Contemporary climate change includes both global warming caused by humans and its impacts on Earth’s weather patterns. There have been previous periods of climate change, but the current changes are more rapid than any known events in Earth’s history.
The above words appear at YouTube under any video (that is allowed to air) that mentions climate change, either believing it to be real (allowed) or being mildly skeptical, also allowed but surely monitored. The link, of course, is to Wikipedia. The text is a big lie.
The above banner appears below any YouTube video that discusses Covid-19 in any manner, those believing it to be a real thing (allowed) or being mildly skeptical of certain aspects (also allowed, but surely monitored). That link, of course, is to Centers for Disease Control and all of its lies and urging vaccination for all.
Of course, we all know about Facebook, the most censorious organization on the planet – and I know about that place called North Korea. With all of these gigantic organizations that have developed since the Internet went live – Facebook, YouTube, Google, Yahoo – and many more, the practice of censorship is pervasive. People imagine search engines are uncensored. They are not. Try, some time, searching for anything a tad controversial first on Google, and then DuckDuckGo, and compare the results.
However, prior to being in a position to censor us so well, the organizations had to be built, and that required an ancient practice called “enclosure”. The audiences all had to be in one place. Facebook had to get rid of MySpace, Google, Bing and Yahoo had to squeeze out a whole host of other search outlets. Google, say in 1995, was said to be the best because it did not allow advertising. Imagine that. If you ask most people if the Chinese Internet is censored, the answer is “Yes, we all know that.” They do not imagine that our own Internet is as censorious, if not more, than China’s. Or North Korea’s.
I once belonged to a forum called “Next Door”, a place where neighbors exchanged news on things like missing pets, stuff for sale, and happenings. When the Scamdemic was declared on 3/11/20, Next Door immediately put up a warning on the top of the page that no one was allowed to criticize the WHO or CDC. I did so and my post immediately disappeared. I vamoosed, of course, but marveled that the planning was so well done in advance that every little outlet for dissent was closed.
Around that time I subscribed to a small local newspaper, the Canyon Courier, circulation mostly among people living up here in the foothills. It was mostly local news and sports. I wrote a letter to the editor about the Scamdemic, not sure what I said, but that letter never saw light of day. With the Courier I do not know if the editor was acting on orders from above, or was just a censorious bastard who didn’t like what I wrote, but even down at the the tiniest newspaper imaginable, we have extreme censorship.
Has it always been like this? I think so, at least among regular people who claim to believe in free speech. Very few of us actually do believe in that. Free speech is an illusion. I’ve long known that we are allowed to utter things in public that are not controversial. But saying things that are true and offensive about any subject, in the past, was only barely tolerated.
I really did this once, years ago – I called one of the C-SPAN morning talk shows, and amazingly got through. They were talking about taxes, and my point was going to be that the Payroll/Self Employment tax had the effect of creating a flat tax, as when combined with regular income tax it put most people in the 30+ percent bracket (no math today, readers – just trust me). I was also going to say that the Social Security Trust Fund was just an illusion, and could never “go broke.” I waited for the longest time, and finally came on line, and I got maybe halfway through my first point, oddly, there was noise, interference, and I was unable to finish. I went to the TV, and found my call never made it through.
C-SPAN, even little old wonky unimportant C-SPAN, censors.
Of course, we all know that sitting around a family dinner table is a heavily censored environment. I spoke up once, when the discussion was about Muslim women covering their faces in public, saying that face covering looked pretty damned common to me, and that I was the only one I knew who didn’t do it. The silence was unnerving.
Many comedians refuse to do college campuses these days due to vocal uprisings if any spacial group is offended. Below is a video with several comedians expressing their views on cancel culture:
It is like that everywhere, so much yelling, so little listening. Facts and evidence don’t matter. The one yelling the loudest wins.
We all know about this. What does it mean? We’ve never had a real news media, so hearkening back to the past is pointless. Noam Chomsky, prominent dissenting voice (and controlled opposition anyway) was never allowed on a major news forum. Ralph Nader, third party candidate (and controlled opposition anyway) was never allowed in a presidential debate. We’ve always been up to our neck in censorship.
But two harsh additives to the culture have virtually slammed the door on free exchange of any kind: Climate Alarmism and Covid. There is plenty of dissent within the sciences to Climate Change “science,” but as with Covid, anyone who speaks out will be de-funded, fired, banned, and demonized. So critics lay low. There is no media voice anywhere that speaks freely and honestly on these matters. We are no longer just censored, but tyrannized. We are in hell. We are under complete domination of psychopaths.
Andrew Lobaczewski, the late Polish psychologist, in his book Political Ponerology, says that regimes such as the one we currently suffer always, in the end, self-destruct. Our very bright commenter BarbM repeatedly says that Covid is coming to an end, even in Germany. I think those sentiments might be reasonable, and even suggest that the people running these scams know they cannot win forever. But they are achieving two very important ends in the meantime: Climate Alarmism is replacing cheap energy with unreliable expensive energy, so that cold winters as the one approaching will be contributing to depopulation. Cold is a killer, not warm. Covid is trying to vaccinate everyone, and while we cannot know why, there is suspicion around that vaxxing will lead as well to depopulation, though the Georgia Guidestone ideal of 500,000,000 seems extraordinarily optimistic for them.
The point is that while these regimes last, before they dissipate, before people recover normality in any sense, the monsters behind the schemes are attempting to do as much harm to us as possible. The lingering damage from Climate Alarmism and Covid will be with us for many decades, perhaps permanently. Extreme censorship is but a small part of our problem.
PS: Michael Shellenberger wrote the book Apocalypse Never. I’ve listened to him speak, and think he is a very bright man who doesn’t write so much about people as instead to respectfully engage them, and then write about them, and without rancor. Even as he and I don’t see the same circumstances in things like danger from CO2 or the existence of HIV, even as he says that the Climate Alarmists are right in some or many of of their predictions, but so what, as we will adapt is his suggested response, I find his work compelling and recommend the book to all, as it is very readable. He put on his Facebook page what appears to me to be a notice or an ad about some event to promote his book. Facebook put a warning on his post saying that much of the book’s contents was wrong and poorly researched. That, in my view, is incredibly presumptuous by the Facebook censors, perhaps even libelous. Facebook censors, like Climate Alarmists, seems to be able to say any damned thing they want, true or false or stupid, without sanction.