Reddit, the Jesse Jackson ama, Victoria’s secret firing and the aftermath

If you spend a lot of time on the interwebitudes, you will probably have across the name ‘reddit’ – even if you are not a frequent user of the site.

Personally, I love the place!

And, I freely admit that my blogging time has decreased when my reddit time increases.

If you spend even a little bit of time reading the news, you will probably have heard that reddit has had a little bit of a blow up.  In the figurative sense.  Being the sharing kind of person that I am, I thought I’d get some of the background and links here, in one place, for your convenience, my dear readers.

First thing to remember is that reddit is user-generated content and most of the moderators are volunteers, with a life outside of reddit (if such a thing is possible) and that only a fraction of the people responsible for making reddit the awesome community it has been are actually employees of the company.

Anyone (who registers) can create a post, a comment to a post, or even create a whole channel (called a subreddit).  If you have thought of it, chances are, there is a subreddit for it!

Here are just a few examples from my favourites:

And politics, world news, and so much, much more!

One of the most popular subreddits ever is AMA = Ask Me Anything.  When President Obama went on it, even the robust servers of reddit were overloaded.

This particular subreddit, AMA, had an employee named Victoria Taylor.  A very popular employee, whose job it was to verify that the people answering the AMA were the actual people named, not their assistants or PR flunkies.

And this was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back!

Everyone (the moderators and the redditors, that is) went into full rebel mode, either blacking out subreddits or freezing submissions for a specified symbolic time period or apologizing and stating reasons for why they remained open (this is mostly true for the support groups or the fluffier pages – even such ‘apolitical’ subreddits as WTF (what the fuck – on of my favourites) went dark (marked as ‘private’).

This blowup is popularly called AMAgeddon and is the reason why so many reddit alternatives (including its almost clone, Voat) are down because they just cannot handle the influx of reddit defectors.

And the petition calling for the interim CEO, aka Chairman Pao, to resign got over 160,000 signatures in just a few hours.

Of course there is a lot that lead up to this.

Drip, drip, drip…

Chairman Pao fired a popular dude – just because he got leukemia.  (OK, I lost the link to that twitter feed, but it’s true.  I’m sure if you do a little digging, you can find it.  Sorry – there is now such a glut of info…that Twitter thingy was one of the first things I saw, but now it is drowned out….apologies.)  First, reddit accommodated him, letting him work from his current home, then threatened to fire if he did not relocate to California.  Then, when he agreed to get them a letter from his MD saying it’s OK to relocate, one day later, Chairman Pao called him up and fired him anyways, citing his poor health as a reason.  Even though he had managed to do his job despite the illness just fine…

Drip, drip, drip…

Chairman Pao had made changes, attempting to turn reddit from free speech user generated content into a ‘safe space’.

In case you are not familiar with speech codes, ‘safe spaces’ is the ultra Political Correct speak for non-controvesrial and PC self censored to the point of irrelevance.  Yeah…

Drip, drip, drip…

And this policy started coming into place by trying to completely delete whole subreddits that were deemed ‘not safe spaces’.

Like a subreddit that made fun of fat people.

Now, don’t get me wrong:  I have the figure of a goddess!  A palelolithic fertility goddess, to be exact!

Yet I was deeply offended and seriously angered when I learned that reddit deleted the subreddit that made fun of fat people!  I’m a big girl (really, I am) and I don’t need someone – anyone – to protect me from people making fun of an aspect of what makes me me!  GRRRRRR!!!

So, it is in this atmosphere of people being very unhappy that censorship, politically correct censorship, was ruining reddit that the firing of Victoria Taylor came.

Perhaps even more importantly, in came on the heels of an AMA session with the notorious race hustler, Jesse Jackson, which (rather predictably) turned out to be not very pleasant for the ‘good reverend’.

One of the thing about the reddit community (redditors) is that they are difficult to easily place into any of the current political group.  OK, I am oversimplifying here, obviously, but if I were to describe the generic generalization caricature thingie of most redditors, I would say they are free speechers, socially progressive, strongly individualistic techies.  Live and let live – and say it like it is, without pretentious sillyness.

As in, we tend to live our social live on the internet, where a person’s gender and race are not visible and certainly not a factor in evaluation.  Only one’s opinions and online behaviour (history) are used by others to form opinions about one.

Because all other context is missing.

Striped away.

The internet is the most egalitarian of fora!

And, most of us find ‘speech codes’ to be beyond silly.

Yes, we can be hurtful – but we poke fun at our selves as much as at others.  And because our online presence is crafted to be whatever we choose it to be, we are not afraid to say what we actually think, regardless of our gender, colour, orientation, fat content or anything else!

Which is why the timing of Victoria Taylor’s termination at reddit is so important:  it came on the heels of an AMA session with Jesse Jackson.

An AMA session that, rather predictably, did not go so well for him.  Actually, reading it was really, really hilarious!!!!

Jesse Jackson seems to have complained that his nephew was ‘shut out’ from the opportunities in Silicon Valley because he is black….except that his nephew is a professor at MIT…..because ‘racism’.

It gets betted from there:  from people asking about his illegitimate son (whom he fathered while married) to, well, calling him a racist twat – to recommending he fire his publicist for ever letting him do a reddit AMA!

I highly recommend reading the whole thread – it is hilarious!  I was in pain from laughing!!!

Which, again, highlights the problem:  Jesse Jackson was hoisted on his own petard and raked over the coals for his prejudice, racism and divisiveness.  For profiting by stoking the racial flames rather than being a healer and making our society better.

Very predictable reaction from the reddit core audience.

But, the result was that Victoria, the employee responsible not for the mocking, but for lining up and verifying the guest, was fired by the PS-correct-driving CEO.  Who is trying to impose the hated, nay, reviled, ‘safe spaces’ agenda onto a free speecher, deeply individualistic community.

So, yeah.

Drip, drip, drip!!!

The proverbial bucket overfloweth!!!

Welcome to AMAgeddon!!!

Eric Hoffer – Tyranny of the Intellectuals

Go PORCFEST!!!

I’m very keen on this:

Wilders blames sabotage for failure to broadcast Mohammed cartoons

From Vlad Tepes:

Showing that the Netherlands, like most of Europe and Canada, are at least partly under the sharia and moving more that direction and away from our own cultural and constitutionally mandated laws where they conflict with islamic values.

H/T WTD

Wilders blames sabotage for failure to broadcast Mohammed cartoons

The national public broadcasting company NPO is investigating why a party political broadcast by the PVV showing anti-Mohammed drawings was not transmitted as planned. PVV leader Geert Wilders pledged to show the drawings during the broadcast but instead an old item was aired instead. Wilders has accused the public broadcaster of sabotage and has now placed the item featuring the cartoons, which is 2.45 minutes long, on YouTube. The video is due to be broadcast twice more later this month
So, what is it you are not allowed to see?
This:
(Ok – I tried embedding….but it seems to not work – again – and all my formatting after the attempt seems ‘gone’ – my apologies!)
And why exactly are you not allowed to see it?
Because over the last decade, the world Islamist movement had, doing something called ‘dawa‘ (usually translated as ‘proselytizing, but meaning much, much more…because if you are ‘invited’ to join Islam and you don’t, you are no longer ‘innocent’ and, under Sharia, it is lawful to kill you), has already successfully conditioned the World to believe that depicting their prophet Muhammed is an unbreakable taboo and that if it is broken, Muslims worldwide will resort to violence.
This is no co-incidence:  to the contrary.  This is directly from Sharia, Islamic jurisprudence.  The aim of it is to condition unbelievers to put Islamic laws above their own national laws, Islamic customs above their customs, Islamic dogma above their own dogma – one tiny step at a time.
The interdiction on depicting Muhammed is just the first step.
But, it gets worse…
During the ‘Holy Land’ trial in the US (when US-based Islamic charities were convicted in funding terrorism), Islamist ‘guide’ books were found which described in detail their plan to, yes, just like The Brain, ‘take over the world!’.
In this plan, there was this 10 year period of dawa.  And, they have succeeded.
Geert Wilders’ attempt to show the Muhammed cartoons was sabotaged.
My permit to hold a Draw Muhammed Day ‘equal opportunity blasphemy’ event was denied.  OK, perhaps I had picked an inflammatory day to hold it, but, yesterday, I was told that on no day in the near future (at least 3 months) would this be permitted, because they could not secure the venue during the event, after it and my own safety afterwards.
The kicker is that these next 3 months are the safest time to hold such an event.
You see, my dear readers, after this summer, the dawa stage of the Islamist plans will be over and they plan to move to more violent means to achieve Sharia on all the world…
No, the world will not go up in flames all at once – but the violent incidents will increase, including in The West, in both frequency and tenacity.
Sad, but true…

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Frankly, when the UN continued to fund Gaza even though it became ruled by Hamas, it became an accessory to terrorism.

‘Drawing Muhammed’ acknowledges acceptance of Islam into Western culture

This post is dedicated to all those who say:

“I believe in freedom of speech, but drawing Muhammed is a provocation, Islamophobia and hate speech!”

Or something along those lines.

And I answer you that nothing could be further from the truth!!!

When the original Danish Cartoon controversy erupted into worldwide violence, my son had a classmate, Abdulahee, whom he was very good friends with.  Abdi’s dad used to be a Math teacher before immigrating to Canada from Africa and their mutual love of Math led them into a great friendship.

As parents dropping off and picking up kids in the lower grades of school often get to know each other and chat together, I got to know Abdi’s parents:  his mom was shy, and would only return greetings and a smile, but his dad was more open and the two of us would often chat about the weather and such.

As an immigrant myself a few decades earlier, I was curious how the ‘new immigrant’ experience had changed since my days and so I would ask him and our conversation taught me some interesting things.  At times, we even discussed politics…

It was at the time that the violent reaction against the cartoons was at its highest that, while offering Abdi’s dad a ride home after we had dropped off our little ones at school, I asked him what he thought…

Yes, my dear readers, many have pointed out to me that asking a newly arrived Muslim immigrant his opinion on the cartoons and the violent reaction to them in the Muslim world was not politically correct and that I might have been ‘putting him on the spot’, so to speak.  Rest assured, I asked as politely as my little Aspie self was capable of and assured him he did not have to comment if he were uncomfortable.

Which he was not.

He thought the cartoons were totally horrible and should not have been published and that death was an appropriate punishment for the cartoonists and the publishers.

OK, I asked – and was told.

By this point, we had arrived near his house, but he seemed very reluctant to leave the conversation at this.  So, we sat in a parked car in front of his house and, for the next half-hour to an hour, we talked.  And talked.  And talked…about the cartoons, the reaction, and all that…

Because I knew this was an intelligent and educated man and I was truly interested in learning why he thought political cartoons were sufficient justification for killing someone, and he was open to explaining his reasoning to me, I sat, and listened, learned and, at times, asked questions.

This issue was front and centre in the Muslim community he was a part of and they discussed it a lot among themselves.  And the anger and bitterness were not faked:  they were truly felt.

Why?

Because their religious leaders explained to them that this action was a direct attack on the Muslim family, an act of intolerance and racism.  Islamophobia!

“You guys would not do this with an image of Jesus, so why do you think that you can do it to our prophet and get away with it?  If they did this about the Christian God, they’d be in jail or dead!”  he explained animatedly to me…

Well, you can see where this is heading, my dear readers.  With a smile of surprise on my face I asked why ever would he think this?

It seems that he was assured by his religious and community leaders that this is absolutely so!

At this point, I took the opportunity to tell Abdi’s dad about ‘Piss Christ’ and ‘Elephant Dung Madonna’.

He was incredulous.

So, I walked him through (in my limited manner) some of the reasons behind the reformation and enlightenment and how criticizing -nay, ridiculing, parodizing and blaspheming – political and religious figures in our society is the cornerstone of our culture and the root of our tolerance.

Yes, tolerance.

Because if nothing is so sacred that it cannot be lampooned and parodied, then nothing can be so powerful enough in our society as to force everyone to officially respect it, even if it is contrary to their own belief system.

If everyone can make fun of Christ, then nobody can force a non-Christian to bow to him as a God.

If everyone can make fun of a Guru, then nobody but his followers need to act as if he’s more than any other man and bow to him in respect.

If everyone can make fun of our politicians and famous people, then nobody gets pun in jail for telling political jokes – but, more importantly, nobody gets put in jail for pointing out when said politician brakes the laws.  It keeps them ‘human’ and not above the rest of us.

It is not a perfect mechanism, but it is the best one we have!

After his first incredulity, Abdi’s father started thinking.

And then he asked:  “So, when they make fun of Muhammed, it means he has become an important figure in your culture?”

EXACTLY!!!

It is precisely because Islam has become a part of our cultural tapestry that Muhammed has become an influential political figure in our culture, along side of Jesus and others.

And yes – apart from being a religious figure, Jesus Christ is also a political figure.  And now, since Islam has become a part of our cultural tapestry, so is Muhammed!

In a very real sense, criticism of Islam in general and Muhammed in particular, and drawing cartoons/caricatures of him, is far from ‘rejection of Islam’ or ‘Islamophobia':  rather, it is the tacit acknowledgement that Islam is now part of our culture and that its leading figures – religious, political or cultural – are being treated equally to leading religious, political and cultural figures in the rest of our society.

Even at the height of the violent times, a reasonable Muslim grasped that drawing Muhammed was a symbol of acceptance, not rejection, of Muslims into our midst.  I just hope others can be as open minded!

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