Should anything be done about 4chan

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Good morning:

I support net neutrality and free speech, despite having been a victim of internet harassment by false accusation and threats. I am curious to know reader’s reactions and thoughts about what, if anything, should be done about a website like 4chan that has been in the news recently.

David Michael Kalac, 33, was charged yesterday with strangling to death his girlfriend, Amber Lyn Coplin, 30, in Port Orchard, WA. The murder has drawn national attention because he apparently posted photos of his handiwork on 4chan, a website that made the news recently when an anonymous person posted private photographs of naked Hollywood stars obtained by hacking into their accounts on iCloud. The nude photos and the comments about them, together with the on-site flame war that erupted earlier in August that has come to be known as Gamergate, has generated considerable negative publicity about the site.

Wikipedia reports:

Court documents filed on November 5, 2014 say that images posted to 4chan match that of a murder victim whose body was discovered in Port Orchard, Washington after the images were posted. The posts were accompanied by the text: “Turns out it’s way harder to strangle someone to death than it looks on the movies.” A later post said: “Check the news for Port Orchard, Washington, in a few hours. Her son will be home from school soon. He’ll find her, then call the cops. I just wanted to share the pics before they find me.” The victim was Amber Lynn Coplin, 30. The suspect David Michael Kalac, age 33, surrendered to police in Oregon later the same day. He was charged with second-degree murder involving domestic violence, and was reported to be cooperating with investigators

Michael Daly at the Daily Beast has more information.

The police and the paramedics found the mother beyond saving. Somebody had rifled through her purse and placed her driver’s license beside her head, with a word scribbled across it.


More words were written on a picture that hung on a wall.

“She killed me first.”

A third message was on a window blind.

“Bad News.”

Bad news, indeed.

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17 Responses to Should anything be done about 4chan

  1. lyn says:

    I believe in Democracy and the right of the people to choose.’ Had a tiny bit of extra Prof to donate. Hope it helps you and Crane get back on your feet.

  2. MDX says:

    One more point.

    Race or ethnic based ideologies are inherently authoritarian/fascist. So this fight should be very important to any American who would like to live in a free country.

  3. MDX says:

    A problem I see is that the candidates and leadership of the Democratic Party do not reflect their most loyal voters. So small wonder that their base does not come out to vote during mid-terms.

    They need to pull their head out of their ass and realize that the Republican party is the de facto “white” party in the USA.

    That said, this makes the Democratic Party the anti-racist party.

    But nooooooooooo….

    Every time the subject of “race” comes up, the Democratic leaders tuck their tail between their legs when the Republicans yell “race card”.


    Because they are afraid to lose white votes.

    Well, guess what, those whites are not going to vote for Democrats anyway, and it offends the minority voters because they see white leaders as false friends – as well they should.

    There are many examples.

    The War on Blacks (drugs).

    Unless you are an idiot, Saint Ronald’s War on Drugs was/is a clear example of institutional racism. And Clinton did a lot to help that cause so that he could be perceived as “tough on crime”, which is code speak for not coddling “the blacks”.

    It is time for the few whites who really are not racist to be men, not mice.

    Then, and only then, might there be a more enthusiastic base.

  4. I agree with Harvey Wasserman at Solartopia, who said yesterday in his post, An Election—and a Nation—Lost in Vietnam & Afghanistan

    The GOP/corporate coup d’etat is nearly complete.


    All throughout America, right down to the local level, buried in a tsunami of cash and corruption, our public servants are being morphed into corporate operatives.

    Our electoral apparatus is thoroughly compromised by oceans of dirty money, Jim Crow registration traps, rigged electronic voting machines, gerrymandering, corrupt secretaries of state.

    The internet may be next. Above all, if there is one thing that could save us a shred of democracy, it’s preserving net neutrality. This fight could in fact outweigh all the others, and may be decided soon. Whatever depression you may now feel, shake it off to wage this battle. If we now lose the ability to freely communicate, we are in the deepest hole of all.

    • Malisha says:

      I agree, but it’s so hard to get the energy up when the victim is electronic. We’re in the streets and the halls of Congress talking about live children, live and dead teen-agers, live criminals walking and carrying guns and badges, and the environment is about to burst into flames and the internet is spiraling down a sewer of corruption. Damn. Giving them power as a reward for bad behavior really has had negative results. … So tired.

    • Two sides to a story says:

      A dark age in US history. On the positive side the Repubs may – or will – cook their own goose before the 2016 elections. They have plenty of time to piss voters off. On the down side, some dummies will still blame Obama for anything that goes wrong.

      • You’re right. We can count on them to totally screw things up because they are irrational.

        • Malisha says:

          Well for the repugnicans, there is no DOWNSIDE to harm coming to our country, so there is no incentive to do anything right. We mess up and go to war: GREAT, more money for the contractors and who cares if a bunch of “the masses” get killed/disabled again. We mess up and end up in the middle of a pandemic? GREAT, prove Obamacare causes disease. (The 1% will remain in their fortresses with their doctors.) We messup and the economy crashes again? GREAT, show that “THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PUT A FOREIGN-BORN AFRICAN AMERICA-HATER IN THE OVAL OFFICE and THAT SHOWS WHY YOU SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO VOTE!”

          Etc. etc. etc. etc. There is no downside to anything bad that happens to our country now because the antipatriots (yes, they are antipatriots) have grabbed all the power. Meanwhile they are immune to either punishment or restraint.

          I actually did NOT put a curse on this country when it denied me its allegiance and it derogated all my human rights, but if I HAD put a curse on it, I would feel very powerful right now. I might even suffer from the delusion that I had actually caused what is about to happen here. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

      • butterflydreamer2 says:

        Two sides,

        Here’s a good article I read today.

        Ben Stein and the Politics of Racism

  5. bettykath says:

    There are a lot of bad things available on the internet but I like the idea of net neutrality. There are already laws on the books to take care of a guy who posts pictures of his victim. The posts just made it easier to find and prosecute him. As to the nude pictures, the persons who did the hacking and posting should be held accountable for violating the privacy of the women. I think the best laws would deal with hackers. You hack an account, you will be held accountable. Unfortunately, most of the hackers are more knowledgeable than those who would hold them to account.

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