A Response…


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Date: August 13, 2018

There are a few individuals, who’ve taken issue with my stance on the Alex Jones ban…or, more precisely, my stance that it was likely justified…and that massive channels like InfoWars, should not be immune to such consequences, when essentially nobody else is.

I appreciate your challenging me, on this issue…I don’t believe you are wrong…And, I believe your responses warrant an acknowledgement from me.

Let me extrapolate a bit, before I attempt to address your specific comments:

Your free speech ethics are noble…and I think they are ethically correct…But the ethics of free speech principles, is not what I was focusing on…it’s the ethical consistency [even of an ethical style we don’t like] of a website resource…it’s the way it turns a blind eye towards actual abuse…when it’s been heinous towards some communities that use it’s platform, and virtue signaling about it’s own rules on conduct.

My stance…is that these websites should at least focus their efforts, where it is actually warranted…otherwise, it means nothing…and they are fork tongued hypocrites.

My expectations on what to expect out of a web resource, are flexible…They depend on who is behind the scenes, pulling the strings…and what you can expect out of that sort of person…

…As such…it would be fair to say that I have a type of “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, approach…Which is why I don’t run around trying to change every internet “place”, and I roll with whatever atmosphere I encounter…or, I just leave it.

…But, I do anticipate some type of consistency, if it’s established that certain behavioral parameters are expected [and with few exceptions, where aren’t they?]…

I know that I cannot have it both ways [absolute free speech and rules of behavior]…and this is how I parse the issue…kind of accepting, that websites will have their own, overarching cultures.

YouTube, FaceBook and others, have been lost to the principle of free speech, for years…in my opinion…The writing has been on the wall, for quite a while…It’s just shocking for people who aren’t genuinely accustomed to this degree of censorship and discrimination, to have to face it themselves.

I don’t like this state of affairs…yet, I’ve come to terms with the fact, I personally cannot do much of anything about it…I can only function on these resources, within the set parameters…if I do anything at all on them.

I think…when it comes to accepting rules…the fundamental questions should be…what type of behaviors warrant discipline?…and why do they warrant it?

I can understand why Alex Jones is largely tolerated…Many people don’t take him serious…and he exists in this sort of hazy state, where people are actually wondering how much of his produced content [and behavior] resembles their own…And it’s fair to ask, how this type of crackdown, will cause blowback onto themselves.

I don’t support a broad suppression of the YouTube community…not even the crazier communities…but I do recognize, when certain kinds of people, engage in certain kinds of behavior…for which, they should face a consequence…

You seem to be of the position, that nothing exists in the Alex Jones case, which would warrant his ultimate banning…

…Having a wide perspective on Alex, going back decades…I have a different perspective…

…Maybe it seems heavy handed, what is happening to him…But I, for one, am not shocked at all that this is happening…It seemed ultimately inevitable, to be completely honest.

BoyChat:

BoyChat is a good, historic example…so long as it’s legal, you can express just about anything…

…There are scantly few exceptions, where it comes to no BoyLover ever having been banned for life, from BoyChat…

Most of us would have it no other way…myself, included…

…But there are BoyLovers, who have been banned for life from BoyChat…and it was justified…

Anything from spiteful individuals, acting to out other BoyLovers…to BoyLovers who unnaturally dominate the board, degrading it’s utility to the broader BoyLove community…to BoyLovers who lay siege to BoyChat for a decade, with an aggressive agenda to drive off other BoyLovers, or hound them into silence…

There are people who’ve acted in extreme ways, to prohibit the community at BoyChat from functioning…

Those people, whether it happened or not…did deserve being banned for life, in my opinion…

…Primarily, because they threatened and damaged the community, itself.

Suit Yourself

On YouTube…I went through a phase where I was watching debunking style trolling videos [think Bearing]…which is where I really started becoming aware, of this growing group of people, who were trying to “make a career”, out of abuse and mockery…Mind you…a lot of the people guys like Bearing respond too…let’s just say they already put themselves out there, as having some sort of nasty streak of their own…and there’s some karma at play…Plus, guys like Bearing have a style of delivery, and a sense of humor…which largely takes the edge off of his videos…

About a year ago…roughly two months before the YouTube “adpocalypse”…onto the scene entered a guy calling himself “Suit Yourself”…and he was largely endorsed and pushed, by others in the “professional trolling” community…including Bearing, if I recall right…

This is probably one of the most clear cases I have ever seen…of a guy trying to build an income stream…based off of brazen, sociopathic behavior…and his community was trying to help him get there…

Now…I would have told you from very early on…that “Suit Yourself” represented everything wrong with YouTube…at least to the extent, of what I’ve been talking about, where it comes to cleaning up it’s platform.

Here’s a guy…who shamelessly arrives on YouTube…with open intent on making money, through bullying and abusing people online…

…To make matters worse…he has no discernable sense of humor…which makes him come off all the more, like an a-hole, when he’s calling people “cunt”, or some other vulgarity…

…He also had a penchant for targeting people, who really don’t deserve it…like, MAPs, who are merely talking about issues…

…Omnipolitic16, was one such MAP.

I saw the video made by “Suit Yourself”, targeting Omnipolitic16…it was so vulgar and uncalled for…I simply quit watching, went to the channel of “Suit Yourself”, and blocked him…Not because I was scared of him…but because I didn’t care to be subjected to this malicious sociopath…and I was hoping, that blocking him would stop his videos from showing up in my recommendations.

The gaggle of friends for “Suit Yourself” started targeting Omnipolitic16, when he predictably responded with aggression to “Suit Yourself”…At least one of them managed to get Omnipolitic16 fired from his job…and outed him…

…He committed suicide, shortly thereafter.

I’m pleased to say…that “Suit Yourself” had his YouTube account terminated, and he was fully banned from YouTube, only a matter of months later…

…Which, again…in his case…this was a fully predictable outcome…and he absolutely deserves to be banished from YouTube, for life…

I was personally satisfied, to see that specific individual go down in flames.

It’s YouTube’s own dereliction of responsibility…which created this set of circumstances…where pompous, arrogant sociopaths, imagine they are entitled to make money, off of the direct degradation and abuse of others…a set of circumstances which remained for years…until relatively recent times.

There are certain types of individuals, who do certain types of things…who should be cleared out, and expunged from platforms like YouTube…

“Suit Yourself”, a person who’s actions are linked to the suicide of a young MAP…is one such person.

I don’t cry for these kinds of people, when they get banned from a platform.

Why am I sharing all of this?

…I want to put into stark clarity, some of the gritty reasons why I take the stance…that a lot of people genuinely do deserve being banned from YouTube [FaceBook, or wherever], for life.

Some people are so malicious…that they need to be removed, for the security and functionality of the platform and community, itself.

I don’t know if Alex Jones rose to quite that level of vindictive malice, or not…at least, while on YouTube…But if you understand his history…you will find nothing surprising about where he is, at the present moment.

…It’s the culmination, of a lifetime of attacking, degradation of others…smearing people…starting and spreading lies about people…

Again…I have no sympathy left, for people of that quality of character…who end up facing the music, eventually.

I don’t view it as “a wrong”…that he is currently facing the fallout of his lifetime pursuit…I just don’t.

Can we all benefit, if nobody is ever penalized?

…If there is no behavioral order maintained…maybe…I mean, there’s bound to be some sort of “up” side to it…

Question is…knowing how malicious and unhinged some people out there are…do we believe this is a good trade off?…

…Is it good, that “anything goes”?

…I don’t believe that it is.

Maybe…we’ll have to agree, to disagree on this.

…But I’d like it clear, where I’m actually coming from with this…

…I struggle with the apparent conflict, in all of this…

Like I said previously…I could live with Alex Jones remaining on YouTube…I’d have not bothered creating this [admittedly ugly] sub-blog series for Alex, had I thought his YouTube videos were going to end…especially so soon.

I agree with what a lot of people say…that [at least as regular course] it’s best to allow other people on YouTube to pick apart InfoWars, and expose the false information…And, it’s bad that these internet platforms are targeting “fake news” [whatever that’s supposed to be]…

…I also agree, that he’s kind of been martyred…which isn’t so great…

…I just don’t see how we should treat him, as if he can do no ban worthy wrong.

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Vile Pervert: The Truth Awakens…


Date: August 12, 2018

01) Vile Pervert: The Truth Awakens


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Offending Religious People With Memes Lands Woman In Jail…


Date: August 12, 2018

01) Offending Religious People With Memes Lands Woman In Jail


“A woman in Russia has gone on trial for “insulting” religious believers by posting memes on social media.

Maria Motuznaya, 23, was charged with offending the feelings of religious believers and “inciting” racial hatred after two women complained about images she posted on the Russian social networking site VKontakte, Radio Free Europe reported. Police then moved to search her home in May…

Citation:
https://www.newsweek.com/russian-woman-faces-five-years-jail-posting-memes-insulting-religion-1058366

Pedophilia Is Not Psychopathy…


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Date: August 12, 2018

01) Stefan Verstappen – Defeating the Psychopaths with The Way of the Warrior


“S y n o p s i s

Our society is under full-scale attack by psychopaths intent on destroying our minds, our spirits, and our lives. The goal of this war is to cull the herd and transform the survivors into obedient, soulless slaves. This is always the goal of psychopaths – total domination over fawning, fearful, fools. We need to mount a vigorous defense, but there is a fundamental obstacle to doing so. For years, behavioral programming by our schools and media have sought to dis empower us, make us apathetic, dependent on the state, and afraid. Before any significant positive change can be made, we need to first rally the troops and empower the people so that they can stand up and make a change. The only way to do this is to reawaken the warrior spirit within. Do you have the strength of character to step out your door and change your world? Could one meeting with a stranger change the course of your life forever? We must push ourselves to train each day. Never show weakness. Never show fear. Be larger than life and live to gain as much experience as everyday can bring.”

psychopathy

noun, plural psy·chop·a·thies. Psychiatry.

1. a mental disorder in which an individual manifests amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc.

2. any mental disease.

Even by the standards of the last two DSMs, pedophilia is not a class of psychopathy…nor is it a mental disorder [in itself]…This has been the case for decades.

One of the issues here…is that we don’t even know how many people are pedophiles [aka, primarily, or solely, attracted to people twelve years old and younger]…Rough estimates put our numbers at a few million, worldwide…and that’s probably a conservative guess.

Clearly, we are not all out raping little children…especially not at the rates [“hundreds of victims possible, for each”] some people claim…Nobody would be able to hide those kinds of numbers, nor their effects…There’d be scarcely a child on this planet, left un-raped.

Admittedly…the alleged “numbers of victims” are propaganda…they are grossly inflated, and based off of rare and uncommon, isolated cases…This distorts people’s perception of pedophiles.

The thing we need to keep in mind…is that many pedophiles do not even have sexual encounters with children…Many do not partake in “child porn”…nor “child erotica”…

…Some of us are celibate…

…We engage our sexuality, only in ways which cannot [by any sane, or honest definition], harm anyone at all…such as masturbation, while we are, obviously, imagining the things which sexually arouse us…

Sometimes…there may be entirely legal, non-sexual pictures used…or maybe even an erotic story, in written text…

There is no real person being sexually engaged with…And, these methods have been recognized throughout history, as being an ethical way of dealing with this orientation.

I want to know how it is…that foregoing something so fundamental as ones own sexuality, for a lifetime…allegedly equates to “a lack of empathy”…

…This is an extreme sacrifice, after all…It’s something enormous you have given up, even if you might believe that your social circumstances are unjustified [and I’d argue, especially if you believe that]…This is at the forefront of what it means, to have and exhibit social and personal empathy.

To many people equate pedophilia, with “lack of impulse control”…or “a lack of ability to stop oneself, from forcing small children into sex”…

…That is not what pedophilia is.

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It’s Over: YouTube Bans Alex Jones…


Date: August 10, 2018

01) It’s Over: YouTube Bans Alex Jones


“–YouTube completely bans Alex Jones’ Infowars channel after Spotify, Facebook, and iTunes started taking more aggressive action in removing his content

Citation:
https://www.thedailybeast.com/youtube-bans-infowarss-alex-jones-for-spewing-hate-speech/

Thanks, David!

I think you’ve given the best summary, thus far…and I can agree with your suggestion…

…If it’s legal, then just leave it alone. That would be an excellent standard, for YouTube to function by.

A Last Word in Summary: Can We at Least Maintain Our Intellectual Integrity About the InfoWars YouTube Termination?…


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Date: August 10, 2018

There are several things known here…

1) InfoWars has a decades long history, of being an aggressive, bad neighbor…profiting off of the naivety of the far right separatist demographic, and off of the wholesale degradation of various minorities. That they would eventually become a legal liability for YouTube [FaceBook, etc.], is a virtual guarantee, given their pattern of past behavior.

2) Four InfoWars videos were found to be in violation of YouTube’s “hate speech”, harassment, slander, etc., rules [their terms of service]…

3) Despite that the existence of only three such videos in a single account would constitute “three strikes”, and by common procedure would result in an account termination for any typical YouTube user…YouTube acted with grace and leniency, in favor of InfoWars, counting the entire group of videos as “one strike”, placing InfoWars [Alex Jones] on suspension, and temporarily disabling features of his account…

4) Despite the standing suspension, Alex Jones decided to circumvent the terms of his suspension.

5) Alex Jones’ behavior on YouTube, has been directly linked to acts of violence and terrorism, in that they are considered to have incited these acts, for which the individual perpetrators were prosecuted and incarcerated.

6) InfoWars and Alex Jones have had a growing number of lawsuits filed against them, in relations to their/his YouTube activity.

7) Legal experts are saying, that Alex Jones’ behavior is not protected by free speech law.

8) It’s unclear if YouTube is likely to be named as a defendant, in future lawsuits related to InfoWars…lawsuits which could cost them, dearly.

Now…is it fair to say…that had Alex and company been wise…they might have simply laid low, for the thirty day livestreaming [and upload?] ban, after which they could have resumed their broadcast?…and maybe, they could have refined their behavior a bit, in the meantime?…

Is it fair to say…that maybe they should not have actively provoked YouTube, during a period where they had already gotten themselves into trouble with YouTube?…and they knew full and well, it would only make things worse?

Is it fair to question, whether Alex and company actively tried to martyr themselves, with this public stunt?

Alex Jones has a lot of money…It’s not as if he could not afford, this brief lull in broadcasting his show….

So…why did he decide, that he had to be a hard headed douche, in this instance?

YouTube…whatever we want to say about them…it is absolutely predictable, and intellectually sound, what YouTube chose to do, given the set of circumstances in this case.

Had YouTube been integrally consistent…InfoWars would have been terminated and banned, years ago…Let’s be real, about this point.

This is something that was coming to a head, for quite some time…YouTube didn’t appear to really even want to address it…nor deal with it’s fallout…But Alex made it clear, he was going to continue on, by being an even bigger problem…So, YouTube took action.

InfoWars, Alex Jones and company, has not been subjected to anything, that you or I would not be subjected to, had we behaved the same on their service.

A Concession:

When we are talking about YouTube channels with massive followers, and large financial business reliant on their YouTube activity…It might be reasonable, that YouTube is lenient as it was…in a good faith effort, to not abruptly destroy what a YouTuber has spent years building.

The Question, However:

…How could Alex Jones be so foolish, as to swat away this good will?…and do something he knew would be “YouTube suicide”?…What was going through his head?

Ultimately, Responsibility Lies With InfoWars and Alex:

This conclusion was fully predictable, presuming YouTube would ever consistently enforce it’s own terms of service. It is the habitual, historic behavior of InfoWars and Alex, which has led to this end. The people behind InfoWars, only have themselves to blame for this.

…They’ve had years to alter their mode of behavior…but, they’ve only ramped things up, leading to these inevitable conflicts.

YouTube Has Sound Defense, For What It Did:

There is a clear path of behaviors and consequences, in this case.

While many of us hate the heavy handed approach YouTube has sometimes notoriously taken…the decision in this specific set of circumstances, was clearly justified.

…A loose cannon on YouTube, was trying to go rogue…on YouTube’s dime, while gambling with YouTubes legal liability…And YouTube put a stop to it.

In Close:

I Hate Censorship, With A Passion!

…This does not mean, that I fail to recognize cases where people have earned suspensions, or even permanent banning.

A person or group can become a big enough problem, that they warrant total removal from a platform.

Though, apparently, YouTube [FaceBook, etc.] considers Alex Jones to have reached this point…I take no delight, in the fact that InfoWars is banished from several online platforms.

While there is a strong aroma of poetic karma in this case, for sure…I do not see banishment, as being the preferable outcome…

…But I am intellectually honest [and consistent] enough, to understand and acknowledge why this outcome happened…

YouTube has been grossly inconsistent, when it claims to equally enforce it’s terms of service, or afford equal access to it’s services…

YouTube claims to want to keep it’s service safe, for it’s users…and claims to want to clean up the atmosphere on it’s platform…

…To which I say, “Fine!…Wonderful!”…

…And this is why, for many years…I have been calling upon YouTube, to actually enforce it’s terms of service, at least in the most obvious and pressing cases…Show that it is genuine, in what it claims intent…

I recognize what has happened with InfoWars, as being part of that enforcement [and clean up]…

…If that makes me some sort of a villain in all of this…at least in the minds of some…then so be it…

I’ve always been consistent on this stance…community rules [and terms of service] exist for a reason…and not even the massive channels, should be above them.

I see nothing to be ashamed of, in this stance.

Should YouTube be way more lenient, in it’s terms of service?…

…Well…that is a different discussion…

…I’m all ears, where it comes to considering the ways we can make YouTube open, accessible and more permissive.

Not everybody deserves their fate, on YouTube…

…But, let’s be careful not to give “free passes” to everyone…so enthusiastically, that we forget the grounded necessity in community rules [and terms of service]…

…Some people did earn their fate.

My condolences, if this is an uncomfortable reality.

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I Would Honestly Love, A Legitimate “Wild West” YouTube…


Date: August 09, 2018

01) Alex Jones BANNED from YouTube, Ana Responds


“Ana Kasparian explains why Alex Jones’ free speech defense is BS on #NoFilter.”

…And I have no problems, functioning in that kind of an environment…

It would be lovely, if we all had equal standing…and we all could equally speak our minds on YouTube, Facebook, etc…

I have no personal qualms, with InfoWars being on YouTube…

What I am getting a really sickly sensation out of…is this large parade of people living in denial…who seem to believe that “Saint Alex Jones”, is now a sacred cow…and he’s above community standards, above the terms of service…that there, seemingly, is nothing he can do, for which he can be penalized by YouTube, Facebook, or wherever…

…We even have Jimmy Dore soft peddling Alex, as though he were some kind of caricature which mocks right wingers…

Why are all of these apologists coming out of the woodwork…and acting like Alex cannot be penalized, for his behavior on internet platforms?…

…It’s as if they believe he embodies some sort of “god like” status, which makes him different from the rest of us…and hence, not having to behave like the rest of us do.

I don’t understand this…I don’t understand the reasoning behind it…

I’m not celebrating anything at all, in any of this…There’s no “dancing on the grave”, happening here…

…I just think it’s creepy as fuck…that so many people are acting like…”Nope!…No!…I don’t see any problems here!…anywhere!…ever!…Nothing Alex does, should be treated like it violates anything!…Alex is totally beyond the point, that any internet platform should be able to reign him in!…no matter what!”…

…I don’t agree with that philosophy…and not just because, the same level of privilege has not been afforded to me…I only pointed out this contrast earlier, to exhibit just how bad YouTube is, about equal opportunity in speech, and equality in terms of service enforcement…

I don’t agree…because, even though I would prefer to have a “wild west” YouTube…that is not the animal which YouTube has decided to be…and we’ve been given certain parameters in which to behave [granted…with a rather shitty degree of clarification].

If YouTube’s rules and terms mean anything at all…then they need to mean something, even when it’s a huge celebrity habitually violating them…I’d argue, especially when a huge celebrity habitually violates them…

There shouldn’t be all these people, acting as though they are oblivious, as to how Alex has a history of violating the terms and rules…and acting like this outcome, was not an obvious anticipation of his violations…

I don’t watch InfoWars…but I’ve seen tons of clips…and I know the show, from it’s past…when I did used to listen to it…

Can any one of his outraged supporters explain…how it is, that Alex magically does not have a long history, of violating the terms and rules of YouTube, etc.?…

…Because I’ve seen plenty of it…and I don’t understand, how you can arrive at an opposite conclusion from me.

Is it shitty, that YouTube, Facebook, etc., etc., has this much power on the internet?…

…Yes, it absolutely is!…And I agree with anyone, who believes that things need to change, in that regard…

…I agree…we need to have that discussion, about keeping an open place for the unpopular [and even a-hole] voices…

…I don’t know, that there is a “but”, which I even want to put here…

…It just sets so, so foul with me…that this is “the straw”, which everybody is losing it, over…

…It’s such a wrong “straw”, to push people past their limit…

Everybody knows, YouTube, Facebook, etc., is a bastard…

…If they were at all consistent in their enforcement policies…this likely would have happened, years ago…

…And I think everybody also knows, this is true.

Ugly truth…there are tons of people, who rightly deserve a total ban from social media networks…

…Why are any of them suddenly so critical and precious, when their number comes up?

My only shock in the past few days events…is that these companies actually mustered the integrity, to actually do it…

…I’ve been left perplexed for years…as to why they still had not done so.

Pope Changes Church’s Teaching On Capital Punishment…


Date: August 09, 2018

01) Pope Changes Church’s Teaching On Capital Punishment


“Pope Francis has changed church teaching about the death penalty, saying in a new policy published Thursday that it is always “inadmissible” because it “attacks” the inherent dignity of all humans.

The Vatican said Francis had approved a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church — the compilation of official Catholic Church teaching. Previously, the catechism said the church didn’t exclude recourse to capital punishment “if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.”

Citation:
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/religion/pope-francis-changes-church-s-teaching-death-penalty-n896841