Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Weather Troll

I didn't know anything about this asshole until I read about him in Gawker:
Kevin Martin, notorious purveyor of weather hoaxes and second prize in a Johnny Depp lookalike contest, is the subject of a federal investigation after issuing threats of violence last month against the National Weather Service in San Diego, CA. He recorded the FBI visiting his house, and surprise!, it didn't go well.
If you've followed weather news for any length of time, you're probably aware of Martin's reputation of threats, intimidation, and wildly inaccurate weather information he creates specifically for the purpose of going viral on social media.
The thirty-something California resident, often unlovingly called "K-Mart," has been the source of many widespread weather hoaxes in the past year, including false prophecies of doom last winter and one steaming pile of Facebook virality in August that threatened the entire Gulf Coast with a non-existent major hurricane. The latter hoax spread so far and wide that even The Weather Channel had to call him out on it.
Martin contacted Gawker and left this on voice mail because he's a genius who knows how to persuade people to give him what he wants:
You're such a fucking bitch, uh, fucking cunt. I don't even know, I could call you every fucking name in the book. Yeah, this is Kevin again. Uh, I did hide the material just so that I could see it and I am going to be using that, um, so it is behind a wall where only the admin can see it. Of course, that's me, nothing you can fucking do about it you little fucking cunt.
Um, but I'm gonna let you know that what you sent, that says you're not in any way, any way, in any facts, no, you guys will fucking remove "scam," you'll fucking remove "fraud," and you'll fucking remove the "hoax" bullshit. You will fucking remove that shit or you're gonna have me on your fucking ass, you got me?
Sounds like a well-adjusted young man to me. He's also one of those "chem trail" idiots.

I know, I know. Of course he is.

This is why people have to stand up to bullies on the Internet. This is why you have to refuse to cede to these people any authority or credibility--they're crazy and they're maladjusted and they have no business living in a polite society. There has to be an island or a hermit kingdom where K-Mart and his bro can go live. That ain't here.

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