You bastards!!

I woke up after July 4th to find this fresh pile right before us. During the weekend before hand, Donald Trump posted to his Twitter account a GIF of him brawling with WWE chairman Vince McMahon with the CNN logo superimposed on McMahon’s head. Trump posted it not long after the investigations into his alleged collusion with Russia found no substantial evidence for such collusion, after non-stop accusations by the press that he was the agent of Russia. By this point, it has also been revealed that some on CNN’s own team know that the Russia story is not supported by any solid evidence – in other words, it’s bullshit and they know it. So the GIF can be taken as Donald Trump essentially gloating over the fact that his side of the story is winning over the mainstream media.

And how did the media take it? They thought that Trump was signalling a violent, authoritarian crackdown on his critics. Over a fucking meme!

That’s right, anti-CNN memes are considered to be a form of incitement to violence. Before this, there was a whole other shitshow from the right about how Kathy Griffin and the Trumpesque Caesar of Shakespeare at the Park and how these were supposedly violence against the President, and now I find the media and their liberal supporters proclaiming that their lives are in danger because Trump shared a meme on his Twitter. There are few richer hypocrisies than this!

And CNN were so offended and scared by the meme it was their top story, their reporters and their friends screeching all day about how Trump reemed them in the ass with simply a moving image that mocked them. But, that’s where the fun ends. Since they wouldn’t take being mocked by a meme for all to see, or perhaps because they believe memes are incitement to violence, CNN decided that it would be appropriate to try and track down the person who made the meme to begin with. At first it had emerged that the maker of a meme was a Reddit user named HanAssholeSolo, who may or may not have been either a teenager or a 40-year old man depending on who you ask. They dug up some information about the Reddit user, contacted him and were apparently able to get an apology out of him. He promised not to do another anti-CNN meme again, and CNN said that they would reveal all the information they dug up if that changed. In essence, they cyber-stalked a guy they thought was responsible for nothing more than creating a meme that offended them that was shared by the President, and threatened to dox him if he made more memes. That is fucking reprehensible! You’re putting someone’s privacy on the line because of what is just a meme.

The journalistic class can cower all they like behind the excuse that he made other memes that they reckon think are Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, racist, xenophobic or whatever, but none of it changes the fact that there was no reason for CNN to go after this guy. He committed no crime, he hurt no one, all he apparently did was offend some powerful people. So-called journalists and media pundits actually think they have a right to expose someone and take away their anonymity in order to expose their “hate”. What the fuck kind of thinking is that!? In a different time, these people might have been aristocrats looking for seditious critics of the monarchy, Catholic elites searching for suspected heretics, or imperial Romans going after Christians. “We have the right to expose people for their subversive thoughts and expressions” is their mantra, and to that end they will stop at nothing, even if it means targeting innocent people, to satisfy their lust for control. And they’re proud of what they do.

Oh and they haven’t just been acting unethically either. They are likely criminals as well. According to Julian Assange of Wikileaks, CNN has violated Section 135.60 of New York’s criminal code, which prohibits coercion in the second degree, specifically the part which prohibits exposure of a secret or publicizing an asserted fact which would subject a person to ridicule or contempt. Senator Ted Cruz also thinks that CNN may have violated the criminal code of the state of Georgia, specifically § 16-8-16 which deals with theft by extortion, in which the public dissemination of any information relating to any person in order to ruin his reputation is prohibited. What’s more, section 241 of the United States Code prohibits conspiracy against a person exercising their legal rights as provided by the laws and Constitution of the United States. I think it’s possible that CNN broke the law and that a legal case that could be brought against CNN, and I hope there is a case brought against them because it couldn’t happen to a more deserving organization. They can pretend to be defending their freedom of the press all they like, but what press freedom entitles people to threaten to dox an innocent person exercising freedom of expression online over a meme?

And to add insult onto injury, it’s possible that CNN got the wrong guy. Buzzfeed claims that the meme wasn’t actually created by HanAssholeSolo, or was a version of HanAssholeSolo’s meme that was edited by someone else. I don’t trust Buzzfeed as a source, but if this is true then it’s entirely people that CNN went through all that trouble only to get the wrong guy. I can’t help but wonder who they’ll go after next. CNN now claims that they still don’t know who the memester was, but they also claim that it’s not the most important issue in the world. Really? If that’s true, why the fuck would they go through all the effort of digging up the personal information of someone who committed no crime or wrongdoing if it was all just nothing!? Better yet, why were you so outraged about the meme in the first place!?

And in the wake of this something’s been nagging me. A professor named Josh Chafetz tweeted that, in his view, freedom of speech only protects you from government censorship and not public censure from private entities. Aside from the fact that, as I’ve mentioned, there are probably laws against that, there’s a bitter hypocrisy associated with this because of how I see this argument from some on the left. I always thought the left as a political umbrella was generally opposed to the power of big business, right? They don’t like big corporations having too much power and doing whatever they want, right? So then why do left-liberals now seem to think it’s OK for CNN, a major media corporation run by a multi-millionaire, to threaten a private citizen’s right to freedom of expression? Because the government isn’t doing it? But then they go on about how right-wing billionaires such as Peter Thiel are supposedly silencing the freedom of the press for whatever reason. And I’ll tell you something else: I bet the makers of Nobody Speak, a pile of utter apologia that asserts that Gawker was innocent of wrongdoing despite outing several private individuals without their permission, probably don’t have anything to say about Jeff Zucker’s organization censoring a private law-abiding individual. Of course they don’t, because it’s not Donald Trump or Peter Thiel doing it. You’ve got someone who’s basically being censored over memes by a multi-million dollar corporation, and the left is telling us that’s perfectly fine even though they’re supposed to be against big business! Almost like they don’t actually care about that on principle, after all it’s OK when they’re being fascists isn’t it!? If you think you’re fighting the rich and billionaires because you think they’re coming after the freedom of the press and freedom of speech, but you’re OK with this shit from CNN, your cause is frankly fucking worthless to me!

Finally I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a man at the centre of the HanAssholeSolo debacle: one Andrew Kaczynski. After all, he’s the guy who dug up his information in the first place and he was the author of the article wherein CNN gave their veiled threat to begin with. And for this service, he is congratulated by his media colleagues who, like the fascists they truly are, laud the fact that he gave CNN leverage to dox a man over a meme by proclaiming that those who oppose them will “change their tune once identified”. This is not the first thing Kaczynski has done. He has ruined the life of another private citizen, one Justine Sacco, over what was supposed to be a joke tweet about her being a white person in Africa by publicly outing her for an angry Twitter mob to target, which led to her losing her job. But even worse was when, in 2013, he gave out the identities of two people – Mike Mulugeta and Sunil Tripathi – who he falsely believed were the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombings, and he reported that falsehood as fact. One of them, Sunil Tripathi, committed suicide after the false accusation resulted in him and his family being constantly harassed and threatened. All he’s known for otherwise is digging up dirt about politicians. So CNN basically hired a professional muckraker who is also known for ruining people’s lives for a paycheck. He is a scumbag, and I hope one day he gets what’s coming to him.

CNN is the most immoral company in media, and they’re what’s wrong with journalism today! They spin either lies or half-truths constantly, their journalists have no fucking clue what’s going on and make shit up but they expect you to take them as fact, but they consider themselves an untouchable class of people who cannot be criticized or else you’re against the free press. And for that reason, CNN and others like them think they can just do whatever they want, even if it’s flagrantly unethical. Can’t imagine why so few Americans trust the media. Can’t imagine why Trump is their President to begin with. Anyone who defends them, in my view, is not worthy of my time or trust. I don’t think I’ve been so outraged as I am about this whole thing.

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Haram Month #6 – Yes, Islam is being shielded by the media and the establishment

This post is written mainly to show that those us of participating in Haram Month do not do so out of being led in a direction of hatred of Islam and Muslims by the media, rather that we are countering the narrative of the media and the political establishment.

The Independent actually released an article in recent weeks titled “It’s not Muslims or people with mental health problems who are most likely to kill you in a terrorist attack – it’s men“. Let that sink in. They want you to know that men as a whole need to be dealt with, rather than Islamic terrorists. They’ve also released quite a few articles that claim that Islam is actually compatible with British values and when the Brussels attacks occurred they released an article claiming that the attack was more Belgium’s fault than the fault of people who decided to kill in the name of Allah. The BBC has actually silenced someone in a radio conservation about Islam and Trump, have suggested removing the words “Islamist” and “terrorist” from their news outlets and they have reported a suicide bombing as “Syrian migrant dies in blast“. CNN actually thinks that radical Islam is caused by “broken politics and stagnant economics”, instead of a religious belief system that hasn’t been tempered by Enlightenment values in the same way Christianity and Judaism largely have or the fact that the people who follow them actually want to structure Western society around Islam. Al Jazeera, through their online channel AJ+, have constantly made Islamic terror attacks about literally everything but Islamic terror in order to shield Islam from criticism. They made the Orlando massacre all about guns, used gay Muslims to promote the progressive identity politics agenda and their sentiments as a hit piece on the GOP and eventually complained that after the massacre the media began talking a lot about ISIL (despite the fact that Omar Mateen literally pledged his allegiance to ISIL). They have even denied that radicalization as a phenomenon even exists! It’s worth noting that Al Jazeera is run by the royal family of Qatar and are partners with The Young Turks (yes, those Young Turks; and by partners I mean they basically do all the reporting for TYT who don’t actually report anything almost all of the time).

When the Nice attack happened, the media headlines seemed to suggest that they thought the truck had agency of its own since they kept describing the event as a truck killing people, only later talking about . When they did finally talk about the Nice attacker, they loved to point out how he considered a “shit”, as if that somehow altered the obvious religious motivation of his killing. When Khzir Khan and his wife slammed Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention for having the audacity to speak of the threat of radical Islam, stressing that Islam-inspired terrorism has nothing to do with Islam, the media showered him with praise and his son’s death in 2004 became a cheap political device for the Democrats and their supporters to use against Trump. And when Cologne broke out, despite a conspiracy of silence by the authorities to hide the fact that the perpetrators were Muslim migrants from Syria, the media hesitated to show any outrage on the matter, and the commentariat basically declared that potential rising anti-migrant sentiment was the worst part of the Cologne attacks.

Not only is the media shielding Islam, but so is the Western political establishment. America’s president Barack Obama has repeatedly refused to identify Islamic terror attacks as Islamic terror attacks and has in the past attempted to downplay the significance of the role of Islam in terror attacks in today’s world by pointing to the Crusades and the Inquisition of medieval Europe – as though today’s Christians actually have to be held responsible for the crimes of their ancestors. Hillary Clinton, the Democrat nominee and likely president-elect, has made it clear that she believes that Islam is not the adversary of America, or Western civilization, in spite of a world of evidence that shows otherwise. Our own current Prime Minister, Theresa May, has denied any link between the ideology of Islam and the actions of ISIL and has even repeated the mantra of “Islam is a religion of peace”. And don’t forget the rest of Europe, as many of their politicians are evidently blind to the increasing influence of radical Islam, to the point that politicians in places like Germany are actually more afraid of right-wing chatrooms than radical Islam and the consequences of mass Muslim immigration. It should be little wonder that Angela Merkel favors censoring online discussion of mass immigration. The European Union wishes to continue its reckless open-borders policy, despite numerous crimes and an increase in terrorism committed by migrants from Islamic countries. And in Australia, the government has made it illegal to “vilify” any religion including Islam (read: especially Islam), specifically in order to combat an apparent rise in anti-Muslim sentiment.

Social media has done its part to shield Islam from criticism as well, with Facebook having received criticism for apparently censoring people and groups for criticizing Islam. For example, Pamela Geller had her page Stop the Islamization of America temporarily removed from Facebook, and has been blocked from posting for 30 days. Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, a secular humanist thinker, got banned from Facebook for posting critically about the Muslim Brotherhood. In the aftermath of the Nice attacks, Facebook has also removed posts from ordinary users that show they aren’t big fans of Islam or Muslims. Same with Twitter. Mark Kern, a video game designer from Blizzard Entertainment, was banned from Twitter in June for tweeting that radical mosques (not all mosques, just radical mosques) should not be excluded from NSA surveillance. On the same month, Milo Yiannpoulous was temporarily banned after making anti-Islamic tweets. In fact, Twitter has taken a lot of flak from its users about how ISIL accounts or ISIL-affiliated accounts do not get banned from Twitter, but those who speak out against Islam often do. Not to mention, Arab Twitter’s reaction to the Orlando massacre somehow isn’t considered “hate speech”, nor is what the Arab Twitterati have to say about atheists, but offending Muslims is. Also, if you’re a content creator on YouTube you’ll find that if you post a video critical of Islam, you are likely to have your videos de-monetized. Take Gryffix for instance – seemingly every time she releases a video about Islam lately, it gets demonetized. Same with Kraut and Tea, Veemonro, EdgyptianSphinx and others. YouTube is either demonetizing the videos themselves, or doing so in response to reports (possibly from offended Muslims). All of this clearly suggests to me that big social media platforms are trying to discourage online criticism of Islam and Islamic terrorism.

So you see, there is actually a considerable desire among the establishment to promote a narrative that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and is not an ideology that inspires violence. If you think I and those who join me in Haram Month are simply being led in a direction to hate Muslims by the media, I don’t know what to tell you.

Why does the West still support Isreal?

As many people likely already know, Gaza has been the subject of a deadly military attack on the part of Israel for over 2 weeks. In fact for many it’s more like a slaughter on their part, as it seems the state of Israel is proving responsible for a lot of barbaric violence against even children (though they deny many of the more horrific charges against them). But to me surprise, much of Western media seems to be ignoring the slaughter.

The media in the West seems to be more interested in the life one or two Israeli children than the lost lives of hundreds of Palestinian children, and I’m sure many in the West care more about Israel just out of religious belief than the deaths of many innocent Palestinians. It’s as though no one has the guts to see the conflict for what it is, and keep in mind, this is the conflict in which Palestinian children get blown up while playing on a beach. If you can’t tell who the wrong side is here, you’re hopeless.

The worst thing about it is that it seems like a simple matter of morality to stop the state of Israel from continuing to slaughter innocents, but pretty much all of our leaders do nothing with their so-called power to do the right thing. In the West, we don’t have the guts to accuse the state of Israel so long as people still believe what the Bible tells them about “God’s chosen people”, especially in America where a powerful voting block consists of evangelical Christians who want Israel to fulfill their prophecies (at which point I can safely say those Christians don’t actually care about Israel or the Jewish people, they just care about their stupid Biblical prophecies).

Even if they weren’t bombing and shooting the hell out of innocent Palestinians, there’s still no reason to care about Israel at all besides religious crap. I don’t believe anyone in the West would care about Israel if we weren’t still being told what to do by Christianity.