Snippets Filled With Snarky …

So many things of interest in the news yesterday, that I don’t know where to begin.  Let’s start with my favourite …

The bully is losing his pulpit …

  • “The Alex Jones Show has lost access to the Spotify platform.”
  • “Apple does not tolerate hate speech. We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.”
  • “We believe in giving people a voice, but we also want everyone using Facebook to feel safe. It’s why we have community standards and remove anything that violates them, including hate speech that attacks or dehumanizes others.”
  • “When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts.”

Alex JonesFinally we are coming to see that there is a very real danger in the hate speech of Alex Jones and his ilk, and finally social media is taking a stand against it.  I am pleased.  Alex Jones, on the other hand, is not.

Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars’ editor at large, wrote, “Spotify has now completely banned Infowars too. Apple, Facebook, Spotify all within 12 hours of each other. This isn’t enforcement of terms of service, it’s coordinated big tech censorship. This is real election meddling.”

Jones tweeted (Twitter hasn’t yet banned him) that “America has been sold out”.  But then, to make it all better, he urged his followers to buy a t-shirt from him!  What a great guy, eh?Alex Jones shirt 2

Proof of ignorance, yet again …

The California wildfires started in early April this year and many are still less than half contained.  One of the fires nearly doubled in size over the weekend, making it the largest fire in the history of California.  Currently, 16 major fires are still burning in hot, dry and windy conditions.  At last count, more than 600,000 acres have burned, there have been at least 12 fatalities, and the cost is estimated to be more than $500 million.  The Carr fire alone destroyed more than 1,000 homes and I have no estimate for the total number of homes destroyed thus far, but I would guess it is at least in the tens of thousands. CA wildfireA pretty major disaster for our California residents, wouldn’t you say?  And yet, Donald Trump remained silent and apparently oblivious until Sunday.  He should have stayed silent and oblivious.

“California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!”

And still not knowing when to shut up, he continued on Monday …

“Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Can be used for fires, farming and everything else. Think of California with plenty of Water – Nice! Fast Federal govt. approvals.”

GOOD GRIEF!!!  The ‘man’ has absolutely no idea what he is even talking about!  State officials and firefighting experts dismissed the president’s comments. “We have plenty of water to fight these wildfires, but let’s be clear: It’s our changing climate that is leading to more severe and destructive fires,” said Daniel Berlant, assistant deputy director of Cal Fire, the state’s fire agency.

According to Henri Grissino-Mayer, a geography professor at the University of Tennessee, “California does NOT divert water to the ocean. Ridiculous. It’s true that water is diverted to the coastal cities for a constant water supply but all such water is used by the coastal communities.”

Somebody needs to remind Mr. Trump that he represents every single person in the United States, and that includes Californians.  If I were a resident of California, I would want to go to Washington and slap his face.  Oh wait … I want to do that anyway.  And just how many more times does Trump need to prove that he is both ignorant and incompetent before his followers come out from under their trance?

Trump loses a follower …Juarez.jpgSargeant Cuauhtemoc “Temo” Juarez is an Iraq combat veteran who served as a Marine infantryman and then an Army National Guardsman.  He is a U.S. citizen and, until last week was a Trump supporter.  He has been married to his wife, Alejandra, for twenty years and they have two daughters, Pamela, 16, and Estela, age 9.  Alejandra came to this country illegally as a teenager more than 20 years ago, and has lived with her husband and two daughters in Davenport, Florida.  Until Friday, when she was deported.juarez-2Yes, you heard me right.  She was taken from her husband and daughters and sent to Mexico, a country where she is now a stranger.  Until last week, Temo didn’t really believe it would happen.  The couple had met with lawyers, there is a bill in her name pending in Congress, and they had contacted immigration officials asking for a hearing before an immigration judge.  But all their efforts were for naught, and on Friday Ms. Juarez returned, against her will, to Mexico under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy.

Mr. Juarez, once a supporter of Donald Trump, says “I am eating my words” in an interview with military newspaper Stars and Stripes.  What a way to treat a veteran who did three tours of duty in Iraq, eh?  Don’t expect any acts of human kindness from this administration, folks.

Pooh is not welcome in China …

Pooh-1-aYou may not remember, but it was just over a year ago that I wrote a post about Winnie the Pooh and his friends Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Tigger and the rest being banned from China.  An attempt to seek them out on China’s social media outlet Weibo returned a message of “content is illegal”.  All this came about because Pooh and his friends had a bit of fun taking some photos of Pooh emulating Chinese President Xi Jinping.  They say that imitation is a sincere form of flattery, but Xi was apparently not flattered.

Last Friday, the new Winnie the Pooh movie, Christopher Robin, was released in the U.S.  China’s film authorities, however, have denied permission for the film’s release.  It has been suggested that the censorship of Pooh bear may be taking place because the comparisons with the President are seen by Beijing as “a serious effort to undermine the dignity of the presidential office and Xi himself”.  I sure am glad we don’t have such a thin-skinned leader!  {sarcasm dripping}

I feel sorry for all the poor Chinese kids who are being deprived of one of the most joyous icons of childhood, Pooh and friends.

And that wraps up this episode of Filosofa’s Snarky Snippets!  Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for more in the foreseeable future!  Have a great day, my friends!

11 thoughts on “Snippets Filled With Snarky …

  1. Dear Jill,

    Snip away!

    I’m want on the bus. I want to kick him where it hurts, you know where. I can only fantasize about such an event. But then if I truly met him, I’d walk in the opposite direction. I hate that he makes me feel like this.

    I want him to pay for all the children he has hurt and for all the harm he does by being just plain ignorant.

    Mr. Jones is reaping his just desserts. Why did it take so long?

    What is it with these autocrats being so thin skinned? Why can’t they get some perspective like the rest of us. Winnie the poo is fun. What’s wrong with that.

    Hugs, gronda

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    • Thanks Gronda!!! Yes, I think I might need more than one bus … perhaps a fleet of buses! And you get first dibs on his nether parts! I’m like you, though, I don’t think I could stand to be that close to him. I might like to get close enough to spit in his face, then turn and walk away. And I, too, absolutely hate how he makes me feel. He makes me ill-tempered, but more, he and his followers have made me believe that I am capable of great hatred, of a rage I didn’t know I possessed. I simply cannot think of a single redeeming quality the man has.

      What took so long with Jones? I’m not sure. And I’m not sure why Facebook, Apple, and Spotify finally found their consciences, if they did. Perhaps there were threats of boycotts? Or perhaps when we aren’t looking, they will let him back in again. I’m not very trusting these days, for some reason. 😉

      Anybody who feels threatened by Pooh has something he is hiding! No honest person could be offended by those pictures!


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  2. While Trump is busy being Trump and disparaging instead of offering constructive help for the California wildfires…thankfully, there are others stepping up. I was just reading an update from World Central Kitchen about their activating a second kitchen to expand their operations #ChefsForCalifornia. They provide meals to firefighters, first responders and to displaced people in shelters. Good people doing GREAT things, unlike someone else. Alex Jones, a waste of perfectly good organs in this pathetic little man. Zero tolerance is what We the People should have for Trump’s zero tolerance policy. Pooh and Friends are always welcome at Gem’s house! Snark On! Thank-you!

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    • Thanks for the tip on the World Central Kitchen! I will look into it and perhaps use if for my good people next week (I already have this week’s complete and scheduled). I love that you call Alex Jones a waste of perfectly good organs! I couldn’t have said it any better! Pooh is welcome here, too! I have always loved Pooh … AA Milne’s “When We Were Very Young” is the very first book I remember having read to me when I was … oh, probably 3.

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  3. Jillybean
    I happen to dislike censorship. I exercise my private censorship, of what is read. I don’t need, or require, corporations to tell me.

    Wildfires have been around for millennia.

    “but let’s be clear: It’s our changing climate that is leading to more severe and destructive fires,” said Daniel Berlant, assistant deputy director of Cal Fire, the state’s fire agency”. Does he Mr. Berlant provide proof of that? It’s one of these sucker statements. Inserted into news articles. Does he really believe that or does he say it, to have a scapegoat?

    Authority has always been ignorant; of many things. It’s in the DNA. Donald Trump is not exceptional, in that. Ronald Reagan never knew where he was either. It’s probably all a blur, for these people? What about Creepy Uncle Joe Biden?

    Winnie the Pooh is a corporate icon and is used in many ways of brain-washing. Written by AA Milne. The rights were sold to Disney. DISNEY? Yup Disney some years back. It is Disney Corp. who dishes out the brain-washing memories, these days. Sold to us, under the veneer of cuteness. Imitating a Country’s leader is not cute. That should be left to others, if the Corporation wants to make money?

    I fail to see how the children in China are being deprived? Saved, from spending their moola on more crap … maybe?

    It was 2002 when we were first alarmed by Al Gore telling us how evil greenhouse gases were going to change our world and authority bought into that. I’m still waiting for any of these alarmist events. That we were being told, it was dire? We had five years, etc. Nothing happened? It’s now 16 years beyond the point of no return? Anything? Oceans full of plastic, radiation and few fish, is about it? Cheers Jamie

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    • Ahhh yes, Jamie, I dislike censorship also. But you know what I hate even worse? People spreading dangerous falsehoods that put innocent people’s lives in danger. When people fail to own the responsibility that comes with free speech, then free speech must have some boundaries.

      Sure, wildfires have been around forever, but not like the ones we are seeing today. There can be no doubt that the climate is changing fairly drastically, and scientists have provided more than adequate evidence, for those who care to read it, that this earth is on the path to becoming uninhabitable by humans and likely most other species. I could tell you that even if I had not read the studies, for when I step outside my house this summer, I am simply unable to breathe the air.

      Winnie the Pooh is the stuff childhood memories are made of … yes, even as far back as when I was a child. Yes, it is done by Disney for profit, but that doesn’t make it evil. Children very much enjoy Pooh, and if my last post about Pooh is any sign, most adults do too. I actually thought the pictures of Pooh as Xi were quite humorous, and if he is too thin-skinned to take that little bit of teasing, I feel sorry for his family.

      You and I will never agree on climate change, Jamie, but personally, I think it makes far more sense to take as many steps as we possibly can to clean up our environment, rather than being unwilling to make the lifestyle changes that some find so inconvenient. I’d rather, in other words, be safe than sorry. You complain about the bankers and corporate greed, yet you defend them against environmentalists? I’m puzzled.


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      • Jilly … ol bean.
        Dear puzzled,
        Not sure how the wildfires of today, are more devastating than previous? That they are devastating, for those caught up in them, is unarguable it seems? Any evidence of catastrophic climate change is not there. Can you point to hard facts evidence that are in support of your view? Polluted? Yes, we are heavily polluted.

        Not sure how I’m defending bankers, against environmentalists? Bankers, or the illuminati. Are not defensible.

        No problem with cleaning up our planet, it needs cleaning. Climate change is not the result of greenhouse gases. Funny? The same people used to say “planetary warming”. Now they spout change, not warming. Because the science does not support that. Why I find Disney appalling among other things, is how they use home spun morals and amusement from the public domain into their registered hallmarked empire. That they vigorously pursue any transgressions, etc. The two humorous whimsical books about a child; have now become part of an empire aimed at selling dreams and soft drinks. Do we go on?

        Personally couldn’t care less about Xi? I can imagine the Americans would have an issue if their President was lampooned? Honestly, could give a rat’s furry behind … about that. Just sayin’. Not sure why your local air quality is poor? Global warming/ That’s a stretch. I like cute cuddly Clavin and Hobbes, good example.

        But Disney Corp and the Betancourt family? Rule me out … Cheers Jamie

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  4. Jill, it has befuddled me how a man like Mr. Jones could be taken seriously. These actions and the lawsuit over his Sandy Hook hoax indicate you eventually reap what you sow. The fact the US President is a fan of Mr. Jones speaks volumes.

    The expulsion off the wife of an American soldier is more evidence of the cold hearted nature of the current immigration tactics. The significant majority of Americans want a reasonable solution to our immigration concerns, which exist but are blown way out of proportion due to fear. We have had several bipartisan efforts to address immigration that failed dating back to 2005, Each time, fear from extreme politicians waylaid the plans, just as they did when they convince Trump to change his mind after agreeing to an immigration deal earlier this year.


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    • Those people who believe everything they are told, that all Muslims, all immigrants are terrorists, are gullible beyond belief. Does nobody think for themselves anymore? Yes, the deportation of the veteran’s wife was despicable and had me spitting bullets (not literally, of course). At least that’s one less follower he has.


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