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How neo-Nazis and White Supremacists co-opted the ‘OK’ hand symbol to mean White Power

You may be asking yourself. Why is the neo-nazi Terrorist responsible for the recent attack in New Zealand making the ‘OK’ symbol during his court appearance? The answer. Is that that is not the OK hand symbol. And hasn’t been since 2016 at least.

I will now detail for you in chronological order the rise and prevalence of this not-innocent-at-all 4chan ‘prank’ to the mass murder of 50 people yesterday, But first, To truly understand what is happening here, You need to understand what happened with ‘Pepe the Frog’

“”Pepe the Frog” first appeared in 2005 in the comic “Boy’s Life” by artist and illustrator Matt Furie. The comics depict Pepe and his anthropomorphized animal friends behaving like stereotypical post-college bros: playing video games, eating pizza, smoking pot and being harmlessly gross.

In 2008, fans of the comic began uploading Furie’s work online. In one comic, Pepe responds to a question about his bathroom habits with, “Feels good, man.”

That reaction image and catchphrase took on a life of its own on the Internet, meriting a Know Your Meme entry by 2009. Alternate iterations of Pepe, including sad, smug and angry Pepes, followed. Pepe memes are ubiquitous across 4chan, Reddit, Imgur, Tumblr, and other social media and image-sharing sites.

It all seemed in good fun, but in late September, Pepe’s green visage was designated a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League.

The ADL’s online hate symbol database is designed to help law enforcement, educators, and members of the general public identify potentially hateful images, explained Oren Segal, the director of the organization’s Center on Extremism. He said that in recent years, hate symbols have proliferated online. Now, with things like Pepe the frog, anti-Semitic images are originating and circulating almost primarily on social media.

In some instances, Pepe wears a Hitler mustache, and his signature message is replaced with “Kill Jews Man.” In others, Pepe poses in front of a burning World Trade Center, dressed like an Orthodox Jewish person with a yarmulke and payot. He’s also been spotted wearing a Nazi soldier’s uniform and in a KKK hood and robe.
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It originated on /rk9/, the 4chan message board associated with some of the least savory elements of the Internet. Last fall, people on that board purposefully framed two innocent individuals for the Umpqua Community College shooting. It’s allegedly where Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger announced his shooting before it took place — in a post with a Pepe meme.

Nazi Pepe made its way to Twitter, where people who regularly tweeted messages supporting white nationalism and anti-immigrant views quickly absorbed it into their Internet repertoire. People who identify with those movements add the frog emoji to their Twitter name.

In August, Hillary Clinton gave her now-infamous speech denouncing some of Donald Trump’s supporters, particularly the segment known as the alt-right, as a “basket of deplorables.”

A couple weeks later, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. posted a photo on Instagram that depicted him and other supporters as “The Deplorables” — a play on the poster from the movie “The Expendables.” In the lineup? Pepe.

Two weeks after that, the ADL made its official designation.”

Source Los Angeles Times

President Trump’s Family approves, They consider themselves ‘honored’ to be adored by White Nationalists and Neo-Nazis in fact. Their words.

Even the President himself welcomes the support.

Now that you have an idea of what happened with the otherwise innocent ‘Pepe the Frog’, I’ll now provide a timeline of instances of people clearly saying ‘White Power’ with this symbol, Leading to the neo-Nazi you see at the top, proudly flashing this sign after killing 50 people in the name of White Supremacy. It all started with one of America’s more well known neo-Nazi’s, Richard Spencer in 2016 in front of Trump Tower.

In case you’re one of those “I’m not political” types. This is who Richard Spencer is:

“Richard Bertrand Spencer (born May 11, 1978) is an American white supremacist. He is president of the National Policy Institute (NPI), a white supremacist think tank, as well as Washington Summit Publishers. Spencer rejects the label of white supremacist and considers himself a white nationalist, white identitarian, and the equivalent of a “Zionist” for white people. Spencer created the term “alt-right”, which he considers a movement about “white identity”. Spencer advocates white-European unity and a “peaceful ethnic cleansing” of nonwhites from America, and the creation of a new political order he believes would resemble the Roman Empire.

Spencer has been described as a neo-Nazi and has publicly engaged in Nazi rhetoric on many occasions. In early 2016, Spencer was filmed giving the Nazi salute to Milo Yiannopoulos in a karaoke bar. In the weeks following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, at a National Policy Institute conference, Spencer quoted from Nazi propaganda and denounced Jews. In response to his cry “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!”, a number of his supporters gave the Nazi salute and chanted in a similar fashion to the Sieg Heil chant used at the Nazis’ Nuremberg rallies.”

Source: Wikipedia

Spencer wasn’t the first to flash this symbol in this fashion, Milo Yiannopoulos was spotted in front of the White House in March 2016 doing the same, Posobiec & Biggs were spotted in Oct 2016, But it was Spencers prominence as a neo-Nazi that made (some of) us realize what was going on.

Here’s Jack Posobiec & Joe Biggs inside Trump Tower in October 2016

By 2017 the rest of the Nazis had gotten the memo. The rest of society didn’t.

Here’s Tim Gionet & Joey Gibson at a Nazi rally in Portland.

And here’s Matthew Heimbach and a bunch of other neo-nazis sometime in 2017

Neo-Nazi at ‘Unite The Right’ rally in Aug 2017

3 Prominent Neo-Nazis, Date unknown, Probably 2017

The most common rebuttal to people flashing this symbol is either: “It’s just OK” or “It’s just a prank”, This is the ‘prank’ they are talking about.

You might notice the ‘4chan hoax’ didn’t start until Feb 2017. That the symbol was even being used by neo-Nazis before 4chan started their ‘hoax’. It was already being used to signal ‘White Power’ by the most neo-Nazi folks around a full year prior.

And here’s Roger Stone with The Proud Boys in March 2017, Whom the FBI now considers a white supremacist terrorist organization.

Here’s some more white supremacist terrorists in April 2017

There’s been many instances between then and now as both the symbol and white supremacy have exploded in popularity over the past few years. I’ll leave you with two more recent ones from 2018.

In July 2018, Four officers from the Jasper Police Department were suspended after making and upside-down “OK” sign with their hands in a post-arrest photo taken by a Jasper Daily Mountain Eagle photographer, city officials told AL[dot]com.

Some people have claimed the gesture is actually a hate symbol that means “white power.”

Source: AL.com

The US Coast Guard removed one of its members from its Hurricane Florence response team after he made an “offensive” gesture Friday on live television.

The gesture in question: a once innocuous symbol for “OK” that has been interpreted as a symbol for “white power” and is now used by neo-Nazis, pro-Trump and alt-right figures

Source: Buzzfeed

If it is an inside joke, only known to Nazis, to “prank” people by saying “White Power” with the OK sign, And you do it. Guess what. Participating in an inside joke only known to Nazis … makes you a Nazi.

It is worth noting that the organizations caught participating in this are a Police Force and a Coast Guard … two of the very institutions targeted for infiltration by White Supremacists. Not to mention The Proud Boys, Which are also listed as a White Supremacist Terrorist group by the FBI.

Suffice to say. The verdict is out. This symbol is not just an innocent ‘OK’ symbol anymore. It was never a prank. It’s not a joke. We need to condemn white supremacy, in all it forms and expressions. At every opportunity to do so.

Sign this petition to add white supremacist terrorist groups … to the official Terrorist Entities List (Canada)

If i can find other appropriate measures to advocate for your country I will add them. But all of us can always speak out against racism.

Nigel Todman is an Independent Journalist, Technical Consultant, Social Activist, Web Developer and Computer Programmer from Ontario, Canada. Add him to Facebook and/or Follow him on Twitter E-mail: veritas [at] vts-tech [dot] org

 

I am now offering 3D Printing Services!

I am now offering 3D Printing Services!

I can reliably print at 0.1mm resolution, Other standard resolutions available are: 0.15mm, 0.2mm, 0.3mm, 0.4mm. Any resolution between 0.1mm and 0.4mm is possible. Resolution is the height of each layer of the print.

My printer can create objects of up to 220mm x 220mm wide and 240mm tall.

Objects with overhangs greater than 60 degrees may require additional support material.

Stronger objects that can withstand pressure and load can be created with higher ‘infill’ settings. Stationary display models usually print fine on 10-20% infill.

Prices will vary from print to print based on size, material used and time. The minimum order/flat fee is $10. If you have a very small item, I could make you a few to several copies of it to meet the minimum order.

Orders will be shipped from Ontario, Canada. Canada Post, Purolator and UPS are available.

I do not offer model creation services at the moment, I will print your ready to go models, The preferred format is STL. (Find ready to go models at www.thingiverse.com)

I primarily print in PLA, But can offer ABS as well. Other possible materials are Nylon, PETG & Wood Composite. I currently have PLA and ABS in stock.

To start an order E-mail me or just send me a message on Facebook

 

Facebook spam filter breaks – Removing millions of posts.

In the last few hours Facebooks Spam detection system appears to have completely broken. I first noticed it with my own posts … and then a few more friends … and then several more … and then dozens.

Even Facebooks own Community Standards page is being blocked as Spam.

Nothing is safe.

Here are some more screenshots

After realizing this wasn’t an isolated issue. I took to Twitter to confirm the scope of Facebooks breakage. It appears to be vast.

Originally, I thought someone was abusing the report system. Others seem to think that Facebook staff themselves are removing the posts (unlikely, but not impossible)

And of course…

I will update this story with more notable examples if I find any.

 

HackerSim – Semi-Accurate hacking game simulation

Working Title: HackerSim
State: Alpha
Progress: 2% Complete

Description:

Back in the day, There was what was known as the ‘Golden Age of Hacking’. When the default installation of the most popular version of Windows provided for a blank Administrator password. When NetBIOS sessions were unfiltered globally on the Internet. When Directory Traversals where common and the DCOM RPC exploit was rampant. Botnets numbered in the millions, and the most common DDoS attacks were just being developed. This game attempts to recreate that state of the Internet, In a gamified hacker simulation.






More details coming soon.

#HackerSim

 

Minecraft Server Status

It is not uncommon for me to be running 1 or more Minecraft Servers. This post will contain banners/widgets/vote links etc.

Current Servers:

1.13 Semi-Vanilla



This server now has detailed statistics!

Vote for this server here, here, here, here, here and here

 

Minecraft 1.12.2 FTB Direwolf20 Modpack Server – MC.NIGELTODMAN.COM:25566

Minecraft 1.12.2 FTB Direwolf20 Modpack Server – MC.NIGELTODMAN.COM:25566

When the 18w19a SNAPSHOT came out and briefly broke everything, I decided to check out some of the more popular Modpacks for Minecraft 1.12.2. And that’s how this server came to be..

A list of all Mods installed is here

https://www.feed-the-beast.com/projects/ftb-presents-direwolf20-1-12/relations/dependencies

I obtained these mods thru my Launcher, MultiMC, Via the following screen:

Curse also provides instructions for the ‘Twitch App’ here

If I can find an easy enough to use drop in mirror for an existing 1.12.2 install, I’ll link it. Until then, Obtain the modpack however you can and Add Server MC.NIGELTODMAN.COM:25566

 

EMUDB – Emulation Database








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The EMUDB project aims to add full verification and release information for all NTSC-U region games for all home video game systems. PAL Exclusive titles will also be included. NTSC-J may see support in the future, But I personally don’t intend to maintain a NTSC-J catalog.

A typical release in the EMUDB will contain the following:

Release Name: (ie: 10-Yard Fight)
Release Date: (ie: 10/18/1985)
System: (ie: NES Nintendo Entertainment System)
Developer: (ie: Irem)
Publisher: (ie: Irem)
Game ID: (ie: NES-TY-USA, SLUS-00144, etc)
Region: (ie: NTSC-U,PAL)
Cover: (ie: http://coversdb.nigeltodman.com/nes/10_yard_fight.jpg)

Filecount: (ie: 01)
Filename: (ie: 10-Yard Fight (U) [!].nes)

CRC32: (ie: c38b62cb)
MD5: (ie: 8caac792d5567da81e6846dbda833a57)
SHA1: (ie: 6416170dd2b2a741cfdade7ebec1cefb664e99e4)
SHA256: (ie: 7b7d6af8c16b24adf4c71a923481aba1fff2b7dca782f821fd5187bd7c562bd1)
Verified by: (ie: GoodNES)

Wiki: (ie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10-Yard_Fight)

 _____ __  __ _   _ ____  ____  
| ____|  \/  | | | |  _ \| __ ) 
|  _| | |\/| | | | | | | |  _ \ 
| |___| |  | | |_| | |_| | |_) |
|_____|_|  |_|\___/|____/|____/ 

EMUDB-00000

Release Name: Emulation Database
Release Date: 05/3/2018 1:25:58 PM
System:       NES SNES MD PSX N64 DC PS2 GC WII 
Developer:    YT_Veritas0923 (Nigel Todman)
Publisher:    YT_Veritas0923 (Nigel Todman)
Github:       https://github.com/Veritas83
Region:       NTSC-U
Cover:        N/A

Filecount:    1001
Filename:     EMUDB-00013.ZIP
 

MedAdvCFG v0.4.1-r47 is released

MedAdvCFG v0.4.1-r47 (Mednafen v1.x Frontend)



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Source Code

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Changelog

v0.4.1-r47 03-26-2018 7:05PM

Added Hotkey hints for F9/Screenshot & F8/Open Tray
You must F8/Open Tray before you F6/Swap Disc
Added 2x Fast Forward Speed option
Various Code optimizations

 

Minecraft 1.13 .mcfunction Essentials Script

Minecraft 1.13 .mcfunction Essentials v0.0.2-r14

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Written by Nigel Todman (www.NigelTodman.com)

Development Server: MC.NIGELTODMAN.COM





Minecraft 1.13 .mcfunction Essentials v0.0.2-r14

Written by Nigel Todman (www.NigelTodman.com)

Development Server: MC.NIGELTODMAN.COM

Config:

Line 6 of triggers.mcfunction, Specify your world spawn coords after the line
World Specific Coords Start

Lines 17/18 of setup.mcfunction
Start_Config
Set to 0 to disable the following options
scoreboard players set @a basicincomeamt 1200
scoreboard players set @a freeshulkerbox 1
scoreboard players set @a usebasicincome 1

Usage:

Copy the contents of /datapacks/ into your own /datapacks/ folder

/reload or restart your server.

Run /function v0923:setup

That’s it.

Notes:

Players can obtain a Warp Book with /trigger getwarpbook

Players can obtain a Shop Book with /trigger getshopbook

Players can enable All Player Balances with /trigger sidebar

Disable with /trigger sidebar set 2

Changelog:

v0.0.2-r14 6/3/2018 9:08:51 AM

Added Nether Quartz Ore AP/Money reward
Updated Melon harvesting per latest block changes
Added Elytra, Shulker Boxes and Tridents to the Shop
Added Many new Warps (World specific)
Added Page 2 to Warp Book
Added TDF /trigger to allow players to stop rain.

v0.0.2-r13 XX/XX/2018 8:07:46PM

Internal

v0.0.2-r12 2/16/2018 7:32:21AM

Updated entity selector syntax per latest snapshot
CustomName NBT tag now using JSON
Warp/Shop Book now given during setup.

Development Server mc.nigeltodman.com using new seed. Testing new World
Generator

v0.0.2-r11 1/19/2018 4:24:02PM

Sidebar display now defaults to off
Added rewards (AP/$) for mining emerald ore

v0.0.2-r10 12/15/2017 8:33:49AM

Added rewards (AP/$) for harvesting planting red/brown mushrooms
Added rewards (AP/$) for harvesting pumpkins
Added Compass and Bed to shop
Made setup.mcfunction less verbose.
setup.mcfunction now displays trigger instructions instead.

v0.0.1-r09 12/14/2017 8:08:10PM

Fixed initial setup logic for new players
Sets scoreboard objective ‘one’ to 1 every tick.
Compares setupinit to one. If setupinit not at least one. setup
All values are 0 for new players. until 1 tick and one is set.

v0.0.1-r08 12/14/2017 8:51:30AM

Rank and AP system working.
Regular XP/Level is depleted via various game mechanisms…
But your Rank will never decrease 🙂
AP is awarded for various tasks. Killing, Planting, Mining, etc
AP for Rank 2 is 300. Doubles every Rank.
Added rankup.mcfunction
Added Rank, AP and AP req to Rank Up to action bar
Tab List now displays Rank
Added placeholders to Shop. Added Shop Page 2

v0.0.1-r07 12/14/2017 4:00:50AM

Cleaned up gameloop.mcfunction
Added triggers.mcfunction
Added resettriggers.mcfunction
Swapped filenames setup and setup2.
Removed sidebar completely in favor of ‘actionbar’
Action Bar now displays elevation (y coord) and character balance.
Players can toggle sidebar with /trigger sidebar set 2 (2=off, 1=on)
Added XP Bottle to shop $100
Added Enchanting Table to shop $2000

v0.0.1-r06 12/13/2017 9:07:01PM

Added rewards for farming/harvesting
Added farmcount.mcfunction
Added harvestcount.mcfunction
Added orecount.mcfunction
Moved TotalKills display to Tab List
Moved Money display to Side Bar
Added Village Warp #1
Added Redstone to Shop
Added Reward for Lapis Mining
Updated Warp Book
Updated Shop Book
Conditional Bug: If you travel too far away from your ‘home’ – The marker (entity) is no longer returned by target selectors. Preventing TP.

v0.0.1-r05 12/13/2017 7:10:46AM

Improved home teleport logic

v0.0.1-r04 12/13/2017 12:20:34AM

Added home and sethome functions/triggers!
Tested working with non-ops + multiple players
Use /trigger sethome and /trigger home
Home warp added to warpbook. sethome only by typed trigger
Added script revision to shop/warp book name.

v0.0.1-r03 12/12/2017 4:32:08AM

Rewrote the shop
Script now actually works for non-opped players too!
Added getshopbook and getwarpbook triggers.
Script is now tested with a non-op player.

v0.0.1-r02 12/12/2017 1:54:05AM

Moved setup.mcfunction into setup2.mcfunction
Server now runs setup.mcfunction for every player. setup2 is skipped if
setup already ran. Otherwise call setup2
Enabled some config values.
Timed events coming soon.
v0.0.1-r01 12/11/2017 11:12:51PM

Added shopbook
Players obtain with /function v0923:shopbook
Added gold to the shop
Money now rewarded for planting trees.
Added treecount function
Removed extra woodcount function call

v0.0.1-r00 12/11/2017 8:52:11PM

First release, Published to GitHub
Infinite Game Loop, Attached to TickCount
Basic Economy
Money rewarded from killing mobs, mining ores, chopping trees, breaking stones
Basic Shop, Uses /trigger buy 1-10 to buy preset items.
(1 bread, 2 torch, 3 coal, 4 iron. So far.)
Warps to Spawn and RandomTP
Teleport Book with clickable links for both.
Player HP on Tab List
Sidebar display with Kill Count and Player Balance

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Minecraft 1.13 Function Loop skeleton

Minecraft 1.13 Function Loop skeleton

Usage

  1. Simply drop veritas0923 into your ‘datapacks’ folder
  2. Run /function v0923:setup

Implemented

  • gameloop function
  • looping with game ticks
  • ticks counted to 100 then reset.
  • stores player coords
  • displays tickcount on sidebar
  • To use a skeleton for your own project. Simply rename v0923 in ticks.json and rename the v0923 to your own namespace.

    Written for/tested on Snapshot 17w49b

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