Digital Reichstag

Something that I posted to Facebook before I caught the 24 hour ban

When I was a kid we had one big newspaper and three network news channels. The news was whatever they told us the news was.

Then came the internet where we could talk with each other, critique news stories, and forge our own consensus. Blogs were a thing. Gatekeeping ended and information was democratized.

Then came Facebook and Twitter, where it was easier to talk directly with people, so they supplanted blogs in favor of putting all our content on someone else’s platform. But those platforms could eject anyone they didn’t like from what effectively became the public square.

Now these platforms have banned the President of the United States and alternate platforms are being threatened by Google and Apple with banning. So now we have two big newspapers, Facebook and Twitter, plus a couple of network news channels, and the news is what they say it is.

We’ve come full circle.

The Capitol Building “Occupation” was the Left’s Digital Reichstag Fire. First, a little history…

The Reichstag fire (German: Reichstagsbrand) was an arson attack on the Reichstag building, home of the German parliament in Berlin, on Monday 27 February 1933, precisely four weeks after Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany. Hitler’s government stated that Marinus van der Lubbe, a Dutch council communist, was the culprit, and it attributed the fire to communist agitators. A German court decided later that year that Van der Lubbe had acted alone, as he had claimed. The day after the fire, the Reichstag Fire Decree was passed. The Nazi Party used the fire as a pretext to claim that communists were plotting against the German government, which made the fire pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany.

Basically, some jackass started a fire and the Nazis used it as a pretext to suspend what passed for a Bill of Rights in Weimar Germany.

Since the protest at the Capitol Building, Facebook and Twitter have permabanned the personal accounts of the sitting President of the United States, and when he posted something on the official Presidential account, Twitter deleted the posts. The press reported on what he said, the Trump campaign Twitter account repeated the report, so Twitter banned the campaign account as well!

“They’re private companies!” say the Libertarians. “Build your own platform!”

Apple told Parler it’ll ban the social network’s app from its app store if Parler doesn’t start to moderate its content better, BuzzFeed reported Friday. Google removed Parler’s Android app from its Play Store on Friday, saying it’ll remain banished until Parler improves moderation.

Apparently Facebook and Google are telling us that we can only access “approved” speech while we use the phones they manufacture. Are the Libertarians going to start telling us that in order to speak freely we’re now going to have to start building our own phones?

We’re living in the Cyberpunk future we used to read about back in the 1990’s. We have tech overlords who have decided what you can read, what you can say, and who can hear you. They’re so powerful that even the President of the United States isn’t allowed to speak except through the approved gatekeepers of the mainstream media. The same people who spent the last 5 plus years calling him a racist/sexist/homophobic are the only approved channel his words can come through. The Tech companies know that no one can stop them legally. The Dems control the government and lack the sense to tell them to back off of this. Large numbers of them are actually cheering Trump’s (and his supporters’) deplatforming.

Let me tell you what’s likely to happen.

Violence.

When people cannot speak, they will start acting. If Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Apple have decided that our views and our leaders must be silenced, some small number of those silenced will start physically attacking the offices and infrastructure of those companies. Server farms will get burned. Transformers that feed power to critical infrastructure will get bombed. Key personnel will get assassinated. It has the potential to get extremely ugly.

I’m not optimistic about our next few years.

Phacebook Phuckery

You will be made to obey. No unauthorized thoughts allowed.

Twitter and Facebook banned the sitting President of the United States. Apple and Google are in the process of banning Parler, which means that if you want to speak, but Twitter and Facebook don’t like what you say, you can’t say it on Parler either.

And Facebook banned this innocuous post for being “against community standards.”

If we don’t control our own channels of communication, we cannot speak. Our Tech Overlords have spoken.

UPDATE: Facebook reversed the decision. Sort of. The post is back up, but I’m banned for 24 hours.

Support Kyle Rittenhouse

The Kenosha Kid ventilated three felons in an apparent case of self defense, killing two. Now he needs the best legal defense money can buy. The problem is that Facebook is calling the direct link to his fundraiser “against community standards.”

Here’s my plan. I’m going to link the fundraiser directly right here on this page. Then you can share this link on Facebook and encourage your 2A friends to give to his legal defense. All the money here goes to a legal firm led by Lin Wood, the guy who sued CNN for Covington High School student Nick Sandmann.

Click on the photo to go directly to the donation site

Or click here in case it doesn’t work on your platform

I just donated $20. Please join me.

NC COVID numbers 5-27-2020

Link to NC COVID-19 Dashboard – https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19/covid-19-nc-case-count

Our daily numbers show the following changes from yesterday 

  • 11,825 new tests
  • 488 new cases
  • 81 more hospitalizations
  • 28 more deaths

Again, here are some links if you need help.

NC COVID numbers 5-26-2020

Link to NC COVID-19 Dashboard – https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19/covid-19-nc-case-count

Our daily numbers show the following changes from yesterday 

  • 7,641 new tests
  • 176 new cases
  • 6 fewer hospitalizations
  • 12 more deaths

Again, here are some links if you need help.

NC COVID numbers 5-25-2020

Link to NC COVID-19 Dashboard – https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19/covid-19-nc-case-count

Our daily numbers show the following changes from yesterday 

  • 8,034 new tests
  • 742 new cases
  • 40 more hospitalizations
  • 10 more deaths

Slightly more than 8,000 tests completed in the middle of a holiday weekend is further proof that NC has really ramped up testing.

Again, here are some links if you need help.

NC COVID numbers 5-24-2020

Link to NC COVID-19 Dashboard – https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19/covid-19-nc-case-count

Our daily numbers show the following changes from yesterday 

  • 7,074 new tests
  • 497 new cases
  • 2 fewer hospitalizations
  • 7 more deaths

Back down to a more normal number of tests, and a more normal number of cases. Note, more than 7,000 test results on a Sunday of a holiday weekend is apparently “the new normal.” Previously we were seeing half that on weekends. 7,000 tests was a reasonable weekday test number only last week. Testing has very seriously ramped up.

Again, here are some links if you need help.

NC COVID numbers 5-23-2020

Link to NC COVID-19 Dashboard – https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19/covid-19-nc-case-count

Our daily numbers show the following changes from yesterday 

  • 26,358 new tests
  • 1,107 new cases
  • 21 more hospitalizations
  • 9 more deaths

I’m really angry right now. National Public Radio posted a story that reads “North Carolina Reports Highest One Day Spike Of COVID-19 Cases.”

North Carolina has reported its highest one-day spike in new COVID-19 cases, a development that comes a day after the state entered its second phase of re-opening.

In a statement Saturday, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,107 infections – around 250 more cases than the state’s last highest daily tally.

Here’s what they don’t tell you. Today they had 26,358 test results returned, which is more than double the largest number of tests results returned on a single day, and that previous record was 2 days ago. This is a MASSIVE ramping up of testing. Today’s positive tests represent 4.20% of the total number of test results today. Compare that to the cumulative test result average of 6.90%.

But did NPR tell us the good news that the “spike” in cases was purely an artifact of massively increased testing? Nope.

Again, here are some links if you need help.

NC COVID numbers 5-22-2020

Link to NC COVID-19 Dashboard – https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19/covid-19-nc-case-count

Our daily numbers show the following changes from yesterday 

  • 12,579 new tests
  • 708 new cases
  • 10 fewer hospitalizations
  • 12 more deaths

Again, here are some links if you need help.

NC COVID numbers 5-21-2020

Link to NC COVID-19 Dashboard – https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19/covid-19-nc-case-count

Our daily numbers show the following changes from yesterday 

  • 13,045 new tests
  • 788 new cases
  • 24 more hospitalizations
  • 14 more deaths

Again, here are some links if you need help.