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Speech Control

When I was a boy, dystopia was the boogieman. We feared Orwell’s 1984. But in the nearly 40 years since the Thought Police and Big Brother have been forgotten; Americans have willfully turned over their freedom to big tech companies Facebook, Google, Twitter, and the like.

We gladly allow them to track us, advertise to us, listen to us.

No matter what my settings are, Google hears my conversations, reads my e-mail, follows my clicks. And it is always there suggesting more.

We should be fearful.

President Trump is a blowhard. I did not vote for him in 2016 nor in 2020. He is outlandish and I don’t think he should tweet. But this being America, he is free to ignore my advice and he has.

But big tech has power. And it has weilded it. President Trump has been permanently silenced on Facebook and Twitter.

I am no fan of what he said the other day in Washington D.C. at the rally. I am no fan of what he said in his video after the riot at the Capitol. I am no fan of what he spewed on Twitter.

But he has every right to say it.

Big tech can permit anyone it wants on its platform and shut down anyone it wants. It is not the government, so it doesn’t have to abide by free speech regulations. But it should. When it picks the winners and losers on its platform, then it opens itself up to scrutiny.

The logical retort is that one is free to say what he wants on his own platform. If Facebook and Twitter are oppressive, start your own platform to say what you want.

Well, someone has. Not that I have ever used it, but over the last several months I have heard of Parler. It’s a social media platform that seems to have been built for those who feel disenfranchised/silenced on other social media. I know it has advertised on right-wing commentary shows as I have heard it.

So, good. Everyone has their own playground. President Trump could go there, presumably, and make his claims.

Except . . .

Google has now removed the Parler app and Apple is poised to do the same. Yes, you read that correctly. The big tech companies control not only want happens on their sites, but who can even gain access to other sites.

This should scare us. Whether you want to download the app or not is not the issue. These companies are weilding far too much influence over speech. They shut it down on their sites and they prevent access to it on someone else’s. That is Orwell’s Thought Police in action.

It is easy to dismiss this as something for the cringy alt-right folks; it doesn’t apply to me.

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

Unpresidented

UnpresidentedUnpresidented by Kieron Dwyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Spent some time today seeking out something to read. It’s always interesting to see the path that takes one some place.

Fritz and I watched some Batman today. He likes the old 1960s Adam West Batman. One of the episodes was a crossover with the Green Hornet and Kato (Bruce Lee). That got me thinking about reading some Green Hornet. So I bopped around a bit exploring that. But the reality is that superhero genre is kind of played out for me.

Then I decided to search for Image Comics. It’s been a while since I’ve done that. I picked out a couple series that I thought I would enjoy.

Then I debated whether or not I should get a Comixology Unlimited subscription again. As I pondered that, I saw someone mention Hoopla having Image comics. Indeed they do. So, I had a different series I was interested in, but enough time had passed I decided to look for this book instead. Perfect.

I am not a lefty. Not even close. I like editorial cartoons. A lot.

There are some good cartoons here. There are some that miss the mark. There are some that are just pure partisan. And some were just cheap shots.

But, the fake news one with Melania is absolute genius!

The art is excellent throughout. I enjoyed reading this.

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No longer do I have a trash day. Rather, whenever I need to take out the trash I, I do. No waiting for the trashman. Freedom . . . Everyone is an expert these days. The Minimalists now provide political advice. Yikes! . . . President Trump looks foolish with how he has reacted since the election. He tarnishes his legacy by what he says. He should contest where there is evidence, but to claim he won is silly . . .

Happy birthday, Susan Tedeschi . . . Sure wish Oteil would have delivered his birthday wishes to her without invoking politics . . .

Aleppo

Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump meet my standards for President of the United States. I will vote for neither of them. The question then is who do I vote for?

I have swallowed hard and accepted Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate.

No candidate will be perfect, that is certain. I have realized I am far more libertarian than I once thought, although I still have reservations about foreign policy of the libertarians. Even so, I pinched my nose and accepted that I would vote for an admitted adult pot smoker who is a little zany.

The other day CNN interviewed him. He was asked what he would do about Aleppo. Johnson didn’t know what Aleppo is. Neither did I. Neither did most people, if they are honest.

Johnson was forthright in that he didn’t know, and has admitted that this may sink his candidacy. Eh. His candidacy wasn’t likely to succeed. It may have sunk any chance he did have though as he probably won’t get extra support he needs to get into the debates.

I am not concerned by not knowing what Aleppo is and I appreciate his candor and not weaseling out of a difficult issue. It doesn’t help him, and I’m probably voting for a loser, but I would be too if I pulled the lever for Clinton or Trump.

We deserve a better selection. The Republicans kept saying that and they ended up with Trump. America is being disrespected from within.