According to Facebook, a garden hoe apparently represents evil
and the worst of white supremacy.
Today’s blacklisted American, garden hoes, is meant more to illustrate the utter brainlessness of the blacklist culture, and why every intelligent American should refuse to bow to it in any way.
It appears that Facebook has been repeatedly flagging and then blocking posts on a gardening group because those gardeners periodically make reference to the gardening tool called a “hoe.”
A group called WNY Gardeners has been repeatedly flagged by the social network for “violating community standards,” when its more than 7,500 members discussed the long-handled bladed implement, which is spelled with an “e,” unlike the offensive term.
When one member commented “Push pull hoe!” on a post about preferred weeding tools, Facebook sent a notification that read, “We reviewed this comment and found it goes against our standards for harassment and bullying,” a moderator said.
“And so I contacted Facebook, which was useless. How do you do that?,” Elizabeth Licata said. “You know, I said this is a gardening group, a hoe is gardening tool.”
Nor has this been Facebook’s only “hoe” error. It had also been routinely flagging posts that referred to the English seaside community of Plymouth Hoe.
Facebook of course never responded to gardening group when they complained, as is usual for these inhumane big tech companies. However, when this story began appearing in the press, it told the AP that it was sorry about it, had corrected the algorithms that had caused the problems, and had assigned a real human to monitor the gardening group to make sure it is not censored for ordinary gardening discussions.
Hah! That didn’t work. The gardeners soon found themselves censored for writing about the various techniques they use for battling the Japanese beetle, a destructive pest to “flowers, trees and shrubs, fruits and vegetables, field crops and turf.” When on commenter suggested that gardeners should “Kill them all. Drown them in soapy water,” and “Japanese beetles are jerks,” the posts were blocked by Facebook.
It seems Facebook employees really don’t know how to read. Instead, they work eagerly to silence anyone for any statement they think should be silenced, without thought.
Throwing away the Kerwood Derby
All this reminds me of the short clip below from the early 1960s cartoon show, Rocky & Bullwinkle.
The show was mostly silly humor that was also sometimes brilliant, but in this particular clip expressed a bit of profound wisdom that applies directly to Facebook and all the petty dictators worldwide who are oppressing people for the stupidest reasons.
Thanks to reader Wayne DeVette for creating the clip for me.
The bad guy, Boris Badanov, has gotten control of the Kirwood Derby, a hat that make whoever wears it the smartest person in the world. He puts it on, hoping it will tell him how to conquer the world. When it instead tells him that being a bad guy is stupid, that he would be better off learning a real trade and being an asset to society, he immediately throws the hat away in horror.
As one of the Moon men then explains, “Some people just can’t stand being smart.”
His partner asks, “How come?”
“Because they can’t admit they were ever dumb.”
I think that is a great thumbnail description of today’s left and their supporters. In the past decade they have adopted increasingly foolish positions. When those positions have routinely been revealed as idiotic (such as demanding people wear cotton masks all the time, even when home alone) or false (such as the claim that Trump was colluding with the Russians), rather than admit they were wrong they double down, inventing even stupider claims (such as demanding you not only be vaccinated against the Wuhan flu but also still wear masks and still social distance) in order to justify their earlier idiocy.
They have now reached the point where no rational discussion is possible, since their positions have become insane. Gardening hoes must be banned as well as any discussion by gardeners about killing garden pests. The use of any offensive words in any context cannot be tolerated at all, and must be silenced. Even referring to great historical men from the past (such as Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson) must be blocked because those men did not embody perfection, as defined by these leftists.
In other words, the left long ago decided to throw away the Kerwood Derby. They can’t stand being smart because it would force them to admit they once were dumb.
Be prepared. We have not yet reached the full level of foolishness that the left will impose upon us. To get an idea, however, you might want to do some web searches about communism in Soviet Russia or socialism in Venezuela. The left’s policies imposed there were equally insane, but the consequences for ordinary people was deadly and horrific.