First broadcast on August 10th, Inside Track #27 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show featured a reference to the David Cronenberg movie, The Dead Zone, starring Christopher Walken.
We started the show by looking at the escalating tensions between North Korea and the US. This interview from The Intercept with John Feffer threw light on the origins of the North Korean regime and the dubious nature of the claim that China can bring its ally to heel. As for the claims regarding the technical capabilities of the North Korean nuclear program, we referenced the World Socialist Web Site’s words of caution on believing US government claims. We ended by pouring scorn on UK MPs and their willingness to paint a bull’s-eye on the country by announcing their intention to stand with their US ally.
Google censorship, Google workplace tyranny
We reported an important development that has received little or no mainstream coverage, that Google’s changes to its search have had a massive impact on alternative, left-wing news sites. The World Socialist Web Site has been particularly hard hit, and has four reports (Google’s new search protocol is restricting access to 13 leading socialist, progressive and anti-war web sites, Google rigs searches to block access to World Socialist Web Site, Evidence of Google blacklisting of left and progressive sites continues to mount, Google’s chief search engineer legitimizes new censorship algorithm) on the damage done to their internet presence, which they characterize as censorship.
YouTube is also looking to restrict and de-monetize videos it regards as objectionable (but which don’t quite violate their content policy). Right-wing guy, Mark Dice, had a recent rant about this, and we played a clip of him in full flow.
The Google story that has gripped the corporate media this week is the fallout from James Damore’s so-called ‘anti-diversity’ memo (read it in full here). Damore’s career-ending viewpoint was that Google has become a slave to an ideology that promotes diversity over performance and that sidelines/silences conservative opinions. The furious backlash against Damore, from both Google execs and media voices has rather proved his point, with this Guardian denunciation being something of a highlight (commenters tear apart the author’s misrepresentation of the memo).
Barnardo’s and the National Trust, the worst sort of political correctness
Barnardo’s has launched a campaign to raise awareness of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) that, preposterously, features a white girl to represent the issue. Unsurprisingly, they have been forced to back down.
Meanwhile, The National Trust has decided that its volunteers must celebrate values that it considers mandatory, in this case, gay pride. Those who prefer to answer only to their personal conscience were informed they would be relieved of public-facing duties. When faced with mass resignations, NT spokesperson, Annabel Smith, produced this amazing piece of doublethink:
“Relating specifically to the Prejudice and Pride programme, we do recognise that some volunteers may have conflicting personal opinions.
“However, whilst volunteering for the National Trust we do request and expect individuals to uphold the values of the organisation.”