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4chan Gives 90-Year-Old Vet a Great Birthday

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the the-lighter-side-of-awful dept.

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Hugh Pickens writes "Members of 4chan aren't known for doing things that are cute and heart-warming and when they decide to go after someone, it's typically to subject them to ridicule. But not this time. Someone at 4chan decided that the Internet should get together and wish 90-year-old WWII veteran William J. Lashua a happy birthday, and soon Lashua's local branch of the American Legion was deluged by birthday calls from people as far away as Sweden. The account someone set up for Mr. Lashua's birthday on Facebook had 3,956 'likes' and over 500 comments, most of which wished him a happy birthday and thanked him for his military service. It's not clear how 4chan originally came across a photo of Lashua, but a member of the site posted a snapshot of a flyer that was on the bulletin board at a store in Ashburnham, Massachusetts asking for guests to attend the nonagenarian's birthday on at the American Legion hall and the post took off. In contrast to their usual behavior, 4chan members 'were giving him nice phone calls and sending him nice notes' and discouraging those who wanted to do something stupid or mean. 'They were all being.. well, shucks, awful nice.'"

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4chan gets it wrong again... (-1, Troll)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484706)

Massively honoring a WWII veteran is supposed to be done on November 11. This is Labor Day weekend in the USA right now. Please, next time attribute your time off to do stupid things to the right source.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (5, Insightful)

gmagill (105538) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484732)

He risked his life for your right to be an asshole.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484890)

Unless GP is German. Or Japanese. Or Italian. Or.... well you get the idea.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (5, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484908)

This isn't going to be popular to point out, but citizens of each of the countries you mentioned has more freedom of speech and other rights as a direct result of people like William Lashua and the US military.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (5, Insightful)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484998)

Truth is rarely popular.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (2, Funny)

WitnessForTheOffense (1669778) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485036)

The truth is uncouth when scrawled on the wall of a bathroom stall or a telephone booth.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (0, Troll)

mopower70 (250015) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485078)

I don't know how old you are, but I currently have less freedom of speech and other rights than I did 30 years ago. And that's mostly on account of people born to William Lashua's generation and their misuse of the US military.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... NOT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485104)

I'd say it was the subsequent generation, and/or the military's involvement that diminished our rights.
We of course, let them too.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (5, Insightful)

Kjella (173770) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485148)

I think you'll find pretty much all of Europe appreciates the US war effort, we consider them liberators. The countries of the Axis generally consider their part in WWII a dark chapter of their history. But some people bug me when they pretend the US valiantly and selflessly threw itself into battle for freedom and justice. The US only entered WWII after Pearl Harbor, it was forced into the war and it's all speculation what would have happened otherwise but it is far from certain the US would have come to our rescue. At the end of the war the allied forced rushed to take land just as much to not give it to the Soviet Union and communism as to liberate Europe. Certainly something we should be grateful for, but hardly selfless. Likewise when they speak of US losses, the US brought lots of military might that was crucial but it was Europeans doing most of the dying. Of course those people were dying for their country while the US forces were mostly dying for someone else's country, but it's also a bit like a person who lost his toes complaining to a guy who had to amputate both legs. But that beef is with all those that commentate in retrospect, full respect to each and every one of those who picked up a gun and went to fight for us. Each man has only one life and he put his on the line for us. A very happy 90th birthday to him.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (0, Redundant)

B1oodAnge1 (1485419) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485294)

Well said.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485316)

it's all speculation what would have happened otherwise but it is far from certain the US would have come to our rescue.

Oh, please. The US invested a lot in Europe. If these countries fell, the US wouldn't get paid and wouldn't be a superpower today. Also they'd never let the USSR win the war "alone" since they'd lose a lot of influence over Europe.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (5, Funny)

jamesh (87723) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485044)

He risked his life for your right to be an asshole.

And remember, a right not exercised is a right lost!

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (1)

tqk (413719) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485210)

"Brought tears to me eyes."

Seriously. HB, man.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (5, Informative)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484734)

Instead of wasting mod points on you, I'll just tell you:

It was for his BIRTHDAY. His birthday was yesterday, not on November 11.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484738)

You fucking douchebag.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (3, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484896)

You fucking douchebag.

Hey, c'mon, be nice. Before saying something that might be hurtful, first ask yourself - WWFD*?

*What Would 4chan Do?

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (3, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485054)

*What Would 4chan Do?

You know, those goofy fucks over at 4chan have always been pretty decent to me. Last year, they pitched in and bought me a nice box cake for my birthday.

They made me sign up for some weird sessions, though, where I have to hold these two tin cans connected by wire to a little meter. Supposedly it's going to get rid of some bad feelings or something from my brainpan. I didn't understand the mumbo jumbo because I'd drunk half-a-box of burgundy before going to the first session.

At least they said they were from 4chan.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485074)

What Would 4chan Do?

Hack their computer and set the wallpaper to Goatse?

Direct the 4chan Party Van to their driveway?

Send them to North Korea?

Call their employer masquerading as a young prostitute?

Sign them up for every piece of junk mail in existence?

There's so many answers, better question would be, WWFD...What Wouldn't 4chan Do?

What part of "birthday party" do you not get? (1)

spazmonkey (920425) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484742)

As 4Chan would say; DIAF.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (3, Interesting)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484796)

Perhaps he was like my now deceased grandfather who didn't care for an annual reminder of having been involved in the island hopping of the US at the tender age of 17 nor the glorification and magnification of violence as the answer to world problems.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (1)

tqk (413719) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485300)

Perhaps he was like my now deceased grandfather who didn't care for an annual reminder of having been involved in the island hopping of the US at the tender age of 17 nor the glorification and magnification of violence as the answer to world problems.

I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have enjoyed it either. War sucks for everyone involved.

I'd still want to hug him to thank him for suffering through it. Didja ever think he might have found it exciting?

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484804)

It's his damn Birthday, let the old dude have his day.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (1)

pyster (670298) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485006)

Douche bag is a douche.

Re:4chan gets it wrong again... (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485180)

It's his fucking birthday.

So? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484720)

They're still a bunch of basement dwelling pedophiles and people who took V for Vendetta way, way too seriously.

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485010)

lol why u mad tho?

Thank you (5, Insightful)

Andy Smith (55346) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484746)

Thank you William J. Lashua.

Re:Thank you (-1, Troll)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484774)

Does he have a website we can show the Slashdot Effect to?

Re:Thank you (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484920)

Shutting down his website a week after every other news blog has featured it? Probably, assuming he has a website.

But tomorrow... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484754)

All bets are off, grandapa! You may have beaten the Nazis, but you ain't seen nothing yet.

Re:But tomorrow... (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484798)

Hey young punk, at 90 years old, I would not be surprised if he could wip the ass of most of the people in 4chan, those guys were tough, just google "senior citizen breaks the neck of mugger". That guy was only 70, but the punk he was dealing with was a lot tougher than the 4chan guys.

Re:But tomorrow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484840)

Actually he choked the guy to death and broke his clavical, not his neck. Yeah I GTFA :)

Regardless a 70 year old choking out a 20 year old is pretty impressive. Moreso when the rest of the seniors were fighting off the other 2 assailants who apparently had knives and a gun between them. Badass.

Re:But tomorrow... (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485124)

need a link, need an article. EPIC.

Re:But tomorrow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485222)

Followed your advice to Google it but couldn't find anything other than forum posts & blogs referencing it. However, your post here is already showing up on google.

Heh (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484760)

Brought to you by the same people who love Caturday. Sometimes the Internet Hate Machine puts a yellow van back together.

Re:Heh (1)

macshit (157376) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485012)

Hey, who doesn't love Caturday?!

The cliche is true (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484762)

In these uncertain times... you never know what the /b/tards might do.

Is it... (1)

jDeepbeep (913892) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484768)

April 1st so soon?

Reddit (5, Informative)

slime73 (1083393) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484776)

Reddit did it's part as well, example [reddit.com]

Wow (4, Funny)

Cwix (1671282) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484826)

4chan being nice?!?

I do believe this was foretold in the bible as one of the signs of the end times.
REPENT!! THEN END IS NIGH!!

Re:Wow (5, Funny)

jolyonr (560227) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484884)

4chan being nice. Duke Nukem Forever possibly being released soon. Cats and dogs living together.

End of days, my friend. End of days.

Re:Wow (1)

Zapotek (1032314) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485018)

rofl, I actually have a PoC picture in my camera for the latter...and there I was thinking that my father was wasting his time while he was documenting history...

The end of days... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485132)

When even the high numbered slashdotters get laid - now that's when I drag the lawnchair out to a primary target and slather on the 3 million sunblock...

Re:Wow (1)

Eil (82413) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484918)

I would say the picture in that photo says very emphatically, "leave me the hell alone, especially on my birthday."

Mystery solved.

Re:Wow (2, Informative)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484956)

4chan being nice?!?

Hmm... I think good PR could spin a lot of their actions as "nice." Their efforts to combat the dangerous cult calling itself "Scientology" for instance aren't exactly greedy and evil. Maybe they're motivated more by a sense of superiority than a sense of justice, but they're still attacking an evil organization.

I haven't heard of 4chan, say, killing puppies or disrupting the flow of natural disaster relief supplies or flooding the gulf of mexico with crude oil. Whether that's because they don't do it or because I haven't heard of it, or because no one has yet realized they were behind the deepwater horizon spill, I don't know. It just seems to me (having never visited 4chan) that while they might be mostly rude, crude, and immature, they're not -evil-.

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485288)

... I haven't heard of 4chan, say, killing puppies ...

Wait? What?

... (having never visited 4chan) ...

Oh. That might explain your ignorance. 4chan is everyone. 4chan does everything, no matter how horrific, no matter how kind.

ummm.... (1)

Anarchduke (1551707) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484828)

well, it evens out, the anonymous collective can't be dicks all the time

Re:ummm.... (2, Insightful)

BluBrick (1924) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485290)

What amazes me is that so many of them can manage to not be dicks at the same time! It's almost like they have a choice to act in a douche-ey manner or not - you know, kind of like free will.

Thanks from Italy (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484836)

While WWII might indeed evoke fairly bad memories in those who were actually there, Happy Birthday, and Thank You mr. Lashua.

I live in Italy and if it wasn't for people like you I'd probably speak German or Russian now, and concepts like individuality, freedom of speech, personal rights might be alien or completely twisted in my mind/society.

Now keep doing it. (1)

strredwolf (532) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484842)

The power of 4chan and Anonymous is tremendous. It must be held carefully. This is one good example of how to put this power for good instead of evil.

Ugh. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484864)

As an oldfag over at 4chan, let me tell you this:

Anonymous does whatever he fucking feels like, whether it is sending an old man birthday cards or bullying a child. There is no rhyme or reason to it because Anonymous is a disorganized swarm made up of people of all ages and cultures. "Anonymous" is a constantly rotating, relatively small sample of a large, global population.

Trying to predict Anonymous is pointless. There is no command structure, no ultimate goal. Most of the activities partaken that affect the outside world start as pet projects of individuals and gain traction through spamming and samefagging (because everyone posts anonymously, it is easy to pretend to be multiple people to take advantage of the group mentality there).

This particular incident was started by someone close to the man in question and spammed endlessly over the course of several days leading up to the event. It was a shameless abuse of /b/ as his personal army, but it succeeded because it was relatively novel and interesting.

Re:Ugh. (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484930)

And like most "oldfags", you've managed to put a negative slant on a good thing by making a "get off my lawn!" kind of statement. Congrats

Re:Ugh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484970)

What?

I'm glad they made an old man happy. Really, it's sweet.

I'm just trying to portray what happened more accurately, rather than letting the typical ignorant mainstream media bullshit stand. I have yet to see a news piece on an online community fail to misrepresent reality. Cripes, get over yourself.

Re:Ugh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485256)

And get off my Goddamn lawn.

Re:Ugh. (1, Insightful)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484964)

How is it a 'shameless' abuse to do something nice for an old veteran? Hint: it's not.

Comments like yours make me almost ashamed to be an 'old' geek. I would tell you to grow the fuck up but apparantly that ship already sailed.

Re:Ugh. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485046)

its a shameless abuse to use a website to push for your own individual agenda.

everything the anonymous does is a shameless abuse of something.

Re:Ugh. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485244)

The only thing shameless here is the lack of a certain something between your legs that prevents you from groing up.

Re:Ugh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485064)

I would tell you to grow the fuck up but apparantly that ship already sailed.

Oh yeah, real mature. Hypocrite.
 
/b/ has an unwritten policy of not being the personal army of anybody, especially not internal activists. So-called "invasions" of other sites are against the official rules, but more than that, we generally don't like being manipulated. The guy who was spamming us with requests for cards for this man was violating that policy with blatant samefag posts. He even admitted it. Thus, "shameless abuse". That's all. Besides, as I said in another response, I'm personally all in favor of this event.

Now kindly shut your ignorant mouth, as you've demonstrated you haven't wasted enough of your time there to know what you're talking about. Lucky bastard.

Re:Ugh. (2, Insightful)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485224)

If you were an investment banker, and used your trusted position to deposit a ton of money in his account, it would be a shameless abuse of your authority. What you are doing is less relevant than how in this case.

That said, saying that a /b/ account comes with any level of trust or authority is laughable in itself.

Re:Ugh. (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485254)

How is it a 'shameless' abuse to do something nice for an old veteran? Hint: it's not.

It's not nice in the same way robbing a bank to buy him a really nice present isn't. Endless spamming and abuse of a forum, even of such a craptastic place as /b/ is not good behavior and it hardly seems the means justify the ends to give a 90 year old birthday greetings. It might be a fun thing to do once, but I wouldn't want to visit a board where it has caught on. Then again, I don't like hanging out at /b/ anyway so what do I know...

WWII Vet defeats Anon Oldfag (was Re:Ugh ) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485312)

It's not nice in the same way robbing a bank to buy him a really nice present isn't.

No, you're wrong. Robbing a bank is not expected behavior or the acceptable, average day at the bank.
Being a dick, spamming, etc., are the acceptable average day at 4chan. You should know.

And get off our lawn. It's not acceptable here.
(snip)

...but I wouldn't want to visit a board where it has caught on.
Then again, I don't like hanging out at /b/ anyway so what do I know...

Then you really have no viable leg for propping your argument, and thus, you're guilty of violating Wheaton's Law.

Re:Ugh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485296)

Read harder. He's saying spamming and samefagging are the abuse.

Re:Ugh. (-1, Flamebait)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484992)

It was a shameless abuse of /b/ as his personal army

Shameless abuse because you don't like it? This isn't exactly shameless.

Trying to predict Anonymous is pointless.

In other words, you are annoyed because anonymous did something you didn't want them to, nor did you predict. Sucks to be you. Hooray for old man!

Re:Ugh. (4, Informative)

justinlee37 (993373) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485112)

Oh god shut the fuck up. He's right, Anonymous is unpredictable. What the hell part of his post made you think that he gives a fuck what Anonymous does, or that he was in the least bit annoyed? He is annoyed with YOU morons who seem to think that Anonymous is some sort of "organization." It isn't, it's just a flash mob.

"Shameless abuse of /b/ as his personal army" is a reference to a meme on 4chan. People come to the board with requests often, like "harass this guy because I don't like him" and so on. The standard response to these requests (if they don't sound like fun) is to say "/b/ is not your personal army."

Now kindly pull the stick out of your ass.

Re:Ugh. (-1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485228)

Well someone is upset.

Re:Ugh. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485050)

Shut up and grow up. Bragging about your secret club makes you really cool, I know, but we really couldn't give a shit here at slashdot.

Goodbye.

Re:Ugh. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485156)

Given the fact that you've posted as AC, you seem to realize that your comment paints you as bitter, angst-ridden, and immature. So why bother? Because you are no different than they are. You get off on the same cheap feeling of smug superiority as every other internet troll. You would fit right in with Anonymous.

So really, what's with all seemingly baseless 4chan hate around here? I mean, sure, they're the assholes of the internet, but why would you feel the need to demean yourself just for a cheap shot at them? Ridiculing Anonymous does not make you look sophisticated, guys.

Also posting AC for obvious trolling and counter-trolling related reasons.

Re:Ugh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485130)

Rules 1 and 2! *facepalm*

Re:Ugh. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485308)

Rules 1 and 2 have long since expired. 4chan has been mentioned in the mainstream media on a monthly basis for well over a year, now. Anybody curious enough to ask about 4chan or practically any of it's memes can easily learn all about it from Google.

The battle against newfag cancer was lost before it began. Really, it has been a constant since Day 1 (/b/ was never good, etc). It is only the newfags, trying to catch up on memes, who protest. The oldfags point this out at every opportunity, which is in turn pointed out by the metafags.

Re:Ugh. (1)

mysidia (191772) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485152)

There is no rhyme or reason to it because Anonymous is a disorganized swarm made up of people of all ages and cultures.

Fail. There is a rhyme and a reason, you just don't seem to understand the Anonymous collective or what drives it :-)

Another WWII Vet just celebrated his 90th (3, Interesting)

pickens (49171) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484888)

His name is Jack Vaughn.

He was a prize fighter, a diplomat, and the second Director of the Peace Corps.

Read a very interesting story about his life at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Vaughn [wikipedia.org]

Happy Birthday, Jack, from RPCVs around the world.

Re:Another WWII Vet just celebrated his 90th (3, Interesting)

rrossman2 (844318) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485240)

My grandfather is also damn close to 90. Joined the military at age 16 (obviously lied about it), went into the air corps and passed, even with getting sick for the first year or so, because his flying was so good.. learned on bi-planes at that. Went on to fly B-17s in WWII over Europe, was involved in other conflicts, and retired as a Colonel in the Air Force working in the Pentagon. Just wanted to throw that one out there too :)

Reddit... ? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484942)

I thought this started out as a post on Reddit - not 4chan. But I could be wrong and certainly don't want to piss off 4chan.

Re:Reddit... ? (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485292)

No, you're right. His grandson left a thank-you thread. [reddit.com]
You can trace the threads back a few days, Reddit did a LOT more than 4chan in regards to being there IRL, and sending nice gifts. I'd bet it was quite a tiny, minuscule fraction of anon who did anything besides posting in /b/ claiming they were going to do something.

Cancer (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484944)

This is the cancer that is killing Slashdot.

Anon = god? Maybe. (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484950)

As shocking as it is it should prove something. Anon only attacks those who deserve it or when public ridicule is in order. No one could see any reason to make fun of this ederly hero who, at first, appeared to be as if he wasn't going to have many friends or family attend the party...and when many anon wanted to attack him in a negative away, anon wasn't going to have it. Anon is not a horrible entity. Anon is more like the little voice in side everyone's head that they usually silence...and as has been proven in the past...the power of many anon can be used for evil...or on the occasional case, used for good. Didn't anon help identify the girl who was throwing puppies in to the river? Anon is great, anon is good. Anon is everything and nothing at the same time. Is anon god? Sometimes it's vengeful, sometimes it's good. Who's to say? Just don't piss anon off.

A drop of honey in a gallon of battery acid (2, Interesting)

goodmanj (234846) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484958)

And now, every time someone rightly says that 4chan is nothing but a batch of juvenile asshats, they'll trot out this one story as a counterexample.

Re:A drop of honey in a gallon of battery acid (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485038)

Good thing you have this mature site for mature people such as yourself, right?

Re:A drop of honey in a gallon of battery acid (4, Insightful)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485090)

And now, every time someone rightly says that 4chan is nothing but a batch of juvenile asshats, they'll trot out this one story as a counterexample.

Well, this one and the ones where they tracked down animal abusers from Youtube videos. Further reading [pcworld.com] if you're interested.

Doesnt seem odd to me. (1, Insightful)

pyster (670298) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484966)

Think about it... Have they attacked anyone who hasnt deserved it? Scientology, a loud mouth little girl, an animal abuser... They love kittens... and obviously people who risked their lives fighting the scourges who threatened freedom. I look forward to seeing what battles they wage in the future.

Well Anonymous is Legion, after all... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484968)

maybe they just got confuse.

Pictures (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33484974)

The event happened yesterday, there are pictures from it. You should have included a link to them: http://imgur.com/a/3Jc87/MP8VI

Re:Pictures (1)

arielCo (995647) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485326)

Does anyone recognize the tattoo [imgur.com] ?

This guy had the distinct luxury of knowing that he was fighting the good fight to stop Crazy Adolph, even if he didn't know all the horror he was up to. He's also something of an internet hero; these guys went to bloody WAR and now we're able to troll/shock/godwin to our gallbladder's content ;)

uhm... (2, Interesting)

neuro88 (674248) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484980)

So like... what? Has 4chan become the Internet Love Machine now?

No (1, Interesting)

justinlee37 (993373) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485100)

4chan is just an Internet Amusement Machine. Anonymous does whatever amuses it.

Sometimes that involves posting pictures of dead cats or trolling 11-year old internet girls who show their boobs on tinychat (see Jessica Slaughter), sometimes that involves wishing an old man a happy birthday or organizing anti-Scientology protests.

I have personally seen Anonymous engage in some unusual behavior. For example, someone recently was asking Anonymous on /b/ to troll a high school kid because his Mom had just died and he was homosexual. Anonymous decided that would be a dick thing to do and decided that it would be more fun to troll the person making the request. Anonymous immediately set about trying ascertain the identity of the troll so that they could harass him.

Anonymous is unpredictable. There is no central organization and there are no rules. Anonymous just does whatever it thinks might be fun at the moment.

Puppy and veterans (1)

stimpleton (732392) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484982)

Some 4channers may have their tails between their legs, or wishing to bolster the reputation of the board as a whole.

While references are difficult given the nature of the 4chan board structure, my understanding is that from the recent "Puppy Thrower" video(the east european girl, not the US soldier of some time ago), several innocent people were outed wrongly, including a 13 yo german girl.

The dynamics from this sort of thing, would be similar to a political party rift. You get those that need to, in genuine good concience, act outside the party norm. I see this incident as related, I could be wrong.

Re:Puppy and veterans (2, Informative)

horza (87255) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485278)

Yeah you're wrong. If you are looking any deeper than "because they can" then you are over-analysing.

Phillip.

Oorah for the vets (1)

alphatel (1450715) | more than 3 years ago | (#33484996)

Question is, does he understand what just happened?

Waiting for Fox News... (1)

Nrrqshrr (1879148) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485058)

So How will Fox News report this? The terrorists of the internetdoing good things? Am curious.

Not as unlikely as you think. (3, Informative)

flimflammer (956759) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485142)

I know a most of the news stories that mention 4chan are generally in the negative, but people in that community do tend to do a lot of good, and much of it is rarely publicized. People attribute Anonymous to this large collection of like-minded individuals doing whatever they please but it's really couldn't be further from the truth. "Anonymous" is a loose many-minded collection of individuals who don't agree with each other. You'll get those trying to harass others and many stepping in to stop it, and you'll get those trying to do good and many stepping in trying to stop it.

Fuck 4chan (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485168)

I'm helping to close 4chan and bringing legal action against moot. Basically I've been documenting the massive amounts of CP that is posted on this site. I time how long the threads remain active after they are reported (sometimes hours) and I log how many CP topics are posted in a day. My case is simple. 4chan has mods and its easy to solve the CP problem but moot doesn't want to because CP is a BIG part of the appeal of this place. So I'm creating an overwhelming body of evidence to take to the FBI and the State Attorney General's Office. (Moot and I live in the same state. So I can SUE him. Which I'm going to do.) My plan is to ruin him utterly. I really hope the case destroys his life. He fucking deserves it for all the CP he's allowed to be spread through this web site. 4chan is the largest distributor of CP on the web. Fuck you moot, fuck you 4chan. See you in court faggot.

Re:Fuck 4chan (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485216)

I take it this is a cover-your-ass "No, officer, I've been documenting" it?

Ask Pete Townsend how well that went.

Re:Fuck 4chan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485236)

I am not a lawyer, but that is a pretty terrible affirmative defense.

Re:Fuck 4chan (1)

Anonymous Showered (1443719) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485270)

You show him! I've had enough of Cold Pizza as well!

Re:Fuck 4chan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485320)

Best of luck to you. When "5chan" springs up and they use it to shred every last vestige of your sad little already-broken life, you'll be able to rest knowing that what you did had no significance at all. Moral: You can have a war on a country, but not a war on ideology. War on drugs doesn't work. War on terror doesn't work. War on 4chan won't work.

starlet pleads kombucha to probation violation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33485234)

that's got to be some of the most quick witted attorneying we've seen, even though it failed.

Huh? (1)

archmcd (1789532) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485276)

What TF is 4chan? Is this news?

Re:Huh? (2, Informative)

ductonius (705942) | more than 3 years ago | (#33485324)

To paraphrase Spider Jerusalem:

Imagine an underground nightclub full of perverts and freaks and people with sexual organs you didn't know existed. Imagine you're standing in that nightclub and the time comes to vote for what you're all going to do that night. You vote to watch television, and everyone else, as far as the eye can see, votes to rape you with switchblades. That's 4chan. You're welcome.

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