Potential powder keg: Will Alex Plank and Wrong Planet be connected to another shooting spree?
Posted Jan 30 2013 12:00am
I've just read a post that concerns me a great deal on that well-known neurodiversity website Wrong Planet. Apparently someone who is quite unhappy and possibly psychotic has posted a rather angry rant it reads
No idea if anyone reads this, but then, this about me venting, in the first place.
Damn lying bigot NTs. I hate you. I hate you all.
You're destroying everything of value. Betray. Treason. Lies. Explointing. Your world. Not mine.
No more false compromises. No more. Never. Not with me. I detest you.
Betraying the very core values of humanity. Yeah, that's what you're good at. Lying. Lying all the time.
Honesty? Honor? Loyality? Caring for your next fellow human beeing?
No, always looking for your own advantage, exploiting others.
Give me one, just ONE reason why I shall not take my gun and kill as
many of you scum as I can. And yes, I have a gun, beautiful 9mm Para.
And enough ammo.
f**k you, NTs.
The world would be a better place w/o you.
To anyone reading this, the implications are rather scary, particularly in light of the recent stories suggesting the strong possibility that Adam Lanza had Asperger's syndrome and actually did go out and shoot people. I wonder what wrong planet CEO Alex Plank's reaction will be. Will he delete this post and ban this person from wrong Planet? Will he report this to the authorities as well as the poster's IP address, so possible preventive action can be taken, regardless of whether or not this is an idle threat and the person really does not have a weapon and whether or not he will make good on his threat to kill people? As regular readers of this blog know, Plank has banned me from posting on his website just because I had the handle "ND Just say no" and posted ideas that did not jive with Plank's anti-cure, ND philosophy.
If this guy is on the level, this would not be the first time Plank and Wrong Planet have been involved in this kind of thing In 2006 Alex Plank and Wrong Planet were sued when Wrong Planet member and poster, William Freund broke into an innocent family's home and shot and killed two people. Freund after the shootings committed suicide. Shortly before the murders Freund had posted on the Wrong Planet website that he was lonely and needed a real friend and that he was contemplating suicide. He also said that he planned to hurt those who had hurt them.
At first, Plank refused to comment on the shootings and Wrong Planet's involvement. Later, he alleged that he had tried to contact Freund's parents and tell them about the post but he was unsuccessful.
Tonight's post is eeriely similar to this and is frightening to me.
In case Plank gets wind of this and deletes the post and anyone ends up thinking I'm just making this up as a vendetta against the ND movement (who I will concede I loathe, including Plank), I've made a screen shot. If I can figure out how to post it on this blog post I will. I'm also going to contact the FBI or any other appropriate law enforcement agency about this. I hope that Plank and other WP administrators will do so as well. Particularly in light of the Freund incident.
Unfortunately, Plank does not have a track record of good judgment, I'm remembering the Zachary Lassiter incident where an individual was claiming that autism speaks pressured an online store to remove his t-shirt that he was selling which was unflattering to AS. Plank, a foe of autism speaks and a cure for autism put this story on the front page of his website. This was later proven by yours truly to be a bunch of baloney . Unfortunately, in spite of this, autism speaks, has chosen to fund Alex Plank's autism talk TV. Also, they handled the William Freund case particularly badly. You can see a thread on Wrong Planet if you google William Freund where in October of 2005, Plank questions who Freund is. I don't know if Alex's friends really tried to contact Freund's parents or not, but it would have been good judgment to report Freund to the FBI or some other authorities and it's possible two lives would have been saved (maybe three including Freund's). I figured out how to post a screenshot and here it is below:
Alex, if you happen to read this, I hope we can put our differences aside and you'll do the right thing and not only ban this person from commenting but report him to the appropriate authorities. If you don't, I certainly will.
Addendum: As can be seen above, i've uploaded the screenshot in question in case wrong planet denies this post ever existed. I've contacted the FBI and reported this. I've been told they will send this to the appropriate field office and agent. Finally, I've emailed Alex Plank at his wrong planet email address advising him of this and suggesting he take appropriate action against this individual, Cephalod and I've cc'd a copy of the email to John Robison just in case.