A Personal Crowdfunding Request   Leave a comment

I post this one with the hope that if you are unable to help me out, you wouldn’t mind sharing the post with someone who may be able to.

Without violating my own confidentiality, it’s likely I will not collect another paycheck for the rest of 2016. There are some things going on I can’t and won’t get into publicly in regards to my job status. What you need to know is I am need of money and am requesting donations be sent to me via PayPal. If you have a PayPal account, my email address is bthomas04@gmail.com. If you don’t, click the Paypal picture in the top-left corner of this page OR use this link. It’s my personal PayPal account only I have access to. There is no middleman or anything, I will know right away the who, when and how much.

I started receiving food stamp benefits last month. I’m not collecting unemployment since my employment situation is a bit complicated. I expect that to change soon so I will be able to move on but right now, I have personal debt I need to pay off as soon as possible. $7,500 will cover all of my needs through February 2017. The money will be used to cover personal expenses, grocery/pharmacy items food stamps don’t cover (LOL), medical appointments and transportation (MBTA) through the coming winter.  It’s a bit more than what I asked for before but I am looking ahead and anticipating certain things, one of which could be an unplanned hospitalization. I had one last December, after all.

As with my previous request, I will continue to write blog posts. I have only posted this request on this blog as it has been the most updated so far this year and I think folks are more likely to respond to it. I do plan to post this request on another blog, though. I also plan to email this to a few people so…yeah. Whatever you can give would be greatly appreciated. My hope is that donations start coming in as soon as possible: My monthly pass expires at the end of the month and I live in Hyde Park. I won’t be able to freely move after this month so it’s extremely important I receive donations as soon as possible.

Thanks again in advance to those who are able to help me in my time of need. It truly will be appreciated.

~ B.A.

 

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In case the National Conventions didn’t make it clear, America needs a Third Party   Leave a comment

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Before I begin, I don’t want to repeat too much of what I said before so…

I highly reccommend reading BOTH. I provide you with what Corporate Media CAN’T: An in-depth overview of the events leading up to each convention starting at 9/11 to now. I’m pretty clear with both that neither party can or should be trusted at this point. For the rest of this post, it will be assumed you read one or both National Convention 2016 blogs I wrote. If you haven’t, stop now and go read them.

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To start, I want to make it known I have withdrawn my endorsement of Hillary Clinton. I have also decided to officially leave the Democratic Party later this year. I made both decisions a few days before I deactivated my Facebook account last week. The more I actually thought about it, the more I realized I was doing exactly what The Establishment wants those who supported Bernie Sanders to do: Sacrifice my principles and ideals to give an undeserving candidate my vote for the White House.

…Yeah, no.

I will NOT be shamed into voting against my conscience. I’m no sellout. I never have been and never will be. I should have actually realized it right after Bernie Sanders ended his campaign two weeks before the DNC: The Democratic Party’s mantra has been nothing but “Leave everything to us” and “Better us than the GOP” ad nauseum since 2004. They’ve been using fear tactics with the help of Corporate Media to win votes and support. The one thing you have to give the GOP credit for is at least you know where they stand 100% of the time. With the Dems, you have no clue where they stand as their position on everything is subject to change when it’s convenient to do so.

On that note, it’s fair to say the GOP as a National Party is done. The party ran itself into the ground over the last 16 years. The Dems will take a few more years to reach that point and will likely control the government through 2028. This is what happens when you have a country that refused to abandon its broken two-party system.

I stand by what I said in this post from last month: Bernie Sanders running for president opened the door for a third party to come to power. By running, he shone a light on both parties and helped alot of voters realize they DONT have to “settle” like both parties want you to think. It may not mean anything for the 2016 Presidential Election but it will moving forward. The seeds have been planted and some have already started to sprout.

The media’s role in American politics especially in the last 20 years should not be overlooked. The fact is, they have way too much “creative” control, are clearly biased and only care about being a party or candidate’s mouthpiece. Here’s some food for thought: During the primaries, CNN, MSNBC and Fox “News” were given full authority to book not only when and where debates happened but who would be debating. There were many GOP debates last year but only a handful of debates on the Dems’ side.

That was no accident or coincidence. That was intended.

The whole point was to package Hillary Clinton as “the only ‘choice'” while giving the illusion of “choice” when in fact, the next president had already been decided. It’s as I said in my last few posts on the subject: Donald Trump is just there to make Hillary Clinton the next president. He’s being paid alot of money to “run against her” and say whatever he wants as a REPUBLICAN candidate when in fact he’s both a lifelong DEMOCRAT and a very close friend of the Clintons. Those are two indesputable facts.

Even from the beginning, I never allowed myself to get pulled into the partisan crap. It was because I knew from the start Donald Trump was simply following the script he’s being paid to read from. It’s win-win for the Dems no matter who wins in November. Remember that should Trump win the election. It goes without saying both parties will pay a steep price for so thoroughly rigging the election. You can’t make a mockery of the election process so brazenly and not be punished for it. It may take time but justice will be done.

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If you consider yourself a lifelong Democrat, I urge you to really look at what your party stands for and weather you’re truly ok with most of their core values. I held the party up to a microscope this summer for the first time and found a few things I could not in good conscience willingly support. There were two that stuck out to me the most. The first is the interests of party leadership are the only interests that matter. Not that different from the GOP when you think about it. The other is “As long as we hold power, we don’t need to work with the other party”. Again, not all that different from the GOP.

…The Dems also have this nasty habit of making campaign promises they know they have no intention of keeping. Things that are just common sense to keep regardless of political ideologies. Yet their mantra is “Here’s why we think we’re a ‘safe’ bet over the GOP”. Been there, done that. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. For me, voting for Deval Patrick’s re-election as Governor of Massachusetts was Strike One. Strike Two was voting for Martin J. Walsh as mayor of Boston. Mistakes that I will not repeat. If the only reason to not vote Blue is fear of what the opposition may or may not do, that’s not ‘choice’. That’s called entrapment. So, my response to the Dems from now on will be “Or Else What?” Don’t talk the talk if you’re not willing to back it up with action.

On that note: The Dems get a failing grade in regards to Social Issues. They sure love to talk about problems they already know the correct solutions to fixing. In “starting a dialog between two sides” they are distracting from the fact they will not actually do anything. At least with the GOP, you know where they stand.  “We need to understand the problem before we can do anything about it” is code for “We’ll talk about it but won’t make any promises about actually doing anything to fix it.” In this way, they absolve themselves of their responsability of actually doing anything.

Perhaps the most shameful “trump card” they like to use to clamp down on dissenting voices within their ranks is “It will be your fault if the other side wins.” Fear Tactics 101. Again, at least the GOP owns their positions to the end. They have been saying this for the last 5 months to keep the Bernie Sanders supporters in the party and in line. At least that’s what Corporate Media wants you to think. Social Media tells a different story: The Bernie or Bust movement has split. Most are now backing Jill Stein or Gary Johnson. A smaller percentage than the media would have you think joined Bernie Sanders in backing Hillary Clinton. They said “around 90%” of Sanders supporters are voting blue. In reality, it’s probably around 40%. The Dems severely underestimate how much most voters do not want Hillary Clinton as president–even more than Donald Trump.

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And so, I will be an Independent or Unaffiliated. The time for me to officially get into politics is fast approaching. It’s becoming more and more obvious the Dems and the GOP are trying to ensure only the privilaged can run for office at any level. Getting into a shouting match on national television only proves how much of a loudmouthed braggart you are. That takes no real skill to do when you think about it. It says nothing about your competency for the office you are running for.

Read George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 if you haven’t. What we are seeing are the events of that story becoming our reality. The book was published in 1949 but it spoke of a possible future we are coming to without even realizing it. My friends, I’m not a conspiracy theorist and certainly haven’t gone off the deep end. I’ve always followed my own set of beliefs. I certainly don’t have a problem working with others, either. It also goes without saying I respect the opinions of others no matter how much they may differ from my own.

Even so, I can no longer endorse the Democratic Party in the face of such blatant corruption. Will I return? Probably not. In remaining a Democrat, I feel I’m indirectly endorsing the very corruption I just said I’m against. When I run for office, I intend to set the example as I always have in life everywhere I’ve gone.

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Social Media’s not a good place for a serious or meaningful conversation   Leave a comment

That’s been made crystal clear to me after almost a decade of trying across several social media platforms over the last 15 years. It’s for this reason that I’ve decided to deactivate my Facebook account tonight at 11:59PM. At the very least it will be for the rest of the year but I’m hopeful I will forget to reactivate it come 2017.

Until the 2011-12 school year, my FB account had been deactivated since 2007. I reactivated it because there were people I could actually talk to via social media who would respond back to me. Both at work as well as people I met at Anime Boston. It was awesome until around this time in 2014 with all the things that happened with me. Folks got distant with me online and…yeah. I’m done.

I’ve said over and over again over the years to folks I follow on social media to subscribe to my blogs. Given the silence I’ve received in response, I know my voice won’t “missed” there. Besides, it’s become too much of a distraction for me over the last two years. I shut down my Twitter account last April for similar reasons. There’s also the fact I recently launched a new blog I haven’t really spent much time on yet.

My personal reasons for quitting Facebook aside, it’s become all too clear to me in recent months most Social Media platforms have become breeding grounds for toxic behavior and negativity online. Even worse is it’s very difficult to avoid getting pulled into petty arguements. The real-time nature of social media is very different from Message Boards–a format I’ve missed since the rise of Social Media 15 years ago–something someone posts can be quickly shared across the platform for thousands or even millions to see.

…Not that long ago, some “experts” said anyone who either doesn’t have a Facebook account or doesn’t regularly post updates must have something to hide. I’m pretty sure folks posting what they’re eating for dinner, who they’re going to meet in 5 minutes or other slices of life aren’t the kinds of things everyone needs to know about all the time. That said, I’m a strong believer in the phrase “too much information”. People post things on Social Media that are better left in their heads or discussed privately.
Things like hate speech. The biggest, though unintended consequence of Social Media is it gave the biggots a platform to spread hate en masse. Even worse, there is no way to put the proverbial genie back in the bottle. It’s more than fair to say Social Media hastened bigotry worldwide as it is considered “a safe space” for people to speak freely. I’m certainly not calling for Social Media to be shut down. I just think it’s better to have online platforms with strong filters for those who want them.

All that said, I will continue to write blog posts. Writing’s what I do and enjoy as it is. The time I won’t be spending on Facebook is time I can better spend on other things. I took the app off my phone earlier this year and only really used it on my computer so…yeah. Life trumps everything else as usual. I certainly won’t miss Facebook ^_^

Wait, you’re actually FOR Internet Censorship?!   Leave a comment

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This is the crux of the arguement those of the Internet Free Speech Movement (IFSM) and the Internet Privacy Rights Movement (IPRM) use when making the case for “a free, unregulated and uncensored internet access for all”. They want everyone to be able to say whatever they want to whoever they want as much as they want without having the responsability that comes with it. This is actually two issues in one that is merged into one on purpose. Let’s split them into their correct categories first before we proceed: Government Censorship and Toxic Behavior.

We’ll start with the first one.

For the most part, I think we can all agree no one should unrestricted access to any of the following types of information:

  • How to build a bomb (Can actually be viewed in videos on YouTube)
  • Child Porn
  • How to get Military Vehicles
  • How to get Military-grade munitions
  • How to buy or process Uranium (Can actually be bought in small amounts off Amazon)
  • How to get away with Identity Theft/Fraud
  • How to get or make a Biological Weapon (Virus, etc.)
  • How to track or monitor someone in real time outside security protocols

It should go without saying NONE of the above should be easy to find, let alone readily available to the general public on the internet. All of these are actually very easy ro find on the Dark Web, which itself has preconditions that must be met to even use. Information I am aware of but will never disclose. All of the above are what can be called “forbidden knowledge”: Information that is assured to bring harm to others. The average person has NO NEED to know about ANY of these things or rather not unless the intent is to do harm.

I’ll be blunt: If you disagree with that last statement, I consider you a threat to society.

For the most part, we have our opinions about the following types of information:

  • Hate Speech
  • Threating People/Harassment
  • Trolling/Baiting/Griefing
  • Hacking/Intrusion
  • Criticizing Government Officials or Policies
  • Memes

These all fall under the magic umbrella known as “Grey Area”: As long as you don’t go too far, you’re good. Me personally, I have zero tolerence for all but the fourth item on this list. Mostly because I’ve seen far more than them than most, I have a strong dislike of viral Memes. Yes, I know how hypocritical that sounds given I have two Apps on my computers that I use to make Memes of my own. LOL

The thing about criticizing elected officials online most people are mindful of is not taking it too far. Saying “I fucking hate that coon Obama and his inbred bitch of a wife.” is yes, VERY racist but perfectly fine. Do I think it’s ok for people to say that online? Absolutely not but to each their own. Now, saying “One of these days I’m gonna spray the White House with so much fire, they’re gonna need alot a body bags.” Is an easy way to get the FBI to pay you a visit within 24 hours. Even something like “I swear I wanna fucking kill Justin Bieber right now.” will get you a visit from the police at the very least and maybe a referral to a shrink. You do not and SHOULD NOT get away with threatening violence against anyone. Including yourself. So, no Tweeting “I’m about to OD on some pills, I’m done.” and then being surprised when the police show up within an hour.

In addition to this, there is a new phenomenon called Swatting that’s becoming a real problem. How it works is someone calls local police in your area to “report a crime in progress”, giving YOUR address. The ensure the police do go to your house, they spice up their story by saying “They have a bomb and are threatening to set it off” or “They’re holding people hostage at gunpoint”. Both are the types of things the dispatcher won’t be able to doubt at face value. It being a waste of taxpayer dollars aside, it’s also very dangerous for both the occupants and police as neither know about the hoax phone call and…yeah. Police might make a forced entry thinking someone’s in imminent danger and someone gets hurt. See, the losers who make these calls are some sick, twisted individuals to even consider doing something like this. Yet it’s happening more and more, mainly involving people who play online games. Nevermind making a false police report is itself a crime.

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I agree 100% with both of these statements. The problem, in the last 10 years especially is folks insist on using the first one as justification for the second one. Then there’s this:

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This is NOT what the IPRM and IFSM had in mind but it is exactly what is happening. Replace Facebook with Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram or any other social media platform. If you need specific examples of any of these things, there’s far too many to bother listing from this month alone and far too easy to find all over the internet.

The sad truth is, there are people who get off spreading misery online. 8 out of 10 times, the person spreading toxic language has issues of their own and are taking out on people online. They do it in part because of the false sense of security they have in the assumption “It’s not like anyone will find out who I really am”. Quite the contrary. It may take time but as the saying goes, the longest rope has an end.

See, the problem is too often, people want to be able to say whatever they want to whoever they want whenever they want and not have to accept the full responsability of their actions. Here’s a few examples I’ve seen daily on just ONE website’s forums I will not name:

  • “Go kill yourself.”
  • You’re a fanboy/fangirl.”
  • “You’re what’s wrong with <Insert Game Here>”
  • <Insert Game Here> is trash now.”
  • “Everyone who likes <Insert Game Here> is White Knighting/Fanboy/Fangirl.”
  • “No one cares about what you think.”
  • “WTF is wrong with you? Only faggots pick <Insert Playable Character>”
  • “You’re a fucking moron picking <Insert Playable Character>, you now that?”

 

I will say this is from a combination of the forums of a website for an particular MMO as well as said game’s in-game chat. I will speak more on this specific subject on my Video Game Blog once again at a later time.

Anyway, these things and more are being said more and more on large-traffic websites. On the one hand yes, it’s mostly the type of shit your textbook internet tough guy will never say to someone’s face. You don’t need to be a psychologist to know this is very sociopathic behavior even in an online setting. What’s most concerning to me is this is considered “normal” or “expected” behavior online. The tolerance for toxic comments is far higher online than it would be in a face to face conversation.

…And folks want to “protect” this kind of “speech”? This isn’t something worth endorsing. I call it being as asshole personally.

 

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…Which brings me back to this.

There are countries that heavily censor and monitor internet use within their boarders. China, Iran, Turkey, North Korea and to a lesser extent Russia are the biggest offenders. China actually has its own versions of Google, Facebook and many other high-profile websites. The IPRM and IFSM have these countries in mind. They are worried about this happening in the U.S. and honestly, it’s only a matter of time. That said, I see websites and companies imposing internet censorship first, not the government.

Folks should be much more concerned about the rampant data collection by websites and social media they surrender their personal information to without a second thought. These same companies are hiding behind the IPRM and the IFSM when the government and the FCC started asking the obvious questions: “Why are you collecting so much user data and what will it be used for?” The government should do something about this but they can’t because then they’ll be accused of being too intrusive. That’s well and good until you’re the victim of identity fraud. LOL.

Anonymous is fighting the good fight to bring Internet Freedom of Speech to countries that don’t have it. We don’t have that problem in North America and much of Europe. Try to keep that in mind.

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To say that another way: Since everyone’s got an opinion, everyone wants to be seen and heard. My blogs are the epitome why I just said in regards to me. I know very few people actually read my blogs on any given day. I have the raw data of vews. Trust me, I know 3-5 people max view my most popular blogs a day. I’ve shamelessly tried shaming my Facebook contacts into reading my blogs with little success. LOL. I have no problem admitting to that since like I just said, it’s changed nothing in the four years since I launched this blog, which was the first of seven =O

If it isn’t clear already, I am a big believer in Freedom of the Press. Through my blogs, I live by the phrase “The only people who should have freedom of the Press are those with their own press.” This is the main reason why I blog. I’m very passionate about the things I write about or I would have written several volumes worth of words on all of my blogs combined.

I’ll speak more of this in a second blog post but I’ve come to understand something very important during the Democratic and Republican Primaries: Social Media is the wrong place to try to have a serious discussion online. Social Media a means of sharing information with alot of people who will in turn share that information very quickly. If you want to have a more in-depth conversation, that’s what forums, message boards, blogs, Skype or some other chat client/system is for.

I’ll end with the one thing I haven’t yet said: For most, the internet and online games are an escape.

Let’s not beat around the bush, this is why people spend most of their non-School or Work-related time on the internet. There’s actually nothing wrong with that–people read books, watch TV, meditate and exercise for the same reason. Whatever helps you stop constantly thinking about the things that stress you out.

The problem, as I pointed out earlier is some people want to bring their personal problems online with them. They’re miserable so they decide it’s their job to spread their misery with other people.  They see how “happy” or “successful” other people are and they have to criticize them or tear them down just for being themselves. They do it to make them feel better about themselves even though it will do nothing to change their own situation. It really is pathetic when you think about it.

This is why it’s all the more important for folks to put their foot down and make it clear their toxic attitude is not wanted. Then take steps to purge toxic people from the online community. This isn’t something that can or should be automated. A person needs to take this role on.

…Oh and no, I don’t believe the internet should be censored. LOL.

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For Little Girls Inspired By Hillary Clinton   Leave a comment

May you find better role models and aspirations.

Source: For Little Girls Inspired By Hillary Clinton

Here’s the truth about Internet “Privacy”: There is no such thing   Leave a comment

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Many of you have probably heard this saying somewhere before. The fact of the matter is it’s 100% true. It’s that simple. Once something is put on the internet, it’s no longer private. Even stuff put on Google Drive, Box.net One Drive and other online storage websites. The internet’s only 20 years old but one thing it’s certainly done well is made the world a much smaller place. I don’t just mean in regards to georgraphy and communications but I also mean in regards to Social Media.

Having said that:

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I always find it hypocritical and IRONIC so many people profess their desire to keep the government out of their private lives yet have no problem violating their own right to privacy on social media. That is the irony of using Social Media: You forfeit your right to privacy the moment you start using Social Media. This is because by design, social media is a platform for you to share yourself to the world.

While it is true Facebook has made efforts in recent years to give users more control over who can see or look up what about them, those efforts mean NOTHING if the account holder A. Doesn’t know about them and B. Doesn’t make use of them. I’ll use a recent privacy breach that happened to me with my Facebook account.This past Sunday, a family member saw something on my Facebook profile they didn’t like and gave my grief over it almost immediately. It was info regarding my employment situation I thought had been set to private. While I didn’t really care for the reaction to what was shared, I DID care about the context the info was in and who could see it.

I immediately went into my FB Privacy Settings and set all my past, present and future posts to only be viewable by my Friends list contacts. I also set my employment history and other stuff to private. I even took things a step further and set it to make it much harder for anyone not on my friends list to look up my FB Page via Facebook OR a Search Engine. I had actually removed my last name from all of my social media accounts two years ago, replacing them with my pen name Aurabolt. I started doing the same with all but one of my email accounts as well. The one email account that has my actual last name in the letterhead is for my non-social media purposes.

Let me hit you with some statistics:

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…So, yeah.

Once you’ve created a digital footprint and more specifically a social media presence, it’s there forever. There actually ARE tech companies that specialize in helping you shrink and privitize your online presnece but more often than not, their services are sought out AFTER either an account is hacked or an identity is stolen. The easiest way to prevent either of these outcomes is to simply not use social media and severely limit your internet presence as much as possible.

Those of you reading this with social media accounts should take the time to look into the sites’ privacy options if they have any. You should also limit who can see what you post be it someone on your friends list or someone who isn’t but has a social media account. At the very least, NONE of the following should be readily visible to ANYONE who views your account on social media or any other website for that matter:

 

  • Full Name: Use a nickname based on your name if you want like I do.
  • Date of Birth: Set it to private
  • Employment Status and History: No one’s business, set it to private.
  • Education Status and History: Same as above
  • Home or Work Address: Goes without saying.
  • Home or Cellphone Number: Not unless you want scammers calling you.
  • Your email address: Privately give it to whoever you want but it should NOT be visible.
  • Clear Profile Pic: Not unless you want someone to make a fake ID with your face.

–I’ll pause there and say this is all anyone needs to steal your identity or set up fraudulent accounts in your name. Yes, even finding our your social security number won’t be very hard with all this info. If you allow ANYONE on your friends list to see any of this info, MAKE SURE they’re all people you trust 100%. There are groups the younger generation are in whose only purpose is building friends lists. The major problem with these groups is  they’re sandboxes for identity thieves, scammers and con artists. More on this in a bit.

All that said, you can also just set up a Social Media account with NONE of your personal information. More and more folks have been doing this with Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Kik in particular as an extra layer of protection: They have their actual FB account with people they personally known or trust and then they have a second account just for messing around. It’s become more and more important for folks to aggressively control how much of themselves is shared on social networks.

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…That last one is a book and a very good read. Check it out sometime.

The world’s increased dependency on the internet is cause for concern for reasons other than the obvious loss of privacy. I’ll get to those other reasons in spearate posts. Anyway, the Internet Privacy Rights Movement (IPRM for short) says it champions an “unregulated internet” where all who use it “should be free of government surveilance”. Their arguement is since the internet is used by the whole world, no one country should have the power to regulate the people, companies and otherwise that use it 24/7/365.

…This is the most dangerous ideology of the Digital Age yet.

This campaign is also a front for its TRUE objective: providing a cover for those who SHOULD be watched by the government to make themselves invisible online AND giving cyber criminals the tools they need to stay ahead of law enforcement. The IPRM has already made it clear: They are against government surveilence of ANY kind under ANY circumstances. Their arguement is “the government has no business looking at my browsing history”.

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I’ll put it this way: I support the online group collectively known as Anonymous, what they do and what they stand for. I have no problem admitting they are the one good thing that came out of the Snowden Leaks. They do what the governments of the world are unable and unwilling to do: True Digital Social Justice. Wall St., ISIS and many governments fear them. It goes without saying their reputation preceeds them. They consider themselves everyone and no one. They are chaos incarnate. They cannot be contained. They cannot be stopped.

For every Anonymous member unmasked, arrested or killed, 10 more move in to replace them somewhere in the world. I’ve talked about Anonymous in previous blog posts before but I think this is the first time I’ve outright saud I support what they stand for. They are aligned to no one and no thing, a force that cannot be bought or controlled. They simply do what they please.

That said, I I draw a hard distinction between Anonymous and the IPRM: Anonymous are digital ghosts because of what they do. the IPRM simply doesn’t want “anyone” to know what they’re doing. I actually don’t have a problem if it was just that. What I do have a problem with is their calls for a a completely unregulated and unmonitored internet. Since I’m going to talk about Free Speech and the internet in a separate post, I’ll leave it at that.

Back to my original train of thought:

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If you want to use the internet, like it or not YOU willingly and easily give up the right to privacy and free speech. I’ll speak more to the second point in a separate blog but here’s something to think about. Who DO all of the above websites and thousands of other commonly used websites and apps want at least your full name and email address? “It’s just to confirm it’s really a person making the account and not a macro.”, right? That’s what your answer will be if you know that much about creating accounts on websites.

The truth is, THAT is the price you pay for the free use of their “free” services. You pay with your right to privacy. See, all these websites have done something I will concede the IPRM have long been aware of: User Information is the currency of advertisers. Over the last year You Tube, Facebook and Twitter users will have noticed ads and trending articles matching topics they’ve recently browsed online appearing much more frequently. If you were browsing GameFAQS or Gamestop, you’ll see news on upcoming video games. If you were ordering pizza from the Dominos Pizza website, you’ll see comfort food Page suggessions. If were looking at my Anime Blog, you will see channel suggestions for anime fans. I assure you, that is no exaggeration.

There has also been a renewed effort by advertiserd to demonize people who use ad-blocking tools. How and why? Simple: Under the guise of giving you “control” of what ads you see. “Please disable your ad blocking ad-ons to support our website”. The funny thing websites don’t want you to know about that is they only get a fraction of the profits from Ads. I used to run a website for 5 straight years. I’d know.

…In closing, the same rules online apply in the real world. Truse NO ONE with your personal information. The more they insist “Your personal information will not be shared”, the more likely it actually is. Remember: That’s money to them.

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The Democratic National Convention begins   Leave a comment

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…Two weeks after Bernie Sanders officially conceded to Hillary Clinton and endorsed her, one thing has been made clear in the hours leading up this week: The Democratic Party is far from united. Bernie Sanders spoke to his delegates at the beginning of convention Tuesday afternoon, urging them to join him in backing Hillary Clinton. His call for unity was met with boos from his own base and cheers from Clinton’s. After speaking, he sent an email to all his supporters and rebuffed them, reminding them what’s at stake is more than partisan politics.

In an interesting contrast to the RNC, a who’s who of Democrats are converging on Philadelphia to make the case for Democrats nationwide on why Hillary Clinton must win the election in November. It certainly doesn’t hurt Bernie Sanders, President Obama, Clinton 42 and Elizabeth Warren are among the top voices championing her campaign at the DNC. Like the RNC, there will be testimonies from ordinary Americans who will make the case for why they believe Clinton is what’s best for the country. If the Democrats don’t want to have a repeat of the 2000 election, they would do well to remember the lessons of the past.

What was expected to be an easy victory for Vice President and Democratic Nominee Al Gore in the 2000 election ended in defeat not at the hands of Republican President George W. Bush but the intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court. Gore requested a recount after some democratic ballots in Florida went missing but the GOP blocked his efforts. Gore took the fight to the Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the GOP. Bush 43 was sworn in as President in short order as presumed.

We know what happened the following year on September 11, 2001. Bush 43, the GOP and the Military Industrial Complex used the attack by terrorists as an excuse to launch unprovoked attacks on Iraq and Afghanistan. What was framed as avenging those who were killed and hunting down the group responsible became an illegal war and subsequent occupation of both countries.

The Democrats’ efforts to take back the White House in 2004 fell apart due to the candidates chosen at that time: John Kerry and John Edwards, both Senators at the time. Kerry lacked the presence needed to connect with voters and as would be revealed after the election, a sex scandal would bring an abrupt end to Edwards’ political career. The one silver lining for the Dems during Bush 43’s second term was the 2004 DNC introduced America to then Senator Barack Obama. The Democrats managed to retake control of Congress in 2006. They got another political victory in the Wall St. bailouts, which was considered an act of betrayal to conservatives by the GOP. Bush 43’s stimulus package–basically another tax return for most–did little too late to address the mounting national debt and unemployment rate. Writing a blank check to the military while slashing essential services and jobs will do that.

Barack Obama’s historic victory in 2008 was nearly overshadowed by The Great Recession. It was the worst economic collapse in America since The Great Recession. It was bad but nowhere near as bad as the Depression. The GOP capitalized on the tanking economy to retake control of Congress in 2010 but not before passing the Affordable Care Act–quickly dubbed Obamacare–which the GOP has tried and failed at every opportunity to both stop and defund when it was passed into law.

The Dems’ refusal to work with the GOP cost them control of Congress in 2010 and nearly the White House in 2012. Fortunately for the Dems, the GOP’s incompetence was still fresh in the minds of most Americans. Many conservatives were also uncomfortable with the idea of businessman and former governor Mitt Romney becoming president. It also didn’t help the GOP was still divided from the aftermath of the 2008 election–the rise of the National Tea Party during Obama’s first term started to tear the GOP apart from within. It also didn’t help their foreign policy called for carpet bombing the middle east.

Obama’s perceived “reluctance” to use military force went out the window when he greenlit the Black Op that led to the death of Al Qaeda’s leader Osama bin Laden. The 9/11 mastermind was found not hiding in a cave somewhere in Afghanistan as had been long believed but in a compound deep inside neighboring Pakistan. The real test of Obama as commander of the U.S. Military came with the rise of ISIS. The Obama administration has ordered more airstrikes, bombings and drone attacks in the middle east than his predecessor.

As Obama’s second turn comes to a close, many current and former Democrats have come to realize their party is just as corrupt as the GOP. The recent leak of emails confirming the Democratic National Committee did everything in their power to ensure Bernie Sanders never had a chance in the Democratic Primaries infuriated his supporters. It also didn’t help Sanders not only endorsed Clinton two weeks ago but called on his supporters to back her as the Democratic Nominee. Addressing his delegates Monday night, Sanders told them Hillary Clinton must become the next President and she is the right person for the job.

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…Or is she?

Even though she lacks the level of controversy the puppet candidate Donald Trump has, I feel it is extremely important to tell those who backed her from the beginning the criticism against her is rightly deserved.

Let’s get to the big one first: She is a former First Lady. Assuming she wins the election in November, by extension her husband Bill Clinton will become a 3-term presidemt through her. While it’s true the Bush, Roosevelt and Adams families had two presidents each in all three cases, the retired president didn’t get involved with sitting president. That won’t be a case with the Clintons even though it’s likely Clinton 42 will won’t be in the White House much due to his non-profit work.

Some Feminists and many of HRC’s most loyal supporters are trying to make the long dispoven case the “real reason” for the hate against her is because of her gender. That’s definitely not it. Nancy Pelosi is probably going to become the Majority Leader of the House in two years once again. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin was also the Republican Vice Presidential Nominee in 2008 during Hillary Clinton’s first White House run. There is also another woman who is running for President as a third party candidate: Jill Stein.

…Is the country ready for its first female president? Absolutely BUT it should not have been under these circumstances. Yes, Clinton conceded to Obama in 2008 but the circumstances were very different: Obama played by the rules. HRC, the Dems and CNN used every means necessary including blatanrly breaking the law to ensure Clinton won the Democratic Nomination.

Now, let’s go back to Monday’s email leaks and as a reminder, the Russians have the traitor Eric Snowden working for them. The reveal vindicated Sanders supporters like myself who said for almost a year the primaries were rigged to ensure Bernie Sanders never had a chance from the beginning. The standoff I’m witnessing at the DNC between the Dems and Bernie Supporters is indicative of the Democratic Party’s corruption. Hillary Clinton will be the most unpopular Democratic President since Jimmy Carter. That’s a more than fair general assumption despite her making history as the country’s first female president. I will go over the reasons why in a week or two.

 

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As the role call of the delegates began to play out for the country to see on CNN, you can see the somber expression of Senator Bernie Sanders as he watched the tally. Hillary Clinton clinched the votes needed to become the Democratic Nominee with the South Dakota delgation. Vermont elected to pass on announcing its delegation count in order during the roll call. As the roll call continued, Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane had made their way to the Vermont delegation. His pensive expression said more than the words he would speak moments later would.

When the floor returned to Vermont, as expected Bernie Sanders would have the final word. In stunning move. Bernie Sanders called for his deligates to give ALL of his votes to HRC as soon as possible. The motion was unanimously voted YEA at once. Based on the reactions of the delegates, this was enough for (most of) them to endorse HRC.

As New York Times columnist Shaun King said in an article he released Tuesday afternoon, endorsing HRC was a much harder decision for Bernie than his supporters can possibly imagine. Much can be read into the emotion in Sanders’ voice when he emphatically uttered the words “Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States”. His emphasis on the word “must” speaks to more than just the mere partisan politics the Bernie or Bust, Stein/Johnson and GOP camps are focusing on. Things I will not digress any further in this blog post on. I certainly will in a separate post at a later time, though.

What I will end with is the Democratic Party is no longer what it once was. It’s easy for folks old enough to remember to suddenly forget Clinton 42’s two terms were the Dems’ best years since FDR was president: They controlled the White House, Congress AND the Supreme Court. They truly lost Congress in 2009 when Edward Kennedy passed away not long after President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President.

The Dems have been struggling with an identity crisis since 2000 prettymuch, mostly due to influences from both the media and Wall St. On that note, they are just as much to blame for the Recession as the GOP. They knew what was happening and didn’t do anything to soften the blow to the nation’s economy. What they did instead was take the opportunity to blame the GOP for creating the conditions for it to happen. Just like they blamed the GOP for the so-called “War on Terrorism” Hillary Clinton supported as both a Senator and Secretary of State. One thing the GOP has over the Dems is at least they’re consistent even when they’re wrong. With the Dems, they’ll do whatever it takes to get what they want. That was made clear during the Democratic Primary for not just the whole country but the whole world to see. It WILL be remembered over the next four years should HRC win the election as she is scripted to do.

To those who are Republicans, Independents and otherwise it is EXTREMELY important that you follow the discussions at the DNC. The Democratic Party is clearly not “united” like Corporate Media and the Dems desparately want everyone to believe. The price that will be paid for what they’ve done will be steep, the likes of which I dare not say. On that note, the Third Party candidates have ZERO chance in November of winning a single district. I will get into why in a post next week.

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