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.

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.

The Compassionate Left – Not so Compassionate

I thought ‘victimhood’ was one of the saintly qualities the Left promotes. I guess that doesn’t apply when the victim isn’t holding to the narrative. Rotherham rape gang survivor reveals online abuse from far-left groups.

In a a recent interview, an anonymous woman who has claimed to have been raped over 100 times by a Pakistani grooming gang in the Yorkshire town of Rotherham, during the scandal has revealed that for airing her criticism online on social media, she was still receiving abuse, much of it from the ‘far-left’ and ‘academic feminists’.

And Twitter, the tech company that is so in tune with stopping online abuse, doesn’t seem to be interested in stopping abuse when it the far-Left doing the abusing.

The narrative that is being protected is that anyone who has issues with immigrants – like having been raped by a gang of them – is a horrible person who must be destroyed.

She was amazed by how much abuse she was getting, claiming that ‘they tried to shut me down, shut me up and drive me off Twitter. I’ve never experienced such hate online in my life. they accuse me of ‘advocating for white pedophiles’ and being a ‘sinister demonic entity’.

The Twitter cops can apparently do nothing to stop this. In other news the Twitter cops suspended Candace Owens for daring to disagree with the Governor of Michigan.

Coronavirus Death Toll Rises Past 300. One Death in Philippines. UC Berkley Worried About Feelings

Because of course they are. So here are some headlines from Saturday.

Now whether or not you think any of these feelings are “normal” or not, if you have time to worry about other people’s feelings, while most people are wondering if we’re facing a global pandemic, then you probably need to sort out your priorities. But I suppose I could say that about most things the people of Berkley obsess over.

Here’s some advice: Get a grip. Whatever side of this side issue you’re on, get some perspective.

The NHC reported in a separate update that as of the end of Saturday, 304 people have died and 14,380 people have been infected by the virus, which has spread across all of China and to around two dozen other countries.

And so far the regular old flu has killed between 10,000 and 25,000 people in the USA this season. As opposed to coronavirus which so far has killed no one the USA (or Canada or Mexico as far as I can tell). So why is that not as much news as coronavirus? Or as Adaptive Curmudgeon says…

Wash your hands, avoid crowds, don’t eat bats, don’t hang out with corpses that died of communicable disease, and maybe (just temporarily) cut back on travel to China. No bat soup and staying away from certain Chinese cities; how hard is that? I was planning on doing that anyway… as I do every month.

People Are Apparently More Trusting on Social Media

Which the crooks love, because it makes phishing easier.. Social Media Attacks Generate $3.25 Billion for Crooks Each Year.

Cybercriminals are becoming more clever every year when it comes to exploiting the trust of social media users and this translates into increased earnings, with malicious activities targeting social media platforms netting criminals roughly $3.25 billion per year.

To achieve such impressive results, the crooks have been quite busy, infecting one in five businesses with an active social media presence during 2018 and stealing approximately 1.3 billion social media accounts since 2013.

Trust no one.

#WalkAway is a Thing on Twitter

You can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Viral ‘Walk Away’ Videos Highlight Growing Movement of Democrats Leaving the Party. And just when I was getting ready to ditch Twitter.

Some 5 million people on Facebook and YouTube have seen the video by now. A very handsome gay man, who you just assume is about to scold you on progressive talking points, instead says this:

“Once upon a time, I was a liberal. Well, to be honest, less than a year ago, I was still a liberal.

“I reject a system which allows an ambitious, misinformed and dogmatic mob to suppress free speech, create false narratives, and apathetically steamroll over the truth.”

Once upon a time, I voted for Bill Clinton. Gave (relatively) large amounts of money to NPR, and Emily’s list. But after 8 years of William Jefferson Clinton, like James Woods (Who started it all on June 25), I was done. Though I got to the far side of the political spectrum faster than he did. I probably started sooner. I noticed that the Dems and NPR et al really didn’t want me to be able to defend myself. They were rabid about it.

Anyway, I haven’t watched the videos – too many other things in the queue right now. But the hashtag has been fairly amusing. (Though I started this post last night, and haven’t revisited the hashtag this morning.)