“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Thursday, September 07, 2017

What is ‘Verrit’? New Pro-Hillary Site’s Name Means ‘To Conceal’… Among Other Hilarious Things

Pro-Clinton 'sanctuary' Verrit draws mockery online

Pro-Clinton 'sanctuary' Verrit draws mockery online

A website designed to act as a "sanctuary" for Americans who wanted Hillary Clinton to win the election – endorsed by Clinton herself – has been ridiculed online, with critics calling it anything from "echo chamber" to completely useless.
The website Verrit describes itself as "media for the 65.8 million," in a reference to the number of votes Clinton received in the 2016 presidential election.

Such a goal was unsurprisingly welcomed by the former Democratic candidate herself, who tweeted that she was "excited" about signing up for it.

However, since Clinton's tweet, the site has come under a DDOS attack and a "Hillary-hating frenzy," according to its founder Peter Daou.

Indeed, many have taken issue with the site and its entire model. The site provides shareable "verrits" – tidbits of text – which are marked with a 7-digit identification code.  The idea is that if someone sees a verrit shared on social media, they can go to the website and type in the code. If it comes up, it's real. If it produces no result, it was made by a Verrit "copycat."

The trouble with that approach is that there is plenty of factual information online that didn't come from Verrit, doesn't have a code, and therefore can't be checked by the site. Fake information from other areas of the web also doesn’t come with codes.

That fact has led some to mock the entire code system, with one person joking that it's the "political equivalent of the 'certificate of authenticity' from a TV gold coin commercial."

It does appear that Verrit's authentication system is only capable of identifying Verrit copycats – people who manage to create mock verrits – and nothing else.
One such example includes a fake authentication code alongside a fake Clinton quote which reads: "Bernie would have beaten me if I didn't lie, cheat, steal, launder millions, destroy media credibility and gaslight millions with $10m CTR (click-through rate) trolls."

Another Twitter user mocked up a fake verrit about Clinton’s (factual) collapse after her September 2016 visit to the 9/11 memorial.
"Most people collapse on moderately sunny days. It's normal," the person wrote, including a phony Verrit authentication code.

Daou has addressed the "thousands of fake verrits" which emerged after Clinton endorsed the site, but said the site was able to "channel anti-Hillary energy into free marketing and promotion."

That statement has prompted some to say that Verrit is little more of a promotional stunt than a media platform.
Some have dubbed it an "echo chamber," a sanctuary where Clinton's fans can live in a bubble where their beliefs will not be challenged.

Meanwhile, others have accused the site of merely being a place to dump links, which then turn into "memes for liberals." 

Critics have also taken aim at the site's actual content – or lack thereof – claiming that a search result for terms such as living wage, unions, manufacturing, and income inequality turned up empty.

"Boy, you Centrists are off to a great start!" one critic wrote.

Another Twitter user accused Verrit of being "like Fox News, but without even [a] pretense of honesty."

The conservative news site Breitbart poked fun at the site’s name, tying it to the Latin root“verro,” which can mean either a male pig (noun), or “to conceal” (verb).


  1. More than 6,500 people registered to vote in New Hampshire on Nov. 8 using out-of-state driver’s licenses, and since then the vast majority have neither obtained an in-state license nor registered a motor vehicle.

    Conservatives say the state’s same-day registration is an invitation for fraud because of loose proof-of-residence rules.

    New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper, a Republican, issued the numbers Thursday based on inquiries he made to the Department of State, which oversees elections, and the Department of Safety.

    Since Election Day, Republicans have charged that a significant number of nonresident Democrats, principally from Massachusetts, flowed into New Hampshire to vote illegally, tilting a close race to their party.

    “Having worked before on a campaign in New Hampshire, I can tell you that this issue of busing voters into New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics. It’s very real. It’s very serious. This morning, on this show, is not the venue for me to lay out all the evidence,”

  2. Verrit is an on-line site dedicated to making Quirk some easy money. Hr created it in the small shop behind his suburban home outside of Detroit. You wouldn't believe what he got as a creation fee, and he smuggled him a clause giving him 50% of the site's profits. They will be doing all sorts of advertising, not all political, and Quirk is in control of the creation of all these.

    Pretty sweet deal for the Quirkster.

    If it doesn't crash and burn Quirk is looking a 5 figures a year.

    Other than the advertising he is laying off of the political content pe se

    Quirk is well covered by unemployment insurance.

    Ha can't lose.


    1. Idaho Bob Thu Jan 14, 05:57:00 PM EST
      I'm for carpet bombing Detroit and environs as a necessary precursor to urban renewal.

      "To destroy is to create" saith the Lord of Hosts and Urban Renewal.

      Now that Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson acknowledges that he knows that Q lives in the Detroit area it appears he has made a "Death Threat" against Quirk.

      He has also stated that he would empty his shotgun against both Quirk and Rufus.
      Multiple "Death Threats" emenating from Idaho against innocent posters at the Elephant Bar.

      Shame on you, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson

  3. So, yes, I’m still with her! Why wouldn’t I be?


    The book “What Happened” is about analyzing what went wrong in the 2016 election. I haven’t read it yet (other than the excerpts that are already floating around the Internet ahead of the September 12 release date), but I will go on record here and defend Hillary’s right to present her own unique perspective.

    And I’m pretty sure I will be defending her analysis, if she includes in there the media’s sick obsession with glorifying Sanders and Trump, while shining a continual, blinding spotlight on her alleged flaws rather than her stated policies; the October 28 Comey letter; Russia’s interference with our election (likely in collusion with the Trump campaign); and the disheartening fact that we were far more racist and misogynistic (read: deplorable) than we thought possible in 2016 America.

    Still With Her

    1. .

      Jennifer Rand.

      That girl outdoes Hillary in blaming everyone but Hillary. Comey, Sanders, Trump, the media, you name em, she blames em. Hell, she's a female Doug (no offense, if I'm wrong in assuming Doug is still identifying as cis-male at this point.) Just the opposite side of the proverbial coin.



  4. Verrit is also called Ferret Good example of Quirk's advertising philosophy Get them off balance, use it to invade the enemy's mind. Once that is accomplish one sees a way to turn them all into slaves.

    1. Why do make "Death Threats" here at the Elephant Bar, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson?

      Idaho Bob Sat Jul 16, 07:58:00 AM EDT
      Good idea.

      I'll turn both barrels of my double barrel shotgun on the City Slicker, Quirk, instead of going one barrel each to Quirk and Rufus as I have been doing.

      Quirk will be torn apart like a forest grouse given both barrels up close.

      Turning both barrels of your shotgun against Q him apart ..
      You often threaten murder against others, here at the Elephant Bar, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.
      Even going so far as to advocating for mass murder and cannibalism.

      You should cease these antisocial activities, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.


    2. Why do YOU make "Death Threats" here at the Elephant Bar, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson?


    3. Turning both barrels of your shotgun against Q TEARING him apart ..

  5. Hillary's "Verrit" venture does not seem to be going well, at all ...

    AV Club called the blog an "echo chamber," The Ringer called it "a Media Company for Almost Nobody," and even the reliably liberal Politico says the website looks like North Korean agitprop.


    Well, we can't just get through a national disaster without the unhinged left politicizing it, can we? Nope.

    At least we can listen to Paul Joseph Watson's fabulous accent telling us all about the nasty leftists who hate Trump more than they care about brown and black people being devastated by Hurricane Irma. Well done, folks.


    Oh boy...

    BREAKING: Credit monitoring company Equifax says breach exposed social security numbers and other data from 143 million Americans.

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