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 end of the happy time.


In 1940 after the fall of France in WWII, German U-boats were very quickly redeployed from the northern and only coast of Germany, to the west coast of France. Suddenly, their range was increased so dramatically, they could strike out deep into the Atlantic. For the next six months, they sank nearly 300 merchant ships … Continue reading

Facebook – hero or villain?


When it comes to social media, there are a number of totally unwarranted assumptions being made by the people using it, and some outright lies being told by the providers of such free services. If you’re not terribly knowledgeable about that scene, by social media I mean Facebook, Twitter and any “free” application that allows … Continue reading