The Trap & Lie of Social Media

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/39RS3XbT2pU?rel=0

Anonymous does everyone a favor here.  It shows two of Facebook’s early influencers.  A programmer and a president.  Both tell you how Facebook and others are destroying the way we think.  The way our minds think.  How it can be used for evil intent and that we need to accept what’s happening and unplug.  We don’t question the veracity of claims.  We buy the propaganda.  The lies.  The hoaxes that cause people to overreact and sometimes kill.

Now, I am not saying “Get off Social Media.”  I would be hypocritical in saying that, given that I’m using this media platform (WordPress) as well as sharing it on FB and Twitter.  What I *am* saying is that young people need to stop and think.  Likes, clicks, and thumbs-up are NOT the be-all and end-all of your lives.

Stop allowing it to rewire your brains so that you receive a dopamine injection every time you get a like or a follower.  This stuff means nothing if it doesn’t impart real-world knowledge and information–and that knowledge and information has to be factual, not manufactured to suit some bad actor’s evil intent.  A minor example is spreading lies about a presidential candidate and spreading the truth about a presidential candidate.  Then along comes the bad actor who lies to you and says, “That ad is selling you lies.  Don’t believe in what they tell you.”

This sort of thinking, and brainwashing, is dangerous.  It starts and ends with Social Media and you need to discern the lies and propaganda from the truth.

 

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Love & Respect Others With Differing Viewpoints?

I know what you may be thinking.

If you’re a conservative, you’re thinking, “Fuck that.  They’re immoral, against god, partisan …”

If you’re a liberal, you’re thinking, “Okay, sure.  Jesus said turn the other cheek.  And if you don’t believe in Jesus, that’s okay.  Martin Luther King Jr., said we must strive to get along with one another.”

If you’re a religious zealot (fundamentalist anything), you’re thinking, “Fuck that.  They immoral, against god, partisan …”

If you’re a secularist, you’re thinking, “It depends.”

If you’re rich, and therefore have power because it’s been bought, you’re thinking, “Who is this bitch?  Someone get rid of her.”

If you’re a politician who believes that donor money is okay, then you’re thinking, “Who is this bitch?  Someone get rid of her.”

If you’re a corporation, you … well, you’re not a person, so who gives a shit what your CEO thinks.

. . . .

Giving voice to the many as opposed to the few is what our First Amendment bestows upon us.  Its purpose is egalitarian.  But over the many decades, conservatives and religious ascetics and zealots have tried to narrow the First Amendment so that it only applies to the few.  They believe that it actually means,

“The First Amendment means my religion is paramount and you had better believe what I believe.  If you don’t, I will bury you.  My life is more important than yours, so bow down in fear before me.  And I can say whatever the hell I want because your opinion doesn’t matter–unless it’s the same as mine.  Then Hallelujah, praise god, and let’s have a circle jerk.”

Okay, maybe not that last part of the sentence, but it’s point is the same.

Over the many centuries, and in the case of the United States of America, decades, the rich have tried to preserve a slave class.  A serfdom.  They have been stopped occasionally, but by and large, they have succeeded because we–all of us, not just those who aren’t well-off and comfortable–have been taught to believe that they are better than us because they have money.  Someone somewhere decided their bloodlines are superior, based solely on what a few people believed.

“This guy’s a king because … well, that guy said so.  Bow down.”

“This family name is better than mine because … well, they say so.  Bow down.”

It’s all because those so-called ‘royal’ bloodlines or family dynasties came from money.  I’m sure you can think of a few names.  Windsor.  Tudor.  Vanderbilt.  Kennedy.  Dupont.  Rockefeller.  Morgan.  The list is long, but it pales in comparison to the list of names that belong to everyone else.  The 99.9%.

We live in a hierarchical Patriarchy.  This requires an unequal system and can’t thrive without it.  Children, regardless of age, are relegated to childhood and disrespect every time their parent, no matter the age, walks in the room.  Maturity does not guarantee mutual respect and equality.  A father at 80, sees his son, at 60, as his little boy.  His son hasn’t ‘earned’ his maturity because he’s still ‘lower’ on the totem pole than the ‘father’.  This hierarchy gets passed down, and so the behavior and belief get passed down.  It ensures, and insures, inequality.

Patriarchy also places males above females. This invites criminality and aberrant behavior.

Without lop-sided belief systems, men and women are a reflection of the animal kingdom.  They are equal in the eyes of nature.  They have their roles, their strengths and weaknesses, and they balance each other.  Bring in belief, and that balance suffers.  Nature will try to regain that balance, but if the belief system countermands it, then the whole suffers.

Patriarchy also places one class above another.  See above about the rich.  This societal structure doesn’t come into play, directly, when one lives in a caste system.  That sort of system is different than class in that you can have the same economical status, but your caste system says that those who prepare the dead for burial are lower caste than those who clean the streets.  They make the same amount of money.  They provide needed service to the community.  But some asshole somewhere decided that funeral services were beneath them and convinced others to treat them with open hostility—until you need those funerary services, then you have to soil yourself to use them.

There are people around us, bless their hearts, who believe in an egalitarian point of view.  Laudable.  Everyone’s viewpoint or belief system is no less important than another’s.  They tell us that we have to consider everyone’s point of view.  Consider your friend’s.  Consider the stranger’s.  Consider your enemy’s.  “Be open to another view.”

Okay.  Let’s do that.

Now we’re all respecting of each other’s opinions.

No.  We’re not.

Those of the conservative and/or religious/classist viewpoint not only do not see everyone as equal, they refuse to do so.  Their belief system prevents it.

And let’s get down to brass tacks here.  If you are a conservative.  If you are a fundamentalist.  If you are rich.  Then here is what we who are not have seen from you:

You see a poor person as a blight on society, and as someone who doesn’t deserve help, and you are not only willing to walk past as they lie bleeding in the street, you are adamant about it.  You are willing to create laws that discriminate against them.  You create laws that force a cop to shoot them for being something you despise: different than you.  Skin color.  Eye color.  Eye shape.  Belief system.  Bank account.  If they aren’t on the same level as you, based solely on the numbers on a page, you want them out of sight.

Clean my house.  Clean my street.  Make my water run clean.  Make my car.  Make my clothes.  Grow my food.  Tell me my health is perfect.  Fix it if it isn’t.  You know they’re there, just out of sight.  Your eye will not go there.  You can’t stand to look there.  You know they’re suffering .  And you don’t care.

 


 

So, ladies and gents.  Those of you who say we must respect and allow everyone’s viewpoints …

Should we really allow those whose viewpoints would willingly see others suffer to be in charge?  To be respected?

I’m sorry.  But egalitarianism, like democracy, should only go so far.

GoT Suspension of Disbelief

Ya know … (a sighing complaint about complaints)
 
Dear “critical” Game of Thrones Fans:
 
(spoilers, so feel free to skip after this line)
 
Critical Time:
Gendry runs all the way back to Eastwatch to send a raven to Daenerys. All that time, Jon and Co are defending themselves from the wights and waiting on a small island for help to arrive in time. There’s the time it takes for the raven to fly to Dragonstone. Then there’s the time it takes Daenerys and her dragons to fly up north, miles past the wall.
 
And you guys are saying it’s a cheap trick to flash forward time. Just like that part in season 6 where Varys went to Sunspear and returned to Daenerys in time for their ships to sail.
 
To us, it’s a matter of minutes. In show time, it’s a matter of days and weeks and months.
 
And all the while you’re complaining, we’re watching a show with a three-eyed raven and three dragons.
 
Ya might wanna take a fucking chill pill.

Matt Damon’s Misconduct Remarks

The Guardian: Minnie Driver: men like Matt Damon ‘simply cannot understand what abuse is like’

“”In an interview with ABC News this week, Damon said there was “a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation. Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated.””

*closes eyes*
*takes deep breath*
*adjusts language controls*

Dear Matt Damon:

“Patting *someone* on the butt”:  Patting women on the ass.

You fucking asshole. We’re not talking about women’s sports and locker room or sports field behavior. Women get this invasion of personal space on a daily basis. It’s unwanted and a violation of ethics.

Picture this, Matt Damon: You’re standing there or walking there. Everything *seems* to be going great. And then you feel someone’s hand on your ass. Some dirty-ass man has just groped you. That’s what it is. Groping. Groping isn’t just sliding a hand under clothing. It’s any unwanted touching.

Patting a woman’s ass is something an asshole does because he thinks he *has the right*.  He thinks, “Nice, I’ll touch that, cop a freebie feel.  What’s she gonna say?  I patted her on the ass like one football player to another.  No big deal.  Why complain?  Suck it up and move on.”

I suggest you get your tunnel-visioned head out of your ass. And I hope to god your opinion isn’t based on defending your own violations of women.  If it is, you need to learn a lesson and fast.

Stop acting so goddamn surprised when famous people are exposed as predators

Sexual Harassment.  It’s as old as Patriarchy.  As old as prostitution.  You know that.  And you were quite happy to ignore it.

  • If you’re a woman who’s shocked by the revelations that have been exposed over the last two years, you have willingly turned a blind eye.
  • If you’re a man, and you don’t understand what these women are complaining about, you’re part of the problem.

Think this is a recent development?  You haven’t been paying attention *on purpose*.  Why?  Not your fault, for the most part.  Why not?  Who’s to blame?  We are.  For allowing men to prey on women with not just a blind eye, but social Acceptance.

A. Casting couch.  The “famous” Hollywood problem that no one does anything about.

B. Secretary harassment.  Example: the secretary in the film “9 to 5”.  The famous acts by millions of bosses that no one does anything about.

C. Catcalls.  The famous acts by men in groups (and indoctrinated women, if they are with them) who fall sway, on purpose, to the pack mentality.

D. Marital Rape.

E. Second-class citizen.

F. The Dirty Old Man isn’t arrested.  Ex-judge Roy Moore anyone?

Until 1988’s The Accused, which purposely pointed out the horrendous treatment of a rape victim by the judicial system, law enforcement, and public opinion, proper criminal treatment of rape was minimized.

Despite advancement in the recognition of rape as a serious crime, it is still treated with minimization and disregard.  Rape as a felony isn’t a federal statute, nor is there a mandatory sentence under certain requirements.  It’s left up to individual prosecutors in every single jurisdiction and the majority of rapists won’t see a day in prison.  Rape is so minimized and dismissed that it’s trotted out as an excuse for snot-nosed, over-priced, over-protective parents to cry about if their “baby girl” has had sex.  The boyfriend is attacked and thrown in jail.  When something truly horrific happens, they don’t know what to do.

  • A girl is raped by her uncle and no one does a goddamn thing.  It’s just kept in the family and treated as an unfortunate event.  The man is dangerous, but he’s considered family.  Meanwhile, the girl (or boy) suffers. Rape isn’t sex.
  • Sexual intercourse and oral/physical contact is used as a weapon for the purposes of sexual sadism, sexual intimidation, sexual coercion, and sexual blackmail.  When a male offender doesn’t have a penis, he’ll use whatever is at hand.  Rape isn’t sex.
  • When the Buddhists of Burma rape Muslim women, or when the slave patrols of the south raped black women, or when Muslim men rape Muslim women, or when husbands rape their wives, it isn’t as an act of “getting off”.  It’s sadism used as punishment.  Rape isn’t sex.
  • Gay rape is even more condoned and minimized thanks to society’s brainwashing against homosexuality. It has nothing to do with being gay. Rape is not sex.

This recent outrage over the light sentence of a rich boy’s criminality is an example of society’s condonation.  The outrage was superficial and not taken seriously because the rape wasn’t brutal and didn’t result in the woman’s death.  No serious action was taken in response.  The judge said he didn’t want to ruin the poor boy’s future.  The woman, on the other hand?  Fuck her.  Public opinion isn’t a proper legal tactic for a prosecutor, and it never should be, but when a judge awards a perpetrator a light sentence because the boy is a) rich, and b) white, we have a huge problem.  And it’s ignored.  Further, the rape of this woman was dismissed by a large portion of society, and specifically, by the news media.

Why?

Because harassers (including stalkers), rapists, molesters, and those who beat up women on an hourly basis don’t consider it a crime.

Rape kits are treated with less priority than a polygraph, and the latter isn’t even accepted (officially) in a court of law.

The following is a list of industry award centers that routinely condone harassment, assault, and rape:

The Academy of Arts and Sciences

Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globes)

Screen Actors Guild

The British Academy Film Awards

and other industry centers.

They have failed to give recognition of exceptional work to films like The Accused because the subject matter is common place.

Many, many people abuse their power.  It’s as ordinary, and accepted, as an abusive husband or a President of the United States.

When the offender holds the highest position of the country, or sits on the highest court, why isn’t the country outraged?

Because it’s COMMON.  There are famous men out there who are still lauded because: Rape is not important enough to condemn them.  Examples:  Kobe Bryant and Mike Tyson.  They aren’t the exception.  They are the rule.

So don’t act all outraged when Kevin Spacey or Russell Simmons or any other favorite persona is accused and they’re immediately ostracized for a while before they’re forgiven.

Well, except for Kevin Spacey (gay) or Russell Simmons (black).  And therein lies a whole other kettle of condonement.

A Veterans’ Day Question to All Current and Future Politicians

A Veterans’ Day Question to All Congressional, Senatorial, and Presidential Incumbents and Current or Future Candidates:

Apart from the Progressive candidates who refuse to take high-dollar donor money and don’t have conflict-oriented finances, the rest of you have a hand in the military industrial complex. You have either financial stakes in their stocks or have received repeated high-dollar donations from those companies and corporations who are involved, directly or by proxy, with the Pentagon and the Armed Services, or both.

If one of you went to a civilian company and said, “Design this for me to use in a war game.” And you paid them $100,000 for it, you would get a top-notch, top-drawer result.

Our military doesn’t make their own clothing and equipment. It’s outsourced, just like every many quality jobs in this country. It’s done that way because you refuse to pay a living wage and supply them with health and financial benefits. I say again, for the benefit of the American workforce: You outsource because you refuse to pay us a living wage and quality benefits. You want it all on the cheap, exploiting foreign workers.

The same is done to our military through sub-contracting. You will pay them a high amount of our taxes. But for what? Crap. You don’t reward our soldiers, airmen, marines, sailors, and guardsmen with high quality clothing, equipment, food, shelter, and healthcare, and you don’t do this because you don’t think they’re worth that much. You want them to fight in your pointless wars, but when they come home, the financial and medical care they receive is a pittance compared to the private rewards you give yourselves.

Senator John McCain is getting high-quality care for his brain tumor. The same cannot be said for the Specialist or Sergeant who returns home with either physical injuries, mental injuries, or both. High-ranking members of the military DO get top-notch care, but only because of their rank. You decide that. You reward only the ones who’ve achieved high rank. Everyone else is fodder.

You claim you care about our troops. Our military. But your records show that all you are interested in is in making money off their lives and corpses. What in the hell are you going to do or us Veterans? For the men and women who come home from those wars you greedily sign up for our fellow citizens to fight? For the men and women who currently and in the future serve on active duty and are equipped with the best tools WE can possibly give them? Everything from their boots, quality food, quality billets, quality equipment. All you care about it making money from the weapons they’re equipped with, while at the same time, those weapons are not the best they could get. You paid a handsome dollar to their maker. The person who uses them gets squat.

What are you going to do that will match that so-called support you incessantly spew at the public? What are you going to do that will match that useless and pointless and frankly, offensive, Armed Services salutes you selfishly pay the NFL for? What will you do in order to get our respect and be either elected or re-elected?

Before you answer, you are not allowed to spout off with some insufferable talking point about how brave our soldiers are and that you have always had the highest respect for them. If you do, I will suggest that your constituents elect someone else. If by chance you have rigged their voting system, by purging rolls or gerrymandering districts, then you deserve to be kicked out and someone with an actual plan will take your place.

I am sick and tired of this “fiscal responsibility” lie you and others have shelled out to the American public and toward our military service members and veterans. Our budget is 60% military spending and half of that is handed over in cash to war profiteers who hide behind civilian contracting company boardrooms while they electrocute our soldiers in sub-par housing. KBR, anyone?

Our military is not meant to be a cash cow nor is it meant to be privatized. But many of you make money off the backs of our military personnel and you inhibit, thwart, and contravene them with your outsourcing of their jobs to mercenary armies whose sole purpose is to plunder and pillage.

Exactly what the hell are you people good for if all your intended solutions are geared toward padding your bank accounts?

Either equip our military with expensive and top-notch clothing, equipment, and medical care, or get out and give your job to someone who gives an actual shit.

Our “Civic Culture” Is Sick of Obama and the DNC Establishment Horror Show

Mr. Obama’s article at Politico, the hack site that never gives all the facts:

Obama, opening his foundation’s first summit, calls for fixing civic culture

He said:

“What we need to do is think about our civic culture, because what’s wrong with our politics is a reflection of something that’s wrong with the civic culture, not just in the United States but around the world.”

No. You’re playing party politics and catering to the establishment corruption. OUR “civic culture” is sick of it. OUR “civic culture” has had enough of the lies, the pandering, the lobbyists, and the legalized briberies.

We didn’t get Clinton elected because she was a BAD candidate. Her egotistical approach to campaigning for the job was “I deserve it”.  She acted like the job’s hers because she’s running and because she lost eight years prior to a 44-year old professor of law so this time, it’s her job.  It’s such a narrow tunnel-visioned approach to campaigning.  She’s not only corrupt, she gave us the middle finger.  Like the following:

She avoided us and the press for 8 months of the election cycle. She went around giving paid speeches instead.  She altogether refused to tell us WHY she was running.  “I’m With Her”, or that other slogan that I can’t even remember because it was so lame-ass, was a bomb waiting to go off.  She was supposed to be this smart person and she lost.  NOT because people voted for Stein or Johnson.  That’s a pathetic excuse to blame the voters instead of looking at yourself to see what it was that they didn’t like.  It’s like that crap with Gore v Bush in 2000.  The DNC is still fuming over that.  Gore actually did win.  BUT.  He would have won a lot more if he had adopted the Progressive platform and not gone further Right.  Sure, he was for the environment, but you can’t be “for the environment” and cater to the corporations’ tax dodging and annihilations of said environment.

So along comes Obama and he basically says the voters are to blame for Donald Trump.

People, please listen up.  “Civic Culture” is a euphemism for voter turnout.  We are to blame.  No.  Clinton is to blame.  The DNC leadership is to blame.

We. Are. Sick. Of. The. Establishment. Corruption.

You, Obama, and the rest of that lot?  You don’t do what we tell you to do.  You treat us as if we’re children acting up.  Only when we put a knife to our throats (Trump) do you sit up and take notice and ask what the hell went wrong.  YOU went wrong.

Mr. Obama.  The DNC got lazy.  They turned into GOP Lite.  They went Right instead of Left and they are in Congress for one reason only:  padding their wallet.  Only the Progressives who have to call themselves Democrats in order to get backing from the DNC care about us.  You don’t.  You started up wars we had no business getting involved in.  You should have apologized to the entire Muslim world for our arrogance and war crimes, but instead, you increased military contractors and our Zero Policy presence in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Indonesia, and Asia.

Why don’t you use your time to tell everyone the truth?  Because you won’t get paid for all those lies you tell in those $quarter-million-dollar speeches.

You booted out Latinos for no good goddamn reason.  “Only the criminals” was a lie.  Trump has ICE outdoing your heinous deeds because you gave him the blueprints.  You went after whistleblowers because they exposed the criminals.  You killed the messenger.

Let’s make a comparison.

Men and women betray our country and they get a slap on the wrist, a stern talking to.  But “leakers” and “whistleblowers” get put in prison for exposing the war crimes we’ve been committing.  So they’re arrested and thrown in a dungeon or they’re forced to go on the run.  They exposed what you were ILLEGALLY doing so they had to pay.

We The People are sick of the lies that have torpedoed our bank accounts and livelihoods over the last 40 years, and all because we bought into the lies you fed us.  We are SICK of you, Clinton, and the DNC’s favoritism for the corrupt.

Progressive want to purge your kind out of government.  And for that, the new establishment hack leader of the DNC purged all Progressive democrats from leadership positions in the DNC.

That’s a message.  And we’re not gonna take it.  JusticeDemocrats.com, people.  Go support.

I fell for your bullshit, Mr. Obama.  I voted for you.  Twice.  The second time was because I absolutely HATE Mitt Romney and every single Republican out there.  He wanted to cut Social Security!  They all do.

And so did YOU.  The ONLY reason you didn’t get your cuts was due to the GOP’s plan of non-governing, refusing to do anything you wanted to do.

Voting for them is signing our death warrant.  But now voting for establishment democrats like you means the same thing, but in a nicer package.  Establishment Dems make speeches, tell us what we want to hear, and then they do the opposite.  Kamala Harris is just like you.  She was a Big Pharma lobbyist.  That’s enough to disqualify her from office.

I’m sick it.  I’m sick of you.  Buh-bye, asshole.  Go sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up.