Slate Star Codex went dark last year when the New York Times threatened to publish the real name of its author. Now, Second City Cop has more or less pulled the plug over fear that Google would dox the author(s?). From WGN in Chicago:
Here’s why Chicago’s unofficial police blog ‘Second City Cop’ went dark
by: Ben Bradley
Posted: Jan 13, 2021 / 02:15 PM CST /
CHICAGO — Most Chicago cops don’t talk to reporters. They don’t trust politicians. And they certainly have a lot of opinions.
It’s why for the past 15 years the “Second City Cop” police blog has been must-read for many Chicagoans who want to have a better understanding about crime and justice in their city.
It’s also why the blog has bene a thorn in the side of police brass for years and there have been various attempts to identify the operator.
When the chronicle of cop life disappeared from public view on the internet a few days ago some took to social media concerned that “big tech” had pulled the plug.
“We have taken no action,” a spokesperson for Google, which owns the Blogspot platform used by Second City Cop told WGN. “We see that the blog is still live though the readership access is ‘private.’”
What’s the real story? It’s been difficult to track down since the operator(s) of the blog have taken great lengths to protect their anonymity.
However, in an email to WGN the person behind the blog makes it sound like he/she was concerned they were about to be outed.
“Over the weekend, we received information from a contact at Google that internal chat/e-mails led them to believe that certain precautions we had taken over the years had been breached by Google,” they said.
Slate Star Codex and Second City Cop should team up into a superblog, Slate City Cop, that features 12,000-word speculations about the logic of the Fermi Paradox and jokes about Mayor Groot and former Mayor Tiny Dancer.
And whatever happened to Second City Bureaucrat on Twitter?
A statement from Second City Cop on the Chicago crime stats website HeyJackass.com:
Statement From Second City Cop
SCC explains the decision to shut down their website:
Well, this was certainly a long time coming. Fifteen years, over 22,000 posts, almost two million comments and God knows how many attempts to silence us. But it might finally be over…at least this version of it.
Over the weekend, we received information from a contact at Google that internal chat/e-mails led them to believe that certain precautions we had taken over the years had been breached by Google. We had gotten similar warnings from others in the past, and we dealt with or ignored them as the situation warranted. But this one was different.
And this one – on the heels of Big Tech’s wholesale attack on the President, Parler and center-right to right-leaning authors, politicians and voices – pointed to a countdown that had far less time than we had thought. Most likely, far less time than you think, too. The blacklisting has begun, even if you won’t see it. You should – the wholesale abandonment of the President, the denunciations, the, “I wasn’t really with him” self-serving statements. Sound familiar? It should…if you have any recollections of the show trials behind the Iron Curtain, in Southeast Asia, in assorted Middle East kleptocracies.
Disavowal and re-education is on tap. What Senator McCarthy is remembered for – “Are you now or have you ever been…” has been twisted, refined (Bake that cake!), and exacerbated (Parler is only the first of many). They don’t want “unity.” They want Compliance and as the last fifteen years have shown, we aren’t really good at compliance. The amount of personal data available to “woke companies” who would deny commerce or service based on beliefs, contributions, investments (not Green enough!), social media posting, employment (cops not welcome here), bumper stickers – Have you heard of Operation Choke Point? Look it up and imagine it drilled down to individual citizens. Orwell’s 1984? It’s here. ..
We have a few hundred e-mails waiting for us, begging for info, and all we can say right now is, “We don’t know.” We don’t know if this is it, we don’t know if we’ll return. We don’t know what Big Tech has in store for us and the political winds are not fortuitous. We are exploring options and we’ll leave it at that. …