The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Anonymous and the Super-Hero Fantasy

Esquire magazine profiles a loser: Known as Deric Lostutter to the government, DJ to his mom, and Shadow to his oldest friends, he was twenty-five years old and working as a waiter in a pizza-and-beer joint for eight bucks an hour, getting home at two or three in the morning stinking of kitchen grease. One […]

Barrett Brown and the Thug-Mob Anarchist Threat of ‘Anonymous’

Barrett Brown interviewed by NBC’s Michael Isikoff, 2011 “There are strong reasons for believing that what to us appear the worst features of totalitarian systems are not accidental byproducts but phenomena which totalitarianism is certain to sooner or later produce. “Just as the choice architect who sets out to plan economic life will soon be […]

Barrett Brown and ‘Team Themis’

Barrett Brown explains his ‘informational schematic,’ December, 2010 Excuse me for dwelling on Barrett Brown today, but amid a coordinated media push to beatify Saint Barrett of the Blessed Suboxone, it’s important to keep pushing back, even if some readers are getting bored by this celebrity criminal douchebag. Here’s a key section from Alexander Zaitchik’s […]

Barrett Brown, Special Snowflake

Barrett Brown promotes atheism on Fox News, January 2009 “Karen Lancaster always believed her only son was special” — that line in Alexander Zaitchik’s Rolling Stone profile of Barrett Brown stands out as explaining how this high-school dropout who started “dabbling” with heroin at age 19 was able to imagine himself as the hero of […]

The Barrett Brown Whitewash Continues

Sept. 12, 2012: Barrett Brown rants about his plan to ‘destroy’ an FBI agent “In late 2010, thousands of hacktivists joined a mass digital assault on the websites of VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal to protest their treatment of WikiLeaks. Other targets were wide ranging — the websites of corporations from Sony Entertainment and Fox to the Vatican […]

Barrett Brown Inspires a Bizarre Campaign for Douchebag Rights

Sept. 12: Barrett Brown rants on YouTube about his plan to ‘destroy’ an FBI agent “I know what’s legal, because I know what’s been done to me and if it’s legal when it’s done to me it’s going to be legal when it’s done to f–king FBI Agent Robert Smith, who is a criminal, who is involved in […]

Barrett Brown’s Overblown Ego

Sept. 12: Barrett Brown rants on YouTube about his plan to ‘destroy’ an FBI agent “Uh, I’ve been on Suboxone since then, um, partly because, in fact in large part, um, in preparation for this particular day, or two days as it’s turned out, um, which I’ve also been, uh, preparing for by virtue of the last six […]

Barrett Brown: Madness Foreshadowed

December, 2010: Barrett Brown explains his ‘informational schematic’ on YouTube. “I wonder to myself: Where do these trolls come from? Where do they live and breed? . . . “Many militants are devoid of an essential ingredient of being human: empathy. . . . “They afford themselves free rein to act out their basest of […]

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