I use Google News to set up "interests" so it saves articles for me on specific subjects. This is an extract from one that came up this morning."
"Gun-rights groups on Friday criticized the video sharing website YouTube for its new policy banning videos showcasing legal gun activity.
YouTube, which is reeling from its decision to demonetize many of the creators on its platform and its own algorithm promoting bizarre sexualized child abuse videos to millions of viewers, decided this week it would censor all videos that depict the legal assembling or modifying of firearms or which link to websites that sell firearms. The site had already banned the channel of firearms manufacturer Spike's Tactical before later reinstating it. The site described the new bans as a routine change of guidelines.
"We routinely make updates and adjustments to our enforcement guidelines across all of our policies," a YouTube spokeswoman told Bloomberg Technology. "While we've long prohibited the sale of firearms, we recently notified creators of updates we will be making around content promoting the sale or manufacture of firearms and their accessories."
Here's another one from the same string. If you have a Citibank based credit card, you might be interested.
Citibank is not a public utility.
As such, it is has no obligation to recognize your Second Amendment rights. If Citibank wants to impose a set of rules aimed at curbing certain gun sales, potentially driving away a niche of current and potential clients, that’s their right.
It’s stupid, but that’s their right.
Citibank announced this week that it wants to do its part, “as a company to prevent firearms from getting into the wrong hands.” To this end, the group explained in a statement, it is “instituting a new U.S. Commercial Firearms Policy,” which will impose restrictions on new retail sector clients and partners:
Under this new policy, we will require new retail sector clients or partners to adhere to these best practices: (1) they don’t sell firearms to someone who hasn’t passed a background check, (2) they restrict the sale of firearms for individuals under 21 years of age, and (3) they don’t sell bump stocks or high-capacity magazines. This policy will apply across the firm, including to small business, commercial and institutional clients, as well as credit card partners, whether co-brand or private label. It doesn't impact the ability of consumers to use their Citi cards at merchants of their choice.
The statement continued, explaining Citibank has a “few relationships with companies that manufacture firearms.”
“For those that do, we will be initiating due diligence conversations on the subject to better understand what products they make, what markets and retailers they sell to and what sales practices those retailers follow to ensure adherence to the best practices outlined above. This same due diligence screening will apply to potential clients going forward,” it added.
Put aside the idea that this announcement is almost entirely symbolic, and that it likely will have little to no effect on gun violence. Also, put aside the fact that the bank doesn’t specify what it means when it refers to "high capacity magazines." And let’s also ignore the parts where Citibank’s announcement makes it sound like the company wants “to pressure other financial institutions into instituting similar policies to deny consumers the right to purchase the legal protects Citi Bank doesn't like,” as the Washington Free Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski noted.
Let’s focus instead on how wild it is that a banking group is getting into the game of manipulating client behavior. It'd be one thing if Citibank was taking steps to curb illegal practices, but that's not the case. The bank is telling lawful customers how to conduct lawful business. That's crazy. That's too much power in the hands of a corporation.
Citibank isn’t the only game in town. The likeliest outcome here is that targeted clients and partners will move to institutions that can handle banking needs without also imposing a set of “best practices” (i.e. telling them how to run their business).
Citibank can impose any restriction it wants. It can make any demand it wants. It’s their right. But don't be surprised if this week’s policy announcement, which is supposedly aimed at reducing gun violence, results only in decreased membership.
Living in America today is like sitting by a river in flood. You can watch all the damage happening, but there does not seem to be a lot you can do in terms of stopping the flood. Individual freedoms and rights have been dying the death of a thousand cuts since the 1970's, at least. That's when I started paying attention to what was going on in that respect, so doubtless the trend goes back even further. I think it's accelerated significantly since Bill Clinton was President. The Republicans have
But what can you do? Beats me. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd welcome them. I've pretty much given up on writing to my "representatives", and after the last election I'm so disenchanted with the Republican political machine I'm not sure I'm going to vote for their cardboard cutouts in the mid terms.
I used to think I could sit up here on the mountain, and watch everything go to hell from the Olympian heights. It hasn't worked out that way.
But whatever happens, I'm going to base my actions on the well known quote from Robert Heinlein.
On a more mundane level, I've been keeping busy up here. Most of the limbs, branches , etc that these big wind storms have knocked down, I've gotten policed up and ready to burn. If we have rain this weekend, without a lot of wind, I'll get that done.
I've been trying to spend at least an hour a day cleaning weapons. Finding rust on that Smith and Wesson revolver has gotten me motivated. Working in some gun cleaning to my normal routine has actually been pretty relaxing. I use Rem oil, and Breakfree on the metal, regular wood furniture polish on the wood, and old military bore cleaner followed by a few patches soaked in Breakfree on the bores.
I've gotten my reloading bench cleaned up and reorganized. That needed doing, I have a lot of brass that I need to get loaded and stored. A lot of powder that needs to be used.
|Older picture, but my shop is a nice place to hang out when I want some quiet. It's in a separate outbuilding.|
I've been taking some time to go up to the "gap" about three miles from the house, and watch the sunset in the evening. I drive up there, obviously, but at that time of day there's nobody on the old back road and I have the place pretty much to myself. It's restful and a nice way to end the day.
My old Cherokee is getting long in the tooth, it's a 1999. Great vehicle, and still going strong, but I'm considering buying a"new" Jeep.
Something along these lines. What I really want is a four door Wrangler.
They are wildly popular up here, and just about perfect as a "family vehicle" , winter or summer.
I really enjoyed my first Wrangler. I bought it new, which is something I rarely do. This time around, I'll buy a used one, but I'll have my mechanic look it over stem to stern first. Too many adolescent males up here who beat the tar out of dad's four wheel drives out on the "off the road" trails that the state maintains in our county.
The two door version wasn't popular with my wife. No place for groceries. But the four door suits her. We traded my Wrangler in on a Commander, which proved to have a lot in common with the Tiger tank. Beautiful machine, but too heavy and not a good off road performer.
My kids have that vehicle now, and it's been a good performer in the city. Good for long distance trips, too.
I just went through my blog list to catch up, and a blog that has been around for a long time, and was very popular, is just gone. "Your Crazy Uncle Bubba" was fun to read and informative. Now , you try to pull it up and you just get "this blog has been deleted and is not available for reassignment" or something like that.
My blog list has fallen from a high of about 50+ to around twenty now. Of those, people who used to post at least once a week, now post once every few weeks, or even every month or so . I miss reading them. Sometimes people just need to take a few weeks off, or a few days, or whatever to recharge. But this has been going on now for some time. I could name about 10 really good blogs that have just gone dormant, or disappeared altogether, but I guess that would be noisy so I won't do that.
Hope it doesn't continue, or I'll have to start leaving comments to myself.... at least they'll all be positive!
I know that a lot of people are concerned about getting into trouble with "the powers that be", either at work, or the government, or whatever for things they say on the blogs. I just read a story about a school teacher who was fired because she criticized the curriculum she was required to teach in her classroom, as being too liberal in content. Someone reported her blog post to one of those little groups of self appointed censors, and they filed a complaint with the school district. That was the end of her teaching career.
If I was still working, I wouldn't be able to be as honest as I am about what I think when I write my posts. Political correctness is rampant, and has consequences for the individual who doesn't shut up and toe the line. I often wonder if some of the blogs I like which just disappear, like Your Crazy Uncle Bubba, were deleted by Google after some pimply faced Antifa teen in the basement "reported" them for "undesirable content."