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May 21 2020

Adjunct Professor John Tieso Suspended for Tweets Criticizing Democrats

If “diversity” means “discriminating against white people,” then it is mandatory on college campuses. If it means not everyone being on the same page regarding their political attitudes, then it is forbidden. It didn’t take much for adjunct assistant professor John Tieso first to have to kill his Twitter account and then to be suspended from his job teaching business classes at Catholic University of America, which he has relied on to pay his wife’s medical bills.

Tieso’s life was turned upside down when a Journalist of Color named Larry Miller apparently decided that he is a racist based on tweets.

Miller … cited a tweet that he said was dated May 5. It referred to Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris – whose parents are Jamaican and Indian immigrants – as a “former escort.” (Harris has been dogged by accusations since the start of her political career that she dated Willie Brown – at the time the speaker of the California Assembly, twice her age and still married – to kickstart her entry into politics.)

The other tweet referred to a speech by former President Barack Obama in Africa, where he allegedly talked about his wealth. Tieso called him “[i]ncredibly incompetent and vain” and suggested Obama “consider staying in Africa and giving all his money to his people.”

These are examples of things you cannot say in your private capacity as an American citizen who supposedly enjoys freedom of speech, lest the Thought Police find you racist.

Bow and scrape before moonbattery, or at the very least keep your head down. Otherwise, liberals are likely to destroy you if you work in education — and an increasing number of other fields.

On a tip from Kate P.

May 18 2020

See the Michelle Malkin Video Retweeted by Trump and Censored by Twitter

The intolerance, authoritarianism, and overall thuggishness of the Left has reached such an extreme that Twitter censored a video of Michelle Malkin drawing attention to the intolerance, authoritarianism, and overall thuggishness of the Left — a video that was retweeted by the President of the USA.

Click the link in this tweet from the POTUS and you will see Michelle Malkin muzzled:

Twitter sure proved her point for her.

Time for some whack-a-mole, Twitter. Better get out the ban hammer, here’s her video again:

Considering how they abuse their power now, imagine how liberals will behave if they take the White House and Senate in the fall. If you have anything politically noncompliant to say, best to say it now while you can still avoid a prison term.

On a tip from Stormfax. Hat tip: Big League Politics.

May 14 2020

Facebook Contest: Create AI to Censor Wrongthink Memes

When utopia has been achieved, human censors won’t be necessary. Algorithms will identify incorrect thoughts and censor them for us. Only ideas that meet with the approval of our robot overlords will appear online. The moonbats running Facebook invite you to contribute to this marvelously harmonious disagreement-free world. Via Summit News:

Facebook has announced the launch of a “Hateful Memes Challenge” during which researchers will compete for a $100,000 prize pool by developing artificial intelligence that can successfully detect “hateful memes.” …

“In order for AI to become a more effective tool for detecting hate speech, it must be able to understand content the way people do: holistically,” writes Facebook. “When viewing a meme, for example, we don’t think about the words and photo independently of each other; we understand the combined meaning together. This is extremely challenging for machines, however, because it means they can’t just analyze the text and the image separately. They must combine these different modalities and understand how the meaning changes when they are presented together.”

In case you were wondering what they mean by “hateful,”

The hateful memes challenge arrives on the back of Facebook announcing its new “content oversight board,” a censorship council that includes anti-Trump leftist activist Pamela Karlan and Muslim Brotherhood supporter Tawakkol Karman.

Having a sense of humor gives countermoonbats a big advantage over leftists and their Muslim allies in the Meme War. Unsurprisingly, Democrats would like to ban memes altogether.

On a tip from ScrewyPuppy.

Apr 29 2020

Google/YouTube’s Intolerable Silencing of COVID-19 Dissent

If there were any doubts that Google/YouTube does not operate in good faith, these were resolved when a video featuring frontline physicians Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi was taken down for questioning the necessity of draconian lockdowns in the name of COVID-19.

YouTube apparatchik Ivy Choi explains that the video was banned because “misinformation.”

It’s not that anyone at YouTube knows more about COVID-19 than Drs Erickson and Massihi, who have administered over 5,000 coronavirus tests. As noted earlier, CEO Susan Wojcicki has made the following proclamation:

“Anything that would go against World Health Organization recommendations would be a violation of our policy and so remove is another really important part of our policy.”

“Remove” refers to banning videos they don’t like, even those that have received over 5.46 million views.

Like Google/YouTube, the World Health Organization is ideologically driven. Specifically, it has served the interests of the Chinese Communist Party. Not long ago, the WHO was telling us that the Wuhan coronavirus is not communicable between people, that the ChiComs who did this to us did a fine job of handling the disease, and that masks are ineffective at controlling its spread — all of which were outrageous lies. But contradict the WHO and your videos may be banned.

Google/YouTube is a malevolent entity, hostile to free speech. The totalitarians who run it have stepped on a rake known as the Streisand effect. Now everyone wants to see the video.

Other versions can still be found on YouTube. Better yet, watch it on BitChute:

On tips from StephaneDumas and Mr. Freemarket.

Apr 27 2020

Atlantic Celebrates Death of Free Speech on Internet

Much of the damage being inflicted on our freedom in the name of the ChiCom virus is likely to be permanent. Authoritarianism’s eager lackeys in the liberal establishment media are loving it.

Via the Atlantic:

COVID-19 has emboldened American tech platforms to emerge from their defensive crouch. Before the pandemic, they were targets of public outrage over life under their dominion. Today, the platforms are proudly collaborating with one another, and following government guidance, to censor harmful information related to the coronavirus. And they are using their prodigious data-collection capacities, in coordination with federal and state governments, to improve contact tracing, quarantine enforcement, and other health measures.

“Health measures” is the new euphemism for tyranny.

We have already been moving toward the authoritarian Chinese model, not only to “flatten the curve” but to flatten free speech on the Internet:

Constitutional and cultural differences mean that the private sector, rather than the federal and state governments, currently takes the lead in these practices… But the trend toward greater surveillance and speech control here, and toward the growing involvement of government, is undeniable and likely inexorable.

In the great debate of the past two decades about freedom versus control of the network, China was largely right and the United States was largely wrong. Significant monitoring and speech control are inevitable components of a mature and flourishing internet, and governments must play a large role in these practices to ensure that the internet is compatible with a society’s norms and values.

Until recently, even progressives usually pretended to be in favor of freedom. They have made so much progress toward their goals that they are dropping this pretense.

Silicon Valley has already been squeezing Lady Liberty’s throat:

[M]ost of our online speech now occurs in closely monitored playpens where many tens of thousands of human censors review flagged content to ensure compliance with ever-lengthier and more detailed “community standards” (or some equivalent). More and more, this human monitoring and censorship is supported—or replaced—by sophisticated computer algorithms. The firms use these tools to define acceptable forms of speech and other content on their platforms, which in turn sets the effective boundaries for a great deal of speech in the U.S. public forum.

Coronavirus hysteria has thrown this encroachment on freedom into overdrive. For example,

Facebook relies on fact-checking organizations and “authorities” (from the World Health Organization to the governments of U.S. states) to ascertain which content to downgrade or remove.

The World Health Organization serves as a propaganda organ of the Chinese Communist Party (see here, here, and here). Neither are the authorities running some states (e.g., Michigan, Pennsylvania) the sort of people we want deciding what speech should be allowed.

People may think that when Kung Flu panic has subsided, we will get our free speech back.

But when the crisis is gone, there is no unregulated “normal” to return to. We live—and for several years, we have been living—in a world of serious and growing harms resulting from digital speech. Governments will not stop worrying about these harms. And private platforms will continue to expand their definition of offensive content, and will use algorithms to regulate it ever more closely. The general trend toward more speech control will not abate.

This is presented as a good thing, because Big Government and Silicon Valley have a shared duty to crush “weaponized speech.”

On a tip from Bluto.

Apr 20 2020

Creative Coronavirus Masks

During Wuhan virus mania, face masks are mandatory in some locales, but not always available. So people improvise — often hilariously, as Mark Dice documents in the video below.

Unfortunately, we are getting more tyranny than laughs out of the Chinese virus, thanks not only to Big Government but also to Big Tech.

On tips from Ellen O and KirklesWorth.

Apr 15 2020

Google Censors Online Church Service

Forcing church into virtual reality by forbidding physical congregations — even when the congregants never get out of their cars — was only the first step. The second step has come down on the face of a church in Moscow, Idaho:

Google suspended Christ Church’s app from the Google Play store after accusing the pastors of a lack of sensitivity and/or capitalizing on the current coronavirus pandemic.

It must have been a sensitivity violation. Not even moonbats would have the gall to accuse others of capitalizing in light of what their side has been doing.

It’s believed Google was referring to Pastor Douglas Wilson’s short lessons on responding faithfully to the COVID-19 crisis, and Pastor Toby J. Sumpter’s sermon calling God’s people to humble repentance in the face of the pandemic.

Imagine an America where nothing can be said during a sermon that is not approved by Silicon Valley anti-Christian militants. We are almost there, thanks to Wuhan virus hysteria.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Apr 13 2020

CNN Sics Big Tech Censors on COVID-19 Thought Criminals

Not all Wuhan-enabled tyranny is inflicted by government like the lunacy we have read about in Michigan and Mississippi. Coronavirus censorship is imposed by Big Tech social media platforms — at the behest of CNN. Mark Dice explains:

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Apr 04 2020

Chinese Police State Workarounds

The Wuhan coronavirus is not a random act of nature for which no one can be blamed. It is a product of either the horrifically unhygienic Chinese wet markets that Bloomberg celebrates or a Chinese virology laboratory. It became a pandemic due to the egregious behavior of the Chinese Communist Party, which reacted to the virus with its favorite tool: the suppression of thought and information. When all you have is a hammer…

Punishing doctors for raising the alarm instead of taking constructive steps to contain the virus or at least promptly alerting the rest of the world turned out not to be an effective strategy for defeating the disease.

China’s leftist rulers have not even managed to suppress all the information they find threatening. This Palki Sharma report demonstrates the clever techniques Chinese have used for disseminating an interview with the heroic whistleblowing doctor Ai Fen online:

Remember some of these techniques. We will need to use them to keep intelligent thought alive when Silicon Valley and/or the Democrat Party completely bans all political incorrectness from the Internet.

On tips from Frances J, Sean C, and Mr. Freemarket.

Feb 16 2020

YouTube Deplatforms Nick Fuentes

This will come as no surprise to anyone who is familiar with Nick Fuentes and with Google/YouTube’s contempt for free speech:

YouTube has terminated Nick Fuentes’ YouTube channel for “multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy prohibiting hate speech.”

The channel had over 76,000 subscribers when it was removed…

Fuentes’ message and tactics have limited appeal, but like the rest of us, he has a right to his point of view. His America First movement has played a valuable role in reminding conservatives not to take the easy path by succumbing to a wishy-washy moderate mentality that at best slows down progressives rather than stopping them and reversing their gains.

If no one is willing to risk getting branded as a thought criminal, we are left with “Conservative Inc” — i.e., a controlled opposition that is a wholly owned subsidiary of the liberal establishment, and that serves to enforce the limits of permissible thought, as dictated by the high priests of political correctness.

Google/YouTube is a private company that theoretically exists to make a profit. It does not profit by first demonetizing and now banning a channel with 76,000 subscribers. However, like Hollywood, Google is about leftist ideology first, profits afterward.

The Iconoclast is not happy:

On a tip from Ellen O.

Jan 01 2020

New Technology to Quarantine “Hate Speech”

Academia could not have grown into a mighty bastion of the liberal establishment if not for the right of free speech. Now it conspires to suppress free speech. This is done to advance a political agenda, under the fig leaf of “hate speech.” Researchers at University of Cambridge are developing technology to help social media companies preemptively quarantine disapproved speech on an automated basis. Stephanie Ullmann and Marcus Tomalin propose software that would treat wrong thoughts like malware.

Via Campus Reform:

Ullmann and Tomalin argue that exposure to online “hate speech” is a type of harm which “is [as] serious as other sub-types [of harm] (e.g., physical, financial)” and social media users deserve protection from such harm.

Once again, progressives equate exposure to attitudes they don’t like with physical violence. This viewpoint is not conducive to respect for free speech.

The problem with the censorship we already have on social media is that it is not proactive. Forbidden thoughts must be suppressed before they are expressed; otherwise, they will inflict imaginary harm on militant snowflakes.

Currently, social media companies primarily combat “hate speech” by a report and review method in which one user reports another for “hate speech,” which is then reviewed by the social media company which then decides whether or not to censor the poster. [Tomalin] believes this is not ideal as it “does not undo the harm that such material has already caused when posted online . . . it would be far better to intercept potentially offensive posts at an earlier stage of the process, ideally before the intended recipient has read them.”

This should delight totalitarians:

Tomalin’s proposal would use a sophisticated algorithm which would evaluate not just the content itself, but also all content posted by the user to determine if a post might be classifiable as “hate speech”.

It’s not just what is said; it is who says it. “Have a nice day” might be hate speech if expressed by a countermoonbat.

Here’s another idea academics would love:

On tips from Henry B.

Dec 29 2019

Germany’s New Hate Speech Bill

Sure, you have a right of free speech in moonbat-ruled Germany — right up to the point someone accuses you of hate speech. Then Big Government will shut you up.

Via Breitbart:

Angela Merkel’s government is preparing a new bill that will force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to hand over data, including passwords, of those accused of engaging in “hate speech” online.

In the context of German politics, “hate speech” means any speech deemed unsupportive of displacing the native population with massive hordes of welfare colonists from the Third World.

Computing Forever sounds the alarm on what political correctness is doing to the fundamental right of free speech in Europe:

On a tip from Anonymous.

Nov 27 2019

Andy Ngo Suspended From Twitter for Stating Facts

Journalist Andy Ngo gets a lot of abuse. We saw what Antifa thugs did to him for trying to cover their activities in Portland. The liberal Silicon Valley establishment doesn’t treat him any better. When he risked traumatizing Chelsea Clinton by exposing her to factual reality, Twitter suspended him.

Ngo’s thought crime was tweeting this:

“The US is one of the safest countries for trans people. The murder rate of trans victims is actually lower than that for cis population. Also, who is behind the murders? Mostly black men.”

The only possible response Chelsea could make to this would be to cover her ears and yell, “Racist, transphobe, I can’t hear you!”

Twitter was in a position to respond more forcefully. It declared Ngo’s information to be “hateful content” and gave him a 12-hour suspension as punishment.

Ngo’s information is backed up by data from the trans activist Human Rights Campaign. But whether something is true is irrelevant; if it does not support the liberal narrative, it is “hateful.” Hateful people get deplatformed, even when they are gay like Ngo.

On a tip from Ellen Olenska.

Nov 16 2019

Demonetization = Death on YouTube

Google’s YouTube is well known for demonetizing videos deemed to be politically incorrect. Now demonetization might mean a death sentence for accounts YouTube decrees not to be commercially viable. Such accounts will be subject to deletion.

It isn’t easy to remain commercially viable when you have been demonetized for saying things ideologically rigid Google/YouTube does not want people to hear.

Mark Dice has more:

More on the excellent South Park transgender athlete episode here, and on the Disney warning labels for politically incorrect classic films here.

On tips from R F, KirklesWorth, and Kate P.

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