Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Negation Aspiration vol. 95

There can be no doubt that, in pop culture at least, the mass shooter has replaced the serial killer as the object of public fascination. From the 1970s through the '90s, men like Ted Bundy, David Berkowitz and Jeffrey Dahmer — who killed multiple people over long periods of time, for psychotic and often sexual reasons — became outright celebrities and terrified people far beyond the plausible level of threat they posed. After the Columbine shooting of 1999, however, the serial killer began to be eclipsed by the mass shooter as a figure of fear and fixation. So much so that many observers wonder whether the public obsession with mass shooters is contributing to the problem, because troubled men may glom onto the idea that shooting up a school or a concert or a church is a quick road to getting fame and attention.
But has the mass shooter replaced the serial killer in terms of actual crime statistics? Are the kind of people who used to kill one person at a time, over a period of months or years, now choosing to grab a gun and go out in what they perceive to be a blaze of murderous glory? Are methods of mass murder subject to trends, in the same way that clothing and musical styles are?

Swapping one evil for another: Have mass shooters replaced serial killers?

Mass shootings are up, while the classic serial killer has almost disappeared. Have we swapped one for the other?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Negation Aspiration vol. 94

According to prosecutors, Falder – who grew up in a well-off part of Cheshire – treated his victims "both as sex objects and as objects of derision". On the dark web, his particular preference was for seeing children in positions of degradation and pain. On one extreme porn forum, in a thread titled "100 things we want to see at least once", he suggested "a young girl being used as a dartboard", a video depicting a child's bones being "slowly and deliberately broken" and the abuse of "a paralysed child".

Inside the Repulsive World of 'Hurtcore', the Worst Crimes Imaginable

Today, Matthew Falder – Cambridge academic and producer of "hurtcore" materials – was jailed for 32 years.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

U.S.A.! U.S.A.! vol. 125

This solipsism was on display Saturday and Sunday morning, as Trump, at Mar-a-Lago and far from the strictures and structures of the White House, unleashed his most aggressive and scattered tweetstorm in some time. In theory, the things he said were designed to push the story away from himself and downplay any connection. In practice, he forced himself into the middle of the story, inextricably linking himself to it.
Over a series of tweets, Trump attacked the FBI; politicized the Parkland shooting for his own vindication; suggested collusion was no big deal; blamed Obama for the collusion; and said the real collusion involved Hillary Clinton. He undermined his national-security adviser; lied about denying that Russia meddled in the election; and finished with an appeal to numbers, citing an infamously unreliable pollster.

Trump's Furious Tweetstorm Backfires

The president tried to distance himself from the story of Russian interference—and in the process, thrust himself right back into the center of the narrative.
do we really have to put up with this diarrhea-till-prolapse horse's ass any longer?

 can we please just sack this stupid cunting pig already?

 even if he's innocent, he's still fucking guilty.

what in the cocking fuck is it going to take for his cratering base to relent their stubbornness and give up the white knight that is their dream of a 1950s sitcom reality?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Negation Aspiration vol. 93

Why millennials are making memes about wanting to die

As a downwardly-mobile generation, Dadaist jokes about death by Tide Pod is a form of catharsis for us millennials

Friday, February 9, 2018

Negation Aspiration vol. 92

Jill Messick's family issues blistering statement on Harvey Weinstein and Rose McGowan

Veteran studio executive and producer Jill Messick died by suicide on Wednesday after battling depression for many years, her family tells The Hollywood Reporter. Messick, who worked at Miramax as a production executive from 1997 to 2003, also served as Rose McGowan's manager in January 1997, which is when McGowan claimed that she was raped by Harvey Weinstein. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Awwww Yeah vol. 77

Heckler Who Derailed Rose McGowan Book Tour Now Accused of Sexual Misconduct

The story, however, doesn't end there. While we've found no evidence that Dier was paid to heckle McGowan—and Dier denies it—soon after the story started to spread, multiple women accused Dier of unwanted sexual contact while they were between the ages of 12 and 15 and Dier was in her late teens and early 20s.

Dier denies any nonconsensual sexual contact and says that the allegations are attacks from the alt-right as well as McGowan supporters and TERFs, or trans-exclusionary radical feminists. (The term TERF, which is generally considered derogatory by those at whom it is directed, describes feminists who oppose the idea that gender can be self-determined, and—sometimes, but not always—object to trans women in what are historically thought of as female-only spaces, like women's bathrooms, changing rooms, and lesbian music festivals.) Dier, both on Twitter and in a lengthy email, repeatedly claimed that the allegations against her are TERF smear campaigns.
Tweets about Dier's behavior date from as far back as 2010.
I spoke to five people who have accused Dier of wrongdoing, three whom I contacted via social media and two who came to me directly. Most requested anonymity, and their stories were similar: Dier, who at the time presented as male, met pre-teen and teenage girls, either online or at the Smith Haven Mall on Long Island. Then, they allege, she offered them weed or alcohol before coming onto them. Some said they accepted the pot or drinks; some did not. None of them reported Dier to the police or other authorities at the time, saying they felt ashamed and embarrassed.
One of the accusers, Felicia Piciullo, now 19, said Dier hugged, kissed, and sexually touched her without consent when she was 14. She believes that Dier was 19 or 20 at the time. Afterwards, she said, Dier harassed her by sending explicit messages for months, and the experience made her anxious and unsure of herself for years.
Another accuser said Dier preyed upon, flirted, and nonconsenually touched her and other young girls, and the experience left her "tormented." "Andi used me for personal pleasure while preying on my weaknesses to keep me wrapped around her finger," she said. "Andi is no hero. I tried for so many years to see her as an activist. Because, yes, we need that in this day and age—real trans rights activists. But she is a disgrace to the entire LGBTQ community. Andi needs to sit back and accept that she is wrong."
Another accuser who met Dier when she was 14 says at first she thought Dier was her age because "why would someone who had graduated high school be hanging out with us?" Their relationship, she says, was flirty, and she initially enjoyed the attention. "She did a lot to make us feel special and cool, but then when we were alone she was forceful. She would try to kiss me and that made me uncomfortable," she says. One day at the mall, she alleges, Dier shoved her between two vending machines and put her hands inside the girl's pants. "That was probably the last time we had contact," she says, "but I heard she had become an advocate for feminism and trans rights. I thought maybe she had changed but after the Rose McGowan incident, I got really angry. I saw a lot of hypocrisy. She made it about her."
None of the accusers I spoke with said they are opposed to trans rights or trans people at all. One identifies as non-binary; others said they were pansexual, or attracted to people of all genders.
When asked about these allegations, Dier denied claims of nonconsenusal sexual contact. She also provided The Stranger with a lengthy statement and stipulated that we could only quote her if we published it in full. The Stranger declined to publish her full statement as it included allegations against her then-underage accusers and others by name.