Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Whiplash! Biden's Incoherent Israel Rethoric

Israel is under attack from all sides. Including The #White House, #ChuckSchumer, #HakeemJeffries, MSM and the whole Antisemitic Democratic Coalition

Hours ago @NBC and the whole Antisemitic legacy media and Democratic Coalition, including the usual Twitter Influencers suspects were "reporting" Biden was concerned Israel was "dragging" the USA into a wider conflict, where "drag" is euphemism for antiSemitism- just a few hours before Joe Biden, MSM & Democratic Coalition were celebrating the All-For-one, One-For-All #NATO

And BOOM - as if by magic, the same crowd are now waving Israel flags, blaming MAGA Republicans for failure to send money to Israel! It's not a Hollywood movie. It's pathetic but true

Now Another Boom!

According to AntiChristian, AntiSemitic #Reuters' @JamesMackenzie, @ParisHafezi, and @Jeff Mason "report" "US will not take part in any Israeli retaliatory action against Iran"






Then the Mother of all Booms - the Jerusalem Posts reports the Biden Administration authorized the attack of Iran against Israel!




Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Defending the Joe Biden 2024 Spring Great Giveaway

NOTE: This post is a longer version of a post on X, to work around its new word-count policiy.

Consequences of the New Twitter policies. Welcome to  the 2024  Joe Biden Spring Giveaway.aka #GrandTheftDC aka #RedistributionOfWealth aka Socialism





The New X Community Notes refuses to fact-check Joe Biden and the Democratic Coalition.  If anyone attempts such feet, will soon be banned from Twitter- according to the new policy.

If a Twitter subscriber wants to refute Joe Biden's assertions, such as in the notes below,  they will need to pay Twitter for the additional word count.

According to the Palestinian Wasp. The Biden administration has announced the forgiveness of $10.00 trillion home mortgage debt relief, currently at $12.3 trillion! - NOT!


You see, @RepRobertGarcia makes light of what the Legacy Media calls "#studentloandebtrelief" - euphemism for #NormalizedDelinquency

Do working class folk get credit card debt relief - currently at $1.2 Trillion?

How about home mortgage debt relief, currently at $12.3 trillion?

The total household debt of $17.3 trillion entering 2024 is a new high for the U.S. The largest increase in any category was credit card debt, which swelled by 16.6% between Q3 2022 and Q3 2023.

Now consider the working class:

Joe Biden says "It's time hardworking Americans had a little breathing room." True. but his administration has sucked out all the air - average Americans are getting by with fumes.

The Biden Administration boasts of a buttom up, side out approach to improve the economy. Yet a Venn Diagram, as Kamala Harris might say, shows that Zelensky, the Iran Mullahs, illegal immigrants, Millionaires and delinquents, are fairing much better than a two-income household or a fetus: The Biden administration just announced it is canceling nearly $5 billion in student loans for 74,000 borrowers - except that "student loan borrowers" Is a misnomer. It should be student loan delinquents.

 
Meanwhile, Universities in #Oregon are saying the costs of operating a higher education institution are becoming more and more overwhelming.




I wonder why - not! It's the Teachers unions, corrupt politicians and Propagandists,, collectively known as the #EducationIndustrialComplex. The turned schools and universities into madrasshas: more indoctrination less education leaving a $1.7 trillion worth of useless degrees.


Compare the increase in the cost of college with the increase in the Consumer Price Index, the cost of medical care, and the cost of a new car over the last 41 years. While medical costs have risen at almost two and a half times the rate of inflation, the cost of college tuition and fees has exceeded inflation by more than four times!

The education system is not only obsolete, but exists for the benefit of the education industrial complex: show me a concentration of wealth and power and I'll show you corruption.

The Teachers unions, Propagandists & corrupt politicians turned schools and universities into madrasshas: more indoctrination less education leaving a $1.7 trillion worth of useless degrees.

Forget academics. Now it's all about the hustle:

Consider that the college majors that pay the most right after college are STEM-based. Except for a BS In Race Hustling - Race Hustling is the highest paid degree: The University of Michigan has 163 DEI officers. Ohio State & U of Virginia have 94. Georgia Tech has 41, but only 13 history teachers. The Highest-paid diversity and inclusion employees rake in substantially more than the average full-time professor. While the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers Racially Exclusive-Programs and Scholarships



New Twitter policies good for X, Propagandists and Avertisers - Not Free Speech



NOTE: This post is a longer version of a post on X, to work around its new word-count policiy.

Consequence of X's, (Twitter's) new policies: intended, or unintended, plays right into the Democrat Coalition's hands. Elon Musk has turned X into the Democrat Coalition's Biggest Boom Box in the World - if we didn't know better, we could say, it was by design!






The New X Community Notes refuses to fact-check Joe Biden and the Democratic Coalition.


The New X Community Notes refuses to fact-check Joe Biden and the Democratic Coalition. If anyone attempts such feet, will soon be banned from Twitter- according to the new policy. If a Twitter subscriber wants to refute Joe Biden's assertions, they will need to pay Twitter for the additional word count


While paying Twitter for identity verification may be a good idea, the new Community Notes Policy is an anathema to the free speech notion: a motivated group who dislikes a Community Notes observation, can easily recruit a a good number of actors to rate the observation "not useful" and cancel the contributor. Even easier is to have a CIB network to do the job. Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB) is an emerging manipulative communication tactic using a mix of authentic, fake, and duplicated social media accounts to operate as an adversarial network (AN) across multiple social media platforms. No wonder the Democrat Coalition is having a field day on X posting misleading and outright disinformation.





Twitter Community Notes MIA: disinformation on Twitter rampant


There's not enough information to determine which X subscribers will benefit more from limiting word count on Twitter. Certainly the Democrat Coalition is taking full advantage, discouraging the curious minds, flooding the platform with disinformation and propaganda.




What Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB) looks like on X


Does it matter who writes the longer posts? Who reads the longer posts? Who pays for likes and reposts on X? Absolutely! Facebook is to Twitter what Meta is to X: create revenue streams other than the traditional social media's revenue model.


Social Media companies, including X,make money through advertising rather than charging each user individually. If you are not paying for the product, the product is YOU. The media company renting your eyeballs to its advertisers.The more users on the site, the greater the number of advertisers willing to engage them, and the more those advertisers are willing to spend. The more the inflammatory the posts, the more clicks.The more clicks, the more revenue for the social media company. If the social media company knows you like to author or or read longer posts, the company can sell this information to advertisers. It's all about data mining. The crown jewels of a social media company is the data mining algorithm that identifies affinity groups and the traffic cop algorithm that control traffic between silos. Affinity groups are segments of users who have expressed or demonstrated an interest in a specific topic, category, or activity on social media platforms. For example, the #HollywoodRuleOfPedophilia is in effect in social media platforms: Pedophiles go where they are welcomed and stay where they are protected and well treated. Consider
Social media made $11 billion in U.S. ad sales from minors in 2022.

Pedophilia is just one of thousands of affinity groups: if you are into the occult, there's a silo for you.
If you are into antiSemitism, Communism, Socialism, stsr-gazing, and so on, there are silos for you. These silos can then serve you ads designed specifically for you.










Finding affinity groups is a function of social media platform. For example, on Facebook, you can use the Audience Network tool to explore different affinity groups based on demographics, interests, behaviors, and connections. On Instagram, the Explore tab shows what topics and hashtags are trending among users. The Insights tool shows the top interests and categories of followers and those who interact with your posts. Twitter's Trends tool show popular topics and hashtags among users, while the Analytics tool can reveal the top interests and categories of your followers and those who engage with your tweets. LinkedIn's Campaign Manager tool allows you to select different affinity groups based on demographics, job functions, skills, industries, and interests.

With over 353.9 million monthly active users and a staggering $5 billion in ad revenue, Twitter stands as a social media juggernaut. Not surprising, countless Twitter advertising agencies are vying for the right silos.


SociallyIn for example, boasts that Ad targeting and demographic precision stand at the forefront of its service offerings and claims it has “mastered the art of eliminating ad wastage by precisely targeting specific audience segments based on varied criteria, including age, gender, and location.




An advertiser wants to control traffic between silos
Every Twitter ad campaign is a symphony of analytical precision and creative ingenuity, ensuring resources are allocated efficiently and messages reach those most likely to convert.” If you use social media, YOU are the product! If you share or like a post on X, there's an ad for you!








While Israel is under attack from all sides. Including The #White House, #ChuckSchumer, #HakeemJeffries, MSM and the whole Antisemitic Democrat Coalition, the same people are flooding X,more worried about demonizing president Donald Trump than helping Israel




New Twitter Word Count Policy



Elon Musk positions himself as a free speech absolutist, free speech in the internet is as Evgeny Morozov might say: ‘cyber-utopianism.’ Social media and the Democrat Coalition,have turned vigorous debate into vigorous hate parties.


It is really clear that the loser is free speech and the new Twitter policies are good for X, Propagandists and Avertisers - Not Free Speech

Israel is under attack from all sides. Including The #White House, #ChuckSchumer, #HakeemJeffries, MSM and the whole Antisemitic Democratic Coalition

NOTE: This post is a longer version of a post on X, to work around its new word-count policiy.

While Israel is under attack from all sides. Including The #White House, #ChuckSchumer, #HakeemJeffries, MSM and the whole Antisemitic Democratic Coalition, the same people are more worried about self-serving initiatives and or 
about demonizing president Donald Trump than helping Israel






Why is it 95% of people in Israel love President Donald Trump but dispise Joe Biden and the Democratic Coalition?


Recall Biden gave Iran $6 billion, because according to intelligence, the money was not going to be be used for terrorism.


Then the Biden Administration touts the euphemistically titled " First National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia" - a gag order that could classify Dem Michigan AG's and other similar statements calling out Tlaib for 'cruel' and hateful' Israel comments Islamophobic
Yet one is already in place and It's called Incubators For The #UmmahIndustrialComplex and administer by leading US Universities.

And as Kamala Harris touts the First National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia, aka Gag Order Against Criticizing Islam, her stepdaughter Ella Emhoff is helping raise money for a Gaza fundraiser that could end up in the hands of Hamas.

Guess how the Democratic Coalition celebrated the 2024 #InternationalHolocaustRemembranceDay? You guessed it. By promoting the First National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia!

Now, to bring you the MSM "news." @CaitlinDickson and @KaitlinReilly

In Gross Misapplication of the Theory of Allocation "Report" "Iran has launched 200 drones and missiles in a retaliatory attack pm Israel ; Biden condemns attacks"

They don't report Israel has a right to self-defense

Iran engineered the conflict in Gaza

The US provided key component for conflict in Gaza

US approved Iran attacking Israel

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#MichaelBurke writes that #RichLyons takes over at a time when #BerkleyUniversity is divided due to "Israel's war in Gaza"

Gross Misapplication of the Theory of Allocation:

It's NOT "Israel’s war in Gaza" but terrorists attacking Israel.


It " has divided the campus, where there have been numerous protests and demonstrations since last fall." The BLM, ANTIFA "peaceful protests" don't count?

The AntiSemitic Democratic Coalition can be found in every social stratum, from professors at Stanford University, students at Harvard or politicians in Washington DC. Using Israel's response to the terrorist attack, the Democratic Coslition is getting bolder with Chuck Schumer and Hakeem Jeffries calling for the duly elected Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be overthrown.


Biden gives $6 billion to Iran, disingenuously claiming the money won't get to terrorists

Then the Biden Administration touts the euphemistically titled " First National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia" - a gag order that could classify Dem Michigan AG's and other similar statements calling out Tlaib for 'cruel' and hateful' Israel comments Islamophobic
Yet one is already in place and It's called Incubators For The #UmmahIndustrialComplex and administer by leading US Universities.

And as Kamala Harris touts the First National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia, aka Gag Order Against Criticizing Islam, her stepdaughter Ella Emhoff is helping raise money for a Gaza fundraiser that could end up in the hands of Hamas:


While terrorists are arriving in droves through the Southern Border, the DOJ is chasing Catholics & parents for domestic terrorism, the biggest threat is not those coming across the Southern Border, but those who are here. The Biden Administration seems more interested in defending the#UmmahIndustrialComplex than fighting terrorism
For over 3000 years, The Middle East has been living in a day of unprecedented anger, vengeance and hatred living by the mantra of a #toothforatooth, often forgetting when or where the tooth was taken out and blinding generations with hate.

Yet, Jew-hating is alive and well in the USA Democratic coalition. Notably, Democratic Socialists of America and Black Lives Matter affiliates have issued statements of support for Hamas: No one in the Biden Administration has condemned the AntiSemitic remarks coming in from the Democrat. Here's a sampling:

Democrat Rep. Pramila Jayapal compares Israel's self-defense to Russia's "siege of Ukraine


Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) antisemitism and disgraceful response to the attacks on Israel is so disgusting that Congressman Jack Berman introduced a resolution to censure her

Or Ilhan Omar rabid antiSemitism that even Adam Schiff was compelled to denounce her "Anti-Semitism has no place in the halls of Congress or civil society, and it’s incumbent upon all of us in leadership positions to speak respectfully and thoughtfully, even about issues as emotionally charged as those involving Israel and Palestine."

Or Haley Campaign Ripping
AOC Over Israel Resolution Snub: 'You Would Fit Great with the Anti-Semites' at UN"

Or Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) is under fundraising and associating with an antisemitic activist who once said she wants to burn “every Israeli” alive.

And we all know is not about hate, but about protecting the #UmmahIndustrialComplex

The FBI’s own Hate Crime Statistics Report show who is more likely to commit a hate crime. It shows that parents who show up at school board meetings are not likely to be terrorists.

Neither are Mass-attending Catholics, or those who display patriotic symbology or Pro-Life Advocates.

Nevertheless, Attorney General Garland sends the FBI to “protect” school boards and spy on Catholics. The FBI knows which public officials spew hate and call for violence against the police:

Thec#RichmondCalif., City Council voted for state-sponsored AntiSemitism and accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing and collective punishment"

Mr Anh Le was savagely beaten with a bat by two people in Chinatown. Despite the high Hate Crime rate in the city, The San Francisco DA plea-deal so the perpetrators did no get jail time – he had to sue to get justice

https://www.conservativedailynews.com/2023/10/the-israel-gaza-conflict-a-legitimate-defense/



Gilder, Sowell and Gorky studied the reason for the hate, speculating ir was jealousy or the Jew-gene. But the real reason antiSemitism has not changed in 3000 years is that Jews are God’s Chosen People.

https://www.conservativedailynews.com/2023/10/gilder-sowell-and-gorky-reason-for-antisemitism-jews-are-gods-chosen-people/

https://www.conservativedailynews.com/2023/11/the-golden-circle-of-hate/





Joe Biden's 2024 Spring Giveaway

NOTE: This post is a longer version of a post on X, to work around its new word-count policiy.

Welcome to Joe Biden's 2024 Spring Giveaway
aka #GrandTheftDC aka #RedistributionOfWealth aka Socialism





According to the Palestinian Wasp. The Biden administration has announced the forgiveness of $10.00 trillion home mortgage debt relief, currently at $12.3 trillion! - NOT!


You see, @RepRobertGarcia makes light of what the Legacy Media calls "#studentloandebtrelief" - euphemism for #NormalizedDelinquency

Do working class folk get credit card debt relief - currently at $1.2 Trillion?

How about home mortgage debt relief, currently at $12.3 trillion?

The total household debt of $17.3 trillion entering 2024 is a new high for the U.S. The largest increase in any category was credit card debt, which swelled by 16.6% between Q3 2022 and Q3 2023.

Now consider the working class: Joe Biden says "It's time hardworking Americans had a little breathing room." True. but his administration has sucked out all the air - average Americans are getting by with fumes.


The Biden Administration boasts of a buttom up, side out approach to improve the economy. Yet a Venn Diagram, as Kamala Harris might say, shows that Zelensky, the Iran Mullahs, illegal immigrants, Millionaires and delinquents, are fairing much better than a two-income household or a fetus: The Biden administration just announced it is canceling nearly $5 billion in student loans for 74,000 borrowers - except that "student loan borrowers" Is a misnomer. It should be student loan delinquents.









Meanwhile, Universities in #Oregon are saying the costs of operating a higher education institution are becoming more and more overwhelming.


I wonder why - not! It's the Teachers unions, corrupt politicians and Propagandists,, collectively known as the #EducationIndustrialComplex. The turned schools and universities into madrasshas: more indoctrination less education leaving a $1.7 trillion worth of useless degrees.





compares the increase in the cost of college with the increase in the Consumer Price Index, the cost of medical care, and the cost of a new car over the last 41 years. While medical costs have risen at almost two and a half times the rate of inflation, the cost of college tuition and fees has exceeded inflation by more than four times!

The education system is not only obsolete, but exists for the benefit of the education industrial complex: show me a concentration of wealth and power and I'll show you corruption.

The Teachers unions, Propagandists & corrupt politicians turned schools and universities into madrasshas: more indoctrination less education leaving a $1.7 trillion worth of useless degrees.

Forget academics. Now it's all about the hustle:

Consider that the college majors that pay the most right after college are STEM-based. Except for a BS In Race Hustling - Race Hustling is the highest paid degree: The University of Michigan has 163 DEI officers. Ohio State & U of Virginia have 94. Georgia Tech has 41, but only 13 history teachers. The Highest-paid diversity and inclusion employees rake in substantially more than the average full-time professor. While the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers Racially Exclusive-Programs and Scholarships



Sunday, April 14, 2024

Hypocrisy of Progressives' Concern For Human Life: Las Casas, Defender of Native Americans


Bartolomé de Las Casas (1484-1566) was a controversial Spanish Dominican friar who revealed the atrocities of the conquests of New Spain and Peru and who strove to protect the basic rights of indigenous peoples in the Spanish Empire. For this reason, Las Casas is often called the 'Defender of the Indians'.




Bartomomè de las Casas, as vividly as any figure in the great Christian tradition, that a commitment to justice is an essential dimension of Christian discipleship. You simply cannot claim to be a follower of Jesus and remain indifferent to suffering and injustice. Even when many of the leaders of both Church and state were more than content to countenance the oppression of the Native Americans, las Casas in the name of Jesus, said no.

When so many in Europe were more than willing to see the the conquered Indians as little more than pack animals to be exploited and enslaved, las Casas insisted that the rights of the Indians be respected and their dignity upheld. And this conviction was not simply expressive of a deeply felt humanism; it was the fruit of Christian mysticism and spirituality.


 

Las Casas anticipated by four centuries many of the key features of Catholic social teaching: the dignity of each individual (inside the womb and out,) a people's right to self-determination, the moral superiority of democracy and the prohibition of against all forms of coercion on matters of religion.his shout against injustice still echoes in our consciences to this day.  Bishop Robert Barron, Pivotal Players 

The people who canceled Columbus Day because the Spanish Conquistadors were too cruel to the Native Americans, now are even more savage, barbaric and depraved promoting human sacrifice usng the Biggest and Loudest Boom Box in the World, X, formerly known as Twitter. 




 Killing babies inside or outside the womb is no different than the widely condemned abominable practice of human sacrifice by the Native Americans that even leading philosopher and theologian Juan Ginés de Sepulveda, reached beyond Aristotle to the Old Testament to justify the enslavement and extermination of those who practiced idolatry and child sacrificel.

 

Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda is mainly known for his polemical writings against Bartolomé de las Casas in defense of the Spanish conquest of America and for his views on natural slavery. He was one of the most distinguished representatives of sixteenth-century Spanish humanism, ranking alongside Juan Luis Vives and Antonio Agustín. Not only did he write a vast quantity of works on history, law, politics, and chronology; he also produced important Latin translations of Aristotle and Aristotle’s third-century AD Greek commentator, Alexander of Aphrodisias.



These are the same people who argue for tight gun control legislation allegedly because of concerns for human.  Any time there's  a mass shooting, it  is another chance to express righteous indignation.  Another photo op.  Another opportunity to see who comes up with the most shocking headlines – using children as props to denounce violence against children, for example. Another chance to score political points.  Fox News’ Gabriel Hayes reported that ” several major U.S. newspapers – and their corresponding websites – hardly mentioned, or outright ignored, the attempted assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the front pages of their Thursday morning editions,” while Michael Nobles in a post in the  simpliliberty.com  blog writes: “Many news networks on June 12 omitted mention of the recent attempted murder of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, even though some touched on issues facing the nation’s top court. All Sunday morning shows on CNN, CBS, NBC, and ABC did not cover the attempted killing, which took place on June 8, 2022
 
But the blood spilled on the streets as a result of progressive policies, is the same color as soft-on-crime prosecutors and elected officials, and the FBI normalizing high crime rate:  The FBI’s own Hate Crime Statistics Report show who is more likely to commit a hate crime. It shows that parents who show up at school board meetings are not likely to be terrorists.

Neither are Mass-attending Catholics, or those who display patriotic symbology  or Pro-Life Advocates.

Nevertheless, Attorney General Garland sends the FBI to “protect” school boards and spy on Catholics.  The FBI knows which public officials spew hate and call for violence against the police:    Mr Anh Le was savagely beaten with a bat by two people in Chinatown. Despite the high Hate Crime rate in the city, The San Francisco DA plea-deal so the  perpetrators did no get jail time – he had to sue to get justice

Or consider the two rioters who were responsible for burning down the Wendy’s in Atlanta during the BLM riots pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson and two counts of first-degree arson. Their punishment? Chisom Kingston and Natalie White will have to pay a $500 fine, 150 hours of community service and 5 years of probation. For reference, this is the same Fulton County where President Donald Trump was charged with 13 felony counts and facing a maximum of 76.5 years in prison.  
Nancy Pelosi's favorite slogan The No One Is Above The Law has become a meaningless buzzword


The blood spilled by rockets in war zones, enabled by progressive policies Is the same color.

5.5M killed in Congo:
500K killed in Syria
500K killed in Sudan
400K killed in Yemen:
300K killed in Iraq:
250K killed in Afghanistan:
20K killed in Gaza:
200K Russian abd Ukranian soldiers killed and or wounded and 30% of Ukranians displaced.

The same color as blood spilled when killing a baby inside or outside the womb. Forty to 60 million unborn children have died since RvW, mostly of color: Black Genocide





Bartomomè de las Casas,  reminds us  the great Christian tradition, that a commitment to justice is an essential dimension of Christian discipleship. You simply cannot claim to be a follower of Jesus and remain indifferent to suffering and injustice. It reminds us of the Hypocritical Progressives Concern for Human Life


Saturday, April 06, 2024

Elon Musk Battles the Free Speech Windmills of Social Media

The Freedom of Speech in Social Media Paradox

Elon Musk Battles the Free Speech Windmills of Social Media: While Musk positions himself as a free speech absolutist, free speech in the internet is like the Congressional Ethics Committe. An Oxymoron!  Or as Evgeny Morozov might say:  'cyber-utopianism.' Evgeny Morozov is an American writer, researcher, and intellectual from Belarus who studies political and social implications of technology. He was named one of the 28 most influential Europeans by Politico in 2018.



The commitment to open source transparency and accepting a wide range of viewpoints remains unchanged - Elon Musk


Elon Musk hailed free speech in his first tweet after clinching a deal to buy Twitter Inc for $44 billion. “ Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated," Tesla

For a free society to prosper, a marketplace of ideas is required,

There's a lot of truth in what Musk is saying: For a free society to prosper, a marketplace of ideas is required, coupled with vigorous debate, the best ideas emerge victorious. That's how America became the world's standard and the envy of the world. Arguably, the best ideas in the 21st century have come from America. But social media and the legacy media have turned vigorous debate into vigorous hate parties. Studies show that an average superpower survives, on average, a mere 250 years. We must confront the painful reality that America's  time as a world superpower may be limited, thanks in part to high tech.

Musk's Stance on Free Speech

A Grok discussion on X frames the free speech issue as follows:  "Elon Musk's stance on free speech and censorship, particularly in the context of social media platforms like TikTok, has sparked a debate among users. The posts suggest a controversy surrounding Musk's views on the subject, with some users supporting his position on free speech absolutism and others questioning his commitment to the principle. The discussion also touches on the role of platforms like TikTok and the potential need for regulation or censorship. - Grok is an early feature and can make mistakes. Verify its outputs."

The Taliban of the West vs. Musk

But Musk is no stranger to controversy. Even before he took control of X, formerly known as Twitter, Musk faced ridicule, praise and vehement opposition by the legacy media, television. social media and politicians, collectively referred to as the Taliban of the West, for his stance on freedom of Speech and his pledge to place Twitter algorithms in the public domain.

In the November 2022 of MIT Review, Chris Stokel-Walker says BotSentinel estimates that suggest that more than 875,000 users deactivated their accounts between October 27 and November 1, 2022,  while half a million more were suspended. The message?  Twitter is doomed!


The city of San Francisco aunched a massive safety investigation into  @elonmusk

for erecting an “X” on his building. The same city just DROPPED ALL CHARGES against men who stole a car, drove it through a pedestrian walkway, over a cliff & crashed onto the sidewalk 

Thanks to a lawsuit brought by journalist John Stossel, it “has exposed the left’s supposed battle against  “misinformation" as a farce” according to NY Post’s editorial board. “Facebook finally admitted the truth: The “fact checks” that social media use to police what Americans read and watch are just “opinion” it stated. BotSentinel is just another social media fact-checker.


#JAHP (Just Another Hit Piece) on Elon Musk by the Woke Street Journal;


"@ElonMusk Has Used Illegal Drugs, Worrying Leaders at @Tesla and @SpaceX

Some executives and board members fear the billionaire’s use of drugs—including LSD, cocaine, ecstasy, mushrooms and ketamine—could harm his companies"

The previous month, the people who mourned the death of the Buddhas and the destruction of artifacts of Afghan culture and History celebrated the removal of not only Confederate Leaders, but also Teddy Roosevelt - the same people were mourning the sale of Twitter to Elon Musk. Writing for Fortune Magazine, Steve Mollman writes: "Musk has owned Twitter under a week and big names are already leaving the platform, complaining about a hate surge, and calling for tighter regulation “That didn’t take long. It’s been four days since Elon Musk finalized his $44 billion takeover of Twitter, and already he’s facing pushback from celebrities, lawmakers, and advertisers." Steve Herman tweeting for Bloomberg sounds a different alarm.  He tweets: “ A tide of slurs and racists memes swell on #Twitter, sparking concern, the site is entering an era of hateful speech following the takeover by @elonmusk.”  We actually found the opposite to be true: LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook – even #Twitter et al have intensified their attack on free speech since Elon Musk bought Twitter.  Instagram uses USA Today to fact-check a prayer and agrees with Washington Post and NY Times concludes that Prayer may be hazardous to your health, for example.

Does that mean Elon Musk is an incompetent businessman as @BetteMidler implies in an April 7. 2024 on a post on X? After all, freedom of speech in Social Media is an Oxymoron. 


Social Media Business Model

Social Media companies make money through advertising. Using an advertiser-supported model, rather than charging each user individually, is the easiest way for  social media companies to garner as many users as possible. If you are not paying for the product, the product is you. The media company renting your eyeballs to its advertisers.The more users on the site, the greater the number of advertisers willing to engage them, and the more those advertisers are willing to spend. The more the inflammatory the posts are, the more clicks.

For example from posts on X:




Ricky Davila @TheRickyDavila calls Dwayne Johnson coward because Johnson now regrets having voted for Biden.  Would Davila calls Johnson 'coward' to his face?




Ricky Davila @TheRickyDavila calls RFJ Jr a deranged chaos hired by white supremacist 

@FrankFigliuzzi1 denigrates Michigan police officers' union for endorsing president Donald Trump ⁦

@RpsAgainstTrump calls #MGT a moron for publicly professing her faith

@JonCooperTweets

just called the Speaker "AntiChristian" for not supporting aid to AntiChristisn Zelensky 




@Kessesinstein people of faith like MGT should not be in government 

@Kessesinstein called #CharkesKirk ignorant for his pro life advocacy

In Legacy, Television and Social YOU are the product.

Television, newspapers, and media companies have been making money via advertising long before social media, but did not have the power of the network.  Now with the power of the network, broadcasters are mimicking social media companies in monetizing hate and division.

With over 353.9 million monthly active users and a staggering $5 billion in ad revenue, Twitter stands as a social media juggernaut. Not surprising, countless Twitter advertising agencies are vying for eyeballs.

SociallyIn for example, boasts that Ad targeting and demographic precision stand at the forefront of its service offerings and claims it has "mastered the art of eliminating ad wastage by precisely targeting specific audience segments based on varied criteria, including age, gender, and location. Every Twitter ad campaign is a symphony of analytical precision and creative ingenuity, ensuring resources are allocated efficiently and messages reach those most likely to convert." If you use social media, YOU are the product!


Whoever Has the Biggest Boom Box Wins the Debate


Free speech is not free. By itself, free speech is like a democracy; where the vocal majority imposes its will on the minority.  For example, on X the White House and the Legacy media take advantage of Elon Musk's pledge for free speech, combined with X's CEO Linda Yaccarino, ‘Freedom of Speech, Not Reach’ Policy and the updated  Community Notes to overwhelm the opposition. As  @Krassenstein argues that "free speech works both ways"  ' meaning, whoever has a bigger boom box wins the debate - its no longer the best ideas win!



While the flawed notion thar one can advance freedom using high tech and social media in particular, is not new - Evgeny Morozov called it 'cyber-utopianism' - In  2003 president 01GWB pledged to democratize the Muslim World by providing platforms promoting free speech, including printed and online media. BigTech, followed suit and  promised to democratize the world by offering free Internet - but they quickly carved out silos monetizing hate and division


The Internet as Cyber-Utopia



For as much as the Democrat Coalition, including the legacy media  and the White House, hates Elon Musk for being the loudest  loudspeaker in the world promoting  freedom of speech - Musk is demanding the impeachment of  Brazian Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes, who seeks to censor several accounts on X. - 




X's new Community Notes Policy and Yaccarino's freedom of Speech, Not Freedom of Reach Policy, coupled with Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB), the Democratic Coslition have made of X, their own .Biggest and Loudest Boom Box in the World and can easily drown and censors their critics and can get away with lies and misinformation.



Elon Musk, Hypocrite or Visionary


Is Elon Musk a hypocrite as his critics say for the way he manages content on X? An incompetent businessman as Bette Midler charges? A Don Quixote Battling the Free Speech Windmills of Social Media or cyber-utopia as Evgeny Moroz might say. History tells us that freedom of speech and social media has been proven to be an Oxymoron, there's on man on earth today that can prove history wrong: Elon Musk. If anything, Musk is a visionary. If anyone can brake through the Freedom of Speech on Social Media Paradox, is Elon Musk.




Monday, April 01, 2024

St. Thomas Aquinas; a Model of the Catholic Mind

St. Thomas Aquinas; a Model of the Catholic Mind: According to Saint Thomas Aquinas. "God is the answer to the question "Why is there something rather than nothing."


AG. K. Chesterton famously said, "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried." Francis of Assisi vividly reminded his contemporaries, and vividly reminds us, that the Christian ideal CAN be realized. And he showed, furthermore, that the realization of that ideal unleashes enormous transformative power. Though real Christians will always be seen as a little eccentric, they will in time, always prove to be the true center and produce fruit, thirty, sixty and a hundredfold. - Bishop Robert Barron, The Pivotal PlayerBut what is a Catholic Mind? A Catholic Mind is a mind that seeks to see things as they are. It is a mind that penetrates to the essence of a thing or a situation or a person. Or a science, a country, or an


A Catholic Mind is a mind that seeks to see things as they are. It is a mind that penetrates to the essence of a thing or a situation or a person. Or a science, a country, or an art form.

Scratching the surface doesn’t scratch the itch of a truly Catholic Mind. It won’t settle for the superficial, nor rest with the superfluous. It is a mind with a passion — and a sheer delight — in knowing all of creation and its Creator.

You don't have to be Catholic to have a Catholic Mind. All human beings, by nature, Aristotle said, desire to know. A Catholic Mind is one that boldly asks the big questions: Who am I and where am I going? Why is there evil? What is there after this life? And a Catholic Mind is not afraid of the answers.








And this is the advantage of a Catholic Mind over a merely modern mind: a Catholic Mind allows itself to be informed by God’s revelation to man, that is, all of reality, “things visible and invisible,” as Catholics say in the Nicene Creed. Since there is more to reality than what meets the eye or fits in a test tube, everything is on the table for the person with a Catholic Mind.






Bishop Robert Barron in the book the Pivotal Players writes: "Thomas Aquinas showed us completely and passionately as anyone in the tradition that Christians could think deeply about their faith. For him, no question was off limits. He demonstrated that faith and reason are not in opposition to one another; that being a believer involves no sacrificium intellectus. In our time, when so many hold that religious are simpletons and religious faith only a crude superstition, Thomas Aquinas remains more relevant than ever.

He is also pivotal because he beautifully exemplified a truly catholic mind. By which I mean, a mind open to every and any influence, willing to embrace the truth wherever he found it. Thomas was primarily inspired of course by the Bible and the great Christian theological tradition. But he also read and cited with enthusiasm the pagan philosophers Plato. Aristotle and Cicero; The Jewish Rabbi Moses Meimonides, the Muslim scholars Averroes and Avicenna. Even when he disagreed with a thinker, as he did with Origen and Siger of Brabant, he always did do with respect and without polemics. In this, he's a wonderful model for our time, when the religious conversation is so sadly marked by rancor and vitiperation.


Finally, he's pivotal in his understanding of God as noncompetitively transcendent. The God of Thomas Aquinas is not a threat to human freedom and human integrity. But the very ground of that freedom and that integrity. Thomas Aquinas would agree with St. Irenaeus that "The glory of God is a human being fully alive." At a time when so many people see God's existence as undermining the human project, how liberating abd clarifying this doctrine us. The God of Thomas Aquinas is the God of the burning bush, the power whose proximity makes the world more beautiful and more radiant without consuming.


Plato was born in Athens, Greece, was a Greek philosopher, student of Socrates, teacher of Aristotle, and founder of the Academy, best known as the author of philosophical works of unparalleled influence. But perhaps one of his most influential contributions to philosophy was the Theory of Forms. Plato's Theory of Forms asserts that the physical world is not really the 'real' world; instead, ultimate reality exists beyond our physical world.


Aristotle's concepts are function, classification, and hierarchy; he uses these concepts to explain everything. While modern science emphasizes laws, Aristotle emphasizes the search for accurate definitions of things in terms of their essential properties. According to Aristotle, the purpose and ultimate goal in life is to achieve eudaimonia ('happiness'). He believed that eudaimonia was not simply virtue, nor pleasure, but rather it was the exercise of virtue.

Cicero's study of ancient Greek ideas led him to invent several Latin terms. Key among his philosophical ideas is the idea of natural laws, which are independent of man-made laws and can be uncovered through the use of reason. Even rulers must obey natural laws, or else they are unjust tyrants.


Rabbi Maimonides held that God so far exceeds our capacity to have knowledge of the divine nature that we are severely limited in how we are able to describe or comprehend God. Even substance cannot be predicated of God in the sense with which we use the word to express knowledge of entities in the created order.



Origen believed that the Bible was the Word of God. One of the major concerns of Origen’s work was to assist Christians facing the intellectual challenges of the third century by providing scriptural answers to the questions posed by Hellenistic philosophy and culture.

He is the first theologian to state unequivocally that the “three hypostases” which constitute the Trinity are eternal not only in nature, but in their hypostatic character; there was never a time when wisdom was the latent thought of the Father and had not yet come forth as speech. The chief accusations against Origen’s teaching are the following: making the Son inferior to the Father and thus being a precursor of Arianism, a 4th-century heresy that denied that the Father and the Son were of the same substance; spiritualizing away the resurrection of the body; denying hell, a morally enervating universalism; speculating about preexistent souls and world cycles; and dissolving redemptive history into timeless myth by using allegorical interpretation

The Muslim scholars Averroes is most famous for his commentaries of Aristotle's works. He argues, that "there is only one, single human capacity for human knowledge," the "material intellect", which is one and the same for all human beings.


Averroes argued that philosophy was permissible in Islam and even compulsory among certain elites. He also argued scriptural text should be interpreted allegorically if it appeared to contradict conclusions reached by reason and philosophy.
Abu Ali Al-Hussein Ibn Abdullah Ibn Sina, known in the West as Avicenna, was one of the most eminent Muslim physicians and philosophers of his days whose influence on Islamic and European medicine persisted for centuries.

His most important medical works are the Canon of Medicine medical encyclopedia and a treatise on cardiac drugs.

Avicenna's metaphysics is generally expressed in Aristotelian terms. The quest to understand being qua being subsumes the philosophical notion of God. Divine existence is a cornerstone of his metaphysics. Divine existence bestows existence and hence meaning and value upon all that exists.

About Saint Thomas Aquinas, Bishop Robert Barron writes: "Though this is overlooked in most treatments of Thomas Aquinas, the great Dominicsn saint is best characterized as someone deeply in love with Jesus Christ. We can sense this love in his devotion to the Mass and the Eucharist, as well as in his most remarkable mystical experiences. But we can also see it in his writings concerning Jesus, which are the linchpin of his work

The Christian Ideal: St. Francis of Assisi

A permanent temptation is to see Christianity as a beautiful but impossible ideal, a pleasant fantasy that could never take root in the real world.  After all, we say to ourselves: How could we possibly love our enemies, or bless those who curse us? How, in the face of violence, could we possibly turn our cheek? How could we live in utter reliance upon divine providence, trusting that God will take care of us? How could we really embrace a crucified man as the source of salvation?



As G. K. Chesterton famously said, "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried."


Francis of Assisi vividly reminded his contemporaries, and vividly reminds us, that the Christian ideal CAN be realized. And he showed, furthermore, that the realization of that ideal unleashes enormous transformative power. Though real Christians will always be seen as a little eccentric, they will in time, always prove to be the true center and produce fruit, thirty, sixty and a hundredfold. - Bishop Robert Barron, The Pivotal Players


At an early age G. K. Chesterton ceased to accept the existence of a higher being, but later came to believe in a personal God and in the Christian faith. He eventually became a Roman Catholic, finding there the spiritual discipline and responsibility he believed were needed in an increasingly decadent world. In spite of his strong ties to the Catholic Church, Chesterton's writings spanned denominational lines with such apologetic works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man--writings that dealt with the core tenets of the Christian faith.

Saint Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in Roman Catholic history. He founded the Franciscan orders, including the Poor Clares and the lay Third Order. He and St. Catherine of Siena are the patron saints of Italy, and he is also the patron saint of ecology and of animals.