Fake Leftists

Are they intolerant of the Truth now? Popular queer Native American Twitter account turns out to be unpopular straight white woman.

BethAnn McLaughlin thought that she could fool all of the people all of the time.

@sciencing_bi was a well-read Science Twitter account, a queer Native American professor with a unique perspective on science and university life. They reportedly caught coronavirus and and died of Covid, drawing tributes from online admirers, some of them prominent academics. But it was only the final straw in a haybale of suspicion for people who knew BethAnn McLaughlin, a white woman that @sciencing_bi often spoke of. It turns out, with grim predictability, that it was her all along, catfishing the academic pond.

It might have been a great story, as a novel, but she presented it as fact. Oh, and Ms. McLaughlin was trying to get tenure at Vanderbilt, and said it was denied because she was an activist/founder of MeTooSTEM.

But the whole fake Twitter account/fake anthropologist at Arizona State University fell apart when McLaughlin said her friend, @sciencing_bi had died of COVID-19. Catfish: COVID-19 Even though ASU is a huge institution, which is probably why she thought she could hide someone in the shear numbers, ASU could find no such person. And some of the tweets contained factual errors, talking about classroom teaching in April, when ASU went virtual in March. And photos in the Twitter timeline can be shown to be stock photos from online.

Some critics also said that Sciencing_Bi, who was tweeting since at least 2016, only began to discuss her Hopi identity after McLaughlin was accused of silencing women of color within the MeTooSTEM organization, in 2019.

So why create the fake Twitter profile? Just to offer yourself support?

Hat tip to The Other McCain, who notes…

Twitter suspended McLaughlin as a consequence of her sockpuppetry. More importantly, what this tawdry episode of online deceit appears to reveal is that McLaughlin is fundamentally dishonest and therefore is undeserving of holding any position of trust.

Twitter Apparently Supports Genocide

I thought the Left was supposed to be intolerant of intollerance. Twitter defends blocking Trump tweets but not Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei.

Apparently Twitter’s outrage doesn’t extend to antisemitism.

A Twitter spokeswoman has defended the company’s decision to block and restrict tweets from President Trump but not those of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei which call for genocide of the Israeli people.

The reason? Because the Iranian dictator’s tweets pass as “commentary on political issues of the day” while Trump’s could “inspire harm,” Twitter claims.

So calling for the elimination of Israel, by the leader of a country with ties to terrorism, won’t inspire harm. OK Twitter, tell us what you really think of Jews.

And they say the Nazis are in the White House? Take a look in the F-ing mirror.

Hat tip to both Don Surber – Big Tech works for Red China and Wombat-socho –
In The Mailbox: 07.31.20.

Brave Browser: Not as Private as They Want You to Think

But then Facebook and Twitter are the elephants in the room. Facebook, Twitter Trackers Whitelisted by Brave Browser.

The Brave Browser promotes itself on being built from the ground up to provide enhanced privacy to its users. Yet, users voiced concern today after finding a section of the browser’s source code that shows tracking scripts for Facebook and Twitter are whitelisted so that they are not blocked by the browser.

Why? Because not blocking them would cause some sites to break. (Firefox lets me decide how much privacy/breakage I want.)

Twitter Suspends Account of Black Conservative

Can’t have black conservatives supporting Trump. Everyone must thing alike. Twitter Suspends Influential Black Female Trump Supporter’s Account After She Announces She Is Attending TPUSA Event in Washington DC.

Earlier this week Melissa announced on Twitter that she was attending the Black Conservative Summit in Washington DC this week sponsored by Turning Point USA.

Within an hour of posting her announcement on Twitter Melissa was suspended by Twitter.

But they’re not racist, no. Just ask them and they will tell you they love diversity. Just not diversity of ideas.

I’m Almost Disappointed That I’m Not #Shadowbaned

You can check your #ShadowBan status at https://shadowban.eu/.

I guess I need to step up my game some.

There was a list in 2016. Anybody who said anything nice about the Republican candidate, or disparaging about the Democratic candidate was placed on that list, and then a bunch of folks on the Left – who hate open debate (not to mention freedom of speech) – would block everyone on the List. I guess that isn’t enough for the shawdoban threshold.

For all the details on Twitter’s Shadowban see Big League Politics.

#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.)

Concealed Carry in Action

This is a security cam video of a would-be bad guy accosting a group of women with a gun. He then gets shot when one of the women pulls out her own gun and shoots him once in the chest. Concealed carry stops the bad guy.

I have no info on when this actually occurred or where it happened.