WordPress.com’s Lip Service to “Democratized Publishing” Belied By Censorship & New Executive Hires
Sandy Hook Research Tossed Down Memory Hole
By James F. Tracy
The individual who oversaw an across-the-board, content-specific evisceration of WordPress.com-hosted websites is none other than Matt Mullenweg, the 34-year old chief executive of Automattic Inc. and creator of WordPress.com. A supporter of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and purported advocate of “Free Speech” and “Open Source” technology, Mr. Mullenweg caved to a New York Times story highlighting the alleged plight of individuals related to the dubious Sandy Hook mass shooting event.
Mullenweg promotes himself and his companies as alternatives to the “tech giants” and “big platforms” such as Google and Amazon. Yet if the world’s super-wealthy blog czar ever did have the personal integrity and zeal to defend the right of expression and open source philosophy via his enterprises, his recent management appointments and the flagrant censorship of his WordPress clients below indicate that these have clearly been forgotten.
What do we know if Mr. Mullenweg’s political inclinations? He is a left-progressive and supporter of the Democratic Party and former President Barack Obama, whose administration oversaw and appears to have coordinated the Sandy Hook massacre event in order to further its own radical gun control agenda.
In 2016 Mullenweg endorsed the campaign of far-left presidential hopeful and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig. In 2017 Lessig, a leftwing academic ideologue and outspoken opponent of Donald Trump’s presidency, proposed a scenario by which Hillary Clinton might seize the White House in a bloodless coup.
Censored Bloggers Did Not Violate WordPress.com’s Terms of Service, or Did They?
A careful reading of WordPress.com’s Terms of Service reveals that the websites known to us to have been “suspended” or “archived” at this time have been censored for no apparent reason, other than Mullenweg caving to pressure from the Times and Sandy Hook gun control activists.
With the above in mind, it would appear that Mullenweg and Automattic have eliminated the following blogs without cause, which is their right under the company’s Terms of Service, and that their shared themes make Automattic’s action content-specific. These blogs include, FellowshipoftheMinds, FundamentalOption, CinderellaBroom, AmericanEveryman, JaysAnalysis, ChemTrailsPlanetand Government Rag. All of these blogs have contributed to furthering the public’s understanding of governmental and corporate corruption through their detailed analyses of mass casualty events and pedophilia.
New WordPress.com policy allows it to shut down blogs of Sandy Hook deniers
According to TechCrunch, WordPress.com actually edited its own Terms of Service to accommodate the complaints of an individual who asserts he is “Sandy Hook parent Leonard Pozner,“and who routinely files copyright infringement complaints to stifle independent research on the Sandy Hook event.
[Wordpress.com] told The NYT that language was a part of a predefined statement it used, and was sorry that it did so in this particular situation.
However, it also admitted that the posts in question weren’t in violation of any current WordPress user guidelines or copyright law.
We understand the company has since phoned Mr. Ponzer to apologize directly. It then created a new policy to address the problem.
Its new policy reads:
WordPress.com Impervious to Censoring Its Own Clients?
What makes censorship of the above sites even more glaring is the fact that heretofore WordPress has more or less been impervious to content-related challenges to his clients’ blogging, as Mullenweg reveals in a 2015 interview:
Question: Do you get a lot of subpoenas? Mullenweg: Oh, yeah. It’s like everyone who publishes - it’s like if Bill Gates got takedown notices for people using Microsoft Word. We just get people contacting us for everything. Question: Every type of disagreeable content that’s published on WordPress results in some type of letter. Mullenweg: Yep. Question: That sounds like fun. Mullenweg: The more clueless the attorney, the more likely they are to contact us.
WordPress.com’s reach, ambition, and aspirational language are impressive. For example, Mullenweg and company are devoted to “making the web a better place” and “democratiz[ing] publishing so that anyone with a story can tell it …” And as noted, they “believe in Open Source.” The reality of this past week’s purge of bloggers for merely asserting argument that have been found controversial by corporate media strongly suggest otherwise.
We might also interrogate WordPress.com’s newfound penchant for censorship by considering the personnel Mullenweg has recently recruited to steer the enterprise. Announcements of these managerial changes are available on the WordPress.com founder’s blog.
For example, the new managers include former National Public Radio and New York Times executive Kinsey Wilson, who was hired by Mullenweg to oversee WordPress.com in early 2018. WordPress.com remains our flagship product,” Wilson noted upon his appointment. “And the goal is to position it as a platform that provides both simplicity and ease of use as well as tremendous power.” (Emphasis added.)
One might pass Matt Mullenweg off as yet another youthful, easygoing, mop-topped coder and multi-millionaire. Even if this is caricature is partly accurate it hasn’t stopped the tech entrepreneur from tapping top brass from the military industrial complex to steer the WordPress.com ship. In fact, earlier this summer Mullenweg brought on US Army General Ann Dunwoody to Automattic’s Board of Directors.
Four-star General Dunwoody has “managed and operationalized the Army’s global supply chain for numerous engagements, including support of Iraq and Afghanistan operations, contingency operations in Haiti, Pakistan, and Japan, and the Base Realignment and Closing move of Command Headquarters from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Huntsville, Ala,” notes one 2013 press release. (Emphasis added.) General Dunwoody also serves on the board of directors of LMI, a major government consulting firm.
“We’re very lucky to have Gen. Dunwoody’s expertise and experience around the table as we navigate our second decade as a company and realize the huge opportunities ahead of us,” Mullenweg effuses. “With WordPress now powering more than 30% of all sites on the web, we’re excited to work together to shape the future of the open web. Gen. Dunwoody will help us continue to blaze a trail for open source and distributed companies all over the world.”
To make the circle complete Mullenweg has also tapped one James Grierson, former chief executive of BlueHost, to manage WordPress.com’s JetPack product. Under Grierson BlueHost’s legal department enforced a strict, “censor first, ask questions later” policy on any potential copyright infringement claim, however frivolous, as MHB experienced firsthand before BlueHost booted us entirely for alleged “Terms of Service” violations stemming from a complaint by the Sandy Hook-linked scammers.
WordPress.com Clients Routinely Violate TOS
A cursory search of “WordPress.com’s Reader” area for the blogs WordPress/Automattic continues to host after silencing those it has identified as violating its “Terms of Service” include several that are in demonstrable violation of the company’s TOS. (“Publish material or engage in activity that is illegal under applicable law.”)
Let us take, for example, the Antifa movement, a far left vigilante organization advocating intimidation and physical violence against virtually anyone its leadership perceives as averse to its political dogma.
Since these organizations are almost without question involved in illegal activity and in TOS violation one might conclude that they should be similarly banished, just as those posting conspiracy-oriented material. Yet perhaps Mullenweg’s political lens renders these sites and their calls to violence invisible, and hence they remain as accessible as before the purge.
To be sure, there are also many WordPress.com clients who’ve survived the purge that espouse unabashed conservative and far-right political views that would be deemed “hateful” and even “violence inciting” in many quarters.
With the above in mind the abrupt deletion of the blogs exposing deep government malfeasance simply make all of Mullenweg’s extravagant lip service to “democratizatation” and “open source” environments ring hollow. WordPress.com is as anti-free speech as the “big platforms” its leader decries. In today’s political environment where misleading and even demonstrably false news and opinion masquerades as “the newspaper or record” should we really be surprised.
And so within the bowels of Matt Mullenweg’s Ministry of Truth that now includes New York Times and even US military confidantes there must have been a conclusion reached (if but tacitly) that FellowshipoftheMinds, Chemtrailsplanet, JaysAnalysis, and others are so for some unknown reason so dangerous and repugnant they cannot see the light of day.
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Brilliant, Professor Tracy!
Very good report and analysis here.
I’d like to add to the overall discussion, that almost no one is noticing that the gulags are finally officially in action:
Along these lines, as a result of the Parkland event, the Palm Beach County School District now inquires with parents about their children’s mental health.
Broward County, to our south, has now contracted with “Sandy Hook Promise” to implement the latter’s trademarked “violence prevention program” in all of its schools.
“WordPress founder finds inspiration in his hometown of Houston”
“A product of public schools, Mullenweg is known as an innovator, collaborator”
By Anita Hassan
Updated 10:56 pm CDT, Wednesday, September 28, 2016
“Mullenweg graduated from the Houston Independent School District’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2002. There, he studied music and jazz saxophone. In his teen years, he also began building websites. He decided to combine his love of music and tech skills.”
“Now, millions of musicians all over the world use WordPress to publish their own websites.”
“And that’s really cool, especially when it’s folks who also went to (HS)PVA, like Robert Glasper, who’s now won a couple of Grammys,” Mullenweg said.”
“”The vast majority of what impacts our whole life is taking something and making it better or taking two things that didn’t work together before and putting them together, like peanut butter and chocolate,” he said. It’s this view that helped him create WordPress. “I was taking many things that were out there before like open-source, publishing, blogging, everything, and putting them together.”
The key to innovation is “relentless improvement,” he said.
“It requires incredible dedication and perseverance and hard work and elbow grease to making innovations actually matter in the world,” he said. “Otherwise, it’s just an idea, and ideas are a dime a dozen.””
If Mullenweg is 34 years of age in 2018, he was evidently born in Houston in 1984. Yet today, at the young age of only 34, having promoted blogging or the almost unbridled act of freedom of expression as guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, he has now reversed course and is in the business of CENSORSHIP! Yet the author of the article above credits his success to “a product of the public schools”. But he never graduated from any school beyond high school and it isn’t clear his high school education even provided any reading in history and government at all. Did he study the history of our own Constitution and how the Founders came to include basic freedoms like speech, freedom of assembly, freedom from unwarranted searches and seizures, the right to jury trial, freedom to own a gun, etc.? Did his limited public education lead him to now reverse course and advocate censorship of vital information instead of freedom of speech? Evidently it did because that is exactly what this powerful executive is doing today. He is promoting lying and cheating by government to citizens, as with the many fake school shootings, or false flag events, designed and planned by government, like the Sandy Hook Hoax, to promote gun control and abolish the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I say Matt Mullenweg is little different than all the other worshipers of MONEY all over the planet, especially in Israel. He loves MONEY and doesn’t care how he earns it, even censoring the truth from internet bloggers he so vigorously supported only decades ago, but now reversed to this evil course and agenda after joining the opposition. If this is what college drop outs do, let’s don’t encourage others to do the same. Perhaps a little “higher education” is not such a bad thing after all if it leads to an understanding of the insidious effects of evil censorship which he likely never understood and does not understand today.
There is another word he likely never learned the meaning of due to his limited public “education” Hypocrisy: Quote from Merriam Webster Dictionary: “: a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not : behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe or feel”. After all is Matt Mullenweg any different from any other garden variety college drop out con artist whose goal in life is not to reach knowledge, truth and understanding, but a five letter obscene word MONEY at any and all costs?
Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics.
The article below was just published last month and is absolutely relevant to this article. Marvin Herndon, Ph.D. is a world authority on this subject and a top physicist and chemist and earth scientist. Here are just a few of world authority on the Earth by Dr. Marvin Herndon, Ph.D., not fake high school qualifications like Matt Mullenweg above: This article alone shows how foolish it is to censor and remove the blog on chemtrails, the illegal pollution of our environment by government. This article is a must read for every concerned citizen. It takes decades of hard work and study to prepare for a life of scientific research. Professor James Tracy is to be commended for his powerful statement criticizing the evil act of censorship of this vital subject to the survival of the Earth itself.
“J. Marvin Herndon (b. 1944) is an American interdisciplinary scientist, who earned his BA degree in physics in 1970 from the University of California, San Diego and his Ph.D. degree in nuclear chemistry in 1974 from Texas A&M University. J. Marvin Herndon was a post-doctoral apprentice to Hans E. Suess and Harold C. Urey in geochemistry and cosmochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. He is the President and CEO of Transdyne Corporation in San Diego, California.”
Here is his website: http://www.nuclearplanet.com/ This article has 93 references or citations.
http://www.nuclearplanet.com/macd.pdf Selected quote:
“Fifty Years after “How to Wreck the Environment”: Anthropogenic Extinction of Life on Earth J. Marvin Herndon1*, Mark Whiteside2 and Ian Baldwin3
3.1 The Real Consequences of Aerial Particulate Spraying One of the original military purposes of aerial particulate dispersal into the regions where clouds form was to impede precipitation and to cause drought in an unfriendly country. Indeed, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused Western countries of doing just that . Fig. 2 shows particulate trails blanketing the Republic of Cyprus, whose citizens sought, so far unsuccessfully, an explanation from their government for the deliberate obscuring of their skies . There is no information available to the public about the extent of weather warfare. Interestingly, covert environmental warfare was predicted by MacDonald : “…removing moisture from the atmosphere so that a nation dependent on water…could be subjected to years of drought. The operation could be concealed by the statistical irregularity of the atmosphere. A nation possessing superior technology in environmental manipulation could damage an adversary without revealing its intent.” Not only the adversary, but the aggressor nation’s own citizens would be unaware. As noted, MacDonald observed that, “one can conduct covert operations using a new technology in a democracy without the knowledge of the people.” Presumably the use of readily available, inexpensive particulate matter was considered a practical necessity and was implemented without regard for its possible adverse health effects. We know this was done in Vietnam . The undisclosed international agreement for near daily, near-global aerial spraying and its concomitant funding has allowed military entities to indiscriminately expose millions of uninformed citizens to the dispersed particulate matter day after day, year after year, inside their own sovereign countries. Moreover, the aerial spraying has been accompanied by a concerted disinformation campaign to mislead the public, as well as the scientific community, about its adverse health consequences [7,15-17]. In the following subsections, we review various consequences of aerial spraying. 3.1.1 Aerosolized particulate composition.”
Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics
Chemtrailsplanet not only exposed the deliberate destruction of our environment, but also current false flags and hoaxes.
I highly recommend reading the contents of the two links provided by Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D.
Gordon J. F. MacDonald, geophysicist and environmental scientist, wrote the chapter ‘How to Wreck the Environment’ for the book ‘Unless Peace Comes’, published in 1968.
Harvard educated MacDonald had connections with MIT, MITRE Corporation and CIA among others of equal importance. The chapter he wrote was shocking to readers not in the know.
(pdf from WordPress no less!)
Chapter from ‘Unless Peace Comes’ starts on page 2.
HOW TO WRECK THE ENVIRONMENT by Gordon J. F. MacDonald, U.S.A
A class action lawsuit?
Lawsuits of any type are much easier (and inexpensive) “said” than filed and litigated. I am curious what Mullenweg’s friends at Electronic Frontier Foundation may have to say about the blog czar’s censorial activities to satiate the New York Times and “Sandy Hook parents.”
To clarify, Dailystormer isn’t being hosted by WordPress.com (Automattic) so it couldn’t be purged. Andrew Anglin, who runs DS, uses the free open source content management software but no one knows who hosts his site because it’s hidden behind a reverse proxy, bit mitigate. Anyone can download the software and use it with no ability by WordPress.com, the blog-hosting company, to restrict it.
ETA Two of the highlighted-in-red blogs aren’t hosted by WordPress.com, while the other three are, so the point remains valid.
Also, the California law I mentioned above holds that only schizophrenia and ‘bipolar’ can be considered the ‘provable diagnoses’ that meet the criteria for suspending due process in the criminal justice system. The glaring problem with that is that neither is the slightest bit ‘provable.’ There exists no empirical, objective scientific definition or evidence for either label. Bipolar is far more politically dangerous, however, since it can supposedly be limited to non-psychotic symptomology in some ‘forms,’ and can also potentially be divined aka observed solely by ‘experts’ in certain cases since it is episodic. The actual genetic manic depression is indeed episodic and marked by psychosis in the manic phase, but ‘bipolar’ seeks to fictitiously expand on the real version with its mutating definitions and degrees of ‘seriousness.’
It is no coincidence that we can map the Neanderthal genome but have failed to identify even one genetic or scientific component of manic depression. Even real scientific biological diagnoses need to be vetted in court proceedings when they have legal implications; only the adjudication of ‘organic mental illness’ circumvents due process.
So a state commissar’s subjective feelings constitute unimpeachably ‘provable’ according to the Ministry of Love.
How did so many people miss Orwell’s warning?
Well written. Civil in your approach. Couldn’t ask for better in terms of having an in depth, objective article.
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