Friday, May 17, 2019

"You Can't Watch This": new documentary about the deplatforming of "conservatives"

You Can’t Watch This”, a 51-minute film by George Llewlen-John, looks at the censorship and de-platforming of several conservative speakers, from RFSW productions, released May 15, 2019.  

The individuals involved are Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Gavin McInnes, Tommy Robinson, and Paul Joseph Watson.  Milo Yiannopoulos was not covered on in the film.

Laura Chen shows the trailer and explains the problem.

The film gives a lot of history of Alex Jones, who had set up InfoWars back around 2000 in Austin, TX. It is true that apparently he got into trouble with his accounts of the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012.

Tommy Robinson is well known in the UK apparently for anti-immigrant views.

Laura Loomer had disrupted a Shakespeare presentation and chained herself to Twitter.

But in a short review of a film covering this problem, it isn’t possible for me to assess the claims by the social media companies that these individuals are unacceptable.  Facebook, in its Purge 4.0 on May 2, declared these and a couple other individuals “dangerous” publicly.

Personally, I watch very little of their content, although I have read Milo’s book and watched some of his interviews.  Most of his content is just conservatism. I am aware if a few controversies that Milo and a few others have been involved in (and a few silly or dumb conspiracy claims), but not in enough detail to know the truthfulness of what is said. Some of Alex Jone’s claims about David Hogg were simply dumb, but the only result was that David became stronger as a result.

But Laura’s review explains how these creators are denied a right to defend themselves by the smears and quarantines.

Chen's review emphasizes that the tech companies have over-leveraged Section 230 and acted like publishers when they want to keep the downstream liability protection, the "moderator's paradox".
The far Left tends to see “quarantine” and banishment of “enemies” as a way to protect oppressed minorities and tends to see individualized speech as a grab for power by the already privileged.  

Chen also explains that these person's "online reputation" keeps them from making a living any other way.  That was a problem I foresaw and wrote about two decades ago.

The documentary can be rented on Vimeo for $3.99. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

"What Happens If You Get Deleted?" as per Martin

Martin Goldberg (“Economic Invincibility”) aired a particularly chilling video today “What Happens If You Get Deleted?

He starts out with an anecdote of a woman whose financial records were erased because of a clerical error at Wells Fargo connected to her mother.

But soon he discusses the recent problems of payment processors banning access to supposed dangerous people, probably under “know your customer” rules, but likely motivated by politically motivated collusion coming from far Left lobbying and pressure against “dangerous” individuals with “dangerous” ideology (white supremacy).

He traces the idea of a cashless society where someone who is blackballed is never allowed to buy anything and is forced into possible suicide.
This video was released a day after Tim Pool announced his own “restructuring”.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

"Why China's Social Credit System Is Worse Than You Think" by William C. Fox

“The Exploration with William C. Fox” has a 16-minute video yesterday, “Why China’s Social Credit System Is Worse than You Think”.

The film starts out with a reference to George Orwell’s novel 1984 (which became a film), pre-Internet.

But soon it shows how high tech surveillance watches China’s citizen’s private lives, on issues like playing video games too much or refusing to volunteer.

This seems like an extension of the idea of “right-sizing” people which is getting traction even with the American Far Left, as we are seeing with social media company bans. It certainly sounds as if monopolistic social media companies in the US are joining in.  Is Facebook's prodding users to run their own fundraisers for non-profits the beginning of a "social credit" system? 

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Timcast: "Leftist Activists force Mastercard to Vote on Banning the Far Right"

OK, a Timcast becomes a “film” today. “Leftist Activists force Mastercard to Vote on Banning the Far Right”.
Tim Pool quotes a Buzzfeed News story by Mark Di Stefano   The group promoting the idea is called "Sum of Us" and the name suggests solidarity and collective activism.  The "people before profits" almost sounds like a meme of its own. I don't approach policy problems this way, but I do "report" them. 

Apparently Mastercard will vote on a proposal at a shareholder’s meeting in June.

There have been several instances of “conservatives” or persons with supposed connections to the extreme right having bank accounts, even personal ones, terminated.

It has become common and acceptable (even expected) for payment processors to cut off access for foreign terror organizations (like ISIS).
But domestic terror is much more insidious.  It is much easier to accuse persons falsely of connections to, say, white supremacy than it is to accuse them of connection to radical Islam.  That is why this development sounds so dangerous.

Friday, April 26, 2019

"8 Ways the World Could Suddenly End" Ted Talk from 2014

Steve Petranek gave a TedMidWest talk in May 2014 “8 Ways the World Could Suddenly End”.
The most important was an asteroid, sneaking up, undetected.
He warned that India and Pakistan alone could put the world into nuclear winter.
He warns that a Carrington-style solar storm event (near miss in July 2012) could disable the power grid for 20 years. He says buildings also need much more underground space.
He points out that one of the three substrains of the 1918 Spanish H1N1 influenza was 100% fatal, and this could happen again.  

Monday, April 22, 2019

Innuendo Studios explains "White Fascism": when race is defined by what it is not

This is a pretty disturbing topic, but this 22-minute animated slide-show from Innuendo Studios deserves a watch.  It is called “Endnote 2: White Fascism”.

The film takes the position that the top of the triangular pyramid in fascism is whoever wants to be in power because they were in power before.  So the “in group” in a fascist system is defined by what it is not.

That explains the “one drop rule” for mixed race babies in the US, but it also explains the totally irrational idea that “Jews” are not white.  In fact, in the Middle East, most people (Jews and Muslims alike) are and look Caucasian. But “white fascism” as the video explains, defines whiteness by what it is not, and that changes with time as the quest for power gets narrower.

The film does not get into the notion that one's personal tastes in an intimate partner need have political implications (the body fascism idea), even though white fascism condemns intermarriage. However some social justice warriors believe that personal body fascism leads to political fascism. 

At the end, the film examines whether the Trump administration is fascist -- and is this a matter of intent? 

I can remember this as a boy, that many of the terms being thrown around by my elders did add up as making logical or consistent sense.
You can have an effective conservative YouTube channel and discuss "conservative" ideas without sounding "fascist" by simply not attacking anyone or any other groups.  Discuss the principles only, not the people. Stay away from "them" below "us", from the tribalism. 

Sunday, April 14, 2019

"The Most Dangerous Stuff in the Universe": strangelets from neutron stars

“The Most Dangerous Stuff in the Universe – Strange Stars Explained” by Zurzgesagt for his “In a Nutshell” series.

The stuff is called “strangelets”, variations of elementary sub-particles that may form inside neutron stars. When neutron stars collide, these "strange quarks" might be released into the wild open space.

If a strangelet hit a planet, it might “infect” the planet which turns into grey goo, very much the way prion infections in the brain work. The whole Earth gets mad cow disease.
The Sun goes cold, too, if hit.

But it hasn’t happened in four billion years.