A Victory for Free Speech

  

Category:  Op/Ed

By:  vic-eldred  •  4 weeks ago  •  301 comments

A Victory for Free Speech
I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.

Mark down this day: Monday April 25th 2022. That is the day Elon Musk bought twitter and ended the left's stranglehold on social media. It is the most significant event within this decade since the day Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. Now we have someone who thinks differently from the oligarch's who have controlled social media. Elon Musk, you see thinks that everyone should be allowed to speak, even those who disagree with him.

For the rest of us it means we have options. No longer will 5 companies control all the information on social media. The next time there is a major news story detrimental to the democrats during an election, we may actually get to hear about it. The next time we have a President that the woke elite hates, we may actually get to hear from him. (Donad Trump can now be found on "Truth Social. com" and he says he is not coming back to Twitter.) We may even get to see what Twitter was actually doing to people via their infamous and secretive algorithm. No more shadow banning and a fair playing field for all. No more lectures about what is true and what is "disinformation!"  As a Twitter member, you will not only have a say, but you will have a chance to change other peoples minds. Think of that!

Musk still has 2 hurdles. He will face the usual resistance from those he keeps at Twitter and he still has to make Twitter more profitable. It will be a tough task, but if anyone can do it. it's Elon Musk.

Let's celebrate this moment. We the People just became a bit more powerful and the woke elite just became weaker.


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Vic Eldred
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1  author  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago

 Elon Musk is a hero. 

He just showed what Capitalism can do to Socialism.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    4 weeks ago

Nothing wrong with free speech, provided it isn't misinformation, disinformation, hate speech and good old-fashioned outright lies.  If those ugly things are allowed to proliferate, watch your "exceptional" nation go to hell. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1    4 weeks ago

Who decides what is "disinformation?"  Just before the 2020 election, 51 members of the intelligence community wrote and signed a letter saying that the story was false. They called it “Russian misinformation.” The story happened to be 100% true.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.1    4 weeks ago

Then the letter was disinformation.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.3  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.2    4 weeks ago

Yes, and it came from those who were the gate keepers on "speech."  That's my point Buzz.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1.1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.3    4 weeks ago

Well, if it means that there will be freedom of ALL KINDS of speech let's see how that affects America, i.e. whether it will be a beneficial or detrimental influence.  And if there is going to be ANY checking what's published, who's going to do it and what bias and prejudices are THEY going to have?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.5  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.4    4 weeks ago

The answer may be that everything is allowed.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.1.6  Right Down the Center  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1    4 weeks ago
Nothing wrong with free speech, provided it isn't misinformation, disinformation, hate speech and good old-fashioned outright lies.

If you have all those exceptions you no longer have the free speech the founders envisioned.  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1.7  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Right Down the Center @1.1.6    4 weeks ago

If what Vic just wrote is true and you appear to champion, I think America should be renamed The United States of Babel.  Nobody is ever going to know what to believe, nobody will understand anyone else, and probably what's worse, nobody will care, and then you will have an OCEAN of differing beliefs and opinions.  LOL  Good luck with that.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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1.1.8  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.7    4 weeks ago

You don't think we have that now? Maybe not as large scale as you may envision but they are there. 

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.1.9  Right Down the Center  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.1    4 weeks ago
Who decides what is "disinformation?" 

And there you have the biggest issue.  While the people they say are doing the "fact checking " do it with integrity the simple fact is they are not.  Which begs the question "who decides"?  The answer if you want actual free speech is the person consuming the information decides for themselves what is true and what is not.  But both sides should be heard, unless you are Russia or NAZI Germany that is.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.1.10  Right Down the Center  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.4    4 weeks ago
Well, if it means that there will be freedom of ALL KINDS of speech let's see how that affects America, i.e. whether it will be a beneficial or detrimental influence. 

You mean like it has been since the constitution was written and certain groups did not decide to scream disinformation from the mountaintops in order to cancel speech they don't agree with..

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.1.11  Right Down the Center  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.7    4 weeks ago
Nobody is ever going to know what to believe, nobody will understand anyone else, and probably what's worse, nobody will care, and then you will have an OCEAN of differing beliefs and opinions. 

Exactly, everyone gets all the information and decides for themselves.  You know, like we have been doing for a couple hundred years, and we are still here.

 
 
 
Freewill
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1.1.12  Freewill  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.7    4 weeks ago
and then you will have an OCEAN of differing beliefs and opinions.

Oh the HUMANITY!!!     jrSmiley_82_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Jack_TX
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1.1.13  Jack_TX  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1    4 weeks ago
Nothing wrong with free speech, provided it isn't misinformation, disinformation, hate speech and good old-fashioned outright lies.

No.  There is nothing wrong with free speech.  Full stop.  Sometimes people say stuff you don't like, or that isn't true, or is partially true but misleading, or is based in their anger/rage/hate.

Living in a free country means that other people get to say things even if you don't agree with them.

  If those ugly things are allowed to proliferate, watch your "exceptional" nation go to hell. 

They have proliferated in one form or another for nearly a quarter of a century.  We've managed to survive them just fine.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1.14  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Right Down the Center @1.1.11    4 weeks ago

"for a couple hundred years" there hasn't been the extent of the will to create the misinformation, disinformation, hate speech and outright lies along with the exceptionally useful world-wide means to spread  it as there has been more recently.  It's not that it always may have existed, it's how it has exploded and proliferated these days.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1.15  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Freewill @1.1.12    4 weeks ago

You and others here speak as if there are not already certain limitations on free speech.  It's just a matter of degree as to how much speech is controlled in different nations.  The EU has just passed The Digital Services Act to control the bullshit - let's see how that enslaves the Europeans. 

 
 
 
Snuffy
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1.1.16  Snuffy  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.15    4 weeks ago

I'm not sure.  The biggest issue I see in that is how do you define hate speech and how do you control it.

The banning of ads that target minors, the banning of ads based on a persons gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation...    yeah these are good things.  Making it easier to flag objectional posts can be a good thing.  But this can also be overdone by any individual group with an ax to grind.  It's a tightrope walk to be sure...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1.17  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Snuffy @1.1.16    4 weeks ago

As to defining and controlling hate speech, if Canada can do it surely the USA can.  The point I've been trying to make is that these are no longer the days of Walter Cronkite and Paul Harvey, these are the days of Tucker Carlson and Marjorie Taylor Greene - and look at the followings they have.  Why?  The problem may have been small before but it has grown to the extent of being capable of creating a belief in a stolen election and a Jan 6 event.  There has been an extraordinary expansion of senslessness and misguided bravado more recently, and it has led to a greater disparity that cannot possibly have a beneficial effect on the advancement of American society.  As I said, IMO America has become the Tower of Babel   There was a time when a common enemy would unify America, such as the attack on Pearl Harbour had done, but even the attack of the common enemy of Covid-19 could not bring about a unified defence of it, or at least a VAST reduction of the negative effects of it. 

I know I'm not an American, but I am both familiar enough with America and Americans for reasons I've posted more than once yet still able to be more objective about America than most Americans are bound to be. 

 
 
 
Freewill
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1.1.18  Freewill  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.15    4 weeks ago
You and others here speak as if there are not already certain limitations on free speech.

Do I (we)?  Where have I done this?  All I did was poke a little fun at your statement that if we aren't careful we will end up with an "OCEAN of differing beliefs and opinions" as though that would be a tragedy in a country where freedom of speech/expression is written into the core of our Constitution.  A place without an "ocean of differing beliefs and opinions", or where those beliefs or opinions are narrowed/controlled by a central power, is called a dictatorship.  I'm pretty sure that humanity has been there and done that, and we don't want to go down that rabbit hole again.

Certainly speech that directly incites violence, or directs physical harm be done to others, for example, is not a First Amendment right.  But the right to differ with a political opinion, to peacefully protest (appeal to the government for a redress of grievances), or to offer other expert opinions, facts or data which may differ with the opinions and data of the "establishment" are most certainly protected speech.  Such speech can be dead wrong, and should most certainly be rebutted and shown to be false if it is, but it cannot be abridged by Congress per the First Amendment. 

Had dissenting opinion not eventually been allowed historically, we would still be teaching people that the earth is flat, or that the heavens revolve around the earth.  Any scientific or social progress that results from dissent never happens if the freedom to express that dissent is squashed.  It does not matter if 99 of 100, or even 999 of 1000 dissenting opinions turn out to be complete garbage, we cannot pick and choose which get to see the light of day.  We must let that light burn them to the ground if they are not worthy, or allow them to thrive if they are.     

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1.19  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Freewill @1.1.18    4 weeks ago

I just read an interesting article on CTV News (Canada Television Network web site, which I read every day) about what to expect Musk to do once he has control of Twitter.  It contained this:

A few years ago, after software engineer Cher Scarlett criticized Musk's handling of the cave incident, the tech billionaire fired back and she was soon being harassed by dozens of Musk's online fans. He later deleted the posts, but not before Scarlett had to lock down her account because she was receiving so many hateful messages.

"It's ironic to me that somebody who claims they want to buy Twitter to protect free speech has such thin skin," she said. "He's a very smart man, and when he replies to people that criticize him, he knows what he's doing. To me that's not championing free speech, it's weaponizing free speech, and I think that's what he'll do owning this platform."

(LINK) ->

It will be interesting to see if her prediction is correct and he in fact DOES "weaponize" free speech.  Hey, since even sports can be politicized, why can't free speech be weaponized?  Isn't it an adage that "The pen is mightier than the sword."?

 
 
 
Freewill
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1.1.20  Freewill  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.19    4 weeks ago
Isn't it an adage that "The pen is mightier than the sword?”

Certainly, the meaning as indicated in the Cambridge Dictionary:

said to emphasize that thinking and writing have more influence on people and   events than the use of force or violence

And as such lends itself to the support of the idea of free expression as opposed to force in terms of influencing people in an open exchange of opinion and coming to a compromise or understanding without physical violence.

Ms. Scarlett was free to offer her opinion about Musk’s actions, as was he free to defend them and offer his opinion.  In either case both needed to accept the consequences of offering a public opinion and expect that some blowback from others might result.  While Ms. Scarlett felt she was “attacked” by “dozens” of Musk supporters, so too was he criticized, ridiculed and insulted by many more than that in this instance, and in many others.   If you want to call Musk’s side of the exchange “weaponizing free speech” and Miss Scarlett the victim, then please explain how the other side is any different?  

Shall we remove by force her right to express her opinion about Musk, or suppress his right to defend himself and render his opinion? That is what we are talking about here right?  Shall we hand the two of them swords or dueling pistols and have them settle it the old fashioned way?

Or maybe, just maybe, we agree to let all opinions be heard, weighed and openly debated and quit acting like someone else’s right to free expression is some sort of lethal weapon that renders us a helpless victim, even though we enter the arena carrying that same “weapon”.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1.21  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Freewill @1.1.20    4 weeks ago

I'll just stick to my original opinion, that "free speech" may have its benefits, but it also has its detriments, and even as you pointed out yourself, some control of it is needed.  It's just a matter of opinion, is it not, how extensive those controls should be for the good of humanity. 

 
 
 
Freewill
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1.1.22  Freewill  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.21    4 weeks ago
I'll just stick to my original opinion...

Sounds good, although there is another old adage that might also be considered: 

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.  

A healthy attitude to adopt I would say, particularly in the social media space.  With all due respect Buzz, to the extent that some allow mere words or different opinions to "hurt" them, perhaps they are not in the best position to be deciding what free speech needs to be controlled.  Threats of physical violence are of course not protected speech, but disagreements with opinions, even strongly worded disagreements, most certainly should be protected and not be viewed as an "attack" any more than one's own opinion is versus another.   That being said, I am still a huge proponent of controlling one's own speech when it comes to being rational, reasonable, and respectful of others so that discussions, even heated ones, can be more productive and inclusive for all.

 
 
 
gooseisback
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1.1.23  gooseisback  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.7    4 weeks ago
if it means that there will be freedom of ALL KINDS of speech let's see how that affects America

America has done just fine with its freedom of speech.   

I think America should be renamed The United States of Babel

Freedom of Speech is our right, that's why it is the 1st Amendment, but in order for it to function properly you can't silence half the country. Maybe your country should consider it. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1.24  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  gooseisback @1.1.23    4 weeks ago

First of all, MY country is Canada.  It is the only country of which I am a citizen.  I am merely a guest in China and have to renew my visa, which gives me permission to be here, every three years.  And by the way, Canadians are as free to use free speech that does not cause harm to others just as much as Americans can.  And if you and others who can't stand any control of your speech then what the hell are you doing on TheNewsTalkers with its ToS and CoC?

 
 
 
gooseisback
Freshman Silent
1.1.25  gooseisback  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.24    4 weeks ago
control of your speech

Bingo!! Free speech is allowing people you don't like to say things you don't agree with. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1.1.26  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  gooseisback @1.1.25    4 weeks ago
"Bingo!! Free speech is allowing people you don't like to say things you don't agree with."

I don't agree with people posting spam on this site and it's my job to delete them if they do.  That is an example of my NOT allowing people to say things here I don't agree with.  I suppose you think we should allow anything to be said that can cause harm as well.  How about if it causes YOU, your spouse, your children harm?   Going to champion your free speech in that case?  Only an idiot would argue that free speech does not have certain limitations, and where you are in the world those limitations will differ.  What just happens to be American isn't the measure for the rest of the world although there seem to be some who think it is. .

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.27  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.26    4 weeks ago

Ah... yes, I recall a man named Winston. He worked for a branch of the government. That branch of the government was involved with creating propaganda, altering historical records, and creating media for Oceania.

 
 
 
Snuffy
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1.1.28  Snuffy  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.27    4 weeks ago

it is a very difficult and narrow tightrope to try to walk.  What is disinformation vs what is ignorance vs what is evil vs what is the truth that is unpalatable.  

For example, there have been numerous studies around Ivermectin for treating Covid.  One such study..

Conclusions: 

Moderate-certainty evidence finds that large reductions in COVID-19 deaths are possible using ivermectin. Using ivermectin early in the clinical course may reduce numbers progressing to severe disease. The apparent safety and low cost suggest that ivermectin is likely to have a significant impact on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic globally.

Yet any discussion around ivermectin was immediately shut down as disinformation all because Trump talked about it.  Because of the way it was shut down, additional studies were not undertaken so the total benefit that might have been realized instead went unfulfilled. And before anybody attacks, I'm not saying this is a wonder drug.  All I'm saying is it could have been another tool in the tool box but because of partisan politics and who championed it, the potential was ignored.

The problem is much more than disinformation, it's also the politics and the personalities behind the monitoring and rejection.  As this world has grown more split along partisan lines, any agency that is "combating" disinformation will be cheered by one side and hated by the other due to that lack of trust.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.1.29  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Snuffy @1.1.28    4 weeks ago

"Disinformation" is the newspeak term used to support totalitarian thought control. That is where we are these days. It is as if they read "1984" and fell in love with the ideas they found there.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1.1.30  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.29    4 weeks ago

Whenever I have used the word "disinformation" I have meant only what this dictionary defines it to mean:

Dictionary - Powered by  Oxford Languages  

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dis·in·for·ma·tion
NOUN
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false information which is intended to mislead, especially propaganda issued by a government organization to a rival power or the media:
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"the entire Western intelligence system had been systematically manipulated with clever disinformation" · 
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SIMILAR:
Twisting the meaning of the word or changing it is IMO just creating more disinformation.  1984 is fiction, no matter how prescient it may have been. 
 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1.1.31  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.30    3 weeks ago

Now I KNOW i'm really getting old.  It took me until now to come to the realization as to why the right wingers are so upset about the Disinformation Board - it's because it might be able to prevent the right-wingers, conservatives and Republicans from being able to use their most effective weapon.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.32  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.30    3 weeks ago
1984 is fiction, no matter how prescient it may have been. 

It's a prophecy come true

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.1.33  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.31    3 weeks ago
It took me until now to come to the realization as to why the right wingers are so upset about the Disinformation Board

It's called FREE SPEECH and that's why the left wingers are against it.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1.1.34  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.33    3 weeks ago

Right Wing Dictionary

Disinformation = free speech

War is Peace - Freedom is Slavery - Ignorance is Strength (1984 - George Orwell)

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.1.35  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.32    3 weeks ago
"1984 is fiction, no matter how prescient it may have been."

"It's a prophecy come true"

But not how you think!

jrSmiley_82_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Dulay
Professor Principal
1.1.36  Dulay  replied to  Snuffy @1.1.28    3 weeks ago
Yet any discussion around ivermectin was immediately shut down as disinformation all because Trump talked about it.  Because of the way it was shut down, additional studies were not undertaken so the total benefit that might have been realized instead went unfulfilled.
The link that you posted refutes that statement. there are over a dozen studies cited that occurred AFTER 2020. 
As for the study you cited, it is failing peer review. 
From your link:
Erratum
The Editor of the American Journal of Therapeutics hereby issues an Expression of Concern for Bryant A, Lawrie TA, Dowswell T, Fordham EJ, Mitchell S, Hill SR, Tham TC. Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 Infection: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Trial Sequential Analysis to Inform Clinical Guidelines. Am J Ther. 2021;28(4): e434-e460. The decision is based on the evaluation of allegations of inaccurate data collection and/or reporting in at least 2 primary sources of the meta-analysis performed by Mr. Andrew Bryant and his collaborators.1,2 These allegations were first made after the publication of this article. The exclusion of the suspicious data appears to invalidate the findings regarding the ivermectin's potential to decrease the mortality of COVID-19 infection.2 The investigation of these allegations is incomplete and inconclusive at this time.
 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.1.37  Tessylo  replied to  Dulay @1.1.36    3 weeks ago

Endless support of the trumpian nonsense.  It's tiresome.  He could do no wrong according to some.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.1.38  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.33    3 weeks ago

You keep making that sweeping generalization and that lie.  

 
 
 
Snuffy
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1.1.39  Snuffy  replied to  Dulay @1.1.36    3 weeks ago

Congratulations - you have proven my point by completely missing the point of my comment and only focusing on the 'For Example' section.  This is exactly why I am against this so-called Disinformation Board and why I am against how free speech is being attacked and banned.  Too many people are so hyper-focused on their political bias that they willfully blind themselves to the bigger picture. 

For the record, I specifically picked that early study knowing full-well that it had been refuted by later studies.  I wanted a red flag out there, knowing someone would come along and charge at it all while ignoring the point of my comment.  IMO this is exactly what this so-called Disinformation Board will be doing as well, all because they will allow their partisan bias to blind them to anything else.  I fear that they will become a "Ministry of Truth".  Unless this mad rush at political blindness is corrected there is no hope for this country and I have very little hope that people will be able to pull their heads out of their ass to do so.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1.1.40  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Snuffy @1.1.39    3 weeks ago
"Unless this mad rush at political blindness is corrected there is no hope for this country and I have very little hope that people will be able to pull their heads out of their ass to do so."

Snuffy, I KNOW you're into movies....

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Dulay
Professor Principal
1.1.41  Dulay  replied to  Snuffy @1.1.39    3 weeks ago

What an utter load of bullshit Snuffy.

I replied to the disinformation YOU posted illustrated in what I block quoted. I leave it up to members to read it and decide the credulity of your claim for themselves. 

 
 
 
Snuffy
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1.1.42  Snuffy  replied to  Dulay @1.1.41    3 weeks ago

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XXJefferson51
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1.1.43  XXJefferson51  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.32    3 weeks ago

That’s the bottom line here…

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
Senior Guide
1.1.44  XXJefferson51  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.33    3 weeks ago

Exactly, other than religious liberty no other freedom we have angers them more that we have it. 

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
Senior Guide
1.1.45  XXJefferson51  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.38    3 weeks ago

Everything he said was exactly correct and is the truth.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.1.46  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  XXJefferson51 @1.1.44    3 weeks ago

At least they are finally open about it. It won't be long before they openly want to discard the document written by white men long ago.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.2  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    4 weeks ago

A hero?  No.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.2.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @1.2    4 weeks ago

Why not?

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.2.2  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @1.2    4 weeks ago
A hero?  No.

A hero that stops the censorship of free speech. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.2.3  Tessylo  replied to  Right Down the Center @1.2.2    4 weeks ago

No free speech has been censored.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.2.4  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.2.1    4 weeks ago

Why?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.2.5  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @1.2.3    4 weeks ago

A legitimate news story was censored!

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.2.6  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @1.2.4    4 weeks ago
Why?

He stood up and beat the woke hierarchy

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.2.7  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @1.2.3    4 weeks ago
No free speech has been censored.  

As soon as what people say is blocked you are censoring free speech.  Believing otherwise is just living with blinders on, something too many people do.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.2.8  Tessylo  replied to  Right Down the Center @1.2.7    4 weeks ago

Nope.  Free speech has not been censored.  You saying otherwise doesn't make it so.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
1.2.9  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @1.2.8    4 weeks ago
Free speech has not been censored.  You saying otherwise doesn't make it so.

You saying it is not does not mean it doesn't happen.  As a matter of fact since you have had more than a few comments deleted here you have been censored.  Any post that has been taken down on social media (except maybe calls for violence)is being censored.  Maybe it would help if people here know what censored actually meant, then they would not look so ignorant.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.2.10  Tessylo  replied to  Right Down the Center @1.2.9    4 weeks ago

I'm not being censored when a comment has been removed that violates the TOS.  I broke the rule.  I suffered the consequence.  That's not censorship.  

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.2.11  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @1.2.10    4 weeks ago
I broke the rule.

Try not breaking the rules

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.2.12  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.2.5    4 weeks ago

We appear to have different versions of legitimate.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.2.13  Tessylo  replied to  Right Down the Center @1.2.11    4 weeks ago
"I broke the rule."

"Try not breaking the rules"

Tell that to those who were 'censored' on Twitter

PS Is this what you just did?

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Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.2.14  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.2.6    4 weeks ago

What is the 'woke hierarchy'?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.2.15  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @1.2.14    4 weeks ago

Obviously, those who controlled social media.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.2.16  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.2.15    4 weeks ago

I mean who can keep up with all the nomenclature nowadays?

Now we can add 'woke hierarchy'

One poster has an ever changing vocabulary when it comes to the liberals - bicoastal liberal progressive urban elites and I believe a new descriptor has been added, but like I said, how do you expect us BLPUEs to keep up anymore????????  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.3  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    4 weeks ago

You know what would make him a hero?  If he spent that $44 billion on something that mattered - not some social media platform.  

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
1.3.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @1.3    4 weeks ago
You know what would make him a hero?  If he spent that $44 billion on something that mattered - not some social media platform.  

If it doesn't matter why is the media in such an uproar saying it could the end of free speech and democracy?  Why are people saying he should spend his money on something else, something they approve of?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.3.2  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @1.3    4 weeks ago
You know what would make him a hero?  If he spent that $44 billion on something that mattered - not some social media platform.  

And you claim that you don't read Twitter.

It's funny that the people you are quoting don't ask the same of Soros, Bezos, Buffett, and Bloomberg

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.3.3  Tessylo  replied to  Right Down the Center @1.3.1    4 weeks ago

I thought about this after I left my comments about him and his money and you're correct (for once, will wonders ever cease) he can do whatever he pleases with his money, whatever the fuck he pleases, but if he wants to remembered for something IMPORTANT, it's not for buying Twitter.  Not by a long fucking shot.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.3.4  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.2    4 weeks ago

The only time I 'read' Twitter is when I see an 'article' about it or actual tweets on Facebook, etc.

Like I have to 'read' Twitter to know about it.  jrSmiley_80_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Im Not Here
Freshman Silent
1.3.5  Im Not Here  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.2    4 weeks ago
It's funny that the people you are quoting don't ask the same of Soros, Bezos, Buffett, and Bloomberg

Bezos has done a pretty good job of keeping the Washington Post alive. The paper even publishes an occasional piece that is critical of Amazon or in favor of a billionaire's tax. Bloomberg publishes pretty useful business news.  

I'm not sure what Soros and Buffett have to do with publishing. Do they own newspapers too?

Setting that question aside, Elon Musk has a history of questionable behavior on Twitter. Not only does he sometimes seem to Tweet ridiculous things like challenging Putin to a duel to decide the fate of Ukraine he has made Tweets that manipulate the price of Tesla stock.

He is one of the last people I would like to see taking Twitter private.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.3.6  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Im Not Here @1.3.5    4 weeks ago

Let's call it the liberal distinction.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.3.7  Tessylo  replied to  Im Not Here @1.3.5    4 weeks ago

They have to throw Soros and Buffett into the mix because they're included in their talking points memos.  

But, but, Elon is a hero and is giving free speech to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Don't you know??????

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.3.8  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.6    4 weeks ago
"Let's call it the liberal distinction."

How liberal of you.  Or any of some of the other liberal synonyms - tolerant, unprejudiced, unbigoted, broad-minded, open-minded, enlightened and I could continue but I'll leave it at that.  

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Masters Principal
1.3.9  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @1.3.8    4 weeks ago
other liberal synonyms - tolerant, unprejudiced, unbigoted, broad-minded, open-minded, enlightened

What a load of bullshit..................LMMFAO

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Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Expert
1.3.10  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Tessylo @1.3.7    4 weeks ago
included in their talking points memos.  

Who leaked the talking point memos to you.  Maybe  they assumed that you wouldn't read them, they confused leaked info with linked info.

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
1.3.11  cjcold  replied to  Tessylo @1.3.4    3 weeks ago

Have never been on Twitter and don't plan to.

 
 
 
Im Not Here
Freshman Silent
1.3.12  Im Not Here  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.6    3 weeks ago

You are forgetting how many or most Democrats lost their minds when Bloomberg ran for president.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.3.13  Tessylo  replied to  Im Not Here @1.3.12    3 weeks ago

Are you a mind reader?  Why would people, much less Democrats, lose their minds when Bloomberg ran for President?

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.3.14  Texan1211  replied to  Tessylo @1.3.13    3 weeks ago
Are you a mind reader?  Why would people, much less Democrats, lose their minds when Bloomberg ran for President?

Well, you know how much some Democrats hate rich people for never ever paying their fair share and all..............

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
1.3.15  pat wilson  replied to  Im Not Here @1.3.12    3 weeks ago

I was hoping and actually expecting him to do a lot better than he did.

 
 
 
Im Not Here
Freshman Silent
1.3.16  Im Not Here  replied to  Tessylo @1.3.13    3 weeks ago
Are you a mind reader?

I only read minds when people put their thoughts into words.

For some added context, however, I am from New York City where mayor Bloomberg used his money to abuse the political system and intimidate other politicians. NYC Democrats do not like Bloomberg, who was variously a Democrat, Republican and Independent in our town.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.3.17  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Im Not Here @1.3.12    3 weeks ago

I didn't forget. He self destructed, otherwise they would have accepted him.

 
 
 
Im Not Here
Freshman Silent
1.3.18  Im Not Here  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.17    3 weeks ago
He self destructed, otherwise they would have accepted him.

He never did that well in the polls as far as I can tell. He opened with about 20% and cratered as soon as he opened his mouth on the debate stage.

Democrats were desperate for anyone who could beat Trump. Bloomberg was definitely not going to be the guy to do it. The reasons were multiple. On the one hand the guy is basically a conservative and on the other hand he is an irritatingly smug billionaire.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.3.19  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Im Not Here @1.3.18    3 weeks ago

It didn't really matter did it. The media and the pandemic took care of Trump.

 
 
 
Im Not Here
Freshman Silent
1.3.20  Im Not Here  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.19    3 weeks ago

Trump probably could have beaten Sanders and Sanders could have been he nominee if the party didn't rally around Biden in time. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.3.21  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Im Not Here @1.3.20    3 weeks ago

That is exactly what happened in the DNC primary. Democrats can thank Jim Clyburn who endorsed Biden after Biden performed so badly in the early primaries and then came Barack Obama, behind the scenes to rally the party once it was down to Biden vs Sanders. And of course, the left needs to thank Sanders for forging the deal that somehow transformed Joe Biden into the ultra radical president he became.

 
 
 
Im Not Here
Freshman Silent
1.3.22  Im Not Here  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.21    3 weeks ago

I think ultimately the left wing of the Democratic Party and the majority of Democratic leadership misread the room. Most Americans didn't want a second FDR they wanted a return to normalcy.

Even if people thought we needed a second New Deal in early 2020 by the time we got midway through 2021 it was clear the nature of the national economic crisis had changed.

Most people are worried about inflation now and have eyes that roll at the thought of additional government spending.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Expert
1.3.23  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Im Not Here @1.3.22    3 weeks ago
Most people are worried about inflation now and have eyes that roll at the thought of additional government spending.

By killing the bloated BBB, Manchin may have saved some Dem House and Senate seats this Fall.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.3.24  Texan1211  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @1.3.23    3 weeks ago

But, thankfully, not enough to keep the GOP from winning the majority.

 
 
 
Im Not Here
Freshman Silent
1.3.25  Im Not Here  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @1.3.23    3 weeks ago

I kind of wish they made the child tax credit expansion permanent.

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
Senior Guide
1.3.26  XXJefferson51  replied to  Im Not Here @1.3.5    3 weeks ago

Soros censors content by using the fact checking agencies affiliated with the IFCN and funded through the Poynter foundation he funds them through to do is dirty work for him

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
Senior Guide
1.3.27  XXJefferson51  replied to  cjcold @1.3.11    3 weeks ago

I do now! 

 
 
 
Im Not Here
Freshman Silent
1.3.28  Im Not Here  replied to  XXJefferson51 @1.3.26    6 days ago

It is well known that facts have a liberal bias.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
2  Hal A. Lujah    4 weeks ago

Musk is about to become very unpopular with the crowd that thinks any type of speech should be ok.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2    4 weeks ago

Like a factual story on Hunter Biden.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
2.1.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    4 weeks ago

The same people who think that also think that there should be no guardrails, and Musk will put up guardrails to keep the lunatics off his platform.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.2  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.1    4 weeks ago

He may.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.3  Tessylo  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.1    4 weeks ago

Which would definitely leave trumpturd out.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
2.1.4  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.3    4 weeks ago

I’m sure Trump knows that any permitted return to twitter would be short lived.  Musk is crazy but not stupid, and Trump has zero self control.  I feel like everything that Musk has accomplished will be severely neglected now that he has chosen to play twitter god instead.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.5  Tessylo  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.4    4 weeks ago

Well, trumpturd is crazy AND stupid.  

As far as all this Twitter stuff goes, I haven't been on Twitter in years and years and it's highly over rated.  

Big whoop!

Also, this is nothing like a victory for free speech.  

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Masters Principal
2.1.6  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.4    4 weeks ago

I guess you and a couple others here, think that Musk will be concentrating on Twitter and nothing else? He isn't stupid and didn't get where he is by being a micromanager. I am sure he thought long and hard about this and already has, at least in his mind, a team and structure in mind to do exactly what he wants to do with the site with minimal intrusion. I just don't get the mentality of those who think successful business people aren't multi taskers. He'll set it up and check in occasionally in meetings with staff for updates and idea harvesting for the site and direct it to be done.

 
 
 
evilgenius
PhD Guide
2.1.7  evilgenius  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.4    4 weeks ago
Musk is crazy but not stupid

You sure about that? Twitter has been losing money... He might be both stupid and crazy. Starlink is already in trouble with a large rate hike and users not getting ordered hardware for months.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.8  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  evilgenius @2.1.7    4 weeks ago
Twitter has been losing money.

Yup. IMHO it had poor management.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.9  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.6    4 weeks ago
I just don't get the mentality of those who think successful business people aren't multi taskers.

Musk is the epitome of a businessman. I sometimes wonder if he ever sleeps.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.10  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.9    4 weeks ago

I bet you think that of whatshisname too.  LOL!  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.11  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.10    4 weeks ago

Whatshisname didn't sleep much and he fueled himself on fast food. What energy he had!

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
2.1.12  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.1    4 weeks ago
The same people who think that also think that there should be no guardrails

You mean like censorship to keep you from hearing differing opinions?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.13  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.5    4 weeks ago
I haven't been on Twitter in years and years

Really?

You've been missing all the woke outrage!

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
2.1.14  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.6    4 weeks ago

a team and structure in mind to do exactly what he wants to do with the site with minimal intrusion

You vastly underestimate the job then.  These are not his employees that he is dealing with, it’s every crazy-as-shit person with a twitter account on the planet.  Mark my words - Musk is going to have to make the same decisions as his predecessor, and will become equally despised.  It will consume him.  Remember, this is the guy who thought it was ok to publicly call the guy trying to save children trapped in a cave a pedophile.  Start from there and take this venture to its logical conclusions.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.15  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.11    4 weeks ago

I don't believe that energy comes from fast food.  jrSmiley_82_smiley_image.gif

I meant you probably believe he's also the epitome of a businessman.  jrSmiley_86_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.16  Tessylo  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.1.12    4 weeks ago
'You mean like censorship to keep you from hearing differing opinions?'

You mean outright lies and mis and dis-information along with more lies.  Which is all you got from whatshisname.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.17  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.15    4 weeks ago
I don't believe that energy comes from fast food. 

Neither do I. That means he had tremendous energy jrSmiley_82_smiley_image.gif



I meant you probably believe he's also the epitome of a businessman.

I know exactly what you meant jrSmiley_80_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Masters Principal
2.1.18  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.14    4 weeks ago

He will have people for that everyday shit with parameters for them to operate within. Just like his predecessorr. You vastly underestimate the man and his business acumen........VASTLY. And consume him? As long as it is making him money I doubt he will be involved in everyday bullshit.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.19  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.18    4 weeks ago

Spoken like a man who knows big business!

jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.20  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.13    4 weeks ago

That's why I come to your 'articles'

For the faux woke outrage.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.21  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.16    4 weeks ago
You mean outright lies and mis and dis-information along with more lies. 

You seemed concerned about seeing things you don't like.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.22  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.17    4 weeks ago

Gee, I wonder where that tremendous energy comes from such a big fat unhealthy sweaty pig.  

Sniff, sniff.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.23  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.20    4 weeks ago
That's why I come to your 'articles'

I guess you are part of my key demographic.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.24  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.21    4 weeks ago

Yeah, lies and misinformation and disinformation and more lies - which is all that comes out of trumpturds' big fat pig mouth.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.25  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.23    4 weeks ago

If you say so?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.26  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.22    4 weeks ago
Gee, I wonder where that tremendous energy came from.

Some people have it and some don't.

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Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.27  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.25    4 weeks ago
If you say so?

And I do.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
2.1.28  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.16    4 weeks ago
You mean outright lies and mis and dis-information along with more lies.

Like I said, censorship to keep you from hearing differing opinions.  All so your feelings don't get hurt.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Masters Principal
2.1.29  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.19    4 weeks ago
Spoken like a man who knows big business!

Obviously you don't, working in the service industry and all..................And yes I do know. That you don't recognize what is being told to you speaks volumes about your knowledge of complex situations.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Expert
2.1.30  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.24    4 weeks ago
big fat pig mouth. 

You so like your redundancy.  

 
 
 
Ronin2
Professor Quiet
2.1.31  Ronin2  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.1    4 weeks ago

The same people who think there should be guardrails, only think it should apply for one side. Which the way it is now.

The left is just pissed they don't have their monopoly in place anymore for one way flow of disinformation.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.32  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.27    4 weeks ago

M'kay

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.33  Tessylo  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.1.28    4 weeks ago

There was no censorship going on.  Nothing out of that fat turd's mouth was worth hearing in the first place!  I mean nothing but lies and misinformation and disinformation and more lies.  

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
2.1.34  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Ronin2 @2.1.31    4 weeks ago

The left isn’t the side running around calling everyone who is not on the right a pedophile, and now Musk is both the owner of twitter and the precedent for freely calling anyone a pedophile in public discourse.  Even if I wanted to do something so sick and stupid I couldn’t do it on NT, because this site has some rules and decorum - but hey, anyone in the world can do it to anyone they choose on the largest platform for public discourse.  Anyone who thinks this is going in a positive direction simply lacks imagination.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.35  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.29    4 weeks ago

Ya!  You're my go to person when it comes to big business!

LOL!

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.36  Tessylo  replied to  Ronin2 @2.1.31    4 weeks ago

Your usual projection.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Masters Principal
2.1.37  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.35    4 weeks ago

I would obviously, it seems to most, be better than that of what you have now.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.38  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.37    4 weeks ago

jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif   NEVER EVER

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.39  Texan1211  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.38    4 weeks ago

Always and forever!

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Masters Principal
2.1.40  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.34    4 weeks ago
Anyone who thinks this is going in a positive direction simply lacks imagination.

JFC do you live in constant glass half empty world? Why is it so many on the left are constant doom and gloom? Would you feel the same if Bezos or Soros bought Twitter or any other platform? Scared shitless of something that may not happen is no way to go through life. I am reminded of this....................

256

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
2.1.41  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.40    4 weeks ago

Scared shitless of something that may not happen is no way to go through life.

Now THAT was amusing!!  I’ve never even had a FB, twitter, instagram, etc. account, but now I’m scared?  Question: do you ever proof read your posts?  You say the dumbest shit.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
2.1.42  Right Down the Center  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.27    4 weeks ago
And I do

And you would be totally correct.  It almost seems you are living rent free in a few heads here.  Keep up the good work.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Masters Principal
2.1.43  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.41    4 weeks ago
Anyone who thinks this is going in a positive direction simply lacks imagination.

It wasn't me that said this ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

You obviously think this is going to somehow affect your life.............unless the above is just spewing "dumb shit" 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.44  Tessylo  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.41    4 weeks ago
"You say the dumbest shit."

Ya!

I don't even use Twitter and I'm supposed to have my panties all in a bunch about this.

I'm obviously not the one with my panties in a bunch.

I like how you handed him his ass!

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Masters Principal
2.1.45  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.44    4 weeks ago

Delusional at best. Did you have them delete your account? And handed me my ass?

jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

I don't think you know what that means and you should.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.46  Tessylo  replied to  Right Down the Center @2.1.42    4 weeks ago
"It almost seems you are living rent free in a few heads here."
jrSmiley_86_smiley_image.gif
 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
2.1.47  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.43    4 weeks ago

I couldn’t care less about the twitter shit show - that doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion on the direction it is about to go in. [removed]

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
2.1.48  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.44    4 weeks ago
I'm obviously not the one with my panties in a bunch.

I can't speak for your panties but it seems you definitely have something in a bunch that is causing extreme discomfort.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
2.1.49  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.46    4 weeks ago

I wasn't specifically talking about you but if the shoe fits....................................

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
2.1.50  Right Down the Center  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.47    4 weeks ago
I couldn’t care less about the twitter shit show - that doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion on the direction it is about to go in.

You can, thanks to free speech.  Enjoy it.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.51  Tessylo  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.47    4 weeks ago
"I couldn’t care less about the twitter shit show - that doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion on the direction it is about to go in.  Take your ankle biting bitch ass somewhere else."

Exactly!

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
2.1.52  Right Down the Center  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.40    4 weeks ago

Brilliant

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
2.1.53  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Right Down the Center @2.1.52    4 weeks ago

You must have the lowest bar for brilliance on NT.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.54  Tessylo  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.53    4 weeks ago

They are supporters of whatshisname - the bar is so low a snake could limbo under it.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
2.1.55  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  evilgenius @2.1.7    4 weeks ago

You sure about that? Twitter has been losing money... He might be both stupid and crazy. Starlink is already in trouble with a large rate hike and users not getting ordered hardware for months.

I have no doubt that Musk is technically capable of improving the twitter platform with innovative ideas.  However, he’s personally made it clear that his sociological skills do not lend themselves to governing a massive social media site.  He’s capable of navigating many lanes, just not that one.  He will quickly find himself in an uncomfortable position where he’s not in competent control, imo.  He will censor and be widely accused of censorship, because there’s no way around it if the site is to remain attractive to the vast majority of users who are not interested in unlimited free (and horrible) speech.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
2.1.56  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.54    4 weeks ago

The things people try to pass off as humor. Sigh.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Masters Principal
2.1.57  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Right Down the Center @2.1.56    4 weeks ago

And in the haste of posting a "gotcha" didn't realize that if it was so low, a snake couldn't limbo under it. Oh, well haste makes waste.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.58  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.57    4 weeks ago

I'm not flattered that y'all hang on my every word and copy and repeat me constantly.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.59  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.57    4 weeks ago

So you realize you couldn't?

PROGRESS!

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
2.1.60  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.58    4 weeks ago

Dude.  Give it a rest already. You aren't that important.  Hell you can barely keep up with your own statements.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
2.1.61  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.58    4 weeks ago
I'm not flattered that y'all hang on my every word and copy and repeat me constantly. 

Making it about you again.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
2.1.62  Right Down the Center  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.1.60    4 weeks ago
Hell you can barely keep up with your own statements.

You are giving too much credit

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
2.1.63  Right Down the Center  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.57    4 weeks ago
And in the haste of posting a "gotcha" didn't realize that if it was so low, a snake couldn't limbo under it.

Some people never let facts get in the way.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
2.1.64  Right Down the Center  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.53    4 weeks ago
You must have the lowest bar for brilliance on NT.

It is one you have yet to reach.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Expert
2.1.65  Sean Treacy  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.34    4 weeks ago
w Musk is both the owner of twitter and the precedent for freely calling anyone a pedophile in public discourse.

Do you think Elon Mush changed defamation law? 

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
2.1.66  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.1.65    4 weeks ago

Did I say he broke any laws?  Is that the only metric you think matters in regards to social interactions?

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
2.1.67  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Right Down the Center @2.1.62    4 weeks ago

Call it a participation trophy.  You know we gotta make them feel good about at least trying.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.68  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.45    4 weeks ago

It's a slang term which means "to be beat in an argument or fight"

Like other slang terms that I have used and that have been questioned - like - "I don't give a shit"

phrase. If someone says that they do not give a shit about something, they mean that they do not care about it at all. [informal, rude, feelings]

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.69  Tessylo  replied to  Right Down the Center @2.1.61    4 weeks ago

Yet you all continue to make it about me . . . 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.70  Tessylo  replied to  Right Down the Center @2.1.63    4 weeks ago

No, you don't.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Masters Principal
2.1.71  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.68    4 weeks ago

Glad you finally figured out what happens to you on a daily basis. Recognizing you have a problem is the first step to conquering it. Kudos.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.72  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.71    4 weeks ago

Your usual projection.  

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Masters Principal
2.1.73  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.72    4 weeks ago

Don't think so [Deleted.] But you keep thinking that and denying 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.74  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.73    4 weeks ago

Delusional

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
2.1.77  cjcold  replied to  Right Down the Center @2.1.50    3 weeks ago
thanks to free speech

Far right-wing fascism and hate speech makes me clean my guns.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Expert
2.1.78  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  cjcold @2.1.77    3 weeks ago

You should always clean them before putting them away, not later.

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
Senior Guide
2.1.79  XXJefferson51  replied to  Right Down the Center @2.1.42    3 weeks ago

In more than just a few it seems….jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Im Not Here
Freshman Silent
2.2  Im Not Here  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2    3 weeks ago

I find it amazing that Musk tries so hard to be unlikeable.

When you think about it, an engineering genius specializing in electric vehicles, solar energy, and space technology could be liked by almost everyone if he just stayed away from Twitter.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3  author  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago
Trump says he won’t return to Twitter after Elon Musk buyout

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http:// hill.cm/C7Knfoi
 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
3.1  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @3    4 weeks ago

... the penal institutions don't allow inmates to have cell phones.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  devangelical @3.1    4 weeks ago

LGBTQ+ Twitter users contemplate exit amid Elon Musk takeover

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http:// hill.cm/hHn91M4


So long...

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.1    4 weeks ago

More like so what . . .

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1.3  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @3.1.2    4 weeks ago

Don't you mean exactly like so what?

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.3    4 weeks ago

I said what I meant.  

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
3.1.5  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  devangelical @3.1    4 weeks ago
the penal institutions don't allow inmates to have cell phones.

It's cute that you are still running with that conspiracy theory.  

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
3.1.6  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.1    4 weeks ago

[Deleted]

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.2  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @3    4 weeks ago

But every other word out of that fat turd's mouth is a lie.  

How soon will he say he didn't say that?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.2.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @3.2    4 weeks ago

You mean he's coming back to Twitter?

That works for me.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
3.2.2  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.2.1    4 weeks ago

twitter deserves the planet's biggest twit...

 
 
 
Ronin2
Professor Quiet
3.2.3  Ronin2  replied to  devangelical @3.2.2    4 weeks ago

Brandon is coming to twitter? 

Wonder how many people it will take to show him how to log in and post? Then how quick his handlers take over the account completely as Brandon proves to be just as big a cognitive mess tweeting as he does speaking.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
3.2.4  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @3.2    4 weeks ago
But every other word out of that fat turd's mouth is a lie. 

Which means every other word is the truth.  That puts him ahead of Jen Psaki

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
3.2.5  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @3.2    4 weeks ago

freedom of speech to most republicans means ________

  1. lying and spreading misinformation
  2. conspiring online with domestic terrorists
  3. sharing child pornography online
  4. all of the above
 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
3.2.6  Texan1211  replied to  devangelical @3.2.5    4 weeks ago
freedom of speech to most republicans means ________
  1. lying and spreading misinformation
  2. conspiring online with domestic terrorists
  3. sharing child pornography online
  4. all of the above

Did the DNC supply you with those words?

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.2.7  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @3.2.5    4 weeks ago

"freedom of speech to most republicans means ________

  1. lying and spreading misinformation
  2. conspiring online with domestic terrorists
  3. sharing child pornography online
  4. all of the above"

The projection, deflection, and denial party

Also their campaign platforms

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
3.2.8  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  devangelical @3.2.5    4 weeks ago

Nice talking points.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.2.9  Tessylo  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @3.2.8    4 weeks ago

Not talking points, TRUTH.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
3.2.10  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Tessylo @3.2.9    4 weeks ago

jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.2.11  Tessylo  replied to  Right Down the Center @3.2.4    4 weeks ago

Another expression - 'every other word out of his mouth' 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4  author  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago

"Millions of Americans have been choking back their thoughts and opinions on this platform for YEARS out of fear of being suspended/canceled. I have a feeling the dam is about to break..."

@johnrich
 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
4.1  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @4    4 weeks ago

"Millions of Americans have been choking back their thoughts and opinions on this platform for YEARS out of fear of being suspended/canceled. I have a feeling the dam is about to break..."

@johnrich

I'm so sure!

jrSmiley_80_smiley_image.gif

Oh, the humanity!

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
4.2  cjcold  replied to  Vic Eldred @4    3 weeks ago

So go the fuck away to a far-right wing fascist site.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4.2.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  cjcold @4.2    3 weeks ago

Why would rational people do that?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
5  author  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago

Musk buying Twitter alarms Democrats

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http:// hill.cm/PDjg1oT

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Masters Principal
5.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Vic Eldred @5    4 weeks ago

Holy shit I guess so. Just read your linked article and they are going batshit crazy and it all seems to have to do with Trump joining back into the fold. Talk about TDS. This is it to the extreme even worse than the usual suspects here at NT.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
5.1.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @5.1    4 weeks ago

And we thought it was about free speech. Most of them simply don't want Trump back. OMG are they gone!

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.2  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @5    4 weeks ago

"Elon Musk’s  deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion and take the company private is stirring alarm among Democrats who are worried former President Trump will return to his onetime favorite social media platform and spread disinformation."

Honestly, I don't think Democrats really give a shit about this.

Let Musk do what the fuck he wants.

Who cares if trumpturd gets back on if Musk lets him?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
5.2.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @5.2    4 weeks ago
Who cares if trumpturd gets back on if Musk lets him?

Based on your comments here : you do.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Masters Principal
5.2.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @5.2    4 weeks ago
Honestly, I don't think Democrats really give a shit about this.

Read the linked article and change your tune...............or go on willfully agnorant.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.2.3  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @5.2.1    4 weeks ago

NOPE

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.2.4  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @5.2.1    4 weeks ago

I don't use twitter so I don't give a fuck one way or the other.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.2.5  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @5.2.2    4 weeks ago
'or go on willfully agnorant.'

That's your domain

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Masters Principal
5.2.6  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @5.2.5    4 weeks ago

This thread, and most others, appears to belie that assumption

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
5.2.8  Texan1211  replied to  Tessylo @5.2    4 weeks ago
Honestly, I don't think Democrats really give a shit about this

Then you have simply been ignoring the histrionics coming from the left over this deal.

Let Musk do what the fuck he wants.

It isn't like you have any power to stop him from doing what he wants, so what are you "letting" him do exactly?

Who cares if trumpturd gets back on if Musk lets him?

A whole gaggle of Democrats have voiced displeasure about it, perhaps your news sources have limited what you are being told.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
5.2.9  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @5.2    4 weeks ago
Honestly, I don't think Democrats really give a shit about this.

The number of heads exploding would lead anyone to think not only do they care but they think it is a threat to free speech and democracy as we know it.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
5.2.10  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @5.2.2    4 weeks ago

Come on, you know dude is going to choose the latter.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.2.11  Tessylo  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @5.2.10    4 weeks ago
Who is this dude you keep referring to?
Do you think you sound cool?
 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
5.2.12  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Tessylo @5.2.11    4 weeks ago
Who is this dude you keep referring to?

Don't worry about it.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.2.13  Tessylo  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @5.2.12    4 weeks ago

I'm not.  You appear to be confused.  I'm a woman.  

[Deleted]

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
5.2.14  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Tessylo @5.2.13    4 weeks ago

You say you aren't worried about it then continue to blather on.  Honestly I don't care if you are a man, a woman or a fucking chimpanzee.

Then you go into childish personal attacks?  And over what?  Me referring to somebody as "Dude"?  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.2.15  Tessylo  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @5.2.14    4 weeks ago

I'm not worried, why would I be? But why are you so angry and hateful all the time?  It can't be good for your health.  

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
5.2.16  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Tessylo @5.2.15    4 weeks ago
But why are you so angry and hateful all the time?

I just have a very low tolerance for stupid shit.  Your idiotic assumptions (like thinking everything is about you) and childish personal attacks fall below that tolerance level.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.2.17  Tessylo  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @5.2.16    4 weeks ago

Projection.

[Deleted]

I'll let you have the last word for now though, don't blow a gasket!  Get that hate and anger under control.  It's not healthy.    

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
5.2.18  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Tessylo @5.2.17    4 weeks ago
I'll let you have the last word for now though, don't blow a gasket!

Blow a gasket?  LMAO.  Reading your comment, it seems you've already accomplished that and it's not even 10am.  Thanks for the laugh.

I'll let you have the last word for now though, don't blow a gasket!  Get that hate and anger under control.  It's not healthy.

This is kind of funny after reading your last few comments.  The "hate" has been under control for quite a long time now.  I just sit back and what people like you have meltdowns over trivial stuff like this and laugh.  I'm in pretty good shape for somebody my age and life.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.2.19  Tessylo  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @5.2.18    4 weeks ago

Now you can have the last word

[Deleted]

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
6  Right Down the Center    4 weeks ago

The left found a new word, disinformation.  And they will ride it to try and censor free speech that they don't like.  Just like overusing the term racist until it has lost most of its meaning I think disinformation will also.  Elon buying Twitter may be a big step toward that.  In the meantime I will watch all the heads explode and try to explain why censorship is important for free speech and democracy.

 
 
 
Ronin2
Professor Quiet
6.1  Ronin2  replied to  Right Down the Center @6    4 weeks ago
In the meantime I will watch all the heads explode and try to explain why censorship is important for free speech and democracy.

It is important for the left's free speech and democracy (or at least their definition of it).

If Musk gets his way Democrat control of information is coming to an end. People might actually get real information (like on Hunter Biden's lap top before the federal elections that was buried by Google, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, etc.); while Democrat BS talking points were pushed to the forefront- like Hunter's laptop being Russian disinformation. 

Brandon's never ending gaffs and cognitive decline will be on display endlessly for everyone to see and comment on. 

The left will be howling trying to find new ways of curtailing free speech; into only their speech.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
6.1.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Ronin2 @6.1    4 weeks ago
The left will be howling trying to find new ways of curtailing free speech; into only their speech.

So far they have used "racist:, "misinformation", and disinformation".  Maybe their next buzzwords will be "Alien inspired" (and I don't mean illegal alien). 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
6.2  Tessylo  replied to  Right Down the Center @6    4 weeks ago

yea, yea, yea

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
6.2.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @6.2    4 weeks ago
yea, yea, yea

Exactly

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
7  JohnRussell    4 weeks ago

www.nbcnews.com   /think/opinion/facebook-twitter-don-t-censor-conservatives-they-hire-promote-them-ncna1245308

Opinion | Facebook doesn't censor conservatives. It plasters their views all over your feed.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
8  JohnRussell    4 weeks ago

www.kxan.com   /news/texas-politics/do-facebook-and-twitter-silence-conservatives-data-shows-they-actually-dominate/

Do Facebook and Twitter silence conservatives? Data shows they actually dominate

Russell Falcon 5-6 minutes   3/6/2021


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Meanwhile, Barrett and Grant Sims found that far from silencing conservative views, “a variety of analyses and rankings indicate conservatives enjoy a prominent place on major social media platforms.”

CrowdTangle data also showed that from January 1 to Election Day 2020, the top engagement-getting news accounts were conservative Fox News in first place (with 448 million total interactions) and far-right media outlet Breitbart in second (294 million). The third was another conservative-leaning source, The Daily Caller.

“There is no evidence to support the claim that the major social media companies are suppressing, censoring or otherwise discriminating against conservatives on their platforms,” Barrett writes in the study. “In fact, it is often conservatives who gain the most in terms of engagement and online attention, thanks to the platforms’ systems of algorithmic promotion of content.”

Another study by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, in collaboration with Politico, “ Disinformation Briefing: Narratives around Black Lives Matter and voter fraud ,” found conservative posts spreading inaccuracies about the two topics were amplified. Among these posts that proliferated were   still unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud   resulted in a stolen election.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
9  Tessylo    4 weeks ago

The usual faux outrage over something that isn't happening!

Does anyone know how 'Truth Social' is working out?

jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
9.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @9    4 weeks ago

It is nice when people so easily amuse themselves.

 
 
 
Hallux
Sophomore Principal
9.2  Hallux  replied to  Tessylo @9    4 weeks ago

Apparently Trump had a couple of Biden moments.

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
9.2.1  JBB  replied to  Hallux @9.2    4 weeks ago

Trump is, um, unwell...original

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Expert
9.2.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JBB @9.2.1    4 weeks ago

When was the last time that you felt him well?

 
 
 
Freewill
Junior Participates
9.2.3  Freewill  replied to  JBB @9.2.1    4 weeks ago

Hey, man boobs ("moobs" if we want to use the medical term) is a serious matter!  Let the man search for proper support... as any other sort of support for him would be improper IMHO. 

 
 
 
Im Not Here
Freshman Silent
9.2.4  Im Not Here  replied to  JBB @9.2.1    3 weeks ago

Do you think he is shopping for his wife? Or his daughter?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Expert
9.2.5  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Im Not Here @9.2.4    3 weeks ago

Maybe a mistress.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
10  JohnRussell    4 weeks ago

www.theguardian.com   /media/2021/feb/01/facebook-youtube-twitter-anti-conservative-claims-baseless-report-finds

Claim of anti-conservative bias by social media firms is baseless, report finds

Adam Gabbatt 4-5 minutes   2/1/2021


Republicans including Donald Trump have raged against Twitter and Facebook in recent months, alleging anti-conservative bias, censorship and a silencing of free speech. According to   a new report   from New York University, none of that is true.

Disinformation expert Paul Barrett and researcher J Grant Sims found that far from suppressing conservatives, social media platforms have, through algorithms, amplified rightwing voices, “often affording conservatives greater reach than liberal or nonpartisan content creators”.

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Hallux
Sophomore Principal
11  Hallux    4 weeks ago

Musk has yet to take over the reins and folks are jumping the gun as to how this is a victory for free speech ... just maybe y'all should wait for several months and see how this unfolds in the real world of egos; there are enough examples out there of Musk biting his employees for having the temerity not to praise him with 'free speech'. Anyone thinking that a giant ego will refrain from manipulation is living in a Dollar Tree own-the-libs windsock. 

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
11.1  pat wilson  replied to  Hallux @11    4 weeks ago
a Dollar Tree own-the-libs windsock. 

Awesome, lol.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
11.2  Tessylo  replied to  Hallux @11    4 weeks ago

You know what would make this nut case a hero?  If he spent that $44 billion on something that mattered, which is not a social media platform.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
11.2.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @11.2    4 weeks ago
If he spent that $44 billion on something that mattered, which is not a social media platform.

Maybe you could give us a list of things that matter so people would only buy approved things going forward.  What is your feeling on Canadian salmon?  I was going to buy some today but recall they may still be clubbing seals.  Please let me know if that matters so I can decide if I should get some or not.

 
 
 
Hallux
Sophomore Principal
11.2.2  Hallux  replied to  Right Down the Center @11.2.1    4 weeks ago
What is your feeling on Canadian salmon?

Only buy wild caught Pacific or go one better and buy wild Arctic Char, Atlantic salmon is farmed.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
11.2.3  Right Down the Center  replied to  Hallux @11.2.2    4 weeks ago
Atlantic salmon is farmed.

I have heard that.  Why do they say farmed is not as good as wild?

 
 
 
Hallux
Sophomore Principal
11.2.4  Hallux  replied to  Right Down the Center @11.2.3    4 weeks ago

The flesh of farmed salmon is dyed pink.

 
 
 
shona1
Junior Participates
11.2.5  shona1  replied to  Hallux @11.2.4    4 weeks ago

Anoon Hallux...oh crap I did not know that..I only eat canned Alaskan or Canadian salmon.. won't touch anything else.....just had a look at the can I get.

Says wild Alaskan pink salmon, responsibly caught product of USA...pay about $5 a can here...

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
11.2.6  Tessylo  replied to  Right Down the Center @11.2.1    4 weeks ago

yea, yea, yea

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
11.2.7  Right Down the Center  replied to  Hallux @11.2.4    4 weeks ago

Well that sucks.  I think my favorite is Steelhead trout but it is not always available here.  Alot like salmon but not quite as oily.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
11.2.8  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @11.2.6    4 weeks ago
yea, yea, yea

Well, I didn't get the salmon but I did get some cod.  I hope that meets with your approval.

 
 
 
Snuffy
Senior Guide
11.3  Snuffy  replied to  Hallux @11    4 weeks ago

it will be interesting to see in a year how this all shakes out.  Personally I see this as a business decision by Musk where he's looking at how to leverage it and make a lot of money.  By going private he can charge membership fee's,  and sell advertising content also.  If he happens to make it more transparent and open I think this will be a victory for free speech.  But I suspect his primary motive involves making money.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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11.3.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Snuffy @11.3    4 weeks ago

By going private he can charge membership fee's

Free speech?  Doesn’t sound free to me.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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11.3.2  Tessylo  replied to  Snuffy @11.3    4 weeks ago

That is his primary motive - making money - NOT FREE SPEECH

 
 
 
Tessylo
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11.3.3  Tessylo  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @11.3.1    4 weeks ago

Yeah, how does paying for it make it free?  jrSmiley_78_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Snuffy
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11.3.4  Snuffy  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @11.3.1    4 weeks ago
If he happens to make it more transparent and open I think this will be a victory for free speech. 

Read everything in my comment, don't just cherry-pick what you want FFS.  I also included this   

    If he happens to make it more transparent and open I think this will be a victory for free speech. 

In writing a letter to the White House to voice concerns over something,  is it an infringement on your free speech that you must purchase a stamp in order to mail that letter?

In sending an email to your Congressional Representative, is it an infringement on your free speech that you must have email services in some fashion?

Some people just cannot separate the term Free Speech from a service...

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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11.3.5  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Snuffy @11.3.4    4 weeks ago

Maybe twitter can be the new 8chan.  Progress.

 
 
 
Snuffy
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11.3.6  Snuffy  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @11.3.5    4 weeks ago

Oh, the drama...   here's a hint, if you don't like Twitter then don't use it.  Simple easy fix for ya...  

Or maybe change  your screen name to Sarah Bernhardt.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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11.3.7  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Snuffy @11.3.6    4 weeks ago
if you don't like Twitter then don't use it.

Then what are they going to freak out about?  

 
 
 
Snuffy
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11.3.8  Snuffy  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @11.3.7    4 weeks ago

Oh I'm confident the opposition will find something.  They always do

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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11.3.9  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @11.3.7    4 weeks ago

Freaking out?  Hilarious.  Anytime a liberal make an observation we are freaking out, according to you.  That is the mark of true a drama queen.  Perhaps you should fall back on your fainting couch and take a breather, princess.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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11.3.10  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Snuffy @11.3.8    4 weeks ago

You're right.  And if there's nothing, they can always continue to fabricate something.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
11.3.11  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @11.3.9    4 weeks ago
Anytime a liberal make an observation we are freaking out, according to you.

Liberals making observations?  They can actually do that?  And yes, 9 times out of 10 you all are set your hair on fire freaking out.  

  • Musk buys Twitter and you all freak out claiming "it's the end of free speech"
  • The wind changes direction you all freak out claiming is some big conspiracy.
 
 
 
Freewill
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12  Freewill    4 weeks ago

Honestly I think the claims of extreme social media bias were overblown to begin with, as is the reaction to Musk's takeover of Twitter now by some Democrats like Warren and Durbin.  As for fears that Trump might return to that platform, who gives a shit?  He is going to be heard anyway one way or the other, and his rhetoric will be countered, ridiculed (often rightly so) and his lies/disinformation otherwise laid bare for all to see. Better that happen out in the open, rather than behind closed doors, or in echo chambers where it can do real damage.  

That is the thing about free speech, you don't need to listen to it if you don't want to, and guess what, you can counter it with the facts or the truth if you feel it is necessary.  You can make an appeal and minimize the impact of such disinformation.  One thing is for certain, allowing a fire cracker to explode in your open palm might sting a little, but the tighter you close your fist around it the more likely you are to lose your fingers.  

Having said that, I will be interested to see how Musk keeps his promises of free exchange for all, and how he deals with employees and outside politicians who might be more prone to close the fist.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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12.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Freewill @12    4 weeks ago
you can counter it with the facts or the truth if you feel it is necessary

Interesting that Bernie Sanders agrees that everyone has a right to free speech and people should counter it with facts instead of trying to silence it.(paraphrasing).

 
 
 
Freewill
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12.1.1  Freewill  replied to  Right Down the Center @12.1    4 weeks ago
Interesting that Bernie Sanders agrees that everyone has a right to free speech and people should counter it with facts instead of trying to silence it.(paraphrasing)

How about that, even a self-described "socialist", can be right sometimes.  jrSmiley_82_smiley_image.gif

Most true Libertarians feel that way as well.  Freedom of expression and freedom from oppression go hand in hand.

 
 
 
JBB
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12.2  JBB  replied to  Freewill @12    4 weeks ago

Now valued at about ninety two gazillion bazillion Bitcoins the Twitter board of directors is still bound by all their normal legal fiduciary duties to exert due diligence to grow their shareholder's value and to protect their company's assets. And so, We should expect things to not change all that very much at Twitter going forward regarding their content moderation and account bannings...

 
 
 
Freewill
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12.2.1  Freewill  replied to  JBB @12.2    4 weeks ago
Now valued at about ninety two gazillion bazillion Bitcoins...

Not familiar with that particular fiscal denomination, but I understand your point.  And you might be right.  While our right to free speech is not to be abridged by Congress, businesses can set their own rules of proper decorum within the confines of their domain, and they will often do it in a way that is best for their bottom line.  This is something that is often overlooked in these sorts of discussions.  Now, as new owner, if he (and/or the board) decides to do away with previous policies, limits, controls, bots, etc. involving political matters/opinions believing that he is doing the right thing (including what is best for their bottom line) are you going to have a problem with that?

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
12.2.2  JBB  replied to  Freewill @12.2.1    4 weeks ago

I am confident that Twitter users will demand moderation as they do on all major platforms. 

Users will not tolerate death threats, doxing, racial and sexual slurs. All it would take is one kid hounded into suicide by online bullying to emphasize this point all over, again...

 
 
 
Freewill
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12.2.3  Freewill  replied to  JBB @12.2.2    4 weeks ago
Users will not tolerate death threats, doxing, racial and sexual slurs. All it would take is one kid hounded into suicide by online bullying to emphasize this point all over, again

Certainly not, and I don't believe that Musk or the Board has indicated a desire to remove moderation of that type of thing at all, have they?  The focus up to this point in the discussion has been on moderation having to do with political viewpoints, data, and opinions - First Amendment type stuff, has it not?  Let's be careful not to move the goal posts here.   

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
12.2.4  JBB  replied to  Freewill @12.2.3    4 weeks ago

Yet, Trump got himself banned for spreading dangerous misinformation about Covid-19 and for instigating a violent insurrection. It was not merely for him expressing his political views...

Can you identify anyone ever banned for that?

All kinds of things will get one moderated here, but not merely expressing unpopular opinions. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
12.2.5  Tessylo  replied to  JBB @12.2.4    4 weeks ago
"Yet, Trump got himself banned for spreading dangerous misinformation about Covid-19 and for instigating a violent insurrection. It was not merely for him expressing his political views..."

I get so tired of that nonsense.  That he was just expressing his political views . . . first amendment.  BULLSHIT

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Expert
12.2.6  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Tessylo @12.2.5    4 weeks ago
I get so tired of that nonsense

Tired?  You live for that nonsense.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
12.2.7  Tessylo  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @12.2.6    4 weeks ago

Do I?  How would you know?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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12.2.8  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Tessylo @12.2.7    4 weeks ago
How would you know?

You display it all day long here.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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12.2.9  Tessylo  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @12.2.8    4 weeks ago

Well gee thanks for pointing out that I display nonsense all day long according to you.  What would I do without you?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Expert
12.2.10  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Tessylo @12.2.9    4 weeks ago
What would I do without you?

Be a lost little lamb?

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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12.2.11  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @12.2.9    4 weeks ago
Well gee thanks for pointing out that I display nonsense all day long

You mean you didn't realize it before now? Self awareness is a good thing. Get some

 
 
 
Tessylo
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12.2.12  Tessylo  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @12.2.10    4 weeks ago

Gee thank you so much for pointing out the error of my ways.  Why don't you and JJ form a club?

The We Love Tess Mutual Admiration Society or something like that?

What would I do without either of you?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Expert
12.2.13  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Tessylo @12.2.12    4 weeks ago
Gee thank you so much for pointing out the error of my ways.

I didn't point out your errors or write that you posted nonsense, I wrote that "You live for that nonsense" and that you display that you live for it daily.  

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Tessylo
Professor Principal
12.2.14  Tessylo  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @12.2.13    4 weeks ago

It appears that taunting and trolling is fundamental to you as well.  

What happened to your buddy.

Are you done tag teaming me for now?

 
 
 
Freewill
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12.2.15  Freewill  replied to  Tessylo @12.2.5    3 weeks ago
I get so tired of that nonsense.  That he was just expressing his political views . . . first amendment.  BULLSHIT

If you are so tired of it, why do you make it up?  Who in this thread even mentioned Trump or that what he was doing on Twitter was “just expressing his political views … first amendment”?

Certainly not me.  JBB brought up Trump, I wasn’t talking about that asshole at all.  What is BULLSHIT is you once again interjecting with your straw man crap and making up your own version of what other people are saying or talking about so that you can chime in with your hateful rhetoric.  Enough already, aren’t you tired of that sort of nonsense from others?  If so, then why use the tactic yourself?

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Expert
13  Tacos!    4 weeks ago

I wouldn’t spend $44 Billion basically out of spite, but then I’m not rich enough to be that weird.

I will be interested in seeing if he lets Disney post pro-LGBTQ content. And if he does, what will Florida and other like-minded states do to punish Twitter or Musk for allowing it?

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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13.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tacos! @13    4 weeks ago

I agree with something I heard on Al Jazerra a little while ago.  It is easier for Musk to think about what he wants to do than actually implement it.  But he is a genius so who knows.  The one thing I do believe is twitter was broken.  It seemed they had loose rules about what was not accepted but the enforcement of those rules was not done fairly or with any consistency.     

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Expert
13.1.1  Tacos!  replied to  Right Down the Center @13.1    4 weeks ago
It seemed they had loose rules about what was not accepted but the enforcement of those rules was not done fairly or with any consistency.     

For sure. Unfortunately, that’s a big problem with pretty much every social media platform. Even people who aren’t even trying to post controversial content find the platform shutting them down, and they rarely explain why.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
Professor Guide
13.1.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  Right Down the Center @13.1    3 weeks ago

Eh, he used mommy and daddy’s money to pay people to design and build things that he could slap his name on. A good promoter to be sure, but genius is a big stretch IMO. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
13.2  Tessylo  replied to  Tacos! @13    4 weeks ago

That's a fantastic question and I'd love to see the outcome of that.  

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
Professor Guide
13.3  Thrawn 31  replied to  Tacos! @13    3 weeks ago

If I had that kind of money you definitely wouldn’t see me on Twitter, seems to me the guy likes the attention though. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
14  author  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago

"Rhode Island teacher told 'all 5' classes how Musk's Twitter buyout is worst thing ever"


 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
14.1  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @14    4 weeks ago

Oh no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
14.1.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @14.1    4 weeks ago

Disinformation, she should be canceled.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
15  Hal A. Lujah    4 weeks ago

This is probably the most informative analysis of this issue I’ve seen, wrt what Musk is in for and how little experience he has in this field.  Ben Collins has extensive hands on experience in navigating extremist web site content and the history of internet censorship.  As he says, everyone has a line.

 
 
 
Jack_TX
Senior Quiet
15.1  Jack_TX  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @15    4 weeks ago

You'll forgive me for thinking that MSNBC is as likely as Fox to have "informative analysis" on anything.

Elon didn't know anything about electric cars or rockets at the beginning, either.  

Twitter is about to get better. 

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
Professor Guide
15.1.1  Thrawn 31  replied to  Jack_TX @15.1    3 weeks ago

Twitter has always sucked. Polishing a turd doesn’t make it not a turd.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
15.1.2  JohnRussell  replied to  Thrawn 31 @15.1.1    3 weeks ago

Twitter is what people want it to be. I look at twitter here and there, almost always to find breaking news stories . Twitter is a phenomenal way to keep up with things that are happening NOW. 

I dont pay any attention to all the garbage tweets and its not hard to avoid them if you really want to. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
15.1.3  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @15.1.2    3 weeks ago

I seldom comment on twitter. Usually it's only to jab at Marc Elias.  I do use it for pictures to use on NT and to find leads into breaking stories like you say you do.

As for the tweets, you are right: mostly garbage on the political side. There are a lot of non-political things there too.

 
 
 
Jack_TX
Senior Quiet
15.1.4  Jack_TX  replied to  Thrawn 31 @15.1.1    3 weeks ago
Twitter has always sucked.

Exactly.  It can hardly get worse.

There is an incredibly low bar and Musk has a habit of doing things better than most other people.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
16  author  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago
 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
16.1  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @16    4 weeks ago

Yes, and?

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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16.1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @16.1    4 weeks ago

Yes and fucking pathetic baby snowflake. And it seems the Twitter staff is full of them

 
 
 
Snuffy
Senior Guide
16.1.3  Snuffy  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @16.1.1    4 weeks ago

If she's that worried about her future employment now that the "evil" Musk is coming to town..   she could always reach out to Nina Jankowicz.  I'm confident her bona-fides should be able to get her a position on the Department of Homeland Security's Disinformation Governance Board.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
16.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @16.1.1    4 weeks ago

Gee, what a surprise that not everyone sees this kook as their hero and Lord and Savior!!!!!

He's going to save the world by buying Twitter!

Big fucking deal!

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Expert
17  Drinker of the Wry    3 weeks ago

I read that My Pillow Guy is partnering with Elon Musk to market a product that lets liberals cry themselves to sleep.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
17.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @17    3 weeks ago
I read that My Pillow Guy is partnering with Elon Musk to market a product that lets liberals cry themselves to sleep

That doesnt speak too well of Elon Musk now does it? 

 
 
 
Im Not Here
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18  Im Not Here    3 weeks ago

There's one aspect of this that has nothing to do with free speech and what Musk plans to do with Twitter in that regard: Tesla stock is insanely overvalued and Musk need an excuse to sell some of it without looking like he is cashing out because the stock is overpriced and due for a reality check.

 
 

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