You Tube Now Banning Videos Critical of Global Warming Alarmism
Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Poking fun at a public figure who openly calls for skeptics of man-made global warming to be â€œtreatedâ€ as a way of re-educating them is apparently off limits for You Tube, who censored a video in which Alex Jones used absurdist satire as a vehicle to illustrate the crackpot and dangerous beliefs of University of Oregon Professor Kari Norgaard.
As we documented last week, during a climate change conference in London which promoted the idea of forcibly imprisoning humans in ghetto prison cities for the good of the earth, Norgaard presented a paper in which she characterized doubts about anthropogenic climate change as both racist and a â€œsicknessâ€ for which individuals need to be â€œtreatedâ€.
The video, which can be viewed above via Blip.tv, contains a clip from Infowars Nightly News in which Alex Jones gives Professor Norgaard the coveted â€˜Skeksy Awardâ€™, which is reserved for only the most ardent promoters of tyranny and authoritarianism.
After Rush Limbaugh also directed scorn at Norgaardâ€™s work, the University of Oregon had to back down and claim the inclusion of the word â€œtreatedâ€ in the press release describing Norgaardâ€™s paper was a mistake. Norgaard is now being framed at the victim of the whole piece, despite the fact that her dangerously authoritarian tendencies are shared by a raft of other prominent global warming alarmists.
Indeed, videos made by global warming alarmist groups showing children being blown up and having their guts splatted everywhere for not reducing their carbon footprint are apparently fine by You Tube, but suggesting Norgaard isnâ€™t the most attractive woman on the planet is tantamount to hate speech.
The humor directed at Norgaard is at worst sophomoric - it can hardly be described as being â€œdesigned to harass, bully or threaten,â€ which are the labels You Tube applied in deleting the clip and placing a strike against the Alex Jones Channel.
This is straight out of the playbook of Obamaâ€™s information czar Cass Sunstein, who in a 2008 paper advocated taxing or outright banning political ideas not approved of by the establishment - including skepticism of man-made global warming.
The â€˜Community Guidelines warning strikeâ€™ (see it here), cautions that the account is â€œnot in good standingâ€ because a You Tube user flagged the Norgaard video as having violated You Tubeâ€™s community guidelines which pertain to preventing, â€œpredatory behavior, stalking, threats, harassment, intimidation, invading privacy, revealing other peopleâ€™s personal information, and inciting others to commit violent acts.â€
When an account is considered by You Tube to be â€œnot in good standing,â€ privileges are removed and repeated violations can result in termination of the account altogether, and with it the loss of tens of millions of video views and hundreds of thousands of subscribers.
This not only illustrates You Tubeâ€™s contempt for free speech - far more repulsive clips are routinely allowed on the platform without a whimper of complaint - it also underscores the dangers of how giant social media websites are taking over the web by forcing, through sheer weight of numbers, everyone to host their content with them and then that content being subject to selectively enforced censorship policies.
It also offers an insight into the mindset of the individual that flagged the video for You Tubeâ€™s censors to kill it...
Contact Professor Kari Norgaard
University of Oregon:
Norgaard is the author of â€œLiving in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life,â€ a book published a year ago by MIT Press.
"Sociology professor draws Limbaughâ€™s ire The conservative radio host and bloggers attack Kari Norgaard for her work on climate change"
University of Oregon caves in under pressure - pulls climate-crazed professorâ€™s webpage: