Charlie Binbags. More than 30,000 people followed Charlie Binbags on twitter. They loved him. He was an inspiration. He was fake. His story was great. Homeless, hopeless, someone gave him a mobile phone, he immediately set up a twitter account and a gofundme page, got given a bucket load of cash, found a job. All in a fortnight. All a scam. When it was easily exposed that he was fake, there was barely a response.
These days, it would appear that people are prepared to believe whatever is put in front of them. We live in dangerous times.
Today, the Woody Allen story took a new twist. Moses Farrow has written a piece that essentially casts a huge spanner into the works. Reaction? He’s a liar. Dylan is a liar. Ronan is a liar. Or Dylan is telling the truth, Moses is telling the truth, Ronan is telling the truth. Take your pick. After all, you cannot be wrong.
On the whole, Ik Spreek takes a spiteful tone toward police, justice officials, the media and the public – virtually every sector of society involved in Mr. Coban’s case that doesn’t include him or his lawyers.
Justice authorities are all “charlatans,” prison managers are “cowardly,” Amsterdam judges are “losers,” the news media is “a pimp.” He compares Canada’s attempts to have him extradited to “an episode of South Park in which the Canadian authorities are always portrayed as a bunch of ignorants who cannot get anything done.”
He argues that a fair trial is impossible in Canada, where “nobody really adheres to the rules making a fair trial possible,” he writes. “The rigid public opinion has already been formed by extensively propagated inaccuracies through a public debate led by a sensationalist press who does not follow the guidelines of a properly functioning constitutional state.”
Today, a video from Thorn.
After the news about a guy called Matthew Calder, it would seem that this type of video is an unfortunate necessity.
I find it frustrating that this is being termed a ‘fall’. She took her own life, but it would appear that nobody wants to admit that. I am really not sure if that is a good thing or not.
Perhaps Jeremy Clarkson would have told her off for being selfish.
Whatever. With the likes of Falder around, and the Harvey Weinsteins, and oafs like Clarkson, there is a long way to go.
This story doesn’t really have a happy ending.
This raises another question about suicide prevention, yet another complication in how to deal with it. Amy Bleuel’s initiative was positive and inspiring. Her death, though, wipes out that positivity, bringing attention to the inner hopelessness that exists for some people.
Things like lighting up purple or getting a tattoo may be well-intentioned, but they are only a small part of any solution. The Amy Bleuel tragedy shows that there is no simple answer, that not every intent has a happy ending.
From the article:
But the women found that this wasn’t a type that necessarily translated into the world of porn. The majority of the women they spoke to were “cheerleader types” at school. “Most of them were very comfortable with sex and loved having sex so they just thought that porn was the natural next step,” Gradus says. “They had all seen porn very young and porn was very normalized to them so it didn’t seem like a big deal.”
Not sure what is going on here, as most of the news about it is from Indonesia.
This article is also pretty much insane.
Surely the people involved have to be retarded?
Following the first Guardian article, it gets even crazier.
‘She persuaded the student to wear a blindfold whenever they met, and wore a large strap-on prosthetic penis in order to dupe the woman into having penetrative sex.
The jury heard that the complainant not only wore the blindfold during sex but also for at least 100 hours when the pair were just hanging out – going for drives, sunbathing and even “watching” films together.’