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Ferguson grand jury declines to indict Officer Darren Wilson

Darren Wilson

Looks like Officer Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police office who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man this past August, will not be standing trial. The Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict Wilson.

I’m shocked I tell you, shocked!

Not really. This is the United States of America. When a police officer decides to kill someone in this country, they usually always get away with it.

Not that I believe Michael Brown was a wonderful person. He had just robbed a convenience store and shoved the store clerk who attempted to stop him.

That doesn’t mean he deserved to be shot dead in the street.

Why did Wilson shoot 12 rounds at Brown? We will never really know. Not really. Wilson didn’t shoot Brown with a stun gun because he wasn’t carrying one. He told the grand jury that he elected not to carry one. “It is not the most comfortable thing. They are very large. I don’t have a lot of room in the front for it to be positioned,” he testified under oath to the grand jury.

Not the most comfortable thing? Really?

Michael Brown was a big man. He stood six-foot-four and weighed 290 pounds. Darren Wilson testified that he was “just shy” of 6-feet-four-inches tall and weighed “210-ish” pounds. Although Brown had around 80 pounds on Wilson, they were around the same height. Wilson told the grand jury that when he grabbed Brown, he felt like a 5-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan. He testified, “That’s just how big he felt and how small I felt just from grasping his arm.”

Just because someone makes you feel like a five-year-old, doesn’t mean you have to right to kill them. Unless of course, you’re a cop who doesn’t like to carry a stun gun because it’s too uncomfortable.

This whole case illustrates what’s wrong with turning our country into a police state. We have way too many cops. We have people being cops who shouldn’t be cops. Sorry, but with all of your training and experience, and you feel like a five-year-old when attempting to detain and unarmed man, you shouldn’t be a cop.

You’re clearly not cut out for it.

Will the IGDA #GamerGate Twitter blacklist turn into an employment blacklist?


It looks like some people have been thinking about how to turn the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Twitter blacklist into an employment blacklist. Here’s a tweet posted by Matt Schnee, an employee of Blizzard Entertainment, makers of World of WarCraft and other awesome video games:

This tweet was followed by two tweets from Randi Harper, the programer who concocted the code that is the basis of the IGDA Twitter blacklist:

GamerGate isn’t a hate group. It’s not even a group. You don’t join GamerGate. You’re not admitted into GamerGate. It’s a leaderless consumer revolt against unethical game journalism. That’s it.

It’s worth pointing out that Matt Schnee has apologized for floating such a terrible idea about denying people employment because of their beliefs, but as they say, the genie is out of the bottle. He’s even changed his Twitter profile name to “Terrible Ideas!” instead of his actual name. On the other hand, he hasn’t deleted the original tweet, so you can read into that what you will.

The ironic thing is that if Matt Schnee ever gets his wish and the IGDA Twitter blacklist ever gets converted into a document to bar people from employment, “like a credit report or criminal background check…“, the people on the list would find themselves in a very similar situation to Randi Harper. She has a criminal background. Her arrest record, as well as her mugshot, can be seen on a public arrest records website.

Randi Harper is also making money from the IGDA Twitter blacklist. She has a donation page on Patreon, and currently, she’s getting over $54 a month from people donating to her because of this blacklist. Or maybe because she has blue hair. Who knows why people donate money.

Needless to say, I will not be donating any money to Randi Harper. If it was up to her, I wouldn’t be allowed to have a job, simply because of the people I follow on Twitter.

Chris Kluwe supports guilt by association


Former NFL punter and pretend moral crusader Chris Kluwe took to Twitter yesterday to defend the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) blacklist. The blacklist that misidentifies, according to the IGDA, the “worst offenders” on Twitter. I appear on that blacklist along with 10,444 other Twitter users, not because I have ever harassed anyone, but because I follow four people on Twitter that have been placed on a master blacklist of supposed Twitter harassers, even though there’s no evidence the eight people on this master blacklist have ever harassed anyone, even when applying the IGDA’s own narrow definition as to what constitutes harassment. In reality, people appear on the IGDA master blacklist not because they have harassed anyone, but because they’re strong advocates of GamerGate, the leaderless consumer revolt against unethical game journalism.

This is what Chris Kluwe tweeted yesterday:

Barometer of political stances? Should people be blacklisted because of their political stances? It sounds like Kluwe is advocating guilt by association. It sounds like something Senator Joseph McCarthy would tweet if he were alive today and he used Twitter.

Something tells me McCarthy would be more of a Instagram man, but that’s neither here nor there.

To apply Kluwe’s logic, we can assume that Kluwe’s over 205,000 Twitter followers joke about child rape, fail to report statutory rape when they learn about it, and are incapable of kicking a football to the left.

It’s no secret that Chris Kluwe has a problem with GamerGate. Then again, considering that GamerGate is against unethical journalism, it shouldn’t be any surprise. One of the most unethical journalistic organizations on the Internet is Gawker Media, founded by Nick Denton. Gawker Media runs eight different websites, including gaming website Kotaku and sports centric website Dead Spin. Kotaku is one of the reasons GamerGate exists. Kluwe fancies himself a writer of words and has a relationship with Dead Spin. He’s written more than a few articles for the website, undoubtedly garnering lots of clicks and unique visits.

Gawker Media loves those clicks and unique visits.

The IGDA blacklist includes Roberto Rosario, the IGDA chairman of Puerto Rico

IGDF blacklist

Software developer Roberto Rosario is the chairman of International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Puerto Rico. He’s also included in the 10,425 person IGDF Twitter blacklist. I’m on it, even though I’ve never harassed anyone. Roberto Rosario tweeted the following:

Randi Harper, the programmer who created the program that misidentified people as the “worst harassers” on Twitter, responded to Roberto Rosario’s complaint:

Evidently if you follow more than one (1) of the following Twitter accounts, you will end up on this blacklist:

I had the audacity to follow four of the above eight people. Contrary to what Randi Harper states on Twitter, none of the eight people included on the master blacklist have harassed women or anyone else. They haven’t sent death threats. They haven’t doxed anyone. They haven’t threatened to rape anyone. What constitutes harassment these days, not agreeing with someone?

If Randi Harper has any evidence that these eight people have threatened or criminally harassed anyone, then she should be contacting law enforcement, not coding an algorithm that wrongly identifies thousands of people as harassers. Before the IGDA links to a tool that identifies people as harassers, it needs to make sure people aren’t being misidentified. People like Roberto Rosario. People like me.

My name appears on a ‘worst offenders’ blacklist linked to by the IGDA


The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has published a resource on its website dealing with online harassment. Included is a link to a third-party tool using Twitter’s API that allows someone to quickly mass block some of the worst offenders, or more accurately, people the IGDA has deemed to be the worst at offending people. Though I’ve been on Twitter for seven years, I don’t think I’ve ever blocked anyone, nor have I ever harassed anyone.

Currently there are 10,425 people on this “worst offenders” blacklist. I’m one of them. I scrolled through the blacklist and I’m included on page seven.

So how did this happen? Someone by the name of Randi Harper created a #GamerGate master blacklist containing eight Twitter accounts. Evidently if you follow too many of these #GamerGate blacklisted accounts, your name appears on the worst offenders blacklist linked to by the IGDA. The eight Twitter users are:

gamergatelogoI follow four of the eight blacklisted Twitter accounts. For that, I’m now blacklisted too. I don’t think I’ve ever been blacklisted. Then again, I’ve never done anything that could be even misconstrued as harassment. I’m just a person who believes there are ethical problems in game journalism.

I challenge anyone to go through my seven-year-old Twitter feed and find one example of where I harassed anyone. If your handy-dandy Twitter tool identifies someone like me as a worst harasser, than your tool is broken and it doesn’t work right.