They’re Stifling Me

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How’s this? Zero comments, zero likes.

This blog must be buried so deeply in the search engines by now, hardly anyone can find it. No comments? Eight hours, and no comments? And it’s been weeks since anyone signed up to follow.

I’ve been well and truly scrod, that’s for sure. My wife says I should keep going, things’ll get better.

Writing is always like this. Always. Unless you’re Stephen King. You can never just cruise along. In the words of Kipling, it’s always double drill and no canteen. Trying to get published in the 1970s–good grief, I don’t know how I survived it.

But you don’t get stronger as you get older. You just get wearier.

What’s Up with WordPress???

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This is fantastically frustrating–not to mention mystifying!

November, December, and the first half of January–smokin’, cruisin’, setting viewership records, riding high. It’s was wonderful!

And then, in the middle of January–crash. For no detectable reason. Just crash. Drop from 500 views a day to 300, now zeroing in on 200. I don’t know why.

Some of you have WordPress blogs, and all of you know computers better than I do. Your cat knows them better than I do. If nothing I do has changed, then why does this happen? Like, the only reward I get for this is for people to read my posts. So why do they suddenly stop? Or is this another WordPress cockup, where they stop counting accurately?

In this era of out-of-control censorship, writers are understandably suspicious that they might be getting censored. I wonder what would happen if I tried to get censored on purpose…

If I disappear altogether, know ye that it was not my doing.

Mount a search party!

They Mean to Eat Us Alive

Parler: Everything you need to know about the banned conservative social  media platform

Not so fast there, boyo…

The CEO of Apple this past weekend admitted that he and his Big Tech playmates silenced Parler because they didn’t like what people were posting on it (https://en-volve.com/2021/01/19/watch-apple-ceo-tim-cook-accidentally-reveals-collusion-between-big-tech-companies-to-censor-free-speech/).

CEO Tim Cook revealed Big Tech’s collusion against Parler, saying it was done because of “incitement concerns.” He didn’t bother to define “incitement.” It means anything they want it to mean. It means being out of step with Far Left Crazy.

“We don’t consider that free speech,” Cook said. Free speech is lib speech, no other kind.

So Parler barely got out of the starting gate before Big Tech shot it down. Too much free speech, don’t you know. We don’t want the proles questioning Mandates. “By Order of the Governor” means shut up and obey.

Our country has been conquered by an alliance between Big Tech and Dirty Politics.

What will happen when they find out they can’t trust each other?

Have We Been Canceled?

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You know that feeling you get when you step into quicksand and it suddenly sucks you down? Well, all right, you probably don’t know that feeling.

For all of November and December, and the first half of this month, this blog was cruising along, setting records, vews galore–and these last three days, glug-glug-glug! And I really have to wonder if some creepy little person out there has found a way to flatten our tires. Can they do that?

There is no question that they want to do it. Let’s silence everybody who’s not the Far Left Crazy! Because COVID!

Sorry if I sound a little paranoid. It seems to be the temper of the times.

Censorship Marches On

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Don’t worry–they only censor Republicans and conservatives.

Now it’s Mailchimp, a mass marketing platform that serves small businesses. They’ve changed their Terms of Use. In their own words:

“Mailchimp does not allow the distribution of Content that is, in our sole discretion, materially false, inaccurate, or misleading in a way that could deceive or confuse others about important events, topics, or circumstances” (https://www.zerohedge.com/political/mailchimp-will-now-deactivate-accounts-sending-false-inaccurate-or-misleading-emails).

Huh? That sounds like a description of our nooze media! Except here Mailchimp claims the authority to decide what’s false, inaccurate, or misleading. You know–like any reference to Hunter Biden and his pop doing dirty deals with foreign zillionaires. That can’t be true because it hurts Democrats.

If they think that anything you say is false, inaccurate, or misleading, Mailchimp will de-activate your account. And there’s nothin’ you can do about it because it’s a private business, they don’t have to handle your account if they don’t want it. Although for some reason a private club has to let you in if they don’t want to–but I digress.

Yes–if they don’t like your politics, they feel entitled to damage your business. Libs always feel entitled.

Why don’t we elect leaders who’ll protect us?

 

The Truth Is Not in Them

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Here it is, only halfway through the morning, and I’ve already learned two new things!

One. There’s no such thing as organized pedophilia, or pedophile rings. Why, that’s just a cwazy wepublican conspiracy theory! And to say that President Trump is an intelligent man who’s trying to stop worldwide sex trafficking–well, that’s just crazy, too. Dammit! The social media shoulda started censoring all this stuff years ago, before it got so big. Maybe they were too busy trying to stamp out Climbit Change Denial.

Two. There is no “liberal fascism” anywhere, and certainly, certainly not in college! Our universities are temples of free speech. (Good grief–there are people who actually believe that?) They never, never, never punish students for taking a dissenting view of anything! And so what if some 90% of the teaching staff is left-wing? So is all the rest of America! Really! People just aren’t conservatives!

Which leads me to another blog post altogether…

France Goes Full-Throttle for Censorship

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How’s this for a deal? Get private companies, mostly American-owned, to act as unpaid thought police… for France! (https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16057/france-free-speech)

France has a new law aimed at ridding the Internet of “hate speech.” The law makes search engines and social networks–again, mostly American-owned–responsible for removing any kind of “hate speech” that anyone in France posts on the Internet.

Private companies will have just 24 hours to delete “hateful” comments or video, and one hour to delete “terrorist content.” Failure to do so will be punished with extremely high fines.

So what is all this “hate speech”? It’s any speech “inciting or glorifying terrorism, hate, violence or racist or religious abuse.” The actual definition is, shall we say, murky.

So you’re French and you post something about, say, adultery being a sin–which of course it is–and some American company, say, Twitter, decides unilaterally that your comment is “hateful” and takes action against you. Can you appeal it? Lots of luck with that! And the fines are so high, private companies are going to have to develop quick trigger fingers–they won’t want to cough up 4% of their yearly earnings.

What if you say “Such-and-such is a false religion”? Richard Dawkins et al say that about Christianity every day. Will they be silenced? Dream on. What if you say “White people are to blame for everything that’s wrong, and they should be dealt with harshly”? American college professors say that every day. Will they be censored? Don’t hold your breath waiting for that.

But say a discouraging word about “transgender” wackos and see what happens. Only the Left’s Cherished Minorities actually get cherished. The rest of us are always fair game.

These American companies habitually censor conservatives while giving assorted leftids a total free pass. They won’t mind censoring French conservatives, too. And wherever “hate” gets morphed into “social justice,” there won’t be any censorship.

Despite their historical flirtation with “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” France has an awful lot to learn about free speech. They never have quite mastered it.

And now they’ve given up trying to.

My Censorship Article

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As promised, here’s my article on censorship that I wrote for Chalcedon, published last week in The Chalcedon Report.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/a-way-of-censorship

There’s so much going on in the wonderful world of Internet censorship that I hadn’t a prayer of keeping up to date. The story changes by the hour. The only thing that doesn’t change is that Big Tech, in cahoots with the Democrat Party and other Far Left wackos, is trying everything they can think of to stifle conservative voices and manipulate next year’s national elections.

When I call these people neo-Stalinists, I’m not kidding.

So Facebook’s Gonna Protect You from ‘Bullying’

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Facebook is planning to add a new feature to Instagram that’s supposed to protect users from “bullying” (https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/instagram-s-anti-bullying-feature-warns-users-if-they-re-n1027521).

Read the linked-to article carefully: betcha can’t find any definition of “bullying.”

All right, logic and reason are racist or something, I shouldn’t be using them–but what do these guys mean by “bullying”? I have heard from left-wing losers who say any dissent from their position constitutes “violence.” Not very rigorous in their use of language, are they?

So Facebook is going to make it possible to mute online “bullies,” whatever they are, without them knowing they’ve been muted.

Why do I suspect their definition of “bullying” would include, oh, supporting President Trump, making fun of Democrats, disagreeing that two parties of the same sex constitute a marriage, not buying into “transgender”… The list could go on all morning.

Complete the sentence and win a tin foil hat: “I trust the social media platform owners to be fair and honest because __________.”

Ghaaaaah! Exhausted!

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I don’t know why that bird is hanging upside-down, and neither does the other bird; but I feel like I might join him.

I have just finished my humongous assignment for Chalcedon, to write a 2,700-word article on the current state of censorship by the social media and elsewhere on the Internet. Actually, I pooped out at 2,400 words. And I know there’s all sorts of stuff going to happen that would’ve been good to include in the article–but it just can’t be done.

I really wanted to include Marlene’s comments on the several times they’ve banned her, but somehow communications between us got cut off until today, and now it’s too late.

But what am I standing around for? I haven’t written Joe Collidge yet. Let me see if I can do it without melting into a shapeless mass of weariness.