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Who Censors a Lie?

Friday, November 6th, 2020

Would you censor a lie?

Growing up and becoming an adult during the Cold War, I had the opportunity to see what propaganda and censorship by true authoritarians look like. In my years in the Army, I served in Europe, and I was able once to take a tour through Checkpoint Charlie into East Berlin on an officially sanctioned bus tour. During that tour, we learned many things, we young men of the Field Artillery who sat quietly in our dress greens as the official Soviet chaperone boarded the bus. He would be our “tour guide,” which is to say, he was our official “minder.” Naturally, like any other such tour that ever occurred, we were on official orders to be permitted onto this tour. We learned so much, but only if you paid close attention. Apart from the minder, our chaperone, the first thing we learned is how statists always hide the truth.  Standing in West Berlin, looking East into the imprisoned city, apart from the ghastly wall and watch towers dividing the city, you could only see what appeared to be tidy, ordered city.  The truth, however was much different, as we would soon learn: Only the truth is ever concealed by authoritarians. Why would you censor a lie?

As we passed into East Berlin, and the bus gathered speed, one of my fellow soldiers soon whispered and nodded toward the rear, not wanting to be noticed by the minder. A few at a time, we looked back at the Eastern faces of the buildings and structures we were passing, and what that revealed was something none had expected: War damage. The year was 1986, and for more than forty years, no battles had raged in these streets, but the evidence of the fierce war when the Soviets laid siege to and finally conquered Berlin was all over the buildings behind us. They’d never been repaired. Chunks were missing from concrete and stonework, bridges and ancient walls and monuments, but the Western face, what we could see from the West, was all repaired and painted, as though no war had ever raged there. They’d merely concealed the truth of the destitute state of East Berlin from the world. Nothing had been repaired fully, because there hadn’t been the money to fund repairs under the communist system. They repaired only what could be readily viewed from the West. The uncovered, naked truth could be seen fully from the East.

The next lesson we learned was economic.  They took us to an open market.  Here, we disembarked long enough to walk among the vendors and the shops, where we could purchase such items as they offered.  There was one store, an electronics shop, and I thought it would be neat to just see the state of audio equipment there. (In those years, I very much loved audio equipment, and had accumulated quite the ensemble of high fidelity audio gear.) I looked around, and the first thing I noticed was that the best of the equipment was laughable. When I’d been a little boy, in the early 1970s, I’d had a little record-player that folded open, allowed you to place your LP on it, and when you folded the cover down, it would play the record with the tone-arm and stylus in the lid. The lone turntable on display in this shop was roughly on par with my childhood toy, albeit in black. The speakers they sold were similarly terrible little boxes filled with the most depressing assembly of parts I’ve ever seen. These were the jewels of the productive might of communism. Remember, this market in which were permitted to browse was a showplace intended to display how great things were under communism. The other thing I quickly noticed is that several aisles of the store were essentially empty, but for empty racks and shelves that were dust-covered and clearly hadn’t held goods in a long time, if ever. It was all a show. Even the other shoppers, allegedly East German civilians, were entirely showpieces, meant to give the impression of bustling, busy commerce. Three of us noticed the same women with different shopping bags of goods in the space of 15 minutes. They were all play-acting, or they were spies, or both. Even the shopkeepers were fake. Two of us walked into what passed for a grocery store. The worst convenience store into which you’ve ever stumbled was a palace of plenty compared to that mortuary. Mostly empty, what little was there was all for show.

From there, we went on to a War museum, in which we saw old Soviet weaponry, mannequins dressed in the uniforms of the day, and the museum guide told us about the “Great Patriotic War” from the Soviet perspective. His history was as falsified as everything else we’d seen on the day, but what was interesting was how he omitted the roles of the other Allies in defeating Germany. To hear his telling, you’d never know that anybody but Germany and the Soviet Union had been combatants in the second World War. When a couple of our less bashful soldier very respectfully asked questions, he replied in very censored language about the subject.  It was clear there were topics about which he was not permitted to speak, and they all bordered on the topic of political aspects of history.

What we learned on this trip is that statists, specifically communists, but any authoritarian of any sort, never hide lies. They never censor falsehoods.  They spew propaganda, but you can know that whatever they seek to hide, or whatever they try to suppress, is always, always the truth. There would be no point in censoring a lie.  If I were to tell my followers on Twitter that the sky was pink with purple polka-dots, Jack Dorsey and his army of electronic TwitNazis would have no reason to censor it. It would result in self-censorship, because all who saw such a tweet would soon realize I was either completely mad or simply a liar, and would quickly unfollow me.  Similarly, Mark Zuckerberg and his army of FacsistBook minders would never bother to throttle the circulation of such a post.  Why bother?  Who would share it on their own profile page or timeline?  Nobody, except perhaps somebody equally insane or intent upon a prank. No, ladies and gentlemen, there is no real reason to censor a lie. There is no point to hiding an untruth. Lies quickly reveal themselves.  Only the truth need be concealed. Matters of opinion are that, and nothing more, but to conceal facts and truths because they are accompanied by relevant opinions is simply more of the same.

There is a reason @Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg are using their platforms to conceal what the President’s been saying. There’s a reason these networks now cut away from the President every time he starts talking about the election fraud that’s been going on this week and before. There is a reason that people who support the President in various media are being censored, throttled, banned, and shadow-banned. That reason is the same as it has ever been: There is no reason to conceal a lie, or cover-up a falsehood. There is no reason on Earth that justifies what they’re doing, and the sooner the American people come to understand what me and my fellow artillerymen learned that day in East Berlin, the better off they’ll be. There is no reason to censor a lie, so that if you see censorship, you should immediately demand to know what truths are being concealed, by whom, and for what purpose. Communists and other authoritarian statists always claim that which they seek to conceal is “disinformation,” or “misinformation,” or “propaganda,” meanwhile they peddle their own propaganda shamelessly and unrelentingly. This is never accidental.

They’re censoring you, your President, and indeed, anybody who supports him. They’re doing it in social media, in television, radio, and in print. The only motive is to conceal that which reveals their lies, just as sure as if they claimed to you the sky was pink with purple polka-dots. The election of 2020 is being stolen from you. Don’t doubt it. Proclaim it. Loudly. Broadcast it everywhere. If they’re permitted to conceal this simple truth, we will never see the end of it, and we will never get our country back.

 

 

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Yan Report on Manufactured COVID19

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Virologist Li-Meng Yan published her entire report on Zenoda.org. The report is available at this link.  Additionally, I’ve inserted the report here for ease of access:

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The report is highly technical, but her methodology seems straight forward. She identifies the places at which the genome of COVID19 has been spliced together. Basically, my lay-person’s understanding is that it’s clear from examination of the virus in detail that some cut-and-paste work went on with this virus.  Think of it like photo-shopping Hillary Clinton’s head onto Godzilla. In genetic terms, that’s what her report seems to indicate.  This explains her use of the term “Frankenstein” to describe the virus.

All of this is quite troubling, but what’s more troubling still is that the entirety of social media and the tech giants seems to be doing the bidding of China as they race to scrub her work from the Internet, or remove her from their sites, and also to attack her work with smears having no relation to her actual paper.

It’s not as though Dr. Yan is some sort of kook or conspiracy theorist, although they’re now rushing to paint her as such.

Why would all of these companies be working so hard to conceal this from you?

I thought they believed in “following the science.” Apparently, the only science they wish to follow is that which suits their narratives. Or China’s.

This is amazing, and quite dangerous in a “free society.” It’s garden-variety disinformation in a communist country.

 

How Donald Trump Can Save the World (Or at least the Internet)

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Trump Can Save the World… Or at least the Internet

In the wake of the horrific shooting in New Zealand, what we’ve learned is that the country is fully invested in Internet censorship.  They now threaten to jail and fine people who possess, publish, and/or share video of the shooting.  There’s no such thing as Freedom of Speech in New Zealand, and this is a spreading phenomenon as more and more countries use their regulatory power over telecommunications companies as well as plain old tyrannical law to censor their people.  We must never permit this here in the United States, but increasingly, large corporations that claim exemptions under the Communications Decency Act have begun to behave like content publishers rather than mere publishing platforms for content creators.  This is despicable.  On the one hand, Facebook claims indemnification from lawsuits because they are not a content creator, but on the other hand, Facebook wants to control and maintain veto authority over content.   President Trump must act to take this on, and one lever he has against some foreign governments deals directly with Anglophone countries, including the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  What he must do is threaten to walk from FVEY(pronounced Five Eyes) and begin denying them access to our signals intelligence.  They already deserve sanctions for assisting the Obama administration in spying on Trump’s campaign, but this is an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: Reform and free the Internet along with free speech or the USA will withdraw from the UKUSA agreement.

President Trump should begin on a small scale, by conquering the Anglophone world, first. The first place he must act, sadly, is in the United States.  He must put the various “platforms” on notice that if they insist on censoring content, he will be forced to treat them just like any other content publisher.  Let’s see how that goes, first.  After that, he needs to push this first to the allegedly enlightened Anglophone world, and then to Europe, and from there, Central and South America.  After that, it gets harder, but he’s going to need to tackle this.  Not only can he save the Internet, but in the process, he can save the world. You see, the Internet really only works well when free speech prevails.

This morning, GatewayPundit published an article demonstrating pretty convincingly that Twitter has intentionally depressed the popularity of @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS in order to hamper President Trump directly.  There are two things about this that must be addressed:

  1. This may constitute an illegal campaign contribution to Democrats
  2. This would mean that Twitter is acting as a publisher, and not as a platform, which would end their exemption under the Communications Decency Act

Of course, there are all sorts of other things implied in this case, but it’s clear that Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, (@Jack on Twitter) is going to have some serious explaining to do. It’s clear that his social media platform is acting more like a content provider.  I and other conservatives have noted some “Shadow-banning” in association with our own accounts, and it began in earnest once Twitter began tinkering with its algorithms.  Early on, what you got in your timeline was always in pure date-time order, meaning you got the tweets of the people you followed, and that was it.  Then Twitter inserted ads.  After that, they began manipulating who you saw, and how often, and started trying to determine whose tweets you ought to see, and whose tweets you ought not see.  Then came the great timeline kerfuffle in which they openly and brazenly manipulated the way your timeline received tweets.  The blow-back was pretty severe, so they tucked away an option in your settings, hidden in plain sight, that permits as user to revert to plane date-time ordered timelines.  The problem is that even there, Twitter is still manipulating the results.

For the last several years, it has been strongly suspected, and now proven, that Twitter has shadow-banned users and content for what appear to be wholly political motivations. “Shadow-banning” basically lets a user send out his or her tweets like normal, but those tweets are hidden from the user’s followers, and neither the user nor his followers are aware.  In some cases, they’ve used this to simply delay the posting of tweets, meaning that your tweets will ultimately be seen, but often long after their relevance has been lost.  Sometimes, this seems to be user-based, and sometimes, it’s based purely on the content of a particular tweet.

What all of this means is that Twitter is engaged in systematic discrimination against conservatives and other users they don’t like for various reasons.  This means that they’re actually designing the content of peoples’ timelines, rather than letting come what may, as should be the case if they’re simply a platform for free speech, as they claim. It’s time to address this, and President Trump has that authority.  Yesterday, Devin Nunes(R-CA) filed a lawsuit against Twitter for defamation based on these and related types of discriminatory and misleading activities.  Here’s a clip from Hannity, on which Nunes appeared on Monday:

The President is in a position to do something about all of this, and he should leverage any assistance he can get from Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and any other assets at his disposal.  If Twitter(and other social media companies) is going to maintain its exemption under the Communications Decency Act, then they must immediately cease censorship of content.  Otherwise, they must lose their exemptions and be subject to the myriad of lawsuits that would ordinarily arise if that exemption was not in place.  The whole purpose of that exemption was to create a place where free speech could reign, and not be confounded by endless lawsuits, but when the platform itself is corrupted, it becomes a publisher and not a referee preventing abuses.  That’s where the Federal role to intercede arises.

In our modern age, Twitter is just one of a number of social media companies, but as Nunes contends in his lawsuit, to remain competitive in politics, business, or almost any sort of pursuit, one must be tied into social media or be overrun by competitors.  It’s therefore essential that Twitter and other “platforms” be brought to heel, before they are making all of the decisions about who can speak in any context on any subject.  What they’re doing now is a fraud and a hoax against their users.  If President Trump wants to make a real difference, he can save free speech, and thereby save the prime value of the Internet, which is to give you and I a voice and a way to plug into the global discussion.  Otherwise, it really is just an Orwellian world of double-speak in which freedom doesn’t exist despite flowery words to the contrary.

Go get ’em, President Trump!