Monday, January 18, 2021

Deplatformed cesspools

"Parler's Back from the Dead With a Domain Registered to Epik, Home to Gab and Daily Stormer" (Stanley) (primo #1 'journalism', right here!; my emphasis in red):

"Parler came back online Sunday with a defiant message to the social network’s “lovers and haters.” Its new host appears to be Epik, a domain name registrar that has harbored other deplatformed cesspools like Gab, the Daily Stormer, and 8kun predecessor’s 8chan, thus cementing Parler, the self-proclaimed “world’s premier free speech platform,” in the online shit hole hall of fame."

"Ex-Facebook exec calls for de-platforming OANN and Newsmax, laments that some conservatives have BIGGER AUDIENCES than CNN".  Tweet (Jack Posobiec):
"The angry man calling for conservative media to be eliminated today on CNN is 
@AlexStamos 
Stamos is the disgraced Facebook chief security officer who left the company after massive failures, including allowing child pornography on the platform"
"As Tech Companies Purge Users, Here Are Some Alternatives" (Black).

It's going to be very confusing in the next few days, intentionally so: "Armed Protesters Begin To Arrive At State Capitols Around The Nation" (Durden):
"While the protesters are being identified across various platforms as members of a so-called "boogaloo" movement, they largely appear to be generic anti-government anarchists - some of whom call themselves "liberty boys," and others who oppose the conservative Proud Boys. Their sudden emergence surrounding the inauguration is curious, to say the least."
Tweet (Max Abrahms) (also!):
"The media has now walked back the two most frightening stories about the rightwing extremism threat since the Capitol attack. The media should be doing everything to depict the threat accurately — not just scare-mongering for ratings and political effect."
Curiously, Tracey doesn't accept the overwhelming evidence of The Steal (of course, without one single audit - the lack of which should tell you everything you need to know in itself - we'll never have 'proof'):  tweet (Michael Tracey):
"It wasn't "unlawful." I spent over two months arguing with right-wingers that their obsessive election fraud delusions were insane, but declaring as "seditious" members of Congress taking part in a parliamentary maneuver is maybe even more insane"
"The Great Purge Approaches" (Lang):
"It appears to me that Schumer has in mind to try former President Trump in the senate with John Roberts presiding.  IMO this is unconstitutional.  As Alan Dershowitz said on the TeeVee today, the prospect of such a procedure should be horrifying to all.  Why?  If the congress can try a private citizen and bar him/her from holding federal office, then whichever party controls the congress can simply bar significant opposition figures from office by re-defining the meaning of statutes, imputing motive where there is none and through guilt by association.   This all begins to smell like Stalin's show trials in the 30s in which he killed off his Old Bolshevik comrades and the leadership of the Red Army.  Trump will always remain vulnerable to the civil courts.  The Dems fear that Florida or federal courts in Florida will not extradite him?  They should live with that in the interest of maintaining the Union.

We now have most of downtown Washington, DC transformed into a Green Zone on the Baghdad model.  25,000 federalized National Guard troops plus various kinds of cops occupy that zone.  25,000?  How about 1,000?  How about 2.000?  What do they expect, an attack on the Biden inauguration platform from the other end of the Mall?  The bridges from Virginia are closed by order of his majesty Ralph Northam.   We live here under Ralph's imperial decrees in a vast outdoor prison.  The ability of the imperial authorities to wall us up, each in our own crummy little domain bodes ill for the future.

Not for the first time am I disgusted by the susceptibility of those I thought my countrymen to waves of hysteria.   German and then Communist spying in WW1,  Prohibition, internment of Japanese descended citizens of the US in WW2,  McCarthyism, the 2K fantasy in which people waited for the end of civilized life, 9/11, after which the whole country went into a profound funk and stumbled about terrified of the NEXT ATTACK.   And now, we have the Left's desire to destroy opposition, the opposition of 75 million citizens and to do it through mass mobilization of political hysteria.

This will never be the same country again.  We have lost the talent needed to maintain a federal republic."
"My Favorite Joe Biden Photo" (Sailer):
"This 1976 picture looks like a still from a 1970s paranoid thriller film like The ConversationThree Days of the Condor, or All the President’s Men. Joe would be well-cast as the sleazy lawyer sent by the covert government agency or giant multinational corporation to warn the hero to back off. He looks like a cross between Peter Boyle, John Cazale, and Harry Dean Stanton."
Tweet (Emo Philips):
"So I can keep doing it then?"
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