Will InfoWars.com Domain be Seized by Domain Provider Name.com for Hate Speech Violations?

As many of you probably already know, Alex Jones has been deplatformed on social media. Alex Jones’s Infowars.com news website is currently down (at the time this post) from an apparent “cyber attack.” Since our last post, Alex Jones/Infowars have additionally been removed by Pinterest, MailChimp, LinkedIn and porn sites like YouPorn. Big tech companies seemingly working together have now set a precedent banning Jones/Infowars for what they consider hate speech.

Within a 12 hour period, Alex Jones has been deplatformed from Spotify, Apple, YouTube and Facebook virtually simultaneously. Jones was excommunicated from the tech giants’ platforms following a pressure campaign from left-wing political activists and CNN. CNN even went on to publish an article today claiming Infowars.com is complicit in domestic terror.

“The stripping of InfoWars from Facebook, Apple and other platforms is an important step in the recognition of nativist, nationalist and white supremacist hate speech as a form of terrorism.”

Sadly, domestic terrorism, or Jones’ dangerous speech, in which he claims that he is in a holy war against Islam, is not prosecuted under that statute. This is a failing that has permitted the proliferation of platforms such as InfoWars, their presence on popular platforms a legitimization of sorts for their content.

This new decision is a step forward in recognizing that hate outlets, such as InfoWars, are complicit in domestic terror, and a relief to Muslim-Americans, like myself, who have been the target of online assaults and threats.” – Rafia Zakaria, CNN.

With Alex Jones effectively banned from the respectable face of the internet, viewers could still get his content on porn sites like YouPorn.

Not for long. YouPorn jumped on board the hate speech bandwagon late Monday. The site’s vice president Charlie Hughes issued a statement saying:

“Following news that YouTube, Spotify and Facebook have banned Alex Jones from their platforms, team YouPorn is joining in solidarity and announces we are banning his content as well. As one of the largest user-generated content platforms in the world, we have already removed his videos that have violated our terms of service. As an inclusive platform, hate has no place on YouPorn.”

If the powers that be decide to take it to the domain name registrar level, they could effectively strip Jones of the ability to even have his own platform on his own site, by taking away his domain name which is hosted by Name.com. This would not be the first time that a domain has been seized due to hate speech violations. White nationalists websites, The Daily Stormer and Stormfront, had their domains stripped for hate speech violations in 2017.

Microsoft has threatened to cease hosting services for the social media network Gab.ai over two anti-Semitic posts, according to an email published by Gab founder Andrew Torba. The email claims the posts violate Microsoft policy and requests that Gab “promptly take appropriate action to resolve the complaint within two business days” or hosting service will be suspended.

Founded as an alternative for users who were banned by Twitter and Facebook, Gab has long struggled to maintain infrastructure partners in the face of persistent hate speech complaints. Gab’s apps have been dropped from both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, making the service largely unavailable on mobile devices.

In 2017, Gab was nearly dropped by its domain registrar over a series of posts that violated the provider’s hate speech policy. Could Infowars.com be next to have its domain stripped for hate speech? We think so.

Alex Jones, most hateful man in America?

YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, Apple, Pinterest and now Vimeo have removed Infowars content from their platforms. Vimeo is the latest in a growing wave of tech companies to pull videos from former Howard Stern guest and fellow radio host, Alex Jones.

Vimeo suddenly found itself at the center of the on-going Infowars.com debate after the show was barred from a number of competing sites. Earlier in the week, it was host to a handful of Jones-produced videos, but that number jumped suddenly when north of 50 more were uploaded to the service on Thursday and Friday.

“We can confirm that Vimeo removed InfoWars’ account on Sunday, August 12 following the uploading of videos on Thursday and Friday that violated our Terms of Service prohibitions on discriminatory and hateful content. Vimeo has notified the account owner and issued a refund,” a spokesperson told TechCrunch.

The tech companies say they blocked Infowars not because of the conspiracy theories, but because, in Spotify’s words, Infowars “expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics.”

Facebook said they were shutting down several of Jones’s pages for “glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”

“Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users,” adding, “podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory.”

Infowars is moving quickly from one platform to the next, as more sites remove their content over “hate speech” violations. Twitter remains steadfast in their decision not to remove Jones, for now.

Update: Jones’ accounts have also been suspended on Pinterest, MailChimp and LinkedIn.

Howard Stern Writing New “Tell-All” Book Which Will Be Released On September 25, 2018.

Howard Stern is writing a “tell-all” book, according to Radar Online. This project would be the third in a series of books for publishing company Simon and Schuster, and a continuation of his first tome titled Private Parts which was published in 1993.

Stern has been alluding to a “secret project” on his radio show for quite some time, and Radar Online learned that this might just be a new tell-all book.

Radar reported that over the past two months, Howard has spoken of being “overly excited” for the project. He also noted on his radio show, according to Radar, that he had to “look through old pictures” for the project.

The site reported that on July 17, a fan who claimed to work as a librarian said he stumbled upon an “untitled nonfiction” book added to the Simon & Schuster Canada Publishers’ list. The September 25 release date allegedly listed the author as the radio host. Radar reported that within several days after the discovery, the author was changed to “to be confirmed.”

Private Parts was released by the publisher in 1993 and it was the fastest-selling book in the company’s history. It was later adapted into a hit film in 1997 starring Stern and his radio show staff as themselves.

In late 1995, Stern published a second book called Miss America.

Radar reported that Stern’s new tell-all could “address a lot of controversies over the years, including his fall-out from former sidekick Artie Lange, his first divorce, possible health issues, and rumoured upcoming retirement.

Artie Lange commented on Howard’s upcoming book, “I’m looking forward to reading Howard’s book. I’m really curious what the hell he would put in there.”

“I’m on probation now until I’m 54,” Lange, now 50, said. “That’s a long time for a junkie not to f uck up. It’s incentive.”

Stern is expected to write about his stint on “America’s Got Talent,” and how he met and married his second wife, Beth Ostrosky in 2008.

Artie Lange: Howard and I had “a son-and-dad kind of thing.”

Artie Lange, who many thought would not make it to 50, recently did an interview with the Dopey Podcast, a podcast covering the dark comedy of drug addiction.

Artie revealed just how unmanageable his life had become in 2009 thanks to cocaine, heroin, pills and booze. Despite seeing the root of his problems, Lange’s behavior ended his otherwise wildly popular run on The Howard Stern Show.

“Howard did not understand addiction. He gave me the best job ever and he is a genius,” he affirmed on the podcast. “I was on the show for over eight years, but towards the end, I was a complete addict.”

Lange likened his relationship with Stern to “a son-and-dad kind of thing,” which potentially made Stern’s decision to fire the comedian more complicated.

“The last time I phoned him he did not call me back, it is like a son trying to get attention from his father. But I get it, he is a busy guy and things have changed. Now he likes to talk about his cats!”

“He didn’t know the extent of it. There’s no way he could’ve,” added that even though Stern couldn’t grasp just how far gone the comedian was, he tried to get Lange the help he so desperately needed.

Stern even connected him with a therapist, put him into a treatment center, and encouraged him to take all the time he needed to find sobriety.

During the interview, Artie indicated that Stern’s efforts were as generous as they were futile. Lange was straightforward and serious about the reality of his addictions, admitting that he might soon relapse and never find long-term sobriety.

Artie also disclosed that he was earning $4 million a year from The Howard Stern Show.

Stuttering John Melendez Prank Calls Donald Trump during Air Force One Flight

President Donald Trump apparently carried on a lengthy phone conversation from Air Force One with Stuttering John, who claims he duped the president into believing he was Democratic NJ Senator Bob Menendez.

John Melendez, former longtime regular on The Howard Stern Show also known as “Stuttering John,” posed as Menendez, a frequent Trump policy critic, in a podcast he posted online. He said he got Trump to open up about his next Supreme Court justice pick and his zero tolerance immigration policy.

The conversations were made public after Stuttering John posted the material to “The Stuttering John” podcast.

‘Hi, Bob. How are you, congratulations on everything, we’re proud of you. Congratulations, you’re doing a great job,’ says President Trump at the start of the call.

He then made reference to Menendez’s past indictment on corruption charges, which resulted in a hung jury last year before a federal judge cleared him earlier this year at the request of prosecutors.

‘You went through a tough, tough situation – and I don’t think a very fair situation – but congratulations,’ President Trump said in audio first played during Melendez’s Stuttering John podcast on Thursday.

Melendez then asked what he could tell his constituents in regards to the topic of immigration moving forward.

‘So Bob, let me just tell you: I want to be able to take care of the situation every bit as much as anyone else, at the top level,’ replied President Trump.

‘I’d like to do the larger solution rather than the smaller solution; they’re doing them step by step. I think we can do the whole thing.’

He continued: ‘I have a good relationship with the party, you have a good relationship with the party, and I think we could do a real immigration bill. We have to have security at the border, we have to have it. I mean, look, you’ve got 60 percent of the country, they’ve got to have security at the border.

‘And that’s a good excuse for the Democrats too, Bob. It’s not like, it’s good for you or good for me, it’s good for both of us … I’m tired of the problem. So Bob here’s what – let me do this, I’m on Air Force One, uh, I’m just coming back from an amazing rally in North Dakota, actually.’

The conversation also touched on the Supreme Court and Trump’s thoughts on a prospective candidate following the news that Justice Kennedy was retiring from the bench.

Melendez said Trump should have recognized his voice because he said they have spoken in the past at least 20 times. Trump was a frequent guest on Howard Stern’s show. “He’s even given me real estate advice,” the comedian said.

Stuttering John also claims that the Secret Service paid him a visit after he was able to patch through to the President on Air Force One.

Melendez wrote on Twitter: ‘Secret service about to arrest me. Unbelievable! They should arrest Jared Kushner for putting the call through, shame on Donald Trump who has been a friend of mine for years.’

“I think I did Donald Trump a service by exposing how inadequate his screening staff is,” said the comedian. “And if Jared Kushner was not married to his daughter, he’d be gone.”

Dennis Rodman told Kim Jong Un: “Your father and grandfather did a lot of fucked up shit.”

Dennis Rodman sat down with Howard Stern to talk about his big trip to Singapore.

Rodman argued that Kim Jong Un has not engaged in the type of repressive tactics employed by his father and grandfather. “He didn’t create this bullshit. He just inherited it,” he said at one point.

“Your father and grandfather did a lot of fucked up shit,” Rodman supposedly told Kim Jong Un, through a translator, “but you’re trying to change things and that’s a great, great thing.”

Rodman also addressed the phone call he received from Trump’s “secretary,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as he put in on CNN. In the video released from that call as part of a Vice News Tonight segment on HBO, Rodman can be seen repeatedly calling the White House press secretary “honey” as she thanked him on behalf of President Trump for “some of the nice things” he said during the process.

“To be honest with you, I didn’t even know who she was,” Rodman admitted with a laugh. “But it was cool that she called and expressed the fact that Donald was very happy that I’m supporting him and have his back,” he added.

And if Trump does somehow win a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on North Korea, Rodman said that all he wants a little recognition for his role in making it happen.

“If you get the Nobel Peace Prize, I want you to do one thing for me,” he said. “I want you to give me a handshake and a hug. That’s all I want. He can have the Nobel Peace Prize, just give me that.”

Artie Lange: “4 years of probation is a long time. I am gonna try my best.”

Comedian Artie Lange was sentenced to four years of probation for drug charges stemming from a May 2017 arrest for heroin possession.

 

New Jersey State Superior Court Judge Nancy Sivilli handed down the sentence along with orders to complete an outpatient drug treatment program and 50 hours of community service.

Not long after he was sentenced to four years of probation for heroin possession, comedian Artie Lange tweeted about the judge’s decision.

Lange, 50, thanked Judge Nancy Sivilli and called her decision “very fair” but said that he still found the length of the probation daunting. He proceeded to call his history of addiction a cautionary tale.

In Superior Court in Newark on Friday, Sivilli also sentenced Lange to 50 hours of community service and ordered him to report back with information on his enrollment in an outpatient drug treatment program within 10 days.

“The judge was very fair!” Lange tweeted. “But 4 yrs probation is a long time. I am gonna try my best. If I end up in jail for yrs let my life be a lesson to you kids battling Heroin. I had everything! And more. I traded it for powder. Don’t make that mistake. Ur better than that. & I love u!!”

Anthony Cumia: “Artie Lange is in extreme danger” and needs to leave The A&A Show

In a recent episode of the A&A show, Anthony Cumia explained why Artie Lange won’t be on the show anymore. Cumia said Artie needs to take time away from the show to deal with his drug possession case.

“From this point to the foreseeable future, this is much too serious to try and pin a date on. We just won’t see Artie around here anymore. I’m sorry to say. The bottom line really is he needs to fix Artie Lange. He can’t worry about making it to this show every day,” said Cumia.

“After speaking with Artie Lange for a little while it has been determined that Artie Lange will be concentrating on Artie Lange. This is the deal. It has to be done. The guy is in extreme danger at this point. Both physically and legally coming up. This is no joke. He could literally be going to a federal pound me in the ass prison.”

Artie was arrested for drug possession last year, 81 decks of heroin to be specific. He was supposed to be sentenced in February, but that date was pushed back when he was hospitalized for health-related issues. Lange is set to be sentenced on June 1st, 2018.

Howard Stern: “No matter what I asked Trump, he would answer in a very sincere and thought-out way”

Howard Stern was recently a guest on “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” on Netflix. The full episode will air on May 31, 2018. In a YouTube preview, Howard talked about interviewing Donald Trump. Stern called Donald Trump a good radio guest and spoke about how Trump referred to his daughter Ivanka Trump as a perfect 10.

“I’d say, ‘Donald.’ Actually, I’d call him ‘Mr. Trump.’ I’d say, ‘Mr. Trump, umm, tell me, who are the great beauties? If I ask you some names, can you tell me who the great beauties are?'” Stern recalled, going on to share the president’s answer.

Stern told Letterman about Trump’s response. “He goes, ‘First of all’ — straight face — ‘the great beauties, Howard, are not actresses. It’s models. A lot of these girls who… anyone who works in the entertainment industry, I’ve only seen 6s and 7s,” Stern said.

“So I’d be like, well Donald, I think Angelina Jolie is a great beauty,” Stern continued. “‘7!’ He’d go, ‘You know who’s a great beauty?’ I’d go, ‘Who?’ ‘My daughter, Ivanka! Now she’s a 10.’ So we’d have these discussions.” Letterman cringed in response.

To Stern, that made Trump a good guest. “To me, a guest who comes on and says anything that is in his mind is a great guest,” Stern told Letterman. “He would get on, and no matter what I asked him, he would answer in a very sincere and thought-out way.”

Many of these conversations have now become infamous, which Stern acknowledged. “Of course, with the Internet now all these tapes are out there,” he told Letterman. An entire catalogue of the interviews is available here.

Along with Donald Trump, the two discuss Howard Stern’s childhood, the effect their entertainment careers have had on their personal lives, and Letterman’s beard.

Donald Trump “showed Angela Merkel his bedroom” during private White House tour

Trying to defend President Trump’s personal relations with the German chancellor Angela Merkel, Richard Grenell who is the US ambassador to Germany, said Trump had given her a “very personal” tour of his private living quarters.

“Donald Trump personally led the Chancellor through the part of the White House where he actually lives,” said Grenell in an interview with several German newspapers.

“Angela Merkel even saw the president’s living room and bedroom. That was very personal. No president has shown that to her before.”

During Angela Merkel’s first visit to Washington, President Trump did not respond when she offered to shake hands. When she returned last week she was given only a quick working visit rather than the ceremony rolled out for French President Emmanuel Macron.

But the US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell claimed Trump and Merkel have “great chemistry” and said the two leaders were able to joke together.

Although they have “different views on some issues” President Trump has “incredible respect” for the Angela.

The US embassy in Berlin confirmed that President Trump had given Angela Merkel a tour of the White House private quarters. They visited a number of bedrooms, including the historic Lincoln Bedroom which is today used as a guest room, a spokesman said.