I see…schadenfreude. Natural News banned from YouTube.

I’m back…and Mike Adams is not.

To be honest, I never thought I’d be writing about Mike Adams again so soon after the last time, but during my self-imposed hiatus to finish my grant application last week and then, over the weekend, to recover from the many long nights that culminated in my having finished my grant application last week, something happened that demanded that I revisit this conspiracy mongering alt right alternative medicine scammer. I was tired and thinking of delaying my return to blogging until Tuesday, but I was too amused noto to comment on what happened at least briefly.

Adams, as you likely recall, has built an online conspiracy and alternative medicine empire that consists of dozens of interlocking, interlinking websites who’s known for being one of the most over-the-top quacks out there, rivaling Alex Jones for his antics. He’s also known for bad cartoons and bad music in the service of his ideology. Indeed, his videos are particularly over-the-top, such as the time when he tried to portray scientists as evil. Even more hilariously, he fancies himself a scientist to the point that he bought a second hand mass spectrometer and has been using it to analyze everything he can get his hands on for “heavy metals,” including water samples from Flint, MI and, not surprisingly, his competitors’ supplements. He’s also known for sliming his critics, issuing legal threats against them, doxing them and, in one case, issuing what could reasonably be interpreted as a death threat. I, too, have been the victim of his attacks; basically he’s poisoned my Google reputation beyond repair with defamatory posts.

So it was that couldn’t help but feel a little bit of schadenfreude when I learned Saturday night that Google had removed his YouTube channel for violating its terms of service:

This was confirmed on the YouTube help forums. We don’t know why the Natural News channel was removed and all of Adams’ videos deleted, but I strongly suspect that it’s likely due to YouTube’s recent move to eliminate conspiracy videos about the Parkland school shooting claiming that the survivors agitating for gun control are “crisis actors,” of which Adams posted at least a couple. At least, that’s what Adams seems to think, given a post he did a week ago, SILENCE! Twitter, YouTube scrubbing all content and banning all users who question the official (false) narrative on the Florida school shooting.

Now, he’s just ranting about it on Twitter:

It’s gloriously gloriously fun to watch:

In the latest gross violation of free speech committed by radical left-wing tech giants, YouTube has now deleted the entire Health Ranger video channel, wiping out over 1,700 videos covering everything from nutrition, natural medicine, history, science and current events.

Over the last two weeks, YouTube has been on a censorship rampage that’s apparently run by the SPLC, a radical left-wing hate group that despises Christianity, the Second Amendment and patriots in particular. Hundreds of prominent conservative video channels have been targeted for termination by YouTube, leading many independent media leaders like myself to call for government regulation of YouTube to protect free speech and end the tyranny.

I find it hilarious how the same man who regularly rants against government regulation now wants the government to regulate YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook now that his ox has been gored. I also find it equally hilarious how a someone as devoted to “freedom” from government interference doesn’t understand that, although he has a right to free speech, he does not have the “right” to a platform. Google is a private company. It can decide to host what it wants. It can decide not to host what it doesn’t want. It can use any rules if feels like to decide what it will hoste and what it won’t. Besides, nothing’s stopping Adams from hosting his videos on his own servers. Of course, it would likely be hellaciously expensive, given his traffic, but he remains perfectly free to show whatever content he wishes on his own servers. He can still post his videos on Facebook, if he so desires. He remains perfectly free to move to a YouTube alternative, like Vimeo. Oh, wait, he already has! His Health Ranger channel is on Vimeo now. Granted, on Vimeo he’ll have to pay $75 a month if he wants unlimited storage space and bandwith plus live streaming, but, come on! He makes millions. He can afford $900 a year. I’m guessing the real issue with Adams is the loss of a free video hosting service with ads that can bring in significant money for videos with large numbers of views.

You might recall that Adams has gotten into trouble with Google before. About a year ago, Google delisted Natural News from its search results as a penalty for something, most likely SEO optimization shenanigans, but we don’t know for sure. His reaction back then was even more epic, even though his delisting only lasted a couple of days, after which his site was listed in Google searches as it had been before. Truly, for all the bleating he did over the penalty, it harmed him minimally, if at all. In fact, he used it, as he does all things, as a fundraising excuse, which is exactly what he’s doing this time:

4. Help support us financially by shopping at HealthRangerStore.com which offers over 600+ lab-verified products for healthy living and self-reliance. We will need your funding support to fund attorneys as part of our legal effort against YouTube and other techno-totalitarians that have now declared total war on free speech.

Most of all, realize that you are now living in a content police state where the techno-giants are literally “memory holing” all the content channels they don’t like. This is not happening by sheer coincidence… it’s all part of a plan to silence conservatives, commit election fraud at the mid-terms, steal the election, impeach Trump and repeal the Second Amendment. Once all that’s accomplished, the call for the mass arrest or mass killing of conservatives will be unleashed by the deranged Left which has been driven into a mindless, seething anger by the propaganda puppet masters.

The war for America has begun, and YouTube has chosen to side of tyranny. We need you to join us in standing for truth, freedom and the ability to think for yourself. Share this post everywhere.

Tyranny. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means, Mr. Adams. I do know the meaning of the word “schadenfreude,” though, and that is what I’m feeling right now as I watch Adams rant about this “purge” on Vimeo:

Funny, but he sure doesn’t seem to have any difficulty getting his message out. He’s already talking about creating “YouTube alternatives” for cranks like him. Anyone want to bet that he’ll find ways to make money off of one or more of these “alternatives.” Maybe he should be thanking YouTube for providing him another way to profit. It wouldn’t surprise me if he is doing just that privately, where his credulous fans can’t see him.