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FCC Fabricated DDoS Attack During Net-Neutrality Fight: Reason Roundup

Plus: Internet companies cancel Alex Jones and Trump is "asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!"

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hacker image: J.B Nicholas / Splash News/Newscom; Bray headshot from FCC; screenshot from Last Week Tonight

No net-neutrality rooted attack on FCC servers. For a second time, David Bray, former chief information officer for the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), seems to have been caught fabricating stories about distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) on FCC servers. Bray's most recent fable came in May 2017, as John Oliver of HBO's Last Week Tonight was asking viewers to flood FCC comments with support for "net neutrality" legislation, and is the subject of an upcoming Office of Inspector General's report.

"Bray had previously leaked baseless claims that the FCC was struck by a cyberattack in 2014," Gizmodo discovered.

The inspector general's report has not yet been made public, but FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel have both commented on its contents.

"The Inspector General Report tells us what we knew all along: the FCC's claim that it was the victim of a DDoS attack during the net neutrality proceeding is bogus," said Rosenworcel. Here's her spin:

What happened instead is obvious—millions of Americans overwhelmed our online system because they wanted to tell us how important internet openness is to them and how distressed they were to see the FCC roll back their rights.

And here's Pai's:

With respect to the report's findings, I am deeply disappointed that the FCC's former Chief Information Officer (CIO), who was hired by the prior Administration and is no longer with the Commission, provided inaccurate information about this incident to me, my office, Congress, and the American people. This is completely unacceptable.

"On the other hand," Pai continued,

I'm pleased that this report debunks the conspiracy theory that my office or I had any knowledge that the information provided by the former CIO was inaccurate and was allowing that inaccurate information to be disseminated for political purposes. Indeed, as the report documents, on the morning of May 8, it was the former CIO who informed my office that 'some external folks attempted to send high traffic in an attempt to tie-up the server from responding to others, which unfortunately makes it appear unavailable to everyone attempting to get through the queue.' In response, the Commission's Chief of Staff, who works in my office, asked if the then-CIO was confident that the incident wasn't caused by a number of individuals 'attempting to comment at the same time . . . but rather some external folks deliberately trying to tie-up the server.' In response to this direct inquiry, the former CIO told my office: 'Yes, we're 99.9% confident this was external folks deliberately trying to tie-up the server to prevent others from commenting and/or create a spectacle.'

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  1. For a second time, David Bray, former chief information officer for the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), seems to have been caught fabricating stories about distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) on FCC servers.

    All of Lois Lerner’s emails there are still safe.

  2. There was Alex Jones content on YouPorn? I have questions. https://t.co/7Wuxriz1Ue
    ? Christoph (@Halalcoholism) August 7, 2018

    Gun rights stuff, too.

    Uh, I’m told.

    1. Um, that’s on Pornhub.

      From what I’ve heard, of course.

  3. “I am deeply disappointed that the FCC’s former Chief Information Officer (CIO), who was hired by the prior Administration and is no longer with the Commission, provided inaccurate information about this incident to me, my office, Congress, and the American people. This is completely unacceptable.”

    So “completely unacceptable” that ….

    1. … David Bray will be stripped of his pension and banned from government employment?

    2. That an official statement will be issued publicly stating how completely unacceptable it is.

    3. …a strongly worded letter will be placed in his file down in HR.

    4. …he’ll get a very public finger-wagging, which is punishment enough!

      1. A good and hard public finger-wagging? Lesson learned.

      2. Hey, hey! No need to get carried away!

  4. The Hunger for a Bold Socialism
    The political preferences of two college professors, writing in a prominent leftist journal, are informed by the belief that “making people’s lives materially better isn’t enough.”

    …Of course, bold socialists intent on destroying rather than reforming capitalism have brought about some rather unpleasant historical outcomes.

    Lest anyone imagine that the authors are unaware, they include words nodding to potential pitfalls. Here is that unintentionally extraordinary passage: “Socialists don’t just want to replace private ownership with state ownership,” Desan and McCarthy argue. “In the same way we don’t believe that capitalists should be able to have disproportionate control over economic resources, we don’t think unaccountable state officials and bureaucrats should have the power to control investment and production through ‘socialism from above.’ In some cases, like the former Soviet Union,” they add, “the failings of such a system are nearly as deep as those of capitalism itself.”

    1. “the failings of such a system are nearly as deep as those of capitalism itself.”

      Nearly?

      Which features of our current system (often inappropriately pinned on Capitalism) eclipse the Holodomor, endless lines for toilet paper, years of lifespan lost compared to the rest of the west, massive environmental damage, etc etc?

      Nearly…whatever.

      1. Reality TV at least comes close to Chernobyl.

  5. “I was the magazine’s poetry editor for 35 years. Never once did we apologize for publishing a poem.”https://t.co/5KCjIMbYR5
    ? Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) August 6, 2018

    There once was a magazine from Nantucket, whose editors said, “Aw, fuck it.”

    1. They published a poem, got stuck in the loam,

      1. And said that mud can sure suck it.

      2. “There’s a controversy now, and we can’t duck it”

      3. Something something Kirby Puckett

  6. Get It Through Your Head That Progressives Hate You
    You soft boys can pivot back to your “We’re better than that” pose and go AWOL, again, like you always do. But I say the Sarah Jeong/NYT love affair is a suppository, and I say we start curing the hemorrhoid that is liberalism by giving the left a double dose good and hard right up the progressive tract.

    1. Yep. I got that through my head a long time ago, and the feeling on my behalf is 100% mutual and reciprocal

  7. Facebook has been pitching big banks on “potential offerings it could host for bank customers on Facebook Messenger.”

    Mafia Wars is behind this racket.

  8. as ill-conceived plastic-straw bans have been taking hold.

    Serious question: When are the eco-warriors going to go after cigarette butts like they’re doing with plastic straws?

  9. American Express has pulled all ads from Sky News over an interview that it didn’t like.

    The interviewer wasn’t at all interested in the contents of guests’ wallets.

  10. France, Where Age of Consent Is Up for Debate
    After May 1968, French intellectuals would challenge the state’s authority to protect minors from sexual abuse. In one prominent example, on January 26, 1977, Le Monde, a French newspaper, published a petition signed by the era’s most prominent intellectuals?including Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Gilles Deleuze, Roland Barthes, Philippe Sollers, Andr? Glucksmann and Louis Aragon?in defense of three men on trial for engaging in sexual acts with minors. “French law recognizes in 13- and 14-year-olds a capacity for discernment that it can judge and punish,” the petition stated, “But it rejects such a capacity when the child’s emotional and sexual life is concerned.” Furthermore, the signatories argued, children and adolescents have the right to a sexual life: “If a 13-year-old girl has the right to take the pill, what is it for?” It’s unclear what impact, if any, the petition had. The defendants were sentenced to five years in prison, but did not serve their full sentences.

    1. In 1979, Liberation published another petition, this time in support of G?rard R., a man on trial for having sex with girls between the ages of six and 12. It was signed by 63 people, many of them well-known intellectuals like Christiane Rochefort and Pascal Bruckner. It argued that the girls in question were “happy” with the situation. “The love of children is also the love of their bodies,” they wrote. “Desire and sexual games have their place in the relationship between children and adults. This is what G?rard R. thought and experienced with [the] girls ? whose fulfillment proved to everyone, including their parents, the happiness they found with him.”

      1. The next cause c?l?bre for American progressives, as they’re almost done with euthanasia and are currently working on infanticide and eugenics.
        Not too many taboos left to break, maybe cannibalism I guess.

        Forty years from now you’ll be legally able to eat a roast baby, but will go to jail if you use a plastic straw in your cocaine mat

    2. “If a 13-year-old girl has the right to take the pill, what is it for?”

      Preventing acne, DUH!

    3. a petition signed by the era’s most prominent intellectuals

      Modern academia is the fruit of this poisonous tree.

      1. So is the Enlightenment, or did you think everyone accepted today’s age of consent rules 1000 years ago?

        1. This is a comparison so stupid I’m amazed you even tried it.

    1. Feminist professor examines homeless men for unwoke, and yet common, idioms.

      It’s almost as if she found the most powerless men she could dominate, as a means of expressing discontent with patriarchy. I dunno, something about that seems to indicate it won’t work, what do y’all think?

  11. Trump is losing his Hollywood Walk of Fame star.

    It’s being moved to Mount Rushmore.

    1. The people who voted aren’t the ones with the authority to do it. Pure symbolism/posturing.

    2. Dear God doesn’t ENB read past the headline of any article about Trump? This resolution is nothing but impotent virtue-signaling at this point.

      I’m increasingly convinced that ENB would be a dedicated member of Team Blue and writing articles for Mother Jones or The Guardian if the Donkey Party were more friendly* to prostitutes and strippers.

      * Friendly in the “supporting legal rights of sex workers ” sense than the “Bill Clinton-Ted Kennedy” sense.

      1. Reason is a stepping stone job in an industry dominated by the left. Every Reason writer is auditioning for their next gig at a left wing publication every day.

        1. All of a sudden the continuous virtue signaling makes sense.

  12. Forbes Magazine – Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross stole over $120 million

    https://goo.gl/WUQX2R

    Trump Swamp Creature!

    1. Wilber Ross …. Wasn’t he the guy cavorting in a fountain with a stripper?

    2. When I look at the Wiki page on him, I’m not sure what part of the swamp he’s really from.

      Ross was raised as a Democrat.[36] He served under U.S. President Bill Clinton on the board of the U.S.?Russia Investment Fund. Later, under New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Ross served as the Mayor’s privatization advisor.[37] In January 1998 he put $2.25 million in seed money into the campaign of his then-wife, Betsy McCaughey Ross, who was seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor of New York.[36] Although he was an early supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Ross was previously a registered Democrat, served as an officer of the New York State Democratic Party, and held fundraisers for Democratic candidates at his apartment in New York City. Since at least 2011, Ross has been donating to Republican candidates and organizations. He became a registered Republican in November 2016.[38]

      1. Don’t care where he was hatched but right now he is a Trump Swamp Creature.

        1. That’s a pretty limited view of it.

        2. Learned his trade under Clinton.
          Makes sense.

      2. He’s from New York City, where there’s not much difference between a Democrat and a Republican and they’re all swamp creatures. Witness Trump’s shrugging off his donating to Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer with the “it’s just the way the game is played.” Well, sure – if you’re just gaming the system, it’s what you do. But some of us don’t play the game because it’s a dirty business. Just because something’s not illegal it doesn’t mean it’s not unethical, immoral or unprincipled and once you start rationalizing and excusing playing dirty it’s a slippery slope into outright criminal behavior. It’s like a guy going around scooping all the change out of the “take a penny, leave a penny” trays at the stores – it’s not illegal but it’s a warning that this guy is probably not somebody you want to turn your back on.

        1. “” they’re all swamp creatures.”‘

          Exactly.

          What’s sad is when people want to ignore parts of the swamp while complaining about the swamp.

      3. McCaughey only ran as a Democrat because she was dropped from the ticket by Pataki. She was Lt. Gov and tried to upstage the boss, so she was dropped.

        Though she had always voted Republican in presidential elections and taken conservative Republican policy positions, McCaughey suddenly switched her party affiliation to Democrat and soon announced plans to run for governor against Pataki.[1] McCaughey was the early frontrunner for her new party’s nomination process,[55] in part because of her statewide name and face recognition and in part because of the financial support of her wealthy then-husband.[56] During her campaign for governor, she was criticized for firing a succession of campaign aides and political advisers and possibly changing her core political beliefs in order to appear more electable to New York voters.[1] As her opinion poll numbers sank, her husband took away more than half of the funds he had pledged to her campaign.[12]

        She’s most famous for leading the charge against the Clinton Health Care plan in 93 and for inventing the death panel lie.

    3. A pathological liar, imagine that.

  13. Santa Barbara City Council Bans Plastic Straws, Expanded Polystyrene
    Councilman Jason Dominguez disagreed.

    “Unfortunately, common sense is just not common,” he said. “We have to regulate every aspect of people’s lives.”

    1. Regulating the people who occupy positions of authority being the most crucial regulation of all.

  14. The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!
    ? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2018

    But they still get to keep that pallet of cash, right?

  15. The left are starting to act like the religious right of the 1980s. It’s obvious they want to control what we can say or hear.

    1. The difference, of course, is that the left are doing it for our own good in *this* life.

      1. But with the same lack of evidence for the claimed result(s).

    2. Religious Right of the 90s? Fundie-Nuts haven’t gone anywhere. They are still trying to censor stuff they don’t like.

      1. “”They are still trying to censor stuff they don’t like.”‘

        So that makes them as cool as the lefties today?

        1. No. I despise both progressives and conservatives (I may be unique here among posters in that regard).

          I get banned from prog sites (I think Islam is a form of sadism/misanthropy) as often as I get banned from wingnut sites like Bratfart and Ace of Spades.

          1. Your “sad clown” lies become more comical and pathetic by the day.

          2. If that were true, you wouldn’t have dismissed Wilbur Ross’s origins so quickly.

            1. Let’s be fair. The left may ban him because he picks dumb names like “Palin’s Buttplug” when he signs up in 2018.

          3. No. I despise both progressives and conservatives (I may be unique here among posters in that regard).

            Not unique, but libertarians and indepednents have been bullied off the board, almost totally.

            The wingers attack and assault everyone else off the board, then look around and say, “We’re the majority!” Understandable in a sense, since they’re less than 15% in the real world. It’s like Hitler walking into Auschwitz and asking aloud, Where did all the Jews go?”

            1. Not unique, but libertarians and independents have been bullied off the board, almost totally.

              The libertarians and independents left because it was made abundantly clear to them by Welch, Gillespie, De Rugy, and pretty much the whole gang that they weren’t really wanted here anymore. This site mainly exists to serve George Soros and Jeff Bezos now. But I’m a fighter, so I’m going to continue fighting all the Weigelian PFL scum around here forever.

              I wonder how many $250,000 “Apollo 7 sponsorships” they’ve managed to sell so far.

              1. Scary.

                1. Not as scary as Dumbfuck Hihnsano responding to one of his sockpuppets with another of his sockpuppets.

            2. Dumbfuck Hihnsano resorting to using one of his sockpuppets.

    3. Al and Tipper Gore were the religious right?

      Oh that’s right, Team Blue and thus get a pass.

      1. “”Al and Tipper Gore were the religious right?”‘

        No one said that.

        And they don’t get a pass for that PMRC crap.

      2. And that we are not looking for legislation bullshit they were claiming when they went in front of congress.

  16. Brazil is closing its borders to refugees from neighboring and crisis-torn Venezuela.

    They hadn’t been sending their best and brightest Maduro voters.

    1. If Mexico collapses, what then, open border fanatics? 30 million refugees in a single year?

      1. More importantly, how will they afford to build our wall?

      2. golf resorts all over North New Old Mexico.

  17. Tyler Joseph Schlosser Spotted Having Sex With Pony in Oklahoma: Cops

    ccording to court documents obtained by Newsweek, a woman and her child recorded Schlosser on video during the incident and gave that recording to police. The woman told police Schlosser “looked like he was having sex with the animal,” according to the affidavit. When he saw the woman recording him, he “stopped what he was doing and started walking towards them,” police said.

    The 29-year-old utility worker told police that his medication caused him to engage in such activity. Further details about what medication Schlosser may have been referring to were not made available. Schlosser’s step-grandfather, James Hester, told Newsweek:

    Well, the only thing we can figure out is someone had drugged him. I think somebody put something in a bottle of pop he had. He got sick after he bought that pop and he just lost it. I spoke to him and he don’t know anything about what happened. He’s feeling better now. He come around. Tyler’s not that kind of guy. He’s a good Christian boy. He’s not the kind of person who would do something like that.

    1. Oh, but the win in that link is the information that bestiality is legal in DC.

      1. It’s called the “Lindsey Graham” law

        1. There’s a Rochin v California exception for sex involving Lindsay Graham.

      2. Sort of. Even lacking an explicit beastiality law, lots of places will prosecute a man that sexualy penetrates an animal under their animal abuse statutes.

        Where it gets difficult to prosecute without beastiality law is when the human is the receptive partner.

        And yes, such a case (dog dicking it’s owner) is why Florida finally for a beastiality law in the last decade. Prosecutors were baffled that they had no law to prosecute the guy with, so the legislature changed the law.

        1. So the statutes are more generous with women, just like most other aspects of law dealing with sexual relations.

          1. Catherine the Great approves.

    2. his medication caused him to engage in such activity. Further details about what medication Schlosser may have been referring to were not made available.

      “Ask *your* doctor about Fukaponi!”

      1. Reason commeters are in top form today.

        Bravo, indeed!

    3. Really? Is “sex with animals” listed as a potential side effect of any prescription drug, ever?

      1. It is now.

        Sincerely,

        Bob Smith, General Counsel, Amgen Inc.

    4. If that pony didn’t want to get fucked perhaps it shouldn’t have had such a beautiful mane.

      1. It’s not like it ever said “nay”

    5. So Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards was a documentary after all?

  18. Bray’s most recent fable came in May 2017, as John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight was asking viewers to flood FCC comments with support for “net neutrality” legislation…

    I mean, that wasn’t even during the Game of Thrones season. HBO didn’t have that many viewers at the time.

  19. Let’s Not Talk About Sex

    A majority of millennials think that lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people face a significant amount of prejudice in America. Most young people?whether gay or straight, gender-conforming or otherwise?think it’s important to protect youth from bullying, and the larger LGBTQ community from discrimination in housing and employment.

    At the same time, millennials are products of the world in which they live, and a surprising number of them say that “the increasing acceptance of homosexuality in our society is causing a deterioration of morality.”

    Us millennials are human garbage.

    1. Seems consistent to me. Millennials are saying it’s important to have a deterioration of our morality.

    2. Well, who isn’t these days?

      1. Feelz Righteous, AKA The SQRLSY One.

    3. I mean I don’t agree but it is annoying when someone who is a bisexual hedonist/libertine claims to be a victim and has the moral high ground. But I’m probably just jealous.

      1. It’s not that hard to be a bisexual if you’re jealous.

        1. It not being that hard during sex might actually be the thing that stops me.

    4. This is a weird poll.
      I think the idea is that they may personally find it immoral, but they also think it’s important to allow for the personal freedom. Millennials largely see freedom of discrimination as part of freedom, and see discrimination as not a right to be protected.

  20. On Monday, Facebook permanently banned the Jones-helmed website Inforwars from the platform, YouTube removed all Inforwars videos, and Apple deleted all Inforwars podcasts from its store.

    A reverse Night of the Long Knives!

    1. Night of the Long Scabbards?

      1. Day of the Short Sheaths.

  21. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!

    Finally a President is willing to stop our involvement in the Middle East

    1. Careful. Sounds like you’re peddling “hate speech”

      1. When I look out at people who hate brown people so much. People that wish to allow them their own culture and allow them to work out their own problems. When I see this, I am ashamed of our nation.

      2. Will I have to start every post with, “At the risk of being banned again by Reason…”??

        1. I thought that only happened to people with wood chippers…

  22. Sex dolls which ‘go all night’ could replace MEN ? as women ‘can’t tell the difference’

    Men face being made redundant in the bedroom if women turn to silicone robots which “do not tire” or suffer from “performance issues”.

    It comes as the world’s first Harmony sex doll owner exclusively revealed the “realism” of romping with the artificially intelligent android to Daily Star Online.

    The male equivalent, dubbed Gabriel, is also programmed with unique conversations and stories to share with partners.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! BAN SEX DOLLS RIGHT NOW! BAN THEM! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Those photos are how women really want their men to dress and look! I CAN’T PULL THIS OFF; MY SCROTE ISN’T THAT HEAVY!!!!

    1. But how long can the sex dolls ignore a honey do list?

      1. The patriarchy is strong with this one, ladies! Listen Fist, girls can do stuff now, and fixing things around the house is included in that stuff. It isn’t the 1950s anymore, Grandpa – we won’t be held down by your kind any longer!

        “In numbers too big to ignore
        And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
        ‘Cause I’ve heard it all before
        And I’ve been down there on the floor
        No one’s ever gonna keep me down again”

        1. All the world is waiting for you, and the magic you can do.
          Make a hawk a dove, stop a war with love, make a liar tell the truth.

          1. +1 magic lasso

      2. A few years after ‘go all night’ has become 20 min. once a week, they’ll still be able to stand on the sex doll to reach the top shelf.

    2. “Sex dolls which ‘go all night right’ could replace MEN ? as women ‘can’t tell the difference'”

      Take that cucks!!!

      1. Incels hardest hit.

    3. In my personal experience, women only need 4-5 minutes to do the deed and then 45 minutes after to cry. I don’t understand this “all night long” business.

      1. Just eat that pussy before you fuck it. It’s not rocket science.

        1. What do you think I was doing for the first 3 minutes?

      2. Perhaps if you were better at “the deed”, they wouldn’t cry so much

    4. you should be more worried about your sex doll leaving you for another sex doll

      1. my line about jealousy-free threesomes was ruined by this scenario

        1. I’m not sure why sex dolls with AI are expected to want to stay with less-than-perfect specimens.

          1. i hadn’t gotten past “jealousy-free threesome” to consider the sensibilities of the bot

          2. Why would you program a program to think beyond it’s job parameters? That seems silly.

            1. Why would you program a program to think beyond it’s job parameters? That seems silly.

              Do you think women really want a sex robot that can go all night or do you think they want a partner that they can control but who can still grow as a person?

    5. Sex dolls which ‘go all night’ could replace MEN ? as women ‘can’t tell the difference’

      If you think the patriarchy sucks now, wait until ‘go all night’ ‘accidentally’ finds it’s way to the top of the list of prime directives.

  23. 1st amendment evangelists whine about private companies choosing to terminate the account of one who has repeatedly violated their terms. But the strangest rationalization is that “FB is a major source of where ppl get info”, as if that exempts them from freedom of association.
    ? Jason Keisling (@jasonkeisling) August 6, 2018

    It wasn’t long ago the Venn diagram of people defending Facebook’s rights now were in the “nationalize Facebook” space.

    1. If the Evangelical-Feminist alliance were able to convince ISPs to scrub the interwebz of porn Reason would be in high dudgeon.

      One’s tolerance for censorship depends strongly on what is being censored.

  24. “Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart. These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it.”

    – Chris Murphy, CT

    1. Wow, isn’t he cloistered? He should check out the real right-wing cesspools like StormFront.

      1. Exactly. The problem isn’t that politicians are looking to censor people. The problem is that they aren’t censoring enough people

        1. Please provide his quote where he suggests that the government censor speech.

          I missed it.

          1. No, you’re right. It’s perfectly fine for elected officials to pressure companies into regulating speech. Except when it’s Trump or any other Republican. Then it’s different

            1. You’re trying to conflate government censorship with editorial discretion.

              Don’t.

              1. Palin’s Buttplug|8.7.18 @ 9:43AM|#

                Religious Right of the 90s? Fundie-Nuts haven’t gone anywhere. They are still trying to censor stuff they don’t like.

                1. Look at you, Jerry Falwell.

            2. It’s the 1%ers doing the censoring. What ever happened to the 99% movement? Shouldn’t they be against this?

              1. It’s the 1%ers doing the censoring. What ever happened to the 99% movement?

                What in the holy hell are you talking about?

    2. AND THEN HILLARY WILL BE PRESIDENT.

    3. “””Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart. “”

      I like the way he plays the victim card. Only we can tear our nation apart and we can choose not to participate.

    4. Any nation that isn’t strong enough to survive Alex Jones isn’t worth keeping together in the first place.

      1. ^^ This

        1. Of course, the same could and should be said about #RussiaMeddling

  25. I like this Pai guy. One of Trump’s best appointments.

    1. Trump appointed John Schnatter?

    2. Would you say he’s pretty fly?

      1. I don’t know if I’d go that far.

    3. Agreed.

      True story: Ajit Pai’s father fondled my junk… yes, I’m being very serious. I consider that to be my own personal 15 minutes of fame.

      1. I want the deets on this encounter!

        1. Well, technically I think the medical terms would be “examined”, “scrotum”, and “meat shaft”. But even though the guy’s a urologist and it was his job, I feel almost like I’m a member of the Pai family now.

          1. Did he do the prostate exam?

            Because that should get you an invite to the family Christmas party for sure.

            1. Damn, why didn’t I think of that before. I guess I’ll call and make another appointment… it probably won’t matter that he’s retired now.

    4. Much better than the other option–Pi. That guy never repeated himself and was totally irrational.

      1. *golfclap*

        On a side note, instructing your computer to calculate the exact value of Pi is a great way to rid it of alien malware.

        1. “Alexa, calculate Pi to 1,000,000 decimal places”

  26. At the risk of being banned again by Reason – I would like to say thank you Reason for not banning me today.

  27. Rand Paul goes to Moscow:

    “MOSCOW?Sen. Rand Paul met with Russian lawmakers Monday and invited them to Washington as part of a growing outreach to the Kremlin, days after a bipartisan group of U.S. senators proposed tightening sanctions against Russia over findings of election interference.

    “Russia shouldn’t be considered our friend, but we have certain shared interests?regarding Syria, terrorism and energy,” said Mr. Paul (R., Ky.) after meeting with lawmakers from the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament.”

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/se…..533570858?

    Working for the best interests of the United States means sometimes dealing with people who are not your friends.

    Seems like something a parent should teach a child. It’s amazing how many grown men and women find the suggestion mystifying.

    Yeah, Rand Paul is acting like a grown-up, here–compared to a world of Democrats (and plenty of Republicans) who are acting like little girls in a snit. It’s too bad that we live in a time where our leaders need to be congratulated for acting like grown-ups, but Rand Paul is absolutely right, here. The United States’ best interests are not served by refusing to speak with Putin until he realizes what he did that made us mad and somehow finds a way to make up for it.

    1. Rand Paul is a terrible woketarian

      1. good for tackling though

    2. Finally! Proof of GOP collusion with the Russians!! They aren’t even hiding it anymore, they’re sending top-level Republican Senators to invite them to collude openly!!!! If Mueller doesn’t arrest Paul and Trump immediately then we know he’s been compromised.

    3. Should we expect to see Rand outreaching in Iran and Venezuela?

      1. Spoiler Alert: Rand Paul opposed leaving the Iran Deal and criticizing President Trump for doing so. Anyone who wants to pretend like Rand wouldn’t be willing to engage in diplomacy with other nations besides Russia exposes themselves of not knowing anything about Rand Paul.

        1. Unlike Amash, Rand doesn’t have to consult his donors before taking an anti-war position.

    4. Nobody said that we shouldn’t negotiate. That happened under Obama and would have happened under Clinton.

      Many people thought offering a “Good deal on sanctions” to a country that annexed part of their neighbor’s territory by force was a bad idea. The fact that it happened at the same time the other country was offering stolen goods seems bad too.

    5. Nobody said that we shouldn’t negotiate. That happened under Obama and would have happened under Clinton.

      Many people thought offering a “Good deal on sanctions” to a country that annexed part of their neighbor’s territory by force was a bad idea. The fact that it happened at the same time the other country was offering stolen goods seems bad too.

  28. GoogTwitBerg: “We’re not targeting certain political viewpoints, we’re simply cracking down on ‘hate’, that’s all”.

    Normal Americans everywhere : “Uhhhh, OK, but isn’t saying things like ‘kill all white men’ kind of hateful?”

    GoogTwitBerg: “La la la WE CAN’T HEAR YOU, la la la…..”

      1. Twickergle

      2. TwitGoogleBerg?

  29. Trump’s tweets about the media are downright dehumanizing. He sounds like he’s trying to strip away our legitimacy and indeed our humanity. He is leading a “hate movement.”

    Not only is Drumpf leading a hate movement against marginalized groups like black and brown bodies attempting to cross our borders, he’s leading a hate movement against journalists. It’s right out of Hitler’s playbook.

    These “fake news!” attacks on the media are totally unacceptable. Do reporters sometimes get things wrong? Of course they do, since they’re only human. However, on those rare occasions when mistakes are made, they are corrected ASAP. It’s ridiculous to suggest that journalists have some kind of partisan agenda. In fact, people go into journalism because they sincerely believe in their mission to hold powerful people accountable and educate the public.

    1. “Who’s the dummy? A guy who puts children in classrooms. Or a guy who puts children in cages” – Lebron James

      And who has class?

  30. Civil asset forfeiture means cops “accuse your stuff of a crime, and you as the owner have to prove that your stuff is innocent.”
    What if it isn’t? Do you want to live with such stuff? How long before it turns on you?

    1. Um, guilty pleasures?

    2. Can the stuff understand the charges against it? Can it willfully obtain counsel?

      Is this the public defenders office? Yes, I’m calling on behalf of some stuff that needs a lawyer. No, the stuff does not have a job or any income. Do you have a car service the stuff can use as it is unable to drive to the courthouse.

      Judge: How do you plea?
      Stuff: Says nothing
      Judge: Oh a wise guy huh?

    3. They’re coming for your sexbot.

  31. I effing love T is asking for world peace, nothing less.

    1. No. It was “world peace” a couple of years ago. Now, it’s literally Hitler literally endangering the Republic.

    2. Mother effing a right – go big or go home.

  32. Facebook has been pitching big banks on “potential offerings it could host for bank customers on Facebook Messenger.”

    Yeah, that is what that article was about ENB. It’s about Facebook making an offer of better advertising to the banks, not Facebook asking the banks to share all of your banking decisions with them.

    I look forward to my future as a serf, but only because fools like you think you won’t be one. And even though I’ll be suffering, the schadenfreude of seeing you all enslaved with the rest of us will make it quite tolerable.

  33. It certainly seems that there’s a widening open space in the market for a social network offering unrestricted free speech to marginalized groups. Get all the “problematic” speakers in one spot and what would be the occasion for anybody to complain? It would be like the people complaining about what goes on in the back room at the strip club – you have to ask them what exactly they were doing in the back room at the strip club that they would be aware of what goes on there.

    And then we would see which of our pols support free speech and which don’t when the inevitable talk about shutting down the hate-mongers starts. The obvious solution to silencing the hate-mongers is to not listen to them and on the internet you actually have to take deliberate steps to hear what they have to say. Nobody’s forcing you to go to sites you find offensive, you chose to go there so fuck off with the squealing about how offensive they are.

    1. Get all the “problematic” speakers in one spot and what would be the occasion for anybody to complain?

      It’s called Gab, and believe me, they complain.

      1. Remember when woketarians were complaining about Cosmo not being stocked at Walmart?

        1. I don’t, but Walmart has a long history of social conservatism so it hardly seems surprising.

    2. I agree and I was thinking the same thing, although it’s probably easier when you’re not addicted to social media.
      Free marketers, put your money where your mouth is. Twitter and FB suck.

  34. It certainly seems that there’s a widening open space in the market for a social network offering unrestricted free speech to marginalized group

    That none exists is your first clue.

    Free speech is a restriction on government, not on people. Learn the constitution and stop yer damn whining.
    You authoritarians demand that somebody else give you a free platform, because Americans have no right to reject you, your lies and and hatred.

    Nobody’s forcing you to go to sites you find offensive,

    Because we won’t allow you to.
    Get the message yet?

    1. Dumbfuck Hihnsano hasn’t gotten the message since that cancer ate the final remnants of his brain.

  35. Stephanie Slade did a good article over at the American. Show it to your friends who say that Libertarianism does not care about the well being of people.

    This will make it easier to enslave them in our corportocracy and enslave their children in our mines.

  36. ANTIFA on FACEBOOK is total cool man!!!

    Violent Communists are totally cool man!!

    Stalin was misunderstood socialist trying to help the peoples!!

    https://www.facebook.com/antifaintl/

  37. The Donald wants WORLD PEACE!
    Or he’ll kick the shit out of you!!!

    The closer he comes to jail, the more he loses it. His needs the comfort of his base. That’s all he has, which was his choice. Hence his massive failures and isolation,which drive him to the “safe space” of fan rallies. Including crashing an candidate rally in Ohio, that he as never invited to. After being thrown under a bus by his wife,his daughter, and his entirely security team. Even Michael Jordan humiliated his “Like Mike.”

    1. Russian Robots brainwashed the peoples on the facebook to vote for trump.

      Putin blackmailed trump with photos of he and Russian trollop.

      And now trump is Putin’s puppet and Putin is president of the USA!!

      1. its true. I totes made my decision to vote trump based on that Russian ad showing jesus armwrestling satan

        1. You’re weird. That ad made me buy a shoe rack.

    2. The Russians spent a fraction of what just Media Matters alone did on ads, but they swung the entire election.

      Who knew that spending just $12 million on trolling and advertising over a few years could nullify the $2.5 billion the DNC and it’s allies spent on advertising and activism.
      Nothing is more effective than cheesy photoshop of Trump gazing at the constitution I guess.

      1. Who knew that spending just $12 million on trolling and advertising over a few years could nullify the $2.5 billion the DNC and it’s allies spent on advertising and activism.

        Not the people who want Citizens United repealed, that’s for sure!

      2. The Russians spent a fraction of what just Media Matters alone did on ads, but they swung the entire election.

        They only needed 39,000 voters.
        And you are clueless on social media. Once they obtained tens of millions of facebook contacts … by fraud .. all the rest is free.

        It’s like me GIVING you 50 million pre-sorted email addresses. You could mail then as often as you needed, free (except for your own servers)

        39,000 voters. Three states combined. Out of how many cast>

        1. Stop crying like a bitch, Dumbfuck Hihnsano.

        2. And yet the huge machinery of the DNC couldn’t figure out that they only need 39,000 voters in a few swing states…

            1. Behold the typical Trump voter … says election returns are known BEFORE the election!!

              1. Sounds more like Clinton votes that knew she would be the winner, and are now blaming the Russians because their outcome was not what they wanted.

                1. LAME. 39,000 votes.

                  1. CORRECTION: 39,000 voters

          1. Behold the typical Trump voter … says election returns are known BEFORE the election!!

        3. I doubt any of the facebook ads led to a single vote being changed.

            1. Prove that is has.

              1. (lol)

                39,000 voters out of 139,000,000 = 0.03% = 3 100ths of 1 %
                If barraging 50 million Facebook users did not change 0.03% of all votes, then you must be smarter than every advertiser and agency for the past 100 years.
                Or a Trump voter.

                9.5% of popular vote voted against both candidates
                22% of Trump’s vote was anti-Hillary, NOT for him,, a record high. So Bernie would have beat him

                .

                1. Funny you think that’s proof.

                  1. Correct. Not proof.
                    Ridicule.

      3. “”The Russians spent a fraction of what just Media Matters alone did on ads, but they swung the entire election.””

        What I find interesting is that people who believe the facebook ads gave Trump the win are doing so based on the ad hominem fallacy. They think some people are so dumb that a stupid facebook meme would change get them to vote a certain way.

        1. Would get them to vote a certain way.

          Proof reading. What the hell is it?

        2. That’s not what ad hominem means. They weren’t meme’s
          And their 50 million Facebook contacts were only part of what they did.

          1. Appeal to personal attack, No?

            A contact does nothing. What was done to convince people to vote for Trump specifically?

            1. Didn’t know what meme and ad hominem means.
              Now doesn’t know what contacts means.
              Still ignores all the other things Russia did, like Wikileaks, plus Comey

              39,000 voters out of 139,000,000 = 0.03% = 3 100ths of 1 %

              9.5% of popular vote voted against both candidates
              22% of Trump’s vote was anti-Hillary, NOT for him,, a record high. So Bernie would have beat him.

              1. You’re decent at personal attacks but you still have said what exactly convinced people to vote for Trump.

                1. Read again my second and third line.

                  It’s not an attack, so more proof that you don’t know what an ad hominem means. Or a meme. Or contacts. And (hysterically) refuse to grasp multiple contacts to 50 million Facebook users. To sway 0.03% of the vote.

                  Repeat: You now more than all the advertisers and agencies for the past 100 years, that advertising has NO impact at all.

  38. A man who opened fire at a Florida park Saturday was thwarted with a shot from an armed bystander in the crowd.

    Thanks for mentioning this type of story.

    Many of these CCW crime prevention stories are not popular with mainstream media because it provides direct evidence that more law-abiding citizens with guns means greater chance of stopping criminal shooters trying to hurt as many people as possible.

  39. So, last night as we discussed the facebook et. al. bannings, several folks here opined that including Alex Jones was a smoke screen to cover their ban of a list of right-wing groups and personalities. It sounded a little conspiracy theory – ish. Kinda nutty.

    Then this morning I turn on the news and ….. they are only discussing Alex Jones. They play his nutty conspiracy theory stuff and opine that he deserved to be banned… because he’s nutty. And he offended the parents of dead children. DId we mention that they were dead? And children? Well they were. And he offended their parents. And he’s nutty.

    That was the coverage. No mention of any other bans. Just that he violated their terms of service and they finally moved to enforce them.

    1. Then I come to Reason, thinking that there will be a different take. Nope. Alex Jones is the story, the whole story and nothing but the story. No interesting angles. Nothing about collusion among all of the major internet players. Nothing about an ideological bent to the whole thing….. I mean, if there’s only one case, how could you show a pattern? So let’s not look at any of the other cases.

      I’m a bit surprised. We libertarians have a strong contrarian streak. And sure, Jones is a nut-burger and adds little of import to the discourse. But this exists in a larger context, where a political movement is pushing on every front to shut down any speech that opposes them. It seems to me that there’s got to be some nutty free speech advocate at Reason who is willing to take on this cabal of tech leaders and DNC operatives who are moving to ensure ideological conformity, if only in print form.

      1. It seems to me that there’s got to be some nutty free speech advocate at Reason who is willing to take on this cabal of tech leaders and DNC operatives who are moving to ensure ideological conformity, if only in print form.

        Dude, where do you think you are?

      2. where a political movement is pushing on every front to shut down any speech that opposes them.

        There are two such movements, one on the right, the other on the left. No libertarian takes either side (on suppression). But fake libertarians do.

        who are moving to ensure ideological conformity,

        Left and right.
        You forgot to say proggie. Benghazi and MAGA.

  40. John Oliver wouldn’t be so bad if he were at least funny, but he can’t even be that. So now he’s just wrong AND unfunny.

    1. NOBODY is funny in the opposing tribe. Because loyalty.
      “But they can be as self-righteous as me!”

  41. Wowee that’s a lot of tweets.

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