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PayPal, Venmo, Google Purging Wrongthink: Daily Sceptic and Gays Against Groomers the Latest Targets

PayPal, Venmo, Google Purging Wrongthink: Daily Sceptic and Gays Against Groomers the Latest Targets

Glenn Greenwald: “It makes no difference what you think of this group. What you’re seeing here is the new and much more alarming frontier of corporate censorship: *banishment from the financial system* for having the wrong ideology.”

The Biden administration and its various supporters have made no secret of their intent to silence and purge political opposition, and this extends to ‘working with’ their Big Tech ‘partners’ to root out and punish anyone who fails to support Biden, the Democrat Party, or the radical left’s America Last agenda.

Here at LI, we’ve been covering the left’s destruction of free speech in this country. With the cheerful compliance of social media, banking, financial institutions, and credit card companies, Democrats are chipping away at all dissent, making pariahs and outcasts of them.

Indeed, it’s much more terrifying than even that because as Biden alerted the nation in his demonic authoritarian speech, any and all dissent—the very existence of political opposition—is a matter for the federal authorities.  Moms and dads at school board meetings? Domestic terrorists. People who support President Trump’s America First policies? Enemies of the state and threats to the very soul of our nation. People who object to sexualizing little children in schools? Dangerous semi-fascists.

The attack on wrongthink is ongoing, and the latest victims are the UK-based website Daily Sceptic and the America-based group Gays Against Groomers.

The Daily Sceptic reports:

The first I heard about this was on Thursday afternoon last week when I received a notification from my personal PayPal account informing me that it was being shut down because I’d violated the company’s ‘Acceptable Use Policy’. I looked at that policy and it covers things like fraud and money laundering so my first thought was it must be a mistake. Then, a few minutes later, I got another notification, this one from the Daily Sceptic’s PayPal account. That, too, had been shut down and for the same reason. Eh? That was odd. Then, another email, this one from the Free Speech Union’s PayPal account. Same story – the Acceptable Use Policy.

Now call me a cynic, but the chances of all three accounts violating the same policy within minutes of one another struck me as a bit implausible. Was something else going on?

. . . . PayPal just doesn’t like free speech, which is why it has shut down the FSU account at the same time. There are five issues in particular where it’s completely verboten to express sceptical views and if you do you can expect to be cancelled, not just by PayPal but by YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.: the wisdom of the lockdown policy and associated Covid restrictions, the efficacy and safety of the mRNA vaccines, Net Zero and the ‘climate emergency’, the need to teach five year-olds that sex is a social construct and the war in Ukraine. Dissent from the prevailing orthodoxy in any of those areas is no longer permitted.

This is the new front in the ongoing war against free speech: the withdrawal of financial services from people and organisations that express dissenting opinions on those topics. And not just those who express them, but those who defend them, too, like the FSU. That‘s what makes this an escalation in the war on free speech. Until now, companies like PayPal, GoFundMe, Patreon and CrowdJustice have only demonetised individuals and groups whose views they disapprove of. Now, PayPal has closed the account of an organisation that defends people’s right to free speech, without taking sides on the issues they’re speaking about. Even that is no longer allowed, according to this Silicon Valley behemoth.

Gay people who oppose the sexualization of children in schools are also being targeted by Big Tech in this latest purge.  You may recall that plenty of gay, lesbian, and bi people are trying to extricate themselves from the trans nonsense; part of that protest includes standing against mutilating children, using puberty blockers, and generally proselytizing transgender ‘identity’ in the K-12 classroom.

It’s apparently incredibly important to the radical left that these practices continue, however, because they are coming for one of their favorite identity groups, the LBGTQ community.

The Daily Caller reports:

Google, Paypal and Venmo shut down accounts affiliated with Gays Against Groomers, a Twitter account that is critical of gender ideology, particularly in regard to children. Venmo shut down the account early Tuesday morning, and Paypal blocked the account from its services minutes later, according to an email shared by the account’s founder Jamie Michell; Google shut down her account, including her email address, the following morning, according to a screenshot and an email.

Her Google account was reinstated Wednesday afternoon, according to Michell, who said the company may have been responding to blowback from the right over what looked like a coordinated banning. A Google spokesperson denied that the company coordinated with other companies in a statement to the DCNF and claimed the account had been temporarily suspended because of an automatic system that targets the bulk creation of accounts.

There are rumors of a separate financial services network being established for anyone suffering under this tyranny. If true, I hope they are taking note and doubling their efforts to get this rolled out quickly.

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What A evil world we live in

You know how we could deal with this?

Government regulation

We have regulated what corporations could do to and within the public square from the very start of our nation.

Even the Republican party believed in doing that till 20 years ago.

We need to revert to form. If we had worked to try and regulate the public square (which is regulated right now just regulated in the wrong direction) when we had the chance this would not be happening). I am as outraged as the next Republican about abuses from Merrick Garland and other political appointees; but government is not the source of our problems and we need to stop living in a fake world where our goal is destroy “big government” (we are a nation of hundreds of millions of people we either have a big government or no nation).


     
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    tbonesays in reply to Danny. | September 21, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Even better, make the tech companies liable in civil court. Every ambulance chaser will start a side gig as a freedom chaser and there will be no need for another .gov department.


       
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      Danny in reply to tbonesays. | September 21, 2022 at 10:09 pm

      Liable in what way?

      There is no liability to action taken that does not violate some kind of regulation (such as how the law defines libel for example a concept that only exists because the United States Government says it does, Johnny Depp needed to prove in court not that what his crazy ex said was wrong he had to prove it crossed into libel in exactly the way the law defines libel).

      Which of your freedoms is violated by Verizon not being allowed to censor your conversations and requirement that any phone call made on your telephone need a warrant to get a hold of?

      The fact that telephone companies actually have been politically neutered by government regulation speaks for itself.


         
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        tbonesays in reply to Danny. | September 22, 2022 at 2:02 am

        Expand the civil rights protections to cover (more) private violations. Treat social viewpoints like ethnicity.


           
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          Danny in reply to tbonesays. | September 22, 2022 at 12:49 pm

          That requires more laws/government regulation (similar to the way we prevented the telephone companies from doing this sort of thing with pre-emptive legislation).


           
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          tbonesays in reply to tbonesays. | September 22, 2022 at 5:08 pm

          Of course it requires a new law extending the bill of rights online. An R that campaigned on a new civil rights law targeting big tech and wall st would likely sweep the primary. I just don’t think it requires another alphabet soup .gov department with a staff of democrats writing another 2000 code of federal regulations.


         
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        henrybowman in reply to Danny. | September 22, 2022 at 4:36 am

        Do you mean the fact that government regulation has been ineffective at politically neutering telephone companies?


           
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          Danny in reply to henrybowman. | September 22, 2022 at 1:00 pm

          So why hasn’t GatewayPundit sued?

          You realize discovery would be available and if this isn’t true a judge would learn it is another internet hoax by TheGatewayPundit right?

          I use my phone without censorship all the time, and so do you, and you use it without fearing your communications will be turned over to the police to help them start a fishing expedition against you so clearly you know that story has no legs to it (and I won’t be convinced it has any legs as long as TheGatewayPundit doesn’t avail itself of the overt legal remedies available).


           
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          JohnSmith100 in reply to henrybowman. | September 22, 2022 at 6:29 pm

          Carterfone did really trim their wings, at least for a while.


           
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          henrybowman in reply to henrybowman. | September 22, 2022 at 6:47 pm

          Hey, Danny, Why hasn’t the GOVERNMENT sued them?
          Is it up to us to enforce “government regulations” with our own money?
          I’m sure GP would sue T-Mobile if you offered to pay their lawyers.
          So why haven’t you done that?
          See? Both sides can move goalposts and play beat your wife games.


     
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    Milhouse in reply to Danny. | September 21, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    Do that and we become the enemy. Might as well go full socialist, then.

Who is going to clear the competing financial system’s payments?

“Control the coinage and the courts—let the rabble have the rest.” — The Emperor in Dune

We approach the time when no one can buy or sell without Regime approval

Why else do you think Biden is cracking down on cryptocurrency and pushing for the Fed to issue digital currency?

Silencing, purging and disappearing (J6 protesters).

How very communist of them.

Heed the immigrant’s warnings…

How many of those here are surprised? How many of us saw it coming long ago? When was the heat turned on under the pot that held the happy frog?
When did the happy frog realize that it was already too late to jump out of the pot? I think the heat was turned on in the 1960’s and the happy frog (me) realized it was too late during the Obama years.


     
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    GWB in reply to Sultan. | September 22, 2022 at 11:00 am

    The heat began before Woodrow Wilson became president.
    Progressivism became official gov’t policy in his administration.
    The church of Progressivism has been working for well over a century to undermine Christianity as the dominant religion in America – morals and principles that enable Western Civ.

    The 1960s was just another point where the heat was turned up a notch.


 
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CommoChief | September 22, 2022 at 10:27 am

Public discourse and transparent elections in which folks get to express their opinions, even tinfoil hat theories and unpopular beliefs, work together as a self regulating pressure valve for society. They reduce tension. A corollary is Federalism and individual liberty. Within this framework the Federal govt is supposed to perform truly National functions; defense, diplomacy, postal service. The States perform functions arising from police powers; safety and security of citizens. Their political subdivisions perform most routine items; paving roads, education, zoning.

All of those govt functions; Federal, State and local are supposed to be constrained when they conflict with each other and with the individual liberty of citizens; 9th and 10th amendments. The govt can’t outsource constitutionally prohibited acts to private actors. Unfortunately all these boundaries have been degraded or ignored in pursuit of better, more effective outcomes. Of course the experts within the bureaucracy haven’t delivered better outcomes. In fact the more they under perform the more funding and more power they demand.

Discontent with all the above has been building for decades; Perot, tea party even occupy Wall St. Along comes DJT who is essentially an Avatar for the discontent not the driver and the vested interests lose their damn minds. The knives come out for him, then his advisors and inner circle, then post Jan 6 everyone else who dissents from the heterodox thought of the regime.

We are beginning to approach, IMO, a point of no return beyond which any effects to forestall an ugly outcome will prove impossible. All sides are digging in and doubling down. Those in power are removing the natural safety valve of societal tension by the routine exile from the modern public square and now by disallowing participation in modern commerce.

Either we solve our policy disputes and political disagreements with open, free, public debate and transparent elections in which the rules are enforced or our society crumbles into conflicting factions with no quarter given. Those seeking to emphasize divisions along ethnicity, religious and cultural grounds by use of temporary power to exclude, shame and essentially seeking to create a group of outlaws in the traditional sense need to reflect upon the natural response to their actions before that occurs. Once begun there isn’t a way to dial it back until it runs its course. History shows how horrible this will become if not stopped. IMO, this outcome should be avoided so long as it is possible.


     
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    GWB in reply to CommoChief. | September 22, 2022 at 11:04 am

    I will only disagree with the last sentence. If it had occurred much earlier in the cycle, that violent backlash could have been limited to some politicians, judges, and a few elitists. As it is, waiting – particularly, putting a lid on it to “keep it down” – only exacerbates the explosion.

    It is best to water the Tree of Liberty frequently with small amounts than with bloodbaths at distant remove from each other.


       
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      JohnSmith100 in reply to GWB. | September 22, 2022 at 6:54 pm

      Yep, a plugged pressure relief on a cooker with the heat all the way up. End result is lots of shrapnel


       
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      henrybowman in reply to GWB. | September 22, 2022 at 6:57 pm

      Earlier in the very same Jefferson quote, which you see much less frequently:

      God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion… If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had thirteen states independent eleven years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.

      A rebellion every 20 years would have been healthier. We barely have a new constitutional amendment every 20 years.


     
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    Dimsdale in reply to CommoChief. | September 22, 2022 at 11:15 am

    Precisely. The ability to speak freely has been diminishing for as long as I have been alive, and the current regime has “put the pedal to the metal” in terms of speech repression and redefinition, with the very willing help of the predominantly leftist media and the scourge of social media. People are being conditioned by this, and this social engineering (brainwashing) began in colleges (to influence new teachers and leaders) and has jumped into overdrive with the puppet presidency of Biden.

    The left has become a parody of nonsensical ideas. The systemic racism is nearly 100% Democrat socialist based, oddly enough in the name of “anti racism.” Anti fascism is run by fascists. Equality, as espoused by MLK Jr. has been mutated into the highly racial “equity.” The “Affordable Care Act” made healthcare insurance more unaffordable. The humorously named “Inflation Reduction Act” does nothing to reduce inflation, and probably increases it long term. Critical Race Theory is really Critical Marxist Theory. American exceptionalism, which built this country and gave the current generations of snowflakes everything they have, is being scorned for systems that create socialist disasters like Venezuela and Californica. Coordinated leftist infiltration of the legal system, judges and more recently, the DAs, have turned the cities into virtual Thunderdomes of crime, with little or no punishment for the offenders. I mean, seriously, a $950 limit on theft before the police will even look at a perp?? No bail legislation? Honest, law abiding gun owners prosecuted on a whim, while gun toting perps are legally unmolested? Prosecutors saying things like second degree murder isn’t even prosecutable?? What fresh hell is this? Talk about the rot from within. Don’t even get me started with the racial animus the left is nurturing.

    Thankfully, what the internet takes away, it can also provide: parents became acutely aware of what was happening in their children’s classrooms with the fauxdemic shutdown, and until recently, the web provided the ability to speak one’s thoughts and beliefs freely. Talk radio, and in particular, Rush Limbaugh, has been quite resistant to the manipulation of speech by the leftists, but they are still fighting it with various net “equivalency” legislation. Talk radio just exposes the leftists for what they are. I clearly remember Air (Err) America with Al Franken trying to combat Rush and free discussions. It failed miserably and satisfyingly.

    Parents are speaking up, some leaders are leading, and the joke that is the current regime is being revealed, even though they fight it strongly with censorship a la the ChiComs. I believe Fakebook helped them install their social controls, or have at least adopted them.

    America still has a chance to throw off the socialist chains the left is trying to hobble us with. Seeing how the regime is destroying the country should stem the tide, but people have to remember. They have to be taught and reminded constantly of history, because the socialist infiltration, particularly in schools is pervasive and virulent.

    Speak out now, or forever hold your peace.


 
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TTheDDoctor | September 22, 2022 at 11:41 am

For those of you looking to an alternative to PayPal and Venmo, please check out AlignPay. Dan Bongino is the man behind the service, no less.


     
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    henrybowman in reply to TTheDDoctor. | September 22, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Thank you. Outside two mentions on this thread, I was entirely unaware of this new alternative service.

    Business Insider: “Bongino, who is also a Parler investor, launched the service after payment giant Stripe and PayPal banned former President Donald Trump over risks of violence following the January 6 Capitol insurrection. The action, combined with Facebook and Twitter’s crackdown on Trump, fanned the flames of a right-wing belief — which is not backed by evidence — that tech companies censor conservatives on their platforms.

    What whores.

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