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A month or so ago I was contacted randomly on Twitter by a guy named Dan Schwartz. We chatted a bit and it was a somewhat interesting conversation but the guy was obviously closed minded, ignorant and opinionated. When he called someone a cu*t I un-followed him. When he started going off on someone about Deaf culture, I blocked him. I figured that would be the end of it, but he’s still bothering me and a lot of other people.  I feel like it’s my duty to at least try to warn them… or something.  I know, I know, Don’t feed the troll… but when something bother’s me, I’m likely to blog about, and who knows, maybe someone else will appreciate it too.

My biggest problem with this guy is that he searches for ANY person on Twitter who mentions hearing aids, hearing loss, deafness, cochlear implants, a kid with a hearing loss,  etc - he contacts them, and if he doesn’t agree with them, he starts bashing them.  When HE was the one who made the initial contact!  Who does that??  And once you’re on his radar he keeps talking about you even after you’ve blocked him. For example:

Too bad Sara @sajego regards me as a troll: Her blog is excellent, telling me, a fellow Engineer, what to expect if/when I get a CI. (link)

@deaf258 By the way, tell your friend Sara @sajego that 2=2 does NOT equal five: She hosed herself with her DIY “engineering” (link)

This is the conversation that was the most unbelievable - starts of friendly and deteriorates rapidly.

@spunkyfirefly Besides Marlee Matlin, name ONE successful Deaf person. You’ve abused your daughter by refusing to fix her broken hearing. (link)

@etoile @ckoontz @sajego: If @spunkyfirefly were here in NJ,I’d make a call to my friend who is a supervisor at DYFSS. And I’m serious ,too (link)

I’ll let the rest of these speak for themselves, but note that I only read back a day or two to find them all.

@deaf258 I don’t care WHAT you do with your life. BUT, when you pour Deafie lies & propaganda on others, I draw the line.  (link)

@Ken702 In the last couple of weeks I’ve had a few Deaf jihadis come after me. I’llrespnd in a day or so on my Telegraph.co.uk (London) blog (link)

@sonatina2001 Amen, Sister. I put it differently: I’m *fed up* w/people who won’t fix their broken ears; or worse, a child’s broken ears! (link)

@sonatina2001 I said CHILD ABUSE! And I shouted that so #Deaf & #Gally would hear me. They should have closed #Gallaudet years ago! (link)

@deaf258 I know d**n well what Gallaudet is: I’ve been to their campus several times the last 20 years. Gally=Nasty Person. (link)

@deaf258 @etoile & others: I’m *fed up* with “Deaf” culture & their jihad, especially against hearing parents of a hearing impaired child! (link)

@deaf258 @ZenMonkey & others: I’ve been dealing with those jerks for over 20 years. Screw them AND their “culture” more backwards than islam (link)

@deaf258 @xtopher1974 @ZenMonkey &c. I have many deaf friends - But no “Deaf” friends. Just like islamo-fascist terrorists, I keep them away (link)

To the 7 new followers in the last hour both hearing impaired & hearing, Welcome Aboard! And to all of you “Deaf Culture” trolls, Get Lost! (link)

Ironically he’s telling people he doesn’t agree with to get lost, but he’s the one who keeps talking to/about them.  YOU get lost, Dan.

Originally published at Sarasera. You can comment here or there.

Date: 2009-05-14 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rampion-rampage.livejournal.com
whatever my *personal* feelings are about deaf children and CIs, and what that means in the grand scheme of things, i know it's about actual *individuals* in *families* that are not my own.

just like i would never tell another woman what choice to make when they are weighing pregnancy options, i would never tell parents or children that whatever decision they make is wrong. i really don't think there is a 'right' answer, except when outrageously incorrect information is being doled out. that actually hurts people.

needless to say, i stay the fuck away from rabid Hearing and rabid Deaf folk, whichever end of the CI/deaf culture spectrum they are on.

Date: 2009-05-14 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rampion-rampage.livejournal.com
btw, if this were fifteen years ago on teh interwebz, he'd be calling them Nazis.

i guess they're not fashionable anymore?

Date: 2009-05-15 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sajego.livejournal.com
Ha - that is so true.

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