Cold Dark Clouds
The sun always shines brightest in the northern hemisphere during summer’s dog days. Here in America, from sea to shining sea, the nation burns hot. But, all the while, cold dark clouds have descended over the land of the free.
In case you ever wondered – yes, they really did say it… [PT]
For example, Senator Mark Warner – an absolute goober – is currently running interference for the Democrats on a proposal to silence political criticism. Yet for Warner, and his cohorts, all political criticism is not created equal. Criticism of President Trump is allowed and encouraged. Criticism of Washington insiders, like Warner, is what they want to prohibit.
Mark Warner, who at the behest of the leftist lamestream media complex makes as though he doesn’t understand what the “free” in “free speech” stands for. The dying corporate media want to de-platform their competition, as alternative media are eating their lunch. Leftist authoritarian politicians are more than happy to lend a helping hand, so as to get rid of all those pesky critics of the corrupt sty of parasites in Washington and the assorted bureaucracies it has spawned. With the mid-terms approaching and the much heralded “blue wave” beginning to look like an ever diminishing wavelet, shutting down Trump’s internet-based support is seen as a bonus. Silicon Valley firms bending to these demands better be careful – they may well be in violation of anti-trust laws by now or alternatively in violation of the first amendment. They cannot have their cake and eat it. We would strongly recommend ignoring politicians on this issue – all of whom will eventually be gone anyway. Tech firms should should get off the thin ice they are on now and remain above the fray by invoking the first amendment. [PT]
The guise of Warner’s would-be regulation is to prevent the bugaboo of Russian spread disinformation. Hence, Warner wants to destroy free speech to save it. Zero Hedge, via Martin Armstrong, offers the particulars…
“The Democrats want full disclosure regarding any online political speech. They even want the Federal Trade Commission to have unbelievable power and require all companies’ algorithms to be audited by the feds as if they even have qualified staff to conduct such audits.
“On top of that, they have proposed tech platforms above a certain size must turn over internal data and processes to ‘independent public interest researchers’ so they can identify potential ‘public health/addiction effects, anti-competitive behavior, radicalization,’ scams, ‘user propagated misinformation,’ and harassment — data that could be used to ‘inform actions by regulators or Congress.”’