I’d just like to draw attention to the absurdity of the reactions to Trump making it pretty plain that he intends to sit this one out:
The conspiracy theorists are questioning whether Drumph might have become compromised by the “Deep State” (except for the Qtards who are trying to work out a scenario in which Trump is covertly assisting Assange) while the mainstream media is bitching about the bad orange man distancing himself from the matter entirely.
Imagine if Cheeto Hitler HAD opted to throw his support behind Assange? Then it would be the Dems and the MSM coming up with the conspiracy theories.
My greatest vexation is the “opioid epidemic”. People lack the moral character to take responsibility for their addictions, so they expect the government to step in and relieve them of that responsibility. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are more than happy to oblige for the PR points, which has led to the systemic persecution of doctors who prescribe opioid pain medicines.
The media turns a blind eye to the disgusting tactics being employed because they were largely responsible for manufacturing this “crisis” in the first place. (Hell, they make martyrs of these cretins!)
Nobody gives a shit about the people for whom these drugs (many of which are indeed safe for long-term use) are medically necessary.
But I suppose illness and infirmity are ugly, whereas addiction has become fetishized by pop culture.
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I grew up in a secular household, so I never understood where people were coming from with the religious stuff. And things were pretty bad when I was a kid, as far as people throwing Christianity into your face. About as bad as it is now with Islam, although the crusaders of my childhood were generally non-violent.
Tay and I grew up during America’s last culture war, when people felt threatened by *legitimate* social progress and were trying to impose what essentially amounted to conservative Christian values upon others — even though it wasn’t so simple as religious vs. secular or left vs. right.
Al Gore and his wife — believe it or not — were at the forefront of those who wanted to use government censorship to keep subversive, Satanic ideas from working their way into the minds of young people. The Evangelicals were with him, unsurprisingly. But non-churchgoers and the moderately religious were not.
The same sort of media-driven outrage you see now was going on back then, only they were playing up the divide by stoking outrage over traditional “American” (i.e., conservative) values, even though the media back then was almost as left-wing as it is now.
It was about ratings — for the networks, at least. For the average Joe, it was about religion, and for the politicians, it was about political power. Both the Dems and the GOP wanted to secure their share of thr Evangelical vote, which back then was pretty evenly split.
The crusaders ultimately took it too far. People (especially young people) rebelled — hardcore. The concept of America as a judeo-Christian nation slowly began to die, except in the minds of the Evangelicals.
It’s a common tactic with the Regressive Left. They actually taught us how to “redirect” in a gen ed communications class I took in college. They claimed it was a “debate tactic”.
Only back then there was actually some finesse involved. You look at young leftists these days like this brave womxn and AOC, and it becomes obvious that no one has even bothered to instruct them. They simply ignore inconvenient questions and come out with their prepackaged soundbites.
NPCs at their finest. Which is probably why I am now able to watch this womxn and laugh. A few months ago, that wouldn’t have been the case.
[Tay] can vouch for me on that. He’s been subjected to more of my feminism-is-cancer rants than any of you guys.
Feminism is an ideology that has nothing to do with women’s rights. Womyn are simply convenient tools for these neo-Marxists to achieve their vision of an identity-based caste system of goodthinking minority womyn on top and cis white males — and “gender traitors” — on the bottom.
Celebrities have made feminism seem sexy, and the mainstream media has been sugarcoating the inherent racism and misogyny of it all, but feminism’s worst enablers have been ordinary people who say, “The don’t mean that literally,” and “Not all feminists…”
I am thoroughly convinced that every person with TDS is suffering from some form of unaddressed mental illness, and that said illnesses are only further complicated by exposure to media messages about Drumph.
The mainstream media provides enough of a cop-out to allow them to lay all of their problems on Trump, and a hearty dose of social media — to which they become addicted — is what unleashes the hysteria.
What you’re ultimately left with are thousands of mentally ill people refusing treatment who are easily weaponized by the Democratic party, which was largely responsible for their cultivation via the media to begin with.
Hey, you’re wrong about the NPC meme being right wing, and 4chan had very little to do with it. The 4chan mods HATED it, and almost every NPC-related thread was pruned shortly after its creation.
(They also began censoring the term ‘soy boy’ at this point. But antisemitic and racial slurs are still a go. 👌)
There’ve been people of all different political persuasions involved in the central aspects of it — the memes, the memeing, the LARPS, the RL appearances, the articles, the videos, etc.
The beauty of the NPC meme is that it’s only offensive to the people to whom it applies. It isn’t solely applicable to the Regressive Left, but they’re at the center of the current culture war (pushing the rest of us off into the ‘alt-right’ category), so that’s how it’s being used.
Also, don’t believe a damn thing you hear about the NPC meme from the mainstream media. They‘ve been among our primary targets, which is why they’ve been our greatest detractors.
There were never 10,000 Twitter bots. The retweet-bot idea was discarded 48 hours in because: capchas. There were real people behind these accounts, and the idea was to provide a steady stream of freebased identity politics while promoting awareness of social media censorship.
We never set out to influence an election, and the NoMenMidterm meme (from July) only made a comeback after the mainstream media decided to integrate it into its “voter suppression” narrative.
When they reported that we were giving out a false voting date, we put out word to push THEIR November 7th voting date.
This is what they do. The media brought the racism and antisemitism over to 4chan back in the mid-2000s when they began reporting on non-existent racism and antisemitism. The racists and antisemites swarmed in.
The rise of Anonymous shortly thereafter was the direct result of Greta van Susteren’s sensationalized accounts of a series of mean-spirited adolescent pranks. Actual hackers moved into /b/ and brought with them a political agenda.
The media’s practice of creating its own news is what brought the NPC meme to life in the first place. It had been dead for over two years when some idiot journalist decided to dig it out of the meme graveyard and claim it was being used to “dehumanize” SJWs. The “alt-right trolls” were only too happy to comply.