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Latest example of Big Tech’s addiction to censoring speech
If you wonder why so many Twitter twits are panicking at the idea of Elon Musk buying the company and bringing back free speech, here are just a couple of the most recent examples of how Big Tech companies have become addicted to censoring speech. Claiming they’re fighting “disinformation” or “dangerous” rhetoric is just a fig leaf to cover their irresistible urge to censor any opinion or even unassailable fact that undermines leftist narratives.
First, meet social influencers Cole and Savannah LaBrant, a popular Christian couple with over 10 million Instagram followers and 13 million YouTube subscribers. They made a documentary on abortion. It doesn’t vilify anyone: it just talks to pro-life doctors, a doctor who stopped doing abortions, and women who opted not to get abortions, and tells their stories and the truth about what abortion really is (hint: it’s not “reproductive justice” or some other fuzzy euphemism.) It also talks about Embrace Grace, a non-profit that helps women in crisis pregnancies.
After getting some angry complaints from the pro-abortion crowd, Instagram removed the video. YouTube allowed it to stay up, but demonetized it, even though all ad revenues go to local pregnancy centers.
Now, exhibit B (and a headache that this newsletter deals with regularly): Issues & Insights conducts regular polls with the TechnoMetrica Institute of Policy and Politics (TIPP.) TIPP has been the most accurate pollster in the last five presidential elections. In March, the I&I/TIPP poll found that nearly two-thirds of America’s registered voters said they believe that decisions about COVID restrictions are driven by politics and not science. Majorities of almost every political, ideological and identity group agreed.
Yet Google’s AdSense stripped ads from the article, claiming it contained “dangerous or derogatory content,” and had to be “fixed” if they wanted ad revenue back. I&I requested a review, but Google rejected the request.
Please note that the poll didn’t declare that politics rather than science rules COVID decisions. That would be a statement of opinion. Instead, it stated the hard fact that a majority of registered voters surveyed believe that. I&I pointed out that, ironically, an earlier poll found that by a 59-29% margin, Americans disapprove of social media suspending users for expressing opposing views on COVID. The only group that approved of such censorship was Democrats (44-42%.) Liberals were evenly split at 43-43%. All other groups strongly disapproved.
When these sites first began violating their obligation to be neutral platforms to maintain their federal protection against lawsuits, they claimed it was necessary to stop “dangerous” extreme speech, like the promotion of terrorism or Nazism. Do you see anything “dangerous” in the examples above?
They’ve redefined "dangerous speech" as anything that might be dangerous to the far-left “progressive” political agenda, which can mean anything from a solid fact to an intelligent, informed opinion. They have become the real danger to society; and if they have no respect for the law that grants them immunity from lawsuits, then it’s high time that law got revoked and let the lawsuits flow like mighty rivers.
It’s either that, or Elon Musk might have to buy all of them.
Mike Rowe will love this story
Walmart is so desperate for reliable merchandise transport that they’re not only giving pay raises to their current in-house truck drivers, they’re raising the starting pay for new truck drivers to as much as $110,000 (minimum $95,000.) Their average starting salary was already $87,000.
As Bobby Burack at Outkick.com reports, $110,000 is twice the average starting salary of college graduates. And without having to assume debt you can never repay or sit through leftist brainwashing by America-hating professors who’ve never spent a day in the real world. For some students, like those in medicine or STEM programs, college is a must. But for others, it’s becoming more of an anchor than an elevator.
There’s huge demand everywhere for truckers as well as other skilled trades, from welders to construction workers to furnace and A/C technicians. You know, people who actually know how to do something useful. Not so much for poli sci or gender studies majors, whom many of us would gladly pay to go away.
Mike Rowe is quoted in this article, pointing out that there are 7.3 million jobs open for skilled trades people. After you get those skills, you can immediately land a secure, good-paying job. And if you worry that elitist, leftist college grads will look down on you, then just don’t tip them when they serve you your coffee at Starbucks.
More details on NY Lt. Governor’s arrest
More details on yesterday’s late-breaking story about New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin surrendering to federal authorities on charges of bribery, wire fraud and conspiracy. He also resigned from his post, the #2 position in the state’s government.
He was appointed less than a year ago by now-Gov. Kathy Hochul, who took office when Andrew Cuomo was forced to resign. Hochul’s Republican challenger in the November election, Rep. Lee Zeldin, blasted her for her bad judgement in picking Benjamin as her second-in-command, and Bob McManus in the New York Post concurs, explaining how the top echelons of the state’s government got so corrupt and incompetent.
By the way, since the media don’t seem to be mentioning it, I should add that all of these people are Democrats.
A bird poop kind of speech
President Biden made a speech in Iowa Tuesday, and the best thing you could say about it is that the bird poop that appeared to land on his lapel was probably just corn.
Nevertheless, it did give us this hilarious headline from Matt Margolis at PJ Media: “Patriotic Bird Poops on Biden; Speaks for Entire Nation.”
As for everything else he said, from blaming 70% of our rampant inflation (a four-decade high 8.5% in March) on Vladimir Putin to his plan to lower gas prices, it was all 100% certified pigeon droppings.
Not even one of the most prominent Democrat Senators is buying the White House’s fable that prices have been rising for over a year because Putin invaded Ukraine six weeks ago.
But Biden outdid himself with his announcement that he plans to ease high gas prices by letting 15% ethanol gas be sold from June to September, when it’s normally banned. There are so many crazy things in that plan that it’s hard to list them all. First, the real reason gas prices are so high is that Biden started from day one in office waging war on America’s domestic oil and gas industries, all in the name of fighting climate change. He exhibited the usual leftist logical fallacy of attacking a necessary commodity without having a feasible alternative.
Now, he proposes to lower those prices not by taking his boot off the neck of oil and gas producers, but by selling gas with higher amounts of ethanol, a corn-based alcohol. But that’s normally banned in summer under the Clean Air Act because it’s more volatile in hot weather and is believed to create more ozone and smog. (When Trump tried to make it available year-‘round, environmentalists successfully sued to block it.)
It also gets lower mileage, so you have to burn more of it to go the same distance, not only requiring the burning of more fuel, but negating any cost savings for drivers. In addition, many believe it damages your car’s engine. Plus, only about 2300 out of America’s 150,000 gas stations even have pumps for it. And even if you do find it and use it, the price is only about 10 cents a gallon lower.
Finally, at a time of looming food shortages, Biden proposes to use even more of our corn crop as a bad replacement for the gas he could produce simply by letting the oil and gas industry produce gas! The director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment said, “Turning more food into fuel at a time of looming global food shortages is as reprehensible as it is stupid.”
So maybe a bird didn’t poop on Biden. But if it did, it would be the best review this speech got.
Russia-Ukraine War Recap
Here is today’s Fox News link to the latest bulletins on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:
Recapping the top stories: Russian troops attacked the city of Kharkiv with 53 artillery and rocket strikes in the past 24 hours. Ukraine is investigating claims that a Russian drone dropped a poisonous chemical weapon onto the city of Mariupol. The Presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia are traveling to Kyiv to meet with President Zelenskyy.
And in an escalation of his war of words, President Biden called the Russian invasion a “genocide” for the first time. He said, “It’s become clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to wipe out even the idea of being Ukrainian. The evidence is mounting," adding that he would let the "lawyers" determine if it fits the definition of “genocide.” Once they define “genocide,” maybe he could also see if it applies to China.
Here’s a follow-up to last week’s article about whether Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to bus illegal border crossers to Washington, DC, is unconstitutional (Abbott backed off a little by saying the busing would be “voluntary.”) It looks at some possible scenarios, and some worrisome potential outcomes if Biden opens up the border (unconstitutionally) and tries to prevent the states he’s destroying from doing anything about it.
While some Democrats are gearing up to fight Abbott on this, others seem to understand the calamitous tsunami of illegal immigration that’s likely to hit if Biden goes through with his “Grandpa drove the Buick through a 7-11”-like plan to lift Title 42 COVID restrictions. They realize their reelection hopes may be trampled in the stampede and are trying to talk some sense into him. And how hard should it be to make him understand that he shouldn’t lift the border COVID restrictions when every Democrat he knows has COVID?
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