Pop quiz. You’re looking at the comments after reading an article. Why is your business- whatever floats your boat I guess. Suddenly you run across the following comment:
“Texas is a horrible place to live!!! Too much government control!!! The C.P.S.S. (Also known as the Hitler youth Program) steals peoples kids with impunity. Jobs are scarce!!! The police and the F.B.I. are all part of the mafia!!! So if you want my advise, STAY AWAY!!!”
What is more, he also posts comments touting Russia’s military capabilities, and predictions of an American financial collapse:
“Soon the American dollar will be so worthless we will be able to wipe our ass’s [sic] with one dollar bills,”
Sounds like a typical example of the paid Russian troll, banging out hundreds of comments on a twelve hour shift from an office building in St. Petersburg, right? Well that’s where you’d be wrong.
The comments come from would-be mass shooter James Boulware of Texas, who apparently had a history of “internet trolling.” From the information I’ve seen, Boulware was upset about a custody case, one in which it was clear that he was unfit to be a parent after a violent episode (as far as I know the judge thought the same about the child’s mother, and thus appointed Boulware’s mother legal guardian).
This just goes to show you that not every semi-literate blowhard screaming about Obama and praising manly-man Putin is a Russian twenty-something with an upper-intermediate level of English getting paid 40,000 rubles a month. Sometimes that guy who can’t spell worth a damn and utterly lacks any concrete knowledge of how America’s political system works is just a home-grown dumbass. Never attribute to malice…
So what’s worse? Paid Russian troll or domestic moron? You decide.