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Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones Has Social Media Sites Scrubbed by Silicon Valley Tech ‘Oligarchs’

Alex Jones, a man I consider odious and most certainly not a font of truth, has been banned from some key social media platforms this week. Just like that.

This is the work, if you will, of the new ‘Secular Taliban’* who are the rocket-making and Tesla driving  titans of tech.

Facebook, Apple, Spotify, Pinterest (?!) and YouTube have just shut down most of Jones’s accounts — depriving him of the chief way of making money for his heretofore very successful brand, InfoWars.

Jones is no more a tool than any number of left wing nutters, The Daily Kos and Young Turks come to mind, and other people on the inter webs using these same platforms.

We all know the stories of hypocritical, double standards used by Leftists who own and operate these platforms – the latest of which saw the suspension of Candace Owens from Twitter for replicating the racist tweets of the newly-hired, New York Times editorial writer, Sarah Jeong, and replacing the word “white” with “Jewish.” Jeong’s racist tweets remain on her Twitter timeline. The term “shadow banning” has now entered the everyday lexicon of Twitter-using conservatives.

In the same week, conservative California Congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng had her campaign commercial wiped off Facebook because it told about The Killing Fields of Cambodia – a place from which her parents fled to come to America.

Apparently history is just too “shocking” for Facebook to allow, especially as told by a conservative congressional candidate who uses her family’s story to explain why she reveres the freedoms of the United States. Freedoms not shared by the new Silicon Valley Oligarchs.

This censorship is what fascism looks like.

Doing it in advance of the 2018 midterms looks as shady as hell. It reminds me of the Obama IRS coming down on Tea Party groups before the 2012 election. Neither of these was a coincidence.

Speaking of ‘coincidences,’  the tech firms who banned Jones decided within hours of each other to abandon their platitudes about free speech and silenced him. I wonder if that’s known as collusion.

Vox reports:

“Initially, Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify all took selective action, banning some episodes of Jones’s podcasts and shows or removing selected social media posts they found to be in violation of various policies while allowing Infowars channels to remain active. Last Thursday, the popular audio streaming app Stitcher became the first platform to pull all of Jones’s content, without a lot of fuss.

But on Sunday night, Apple followed suit, summarily banning all of Jones’s content from iTunes — in the process sending a definitive message about what is and isn’t permissible free speech. Almost immediately, the dominoes began to fall: In the hours since Apple took action, multiple sites have started scrambling to reverse positions they were defending just a week ago.

The most notable of these is Facebook, which abruptly about-faced on its own free speech policy just hours after Apple did, essentially in the middle of the night. After that came YouTube, which appeared to ban Jones’s channel (which had more than 2.5 million subscribers as of Monday) from its platform late Monday morning.”

Why silence Jones?  A lawsuit, brought  by the parents of a victim of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting against Jones for the bizarre and obviously false claim that the shooting  didn’t actually happen, was in the news.

To Jones, 9-11 was “an inside job,”  a view held by the darling of the left, Rosie O’Donnell, and many others.

Practically every horrible mass event is depicted by Jones as “a false flag” for something-or-other.

But the Sandy Hook hoax tale was a bridge too far for the families of the victims. The  lawsuit, that has now been joined by several other families,  alleges that they’ve been harmed by Jones’s absurd lie and have set out to, as Wired puts it, “redefine” free speech after the New York Times v Sullivan Supreme Court decision required actual malice against a public figure when reporting false information.

As for the censoring Silicon Valley companies themselves, we know they are privately held and can determine with whom they’ll do business. But Google has become a category-killer in information ‘hoovering’ and search engine services. There are plenty of other cake-bakers, but Google’s pretty much the only game in town. As a result, some of these social platforms may have become so ubiquitous as to become utility-like. Their very success may make them vulnerable to legal action.

Almost all are run and populated by the far Left or those too afraid to cross the ideological rubicon and speak out. Take James Damore, for example,  who was fired for highlighting Google’s “ideological echo chamber” in a ten page ‘diversity’ screed (irony is lost on these people).

The only people who seem capable of speaking out are self made Silican Valley tycoons such as Pay-Pal founder Peter Thiel, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina and e-Bay whiz Meg Whitman. But you didn’t get a whiff of their politics until they were wealthy enough to speak out.

Former Obama apparatchiks have embedded the big tech firms in Silicon Valley. Don’t diminish the importance of their voices in the “ideological echo chamber.”

From Politico in 2015:

“It’s more than just David Plouffe, who moved out for a multimillion-dollar job at Uber. The not nearly exhaustive list includes: Obama speechwriter Kyle O’Connor, now at Nest; Michelle Obama’s former deputy communications director Semonti Stephens, now at Square; director of citizen participation Katie Jacobs Stanton, now at Twitter; ’08 regional and field director Mike Masserman, now at Lyft; Brandon Lepow, who did advance for the Obama campaign and communications for the White House, now at Facebook; legislative affairs special assistant Nicole Isaac, now at LinkedIn; director of research Liz Jarvis-Shean, first at Tesla and now and currently consulting for Civis; campaign staff director for technology Jim Green, now at Salesforce, along with Obama’s first chief information officer, Vivek Kundra; ’08 regional field director Alex McPhillips, at Google; ’08 regional Gillian Bergeron, at NextDoor; Organizing for America digital director Natalie Foster, at the Institute for the Future; Tech4Obama program manager Catherine Bracy, now at Code for America; ’08 deputy Wisconsin director Hallie Montoya Tansey, at an education-tech startup called Schoolzilla. Nick Papas, John Baldo, Courtney O’Donnell and Clark Stevens are all now at Airbnb. Jessica Santillo, the former White House assistant press secretary who handled much of the Healthcare.gov meltdown response, was the most recent to arrive, now to be a spokeswoman at Uber, along with White House director of strategic & message initiatives Jordan Burke, associate director of intergovernmental affairs Kellyn Blossom and assistant to the deputy White House chief of staff Sarah Fenn.

‘There should be a welcome booth at the SFO airport,” said Jon Carson, the former Organizing for Action executive director, who commutes about twice a month from his home in Chicago as part of his job with the San Francisco-based rooftop solar-panel company SolarCity.

Megan Smith, a former Google vice president who’s now the White House’s chief technology officer…

And there are many more who went to the high tech world after Obama left office.

It may not be too long before I and others who identify as conservative may be booted off these social media platforms and will communicate exclusively through our websites, like in the ‘old’ days.

I want you to put my website www.VictoriaTaft.com on your bookmarks and, though my page is undergoing changes and will re-launch in its new form soon enough, I hope you keep coming back to read my posts and see the progress.

I look forward to the challenge but hate the duplicity.

I also fear the chill this will put on speech on social media.

Get ready. Here it comes.

* Secular Taliban, a term of art coined by Rees Lloyd.

Ted Cruz in Photographer’s Gun Crosshairs. Play The Game ‘If This Were a Democrat’

An AP photographer creates a photo that makes it looks like Ted Cruz is being targeted with a gun.

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

From Politico:

The photograph — taken by the AP’s Charlie Neibergall — actually captured a background poster, with a large semi-blurred image of a handgun pointed at Cruz’s forehead, straight between the eyes.

Cruz was appearing Saturday at CrossRoads Shooting Sports in Johnston, Iowa. During his speech, Cruz, an outspoken proponent of Second Amendment rights, encouraged residents to adopt what he called a Texan approach to guns by simply “hitting what you aim at.”

A day earlier, the Republican presidential candidate accused Democrats of using Wednesday’s church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, as an excuse “to take away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Twitter went nuts:

I guess this was Ted Cruz offense:

And this:

https://twitter.com/JRpolitirants/status/609570710617329664

And now, the left is trying to tie the Presidential contender to the Charleston Shooter:

Remember when Sarah Palin was blamed for the Arizona shooting of Gabby Giffords and the U.S. Federal Court Judge in Arizona for what she’d put on a website months before? Here’s what she did (first produced by the media, by the way):

Photo: Sarah PAC via Gawker
Photo: Sarah PAC via Gawker

 

Here’s one image that uses the GOP as ‘targets’ of the Democrats. Result? No outrage:

Photo: The Blaze
Photo: The Blaze

If not for double standards, the left would have no standards at all. 

 

IJR: Anti-Gun Group Puts Adult Words in Kids’ Mouths to Cut the NRA Down to Size

Michael Bloomberg’s latest anti gun group uses ‘the children’ again to make a point — but does it work?

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The group ‘Everytown for Gun Safety‘ has produced a new commercial it hopes will cut its prime nemesis — the NRA — down to pint size.

The newest anti-gun group funded by Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg features children reading the words of NRA executive Wayne LaPierre. They call the spot, Lil’ Waynes (LaPierre).

Bloomberg is just the latest to put adult words into children’s mouths in hopes of making a desired target look childish.

Read more here: http://www.ijreview.com/2015/04/291788-anti-gun-group-uses-fad-putting-adult-words-kids-mouths-cut-enemies-size/

Why Did Author Brad Thor Target Me for Comment?

Getting a shout out for my work over at Independent Journal Review from Brad Thor is a big deal to me.

Justen Charters gets a shout out, too.

Two Oregonians–three, if you count Laughing at Liberals–who write for important national publications and who are making a difference. 

Thank you, Brad Thor. That’s high praise coming from you. 

Cylvia Hayes, You’ll Look Marvelous in an Orange Jump Suit.

And she may take her Rhinestone Cowboy with her.

Cylvia Hayes, Grifter.  Image Credit: Andy from Beaverton
Cylvia Hayes, Grifter.
Image Credit: Andy from Beaverton

It must be hard to admit the woman whom you’ve personally coronated ‘First Lady’ of Oregon is the same grifter she’s always been.

Her scams just keep getting bigger.

And her men keep getting dumber. Take Governor John Kitzhaber. Please

Let’s go to the Cylvia Hayes hall of shame tote board:

The scam to ‘marry’ a man for $5000.

The scam to set up an illegal pot farm.

The scam to sell the Governor’s office for personal and mutual gain. 

The scam to make money using her title and not reporting it to the government.

Wait, whoa on that last one. A ‘scam to sell the Governor’s officer for personal and mutual gain’? From Willamette Week

As WW has reported, Hayes in 2013 leveraged her position as first lady and policy adviser to Kitzhaber into private consulting contracts worth at least $85,000. On Tuesday, EO Media reported Hayes was paid $118,000 for unspecified work by a now-defunct Washington, D.C., non-profit.

WW has also reported that Hayes used state employees to help run her consulting business, and conducted private business while traveling at state expense.

Worse? She didn’t report $118,000 to the government. And the Governor didn’t report it on his ethics disclosures, either. 

There’s more, but you get the picture.

In the post modern world of moral relativism, you may not know this behavior is not just unseemly, but unethical, lawless and an assault on the consciences of all good Oregonians who have been forced to tolerate this woman much like kids forced to be nice to Dad’s fourth wife named Bambi. 

The Governor and Hayes are both under investigation by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission and the FBI. Good. Both deserve to go to jail.

Please see related nearby posts regarding Kitzhaber’s bizarre presser yesterday. 

 

Revealed: Why This NBC Host Didn’t Get Arrested for Breaking the Law Live on TV.

Why wasn’t NBC’s David Gregory jailed? Anyone else would have been locked up for this.

From my story over at Independent Journal Review:

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A two-year-long legal battle to find out why David Gregory was never arrested for breaking Washington, D.C.’s strict gun laws–live and flagrantly on NBC’s Meet the Press–is over.

The result, according to the attorneys from Legal Insurrection blog and Judicial Watch is this: Gregory knew he was breaking the law, flouted it on TV and, even though D.C. Metropolitan Police INVESTIGATORSwanted him arrested, they were ordered to stand down.

Head over there to find out WHY the DC Metro police failed to arrested then host of NBC’s Meet the Press. Here’s the document obtained by Legal Insurrection Blog and Judicial Watch for why Gregory should have been arrested for possessing that large capacity magazine. 

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KOGO, Victoria Taft, Cliff Albert, Mary Ayala, Bob Sullivan Win First Place in Breaking News at San Diego Press Club

I know, I can’t believe it, either. The last time I was this surprised was when Rick Belcher, one of the best of the ten or so bosses I had at KPAM, made sure one of my shows was entered into a contest and I won Oregon Broadcaster of the Year.

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This time around I was just filling in on KOGO’s midday talk show for LaDona Harvey–on the biggest story in San Diego in years. For more than a week. Thanks for the opportunity, KOGO!

PHOTO: CLIFF ALBERT
PHOTO: CLIFF ALBERT

The last time I won a news award was back in the 1990’s working with a lot of the same people. What a pleasure. What an honor.

Facebook crash occurs as activists call for “99 Days” without Facebook

I’m not suggesting any conspiracy here, just irony. The number 99 might be a tip off to the political bent of organizers.

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As you can see from my post below, people were so upset about today’s Facebook crash they took to Twitter to scoff and laugh. Some actually were so concerned they called the cops. 

But an alert Facebook friend alerted me to this:

Kinda ironic this happened on the day people were trying to organize “A day without Facebook”

He was almost right. It turns out, there’s an organized effort to cut off Facebook for “99 Days of Freedom” after word caught on that the social media giant was running mood experiments on its users,

The concept was dreamed up by Dutch-based creative agency Just and began as an office joke.

“Like a lot of Facebook users, many of us were bothered by reports of secret mood experiments,” says Just’s Art Director, Merijn Straathof.

“As we discussed it internally, we noted an interesting tendency: To a person, everyone had at least a ‘complicated’ relationship with Facebook.

“Whether it was being tagged in unflattering photos, getting into arguments with other users or simply regretting time lost through excessive use, there was a surprising degree of negative sentiment.

“Then someone joked, ‘I guess that the real question is, ‘How do you feel when you don’t use Facebook?”

You can sign up here for 99 Days of Freedom. Sheesh, they should have just done an event page on Facebook. Word probably would have traveled faster. 

 

UPDATED: Facebook down! Collective hilarity ensues–and yes, people called the cops

Facebook crashed for an hour today

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Photo by ABC News

For some reason NOTHING was posting to my Facebook pages today: https://www.facebook.com/victoria.taft.37 and https://www.facebook.com/vtshow and I was afraid I’d been hit with a virus–after finally going with an Apple MacBook which, as we’re all told, rarely is hit with viruses. Alas, it was Facebook’s fault. Yes!  ABC News got to the bottom of it: 

A spokesperson told ABC News last month that the company “ran into an issue while updating the configuration of one of our software systems.”

Facebook last experienced a half hour outage last month in the middle of the night.

A message posted on Facebook’s developer’s portal around 12 p.m. ET said the social network “is currently experiencing an issue that is affecting all API and web surfaces. Our engineers detected the issue quickly and are working to resolve it ASAP. We’ll update shortly.”

Reaction was swift via
https://twitter.com/VictoriaTaft”>Twitter. 

and finally this:

Anthony Bourdain is debriefed by Blogs of War and it’s a smash!

“Find myself in Beirut during the 2006 war was clearly a defining moment for the show–and some kind of crossroads for me personally.”

Food, culture, conflict are things with which chef, author and restauranteur Anthony Bourdain must contend in producing his TV shows, “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown.” The brutish, chain smoking and potty mouthed host glowers his way through his shows but his sensitivity to his hosts is never far fromABsmoking his mind. 

I used to think that basically, the whole world, that all humanity were basically bastards. I’ve since found that most people seem to be pretty nice–basically good people doing the best they can . There is rarely, however, a neat takeaway. You have to learn to exercise a certain moral relativity, to be a good guest first–as a guiding principle. Other wise you’d spend the rest of the world lecturing people, pissing people off, confusing them and learning nothing. Do I pipe up every time my Chinese host serves me some cute animal I may not approve of?

Bourdain recently debriefed Blogs of War about his culinary (and otherworldly) exploits,

I’ve been able to look at places like post Benghazi Libya, the DRC, Liberia, Haiti, Cuba, Gaza, the West Bank, Kurdistan and recently Iran from a very intimate angle. Those are all very long stories–and if you don’t take that time to listen, to take in the everyday things–the things that happened before the news story, there’s not much hope in understanding them.

Bourdain says sometimes food tells the real story of what’s happening in a country, as he found out recently in pre-revolutionary Egypt,

When we expressed a desire to shoot a segment at one of the ubiquitous street stands selling ful, our fixers and translators, who, no doubt also worked for some sinister department of the Interior Ministry, were absolutely adamant that we not do it. What was it about this simple, everyday, working class meal of beans and flatbread that just about everyone in Cairo was eating that was so threatening? Turns out, they knew better than us. The price of bread had been going up. The army controlled most of the bakeries and stocks of flour. There had been riots over bread elsewhere in the country. And the inescapable fact was that ful was ALL that much of the population was eating and the bastards knew it. That was an image they apparently considered sensitive , dangerous: their countrymen eating bread.

Read the rest at Blogs of War here. 

Obama releases photos of him watching…no, not Benghazi, the World Cup

The White House staff made sure media outlets got a gander of El Presidente watching the US lose to Germany (but still advance to the group of 16).

Note the changing personnel seated next to Mr. Obama. Valerie Jarrett is out and someone new comes in. Here:

And here:

Note the photos were aboard Air Force One and shared by the mainstreams who should be wondering where the photos are of the president during the Benghazi debacle.

Meantime, hawkers of tourist trinkets at the World Cup put Obama’s mug on the English national team cup.


No, the president, whose antipathy toward the British includes removing the bust of Winston Churchill from the oval office, does not play for Manchester United.