PayPal Gives InfoWars the boot

If I'd known that this month was going to be so fully of celebratory toasts to Alex Jones' bigoted InfoWars media empire being torn apart, piece-by-piece, I'd have bought one of those magnum-sized bottles of Jameson from Costco.

From The Verge:

PayPal will no longer do business with Infowars, according to a post on the conspiracy theory site this morning. PayPal broke the news in an email to Infowars yesterday, saying the company had conducted a comprehensive review of the Infowars site and found that it “promoted hate and discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions,” a violation of PayPal’s acceptable use policy. Infowars had used PayPal to process transactions for its on-site store; the site will have ten days to find new payment processors.

PayPal’s partnership with the site was highlighted in August by Right Wing Watch’s Jared Holt, who described “highly publicized and egregious violations of the platform’s own terms of service.” Reached by The Verge, Holt said today’s move had been a long time coming. “Removing PayPal from the Infowars platform inhibits Jones’ ability to make money from his malice,” Holt said, “but it’s a bit odd it took so long given how egregiously Infowars violated the platform’s terms of service.”

So yeah--kicked to the curb like so much crazed, racist conspiracy-peddling trash.

For those of you keeping score at home, that's PayPal, YouTube, Twitter and Apple's iOS App Store that have all told InfoWars to jog on. Given the number of lives Jones' hateful bullshit touches on a regular basis, I'm very happy to see every possible avenue he has to profit from the bile and fear he spreads to make a living go up in flames. Read the rest

Donald Trump Jr.'s wife Vanessa filed for divorce

Vanessa Trump once told The New York Times that Donald Trump introduced her to Donald Trump Jr. (one of Trump's dumb and dumber boys) during a fashion show in 2003. They chatted during a break at the show. Five minutes later Trump introduced his son to her again, as if the first time had never happened. When she ran into Junior six weeks later, she said they talked for an hour before she realized who he was, and then blurted out, Hey, "you're the one with the retarded dad!"

Yep, she had that one right, and the apple obviously didn't fall far.

But Vanessa didn't connect the dots, and married Junior in 2005. After 13 years and five children, however, she finally got the picture and filed for divorce.

According to Business Insider:

Just Wednesday, the New York Post reported that the Trumps, who have five young children, were on the rocks. Vanessa, 40, has now filed for divorce, per New York court records. But signs of the couple’s separation had long been speculated about — Don Jr., 39, a prolific user of social media, had lately been posting pictures of family life in which his wife was notably absent.

Fueling speculation about a rift, Vanessa had also been a no-show to her father-in-law’s State of the Union address, an occasion that drew Trump Jr.’s younger brother Eric, and his wife, Lara, as well as their half sister, Tiffany Trump. In a video posted to Instagram stories, the siblings and their spouses — sans Vanessa — gathered at the Kalorama home of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner before heading to the Capitol to listen to their father’s speech.

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