Silicon Valley Billionaire Goes After Online scandal Site Gawker

Gawker is a US based scandal sheet, a sort of online tabloid  that speciaizes in sleazy celebrity gossip and repetition of unsubstantiated rumour. They’ve published stories that have attracted the attentions of copyright and privacy lawyers. There has always been a market for such sleaze and in the contemporary, celebrity obsessed atmosphere, gawker has found an eager audience.

But when Gawker went after wrestler and actor Hulk Hogan it all went pear shaped for the sleaze merchants. Hogan became upset over an intrusive article containing revelations about his sex life, which we would agree is a private matter. So the Hulkster decided to sue.

And a very wealthy and very secretive silicon valley figure, a man obsessed with privacy, decided to help him by hiring a team of the very best lawyers. And then it all went pear shaped for Gawker. Hogan won the case, which was justice. Punitive damages which were out of all proportion to the offence, but would certainly bankrupt Gawker, were awarded. And that was not justice but something very dangerous.

Society and the law are headed down a very dangerous road if the extremely wealthy can use their money and power to avoid scrutiny of their activities and thus can destroy publications they want to silence, not just scandal sheets that reveal sleazy details of their sex lives, but more respectable publications. One of the functions of a free press, we should remember, is to hold to account the rich and powerful and expose any crooked dealings they may be involved in. If the law is perpared to help such people suppress free speech and avoid being held to account, that is an intolerable threat to democracy and free speech. If megamoney damages awards in lawsuits are to be the new weapon in the arsenal of the super rich who believe they are above the law, few publications have the resources or the death wish to scrutinize them closely.

So the question is, in a battle between two piles of shit, which pile of shit should a fair minded person support.

from Talking Points Memo

A Huge, Huge Deal

This morning The New York Times reported an interview with Gawker owner Nick Denton in which Denton said he had begun to believe rumors that some extremely wealthy person had been bankrolling Hogan’s suit. Read the Times article for the specifics. But the gist is that Hogan’s lawyers made key decisions which made zero sense if the goal were to maximize the plaintiff’s settlement. Denton said he thought the person was likely someone from Silicon Valley, where you have a strong overlap between people who have virtually unlimited wealth and people who are not accustomed to the intrusive and aggressive coverage Gawker and its sister sites specialize in. It was a little difficult for me to believe something like this was actually happening. But the evidence of the legal strategy was pretty compelling. And in recent weeks, in the aftermath of the Hogan verdict, there have been a spate of new lawsuits brought against Gawker that are unrelated to the Hogan case. All have been brought by the same lawyer who handled Hogan’s suit.

Now sure enough, this evening Forbes reported that the bankroller of the Hogan suit is none other than Peter Thiel, a prominent Silicon Valley billionaire who styles himself a libertarian but somewhat incongruously is a big time supporter of Donald Trump in addition to numerous other right wing causes, most of which have a distinctly Randian cast.

Regardless of his politics, this news should disturb everyone. People talk a lot about the dominance of the 1% or in this case more like a tiny fraction of the 1%. But being able to give massive political contributions actually pales in comparison to the impact of being able to destroy a publication you don’t like by combining the machinery of the courts with anonymity and unlimited funds to bleed a publication dry.

So one again we see that for all the liberal, politically correct, ‘caring and sharing’ posturing of politicians, the world is increasingly dominated by big money and big power. And everywhere in what we have called ‘the free world’ power is being concentrated in the hands of the obscenely wealthy, and exercised on their behalf by the politicians they control

And whatever label people who support such a system pin to their clothes, liberal, progressive, left wing, socialist, the only label that truly describes it is ‘fascism’.

 

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BBC Admits Right Wing Extremists Led ‘Revolution’ In Ukraine

A BBC Newsnight report sub titled, “Neo-Nazi threat in new Ukraine,” reveals anti – Semitic and anto Russian nationalists armeded by the west (FUKUS axis) and led the mobs in Kiev. This is a direct contradiction of the months of Western media narratives portraying the “revolutionaries” as brave freedom fighters who only aspired to live in a progressive democracy where gay rights were given greater priority than sorting out the crippled economy. The rebels call for “freedom,” “democracy,” and “closer ties with the West,” with the most absurd example being the “I am Ukrainian” propaganda reel were just fictions invented by “Drop The Dead Donkey” style european and American reporters who believe their job is to make the news rather than simply report it.

As with the West’s support of sectarian terrorists across the Middle East, including Al Qaeda and those “progresive liberal” human organ noshing extremists in Syria and the Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Egypt who showed their support for liberal justice by carrying out summary roadside crucifixions of Coptic Christians, UK, EU and US agents found the most despicable elements in Ukrainian society to lead “revolution” for the sociopolitical reordering of Eastern Europe.

As the dust settles and the West’s proxy regime finds itself safely entrenched in Kiev, Ukraine – the Western media can now finally recuperate some of its lost legitimacy after months of denying the obvious – that armed Neo-Nazis led the so-called “Euromaidan” uprising.

Far from a “pro-democracy” uprising, the “Euromaidan” was yet another case of Western engineered regime change leveraging the good intentions of the ill-informed to mask the covert backing of ugly armed extremists, just as it had done all across the similarly engineered “Arab Spring” in 2011.

We are at war, but not with Islam, China, Iran or Russia, our enemies are our own governments and elites.

Lib Dems Collective Insanity

I left the Liberal Party when they merges with the Social Democrats, a bunch of extreme Marxists who thought they were moderate because they loved immigrants more than native born British people, loved gays more that hets, loved the single European superstate more than their own back yard and thought it was more important to throw money at brutal African dictators that investing in our own infrastructure.

In other words the Social Democrats were typical elitist, left – wing twunts but more so. And as a Liberal though many of my principles were in line with socialism, I was totally opposed to all forms of elitism and privilege and hated authoritarianism so could not be a socialist. Many Liberals were insane but they were not collectivists, being very big on individual freedom.

Now alas, corrupted by the Social Democrats, the Lib Dems have embraced the worst aspects of socialism by becoming elitist and going collectively insane.

A party policy document called Making Migration Work for Britain, drawn up by a committee of senior party members chaired by MP and former Lib Dem minister Sir Andrew Stunell is to be discussed at the party’s spring conference in York this weekend.

It raves, “The current level of benefit payments for asylum seekers “has not risen in line with inflation or other benefits since 2008, causing asylum seekers to be increasingly worse off. Uprating asylum benefits would allow asylum seekers a modest, but more humane, subsistence in the UK. argues that restrictions on asylum seekers taking jobs should be relaxed.”

The document also alleges the thousands of claimants for refugee status awaiting a decision on whether or not they can stay in the UK are becoming “increasingly worse off” under the current rules”.

The Lib Dem demand for more cash for the kind of migrants who come to Britain illegally and claim asylum on the grounds that “back home the coppers look at me a bit funny” provoked anger last night and fuelled the growing row between the party and its Tory Coalition partners.

The document, called Making Migration Work for Britain, is to be discussed at the Lib Dems’ spring conference in York this weekend. Little Nicky Machiavelli says there is only one way to make migration work for Britain. We should restrict inward migration to people who are well educated, can speak good English and have useful skills or are female and good looking (just stuck that in to piss off the feminists :> )

Andas for asylum seeking, we should reopen the loony bins and encourage Liberal Democrats to seek asylum in them.

Homosexuality: As a liberal society we have a duty to tolderate, not celebrate.

E U Smart Borders Policy Will Lead To Big Brother Type Surveillance, Green Politician Warns

A European Union scheme to implement new border control technology will result in Big Brother surveillance, a Green Party Member of the European Parliament has warned.

The European Commission’s plans for so-called ‘Smart Borders’ were published on 1 March 2013, revealing the Commission plans to implement automated systems to monitor non-EU citizens entering and leaving the bloc.

“The use of new technologies will enable smoother and speedier border crossing for third country citizens who want to come to the EU. Modernising our systems will also lead to a higher level of security by preventing irregular border crossings and detecting those who overstay,” said Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.
Jan Philipp Albrecht a German Green in the European Parliament but obviously not a Watermelon (green on the outside, red on the inside) voiced concerns that the smart borders initiative would create an “e-fortress Europe” adding there is “no evidence to show that this trend towards mass data storage has yielded any improvements for security and criminal investigations.” Data of all passengers traveling from third countries into the EU would be collected, he said.

The E U plan consists of a Registered Traveler Programme (RTP) aimed at frequent business travelers or those with relatives in the EU and an Entry/Exit System (EES). The RTP would make use of automated border control systems such as automated gates for pre-screened visitors.

The EES would digitally record the time and place of entry and exit of third country nationals and issue an alert to national authorities when there is no exit record by the expiry time. The current practice when checking a third country national wanting to cross the EU’s external borders is based mainly on the stamps in the travel document. It is easy to foresee that as social breakdown continues due to the failure of the single currency, high unemployment due to insane industrial policies and the inefficiency of high tech policing, the system would quickly be extended to monitor the movements of all citizens even within their own community.

The plan calls to mind the U K Labour government’s plan to force us all to carry national ID cards loaded with a GPS chip whenever we left our home. The plan was shelved due to public opposition but has never been abandoned. Similarly a clause in the American Healthcare System dubbed Obama care contains a clause that would enable the government to implant an RFID chip in the body of every citizen. Supporters of Obama’s health care plan protest that the bill does not state people will be chipped. This is true, but it does clear legal obstacles in the US Constitution and international human rights law to such a policy.

Together with fellow politician Ska Keller, Albrecht has set up a campaign called Smashborders to oppose the plans, urging EU citizens to fight against “the creation of an enormous database” that would infringe civil liberties.

The proposals will now go before the European Parliament and, if approved there, to the national assemblies of member states for ratification. The Commission hopes the system will be operational in 2017 or 2018.

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I Would Do Anything To Get Assad Out Of Syria Says Cameron

Syrian president Bashar Assad could be allowed a free pass to flee his country if it would end the bloodshed, David Cameron said today. The Prime Minister said he would do ‘anything to get that man [Assad] out of the country’ but refused to offer Assad a safe haven in Britain.

Mr Cameron is on the second day of a tour of the Gulf and Middle East, where he has faced criticism for trying to sell UK arms to countries with questionable human rights records. Now there’s irony for you, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan, Iraq, Iran and the Emirates criticizing us for doing business with countries that have poor records on human rights. Pity Maggie Thatcher gave away all our oil and we have to rely on those bastards.

Mr. Cameron has also publicly backed the Arab Spring uprisings, which began in Tunisia and also saw governments swept aside and replaced by undemocratic Islamist regimes in Libya, Egypt and Yemen. In Syria there have been bloody battles for more 18 months, with tens of thousands of protestors killed by government forces and tens of thousands of Assad supporters killed by bloodthirsty religious fanatics brave freedom fighters.

While the fighting continues in Syria the nation’s fate is expected to top the agenda for the two G20 leaders.

In an interview with Al Arabiya television the warmonger Cameron was asked what he would say if President Assad said he wanted a safe exit. He told : “Anything, anything to get that man out of the country and to have a safe transition to democracy in Syria.

Like all other western leaders, when it comes to foreign affairs Cameron is a cupid stunt for thinking the wests interests will be served by getting rid of the secular Muslim Assad and replacing him with a regime of Islamic fanatics who hate the west and want to impose Sharia law in their homelands. Getting rid of Mubarak in Egypt, Gaddafi in Libya and Saddam in Iraq has really turned those nations into beacons of democracy and enlightened liberal values hasn’t it?

Were Cameron to get his wish all it would mean is a brutal dictator would be gone. Syria would them simply descend into tribal and sectarian civil disorder.

Unless of course the New World Order get their wish and make Syria a colony of Greater Europe.

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Freedom Of Speech

Our right to Free Speech is under threat:

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. Winston’s heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer. And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right. The obvious, the silly, and the true had got to be defended. Truisms are true, hold on to that! The solid world exists, its laws do not change. Stones are hard, water is wet, objects unsupported fall towards the earth’s centre. With the feeling that he was speaking to O’Brien, and also that he was setting forth an important axiom, he wrote:

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

Freeman Moxy courtesy of Obama and Cameron

We used to take the piss out of George W Bush when he talked about bringing Freeman Moxy to third world nations (Little Nicky refuses to call them developing nations because the more 2development aid” we pour into them the faster they hurtle back towards primeval savagery). Strangely a lot of terminally gullible people were taken in when the even more gobsmackingly stupid President Barack Hussein Obama claimed he had brought freeman moxy to the middle east by making one of his historic, banal and vacuous speeches.

Now3 the Obama sponsored uprisings in Egypt and Libya have plunged those nations into lawless chaos as Islamic fundamentalists vie with tribal war lords and local criminal gangs for supremacy and there is just no news coming out of Tunisia. Meanwhile Syria and Yemen are still works in progress while Israel is preparing to nuke the entire region.

Undaunted by his failure however (well he’s black so that makes him incapable of failing doesn’t it?) Obama has this week been boasting to United Nations leaders (i.e. a bunch of people who can’t remember the last time they visited the real world) about how his Arab Spring initiative had brought equality and harmony to those places that are now in chaos.

Equality and harmony? Like in all join hands and sing Kumbaya? Here’s how muslims in Egypt showed their respect for a member of their religion who converted to Christianity.

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An Egyptian who converted to Christianity last month

Meanwhile in another example of how things are going in the new, tolerant, inclusive Egypt, here’s an article by my friend Renee Nal (with video and still pictures that some might find upsetting) of how the new freedom and equality of an Egyptian woman who violated Sharia law.

Some people may say these stories and pictures prove Islam is a violent and oppressive religion. It is not. What is causing the violence is a widespread fear among people of the middle east that their way of life is under threat from western interference.

Even the lefties at The Guardian now accept Little Nicky is never wrong.

Do you remember, loyal readers (all two of you) the stick Little Nicky took when this blog said the west should keep it’s nose out of the civil conflict in Syria.

“Oh no,” the leftie sheeple bleated, “the west must intervene in support of the brave freedom fighters who want to overthrow the nasty consertvaive tyrant Assad and establish democratic rule, yooman rights and politically correct values in a multicultural system under Sharia law.

Then they departed singing their campaign song,

Yoo – man ri -ights, yoo -man ri – ights, we’ll support you evermore.”

The west’s leaders were lining up behind the wannabe global tyrant, Barack Hussein Obama, ready to engage in the kind of warfare favoured by the warmonger in chief Obama, that of sending unmanned drones to conduct an aerial bombardment unarmed civilians in the cause of bringing yooman rights to everyone in Syria except for those killed by the drones, when Russia and China stepped up to the mark.

“Oi, Bammy you jug eared streak of piss,” they said, “Assad is our mate, you want to fight him, you fight us too.”

Wee Mad Amadinejad in Iran squeaked “I second that.”

All of a sudden the idea of intervening did not seem quite so attractive. Suddenly the voices that had warned against intervention, that been telling you Assad might be a twat but the rebels were worse as they were Islamists who intended to set up a theocracy, were being listened to.

The conflict escalated. Obama could not resist meddling and started arming the rebels via borderline terrorist state Turkey’s border with Syria. Russia armed Assad. The civilians caught betwen the ruthless, well armed regime and the equally ruthless, slightly less well arned “freedom fighters” were slaughtered. And slowly the world started to get the message,. “You can’t impose politically correct values and bureaucratic dictatorship on people who do not desire it. Overthrowing tyrannical bastards is the easy part (so long as they are not best mates with Russia and China) Replaceing them with something better and winning the hearts and minds of the people is a different story.

The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail came over to Little Nicky’s view quite quickly, The Times followed and the Indy has wavered. Even the BBC started to broadcast less biased reports. Security analyst Charles Shoebridge, congratulated the Beeb on a report that “shows Syria rebel fighters bringing chaos, terror, death, and [the] fear of Islamist extremism to Aleppo”.

Total victory over the dark forces of politically correct stupidity came when The Guradibi mercenaries woran ran a fire – and – brimstone – preacher style piece portraying the Syrian opposition as neo-con stooges of the Bilderberg group. (Not quite true, some are Bilderberg Group cannon fodder, some Al Qaeda mercenaries working for shadowy fundamentalists groups and some are local gangsters on the make.)

The slaughter would have happened on an even bigger scale had the west overthrown Assad and allowed the rebels to slaughter members of Assad’s tribe to stop them launching a counter revolution and slaughtering the Syriac Christians who make up about 10% of the 20 million population because it’s what you do.

Little Nicky’s message was, is and always will be: Meddling in things we don’t understand usually ends up achieving the opposite of what was intended.

The Threat To Free Speech

When the law forbids us to insult or offend somebody, to insult or offend a religion, race, skin colour or sexual preference, free speech and other important democratic rights are under threat.

When the law then goes on to say that anyone accused of these offences has no right to defend themselves and the word of the accuser is sufficient evidence on which to obtain a conviction then we have abandoned justice and returned to the law of the medieval witch hunts.

These stupid laws insult the public and threaten free speech

Beware the siren voices of the left who hide their abhorrence of freedom and invividuality behind a mask of political correctness. Everything we say and do could be interpreted by somebody as aggressive or insulting. There have been cases of a look being deemed racially or sexually harrassing.

Stand up for your right to express your opinions by being grown up enough to ignore things you overhear that might not even refer to you but could equally be said because you behaved like an arse towards somebody else.

Nobody promised life was fair. And making life sterile by imposing conformity on everybody will not actually make life any fairer.

Politically Correct Thinking vs Freedom Of Thought

Little Nicky Machiavelli has always been a champion of freedom of speech and thought so it was understandable that some concerned cititzen of the United States where the facism of Plotically Correct control freakery is running rampant would point me at a post about a student at Purdue University, indiana who was spotted by some black students reading a book title Notre Dame vs The Klan they accused him of racism.

The book tells of the stance by Notre Dame, the largest Roman Catholic university in the United States against the influence of the Klan. But thast did not matter to the accusers of Keith John Sampson, he was reading a book that had Ku Klux Klan in the title so that made him a racist, right? If you subscribe to politically correct thinking it is.

Well I’ve watched Queer As Folk, that doesn’t make me gay does it?

The story illustrates what America is turning into under the Obama Nazis.

Simpson was eventually cleared by the university authorities but the Obama Nazis and the Politically Correct Thought Police know they can never be wrong and so the story and his name are plastered all over the internet for future employers to see.

And his crime, let’s remember, was not that he was supporting a racist organisation but that rather than beng told by the Politically Correct Though Police what he thought of the KKK he wanted to read the evidence and make up his own mind.

One wonders how long it will be before Obama orders all copies of books his supporters do not like to be burned.

Political Correctness versus Fredom of Thought

G20 Witch Hunt

Dead Man Speaks. A Message From Beyond The Grave

OK, I know. That heading is just calculated to provoke certain people. But truly the dead can speak to us from the past of things in the present, as I will now prove.

Freedom, liberty and the need to preserve our ability to think for ourselves (and be self – destructively wrong if we choose) against the dark forces of authoritarianism are a regular theme of this blog. But I’m not famous, not even in the shallow way of modern celebrity, so why should people listen to me?

Perhaps nobel laureate and susperstar author John Steinbeck who died forty years ago will command more attention. Read what he has to say on the subject.

JOHN STEINBECK

“Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of a man (and woman). Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man. And now the forces marshaled around the concept of the group have declared a war of extermination on that preciousness, the mind of man. By disparagement, by starvation, by repressions, forced direction, and the stunning hammerblows of conditioning, the free, roving mind is being pursued, roped, blunted, drugged. It is a sad suicidal course our species seems to have taken.
And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for that is the one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost.”
– John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Well Steinbeck wrote those words around sixty years ago but how relevant they are to what is happening in our industrialised nations right now. From government, religions, business and academic community alike we come under increasing pressure to conform, to not question authority, to lay aside our ability to think for ourselves. Liberalism and the notions of personal liberty, civil rights and free speech are under attack.

In an earlier post I highlighted the dangers of social engineering and the threat of happy pills and modified gense poses.

It is time we all took up our pitchforks and cudgels and marched on the citadels of authority, like the revolting peasants of old would. We can’t all be righ, its a lie. We can’t all be successful, its a lie. We can all be slaves to debt and the system, they don’t tell you that. It is time to retake our individual freedom.

When the dead start speaking its time to stand up and take notice.

Not convinced? Read the book,
East of Eden by John Steinbeck

or if you fancy an even more radically life changing experience…
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Gagging for it

Little Nicky has many American friends (the free thinking, liberal kind of American) and they often invite me to get into debates on issues of religion, free speech and The War.

Always rational debate is curtailed by the inane rantings of a group of religious right, neo-con ignorant bastards who will not ever concede that anybody who diagrees with them might actually have a point.

This led Nicky to have a nose around press and media websites reporting American politics to see whats going on. What I found should scare the free world shitless.

Check out how the religious right are gagging various secors of he American community at these links.

America Sliding Into Dictatorship
Silence in Class – The Gagging of the Academic Community

So much for their talk of free speech and freedom of thought.