Fakenews Making Idiots of Themselves

Now they’ve got it into their heads that “location services” from Twitter, which can be customized by the end user, are sound enough to constitute proof. Proof, that you’re in the pay of Vladimir Putin, no less. As is happening to users who jokingly pretend to be in Russia, then find their account suspended for it.

Proof enough to get parody accounts banned from Twitter – on this sort of evidence:

Anybody can set their location to anything they want. (So long as it’s a real place. We wanted to put “the fucking Moon” as our location and tweet “Look where we’re tweeting from!”. But that level of customization isn’t supported. Pretending to be anywhere on Earth is supported, as you’ve seen in our “impossible” travel tweet above).

That’s #fakenews. Ignorance playing upon ignorance. They don’t even bother to read the user manual, let alone click to see what that little location button on their tweet does.

Charlatans and liars – who hate parodies sending them up enough to have them banned.

Such as the account formerly known as “Boston Antifa” who similarly customized their own location (a more likely scenario than “accidently switched it on then accidently typed in their password to confirm they wanted it on”).

With Russiagate collapsing around their ears Hillarists have taken to bullying those who parody them.

Boston Antifa are welcome to guest post on the skankworks.net. We think they did a splendid job sending up the political zeitgeist in Trump’s America.

Update

The profile page supports free-form locations so we did, briefly, get to tweet from the fucking Moon after all.

Space Antifa, eat your heart out.

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Shepeating

Shepeat, verb

When a woman repeats the same question to the same person over and over
until she gets the answer she wants.

Example usage:

Her: “Do you want something to eat?
Him: “No thank you. I’ve eaten already”
Her: “Do you want something to eat?
Him: “No thanks. Not hungry”
Her: “Do you want something to eat?
Him: “Stop shepeating.”
Her: “Do you want something to eat?
Him: “Yeah, sure. I’m starving”
Her: “Make it yourself. I’m not your slave!

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Flag Sport

Since the urban dictionary now paradoxically requires one to obtain corporate sponsorship before one may submit a definition we will keep ours here from now on.

Flag Sport, noun

A Flag Sport is any sport, professional or amateur, played under the auspices of one or more national flags. This includes both domestic national leagues and international competitions. Considered, particularly in the latter case, to promote nationalism, border walls, and other trans-national social division, the passions invoked by Flag Sports can often be of such intensity that players and spectators have to be physically separated from each other by fences and walls just like the borders represented by the flag(s) the game is being played under. As opposed to local and regional sports where players and spectators alike go for a beer together afterwards to discuss the match.

This is not to be confused with sports that involve use of a flag, such as Flag Football. This definition is thus provided for disambiguation between “Flag Sports”, those played under a flag, and “sport that is played with a flag”. An international competition of Flag Football would fall under both definitions.

Example Usage

Tom: “Do you want to come over and watch the Olympics on TV?
Jerry: “No thanks, I am opposed to Flag Sports

SJW: “What do you mean you want the USA to win the World Cup in Moscow? Flag Sports are literally Hitler!

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Oh what a circus….

Trolling conspirarcy groups on Usenet, back in the days…

Newsgroups: alt.conspiracy.princess-diana
Subject: Oh what a circus….
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 97 13:18:39 GMT
Organization: ALT-F4

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Where are the EU’s Dotcoms

When the European Union was founded by the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in 1993 we were very happy. That kind of made us outcasts in the opting-out UK, particulary as we also advocated for UK membership of the Euro and Schengen.

At that time there was no public email or websites to browse. The Internet as we know it is younger than the EU, and it hasn’t even been a quarter of a century.

The Internet’s growth has been similar to the growth of railways two centuries before, with the accompanying monopolist zillionaires taking over newspapers of record, founding banks, and spawning their own congressmen and women.

However, one-percenters of yore such as Rhodes or Harriman built railways. Which required them to deal with land-owners along with local and regional authorities across continents. Naturally bringing them into close, back-handing contact with a nation’s elites. Contacts the dotcom billionaires of today do not make as a natural consequence of their siloed off-shored online businesses.

But we’re not interested in the offspring of today’s dotcom billionaires causing nuclear war under President Chelsea Clinton in thirty years time. We’re wondering where the EU’s dotcoms are. Or to be more precise why doteu fails to even qualify as a brand, let alone a household name.

The dotcoms of the USA are well known. China has QQ, baidu, and ali baba. Russia has Yandex, vKontakte, and mail.ru. Websites used by hundreds of millions.

What has the EU produced? A tax-free offshoring centre for America’s dotcoms and that’s about it.

It’s failed. Maastricht was a nice idea but the EU became distracted by the collapse of the USSR, dazzled by expansion, spooked by 9/11, and largely missed out on the opportunity of the century.

Tweet us your favourite EU dotcoms and prove us wrong

@theSkankworks

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