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The Attempt to Control Is Becoming Pervasive by The Elephant's Child

An interesting search. I wanted to know the precise new title and agency for Dr. William Happer, appointed as a new science advisor in the Trump administration. He is a world-renowned physicist, Princeton University emeritus professor, and a splendid choice. Couldn’t find it at all. The first 6 pages on Bing and even on Duck Duck Go (the one that doesn’t track you) are given over to sources like Vox and Think Progress to claim that he is a prominent denier, Nazi, and to Bill Nye, the Science Guy, to insult Dr. Happer, with headlines like Bill Nye “Destroys” William Happer.

Bill Nye, Science Guy, is not a scientist. He has an
undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.
That’s it. He is not an authority on anything. He is a
television personality.

I am a confirmed skeptic about global warming because I grew up outdoors in the mountains of Idaho. You will find that rural people who interact with the natural world every day are not terrified of global warming.  They leave that to Hollywood celebrities and city apartment people. I was an English major and I read. A lot.

Never did find Dr. Happer’s proper title in the Trump administration. on the 7th page on two search engines, I found Climate Depot, Powerline and the Cato Institute at numbers 72, 73, and 74. That seems to be a good indication of the attempt to suppress conservative thought. I think you will find this pretty common across all search engines, It’s common among newspapers and magazines, but those are clearly declining industries. You’re familiar with media reaction to being called “fake news” by the president.

Now we have a report from Chris Horner at CEI about the climate advisers in the governors’ offices, at least Washington’s Jay Inslee, California’s Jerry Brown and New York’s Andrew Cuomo who advise them on steps to take to tax carbon, attack oil companies, and in the case of Jerry Brown to put up his own climate satellite. It’s getting scary out there.

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The Constitution is Under Attack by The Elephant's Child

Bet you didn’t know that today is Constitution Day, the national observance holiday that most Americans never heard of. Investors Business Daily called my attention to the Date. They say “this year, 2018, it may well be our most important holiday. For the Constitution is threatened more now than at any time since seven southern states seceded from Union and Civil War broke out on April 12, 1861.”

Scott Powell of the Discovery Institute explains the present peril, and it’s important to understand how and why he declares this to be so. The article from Investors is here, not long, and worth your time.

Richard Epstein of the Hoover Institution contributed to the Politico symposium this morning about the Kavanaugh matter: “The Democratic resistance to the Kavanaugh nomination has been an all-out assault on his judicial philosophy and personal integrity from the moment that it was announced. And here is the Wall Street Journal’s take on the #Me Too Kavanaugh Ambush. And here is Victor Davis Hanson on “The New Refuge of Scoundrels” in which he takes on the anonymous op-eds, the Kavanaugh accusations and the other anonymous accusations said to be justified because of the sheer awfulness of the Trump administration because “ripped from their mother’s arms” and other excrescences of the Left in its agonies.

Well, of course Constitution Day is the perfect time for Hillary to come forth with a demand that we abolish the Electoral College because Donald Trump is destroying America. Poor Hillary, she was just so entitled, and she cannot get over her loss. This was in a long article in The Atlantic, derived from her book “What Happened” (sales of her book may not be going well) in which she explains just how perfectly dreadful, awful, horrible the Trump administration is with every false trope the Democrats have come up with. There the s#!#-hole comment about some African countries (who deserve the appellation) which proves that Trump is racist (Nobody ever called Trump a racist until he ran for the presidency). The 3,000 deaths from Hurricane Maria, ‘ripped from the arms’, every trope the Democrats have devised.

What it clearly demonstrates is that the Democrats have no respect for or understanding of the Constitution. The Electoral College protects the votes of all Americans from the over-populous coastal states to see that all votes count. Feminists are demanding a new Amendment to the Constitution to make sure that females are entitled to every benefit that males get, excluding unimportant stuff like the draft and combat, I guess.

In the meantime, former Democratic presidential candidate, Secretary of State and Senator John Kerry has been off to Iran to tell their government how to deal with the Trump administration’s attempt to nullify the Obama administration’s  Iran Deal. He is apparently unaware that he is no longer the Secretary of State and doesn’t get to do American foreign policy. He should be prosecuted. He has admitted that he met “three or four times” with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif since Kerry left office. He admits talking about Trump’s decision to exit the foolish Iran nuclear deal that Kerry helped craft. This is a plain violation of the Logan Act, that forbids private American citizens from conducting foreign policy with out official authorization.

So give a little thought to the U.S. Constitution today. Signed in Convention on Monday September 17, 1787.

The Cato Institute has long published pocket-sized bound copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution 3½” x 5″. Good for you and for your kids.  Kamala Harris sneered at Brett Kavanaugh about “that little book you carry in your pocket” which was probably one of these.  Cato, I believe still has group prices for more than one copy, inexpensive.



Fake News, Real News, and “Opinion” But What IS Opinion? by The Elephant's Child

The rise of opinion is one of the more striking success stories in the history of ideas. “Opinion” is the name for a belief or conclusion held with confidence but not necessarily substantiated by positive knowledge or proof. Opinions, then are distinguished by the strength with which they are held rather than by the authenticity with which their conclusions are demonstrable. …

In the beginning, “opinion” was a synonym for uncertainty—for a notion grounded in personal preference (rather than fact), and hence was thought likely to be the pathway to error. …

When Opinion went public, there was a crucial change in the prestige of all opinions. An individual’s opinion, naturally enough seemed flimsy and unreliable. For it has all the fallibility of that particular person, and was obviously tainted by that person’s ignorance or prejudice. “Public” Opinion, however had quite a different character, being the opinion of nobody in particular, but of everybody in general, its weaknesses were hard to define and its strength was enveloped in an aura of group wisdom. Did it not include the reasoned conclusions of the learned along with the commonsense intuitions of the untutored? Might it not hold the best of all realms of thought or feeling? …

By the late twentieth century there had come into being in the United States something which I will call “Big Opinion.” Just as large-scale organization, concentration of capital, and new technologies brought into being “Big Science,” so it was with the machinery of making, forming, shaping, testing, assessing, and organizing opinion. A whole new technology of polling and sampling became the basis of  prosperous industry. Opinion pollsters formed themselves into professional societies, they produced learned journals, and trade journals. At the same time the new professions of advertising and public relations (drawing every day on the products of this new industry) enlisted some of the best-educated, brightest, and most sophisticated minds in the nation. When opinion measuring and opinion making had become  big business, the power and prestige of Public Opinion had reached a new stage.

These are selected excerpts from the chapter titled “How Opinion Went Public,” in a book called “Democracy and Its Discontents” Reflections on Everyday America” by Daniel J. Boorstin (October 1, 1914 – February 28, 2004) who was an historian at the University of Chicago, and was appointed the twelfth Librarian of the United States Congress in 1975, and served until 1987. He has written many wonderful books, I especially liked three volumes titled “The Americans:” The Americans: The Colonial Experience, The Americans: The National Experience, and The Americans: The Democratic Experience. Look for him at the Library.



The Creepy Line — The Movie by The Elephant's Child

The Creepy Line is a documentary that reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and YouTube, and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle –hence powerful– manner in which they do it.

The Creepy Line is a title taken from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

However, as Dr. Robert Epstein explains in the film, “Google crosses the creepy line every day.” Containing interviews with Jordan B. Peterson, Peter Schweizer, and others, The Creepy Line offers an explosive look at the meddling and intervening done by Google and Facebook on their supposedly “neutral platforms.” The Creepy Line takes the conversation about data privacy and control further than ever before by examining what Google and Facebook do once they control a user’s data. Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line examines what is at risk when these two tech titans have free reign to utilize the public’s most private and personal data.



Michelle Malkin Has Some Concerns about Google Too. by The Elephant's Child

Michelle Malkin has warned of Google’s surveillance of our children through their ostensibly educational suite of applications. This, too, was a response to the leaked videos of Google’s “all-hands meeting” after Donald Trump’s election. Google co-founder Sergey Brin suggested that President Donald Trump’s supporters voted for him out of “boredom,” which he further credited as an historical driver of both fascism and communism. That is indeed a pretty weird analysis of the election, and not one I have heard elsewhere. That is so far from what is actually going on in the country, that you have to take notice. Responding to an online question that expressed concern at the growing income disparities between America’s heartland and the coastal regions, Brin responded:

I think everyone’s presuming that some of these folks left behind are specifically the people who voted for Trump. I don’t think the data quite supports that – I know there’s the geographic, roughly speaking, spread [but] Hillary won the lower-income demographic…”

The biggest relationship was whether people had really routine jobs, um, in an area, that correlated highly, uh, with Trump support versus non-routine jobs. There’s actually a lot of historical precedent for boredom being a huge factor in vote choice – and actually in building extremism.

Data shows that boredom led to fascism and also the communist revolutions, I mean there are many other factors too, but, uh, it sort of sneaks up, sometimes, you know, really bad things …”Brin goes on to say that Google should think about how it can improve “governance” and “decision-making.”

How will Google combat the “extremism” that Brin links to Trump support? The co-founder references it himself elsewhere in the clip: the company’s internal think-tank, “Jigsaw,” which has developed tools to redirect users away from “extremist” content in search results on both Google Search and YouTube.

Michelle Malkin said:

Is Google’s role in infiltrating the public schools.,when they talk about boredom, what do they think is the cure? Well, stuffing our kids’ minds and larding up their computers, which are donated by Google and all of these big tech companies into the classrooms with GAFE, which is Google Applications for Education.”

Why? Not because they care about boredom or not, but they’re tracking our kids. Who cares about tracking hijackers and jihadists? They’re spending more money and building more infrastructure to track our kids from the time they get onto the bus until they graduate from college. That’s what they’re focused on.

Google had free reign under the Obama White House, that’s how the FERPA — Family Education Rights and Privacy Act — was completely weakened to allow the third-party sale of our kids’ data, and more needs to be done on that front. I’d like to see the Trump Education Department be doing more to combat that. …

It’s not just their searches,” said Malkin. “It’s not just their curricula. [Google] is starting to track and measure social and emotional and psychological learning to program them to be good workers bees like the ones that we saw all applauding dutifully at the all-hands meeting after the election.

Sergey Brin makes a lot of his status as “immigrant” He was born in Russia, but came to the U.S. at age six, when his parents fled persecution as Jews. I don’t know if these people who struck it rich with an invention that proved to be in great demand, had time aside from their technology studies to learn something about American history and the freedom that brought his family here.

I don’t know, but what the Google people had to say in the purloined video of their meeting, indicates that there is at least one person there who is not completely on board. A little broad daylight on the company may not be welcome, but seems to be necessary.

Michelle Malkin said:

“One last angle I want to get in here… and it’s something that Breitbart’s education reporters have covered… is Google’s role in infiltrating the public schools. When they talk about boredom, what do they think is the cure? Well, stuffing our kids’ minds and larding up their computers, which are donated by Google and all of these big tech companies into the classrooms with GAFE, which is Google Applications for Education.”



Freedom Isn’t Free, We Have to Keep Working On It! by The Elephant's Child

Thinking about Google and their algorithms. They are supposedly designed to search my traffic and searches on their website so they can sell the information about my interests to advertisers so the advertisers can target me with ads that I am most likely to respond to. Have I got that straight?

If so, they’re doing a #*!#€∂ poor job of it.  I have never seen an ad online that I have responded to. Oddly enough, I would be happy to tell them regularly what advertising would interest me. For free. Advertisers who want to buy information on people who have no interest in their products are free to waste their money.

They could just ask me once or twice a month. How about you? Hunting season, Back to school, upcoming wedding, redecorating, football fan, thinking about a new car, the possibilities are endless. Amazon has made shopping easy for those short of time, and damaged local retailers in the process. But it is inevitable. Those who offer what we want and the least troublesome way to get it, will get our business.

What I’m suggesting is that Google et all don’t have to play dirty—they have deliberately chosen to be sneaky about stealing your privacy and your information, and controlling your ideas, without even considering the possibility of doing it honestly. Free business idea here.

A Google research scientist has quit in response to Google’s secret agreement to move forward with creating a censored search engine approved by the Communist Chinese government for use in China. If you did not read my post on the Chinese government, here is the link. After the videos of Google weekly meetings despairing the election of Donald Trump, and suggesting that they would do whatever it takes to ensure that doesn’t happen again or succeed, it should be quite clear that if they are willing to build a highly censored search engine for Communist China’s control of their people, Democrats whose only goal is control are next. And Europe will be next. Apparently Google can influence and determine elections, and remember that You Tube is part of Google. Prager University is having more of their freedom-oriented videos censored by YouTube.

Republicans are, by nature, inclined to be suspicious of government regulation.  The Obama administration gave us a big dose of that, because the Democrats are, by nature, inclined to want to control whatever annoys them, and they hate Trump’s booming economy, lifting everyone. Nancy Pelosi has said quite specifically that the first thing the Democrat House will do when they get back in control is to dump the tax cuts and get taxes back to where they belong so that Democrats have lots of tax money with which to buy votes. She is sure that all the tax cuts go only to the very rich. Yet the reports from the economy are that average workers have had a better pay increase than CEOs.

Freedom is always under attack from the controllers, and always has to be fought for, hopefully just at the polls. Our Constitution has done our Founders’ best in trying to limit what the government can do, for as we have just seen in the last 8 years—there’s always somebody that thinks they know better, and can fix things. That’s why we try to elect originalists to the Supreme Court, who understand limited government, and why Democrats fight that so hard.



Google Is Simply a Democrat Party Apparatchik by The Elephant's Child

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A leaked video of the weekly all-hands meeting at Google just after the election in 2016 reveals an atmosphere of panic and dismay among the company’s leadership, and a determination to fight the Trump agenda and the broader populist movement emerging around the world.

These weekly meetings are known as “TGIF” meetings  (“Thank God It’s Friday”). It features co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, VPs Kent Walker and Eileen Naughton, CFO Ruth Porat and CEO Sundar Pichai. You should watch the whole thing in order to get the full context. These individuals preside over a company with unrivaled influence over the flow of information, disparages the motivations of Trump voters and plots ways to use their vast resources to thwart the Trump agenda.

Sergey Brin compares Trump supporters to fascists and extremists, argues that Trump voters were motivated by “boredom” which in the past has led to fascism and communism. And he asks the company to consider what it can do to ensure a “better quality of governance and decision-making.”

CEO Sundar Pichai states that the company will develop machine learning and A.I. to combat what an employee described as “misinformation” shared by “low-information voters”.  All of the speakers assume that every employee is a Democrat and voted for the most corrupt politician to ever run for public office.

Google tried to help Hillary win by driving the Latino vote. John Hinderaker wrote:

I’ve written several times about the fact that the Left has outsourced censorship to the giant tech firms of Silicon Valley. Given that much political debate now takes place on social media, generally thought of as a public space, it is a handy way around the First Amendment. But the role of the giant tech companies goes beyond suppressing conservative voices, to include promoting liberalism and the Democratic Party.

The tech companies all take the same position as the Democratic Party press: sure, we’re all liberals here, but it doesn’t affect what we do! In our business lives, we are scrupulously neutral.

No one has bought that line with regard to the liberal media in a long time, and there is no reason to believe it with regard to Silicon Valley, either. The latest evidence comes from a leaked Google email that found its way onto the Tucker Carlson show last night:

A Google executive’s leaked email reveals efforts to increase Latino turnout prior to the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the executive’s “surprise” at Donald Trump’s performance among Latino voters.

A lawsuit by New Mexico’s Attorney General accuses a popular app maker as well as online ad businesses run by Google and Twitter of using game apps that captivate kids to collect their private data, violating children’s privacy law.

I always thought that Facebook’s urging people to share their family doings and events with their friends (and the rest of the world that uses the internet) would reveal where their kids go to school, where they live, and all sorts of other information that it’s dangerous to make public in today’s world.

If you can bring yourself to watch the whole thing, and you should because this is a very very big deal that is going to effect the future of our country, you will find yourself with all sorts of different emotions. You will want to write to your congressman at once to demand that they regulate the “masters of the universe.” You will wonder how these people can have some valuable technical skills —and yet be so completely lacking in cultural awareness or knowledge of history, What kind of an astonishing monoculture have they created with a huge organization of mind-controlled robots. They don’t even know what the Trump agenda is, nor do they seem to know anything about Hillary’s history as the most corrupt person ever to run for public office. Unthinking acceptance of the Democrat Party line.

Here’s (I think) is the V.P. Kent Walker demonstrating the company’s leadership’s stunning political bias. I’m not familiar with the faces except for Pichai. What should be done? Break them up under the Sherman Antitrust Act? John Hinderaker has suggestions. Other countries, and the EU are not going to accept the level of capturing people’s private information to sell to advertisers. There will be an enormous reaction to these videos.

Be sure you accompany this post with the previous article about China’s new surveillance culture. These are people who have no understanding of a free people and limited government and the Constitution that guides us. They want to be in control so we will do things their way, and not talk back. 242 years of struggle for freedom and these mindless misfits have no understanding whatsoever of what freedom is all about and how fragile it is.

Update — After Breitbart News published this article, a Google spokesperson replied to a request for comment with the following statement:

“At a regularly scheduled all hands meeting, some Google employees and executives expressed their own personal views in the aftermath of a long and divisive election season. For over 20 years, everyone at Google has been able to freely express their opinions at these meetings. Nothing was said at that meeting, or any other meeting, to suggest that any political bias ever influences the way we build or operate our products. To the contrary, our products are built for everyone, and we design them with extraordinary care to be a trustworthy source of information for everyone, without regard to political viewpoint.”

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