Ink Tank - Make words not war Thomas Nybergh
Turku, Finland’s sixth largest and oldest city, experienced a deadly, Islamism-related act of terrorism last week. You might ask yourself what this has to do with socks and a Facebook hate group. Let’s find out.
Sadly, regressive thinkers across Finnish society are playing straight into the hands of Turku’s knife-wielding assclown and his totalitarian ideology. On the interweb, people are inciting violence against “immigrants” (presumably anyone who isn’t melanin challenged).
Political opportunists in all ranks of government are falling over themselves cackling hysterically for the case of internet mass surveillance, which Finland might be facing due to a dangerous dangerous bill.
Someoone’s pleading for a change of a typo in the anti-sock Facebook group’s name
Internet nazis and their jihadi brethren
Violence against immigrants is nothing new, and vitriol against non-xenophobics is on the rise on social media. The Turku attack appears to have been targeting women. But curiously enough, Finnish women on the internet are getting threatened by Finnish men. You’d be excused for seeing curious parallels between Islamism and Western “white nationalism”.
In the following tweet, outspoken podcast host and feminist Iris Flinkkilä lists the conspicuously Finnish sounding names. These are people who’ve sent her death threats following anti-racist remarks regarding the Turku attack’s aftermath.
As reported by Helsingin Sanomat, one of these guys got particularly excited and started the Facebook group “Social movement against terrorism” and… “socks” (Terrorismin ja sukkien vastainen kansanliikeryhmä).
Unfortunately for him, he misspelled the Finnish neologism suvakki, a shortened slur for suvaitsevainen, literally “tolerant person”. The real implication being, that only bad people believe in basic human rights and working against structural oppression.
Don’t diss the spelling, diss the hate
Suffice to say, this edgelord got his social media phenomenon alright. But presumably, he didn’t expect resistant floods of tongue-in-cheek hate speech against socks, sukkia in Finnish.
That’s the the partitive plural form of sukka. In the original sentence, Terrorismin ja sukkien vastainen kansanliikeryhmä, genitive plural is used. Because Finnish grammar is fun like that.
Someone’s concerned about a wave of socks reaching Finland’s western border to Sweden, a country known for it’s sock ridden problem suburbs.
Shaming people for misspellings is a form of ableism. Spelling mistakes is a common symptom of dyslexia, a thing we, as professional writers, shouldn’t shame people for.
Likewise, implying that racism necessarily is a symptom of “low intelligence” is extremely rude to loving and caring individuals born with cognitive disabilities. So, we’re just going to sit back and analytical here, without additional puns. Because, let’s face it, screw this human asswipe and his hate.
By the way, does this case make anyone else think of the clown car KKK man from a couple of years back. He certainly put Finland on the map.
Authoritarian response to authoritarian attacks
With regard to the Turku attack, we have some additonal thoughts. As is customary with contemporary Islamist terrorism in the West, the threats were known by authorities. With more resources spent on, at a minimum, solid policework, counterintelligence/counterterrorism, with boring, human sources, this, and future attacks could perhaps be avoided.
This person forgot white socks in their washing machine, resulting in coloration during the next colored wash. SAD!
Internet mass surveillance, on the other hand is expensive, generates lots of false positives, particularly if the purpose is to do real time monitoring of terror threats. Surveillance is also a danger to democracy. Present day internet surveillance offers dangerous tools that Stasi could only have dreamed of.
The real use for internet mass surveillance is to build long-term dossiers on known individuals and to try and understand how other states work. Finland is becoming a nexus of internet traffic entering and leaving Russia, Finland’s beloved neighbor with it’s taiga equivalence of Saddam Hussein at the throne.
This includes Russian companies, like Yandex, building data centers in Finland, thanks to stable conditions and less sucky infrastructure.
People in the intelligence field who are also competent data scientists, are welcome to correct me on this.
When Western demographies adopt mass surveillance, citizens better sit down to think long and hard about how many paragraphs really protects us from slipping towards a model of China’s insane public-private partnership for “social credit”, combining government surveillance with commercial internet tracking. All in the name of safety, of course.
Someone rejoicing about leftists waking up to the threat of socks, as expressed by a rap music video titled “cut your socks”.
Sock the police?
Finnish police officers sure are granted immunity for petty ethnic profiling. Police are also mandated by law to engage in destructive nonsense like enforcing drug criminalization. Suffice to say that this writer is highly skeptical of glorification of police.
However, Finnish persons of color enjoy the dubious “privilege” of at least not getting shot for ”offences” like Driving While Black. In fact, Finnish police appears well trained, and is known for avoiding deadly force, which is impressing for a country with plenty of alcohol, guns plus military conscripts trained to use them.
In this case in particular, Police displayed competence: The Turku assailant was stopped by a quick shot in the leg, mere minutes after starting his stabbing spree. During a press conference following the spree, police were careful about disclosing investigative findings prematurely.
But Minister of the Interior, Mrs. Paula Risikko immediately blurted out that the suspect was “foreign looking”. Nice.
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