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Joe Giambrone

 

I’m now inclined to side with Jimmy Dore, who sided with Donald Trump over the question of Twitter’s arbitrary application of censorship, although Trump wasn’t actually censored at the time. Trump did bring up the legalities of Twitter stepping in to decide what was permitted or not. Trump’s dispute arose over a simple warning tag that Twitter placed over his Tweet—not its removal—and most certainly not his entire removal from the platform. Twitter’s so-called legal “Safe Harbor” is predicated on the company not interfering in its users’ communications and therefore having zero liability for what is posted there. But they DO interfere to a growing extent, and this interference is both arbitrary and accelerating.

I have been removed from the platform not for spreading fake news, and most certainly not for violent threats to anyone, but rather for calling those who do spread disinformation a forbidden word. The word itself is now a deadly mine, and so don’t type it. The language police, those nameless, faceless, unaccountable rodents in the festering, subterranean bowels of Twitter Inc. have erased this word from the English language. Take heed. If you type this word—it doesn’t matter the context—you may be booted from Twitter instantly without any recourse and all the connections you’ve forged there severed forever.

A little backstory: language is vast and sprawling. Slang terms have been around for centuries and are a perfectly valid usage. If anonymous censors were held to account, they’d have to justify why they were attacking some accounts and not others for saying the same things. That is the area where Twitter has no standing: the hypocrisy, the selective enforcement, the double-standard, the deliberate misreading of a word.

So, here is the offending Tweet:

 

Your retarded fanbase refuses to wear masks, and is therefore spreading it recklessly. Number of total cases is up, and it isn’t going away, silly propagandist.”

 

Analyzing this verboten message, the only conceivable problem (for a P.C. Fanatic) must be the single word “retarded.” Twitter was under no obligation to explain exactly why the communication was of such a sinister nature that my entire account, history, and followers list had to be instantly destroyed and thrown down the Memory Hole.

So, let’s accept that calling a mentally handicapped person “retarded” would probably be rude, offensive, and unnecessary. That still doesn’t rise to the level of “hateful,” not unless someone was calling for euthanasia against the handicapped—as I’m sure some others on the platform undoubtedly do.

The Tweet, however, was directed at the right-wing propagandist Laura Ingraham, who is not mentally handicapped. So the little question of relevance comes into play, but only if the scurrying roaches in the disease-ridden sewers of Twitter Inc. had any inkling whatsoever of the concept of relevance in the first place. They have demonstrated no such acumen.

If one doesn’t direct the word “retarded” at someone with an actual mental handicap, then it cannot possibly fall under the amorphous catch-all censorship category of “hateful conduct.”

Case in point, on the very same day that I told Laura Ingraham that her retarded crew were acting recklessly, and thus endangering innocent people by spreading a pandemic, she Tweeted out this:

 

Laura Ingraham @IngrahamAngle

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Self-loathing idiots.

 

Idiots!”

I am completely offended! Idiot was a term for a mentally handicapped person! This is outrageous. The double-standard has brought this farce into stark relief. Ban Laura Igraham immediately for hateful conduct against the mentally handicapped.

I did attempt to respond to Twitter that:

 

“Retarded” has been a colloquial synonym for STUPID for over a century. Are you canceling everyone’s account who calls another person “stupid” by any of a hundred synonyms? Because you’d have no more members.

A quick Google search of “stupid” on Twitter.com finds:

“About 5,560,000 results”

 

That response was never read, as the great corporation has no interest in responding to those it has censored. It simply erases you, and threatens that it will erase you further should you attempt to evade its blacklist. This is how I would expect corporate governance to operate.

NBC repeatedly broadcast a Saturday Night Live sketch where a pair of young Bostonian lovers would rib each other:

 

You’re retah-ded!”

No, you are!”

 

Will NBC, SNL, or any of the actors, writers, directors or producers involved be sanctioned by Twitter Inc.? Their accounts destroyed?

By selectively enforcing rules on certain accounts and not enforcing them on others, Twitter has shown itself to be retarded.

 


Joe Giambrone is an author and filmmaker.

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PFB Needs YOU

POLITICAL FILM BLOG has a 10-year history of cited facts, funny satire, and film-related news stories you probably didn’t find elsewhere. But now, it appears that the war against independent media is on, and we are still banned from Twitter.

So, it’s up to you guys to keep the place going. If you can Tweet and repost any articles you like, we can keep finding new readers. Keep that in mind. Little acts of promotion add up.

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Someone may want to test if the Twitter icons on the blog still work with your accounts and let me know.

 

Banned in Chinese #Cinema

Posted: December 14, 2018 in -
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19 Subjects Banned from Chinese Cinema

Talking Animals, Dystopian Themes, Nuclear Weapons, Homosexuality, Time Travel and more…

#7 Criticizing government

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There is NO legitimate “medical” use for these animal products. None. It’s fantasy. Placebo. Gibberish.

 

China Just Legalized Rhino Horn And Tiger Bone For Medical Use, Reversing 25-Year Ban

 

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German coalition deal sets no timetable to end glyphosate use

 

“We will with a systematic minimalisation strategy significantly restrict use of plant protection chemicals containing glyphosate, with the goal of fundamentally ending usage as fast as possible,” the draft deal to establish a new German coalition government said.

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Most of Europe will now be free of genetically-modified crops

15 of the European Union’s 28 member states have now opted out of cultivating them in their territories, including Denmark, France, and Germany. Around two-thirds of Europe’s arable land will be GM-free as a result.

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Two More European Countries Ban Monsanto’s GMO Crops

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US lawmakers ban aid to Ukraine neo-Nazis

In a pathetic staged bit of theatrics, the US Congress would have us believe that the “Azov Battalion” are the only neo-nazis in Ukraine, and that they won’t send them any money. Of course neither bit of misdirection will hold up. Neo-nazis are found throughout the newly created “National Guard” of Ukraine, currently being trained by the US of A. And Obama and his Pentagon may ignore the ban anyway, because that’s just what they do nowadays when you tell them not to do something.

This explains the Daily Beast’s recent awakening to the fact that US tax dollars are helping fucking Nazis, as they have been for at least a year and a half. That “greatest generation” they weep over regularly, on cue come holidays, is rolling in its grave.

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Sri Lanka’s New President Puts Immediate Ban on Glyphosate

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Bad Day for Monsanto

German states call for ban on household pesticide (Glyphosate)

After reevaluating the most widely used pesticide in Germany and worldwide, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer researchers have categorised Glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”.

In a resolution on Friday (8 May), Germany’s state ministers called for “the supply to and use by private persons to be banned for precautionary reasons”. In addition, the politicians argue that Glyphosate should be prohibited for uses close to consumers.

Stupid cop? It’s official now!

Posted: April 24, 2015 in -
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You can’t make this shit up.

Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops

Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.

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Washington’s Blog:
American Public Supports Torture … Because They Don’t Know THIS

What Americans STILL Don’t Know…

New polls show that – even after the Senate torture report showed that torture is unnecessary and doesn’t work – Americans still think torture is necessary and works.

Why?

Because they still don’t know the truth … because the mainstream media has hidden it from them. Specifically, Americans still believe that torture works to produce helpful intelligence that helps keep us safe.

Americans wouldn’t support torture if they knew the following facts, proven beyond any doubt:

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Congress quietly ends federal government’s ban on medical marijuana

I guess a bunch of old, soon to be sick and dying, assholes finally got a clue. How long has it taken?

Or perhaps they just noticed which direction the smoke is blowing, and want to remain slightly relevant to remain in office?