A new – and dishonest – tool in the progressive far-left toolbox

It seems some progressives are prepared to deliberately twist copyright laws to use them against those whose political views they abhor. RJ Jones writes, “My friend gave me a tip! If you need to drown out fascists, bring a speaker & play copyrighted music at their rallies cause it will be easy to report their videos & get them taken down for copyright.” This is a reference to Youtube’s idiotic Content ID automated takedown system (soon to be mandatory for all online platforms in the EU), which indiscriminately blocks anything that it believes to contain a copyrighted work. It’s not clear whether

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Letting the camel’s nose into the [moral] tent

There’s an old Arab proverb that warns, “Never let the camel get its nose under the tent, because the rest of the body will follow“.  It’s a variation on the Western proverb that “if you give someone an inch, they’ll take a mile“.  I daresay the concept is common among almost all cultures.  In politics, they call it “moving the Overton window“;  starting with discussion within a socially accepted range, then moving the discussion to gradually include more and more extreme elements, getting people accustomed to the new concepts.  In due course, society will accept as common or normative things that

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Everything you ever wanted to know about car bombs, but were afraid to ask

Hugo Kamaan has produced an in-depth report for the Middle East Institute titled “Car Bombs As Weapons Of War – ISIS’s development of SVBIEDs, 2014-19“.  The link is to an Adobe Acrobat document in .PDF format.  The executive summary reads: The suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) has been one of ISIS’s most powerful and versatile weapons. The group consistently adapted the SVBIED design based on operational environment and other factors, with modifications in armor, payload organization, color, and detonation technology. Advanced SVBIED designs have been distributed between many ISIS provinces, not only within Iraq and Syria, but also globally

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Automatic, real-time censorship… the future of the Internet?

I might consider that headline alarmist, except that it’s already happening in China, and it appears to be on the way in this country too – driven by ideologically motivated corporate executives who are also politicians. First, China.  Technology Review reports (bold, underlined text in all quoted excerpts is my emphasis): WeChat is a window into the future of the internet in many different ways. Based in China and boasting over 1.1 billion global users, it’s one of the world’s most advanced and popular apps. What’s remarkable is the way it reaches into so many corners of a Chinese person’s life: it’s the

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It pays to be a Palestinian terrorist

When I worked as a prison chaplain, I came across more than one Palestinian terrorist behind bars.  They usually received a check each month, deposited into their prison commissary accounts, from “their family in Palestine”.  We all knew this was from the Palestinian government.  It was routine. Strategy Page discusses what it calls this “pay-for-slay” terrorism, and its consequences for Palestine. In the West bank the Palestinian Fatah government accuses Hamas of being unable to control all its Gaza factions and make it possible to form a unified Palestinian government. That is an accurate assessment but it ignores the fact the Fatah is

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He may be right

Looking at all the frothing-at-the-mouth hysterics from progressive, far-left politicians and their supporters over the past few days, particularly over the border crisis and the July 4th celebrations in Washington D.C., I’m beginning to think that Robert Vincent may be right. Writ large, what the self-styled “progressive left” is selling amounts to a modern version of feudalism, in which a self-appointed elite, whose status is maintained by the promotion of a self-serving “progressive,” neo-Marxist dogma, is anointed to tell the rest of us peasants how we must live our lives, not unlike the Divine Right of Kings.  The Rest of Us

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What precisely is Robert Mueller trying to do?

I’m still trying to wrap my brain around Robert Mueller’s press conference yesterday.  He almost openly invited Congress to institute impeachment proceedings against President Trump, which is so far outside his terms of reference as a special counsel that it defies belief. Mr. Mueller’s report outlined Mr. Trump’s myriad efforts to interfere with or shut down the special-counsel investigation but didn’t recommend charges, dodging the central questions of whether it amounted to a crime. “This report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” the report found. Mr. Mueller on Wednesday emphasized this in his remarks,

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Beating the far-left extremists like a rented mule

Frankly, I’m astonished that the far left hasn’t yet caught on to how well they’ve been played by the Internet underground.  Take, for example, Antifa.  This is one of their propaganda pieces (clickit to biggit): If you’re wondering how those symbols came to be associated with the far right, here’s a clue. Members of the notorious internet forum 4chan have proposed a new troll campaign aimed at converting the hashtag into a white supremacist symbol. In a post, on the /pol/ or “politically incorrect” message board, an anonymous user calls on his fellow forum frequenters to begin creating propaganda that incorporates the

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Is Ebola being used as a weapon by jihadist terrorists?

Austin Bay raises a very worrying question about the current Ebola epidemic in the Congo. Unfortunately for all homo sapiens living within 200 kilometers or so of a major airport anywhere on this planet, the Ebola virus epidemic afflicting eastern Congo constitutes a deadly, international, mass-casualty threat to human life. And there are political predators who would like to see this plague seed global fear and death … The difference (I hope) between you and the predators is that they are megalomaniacs and you are not. . . . In casualty terms, the 2013-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak surpasses the current eastern

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“Racist” as a code for everyone who isn’t “woke”

I’m getting very frustrated with the constant drumbeat of commentary from left-wing, progressive elements of US politics that accuses anyone not – or not sufficiently – on their side of being “racist”.  It’s a lie, but that doesn’t stop them proclaiming it loudly and frequently to all and sundry. The latest example of this idiocy comes from the Washington Post. The alarming rise of white-power violence, from Charlottesville to Pittsburgh and now to Poway, Calif., has left many Americans scrambling to make sense of the toxic stew of racism, anti-Semitism and nativism that is swamping the United States and that has

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