A little mood music, maestro…Yes, kiddies, this week’s post is gonna be a little different. This one will consist of only one wanker, but I’m sure you’ll agree with me that this wanker has it coming.Bright and early on Monday morning, when I usually start gathering links for this list, I opened my e-mail box and found six messages from the same address. They were all helpfully labelled spam by my mailbox, but they hadn’t been plonked by my blogware. (This is a problem I’ve had quite a bit with the latest edition of Movable Type; I’ve since managed to figure out what was the matter with the anti-spam function, and to set the filter for more aggressive action. Some still gets through, but I’m seeing fewer repeat offenders. That’s progress, I guess.) Now, this didn’t upset me much–at first. I was only mildly annoyed, because I figured that they would be the usual spammy pseudo-comments, the kind that peddle Viagra or its clones. There was, by coincidence, another spam from an entirely different spammer also waiting to be marked as such. So I prepared to flush them all en masse from my comment-management page. But then I took a closer look and realized that I wasn’t dealing with the usual crap merchants. Whoever had sent these messages, they had targeted not just any random viewer, but me and whoever reads my blog. They had all landed on this entry–fittingly titled Vampire Bat Report. The entry–which briefly mentions the murder, by terrorists, of Evo Morales’s elderly, defenceless aunt–had attracted a bat from no less vampiric a place than good ol’ Transylvania. The IP number from which the troll wrote is 188.8.131.52, which I traced to Budapest, Hungary. Those who’ve been reading me regularly will recall that since April, I’ve been tracking and translating news items (starting with this one) about the Bolivian federal police’s excellent work in busting a terror cell composed of foreign mercenaries. That’s where the Hungarian connection ties in. The mercenaries happened to be led by a Bolivia-born Hungarian national who had also been given Croatian citizenship after participating in the Balkan conflicts of the early 1990s–a conflict in which Croatia split off from what was then still Yugoslavia. (He was working as a mercenary then, too.) The cell’s objective was to spark a civil war, which their wealthy fascist financiers had hoped would enable the wealthy eastern part of Bolivia, known as the Media Luna (“Half Moon”) to separate from the rest of the country–much like Croatia from Yugoslavia, in other words. Unfortunately for them, but very fortunately for Bolivia as a whole, it was an epic fail–the federales surprised the heavily-armed mercenaries (who had the charmingly paranoid habit of sleeping with their guns) in a hotel in lovely downtown Santa Cruz in the middle of the night. A shoot-out ensued, and three of the mercenaries were killed, including their Bolivian-Hungarian-Croatian leader; two more were arrested and are currently awaiting trial. The arrested men have named several accomplices, who in turn have fingered the cell’s financiers. (You can read more about one of them, and their prominent spook pal–a former US ambassador to Croatia, as it happens–here.) The separatists’ hopes have been further crushed by the refusal of any legitimate international organization to recognize the Media Luna as a nation. And worst of all for anyone who still thinks balkanization can happen, there is the salient fact that Evo Morales–the most popular elected leader in all of Bolivian history–is popular throughout the country. Even in the Media Luna, he is extremely well liked by indigenous and white people alike. He is on his way to an easy re-election, which he will probably win by an even wider margin than his original election in 2005.Now, given that backgrounder, you can pretty well guess that the opposition are getting desperate. El Duderino has already noted that they have resorted to violence, knowing that none of their candidates are popular enough to make inroads against Evo. In Bolivia, that means beating up on anyone they can find who has a brown face and is dressed in some traditional indigenous fashion. It also means anonymous death threats, and other assorted forms of intimidation…Which leads me rather nicely to this troll and what it’s been trying to do around here since early Monday morning. In case you can’t read Spanish, and you’re wondering just what the troll had to say, it’s all bullshit. I won’t bother to translate or rebut it; it’s not worth the trouble. I left the guano up just so people can see it (if they can read Spanish, and they’re of a mind to witness someone else’s mental breakdown), but closed the entry to prevent more of the same. Well, it didn’t.The troll, being the persistent little shit-stain it is, found other entries to leave its crap on. All of them had to do with Evo or the terror cell in one way or another. It pasted in what appears to be an English translation of the same shit that appeared in the six original spam posts. When I made it plain that I had seen and removed it, and saved the notification e-mails for evidence purposes, that’s when things got truly nasty–and personal. The troll went berserk, posting all kinds of vile abusive drivel, and claiming, even more vilely, to be the mother of one of the dead would-be assassins. A sampling of its hysteria follows:
Now, that just stinks to high heaven–a real grieving mother, one would think, would withdraw to heal, not cyber-stalk complete strangers and the president of Bolivia with death threats and intimidation and ineffectual curses. (I can just picture some old, wrinkled woman in a babushka saying that, in the same tone as she might say “Gypsy, ptuh!”)I removed all of these troll-posts except that one, which you can see here. That one was left, I later found out, using a forged Hotmail address; I had contacted Hotmail to let them know of the abuse, and they notified me that the address didn’t
Bolivia and the shameful “president” Morales, a homicidal killerassasin feel soon a “hands of justice”!Muerte a asesinos!JUSTICIA!* * *Sabina C. Becker!You uneducated biach!I wish for you: the cruel, brutal death of your child!Soon!I wish for you: the cruel, brutal death of your child!Soon!I wish for you: the cruel, brutal death of your child!Soon!God help me!Mother of Árpád assassinated!
exist. Sort of tells you something about the character of Internet trolls, doesn’t it?The troll also repeated the invective on Powers & Morrison, a progressive news site that syndicates me. I received the following notification, one of two, again, by e-mail:
Classy, no? This is who Branko and Rubén hire to do their dirty work, intimidating complete strangers. Gotta love ’em.And don’t you love how this “moral, educated” person can’t even spell what it so courteously calls me? (It’s B-I-T-C-H, and it stands for Bina In Total Control Here—bitch!) Yeah, God’s really gonna reward them for that. That was one; the other was a bunch of links to putrid oppo sites from Bolivia not worth reproducing here, full of false charges and dirty disinformation. I’m not going to bother disseminating any of that dreck. Oh yeah, and more charming Hungarian invective, which rolls off me like water off a duck, seeing as I don’t speak a word of the language and couldn’t care less what this classless cretin chooses to call me. (If this person were truly educated, s/he might recall that Hungary wouldn’t ever have gotten paprika if not for the indigenous people of the Andes–particularly Bolivia. They were the first ones to cultivate the stuff, which is certainly not native to Hungary. And s/he wouldn’t be such a fucking racist, either.)The final message from The Mother of Arpad the Assassin was this one:
You immoral, uneducated biatch!I whish you a death of your child very soon!I whish you a death of your child very soon!I whish you a death of your child very soon!Megátkozlak, dögölj meg, Isten engem úgy segéljen!Dögölj meg, és a gyermeked is!
All your base are belong to us! Booogaboogabooga!!!Yeah, whatever. You can go to the cemetery if you want; I’m staying right where I am. Your silly threats don’t scare me any more than your shrieks for “justice” (that is, MURDER) move me. The Europarliament isn’t listening to you, either. They are in Bolivia right now, observing the elections, which I can tell you will show no irregularities, just a decisive win for the man you futilely execrate here. The yelling of a lunatic is just a lunatic’s yelling, at the end of the day.Except for the one from the forged Hotmail addy, the droppings were all left by someone writing from this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. So far, Yahoo has not been able to confirm or deny the existence of this account; they tell me there’s a problem with the headers (surprise, surprise). I do not believe that this person is who they claim to be, but on the slim chance that they are, they should be thoroughly ashamed. This is conduct entirely unbecoming. And yes, I dug out that vile crap explicitly to shame them. I do not believe in letting people get away with anonymous intimidation on the Internet no matter who they are. (Plus, I’m hoping that some English-speaking Hungarian cop sees this and acts accordingly. I’m going waaaayyyyy out on a limb and guessing that harassment and death threats are against the law over there, too.)Finally, another little musical dedication. If this person is really Hungarian, there’s a better than average chance that they understand German…Good night, and may you get arrested, whoever you are. Maybe then you’ll finally get the psychiatric help you so obviously need.
Sabina, you disgusting whore, be a damned!I coming! You come with me into the cemetary!Be a damned you and your child, your family!