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An intriguing week.

The first thing that happened was my gym making the news. 

For those not in the know, weightlifting is a sport that requires specific equipment, namely bars with "life" or "spring" and rubber plates that can be dropped from overhead. You have to drive the weight up quickly and dive underneath it, and you're never, ever, ever, ever, ever going to be doing that at Planet Fitness or the YMCA, who were convinced by the lawyer brigade years and years and years ago that the best way to safe profit without risk of ambulance chasing lawsuit is to have nothing but rows of Nautilus machines.

There were two gyms where you could do this, and one closed when the owner had a stroke in his 70s and was carried out in an ambulance, never to return. The man had said that was the only way you'd ever get him to leave the gym, and his prediction proved right.

This left only the one gym. It's owned by a local trust fund baby, a man worth millions and whose father is worth almost five billion. That was inherited wealth, by the way - the matriarch of the family owns Cox Communications, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Val-Pak, Auto Trader, Manheim and dozens of other similar businesses. BILLIONS.

He's also a raging Communist. I'm not talking left wing, I'm talking full bore, Soviet flags all over the place, hates capitalism, has copies of The Communist Manifesto and other books around the place Communist. Most people, in fact just about everyone - simply accepts that the owner has every right to be into whatever he wants but it's a really good gym and whatever.

These people woke up on Wednesday to find themselves insulted, harassed and worse by hundreds of people. You see, the other part of the puzzle is that the owner hates the military (as they tend to do things like kill third worlders for corporate profit) and the police (racist agents of the state who only exist to protect corporate property) and neither are allowed membership in the club or are allowed on the premises. Therefore he put a sign on the door saying, and I'll quote, "NO FUCKING COPS". He also said "Fuck the Military" (in this instance it was about the Trump transgender ban) which angered a veteran, and the owner tossed him from the premises. "I'll be back with my own personal army" was basically the response. First CBS showed up. Then it got posted to Breitbart.

The same people that argued over and over again that "Christian" bakers should have the right to deny service to gay people are now up in arms saying you shouldn't be "racist" (unquote) against the police. As if being inborn to be something (black, gay, handicapped) is the same thing as a lifestyle choice (Nazi, cop, Scientologist).

Lots of "who are you gonna call if you get robbed huh" comments. But I know the owner's mind on this one. There are POC clients, and the gym's near a gay bar. There are transgender, gay and other members who really don't feel comfortable around the "fag joke" toothbrush-haired macho assholes who you find in many strength gyms. And naturally, the cops and cop apologists showed up to call everyone a fag, a skinny girl with short hair working there "a tranny or some kind of queer" and so forth. "How dare you say the cops are just violent thugs" said one guy to the news, "I offered to box the guy for charity to prove otherwise, but he chickened out." Lots of cops making veiled threats, too. "You know people who don't serve cops things don't work out so well for them or their business, or their clients." Laughingly, the head of the Fraternal Order of Police made some comment to the effect of "I've not talked to this man, but clearly anyone who hates cops is a criminal who has something to hide". Like, way to prove his point?

So while everyone was saying that the owner of this gym was the REAL racist, a bunch of literal Nazis and white power white supremacists showed up in Virginia to protest the removal of what at one point were veteran's memorials but are now flashpoints for racist worship. In the midst of hundreds of dedicated hate groups converging on the scene, there was not one instance of the National Guard coming in, or the army showing up pre-emptively, or rows and rows of cops in riot gear demanding pre-emptively that people remain peaceful, perhaps pulling some people aside pre-emptively to check warrants or search for drugs, like they tend to do if people of color have some kind of rally. In fact, Virginia only really considered that kind of thing after a white supremacist drove his Dodge Challenger through a crowd, killing one and injuring eleven more, two of whom are injured critically. There are photos of the point of impact, and bodies are flying. They were rammed by someone with the intent to kill.

The Episcopal Church is down there, has been for a while, as have other churches trying to defuse the situation.

But how interesting it is that the entire week has shown just how one-sided law enforcement efforts have been. Almost as if there's a double standard or something.

"I didn't know it was white supremacist. I thought it had something to do with Trump."
--mother of James Alex Fields, Jr, charged in Charlottesville incident

When I returned home, I surfed channels and online platforms.1

These included certain sites infested with alt-right extremists, edgelords, and generic online vermin-- sometimes all at the same time. While the news was fresh, many posters at these sites jubilantly called the killer a hero. And at these sites, and only at such sites, so far as Google and Bing could see, a specific, inaccurate identification was made of the car and its owner. They started posting a name, and otherwise doxxing a certain young man. Since his information identified him as a Trump opponent and someone who opposed the alt-right, they began a narrative absent from the mainstream. They decried the Hatred and Violence of the Left (moments after praising a guy who rammed a crowd, killing one) and promoted and guffawed over their new theory, that he was an anti-alt-right protestor who intended to hit alt-right protestors but misidentified his targets. SJW has one job and he screws that up, har har.

Of course, the police at that point had released no information about the car or the driver's identity, and witnesses consistently reported someone who was waiting and surveilling the scene before acting. Their theory did not really jibe with the apparent facts, even at that point.

Certain other online places less committed to the the Fine Art of Cranial-Rectal Insertion had also identified the license-- correctly, it turned out, linking it to a different car and owner entirely. They also emphasized certain obvious points: knowing who owned the car did not indicate who was driving the car, or if the vehicle or its plates had been stolen. Police soon identified that suspect, in custody and, in a not at all surprising development, he had been in Charlottesville to support the alt-right side. I don't mean to say that other groups cannot be violent: only that, in this particular case, a killer with any other affiliation would be unlikely.

Back in the sewers of the internet, opinion divided. Some were back to congratulating the killer, whoever he was. Others wouldn't go that far, but suggested, come on, one death, a few injuries, what's the big deal, hoss? Some spun narratives about how the driver had been provoked, had faulty brakes, or other scenarios supported by no available evidence. Finally, others had donned their tinfoil hats2 and were convinced that it was all a false flag, sure, maybe it really happened, but the driver was either probably or obviously a plant of Teh All-Powerful Leftist Elite to make the gathering look bad. Because a group that includes neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members needs help looking bad.

Meanwhile, I wonder when the American president will issue the words "radical domestic white nationalist terrorism" and I'm amusing myself, darkly, imagining his supporters' responses if anyone called him "the founder of the Charlottesville incident."


1. Canadian and British news certainly covered the Charlottesville, Virginia story, but not with the intensity of the Americans. On the CBC, the Korean situation and one specifically Canadian story received precedence.

2. As a bonus, some mad Tinfoil Hatters noted how much video there is of this event, but not of all of those shootings they claim are faked false flags. I'm no expert here, but I'm pretty sure a violent rally planned months ago and running for a couple of days would have several cameras recording it pretty much continuously, from within and without. Witnesses to an unexpected mass shooting, however, wouldn't already be recording events, and would most likely duck for cover once bullets started flying, rather than standing up and filming and getting shot. But perhaps I lack the conspiracy theorist's fine-tuned understanding of logic and human behavior.

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