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John Edwards' Vandalized Second Life Headquarters

One of the reasons I had been really excited to take the job with the Edwards campaign is because their internet outreach is truly cutting edge. Case in point: John Edwards was the first presidential candidate to open virtual headquarters in Second Life, an online, 3-D, virtual world built and owned by its over 4 million users/residents.

But fates forbid that conservative wankers could resist destroying it.

Shortly before midnight (CST) on Monday, February 26, a group of republican Second Life users, some sporting "Bush '08" tags, vandalized the John Edwards Second Life HQ. They plastered the area with Marxist/Leninist posters and slogans, a feces spewing obscenity, and a photoshopped picture of John in blackface, all the while harassing visitors with right-wing nonsense and obscenity-laden abuse of Democrats in general and John in particular.

I witnessed this event, taking names and photos, including the owners of the pictures. I also kept and saved a copy of the chat log. I have filed an abuse report with Linden Labs, and am awaiting their investigation.
Completely pathetic. I mean, just truly, deeply, contemptibly sad. Only an absolute slack-jawed moron could so thoroughly delight in such wanton destruction of a virtual property because of ideological differences.

I'm so utterly sick of there being not the teensiest wee shred of "live and let live" among the worst elements of the rightwing—they've got to silence and destroy everything and anyone who disagrees with them. They live to ruin and demolish and spoil—and if anyone different than them has the temerity to be having fun or feeling good for one bloody second, the sorry blighters can't resist swooping in to piss all over the parade, then revel in their own success. Bullies—all of them.

It's so childish, so petty, so pointlessly cruel. I've never understood bullies, and I never bloody will. Fucking wankstains.

(Related: You may remember this previous discussion about Second Life, in which rape was put up for sale.)

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