The shock of the news


In an effort to dispel the lockdown blues, I take part in organising a kind of pub quiz online. All it needs is some coordination, setting up a Zoom meeting, a quizmaster who reads the questions, a quiz book with the answers at the back, pen and paper, and we’re off. It’s composed exclusively of … Continue reading

Grey propaganda against Signal


In the middle of last January, when the big tech oligarchs were nailing down their digital supremacy of the internet, Facebook announced in passing that it was going to harvest all the user data on WhatsApp, which it owns. This broke the deal making promise it’d made in ’14 when it took it over. Given … Continue reading

A wake up call for Australians


The worst and most pervasive form of censorship is self-censorship, especially nowadays in America but it’s increasingly a worldwide trend. In innocent ways, it acts a a social lubricant. You’re talking with someone about something that’s happened in their lives and doing sympathetic noddies. They’re telling you about their travails and you’re thinking all their … Continue reading

The first hen house fox unmasks itself.


Barely three weeks ago I mentioned in an article on the demise of Fox News that a new foxy brand would inevitably appear specially tailored for us deplorables. It wouldn’t be real, it’d just be there to attract a certain audience demographic who’d sit through the sponsors’ messages between being fed some hopeful but authoritative … Continue reading

Selling the coup to the Floaters.


By and large two classic approaches will be used. The first is that they’ll constantly be assured they’re living in greater security from the dreaded bogeyman deplorables hidden under their mattresses. Each increment of repression will always be justified using that rationale. I think it was Ben Franklin who said words to the effect that … Continue reading

Selling the coup to the Deplorables.


There’s simply no way the propaganda machine can convince the deplorables that the election wasn’t stolen and that the puppet Biden is a legitimate president. Before continuing, I use the term propaganda machine to mean the collective actions of fake news, big tech and the entertainment industry. The first will be publishing only state approved … Continue reading

Selling the coup to the Programmed.


This shouldn’t present many difficulties. Not only are they already programmed but they habitually suffer from the twin evils of a short attention span and a need to fit into some sort of set. Ideal subjects for propaganda. Work with what you’ve got. Make all your messages short and punchy and always slant the message … Continue reading

Legitimising the coup.


This is top priority with Biden’s puppeteers. The message is the Big Steal never happened and if you dare to voice that opinion, life will get a lot more difficult for you. Internationally, it’ll be done by exercising American economic muscle and making a harsh example of any foreign country that dares to opine otherwise. … Continue reading

I shouldn’t do it, but WTF.


Sometimes you discover something all on your own and realise it was always there right under your nose but you’d simply failed to ask an obvious question. In yesterday’s piece I said the most immediate thing people can do is stop using social media platforms in order to protect themselves and really hurt the American … Continue reading

Things to do today.


The coup has succeeded and a foreign regime has been installed in the White House. That being the case, they’ll quickly move to consolidate their grip on power. As always in any crisis, keep a couple of things in mind. The first is there isn’t one that can’t be made worse still by losing your … Continue reading

Now big tech goes after Signal.


Writing a daily blog piece appears to have something in common with commenting on blogs – as soon as you hit publish, an interesting news item comes along. I’d barely published Friday’s piece about Facebook stabbing WhatsApp users in the back by changing the terms of agreement to allow them to harvest all your personal … Continue reading

Now WhatsApp stabs you in the back.


There’s a trick which has always been used by governments and corporates in the timing of announcements which they know won’t go down well with voters or customers. They simply wait until some big headline grabbing news event occurs such as the Titanic going down, the Twin Towers or the sudden death of free speech … Continue reading

Will Mr Fox’s standing invitation into the chicken coop be withdrawn?


Today looks to have been better than yesterday in terms of news censorship. Gab appears to be up and working, albeit with a few wobbles. Parler looks to be Resting in Peace, but you never know these days. The implications of a couple of items caught my eye. The first was the Uganda government’s decision … Continue reading

A day of no news.


An interesting Wednesday. It’s usually my day to deal with bills, turnaround letters and emails and generally do some office paperwork and filing. On a good one, but only after a leisurely sleep in to avoid the boring mundaneness of it, I’ve usually cleared my workload by lunchtime and the afternoon is mine to do … Continue reading

From the ashes of Fox News will rise the hen house Fox


It’s been an extraordinary few days. Watching all platforms of dissenting news being taken down one by one or struggling to cope with a huge influx of people fleeing fake news and looking for somewhere they could find some true reporting and at the same time give vent to their feelings for which there was … Continue reading

Security alert – Parler.


In yesterday’s article I mentioned the American oligarchs had decided to close down Parler by simply deplatforming it with only a few days notice. As I write I’m sure the staff at Parler are working furiously to move the site to a new hosting service, and I wish them all the best in achieving their … Continue reading

The end of free speech in America?


After a few weeks away from blogging and some time out from the fray, I come back from a subdued Christmas to find the finishing bricks of the coup have been slamming into place. Wholesale censorship of any and all conservative and dissenting voices on all social media platforms have either been deleted or automatically … Continue reading

Redux from 13th April 2018 – The end of the happy time.


There are a number of articles over the years I’ve written on the censorship and propaganda tendencies I thought big tech and the media would take. Excess is the invariable trait of any monopoly. At the time, I suspect they were greeted with mild skepticism, but as we’ve found in the recent presidential election, they … Continue reading

Fighting Big Tech – Dump Youtube if you want uncensored news


A number of years ago before big tech began to think it was a Master of the Universe, I set up a Pointman account with Youtube to upload a few harmless videos. With the passing of time and what I perceived to be the growing malignancy of big tech, I stopped using it at all. … Continue reading

Redux from 18th August 2017 – The Evil Empire of the Internet must be broken up.


There are a number of articles over the years I’ve written on the censorship tendencies I thought big tech would take. Excess is the invariable trait of any monopoly. At the time, I suspect they were greeted with mild skepticism, but as we’ve found in the recent presidential election, they weren’t too far off the … Continue reading