International Jewry is why your daughter dresses slutty, also too.
Disgraced former "60 Minutes" reporter Lara Logan was shitcanned by Fox News and its streaming service, Fox Nation, Logan told a wingnut livestream Monday. Logan hadn't appeared on either the cable channel or the streaming platform since last November, when she proclaimed that Dr. Anthony Fauci was just like the notorious Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, who performed monstrous medical experiments on Jewish prisoners in Auschwitz. (We should note that Fox's far more popular host Tucker Carlson, who said the same week that Fauci was exactly like fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, still has his job.)
As Rolling Stone reports, Logan told the "Stand Up America With Major General Paul Vallely" show (how do they come up with these titles?), "I was dumped by Fox. That’s what happened to me.”
We're guessing something else may also have happened to Logan, who over the years has become more and more unhinged in her embrace of rightwing conspiracy theories. More recently, as Media Matters also reported on Monday, Logan has veered out of mainstream, "respectable" wingnut fantasies like Trump's Big Lie or anti-vaccine panic, and has graduated to open antisemitism, combining extremely crude antisemitic slurs with a bunch of crazy conspiracy bullshit.
The now-former host of the Fox Nation streaming show "Lara Logan Has No Agenda" now has no show, and has also spouted any number of conspiracy theories about Russia's invasion of Ukraine, because there's nothing like a world crisis to fuel conspiratorial beliefs. Among other things, she's claimed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a "moron" who was "installed by the CIA," and claimed that he's really just an actor, while unknown other bad people are really running Ukraine, we just don't know who. Earlier this month she claimed on a rightwing internet show that
"there are “evil, horrible people who want to rule over all of us and enslave us” and that “we're sitting at the gates of Auschwitz” while arguing about “climate change.”
Oh, also, Pizzagate was real, while both the deadly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville and January 6 insurrection were fake, because of course.
She's also claimed that Russia's annexation of Crimea was legitimate, because people there wanted to be free from Ukrainian Nazis, and so on. Some of her bullshit has even been used by Russia to justify the war.
The crazy antisemitism seems to be Logan's latest obsession. On a QAnon internet show called "And We Know," Logan recently explained that Darwin's theory of evolution had to be funded by somebody, and it was probably "the Rothschilds," for reasons. We like the way the video flashes the name of the show every few seconds, which is a really good way to make sure people can follow the thread of Logan's logic, if any.
Does anybody know who employed Darwin, where Darwinism comes from? Look it up: the Rothschilds! It goes right back to 10 Downing Street, and the same people who employed Darwin, and that's when Darwin wrote his theory of evolution and so on and so on.
Logan insisted she wasn't saying any of this was true (although clearly you can "look it up"), just that "Darwin was hired by someone to come up with a theory, right?"
Also something something all the scientists don't really have the answers, because some scientist "said there's no such thing as freedom," but really they don't know how life came into being, and something made life and the universe happen, so there! Also, have you ever looked at your fingerprints, I mean really looked, man?
Good heavens. In addition to the antisemitism, she's rediscovered Bill O'Reilly's eloquent proof of God's existence, "How'd the Moon get there?"
And then there's Logan's brave March 15 post to her personal Gettr account, in which she bravely declares "Nobody owns me & nobody ever will," which links to a whole assload of crazy antisemitic conspiracy ravings.
That's pretty shocking, really. We thought Gettr had already gone belly-up, and it's still in existence?
The linked article — which appears to date from the Obama administration, since it's full of Barack Obama and bereft of Donald Trump — is really something! At least Logan can say she didn't write it herself, though it's bad enough she seems to think it proves how free she is.
Here's a sample of the prose style:
In 1999 Billy Clinton Over Throws The Glass Steagall Act And Opens The Door For The Rothschild Criminal Banking Family To Pilfer America By Pump/Dump Investment Schemes. To Date, We Once Again See America In The After Wakes Of Schemes Such As The Housing Bubble Scheme And Subjugating America To Years Of Paying Off A False Debt Made By Worthless Derivative Mortgagees. America Enters Another Financial Depression.
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The article also includes the contention that "the Rothschilds" were behind the US Civil War and the JFK and Lincoln assassinations — both of the latter attributed to "OBAMA PUPPET MASTERS ~ THE ROTHSCHILDS" which you have to admit is quite a feat for a Muslim Indonesian child born in Hawaii, Kenya, in 1961.
Also too — near the top, and possibly a great comfort to Logan, with her pro-Russia sentiments — the piece praises Vladimir Putin for his "Purge Of The Rothschild Money Changers," and contends that Putin freed Russia from the grimdark horrors of the "Rothschild-run International Monetary Fund" and the "Rothschild-controlled Paris & London Club Of Creditors was over 36 billion dollars."
We're fairly certain that's not how the IMF actually works.
The crazy-ass rant also included this useful little meme asking the important question, “What Would Zionists Do?” The answer, it appears, is everything bad, from radical feminism, the Queen of England, and open borders, to the Federal Reserve, Hollywood, and porn.
Heck, those nasty Jews are even "the reason your daughter has low self esteem and desperately dresses like a whore."
Also, you gotta love that very timely inset of the popular modern hit "The Little Rascals," featuring the photoshopped faces of Queen Elizabeth, George Soros, Barack Obama, and Jacob Rothschild.
Mind you, we'll again note it's unclear how much of that crap Logan herself believes, but if she's linking to it with the declaration that "nobody owns me," that's pretty freaking telling all on its own. Her crazy claim about "the Rothschilds" funding Charles Darwin seems of a piece with the rest of it, too.
Rolling Stone's description of Logan's Monday interview on a wingnut internet show doesn't appear to contain any such overt antisemitic madness, just the regular conspiratorial madness Logan has been spreading about Russia and Ukraine. She complained that her former network was mostly in the tank for Ukraine and Zelenskyy,
with the exception, she noted, of “a few people like Jesse Watters and Tucker Carlson who are doing their best to add some context and to show what this war is really about.”
Offering her own conspiratorial “context,” Logan insisted that “we’re being lied to” about Ukraine. She claimed without evidence that the country’s military is overrun not just by “neo-Nazis” but by “the descendants of Ukraine’s Nazis … the actual Nazis … the Nazis of World War II.”
Logan also seemed surprised that she's being unfairly called some kind of nut for insisting that Ukraine and its Jewish president — who's a figurehead anyway, remember — are literal Nazis, because aren't Nazis bad and shouldn't she be praised for her courage?
Not that there's necessarily any great contradiction between spreading antisemitic garbage and also denouncing "Nazis," since when you're as far into non-reality as Logan apparently is, logic is only a pretty little tweeting bird chirping in a meadow. Logic is a wreath of pretty flowers which smell bad. Is she sure her circuits are registering correctly? Her ears are green.
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They thought DuckDuckGo didn't do site rankings, never realizing that made no sense.
This week, DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg announced on Twitter that he opposes the Russian invasion of Ukraine and that "[a]t DuckDuckGo, we've been rolling out search updates that down-rank sites associated with Russian disinformation."
Most people would consider that a good thing. Not having disinformation and blatant propaganda pop up when searching for information on current events is certainly convenient.
Like so many others I am sickened by Russia\u2019s invasion of Ukraine and the gigantic humanitarian crisis it continues to create. #StandWithUkraine\ufe0f\n\nAt DuckDuckGo, we've been rolling out search updates that down-rank sites associated with Russian disinformation.— Gabriel Weinberg (@Gabriel Weinberg) 1646872085
DuckDuckGo's mission is to make simple privacy protection accessible to all. Privacy is a human right and transcends politics, which is why about 100 million people around the world use DuckDuckGo. (We don't have an exact count since we don't track people.)— Gabriel Weinberg (@Gabriel Weinberg) 1646872405
Far right conspiracy theorists, however, have gone right off the deep end, crying censorship and revealing that they really never knew how search engines worked to begin with. As you are probably aware by now, the QAnon right is very much Team Putin in all of this. The belief is that Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping are working together with Trump to "eliminate the New World Order." Not the wrestling association, the conspiracy theory.
For a long time, DuckDuckGo had been one of the preferred search engines of the far Right, owing to the fact that they believed the site did not "censor" results. Like, they really truly thought there were no site rankings and whatever came up was just entirely random. This, of course, would be very unhelpful and ridiculous. It would make it impossible for anyone to look up anything.
In the responses to the tweet, there were a lot of people whining that they should put the truth and the misinformation out equally and neutrally, and let them decide for themselves what they believe. Because sure, people who don't know how search engines work should definitely be able to discern the truth from bullshit.
There were, of course, multitudes of "DuckDuckGo has been compromised!" and "Where should I go, what should I do now that I can't use 'DuckDuckGo'" posts on a prominent QAnon site yesterday.
Some users announced their plans to switch to the Brave search engine (which also uses site rankings to determine what to show people first), but far more pushed for everyone to switch to Yandex, the other most popular search engine among internet kooks. Unsurprisingly, Yandex is based in Russia — which means Russian disinformation is prominently displayed in its search results. One of the first sites that comes up for any result is the Russian state-controlled "news" site Russia Today, which to these folks signals true neutrality.
One user was particularly delighted by the number of search results on the site for "Joe Biden dementia," because again, they want unbiased, neutral search results.
Yandex also happens to be the site conspiracy theorists used during the ridiculous "Wayfair is selling mole children in industrial storage units!" conspiracy to determine that the whole thing was part of an evil plot by known child-eater Tom Hanks.
To be clear, there's nothing wrong or "far right" about DuckDuckGo itself. It's a search engine that doesn't track your searches, unlike Google and Bing and other search engines. The fact that these idiots thought it was something it wasn't has nothing to do with them.
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How does this keep happening?
If there is one surefire way to get attention these days, it is to write an article in a major publication read the world over about how you were "canceled." Especially if not that many people even know who you are.
I did not know who Gillian Philip was until yesterday, when I read a Daily Mail article she wrote about how she lost her career as a ghostwriter of YA books about magic dogs or something just for saying that trans people shouldn't be allowed to exist. And how is that fair?
The first sign of trouble was the unusually high number of new Twitter notifications that had pinged overnight on my mobile phone.
As a successful author with an established social media profile, I’m used to a steady stream of messages, but this ran to hundreds. And the tone of them was different – horribly so. [...]
It was far from a pleasant start to my day but, if I’m honest, I had been expecting at least some negative reaction.
The reason? I had dared to offer support on Twitter for J.K. Rowling’s stand against allowing transgender people to self-identify as male or female.
Oh? Is that all? Just a casual condemnation of a person's right to exist and assert their own identity? Okay then.
What did surprise – and devastate – me was the cataclysmic fallout over the next 24 hours of posting the simple hashtag ‘#IStandWithJKRowling’. I couldn’t have dared to imagine the damage that it was possible for a faceless mob of trolls to inflict.
But much more of a shock was the spineless way that my publishers capitulated in the face of this foam-flecked online protest.
They summarily sacked me and, in doing so, destroyed my livelihood without making any attempt to hear my side of the story.
So it turns out that Philip's whole deal was that she was one of six authors who wrote under the pseudonym Erin Hunter — sort of like how there were a bunch of people writing the Sweet Valley High books, but in this case Erin Hunter wasn't a real person like Francine Pascal. Philip goes on to brag about this for several paragraphs, ostensibly so that those of us who have never heard of her know how important she was.
Yet as much as she feigns shock over the fact that her publishing house would fire her for making herself repulsive to those who might want to read her books, Philips was literally told, by her agent, not to do this.
However, a few years ago, and before the J.K. Rowling controversy, I tweeted my opinion on the self-identification issue – something that my agent advised against.
I’m not remotely transphobic, but the idea that a man can simply declare himself to be a woman, fully intact, without surgery or hormones, and be allowed into women’s prisons or hospital wards is a crazy situation that I sometimes want to shout about.
So I set up an anonymous account and used that to express those opinions, leaving my professional account for promoting my books.
So ... like a faceless troll?
Philips then goes on to recount the tragic story of how people did not like her friend's sweet picture book about how trans children don't exist.
Then, late last year, a friend of mine, the poet Rachel Rooney, was accused of transphobia. She had written a really sweet picture book called My Body Is Me about body positivity and how no one’s body is wrong.
Her ‘crime’ was that she wrote the book to counteract what she described as an ‘explosion of titles promoting the idea that children who felt confused about their gender may be “trapped in the wrong body” ’.
She received such a vicious backlash – not only from activists, but also other authors – that she actually gave up children’s writing.
I was angry about that and told my followers as much, but also directed them to my anonymous account should they wish to hear my views ‘for adults’.
At that point, the managing editor of Working Partners, James Noble (more of him later), who was already a follower of my professional account, simply followed my personal account as well.
The book was literally published by an activist group called "Transgender Trend" — whose main deal is that they think trans identities are just a fad and want to ban trans students from sports and bathrooms. Shocking that there would be a backlash against that from people who are not bigots.
But what Philip is establishing here is that her support of Rowling was hardly the one-off she initially suggested it was. Her views on this subject were known and her agent was aware that they were likely to cause problems for her.
Philip then explains that the inciting incident for her official cancellation came about when Rowling was mad about the term "people who menstruate."
It was greeted by an avalanche of criticism from the trans lobby, along with some of the actors who had enjoyed so much success as a result of the Harry Potter films, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
After she wrote an essay in response, revealing that she was a survivor of domestic abuse and arguing that allowing trans women access to single-sex spaces was a danger to women, I felt morally unable to stay silent, so added #IStandWithJKRowling to my Twitter handle.
I know a lot of writers who disagree with the hardest line of trans ideology – that anyone has the right to legally self-identify as whichever gender they please – yet are far too scared to speak out. But I wanted to be able to look at myself in the mirror in the morning.
However, no level of furious response that I could ever have anticipated matched the venom I received.
Trans people, for the record, are four times more likely to experience violence than those who identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.
Philips goes on to explain how she got into it on Twitter with "trolls" and also maybe said some "snarky and snipy" things like accusing those people of being homophobes and "lesbian haters," and also maybe published the email address of someone who sent her a critical email and, according to her publisher, swore at a fan.
And then, cruelly, she was sacked by HarperCollins imprint Working Partners, even though HarperCollins was going to publish a book by Piers Morgan, noted disparager of trans people.
That night, I crawled exhausted into bed at 5am and woke a few hours later to find several missed calls from my agent. When I called her back, she said that Chris Snowdon, the managing director of Working Partners, wanted to speak to me.
He was quite sympathetic, but explained that he didn’t know how HarperCollins would react and we would have to wait until 9am New York time (2pm in London) for their response.
I was concerned, but not unduly, since the people at HarperCollins had always praised my writing and I’d twice completed US book tours for them despite family medical emergencies back home.
Moreover, I’d never been particularly struck by signs of ‘wokeness’ at the company. They are, after all, part of Rupert Murdoch’s empire and will later this year publish Piers Morgan’s new book Wake Up, billed as an attack on the very ‘cancel culture’ of which I was about to become a victim.
However, the news from New York was devastating. ‘HarperCollins say you’re out,’ Chris told me.
The fact is, Philip's publisher made a decision based not on feelings but on cold hard cash. They had to decide if if whatever they made publishing her book was worth the backlash they'd get, they had to decide if people would still buy them in spite of her behavior. Or some other publisher would say "Oh boy, what a mistake they made, let's pick her up!" But no one is doing that. There isn't enough of a market for her work, and that is her own damned fault.
Unless it's the children who are wrong.
Now, as I contemplate writing again as myself rather than Erin Hunter, I’m left asking if ‘cancellation’ has become the default corporate response to mob pressure.
Despite a record of good work and dedication, I wasn’t consulted by HarperCollins before the axe fell. Instead, they chose to listen only to an anonymous band of trolls.
Surely we should be teaching children how to think and how to engage in reasoned argument so that they listen as well as shout? Instead, the message is, ‘Join a Twitter pile-on and get a grown-up cancelled within 24 hours’.
Instant gratification for young keyboard warriors, but what a dismal lesson for life.
And she had her own instant gratification, her own anonymous Twitter account where she could freely say cruel things in hopes of getting trans women canceled, like so, so many others who share her views. They too try to inflict "mob pressure" to get their way, and this was literally the entire purpose of the #IStandWithJKRowling hashtag. The difference is that they didn't have a particularly compelling argument.
It is understandable that this woman is upset about not being published anymore. Anyone would be! But 99.99 percent of the world doesn't get to be published, including a whole lot of people who would very much love to be. Not everyone gets that chance and Philip blew hers by saying and doing hurtful things. Piers Morgan is a jackass, but he gets more leeway to be a jackass because being a jackass is his brand. That is why whoever it is that is into Piers Morgan is into him. It's not, however, a great brand for a children's book author.
That being said — JK Rowling is still doing just fine. Fantastic Beasts 3 is coming out soon and there are still 47 "Pick an ice cream flavor and I'll tell you which Hogwarts House you belong in" Buzzfeed quizzes a week. I don't know what this says about us as a people, but there really are very few modern examples of those whose work people genuinely love being fully "canceled." You pretty much have to go full R. Kelly for that, and even that will take several decades.
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Now we know all of their secrets.
In the last few weeks, anti-vaxxers have raised $8 million for the so-called "Freedom Convoy" — first on GoFundMe and now on GiveSendGo, the Christian crowdfunding site popular among right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis. It's not clear what's being done with the money given that these (mother)truckers showed up at an Ottawa soup kitchen to assault and harass workers, scream racial slurs at security guards and demand to be fed.
Around 10pm Sunday night, Daily Dot reporter Mikael Thalen reported on Twitter that GiveSendGo had been frozen and hacked — and initially redirected to the url GiveSendGone.wtf, which featured a picture from the Disney movie Frozen, with the following text superimposed over it.
Attention GiveSendGo grifters and hatriots.
The Canadian government has informed you that the money you assholes raised to fund an insurrection is frozen.
The bank has frozen several accounts.
You helped fund the January 6th insurrection in the US.
You helped fund an insurrection in Ottawa.
In fact, you are committed to funding anything that keeps the raging fire of misinformation going until it burns the world’s collective democracies down.
On behalf of sane people worldwide who wish to continue living in a democracy, I am now telling you that GiveSendGo itself is frozen.
That's nice! While the redirect is no longer there, the site now features a blank white screen and a bullshit message in which they try to pretend they're only down for maintenance and to improve their platform, not because they just got hacked.
Thanks for visiting GiveSendGo.com. We are currently offline for maintenance and server upgrades. We are continuing to improve our platform to ensure it will be the best fundraising platform on the internet. Thank you for your patience and support. Please check back later.
The hack also included a massive data leak of information about tens of thousands of people who donated to the Freedom Convoy, including their names, emails. Some of the special little messages they left for the Truckers, such as "I look forward to the day you tyrants are swinging from a noose" and "death to all liberal traitors," were flagged by Monmouth University extremism researcher Sara Aniano.
Other worrisome message content:\n\n"I look forward to the day you tyrants are swinging from a noose."\n"We have 2A here in America send your mounties and see what happens."\n"CABAL PIGLETS ARE CORRUPT CRIMINALS WHO NEED SEVERE PUNISHMENT UNDER LAW"\n"Death to all liberal traitors"— Sara Aniano (@Sara Aniano) 1644814874
Notably, many of the emails came from .gov and .mil addresses and one with a Department of Justice email address.
One donor who submitted from a Department of Justice email address appears to have donated $25 on two separate occasions. VICE News was unable to verify that the named person sent the donations, but the name provided matches a current employee of the DOJ, based on their LinkedIn profile.
After submitting a second donation, the person claiming to be a DOJ employee wrote:
“Thank you Truckers! It is working. Others have taken your lead like Australia, New Zealand, UK. I think the reason all these blue states in the USA have stopped the mask mandates is there were rumors that truckers here in the USA were going to start a protest starting in CA to DC and the local and federal governments did not want that. And it is an election year.”
There are also email addresses from people claiming to work for NASA, the U.S. military, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Transportation Security Administration. There’s also a donation from someone whose name and email address match those of a senior employee at the Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC).
Sure, that could be why they ended the mask mandates — or it could be the fact that COVID cases have been declining, as they said they would when the mandates were implemented in the first place. One of the two!
It's not really too surprising that this happened. Early last week, TechCrunch reported that researchers had found 50GB of files containing sensitive user information "including passports and driver licenses that were collected during the donation process," and the user data was still visible on Thursday, according to The Daily Dot, despite the company saying that they had fixed the issue, but also that there was no issue and this was all "fake news."
Guess it wasn't!
While the leak is no longer publicly available, it has been sent to DDoSecrets, which is hosting it but only providing access to journalists and researchers. Wonkette has requested access to the data leak from DDoSecrets and will update if we get it.
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