Just what it says on the tin: What to do when someone steals your stuff. Fair use is fair. This is for when it’s not fair use. And it’s fairly effective. And by “fairly effective” I mean it has made grown men cry.
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I just checked my inbox for the first time in like a year, and I have a complaint from a convicted murderer that my dox about him is being used to harass him IRL. He was arrested five days after the murder, and presumably sent it then. Gee, how he must have suffered over those five days, eh? Compared to ever since. Yeah, time has a way of healing all wounds, don’t it?
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— Regarding the alleged sexual assault committed by Peter Ludlow and the sudden targeting of activists online.
Disclosure: I have never met Peter Ludlow in my life.
I have been cautious to stay as far away from this issue as possible after witnessing a series of personal attacks aimed at activists and journalists online. These attacks came against anyone who will not be bullied or conform to the opinions of others. As matter of fact, I first learned about the lawsuit against Northwestern University when I was threatened by someone for not speaking out against Peter Ludlow. At that point, I became afraid to even bring it up in conversation.
Later, after seeing numerous accusations of rape on Twitter, I learned the word “rape” had not been used by the alleged victim in this case. After reading the court filings, I found out that the case did not involve any mention of intercourse, consensual or otherwise, anywhere. When I asked about this, I was accused of trying to diminish the importance of sexual assault.
The conversation I observed taking place online about the case seemed highly speculative and opinionated. Anytime someone mentioned that the word “rape” may not be appropriate, even while acknowledging a grievous assault may have occurred, they were accused of defending their “pal,” including others who never met Mr. Ludlow.
First, I’d like to talk about the notion that people should somehow be *required* to get involved in anything, including accusations of rape. As I’ve stated, I have no connection to Mr. Ludlow, other than the fact that I’ve shared a few of his Barrett Brown articles in the past. We’ve never had a personal conversation and to my knowledge, we’ve never even been in the same state at the same time. It’s confusing to me why I was being told I’m a bad person if I don’t say something. There are countless sexual crimes committed every day. I couldn’t begin to address them all. No one has ever attacked me for not condemning a particular sexual assault. I assumed it was generally understood that I’m against all forms of sexual assault and rape, forever.
I discovered that the idea that I’m somehow required to engage Mr. Ludlow is predicated on the notion that both Mr. Ludlow and myself are apart of the same “community”; that we’re connected by default through our mutual interests. To my knowledge, Mr. Ludlow and I do not actually share a membership in a political group, nor are we both affiliates of the same organization. Where does that line of logic begin? Where does it end? Should every student at Northwestern University who hasn’t gone online and issued a personal statement be likewise attacked?
I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan. If the quarterback sexually assaults someone (Sorry, Romo) and I don’t tweet about it, am I fucking cover-up artist? This line of thinking is bullshit.
Nevertheless, there have been several people who have told me it is my duty to investigate the cases mentioning Mr. Ludlow’s alleged actions — Correction, I have not been encouraged to investigate or read anything. I’ve been told what my opinion should be and that if I have any other opinion, or question the opinion, I deserve to be labelled a “rape apologist.”
Many of the people who read this may know, some of you may not, that over the past year I have been involved in a number of actions advocating for charges to be filed in cases of alleged sexual assault. In each of these cases there was clear material evidence to support the claims of the victims, and in fact, charges were eventually filed. Last year, I organized an online drive for a town that had suffered a particularly unspeakable incident of gangrape. The funds went to survivor counseling and assault prevention, which included presentations at local schools teaching young men (and yes, women) what their parents should have: no means no, and an inebriated person cannot provide consent.
I also feel no shame whatsoever in admitting that as a young child I was betrayed by an adult member of my family who I have not seen in over 25 years. I have never put any of this in writing, but at this moment, I think it is necessary that you understand why I am so furious that some fucker has accused me of trying to cover up an assault. They didn’t even have the balls to do in full view of the public.
I’m not here to call out anyone, but instead, to exhibit overall how crooked I find this entire situation to be. That there are marauding bands of assholes currently flooding Twitter, attacking any activist that has not taken the time to learn Mr. Ludlow’s name and personally condemn him, is vile. No one is responsible to do what you say. This is not your personal army.
I am especially disgusted to learn that these particular assholes have no fucking concept of what the alleged victim’s wishes are. To my knowledge, this young woman, a journalist, has not once called upon the Internet to attack anyone on her behalf. It’s appalling to me that anyone would launch personal attacks against uninvolved parties online, while claiming they are righteously doing so in the name of a victim.
You can speculate that she is benefiting from the attention, I’m going to speculate that she might be appalled by your presumptuousness. Has no one thought to ask what impact might the repeated, numerous accusations of rape — again, a word the victim has not used herself — have on the lawsuit she filed just yesterday?
I would like to point out that many of the accounts who previously used the word rape have now combed through their tweets and deleted those statements. Again, I’m not here to name names, but if challenged, I can easily prove that this is the case.
Over the past 24 hours I have also been made aware of two things:
First, that a few misguided bastards have held a little secret meeting to decide whether or not they should launch coordinated personal attacks against other activists, including myself, in the name of this alleged victim. Bear in mind, these proposed attacks were not against individuals who have defended Mr. Ludlow at all. They were to target people who had not issued any public statement regarding the case, individuals with which they coincidentally have bad blood.
Second, I was made aware — and this is particularly disgusting — that if I were to bring up the topic of rape, rape culture, or sexual assault, in the immediate future, that I would be attacked by so-called activists, or a so-called activist, with the charge that I am a “hypocrite.” I hope you’ll pause to think about that just for a moment. I was warned not to talk about rape online.
I don’t know what the fuck happened to you people, but from now on, the words “activism community” is expelled from vocabulary. If I am a part of this community, I will personally like to take a flamethrower to it before my evacuation. We are not members of the same community. You are not my neighbor. We are not allies. We are not friends.
I have taken care to avoid accusing any one person or group in this letter. It’s not important who did what. I am not here for vengeance. This is about asking people to be conscious of their behavior, and stop letting themselves fall victim to the loudest voice in the room. You are not sheep-people. You do not eat grass. There is no authority here and I would be suspect of anyone that tries to dominate you, or attack you simply for asking questions. In the immortal words of Lord Infamous, fuck that shit.
And for the record, if everything that Mr. Ludlow is accused of doing happens to be true, fuck him too. I wasn’t there. I only know what I read in the papers.
Regardless of whether it is true, that doesn’t excuse anyone taking advantage of the situation to engage in personal vendettas. Don’t for one fucking second think you’re protecting victims of sexual assault or keeping your, whatever, “community” clean. You are not the activism police and you are not attacking rape culture, you’re disgracing every person before you that has campaigned to end it, by using it as a weapon against innocent people.
Again, this letter is not an attempt to slander anyone. I’m not interested. Everyone is doing a good job fucking themselves up. But, I have a feeling after I publish this that there will be personal attacks in the near future. I don’t give a fuck. I don’t negotiate with terrorists. And you will all know exactly who they are when you see them come my way.
P.S. Excuse my french.
Dell Cameron on Peter Ludlow
Black and Unarmed: A Growing List…
I really don’t know enough about prison abolitionism as I should.
Is there any suggestions for a starting place?
Here’s a statement by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence.
these are some books I have in my wishlist. I haven’t read them (with the exception of Angela Davis) but they look good!
Woah thank you so much.
“Do you see law and order? There is nothing but disorder, and instead of law there is the illusion of security. It is an illusion because it is built on a long history of injustices: racism, criminality, and the genocide of millions. Many people say it is insane to resist the system, but actually, it is insane not to.” - Mumia Abu-Jamal
Made By: @Champion_Us
theres always that one weak bitch in the group that isn’t down with murder
Let me tell you a thing, about an amazing man named Patrick Stewart
I went to Comicpalooza this weekend and I was full of nervous energy as I was standing in line to ask Sir Patrick Stewart a question at his panel. I first had to thank him for a speech he had given at amnesty international about domestic violence towards women . I had only seen it a few months ago but I was still dealing with my own personal experience with a similar issue, and I didn’t know what to call it. After seeing Patrick talk so personally about it I finally was able to correctly call it abuse, in my case sexual abuse that was going to quickly turn into physical abuse as well. I didn’t feel guilty or disgusting anymore. I finally didn’t feel responsible for the abuse that was put upon me. I was finally able to start my healing process and to put that part of my life behind me.
After thanking him I asked him “Besides acting, what are you most proud of that you have done in you life (that you are willing to share with us)?”. Sir Patrick told us about how he couldn’t protect his mother from abuse in his household growing up and so in her name works with an organization called Refuge for safe houses for women and children to escape from abusive house holds. Sir Patrick Stewart learned only last year that his father had actually been suffering from PTSD after he returned from the military and was never properly treated. In his father’s name he works with an organization called Combat Stress to help those soldiers who are suffering from PTSD.
They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me “My Dear, are you okay?” I said yes, and that I was finally able to move on from that part of my life. He then passionately said that it is never the woman’s fault in domestic violence, and how wrong to think that it ever is. That it is in the power of men to stop violence towards women. The moderator then asked “Do you want a hug?”
Sir Patrick didn’t even hesitate, he smiled, hopped off the stage and came over to embrace me in a hug. Which he held me there for a long while. He told me “You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now.” I couldn’t stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love. And when we pulled away he looked strait in my eyes, like he was promising that. He told me to take care. And I will.
Sir Patrick Stewart is an absolute roll model for men. He is an amazing man and was so kind and full of heart. I want to let everyone know to please find help if you are in a violent or abusive house hold or relationship. There are organizations and people ready to help. I had countless people after the panel thanking me for sharing the story and asking him those questions. Many said they went through similar things. You are not alone.
^ Here is the video of my question to Sir Patrick Stewart
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That is just… like, the worst armed robbery attempt of all time.
I’m actually embarrassed for the knife wielding douchebag.
God bless that shop keeper. “FUCK YOU, IDIOT.” >WHAM<
Knocked the disguise right of his stupid head. Magic.
Folding chair > tiny knife
It’s a school night, kid. Does your mom know you’re out of the house?
some good tips
I’m on the hidden front lines of a secret war. A war that is making Billions of dollars for corrupt mafia related organizations and people. (bone, tissue, organ, body parts harvesting black market) when we lay our loved ones to rest….we hope and pray their bodies are not violated but I am here to tell you, as long as the bone, tissue & organ harvesting indu$try is NOT REGULATED….on any level(s) whether it be local, state, federal or national………..your loved ones body parts are NOT $AFE. It’s not fun for me to be the Me$$enger here. It was not fun in 1999 when I made accidental discovery and became a “Person of interest”.
My mother wants me to SHUT UP. My brothers fear me. My sister hates me. My cousins have hostility towards me (they work in healthcare) I have lost most of my friends. I have spent more than $130,000.00 on legal fee’s in 13.5 yrs. They burned down my home, killed my dogs, my cat, my rabbit, blew up my 1966 Plymouth Valent. They destroyed my marriage, they distracted my career, they stalked, they trolled, they came in to my home, took my computers, had me arrested 22 times and guess what? I am still a thorn in their corrupt anals! I will remain here until Jesus Christ decides its time for me to go. (ur welcome and amen. :)
The only two ways to actually hurt somebody with a ricin-laced letter are (well, three; I suppose you could mail it to a teething baby) to coat the paper in something that would cause the ricin to transfer right through the fingers into the body, although it would have long since transferred right through the paper envelope if you did, or somehow convince them it was blotter acid, but they had to swallow THE WHOLE THING AT ONCE. Anyone dumb enough to believe that sort of deserves to die.
Ricin is an amazing and very dangerous poison, but this whole “plot” is about as plausible as trying to blow up a city by throwing handfuls of the Canadian Shield at it because it contains Uranium.
As the French press laughs (x).
Robert Downey Jr just wins at life.
GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maddy Pfeiffer has been released from prison!
Maddy was the last of three anarchists, known as the Grand Jury Resisters, being held in prison without charge for refusing to speak to a grand jury.
In a grand jury trial, when court can grants you ‘immunity’ your 5th amendment right to remain silent is suspended. If you refuse to remain silent, you can be jailed for up to 18 months with are charge.
This is exactly what happened to the resisters. To be clear, theywere charged with a crime, there was no evidence to convict them of a crime. Maddy was held in prison since December 26th solely for refusing to speak about a vandalism that occurred last May Day in Seattle.
Most of the time Maddy spent in prison was in solitary confinement. This was in attempt to make them speak against their comrades but evidently it failed. Love and solidarity with Maddy for staying strong and refusing to cooperate with the state.
For more on the Grand Jury Resisters, check out my tags.
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