Lion of the Blogosphere

Censorship works

Per an article in The Atlantic

According to J.M. Berger and Heather Perez, Twitter’s routine pruning of Islamic State-associated accounts has kept the size of the Islamic State’s propaganda network small, and has particularly damaged the reach and influence of the largest and most prominent accounts.

Of course, the mainstream elites already know that censorship works very well. That’s why they censor HBD.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 19, 2016 at 5:19 pm

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  1. Yes, there’s a comforting lie that people being censored tell themselves. “Oh keep censoring us, you’re only ensuring a backlash!” Nonsense. Leftists and totalitarians use censorship because it works.


    February 19, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    • Right. Perhaps the first generation exposed to censorship pushes back a little, but given enough time no one even remembers what it was that was being censored. Down the memory hole it goes…


      February 19, 2016 at 6:53 pm

  2. OT, but have you seen this 18 year old black fake doctor. Watching him talk is hilarious


    February 19, 2016 at 6:46 pm

  3. More background detail here:


    February 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    • This is hilarious. Stick it in the eye of credentialists. He’s kind of good at dealing with the media for being so young. Also appears to be kind of crazy.


      February 19, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      • Yes, I’m trying to contact the family now to arrange representation, as his current attorneys are obviously not up to the task. You’ll notice that he employs the authentically black usage “aks.” This tells me that he is more than qualified to act as a medical doctor and that any insistence on adherence to white norms is racist. In addition, the fact that he is a public figure charged with a crime and insisting on privacy shows he possesses full mastery of black logic, again qualifying him to be an Obama Care doctor.

        Mel Belli

        February 20, 2016 at 1:00 am

  4. I am a supporter of censorship in general. America was a better country when there was more censorship of movies, music, television etc, to keep bad themes and morals out of the popular cultural. Like any tool, it can be used and misused.


    February 19, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    • But conservatives were in charge. The best conservatives can hope for now is sticking to the free-expression-come-what-may thing that the left actually kickstarted.


      February 19, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      • Freedom of speech benefits whoever is currently not in power – since bad guys will sometimes be in power, freedom of speech is very important.


        February 19, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      • Also, truth and thought are important for humanity.


        February 19, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      • I’m not convinced the censorious left is necessarily wrong about everything. I think they’re right that there is too much crass sexism in the media today, the extreme over-sexualization and objectification of women and so forth.


        February 20, 2016 at 3:06 am

    • You should be Junior Special Adviser to the Office of the Minister for Domestic Information Cultivation. Then you could help make sure that censorship laws align with your personal opinions about what there is too much of vs. what there is just enough of.


      February 20, 2016 at 9:12 am

      • Culture has consequences, and I’m not hearing many other good ideas as to how we can get American culture back on track. Certainly a lot of the people on the right, particularly the “alt-right” are as guilty as anyone in making American culture crasser, meaner, grosser, uglier, more hyper-sexualized, etc.


        February 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm

  5. I agree with Trump’s anti-Apple comments. It’s ridiculous that they won’t give the government access to the terrorist’s phone.


    February 19, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    • The phone is not the property of Apple, why should Apple care? LEO’s are the biggest bunch of crybabies on the planet.


      February 19, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      • What do you mean? They should care about helping catch more terrorists.


        February 19, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    • The court order for Apple to help the FBI get the encrypted information from Syed Farook’s phone is a ex parte order. This means the judge only heard arguments from the government before issuing this order. Apple was not informed or represented and so could not present arguments. The judge’s order invites Apple to file objections to the order before it has to comply. Apple put out a public statement saying they will file objections to the order, but have not filed their objections yet.

      This order was issued based on the All Writs Act (AWA) passed in 1789. The AWA just says courts may issue all writs “necessary or appropriate” to legal proceedings. This is incredibly vague and although this law has been around for a long time, there is very little case law on how it might apply to innocent 3rd parties in a case like this. In the 1977 New York Telephone case the Supreme Court ruled that the New York Telephone company did have to install some eavesdropping equipment for the government. Part of the courts argument was that the phone company was a public utility and the equipment was very similar to equipment the phone company used routinely to check its network. Apple is not a public utility and has not developed the software the FBI wants it to develop because they believe it compromises their product.

      Note: this was Syed Farook’s work phone. It actually belongs to San Bernardino County. Syed physically destroyed his personal phone before the attack. The FBI already has a non-encrypted copy of all the data on this phone from a backup taken 6 weeks before the attack. The FBI also has records of every phone number that was called or sent text messages from this phone, so it knows who Syed was in contact with using this phone. Given that Syed physically destroyed his personal phone before the attack, it is unlikely his work phone has any information of value on it. If Syed thought there was any information useful to the FBI on it, he would have destroyed it too.


      February 20, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      • I agree that it’s extremely unlikely they will find anything useful on the phone. It’s a big waste of time.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 20, 2016 at 2:47 pm

  6. Do we want Cruz or Rubio to finish 2nd tomorrow?

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 19, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    • Cruz in second is better for Trump.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 19, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      • Are you in any way concerned about Hillary losing Nevada? Salon published a piece today writing her off and arguing it is time to embrace the Bern. I think Trump would demolish Hillary but Bernie would be a tougher nut to crack. Republicans in Nevada should attend the Democratic Caucus (you can legally vote in both) and vote for Clinton.


        February 19, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      • The path to Trump beating Hillary is more opaque.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 19, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      • why? They are competing for the same voters. The sooner Cruz becomes hopeless, the better for Trump.

        On the other hand, it would be satisfying to see the open Borders guy come in 3rd. But I’m trying to think strategically.

        Otis the Sweaty

        February 19, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      • How is Rubio “open borders”?


        February 20, 2016 at 12:37 am

    • Do we want Cruz or Rubio to finish 2nd tomorrow?

      Depends. Depends whether Trump has Rubio’s arrest record for male prostitution.

      If it exists, a Rubio second place is preferable because DJT can nuke the scumbag at any moment with one twitter screen capture of the arrest record.

      If it’s not true then I suppose I can live with Cruz.

      But I really, really, want Rubio to fail all validation checks…

      The Undiscovered Jew

      February 19, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    • You are seriously asking how Rubio is open borders? He’s GOPe and he was part of the Gang of 8. He literally shed a tear at the Pope’s speech claiming America needed to have open borders.

      The guy is open borders to his core. He’s just less honest about it than Bush or Kasich, which is part of what makes him so dangerous.

      Otis the Sweaty

      February 20, 2016 at 2:31 am

      • This is what Rubio promises on his website:

        “-Cancel President Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders
        -Eliminate federal funding for sanctuary cities
        -Deport criminal illegal aliens
        -Hire 20,000 new Border Patrol agents
        -Finish all 700 miles of walls on our southern border
        -Implement an entry-exit visa tracking system
        -Implement a mandatory eVerify system
        -Install $4 billion in new cameras and sensors on the border”

        Is that open borders?


        February 20, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      • “Deport criminal illegal aliens”

        A euphemism for continuing Obama’s illegal policy of not enforcing immigration laws, except for illegal immigrant who commit some sort of “crime” (which does not include the crime of working and living in the country illegally), presumably only felony crimes.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 20, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      • You can say he’s not perfect on immigration, but that’s a far cry from being “open borders.”

        I don’t know why Trump is more believable than Rubio on this file. Trump has flip-flopped on the immigration issue worse than Rubio has.


        February 20, 2016 at 9:30 pm

  7. Lion, you should spend more time reading stuff on Twitter instead of just tweeting links to your posts there. If you did, you’d know about Twitter’s alleged censorship of conservatives:

    Dave Pinsen

    February 19, 2016 at 9:28 pm

  8. Censorship works in humans because we are overwhelmingly weak-minded and lazy. Censorship is empowered by complacency and pop culture. Pop culture threatens nothing while deriving the greatest sense of obedience and passivity “against” the elites.

    A vibrant “alt” culture would make things unpleasant for the elite. This blogosector is “alt” but the problem is, there are handful of us. Don’t let the Trump uprising fool you…there’s nothing going on.

    Socially Extinct

    February 20, 2016 at 12:35 am

  9. Bernie ahead in a national poll for the first time. Any chance he is going to pull this off?

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 20, 2016 at 12:59 am

    • Could happen. Hillary is a very weak candidate, much like Jeb.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 20, 2016 at 1:12 am

      • How do the corporate, suburban stye Dems react in a Trump versus Cruz race?

        Bernie isn’t like Hillary, he will run explicitly on open borders, fighting “white privilege”, Black Lives Matter, allowing hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, repealing welfare reform and raising taxes on upper middle class whites to give more money to NAMs. Will non-insane liberal whites support that or will they jump ship to Trump?

        Otis the Sweaty

        February 20, 2016 at 2:36 am

    • Bernie was an immigration skeptic until last year. He flip-flopped on the issue so he can beat Hilary Clinton. Both Democratic candidates are now running on an essentially open borders platform.


      February 20, 2016 at 9:55 am

      • But Hillary isn’t stupid enough to emphasize it unapologetically in the general, Bernie is. Also Hillary won’t run on a platform of letting black criminals out of jail, bringing back welfare and raising taxes on middle class white people. Bernie will.

        Also, most white liberals love crony capitalism and Wall Street. Bernie’s anti wall street shtick is poison with white suburbanites.

        Otis the Sweaty

        February 20, 2016 at 11:10 am

  10. Speaking of HBD (and possibly censorship) Stuyvesant grad Michael Levin’s 1997 book, Why Race Matters, is on kindle for $5.95. A sample of his thinking: “It is as pointless to insist that individuals with innately high time preferences and low empathy should follow white rules of cooperation as to insist that Japan field world-class basketball teams”.


    February 20, 2016 at 2:59 am

  11. the mainstream elites already know that censorship works very well

    Also, propaganda works very well.

    E. Rekshun

    February 20, 2016 at 5:39 am

  12. In a multicultural society, truth is so explosive it must always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.

    Mark Caplan

    February 20, 2016 at 11:01 am

  13. I am a supporter of censorship in general.

    Well, you’ve got a friend in Barack Hussein Obama.

    He’d love to bring back strict and active censorship, but run by a government bureau of his creation, of course. (he’d be happy to federalize as many areas of American life as possible, actually)

    In 2009 he appointed Cass Sunstein as head of his Office of Information and Regulatory affairs precisely because of his views on Internet regulation and the suppression of “anti-Democratic” ideas which are spread by “covert agents” (aka conservatives). Fortunately, he only served 3 years and saw heavy resistance to every measure he tried to implement.

    His other ideas included having the government build systems to actively police the content of all 50 zillion individual daily emails sent, as well as mandating an “Internet fairness doctrine” whereby Websites with political (bitter clinger) content would be forced to feature URL links to alternative viewpoints.

    And don’t forget his constant tussles with Fox News. Whenever he says something negative about “the media” you know that’s who he’s referring to:

    “We’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues and how people’s impressions of what it’s like to struggle in this economy looks like, and how budgets connect to that. And that’s a hard process because that requires a much broader conversation than typically we have on the nightly news.”

    Any time he uses the word we it usually means that work will be involved for traditional White America in the service of his “transformational” objectives.


    February 20, 2016 at 11:19 am

    • No no, the censor will be a nativist philosopher king!


      February 20, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    • I’d support Obama if he actually brought in any censorship policies.


      February 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      • It’s not gonna happen, Obama is a Hollywood President out there rubbing elbows with rappers, actors and celebrities like Beyonce/Jay-Z, whose music is full of the content you’d like to censor – brazen sexuality, vulgarity, materialism, use of the B-word and N-word (and the list goes on and on). If we moved public morality back to the level of the 1950’s he’d label it “racism” because these folks would be out of a job.

        However, Obama would certainly love to pass laws with criminal or civil penalties for those who vocally oppose climate change or same-sex marriage.


        February 20, 2016 at 7:38 pm

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