I’ve written a lot about Rabble.ca the past few months. They came on my radar after (twice) publishing slanderous lies about me. Both times they took-down the attacks, but they refused to publish retractions. We’ve seen Rabble.ca publish a lot of bullshit since I’ve started following them, like Ethan “80,000” Cox misrepresenting the amount of people at a Quebec student march or Krystalline Kraus desperately trying to label the G20 vandals as ‘political prisoners’.
Rabble is often a laugh a minute- and, this week was no exception. Their article Trolls and the spaces created by trolling is a laugh riot. How could such a serious story become a laugh riot- well, this is Rabble of course, and they are often prone to making wild exaggerations. This story’s exaggerations are, as usual, embarrassingly shameless. But, hey, that’s why we love Rabble, isn’t it?
Why was this article so darned funny? Well, it mostly comes down to this one paragraph. There’s a lot to digest here- so, let me break it down into two parts. First, there’s a statement that there’s no lefty equivalent of the extreme online hatred that comes from the Right:
“The extreme hatred spewed from the Right online (and I keep referring to “the Right” because I simply cannot think of anything equivalent that comes from the “left”) normalizes and entrenches extreme discourse.”
If this isn’t the most outrageous example of someone drinking too much Rabble flavoured Kool-Aid, I don’t know what is. I mean, really, is she freaking kidding me? And, don’t they have editors at Rabble? Or, are reality checks not part of the editorial policy? (I acknowledge that last one is a silly question, lol)
I can tell you from experience that the Left can be every bit as mean-spirited, crass, and dishonest as people on the right. If you want to find real-life examples, Rabble is probably the best place to look. I’ve spoken with eight other people who’ve been attacked by Rabble- there’s a long history of it there.
The writer later goes-on to ask a simple, yet provocative, statement:
What’s the equivalent to someone responding to something I post with “You’re a stupid cnut [sic]”?
I’ll get to the answer for that question in a moment. First, let me share a Rabble.ca podcast about your’s truly. It’s by Dan Kellar- one of incarcerated G20 criminal Alex Hundert’s comrades at the violent anarchist group called [email protected] I’d never heard of Kellar before this show came out- it’s the perfect example of that ‘extreme hatred’ that Rabble’s Nora Loreto says doesn’t have an equivalent on the left:
Wow, did you catch all of that? According to Rabble, I’m a racist, misogynist, who “continually uses threats from his imposing stature”. Anyone who knows me giggles when they listen Rabble/Kellar’s crap here. And, the whole reason this show was made about me was because I was insistent on keeping Occupy Vancouver non-violent- the only time I took advantage of my ‘imposing stature’ at Occupy was to help carry boxes of vegetables into the food tent.
Now, let’s go back to Loreto’s statement about “stupid cnut” statements. What’s their equivalent in the radical old-left? What do they do that’s equally distasteful and damaging? Can you take a guess?
How about when radicals misuse labels like “misogynist”, “racist”, or whatever other “ist’s” they can come up with? We’ve seen this happen time & time again with Rabble and their peers. From their perspective, it’s quite a powerful weapon- after all, nobody likes to be associated with someone who has an “ism” problem. All it takes is a union-style ‘whisper campaign’ to get things started and it snowballs on its own.
The problem is, as I’ve explained in previous articles, the radical’s use of “ism” smears is having a tragic, yet totally expected, consequence. We all know what it is, our mom’s taught us when they read us Aesop’s fable of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Each time Rabble, or one of their associates, makes a false claim about an “ism”, they soften the blow of the accusation. It has happened so often now, that people who do this have started to do some real damage.
Also notice in the recording that Kellar uses Rabble.ca, and CKMS radio (an organization funded by the University of Waterloo Federation of Students) to promote a slanderous website that Alex Hundert made about me. There is an important connection here- let me use some pictures to illustrate:
Notice how all of the birds look alike? Well, there’s a reason for that, they were drawn by Alex Hundert- a man who has received a lot of support from Judy Rebick. In case you didn’t know, Rebick is credited with being the founder and publisher of Rabble.ca.
I first communicated with Judy Rebick back in January. I’d seen that she had spoken against the violence during the G20, so naively thought she was a potential ally in stopping violence at Occupy. The next time was after Krystalline Kraus started lying about me to people at Occupy Toronto.
Unfortunately, Rebick didn’t respond or take any action to help with this problem. Things got worse a couple weeks later when Alex Hundert physically prevented me from going to an Occupy Toronto meeting. During this meeting Khrystaline Krause made a false allegation that I’d written sexually harassing things about her- despite the fact I’d never once communicated with her before. She also lied about my calling her boss at Rabble (I didn’t).
Here’s an interesting fact about Dan Kellar. He was charged with Criminal Defamation in 2011 for an incident related to the G20 where he published information on undercover police officers when there was an existing publication ban.
According to an article Rabble published this week written by incarcerated G20 vandal Mandy Hiscocks, Kellar should be going to court for his defamation hearing soon. Yet despite these charges, Rabble publishes Kellar’s defamation of me six months later.
The question has to be asked- was this simply gross mismanagement by the people in charge of Rabble, or was this an intentional attack on me by them? Does it really matter which one it is though? Either way, Rabble has been involved with much of slander and online trolling about me.
The damage that has been done to my reputation is hard to calculate really. First, it makes it very hard for me to get work- Alex Hundert’s website is still high on the search results when you Google my name. The radio show is still published on [email protected]’s website. The original attack website against me (which Rabble had posted on their website in the past) is still up.
So, when Rabble’s Loreto states that people on the left could never troll anyone as intensely than someone who writes “stupid cnut”, she’s really taking the piss. The left can, and have, shown themselves to have the most vicious, lying, trolls I’ve seen. I know, because I’ve been Rabble’s victim….
Let me leave you with one last example of lefty trolling- it happened to me last week when Rachael Goodine of ACORN Canada sent me this ugly message:
It came to me out of nowhere- the last time I’d communicated with Goodine was months ago, after she took a similar shot at me (and told some big lies while she was at it.) It’s a really messed-up logic when someone trolls people throwing accusations of the same. Even more telling about Goodine’s character is that she has blocked me on Twitter so that I can’t respond.
Typical. But, of course, lefty trolls don’t exist- do they? Oh, you still don’t believe me? Well, let’s ask Justin Trudeau: