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Okay, so it IS worse than I thought…

After taking a break from the often-lifesuck that is twitter, I thought I could spend the rest of the week getting back into the creative flow— back into writing, fiction, therapy, whatever.  But no, recent news had to suck the life out of the room.

Now, what am I talking about?  Censorship.  It’s getting worse in social media.  It’s gotten to the point that police in Western countries are arresting people for comments on Facebook.  Yes, in so-called First World countries.

In the United Kingdom, you can and will be arrested for speech out of step with the Communications Act.  Today, it may be over ugly speech, in regards to Syria and the migrant crisis, tomorrow, who knows.  That’s the disorder of censorship: it’s evil, and people who believe in free speech must not tolerate it.

I disapprove of what you say,
but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Evelyn Beatrice HallThe Friends of Voltaire

Twitter, however, is willing to find ways to censor anyway.  It is, in fact, blacklisting accounts, with political bias, and at the same time apparently ‘whitelisting’ accounts it approves of.  It’s done in the form of “shadow-banning”: silent, that people don’t even know that their tweets are not showing up in others’ feeds.
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My Facebook Friends Are Full of Sh*t

Examples of that problem that’s plagued Facebook: members embellishing their stories …or here, stories that never happened.  Which one are you guilty of?

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Sass & Balderdash

With the advent of Twitter and Instagram, I’ll admit that Facebook and I have grown apart, but I’m not ready to let go of it completely. I have too many fond memories of how exciting it was to join Facebook my junior year of high school after Myspace had fallen from grace. Facebook was the first social media site where I stalked the popular kids and their boozy red cup pictures with captions that claimed they were drinking apple juice. In college, clicking through everyone’s dedicated Macbook webcam photo album spared me from many a boring lecture.

Now that I’m older and wiser, I’ve started noticing that most of my Facebook friends are full of shit.

I think we’ve all come to expect a certain level of dishonesty on social media. After all, we want to convince everyone (and ourselves) that we’re living our ~best life~, and how better to do that…

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Welcome to “1984,” really 2013

Adapted from what I put up on “the other site,” because it is important to any general audience.  Whatever the inaccurate words I use to describe myself, I’m not a “complainer.”  However disabled, I listen and I fight.
And so you must too.

With three NSA agents ‘let go’ because they found out how the agency was spying on a populace in general (all +330 million Americans)…  NSA PRISM program taps in to user data of Facebook, Yahoo and others.

It’s not isolated to Verizon (and it never is).  Recording your shopping lists, and anything else they can, it’s not just your phone data…

Welcome to 1984, which should be retitled 2013.

The media go back to silence, fluff stories, buying into the ‘national security’ lie…  I know it’s a lie, because those in charge are typically, already irresponsible with the data.  And here comes the “We Care About You”…

“Google cares deeply about the security of our users’ data.  We disclose user data to government in accordance with the law, and we review all such requests carefully.  From time to time, people allege that we have created a government ‘back door’ into our systems, but Google does not have a back door for the government to access private user data.”

But I know that’s not true.  This is a downplaying of access to private information on account of it not being immediate.  Violation of privacy is common practice these days, with the warrant of a judge deemed an obstruction to the “war on terrorism” (or whatever the current-year justification is), to the point that the national police, Homeland Security (and they themselves call themselves the national police), put individuals, even judges in jail for disclosing forced “warrants.”

It was called ‘absurd’ when Google was asked about censorship/cracking down based on “the right speech”… though these “social networking sites” have already allowed censorship, with trolls at the least making complaints, based on ‘offensiveness,’ that saying “Islam isn’t always peaceful,” or being against gay marriage have already resulted in whole pages or even accounts being taken down.

And “political correctness” always grows, as it is not based on accuracy of information but at worst based on the want or allowance of who’s in power, and at the least what is popular, something that flies in the face of free speech— free speech being in the defense of unpopular speech.

But wait, it gets worse.

According to The Guardian, “Microsoft – which is currently running an advertising campaign with the slogan ‘Your privacy is our priority’ – was the first, with collection beginning in December 2007.”

“It was followed by Yahoo in 2008; Google, Facebook and PalTalk in 2009; YouTube in 2010; Skype and AOL in 2011; and finally Apple, which joined the program in 2012.  The program is continuing to expand, with other providers due to come online.”

Source: The Guardian

“Companies are legally obliged to comply with requests for users’
communications under US law, but the PRISM program allows the intelligence services direct access to the companies’ servers.  The NSA document notes the operations have ‘assistance of communications providers in the US.’ ”

“The revelation also supports concerns raised by several U.S. senators during the renewal of the Fisa Amendments Act in December 2012, who warned about the scale of surveillance the law might enable, and shortcomings in the safeguards it introduces.”

“When the FAA was first enacted, defenders of the statute argued that a significant check on abuse would be the NSA’s inability to obtain electronic communications without the consent of the telecom and internet companies that control the data.  But the PRISM program renders that consent unnecessary, as it allows the agency to directly and unilaterally seize the communications off the companies’ servers.”

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Read up, promote curiosity on reading and defend even those you don’t like from tyranny.  Because fascists say, don’t read this.  Thomas Jefferson didn’t burn books, he read them— and stored a multitude of them.  Fascists tell you to shut up, put you into an identity group, divide and conquer.  The root word of Fascism: grouping.

We individuals believe in freedom of speech, practice, privacy and protection so that even our so-called enemies can live to see the day, as little are the errors of their way in comparison to the monster that exists today.

I hope I got the very serious message across.

Insecurities and Exchange: Getting the Crap Out

First off, this has nothing to do with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the commission that, created under near-dictator F.D.R., doesn’t even do its job.  Oh, and End the Fed.

This is the attempt to cap the ‘alienation’ tag here, getting all the crap out, no matter how ugly, and moving on.  It contains text set aside in writing “Saga of Suck.”  Hopefully, I’ll never have to use the tag ever again.  I cut out the “depression” for…next time.

One more thing: you don’t see me really promoting Movember ’cause it’d be hypocritical, already sporting a ’stache, mental illness, and a need to see that urologist.

Special Ed Hybrid

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