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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Jordan Peterson Calls Censorship of Alex Jones A Catastrophe

Jordan Peterson joins Steven Crowder to discuss Alex Jones/Info Wars being banned from various social media/tech sites and how it relates to the free speech issue.

I had some of the same thoughts the day it happened:

"These tech companies have also now painted themselves into a corner and by exercising this extraordinary prerogative to decide what is and isn't acceptable, they have now taken the onus upon themselves to be responsible for everything that is said on their platforms, and will invite more pressure from politically motivated factions to inspect and police every bit of content on their networks. By doing this they have unnecessarily burdened and weakened themselves and weakened the user experience."

The Censorship of Alex Jones Couldn't Possibly Be Politically Biased Could It?

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Monday, August 13, 2018

How The Mainstream Media Exemplifies Everything They're Saying About Alex Jones

The hour is late, and it is now time for all of you who would self-righteously flick the mote from Alex Jones' eye to remove the telephone pole from yours and turn your eye upon the sins of all the mainstream corporate media establishment that is curiously considered moderate, trustworthy, and acceptable.

The genius of Alex Jones is that he crystallized the mainstream media's worst characteristics and distilled them into their purest form, brilliantly and viciously parodying the media, and at the same time weaponizing its carefully cultivated exploits of the human psyche in opposition to the tyrannical impositions of the corrupt hegemony that the mainstream media serves.

And that is the real reason for the move to silence Alex Jones, not for glorifying violence, or for dehumanizing identity politics, not for fearmongering, or spreading fake news, or promoting conspiracy theories. Because as you will see, doing all of these things is the hallmark of the mainstream media establishment.

"Glorifying Violence"

The official reason Facebook gave for deleting Alex Jones' InfoWars page was his alleged glorification of violence:

"...we have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies."

But glorifying violence is all the mainstream media did this last presidential election in 2016. Who was the mainstream media's anointed one? Who was picked for the American people in advance by the mainstream media establishment? Who was preemptively coronated president before even the voters had a chance to have their say? Hillary Rodham Clinton, as a matter of record, one of the most violent individuals in recent history.

As a U.S. Senator from New York she voted for the Iraq War that killed over half a million people. Civilian deaths from this act of mass violence, this massacre that Hillary Clinton supported and helped to make happen, are documented to be as high as 180,000. Remember what 9-11 was like for us? Imagine not one, but sixty 9-11s –in a country with a population one tenth of America's. So imagine six hundred 9-11s.

That's what Hillary Clinton voted for, and that's what the mainstream media supported in the weeks leading up to the war. There's no telling how many more undocumented civilian deaths resulted from this war, that the mainstream media aggressively sold to the American people, inaugurating a television ratings boom and a river of advertising dollars– all blood money.

There could be no mistaking what Hillary Clinton would have done as president. She was a stalwart war hawk as Secretary of State, supporting troop surges in Afghanistan to escalate the violence there, "Clinton usually favored sending even more [troops] than [Secretary of Defense Robert] Gates did." She threw her entire weight behind steering the Obama Administration to destabilize the relatively stable, secular government in Libya with a U.S. backed war for regime change there, leading to tens of thousands of deaths, and thousands of civilian murders. She also backed a covert CIA program to give weapons to Syrian rebels to encourage a violent conflict in that country as well.

The media glorification of Hillary Clinton and attempt to strong arm the American people with heavily biased media coverage for their darling warmongerer, was nothing less than the glorification of violence writ large, and a hard push to elect a presidential candidate who would have used the power of the United States to start more unnecessary and tragically violent conflicts overseas where untold numbers of civilians in the world's poorest countries would have been sure to die. Alex Jones and InfoWars frequently tried to warn the American people that Hillary Clinton is a warmonger who would cause more violence in the world.

Hate Speech and Identity Politics

Identity politics and hate speech against broad categories of people on the basis of their race and gender were another widely cited reason for shutting down Alex Jones' social media channels, but the mainstream media constantly promotes hate speech and identity politics as a major part of its agenda.

The same week Alex Jones was banned from most major social media platforms, the New York Times hired a rabid anti-white racist named Sarah Jeong to its editorial board and doggedly defended her and decided to keep her after a slew of racist tweets on her Twitter timeline were discovered and publicized.

In case you haven't already seen the incredible number of tweets seething with racial, misandrist, and even ageist hatred, here's a sampling of what Sarah Jeong wrote:

Twitter hasn't deleted the tweets either, nor suspended Sarah Jeong's Twitter account. A number of mainstream media journalists such as Ezra Klein, the former Washington Post columnist, now editor at Vox, shamelessly defended her indefensible statements, twisting themselves in the process into insanse contortions that you would have to see to believe.

And how's this for hate speech as blatantly against a broad category of people, explicitly hateful as hate speech could possibly get: This June the Washington Post published an article titled, "Why Can't We Hate Men?," which asserts, "it seems logical to hate men," and, "in this moment, here in the land of legislatively legitimated toxic masculinity, is it really so illogical to hate men?" concluding, "We have every right to hate you." Will the Washington Post get a strike from all the major social media platforms for this hate screed against men?

And how is this for racist identity politics, a New York Times editorial from last November titled, "Can my children be friends with white people?," in which he proclaims, "I will teach my boys to have profound doubts that friendship with white people is possible," while assuring every single individual of a racial category comprising millions, "I do not write this with liberal condescension or glee. My heart is unbearably heavy when I assure you we cannot be friends."

That's just blatant, dehumanizing racism. If you're white, then you're not a human in his view, not an individual, just a white person, and he is trying to convince the New York Times' readers that this tells them everything they need to know about you in advance without knowing anything about you other than you have less melanin in your skin, the definition of racial prejudice.

I'll keep it to one more example: #KillAllMen. Last December an Editorial Director for The Huffington Post tweeted some New Year's resolutions. She has since deleted the one that included hate speech, but here's the screenshot:

A writer at has the right idea about this misandrist hate speech: "What do you do with an employee like this? You fire them. No ifs, ands, or buts... Announcing you wish to kill 50 percent of the world's population is not a joke any more than announcing you'd like to rape 50 percent of the world's population. If she has a problem with a particular man who treated her poorly, then by all means she should speak out. But this behavior steps over the line." But she wasn't fired and her account wasn't taken down. Let's get real. The mainstream media has drowned this country in a tsunami of identity politics and hate speech.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Nobody Noticed That What Just Happened to Alex Jones– Was A Modern Day Book Burning!

The throngs of cheering liberals (and self-styled moderates who imagine themselves voices of reason) who so evidently lack the capacity or willingness to reckon with nuance...

Who are overwhelmed by the urge, indeed the pervasive sense of their right, so characteristic of the hollowness and decadence of democratic forms of society, to boldly spout the most uninformed opinions on a variety of subjects without anything but the most cursory knowledge of the topics on which they aver, thinking their opinions, however ill-conceived and malformed, are equal in value to yours– just because their vote is...

Delighting this week as they do every week, in the frenzied, nauseous euphoria of the impassioned release of their unimaginative ejaculations, regurgitating– these mewling, ugly, wet, and feather ruffled baby vultures, crowded together in the fetid warmth of the mob, the foul smelling echo chamber which is their nest, in which they huddle so fearfully and desperately with such a profound lack of dignity– regurgitating the chewed up and still squirming mind infecting worms, the already once regurgitated opinions, digested for them by a cynical and slavish mainstream media, and vomited into the eagerly open beaks of these flightless, blighted ones in a relentless spew of filth and lies...

Such as these have gleefully chanted all weak [sic!] the shallow bromide that the social media platforms which deleted all of Alex Jones' InfoWars posts "are privately owned!" (as if the most gleeful personalities in this mob have ever given a damn about private property once in their lives), and so they are free to remove any posts from their platform they so choose. What a brilliant crowd of constitutional scholars these baby vultures are!

Even some (people who like to call themselves) libertarians (but lack the sophistication to own it) have carelessly mouthed this glib, faux-libertarian substitute for a nuanced opinion on such a conspicuously titanic precedent, as if it is some sort of final answer to end any further discussion about it, a magic charm that absolves them of any obligation to dig any deeper into this momentous portent of the future of political dialogue.

As if the mere fact that these companies legally can delete all of a major political voice's postings and completely erase a massive swath of digital history in one fell swoop, makes it impossible for them to even think to ask the next obvious question: Should they have? As if all these new overnight converts to private property libertarianism didn't just witness the digital equivalent of a book burning. But they did. And they didn't notice it. Because the magic charm worked. Because their minds are feeble and slavish.

Wikipedia's list of notable book burning incidents through history.
Someone add the mass deletion and blacklisting of Alex Jones.

The precedent of massive information companies that have become ubiquitous information carriers in the Information Age, so boldly assuming the prerogative to judge from the top down; for just a few to make such a decision for so many– for hundreds of millions of their users– as to what information is acceptable for them to have access to and what is not, and to actively delete so much information, is abhorrent to the modern, liberal spirit of an open society and unfettered critical inquiry, and to the entire ethos of the Internet and the digital era. InfoWars indeed!

They also didn't notice or find it disconcerting in the slightest how strange it was that Apple Inc., YouTube, and Facebook, ostensibly distinct corporations, all acted in concert together, in a tight choreography of censorship. The soul of any true scholar or even any truly liberal soul would have recoiled at the spectacle.

How few true scholars, and how few true liberals there are among the chattering classes! Instead we have the wretched throngs of modern democracy, cleaving ever more desperately to their impotent, gray, fascistic dream of rigid global uniformity, marching in ever tighter lockstep together, and cheering as only a frenzied mob can at the exile of any dissenting view of the world, or even any unusual personality, these fearful, boring, mindless drones.

So happy are they to give the outcast the boot (relieved that they are not outcast, that they belong somewhere, to the comforting warmth of the nest under the shadow of the global hegemony's wing, that they are one of the acceptable ones!) that they will too eagerly and uncritically regurgitate this line about private companies, and not wonder at all about the suspiciously synchronized action of these Silicon Valley tech giants to research and see if there isn't the shiny black boot of Washington D.C. afoot, actually stamping out political speech by force of intimidation, and trampling its Constitution underfoot.

This just so happens to be the case in the mass burning of all of Alex Jones' posts on every major social media platform (Twitter to its credit is the only hold out... for now). Apple, Facebook, and Alphabet, the parent company of YouTube, are all so deeply intertwined at this point with the U.S. federal government, that their actions cannot seriously be considered private.

As Caitlin Johnstone points out at The Rogue Journalist:

In a corporatist system of government, wherein there is no meaningful separation between corporate power and state power, corporate censorship is state censorship. Because legalized bribery in the form of corporate lobbying and campaign donations has given wealthy Americans the ability to control the US government’s policy and behavior while ordinary Americans have no effective influence whatsoever, the US unquestionably has a corporatist system of government. Large, influential corporations are inseparable from the state, so their use of censorship is inseparable from state censorship.

This is especially true of the vast megacorporations of Silicon Valley, whose extensive ties to US intelligence agencies are well-documented. Once you’re assisting with the construction of the US military’s drone program, receiving grants from the CIA and NSA for mass surveillance, or having your site’s content regulated by NATO’s propaganda arm, you don’t get to pretend you’re a private, independent corporation that is separate from government power. It is possible in the current system to have a normal business worth a few million dollars, but if you want to get to billions of dollars in wealth control in a system where money translates directly to political power, you need to work with existing power structures like the CIA and the Pentagon, or else they’ll work with your competitors instead of you.

The timing of the mass social media censorship of Alex Jones, a partisan Trump supporter, could not be more suspicious, a few months before the 2018 midterm election, and a few months after representatives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google were called to testify to the U.S. Senate for a hearing on "Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online" and instructed that it is their responsibility to "quell information rebellions" online and adopt a "mission statement" that expresses their commitment to "prevent the fomenting of discord." The censorious tone of defense industry "experts" and U.S. Senators was unmistakable.

"Civil wars don’t start with gunshots, they start with words," the tech company representatives were told by a former U.S. Army officer currently employed by a defense industry funded think tank called the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI).

"America’s war with itself has already begun. We all must act now on the social media battlefield to quell information rebellions that can quickly lead to violent confrontations and easily transform us into the Divided States of America. Stopping the false information artillery barrage landing on social media users comes only when those outlets distributing bogus stories are silenced: silence the guns and the barrage will end."

This was in a publicly viewed Senate committee hearing. Just imagine what's said behind closed doors.

That the censorship of Alex Jones is a critically important free speech matter involving forceful attacks on the freedom of the press by the United States government, could not be made more obvious than by the fact that when these Deep State-entangled, Silicon Valley tech titans chose to burn up everything Alex Jones had ever published on their platforms, InfoWars just happened to be circulating a petition garnering tens of thousands of signatures calling on President Trump to pardon Julian Assange, who has remained a political prisoner under house arrest in London for more than six years for engaging in the most relevant acts of journalism in the 21st century, and revealing to the American people just how untrustworthy their government really is.

But keep on laughing and cheering you oh-so-smart constitutional scholars, and courageous stalwarts of acceptable thought, you who crowd together for comfort, and lack even the energy to know what it is you're laughing about, or to understand what kind of future it is that you're gleefully cheering on.

Friday, August 10, 2018

U.S. 12mo Wage Growth Wiped Out By 2.9% Inflation, BTC Is Up 258% Over The Same Period

The U.S. Dollar continues its inexorable slide into oblivion.

U.S. Labor Department statistics reported Friday (h/t: Memeorandum) reveal that the paltry increase in American workers' paychecks over the last twelve months has been wiped out and then some by U.S. dollar inflation:

In America, wage growth is getting wiped out entirely by inflation

"U.S. workers' paychecks are worth less than they were a year ago, the Labor Department reported Friday, as modest wage gains have failed to keep pace with inflation.

Inflation rose 2.9 percent from July 2017 to July 2018, the department reported, while average hourly pay increased 2.7 percent over the same period.

The lack of real wage gains comes despite a strong economy, with sustained growth and an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent — one of the lowest levels in decades."

Despite a strong economy?

Textbook macroeconomics would say the lack of real wage gains is a direct result of a "strong economy" with "sustained growth" artificially stimulated by a decade of Federal Reserve central planning of the credit market forcefully keeping the world economy in an artificially enforced, highly experimental, and dangerously radical low interest rate environment since 2009.

All that GDP growth comes at the expense of devaluing the purchasing power of the U.S. dollar, but before the currency is debased by the artificially low interest rates and free flowing credit, that newly created money is spent by the institutions highest up in the lending chain, and major corporations with massive lines of credit from the institutional financiers at the top.

This is how Wall Street captures the value of that money, created out of thin air by central bankers, before it circulates and devalues the dollars workers spend to pay their bills. It's a massive funnel of value from the bottom to the top.

This could hardly be described as free market capitalism. It's wealth redistribution from the working class to the banking class, sanctioned and supported by the United States federal government, and it's been stealing from Americans for the last hundred years, as the graph at the top of this article shows.

2.9 percent inflation sounds modest. No big deal, it's just 2.9 percent inflation right? That's a paper cut right? Wrong.

What it means is over your lifetime more than half of what you make is stolen from you by the banking system that constitutes the U.S. dollar. But you don't have to go full Bernie Sanders socialist to do something about it. (In fact that would definitely make it all evaporate much faster guaranteed.)

The answer is to keep your savings in deflationary commodities like gold and silver, and deflationary currencies like Bitcoin.

Despite much ado about the cryptomarket crashing and burning after this last correction cycle following the speculative bubble that burst last December, over the same time period that the USD ate your wage increases, Bitcoin appreciated against the dollar from $2,460 in July 2017 to $6,347 in July 2018 (h/t: CoinDesk).