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Banning Trump from Twitter is a Very Stupid and Short-Sighted Idea

January 9, 2021 26 comments

As all of you know by now, Trump being banned from multiple american corporate-owned social-media networks such as Twatter, FakeBook, ThotGram etc. You must also be aware that many LIEbral retards are celebrating this short-sighted decision. In any case, here is a post, written without flowery language and obscure analogies, to show you why this was an very stupid and dangerous decision with huge potential for ‘unintended consequences’.

1] Trump got almost 75 million votes in 2020 election in spite of a four-year long campaign of demonization by the MSM, Liberals and despite his inept handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is a pretty significant number of voters in this country and going somebody who could get than many votes in a presidential election at a time of massive political polarization is a really bad idea, because you have just created enemies out of tens of millions who did not have to pissed off any more than they already are. And let us be realistic.. Trump is, and has been, an entertaining clown or troll without the balls or mental ability to put together even a simple Munich beer-hall putsch. He almost exclusively implemented milquetoast republican policies (endless tax cuts, appointing conservative judges, trying to cut medicare/medicaid and supporting “law enforcement”) than anything which was even vaguely radical.

Banning this entertaining clown from Twitter and other american-owned social media networks makes him appear far more capable and important than he is in reality. Also, banning him provides support very strong support for his opt-repeated contention that he was the victim of a systemic deep-state and corporate LIEbral conspiracy. In my opinion, the incestous and incompetent LIEBral idiots in deep-state should have just ignored him or treated him like the entertaining troll he was. But now they have provided extensive conformation and validation to many of his more outlandish claims. Do you really think that Trump will have less credibility if you ban him from american-owned social media sites? If you do think like that, read some history and have your head examined. These actions achieve the exact opposite of the goal.

2] Trump’s followers and supporters are heavily represented in the military and law enforcement, both as ex- or current members. They are also heavily represented in people who work with their hands rather than the effeminnate keyboard jockeys, impotent code-writers in Bay Area, suburban white moms working office jobs and other diphits who don’t posses the means, background, experience or physical ability to perpetrate real violence. There is a reason why all successful revolutions in human history have been backed by men who knew how to use weapons and were not shy about killing. To put it blunty, the vast majority of people capable and willing to commit actual violence do-er types are not on the side of Democrats and LIEbrals. And this not the 1990s or early-2000s when most white conservatives believed that the government was on their side.

To make matters worse, the systemic socio-economic factors which led to rise of Trump have not gone way. In fact, the conditions of many have gotten worse, largely due to thoughtless lockdowns and school closures led by LIEbral politicians and democratic party associated unions and PMCs. In other words, things are about to get a whole lot crazier because the movement which catapulted Trump to presidency in 2016 is still there and in many ways stronger than it was in the past. Now combine that with the the fact that this group has a virtual monopoly on capability and ability for real violence. While Trump does not have the brain or balls to use his popular support and current situation, a future american Caesar will almost certainly do that very effectively and with zero qualms.

3] I have said, above and, in more than one previous post- the next person to use Trump’s coalition to seize power won’t be as stupid and incompetent as Trump. And there is a history for this dynamic throughout human history where the first attempts to overthrow a dying regime are often headed by incompetent people who fail but then they get replaced by smart and competent people who actually know how to use strategy and violence. Caesar was not the first roman consul with vision of becoming an emperor or who tried to become one. Napoleon was not the first french military general with visions of becoming emperor in aftermath of French Revolution. Mussolini and Hitler failed more than once before succeeding. I predict the next few years will see the rise a competent american Caesar- and it won’t be pretty. And make no mistake, a significant minority of american population (who have the majority of weapons and weapon training) are going to rally behind such a guy. The current democratic coalition of old black people and credentialed white paper-pushers living in a few urban and suburban areas have no real chance of prevailing against a competent american Caesar who commands the loyalty of his armed followers.

4] One of the most clever scenes from an early season of TV adaptation of “Game of Thrones” goes as follows: the much-hated juvenile idiot king aka Joffrey Lannister is shouting “I am the King” towards his uncle. At this point his grandfather (the true power behind throne) calmly tells him that “any man who must say I am the king is no true king”. The point is that anyone who has to justify their power by invoking external factors such as credentials, lineage, job-title etc has no real power. Similarly any person or entity who has to justify their power by appeals to external factors or the status-quo rather than actual control has only an illusory and tenuous grasp on power. It is no secret that current status of LIEbrals and Professional Managerial Class (PMCs) owes everything to others willing to go along with the charade.

Let me explain how this applies to the topic of our discussion. When the Chinese government censors people, ideas or opinions it does not like- it simply does it. That is possible because, unlike the corporate class in the west, it has real power and wields it appropriately. But that is only part of the story. The real reason why they have both this power and support from its population is that unlike their western counterparts, the Chinese government has been able to deliver almost magical improvements in the quality of life for its citizens in past four decades. In compassion, the past few decades in western countries (especially USA) have been marked by economic stagnation and reversal of fortunes for over 90% of their populations. To put it another way, people go along with some high-handedness only as long as the system can deliver a good lifestyle and hope of a better future.

The Chinese system also has far more internal accountability and constant fine-tuning than the american corporatist system. There is a reason why so many people have come to hate Amazon, FaceBook, Google and other software-based tech companies (Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Yelp etc) over the past decade. While the reason for their hatred varies from loss of their small business, loss of stable jobs, high-handed behavior etc, it does not take a genius to figure out that any rising Caesar will use the growing hatred of average people for these tech monopolies and oligopolies to either nationalize them or break them up- and we are already seeing early signs of this trend on the republican side among younger legislators. Ironically, the Chinese government pursues corporate anti-monopoly practices to prevent this outcome than their impotent and corrupted western counterparts.

5] It is also worth pointing out that the poorly though lockdowns and shutdown in response to COVOD-19 pandemic have caused large long-term job losses in addition to massive damage to small- and medium- sized business. Given that these lockdowns and shutdowns were mostly championed by Democrats, LIEbrals, certain unions and the PMCs- you can bet that the rapidly building public anger will cause a lot of damage to Democratic part’s electoral prospects in 2022. If you don’t believe, just read a bit about how Democrats went from their 2008 win to an almost total complete rout in 2010. Inability to deliver on needs of voters is not a winning strategy regardless of how many non-white and female faces you put on the ballot. Trump lost in 2020 because he could not deliver on his 2016 promises and Obama barely scraped through in 2012 because the Republicans managed to nominate someone (Romney) who was even more repulsive than him.

Given the inability of Democrats to learn from history, You can bet that they will try to push highly unpopular polices ranging from criminalizing domestic dissent, new gun control laws, climate change scams, shoring up the wreck known as Obamacare and a lot of other stuff which will piss off too many people. Those idiots will also push their “diversity” and “trans-rights” bullshit scaring off even more white voters living in non-coastal areas. And they will try to do all of this without providing any serious economic relief or compensation to the tens of millions whose entire lives have been destroyed by their stupid and bad policies they had championed. If you think that non-white and non-black voters are a captive democratic constituency, you are about to have a rude awakening. You do know that the vast majority of Hispanics in this country do not see themselves as People of Color (POC).. right?

To summarize, the LIEBral corporatist establishments idea to ban Trump from major social media outlets (especially before his term ran out) was an incredibly stupid and short-sighted decision which transforms that troll clown into a legitimate political martyr who was the victim of a conspiracy to steal the election from him. These idiots have thus given Trump what he, by himself, could never have achieved- real legitimacy for his claims. In addition to this , they have accidentally cleared the pathway for the rise of a real and competent american Caesar who will end up crushing their proverbial necks when he gains power. Way to go.. dumbfucks!

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Recent Articles about Ongoing Crapification of Personal Computing

December 3, 2020 20 comments

While browsing the intertubes in past few weeks, I came across a few articles about ongoing crapification of personal computing. As you know, this is interesting to me since I am also writing a short series about the computing “revolution of past two decades has been a showy failure. Hope to finish the next part in that series sometime soon. But till then, have a look at these posts by other people making similar observations.

Bring back the ease of 80s and 90s personal computing

Back in time when things were easy: You could opt into purchasing major (feature) upgrades every 2–3 years, and got minor (quality) updates for free very infrequently (say, 1–2 times a year). You made a conscious decision whether and when to apply upgrades or updates, and to which applications. You usually applied updates only if there was a specific reason (e.g., a feature you wanted or a bug you were running into and needed to be fixed). Systems typically ran on the exact same software configuration for months if not years.

Contrast this with today: Systems increasingly become “moving targets” because both the operating system and the applications change by updating themselves at will, without conscious decisions by the user. The absolute perversion of this are “forced automatic updates” as are common in some organizations, where users have no choice but to accept that updates are installed on the machine (even requiring reboots of the machine) whenever some central system administrator decides that it is time to do so.

Computer latency: 1977-2017

It’s a bit absurd that a modern gaming machine running at 4,000x the speed of an apple 2, with a CPU that has 500,000x as many transistors (with a GPU that has 2,000,000x as many transistors) can maybe manage the same latency as an apple 2 in very carefully coded applications if we have a monitor with nearly 3x the refresh rate. It’s perhaps even more absurd that the default configuration of the powerspec g405, which had the fastest single-threaded performance you could get until October 2017, had more latency from keyboard-to-screen (approximately 3 feet, maybe 10 feet of actual cabling) than sending a packet around the world (16187 mi from NYC to Tokyo to London back to NYC, more due to the cost of running the shortest possible length of fiber).

On the bright side, we’re arguably emerging from the latency dark ages and it’s now possible to assemble a computer or buy a tablet with latency that’s in the same range as you could get off-the-shelf in the 70s and 80s. This reminds me a bit of the screen resolution & density dark ages, where CRTs from the 90s offered better resolution and higher pixel density than affordable non-laptop LCDs until relatively recently. 4k displays have now become normal and affordable 8k displays are on the horizon, blowing past anything we saw on consumer CRTs. I don’t know that we’ll see the same kind improvement with respect to latency, but one can hope.

Things are so bad that a google search for ‘why is windows 10 so bad‘ yields hundreds of results, including long discussions threads on multiple subreddits and official Microsoft support newsgroups. You can get almost the same number of hits for asking ‘why is office 365 so bad. And it is not just Microsoft as you can find similar opinions past few iterations of Mac OS X and iOS. In case you are wondering, Android has always been a shitshow, though it is a little better than the older versions. Did I mention that even widely used google services such as Google Maps and web version of Gmail has become significantly worse and inconsistent over past few years. And then there are the numerous poorly executed design updates by Amazon, FakeBook, Twatter, InstaCrack etc. My point is that is an industry-wide phenomena.

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Ubiquitous Social Media Creates an Abundance of Dancing Monkeys

November 16, 2018 37 comments

Over the past decade, I have noticed the rapid growth of a peculiar trend concerning the manner in which people interact with those around them. Almost everyone and their dog (in many cases, literally) wants to create and project an artificial idealized image of themselves. While this trend is most obvious when you look around on Instagram, but it found on every social media platform (YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat, Tinder etc) and more worryingly.. in real life. To be clear, I am not suggesting that the desire to project an idealized image of oneself is something new or inherently dangerous. It is however hard to deny that ubiquitous social media has made what was once a small-scale and localized behavior into something that is disturbing and potentially dangerous.

To understand what I am talking about, let us go back a little in history to a TV program known as “America’s Funniest Home Videos“. While the concept might seem quaint today, most people do not understand how revolutionary it really was in 1989. In a single stroke, it allowed anybody with a camcorder who was lucky or clever enough to film a “viral” video clip to become famous and even make some money. I should point out that this was in an era when becoming famous required a combination of luck and fellating the people who owned and ran media outlets. Now any person with some degree of understanding of how media worked could use that knowledge to game the system and become famous and even make some money.

But why is that such a bad thing? Who does not want to be famous and rich? In my opinion, the problem lies not so much with seeking fame and fortune as how it all of this interacts with late capitalism. See.. when AFHV came out in 1989, it was still pretty easy to get a decent and fairly stable job which paid enough to live a middle-class lifestyle. Being famous by having your “viral” video clip shown on AFHV was akin to getting an extra boost for your social life. Being a famous (or infamous) public figure was not a career choice for most people. Now fast forward to 2018 and we are in a situation where ‘normal’ jobs and vocations are increasingly difficult to get and almost everyone below a certain age is juggling multiple low-paid and precarious jobs.

To help readers understand why this trend is disturbing and potentially dangerous, let me ask you a simple question- would you seriously consider gambling at casinos, buying lottery tickets or betting on horses as a career choice? If not, why not? While it is possible to make a living and even get rich by engaging in such activities- the chances of succeeding in them (especially in a consistent manner) are really small. In other words, the chances of failure are unacceptably high for the vast majority of people- and even those with some skill are not consistently successful. Coincidentally the same is true for business ventures, even though the neo-liberal scammers who want to promote the snake-oil of “entrepreneurship” would like you to believe otherwise.

It is no secret that a few people have become very famous and rich because of their social media presence. Even more have become semi-famous and make decent if unstable income from the content they create as well as their social media presence. Neither would be an issue if we were living in a normal society. But we live in late capitalism where the vast majority of people face an ever diminishing chance of finding a stable livelihood. Combine this with the almost lottery like success of a few and it is not hard to see how many more might be suckered into believing that they have a chance at fame and riches. Furthermore, the barriers to entry are non-existent and most famous internet celebrities are not even unusually good-looking.

There is also another uniquely american issue which makes this far worse than necessary. As many of you know, american culture (especially post-1980) celebrates the culture of scamming.. I mean “hustle”. Now combine this with the already poor career prospects for most people and the low barrier for entry and you can start to see how this could become problematic. And it has.. YouTube channels where attractive women model swimwear and lingerie can easily get 100k-500k subscribers (example 1, example 2 and example 3) as can ugly women pretend to be white trash. Some of you might also have heard about attractive and popular teen girls making decent money as social media “influencers”. But why is any of this problematic in the long run?

well.. because, for one, it creates a society where the ability to cultivate a public image and bullshit is infinitely more important than actual knowledge or competence. That is how we end up with media savvy mediocrities such as Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ernest Moniz instead of Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman. That is how we get endless and insipid reboots of older beloved movies and TV shows rather than anything new and path-breaking. That is also how we get other mediocrities such as atrocious and hyped “collaborations” between previously famous musicians or autotuned losers who look and sound the same. Did I mention the sad losers who cheer on charlatans pimping 30-40 year old technology such as Elon Musk?

Eventually you end up with a society full of con-artists (of varying skill levels) engaged in a constant struggle to ‘out-con’ each other. To be fair, this process was already underway in USA. It is just that the effect of ubiquitous social media on this trend has been analogous to spraying a lot of gasoline on an already destructive fire. But what does any of this have to do with creating large numbers of dancing monkeys, and what do I mean by that term? Well.. dancing monkeys are people whose livelihood is heavily dependent on their enthusiasticness of their performance. This is especially apparent on social media platforms like Twitter and FaceBook where people spend inordinate amounts of time and effort to make themselves look and act the part.

That is why, for example, every establishment journalists is perpetually cheering on the “mueller investigation” or how con-artists supported by right-wing think tanks see deep state conspiracies behind every audible fart. That is also why SJWs spend so much time on tone-policing, doxxing “unbelievers” and other acts of fake self-righteousness. And there is paid astroturfing and bot-farms who post content on those and other platforms. But it gets worse.. ever wondered how the gmail user-interface keeps getting worse or why install size of iOS keeps on increasing despite lack of new features? Oh how Microsoft keeps releasing shittier updates to Windoze 10?

Guess what… it is all about dancing monkeys (in the management) desperately wanting to create the appearance of effort and hard work. That is why, almost every day, you hear about some fire or police department participate in a make-a-wish for some dying kid. Or why PR departments of “famous” universities put out daily press releases about how their scholars are on the verge of curing cancer or solving some other problem- and then we hear nothing more about it till they recycle the same bullshit template a couple of weeks with different names and a slightly different writeup. As I said before, this problem is not new but it is undeniable that ubiquitous social media has made it significantly worse by speeding up the contradictions inherent in late capitalism.

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Quick Thoughts on Deplatforming of Alex Jones by Internet Monopolies

August 6, 2018 11 comments

Over the past few days, but especially today, I noticed that many “liberals” on the internet show us their collective orgasm-face as internet corporate monopolies such as YouTube, FaceBook and Apple progressively deplatformed the Alex Jones show. It was darkly comic to watch one allegedly “liberal” commentator after the other enthusiastically defend corporate monopolies while spouting all the shitty arguments made by “libertarians” regarding corporate rights. Though I have nothing but contempt for CONservatives, I am no fan of establishment-worshiping LIEbrals either.

While I have no love for Alex Jones or his show, the idea that monopolistic corporations can cut off essential services to their users without any worthwhile legal recourse is highly problematic. Sure.. Alex Jones is a greedy shithead, but a society which cheers on as large corporations mistreat their customers based on some highly subjective moral standard is even more fucked up. Think about it.. how many of the idiots cheering those monopolies today would feel the same if their electric utility cut them off based on what they read, saw or who they associated with.

Then again, these are the same idiots who believe that removing guns from hands of average people while doing nothing about progressive militarization of police in USA is a great idea. They also think that unreliable “renewable energy” can magically displace conventional power plants and how forcing everyone to be vegetarian is a fantastic idea. And then they wonder why all their SJW-driven, “celebrity”-promoted and “ivy-league” endorsed beliefs result them in losing the 2016 election against a reality show clown. But who cares about reality outside their bubbles..

Anyway, I will make one prediction about the most likely result of this enthusiastic support for corporate monopolistic power suppressing free (if tasteless) speech. To make a long story short, the precedent they are cheering today is guaranteed to come back and bite them in the ass soon- most likely before 2020. They are not going to be able to keep basking in the glow of this “success” for long- not unlike Gollum after he finally got his hands on the ‘One Ring’ inside Mount Doom.

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On Linkage Between Nasim Aghdam and YouTube’s Monopolist Policies

April 5, 2018 6 comments

I am sure that, by now, most of you heard about the shooting at YouTube’s headquarters by Nasim Aghdam. Regardless of what you think about her personality, the unintentional meme-friendliness of her videos or her general mental stability- its is clear that the incident in question was triggered by YouTube’s (and by extension, Google’s) completely unaccountable behavior towards its content creators and users. In that respect, Google is part of the general trend of Silly Valley corporations being monopolistic, autocratic and totally unaccountable. Given the amount of online hate about YouTube’s corporate behavior, policies and decision-making, I am surprised that such an incident did not occur sooner.

Amazon, Paypal, Facebook and pretty much every other large Silly Valley corporation have, in recent years, displayed very similar behavior when it comes to acting like autocratic monopolies. I hope to, soon, write a more detailed post about my views on the effect of such behavior as well as the kind of pushback it will eventually engender. Having said that, I am sure that this little incident is unlikely to change the attitude at Google anytime soon. Many of you must also be aware that YouTube is soon going to ban channels about guns. Surely such a move will be hailed by the public as an uncontroversial “common sense” decision without any pushback..

Link 1: Tragic YouTube shooting casts new light on creators’ “adpocalypse” complaints

As news unfolded about Tuesday’s YouTube shooting, a chilling motive emerged. Ahead of the incident, the alleged shooter had posted videos maligning the service—doing so as a former money-making user of the site. “I’m being discriminated [against] and filtered on YouTube, and I’m not the only one,” alleged shooter Nasim Aghdam said in a video that was shared after her identity as the shooting’s current, sole fatality was revealed. “My workout video gets age-restricted. Vegan activists and other people who try to point out healthy, humane, and smart living, people like me, are not good for big business. That’s why they are discriminating [against] and censoring us.”

YouTube’s automatic filters have wreaked demonetization havoc through a wide swath of video types, including those about conservative politics and LGBTQ issues. However, keeping track of which videos are impacted (and for how long) is itself quite difficult, owing to how many channels may be temporarily hit only to have those strikes reversed after an inefficient reviews process. The above-linked video about LGBTQ videos, for example, was itself demonetized when it was uploaded; it has since been whitelisted for ads.

One video made by alleged YouTube HQ shooter Aghdam, which was successfully archived before most of her online presence was wiped, focused primarily on YouTube flagging a video she’d recently made. Her complaint video included footage of the demonetized video, which showed a fully clothed Aghdam working out via sit-ups and leg lifts, as well as an allegation that YouTube rejected her appeal, telling her that the video was “inappropriate.”

Link 2: Livid over site’s policies, YouTube shooter trained for attack, shot randomly

Barberini provided a few more details about the incident, confirming that she was upset with the company’s “policies and practices.” Earlier videos—which have been removed from YouTube and Facebook but remain scattered in other places across the Internet—include clips of Aghdam railing against perceived grievances concerning age restrictions and demonetization. Last year, Google overhauled its age restriction rules and enforcement policy. This resulted in a wave of videos being demonetized, which angered YouTubers who could no longer attach money-making ads to their videos. Ruchika Budhraja, a Facebook spokeswoman, confirmed to Ars that the company had deleted Aghdam’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and wrote that the company would also “delete content that praises or supports the shooter or the horrific act as soon as we are aware.”

Link 3: YouTube shooter IDed as woman angry at site’s “age-restricted” policies

The San Bruno Police Department has identified the suspect in Tuesday’s shooting at the YouTube campus as Nasim Aghdam, a 39-year-old woman from San Diego. The confirmation came hours after numerous media sources had initially named Aghdam as the suspect. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Aghdam’s car was towed from the YouTube parking lot. Aghdam seemingly had a website in which she promotes numerous YouTube channels, including ones in English, Turkish, and Farsi. All of her social media channels appear to have been deactivated or removed. The woman seemed to be upset at YouTube over what she called “age-restricted” policies.

Link 4: YouTube Attacker’s Complaints Echoed Fight Over Ad Dollars

While the police did not specifically say what those policies were, they likely had to do with a concept called “demonetization.” In response to pressure from advertisers and consumers, YouTube has been pulling ads from thousands of videos that it decides do not meet its standards for content. That has sparked an outcry from many of the people who post videos to the service. One of those creators was Nasim Najafi Aghdam, the woman the police said had shot YouTube employees in San Bruno, Calif. She frequently posted videos to several YouTube channels and had become increasingly angry over the money she was making from them.

When YouTube pulls ads, it tells creators which videos violated the standards, though it doesn’t elaborate very much on what they did wrong. It’s unclear whether YouTube pulled ads from Ms. Aghdam’s videos.The anger around demonetization has been growing for more than a year. One of YouTube’s most popular personalities, Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, who goes by PewDiePie, posted videos with Nazi imagery, including a sign that called for “Death to Jews.” As a punishment, YouTube demonetized some of his videos in early 2017, though it didn’t outrightly bar him. Mr. Kjellberg, now calling himself “family-friendly,” still posts regularly and has a booming business on the platform.

A wide spectrum of YouTube creators, from the conspiracy-minded to the most popular stars, have been vocal about what they see as censorship on YouTube. After a popular video blogger who posts about news, Philip DeFranco, saw his videos demonetized, he called demonetization “censorship with a different name.” On Twitter, he wrote: “Producer just got off the phone with Youtube and it wasn’t a mistake. Feels a little bit like getting stabbed in the back after 10 years.” Luke Rudkowski, an independent journalist who describes conspiracy theories to his more than 500,000 subscribers on YouTube, has repeatedly complained about the site pulling ads from his videos.

In August, he posted a video criticizing news that YouTube would start removing more terrorist content. “We are seeing the purging, the cleaning of this major online institution to be more favorable towards corporations and governments,” Mr. Rudkowski said. “Now that’s why I think we’re finally reaching the end time of this beautiful and amazing platform.” A few days later, he said YouTube had pulled ads from 660 of his videos, “basically eviscerating my main source of revenue for this news organization.”

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