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“You’ve Changed!”

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Most people don’t emotionally mature after high school.

You’ve known a person since college, and you can talk about the same stuff.

Is what what you want your life to be?

Of course I’ve changed.

It surprises you that someone whose life work is committed to helping people change has himself changed?

Maybe you’re the problem.

Why do you want me to be the same person I was 5 years ago?

If you had changed, the old me would bore you.

You anger at me is the Magic Mirror at work.

Your lack of improvement is reflected back at you when you see me.

Right now, NO ONE IS BEING NICE.

I’m the nice person online.

I don’t troll people, I don’t do the types of gay jokes Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel and everyone else is doing, and I don’t insult people except in late-night AMAs for banter purposes.

Even CNN has become nothing more than soft core pornography, talking about mushroom-shaped penises.

Last night CNN called Kanye the “n-word,” and Don Lemon laughed.

That’s how nasty the world is right now.

I’ve become the voice of reason.

No one else is doing what I’m doing.

Congressman John Conyers resigned because of me.

James Gunn lost Guardians of the Galaxy. That was a multi-billion dollar franchise.

Who else – left or right – can say they forced both a Congressman and an A-List director to resign or be fired?

Especially in a short period of time.

If that’s too much ego for you, go cry yourself to sleep.

I wanted to stop World War Three, which warmonger Hillary would have started.

I didn’t support Trump because I loved the guy. He had strong instincts about foreign wars and domestic economic issues.

You notice I don’t jump into all of these debates about gender-neutral bathrooms.

I even call Chelsea Manning “she,” because being a nice person is in short supply.

The three greatest injustices of our time:

  • U.S. imperialist wars,
  • Factory farming,
  • Human trafficking.

That’s why during the first Syria bombing, I fought against it, losing 10,000+ followers.

I lost 25,000+ followers during the second Syria bombing.

I don’t care. Wars are my red line.

Some of my followers were low consciousness, and I ain’t got time for that nastiness.

I didn’t think Islamophobia was real, because those labels get thrown at me. Three-fourths of the people at my wedding were either “of color” or Muslim. I am thus prone to not believe that bigotry is a huge issue in America, due to the lies made about me.

Then a Muslim friend of mine asked me not to RT her, because when I would RT her, people would be nasty.

This was a personal friend of mine who had stood up for me, which isn’t an easy thing to do.

Friends are harder to find than Twitter followers or readers. It’s not a hard decision for me to say, “If you don’t think Islam is an actual religion, don’t follow me.” Or follow me, that’s fine, but I don’t want to read your stupidity.

Oh and that’s not virtue signaling.  I block people who tell me to, “Prove mindset works,” or demand I provide a “Citation” for something I’ve said.

I don’t have to prove anything to you, you haven a right to demand I prove anything to you, and you can leave and that’s fine.

That said, there are several multi-billion-dollar industries monitoring bigotry, so it’s not my job to be a Twitter cop or disavow stuff every day or even every month.

But I don’t want that nasty stuff around me, it’s low consciousness.

A lot of my newer followers were entitled, and used to be pandered to.

Many people follow me because I’m a big account, but these are entitled people, and they expect me to serve up whatever generic slop they are used to lapping up from CNN, MSNBC, or FoxNews.

I’m not in the vote-getting business or even the eyeball business. I don’t sell advertisements.

The media needs viewers and readers, so they endorse and encourage ANTIFA violence. This is myopic in ways they can’t perceive. ANTIFA has beat up a lot of people, and they’ll murder someone soon enough.

Every vote counts, which is why the left and right pander to the worst of their base.

But I don’t need your votes, and I am not organizing any campaigns.

I will continue to change.

Life would be boring otherwise.

If my changes offend you, no big deal.

It’s a big Internet.

Many are thirsty for your views and will say or do anything to get that dopamine rush.

Good luck.

For those who stay, enjoy the show, learn something, and remember that slavery has been illegal since the 13th Amendment, and that includes ownership of “creators.”

P.S. I have a new book out. You can buy it here.

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The Patreon Lawsuit Involving Owen Benjamin Explained by a Lawyer

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Patreon, a platform popular with podcasts, journalists, and comedian faces significant legal peril due a fascinating quirk of California law that no one seemed to have noticed.

  • Summary: Patreon banned Owen Benjamin. Owen Benjamin’s backers moved for arbitration, alleging various causes of action. Under the arbitration procedures spelled out in Patreon’s Terms of Service, Patreon must pay the filing fees, which could total millions of dollars. Patreon cannot collect those fees back, even if Patreon wins the arbitrations.

Tech companies face almost total protection from lawsuits due to a law created by Congress to encourage freedom of speech on the web. Because of this, companies have gotten sloppy with the Terms of Service.

Patreon’s Terms of Service, like nearly every other tech companies, provide that anyone who wants to use Patreon must do so in arbitration. Patreon’s TOS also ban class actions or any joint actions.

Patreon’s TOS mandate arbitration and ban class actions because individual consumers who suffer small harms aren’t able to find a lawyer to take their case. Again, all tech companies do this. Let’s not single out Patreon. Here is Amazon:

  • Any dispute or claim relating in any way to your use of any Amazon Service, or to any products or services sold or distributed by Amazon or through Amazon.com will be resolved by binding arbitration, rather than in court, except that you may assert claims in small claims court if your claims qualify.

Here is PayPal:

  • By opening and using a PayPal account, you agree to comply with all of the terms and conditions in this user agreement. The terms include an agreement to resolve disputes by arbitration on an individual basis.

Owen Benjamin Gets Banned. Dozens of his backers individual claims for arbitration.

Patreon, by banning a Creator, disrupts the economic relationship between Creator and Backer. In legal terms this is called tortious interference with a business relationship.

Patreon, under California law, must pay the arbitration fees in advance. These fees can be upward of $10,000 per case.

If dozens of backers move for individual arbitration against Patreon, you can start doing the math.

Benjamins’ Backers Put Patreon on Notice; Patreon Unilaterally Amends its TOS to Bar the Claims the Parties were Going to Bring.

In early December, numerous defendants told Patreon that they intended to move for individual arbitration.

Patreon’s TOS suggest that contacting them before seeking arbitration is required, although this provision could be read as a request rather than a demand.

  • We encourage you to contact us if you have an issue. If a dispute does arise out of these terms or related to your use of Patreon, and it cannot be resolved after you talk with us, then it must be resolved by arbitration.

Because Patreon wrote the TOS, the terms will be resolved against Patreon. In law this is known as contra proferentem. Any ambiguous language will be read in favor of the party who did not draft it.

The TOS, to me and many others, looks like a pre-filing demand. Others may claim the terms read otherwise. Contra proferentem applies.

Two or three weeks later, Patreon unilaterally altered the Terms of Service by adding this clause:

  • You may not bring a claim against us for suspending or terminating another person’s account, and you agree you will not bring such a claim. If you try to bring such a claim, you are responsible for the damages caused, including attorneys fees and costs. These terms remain in effect even if you no longer have an account.

Patreon claimed that its unilateral change to the TOS “remain in effect even if you no longer have an account.”

Yes, Patreon literally changed its TOS after it was contacted by arbitration claimants, who were required to contact Patreon before moving for arbitration.

Patreon filed a Mass Action against the Arbitration Claimants.

Patreon lost several procedural motions before arbitrations. After losing these motions, they sued the arbitration claimants in California State Court.

Realizing that the arbitration fees would be in the millions of dollars range, Patreon filed a group action against all 72 arbitration claimants. Patreon sought an injunction, that is, they want the Court to order the arbitrations to be stopped.

Here is what Patreon’s TOS says about group actions:

  • Arbitrations may only take place on an individual basis. No class arbitrations or other grouping of parties is allowed. By agreeing to these terms you are waiving your right to trial by jury or to participate in a class action or representative proceeding; we are also waiving these rights.

To drop my lawyer’s latin again, contra proferentem. Patreon can’t claim that when they said that “other groupings of parties is allowed,” applies only to arbitrations. That provision is subject to an ambiguous reading at best.

How can Patreon file a group action against 72 defendants when Patreon barred group actions? They can’t.

The Patreon Hearing.

The 72 defendants were represented by well-known First Amendment lawyer Marc Randazza.

The Court issued a tentative (not final) order denying the injunctions.

During the hearing, Patreon’s counsel brought up additional cases that it claimed applied to the lawsuit.

The Court suggested that Randazza file a supplemental motion addressing those new cases Patreon’s counsel cited.

Patreon will probably lose, and should lose, its State Court action.

Patreon’s TOS required parties to use arbitration. Group actions were banned. The parties complied with the TOS, first by putting Patreon on notice as to their claims.

Once the parties put Patreon on notice of their claim, Patreon was barred by well-established law from amending the TOS in a way that would foreclose those claims.

The Implications?

If a popular creator were banned from PayPal, could he or she have her backers move for arbitration as well?

That’s a specific question that many lawyers are looking at now.

Patreon, like Door Dash before it, banned class actions before decision that group actions are in fact an inefficient way of resolving cases.

Here is what a federal judge told one tech company who complained about a “loophole” being used by the parties:

DoorDash Ordered to Pay $9.5M to Arbitrate 5,000 Labor Disputes:

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Rejecting claims that the legal process it forced on workers is unfair, a federal judge Monday ordered food-delivery service DoorDash to pay $9.5 million in arbitration fees for 5,010 delivery drivers’ labor demands against the company.

“You’re going to pay that money,” U.S. District Judge William Alsup said in court. “You don’t want to pay millions of dollars, but that’s what you bargained to do and you’re going to do it.”

Of course anything can happen in a court of law, and the judge will be issuing a final ruling in a few weeks from now.

Read my prior coverage here:

Patreon Faces New Legal Peril Under California Law

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CNN’s Brian Stelter Apologizes for Mistake (Good Man)

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UPDATE:

CNN’s Brian Stelter falsely accused a woman of spreading disinformation tonight, in a Tweet Stelte deleted without apology after it was revealed that Stelter lying.

The lie concerned a fire started by rioters in Washington D.C. Katrina B. Haydon reported that St. John’s church near the White House was on fire.

 

 

 

Stelter attacked the woman, baselessly accusing her of lying.

 

Brian Stelter has yet to apologize to spreading disinformation.

Did Brian Stelter lie to protect violent protesters?

Why did Stelter lie?

Is he trying to provide propaganda for violent protesters and domestic terrorists?

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“Burn It Down,” ESPN Writer Encourages Arson of Low Income Housing

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ESPN sportswriter Chris Palmer Martin Tweeted, “Burn that shit down. Burn it all down.” The burning building was a low-income housing area in Minneapolis. (Minneapolis vandalism targets include 189-unit affordable housing development.)

When rioters neared Martin’s home, he called them “animals.”

 

The media has a history of supporting ANTIFA.

 

 

Hoaxed Movie Uncovers the Media’s Relationship with ANTIFA

Watch the Hoaxed Movie Trailer

Where to Watch Hoaxed Movie

iTunes here

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YouTube here

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DVDs here

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