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posted by requerdanos on Saturday January 09 2021, @01:05PM   Printer-friendly
from the twitter-and-facebook-and-twitch-and-snapchat-and... dept.

Twitter permanently suspends Trump's account:

US President Donald Trump has been permanently suspended from Twitter "due to the risk of further incitement of violence", the company says.

Twitter said the decision was made "after close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them".

Mr Trump had earlier been locked out of his account for 12 hours.

Twitter then said that it would ban Mr Trump "permanently" if he breached the platform's rules again.

Reacting to the permanent ban, Trump 2020 campaign adviser Jason Miller tweeted: "Disgusting... if you don't think they're coming for you next, you're wrong."

It comes after Mr Trump tweeted several messages on Wednesday, calling the people who stormed the US Capitol "patriots".

Hundreds of his supporters entered the Capitol building as the US Congress attempted to certify Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election. The ensuing violence led to the deaths of four civilians and a police officer.

The siege took place just hours after Trump addressed supporters and told them: "We will never give up; we will never concede."

[...] On Thursday, Facebook said it had suspended Mr Trump "indefinitely". The popular gaming platform Twitch also placed an indefinite ban on the outgoing president's channel, which he has used for rally broadcasts. So has Snapchat.

Two online Trump memorabilia stores were closed this week by e-commerce company Shopify. On Friday, Reddit banned its "donaldtrump" forum for the president's supporters.

[...] The big question now is, can Trumpism survive without the backing of mainstream media? Or will it simply slip into the shadows of the internet?

(Emphasis retained from original.)

Also at Ars Technica, CNET

Full Twitter explanation at: blog.twitter.com

Pro-Trump Rioters Breached US Capitol; EC Confirms Biden; Trump "Responds"; Dems Win GA [Updates: 2]


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  • (Score: 5, Touché) by Rosco P. Coltrane on Saturday January 09 2021, @02:37PM (93 children)

    by Rosco P. Coltrane (4757) on Saturday January 09 2021, @02:37PM (#1097404)

    Now that Trump is done for, is almost out of office, and finally disavowed even by his supporters, Twitter suddenly finds the courage to do what they should have done years ago.

    Pff...

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Azuma Hazuki on Saturday January 09 2021, @02:42PM (7 children)

      by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 09 2021, @02:42PM (#1097408) Journal

      Right? I mean I'm glad to see it, but how many thousands of lives could have been saved and how much political bullshit prevented if they'd done this in 2017?

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      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @02:46PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @02:46PM (#1097410)

        Maybe twitter likes money and collecting data on the people tweeting? Did you consider that?

        Why would they care about saving lives and preventing political bullshit? They want as much death and political be as possible because it leads to more tweets!

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:19PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:19PM (#1097436)

          Maybe twitter likes money and collecting data on the people tweeting? Did you consider that?

          It's a treasure trove for open intelligence gathering. Interested members of the government will let them operate like they did before the Trump presidency, where Twitter spent two dollars for every dollar in revenue.

      • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @06:58PM (3 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @06:58PM (#1097556)

        do you know how many Neo-Bolsheviks' useful idiots are going to be slaughtered when this cold civil war goes hot? All you motherfuckers filling up minnosota with somalians, michigan with muslims, california with chinese, other places with congolese, etc? All the Jew "charities" funding and organizing it are going to die. All you race traitors cheering it on and clutching pearls whenever people even ask what's going on while they're being robbed, raped and murdered by niggers and central american gang members are going to be dragged down the street and left to feed your starving street dogs.

        • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:58AM

          by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:58AM (#1097725) Journal

          As I said elsewhere: I like my porn to be about sex, not violence. You do you (but please, in the privacy of your own room!).

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @08:13AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @08:13AM (#1097826)

          do you know how many Neo-Bolsheviks' useful idiots are going to be slaughtered when this cold civil war goes hot?

          Oh, my! Sounds serious!

          All you motherfuckers filling up minnosota with somalians, michigan with muslims, california with chinese, other places with congolese, etc?

          You forgot to mention the Germans, the Italians, and the Russians. I wonder why that is?

          All the Jew "charities" funding and organizing it are going to die.

          What about the Catholic and Lutheran charities? Are they going to die too? JUst asking for some friends.

          All you race traitors cheering it on and clutching pearls whenever people even ask what's going on while they're being robbed, raped and murdered by niggers and central american gang members are going to be dragged down the street and left to feed your starving street dogs.

          Like I said, this sounds serious! When did you say this was going to start? Also, could you leave your contact information in your next response? I think that some of the folks at your local mental health department might want to get in touch with you.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:47PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:47PM (#1097849)

          Y'all couldn't even get enough people for a coup, how are you going to slaughter us? Your bullshit cult is too small, you don't have enough guns or money to make a dent.
            Every african-from-Africa I've met has been hard working, values education, and appreciates the relatively high levels of safety and freedom we have in the west. Without immigrants from war torn countries willing to do business in the inner city, how would we prevent total economic collapse in those ghettos? Without immigrants willing to work long hours for low wages, how would our remaining manufacturing jobs be filled? Who is going to do janitorial work?

      • (Score: 2) by edIII on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:33AM

        by edIII (791) Subscriber Badge on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:33AM (#1097712)

        Probably no lives, and no bullshit would be saved.

        The @POTUS account would've been used, and there would've been a huge fucking argument about silencing official government communications from the White House. Regardless of the current active administration.

        That was the real problem, Little Donny used the imprimatur of the office to spread his bullshit and made it 100% partisan politics to discuss moderation at all.

        Twitter was actually trying in my estimation to walk a fine line. It really took armed insurrection before BOTH Little Donny's account and the @POTUS account was so forcefully "moderated". In the past recent months, Twitter has been putting disclaimers on the tweets instead.

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    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by The Mighty Buzzard on Saturday January 09 2021, @02:49PM (48 children)

      ...Twitter suddenly finds the courage to do what they should have done years ago.

      Reckon I should start banning folks here whose politics I find repugnant or is it only when you find them repugnant that folks should be silenced?

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      My rights don't end where your fear begins.
      • (Score: 0, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:11PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:11PM (#1097429)

        People like you should be banned. You're tossing the water of solid logic and reason on a perfectly good and typically irrational flamewar. Oh, you wanted to reduce database load. Okay, I get it. If you'd run ads, you'd rather fan the flamewars. (more activity -> more dollars)

      • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:30PM (13 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:30PM (#1097447)

        Have you never booted someone who broke the TOS? Should the President get to tell you, the private owner of a website, what to host on your page?

        • (Score: 2, Disagree) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @04:51PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @04:51PM (#1097498)

          Perhaps yes, if the private website is dominant enough to become equivalent to a public square.

          • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @05:12PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @05:12PM (#1097505)

            Government overreach!!!!!

        • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:06PM (10 children)

          It's not a 1A issue, noob. I didn't say the government should force them to continue hosting his content. It's pure and simple a Censorship of the people by the powerful = Bad issue.

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          My rights don't end where your fear begins.
          • (Score: 2) by Tork on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:45PM (9 children)

            by Tork (3914) on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:45PM (#1097650)
            So, in short, you're denouncing it and also don't want anything done about it.

            k
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            • (Score: 3, Touché) by The Mighty Buzzard on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:27PM (8 children)

              So, in short, you're denouncing it and also don't want anything done about it by the government.

              FTFY. The government is not our daddy. We don't need all of our problems solved by it. Not all levels of shitty behavior need to be illegal but they all need to be called out.

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              My rights don't end where your fear begins.
              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @08:18AM (7 children)

                by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @08:18AM (#1097828)

                The government is not our daddy. We don't need all of our problems solved by it.

                Which is why you will be relieved to find out that this particular problem is not being solved by the government but by a private company. Don't you feel better already?

                • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday January 10 2021, @10:14PM (6 children)

                  Erm, no, it's being caused by a private company. There's a difference.

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                  My rights don't end where your fear begins.
                  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @12:04AM (5 children)

                    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @12:04AM (#1098025)

                    So you take personal responsibility for the problems caused by SN? I demand an immediate revocation of all IP bans and removal of all content filters infringing on our right to post lame comments!

                    • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Monday January 11 2021, @03:46AM (4 children)

                      Post all the lameness you like. The filters only get created when you start spamming them.

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                      My rights don't end where your fear begins.
                      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @01:43AM (3 children)

                        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @01:43AM (#1098709)

                        It is my right to post whatever I'd like, keep pretending your censorship is somehow not censorship just because you think it is a good thing. Words have meaning smart guy.

                        • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Tuesday January 12 2021, @02:47PM (2 children)

                          Post whatever you like, just don't post the same thing over and over. That ain't conversation, that's either advertising or propaganda.

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                          My rights don't end where your fear begins.
                          • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @10:37PM (1 child)

                            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @10:37PM (#1099126)

                            This is a public square, and each story is a diferent telephone poll. If I want to post my message to every board that is my right, and even if I want to generate more exposure by re-posting the same point in reply to multiple comments that is also my right. You're just a typical leftist authoritarian censoring content you do not agree with.

      • (Score: 4, Touché) by Tork on Saturday January 09 2021, @05:20PM (13 children)

        by Tork (3914) on Saturday January 09 2021, @05:20PM (#1097508)

        Reckon I should start banning folks here whose politics I find repugnant or is it only when you find them repugnant that folks should be silenced?

        You know damned good and well that if somebody here made a post that brought unwanted attention to SN you'd remove it, especially if investigators were sniffing around for federal offenses.

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        • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:05PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:05PM (#1097630)

          I suspect most of us have not read the "offending" Tweets that they chose to use as their basis for closing his account. The link [twitter.com] to their explanation is in the OP. Here they are:

          “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”

          “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”

          Those two tweets were used as justification for banning the President of the United States. And now thousands of other individuals are being purged as well, with no explanation whatsoever, not even farce used to ban the President. I don't think people understand the magnitude of what's happening right now. I'm sure you know of the "First they came for the..." poem. I'm not going to be cliche and recite that. What is much more interesting is this [ucsb.edu] discussion with the author of that poem, Martin Niemöller. If you are unaware, he was a Lutheran Pastor for some context to his comments:

          ... the people who were put in the camps then were Communists. Who cared about them? We knew it, it was printed in the newspapers. Who raised their voice, maybe the Confessing Church? We thought: Communists, those opponents of religion, those enemies of Christians—"should I be my brother's keeper?"

          Then they got rid of the sick, the so-called incurables. I remember a conversation I had with a person who claimed to be a Christian. He said: Perhaps it's right, these incurably sick people just cost the state money, they are just a burden to themselves and to others. Isn't it best for all concerned if they are taken out of the middle [of society]? Only then did the church as such take note.

          Then we started talking, until our voices were again silenced in public. Can we say, we aren't guilty/responsible?

          The persecution of the Jews, the way we treated the occupied countries, or the things in Greece, in Poland, in Czechoslovakia or in Holland, that were written in the newspapers. … I believe, we Confessing-Church-Christians have every reason to say: mea culpa, mea culpa! We can talk ourselves out of it with the excuse that it would have cost me my head if I had spoken out.

          We preferred to keep silent. We are certainly not without guilt/fault, and I ask myself again and again, what would have happened, if in the year 1933 or 1934—there must have been a possibility—14,000 Protestant pastors and all Protestant communities in Germany had defended the truth until their deaths? If we had said back then, it is not right when Hermann Göring simply puts 100,000 Communists in the concentration camps, in order to let them die. I can imagine that perhaps 30,000 to 40,000 Protestant Christians would have had their heads cut off, but I can also imagine that we would have rescued 30–40,000 million [sic] people, because that is what it is costing us now.

          Big tech has been colluding to censor more and more of society, with each new offense being far less egregious than the one prior. This very overt entry into the realm of politics at the highest level is unprecedented, and disconcerting. In a normal country, if the president were being censored by corporations and media then government would act quickly to ensure they always have a voice. But in our country government and media/corporations are instead merging and colluding, and working to ostracize anybody who gets in their way.

        • (Score: 3, Informative) by The Mighty Buzzard on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:09PM (9 children)

          We don't remove anything legal, no. We removed spam once and we'll still remove very ill considered comments at the user's request but we do not remove explicitly political speech of any stripe and never will.

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          My rights don't end where your fear begins.
          • (Score: 2) by Tork on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:15PM (8 children)

            by Tork (3914) on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:15PM (#1097636)
            You certainly will if it ends in people dying. You've just admitted you'd do so for less.
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            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:20PM (1 child)

              by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:20PM (#1097638)

              Where did he do that?

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:47PM

                by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:47PM (#1097652)
                Hit ctrl+f, then type the word 'removed'. If you still can't find it bookmark his post and reload after you've finished school.
            • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:29PM (4 children)

              No, we will not. Speech, like guns, does not kill people.

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              My rights don't end where your fear begins.
              • (Score: 2) by Tork on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:14AM (1 child)

                by Tork (3914) on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:14AM (#1097707)
                Easy to say when you're not facing a user-created shitstorm.
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              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:37AM (1 child)

                by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:37AM (#1097746)

                Speech, like guns, does not kill people.

                Yeah, right! It is the bullets and the words that do the actual killing part! Good point, Buzzard!

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:22AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:22AM (#1097709)

              You've just admitted you'd do so for less.

              It's not less if you consider spam worse.

        • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:07AM (1 child)

          by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:07AM (#1097729) Journal

          Like that set of Runaway's frothier rants I've been screenshotting and saving links to...?

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          • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:56PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:56PM (#1097850)

            The level of obsession between you two is very creepy. I think if you stop stalking each other, it will improve your mental health.

      • (Score: 2) by Rosco P. Coltrane on Saturday January 09 2021, @08:53PM (2 children)

        by Rosco P. Coltrane (4757) on Saturday January 09 2021, @08:53PM (#1097626)

        Reckon I should start banning folks here whose politics I find repugnant or is it only when you find them repugnant that folks should be silenced?

        No, I reckon Twitter should either stick to "Anything goes for a president" or "We'll enforce the TOS even for presidents" from start to end. Here, they were very lenient with the orange ape as long as he was in office, and now that the tide is turning, they're changing their tune to be on the good side of the new administration.

        Many collaborators did the same thing in the closing months of WW2: they all joined the resistance just before the end. It's disgusting.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @10:08PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @10:08PM (#1097657)

          Problem is the "TOS" change with the fluctuating pressure the cancel culture movement puts on them. Much of it probably coming from their own employees. They did keep the channel open for a very long time, even restoring his account after that rogue employee unilaterally shut it down. Now in the final days of the Trump administration, management just didn't have the will to stand their ground longer. Their loss; Trump made Twitter over the last four years, without him they will go back to pretending to be a going concern that spends a quarter to get a dime back.

        • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:30PM

          Sounds a whole lot better than what they're doing now, yup.

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          My rights don't end where your fear begins.
      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by aristarchus on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:14PM (6 children)

        by aristarchus (2645) on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:14PM (#1097635) Journal

        Reckon I should start banning folks here whose politics I find repugnant or is it only when you find them repugnant that folks should be silenced?

        And that would differ from the current state of affairs in what manner, precisely? Asking for a friend.

        #Freearistarchus!!!!!

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        • (Score: 3, Funny) by The Mighty Buzzard on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:37PM (5 children)

          It wouldn't for you. You make me laugh. Not unlike a video of a monkey fucking a cat: wrong but funny.

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          My rights don't end where your fear begins.
          • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @02:18PM (4 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @02:18PM (#1097877)

            So I've been watching both of you argue for years now, and with the tales from other users along with some of TMB's actions it is clear that TMB did something authoritarian against aristachus' user account in the past but has since stopped persecuting him. Ari won't let it go because such double standards must be exposed. Like Trump TMB can't ignore the truth and flips out every time.

            Ah well, such abuses are what happens when you give power without oversight. At least he is shackled by his ideology and has just enough integrity to not go full Trump.

            • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday January 10 2021, @10:19PM (3 children)

              I argued in a public IRC channel with the editors that one of his submissions was biased to the point of propaganda. Exactly the same as any other user is free to do.

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              My rights don't end where your fear begins.
              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @10:38PM (2 children)

                by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @10:38PM (#1097991)

                Love when I hit a nerve. What deep dark secrets are you, of all people, ashamed of? Rhetorical question, I do not expect honesty from you.

                • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Monday January 11 2021, @03:50AM (1 child)

                  You couldn't hit a nerve with anything short of drilling a hole in my boat. Spouting stupid on the Internet, no matter how hard you try, is going to remain nothing but boring.

                  Rhetorical question, I do not expect honesty from you.

                  Ask ari then.

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                  My rights don't end where your fear begins.
                  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @01:58AM

                    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @01:58AM (#1098714)

                    Sweet sweet sauce, thank you for proving my point. Om nomnom!

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:11PM (5 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:11PM (#1097682)

        Reckon I should start banning folks here whose politics I find repugnant or is it only when you find them repugnant that folks should be silenced?

        You (assuming NCommander and the board are okay with it, unless I underestimate your authority here) can absolutely do that should you choose to do so.

        Twitter, like SoylentNews are private entities and have wide latitude to do what they want with their property, as you well know.

        I take your point, but I'd also point out that SN has its own TOS with rules that can (and do) result in moderation and IP address bans. How is that so different from Twitter's TOS?

        That said, should you start banning folks, I'm not 100% sure what I'd do. But the actions I would take wouldn't be based on *who* you chose to ban.

        It would (unlike Twitter) be mostly a waste of time, unless you block AC posting as well. Again, as you well know.

        Whether you (or I) think Twitter's actions were good or bad is irrelevant (well, unless you're a major shareholder or Jack Dorsey -- I don't hold any Twitter stock, do you?).

        Personally, I don't really care because I don't use that wretched hive of scum and villany, nor do I have (and never did) any interest in what L'Orange has to say for himself.

        • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:33PM (4 children)

          Can != should was kind of the point. And calling out bad actors is never a waste of time.

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          My rights don't end where your fear begins.
          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:55AM (3 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:55AM (#1097721)

            Can != should was kind of the point. And calling out bad actors is never a waste of time.

            A fair point.

            Whether or not Twitter should or shouldn't do anything is certainly a reasonable area for debate.

            That said, what gets me riled (you're not making this argument, I just hear it from others far too often so I'm going to riff on it here as it's related) is when folks make the argument that "Twitter shouldn't be censoring! They're blocking free speech!" they ignore the obvious fact that Twitter has free speech rights too.

            And if Twitter can be *forced* to publish speech they don't wish to publish, that impinges on Twitter's free speech rights.

            And if their rights can be abridged, that means you or me or anyone else can have their free speech rights abridged too. And I can't and won't support that.

            If the price of *my* free speech rights is that big corporations get theirs too, I'm willing to pay that price.

            Don't like what Twitter allows/disallows on their site? Go somewhere else. No one is *forcing* you to use Twitter. Set up your own Mastodon instance. Use someone else's. There are lots of options.

            I certainly don't use that site and it doesn't harm me in any way.

            • (Score: 3, Interesting) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday January 10 2021, @10:13PM (2 children)

              Oh, there are some arguments to be made that running a communications network of a decent size should put you in something like a Common Carrier situation. Once you reach a scope that technically allows you to be a moderator of most of the nation, you have a responsibility to not abuse that power to further your own ends.

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              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @01:25AM (1 child)

                by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @01:25AM (#1098050)

                No, it is a choice for people to use services. Your same argument could be applied to Fox News and the rightwing lies they push. Twitter is not like phone service, there is no shortage of platforms people can use, there is no monopoly preventing people from making their own message available over the internet.

                It is astounding that a supposed Libertarian is advocating the restriction of a corporation's rights. YOU tell people to fuck off from around here ALL the time, but somehow the scale of the user base somehow changes the obligations the owners have?

                I'll just file this away as Teh Mighty Buzzard is a hypocrite and his ideology is not to be trusted since it depends on his personal feelings on any given issue. You are not someone to be trusted with protecting people's rights.

      • (Score: 2) by crafoo on Monday January 11 2021, @12:08AM (2 children)

        by crafoo (6639) on Monday January 11 2021, @12:08AM (#1098026)

        Someday soon you may not have a choice in the matter.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @01:46AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @01:46AM (#1098056)

          That is what you conservatives keep asking for with repealing section 230 . . . . . . .

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @06:04AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @06:04AM (#1098147)

            As soon as 230 is repealed, lawsuit trolls will come out of the woodwork. I do wonder how long it will be before something is forwarded to NCommander. It will be nice to get a third party perspective on how popular this website is.

    • (Score: 5, Interesting) by barbara hudson on Saturday January 09 2021, @02:50PM (29 children)

      by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Saturday January 09 2021, @02:50PM (#1097413) Journal
      True, but look on the bright side. We now get to sit back and watch him and all his violent supporters twist in the legal system for years to come.

      At least the white supremists are going to have their day in court, followed by their days in jail.

      Remember how a week ago Trump's daughter was talking about running for the senate in Florida? It looked like a serious threat. Now it just looks ludicrous.

      Ted Cruz just nuked himself. And Donald Trump, even though he's still president, if being openly dumped on by world leaders saying he should resign.

      The pendulum had, like all pendulums, reaches its maximum arc in one direction, and now the MAGAt-heads are going to pay for their hate. And the Republican Party has two choices - run away from Trumpism and maybe surviving, or dying.

      A week really is a lifetime in politics.

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      • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:09PM (5 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:09PM (#1097427)

        You think they'll go away now? Remember how the republican vote side is almost as large as the democratic side. They are not going away. There will be no healing the nation or anything cause both sides by now already hate each other. One side just wants the other to join it and/or fade away but that just ain't going to happen. So you might hate the republicans or the trumpists or whatnot. But side wise they are more or less equal and this whole thing doesn't really change anything. If the pendulum is now swinging back, eventually it will reach the maximum arc on the other side to and swing right back again.

        In the middle of December, before the "siege" or "coup" or whatever people claim or believe it was, PEW Research had an interesting publication about the differences in the voters. As far as I can tell nothing has really changed. None of the recent events changed anything about it. The only thing that remains true is that the other side doesn't understand the other side and doesn't want to, something that goes both ways so there will be no healing, there will be no reason and quite frankly nothing will improve and be better. The extremist wing on each side is more or less equal in size and fervor.

        https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2020/12/17/voters-say-those-on-the-other-side-dont-get-them-heres-what-they-want-them-to-know/ [pewresearch.org]

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:35PM (2 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:35PM (#1097451)

          Ah, both sides.

          Have you heard of Fox News?

          • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:02PM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:02PM (#1097560)

            what is your point? fox is controlled by the same international jews that control the ap and everything else.

            • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:14PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:14PM (#1097683)

              I didn't realize that the Murdochs were Jews.

              I guess you learn something new every day.

              Ignorance is not attractive, friend.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @06:07AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @06:07AM (#1098149)

          Last time I checked, primaries occurred within the party. That is the real test.

      • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:14PM (22 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:14PM (#1097433)

        Trump did not incite any riot. You liberals have been thrashing and bashing and trashing and the conservatives are sick of your droning.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:36PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:36PM (#1097452)

          I blame the rock and roll thrash metal and legalized reefer.

        • (Score: 5, Informative) by Thexalon on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:53PM (10 children)

          by Thexalon (636) on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:53PM (#1097471)

          He only gave a speech in which he told a crowd to never give in, be strong and fight, go down to the Capitol, and stop Congress from confirming the election results, right before that very crowd went down to the Capitol and fought to stop Congress from confirming the election results. Oh, and he not-very-subtly threatened the Vice-President with violence if he didn't help overturn the election results, shortly before members of the crowd he was speaking to attacked the Capitol with the stated intent of finding and murdering the Vice-President.

          That's incitement.

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          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @04:01PM (4 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @04:01PM (#1097476)

            Round here we call that 2nd Amendment rights. I.e. the right of all white people to overthrow the government because they created Western civilization.

            • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:29PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:29PM (#1097579)

              Maybe you should use your second amendment rights to form a militia to help defend the government against terrorist groups who just used violence to attempt to overthrow the democratically elected government because they didn't like the election results?

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:21PM (2 children)

              by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:21PM (#1097640)

              the right of all white people to overthrow the government because they created Western civilization.

              But, Jordan Peterson and Gavin McGinnis are both Canadians. Is this something about the Commonwealth, and the Queen, and the fact that Meghan Markle [pagesix.com] is black?

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:15AM (1 child)

                by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:15AM (#1097732)

                Don't forget Murdoch the Australia! Some groups that claim to hate foreign influence sure are heavily influenced by foreign actors!

                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:43AM

                  by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:43AM (#1097749)

                  Are you suggesting the entire Trump presidency has been a plot by the British Empire to re-take the American Colonies? And Canada, Australia, South Africa, Fiji and Tonga, Burma, and Hong Kong are in on it? Makes sense, the last time the Capitol Building was sacked was by British Military Forces in the War of 1812! Trump supporters are back to finish the job? They are making Benedict Arnold look like an amateur! Ha!

          • (Score: 3, Insightful) by slinches on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:40PM (3 children)

            by slinches (5049) on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:40PM (#1097583)

            You conveniently forgot the part where he also called for the protest to be peaceful. Far more inflammatory rhetoric has been used by major political figures to spur on support for as long as there have been protests and political rallies. Should we go back and look at what people were saying prior to the BLM riots last year and charge anyone who used strong language for incitement?

            • (Score: 3, Interesting) by helel on Saturday January 09 2021, @08:56PM

              by helel (2949) on Saturday January 09 2021, @08:56PM (#1097628)

              By "BLM riots" you mean the people burning police stations [twincities.com], killing people [news.com.au], and plotting to kidnap public officials [cnn.com]? Yes, I think if we had done something about the Trump using strong language leading up to those attacks we'd like not see the violence in the capitol now.

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            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:40AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:40AM (#1097714)

              There is a difference between enticing violence and believing, arguing, and expressing your opinion that the election was stolen. Expressing your opinion that the elections were stolen doesn't entice violence any more than the videos of police brutality do. Otherwise you can reasonably argue that it was the videos of police brutality that enticed violence and it was those that released the videos that should be held accountable because their videos resulted in violence. The next time there is police brutality let's make sure that any videos of it don't get out and that no one is made aware of it.

              It's dishonest for CNN to conflate enticing violence with arguing that the elections were stolen. Arguing that the elections were stolen should be protected speech. Enticing violence is not. If CNN is so blatantly dishonest about something so obvious then it makes people wonder what else they are lying about. It's no wonder no one trusts the media. I don't blame them. When the media is dishonest people lose trust in the media and this may give rise to conspiracy theories.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @02:03PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @02:03PM (#1097868)

              You are blinding yourself to the truth. Much like his condemnations of white supremacy Trump's calls for peace are muted and his lack of action to control the riot says everything you need to know. Not to mention his violent language throughout the rest of his speech.

              You don't to scream that someone should be murdered, beaten, humiliated and imprisoned in one breath, then throw on "be nice about it" in the next. How does anyone still fall for Trump's lies?

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:45AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:45AM (#1097718)

            Not sure where you're getting your info, maybe I missed it.

            Let's not forget that 'Biden has stated his desire to ‘beat the hell’ out of Trump'

            https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/mar/22/trump-joe-biden-2020-presidential-run-go-down-crying [theguardian.com]

            But that's OK. CNN won't repeat that over and over and over. They are selective about what they repeat over and over and over.

        • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @04:01PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @04:01PM (#1097475)

          Are you trying to say the feds have a copy of your selfie in the capital building?

        • (Score: 3, Insightful) by srobert on Saturday January 09 2021, @06:09PM (7 children)

          by srobert (4803) on Saturday January 09 2021, @06:09PM (#1097525)

          Actually I think he did. But even if that were not the case, he certainly neglected his responsibility to stop it. And that alone would justify neutralizing him ASAP.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @10:28PM (6 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @10:28PM (#1097662)

            What do you propose that he could have done to stop it? Once the doors were kicked in excuse me opened by the guards, it was too late for him or anyone else to stop, and then he was silenced so he couldn't respond. Yes, those who illegally entered the Capitol building should be prosecuted, and the ringleaders, Zip Tie guy, pipe bomb/molotov person should all be facing hard time, but Trump (and damn you for making me defend him) was repeatedly calling for a peaceful protest, which he and his followers had every right to do. Even of the group entering, only a few were set on violence. The rest appear to have been invited in by Capitol security. The whole thing smells like a set-up, and if so then it went perfectly.

            • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:19PM (2 children)

              by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:19PM (#1097686)

              What do you propose that he could have done to stop it? Once the doors were kicked in excuse me opened by the guards,

              He could have *immediately* called out the National Guard to support the Capitol Police [newsweek.com].

              He could have gone on TV and Twitter to *strongly* denounce the riots and violence. Instead, we got weak sauce and "We love you" as the message to the insurrectionists.

              He could have done any number of things. But he did not.

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:00AM (1 child)

                by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:00AM (#1097726)

                He did denounce it. The problem is that the TV networks like CNN didn't mention that and so you just assume it didn't happen.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V47UfRDpdk [youtube.com]

                "He could have gone on TV"

                Trump can't force the TV networks to carry his message.

                Yes, CNN could argue he could have done more to call in the national guard sooner. I won't necessarily disagree with that. He could have done more to stop the destruction and property damage and violence done during the BLM protests as well. There is an argument to be made there. It's dishonest for CNN to conflate claiming that the elections were stolen with inciting violence.

                "and Twitter"

                As others have mentioned, one of the biggest mistakes Trump made was relying on a third party private media platform to carry out his message. That's ridiculous. Politicians shouldn't be beholden to any private media (including Fox or CNN), the government should have its own media outlets that politicians can freely use. Sure Fox and CNN can still exist but perhaps they should exist alongside a government media. In fact I would almost go as far as to say that broadcasting monopolies shouldn't be 'owned' by private entities and cable companies that carry private media should also be required to carry government sponsored/funded media (the government can fund it). Kinda like how other countries have BBC as well. You are free to have private media (the government can't control all the media) but the government should also have its own freely available, publicly funded, media that everyone has access to.

                There is CSPAN (which is relatively neutral) but that's on cable. The problem with CSPAN is that it's not sensationalized and people want entertainment (the problem is with what people want).

                The media wants to polarize us and they need someone to villainize because that's what gets ratings. Unfortunately when you villanize people you disenfranchise them and they may react negatively. Of course this is great for the media because it gets even more viewership and ratings.

                The real villeins here are the media.

                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @02:05AM

                  by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @02:05AM (#1097756)

                  He did denounce it. The problem is that the TV networks like CNN didn't mention that and so you just assume it didn't happen.

                  It was really weak sauce. CSPAN showed Trump's video that he posted to Twitter (at around 4PM on Wednesday) and Trump was very vague and said "go in peace" and "respect law and order" while most of the video was him complaining about the election being stolen "from me, from you, from the country" and blaming fraud and the "other side" for massive fraud. And he ended this rambling with "we love you." But don't take it from me. Hear it from the jackass' mouth:
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AeI6Mv0ALg [youtube.com]
                  I'd add that this was posted *hours* after the rioting started and it was clear that the coup wasn't going to succeed. IIRC, CSPAN and other outlets had already reported that the members of Congress and the electoral vote certificates had been safely removed before the insurrectionists could get to them.

                  So no. He didn't do the right thing. Even Mike Pence did much better when he tweeted:

                  The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now. Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building.

                  and then followed it up with:

                  Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

                  Note that the above isn't spin from the media, nor is it some sort of Democratic plot. It's what each person said. See for yourself.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:19AM (2 children)

              by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:19AM (#1097733)
              The president of the United States of America was silenced because his twitter was suspended? Doesn't he have an entire department [wikipedia.org] to communicate?
              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:26PM (1 child)

                by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @12:26PM (#1097846)

                But the private media is not required to carry his message.

                Something is wrong when public servants must have their message filtered through private media to get to the people. This model needs to change. People should have free (as in not have to subscribe to cable or other service that costs money) access to what the government and politicians have to say. The government can pay for it, I have no problems with this.

                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @10:41PM

                  by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @10:41PM (#1097992)

                  They know this, it is just to further their mUh ViCtImHoOd narrative.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @10:48PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @10:48PM (#1097672)

          The result of doing too much LDS.

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:19PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:19PM (#1097437)

      Now that Trump is done for, is almost out of office, and finally disavowed even by his supporters, Twitter suddenly finds the courage to do what they should have done years ago.

      They were in a dilemma. Trump attracted products (eyeballs) to sell to the customers (advertisers). Banning Trump would alienate the product. It's irrelevant but banning Trump also plays into his grievance narrative.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:37AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:37AM (#1097745)

        What are you suggesting? We should attempt to appease Nazis?

    • (Score: 2) by srobert on Saturday January 09 2021, @05:55PM (2 children)

      by srobert (4803) on Saturday January 09 2021, @05:55PM (#1097517)

      I'm uncomfortable with the censorship. But at the moment I can't help but feel that re-activating Trump's twitter account is like handing a machine gun to a monkey.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:07PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:07PM (#1097563)

        oh yes, those words! how they hurt me!

        • (Score: 2) by srobert on Sunday January 10 2021, @05:27PM

          by srobert (4803) on Sunday January 10 2021, @05:27PM (#1097925)

          Was anyone hurt by the mere words of Adolph Hitler? Yeah, some people can do a lot of harm with their words. Probably more than a monkey with a machine gun.

    • (Score: 3, Touché) by fustakrakich on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:43PM

      by fustakrakich (6150) on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:43PM (#1097587) Journal

      Courage? Not even. All decisions are strictly business. If Trump loses his ratings mojo, out he goes.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @02:57PM (44 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @02:57PM (#1097417)

    This is what Trump actually tweeted:

    "Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my accounts from their platform to silence me - and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me."

    So 75m people stormed the Capitol?

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:05PM (23 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:05PM (#1097422)

      So 75m people stormed the Capitol?

      The useful idiots stormed the Capitol.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Useful_idiot [wikipedia.org]

      They all believe the lies that Trump has been repeating for years and years. Started with the "media lies to you" and "media is the enemy of the people"

      https://medium.com/stories-ive-been-meaning-to-tell-you/the-big-lie-a490c3b441f8 [medium.com]

      • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:12PM (8 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:12PM (#1097430)

        “Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

        In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.”
        – Michael Crichton (1942-2008)

        Anyone ever involved in something interesting knows the news is incapable of accurate reporting. Most know the news is a bunch of bs by the time they are 25 or so.

        • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:21PM (4 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:21PM (#1097439)

          That's why I only read Parler.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:26PM (2 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:26PM (#1097442)

            I don't know if you're trying to be sarcastic, but in an earlier age informing yourself from multiple sources used to be a good thing.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:37PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:37PM (#1097454)

              That's why I only read tea leaves. Moar sauce.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @08:52PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @08:52PM (#1097625)

              These days reading multiple sources will just move you up higher on the list of those to be liquidated. You will not think, comrade, you will obey.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @04:10PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @04:10PM (#1097482)

            I only believe what I read in the parlor. The fake news is reserved for the kitchen.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @04:54PM (2 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @04:54PM (#1097499)

          I read a novel thirty years ago that mentioned "Everything in the paper was bullshit, except for the sports page".

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @05:13PM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @05:13PM (#1097506)

            > "Everything in the paper was bullshit, except for the sports page".

            I was in the sports pages once, as a kid. They got every detail wrong.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:02PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:02PM (#1097561)

              I think you mean the Comics.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:28PM (12 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:28PM (#1097446)

        Just look back to Germany the BROWN COATS/SHIRTS. They are the believing mob of Hilter. He used them to push for more police and tighter control of military. Then helped "wipe" them out, since he got what he wanted, Control.

        As anither side note: RED NECKS is from union movements in the coal mines of Kentucky. A red neck wore a red bandanna to show support for the unions. Also gave the police and Pinkerton targets to shot at with machine guns.

        • (Score: 4, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:44PM (3 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:44PM (#1097461)

          Actually Hitler effectively defunded all the local police then a national police filled the vacuum.

          "Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, was named Chief of German Police in the Interior Ministry on 17 June 1936 after Hitler announced a decree which was to "unify the control of police duties in the Reich".[5] Traditionally, law enforcement in Germany had been a state and local matter. In this role, Himmler was nominally subordinate to Interior Minister Wilhelm Frick. However, the decree effectively subordinated the police to the SS. Himmler gained authority as all of Germany's uniformed law enforcement agencies were amalgamated into the new Ordnungspolizei, whose main office became populated by officers of the SS.[5]

          The police were divided into the Ordnungspolizei (Orpo or regular police) and the Sicherheitspolizei (SiPo or security police), which had been established in June 1936.[5] The Orpo assumed duties of regular uniformed law enforcement while the SiPo consisted of the secret state police (Geheime Staatspolizei or Gestapo) and criminal investigation police (Kriminalpolizei or Kripo). The Kriminalpolizei was a corps of professional detectives involved in fighting crime and the task of the Gestapo was combating espionage and political dissent. On 27 September 1939, the SS security service, the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) and the SiPo were folded into the Reich Main Security Office (Reichssicherheitshauptamt or RSHA). The RSHA symbolised the close connection between the SS (a party organisation) and the police (a state organisation).[6][7]

          In broad terms, Himmler pursued the amalgamation of SS and police into a form of "State Protection Corps" (Staatsschutzkorps), and used the expanded reach the police powers gave him to persecute ideological opponents and "undesirables" of the Nazi regime such as Jews, freemasons, the churches, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, and other groups defined as "asocial". The Nazi conception of criminality was racial and biological, holding that criminal traits were hereditary, and had to be exterminated to purify German blood. As a result, even ordinary criminals were consigned to concentration camps to remove them from the German racial community (Volksgemeinschaft) and ultimately exterminate them.[8]

          The Order Police played a central role in carrying out the Holocaust. By "both career professionals and reservists, in both battalion formations and precinct service" (Einzeldienst) through providing men for the tasks involved.[9]"
          https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordnungspolizei [wikipedia.org]

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @04:07PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @04:07PM (#1097480)

            Troll?

            I traveled to Berlin last year to research the 3. Reich for a class. I was surprised to find out that the Gestapo was for a long time only local to Prussia. Though Prussia for historical reasons covered a huge part of Germany. Think of a US made up of TX, NY, DC, DE, RI, VT, NH and MA by geographic size. I think the Gestapo arose from the Political Police which originally was aimed against treasonous conspiracies against the state of Prussia, but of course under the Nazis, they served the dictatorship.

            Yes, around 1936 things changed and the Gestapo appeared to be active nationwide. Kinda late, since one of the central points of organization of the Nazi state was to streamline a direct chain of command from the lowest party member to the (Supreme) Leader Hitler.

          • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:13PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:13PM (#1097565)

            "and used the expanded reach the police powers gave him to persecute ideological opponents and "undesirables" of the Nazi regime such as Jews, freemasons, the churches, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, and other groups defined as "asocial". The Nazi conception of criminality was racial and biological, holding that criminal traits were hereditary, and had to be exterminated to purify German blood."

            sounds pretty good to me.

            "As a result, even ordinary criminals were consigned to concentration camps to remove them from the German racial community (Volksgemeinschaft) and ultimately exterminate them.[8]"

            where's your #8? The Final sSolution was to kick the Jews out, not kill them, despite all the Jew lies to the contrary for decades. I imagine it was the same for non-jew undesirables.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @01:12PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @01:12PM (#1098253)

            Actually Hitler effectively defunded all the local police then a national police filled the vacuum.

            This is utter nonsense and false.

            https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/06/18/fact-check-adolf-hitler-did-not-defund-police-nazi-germany/3206096001/ [usatoday.com]

            The claim that Nazi Germany defunded local police departments is false, historians say. In fact, Hitler’s regime relied on a brutally carceral system with significantly expanded police power in the early 1930s through the end of World War II in 1945.

            ...

            Nazi Germany fused police with state security forces
            “It’s simply not true that Hitler defunded the police. He ran on a law and order program, and it was a very harsh criminal justice policy the Nazis pursued,” said David Blackbourn, a scholar of modern German history and a professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
            The rise of the Nazi Party included a dramatic increase in both the powers of the police and the disruption of the court system used to hold them accountable, historians say.

        • (Score: 3, Informative) by Runaway1956 on Saturday January 09 2021, @04:23PM (7 children)

          by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 09 2021, @04:23PM (#1097490) Homepage Journal

          You might want to look again at the brown shirts again. A leading brown shirt was pretty openly challenging Hitler's control of the brown shirts. Right or wrong Hitler had to either establish his authority, or relinquish control of the brown shirts. A couple dozen brown shirts were executed, and the organization was absorbed into other Hitler controlled organizations.

          You are generally correct, but the majority of brown shirts were "rehabilitated", and found new life in the Nazi machine.

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          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @06:43PM (6 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @06:43PM (#1097547)

            I'm honestly curious: don't you get tired of having to explain history to this bunch of morons, over and over and over again?

            • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:16PM (5 children)

              by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:16PM (#1097569) Homepage Journal

              We can hope that one or two or maybe even three individuals learns something when asked to review history. The rest will ignore any such invitation.

              --
              “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.” ― George S. Patton on Ukraine
              • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:34PM

                by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:34PM (#1097581)

                Well, I learned something today, so thank you.

              • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:57PM (2 children)

                by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:57PM (#1097595)

                These days you can get banned from reddit for explaining newton, carnot, einstein, etc didnt use any statistics.

                Meanwhile the people calculating p values all day have failed to figure out any laws or cure anything like cancer, alzhiemers, or heart disease despite about 100,000,000x more funding.

                No inconvenient facts allowed. A great stagnation is deepening..

                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:23PM (1 child)

                  by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:23PM (#1097689)

                  Damn you're stupid, and people modding you up for that clearly insane bullshit?

                  Just shows how many morons hang around SN.

                  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:49AM

                    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:49AM (#1097751)

                    What to expect of anyone who claims to have learned things from Runaway?

              • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:31PM

                by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:31PM (#1097698)

                We learned that you asshole conservatives truly are Nazis and all your whinging was bullshit distraction from that fact that you're traitorous fascist scum. Thankfully the entire country now clearly sees what you are.

      • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:34PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:34PM (#1097450)
    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:49PM (19 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:49PM (#1097465)

      75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me...

      ... Yes there were those, however, there were 81,000,000 great patriots who voted for Biden - any suggestion otherwise (on either side) is mere demonization of one's opposition and false on its face.

      How can we believe that POTUS is a victim and has been censored and silenced, when he retains the authority to command that his messages be disseminated on any of thousands of ".gov" web-pages.

      The fact that some people (and corporations) can choose not to participate in or abet his [darth] seditious enterprises must be seen as evidence of freedom continuing to exist in the USA.

      • (Score: -1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:56PM (15 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @03:56PM (#1097474)

        Yes there were those, however, there were 81,000,000 great patriots who voted for Biden - any suggestion otherwise (on either side) is mere demonization of one's opposition and false on its face.

        A fair election doesn't prevent observers from observing, throws observers of the opposition party out of the building, pastes up the windows with papers to prevent them from even looking in, claims that the building needs to be evacuated, then pulls out suitcases of ballots from under the table and continues counting. If the election was intended to be fair, it would not have needed "tricks" like that to carry it out. If they had not pulled those "tricks", the losing side wouldn't have so many people believing it was rigged.

        • (Score: 1, Offtopic) by Runaway1956 on Saturday January 09 2021, @04:31PM (1 child)

          by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 09 2021, @04:31PM (#1097491) Homepage Journal

          The victors write the history though. In years to come, those of us who witnessed all the shenanigans via video feeds will be branded insane. The events we witnessed on election day never happened.

          --
          “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.” ― George S. Patton on Ukraine
          • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:37PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @09:37PM (#1097647)

            You are insane if you believed any of those "video feeds", Runaway. They were not "eye-witnessing", they were incitement, and you are an idiot for falling for such lying manipulation. You should shut up, Runaway.

        • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @05:15PM (12 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @05:15PM (#1097507)

          And plead not with us
          for those who are self-deceivers;
          for God loveth not him who is deceitful, criminal

          ---
          Qur'an 4:107 (Rodwelll translation)

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @08:17PM (11 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @08:17PM (#1097606)

            It is hardly flamebait to say that a just God would lack affection for those who lie to themselves and others with criminal intent - and that those who plead for them do so in vain.

            Or perhaps the possibility that the Qur'an might actually contain some wisdom is just too scary for some.

            And if you are merely annoyed by the use of "God" and "Love", an equivalent truism can be constructed employing Pirsig's "Excellence", and that deceit and criminality are anathematic to it.

            Be fair in your judgement!

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:26PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @11:26PM (#1097691)

              Fair has never been a part of Republicanism unless they feel like THEY are the ones being treated unfairly. Pure hypocrisy, expect nothing less.

            • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:14AM (9 children)

              by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Sunday January 10 2021, @01:14AM (#1097731) Journal

              Just because a book has something good in it doesn't mean the whole thing is true. Yahweh, the Abrahamic God-figure, is insane and evil, and this despite the fact that the Torah, Bible, and Qur'an have a few good bits in them.

              That's like saying you should eat a plate of shit because there's a few corn kernels in it and corn is nutritious.

              --
              I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @03:15AM (1 child)

                by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @03:15AM (#1097776)

                Where there is a famine of truth, I am content to pick out the kernels thereof from any source I can find, wash them in the cleansing waters of solemn reflection, spice them with the salt of eloquence and pepper of brevity, and roast them in the flames they draw when posted on S/N, that perchance none of us might die for lack of food for thought.

                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @05:13AM

                  by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @05:13AM (#1097805)

                  OK, Ari!

              • (Score: 2) by nostyle on Sunday January 10 2021, @02:47PM (6 children)

                by nostyle (11497) Subscriber Badge on Sunday January 10 2021, @02:47PM (#1097888) Journal

                ...is insane...

                No one of us has a flawless comprehension of the worlds created by God. This does not make Him wrong.

                That said, we would be less than human if we did not weigh the evidence we encounter, and attempt to sort things out. People will succeed to greater and lesser degrees.

                ---
                Actually, I've seen "That Girl" [wikipedia.org]... And don't you be talkin' 'bout my mama!

                • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Sunday January 10 2021, @11:41PM (5 children)

                  by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Sunday January 10 2021, @11:41PM (#1098006) Journal

                  I was wondering when you were going to break cover and stop pretending...

                  Anyway, your problem with arguments along the lines of "none of us knows enough/is smart enough to judge this wrong" is that it's self-destructive: none of us knows enough/is smart enough to judge this *right* either, in that case. Global, nuclear epistemological skepticism cuts both ways :)

                  However, we *do* know that in order to *be* God, a being must have certain properties. Yahweh does not have them, and the existence of anything BUT Yahweh is, as shown above, conclusive proof that this specific God-figure does not exist (and neither does any other God in a similar theistic mode). This is why my concept of God is not like Yahweh, e.g., it's not a single, conscious, decision-making being.

                  ...and it's especially not one that obviously evolved from other ANE deities and has a perpetual pissing match with one of its own creations that actually turns out to have the moral high ground over it 9_9

                  --
                  I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
                  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @03:46AM (4 children)

                    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11 2021, @03:46AM (#1098110)

                    No, no,... it is a _heart_ thing.

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                    "Wouldst thou that the mind should not entrap thee?"

                    • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Tuesday January 12 2021, @10:10AM (3 children)

                      by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 12 2021, @10:10AM (#1098806) Journal

                      "It's a heart thing" means "Fuck you, I believe because I believe because I believe." By all means, chase your epistemological tail in an endless regress, but don't pretend that gets you anywhere. Fideism is not an argument and revelation is of necessity private.

                      --
                      I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
                      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @03:58PM (2 children)

                        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @03:58PM (#1098896)

                        In my experience, there are things that the heart knows that the mind cannot fathom.

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                        What can a man do?

                        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @10:39PM

                          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @10:39PM (#1099127)

                          Election fraud and Trump's awesomeness?

                        • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday January 13 2021, @01:50AM

                          by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 13 2021, @01:50AM (#1099249) Journal

                          Sorry, but emotions aren't knowledge. Leaving aside that the heart does not "know" things period, what you're saying here reduces down to "I feel very strongly about things that I can't prove, and refuse to do my epistemic duty because muh feeeeeeeeeeelz." Again, fideism and revelation are of necessity private, and cannot convince anyone outside the self.

                          In case you're wondering, I'm not an atheist. For your purposes, I'm something much worse: someone who believes there is a God, *and has done the logical, philosophical, textual, and apologetic research to know it's not Yahweh.*

                          --
                          I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:19PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:19PM (#1097570)

        "81,000,000 great patriots who voted for Biden"

        Only tv watching idiots (so most people) believe that ridiculous 81 million number. Anyone who actually voted for Biden is a special kind of stupid.

        • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:43PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09 2021, @07:43PM (#1097588)

          But since all challenges were summarily shot down, there's no way we'll ever know whether or not the Democrats really were better in mobilizing voters.

          Fact is, hundreds of processes and people were activated and the result is that Biden has been officially recognized by congress as the president to assume office on Jan 20. It worked out for Biden, if the stars had aligned differently, it may have been Trump. I don't like the result, but the process ended constitutionally and it wasn't one man, state or court that forced it.

          Civil war talk is crazy, imagine what you would lose! Our Republic has lived through similar crises before. What I wish for the future is that the politicians get scared into fostering active conciliation.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @02:10PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @02:10PM (#1097872)

            Wrong, the challenges were not summarily shut down. The judges listened to the lawyers and gave them a chance to present evidence. Some of the cases were thrown out after the lawyers did not present enough evidence to even have a trial.

            All that said, the DNC didn't do much to motivate voters except in Veorgia, Stacy Abrams worked her butt off over there. What mostly drove voters was not Biden, Harris, or anyone else. It was Trump the Fascist. The US voted against fascism, and as we are now seeing the fascists are responding as they do with violence and lies.

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