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If a #GamerGate-r plagiarises the John Birch Society on your blog and no one notices, does it make a sound?

Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Gawker Media shill?
Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Gawker Media shill?

Reaxxion, the world’s crappiest right wing woman-hating excuse for a video game site, has now officially responded to my post revealing that a GamerGate manifesto they recently published was literally a repurposed John Birch Society newspaper ad from the mid-1960s, with words like “communist” removed and replaced with their GamerGate equivalents.

Whether the, er, “author” of the post was trolling, or just the world’s least subtle plagiarist, it was a giant embarrassment for Roosh and Reaxxion. And so, in the course of a nearly 1000-word post, Reaxxion “ethics officer” announces that they’ve shitcanned the author – and congratulates the site for its heroic bravery for throwing out a writer who copied his entire post from an old John Birch Society newspaper ad from the mid-1960s, with words like “communist” removed and replaced with their GamerGate equivalents.

That’s all well and good, because journalists aren’t supposed to copy pretty much their entire posts from a John Birch Society newspaper ad from the mid-1960s, with words like “communist” removed and replaced with their GamerGate equivalents. If you’re an editor and catch a writer doing this, you’re supposed to send that writer packing. (Remember Stephen Glass?)

But Roberts ignores what is really the most interesting and revealing thing about the whole incident, which is that a writer copied his entire post from an old John Birch Society newspaper ad from the mid-1960s, with words like “communist” removed and replaced with their GamerGate equivalents – AND NO ONE NOTICED UNTIL I POINTED IT OUT.

And why is that? Because the hysterical anti-communist rhetoric of the original ad sounds pretty much identical to the ridiculously over-the-top rhetoric that’s characterized GamerGate from the start. And it’s rooted in the same sort of reactionary politics.

Which is itself even more embarrassing than the plagiarism itself.

The John Birch Society, if you don’t already know, isn’t just a right-wing group. It’s a group so far to the right that even the National Review has denounced it. As a Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Report notes that for years those on the left and on the right basically saw the Birchers as “the political equivalent of an addled uncle sent down to the basement rec room to drink, rant and hopefully pass out” before he had a chance to thoroughly embarrass the whole family by saying something truly dreadful.

I found the Bircher’s newspaper ad in a newspaper from 1966. At that time, the Birchers were fierce opponents of the civil rights movement in general and Martin Luther King Jr. in particular, labeling him a tool of the communists. As the SPLC report notes, Birchers feared that “the African-American freedom movement was being manipulated from Moscow with the goal of creating a “Soviet Negro Republic” in the Southern United States.”

Of course, the Birchers saw communists hiding behind every tree and under every bed. Indeed, the group’s founder, Robert Welch, was convinced that even President Dwight Eisenhower was a treasonous Communist puppet, and that LBJ was plotting to turn the United States over to the Communists even as he sent troops to fight against the Viet Cong.

So congratulations, GamerGaters, you’re now as officially ridiculous as the John Birch Society.

It might be a good idea to reflect a little on your life choices.

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ck, the Irate Lump
ck, the Irate Lump
6 years ago

cassandrakitty wrote:

Pong? Is Tetris sexist too?

You mean the game where you spend most of the time waiting for a long solid piece to fit into a deep hole on the play area?

Buttercup Q. Skullpants

If a NYT writer got caught plagiarizing such a large text, we’d see a similar response from them.

The NYT wouldn’t even let a piece like that through the door in the first place, because they have these things called “fact checkers” and “editors” who are trained in spotting “bullshit”.

You’re not seriously comparing Reaxxion with the NYT, are you?

The. Sexism. Of. Pong.

Tic Tac Toe is incredibly sexist, too. All those unsolicited X’s and O’s…I get enough of that riding the subway, thanks very much.

davidknewton
davidknewton
6 years ago

sunnysombrera, I had that on the PC! I never understood a jot of what was going on, but it was fun nonetheless. My brother actually recently sent over a load of old files and I discovered I’d started a remake of it myself, but I never got much of anywhere with it.

If you read the article about the takedown, it’s… kind of comical how they keep on banging on about how ethical they are and compare their ethics to the ethics of other publications who presumably don’t have ethics officers to oversee their ethical ethics.

ETHICS

Falconer
6 years ago

@ck, the Irate Lump:

You mean the game where you spend most of the time waiting for a long solid piece to fit into a deep hole on the play area?

But what’s worse is, then it disappears! The game is obviously about cutting penises off. It’s obviously a vile, evil, vile and way less subtle Red plot to emasculate us than the fluoridation thing.

Miss Andry
6 years ago

@samantha

I’ve probably seen Dr. Strangelove at least that many times.
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8ks93DgfF1rwyf7ko1_500.gif

Cyberwulf
Cyberwulf
6 years ago

@Bina: 8chan hosts paedophile boards.

HUGE TW obviously:

http://www.dailydot.com/politics/8chan-pedophiles-child-porn-gamergate/

https://medium.com/@FoldableHuman/the-mods-are-always-asleep-7f750f879fc

Gomblrgok’s response is “ubuhbuh OTHER BOARDS ON 8CHAN” and, most revoltingly, “omg telling people about CP is the same as spreading CP”, which has been Storified here:

https://storify.com/DiscordianKitty/gamergate-s-evolution-from-defending-the-child-por

and here:

https://storify.com/sadcrow/8chan-s-concerted-attack-on-dan-olson-continues-ga

Cyberwulf
Cyberwulf
6 years ago

Okay, I don’t know what’s up with the link to the Medium piece, but the title of it is “The Mods are Always Asleep” and I’m pretty sure it’s linked in one or both of the Storifys.

thebewilderness
6 years ago

Buttercup Q I think you have forgotten the scandal when one of the NYTimes prize winning journamalists turned out to be a serial plagiarizer and a couple others were later busted for writing fiction and passing it off as news. They are still paying a price for that loss of credibility.

Tracy
Tracy
6 years ago

I’m not at all surprised they bought the Bircher bit as genuine. It reads pretty much like their community-sourced Google Doc book thing (is that still a thing? I hope so, it was GLORIOUS.)

ParadoxicalIntention
6 years ago

I’m going to drop this here, because it’s rather relevant:

http://40.media.tumblr.com/a155dd1d694f99a14208be0e9026c40b/tumblr_nh03vg0ENO1u6q7ubo1_1280.png

ParadoxicalIntention
6 years ago

Also, a link to the “Sexism of Pong” article:

http://www.donotlink.com/d7g7

I think it’s less of a “Sexism!” article and more of a “We’re trying and failing to spoof Anita Sarkeesian” article.

Shaun DarthBatman Day
6 years ago

OT BUT ZOMG! I have found the absolute best thing on the internet.

I know I say that a lot, but I swear it’s true this time.

http://herhonestlife.tumblr.com/post/108041756460/when-trolls-come-knocking

Carry on.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

From one of the articles PI linked to.

Lux, who describes himself as a “strong believer in free speech,” quickly became one of the most-hated men in the Deep Web. One year ago, the whole of PedoEmpire was serving of tens of thousands of multimedia downloads every day, Lux reported. Hurt 2 the Core reported an average of 326 accounts registered and 160 posts made every day. There is no way to verify those stats.

That’s it, I’m moving to Mars and taking all of the children with me.

wordsp1nner
wordsp1nner
6 years ago

That Tessa is a piece of work. Some people really do deserve to be fucked with in all caps.

… I just wish my grandfather would stop emailing me using all caps.

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

Shaun, that’s wonderful – how to mess with a troll!

“Where can I get these Obama government condoms. Why do I need them. Do you tie babies in them” PRICELESS!

Tessa
6 years ago

OT BUT ZOMG! I have found the absolute best thing on the internet.

I know I say that a lot, but I swear it’s true this time.

http://herhonestlife.tumblr.com/post/108041756460/when-trolls-come-knocking

Carry on.

Wow, from “colorblindness” to racist crap in 6.2 seconds, impressive. Plus “SJW”.
That was hilarious. The blossom avatar also added a nice touch of disturbing.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

OTOH following links at Daily Dot also took me to this post, which wins the internet for today, at least from my perspective.

http://www.dailydot.com/lol/corgi-poses-with-disney-characters/

ParadoxicalIntention
6 years ago

Dear god. The part where “Tessa” (not our dear green elephant) goes “I’m sad about babies dying, you’re not. You lose.”

http://i.imgur.com/vaYm64M.gif

Wut? Like seriously, what? This isn’t a game, and it’s not even a “debate”. You’re just being silly with your irrelevant opinions on what races other people are.

That person is literally the worst. I’m glad xie got all-caps trolled. Couldn’t have happened to a *cough* nicer person.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

What does being sad about dead babies have to do with race? Do I want to know how this person would answer that question? Probably not. Back to the corgi.

wordsp1nner
wordsp1nner
6 years ago

Go to the corgi post before you read this. You’ll need it:

http://www.traffickedreport.com/

So basically the oil boom has turned North Dakota into a hotspot for human trafficking. Be warned–the story is long and in depth and disturbing as anything else.

It does have a (bitter)sweet section about girls rescued from trafficking taking care of rescued horses, though.

wordsp1nner
wordsp1nner
6 years ago

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

It’s a pretty common right wing talking point in the US that because black women get abortions at higher rates than white women, this means that liberals are trying to commit genocide against black people simply by being for abortion rights. They think this will actually work to win the votes of black women because they don’t understand that it’s sexist and racist to imply that black women couldn’t possibly seek abortion because they’ve decided it’s the best choice. Nope. It must be because evil liberals are ordering black women to get abortions.

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

I’m not even going to that North Dakota article. 🙁

But OMG that corgi! That face! “Look at me I am with Pluto and Doug I am the greatest dog ever!”

And that before and after video – love it, love it!

wordsp1nner
wordsp1nner
6 years ago

Black women also obviously won’t notice that the same people bleating about the “black genocide” of abortion not only oppose efforts that would lead fewer black women to have abortions (better contraceptive access, decent-paying jobs, etc.) they also couldn’t give a damn about real black children being shot in the streets.

It is like the whole Republican thing where every few months they top themselves in trying to come up with a more condescending approach to winning women’s vote, without ever considering that their policies themselves are fucking terrible for women, and a majority know it.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

So basically “trust us, we know what rights you really want better than you do”? Yep, sounds like Republicans.

Right Wingnut
Right Wingnut
6 years ago

If babies are humansc then minorities are at a disadvantage before birth. I’d rather not take the chance that humans could be dying. No reason you can’t care about a minority before and after birth, though.

But seriously, guys, there is a huge gap between right wing beliefs on abortion and treating women with the remotest resemblance of decency. There’s a lot of common ground here from the far left to the middle of the right. That’s why I freaking love this blog even though I’m conservative raised and still believe a lot of their ideals.

titianblue
titianblue
6 years ago

Ok, I’ve read Right Wingnut’s post 3 times & I still don’t understand what zie is trying to say.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

The common ground between the far left and the middle of the right is that we’re all mammals? Except maybe Romney, not so sure about him.

Ellie
Ellie
6 years ago

Well to be fair, if you’re fimilar with the existence of the dork enlightenment, national review does seem pretty tame

isidore13
isidore13
6 years ago

Right Wingnut, I was raised thoroughly conservative, too. My brother is an MRA and my father and mother think liberals want to rain communist, bleeding-heart hell upon the land. With a little effort, I promise you you can become a person who thinks instead of reacts. I did it! Mostly! Some of the time! heh

Right Wingnut
Right Wingnut
6 years ago

tl;dr even though I’m pro-life, I consider the issue of abortion a red herring compared to the stuff that MRAs publish here. Even born and raised a conservative Christian Republican, I would have been appalled to see the way MRAs behave. It seems unbehooving of whatever bizarre belief system they want to align themselves to. :/

…So I come here instead, politics be darned.

Also, I suck at typing on mobile devices. 😛

Buttercup Q. Skullpants

@thebewilderness Oh, the Jayson Blair scandal? He was a far more devious and skillful plagiarist than this guy – he pulled together bits and pieces of news stories, basically aggregating the content and rewording slightly. The Times was also slow to embrace the internet back then (as a fact-checking and anti-plagiarism tool).

The NYT isn’t perfect either, but their “ethics in journalism” are light-years ahead of Reaxxion’s obnoxxious dysfunxxional projexxion.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

It’s nice that you’re pro telling me what I can and can’t do with my uterus, sweetie, but nobody asked for your opinion. Now shush.

M. the Social Justice Ranger
M. the Social Justice Ranger
6 years ago

@Wingnut

If you’re against reproductive rights, then you don’t “Treat women with the remotest resemblance of decency.” You can’t say that you’re pro-slut-shaming, pro-legislating women’s bodies, pro-forced birth and pro-manslaughter by backalley then say that you’re not a sexist. That’s not how it works.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

“I’m against misogyny as long as it’s the kind of misogyny that inconveniences me personally. When it’s about telling (other) women what to do with their bodies I’m all for it! Because babies are ‘humansc’ and I don’t know what a fetus is, much less a blastocyst.”

Right Wingnut
Right Wingnut
6 years ago

Umm, no misogyny inconveniences me personally AFAIK, since I’m male and all. I just think misogyny is wrong. Any taking away life or liberty from another person is wrong. Labeling is just a means to dehumanizing. Label a human as a slut, an embryo, a blastocyst, whatever, it’s still a human, and all humans still deserve respect and a chance to live. That’s my reasoning, anyway.

@cassandra: You can do whatever you want to with your uterus, but I don’t consider myself my mother’s uterus. Even as a clump of cells it’s still a human being (not an alien) and unique (not the same genetics as mother or father).

You needn’t be condescending by calling me “honey” or telling me to “shush.”

Shaun DarthBatman Day
6 years ago

Is there a new way to be condescending? Do tell!

*props chin in hand, bats eyelashes*

Falconer
6 years ago

@cassandra: You can do whatever you want to with your uterus, but I don’t consider myself my mother’s uterus. Even as a clump of cells it’s still a human being (not an alien) and unique (not the same genetics as mother or father).

Hey, I need kidney dialysis for nine months. Can I come be totally dependent on your biological processes, distort your body, alter your hormones, for nine months or more, and eventually pry your pelvis apart down the middle in a process that takes days or weeks? ‘Cause I’m definitely a human being, a separate person from you, and I have a right to live, too.

You needn’t be condescending by calling me “honey” or telling me to “shush.”

Oh, you just shush now, darlin’, run along and play. The grownups are talking.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

Oof, lost my first comment. Second try!

@Right Wingnut

Labeling is just a means to dehumanizing. Label a human as a slut, an embryo, a blastocyst, whatever, it’s still a human, and all humans still deserve respect and a chance to live. That’s my reasoning, anyway.

“Human” is a label, and it’s a label you’re very interested in applying to a wide variety of things. Labels are just language.

@cassandra: You can do whatever you want to with your uterus, but I don’t consider myself my mother’s uterus. Even as a clump of cells it’s still a human being (not an alien) and unique (not the same genetics as mother or father).

There you are using labels again. Shame shame shame. Fun fact; back when you were a clump of cells in your mother’s uterus, you didn’t consider yourself much of anything. The cells necessary for neuronal activity would have been weeks away from forming.

If I’m not mistaken, then the 1-2 mm cell ball that you were (“blastocyst,” or “human” as you wish to call it), had fate been less kind, could have failed to implant as happens in around 10-20% of all pregnancies.

But hey, keep telling us how much you respect women, and how you respect them too much to let them have bodily autonomy that supercedes the future rights of a potential person.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

This is the grossest part.

If babies are humansc then minorities are at a disadvantage before birth. I’d rather not take the chance that humans could be dying. No reason you can’t care about a minority before and after birth, though.

The number of children per family is inversely correlated with a country’s general wealth and standard of living. It takes resources and time to raise kids, and if there’s no concept of family planning, you get poorer families with more child deaths.

And guess who tends to be most affected by these issues? That’s right, minorities! So in your pleading for helping minorities by essentially forcing them to give birth, you’re offering the symptoms as the cure.

By the way, that afterthought you had at the end about caring about “a minority” after birth? That tends to be an afterthought for many pro-life folks. As long as the little ball of cells eventually comes out breathing, to hell with them.

Cyberwulf
Cyberwulf
6 years ago

Right Wingnut, I’m going to be a little kinder to you and assume that you’re a fairly decent individual, but you find the idea of abortion distasteful. Please ask yourself why someone should have to continue a pregnancy (which can be very hazardous to her health) and give birth to a child she doesn’t want, can’t afford, or can’t care for. I would also ask you to do a little digging into pro-life rhetoric. Often you will find pregnancy framed as a “consequence” of having sex, with the unspoken suggestion that if women didn’t want to get pregnant, they should keep their legs together. Apart from being sexist, such a belief ignores all the social fuckery that surrounds sex, such as: men need and are entitled to sex; women who don’t put out are frigid; women who won’t have sex with their partners are “withholding” sex; oh oh condoms take away all the sensation; etc.

TL;DR – the woman always disappears from pro-life conversations, except as someone who did something bad and is now trying to weasel out of her punishment. It’s cloaked in words like “responsibility” and “consequences”, but that’s what’s really meant. And pay attention to the number of pro-lifers who also oppose contraception and push for abstinence-only sex education. Proper sex ed and easy access to contraception would do far more to reduce the number of abortions than closing abortion clinics.

M. the Social Justice Ranger
M. the Social Justice Ranger
6 years ago

And pay attention to the number of pro-lifers who also oppose contraception and push for abstinence-only sex education.

Don’t forget the number of pro-lifers who oppose welfare, especially in single motherhood cases. Otherwise known as “Literally every pro-lifer I’ve ever met.” =P

gillyrosebee
gillyrosebee
6 years ago

My problem with that “labels” rhetoric is that every kind of rhetorical step is taken in order to assert that a barely formed and possibly not even viable clump of cells (zygotes/blastocists) are indeed fully, completely, and undeniably human, and that any attempt to say otherwise is clear evidence of callousness and depravity, but somehow those same people wave away the humanity of the not at all hypothetical or potential, but actual real woman in front of them.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

@gillyrosebee:

When they aren’t equivicating, anyways. “Hey, remember when black people were not considered human? That’s exactly the same as not considering a little ball of around 300 cells human, because in each case something isn’t being considered human. I see no reason why these situations are different in any way.”

Right Wingnut
Right Wingnut
6 years ago

> TL;DR – the woman always disappears from pro-life conversations, except as someone who did something bad and is now trying to weasel out of her punishment.

I never found my biological mother someone who did something bad. As someone whose father decided I was just a “clump of cells” and encouraged her to abort me, and then abandoned her, I consider him far more responsible and more of a failure than my mother, who gave me up for adoption.

I appreciate the people who are trying to treat me with a little decency here. Beats the vast majority of MRA sitegoers.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

I’m so happy that a man has come to tell us the difference between right and wrong.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

Your bio mother made a choice. That’s great. I was unplanned and my mother decided that she wanted to keep me. Again, it was her choice. For some pregnant women, abortion is the best choice. Your opinion on that choice is irrelevant.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

Also, your bio dad was an asshole for trying to pressure your bio mom into doing something she didn’t want to do and for abandoning her, not for believing you were a “clump of cells.” Plenty of pro-lifers get abortions (yes, even the ones picketing in front of clinics), and plenty of pro-choicers don’t.