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independent.co.uk
Michael Moore launches website 'Trumpileaks' for whistleblowers inside the Trump administration
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has created a website called “Trumpileaks” to enable whistleblowers to securely share information from the Trump administration. Mr Moore’s launch of his website comes a day after the Justice Department charged a government contractor with leaking classified information to the news media, the first criminal leak case under President Donald Trump.

Alexandra Wilts at The Independent:

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has created a website called “Trumpileaks” to enable whistleblowers to securely share information from the Trump administration.

Mr Moore’s launch of his website comes a day after the Justice Department charged a government contractor with leaking classified information to the news media, the first criminal leak case under President Donald Trump.  

Reality Leigh Winner reportedly sent a top secret National Security Agency report to The Intercept that described two cyberattacks by Russia’s military intelligence unit, including one against a company that sells voter registration-related software.

The NSA has said that the report was submitted anonymously.

Mr Moore, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, wrote in a letter published by the Huffington Post that “patriotic Americans in government, law enforcement or the private sector with knowledge of crimes, breaches of public trust and misconduct committed by Donald J Trump and his associates are needed to blow the whistle in the name of protecting the United States of America from tyranny.”

His website features encrypted messaging apps such as Signal and Peerio for leakers to send information digitally. Individuals can also send information by mail or can email him.

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The US is in the middle of a coup, warns Michael Moore
The US is in the middle of a coup and hasn't realised, according to Michael Moore. The filmmaker and journalist, who was one of the few famous people to publicly predict that Donald Trump would become President, has warned that the US state is being overthrown by Mr Trump and the people he has appointed to govern alongside him.

“If you’re still trying to convince yourself that a 21st century coup is not underway, please, please snap out of it.”

100 Days of Trump, Day 41: Bowling for Columbine and an actual personal message

Welcome back to 100 Days of Trump, where I recommend 100 works to help understand WTF happened in 2016.  

Ok, our last Michael Moore recommendation, this is the only film he has done which I have ironically liked the whole time (except for that fucking cartoon ugg), because it isn’t Moore just talking shit about conservatives in an obvious way, he is taking a much deeper examination of WTF happened at Columbine and asking deeper questions, which is unlike the man, seriously I really dislike Moore as a person but that is neither here nor there. And unlike every other one of these, I am going to talk about my personal experience for once, I don’t really use this Tumblr to talk about me, so this is a bit rare but for once I think my personal experience is pertinent.  

 Columbine was one of those inexplicable crimes, utterly pointless, obscene cruel, and totally pointless, and it makes American just in a state of shock, how could something this horrible happen?  What the fuck is wrong with us as a country that two kids go into a school and just start shooting.  And when something like this happens, something so out of the blue, we start asking questions about who is responsible, who is to blame, what is wrong with our country that this occurred.   I grew up in a post columbine world with public schools that were all nervous that me and my peers might go on a killing spree any day now, and I remember how desensitized we all were to the notion of killing, there were shooting drills every few months, and hiding in a dark corner of my class room morbidly joking about whether a shot gun could get through the walls and kill us was just part of the American High School experience.  And then the Virginia Tech shooting happened, and the entire school was put into an gym and forced to endure this fucking inane presentation by a group called Rachel’s Challenge.  Rachel Scott was the first women shot by the Columbine shooters, very religious and she has been made into this fucking martyr, who remembered god even as she was gunned down, and then of course they found some diary entry she wrote about how people should be nice to each other and how wouldn’t it be nice if people weren’t horrible all the time.  These guys are like the actual adults in Series of Unfortunate Events

Look its here, see how much you can tolerate and then imagine a Lemony Snicket response

And it was the most inane fucking shit I’ve ever seen, the entire school, only days after the Virginia Tech Massacre got to watch in detail all of the Columbine shootings, listen to the recordings, see these interviews with the victims, and everybody was asked to sign “Rachel’s Challenge” this big fucking banner pledging to stop being mean to people at school, and to this fucking day I remember being the only person from my grade who didn’t sign the fucking thing.  And for one day, one day, everybody walked around with tears in their eyes and it was this nice moment is kindness and everybody pretending they cared.  Day after, right back to normal, down to the confederate flag truck in the parking lot and the sexual harassment in the hallways, not a single fucking thing changed, including security eyeing us.  Because that is all these simplistic, feel good, pat ourselves on the fucking back solutions ever do, its nothing but a way for people to spin a national tragedy into a pat kitsch sentimental feel good message that throws all of the problems under the rug, and allows this fundamentalist Christian group in all but name seep into our public schools, Fuck Rachel’s Challenge and fuck the entire notion of martyrdom.  Like, can we only understand human evil through a teenage diary entry?  This is a problem I have with the Ann Frank Society btw, That day has instilled me a contempt for death, because its nothing more than taking somebody and making them into a fucking poster.  I”m not anti religion, i’m not anti Christian, I actually rather like Christianity, I’m anti pat sentimentalism, i’m anti Kistch, and I’m against taking horrible events and spinning them into something good.  Columbine wasn’t Triumph over Tragedy, it was Tragedy from start to finish.   

Weirdly enough i’m reminded of this scene from Breaking Bad  and yes, I am saying things like Rachel’s Challenge have more to do with causing discontentment in schools than stopping them…after all in my Breaking Bad installment I talked about that as well

    And in Rachel’s Challenge we see part of the larger problem with Columbine, everybody wants a nice simple easy fucking answer, uncomplicated, comforting, and above all dismissable, if we only got ride of X then shit like this wouldn’t happen, above all don’t look at this and wonder “Huh, maybe this is tied to long standing systemic problems deep within our society’s core that we haven’t dealt with”.  And that is why I like this documentary it isn’t about Columbine its about the response to Columbine, the way America freaked out, found an easy scapegoat and moved on, above all don’t think about it.  That is where the title comes from, when it came to all of the random shit blamed for the massacre, nobody went for bowling even though that is what the shooters did right before the massacre.  

 More is basically saying that this isn’t a problem we can just pin on a thing and forget about it….well at least he is saying that in the documentary, later he pinned it all on prescription drugs, but i’m not recommending Moore (I am really not recommending Moore) I am recommending the film, because it is about how there is something much deeper wrong with American than a single thing the shooters liked.  More doesn’t say what he thinks caused the massacre (in the documentary at least, Death of the Artist people), but that in looking at the reaction, we see an America which is just constantly terrified of everything and looking for easy answers.  And Americans are always fucking scared, we are in this endless loop of being terrified of Terrorism, or crime, of natural disasters, of immigrants of everything.  Which is why when Crime rates are at a historic low people vote for a man saying they are high, when illegal immigration is not only at an all time low but also not a major contributor to violence people are scared, when not a single refugee has committed a terrorist attack on America people are scared of women and children, this is a country of cowards.  And when something happens that scare us, we just turn to some sort of security blanket and somebody to blame.   And when people are scared, they turn to somebody in power who will protect them.  You know, like what M was talking about

And btw, this is where that Marilyn Manson clip comes from.

Blame violent movies, blame violent videos games, if we just say its true, it will go away.  And ironically enough, when gamers started to get scared, they did the exact same behavior, blame feminists, blame progressives, blame minorities and don’t worry, the fucking Alt Right will protect you.  Actually this happened with Rock and Roll too

Sadly youtube doesn’t the clip about  how much this fear mongering is aimed at black men but you get the idea, fear and simplistic thinking are all coming out in response to this massacre and guess what?  None of it worked, the security measures, the talking about violent media, did any of it prevent future massacres?  No of course not, now school shootings are just something that happens, its just part of America now, ever few years a bunch of kids get shot, we just live with that.    And we have a crazy fucking psycho militia culture who feed off this culture of fear and use it to justify their own domestic terrorism, like what we talked about with Assassins.  

Moore doesn’t even blame guns, not directly, cause that would be the same thing, he points out that Canada has more guns than the us % wise.  No, instead he talks about gun culture, particularly by the NRA, which is much more of a problem, the whole notion that “Only a gun can protect you” bullshit macho nonsense, guns as a security blanket.  I’m not even the biggest advocate of Gun control, but the NRA’s entire way of viewing guns (a way tied very much to making money btw) is ghoulish, and encourages this culture of fear, and when people are scared all the time, Trump comes off as appealing.  

Huh, mixing macho violent culture with a culture of loneliness, alienation and a gun fetish, when did I talk about that before

But the part that spoke to me the most was this clip when I was a teenager, by the South Park guys.  

Because my town was also a boring miserable dreary world without culture, hope, or inspiration, constant dehumanization, going to these copy/paste dreaming utilitarian factory buildings with people you hate and are utterly dehumanized.  A lot like Veronica Mars, there is something deeply wrong with our high school long before the shooting.  Hey you know…just like Donald Trump.  Also another country with weird shit happening all the time, Russia.  

Also a good link on the misconceptions about Columbine can be found here

The problems in America are deeper than just the shooting, every shooting is a symptom of something much deeper than what is obvious, and Trump is the Columbine of politics, Trump is the thing that should make us all question “Wow, how did America get here”.  Again I talked about this in the Watchmen installment.  

Bowling for Columbine (2002) - 

Filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the reason(s) behind the massacre of 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. He documents how two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, easily acquired four pieces of firearms, despite of having a history of arrests, juvenile detention, counseling sessions, and drug dependencies. He documents how the U.S. has ended up as a country with the highest number of gun-related killings on Earth. With interviews with people like Charlton Heston, former President of the National Rifle Association, who lives in a fortified mansion, Moore shows how easy it is to acquire guns and munitions - with examples of a bank giving a free gun just for opening a bank account, and of one particular municipality that makes gun-ownership mandatory. Moore then links the involvement of the U.S. with tyrants and terrorists such as Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden for it’s own narrow gains - resulting in deaths of millions of civilians from 1953 through to 2001 - and it’s refusal to review and change it’s now notorious “Foreign Policy”.