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Amorous Badger asks: Tell us tales of people who have a high opinion of themselves. Jumped-up officials, the mad old bloke who runs the Neighbourhood Watch like it's a military operation, Colonel Blimps, pompous bastards and people stuck up their own arse.

(, Thu 24 Jan 2013, 12:22)
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Boing Boing
Boing Boing is a blog site which covers a raft of topics but is left leaning and has been involved in various political campaigns including of course the "Occupy" movement.

Common with other blog sites they use tags to categorize stories. Here's their "censorship" tag for example:


It should come as no surprise then that Boing Boing, moral crusader that it pretends to be, is one of the most censorious sites to be found anywhere on the internet.

If you question the veracity of one of their stories, or perhaps hold a point of view contrary to the prevailing mood you can find your post removed. If not removed, then it might be "disenvowelled" where all the vowels are removed. And if you do this more than a couple of times you get permabanned.

Mind I'm not talking about trolling, or flaming, or anything of that nature. The crime is holding a point of view which the mods don't like. I got permabanned for suggesting a woman got her ass arrested during a Occupy protest because she was interfering with somebody else's arrest. This ran counter to the theme that it was "police brutality" and I was excluded.

Bunch of cowardly self important, hypocritical cunts who can't stand any form of dissent.
(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 10:07, 18 replies)
Sounds a bit like a girl I went out with briefly
She was a member of Amnesty International, believed in free and fair elections, bringing democracy to totalitarian regimes, all that worthy sort of stuff.

She wasn't happy about me pointing out the potential hypocrisy in handing out flyers calling for the banning of the BNP.
(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 11:16, closed)
This is what I enjoy. I have a couple of friends like that.
They're forcing me to express views that would make Piers Morgan blush.
(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 11:47, closed)
Exactly. I am apparently a Nazi.

(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 12:14, closed)
The best result I've had was, when sorting out the world's problems with a friend's "socialist" friend one evening over a few beers
at one point he said "The problem with right-wing wankers like you is ... "

The next night I was having pretty well exactly the same conversation with a different group of people over more beer, during which one said "The problem with you lefty tossbags is ... "
(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 12:29, closed)

I've had every name thrown at me in my internet career - libertarian, jew lover, anti-semite, facist, socialist, paid government shill, etc. It normally comes from attempting to reason with someone who is unreasonable. I'm clearly the devil in their eyes because I don't drink from the same batshit tainted well as they do.
(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 13:20, closed)
This is totally true
I pointed out that a video by one of their cronies purporting to be filmed in a "dangerous slum" of Nairobi was actually filmed in a high-end mall car park (I should know: I live around the corner from said mall). Reward for exposing a fake? Deleted.
(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 11:25, closed)
Hmm. I think I'd want the exhibit removed
on the grounds that "transcripts of messages" are about as far away from art as you can get. If it were the originals at least they could say they were "created".
As for the lack of democracy I'm afraid that the reality is that if you can get yourself in charge of something then you get to make the rules, openly or surreptitiously.
(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 11:38, closed)
To be fair, no one wants zero censorship.
Drawing the line about what should be censored is one of the singular most boring topics ever - right up there with "What is art?"
(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 11:49, closed)

I don't use the term censorship lightly. Every forum / blog has the right to moderate, i.e. to keep the discussion reasonably civil, on topic, and to police the trolls and all the rest. The difference with Boing Boing is its not about moderation but conformity. Conform to the group think or you will be banned and your post deleted.

It's cowardly and so hypocritical of a site which pretends to support free speech and oppose censorship that it deserves to be called out loudly when it happens.
(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 13:13, closed)
I absolutely agree.

(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 14:03, closed)
These people probably formed their political opinions when they were teenagers
so it's hardly surprising they have a teenage hissy fit when even vaguely challenged on them. It's pretty obvious that they should be forced to dig their own grave then shot in the back of the head.
(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 13:34, closed)
As an aside, John Pilger is probably the most self-important twat I've ever met
alt - prick/wanker/alright/cheers.
(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 13:39, closed)
I had a housemate who portrayed himself as a hardcore Marxist
He didn't take kindly to me pointing out that he rather enjoyed reaping the benefits of owning 10% of the shares of his dad's company.
(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 13:54, closed)
My favourite Marx quote is from his Mum
who apparently wrote to him "I wish you'd make some capital instead of just writing about it".
(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 14:18, closed)
My favourite Marx quote
Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others
(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 19:54, closed)
"Don't look now, but there's one person too many in this room... and I think it's you."

(, Sat 26 Jan 2013, 17:01, closed)

"Time flies like and arrow. Fruits flies like a banana."
(, Sun 27 Jan 2013, 0:18, closed)
Liberals in "being massive hypocrites" shocker.

(, Fri 25 Jan 2013, 17:20, closed)

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