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Forum Post: Is it just me or are there a lot more trolls active on this forum lately?

Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 17, 2012, 1:09 a.m. EST by therising (6643)
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[-] 5 points by trashyharry (3082) from Waterville, NY 5 years ago

The Masters of the Universe are getting ready to shove an Austerity Package down the throats of Americans.They are dragging their feet,but they will have to do it soon.They apparently are feeling nervous about it,and the nervousness of The Masters is spreading downwards through to their Tools,Indentured Servants and Slaves.One thing I happen to know about the Masters of the Universe-any level of discomfort of any cause makes them Super Grouchy and it is in times like these that they abuse the Servants.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 5 years ago

Well, we'll all have to watch out for the fallout from that. They say that shit rolls downhill. In the meantime, check this out re austerity: http://occupywallst.org/forum/a-message-to-all-the-well-meaning-democrats-and-re/

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 5 years ago

I love the generalizations. THEY are the enemy! who? THEM!

I'm betting we raise taxes on the 2%
we will not cut mc, ma, ss

If we get our act together, and replace 20-30 tp clowns like louie & michelle in 2014, we we raise cap gains tax & corp tax & inheritance tax

but that means we have to vote - for people who support the 99%
and they aint Rs

[-] 1 points by trashyharry (3082) from Waterville, NY 5 years ago

OK,Bensdad-you lovable old curmugeon-THEY-The Masters of the Universe-have names.They are all Billionaires,or well placed individuals who have received permission to eventually parlay their tens or hundreds of millions into multi-billion dollar fortunes.To name a few?Lloyd Blankfein,Jamie Dimon,Mike Bloomberg,Bibi Netanyahu,The Bush Family,Eric Prince,The Walton Family,The Rothchild Family,The Rockefeller Family,The Koch Brothers,Sheldon Adelson,The Murdock Family...and so on.These Billionaires and others are the owners of our government.At least 80% of state and federal elected politicians are Hand Puppets controlled by these Oligarchs.For the moment,they are acting cooperatively.There are Factions among them-they are also surrounded by a crew of Wannabees like Trump who would do ANYTHING to get in their club.So the nightmare is true-we are all condemned to a horrible,cruel and terrifying version of High School that never ends.We have got to do whatever we can to destroy this class of Oligarchs because they are dreadful,perverse,murderous.freakish incarnations of The Popular Kids and Jocks of High School.

[-] 3 points by ogoj2 (32) 5 years ago

There needs to be a study of trolls.

Why do they troll? Are they taunting? Are they curious to hear our responses to their right wing propaganda? How often do they switch to real discussion? What do they get out of talking to us?

Do they regard us as evil or stupid? Do we regard them as evil or stupid? What about the gender roles in trolling?

Bottom line: I think communication across the ideological divide is fascinating, and I wish we could be a little more tolerant and exploratory.

I know we've all had nasty experiences with right wing crazies, but I'd like us to step back and reflect on the lessons of these exchanges.

I'd like to hear from others on this.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 5 years ago

Good thoughts. I'd also be interested to know how many are paid for this.

[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3340) 5 years ago

Some trolls are corporate shills and PR fronts, some are ardent right wingers, some are sad, loney, angry - mainly men, I'd say. Hard right wing thinking can not stand the light or love of leftist logic I think. I know most don't get 'left and right' because they think that The Democratic Party or Obama are somehow 'left', but really they are only 'left' viewed whilst being deeply embedded on the right.

The MSM are corporate owned. 'Liberal' is just a word that means you could invite that person to a dinner party, but liberals can hold the most unthinking, prejudiced positions too. Main stream politics in our country only occupies a tiny spectrum over there somewhere to my right, because I'm old enough to know 'left from right', lol.

When you challenge peoples worldview and shortage of love, thought and reasoning, they seem to get angry, so troll rationales aside, here's a link that critiques our society - 'Guns In America: Musings On Our National Psychosis' - http://www.nationofchange.org/guns-america-musings-our-national-psychosis-1355674607 , which ends with - 'extremism is nothing new in this country. Just ask the victims of gun crimes.'

Never Give Up Reasoning With Head & Heart! Occupy The Conversation! Solidarity.

[-] 5 points by ogoj2 (32) 5 years ago

I think a fair number of trolls have never really been exposed to real leftist thinking. As you point out, their notion of left is often just mainstream dem.

They dismiss us rudely, but I suspect that we add a piece to their puzzle.

After all, where would one acquire the rudiments of leftist thinking in the US? Even people who have attended real 4 year colleges often get just a course or 2 in the social sciences or humanities, generally a stale intro.

My experience with rightists sometimes reminds me of listening to meat eaters trying to justify themselves to vegetarians. "If we didn't eat meat the cows would overpopulate the world." They're improvising badly because they've never been to this strange argument.

[-] 7 points by Ache4Change (3340) 5 years ago

PR trolls from ALEC, the NRA & other right-wing think-tanks and lobbyists infest these threads for sure but are not able to maintain poor arguments so must resort to subversion. And please also try to see -

a) http://www.alecwatch.org/

b) http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed

c) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_think_tanks_in_the_United_States

d) http://www.hks.harvard.edu/library/research/guides/think-tanks-directory.htm from ...

e) http://occupywallst.org/forum/we-need-to-know-who-funds-these-thinktank-lobbyist/ .

Leftist thought starts in the Heart, moves to the Head & generates Hope!!! Theory and practice can follow thereafter!! Never Give Up Occupying The Issues! Solidarity.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

twinkle - I give you 1 as the trolls or a troll at least did not like your comment.

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[-] 4 points by Ache4Change (3340) 5 years ago

Occupy A Twinkle :) Never Give Up On Expressions Of Support! Occupy Solidarity!

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Be positive it really ruins a shills day. {:-])

[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3340) 5 years ago

Hey, B+ is my blood group! Gotta go attend to duties now, but - Never Give Up Occupying Solidarity!

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Hah - it's in the blood - can't B much more positive then that.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 5 years ago

Great points!!

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 5 years ago

I gave you one also! & gave DK 1 as well for supporting you.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 5 years ago

They are relentless in their attempts to change the narrative from anti-corporate to anti-Obama. That is their agenda here. It should tell us something about why, while re-electing Obama wasn't the solution, it was a first step to a solution. The Republican Party needs to be over . . . no more than a piece of history in America.

Just look at the tactics these "people" are willing to stoop to here.

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 5 years ago

there are more newbies - I'm not sure why - and certainly trolls

I try to "use" a couple of "conceptual filters"
If a poster uses labels & generalizations & name calling,
I tend to not pay attention
If a poster uses specific examples and numbers, I tend to pay attention

I am surprised at how easily I get pulled into debates with the trolls and the crazies. I avoid it very well in person, but the internet hooks me!

I think much of the trolling is designed to waste our time and divert us from real progress.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 5 years ago

Yup. I think you're correct. I wonder if some are paid to do this.

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[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 5 years ago

They are here to defend gun owners.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 5 years ago


[-] -2 points by MarkKevin (-46) 5 years ago

Oh yes, of course. There's many more people that disagree with you at this moment than just 3 hours ago. Major trollage activity rise in just 3 hours. Viola!