Burning Books in Cyberspace? Orwell lives!

Spying on Everyone

I am an Indy author with five Award Winning Thriller novels published and a new one on the way. Link.

I’ve been “noticed.” I have a following on social media. I have to be there to market my novels. The Internet is the best way that authors who are not with a major publisher can promote their books.

Other than those active on social media, most are unaware that the society-transforming “Fake News” war to erase history, suppress truth, and limit free speech has exploded into Cyberspace. The left has always wanted to censor its critics and erase history. Conservative authors are being targeted, personally attacked, and aggressively censored. Book reviews are being gamed.

Those in Cyberspace who don’t comply, who don’t conform, are being punished.

Critical Thinking Must Die

This conflict is now raging all over social media, mostly below the surface. It has aspects of what we saw in fiction in The Matrix, which is an updated version of what Orwell put in 1984 and in line with what I put in my own novel Privacy Wars.

The Deep State Future


According to Constitutional Law experts, there are no 1st Amendment rights in Cyberspace. Yet.

Huge corporations continue to exploit and abuse this omission to support their own agendas and political biases. I expect there will eventually be a Supreme Court ruling on this. It may extend to blocking Cyber Media firms from accepting foreign political advertisements or purchasing news media.

If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

George Washington


I was blacklisted (banned from posting comments) on Amazon 8/29/2016.

I was never told why, but the timing coincided with an “alert note” that I sent out supporting now President Trump which went viral. I never posted this on Amazon, but others may have.

Action Note #5 — For the first time in my adult life…. – http://us3.campaign-archive.com/?u=678e02cd37623f8eb83d534da&id=222bb1c0be

I expect “Fake News,” censorship and intimidation will get worse as the next election cycle approaches. From Google, to Facebook, to Twitter, to YouTube, and beyond the social media firms – now the most prosperous companies in America – are a major part of the “Deep State.” Some of these corporations have developed their own “cult” cultures and are purging  their firms of any who disagree.

Orwell’s Truth

“Guardians of allowed opinion” are in power. The so-called “Google Manifesto” is a recent example that has gone viral. Link 

This post is to share what’s going on in my small corner of this world with you and to request help from my readers and those who value Free Speech and First Amendment rights. It would help a lot if you would post reviews for my novels on Amazon. I’m blocked from posting there, even under my own author’s pages, and also from reviewing any books on Amazon.  LinkToMyBooksOnAmazon

Here are tidbits from my corner of the war in Cyberspace: Books. In the run-up to the amazing 2016 election crazy things were happening.

The New Hate Speech

I was early to Amazon. I was there doing book reviews since about 1996. Virtually all my reviews were positive, as why read a book if you hate it? Over the years, I posted about 120 reviews. ALL MY BOOK REVIEWS WERE DELETED IN Nov 2016.

Here is the last review I posted on Amazon – it was there for only a day or so before it was deleted. I then got this note. Here it is, along with my deleted review.

Hillary Lost

Your review could not be posted.

Thanks for submitting a customer review on Amazon. Your review could not be posted to the website in its current form. While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines:
http://www.amazon.com/review-guidelines

 Review from John D. Trudel on September 28, 2016

Straight propaganda. Don’t waste your money.

Straight propaganda. Don’t waste your money. See some book or film like “Stealing America” or “Clinton Cash” if you want the straight words about lying Hillary.

Yes, Hillary is the first woman candidate for the office of President of the United States. This woman is arguably the most corrupt person to ever be a serious candidate for the office, and — depending on what polls you believe — 60-70% of the U.S. public (including some who will vote for her) think she’s untrustworthy.

Note: My banned review (9/28/2016) has aged well.

Loser in Chief

Deep end of the Swamp

Kennedy’s Warning

Hillary Clinton’s book broke records for its horrible reviews. Here are some of the early reviews. I found them clever.

[It’s now been puffed up to being 4.5/5 stars, so I expect all these are long gone. I didn’t check.]

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Top Reviews for “Stronger Together” (9/28)– Hilarious

Top positive reviews

Showing 1-10 of 239 reviews (positive). Show all reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars I feel safe now.

By S. Mainon September 23, 2016

I was going to give this book an unfavorable review but I fear for my life.

77 comments| 905 people found this helpful

5.0 out of 5 stars The best review ever!!!!

By Pendeplume on September 25, 2016

Format: Paperback

The five stars are for the review written here by Daniel B., NOT THE BOOK! I had to re-post as it, NOT THE BOOK, is well worth the read.

“I was going to read this book … I really was. But just as I got started, I found myself under sniper fire, passed out, and fell and hit my head. After that I got double vision and had to wear glasses that were so damn thick I couldn’t even see to read. As if that wasn’t enough, I then had an allergic reaction to something and started coughing so hard I spit out what looked like a couple of lizard’s eyeballs, my limbs locked up, and I passed out and fell down again, waking up only to find out I had been diagnosed with pneumonia 2 days earlier. Somehow I managed to power through it all, but it’s a good thing I was able to make a small fortune on this random small trade in the commodities market (cattle futures or some such thing) and then, miracle of all miracles, a few banks offered me a few million to just talk to their employees for a few minutes – and all that really helped out because I swear I was dead broke and couldn’t figure out how I was gonna come up with the 6 bucks to pay for this book, let alone pay the $1,500 for my health insurance this month. I still want to read it, but, honestly, what difference at this point does it make? I hear it sucks anyway.”

17 comments| 970 people found this helpful.

5.0 out of 5 stars I liked the way someone at Amazon manipulated the numbers on …

By william vaughn on September 25, 2016

Format: Paperback

I liked the way someone at Amazon manipulated the numbers on theses reviews proving once again that hitlery Clinton is the most corrupt person to ever run for president just like she was the most corrupt Secretary of State ever. She needs somebody to alter results of reviews and polls because she is so dishonest that she has to hide how dishonest she is by being dishonest

9 comments| 726 people found this helpful.

5.0 out of 5 stars 5+Stars to the Authors….OF THE REVIEWS!

By suz702 on September 18, 2016

Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

I didn’t buy this book or read this book, but I have read the reviews, and enjoyed hours of entertaining, fun filled reading, expressing the TRUTH, about a crooked, lying, corrupt, terminally ill Presidential candidate, who stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders, and who is about to steal the Presidency with the use of election fraud. 10 Stars to the authors of these reviews. Proof that not only are Amazon.com shoppers of superior intelligence, but they call it like they see it. More reviews please!

Amazon shows this as a verified purchase, when I didn’t buy the book…..how fun!

14 comments| 910 people found this helpful.

5.0 out of 5 starReviews are more entertaining and truthful than the book!

By jaws48 on September 24, 2016

Format: Paperback

Looked through the book preview…boring and full of BS. That said, however, the reviews are the best entertainment I’ve had in days! Amazon customers are the best. Sorry Amazon management sees fit to delete some of their customers’ best work!

5.0 out of 5 stars Please don’t suicide me…

By Greg. T on September 18, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

Truly the Mein Kamf for a new generation. I have never in my life been more inspired than I was after reading this magnificent account of Hillary’s struggles, particularly in regards the truth and her inability to avoid pandering. The mellifluous prose she employs makes it obvious that it took a village to raise this idiot and that one can overcome every hurdle in life, up to and including your husband using an intern as a cigar humidor.

I have a new found appreciation for the women who was heaved unceremoniously like a sack of potatoes into the back of her van and who then reemerged hours later, her Cyberdyne Systems microprocessor fully rebooted, to continue her run for our nation’s highest office: Commander and Thief.

17 comments| 760 people found this helpful.

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars

By Heck yeah! on September 16, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

My only disappointment with this book is that it ended before Batman showed up to haul her to jail.

3 comments| 626 people found this helpful.

5.0 out of 5 stars DIsappointed in Amazon

By Bill NE on September 25, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

The virtue of this book is that it has revealed Amazon’s scandalous practice of manipulating reviews for political objectives. I actually do find this hard to believe, and even harder to accept. Maybe I’m just a gullible fool, but I always looked to Amazon customer reviews for useful information. No more.

8 comments| 600 people found this helpful.

 Top Customer Reviews

1.0 out of 5 starsThe Case of the Missing Reviews

By Sherwood 4ust on September 23, 2016

Format: Paperback

Four days ago (the morning of Sept 19) there were 898 reviews of this book. By evening there were 983 reviews. The reviews were merciless and many quite funny (though mostly accurate). This morning I look and there’s 209 reviews. Hmmmmm, what happened to all those other reviews? Apparently Clinton has friends at Amazon.

Edited to add: In the WND article there was a comment “This may be the first book to receive more reviews than sales” and I think that’s possible. Meanwhile Hillary is laughing all the way to the bank. First she gets an $8 million dollar advance from Simon and Schuster for her last abysmal failure and now she’s getting somewhere around $14 million for this book. The woman could hustle Bernie Madoff.

1.0 out of 5 stars It came with a certificate good for one free ambassadorship and a guaranteed seat on …

By The One on September 21, 2016

Format: Paperback

I ordered this book from the Clinton Foundation for 2.5 million USD. It came with a certificate good for one free ambassadorship and a guaranteed seat on the State Department advisory board. I only give it one star because when I received the book I found all the pages had been deleted.

2.0 out of 5 stars Enslaved Together: A Utopian Blueprint for Nationalizing America’s Future

By Always Write on September 21, 2016

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

On a technical level, the book is well written in that the authors give concise details of all their plans for America once they get their hands on her, if they do, that is. But I couldn’t stand listening to more than an hour of the Audible version I wasted a credit on and skimmed the remainder of my Kindle version, all the while shaking my head.

The book details ambitious plans for overhauling everything from infrastructure to manufacturing to clean energy, etc. and much within their first 100 days because they say that they aren’t going to wait for people such as “defeatists in Congress to take action.” The book also documents their plans for making debt-free college available to all Americans, but that section doesn’t say who’s going to foot the bill just a small statement that they are going to “Push employers to contribute to student-debt relief.”

The book also has sections on regulations for companies to make them “share profits with employees” and lots more promises of goodies for everyone, no doubt, in an attempt to buy their votes. All this, and the authors plan on defeating ISIS and global terrorism too.

And that’s only the first half of the book! Skimming, skimming, skimming…

I don’t believe the authors can do all that they say they are going to do in this book, and I don’t want them to even try. Not one single progressive proposal in this book is going to make you and me as fellow Americans, “Stronger Together.” If you decide to read the book yourself and manage to get through it all, please read between the lines and keep asking yourself who will pay for everything proposed and at what price will it come?

1.0 out of 5 starsEvery time I write my review it gets deleted. …

By Robert S Lionel JR on September 23, 2016

Format: Paperback

Every time I write my review it gets deleted., it’s so weird. Does anyone know where the servers are hosted that contain reviews? Seems to resolve to bathroom.mailserver.bathroom.dc That seems very odd. I’m sure this one will get deleted as well. Oh well.

1.0 out of 5 starsAmerica is great because vote for me!

By Amy Sterling Casil on September 16, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

This book begins well. The first sentence says, “America is great because America is good.” It goes downhill from there. My experience has been that people want to know the inside truth about their role models. I read page after page looking for tips on how to ask for big payments from rich foreign money launderers, military dictators or junk food manufacturers. It was just a bunch of malarkey even more boring than a 6th grade Common Core history book. I wanted to find out how to delete hundreds of thousands of voter registrations and emails, but no such luck. This book talks about how every vote counts. As long as it’s for Hillary Clinton! [seriously: I did skim it and it is sooooooo boring and these are two boring people with very little to say except “vote for me!”]

1.0 out of 5 stars Put In Your Basket…Waste Basket

By SusieMoon on September 16, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

Tried reading the book but developed an instant case of narcolepsy. Then tried using it as a back yard pooper scooper, but it’s already so full of feces that no dog poop would fit. Bummer.

1.0 out of 5 starsGreat majority were negative

By Amazon Customer on September 25, 2016

Format: Paperback

It’s tragic that Jeff Bezos is willing to risk the integrity of the ratings system to protect his Presidential Candidate of Choice.
Hillary Clinton. A couple of days ago there were over 2000 reviews. Great majority were negative. Bezos had them removed to puff up Hillary’s reputation. What else is Jeff tilting the scales on?

1.0 out of 5 starsBeware

By happyreader on September 17, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

Strangely, every time I opened this book I was hit with a wave of nausea, followed by uncontrollable coughing. I believe it is a horcrux. Take caution, friends!

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The Hillary review was my last for Amazon. I’m no longer allowed to post reviews there. Rather than close on a negative note, here are two of my last reviews. Feel free to share them.

Amazon Review Posted, July 9, 2016 (5 stars – my 4th from last review)

Defeating Jihad

Here is my review of “Defeating Jihad.” Most thought that the end of the Cold War signaled an age of endless peace. Just as those who survived World War One thought there could never again be such horrors visited on the world. They were wrong.

The delusion that we were seeing the end of evil, the end of history, ended on 9/11/2001. We have now blundered into a time where we seem to be living through some demonic confluence of the 1930s (world socialism) along with a resurgence of red, raw, radical Islam from 1,000 years ago and, yes, even a resurgence of the Cold War on top of this. This time we are facing fanatical terrorists with nuclear weapons.

There will be War against a monstrous enemy – radical jihad, those who preach a homicidal interpretation of Islam. They are at war against America AND moderate Muslims. Unfortunately, Western Nation States, despite constant conflict, the Mideast being in flames, and the march of terrorism into America and the Western world, still don’t know this enemy. Worse yet is that, increasingly, we don’t even seem to know ourselves, who we are and what we stand for.

“In 1940, we knew who we were, we knew who the enemy was, and we knew the dangers and the issues…. It is different today. We don’t know who we are, we don’t know the issues, and we still do not understand the nature of the enemy.”

— Bernard Lewis, Historian

Dr. Gorka has written a phenomenal book. He explains why BOTH political parties have failed to effectively combat radical Islam — and it’s not for the reasons you hear on the media. He explains how and why Bush failed, and how Obama has made matters worse….

***

I thought that was one of my better reviews, so I tried to repost it. I cannot. Here is the note I got when I tried.

“Sorry, we are unable to accept your review of this product for either one or both of the following reasons: Your previous review of this product did not comply with our Customer Reviews Guidelines. Amazon does not permit reviews from customers whose relationship to the product or seller may be perceived as biased.”


Cute: “May be perceived as biased….” Wow! Subjective censorship, and presumably why my ~20 years of reviews (fiction and non-fiction spanning a wide range of topics and authors) were all deleted. This assertion is an early example of what is being called “implicit bias,” a justification now being used by violent groups like “Antifa” and “Black Lives Matter” to censor public free speech.

Such censorship goes one step beyond Orwell with the notion that speaking truth can be “hate speech,” an unconscious thought crime, if the speaker expresses opposing views or even associates with people who hold opposing views (e.g. Hillary’s deplorables).

Truth: I bought Gorka’s book from Amazon, read it cover to cover, liked it, and posted a positive review, now deleted.  I am now a big fan of Dr. Gorka. We’ve never met or communicated directly, but I do follow what he posts now.

*****

Here is what’s left of a later one that I posted for an interesting little book by Michael Connelly, the Constitutional Lawyer titled The Rag.

Michael is a radio host and he’s had me on a few times. Here is a link to his broadcasts.

Amazon Review Posted, July 9, 2016 (5 stars – my 3rd from last review)

The Rag

from John D. Trudel on July 25, 2016

Highly recommended. Read this book, but let’s not live it. Tell your friends BEFORE the election.

Pastor Greg Young has a good one sentence summary of this book on the cover: “1984 meets the Hunger Games meets the Patriot.”

What genre best fits? Most would say “Political Thrillers.” To me, this book is more of a “Future History.” It’s a cautionary tale, a parable…

See your full review

A recurring nightmare?

In September 2017 Hillary announced a NEW Book, What Happened. It was not well received.

This time Amazon publicly  admitted to gaming the book’s reviews to defend Hillary. Some 900-1000 negative reviews were deleted. The reason stated was silly.

Since then, things have gotten, well, more overt. Not just the Washington Post, but Amazon itself, have become part of the propaganda wing of the Democratic Party. This does not bode well.

Nov 9, 2017: “Breitbart News exec and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon ripped into the Washington Post Thursday night  at the 603 Alliance’s “Taking On The Establishment” fundraiser in Manchester, NH — calling the paper, owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, “purely part of the apparatus of the Democratic Party,” citing its similar hit pieces on Judge Roy Moore and then-candidate Donald Trump.” Link

What we are seeing is what Bannon calls “the politics of self-destruction.” I find this sad. It used to be about coming together and honesty – E pluribus unum, out of many, one.  Now it is about power and destruction of any who dare disagree.

See comments below. The deep state owns cyberspace. This been widely reported on the Internet, but not in the #FakeNews media. Link. Link. Link. Link.

Lock Her Up!!!

Yikes! Yes, we do.

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22 Responses to Burning Books in Cyberspace? Orwell lives!

  1. john1994hero says:

    Under Amazon’s CIA Cloud: The Washington Post
    http://linkis.com/huffingtonpost.com/V09d6

    News media should illuminate conflicts of interest, not embody them. But the owner of the Washington Post is now doing big business with the Central Intelligence Agency, while readers of the newspaper’s CIA coverage are left in the dark.

    The Post‘s new owner, Jeff Bezos, is the founder and CEO of Amazon — which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA. But the Post‘s articles about the CIA are not disclosing that the newspaper’s sole owner is the main owner of CIA business partner Amazon.

    Even for a multibillionaire like Bezos, a $600 million contract is a big deal. That’s more than twice as much as Bezos paid to buy the Post four months ago.

    And there’s likely to be plenty more where that CIA largesse came from. Amazon’s offer wasn’t the low bid, but it won the CIA contract anyway by offering advanced high-tech “cloud” infrastructure.

    Bezos personally and publicly touts Amazon Web Services, and it’s evident that Amazon will be seeking more CIA contracts. Last month, Amazon issued a statement saying, “We look forward to a successful relationship with the CIA.”

    As Amazon’s majority owner and the Post‘s only owner, Bezos stands to gain a lot more if his newspaper does less ruffling and more soothing of CIA feathers.

    Amazon has a bad history of currying favor with the U.S. government’s “national security” establishment. The media watch group FAIR pointed out what happened after WikiLeaks published State Department cables: “WikiLeaks was booted from Amazon’s webhosting service AWS. So at the height of public interest in what WikiLeaks was publishing, readers were unable to access the WikiLeaks website.”

    How’s that for a commitment to the public’s right to know?

    JDT NOTE: I certainly am NOT a fan of Huffington Post, but it is interesting that one of the few things the right and left agree about is the dangers posed by “Big Brother.” With that said, I personally think that firms like Google and Facebook are larger threats than Amazon. Amazon is, at the core, a cyberspace storefront. Goggle and Facebook essentially are in the business of collecting and selling your personal information.

  2. John Trudel says:

    THIS COMMENT FROM ONE OF MY READERS:

    “Once again, the Top Down people are going to learn, the hard way, that this genie can not be put back into the bottle. The little boy with his finger in the dike is going to need more fingers than a Hekatoncheire to stop the leaks now. And the more people learn of the suppression of Truth by self-annointed elites, the uglier the battle will become.

    I think the bottom line will become a “clothesline” (not the kind for laundry, but for football) for all those media elites. If Trump would undo the European patent law we accepted about seven years ago, the start-ups would eat those big, soft, ideology ridden media companies.”

  3. John Trudel says:

    Why I Was Fired by Google

    James Damore says his good-faith effort to discuss differences between men and women in tech couldn’t be tolerated in the company’s ‘ideological echo chamber’

    Former Google software engineer James Damore.
    James Damore
    Aug. 11, 2017 3:54 p.m. ET

    I was fired by Google this past Monday for a document that I wrote and circulated internally raising questions about cultural taboos and how they cloud our thinking about gender diversity at the company and in the wider tech sector. I suggested that at least some of the male-female disparity in tech could be attributed to biological differences (and, yes, I said that bias against women was a factor too). Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai declared that portions of my statement violated the company’s code of conduct and “cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”

    My 10-page document set out what I considered a reasoned, well-researched, good-faith argument, but as I wrote, the viewpoint I was putting forward is generally suppressed at Google because of the company’s “ideological echo chamber.” My firing neatly confirms that point. How did Google, the company that hires the smartest people in the world, become so ideologically driven and intolerant of scientific debate and reasoned argument?

    We all have moral preferences and beliefs about how the world is and should be. Having these views challenged can be painful, so we tend to avoid people with differing values and to associate with those who share our values. This self-segregation has become much more potent in recent decades. We are more mobile and can sort ourselves into different communities; we wait longer to find and choose just the right mate; and we spend much of our time in a digital world personalized to fit our views.

    Google is a particularly intense echo chamber because it is in the middle of Silicon Valley and is so life-encompassing as a place to work. With free food, internal meme boards and weekly companywide meetings, Google becomes a huge part of its employees’ lives. Some even live on campus. For many, including myself, working at Google is a major part of their identity, almost like a cult with its own leaders and saints, all believed to righteously uphold the sacred motto of “Don’t be evil.”

    Echo chambers maintain themselves by creating a shared spirit and keeping discussion confined within certain limits. As Noam Chomsky once observed, “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.”

    But echo chambers also have to guard against dissent and opposition. Whether it’s in our homes, online or in our workplaces, a consensus is maintained by shaming people into conformity or excommunicating them if they persist in violating taboos. Public shaming serves not only to display the virtue of those doing the shaming but also warns others that the same punishment awaits them if they don’t conform.

    In my document, I committed heresy against the Google creed by stating that not all disparities between men and women that we see in the world are the result of discriminatory treatment. When I first circulated the document about a month ago to our diversity groups and individuals at Google, there was no outcry or charge of misogyny. I engaged in reasoned discussion with some of my peers on these issues, but mostly I was ignored.

    Everything changed when the document went viral within the company and the wider tech world. Those most zealously committed to the diversity creed—that all differences in outcome are due to differential treatment and all people are inherently the same—could not let this public offense go unpunished. They sent angry emails to Google’s human-resources department and everyone up my management chain, demanding censorship, retaliation and atonement.

    Upper management tried to placate this surge of outrage by shaming me and misrepresenting my document, but they couldn’t really do otherwise: The mob would have set upon anyone who openly agreed with me or even tolerated my views. When the whole episode finally became a giant media controversy, thanks to external leaks, Google had to solve the problem caused by my supposedly sexist, anti-diversity manifesto, and the whole company came under heated and sometimes threatening scrutiny.

    It saddens me to leave Google and to see the company silence open and honest discussion. If Google continues to ignore the very real issues raised by its diversity policies and corporate culture, it will be walking blind into the future—unable to meet the needs of its remarkable employees and sure to disappoint its billions of users.

    —Mr. Damore worked as a software engineer at Google’s Mountain View campus from 2013 until this past week.

    Appeared in the August 12, 2017, print edition as ‘Why I Was Fired By Google.’

  4. John Trudel says:

    thanks to SamB

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3576558/posts

    Yes James Damore was right. It was carefully phrased and grossly misinterpreted.
    He’s got an excellent chance of a profitable settlement on his suit.

    Evolutionary psychology professor Geoffrey Miller says that he was spot-on.

    “For what it’s worth, I think that almost all of the Google memo’s empirical claims are scientifically accurate. Moreover, they are stated quite carefully and dispassionately.

    Its key claims about sex differences are especially well-supported by large volumes of research across species, cultures, and history. I know a little about sex differences research. On the topic of evolution and human sexuality, I’ve taught for 28 years, written 4 books and over 100 academic publications, given 190 talks, reviewed papers for over 50 journals, and mentored 11 Ph.D. students. Whoever the memo’s author is, he has obviously read a fair amount about these topics. Graded fairly, his memo would get at least an A- in any masters’ level psychology course. It is consistent with the scientific state of the art on sex differences.”

    Ah. But does Miller know about gender differences? Behind the woodshed! Now!

    But that comment about “across species…” Does that include bivalves?

  5. John Trudel says:

    “Liberals have lost the public’s confidence by embracing the divisive, zero-sum world of identity politics.”

    The Liberal Crack-Up
    Dr. Mark Lilla
    Wall Street Journal, Review Section, August 12-13, 2017

    As a conservative, I am pleased to see that Prof. Lilla has misdiagnosed the problems of progressivism. The cause of the left’s disease isn’t that it took identity politics too far—that is just one symptom. The root cause is that the left has abandoned truth for power. The central teachings of the left (welfare cures poverty, only whites can be racist, capitalism is oppressive, gender is malleable, abortion is just a choice, unions help workers, trace levels of CO 2 control the climate) are false, no matter how often they are repeated. Progressive policies (socialized medicine, taxing the rich, alternative energy, centralized control over the economy) don’t work, no matter how often they are tried. I have no worry that I am tipping off the adversary. Liberals never admit that what they are doing is wrong, they just insist that they haven’t done enough of it yet.

    Brad Tupi
    Pittsburgh

  6. John Trudel says:

    It is not just books being censored in Cyberspace.

    There has been an industry of “Alt-News” where Indy reporters post videos on YouTube — some of which are not “Politically Correct,” and many of which differ from what the “Mainstream” Fake News is reporting and/or the recently exposed internal views of the Google culture.

    Now that Google bought YouTube, many of these videos are being “demonetized” to deny these reporters the income stream they needed to produce this content. The tag line used to justify this purge is “Anti-Diversity.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L24Z_QSjqVY

  7. John Trudel says:

    Google Insiders Warn ‘Outright Censorship’ of the Internet Is Google’s Top Priority… and Everyone Has Been Intimidated Into Silence

    August 16, 2017/by Jason Veley

    If the right to bear arms is the most important right outlined in the United States Constitution, then the freedom of speech is a close second. The Founding Fathers understood better than anyone that those who are in positions of power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree, and that tyranny will come to America unless those with authority are restrained. One way we restrain these authoritarian figures (namely the politicians in Washington DC) is by practicing our First Amendment rights to speak about, praise or criticize the direction in which the country is going. The freedom of speech allows us to hold politicians accountable, elect leaders that will govern in our best interests, and expel those who don’t. Without the ability to speak freely and openly, none of this is possible.

    Currently, and sadly, the freedom of speech is under attack in America. The mainstream media, Hollywood and leftists on college campuses across the country have been the main culprits of the assault on free speech, however recently it has also been undermined on the Internet. More and more frequently, stories are emerging of conservative voices being suppressed or even silenced by various social media websites, search engines, and even Google.

    Recently, a Google employee who goes by the alias “Hal” spoke to Breitbart News about the political bias that allegedly runs rampant throughout the company. Hal’s interview with Breitbart is the first in a series entitled “Rebels of Google,” which will be published in full within the next few days….

    http://joemiller.us/2017/08/google-insiders-warn-outright-censorship-internet-googles-top-priority-everyone-intimidated-silence/

  8. John Trudel says:

    “Google wants everyone to look different, but think the same. This is the world our colleges are creating.”

    Charlie Kirk on Twitter — https://twitter.com/charliekirk11

    https://twitter.com/charliekirk11/status/896062966734258177

    I personally find this notion terrifying. Right out of an end-of-the-world SF novel. Lord of the Flies with mind control.

    This was how an AI destroyed the world in the Netflix series The 100. Everyone was chipped.

  9. John Trudel says:

    From PJ Media

    August 21, 2017

    QUESTION ASKED: Google, Facebook, Amazon: Time to Rein Them In?

    [Author Jonathan ] Taplin, writes Mahaney, says regulators will increasingly take a hard look at the trio of companies and their power in society.

    “During the call today, Taplin discussed his belief in the growing anti-monopolistic and anti-trust sentiment surrounding the big Internet companies.”

    “Specifically, he references surveillance capitalism, in which companies collect data from their users and create an addicting, habit-forming service for consumers.”

    And Taplin proposes what should be done to rein in the power of the three behemoths:

    To improve the status quo and create a digital renaissance for content producers, Taplin argues that going back to a more decentralized Web will unleash the next generation of technology, business and social innovators. He specifically suggests we remove the DMCA safe harbor provisions that Google, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook use to their advantage. For example, Taplin suggests a “take-down and stay-down” policy for music and content on YouTube that Google would be required to enforce.

    Google may have already thrown away its safe-harbor protection, when the company decided last week to start picking and choosing which sites it would register. According to a friend of mine in the industry, Google’s move might open up the company to lawsuits and to much closer regulatory scrutiny.

    I’m not a lawyer and the major news outlets don’t seem to have picked up on this angle yet, but I will keep looking into it.

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/273450/

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/22/opinion/sunday/is-it-time-to-break-up-google.html?mcubz=1

  10. John Trudel says:

    The dominoes continue to fall —

    + + Amazon Is Part Of The SPLC’s “Hate Attack” On Liberty Counsel.

    Amazon is also part of the SPLC-led attack on pro-family groups, including Liberty Counsel. Through its “Amazon Smile” program, Amazon lets users direct a portion of their purchases to a vast selection of hundreds of thousands of charities. But Amazon Smile specifically BANS LIBERTY COUNSEL ALONG WITH OTHER PRO-FAMILY GROUPS from this program which has directed more than $60 million to non profit organizations.

    ***

    By Corinne Weaver | August 17, 2017 1:05 PM EDT

    In the aftermath of Charlottesville, when the term “hate group” is used, images of the KKK and neo-nazis immediately come to mind.

    However, according to CNN, the real hate groups to watch out for are the conservative organizations, specifically Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the Family Research Council (FRC), American Family Association and ACT for America.

    CNN copied the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) controversial and dangerous hate map, and posted a list organized by state and alphabetical order. At the top of the list for Arizona are ACT for America and the ADF. Later, at 12:43 pm, CNN took the list down but left the story and the link to SPLC up. Previously, they had a sentence that said, “Scroll down to see the hate groups that operate out of your state.”

    CNN essentially reinforced the SPLC’s longstanding attacks against conservative groups. The SPLC hate map actually led to a shooting and an act of domestic terrorism.

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/corinne-weaver/2017/08/17/journalism-cnn-promotes-splcs-dangerous-and-discredited-hate

    And similar SPLC-inspired bans could spread rapidly. In the past few days, other Silicon Valley giants have been announcing that they are taking active steps to ban and purge “hate groups.” With Apple openly backing SPLC, it is quite possible that the SPLC’s “hate map” will quickly become the default list used by all the Internet giants!

    ***

    Online payment company PayPal has banned Jihad Watch and the site’s director Robert Spencer from accepting online donations using the service.

    PayPal has reportedly suspended the account of Jihad Watch, according to the website’s director, Robert Spencer. In a post on Jihad Watch calling for the boycott of PayPal, Spencer outlined his correspondence with the company over a number of emails. PayPal’s suspension of Spencer’s account came shortly after an article published by Lauren Kirchner of ProPublica who criticized tech companies such as PayPal that allow Jihad Watch to utilize their online services.

    “Because of its “extreme hostility toward Muslims,” the website Jihadwatch.org is considered an active hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League,” wrote Kirchner. “But its designation as a hate site hasn’t stopped tech companies — including PayPal, Amazon, and Newsmax — from maintaining partnerships with Jihad Watch that help to sustain it financially.”

  11. John Trudel says:

    Seen on Twitter — and it got hundreds of retweets:

    “If Standard Oil Was TOO BIG In 1909….Then What is GOOGLE NOW⁉️ And There’s A Difference….Google Is In The THOUGHT Business.”

  12. John Trudel says:

    GOOGLE has joined the growing far-left avalanche of attacks inspired the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) “hate” war that openly targets Liberty Counsel and other pro-faith, pro-family organizations.

    This week, Google announced that is is partnering with the George Soros-funded ProPublica which, in association with the SPLC, has just launched a “Documenting Hate News Index.” The Soros-backed ProPublica is now using Google-driven “news” data to create a master database to document “hate crimes and bias incidents” for use by “journalists, researchers and civil-rights organizations.”

    The SPLC’s “hate map” is rapidly expanding into a super high-tech database driven by Google data and built on the latest in “machine learning.” And Liberty Counsel has confirmed that stories referencing Liberty Counsel and naming us as a “hate group” are, in fact, included in this new Google-Soros-ProPublica master database of “hate.”

    + + Google And Amazon “Thought Police” Driven By SPLC…

    With each passing day, it becomes more and more evident that we are now facing a high-tech, Silicon Valley thought police that is being built on the engine of the SPLC’s “fake hate” campaign and their “hate map” that specifically targets Liberty Counsel.

    These developments are extremely threatening to our religious liberties!

    Liberty Counsel, with offices in Florida, Virginia and Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the family. Liberty Counsel . PO Box 540774 . Orlando, FL 32854

  13. John Trudel says:

    If you can be forced by the government to bake and sell a wedding cake for ceremony that you disagree with, does that legal logic apply beyond cakes, perhaps to books, book covers, book reviews, and other products?

    I don’t know. It will be interesting to watch.

    JDT

    Subject: Interesting Legal Opinions….

    BAKE MY CAKE OR SUFFER THE PENALTIES: As Ed Driscoll reported yesterday, the D. James Kennedy Ministry is suing SPLC, GuideStar, and Amazon over “Hate” labeling. I’ve had a chance to go through the Complaint, and my view is the defamation claims may have enough merit to proceed, the Trademark claims are weak, but the most interesting thing — and what may be the most impacting aspect of this suit — is the claim under the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 4 2000(a), which the Plaintiffs point out:

    “Because the Amazon Defendants are operating a public accommodation(s), it is a violation of Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically 42 U.S.C. § 2000(a), for the Amazon Defendants to deny the Ministry the privileges and advantages of the AmazonSmile program on the basis of the Ministry’s religion and the beliefs that are inherent to that religion.”

    Now here’s where it gets interesting. If the Commerce Clause gives government the authority to trump a businessman’s personal beliefs, even if couched as a First Amendment expression, then the same logic that requires Christian fundamentalists to bake “gay” wedding cakes against their beliefs ought to mean that Amazon has no right to deprive the Ministry of a public accommodation because they “don’t like” that Church’s view on gay marriage.

    I’m betting if Amazon doesn’t settle, that this issue is headed to the Eleventh Circuit, and maybe even SCOTUS. This is right in Justice Gorsuch‘s wheelhouse. Stay tuned.”

    The above from INSTAPUNDIT.COM.

  14. John Trudel says:

    THE WRATH OF GOOGLE — “Truth is the new hate speech.” — Orwell

    WASHINGTON—A Washington think tank backed by Google Inc. and parent Alphabet Inc.’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, has fired a prominent scholar who praised the $2.7 billion fine recently issued by European regulators against Google for antitrust violations.

    Anne-Marie Slaughter, the chief executive of the New America Foundation, said in a statement Wednesday that she fired the scholar, Barry Lynn, because his “repeated refusal to adhere to New America’s standards of openness and institutional collegiality meant that we could no longer work together.” She said the firing was unrelated to his June criticism of Google.

    Mr. Lynn said he was given two months to leave the foundation in late June, a few days after his Open Markets initiative issued a statement applauding the European Commission for taking action against Google. “Google’s market power is one of the most critical challenges for competition policymakers in the world today,” Mr. Lynn wrote in a statement June 27.

    In an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Mr. Lynn said that a few hours after he published the June statement, Ms. Slaughter called him and said: “I just got off the phone with Eric Schmidt and he is pulling all of his money.”

    The New America Foundation didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about Mr. Lynn’s recollection of the call. In its statement, New America said it is “absolutely false” that Google lobbied New America to expel the Open Markets program because of its statement praising the European Commission’s antitrust action….

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/think-tank-fires-scholar-who-praised-large-antitrust-fine-against-google-1504139004

    ALSO SEE:

    http://gizmodo.com/yes-google-uses-its-power-to-quash-ideas-it-doesn-t-li-1798646437?rev=1504134979112

  15. John Trudel says:

    History Repeats: What Happened to What Happened?

    Amazon has been deleting negative reviews after Hillary Clinton’s new book was greeted with a torrent of criticism on the day it was released. We can expect that this process will assure the book gets 4.5 stars or better, as with her last book. Orwell lives.

    What Happened, which covers the former Secretary of State’s unsuccessful election campaign against Donald Trump, was published on Tuesday. Clinton and her publisher Simon & Schuster claimed the book would offer a candid account of her failure and her own reflection on it.

    Reviews of What Happened have been mixed, with some suggesting that Clinton uses it as an opportunity to blame others – such as Bernie Sanders and Vladimir Putin – for her failure, rather than herself. In The New York Times, which supported Clinton’s campaign, Jennifer Senior writes that the book is “a score-settling jubilee”.

    The readers on Amazon, meanwhile, are even more divided – but not all of them have read the book. The online retail giant has a “verified purchase” option to signpost whether reviewers have bought a product, and none of the 42 reviewers leaving comments on Tuesday had done so.

    Few of the one-star reviews remain on the website, but reports and screengrabs show that reviewers used the space to criticize the former First Lady and spread conspiracy theories about her and Bill Clinton.

    One one-star review, which remains on the website at the time of writing, reads: “Read all the promotional excerpts, which combined come close to book length – pretty good novel. It is fiction, isn’t it? Surely, someone is playing a joke.”

    Amazon is rarely moved to delete reviews so publicly, although in November negative comments under a book by anti-Trump broadcaster Megyn Kelly appeared to be removed by the retailer.

    Speaking to Fortune, a spokesperson from the company said: “In the case of a memoir, the subject of the book is the author and their views. It’s not our role to decide what a customer would view as helpful or unhelpful in making their decision. We do however have mechanisms in place to ensure that the voices of many do not drown out the voices of a few and we remove customer reviews that violate our community guidelines.”

    https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/amazon-steps-trump-supporters-trash-130010734.html

  16. John Trudel says:

    A new research paper from Leo Goldstein claims to have quantified Google’s bias against leading conservative sites—including PJ Media—in search ranking, especially (but not exclusively) in the area of climate change.

    “Google Search is found to be biased in favor of left/liberal domains and against conservative domains with a confidence of 95%,” Goldstein found. “Further, certain hard-Left domains have such a high [percentage of domain traffic, referred by Google Search, net of brand searches] that their standing raises suspicions that they have been hand-picked for prominent placement,” he says, adding that “certain respected conservative domains are blacklisted.”

    In an email to PJ Media Goldstein warned that a number of conservatives sites, including PJM, could be the victims of Google bias:

    Dear Editors,

    You might be interested to learn, that your websites have been almost blacklisted by Google. “Almost blacklisted” means that Google search artificially down-ranks results from your websites to such extent that you lose 55% – 75% of possible visitors traffic from Google. This situation is probably aggravated by secondary effects, because many users and webmasters see Google ranking as a signal of trust.

    This result is reported in my paper published in WUWT. The findings are consistent with multiple prior results, showing Google left/liberal bias, and pro-Hillary skew of Google search in the elections.

    I write to all of them to give you opportunity to discuss this matter among yourselves. Even if Google owes nothing to your publications, it certainly owes good faith to the users of its search. Intentionally hiding conservative and/or libertarian websites from the customers is an obvious breach of good faith.

    He included a list of several conservative sites that may have been targeted for bias:

    The almost blacklisted domains:

    americanthinker.com

    drudgereport.com

    powerlineblog.com

    pjmedia.com

    thegatewaypundit.com

    On average, Goldstein explained in the paper, the percentage of Google referral traffic (PGSTN) is in the 25-30 percent range for a broad class of web domains. Respected conservative sites like PJM and RedState have much lower percentages according to his findings. He based his research on the Alexa website ranking site.

    On average, the conservative domains have almost two times lower PGSTN than the left/liberal ones: conservative 15.5% (standard deviation 5.1%) vs. left/liberal 27.4% (standard deviation 4.9%). Hypothesis of Google Search left/liberal bias is confirmed with a confidence of 95%.

    https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2017/09/11/report-google-bias-against-leading-conservative-websites-is-real/

  17. John Trudel says:

    What Happened to What Happened? The fix was in.

    Same as last time, except THIS TIME Amazon publicly admitted gaming their book reviews.

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/amazon-deletes-negative-reviews-hillarys-book

  18. John Trudel says:

    The AT&T-Time Warner Merger And The Assault On Free Speech

    By Richard Manning

    The beauty and lifeblood of the First Amendment is that it encourages a diversity of opinions to compete in the marketplace of ideas. Yet, sadly, as we witnessed in the last presidential election and even more so today, America’s consolidated corporate media monopolies have launched an all-out assault on democracy by trying to stamp out the expression of any ideas that don’t fall in line with liberal-determined political correctness.

    The latest front in this battle is now at the doorstep of the Department of Justice as it considers the proposed merger between media and information giants — AT&T and Time Warner — a merger which President Trump rightly slammed during the campaign. A decision on the merger, which could come any day now, is fraught with danger.

    Currently, AT&T owns the No. 1 pay TV company (26 million subscribers), the No. 2 wireless company (134 million subscribers), the No. 3 internet service provider (16 million subscribers) and was the world’s largest telecommunications company by revenue with $163 billion in revenue in 2016 alone.

    For its part, Time Warner owns CNN, one of the world’s largest news networks, three of the top five general entertainment cable networks in TBS, TNT and HBO — the leading premium-cable provider and the No. 2 movie studio, by box office revenue, in Warner Bros.

    If approved, this media marriage would give two mammoth organizations an inordinate amount of power to control not only the information that flows onto our computers and televisions, but also the viewpoints that are expressed in that programming.

    For example, this merger could give CNN even more influence and power than they enjoy today. Yes, I’m talking about the “Clinton News Network” that repeatedly presented fake and dishonest news designed to influence the 2016 presidential election outcome.

    Additionally, networks like CNN paid for polling that continually marginalized Trump or likely Trump voters from their surveys. This allowed them to run with stories that grossly exaggerated Hillary Clinton’s lead, a lead which Election Day proved did not exist. No doubt, the effect of this kind of polling shenanigans was intended to discourage Trump voters from participating in what was being presented at the time as a hopeless race.

    If the merger goes through, AT&T’s powerful reach into our homes and computers would give them the ability to increase the power of their own networks — like CNN. CNN and its biased news could gain higher visibility and AT&T could also make it more difficult or impossible for consumers to find conservative or more-balanced news alternatives. The last thing we need is a corporate giant that makes CNN and other networks it owns even more powerful.

    In the waning weeks of the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump regularly went directly to the voters, bashing CNN and other outlets for presenting false narratives designed to influence the election outcome. It was this recognition of the power of the media monopolies over what the people learned about him and his campaign which led Trump to unequivocally state on Oct. 22 in Gettysburg, Pa., that news organizations were trying to “suppress my vote and the voice of the American people.”

    It was an explosive charge, but a correct one because it gets to the heart of the danger the massive media monopolies pose to American democracy in the 21st century.

    In that same Gettysburg speech, President Trump called out the AT&T and Time Warner merger “as an example of the power structure I’m fighting.”

    President Trump clearly stated that under his administration the AT&T/Time Warner merger would be stopped because it was not in America’s best interest. Now, he needs to keep his promise by telling his Justice Department to kill the deal because it puts too much power in the hands of a corporate media conglomerate and endangers free speech.

    Richard Manning is the President of Americans for Limited Government.

    http://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/the-att-time-warner-merger-and-the-assault-on-free-speech/

  19. John Trudel says:

    Federalist Musket‏ @Patriot_Musket

    Thank you, Hillary Clinton, for showing young authors everywhere that it’s not what you know, but who!

    #HillaryThankYouNotes

  20. John Trudel says:

    The BIGGEST GROUP CENSORING FREE SPEECH IN AMERICA, IS, OF COURSE, MMFA. It is a Soros funded hate group, Media Matters for America.

    This is the mother load of disinformation and intimidation. It mainly keeps the Fake News media in line, but also provides inspiration and example to the big cyber media firms in these tactics.

    It is very active, and sometimes successful, at censoring Fox News and trashing their TV hosts.

    http://angelocarusone.com/

  21. John Trudel says:

    It’s Not Just Hannity – Liberals Led By Media Matters Are Doing Everything They Can to Suppress All Conservative Free Speech

    November 20, 2017

    Guest post by Joe Hoft

    To hell with the 1st Amendment – Nazi Sympathizer George Soros funded Media Matters is leading the liberal charge to shut down all conservative speech in America in spite of the fact that a majority of Americans are conservative.

    Under President Obama the US was caught in a backwards spiral. Unemployment rose to as much as 10% while the amount of US debt doubled to nearly $20 trillion. In spite of the government not being able to pay its current bills, Obama’s US took on more and more third world immigrants and opened its porous borders with Mexico.

    Jobs were sent overseas with the help of horrible trade treaties with other countries. The Middle East turned upside down as US troops were pulled from Iraq and guns from Libya were supplied to rebels in Syria who morphed into Islamic killers. Americans murdered in Benghazi were ignored and patriot taxpayers who supported conservative principles were repressed. All the while the complicit mainstream media (MSM) supported Obama’s destruction of America and condemned all who dared stand up for justice.

    These efforts to destroy America are what led to the Trump Presidency. But liberals never got it. They performed studies after the election and rightly learned that their old legacy compliant media was no longer the only show in town.

    Entities like this site (TGP) were sharing the real news and their messages were shared on the mega news site – the Drudge Report. Hillary was sick and taking time off from her campaign. Podesta’s emails were released by WikiLeaks, and although the MSM wouldn’t report what was in them, the criminal and corrupt actions of Hillary’s campaign manager and former Bill Clinton and Barack Obama aide, showed corruption at levels never seen before. These too were reported by the ‘new media’.

    Americans had a voice and Trump won!

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/11/its-not-just-hannity-liberals-led-by-media-matters-are-doing-all-they-can-to-suppress-all-conservative-free-speech/

  22. John Trudel says:

    Glorified Spyware

    Amazon’s Alexa is a CRAZY SJW LIBERAL! | Louder With Crowder

    For a calibration on the Bezos/Amazon world view, you need look no farther than Alexa, a self-contained leftist propaganda machine and “watcher.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MECcIJW67-M

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