I’ve come to like the “new uploads” feature of YouTube on the Roku device. The algorithm for “who I am” seems different on them. Perhaps since they know it is a multi-user platform. Perhaps because it is just different code. All I can say is that it seems to be unable to remember more than a few things at once, and it forgets fairly quickly. For that reason, just watching a few of “something else” it starts to decide I am someone else, with different preferences. As I frequently watch all sorts of off the wall stuff, it is constantly sending me a varying set of choices. Especially on the “newly uploaded” list.
So I’m going to talk about a couple of things, one of which pains me greatly. This is not a posting I wanted to ever make. I hope that the Linux Kernel folks wash their laundry soon and toss out the SJW (Social inJustice Warriors) crap referenced below. For that reason, and after watching Infowars for a while today (they are going for a midnight marathon today) where Roger Stone was caught on Camera having a tipple of some Texas Vodka; I decided to “adjust my attitude” with a Texas Trailboss Coffee. So far, only 1/2 a cup down, but already feeling more centered ;-) So this Linux video was by a guy with a channel named Timcast.
Along the way, I discovered yet another YouTube Artist / Commentator I like. Tim Pool. So first off, the good stuff: Tim Pool is by all appearances a ‘regular hacker guy’ who has found himself thrust into that “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy ™” by SJWs just for having a brain, knowing how to use it, and observing reality. I think I’m going to be watching a LOT of his stuff. Here’s his YouTube Channel (as long as it lasts…)
https://www.youtube.com/timcast and his web site:
What got this started was a “new” upload about Linux development capitulating to SJW fraud, but then I followed the next link to a very interesting story from Quillette. I’m going to link the article, and his video, where he comments on the article. It is about and by a SJW type who found himself being attacked by the SJW Mob as he was not keeping up with the rapid run off the PC Crazy Cliff of escalating insanity. First the article:
Published on July 14, 2018
I Was the Mob Until the Mob Came for Me
written by Barrett Wilson
I drive food delivery for an online app to make rent and support myself and my young family. This is my new life. I once had a well paid job in what might be described as the social justice industry. Then I upset the wrong person, and within a short window of time, I was considered too toxic for my employer’s taste. I was publicly shamed, mobbed, and reduced to a symbol of male privilege. I was cast out of my career and my professional community. Writing anything under my own byline now would invite a renewal of this mobbing—which is why, with my editor’s permission, I am writing this under a pseudonym. He knows who I am.
In my previous life, I was a self-righteous social justice crusader. I would use my mid-sized Twitter and Facebook platforms to signal my wokeness on topics such as LGBT rights, rape culture, and racial injustice. Many of the opinions I held then are still opinions that I hold today. But I now realize that my social-media hyperactivity was, in reality, doing more harm than good.
Within the world created by the various apps I used, I got plenty of shares and retweets. But this masked how ineffective I had become outside, in the real world. The only causes I was actually contributing to were the causes of mobbing and public shaming. Real change does not stem from these tactics. They only cause division, alienation, and bitterness.
How did I become that person? It happened because it was exhilarating. Every time I would call someone racist or sexist, I would get a rush. That rush would then be reaffirmed and sustained by the stars, hearts, and thumbs-up that constitute the nickels and dimes of social media validation. The people giving me these stars, hearts, and thumbs-up were engaging in their own cynical game: A fear of being targeted by the mob induces us to signal publicly that we are part of it.
And more, hit the link for details. It is a tail of woe from someone who was addicted to the power of destruction until destruction came to him.
Here’s the video:
It is in some ways amusing to read such a story. I know, not very nice of me. But there it is. Welcome to the Deplorable side of the tracks…
Here’s some more:
Then one day, suddenly, I was accused of some of the very transgressions I’d called out in others. I was guilty, of course: There’s no such thing as due process in this world. And once judgment has been rendered against you, the mob starts combing through your past, looking for similar transgressions that might have been missed at the time. I was now told that I’d been creating a toxic environment for years at my workplace; that I’d been making the space around me unsafe through microaggressions and macroaggressions alike.
Social justice is a surveillance culture, a snitch culture. The constant vigilance on the part of my colleagues and friends did me in. That’s why I’m delivering sushi and pizza. Not that I’m complaining. It’s honest work, and it’s led me to rediscover how to interact with people in the real world. I am a kinder and more respectful person now that I’m not regularly on social media attacking people for not being “kind” and “respectful.”
I mobbed and shamed people for incidents that became front page news. But when they were vindicated or exonerated by some real-world investigation, it was treated as a footnote by my online community. If someone survives a social justice callout, it simply means that the mob has moved on to someone new. No one ever apologizes for a false accusation, and everyone has a selective memory regarding what they’ve done.
So it goes. And will continue to go until we, collectively, stand up and say “Enough of this crap, there’s the door, be on the other side of it now.”
For me, I’m there. Zero tolerance for SJW Crap and the Fraud on truth it perpetrates. I have a set of values, rooted in thousands of years of experience, and it need zero Political Correctness to work very well.
Linux Falls from Meritocracy
Here’s the Video:
The basic trust of it is that, after years of resisting, the Linux Kernel Developers organization has decided skill, ability, merit are unimportant and all that really matters is driving the horrible Normal White Male out of programming. Just because there are far more white male geeks than anyone else. Well DUH! We are NOT the “cool black guy”. We are not the “socially capable female”. We are geeks. (Though in fairness we have many black, Asian, and women programmers and some of them are even a bit geeky ;-) there are just not nearly as many of them as there are pasty white guys with a poor ability to bag the Homecoming Queen.)
Now I have NOT validated the underlying story. I’m going to do a little bit of digging around before I finish the posting, so more may come below, but at this moment, it’s just a video reading a story. I dearly hope it is false. If there is even ONE place on the planet where the only thing that matters is competence, it is writing an operating system kernel. I literally do not care at all who writes and tests it, as long as they are THE best on the planet. They can be a half-black half-asian hermaphrodite, all that matters is how well they code. A very strict meritocracy. The notion of driving the best and brightest out because you want a quota of blacks, women, and Asians to be met? Just stupid on steroids.
Sidebar: For “a while” it will not matter as all the existing kernels have shipped and are done. Over time, this may result in broken functions if folks “take their marbles with them” or worse, if the replacement is crummy code. I’m happy to live on the present kernel for a decade or so if need be. I’m also quite happy to swap to the BSD kernel and / or the GNU / Hurd system if that’s what it takes. Basically, it’s a bit “we’ll see”: BUT, to the extent the Linux Kernel becomes a place where the SJW Mob decides who gets to code? That’s a world where Linus can just enjoy his new friends without me, or my computers. There are other choices. (Realize that most of the “Linux System” is NOT Linux. Most of it is GNU commands or other projects as applications like LibreOffice that cross many kernel types. There are BSD kernel / GNU Userland systems already in existence. So IF the Linux Kernel becomes unreliable, there’s plenty of options. If nothing else, we can “fork” the kernel and get back to a new kernel project based on merit again – that’s what the whole open source thing is about. It’s freedom from control, at its core.)
Looking for Corroboration
Linux adds a code of conduct for programmers
In the aftermath of Linus Torvalds apologizing for how he’s been running the Linux kernel community, Linux has adopted a new code of conduct. But some now claim this means Linux is being taken over by social justice warriors.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Linux and Open Source | September 17, 2018 — 20:41 GMT (13:41 PDT) | Topic: Enterprise Software
The use of her Contributor Covenant has caused a bad-tempered outbreak on Twitter and Reddit. There are claims the Linux community is becoming politicized and is being taken over by so-called Social Justice Warriors (SJW). Some examples concerning the new Code of Conduct include: “In practice [will be] abused tools to hunt people SJWs don’t like. And they don’t like a lot of people.” And, “Yes as long as are authoritarian left wing minded, and/or censor your self you can participate.”
Chaos follows Linux dev community’s new code of conduct
by Ivan Mehta — 7 days ago in Developer Stories
On Sunday, Linus Torvalds – the chief programmer of the Linux kernel – sent out a letter in which he apologized for his hostile behavior towards others in the community that maintains the project.
The conduct encourages positive language, being respectful to different views and accepting constructive criticism while discouraging trolling, harassment and unwanted sexual advances. It replaced the murky and clearly ineffective ‘Code of Conflict’ which was previously in place. But now, the new guidelines have stirred up a storm of discontent within the community, which raises a few points of concern.
A lot of people in the community are angry and afraid that now the development will be ‘SJW driven’. Many comments on platforms like Twitter, GitHub, and Reddit suggest that some contributors are not happy with this development.
Linux Has a Code of Conduct and Not Everyone is Happy With it
Last updated September 21, 2018 By Abhishek Prakash 143 Comments
Linux kernel has a new code of conduct (CoC). Linus Torvalds took a break from Linux kernel development just 30 minutes after signing this code of conduct. And since the writer of this code of conduct has had a controversial past, it has now become a point of heated discussion. With all the politics involved, not many people are happy with this new CoC.
If you do not know already, Linux creator Linus Torvalds has apologized for his past behavior and has taken a temporary break from Linux kernel development to improve his behavior.
OK. So confirmed. They’ve managed to guilt trip Linus into adopting a gateway document to let the SJW Tool destroy the Linux Kernel and with it the FOSS movement. THE major thorn in the side of Gobal Domination of the computing space. Got it.
This is such a bother. Folks, it’s critically important to keep FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) free of SJWs and all the Left Control Crap.
OK, yet another unexpected project. What to do when the Linux Kernel is no longer defended by meritocracy and open inspection, but instead is subject to a Social Justice Test before shipping. Any bets as to what all will crawl into that test? How about a nice big back door for SJWs to decide what programs are “acceptable” (or not) and what data needs to be sent off to The Central Committee for further examination? Eh?
OK, I really really DO NOT want to go there, but I have a couple of books on kernel writing and design. It’s hard, but not that hard. Starting from the current FOSS base would make it even easier. China has done it with the Kylin system. More will need to do it now, unless Linus wakes up and smells the coffee and realizes the “woke” folks are really “useful idiots” of the power structure working to destroy Linux; since it is beyond their control.
Sigh. I think I need another Texas Trailboss Coffee…