John Rivello Clarification Re: #FakeNews from @mattdpearce

L.A. Times #FakeNews “journalist” Matt Pearce smeared yesterday when he suggested that we stole monies raised for U.S. marine veteran John Rivello.

Rivello who has been accused of the first ever assault by GIF is defending himself from Japanese animated pornography enthusiast and fellow “journalist” Kurt Eichenwald in a criminal trial.

Disgusted by this misuse of the court system the WeSearchr community raised over $19,000 for Rivello’s legal defense fund. He has yet to collect it.

Pearce, who has ties to the discredited racket known as the Southern Poverty Law Center–an organization that has slandered our founder Charles C. Johnson– and recycles Antifa talking points, tweeted on July 4th that monies collected by WeSearchr hadn’t been sent to Rivello.

Being normal people — and not bloggers for hire for foreign-born billionaire and L.A. Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong — we were with our families and friends on Independence Day and didn’t notice Pearce’s slight until this morning.

Unfortunately, Mr. Rivello’s father repeatedly delayed in collecting the money owed to his son, something we have now rectified.

We spoke with Rivello’s father yet again today and have begun the process of paying out his son’s criminal defense lawyer. Rivello had not yet provided a completed tax form and address was left out. He has since filled out the requisite paperwork.

WeSearchr/FreeStartr is happy to send along the funds when the requested information is forthcoming.

We asked Pearce to provide proper context but he refused. Typical lying media. In other words, don’t believe the #fakenews even in small things.

Pearce should stick to such killjoy activities as policing people’s enjoyments of fireworks on the nation’s Independence Day. It suits him.

Stripe has De-Platformed FreeStartr

FreeStartr currently has lost the ability to collect funds for our creators. CEO Charles C. Johnson’s comments can be found here.

  • If you are a creator and FreeStartr has collected funds for you, do not worry, you will be paid in full all funds that you are owed according to our terms of use.
  • If you have donated to a campaign, do not worry, you do not need to cancel the transaction, the creator will get whatever funds have been contributed to their campaign, also according to the FreeStartr Terms of Use.

    FreeStartr will be filing a lawsuit against the founders of Stripe, Patrick and John Collison in regard to this loss of business.

If you are a creator and want to get the funds collected on your behalf, to date, send a request (with a signed W-9) to [email protected].

We are busy developing another payment gateway solution, but it will take some time to bring this online. (Watch this space).

UPDATED Monday, June 18, 2018

Stripe Apartheid – FreeStartr Temporarily Offline

I thought I might share a few thoughts with you on what I regard as the biggest issue of our time: tech apartheid.

Silicon Valley wants you to believe that it is a force for good but the evidence of its bias and fraudulent dealings couldn’t be more obvious even to a fair, impartial observer.

Most recently this duplicity concerns payment processing, namely the fraudulent company Stripe which canceled FreeStartr’s account despite record low chargebacks. FreeStartr wasn’t alone. All of those companies who had their accounts suspended — Bitchute (a YouTube competitor), MakerSupport (a Patreon competitor), and (a Patreon, Kickstarter competitor)– were created by Trump supporters.

This canceling of our business was done for political reasons by Edwin Wee, a Democratic political operative turned Stripe employee, and it exposes the libertarian lie that one can simply just go and create a competitor if one dislikes Silicon Valley ventures. You can’t. We need to get over that canard.

I’ll delve into the parochial issues concerning FreeStartr’s banning from Stripe later, but I am thoroughly convinced that if action isn’t taken in the very near future, our politics will be permanently titled to the far left for the foreseeable future. Ask your congressmen, your friends, to speak out on this issue and take necessary corrections.

We’ve had other discussions about the censorship and Google, Facebook, and Twitter, and yes, those trends are extremely worrisome. But what I’m talking about here as concerns Stripe and PayPal is far more dangerous both for politics and for our society writ large.

Every regime has scapegoats, and ours is no different. Whether you’ve participated in a Twitter mob and/or been its target, you know its power. Ours is a herd based species, and it is quite disturbing the speed with which mores can shift. What was once commonplace — big game hunting, smoking, corporal punishment, etc., — become frowned upon, then the province of cranks, and ultimately unthinkable. There is increasingly good social science evidence for how this process unfolds — where a small minority changes the standards of behavior in a population. Sometimes these changes are so abrupt as to be jarring and yes, even violent. Twitter mobs force you off of their platforms and begin the practice of targeting your employment, your spouse’s employment, etc. until you are ruined. There is no due process here.

This is not dissimilar from the ancient punishments of exile or death. To be fired from your job for your politics constitutes a kind of death; it is certainly a form of exile. This kind of tribalism terrorism will undoubtedly increase precisely because it is so effective at cowing the other side and the costs of the targeting are so cheap.

Stopping this violence is very important, but I fear ultimately futile if we no longer have standards.

So let me be clear about mine. What stands for is the culture that undergirds the U.S. Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights. That culture might be elusive to the Stripe co-founders, Patrick and John Collison, who were born in Ireland so permit me to America-splain.

The First Amendment isn’t just for the loon on the street corner; it must ultimately apply to the tech companies. The Second Amendment isn’t for muskets; it must apply to AR-15s. The Fourth Amendment isn’t just for papers but for electronic surveillance.

And yes, the Sixth Amendment is useless if you don’t have the means of paying for your defense, whether through patronage, piggy banks, or your own fundraising. We Americans believe that everyone is entitled to his day in court. Our history is replete with the good winning out in court against all the odds.

Spending your money as you want is as American as barbecue on Independence Day. You have the right to do whatever you want with your consumerism or generosity. We are a generous people. It is this insight on which I built Freestartr with Stripe as a partner. I hid Stripe’s involvement with our site because Stripe asked me to and together we have raised millions for legal defenses for the marginalized. I kept quiet our business relationship because I know Stripe is colonized by far left liberals.

Stripe, by barring, is denying all of the people who have raised money and all of the people who might raise money their day in court. It’s un-American. Even the Nazis got lawyers at Nuremberg. And some of those lawyers were even Jews. But not in Silicon Valley.

Stripe’s action is likely illegal. Banks aren’t allowed to just bar customers, especially after President Trump abolished Operation Chokepoint. Patrick Collison, Stripe’s CEO, opposes Operation Chokepoint.

Stripe seems to be deliberately shutting down businesses whose politics it doesn’t like. Political orientation is a protected category in California. There have been cases brought against businesses that refuse to serve conservatives or liberals. Why not Stripe?

If Stripe’s move isn’t illegal, it is certainly fraudulent.

John Collison, the co-founder of Stripe, personally assured me once on the phone and once in the home of a Silicon Valley venture capitalist that Stripe would allow FreeStartr to operate so long as we comply with the law.

“The tech industry has to be a place where anyone of any background can thrive,” Patrick Collison, his brother, once claimed to Bloomberg on May 31st.

Not if you are a white male conservative.

The brothers Collison are frauds and liars.

Worse yet, they seem to be attracting other frauds and perhaps criminals.

Stripe, PayPal, and Square are working with the Southern Poverty Law Center, a discredited linked to at least one terrorist organization.

The way the Southern Poverty Law Center works is that they declare everyone whose politics they don’t like to be Nazis or racists.

The demand for Nazis or racists vastly exceeds their supply, so some people are caught up in the crossfire, sometimes literally in the case of the shooter who fired upon members of Congress and their staff playing baseball.

Until this group is investigated for the criminal fraud it has perpetrated on donors it will continue to harm others.

~ Charles C. Johnson, CEO FreeStartr

FreeStartr on “Hate Speech”

A few days ago FreeStartr got an email from a reporter at a major outlet. The line of questioning seemed to be problematic in its assumptions, so FreeStartr has decided to answer here:

Email from Major Outlet:

I am hoping to arrange a phone interview with someone from Freestar about your promises to not ban or censor any fundraisers and how that works. Specifically, I want to talk about what if anything you do to ensure that hate groups do not raise funds on your site.

If someone from your press team could email me to arrange a time to talk, that would be great.

Thanks in advance and I hope to hear from you soon.

Answer from FreeStartr

A better question might be why you use rhetoric like “Hate Speech” or “Hate Group” in a country that has as its First Amendment and highest principle, Free Speech?

The terms “Hate Speech” and “Hate Group” are propaganda tools used to end conversations that may contain ideas that some find offensive, so let’s start with the implicit assumption in your question.

The current media strategy of “news” organizations is to get some kind of concession about a “hate group” and then use a wide brush to paint anyone that the left (or the reporter) disagrees with.

FreeStartr assumes that some ideas are offensive–, that some projects are “politically incorrect” and that it’s exactly those projects that get kicked off of other platforms. Those projects have a place to go on FreeStartr.

The law says it’s illegal to libel or threaten people with bodily harm, and FreeStatr maintains the law as a standard. Words may offend some people, but thoughts and ideas are not illegal in a truly free society.

A better question is “does XYZ News actually support Freedom?” Your question sounds more like something from the Soviet Union than the United States of America.