SOCIAL MEDIA CENSORSHIP

Please allow me to preface this.

I spent the entirety of 2020 running a CONSPIAPORN! Facebook page that had gained 10,000 members and routinely had 250,000 page views a week at its height. Never once did I promote any Qanon support, and in fact debunked (or attempted to) many of the wild “conspiracies” that were getting routinely shared. Nor did I side with any political affiliation or candidate (besides Libertarian). I never promoted hate, or violence, nor took a side in the whole BLM divisiveness. I did my best to stay neutral, not promote crazy speculation, and speak with some integrity and intelligence on the state of affairs.

And yet, I still had my page unpublished by FB due to “repeat community standards violations” that I could not challenge. This consisted of maybe 8 to 10 posts over a 14 month period that resulted in the group being unpublished, half of those which were not flagged until 4 – 6 months AFTER they were originally posted.

I know that tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of social media accounts have been flagged, restricted, or downright deleted and censored over 2020/2021, and it’s probably only going to get worse. So I encourage every one of you to go start a blog or website or something that is not reliant on social media for anything. The original purpose of social media was to supplement blogs and websites and help us connect, not to take over blogs and websites and human connection entirely!

If 6 Was 9

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If 6 Was 9
9/11/07

”If the sun refuse to shine,
I don’t mind, I don’t mind,
If the mountains fell in the sea,
let it be, it ain’t me.
Alright, ‘cos I got my own world to look through,
And I ain’t gonna copy you.”
Jimi Hendrix – If 6 was 9

Here’s an article I wrote on Sept. 11th 2007,  before the Tea Party, Occupy, Anonymous, and Obama — imagining what the 9 year anniversary of 9/11 would be like… Funny how time flies, but still some pertinent points and information… http://mad30.livejournal.com/97252.html

Hallucinations have Changed in 21st Century

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Thanks to that whole “mental” part, mental illnesses are often heavily influenced by the cultures and societies in which people live. Case in point: The way people with schizophrenia interpret their own hallucinations has changed over the course of the 20th century, keeping pace with changes in technology. Where people once believed that demons were speaking to them, they came to think of those voices as emanating from secret phonographs. Today, people with schizophrenia are likely to imagine hidden cameras taping them for a reality show. The paranoid delusions are always there, but the context changes.

Crowd Control

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In July 1968, ethologist John B. Calhoun built a “mouse utopia,” a metal enclosure 9 feet square with unlimited food, water, and nesting material. He introduced four pairs of mice, and within a year they had multiplied to 620. But after that the society began to fall apart — males became aggressive, females began neglecting their young, and the weaker mice were crowded to the center of the pen, where resources were scarce. After 600 days the females stopped reproducing and the males withdrew from them entirely, and by January 1973 the whole colony was dead. Even when the population had returned to its former levels, the mice’s behavior had remained permanently changed.

There were no predators in the mouse universe; the only adversity was confinement itself. Calhoun felt that his experiment held lessons as to the potential dangers of human overpopulation, and he urged his colleagues to study the effects of high population density on human behavior. “Our success in being human has so far derived from our honoring deviance more than tradition,” he said. “Now we must search diligently for those creative deviants from which, alone, will come the conceptualization of an evolutionary designing process. This can assure us an open-ended future toward whose realization we can participate.”