There are two kinds of “WTF” stories we encounter regularly: The first is “WTF?” which implies a situation that we pointedly don’t understand much if anything about, and are trying to make sense of. The other is “WTF.” which implies a situation that is beyond absurd, terrifying, or otherwise normally disturbing levels of news.
The hostage situation at the Discovery Channel building going on right now — “A gunman, possibly carrying explosives, has entered the headquarters of the Discovery Channel and fired shots, according to police in Silver Spring, Maryland.” — is one them. UPDATED:
Or that could be a SWAT team member. It’s been reported by BNO News James Jay Lee’s demands are here, and include:
The Discovery Channel MUST broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet and to do the following IMMEDIATELY:
1. The Discovery Channel and it’s affiliate channels MUST have daily television programs at primetime slots based on Daniel Quinn’s “My Ishmael” pages 207-212 where solutions to save the planet would be done in the same way as the Industrial Revolution was done…
2. All programs on Discovery Health-TLC must stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions. In those programs’ places, programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility must be pushed. All former pro-birth programs must now push in the direction of stopping human birth, not encouraging it.
3. All programs promoting War and the technology behind those must cease. There is no sense in advertising weapons of mass-destruction anymore. Instead, talk about ways to disassemble civilization and concentrate the message in finding SOLUTIONS to solving global military mechanized conflict. Again, solutions solutions instead of just repeating the same old wars with newer weapons. Also, keep out the fraudulent peace movements. They are liars and fakes and had no real intention of ending the wars. ALL OF THEM ARE FAKE! On one hand, they claim they want the wars to end, on the other, they are demanding the human population increase. World War II had 2 billion humans and after that war, the people decided that tripling the population would assure peace. WTF??? STUPIDITY! MORE HUMANS EQUALS MORE WAR!
Frighteningly enough, DCist pointed out this guy’s website in 2008, and took a good laugh at it, calling it “rather hilarious.” Which, again, is scary, but there’s no concrete confirmation, again, that it’s James Lee at the scene of the situation. Again, like we said: chaos.
“We have reason to believe there is an armed gunman at One Discovery Place. All employees should seek protection in a locked office on their respective floors immediately,” read an email sent to employees and read over the public address system.
The kids at the building’s daycare have been removed, and at least one tipster is safe. More as we find it. Keep refreshing.
Update: James Jay Lee’s been arrested outside of the Discovery Channel before.
Update 2: Good on a commenter, who shows us video of James Jay Lee throwing money into a crowd during one of his previous protests outside of the Discovery Channel:
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 1, 2010