Corporate Media is the Problem

In a free society where a free press is there, among other things, to keep watch on the government and inform the People about government overreach, abuse, and corruption, what happens when the press comes to promote a political ideology? It’s no longer free, but becomes a propaganda tool of that ideology and the politicians that promote it. This is what seems to have happened to America’s corporate media and “Big Tech” platforms like Amazon, Google, Twitter, and Facebook. There’s money and power in propaganda, much more than in reporting the news and playing the role of “watchdog” as was the case for most of US history.

Politicians could not have gotten away with the incredible abuses of 2020 (lockdowns, ridiculous restrictions on businesses, churches, etc), the vast overspending of tax dollars, the social engineering, the theft of elections, the unconstitutional theft of power from the States to the national government, the surrender of our borders to human smugglers and drug cartels, the indoctrination of children in government schools, and so much more. The government could not possibly have gotten away with these abuses if we had a free press informing the people and exposing this corruption.

So what can we do about it? We can abandon corporate media and “big tech” in favor of free press outlets like Just the News, OAN, and Newsmax. And we can stop contributing to ideologically-driven corporate media by switching to privacy-respecting search engines like DuckDuckGo or Startpage, and free social sites like Diaspora and Hubzilla.

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Sorry if this ticks off my friends and family, but if you’re on Facebook and/or Twitter, you’re contributing to the very people who are driving this corruption and evil. Why is the Ayatollah allowed to publish “Death to America” on Twitter but a former President of the United States is banned? Do you think that’s “free media?” C’mon now. If you still believe in constitutionally restrained government accountable to the people; in financial sanity, in the Bill of Rights, then stop selling yourself to these propaganda arms. And make no mistake, that’s exactly what you’re doing. YOU ARE THE PRODUCT for sale on Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Twitter. Your “likes” and dislikes, search terms, opinions, and interests are gathered and SOLD to advertisers and marketers, both globally and locally. You literally sell yourself to them. I tell you in the name of sanity and decency, STOP IT. There are good alternatives to these corrupt “services,” or you can be really smart and go back to good old fashioned chatting across backyard fences, snail mail (or e-mail), phone calls, shared meals, get-togethers, and visits. Get out from behind the screen and participate in real life for cry’n out loud. Live as God intended, not in isolation with your head down and your mind immersed in virtual worlds it’s easy to live in. Please, while you still can.

Diaspora Update: What I’ve Learned So Far

Why do we call it “the Fediverse?” A brief explanation can be found here. My favorite platform of the ones listed there is Diaspora  because of it’s short learning curve and simple, intuitive interface. In my opinion it’s the most ideal replacement for Farcebook with similar features, except for groups, but I’ll show you how I have created groups of my own on Diaspora.

Diaspora Takes Time to Become What You want it to Be. 
That’s because you “build your own” experience here. Unlike Farcebook, Diaspora will not suggest “people you may know” or “stuff you might like.” _You_ tell _it_ what you want to see and who you want to share with. If you are new to Diaspora, and especially if you don’t know anyone on Diaspora or elsewhere in the Fediverse, you can follow #hashtags about subjects that interest you, and looking there, you’ll probably find some people you want to share with. You may also find people you’d rather ignore. Both adding new people and ignoring trolls are easy to do with just a couple of clicks. I think it’s better to follow people more than hashtags.


Your friends, old and new, will help you.
For example, I might private message one of my friends to tip him or her off about a spammer, a bot, or a troll and advise my friend to use the Ignore feature to prevent them from commenting on your posts. Or I might suggest an awesome person to share with whose posts I think my friend will enjoy. Most importantly, since it takes time, give it time! You’re building it custom made, just for you.


Create your own Groups on Diaspora!
Some people do it simply by using hashtags. I do it using Aspects. From your personal page (reach it by clicking on your own picture if you’re viewing your Stream), look at your Aspects. You have a few to start with by default: Family, Friends, Work, and Acquaintances. But underneath that list you’ll find “+ Add an Aspect.” Give it whatever name you want. Dance Partners, Church friends, Trek Fans, Starwars fans, Alien Life Forms, whatever you like, as many as you like! You can put people you’re sharing with into one or more of those categories, then read and post to just that particular Aspect. That’s how I made my own groups. It works for me because I took the time to make it work


Most of all, have fun! Make it your own, and celebrate your liberation from “Big Media!”
Some material for this post, and the idea of having a greeting like this, was shamelessly stolen from @{robbie1@diasp.org}

Social Media and Mental Health

So I got on Diaspora and dumped Facebook (and Google) because of all the paranoid geeky stuff about them manipulating news and spying on people and using all your stuff to take over the world.

I ran away from systemd on Linux because of all the paranoid geeky stuff I read on Diaspora about how Red Hat and Microsoft (and the NSA, FBI, Illuminati, and who knows, some alien race from the Eighth Dimension) are using systemd on Linux to take over the world and enslave Linux users.

As it turns out, in spite of Monstanto, GMOs, vaccines, the Left, the Right, Microsoft, Google, the Borg, Canonical, Red Hat, and systemd, my computer and my privacy are as safe as anyone who ever connects to the Internet on any device or platform can expect to be.

Who is manipulating who here? Who is really thriving on the fears of others here?

People told us to stop flying the American flag and stop showing our support for the military and first responders or else we could be targeted for violence, blacklisting, discrimination, etc. Did I take down my flag? Hell no. Let them come. I’ll gut them if they bring their threats beyond my front door.

And guess what else? I’ve got a systemd-equipped Linux distro running because it works better on my machine than the two systemd-free distros I tried. And y’know what else? I rejoined Facebook today. I’m using it with my eyes open and sensible precautions in place. I’ll keep my Diaspora but I’m making big changes there. All that paranoia and conspiracy stuff is not good for people who have ever been diagnosed with depression, whatever the cause.

All I can say now is,

I didn’t take my flag down. And I’m not avoiding systemd, Facebook, Google, or any other tool that serves me.

I’ll use the Internet wisely, my systemd-equipped Linux distro wisely, and Facebook wisely. Just like I do with my car, my firearms, my power tools, and anything else that requires a little thought and caution. I’m not throwing away all the perfectly good tools that make modern life so nice and so rich.

I’m through running away from phantoms. If and when the time comes to fight, against whoever the bad guys are, I’ll fight and die like a Klingon in glorious battle. In the meantime time, all you anti-vaccine, anti-Google, and anti-everything-that-isn’t-home-grown-or-home-made people can kiss my grits.

Hey, I just had a thought…. maybe my medicine is working now after all!