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The Obscene Crime That Is Censorship And Shadow Banning (April 10, 2023)

Posted in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Censorship, Google, Internet on April 10, 2023 by

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K          “Every week for many months for many years, when I typed in “” to review the weekly e-commentary, Google regurgitated a list of biblical babble.  Even scrolling through all the Google pages rarely provided access to “”.  A few workarounds to gain access worked at times.  Ten years ago or so, an early and rudimentary form of censorship blocked the site before anyone even suspected the extent of the rampant censorship.  AI likely was not sophisticated enough.  What is most troubling is that a person or persons had to review the content and then program the algorithm to block the site.  The censorship today is much more subtle and much more pervasive and much more pernicious.”

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K          “If I type in “The Two Great Geopolitical Elections:  China in 2014-15; Russia in 2022-23 (March 20, 2023)”, a neutral algorithm should return “The Two Great Geopolitical Elections:  China in 2014-15; Russia in 2022-23 (March 20, 2023)”.  However if I type in “The Two Great Geopolitical Elections:  China in 2014-15; Russia in 2022-23 (March 20, 2023)” and even add “”, the Google algorithm shanghaies the viewer to other sites that pay it lucre and purvey official narratives.  Google violates the public trust and breaches the social contract and breaks the law.  Try it at home.  Try it right now.  Try it again later tonight.  Try it again later this week.  Any person can replicate the results.”

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J          “I tried it at home.  I typed in “The Elections Clause And The Independent State Legislature Theory Confront Sound Logic And Settled Practice (December 12, 2022)” and expected Google to respond with “The Elections Clause And The Independent State Legislature Theory Confront Sound Logic And Settled Practice (December 12, 2022).”  Nope.  Other sites are linked.  I get it.  The Internet is not your friend.  Not mine either.”  

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[See “Fighting Shadow-Banning. The Seneca Blog Lands on Substack” by Ugo Bardi in “The Seneca Effect” dated March 23, 2023 (“‘Shadow Banning’ (also ‘soft banning’, or ‘ghost banning’) is a clever way to make someone disappear from the Web, without giving the impression that he or she has been censored (*).  It simply consists in making one’s website disappear from the first pages of the search engines.  It works:  you get lost in the vast prairies of the Internet and your readers can’t find you anymore.  It happened even to Donald Trump when he was still president.”] 

[Google and DuckDuckGo and Brave all respond to a search for with a . . . “504 Gateway Time-out”.  Censored again and again and again.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“As of my knowledge cutoff date in September 2021, does not appear to be a widely recognized or influential website within the realms of finance, economics, or politics.  It is possible that the website has changed or gained prominence since then, but I don’t have any specific information about its content or mission.” ChatGPT-4.

“Any book worth banning is a book worth reading.” Isaac Asimov

The Internet is not your friend.

April 11:  Rallies for Julian Assange in various cities

The War On Truthful Journalism Marches On;  U.S. Carpet Bombing Propaganda And Censorship Campaign Rages On (August 1, 2022)

Posted in Censorship, First Amendment, Propoganda on August 1, 2022 by

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K          “The U.S. is being the U.S. again and funding a ‘blacklist’ of journalists and commentators who ask hard questions and demand honest answers.  The U.S./Ukraine ‘Enemies List’ list includes individuals who are on the short list for a Pushitzer Prize and for the highly coveted Cameo In Courage Award.”

J          “I disapprove of what they say, but I will defend to the death their right to say it.”

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[See the “US Should Not Fund Ukrainian ‘Blacklist’” reprinted in “Consortium News” dated July 27, 2022 by Scott Ritter.]

[Take some time reading and reflecting on the e-commentary six years ago on the concerted attacks on independent journalists at A “Journalist” Declares War On Journalists . . . And Journalism (November 28, 2016) and Dispatches From The War On Journalism: The New “Nixon’s Enemies List” (December 5, 2016).  See the propaganda war waged by even NPR at N. Propaganda R. Transcribed:  “Get Vaccinated.  Attack Russia.”  Oh, And Happy Presidents’ Day! (February 21, 2022) and Washington Wants War In The Worst Way:  Dust Off The IOSAT Or Return To The Status Quo Ante Bellum? (January 24, 2022).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“I disapprove of what you say, but [I] will defend to the death your right to say it.”  Voltaire

“To be an enemy of America can be dangerous, but to be a friend is fatal.”  Henry Kissinger

Disinformation Governance Board / Ministry Of Truth (May 2, 2022)

Posted in Censorship, Information / Disinformation, Internet, Newspapers, Press/Media on May 2, 2022 by

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K          “Information should be unfiltered.”

J          “Information should be curated.”

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K          “Almost all of our current problems spring from information interference.”

J          “Almost all of our current problems spring from a failure to interfere with misinformation.”

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K          “The people must be obligated to filter information.”

J          “The government must be obligated to curate information.”

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Bumper sticker of the week: