Centralised information of any sort is inherently prone to censorship and other forms of interference, and anyone with access at that central point is inherently prone to believe themselves responsible for implementing such censorship or other interference, due to the nigh-universal human delusion that each of us is morally superior to others. Distributed information is inherently more resistant to such interference.
Recently Chris Evans, the actor who plays Captain America, opened his mouth and said something silly about Donald Trump. Here’s a news article about it. Apparently Evans dislikes the notion of people using violence to enforce the law, or to push their ideology, or something.
Chris Evans is most famous, and has made most of his fortune, through playing Captain America. That job specifically involves acting as a character who uses violence to ensure the victory of his ideology over other ideologies. Captain America, in those movies, works for a USA government agency which uses violence to enforce its rules on others. That’s what the whole thing is about. It’s the entire purpose of Captain America. It’s how Evans made most of his money. In his role as Captain America, using violence to enforce his ideology, he has killed over 14,000 people.
In short, Chris Evans is a hypocrite.
So, Donald Trump, the elected President of the United States of America, gave a rather excellent press conference about the Charlottesville riots, during which he achieved the following:
- Firmly stated his belief that he abhors illegal violence from anyone and everyone, regardless of their ideology.
- Made the press look like idiots again.
- Slam dunked the extreme leftists with the label “alt-left”.
In response to those very clear points from Trump, the press achieved only a further revelation of their death-grip on their own biases.
Let’s examine those points one at a time.
Stated his beliefs.
Trump stated several times, in different ways, that illegal violence is wrong and unacceptable, regardless of who does it or why. He was quite clear about his belief that it’s not acceptable for people to attack each other in the streets just because an opinion is disliked. That’s a perfectly reasonable belief.
Made the press looks like idiots. Again.
In response to Trump stating his beliefs, the press merely repeated their questions aimed at trying to get Trump to declare one group worse than the other, in contravention of his aforementioned perfectly reasonable belief. When that repetition failed to yield the desired result, the press did the only thing they could do, givne their limited intellectual faculties: repeated the same question. That made them look about as intelligent as the average barnacle.
The slam dunk.
For about a year now, the news companies have been portraying the USA’s alt-right movement as neo-NAZIs, racist, bigots, and generally horrible people. The reality is the alt-right does include such people, but then many other groups also include such people. The vast majority of the alt-right are just people who share the common interest of being sick of the leftist rhetoric in the USA.
So what did Trump do? He casually whipped out the same smear the press have been using, and applied it with deadly accuracy to all the left-leaning nutters who believe they have the right to use violence to silence all words and ideas they dislike. He let that verbal cannon loose at an important press conference when the entire world was watching, right after a shockingly important and terrible episode in the USA’s history. The timing was perfect. The casual delivery was perfect. It was a beautiful hole in one, a touchdown, a bullseye, a slam dunk. Those extreme left nutters are now stuck with the appellation.
The bias of the reporters.
Then there was the bias of the reporters. We know the vast majority of the mainstream news businesses and their employees are very anti-Trump, primarily because they’re delusional. But one particular question they kept repeating reveals another bias. Several times, a reporter asked Trump if he was, by condemning the violence by all parties at the Charlottesville riots, placing the leftists such as ANTIFA on the same “moral plane” as NAZIs. Not that there were actually NAZIs at the riots (1), but the reporters believe there were.
Now, the reasons the reporter repeatedly asked that same question are quite ridiculous:
- They have been indoctrinated into the belief that NAZIs or other racists are the worst possible things in the universe.
- If they can slap the NAZI/racist label on the some person or group, then anything done to that person or group is justified and acceptable, and therefore the leftists who assaulted and maimed people at Charlottesville shouldn’t really be blamed or charged with any crimes.
- If they can convince Trump to admit that racists are evil and deserve it, and the leftist goons aren’t really so bad after all, it also reinforces their own worldview and narrative.
It’s quite easy to discern why those biases are ridiculous, but in case you’re having difficulty figuring it out, I’ll help you along.
First, simply believing or expressing support for some ideology doesn’t make anyone good or bad. It might be an indication they’re enlightened or ignorant, intelligent or stupid, but the ideology alone doesn’t make them good or bad. A person’s actions, whether based on an ideology or anything else, make them good or bad. For example, an allegedly holy and righteous priest who rapes a child is infinitely worse (in my subjective opinion) than someone who holds racist beliefs but never harms anyone. Similarly, a self-righteous protestor who believes he is saving the world, and who sprays acid in someone’s face merely because their victim might hold a belief he dislikes, is infinitely worse than someone who holds racist beliefs but never harms anyone.
Your actions reveal your character.
Your actions are your character.
Second, your victim’s ideology does not warrant or generate your actions. Your actions are your choice. Your actions are your fault. If you throw acid in someone’s face, doesn’t matter if your victim is the Devil or a Saint: YOU are still the sort of person who will throw acid in someone’s face. You are still an evil little coward. Your victim’s ideology doesn’t excuse, justify, or warrant your actions.
- There were neo-NAZIs among the crowds at Charlottesville. However, neo-NAZIs are not really NAZIs. To be a NAZI, one must be a member of the National Socialist German Workers Party, a party which no longer exists. While neo-NAZIs may hold similar beliefs to NAZIs, and may wear the costumes and wave the flags, they can not literally be NAZIs.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stated “We have the finest security and intelligence services in the world.”
The Minister For Justice stated: “Since 2014 when the terrorism threat level was raised to ‘probable’, we have been working closely and diligently with our agencies to give them the resources and powers they need to deal with this threat… Since 2014, 70 people have been charged as a result of 31 counter-terrorism operations around the country.”
Combining the successful (7) and unsuccessful (31) terrorist plots, that’s a total of thirty-eight. Seven out of thirty-eight equals about 18.4%. That is, 18.4% of terrorist attacks against Australia in the specified period have been successful.
If 18.4% of terrorist plots in Australia succeed, how can Turnbull say we have the finest security and intelligence services in the world?
For long years, a certain faction in Western society has claimed there is institutional sexism and oppression of women resulting in women being paid less than men for identical work. This, proponents of the theory suggest, is because men are evil and are conspiring to oppress all women; presumably so the men in the compared occupations can enjoy a fractionally higher wage. That seems a trifling reason to engage in a global conspiracy against half of the population. But that’s the theory.
There have been many surveys and studies attempting to prove the theory, but they have all failed to do so. Indeed, most such studies revealed that such gender pay gaps are only in evidence when once compares males and females in different occupations. Not surprisingly, the same pay gaps are in evidence when comparing men and other men in different occupations.
But then there’s this study, which found that when comparing men and women in the same jobs, in the same companies, doing the same work, the pay levels were actually the same. The only differences detected were due to risks associated with job functions.
Below are two of the tables from the study.
Here’s a very simple test you can do to confirm (or not) your hypothesis that our world is flat.
- A spirit level.
- A compass.
- Another sort of compass.
- A friend in a city perhaps a thousand kilometres away, at approximately the same latitude, with the same equipment.
This experiment should be performed simultaneously by two people in distant cities at approximately the same latitute, while both are in daylight.
- Use your compass to align your spirit level to the east and west, perhaps resting horizontally atop two chairs or some other raised items.
- Use the other compass to check the angle from the level to the Sun.
- Compare the angle from horizon to Sun with the measurement obtained by your friend.