Google elites show us a distopian future

googlenaziA recent spate of reports about vicious anti-free speech behavior among the management of the tech giant Google is enough to send shivers up one’s spine. They fired one software engineer for arguing that the reason there are fewer women than men in science, math, and technical fields is that they are different.

And get this:

“One of the great things about Google’s internal communication mechanisms (G+, mailing lists, etc), is that, as a manager, I can easily go find out if I really want to work with you,” wrote another individual described on social media as a Google manager, Collin Winter. “I keep a written blacklist of people whom I will never allow on or near my team, based on how they view and treat their coworkers. That blacklist got a little longer today.”

And:

In another post, alleged Site Reliability Manager Paul Cowan warned to employees that “freedom of speech is the right to freely express an opinion. It is most assuredly not the right to express an opinion with freedom from the consequences.”

Cowan continued to reference a post from Google dissidents, who were discussing the blacklists being created by an “SJW cabal” at the company, before defending the concept of punishing anti-SJW employees.

“To be clear: this is, in my opinion, perfectly acceptable,” he declared. “Quoting this as if it were some egregious abuse of power, or of your rights, is laughable… My life, happiness, and mental health, are worth too much to me to burn my precious happy-fu working with people I find contemptible, unpleasant, or even in some cases merely irritating.”

These are high-income, high status people who apparently can say these things in one of the largest, most powerful corporations in the U.S., and not only get away with it, but be positively praised for such statements.

They are the same kind of people who in other times and places herd those they don’t like onto cattle cars. I don’t think they’d hesitate for an instant to do it to you and me if they got the chance.

The only question now is, will they get the chance?

Are we to be spared nothing?

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I’ve noted before that the elites despise ordinary Americans, especially ordinary white Americans. It’s the kind of class hatred and prejudice that calls to mind the stereotypes of the old Russian or French aristocracies’ arrogant disdain for the peasant. I think part of the reason is that Middle Americans don’t fit the elites’ notion of what the workers and peasants should be: oppressed, downtrodden, and looking to their betters for support and guidance. Instead, they tend to be too independent and ornery, with ideas of their own about how to live, what to drive, what to think, etc. That many of them still cling to religion and guns, as a contemptuous former Emperor put it, only makes it worse.

Read the rest here.

Thanks, NSA!

nsa-all-your-dataIt turns out that our own “security” commissars are responsible for the current “Wannacry” ransomware disaster now affecting computers all over the world. What a surprise.

That’s right. Thanks to whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, it’s been known for some time that the so-called National Security Agency (NSA) has been using its massive hacking resources to develop software that can break into and take over people’s computers, without the user knowing. Supposedly this is to protect our “security.”

That’s bad enough, but now we learn that this “security” agency — whose uplifting motto is “Defending our Nation, Securing the Future” —  is so insecure that it has allowed its snooping software to escape into “the wild”, where it was used by hackers to install ransomware on hundreds of thousands of computers. The ransomware encrypted their hard drives, rendering them useless until a ransom of $300 was paid in Bitcoin.

That’s in addition to the fact that the NSA has pressured huge cyber companies such as Google, to provide “back doors” — or security vulnerabilities — in their products to allow Federal snoopers to read the encrypted private files and communications of millions of U.S. private citizens. And the further fact that the NSA records and stores all communications in the U.S. — which leads one to wonder if any U.S. politicians have been blackmailed with embarrassing information, either by Federal “security” officials, or by someone else who managed to get hold of it because of lousy Federal “security.”

Then there’s the interesting allegation that data routers made by U.S. companies also have “back doors” built into them by the NSA, meaning that anybody with any sense — especially foreign customers — wouldn’t buy one. Way to promote “American Made,” NSA!

Aside from the millions, perhaps billions of dollars in damage caused, this latest outrage has resulted in hospitals being unable to help patients, some of whom may have died as a result. And it isn’t the first time U.S. developed malware has escaped and caused massive damage. The Stuxnet computer worm, developed apparently by the U.S. and Israel to attack Iranian uranium centrifuges, also got out and destroyed computer-controlled machines in factories, mainly in Third World countries such as India and Indonesia.

But such is only a small part of the price the world must pay so that the Empire can be “secure.” And don’t worry. Our rulers have everything in hand.

 

Attack of the Killer Lesbians

Two privileged women who like to bully heteros

“We’re better than you, so you’d better watch out.”

As I’ve pointed out before, the elites and their leftist hangers-on hate and despise ordinary people, especially Christians. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the current campaign of vicious attacks by homosexuals and lesbians on normal people who have made the mistake of believing they are free.

Examples include:

  • A Christian baker in the Denver, Colorado area who declined to make a wedding cake for a pair of homosexuals. He was pounced upon, sued, and ritually humiliated by the courts, forced to undergo re-education (also called “sensitivity training), and to submit to involuntary servitude to his tormentors.
  • A Christian pizzeria owner in Indiana who naively answered leading questions by a malicious reporter about whether he might cater a homosexual “wedding.” He was subjected to a barrage of abuse by well-off bien-pensants, as well as threats by local crazies, purely on the basis of an off-the-cuff response to a hypothetical question .
  • A Christian florist in Washington, who has been dragged to court by the State for refusing to provide flowers to a homosexual “wedding.”
  • A Christian couple running a bakery in the hipster-lefty-infested Portland Oregon area, who have been found guilty by a an “administrative law judge” (so much for “due process”) of causing “emotional suffering” to a lesbian couple for not baking them a cake for their “wedding.” They have been ordered to pay their “victims” $135,000.
  • A cab driver in New York City who was fined $10,000 for telling his lesbian passengers to stop snogging in his cab, and calling them bad names after they left without paying. The cab driver, apparently under some illusion that he had the right to enforce standards of decency in his taxi, had the audacity to tell them to “keep that [behavior] for the bedroom or get out of the cab.” The triumphant couple (see photo above) are a television executive and an “actress,” for whom a $10,000 fine would probably not cause near as much damage as it will to the father-of-four cab driver. That’ll show him who’s boss.

Left unsaid in most of these incidents is just how easy it would probably be to find someone who would gladly provide services to the aggrieved parties. Are you telling me that there aren’t bakeries in Portland and Denver who wouldn’t supply a “gay wedding” cake? Or that there were no “gay” florists to be found?

No, in most of these cases it looks as if the victims were targeted by their tormentors in a deliberate attempt to provoke them into a trap. Even the lesbian cab smoochers displayed arrogant,  provocative behavior seemingly calculated to get a reaction.

And here’s the thing. My suspicion is that in all or most of these cases, the aggrieved parties are not only higher status, but better off financially than the people they are going after.

Progressives today are openly targeting and trying to destroy people who are poorer than they are. It’s the kind of haughty cruelty that brings to mind the worst of cliches about Old World aristocracy.

It used to be that lefties at least made a show of caring about the plight of the ordinary man. No longer. Now their contempt and hatred of the average American is right out in the open.

Jack Daniel stifles prosperity

WhiskeyThe beer, wine, and liquor trade is one of the most politically-corrupted industries in America. That’s due in part to our history of blue-nosed Puritans trying to use the power of the state to make us all just as virtuous and unhappy as they.  I’m sure I needn’t point out the ridiculous attempt to outlaw the sale of alcohol under Prohibition, which predictably resulted in huge rises in alcoholism, crime, and poisonings, as desperate alkys drank “denatured” alcohol that had been poisoned to protect them.

Although Prohibition was ended when its horrific damage to society became too obvious to ignore, it was one of the very few times the state has pulled back from trying to run our lives. And it didn’t pull back very much. Alcohol is still heavily regulated and taxed, for our own good of course. In my home state of Virginia, for example, liquor can only be sold in state-owned stores. And established alcohol sellers and makers have long since learned to cozy up to the power of the state.

Take a look at major contributors to the campaigns for legislator and governor in any state, and you’re almost certain to find that beer, wine, and liquor distributors are right at the top of the list. That’s because, like most state regulation, alcohol regulation serves the established businesses it is supposed to oversee, by raising barriers to entry. A liquor distributing license, for example, is very difficult (and expensive) to get, and thus it’s really a license to make money.

Another example of this symbiotic relationship is what’s going on now in Tennessee. It seems that the Jack Daniel distillery has managed to persuade the honorable legislators of Tennessee to pass a law saying that whiskey makers in the state have to make their whiskey the way Jack Daniel does. Even if they want to make it differently. That adds a great deal of expense to the process, with debatable effects on quality, and, as intended, raises a barrier to entry:

Distillers: Stuffy whiskey law stifles town’s revival

The only thing standing in the way, say distillers Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree, is the state’s stuffy law restricting how spirits must be made so they can be marketed as “Tennessee Whiskey.” …

“It’s been over a year now that we’ve sat dormant because of this whiskey law,” Dupree said. “That’s another 30 people in this town who would be working.” The elements of the state law most under dispute are that spirits must be filtered through charcoal and stored in unused oak barrels in order to be called Tennessee whiskey. Jack Daniel’s argues that the law establishes basic quality requirements. Ballard and Dupree disagree.

This is also an example of how Minitrue twists the truth. It’s not that Tennesee is “stuffy” at all. It’s much more sinister: collusion between the state and rent-seeking businesses to prevent competition.

I’ll never drink Jack Daniel’s again. I used to like it, but then it seemed to get less flavorful. At first I thought my sense of taste was deteriorating. Then I found that they had watered it down, first from from 90 to 86 proof, and finally to 80 proof. So much for their cant about “quality.” And now this.

Uber delenda est

New-Logo-Vertical-Dark copyI thought that old-style Marxist analysis was pretty much dead, overwhelmed and elbowed out by critical theory. But no, it’s still around, and still as ridiculous as ever, although not as well-written — or even as well thought-out:

Today, the vision of a truly speeded Earth wanders as a mirage, meandering with possibilities beside us. From logistics that clock products and services across this world, to unprecedented, and often nefarious, advancements in smart infrastructure and science, and most notably, the connectivity of our world through social media — our lives are already at a fight against death.

No, I don’t know what it means, either. But wait, it gets better. What the little dear is getting at is that the Net-based car service Uber is a vicious octopus, taking over the world and pulling unsuspecting car drivers into its clammy embrace, there to be trapped and turned into dehumanized robots never to know the taste of freedom again. And here you thought it was a way for people to give other people rides and earn money. Also, Uber’s into sex slavery:

At the tap of a button, the Uber driver is at the command of its customer, ready to transport an individual or a clique to their destination. The software from its very core connects absolute strangers as commercial associates. And when we factor in the fluctuating fare rates Uber controls very often, or the commission the corporation takes, using its drivers as independent contractors responsible for their own wear and tear, then the very old, assaultive and objectifying practice of procuring, or more colloquially and relatively, of pimping, comes to mind.

Prostitution is at the behest of every patriarchal society. When bodies are objectified as commodities to provide pleasure, either sexual, or in Uber’s case — to that of “instant gratification” which, too, aligns along a sexual verse — exploitation flourishes for a very basic reason: that anyone can be used for being a human being.

The world is a terrifying place indeed, for those in the know.

The real issue, of course, is the one that motivates all leftist agendas: power and control. Uber has established a new hired-transportation paradigm, one that isn’t subject to many of the old rules established to enable the state to rule us and interfere in our private affairs and transactions. That means it is a threat to the established order.

Thus the many scare stories in Minitrue about people having bad experiences with an Uber ride. The irony here is that the writer of this screed believes she is attacking the established order like a good little Marxist, when she’s really just a running dog for the Establishment.

Ratcheting down on freedom

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I guess while I wasn’t looking we’ve crossed another bridge. Some lowlife at the University of Mississippi allegedly hung a noose on the statue of St. James Meredith. Bad taste, yes. Lousy manners, sure. But now, it’s also a federal crime:

A federal grand jury indicted Harris, from Alpharetta, Georgia, on one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African American students at the university because of their race or color.

Let me point out that it takes some imagination to convert a piece of rope hung on a statue from a scurrilous insult to an actual threat. Did anyone really think that somebody was actually going to start stringing people up? And how does an expression of an opinion by a private citizen, however crude and stupid, violate civil rights, which are supposedly our rights against the powers of the state?

The charges were brought jointly on Friday by the Department of Justice civil rights division, the FBI in Oxford, Mississippi, and the US attorney’s office for the northern district of the state.

This crime was so serious that the FBI actually investigated! I remember when they supposedly stuck to little things like bank robbery and kidnapping, and only investigated dissent and socially questionable types (including “civil rights” activists) on the sly. Well no longer. Now they go after social pariahs openly.

It was only a while back that I chuckled when a Turkish prosecutor went after some guy who insisted on talking about the Armenian mass murder, which the Turkish regime insists didn’t happen. The charge was “insulting Turkishness.” Of course, what do you expect from a country like Turkey, right? Well, now insulting Americans is apparently a crime too:

“This shameful and ignorant act is an insult to all Americans and a violation of our most strongly held values,” said the attorney general, Eric Holder.

Also, I seem to remember that being ignorant was a mitigating factor in the commission of a crime in the past. Now, apparently, it’s the opposite: an aggravating factor.

The upshot is that now you can be arrested and charged with a federal offense for insulting the right kind of person, if you are the wrong kind of person. Needless to say, if the noose-hanger had been black, there would be no arrest. And we’ve already seen that insulting, or even threatening or attacking, white people because they’re white, is not considered a crime by Mr. Holder and his allies. You can hang Sarah Palin in effigy, for instance, and it’s all good fun.

You wouldn’t dream of hanging a noose on a statue, you say? I’m with you there. But don’t get cocky. If you’ve got some questionable opinions, say on Climate Change, perhaps, how long before expressing them gets the same response here in the Land of the Free?

A moment of beauty

 Even in Bizarro World, there is still beauty, despite the efforts of those who would stamp it out. Some even share it freely as a gift to others. In this season of Advent, may the blessings of the Spotless Rose be with you and those you love.