Twitter Won’t Let You Post Links to Any Article they Don’t Approve

NOTE: Counting down to the end on WordPress. Please see this post and future posts at my new home: 357 Magnum over on Blogspot. And you should update any links. (Posts are in both places right now. That is a small, but not meaningless bit of work on my part, so it will continue for a VERY short time.)

You might think a thought that they don’t approve of. I wonder if this will cause them to suspend me? I would regain loads of time in my life if I didn’t waste any of it on Twitter. Emails reveal how [Redacted] tried to cash in big on behalf of family with Chinese firm.

Because why court disaster?

[Redacted] pursued lucrative deals involving China’s largest private energy company — including one that he said would be “interesting for me and my family,” emails obtained by The Post show.

One email sent to Biden on May 13, 2017, with the subject line “Expectations,” included details of “remuneration packages” for six people involved in an unspecified business venture.

Oh, and in case you are living under a rock, the Redacted name is…

Hunter Biden.

What a shock, that they don’t want you to know “bad” (as in damaging) info for a Biden this close to an election.


Twitter versus The Hunter Biden Story

Nevermore facepalmSmitty over at The Other McCain notes – Twitter Getting Its Hunter Biden On

The ever increasing effort by Twitter to throttle and otherwise kill the Hunter Biden story is just drawing that much more attention.

The magic laptop with the salacious emails sure got my BabylonBee muse going. Then there was a bunch of time where I could not retweet or post. @Jack’s crack stack’s back in black.

It is pretty funny. Click thru.

For myself I can say that I tried to post an image of the New York Post‘s front page about Hunter B. I had to change the name, so that it did not include “Hunter” and I also scaled the JPEG just to screw with any other checks they were making.

What’s the Opposite of Diversity?

University. Georgia Tech coughs up $50k to settle free speech lawsuit involving MLK’s niece.

So a student group, Students for Life, at Georgia Tech, which is a PUBLIC university, applied for $2350 to host Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. They were turned down.

However, Georgia Tech’s student government asked Students for Life to “guarantee” that King would not discuss “religion, abortion, or LGBT issues.”

Can’t have non-approved ideas running around a University campus. People might begin to think for themselves.

So the student group sued, and won, and not just attorneys’ fees and damages.

Students for Life agreed to settle with Georgia Tech after the school revised its policies so that student groups would receive funding through a “viewpoint-neutral decision-making criteria.”

We haven’t quite lost the fight yet for freedom of expression.

Spotify Employees: “What a bunch of losers”

Nevermore facepalmPoor Spotify employees – who make $120K per year – are going to strike. Spotify Employees Are Now Allegedly Planning A Full Blown Strike If The Company Refuses To Censor Joe Rogan’s Content

First Amendment? Liberty? We don’t need no stinkin’ Liberty!

A contingent of activist Spotify staffers are now considering a walkout or full-blown strike if their demands for direct editorial oversight of The Joe Rogan Experiencepodcast aren’t met.

Oh no! Someone is saying something that I don’t agree with. I’m going to retire to my fainting couch. Or maybe not.

What a bunch of nearsighted, whiney, buffoons. I just can’t understand how any Spotify employee, all of whom stand to benefit over Joe Rogan’s hire, would get upset over this. Upset to the point where they want to go on strike. And for what? A lack of trigger warnings? A desire for more fact checks? Editorial oversight?!?! Give me a break. It’s called freedom of speech, babe. The same way that Rogan is allowed to say what he wants, you’re allowed to turn off your computer and stop listening.

Hat tip to Iowahawk who wishes “them well in their new career paths.”

There’s delusion, then there’s the delusions of 23 year old straight-out-of-Oberlin HR interns who think the righteous power of their pouts will force a publicly traded company to muzzle a guy who just added $1 billion of market cap

And if Spotify does cave, I would be honor-bound to cancel my sub. There are so many other people competing for my music dollars right now it is only inertia that is keeping me (mainly) on Spotify.

Critical Race Theory Vs Religion in a Corporate Setting

Or how to disrupt without getting into too much trouble. How To Disrupt Critical Race Theory Training

Is your employer going to fire you for A) stating that your Christian, or Jewish or … and B) espousing the tenets of your faith? They might run into a little thing known as anti-discrimination law. And wouldn’t that be ironic.

Hey, all you have to do is ask for clarity on a few things.

Not being in Corporate America, this isn’t my circus, these aren’t my monkeys. So proceed with caution.

Push Back Against The Left’s “Diversity Training”

At Sandia National Laboratory. One man’s ‘grave risk’ sparks inside rebellion against reeducation of white men at federal research lab, report

White male employees were told to expose the “roots of white male culture,” which consists of “rugged individualism,” “a can-do attitude,” “striving towards success,” and “hard work” — which sound great, but are actually “devastating” to women and people of color.

You know it’s funny, but most things I got in like I got through hard work, delayed gratification, striving for success and excellence.

This is an hour video deconstructing the insanity.

The Peaceful, Tolerant Left

Issuing threats to those who DARE to disagree. McCloskeys receiving threats after speaking at Republican National Convention, attorney says

The couple’s attorney, Albert S. Watkins, sent out an email Tuesday afternoon that said the McCloskeys have been subjected to an “onslaught of threats and acts of intimidation. Appropriate security measures have been put into place and added measures are being implemented.”

The Left will NOT tolerate a difference of opinion. You MAY NOT challenge the narrative. Do so and they with threaten and assault you.

“The most virulent anti-gun mayor in Chicago history”

Second City Cop tells us how he really feels about Chicago Mayor Lori “Groot” Lightfoot. What a Fucking Bitch.

So while the Magnificent Mile, and a bunch of other neighborhoods in Chicago are looted to death, there is a “heavy police presence” on Mayor Groot’s block to protect her home and her family.

I have a right to make sure that my home is secure,” Lightfoot said. [source: Chicago Tribune]

Back to SCC.

This from the most virulent anti-gun mayor in Chicago history. A mayor known by insiders to carry a small derringer-type weapon in her ill-fitting suits (her keeping a hand in her pocket all the time is a well known street “tell.”) Guess what Groot? Everyone has that Right, they just don’t have a taxpayer funded army to exercise it. [My Emphasis. Z-Deb]

Remember when certain neighborhoods stood up for themselves and warned interlopers threatening to wreak havoc in their peaceful parts of town that it might be a bad idea? Groot said that residents shouldn’t be taking the law into their own hands…

There is a lot more, including how Groot has been silent on the doxing of officers, and the threats made against their families. There is a link at SCC to a Chicago Sun Times article where Groot goes on at length about the threats she has received, and why they are unacceptable. Apparently she thinks threats made against the young daughters of cops are OK; one Antifa scumbag threatened rape. She is certainly the worst mayor I can remember for Chicago. And I want to go on record as saying I disagree with the people who think she looks like Beetlejuice.

Groot is taking a bunch of fire from the Right side of the internet for this:

Instapundit, has a short comment, but Ace of Spades lays into her at length.

My previous post on this subject was planned much earlier in the day yesterday, but Second City Cop is always worth mentioning, because he is a Chicago Cop, and he has to deal with the insanity that the politicians spew. A good deal of the comments on his site are from cops as well.

HOAs Are Evil, Chapter 437

Homeowner’s Associations exist just so that the busybodies can tell their neighbors what to do, and think. HOA will allow Colorado police chaplain to fly ‘Thin Blue Line’ flag.

The “Thin Blue Line” is a symbol law enforcement uses to represent its community and those who support it. Its representation on a flag depicts a black-and-white American flag with a blue stripe at its center.

In June, the chaplain’s homeowners association sent a letter demanding that he take down what they called “the white lives matter flag,” or he would be fined.

It should be noted that the HOA had no problem with BLM flags, just with some forms of speech.

He got help from the local Fox News affiliate in publicizing the problem, and from National Police Association, which enabled a prominent lawyer to take the case.

“It’s very rare you get a homeowners association to admit fault, but they did here, and thank goodness for it,” [high-profile Denver attorney Craig] Silverman said. “Certain principles survive in this country, including the right of my client to fly the flag he prefers. I’m glad for him. He has every right. I’m glad the HOA backed down.”

Never live where there is an HOA, unless you are comfortable with other people controlling large portions of your life. (I owned a condo for 9 months. I actually lived in it for 7 months…)

East Germany, The Cold War, and Lessons Lost

Are you antifascist just because you say you are? The old East Germany, or The German Democratic Republic (GDR) said they were antifascist. They also said that they were Democratic. What they actually were was a brutal dictatorship. But propaganda can’t be bothered with the Truth. It seems that not very many youngsters have heard of the GDR, or Das Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (that’s the Ministry for State Security or Stazi for you children.)

First, let’s look at some stuff the Germans have to say; it is their history, after all. East Germany: A failed experiment in dictatorship.

West Germany, or the Federal Republic of Germany, was a republic based on a parliamentary democracy, that enjoyed the advantages of Free Markets. East Germany was a Socialist State, with a command economy under the control of Stalin’s Russia. These two ideologies came up against one another in Berlin, half West German, Half East.

In divided Berlin, the clash between the competing systems of capitalism and socialism could not have been more stark. The city, with a total of 3.3 million residents, was the hotspot of the Cold War — and, until 1961, it was also the hole through which refugees fled. But that hole was plugged with the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. Until that point, more than one million people, fed up with the economy of lack and the intellectual climate of an unfree society, had turned their backs on the GDR.

What we call The Berlin Wall, built by East Germany to keep their citizens in (did that make them prisoners?) was officially, according the GDR, the Anti-fascist Protection Rampart. That is Antifaschistischer Schutzwall in German. It was created to keep all those West German fascists at bay. In 1961. Actually it was to keep people in, because how dare you have a difference of opinion.

The secret police organization of the GDR was the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit or the Stasi. Introduction – Ministry for State Security.

The Ministry for State Security (MfS) acted with aggressive harshness and brutality during the early years of the GDR. Its methods ranged from physical violence to arbitrary arrests, from kidnappings in the West to conducting show trials and having the courts impose draconian sentences.

In the 1970s the MfS changed its secret police activities and began increasingly to use “softer” methods. The GDR leadership did not want to compromise its attempts to gain international recognition: persecution and repression were to be concealed. The MfS now focused more on preventive surveillance and so-called “psychic demolition”. It used manipulation and targeted rumours in its attempts to systematically intimidate individuals or groups, to ruin their reputations, isolate or criminalize them. Friendships were destroyed, and professional careers ruined without the victims even realizing why.

Strange how that playbook is still being used today by the Left. You have a different opinion? You will be destroyed. But that is where we are today. We are morphing into the old East Germany.

Why this post, and why today. You can blame social-media. I was having a discussion with a woman who was “reporting violations” of her county’s You Must Wear a Mask ordinance. I told her how happy that behavior made the Stasi, and how good citizens of East Germany were supposed to report violations of “the law.” That is not quite what the MfS did, but the organization did make a large number of “informers.”

The unofficial collaborators (IMs) were the “key weapon” of the Ministry for State Security (MfS). They were used primarily in the GDR. With their help the MfS spied on the population and tried to gather information on its moods and any attempts at “subversion”.[SNIP]

They also played an active role in the State Security’s activities in the field of so-called “psychic demolition”.

That woman I was having the “discussion” with? She changed the parameters on her account so that it was no longer public. That is so much easier than responding to sarcasm, or dealing with different opinions.

And so you have to ask… Did we win the Cold War? Or are we in fact becoming East Germany, where dissenting opinions are destroyed. Today we call it cancel culture. It isn’t that different from psychic demolition. History.

Ignorance. Rinse. Repeat.

Time to Stock Up on Some More Black Beans

Boycotts are already being talked about. Goya Foods CEO refuses to apologize for praising Trump.

Maybe a few cans of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo sauce.

Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue is refusing to apologize for praising US President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday.

Unanue told Fox News that there was a double standard connected to supporting conservative politicians and he called the boycott of his company a “suppression of speech.”

You are not allowed to think thoughts that the Left doesn’t approve. You are not allowed to say things that the Left doesn’t approve.

The Tolerant Left – Not So Tolerant

Not if you dare to disagree. UTSA investigates alleged violent threats made by former teaching assistant toward woman on Twitter. (University of Texas at San Antonio)

The UTSA police department is investigating an incident of alleged violent threats made on social media toward a woman by a now former teaching assistant.

Twitter user Ashley StClair contacted UTSA’s Twitter account Tuesday evening to alert the university of the physical and vulgar threats she claimed to receive. She posted the following.

“Hey @UTSA, One of your students/teaching assistants threatened to come to my house, kill, and rape me because of my politics.”

Say it again. “now former teaching assistant.”

Do I have to say she’s conservative and the “now former teaching assistant,” who shall remain nameless, apparently, took offense at something she posted on Twitter.

So where is all the tolerance? Where are the peace and love? That was the Left in the 1960s, but not today. Today it is “Agree with us or we will kill you.” (Hat tip to 90 Miles From Tyranny.)

She Miscalculated The Impact of Her Threats

Because Cancel Culture is NOT supposed to apply to the Woke! From The Other McCain – Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes.

Having a high SAT score doesn’t mean you’re smarter than everybody else, at least not in terms of basic common sense. Like, maybe it’s not a genius idea to post videos to social media of yourself making threats of violence against people you disagree with?

Claira Janover isn’t exactly a Karen, but she’s pissed because there are repercussions from being an asshole.

Claira Janover said in a new video posted Wednesday afternoon. “The job that I’d worked really hard to get and meant a lot to me has called me and fired me because of everything.”

Go figure. Oh, and of course, Orange Man Bad. But really, Karma is a bitch.

Free Speech? Not if the Left Has Anything to Say

A systematic campaign of cyberstalking was undertaken by a team of eBay executives. Now ex-eBay-executives. Former eBay Employees Sent Cockroaches, Bloody Pig Mask to Mass. Couple In Harassment Campaign.

Their crime? They DARED to criticize eBay in a newsletter.

In a news conference, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said Monday the former employees sent menacing packages to the couple’s home — including a bloody pig mask — to deter them from writing critically about the San Jose, California-based company.

Lelling said eBay executives were “enraged” by the coverage of the company on the couple’s website. One allegedly said he wanted to “crush this lady,” referring to the woman in the couple that ran the site.

Because the Left is convinced that you don’t have the right to say things that they disagree with, and they have the right to do anything they want to stop you from speaking your mind.

The employees allegedly involved in the scheme were James Baugh, eBay’s former Senior Director of Safety and Security; Stephanie Popp, a senior manager of global intelligence; Stephanie Stockwell, an intelligence analyst; Veronica Zea, a contractor; Brian Gilbert, a senior manager of special operations; and David Harville, former director of global resiliency.

All have been fired by eBay.

All six are being charged with conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with an investigation.

“Free speech? We can’t have that! Especially if they are going to criticize US!” </sarcasm>

Free Speech? Not if Left Has Anything to Say

Dr. John Lott on how the Left is doing everything it can to silence people with differing views. Why the New York Times Capitulated.

On Sunday, [a week ago] New York Times opinion editor James Bennet resigned after daring to publish a column by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, who argued for using the military to help quell the riots that arose from George Floyd’s murder.

The publication of a conservative opinion was too much for many staff members and political activists. It simply deviated too far from the liberal orthodoxy.

No one must be allowed to read anything not approved by the SJWs, because they don’t want to try to win in the arena of ideas, they just want to beat you into submission.

He adds a few anecdotes about his own silencing by the Left.

Reality Is Racist

You knew it was. Facts are bad. Instagram Censors FBI Crime Stats Graph As ‘Hate Speech’.

Facebook-owned Instagram is now censoring FBI crime statistic graphs as “hate speech,” according to Blaze TV’s Elijah Schaffer.

“Instagram is now removing FBI crime statistic graphs,” Schaffer said Saturday on Twitter. “Posted with the necessary citations [as] ‘hate speech.'”

“We are getting to the point where narratives are more important than truth,” Schaffer said. “And the truth when inconvenient makes you a hateful person. This is 1984.”

The graphs are from the 2013 FBI Crime Report, and the 2018 Bureau of Justice Statistics National Crime Victimization Survey. They cover the rates of interracial crime. Though I’m not sure why the 2013 FBI Crime Report is referenced.

You can find all of the FBI reports at the following site. FBI: UCR – Crime in the U.S. The 2019 preliminary report is available, but you can find the complete report for 2018 at this link. You can download the spreadsheets and make whatever graphs you care to make. The 2018 report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics is also the most current data available. Criminal Victimization, 2018. Though I have not looked at that report in a number of years, the data tables are available for download, as are both the summary and full reports.

Hat tip to 90 Miles from Tyranny, who notes…

While Instagram has apparently deemed FBI crime stats off limits, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal are now running them on their front pages.

I think this falls under the heading, “F*c*book wants its own facts,” because the facts the rest of us use, don’t fit their world view.

Burning Books Is Just Around the Bend

Of course in this enlightened age, they are going to ask you to burn your own books. At least at first. The Morning Briefing: We’ve Reached the Book Burning Phase of 2020 Riot Wokeness.

It starts off with a nice reference to Fahrenheit 451, the classic reference to book burning. And then a review of the editing of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. But it won’t stop there.

Just when you think that there couldn’t be anything more annoying than watching idiots kneel all about the place comes a post on titled “Your Bookshelf May Be Part of the Problem.”

Yep. What you are reading, and what you have read is a problem. Of course in the day of Kindle, Amazon can just delete everything they find offensive.

A recurring theme in history is that the thought fascists like to tightly control what the people it seeks to oppress read. Propaganda doesn’t work well if the masses can read whatever they want.

Hence the effort to silence anyone who doesn’t spout The Party’s line on anything and everything.(Hat tip to The Right Way.)

We Are Bankrupting Ourselves for Security

You can’t guarantee perfect safety, but Americans want to “feel safe.” Bubble-Wrapped Americans: How the U.S. Became Obsessed with Physical and Emotional Safety.

Physical safety = nothing the scolds view as dangerous. Emotional safety = you can’t say anything that might upset me. It all adds up to insanity.

Why are Americans so obsessed with safety? What is the endgame of those who would bubble wrap the world, both physically and emotionally? Perhaps most importantly, what can we do to turn back the tide and reclaim our culture of self-reliance, mental toughness, and giving one another the benefit of the doubt so that we don’t “bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security,” as President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about?

As so many things, it is about education. And the lack of it.

Education from kindergarten up to the universities is increasingly about teaching doctrines and ideology, rather than critical thinking and problem solving skills. All of this is a dangerous admixture that combines the full weight of the academic, cultural and business elites in this country. And its consequences are far reaching.

Go read it. Grab a coffee first. (Hat tip to Wirecutter.)

The Truth Is Racist

If the Left doesn’t like that truth, that is. Sweden: Muslim migrant-linked gang violence increases despite coronavirus.

This should come as no surprise. Bombings by Muslim migrants have long turned many areas of Sweden into a war zone. Sweden saw some 230 bombings in 2019 alone. The majority of shooting suspects were from Africa and the Middle East, and some Swedish politicians have also blamed the large flows of immigrants who arrived in Sweden during the 2015 migration crisis.

230 bombings in 1 year in a country that has a land area (there is a lot of water in Sweden) a bit larger than Montana. But you can’t talk about that, for fear of being charged with “inciting race hatred.” The put a cop under investigation for that charge, because he dared to quote some statistics about serious crimes in that country. Isn’t it a good thing that guns are so controlled in that part of Europe! (Hat tip to Pirate’s Cove.)