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Information Terrorist

By mike flugennockTuesday - August 23rd, 2022Categories: Bidenism, Ukrainamania, media, war and peace

…Some three weeks after Schumer helped push the (Ukraine aid) bill into law, on July 14, Andriy Shapovalov, a Ukrainian civil servant whose salary was paid for by U.S. taxpayer monies, convened a “round table” in Kiev on “countering disinformation.”

Shapovalov, in his role as the acting head of Ukraine’s Center for Countering Disinformation, published a list of the names of 72 people whom he accused of deliberately spreading disinformation about Ukraine. Shapovalov labelled them “information terrorists,” adding that Ukraine was preparing legislation so that such people can be prosecuted as “war criminals.”

—Scott Ritter, reporting at Consortium News, 08.03.2022

Yeah, kids, isn’t that a flabbergaster? One helluva humdinger of a doozy. I thought Biden — who never met a US war of aggression he didn’t like — had pretty much destroyed my Goofy Meter when he called Putin a “war criminal”, but this shit’s got Goofy Meters exploding worldwide.

Just so we’re clear — any journalist reporting the truth from on the ground, any journalist or essayist whose reporting or opinions contradict the official US/NATO Western media narrative? That’s right, an “information terrorist”, a “war criminal”. Ben Norton? Aaron Maté? Rania Khalek? Alina Lipp? Eva Bartlett? Lee Camp? Yep, that’s right. Information terrorists, war criminals.

The Gallup numbers, which I peeped not soon after, really drove the goofiness home. After 70-odd years of lies about Hiroshima, the Tonkin Gulf, My Lai, Cambodia, Laos, the Drug War, Kuwaiti incubator babies, Iraqi WMD’s, Afghanistan, Havana Syndrome, Russiagate, trust in US media is at an all-time low, and I’m an “information terrorist” for doing these goddamn cartoons? I’M a goddamn “war criminal” for calling out the US state and media on their lies?

Bwah ha ha ha ha hah. The West™ can’t collapse a day too soon for me.

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The Mastodon In The Room: Why The Fediverse Isn’t All That

By mike flugennockSunday - May 8th, 2022Categories: Bidenism, Russiagate, Ukrainamania, liberty, media, war and peace

They’re non-binary, declare their pronouns, wave their trans flags high, wear their revolutionary cred on their sleeves — and they’re ready to stomp down dissent at a moment’s notice, and be “woke” as a motherfucker while they do it.

“Don’t wanna be an American Idiot,
one nation, controlled by the media —
Information Age of hysteria
is calling out to Idiot America!”
— Green Day

In January of 2018, I found myself rooting around for alternative social media spaces shortly after receiving this note full of thinly-veiled threats from Twitter regarding my following and retweeting “Russian-influenced” accounts. All the cool kids got one.

That spring, after taking a quick peek at Gab (and a long, hot shower afterwards), I was turned on to Mastodon by a fellow “Russian dupe” on Twitter. It was during that first wave of Left voices and publications being bounced off of Twitter for “Russian influence” — i.e. contradicting the official US media party line. Of course, I got my ass over there pronto and set up a presence. I didn’t mind that the traffic was a bit thin; it was basically what Twitter would’ve been without the trolls, bots, shills, spammers and Nazis — like, detoxed Twitter.

It was sweet for those first 3 or 4 years, speaking and creating freely in that peaceful non-toxic space without the DNC trolls, clueless celebrities, shit-take-dropping pundits and Nazi instigators creating endless background noise, without the threat of mass reporting by DNC flunkies. I grew to enjoy the light traffic flow, being able to associate and converse with fellow Lefties, anarchists, socialists without having to fight through the cacophony of Twitter. Even through the percolating zaniness of this past January and February I happily passed along the latest from Grayzone, MintPress, Breakthrough News, Multipolarista, Sputmik, and RT with no problems.

Then, after 30 years of US/NATO bullying, provocation, instigation and broken US promises, Russia moved in on the Ukraine to de-nazify the place — and the hysteria in the US, already surging to fever pitch, broke loose and flooded peoples’ minds with a tsunami of Krazy surpassing even the kraziest days of Post-9/11 and Iraq War v2.0. The Western bosses’ media cranked the krazy up to 11 and busted off the knob. Meanwhile, I naively thought Mastodon and the Fediverse would provide me with a “safe space” to hunker down and shelter myself from the krazy.

Oh, what a goddamn idiot.

“Welcome to a new kind of tension
all across the alien nation
where everything isn’t meant to be OK…”
—Green Day

One morning in the middle of this past April, a couple of weeks after returning home from a month’s vacation — and an entirely separate adventure in krazy — I was greeted by this jarring message from the mods at mastodon.social in reference to my short series of posts containing quotes from and links to an article on Grayzone about neo-Nazi Azov Battalion involvement in the Mariupol theater bombing …accompanied by the usual — and by now, just plain banal — claims of sharing “intentionally false or misleading information” in the Grayzone article.

Now, I challenge anyone reading this to have a look at the Grayzone piece and show me anything in there that’s intentionally (or otherwise) false or misleading or anything other than the posing of honest valid questions, stating plain facts about neo-Nazi influence in Ukraine, and reporting the real situation from “on the ground” in Mariupol. It should be obvious to anyone with two brain cells to rub together that the mods at mastodon.social — along with virtually all US/Western corporate media — have chosen to redefine “false and misleading” as “contradicting the official US/Western media line”.

While not being actually thrown off of mastodon.social, I could sure as hell take a hint, and it was at this point where — as Maya Angelou reminds us — it was time to believe it when Mastodon showed me who they really were the first time not just at mastodon.social, but at instances all over the Fediverse. At the time, I also had a couple of other accounts running simultaneously, at kolektiva.social and mastodon.art; I figured it’d be a simple matter to just migrate my followers over to kolektiva, put a redirect on the old mastodon.social account, and get back at it.

Oh, what a goddamn idiot.

“Well maybe I’m the faggot, America
I’m not a part of a redneck agenda —
Now everybody, do the propaganda
and sing along to the age of paranoia…!”
—Green Day

It was barely two weeks later when I got this curt notice from the mods at kolektiva.social.

Unlike the mastodon.social mods, the kolektiva crew’s irony-free, catchphrase- and buzzword-packed missives — they actually said “whataboutism”, f’crissake — were a little more old-skool McCarthyist, blatantly accusing me of being “pro-Kremlin” for posting news items from outlets other than Western boss media in “a very credulous way”. Oh, how I laughed — as if they and nearly everybody around me wasn’t happily guzzling US media hype and horseshit with off-scale credulity. The real howler is that in the midst of all the Red-baiting, the kolektiva mods openly admit that the RT and Sputnik reports were “more or less valid” but — well, y’know, RT and Sputnik. That’s basically all they had — the reporting was entirely factual, but it was Russian media, so they’re giving me the equivalent of five minutes to clean out my desk.

Being asked to leave a Mastodon instance with a supposed reputation for “revolutionary” thought, expression and action for posting content contradicting official Western capitalist media pegged my irony meter so hard it busted the needle off.

And this, kiddies, is why Mastodon takes the pipe big-time — not because of the underlying principles or philosophy behind it, or how their network is built, but the people. It’s a problem that’s plagued online communities ever since the days of local BBS systems and Usenet — people in positions of unaccountable authority. When you peel away all the “cuteness” on Mastodon, that’s basically what you have left — people just as heavily indoctrinated by Western capitalist media as anyone on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, happily inflicting the same kind of damage on free thought, speech and creativity. All the federated, decentralized, happy-time furry trans flag avatar “woke” goodness you can slather on isn’t worth jack if everybody there is infected with the same “disinformation” brain worms as almost everybody else in America and the Western World™.

The real “cancel culture” isn’t about some trash-mouthed racist comedian whining about being kicked off TV; it’s about the very real suppression of dissident voices on the Left by corporate media and their indoctrinated flunkies in supposedly dissent-friendly “free” spaces like Mastodon — which I’ve now realized is basically Twitter, but with dungeonmasters and “furry” art.

Mastodon bites, and “woke” is broke.

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