A comprehensive list of “tech tyrants” who are censoring websites and violating net neutrality because they don’t like the content of their speech

JAYSON VELEY–With each passing day, it becomes harder and harder to deny the fact that political censorship has become commonplace in America. It’s gotten to the point where it’s almost as if the Constitution was never written in the first place, considering how often it is warped, regulated, and in many cases, ignored entirely. Make no mistake – this sort of censorship is a strategy that has primarily been adopted by those on the left, who seek to silence conservative voices on virtually every level of American society, from the mainstream media to Hollywood, to college campuses and the Internet. (Related: Portland mayor wants to label all opinions he disagrees with as hate speech.)

As a matter of fact, the Internet has become something of a hot zone for political censorship in recent times, as companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube, PayPal, and several more have begun engaging in selective suppression. Below is a comprehensive list of “tech tyrants” who are censoring websites and infringing on the First Amendment.

Google

Back in March, Breitbart News reported on Google’s plan to launch a new AI system called Perspective, which is capable of detecting and censoring what it considers to be “toxic” comments posted online. Needless to say, the likelihood of abuse here is overwhelming. What is stopping a team of leftists behind the scenes at Google from switching around Perspective’s algorithm to specifically target anyone that does not subscribe to the left wing ideology?

PayPal

Just days ago, The Blaze reported on how the payment-processing website PayPal discontinued two conservative accounts – Jihad Watch and the American Freedom Defense Initiative – after a team of leftists reported them as “hate groups.” According to both organizations, a reporter for the nonprofit investigative journalism organization ProPublica named Lauren Kirchner wrote in an email, “I am contacting you to let you know that we are including your website in a list of sites that have been designated as hate or extremist by the American Defamation League or the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

Facebook

Last year, several anonymous former Facebook contractors told the tech site Gizmodo.com that Facebook routinely modifies its algorithms and formulas to intentionally suppress conservative news. As explained by Gizmodo, Facebook “routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers,” and some former Facebook employees even admitted that they were instructed to “inject” specific topics into the trending list, even if those topics weren’t relevant or significant.

 YouTube

Given the fact that Google routinely engages in political censorship in the interest of combating what it considers to be “hate speech” or “extreme content,” it only makes sense that the Google-owned video sharing website YouTube would do the same. Earlier this month, YouTubeannounced on its official blog that they would be taking steps to censor “controversial” content, even if that content doesn’t necessarily violate any of their guidelines. “We’ll soon be applying tougher treatment to videos that aren’t illegal but have been flagged by users as potential violations of our policies on hate speech and violent extremism,” the blog post said. “If we find that these videos don’t violate our policies but contain controversial religious or supremacist content, they will be placed in a limited state.”

Twitter

In February, Twitter announced a new initiative meant to combat “abuse and harassment” on their platform. “Making Twitter a safer place is our primary focus,” the company said in a blog post. “We stand for freedom of expression and people being able to see all sides of any topic. That’s put in jeopardy when abuse and harassment stifle and silence those voices.” Incredibly, Twitter made the argument that in order to protect the freedom of speech, one has to suppress the freedom of speech. It is a silly argument to make, and truthfully doesn’t make much sense at all.

Cloudflare and GoDaddy

The security firm Cloudflare and the website hosting service GoDaddy typically aren’t known for political censorship and therefore don’t exactly fit under the “tech tyrant” category. Both are appearing on this list due to their recent involvement in the silencing of the white nationalist website The Daily Stormer. Granted, The Daily Stormer was a loathsome site that perpetuated extreme hatred and bigotry for people of color, but even so, Cloudflare and GoDaddyoverstepped their boundaries in this case. We the People should not just sit back and watch as companies like Google and GoDaddy censor online content without questioning where they get the authority to do that in the first place. The law of the land is the Constitution, not some Internet guidelines written in some corporate office.

Given the normalization of political censorship on the Internet, it may be easy for some to call for harsher government regulations in order to restrict sites like Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from gutting the freedom of speech in the first place. However, it is important to remember that we already have a regulation like this, and the only problem is that it isn’t being enforced – it is called the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

How to take your own money out the bank without being arrested by the feds for violating money laundering laws

LANCE D JOHNSON–Did you know that your banking institution works directly with the federal government and reports any monetary transaction $10,000 and greater to federal authorities?

It doesn’t matter if you deposit multiple amounts less than $10,000; if you’re your total transactions exceed $10,000 in any given day, you can be reported to federal agencies and subjected to surveillance, questioning, or even convicted of a crime.

Worse yet, did you know that the federal government can seize your bank account and all your digital funds if they determine that your transactions are suspicious activity?

Under the US Patriot Act, banking institutions are legally required to work hand in hand with the government to report so-called suspicious activity. Removing all your money from the bank in one day is grounds for suspicion.

Banks are required by law to file a Cash Transaction Report (CTR) if you withdraw or deposit $10,000 or more in any single day. When filing a CTR, financial institutions obtain personal identification, information about the transaction and the social security number of the person conducting the transaction.

While trying to crack down on money laundering, the federal government inadvertently creates criminals out of innocent people with this reporting requirement. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to buy a car with cash or pay off an old debt; if you withdraw more than $10,000, you can be put under the watch of federal authorities.

Worse yet, you could possibly be interrogated and convicted of the crime for merely accessing your own cash. This is what happened to Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert who was indicted and convicted, for simply taking his own money out of his personal bank account.

Banking employees are given certain criteria in order to seek out suspicious activity. It is a federal crime to break up transactions into smaller amounts for the purpose of evading the CTR reporting requirement. You could be convicted of structuring violations. For example, if you try to deposit just less than $10,000, you could be reported. If you try to space out large transactions over the course of a few days, banking institutions can catch on and deem your activity suspicious, too. If a banking institution determines you are trying to subvert their threshold requirement, they are legally required to file a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR). You could be turned over to federal authorities for merely trying to comply with their insidious rules! If they determine you structured your transactions to prevent a CTR, you can face imprisonment of more than five years and/or a fine of up to $250,000.

In the land of the free, your money is not your own and you are not free to do business as you please. Here are a few tips on how to take your own money out of the bank without being arrested for violating absurd money laundering laws.

If your money is not safe in a bank and you are not free to access it as you please, then why deposit it there anyway? When you take a paycheck to the bank, only deposit what you need in order to pay your monthly bills. Cash the remainder and stash the untraceable dollars away in a safe place outside the bank, away from federal oversight.

Realize that the value of the dollar is diminishing and that the US government is operating on a façade — a $20 trillion dollar deficit, with an additional $240 trillion in unfunded liabilities (Social Security and Medicare). As dollars become worthless, convert them over to tangible assets and precious metals. Invest in items that will hold their value and cannot be traced. Invest in your health and your skills. In the event of a monetary collapse, a stockpile of tangible assets can save your life. (RELATED: For more, visit Collapse.News and Preparedness.News)

Even though banking institutions communicate back and forth, it is better to bank with multiple institutions rather than putting all your deposits into one place. This will reduce the chance that a single bank employee flags your activity.

If you have a large amount of money in the bank and want to take it out, do it slowly over time. Pay off debts and other expenses with checks to slowly reduce your checking account balances. Keep cash transactions to yourself and build up a savings account off the grid. Sell things you don’t need and stash the cash.

If you have a large deposit to make, break up the deposit into smaller amounts and deposit the money over a longer duration of time. Don’t deposit over $10,000 over the course of a few days. This could be deemed suspicious too. Instead, plan ahead and make irregular deposits over the course of weeks. Smaller, irregular transactions are harder to substantiate in court.

Don’t trust banking employees, even tellers. They are trained to report your activity. It is required by law that they go by the books and report your activity when it exceeds thresholds or seems suspicious. Banking employees talk and can conjure up absurdities about you. If you think you can deposit $5,000 with one employee in the morning and deposit another $5,000 with a different employee in the afternoon, think again. The banking employees can easily work together and look up your information to determine that your activity is suspicious. Some banking employees derive a sense of purpose or power when looking for suspicious activity; therefore they can easily turn innocent people into criminals.

If you ever come under federal investigation for accessing your money, do not talk to federal agents unless the interview is videotaped with an attorney present. Federal agents can determine that you lied or misled them and then have you imprisoned on that basis alone.

The Number Of Self-Employed Americans Is Lower Than It Was In 1990

 

MICHAEL SNYDER–After eight long, bitter years under Obama, will things go better for entrepreneurs and small businesses now that Donald Trump is in the White House?  Once upon a time, America was the best place in the world for those that wanted to work for themselves.  Our free market capitalist system created an environment in which entrepreneurs and small businesses greatly thrived, but today they are being absolutely eviscerated by the control freak bureaucrats that dominate our political system.  Year after year, leftist politicians just keep piling on more rules, more regulations, more red tape and more taxes.  As a result, the number of self-employed Americans is now lower than it was in 1990

In April 1990, 8.7 million Americans were self-employed, but today only 8.4 million Americans are self-employed.

Of course our population has grown much, much larger since that time.  In 1990, there were 249 million people living in the United States, but today there are 321 million people living in this country.

What this means is that the percentage of the population that is self-employed is way down.

In fact, one study found that the percentage of Americans that are self-employed fell by more than 20 percent between 1991 and 2010.

And if you go back even farther, the numbers are even more depressing.  It may be hard to believe, but the percentage of “new entrepreneurs and business owners” declined by a staggering 53 percent between 1977 and 2010.

Sometimes I like to watch a television show called Shark Tank, and on that show they make it seem like entrepreneurship in America is thriving.

But the exact opposite is actually the case.  In a previous article, I discussed how the number of new businesses being created in the United States has been steadily falling over the years.  According to economist Tim Kane, the number of startup jobs per one thousand Americans has been declining for several consecutive presidential administrations

Bush Sr.: 11.3

Clinton: 11.2

Bush Jr.: 10.8

Obama: 7.8

So why is this happening?

As I mentioned at the top of this article, self-employed Americans are being absolutely strangled by oppressive rules, regulations and taxes.

To illustrate this point, I would like to share with you some quotes from an open letter that was authored by a small business owner named Don Chernoff…

#1 I work for myself and have to pay my own medical expenses. Before the “affordable care act” I was paying about $200 per month for a high deductible policy. It was far from perfect but it got so much worse under the “Affordable” care act.

I now pay over $400 a month, my deductible went from $5,000 to over $6,000 and my out of pocket costs for care have skyrocketed.

#2 I have to spend dozens of hours and thousands of dollars for a tax accountant each spring to prepare my taxes because I cannot possibly understand how to do it myself, and I have a master’s degree in engineering.

#3 Many years ago when I quit a perfectly good job to start my own small business, I was shocked to learn that I had to pay both my share and what had been my employer’s share of Social Security.

#4 Between state, federal and local taxes you’ve probably paid 50% or more of your income in taxes, but that’s not enough for politicians.

If you’ve been lucky enough to have created a business you can sell, now you’ll get to enjoy paying another tax on the capital gain from the sale.

This is another reason why we need a conservative revolution in Washington.  We should demand that our members of Congress lower tax rates dramatically, completely eliminate the self-employment tax, greatly simplify the tax code and get rid of as many regulations on small business owners as possible.

In fact, if it was up to me I would abolish a number of federal agencies completely.

What we are doing right now is not working.  Small businesses have traditionally been one of the main engines of economic growth in this country, but thanks to the left they are unable to play that role at the moment.

It isn’t an accident that over the last ten years the U.S. economy has grown at exactly the same rate as it did during the 1930s.

If we want our economy to be great again, we need to go back and start doing the things that made it great in the first place.  If we continue to suffocate our economy, we will continue to get the same results.

And with each passing day, we get more signs that the economy is heading into another major downturn.  For instance, we just learned that Sears is closing 30 more stores on top of the 150 that had already been announced…

Sears Holdings, which wasn’t shy when it announced at the start of the year that it is closing 150 underperforming stores, has quietly added at least 30 more to the list.

Another 12 Sears stores and 18 Kmarts are among the locations that are closing, from Carson, Calif., to Hialeah, Fla., with most scheduled to shut their doors in July, based on calls to the stores, malls and confirmation in local media.

At the start of the year, the retailer pinpointed the 150 stores it said it would close. But it declined this week to provide a list of additional locations that are slated to shut since then, saying that it update store counts each quarter.

In addition, we just learned that new home sales in April were 11.4 percent lower than they were in March

If you’re surprised by the collapse in new home sales in April, then you’re not paying attention.

The 11.4% MoM plunge in new home sales in April was 5 standard deviations below expectations and the biggest since March 2015.

Yes, the stock market is holding up for the moment, but for most Americans the “real economy” just continues to deteriorate.  Just because we are at the end of a giant financial bubble does not mean that everything is going to be okay.

The numbers that I brought up in this article are just another example of our long-term economic decline.  In a healthy economy, entrepreneurs and small businesses would be thriving.  But instead, they are being systematically strangled out of existence by a political system that is wildly out of control.