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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thank you, Peter

Peter Thiel was fundamental to dealing Gawker what appears to be its death blow:
Billionaire Peter Thiel, PayPal cofounder and early investor in Facebook, called financing the $150 million crushing lawsuit against Gawker filed by former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan “one of my greater philanthropic things that I’ve done” in a revealing interview Wednesday.

“I saw Gawker pioneer a unique and incredibly damaging way of getting attention by bullying people even when there was no connection with the public interest,” he told the New York Times, telling them it was “less about revenge and more about specific deterrence.”

This is first interview Thiel has granted after it was revealed that he had helped fund former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against the gossip blog for posting a secretly-recorded sex tape. While a Florida jury originally rewarded Hogan with $115 million in March, the amount has since climbed by the tens of millions in further damages from Gawker Media and founder Nick Denton.
It's pretty incredible. He spent $10 million in order to take down Gawker. Reprisals are good. Deterrence is even better. If you're on Twitter, express your appreciation by using the #thankyoupeter hashtag.

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38 Comments:

Blogger Nate May 26, 2016 8:12 AM  

hrm... I'm a billionaire... and I'm bored... what should I do today. Oh I know... I'll destroy Gawker.

Blogger Nate May 26, 2016 8:15 AM  

makes me wonder if those throwing shots at Notch may want to consider the consequences of their actions. I mean its not like he couldn't drop 10 million to make their lives hell.

Anonymous Dave Gerrold's 6184th Cabana Boy May 26, 2016 8:16 AM  

"Klytus...I am bored..."

10 million well spent. Hopefully he gets it back.

Blogger #6277Hammer May 26, 2016 8:20 AM  

"He spent $10 million in order to take down Gawker"

This is also an indictment against the legal system. If a relatively straight forward defamation case cost $10 million, how can the average man in the street afford access to courts? I understand you get what you pay for and all that.
And I'm saying this as a lawyer.

Anyway, #thankyoupeter

Blogger Nate May 26, 2016 8:32 AM  

"And I'm saying this as a lawyer."

I knew there was something off about you.

Blogger Sillon Bono May 26, 2016 8:42 AM  

@6277Hammer

""how can the average man in the street afford access to courts?""

He can't, we never was able, and probably never will.

Nothing to see here, move along.

Blogger #6277Hammer May 26, 2016 8:42 AM  

"I knew there was something off about you."
heh, makes me fit right in

Blogger Elocutioner May 26, 2016 8:46 AM  

Wow. #6277 is more vile than we realized. No wonder Malwyn favors you.

Blogger VFM #7634 May 26, 2016 9:29 AM  

Sounds like a very VFM-ish way of donating to charity.

Anonymous Anonymous May 26, 2016 9:31 AM  

It wasn't a donation, it was a gamble, if he expected the lawyer to be paid from the proceeds if successful.

Anonymous BGKB May 26, 2016 9:40 AM  

"He spent $10 million in order to take down Gawker" This is also an indictment against the legal system...how can the average man in the street afford access to courts

The average man can afford access to the courts, its just that if he sues a jew and there is a jewish judges even catching the jew lying in court will not help you win in a straightforward case.

Anonymous Roundtine May 26, 2016 9:45 AM  

how can the average man in the street afford access to courts?

The NYT has an article on Thiel worrying about the 1st amendment and the influence of one man, ignoring that media outlets have relatively deep pockets and an army of minions. If the NYT decides to go after you, or say a whole town like Ferguson, they can @#$% you up real good. They also love giving coverage to nuisance lawsuit organization that are funded by billionaires like Soros, that go around @#$% up people, businesses and local governments. The fact that a billionaire is out there who might @#$% them back has them suddenly worried.

Blogger James May 26, 2016 10:03 AM  

I never knew what Gawker was or who Nick Denton was before GamerGate, and I did not grasp how evil and wicked they were before I saw a Sargon of Akkad video about them. I think it was Sargon, anyway. I'd be surprised if Nick Denton starts his own car, if you know what I mean, as it were, so to speak.

Blogger JWM May 26, 2016 10:05 AM  

We can fritter away our time and energy trying to elect this non lefty or that, but the real war needs to be fought against the information/media giants. The alt-right is still a guy on a stool with an acoustic guitar. The very well organized left has an outdoor rock festival wall of sound and thousands of watts of amplification. They simply have the ability to drown us out in the public debate. Take down the Times. Take down the cable news outlets. Take down Hollywood, and network television. There can be no debate if only one side can be heard.

JWM

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 May 26, 2016 10:15 AM  

Nate wrote:hrm... I'm a billionaire... and I'm bored... what should I do today. Oh I know... I'll destroy Gawker.

Yeah, I've said that if I had won the billion dollar Power Ball, I would've spent the rest of my days trolling the government at all levels. Little things like suing a locality for violations of the 13th amendment by making people clean sidewalks they claim ownership of and other things like that.

I suppose I'd occasionally address larger institutions and issues as well.

Blogger Gordon May 26, 2016 10:25 AM  

"if I had won the billion dollar Power Ball, I would've spent the rest of my days trolling the government at all levels"

Oh, my, yes. That would be a good way to spend one's twilight. The Institute for Justice does a bit of that, but they're really just nibbling at the edges.

Blogger Ron May 26, 2016 10:31 AM  

@Gordon

You aren't thinking clearly. On that level people die on a bed with a pillowcase over their heads and everyone is told it was of natural causes with no need for an autopsy.

Or a man shoots himself three times in the heart with a 45 caliber pistol because someone accuses him a few days earlier of having a medal he didn't deserve.

Or they fall overboard their yacht in the middle of the ocean on a clear day and drown.

That's what happens.

Blogger Ron May 26, 2016 10:33 AM  

@Gordon

The point is, when you do something on that level in that manner, you had best be a very hard and very serious man who is not playing any games.

Blogger Teri May 26, 2016 10:36 AM  

Our wish, should we ever win the lottery, would be to hire a bunch of top notch lawyers and have them defend people dealing with WA state DNR. The judges would still do whatever the state wants, but it would be satisfying to see the bureaucrats work for a living.

Blogger dh May 26, 2016 10:46 AM  

It is pretty weird right now that the two biggest heros in the world to the Alt-Right are both extremely gay men.

Blogger frenchy May 26, 2016 10:46 AM  

@BGKB,

Correct. Access to the courts is easy. Winning a case has nothing to do with the defendant being Jewish. The main issue is the cost of getting a good lawyer.

I wanted to file a case in Federal court. $400 starting off. I looked at what I wanted to do and realized I needed a lawyer. I got a rock solid case to tear down an unconstitutional federal law.

The problem was when my sister told me that lawyer fees, for a good one, start around $400-$600 an hour. I simply cannot afford that. I told her this and she added, "Now you now why most people prefer to settle out of court." So now I have to pursue a different route.

There will always be issues of race, religion, ideology, politics, and tribe going on behind the scenes, but it always comes down to being able to afford a good lawyer over a long period of time, especially if the government is prosecuting you.

Blogger Elocutioner May 26, 2016 10:59 AM  

-Trump calls for loosening of libel laws.
-Corrupt media flips out and lies ridiculously about it.
-Thiel spends $10M on WINNING a libel case vs. Gawker, demonstrating how high the barrier has been made.

Don't expect this to be the end of it.

2015 was the year that a couple of billionaires started looking out for the little guy.

Blogger LurkingPuppy May 26, 2016 11:01 AM  

dh wrote:It is pretty weird right now that the two biggest heros in the world to the Alt-Right are both extremely gay men.

Maybe it has something to do with not caring what women think of them.

Anonymous paradox May 26, 2016 11:09 AM  

#thankyoupeter now the pleasantries are over... Peter, you and transgender bathroom buddy company, PayPal can burn in hell.

Blogger BigFire May 26, 2016 11:31 AM  

Gawker went out of its way to antagonize Thiele after he warned them to keep his private life private. They just cannot help it. Thiele doesn't have much of a case himself against Gawker as he is a public figure and publishing something he just would like to keep to himself skirts the definition of libel. So he waited. The business model of Gawker is bound to get someone else who have a better case than him, and Hulk Hogan is that case. Spending $10 million destroying your enemy IS satisfaction, albeit, 10 years in the making.

Blogger VFM #7634 May 26, 2016 12:26 PM  

It is pretty weird right now that the two biggest heros in the world to the Alt-Right are both extremely gay men.

Maybe it has something to do with not caring what women think of them.


That would apply to Alphas, Sigmas, and Lambdas. And it's unsurprising that Lambdas are the most common.

In the current cultural climate, potential Alphas and Sigmas often don't end up reaching that rank. It takes an extraordinary amount of Natural Game for any boy to resist the pervasive anti-masculinity completely permeating his upbringing. I find it hard to see any non-Alt-Right Millennial ever becoming the Donald Trump of the 2040s.

Lambdahood, OTOH, is fully encouraged.

Blogger Grandpa Lampshade May 26, 2016 12:28 PM  

10. BGKB May 26, 2016 9:40 AM

The average man can afford access to the courts, its just that if he sues a jew and there is a jewish judges even catching the jew lying in court will not help you win in a straightforward case.

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I love you man.
No homo.

Blogger Gordon May 26, 2016 12:55 PM  

@Ron: I appreciate your insight. Certainly, in some places, some things happen as you suggest. I think it happens less in the US, and less still in some parts versus others. I am not as soft of a target as many are, and, had I a billion to play with, I would be even less soft. Molon labe .

Oh, yes, serious business indeed. That does not mean one cannot have fun carrying it out.

Blogger Teri May 26, 2016 12:56 PM  

@Frenchy,

It's even worse. You get charged $50 for your lawyer to send you an email. When you get to court, they won't even bother to here the case you put together. They tie themselves into knots trying to do whatever the state wants. And they are more than willing to ignore actual state law to give the state bureaucracies what they want.

Blogger Lovekraft May 26, 2016 5:51 PM  

My billions would be spent opening the first Donald Trump School of SJW-Asswhippery.

Anonymous Laz May 26, 2016 8:04 PM  

Now Gawker is asking for moderation: http://gawker.com/an-open-letter-to-peter-thiel-1778991227

Blogger Aeoli Pera May 26, 2016 8:52 PM  

Thanks Peter!

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 26, 2016 8:52 PM  

Laz wrote:Now Gawker is asking for moderation
I read most of that piece of work. Typical Denton. "We're journalists, oops I mean gossip-mongers, oops, I mean we're holding people to account, oops, I mean we're clowns, oops...."

You fucked up Nick. You thought you were invulnerable. You're not even close. Newspapers typically win defamation and invasion of privacy cases because editors know exactly where that line is. You hired a bunch of inexperienced recent college graduates to run your clickbait garbage collection sites, and they, obviously didn't. And your own character flaws prevented you from fixing this before it destroyed you.

Blogger Aeoli Pera May 26, 2016 8:54 PM  

Laz wrote:Now Gawker is asking for moderation

The pen is mightier than the sword...but both bow before the almighty dollar.

Blogger Joshua Sinistar May 26, 2016 9:26 PM  

I blame the GOP. Those spineless Cuckers are so worthless and weak, that these SJWs are now destroying each other out of lack of enemies to the Right. Ming the Merciless kills another would be tinpot tyrant. Fucken Pathetic Madame Butterfly.
Slack jawed faggots like Pansy Graham is why this is happening. Celebrate if you want, but this is only happening cause they have no real opposition anymore, but what good is it really? Gawker is small potatoes and not even tasty small potatoes at that. The Kardashians are still there, and Bruce is still a woman. They called him Bruce and he won the Gold at the Olympics, and now he's a woman. Was it estrogen? Was it steroids killing his testicles? Or did those damn Kardashians cut off his balls?
I just thank God I ate Lucky Charms instead of Wheaties. Sure five pounds of sugar with marshmallows isn't healthy, but by God I'm still a man. I don't believe in Leprechauns, but those magically delicious five pounds of sugar and marshmallows kept me away from Wheaties.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 26, 2016 10:00 PM  

Joshua Sinistar wrote:Was it estrogen? Was it steroids killing his testicles? Or did those damn Kardashians cut off his balls?
Definitely the Kardashians.

Blogger Parallel May 26, 2016 10:17 PM  

"The world is already uncomfortable with the unaccountable power of the billionaire class, the accumulation of wealth in Silicon Valley, and technology’s influence over the media."

No, Nick Denton. You're just running scared now that someone is challenging your assumed entitlement to hurt others without consequence due to your membership in the ruling class (based on your facility with language and other intellectual qualifications). Go read Thomas Sowell's Intellectuals and Society (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellectuals_and_Society) to learn why some of us don't naturally bow the knee to your ilk.

Anonymous Steed May 27, 2016 3:55 AM  







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