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Old 05-25-2017, 10:26 AM
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There's something in this world that bugs me to no end, and I keep meaning to vent about. Something that turns the greatest people in the world into assholes at best and homicidal maniacs at worst. This is more meant for me to explain (and perhaps relate) what I think is going through the minds of these individuals, and less meant to remind everyone of what they already know exists in this world.

Shitty drivers.

There's many avenues of that subject to go over, so once again I'll break it down.

How I drive (warning; much bragging in the spoiler):

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I drive like someone who wants to live, which is coincidental as consciously I drive only so that I can get to a destination. I prefer to drive the speed limit, but I'm willing to go faster if the flow of traffic dictates that doing so would be wise. If there's a slower vehicle blocking traffic, that's fine. Life goes on, and I'm fine being a little late for something if it means getting there safely.

Driving isn't that complicated; I either go, stop, or turn. If someone breaks the rules and that inconveniences me, most of the time it's advisable to let them be on their way. Those times where I must intervene for the good of humanity, I pull over and report the unsafe driver to the local police or highway patrol. I acknowledge that my attitude toward someone else's driving doesn't give me the right to risk the lives of other drivers, and I don't know what that unsafe driver has in their vehicle to use as a weapon if they feel threatened by me.

I'm a highly defensive driver who, after 18 years of driving, hasn't been in a single accident.


There are many types of shitty drivers out there. I'll start with the most obvious type, when someone drives in an aggressive manner just to show off.

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So I was at a red light, that was just about to turn green. This intersection is a bit unique. There's another lane to my right, but that lane ends immediately after one proceeds through the intersection causing any traffic in that lane to merge into my lane. I happened to see in my rear-view mirror a white truck -- driven by a "portly" white woman -- barreling down the lane to my right, so I chose to stay put while she rushed through the green light going 80 in a 45. The only thing that really bugged me was that she didn't give me a thank you wave.

I proceeded through the light, and eventually caught up to her as the -- now single lane -- road had traffic that was backed up behind someone who was going the speed limit. We had a solid double yellow line separating our lane and the oncoming lane, and sure enough that same woman in the truck chose to get into the oncoming lane and speed past twelve other cars. The road went over several hills (which any rational human being would have recognized as being blind spots) so I was able to see that fate decided not to put any oncoming traffic in the crazy person's way.

What I imagine was happening there was that often-times people will develop such a grandiose persona while driving, that they'll see other drivers as ants who aren't even worthy of their thanks when they're cooperative. The journey supersedes every other aspect of one's purpose for driving, and cooperation is something that little people do only so that they can be reminded of their uselessness. When you're out and about on foot, you're subject to the judgment of people who had chosen to use their valuable time to better themselves. When they're in their vehicle, they win every battle because -- for one -- their lack of empathy runs so deep that they don't even care if they or the other person gets hurt or killed and -- for two -- they can just move to a different district when bounty hunters start hearing about their unpaid speeding tickets.


So, there are these people out there who like to follow the rules. I applaud that, most of the time. Hell, I've been a part of many conversation circles where the bragging of our driving expertise and adherence to the rules of the road became damn near homoerotic at a certain point. But, if you react with rage to the notion that someone else isn't religiously obeying the rules of the road, that's still shitty driving and that's never justified.

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Left lane blockers, Jesus H Christ I hate these pieces of shit. I've seen them in many ugly forms, but their purpose is always the same. They're upset that someone is driving faster than them, and they draw the conclusion that the other driver is attempting to measure dicks instead of attempting to make an appointment in time.

If lanes are blocked by people going the speed limit, I bear it and drive the speed limit. I don't ride their bumpers and flash my lights and scowl at them. However; I'll admit that I'm annoyed at how they choose to drive.

The most forgivable logic I've seen for this behavior is when someone prefers not to drive in a lane where there's a lot of other traffic. They'd rather be in the wide open fast lane, as opposed to driving the exact same speed in the slow lane with cars visible behind and/or in front of them. I personally feel that if being near other cars causes you to do something unsafe like block a lane of traffic just because there's fewer cars there, you probably shouldn't be driving.

Less forgivable logic, that I've publicly scolded friends of mine for admitting to possess, is that the faster drivers are "breaking the law" and that for their own sake they need to be made to drive slower. That type of vigilantism is pretty fucking stupid in that the left lane isn't solely for driving fast, it's for passing. If traffic is being blocked, then that means that emergency and police vehicles are also at the mercy of their fucked up driving etiquette.

Deliberately driving in a way to obstruct other drivers is a form of definite road rage that is exercised as a means of preventing imagined road rage. The assumption being that someone passes them only to belittle them for driving slower, therefore they have to teach them a lesson in the rules of the road by taking the law into their own hands.

Sometimes people do pass to be assholes, and sometimes they do so in an area where such driving is reckless. If I feel justified in doing so, I report them and go on about my day.


Then there's people who drive fast because they feel that driving is a video game that can only be won by driving like a complete ass.

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Peddle control is something that I take very seriously. When I drive (lookout, more bragging) I pride myself on my ability to pick a speed and go only that speed. If I'm in someone's way, I get out of their way.

If I'm in a hurry on the freeway, I'll be in the fast lane going steadily at 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. I know, I know, shame on me. Now then; even at that excessive amount of speed, people often attempt to show me up by breaking the sound barrier. If I can anticipate them, I get out of their way so they can pass. At that point, now that they can no longer use me as an excuse if they're stopped by a police officer, they slow down. They slow down to a point where they're just pacing me while at my eight o'clock.

These people don't have anywhere to be, they just like driving fast and their logic dictates that if someone is in their lane they have to be riding their bumper. I could be going 50 miles an hour over the speed limit, and they would still try to drive faster than me if they're behind me, or they would drive my exact speed if I'm in the slow lane. Their driving is at the mercy of how I choose to drive, they'd probably lose their fucking minds if there was nobody else on the road to base their driving off of.


Finally; most of us want to be heroes. We want to be the subject of a "Good looking person stops bad driver" headline. If you witness a shitty driver, don't chase them.

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YouTube is overflowing with videos of "INSANE ROAD RAGE CAUGHT ON CAMERA" which is really just videos that have been downloaded (stolen) from other YouTube pages and plastered with a bunch of eye catching graphics. A common trend in these videos is the idea of chasing down, and confronting people who committed acts while driving that were deemed as unsafe.

If someone forces someone else into a situation where they feel threatened, they have a right to defend yourself. It doesn't matter if the bad driver behaved like an ass, and they justifiably upset the other person. If someone reacts in a shitty way to a shitty driver, then they're on the same shitty level.

Most of us are aware, from personal experience doing so, that a lot of drivers travel with weapons. It's a smart thing to do given that emergency services can't always be expected to aid you in certain parts of the country. Therefore, it's not a good idea to confront someone as a means of getting them to admit their earlier driving faux pas.

The belief is apparently that when confronted, the individual will be so embarrassed that they'll apologize and swear never to drive unsafely ever again. Although, getting to the point where both parties can have a conversation with the potential for that outcome involves following the person to their destination. Most people don't want to lead aggressive strangers to places that they frequent.

If the driving of the shitty driver was so shitty that it melted your shitty scale, be a good citizen and report them.


To recap, I'm as annoyed with people who drive like maniacs as I am with people who think that an acceptable reaction is to drive like an even bigger maniac. In my wanderings through YouTube, I've seen comment sections devolve into six month long shit storms of hatred between people guilty of one or a combination of the driving sins I've mentioned above.

Driving involves employing one's better judgment and instincts to make split-second decisions, poor driving habits don't always reflect someone's personal style outside of their vehicle. We'll never cure humanity of its desire to impose its will over others by any means available (in this case, a mobile hunk of metal), but know that you're not alone if you're also annoyed by the types of shitty drivers I've described.
From what you wrote, I can feel you.

Here, it's even worse. Especially in my state. People don't care about dippers or indicators. They care about blowing horns without any reason. Noise Pollution isn't a thing for them. If they commit a mistake, they'll act as if they didn't and you are the defaulter instead of them.

I have dealt with multiple accidents. The worst was me on bed for almost 2 months. Standing on one leg. With a crutches in my hand. Feeling handicapped. Costing my family a bunch of money when we were already economically unstable. Almost going through a surgery if not for a couple of good doctors. Somewhat of hearing loss as well. Why? All because a father couldn't take care of her little daughter. I'm ashamed to even call him a father. If you're a parent and you can't take care of your children that too when you're near the road, I seriously doubt your parenting. And that little daughter of that careless father came in front of my scooter. Since my scooter was in medium speed, I did what I could. I still thank God for saving my life.

And what's worse was the timing. I was at the best phase of my life regarding academics and sports. It was running so smooth and then it happened. Plans were shattered. Mental difficulties that I faced and more importantly my family faced are what I can't even explain in words here.

So accidents are horrible. Physical wounds will be healed sooner or later. Mental wounds, Damn difficult. They crack you up. More than 3 years have gone. I still remember the time. The date. The accident. Whatever happened. Deep wound inside me which hasn't healed yet. I was afraid to even ride scooter after that. But I've fortunately curbed it.

So long story short, people need to learn driving/riding. If you don't learn it, you'll pay for it. And I guarantee you that you'll pay hard and huge. Also, children needn't be just given vehicles without any training by the parent himself or a professional.
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Old 05-26-2017, 07:22 PM
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We're all guilty of being a malicious gossip every now and then, or at least I'd be very comforted by the notion that I'm not the only person who's indulged in such an evil and pathetic activity. You don't just transfer information and taint it like a demented spin doctor, you do all of that to incite negativity in the people who you're attempting to influence. But I've never gone as far as the subject of this rant/complaint.

The mother fucking news media.

Take the dumbest human being you know, and chances are they are at least capable of knowing when they're being insulted in a subtle way. It might not occur to them right away, but eventually they get the sense that you're not their friend. That inkling occurs to me every time I seek information from a media source. With people, I can judge what they say based on my impression of their credibility and double-check their claims. With media sources, I'm being treated like a very "special" member of the family who can't make his own decisions regarding how to make sense of the world around him.

Recently, Greg Gianforte won a special election to be the congressman of the entire state of Montana. If you trust CNN to respect your intelligence, you'll be betrayed with constant reminders that his win is besmirched by his alleged assault of a Guardian reporter named Ben Jacobs. Now, violence is a moral wrong that still occasionally amuses most of us. Ben Jacobs was (for what I can interpret) grabbed by the wrist and pushed to the ground, so naturally reports came out that Greg had "bodyslammed" Ben. This incident occurred near when the votes would be cast for the congressional seat. Greg won (the fight and the congressional seat), and I (with all the power of my ability to perceive as much) believe that voters were encouraged by the incident to vote for him.

Greg was charged with misdemeanor assault due to Ben not sustaining an injury.

The point I'm trying to make is that media sources from either side of the political spectrum treat us like idiots, but the liberal side seems to be doubling down in that they're trying to earn lost congressional seats. In trying to find a credible source that reflects on public opinion of the media, I had to ignore the most popular results as they're more concerned with spinning the data. PBS once again came to the rescue of my patience and sanity by offering a poll that's not laced with resentment:

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Now, obviously we like to associate with sources of which we relate. And, the President of the United States is often the sole polarizing figure that splits us in terms of how we shape our dispositions toward the news. By and large, news sources (even those that overtly support the President) will be more anxious to share information that's negative in that we humans get off on being able to judge things in negative ways. Ordinarily a President will roll with the punches and assume a state of personal dignity by showing no emotion in the rare instances where they directly address a media influenced criticism. Now that the media has a President who punches back by denying access and by publicly shaming individual journalists, they don't know what do.

Trust in the media is low, with me especially, and thus someone reacting with mild violence toward a journalist is something that I'll call wrong in public but silently celebrate in my mind. It's not just a matter of not trusting CNN or FoxNews, it's that their methods have become so extreme in terms of treating me like cattle that it's a bit relieving to see certain members of their militia recognize that trying to bait an emotional response will occasionally earn one.

I'm not a supporter of Donald Trump, at best I'll reflect positively on his seemingly transparent persona. He's not, in any conceivable way, someone who is qualified to be head of state of the world's most powerful nation. Being the President of the United States has, in the minds of those who picked our current President, nothing to do with the consequences of putting him there. I believe that, while there are definitely good reasons to have voted for Donald Trump at the time, putting him in power was a means of forcing the media to take a long hard look at itself.

I personally recall George Stephanopoulos laughing hysterically on ABC News when the notion was brought up that Donald Trump might win the Republican nomination. Well George, Donald is the President of the United States, and you're still just a talking head who got his job because a stuffy executive thought that you could earn him some advertising revenue. Donald did something that you could never accomplish, because Donald Trump is better than you.

Most of us have dealt with the reality that someone who we look down on, accomplished something before we did. The media constantly reminds us of Donald Trump as being a horrible person, where any rational human being would be embarrassed to be associated with him. In effect; the media is feeding us gossip laced with truth, and their tone is overwhelming their message. While I didn't, and would never, vote for Donald Trump, I'm no less annoyed and insulted by how typically liberal sources of information are trying to enrage my senses.

FoxNews has always been a safe space for the Republican party, and there was a time when it was their place to rail against a top executive from an opposing political party. Now it's as if they're uncomfortably coexisting as a member of the media, as they're not shy about reflecting on what they interpret to be an unreasonable response to anything involving The President from another media source. Their stories are the same odd blend of sexy smiling women, gun rights, misdeeds by immigrants and proxy minorities preaching their more extreme opinions of liberal values. For what I can interpret, FoxNews has become very responsible when it comes to reflecting on an occurrence involving The President.

I'm not going to pretend that what I imagine to be the media's use of lowbrow tactics to bait my emotions aren't my own fault. I gravitate toward ideas that empower my sense of self worth, and placing judgement on the media from the comfort of my living room is precisely the type of attitude they're trying to encourage. That the news is fun, even if I hate it, and that spreading "head-on" on my forehead was my own idea. If the news was just pure news, its goal would be to make me into an indifferent observer who only absorbs information for the purpose of feeling more informed in a manner that I'd never use to influence anyone else.

There are limits though, all indulgences have their limits. I would feel so relieved as an avid consumer of information if CNN reflected positively on Donald Trump's presidency, and effectively disowned Hillary Clinton. Perhaps they've already done this many times, and I've been so bent on ridiculing them that I've been blind to it.

I'm sure that I'd be better off if I was proven wrong in everything I've shared in this post, but for the moment I feel that talking heads of every media source needs to dial back their pompous attitudes and let us voters deal with information without having to roll our eyes at their spin and tendency to exaggerate the impact of events.
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Everyone evolves socially. We can tell ourselves things like "This is just the way I am", but we never stop learning and we all have the potential to pick up a new mannerism no matter how set we are in our ways.

Social media has taught me a lot about people, people I thought I knew and thereby considered to be good people. Outside of social media, and sometimes within it, we're wary of certain subjects that would benefit everyone if they were not brought up. Politics, religion and identity are three very vague concepts that can easily make good friends into bitter enemies.

That was a big setup, for my rant on Social Media and how it's taught me to hate a lot of people I thought I knew as friends. There's two big layers to this complaint, so I'll break it down.

The Social Media method of arguing like an asshole:

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Even if someone knows that they're dead wrong in an argument and that they don't have a leg to stand on, they absolutely NEVER admit that they were wrong.

Above all else, they attempt to put you one the defensive. They'll question the validity of your statement and will often ignore your point completely, thus prompting you to defend what you've said and have to further explain your obvious point.

My situation was that someone I've known to be a pretty good friend posted something to the effect of this:

Q: Who was the first Muslim terrorist?

A: Muhammad.


Now, the first thought in my mind after reading that was that I have a lot of friends who are Muslim. I thankfully have never argued with them over social media. They're all wonderful people, and from what I've learned the Prophet Muhammad wasn't a terrorist. I realize that we all have our opinions on Islam, but I hope that anyone reading this would also think that it's a pretty fucked up thing to say to label a religion's messiah as a terrorist.

I posted a reply asking: Which Muhammad?

I admit that I was being a smart ass, but it was the nicest way I could have responded to what he said.

His response (a day and a half later) was something to the effect of: Ali would have terrorized me if I was in the ring with him.

Alright, fine. Now he's being funny. Long story not quite as long, I told eventually told him to go fuck himself and unfriended him. I resorted to that because in his responses he implied that I was stupid for not immediately drawing the conclusion that he was speaking of the Prophet Muhammad, and he kept taking cheap shots in regard to my methods of argument. Now, I've had my moments on these forums, so I know it's not that difficult for some of you to imagine me going off track or losing track completely.

Let me be blunt, this guy is a fucking moron. I throw that term around a lot, but to have him ridiculing me and how I predicated my points was more than I could forgive. We all have those friends, friends who are cool people when they stay in their lane.

This isn't an isolated case. I can't stomach Twitter because most people I run into on Twitter use the exact same method of chipping away at my faith in the human race. If they can't justify what they said, they'll resort to any means to break you down emotionally and permanently derail the argument. People are learning, through the comfort and freedom that social media allows them, to cope with their lack of integrity by trying to bait anyone who disagrees with them into living in their world of shit.


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I prefer to keep friends who are capable of understanding what they don't know, and are capable of conducting their own research if they're told something with a tone of callous certainty.

The new strategy among the shitheads who've matured backwards as a result of social media is to cite an FBI statistic that they claim proves their point. It should be noted that they'll often not state their point, in that outright saying that they hate Black people, immigrants or Muslims would give away the fact that they selected specific pieces of information to mislead on behalf of their hatred. They'll make a vague post, and expect you to connect the dots and join their cause.

It works like this:

Statistic A shows that there's disproportionately more convictions of a demographic regarding crime when compared to White people. Therefore Statistic A will be posted without regard to other statistics.

Statistic B shows that percentages of instances of illegal activity are even among demographics, though convictions are disproportionate. Thus painting a picture that institutionalized discrimination plays a role.

Statistic C shows that, when compared to White people, a demographic is disproportionately more often accosted by police officers in spite of being a minority in the community.

If you weigh more than one statistic regarding an assumption of potential, you see a much bigger picture. I'm seeing people I thought I knew as good people falling for the scheme of having their delusions validated by a cherry picked statistic, and outright admitting that they think that certain demographics are predisposed to commit violent crime. They'd never go there if they were having a conversation outside of social media, social media gives them the confidence to let their inner racist asshole blossom.
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I feel I should explicitly point out that none of these rants are in regard to anyone on the forums.

Something that bugs me to no end is the idea that people can change their attitudes on a whim, and will often deny that such a thing had ever occurred. I have a few extreme examples of this concept, that haunt me more-so because most people I've met deny that they even exist.

The way men behave around each other when an attractive woman is nearby:

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When I was young, I was luckily able to find a group of friends that I related too in terms of our level of maturity. We would often throw parties, and at first we had an open door policy on who could attend as we lived in a very safe area.

We noticed that one thing was constant every-time a fight would break out. The explanation was always "He called me a faggot!" or "I was talking and he cut me off!" or some stupid shit. My friends and I noticed that such banter wouldn't ordinarily start a fight, except that on these occasions there just happened to be an attractive woman involved in the situation. When pressed, the guys would outright deny that they reacted more angrily because they were trying to impress a woman or because they felt more emasculated for being insulted near a woman.

My friends and I decided to stop throwing parties, as the only other option would have been to only allow one gender in the house at one time. It was my friend's house, and a lot of holes were being punched into the walls during the testosterone fueled fracases.

I'm glad that I recognized this phenomenon early in life, because everywhere I go I have seen examples of this. I've seen men who ordinarily act like assholes suddenly become cute because they're talking to an attractive woman. I've been cussed out by male bosses for petty matters (I worked in a gym, and asked if it would be alright if I stepped out to give someone a caliper test which they had requested. My boss flipped out because he felt that the customer should have gone somewhere else, for no fucking reason) in front of attractive female employees. I've accidentally bumped a guy who was with his girlfriend, and spent the next twenty minutes smiling at him while he explained all the different ways he was going to beat the shit out of me (though, no joke, he eventually apologized and we hugged).

We men have reputations, whether they're warranted or honest. We have reputations as potentially good people, and we have reputations as potential sex gods. I think that we men often lean toward the latter, and ask "But how will it get me laid?" too often when considering a decision that may require sacrifice.


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I can't be the only person who's been there. I've known people who just didn't like me, for what I can imagine was only due to having a punchable face. I admit that I've been tempted to form that kind of prejudice against people based on irrelevant factors like where they're from or what music they listen to. It just strikes me as odd when a third party is willing to defend someone who is clearly acting like an asshole, and in effect accuse me of being stupid, insane or a combination of both.

What amazes me the most is that this person can go from reacting with disdain regarding anything I say or do, and then become cute and react with childish glee at any influence from someone else. It's as if the asshole has set a social standard, and they're holding back their rage due to my inability to meet their social standards. Meanwhile, someone who seems very nice and considerate has their full attention and they get along splendidly. When I appeal to the nice person, they tell me that I've misinterpreted meaning and that the asshole in question really isn't at all like how I've perceived them. When I appeal to the asshole, my effort to get their attention is another excuse to play a game where they win if they can no longer contain their contempt for me.

Long after having to deal with that kind of social situation, the asshole will have had a paradigm shift of sorts and will suddenly be an approachable person whom I can have long conversations with. What makes that really interesting for me, is that they're still in denial about who they once were. At best, they'll feign ignorance and claim that they can't remember being an asshole. The other inexplicably nice individual who once validated them will acknowledge that they changed, but they won't acknowledge that they had originally disagreed with me when I called the asshole on their bullshit.

Sometimes all it took to get put on an asshole's permanent shit-list was to be alive. If I see someone being an asshole, especially if they're a friend of mine, I call them out in private. It's taken over a decade for some people to warm up to me, but even then it'd be nice if after doing so they could admit that they used to be pieces of shit.
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The men being extra careful while a beautiful lady comes across is totally true. It's more of an effort to make a good first impression. You know, "First impression is the last impression", I don't agree with it though.

Nowadays, I've seen some girls prefering someone who's loud, manner less and cracks lame under the belt jokes. Can't really say anything on that as it's completely ridiculous. Such behavior is now motivated and that always leads us to bitter consequences.
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Recent events have brought a huge pet peeve of mine to light. When two idiots argue, and they both appeal to you to be a witness unto the bullshit of the other party.

A guy on Reddit, who thankfully has not been named (more on that later), posted a video to a pro-Trump page depicting the CNN logo on Vince McMahon's face during a clip of the Battle of the Billionaires.

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Now, I would have never seen that gif if CNN hadn't put it on blast by posting a headline of "Donald Trump punches CNN in a juvenile tweet". So yeah, CNN was apparently searching high and low for vindication. Donald did catch some flack for retweeting the video, and as usual he ignored it and went on with being the President.

I'd like to point out that Chelsea Clinton posted this on Twitter as a reaction:

July 2, 1776: Continental Congress votes for independence
July 2, 2017: Trump auditions for @WWE

So.... apparently Chelsea Clinton thinks that WrestleMania 23 occurred last Sunday.

CNN apparently decided that what they should do next is track down the person who created the video. I can't think of a good reason for them to do that to be honest. It sucks to be ridiculed online and tormented with criticism from malcontents, but I really don't see that video as being as controversial as CNN made it out to be. It depicts violence against CNN, sort of. I acknowledge that Journalists have to deal with violence and harassment, but I think that CNN is wrong in their implication that the video encourages attacking or harassing its journalists. My impression was that Donald Trump was supposed to look like he was dominating a human representation of CNN in the midst of a pro-wrestling match, which for me doesn't translate to "attack a CNN journalist for thinking different".

CNN apparently contacted the individual, and coerced him into making an apology for making a silly video that slighted CNN. The apology can be read here. My impression; that was the most candid and thoughtful apology I've ever observed, so kudos to HanAssholeSolo for showing some professionalism. However; people understandably became suspicious regarding the sincerity of the apology as it came out that this heartfelt mea culpa may have happened because of arm twisting from CNN.

Last October CNN hired a guy named Andrew Kaczynski to bring his brand of investigative journalism to their offices. While Mr. Kaczynski does have an impressive resume for catching politicians and prominent public figures contradicting themselves or plagiarizing other published works, he gained his reputation while working for Buzzfeed which is well known as the least trusted news source in existence. I'm just saying, CNN should have probably reigned him in a bit during this idiotic meme saga.

Mr. Kaczynski apparently recognized the backlash, and chose to explain himself. His explanation can be read here. Of obvious note is that last line, "CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change". Umm, wow.

CNN has been understandably tap dancing around what was meant by that, their statement regarding that particular line of text can be read here. What ticks me off about that statement is that I think they're attempting to mislead us into believing that when they said that the individual "apologized and deleted his account before ever speaking with our reporter" that the individual just up and deleted his social media presence based on a sudden feeling of guilt. What they apparently meant was that the individual had deleted his account prior to a subsequent phone call to Mr. Kaczynski, which I believe occurred for the sole purpose of verifying that the memes had been deleted and that a sincere apology was written.

What I'd like to ask CNN -- even though I'm sure they would just resort to filibuster -- is: "What happens if this guy up and recants his apology?" My point is; we all have the right to be pieces of shit. We all have the right to release the names of those who offend us online, but I think that it would be really fucked up to do that to someone just for pasting the CNN logo on Vince McMahon's head. I realize that apparently HanAssholeSolo also posted images of CNN reporters with stars of King David around their heads, but he doesn't strike me as your run of the mill social media hate monger. My impression is that CNN did threaten him, that the apology is bullshit as a result, and that what CNN did is petty at best and completely fucked at worst.

It doesn't end there, unfortunately. Alex Jones and his band of mad raving dipshits at Infowars see this as an opportunity to be interesting for a day. Given that CNN didn't side with Alex Jones when he chose to demonize families of dead children, Infowars will pretty much jump on any stupid shit that vaguely mocks CNN. They've been featuring videos that have the CNN logo on characters who get owned in scenes from various movies where Donald Trump's head is pasted onto the heads of the characters who commit the ownage. If you want to look up the videos, feel free. I should warn you that most of them also feature Alex Jones cackling and belching out obnoxious laughter, and listening to that is part of what I'd define as a living hell. The obvious hope is that Donald Trump might tweet one of their vids, and that they'll get more attention than some obscure shmuck named enviousdominous ranting about it on the WrestleZone forum. Good luck with that Infowars.

I'd also like to point out, in spite of what EVERY fucking news media outlet has been reporting, a clothesline IS NOT A FUCKING BODY SLAM!
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Sounds like folks in the media are getting more and more death threats. So while you are not going to hurt anyone over the Trump video, you have some functioning brain cells, many Americans do not (i.e. pizzagate dude, baseball practice shooter, anyone who goes to Infowars).

Victims of cyberbullying best defense is taking away the anonymity of the bullies. At some point the victims have to fight back to slow things down.

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Sounds like folks in the media are getting more and more death threats. So while you are not going to hurt anyone over the Trump video, you have some functioning brain cells, many Americans do not (i.e. pizzagate dude, baseball practice shooter, anyone who goes to Infowars).

Victims of cyberbullying best defense is taking away the anonymity of the bullies. At some point the victims have to fight back to slow things down.

Now leave me alone so I can go tell Y2JRKOSweetChin to kill himself.
NO! You know what GSB? I won't leave you alone. You're too interesting and clever to ignore. You're like a real life Rick Sanchez.

I agree that it sucks to get death threats, and that it's not crazy for someone to do something that might mitigate the desire of a social media lunatic to threaten to kill them.

I don't know that CNN had received death threats as a direct result of the video or -- if they have -- if their reaction did anything to make the lunatics calm down. I'm only about 99.99% sure that CNN got their apology by dangling the threat of revealing the guy's identity over his head, which I think obviously would have resulted in threats made to his life (and if not, would have likely ruined whatever professional reputation he's earned).

While I'll admit that by questioning the validity of the apology, I'm therefore of the opinion that the guy doesn't care one iota if CNN received death threats as a result of the video, I don't think that putting him in a position to fear for his reputation and/or safety was the right thing to do.

I get it if you're just one person who's having his or her head plastered onto Vince's body as a means of depicting you being assaulted by Donald Trump, but this is CNN. I don't think that the video, in either case, would serve to rile up enough hatred to inspire someone to go nutso with a firearm. I think that it was a laugh at CNN's expense, and that CNN figured that they could furrow their brows with fake worry and confuse us into thinking that it was meant to justify violence toward journalists.

Infowars is crossing the line I draw by depicting figures with the CNN logo being murdered, and I'm pretty sure that if HanAssholeSolo was filled with as much hatred he wouldn't have limited his effort to just using a clip from WrestleMania 23. To my knowledge, HanAssholeSolo isn't affiliated with Infowars.
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When I get really really anxious, I tend to write. So I'm gonna' rant about something that frustrates me and probably stuff myself full of fast food immediately afterward. My anxiety is based on the fact that I'm about to fall off the grid for six months, and I'll probably miss my dogs the entire time.

Before I rant, I want to point out something. From the heart; CraveOnline is a great company. I say that as a preface to this rant because I think I speak for everyone when I say that WrestleZone.com doesn't contain obnoxious ads. Looking at the main page now, I only see three ads that aren't for services provided by the staff of WrestleZone.com and two of them are for the same product. Maybe sometimes a big movie will come out and they'll make CraveOnline an offer they can't refuse by having a brief trailer take over the page, but that's rare. I'd also like to point out that the ads on the WrestleZone.com are for actual products or services (appliances and home mortgages), I'll go into why I consider this to be a luxury later.

So yeah, I'm going into a debate territory that's a huge no-no when it comes to posting online. How much I hate online ads. I swear that I know where the line is, and that I won't cross it. This is going to be tough, and I promise that this isn't some effort to garner cheap popularity by barking about a topical issue.

The best way to do business is to earn as much money by spending as little money as you can, even if that means flat out lying to people and providing them with absolutely nothing for their time. There's been a rash of websites springing up that provide articles, that don't cite an author, and require you to click through several pages inundated with ads to read the entire article. The consumer is tricked into clicking the link that leads to the site with low-brow tag lines like "She didn't realize why people started cheering..." or "The trick to losing weight the government doesn't want you to know", the thumbnail for the ad is typically a photoshopped image or a photo with a red arrow and circle focusing on something insignificant. We all know this as click-bait.

Every major news organization's website that I've visited has these ads, that don't provide anything significant except a little bit of revenue for the host website when it's clicked. It pisses me off that distinguished organizations with plenty of revenue to play with are pushing click-bait on every platform they have access to, and that they'll keep doing it because my outrage barely registers on their radar while they're raking in tons of advertising money.

One solution, that I absolutely love and that doesn't affect ads run on WrestleZone.com, is Adblock. I'm not a paid spokesperson for Adblock, and I won't lose any sleep if me talking them up doesn't result in the product being downloaded more. The main reason that I bring up Adblock is because of their reputation online, which among websites that love to lap up their ad revenue isn't very good. Cracked.com went off on click-bait at one time with a fun article that can be read here. It's odd that they critiqued click-bait, in that click-bait is featured at the bottom of the page. Also very odd, is how about three weeks after that article was published they decided to go after Adblock. The article ripping into Adblock can be read here. The title notes that unto them Adblock is becoming yet another "sleazy ad company", which you'd think is a term of endearment considering that this article also has click-bait strewn throughout.

I haven't gotten into the risky territory yet, so brace yourselves. Facebook and Google have gotten into the intrusive ad-game by literally pushing ads onto mobile devices. You may have noticed an ad here or there for a pseudo-pornographic anime girl mobile game or a desperate tv show with the little light blue triangle in the corner.

Facebook runs a company called Ad Choices. If you read the statement by Facebook, notice how you can only "limit" the ads and your options for opting out only involve specific companies. If you don't want any ads at all, you'll likely need to delete the Facebook ap and clear your cache. I personally think that the ability to "choose" your ads is fucking stupid when what you really want is to not have stupid shit forced onto your personal devices.

Google runs a company called AdSense. They offer you the ability to manage the ads you see, so basically it's another company that forces you to see ads but thinks that that's okay because you can choose what ads are forced onto you.

I don't hate ads, I just prefer them to be honest and to be presented in a manner that doesn't intrude too much on my online experience. I'm fine with YouTube ads, because I'm technically being entertained for free. I draw the line when a website attempts to maintain a reputation as a reputable site, and it pushes dishonest ads for funding that wasn't earned by providing any kind of information, or product, or service to the consumer.
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