Closing Thought–22Oct21

Will twice be the charm for the former president?

He has started the second social media platform…the first attempt fell om his face…..

Former President Trump’s long-promised social media platform will be here soon. Trump announced the forthcoming launch of TRUTH Social in a press release Wednesday, saying the site’s parent company, the newly created Trump Media & Technology Group, aims to “create a rival to the liberal media consortium and fight back against the ‘Big Tech’ companies of Silicon Valley, which have used their unilateral power to silence opposing voices in America.” Trump remains banned from Twitter and Facebook. A beta launch of TRUTH Social is expected next month for “invited guests.” A full public debut is expected by the first quarter of 2022, Fox News reports. “Truth Social” was trademarked by Trump Group Corp. in July of this year. More:

  • Announcement: Read the press release in full here. It contains this statement from Trump, chairman of TMTG: “I created TRUTH Social and TMTG to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech. We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced. This is unacceptable. I am excited to send out my first TRUTH on TRUTH Social very soon.”
  • Site: TRUTHSocial.com contains a link to pre-order the app on Apple’s App Store, a form to sign up for the waiting list, and this description of the site: “America’s ‘Big Tent’ social media platform that encourages an open, free, and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideology.”
  • App: The App Store page features screenshots of what the app will look like, and an option to pre-order it.
  • Familiar? If those screenshots are giving you a sense of deja vu, the Guardian notes that the user profile shown on the App Store page “bears a striking resemblance to a Twitter profile.”
  • Video: A subscription video-on-demand service featuring “non-woke” content is also planned, CNBC reports. The streaming service will be called TMTG+, Axios reports.
  • Trump Jr.: Donald Trump Jr. went on Fox News on Wednesday night to tout the upcoming site; he said TRUTH Social will allow people to express their First Amendment rights instead of conservatives being censored. Watch the clip here.
  • Reaction: Justin Amash, the Republican-turned-Libertarian, tweeted, “A former president seeking to reclaim power announcing that he’ll soon be sending out his ‘first TRUTH’ via his new platform ‘TRUTH Social’ is some real Orwellian s***.”
  • Minutiae: A special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) will be involved in the launch of the site; for more on the ins-and-outs of that, see Reuters and the Wall Street Journal.
  • History: Axios notes that Trump’s team was at one point in talks with FreeSpace about building a social app, and that Trump’s team and former aide Jason Miller also tried to come to a deal on Gettr, which Miller ultimately launched alone.

A meeting place for MORONs.

Maybe a better title for this new platform should be The ZOO–Where the creatures meet.O see that hackers have greeted the new “platform”…..

Donald Trump created Truth Social to “stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech,” but the former president’s new social media platform doesn’t have the legs yet to stand up to hackers. Just a couple of hours after Trump on Wednesday introduced Truth Social and its parent company, the Trump Media & Technology Group, someone breached a private version of the still-to-be-launched social media site. They went to town, first creating a fake “donaldjtrump” account, then setting up even more not-real handles under the names of Steve Bannon, Mike Pence, and Twitter’s own Jack Dorsey, reports the New York Times.

From there, the hackers went the scatological route, posting profane rants that targeted Dorsey, as well as photos of defecating pigs. Claiming responsibility for the breach: the infamous hacking collective Anonymous, with members telling the Times the move was part of their “online war against hate.” “We had a fun time trolling it to high heaven,” one hacker says. Mikael Thalen of the Daily Dot talked to a representative from the group, who told him they sussed out the name of a developer involved in the project then used the Shodan search engine to do some digging.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Do You Spread Misinformation?

Boy is there a wealth of this sort of BS these days thanx to social media that gives every little plot legs to grow into a narrative.

I know it is difficult to separate truth from the manure….and how do you keep from help spread the fertilizer of discontent?

Well there is a way to know the difference….

Sorting through the vast amount of information created and shared online is challenging, even for the experts.

Just talking about this ever-shifting landscape is confusing, with terms like “misinformation,” “disinformation” and “hoax” getting mixed up with buzzwords like “fake news.”

https://theconversation.com/misinformation-disinformation-and-hoaxes-whats-the-difference-158491

I have written about this stuff before….for misinformation is just one tool of propaganda……these are good posts that can help you as well….

What Is Propaganda?

Propaganda 2.0

There is a technique to help you from being a spreader of misinformation…..

The problem of misinformation isn’t going away. Internet platforms like Facebook and Twitter have taken some steps to curb its spread and say they are working on doing more. But no method yet introduced has been completely successful at removing all misleading content from social media. The best defense, then, is self-defense.

Misleading or outright false information – broadly called “misinformation” – can come from websites pretending to be news outlets, political propaganda or “pseudo-profound” reports that seem meaningful but are not. Disinformation is a type of misinformation that is deliberately generated to maliciously mislead people. Disinformation is intentionally shared, knowing it is false, but misinformation can be shared by people who don’t know it’s not true, especially because people often share links online without thinking.

Emerging psychology research has revealed some tactics that can help protect our society from misinformation. Here are seven strategies you can use to avoid being misled, and to prevent yourself – and others – from spreading inaccuracies

https://theconversation.com/7-ways-to-avoid-becoming-a-misinformation-superspreader-157099

These are simple steps that if taken can keep you from being a super spreader of manure.

But then you may ask just how was all this manure made possible?

Bad information isn’t new. Propagandists and scam artists have been selling their brand of proverbial snake oil for ages, all to bend people’s thinking to their goals. What’s different today is that the digital world flings information faster and farther than ever before.

Our brains can’t always keep up.

That’s because we often rely on quick estimates to figure out whether something is true. These shortcuts, called heuristics, are often based on very simple patterns (SN: 9/20/14, p. 24). For instance, most information we come across in our daily lives is true. So when forced to guess, we often err on the side of believing.

A few simple tricks make fake news stories stick in the brain

There is more than enough misinformation on social media…..do not become one of the liars that keep this country divided.

Don’t spread manure

Question everything!

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

I Read, I Write, You KNow

“lego ergo scribo”

From The ‘Can’t Fix Stupid’ Files

I have always thought morons that break the law and post selfies or videos of the act and think they will get way with it…..I feel they are swimming in the shallow end of the gene pool.

Take all the selfies and videos that have been posted of those committing the insurrection of 06 January….were they so flipping stupid to think that they would be safe in posting these incriminating social posts?

Well my thought is they were idiots in the highest degree….but is there a reason they are this flipping stupid?

Many Trump supporters who took part in the January 6th riots at the United States Capitol building made the job of law enforcement officials much easier by snapping incriminating photos of themselves committing crimes as they were happening.

MLive.com this week talked with several extremism experts for some clues about why so many MAGA rioters thought they’d get away with sharing photos of themselves breaking the law to the entire world.

Sam Jackson, a professor at the University at Albany who studies anti-government militias, tells MLive.com that the rioters likely thought they would succeed in overturning the results on the 2020 election and thus imagined creating historical records of themselves to show they were heroes at a world-changing event.

“I think a lot of it has to do with the folks who participated feel like they weren’t doing anything wrong, probably combined with a sense that they thought they were doing something historic,” he explained.

“The people who went to the Capitol trying to ‘stop the steal,’ by and large, expected that they were going to succeed at that and thought that they would really push the government to make different decisions,” he said. “Some of them didn’t realize the seriousness with which storming the Capitol would be taken.”

(alternet.org)

Good to have scientific explanation….but mine is more simple and just a valid….these insurrectionist are just morons….they lack any knowledge beyond stupidity.

Speaking of morons….

The greatest threat to America is not foreign terrorists, its domestic morons.

 
Clarence Darrow accurately tagged Trump and his worshipers….

Thoughts?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Why Is Google So Big?

I recently got a prompt for my GMail that stated that “something is wrong and my account cannot be accessed temporarily”….I thought Google cannot access one of their own sites? WTF?

This got me to thinking about Google.

Just when did they become the monopoly they are today?

The easy answer is ….the Obama era happen!

I know just what am I blaming Obama for this time?

A report has been released that explains how the FTC allowed Google to run rampant

A damning new Politico series based on 312 pages of internal memos reveals that federal antitrust regulators appointed by former President Barack Obama “misread the evidence in front of them and left much of the digital future in Google’s hands,” even though investigators concluded that the tech giant’s effort to dominate mobile internet searches was well-documented and illegal.

The reporting sheds light on the 19-month probe by the Federal Trade Commission that, in early 2013, amounted to what some described as a slap on the wrist. The series comes as Google faces three antitrust lawsuits from the Department of Justice and coalitions of state attorneys general—one of which was expanded Tuesday—and lawmakers’ calls to break up Big Tech.

As technology reporter Leah Nylen details:

Hundreds of pages of unreleased internal FTC memos, obtained by Politico, show for the first time that the agency’s commissioners dismissed substantial evidence to support the monopoly claim, including taking the rare step of rejecting a recommendation by staff investigators to sue.

The contracts at the center of the fight made Google the default search engine on almost all U.S. smartphones and locked in that exclusivity for years, giving the company a major advantage just as Americans were starting to flock to smartphones. In its antitrust suit against Google last October, DOJ revealed that the company pays as much as $12 billion a year to Apple alone to keep its search engine as the default on iPhones, iPads, and the Safari browser.

Antitrust experts and critics of Google’s practices responded by blasting decision-makers at the FTC and reiterating demands for an end to such exclusionary contracts.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/16/total-scandal-memos-expose-failure-obama-era-ftc-stop-googles-monopoly-power

There is so much darkness around the Obama years….there is so much more than “change we can believe in”.

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Closing Thought–31Mar21

It’s official Donald the Orange has his own social platform.

“The Magnificent Legacy of the Trump Presidency”?

When I read those words I damn near choked on my coffee.

Allow me  to explain……

A website for Donald and Melania Trump’s personal offices has gone live, promising to preserve “the magnificent legacy of the Trump Administration, while at the same time advancing the America First agenda.” So far, content on 45office.com is thin, USA Today reports. There’s a page with a bio of each of them and forms inviting visitors to “share your thoughts,” “request a greeting,” and invite the former president or his wife to an event. The form asks who else is going to the event, such as media or any “notable attendees,” per CNN. The site also has a series of photos of the Trumps during his term in office.

“Through this office, President Trump will remain a tireless champion for the hardworking men and women of our great country,” the homepage says, per the Hill. Since being removed from social media sites after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the former president has used an email subscriber list when issuing political statements. The effort has been less successful than his Twitter posts were, per USA Today, and Trump might being putting his releases on the new site. An aide said recently that Trump was in talks about starting a site that would “redefine” social media, but there’s been no sign of it yet.

“A tireless champion of heard working men and women….”

Once again coffee spewed across the room.

What legacy?

Perhaps he means the butt kissing of dictators or is it the failed pandemic response or maybe it is the incitement of a riot…..whatcha think?

Have you ever heard such crap?

I wrote about this possibility before……https://lobotero.com/2021/03/23/closing-thought-23mar21/

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Rights As A Weapon

The First amendment….the 2nd amendment….seem to the two most cited….probably because those are the only ones that mean anything to most Americans.

It always amuses me when in-bred dumbass stump jumpers start complaining about their rights…..when it comes to their incitement rhetoric or their right to pray to a shopping cart and especially when it is their right to own a 1000 weapons designed for combat…..and now it is their right to infect others with a disease because they do not like the precautions.

Where does all this stupidity end?

Best answer is no time soon….thanx to the lies and bullshit on social media….

I read a article about a book that touches on the situation of rights used as a weapon….

Human rights are generally thought of as defensive in nature. That is, they are held up by certain individuals and groups as a means to protect their dignity from the state or other malevolent actors. Moreover, rights are often viewed as either philosophically grounded in principles of human dignity and/or religiously endowed by a creator. Even absent a philosophical or religious grounding, rights are often regarded as legal concepts and taken as inviolate. These views of human rights treat them as generally positive and used by oppressed groups for liberal ends. In Rights as Weapons: Instruments of Conflict, Tools of Power, Clifford Bob cuts against the hagiography of human rights, and rights in general, to focus on the fundamental political nature of rights and how they are often used strategically, aggressively, and even for “illiberal ends”.

Rights as mobilizers. As Bob notes rights are particularly potent motivators of political action. He lists five reasons for this: 1) because rights are perceived as natural in that they have deep roots, 2) rights are also perceived as universal applying across space and time, 3) rights are perceived as absolute in that they are inviolate and can trump other political issues, 4) rights are perceived as apolitical putting them above other petty political squabbles, and finally, 5) rights are violated by one’s foes.

Review – Rights as Weapons: Instruments of Conflict, Tools of Power

Thoughts?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Closing thought–23Mar21

Have you been missing the moronic even infantile social media posting from that other guy that use to be president?

His daily regurgitation became the meat and fodder for the MSM for 5+ years…..and now all that ‘red meat’ is gone and the media is looking for something new….right now it is violence against Asian-Americans…..but that could change tomorrow…..

The fodder may soon return!

Back to the ‘other guy’ and his cyber bullying…..

Donald Trump is plotting a comeback—to social media. Jason Miller, a senior advisor to the former president, told Fox News on Sunday that Trump is going to launch his own platform in the coming months. “And this is something that I think will be the hottest ticket in social media, it’s going to completely redefine the game, and everybody is going to be waiting and watching to see what exactly President Trump does,” Miller said. Trump, once a prolific tweeter, was permanently booted from that platform following the Jan. 6 Capitol riots and has since “chafed in relative silence at his Mar-a-Lago resort,” per the Guardian. Miller told Fox that Trump has been having “high-powered meetings” about establishing a social media platform and that he has been approached by “numerous companies,” but said that he was unable to provide more details, aside from a prediction that a Trump platform would attract “tens of millions of people.”

How will this effect Twitter and other social media postings?

Some do not think his attempt will be successful….

At issue is the fact that any social media app that’s hoping to gain widespread adoption will have to go through the Apple App Store and Google market for Android apps, which have banned right-wing apps such as Parler after they refused to crack down on violent threats being posted on their networks.

“Given the great amount of interest Mr. Trump’s new network is likely to attract, mainstream tech companies will be anxious to be seen to be avoiding a repeat of the Capitol Hill riot, which was organized in plain sight on the mainstream networks,” writes Williams. “Consequently, any app or website he creates that relies upon conventional web hosting, server farm, bandwidth provider, potential payment processor or distribution methods will be subject to much stricter regulation than will be acceptable to many of Mr. Trump’s supporters.”

https://www.rawstory.com/trump-social-media-2651169848/

Let your thoughts be known.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Closing Thought–11Mar21

If you are an insomniac like me then you have seen the ads on the tube for “My Pillow” (an expensive waste of cash)……the owner and hawker for “My Pillow” is one Mike Lindell, a rabid Trump supporter…..like his idol Trump Lindell has been thrown off Twitter…..and now he has a new idea but one that you cannot sleep on…..

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, the Trump ally who was barred from Twitter for spreading election-related conspiracy theories, plans to launch his own social-media site.

The platform could launch within a month, Lindell said on Charlie Kirk’s podcast on Friday.

“Every single influencer person on the planet can come there. You’re going to have a platform to speak out,” Lindell said, adding, “It’s not just like a little Twitter platform.”

He said he’d been working on the site for four years.

(businessinsider.com)

He was barred from Twitter in January, and in February both YouTube and Vimeo pulled down a two-hour film called “Absolute Proof” that he’d made about the election. Lindell claimed in the podcast that 140 million people had viewed the film.

This would give Donald the Orange a new avenue to spew his hatred and disgusting puke.

Any thoughts?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

 

Changes Coming To Twitter

I admit it….the only social media I use is Twitter….mostly as a news feed…..

The news is that changes are coming to Twitter…..

They’ve worked well for Facebook, so Twitter is going to add groups to its platform—though they’ll be called “communities.” That’s one of the major changes announced Thursday, the Verge reports. The other big one is called Super Follows, which will permit users to steer their followers to content and charge them for the privilege. The content could include additional tweets, newsletters, support badges, and access to one of the new communities. In Twitter’s example, the users charge $4.99 per month for the benefits, enabling them to collect directly from their followers. The changes were unveiled during Analyst Day, per CNBC, and the idea is that they’ll help the company reach its 2023 goals for users and revenue.

Many of the changes aren’t new, but they’re new to Twitter. Users will be able to start and join communities built around common interests. The examples Twitter gives are cats and plants, so users in a cat community would see even more cat content. Users who run communities would be allowed to set their own rules for members, beyond those set by Twitter. Details were sketchy, but Twitter also said it’s looking into allowing followers to tip certain accounts. The company thinks “an audience-funded model where subscribers can directly fund the content that they value most is a durable incentive model that aligns the interests of creators and consumers,” its head of design and research said. Super Follows is supposed to launch before the end of the year.

Nothing will change for me.

When I heard changes were coming I thought they decide to charge people for being members….that would kill it for me.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

My Thoughts For New Bloggers

I know there is a wealth of blogs that offer advice on ways to make your new blog more popular…..so my thoughts are what worked for me….they are just my thoughts not an official “advice” post.

If you are starting a blog for the first time and your desire is to be a “popular” blogger then I suggest you pick a subject that will generate followers….blogs like photography, fiction/poetry, fashion, beauty, even food…..these seem to generate more interests than blogs, like mine, that are more an educational and informative posts…..in short current events may not be the attention grabber you are searching for….sorry.

These days it seems that what you wear, how look and what you eat are far more popular than learning….attempting to teach is not as ‘glamorous’ for most these days.

My blog, IST, has been around for about 15 years and the best I have done is 4000 followers….with about the average of 100 hits a day….that is not breaking any Word Press records.

In the early days of IST I would check my stats daily and got discouraged daily…..even considered dropping my blog several times….but I decided that what I was writing needed to be written and from that point on I ceased to be concerned about the stats and concentrated on my content…..I have never regretted my decision.

Please do not get me wrong….I am very thankful for my regular readers….they are the best and you will find these loyal readers and commenters as well….just not in the numbers you were hoping for.

It seems that only a handful of people actually care about what is happening in the nation and the world.  Keep in mind that you are competing with about 500 million other blogs for readership.

If you focus on stats instead of content then you will probably be disappointed every day…..that is if you are starting your blog as a personal journey of discovery.

You could pay sites that promise all sorts of amazing stats….and there is lots of advice blogs as well…..

Again this is not an advice post just a few observations that I have made in the last 15 years.

If you are serious about blogging then be patient and do not get discouraged….do what you want to do with your blog.

I wish you well in your blogging endeavor…..and good luck.

“Lego ergo scribo”