A streaming fountain of Truth

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Mon, Jul 23, 2018 - 9:54am

Since we may all be thinking of other things instead of metals today, and seeing that chart this morning with silver swatted down yet again, I am certainly focusing on other things. Well, perhaps the bankers just gave metals a mean look and said, “Get back in your room!” rather than a full trip to the woodshed.

(My gut says, “If silver really does drop to single digits, crack open the piggy bank [credit] and make a purchase.”)

In an effort to give Turd a break, I thought I’d share some history and thoughts on that pesky first amendment. It even seems to be relevant to recent discussions, even this morning as the SGT report has been deleted from Youtube (as pointed out by two of our watchful members, AlexP23 and Ben Stakin). see https://www.real.video/channel/sgtreport

What is free speech… and why? How does “hate speech fit in to all this?”

While sorting through a lovely pile of Mercury dimes looking for key dates the other night, I was casually listening to an interview that my wife was watching on TV. The gentleman said something we all need to say about the state of the news media, “Don’t tell me your opinion! Tell me the facts. I’m mature enough to make up my own mind.”

His comment moves toward the heart of “Free Speech” and to why we have laws to protect it in many nations. But few people today (excepting most here at T-ville) know its origins, would be able to define it, or explain to others why “free” forms of government vigorously protect it. Alas. And today it faces two newer threats that have worked so far. Let’s take a brief look and then talk about its limitations.

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A long time ago if you spoke against a tyrant, you would lose your head or worse. Killing political opposition who said the wrong thing solved the tyrant’s problems. But as populations grew from tribes into nations, simply murdering ones opposition grew in difficulty. So the tyrants slowly learned that they merely had to control the flow of facts and “arguments,” to controlled the citizens. Idi Amin was an exception, who continued this traditional practice in Uganda throughout his rule in the 1970s.

The invention of writing presented a problem for the tyrant. While an offending author could be hanged, the ideas could still circulate and grow, with the force of a martyred author as empowering them. And after Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1439, controlling ideas became even more difficult. All of a sudden, a work could be printed much more affordably and spread more widely. The tyrants needed to stop the spread of ideas. So, they began enacting laws restricting certain publications.

England reached a crisis beginning in 1644 when the Puritan cleric John Milton published Areopagitica—a defense of freedom of the press in response to a British law that allowed publishers to only print “approved” documents. Above all, Milton strived for the discovery of “truth.” Understanding that humans use civil discourse, or argumentation, to find that truth which was not revealed in the scriptures, Milton explained[JDM2] ,

“Truth is compar'd in Scripture to a streaming fountain; if her waters flow not in a perpetuall progression, they sick'n into a muddy pool of conformity and tradition.”

I know of some blogs that resemble that muddy pool. Milton continued his argument by criticizing the officials that would approve or censor ideas, pointing out that they might be incompetent and possibly corrupt, and warning of the degradation of the intellect that would follow:

“A man may be a heretick in the truth; and if he beleeve things only because his Pastor sayes so, or the Assembly so determins, without knowing other reason, though his belief be true, yet the very truth he holds, becomes his heresie.”

Milton, lawbreaking Puritan that he was, had to publish his treatise illegally.

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Thereafter, England entered a period of political struggle that saw the beheading of a king, the Cromwellian revolution, abdication of the House of Stuart, a 2nd more civil revolution, and the installation of a German king as the House of Hanover was given the throne it retains to this day. Consequently, the British parliament gained power, while the monarchy gave ground. Who knew that the printing press would have such a profound effect?

More problems arrived as printing became ever more affordable. People started publishing anything and everything, including “trash.” The only solution was to allow everything to be printed and trust people to make reasoned decisions. But they had to be educated since human nature tends to embrace pithy, one sided aphorisms (sayings) about important complicated issues.

A century later, the US Bill of Rights honored Milton’s ideas by outlawing censorship in this country. John Stuart Mill reaffirmed the views of Milton in On Liberty, arguing for continued freedom of the press to ensure an educated citizenry with the knowledge required to judge between good ideas and bad ones. Mill wrote,

“He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them. But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion.”

In Mill’s world, we must not fear the opposing view; rather, we allow its dissemination and thoughtfully consider issues with all the facts & arguments in hand prior to making a decision. The practice of “civil discourse” was the only way to achieve this ideal. Rules of argumentation and use of evidence were refined and taught in composition and oratory classes to young students. Alas that “argumentation” is not really taught until college today, and then only as an elective subject.

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More recently, Freedom of Speech has faced new challenges. As mass media have evolved, a further shrinkage of ownership (and control) restricted the free interplay of ideas. I trust we have all seen that classic chart showing ownership of all the major news outlets by a mere 6 corporations. We are learning that large banks head that list of owners with a 21% share of all large corporations, compared to 1% ownership by private individuals.

For a short while, the advent of the internet interrupted the control of information and ideas away from the large networks of newspapers, radio & TV, offering a new form of dissemination for ideas to reach the public. Unfortunately, the rise of google and other corporate search engines has effectively hidden knowledge by controlling search results. Meanwhile, news corporations control the narrative with a over-simplified, often-fallacious, and highly censored version of world events, facts, and arguments that effectively steer free thought into pre-determined outcomes that continue to support those in power.

Wise, curious people seek out sites like this one where ideas can be debated, but the large majority of world citizens continue to consume what the powerful feed them.

More recently, a 2nd challenge faces free speech. Since the mid-90s, a new form of speech has made headlines, yet it has proven difficult to define. Thinking citizens recognize the threat of “hate speech” to a free society, but what is it? Can it really be as simple as Wikipedia defines for everyone? “speech that attacks a person or group on the basis of attributes such as race, religion, ethnic origin, national origin, gender, disabality, sexual orientation, or gender identity." ” Actually, John Nockelby, just a typical law professor, wrote that definition. But Judge Alito of the SCOTUS wrote,

The idea that the government may restrict] speech expressing ideas that offend … strikes at the heart of the First Amendment. Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express “the thought that we hate.”

These two disagree. Alito defends the individual’s right to speak his mind, even if it offends a person or group. But practically speaking, no official definition exists when Nockelby is the first hit in an internet search, and you have to dig for Alito.

Practically speaking, “Hate speech” has been defined by the corporate media, largely liberal in their politics, and applied to nearly any idea that pushes back against the liberal ideology. Moreover, the definition appears quite malleable, continually twisted to the whims of the public.

I had the privilege of studying with Mike McGee (a bit) & Mike Osborne (a lot) as I was completing my doctoral studies at the University of Memphis. These two researchers hold the same level of influence in the study of Speech, Rhetoric & Propaganda as Oppenheimer & Einstein hold in the science of nuclear physics. Just before his death, in an open letter sent to the Communication discipline’s listserve, McGee offered an 800 word working definition of hate speech. Its a bit to long to post here (send me a PM and I can forward it, if you want to have a copy).

McGee explains that when an individual engages in threats or name calling, against an individual or group, even with an implication of action, that we must consider the victim as able to take care of themselves in the face of the speakers opinion. The name calling can be protected by our free speech laws.

McGee turns the equation around when a group offends a person. When more than a single individual disparages or makes threats (McGee says 2 is enough), the victim faces a genuine threat from that group. The speech has crossed a line from symbolic expression into a “speech act” due to the implied force of the group. The implied or real threat could result in a violent action.

McGee exemplifies the principle in action, citing the research of Mike Osborne & John Bakke.* They demonstrated that public comments by influential political and religious figures created a “climate of violence” surrounding the Memphis sanitation worker’s strike of 1968, culminating in the assassination of MLK by James Earl Ray (I actually attended the lecture where Osborn read their paper to a group of 400 enthusiastic academics.) (The conspiracy is a debate for another blog.)

We haven't even discussed Psy-ops and fake news that even further muddy the waters.

McGee traces King’s death to the public comments of local luminaries, and thus defines those public comments as “hate speech” that created a climate which invited the violent act. McGee, as an individual and professor, was as liberal as you can find. And if we cannot look to the top speech professors in the world for a good definition of “hate speech,” where do we find one? Do we leave it ot lawyers? Wikipedia tried. But most people read and accept Maxine Waters definition instead.

Ironically, today we find the liberal left activists, champions of equality and treating all people with respect, promoting and creating a climate of violence against right leaning citizens and politicians.

When a model of the president’s severed, bloody head is publically displayed by a popular comedian, when congressional members are advocating “push back” against the president, when a Hollywood luminary says “Fuck Trump” at a public awards event, our nation is subjected to the hate speech of liberal leaders… and the violence is beginning to grow. Most recently, the president was modeled in a guillotine beheading by socialist activists.

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I expect things to become more violent if these leaders do not change. According to current US law, they could be jailed if McGee’s definition carries weight with the judge—and it should.

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Is there a solution?

We need to call for free speech and civil discourse as we call out hate speech from leading public figures. All of us must embrace civil, rational argumentation to settle issues, advocating for the free expression of all ideas with no censorship, or internet censorship by our favorite search engines.

I must be willing to patiently hear out my liberal colleagues at school, perhaps learning something if their facts and arguments are solid, and be willing to adjust my views. And by Mill’s advice, I cannot honestly critique opposing views until I fully understand them.

The propaganda has to stop if we all want to recapture the virtues of parliamentary rule. We must stop portraying the left or the right with exaggerated cardboard cutouts of one another that only slightly represent the most extreme views. The alternative is ugly. To cite an aphorism, “cooler heads must prevail.”

Which brings us to precious metals, silently suffering the effects of another kind of hate speech by the economic mass media. A quick word search of the words “should I buy gold” brings up a gold-bashing article from Forbes as a top hit: “Four Reasons Why Gold Is A Bad Investment.” US News published the latest one. If gold was a corporation, it would sue Forbes, US News, and many other publications for libel over multiple hit pieces published in the past 10 years.

Gold doesn’t care. Gold is patient. One day it will triumph.

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* Michael Osborn & John Bakke (1998) The melodramas of Memphis: Contending narratives during the sanitation strike of 1968, Southern Communication Journal, 63:3, 220-234,

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Thomas More
Jul 24, 2018 - 9:53am

about 8 shares of GOOGL

Into the mystic

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and now only available "en direct"- smell the sea and feel the sky

AKA AuAgforever AIJ
Jul 24, 2018 - 9:33am

The Big Question is...

....how many monster boxes will you be able to buy with one Bitcoin by years end?

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pabste
Jul 24, 2018 - 9:04am

Pabste

Sad thing is, I remember those days and they're TRUE!

Shows my age also!

imfd
Jul 24, 2018 - 8:56am

Pabste

Brutally depressing, I think I`ll go back to bed, good work !

Mickey
Jul 24, 2018 - 8:55am

Pabste

One of the top O.T. posts of the year.

Mickey
Jul 24, 2018 - 8:51am

Happy camper

I did not read your original post, but if you have a far less than desirable work place, yes get your resume updated. But work from a position of strength by keeping your job till you lock in on something else.

Take the high road whenever possible. But take care of yourself first. Position your self. Don't be a hero and just quit. Think it out.

takes me now to current times. When you do leave i assume your employer will turn off access to all systems and take your keys or deactivate your security card.

the usg has people like mccabe and brennan and comey and clapper some of whom were fired and it is SOP they retain security access and even the sitting President cannot have it turned off immediately?

WTF is wrong with this picture?

and whats wrong with media saying Trump is wrong to have these privileges revoked, just to throw more crap at Trump.

this is very telling in how messed up the govt and left media are. Anybody leaving govt regardless of reason should immediately have all access revoked.

SS121
Jul 24, 2018 - 8:16am

This should be saved for posterity

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2018 American Silver Eagle Monster Box | 500 Coins

Any Quantity$8,990.00

- - - -

$2,000 x 500 = $1,000,000.00

With Silver easily hitting $2,000.00 per oz. in the emerging post fake Wall St. silver chart period... $8,990.00 for a monster box today might look like a pretty good deal, Even $50,000.00 for a monster box today might even be looked back upon as being a good deal...

now is the time to be helping your people. even the paid social media posters among us who are paid to steer conversations away from physical Silver can send a note to have the booklet sent to their people. or stack yourselves, your work cell will never know.

The retail physical Silver inventory is T-I-N-Y.

  • One 'mis-speak' by the right person,
  • one A-lister endorsement,
  • a race to Silver among the Multi-Billionaires who might be now hearing about this,
  • ..just one spark, and

-Boom- it's all gone, never to return to store shelves at low third party determined exchange ratios ever again.

pabste
Jul 24, 2018 - 7:49am

HIGH SCHOOL 1957 vs. 2017

By today's standards none of us were supposed to ever make it.

HIGH SCHOOL 1957vs. 2017

Scenario 1:

Jack goes duck hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with
his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.

1957- Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his
shotgun to show Jack.

2017- School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his
truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2:

Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957- Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2017 - Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and Mark.They are both
charged with assault and both expelled – even though Johnny started it.

Scenario 3:

Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.

1957- Jeffrey sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He
then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2017 - Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD.
The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a
disability.

Scenario 4:

Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his
belt.

1957- Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a
successful businessman.

2017 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse,

Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told
by Billy's sister that she remembers being spanked herself,and
their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario 5:

Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957- Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock.

2017- The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car
is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:

Pedro fails high school English.

1957- Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.

2017 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that
teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak
English.

Scenario 7:

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model
airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.

1957- Ants die.

2017 - ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic
terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents - and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 8:

Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee.
He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1957 In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2017 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in
State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5years of therapy.

AGAUBohemian
Jul 24, 2018 - 7:36am

Berkeley hypocrites

I hope they will closely scrutinize the donors of 3.3 billion usd they sucked up lately

Maybe they will send the money back if their do not pass the same critique??

Start with shit house Gates and his missus

Blackwatersailor
Jul 24, 2018 - 3:26am

On a side note

Ok gents. Not to raise the scare o meter. Increased PSME's have been associated with increases in earthquakes and volcanic activity. If your in such an area it might be a good idea to review your supplies and procedures. Ounce of prevention vs pound of cure and all that.

https://spaceweather.com/

https://sosrff.tsu.ru/new/shm.jpg

https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/planetary-k-index

Lots of activity on the schumman wave as well as geomagnetic activity. Each by itself doesn't mean much but when they all are high then things start getting interesting on planet earth. If you start seeing lots of missing pets in the area it might be time to take a put off vacation or hunt down the local sociopath. Which ever makes your day brighter.

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