We all know the Library of Alexandria is on fire, but how do we save it? In this follow-up question and answer session after his presentation to the Justice Rising conference, James Corbett tackles questions about regulating the social media giants, discusses decentralized platforms and talks about search alternatives.
|We all know the Library of Alexandria is on fire, but how do we save it. In this follow-up question and answer session after his presentation to the Justice Rising conference, James Corbett tackles questions about regulating the social media giants, discusses decentralized platforms and talks about search alternatives.|
We all know the story of the Library of Alexandria, the vast repository of ancient texts that was burnt to the ground by Caesar in 48 B.C. While the story itself isn’t accurate, it speaks to us today as we face the digital book burnings that are threatening the modern-day Library of Alexandria: the internet. In this speech delivered at the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth’s Justice Rising conference on September 13, 2020, James Corbett connects the dots from that ancient story to the internet censorship of today, and outlines what we can do to fight the fire that is threatening our most important information.
|We all know the story of the Library of Alexandria, the vast repository of ancient texts that was burnt to the ground by Caesar in 48 B.C. While the story itself isn’t accurate, it speaks to us today as we face the digital book burnings that are threatening the modern-day Library of Alexandria: the internet. In this speech delivered at the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth’s Justice Rising conference on September 13, 2020, James Corbett connects the dots from that ancient story to the internet censorship of today, and outlines what we can do to fight the fire that is threatening our most important information.|
A Directed Energy Weapon was caught on a live stream going right into a fire in California. Then there was another shown igniting a fire in Oregon. Now, there’s a black censorship line through the beam. What is going on?!
YouTuber Dutchsinse has discovered something unbelievable while looking at the fires in the Western United States and studying the earthquakes occurring around the world. When it’s first noticed, Dutchsinse called it “some kind of ray or beam of some kind.”
If you have trouble seeing, it at first, adjust the brightness on your device. But it is an incredible find.
The video below is a shorter version and has been brightened so the DEW can be seen better.
After this, Dutchsinse discovered another DEW last night. That’s at least two nights in a row. This one appears to come from the ocean and into a fire that has just started in Oregon.
After this was discovered, Dutchsinse noticed that someone decided to “censor” the beam by literally putting a black censorship bar right over the heat signature.
The energy beam which was beaming down has been BLACKED OUT ON PURPOSE— LOOK CLOSE wth????? To try to hide it… they tried to match the black of the background but.. because its a live feed grey black its impossible to perfectly match.. so now we have a black line hiding the original beam HAHAHAHAHAAH Look close you’ll see it! the black censorship line over it ! hahahahah epic fail. –Dutchsinse, YouTube Community post
Is this just a coincidence this happened two nights in a row? Is this just a coincidence these beams go into the fires? Is it just a coincidence that there’s now a censor bar over the beams?
How many coincidences do we need?
If this is not a DEW, what the hell is it?
Del Bigtree the producer of the documentary Vaxxed, recently sat down for an interview with Lior Gantz of the Wealth Research Group. Bigtree laid out exactly what’s in a vaccine, and what will be going into your body, and why this coronavirus scamdemic vaccine is nothing like we’ve ever seen before.
Bigtree jumps right in when he explains his history of researching vaccines, more specifically, the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) shot that was shown in studies to give children autism. Bigtree recounts how he started to get pushback fro the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) when he was asking for double-blind placebo studies on vaccines that prove they are safe and effective. Basically, those studies either aren’t being done, or they are not showing vaccines to be safe as we’ve been told.
On top of all f that, Bigtree says the vaccine manufactures and doctors who administer vaccines have no obligation to ensure you are safe when administering them. If you have a side effect or are killed by a vaccine, the taxpayers are liable, not the company that created the vaccine. If you think that’s bad, wait until you hear what’s in store for us with this COVID-19 vaccine agenda.
The coronavirus vaccine will not be undergoing phase 3 trials, let alone double-blind placebo studies, and all of the manufacturers have demanded they be protected from the public if they kill or injure anyone with this rushed injectable product. If you are still under some delusion that this vaccine won’t be mandatory, either by force or otherwise, you don’t understand what’s going on. Those in power need you to submit and take the vaccine. “It’s really an outrageous moment we find ourselves in,” says Bigtree, summing it all up.
This is a worldwide issue too, says Bigtree. COVID-19 is bringing in everyone (adults and children) into the forced vaccine program. This should alarm anyone. If any other human can force something into your body against your will, you are not free. But they only need slaves in the New World Order. He’s been warning people to wake up for years now. “There is going to be something that they use to scare us into an adult vaccine program,” said Bigtree. “You think it’s just the COVID-19 vaccine, but you’ll have to get the catch-up schedule to catch up with the children’s vaccine program,” which includes 72 doses of vaccines.
Mandatory vaccines have the DNA of other humans (aborted fetal DNA, worm DNA, cocker spaniel DNA) in them, says Bigtree. It’s time the public is aware of what they are injecting into their children. Not to mention the aluminum, which is a neurotoxin when ingested, yet we inject it directly into the bloodstream.
So what’s the overall goal of the ruling class? Bigtree says he doesn’t delve into conspiracy theories, but “let’s just take them for their word. They’re telling you what they’re agenda is. When you hear them say, long before ‘our lives will not get back to normal until we have a vaccine, months ago.’ That’s an agenda. Right there, they just told you the main goal.”
And yet, they’ve moved the goalposts from there.
I still have a few questions Bigtree: what is in the new COVID-19 vaccine? Why is THIS vaccine necessary for the entire population?
Americans are hopelessly devolved into a dangerous left vs. right paradigm that has now erupted. This is just what the elitists wanted when they planned the destruction of the United States, and angry voters on both sides are playing the pawns for those attempting to cement the totalitarian enslavement of humanity.
This “civil war” is going to be blamed on conservatives, Donald Trump supporters, and those who pretend they want freedom while also voting for the guy who says he’s going to use the military to distribute a vaccine. You cannot make this stuff up. It’s 2020, and I guess that just means most are going to put on their blinders and make sure they harden their stance with their political cult and allow it to drive their decisions, which are becoming increasingly violent and already predetermined by the mind control and propaganda games the elites contrive.
The Angry Prepper makes the case that the civil war planned by the elites has arrived:
It was announced on Facebook, that The “Trump Cruise Rally” that would drive into the dark heart of strife-riven Portland, Oregon. It was also touted as “conceal carry ONLY!” and began at the Clackamas Town Center. This was nothing more than an instigation, yet the media is painting the Trump supporters as akin to the Taliban.
Both sides are wrong here and both are simply acting like pawns of the globalists willing to do violence to keep a particular slave master calling the shots. Instead of working together to take down the real enemy, Americans have turned on each other, as has been the plan of the elitists for a long time. This is all likely to escalate through the elections.
Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama have both laid the groundwork for the division we are seeing, even though both are on the same side: the side of the international banking cartel and cabalists. If you can’t see it by now, the elitists have already enslaved your mind. For example, Richie from Boston and Brian from High Impact Flix and High Impact Vlogs were both censored by YouTube for calling out the left/right paradigm and making videos proving Trump is a part of all of this and the military is training to arrest and detain American citizens.
Those censored now, are calling out the entire system, uniting together, and elimination the entire system of control we’ve stuck in for centuries. The elites can’t have that. They need people divided and to show up and vote in the rigged system that they are tightening around all of our necks. Wake up!
Remember, the elitists have already done an “Event 201” style model for this year’s election. The worst-case scenario, according to their models is going to come from an election that’s contested over Biden winning the popular vote and Trump winning the electoral college. They have literally already planned this out. Your vote will be a waste of time but will also be a signal to the elites that you approve of and will continue to participate in their rigged game of slavery.
We all know that those who censor others, for any reason, do not do so because of misinformation or lies, they do so to control the narrative and push an agenda. Del Bigtree is one of those many voices censored since the scamdemic began, but he’s dedicated to getting the truth about vaccines out to the public.
Bigtree created the documentary “Vaxxed” which details the scientific community’s fraud when it comes to vaccines, specifically the MMR vaccine. That was Bigtree’s first experience with being censored for speaking the truth about the fraudulent vaccine “science” publically. Later in the interview with Portfolio Wealth Global’s Michelle Holiday, the point is made that censorship isn’t republican or democrat. It’s the people versus the ruling class at this point.
Bigtree is also saying with a known treatment, hydroxychloroquine, people are recovering, but the media, at the commands of government are blocking this treatment. The ruling class seems to want people to suffer as much as possible so they can keep the fear going until the military forced vaccine is ready.
But what’s in those vaccines? Listen in at 23:00. “Not a single childhood vaccine…is safe.” He added: “How can we say vaccines are safe when they contain mercury? Mercury is the second most toxic substance on earth.” Vaccines also contain aluminum which is found on the brains of people with Alzheimer’s and children with autism.
Keep in mind too, AstraZeneca is not liable for damages caused by this vaccine. In addition, vaccines are not effective, says Bigtree. So why do we continue to et them? Propaganda thanks to the lobbying efforts of big pharma and the mainstream media’s advertisements for them.
“The beauty of this coronavirus vaccine, is that for the first time, maybe ever, people are asking ‘how is a vaccine approved for safety?’” You’re watching the public really start to question this vaccine and what they are putting in their bodies an the bodies of their children.
This virus ticks off all the boxed of the New World Order, and things will not improve after the election, regardless of who wins, and things will not ever go back to normal, vaccine or not.
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During a Wednesday hearing on anti-Semitism, a Twitter representative defended the social media company’s decision not to block tweets from Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling for genocide, but at the same time flagging tweets from President Donald Trump.
A Twitter spokesperson attempted to justify censoring President Trump, but also putting no restrictions on the tweets written by Khamenei. Ylwa Pettersson, Twitter’s head of Public Policy and Philanthropy for the Nordics and Israel, spoke about online anti-Semitism with Israel’s Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption, and Diaspora Affairs.
Arsen Ostrovsky, international human-rights lawyer and executive director of the Israeli-Jewish Congress, asked Pettersson why several of President Trump’s tweets have been flagged, but there haven’t been any consequences for the Iranian leader for his tweets promoting violence.
“We have an approach toward leaders that says that direct interactions with fellow public figures, comments on political issues of the day, or foreign policy saber-rattling on military-economic issues are generally not in violation of our rules,” Pettersson responded.
Knesset member Michal Cotler-Wunsh then asked Pettersson, “So, calling for genocide is okay, but commenting on politics is not?”
Pettersson replied, “If a world leader violates our rules, but if there is a clear interest in keeping that on the service, we may place it behind a notice that provides some more context about the violation and allows people to click if they wish to see that type of content.”
“That is what happened for the Trump tweet,” Pettersson continued. “That tweet was violating our policies regarding the glorification of violence, based on the historical context of the last line of that tweet, and the risk that it could possibly inspire harm and similar actions.”
“And, as it was in the interest of the public to keep that on the platform, we decided to keep it up, place it behind a notice … to limit the interaction with it, but because it is of importance to have it remain so that the citizens can see what their political figures are commenting and hold them accountable for what they’re saying online,” Pettersson concluded.
“I think that what’s come up again and again through different examples is actually a sense of double standards, and I would implore Twitter and other online platforms to ensure … that there is no double standard in the application,” Cotler-Wunsh retorted.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley reacted by saying: “What does this say when @Twitter censors @realDonaldTrump more than the Ayatollah? Social media needs to give conservatives the same rights as they give terrorist leaders.”
Former Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell shared a video of the interaction on Twitter.
This should be something the US media reports. Wow. https://t.co/y5iCNwx7yZ
— Richard Grenell (@Richard Grenell)1596026294.0
Khamenei has used his Twitter account to push holocaust denial theories, call for the “elimination” of Israel, and ask for support and assistance to “any nation or any group anywhere who opposes and fights the Zionist regime.”
In his book, #RogerGaraudy, the French philosopher, expressed doubts about the number of #Holocaust victims. The Fr… https://t.co/74JJ4RUIO1
— Khamenei.ir (@Khamenei.ir)1576507686.0
Why should & how can #Israel be eliminated? Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer to 9 key questions.
— Khamenei.ir (@Khamenei.ir)1415522660.0
The elimination of the Zionist regime does not mean the massacre of the Jewish ppl. The ppl of Palestine should hol… https://t.co/LKGTk7iKvQ
— Khamenei.ir (@Khamenei.ir)1590089216.0
We will support and assist any nation or any group anywhere who opposes and fights the Zionist regime, and we do no… https://t.co/q2Y2fMPHli
— Khamenei.ir (@Khamenei.ir)1590000862.0
In May, Twitter flagged President Trump’s tweet for “glorifying violence” for a tweet that read: “…These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let it happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai questioned Twitter about controversial tweets from the Supreme Leader of Iran in response to Trump’s tweet being censored. Pai asked the social media company: “Do these tweets from Supreme Leader of Iran @khamenei_ir violate ‘Twitter Rules about glorifying violence’?”
Serious question for @Twitter: Do these tweets from Supreme Leader of Iran @khamenei_ir violate “Twitter Rules abou… https://t.co/jSHeFKRnRZ
— Ajit Pai (@Ajit Pai)1590760751.0
Israel’s Minister for Strategic Affairs Orit Farkash-Hacohen wrote a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in May that called for the social media company to remove anti-Israel tweets written by Khamenei.
“Twitter’s own Hateful Conduct Policy clearly stipulates that a user ‘may not promote violence against, or directly attack, or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin or religious affiliation… or calls for mass murder,'” Farkash-Hacohen wrote to Dorsey. “However, the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is unremittingly abusing your platform by doing just that — without any enforcement or repercussions.”
Twitter’s Vice President of Public Policy Sinéad McSweeney responded by saying that Khamenei’s tweets did not violate the platform’s terms of service.
“World leaders use Twitter to engage in discourse with each other, as well as their constituents,” McSweeney wrote in the June 15 letter, according to the New York Post. “Presently, our policies with regards to world leaders state that direct interactions with fellow public figures, comments on current affairs, or strident statements of foreign policy on economic or military issues are generally not in violation of the Twitter Rules.”
“Our assessment is that tweets you have cited are not in violation of our policies at this time, and they fall into the category of foreign policy saber-rattling on economic or military issues of our approach to world leaders,” McSweeney explained.
In June, Twitter blocked a Trump tweet that said: “There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!”
“We’ve placed a public policy interest notice on this Tweet for violating our policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group,” Twitter stated.
Earlier this week, Twitter suspended Donald Trump Jr.’s account for sharing the viral video of frontline doctors claiming hydroxychloroquine could be used to treat COVID-19.
Twitter has also removed Trump tweets over copyright complaints. Earlier this month, the social media platform deleted a Trump campaign ad that used a Linkin Park song.
Last October, Twitter deleted a video posted by Trump poking fun at Joe Biden’s son Hunter for his relationship with a Ukrainian gas executive. The video was removed because it used the music and video from Nickelback’s song “Photograph.”
On June 30, Twitter removed a meme that Trump posted because The New York Times filed a copyright complaint. The photo in the meme was taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Damon Winter for a 2015 feature on Trump.
I got an epiphany for my birthday, after a conversation I had with our management at TheBlaze this week about the future of our industry.
I believe the No. 1 issue in the country is Big Tech censorship. It is the issue that will determine the future, because this is how information gets distributed in our culture.
Martin Luther was perhaps the most important man in the last millennium and changed the world to this day, but only because Gutenberg invented the printing press that provided him the means to do so. Without that, Luther is just another martyred would-be reformer lost to history. Without that platform, Luther’s 95 Theses don’t survive the week, let alone 500 years and counting.
Imagine living in Bible times, and your views weren’t permitted at the City Gate where community business/information was done and made. Imagine being denied access to the world the telephone opened up because of your views. You are essentially relegated to cultural serfdom.
In our time, Big Tech is those things. Except they not only are distributing the information we see, but deciding the information we see as well — and doing so while selling our personal information for profit and collecting it for their own use. This is perhaps the most sweeping and dangerous monopoly in the history of market-based economies.
It’s the equivalent of Ma Bell a century ago deciding who gets a telephone based on whether you align with their corporate views, and then deciding what you get to hear when you answer the phone.
If Big Tech censorship is permitted to go on unchallenged, you’re looking at a new Dark Ages when it comes to the information age. You can have all the conservative, religious, traditional, or even radical views you want, but if you’re cut off from the world with them it doesn’t matter. You have no means to bring them to light. You are not an influencer. You basically don’t even exist. You’re off the grid.
In this scenario, the American church becomes like the church in China. People are still getting saved underground, because God’s Word does not return void, but above ground its cultural influence/impact are null and void.
And don’t think for a second that isn’t the end game here, and we’re in that end game now.
And no, it’s not as simple as “go build your own Facebook then.” You cannot. All the means by which you would bring such a product to market is all controlled by the same Big Tech giants trying to control us now. Go ask the CEO of Parler what it took to get the alternative to Twitter listed in the app stores, for example — I have. And those restrictions will only grow harder to navigate as these Big Tech companies become increasingly politically aggressive.
See, the same Big Tech that owns a monopoly on the distribution of information is approaching monopoly status on the means of information production, too. And once they reach critical mass on that front, it is game over.
Big Tech as a private industry has grown beyond our traditional small government creeds we lost on every front already anyway, when you look at the size and scope of government even if Big Tech never existed. Denying the reality of what’s happening here on small government grounds is like denying you’re pregnant in the delivery room. Since we already lost every small government argument anyway, we set the stage for a behemoth like Big Tech to arise.
No, it’s not about small government. It’s about alternative government, because that’s what Big Tech is forming. Or, at the very least, an alternative ecosystem that will determine who gets to serve in the government we have.
What we’re witnessing here is a hostile takeover of a country. Albeit one that looks different from how it historically has. There will be no tanks down main street. There will be no book burnings and mass cancellations. There will be no riots spilling over into outright insurrection. Nor will there be jack-booted thugs knocking on our doors.
Because when all these things happen, Big Tech won’t permit you to see it.
Twitter reportedly censored one of former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow’s Bible-centric videos for promoting “sensitive content.”
The Western Journal obtained a screenshot of the reported censorship before the tech giant apparently removed it.
What are the details?
The video — which innocuously featured Tebow imploring Christians to hold fast to their faith amid trying times — was censored with a banner that read, “The following media includes potentially sensitive content.”
In the video, the outspoken Christian athlete stresses the importance of relying on God through difficult times.
He says, “Bible believers, when we look at the Bible, and we see a lot of the heroes, a lot of times they truly were wounded deeply before they were ever used greatly. So maybe you’re going through a time in your life where you feel like you’ve just been wounded greatly. It hasn’t been your year, hasn’t been your day — you just don’t feel like this is your time.”
Tebow adds, however, that there is growth in the valley.
“This could be your time for learning,” he cautions. “This could be your time for growing. This could be your time for adapting. This could be the time that is a test for you, but tomorrow it gets turned into a testimony.”
The famed athlete points out that God could very well be preparing those struggling through difficulties for greater disciplines.
“You never know what God is doing with your life,” he adds. “You never know what he is preparing you for. So many times in the Bible, when we look at the heroes, there were times in their life where — if they stopped, if they quit, if they said, ‘No, God, I’ve had enough’ — then they would have missed out on the most impactful, most influential times of their life.”
“Maybe that is the next step for you,” he adds. “Maybe that is tomorrow. Maybe that is next week, maybe that is next year. But when we quit, we will never know what we missed out on. We will never know what’s in store for us.”
‘We get to trust an unknown future to a known God’
Tebow explains that there should be no fear in uncertainty because of Christians’ relationships with Jesus Christ.
“We get to trust an unknown future to a known God, because we know how much he loves us,” he explains. “We know what he did for us in sending his son. He gave his best for us.”
He concludes the video, “Right where you’re at, whatever you’re doing, whatever you’re going through, he loves you. You were enough for his son to die on the cross, that’s how much you’re loved. Hold onto that in your time of need.”
Tebow captioned the video, “This could be your time. That breakthrough could be tomorrow, or it could be next year. But, you have the opportunity to turn however you’re being tested into a testimony. So many heroes were wounded deeply before they were used greatly!”
TheBlaze reached out to Twitter for verification of the content warning and clarification as to why it was purportedly placed and subsequently removed.
A Twitter spokesperson tells TheBlaze that the company is looking into the alleged censorship.
The video has been viewed more than 43,000 times at the time of this reporting.
This could be your time. That breakthrough could be tomorrow, or it could be next year. But, you have the opportuni… https://t.co/TQsUHFip2M
— Tim Tebow (@Tim Tebow)1595871928.0
|This week on the New World Next Week: All the pieces come together in the new TrustStamp biometric id / vaccination history / cashless payment system; Serbs force the government to scrap its corona curfew plans; and Dan Dicks is censored off of YouTube.|
Max Igan’s YouTube channel has been permanently removed from YouTube for shedding light on those who are trying to take over the world. It reminds me of a quote I heard in a video a while ago, and I’ll never forget it:
“The things that are going to be blocked are not going to be fake stories. The things that are going to be blocked and censored, the things they are going to keep from people is going to be stuff they just don’t want you to focus on or know about.” – Melissa Dykes
It’s become quite clear that the elitists in power, who are pushing the New World Order of tyrannical dictatorship want people distracted and living in fear. So when a person like Max Igan says things like “stop living in fear and leave the Matrix [the system these psychopaths set up]” he cannot be allowed to speak anymore.
Mass censorship has been happening all over in the previous years, but it’s really ramped up in 2020 as people wake up to the fact that they are being lied to and mind-controlled by the mainstream media. Since Igan’s video that we shared not long ago was removed, here it is from the Bitchute platform, a centralized way to share information and opinions that the ruling class doesn’t want to focus on or know about:
Honestly, I don’t care if you like Igan or don’t. The fact that he was censored for speaking out against the ruling class is what should stick in people’s craw. Jeff Berwick of The Dollar Vigilante made a mention of Igan’s banning in his most recent video that he says will “probably get deleted off of YouTube at the very least:”
“Just another day of exposing the system and getting attacked by the system,” says Berwick. Of course, anyone who speaks truth to power is used to the condemnation from statists and the shadow banning and censorship that comes from the ruling class. Later in his video, Berwick opines about the occultic ritualistic symbolism of the face masks.
Pay attention, wake up, stop asking for your own enslavement. You are free, you were born that way. You had to be taught to be an obedient slave, and the mainstream media along with the public government indoctrination system we call “school” has helped push the world toward a totalitarian dictatorship where the few control the many.
I will continue to expose this system for what it is. No amount of angry comments will sway me. Once you see, you cannot unsee. Wake up. Prepare, and refuse to live in fear.
This article was originally published by Brandon Smith at Alt-Market.
As I have noted in the past, in order to be a conservative one has to stick to certain principles. For example, you have to stand against big government and state intrusions into individual lives, you have to support our constitutional framework and defend civil liberties, and you also have to uphold the rights of private property. Websites are indeed private property, as much as a person’s home is private property. There is no such thing as free speech rights in another person’s home, and there is no such thing as free speech rights on a website.
That said, there are some exceptions. When a corporation or a collective of corporations holds a monopoly over a certain form of communication, then legal questions come into play when they try to censor the viewpoints of an entire group of people. Corporations exist due to government-sponsored charters; they are creations of government and enjoy certain legal protections through government, such as limited liability and corporate personhood. Corporations are a product of socialism, not free-market capitalism; and when they become monopolies, they are subject to regulation and possible demarcation.
Many corporations have also received extensive government bailouts (taxpayer money) and corporate welfare. Google and Facebook, for example, rake in billions in state and federal subsidies over the course of a few years. Google doesn’t even pay for the massive bandwidth it uses. So, it is not outlandish to suggest that if a company receives the full protection of government from the legal realm to the financial realm then they fall under the category of public service. If they are allowed to continue to monopolize communication while also being coddled by the government as “too big to fail”, then they become a public menace instead.
This is not to say that I support the idea of nationalization. On the contrary, the disasters of socialism cannot be cured with even more socialism. However, monopolies are a poison to free markets and to free speech and must be deconstructed or abolished.
Beyond corporate monopolies, there is also the danger of ideological monopolies. Consider this – The vast majority of silicon valley companies that control the lion’s share of social media platforms are run by extreme political leftists and globalists that are openly hostile to conservative and moderate values.
Case in point: Three of the largest platforms on the internet – Reddit, Twitch, and YouTube just acted simultaneously in a single day to shut down tens of thousands of forums, streamers and video channels, the majority of which espouse conservative arguments which the media refers to as “hate speech”.
To be sure, at least a few of the outlets shut down probably argue from a position of race superiority. However, I keep seeing the mainstream media making accusations that all the people being silenced right now deserve it due to “racism” and “calls for violence”, and I have yet to see them offer a single piece of evidence supporting any of these claims.
A recent article from the hyper-leftist Salon is a perfect example of the hypocrisy and madness of the social justice left in action. It’s titled ‘Twitch, YouTube And Reddit Punished Trump And Other Racists – And That’s A Great Thing For Freedom’. Here are a few excerpts with my commentary:
Salon: “Freedom is impossible for everyone when viewpoints prevail that dehumanize anyone. And it appears that several big social media platforms agree, judging from recent bans or suspensions of racist accounts across YouTube, Twitch, and Reddit.”
Freedom cannot be taken away by another person’s viewpoint. Every individual has complete control over whether or not they “feel” marginalized and no amount of disapproval can silence a person unless they allow it to. If you are weak-minded or weak-willed, then grow a backbone instead of expecting the rest of the world to stay quiet and keep you comfortable.
Remember when the political left was the bastion of the free speech debate against the censorship of the religious right? Well, now the leftists have a religion (or cult) of their own and they have changed their minds on the importance of open dialogue.
Salon: “For those who are dehumanized — whether by racism, sexism, classism, ableism, anti-LGBTQ sentiment or any other prejudices — their voices are diminished or outright silenced, and in the process, they lose their ability to fully participate in our democracy. We all need to live in a society where hate is discouraged, discredited, and whenever possible scrubbed out completely from our discourse. This doesn’t mean we should label all ideas as hateful simply because we disagree with them; to do that runs afoul of President Dwight Eisenhower’s famous statement, “In a democracy debate is the breath of life”. When actual hate enters the dialogue, however, it acts as a toxic smoke in the air of debate, suffocating some voices and weakening the rest.”
Where do I begin with this steaming pile of woke nonsense? First, it’s impossible to be “dehumanized” by another person’s opinion of you. If they are wrong, or an idiot, then their opinion carries no weight and should be ignored. Your value is not determined by their opinion. No one can be “silenced” by another person’s viewpoint unless they allow themselves to be silenced. If they are right about you and are telling you something you don’t want to hear, then that is your problem, not theirs. No one in this world is entitled to protection from other people’s opinions. Period.
It should not surprise anyone though that leftists are actively attempting to silence all dissent while accusing conservatives of stifling free speech. This is what they do; they play the victim while they seek to victimize. They have no principles. They do not care about being right, they only care about “winning”.
Under the 1st Amendment, ALL speech is protected, including what leftists arbitrarily label “hate speech”. Unless you are knowingly defaming a specific person or threatening specific violence against a specific person, your rights are protected. Interpreting broad speech as a “threat” because of how it might make certain people feel simply will not hold up in a court of law. Or at least, it should not hold up…
Political leftists have declared themselves the arbiters of what constitutes “hate speech”, the problem is they see EVERYTHING that is conservative as racist, sexist, misogynistic, etc. No human being or group of human beings is pure enough or objective enough to sit in judgment of what encompasses fair or acceptable speech. Therefore, all speech must be allowed in order to avoid tyranny.
If an idea is unjust, then, by all means, the political left has every right to counter it with their own ideas and arguments. “Scrubbing” all opposing ideas from the public discourse is unacceptable, and this is exactly what the social justice movement is attempting to do. If you want to erase these ideas from your own home or your personal website, then you are perfectly within your rights to do so, but you DO NOT have the right to assert a monopoly on speech and the political narrative.
Generally, when a group of zealots is trying to erase opposing ideals from the discussion, it usually means their own ideals don’t hold up to scrutiny. If your ideology is so pure and correct in its form, there should be no need to trick the masses into accepting it by scrubbing the internet.
Finally, America was not founded as a democracy, we are a republic, and with good reason. A democracy is a tyranny by the majority; a collectivist hell where power is centralized into the hands of whoever can con 51% of the population to their side. Marxists and communists love the idea of “democracy” and speak about it often because they think they are keenly equipped to manipulate the masses and form a majority. But, in a republic, individual rights are protected REGARDLESS of what the majority happens to believe at any given time, and this includes the right to free speech.
In the same breath, Solon pretends to value free discussion, then calls for the destruction of free speech and opposing ideas in the name of protecting people’s thin-skinned sensitivities. In other words, free speech is good, unless it’s a viewpoint they don’t like, then it becomes hate speech and must be suppressed.
Solon: “Reddit referred Salon to a statement explaining,”We committed to closing the gap between our values and our policies to explicitly address hate” and that “ultimately, it’s our responsibility to support our communities by taking stronger action against those who try to weaponize parts of Reddit against other people.””
In other words, they don’t like conservatives using their platforms against them, and since the political left is unable to present any valid arguments to defend their beliefs and they are losing the culture war, they are going for broke and seeking to erase all conservatives from their platforms instead. The “hate speech” excuse is merely a false rationale. Social justice warriors stand on top of a dung heap and pretend it’s the moral high ground.
Solon: “No one who understands Constitutional law can argue that these corporate decisions violate the First Amendment which only protects speech from government repression. Professor Rick Hasen at the University of California, Irvine Law School told Salon by email that “private companies running websites are not subject to being sued for violating the First Amendment. The companies are private actors who can include whatever content they want unless there is a law preventing them from doing so.”
Again, this is not entirely true. Corporations are constructs of government and receive special privileges from government. If corporations form a monopoly over a certain form of communication and they attempt to censor all opposing views from that platform then they can be broken up by government to prevent destruction of the marketplace. Also, government can rescind the limited liability and corporate personhood of these companies as punishment for violating the public trust. And finally, any company that relies on taxpayer dollars or special tax break incentives to survive can and should have those dollars taken away when attempting to assert a monopoly.
Yes, there are alternative platforms for people to go to, but what is to stop leftist/globalist monopolies from buying up every other social media and standard media platform (as they have been doing for the past decade)? What is to stop leftist/globalist interests from using the “hate speech” argument to put pressure on ALL other web platforms including service and domain providers to cancel conservatives?
Finally, just because something is technically legal does not necessarily make it right. Corporations exploit government protection, yet claim they are not subject to government regulation? The left hates corporate America, yet they happily defend corporations when they are censoring conservatives? This is insane.
The Salon author then goes on a blathering diatribe about how he was once a victim of racism (all SJWs measure personal value according to how much more victimized someone is compared to others). His claims are irrelevant to the argument at hand, then he continues…
Salon: “Trump threatening to use the government power to retaliate against those companies, on the other hand, is a threat to both the letter and the spirit of the First Amendment. He and his supporters are not being stopped from disseminating their views on other platforms…”
Here is the only area where I partially agree with Salon. All of my readers know I do not put any faith in Donald Trump to do the right thing, mostly because of the elitists he surrounds himself within his cabinet. When it comes down to it, Trump will act in THEIR best interests, not in the public’s best interests. Giving him (or the FCC) the power to dictate speech rules on the internet is a bad idea. Also, for those that think the election process still matters, what if we gift such powers to the government today and then the political left enters the White House tomorrow? Yikes! Then we’ll have no room to complain as they will most certainly flip-flop and use government power to silence their opposition.
Of course, if the roles were reversed and corporations were deplatforming thousands of social justice forums and videos, the leftists would be screaming bloody murder about “corporate censorship” and “discrimination”. For now, in their minds, racial discrimination = bad. Political discrimination = good.
The monopoly issue still stands, though, and an ideological monopoly coupled with a unified corporate monopoly is a monstrosity that cannot be tolerated. Government can and should break up such monopolies without going down the rabbit hole of nationalization.
Yes, we can go to small startup platforms and leave Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, YouTube, etc. behind. I have been saying for years that conservatives with the capital should start their own alternative social media. In fact, that is exactly what is finally happening. There has been a mass exodus of users from mainstream websites lately. I say, let the SJWs have their echo chambers and maybe these companies will collapse. Get Woke Go Broke still applies.
But, government can no longer protect these corporations, either. With the government raining down bailout cash and corporate welfare on media companies, voting with your feet and your wallet does not have the same effect or send the same message.
The future of this situation is bleak. I have no doubt that leftists and globalists will attempt to purge ALL conservative discussion from the internet, to the point of attempting to shut down private conservative websites through service providers. The final outcome of the purge is predictable: Civil war; an issue I will be discussing in my next article.
Leftists accuse conservatives of hate, but social justice adherents seem to hate almost everything. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a group of people more obsessed with visiting misery on others, and they will never be satisfied or satiated. That which is normal speech today will be labeled as hate speech tomorrow. The cult must continue to justify its own existence. I for one am not going to live my life walking on eggshells around a clique of narcissistic sociopaths. Cancel culture is mob rule, and mob rule is at its core the true evil here; far more evil than any mere words spoken by any “white supremacist” on any forum or video ever.
Michael Shellenberger is no slouch when it comes to environmental issues.
Besides his TED talks garnering more than 5 million views, he’s a Green Book Award Winner, a frequent contributor to publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American — and he also authored “Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All,” which was released Tuesday by HarperCollins.
But Shellenberger said a Forbes article — “On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare” — based on his new book was soon “censored” soon after it went up Sunday. The Daily Wire reported that his piece was taken down from the Forbes website “a few hours” after it was published. The Forbes site on Tuesday showed where Shellenberger’s article should be — but only says it’s “no longer active.”
Image source: Forbes website
TheBlaze on Tuesday didn’t immediately hear back from Forbes in regard to the reasons Shellenberger’s article was removed or the reported time frame in which it was shuttered.
Shellenberger has a few ideas on why his article is no longer there: “No book on the environment has ever been praised by a more prestigious group of scientists & scholars than ‘Apocalypse Never,'” he wrote on Twitter. “And no book has ever been more devastating to green alarmism. No wonder they’re so terrified you’ll read it.”
In a statement to the Daily Wire — which published his piece in its entirety — Shellenberger said, “I am grateful that Forbes has been so committed to publishing a range of viewpoints, including ones that challenge the conventional wisdom, and was thus disappointed my editors removed my piece from the web site. I believe Forbes is an important outlet for broadening environmental journalism beyond the overwhelmingly alarmist approach taken by most reporters, and look forward to contributing heterodoxical pieces on energy and the environment in the future.”
What does his article say?
Here’s how Shellenberger opens his article: “On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.”
He also says he feels “an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public.”
Shellenberger then details a list of “facts few people know”:
- Humans are not causing a “sixth mass extinction”
- The Amazon is not “the lungs of the world”
- Climate change is not making natural disasters worse
- Fires have declined 25% around the world since 2003
- The amount of land we use for meat — humankind’s biggest use of land — has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska
- The build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests, not climate change, explain why there are more, and more dangerous, fires in Australia and California
- Carbon emissions have been declining in rich nations including Britain, Germany and France since the mid-seventies
- Adapting to life below sea level made the Netherlands rich not poor
- We produce 25% more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter
- Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are bigger threats to species than climate change
- Wood fuel is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels
- Preventing future pandemics requires more not less “industrial” agriculture
“I know that the above facts will sound like ‘climate denialism’ to many people,” he adds. “But that just shows the power of climate alarmism.”
More from Shellenberger’s article:
Some people will, when they read this imagine that I’m some right-wing anti-environmentalist. I’m not. At 17, I lived in Nicaragua to show solidarity with the Sandinista socialist revolution. At 23 I raised money for Guatemalan women’s cooperatives. In my early 20s I lived in the semi-Amazon doing research with small farmers fighting land invasions. At 26 I helped expose poor conditions at Nike factories in Asia.
I became an environmentalist at 16 when I threw a fundraiser for Rainforest Action Network. At 27 I helped save the last unprotected ancient redwoods in California.
In my 30s I advocated renewables and successfully helped persuade the Obama administration to invest $90 billion into them. Over the last few years I helped save enough nuclear plants from being replaced by fossil fuels to prevent a sharp increase in emissions.
Until last year, I mostly avoided speaking out against the climate scare. Partly that’s because I was embarrassed. After all, I am as guilty of alarmism as any other environmentalist. For years, I referred to climate change as an “existential” threat to human civilization, and called it a “crisis.”
But mostly I was scared. I remained quiet about the climate disinformation campaign because I was afraid of losing friends and funding. The few times I summoned the courage to defend climate science from those who misrepresent it I suffered harsh consequences. And so I mostly stood by and did next to nothing as my fellow environmentalists terrified the public.
He also added some highlights from his new book:
- Factories and modern farming are the keys to human liberation and environmental progress
- The most important thing for saving the environment is producing more food, particularly meat, on less land
- The most important thing for reducing air pollution and carbon emissions is moving from wood to coal to petroleum to natural gas to uranium
- 100% renewables would require increasing the land used for energy from today’s 0.5% to 50%
- We should want cities, farms, and power plants to have higher, not lower, power densities
- Vegetarianism reduces one’s emissions by less than 4%
- Greenpeace didn’t save the whales, switching from whale oil to petroleum and palm oil did
- “Free-range” beef would require 20 times more land and produce 300% more emissions
- Greenpeace dogmatism worsened forest fragmentation of the Amazon
- The colonialist approach to gorilla conservation in the Congo produced a backlash that may have resulted in the killing of 250 elephants
Shellenberger writes toward the end of his piece, “Once you realize just how badly misinformed we have been, often by people with plainly unsavory or unhealthy motivations, it is hard not to feel duped.”
A Facebook anti-hate campaign called “Stop Hate for Profit” is gaining momentum, leading large companies like Patagonia, North Face, REI, and Ben & Jerry’s to pull advertising revenue if Facebook doesn’t do more to “stop the spread of hateful lies and dangerous propaganda on its platform.”
But, what is considered “hateful”? It’s anything that goes against the mob, and they won’t stop with Facebook. Any voices that speak out against the progressive narrative will soon be censored and silenced. The more this campaign grows, the more our freedom of speech diminishes.
Watch the video below to hear Glenn Beck break down the details:
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Prominent conservatives have launched a campaign on Twitter urging users to switch to Parler, a competing platform marketed as a “free speech social network.”
The movement gained steam this week — with Parler gaining a 50 percent surge in users — after Twitter permanently suspended the account of a popular conservative meme maker, shut down the account of a wide-reaching conservative pundit, and suppressed a tweet from President Donald Trump for the second time.
What are the details?
Mediaite reported that on Tuesday, Twitter “banned Carpe Dunktum, a well-known meme creator whose content is often shared by President Donald Trump, and locked an account belonging to National Pulse editor Raheem Kassam. Those actions sparked outcry from conservatives who encouraged users to join Parler.”
The Washington Examiner compiled a list of tweets from conservative politicians and other influencers who urged their followers to join them on Parler in the aftermath, including Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), commentator Dan Bongino (who owns a stake in the network launched in 2018), and pundit Jesse Kelly.
On Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) even released a video on Twitter promoting Parler, saying the “platform gets what free speech is all about.”
I’m proud to join @parler_app — a platform gets what free speech is all about — and I’m excited to be a part of i… https://t.co/O6DfSLi2ia
— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1593104855.0
Notably, none of the conservatives pushing for a move to Parler appear to have shut down their Twitter accounts voluntarily at this point, but the campaign appears to be making an impact.
Over the course of just a few days, Parler went from roughly 1 million users to 1.5 million, according to data from the company provided to Mediaite. But those looking to punish Twitter for its censorship still have quite a hill to climb, considering the social media giant currently has about 330 million users.
Parler also has its critics. Jewish News website Forward said last year that the platform “is full of fury, fear and conspiracy theories.” The outlet noted at the time that active users included “every member of the Trump campaign and Utah Senator Mike Lee.”
A number of provocative conservative figures banned by Twitter are active on Parler, too, including conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, activist and journalist Laura Loomer, and British media personality Katie Hopkins.
|James Corbett joins Ricky Varandas on The Ripple Effect podcast once again. This time they discuss the Who Is Bill Gates? documentary, eugenics, vaccines, and the deeper agenda behind the latest developments online and in the COVID world order.|
COVID-19 is rapidly being revealed as the biggest psyop in human history, while the mainstream media and the ruling class desperately try to cling to the narrative to force the New World Order upon us.
In fact, in the CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone) which is anything but founded on the principle of voluntary cooperation, they have already instituted a government, for all intents and purposes, and have begun taxing people. The police chief in Seattle even admitted that what they are doing is extortion. Yes, they are finally coming out and admitting it: taxation is wrong, it’s theft, and it’s a violation of a human being’s right to the fruits of his labor:
The mainstream media working for the government have attempted to put the public under mass hypnosis, but it’s coming undone at the seams. More and more people are waking up and seeing the invisible chains they’ve put themselves in, and it could be a wonderful time for humanity going forward.
As Jeff Berwick says in the above video:
“One of the funniest things, kinda just to laugh at, this has been, like, for a century now, is commies. They always create the worst disasters. It’s actually not even all that funny when you think about it….people like Mao in China, killing like 100 million people. Stalin in the Soviet Union. But now in CHAZ, which is a 6 block area in Seattle that has been taken over by what they call themselves ‘anarcho-communists’ but they’re not even anarchists at all, they’re just commies. And, it’s just fun to watch. It’s just hilarious watching them just run out of food in like two days.”
Anarchists reject a ruling class. (‘An’ meaning without, ‘Archos’ meaning rulers) There is now a warlord ruling over the people in the communist state. This brings Berwick to the point that this is just one gigantic psyop from the beginning. This is meant to brainwash the public into wanting a ruling class to control them, extort them, and “save them” from warlords who will control them, and extort them. The irony is simply incredible.
“It’s all staged. It’s all Hollywood scripts basically. Most people haven’t figured it out yet. They actually think a lot of this stuff is real.”
This entire situation is all scripted and not organic at all. Berwick says to look out for the number 33 as a way to recognize a psyop. They tend to always use that number as a way to make it known what they are doing without coming out and saying it.
We should also recognize that all central banks are tenants of communism. It’s the control of the money supply centralized in the hands of a few people. This is why so many who are promoting freedom (such as Robert Kiyosaki) have suggested unplugging from the Matrix by removing your consent to use their fiat money. If you don’t like cryptocurrencies, buy gold and silver. There are ways around using their money and it’s a gigantic vote AGAINST your enslavement that actually holds weight, unlike an actual vote at a ballot box for the current system.
It’s a complete and total psyop and it’s unbelievable that some people are still falling for it. The United States has become a communist nation. As Berwick points out, the USSA is anything but a free country. “They’ve got about 20 different agenda with this lie,” adds Berwick. “You’d think people would start to catch on to this stuff!”
British comic legend John Cleese of Monty Python fame blasted the “cowardly and gutless and contemptible” decision to remove an episode of “Fawlty Towers” — a sitcom he wrote and starred in — from a BBC-owned streaming platform because of racial slurs, BBC News reported.
What are the details?
In the 1975 episode titled, “The Germans,” Cleese’s Basil Fawlty interacts with an older character named the Major, who uses the N-word and slur for the people of India — the latter of which is technically an ethnic slur. In another scene, Cleese’s character uses a slur for Germans.
Cleese reacted to the censorship news as only Cleese can.
“I would have hoped that someone at the BBC would understand that there are two ways of making fun of human behavior,” he tweeted Friday. “One is to attack it directly. The other is to have someone who is patently a figure of fun, speak up on behalf of that behavior.”
Cleese then compared episode to the M.O. of another British sitcom character Alf Garnett of “‘Til Death do Us Part” who inspired the creation of Archie Bunker and “All in the Family.”
“We laughed at Alf’s reactionary views. Thus we discredited them, by laughing at him,” Cleese added. “Of course, there were people — very stupid people — who said, ‘Thank God someone is saying these things at last.’ We laughed at these people, too.”
He then said such individuals are making comedy decisions at the BBC.
“But it’s not just stupidity,” Cleese continued. “The BBC is now run by a mixture of marketing people and petty bureaucrats. It used to have a large sprinkling of people who’d actually made programs. Not any more. So BBC decisions are made by persons whose main concern is not losing their jobs. That’s why they’re so cowardly and gutless and contemptible. I rest my case.”
What did the streaming service have to say?
“UKTV has temporarily removed an episode of Fawlty Towers The Germans from Gold’s Box Set,” a spokesman for the streaming service told BBC News. “The episode contains racial slurs so we are taking the episode down while we review it. We regularly review older content to ensure it meets audience expectations and are particularly aware of the impact of outdated language. Some shows carry warnings and others are edited. We want to take time to consider our options for this episode.”
Cleese does not pander to the outrage mob
Cleese is not one to entertain the demands of the politically correct. Four years ago, he warned that pandering to such people will lead us into an Orwellian society.
“All humor is critical. If we start saying, ‘Oh, we mustn’t criticize or offend them,’ then humor is gone, and with humor goes a sense of proportion — and then, as far as I’m concerned, you’re living in ‘1984,’” Cleese said, referencing George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel. “So the idea that you have to be protected from any kind of uncomfortable emotion is one I absolutely do not subscribe to.”
And after being accused of racism and xenophobia last year when he repeated his observation that London “is not really an English city” anymore — an indirect reference to the influx of immigrants — Cleese hit right back: “I think it’s legitimate to prefer one culture to another. For example, I prefer cultures that do not tolerate female genital mutilation. Will this will be considered racist by all those who hover, eagerly hoping that someone will offend them — on someone else’s behalf, naturally.”
Zoom suspended a U.S.-based user after he hosted an event commemorating the anniversary of 1989’s Tiananmen Square Massacre. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has questions about the videoconferencing tech company’s relationship with China.
Zhou Fengsuo, the founder of the U.S. nonprofit Humanitarian China and a former student leader of the Tiananmen protests, hosted an event on Zoom remembering the 31st anniversary of China’s violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests. The conference was attended by more than 250 people, and over 4,000 people streamed it online, including some in China, according to Zhou.
“And on June 3, a separate Tiananmen commemoration was severed after the Zoom account that hosted it was deactivated midstream,” the Washington Post reported. “The live event that began with 200 participants suffered two disruptions that ‘practically destroyed it,’ said one of the organizers, former Tiananmen student protest leader Wang Dan, who is based in Washington.”
Fengsuo, who lives in Hayward, California, said his account was suspended on June 7. He accused Zoom of being complicit in Beijing’s censorship since the Tiananmen Square Massacre is highly censored in China.
“It seems possible Zoom acted on pressure from the CCP to shut down our account,” Humanitarian China said in a statement. “If so, Zoom is complicit in erasing the memories of the Tiananmen Massacre in collaboration with an authoritarian government.”
Zoom admitted that it had shut down the account, but had since reinstated it. Zoom provided a statement to Engadget:
“Like any global company, Zoom must comply with laws in the countries where we operate. We strive to limit actions taken to those necessary to comply with local law. Our platform is increasingly supporting complex, cross-border conversations, for which the compliance with the laws of multiple countries is very difficult. We regret that a few recent meetings with participants both inside and outside of China were negatively impacted and important conversations were disrupted. It is not in Zoom’s power to change the laws of governments opposed to free speech. However, Zoom is committed to modifying its processes to further protect its users from those who wish to stifle their communications. For example, for situations where local authorities block communications for participants within their borders, Zoom is developing additional capabilities that protect these conversations for participants outside of those borders.”
Zoom, which had 300 million daily users as of April, did not explain why the U.S.-based organization was suspended despite not violating any U.S. laws.
“We still want to know why our account was closed,” Fengsuo wrote on Twitter.
Sen. Marco Rubio, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, tweeted some questions to Zoom.
“A few ?? for ??@zoom_us? 1.What data do you routinely share with #China? 2.Do you have a CCP branch in your company? 3.Which “local laws” are you complying with? 4.How many other accounts/events affected?”
Former national security adviser John Bolton also questioned the close ties between Zoom and the Chinese government.
“It’s troubling to see @zoom_us caving to the demands of communist China,” Bolton wrote on Twitter. “Zoom disabled accounts of Chinese dissidents after using Zoom to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre. We should be suspicious of any company so willing to do China’s bidding.”
A&E has canceled “Live PD,” the network’s highest-rated TV show. The live television program, which followed law enforcement around the country, was pummeled with backlash following the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody.
“This is a critical time in our nation’s history, and we have made the decision to cease production on ‘Live PD,'” the network said in a statement Wednesday. “Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil rights leaders as well as police departments.”
Following massive ratings during the show’s nearly 300 episodes, “Live PD” had been picked up for 160 additional episodes by A&E in May.
Dan Abrams, who hosted “Live PD” since 2016, tweeted:
Shocked & beyond disappointed about this. To the loyal #LivePDNation please know I, we, did everything we could to fight for you, and for our continuing effort at transparency in policing. I was convinced the show would go on. More to come. I am going to finally go to sleep but I just want to say one more thing to the #LivePDNation. Thank you for making this so much more than a tv show. You created a huge community of kind, caring people with whom I hope to stay in touch with in this next chapter. More tomorrow.
Abrams released a statement on his website Law & Crime:
I am frustrated and sad because I truly believed in the mission of the show to provide transparency in policing. I completely agree with advocates calling for more bodycams on officers and more uniform rules for their use. It seems to me that the antidote to bad policing and officers is transparency and that means more bodycams and more shows like ‘Live PD.’ It’s important to distinguish ‘Live PD’ from a show like ‘Cops’ that just presented a highlight reel of crazy moments. ‘Live PD’ was totally different — following the officers in real time, in their real environments showing the nerves, the adrenaline, the bad, the good, and often the mundane and boring. I will miss it all.
“Live PD” was recently scrutinized over having footage of a 40-year-old man dying after a police chase. Javier Ambler led Texas police on a 22-minute pursuit in Austin on March 28, 2019. Ambler’s vehicle crashed, and he was tased four times by Williamson County deputies. Bodycam footage of the incident reportedly has Ambler screaming “save me” and “I can’t breathe.” Ambler became unresponsive and died.
“Live PD” was on hiatus when the incident happened, and the death was never aired. “Live PD” said it deleted the footage in June. Abrams said the show has a “long standing policy to only keep footage for a few weeks absent a specific legal request to retain it and all of the departments we followed were aware of that policy.” He said they delete footage so that law enforcement can’t use the video to “prosecute citizens seen on the footage.”
A&E Networks, which is owned by Hearst Communications and Disney Media Networks, canceled “Live PD” after weeks of protests against police brutality. The TV show was pressured to be canceled because it dared to show cops in a positive light.
Another docuseries that follows police officers, “Cops,” was canceled by the Paramount Network on Tuesday after 32 seasons.
Civil rights advocacy organization Color of Change celebrated Viacom canceling “Cops,” and demanded other networks to “cancel similarly harmful shows.”
“For more than 30 years, “Cops” has miseducated the public and normalized injustice,” Arisha Hatch, vice president of Color Of Change, said. “Crime television encourages the public to accept the norms of over-policing and excessive force and reject reform, while supporting the exact behavior that destroys the lives of Black people. ‘Cops’ led the way, pushing troubling implications for generations of viewers. Now it’s time for other networks to cancel similarly harmful shows. We call on A&E to cancel “Live PD” next. In a moment when everyone wants to proclaim that Black Lives Matter, we must hold these companies accountable to put actions to words with a complete industry overhaul.”
But “Cops” and “Live PD” aren’t the only TV shows facing criticisms on how they depict police officers. The cartoon “PAW Patrol” has not escaped attacks for portraying cops in a positive manner.
Despite having a target demographic of toddlers and preschool children, the “PAW Patrol” Twitter account posted a message on June 2, that said: “In solidarity of #amplifymelanatedvoices we will be muting our content until June 7th to give access for Black voices to be heard so we can continue to listen and further our learning. #amplifyblackvoices.”
The tweet was welcomed by trolls and the rage mob with messages saying,”Abolish Chase,” who is the adorable animated German Shepherd character in the show that serves as a police dog, demanding the “PAW Patrol to be defunded,” and to “euthanize the police dog.” An alleged “anti-fascist” Twitter account responded to the message from the Twitter account of a children’s cartoon with the acronym: “ACAB,” meaning “All Cops Are Bastards.”
The New York Times amplified the calls to prohibit TV shows, including cartoons, from showing police officers in a favorable way.
It’s a joke, but it’s also not. As the protests against racist police violence enter their third week, the charges are mounting against fictional cops, too. Even big-hearted cartoon police dogs — or maybe especially big-hearted cartoon police dogs — are on notice. The effort to publicize police brutality also means banishing the good-cop archetype, which reigns on both television and in viral videos of the protests themselves. “PAW Patrol” seems harmless enough, and that’s the point: The movement rests on understanding that cops do plenty of harm.
So any entertainment property depicting cops in a positive light is now under scrutiny and could be removed from streaming libraries, much like how HBO Max yanked the 1939 film “Gone With the Wind” this week.
TV shows such as “Law and Order,” “ChiPs,” “The Shield,” and “Hill Street Blues” have apparently been put “on notice.” You had better get a Blu-ray copy of your favorite law enforcement flicks before the censorship gang attempts a digital book burning of buddy cop movies such as “48 Hours,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Bad Boys,” “Turner & Hooch,” “Tango and Cash,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Super Troopers,” “Die Hard,” “Seven,” “21 Jump Street,” “Fargo,” “The Other Guys,” “Ride Along,” “Hot Fuzz,” and “Police Academy.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) came to the defense of “PAW Patrol” by tweeting: “The left is tearing down statues of Christopher Columbus, getting ‘PAW Patrol’ and ‘Live PD’ canceled, and pushing to defund the police. This is not progress—it’s mob rule and madness.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also called out the “absurdity” of cancel culture targeting cartoons.
Not only are TV shows and cartoon dogs on the hot seat, but so are amusement park rides. A Change.org petition titled, “Re-theme Splash Mountain to Princess and the Frog,” which has been signed by over 10,000 people, is asking that Disney rename one of the park’s most iconic rides.
The petition points out that Splash Mountain is based on the 1946 movie “Song of the South,” a movie critics claim is “steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes.” Splash Mountain is featured in Disneyland, Disney World, and Tokyo Disneyland.
“There is a huge need for diversity in the parks and this could help fill that need. ‘Princess and the Frog’ is a beloved princess movie but has very little representation in the parks,” the petition states. “Tiana could be one of the first princesses with a thrill ride, as well as giving her a much deserved place in the parks. The framing of the ride is such that it could be easily changed to tell the story of Tiana while not compromising too much of the ride/costing a fortune in remodeling for Disney. This change could kill two birds with one stone, remove the offensive stereotypical theming the ride currently has and bring a much needed diversity to the parks. As well as a much bigger merchandising opportunity for ‘Princess and the Frog.'”
Earlier this year, Disney executive chairman Bob Iger said “Song of the South” would not appear on the Disney+ streaming service because it is “not appropriate in today’s world.” The film was previously tagged with a disclaimer warning of “outdated cultural depictions.”