Cat-trashing lady outed by internet in less than 24 hours

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  1. braininavat says:

    What about the notorious viruses found in cat feces? Surely they’re involved in this somehow…

  2. Anonymous says:

    You’re all a bunch of Cat Truthers! It never happened, crazy people!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    “In my mind that’s not a valid replacement. I can’t empathize with a small furry four legged creature that might be as smart of a 2 or 3 year old. ”

    Some people can’t empathize with toddlers or babies. Does this justify them in tossing them in bins?

    Seriously, personal feelings aren’t a good source for a legal system.

  4. Akheloios says:

    In Ulthar no man may kill a cat, who knew the Dreamlands were in Coventry.

  5. Anonymous says:

    No two wrongs don’t make a right, but i have a kitten and if this was my cat, shed need more then police protection. Why should that poor innocent cat, that she petted to gain its trust SO she could dump it in a bin, have to suffer and then people think she deserves justice done rather then revenge. I adore my kitten and i’d want revenge. Damn whether its right or wrong. And as people say, the law cannot punish her, so frankly, i’m glad that she was victimised and afraid. I don’t believe in victimising without proof ( she was caught on tape) or ex-cons or people that been punished and done there time. If she hadn’t have had a taste of good old mob mentality she wouldn’t have recieved any punishment at all. So i say bloody good job mob bet she won’t offend again.

  6. Anonymous says:

    To #5 that said that vigilantism isn’t the solution:
    Of course it is. Animal abuse charges don’t go much of anywhere until someone kills an animal, or harms the animal to the point of needing serious medical attention. To a person that throws a cat out (even though the cat could’ve died, it didn’t) so she’ll get a $200 fine and authorities will walk through her house to see if she’s abusing other animals. If 4chan was responding to people who look like Jersey Shore cast or something to that effect where no harm is being done, I’d be against it. But they are being vigilante to someone who is cruel. I support it. I’m also done with this long-winded, run on reply.

  7. Trotsky says:

    I mean if you were receiving death threats and the entire Internet was allegedly so scandalized as to rise up and threaten murder, don’t you think you’d *MAYBE* have the presence of mind to take a couple of screenshots and post them to a blog, FB, or some venue that would allow people to see the kind of harassment you were being forced to endure?

    No.

    4chan for all of its universe-spanning power has yet to devise a way to remotely disable the simple screen capture button.

  8. delt664 says:

    How did they do it?

    This is a group of people who use a combination of technical skill and crowd sourcing to accomplish all kinds of goals. Given the near total anarchy of 4chan, this is quite amazing.

    According to Moot, 4Chan has over half a million unique hits in a 30 day period. It is quite likely that given the slightest bit of information about a person, they could track that person down if :
    -That person lives in a westernized moderately populated area
    -There is sufficient motivation for 4chan to care.

    Justice vs Revenge?

    Just because a punishment is meted out by a sanctioned authority does not make it justice.
    Just because a punishment is meted out otherwise does not make it revenge.

    Is it justice for this woman to not be charged for (what i assume is) a criminal act?
    Is it revenge for this woman to be outed in her community for the cruel and inhumane actions she has taken?

    Proportional punishment is justice, regardless of the source. It is necessary as a warning for others who would consider anti-social behavior.

    • takeshi says:

      Proportional punishment is not justice. “Justice” refers to the state of being just. Morally centered and righteous. Biblically, the notion of justice is founded in clemency, not vengeance.

      Any act of punishment is revenge, whether it’s meted out by a constabulary or a concerned citizenry. Like most sane people, I don’t like seeing crimes such as these go unpunished, but the law is the law, and it’s a categorically subjective position to call this or any act of vengeance “proportional punishment.”

      You are not the law, and as long as you remain an emotional creature, you are not the best judge of what constitutes proportionality. That said, I commend 4chan wholeheartedly for their blatant act of revenge.

      • Trotsky says:

        That was the most circular and modifier bloated repurposing of “my way or the highway” I have read in recent memory.

    • Anonymous says:

      You seem to be confusing your personal sense of “JUSTICE” with actual legal justice.

      There’s always someone who thinks punishments are too light and “JUSTICE” (TM) isn’t being served. Leave justice to professionals who can put this one case into the context of the thousands of other cases they deal with every day.

      It’s that same I WANT JUSTICE!!!! impulse that makes people love Dirty Harry movies and public stoning.

  9. Trotsky says:

    Please remember to give credit to “Trotsky from Boing Boing” when you refer to this woman as “Osama Bin Lady.”

    I made that up.

    It’s MINE, bitches!

    Recognize.

  10. delt664 says:

    Mind you, I am not condoning the nutjobs who are sending death threats and other extreme responses.

    But a measured and proportional punishment is appropriate, whatever the source.

  11. Anonymous says:

    The meta- issue here – an in other instances of /b/ and 4chan action – is why internet social groups feel like taking action – because we don’t feel anyone else will or can, especially the governing bodies that were supposed to. I like that there’s a social conciousness – people like this woman obviously need a Big Brother. Same thing with that wretched 11-year old girl who was abusing and threatening to shoot people- her parents, community, friends, and society hadn’t taught her caution, courtesy, or manners – but 4chan and /b/ did. Where all those groups failed in both these cases /b/ stepped in. And I’m glad they did. The cat certainly couldn’t defend itself.

  12. Anonymous says:

    So she’s in fear for her life, in police protection. Not knowing when–or if–she will emerge from the darkness.
    Hmmm. Reminiscent of a certain cat?

  13. Matt J says:

    Anyone else here not care about cats that much?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Now if we could do something about all the stupid lazy people that let their cats multiply and multiply and let them run around outside without a care in the world other than setting out an occasional bowl of food to keep the multiplying going on.

    About a year ago a stray little kitten came wondering into my garage while I was working. It was obviously sick and had been wondering the streets. As I already had 4 cats it broke my heart to turn it out, but that didn’t last long as it THANK GOD it came back two days later.

    It was infested with mites so we needed to keep it in the garage for about month to keep it separate from the other cats – only bringing it inside to the bath tub to give it a special scrub down with smelly mite killing shampoo.

    She also has Asthma which requires us to give her two pills a day with a pill shooter. You have to wrap her up in a towel and force open her mouth and pop the pills down. Unfortunately she will not eat powered Asthma medicine in her food.

    I hate the sick fucks who abandon animals! Now if I could only get some video of a sick ass neighbor who rides his dirt bike around town and tries to run over cats. I have a big black baseball bat that keeps calling out for contact with this guy’s head, lol.

  15. Symbiote says:

    I had a look at 4chan last night.

    There were two big crowdsource-the-Anonymous threads. One for the cat-binning lady.

    The other concerned a Canadian boy (under 16) who’d uploaded a video of himself having sex with a dog to Facebook. 4chan’s users had found his name, address, his family’s names and contact details, and were doing things like ordering pizza and taxis to his home, phoning his mother to laugh, messaging all his friends on Facebook, etc. Granted, having sex with a dog is illegal, but the boy needed help, not ridicule, and he certainly didn’t need everyone he knew to be told about it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Here’s the difference i see.. if that kid was having sex with a dog and one of his parents walks in on him… yeah he needs help.

      when the kids videos himself having sex with a dog then posts it to the internet.. you kind of deserve everything you get.

      When did people stop teaching their kids that life isn’t fair? Somehow people expect everyone to respect them when they don’t have the ability to respect themselves. When you deliberately out yourself like that kid did.. well the consequences can’t help but fit the deed, and that kid (in need of help or not) got what he was asking for. He wanted the web to see what he was doing.. and they did.

  16. Anonymous says:

    THis is totally badass! yay for this rad group to give the animals who dont have a choice or voice something to say! keep it up!

  17. Darryl says:

    Wha-huh? Previous BB link says that “Bale contacted cops after reading the comments [on the Facebook page of the cat's owners]. Officers agreed to stand guard at her home for her own safety.”

    So… um, did /b/tards post the personal info as comments on the FB and that’s what caused her to freak out and turn herself in?

    Sorry, but I’m just trying to connect the dots.

  18. Anon022 says:

    /b/ government would look like Hentai, prosti-tots, and loads of other pr0n, with sides of lolcats.

  19. Trotsky says:

    >> he certainly didn’t need everyone he knew to be told about it.

    Then… why did he upload it to FB?

  20. Trotsky says:

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that uploading a video to 500,000,000 people on FB counts as “everyone.”

    When you’ve got camel herders in the middle of the high Saharan desert stopping their caravan in the middle of an endless starry night to say: “Hussein! Check this shit out. Dude fucked his dog. I ain’t lying.”

    That’s everyone.

    Or… An Inupiat fisherman elbow-deep in a North Slope ice hole when his cousin, cellphone in hand, taps him on the shoulder: “Bro. You have to see this!”

    That’s everyone.

    • mrbondjamesbond says:

      ‘I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that uploading a video to 500,000,000 people on FB counts as “everyone.”‘

      THIS. It’s really hard to out an exhibitionist. Now, if Symbiote or somebody wants to argue that the *dog* was unfairly outed, I’m with you. Just imagine, that poor pooch is going to be everybody’s bitch from now on.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Headline should be: Animal lovers threaten to abuse and kill middle-aged female animal

    • Trotsky says:

      >> Headline should be: Animal lovers threaten to abuse and kill middle-aged female animal

      Because that’s exactly what is happening here.

      The “animal lovers” (however one chooses to define that) are calling for the murder of this woman. Way to be a critical reader. Listen. Stay away from the keyboard when you get blotto on hyperbole sauce. It will be less embarrassing for all.

  22. vigodits says:

    Me, it’s a cat. A loathsome animal if I ever new one.
    As for the woman’s action she was just being a good citizen and picking litter off of the curb.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Being nice to the animal just to trick it so she could toss it in the garbage can and scuttle away. What scum.
    I have to wonder what else this monstrous creature has done over the years that has never been exposed.

  24. Berandor says:

    Wonderful. We should be thankful that all those anti-surveillance posters shown here on BoingBoing didn’t amount to much because as it turns out, we *want* people to report any kind of behavior that we, personally, don’t like, and we also have no problem with vigilante justice as long as the vigilantes go after behavior we, personally, don’t like.

    Sure, let this woman be harrassed and threatened and if the loses her job for it, why not? She brought it on herself, didn’t she? As long as she did something we find wrong, she’s more or less fair game. After all, we never did anything wrong when we felt ourselves alone.

    I love cats, and what she did was cruel. Still. And also, I find it strange that CCTVs are rallied against here, but when a cat being thrown into a dustbin is filmed, that’s alright, then. We don’t need terrorists or murderers or muggers to justify surveillance – as a matter of fact, maybe the police should wise up and use cases like this: let us spy on your computer and we will find out whether you have videos of cats being trampled. That seems to be the better argument there.

    • Jackasimov says:

      I’m also against burglars but if one happens upon a murder in progress I’d love it if he intervened. Perhaps my logic is unsound. BTW it was a homeowners personal cctv system so yeah, that’s alright then.

  25. Anonymous says:

    The main reason we have trials is not, as many seem to thing, to give guilty criminals a chance to get away with their crimes, but rather to give the accused a chance to address the evidence against her. Maybe the video isn’t exactly what it seems. Often it is, but sometimes it’s not. Sometimes there’s more to it, and sometimes the assumptions and extrapolations we draw from the evidence are flawed. Whatever the case, vigilantes deny the accused the chance to defend themselves by explaining their actions or offering additional evidence that shows events in a different light and instead base their conclusions on whatever scraps of evidence happen to come to light first.

    If this woman was a friend or close relative of yours, your first instinct would probably be that there must be some reasonable explanation for her actions. (Maybe the video doesn’t show what it seems to; maybe if we were privy to the events that led up to the actions captured on the video, her actions would seem justifiable; maybe she suffers from some sort of mental illness or dementia; …) But we are tend to be far less charitable and more willing to believe the worst about strangers. In either case, a just verdict is only possible after doing a proper investigation and giving everyone a chance to present their side of the story.

  26. Anonymous says:

    The ironic thing is that 4chan has a soft spot for cats, yet has an irrational hatred for furries (who raise thousands of dollars for animal-related charities every year).

    One step forward, two steps back.

    It would be nice if 4chan came to their senses and used their powers for good instead of playing a zero-sum game all the time, but that’s probably expecting too much from the mob mentality that drives them. They do a good deed once in a blue moon, but the fact remains it’s the exception for them more than the rule.

  27. orwellian says:

    It’s not ovah ’til teenagers in Guy Fawkes masks are protesting outside her home.

    Or Felix the Cat masks done in that style.

  28. PrettyBoyTim says:

    I can’t believe all the people here saying that represents some kind of justice. It doesn’t represent it in the slightest. The woman hasn’t had a trial; 4chan thinks it’s found the right person but that’s not been proven. They might be royally fucking the life of an innocent woman for all we know. For all we know the person they’ve outed is actually just someone who looks similar who has pissed off a 4chan member.

    Justice my arse.

  29. Anonymous says:

    she is not allowed to be on the internet for the rest of her life, short though that ma be. she is in fear for her well being, and all because she exhibits the behaviuor of a deranged sociopath. this will end predictibly. holy equine excrement, bat man. we need to protect her. why? because people who are f-ed up need to be protected. preferably behind bars. goood luck with that stroll down magic chistian lane, lady.

  30. Art says:

    Cory states:

    “Does anyone know how they did it?

    I am suspicious that this is actually an instance of “people can pretty much find out anything they want to about anyone these days”. Smells wrong to me.. we didn’t know anything about the woman except what she looks like, how she feels about cats and (probably) what city she lived in.

    Someone must have recognized her. To collect all that information without even her name, it stretches credibility.”

    I Fully Agree with Cory!

    • Anonymous says:

      As soon as you have her name and location the rest is easy in this case. Getting the name is the hard part. Once she’s identified and you know roughly where she’s from (Coventry) plug her details into an online phone directory and her address and phone number come back.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Boing boing.

    I think the police should of made charges againist the parents as well as their child. The RSPCA does a good job but the courts are not so much ,on their side and they can’t get their costs back. I would like to see the courts on the side of the RSPCA and put some of these poeple away plus a large fine for the cost of the animal to be treated and rehoused.

    Love

    Rae.

  32. cniebla says:

    Ugh… since WHEN BoingBoing started chasing civilians for justice? as I remember, BoingBoing’s Frauenfelder asked for help identifying this lady, and from there, everything went hill-down… what’s next? posting some japanese people eating dolphins? seeking “animal revenge”? please tone down this thread, people. Be serious. Not everyone out there is a “happy mutant” and you’re doing a very poor job giving them excuses to be violent and then simply hide your hands… you’re not Bart Simpson, you know?

    • Mark Frauenfelder says:

      Don’t worry — the police are protecting her from people seeking mob justice. The important thing is that she has been found. Let’s hope she is taken to a facility and given appropriate treatment until such time that she understands that tossing live cats into trash cans is unacceptable.

      • Anonymous says:

        ” Let’s hope she is taken to a facility and given appropriate treatment until such time that she understands that tossing live cats into trash cans is unacceptable. ”

        She knew what she did was unacceptable, notice in the video that she makes sure no one is watching her before she tosses the cat in the bin. If she thought it was acceptable she wouldn’t have worried about witnesses. She knew it was wrong, but she did it anyway.

      • dlove says:

        Really? She should be forcibly held in a facility, treated (somehow) to re-educate her until she’s nice to animals? That’s ridiculous.

        Please remember why we stopped incarcerating crazy people (those with uncontrolled schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder): the facilities were atrocious, open-ended detention is seriously wrong, and forcing unwanted treatment on people, no matter how well-intentioned is unethical and borders on torture.

        What she did (or more correctly appears to have done) was wrong. But you’re saying that she should essentially be put in a trash bin with the lid locked. An eye for an eye is revenge. And crowd-sourcing punishment, however satisfying, isn’t justice either.

        • Mark Frauenfelder says:

          “Really? She should be forcibly held in a facility, treated (somehow) to re-educate her until she’s nice to animals? That’s ridiculous.”

          It would be nice if she were given treatment until she was nice to animals, but making her realize it’s wrong to torture them should be enough.

        • edked says:

          “Please remember why we stopped incarcerating crazy people”

          I seem to recall that we dumped them onto the streets because it was cheaper than maintaining the institutions, especially if they had to be made to meet more modern, enlightened standards of care.
          Of course, the “community” care that was supposed to replace them never really happened, and now they receive the infinitely more enlightened treatment of being homeless on top of being ill.

          • dlove says:

            First, community care is often quite successful. There are many severely mentally ill people living on their own or in group housing. They are doing significantly better than the institutional warehousing that was prevalent prior to that.

            Certainly there are homeless mentally ill, and it’s a tragedy. However, preventing indefinite detention has prevented much more abuse than it has created. People who don’t want the treatment psychiatry has to offer don’t have to accept it any longer. It’s very hard to lock people up against their will and force them to take meds.

            Not such a bad thing, I’d say. It does mean that those refuseniks do worse from a mental health standpoint, and some serious portion of them wind up on the street. But lock them up (against their will) and force them to take meds (also against their will)? How is that a good thing?

          • edked says:

            191 above was supposed to be a reply. Something happened where I had to restart Firefox and it came out as a regular comment.

      • Xopher says:

        From what I hear, she already does understand it. She can’t figure out what came over her. I think she certainly needs help, but I also think court-ordered therapy is the solution here, not a lynch mob.

        Also, while I hate people who are cruel to animals, I hate /b/ more.

      • Roger Wilco says:

        Thank goodness /b/ aren’t really into coins.

      • cniebla says:

        Righty right. That’s police/institutional job, not BoingBoing’s, 4CHAN or everybody elses. That’s why she’s getting police protection instead of institutional correction ;)
        Otherwise, keep doin’ a wonderful job, and thanks for your kindly reply :)

  33. Jack says:

    Can 4chan track down Osama Bin Laden, plz?

  34. Anonymous says:

    The greater lesson here is that THEY are anonymous, YOU are not. If you’re going to post ANYTHING on the internet, anonymous will find you.

    Listen, and understand. That anonymous is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity (except for cats), or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until they’ve had their lulz at your expense.

  35. orwellian says:

    From what I read in the British press, someone saw a picture of her and recognized her. I assume that /b/ took it from there.

    The woman has several excuses. The first was she thought it’d be funny and it’d escape. The second was suggested by a relative; her father is ill and in the hospital so she did this out of pre-post-traumatic stress disorder. She loves cats, according to a few sources, except for those she throws in a trash can.

    I don’t think the RSPCA can do much other than take any pets she has; their powers are a bit different since they were founded in the Victorian era when ‘Royal’ meant odd but powerful in narrow ways. Someone sick enough to do this and lie, poorly, several different ways needs at least a psych evaluation and some jail time.

  36. Unmutual says:

    /b/ brother is watching you!

    Seriously though the god of the internet is apparently some sort of cat diety.

  37. Anonymous says:

    No mercy for animal abusers.

    (Is the kitty okay?)

  38. oyvinja says:

    Vigilantism is an ugly sight.
    However, this woman is also an ugly sight. AND she doesn’t know to shut up: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3110434/Its-just-a-cat-I-put-Lola-in-bin-for-joke-whats-all-the-fuss-says-Mary.html

    I’m liking her less and less.
    And The Sun isn’t the most reliable newspaper, but I’m guessing they haven’t made the interview up completely.

  39. zootboing says:

    The modern phenomenon of urban anonymity has made people like this woman feel safer, and maybe bolder.
    Now as the internet brings back the “village effect” of making it harder to hide your behaviors (bad or otherwise) these “wrong’uns” are back under the eyes of their fellow humans who can, and WILL exert the same exposure and shaming behavior as village neighbors of old.
    In some ways, that’s risky (we have laws against lynch mobs for a reason!) in other ways, like with this old b*tch, it is MOST EXCELLENT!
    Cowards like this only show their cruelty when they are alone with the helpless. Cats, dogs, children, seniors…who can tell want further abuse she might have gotten away with? No employer is going to hire her as a caregiver after this! Or if her hostility is an early sign of dementia or other mental illness? Now she’s been “outed” and she and others might be safer because she can be treated (once her pet-loving neighbors start talking to her again).

    • Phikus says:

      Good point. Where can she work now as the kitty trasher? When she goes back to the bank I can imagine there might be a poster in her cubicle of the typical kitten hanging by its paws in that all-too-cutesy pose with the slogan “Hang in there baby!”

  40. Anonymous says:

    Are cats so popualr with /b/ lurkers, coders, gamers, and interneters – or are they now popular because they’re supposed to be popular. Group trends work in crazy ways.

  41. Anonymous says:

    I know that when the video was posted to my facebook feed, someone recognised her as living close to them..they recognised the road and area. So i think probably they were the ones who reported her…4 CHan in their massive net scanning might have found that post and passed the info on.

  42. ktjamm says:

    I love cats, I’ve owned cats, but this is ridiculous.

    All animals deserve respect, and should not be treated cruelly. The woman did wrong, and should be fine as such, but nothing more.

    Those who are advocating “justice” and “punishment” should be advocating the same 1) if you eat meat 2) if you kill insects, rodents, or other pests. If you meet any of the criteria above, you have no room to speak.

    the “justice” that was meted out to this woman by 4chan, and other internet groups was far more reprehensible by factors of 1000 than she ever did to that cat.

  43. firethorn says:

    I despise /b/ for all the retarded stuff it birthes unto the internet – but I simply have to love them for their unreasonable love of cats.

    Anonymous, today I salute you!

  44. allen says:

    /b/ can be counted on for disproportionate response to absurd slights. The story it creates seems wonderful- sinister cat-hating lady served 2 dozen pizzas of justice. It’s guilt-free schadenfreude.

    I suspect that as you get closer to the story, it gets less charming. I really disliked Mary Bale’s actions when I saw them, but it’s hard not to have sympathy for anyone facing down /b/. I can’t imagine knowing that there are thousands of people that have a caricature of me in their heads that they are using to fuel very real attempts to harm me.

    Part of me enjoys the absurdity of knowing that periodically crazy cat women, and egotistical 12 year old girls will be “taught a lesson” by the id of the internet. Another part of me wishes that they’d focus on the less funny crimes, like rape and murder. Most of me finds the idea of an unchecked mob enforcing its’ sense of justice on random outliers to be frightening in the extreme.

    • Anonymous says:

      I can’t imagine knowing that there are thousands of people that have a caricature of me in their heads that they are using to fuel very real attempts to harm me.

      It happens more often than you’d think. For every target of /b/ that “deserved it,” there’s dozens more whose only crime is simply existing. It’s what they do for entertainment.

      At the end of the day, /b/ is nothing more than a pack of bullies. A pack of bullies that likes cats, yes, but a pack of bullies nonetheless. They aren’t heroes.

  45. Trotsky says:

    Laws are a codification of the social contract made between citizens. Put to paper to be precise. But it is not the only mechanism used to enforce a system of mutually beneficial behavior. So-called vigilantism is also a viable system. In fact, it is synonymous with rule of law, though not committed to paper. It is demeaned and demonized as mob rule or mayhem, but it is not always so. Most people have forgotten that, placing far too much of their personhood in the embrace of a system of laws which frequently, if not mostly, do not conform to their own ideas of justice and morality. To blindly accede to the laws of a nation-state because “the laws are the law” (a ridiculous, circular scrap of rhetorical frippery) makes you no longer a human. You’re a cog.

    That’s not morality and it’s not justice.

    • Charlotte Corday says:

      “demeaned and demonized as mob rule or mayhem, but —it is not always so.—”

      Ah, that little word “always” is so very convenient!!

      I’m theorizing that in some contexts (not detailed here to avoid topic drift) you would assert that yes, it -is- mob rule.

      It would depend on whether you were philospohically aligned with the vigilantes, or with their target.

    • takeshi says:

      “So-called vigilantism is also a viable system. In fact, it is synonymous with rule of law, though not committed to paper.”

      Synonymous to the ears of vigilantes, perhaps.

      “It is demeaned and demonized as mob rule or mayhem, but it is not always so.”

      And yet, the law is the law. It may not appeal to you personally, it may not serve the interests of a community, but it is established, it is “put to paper,” unlike vigilantism.

      “To blindly accede to the laws of a nation-state [...] makes you no longer a human. You’re a cog.”

      To assume moral authority and take revenge makes you no better than an animal. I have no hangups about it, though. Take all the revenge you like. I prefer a retributive society to one that blindly accedes to laws, but I adhere to laws for the same reason most people do: I don’t like sleeping in jails.

      I do it with my eyes wide open.

      • Trotsky says:

        >> Synonymous to the ears of vigilantes, perhaps.

        What’s a vigilante?

        You’re arguing for rule of law from one side of your mouth and ignoring rule of the law with the other side. And all with your “eyes wide open.”

        You are a vigilante.

        >> And yet, the law is the law. It may not appeal to you personally, it may not serve the interests of a community, but it is established, it is “put to paper,” unlike vigilantism.

        That is the saddest, most defeatist, and pathetic defense of society I have ever beheld.

        >> To assume moral authority and take revenge makes you no better than an animal.

        You’re like a one-man cliche machine. “The law is the law.” “Revenge makes you no better than an animal.” You’re Jack Webb.

        I think you’ve heard all of those platitudes your entire life, but have never taken time to examine them. “The law is the law.” What is that?

        And then you follow up by saying you have no “hang-ups” (Christ, another cliche), therefore you are an animal.

  46. Forteto says:

    Okay, while I have to say that I don’t like the idea of the torture, and of any of this, I have to say that a little evil part of me inside is smiling and going “hahahhahh you little *****!”

    Cats are harmless. And pretty much nice. I think that anyone who just does somthing like that desearves it. Yes its immoral in a way but…….

    I’m reading this a grinning.

  47. narrowstreetsLA says:

    Is the, uh, cat okay?

  48. Art says:

    I reiterate:

    Does ANYONE know how 4chan located this woman from small, grainy surveillance vid????

    • Sean Bonner says:

      The video was posted and gave a location, people started scouring photos of people in the area on places like facebook until they found a match and then narrowed it down.

      Keep in mind that when police departments, or even governments are looking for people they have a team of what, 5 people? 10 people? 100 maybe? And those are people working at a job, so they are taking breaks to go to the bathroom, smoke a cigarette, get lunch, etc. On the other hand, 4chan is hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people who are bored and won’t stop until they find what they are looking for… or until someone posts a funny .gif

    • hairfool says:

      They simply used a series of tubes.

    • Church says:

      “Does ANYONE know how 4chan located this woman from small, grainy surveillance vid????”

      Dude, she was a pedestrian on a known street. All it took was for some local /b/tard to recognize her. This ain’t CSI.

      • Anonymous says:

        That is very likely. Another very likely scenario would be this:

        Woman toss cat in bin. Video blows up on the net, even posted in the Sun, complete with details of where and when this happened. Woman happens to see the paper and finds herself in it. She reads the comments, is scared shitless and goes to the police for protection.

        At this point she still hasn’t been outed.

        When she enters the police station she is registered. Local reporters covering the case hears from the cops that she has been found and gets her name, publishing it in the news.

        Voila.

        It’s highly possible that the woman outed herself.

        I’m not denying that they found her name in one of the many ways described above, but…

    • holtt says:

      Art. We know who the cat people were, and we can find their address. We know the lady was walking, and we know the time of day. Figure she works nearby, she lives nearby, she had an appointment nearby, etc. ESPECIALLY if it’s not in a busy city setting.

      The other day I was looking at a house and thinking about renting it. It took about 15 minutes of searching to discover that the previous tenant had been the educational director of the local synagog, and he now lives in LA. He’s a big fan of standup comedy, and I know exactly what he looks like.

      It’s both fascinating and scary at the same time. Having been “stalked” in the past by the dearly-departed Takuan, I can say it’s not very enjoyable to be the stalkee. It is oddly enjoyable to be the stalker though.

  49. Anonymous says:

    People do love their moments of “righteous hatred”.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Would 4chan be as successful trying to locate a missing/kidnapped person? -Just curious.

  51. Ignatz says:

    Who else is reminded of Jack London’s “Minions of Midas”? A group of tech-savvy proletariat vigilantes who blackmail captains of industry. Just a slight change of focus: what epic lulz could be perpetrated on Richard Mellon Scaiphe or Rupert Murdoch? http://gaslight.mtroyal.ca/minons.htm

  52. PJG says:

    Check out Google Street View of the area. Based on the direction she was going, from a residential area to an intersection of small shops, banks etc. it wouldn’t be hard to find locals speculating on FB over her ID that would then lead to more clues.

  53. Carmina says:

    /b/ is the worlds current manifestation of the trickster god.

  54. Anonymous says:

    The nasty wild snorlax that did this is still carrying on like it’s a big joke. She hasn’t been terrorized enough, clearly.

    Humble her.

  55. Anonymous says:

    Too bad 4chan isn’t as hard on child porn as they are on cat abusers.

  56. W. James Au says:

    I don’t know about cats, but Al Qaeda definitely tortures dogs in poison gas experiments. There’s even video:

    http://archives.cnn.com/2002/US/08/19/terror.tape.chemical/

    HOP TO IT, /b/ team! Bin Laden is almost certainly near Karachi, regularly uses satellite phones and the Internet, and motherfucker gots to pay for poisoning puppies!

    • Trotsky says:

      >> I don’t know about cats, but Al Qaeda definitely tortures dogs in poison gas experiments.

      Yes. Because America would never torture animals.

      >> Animal experiments started at Hanford during World War II, when plutonium was produced for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Some were planned to learn more about the health effects of radiation to protect nuclear workers, and some were for military knowledge.

      http://www.seattlepi.com/local/299744_animal15.html?source=rss

      I guess it’s only torture when Al Qaeda does it. In both cases, animals were “used” in order to build more effective weapons (WMDs) to murder humans.

      Those 40,000 tons of radioactive carcasses are still at Hanford, still on the Colombia River, still leaching into the drinking water that flows to Portland, OR and other municipalities.

      I gotta say bin Laden at his most vicious would never be able to pull off a scheme whereby he contaminated a major waterway that feeds agriculture, drinking water, and local fishing with 40,000 tons of radioactive waste. That’s only a crime that could happen in a nation like America where laws bear no resemblance whatsoever to justice, morality, or the greatest good for its citizens.

      How’s vigilantism looking now?

      Any better?

  57. Trotsky says:

    I love how the apologists for this hag’s animal cruelty have crafted a narrative of a poor, old woman crouching behind her sofa to ward off the murderous assault of the Intertubes.

  58. Anonymous says:

    you don’t fuck with /b/…nuff said.

  59. Trotsky says:

    Also, where are these alleged death threats? If they’re being posted at 4chan, then someone drop a link on us (I won’t hold my breath).

    If the sole source of the alleged death threats is the word of this woman, I think it’s reasonable to assume she is fully capable of lying through her teeth. In fact, anyone who watched the video and then read her account of the affair knows full well she is a liar. I think people are dealing in the hypothetical on this supposed assault that is being waged against this woman. She has police protection for what was described as the media presence out front, not death threats.

    Having said that, why should she expect anything other than community-wide outrage for an act of cruelty? No evidence of death threats whatsoever, so those short-stroking that urban myth ought to give their spank-hand a rest. Either that or post some evidence, please.

    • Sean Bonner says:

      “Also, where are these alleged death threats? If they’re being posted at 4chan, then someone drop a link on us (I won’t hold my breath).”

      You can’t link to things on 4chan, the site is realtime with no archives, so if you don’t see it when it’s happening you can’t go back and see it later.

      • Trotsky says:

        That doesn’t ameliorate the necessity for evidence of some sort. 4chan is not immune to copy/paste or archiving either from users, viewers, law enforcement, this woman, her attorneys, family, or friends. Presumably, if she is receiving death threats and presumably if the police were assigned to protect her based on these death threats (and my understanding is that’s not the case, though that’s the portrayal in the press. Rather, police “control” was assigned to manage media personnel in front of her home. It has been erroneously and irresponsibly characterized as police protection from tabloids and tabloid-like press), then one would assume that someone had a means to show these threats to law enforcement, unless, as you say, the police were looking over her shoulder when the shadowy and unrecordable 4chan was allegedly swearing murder upon this dear lady.

        I’m saying there is no record, no quotes, and no links because it is myth, deception, or hysterical rhetoric. I’d love to be proven wrong.

        But the hyperbole and innuendo is flying hot and heavy over this (just like the Assange dust-up). I’d just like to see basic sourcing given a hearing in this entire clusterfuck. Not unreasonable, I assert.

    • Anonymous says:

      Links would have 404′d by now, especially on /b/.

  60. pxlpig says:

    I am confident she will do her time and be reinstated in the NFL within two years.

  61. edked says:

    “First, community care is often quite successful.”

    Much, much more often, it’s nonexistent.

    “But lock them up (against their will) and force them to take meds (also against their will)? How is that a good thing?”

    You really need someone in your life like the relative of mine who’s made my family’s life a living hell for years with continual violent rages brought about by repeatedly going off meds (to feel like their “real self” again, not at all a desirable thing in this person’s case), who burns through shrinks at a stunning rate as each one says anything negative or unwelcome, who defies multiple restraining orders no matter how many times the cops are called (who only ever lock the person up for a night or two in any case). Lucky you.
    (I truly wish that was a joke, but it sadly isn’t. I’m pretty heavily left-leaning, and no fan of cops or authority, but sometimes I genuinely yearn for the return of the loony bins. I wish such a person upon you.)

  62. catwoman says:

    I just saw the worst pictures and videos ever of a woman torturing a kitten to death. It is out there on the Internet of a lady with high heels. I wish that somebody could find her. She pets the kitten and then kills it very gruesomely. It was the saddest thing I have ever seen in my life. I didn’t want to link to it, but also don’t know if I need to. If somebody can find it, please find that woman too and make sure that poor, defenseless kitten who thought it was getting petted and loved, gets justice. PLEASE!

  63. IWood says:

    CATTY.

    WUMPUS.

  64. Thad E Ginataom says:

    I wonder if they would like to have a go at the Indian tribal people who steel domestic cats, kill them and eat them?

    http://expressbuzz.com/cities/chennai/cat-biryani-anybody/199797.html

  65. Art says:

    T.Y. Holt and Church.

  66. holtt says:

    I also really agree with the point about a double standard for cameras and their use for good or bad. I agree that letting the public be the judge of what’s OK is probably better than an authoritarian state, but at the same time this shows some crazy mob justice in action.

    Crowd sourcing social control and justice leads to civil rights marches, juggaloes, /b/, good samaritans, lynch mobs, and I suppose even teabaggers.

    I’d love to see Cory write a YA novel about conflict in the online/social space. Imagine two powerful online groups, anonymous by virtue of their size. Leaderless, but able to organize around a common thought at a moment’s notice (or whim). Both wield great power (ala /b/) by their actions. Now imagine them going to virtual war on each other. Interesting to think of what would come to pass, but also an interesting metaphor for modern politics. (Un)fortunately, modern politics has all the mindless power of a crowd, combined with readily identifiable jackasses who are willing to stand up in public.

  67. Anonymous says:

    If only people could be bothered to do this for people who abuse children, wives, workers, homeless people…..

  68. Anonymous says:

    On a post earlier…. Osama Bin Ladem is a computer generated characted… CGI & effects. =/ I though you already knew this by now. And on how to find a person.. does your neighbor have access to the internet?… If the answer is yes… I don’t really understand WHY someone would even ask such a stupid question.

  69. Anonymous says:

    This woman doesn’t get it. From The Sun –

    “MOGGIE mauler Mary Bale yesterday admitted dumping a family’s pet puss in a wheelie bin – but insisted: “I don’t know what the fuss is about, it’s just a cat.”

    The grey-haired spinster faces a possible RSPCA prosecution after shock CCTV footage showed her scooping up four-year-old tabby Lola “as a joke”.

    Millions were sickened by the video after it was posted on the internet and animal-lovers from as far away as AUSTRALIA have since levelled death threats online.

    The Sun tracked down 45-year-old Bale to her scruffy terraced house in Coventry, less than half a mile from where she grabbed Lola.

    But when questioned by our reporter, the defiant bank worker threw back her head and LAUGHED.

    Confession … Bale explains cat episode at her Coventry home
    Confession … Bale explains cat episode at her Coventry home

    She said: “I really don’t see what everyone is getting so excited about – it’s just a cat.

    “I was walking home from work on Saturday night and saw this cat wander out in front of me.

    “I was playing with it, stroking it and listening to it purr as it stood on a garden wall. It was very friendly.

    “I don’t know what came over me, but I suddenly thought it would be funny to put it in the wheelie bin which was right beside me.

    “I did it as a joke because I thought it would be funny. I never thought it would be trapped. I expected it to wriggle out of the bin.”

    Bale was seen on the footage peering furtively from side to side before picking up the luckless puss.

    Happy … Lola with Sun treats yesterday
    Happy … Lola with Sun treats yesterday

    But she said: “People are reading too much into things. I’ve no feelings about cats one way or the other. I don’t keep pets myself – but I have no problem with people who do.

    “To think this video is being seen around the world is unbelievable. I’m a very private person and don’t want to upset any members of my family. I don’t know what my relatives will think, but to be honest I think everyone’s overreacting a bit.

    “OK, I shouldn’t have done it – but it’s just a cat at the end of the day. I don’t think I deserve to be hated by people all over the world, it was just a split second of madness.

    “Cats are good climbers and I assumed it would just scramble out through the lid and go on its way.” “

    • rtresco says:

      This whole time I’ve been wanting rational from the lady, but now that I see she thought it was a joke – she’s even more off her rocker. First off, a physical or sight joke requires a 2nd party. Otherwise – who are you joking with, yourself? If it was a “joke” on the cat, again, issues to be resolved.

      And she claims she thought the cat would just wiggle out, I guess in her mind leading to an acceptable finish to her little joke to nobody. Granted, cats can get in and out of crazy places, but there is a mental deficancy at work if you assume that cat will easily “scamper” up 4ft of smooth plastic, with grip and dexterity enough to then lift a lid comparable to it’s body weight. BUT – those things aside, well then…lol.

  70. Anonymous says:

    RULES 1&2 IDIOTS!!!!!

  71. Trotsky says:

    And if you think the US military and its private partners in weapons development aren’t torturing dogs as we speak, you’re living in a sitcom.

  72. udqbpn says:

    Perhaps they should also do this to anyone who eats a cow just because it tastes good.

  73. Trotsky says:

    Here’s a photo of Hanford:

    http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/NUCSAF/HCB/images/Area.jpg

    Sits right on the Columbia River.

    How many dogs did Al Qaeda poison again in that video?

    Three.

  74. knoxblox says:

    Murphy’s Law in action.

    An average person could start a blog, and chances are, they’ll never be read by the public.
    However, some lady throws a cat into a bin, and the world knows who she is within days.

  75. Anonymous says:

    for those who think that /b/’s actions have been excessive, let me ask you this: what if, instead of a cat, it had been a human toddler?

    would you then feel like she didn’t deserve so much terror in her life?

    it’s bad enough that she did what she did to a cat. but such behavior is rarely isolated, and often “escalates” to occur against fellow humans.

    /b/ has done the world a favor if it brings this disgusting, damaged hag’s behavior to a halt.

  76. Anonymous says:

    What is with these ridiculous comparisons to lynch mobs? I don’t know if any of you have realized this… but you can’t be lynched through the internet. There is no possible way to be harmed through the internet.

    If someone loses their job, friends, or social status over something that makes it’s way to the internet then it isn’t the internet’s fault. IT’S BECAUSE THE ACT THAT WAS COMMITTED IN THE FIRST PLACE IS WRONG. And to top it off she did this in a public place!

    Murder/theft/vandalism/etc isn’t okay as long as no one knows about it. And you shouldn’t be shocked at the outrage that comes out when it’s made public.

    Cat or human, it doesn’t matter. What she did is wrong. I would not associate with anyone who did that that sort of thing.

    Oh, and I don’t like cats.

  77. michael holloway says:

    How’s the cat?

  78. Anonymous says:

    “I did it as a joke because I thought it would be funny.” —Mary Bale

    “I did it for the lulz.” —typical 4chan user

    It’s fascinating how people make excuses for antisocial behavior by expecting everyone to laugh it off as a harmless joke.

  79. Karnuvap says:

    I love cats and despise what this woman did but I am surprised no one has made the connection with Top Cat. He LIVED in a bin and was the indisputable leader of the gang.

    • mrbondjamesbond says:

      “… but I am surprised no one has made the connection with Top Cat. He LIVED in a bin and was the indisputable leader of the gang.”

      Me too, but perhaps when righteous indignation wells up in us, our ability to see the funny side of a thing drains out? And that’s how we turn into what we think we want to fight against.

      Of course this woman is an idiot, but painting a target on her when she lives in a country that *just might* love its animals more than its children? I’m not sure that doesn’t count as overkill.

      Count me in as another one who’d like to see all this people power aimed straight at child-abusers, rapists, and partner-beaters, for starters. Then maybe we could widen the field to include all the people getting fat and rich off the war machine, the misdirection of aid to the starving and disaster-stricken, and the gambling industry that passes for modern investment and economics. And let’s not forget Kim Il-sung, Robert Mugabe and Osama bin-lid.

      BTW, kudos to chanology and all its ‘babies’. Immortal!

  80. Trotsky says:

    Beagles.

    Most of the dogs at Hanford were beagles.

    If anyone cares.

    They were doing this all over (still are). Los Angeles, Utah, New Mexico. They’d make the dogs inhale radium, plutonium, strontium-90. Really, whatever struck their fancy. Then they’d watch the animals die.

    • Felton says:

      Have you ever seen The Plague Dogs, Trotsky? It’s a great film by the makers (writer, director, animators) of Watership Down, and the subject matter is along the lines of what you’re talking about. Heartbreaking stuff.

  81. thefinder says:

    I want to know why, for all the surveillance cameras in the U.K. (and I think they have more than any country and its citizens are caught on tape more than any country), why did it take 15 days for any one to discover the cat in the bin? Is anybody monitoring all those cameras? What a waste of tax payers money. Just more of the same post-9/11, Big Brother, fear based rip off. In other words, do the people in Britain feel safer with these cameras aimed at them 24/7?

  82. Meadslosh says:

    /b/’s soft spot is cats.

    Never, ever attack this soft spot. You will be destroyed.

  83. Jackasimov says:

    I’m not condoning 4chan’s behavior but there are worse ways of reprimanding an animal abuser than harassing their workplace until they’re let go and ordering them a few dozen pizzas, etc. On second thought, what do I care what 4chan does to her. I like cats more than I like abusive people.

  84. RogueModron says:

    NEDM

  85. Anonymous says:

    we may be the internet hate machine, but if you fuck up a kitten, we will fucking find you.

    recapcha guribers by

  86. fantasygoat says:

    Imagine if this power could be harnessed to cure all the world’s ills.

    I wonder what a /b/ world government would be like…

    • Daedalus says:

      I wonder what a /b/ world government would be like…

      Pedobear for president? Rickroll the vote?

      As for the CCTV: I’d rather CCTV not have caught it, sure. I’d prefer to live in a world where people are properly educated by their societies not to be bastards to random animals. I’d say funding something like ASPCA is a better idea than CCTV crime-stoppers.

    • Anonymous says:

      see project chanology…the removal of scientology. The powa is already being harnessed for good

    • Anonymous says:

      they would probably worship cats, like the egyptians did

    • SchmoopySchmooperton says:

      An oppressive one! Oh God, I shouldn’t have opened my mouth! ;)

    • Cowicide says:

      I wonder what a /b/ world government would be like…

      An F’n nightmare. But, then again, our current world government is an F’n nightmare already filled with both good and bad.

    • Anonymous says:

      There wouldn’t be a government, only anarchy. Run by boxxy and lukeywes1234

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you serious??? have you EVER BEEN on /b/? obviously not. DONT EVEN IMAGINE a /b/ government. It would be apocalypse.

    • eviladrian says:

      Adam Roberts’ New Model Army posits a mercenary army based on a webforum-style model. All the members of the NMA are joined by a private wireless network and are able to discuss and vote on any decisions taken by the army, from battlefield tactics to strategies about which wars to fight.
      It loses steam in the last act, but there are some good questions raised about the nature of democracy and personal responsibility that could be applied to these kind of internet lynch-mobs.

    • That Evening Sun says:

      What would /b/ world government look like? I don’t know, but the judicial branch would probably look like arbchat writ large.

  87. Chinny Racoon says:

    Yes – what this Woman did was wrong, but vigilantism isn’t an acceptable solution.

    • Mitch says:

      So do you propose that she go unpunished if the legal system fails to punish her?

      I’m glad she’s afraid for her life. Let that be a lesson to her. She got what she deserved. How do you think the cat felt? The cat could have suffocated.

      When I first read the post I thought “she is now under police protection” was referring to the cat.

      • Roger Wilco says:

        “So do you propose that she go unpunished if the legal system fails to punish her?”

        Yes, that is how modern civilization and the rule of law work. Now, instead of the police/legal system doing what they were designed to do they are forced to spend precious resources protecting her.

        “I’m glad she’s afraid for her life. Let that be a lesson to her. She got what she deserved. How do you think the cat felt? The cat could have suffocated.”

        Wow, those must be some quality trash bins being completely airtight and all. I don’t think the cat felt much. I think it meowed for a bit, ate some garbage and went to sleep.

        “When I first read the post I thought “she is now under police protection” was referring to the cat.”

        You really like cats huh? What is that cat ate that lady’s bird. Then it got what it deserved right?

        • Trotsky says:

          >> Yes, that is how modern civilization and the rule of law work.

          Or more specifically doesn’t work. Fails to work is another way to put it.

    • sarliaee says:

      yes it is.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think people are sick of watching Animal abusers getting away with a slap on the wrist. Until these animals get real justice, I am happy with the angry mob justice.

      It is the governments fault that it has come to this.

      • dlove says:

        Anon #107 said: “I think people are sick of watching Animal abusers getting away with a slap on the wrist. Until these animals get real justice, I am happy with the angry mob justice.”

        So angry mob justice is a good thing? Remember lynching? That’s angry mob justice too. Please post your defense of that.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh but sending the Police to protect this woman is? She trashed a cat and she gets protection. I love it, it’s yours and others opinions like that, that get others protection when they are the criminals and sick pieces of sh*t.

    • Anonymous says:

      if it is the only way to get results then it is acceptable

    • Robert says:

      What you do in public will affect people’s feelings towards you.What you do to a cat in the eyes of Teh Intarwebz triples your whuffie damage. I see no problem identifying people who do things. It’s not like people outside have an expectation to be surrounded by murky darkness so nobody can recognize them.

    • Beryllium says:

      The police have said that there will be no charges.

      I don’t know what level of authority the RSPCA has in this matter, but I suspect it would amount to a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket.

      Years of experience watching 80s and 90s television has taught me one thing: If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them … maybe you can hire The /b/ Team.

      • bersl2 says:

        “maybe you can hire The /b/ Team”

        Ah, but you forget: “/b/ is not your personal army.” Especially if it does not care for your particular problem. So, unless it involves a cat being harmed intentionally by a person, don’t count on any help on request.

        Most of the targets /b/ goes after are identified after having a lead due to some kind of online presence on the part of the targeted person. This case appears to be different.

        • Anonymous says:

          “Most of the targets /b/ goes after are identified after having a lead due to some kind of online presence on the part of the targeted person. This case appears to be different.”

          I read somewhere (likely one of the earlier posts here on BB) that the cat’s owners had posted the video to facebook. Unless I’m misreading you (or wrong about the FB post), that’s clearly a ‘presence on the part of the targeted person.’

    • Lucifer says:

      This is actually a remarkable demonstration of an ad hoc scalable intelligence gathering system.
      Can we get 4Chan to look for Osama Bin Laden? If they can’t find him within 24hrs, it should be conclusive evidence that the guy’s dead.

      • Anonymous says:

        evil, good, good, evil. The real problem is with a society that produces individuals who wish to hurt animals and other people. This woman need therapy. Too bad there isn’t a way to help her from the pain that makes her hurt others. A real solution… stop the pain chain.

      • Anonymous says:

        Bugger Osama, set 4chan to FIND WALLY!

      • anharmyenone says:

        “This is actually a remarkable demonstration of an ad hoc scalable intelligence gathering system.”

        You are on the Global Frequency.

      • Beryllium says:

        Well, if they couldn’t find him, they could at least concoct a decent facsimile of a Shroud of Osama … :)

  88. Anonymous says:

    So these are the guys the writers of CSI should be consulting with?

  89. mgfarrelly says:

    The whole thing feels like a global version of “Strangers on a Train”. Beyond /b/ Sites like Digg and Reddit are rife with posts like “PERSON DID AWFUL THING ON VIDEO! LETS FIND THEM!”. Crowd-sourced justice.

    But it’s not justice, it’s revenge. This woman did a loathsome thing. I’d wonder as to her mental health for inflicting injury on an animal like that. But does she deserve to be threatened by anonymous hordes? No.

    All the internet cool kids seem to forget that anonymous threats are terrifying. If you’ve ever found a cruel note on your car or had some graffiti your home or leave threatening messages on your phone, you know the unspeakable paranoia that brings.

    Two wrongs do not make a right.

    • Anonymous says:

      Two wrongs don’t make a right but I’ll take revenge without justice over no justice and no revenge.

    • Scarecrow Repair says:

      Two wrongs don’t make a right …. yeah, right, a nice easy listening platitude for hand wringers. That’s why governments fine you or imprison you for committing crimes — those aren’t right when viewed in isolation. That’s why parents and teachers give children timeouts without context, they are child abuse.

    • NatWu says:

      So why would terrorizing her be wrong?

      • Xopher says:

        Just off the top of my head, because terrorizing people is wrong, no matter what they’ve done. If you don’t think so, back to ethics school (or maybe kindergarten) with you.

  90. stegodon says:

    consequences will never be the same

  91. cory says:

    Does anyone know how they did it?

    I am suspicious that this is actually an instance of “people can pretty much find out anything they want to about anyone these days”. Smells wrong to me.. we didn’t know anything about the woman except what she looks like, how she feels about cats and (probably) what city she lived in.

    Someone must have recognized her. To collect all that information without even her name, it stretches credibility.

    • sic transit gloria C.F.A. says:

      Someone must have recognized her. To collect all that information without even her name, it stretches credibility.

      Of course someone recognized her. Someone who lives near where she lives, or who banks where she works, or who just knows her from somewhere; and who is on 4chan. There are thousands of people on 4chan, and it only took one. Such is the networked world.

    • Sean Bonner says:

      When you have hundreds of thousands of people all looking for someone, with all the resources of the web at their fingertips, it’s pretty easy. And as soon as one person gets a tidbit the rest of the info flows pretty quickly.

  92. snakedart says:

    WEE-A-BOO! WEE-A-BOO!

  93. hapa says:

    we all know where the pentagon lives, and they kill cats every day

  94. Anonymous says:

    4chan are not heroes. Not at all. Do not even entertain the idea.

    They put this woman’s safety in danger by outing her.

    People seem to think it’s all well and good to see 4chan go after animal abusers, but when a teenager commits suicide due to 4chan bullying everyone turns a blind eye…

  95. TPK says:

    Will she be protected by the Police *forever*?

    • Trent Hawkins says:

      it’s 4-chan. They’ll forget about it in a week and go back to making racist comments and posting rude pictures.

  96. Anonymous says:

    anyone who abuses cats deserved to be punished. end of discussion.

  97. Anonymous says:

    Careful what you wish for, boingboingers. From the latest cat lady thread on /b/:
    “but the little steps are how every great social change gets started! look at our own history in the US. slaves weren’t freed by fucking lincoln, it was the combined actions of all the abolitionists and people protecting runaway slaves. those actions were small by themselves but it builds and builds.
    the vietnam war wasn’t ended by any president, it was brought about by protests all over the states. again, getting bigger and bigger.
    we have this website and this relatively new power of Anonymous on the internet so let’s fucking use it! don’t despair and say nothing you do will make a difference! we saved one cat already, the world next!”

  98. SoylentG says:

    Ack! Thanks for the NSFW link to http://encyclopediadramatica.com in your post, Sean. :-(

  99. Stefan Jones says:

    Wouldn’t it be cool if the woman turned out to be a member of Torchwood, the cat a bundle of alien nanotechnology, and the trash bin a UNIT containment device?

    And now with the “cat” free all the living matter in London is going to be converted to DeGlomian shock troopers?

  100. purple-stater says:

    I’m somewhat dismayed by the number of people of seem to think that the women deserves the death penalty because she dismayed a cat for a few hours.

    You people are truly more disturbed than you believe her to be.

  101. pbump says:

    Seems analogous to Chinese “human flesh search” which was a bit of a meme following a Times article earlier this year:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/magazine/07Human-t.html

  102. Anonymous says:

    You know like those old comic hero TV-shows, theres always an episode where all the old supervillains team up and all of the sudden the hero has to fight them all at once? Slater, Bale, $, all the others…

  103. bcsizemo says:

    I’d just like to point out:

    kitteh != human toddler

    You know since I have seen that posted up about 6 times now.

    In my mind that’s not a valid replacement. I can’t empathize with a small furry four legged creature that might be as smart of a 2 or 3 year old. I kind of out grew that stage in my life many many years ago. A more valid argument is this:

    Your home is on fire you can only say one, your child or your pet, the choice is yours. (All things being equal and all, so it’s just a 50/50 decision.)

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, your logic is correct. A kitten is not a toddler.

      However, so many studies have shown that sociopathic behavior often starts as animal cruelty before escalating to violence against humans, it is generally accepted as a fact (well, as close as anything in the realm of psychology can be a fact)

      Outing this vile old hag for what she is could prevent future violence. Hell, its a lot more likely than the idea that invading foreign countries will prevent people from hating the US enough to try to blow up buildings.

      • Xopher says:

        Outing this vile old hag for what she is could prevent future violence.

        I object to your calling her a vile old hag. This may be because I’m her same age.

  104. Duffong says:

    4Chan is something of a force to be reckoned with. But they’re not all powerful; there’s the two guys punting a kitten and the infamous “shovel dog” for starters. You have to be impressed with their persistence of finding sauce.

    MIT used the same social networking approach to finding the red DARPA balloons – en mass, even if stupid, people are still better at finding things than computers.

  105. Brett Myers says:

    So, 4chan are the “heroes” here? Pardon me, while I reserve judgment on THAT until the dust settles.

  106. Chentzilla says:

    “The emperor of catkind” picture looks like it’s based on Heroes V or Allods concept art.

  107. Dominic says:

    Mm hmm. Tell me again, Boing Boing bloggers, why you’re not in favor of ubiquitous surveillance? Or is it only right to have access to personal information when you have the freedom to use it irresponsibly?

    I have seen Little Brother, and it is 4chan.

    • Anonymous says:

      you should read it, it’s actually quite good and should be suitable for your age.

      .~.

    • holtt says:

      Mm hmm. Tell me again, Boing Boing bloggers, why you’re not in favor of ubiquitous surveillance? Or is it only right to have access to personal information when you have the freedom to use it irresponsibly?

      I have seen Little Brother, and it is 4chan.

      QFT

    • Niklas says:

      I have two problems with your question:

      1. You assume the Boing Boing writers are opposing every single instance of surveillance and that they do not distinguish from government-controlled surveillance networks, single establishment-based surveillance, and private surveillance.

      2. You also assume that it is a black and white-only issue where you either is with the terrorists/pro-surveillance/something or with us (the good guys).

    • Reverend Loki says:

      There’s a distinct difference between a small group of people in a position of authority having extensive surveillance capabilities over the population, and individuals having surveillance capabilities over their own property (which is what happened here – the cat’s owner has cameras on his property, used the tape to find out how his cat ended up in the bin, shared the tape).

    • Scarecrow Repair says:

      The evil is not ubiquitous surveillance, but such surveillance in the hands of the government few. Who watches the watchers? When the cameras are publicly viewable, the possibilities for abuse by a few secret government watchers drops.

      • holtt says:

        When the cameras are publicly viewable, the possibilities for abuse by a few secret government watchers drops.

        …and the possibilities for abuse via mob mentality and ignorance skyrocket. Just look at the teabaggers.

  108. bardfinn says:

    It’s not ovah ’til teenagers in Guy Fawkes masks are protesting outside her home.

  109. Anonymous says:

    Sorry 4chan, the cops and the cat’s owner were on this chick before you were.

  110. rtresco says:

    Are /b/ lurkers, coders and gamers really this into cats? or is it cuz they’re supposed to be. It’s so important to fit in, even in meme-land.

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