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(1) Wikipedia and Amazon impose Censorship; Ministry of Truth threatens(2) Wikipedia new code of conduct demands 'Inclusive' language, preferred gender identity(3) Wikipedia imposes Pronoun Rules re LBGTI; no Tolerance for those deemed Intolerant(4) Amazon bans Israel Shamir's book Cabbala of Power, after selling it for years(1) Wikipedia and Amazon impose Censorship; Ministry of Truth threatensby Peter Myers, February 5, 2021Wikipedia has been unreliable on any topic concerning Israel or Jews; but on other topics it was useful, if only to escape sales talk and marketing spin.Now it has crossed the Rubicon, siding with the Gender Left and abandoning any claim to universality.Encyclopedia Britannica will be reborn. Other encyclopedias too.Amazon took over the book publishing industry, but had published politically incorrect material. Its ban on Israel Shamir's book Cabbala of Power, despite having sold it for years, marks a turn to 1984.Both are now banning 'Conservative' or 'Right' viewpoints, e.g. that it is not possible to change sex. Even Germaine Greer is deemed 'Right' by present 'Left' criteria.The view that there are two complementary sexes was standard through all of human history until the present Cultural Revolution. It's been replaced with Androgyny, the idea that there's only one sex.Germaine Greer, J. K. Rowling and the Trans-exclusionary Feminists are now outcast.New book publishers and online publishers will surely emerge, just as alternatives to Youtube and Google are now available.Writers who might have self-censored to get sales on Amazon will now be more forthwright, and determined to defy the censors. Publishing may go 'underground', but it will surely continue.In the long run, both Wikipedia and Amazon have signed their own death warrants.(2) Wikipedia new code of conduct demands 'Inclusive' language, preferred gender identity 2, 2021Wikipedia launches new code of conduct that bans "false" info and "trolling," encourages preferred pronoun useBy Tom ParkerPosted 5:39 pmThe Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit behind the world’s biggest online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, has announced a new code of content for Wikipedia that prohibits "hate speech" and "false" information on the site and also heavily promotes identity politics.Under the new code of conduct, Wikipedia contributors are expected to "respect the way that contributors name and describe themselves" and this includes "the use of people’s preferred gender identity using distinct names or pronouns."When announcing the new code of conduct, Wikimedia’s CEO Katherine Mayer focused heavily on the identity politics aspect of this policy by describing on how it will create an "inclusive environment" and reduce "negative behavior":"Our new universal code of conduct creates binding standards to elevate conduct on the Wikimedia projects, and empower our communities to address harassment and negative behavior across the Wikimedia movement. Through this effort, we can create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for contributors and readers, and a more representative source of knowledge for the world."In addition to encouraging contributors to use people’s preferred pronouns, gender identities, and more, the new policy also bans a range of "unacceptable" behaviors which include:"Hounding" which is defined as "following a person across the project(s) and repeatedly critiquing their otherwise satisfactory work mainly with the intent to upset or discourage them.""Trolling" which is defined as "deliberately disrupting conversations or posting in bad-faith to intentionally provoke.""Hate speech in any form, or discriminatory language" which is defined as speech or language that is "aimed at vilifying, humiliating, inciting hatred against individuals or groups on the basis of who they are or their personal beliefs."Of course, all of these so-called unacceptable behaviors are based on the subjective interpretations of those enforcing the rules. Only the contributor can know the intent of their post. But if the enforcers decide that a contributor intended to act in bad-faith, disrupt, discourage, or humiliate via their posts, then they’ll face sanctions.The code of conduct also has several new prohibitions on what the enforcers deem to be "biased, false, inaccurate or inappropriate content." These prohibitions include a ban on "systematically manipulating content to favour specific interpretations of facts or points of view."Ironically, this ban on so-called false information points to one of the biggest areas for which Wikipedia is often criticized. The platform prevents certain sources from being cited which often means that the remaining sources that can be cited will favor specific interpretations or points of views.A cursory glance of the introductory paragraph on many Wikipedia pages will also show a clear favor towards interpreting the facts to support a specific point of view. For example, the introductory paragraph for Big Tech platforms often focuses on neutral factors such as the platform’s history, functionality, and founders while the introductory paragraph for alt-tech platforms usually focuses on criticism and negative media coverage.While these new rules claim that they’ll stamp out biased, false, and inaccurate content, they’re based on the subjective interpretation of those enforcing the rules. And to date, those who have enforced the rules have allowed certain points of view to be selectively amplified for years via the introductory paragraphs on Wikipedia pages.(3) Wikipedia imposes Pronoun Rules re LBGTI; no Tolerance for those deemed Intolerant – Expected behaviourEvery Wikimedian, whether they are a new or experienced editor, a community functionary, an affiliate or Wikimedia Foundation board member or employee, is responsible for their own behaviour.In all Wikimedia projects, spaces and events, behaviour will be founded in respect, civility, collegiality, solidarity and good citizenship. This applies to all contributors and participants in their interaction with all contributors and participants, without expectations based on age, mental or physical disabilities, physical appearance, national, religious, ethnic and cultural background, caste, social class, language fluency, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex or career field. Nor will we make exceptions based on standing, skills or accomplishments in the Wikimedia projects or movement.2.1 – Mutual respectWe expect all Wikimedians to show respect for others. In communicating with people, whether in online or offline Wikimedia environments, we will treat each other with mutual respect.This includes but is not limited to:Practice empathy. Listen and try to understand what Wikimedians of different backgrounds want to tell you. Be ready to challenge and adapt your own understanding, expectations and behaviour as a Wikimedian.Assume good faith, and engage in constructive edits; your contributions should improve the quality of the project or work. Provide and receive feedback kindly and in good faith. Criticism should be delivered in a sensitive and constructive manner. All Wikimedians should assume unless evidence otherwise exists that others are here to collaboratively improve the projects, but this should not be used to justify statements with a harmful impact.Respect the way that contributors name and describe themselves. People may use specific terms to describe themselves. As a sign of respect, use these terms when communicating with or about these people, where linguistically or technically feasible. Examples include:Ethnic groups may use a specific name to describe themselves, rather than the name historically used by others;People may have names that use letters, sounds, or words from their language which may be unfamiliar to you;People who identify with a certain sexual orientation or gender identity using distinct names or pronouns;People having a particular physical or mental disability may use particular terms to describe themselvesDuring in-person meetings, we will be welcoming to everyone and we will be mindful and respectful of each others’ preferences, boundaries, sensibilities, traditions and requirements.(4) Amazon bans Israel Shamir's book Cabbala of Power, after selling it for yearsFrom: "Israel Adam Shamir" <>Subject: [shamireaders] [CASE 7949359991] Alert from AmazonTo: Readers IO <>Alas, my book Cabbala of Power had been banned by Amazon!Begin forwarded message:From: Amazon Content Review <<>>Subject: [CASE 7949359991] Alert from AmazonDate: 3 February 2021 at 14:35:06 GMT+3To: <>adam@israelshamir.netHello,We’re contacting you regarding the following book(s):Cabbala of Power - ASIN 1419692429Cabbala of Power - ASIN B002XQ1HKGDuring our review process, we found that your book(s) violate our content guidelines. As a result, we are not offering your book(s) for sale on Amazon.You can find our content guidelines on the KDP website: a publisher, you are responsible for ensuring that all books submitted through your account comply with our content guidelines. We ask that you please review your catalog and remove any books that do not meet these guidelines within 5 business days.As a reminder, violations of our content guidelines may negatively impact your account status and you may also lose access to optional KDP services.If you have questions or believe you've received this email in error, reply to this message.Amazon KDPAmazon Content Review