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Rich Douchebag secretly funding anti-Hillary meme war, Daily Beast reports

A different rich douchebag than the one mentioned in the headline
A different rich douchebag than the one mentioned in the headline

So the filthy rich 24-year-old founder of Oculus — you know, the tech company with the virtual reality goggles — has apparently been secretly funding a propaganda outfit attempting to take down Hillary Clinton with a barrage of dank memes.

According to The Daily Beast:

A Silicon Valley titan is putting money behind an unofficial Donald Trump group dedicated to “shitposting” and circulating internet memes maligning Hillary Clinton.

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey financially backed a pro-Trump political organization called Nimble America, a self-described “social welfare 501(c)4 non-profit” in support of the Republican nominee.

Luckey sold his virtual reality company Oculus to Facebook for $2 billion in 2014, and Forbes estimates his current net worth to be $700 million. …

Nimble America says it’s dedicated to proving that “shitposting is powerful and meme magic is real,” according to the company’s introductory statement, and has taken credit for a billboard its founders say was posted outside of Pittsburgh with a cartoonishly large image of Clinton’s face alongside the words “Too Big to Jail.”

“We conquered Reddit and drive narrative on social media, conquered the [mainstream media], now it’s time to get our most delicious memes in front of Americans whether they like it or not,” a representative for the group wrote in an introductory post on Reddit.

There’s a weird and elaborate Reddit backstory to all this, featuring bitter infighting, accusations of con-artistry, and even a cameo from Milo Yiannopoulos, all of which I’m too lazy to summarize, so you’ll have to read about it over on The Daily Beast.

H/T — TZer0

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kupo
kupo
5 years ago

@Oogly and anyone else keeping tabs on the shooting, he’s been caught:

http://komonews.com/news/local/sheriffs-office-person-of-interest-arrested-in-cascade-mall-shooting

Of course, I found this out because a right-winger in my Facebook feed is complaining about how the “liberal” media “won’t talk about” the guy being Turkish (even though they’re talking about it).

teiresias
teiresias
5 years ago

@Kupo:

The fascinating thing is that Erdogan aside, Turkey is a secular society, and by all indications this guy was a Christian (maybe ethnic Armenian or Greek, not that it really matters?).

occasional reader
occasional reader
5 years ago

Hello.

> Scildfreja

I’ve swung Sanvik brush axes from sun-up to sun-down.

Hmm. As you say your research job is going down, i wonder if now you would thing the Lumberjack song, but as a Lumberjackie ?

Have a nice day.

Kat
Kat
5 years ago

@numerobis

Chop it just above where you see a pair of leaves coming out of the stem, and like the hydra it will come back with twice as much new growth.

Thanks! We’ll give that a try.

Can rosemary and mint grow inside? ‘Cause that’s all we’ve got.

numerobis
numerobis
5 years ago

Yes! Mint grows anywhere, it’s best inside so it doesn’t spread.

Rosemary does fine but make sure not to overwater it. Basil and mint will take almost any amount of water, but rosemary will rot. Same with sage; basically, how drought-tolerant a plant is is well correlated to his likely it is to rot.

Scildfreja Unnýðnes
Scildfreja Unnýðnes
5 years ago

@occasional reader, hee, if I have to. The song’s about lumberjackin’ in Canada after all. I’m not in the right shape for that anymore, tragically, otherwise it’d be a nice change of pace.

(Oh, wait, I can’t get by on minimum wage anymore, welp, there goes that idea…)

Fishy Goat
Fishy Goat
5 years ago

@Scildfreja Well, our south west English ancestors may have met. LOL! My ancestry is all over northern Europe (mostly the western bits, but a few in Poland and other places). I find it incredibly amusing that I have eight Icelandic lines that trace their ancestry to Odin.

“I’ll be your king! My grandfather was Odin!”
“No, follow me! My uncle was Odin!”
“…um…my father’s mother’s daughter’s sister’s former roommate was Odin!”
“????”

*hums lumberjack song while living in Yukon…not BC, but whatever. :)*

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