Gab v Google, Vox Day v Gab

I find this article difficult to write as I feel that both Vox Day and Andrew Torba are great guys and wish they would bury the hatchet. I have just donated $50 to the Gab lawsuit fund and bought a year’s subscription to Gab Pro. It is a great product. Nonetheless, the current disagreements between Gab, Google and Vox do underline nuanced issues of free speech and regulation that the new right and alt-tech will need to address if they intend to succeed. Vox has some points that are simply correct and others well worth thinking about. The public row between Vox and Andrew is unseemly.

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Vox Day and Gab should bury the hatchet. Vox picture CC-BY-SA-3.0.

Gab.ai’s raison d’être was created by the action (and inaction) of a number of large technology companies. Back in the early days of the internet, for a growing company like Google or Twitter, the last thing they wanted to do was upset customers by controlling or censoring their free speech. Nor did they want to incur the costs of paying people to deal with complaints. So in the old days they left it to the courts. If a court ruled that something was illegal, then most companies would take it down even if they had immunity under US law (for example s230 CDA).

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ANTIFA and the Social Justice Left Cannot Escape Their Share of the Blame for the Tragic Death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville

In light of the tragic events of this weekend, it is important  (as President Trump says) to condemn hate and extremism in all its forms. It is equally important to put matters in their proper context. On Saturday 12th August 2017 a beautiful young woman called Heather Heyer was killed when a car (apparently driven deliberately) crashed into her during a protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States.

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Heather Heyer is a tragic victim, but why was she even at the rally? Click for full size.

A suspect has been arrested for the crime and if guilty, they will pay. Even so, how did things reach this stage? Neo-nazis and Ku Klux Klan members like those in Charlottesville used to be laughed at as a pathetic and irrelevant fringe – a sort of far-right live action roleplay group in their weird costumes.

I believe that the answer lies in the legitimisation of violence and intimidation by members of the anti-free-speech, far-left, “Social Justice Warrior” movement and their organisations such as ANTIFA. As a society we need to end extremist left-wing radicalisation of our youth and this may require laws to curb the excesses of those on the far left as well as the far right who contribute to any promotion of violence.

On April 15 of this year, violent riots broke out at Berkeley when black-clad far left thugs associated with the ANTIFA organisation (self described “anti fascists”) caused mayhem along with $100,000 of property damage. The protestors were ostensibly aggrieved at a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, an openly gay right-wing journalist and agitator. Needless to say, the property damaged did not belong to Yiannopoulos but to the campus. The main victims were not, “Nazis” but innocent students, the majority of whom could not care less about either side.

The events were part of a broader trend of rising violence and intolerance in the United States and Europe, fuelled by extremist leftists – predominantly students and unemployed recent graduates. University culture has shifted over the years, to the extent that even the Guardian Newspaper has criticised the trend, stating that “voices are being silenced”.

Equally sinister, as noted in the Guardian, left-wing student activists are increasingly describing offensive words and images, as “violence” – even a statue of Cecil Rhodes. This redefinition of words or even inanimate statues as “violence” is then used to justify a literally violent response.

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The Diversity of #GamerGate in Birmingham

Your author recently attended the Birmingham GamerGate meet and encountered a wide variety of people of all backgrounds, united in their desire to protect our culture from the sinister authoritarianism of the ultra-extreme left and instead to promote cultural libertarianism and ethical journlism.

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Several attendees, including your author, stayed in the Radisson Blu hotel in Birmingham, a beautiful, blade-like structure with free wifi. Click for full size.

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The Radisson Blu hotel seen from the side – a beautiful thin blade-like structure with fabulous views and tasty, if pricey, food. Click for full size.

Birmingham has some beautiful hotels and scenery, including the fascinating Radisson Blu Hotel seen above. Several of us stayed at the Blu, so it is worth a few shots of the rooms.

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Shoulda Listened, Nick! Here is Some More Advice: Time to Fire Sam Biddle

Gawker’s response to its scandalous outing of a corporate executive has been chaotic. It is unclear what strategy the leadership has in place to stop the ongoing haemorrhaging of advertisers. The Witchfinder says that if Gawker wants to clean up its act it is time for  Nick Denton to put Gawker’s house in order. That means reaching out to #GamerGate in a serious and sustained way, covering some socially useful stories and cutting out the cancer at the heart of Gawker Media – it is time for that epitomé of morally bankrupt journalist, Sam Biddle, to go.

In February this year I emailed Nick Denton and Max Read to complain about an article on Gawker.com. By Sam F Biddle, it had two major flaws. Firstly, the headling was wildly untrue, far from being a rump of psychopaths GamerGate has continued to grow in size and power. At the time of writing the major forum KotakuInAction now has over 47 thousand members.

Key figures in GamerGate have continued to grow in power, with the fair Shoe0nHead for example now at 77 thousand subscribers, despite her infrequent videos. If June produced say 1-2 videos a week she could monetise and live comfortably – perhaps wealthily – on the advertising revenues.

Secondly the article essentially amounted to picking an … eccentric … from the internet (who later turned out to be a hoaxer) and singling them out, bedlam style, for mockery. The article, like many before it from Sam Biddle, was a disgrace.

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Sam F Biddle makes use of stigmatising mental health tropes, singling out a vulnerable individual for ridicule.

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A Tribute to Shoe0nHead

The Witchfinder blatantly fanbois. Also please vote Conservative in the UK General Election on Thursday.

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Resources on the ‘Pay Gap’

Recently the beautiful and persuasive @Shoe0nhead of YouTube fame shared a pastebin with information and statistics about the alleged male / female pay gap. Your author thought it might be useful to collect the documents in a more accessible page and the video for context is below.

The essence of the debate is that some on the left say there is an unjust gap between male and female earnings. The counter argument is that in fact these figures only arise from contentious studies that do not adjust for occupation and that male and female earnings differ because of different life paths whereas women and men in the same jobs have similar earnings. As Shoe points out, there is … a lot … of evidence for her point of view –

Consad Report (via US Department of Labor)
In short –

“[…]this study leads to the unambiguous conclusion that the differences in the compensation of men and women are the result of a multitude of factors and that the raw wage gap should not be used as the basis to justify corrective action. Indeed, there may be nothing to correct. The differences in raw wages may be almost entirely the result of the individual choices being made by both male and female workers.”

Articles
Wall Street Journal – “There Is No Male-Female Wage Gap”
New York Times – “Fair Pay Isn’t Always Equal Pay”
New York Times – “Women Now a Majority in American Workplaces”
New York Times – “For Young Earners in Big City, a Gap in Women’s Favor ”
New York Times / Economix Blog – “Share of Men in Labor Force at All-Time Low”
Time Magazine – “Workplace Salaries: At Last, Women on Top”
Bloomberg – “Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap
Forbes – “It’s Time That We End the Equal Pay Myth”
Reuters – “Female U.S. corporate directors out-earn men: study”
Telegraph – “The gender pay gap does not exist”
Telegraph – “Sorry ladies, I’m not worried about wage gaps”
USA Today – “More parents share the workload when mom learns to let go
ABC News – “Women CEOs Beat Men in Pay in 2009”
CBS News – “The Gender Pay Gap is a Complete Myth”
CNN – “Survey: Working dads want more family time”
CNN – “Women ‘opt out’ of career success”
MSNBC – “‘Sea change’ seen in spouses’ financial roles”
Business Insider – “8 Reasons Why The “Gender Pay Gap” Is A Total Sham”
Huffington Post – “Wage Gap Myth Exposed — By Feminists”
Examiner – “Gender pay gap is not what activists claim”
Marketwatch – “The gender wage gap is a myth”
American Thinker – “The Wage Gap Myth”
Zero Hedge – “The Biggest Shock From This Friday’s Payroll Report (Sorry Men)”
Payscale – “Majors by Gender: Is It Bias or the Major that Determines Future Pay?”
Science 2.0 – “Women In Science: No Discrimination, Says Cornell Study”
How Stuff Works – “Is there a gender gap in the workplace?”

Videos
American Enterprise Institute – “The pay inequality myth: Women are more equal than you think”
Shoe0nHead – “#equalpayday”

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