I had an interaction today with someone on Facebook. His name is unimportant. A sweet fellow that I recently became friends with and he seems to be truly gentle, intelligent human being. I’m not sure who asked who to connect but I am certainly happy we did. I need a calming influence in my life these days and he speaks, or writes, with care. So why has his name come up as a part of a blog? It’s because , on a simple post of his about how Facebook censors posts and comments and how Facebook spies on so many people and that he believed more was to come, I replied with the well known information that FB steals every post you make or comment you add or “Like” or group that you join or chat session you are involved in and happily shares all of that with the government any time it asks, often before it asks and with any corporati9n that will pay for the information.. Facebook has been accused of sharing everything with this and any government and Facebook has happily admitted to doing so.
Facebook censorship is the logical next step for their love affair with Homeland Security and even I have been, and remain, a victim of that insanity and censorship. I’ve been suspended for posting my blog links on the walls of people and groups that requested that I do so for 15 days with the warning that if I EVER post on anyone’s wall but my own EVER again FB will delete my profile without warning or explanation. There are tens of thousands of us that have received that same warning, from progressive activists to dog rescue groups to save the whales groups with some pages simply deleted without warning.
Yet there are sites on Facebook that have been reported for months that call for the murder of the president, that use photos of blacks hung in the last century and their profile, of groups that encourage child abuse
Now, one would think that the exchange might bring some intelligent comments on being very careful with what you share on Facebook and even whether or not you should even give them truthful information about your address or phone number and if you should ever, for any reason admit to the truth of any of that in as much as Facebook spies will record all of that and give it away to the our government and probably any government that asks and certainly to the highest bidder for that information within the corporate world. It should have been a short, friendly conversation.
And then someone jumped in and told me I lived in “a complete fantasy” if I didn’t think I was being monitored every second of my life. Complete fantasy? Because I hadn’t expounded my statements to include the irrelevant ones he wanted me to talk about? Of course we’re constantly monitored. In most big cities you are on a minimum of three security cameras at any given moment outside your house and dozens downtown or at the mall. Of course I know that as does every American with a room temperature IQ but that wasn’t the topic and that wasn’t the point I was making about Facebook and now people who supposedly are aware of these things are insulting others if they don’t say everything they want to be said.
I don’t live in a fantasy world on any level. My time in Vietnam clamped me firmly to the realities of this world and I have never, for an instant, let go. I know the dangers that we face. I know that our government is not NOT our friend but is actively our enemy. I know these things and I try desperately to tell people in blogs and posts and conversations and links and articles but I also know that I’m just preaching to the choir.
The idiots in their Hover Rounds paid for by Medicare and who live on Social Security and then put stupid racist flags all over their foreign made cars and applaud the most filthy rich, right wing hate mongers as they spew their vomit that Medicare and Social Security must be abolished. They are showing absolute obedience and love to the very people that want them to die so that the government can steal more money from Medicare and Social Security and give it to the same hate filled spewers of crap that these people eat up like free chocolate cake and bacon.
I don’t need to be insulted by some small minded freak that can’t put the words together for himself so he attacks me for not doing it for him. He may think he’s some kind of liberal or progressive but he is as ignorant and full of hate as the entire right wing of this nation is. If he has something to say then say it himself and let it stand or fall of it’s own truthfulness.
Yes, Facebook spies on you. Constantly. If you believe, as I do that this country is going to be taken over in time as either a Fascist or Theocratic or Plutocratic government then everything you have ever said or posted on Facebook will be used against you. Facebook spies on you. The rest of the nation spies on you, as well. Those security cameras you had installed on and in your home “for your protection”, do you honestly believe that the company that controls those videos won’t happily give them over to the government at the drop of a hat?
So, yes, Facebook spies on you and so does everyone else. But if that is all you want to say then say it. Don’t insult someone of greater intelligence just because their posts don’t contain your favorite theories. Facebook spies, that’s all I wanted to say and I said it clearly.