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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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Taking a break from a possibly broken twitter…

(Image source: businessesgrow.com)

If things couldn’t get any worse in regards to the micro-blogging site, with the regular myopic social media outrage (recently, over one inside-joke, Stephen Fry deactivated his account…again), unpopular feature changes, and… overreaction to said feature changes… “Twitter is turning into Facebook!”

The user base is dropping… slightly.  And some news websites are calling it: dead; flatline.  But these kind of news sites have been saying ‘twitter is dying’ for years.

In the attempt to get the company moving ‘up’ again, in other words more attractive to advertisers in competition to other social media platforms (advertisers are still attracted to twitter anyway), they brought back Jack Dorsey, thinking if they acted like Apple Computer, Inc. (when they reinstated Steve Jobs), things would improve.  Think Differently.

Even I got on the #RIPTwitter bandwagon over the new changes.  That is, until I actually read about the changes twitter planned to make Continue reading Taking a break from a possibly broken twitter…

So Far-Removed

Image source: feross.org

I just had to remove the draft I wrote for a post on Free Speech, in response to someone else’s post on hate speech.  Because it fell apart.  I couldn’t cut the things that made it a post, as opposed to the comment it was…

Despite the fact that all speech except for actual threats of harm is protected under the First Amendment, I couldn’t continue with it.  I added love our so-called “enemies”tough love, especially… I began to add the elements of violence and terrorism, and how hate groups aren’t quite responsible for attacks but rather individuals that cross several lines.  And I added my two cents that ignoring them doesn’t necessarily help because isolation is part of the cause of said violence…

Sigh.  In other words, it was too much because I’m full of crap.  And with politics, you mustn’t care what others think and/or you must prove everything you say with charts, and graphs, and studies, and everything else under the sun…

And I’m already a big ball of stress.  I can no longer tolerate certain foods, and I certainly can’t tolerate politics by much.  There’s so much attached to the talk of the U.S. Constitution, that I may do the whole Hear No Evil thing. 🙉

…Some scars will never heal…

…And then my phone buzzed, adding to all the noise

I just had to remove my Yahoo mobile account.Yahoo

For the more “private” email account—as opposed to the public G-mail—I was receiving subscriptions to things I hadn’t subscribed to.  I had it.  My mother may have over a hundred thousand emails in her inbox (don’t sign up just anywhere!), but my mobile data is precious.

Several times, the magenta notification light flashed this morning.  I did, however, receive ample warning prior to all this—among identity theft warnings (an insurance company saw my info, supposedly), the address was exposed.  So there I go.

So many traps lie out there, with may include the ‘unsubscribe’ links.  There was even one fake email that posed as “Yahoo, Inc.,” telling me my account was suspended…or so I read, from my not-suspended account.

Given my partial abandonment of the Yahoo account, I then put the direct mobile access up in a little bet on whether I’d soon get another unsolicited email notification.  It happened.

The end of that access account also meant the end of the limited news it delivered…so many megabytes of background data…a ton of random headline photos…that I copied to the PC.

So my world shrank a little.  But at least the traffic on my phone is smoother.

So what have you removed recently because it was “too much”?

Oh, and click on the image at the top of the post; Feross did a pretty good essay on internet Free Speech, back in 2009… There, I got an answer to the allegation that cable companies were/are reducing bandwidths for lower-paying subscribers: in 2007, the Associated Press ‘busted’ Comcast for blocking access to BitTorrent, two out of three times.  (Note: the old Yahoo links are dead.)

Censorship Boycotts are for Cowards

cropped from source: boycottmozilla.org
cropped from source: boycottmozilla.org

Fighting injustice is necessary.

You voice the facts, you voice your opinion; you may attempt to correct the record, you fight.  But you don’t censor others in the process.

Free Speech means addition, not subtraction. …But tell that to people who don’t listen to logic, and worse, let hatred get the best of themselves.

There is that point where “speaking up” doesn’t work.  That is, when it’s not honest, not a reflection of Free speech.
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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.

Persona, the Double Life and the Glass Cage

(masks)

The persona is a mask, a shield, and a character.  Out of insecurity or entertainment, the persona is used to channel the ego of his/her character—so the character’s ego would be affected instead of their own.  Most people carry a shell, to some degree or another.

Of the entertainment factor, stand-up comedians act differently on stage than in real life.  Take Albert Einstein and the late Phyllis Diller, for example.  At home, they never wore their signature hair, and Diller never held her signature cigarette holder.  (And, yes, I know Einstein wasn’t a stand-up comedian.)

Then, there’s the specific act of self-deprecation, used to keep oneself from becoming too large, and to quash that higher-than-thou impression.  Being opinionated is one thing, but having an ego the size of Mount Rushmore is another.  There’s something to be said about not allowing yourself to be idolized, to instead promote an ideal or set of ideals.  That is the nature of the role model.  It is not necessarily you, but the image put out there to inspire values.

Maintenance of that role model is yet another thing, one most difficult for a narcissist.

Narcissism (n.): the instance of being over-self-congratulatory, such as putting up paintings or photos of yourself doing mundane things as if they’re major accomplishments—all over the place.

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