Matthew Keys - How to Help


Matthew Key, Journalist - How to Help
by Susan Basko, esq.

U.S. Journalist Faces Prison and You can help.

Time it will take to help Matthew Keys: Less than 10 minutes.
Cost to help Matthew Keys:  FREE.
What you need: Your computer (or phone or ipad) and yourself.

HOW TO HELP:  I called the White House Comments line and the lady there told me to write in IMMEDIATELY to President Obama on the email comments form.

1. Go to:  www.whitehouse.gov

2. In the upper right hand corner, click on: CONTACT US

3. Fill out the form.  Use your real name and email address, so they can reply.

Who would you like to contact? President Obama  (I also sent mine to Vice President and First Lady)

Subject? Scoll Down to: Help With an Agency - JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.

BELOW is what I wrote.  Feel free to use any of this in your own comment:

RE: USA vs Matthew Keys, Eastern District of California, Sacramento, D.C. No. 2:13-cr-00082
(^^ be sure to include the above info so they know who/what you are talking about.)

Dear Mr. President,

Matthew Keys is a young and very excellent journalist who has been breaking important news stories for at least 5 years. An overzealous prosecutor in California colluded with some shady news corporation executives to charge Matthew Keys with big crimes in response to a questionable, very very minor prank that Keys says he was not involved in. Even if he were involved, it is extremely minor and should not have resulted in a felony prosecution. Matthew Keys faces IMMEDIATE imprisonment. We ask you to prevent this.

This young man does not belong in prison. Putting him in prison and even prosecuting him is chilling free speech, chilling freedom of the press, scaring intelligent young people, scaring journalists, and making me/ we/ many of us feel the Dept. of Justice is acting in a vindictive manner. Matthew Keys is a bright, ambitious journalist who belongs covering the breaking news, not being locked into prison to make a prosecutor's conviction quota.

Matthew Keys has worked as:

Former Managing Editor, North America at Grasswire
Former Deputy Social Media Editor at Reuters
Former Online News at KGO-TV
Former Interactive & Mobile Director at Tribune Company
Former Online News Producer at Tribune Company
Former Promotional Intern at CBS Radio

PLEASE HELP!!! -- Susan Basko, esq

Matthew Keys talking about his case.



If you want to read a fascinating account of Cointelpro or trolls:

Twitter installs new @RonBryn Reporting Tool!

Twitter installs new @RonBryn Reporting System

By Susan Basko, esq.

I am constantly lied about and defamed on Twitter by @RonBryn.  And who isn't?  Ronald Brynaert is a nonstop shit show of harassment.  He's been that way for as long as he has been on Twitter.  Some have surmised @RonBryn is a cointelpro agent. Others say he is insane.   Twitter calls it "targeted harassment," and they must enjoy getting reports about @RonBryn, or else they would have banned him long ago.

Well, guess what? Twitter has just installed the new @RonBryn Deluxe Reporting Tool.  This is for real.  When you report targeted harassment by @RonBryn or someone like him, a long list comes up automatically of the last 100 or so tweets where @RonBryn has been stalking you, lying about you, defaming you, or harassing you.  The collection seems to be curated as the "Best of --"

I downloaded the whole Twitter-provided "Best of @RonBryn harassing Sue Basko" and it goes back years.  Ron Brynaert is like your cranky old aunt who is always kvetching about every damn thing.  Ron lies outright and makes up the most insane shit.  He gossips.  He makes up crazy complaints about things that are none of his business.  He's some combination of Gladys Kravitz and Barney Fife. (two old time TV show characters. Click on the links to read what they're all about. )

This new Deluxe @RonBryn Twitter Reporting Tool makes it much easier to report @RonBryn for targeted harassment, because Twitter automatically supplies tweets you can add to your complaint.  You are allowed to add up to 5 tweets.  You can keep making reports so you can add the whole list, 5 at a time.  That's what I did. I must have made 20 or more reports, adding 5 abusive tweets at a time.

Here are step-by-step instructions with illustrations:

STEP 1: Someone sends you a link to a crazy defamatory tweet about you posted by Ron Brynaert, aka @RonBryn, Twitter madman.


STEP 2: While you are looking at the first insane Tweet @RonBryn has posted, you notice an even crazier one.  In this tweet, Ron claims I am "pals" with someone in the Aryan Brotherhood.  Now, of course, I do not know anyone at all who is in the Aryan Brotherhood.  I do not know anyone who belongs to any unsavory groups at all, nor do I know any racists first-hand (because I carefully choose who I get to know).  And I am not "pals" with anyone, of any sort. But here is Ron, as always, making up insane lies and feeling free-as-a-bird to post the lies publicly online.

About a week ago, Ron Brynaert was tweeting an elaborate lie that I posted his Social Security number somewhere.  I am a lawyer.  I would never in a million years post anyone's Social Security number.  I also have no idea how I would find out anyone's Social Security number.  There also was no sort of even slight evidence of me posting such a thing. But Facts Shmacts - Ronald Bryaert makes up any crazy lie that pops in his head and then he tweets it to the world!  And Twitter does not a damn thing about it.  Twitter allows these defamatory tweets to remain up forever, and they don't ban @RonBryn, though such lies and defamation comprise the bulk of his tweets.

 So - time to report Ron to Twitter -- and that is when the Surprise new @RonBryn Twitter Tool comes up!!!


STEP 3: Twitter asks "What is going on with this Tweet?"  There is no answer that says, "Ron Brynaert is making up crazy lies about me again." So, I have to opt for "It's abusive or harmful," a description that seems to perfectly fit Ron.


STEP 4: Twitter asks "How is this Tweet abusive or harmful?'  
The correct answer is: "Includes targeted harassment."


STEP 5: Twitter asks "Who is @RonBryn targeting?  
The choices are "Me" or "Someone else."
Today, I chose "Me," though he is always targeting someone.



STEP 6:  This is where the MAGIC HAPPENS!!  Twitter automatically presents a whole long list of some of the many, many tweets where @RonBryn is harassing me.  I get to choose up to 5 tweets to add to the complaint!  There are so many and they are all so abusive, I can barely pick.


STEP 7:  I end out choosing 5 past abusive tweets against me made by @RonBryn.  There are so many to pick from, that I end out making multiple reports.  This new Twitter @RonBryn Reporting Tool is a time travel machine, where you can see what idiotic and compulsively negative and sickening thing Ron was saying at which points in history.  A Twitter WayBack Machine!   What thing was Ron tweeting about that was absolutely none of his business?  What crazy conspiracy plot was he hatching?  What was he claiming to know about when he had no knowledge?  Who was he calling my "pal"?  What crazy crime was he claiming I committed?  The list goes on and on.   Ron is the Troll of All Trolls, yet hilariously, he calls other people "troll."


STEP 8:  After the complaint with the 5 past abusive tweets has been clicked in, next Twitter provides a little expandable box where you can relate the whole saga.  I explain that @RonBryn has been engaged in targeted harassment of me for about 5 years, that he has no connection to me, that I have him blocked and never tweet at or to or about him.  I ask Twitter to please finally ban him.  If Twitter cared about targeted harassment, they would have banned Ron years ago.  Twitter does not care, but they have provided a fun and  handy new tool for reporting @RonBryn.


STEP 9: Twitter says "We have received your report."  They ought to go on and write "And we don't give a damn.  We think allowing jerks and liars like @RonBryn to remain on Twitter gives it some "oomph."  We sort of like people to cringe about Twitter.  We don't really give a shit as long as @RonBryn is not harassing @Jack."

----The End. ---- 

Encyclopedia Dramatica in the Royal Court of Justice

Royal Court of Justice, London 
Encyclopedia Dramatica in the Royal Court of Justice
by Susan Basko, esq.

UPDATE: JULY 17, 2016:  This is a link to the judgement rendered in this case:
http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/2016/1775.html

Tomorrow, Friday, July 8, 2016, a cause is being brought in the Royal Court of Justice in London, UK, against the owners and administrators of the website Encyclopedia Dramatica as persons unknown. The cause is also against the online persona Kiwi Dynastia.  The cause is brought by Samuel Collingwood Smith for defamation.  Mr. Smith is asking for a permanent 'stay' with 'leave to reinstate' against those running Encyclopedia Dramatica on the basis that they have cooperated in removing parts of the defamation. The application for the stay against Encyclopedia Dramatica asks that it be made active if the site ever again posts defamation against Mr. Smith.  He is asking for judgement against Kiwi Dynastia.

 Mr. Sam Smith is an IT professional and law student in London.  He has been a McKenzie Friend, a person who asks the court on a case by case basis to assist a person in court.  He has assisted in many causes for those in need.  He has been praised by members of Parliament.

This particular cause is brought to protect Mr. Smith's reputation from the reckless defamation that is rife on the Encyclopedia Dramatica website. The website is a well-known cesspool of defamation, invasions of privacy, obscenity, and revenge pornography.  The site attracts the internet's worst people, because the site promotes and protects all manner of internet harm, allowing the users to post cyberstalking, cyberharassment, vicious attacks against women, and revenge pornography.  

The Encyclopedia Dramatica website has thus far avoided being closed down by law enforcement.  The website's owners, administrators, and participants are thus far free.  This cause in the London court uses a new change in the UK law that allows unknown persons from the internet to be summoned into court.  This has the potential for allowing justice for the victims of such malicious websites as Encyclopedia Dramatica.  As such, that which appears to be a simple case in the Royal Court of Justice may prove a turning point for those in the UK who have been unable to get justice or redress for wrongs being committed on the internet.

The cause, entitled Smith v Unknown Persons, is scheduled for Court 37 before Mr. Justice Green at 10:30 am or thereafter. 


Encyclopedia Dramatica - an international hate machine depriving people of their human rights



Encyclopedia Dramatica - 
an international hate machine depriving people of their human rights
by Susan Basko, esq.

At least once a week, I am contacted by someone whose basic human rights are being trampled on by a group called Encyclopedia Dramatica.  I have had several years to closely examine who and what Encyclopedia Dramatica is and how it works.  Thus, I will share it with you.  My blog tends to get readers from the international law enforcement community looking to understand new sources of crime.  With this blog post, I aim to educate them, too.

Encyclopedia Dramatica has several parts:  

ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA WEBSITE: It is a website containing obscenity and lewd content, lies, defamation, and attacks against people. The website is used to uphold crime, to coerce people into participating in crime or to coerce them into silence, to punish people for speaking up against internet crime or against internet criminals, and to extort those who would dare to challenge the hate machine that is Encyclopedia Dramatica.  Since the website gets very strong SEO (search engine optimization), it is a potent tool of hate, crime, extortion, and coercion.  

The Encyclopedia Dramatica website is also a place engaged in revenge pornography.  The revenge pornography of Encyclopedia Dramatica is fierce and violently aggressive.  It is a systematic attempt to destroy the lives of the victims, and has been used to hold the victims in sexual slavery, rather than allowing them to move on with their lives.

Encyclopedia Dramatica is a completely non-legit, irresponsible website.  If a person wishes to lodge a complaint, they are directed to a page containing shocking horrific obscenity.  

ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA FORUM: Encyclopedia Dramatica also has a forum, where the perverted individuals who take part in Encyclopedia Dramatica crimes and defamation go to share their "friendship," such as it must be, with other like-minded people.

ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA TWITTER: Encyclopedia Dramatica also has several Twitter accounts.  One of the most active is @EddotSe.  This is the account run by  Chris Jones from Australia, who uses this personal twitter account:  https://twitter.com/koalam8  Looking at the followers of this @EDdotSE Twitter account, one can get a clear picture of what Encyclopedia Dramatica is all about.  There are over 6,000 followers.  Most of them seem to be fake accounts.  Most of the accounts are clearly some or all of these: antisemitic, racist, misogynist, violent, satanic, lurid, disgusting.  There are dozens of follower accounts using the same picture and the name "Die Jews Die."  Another account uses a shockingly violent photo of a murdered woman.  The hate is palpable.  

The few real followers, and the ones I can identify as being real people, are extremely troubled people.  The ones I know of are also members of groups such as Rustle League, the antisemitic hate group with ties to ISIS;   the BWC, a vicious stalking group that harasses the families of young people killed in tragedies; GNAA, a malicious racist hate group;  the McGibney Gang aka Bullyville aka ViaView, Inc, a malicious group that tried to get rich by starting websites that defamed and sexually smeared random victims from the public and then by charging them hundreds of dollars in blackmail or extortion money to remove the posts.  In other words, a collection of the most unsavory people from the internet.   The dregs of humanity.  The worst of the worst. The content of the Encyclopedia Dramatica website reflects the character of the people involved in creating it.

The people that I know of that are involved with Encyclopedia Dramatica are grossly dishonest, reckless liars, desperate for attention and for group acceptance, malicious, vicious.  The people that I know of that are involved in Encyclopedia Dramatica are the worst of the worst -- the most racist, most hateful, most  antisemitic, most dishonest, most malicious, most vicious, and most destructive toward their own lives and toward others.  Many of them consider themselves satanists and/or Nazis, and many of them use Nazi symbolism.  They often issue violent, terrifying death threats.  The posting of horrifyingly violent or sexually crude shocking photos is common among them.  Many of the participants in Encyclopedia Dramatica view themselves as "security researchers," which seems to be the favored self-applied misnomer used by hackers, trolls, and internet fools.

GOATSE AND OTHER OBSCENITY: One of their favorite sets of photos among the  Encyclopedia Dramatica users is the "goatse," which are shocking, obscene close-up photos of a distended anus.  A couple years ago, the Encyclopedia Dramatica novices could be identified on Twitter because they would post the goatse pictures on their Twitter accounts.  It was astonishing to see: young people who did not view themselves as perverse posting horribly depraved photos to identify themselves to their like-minded peer group.  Twitter has since cracked down on the posting of such obscene photos.  Those of us who come from the sort of background where we would have been summarily dismissed from school or from a job for being in any way associated with such a photo find it appalling that young adults who aspire to professional goals would willingly associate their reputations with such repulsive lewdness.  My guess is they don't have jobs or a decent education and either have no relationships or carry on relationships only with crass, crude people from bad backgrounds.

On the Encyclopedia Dramatica website, if you are naive enough to go to the page labelled as a place where one can complain about the site's contents, you will see a shocking display of depraved photos.

ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA "COMMUNITY": I was told by one of the top Admins of Encyclopedia Dramatica several years ago that the Admins were involved in the sale of meth.  I do not know if that is still the case because that was when online drugs sales were taking place on the dark web.  That same person says he was arrested and is now acting as an informant.  The point here is that there appears to be criminal activities taking place outside of the website.  Whether the drugs sales were or are taking place, I do not know; I assume what was told me was true.

 ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA: WHO RUNS IT: 

A pending international lawsuit in London, UK, names Brian Zaiger, of Beverly, Massachusetts, as the owner of Encyclopedia Dramatica.  His name is on the Court papers as the assumed owner.   However, Brian Zaiger has written to me saying he is not the owner, but that the internet user who uses the name "Joseph Evers" is the owner.

I received this note from Brian Zaiger, and am publishing it unedited:

 "I do not now, nor have I ever owned Encyclopedia Dramatica. I was a volunteer administrator until 4 years ago and now the most I do an occasional post on their forum as a regular user and voice for the administrators if they need a message given to the community. Saying that I own Encyclopedia Dramatica is categorically false. You said if I contacted you you would correct your blog post so please do. I don't even know who owns it, a person with the username joseph evers is all I know about him/her. They are not active on the website

Thanks,
Brian Zaiger

BRIAN ZAIGER'S RECENT REDDIT AMA AS THE OWNER OF ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA: Brian Zaiger's involvement with Encyclopedia Dramatica seems quite extensive and quite recent, according to the answers he gave on this Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) which is titled, "IamA - Owner of Encyclopedia Dramatica se." https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/4l04nr/iama_owner_of_encyclopedia_dramatica_se/

 If Brian Zaiger is not the owner of Encyclopedia Dramatica, why did he hold an AMA as the OWNER of Encyclopedia Dramatica?  Among other revealing quotes in the Reddit AMA are these:

ZAIGER AMA QUOTES:  

BRIAN ZAIGER: 
"I want to make this as clear as possible, I did not create Encyclopedia Dramatica (ED). I was a sysop on the original .com domain from 2007-2010. Afterward I was part of the team that recreated ED at https://encyclopediadramatica.se and I have administrated this website since 2011.
When I say ED I am referring to both of them as a continuous website, some people may have a problem with that but whatever, most people don't.

There were people in the request thread that were there in the first days. I am not trying to steal their thunder, if they want to come in and answer questions or make their own AMA they are more than welcome. The person who owned Encyclopedia Dramatica for the first 5 years purposefully tried to kill it so I am assuming she doesn't want to do it."
* * * *

BRIAN ZAIGER: 
"Girlvinyl/Sherrod didn't want to do it anymore. She just didn't enjoy it anymore I assume, you would have to ask her. We offered to buy the domain and the files from her but she declined, which is her decision. I hold no ill will against her. There were other sites who were trying to rebuild ED at the time, we were just the only one that survived" (bold added)

BRIAN ZAIGER'S AWARENESS OF HOW DAMAGING ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA IS TO SO MANY PEOPLE: 

 BRIAN ZAIGER: 
"You have no idea how many DMCA requests and frivolous lawlsuit emails we had every day. It was just bad.
Our colos kept dropping us because of complaints.

Honestly, and this is not speaking for gv, just as someone who saw it go down on the server email, I think it was a combo of gv being tired of dealing with insane litigious threats and the fact that we never broke even. It was lose/lose. There was also tons and tons of death threats."

NOTE:  It is highly unlikely that any of the complaints against Encyclopedia Dramatica were "frivolous." The website is obscene, defamatory, and engages in revenge pornography and cyberstalking in virulent forms. No doubt the complaints were valid and the harm being done was very real.


QUESTION ABOUT "JOSEPH EVERS": Is "Joseph Evers" the same person as Twitter user @fuxnet, who also uses the handle "joseph evers"?  @Fuxnet is a man from the area of Cleveland, Ohio, USA.  He also uses the name "Jihad."  I know him to be long-time active in the Rustle League.    As of late, the @fuxnet Twitter account has been claiming that people state he is a "Fed," and argues against this.  He also claims "the Feds" tried for three years to charge him with a crime, but failed.  He also is now railing against federal undercover agent Brandon Darby, who is known for infiltrating activist groups in Texas, as well as Darby's friend (now former friend) , the stunningly attractive Cassandra Rules, who was formerly involved as a media activist at protests, but who is now involved in pro-Trump activities.

This is a picture of the Twitter account run by "Joseph Evers" / @fuxnet/ Jihad.  Whether this is the same Joseph Evers who Brian Zaiger states owns Encyclopedia Dramatica or not, I do not know.



ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA LEGAL HISTORY: The Encyclopedia Dramatica website seems to have a solid, long-standing reputation as being a tool of crime and coercion.

Encyclopedia Dramatica has been named in several federal prosecutions that I am aware of. One of the prosecutors in the federal case against Andrew Aurenheimer mentioned Encyclopedia Dramatica in the sentencing hearing.  He spoke of a man being victimized and his life severely damaged by the revenge porn and defamation posted on Encyclopedia Dramatica, and how Auernheimer had laughed at the man who was being tormented and victimized.  Thus, it is safe to say that membership or participation in Encyclopedia Dramatica can at least be considered as reason for getting a higher sentence for a crime, even when it is not outright being charged as a crime in itself.

There have also been numerous attempts to close Encyclopedia Dramatica down and at least one of those attempts is said to have resulted in the owner(s) moving the site to a server in a different nation.

At this time, I am aware of one pending international lawsuit for Defamation against the Encyclopedia Dramatica site, owners, and admins, as well as at least one potent criminal complaint pending in a different location on the globe.  The victims of Encyclopedia Dramatica truly are worldwide among the English-speaking portions of the world.  

HOW ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA BILLS ITSELF:  Encyclopedia Dramatica bills itself as "parody," but there is no parody on the site.  The site is hate speech aimed by ugly racists and misogynists at their target victims.  Parody, by definition, must be funny.  If one thinks of violent hate and obscenity that destroys the lives of the victims as "funny," then one might plausibly see Encyclopedia Dramatica as "parody," but then for such a person, all violent hate would be parody. And indeed, with these people, it is.  These people find swastikas a fun ornament.  They like photos of stacks of bodies of victims of the holocaust.  They have many jokes about pushing Jews into ovens.  They post old photos of lynchings of Black men.  Every savage act of inhumanity is "funny."

GOOGLE AS A WEAPON:  The users of Encyclopedia Dramatica use Google as a weapon.  The Encyclopedia Dramatica website gets good SEO, and the Encyclopedia Dramatica hate writings often come up first or very early on in a Google Search. The users of Encyclopedia Dramatica use this to threaten their victims.  

I will share my own experience with this.  I am a lawyer and I was helping out a man who had gotten involved with the Rustle League and subsequently was arrested.  A person using the name Jaime Cochran began threatening me and then posted personal information about me on Doxbin, which was a companion criminal site to Encyclopedia Dramatica.  Doxbin  has since been closed down by Federal agencies.  Posting lies and misinformation about me on Doxbin  was not enough for Jaime Cochran, who proudly claims online to be a troll who harasses people for the "fun" of it.  Jaime Cochran was trying to take over leadership of the Rustle League, a virulently antisemitic hate group with connections to ISIS.    For two years, Jaime Cochran threatened me, harassed me, launched horrific antisemitic taunts at me, and led others in doing so.  Jaime Cochran wrote that the point in harassing me and lying about me was to make the hate group Rustle League "relevant." It makes sense: for a hate group to be "relevant," they must be involved in hateful, deceitful behavior, right?  This was an excellent study in how people who probably consider themselves "normal," would so easily participate in rampant, destructive hate activities to harm others.  Since the connections between Rustle League and ISIS have now been publicly revealed, it appears the Rustle League was meant as a recruitment activity for ISIS, particularly for ISIS hackers or credit fraudsters.  Finally, Jaime Cochran, after failing to get me to acquiesce to the violent antisemitic, menacing behavior of the Rustle League, wrote up and posted an Encyclopedia Dramatica "page" allegedly about me--  nothing but lies and filth and obscenity and more lies.  This is exactly as is done to each of the victims of Encyclopedia Dramatica.  Then, the other users of Encyclopedia Dramatica, each of them as conscience-less as the next, add more lies, more obscene photoshopped pictures, more defamation.  And this is what is done to each of the victims.

WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE VICTIMIZED BY ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA?  I have been contacted by quite a few of the victims of Encyclopedia Dramatica.  The ones that contacted me are, as you might expect, good, decent people. I think it is the contrast between their goodness and the badness of those involved in Encyclopedia Dramatica that causes the bad ones to want to attack them.  Instead of enjoying things such as intelligence, education, goodness, kindness, the people involved in Encyclopedia Dramatica are involved in hate of all sorts -- hate against women, hate against Jews, hate against Christians, hate against intelligent people, hate against productive people, hate against Blacks and other racial minorities, hate against activists, hate against the peaceful, hate against life itself.  And so they attack all those forms of goodness and try to superimpose their own hate upon it.  The site is a cesspool of violent hate.

In an earlier post, I looked at 5 victims of Encyclopedia Dramatica. CLICK to read about 5 victims.   It is a short study in the types of people victimized by Encyclopedia Dramatica and how the site works to harm and endanger each one of them.  Since that time, I have been contacted by many other victims of Encyclopedia Dramatica.  The site and the group of people are truly dangerous, causing major harm to the victims.  Most of the "members" of Encyclopedia Dramatica appear to be along the lines of psychopathic, so they actually enjoy harming others. If it were enough for the victims to say "Please stop," - but that is not how psychopaths work.  And with Encyclopedia Dramatica, you have a group of psychopaths all egging each other on and giving each other praise for their wicked acts.

REPUTATION ASSASSINATION: I don't think the notion is passé that if you come from a good background or have a good education that you do not willingly associate your reputation with filth. And that is the deepest wrong of a site like Encyclopedia Dramatica - that it allows the perverted users of Encyclopedia Dramatica to impose their filth onto the reputations of their victims!  If  Jaime Cochran and Chris Jones and Steve Hatelstad and all the other twisted perverts from Encyclopedia Dramatica all wanted to sully their own reputations with smut - go ahead. But when they are imposing their lewdness, their hate, their lies, their filth -- onto my reputation -- that is not right.  That is why I am bravely speaking up against this extreme form of character assassination in which they systematically engage. Luckily, I have no nudes or sex pictures floating around the internet.  But that did not stop these evil people from creating some!  They use photoshop as their weapons.  

HOW ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA IS USED TO DENY PEOPLE THEIR BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS: This weekend, I personally experienced a perfect example of this.  This is first hand, first person, as I am the victim.  A man named Steven Hatlestad of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, USA, engages in the rampant creation of defamation against many people and groups.  Steven Hatlestad goes by the names Zileohai and IronTroll.  He makes up tons of lies and mockery and hate about lots and lots of people and organizations.  He photoshops pictures of his victims' faces onto his lurid, mocking, sickening pictures. In other words, Steven Hatelstad is a liar and a one-man hate machine.  The garbage he creates is posted on his own perverse websites and is also used by like-minded haters and liars on their own sites and twitters. One might say Steven Hatlestad is a "content creator" for defamation websites.

This weekend, I put in several complaints to Blogger about the hateful, deceitful, harassing content that Steven Hatelstad had posted that was "about" me. The lies and attacks against me by Steven Hatlestad, Chris Jones, and Encyclopedia Dramatica were all based on a blog post I made that showed photos taken by Google maps that showed a homeless tent community under an overpass in Los Angeles.  CLICK TO SEE THE BLOG POST.  These demented individuals then made up tons of lies and attacks that this blog post meant I hate the homeless. Nowhere on this blog post is any such thing said or implied -- the hate for the homeless come ONLY from the minds and hearts of Steven Hatlestad, Chris Jones, and Encyclopedia Dramatica. They are so fearful and hateful that they must project their own hate and fear of the homeless on to me.  

The deceitful material posted by Steve Hatlestad allegedly "about" me hating the homeless was horrendously abusive upon first glance, so I suppose Blogger removed it immediately.   This put Steven Hatlestat into a fury and he began to tweet lies and links to several known haters, including the aforementioned Admin at Encyclopedia Dramatica.  That is a practice I have seen numerous times - when a harassing, criminal-minded person wants to stalk others, they will call upon Encyclopedia Dramatica (or @YourAnonNews) to assist them in spreading the lies about the victim.  That Encyclopedia Dramatica Admin then posted a series of lies at http://www.twitter.com/EDdotSe, which is run by likeIcare, aka Chris Jones, of Australia.

The lies told by both Steven Hatlestad and Chris Jones (likeicare, @EDdotSE) were that I hate homeless people, had done something to harm homeless people, etc.  Of course, there is absolutely nothing at all like this in the blog post that was the subject of their lies against me. You can read the BLOG POST HERE.  It is irrational:  If I hated the homeless, why would I be calling attention to their plight?   This was simply an occasion for Steve Hatlestad, Chris Jones, and the people of Encyclopedia Dramatica to spew more of their hate at me, as well as at the homeless.

 And of course, anyone that knows me knows that I have a decades-long history of bringing food, blankets and other items to the homeless and even of inviting homeless people in to share my housing.  Anyone that knows me knows I have been known to actually chase people down the street to give them $10 to buy food if they look like they need it.  Anyone that knows me knows that if a person who looks hungry asks me for a dollar, I give five.  Anyone that knows me knows I am the one that jumps up on the bus when someone cannot pay their fare and says I will click them through on my fare card.  And anyone who knows me also knows I can barely afford to do these things. I do not write these things to "brag" or to build myself up, but to show the astonishingly malignant dishonesty of both Steven Hatlestad and Chris Jones/ likeicare/ @EDdotSE.  Caring for others is a deeply ingrained part of my lifelong habits, so to read the baseless lies of these two bad men was really bothersome.  These two bad men were projecting their hate of the homeless onto me, a place where it most certainly does not belong.  It is their hate, their hate as part of a hate network on the internet, and they play it out on their victims.  If they could so blatantly and shockingly lie about me to harm me, they could lie to harm anyone -- and they do!  They do lie about others -- all day every day!!

The @EDdotSE tweets of hate also mentioned an earlier smear campaign conducted against me that claimed I hate autistic people. As most people know, I have expended a huge amount of my time, effort and money to help individuals with autism who have run afoul of the law.   The person who made up the lies about me "hating' autistic people was projecting her own hate of them onto me.  She made up words and pretended they were my words. Others involved in the internet network of lies and hate then fed on the words -- and that includes people from all the well-known hate networks, including Encyclopedia Dramatica, Rustle League, the McGibney Gang, and some disturbed individuals.  The EXACT SAME thing was happening yesterday, as the malicious haters who follow @EDdotSE were repeating his lies and embellishing upon them.  His lying tweets were retweeted many times -- though, to be honest, most of the followers and most of the retweeters are all fake accounts.  I would rather have one genuinely good, intelligent person "like" one of my tweets than have 15 haters and fools and fake accounts retweet it.  

Anyone of any amount of intelligence could easily see that the things being written by Steve Hatlestad and Encyclopedia Dramatica and other liars simply is not true --  but most people do not even bother to take the time and simply repeat lies they read.  Also, the copious use of Photoshop by hate machines such as Steven Hatlestad, Encyclopedia Dramatica, the McGibney Gang, Rustle League, and other systematically deceitful people makes it nearly impossible to tell what is fact and what is fiction.  It could be argued that no decent human would read anything written by any of the hate machines, but Google is their weapon.  People google and land on garbage created by one of these intentionally deceitful people, whose intention is to create defamation and put it into targeted circulation via strong SEO on Google search.

A person's reputation is a basic human right.  To have bad people routinely lying and defaming others for "fun" is shocking.  This is a basic downfall of civilization.  You can go on Encyclopedia Dramatica and see who is participating in writing the lies about the victims.  You can even read the forum filled with hate speech toward the victims.  When I have spoken with victims, they are always someone who is trying to escape the abuse or sexual or criminal coercion by the person who uses Encyclopedia Dramatica as a weapon. I know, the exact same has happened to me.  

Then, as if all those lies and all that hate were not enough -- @EDdotSe tweeted a link to a shockingly violent death threat video against me by name that referenced that I would be killed by the Rustle League-- the group to which the hate-filled stalker Jaime Cochran belongs, the group connected with ISIS.  Am I terrorized by having my life threatened by the horrible people of ISIS, Encyclopedia Dramatica, and Rustle League?  Of course.   Their goal is to terrorize good people and they are damn good at it.

SOCIAL DAMAGE OF REPUTATION ASSASSINATION:  When people like Steven Hatlestad and the Hate Squad of Encyclopedia Dramatica are allowed to rampantly lie about a person, this creates social damage. How, you might ask.

CASE STUDY: SMEAR CAMPAIGN:  Let's look at a case study, again involving my own personal experience.  A few years ago, I was attacked online by a long-time serial defamation artist (a person who uses the name Liz Ditz), who created the ugly fantasy that I hated people with autism.  In reality, of course, I have spent (and spend) a huge amount of my time and professional resources assisting those with autism who have run afoul of the law.  At the time I was attacked, I did not realize that this "Liz Ditz" person was a serial defamation artist, and only found out a bit later when I found other victims against whom she conducted a defamation/ smear campaign by email for six years. Yes -- six long years of a targeted defamation smear campaign!  That defamation campaign was aimed at a professional Disaster Recovery group.  That was a group located in Canada that went to the scene of disasters worldwide, such as earthquakes, to engage in the harsh task of digging through the rubble to free the living and to recover the bodies of the dead.   In that smear campaign, Liz Ditz posed herself as somehow having more information about disaster recovery than the dedicated, hard-working people who actually had done that work professionally for decades.  She, who had never been involved in any way in disaster recovery, posed herself as an expert authority in that field. By her extreme, hardcore, relentless smear campaign that she conducted for over 6 years, she was able to affect the funding of the group such that they were no longer able to work in disaster recovery missions.

DETAILS of the SMEAR CAMPAIGN: What happened, exactly, was this:  A man from Canada ran a Disaster Recovery group that existed on donations -- like most such groups.  When there was a disaster anywhere in the world that involved collapsed buildings, his group went to the scene and dug in the rubble to free those who were trapped, but alive, and to dig out the bodies of those who had died.  After decades of doing this sort of work, the man had noticed that the people he found alive in the rubble were often in similar situations, where they were in a space that was triangle-shaped, with one side of the triangle being a strong object that provided protection so the person was not crushed and that provided a pocket of air to breathe, even beneath rubble.   He called this life-saving phenomenon "The Triangle of Life."  He presented his findings to the public.  His findings were based on first-hand observation at many disasters, over many years, worldwide.  Then Liz Ditz, who is not known to have any credentials whatever in recovery operations, nor any credentials in building, engineering, architecture, design, medicine, EMT, or first responder science -- decided she knew better about disaster recovery than the experts and launched upon a massive, hateful, six-year smear campaign against the man and his findings.  At the time, the main method for such a smear campaign was chain emails that were sent to one person with the request that the person forward it to those on their contact lists.  Mindless people were known to forward such tripe.  I received it, read it, and easily saw the email for the smear campaign that it was.  The massive smear campaign destroyed the man's organization, which is what Liz Ditz meant for her smear campaign to do.  An even sadder part is that a valuable observation made by a person with hands-on experience was discredited and mocked by a person with no experience or credentials.

Years later, when I realized that this Liz Ditz person who was attacking me had also conducted the massive smear campaign against the Disaster Recovery group, I easily remembered that, years earlier,  I had been the recipient of one of the emails she had created against the group. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would one day be the target of the same defamation artist.  At the time I received the email, I found it slick but utterly deceitful. I saw it as a blatant series of lies and smears meant to harm an organization.  To me, it was obvious, but I am trained in creating media and in recognizing propaganda and smear campaigns.  To the unwary or naive reader, the email campaign could easily have sounded convincing.  One might have asked why a woman with no credentials was conducting a campaign to discredit a Disaster Recovery group.

Note that in the years since that smear campaign conducted by Liz Ditz against that Disaster Recovery group, internet usage and social media usage have become much more widespread.  We now see a steady stream of self-proclaimed experts, usually with no experience and no credentials, who did not witness or participate in an event, stating about current news stories that the zookeepers did not need to shoot the gorilla, that the police should have stormed the Orlando nightclub, or that a school shooting was a government hoax, etc.  Nowadays, most people are smart and wise enough to brush off this sort of talk as so much venting of hot air.  Back when Liz Ditz engaged in her giant smear campaign against the Disaster helpers, many people were not yet cued in on how to spot such nonsense and avoid it.

   In the Liz Ditz defamation campaign against me saying I hate autistic people, Liz Ditz spread her lies around and they were also spread by Encyclopedia Dramatica and by several severely disturbed individuals. Ditz also augmented her defamation campaign with a flurry of fake Twitter profiles and fake Facebook personas.  (It was fun to keep track of the fake personas and watch over the months how they changed their photos and identities to seem plausible for each new defamation campaign.  It was easy to guess who the current targets were of the smear campaigns by who the fake personas were at that time.)  In reality, I have spent (and continue to spend) a huge amount of effort helping those with autism who have run afoul of the law.  The parents of people I have assisted have seen Liz Ditz's lies online and they do comment to me about them, wondering why she is allowed to spread her lies and hate on the internet.

Note: I was recently informed that the man who was apparently funding the Liz Ditz hate campaigns died about 6 months ago, presumably cutting off that funding.

NOW THIS IS THE REALLY SAD DAMAGE:  Several times, when we have needed people from the autism community to come and testify or to assist -- they have refused, fearful that they would also be attacked and defamed  --  that their actions would be twisted and lied about by Liz Ditz or other disturbed people, and that their reputations would be harmed.  They do not want to face the harassment campaigns.  The news of Liz Ditz and her hate machine had spread throughout the autism community and everyone was fearful.  Thus, people who so desperately needed someone to testify or to act as a court liaison on their behalf have gone without that crucial help.   This seems to be the point of defamation/ smear campaigns against those of us actually doing the hard work of helping others in difficult situations  -- to harm or stop our hard work and to prevent those needing assistance from getting any help.  I do not understand the motivation, but it seems to be a diabolical need to keep others from doing good works.

Will people read the actual blog post I created and see that I have tried to call attention to the plight of those who live on the streets?  Or will they merely read the hate-filled lies told by Steve Hatlestad, Chris Jones and fail to go to the source?  Will they see that a major smear campaign was conducted against me for doing good, conducted by Steven Hatlestad and Chris Jones and the members and followers of Encyclopedia Dramatica?  Will people be afraid to speak out and to help the homeless, because they have watched me being shockingly defamed, lied about, tormented, and taunted for doing so?  These are real cause and effect situations.   I have brought blankets and food and opened my door to the homeless.  Will others refuse to help because a smear campaign will ensue?  Hate causes an aura of fear.  How many will read the hateful lies about me on Encyclopedia Dramatica and think, "I better not help.  I am not strong enough to face all that hate like she has. I don't want to be lied about and publicly taunted."  And why should such a hate campaign be accepted as the "just rewards" for those of us who stick out our necks to help those in need??

As for me personally, I have grown accustomed to the fact that when doing good works, there are always some wicked haters who lurk around trying to stop the good.  It just is.  I don't understand the mindset, but I recognize its existence.  For the haters, it is easier to sit around and spew their  hate than it is to do something constructive.

And the bottom line is - WHY do Steve Hatlestad and the people of Encyclopedia Dramatica hate the homeless so much that they attack and lie about  those of us who call attention to the plight of the homeless? Are Steve Hatlestad and Chris Jones and the others of Encyclopedia Dramatica so cozy and assured that they will never be homeless and never need a blanket or a meal?  What is source of their meanness toward the homeless and those who would dare to help them?

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT -- that is what it is like for one afternoon of having my human rights violated by the scum of the internet.  People experience this abuse each day, and many of them contact me.  I can say that "something" needs to be done, and many arrests have been made.  I think it would be helpful to have a concerted effort of education by good people to show young new internet users that being involved in abuse and hate groups is the wrong choice.   Companies like Twitter need to see that rolling out the welcome mat for noxious racists and antisemites and people that stalk and mock and harass women is not good business. They don't see it yet because it has not yet hit them in the bank account.  Twitter does not properly enforce its own weak Terms of Service.  And once an account is "suspended" from Twitter, the user makes a new account.  That is also against the Twitter Terms of Service, but Twitter does nothing.  Twitter could be taking repeat abusers to court to ban them from the site.   Laws that have recently been enacted to punish revenge porn need to be rewritten to include all predatory websites.  Police departments need cyber units, since the internet is not going to disappear.   

WILL ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA BE CLOSED DOWN?  My opinion is that it should have been closed down long ago. It is criminal on so many levels.  There is material that is obscenity as a matter of law on the site. (That is to say, sometimes "obscenity" is determined by a local standard, but with some categories, it is obscenity per se.  Photos often associated with those who use Encyclopedia Dramatica include such things as peoples' faces covered in feces, distended anuses with objects in them, and other such pictures that are obscenity per se. Penetration, bodily fluids, and other categories are considered obscenity in all instances.)  No normal person wants their name or reputation tangled up with obscenity, and yet that is exactly what Encyclopedia Dramatica does to its victims.  Encyclopedia Dramatica connects the name, photos, and reputation of hundreds of innocent victims up with the shocking obscenity that suits the tastes of the "members" of the website.   And this is extraordinarily wrong and a violation of the basic human rights of the victims of the site.    The victims of Encyclopedia Dramatica have their names and photos and reputations destroyed, and that is the point of the site.  The site has revenge porn.  The site is loaded with lies, defamation, mockery, hate speech, intentional destruction of reputations.  The site is used to coerce, extort, and blackmail.  It is a website of hate for haters, meant for only the purpose of harming the victims who have fallen prey to the very bad people who are "members" of Encyclopedia Dramatica.

That being said, why is the site still going?  Doxbin, a site closely linked to Encyclopedia Dramatica at least as far as having the same set of users, was closed down by Federal agencies and many assume the people who ran and owned the site will be indicted.  There are complaints against Encyclopedia Dramatica to law enforcement agencies that I know of that are pending. Hopefully, one of those will result in the arrest of those running the site or in the closing of the site.  My guess is the time is coming soon.

Now, let me be honest here. I think a major reason why Encyclopedia Dramatica has not yet been closed down is that the victims are individuals and the FBI and other agencies tend to care mainly about corporations.  Matthew Keys was prosecuted and faces 2 years in prison for an act that resulted in a few words on a corporation's website being changed for 20 minutes.   Encyclopedia Dramatica destroys the lives and livelihood and well-being of many individuals.  Which is the more serious wrong?  Why did the FBI expend so much effort on Matthew Keys but has thus far not assisted the many victims whose lives have actually been destroyed by Encyclopedia Dramatica?  It is because the "victim" in one is a corporation and in the other, the many victims are real people.

Another reason is that most of the victims of Encyclopedia Dramatica are women who are being victimized by men. The FBI and other police agencies tend to show a marked lack of concern for women victims.

 Will the victims of Encyclopedia Dramatica ever be freed from this harm?  One victim recently sued, and some of the most horrific lies about him were removed off the site.  Why not remove all the lies and all the smears aimed at all the victims?   Why not remove all the names of all the victims so their reputations are not damaged by being associated with the filth that is enjoyed by the perverse "members" of Encyclopedia Dramatica?  That filth may be your level of morality, but it is not mine.  


Computer Genius Battling off Extradition to U.S.



Computer Genius Battling off Extradition to U.S.
By Susan Basko, esq.

Eric Eoin* Marques, a computer genius in Ireland, has been in jail and battling off extradition to the U.S. where he would face prosecution under U.S. laws for acts the U.S. considers crimes, but which Ireland has refused to prosecute.  The FBI has branded Mr. Marques with extreme smears meant to diminish or remove his chance of getting a fair trial.  They have called him "the world's foremost facilitator of child pornography."  A closer examination of the reality shows this to be a propaganda tactic.   

(* Eoin is pronounced like "Owen.")

This week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 21, 22, and 23, 2016, Eric Eoin Marques was in Dublin before the Appeals Court regarding the U.S. efforts to extradite him to the U.S.  to face criminal prosecution.  The result will be a Reserved Judgment that is expected in about December 2016.  If the result is not satisfactory, the next step would be to appeal the decision to the Irish Supreme Court, and then to the European Court of Human Rights.  Mr. Marques has dual citizenship in Ireland and the U.S., but his family is based in Ireland.

Eric Eoin Marques is a young man with Asperger's syndrome, a condition on the autism spectrum characterized as being intellectually smart, but having trouble with social skills, as well as repeated, obsessive behaviors and interests.  He had no particular socialization and spent all his time hidden in his bedroom developing amazing things on the internet.  

While hanging out in his bedroom in his father's apartment in Dublin, Mr. Marques developed Freedom Hosting, a business that made it extremely easy for anyone to start a website on onion tor, the deep web.  Mr. Marques provided inexpensive, easy, website hosting on tor that anyone could step right into.  It is estimated that Freedom Hosting was hosting at least half the sites on the deep web.  Freedom Hosting had a strict policy of privacy, meaning that the Freedom Hosting "staff" would not look at the websites being hosted.  While the Freedom Hosting site information pages assured the users that this was not a one-man business, it was, in fact, a one-man business.  It was just Eric Eoin Marques in his bedroom, obsessively securing more and more servers to grow the dark web.

The FBI claims that Freedom Hosting, among the many sites it hosted for its customers, was hosting some sites containing child pornography or child abuse images, as these are called in the UK.  The FBI claims that Mr. Marques accessed a child porn site hosted on his servers at least once and adjusted a photo for a client. Mr. Marques vehemently denies that accusation since his company had a strict policy of site privacy.

Child pornography is a terrible thing that victimizes the children in the images in unspeakable ways.  There is no justification or excuse for making or distributing child pornography.  However, it is a legitimate discussion to question whether a young man with Asperger's Syndrome,  alone and obsessed with building a tor server empire, would even be able to comprehend such images, their impact, and their illegality.  There are also legitimate questions whether such a young man could comprehend whether he was being used and manipulated by sophisticated people in the child porn industry.  If a person is socially stunted, can he really be held responsible for not socially navigating properly amid sharks?

This case is unique in claiming that the internet service provider or hosting service is responsible for the content of all the websites being hosted.  This is like saying Amazon Web Services (AWS) is responsible for the content of all its hosted sites.  Not long ago, I complained to AWS that a stalker-defamer-extortionist in San Jose, California has been using AWS to host a series of websites in my name and that these are criminal because they are obscene, they are cyberstalking, they are impersonating me, and they violate my rights as a person and as a lawyer.  The same extortionist owns many such websites in the names of other people.  AWS looked at the websites, admitted they were disgusting, but said their company does not make a determination of what is crime or tort and does not remove such websites off its servers!  But the FBI expected Freedom Hosting  to do exactly that!  Why is Eric Eoin Marques sitting in jail facing gigantic criminal charges, while the owners of  Amazon Web Services are sailing on yachts and eating lobster?

Likewise, the FBI could easily call Twitter the "largest facilitator of ISIS recruiting on the web," and in fact, it seems the FBI has called Twitter exactly that.  But the FBI is not raiding the homes of the (former) Twitter owners and Board or CEO.  The FBI could also call Twitter a huge purveyor of porn and child porn, because, let's face it, it appears to be just that.  The FBI could also call Twitter the "largest facilitator of death threats in the world," because, again, it appears to be.  And yet, the FBI is not knocking down the doors of the Twitter CEOs.

Likewise, the FBI could call Facebook the world's largest facilitator of revenge porn against teens, the world's largest facilitator of racist hate, and a hotbed of death threats.  Yet, the FBI is not knocking down Mark Zuckerberg's door in the pre-dawn hours.  

So what is the difference between Eric Eoin Marques and these other internet entrepreneurs?  Eric Eoin Marques was involved in developing tor, the hidden web.  He was making tor accessible and easy for everyday type users.  And that gave all those users anonymity and privacy on the internet.  If privacy can be equated as "bad," then that seems the likely reason Eric Eoin Marques is being held accountable for the content of websites he did not own or run, but had on his servers.

In addition to Freedom Hosting, Eric Eoin Marques invented, developed, and ran Tormail.  That was a service providing easy access to untraceable email accounts.  Yes, Tormail was probably used by a lot of harassers and hackers, but it was probably also used by activists and those working to secure human rights.  But Tormail also provided privacy, and thus was closed by the FBI.  

The bottom line is that Eric Eoin Marques is one of the most prolific internet geniuses alive today.  He worked on his own and kept to himself, and even pretended his company was more people than just himself.   It seems rather shocking that the FBI wants to squash that talent and place Eric Eoin Marques in a cage for his lifetime.  It also seems stunningly unfair to brand him with smears regarding child pornography, so that he cannot get a fair trial and cannot even get fair media treatment.  All the news outlets keep repeating this vile mantra as if it sums up the situation.  Even liberal type tech news outlets, known to question the government spin, have repeated the FBI-fed smear against Mr. Marques.  Where is the questioning?  Are the tech outlets and entrepreneurs prepared to say that each ISP owner is now criminally liable for all content placed on its servers by customers or the customer's clients or public users?

The legal questions are being ignored.  Is a web server company owner criminally responsible for the content of the websites it is hosting?  If so, that is something very new in U.S. law.   This needs to be brought out into the open and discussed and dissected.

Right now, the issues before the Irish Court of Appeals involve the reasons for not extraditing Eric Eoin Marques to the U.S.  The panel of 3 judges seems aware of the hazards of extradition to a young man with Asperger's Syndrome, taking him far away from his support network of family to the U.S. prison system that is notorious for not providing proper medical or mental health care.  

But the issues should be about far more than this.  Do we allow a genuine computer genius to be locked up longer still, because some of the users of his business were hosting illegal content?  Is he responsible for their content?  Should be be made to pay for their crimes?  And if so, on what basis?  

There is a discussion waiting to happen:  a logical, fact-driven discussion that does not involve tainting a person with smears.  


Vendome Underpass Tent City, Los Angeles

Vendome Underpass Tent City, Los Angeles
by Susan Basko, esq.

In the City of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., Vendome Street has an underpass beneath the 101 Freeway.  As in many underpasses throughout the Unites States, people with no other place to live have made their homes in a tent camp lining the sidewalks and embankment below the busy road above.

 These photos are all taken from Google maps.  They are all Copyright by Google 
and are used here in Fair Use for purposes of analysis and commentary.  
According to the note on the photos, the Google maps truck took these photos in March 2015.


 On that day in 2015, each side of the street had about 6 tents, with a few additional tents up higher on the embankment.  Notice how the tents have been neatly spaced apart, each one next to a support post.  This will provide support for the tent.  It may also provide each tent's occupants with a bit of privacy behind the post for engaging in toilet activities.

Living under the freeway provides some shelter from heat, cold, wind, and rain.  Los Angeles does not get snow.  Temperatures range from about 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) on a cold winter day to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) on a hot summer day.  In the summer, the nights tend to cool down.  

In the summer, the temperature in the underpass will be cooler than out in the sun.  However, it is very noisy living below a road above, with the constant roar of cars and trucks driving at high speeds.  There may also be mice, rats, and other animals.  There is always a danger from robbers or violent people.

 There are also no running water, toilets, or showers.  
This woman appears to be washing her hair with bottled water.

 Perhaps she and this man hauled the bottle of water to their tent home in this shopping cart.

 This shopping cart looks like they might use it to collect recyclable bottles.  In California, purchasers of water and other drinks in plastic bottles pay a tax of 5 cents per bottle.  Many people living on the street make money by collecting empty bottles and bringing them to a recycling center, where they are paid 5 cents per bottle.  Many of them steal shopping carts from stores to have a vehicle in which to collect bottles and to store and haul their personal belongings.  Most water bottles are easily crushed, which allows many to fit into a cart.  A cart filled with bottles might net a collector $5 or $10.  This is a bare subsistence living for many people in Los Angeles.


Here she is catching a few rays of early morning sunlight for hair washing.  The location of their tent, near the end of the underpass, allows them to enjoy the sunshine a bit.



This appears to be a buggy or cart laden with a tent, a little pink baby suit, and a collection of other personal possessions.  These items are most likely beloved by their owner. 

This looks like a young woman in a white dress.  She appears to be standing behind her tent.  There appears to be a fence to keep her from going up onto the embankment.



But, here she is behind the fence.  Maybe someone cut an entry in the fence.  The area on the embankment might be used for toilet activities, for cooking or lighting a small fire for warmth, or for storing or hiding belongings.  

This tent has a tidy set-up.  Notice the shoes are set outside the tent.   Supplies are off to the side.  A blanket is hung on the fence, possibly to dry it or to provide a private dressing area.  A towel draped over the entry to the tent provides privacy, while allowing air circulation inside the tent.

That same tent appears here on the right.  To its left is a much larger tent. 

The larger tent, shown here on the right, has a shopping cart stowed next to it.   A shopping cart is a prized possession among people who live on the streets, because it can be used for collecting recyclable bottles. In California, small water bottles bring 5 cents apiece, which can add up to a few dollars that can buy food for the day.

Next to the big greyish tent is this smaller orange and white small dome tent. Perhaps because the  tent is so small, the occupant has many items stored outside around the tent.  Notice the occupant in the tent takes up most of the inside space.  The tent is just big enough for sitting or lying down.


The Google truck usually drives around just after sunrise. This looks like a woman in her pajamas.  Maybe she is getting ready to go to her job?  Many homeless people in Los Angeles are employed, but do not make enough money to pay the very high rents and security deposits of multiple months' rent.  

The blue tent has a wheelchair parked outside.

The resident of this tent may be disabled and get around in a wheelchair.  It looks like a mattress is stowed along the fence.

The next door neighbor living in the orange and white tent has many interesting objects on display, including what appear to be gold-colored statues of animals.  There is a shopping cart.  A red plastic box provides storage.  A plastic bag full of things hangs on the fence.


This is a map of where Vendome Street passes below the Freeway.  It is a residential area.

This is how the area looks from the sky.

These are nearby home listings with prices from May 2016.  These are simple, small houses.  Most of them are about 1,000 square feet with 2 or 3 bedrooms.  The asking prices are around $600,000.  To buy a $600,000 house, one would need a $120,000 down payment and a yearly salary of about $192,000.  Very few people make this much money.  This is why there are so many people living in tents and vehicles in major cities in the U.S.


There is the neighborhood of houses for those who can afford them.  For those who cannot, there is this tent camp below the freeway.  This is very common in major cities in the U.S.

Thank you to Google maps for the pictures.  
Photos used in Fair Use for purposes of analysis and commentary.










IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE - domains, emails illegally used in my name



Legal Public Notice – IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE 
re: Domains and Emails being used illegally in my name by others
From: Susan Basko aka Sue Basko
Date: January 19, 2016

My name is Susan Basko or Sue Basko and I am an attorney licensed in the U.S.A. in California and Illinois.  This is a legal notice that I, my personal name, and my name as a lawyer are being impersonated and infringed upon.  Several domains (websites, emails, etc) in my name are being used for nefarious and/or criminal purposes by two men and associated companies without any permission from me.  

On or about March 11, 2014 and since that time, a man named Jason Scott Leiderman aka Jay Leiderman, a lawyer licensed in California and residing in Ventura, California, began purchasing domain names in my name.  These domains can be used for websites and other purposes and each domain comes with emails, also in my name.   Jason (Jay) Leiderman admitted this transgression against me under questioning from a Judge in a Court in San Jose, California.  Jason (Jay) Leiderman was or is the General Counsel for Via View, Inc., a corporate entity at times in Delaware, Nevada, and California.  A man named James Alexander McGibney, of San Jose, California,  is the owner or president of ViaView, Inc. and an employee of a company called Rosendin Electric in San Jose, California.   The domains in my name of which we are aware are now being held in the names of ViaView, Inc and or James McGibney.  I DO NOT  have any contracts or agreements with Jason (Jay) Leiderman, James McGibney, ViaView, Inc., or Rosendin Electric whereby any of these people or entities would have a right or license to use my name, own or use a domain in my name, own or use an email in my name, or communicate as  me, about me, for me, or in any way communicate any information using my name whatever.  These individuals or companies have taken it upon themselves to purchase, hold, and use approximately 5 (five) domains in my name for purposes that can only be classified as illegal, harmful, harassing, or criminal.  These individuals and companies have been given adequate notice that they are to cease and desist in impersonating me and owning domains or emails in my name, and yet the domains in my name continue to be held and operated in the names of one of more of these encroaching impersonators.  THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO LEGITIMATE REASON FOR ANY OF THESE PEOPLE OR ENTITIES TO OWN OR OPERATE ANY DOMAIN OR EMAIL IN MY NAME.

Both of these men, Jay Leiderman and James McGibney,  are members of or connected with internet hacking or harassment groups Anonymous, Rustle League, Bullyville, and Cheaterville, and thus should be considered dangerous and should not be approached.   Rather, if you see communications that are in the name of Sue Basko but are not from my limited official websites and emails listed below, please contact me at one of the emails, or contact your local police or contact the FBI.  Do not view the illegal websites as they are likely spring-loaded with malware, and do not open or respond to any of the emails.

THIS IS LEGAL NOTICE THAT THE ONLY VALID EMAILS UNDER WHICH I WILL CONTACT ANYONE ARE: SUEBASKO@GMAIL.COM AND SUEBASKOMUSIC@GMAIL.COM  The ONLY VALID website in my name is SueBasko.blogspot.com  and others that may be linked on that page in the sidebar.  The only valid Twitter accounts in my name are @SueBasko and @pacempacem.  Please contact me directly at one of these email addresses and/or file an FBI report about all other communications purportedly from or about me.