Today’s blog post is really just a list of people and news items that can just go fuck themselves.
- The asshole LCBO worker who posted this:
Apparently, the woman in the screencap the LCBO employee posted online, was part of a viral video in 2013. In the video she can be seen and heard confronting a group of men’s rights activists (MRAs) at the University of Toronto. MRAs are people who believe feminism has gone too far and that men are the new minority. You’d think they’d be prepared for some opposing viewpoints to be thrown their way, but apparently this particular group (and their followers on the internet) just couldn’t handle a woman with an opinion. According to 680news,
It’s been viewed over 1.2 million times on YouTube, spawning venomous comments like “I hope you die of breast cancer” and “I would love to take a rifle and shoot you dead with it.”
“I was harassed and stalked over the internet,” she says. “I was threatened. They sent me death threats, rape threats.”
The frightening deluge of hatred forced her to cease her feminist activism. She stopped going to protests, seeking solace in obscurity.
But her brief reprieve ended after someone posted a screen grab of a security video to Facebook recently, showing her shopping inside an LCBO store.
She believes it was posted by the LCBO employee who helped her inside the store a few weeks ago.
The post states: “Ladies and gentlemen I present to you … the U of T feminist sensation … I deliberately asked her if she needed help to confirm her voice and my God everything checks out.”
Fuck this loser. I mean, come on. Is your life that boring that you memorize the face/voice of whomever pissed you off on the internet three years ago, what, just for fun? And then to use the private property of your employer (a SECURITY camera nonetheless, a device installed to protect people) to do what, exactly? Humiliate her because she *didn’t* immediately turn into a trained monkey ready to snap somebody’s head off? This whole thing makes no sense to me and I hope this person grows up and realizes they need to butt the fuck out of other peoples’ personal lives.
2. The FBI:
Secret FBI rules allow agents to obtain journalists’ phone records with approval from two internal officials — far less oversight than under normal judicial procedures.
The classified rules, obtained by The Intercept and dating to 2013, govern the FBI’s use of National Security Letters, which allow the bureau to obtain information about journalist’s calls without going to a judge or informing the news organization being targeted. They have previously been released only in heavily redacted form.
Media advocates said that the documents show that the FBI imposes few constraints on itself when it bypasses the requirement to go to court and obtain subpoenas or search warrants before accessing journalists’ information.
The rules stipulate that obtaining a journalist’s records with a National Security Letter (or NSL) requires the sign-off of the FBI’s general counsel and the executive assistant director of the bureau’s National Security Branch, in addition to the regular chain of approval. Generally speaking, there are a variety of FBI officials, including the agents in charge of field offices, who can sign off that an NSL is “relevant” to a national security investigation.
‘Nuff said? Then read the article, you’ll see what I mean. Not only does the FBI currently have the cake-iest of cake-walks when trying to dig up dirt on journalists, but apparently it’s working to make that job even easier. And on top of all that, the reason no one has heard of this since 2013 is that it’s been considered classified information. Something the Reporters Committee For Freedom of the Press, is not too happy about. “Seeing the rules in their un-censored form, Timm, of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, said that the FBI should not have kept them classified.”
So fuck you, FBI, you don’t get to make the rules no matter how much you think that what you do flies under everyone’s radar.
3. Taylor Swift:
Dating is not news. Fuck off and stop clogging up all my feeds. Also, eat something.
4. The Donald (always)
Donald Trump has hit some dire straits when it comes to fundraisin lately. So bad in fact that he has been begging Canadian MPs for some spare change.
A handful of Canadian MPs contacted by the Toronto Star confirmed they have received emails to their public accounts that appear to be fundraising efforts from the U.S. presidential candidate’s campaign.
“Please chip in before midnight tonight,” read emails sent to Star reporter Daniel Dale Thursday from a “teamtrump” email address and another ending in “@mikehuckabee.com.”
Similar notes have apparently been sent to the official email addresses of politicians from Britain, Australia and Iceland, according to a complaint filed Wednesday with the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) that cites media reports.
Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell tweeted about receiving such an email last week.
“Aside from fact I am (Canadian), clearly they don’t follow me on Twitter!” Campbell tweeted on June 21.
The email said it was the first of its kind and the campaign promised to match any funds donated within 48 hours, she said.
Larry Bagnell, Liberal MP for the Yukon, confirmed to the Star his office received what appeared to be a fundraising letter from Trump’s campaign, but it was quickly deleted by his staff.
“I wouldn’t take it seriously. I don’t get involved in the internal politics of other countries,” he said.
Staffers for Alberta Conservative MPs Martin Shields (Bow River) and Arnold Viersen (Peace River-Westlock), as well as Liberal Navdeep Bains (Mississauga-Malton) confirmed emails were received and ignored.
Requests for comment from the Trump campaign were not returned before deadline.
The Campaign Legal Centre, a voters’ rights advocacy group, was one of the groups that filed a complaint with the FEC.
The complainants allege the emails violate the Federal Election Campaign Act’s ban on soliciting election campaign funds from foreign nationals and are asking for an investigation.
“This is clear black-letter law that foreign nationals cannot contribute to U.S. elections and candidates cannot solicit foreign nationals for contributions,” said Brendan M. Fischer, a lawyer with the group.
Fuck off, eh Drumpf! Even Canadians aren’t that nice.