The Avalanche – Snapshot 17 – July 12, ’18

“Facebook Algorithm Flags The Declaration Of Independence As “Hate Speech”” by Mac Slavo (Activist Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Over the last couple of years major social media, news and video platforms have been actively engaged in the censorship of what they believe to be fake news and information. Often spearheaded by third-party review organizations known to have biased views, there have been countless examples of unpopular speech and commentary that has seen its distribution suppressed or outright banned.

While there is most certainly a human element involved in the review and flagging of information, mega Silicon Valley conglomerates have also implemented automated systems to identify potentially hateful and repulsive content.

To give you an idea of the kind of automation in play and what words and ideas are being identified as running contrary to the principles of media aggregators and distributors, consider that Facebook recently banned America’s founding document from being posted.

As the author notes, the removal of the published material including “paragraphs 27 through 31 of the Declaration of Independence, the grievance section of the document wherein the put-upon colonists detail all the irreconcilable differences they have with King George III.” Also, Mac states that “Over the last couple of years major social media, news and video platforms have been actively engaged in the censorship of what they believe to be fake news and information.” The case would have been better stated if Mac had said ‘what they say they believe to be fake news and information’. Because those who own and run the world, which is where all of this is coming from, know better. It’s simply counterrevolution. Yes, By employing a zillion helper monkey zombies in their counterrevolutionary attack on freedom of speech and information, the 1% and its tools will ensnare idiots, and simply uninformed – in varying degrees – people, who may ‘believe’, in the sense that they are ignorant and too trusting of authorities whose side they have decided to be on (whether or not the feeling is mutual). Then there’s all of those self-appointed gatekeepers, namely unprincipled, uncaring servants of power.

“Facebook Just Deleted a Page that Helped Suicidal Veterans Cope With Combat Stress” by Jack Burns (The Free Thought Project)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

he owners of a Facebook page dedicated to helping suicidal veterans cope with combat stress claim that their page was mysteriously deleted by Facebook with no explanation. The closure is one of the latest from the company, which has been heavily criticized as of late for running a censorship campaign targeting alternative news media outlets (among others) all in a self-professed effort to combat “fake news.”

The page was called “Fill Your Boots UK” (FYB UK) and was created to help veterans deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. Until it was shut down, FYB UK offered a daily “Cry for Help” in which desperate soldiers could reach out for help, many of whom were suicidal. Critics of Facebook’s decision to shut down FYB UK now say those same people will likely go on to commit suicide. Facebook claims the page violated its “community guidelines” but will not elaborate.

The war-making State and its assets don’t appreciate any sort of counter influence to their enlistment of all of humankind in its sick, twisted neocon-inspired projects, such as a site like the above could potentially be. I could imagine that just the existence of such an organization and its visibility could lead to people thinking, ‘Maybe war isn’t a great idea’.

“Sputnik Latvia’s editor-in-chief detained by police in Riga for almost 12hrs” by ? (RT News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Sputnik Latvia Editor-in-Chief Valentins Rozencovs has been held and interrogated about his work by Latvian police for almost 12 hours. The agency said its journalists face “routine” pressure from officials in Baltic countries.

Rozencovs, who is a Latvian citizen, was detained “for conversation” shortly after he landed in the Latvian capital on Wednesday evening. His spent all night answering the officers’ questions. Authorities did not file any formal documents as detention for fewer than 12 hours is not considered a formal arrest in Latvia, Rozencovs said…

In April, the Latvian National Council opposed the use of Sputnik’s material by state-funded media on electronic media. The watchdog, which can strip a news outlet of its license, said that spending taxpayers’ money “to strengthen Sputnik and popularize its brand is not in the interests of Latvian society.”

Apparently, fascism ‘is’ in the interests of Lavian society – because those in authority say it is.

“Liberals’ values test a threat to freedom in Canada” by Frank Touby (The Bulletin)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

NDP MP David Christopherson gets it. Liberal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu apparently just can’t.

Christopherson broke party ranks and voted for a Conservative motion in late March demanding the government scrap its “values test” for Canada Summer Jobs funding. Even with Christopherson’s support, the motion was easily defeated.

“If the law is an ass, you have a right to say so,” Christopherson argued. “You have to obey the charter. You have to obey the laws. You don’t have to bow and scrape. You don’t have to say ‘I love the law.’”…

“Whatever we do, it will be still with the policy goal of ensuring that we don’t in any way support organizations that are in any way working to undermine Canadians’ rights,” the minister told HuffPost.

Translated, it means the government will continue insisting applicants tick the box to attest that they don’t oppose Canada’s unrestricted access to abortion. The minister apparently can’t get the point that opposing abortion undermines nothing that has anything to do with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. On the contrary, the freedom of citizens to peacefully oppose abortion, or anything else, is the very base on which all rights – indeed, the charter of rights itself – are founded.

If the law is an ass, as Christopherson says, we have a right to say so. And we must not be denied due public money just because we exercise our right to speak and to oppose.

Yet André Schutten, an Ottawa lawyer who is director of law and policy at the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA), says Hajdu’s state of denial threatens far more than mere access to funding. It puts at risk hard-won guarantees of free expression that pre-date even the 1982 charter.

“After Silencing Walmart, Police Union Demands Amazon Remove ‘Offensive’ Black Lives Matter Shirt” by Matt Agorist (The Free Thought Project)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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First Amendment be damned. The United States’ largest police union has successfully censored Walmart and now they’ve set their sites on Amazon — for daring to sell a t-shirt that says “Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter.”

As the heavily outspoken Trump-supporting group backed a campaign that ridiculed ‘safe-spaces’ on college campuses — the Fraternal Order of Police is hypocritically attempting to force a nationwide safe-space for themselves. Using their government-granted status of police officers, the FOP intimidated the mega retailers through veiled threats of boycotts and blacklists to censor themselves — sadly it worked.
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“Youtube Censoring My Latest Video on Gaza: it isn’t violating community guidelines but it is “controversial” according to the ADL I guess” by Scott Creighton (American Everyman)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

UPDATE: Here’s a video of “Tommy Robinson” hanging out with some skin-heads of the EDL saying things like “Send the Black C***s Home” referring to immigrants in England. One might think that kind of language would incite violence in that crowd against people of color, right? But apparently the video hasn’t been flagged and hasn’t even been given one of those warnings that my video just received. And that video has been up since 2013. Hmmm. Curious, right?

A couple hours ago I recorded myself reading the article I wrote this morning on the situation in Gaza. I then posted that on Youtube. This is the article:

Under the Cover of “Tommy Robinson” and Roseanne’s Racism, Israel Continues Ethnic Cleansing Operation in Gaza

Go ahead and read the article if you haven’t already. There are no calls for violence toward anyone. It is not promoting violence. It is not celebrating terrorism. It’s just news on what is happening in Gaza and my feelings toward how the complicit media are ignoring it.

I posted the video and took a nap. When I woke up, I checked my Twitter feed to see what was going on in the world and I found this:

This is exactly how it started last time by the way. Took a nap. Woke up. Censorship leading to the removal of my channel. Deja vu.

“A Loud Whoompfing Sound”

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