So back in early May, while the Baltimore protests were going on, Rabbi Benjamin Blech wrote an article about violence in the riots. I’m linking you to Aish.com, but I first saw it in the May 8th – 14th edition of the Long Island Jewish World. I wrote a response and looked for a few friends to edit it. I actually got around to finishing it a few weeks ago. First I sent it to Aish, who decided not to publish it but did forward it to the Rabbi. I also sent it to Alternet, but never heard back.
So I’m going to publish this here, on my blog, where I have basically no audience.
I’m sick and fucking tired of white people crying about black people “violently” rioting against violent White Supremacy while those same white people condone the very violent White Supremacy that is instigating and causing this backlash in the first place. And I wanted to say something about it. Please note: I use the narrative of the Exodus because the Rabbi does; I don’t actually think that happened. I also did not use the Holocaust as an analogy. In hindsight, this probably would have been better, but I also feel as if my decision to present the alternate universe was a more direct (if ham-fisted) way of conveying what I was trying to say.
Also… yes, I’m Jewish. My family is Jewish, I grew up Jewish, I go to synagogue sometimes and even read Torah every once in a while. Just because I’m an atheist and part-time anti-theist doesn’t mean I’m not Jewish.
Commenting Note: White Supremacists are not welcome here. Racists are not welcome here. Trolls are not welcome here. Devil’s advocates are not welcome here. I can and will censor you if you show yourself to be any or all of those things.
So I’m sure many of you already know the store of sleazy, creepy, privacy-violating fuckwad Craig Brittain.
This sorry excuse for a primate once owned a revenge site, but the Federal Trade Commission has taken that down. And good on them. Among his many crimes, Craig pretended to be a woman to get nude pics of women online and then posted those pics to his website. When they demanded that he take them, he agreed to do it only if they paid him exorbitant fees.
And when it became public, he blamed his victims. Saying they wanted it, among other things.
I’m a nicotine addict. Unfortunately I’m not kidding. It first started when I was 15, but I did give it up (for a time), when I discovered that my mom was allergic. However, I was smoking a large amount of cigarettes at the time. And I started up again, much more recently. Back in November 2013, to be a little more precise. It was because of Burger King (and I’ve no doubt you can guess why). And I immediately fell in to two packs a day, which increased to three packs before some friends showed me an alternative.
And that alternative was electronic cigarettes.
This was a different, interesting world I had heard of in the past but not ventured in to. The offer was interesting…
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
If you are on Facebook and Twitter, there is a perfect profile picture that says “Black Lives Matter”. I am asking that people change their profile pictures on Facebook and Twitter to this picture. Stand up against the declared war on black lives by the US’s cops. Please. I use it to show solidarity. I am privileged as a white man. I will never be targeted the way black men and women are targeted in this country.
I cannot, and will not, accept this. And neither should you.
Below is the picture. Again… please. Please change your profile picture to this. Stand up against this tyranny in our country.
Again… please do this. It’s extremely important. The more Facebook and Twitter get inundated with this, the more visible it becomes, and that can only be a good thing.
You don't have to share. No... really... you don't...
I’m reblogging this because people need to read it. THIS is GamerGate, folks. Don’t even try to deny it (and believe me when I say I won’t let you on this post. I promise.)
Here’s the posted summary:
1. Eron knowingly promoted his tell-all blog post about Quinn on 4chan, knowing it was likely to cause harassment.
2. Rather than try to quell the harassment (As he might have you believe), Gjoni actually basked in the attention, to try and stir up even more agita against his ex.
3. Once confronted with his actions, Eron tried to distance himself from #gamergate, and move his involvement of Quinn behind the scenes. Unfortunately we have evidence of this string-pulling.
4. Eron’s fight against his restraining order is merely a continuation of the harassment he was already engaging in. If he wins his legal battle he’s likely to post even more private info about Quinn as a reward for his backers.
5. Gjoni has essentially ruined his good name in pursuit of this revenge quest. He knows this, and it makes him bitter that his plans to sideline Quinn in her own industry have backfired so spectacularly.
6. Gjoni sexually harasses women critical of him; especially when caught in a lie or backed into a corner logically. I find this a telling clue about his real attitude about women, although Gjoni claims to be a feminist.
Eron Gjoni in a rapidly descending elevator, I presume. (Artist: Sarah M.)
So, there’s this indie game I bought recently, called “Hatoful Boyfriend”. It’s a Japanese PG-13 dating simulator, except that the rest of the student body besides you are man-sized birds with human characteristics. The player spends the entire game building romantic relationships with pigeons, doves, quails and one demented partridge. The player character, seemingly the only human woman left on earth, lives in paleolithic conditions in a cave in the middle of the countryside, like some kind of outcast from bird society.
Spoiler Alert: as you might have guessed, the special new game + ending gave me the idea for the title of this article.
I’ve covered Eron Gjoni and his ugly breakup before; starting with Gjoni’s tell-all AMA in #burgersandfries. I’ve also written of the dishonest blog post he published downplaying his involvement in harassing Zoe Quinn, and Eron’s successful efforts…