Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wikipedia Sucks? No, REDDIT Sucks: the Graceless Dropkick of Eric Barbour off the Site

To quote Vietnam War pirate broadcaster Dave Rabbit :"And the HITS just keep on COMIN'".....for the last two-plus years Eric Barbour, the major reason why this blog still operates, was commenting on Reddit as powersynth102 and also running the RedditCritiques "subreddit" with myself and a friend. Mr. Barbour has had to deal with Vigilant from Wikipediocracy on Reddit (as I wrote in the first article on Reddit for this blog, everybody from Wikipedia - including the critics - is on that superforum. It's too hard not to be at this point.) What lit the fuse to the bomb that wiped Eric Barbour out was this post, which we will reprint below in case it is removed later:

https://www.reddit.com/r/AgainstHateSubreddits/comments/7tmidn/t_d_finds_out_ginsberg_will_skip_sotu_as_scalia/

No, /u/spez is a supporter of Trump, and Trumpism. He's also a doomsday prepper, conspiracy theorist, racist, and moron based on all the articles I've read about him that also quote him.
Here's the doomsday prepper article. I can't remember all the other interviews I've seen with him that paint him as the nutter he is.
Here, let me help you with that
http://survivalandprosperity.com/2017/01/26/rich-americans-keep-on-prepping/
http://www.businessinsider.com/reddit-ceo-apocalypse-doomsday-prep-2017-1

And that is why r/The_Donald is allowed to continue on its merry, and violently insane, way. Of course, he won't admit it publicly....

https://www.vox.com/culture/2016/11/16/13642446/reddit-subreddit-of-the-day-alt-right

And don't forget, Huffman hates it most of all ..... when someone criticizes HIM.
https://rightedition.com/2016/11/25/reddit-ceo-admits-editing-posts-made-trump-supporters/

Then there was this post, which was removed entirely, then brought back by Gandalf:


https://babe.net/2018/01/29/this-terrible-high-schooler-bragged-about-reporting-his-undocumented-classmate-so-they-could-be-deported-31104

https://babe.net/2018/01/30/that-guy-who-tried-to-get-an-undocumented-classmate-deported-has-been-expelled-from-his-school-31322

"Cory had an active Reddit account that often posted the n-word, fantasized about torturing immigrants, and bemoaned how white women sleep with people of color. Yesterday he posted a photo of himself to a Donald Trump-supporting subreddit and bragged about how he reported one of his classmates to ICE."
He was under u/ChipperLockPicker, now deleted. The only traces left are some old racist memes posted to r/DankMemeArchive. He was active on T_D but you can't find any of that now.

Of course there's a Kiwi Farms thread
https://kiwifarms.net/threads/highschooler-reports-anchor-baby-student-to-ice-or-something.38968/

Plus 4channers pissing on him
https://archive.4plebs.org/pol/thread/158452962/


Above is Cory Carnley, troll and active racist. For his douchebaggery he was expelled from his high school. In a private email to me Eric Barbour thought that Carnley had sicced his friends from /r/The_Donald while he deleted reams of material off Reddit and the seperate Imgur website (pictures and gifs).....he's stuck at home with a possibly-existing Guatemalan household maid he probably abuses and yet makes passionate love to*, so he has plenty of time to digitally burnbag everything.

A message I was sent on Reddit:

from noodsy20x6[A] to /r/RedditCritiques sent

Hi there,
I’ve removed this post: https://www.reddit.com/r/RedditCritiques/comments/7u5s3j/cory_carnley_what_a_buffoon/

Because it contains PI. When mainstream media use someone’s full name that person can then be considered a public figure, but in this case it’s just one site running the story and it would not be considered mainstream media.

Cheers.

This is their cover for junking the post, that only "babe.net" was taking about Carnley on the 29th and that they had mentioned his (now defunct) Reddit handle ChipperLockPicker. Wiki-lawyering without Wikipedia, yes? By the way, noodsy20x6 has only been on the site a year, is an Administrator somehow, and has only made three comments in that year. I smell a sock.

______

* That wasn't a Barbour invention, Gloria Huerta Muñoz sprang from my keyboard.....it's extremely common for arch-racist types to have a love interest from an ethnic group that they officially loathe - see Ingo Hasselbach's memoir Führer Ex: Memoirs of a Former Neo-Nazi (1996); not mentioned in the film version but Hasselbach (an East German who went Skinhead in the 1980s) had an Asian lover after the Wall fell but before unification happened. Also the Prologue to Wyn Craig Wade's 1987 history The Fiery Cross: The Ku-Klux Klan in America, which discusses sexual relations in the Antebellum South between plantation owners and overseers and the Black women they owned or controlled.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

When it Rains, it Pours: the Zaiger Fiasco at Encyclopedia Dramatica

Another short-ish post before the month runs out - Brian Zaiger of Encyclopaedia Dramatica has been found out by the High Council of Snarksters running the joint for stealing money from the fund set up to fight the Monsarrat case from last year, money he allegedly spent on male hookers and hard drugs ("....paging Walter White, you need to meet Jesse Pinkman at Gate 12.") Allegedly he is now homeless and wandering the tourist-trappy streets of Salem, Mass., wearing a "Witches Burned While U Wait" t-shirt.

                                  Why is Zaiger so smug? (Stolen from Encyclopedia Dramatica.)

This has been an ongoing year where the Rubber met the Road for ED - the aforementioned stupid Jonathan Monsarrat lawsuit, AlGore (William Atcheson) going on a spastic school shooting and then killing himself like the idiot edgelord he was, the insane amount of spam and malware on the site thanks to Zaiger's particular form of anti-leadership. Thankfully they are cleaning their vast gross house and hopefully it will resemble Grunkle Stan's Mystery Shack in the end - repellent, but not malevolent. And no, we are not gloating after the stunt Zaiger pulled here a few years ago.


                              oddguy (EDnik/BadWebComics chieftan) talking about Zaiger on a YouTube show.

                 The above banner is on EVERY PAGE of Encyclopaedia Dramatica to drive the point across that Zaiger is out.



Saturday, January 20, 2018

Guest Post: Ever Heard of “Devi Ever”? Neither has Anyone Else.

This was sent to us by a little bird. The blog owner/writer had nothing to do with it, send all hate mail to: 'taintmyfuckingproblemmate@gmail.com


Ever heard of “Devi Ever”? Neither has anyone else.

by “Valued Musician”
——

As a prime example of the general craziness of the music scene, and the greater madness of “crowdfunding”, there is a manufacturer of “boutique” guitar pedals who has developed another reputation: for online weirdness. Who? Devi Ever (aka Grace Lynn, aka Effector 13, aka “Pixelgoth”, aka “Amber Coal”, aka probably several others). 

                              Devi Ever as she would like to be seen (taken from simple Google search).

Devi is a transgender person with a talent for electronic design. And an even greater talent for messing up her life and creating online drama. She started circa 2003 as “Effector 13”, and supposedly sold that company to someone else around 2005 (who apparently later folded). Then she started again as Devi Ever Effects. Which is still in business, although I have no idea if anything listed for sale there is actually available at this time. She sold the company to Dwarfcraft in 2013 and retook it three years later (?) after fighting with Dwarfcraft’s owner. She found out about “crowdfunding” circa 2007, and started punching that button over, and over, and over.

When the Gamergate war started up in 2014, Devi felt the need to push her ego into the toxic world of gaming, as an alleged game developer and as a consumer of games—apparently? I can find no hard evidence she ever completed and marketed a game. It would be impossible to even list all of her past social-media accounts. We will list the “obvious” ones.






Thanks to her long and “colorful” history she was considered as a subject for an Encyclopedia Dramatica article in 2015. It appears they gave up since she’s such a minor figure. And a combative one. I knew about this partly due to discussions with other people in the business, and partly because of a thread on Dramatica's forum which has a massive timeline with links and “nude photos” plus Devi herself showing up to criticize. Also consider the Kiwi Farms thread where Devi showed up:




As the ED nerd said: “After a single success years ago, he/she believed it was a viable way to make money, even if the project fails, flexible funding allows them to keep the money to use for other purposes, while giving them a ready excuse to not use the funds for what they said they'd use it for. His/her general strategy of crowdfunding is to join a special interest group (such as Gamergate, Anti-Gamergate, Ludum Dare, Tumblr, etc etc), attempt to drum up recognition, and then spread around crowdfunding campaigns and create loads of drama. When he/she figures that particular cow can't be milked, they throw a shitfit, burn all bridges, and move to another interest group (like Guitar pedals to SJW Indie Development to Gamergate to Anti-Gamergate back to guitar pedals). The cycle repeats. To date, I've witnessed or found evidence for over 12 difficult crowdfunding campaigns, and 7 of those were in 2015. I don't know how many I missed from before, but the majority of the ones I found were not completely funded (but all had flexible funding, naturally), not used for the stated purpose, or were closed early and/or partially scrubbed from history.”

Of course they’re ones to talk. ED is a popular place for angry little fat basement boys to dump their enraged attacks on GG-involved women. But we are talking about Devi here, and her story is much weirder than that of the average GG “combatant”. Allow me to list some of the assorted past complaints about her activities. Note that this is only a sample of leftover items. Others have disappeared over the years. “Mysteriously”.






And we must mention the "swatting" attempt from 2015. Even though she had moved months before and the cops were sent to the wrong house, someone there was nearly shot by the police. As I understand this, she has a tendency to move frequently. Probably a good idea if you’re abusing the crowdfunding system.





Ask Mr. William Corgan, legendary rock star, about her! For a time in the early 2000s she had a deal with Corgan to make custom pedals. A deal which soon degenerated into name-calling. Perhaps there’s a real problem when it ends up on Perez Hilton, eh?


By way of demonstration, here’s a blog post ranting about how “disgusting” Corgan is, for daring to criticize Devi:

http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/120606/billy-corgan-is-a-complete-waste-of-space/


There are dozens of threads about her on Reddit. This one, from a Gamergater subreddit, is typical. You can easily find plenty more.



Allow me to list some of the past attempts to crowd fund. Some involve her idea to make a distortion pedal using gaming cartridges, somehow. The ED forum thread lists a few archives of posts that failed and were carefully “anonymized”.

On Indiegogo:

Kickstarter:

Gofundme, yeah, plastic surgery is admittedly costly:


She tried to “bail out” of the pedal business in 2012, as noted here. But is still going as of 2018.


There were many other news/blog items and forum threads which have since been deleted/disappeared. No one even knows for certain how many funding attempts she has run, except Devi herself. Devi has burned a lot of bridges in the music world by misusing crowdfund sites and social media. There were other threads discussing it on synth and guitar forums, but they seem to have also "mysteriously disappeared”. It's just too easy to raise money on crowdfunding sites, when you've got a viral happy-click campaign going on social media. Or a fan following in the guitar world. Devi’s story also demonstrates the tendency of modern-day Internet feminists to give considerable leeway to outspoken transgender women, regardless of their dubious personal histories.

And oh, one last bit of free advice: don’t get involved in squabbles in the video gaming world. That is assuming anyone notices or cares about this. We hope you are at least “slightly amused”…..

                                             Devi Ever's actual appearance as "The Trumpolini."

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Short Post: Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump's AWAY!!

On the Wikipedia Sucks! board we have a thread on Donald John Trump, a thread that now runs to 20 pages. I bring this up both to promote the board (natch) and because it's finally, finally, FINALLY painfully obvious to everybody with even half-a-brain that Trump's mental circuitry is shorting out and that he must be removed from office, the quicker the better. The "shithole countries" remark seems to be the last straw, though noted bastard James Woods decided to conmigle "shithole" and "sanctury cities" on Twitter to goose Trump for some Executive Orders of Nazi Ruthlessness or whatever.

What's really gotten things moving is the new Fire and Fury book written by political gadfly Michael Wolff, who spent nine months watching how things went (badly) in the Trump White House, mostly the constant battles to run the leaky lifeboat in bad seas that is the Trump House, with the true "winner" being deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh taking over the real work while Bannon and Priebus and Gorka tangled and clashed and bellowed like gorillas. I haven't read the book and the reviews are mixed, but it seems to confirm everything I've been picking up from new aggregators like Alternet - a confused, shapeless presidency working around Commander in Chief who is indecisive, really wanted to lose so he could promote his kids into new TrumpCo schemes, and when you get down to it is not really a conservative/right-wing/Nazi guy at all - he was a rich-dude NYC Democrat for decades and only got into this fraud castle because he thought his Max Bialystock-Leo Bloom scam would work and it failed and now.....Hail to the Chief. Fuck us.

 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Death of "AlGore/satanicdruggie"; William Edward Atchison of ED goes over the Edge

I have been asked to write about W.E. Atchison from an EDnik I know, and to write about his victims.



Above is the man himself - he was an Encyclopedia Dramatica editor/sysop for years, allegedly a decade. By his own admission, he was a high school dropout living in what he saw was a Shitsville (Aztec, New Mexico), a town Eric Barbour called "Very mean.....Aztec High is like the concentration camp, dominated by football and bullying.....[i]t is a shitty, sucky place." We know he was on a FBI watch list, but they found it hard to track him offline because he didn't have a driver's license. In short satanicdruggie was the loseringest Loser in the history of the Kingdom of Losers - because he lacked a high school diploma or GED, he couldn't get a job, he coulden't get a driver's license (probably because his parents couldn't afford the insurance), and his hatred of high school culture and general asocial behavior meant he could never leave this (self-created?) purgatory.

[post under construction.]









Monday, December 11, 2017

Essjay, part I

Essjay is/was many things - a faker who should have been sussed out early on, a guy in over his head, proof that Jimmy Wales is the dictionary example of a "substandard manager." He was also the highest point of the (possible first) Wikipedia wave, where that first cadre of editors looked at what they knew, checked it against the facts, and began abandoning "The Project" in droves.

[post under construction.]

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Guest Post: Why can’t we trust Wikipedia content? Ask Adnan "Harun Yahya" Oktar!

Just in time for the Holidays, a look at how a nut from Turkey did a number on Wikipedia, proof that Jimbo and the higher "leadership" at the Wikimedia Foundation are out to lunch.

Why can’t we trust Wikipedia content? Ask Adnan Oktar! 

by E. A. Barbour
 
As if this had not been mentioned a hundred times before, the cult encyclopedia-thing called Wikipedia is “not censored”, according to the simple bleatings of its inner circle. One thing they can’t seem to figure out is even simpler. Whether Wikipedia is censored or not is completely immaterial. Because all a hostile government needs to do is to pass laws forcing ISPs to block certain websites within its borders. Thus, the people who should see unpleasant facts about their leaders — the people who actually live in that country — will be kept in the dark anyway. And Wikipedia’s NOTCENSORED blubbering is basically visible only to the wrong audience; mostly the idiot Americans and Western Europeans who give the Wikimedia Foundation the bulk of their donation income. The money keeps flowing in, everyone is snookered, no one “wins”.

Consider the odd Turkish figure known as Adnan Oktar, or “Harun Yahya” to his followers. He is a little-known-outside-Turkey Islamic writer and cult leader who is mostly famous for supporting creationism, condemning Israel, and saying a variety of outrageous things in the media. Plus he is known for trying to get all Internet criticism of himself censored by Turkish courts. [1][2][3][4] Thanks to blog entries like this, Oktar has successfully banned all Wordpress blogs in Turkey.

Quote: ”The screens of A9 before we spoke had shown the kittens listening with glassy-eyed attentiveness to Oktar’s daily three-hour broadcast, part of the channel’s 24-hour programming. After a monologue by Oktar, the kittens swayed disconnectedly to some music while seated, as two of his male followers danced around them. Among his causes, Oktar is an aggressive promoter of creationism, and has published hundreds of gold-embossed books through his organization, the Science Research Foundation (BAV), in his attempt to rubbish Darwinian theory, often under his pen name Harun Yahya."



There is no question that the Turkish regime has arrested and prosecuted Oktar in the past. Yet today he claims it "never happened". 
                              Adnan Oktar with his Creationism book, looking like he works for Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

As of 2017, Turkish media coverage of Oktar tends to be nothing less than adulatory and loving. And goes on and on about his "kittens", literally a "harem" of plastic-surgery modified bimbo followers. [5][6] It is utterly ludicrous to Westerners, yet Oktar is far from the only “holy man” in Turkey having a private “harem” with siliconed lips and asses. 
                                                           Adnan Oktar's women (source: Balkanist online magazine.
So that brings us up to the crux: how Wikipedia handles (or mishandles) the story. As if Oktar's personal history were not bizarre enough by itself, Wikipedia is dominated by leftists, “free-speechers”, and pro-Israel cranks who hate him; and so his Wikipedia coverage tends to be as negative as possible. 
Wikipedia administrator, "evil patroller", and scientific skeptic Bbb23 fought over the en-WP article extensively in 2011, along with Ashley “Fae” Van Haeften and other Wiki-skeptics [7][8][9] and still patrols it for "vandalism" as of 2017. Editor Geoffry Thomas tried to make it neutral in 2011 and was chased off Wikipedia for his trouble.

From the comments in a bizarre 2017 Reddit post about Oktar and his "harem":

"Fun fact: Oktar's Wikipedia article has been a constant battleground since 2006. It is obvious he had paid editors trying to sanitize it, and fighting with WP resident skeptics. The top editor is one "Jeff5102", an obvious socialist and anti-creationist. Some incredible messes in the article history."

"Oktar tried to get the Turkish government to remove all Wikipedia content about him--and failed. You can tell he failed, because his Turkish Wikipedia article isn't much different. It makes an even bigger stink about his anti-Israel writings."



From the tr-WP article, autotranslated:

"Military status"
 

"Oktar was wanted to be sent to the military and was exempted from military service by the report "It is not suitable for military service" obtained from Eskişehir Air Hospital in 1993. [34] Oktar reports from seven different hospitals that he has paranoid schizophrenia. [34] Adnan Oktar Deputy Attorney Kerim Kalkan claimed that Adnan Oktar's allegations regarding mental health were untrue, citing the report of Gulhane Military Medical Academy. [35]"

"On August 18, 2000, Adnan Oktar paid for the estimated amount of military service and was discharged from military service. [35]



"Drug use claims"
 

"Adnan Oktar filed a lawsuit on 10 July 1991 on charges of using cocaine by the Istanbul Security Directorate. In accordance with the principle that "the evidence is suspected" and "the suspicions must be interpreted in favor of the defendant", the acquittal was decided on February 22, 1994, with the Supreme Court open to the case.



Not that Oktar has anything to worry about from the Wikimedia Foundation. Luckily for him, Wikipedia was blocked in Turkey in 2017. And Wikipedia has a long, ranting article about it. The block was set up on orders from the strongman who was elected President in 2014, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a man who has ordered media outlets to close down, arrested his critics, and “allegedly staged” a military coup d’etat which allowed him to shoot hundreds of people he didn’t like. Remember that Turkey is a NATO member in good standing; yet they are behaving more like a banana republic, and have done so since the first military coup in 1980. Best of all, there are worse people in Turkey than Erdoğan, who is at least not an Islamic extremist. Jury’s still out on Adnan Oktar. Further helping Oktar’s need to “heel” the Web are some Turkish court decisions, which also prevent "defamation" of important personalities like, well, Adnan Oktar.

And if that’s not enough, have a few more amusing items.

  • Oktar's website is a perfect example of Web propaganda. It’s in English first and foremost, which means his “followers” cannot read it. But they are not the targets anyway. Oktar craves attention from the West, where the “real money” is.
  • Oktar’s RationalWiki article openly calls him a criminal and a paranoid schizophrenic. Needless to say, RationalWiki is banned in Turkey. David Gerard, the Five-Cent Dracula of the Internet, has once again failed to obtain the “uncensored Internet” as he would wish. The Turks who should see this material cannot, without resorting to TOR or VPNs, which very few of them are aware of. Or simply leaving their country.
  • RationalWiki also has a very negative article about Erdoğan.
    • Which, again, the Turkish voters who really matter in this story will probably never see. It calls him ”President Asshole”, a classic Gerard troll job. Which the troll-ee will probably never know about. RW is not an “information source”, it’s a pissing contest.
    • The Jerusalem Post allows Oktar space to rave about various Turkish subjects, for no obvious reason.
    • Please don’t ask about the Turkish-language Wikipedia. It is a joke.


     
    One of MANY Oktar videos online.
    He looks like a cross between Gregory Peck and Toshiro Mifune.