Sunday, December 30, 2018

A weekend trip and dinner with troubling conversation; YouTuberLaw weighs in on payment processor censorship; Timcast notes how major parties are hollowed out by identarianis,

Some potpourri for Beggar’s Night, one day before New Years Eve and the Nutcracker Ballet.
I was away this weekend in the Williamsburg area. 

There is a Facebook page called “Dining With Strangers”, and a couple times on road trips I’ve accidentally done that (as in September in California).

At a big club on Henry Street in Williamsburg, about six blocks from the College, I was seated outdoors in 50 degree air near a gas-lit fire.  It was warm enough. Across the table there was a young (straight) couple.

Conversation ensued.  The woman worked in a medical office, and I got her interested in looking up Jack Andraka’s Science Fair work. The young man said he was apolitical but tended to libertarianism.  But then it got interesting.  He said he doesn’t bother to vote because he is so appalled at essentially the identarianism of both major parties right now.  It was acceptable at this dinner table to mention the president as long as you said “Baby” in front of his last name.

He also said he had no use for social media anymore.  He didn’t need it.  It has just become silly and a place for ranting or flirting.

Facebook had better pay attention.

I introduced him to Economic Invincibility on YouTube, and he was somewhat impressed.

Well, had Tim Pool been at this dinner, he would have posted about it.  As it is, Pool published a 12-step tweet storm today about how the Left is becoming identarian, and leaving a big hole in the middle for “left-libertarians” to join the Right and try to restore a little bit of Reaganesque individualism. OK, more like Ronnie the son with social liberalism (gay marriage) but not carried too far (don’t overdo the trans and fluid thing because gender really matters to most relationships). Pool also noted that much of the far Left is specifically race conscious above all else – post-racism, post Obama.  Here is the tweet storm

It’s a bit like a typical Wordrpess blog post by me.

I haven’t reported here that YouTuberLaw has filed a complaint against Paypal and Patreon with the FTC (which is slowed down for now by the government shutdown) for possible anti-trust.

It really appears that payment processors are pressuring other tech platforms against an enlarging body of content which they believe should not be posted.  Why are payment processors so receptive to the ideas of the Far Left?  One reason is that these companies operate in other countries which simply don’t value our concept of free speech and have to do deal with cultures that are much more group-oriented.  I have looked at a few other videos of Sargon and a few others.  Some of their content is normally all right in normal speech or has been in past yeas (such as on how less attractive straight men can find dates, for example), but groups complain that the mere fact that this speech is allowed so readily when it could not have been twenty years ago leads to more oppression of members of their groups (to more aggression against women) from less stable people or more aggressive people. There is an ironic backside to this argument on the gay side that I’ll go into in more detail later.

Along the lines of payment platforms, YouTuber law reports that bots are more likely to file community guidelines strikes than in the past, and there are more “false flag” complaints, which YouTuberLaw shows there are very good reasons for care in the appeal process.  Community guidelines strikes may occur for pretty much the same reasons as Patreon bans (but for on-platform behavior only). Some of them seem to be triggered merely by political ideology alone. 

Update: Jan. 1

Electronic Frontier Foundation has numerous articles, including one picked up by Breitbart, noting apparent "brand collusion" (so it looks) in the payment processing world with no transparency. One of the most important is by Rainey Reitman June 5, 2108.  These seem valuable in YouTuberLaw's action.  I'll come back to this. 

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