Since we are allowing people to identify as what they wish and Twitter is now censoring members of congress and even news organizations who dare say otherwise I think it’s prudent to ask this question:
If Rachel Levine tomorrow decides to identify as Napoleon Bonaparte, chooses to dress like Napoleon, gets surgically altered to look like Bonaparte and gains a following of people who choose to conform to said identify, Will you lock out any account that doesn’t cry “Vive L’Empereur” when demanded by Levine or any of those who conform to this new identity?
Ever since Joe Biden was illegitimately installed in the White House his administration has demonstrated a very remarkable disregard for the Constitution of the United States. This was on full display last week when Biden’s press secretary announced that the Biden regime has deputized Social Media corporations formally as the official Ministry of Truth for the federal government of the United States. This is in direct violation of First Amendment.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday the Biden administration is identifying “problematic” posts for Facebook to censor because they contain “misinformation” about COVID-19.
Psaki disclosed the government’s role in policing social media during her daily press briefing after Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called on companies to purge more pandemic posts.
It absolutely not up to the federal government, or any level of government, to stop the flow of any type of information, whether it be disinformation or not. Far too often governments label truthful information they do not like or is inconvenient to them as disinformation.
Censorship is a blatant violation of the First Amendment and is also a serious violation of the founding principles of the United States. During the conference Biden’s press secretary and Surgeon General admitted to the censorship.
“We are in regular touch with the social media platforms and those engagements typically happen through members of our senior staff and also members of our COVID-19 team — given as Dr. Murthy conveyed, this is a big issue, of misinformation, specifically on the pandemic,” Psaki said.
Murthy said “we’re asking [social media companies] to consistently take action against misinformation superspreaders on their platforms.”
This quote by the Surgeon General pings the irony meter, The only way to ensure individuals can make informed decisions is if they have access to all of the information from all sides of every issue.
“Misinformation takes away our freedom to make informed decisions about our health and the health of our loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health misinformation has led people to resist wearing masks in high-risk settings. It’s led them to turn down proven treatments and to choose not to get vaccinated. This has led to avoidable illnesses and deaths,” Murthy said.
Those on the political left have been proven wrong over and over again during this pandemic when it comes to science and medicine. They have been distorting science for decades now to create a climate of fear so they can strip away the freedom and rights of all people. Their response to the Coronavirus pandemic is the latest installment of this.
Psaki maintains the government has “a responsibility, as a public health matter, to raise that issue” of people allegedly dying en masse because of uncensored Facebook posts that don’t comport with the White House’s vaccine messaging. This isn’t a caricature of the White House’s position either. When a reporter asked President Joe Biden directly last week what his message is to sites like Facebook, Biden replied, serious as a heart attack, “They’re killing people.”
What’s going on here isn’t really an attempt to save Americans from disease. It’s a desperate attempt by the ruling class to save their own rear ends from information that threatens their ideological goals.
Democrats at the helm of the executive and legislative branches aren’t looking to squash so-called misinformation because it’s the only way to keep people from dying (which still wouldn’t justify their authoritarianism, by the way). Biden, Psaki, and their friends in Congress and Silicon Valley are working to snuff out their opponents’ speech because not only do they think it will help them politically, as it likely did in the 2020 election, but because they believe they can get away with it — again, as they did in the 2020 election.
These revelations are deeply concerning. The blatant actions by your administration to work with big tech companies to censor Americans’ free speech are shocking – and arguably a violation of the First Amendment. Communist countries such as Cuba are currently taking away their citizens’ right to use the internet to communicate; the U.S. government should be standing up to, not looking to mirror, authoritarian regimes such as these
Microsoft Corp on Friday blamed “accidental human error” for its Bing search engine not showing image results for the query “tank man” in the United States and elsewhere after users raised concerns about possible censorship around the Tiananmen Square crackdown anniversary. Users, including in the United Kingdom, Germany and Singapore, reported Friday that when they performed the search Bing returned the message, “There are no results for tank man.”
Let me ask anyone on the left who actually believes that a simple question:
If on the anniversary of the death of George Floyd the initial video that got things rolling in that case suddenly turned up “no results” would you buy the “human error” line.
This is a national and international disgrace. Get Duck Duck Go and Brave and get off of Bing and off of any other site owned by leftists who are trying to spin you.
Closing thought: How many times does this happen on smaller stories without your knowledge? I’m guessing a lot.
There is nothing more American than the right of each and every individual to decide for themselves, no matter how big or small the decision. That right is at the core of one of our most important God-given Natural Rights. That right is liberty, which is the freedom of every individual to do as they wish as long as they do not hurt others or interfere with the right of others
All levels of government in this country were originally created to protect the right of every individual to decide for themselves since all levels of government were created to protect the liberty of every individual
The freedom of an individual to decide includes the right to make decisions that are bad, or even harmful, to the individual doing deciding. Smoking or drinking to excess are perfect examples of this. No one has the right to drive drunk since it is potentially very dangerous to other individuals. Abortion is most definitely harmful to the unborn child therefore no one has a right to an abortion.
It has not been proved scientifically or medically that individuals not wearing masks in public, whether indoors or outdoors, are at all harmful to other individuals. Check out this American Thinker article. Individuals have every right to decide for themselves whether or not they will wear masks. Mask mandates violate the liberty of every individual forced to wear them.
Going to church, going for a walk outdoors, going shopping, eating at a restaurant, going to work, exercising in a gym, or the vast majority of ordinary activities has never been proved to be harmful to other individuals during this Coronavirus pandemic. State and local governments have robed the individuals living in those communities the right to decide for themselves whether or not they will engage in these activities.
Every individual has the exclusive right to make medical decisions for themselves. Period. End of story. It is absolutely wrong for any level of government, government agency, school system, private employer, public employer, or retail establishment to force individuals to get a vaccine through any form of mandate,
The federal government has gotten very good an prohibiting individuals from making the decision to purchase items such as incandescent light bulbs, cars with bad gas mileage, and so much more. All levels of government have made it extremely difficult for individuals to smoke. I have never smoked anything in my life. I do respect the right of every individual to smoke if they choose to.
Facebook and other social media outlets have taken away your right to decide what you want to say because of outrageous censorhip. Any form of censorship, no matter how small or who is doing it, is always wrong. The same social media outlets have taken away your right to get news and information from whatever source you chose because of their censorship.
The vast army of adherents to political correctness have taken away the right to decide what individuals say, write, read, and listen to through their mob like behavior and blatant censorship.
The only way we get our right to decide for ourselves back is we stand up for that most precious right Sadly far too few individuals are doing that. Far too often I feel like I am the only one.
The Democrats who are now in control of the Federal Government are exploiting the Capitol Hill riot to a level even I had not expected, using this one incident of violence as an excuse to begin a clamp down on those of us they consider to be the enemy. Can you guess who they are? This is even more despicable because there is a chance this sorry affair was perpetrated by leftists.
This is right out of the standard progressive playbook and is captured in this prophetic quote by Rahm Emanuel:
You never want a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.
In response to the riot the Biden administration is proposing a rather extreme crackdown on those of us on the political right. Of course they are cloaking their proposal in the usual progressive double speak. Those of us who are fluent in their deceptive use of language would have no trouble deciphering the ominous message inside their proposal, which is documented in this White House Briefing Transcript. I’ve included the full text relating to the proposal. After each paragraph I will add my analysis and some sarcastic comments.
I also have some news to share on the President’s response to domestic violent extremism. The January 6th assault on the Capitol and the tragic deaths and destruction that occurred underscored what we have long known: The rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat.
Of course those of us who deal with reality, unlike those on the political left know the “violent extremists” they will crack down are those who believe in individual rights, honor the Constitution, and know the truth that presidential election was stolen from President Trump. The Democrats will ignore those who committed the vast majority of the real violence the past decade or so, their own side of the political spectrum.
The Biden administration will confront this threat with the necessary resources and resolve. We are committed to developing policies and strategies based on facts, on objective and rigorous analysis, and on a respect for constitutionally protected free speech and political activities.
What are the chances of the Biden Administration actually respecting the constitutionally protected free speech of those on the political right? Negligible at best considering the track record of the extreme leftists now controlling the Democrat Party
Our initial work on DVE will broadly fall into three areas. The first is a tasking from President Biden sent to the ODNI today requesting a comprehensive threat assessment, coordinated with the FBI and DHS, on domestic violent extremism. This assessment will draw on the analysis from across the government and, as appropriate, nongovernmental organizations.
The Biden Administration will be relying on the oh so corrupt deep state which is still way too full of Obama cronies.
The key point here is that we want fact-based analysis upon which we can shape policy. So this is really the first step in the process, and we’ll rely on our appropriate law enforcement and intelligence officials to provide that analysis.
When has the political left ever relied on actual facts? That quote about fact based analysis is laughable.
The second will be the building of an NSC capability to focus on countering domestic violent extremism. As a part of this, the NSC will undertake a policy review effort to determine how the government can share information better about this threat, support efforts to prevent radicalization, disrupt violent extremist networks, and more.
The Biden Administration will be building an infrastructure to clamp down tightly on those who are not politically in lock step with the radical political left.
There’s important work already underway across the interagency in countering DVE, and we need to understand better its current extent and where there may be gaps to address, so we can determine the best path forward.
I interpret this paragraph to mean that the Biden Administration will crackdown and harass those of us who want to share information about and educate others about the US Constitution and our founding principles. If I’m wrong about this please let me know.
The third will be coordinating relevant parts of the federal government to enhance and accelerate efforts to address DVE. This considered, an NSC-convened process will focus on addressing evolving threats, radicalization, the role of social media, opportunities to improve information sharing, operational responses, and more.
The federal government will now be working closely with the corporate tyrants who have been working overtime to silence conservatives and everyone else on the political right. That is how I interpret this last paragraph. Free speech and the Constitution mean nothing to the Biden Administration. Their earlier protestation is laughable in the extreme. When have leftists ever respected the freedom of speech of those who are not leftists?
For the past couple of days I’ve been struggling to come up with a topic for this week’s article. I’m not experiencing writer’s block. It’s just that there is just so much wrong with our country right now, so much wrong at so many levels. There are too many topics to choose from so I guess I’ll write about each topic that’s troubling me so much right now.
I know with all my heart that treating every single individual as the truly unique person we are is far superior to the identity politics peddled by the political left. If you divide us up into artificial groups based on race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or any characterization you automatically set one group against another. Just look at how left has vilified white people. It is just shocking to me. I know this is nothing compared to how blacks were treated during slavery or segregation, both are also examples of liberals and their identity politics. Treating every individual the same with the same worth, no matter the color of their skin, leads to far less hate and division.
It is absolutely amazing to me how much liberal propaganda infects all levels of the news. I noticed this decades ago, and it keeps getting worse. Every single local news broadcast here in Massachusetts is nonstop liberal nonsense. Hopefully it is different in red states, but I doubt it. Even the weather is infected, they are constantly pushing global warming and climate change propaganda. There are so few outlets that actually tell the truth left, especially after Fox News turned traitor. I am so outraged after the firing of Lou Dobbs.
The crack down against conservatives on social media after the riot on Capitol Hill has reached levels that are on par with the most totalitarian nations. Check out this article from the Federalist.
Censorship and blacklisting are serious unjust cultural acts that increasingly filter Americans into second-class citizens based on their political viewpoints. The censorship and blacklisting that we are seeing in America right now is viewpoint discrimination. Censorship and blacklisting need to be fully rejected by American society before they become accepted cultural norms that make even worse injustices likely and more possible.
It is truly horrific watching the Biden regime dismantle and destroy the American economy, which is documented in this American Thinker article.
the Biden Administration, the Democrats in Congress, and their fellow-travelers in the Ruling Class are determined to permanently stifle economic growth by their infatuation with hypothetical climate change thus undermining energy development as well as manufacturing. They credulously claim that the theoretical green energy revolution will replace these jobs and wealth, but that will take decades if at all, and will be far too little and too late to prevent national insolvency.
Their determination to raise business taxes as well as dramatically increase job- and business formation-killing regulations is anathema to promoting growth. Their resolve to institute what is tantamount to economic central planning by the bureaucrats in Washington will cause enormous dislocation in financial resources, thus, throttling access to capital for expansion or new business formation.
There is so much more I could write about here in this article but I have to stop now because my blood is boiling too much.
I was planning on reviewing Parler on my quest to look for Facebook alternatives, and then Parler essentially disappeared. At least you could find websites that hosted articles about Parler disappearing. But what if you plugged in a website, and it never appeared? Think that couldn’t happen?
Think again. For 2021, I’m predicting that the next big thing in censorship will be DNS censorship.
DNS stands for Domain Name System. It’s a process that your web browser uses to turn the website that you type in (say, gab.com) into an IP address that the computer can actually use to route traffic. Your web browser sends a request to a DNS resolver, which talks to a name server to find the address for the website you requested. This DNS resolver then sends that IP address to your browser, which then lets your browser get the information you requested from the website. DNS resolution is one of those background tasks that just sort of works without you thinking about it.
You shouldn’t assume this is going to work well in the future. With Parler’s obvious targeting by Apple, Google and Amazon all at once, if you had doubts about FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google) censorship, your doubts should be cleared up now. But imagine if you attempted to go to the “next great conservative website,” only to find it was “down.” No matter what you enter into your browser, it never resolved the website.
Like most people, you’re probably using Google’s public DNS server, 184.108.40.206, and its alternate, 220.127.116.11, without even knowing it. That means that any website you enter into the address bar of your browser has to get approval from Google to be shown to you. If you don’t think that’s a problem, read Google’s own FAQ page:
Does Google Public DNS offer the ability to block or filter out unwanted sites?
Google Public DNS is purely a DNS resolution and caching server; it does not perform any blocking or filtering of any kind, except that it may not resolve certain domains in extraordinary cases if we believe this is necessary to protect Google’s users from security threats. But we believe that blocking functionality is usually best performed by the client. If you are interested in enabling such functionality, you should consider installing a client-side application or browser add-on for this purpose.
“…protect Google’s users from security threats.” Hmmm. Like the Capitol protests? Or “domestic terrorism?”
I’m skeptical, and while there isn’t a lot of evidence its happening now, I think its the next obvious web censorship step against anything conservative on the internet.
Fortunately there are options. CloudFlare right now seems to be sticking to neutrality, and has been concerned for years about web censorship. Their DNS servers are 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124, and I recommend you setup your computer to use them before Google’s DNS server finds a way to blacklist your conservative websites in order to “ensure the security and continuing stability” or “protect users from security threats,” for a “safe and secure society” of course.
PC Mag and Toms Hardware both have easy to use guides on changing your DNS server. I also recommend you log into your router and change the DNS server there. It’s a small pain, but unless you want websites to suddenly disappear like the Tiananmen Square Massacre, you’ll need to start thinking about what other back-end processes can be altered against your will.
This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency.
It has been understood since the very inception of the United States that freedom of speech is one of the most important ideals of this nation. That ideal forms our very foundation. It is beyond depressing that a significant percentage of the population of the United States no longer values freedom of speech. It is beyond infuriating that a cabal of self appointed high tech overlords have been engaged in the systematic silencing of individuals who express ideas that conflict with the progressive orthodoxy.
The high tech fascism and censorship reached an appalling level when these corporate tyrants ganged up on the free speech social media platform Parler and forced it to close down, perhaps permanently. Here is how the CEO of Parler described what took place. The quote is from this Deadline article.
Parler CEO John Matze said today that his social media company has been dropped by virtually all of its business alliances after Amazon, Apple and Google ended their agreements with the social media service.
“Every vendor from text message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us too on the same day,” Matze said today on Fox News.
Matze conceded that the bans could put the company out of business while raising free speech issues, calling it “an assault on everybody.”
“They all work together to make sure at the same time we would lose access to not only our apps, but they’re actually shutting all of our servers off tonight, off the internet,” Matze said. “They made an attempt to not only kill the app, but to actually destroy the entire company. And it’s not just these three companies. Every vendor from text message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us too on the same day.”
Liberals on social media constantly point out that these tech companies are private companies therefore they have every right to engage in this despicable behavior. That is true. What liberals are implying is that we have no right to complain about this fascism and we must remain silent about it. On that they are egregiously misguided. I have every right to speak out against anything and everything I choose to because I have freedom of speech, and that includes private companies that are behaving like a bunch of fascists. I have every right to speak out about this disgusting censorship and use my voice, and typing to suggest that everyone who is outraged by these direct attacks on freedom of speech to boycott any company that is involved. Every individual has the tight to criticize, complain about, and rail against whatever they want to. I for one will never use Amazon, Google or Apple again.
I don’t know how many times someone on the political left has told me that what these high tech companies are doing is not censorship because only governments can engage in censorship. That is utter bovine excrement Censorship occurs whenever someone is silenced by someone else, no matter the circumstances. Censorship is always wrong and always deserves condemnation.
Progressives, and many on the right who should know better, believes that there is such a class of speech known as hate speech and that it is not protected by the First Amendment. The problem with the whole concept of hate speech is that no one can agree what is hate speech and what is not. You absolutely do not want the government of high tech tyrants defining that constitutes what speech. Far too often progressives deem something to be hate simply because it conflicts with their political beliefs and ideology.
Free speech is under harsh attack in America courtesy of wokeism. Such warnings about free speech are nothing new–but in the past much of the danger has been imagined. For instance I was in college when The Clash released Combat Rock. On the opening track, “Know Your Rights,” Joe Strummer sings of those rights, “all three of them.” The third right is “free speech,” with a caveat. That right could be used if “you’re not dumb enough to actually try it.” Assuming that Strummer was addressing his core audience, American and British youths of the early 1980s, what he said was at best a gross exaggeration.
Not so in 2021.
I received the inspiration for this post by listenening to Ben Shapiro’s December 24 podcast, Goodbye, 2020.
Shapiro is among the many commentators who predict a purge–my word, not his–of dissident voices, meaning conservative ones, on social media such as Twitter, beginning with Donald Trump as soon as he’s not president.
Absurdly, people like Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, still claim that social media is a neutral conduit of information. Twitter for a while prevented the posting and distribution of the New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story on the microblogging platform claiming that the laptop details were hacked and illegally obtained. Wrong on both counts. Twitter had no problem with Tweets linking to the New York Times story about Trump’s income tax returns–those returns may have been obtained by hacking. Regardless how those returns were accessed the person who did so broke the law.
What to do?
“Well first of all we’re going to have to rely on people, believe or not, who are moderate liberals,” Shapiro said in that podcast, “who are sick of watching the Overton window shut.”
And that means conservative have to defend those liberals who cross the cancel culture.
An incident on Twitter comes to mind. Three years ago in this space I reviewed the documentary XTC-This Is Pop, which was about the spectacular rock back that emerged in England in the late 1970s. That post got a lot of retweets, including one from the XTC Fans Twitter page, run by the now-dissolved group’s former leader, Andy Partridge. A committed liberal, Partridge’s Tweets, although often sarcastic, were entertaining and usually well-thought out, whether it was about music, religion, or politics.
In 2019 some people with too much time on their hands accused Partridge of anti-Semitism after a series of Tweets–not well-thought out this time–about American Middle East policy that devolved into an online shouting match about Israel and religion. Partridge, a strident atheist, went a little too far, I admit, but taken into context with his overall sardonic attitude, those Tweets weren’t a big deal to me. I planned to write a blog post on Marathon Pundit defending him, but then Partridge cancelled himself on Twitter by deleting the XTC Fans account and I moved on to other things.
One of those Twitter accounts Partridge engaged with was “Jon Devin Nunes’ Prostate.”
You know, some people take Twitter too seriously.
Back to Partridge. No one knows why he deleted his account–perhaps he decided that he was spending too much time on social media. He certainly broke a Twitter rule of mine: Never feed online trolls.
I believe if Partridge wasn’t an older white male a Twitter mob would not have bothered to object to those controversial Tweets. For instance the media, with a few exceptions, have not called to task Georgia US Senate candidate Raphael Warnock for his anti-Israel comments.
There will be other efforts to silence dissidents on social media. Mostly against conservatives. But against liberals too.
Conservatism must embrace free speech. And that means relying on for allies, not just the moderate liberals that Shapiro spoke of, but also center-line liberals too in order to fight this crucial battle. And keep in mind no political ideology is always correct.
As for the fundamentalist far-left, the tiny tail wagging the cultural dog these days, I believe they’ve already isolated themselves, as Isaac Asimov said of the 1960s radicals, into a “no-man’s land of the spirit.” Think of the bleating sheep in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
But right now in the culture wars the far-left is winning.
As the vote counting for the 2020 Presidential Election continues, various facts suggest rampant frauds in Joe Biden’s votes. So does mathematics in terms of the votes from precincts.
Benford’s law or the first-digit law, is used to check if a set of numbers are naturally occurring or manually fabricated. It has been applied to detect the voting frauds in Iranian 2009 election and various other applications including forensic investigations.
This is what described by Wikipedia:
“Benford’s law, or the first-digit law, is an observation about the frequency distribution of leading digits in many real-life sets of numerical data. The law states that in many naturally occurring collections of numbers, the leading digit is likely to be small.
For example, in sets that obey the law, the number 1 appears as the leading significant digit about 30% of the time, while 9 appears as the leading significant digit less than 5% of the time. If the digits were distributed uniformly, they would each occur about 11.1% of the time. Benford’s law also makes predictions about the distribution of second digits, third digits, digit combinations, and so on.”
One of the examples is the population of the world, which are naturally occurring numbers.
A number of people on the internet have checked the votes (precinct by precinct) of Joe Biden, Donald Trump as well as other candidates for their legitimacy in terms of the Benford’s Law.
According a Reddit user, r/dataisbeautiful’s calculation, the ‘normal’ distribution of first digits for the different candidates based on Benford’s law is illustrated below.
Youtuber Nyar has shared the observations on a number of counties, concluding that Trump and others’ votes have natural distribution but not for Joe Biden’s.
In Fulton County, Georgia, which overlaps with the Atlantic metropolitan where Joe Biden is expected to win, all of the three candidates have normal distributions for their votes. (Joe Biden 72.6%, Donald Trump 26.2%, Jo Jorgensen 1.2%. Source: .theguardian.com)
In Miami-Dade County of Florida, which includes the Miami metropolitan where Joe Biden is expected to win, all candidates’ votes obey Benford’s Law. (Joe Biden 53.4%, Donald Trump 46.1%, Jo Jorgensen 0.3%. Source: theguardian.com)
However, in the Milwaukee County of Wisconsin, which is in one of the key swing states, Joe Biden’s votes violate Benford’s Law while other candidates’ don’t. (Joe Biden 69.4%, Donald Trump 29.4%, Jo Jorgensen 0.9%. Source: theguardian.com)
And in Chicago of Illinois, Joe Biden’s votes are abnormal.
So does that of Allegheny of Pennsylvania which includes Pittsburg. (Joe Biden 59.0%, Donald Trump 39.9%, Jo Jorgensen 1.2%. Source: theguardian.com)
It looks like maybe Biden had lost big cities like Chicago and Pittsburgh, which is why the fraudulent votes need to be brought in, which skew his curve away from a normal looking one.
For those who are interested to reproduce the analysis, you can follow the instructions here and give it a go.
Author: River|Himalaya Scholars
Now let’s see if twitter tags MY post and starts locking people accusing them of distributing :
privately produced/distributed intimate media of someone without their consent
I’m doing this live during the podcast (that youtube has suddenly cut me off of unexpectedly of course)
Update: Well they didn’t lock me for putting up this exact reprint post but they locked me as soon as I attempted to retweet the original