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Parler and the problem of escaping internet censorship

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A still from Apple Inc's launch of the MacIntosh Computer
Back when Parler was first taking off, I warned that its app-based dependency meant that two companies, Apple and Google, can eliminate it anytime they like.

It was only a matter of time.

The transition from desktops and laptops to Android and IOS devices mean that users are operating in a walled garden run by two very lefty companies. Those companies can do with the garden what they please. Those users who choose to jailbreak their devices have more options, but most don't. Conservatives can try to distribute the knowledge more widely and encourage that kind of self-empowerment. But the bottom line is most smartphone, Kindle, Chromebook, etc users want a simple device that just works and runs all the apps in the app store. Doing anything more complicated would be inconvenient.

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JP Sears takes on the coup against the coup against the coup

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As everyone who has been following American news closely should have noticed by now, the 'Stop the Steal' rally on Capitol Hill on January 6 was subverted by Soros-sponsored Antifa activists causing the total breakdown of efforts to halt the Color Revolution that has been underway in the republic since 2016.

It is absolutely shocking that at this stage of the game, after four solid years of outright lies, psy ops and other proven dirty tricks deployed to undermine the republic, that so many people, including former Trump supporters, are incapable of processing the facts which prove this to be so. If you need a reminder that what you read here is not hyperbole, not only was Russia gate proven to be a hoax, but so was Ukraine gate, and the witch hunt conducted on Michael Flynn.

Comment: The jesters dare to say what others can or will not. But who is listening?


Apparently Sears is also on the edge of being banned from YouTube.

More of JP skewering the current madness:


Brick Wall

YouTube bans Dave Cullen's channel 'Computing Forever'

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In a dark and precedent-setting week for online censorship, the axe has fallen on yet another dissident Irish Youtuber, this time in the form of Dave Cullen, who had his channel purged Sunday morning from the embattled video hosting site.

With just over 500,000 subscribers, Cullen who originally started his life on the channel 14 years ago primarily as a technology reviewer, made a name for himself among rightist circles due to his drift into conservative and nationalist politics. More recently he has led the charge in the critique of the science behind state-mandated lockdowns and the emergence of what he believed to be a technocratic police state by means of a 'Great Reset'.

Comment: One of the many reasons David Cullen has run afoul of the YouTube gatekeepers. The video is gone but can be accessed here

Covid-19, mandatory vaccination and the rationalization of tyranny


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The Woke Purge has begun

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President Donald Trump looks at his phone during a roundtable at the State Dining Room of the White House June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Twitter's suspension of Donald Trump is a chilling sign of tyranny to come.

Cancel culture doesn't exist, they say. And yet with the flick of a switch, billionaire capitalists voted for by precisely nobody have just silenced a man who is still the democratically elected president of the United States. With the push of a button in their vast temples to technology, the new capitalist oligarchs of Silicon Valley have prevented a man who won the second largest vote in the history of the American republic just two months ago — 74million votes — from engaging with his supporters (and critics) in the new public square of the internet age.

Not only does cancel culture exist — it is the means through which the powerful, unaccountable oligarchies of the internet era and their clueless cheerleaders in the liberal elites interfere in the democratic process and purge voices they disapprove of. That's what Twitter's permanent suspension of Donald Trump confirms.

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FBI search homes, offices of Tennessee lawmakers suspected of corruption

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A few FBI agents hold boxes inside the elevator, heading to Kent Calfee and Glen Casada's office at the Cordell Hull State Office Building in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. It's unknown what they are searching for.
Federal agents descended on multiple Tennessee Republican House members' homes and state offices on Friday, collecting evidence while executing search warrants as part of an unspecified investigation just days before the legislative session begins.

Nearly a dozen agents from the FBI entered the Cordell Hull legislative office building just before 8 a.m., fanning out into multiple offices for several hours before leaving with boxes full of items.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee confirmed the FBI visited the homes of former House Speaker Glen Casada, R-Franklin; Rep. Robin Smith, R-Hixson; Rep. Todd Warner, R-Chapel Hill; and former Casada aide Cade Cothren. They also went to a business associated with Warner.

Brick Wall

Peter Hitchens: I am, for the first time, afraid for the future of freedom in my country

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London's Carnaby Street is pictured above on Saturday under the national lockdown.
What if the days did not, after all, start to grow longer after Christmas? Well, yes, of course they will (won't they?) but I feel a dark, oppressive foreboding which makes spring seem very far away. Why is this?

I sense that I and some others have now become the targets of a worrying wave of spite, censorship and intolerance, very like the McCarthyite frenzy in 1950s America which swept up all kinds of innocent people in what claimed to be an attack on Communism.

The modern Left love to claim they are against that sort of thing. But only when they are not doing it themselves. There are three important groups here.

Attention

National Guard in DC will be able to use lethal force at the discretion of commanders

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The US Army and National Guard are deploying in numbers to Washington DC ahead of the upcoming presidential inauguration, with the possibility of being armed with lethal weapons at the discretion of their commanders.

In Washington DC and in most jurisdictions around the world, non-lethal weapons are de rigeur when dealing with civil disturbances, but given the recent events of Wednesday, it is felt that more caution is in order.

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Council recruits men with TVs strapped above their heads to walk the streets and warn public not to break Covid lockdown rules

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Bradford Council announced the 'iWalkers' scheme this week but due to public backlash it has been forced to delete a Facebook post detailing its plans.
A council have recruited men with TVs strapped above their heads to walk the streets to police lockdown.

The bizarre move saw staff and volunteers pound the streets of Bradford, Yorkshire, with TVs, which weigh 18lbs and have a 19inch screen, hoisted on their shoulders.

Bradford Council announced the 'iWalkers' scheme this week but due to public backlash it has been forced to delete a Facebook post detailing its plans.

Comment: Our relentless descent into Clown World™ accelerates...


Briefcase

Dominion Voting Systems files defamation lawsuit against Sidney Powell

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Sidney Powell speaking during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington on Nov. 19, 2020.
Dominion Voting Systems on Friday sued lawyer Sidney Powell, alleging she defamed the company.

Powell made a series of "wild accusations" that are "demonstrably false," Dominion said in its lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

That included claims that Dominion rigged the 2020 election and that the company bribed officials in Georgia for a contract concerning its election machines and software, according to the 124-page suit.

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Lockdowns won't make any difference, no matter how harsh

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IVOR Cummins has a high place on the TCW 'Covid Sense' roll of honour.

He has released his latest forensic comparison of the international data on Covid-19 mortality - on the impact or otherwise of lockdown and mask-wearing as against other, more likely, causative factors.

His latest study of the international data, of the facts and of the science, continues to support his analysis that lockdowns don't work - at all.

He begins with his favourite country Sweden - favourite because as the only European country not to impose lockdown and masks, instead settling for just for one metre social distancing, it acts as a 'control' for the rest of the continent.

Taking a look back over the last ten decades, he shows that Sweden's Covid-19 outbreak is of a very similar order to many of the flu epidemics that the country has experienced, and is hundreds of times lower than the Spanish flu of 1918 which, unlike Covid, had a median mortality age possibly as low as 40 (certainly less than 60) and included many infants in its grim toll. Which is not the case with Covid, with an average mortality rate of over 80.

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