Wesley Brian Kaster Charged in Missouri Planned Parenthood Arson

From the article:

Prosecutors in Missouri have charged a 42-year-old man with arson after he allegedly attempted to burn down a Planned Parenthood in Columbia.

Source: Wesley Brian Kaster Charged in Missouri Planned Parenthood Arson

This is a terrorist event. Setting fire to clinics, shooting doctors, etc are nothing more than terrorism.

Arrested Coast Guard Officer Allegedly Planned Attack ‘On A Scale Rarely Seen’ : NPR

From the article:

Christopher Paul Hasson, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, allegedly wanted to “kill every last person on earth” in a crusade to establish a “white homeland.” He is being held without bond.

Source: Arrested Coast Guard Officer Allegedly Planned Attack ‘On A Scale Rarely Seen’ : NPR

I was sitting on this hoping for more information, but it doesn’t look like we are getting more yet.

His list of targets:

In addition to Pelosi, Hasson was allegedly considering some type of violent assault on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Richard Blumenthal, along with U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Maxine Waters and former House member, Beto O’Rourke. The spreadsheet list also included MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough, as well as Don Lemon and Van Jones from CNN.

He is a fascist Nazi. That isn’t hyperbole. He literally sought out information on these movements.

He also took Tramadol. A lot of it.

I have been hearing for over a decade that racist nazi/alt-right/old skinheads/etc have been going into the military. This guy joined the Marines in 1988 and stayed until 1993. Then he joined the National Guard for 2 years.

It defies belief that nobody in the armed forces knew this guy was a virulent violent racist in all that time, with his long and storied history with the white racist movements he was a part of.

At least they caught this one.

Southern Poverty Law Center: Hate Groups Up 30 Percent In Past Four Years : NPR

From the article:

For the fourth year in a row, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization that tracks hate groups, reports that hate and domestic extremism are rising in an unabated trend. The center found a 30 percent increase in U.S. hate groups over the past four years and a 7 percent increase in hate groups in 2018 alone, according to the center’s annual “Year in Hate and Extremism” report. The group designated 1,020 organizations as hate groups in 2018, a high of at least 20 years.

The watchdog group blames President Trump, his administration, right-wing media outlets and the ease of spreading hate on social media platforms for the alarming increase. The growth, it says, is largely driven by “hysteria over losing a white-majority nation to demographic change.”

“The numbers tell a striking story — that this president is not simply a polarizing figure but a radicalizing one,” Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, said in a statement. “Rather than trying to tamp down hate, as presidents of both parties have done, President Trump elevates it — with both his rhetoric and his policies. In doing so, he’s given people across America the go-ahead to to act on their worst instincts.”

Source: Southern Poverty Law Center: Hate Groups Up 30 Percent In Past Four Years : NPR

It’s nice to see some stats on the issue.

Study suggests that Flat Eartherism spread via Youtube / Boing Boing

From the article:

The rise in a belief that the Earth is flat is bizarre and somewhat frightening, a repudiation of one of the most basic elements of scientific consensus. Texas Tech University psych researcher Asheley R. Landrum attended a 2017 flat earth convention and interviewed 30 attendees to trace the origins of their belief in a flat earth, finding that Youtube videos were key to their journey into conspiracy theories; her findings were bolstered by a survey of more than 500 participants.

Landrum presented her research at an AAAS meeting a year ago, and it paints a compelling picture of the role Youtube plays in spreading conspiracy theories.

Source: Study suggests that Flat Eartherism spread via Youtube / Boing Boing

This is then used as a launch point to discuss anti-vaccine movements, and other conspiracy based nonsense.

We’ve known for a long time that the alt-right camp has used Youtube to spread it’s vitriol and hate. I remember the Athiest movement being split with supposedly reasoned Youtubers feeding the flames of mysogenistic, anti-LGBTQ, and racist rhetoric too.

This study confirms some long time suspicions that Youtube is a way for small cabals of hateful rhetoric to fan the flames. It literally rewards progressively more extreme voiwpoints.

The same mechanism works for flat earth people who just boggle my mind.

Colorado ‘virgin’ arrested over alleged threat to kill ‘many girls’

From the article:

A Colorado man who complained on social media about being a 27-year-old virgin was arrested last weekend in Utah after threatening to kill “as many girls as I see.” He was booked into the Utah County Jail on making threats of terrorism, a third-degree felony.

Source: Colorado ‘virgin’ arrested over alleged threat to kill ‘many girls’

At least they caught him before he started shooting.

The Tallahassee Yoga Shooter Was Motivated By Hatred Toward Women, Police Say

From the article:

The man who killed two women at a Tallahassee, Florida, yoga studio last year had a lifelong history of sexual misconduct, and his attack was motivated by his hatred of women, police said.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo on Tuesday provided the results of the investigation into 40-year-old Scott Beierle, who killed himself on Nov. 2 after opening fire at Hot Yoga Tallahassee. DeLeo said the shooting wasn’t meant to target any particular person, but rather it was caused by Beierle’s “lifetime of misogynistic attitudes.”

“He expressed hatred toward women in general,” DeLeo said.

Source: The Tallahassee Yoga Shooter Was Motivated By Hatred Toward Women, Police Say

These men never show up fully formed out of the blue. They exist, and there is a pattern.

In this case, Beierle had a long history of arrests since 2012, and the FBI was called in August 2018. They even have him on record casing the Yoga studio.

Empire’s Jussie Smollett Beaten in Racist, Homophobic Attack by Trump Supporters | Autostraddle

From the article:

It’s being reported that singer-songwriter and Empire star Jussie Smolett was beaten early this morning in a racist, homophobic attack by two individuals chanting “This is MAGA country.” The Chicago Police Department has confirmed that a cast member of Empire matching Smollett’s description was admitted to Northwestern Hospital and later released.

The actor was walking down the street when two unknown individuals approached him yelling racial and homophobic slurs (TMZ independently reports these slurs as “Aren’t you that f***** ‘Empire’ n****?” and similar taunts). These individuals then brutally attacked Smollett, physically assaulting him in the face and body while supposedly chanting “this is MAGA Country.” During the attack, a rope was put around Smollet’s neck and what Chicago PD reports as an “unknown chemical substance” was poured on him. TMZ reports this substance was bleach.

Surviving the attack, Smollett then transported himself to the hospital. He was released hours later, and is resting at home in stable condition.

Source: Empire’s Jussie Smollett Beaten in Racist, Homophobic Attack by Trump Supporters | Autostraddle

I am horrified by this. As an out queer transgender man married to an out queer transgender woman, this is my fear. That some MAGA hat fucker will decided they have the right to do this.

Don’t tell me that fucking hat, and those people are not racist, homophobic, and transphobic. They got more ‘isms than anyone else in this country, and a giant helping of entitlement to violence.

Every time I see a blue stripe of tape on the back windshield, a red MAGA hat, or a confederate flag, I know instantly what kind of trouble those people are. I know they are the types of folks that smile at you at work, and support violence against you when the HR department isn’t around to step in.

I hope Smollet is okay. I hope they catch these fucking assholes.

However, even if they do, I know there is a small army of men and women just like them, ready to put on a red MAGA hat and victimize someone when they think they can get away with it.

How “Pick-Up Artists” Morphed Into The Alt-Right – by Charis JB

From the article:

When the pseudoscience “techniques” of the online manosphere failed, groups of frustrated men turned inward.

Source: How “Pick-Up Artists” Morphed Into The Alt-Right – by Charis JB

Well, this is more of a long form web comic, not an article, but it shows the history of the pick up artist movement, and how it’s connected to the alt-right movement.

The Venn diagram of pickup artists, MRA’s, Alt Right, Incel’s, Gamergate assholes, and outright Nazi’s is pretty much a bunch of circles laid on top of each other. These different groups have a helluva lot of cross traffic.

American Psychological Association agrees with Gillette. ‘Toxic masculinity’ hurts boys. / LGBTQ Nation

From the article:

In an era where a Gillette could be lambasted for releasing an ad telling men to be better people, an article in Monitor on Psychology, the magazine of the American Psychological Association, backs up the popular razor brand’s views.

For the first time in the APA’s history, they have opted to release guidelines to help psychologists who work with men and boys: and one of the big takeaways is that “traditional masculinity,” also known as “toxic masculinity,” is hurting boys and men.

Source: American Psychological Association agrees with Gillette. ‘Toxic masculinity’ hurts boys. / LGBTQ Nation

I’m not even sure how you can be mad at that Gillette commercial. It was beautifully done and showed men taking care of each other.

There is a real problem culturally for men, in the pressure to conform to those toxic masculine stereotype. This is clearly not healthy, and I’m not sure why anyone is mad at attempts to free men to be themselves regardless if it conforms to this shitty masculine trope.

Texas indicts Cody Wilson on multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor | Ars Technica

From the article:

More than three months have passed since a warrant (PDF) initially went out for Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson’s arrest. That document detailed Wilson’s alleged sexual assault against a female “child younger than 17 years of age” whom he reportedly solicited through the website SugarDaddyMeet.com. Last Friday, December 28, the State of Texas finally formally indicted (PDF) Wilson. The 3D printed gun advocate now faces multiple charges: four counts of sexual assault of a child, two charges of indecency with a child by contact, and two charges of indecency with a child by exposure.

These charges are all second-degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

Source: Texas indicts Cody Wilson on multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor | Ars Technica

This guy is one of those weird libertarian douchebags that wanted to distribute 3D printed plans to guns. This caused an entire “OH MY GOD!” scare that almost crippled the 3D printing community as everyone freaked out and discussed putting blocks on the 3D printed.

The thing is, while you could 3D print a gun, the industry wasn’t even that far along at the time, and it just wasn’t that feasible. You’d be more likely to hurt yourself than come up with a usable gun.

Then, this guy went out ands slept with a girl that was under 17, and it was kinky as hell. He fled to Taiwan, before coming back and turning himself in. If I recall, he feels this was an entrapment sting because of his obsession with 3D printed gun parts. It had nothing to do with meeting her through sugardaddymeet.com.

My favorite part of his bullshit in this article was this:

Beyond that evidence, Travis County Magistrate Judge Tamara Needles signed off on a few additional search warrants. One from September 26 (PDF) asked for permission to seize photo evidence of Wilson’s groin and upper leg area, since the alleged victim initially told authorities she and Wilson exchanged nude photos and the affidavit states Wilson has a “uniquely identifiable skin condition.”

He’s fired one defense team and replaced them, and his defense is that he thought she was 18. Seriously? Even 18 year olds look dangerously childlike to me. I’d also submit if you are meeting on sugardaddymeet.com? You aren’t an innocent. Sorry, not sorry. Douchebag.

He’s got enough funds to be out on a $150,000 bail despite initially fleeing to Taiwan. What the fuck?