Truth Social: A Review

NeonRevolt tries out the new social media platform and shares his opinion:

Truth Social is like being trapped in the world’s gayest Boomer containment unit, where Dan Bongino and Charlie Kirk fanbois celebrate their successful “throuple-ing” alongside the gender reveal of their gay test-tube babies, while posting weak memes from 2014 like they’re somehow still digital owns.

Oh, you can post Chippendale’s Make America Gay Again to your heart’s content, but call anyone a faggot or a retard, and cyber-Nunes will emerge from the clouds to Stalin your post from the timeline, so you won’t hurt Richard Grenell’s feelings.

Anything other than slavish devotion to Durham and the promise of “2 more weeks” is met with all the typical whining.

Sounds like yet another Republican gatekeeper platform. Hard pass.

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The Decreasing Utility of Email

Google’s dirty political tricks are only a small fraction of the problem. What used to be a supremely useful tool has been rendered increasingly useless, and totally unreliable, but the very services that purport to provide it.

A new study found that Google’s Gmail favors liberal candidates, allowing the vast majority of emails from left-wing politicians to land in the user’s inbox while more than two-thirds of messages from conservative candidates are marked as spam.

North Carolina State University’s Department of Computer Science published, “A Peek into the Political Biases in Email Spam Filtering Algorithms During US Election 2020,” last week in order to determine if spam filtering algorithms (SFAs) are biased toward a particular political party or ideology. The extensive study took place over a course of five months, from July 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020 on Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo. They created 102 email accounts and subscribed to two Presidential, 78 Senate, and 156 House candidates.

To accurately estimate the political biases and mitigate any potential effects of demographics (ethnicity, age, and gender), we created multiple email accounts with different combinations of demographic factors and designed two experiments. The first experiment studies the general trends of biases in SFAs across the email services for the Presidential, Senate and House candidates. The second experiment studies the impact of different email interactions such as reading the emails, marking them as spam, or vice versa on the biases in SFAs. We designed an automated process to perform all the subscriptions, and took periodic backups to keep all the email accounts active as well as to keep track of the correct number of spam emails received over the course of data collection for each of the three services,” they wrote.

“We made several important observations in our study. For example, as an aggregate trend, Gmail leaned towards the left while Outlook and Yahoo leaned towards the right. Yahoo retained about half of all the political emails in inbox (up to 55.2% marked as spam) while outlook filtered out the vast majority of emails (over 71.8%) from all political candidates and marked them as spam,” the proposed methodology section continued. “Gmail, however, retained the majority of left-wing candidate emails in inbox (< 10.12% marked as spam) while sent the majority of right-wing candidate emails to the spam folder (up to 77.2% marked as spam).”

The study “further observed that the percentage of emails marked by Gmail as spam from the right-wing candidates grew steadily as the election date approached while the percentage of emails marked as spam from the left-wing candidates remained about the same” in the days leading up to Election Day.

This is why some sort of reliable community-wide direct comms systems need to be developed. Not for digital security – which is a charade no matter what technomagic is promised and probably would not be permitted – but simply for the reliability of delivery.

The user experience of email has been enhanced to the point of near-uselessness. And it probably won’t be too long before even that line is crossed.

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You Can’t Fight the Market

Even mighty Amazon has finally been forced to submit to the inexorable forces of the market:

Amazon quietly updated its help documentation to state that Kindle devices will start supporting EPUB files.

There’s a catch, though. “Beginning in late 2022, Send to Kindle applications will support EPUB (.EPUB) format,” says the document. This means you’ll be able to send EPUB files to your Kindle via Amazon’s handy Send to Kindle system, which essentially lets you upload documents to your Kindle by emailing them to your Kindle email address. It’s unclear, however, whether Kindles will natively support EPUB files, allowing you to purchase ebooks from Amazon’s library in the EPUB format directly.

This is a big deal for everyone who owns a Kindle and isn’t completely reliant on Amazon’s library. Until now, you had to manually convert EPUB files into MOBI (or another format) to load them onto your Kindle, and this often brought additional issues as the conversion wasn’t always perfect.

Also, the news is notable for the sheer fact that Amazon avoided supporting the otherwise widely supported EPUB format for nearly 15 years (EPUB is an open standard that originally launched in September 2007).

Additionally, Amazon’s document says that – also in late 2022 – its Send to Kindle system will stop supporting MOBI files (ironically, MOBI was Amazon’s long-preferred standard, and the company has its own version of MOBI called AZW).

It certainly took them long enough to accept the inevitable. But it’s a very powerful lesson in learning not to fight the market. It is said that the heart wants what it wants, regardless of what logic dictates, and the same is true of the market. The sooner any entrepreneur or business accepts this reality, the less likely it is to make unnecessary and unforced errors.

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Mailvox: An Insider’s Take

A friend who correctly called fake news on Jack Maxey of the false Hunter Biden laptop leak also offered me his take on Elon Musk and his recent actions, including the acquisition of Twitter.

Musk is a premier mechanism by which a certain faction of USG routes around the scleroticism of fedgov.

Most obviously with SpaceX contra United Launch Alliance, but also Tesla to counter Chinese electrotech dominance, Boring Company for post-drone swarm underground warfare, Neuralink for 1) controlling said drone swarms 2) AGI via human brain activity cloning.

His entire portfolio of companies is dual use for military purposes. Twitter is the public infowar arena for the Deep State.

Now Musk and by extension this faction own it.

Difficult to tell if this faction is friendly, neutral or hostile. They appear to me to be at the least not obviously friendly. This will be a public, reasonably sensitive test as to whether they are useful, depending on how they handle banned anti-prog accounts and ongoing anti-prog (note the distinction from rightist) speech.

Considering that Ivan Throne has already managed to get himself banned from the New and Improved Twitter (Musk edition), I am confident that all of Musk’s blatherings about FREE SPEECH are nothing more than empty rhetoric and advertising to bring all the basic conservatives and their gatekeepers back into the conservative sheepfold.

As far as I’m concerned, literally nothing has changed.

Furthermore, I note that the Enlightenment value of consequence-free freedoms of speech and expression is neither a Christian moral value nor a societal virtue. Societal virtue is determined by qualititative measures, not quantitative ones.

A society or an institution that permits everything is better described as licentious, not free, while a society or an institution that bans blasphemy, obscenity, and vulgarity is fundamentally different than one that bans the existence of opinions about historical events, sexual behaviors, and certain nations.

Musk’s faction is almost certainly more libertarian and licentious than the social justice faction, but it’s entirely possible that, given his predilection for dabbling with women enamored of spiritual darkness, that it is even more deeply wicked.

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Out With the Old Gatekeeper

And in with the new:

Elon Musk has seized control of Twitter for $44 billion as weeks of rollercoaster negotiations finally came to a close Monday afternoon.

The billionaire agreed to pay shareholders $54.20 in cash for each share of common stock before the bombshell deal was struck.

The move shifts control of the social media platform populated by millions of users and global leaders to the world’s richest person.

Musk vowed to protect free speech on Twitter, ‘defeat the spam bots’ and ‘authenticate all humans’ as he welcomed the acquisition.

He also revealed he planned to ‘enhance the product with new features’ and ‘make the algorithms open source to increase trust’.

Elon Musk is not “the world’s richest person” because he’s a good guy or because he is dedicated to the Good, the Beautiful, and the True. Whatever god he serves is not God the Father of Jesus Christ. This is just the exchange of one set of gatekeepers for another.

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European Civilization in Decline

Say what you will about the Germans, but a predilection for excessive showering has never been a problem:

Amidst discussion in the country of a potential total energy embargo on Russia, articles about the supposed health benefits of showering less have begun to pop up.

In an article titled ‘‘It’s enough to wash THESE four body parts – Why the skin cleans itself if you let it’, Germany’s Bild newspaper cites advice by economy minister Robert Habeck, who has called on citizens to cut back on their heating, sauna visits, and showers to help the country reduce its dependence on Russian energy.

The piece claims that avoiding showers gives good bacteria a chance to propagate, helping with skin conditions and also consuming the substances responsible for body odor.

“This way, it [skin] cleans itself,” states the article, arguing dubiously that avoiding washing your body will actually make you smell better. The article quotes dermatologist Yael Adler, who claims that avoiding showers for three weeks makes, “the odors disappear and the skin begins a kind of a self-cleaning process.”

I have lived with Germans, Belgians, and French. Of the three, the Germans were easily the least inclined to take showers, and without question the most odiferous. So, perhaps you will understand if I am not celebrating the news that Germans will be taking even fewer showers in the future.

I understand that many of you were dubious when I said that one of the things we are fighting for is indoor plumbing. Perhaps now you understand that my statement was not even remotely rhetorical in nature, but rather, pure logic-based dialectic.

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Rendering Themselves Irrelevant

What’s the point in using Duck Duck Go anymore? If you want censorship and a reliance on the approved Narrative, you can simply stick with Google.

DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg has announced that the search engine will begin purging all independent media outlets from the platform and will replace them with “trusted” mainstream media outlets instead.

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Just Post It To The Internet

A whistleblower in possession of Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop explains that simply “releasing the information to the Internet” isn’t quite as simple in practice as it sounds in theory to those who haven’t actually ever done it.

Maxey claimed one former intelligence agency senior staffer told him soon after he received the hard drive in 2020: ‘If you don’t release enough of this, so that they know you can release all of it, I’m telling you brother, you’re a dead man.’

Maxey took their advice in October 2020 and posted batches of emails and other files from the laptop on file sharing sites.

But after about an hour, the links were taken down.

Maxey said he believes the US government was hunting down files from the laptop posted online and flagged them to the companies.

‘There were five drop boxes: two in the United States, one in New Zealand, two in the UK. All the same drop boxes in which they tell us child pornography is shared around the globe without any consequence because they can’t look at it.

‘These are all Five Eyes countries, English speaking countries in an intelligence sharing agreement. And they were all ripped down.

‘​​So this means that our intelligence services, who still have not even acknowledged that they have Hunter Biden’s laptop, were obviously diligently doing cache searches across the internet to find out if any of this stuff was being released.

‘That should terrify every single decent person in the West.’

There is a lot to observer here. First, the damning aspects of the hard drive and the corruption of the US government are confirmed, not that any further evidence of either was required. Second, the whole “dark web” concept is mostly a myth, as the intelligence and crime agencies clearly have the ability to see whatever it is they wish to see and remove whatever it is they wish to remove. Third, the government agencies are protecting the distribution of child pornography, and most likely, the sex trafficking networks as well. Fourth, the media organizations are entirely corrupt and are aligned with the government agencies with regards to these matters.

Fortunately, it appears that although the information is not yet generally available to the public, it has already been distributed widely enough in a variety of formats, and to a variety of organizations, that it should be available soon. While I doubt that the various revelations from the hard drive will be sufficient to topple The Empire That Never Ended, it will help a lot more people see through the Empire’s lies and will give imperial enemies like China and Russia considerably more ammunition to use in the information war against the Empire in which they are presently outgunned.

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The Problem with Twitter

The problem with Twitter is not its management, its Trust & Safety Council, or its anti-free speech policy. The problem is that MPAI (Most People Are Idiots) and social media magnifies their idiocy. Consider the following exchange on Gab, after Andrew Torba reposted my comment about Jordan Peterson and other Pied Pipers of the Right.

Elon Musk is not, and will never be, one of “the good guys”. Neither is Joe Rogan, Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, Glenn Beck, Dennis Prager, or any other figurehead elevated and propped up by the wicked corpocracy. When will morons on the right stop falling for the same charade?

@voxday I love it when people say stuff like this then offer zero examples to back up their reasoning. And then when someone says something contrary to the OP the response is “you’re retarded.” That doesn’t make anyone believe what you’ve said; even if @a reposts your vague statement.

@rurallifemurica @a First, I’ve published an entire book exposing Jordan Peterson, and written dozens of posts documenting political frauds from Bill O’Reilly to Ben Shapiro. Literally 3 seconds of effort on your part were required, but you couldn’t even manage that. Second, since you are observably incapable of having your mind changed by information, there is absolutely no point in providing you with more detailed information. Rhetoric is all you speak, so rhetoric is all you get. Third, you’re retarded.

The fact that most people are limited to rhetorical communication and lurch from one position to another on the basis of their emotional manipulation by external sources is why social media is ultimately just another societal management tool for the elite. A recent study that paid inveterate Fox News watchers to watch CNN for an extended of period of time demonstrated, contrary to the study’s hypothesis, that the views of those watchers changed considerably in response to what is, quite literally, the programming of their minds.

Any platform that wishes to remain functional on a dialectic level will find it necessary to limit access to it, or it will rapidly descend into precisely the same morass of moronics that engulfs every popular social media platform, regardless of its orientation and policies. This is why we harbor no desire to open up either SocialGalactic or comments on other platforms to the public.

As one SGer observed, “It’s not an echo chamber. It’s a high-pass IQ filter.”

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Facebook’s Two-Minute Hate

Mark Zuckerberg has decided that hate and calls for violence are acceptable, so long as they’re directed against Jews and the topic relates to Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

Meta has confirmed that hate speech calling for violence is now permissible on Facebook and Instagram — as long as the targets are Jewish and the topic of conversation relates to Israel’s military occupation of Palestine. The revised rules on violence and incitement will apply in certain countries – such as Saudi Arabia and Iran – and will allow violent rhetoric against Jews and IDF soldiers.

“As a result of the Israeli invasion of Palestine, we have temporarily made allowances for forms of political expression that would normally violate our rules like violent speech, such as ‘death to the Jewish invaders.’”

Oh, sorry. Apparently there has been a slight misunderstanding. Correction: Jews and Palestine are off-limits. Please do not hate them or utilize violent rhetoric against them. It’s Russians for whom we must reserve our hate.

It’s getting hard to keep track of who is supposed to be Hitler now.

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