While no one thought Twitter would die honorably, the last few days have been an uglier stage in the platform’s inevitable demise than anyone expected—with Musk daily encouraging vile neo-Nazi memes.
I hope you come over to Post, young man. Or at least cross-post from wherever you are (besides Twitter), and substack and email!
No, I am not despicable but I was banned from Paypal because they tried to hold my money, it was against the law, they couldn’t do that. They had to give me my money back and so they banned me forever. >$800... That’s fine. You don’t have to be despicable to lose Paypal, just sticking up for your rights is enough to do it. They won’t close my account either, so I still get PayPal scam emails all the time.
I was banned from Twitter forever, recently, for posting a screenshot of very very poor Starlink service, (under 1-Mbps), that cost me $150 a month. Their peak time is 7 AM to 11 PM, 16 hours a day. It is not all it’s cracked up to be. Free speech, my ass!
When I read “Shibetoshi Nakamoto” as the handle name I couldn't help thinking that this is a reference to Satoshi Nakamoto, the alleged founder of Bitcoin. Shibe also looks related to Shiba Inu, the dog breed used in Dogecoin.
This was a tough read. Seth, I am so very sorry you've had to deal with these sorts of attacks. What hate does to a human being, in casting people's fears, inadequacies, anger at "other" people, for their differences, is appalling. It's just awful. I will never understand why people choose to hate. I know all the psychological reasons, but I still cannot comprehend why so many choose that route. Sending so many positive wishes your way, as always, Seth! And, thank you for all you do for us. ❤️🕯☮️
I don’t really visit the bluebird much anymore - except to promote Spoutible.com which is so much better, less toxic, no Nazis, etc.
I’m at least trying to be more active on Tribel, which doesn’t have #elonmusk meddling with morals. And also Twitter is now home to Tucker Carlson’s show. I do believe we have a duty to at least stay on Twitter, to avert it becoming a Fox online mouthpiece.
Seth, I appreciate your in-depth analysis, but you lost me with that last tweet from Cheong that Musk liked. I must be lacking some background info because I don't know how that tweet supports your last point of the sort of person Twitter is for: "pathological penchant for deceit, and … categorical dearth of scruples."
Now I remember why I don’t miss Twitter. I had thousands blocked or muted there. I had Musk muted... perhaps that was the reason behind my permanent ban...
That was a hard read to get through, because of its ugly and Evil content. Truth can be uglier and more Evil than fiction. Also, bringing up Ayn Rand brought to mind the journey her philosophy took within the GOP around the early 2000's (they disliked her atheism but felt the rest would be good for America). A future Congress leader, Paul Ryan, would introduce Rand to American voters.
The 4 decades devolution of the GOP to cowardly, anti-democracy, anti-American Trumpist fascists was too much for *anti-Trump* Ryan, who left Congress in 2019. Americans must understand that when the GOP was against left wing Communist authoritarianism during Cold War years, we thought that they were against all authoritarianism. No, the radical part of the GOP who favored right wing authoritarianism was increasingly empowered for votes after 1980, becoming today's GOP. Ryan may want anyone but Trump, but he will not disavow any GOP candidate's love for their adolescent, cowardly, anti-democracy, anti-American fascist thinking. And, yes, as the following read (which mentions Ayn Rand's influence) says, "It may all come back to early childhood."