Kim Dotcom’s Alternate Reality

Despite his skills with a keyboard, he’s definitely forgotten how to Google.

Kim Dotcom, that guy who’s (unfairly, I do agree) in trouble with the US government, and started the utterly misguided Internet Party (handing the election to the National Party), somehow thinks Trump will be a champion of internet freedom and whistleblowers. Could he be any more wrong?

For starters, Trump has consistently opposed internet freedom. All the way back in December 2015, Donald stated he wanted to “close up the internet”. The San Bernadino shooter iPhone encryption controversy highlighted how Trump has little regard for information security and encryption. There’s no doubt Kim Dotcom strongly disagrees with both of these positions, so as much as Trump needs advising on internet freedom and security issues, there’s no chance of Donald listening.

There is also no doubt that Snowden would not be welcome in Trump’s America. Back in 2013, Trump called for Edward Snowden to be executed. With Kim Dotcom’s long lasting support for Snowden, praising someone who wants Snowden dead is, again, irrational.

This election, Snowden certainly hasn’t seen either candidate as being any better. You wouldn’t find him round a table with Trump or Clinton. You probably wouldn’t find him round a table with Assange either.

Once again, Kim Dotcom’s lost the plot. His support for Trump makes no sense and is totally illogical. Once a saint of the internet, now just a sad man grasping at straws.

A Facebook page that I follow asked for thoughts on this article by the provocative ‘conservative’ Milo Yiannopoulos. In it, he tries to argue that Sweden is banning christmas lights adorning street poles in order to avoid offending Muslim immigrants. While this piece of ‘news’ is based on truth, Milo’s spin and wild assertions make his article simply a bigoted lie.

The source he sites is this article on Speisa.com, which is in no way a reliable source. It has a long history of making ridiculous and false claims without apology, often about Muslims and the Middle East. As the article quotes the mayor of ‘Lititz’, a town that doesn’t even exist, it is clear that this article isn’t very reliable.

The article on Speisa looks to be using this article on STE as it’s source, a leading Swedish news site. Now I see where the Speisa article got the name ‘Lititz’ from- Google Translate chooses to translate the name of the real Swedish name of Gislaved to ‘Lititz’.

Now I can read what the Swedish article actually says. The truth of the article is that the Swedish Transport Authority is now reviewing the use of it’s poles, and doesn’t want to pay for the lights’ electricity. The poles used to belong to the local municipalities, but as the roads became major transport routes, the roads and poles are now owned by the Swedish Transport Authority. The local communities were happy to pay for lights on their poles, but the STA doesn’t wish to spend the same money.

This is all the controversy is. Milo is clearly once again trying to link an unfortunate decision to protecting Muslims.