We Didn’t Start the Fire

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We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
But when we are gone
It will still burn on and on and on and on
And on and on and on and on…

It has been a big night, Night Attack and OMGCraft fighting for live viewership. Head to head. And that terrible show by some priest.

And because of that all I could see on OMGChad twitch.tv channel was his lips moving. No sound.  I may be brilliant but my lip reading skills are deficient.  So we await the revelations. [edit] turns out I had twitch muted, dumbo me.

Night Attack is in progress.  So far all we have is: Brian upset, and his vasectomy is coming up soon. And Brian feels something is his fault.

I’m confused, but that is normal.

Some quotes from the show. More paraphrases.

OMGChad called into Night Attack, and talked. Let it all out.

Chad was called into a meeting and fired, terminated. Told he was no longer an employee at TWiT.

He described it as “a friendly breakup” because he gets to host the GizzzzWIzzzzzz. And appear on BeforeYouBuy, maybe.

Anthony Carboni added some information about potential thefts from some theatre, unrelated to the Chad Story.

Brian Brushwood spoke from the heart, giving advice about quality vs podtrac download numbers. How Patreon was a means to get there.

Brian decide to not tell the truth.

Brian asked us to look into the face of compromise?

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Justin Robert Young kept playing a song, I think it was some sort of code.

But it’s time to “Let It Go!”

“They asked me to fire Tom Merritt”

What does that mean?

This is a cliff hanger. Tune in next week for As The TWiT Burns?  Got me, really.

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Not what he meant? A true mystery wrapped in an enigma. Stay tuned.

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20 thoughts on “We Didn’t Start the Fire”

  1. I’m sure what he says is true to an extraordinary minority of people who probably don’t even know this site exists. I think consensus is we want the dream, trust, and authority back. I won’t even say ‘old twit’ because if things had actually stayed on track to the dedication, growth and vision purported for years, shows would have come and gone, changes would have happened, and we’d be excited to see what’s next.

    Instead…no one wants to see it burn to the ground at all. Not even hope it’s become irrelevant. We’ve moved on to those bigger better things that kept their vision alive. Twit is fine proving its lowered relevance.

    We just want to see, no matter how you feel about them, the people we had grown to care for to get out as painlessly as possible. Jason and Sarah, we hope you can move on soon to bigger things. I would have put padre in that list too at one point but it’s posts like this that make me disappointed at a person that once made me smile when he was around. Now I’m just apathetic to his cause.

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    1. “I would have put padre in that list too at one point but it’s posts like this that make me disappointed at a person that once made me smile when he was around. Now I’m just apathetic to his cause.”

      I agree. As others get canned he proudly picks up the pieces and does what he is told. Padre is great at following orders, there is no thought put into his actions, he is not allowed to think on his own. But, with everything padre does he does not have to worry about money, food, housing, clothing, or buying the unending new tech products, all bought with other people’s money.
      Why few can relate to padre, he is like a spoiled rich kid with no money worries, has the pope for a sugar daddy to provide it all, as long as he follows orders.

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  2. First of all, it seems that Padre Robert Ballecer SJ is a spokeshole for Leo Laporte and Lisa Kentzell. He jumps to their defense.

    His statement about programming changes seems to echo GUILT at being party to the shit that was pulled on Shannon Morse.

    As for that statement about people wanting “TWiT to burn to the ground” ? Padre, you stalk these pages, don’t deny it, do you really believe that TWiT is relevant in this world anymore. It is tired platform that has been run into the ground. There is something that is very clear to anyone that is not blinkered, TWiT is like Chernobyl, it has been abused by the operator and has been slowly reaching the point where it will implode on itself. NOBODY NEEDS TO BURN DOWN TWiT LEO LAPORTE IS DOING THAT QUITE WELL BY HIMSELF!

    Leo Laporte is Toxic these days. He is begging people to be on TWiT! He has a News Director that talks in riddles when he talks about technology yet having been in the Tech Reporting World for decades! Strangely he can talk perfectly clear when he is talking about his personal life as part of the podcast. You can pass this message on NOBODY GIVES A DAMN the tune in for Tech news not Elgan’s personal life news!

    I’m not going to say “I won’t ever watch TWiT ever again” there is good entertainment value in the mockery of TWiT, the Gaffs the Padre’s that fart on screen gassing people within 20 foot of him during a podcast. The hilarity of catching on screen private emails where a Padre agrees to shit on a co-host to please the God he worships Leo Laporte.

    Padre, you should be ashamed to claim to be a man of the cloth, to be a man of God to be a member of the Church! You should quit and focus on your real vocation of being the TWiT Spokeshole!

    Leo Laporte always needs someone else to do his dirty work, time and again we see that. His HPD doesn’t allow him to be the one that does something. The only reason he made the point of saying that BB & JRY were banned was because he was goaded by Lisa’s little Stoolie Jeff Needles!

    I find your attitude Padre to be detestable that you spend your time making rants on Padres Corner about abuses while you defend that asshole Leo Laporte and defend the way that he abuses verbally Women that work in the building.

    Padre, you stand by and watched Leo Laporte go on about how terrible the European Right to be Forgotten is when he feels it is perfectly okay to remove 8 minute from a TTG podcast (Sunday 26th October 11.58am to 12.06pm) because he had spent that WHOLE EIGHT MINUTES screaming abuse at Heather Harmann! You turn a blind eye to the sexual harassment of Sarah Lane.

    You, Padre, are a collaborator to Leo Laporte’s terrible hateful ways. Shame on you, Shame on you! Your confessional must be a long long long one, do they set aside the whole day for it or do you think it is not a sin, if so then really are a lost lamb and not a shepherd!

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          1. He really is Jabba the freaking hutt! Even his eating habits and manners are the same! I never noticed it when it was live but then at the time I was working while listening as well as being in IRC.

            Leo Laporte is positively a slug of huge proportions!

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          2. I can let it go if he’s eating in between shows or during the commercial break on TTGuy, we all have to eat and he does put in long hours, but it’s the stuffing ‘during’ shows that is unproffesional and disgusting. Leo clearly thinks himself above basic manners, his ego gets the better of him sometimes!

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    1. He also lies about not having twitter installed. He always has to back peddle. In fact when he shows the screen of a device he is using I can bet that on at least one or two occasions when he is just showing apps you will see the app there.

      He tells people he has done this, or he has done that. It’s just like when he asked people to sign a whitehouse.gov petition about net neutrality and told people that he had just done it. I gave fair time and then went through and checked and he had never done it.

      Leo Laporte likes to stir the pot.

      In fact if you watched night attack and Brian Brushwoods statement of events about how Chad became a TWiT employee Chad was merely a pawn. Leo poached him purely as kick in the balls to say “Look I can take your employee from you and fuck you he’s mine now”.

      That was why Chad was TD’ing Leo’s shows, it was just to show off his ‘prize’ and ‘keep that pot stirring’. When Brian and Justin dumped TWiT, Chad’s usefulness to Leo as a pawn was gone.

      He waited until a situation arose that he could fire him from his job and then threw a few breadcrumbs his way. Sadly not to be nice to Chad but to have that feeling like “see I still give you work and you need me more than I need you”.

      Personally if I were chad I would do what I could, get my shit together and just not show up, get friends to help, and then post a message in chat that Leo can shove the show where the sun don’t shine but Needles resides. Let’s Dick Debartolo know a few minutes before and say that he’s in the process of moving and won’t be able to do the show and that Leo would be doing the show from now on.

      Leo Laporte is an abuser. He doesn’t care as long as he can abuse someone.

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      1. “In fact if you watched night attack and Brian Brushwoods statement of events about how Chad became a TWiT employee Chad was merely a pawn. Leo poached him purely as kick in the balls to say “Look I can take your employee from you and fuck you he’s mine now”.

        That was why Chad was TD’ing Leo’s shows, it was just to show off his ‘prize’ and ‘keep that pot stirring’. When Brian and Justin dumped TWiT, Chad’s usefulness to Leo as a pawn was gone.”

        WOW you just blew my mind with your analysis. Not saying I agree, but most definitely something to think about.

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  3. I loved Brian on NA… he was just like this Poppa Bear ready to rip the throat out of douchebag that hurt his Baby Bear. It was kind of sweet.

    Really wanting to know what it is that he wants to say that he can’t, though. Is it bad that I’m really hoping GW gets cancelled like today just so Brian can have his rant?

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  4. What I used to find particularly annoying, was watching the Tech guy show, and have it dominated by Football!! “Ohh they made another TD” “Ohh they are in Field goal range” I stopped watching already.. He never seemed to give a damn about it, until Yoko came on board. I can remember him saying years ago “Us geeks don’t care about Football”
    Nothing bad about football, but it is the wrong forum. People that are interested in it will have the game on, and know what’s going on. So tired of hearing about “my Niners” I just tuned Twit out.

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  5. Excellent points.
    He never really was interested in football before she was around.
    It’s all so annoying now,having to her about “Lisa” every frickin’ 30 min.
    He’s so clueless about the NFL anyway.

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