Zack Parsons, author and Something Awful moderator, writes,
Sean Smith was one of the four men tragically killed in the consulate
attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11^th . He was a foreign
services officer for the State Department. He leaves behind a wife and
two young children. I knew him as “Vilerat” on the SA forums. He has
been a moderator there since 2008 and he has posted there since 2002.
He was also well-known in the EVE online gaming community.
I am trying to honor him and all of his contributions to our community
and to the world by giving his family a helping hand with their
expenses. I have started a fundraiser with the assistance of his
friend on EVE and the SA forums, and the input of his wife, Heather,
and I am trying to get the word out about it.
Farewell to Vilerat
Google is downranking websites that use pejorative, racist terms like n*gger, so the awful people of 4chan and /pol/ are replacing that word with “google.”
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