The title of this one looks like I am going to talk about wildly disjointed subjects, but I am not. The theme that runs through it is that a lot of people get fascinated by headlines and, either forgetting or not knowing history, then go on to think that said headlines actually mean something.
So, the FBI (Famous But Incompetent) taking Apple to court in order to get Apple to unlock the San Bernardino partisans' iPhones. This reminds me of the time during the Second World War wherein Churchill took the manufacturer of the ENIGMA machine to court to get them to unlock the ENIGMA cypher so the Admiralty could pinpoint the U-Boots...oh, wait a second, that is not what happened! What actually happened was that, instead of announcing to the whole damned world that they could not crack ENIGMA, the British government got mathematician Alan Turing (who they later betrayed and had castrated for his homosexuality) to crack ENIGMA for them in complete secrecy. In my last entry, I specified that, thanks to the late and unlamented Frank Church's 1970's do-gooder hearings, Christians-In-Action (the CIA) and Famous But Incompetent (what the NYPD calls the FBI) were castrated into suit-and-tie outfits. As far as Christians In Action is concerned, this is corroborated by Professor Zuckoff's book 13 Hours (on which the filim starring the guy from the extremely bad Steve Carrell fucking abortion that is the US version of Ricky Gervais' The Office is based) which specifically says something to the effect of "by 2012, there were no longer any Jason Bournes in Christians-In-Action, which had subcontracted out its Jason Bourne jobs to Veterans of military special duties units."
Famous But Incompetent's going to court to get into the partisans' iPhone shows that, despite the fact that they happen to have revolvers clipped on to their waistbands, they can only think of procedure and protocol. This is far from a new development. In the immediate aftermath or 9/11, then FBI-Director Robert Muller, a Vietnam Veteran, said in a Cabinet meeting "We are going to gather enough evidence on the terrorists to bring them to court." He was countermanded by his superior, then-AG John Ashcroft (a non-Veteran), who replied "No, We are going to see to it that they can never do something like this again."
Related to this, in the 1990's, Dick Marcinko and/or his then co-author John Weisman (in, I believe, Task Force Blue) said something to the effect that, ever since electronics communication devices (radios and cellphones at that point) had been invented, there was a tacit agreement between the manufacturers and the National Security Agency (whose remit is electronic intelligence or ELINT) that the NSA would plant a tracking/eavesdropping device in every piece of communication hardware. If Marcinko/Weisman are accurate, that means the NSA already has cracked the partisans' iPhone and, in the exact same manner of inter-agency puerile pissing contest turf wars that was actually responsible (as opposed to Oregon militia/boyosphere conspiracy theories) for Ruby Ridge (Marshals versus then-BATF versus Famous But Incompetent) and Waco (then-BATF versus Famous But Incompetent), Famous But Incompetent is engaged in a highly public end-run around No Such Agency to prove to all the world that they are the shiznit. Whenever a partisan attack or another such incident occurs, you see swarms of people clad in blue coats with the bright, often bright-yellow, initials "FBI" and "ATF" (as well as insert your state police/local pd of jurisdiction here) all over the place like they it was a Krispy Kreme giveaway. That is pure product placement to show voters and those in Congress that the alphabet soupers are "doing their jobs." In real life--as in routine life/non-Red Ball-inicdent days--the alphabet soupers are usually indistinguishable in appearance from Wall Street bankers.
I said "if Marcinko/Weisman are accurate." Their novels, the Rogue Warrior series, are sold under the "fiction" category. Marcinko, howeer, insists that the novels are based on his real-life experience from his days of leading Red Cell, a unit of SEALs officially responsible to testing security but unofficially used as a way to bypass the Church Committee and act as a special duties unit. Marcinko is a character. He wrote two good books on leadership, which are applicable to business. However, he is not without controversy. For one thing, if the reader looks at the glossary of his novels (at least the 1990's ones), the reader sees that he has a deep-seated hostility towards Soldier of Fortune magazine. SOF's editor for SEAL affairs, legendary exposer of wannabes Captain Larry Bailey, is not a Marcinko fan either. That being said, Marcinko's co-author John Weisman went to work as a contributing editor for SOF for a bit. People change. Those who think that people are primarily motivated by causes and ideals regard this as a catastrophic "sell-out." Those who, like me, adhere to the realpolitik of Alexander Hamilton, August von Rochau and Otto Graf von Bismarck, know that people are primarily motivated by interests and that, as a result of this, people can mold their ideals and relationships to causes to suit their interests. This is nothing new. Although bits of both are exaggerated for Hollywood dramatic effect, the vastly different, ostensibly conflicting to the point of irreconcilability, portrayals of North American partisan-ranger/unconventional warfare pioneer Robert Rogers in Northwest Passage and in TURN: Washington's Spies are both consistent with the historical record of the actual man. Rogers was a Massachusetts local militia leader who served against the French invaders in the Seven Years War, and then with the British Army during the Revolution. Reviling him gets us nowhere. Understanding the interests that dictated his actions helps us understand human nature as a whole. And Rogers is far from the only person in history to have done this. In 1859, Emperor Franz Josef of Austria and Emperor Napoleon III of France commanded opposing armies at Magenta and Solferino during this phase of the unification of Italy. In 1862, Franz Josef and Napoleon III collaborated in Mexico, Franz Josef sending his brother Maximilian to be Napoleon III's Mexican puppet in violation of the Monroe Doctrine.
This brings me to last week's exchange of slick disses between the Pope and Donald Trump. No, folks, this is not a casus belli/either-or moment between the two men. You see, Donald Trump has long been raising money for the Vatican.
(Trump, at right, pictured with a high-ranking Vatican official, second only to the Pope in the Vatican's outreach ministry, at left, in 1995.)
It is easy to be enraptured by the news of the moment when one is unaware of the background to that news. News today is often delivered in 140 characters. Background takes a hell of a whole lot more than 140 characters, which makes looking into the background quite a chore for those whose stamina is taxed to its limits when presented with something that exceeds 140 characters in length.
That brings me to what I really want to talk about today, which is a case study from the adult industry regarding trolls. I am writing this section to address issues raised in the following stream by Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee and featuring Babbling Brooke:
Let me first clear up a few things about the adult industry.
I am a fan of the adult industry. I have been an end-user of its products since fucking VHS killed off the Grindhouse and the Drive-In. More to the point, military personnel deployed to mudholes overseas are also huge fans of the adult industry and end-users of its products. Playboy--when it had pictures and before it morphed into---whatever the hell it is supposed to be today--was immensely popular among servicemen in Vietnam. Esprit de Corps Editor Scott Raymond Taylor, in his book on the 1999 Kosovo War INAT, also states that soldiers have been particularly fond of adult industry products since such have been in existence. As long as voters are apathetic regarding their politicians deploying their armies out of the country and hemisphere into hobbyist wars, anyone who opposes the adult industry plunges the dagger into the back of those soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors sent to hobbyist wars by voters who could not be bothered.
That being said, as I detailed here, here and, to an extent, here, Eli Cross and Kylie Ireland's Myspace Podcast of the era, "The Kylie Ireland Show," converted me from a mere end-user of adult industry products into an admirer of the people in the adult industry. Here again, are some surviving samples of said podcast:
Mr. Cross and Ms. Ireland show that adult industry people are intensely fascinating and magnetic people--even when they are not doing la bête à deux dos. Here are more recent examples of them doing this
(Warning, Mr. Bumblebee and SSTers if you are reading this. The vid below involves a midget)
Long story short, you can say a lot of things about people in the adult industry. They are also extremely interesting outside of sex scenes. One thing are not--even remotely--is stupid.
Now, for where the 21st-century history of the adult industry can serve as a case study in how to deal with/counter social media/other Intar-Webs trolls, here it goes.
In much of the first decade of the 21st century, there was little to no social media as such. There were, however, adult industry forums that were open to fans, as well as extremely seedy gossip sites run by adult industry rejects and failures. A couple of the worse forums had sections called "the Monkey Cages" which exactly resemble social media of today in that they were places where any yobo could go and make any extremely wild, unsubstantiated allegation about anyone within the industry. Some of the gossip sites had comments sections where any yobo, as well as a never-ending stream of industry washouts/rejects/failures/pariahs could go and make any extremely wild, unsubstantiated allegation about anyone within the industry. Some within the industry knew to stay out of the nonsense, but some of the younger people got entangled in the nonsense and engaged in flame wars that carried onto Myspace and Twitter when these came around.
These highly public gossip site comments section, forum and nascent social media flame wars involving, and often times being between, people within the adult industry exactly resembled social media drama of 2016. Then, three things happened.
2) The 2013 HIV scare, wherein there was an industry-wide moratorium because a couple of performers turned out to pop positive on their tests. (As it was later revealed, the fact that the performer's on-scene, post-positive partner was himself HIV negative while said performer's off-screen significant other was HIV positive proved that the performer in question contracted HIV from personal, and not on-set, sexual activity)
3) The ongoing 2007-2008-induced decline in the entertainment industry in general. When Hollywood big names like Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner, George Clooney, Danny DeVito, Arnold Schwarzenegger and recently-minted double Oscar winner Christoph Waltz are reduced to doing tv commercials, you know that the demand for movies in general is extremely low. The adult industry is basically a niche of the larger entertainment industry.
The previous three events put the adult industry in survival mode since they were facing an existential crisis, the former two heavily bankrolled by Michael Whinestain's AssHoles Foundation. As a result, a good number of people in the industry realised that public pissing matches were bad for business, so they learned to behave themselves, effectively using social media as marketing tools instead of another front in their flame wars. That is why social media/gossip site/forum flame wars concerning and between adult industry persons are nowhere near as common as they were in the last decade. They still happen, as I shall go in detail about below, but they are nowhere near as open as they were in the last decade.
Let me show you some examples from the pre-Measure B, pre-2013 HIV scare Intar-Webs adult industry pissing contests. This is the point where I fully understand Jordan Owen's preference for his music, his art and his video game analysis because dealing with Gail Dines, Sarkeesian/Full McIntosh and Quinn is revoltingly sickening to him since it involves going down into the most wretched sewers of humanity. Since I want to give evidence about what I am talking about, I am going to have to link to gossip sites that I find absolutely revolting, gossip sites which Eli Cross has pointed out, actively sought to destroy the adult industry out of spite and religious fanaticism. I am sickened, but I do want the past--the 2000's history--of the adult industry to help elucidate the nature of the nora-nora that goes on via social media today.
One fucking example: (from 2008)
"Melissa Lauren responds posting the following:
Oh my god…what a fucking drama queen. Her and Chris breaking up had nothing to do with me… he was just tired of her prima donna attitude and bitchiness.
I wont add any further comments, other than this has no place to be on adt.
It is a very childish thing of her to have her friends post this here…
whatever. People need to accept consequences of their own acts before putting the fault on others, cause it’s too fucking easy."
Another fucking example: (from 2007)
"Stefani are you and Monique still friends?
no i don’t talk to anyone anymore. went i left in jan, i pretty much disappeared. it’s kinda hard, it’s nice having some people in the biz to relate to, but then again i’ll take where i am now, no drama, no gossip, i am 100% out of the loop, and it’s amazing i haven’t heard from cassidey in a while, but we were never super close"
I posted the following excerpts from Eli Cross in my previous entry. They are worth repeating. Moreover, the whole of Mr. Cross' blog entries from which they are derived are very much worth reading in their entirety. Mr. Cross is a highly successful director. He also ran AVN for a number of years. These facts made him, in the 2000's, a prime target for the yobos, adult industry washouts/failures/rejects who populated the gossip site comments sections. In other words, Eli Cross has at least a decade of experience dealing with precisely the kind of nora-nora that goes on in social media today.
"An adult party is neutral ground, and even though there were several people there that I dislike — and even more who dislike me — we all had the good manners to simply pretend we didn’t see each other. I didn’t begrudge their presence, and apparently, they didn’t begrudge SexZ Picture’s prexy Bo Kenney’s free booze. This is how it’s done."
"As I mentioned, the majority of Corruption reviews have been extremely positive. We even got a great review from a guy I know has an axe to grind with me personally (still can’t figure that one out). In fact, of the three-dozen or so reviews we’ve gotten, I’m only aware of four that are negative. One is from Den at CAVR who gave the movie his lowest possible rating because he objects to the tone of the content and the stylized nature of the production. One is from Roger Pipe who actually gave the movie a B rating, but wrote a review that reads more like a firm D- (he even mentions it himself, explaining that it sounds much worse than he means it to), so I count that one as negative. The third is from a gossip columnist we’ll call Mary Sunshine who I completely discount because he has definite axes to grind with several of the principals.[...]
"As for Mary Sunshine, that doesn’t bother me because I have absolutely no regard for him as a person, and no respect for his integrity. It would be like getting offended by a review written by a Rhesus monkey."
Regarding another troll/gossip site runner: (if you only read one of Mr. Cross' blog entries in its entirety, this is the one you want to read in full.)
"It’s myth. It’s fantasy. You’d have better luck trying to catch a leprechaun or believing in unicorns. Here’s an example of something posted – at length – shouted from [troll]’s digital soapbox that is patently, demonstrably, and easily proven to be untrue. There are more than a dozen people from two different sets who can be contacted to verify that it didn’t happen.
It’s not just a lie; it’s a stupid lie, bordering on retarded. That doesn’t make it unique among [troll]’s postings, it simply makes it one of the rare occasions where it’s a black-and-white fact that can be proven."
"Lastly, always remember that, to [troll], accuracy is nothing but an impediment to drama, and truth is a flawed concept suitable only for lesser mortals. I can’t tell you how many times [troll] came out of his office at AVN with some piece of gossip, giddy with the prospect of calling the target to get their side, knowing it would set off a flame war (before anyone had coined that term) he could dine out on for weeks.
[troll]’s greatest – perhaps his only – joy in life is setting people at each other’s throats and sitting back to watch the furor grow. For him there is no greater pleasure than instigating and nurturing ill-will. If you’ve been slandered on [troll]’s page, I encourage you not to write to him in response. As long as he can get a rise out of you, he will never, ever stop. For that reason, you won’t see thisincident mentioned here again."
Now, as I said above, although their volume has massively decreased, industry flame wars still go on today. The thing is that, today, they are overwhelmingly confined to washouts/failures/rejects who keep yammering about the industry--of which they are very clearly no longer an integral part--in the hopes of keeping their names and brands alive, just like social media trolls do. The Real PornWikileaks, a reliable industry news source, debunks this lot just as efficiently as Jordan Owen debunks Gail Dines and just as efficiently as Mr. Owen, the Bumblbees, Babbling Brooke, Torq and the rest of the SST crew debunk third wave social justice jihadists and the boyosphere.
A note before I link to how TRPWL debunks the remaining gossip site peripheral floaters that, no matter how much you flush and flush and flush, remain as, to use a phrase from SOF's editorial board, "annoying brown buoys." It has been said that TRPWL does not merely report, but also has beefs with some of the objects of reporting. The exact same thing can be said about Walter Cronkite, who often passed himself as "Mr. America" but who was as partisan as Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter. The differences between Cronkite and O'Reilly and Coulter are a) Cronkite was an ideologue on the other side, b) Cronkite was far more gifted in being slick about his partisanship with the effect that it did appear as "news," when O'Reilly and Coulter will never be accused of having anything to do with news. The difference between Cronkite on the one hand and Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper on the other is that Cronkite at least knew how to behave like a damned professional, and not some dribbling, smirking slob, when he was in front of the camera.
Long story short, the way Eli Cross dealt with annoying brown buoys in the last decade and the way TRPWL deals with the remaining annoying brown buoys in this decade is twofold: a) throwing them a slick diss detailed enough to show them for the ill-willed frauds and failures that they are, and b) after completion of a), go on with your life, not giving said annoying brown buoys the cyber-oxygen they so very desperately want to get out of you.
This can be applied to social media annoying brown buoys who go after you personally, annoying brown buoys who are hangers-on and persons of no consequence. It is not the same thing as denouncing and debunking actual Erdogan-like threats to freedom of speech such as Sarkeesian/Full McIntosh, Zoe Quinn and Laurie Penney.