Very scary. This brave new world of Big Tech censorship is a scary one. Swear to God the modern day American takes freedom of speech for granted, and cannot see how it is slipping away. It started in the 70s with “political correctness“. Not that you should not say something because it was wrong to do so, but because of societal pressure. I determined early on in the pandemic that I could tell the state of COVID-19 by the rising and falling amounts of toilet paper on the shelves. I had the innate feeling it would be a quicker and more accurate barometer than any government report.
For speech my measuring stick has always been the use of the word ‘nigger’. In the first part of the decade of the 70s it would still appear once in awhile on a show like All in the Family to demonstrate Archie’s racism, and in the odd movie now and again. In Blazing Saddles they “used it” sort of, they bleeped it out, but you knew what they were saying. Blazing Saddles was more in the middle of the decade. The shift was beginning. Don’t use a word because you know better, not out of fear.
Now we have supposedly rational adults talking about the ‘N’ word. Perhaps the worst part of the censorship is being banned from someplace and not even being told why. Now with Twitter I at least knew why I was kicked off there. I had commented that it was sick behavior for these muslims to be burning a dog alive in this video. I got banned for saying a protected group had exhibited sick behavior.
Now when I got kicked off YouTube I don’t know what it was for. It could have been when in the comment section on a video about the eternal corruption of the Mexican government I had called that country a shithole. Or it could have been on the 500th video on this crime channel where the perpetrators were black males between the ages of 15 and 35 wearing hoodies, and I had pointed that out. As Ann Coulter says, at a certain point it ceases to be profiling, and becomes a description of the suspect.
I can’t even remember what got me kicked off of Facebook. It was something right before the election when they were wanting to purge conservatives and I had said something about Democrats and cheating. On Gateway Pundit and World Net Daily I got kicked off for using my “emphasis” words: ‘damn, bastard, asshole’, and the like. Those type of sites all use a service called Disqus that is a modern incarnation of George Carlin’s 7 Dirty Words. It catches your ‘poo poo pee pee titty’ type words.
So now we come to the final stages of censorship. That’s the way tyranny works, it gets its nose under the tent, and pretty soon its all the way in. The “last bastion”, Gab, won’t let me say ABC or NBC is “fake news“. And to me, someone whose memory goes back to the 60s, this is an absurd and unacceptable situation. FYI 2 sites I haven’t been kicked off of are Breitbart and FOX News. Kind of surprising.
World Net Daily had an eyecatcher this morning, it was about the WordPress.com blog Conservative Tree House being given till sundown to get out of town (actually December 2). Evidently this town wasn’t big enough for the both of them. Ironic as it is today that the Senate is again holding hearings on Big Tech censorship. Its been going on for 20 years but the flame was recently lit anew when Twitter and Facebook squelched a New York Post article exposing Hunter Biden raking in millions off his fathers name, just days before the election.
So I’m reading the article about Conservative Tree House getting kicked off WordPress when I read they had between “500K and a million visitors a day“! A blog has a million visitors a day?? That’s incredible. So I go see the site to find out what wonders await me. Nothing. Its as lame as it gets. You’re getting over a half million visitors a day and you can’t hire a lawyer? (it also occurred to me just now that their should be available to conservative blogs membership in a legal defense fund for when we get unjustly kicked off)
The blog has a couple of posts on the situation. The initial notification from WordPress was that their blog was “incompatible” with WordPress. Pressed on this, WordPress came back and said they had called for “violence“. They and I are both trying to figure out where that came from. I find it immensely ironic in that the banning of “conservatives” has really been ratcheted up since The Rise of Trump, when really what he is about is populism/nationalism.
Because Big Tech has no problem at all with conservatives such as Bill Kristol, National Review and a host of others. Its populism they have a problem with. Its no wonder we could host hearings until the cows come home and never solve anything. We can’t even correctly identify the problem.
I have a fascination sometimes with the Soviet Union. Other people obsess over the 12 year period of Nazi Germany. To me that was a relatively short “one-off”. A nut propped up to be used as a tool by the Elites to fulfill their agenda. The Soviet Union on the other hand lasted for 74years. They also had 9 leaders to my count. It can’t be dismissed as an aberration. What can be learned from the Soviet Union hasn’t been as well publicized as it should have in my opinion. Which makes sense if you admit the education system in America has been taken over by socialists, who wants to admit their failures?
I imagine cultural anthropologists could tell you volumes on the successes and failures of the Soviet Union. If you had the time and inclination to read all the books on the subject. Probably one of the failures of our system is the lack of distillation of all this information into an absorbable form. My point of all this is to try and assimilate a recent article from World Net Daily that I used as the title of this post. March 15, 2020 was a pivotal date in my mind (just short of 2 months ago).
It was the first time in my life I had ever experienced a shortage of a good I wanted to buy. People from shitholes are no doubt used to shortages, America was not supposed to be a shithole. In that incredible writing style I have its doubly ironic, as the shortage was toilet paper (toilet paper/shithole, get it? Its funny). Being a Cold Warrior from way back, I’m surprised I didn’t think of it myself. But it took this WND article looking at the infamous shortages in the Soviet Union, to see what might be in store for us.
I think WND missed it in one respect. They seem to think Americans being “paid unemployment not to produce anything” is going to result in shortages in the months ahead. I disagree simply from the respect that modern America doesn’t make that much. I think they did nail it in a psychological observation though. It begins with the humble shopping bag. They said the reusable shopping bag was invented in the Soviet Union, and it had nothing to do with being ‘green’.
They said the cloth bag was something a woman could fold up and put in her purse, or a man could put in his lunch pail, and have with them at all time. The reason they wanted that was so if they happened upon an item in the store that hadn’t been available, they’d be able to snatch it up at a moments notice. The Soviet Union being world famous for its shortages. Then they hit upon something I’d never heard before. A lesson for us.
Bread was forever in short supply in the USSR. But they said you could often find loaves of moldy bread in dumpsters. Why would that be? Why would people be throwing away a commodity in such short supply? Because whenever the artificially low-priced bread was available, they’d whip out their shopping bag and buy way more than they needed! Its a psychological need. I see it now myself. I probably haven’t used rubbing alcohol 10 times in my life, but now that its not available, I want it! They created the bread shortages by buying more than they could use.
Toilet paper is a funny little story. On 3/15 when the shortage started, I was able to soon buy 2 packs of 18 rolls. I had never figured out how long a roll lasted. I found out it lasted 2 weeks. 36 rolls times 2 weeks a roll, works out to 72 weeks of toilet paper. That’s almost a year and a half of toilet paper I now have. Okay I’m a little embarrassed. But (butt) imagine the people who filled up their garage? Or basement? Or spare room with toilet paper? Shortages beget hoarding, and hoarding begets shortages. Chicken / egg.
I talked to a clerk at Walmart one day trying to get a feel for the supply chain to the store. This was in early April and Walmart was letting people walk out with a case of toilet paper! That’s 24 packages of toilet paper! These loons are now into the 2030’s with their supply. I suppose they could pass it on to their kids in a sort of heirloom situation. Another item is alcohol wipes. I probably didn’t use maybe 12 a year in picnic situations or at the State Fair when I need to wipe my hands without water. People now have hundreds of them, if not thousands.
Walmart used to have a very well stocked array of bandanas. Well as soon as it was discovered that they could work as a makeshift mask (to make up for the nonexistent commercial ones), they disappeared too. I almost forgot the meat shortages, beef, chicken and pork. Early on those shining examples of corporate citizenship, meatpackers, told their illegals they had to come to work even if sick, or they’d be fired. Well guess what happened?
Packing plants became the epicenter of outbreaks. So of course the authorities shutdown the meat processors. As wise people have known throughout the centuries, its when people get hungry that change happens. That’s when people get desperate. What will be the outcome of the coming unrest is not clear to me. Americans have become fat and lazy in most respects. They’ve had it so cushy for so long they don’t know how to rebel.
Couple that with technology that makes it so easy to ride herd on a populace, I frankly don’t see how a government could be overthrown. Not that people would choose the right path anyway. They could just as easily choose a more authoritarian socialism as they might a reversion back to our more limited government roots. Unrest is coming. The social fabric held together during the Great Depression of the 30s because we were 1 people. Warts and all.
That’s no longer the case. We have 30 million Mexicans in country that (most) have no allegiance to this country. A substantial Muslim population trying to install a system of Sharia Law. A declining number of the white population that identifies as Christian. A black population that’s as dysfunctional as ever. Cultural pathologies they didn’t have in the 1930s. The institutions that held this country together at one time, no longer exist.
We are not the nation we were in 1989 that amazed Boris Yeltsin. A trip to a Randall’s grocery storein Clear Lake, Texas turned out to be a pivotal moment in Russian history. Unfortunately too few Americans have heard the story. Boris and company made an impromptu stop at a small town grocery store to pickup some item. He could not believe the untold bounty in the store. The “luxury” available to everyday Americans that was not available to even the Soviet Premiere Mikhail Gorbachev.
As they point out in the article, up until the recent pandemic, Amazon and Walmart took that one step further and were fighting to see who could deliver that bounty to your door. But if WND is correct, that luxury will not be continuing. The generation that lived through the Depression and WW II has now largely died off. They were perhaps better adjusted for societal upheaval. They had dealt with cataclysmic events. The generation following, my generation, hasn’t faced that.
And if my generation is unprepared for the coming events, imagine where the Gen Xers are? The Millennials? If we’re not on the cusp of change, I would be very surprised. As Jesus said, you can’t rob the house of a strongman until you bind him. You can’t replace the system of a strong America, until you first tear it down. Mission accomplished.
Joined Jan 13, 2011 (This is an example of a profile Disqus and the associated news sites find acceptable, yet they will kickoff those people with unacceptable political views.)
Being banned yesterday by the Gateway Pundit left me shaking my head. Just 10 days before I’d been banned by the Western Journal (5/14/20 update: Then Facebook got me last night!). Both “conservative” sites. I was on another site that uses Disqus, WND.com , when I saw the profile above. She/he/it doing the sexual services advertising has been a member for 9 years, since 2011. She shows a risqué photo and advertises for “handjobs”. Yet this person has been a member for 9 years, I didn’t make it a month. I just find it odd. All I did was spout some very firm political views. A nice rack will evidently trump freedom of speech every time.
[Then, to top it all off, this post exposed something else. 9 months ago I had started this blog because of the unwieldy nature of the WordPress blog system. The creation of this blog was an unintended accident. I eventually got it figured out, but something became strangely apparent. Having been blogging for 14 years now I had never seen anything like it. I don’t think this blog got 1 honest ‘hit’ in those 9 months. Not 1! I couldn’t imagine a blog so completely under the radar. Its like it had some sort of Romulan cloaking device on it. It was completely invisible. Then! The very moment I make this post with the attractive young lass with her boobies hanging out, I get hits. All those months filled with brilliant writings on Politics & Religion, nothing. But the moment I put up a picture of a big breasted young lass, then I get hits. “Hits for tits” as they say. I think I’ll go ahead and run some really good pics. The type like the ones that appear on your Facebook “people you may know” recommendations. I can assure you I don’t know any women like that. So if pictures of half naked women get hits, lets see how many I can get!]
Then! YouTube and WND ads had these two beauts it seemed appropriate to add here:
This is an artsy photo I saw on Gab, very odd but very neat.
Too much information on the information superhighway. As someone born in the 1950s, I feel like I’m bridging the gap between the ‘old world’ and the ‘new world’. FYI you young people, looking up answers in the old days consisted of going to the book shelf and choosing the encyclopedia volume that corresponded with the first letter of your question. The information was likely very good but it could easily have been 25 years or more since the said encyclopedia article was written!
Nowadays if someone dies or is impeached that information will have been edited into Wikipedia by the end of the day if not a couple of hours. Moss is not to be found growing on the IS (information superhighway). It shares many aspects with a conventional highway. Rude drivers. Traffic tie-ups. Accidents. Potholes. Highway bandits and scam artists. Hitchhikers. You can get lost. Its all there.
Another aspect I recently noticed was the boredom of “routine”, like taking the same route to work everyday, it can become rather tedious. Having been kicked off Twitter long ago, two of my favorite sites were Facebook and Gab. Facebook is so slow compared to Twitter. As has been said before Twitter is like ‘crack’ to news junkies. It is fast. Plus there are just a lot of vile people on FB. Liberals lurking about on conservative pages like trolls under a bridge.
Gab is okay once you get all the Nazis, racists and anti-Semites blocked. Some real good people. I’ve noticed a curious little aspect of it though. 2 of the absolute best people left and never came back. One was the group moderator, Dave Gilchrist and the other was a regular contributor, Diane Shearer. He was religious about hitting ‘Like’ when people contributed to his group. She was arguably the best contributor.
Both left. I can’t say for sure, but I wonder if it wasn’t due to a lack of reciprocity. Like society in general the internet is absolutely filled with selfish individuals. Most of it is a dark, violent Darwinian nightmare. Survival of the fittest. Gab to a large degree is filled with Twitter’s rejects and people who are very cynical people for other reasons. Norms wouldn’t catch the meaning of half that was said there.
But FB & Gab were getting very tiresome. So I started to visit some of my old haunts from nearly 20 years ago. The first was World Net Daily. It may be the conservative website most likely to brush up against the edge. One slightly more traditional site is Newsmax (spellcheck doesn’t even recognize its spelling). The New Revere (as in ‘Paul’) gave me their choice for ‘The Top 100’ conservative websites.
While a lot of them might be more accurately put in the Top 100 Republican sites, there are some interesting choices. One I had completely forgotten about was Free Republic. All these years later and Jim Robinson is still running it. I don’t begin to understand that site at this point, but it is interesting. Absent was The New American. Rush, Hannity, Ingraham, Coulter and Steyn all had their websites in the “Top 100”.
Once you start branching out on the “information superhighway”, you feel a little like a first time driver suddenly placed on the Los Angeles freeway system. As I wound up this post and got ready to hit ‘publish’, the thought occurred to me; are there commie lib sites like these? Is there a list of Top 100 Liberal sites?
The bottom line is, while there is more information available to a person today than in the days of the World Book encyclopedia, there is unquestionably less wisdom. As I have said for 20 years, it is very easy to get bogged down in “factoids”, and completely miss the big picture.
[As an interesting little postscript I thought I’d describe the sites I landed on so as to get off Facebook, Twitter and Gab. Free Republic turned out to be a bust, incredibly bad site design, no feedback on your comments and they are moderated, plus they have a lot of RINOs. World Net Daily is really good, though you don’t get much feedback on your comments. Great articles, though not as fast a turnover as some sites. You sign in with something like Disqus to comment. The #1 conservative site according to The New Revere was FOX News. They are pretty darn good. Lots of feedback on comments, easy to signup to comment. Lot of good turnover of articles. Probably the worst thing about FOX is that they are a target for liberal trolls. CNN as an example doesn’t have “comments”, so the liberals have no where to go to shoot off their idiot mouths. Regrettably they seem to end up on FOX. You are able to give them a ‘thumbs down’, but otherwise of course I don’t engage them. No the most interesting site I saved for last: Western Journal. I consider myself fairly aware of conservative organizations, but I had never heard of WJ. Their conservatism seems more paleo than neo, which is good, they have an easy signup and good content selection. But when I first got on there I was constantly getting suspended. They like nice little milk toast comments and no links.]