Let the Salt Flow, Steve

I hate talking about Twitter drama, especially in the wake of a tragic event where a woman who I know I would disagree with on so many levels was murdered by a man on a drug-induced paranoia, but the worst part about this whole affair is that so many people have chosen to make this issue about their pet social affair without even a thought to the victims and helping people.  We have the feminists who have chosen to make this about how male feminists are hypocrites and secretly just monsters, and the anti-feminists who have made it about how this guy is a hypocrite.  It’s depressing, but I chose not to comment on it.  At least until I saw how Steve Shives reacted, which is perhaps the smallest way of all.

TJ Kirk decided to make a video (linked here) where he maligned both sides and posted a link to a memorial fund for Heather.  It was a kind gesture where he did his best to be open and to make it about the tragic death of a woman who truly should have seen the signs that this guy was not the best dude and gotten out of there.  But that isn’t what happened, and my condolences go out to the girl who was in the Skype call with them and to the friends and family of Heather.  That is horrible and I hope they can find some measure of peace.

But Steve Shives didn’t have this reaction.  Hell, he didn’t even have the action of demonizing anti-sjws.  No, his reaction was the worst of them all.  He decided to attack TJ for making the video he made, in one of the saltiest diatribes I have ever seen.  See for yourself.

I just love this.  Steve, I know that you will NEVER address anyone outside of you SJW circlejerk, but I have an open challenge for you – back this up.  Tell me where exactly TJ used condescension, degradation, intolerance, or shameless exploitation in the video I linked to above.  I’m all fucking ears.  Tell me where he was using hate when he asked both sides to set aside their differences and mourn the loss of someone who died well before her time because of a terrible event that was fueled by drugs.  She died alone in the street, and TJ said he felt sad about that.  He asked neither side to make this about their pet issues and instead embrace our common humanity to come together and even donate to a memorial fund in her name.  Where were any of the qualities you listed in that video?  This is an open challenge to you, Steve.  But I know you won’t accept.  I’m already blocked by you (#BlockedbySteve) and you have shown that you refuse to address anyone who isn’t one of your little minions.

For a long time, there have been those who have postulated that your entire beef with TJ is that he is infinitely more popular than you.  He has over 1 million subs, while your channel is slowly bleeding subs because no one wants to watch your shitty content anymore.  I am one of those people.  And with this disgusting diatribe you have basically proven beyond any doubt that that is EXACTLY who you are.  You are a petulant boy who is screaming and pouting because the other kids like him better.  Except they aren’t kids, are they?  Neither are you.  They are grown adults who have made a choice based on their own preferences.  But you haven’t progressed passed the angry middle-schooler who doesn’t get why everyone likes that other kid more when you are way cooler.

Steve, in the interest of trying to be the better person in the wake of this tragedy, let me try and appeal to a sense of decency (if you have one) – please, step back from your anger and get some help.  Wherever all this rage comes from, get it looked into.  It’s clear that you are miserable.  You spend all your time getting angry at other people and being your wife’s bitch.  No matter how kind and appealing to goodness the video TJ makes, all you can do is hate him and hate him being on YouTube.  When Laci Green decided to make a post where she said that she is going to be reaching out the anti-SJW crowd and attempting to engage in civil discourse, you railed against the idea that they are even allowed to speak.  You said that the only people you would make friends with are people who could silence their ability to speak.  You then make a jab at TJ, just for good measure.

Is this about that video TJ made where he basically destroyed you?  Yeah, I watched that too, and it was funny.  Did it burn you inside, to realize that everything he said is true?  That the people have spoken and they don’t see your content as worth anything and TJ’s as what they want to see?  I bet it did.  I bet it filled you with white hot rage as you listened to him tear you to shreds.  But you have no one to blame for that video except yourself.  You continually try and go after him and make him look bad, but all that ever does is make you look bad.  At least outside of the circlejerk.  Not that you would ever know.  As you told Laci, the only opinions you could even stomach are those that agree with your own.  Anyone with a different opinion is blocked.  Because if your confirmation bias isn’t confirmed and your hatred vindicated in your own mind, then why bother talking?

Get help, Steve.  This isn’t healthy.  The longer this goes on, the chances that when you finally grow the fuck up your audience will be there is less and less by the day.  Us anti-SJW types are kind of vindictive, but if I can give Laci Green another chance, when she has made some of the stupidest feminist-centric videos I have ever seen on that MTV abomination “Braless,” then I could give you a chance too.  I bet even TJ would accept an apology from you, but who knows on that end.

Until next time, a quote,

“No one heals himself by wounding another.” – St Ambrose of Milan

Peace out,

Maverick

YouTube is Strangling the Talent From Their Site

I remember back when I first started really watching YouTube.  It was 2008 or 2009.  I was into college and I remember hearing about this YouTube personality called The Amazing Atheist.  I tuned in, and I remember really liking what I saw.  So I decided to see what other voices there were.  There was Thunderf00t, King Heathen, Dark Matter 2525, Coughlin 666, gogreen18, and others.  An atheist movement came together on YouTube.  And it was awesome.  This little community that was fighting against organized religion.  What’s more – it was winning.  In the end, organized religion lost out.  Atheism won.

From there, I had personalities that were fun to watch and I got invested.  I still watch The Amazing Atheist.  I still love his content.  I love the podcast he is on.  It feels like I have some friends.  What’s the term now?  “Para-social relationships,” I think?  Yeah, I feel that.  It’s what led me to briefly be on a livestream show.  God how I miss that.  I have been with TJ and my compatriots through it all.  I have seen the destruction of the YouTube atheist community from SJW influence.  I watched the battle go from YouTube to gaming.  I have seen the battle go to the news.  All the drama, all the turns of what was happening.  It feels so familiar to me.

So when I see what YouTube has decided to do to the people who got them where they are today, it legitimately hurts.  What’s more, people’s lack of being upset bugs me too.  See, the old media has decided that since they can’t win the war against new media on a level playing field, they will attack their main platform’s money and then try and bankrupt the competition.  The really depressing part is it worked.  All of the major anti-SJW YouTube personalities are talking about how they can find a way to keep their content going.  Others are already saying that they are going to throw in the towel.  That they won’t try and make content if they can’t get paid for it.  New media showed how weak they are, and instead of having to up their game, they instead are trying to just burn down their competition.

And they’re winning.  Corporate old media is winning the online war.  What’s more, they have the people who view this content siding with them.  Lots of these fucking assholes going “better go out and get a REAL job, YouTubers!”  Yeah, because what they do isn’t a real job.  If it’s so easy, then why doesn’t your uniquely lazy ass working at Starbucks go out and do it?!  Go ahead!  Show me what you got!  Since corporate media is turning YouTube into a PG zone so no one’s fee-fees are hurt, show me what you got.  The old media is winning, and no one seems to care.  That just blows my fucking mind.

I love the YouTube personalities I watch.  Sure, most of the ones I watched long ago are gone.  I don’t even know what Coughlin is up to these days.  Probably getting no views as he keeps spouting SJW bullshit.  Haven’t seen a GrapplingIgnorance video in years.  King Heathen, whatever happened to him?  We all know what happened to Laci Green.  So many personalities, and they’re gone.  TJ continues.  So do others, who have found a way to make a living putting out incredible content.  Content that has been with me for so long and even helped me get through rough times.  These people’s livelihoods are threatened, because YouTube has decided that instead of standing up for YOUTube, they are going to try and be another Netflix or Hulu clone.  They want to have content that only caters to people who bring in Coca-Cola ads.  Like TJ and his ilk didn’t do that.  Like the people who say that SJWs are full of shit didn’t do that.

If this the direction that this platform that I love is going, then I won’t be a part of it.  I don’t go on there to watch fucking cat videos.  I go there to watch content about political and social issues.  I go to watch personalities I like make fun of the butthurt losers who feel the need to have their feelings be deified.  That’s what I am doing on that platform.  YouTube wants to take that away from me, and they have the support of the people who do NOTHING to try and stop them.  Who else is complaining?  Who else is saying that this is wrong?  Does @TeamYouTube even care what their audience thinks?  Probably not.  After all, every sign points to them planning to weather this out.  They figure that people will come back.  Well, I don’t mean to.  I can go to ACTUAL Netflix and watch something else.  I can go to whatever platform comes up next for the people I love to watch to migrate to.  Hell, I’ll blow hours upon hours of time on Drunken Peasant’s new monthly subscription site.  $5 a month to watch the content I want to watch?  Fuck yeah!

I am a patron of The Drunken Peasants.  I love so many personalities on YouTube.  If I get to see all of them go because they can’t make a living on this anymore, then fuck it.  I don’t want to watch the fucking cat videos.  Guess I am one of the few who feels that way.

Until next time, a quote,

“It’s better to burn out than fade away.” – Kurt Cobain

Peace out,

Maverick

I’m Not Alt-Right, Dusty (A response to Dusty Smith)

Anyone remember the good old days of YouTube?  The days before it became a corporate cash-cow and before SJWs had so much sway in the media?  I remember those days.  They were good times.  You had a “community” of skeptics kicking the ass of creationists and life was alright.  There’s someone else who remember those days.  Another person who pines for the era before the modern one.  His name is Dusty Smith, aka Cult of Dusty.  I know that I’m not the first to come to this party bus, but I wanted to make my position to this ill-informed buffoon very clear.  Because the thing is, I pride myself on the fact that I take the time to learn about people and groups before I mock them.  It’s the reason why I am certain beyond any doubt that Anita Sarkeesian is no feminists.  She’s a con artist.  Likely the greatest who has ever lived.  Although, maybe I’m wrong.  The real greatest con artist is Donald Trump.  He actually convinced a bunch of conservatives that he is one of them, when his ENTIRE history up to this point was as a centrist.  Funny how that works.  But I digress.

Dusty is making the argument that the online skeptic “community” is now full of people who are “alt-right,” and how he thinks that is just the worst.  Ah, I remember the days when Dusty’s channel wasn’t a giant sack of shit.  There’s something I pine for.  Let me share the video with you, so you can have all the necessary context, and then I’m going to rip this guy a new asshole for lumping all people who are part a community that he takes umbrage with into a category when some of them clearly do not fit.

We first have Dusty bitching about the way things used to be in such a way that makes me think that he has the “back in my day, sonny” mentality.  He is a southerner, after all.  Then he makes one of the most bafflingly-stupid statements – that the alt-right has taken over the YouTube atheist community.  He goes off to list a series of YouTubers, and I am in shock of how little research Dusty must have done for his video.  He lists Sargon of Akkad, who has openly said that he is left-leaning, Chris Ray Gun, who has openly said that he is left-leaning, Armoured Skeptic, who has openly said that he is center-left leaning, and The Amazing Atheist as being members of the alt-right.  That last one baffles me.  TJ has made very clear that he is part of the libertarian-left.  As am I.  TJ openly calls himself a liberal and has no shame about that.  Do you research, Dusty, or did you need to just list off names to make a point?

I think the problem here is that Dusty doesn’t get how the alt-right works.  He’s a guy who yells into a video camera, so I don’t expect him to get into the nuance with people.  The thing about the alt-right as I have come to understand it is that it is full of all-kinds of opinions.  You have flamboyant gay men like Milo Yiannopoulos, some angry MGTOWs, some crazy white nationalists, you got all kinds.  The reason is because these people see themselves as right-wing, but not the right wing as it has been in American discourse.  They seem themselves as kind of a counter-culture to that.  But the thing that all of these people have in common – they call themselves alt-right, Dusty!  It’s a designation that they chose.  I guess your dumb hick ass didn’t realize that to be a part of this community, it has to be something you choose to be, rather than something foisted on you by a southerner who can’t logic much.

The video goes on about how the atheist community used to go after religion, but now all it does is go after SJWs.  Dusty, here’s the thing you need to understand – the atheist community did go after religion.  But then something happened.  Atheism + happened.  That little cabal of radical feminists and social justice warriors ripped the atheist community, such as it was, right down the middle.  It got us fighting each other.  So the big names at the time, Thunderf00t, Mykeru Media, and The Amazing Atheist decided that they were going to fight back against this.  Because religion was no longer the big issue that they had to deal with in their daily life.  Creationists had gotten their ass kicked and limped their way back to their little hovels in obscurity.

And the reality is that social justice did become a bigger problem.  It still is.  Social justice warriors are like ideological locusts.  They invade communities, co-opt them, and they destroy them.  That’s what they did to atheism.  They took over the community, got us to fight among ourselves, and left.  Then they spread their wings to every outlet.  They have completely taken over education, though there are signs that some universities have decided to stand their ground and not let these infantilizing bigots take over their campus.  Props to them.  They took over the media, with virtually no resistance.  Then they turned their eye onto a medium that I dearly love – gaming.  But something happened when they went after gaming.  Something they didn’t expect – gamers stood their ground.  The gaming community said, “NO!  This is our hobby!  You can’t have it!”  And the battle has been raging ever since.  But there are signs that the tide is turning here too.

I say this because Dusty has this ignorant idea that we all just decided that social justice is bad one day and to talk about it.  Wrong, dumb-dumb!  We saw the real negative effect that these people were having, and chose to fight back against it.

But then Dusty makes one of the stupidest statements I have ever heard.  He claims that the atheist community decided that instead of supporting Hillary, which he claims is the “traditional liberal candidate,” we all joined the alt-right in supporting Trump.  Sit down, Dusty.  We need to have a talk.  I did not support EITHER of those people.  But I especially did not support Hillary.  Why?  Because that woman is a two-faced snake in the grass.  She has been proven by leaked emails to have used all the power and clout she could with the establishment to get her way.  She is a corporate insider of the highest caliber, who basically wears on her sleeve that she can and will be bought, if you give her enough money.  What on Earth would make you think that I will support a candidate who has no charisma, no trustworthiness, and who has been saber-rattling with Russia to cover her ass with WikiLeaks?!  As for Trump, I saw him as a troll who is having fun with the conservatives and probably never expected his little game to get as far as it did.  I cast my vote during the primaries for a candidate I could believe in.  I refused to help support ones that I do not.

The reality is that all of Dusty’s bitching stems from this idea that all the YouTube skeptics are doing this for money, and they are making a lot of money off it.  Dusty sounds salty about it.  He goes on to say that instead of focusing on SJWs, we need to be more critical of Islam because they are a bigger threat.  My response to that is – not where I am, Dusty.  Here in the good ol’ US of A, we are pretty safe.  If I was in Germany or France, you bet your ass I would be much more openly critical of Islam.  Islam is a real threat to them, and I genuinely do wish that their governments would stop tip-toeing around the issues.  Though here’s something that I guess Dusty either didn’t know or didn’t care about – the people who are the biggest apologists for radical Islam right now are the fucking SJWs!  Because these people think that Islam is a race and if you insult Islam, you are a hateful bigot.  I have seen people in this community actually say that the Prophet Muhammad (gays be upon him) was a feminist.  One publication said he was likely the very first feminist.  Did that ever occur to you?  Oh, right, you can’t logic much, so I bet you either didn’t know, or didn’t care.

I get that nuance is hard for Dusty, so he has to yell and hope his point gets across, but it makes you look really stupid when you make a blanket statement about people in the YouTube atheist community for what appears to be salt that they are making much more money than you.  And finally, another thing – I am NOT part of the alt-right.  I am part of the libertarian-left.  Want proof?  Here ya go, son.

PoliticalI think we’re done here.

Until next time, a quote,

“Stupid is as stupid does.” – Forrest Gump

Peace out,

Maverick

This Needs to Stop, Dude (A response to Steve Shives)

I’ve talked about this guy in the past, and I was thinking that that would end there, but I honestly wanted to make this post responding to his latest video where he basically does everything but name names in an effort to express how angry and butthurt he is about how little he is regarded in the community that he believed he would have a prominent place in.  Where once he was liked and respected by the atheist YouTube community, now he is a laughingstock and is destroying his channel one video at a time.  After years of getting more and more upset, I guess the pressure got to him and he couldn’t take it anymore.  In what will be his magnum opus of butthurt anger, we have Steve Shives talking about “5 Toxic Things About YouTube Atheism.”  Let the salt flow…

This was painful.  But not just painful.  It was also just sad to watch.  It’s been made abundantly clear with this video that Shives is not bothered on some professional level or just a little confused or anything that could approach objectivity.  He’s angry.  He’s so angry.  All over this video is rage at the people who have finally taken off the gloves with him and destroyed him quite thoroughly.  Now that his channel is hemorrhaging subs, it’s clear that his time in any kind of spotlight is about to end.  And given how personal it has all been made, it’s pretty clear that he’s angry beyond a point that’s healthy.  Let’s list his points that he makes and go through ow each is bullshit.

It has a sexism problem

No, Steve.  It has a feminism problem.  A mistake that you make throughout this entire video is that you equate attacking feminism with attacking women.  Those things are not connected.  When people in the YouTube atheist sphere attack videos made by feminists, they are attacking the points that they make.  These aren’t people coming on video and saying, “Fuck you, you stupid cunts!  You should go back to the kitchen!”  While The Drunken Peasants Podcast is a humorous show, they do talk about the videos that they’re watching and the content within them.  TJ, Thunderf00t, The Armoured Skeptic (it’s so clear who he’s talking about.  He’s doing everything but naming names) have all made videos attacking the ideas of content creators that they don’t like, but it’s just that – the ideas that they espouse.  While some of them are indeed bad people, such as that black chick who hates all white people because we’re all terrible in her eyes or the con artist Anita Sarkeesian, we talk about the things they have to say.  That’s the point.  Steve is equating what everyone says with a grand statement about women and a hatred of them.

It’s telling that he never uses evidence.  Like video clips, for example?  That would be a good place to start.  Show some video evidence of all these people that you hate (because they are more liked and successful than you) hating women.  Could it be that you can’t?  Could it be that your attempts to do so would lead people to maybe seeing through your narrative?  There’s a reason that TJ and all the rest use video clips to prove their points.  That way people can’t say they are taking things out of context.  Funny how you can’t do the same.

It also has a racism problem

The level of transparency about who he is talking about is unbelievable.  I just wish he would come out and say it.  This has EVERYTHING to do with the recent video and the follow-ups to that video that TJ made about the questions that black people not of BuzzFeed had for white people.  That video blew up with people all over saying that it’s a sure sign that TJ is racist.  Why?  A couple of reasons.  First, because TJ said that gentrification isn’t a bad thing.  He said that he would much rather see nice buildings as opposed to a slum that is likely to have a higher crime rate than a not slum.  Never mind that that is what happens with gentrification.  They do actual good.  And it isn’t just black people displaced by it.  There have been plenty of trailer parks that get that treatment too.  As TJ rightly pointed out in a follow-up video, the problem isn’t gentrification, it’s the poverty that leads to that.  Groj forbid that we might want to do something about that.

Then there is the point that TJ made about how a large portion of the black community who is all about the BLM kind of activism are part of a victim cult.  He’s right, Steve!  The response that Martin Hughes made to him proved him absolutely right.  You have black people in wealthy universities telling people in trailer parks that they have power and privilege over them.  You have people trading on whatever victim points they possibly can in order to capitalize on victimhood points.  It’s a currency in the First World now, and that is complete bullshit.  Pointing out that these people in-particular have a victim complex is not making a statement against all black people.  You keep extrapolating between a group and the whole.  It can’t just be TJ talking about certain people.  No, he has to be hating on all black people.  The implication of all of this is that TJ would feel just at home palling around with skinheads and white nationalists.  A notion so stupid and insulting that you might as well just call him a Nazi and get it over with.

It has a religious bigotry problem, too

When Martin Hughes did his first diatribe in Patheos, he came out and said that he wished that he could just turn in his atheism card and go back to church.  Someone I held among kindred intellects recently went the distance and did it.  I wish Steve would just come out with the same.  Here he again makes the logical fallacy that anytime we insult one element of a religion, we are insulting all of it.  Taking the talking points that Islam is a race or a culture.  It’s not.  It’s a religion, Steve.  We are attacking that religion for the stupid things that it espouses.

He then goes back in time to when the YouTube atheism sphere was starting out and how we had made attack videos on some of the more low-hanging fruit of the day.  The likes of Venom Fang X or ShockofGod.  Yeah, Steve.  We did that.  It was good times.  Back before all of this SJW bullshit when we could come together and stand as one.  Remember those days?  Oh, right, you weren’t around.  In fact, most who were around aren’t anymore.  There are so many names that are gone from that list.  Names like Rational Warrior, King Heathen, Mr. Filthy Rags, and countless others.  Again, the argument is made that it was nothing but just horrendous attack without any regard for the feelings of those we were just insulting.  Because it’s nothing but bigotry.  Let’s forget that users like Venom Fang X truly did ask for it when they went out of their way to bait people.  Kind of like what you’re doing now, Steve!  Baiting people!  It’s all you can do to keep your channel afloat.  You know that a video like this will get people to make responses, which in turn will get people watching your videos.  It’s all so blunt, but you won’t admit it.  You’re dick-riding, Steve.  So pathetic.

It’s addicted to drama and conflict

Well, yeah.  Sure.  There is a lot of talk of drama in the YouTube atheism sphere.  Why?  Because it gets clicks.  I guarantee, the pwnage videos of Venom Fang X got a lot of clicks.  Debunking videos were always fun to watch.  People wanted to be entertained.  Seeing personalities we like attacking the ideas of people that we do not like is enjoyable.  But again, they weren’t going after the people just because they were there.  It was also about attacking their ideas.  We wanted to make mockery of what they believe, which in turn would make one of them.  That was an incidental result of the mockery, Steve, not the cause of it.  I don’t make posts attacking Anita Sarkeesian just because.  I do it because something that that con artist has said is stupid enough for me to make sport of.  I didn’t go after Milo Stewart because she’s a transtrender punk who feels the need to tell me how I feel.  I went after her because I think her ideas are stupid and I think the way she sees the world is telling in respect to her personality.

Response videos are as old as YouTube itself.  The biggest irony is that you are currently engaged in piggy-backing off the drama culture in order to prop yourself up!  You’re hemorrhaging subs, Steve!  People don’t like you anymore.  This is all you can do to bring in those all-important clicks.  The whole reason I am doing this post is connected to that, but we’ll get to that when we get there.

It reflects poorly on the atheist movement

There is no such thing, Steve!  That does not exist!  For a time, it did.  There was a while there that YouTube atheism was coalescing into a larger movement.  Then Atheism + had to stick their ugly head into things and the community that could have been was torn right down the middle.  Those days are gone, Steve. Take a look at the last Reason Rally and tell me that it’s not.  People who were there said that they got 1,000 people to attend.  If that.  There is no atheist community anymore.  It’s gone.  You and yours have a good part of that because we were too busy fighting with each other and it got to the point that everything that was built up died.  The irony is that then Atheism + died, and now the community hasn’t come back.  People moved on.  Because it’s no longer about atheism.  Now the battle is against a larger enemy who has also moved on – the SJWs.  Your ilk has redrawn battle lines that existed since the early days of YouTube and now have conservative Christians allying with atheist liberals to attack a perceived greater threat.  In a way, Steve, you and yours should feel proud.  You took something with potential and destroyed it.  Nice work.

Then we get to the end, and the truth of all this is fully revealed.  It’s all in that last diatribe about how much YouTube atheists are “assholes” and you getting so angry about it.  In that last sentence, the look on your face is such pure, white-hot rage.  Which brings me to my point in this post – it’s time to stop this, Steve.  You need to calm your tits and walk away from this mess.  Your channel is doing terribly, and the whole reason it’s gotten here is because TJ had finally had enough and did a video that was hugely successful and where he used your own words to utterly destroy you.  Did it feel good, seeing TJ on the screen showing you for a would-be censor who would silence opposing points of view if you had the power?  I can already see you, sitting in that chair, fuming as TJ ripped apart how your channel is dying while he is on the cusp of getting over 1,000,000 subs.  I know for a fact that you hated that moment and it still burns you.  Even now.  But you need to stop this.

You did everything but name names in this video, because you know that if you had, it would have been slander.  You’ve defended Jenny McDermott in the past, and I’m just waiting until you get to the point that you are taking her method of keeping herself relevant and just making inflammatory statements about other content creators.  I see it coming, and you need to walk away, Steve.  Just step off and walk from this.  Go back into your echo-chamber and make more videos about SJW bullshit.  Because if you keep on this path, you will be at the levels of Jonathan McIntosh when it comes to pathetic.  Take a look at his Patreon and tell me I’m wrong.

Until next time, a quote,

“All art is knowing when to stop.” – Toni Morrison

Peace out,

Maverick

Bad PR 108: Jenny McDermott Vs. The Amazing Atheist

I’m trying to wrap my head around what kind of mindset would lead a person to do what this idiot is doing.  I’m trying to understand how a person could believe that going this route was a good idea.  The level of asinine decision that got people here is just baffling.  From a PR standpoint, this is insane.  Reminds me of an old boss I had.  In fact, I think that’s how I can correlate this story.  It fits perfectly.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

In a video that TJ made (linked here), it seems that our spiteful harpy is back.  This time, she is mad about the fact that TJ had a brief mention of her in his video ripping Steve Shives to pieces.  She hasn’t taken this well.  And seeing her chance to get some more e-fame out of this, she took to Twitter to talk about how hard she is going to go after TJ and his channel.  What TJ showed is one of the most bonkers, outright stupid things I’ve ever seen in my life.  Her outright threatening his channel in such a public way is the stupidest thing in the world.  Why?  Because, if she is actually dumb enough to do it, TJ has said that he has the money for a lawyer, and he has no compunction about going after her.  This is while we don’t know what happened between Jenny and Armoured Skeptic.  It makes sense that we haven’t heard about that.  Any lawyer would tell you not to talk about any litigation you’re involved in.

The thing I’m trying to understand is this – why do this?  Why do something that has a 100% chance of destruction?  It reminds me of something an old boss did.  I won’t say who this is or what the company was.  I will say that it was a PR company.  I got to learn about bad PR from a person who is supposed to sell the good kind.  Here goes.

I was hired on with this company, and it looked like a great opportunity.  Then I found out that the boss I had was a crazy person (and the company was shifty as fuck, but that’s a whole other thing).  See, she had a falling out with another company she had worked with.  It was one that I had been involved with, along with a few others.  So, she felt the need to tell us about this drama as it was unfolding.  After their falling out, this woman wanted to pursue legal action.  Following the sending of some very unpleasant emails, the company decided to send one to her.  How do I know?  Because it got CC-ed to every single one of the major staff, along with her reply.  What followed in that reply was one of the most juvenile, PR disasters I have gotten to witness.  It was unprofessional.  It was ill-tempered.  It was snarky.  It basically took an opportunity to walk away that the other company was giving her and throwing it in their face.  Oh, and to make it better, she closes out her email response with a winky-face emoji.  I was baffled.  This was the straw that broke the camel’s back and told me to get as far away from this company as I could.  What followed when I left was a whole other deal, but I won’t get into that.

What you need to keep in mind is this – this woman made a decision that was out of spite, all to get the last word and insult someone who she felt had slighted her.  It was every bad decision, and I know for a fact that that crazy bitch is stupid enough to go after them.  I hope that this other company took her and her half-baked PR company to the cleaners.  Groj knows, she deserves it.

Did you all catch what this person was like?  Spiteful, quick to offense, not able to see the writing on the wall, and destined for destruction.  Sound familiar?  Jenny McDermott is digging her own grave with these sorts of things, and it makes no sense.  In order to stir the drama-pot and get whatever e-fame she can.  I don’t get this.  Why do this?  What’s in it for you?  If you actually do hurt TJ’s channel, he has the means to destroy you, and he will.  It’s not potential destruction.  It’s guaranteed.  Why do this?  I legit do not understand.  But then, I didn’t get it with that other chick either.  I only see this behavior in women.  Must be some part of the female psyche that I will never understand.

The PR message here is – think before you act!  This shouldn’t be that difficult, but I guess it is.  And if you are going to make a big decision based on butthurt, then you are stupid beyond the pale.

Until next time, a quote,

“Nothing surpasses the beauty and elegance of a bad idea.”  – Craig Bruce

Peace out,

Maverick

You Are Actually Fighting Against Helping Real Women?! (A response to Anita Sarkeesian)

The First World problems bar of modern feminists never ceases to amaze me.  It really doesn’t.  See, they don’t have any actual problems, so they choose to make what victims they are the entire narrative.  Whether it be crying some crocodile tears in Syfy’s The Internet Ruined My Life or going on to the feminist rag The Mary Sue and crying about how hard you have it.  Of course, if it were anyone else, I would say that it was some poor, delusional narcissist who just can’t handle that life isn’t giving them everything they want.  You know, like Crypt Keeper Wu.  But it isn’t that.  It’s professional con artist Anita Sarkeesian who wants her coffers filled even more.  As some of you know, she’s been promoting a new series of videos that she is crowd-funding for.  To the tune of $200,000.  For some reason, five videos will cost that much (complete bullshit).  It’s been shown that she already has all the stuff to make these videos.  It’s made some people wonder what exactly she needs the money for.  Anyone with perspective knows that she is just bilking her fans out of more money.  But the people at The Mary Sue can’t be bothered to learn things.  After all, they were tricked into thinking that a guy who wrote a fake article about Final Fantasy VII was real.

When TJ, aka The Amazing Atheist, made a video in response to pimp a charity drive he is doing to help actual women (linked here), our friendly neighborhood con-artist was not going to let this stand!  How dare someone try to actually help women.  We should be helping fill Anita’s coffers!  Maybe this has something to do with how her fundraising efforts are slowing down.  Let the professional victimhood begin.  Anita wrote an article to cry her own crocodile tears.  Here’s a link, now let’s talk about it.

Two weeks ago, Feminist Frequency launched a crowdfunding campaign for Ordinary Women, our new video series about incredible, defiant women throughout history, and we’re pleased to say that we’re on our way, having raised over $73,000 from more than 1,200 supporters so far. Your generosity and enthusiasm mean everything to us, especially in light of the pushback we get every time we speak up or speak at all.

We aren’t pushing back, Anita.  We’re taking a moment to tell the people who may be ignorant of you that you are a con artist.  That’s a fact.  You Kickstarted your way into wealth, and never even finished that.  Now you are asking for an absurd amount of money for a new project that is even smaller in scope and which you already have shown that you have all the materials for.  Forgive us if we think that you are full of shit, and someone should know.

When we launched the project, we knew that it was going to put a target on our backs, and that the online harassment directed at us was likely to spike again.

Actually, sugar-tits, we were glad that you were leaving the gaming world alone.  For real, I never anticipated having to talk about you again.  If it weren’t for this blatantly-dishonest article that is smearing an actual effort to help women, I never would have.  We want you to be gone.  But you have realized that your efforts to leave the world of gaming behind has a cost.  Namely that you can’t profit off of gamers not liking what you have to say.  Now it would have been the no one who watches your videos, because who actually wants to watch a video about history?  Oh, I’m sorry, a SERMON about history.  Because you are just as much a huckster as any preacher.

In response to our new project, a very vocal, known harasser who has spent years attacking feminism and individual feminists on YouTube, has launched a counter-fundraising campaign specifically designed to both discredit me and mobilize his viewers to abuse me further on social media.

There you have it, everyone.  TJ wasn’t trying to actually help women.  He wasn’t trying to counter this con artist helping herself by giving to a real charity that does real good for women in the real world.  No, he was doing this specifically to hurt you.  God, what a fucking narcissist.  I wouldn’t be this angry, if it wasn’t all for the express purpose of more coffer-filling.  She doesn’t even believe this!  This stick with tits just wants you to give her more money.  The reality is that she does not care about the truth.  Real women’s issues?  Fuck that!  I need more money!  So, with all the humility of a Donald Trump supporters, she is out shouting her victimhood to whatever rag will listen to her.  God forbid that she maybe should try and at least acknowledge that this cause will help real women.  Because it will.  The charity that TJ picked has a very excellent rating from several organizations that rate charities.  The International Women’s Health Coalition is doing real good, for women in parts of the world that need it.

What things have you done for women, Anita?  How much or your $1.2 million budget over the last four years went to a cause that helped actual women?  How much of your $20,000 speaking fees did?  I’m betting the answer is pretty fucking small.  This huckster, this con artist, is trying to paint people giving money to an organization that does real good as just some campaign to discredit her.  And she doesn’t believe that.  Not one word of her empty article is something she genuinely believes.  Like any good con artist, who has tended her con with all the dedication of a farmer with their crops, this demagogue is doing this just so that she can look like the victim and be given even more money.

Is there no low that you won’t stoop to, Anita?  Are you so eager for money that you don’t care about your fellow women, who you are totally cool with throwing under the bus in order to get more of it?  What a scumbag you are.  You are such a piece of shit.  At least with Brianna Wu, she’s just a narcissist.  She is a believer in her BS.  She actually believes that her life was ruined by the Internet.  You are just trying to fill your pockets with more money from stupid people.  And you have an entire organization that is with you to this end.  I hate to end with the same quote twice in posts about you, but to be honest, it’s just so damn fitting.  A pity that the people who actually read The Mary Sue are too stupid to see you for the charlatan you are.

Until next time, a quote,

“Never play a man for the short con when you can play them for the long one.”  -Frank Fontaine, Bioshock

Peace out,

Maverick

Let’s Talk about Twitter and Free Speech (A response to The Amazing Atheist)

For those of you who don’t know, the other day, a douche-monkey named Atheism is Unstoppable’s Twitter account was suspended.  Again.  This happens a lot.  This guy has a problem controlling his mouth when it wants to say specific things.  What things – doxxing.  This dude has a bad habit of doxxing people, and it has gotten him suspended more than once.  He’s also had a problem with his YouTube channels being subjected to false-flagging campaigns.  I am bringing both of these up for a reason.  See, TJ, aka The Amazing Atheist did a video on his TJ Does Life channel (linked here) where he defended AIU’s ability to say whatever he wants, and believes that he should not lose his ability to speak because of it.  Needless to say, this is contentious.  And I thought that I would interject, knowing full well that he will NEVER read the opinion of some nobody on WordPress, even though I do plan to send this his way.  As I said, he won’t read it, but maybe somebody will.

Let’s talk about the false-flagging campaigns first.  I am 100% against them.  I would never, ever flag a video because I don’t like it . If a video was doxxing someone, then that is somewhere where I can see it needs to be flagged.  I am the kind of person who takes doxxing very, very seriously.  I believe that it should be cracked down upon, because nobody should have their private information leaked onto the Internet.  That’s private for a reason.  Why did I feel the need to say this?  Because I am going to tell you all something.

I am absolutely for the right of people to speak as they wish.  Free speech is sacrosanct, to me.  You should have the right to say whatever dumb-fuck thought enters your mind, no matter how inflammatory it is.  I will fight to the death to defend the right of crazy Fundies or crazy feminists to speak their mind.  I may despise both groups, but I will fight for that right all the same.  One needs to get that out there before I go to the second part of this.  To be honest, this isn’t going to be a long post.  I don’t have too much to say.  I wouldn’t even be making this if, on the last episode of The Drunken Peasants Podcast (linked here) they hadn’t elaborated on TJ’s statements, with Paul’s Ego chiming in as well.  This is why I don’t live in an echo chamber.  It was nice to have people who I don’t always agree with making statements that I definitely didn’t.  I thought that especially Paul’s Ego was a little crass on this.  But it was worth listening to, and it is a pity that I am some nobody on WordPress, because I wish I could engage with them in civil discourse.

Here’s the thing – Twitter is not a free speech zone.  Why?  Simple – because they are not part of the government.  If Twitter was a government subsidized company or under the government’s tutelage, then yes, I would say that they should not be able to silence people’s ability to speak.  But that’s not what’s happening here.  They are a private business, and they can set the rules however they want, and interpret them however they want.  If that means that tomorrow my account is suspended because I’m an atheist and have said atheist things, or that I have sent snarky things to feminists who all have me blocked, would that bug me?  Sure.  But I can’t call foul because of free speech.  That isn’t what Twitter is.  It’s a private service and they call the shots.  Sometimes that means that companies are unfair.

The guys at DP seem to believe that being libertarian means that you’re conservative.  But that’s not how it is.  I am a member of the Libertarian Left in this country.  That’s where I am on the political spectrum.  I believe that any company that pays its taxes doesn’t break the law should be allowed to do business with whomever they like.  The whole thing about “no shirt, no shoes, no service,” that’s how I tend to see it.  Twitter can make the rules as they like.  Don’t like it?  Well, the Chans exist for a reason.  There you can be as nuts as you like.  And if one Chan bans you, there are tons of others.

TJ, you will never read this, but I hope that someone connected to you does, and maybe they can see where I’m coming from.  Do I believe that AIU’s account should have been suspended for doxxing?  Yes.  I believe there should be a three strikes policy in respect to this sort of thing.  Three strikes, you are banned from Twitter.  If you can’t learn your shit and stop doc-dropping people, then you pay the price.  But that’s just my opinion.  I don’t make the rules.  Twitter isn’t a part of the government.  And that’s what I have to say about that.

Until next time, a quote,

“Good company and good discourse are the sinew of virtue.”  -Izaak Walton

Peace out,

Maverick