7 Tactics of Highly Effective Harassers: How A Voice for Men’s Internet Hate Machine works

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A Voice for Men mocks the fears of one of its targets of harassment A Voice for Men mocks the fears of one of its targets of harassment

The self-described “Men’s Human Rights” site A Voice for Men is a hate site trying — admittedly not very hard, or convincingly — to pose as a human rights organization. In reality, as I and various other writers have documented in considerable detail, it’s an organizer and amplifier of hatred, directed at feminists and women more generally.

Much of this hatred is directed at specific targets, mostly though not always feminist women who have offended A Voice for Men’s founder Paul Elam. The aim is generally to terrorize feminists into silence.

I’ve written at length about AVFM’s campaigns of vilification and intimidation in the past; for a recent example as well as numerous links to discussions of past examples, see here.

Today I will  look at some of the specific tactics that AVFM uses…

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Fox News Suicide

Wish the person who committed suicide due to the alleged workplace abuse, would have used his documentation in a more productive way.  Having worked at places where this occurs I regret not doing anything about this practice.

Law of Attraction

I’ve read criticisms of the “Law of Attraction” and tend to believe “Law of Attraction” followers are a bunch of right wing white ammosexual backwards idiots who read the buybull.  One of the things they say is always be positive which is the “We live in the best of all possible worlds” Voltaire’s Candide optimism crap antagonistic to the idea that we should question authority and believes that ‘to complain’ is pretty much sacrilege and should be condemned as counterproductive.  Complaining is listening to one’s heart a sort of mental orgasm that should not be blocked otherwise you will make yourself sick and are effectively lying to yourself.  Technically, if someone says “I’m fine” you should move on from them because they are probably lying.  Maybe you should do the exact opposite of what the “Law of Attraction” entails and then you will find the real people, the critics who are looking at things without those rose colored glasses.

Pushed into being social.

I’m rewriting this from a paper journal.

There are questions which shouldn’t bother anyone.

How are you?  How is your family?  What are you doing this weekend? How is your love life?  What do you do for a living?  What are your dreams?

These are questions that are fine for 20 or 30 somethings but if you want to hear a positive answer or something that is upbeat and will make your day and that’s the only choice you are giving to the person who is answering those questions otherwise your answer would be something along the lines of stop feeling sorry for yourself or some other remark based on your lack of experience then there are better questions you can ask that won’t invade someone’s space unnecessarily or cause them to tell you a lie because you know and they know that you can’t fix it.  or, they feel too distant from you, for whatever reason, to believe you have enough in common with them to fix the problem.

What was the last book you read?  If you were an animal what would you be? How’s the weather? What’s for Dinner? What’s the last movie you saw?  What book would you like to read?  What movie would you like to see?

I believe you can always tell someone you like their outfit, makeup, hair.

Right now, I’m actually fairly good, because I’ve come to the conclusion to spend time on myself reading, ideally to write reviews, more time with friends & family, and walking, and writing.

So, I’m thinking of going lo-fi journal with a cloth bound marble notebook in which tools are probably going to be limited to pen.  I don’t have handmade book skills, and I think that it would be a mess to try to kill the binding of a cloth bound notebook and rebind it if necessary.   But the deal is this:  i want to go outside and appreciate nature and learn to draw it (botanical illustration) and because my primary interest is in writing, the lined notebook might interfere with the drawing so I could presumably hack off a page, if necessary, and take an unlined 3×5 and insert a drawing with staples or tape, envelopes. I don’t think the lines of the lined notebook are going to bother me, in fact, I kind of like them because they are very much something that someone in childhood would be doing if they were not paying attention in class.  I never doodled in class except for a stick figure or stick house.  I did doodle long hair.  copying stuff from “Wreck this Journal” or “Listopia” or “Dream Journal”, if I find something that excites.  My theme will be randomness, so there will be no theme, unless some theme emerges that interests me.  I haven’t had success with keeping journals or diaries but this is something that I want to navel gaze and so on all over.  All relevant to other work I might undertake.  I like the concept of doodling.