SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”. Today, we return to the topic of the growing Internet censorship campaign.
New Writing Contest Prize!
We’ve just added a new prize to the Third Prize package, in our bi-monhtly writing contest: Three sets each of regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This new prize is courtesy of the fine folks at Harvest Guard. Their products are made here in USA. This prize has a $270 value.
Millions of Pigs in Asia Culled
More about the current spread of African Swine Fever: Millions of pigs in Asia culled as African swine fever spreads. (Thanks to G.P. for the link.)
Medal of Honor Award Announced
Reader SOG mentioned this in The Army Times: Medal of Honor announced for soldier who fought through three floors of insurgents in Fallujah. Here is a quote:
Then-Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia originally received the Silver Star for his actions, but his citation was revisited as part of a review of valor awards and determined worthy of the nation’s highest combat award.
The award will give Bellavia one of now seven Operation Iraqi Freedom Medals of Honor, and make him the only living recipient from the Iraq War.
During the battle, Bellavia single-handedly killed multiple insurgents, including one during hand-to-hand combat.
A squad leader at the time, Bellavia, now 43, was clearing a block of buildings when his platoon was pinned down on Nov. 10, 2004, in Fallujah, Iraq.”
Google Search Manipulation Update
Video: Google vs DuckDuckGo — Search engine manipulation, censorship and why you should switch. JWR’s Comment: I use Start Page as my default search engine, because it is has neutral, unfiltered search results and it maintains no search histories!
And here is a quite recent example, showing their ongoing manipulation: Google Protecting Jussie Smollett From ‘Disparaging’ Searches
YouTube is Treating You Like a Robot
Some cogent analysis by Matt Christiansen: They Think You’re a Stupid Robot — Reading Between the Hit Piece Lines. JWR’s Comment: The only way to avoid being manipulated by YouTube’s algorithms is to manually subscribe to the sites that you decide are worthy. Otherwise, the Corporate Thought Police’s constantly changing algorithms will gradually make anyone to the right of Karl Marx disappear from view. Oh, and as each of your favorite commentators is de-platformed (and they probably will be!), you will need to actively search for other platforms where they can be seen, and then subscribe there.
Two More Google Blacklists Remove ‘Fringe Domains’
Reader G.P. sent this from The Daily Caller: REVEALED: Two More Google Blacklists Designed To Remove ‘Fringe Domains’ And Op-Eds From Special Search Results.
Pinterest Censoring Christian Words & Groups
Pinterest Bans Pro-Life LiveAction, Censors Conservative Content. Here is a snippet:
“In screenshots of the blacklist shared with The Daily Caller, the instructions at the top of the page say, “To ensure the blacklist will REMOVE a URL, add a line ‘# REMOVE url’.” And, “To ensure the blacklist WON’T remove a URL by accident, add ‘# PERMIT url’,” indicating that the blacklist is manually edited.
One of the blacklisted results was a Washington Post op-ed titled, “How Vladimir Putin Became The World’s Favorite Dictator,” which the algorithm pulled in response to the query “who is the dictator of Russia.”
In one of the changelogs for the web answers blacklist, a Googler alludes to the blacklisting of all opinion content for web answers.
“We are going to be removing opinion docs from all of newsey/political/sensitive webanswers. So, BLing any document that we consider to be clearly opinion is not an issue,” the note says.”