Scott Ritter is back on Twitter – who else?

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    • #496537
      jbnw
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      @aaronjmate
      @richimedhurst
      @MaxBlumenthal
      @elonmusk

      I’m back.

      Test, test, test.

      Bucha was a war crime. Ukraine did it.

      Test, test, test.

      Now to see who else is restored, and what impact, if any, it will have on the US midterm election.

      I also see

      NOW: Elon Musk just FIRED Vijaya Gadde, the woman who made the call to suspend Donald Trump permanently.

    • #496547
      Mr. Mickeys Mom
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      I’m sure. So, what? I’ll ignore his post as much as his pre…

      Gee, I wonder who will take over the Washington Post and NYTimes once EVERYONE realizes there haven’t been papers of record in a long ass time?

      Hell, no... I'm not giving up...

    • #496569
      mrdmk
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      Did Elon Musk just get the Owner’s Deed to Twitter?

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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      • #496570
        jbnw
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        He’s now the Chief Twit.

        • #496591
          mrdmk
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          Saw an article at Common Dreams headlined, ‘Musk purchase of Twitter is bad Democracy’ or something like that.

          The little devil on my shoulder told me to post this crap here on JPR, but I resisted.

          If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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        • #496649
          Ohio Barbarian
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          Trump tweets from the head, you know.

          Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

          The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #496595
      Hobbit709
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      Never got on it and don’t plan on it.

      I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing.

      • #496659
        Ohio Barbarian
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        I admit it is fun to slam some of the same people who drove a lot of us away from DU back in the day and not be banned immediately, though they did manage to put me in Twitter jail for a couple of days once.

        But I came back, much to their discomfiture.

        Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

        The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

      • #496672
        jbnw
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        I had a friend point out you needed to find who interests you – once I did that, it was fun. Good animal posts, the local zoo, and places make it fun.

        Politics is less fun, but good choices can give good information – but I went to Telegram for that after Twitter censorship, so I’ll see what happens on Twitter.

    • #496598
      chknltl
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      There was a smaller gang warning us that such censorship was a slippery hill that could cause harm to our Freedom of Speech.

      It looks like the smaller gang was prophetic.

      Let us hope that that smaller gang has grown into a movement because there is a great deal we need to say to each other….and for everyones’ sake, it better happen fast!

    • #496600
      Joe Shlabotnik
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      ~ All good things are Wild and Free ~

    • #496619
      Babel 17
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      lol

      Let the hair pulling begin for the pro-censorship baby fascists.

      Don't Kill the Whale
      Don't feed the trolls

    • #496627
      MizzGrizz
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      As a free speech absolutist,I have to say this is a step in the right direction.

    • #496641
      Gryneos
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      “There’s someone I hate on Twitter! I’m deleting my account!”
      “There’s someone I hate on the Internet! I’m leaving the Internet!”
      and similar.

      Well, I use Twitter mostly for people who write or make videos about urban design and bicycling. Since I’ve been back on my bike in the last five months, that’s really more important than the politics. I get what little interests me from the likes of Jimmy Dore, The Grayzone, and Katie Halper. Anymore and I’d drown in seriousness. I don’t need anymore serious putty.

      https://www.youtube.com/c/NotJustBikes

       

      The people-to-cake ratio is too high.

    • #496654
      closeupready
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      Not that I approved of their censorship, but rather, the publicity made me feel as if I was missing stuff. I’m not sure if I was missing all that much, but I do like Twitter. 😀

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

      • #496702
        Gryneos
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        But if you get tired of the perpetually outraged, use it for things other than politics. I only casually read some of that and try to avoid bothering with the comments. Best is to set the twitter page of the people you follow to “Tweets & Replies” so that you see their side and don’t have to sift through all the junk.

        This is a favorite acct. I like, and his videos are fun, too 🙂
        https://twitter.com/notjustbikes/with_replies

        The people-to-cake ratio is too high.

    • #496740
      djean111
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      as a honeypot?  Musk folded immediately on the Starlink thing, the CIA, IMO, is involved with Starlink, Starlink will be heavily used in whatever is happening in the Middle East, and the Twitter purchase was questioned as to why should a “pro-Russia” billionaire be allowed to buy Twitter.  So now Musk is proclaiming his pro-Ukraine stance to the media.  There is/was an undercurrent of “why has JPR resurfaced” based on the same little niggling thought.  I sincerely doubt whether Musk does much of anything at all that does not directly benefit Musk.  Personally, I consider that Musk knows very well that being pro-Ukraine war effort is siding with Nazis.  Which is my red line, for many people.  Just a thought.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" Baelish

      VFTBNMW is, IMO, literally "take the blue pill".

    • #496743
      Average Gazoo
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      is what I read on SV.

      Have never used Twitter but I value it as part of the replacement of one-to-many media. MS coverage of Standing Rock and Occupy Wall Street grew out of Twitter users discussions — IOW the MSM will not cover certain things unless they HAVE to cover them and Twitter has been key to forcing that.

      The First Amendment is 1st because it is the basis of democracy. Despite all the pearl-clutching about “Save our Democracy”, if one calls free speech a “cess pool” then one does not truly believe in democracy.

      The limits should be death threats, revenge porn and similar personal threats but censoring opinions and facts is not the right way to counter them. I hope Americans will re-learn how to debate, persuade and tolerate differences of opinion because the alternative is fascism and authoritarianism.

      Be the Change

      • #496762
        jbnw
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        but debates are done with facts, and I’m not sure if most Americans now could recognize a fact if it bit them.

      • #496764
        Utopian Leftist
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        Great post, I agree completely.

        For a democracy to have actually happened in this country, we would need a genuine “fourth estate.”

        Fourth Estate
        The term Fourth Estate or fourth power refers to the press and news media both in explicit capacity of advocacy and implicit ability to frame political issues. The derivation of the term fourth estate arises from the traditional European concept of the three estates of the realm: the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners.Wikipedia
        In order for US citizens to possess true freedom of speech, a necessity for any democracy, we would need a media that is compelled to tell the truth. There was a Supreme Court ruling (somewhere back between 2006-2010) that Fox News did NOT have the responsibility to tell the truth to its viewers. This was the final nail in the coffin of US democracy, as well as our freedom of speech, IMO. Nowadays, the “truth” is whatever sells the most tickets. Money has become speech, and I may be mistaken here, but I think the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United that money IS speech!

        “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~ Krishnamurti
        "Given the choice between a Republican and a Democrat who acts like a Republican, the voter will choose a Republican every time." ~ Harry Truman

        • #496767
          jbnw
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          and Citizens’ United was only possible because Bill Clinton removed the limits on media ownership.

          It’s been a long, slow and SUCCESSFUL process to get us where we are now.

      • #496788
        closeupready
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        “Mutually exclusive” is a term (not sure of its origins) referring to words which define concepts that reside in polar opposite worlds.

        For those who value democracy, there is NEVER enough free speech. EVER.

        For those who profit from corruption, free speech is dirty and filthy – why? Because it exposes your rot to light and air currents. Like a vampire dying in the light, the exposure of your game to public scrutiny helps (in part) to end your parasitical income stream.

        Thus, Elon Musk taking over Twitter and removing barriers to posting speech, this is being a dirty rat, it is turning a useful tool for establishment propaganda into a cesspool of “free speech” (or a pool of $!=# and urine).

        Really, you need not go any further in investigating reasons why the best and brightest members there no longer participate there.

        The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

      • #496793
        Ohio Barbarian
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        If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.–George Orwell

        The Democrats on SV projected again. They called free speech a cesspool when the truth is that they are the ones who wallow in a cesspool of lies and cultish control.

        Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

        The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #496776
      Ohio Barbarian
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      His bio says he is there openly in violation of Twitter rules, and is daring Musk to take him down and keep prating about how much he loves free speech. So far, his account’s still up.

      Ritter told Aaron Mate that free speech does not require Twitter’s or Elon Musk’s permission. George Orwell and I agree.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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