Cucumber Time

One notable event over the past few days was the banning of Alex Jones’ Infowars from Facebook and YouTube and other media platforms. Many websites on the alt-right now expect to be subjected to the same treatment. Their crime, of course, is to entertain and publish conservative ideas. Doing this is now known as “hate speech”.

Another casualty, more or less at the same time, seems to be the mysterious Q or QAnon. After dead silence for months, the mainstream media have been been all over the story: e.g. here and here and here. It’s been reported that GitHub has removed qanon.pub, which carried a comprehensive list of all Q’s enigmatic posts. And I’ve heard one report that the anons on 8Chan where Q posts have also been silenced.

So have both Alex Jones and Q been terminated? Has the alt-right been delivered a devastating blow from which they’ll never recover?

Perhaps not. For one effect of the blast of mainstream media publicity has been to vastly boost the number of internet searches for Q and QAnon. A lot of people who had never heard of Q now know a bit more about it/him/them. Such is the oxygen of publicity.

Furthermore I suspect that the silencing of both Q and Alex Jones will make them both far more sought after than ever before. Both parties are well able to speak for themselves, and I am sure that they will both shortly re-appear on the internet on new platforms, with a larger and an even more fanatical set of followers/believers. Alex Jones had about 2.5 million subscribers to his now-banned YouTube channel. That’s 2.5 million people who will want to hear from him again.

In the United Kingdom and in some other places, the silly season is the period lasting for a few summer months typified by the emergence of frivolous news stories in the media. It is known in many languages as the cucumber time.

Breitbart:

Prime Minister Theresa May has led demands for Boris Johnson to apologise for comparing Islamic burqas and face veils to the appearance of bank robbers and “letterboxes.”

The former foreign secretary, who stood down in protest of Mrs May’s ultra-soft Brexit plan, made the comments in a 1,000-word essay where he argued that such garments should not be banned in the United Kingdom, as it has been in several other European nations and even some Muslim-majority countries.

Tory party chairman Brandon Lewis has also called for Mr Johnson to say sorry, as Muslim Tory peers say the party should punish him by withdrawing the whip. Some speakers on the BBC have even argued he should be prosecuted for a “hate crime.”

Indeed, humorous comments have already generated a complaint to the police for “spreading a hate crime,” The Times reports.

It could also be investigated under the Tory Party’s code of conduct, which insists members “lead by example to encourage and foster respect and tolerance”.

…unless people are smokers, of course. Smokers are not to be shown any respect or tolerance at all.

Polls and surveys have consistently shown a majority of Brits support a ban on the burqa or full face covering.

 

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6 Responses to Cucumber Time

  1. RdM says:

    I am sure that they will both shortly re-appear on the internet on new platforms

    https://www.minds.com/AlexJones
    and also
    https://www.minds.com/Infowars

    I didn’t look for Qanon.

  2. Rose says:

    Not only is it silly season, but Mercury is retrograde from July 26 – August 18 which should add to the general confusion.

  3. beobrigitte says:

    Prime Minister Theresa May has led demands for Boris Johnson to apologise for comparing Islamic burqas and face veils to the appearance of bank robbers and “letterboxes.”

    The former foreign secretary, who stood down in protest of Mrs May’s ultra-soft Brexit plan, made the comments in a 1,000-word essay where he argued that such garments should not be banned in the United Kingdom, as it has been in several other European nations and even some Muslim-majority countries.
    What is the problem? Boris Johnson argued in his essay that such garments should NOT be banned which I actually agree with as it would incarcerate the women in some very strict muslim households to their 4 walls. A house arrest for what crime?

    Tory party chairman Brandon Lewis has also called for Mr Johnson to say sorry, as Muslim Tory peers say the party should punish him by withdrawing the whip. Some speakers on the BBC have even argued he should be prosecuted for a “hate crime.”

    Indeed, humorous comments have already generated a complaint to the police for “spreading a hate crime,” The Times reports.
    Calling a burqa a e.g. “letterbox” incites a giggle not hate. It is a garment usually not worn by Europeans and therefore a strange thing to see on our street. Naturally, we all joke about unusual things and sights. (I have heard someone referring to these garments as “Whole-body-condoms” with a banter-ish grin on his face). My friend had, at the time we met, never met a German, so she called me “Kraut”. 30 years later she still does.I think it’s funny.

    What about this compilation of comments by anti-smokers (Thanks to Michael McFadden) that incites REAL hate crime towards smokers?

    I do know a German guy who collected anti-smoker comments on his websites. Including the ip addresses they were sent from. One in particular stuck in my mind, it was a short one: ‘All smokers should be gassed’.
    I guess, the BBC would not call this a hate crime.

  4. Rose says:

    In my youth, I once scared an older colleague half to death while she was waiting at a bus stop, by riding my motorbike up beside her for a chat.
    I was wearing a full face crash helmet and she didn’t recognise that it was me and was still trembling when I took it off. I apologised profusely of course, but it made me realise how terrifying a covered face can be.

    Bearing that in mind, I bought a dark visor to enhance the effect, but made sure never to ride straight up to normal people again

  5. Rose says:

    I have to say that Boris Johnson’s remarks are weeding out the po-faced, politically correct in the Conservative party very effectively, as I’m sure he knew it would.

    ‘We BELIEVE in FREE SPEECH in this country’ – Tory MP’s message to Boris burka probe
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1001589/Boris-Johnson-burka-comments-free-speech-muslim-niqab-burqa-islam-islamophobia-tory-party

    Boris Johnson burka row: Blackadder star Rowan Atkinson defends MP’s ‘jokes’

    “Writing in The Times newspaper today, Mr Atkinson says it would be “pointless” for the Uxbridge MP to apologise.

    In a letter to the paper the comedy actor says: “As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnson’s joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one.”
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1001593/boris-johnson-burka-rowan-atkinson-defence

    “Britain’s most senior police officer today said that Boris Johnson did not break hate crime laws with his controversial burqa comments.

    Critics of the ex Foreign Secretary have accused him of inflaming racial tensions by comparing the veiled women to letterboxes and bank robbers.

    But Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said she had spoken to her officers and confirmed that the comments do not flout the law.

    It comes as the Tory Party confirmed that it has launched a formal investigation into Mr Johnson in a move that could see him expelled from the party.”
    http: //www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6044617/Cressida-Dick-says-Boris-Johnson-did-NOT-break-law-burqa-comments.html

    Tory chairman accused of trying to ‘kneecap’ Boris Johnson as party investigates burka comments

    “The Conservative Party chairman has been accused of trying to “kneecap” Boris Johnson after it emerged that the former Foreign Secretary is being investigated for his comments about burkas.

    Mr Johnson is refusing to apologise for a comment piece in the Telegraph in which he compared women wearing burkas to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”.

    The Tories confirmed the party is now examining “numerous” complaints against Mr Johnson and could launch a full investigation into whether his comments represent a breach of the party’s code of conduct.”
    https: //www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/08/09/met-commissioner-accused-diverting-resources-asked-hate-crime/

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