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Thursday, January 09, 2020

After More Than 12 Years, Allow Me to Introduce Myself

My name is Kurt Phillips

For over 12 years I have been anonymously tracking neo-Nazis and hate groups and sharing that information on this blog. I am proud of my work and stand by its accuracy. When we write about individuals and groups we use their own words and actions to describe what they’ve done. We don’t make things up. If they’re on the blog, there’s a very good reason.

I knew that one day my identity would become public. We know who is responsible and what they’re capable of so they should just be left alone. I hope they find peace one day. Right now I am just so grateful to have the support of family, friends, and an entire community of people who have joined me in this project over the years

The reasons why I did the work anonymously should now be self evident. I have been subject to a barrage of threats and a campaign of lies by people online. On that note I would like to set the record straight.
  1. I am not a terrorist or a leader or member of any extremist groups. These claims are defamatory and I'm talking to lawyers. I am in fact a human rights activist whose political views are mainstream. I believe, by default, that every good Canadian is anti-racist. Threats have been made and my friends have been collecting evidence and filing criminal complaints.
  2. I have never, nor would I ever, promote acts of violence. Throughout my life I have rejected violence as a means of enacting change and have always promoted legal and democratic methods to make the world a better place. Those who know me know this. I believe exposing hate is one of the best ways to stop it.
  3. I have always encouraged critical thinking and free discussion in my class regardless of student's political beliefs. My only consistent demand is that students (as well as myself) treat each other with respect - and when disagreeing, do so in a manner that doesn’t vilify the other person. In nearly 20 years I have never had a complaint about my teaching, and I believe my past students would confirm this, many of whom have reached out to support me. Like any good teacher, I did my best to teach the values of tolerance and diversity within the curriculum. I never brought the blog into the classroom or encouraged students to join activist groups.
  4. I do not target conservatives. Being opposed to racism isn’t confined to any side of the political spectrum. Over the years I have focused on bigotry notwithstanding other political views. I know conservatives who are an ally in the struggle against hatred, and they're just as welcome in this fight as progressives.
  5. I am meticulous in my research. I strive to avoid mistakes and fix them when they are made. As a result I am considered an expert in this field of research and have been consulted for news stories, contacted by police to aid in investigations, and have been cited in mainstream academic studies. Again, if somebody is on this blog, there's a good reason. And if they’re attacking me right now, there’s a good reason for that too.
As of now I’m leaving the blog which will continue under new management. It is being left in very good hands. I am going to continue my work as a new board member of the non-profit Canadian Anti-Hate Network. Stay tuned.

Hate groups are more active today than I’ve ever seen. However, I am very hopeful about the future, especially seeing the critical and courageous young people growing up today.

We will win, together.



Saturday, January 04, 2020

UBC Cancels Andy Ngo Event; Global Platforms Ngo Without Challenge

Far-right grifter, propagandist, Patriot Prayer best bud, and fascist water-carrier Andy Ngo's talk about "antifa violence" scheduled for January 29 was canceled by the University of British Columbia.
The organizer, The Free Speech Club, which isn't funded in any part nor an official club with UBC, but instead an independent organization, reacted, and is working with John Carpay's Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. A letter was issued to UBC demanding they honour the agreement, and the university has until January 10 to respond before they take legal action. 

The Post Millennial, the far-right's favourite publication which still seems to think that the "concrete milkshake" lie in Portland is real despite being fully debunked, covered the story. They claim it was canceled due to "antifa threats." 

As an aside, we strongly suspect the cited "Antifa Facebook BC" page is a fake. 

ARC is your website? Ok. 

Andy Ngo shared the same post, and also claimed that "antifa promised violence."  

Which groups promised violence, Andy? 

In case it hasn't been made clear, the only 'violence' being mentioned are jokes about milkshakes, which comes from incidents in Britain, where Tommy Robinson, Nigel Farage, and others were "milkshaked." Ngo himself was milkshaked in Portland, as well as covered with silly string. While the ethics of milkshaking can be debated, the fact that it is being construed as "violent" is disingenuous. 

While a diversity of tactics is always needed, and there may be situations where force is required to prevent fascists from carrying out their own violent agenda, UBC's Students Against Bigotry has expressed no intention to initiate violence. 

So... that's it. That's the joke. "Promised violence" indeed. 

The Vancouver Sun also covered the story: 
Ron Holton, the university’s chief risk officer, said in an emailed statement that campus safety and security is the primary concern, and the school does risk assessments to evaluate the impact that event bookings could have on the campus community. 
“The assessment in this case determined the safety and security of UBC students, faculty, staff and infrastructure was at risk if the event was allowed to proceed,” he said, noting the event was cancelled “in order to safeguard the safety and security of our community.” 
No specific safety concern was cited. 
“What they’re doing is pretty anti-Charter (of Rights and Freedoms), and as a publicly funded institution, they can’t really do what they’re doing, especially given the political nature of it,” said club director Angelo Isidorou. “What I’m hoping is that they rescind their cancellation. If they don’t, we will have to pursue legal action.”
It's interesting that FSC director Angelo Isidorou is so involved and now making the media circuit. 

In December, the author of this article engaged Isidorou, who we had been on speaking terms with for some time, to ask what he thought of the Ngo talk. We have never shared a private DM before, however we feel it's relevant to this story. 

It is, therefore, an interesting turn of events that Isidorou provided the following to the JCCF
For the past three years, The Free Speech Club has hosted numerous public intellectuals from all over the political spectrum. I found myself shocked and bewildered to see the school take such an anti-freedom stance. I believe the school needs to not only protect free speech, but stand against violent thugs who seek to undo our freedom.
It's also not unreasonable to assume from this that they're looking to capitalize on the legal case:

To contrast these alleged "antifa threats" with what supporters of the FSC and Ngo are saying: 

Significantly more threatening than milkshaking, no? 

Andy is well known for fabricating or twisting the facts to blame antifascists for violence, like the time he claimed antifascists beat violent fascists with a hammer... except it was the fascist's hammer, and he was swinging it. 
To compound the issue, Ngo appeared on radio with Global's Alex Pierson on January 2 where Pierson proceeded to allow Ngo to share his misinformation without any challenge whatsoever. 
This is just the latest in the long line of media figures who propagate myths and untruths about antifascism and far-right violence. 

As it stands now, according to the Post Millennial, the school is waiting to find out how the January 15 event with Janice Fiamengo goes before making a hard decision. 

We will update the story as necessary.  

Friday, January 03, 2020

Van Hamme vs. Vanderweide and Stuart: Douchageddon OR Cringefest 2020

This may be considered to be a non-canon sequel to, "Cameron vs. Van Hamme: Battle of the Douchebags" as Ronny only makes a single cameo appearance.

If there is one think that has become apparent since I first began this blog in 2007 it is that the people we monitor on these pages have a spectacular inability to get along with one another. I bring to you dear readers the most recent installment of righties behaving badly.

First, let me introduce the parties primarily involves:

Alex Van Hamme, the proprietor of Free Bird Media who seems to have become decidedly disenchanted with the troglodytes with whom he has become associated with over the years.

Chris Vanderweide, a troglodyte whose biggest life success ever appears to have been bashing people in the face with a helmet when they weren't looking because, you know, Chris is a real man.

Leigh Stuart who contributes to the conspiracy website Press For Truth who is probably best known for believing the conspiracy that Syrian refugees were butchering goats in the bathrooms of a Toronto Radisson and along with Ronny Cameron and then bf Georges Massaad trespassed to prove it. She's also now dating Vanderweide which calls into question her judgement because.... really?!?!

We also have "TrueHusky" who is giving off some Bryan Trottier vibes (though I admit that's only a guess on my part and I could easily be convinced othrwise) and special guest Gus Stefanis of the Canadian Nationalist Party founded by Travis Patron who is currently awaiting trail for assaulting two women in Regina.

Your's truly also makes an appearance as I sometimes like stirring the pot a bit.

We begin, as we often do, with a conspiracy theory presented as truth or perhaps truth by a credulous believer:

Of course it isn't true and an actual journalist would have done the requisite research before posting this but then Ms. Stuart isn't a journalist as much as she is an ineffective and somewhat incompetent propagandist. Still it is what we've come to expect from her.

What wasn't expected what Van Hamme's response would precipitate a petty argument that is ongoing as of the writing of this article when four days later Vanderweide decided to chime in:

I became aware of this slow motion train wreck when ARC was tagged:

But it wasn't deleted. It went on from there and like a horrible accident I could look away.

Though we should replace "horrible" with "hilarious" and "accident" with "circular firing squad".

This and the preceding parts come primarily from the main thread of the discussion, however I will include some of the "discussion" that branched out from it later (as well as a few of those branches to help provide context for the overall narrative). Suffice it to say it is long, painful to read (the ridiculous subject matter, Chris' inability to communicate above the level of a 5 year-old, etc), and will leave you walking away muttering to yourself and shaking your head.

In other words, enjoy the show. :)

There's a chance I might have been a bit of a jerk in this next exchange. I can live with myself however:

We finally have some mention of Ronny Cameron whose own ability to alienate people is second to none. It should be noted that neither Van Hamme nor Stuart seem to like Cameron at all, and yet his toxicity infects this exchange as well.

At which point Stefanis of the neo-Nazi Canadian Nationalist Party chimes in:

Hey, he wasn't wrong.

It probably isn't surprising for any of the readers to see that the whole exchange eventually results in trying to arrange a physical fight somewhere.

FINALLY Ronny makes his single appearance before seeing his shadow and heading back into his hole. This part refers to Cameron getting chased away from a protest supporting Don Cherry in front of the CBC where he hadn't worked for about a decade because 2019 was a hell of a year.

But back to the 12 year old posturing:

This part though is rather interesting:

You see, we have a discussion between Stuart and Cameron (posting as Pam Cellia which is a profile he uses when his main one is suspended) which might potentially cast some doubt on her claim not to support an ethnostate:

"Ronny, why would I debate you about something that I don't completely disagree with you..."

Why indeed? Might be interesting to get some clarification on this.

I've included a few of the threads that branched off the main one but I figure, what the hell!? Here are the rest of the ones I collected:

I have no doubt that this show will continue, however I think this is probably sufficient.