Monday, April 22, 2019
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 – 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.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
"Why YouTube Banned Hunter Avallone": another conservative explains the bizarre (temporary) banning of a YouTuber with no community strikes
“Why YouTube Banned Hunter Avallone” by James Allsup, actually starts out as a video with some pleasant springtime nature scenery until lowering the book (like a typical nuclear war short film). Oh, the video owner may live in Texas and be waiting for a visit from a neighborhood bobcat. I’ve watched those videos before.
This time, the catastrophe is that a popular young conservative's YouTube channel was suddenly suspended by YouTube – that is Hunter Avallone’s – with no previous community guidelines strikes, on April 8.
It happened the day before a major hearing in the House on harmful content (see my main blog).
Hunter was able to get it restored about seven hours later.
YouTube had tried to claim that collectively it was “hate speech”. It is not, when judged by normal standards of civility. It is critical of how some people behave and questions some “axioms of non-choice” (the opposite of how mathematics really works). But the combative far Left is indeed moving the dial to protect its own ("intersectional") tribe(s) from any conceivable “stochastic” harm. This is a case of campus speech codes and ideas like trigger warnings and microaggressions entering big Tech content monitoring staffs.
Sunday, April 07, 2019
"The PewDiePie Pipeline": video from a self-characterized leftist source does make a case for taking "stochastic terrorism" seriously as an insidious online threat
I’m linking to the one hour film “The PewDiePie Pipeline” by “NonCompete”, with subtitle “How edgy humor leads to violence”.
The video, at about 18:00, defines “stochastic terrorism”, a term originating in the Left (main blog, April 1). He also quotes Thomas Ridgewell as to how gamers and entertainers (like PewDiePie) should take responsibility for younger or more impressionable viewers.
The second video that follows does not recommend content censorship, but does talk about “organizing” and “action” – yet here most of the action is counter-speech.
The first video contains footage from the Covington Kids incident in January and appears to misrepresent the facts. We know from other sources and other video (and expressed in some litigation) that the Covington high school students did NOT intend to harass Nathan Phillips.
Monday, April 01, 2019
ScotchOikos (apparently Zach Weissmueller from Reason) explains “The Libertarian to Alt-Right Pipleline”. For a YouTube video, this is a stunning, attention-grabbing and not uplifting title.
It’s rather disturbing, and the speaker, who says he is in his early twenties himself, first admits that people his age are sometimes malleable as to their future political views.
There are circumstances that can lead libertarians and Bannon-ists to support the same ideas, for different motives. He gives an example of Barry Goldwater’s candidacy against LBJ in 1964. (I remember the short documentary “The War Game”, seeing it in grad school before being drafted).
Given his own background, it is expected that he would discuss the way anti-Semitism mixes with anti-government ideology.
The also gets into the idea that non-white peoples today are more likely to believe in collectivism, so the “whites” need to organize themselves because individualists can easily be defeated by an organized, united “enemy”.
There is also simply the idea that persons may be forced into personal interactions with others that they do not want intimacy with, because they have grown up with a certain ideal favored by a more segregated past. Individualists may feel shame in being expected to demonstrate as part of an "oppressed group".
Saturday, March 30, 2019
"YouTube's Messy Fight": Carlos Maza (in 2017) covers a growing existential threat to independent journalism and newbie self-broadcast free speech, post Charlottesville
“YouTube’s Messy Fight with Its Most Extreme Creators”, by Carlos Maza (and Coleman Lowndes).
This video dates back to late 2017 (after Charlottesville) but it right on topic as to the problems with censorship and particularly ad demonetization and showdowbanning of recently some right-wing content.
Maza’s Strikethrough series on Vox is one of my favorites. Maza is humorous, but sometimes on Twitter goes overboard on how he characterizes some specific people (like Tucker Carlson).
Maza explains that the importance of YouTube (and Blogger and even most hosting plans) is the low barrier to entry and the absence of regulation familiar in broadcast (although in cable the regulation is less).
In the past two years, since Trump’s election, there has developed the idea that gratuitous content (free), or patronage content or channels based on ad-clicks, have become vulnerable to manipulation not only by religious extremism (radical Islam, as a few years ago) but especially by the “alt-right” (for want of a better name) and the particular relation that ideology has to U.S. history.
I used to dismiss the “alt-Right’s” rants as just silly. If you want to call a particularly vocal teenager (about gun control reform) a crisis actor and then call him an extraterrestrial alien, you’re just making the teenager look powerful, like a future Clark Kent. You’re just being silly. You’re helping the teen get rich before starting college.
But there is also a problem that disturbed individuals with grievances know that if they act out, vloggers and even “for free” bloggers (like me) would want to be perceived as valid libertarian-oriented journalists, have to talk about them and what they did (even if they don’t name them repeatedly). That’s an inevitable artefact of free entry. I try to isolate the worst cases on this particular blog.
I even feel that if someone who “acted out” published a particular grievance about someone like me (not just for LGBT issues itself but for more subtle things like childlessness and intellectualism) I need to know about it and be prepared to respond to it. I can’t just join a “group” to protect me.
There is a moral question about “too much talk” without “action” -- “skin in the game” – but now even the “Take Action” buttons on non-profit sites could be misconstrued. We are heading into an environment where, as we have seen (with FOSTA, terror content, and now copyright issues in Europe) there is pressure to take away downstream liability protections from platforms, with a belief that amateur speech (as YouTube and even this Blogger platform) should no longer be encouraged – people need to join up and enlist and work together in groups and support each other – which introverts like me don’t do very well.
We’ll come back to some of the legislative proposals with another video just for this blog soon. But Maza has gotten a needed conversation started with this particular video.
Sunday, March 24, 2019
David Hogg makes multiple videos on visit to New York City this weekend, while Ford Fischer is coincidentally nearby at the same time; more details on Parkland emerge
David Hogg was in NYC this past weekend and made at least two compelling videos.
In this video he talks to a community organizer in the Bronx (I think) on how facilities to help youth aren’t open. They look into how a specific shooting happened recently.
I lived in New York 1974-1978/ I feel a lot more uncomfortable in some parts of DC (esp. some of SE) than in NYC..
On Friday night, March 22, David found a church with multiple orange ribbons to commemorate those lost to gun violence, and made this video
Ford Fischer, reporter and filmmaker of News2Share, was a few miles away in NYC filming a pro-Trump rally. Ford films rallies and protests of all political views and remains neutral. I tried by Twitter to get them to meet.
At the same time, there were vidoes of new Article 13 protests in Germany and more Yellow Jacket protests in France (which Ford had filmed in February on a visit).
Here is a short video from late March 2018 where David and one of his teachers describe in more detail what happened on Feb. 14, 2018 at Parkland.
The teacher did a lot to save the students, or the toll could have been much higher.
I would not consider teaching if teachers were expected to “volunteer” to be armed.