Our friend Nathan Stolpman, who runs Lift the Veil (a nice website and YouTube channel) came face-to-face with Google censorship, done ever so delicately. I replay his video beneath the fold here.
Censorship, as done in the US, is every bit as pervasive as anywhere, including China, North Korea or at Montana Cowgirl and Intelligent Discontent. Noam Chomsky used to write about its effectiveness, saying that our news media outlets self-censor (he was wrong about that). He said that in totalitarian states where censorship is omnipresent, people know they are swimming in lies, but know to shut up and look at their shoes. Therefore, he said, US censorship is far more effective, as here people really believe the lies.
The hypnotic power of TV is unlike anything ever seen in human history. Our population, save maybe 5% of us, is in a deep, deep trance.
I was thinking about this as I read the Reptile blog last evening. They are bemoaning the coronation of Hillary. Yes, it is settling in. She is the next selection. With Trump to the right of her and Bernie to the left, there she is, stuck in our middle again. But what the hell! The office has no power, so even if Sanders somehow got elected, and even if he were not an obvious fake, there’s nothing he could do. Real power lies elsewhere. Only movement politics can work, and movements never get off the ground in TV Land.
So why the focus on politics when politics is a dead letter? It is hard for these folks, I realize. They don’t yet understand the nature of the enemy. They don’t give up hope easily. Elections are the only thing they know.
An old story retold at this blog:
A drunk loses the keys to his house and is looking for them under a lamppost. A policeman comes over and asks what he’s doing.
“I’m looking for my keys” he says. “I lost them over there”.
The policeman looks puzzled. “Then why are you looking for them all the way over here?”
“Because the light is so much better”.
Anyway, I will let Mr. Stolpman explain the means by which Google is censoring YouTube. It is subtle and very effective.
(I put up a comment on his video saying that Google is a CIA front using DARPA technology, essentially a surveillance and data gathering operation whose stock price is propped up by Intel. That comment disappeared within 24 hours, though I don’t know if it was Google or Stolpman who took it down. I would imagine it was Stolpman, as he cravenly sucks up to Google in a later part of the video. Google does not fear a comment on a video they have effectively quarantined.)