Twitter Hearing Retaliations

Twitter was meeting with congress about censors on it’s network.  They’ve been under a lot of heat recently for suppressing conservatives.  But that isn’t what we are here to talk about today.  During the hearing, this happened…

Am I crazy, or was this one of the worst ways to deal with a protester?  Drown out the protester by doing an auction?  One example is she can now claim sexual harassment for him trying to sell her, I hear this #MeToo thing is big.  Also the irony, this hearing was about Twitter shutting down conservative voices, and he shut her voice down with an auction?

The woman yelling is Laura Loomer.  Shes an undercover journalist who clearly isn’t shy about confronting people.  She also recently confronted Maxine Waters for inciting violence against Trump supporters.  She also happens to be another person labeled alt and far right, which drives me crazy because they are using these words for the singular purpose to label someone discredited, and not their true meaning.  Far right really means nothing, but “alt” right is directly coined by Richard Spencer.  I have not done the research myself on him, so I will not attribute any labels to him.  To me, to be considered alt-right, is something you would have to sign up for, or be a follower of Richard Spencer.

Since this incident at congress, it would appear that Twitter is taking a strange offensive tactic with Laura.

 

We have two very strange scenarios here.  Either Loomer is actively reporting articles and people that support her, or Twitter is reporting them… for her?  This seems like a strange way to retaliate since I don’t think Twitter tells people who reported them.  This is going to be a very interesting fight, and both scenarios are quite damning.

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Propaganda is Everywhere

Vox.com is a “news” outlet. They are also propaganda, there are loads and loads of Vox debunking videos on YouTube. This is one of their latest propaganda

It’s so steeped in crap, they actually wrote a debunking article of a debunking video that debunks their original article. I’ve watched too many Ben Shapiro, Milo Yianopolis and Jordan Peterson videos to know that free speech on campus is dying. This is a long video, but it is worth the watch, and just by being online proves my point that they are just spewing propaganda.

Typically they move the speech somewhere that doesn’t fit many people and/or off campus. It’s depressing colleges are like this, they are supposed to be THE place to be to exchange ideas, but instead now they just pander and make “safe spaces”. Colleges are like a dead corpse, whats left at campuses are the hair and nails that keep growing.

Keep thinking for yourself, and be aware of the propaganda around you. It’s everywhere!

Conservative Social Media, Gab

A lot of criticism is being thrown at Twitter, Facebook and Google due to their recent supression of conservative voices. This is where Gab comes in, a place where “The storytellers will not be silenced”. They started in 2016, and recently hit the 600,000 user milestone, reaching for 700,000 soon. Google and Apple have already put their foots down on Gab, and will not allow their mobile app into their respective app stores. Per the nypost.com, Google has cited hate speech for their reason for not listing the app.

The largest criticism of Gab is that it is a place where Nazi’s and white supremacists gather and spread hate speech. But if you are a free thinker, you’ll notice these people don’t have anywhere else to go.  If they are pushed off one platform, they will go to another, or underground, and then their thoughts will fester and that’s how you get criminals.  Banning them isn’t the way to get rid of them, it’s the exchange of ideas and to convince them they’re ideas are terrible.  I’ve been on there for a couple weeks, and I have noticed a few people that think white people should reign supreme, but for the most part, its a bunch of people who want someone to talk about the things Trump is doing, and fighting back against anti-white Twitter.  I don’t care what the color of your skin is, it’s the content of your character that I care about.  I say anti-white because there are a lot of people, like @VerifiedHate, that screenshots “blue checks” from twitter that spew anti-white rhetoric.  Which for those keeping racists tabs, is a form of racism.  Even so, if you have any issues with anyone on there, you have full control to mute people to tailor your experience.  For the record, Twitter also has this feature, but with their “Quality Filter” most people don’t even get seen anymore.

 

Speaking of the Quality Filter, it was originally something you had to turn on, but at some point they thought it was SO GREAT that they decided to turn it on for everyone.  After turning mine off, I started seeing people again… WEIRD!  The screen shot below was taken from their blog.

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Gab is absolutely dedicated to the idea of free speech, which is what I love about it. The problem for Gab seems to be the lack of influential people, such as celebrities, politicians or large companies such as Amazon or McDonald’s. It’s more of a place to mingle with everyday Joe’s like you and me, and again, if you find some disgusting person you cannot stand, mute them and poof, they are gone. There are a bunch of accounts like @RealTrumpTweets that mirrors the tweets of whoever that account is about.  So every time Trump tweets something, the @RealTrumpTweets account “Gabs” it.  Its unfortunate that the comments and criticism never reach the actual person though. Which could be a good thing, going to Trump’s comment section in Twitter is the most irritating thing you can do on there.

The last thing I want to point out about Gab is their frog logo. Is it me, or did they chose a frog on purpose because of Pepe the frog?  The accusation of them both being a thing for white supremacy seems a little too coincidental.  Pepe is not a symbol of white supremacy!

 

A Couple Ways CNN (and others) Can Heal Trust

CNN has a major problem on it’s hands.

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They aren’t trusted, especially among Republicans, and we all know the trust hasn’t gotten better since 2015.  How can CNN (or any other network for that matter, since it isn’t only a CNN problem) get their trust back?  We are going to discuss a couple issues, they can deal with to solve this trust problem.

Anonymous Sources

They need to stay out of reporting for anonymous sources.  I get staying anonymous is VERY important, but they don’t apply that to their opposition as well, as seen in the video above.  If you skipped the video, the context of it is, CNN reports on people that don’t want to be reported, and hides their “sources”.  Anonymity protects individuals, but that means there is no accountability for lies, and the double standard is strong.  Especially when you hear about them trying to get juror names and addresses.  I’d imagine if they gave their sources, and normal people like us could vet them with our own opinions, that would repair some of the damage they’ve caused.  Also, stop doxxing people!

Bias Masked as Neutral

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CNN claims they are unbiased.  The quickest google search can shows you that isn’t true, as seen in the picture above.  If you pay attention to politics, it isn’t hard to see who is and who isn’t politically charged.  Most main stream news outlets lean left, and CNN is no different.  Fox is the only main stream news network that has a right leaning.  Is being politically charged a bad thing?  No, the problem lies when you are either ignorant about your bias, or you are lying about it.  This can be the difference between fake news and not fake news, as you can see from the Project Veritas video below.

The solution to the bias problem is to just admit it.  Reach out to the public to let them know you have a bias and you then make a promise to TRY to remain neutral on as many publications as possible.  Then you can have all the opinion journalists you want on the air.

Stop being a “brain” for your audience, give the news, let them make up their minds.  Be honest and admit your bias and mistakes.  And for goodness sake, stop hating Trump 24/7, the guy isn’t Hitler.

Infowars Missing From Top Google Play?

What will happen when Infowars is banned from everything?

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Huh, I guess I was right when I said banned things get more popular. Anyway, that isn’t the update to the Infowars purge. The newest update is that Google has now suppressed their app from appearing in the Top app. I didn’t realize Google didn’t know how to count…

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Notice that the 3 is missing. Now if you search for the Infowars app, you can find it, and states it is number 2 in the News and Magazine category. Which may be confusing, but it was number 3 in ALL apps, and number 2 in News and Magazine.

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As of getting ready to write this, Infowars appears to have been suppressed to the number 12 spot.

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There you have it, Google Play is actively sabotaging apps due to their “views”. It is pretty damning to show how much they want to silent Infowars and Alex Jones. Media companies give Infowars a lot of credit for helping Trump get elected in 2016 (which they aren’t happy about), and it is quite a sight to see them suddenly ban him from nearly every platform right before an election. I don’t understand why they don’t see that banning a conspiracy theorist like this is not going to go well for them. Doesn’t school teach about the prohibition anymore?

UPDATE

I didn’t notice at first, but the number 10 app is missing as well.  Got me thinking that maybe this isn’t an Infowars thing.  It still could be, but then begs the question of what else isn’t showing, and why?

Another Loss for Free Speech

In my last post, I forgot about a very important free speech battle, and it isn’t going well. Count Dankula, the Nazi Pug guy.

Markus Meechan posted a video about turning his girlfriend’s “adorable” dog into a Nazi.  He prefaced the video by stating he wanted to turn the adorable dog into the worse thing he can think of, then got the pug riled up by asking him if he wants to “gas the Jews”.  And here it is…

He was in and out of court for nearly two years, and in April 2018, he was found guilty and was fined £800.  He didn’t care about paying the £800, but its a matter of principle, so he isn’t paying it.  He started a gofundme for the appeal, stating he needed about £100,000 for the best lawyers he could find.  However, he raised nearly £200,000 which he states he will not use for personal use.  If that wasn’t dumb enough for you, his second appeal attempt had failed.  Which means he has no more appeal attempts, and he is “forced” to pay the fine this coming October.

But he won’t, he is actually planning on go to jail for this, and as he says, “I won’t bend the f***ing knee”.  This truly is a terrible thing to happen, and I have a lot of sympathy for him.  Like his joke or not, it’s pretty obvious it was a joke and a bash against Nazis.  I thought it was pretty hilarious.

This is one of many reasons why free speech is so important, so we aren’t jailing people for making jokes.  Here is his latest recap on the whole thing, I gave you the short version.

Alex Jones, the Latest Saga in the Speech Wars

Alex Jones, if you don’t know who he is… Well he is pretty nutty. He runs the website www.infowars.com, It’s a “news” website that often is just wildy wrong (sometimes he actually just shares news). I have seen quite a bit of his work, but its no surprise he gets labeled a conspiracy theorist. I’m sorry, if you can watch his talks about the frogs being gay and the President having weather weapons and believe it, you may have more problems than him.

I’m sure we can take Wikipedia’s take on Alex Jones as truth…

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Ah, the alt-right label again. I have to stick up for anyone labeled “alt-right” or “far-right” because its a label that the media has adopted to discredit anyone. We will have to have a nice long talk about the alt-right. Well, lets get into the details.

August 5th, Apple removes Infowars from the podcast app for hate speech.

August 6th, Facebook removes Alex Jones pages for glorifying violence and using dehumanising language to describe trangender and, Muslims and immigrants.

August 6th, YouTube deletes the Infowars channel.

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Why is this important? Because if they start to silence people, based on what they call “hate speech”, we are losing the battle for free speech. Hate speech to me, will not be hate speech to the next person, and even so, anyone should be able to say whatever they want to me. If I don’t like someones “hate speech”, I would just take my respect and values somewhere else.

How is this political left and right speech war going to go next. First the left took a swing and a hit against Roseanne for a “racist joke”. Then the right rebounds and strikes down James Gunn for “pedophilia jokes”. Then the left puts “white racist”, Sarah Jeong into the speech battlefield at the New York Times. Latest is the take down of Alex Jones, a giant conspiracy theorist with tons of followers, turning him into a martyr for “hate speech”.

We need to stop firing people for speech, especially jokes. Let the bad ideas come out, so we can chose for ourselves if we want to buy or ignore that product. Alex Jones is just another product to be pulled off the shelf and now we have no choice.

I want to finish this with a couple observations. First, all the big tech companies banned a conspiracy theorist, for different reasons, within a couple days. Second, banning things typically makes them more popular… Just saying.