Věra Jourová, Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, displays deadly values while also stifling transparency

Covid proved conclusively that real free speech is always better than the curated kind espoused by this VP of “Values & Transparency.” The censored and non-transparent pseudoscience of covid murdered millions of people worldwide. If free speech had not been censored per Jourová’s values, real medical science based on actual clinical findings would have won the day and saved the lives of millions of human beings. In the name of “values, openness, transparency” and similar newspeak Jourová and people like her have become killers-once-removed. Her smug ‘morality’ shows in the way she speaks, imo. ABN

Public semiotics: how they are used and controlled

Public semiotics are semiotics known to many people, semiotics that many people within a society or culture will respond to in similar ways.

Some examples of public semiotics are conventions in literature, film, news, customs, clothing, language use, courtship styles, and so on.

In film and literature, most viewers recognize the semiotic difference between first- and third-person narratives as well as typical plot-lines such as “the individual against the group,” “the individual who overcomes a tragedy,” or simply “good versus bad.”

Viewers responses are controlled by these narratives through expectation, emotion, and habit. Due to their short lengths, most popular films rely very heavily on a single strong emotion for narrative effect, while serious literature generally deals with more complex themes.

A recent scholarly study of US politics came to some conclusions about public semiotics and our perceptions of them that are not likely to surprise readers of this site.

The study and an interview with one of its authors can be found here: Scholar Behind Viral ‘Oligarchy’ Study Tells You What It Means.

In the interview co-author Gilens has this to say about the study:

I’d say that contrary to what decades of political science research might lead you to believe, ordinary citizens have virtually no influence over what their government does in the United States. And economic elites and interest groups, especially those representing business, have a substantial degree of influence. Government policy-making over the last few decades reflects the preferences of those groups — of economic elites and of organized interests. (Source: same as above. This source has the study as well as the interview.)

What this study says about public semiotics is the public does not control them. Rather, the public is controlled by them.

Interestingly, the study left out some of the main ways that public semiotics are controlled by elites. Public semiotics are not just controlled by interest groups and lobbies influencing legislation, they are also greatly controlled by:

  • elite control of the media
  • elite control of which topics the media covers
  • elite control of presidential debates by the Democratic and Republican parties through the Commission on Presidential Debates
  • elite control of members of congress by the parties they “represent”

In the linked interview, which is well-worth reading, Gilens mentions non-business lobbying groups, but does not say who they are.

If we do not understand that our public semiotics come from somewhere—that many of them are created and maintained by special interest groups—we will fail to understand how we are manipulated by them.

As this study shows, voting for a very limited selection of candidates who rarely, if ever, fulfill their very limited campaign promises is an exercise in public hypnosis. It is a complex semiotic that fosters the illusion of participation where there is none.

I do not think any of this will change. But I do think it is important for individuals, and especially FIML partners, to understand where the semiotics that jostle around in their heads are coming from. As individuals, we can have great control over what we believe, value, do, and understand about human life, and need not be controlled by the self-serving agendas of others.

It is important to understand that much of what is construed as “public life” is actually a complex mix of semiotics consciously controlled by people who work to create and maintain illusions of plots and themes in the world in much the same ways that plots and themes are created and maintained in film.

first posted APRIL 23, 2014

TWITTER FILES: How Twitter Let the Intelligence Community In ~ Matt Taibbi

1.THREAD: The Twitter Files
How Twitter Let the Intelligence Community In

http://2.In August 2017, when Facebook decided to suspend 300 accounts with “suspected Russian origin,” Twitter wasn’t worried. Its leaders were sure they didn’t have a Russia problem.

3.“We did not see a big correlation.”
“No larger patterns.”
“FB may take action on hundreds of accounts, and we may take action on ~25.”

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A person collapses on an athletic field, and suddenly entire portions of our population are not allowed to speak

The Ethical Skeptic’s Razor (The Antiwisdom of Crowds)

Among competing alternatives, all other things being equal, prefer the one for which discussion or research is embargoed.

A person collapses on an athletic field, and suddenly entire portions of our population are not allowed to speak.

See how this works? They insist on a conclusion through coercion – not science or evidence.

Social Skepticism is fake science, fake virtue, fake humanity.

We have a problem right now. Mandated silence is poison.

It is a creeping form of social insanity, a panic-dissonance which is in itself just as dangerous as the very malady they are attempting to embargo from discussion.

Those who are ignorant of the social tyranny of the last 3 years, climate change, borders, etc. – the canceling and censorship – are destined to repeat it on the next disaster… which will be much worse.

Originally tweeted by Ethical Skeptic ☀ (@EthicalSkeptic) on January 3, 2023.

FBI Office Investigating Hunter Biden Sent Twitter Numerous Censorship Requests Right Before 2020 Election

Emails released on Saturday as part of the latest dump of the “Twitter Files” reveal that the week before the 2020 presidential election, the FBI field office investigating Hunter Biden sent multiple censorship requests to Twitter — so many in fact, a top attorney for the tech giant found it “odd.” This blockbuster detail from the weekend came mere days after the FBI issued a statement framing coverage of the “Twitter Files” as “misinformation” being peddled by “conspiracy theorists.”

The FBI has “some folks in the Baltimore field office and at HQ that are just doing keyword searches for violations,” then-Twitter legal executive Stacia Cardille stressed in a Nov. 3, 2020, email to Jim Baker, the then-deputy general counsel for Twitter. “This is probably the 10th request I have dealt with in the last 5 days,” Cardille continued, before telling Baker to let her know if he had any other questions.” 

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International Federation of Journalists Demands US Drop All Charges Against Assange

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) have launched the “Free Assange Now” campaign on its website calling for the United States to drop all charges, including those involving espionage, against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

On Monday, Wikileaks tweeted out that the “The International Federation of Journalists, representing more than 600,000 journalists worldwide, calls for Julian Assange’s immediate release.”

Assange has been locked up in a London prison since 2019 and prior to that he was on the run for seven years. He had sought asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy between 2012 through 2019 when the asylum was withdrawn.

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After all we have seen from the US government over the past several years, it’s obvious not even a shred of justification remains for continuing to persecute Assange. ABN

World Economic Forum cancels Twitter, directs followers to Chinese social media apps

Prior to its upcoming conference in Davos next month, the World Economic Forum (WEF) appears to have joined the cancel campaign against Twitter, while continuing to recommend Chinese state-controlled social media apps to “follow along” with Davos Man into the future.

To stay up to speed with all that is happening within the invite-only doors of the ruling class confab, the WEF recommends following along through a handful of social media sites. They include the U.S.-based narrative-compliant Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, along with the Chinese social media apps TikTok WeChat, and Weibo. Twitter, which has freed itself from the grasp of the WEF-endorsed censorship-compliant social apps, is no longer included.

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Anyone and everyone who wants to censor free-speech is an enemy of civilization. ABN

THE TWITTER FILES: HOW TWITTER RIGGED THE COVID DEBATE

1. THREAD:

THE TWITTER FILES: HOW TWITTER RIGGED THE COVID DEBATE

– By censoring info that was true but inconvenient to U.S. govt. policy
– By discrediting doctors and other experts who disagreed
– By suppressing ordinary users, including some sharing the CDC’s *own data*

2. So far the Twitter Files have focused on evidence of Twitter’s secret blacklists; how the company functioned as a kind of subsidiary of the FBI; and how execs rewrote the platform’s rules to accommodate their own political desires.

3. What we have yet to cover is Covid. This reporting, for The Free Press, @TheFP, is one piece of that important story.

4. The United States government pressured Twitter and other social media platforms to elevate certain content and suppress other content about Covid-19.

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