Listen: Twitter, Furry Raiders, Rocky Mountain discussed on Worst Year Ever
"So welcome back to our two part episode on the ferry community and how they've dealt with the rising Nazi threat. I don't know what will heidel this yet. But that's what it's about. This is part two of the series. So if you haven't listened to part one go back and listen to it otherwise most of this will be nonsense so please do that now. The Midwest for fest chlorine gas attack was big news online for a day or two but then sort of faded off into the background. One of the few relatively mainstream extreme sites cover the fallout at all was vice in their two thousand sixteen article. CSI I it was a good piece and included valuable information from the local police and the FBI. But that's basically it in terms of long-term coverage in in terms of serious journalistic attention being paid to the problem of rising extremism in the furry community. Trying to put yourself in the shoes of some of the people in this subculture. Some of your friends were wounded or at least traumatized by a terrorist. Attack launched by someone who's basically Nazi his Nazi friends or making continued efforts to recruit young flurries. All around you. What do you do stranded well? Outside the mainstream the freeze of had develop their own structures of support and self defense that includes their own journalists patch. Oh for that's his. Pseudonym created dog patch press a furry news website back in two thousand fourteen and for the last five ears. It's offered daily updates on furry culture news with a distinct emphasis on tracking the rise of the old furs and movements and groups like the Furry Raiders Patches work hasn't just informed members of the furry community his work is rigorous and insightful. Enough that he's been cited by rolling stone the La Times Vice Forbes daily dot and daily costs he's also been incited by us here at worst-ever because patch is the reason we wound up at Midwest for a fest in the First Place Patch reached out to me on twitter back in the fall of two thousand nineteen when I retweeted some post about a certain outright griffin who were not going to name against in this podcasts attempt to register for the Midwest Fest we started talking and he sent me over pages in pages of archived conversations between offers who are fans of that gifter discussing their plan to disrupt the Convention Patches. The first person who dug up magnus durations old deleted leded archived blog post about his stink bomb attack on that bank over the years. He's done a really impressive job of collecting and dispensing information about the firm movement and its figureheads as well patchwork to keep his fellow fairies informed and get crucial information out to the general population activists like do kept their head to the ground infiltrated fascist online spaces an gathered data. For a long time I went around and I banged the fucking pots and pans. And I'm like I'm like do you see this shit on and and nobody listened and I also realize that when I was infiltrated I couldn't they had a public space cult. The lobby that people anybody could enter To get out of the lobby you had to interview process and stuff like that and then you do other things to get higher rights to the rooms to get deeper in So they knew the lobby was compromised. But they didn't know the rest of it was compromised because that stuff I had to quiet about because if they knew it was compromised they would stop talking or they would look for who was so. I collected thousands of screen shots. And I use. There's discord history history tracker which we use as An laws all of the server. Sue Us that we would crawl the server a couple times a week. keep the logs in files. Els Got Those on my computer still record all of that. You know I was contacting. ESPN see you know. If I saw anything that was like a law enforcement issue people talking about making bombs people talking about you know you eat up some it kind of thing and it's not coincidental that this all really got started in two thousand fourteen because that's also the year and be rough time of year at that game or gate kicked off if you're not extremely online. You probably haven't heard about Gamer Gate. It was in short afar right. Reactionary movement among video game fans who were angry angry that feminist video game critics started analyzing some of the troublesome gender issues and popular games in a lot of ways. Gamer Gate was the inflection. Point of the modern alt-right people like Steve Bannon. And that guy we're not going to mention again jumped into co op the movement. Because they saw it as a potential source of new digital activists Gimmick. It wasn't just people. We're getting angry about like video. Game critic saying stuff that didn't like it was a harassment campaign that included hundreds of death threats against a number of different critics dead animals and letters written in blood being mailed to people's doors got really creepy and really out of hand. Really Fast Gamer Gate was priming. The pump yeah they got all these people ready. You got them organized. They realized that they could have some exerts. Some force of power over others new realized that they could use I fear and that they could terrorize people. In the silence into submission they get their way and if they banded together if there were enough of then none of them would get caught because there were too many so you get hate hate mobs like that and they learned and your constant constantly seeing an evolution and adaptation where they learn what works what what doesn't fit try anything like that didn't work or they see somebody else do something that was very effective. They pick up the method they move on. It took a while for any of this to percolate out into mainstream culture because the furry fandom is so deeply tied to the Internet they were kind of the Canary in the coalmine. For All of the Nazi stuff that we're dealing with today. In America Chook was therefore the start of it all and he watched his community mobilized itself to combat the fascist creep. I think one of the most effective ways was to Use something like blockchain on twitter basically and start blocking these people that had formed groups intentionally targeting others the offers. The free raiders had specific groups to say. Hey here's someone on twitter we WANNA harass ass. Let's harass them constantly for this whole year and they would ducks them. Harass specific person as much as possible and they Had A chat room full of two three hundred people to constantly harass all day long so the blockchain on twitter worked pretty well monitoring their chat rooms. Of course Is Something we've always had to do just to keep our events safe from that kind of abuse. All of this came to a head for the twenty sixteen around an event in Colorado called the Rocky Mountain. Furry con yeah so rocky. Mountain for CON is my local convention in Denver and basically it had issues because they had furry raiders or alt-right people bowl on the board and the board wanted to give priority to these alright groups to get first booking of all the hotel rooms and the other people on board couldn't get enough votes to vote these people off the board so it ended up causing a lot of frustration among the community. Like why. What is this all right group? Get all the rooms and no one else gets the rooms and so there's a lot of I dunno upset. Set people around that situation calls erupted from within the Colorado Furry contingent to at the very least ban Nazis like Fox from attending the event. The convention mentioned organizers released a statement that was basically the furry equivalent to president trump's both sides speech after Charlottesville Rocky Mountain con does not support or condone discrimination or violence in any of its forms and is saddened by the hatred and division that has been caused by a small minority of our community on both sides of this issue. Our sources aren't lying when they say that the organizers organizers of Rocky Mountain birkenhead up complicated history with the Fire Right the nonprofit that officially managed the convention was mid America anthropomorphic and Art Corporation ration-. It was headed by kindle emory also known as Kooky Leon ru who in addition to being a ferry was a sovereign citizen. Sovereign citizens are a special the corner of the far-right they have bizarre. Arcane beliefs about the law and in short believe they don't have to pay taxes or listen to cops law enforcement officers regularly consider them one of the most dangerous groups in the country because of all the shootouts they instigate Kendall sovereign citizen beliefs likely influence to sympathy for the furs and Furry Raiders. It's also probably why Rocky Mountain Kahn failed to pay any taxes from two thousand eight to two thousand fifteen. This was first reported. As far as we can tell on another furry new site called flare-up they note that kindle slash Kooky was forced to step down as chairman of the convention in two thousand eight when it was found out that he'd been convicted of criminal sexual contact with a minor back in nineteen nineteen. ninety-three weird how that keeps happening with these outright guys Anyway so this pedophile sovereign citizen and his buddies insisted on making rocky mountain for a safe space for Nazis. This understandably riled up folks give."