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Article is from Truthdig, which I’ve had some problems with over their 9/11 denialism. The 9/11 attacks led to this whole fiasco, but here you go…

Thought Police for the 21st Century

In late April and early May the World Socialist Web Site, which identifies itself as a Trotskyite group that focuses on the crimes of capitalism, the plight of the working class and imperialism, began to see a steep decline in readership. The decline persisted into June. Search traffic to the World Socialist Web Site has been reduced by 75 percent overall. And the site is not alone. AlterNet’s search traffic is down 71 percent, Consortium News is down 72 percent, Global Research and Truthdig have seen declines. And the situation appears to be growing worse.

The reductions coincided with the introduction of algorithms imposed by Google to fight “fake news.” Google said the algorithms are designed to elevate “more authoritative content” and marginalize “blatantly misleading, low quality, offensive or downright false information.” It soon became apparent, however, that in the name of combating “fake news,” Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are censoring left-wing, progressive and anti-war sites. The 150 most popular search terms that brought readers to the World Socialist Web Site, including “socialism,” “Russian Revolution” and “inequality,” today elicit little or no traffic.

Remember: The foundation-funded “left” also censors content, such as legitimate facts about the 9/11 attacks and the Treason at the heart of it. It’s kind of difficult to be sympathetic to Truthdig’s readership problems when they have been censoring 9/11 activists such as myself since the beginning. Further, they are too cowardly to debate their ignorant positions. That’s why this blog exists, btw.

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This follow up to Battlestar Galactica continued the high tech philosophical exploration of man and machines coexisting and fighting about God.  Caprica addressed the rise of virtual worlds, virtual life and how humanity will approach its next evolutionary leap.  That made it a fascinating concept, and so it was a shame the show lasted only one season.  Abruptly canceled, like Firefly, the medium couldn’t support the material.

Still the show’s arc holds up across twenty episodes with new characters and situations that echo the Galactica world but also diverge significantly.  The strength of these shows and their creators is in creating big worlds full of varied cultures and beliefs.  The history and customs of these people differ enough from our own experience, yet retain a very earthy grounding such that any of these cultures could easily have existed here.

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A cyber punk underground also exists, with a virtual world, V-World, a place where the youth escape to be bad.  The virtual environment intersects the real world in numerous and unexpected ways.  Definitely a must-see for Galactica fans and anyone who appreciates layered sci-fi.


 
Whats the Far Future of Intelligence in the Universe? Ray Kurzweil explains exponential growth of intelligence, the singularity, the rise of the machines? Prepare for future shock.

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