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  • Jun 3rd, 2020 @ 4:26pm

    Out here in flyover...

    I scored a remote job and chose to move to the high plains. One key metric was police brutality. (the rest were libertarian - taxes, regulation, etc.). One night I was a bit tipsy. A policeman pulled up (I was walking home). He offered to drive me home. That is small town life when the cops are your neighbors and attend church, or go to the same watering holes, or otherwise are part of the community like white cells are part of blood. It is not there are zero incidents in my state, but they are rarely repeated. We don't want the stormtroopers here. And we like our guns. If there were no more cops it would be a minor inconvenience. I leave my car unlocked. A block from downtown. There are minorities, but it is mostly a live and let live attitude. They don't try to push gun control or force people to bake cakes they don't want to (the police don't bother about thoughtcrime). And everyone is friendly and helpful. In one sense I look on what happened in Minneapolis and other places and am glad I'm a refugee in a better place. Originally I'm from Guestapo Gretchen's Michigan. SO glad I left. And that South Dakota has Kristi Noam. I can only think of what an alien coming here would think: "Strange system you have, you can vote for anyone but the areas that most complain about tyranny keep voting in the tyrants". The worst states, at least in the northern tier, are totally controlled by Democrats. And the people and polices you are outraged at are all voted in by the victims. What happens when someone tries running on a Police Accountability and liberty platform? They lose. There are no close elections at the city level. Minnesota through Minneapolis are filled with elected - chosen - socialist (leftist) Democrats. Perhaps it will take something beyond nonviolent protests to remove them. But I suspect it will never happen. The protesters, nonviolent and otherwise will keep electing the same people and expect different results. How many times will they be betrayed until they elect someone different? That is Trump. The RINO Republicans kept saying "we will do what you elected us to do", then moved the goalpost. After losing their doctor and plan they wanted Obamacare eliminated. The RINOS said "oh, we can't do anything without the house". Then it was "oh, we need the Presidency too" and put up Jeb! or Rubio or Kasich. (I can go much deeper into the GOP betrayal of their base). The answer to fix the GOP was Trump, who is actually doing what he campaigned on to a very large extent. I think you need the Democrat equivalent of Trump. Instead you got Biden. Bernie would have been better and might have won in 2016 or 2020. Tulisi Gabbard had some nice things to say. But the Democrats are still the "keep the corrupt system in place" party. I wish it weren't. We could have a robust debate about fixing things.

  • Jun 3rd, 2020 @ 4:06pm

    Re: Re: An even more egregious case

    Evidence is against you. Media was continually calling Obama a saint and covering for his evil (GITMO wasn't closed, Fast and Furious, Bengazi, Even Ferguson and Boston). He got the Nobel Peace Prize. Trump was described as a racist "literally a Nazi" before he was elected. There was a violent "protest" on the day of his inaugural. The rest has been a chant of Russia!. You might be able to make a case something boiled over, but everything is NEVER focused on anything to do with Police Brutality or violence as such. Instead it is racism and white supremacy. There is an opportunity to have the tyrants in blue fixed because during the lockdowns they were oppressive to everyone. Instead it has been hijacked. It is now a grievance industrial complex that alleges everything bad blacks experienced since 1600 needs to be laid on the USA now.

  • Jun 3rd, 2020 @ 3:53pm

    It might have been another Columbine

    They dont' stop bullying - the School teaches authority is useless and they will let people beat you up early. There was also the kid that ate his pop-tart into the shape of the gun. And the kid in texas that repackaged a radio shack clock and was hauled out in handcuffs (the right made excuses - he was a muslim).

  • Jun 3rd, 2020 @ 3:51pm

    If you want blood of Cops and their familes, wish granted?

  • Jun 3rd, 2020 @ 3:48pm

    An even more egregious case There is audio of the incident and now a movie. It happend in 2011. No one cared though somewhere in an abandoned timeline I was trying to bring attention. It is worse than George Floyd. He accidentally triggered a medic alert device. He was a 68 year old Marine Veteran - and yes, black, but you can find welfare check shootings happen often. No criminal record. He was shot to death a short time later. You can find the article on Wikipedia. See what happend to the cops involved. Note there is no statute of limitations on murder. I can imagine Floyd's death to be a horrible tragedy with prison worthy culpable negligence at a minimum. I cannot do so in this case. Or several others. Obama was in office. Eric Holder and his DoJ investigated. The department and those involved were cleared. There was far less outrage under Obama. The only reason this made the news is because Trump is president. If Hillary won there would be no protests. As to whether nonviolent protests work? The first problem is every time they call one, a lot of other people who DON'T care about Floyd arrive and vandalize, burn, and loot. They have no message. They just like destruction. The second problem is THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT POLICE BRUTALITY. It is reframed as racism or white supremacy, or something that is WHITE INSTEAD OF BLUE. Most Police killings of innocent unarmed people are white. Daniel Savage. Duncan Lemp. Andrew Finch. They are just as dead but the protesters don't care because wrong tribe. I'm against injustice, doubly so under the color of law. Such police ought to be executed. Instead we get the same "you don't know how hard it is to be a cop". No, but if you have less self-control than the criminals you shouldn't be a cop, and if you aren't willing not to make it home safe because of due process and the constitution, you shouldn't be a cop. The actual shell game is to split team white and team black, ignoring team blue completely.

  • Jun 3rd, 2020 @ 3:28pm


    Just say "Eric Charamella" and the video will be banned from Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, and probably most others. They won't show it on Fox or CNN.

  • Jun 2nd, 2020 @ 1:06pm

    Hard to kill the location

    First, you can leave it off (and disable wifi scanning). GPS only will timeout. Or enable "mock locations" and pick an interesting location. Finding "recent location requests" in the Location setting can help. There are apps or something that keep popping up "Can't get location" when I come from the lock screen on Android. One app uses an ad service that wants location and will keep checking in the background when I'm done if I don't explicitly exit the app. A feature phone is better but some have this stuff under the hood.

  • Jun 2nd, 2020 @ 12:47pm

    CNN says it is not Fake News

    So I followed the link. Where is ANY study. I mean with the data, the stats, etc.? This is just another CNN FakeNews puff/hit piece. Who did the study? CrowdTangle, owned by ... Facebook! "In fact, according to CrowdTangle, a data-analytics firm owned by Facebook, content from conservative news organizations dominates Facebook and often outperforms content from straightforward news organizations. " How much did they have to torture the data (again, where is the raw data) to get this result and if it showed bad liberal bias would they have publicized it? This like the Amazon PR as news sent to local stations that put it on the air without any disclaimer. How much is Zuck paying you to amplify this? This is perhaps the worst bit of echoing an ad on Tech Dirt so far and there were many bad ones. How about Investigating yourself?

  • Jun 2nd, 2020 @ 12:34pm

    Checkbook "apologies"

    This is like when Facebook was constantly outing transgender people because of their "real names" policy and "people you may know". https://www. So Zuck just writes a huge check to a battered woman's advocacy group, and to the SF gay pride parade and they shut up and let Facebood continue doing what it was. This is more theater. Appoint a bunch of people to a board with no power, no attempt at political diversity (anyone at Fox News, the Blaze, etc.), not even libertarians or free speech advocates. Pay a bunch of rich and famous an honorarium and hope the problem goes away.

  • Jun 1st, 2020 @ 8:06pm

    A simpler solution

    REQUIRE an option where they don't track, monitize, distribute, etc. your data or even use it to "provide a better experience" tier which is paid. Right now there is only the "free except you agree to give your soul to the devil when you die" contract. You can't pay Apple, Google, Amazon, F**kbook to not privacy rape you, that is not an option. Reminds me of the old Bertrand Russel joke: BR: Would you go to bed with me for $1Million? woman: well,... yes I would. BR: Would you do it for $5? (early 20th century) woman: What do you think I am? BR: Madame, we have established what you are, we only disagree about the price. I can fly, if I let the TSA grope my "junk" and be porn scanned. Completely voluntary. Or charter a private Jet (why can't they crash into Trump Tower?).

  • Jun 1st, 2020 @ 4:27pm

    Not quite, SLAPP gave her asylum

    The court found she is not a reporter or anyone dealing with facts but a clown that spews nonsense and everyone knows it and you can't be held to account for insane rantings.

  • Jun 1st, 2020 @ 4:25pm

    You world

    It reminds me of Heath Ledger's joker burning a pile of money saying "My half!". I hope your world burns since you say that is what you want. Your loved ones, relatives and friends die in the flames. The rest die of famines and only the ashes are left so no repairations can be made. As the flames rose high into the night to light the sacrificial rite I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the Music died. I have been and will continue to try to make My world free. I resent your envy in wanting to burn down my free world because it is easier to destroy than to build. Envy is the only sin that gives no joy. It does not seek to achieve anything but to destroy what others have including happiness and joy. "Misery loves company and by Satan I will make the whole world miserable!" I live in a small town. In a state where I looked for liberty. I think there has been ONE mention of any police problem in the last 5 years. Police are still "officer friendly". But I don't have much real privacy. Everyone knows each other, but that means the Cops know me and I know them. The local cops in NJ wouldn't shut down the Gym so they brought some in from another precinct. You may love the big city and its life - and its anonymity. But that works both ways. You don't know and probably never met the people who owned the businesses that were destroyed along with their hopes and dreams and their life savings. Their hopes, dreams, and life savings are what you want to burn down. Not the police who will survive and probably thrive with the increased powers after the chaos like we still have the TSA. When you wish to see the world burn, you are calling for your own self immolation.

  • Jun 1st, 2020 @ 4:10pm


    Currently: It is better that 100 unarmed innocent people die than one cop not be able to get home safely because they hesitated. You didn't mention Breonna Taylor. Or Duncan Lemp. Or Daniel Shaver. Or Andrew Finch (twitter tie in). Or a hundred others I can name. They are just as dead, only it was in a few seconds instead of several minutes. Qualified Immunity. "I was in fear for my life". Magic words that make responsibility go away. The problem isn't white privilege, its blue supremacy.

  • May 29th, 2020 @ 3:59pm

    Newspapers WERE important

    Now there are only a few huge media congolmerates so almost every paper is the USA Today, as well as the radio stations and TV. Especially in small markets. We must keep the scriptoria and buggy whip makers in business. Meanwhile, people like Tim Pool (TimCast) are the new media.

  • May 29th, 2020 @ 3:35pm


    Name any example of someone from CNN, MSNBC, or the Democratic Party being "fact checked" by Twitter. Name a prominet lefty banned (e.g. Kathy Griffin for Trump's severed head). Sarah Jeong posted tweets which were anti-white bigotry and they AFAIK are still up. Candace Owens just swapped the word "black" for "white" and every one was banned and she had her account locked. Put simply, if they "fact checked" Maxine Waters, Cuomo, Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff, AOC, Illan Omar, Rashida Talib, etc. over the Russiagate and Ukrainegate hoax or even the Michael Flynn railroading, and also did Trump no one would be complaining. If they banned Dan Savage when they banned Milo no one would be complaining. Here's a simple experiment. Create two twitter accounts. Post a tweet to each of them, calling for violence, using epithets, being offensive, but swap targets - men v.s. women, white v.s. black, gay v.s. straight. If you are correct Twitter will consistently apply something to both or neither. If Conservatives are correct, only one set of tweets will be marked or deleted.

  • May 28th, 2020 @ 5:45pm

    one stone, two birds d-after-claims-of-mail-in-ballot-errors-n441548 Twitter just censored an account dedicated to reports of mail in ballot fraud.

  • May 28th, 2020 @ 4:21pm

    Then there's DCMA notices

    Ask Michael Moore if his 4 seconds of use of some film the original author used to file a takedown notice causing his movie to be taken down is censorship. It happens much more commonly and there are people who simply troll the DCMA report box to take things down for a day or two and just force the people to respond. This is also a serious problem but also "content moderation". Because someone with a gmail account which has only existed for 20 minutes says it violates their copyright, we must remove your content.

  • May 28th, 2020 @ 4:11pm

    We don't do what exactly?

    So when someone posts something which is offensive, and a mob then doxxes them, gets them fired, has their bank and/or payment processor, their ISP, their hosting service drop them, how is that not "censorship"? Then there's the problem that "We DO do that around here, except to X", take the tweets that get banned when you simply s/white/black/g. In the above post, note how it is someone who is uncomfortable with LGBTQ, not someone like Dan Savage who said worse in public at a conference showing what by the reciprocal standards would be anti-Christian bigoted hate speech. The upside is the war is now open instead of a slow attrition where Alex Jones gets banned but not Rachel Maddow. Milo but not Savage. The second great thing to come from this is the nonsense like the post above trying to use reason and proper argument when everything is about hurting someone's feelings, and the accuracy of the post isn't relevant, or isn't even contested but belittled or condemned. Take the current cause. There ARE lots of opportunities for fraud in "Mail In Ballots". They can be mitigated with strong voter-ID laws (including a signature sample that must match the ballot), bans on ballot harvesting, and have the postal inspectors and USPS secure the mail in path. The problem is we can't have that discussion. If we could the above points would be the response to Trump, not "Fact Check: False - see these CNN and NBC #FakeNews articles". Also note the controversy over Mail In Ballots doesn't even come close to talking about hate speech, yet that, something which should not be about feelings, is the cause. Is Trump calling for the slaughter of Gay people like Ric Grenell or Milo? Well, maybe you don't see any difference. Me: Come, let us reason together and discuss and debate, using reason and evidence without getting personal or profane. You: We don't do that around here.

  • May 27th, 2020 @ 6:59pm

    Do you agree...

    With Kathy Griffin that suggested he be killed by an air embolism in a Tweet and doubled down? Realize that Trump won, you lost. Maybe if you attempted to understand WHY instead of quintupling down we could have a rational conversation instead of you and TD (Trump Deranged) spreading far more toxic vitriol than Trump does. Trump is only one man. You have the people at CNN, MSNBC, comics, Hollywood throwing far more AT Trump than he throws back. You should call out that hate if you don't think hate is proper.

  • May 27th, 2020 @ 2:04pm


    Such a discussion is very important and I fall on the libertarian side of things. But I don't think that is what you want if your other articles are any indication. What is the point of yet another "Orange Man Bad!" forum? Expert echo chamber? My opinions are orthognal to both sides on most occasions, and more subtle. I usually find my self burned as a heretic. Consider "privacy". I posted about Anonymity. But that would interfere with targeted ads. Google (and Apple) maintain IDs, and I trust neither, but they don't fund the EFF to create a cryptographic persistent pseudonym system. Instead they use web bugs, javascript fingerprinting and other tracking. (TD - I really like some of the products you email me in your deals, but instead of any page or any easy way to find them on your deals site I get a tracking site; the cost to my privacy is too high a price). I go back to the PGP export wars during the 1990s on that (I go back further, but we are talking privacy). There are both legal and technical challenges. And they could be worked out. I don't think anyone really wants to do so if it will give "the other side" an advantage, or will demonitize Google who decided to be evil - Avarice is a deadly sin - and go full China but under a layer of virtue signalling.

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