They are coming out in the open

Amazon Is Booting Parler Off Of Its Web Hosting Service:

Amazon on Saturday kicked Parler off its Web hosting services. Parler, a social network favored by conservative politicians and extremists, was used to help plan and coordinate the January 6 attempted coup on Washington D.C. It has recently been overrun with messages encouraging “Patriots” to march on Washington D.C. with weapons on January 19.

Amazon’s suspension of Parler’s account means that unless it can find another host, once the ban takes effect on Sunday Parler will go offline.

Amazon declined to comment on the suspension.

Republican lawmakers including Sen. Ted Cruz and Congressman Devin Nunes as well as President Donald Trump’s family members and surrogates have all established Parler accounts, and have publicly encouraged their supporters to join them there. So too have many figures in conservative media.

Wow! This is really making it clear the political left has no respect for the rights of people of a different political persuasion.

I do a LOT of business with Amazon. Boycotting them would hurt me far more than it would hurt them. I’ll have to think about this…


22 thoughts on “They are coming out in the open

  1. While this is obviously bad, you can’t say that Parlor wasn’t warned. As I said earlier on GAB, I think they thought that they would be okay, why I don’t know. GAB’s been shut down twice.

    • But they have come back each time.
      They are very slow right now because they are buying their own hardware, and only take bitcoin, cash, and checks because they’ve been frozen out by payment processors.

      That should terrify people.
      Push everything to be “approved” electronic payment, when they demonstrate the desire to shut off transactions with people they do not approve of. Push everyone to “outsource to professionals” tech departments and storage to placed “in the cloud” when they can shut off services because they claim you violated terms or some such BS. Totally fails the “Jews in the Attic” test at every level.

      At least a few more people will believe me now.

  2. My wife and I just made the decision to leave Amazon after 20 years. Yes, they’re convenient and fast and easy, but how much are your principles worth to you? I had noticed last year that they were starting to censor which books they chose to sell, but I didn’t do anything about it then; I wanted to see how much worse it would get. I just found out how much worse.

    Everything they sell is a commodity and can be purchased elsewhere. Again, how much are your principles worth to you?

    • Do you have an Android or iPhone? Google and Apple both took the Parlor app offline.

      I used to do Boomershoot credit card processing through PayPal, then moved to Google when PayPal mistreated gun owners. Then I moved back to PayPal for a while when Google stopped doing that sort of business. Then I moved to Wells Fargo even though it is FAR more expensive.

      More expensive is easier for me to do than consuming a lot of my time looking for other places to buy stuff and waiting longer for it to arrive.

      I have to think about this…

  3. I’m in a similar boat.

    Do you have Amazon Prime?
    Order. One. Thing. At. A. Time.
    Drown them in shipping costs.

    Order everything through
    Designate the NRA as your preferred charity.

      • Here also.

        Although … It would be nice to have SAF confirm they’re actually getting checks from Amazon.

        And I’m also wondering how long SAF will be an allowed beneficiary of the Amazon Smile program. (In fact, I kind of wonder how they got to be part of it in the first place.)

        • A friend works at SAF. He suggested Amazon Smile to me. When I said I had been doing that for a long time already, he thanked me for contributing to his paycheck.

    • The problem with one thing at a time, is that Amazon has taken to combining order shipments. At least, that’s what I’ve seen them doing. “Prime” shipping has gone from guaranteed 2 day delivery to “2-3 days, maybe, starting a day or two after you order it,” which helps re the consolidation.

      So, that might take it to ordering one thing at a time, one item per day, and nothing on weekends.

  4. Same. Parler really should have seen this coming and diversified their cloud footprint.

    As far as amazon/prime, not sure what to do there. I can get most things locally I think, and I mostly use it for convenience more than anything. The loss of Prime Video would hurt, but maybe I’ll just take up a new hobby, or finally get into reloading…

    • Unfortunately, you’ll be waiting for primers for a long time unless you’ve got a pal that will front you a thousand or two. 🙂

      • I have a couple thousand rifle primers. And I was offered the loan of several thousand pistol primers yesterday.

        • I just went to Midway USA. CCI 50 BMG primers are $.56 apiece. Everything else is out of stock with no backorder.
          Everything at Brownells appears to be out of stock.
          Don’t buy gold, buy primers.

  5. The .gov in most states has ordered a shutdown of every small business. Amazon is selling more than ever before. A few of us boycotting them won’t mean a thing.

  6. Whoever was behind the decision by Parler’s dev team to use AWS deserves to be flogged. They deliberately ignored the precedent other sites set before them when they were kicked off of AWS as well.

    I hope they are down for a while, they deserve to feel lots of pain over this.

    Gab is now self hosting, because they were forced to, they were kicked off of both AWS and Azure 2 years ago.

    Gab is experiencing significant slow downs right now as they are experiencing 400% user growth over the last 48 hours. They are buying new servers to help spread the load, but it won’t be instant.

  7. As divemedic said, the .gov has shut down most small business leaving only Amazon and Walmart in my locale. Walmart is just as evil, if less powerful, and the .gov has made the retail experience extremely unpleasant even in the places that are open. So I try to order stuff off the web direct from smaller retailers when possible even if it is more expensive. I don’t know because I am afraid to look but I suspect that many of the smaller retailers are entangled with Amazon and/or Google. I also do the one thing at a time ploy when I do have to order from Amazon.

    Every time I read stuff like this I just get furious that Republicans squandered the chance to fix it. Now it will probably never get fixed.

  8. I wonder how long it will be before WordPress starts deplatforming unapproved thought.
    Joe, you may want to compare notes with Miguel Gonzalez.

    • Although I use WordPress software the blog is hosted on GoDaddy. Yes, WordPress could program some remote disabling or destruction code into the software it seems unlikely they would be inclined to do that. I’m pretty sure the risks of that being hacked and the resultant bad press is sufficient for them to not risk it.

      I worry more far more about GoDaddy.

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