STUPID MUPPETS HARASS GOOGLE!

Google told a group of stupid MEPs that it understands their concerns about its ads appearing alongside patriotic news, but the tech giant didn’t directly respond to their request to stop posting ads on the Breitbart news site.

The grand brothel of Brussels squanders the taxpayers’ hard-earned money on junkets, luxuries, dolce vita, and infinite nonsense.  European Parliament (EP), aka Eldorado of Prostitutes, has mumbo-jumbo sessions in two babel towers, baring its VAT-monger socialistic soul.  MEPs, muppets of EP, try to outperform each other on stupid socialistic ideas. The usual muppet show is about more Europe. The European Parliament is a major violator of human rights and freedom by imposing Islamization and VAT on European citizens

Two dozen stupid MEPs wrote to Google at the end of April hoodwinking that Breitbart purports to be a source of news, but has consistently distorted the truth to pursue a divisive and hateful agenda.

Muppets are creating a new European man, homo bruxellarum, someone who would be entirely deprived of his roots in individual nation-states. Migrants are believed to become the ideal input in the future pan-European society, hence, the more of them, the better. This thinking has become another driving force behind the current migration deadlock.

The European political elites, the representatives of a new species homo bruxellarum, destroy Europe. We live in a far more socialist and etatist, controlled and regulated society now than we could have ever imagined.  We knew that socialism, or socialdemocratism, or soziale Marktwirtschaft is here, is here to stay and – due to its internal dynamics – would expand.

The stupid letter cited a Breitbart story from January that claimed 1,000 refugees attacked police and set Germany’s oldest church on fire. “Both claims subsequently turned out to be falsehoods designed to whip up anti-refugee sentiment, fitting a long and established pattern of inciting harassment of Muslims, women and minorities,” wrote the stupid MEPs, who include stupid German Greens Rebecca Harms and Albrecht Jan Philip, stupid Liberal MEPs Sylvie Goulard and Ramon Tremosa i Balcells and stupid German Socialist Jakob von Weizsäcker.

In its recent response, Google carefully avoids any reference to Breitbart before providing a lengthy account of the various measures it has taken in recent months to stop ads from being shown juxtaposed to hateful, offensive or illegal content.

“To be clear, however: we have always had limits on the content and practices we’re willing to profit from, understanding that failing to uphold our commitments undermines the trust that people place in us,” wrote Lie Junius, Google’s director of public policy and government affairs.

A major threat to liberty is the assault on the right to discuss political issues, seek out alternative information sources, and promote dissenting ideas and causes such as non-interventionism in foreign and domestic affairs. If this ongoing assault on free speech succeeds, then all of our liberties are endangered.

 

This is the classic progression toward the often unconstitutional government restriction of speech. Declare something that is not remotely an epidemic is, in fact, an epidemic. While the headline-making incident is still fresh in everyone’s minds, insist that the epidemic (which, remember, isn’t remotely an epidemic) must be confronted urgently by both the federal government and state-based media companies.  Make a specific awful proposal, such as criminalizing the burning of flags.

Fake news, by whatever definition, does not require a new legislative response from government. Citizens and their political leaders have been trafficking in conspiracy from the founding to the present day. Including the conspiracy that there’s a fake news epidemic in the first place.

One of the most common assaults on free speech is the attempt to force public policy organizations to disclose their donors. Regardless of the intent of these laws, the effect is to subject supporters of controversial causes to harassment, or worse. This harassment makes other potential donors afraid to support organizations opposing a popular war or defending the rights of an unpopular group.

The latest, and potentially most dangerous, threat to free speech is the war on fake news. Those leading the war are using a few viral Internet hoaxes to justify increased government regulation — and even outright censorship — of Internet news sites. Some popular websites, such as Facebook, are not waiting for the government to force them to crack down on fake news.

Those calling for bans on fake news are not just trying to censor easily-disproved Internet hoaxes. They are working to create a government-sanctioned gatekeeper with the power to censor any news or opinion displeasing to the political establishment. None of those wringing their hands over fake news have expressed any concern over the fake news stories that helped lead to the Iraq War. Those fake news stories led to the destabilizing of the Middle East, the rise of ISIS, and the deaths of millions.

The war on fake news has taken a chilling turn with efforts to label news and opinion sites of alternative news sources as peddlers of Russian propaganda. The main targets are critics of US interventionist foreign policy, proponents of a gold standard, critics of the US government’s skyrocketing debt, and even those working to end police militarization. All have been smeared as anti-American agents of Russia.

Congress passed legislation creating a special committee, composed of key federal agencies, to counter foreign interference in US elections. There have also been calls for congressional investigations into Russian influence on the elections. Can anyone doubt that the goal of this is to discredit and silence those who question the mainstream media’s pro-welfare/warfare state propaganda?

The attempts to ban fake news; smear antiwar, anti-Federal Reserve, and other pro-liberty movements as Russian agents; and stop independent organizations from discussing a politician’s record before an election are all parts of an ongoing war on free speech. All citizens, no matter their political persuasion, have a stake in defeating these efforts to limit free speech.

 

Eurokleptocrats impose monopoly of propaganda and fake news! Fake news websites publish hoaxes and fraudulent misinformation to drive web traffic inflamed by social media. These sites are distinguished from news satire because they intend to mislead and profit from readers believing the stories to be true.

The European Commission is the major fake-news mill. Nevertheless, a fledgling group set up by the European Commission to counteract antikleptocrat propaganda is to be expanded with more public cash and resources. European citizens will be funding mechanisms inducing their own ignorance and misinformation. The European Parliament voted for a cash injection to expand the work of a media watchdog aimed at debunking antikleptocratic propaganda.

The little-known media group was established by the all-powerful, but unelected European Commission. The media unit has, therefore, no electoral mandate. It is potentially holding sway over how half billion EU citizens will be able in the future to access news and public information.

In particular, it is evident the said EU media program is motivated by an extreme bias.  How much new money is being disbursed to the media watchdog is not clear. But ultimately it will be funded by EU citizens whose taxes underwrite member governments’ financial contributions to the Brussels-based 28-nation bloc.

Notably, the EU Parliament vote was far from convincing. Some 304 MEPs voted for extra funding to the propaganda group, while 179 MEPs voted against. A further 208 parliamentarians abstained. That suggests widespread apprehension among lawmakers about the function and credibility of debunking propaganda.

A minuscule group of unelected faceless bureaucrats and ideologically driven politicians, who evidently have an ax to grind against antikleptocrats, are able to significantly impinge on the public’s right to access information freely.

The charges of state-sponsored propaganda have been inflamed with claims by stupid leaders like Obama and Merkel that fake news is undermining Western democracy. These claims have in turn followed months of reports from various think-tanks which allege that some news services are fronts for disinformation.

Political pressure is now being brought to bear on internet and social media providers, such as Google and Facebook, to ban fake news from their networks. Merkel now forces internet service companies to regulate fake news.

It is not clear how far this development will go. Internet companies may yield and impose blanket censorship. Another question is what are the limits on designating which information and sources are considered fake?

This has huge sinister implications. Any news report or analysis – no matter how substantive or factual – that happens to offend the political sensibilities and reputation of EU governments are thus liable to be labeled fake. And therefore subject to censorship. This marks an audacious license by authorities to grant themselves immunity from media criticism and scrutiny, simply by invoking a subjective politicized claim that news is fake and propagandistic.

Dystopian future beckons in which citizens are obligated to fund unelected media controllers who will deprive them of critical news and information, while at the same time flooding citizens with the most gratuitous propaganda. The upshot is that citizens are gradually forced into paying for their own brainwashing. No wonder a growing number of citizens are becoming alienated from the EU’s oligarchic rule. It is acting like a tyranny that needs to be torn apart.

You really know that masses of people are living within a mind-control matrix when the greatest, most pervasive purveyors of fake news denounce others for the practice. Yet they do so without the slightest hint of awareness about their own monstrous hypocrisy.

No doubt, the internet is a plentiful source of false rumor and other bizarre, tall stories. But now, it seems, media giants are calling for Facebook and other social networking sites to weed out fake news. Given how wrong the US media called the election and also their rabid bias against Trump, the hunt for a scapegoat is understandable.

Media outlets are part of the ideological, propaganda matrix that serves to conceal the crimes of governments, which, in turn, serve to facilitate the strategic interests of kleptocrats. News services do on occasion publish outright fake news, such as when Iraq was accused of possessing weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the US-led war in 2003. But far more often, the informational fare is less crudely fabricated and more subtly finessed with distortions and omissions of crucial facts and context. Still, that is tantamount to fake news, no less.

Undeterred, the kleptocratic fake stories just keep being churned out as if by a manic conveyor belt. What we see is a systematic information campaign, bluntly propaganda, that propagates fake news upon fake news in order to justify kleptocratic interests. So pervasive is this matrix that the systematic purveyors of fake news can turn around and, with a straight face, pontificate to others about the ethics of journalism.

What is truly alarming is that the kleptocratic weaponization of information – self-declared as independent, free-thinking – has become so inculcated that real, alternative news could end up being banished from public access.

In particular, it is evident the said EU media program is motivated by an extreme bias.  How much new money is being disbursed to the media watchdog is not clear. But ultimately it will be funded by EU citizens whose taxes underwrite member governments’ financial contributions to the Brussels-based 28-nation bloc.

EU politicians and propagandists are mistaken if they think relying on the wisdom of Goebbels: “that people will believe anything if they are told it many times”. Over the long term propaganda, which is not supported by the people’s daily experience, becomes discredited. The problems of the EU cannot be blamed on Russian propaganda, but the unrealistic constructs of the EU and the disastrous economic and social policies of EU leaders. Blaming the problems on Russian subversive activities proves just as futile as it was in vain at the time when the failures of communism were blamed on the imperialists.

Western mainstream media’s McCarthian witch hunt for Russia’s influence on the media shuns objectivity in favor of hysteria – a dangerous reductionism that dumbs down the debate on information warfare.

There has recently been a proliferation of the fake news narratives in the Western media, which shows no signs of dying down. The gist of these stories is essentially that false news stories have been planted by a foreign actor in order to influence the political affairs of another, and the consequent accusations asserting that the 2016 US presidential election was swayed in favor of Donald Trump by such alleged manipulation of the news by Russia has thrust the issue into the spotlight.

It is obvious to anyone with a brain that the Democrats are trying to blame Russian propaganda for the fact that they dramatically misunderstood the American electorate. The problem is that it creates a sort of atmosphere of hysteria when people see Russian influence everywhere. And, in this atmosphere of hysteria, a lot of things get missed. For example, the disinformation that Russia does spread gets missed because we’re so busy being hysterical about Russian hacking, and so on, and things for which there is not much evidence, that we miss the fact that there is a Russian propaganda operation just like there are other propaganda operations, and we are in danger of being the boy who cried “Wolf!” In danger of being the boy who cried “Propaganda!”

The whole fake news has a strong Orwellian quality. What the media needs to do is to remember they are there to pass a message, not protect a message. And that, actually, by telling people that what they are listening to is fake news, that they’re indulging in fake news themselves. Generally, what we are trying to do is inform the reader. We don’t try and tell him that everything he is reading is lies. We trust that the reader is clever enough to perceive bias in him or herself.

Propaganda is itself a provocative word, and that’s not a bad point. A state-owned broadcaster is propaganda. Nobody really has an idea of what is true anymore, which is more to do with a sort of collapse of Western morality, perhaps, than anything else. So, therefore, people are desperate to spy conspiracy, they are desperate to be suspicious of the media. And they generally don’t trust what they are reading and what they are listening to. And that is because all round the place they’re being pushed a message rather than told what is going on. That is a crisis for the media.

Many people are turning towards alternative media because they’re fed up of, perhaps, what they’ve been told by the mainstream media, that they’ve found out not to be true. The exciting thing for journalists is that, finally, Trump’s election has large downsides, but also some upsides, in that the media now have really got to sharpen up their act and stop just peddling the usual rubbish that they peddle. And the battle for ideas generally is heating up, so the people are interested in what the media has to say, and they’re skeptical. And therefore, the duty of journalism has been strengthened.

The financial model of journalism, as it was, has collapsed, and therefore a lot of reporters will just take a steer from someone who is just feeding them a story, because they’re desperately rushed, desperately overworked, they’re probably spending most of their time on Twitter, and therefore they’re not really doing their job as a journalist. And that’s finally bringing a change – people are getting much more skeptical about what they’re reading in the so-called mainstream media, and that’s a good thing.

The overambitious man-made construct called the European Union is a product of an erroneous design. We are frustrated that not many people look at it seriously enough. Most of them see only what the EU propaganda wants them to see. They seemingly believe that the EU is

– a peace-guaranteeing community of nations;

– a democratically run grouping of countries, where the demos feels like a demos;

– a coherent entity monoculturally based on European values and behavioural patterns;

– an entity which centralizes only a small part of decision-making (only the issues that cannot be – because of existing externalities – solved efficiently at the level of individual countries);

– a conglomerate of countries where all are equal (in the Orwellian sense);

– a family-like institution where the weaker members are significantly helped by the stronger ones;

– an institution where the opposition to official views is welcome, allowed and made possible;

– an institution where there is a genuine, democratically formed and implemented policy, etc., etc.

Nothing can be farther from the truth than this propagandistic scheme. The current European Union is different:

– it is an entity without demos, which means without democracy;

– it is an entity with only a weak common identity. For many of us being a European basically means a geographical delimitation. As regards our identity, we are primarily Czechs, Italians, or Finns. And we are proud of it. There are some “European” commonalities, but Europe has never been a melting pot;

– it is an entity which misuses the term subsidiarity for disguising the actual state of affairs and the predominant tendency – the ever-growing centralization of the EU decision-making;

– it is – especially due to the Lisbon Treaty – an entity with one dominant country, Germany, which – as was recently stated by the German “Staatsminister für Europa” Michael Roth – must fulfil its leading role in Europe whether it likes it or not;

– it is an entity without authentic, genuine solidarity;

– it is an entity constrained by a non-functioning monetary union which brought together economically incompatible countries, etc.

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