threat-letter

captain america was created by jack kirby and joe simon, two jewish men. the creation of captain america was consciously political. in an environment where nazi sympathizers in the united states were mainstream and vocal, kirby and simon wanted to have their say, too, and encourage people to open their eyes to the moral crisis of allowing nazi germany to continue its actions. they received so many death threats and hate letters that they had to have police protection. we need to continue to remember this, especially in light of marvel’s current efforts to de-politicize at every turn while still reaping the benefits of kirby and simons’s inherently political creation, not to mention their downright erasure of jewish presence in their universe. 

“Do you realize, you revolting little object, that the copyright of a letter belongs to the writer of it? If you plan to continue your practice of publishing private letters sent to your private address, you are liable to come up against someone who thinks you worth powder and shot—which I don’t”

—P. G. Wodehouse to Don Iddon, March 1954.

If you love your dad, go ahead and reblog this just because it's nice to let folks know your old pops is loved.

I just saw one of those threatening reblog-or-else posts targeted at beloved fathers, and this is me counteracting it.

hyperallergic.com
Photographer Files $1 Billion Suit Against Getty for Licensing Her Public Domain Images
In December, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website.

In December, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website. It demanded payment of $120. This was how Highsmith came to learn that stock photo agencies Getty and Alamy had been sending similar threat letters and charging fees to users of her images, which she had donated to the Library of Congress for use by the general public at no charge.

Now, Highsmith has filed a $1 billion copyright infringement suit against both Alamy and Getty for “gross misuse” of 18,755 of her photographs. “The defendants [Getty Images] have apparently misappropriated Ms. Highsmith’s generous gift to the American people,” the complaint reads. “[They] are not only unlawfully charging licensing fees … but are falsely and fraudulently holding themselves out as the exclusive copyright owner.” According to the lawsuit, Getty and Alamy, on their websites, have been selling licenses for thousands of Highsmith’s photographs, many without her name attached to them and stamped with “false watermarks.”


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I remember waking up and threatening to leave. It’s shocking because I would never. They were empty, but they still hurt like hell. That, I know. That, I see. When you’ve seen eyes with colors of bruised fruits, you’ll have seen someone you did hurt. That’s the darnest thing because I’ve used the excuse that I don’t know how to love. It’s bullshit. I taught myself to love this way. That’s why I’m relearning. Reteaching. Love is flexible, but most importantly, it’s breakable. You’re a rubber-band passing your limits and I’m the fingers that stretch and stretch until you become timeless. A snap. A quick and painless snap. That’s when you know you’ve hurt someone. So man, or lady the fuck up and learn from it. One day, maybe one day. You’ll truly apologize by becoming a better person. A more respectful one. Love yourself before you love others.
—  A story to myself for when I was thirteen.
Web Sheriff's legal scare strategy: throw everything at the wall, hope something sticks


Web Sheriff has been retained by the mysterious celeb(s) at the center of thesuper injunction over an olive-oil threesome in a paddling pool, and as we learned, merely mentioning that such a thing exists is enough to lure them out of their caves and onto your doorstep, from which vantage they will endlessly pastebomb a series of legal threats, each more bizarre and incoherent than the last.

We got one of these notices, which was not only deceptive in that it implied that we were somehow violating the DMCA by writing about this stuff, but also unforgivably sloppy in that they managed to paste in the wrong URL, making their letter a threat over a post that had nothing to do with the issue they were worried about.

Mike Masnick at Techdirt got one too, and because he’s got more intestinal fortitude than I do, he’s undertaken the thankless task of dissecting it in all its glorious bullshittery. Reviewing Mike’s post, I regret not doing this first, because, as Mike shows, the work of Web Sheriff is cthuhoid in its mind-melting dullness and incoherence.

https://boingboing.net/2016/06/07/web-sheriffs-legal-scare-str.html

Celebrity Threat Letter

This morning I received a letter from the post office, marked “Return to Sender."  While the address was vaguely my own - what the post office thought to be a 7, I suspect was actually a 4, along with other, more alphabetical mysteries - I remain unconvinced that I actually sent this letter, or any letter, to anyone in the last five years.  Still, the letter arrived at my house, and being curious, I opened it.  

What I found both thrilled and astonished me, and I have included it for your perusal.

Transcription:

Dear Tom Hanks,

I have studied your film work, and I am not impressed.   Undoubtably, you receive many letters praising your range, expression, and relatability.  I am unmoved. This is not a fan letter, but a summons. I challenge you to a race to the moon.

One year from the postmark on this envelope, I will be launching an independent space campaign, in a rocket of my own design, where I will break  through the stratosphere, travel through the cold vastness of space, and plant my flag on the dusty, lifeless sphere that orbits the planet Earth.

Given your history with moon landings, I suggest you begin your preparations immediately.  In the interest of fairness, I will warn you, I have been training for this for half of my life. I am 22.

My training has been extensive and thorough, including:

-subsisting on only dehydrated ice cream for upwards of three months
- trampolining three hours a day, every day, to prepare my muscles for the "bounciness” of a zero gravity environment
-peeing through a tube into a vacuum cleaner

Included is a diagram of my plans to show you that I am serious.

See you in space, “Jim”

A.C. Beckett

gunpowdergloves  asked:

Dear ex bestfriend,

Send me one “Dear—-” and I’ll write a letter to this person

Dear ex bestfriend, 

Do you know how it feels like having active snail dynamite tucked into your body? Mark my words, you’ll know it if you just as much breath the same air as my sisters. Funny thing about snail dynamite is it will crack up your body as all its explosions slowly will one by one activate, sometimes it can go hours between the explosions. I’m a patient man, I’ll stand there and watch the whole process.

I have my eyes on you.

- C

You know, there’s really no feeling quite like when the death threats and hate letters start coming in the mail. Makes me feel like I’ve hit it big. I should start gathering these up and make a scrapbook out of them. Could be a nice conversation starter during meetings.

Hijab.

I don’t appreciate when girls who wear hijab play the victim card because of stares/glares. One of my best friends who has only worn hijab for a couple years has received death threats, hate letters, been spat on, called a terrorist incessantly while walking in Walmart in scrubs after work, has had tons of articles written about her falsely accusing her of a plethora of things, and I have NEVER heard her play the victim card as a hijabi. Doesn’t mean it’s easy, but constantly moping about people giving you dirty looks because you wear a scarf on your head just doesn’t sit right with me.

People give dirty looks and are judgmental to anyone. Not just women in hijab. I think instead of complaining about how people don’t treat you a certain way because of your appearance, it’s better to focus on talking to those same people about why you wear it. Smile in their faces. Focus on whatever it is you want to accomplish, knowing that HIJAB WON’T STOP YOU. Fight for it. Work for it. Breathe it. Live for it.

Don’t fear your own potential.

Persecution of Turkey’s Greeks began in the spring of 1914 even before the start of World War I. The first stage was harassment: boycotts, visits by Turkish irregulars, and threats delivered either by letters or by graffiti on walls. The second stage was actual terror: thefts, attacks on homes, and killings. Armed bands, sometimes made up of recent Turkish refugees from the Balkan Wars, attacked Greek villages in Eastern Thrace and on the west coast of Anatolia. One of the largest massacres occurred in the town of Phocaea (Foca), northwest of Smyrna, where some fifty Greeks were killed. The German correspondent Harry Stuermer, a reporter, usually sympathetic to Turkish authorities, later saw the town’s “smoking ruins.”

Living in a climate of fear, Greeks began to flee their homes. Some departed for the comparative security of the larger Greek community of Smyrna. Others left Turkey altogether for islands recently occupied by Greece. Tens of thousands of Greeks sailed from the coastal town of Cesme, west of Smyrna, for the nearby Aegean island of Chios, and newly arrived Muslim refugees of the Balkan Wars moved into the departed Greeks’ houses, even taking their clothes. Other Greeks sought more distant refuge: “Whenever we passed the Greek consulate,” Ambassador Morgenthau recalled, “we could see a throng of excited Greeks besieging its doors in an effort to get passports to leave the country.

—  “How Much Worse It Is Than Massacre!”; Terrible Fate: Ethnic Cleansing in the Making of Modern Europe, Benjamin Lieberman
salon.com
Men’s rights group raises $25,000 to protect them from feminists | Salon

Men’s rights activists have raised $25,000 to provide additional security for an upcoming conference because, “We’ve had ongoing problems with the feminist establishment, which is a multibillion-dollar hate industry, for years,” according to men’s rights blogger Dean Esmay.

The money will be used to hire seven off-duty police officers to provide security for the event. The hotel hosting the conference in Detroit, Michigan sent a letter to organizers requesting the additional security and expressed concerns about the safety of its employees and guests related to threats of violence. Police were contacted about the conference, but a spokesperson said they had not received “any word about threats.”

The letter does not say from whom the threats came, but the men’s rights activists behind the conference are pretty sure they are from feminists. Because they like to blame feminists for pretty much everything. As Abby Ohlheiser at the Wire points out, A Voice For Men’s homepage currently links to a petition to ”class feminism as a terrorist group.”

Asking supporters for money, conference organizers said they were “under attack by ruthless ideologues who want to silence us.” And then they made a 17 minute video of people saying “My name is [blank]. I am a real person. I am a critic of feminism. I am an advocate of men and boys. And feminists are trying to silence me.”

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Editor’s Note: Well I guess that whole patriarchy thing doesn’t exist to MRAs because “I am an advocate of men and boys. And feminists are trying to silence me.” is oxymoronic. This happening in the wake of Elliot Rodger’s horrid display of cultural misogyny shows just how grossly these people are counterproductive to dismantling heteropatriarchal capitalism. Such makes them and their “movement” dangerous.