posting, no real world goal
So of course everyone focused on the most remarkable toy they'd found, insincerity, and had no reason to ever let go
And it's such a devastating toy, it crept out of bounds of its own accord and they don't even realize it
Nothing's real to these people. They're just like us all in one respect: many of us can't accept that we're the grownups now
Like we all expected there to be a big difference between being kids and being adults and there isn't
So when I go to work I still feel a little bit like it's not a "real" job, as in, I feel like it's all just playing at a real job
But no, I'm in exactly the same position as anyone else. I am a Person and a Citizen and a Worker, this is real, not theoretical
But none of them feel that. They're all trapped in that school-days mindset where everything is still just practice for the real world
But their weapons are real and they have no idea they're killing actual people with them. I haven't the faintest idea how to fix it.
They're cultists. Indoctrinated to an incredibly perverted view of reality and all attempts at communication are slotted into the fantasy
Any description of life outside the cult gets a "oh, Father told me about you, he said God would send Tricksters"
And that circular reasoning feeds back into itself, impenetrable, perfectly smooth and unbroken. What the fuck do we do?

And this dovetails amazingly with this article from Medium:
Link to article

Around 2005 or so a strange link started showing up in my old webcomic’s referral logs. This new site I didn’t understand. It was a bulletin board, but its system of navigation was opaque. Counter intuitively, you had to hit “reply” to read a thread. Moreover, the content was bizarre nonsense.

The site, if you hadn’t guessed, was 4chan.org. It was an offshoot of a different message board which I also knew from my referral logs, “Something Awful”, at the time, an online community of a few hundred nerds who liked comics, video games, and well, nerds things. But unlike boards with similar content, Something Awful skewed toward dark jokes. I had an account at Something Awful, which I used sometimes to post in threads about my comic.

4chan had been created by a 15 year old Something Awful user named Christopher Poole (whose 4chan mod name was “m00t”). Poole had adapted a type of Japanese bulletin board software which was difficult to understand at first, but once learned, was far more fun to post in than the traditional American format used by S.A., as a result the site became popular very quickly.

These days, 4chan appears in the news almost weekly. This past week, there were riots at Berkeley in the wake of the scheduled lecture by their most prominent supporter, Milo Yiannopoulos. The week before that neo-Nazi Richard Spencer pointed to his 4chan inspired Pepe the Frog pin, about to explain the significance when an anti-fascist protester punched him in the face. The week before that, 4chan claimed (falsely) it had fabricated the so called Trump “Kompromat”. And the week before that, in the wake of the fire at Ghost Ship, 4chan decided to make war on “liberal safe spaces” and DIY venues across the country.

Rightwing vs. Leftwing terrorism:


Bodycount for right wing extremists in the United States: 311
Bodycount for left wing extremists in the United States: 0

So the white nationalists, racists, and MAGA hat wearers can spare me with their "so much for the tolerant left" jokes when a literal actual nazi gets punched in the face.

Matthew Good - Bad Guys Win - Official Video

Content Warning: Slow-Motion Violence

Just a little revenge fantasy music video from one of my favourite musicians.

A GOP Lawmaker Has Been Revealed As The Creator Of Reddits Anti-Woman Red Pill Forum

From uproxx:

The far right tends to use the term “red pill” as a catch-all to describe social attitudes and indoctrination. It’s an odd choice, considering it comes from a movie written and directed by two trans sisters, but it mostly comes from the notorious anti-woman Reddit forum r/redpill. Now, the founder of that forum has been tracked down, and he’s a GOP lawmaker.

Specifically, the Daily Beast has found that New Hampshire state representative Robert Fisher founded the subreddit Redpill under a few aliases. Fisher is a mostly unremarkable politician in the state, but has ties to more colorful and controversial state politicians like Joshua Youssef, who notoriously has a very public grudge against his ex-wife’s divorce attorney.

The forum he founded, however, is notorious for a cult-like atmosphere and is one of the more well-known misogynistic corners of the internet. It launched the career of Milo Yiannopoulous, who was a regular contributor to the forum and whose involvement in it became part of the backlash that ultimately cost Yiannopoulous his job at Breitbart. Just how involved Fisher is in the behavior of the forum in recent years is unclear, as Redditors can have multiple screen names and even assume different personalities to discuss their views without those views being traced back to their real names. However, after being contacted by the Daily Beast for the story, Fisher has attempted to wipe any connection he was with the forum.

Full article here: http://uproxx.com/technology/reddit-red-pill-founder/

And The Daily Beast:

Last November, voters in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region re-elected to the state house of representatives a man who appears to be one of the secret architects of the internet’s misogynistic “Manosphere.”

The homegrown son of a preacher, 31-year-old Robert Fisher is a Republican who represents New Hampshire’s Belknap County District 9. In addition to his legislative duties, Fisher owns a local computer-repair franchise, and in his spare time, seems to have created the web’s most popular online destination for pickup artistry and men’s rights activists, The Red Pill, according an investigation by the Daily Beast.

An investigation into Fisher’s online aliases found a trail of posts linking the lawmaker to the username Pk_atheist, the creator of The Red Pill—an online Reddit community of nearly 200,000 subscribers that promotes itself as a “discussion of sexual strategy in a culture increasingly lacking a positive identity for men.”

And yet Fisher’s past comments on a host of Reddit forums are arguably far more disturbing than what his colleagues have said in public. He blasted women for their “sub-par intelligence.” He said that women’s personalities are “lackluster and boring, serving little purpose in day to day life.” And Fisher once commented, “It is literally the [female] body that makes enduring these things worth it.”

In a state with one representative to every 3,200 people, many of Fisher’s female constituents are likely to know him personally—whether or not they know what he’d once posted about women online. And those comments were just the start.

Full article here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/25/the-republican-lawmaker-who-secretly-created-reddit-s-women-hating-red-pill.html

Here's where we have to take the fight. This is a GOP lawmaker who is currently in power and he runs a hub for anti-feminists, misogynists, rape apologists, and white nationalists.

Easter egg on the site for the new Canadian $10 bill!

If you do the Konami code on the new $10 bill site, it starts raining money:


For anyone not familiar with the Konami code: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konami_Code

So, just go to the linked website and type (on your arrow keys):

up up down down left right left right B A

and it will start raining bills! Also, O Canada will play.

I'm endlessly amused by this!

Re: The now-banned image of Putin in drag makeup:

I've posted this a couple of times in the last day or so, but I just keep seeing it showing up here and there, so I wanted to start an OP about it:

Calling Putin "gay" as an insult does not fight homophobia, it enforces it. I understand the impetus behind the image, and I understand the amusement that many people have about it. As a gay man, I recognize that this is just someone yelling "fag" at Putin. Images and jokes like this are homophobic and transphobic, and do not make most gay people feel safer, but more marginalized. Same thing with that huge billboard of Putin and Trump kissing outside of the RNC.

This tweet says it very pithily:


My gay, trans, and queer friends are beautiful people who are trying to live their own reality (and me my own, for that matter), but here we have the implication "LOL, this dictator hates gay people, and wants to hurt and kill them, so we're going to associate his image with queer regalia to mock him." By using queer regalia to mock someone who hates queers, you are not empowering LGBTQ folks, you are mocking them, too.

Of course, this is only my opinion, and I know lots of people want to really needle Putin with this image, I just want to maybe make you think twice. If you think of yourself as a LGBTQ ally, maybe think twice about this, otherwise those that you would like to be allied with may look twice at you, wondering if they can really trust you not to appropriate their images in a mocking way.
Go to Page: 1