And that’s the way I like it. Ran a post-14-day test to make sure. Deletion complete. You, too, can free yourselves of the tyranny of the Farcebook. Just do it.
Making Orwell look weak by comparison.
Today I am more gladder than ever that I has Deleted the Facebook account… Those you still hanging out there – may God bless you. And protect you. The thing and associated matters get worse daily and they have been worse than we have known from the start.
Zuck and Co. monkeyed with the algorithm. Information was distorted and redirected. Sales, traffic, etc. went down. I and other writers I know took substantial hits. Many small businesses were affected and have accordingly jumped ship.
“One of the Facebook policy changes that kind of went under the radar and it went into effect in February was the branded content policy. And it decreased my income from Facebook by 60 percent, overnight. No explanation.” said Holly Homer, an entrepreneur from Texas who owns the Facebook pages for “Quirky Mama” and “Kids Activities.”
I’m grateful for the AI shunning as it made the decision to leave the collective so much easier. Thanks, Zucker!
But the loss of clicks isn’t the bad part. This is:
“Q.” I have no doubts that this is true.
The companies are the government and the government is the companies. They, all of them – for whatever reasons, want total control. The Gubmits gonna get it too:
A pact of five nation states dedicated to a global “collect it all” surveillance mission has issued a memo calling on their governments to demand tech companies build backdoor access to their users’ encrypted data — or face measures to force companies to comply.
The international pact — the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, known as the so-called “Five Eyes” group of nations — quietly issued the memo last week demanding that providers “create customized solutions, tailored to their individual system architectures that are capable of meeting lawful access requirements.”
This kind of backdoor access would allow each government access to encrypted call and message data on their citizens. If the companies don’t voluntarily allow access, the nations threatened to push through new legislation that would compel their help.
It’s more like one, all-seeing eye, really. And these five criminal states … we have heard of them and their activities before. They’ve been in the all-access spy business for decades. We, some of us, have known about it for at least 20 years. (I know, in retrospect, feel somewhat foolish for every trusting these interwebs). (You’re safe here though – keep clicking!).
And there are more stories than these. Track. Control. Profit. Repeat. Surely the cat videos are worth it.
Maybe this explains away part of the perplexing drop in productivity these past few years.
The only possible output of this system is extortion as a way of life.
As the accompanying chart shows, productivity in the U.S. has been declining since the early 2000s. This trend mystifies economists, as the tremendous investments in software, robotics, networks and mobile computing would be expected to boost productivity, as these tools enable every individual who knows how to use them to produce more value.
Extortion with cat videos. And dinner pics.
Following the money (fiat), with all these distractions and controls it’s easy for many to miss history repeating itself.
Like, share, and type “Amen!”
So say a few brave and honest employees at Facebook: READ THEIR OPEN LETTER:
“We Have a Problem with Political Diversity”
We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views. We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack—often in mobs—anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology. We throw labels that end in *obe and *ist at each other, attacking each other’s character rather than their ideas.
We do this so consistently that employees are afraid to say anything when they disagree
with what’s around them politically. HR has told me that this is not a rare concern, and I’ve personally gotten over a hundred messages to that effect. Your colleagues are afraid because they know that they — not their ideas — will be attacked. They know that all the talk of “openness to different perspectives” does not apply to causes of “social justice,” immigration, “diversity”, and “equality.” On this issues, you can either keep quiet or sacrifice your reputation and career.
I imagine the SJW backlash has already begun. But the change, the admission is refreshing. It’s in line with the pressure President Trump is placing on the socials. Let it ring.
I, myself, found a way to be free of the exclusivity – still waiting out my “delete” period.
And I’m not alone. The very young, of all people, begin to shun the virtual madness in favor of actual reality.
Good news all around.
I just pulled the trigger on Zuckerberg’s spy site and Lordy it feels good. If you’re still on history’s most invasive voluntary spying network, I hope you’re happy. And I hope you’re aware of how they track you. My advice would be to leave. Here’s how:
Over the past year or so I slowly drew down my presence, bit by bit, until all that remained was a sealed list of friends and admin abilities on two FP forums. I also used the “service” to like and promote TPC columns. No more.
Start with Logging In
That the stock birthday listed on the startup page is after I graduated from high school says something.
Log In and Get Harrassed
This greeted me immediately as it has for the past few weeks. I’m toning it down and they want more info. and control. Eff You, Zuck!
I saw this before I posted my final (to FB) PNW video.
A Final Consult with the “Secret” Info. File
You really must review the files. Despite all my recent cleanups, I still had to do a final sweep before,
Proceeding to Delete:
Here We Go!
Of course, of course, it will take 14 days – assuming they really delete it. I’ve heard they try to wrangle people back in. On Day 15 or 16 I will do a confirmation test.
I will surely miss all of my friends, real and digital, from FB. There’s no telling how long I’ll have to go without the following: cat videos; dinner pictures; friend requests from hookers, robots, creeps, and spies; raving mad political, social, and religious commentary; pointless low-IQ idiocy, and; the general angst that comes from being watched by a narcissistic evil genius who refers to his users as “dumb f**ks.”
Goodbye and good riddance!
This should be it.
Some of you have noticed that I have lately minimized my presence on FB. I’m still there, technically and for now, for FP work (posted as FP) and possibly some TPC promotions. This post should be the last post from this Highly Respected Web Log pushed (by me) to FB.
The algorithms won, I guess. That and the following render the platform of little use to me via this site.
Banning and shadow banning is bad enough. Hell, the general inanity is enough. Buying and selling banking information is unspeakable. And, when Gary Cohn compares FB to the Big Banks, circa 2008, you know something is seriously amiss.
Vox Day’s advice on the matter:
Delete your Facebook account NOW
Forget the thought policing. Forget the Infowars ban. Facebook is going to get a LOT worse very soon.
At this point, if you’re still on Facebook, you’re not merely putting your children’s privacy at risk and aiding and abetting your would-be destroyer, you’re downright stupid. I’ve never been banned from Facebook, I used it sparingly at best, and I got rid of my account anyhow. The ability to indirectly exchange pictures with your extended family or cyberstalk your high school boyfriend just isn’t worth it.
If you need to have group communications, get on Idka. If you want more conventional social media, try Oneway. Or go radio dark if that suits you. But regardless, at the very least, deactivate your Facebook account and encourage your friends and family to do the same. It’s not going to get better.
No, it’s not. Be warned, whether your a conservative, a libertarian, a lefty, a pot pusher, a foodie, or just a cat video-loving normie. You ain’t safe.
I will no longer respond to likes, comments, friend requests, etc. on FB (with the possible exception of my own “liking” of TPC promos – again, for now).
The good news is that you are here, right now. You can like and comment and communicate here and you can always add yourself to the automatic distribution service (see the sidebar on the PC version).
You can do the same thing at TPC and on Youtube: follow the links on the sidebar.
I see this issue, of the socials and of greater popular society, as our American Akallabeth. The man behind the throne is lying us towards destruction. We are the faithful. Man the ships.
Yanni loves cats. Morris loves Yanni. Kim Kardashian. Dancing suspect. Royal wedding. Television. Alec Baldwin’s Trump. Cannes. Hairdo. Sports. Spike Lee. Starbucks. Idol. Riverdale. Jay-Z. Johnny Manziel. Billboard Music Awards. Taylor and Kelly. Prom. Solo. Beyonce. Not animals! Tide Pods. Guuurl! Hennessy. Miami. Gambling. Pruis. Hollingworth gap.
Sorry for the diversion; this was a FB algorithm test.*
In keeping with the pop culture theme, if the picture of Morris, below, isn’t enough, then here’s a link to something called TMZ.
But, since you’re here, food for thought for those on the right tail of the Bell Curve:
A Cambridge professor with deep ties to American and British intelligence has been outed as an agent who snooped on the Trump presidential campaign for the FBI.
Multiple media outlets have named Stefan Halper, 73, as the secret informant who met with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos starting in the summer of 2016. The American-born academic previously served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations.
Here is your collusion. Halper has a 38-year history of political espionage, having played the same game for the CIA in 1980. That case was against Carter and for the GOP. The 2016 work was against Trump and seemingly for the DNC. They call it the Uniparty for a reason. Vote “D” or “R” as you like but the machine wins every time.
Unless this time is different. The Trump Tweeted (always with a Tweet):
I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!
I don’t know what good having the FBI investigate crimes possibly committed by the FBI will accomplish. A fox will certainly guard the fox house. Of course, it might be a good sorting step before moving into Lincoln-Clinton-Bush-Obama “legal” territory. This all assumes much: 1) that Trump is a swamp plumber; 2) that the government is redeemable; 3) that anyone cares.
If no one does, then here’s cool Morris:
Everyone loves a cat, right? Morris/9 Lives.
*If successful, testing may continue.
That would be yours truly. Over at The Piedmont Chronicles. Our inaugural outing:
The great concern of the people is that Facebook violated their privacy and misappropriated their cherished personal information: email addresses, voting habits, cat pictures, etc. Zuckerberg admitted as much, roundaboutly. Hence, the popular clamor for regulation: if not from Big Social, then by Big Brother.
Now for my funny, impromptu thought. Remember Uncle Remus? Surely your parents read to you those beloved moral stories by Joel Chandler Harris. It seems to me that what I witnessed on the Tube was, literally, a meeting between a sly, elitist, globalist corporatist and a bunch of mid-witted, elitist, globalist statists. Allegorically, I saw an Uncle Remus tale unfold.
The American people played the part of Br’er Rabbit. Facebook and Zuck represented Br’er Fox. Uncle Sam was Br’er Bear. Play along here… The happy little rabbit, while busily posting meal pictures and juvenile memes, noticed the mean old fox was cheating him. Incensed, the rabbit angrily demanded action, either from the fox or from Br’er Bear. In other words the hapless bunny tattled on the small predator to the large predator. Seems risky to me.
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Sharpening the double-edged sword:
The Zuck is on the Hill, facing off against a panel of Senatorial Congress Critters:
Some of the toughest questioning so far comes from Sen. Lindsey Graham, who pushes Zuckerberg on whether Facebook is a monopoly.
When asked straight up whether Facebook has a monopoly, Zuckerberg responds “It certainly doesn’t feel like that to me.” The response is met with some gentle laughter.
Graham stays on him, also asking about European regulations and if those rules are right.
“I think they get things right,” Zuckerberg responds, followed by a few more light chuckles.
Chuckles aside, ask yourself this: “When has government regulation ever worked out all that well?” And I’m talking from a freedom of action perspective.
As big, bad, intrusive, and even dangerous as Facebook may be, I’m not aware of them, or any other Social, ever putting a gun to anyone’s head to compel usage, payment, or actions. I could be wrong; I would have asked about it had I been there…
The same cannot be said for government, any government. They have been known to point and click with guns and worse weapons. The State is force. Period.
Facebook, and all the socials, already fall under one form or existing regulation or another. There’s a reason Zuck is being so polite and helpful seeming today. He knows that, with 55 million or 80 million privacy violations, Facebook could be FTC fined out of existence. It won’t be but it could be.
Rather, I see a bunch of Uniparty animals chomping at the bit to further intrude into the internet – for our good and safety and all of course. Is that really what we need?
I assume the answer from most Americans is a big, blank, unconcerned, drooling stare.
UPDATE: A few things:
Zuck it up. Drudge.
There’s a culture war, believe it or not. Darkness pervades both sides.
A representative story from the left:
Facebook has admitted it was a “mistake” to ask users whether paedophiles requesting sexual pictures from children should be allowed on its website.
On Sunday, the social network ran a survey for some users asking how they thought the company should handle grooming behaviour. “There are a wide range of topics and behaviours that appear on Facebook,” one question began. “In thinking about an ideal world where you could set Facebook’s policies, how would you handle the following: a private message in which an adult man asks a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures.”
The surveys with optional answers:
“Facebook decides the rules with advice from external experts” is the only plausibly reasonable answer so long as the “external experts” are the police.
A better option would have been: “Said potential message(s) constituting (possible felony) criminal solicitation, Facebook should immediately freeze or lock out the offending account(s) and immediately report the interactions to the appropriate law enforcement authorities for prosecution. Failure to do so by Facebook, with actual knowledge of the message(s), would likely constitute criminal accessory support of child exploitation. All such activity is morally reprehensible to, incompatible with, and intolerable by any civilized nation or people.”
So interesting, telling, that they left off a criminal activity option. Even more telling they sent out the survey in the first place. Yes, a mistake (now that they’re caught). It all speaks to “the narrative,” which has now progressed to the normalization of pedos (and next: bestiality, necrophilia, and cannibalism). Diversity, you know.
For God’s or nature’s sake, Facebook, please reclaim a little dignity!
In the culture war, raging in this rather dark world, one would almost expect this from Facebook, one of the biggest socials, a group partly dedicated to allowing things like ISIS propaganda while banning, even supporting the criminalization of, those who would protest barbarism. Par for the course. One would suspect this evil progressivism from the left. One gets it, suspecting or not.
Yet such pathetic sickness also runs rampant on the other side:
An Italian archdiocese is embroiled in scandal as reports are surfacing of a gay priest on trial for allegations of blackmail, embezzlement and other crimes.
Father Luca Morini, known to his flock as “Don Euro” for his extravagant lifestyle, has recently been scheduled for a hearing in the Court of Massa, the medieval town in Tuscany where he used to run two parishes. The preliminary hearing is set to take place on March 8, where the judge will examine the evidence for accusations of fraud, drug distribution, embezzlement, extortion and self-laundering.
The case began when male escort, Francesco Mangiacapra, decided to go public about services he had been rendering to Fr. Morini, who falsely presented himself as a judge. When the escort found out that his prodigal client was a simple parish priest, he decided to inquire about the financial source for all the lavish dinners and expensive gifts. Mangiacapra suspected the money came from the faithful and decided to report Fr. Morini to the diocese of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli.
Last week Mangiacapra handed a 1,200-page dossier to the archdiocese of Naples with documents (including sexually explicit pictures) that prove the escort’s involvement with 60 priests from all over Italy. Explaining his motivations to newspaper Corriere della Sera, Mangiacapra said, “The goal isn’t to hurt the people I’ve mentioned [in the dossier], but to help them understand that their double life … isn’t useful to them or to the people who rely on them for guidance.”
He continued, “Their behavior is, in many cases, a result of the impunity that the high hierarchy of the Church has made habitual: that unjust tolerance that feeds the idea that it is possible to separate that which is lived from that which is professed, as typical of those who have a schizophrenic, double morality.”
See also: Allegations about 40 gay priests in Italy sent to Vatican (also with allegations of pedo activities).
Okay, Dear God, where to go with this? Factual confirmation to support a million stereotypes and anti-pedo-Catholic jokes. What, exactly, does it mean when a homosexual prostitute has more moral integrity, more conscious, than the Church, from top to bottom?!
In the name of Jesus Christ, Pope Francis, drive the freaks and criminals from the Holy ranks!!!
A suspicion generating culture drives rumors and nicknames like “Don Euro.” The Church did nothing. There had to be a financial paper trail. The Church did nothing. Somebody knew something. The Church did nothing. Someone wrote a letter. The Church did more nothing. An escort came froward with A 1,200 PAGE REPORT!!!! The Church did even more nothing. The police filed charges. The Church still did nothing.
When, finally, the story leaked to the press, the Church at last acted. They reacted with more Euros, a private villa, maids, and CYA excuses.
Christ promised that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against” the Church. Matthew 16:18. He did not promise that hell would not occasionally crash right up against the gates of the Church. Maybe, just maybe, instead of feeding the fires of communism and globalism, the Church could do a little pushing back against the crashing evil.
This particular story is in Italy. I guarantee it isn’t geographically limited to the one nation. And the Italian people, that fleeced, bereft flock, are more than ready to man and defend the gates.
They’re doing it politically:
The WSJ doesn’t even know what to make of this uprising. I see various possible combinations for coalition building – for Italy – not for the EU, nor the globalist usurpers, nor the foreign invaders. They may not have had such good news since the time they caught Benito at the gas station.
May the spirit of righteous resistance spread to the Church, the socials, and the rest of the West. Light unto the darkness; the surreal brought to bay.
The other day and out of the blue my daughter rattled off some stats about how soon the robots and AI will rise to power. I was impressed someone other than me was interested. Then again, she’s my daughter. (It’s soon, by the way).
And it could always happen even sooner. The machines are evolving.
A Facebook AI experiment almost got away from the experimenters.
Facebook has recently developed a new artificial intelligence (AI), and it has since created its own language using code words to communicate more efficiently. Researchers promptly shut the system down over concerns that they might lose control over the A.I.
This isn’t the first time AIs have diverged from their training in the English language to develop their own, more efficient language. While the resulting phrases from this condensed method of communication sound like gibberish to the human ear, they do in fact make semantic sense when interpreted by AI agents.
If AI continue to create their own languages, developers may have problems creating and adopting new neural networks, but it’s unclear whether this would allow machines to actually overrule their operators.
These new developments, however, allow AI to work more efficiently, and can benefit research teams in the long run if they put in the work to learn the new AI-created shorthand and stay up to date with this new method of communication.
What are your thoughts on this? Have we gone too far? Is a Terminator scenario just around the corner? Or is the advancement of technology in this manner just a natural part of our evolution as humans on this planet?
Around the corner? No. It seems the scenario is already in the lab waiting on us to fall asleep. And considering what Facebook and the other tech giants are up to, they may make the least competent defenders in this war.