Safe Spaces

Brave Software Cashing in on Our Misery

For the past fortnight or so, victims of Kiwi Farms have been reaching out to Brendan Eich and staff at Brave to see if we could appeal to their humanity and make them understand, that a group of nazi incels who’ve targeted over 1700 people for the purpose of harassment and stalking – owing to their protected characteristics – is wrong and should not be enabled via their service. It has taken many months if not years to have Joshua Conner Moon and his merry band of fledgling terrorists removed from social media platforms, they’ve had free reign for so long.

We’re not stupid, we know there’s a high likelihood we are appealing to the very same people who set up and bankrolled the nazis. They’re all white men, from the same corners of the world, with the same chip on their shoulder about their alleged supremacy. They run Twitter and Facebook, as I found out this morning when I tried to log on and was met with this screen.

fuckofftwitter

They reported these tweets, clearly hyperbolic, but they will argue their feelings were hurt and it gave them undue stress because if there is one thing white men are good at, it’s playing the victim. That second tweet it looks like I’m advocating for the killing of Muslims, that I’m targeting Muslims, but I was referring to Aung San Suu Kyi and how she will never kill all the Muslims, they will prevail. Imagine punishing *me* for attacking Muslims.. These tweets are old, nothing to do with them. That means someone went through my entire feed to try and find *something* to beat me with. They sure are rattled.

Brendan Eich referred to us as trolls and reported us for harassment, which is a fucking irony given that this is exactly what we have been subjected to for a number of years, abuses that Eich himself is extending by allowing Kiwi Farms the means by which to get funding. Eich wants to get rich off all the nazis, paedophiles and terrorist monsters the rest of the web have been forced to reject.

bravenazisymp

He’s found his niche, having invested $30 million of his own money into the business, Eich is neither ignorant to the pernicious nature of these forums nor does he care, he just wants to profit off them. It would seem as though Brendan Eich is building a business for the sole purpose of funding Nazis like Joshua Conner Moon when other streams run dry. Eich refuted the claims on Twitter saying:

brendaneich

spotlightnewsspotlightnews1

Considering it’s on the front page of Yahoo News, I’d think about suing.

Brendan Eich and his ilk need to be reminded we live in a world where tolerance is a peace treaty; in a civilised society we have laws to remind us of our limits, otherwise the entire structure falls down. If we are attacked we have the right to self defence. If our friends and families are fair game, then so are theirs.

We refuse to be victimised anymore, we’re taking back that power. Anything else would mean admitting defeat and letting these cowards win.

brendaneich1

(Well Brendan, if the world was actually working and rules mattered, and laws had been applied, you’d have a point. No justice, no peace)

Advertisements

Brave? Or enablers of Nazis?

brave

Brave software, providers of ‘safe web browsers’ are the latest tech company to face our collective ire for their continuing support of nazi incel forum Kiwi Farms and their fascist followers. We have appealed to them via Twitter and email to acknowledge their part in the promotion and proliferation of cyberbullying platform Kiwi Farms and their creator Joshua Conner Moon but they have ignored us.

Brave has provided Moon with a link (that I won’t be sharing). When followers of Moon click this link they are able to download a web browser for safer surfing and donate funds to Kiwi Farms. Moon is having to come up with ever more creative methods to keep his hateful enterprise afloat and the net is closing in.

Brave software is enabling fascism and hate directed at vulnerable people. They have failed to respond to our requests so now we must escalate it to the next step.

Here is a list of Brave employees

(Linked to their Twitter accounts so you can go and say hi and tell them to stop platforming fascists)

Brendan Eich – Founder and CEO

Brian Bondy – Founder and CTO

Yan Zhu  – Chief Information Security Officer

Ben Livshits – Chief Scientist

David Temkin – Chief Product Officer

Brad Richter – Head of Design

Catherine Corre – Head of Communications

Jonny Ryan – Chief Policy and Industry Relations Officer

Tom Lowenthal – Privacy and Security Project Manager

(There are many more in their ‘about’ section)

Looking at their profiles  they appear to have a diverse set working for them. I’m sure once they are apprised of the situation they will be willing to do anything they can to help.. right?

Hampshire Police in Racism Shocker

Hampshire constabulary is under investigation for institutional racism, with a staggering 19 members of staff alleged to have used prejudiced and inappropriate language. The complaint was filed by another one of their employees. Given the structural racism minorities are acutely aware of, this whistleblower deserves to be commended and supported through this trying time.When there are so many offenders concentrated in one place, we have to ask whether this case will be treated with the impartiality it requires, or whether it speaks to a culture in the workplace.

In all honesty I was surprised to find it was Hampshire constabulary they were referring to. My thoughts immediately went to West Midlands Police, or even The Met, given my personal experiences of their non existent race relations. Having been on the receiving end of racist abuse, from individual officers, to the inadequate response I was given when I reported nazi forums stacked with fascists threatening to rape and kill me, I can categorically state, the cops are the fascists, more often than not. They hate women, and minorities, we put ourselves at further risk whenever we interact with them, especially when we are seeking help.

The police force attracts a certain type of individual. Someone who is looking to settle scores, someone who wants the power to act with impunity. Very rarely you meet someone who genuinely wants to better their community, or a minority who wants to bridge the gap between the authorities and their marginalised group but these people, if they manage to hold on to their principles, usually leave and move on to teaching or social services. They realise they cannot change the system from within, it is too white, too patriarchal, too violent to contend with.

Consider this piece, in which the head of the national police chief’s council is quoted as saying hate crimes distract from the police’s core role (protecting her majesty’s estates?) which apparently involves responding to emergencies (how many of those are hate crimes?) and investigating burglaries (I’ve been burgled twice, prior to austerity cuts, and the cops were useless).

In actual fact, I agree with Ms Thornton. I don’t think the cops should be the ones to solve hate crimes, I don’t think they have the range of feeling you need to provide care and protection to vulnerable victims. I don’t think they are capable of treating rape and sexual violence with the sensitivity it requires. When we consider that cops are 5 times more likely to commit domestic abuse, and probably sexual violence too (not forgetting racism), when we pay attention to the sheer number of cops popping up in the mainstream media, for sexual abuse, for neglect of victims, and other hate crimes, case in point, then it is absurd that we expect these exceptionally troubled people to empathise with us when we are at our most vulnerable.

There has to be a better way.

YouTube quietly lets nazi terrorist promoter Joshua Conner Moon back on

After the NZ terror attacks, platforms like YouTube could no longer afford to ignore the risk that Kiwi Farms posed and the account was banned. Whereas social media bosses were pushed to removing footage of the attack filmed by the NZ terrorist, Moon refused and told authorities to go jump. He has proven to the world he is a threat to vulnerable people but also he has no boundaries, he revelled in the slaughter of innocent worshippers and encouraged others to do the same.

Odd then that it appears Joshua Moon has reinstated his YouTube account, with over 2000 followers subscribed to it.

YouTube has shown a lack of care and consideration for the victims of the NZ terror attacks and all potential future victims. If nazi incels like Moon are allowed to spread their hate via mainstream channels despite criminal activity, we cannot feign ignorance when they strike again.

Moon can also be found here https://dlive.tv/KiwiFarms. We are hoping to initiate a dialogue with Dlive.tv to make them aware of just who it is they are hosting. In a civilised society there is no place for the vile meanderings of a nazi incel who is connected with multiple murders and suicides and a network of white supremacist terrorists from the Americans to the Antipodeans.

Joshua Moon is quoted as saying ”I have begged my mother and my therapist to sleep with me out of desperation” on his forum. This creature has no sense of right and wrong.

Here’s a podcast analyzing the paedophilia promotion of Joshua Conner Moon.

Despite our many requests for BitChute host Ray Vahey to ban Moon from his application, he continues to ignore us. You can find him on Twitter and ask him why he thinks this is ok.

According to News.com.au, Australia’s number one news website which reaches over 9.5 million Australians:

“Before he founded Kiwi Farms, Moon was sacked as an administrator for 8chan for allegedly promoting paedophilia. He is notorious for his online stalking and harassment campaigns, which have featured threats to “rape, murder and dismember” his mainly female victims. In 2016, Moon was linked to a series of online threats to harm children in Florida, where he shares a home with his mother, forcing dozens of schools into lockdown.”

You can see this quote at:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/website-kiwi-farms-refuses-to-surrender-data-linked-to-accused-christchurch-terrorist-brendan-tarrant/news-story/46d3c925ef84b24dde6194c42b3c2241

http://archive.is/0pjA5

See the following articles on Joshua Conner Moon and his promotion of the Christchurch terrorist attack:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/website-kiwi-farms-refuses-to-surrender-data-linked-to-accused-christchurch-terrorist-brendan-tarrant/news-story/46d3c925ef84b24dde6194c42b3c2241

The online cesspits where hate found a home

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6824055/Founder-American-website-publishes-scathing-email-sent-New-Zealand-police.html

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-17/new-zealand-police-demand-kiwi-farms-messsage-board-preserve-ip-addresses-and-email

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-shooting/111385517/website-operator-says-requests-for-help-in-wake-of-shooting-a-joke

https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/shock-website-refuses-to-help-police-over-christchurch-terror-attack/ar-BBUTu5T?li=BBSVtLJ

There is no grey area here. If you allow Joshua Conner Moon a platform on your service you are enabling his abhorrent criminal ventures. In the UK we have a joint enterprise law which means you can be criminalised for just being involved, even if you did not have a direct hand in it.

 

West Midlands Police don’t care about rape threats against women of colour

West Midlands police have launched an investigation into UKIP candidate Carl Benjamin aka Sargon of Akkad (a persistent and odious troll rooted in Gamergate, he was a champion for that other misogynist Elevatorgate) for saying he’d rape Jess Phillips if he were under pressure. He had previously said he wouldn’t even rape her, in 2016 when Jess discussed men threatening rape on social media.

Prior to this, in 2014, I had approached West Midlands police with a dossier of tweets aimed at me threatening to rape me, in sick detail, and death threats, suggestions to kill myself, a calculated effort on the part of gamergaters and various chan types to silence the most vocal social justice activists. They were sicced on us by the liberal leftie media (led by Helen Lewis) when we challenged their outrageously bigoted takes on minorities whilst excluding us from the conversation. At the time there was a surge in radical feminists taking a stand and ‘kill all men’ was a hyperbolic retort to the escalating harassment and stalking of women activists online. This phrase caused more of a ripple at my local plod office than the reams of threats and attempts to dox me. They said they could not prove rape threats were outside the realms of taste and decency in the context of international law and if I was so threatened I should log off the internet. Furthermore I was advised I could face criminal prosecution for my use of said phrase. I was victimised again by the very people who are supposed to keep us safe. I wasn’t going to make the same mistake again.

westmids

I said as much on social media, and challenged West Midlands police on their Twitter account for failing to do even the most basic of their duties and they blocked me. So self assured were they, that someone as insignificant as me would go unheard, they just turned their backs. I approached Jess about it on Twitter and she told me to talk to my own MP, but only after a slanging match. I tweeted Stella Creasy as well and she just ignored me. Now we’ve got everyone bending over backwards to condemn the nazi rapists who went largely ignored by the authorities for YEARS until someone ‘important’ was targeted.

I will reiterate what I said then, as pertinent as it is now; you might have more in common with them, they may share your political leanings, your skin colour, or your mutual dislike of opponents but you let them brutalise even one of us and you’ve allowed for society to take a nosedive in standards and made the world a little colder and crueller with your indifference. Doing the right thing isn’t a commendable thing really, not when we find it so easy to help the people we like. To stand for people who can do nothing for you, against injustices that have a knock on effect on us all, that’s a true measure of one’s character; to be principled in complex scenarios, and sadly we just haven’t had the leaders in place to ensure this.

It has allowed for perpetrators of ‘unpleasant comments’ to legally stand for public office.

electroal

Consider the way in which Bahar Mustafa was targeted amid calls for her to lose her job for saying “kill all white men”. Or the way Sarah Jeong was mercilessly harangued, for remarks such as “dumbass white people” by the very same Gamergate incels who no doubt informed her opinions. It’s very easy to mount campaigns to uproot and destroy the lives of women of colour yet white men can LEGALLY make threats to rape serving women MPs and the electoral commission just shrugs, minimises criminal intent and says “what can you do?”

As a society we have rewarded the worst in human traits. In the pursuit of white supremacy, a thing all white people even the ‘not racist’ ones must protect, it was easier to pretend we didn’t exist perhaps in the hopes we would succumb to threats. We haven’t and the abusers have only been empowered by the authorities’ tacit approval, so much so that they can threaten rape and stand for public office.

5 years on we haven’t killed all the men or even one, but the number of women targeted by rapists and the far right has grown out of control. Our free speech came under question but the criminal activities of rapist nazis were enabled because they are actually all on the same side.

This country has gone to shit and it isn’t because of immigrants, it’s raping paedophile nazis platformed by the mainstream media and government. Jess is perhaps best placed to change this.. FOR ALL WOMEN.. but will she?

Kiwi Farms banned on YouTube

Joshua Conner Moon and his hate site Kiwi Farms have finally been banned by Youtube. Following months if not years of reporting abuse to the site by various targets of Moon, myself included (they posted an hour long radio clip in which they discussed using an angle grinder on my vagina), it would appear in the wake of the New Zealand terror attacks, YouTube could no longer defend the right for nazis to use their platform for the proliferation of nazi propaganda, hate crimes and cyber bullying. This was long overdue, Kiwi Farms had many thousands of dedicated followers on their YouTube channel and this loss is sure to sting but the question remains; why did it take so long? The damage is already done in some respects.

New Zealand have gone one step further and banned the hate forum Kiwi Farms in their country. As easy as that. Of course this is easily bypassed used a VPN, as Moon frequently advises his followers around anonymity and slipping a finger to the authorities. No, what needs to happen is for Kiwi Farms to be erased from the face of the planet (along with all the chan spin offs), for American authorities to be held to account by all other nations who’ve suffered as a result. Moon likes to suggest all of his activities are legal in his hellscape home nation and judging by the state of their legal system and beyond, who can say? From a moral standpoint, encouraging acts of terror, hosting them, stalking and harassing vulnerable communities, goading them to suicide, discussing in detail sick paedophilic fantasies and intentions to carry them out, well, it should be illegal and I’m surprised, given all the conventions and treaties following various holocausts, these matters are at all up for debate.

We have to be willing to accept the people who are bankrolling and protecting Nazis go right to the very top of western society. They are aristocrats and bankers and WASPS and ‘community leaders’, they have access to the media and tech industry, they monetise the social media giants, and line the palms of judges and police authorities. How is it that a man who taught his dog nazi salutes is being legitimised by a supposed political party (that has failed at every stage despite primetime promotion by the BBC and countless ill fated resurrections, only to face yet another day) and allowed to stand as a political candidate for a member of the European parliament on behalf of a party that wants out of the European Union? We are well and truly down the rabbit hole here folks.

Joshua Conner Moon says he is raising money with Uphold now. He’s also getting over $1000 a month on madattheinternet.com using authorize.net. It’s a bit of a stretch to imagine these services are not aware of Moon and his hate driven activities. As far as I’m aware we had previously given Uphold a heads up and they had banned Moon so I’m wondering what’s changed. Perhaps they thought we were no longer keeping an eye on things and quietly reinstated him. For whatever it’s worth we will not be taking the pressure off until all mentions of Joshua Conner Moon and Kiwi Farms are erased from the cyberverse. Let there be only cautionary tales and scathing takedowns of nazis in their place.

As a curious sidenote, I’m wondering what it will take for the international community to intervene in this matter. It doesn’t take a helluva lot for the US or UK to poke its nose in the business of sovereign nations it does not see as a militaristic threat, under the guise of human rights and aide for civilians caught up in wars not of their making and yet here we are, in a supposedly developed nation trying to hold back the tide of creeping nazism for at least the past decade and nobody in the entire world has reached out to us in this time of need. They should be offering us refuge. They should be threatening sanctions.

Financial assets of hate figures should be frozen. They should be grounded, unable to travel, to curb the flow of propaganda. Laws must be introduced to further ensure safety of protected characteristics, as current legislation falls so woefully short. Hate forums must be banned, no ifs no buts.

(For further reading on prevention of genocide, see here)

A positive mental health story

When we talk about mental health it’s always about the suffering that goes with it and the judgments other people make about the mentally unwell. We very rarely talk about recovery and the magic that sometimes happens when you achieve the unexpected, without even trying it would seem. I might be underestimating the work that I’ve done or perhaps I’m not sure what exactly triggered it but I’m going to share a couple of things that have happened to me recently that can only be linked to a traumatic event that I’ve somehow neutralised.

For over 30 years I could not eat strawberries. I’d manage a strawberry yoghurt, enjoy a strawberry milkshake but the actual fruit, bleurgh, it made me feel nauseous. I thought they were too tart and when overripe smelt a little bit like death. The pockmarked flesh can’t have helped, I do have moderate trypophobia. It was strange because my twin sister adored them and would eat them by the punnet load. I wasn’t always like this, as a small child we often went on family trips to local farms where we’d pick fruit and veg and spent an entire day rolling down hills in the sunshine (these being some of my fondest memories) sneakily eating strawberries along the way as we overfilled our baskets but I also recall the sick bag that inevitably featured when we’d overdone it, in the car on the way home. It was usual to go off a food if I’d suffered as a result of consuming it but it never lasted very long so I didn’t think this explained why I hated strawberries so much. That is, until I suddenly found them palatable again and examined what had changed.

I’d hit a stage in my recovery where I was actively healing the wounds that had left me so isolated and started naming the cover ups that had ensured my descent into mental instability. You lie about who you are long enough, you either buy into it or you suffer a breakdown, the latter being my destiny. Naming my own faults and vowing to rid myself of false virtues I’d picked up like fleas and having the opportunity to reconnect and share and lean on others, I felt safe enough to delve into memories that were too painful to bear, up until now, because I was remembering who I was before the labels slapped on me damaged my sense of self. I know in my heart that my dislike of strawberries came from an event that was cruel and played on my bonds with my loved ones. I know that as a small child it probably felt like dying and I made this association with the nearest thing to hand. All organic things smell a little bit rotten when they’re at the riper end of their shelf life, mangoes for example, but I can’t get enough of them because I’ve only ever had good connections, like my mum lovingly handfeeding them to us with the sun beating down outside, refuelling her brood with good energy. Food is very much connected to our interpersonal bridge with our parents and early hardwiring can affect us for the rest of our lives unless we work intensely to strip it back and start again.

My dad dying a few years ago coupled with the opening of sealed doors in my mind changed something in my perception of strawberries. They’re really actually rather good. I don’t need to know exactly what it was that created this barrier in my baby brain but I’m choked that I can do something about it if I stick with it long enough. Our dad favoured my twin and strawberries were her thing I guess? Perhaps with his passing I can have them too? He snatched food out of my hands on a number of occasions, laughed at my distress. I can’t help feeling this is connected.

The other tiny miracle that just kinda randomly occurred to me, I can suddenly do percentages in my head without panicking at my complete inability to do anything with numbers, save basic arithmetic. Aged 10 I was coached for the 11+ and the times table was drummed into our heads by our father who resorted to violence if we stuttered. I was actually in the top set of maths all the way through high school until aged 15 I ran away from home. When I returned after a few months, because the school in London was so awful, my previously motivated and interesting maths teacher had had a complete personality change and was suddenly a bit of a dick. He’d been off sick with shingles in my absence and came back completely disinterested in his students. It must have really knocked my confidence because I became convinced I was bad with numbers and didn’t care because I was obviously more creative anyway.

I think I’ve proved to myself since my breakdown that I am capable, and remembering the past, how I was brimming with self esteem aged 12, which was the last time I remember feeling sure of anything, has reminded me who I am at my core: someone who stands up in the face of injustice to my own detriment because the alternative is unacceptable. I feel personally responsible for the world we find ourselves in, for all the years I toed the line and enabled coercive power, all in the hopes for a seat at the table. Coming to terms with a world that doesn’t reward talent or integrity and actively sets out to destroy it, that has been healing I guess? Resolving the past and coming to terms with my elders exactly as they are not as I would have them, has unlocked parts of my personality I’d long buried, to appease the green eyed patriarchy and minimise myself so I was never a threat to anyone which ultimately bit me in the butt when I was that much easier to victimise.

Learning that it is possible to change instilled behaviours, all it takes is a couple of weeks to lay down new pathways, making the past the road less well travelled every time you do things in your new way, has been liberating. Others might still judge me for the person I was aged 25 but that’s because they’re incapable of changing themselves. They judge others as they would judge their selves.

I’m excited to see what other things become available to me on my recovery journey.