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Hope all my readers had a pleasant August. I know I did.
And even with all that has been happening this past month, I have been very good about focusing on my vacation and the vacation of the young Armaticii, and have not posted for quite a while.
But now, it’s time to get back to the chronicling work.
I have been wondering what topic I should elevate as the lead off topic post vacation and I have decided to start with the ongoing war on Western Civilization.
And as it just so happens, a familiar name for my dear loyal readers has been in the news currently. His name is Salil Mehta and he is our Deus Ex Machina resident statistics expert and one who your humble blogger was referencing quite regularly before the November 2016 presidential election to help explain how the FAKE NEWS POLLS were being WEAPONIZED in order to create DESPONDENCY among the Trump voter base to keep them at home and give the election to Sick, Crooked, Unelectable Hillary.
What appears to be the case with Mr. Mehta, the notorious anti-civilization and leftist company Google, has “vaporized” Mr. Mehta’s presence on it’s servers, including his email account.
And what was Mr. Mehta’s transgression to merit this drastic, not to mention draconian actions on the part of Google?
Well, we don’t know.
For sure, that it.
But there is a pattern forming…
And as my long time readers know, independent yet related OCCURRENCES lead to PATTERNS, from which PROCESSES can be identified, and from which GENERAL PRINCIPLES can be extracted. But I digress…
On another Google owned platform, the internet channel You Tube has been suppressing Free Speech in its own right. The latest suppression has been directed against two young black ladies, Diamond and Silk.
It would appear that these ladies have also committed transgressions against the post-modernist “theology of Cultural Marxism”. Specifically, the context of the videos that these two ladies have been producing has run afoul of the Google sensors.
And to finish up with the introduction, these actions come on the back of the firing of a Google employee that has been the biggest news a couple of weeks ago. That former employee is Jim Damore and his transgression was to write a document that was requested during a internal company meeting, and to base that document on OBJECTIVE REALITY, not to mention the current and latest scientific research. Here and here and here and here are those facts.
These independent, yet related OCCURRENCES have earned the company the moniker: GOOGLAG.
As in Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago.
So what we are seeing unfolding before our very eyes and all within one corporate structure, and a very important one at that, is the WAR ON WESTERN CIVILIZATION in full swing.
And they ain’t hiding it either…
So to wrap this up, at the top of the post is another video with Stefan Molyneux and Jesse Lee Peterson. What is important to note, as apparent in this video, is that the current situation has created a dynamic among men of good will in which a purported “atheist” and a protestant “pastor” can have a conversation about the spiritual nature of evil, and both agree that that it is this spiritual battle that is the ROOT CAUSE of the current predicament.
Who would have thunk only a few short months ago…
And now, on to the Zero Hedge post (see original here) with a primer from Stefan Molyneux about another empire and predecessor of our current government and political order, namely the Roman Empire. (It’s a long one, so save it for a weekend viewing.)
Even thought this video is rather long, it should speak to us…
One Statistics Professor Was Just Banned By Google: Here Is His Story
Statistics professor Salil Mehta, adjunct professor at Columbia and Georgetown who teaches probability and data science and whose work has appeared on this website on numerous prior occasions, was banned by Google on Friday.
What did Salil do to provoke Google? It is not entirely clear, however what is clear is that his repeated attempts at restoring his email, blog and other Google-linked accounts have so far been rejected with a blanket and uniform statement from the search giant.
Here is what happened, in Salil Mehta’s own words.
Don’t do a googol of evil
Freedom is not free unless corporations who exert a large influence in our lives believe in our well-being. I am a statistics professor and understand that there needs to be reasonable standards to control a large social network and make sure everyone is able to enjoy it freely. Invariably people disagree (we all see this), but some principles, such as simply showing probability and statistics with the sole hope of educating others, should be acceptable and in the middle of the distribution. I am for a higher standard, and a higher purpose. There is great care that I have taken to make sure that people treat one other well, admit faults, and present math and probability education to a wide audience.
On Friday afternoon East Coast Time by surprise, I was completely shut down in all my Google accounts (all of my gmail accounts, blog, all of my university pages that were on google sites, etc.) for no reason and no warning. A number of us were stunned and unsure, but clearly we know at this point it wasn’t an accident. Here are some examples commented from best-selling author Nassim Taleb, and they have been retweeted by government officials, and the NYT and WSJ journalists.
My ads-free blog itself is a probability theory site, with 27 million reads and has somewhere near 150k overall followers. It’s been read by Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, Nobel Laureates, multiple governments, celebrity athletes around the world, deans of many universities (on the syllabi of same), and a number of TV news anchors. So it’s been a great boon for Google to be noticed so kindly by essentially a charitable site promoting math education. What great people from all corners of the world and at all levels who can enjoy Google, until it suddenly died Friday afternoon.
My background is clean, and without a political or social agenda. I am not promoting any specific viewpoint. I teach probability math and that’s it. Have worked with both the Obama administration and advised on polling statistics for the Trump campaign, am an adjunct professor at three top universities, an editor of the peer-reviewed journal of the American Statistical Association, and wrote a best-selling statistics book (all the proceeds of which I gave to charity!) https://www.amazon.com/Statistics-Topics-Salil-Mehta/dp/1499273533
The NYT has a popular print article this weekend and they cited my Google blog, but alas it not links to an embarrassing malfunction, for many to see: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/19/business/the-stock-market-has-been-magical-it-cant-last.html
This doesn’t look good. Now instead of mathematics, reporters have turned to this latest circus nightmare from Google as an example of how they are compounding bad decisions on good people anywhere and at any time.
Can they not differentiate me from an evil person? Can they not see the large and reputable people and institutions that have relied on my work? Do they have better people who can coach them on how to make decisions with much better taste and finesse? What’s next, all CEOs and professors and politicians are going to be shut down from social media whenever it is least expected? Overnight hi-tech lynching squads are a thing of the past. We can’t have kangaroo courts and hope to lead with moral authority.
There is a lot of energy being spent right now thinking about how this happens to your best customers, just like that. Fear is running wild about who is next and on what other social media platforms. Have used Google for 11 years with no issue. Have driven enormous free traffic to your products and properties. But now that’s been severely damaged as the trust/reputational value has been crushed, and I have to re-emerge quickly elsewhere and deal with this fall-out. I have many students, family, coworkers, etc who typically send me e-mails each day and all of it is vanishing with a kicked-back “user doesn’t exist” error. And that’s totally unacceptable. Through my many companies have business accounts on different social media and have no issue getting a marketing line, but one needs to know who they are dealing with and not treat them this badly. The wrongs here are not being done by me.
Again, a math site. An academic site that you can see from the various header tabs of the archives (http://web.archive.org/web/20170518181653/http://statisticalideas.blogspot.com/2012/11/statistical-ideas-website.html). These are applications of formulas and shouldn’t be subject of limitations of free speech. A lot of great people like it. Hopefully Google needs to take huge step back and reexamine what went wrong and how the product could be better for others going forward, so that they and all of us grow well. People’s faith in democracy is on the line. Faith that technology companies are looking out for our good first.
I have followed their common “appeal” form but no response for three days. Also connected with one of the VPs over the weekend and it still takes time until receiving this today! Just more of a reflection of how cold a company can treat someone very poorly: without any information, and lack of ability to move forward in their life (can I get real reasons if any, can I get advance notice, can I get my contact list back from gmail, and why are university properties unrelated to my blog shut down?)
We are going to be looking back on this time in Google’s history and those of other social media and know that they have done some very immoral and confusing things, and it has hurt their public reputation with decent people who wanted to grow into the next future with them.