350 million reason you should ditch Facebook.

Image source: 4bit News

Mainstream media in the developed world has tried to portray Mark Zuckerberg’s as a prophet and a visionary and his plan to get every human being online by means of his ‘ideas’ about how humans want to interact in the twenty first century as altruistic and ‘progressive’. The reality however, is somewhat more sinister. Facebook has already been revealed to be much more than a mere corporation run for profit by Zuckerberg and his business associates.

As for being a genius, Zuckerberg is really not very bright, like most new media billionaires a lot of his success is down to his obsession with technology and his irrational belief that everybody can be persuaded to share that belief. it is the philosophy of a religious cilt leader rather than a businessman.

But Zuckerberg did not build Facebook’s success alone, no matter what you may have been led to believe. His partner in creating the social network was none other than the US Government. Is it just coincidence that two other startup corporations with no track record, Microsoft and Google came from nowhere to achieve near monopoly positions in online market sectors? You may say so, I couldn’t possibly comment 🙂

Facebook is the epitome of social engineering, a seemingly benign communication tool that has been engineered to track, trace, document, and, if we allow it to manipulate half of the entire online population.

Despite its claims, when users who are not paying Facebook to spread their PR campaigns, attempt to use Facebook to connect and communicate with individuals and organizations of interest, Facebook turns its features against users, insidiously manipulating their timelines to show selected posts and updates while censoring others to manage public perception.

Is Facebook’s unethical approach to social engineering successful. In one study, the emotions of users were successfully manipulated by selectively posting only negative or only positive posts from individuals or organizations on users’ contact lists. In another experiment Facebook manipulated the news feed of some 2 million Americans in 2012 in order to increase public participation during that year’s US presidential election.

Facebook was also an official sponsor of the US State Department’s effort to promote political subversion across North Africa and the Middle East in the years before the so-called “Arab Spring”.

The rebellions news channels around the world reported had “spontaneously” sprung up across North Africa and the Middle East were in fact trained, funded, and equipped by the US State Department and various corporations including tech giants Google and Facebook years beforehand.

Why would you allow anyone to manipulate what you say or do or see without your or your friends knowledge or proper consent? And as for the political interference, this is the behaviour of tyrants and is unacceptable by any democratic standard. There are plenty of ways of communicating with others without having what others see of you changed or manipulated by business partners of The White House.

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IMF And EU Annex Ukraine

Mike St, Mark and I were having a chat yesterday about the balancing effect on the mind of watching and reading such online news channels Russia Today and Voice of Russia to balance our view of events in Ukraine.

We were only slightly ahead of the game, today Global Research ran this:

Between the Western Bloc and Russia – The BBC and CNN versus RT
Governments and major corporations control or, at least, try to manipulate public opinion and discursive processes through mass media communication. They also wage information wars through the use of mass media communication.
Continue reading at Global Reseach:
Controlling the Lens: The Media War Being Fought Over Ukraine

Later I saw “Corporateocracy, another site that is truly sceptical (i.e. doubts everything) and they were on about the EU / IMF role in the Kiev coup while our leaders point unconvincing fingers at Putin.

imf eu ukraine
Business as usual for IMF. Picture source

from Corporatocracy
“It should be obvious that the recent putsch and regime change in the Ukraine inspired and backed by the U.S. shadow government, benefits the international banksters. For the average EU resident, only further economic displacement and diminished prospects can be expected from any inclusion of Ukraine into the EU dictatorial structure. Not so, for the corporatists who expects expanded opportunities as Consortium News analyzes agricultural and energy companies recent involvement within the Ukraine.

While corporatists want to extend their monopolies, the appeal of joining the EU with privileges of travel, relocation and better employment, has a very high price tag. So what is really behind the cover that the Brussels technocrats like to provide for the heavy hand treatment, which the banksters always demand? Look to the methods of the IMF for part of the answer.

Continue reading at Corporatocracy;
IMF and EU Capture Of Ukraine

Michael S. Hart, Internet pioneer and good guy dies.

Long before The Evil Empire Google began to scrape up out of copyright and non – copyright material from wherever they could find it and then assert copyright over stuff that rightly belonged in the public domain, before the med scientist Tim Berners Lee created the travesty that is the World Wide Web, before Microsoft destroyed your right to privacy and Facebook stole your personal data, internetworking technology was in the hands of good guys.

Before even I was involved in networking computers, and bear in mind, in internet timescales I am almost as old as any Enochian demon, there was Project Gutenberg.

I was saddened to hear that Michael Stern Hart the founder of Project Gutenberg had died at the reatively early age of 64.

Hart, commonly considered the founder of the ebook, died last week at his Illinois home, according to a representative of Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory.

Though Michael Hart’s brainchild did not make him a rich man as other internet pioneers became rich by peddling computer solutions that were to put it bluntly, “not fit for purpose”, he does not appear to have ever been motivated by wealth. People who knew him said Project Gutenberg was his life and his love.

The non profit project, run using a network of volunteers, was dedicated to providing free online access to as many books as could be converted to an electronic format, in particular classical and ancient works as well as scholarly writings on a wide range of topics. Project Gutenberg was the first organisation to make works as diverse as the plays of Shakespeare, Homer’s epics, the books of Brauch Spinoza and the writings of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein available online.

Project Gutenberg will live on, the mantle will be picked up by Hart’s many followers who like him are motivated by a genuine love of learning and enlightenment to share knowledge freely, unlke commercial organisations that claim altruistic motives but really are motivated by profit and control.

A friend of mine on a US site, who posts as Joe Schitte, says there is no such thing as altruism and he has a point. Michael Hart was motivated by self interest in that what he did was driven by his great love of doing it. Project Gutenberg was not a path to riches, fame or power for him, it was a joy, the thing that gave meaning to his life. To that extent it was self interest.

But Mother Teresa was, was she not, primarily motivated by earning herself a place in heaven?

Martin Luther King was, was he not, set on a course of making for himself a place in history?

And heart transplant pioneer Christian Barnard was motivated by competitiveness with others to be fisrt to achieve something.

All those other “altruistic” people too, people credited with putting the common good before self interest were, were they not, driven by an emotional need to be seen by their peers as good?

Only history will judge whether Michael Stearn Hart’s work freed our cultural heritage from it’s bondage between the covers of books or paved the way for some really evil bastards to grab control of information that was never theirs in order to profit from it (you may think the web is “free” but how many sites do you visit that are not serving you “targeted ads”, a practice I find fascistic ans repugnant?)

For now the death of Michael Hart is sad but the world is a better place for his having lived.

Michael Hart – The Guardian
Obituary on Project Gutenberg website
Michael Hart – an appreciation from The Independent

DonÂ’t Be Evil, ThatÂ’s FacebookÂ’s Job.

Ask anybody about a year ago “Which website is the evil empire,” and they would have said Google. But things are changing.

Some time ago, after being invited to join Facebook by one of my contacts from here, I posted a blog on the subject of how pointles the site is. There were already rumours about the more sinister aspects of Facebook, their intrusive gathering and publishing of personal data, their plans to sell members proflies and information on online activity to advertisers and a general disregard for the ethics of business.

Since that post was made, more information has been leaking out about FacebookÂ’s dubious business methods and the connection their founder and financial backer has with certain neocon and it would not be exaggerating to say neofascist right wing organisations in the USA.

It is all pretty unpleasant. But you donÂ’t have to take my word for it, read With Friends Like These, a damning analysis of the Facebook culture. Its a long artcle and scarey stuff, but its worth the effort.