Twitter’s Tyrannical Trust & Safety Council: The Twitter Version of ‘The Ministry of Truth’ in Orwell’s 1984


Twitter, the social media site that was launched in 2006 by Evan Williams, CEO Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, and Biz Stone, has launched an Orwellian ruckus in which, according to its blog dated February 9, it has organized a “Trust & Safety Council” that mirrors “The Ministry of Truth” group in George Orwell‘s 1984.* (Considering my blog posts on Twitter as well as Facebook, I mention this latest action from Twitter, because what the private company is doing and employing threatens the First Amendemt-protected rights of its users.)

This is what the company says on its blog:

 

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As Daniel Payne wrote about this council on his blog piece entitled “Say Hello to Twitter’s Tweet Police” via the Federalist website:

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Say Hello to Twitter's Tweet Police Part 2 - Clip - 02-11-2016Even Reason covers this latest development at its Hit & Run blog:

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Obviously, this is on the heels of Girls‘ co-creator and actress and author Lena Dunham who recently “quit” the site (more times than she’s changed her bra and underwear) because she felt that the site was no longer a “safe space” for her and demanded a code of conduct protecting women from “hateful and violent statements.” Translation: we need an amendment to the Constitution to protect Lena’s deeply hurt sentiments.

The Hollywood Reporter reports Lena telling Re/code Decode podcast host Kara Swisher:Lena Dunham Quits Twitter for the Umpteenth Time Quote - 02-11-2016Obviously, she’s using the “safe space” rebuke to her critics who have publicly attacked her for various reasons of which we all are aware, including her admission that she molested her younger sister Grace, accused a conservative Republican male college student of allegedly “raping” her while she was attending Oberth College, her anti-male and feminist politics including her sappy love for all things Hillary, her pathetic newsletter Lenny, her lie of her “autobiography” (given it’s been debunked and deemed questionable), and so on.

So that’s how this authoritarian model came into being for Twitter, thanks in part to an anti-male, limousine liberal bitch who despises men, who might as well be a lesbian (not that I care either way!), and who’s lied her way via her shitty-ass book, whose TV show is nothing short of mediocrity, and whose politics is as polarizing as a polar bear.

This is after Twitter’s stock price diving from $69 a share to approximately $15 a share, according to USA Today in its piece entitled “Twitter faces critical moments with Q4 results“:

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Here’s what USA Today’s earnings forecast says:

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If Twitter knows what’s good for them, the company would not piss off its user base, who can drop the site in a second.

As a private company, Twitter can do whatever it wants. If its want to be tyrannical to its users, it can do that. However, Twitter depends on its users for viability. Without it as well as the users sharing content that they see on the site, the enterprise is a dead husk. Memo to Twitter: don’t piss the fuck off your users, or they will delete their accounts and go elsewhere. Do you want to continue to be relevant? Then jettison the Trust & Safety Council. If you don’t, you will lose your Tweeters, and that’s a huge guarantee right there.

I’m considering the possibility of dropping Twitter and go to an alternative site like Quitter.

As Instapundit noted:

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[*Note: The hat tip goes to Wendy McElroy, whose husband Brad pointed this monstrosity on her website.]

 

 

Prominent Libertarian Sheldon Richman Unfortunately Supports Bernie Sanders

On February 9 on my Facebook feed, prominent libertarian (well, more of a leftist libertarian) Sheldon Richman unfortunately, with shocking surprise to all within what’s left of the libertarian movement, supports Bernie Sanders.

Yes, I’m talking about *THE* Sheldon Richman who works for the Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF), who has worked for the Foundation on Economic Education, who happens to be the Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS)’s Chair of the C4SS Trustees, and who writes his own blog Free Association.

I must say I am disheartened, dismayed, and disappointed. While I’ve seen a deteriorating effect having been placed on the entire libertarian movement for the longest time, it’s worse now than ever, simply because one of my greatest mentors is supporting a socialist who is vile, diabolical, and tyrannical in every way from an economic and, to a certain extent, social standpoint.

Here’s what he posted on Facebook:

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My reaction on my Facebook  feed was less than kind, so to speak.

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Victor Bozzo, who is an Anarchist friend of mine on FB, was both disgusted and wretched over what Sheldon stated and had this to say:

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To see this nonsense from an old mentor is just insanity.

I hate to say this, but Sheldon Richman is no longer my mentor. I’m done with him. He’s been a left-libertarian loon for quite some time, and I’ve held back from stating how I truly felt about him, but his betrayal of his principles was the sledgehammer that broke the camel’s…..or is it Donkey’s?…..back.

The Death of My Father: Five Years Later

Dad on the couch - circa 1992

 

James Marshall Barnett

 

My father was a good man. He had his faults and his shortcomings when he was alive, but at least he was a good man dedicated to his family, his career with the Ford Motor Company, and his passions and interests that defined him entirely.

James Marshall Barnett, who passed away from end-stage four cirrhosis of the liver which had predated 20 years, passed away on February 11, 2011. Today is the day to remember and to honor and cherish not only the last gasping breaths of his life but to remember him for who he was – a wonderful father, a loving husband, and a hard-working man who accomplished a great deal in his life. He served in the United States Marine Corps, which he served for 12 years until he was honorably discharged.

We love you, Dad, now and forever!

James Marshall Barnett Tomb at Glenn Eden

I will pen a piece on my dad, giving my reflections on a later date and showcasing how things have changed for me and my entire family five years after his demise.