There’s been a lot of discussion the last week or so about the various social media outlets de-platforming anyone with views to the right of Leon Trotsky. (And given events that will be happening later today, expect to see more of this.) Plenty of this is indeed going on; I had a desultory presence on Parler for a while. That platform seemed to be sleeping with the fishes for a while, but seems to be working its way back online. I have signed up for Gab and find it an interesting format, although the noise-to-signal ratio isn’t all that great, especially if you’re a long-winded old fart like me. If you are on Gab, though, shoot me a follow and I’ll happily reciprocate.
What’s troublesome here is the precedent involved. Attempting to silence people you disagree with comes from a position of fear and weakness, not strength; and weak people with power are one of the most terrifying things in the world. Make no mistake, these are weak, small people, and they are afraid. Such people are dangerous.
The short-term answer is independent, free-speech-respecting platforms like Gab. But that also leads to both sides retreating into their own echo chambers, with very little actual discourse between the two sides. This is a recipe for both sides drifting even farther apart – and for more radicalization on both sides. It won’t end well.
With that off my chest…
On To the Links!
The deep state is rattled. Good. They deserve it, every day and twice on Sunday.
Tardigrades continue to show how awesome they are. Seriously, from a biology standpoint, these are really fascinating little critters.
Booze: Savior of Mankind. Let’s have a shot!
California’s train wreck of an economy “points the way forward” for Biden. We are so fucked.
Electric eels hunting in packs. If that’s not cause for alarm, I don’t know what is.
And on top of it all, cocaine hippos. Yes, you read that right: Not hippies, hippos.
I’m not sure which is more horrifying: Cocaine hippos, poisonous, train-stopping millipedes or electric eels hunting in packs.
Speaking of which: It’s a miracle!
Honestly, is anyone else just a little suspicious of this latest round of liberal politicians from blue states and cities suddenly clamoring for re-opening? Doesn’t it seem just a little… convenient?
This Week’s Idiots:
This one’s for Kamala Harris. Hah.