The Fall of MundaneMatt

Boy how this bums me out.  It really is just a complete bummer from A to Z.  Seeing how this all came about just blew my mind.  Guess I didn’t live on the Internet as much as I thought.  When I saw Mister Metokur’s video on this, it was a genuine shock.  To think that somebody, especially with how he came into popularity, could be this big a hypocrite just blew my freakin’ mind.  It’s unfortunate, but he really made his own bed with this, and now he’s getting fucked in it.

For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, the YouTuber who goes by MundaneMatt was recently the subject of Mister Metokur’s latest expose.  And it was pretty damning stuff.  Here’s a link to his video, if you want to the full context.  For those who are like “TL,DW”, I’ll give a brief breakdown.  I don’t begrudge you if you are of that mindset.  It is a long video.

Matt Jarbo (not doxxing.  He goes by his actual name on the regular) was a guy who used to make videos about gaming and nerd culture, with under 10,000 subs since 2009.  Then there was the incident where Zoe Quinn false-DMCA’d one of his videos that was critical of her because of a blog post by her ex-boyfriend, Eron Gjoni, and Internet Aristocrat made a video about it.  This was the beginnings of #GamerGate.  Everything that happened followed because of IA’s video.  Keep that in mind.  We’ll be coming back to it.

He grew in popularity, now over 100,000.  He’s always maintained a sense of ethics and come down on people who have done things like false-DMCAing or reporting people erroneously.  However, Metokur and his compatriots in a stream were able to unearth something.  It seems the Matt is a bleeding hypocrite.  See, before he got big, there was this video where he has a polar bear puppet, and makes this edgy video of it saying the word “nigger.”  Yeah, it’s cringe-y as fuck.  After a board on the chans posted about it, naturally some people flocked to see if it was as funny/cringe as they were being told.  His response to this was not good.

There were streams and videos that were made talking about this video, and something kept happening.  These videos were being flagged for things such as hate-speech.  It was strange, considering Matt’s video was up on his channel for years without a peep.  A lot of people were finding this kinda odd.  And since somebody REALLY didn’t want people to talk about this, the Streisand Effect took over, and people were more curious.  It gets worse.

Some started to speculate that it was Matt himself who was doing the flagging on these videos.  He vehemently denied it.  Made this claim that some shadow party was doing the flagging.  This was received with all the skepticism it deserved.  This isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened.  I’ll spare you the drama about it all.  You can watch the video if you want the full context.  But the whole affair ended with Metokur and company having a way that you can show the parties you have flagged on YouTube.  They demanded to see Matt’s page in screen-share.  If he was telling the truth, it would be empty.  He dragged his ass for over half an hour, until all of them had shown him how easy it was by doing it themselves.  FINALLY, he showed his page, and it was worse than I thought.  Not even showing everything, so many of his lies came undone.

Not only was Matt false-flagging, but he was false-flagging people that in one breath he said he had never heard of before that interaction.  Lie after lie came undone, and all Matt could say was that he fucked up.  Naturally, the entire entourage piled on in a very ugly way.  It’s now almost for certain that Matt uses an app with Google to track anytime his name pops up, and goes after those who speak ill of him.  This, from the guy who has written a book on Amazon about how to deal with online hate.

And the fucking moron didn’t even have the sense to use a sock account to do this with.  He did it with his own channel.  Fucking idiot!  I’ll give Zoe Quinn and her ilk this much – at least they have a fuck-ton of sock accounts to do stupid shit like harassing themselves.  Except that time Brianna Wu trolled herself on her own Steam page.  Congrats, Matt, you’re on the same level of stupid as Brianna Wu.

There is so much more, but I’m depressed enough with that.  Lie after lie exposed, but the worst bit of all – Matt was exposed as a bleeding hypocrite.  And here is where my own take on this comes into play.  Nothing bugs me more than hypocrisy.  If you are gonna purport to have an ethical standard, you damn well better live up to it!  We’ve all gotten to see Filip Mucin and his crashing and burning with being exposed as a plagiarist.  There was his total non-apology apology video where he didn’t even admit that he plagiarized.  His only acknowledgment of Boomstick Gaming was to tell him he does good work in this way that comes off as condescending and not willing to fess up to what he did.  He kept saying that all the people digging to find more plagiarism was just trying to kick him when he’s down.  So much bullshit.

Now here is a guy whose rise to fame was all about a woman who false-flagged somebody, doing the thing he has repeatedly come out against!  It’s such blatant hypocritical bullshit!  And the thing that really gets me – when he is busted, dead to rights, for his bullshit, his only response is – I fucked up.  No, Matt!  You fucking got caught lying your ass off, and when your lies started to fall apart, you made new lies.  Lie after lie after lie.  Now some are starting to wonder if he had SWATted himself.  I won’t go that far, but after all this, it makes you wonder.

That’s where his credibility ends with me.  Congratulations, Matt.  You get to join the illustrious alumni of Zoe Quinn, Brianna Wu, the Christiano Brothers, Ray Cumfart, AIU, Tommy Sotomayor, Jenny McDermott, and Brett fucking Keane!  That’s the company you get to keep now.  Hope it was worth it.  Now, let’s sit back and watch as, just like his alumni and the SJWs that the has been against, he plays the fucking victim now that he’s busted.  Let’s watch it happen.

Until next time, a quote,

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain

Peace out,

Maverick

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Old Media is Colluding With New Tech

Old media is dying.  It’s been this way for a very long time.  Their attempts to stave off the inevitable come across as equal parts desperate and sad.  At least, that’s how it used to be.  They can’t appeal to the new generation the way they can to the old.  The new generation has seen their tricks, and knows that they have nothing to offer.  Along came the sites that were a voice for the new generation.  You have the biggest and best among them – YouTube.  A place where voices with alternative things to say, whatever opinion they wanted, could congregate.  It destroyed old gaming media as now gaming critics didn’t have to be beholden to what whores they are.  Now it is destroying old news media too.

Then something happened.  I’m kind of shocked it took this long for it to happen, but it has.  Old media realized that they can’t appeal to the hearts and minds of young people by doing what they do, so they had to take a different tactic – attack new media.  Their first target was PewDiePie.  The Wall Street Journal made a hit-piece video deliberately taking things he said out of context to sell a narrative.  But they found that the people who consumed new media weren’t biting.  In fact, the backlash they got from this was a resounding middle finger all across the Internet.

From there, old media has to fall back and lick their wounds.  New media has all the PR force working for them.  Old media are whores.  CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, The New York Times, all of them are just whores who tell you what they think you want to hear.  But since the new generation isn’t biting, they had to find a way to make themselves powerful again without changing the hearts and minds.  Why not shut down new media?  Why not take new media down a peg and install themselves into their eye.  But they would need help to do this.

Enter new tech.  Thanks to the social justice culture we are all immersed (drowned) in, they were starting to realize that there are a lot of people out there with ideas that other people don’t like.  Rather than embracing this as a sign of their efficacy, they decided it was time to stop endorsing free speech, and start restricting it.  Because after all, speech that any snowflake anywhere can find offensive may have ads for Coca Cola on it.  The horror!  People who buy Coke products might be subjected to things that challenge their worldview!  New tech couldn’t have any of that.

Bit by bit, they started banning and deplatforming people that they don’t agree with.  People whose opinions have been labeled “hateful” or “dangerous” by the dumb-shit public at large.  And they are stupid.  The public is the dumbest thing in the world.  A person can be smart, but people. as a whole, are fucking idiots.  What’s more, these idiots even have defenders!  People who say that their deplatforming is justified.  “They violated the Terms of Service.  It’s a free market.  They don’t have to have free speech on there!”  Morons who use that language are basically admitting that they are fine with the public discourse being regulated.

Twitter, YouTube, all of the social media are now too ubiquitous in society to just be seen as a corporation.  Everyone uses them, to one extent or another.  When people say that they are okay with these companies deciding that they don’t like a certain person or type of content and that banning it is totally fine, they are saying they are fine with other people controlling what they see and hear.  They are fine with a censor of their discourse.  And if you think it ends there, you’re delusional.

Meanwhile, old media saw all this and has now decided to cozy up to these big companies.  They are doing the heavy lifting of attacking new media, so now they can come in and make nice with them.  Suck the YouTube financial side off and get them to talk about how great old media is and how they want to partner up to it.  We even have the head of YouTube talking about her love of old media and wanting to throw out millions of dollars to help pimp them out more on their platform.  “Just you wait, young people of today!  We’re gonna show you that old media is cool too!”

Except they’re not.  They’re whores.  And they will do whatever they can to keep themselves alive so they can continue being whores.  Since they couldn’t stand tall to new media on equal footing, now they decided to pit new tech against new media by using outrage culture to their advantage.  Now that outrage culture has deplatformed and demonetized new media, old media is cozying up to new tech seeing if they can use this opportunity to finish the job.

Which is where Alex Jones comes into the picture.  Love him or hate him (I think he’s a sellout, moron, buffoon, huckster, liar, shill, and has no issue selling lies to the public so long as you buy his supplements), he had a voice in new media.  It was a pretty big voice too.  Millions of people watched and/or listened to his bullshit.  But in comes CNN who decided to make a very vocal war with him.  Their antagonism to one-another was interesting to watch, make no mistake.  However, after the PR war was done, old media was able to convince new tech that keeping him around is bad.  That he is dangerous and has dangerous ideas.

So he got banned.  My first take was that this is a left v right battle.  It makes some sense.  He’s a popular right-wing figure, and new tech is most definitely carrying the value system of Silicon Valley.  Upon further reflection, I realized that it isn’t that.  This was a test.  A canary in the coal mine, if you will.  New tech and old media want to start purging voices that they don’t like.  The new media that is too big and that they can’t control.  So all old media has to do is paint them as villains, and presto!  They can make this kind of new media disappear.  All it would take is to get the public on board.  If they can get the public on their side, it will work.

And the public was on their side.  I saw post after post getting a lot of fulfillment that Alex Jones was banned from Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, and Spotify.  Twitter was the only one to hold their ground on his expression, but they will fold, eventually.  What does this mean?  It means that old media is going to do this again.  Just you wait, they will start painting every new media outlet they don’t like as evil and wrong and saying it has to be destroyed.  And since new tech has basically said they will do whatever they want because of the money involved from advertisers and no risk of public backlash, they will be with them every step of the way.

I remember when the Internet was the Wild West.  You could say what you want, and all the voices for whatever point of view you were looking for, they were there.  YouTube was where I could go to get content that I like.  Find opinions that I find engaging or conflicting but worth listening to, and lots of them.  Twitter was the graffiti board.  Where we could shit-post and be ridiculous and nobody cared.  But those days are done.  Now it’s gotta be safe and marketable and corporate-friendly.  Because if Coke ads appear on bad content, the horror!  So many people try and justify that attitude.  “But Lucien, they’re a business!  What’s wrong with them wanting to make money?”  Yeah, I’m sure they were making chump change before all this bullshit.  I’m totally sure.

Where does it end?  I suppose it would end when the public has had enough.  But they won’t.  The public is stupid, complacent, fat, ignorant, unconcerned, and can’t be trusted to stand up for anything.  So this will continue unopposed.  Hopefully you’re all okay with that.  The real irony is that old media used to have voices in it who stood against the grain.  They are remembered today as some of the greatest journalists of all time.  What will CNN be remembered for?  I’ll tell you – being infotainment.  They don’t inform you anymore.  They create news and tell you how to feel about it.  What about The New York Times?  Well, these days, they’ll be remembered for employing an openly bigoted woman because she’s bigoted against the group it’s okay to be a bigot against – white people.  That’s culturally acceptable bigotry.

And when new tech and old media are the best of friends, where will those like me, who want to heart independent voices I don’t always agree with, but who make me think go?  It’s a good question.

Until next time, a quote,

“We are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable, and complacent.  We have a built-in allergy to disturbing or unpleasant information.  Our mass media reflects this.  But unless we get off our fat surpluses and recognize that television, in the main, is being used to distract, amuse, delude, and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it, and those who work at it may see a totally different picture too late.” – Edward R Murrow

Peace out,

Maverick

Let’s Answer 10 Reasons To Not Have Sex Before Marriage

I have forgotten how much there is a well of beautiful cringe with Christian videos.  I have spent so much time with SJW bullshit that I forgot what it’s like.  Naturally, these “pro-life” (anti-woman) Christians are all about waiting for sex.  Because in their mind, sex exists only to create babies.  Because if a bitch isn’t on her back as a brood mare for the state, what else is she good for?  By the way, for any Christians insulted about that statement, your Bible backs me up!  Head on over to Skeptic’s Annotated Bible and see all the great quotes that the Bible has about women.  It’s really good stuff.  And by good, I mean horribly sexist.

Now we have another Christian up to bat to tell us why sex is evil unless there’s a ring on it.  Here’s a link to his video, now let’s get down to it.  This guy says that his reasons for not having sex before marriage are so good you won’t be able to dispute them because they are so right.  This should be interesting.

10. Sex Masks Problems

His argument is basically that if you’re having sex, you won’t notice problems in a relationship.  That’s stupid on a whole bunch of levels.  For starters, what kind of relationships has this guy been in?  If all I’m doing with someone is fighting with them, the sex isn’t gonna stop that.  What guys out there are like “I can’t stand this bitch, so let’s have sex!”?  None.  This is blatantly stupid.

Real relationships are not contingent on sex.  I’ve had plenty of relationships where I’ve taken my time.  I’ve had friends with benefits where sometimes all we would do is hang out and have dinner or just enjoy each other’s company.  The thing that held all of those things together was my liking the person I was spending time with.  If you genuinely believe that sex is going to stop you from seeing what’s wrong with you and another person, you’re an idiot.  Since that is exactly what happened with you, I guess we know what kind of person you are, don’t we?

He then argues that if you’re not having sex, and you’re really in love, you think “let’s get married!”  What?!  Um, how about, “let’s see where the relationship goes”?  You don’t just go from love to marriage, you fucking idiot.  That’s how you end up in TERRIBLE marriages for young love where they were absolutely sure that this is their forever person and won’t hear otherwise, only to discover that this isn’t that person and now they have this messy and complicated divorce ahead of them.  Before you say I don’t know what I’m talking about, I was engaged once.

9. Marriage allows you to evaluate your real feelings

WHAT?! (I get the feeling this will be my response a lot) To all the dim-witted teenagers who up-voted this and take this moron seriously, let me tell you something  – you damn-well better know before you take that step if you are serious or not.  Once you take that step, it is a legally binding contract.  It’s too late for cold feet at that point.  Taking that step had better come AFTER you “evaluate your real feelings,” because you are making a legal bet of half your shit that you will love them for the rest of your life.  If there is any uncertainty with that thought process, you aren’t ready.

Naturally, this idiot uses the Bible to tell us that his point of view is right.  Yeah, the Bible also says that I can fuck a slave or rape a woman and pay her father 15 pieces of silver.  Just putting that out there.  Using the Bible to justify a point of view involving women is always a bad idea.  The sexism is rampant in that book.

8. Sex connects us

What the fuck does this have to do with sex before marriage?  Yeah, sex can be a powerful connection if there is an emotionally connection between two people.  But it isn’t always like that.  Sometimes, people really are just looking to get their rocks off.  Is that a pretty thought?  No, but life isn’t always pretty.  Sometimes it’s just ugly in the only way it can be.

He makes the claim that having lots of sex partners increases your risk of divorce.  Says there are “lots of studies” about it and tells us to Google it.  Okay, let’s play.  I did Google a couple things, and here’s what I found out.  The common cultural belief that more people are getting divorced isn’t true.  In fact, divorce rates have been going down for several years now.  One common factor in this is more couples choosing to wait to get married until later in life, or those who choose not to get married at all.  As our culture evolves and the role of women in society now that more are having to choose careers due to financial constraints or personal goals, so does the nature of the family and of romantic relationships.  This is a messy subject, and this fucking moron doesn’t seem to get that.  He compares women who have sex more than once with a piece of duct tape being stuck multiple times.  Wow.  Sexist, much?

7. Pregnancy

The access to contraception in the western world is higher now than it has ever been.  If you are not rubbing two brain cells together, for men and women, you can protect yourself!  Or, if something goes wrong, you can get the morning after pill.  None of which involves abortion!  All of which you can get at Planned Parenthood.  There, refuted this point nicely.

6. Everybody else is doing it

What?  Why does that matter?  Are you appealing to the youth who wanna be rebels or something?  Is that what I’m supposed to take away from this?  His statement about the rate of divorce currently is bullshit.  Read the article I linked above.  An expert talks about how the cultural belief of the divorce rate being that high is a complete misconception.  It’s a scare tactic that works against teenager who are too stupid to know any better.  This in America, after all.

He then says that based on his fictitious amount of divorces, he believes the bulk of them aren’t happy.  To quote The Dude, “that’s, like, your opinion, man.”  What evidence do you have for this?  What studies have shown that the bulk of married couples are unhappy?  Please, shared this with me.  I love my Comments section open.  Unlike Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, iTunes, and SoundCloud, I believe in freedom of speech.

5. What we gain to easily we esteem to lightly

His argument is that if you have sex before marriage, you feel like it was earned too easily and won’t appreciate it.  Wow.  This really is going to show what kind of man this is.  He sees women as lesser if the sex is easy to get.  You don’t appreciate it.  Well, buddy, I’m glad you don’t appreciate the relationships you have had with women you had sex with outside of marriage, but thankfully, not all of us are sexist assholes like you.

The guy says he’s been abstinent for six years, so when he finally gets to get into those pants after what he admits will be another year of dating, he will really want it!  I’m just imagining that this dude will cum after two thrusts and then the woman will have to get herself off.  It will be followed with a conversation like “I’m sorry, honey, that doesn’t usually happen to me.”

To the teenagers who take this shit seriously, listen.  Being sexually compatible is a part of a relationship.  If you think that somebody not being good in bed and being able to please their partner isn’t going to damage a relationship, you’re delusional.  And I’m not just talking about skill, either.  I’m also talking about what you want in sex vs what they do.  If they want you to get in a clown costume and fuck them while squirting seltzer water all over them, are you going to be okay with that?  A person’s sexual preferences are many, and part of being compatible as a couple is being able to work with your partner.  If they want you to put on a ball get and get fucked up the ass, and you are vehemently opposed, don’t think for a second that that wouldn’t do gradual damage.  Unless this guy just thinks that if you are married, you will be able to always work that out.  Yeah, good luck with that.

4. Transfer of control

He says that 99% of relationships, the only thing a woman has control over is when they have sex.  What is wrong with this sexist douche?!  That is such bullshit!  The roles in a relationship are something that you decide with your partner!  As the relationship progresses, new roles will arise and you’ll have to figure out whose those are.  It’s part of good communication.  In my late serious relationship, I was the one who always did the cooking when we lived together because my ex was, for all her wonderful qualities, not the best cook.  I like to cook, so it was fun to be able to provide for myself and my partner.  This man’s view on relationships is so ass-backwards!

Then he makes the argument that she has control of sex and he has control of the relationship.  Oh yeah, this dude is a Christian, alright.  After all, the Bible does say that the man’s role is to be head of the home.  What a sexist asshole.  So, if you have sex before marriage, she suddenly gets control of you.  If I believed this guy actually understands what a relationship entails, I might have an opinion about this.  As it stands, I don’t think he does, so I don’t.

3. Talk is cheap

His argument here is that when men say they love a woman to get sex, they’re lying.  The goal is to have women see men as pigs, so they can demand marriage as proof of their commitment.  This is insulting to men and women.  So, instead of promoting dialogue between partners, he decides to just tell women to take the “if he ain’t gonna put a ring on it, you better not give it to him!”

Talk isn’t cheap, you chauvinistic prick.  It’s the cornerstone of ALL healthy relationships.  Every single one.  You could have made a point that don’t just let him say he loves you and that be it.  Promote there being open dialogue.  That is, of course, assuming that this woman isn’t just looking to have something that isn’t serious.  Why is there no agency given to women in this video?  It’s always guys who are the ones pushing and trying to get things.  I fucking hate this dude.

2. Physical attraction fades

My parents have been together for over 25 years.  I don’t know how far away 30 is, but I don’t think it’s too long.  And one thing that my mother told me is that what happens over time is that you aren’t just crazy kids with crazy hormones.  Your partner because less about the physical, and more of a friend and companion that you can’t see yourself without.  And that isn’t done by waiting for sex until marriage!  It is a gradual process of growing in the relationship, It takes years and years of dedication and trust.  This fucking moron is trying to reduce that down to “just wait until marriage and it’ll all be okay.”  What a fucking idiot!

1. Better to have lifelong friends than short-term sex partners

This whole video has been a stunning look into the mind of this man and how he sees women in his life.  How he sees relationships.  How he sees women.  In his mind, the more a woman has sex, the less she will stick in a relationship.  He compares them to tape.  Reminds me of my sex ed class back in middle school, where they talked about women being less clean because they chose to have sex.  It’s sexist.  It demeans women and acts like just because they have had other people that they have gotten physical with, that they are incapable of finding commitment.  He makes the analogy that women only have control in a relationship in regards to sex.  And worst of all, that instead of sex being one of the things you talk about in a relationship, that it’s the man’s job to be the shepherd for his dumb woman because he is the one who gets to decide how the relationship will work.

I cannot stand this fucking dude.  Now he is saying that sex before marriage will make the other person see the relationship as just something they are doing.  As some flash-in-the-pan thing.  I have learned so much about how this man sees relationships as well.

To people out there, let me give you some ACTUAL useful advice.  If you think you’re ready for sex in your relationship, talk to your partner.  Good communication is the best thing for a relationship.  It cannot survive without it.  If you have misgivings and want to wait, that’s fine too.  Just make sure you communicate that as well.  And for the love of Groj, don’t think of yourself or your sexual history as fucking tape!  That analogy is demeaning and insulting to what a sexual connection between two dedicated people can be.  Fuck this sexist asshole and his stupid fucking video.

Until next time, a quote,

“I love the way you look at me.  Like you are about to talk to me or devour me.  I am fine with either.” – N.R. Hart

Peace out,

Maverick

The Purge Has Begun With Alex Jones

I’m not a conservative, nor do I enjoy Alex Jones’ or Info Wars’ content.  It is necessary to put that out there before I go too deeply into this, because the classic deflection by people who are in support of what has happened to what I am about to say is that I’m just a conservative so fuck me.  It’s a childish defense, void of looking at a person, but whatever.  I think that Alex Jones is a huckster and charlatan.  He pretends to be informing people, yet goes out of his way to sell supplements to people.  Where once he was a loud, if not excessive, voice for the counterculture, now he is a demagogue for the right and has sold out to whoever he can shill for.  The man has no redemptive qualities.  And yet, when I see that social media all over is purging his content, a chill goes down my spine.

We live in this world where freedom of speech is a buzzword.  It bums me out that that is what we have come to.  That the true nature of it and what it is supposed to represent is lost to people.  That should bother everyone, but I know it doesn’t.  Conservative, liberal, everyone thinks that freedom of speech only stands for them and what they want to say.  I’ve heard snowflakes on both sides pining for the fact that the other side gets a platform.  There was something that Milo Yiannopoulos (another person I have little respect for, but agree with on this point) said – that freedom of speech was something that every generation needed to come to understand and respect.  To be shown why it is valuable.  We may be at that point.

The common refrain I hear is that Alex Jones deliberately lied.  True.  So has EVERY media outlet that you can think of, to one extent or another.  Where is the honesty in big corporate media?  Them, who sucked Hillary Clinton’s cock because she had them in her pocket.  As we saw with the WikiLeaks and the Donna Brazile info drops.  The 5th Estate is supposed to be the vanguards of democracy, instead they were in the pockets of those who wished to be in power.

But Lucien, Alex Jones said horrible things about the families of Sandy Hook victims!  How can you support his right to say that?!

And the entire corporate media was complicit in Bush’s lies about Iraq having WMDs.  They were the yes-men for the government while we invaded a part of the world, killing countless innocent people.  Quagmire wars that we have yet to extricate ourselves from to this day.  Alex Jones said inflammatory and downright ugly things about people whose lives had been touched by a school shooting.  The rest of the media was too gutless to do their due diligence after 9/11 and tell those in power that what we were doing in the Middle East was wrong.  I don’t really see a huge amount of difference.

The next argument is that these social media platforms have a right to kick anyone off at any time.  They have that right.  Here’s the thing – we now have the networks that link our world together becoming the censor.  Telling us what is right for our eyes to see and our ears to hear.  Instead of being bulwarks against the tide of nuance-lacking idiots on the left and the right and letting the public eye pass judgement over those who speak and giving them a platform to speak back, they have chosen to tell YOU what is right for you to see and hear.

Don’t for one second believe that this ends here.  It doesn’t.  Everyone will cheer and look on in smug, righteous zeal the deplatforming of Alex Jones.  Well, who will it be next?  Which voice will be the next one to be snuffed out by the platforms that claim to be for everyone?  So long as it’s conservatives, the left will cheer and fawn.  What happens when it starts being voices on the left who don’t agree with the social justice or modern feminism narrative?  What happens when it’s people who are critical of the social media?  We’ve already seen that YouTube immediately demonetizes videos that are critical of their platform.  “You have criticisms of us?!  Well fuck that video getting monetized!  Take that, you ungrateful ass-hat!”

I believe that Alex Jones is a demagogue, a charlatan, a crude and disgusting person.  But his right to have a platform for his speech is something I will defend.  Because I want everyone, regardless of how toxic their ideas to have a voice in the public eye.  It’s better to have more ideas in the world that are propagated.  Because we can argue with those ideas.  We can debate and people can have new thoughts.  When we start stripping away different perspectives, homogenizing the world, censoring speech that powerful people on high tell us is wrong, the world ALWAYS becomes a worse place.  There is too much history here to think otherwise.

But I don’t think I’m reaching anyone saying that.  After all, freedom of speech is a meme, a buzzword, a thing to sling at the people you don’t like now.  Aren’t you proud?

Until next time, a quote,

“I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.” – Voltaire

Peace out,

Maverick

This is a Smear Piece of TotalBiscuit (A response to Forbes Magazine)

The very first thing to know about this article is that at the top, by the person’s name, it says that the opinions of this person are their own and not that of Forbes Magazine.  Well, fuck that.  This read like a hit-piece, and Forbes is shameless enough to put it on their platform.  This is an article that they want associated with their publication.  Hey, Erik Kain, you cool with this?  You cool with a publication you associate with putting out complete hit-pieces of respected gaming critics who died of cancer?  I’m sending you this, so I hope to get an answer.  Really, really am.  Though, we all saw your credibility die with the very thing this article talks about, so hey, let’s get down to it.

Some bitch on Forbes decided that instead of talking about the legacy of consumer advocacy (as opposed to Jim Stirling, who has agreed with Ben Kuchera that doxing is cool, so long as it’s somebody that they don’t like), she decided to talk about his connection with #GamerGate.  A movement that, four years later, still hasn’t died in the eyes of these people.  It never ceases to amaze how they are so quick to slander someone based on a movement that is dead.  But hey, let’s take a look at the article itself and see what this idiot is on about.  Here’s a link to the article, now let’s get into it.

The late YouTube Legend known as John “TotalBiscuit” Bain would have turned 34 on Sunday had he not lost his struggle to bowel cancer about a month ago. Instead of “Happy Birthdays” and tributes to his decade-plus career in the video game industry, however, his name is currently being evoked with the firing of two game developers and associated mob harassment. His critics call it “fitting” that this is Bain’s legacy… but many of his fans, some of whom have grown up with him, are wondering why some internet drama from 2014 is still relevant enough in 2018 to damage Bain’s brand forever.

TotalBiscuit has fuck-all to do with the firing of the Guild Wars 2 devs.  Nothing.  It’s being evoked with that by people who want to smear him for the purposes of…I don’t know.  It genuinely eludes me as to what is to be gained from besmirching the dead when they can’t defend themselves.  You all are the ones doing this.  Because you can’t talk about the fact that the dev in question who got the ball rolling took a COMPLETELY innocuous comment on her PUBLIC Twitter page (she did not set it to private) as an attack on her because of (insert gender politics) and decided to lambast him.  A guy who has said that he loves her work and even replied that he was not trying to offend her.  What followed was an insane outrage against the community and making it completely and utterly about (insert gender politics issue).

You all are the ones who did this, and now I am just DYING to know what TB has in common with this issue, seeing especially that it happened long after he died!

To progressives and what constitutes as “mainstream internet,” Bain was the man who legitimized GamerGate, the 2014 harassment-campaign-turned-consumer-revolt that went on to inspire conservatives.

What?!  What the fuck are you talking about?  When?!  When did he do this?  These people have such an insane view of what happened in the heyday of GamerGate.  It blows my mind.  For those who want a complete break-down, with all the main players involved, here’s a compilation of videos that Internet Aristocrat did about the whole thing.  He goes into great detail, and can clear up ALL of this bullshit.  Let’s take a look, then we can go further.

Wow.  So, in the very interesting story of what happened between the Quinnspiracy and GamerGate, I didn’t much about TotalBiscuit.  That’s funny.  I wonder why that is?  Could it maybe be because this woman is full of shit and looking to attack someone for reasons that I honestly couldn’t tell you?  I’m assuming that this woman is an SJW, and was just looking for a chance to get up on a pedestal.  That’s how these people do.  Well, let’s see what her reasoning is.

He could be described as the Anita Sarkeesian of the right in the current culture wars, always aggressive with his opinions but a bit thin-skinned to criticism himself. (He threatened to quit social media, Twitter and reddit a few times, for starters.)

I’m not getting this.  The Anita Sarkeesian of the right?  According to whom?  How do we know his politics?  You’re making a ton of assertions, and I haven’t seen anything he’s said himself that gives you insight into this.  This whole article is just you using other people’s statements to bolster your opinion.  What did TB say that clues you in to him being right-wing?  Specifically.  I want specifics, you stupid bitch.  You’re slandering a dead man, so I think he deserves that much.

As for him quitting social media, he said in a SoudCloud post that he was doing so because he was dealing with cancer.  I’m sorry that that makes him not as thick-skinned as you’d like.  He couldn’t deal with the stress of all his cancer stuff and the nonsense of social media at the same time.  Tell you what, sugar-tits, let’s see you get Stage 4 cancer and then be as popular as him on social media, where people are want to say inflammatory things (because male or female, it happens to everyone with large amounts of name recognition), and see how well you deal.  I’m sure that you will be the Paragon Virtue of being able to take the knocks without a scratch.  I’m a-quiver of curiosity to see it.

For someone so savvy at digital media preceding the incident, Bain’s involvement with GamerGate in 2014 can only be explained as a lapse in judgment. Up until that point he hadn’t yet been duped by any fake news campaigns perpetuated by organized online trolls.

Oh!  So all that stuff in Internet Aristocrat’s video?  Fake news?  What a crock.  Agree or disagree with his politics, IA did a very good break-down of what was happening, as it was happening.  He made those videos in the thick of it, following threads and forums and seeing the gaming media coming in solidarity of exposed collusion.  Because they couldn’t be honest about their mistakes.  Fuck that noise.  Instead, they have to get the gender politics train running, full steam ahead, and make it about that until the cows come home.

And there are so many details they missed.  Like how Brianna Wu lied about being driven out of her home.  She was doing TV interviews during that time via some kind of streaming.  It wasn’t something they set up.  And guess where she did those – from her office!  Five guesses where her office is.  Not to mention, Zoe Quinn saying she had to flee her home for another umpteenth time just happened to correlate nicely with her having a trip to Europe that she had announced months ahead of time.  There are SO many things that Internet Aristocrat missed, but I guess that this chick is just going to sweep it under the rug by calling it “fake news.”  That’s very SJW for ya.  I swear, anyone who uses the term “fake news” unironically is immediately put in my book as an idiot.

Unfortunately for Bain, his star power, white male privilege and massive fan base of more than a million could never change the narrative to the issue he wanted to discuss. Further, this mistake would eternally brand him as the face of a troll movement whose main claim to fame was making headlines for privacy breaches, hacking and various online crimes including harassing women out of their homes and threats of gun violence.

When was TB the face of GamerGate?!  Who did that?!  His name came up one time in a TwitLonger where he laid out his misgiving about the situation, but that was it.  You even cite it in your stupid fucking article!  All the names that got notoriety in all of this.  Internet Aristocrat, Mundane Matt, Eron Gjoni, Nathan Grayson, Adam Baldwin for coining the term, The Factual Feminist, none of them are TotalBiscuit!  Hell, I remember the Vivian James cartoon being more of a face of the movement, because the movement recognized it didn’t have a face!  This is so factually dumb!  This man has been saddled up to this fucking movement that you all are talking about all these years later because you feel like defaming him, and it fucking pisses me off!

You went on before about all the good that TB had done, as a way to set up how it doesn’t excuse him for the EVIL things that he has done here, but fuck that!  It’s telling how vague you are about the the EVIL things that GamerGate did.  Never mind that in Internet Aristocrat’s video that really got the issue blown up, he said right at the very beginning that he didn’t care that Zoe Quinn fucked five guys.  He cared about who those men were, and the ethical implications that went along with that.  Because they were giving her positive coverage.  IA made GamerGate into a household name.  Back when his channel existed, because he closed it out and made a new one, the views on those videos that the compilation was made from were insane!  You’re putting on a man who has no part in any of this, all of the blame.  It’s disgusting, and shame on you for doing it.  Let’s keep going.

I’m trying to find things to make a point about, but it’s impossible.  This article just goes on and on and on about how GamerGate is evil and anyone who says otherwise is “fake news” and that TB was somehow in the thick of it.  The fucking author even points out that TB only did that TwitLonger and didn’t engage past that.  He made his point and left it at that.  But now, somehow, because Anita Sarkeesian, he’s the figurehead of it?!  I am so fucking confused here.

Here’s what I’m seeing.  I am seeing someone who wants to talk about GamerGate as a thing.  I appears to be that TB’s name being included in all of this was just something to get people to click.  It’s click-bait.  Pure and simple.  Forbes published some click-bait bullshit that is fact-free, and all over the propaganda, to help push a narrative about an issue that these people won’t let die.  I can prove this, too.  Get a load of this statement.

While Gamergate faded away and lost relevancy except among progressive social media bubbles and white supremacists, TotalBiscuit as a brand separate from Gamergate continued to stay relevant among video gamers, both competitive and on Twitch and YouTube.

Did you see that?  The SJW has a brief moment of self-awareness because they have to flee back to the talking points that they want you to know are the real talking points.  And to hell with anyone who thinks otherwise!  This is her pulpit, dammit, and all of us have to agree with her.  From there, she goes on and on about GamerGate and some tangential relation to TotalBiscuit, when there is none!  None!  Nobody remembers him for his contribution into this culture war except for you lot!

Maybe you’re mad that two Bioware employees (one former, one current) besmirched him and were publicly lambasted to no end.  Is that it?  I don’t think so.  She threw every SJW big issue except the kitchen sink at this post.  Anita Sarkeesian, the Guild Wars 2 devs (an issue which has fuck-all to do with TB since it happened over a month after his death) getting fired, whatever you could find to throw into this, and however tangentially, lay at the feet of a dead man.  It’s fucking bizarre.

Which brings me back to what I began this article with.  This is what Forbes wants associated with their publication.  Complete and utter click-bait, and used the name of a popular, dead critic in order to have a pulpit to bitch.  I find this asinine in the extreme, and unethical.  This was an editorial, masquerading itself as a straight news story.  Huh, if only there had been a movement about this sort of nonsense being in mainstream publications.  Like, one that had been building for years and then broke open when one person decided to DMCA a video talking about it. Hm, I wonder what kind of big event that would be?  A fucking mystery to me.  What about you?

Until next time, a quote,

“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.” – H.L. Mencken

Peace out,

Maverick

Lucien’s Unpopular Opinion: Maxine Waters Conduct is Dangerous

It’s strange to see the face of modern politics in this country.  I remember George Bush II being an idiot who got our nation into two quagmire wars and whose tax cuts absolutely blasted the deficit along with those wars.  It was a disastrous presidency that had his approval ratings in the tank by the time he left office.  To say nothing for his ability to make a speech.  In his final year, listening to Bush talk was so garbled that it was kind of amazing.  But you know what I never saw?  I never saw his staff members being kicked out of restaurants, harassed at their homes.  I never saw politicians calling for this.

We didn’t even see it under Obama.  Hell, he got himself a hug from a conservative restaurant owner when he went there.  That was kinda touching.  But we didn’t see what we see today.  And as far as I’m concerned, it’s dangerous.  It’s genuinely frightening to see this sort of thing happening during a time when this country is at a crossroads.  What makes the whole thing frustrating to me is that I seem to be the only one who sees it.

There is a thing called the escalation of force.  It’s a military concept.  You bring in a new weapon, your enemy finds a way to get past it or to get a weapon of their own that can take you out.  You bring in gunships, they get anti-aircraft weapons.  It always happens.  Now we have a politician actively telling people that they need to make life miserable for those she disagrees with.  That they need to attack them in any way they can.  She even said that she has God on her side!

More than anything, that is what frightens me.  The moment that you have people start talking about religion, that’s when you see blood start to flow.  George Carlin has a great quote about this –

Millions of dead mother-fuckers, all because they gave the wrong answer to ‘the God question.’  You believe in God?  No. Dead!  You believe in God?  Yes.  You believe in my God? No. Dead!  My God has a bigger dick than your God!

This woman has said that she has God on her side, with a ton of people there cheering for her.  That should frighten people, but it doesn’t seem to be.  Sure, the conservatives bitch and moan, but what the fuck else is new.  The left’s silence on this issue is deafening.

Not to mention – it’s so ironic that we have all these atheists mocking conservative morons who invoke their deity, yet this woman is getting radio silence.  How the fuck does she know that Gawd is real?  How does she know that he is on her side?  I’m sure she will quote the line about Jesus telling the kids to “come unto him” (giggity, if that’s what you’re into.  Freaks), but will leave out the bit where God commanded a bear to kill 42 children who insulted one of his prophets.  The left has a real gift at believing at the New Testament magically erased the Old Testament, even though nowhere did Jesus say that.  Hell, he said that he came to fulfill the law, not abolish it.  Where are the atheists taking this religious zealot to task?  Just a little question I have.

Meanwhile, let’s talk about what this could potentially mean.  Now that we are deciding to draw the battle lines to this point, I can tell you exactly what is going to happen next – escalation.  Because what she said wasn’t a call to violence, but it was so close to that, to the point that it cannot be ignored.  Now we are going to have conservatives talking about retribution.  We’ve moved political discourse in this country to the point that we are actively encouraging vigilantism against people in government.  What does it end?  Do you have an answer?  Can you speak for the rest of the left who was cheering her speech on that day?

The left immediately runs to – they are the ones that abandoned civility before us!  Oh really?  Like I said, outside of the government itself, where was this while Obama was in office?  Where were political officials calling on people to disrupt the lives and attack those in his administration.  “But Lucien, look at how Trump treat people!”  He is a moron on Twitter, dumb-shits!  He spends his days bitching about people on Twitter.  That is a far cry from what this woman is doing.

And if you think that this won’t escalate, you’re idiots.  What this woman has done is laid the ground work for violence in the streets.  We’ve already seen Milo Yiannopoulos saying that we need to start murdering journalists.  Where does this all end?!  The left was always the party saying that we aren’t as bad as the people we condemn.  We are better than them and don’t stoop to their level.  Turns out that now we’ve hit a new low.  INstead of rising above it, we stooped down to it.  That’s not a good look for us.

As for you, Maxine, just you wait.  As soon as the pendulum turns (as it always fucking does in America), and the show is on the other foot, you might find yourself on the receiving end, wondering where you went wrong.  Or, worse still, the fighting in the streets just gets worse and worse, until we finally do have that civil war that morons like Alex Jones talk about.

I don’t like Trump.  I think he’s a fucking idiot.  But shit like this is what gets us to a very bad place as a country.  I can’t be the only one who sees that.  That woman is fucking nuts, and anyone who can’t see it is fucking brainwashed.

Until next time, a quote,

“For thousands of years!  Thousands of years, and all the best wars too!  The bloodiest, most brutal wars ever fought, all based off of religious hatred.” – George Carlin

Peace out,

Maverick

Your Beliefs About Art and #MeToo are Stupid (A response to Amanda Petrusich)

I’ve long had the contention that the whole #MeToo thing has become a witch hunt at this point.  My favorite was when they went after Bill Clinton.  Are you kidding me?  For what?  Never, at any point, did Monica Lewinsky say that he forced himself on her.  She knew EXACTLY what she was doing – fucking the most powerful man in the world.  If you gotta have a sugar daddy, that’s the one to get.  There was that lady who accused Morgan Freeman of sexually harassing her when her own video clip she used as evidence shows that he didn’t.  He wasn’t even talking to her when her alleged harassing statement was said.  It’s bananas.  Now we have a woman on PBS (a network whose SJW ties I have documented in the past, like with their short-lived gaming channel) saying that it’s time to divorce the art from the artist and hate all the works.  I’ll have the video below so you can see I’m not taking things out of context.  Let’s get to it.

This woman begins her statement by saying that divorcing the art from the artist is a bad thing.  The argument is that this is a bad statement because so much of what is remembered strongly is because it “is personal.”  Well, yeah, to the viewer or listener or player or whatever art form they take in.  When listen to Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar,” I am reminded that it has some VERY racy issues.  It rides a line.  But it’s still good music.  There are lots of things that touched me a personal level without having anything to do with the one who made it, because it’s my own personal perspective.

Of course, aside from video games, that was works of years gone by.  What new movies have touched me that personally?  VERY few and far between.  Culture is becoming so sterile and safe and vapid.  I’m bored by what I see because it doesn’t challenge my perceptions.  You want us to go away from this?  Okay.

She says her job is to put music in context of the time period that it comes from.  Okay.  That’s fine.  Lots of music that SO many people bitch about today is from eras gone by where people didn’t have all the butthurt problems we do today.  That’s part of what makes it good.  From the days when people could have the balls to sing about how God is bullshit and the youth are being poisoned by the adults the way Marilyn Manson did.  Or that love hurts and can kill you inside to the point of suicide, the way Nirvana did.  How I wish we still had the balls to do that now.

Then we get to her saying that divorcing the art from the artist is “outdated and dangerous.”  There better be a REALLY good reason why in this monologue.  She says that we can’t separate a song from the time period because we like it or that it’s fun to dance to.  Um, yeah we can.  People do it all the time!  It’s why we have people who have different tastes in music.  Parents thought that Manson was poisoning children and teaching them to become school shooters.  Didn’t stop people like me from liking his music.  This argument is bullshit.

We then get her saying we have a duty to rebuke the works of people who have done bad things, regardless of quality.  Okay then, I guess Ender’s Game is now a bad book because the author was a virulent homophobe.  I guess H.P. Lovecraft’s work all sucks now because he was a virulent racist.  I guess Se7en is now a bad movie for starring both Morgan Freeman and having Kevin Spacey in it.  The latter being a proven bad dude, and the former being a recent witch-hunt victim.  Right?  No, bitch.  That’s not how this works.  There are PLENTY of people that I have personal disagreements with, yet can admire when they create works that I find beautiful.

I think that Ashly Burch is an SJW who has dumb ideas in that vein, but I also think she’s a pretty great voice actress.  I think that Neil Druckmann takes what Anita Sarkeesian says REALLY seriously, sometimes to the detriment of his works, but he can still write great stories.  You don’t get to choose what people find poetic or touching or whatever.  If the person who created that is a bad person, then I will think – wow, it’s amazing that such a dick-mule could create something this good. What’s the problem with doing that?

She then says that even though she likes the music of R. Kelly and XXXtentacion, she feels uncomfortable liking their work because that somehow endorses violence against women.  How?!  I like this song, audience, so go abuse or piss on women!  That’s not how that works.  That’s not how anything works.  This argument hinges on the idea that somehow, internally, the liking of the works of morally questionable people reflects on you as a person.  Well I’ll tell you what – I don’t know thing one about Troy Baker as a person, but I know that he is a brilliant voice actor.  He portrayed the main character in one of my favorite games of all time – The Last of Us.  Since that work was created by Neil Druckmann, even if I find out tomorrow that he likes to sodomize Lena Dunham’s leftovers after she is done with her sisters (that woman is a pedophile.  How is she so popular?), I will still love his work in that game.

We get the argument that this isn’t censorship.  I would agree.  This is you having stupid opinions about music based on social nonsense that you believe because you are part of a movement that tells you that this is how the world is.  That the Anita Sarkeesian types are right and if you like things made by bad people, that in turn makes you a bad person.  That life doesn’t just mimic art, but it mimics the value of those who make it, regardless of if they are just the actors or lyricists in someone else’s work.  An asinine, stupid idea said by someone who is informed by the likes of BuzzFeed and Salon.

But she says that Spotify is bad for playing the music of the aforementioned rappers.  If you want to have an outlet not play music that you find offensive, that is censorship.  Because you are free to have your opinions about whatever musician you want.  However, you don’t get to choose which artists other people listen to, all because of the social justice chip on your shoulder.  Sorry life doesn’t work that way, sug.

She wraps up by saying that art and artist are indistinguishable.  That’s…bullshit.  Look at any piece of artistic work.  Aside from paintings and sculptures and whatnot, pretty much all mediums have some kind of balancing system.  As an example, if I am writing a book, and I want to publish it, I can either pay the cost of publishing it myself and get to have whatever I want in the book, or I can get a publishing company to do it and get a small percentage of the royalties.  If the publishing company does it, then they will be getting editors to go over my work and find the things that they believe need to be cut.  If I want them to stay my publishers, then I can try and plead my case for why not, or I can capitulate, but that’s the state of things.  In movies, the process of creation goes through so many draftings and shoots and are colored by so many people that there is no one person whose vision is represented.

You say that we cannot separate these things because they are indistinguishable.  I say that is ridiculous.  Movies, books, video games, music, pretty much any artistic creation is the collaborative efforts of many, many people.  The musician may be an incredible lyricist, the actor/voice actor an amazing performer, or the writer a fantastic narrative-weaver, but in the end, they are still just one cog of a much larger whole.  The fact that you cannot see that means you are just like every SJW I have seen make this bullshit, pretentious argument.  Well done.

Until next time, a quote,

“But let me tell you something, folks – you can’t fix stupid.” – Ron White

Peace out,

Maverick