My response to Playteau criticizing my article on getting video of a defeated Trump

A response to my article Where’s The Video Of Trump Admitting Defeat To Biden? 

I wrote about how we need to get video evidence of Trump, under oath, admitting his defeat to Biden. Then we rub it in the faces of his supporters.
Here’s a link to my comment but I’m reproducing this here because comments sections sometimes go away.

Playteau May 7
Fantasyland hippie sh*t. Delete this dumbass article. I mean really, who the f*ck you kidding? Who snorted some Adderall and cooked this absolutely ridiculous article up?

Please stop treating this sh*tbag traitor like anything less than a Russian asset. That status didn’t magically go away on January 20th.

My god. Smoke meth before you write stupid sh*t like this so you have an excuse, you’re just embarrassing yourself. “Proof” is not something the knuckledraggers are concerned with, or have you not been paying attention for decades?

So, it’s the morning and I’ve read all the comments. I’ve seen a number of people who think i’m naive. I’ve addressed that by pointing out that my piece is a starting place. I did acknowledge how the base would respond, and if they had read the piece they would have seen why I suggested that the video come from a court case prosecution of Trump.

But I now see I need to be clearer. Based on the comments from folks like @Cthulhu, @Karl III, @New_Damage & @Mike Wilkerson the time table needs to be accelerated because of the damage an unprosecuted Trump is causing.

There also needs to be multiple prosecutions in different specific areas.

One of the reasons I wrote this was to point out that the Dem’s political establishment & the media’s standard way of dealing with losing politicians and political criminals doesn’t work with Trump.

They need to anticipate how he will respond. They need to anticipate how his base will respond and how his political supporters will respond. They need to anticipate how the RW media will respond as well as MSM & MSNBC.

So that’s why I suggest that when they put out a video with Trump saying something to hold back details. Then, following the round on Fox news when they deny it ever happened, the prosecution can drop more details, witnesses and hard evidence. It’s not enough to just embarrass them, it’s also important to get them to stop spreading their BS. I suggest that they look at the case of the Dominion voting, when if they spread false information they can be sued.

(Look at what WORKS against RW media, not just what you HOPE will work.)

You may not know of me or my history. If you care to learn more, I’ve done a few podcasts recently where I talked about how i developed the strategy to defund the right wing media.

I realized that I could not stop the hosts from spreading their violent rhetoric or change the minds of their target audience, but the people who I could convince that this was dangerous were the sponsors. So I brought the proof to the sponsors. Those people DID want proof and when they got it they either told the hosts to stop it or just stopped paying the hosts. The audience might have kept listening to the hosts, but for the station management, an audience that doesn’t generate revenue for a station is not desirable.

My method was very successful and cost the right wing media $100’s of millions in lost advertising revenue.

In some cases the radio and TV host were fired. Not because of what they said, but because they stopped bringing in revenue.

Losing the support of their bosses because they were no longer an asset, but a liability, is a powerful thing. This is an important distinction because it was no longer about “free speech” or the first Amendment, but about generating revenue.

I went this route because I anticipated many liberals response to my objection to their violent rhetoric. “the response to speech you don’t like is more speech!” and ‘I don’t like what they say about I’ll defend to the death their right to say it!” Or “just ignore them, don’t give them the attention they want!”

I also knew that if they were fired because of something they said, they would be the victim of “cancel culture.” (Which didn’t exist back in 2006 when I was doing this!) I simply went to the advertisers and suggested that they stop tainting their brand with what the hosts were saying. It was the “power of the marketplace” that led to non-renewal of the hosts’ contracts.

I also anticipated how they would respond to me. They sued me, had my blog shut down, attacked me on air, online and threatened me. I used those attacks on me and flipped them around ON TO THEM which lead to more negative attention to what they said.

More detail in the New York Times or SF Chronicle articles about me & my work here.  Spocko’s Brain, About.

I made it into a national and international story, where the radio hosts were the villains and I was the victim. When the rest of the media covered it they could note that it was MY speech that was silenced, not theirs.

The hosts could keep saying what they were saying, but they wouldn’t make as much money saying it as before.

Here is the video of the podcast where I explained my method.


People said that there was nothing we could do about right wing AM radio. But my “fantasyland hippie sh*t” method hurt the rightwing media industry severely. (I’ve a very proud member of a group of Dirty F****ng Hippie. I even have the T-shirt!)

Three radio & TV hosts (including Glenn Beck) didn’t get their contracts renewed because of my work, but more importantly I helped show corporations that this kind of speech is bad for their brands, so they pulled their financial support.

They pulled their support not because a few people were boycotting them (which we weren’t), but because the people in the corporations looked at their own stated mission and values statements and said, “This is not who we are and we have decided we do not want to support this kind of talk.”

In America the power of money is huge. The power of the corporate brand is also huge. I understood what the corporations cared about and how they would act and react. I used what they cared about to achieve what I wanted.

As more proof that this method WAS and IS SUCCESSFUL, here is the call I had with Rupert Murdoch during News Corp’s Q2 Financial con call in 2011. I pointed out that Glenn Beck’s show wasn’t generating any revenue. In that call I used the desire of the institutional investors for quarterly profits against Murdoch, who was subsidizing a money losing host.

This led to Beck being fired. I had anticipated what the investors wanted in the short term and used that power to block Murdoch’s goal in the long term.

Here is the link to that story.

Rupert and Me: I question the NewsCorp CEO about Subsidizing Glenn Beck

You suggested that the person who wrote this “absolutely ridiculous article” was on drugs. You are correct. I do take some prescription drugs to treat my depression. I think that without them I would have a hard time continuing to fight the “sh*tbags” who are doing damage to our country.

I’ve been doing this work since 2004, so I have been paying attention for almost 2 decades. My work HAS made an impact and I have the evidence to prove it for the people who care about evidence. I used the metric that MY OPPONENTS use to show failure or success. I used the leverage that powerful people use against other powerful people by convincing them the damage that this kind of speech was having to them and their braind.

My goal with this piece was to figure out what tools, audiences and methods would be useful to slow down Trump and reduce his power post-election.

I learned from the comments, even ones like yours, to horn my approach, clarify my thinking and anticipate the obstacles to success.

Thank you for your comment, it was very helpful. Have a pleasant day,



Where are the photos of a defeated Trump lunching with Biden?

Anyone else notice there are no photos of Biden with Trump since he lost the election? Trump doesn’t want anyone to see photographic proof he was beaten by Biden & that’s he’s a loser.

I think @VP Harris should set up a lunch with Trump to show he was beaten by Biden & a woman!

One of the constructs in the mind of right wingers is the correct way to treat your defeated opponents to prove your manliness. You make them grovel. You boast. You point at them and laugh like Nelson Muntz. HA HA! I won! You lost! It’s what CONAN the Barbarian says is best in life.

In video game parlance it’s teabagging your opponent. (I just found out that teabagging dated back to 1985 NWA World Championship wrestling which makes it even more on brand for Trumpsters. )

Trump has made it clear that he holds grudges and is vindictive. I still remember Richard Branson talking about his lunch with Trump. Apparently he spent the whole time talking about how he was going to spend the rest of his life destroying the people who didn’t help him get out of bankruptcy. (I wonder who those people . . . → Read More: Where are the photos of a defeated Trump lunching with Biden?

Who’s linked to the men that killed Officer Sicknick?

Two men arrested and charged for assaulting Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick

Washington (CNN)Two men have been arrested and charged for assaulting US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after responding on January 6 to hundreds of rioters who stormed the Capitol, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Julian Elie Khater, 32, of Pennsylvania, and George Pierre Tanios, 39, of West Virginia, are alleged to have worked together to spray police, including Sicknick, with a toxic chemical spray during the Capitol riot. Khater called what was in the cannister “bear sh*t,” according to court records, but the Justice Department on Monday said the spray is unknown.

Each time you read a new story about some insurrectionist being arrested, like Khater and Tanios, start looking for the connections to the leaders on the right.

The defense of Khater and Tanios will be,”It was just pepper spray! They didn’t shoot him with a GUN or anything really dangerous!” The defenders of the inciters will seek to distance themselves to any connection with these two. (I wonder which politicians in Pennsylvania and West Virginia will be scrambling to disavow photos of them posing with Khater and Tanios?)

Remember, there are 800 others . . . → Read More: Who’s linked to the men that killed Officer Sicknick?

Inciting a mob to invade the Capitol is not free speech

On Jan 6th I knew that incitement was going to be a key issue. I found Lee Rowland, an ACLU lawyer who made a video about incitement and asked what she thought. She said she thought Trump had crossed the line.

Yes, I believe it crossed the line today.

— lee rowland (@berkitron) January 6, 2021

Last week I watched Chris Hayes’ experts praise the Impeachment brief by the house managers, then attack Trump’s. (A typo in the first line! 14 pages of Incoherence!) But attacking Trump’s lawyers’ incompetence isn’t enough. We need to make the case to regular people who don’t understand what incitement is and what it takes to fulfill a legal definition.

On the Feb 4th episode of Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara, he brought up the argument that Trump’s lawyers will make.

-Trump’s lawyers} will make some of these points beyond the procedural points, Donald Trump did not say, “Invade the Capitol.” Donald Trump did not say, “Break windows.” Donald Trump did not say, “Engage in violence.” Donald Trump did not say, “Insurrection.” He did not say, “Riot.” He didn’t say any of those things, does that make a difference? And if the . . . → Read More: Inciting a mob to invade the Capitol is not free speech

6 Steps To Defund GOP Seditionists #DefundSeditionists

Last night Brian Williams said “Big corps don’t like to be associated with seditionists.” He was talking about the corporations who have suspended donations to any member of Congress who objected to the certification of the Electoral College vote. This campaign was spearheaded by Judd Legum and his new publication Popular Information.

Popular Information contacted 144 corporations that, through their corporate PACs, donated to one or more of these eight Senators in the 2020 election cycle. Popular Information asked if they would continue to support these Senators in the future. In response, three major companies said they would stop donating to any member of Congress who objected to the certification of the Electoral College vote. – Major corporations say they will stop donating to members of Congress who tried to overturn the election – Jan 10, 2021 by Judd Legum and Tesnim Zekeria Image by @leahmillis via Rueters


3 major corporations say they’ll stop donating to members of Congress who tried to overturn the election

BlueCross BlueShield (@BCBSAssociation)

Marriott (@MarriottIntl)@CommerceBank

Follow along for more on these 3 plus 141 other corps

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 10, 2021

I jumped on this . . . → Read More: 6 Steps To Defund GOP Seditionists #DefundSeditionists

Companies suspend donations to Republicans who challenged Biden’s certification

In the wake of the U.S. Capitol attacks, four major corporations said they are suspending contributions through their corporate PACs to Republican lawmakers they’ve previously backed who challenged the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. – Jan 10, 2021 Jemima McEvoy – Forbes.

Marriott International @MarriottIntl, Blue Cross Blue Shield @BCBSAssociation, Commerce Bancshares and Citibank @Citi all told Popular Information, a political newsletter run by ThinkProgress founder and editor Judd Legum, that they will stop donating to any member of Congress who objected to the certification of the Electoral College vote.

They listed other companies that are reviewing their donations, but I took those four and looked into their donations record for Nebraska Representative Adrian Smith (R) District 3 who voted to challenge Biden’s certification. (The Guardian lists him as one of the 120 who objected to the certified results in Arizona and Pennsylvania). He hasn’t made a public comment since January 6th.

U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith from Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District was the only member of the Nebraska congressional delegation to vote against formally validating Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. CHRIS MACHIAN, THE WORLD-HERALD

He got $13,000 from Citigroup 2014-2020 (link to 2020). Blue Cross Blue Shield . . . → Read More: Companies suspend donations to Republicans who challenged Biden’s certification

Twitter must enforce their policy to remove or flag COVID-19 misinfo. Start with Gov. Noem’s retweet.

Twitter has a policy that can be used to remove or flag COVID-19 misinfo, but not everyone knows how to use it. To illustrate how this policy can be used I wrote a letter to Joshua Clayton, South Dakota’s Department of Health State Epidemiologist. On Dec 22 Governor Noem retweeted the following thread by Justin Hart. It disputes the efficacy of a mask mandate. (Twitter Link)

@TwitterSafety Enforce your policy on @justin_hart RT “We will label or remove false or misleading information about: Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as claims about the efficacy and safety of face masks to reduce viral spread”

— Spocko (@spockosbrain) December 22, 2020

Do mask mandates work? See the evidence for yourself👇

— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) December 21, 2020

Do you, the state epidemiologist, agree with this “evidence“? Does the South Dakota Department of Health agree with this analysis? If you disagree, what steps has your agency taken to prevent misinformation about this serious public health crisis from being distributed by the Governor?

I know you are busy, I’m only contacting you because your communications director, Derrick Haskins, has been gone since Nov. 3 (although . . . → Read More: Twitter must enforce their policy to remove or flag COVID-19 misinfo. Start with Gov. Noem’s retweet.

Use Vaccinations to Force Govs to Pass Mask Mandates

Everyone wants to show the happy videos of people getting vaccine shots. Especially the Governors in the 12 states that haven’t passed mask mandates. They will crow about how Their President got them the vaccine. Not said, but implied, is that their refusal to pass a mass mandate was justified before and is not necessary now.

The Experts say we will still need masks for months and to not relax the mask protocols. How do you send that message?

Method 1 Have the top medical experts tell the Governors behind the scenes, “You don’t get to be part of the vaccination press conference unless you pass a mask mandate.”

People in the public health medical community still want to believe that Governors will respond to facts and science. They won’t. Withholding good PR at a press conference isn’t withholding their vaccine, just the reflected success of a vaccine. But since most public health experts don’t want to be this direct I suggest:

Method 2 COACH THE MEDIA ON HOW TO ASK the Governor why there is no mask mandate and won’t be. Prep the experts to point out the EXCESS DEATHS that will happen because there is no MASK . . . → Read More: Use Vaccinations to Force Govs to Pass Mask Mandates

Stay Alive! Stop Accepting Trump’s Failed COVID Policies

While watching the videos of people traveling home for Thanksgiving I heard experts say spikes in cases and deaths have happened after every major holiday since the pandemic started. They also pointed to increases in cases and deaths after the Sturgis Rally and Trump’s rallies.

I wondered, why doesn’t someone use the hard data from previous holidays to put pressure on Governors in states like South Dakota and Nebraska to make changes NOW?

And since data isn’t enough for some people, why doesn’t someone shoot videos of coffins and ICU wards to play on TV every night and social media during the day? It’s because too many people don’t want to believe that there are people who are willfully and maliciously spreading misinformation which leads to sickness and death.

People who are doing public health communications believe in the model that “good speech drives out bad speech” that is partially correct, but what is also correct is that there needs to be campaigns and methods to deal with the people who are willful spreading dangerous misinformation. It is a threat to the health and safety of Americans. It constitutes threatening speech and threatening speech is NOT protected speech.

. . . → Read More: Stay Alive! Stop Accepting Trump’s Failed COVID Policies

We’ve adapted to the velocity of COVID-19 deaths. That needs to stop.

Americans have adapted to the velocity of deaths from COVID-19. We need to understand our perceptions have been distorted, so we can act urgently and stop accepting the obstructing behavior of politicians and acceptance by the media.

Like in a war, the number of deaths in the early days that were seen as horrific, now seem normal. I was thinking of a way to talk about this when I found this piece in The Association for Psychological Science.

Too Fast, Too Slow: Judging–And Misjudging–Speeds

This distortion of perception applies to speeding in a car, but also when people watch fast videos for awhile and then normal speed ones.

It’s happens in freeway driving. You leave a highway to take an off-ramp, the fast speeds seem more normal than slower ones, and going the legal limit seems especially slow.

How do we get back to the urgency of action in the early days to a GREATER urgency to act NOW to prevent MORE deaths?

Hammer ALL Governors to push mask mandates NOW & other public health actions People are dying! Stop waiting for elections to be certified.

Hammer GOP officials for allowing Trump to mope while people die My . . . → Read More: We’ve adapted to the velocity of COVID-19 deaths. That needs to stop.