Doxxing White Supremacists Is Making Them Terrified

From Vice:  https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/7xxbez/doxxing-white-supremacists-is-making-them-terrified

“It’s hard to get a job, hard to make a living, hard to have a normal social life when all your friends and family know you believe in ethnic cleansing.”

by Steven Blum
Aug 15 2017

When one of the polo-clad, tiki-torch wielding white supremacists at Charlottesville lost his job at a hot dog restaurant two nights ago, you could almost hear left wing Twitter breathe a sigh of relief. Perhaps the social fabric of our country hadn’t completely dissolved and there were still ramifications for appearing at a Neo-Nazi rally, even if the president was blaming “many sides” for the violence at Charlottesville.

Of course, social media mobs have a spotty record when it comes to identifying assailants, and the Charlottesville rally was no exception. Kyle Quinn, an engineer at the University of Arkansas, woke up to thousands of expletive-filled messages from strangers after he’d been misidentified as one of the Charlottesville marchers on Twitter.

But there wasn’t much sympathy for those who’d been correctly identified as part of the racist horde. Some of those identified, like Peter Tefte, were publicly disowned by friends and family. Even Jon Ronson, author of a sympathetic book about those who’d been on the receiving end of public shaming, weighed in to say the shaming of white supremacists was justified. “[The Charlottesville white supremacists] were undisguised in a massively contentious rally surrounded by the media,” Ronson wrote on Twitter in the midst of mob calls for justice. “There’s a big difference between being a white power activist [or] white supremacist and being, say, Justine Sacco,” he wrote, referring to the PR executive who was fired from her job after joking on Twitter about how white people can’t get AIDS.

Online, white nationalists may use pseudonyms, VPNs, and other techniques to try to mask their identity out of fear of doxxing, or having their personal, sensitive information leaked online. But at Charlottesville, those who attended had no reasonable expectation of privacy, according to the organizers themselves.

“The difference between Charlottesville and other public events is that the organizers were saying ‘Do not come to this event without the expectation of being doxxed,'” says Keegan Hankes, an analyst at Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project. “They had some inkling [that they could be outed] given the furor in the weeks leading up to the event, where you saw things ramp up between some of the anti-fascist groups and some of the alt-righters online.”

Groups like the League of the South urged members to prepare for violent confrontations with anti-fascists and protestors from Black Lives Matter. In a Facebook post which has since been deleted, the pro-Confederate organization also said the rally would “affirm the right of southerners and white people to organize for their own interests just like any other group is able to do, free of persecution”.

Typically, Hankes says, white nationalists tend to be “incredibly conscientious” about concealing their identities. “They scrub images of any identifying details before they post them, they try not to post any personal information,” he says. And for good reason. “There’s a huge cost to being identified as a member of one of these groups because it makes you, in effect, unemployable by a lot of people.”

In the days since the Charlottesville rally and as white nationalists have been identified in photos on social media, white supremacists have fretted —often self-pityingly—about the risks posed by social media mobs bent on exposing their identities. In one forum thread on the Daily Stormer, which recently went dark after being cut off by both Google and GoDaddy, a user lamented that the peril of doxxing made attending a rally too scary for him. “The thought of getting outed as ‘white supremacists’ to our employers and possibly losing our jobs is a horrifying prospect,” the user Ignatz wrote. If forced to choose between a rally, which could bring him unwanted exposure, or supporting his white family, he says he would choose the latter.

Continue reading at:  https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/7xxbez/doxxing-white-supremacists-is-making-them-terrified

They’re not white nationalists, they’re white supremacists

From Salon:  https://www.salon.com/2018/09/05/they-are-not-white-nationalists-they-are-white-supremacists/

If you disagree with them, you’re a race traitor, just like me

Lucian K. Truscott IV
September 5, 2018

There was a time when you didn’t run across names like Richard Spencer, Jared Taylor, Jason Kessler, Arthur Jones, and Russell Walker in the press as often as you do these days. Who are these fine, upstanding Americans, you might ask? White supremacists, that’s who.

Richard Spencer is the founder and president of the National Policy Institute, a white supremacy think tank located in Alexandria, Virginia. He was a prominent speaker at the infamous Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last year, during which a counter demonstrator, Heather Heyer, was run down by an automobile driven by James Alex Fields, Jr., another white supremacist who killed Heyer and injured 28 others in the incident.

Jared Taylor is the founder and editor of American Renaissance, an online white supremacist magazine published by the New Century Foundation. He is a former board member of Spencer’s National Policy Institute, and is on the board of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a neo-confederate white supremacist organization that is a descendant of the White Citizens Councils, segregationist groups that terrorized civil rights workers in the South.

Jason Kessler is the main organizer of the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville last year, and a self-described neo-Nazi and white supremacist.

Arthur Jones is the Republican candidate for Congress in the 3rd District in Illinois, a holocaust denier and former leader of the American Nazi Party. He frequently espouses white supremacist views in his campaign.

Russell Walker is the Republican candidate for state representative in North Carolina’s 48th District. He is a proud racist who has referred to President Obama as “genetically inferior,” and features on his website this statement: “Well someone or group has to be supreme and that group is the whites of the world.”

A disturbingly large segment of the media began referring to these loons as “white nationalists” about the time that they adopted the title, “alt-right” and many of them, including former Klu Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, began expressing support for Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump refused to disavow their support, denying several times to CNN’s Jake Tapper that he even knew who Duke was, or knew anything about “white supremacy.”

“Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke. okay?” Trump said. “I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know.”

The “alt-right” is simply a mask white supremacists wear to lend legitimacy to their racism. White supremacists believe that white people make up a superior race, and that all other races are inferior. They make their arguments using genetics, morals, and religion to support their sick beliefs, which they use to justify various “solutions” to the “race problem” in the United States, everything from sending all African Americans “back to Africa” to denying anyone who isn’t white basic civil rights.

Continue reading at:  https://www.salon.com/2018/09/05/they-are-not-white-nationalists-they-are-white-supremacists/

Fresh trans myths of 2017: “rapid onset gender dysphoria”

So This ploy cooked up by the right wing has been marinating for a while.

You just know the right wing special petal flower snowflakes are going to cry about their academic freedom being restricted if evil trans-folks object to the inherent bigotry and maliciousness of their questionable methods of research.

Call foul and they immediately scream about infringement of their rights to push hate.

I know some of thise postings go back a while but I’m playing catch up so bear with me.

From  Gender Analysis:  https://genderanalysis.net/2017/07/fresh-trans-myths-of-2017-rapid-onset-gender-dysphoria/

by Zinnia Jones
July 1, 2017

If, like me, you make a habit of trawling through the darker side of opinion pieces on trans issues, you might have come across a peculiar new term: “rapid onset gender dysphoria”. This supposedly recent occurrence is described by the National Review, the right-wing Alliance Defending Freedom, Robert Stacy McCain, and others as a phenomenon of teenagers “suddenly” coming out, sometimes “in groups”, after “total immersion” in social media related to transitioning. Even a recent article in The Stranger made reference to this alleged trend:

Increased visibility and societal acceptance are also logical explanations for the perceived growth in the trans population: More people are aware it’s an option now. But, as a study published this year in the Journal of Adolescent Health notes, parents have begun reporting “a rapid onset of gender dysphoria” in adolescents and teens who are “part of a peer group where one, multiple, or even all friends have developed gender dysphoria and come out as transgender during the same time frame.”

If researchers have potentially discovered a previously unknown type of gender dysphoria, this would certainly be a fascinating development. There’s just one problem: there is no evidence to suggest that this is any kind of distinct clinical entity. The various features of this purported phenomenon can already be explained within existing models and currently available evidence. And more than that, it appears that the very concept could have originated with a specific group of transphobic activists.

Let’s take a closer look at the “study published this year in the Journal of Adolescent Health”. As the full study does not appear to have been released yet, only a poster abstract is available in the February 2017 issue (Littman, 2017). The study is introduced as follows:

Parents online are observed reporting their children experiencing a rapid onset of gender dysphoria appearing for the first time during or after puberty. They describe this development occurring in the context of being part of a peer group where one, multiple, or even all friends have developed gender dysphoria and come out as transgender during the same timeframe and/or an increase in social media/internet use.

Obviously, “parents online” encompasses a rather large portion of the population, and further details on what distinguishes this particular group of parents and their online activity would certainly help to clarify this phenomenon. However, the occurrence of “gender dysphoria appearing for the first time during or after puberty”, as well as the surprise of parents, is already widely recognized in literature, to the extent that it is explicitly mentioned in the DSM-5’s description of gender dysphoria (American Psychiatric Association, 2013):

Late-onset gender dysphoria occurs around puberty or much later in life. Some of these individuals report having had a desire to be of the other gender in childhood that was not expressed verbally to others. Others do not recall any signs of childhood gender dysphoria. For adolescent males with late-onset gender dysphoria, parents often report surprise because they did not see signs of gender dysphoria during childhood.

The study’s abstract also does not provide definitions that would delineate a “rapid” appearance of gender dysphoria from a “non-rapid” appearance: how fast is rapid? Its methods have an additional weakness – only parents were surveyed, and not the children allegedly experiencing this “rapid onset”.

Continue reading at:  https://genderanalysis.net/2017/07/fresh-trans-myths-of-2017-rapid-onset-gender-dysphoria/

Avital Ronell and #MeToo and the Storm in an Academic Teapot

To my chagrin I’ve watched high level academics degenerate into an irrelevant power struggle, one where careerism has replaced learning and education.  I wasn’t really aware of Post-Modernism until the dawn of the Internet age and my reading of Camille Paglia’s Junk Bonds and Corporate Raiders: Academe in the Hour of the Wolf.

I grew up in a world where word have meanings, my philosophers were people like Camus, Sartre and de Beauvoir.  One becomes by doing not by imagining even when thought or imagining precedes being. Post Modernism struck me as a world where word have no meaning and actions are constantly open to interpretation.

This brings us to Avital Ronell.  I don’t move in the incestuous world of academia.  I’ve never heard of her and when charges of sexual harassment were first brought against her I was inclined to disregard them based on the way the reports were worded.

See: Battle Over Alleged Harassment Escalates as Former Graduate Student Sues Professor and NYU

Okay a cat fight in the halls of high level academia where the well paid get published in journals and paid vacations to conferences where they gather for ritual purposes.  Mean while Adjuncts teach classes, travel long miles between teaching those classes in various school.  Often times these Adjuncts are so poorly paid they are eligible for welfare benefits including Food Stamps (SNAP) and housing for low income assistance.

Further many of us in the trans-community as well as other minority communities are well aware of a level of amorality or even down right immortality within high level academia.  Too often we have been the subjects of highly questionably motivated studies which use methods that are questionable at best.  (ROGD is but the latest)

Then Judith Butler entered the fray.  I’ve never gotten why Judith Butler has rated the worshipers she has, but a number of my friends seem to think of her as some sort of academic goddess.  On the other hand I tend to call bullshit on arguments based in jargon and coined words with shifting meanings.  But that is me, refer back to the aforementioned Paglia essay.

See: Judith Butler Explains Letter in Support of Avital Ronell

Ahaa, Avital Ronell has a bunch of high end academics lining up behind her including personal friends.  And I know men’s rights activists etc have been known to attack powerful women.  This is sort of interesting…

Got any chips or popcorn.  An academic battle where cuts are deep and nasty, possibly lethal (career wise) but bloodless at least in modern times.

Then too I’m faced with the advice that I should believe women.

But then the drama takes a turn and a woman named  joins the battle.  See: I Worked With Avital Ronell. I Believe Her Accuser.

This is followed with: Judith Butler Must Step Down as President-Elect of the MLA.

So I was wondering whether or not I should dump all these items that were browser tabs.  I bunch of Ph.Ds engaging in a cat fight of he say/she say and she say/she say. Cloistered in halls with ivy covered walls. (figuratively speaking)

Then today Salon ran this column: A witch hunt or a quest for justice: An insider’s perspective on disgraced academic Avital Ronell.

At this point all I want is closure, I don’t usually watch this type of Reality TV Show and I’m afraid this one is head for syndication complete with a cast that includes friends of mine cast in supporting roles