Dallas Morning News: Big Tech Has a Conservative Problem That Must be Addressed

The editorial board noted the firing of Palmer Luckey, a conservative on staff who founded the FB-acquired Oculus.

The Dallas Morning News’ editorial board has a message to Silicon Valley: you have a conservative problem that must be answered for!

In an article published on November 14th, 2018, the board notes the firing of 26-year-old Silicon Valley whiz kid, Palmer Luckey, who founded the virtual reality company Oculus which was acquired by Facebook. They explain:

 

Luckey is one of those — a 26-year-old homeschooled tech prodigy who built a virtual reality company that Facebook vacuumed up for $2 billion.

 

But the reason we might all remember Luckey has less to do with the VR tech he created than the politics he practices.

 

Luckey is a conservative, and conservatism is one part of a bigger problem American tech giants have with speech — both how they disseminate it and how they control it.

 

But conservatism might just be the part of tech’s problem that brings much-needed reform to the internet.

 

Luckey’s story goes like this: After selling his company, Oculus, he became a Facebook employee who did what many Americans do — he donated to a political cause he supported. The cause was a pro-Trump, anti-Clinton organization called Nimble America.

 

He was fired in 2017.

 

The op-ed notes that conservatives and center-right folks “have good reason to be suspicious about how all internet giants, but particularly Facebook and Twitter, control and monitor what is said on their platforms.”

 

They added that conservatives shouldn’t be the only ones concerned with these tech tactics. Concerns should extend to other constituencies:

 

Conservatives aren’t alone in being concerned, and they shouldn’t be. The way technology companies control speech is an appropriate area for congressional inquiry, and Cruz was right not to let it go at the hearings held in April where Zuckerberg swore, against transparent evidence to the contrary, that Facebook is not a publisher.

 

The editors finished the article by encouraging Congress to look into this. As long as they aren’t meddling in business affairs, Congress can examine the issues in big tech. Conservatives and libertarians should look into Lincoln Network’s recommendations for bringing more balance to big tech without regulatory means.

 

Sen. Marco Rubio: Economy Shouldn’t Come at Expense of Rising Sea Levels

The junior senator from Florida admitted that while sea levels are rising, the economy shouldn’t come at its expense.

https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/1051460791373828096

 

The junior senator from Florida appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper yesterday to respond to a new survey that claims that flooding will destroy one million Florida homes by the end of the century in wake of Hurricane Michael.

 

That report— titled “Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate“— was released by the Union of Concerned Scientists last week. They found that one million homes would be at risk of being flooded fat the end of the century. That’s pretty doom and gloom picture, no?

 

“Sea levels rise and changes in the climate, those are measurable. So I don’t think there is a debate whether that is happening … The secondary aspect of that is how much of that is due to human activity?” said Rubio.

 

He added, “No matter what we do, no matter what we do with laws, if tomorrow we stopped all — let’s say we went to all solar panels and did all that stuff, which is not realistic — this trend would still continue.”

 

He continued: “Look, Panama City looks like Homestead down here in South Florida after Andrew. What I saw there, I didn’t see any electricity polls standing, or any wires still up. So that’s going to have to be totally rebuilt. Telecommunications is still a challenge. Mexico Beach is wiped out, I mean literally flattened out. And then something I hope we don’t lose focus on – there are a lot of inland counties away from the coast, where there are a lot of older people, a lot of poor people, people that could not evacuate, even if they wanted to, living miles apart from each other in rural areas, who have been badly hit by this. And right now many of them are even cut off. They don’t have phones, the roads are blocked, they might even live off a dirt road. We’ve got to get to them too. That’s going to be the one area that I really, really focus on, because I think that’s where the dire need is also there. And they’re going to be the hardest people to identify and find. We still don’t have an accurate assessment of how many people we have cut off from everybody else.”

 

These comments come after the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael in Florida’s Panhandle.

 

What are your thoughts on Senator Rubio’s comments? Weigh in below.

O’Keefe’s Sophomore Book Sheds Light on Mainstream Media Malpractice

Our writer Gabriella reviews James O’Keefe’s sophomore book on media bias.

Trust placed in media continues to be at an all-time low.

In July 2017, Gallup found that 60% of respondents believe the media reports inaccurately. It doesn’t help that most outspoken members of the Fourth Estate are dishonest about their political orientations, nor does it help when they give preferential coverage to events like the March For Our Lives over the March for Life.

The media doesn’t do itself any favors discounting viewers residing Flyover Country (Middle America), rural counties, or those outside the confines of the Acela Corridor. After the election of President Donald Trump, their biases came to light even more and their disdain for reporting the truth became increasingly clear.

Granted, there are members of the mainstream media like Jake Tapper, Yashar Ali, and others who aren’t necessarily mired by a left-leaning agenda on notable issues. Reporters like Tapper, for instance, tend to constructively criticize both parties regardless of administration. Nevertheless, the few outliers at mainstream sources are sadly outweighed by their more partisan colleagues. This bitter partisanship—compounded by them acting as gatekeepers for the Democrat Party—has drawn parallels between them and the Soviet Union’s Pravda, as encapsulated by investigative reporter and Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe’s new book.

O’Keefe’s sophomore book American Pravda, which succeeds the 2014 bestseller Breakthrough and as of this writing sits atop #1 spot of Amazon’s bestseller’s in Journalist Biographies, explores how his organization Project Veritas has relentlessly pursued the truth—in the fashion of the self-publishing Soviet-era Samizdat —against the establishment media, which he argues, at times, behaves like Pravda. While many will find this to be an illusory correlation, he’s not entirely wrong.

For context, Pravda was a Soviet news publications weaponized by Soviet dictators like Joseph Stalin to push an agenda. As I wrote here at The Resurgent earlier, here’s what Pravda did per Washington Post:

Stalin used the press, unburdened by facts, to create an enclosed atmosphere where paranoid fantasy had to be accepted as reality. He gaslighted his victims, and an entire nation, besides. There was seemingly no way out. (Pravda means truth in Russian, and the name of the other Soviet leading paper, Izvestia, means news; as the old joke had it, there was no truth in Pravda and no news in Izvestia.)

The book explores beyond O’Keefe’s direct participation in his investigative work. Over the years, he’s largely shifted from direct participation in undercover videos to overseeing Project Veritas. O’Keefe may have started Project Veritas but it’s not simply about him, the book stresses. It’s about his employees and their overall quest for truth. He’s accrued a team of hardworking, loyal employees and undercover reporters throughout the years. Pravda clues readers into the evolution of O’Keefe’s work, from admitting past mistakes to showing maturation of his conduct and careful attention to detail in executing a mission and effectuating policy changes.

Throughout the book, O’Keefe draws great inspiration for Pravda from the original muckrakers of the early 20th Century who sought to expose corruption. He laments how modern-day journalists have abandoned integrity and fail to learn from their predecessors—simply to protect Democrat nominee for president Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

The various anecdotes he provides give readers an inside look into the success of his and Project Veritas’ work holding the media, politicians, and advocacy groups accountable for their misdeeds. How many other journalistic entities can claim credit for talking down ACORN?

O’Keefe’s undercover videos have received immense scrutiny—though I believe much of it is misplaced. Generally speaking, I’ve been supportive of the majority of James’ work, bearing an exception or two. Though they’ve made a lasting impression on his targets, supporters, and even high levels of the U.S. government, PV doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Recently, undercover reporters for Channel 4 in Great Britain blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica using the same recording tactics as Project Veritas. Yet the former is heralded as deserving of a Pulitzer Prize, while the latter is simply a tool of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. Funny how selective praise is when it comes to exposes.

​I’m convinced American Pravda can even get O’Keefe’s detractors to consider his work from a purely objective lens. The establishment media shouldn’t hold a monopoly on reporting or truth-seeking. The way we communicate and absorb information today is ever-changing, and it’s inevitable to see a change in how news is delivered too from a creative disruptive edge. To those who value truth-seeking, regardless of political orientation, they’ll find value in this timely book. O’Keefe and his fellow creative disruptors have forced corrupt organizations to go out of business, politicians or consultants resign, and laws to change.

Without a doubt James’ work with Project Veritas has been consequential, and for the betterment for our government and culture. Don’t simply take my word for it. Pick up a copy of American Pravda today.

Disclosure: The author is a friend of James O’Keefe’s and had a dossier placed on her.

YouTube Places Dangerous Target on Platform’s Pro-Gun Users

A newly updated policy on firearms on the popular video sharing platform is sure to backfire.

YouTube, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc., announced a new policy that’ll adversely affect channels for those who hold pro-Second Amendment views. These changes will impact the many individuals, companies, and advocacy groups who rely on YouTube to reach their large audiences.

Per Bloomberg, YouTube announced it’ll ban videos that promote the sale of firearms or bump stocks. Additionally, it’ll ban videos instructing people on how to assemble firearms. These changes are set to go into effect in April. They offered this revision to their firearms policy:

YouTube prohibits certain kinds of content featuring firearms. Specifically, we don’t allow content that:

Intends to sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales (e.g., private sales by individuals) or links to sites that sell these items. These accessories include but may not be limited to accessories that enable a firearm to simulate automatic fire or convert a firearm to automatic fire (e.g., bump stocks, gatling triggers, drop-in auto sears, conversion kits), and high capacity magazines (i.e., magazines or belts carrying more than 30 rounds).

Provides instructions on manufacturing a firearm, ammunition, high capacity magazine, homemade silencers/suppressors, or certain firearms accessories such as those listed above. This also includes instructions on how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities.

Shows users how to install the above-mentioned accessories or modifications.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation had this to say about the move:

“We suspect it will be interpreted to block much more content than the stated goal of firearms and certain accessory sales,” the foundation said in a statement. “We see the real potential for the blocking of educational content that serves instructional, skill-building and even safety purposes. Much like Facebook, YouTube now acts as a virtual public square. The exercise of what amounts to censorship, then, can legitimately be viewed as the stifling of commercial free speech.”

This change in policy even led one channel to suggest they’ll move to PornHub, which is a bit drastic if you ask me. Don’t resort to desperate measures, guys.

Undoubtedly, YouTube continues to land itself in hot water with this embrace of targeted censorship against those aren’t liberal or anti-gun. The platform has also censored videos from PragerU, which led them to file suit against Googlelast fall. In January 2017, YouTube removed a channel belonging to Cornell University law professor and Legal Insurrection founder William Jacobson. The egregious examples of censorship against conservatives are innumerable. While YouTube is a private company, them taking the wrong side on the gun debate will cost them countless users.

Prior to these swift changes, some so-called conservative YouTube stars were raking in big money from the platform. A change to its monetization rules has led to many in conservative and firearms circles to find other avenues to rake in money. Demonetization has specifically targeted conservative and independent video makers.

Will a viable alternative to YouTube arise? Time will tell. There are some variants to choose from, but a serious competitor to the popular video sharing site has yet to emerge. Perhaps a legitimate competitor can arise amidst this problem—one that doesn’t lead gun enthusiasts to PornHub.

Is “Big Tech” too big to fail? Some are arguing breaking up these companies will ameliorate these problems. (Like many out there, I’m torn but am more skeptical about this and corresponding government regulation being tossed around.) More realistically, competition is the best antidote to companies engaging in divisive corporate advocacy.

Critics: Keith Urban Song ‘Female’ is Transphobic, Mansplains, and Too Heavy on Biblical References

Last night at the CMA’s, country music singer Keith Urban performed a new song called “Female.”

https://twitter.com/CountryMusic/status/928473236114882560

The singer was inspired to produce and release this song immediately, especially in wake of revelations in Hollywood involving serial creep Harvey Weinstein. Urban was inspired by those speaking out against Weinstein— particularly the females. Urban is married to Academy Award-winning actress and fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman, who has worked closely with Weinstein in the past.

What inspired him to grab onto the song? Him being surrounded by strong women in both his personal and professional life:

“As a husband and a father of two young girls, it affects me in a lot of ways,” Urban told Billboard earlier. “And as a son — my mother is alive. It just speaks to all of the females in my life, particularly. For a guy who grew up with no sisters in a house of boys, it’s incredible how now I’m surrounded by girls. But not only in my house; I employ a huge amount of women in my team. The song just hit me for so many reasons.”

Here’s what he told reporters at the awards ceremony last night:

“When I heard this song, I felt very strong about the spirit in the song,” Urban told Fox News on the red carpet at the 51st Country Music Associated Awards.

“I’m in the middle of making my record but when I heard that song, I just pushed everything to the side,” he told us.

“I said, ‘I really want to record this song right now.”

Take a listen to the song for yourself:

Urban touches upon the various, multifaceted roles women take. As the lyrics note:

“Sister, shoulder, daughter, lover

Healer, broken halo, mother

Nature, fire, suit of armor

Soul survivor, holy water

Secret keeper, fortune teller

Virgin Mary, scarlet letter

technicolor, river wild

Baby girl, woman child/Female.”

I see nothing wrong with this, but many critics assert he’s mansplaining about sexual harassment, is transphobic assigning women with the female gender, and inserting Biblical references.

The Verge thought it was weird for Urban, a practicing Catholic, to reference Adam and Eve in his song “Female”:

When somebody laughs and implies that she asked for it

Just cause she was wearing a skirt

Now is that how it works?

When somebody talks about how it was Adam first

Does that make you second best?

Or did he save the best for last?

There are no annotations on this verse yet, either. I’m not sure what’s stopping people from wading in here. Maybe it’s Keith’s choice to put sexual assault on the same plane as vaguely rude readings of Bible stories? Maybe it’s the insertion of creationism into a song that is otherwise not really about disproved science?

A man who respects women believes they are made in the image of God, but how dare they be told they differ in biology yet play an important role in complementing men? Blasphemous!

One Twitter user suggested Urban keep his mouth shut on women because not all women are females. Huh?

The tweet has since been deleted, but women were rightfully quick to criticize this idiotic tweet.

 

However, the song was generally well-received:

Of all the musical genres out there, country music is the most transcendent and uplifting out there — even with the bro-country and pop-country that has emerged in recent years. Country music hasn’t become tainted like rap or pop has, so many so-called cultural critics who seek to restructure politics are eager to taint good music too. Leave country music alone!

Urban should be applauded for writing a song about true female empowerment. Strong women are usually supported by strong men. Men must be equally uplifted and should be acknowledged when they condemn piggish behavior by other individuals belonging to the same gender.

I, for one, will play “Female” on a regular basis and hope you do too.

Gubernatorial Elections 2017: NJ and VA — Resurgent Live Blog

Republican candidate for governor, Ed Gillespie, right, gestures during a news conference with his running mates, Lt. Gov. candidate Jill Vogel, left, and Attorney General candidate John Adams, center, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

 

Hello everyone! The Resurgent will have live special coverage of the two gubernatorial races transpiring in New Jersey and  inVirginia tonight. Stay here for the latest updates.

NEW JERSEY

8:06PM— Race has been called for Democrat Phil Murphy. 

8PM — Polls will close in New Jersey. 

#NJGov

VIRGINIA

8:26PM — An openly trans-woman and Democrat socialist won seats in the House of Delegates. Wow.

Race called at 8:12PM for Ralph Northam. 

https://twitter.com/EWErickson/status/928065017383194624

8:12PM—Larry Sabato and NBC News are calling it for Ralph Northam.

8:10PM— With 56% of the precincts in, Northam leads Gillespie 51.50% to 47.31%. 

7:56PM — With 40.34% of precincts reporting, Mark Herring leads John Adams 50.22% to 49.73%. 

7:54— With 34.22% of precincts reporting, Jill Vogel leads Justin Fairfax 49.99% to 49.95%. 

 7:44PM— With 24% of precincts reporting, Northam has narrow lead over Gillespie, 50.92 % to 48%. 7:53PM— With 30% of precincts reporting, Northram is leading Gillespie 51.13% to 47.79%. 

 

7:38PM— Election results have started to pour in

 

7:02PM — You can watch election results here from the Virginia Department of Elections. 

7:00PM — Polls are now closed in Virginia. 

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VA Lt. Gov

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Bolshevik Revolution Centennial: Deadly Legacy 100 Years Later

Today marks a dark moment in history: the centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution that metastasized in Soviet Russia.

From Lenin, this movement empowered Joseph Stalin, Mao Zhedong, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot, and countless other dictators across the globe to order their henchmen—or they personally—to carry out policies on torture, starvation, collectivization, confiscation of private property, and outlawing religion.

Since 1917, over 100 million have died at the hands of socialism in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. The late historian RJ Rummel estimated a high of 148 million murdered as a result of the tyrannical regimes Bolshevik Revolution spawned.  But that doesn’t bother most academics, media elites, and historians. To them, Soviet communism is misinterpreted or was, gasp, poorly executed! Look at “Red Century” columns published at the New York Times over the last year. Many of the articles, which were absolutely ridiculous in nature, affirmed  the spirit of Walter Duranty (their famed propagandist and Stalin apologist) lives on.

We hear these people clamor and say, “Well if we had another chance to retry it, it won’t turn out like this!” Oh really? Bless their hearts.

This centennial perhaps is personal for me because my family, especially my grandparents, suffered at the hands of Stalinist policies born out of this bloody movement.

It was Stalin’s gulag system that broke my grandpa’s spirit when he was imprisoned at the Belomor Canal on the Finnish-Russian border for eighteen months. By some act of God, really, he survived. Surviving this barren tundra, built on the bones of prisoners, was virtually impossible. Due to my grandpa being able-bodied from farm work all his life, he miraculously survived. Many of his fellow prisoners weren’t so lucky—ultimately succumbing to the deadly effects of life in a gulag.

My parents grew up in post-Stalinist Soviet-occupied Lithuania, but similarly encountered limited opportunities due to this movement deep-rooted infection in their homeland. While the death camps slowly disappeared, many oppressive policies were still in tact after Stalin died. Racism was rampant, opportunities were limited, kids snitched on their parents, and food was heavily rationed, for example. This was the reality of life in the Soviet Union—not some rosy fairy tale we hear from many on the Left.

These horror stories aren’t isolated to countries previously (and illegally) occupied by the former Soviet Union. Look at the blood that was shed in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. So many families were wrecked by this movement and not a peep or sympathy from scholars, academics, celebrities, and supposed reporters.

The White House issued its first-ever National Day for the Victims of Communism honor those who were oppressed by communism. Below is the statement:

Today, the National Day for the Victims of Communism, marks 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution took place in Russia. The Bolshevik Revolution gave rise to the Soviet Union and its dark decades of oppressive communism, a political philosophy incompatible with liberty, prosperity, and the dignity of human life.

Over the past century, communist totalitarian regimes around the world have killed more than 100 million people and subjected countless more to exploitation, violence, and untold devastation. These movements, under the false pretense of liberation, systematically robbed innocent people of their God-given rights of free worship, freedom of association, and countless other rights we hold sacrosanct. Citizens yearning for freedom were subjugated by the state through the use of coercion, violence, and fear.

Today, we remember those who have died and all who continue to suffer under communism. In their memory and in honor of the indomitable spirit of those who have fought courageously to spread freedom and opportunity around the world, our Nation reaffirms its steadfast resolve to shine the light of liberty for all who yearn for a brighter, freer future.

Bolshevism in 1917 gave rise to global communism. It’s time this horrible movement in history be rejected and its effects be condemned like its ugly cousin, National Socialism. Please take this week to honor the victims of communism and honor their memories.

 

*Updated article to include White House declaration honoring victims of communism.

Japan to Host First Asia CPAC Conference

CPAC, or the Conservative Political Action Conference, is going global. It was revealed recently that the annual conservative confab annually held in D.C. every winter — with occasional regional stops— is being held in Japan from December 16-17, 2017.

Per translations, the conference touts the following principles: “Freedom and the Rule of Law”; “Security and Technology”; “Economic Growth and Deregulation”; “Intellectual Property”; and “Family Values.”

The main reason for holding Japan CPAC? Their website expounds on this:

During the eight years in the Obama administration, the situation in Asia has changed dramatically. China actively acts to expand its military facilities in the South China Sea while at the same time North Korea continues to conduct nuclear development and missile tests for nuclear warhead loading. On the other hand, the United States has greatly reduced its influence in East Asia. 

In Japan, strategic acquisitions of corporate stocks, etc. related to natural resources such as real estate by China capital and underground water source are continuing. Also, in the United States, acquisitions related to businesses from companies controlled by the Chinese government, from American pop culture such as theaters and movie production companies to industrial equipment, home electronics manufacturers and hotels are continuing.

 China’s attempt to acquire a foothold in the US financial market through the acquisition of the Chicago Board of Trade by a state-owned investment company is currently being investigated by the Trump regime. These acquisitions are not merely capitalistic transactions, but rather that China is not part of a big attempt to gain economic and military benefits to enemies, including the United States and Japan Cow.
 
During the presidential election campaign last year, Donald J. Trump candidates took a tough stance toward China’s unfair trade practices and illegal territory expansion. Immediately after winning the election, he broke the Protocol decades ago and President Trump has received a telephone call from Tsai Inge of Taiwan.

ACU believes that Japan plays an important role as the foundation of stability in Asia, and strong aggressive economic power of Japan and the United States and appropriate defense capability, especially China’s aggressive attempt to dominate worldwide We believe that it is important to develop defense capability to counterbalance against the situation.

At J-CPAC 2017 hosted by the Executive Committee of J-CPAC 2017, J-CPAC 2017 sponsored by these two themes focuses on freedom and rule of law, security and technology, economic growth and deregulation, intellectual property, families Focusing on five topics, such as prosperity, discussions will be held.

It was pointed out by Daily Beast reporter Betsy Woodruff, who tweeted the following:

https://twitter.com/woodruffbets/status/927918551066988546

If you’re curious to learn more about J-CPAC, follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Our CPAC will be held at the Gaylord Hotel and Resort in National Harbor, MD from February 21-24, 2017.

Could this coincide with President Trump’s visit to Japan and subsequent meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe? Perhaps! This will be very interesting to and we at The Resurgent will keep tabs on this first non-American CPAC.