Poking fun at public figure who advocates tyranny violates “community guidelines”
Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Poking fun at a public figure who openly calls for skeptics of man-made global warming to be “treated” as a way of re-educating them is apparently off limits for You Tube, who censored a video in which Alex Jones used absurdist satire as a vehicle to illustrate the crackpot and dangerous beliefs of University of Oregon Professor Kari Norgaard.
The video, which can be viewed above via Blip.tv, contains a clip from Infowars Nightly News in which Alex Jones gives Professor Norgaard the coveted ‘Skeksy Award’, which is reserved for only the most ardent promoters of tyranny and authoritarianism.
After Rush Limbaugh also directed scorn at Norgaard’s work, the University of Oregon had to back down and claim the inclusion of the word “treated” in the press release describing Norgaard’s paper was a mistake. Norgaard is now being framed at the victim of the whole piece, despite the fact that her dangerously authoritarian tendencies are shared by a raft of other prominent global warming alarmists.
This is straight out of the playbook of Obama’s information czar Cass Sunstein, who in a 2008 paper advocated taxing or outright banning political ideas not approved of by the establishment – including skepticism of man-made global warming.
The ‘Community Guidelines warning strike’ (see it here), cautions that the account is “not in good standing” because a You Tube user flagged the Norgaard video as having violated You Tube’s community guidelines which pertain to preventing, “predatory behavior, stalking, threats, harassment, intimidation, invading privacy, revealing other people’s personal information, and inciting others to commit violent acts.”
When an account is considered by You Tube to be “not in good standing,” privileges are removed and repeated violations can result in termination of the account altogether, and with it the loss of tens of millions of video views and hundreds of thousands of subscribers.
This not only illustrates You Tube’s contempt for free speech – far more repulsive clips are routinely allowed on the platform without a whimper of complaint – it also underscores the dangers of how giant social media websites are taking over the web by forcing, through sheer weight of numbers, everyone to host their content with them and then that content being subject to selectively enforced censorship policies.
It also offers an insight into the mindset of the individual that flagged the video for You Tube’s censors to kill it. Global warming alarmists are so vehemently losing the debate on man-made climate change that they have openly resorted to attempting to crush the free speech of their ideological opponents in a bid to silence debate.
Indeed, as we documented on Monday, global warming alarmists have stripped away the veneer of their liberal, touchy-feely rhetoric in recent years to stridently call for the abolition of freedom and democracy, with some even advocating that climate change skeptics be forcibly “re-educated,” incarcerated in concentration camps, treated like Nazi war criminals, or even executed.
While some may find it offensive that Jones referred to Norgaard in a derogatory manner, what’s a thousand times more offensive is her gall in brazenly advocating that anyone who dares challenge the man-made global warming mantra be “treated,” presumably with the aid of pharmaceutical drugs, for having a psychiatric disorder, or that they be smeared as racists simply for disagreeing on a highly contentious scientific issue.
Not challenging that kind of arcane, ludicrous and despotic rhetoric, which has been embraced by others in the scientific field, is far more dangerous than Alex Jones cracking jokes about Norgaard being a stereotypical cat lady.