Surely the above Elephant is a kind loving creature who only has happy thoughts right? Wrong. Adam Savader, former Gingrich staffer, pictured above as Ellis The Elephant has been indicted of unpleasantries that boil down to sextortion. I will let the venerable Adam Steinbaugh explain it better than I could:
It alleges, essentially, that a New York man — Adam Paul Savader — used a variety of Google Voice numbers to text women under the monicker “John Smith.” ”Smith” told the women that he had nude photos of them (or, in one victim’s case, her mother) and that he would post more online if they did not send more nude photos. He allegedly threatened to send the photos to their family members, sorority sisters, and the Republican National Committee, telling one that everyone in “D.C” would see the nude photos.
Never trust an elephant with stripes on it’s trunk. No word yet on wether he sent pictures back of himself trunkless. This blogger thinks Savader won’t be staffing again, unless Anthony Weiner is looking.
I bought an Ethos water in a rush to get to my geography course, I like to sip water while learning. Now I don’t spend $1.95 on a 23oz water bottle very often, but I rationalized it to myself because Starbucks donates money to get clean water to children in places where sewage and drinking water freely mingle. So at some point during class I read the side of the bottle and was surprised that out of the $1.95 I spent, only 1 nickel makes it way to the children. That’s a measly 2.6% for those of you who don’t want to do the math.
Ethos is bottled by Safeway under their Lucerne brand and distributed by Pepsi. Starbucks basically owns the brand name, which they bought in 2005. While this all boring news, I still thought to myself, couldn’t 3 profitable corporations who peddle their quite expensive charity water donate more than 2.6% of the purchase price?
Maybe they use really good water I said to myself. It turns our however, that they use the same spring water that I can get out of a Safeway brand water bottle for less than half the price and almost twice the volume. Then I thought, well since they are helping kids, maybe they care about the environment too. Maybe their recycled plastic cost more than regular plastic. Again I was disappointed. It turns out, unlike other Pepsi distributed plastic bottled waters, Ethos bottles are virgin plastic.
So let me summarize this all:
- Ethos water is the same water as store brand.
- Unlike other water that Pepsi distributes, it’s bottled in virgin plastic.
- Only 2.6% of your $1.95 goes to the children.
- You can buy twice as much of the same water for half the price.
- I am a sucker and was ripped off by Starbucks.
So if you really want to help the children buy a Safeway water or really any store brand water and donate 50 cents each time to a charity of your choice. You’ll save money, get more money to the charities, drink the same water, and maybe even get a recycled plastic bottle in the process.
It’s about time that we have a sensible man finally stand up to the vileness that is public participation, saying quite simply, “I AM THE SENATOR. YOU ARE THE CITIZEN. YOU NEED TO BE QUIET.” As a blog writer and reader I can personally attest to the sheer barbaric revelry some of our so called citizens participate in when commenting on the internet. People like Jay, a poster at popehat.com who mock Tommy Tucker with his own heroic words by creating these pictures:
I for one stand with the great State Senator Tucker, saying forcefully and loudly that you citizens need to quiet down. Stop commenting on blogs, articles, reddit, etc. Stop making a mockery of the legislative process. We are a nation of laws, laws that you should fear because as they say, “anything can and will be used against you in a court of law.” So to honor the great philosopher of North Carolina, I declare today Tommy Tucker Recognition Day. Commenting will be closed on this post in his honor.
Reading Popehat tonight I came across this article. Apparently eBay seller Med Express Sales thinks that just because Ohio doesn’t have an Anti-Slapp law, that it can blatantly flaunt the legal system, threaten, extort, and generally become a vexatious twat-waffle over an admittedly truthful review.
Luckily Amy Nicholls has the free-speech-guru-attorney Paul Levy of Public Citizen on her side. The fact that good decent people like Mr. Levy exist is a comfort to those who he can help when such legal nonsense happens, however Paul Levy is but one man, and the world is filled with numerous censorious douchebags. Mr. Levy even helped me recently claim a valant victory over the forces of censorship, legal thuggery, and bad behavior. This is why we need a national Anti-Slapp law, to prevent such blatant abuses of the legal system and shoot down expensive lawsuits before people who might not know all their available avenues fold or are forced to incur massive legal fees.
This is especially true when the vexatious twat-waffle, knows for a fact that they have no legal precedent backing up their claims. These sort of thugs dare you to risk financial ruin just to protect your constitutional rights. Mr. Levy writes:
I contacted James Amodio, Med Express’s lawyer, to explain to him the many ways in which his lawsuit is untenable. He readily admitted that, as the complaint admits, everything that the customer had posted in her feedback was true; he did not deny that a statement has to be false to be actionable as defamation; but he just plain didn’t care. To the contrary, he told me that I could come up to Medina, Ohio, and argue whatever I might like, but that the case was going to continue unless the feedback was taken down or changed to positive. And he explained why his client was insisting on this change — he said that it sells exclusively over eBay, where a sufficient level of negative feedback can increase the cost of such sales as well as possibly driving away customers.
Obviously Mr. Amodio is using the new legal tort: Whatever, whatever, I do what I want. Which is a most popular tort these days. However it is just as imaginary as my alter-egos obsession with dinosaurs. Our legal system is many ways is a shambles, patent law is a mess, and companies use lawsuits as business strategies, and those in positions of financial power think they can even use the judiciary or the threat of it’s power to silence us, remove our rights, and terrify us into silence. This cannot be allowed to happen. Luckily good people stand up to these forces every day like Kenneth P. White, Paul Alan Levy, Catherine Gellis, Adam Steinbaugh, and so many others.
Not really, but how else am I supposed to get you to read my post without an interesting title? So this morning I decided to make a movie trailer in iMovie for the first time. It doesn’t go to any particular movie, it goes to an internet saga which I’ve been covering here and there. I have entitled it Revenge Porn 2 – The Revenge of Revenge Porn. Very catchy right? In it I give a brief view of why Craig Brittain is complete filth, and barring any major event, it should be my last post on this scumbag for some time.
I might go ahead and make an actual site to chronicle all of Brittain’s activities and the damning evidence we have on him, however I have other projects that need some work and he is hardly worth my exclusive attention. For now, I leave the subject thoroughly covered and hopefully you will share this story with others.
If revenge porn is something you are interested in stopping, I suggest you go to endrevengeporn.com and sign the petition. Remember that revenge porn isn’t a First Amendment right, it’s an immoral attempt to monetize other people’s images and victimizes the subjects.
Adam Steinbaugh uncovered this post below by Craig Brittain in which he claims he went to Stanford and graduated with “Latin Honors.” Luckily for Brittain lying in the comment section of YouTube isn’t illegal, but making up blatant bullshit is probably still a crap shoot. Chalk it up to another example of the Brittain/Trahan duo’s philosophy of “when confronted with resistance, lie, lie, lie.”
Another great take away from today was Brittain claiming that he was no racist as his YouTube comments would show. However with a little research (google) and no need for luck I found a couple of examples of Brittain’s further disassociation from the truth:
Here we have the denial.
Then we have the truth.
Of course we also have Steam profiles linked to Brittain’s IP address.
Brittain of course will find reasons to act racist but not actually be racist. Probably he will use the usual excuses of youth or misanthropy. Just as Brittain always blames his bad behavior on anything that he thinks will stick. An arrest for evading a police officer and driving away with the officer attached to his car? Panic attack. Blatant, repeated racism? He likes to make people upset. Creating a revenge porn website? He couldn’t find a job. Life must be quite convient for a person who lacks all personal responsibility. It can’t hurt when you have a blind follower who doesn’t even realize he’s being ruined by supporting you.
So as always we are left with Craig Brittain denying any wrong doing and lying through the teeth as he does so. For a man of such small stature he sure contains a lot of bile.
So Chance Trahan, a cohort of Craig Brittain’s is accusing people online of causing him to lose his job. Unfortunately for him the person who decided not to retain his service dropped a sledgehammer on that argument. “He asked to help and after a few emails we realized he was incompetent. Socially as well.” That stings. The acting irrationally part doesn’t really jump out on the highlight reel as a bright spot either. What scum bags need to realize is that whenever they blindly make baseless accusations, good people have a way of uncovering the truth. Often the truth happens to be embarrassing to the villain, happily so in my mind.
Censors aren’t always the people in power, time and time again small people try to quiet others through any means possible. Brittain and Trahan are no different as they displayed recently in the comment section of an article about them. A moderator cleaned it up some, but if you look at the link filled posts of the two schmucks imagine about a hundred more attempting to drown out all conversation. It’s also quite ironic that people who claim to want free and open expression are very much against anyone’s opinion being voiced about them. Of course maybe chastising someone for publishing unwilling victim’s nude pictures is somehow worse than publishing unwilling victim’s nude pictures in Mr. Trahan’s world.
Wether Trahan was a full contributor or minor player in the formation of Craig Brittain’s endeavors, he now sits squarely in his master’s yard. Loyalty is an admirable quality in a dog, however a person must first ask is his loyalty being misused? I do not fault the dog who protects his master with his teeth, if that is what Mr. Trahan wishes to be then as a dog I would not fault him. Men stand up for what is right and against what is wrong, they do not follow blindly but with the full truth of their actions. As a man then, I must despise Mr. Trahan, because the full truth of his support is a disgusting affirmation of Mr. Brittain’s cowardly venture.
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” – Abraham Lincoln. If people would just listen to President Lincoln, they could avoid a lot of embarrassing situations.
Take Christopher Dietz of Dietz Development for instance, he must have been very upset about a review on Yelp so he sued the reviewer and made sure hundreds of thousands of people saw it. It’s one thing to take a licking in private, but it’s entirely another thing for your disgrace to go national news. Already picked up by CNBC, Forbes, Ars Technica, Politico, etc. Dietz has inadvertently triggered what we on the internet call “The Streisand Effect.” The Streisand Effect is named after Barbra Streisand who in the process of trying to get photos of her house off the internet (which had a total of 4 or 5 views beforehand) alerted the general public that those photos were available and suddenly they were viewed millions of times.
Now we have Dietz, who was so unhappy with a review in which Jane Perez said he put her doors on crooked and might have accessed her home inappropriately, that he had to sue her for $750,000. It’s the classic case of a censor trying to make a defendant fold with a sum so large you’d have to be crazy to litigate. What censors don’t realize is that there is another condition other than mental insanity that would make a person fight back, it’s called passion. Passion for what is right, passion for justice, passion for our Constitutional rights. When you pit a person who has served our country in the military (Jane Perez) against a bully and a censor, I know whose side I am going to choose 10 out of 10 times. w
Anyone who uses Yelp knows that you have to take individual bad reviews lightly. Business owners should know that encouraging happy clients to leave positive feedback is the best way to combat negative reviews. Once I left a scathing review of a local business and the manager contacted me personally to assure me the experience was not typical and that if I gave them a second chance I’d see that, which I did, and I promptly updated my review to express my new opinion. What Dietz has effectively done is spread the word about his bad review, not worked to deliver positive impressions to combat the negative, and told all future clients that if they aren’t happy with his work, he’ll just sue them. That is not how you repair your reputation.
Jane Perez now faces an uncertain legal and financial future because she wanted to share her opinion of a contractor on Yelp. Unyielding to the staggering sum she is being sued for, Perez has found legal assistance in the ACLU and Public Citizen with star attorney Paul Levy helping her cause. Even if and when she prevails she can be assured substantial legal costs, for that reason she has setup an Indiegogo fundraiser to help offset these burdens. I have already kicked in, I hope you will to, lets send a message to bullies that our opinions aren’t fodder for their legal escapades. Let’s remind Dietz that sometimes as Lincoln said, it’s best to just roll with the punches.
Lying by telling the truth is an art that seems to be experiencing a renaissance in modern American politics. I could truthfully say that I am undefeated in MMA fighting. What that sentence would leave out is that I fought only amateur fights on private residences against either smaller or out of shape opponents. The one fight I had against someone more athletic and larger than I, I won by submission but at the cost of a broken toe.
The best, most recent example of political use of this strategy is the exchange over the Benghazi attacks between Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney during their debate. President Obama argued that he had called the Benghazi attacks an act of terror saying, “I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened, that this was an act of terror.” When reviewing his quote from the Rose Garden it even sounds accurate, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.” However when reviewing the context of this one sentence it becomes more clear that President Obama is referencing general terror and the 9/11 attacks. (Full Text)
Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks. We mourned with the families who were lost on that day. I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed. And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.
As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it. Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.
No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.
So while many people still tout that as a gotcha example of Romney getting his facts mixed up, both sides can easily argue convincingly their point of view. The President’s point of view is easily argued with narrow quotes of his speech and Romney’s can be argued with the context of this quote. These sort of political tactics are akin to arguments I have with my son which go like this.
Me: What are you doing playing video games, I grounded you.
Son: You grounded me from T.V. not video games.
Me: You’re still using the T.V. to play your games.
Son: But I’m not watching T.V.
My son is evidently a future contract lawyer which I am sure is a tough and rewarding profession. Our leaders on the other hand should not be speaking to the American public as if they are contract lawyer or petulant 8 year old. This is why when reading any source of media including sources I personally trust I always fact check entire answers, quotes, or speeches. I am not saying that media sources are all unreliable, reporters should build their articles on good research, however ultimately your learning is your own duty.
Here is an example of twisting words to frame an argument from a recent blog post at geek/law blog popehat. Ken writes innocuously, “sometimes, in court as in life, the bad guys win.” Which I can distort and argue as this:
In a rare moment of defeatism, Ken argues that the bad guys win sometimes. Under this logic Ken is giving all criminals, evil doers, and pedophiles the green light to commit their crimes because as he says “sometimes, in court as in life, the bad guys win.”
In conclusion, check your sources. Also, I invite you to turn Ken’s quote into something more sinister in my comment section.
Craig Brittain was interview by Bob Garield of “On The Media.” Amazingly he came off even less human than before, which is saying a lot for a guy that victimizes women by taking their pictures, putting them online with their email address or phone numbers, and then demands money from them to take them down. Lets take a look at Craig’s words…
The mainstream media is fueled, ratings-wise, by stories of murder, rape, violence, criminal activity and scandal. By comparison, our website is 100% objective – we post the pictures and the information as-is – we don’t speculate nor degrade nor do we shame anyone who is posted – nor do we make comments on the website – we allow the users to interpret things as they would. One of the reasons our website is so popular is that we do not tell you what to believe.
Craig lets the 10 degenerates who comment on his site any given day to interpret things like a naked woman and her phone number. They let you interpret women under the tag “Herps” which I mean, is totally up to your own interpretation right? He is such a nude revolutionist! He just wants people to be okay with their own and other people’s nude pictures all over the internet. Hell, he’s doing us a favor! He’s a Libertarian who just seeks lassiez-faire nudity right? Or is Craig just a do nothing, unimaginative, fucktard™, who still lives with his parents and can’t even monetize his pathetic porn site without resorting to extortion. Craig you are no a Libertarian, you are a borderline sociopath who is trying to hijack any label that might somehow justify you entitled perceptions to the world.
“Oh the economy is so bad, I have to trick girls into sending me their pics for my extortion porn site.” You live with your parents still, so how is that going for you? The bright lights of moral people are shining upon you, scurry like the cockroach you are. You are pathetic and you’re lucky my child or someone I know didn’t end up on your site. You are also the worse liar in the word, the internet remembers everything, including who was openly registered on domains before you got privacy registrations.
These are my opinions and mine alone. Craig if you want to handle this like men email me.