The day after posting an article that gave the point of view of Nicholas Maduro on the attempted coup designed by U.S. corporations to take control of the largest oil supply in the world, using our corrupt government as a tool to disingenuously provide infotainment to the ignorant masses, I was prevented from using my WordPress account. At first I thought it was just a problem with my iPad, but over the course of three and a half months I was kept out of my blog on several devices. I’ve used several library computers as well as personal devices during that time and never got into the account. Interesting…
Here’s a link to the post that is apparently so inappropriate:
I wondered if it wasn’t a coincidence that on so many devices I was unable to access my account. I certainly haven’t used my site to post pornography or rants of hate – although the second of those is definitely allowed online. I see it every day, including in the corporate media that I grew up believing to be responsible and respectable. (Some of it is so hateful and disgusting it might be logical to consider it pornography of the mind).
My iPad is old and, due to planned obsolescence (a commandment of Capitalism), is incredibly slow. For example when I would go to the official site of the National Basketball Association to check on the N.Y. Knicks, by the time I found out the score the game was usually over. When I occasionally go to the major league baseball website to find out how the New York Yankees are doing (hey, no hating!) I get access to stories glorifying the players who hit the most home runs but no Yankee score. But I get something.
I wondered if WordPress could be so amenable to the sadistic corporate agenda that even a tiny site with less than 400 followers going against the opinion of, apparently, about 90% of the country could pose enough of a threat to be shut down temporarily. Nah. It can’t be that. That’s ridiculous.
But why wouldn’t I be able to access my site on public computers? Hmmm. That’s a tough one to figure out. Let us not forget the USA Patriot Act signed by George W. Bush in October 2001. That anti-democratic invasion of privacy allows spy agencies to keep track of what we take out of libraries to read and watch.
I have learned over the past few years which subjects are taboo in the United States: the belief system of Capitalism and the war crimes of Israel. Venezuela’s current system does not obey the demands of the current global rulers so they are punished. Incessantly, through manipulation of information as well as the usual tools of coercion: economic blockades and other weapons of financial war. As far as the censorship, there are many facets, I’ve noticed a few.
I’m going to shift gears here for a moment.
I have a Youtube account. I opened it in 2009 and enjoyed making short videos about various subjects, the most controversial being a few local protests I’d attended, but it was mostly to post recordings of my music. Nothing actually controversial. I often listened to music and occasionally commented on videos.
Then I joined the Occupy Wall Street movement.
In October of 2011, I started posting videos from Zuccotti Park in Downtown Manhattan and once they started to get a bit more popular than my previous videos, a few months into the “occupation”, I was banned from uploading anything. Anything. Soon after, I was prevented from commenting on videos, whether political or just music. More than seven years later I’m still unable to comment on the site.
I used to have a Twitter account. I was creative in my use of hash tags and had tweets retweeted every day, but I noticed something strange – and disturbing. My “clever” tweets got me hundreds of followers fairly quickly, but every time I posted poignant questions about the state religion of the U.S. or why we allow our government to support a violent military regime in the Middle East that possesses nuclear weapons and regularly kills unarmed people, the number of “followers” who stopped following my account was larger than the number of new “followers.” The pattern persisted for quite a while.
These “followers” were apparently people who supported regulation of the financial industry, protection of endangered animals and habitats, a single payer health care system, funding of school lunches for children in poverty, increased funding of the EPA, regular testing of our drinking water, tighter health regulations of our food industry, investigating the fast tracking of dangerous synthetic chemical compounds allowed in our food and medications, elections instead of selections every November, a crackdown on government corruption, the raising of capital gains tax and federal income tax on wealthy individuals…
… but not the questioning of the economic system that is the engine powering the continuance of all of these problems that need immediate attention or asking ourselves if we should support one religion over others, thousands of miles away – despite the fact that the United States was created to escape religious fanaticism and intolerance.
I’ve learned that there are very few free thinkers in the world today. Very few. Many people still have a grasp on basic civil rights and haven’t been swept up in this disgusting movement in recent years which attempts to validate white privilege, unbridled greed, religious intolerance, the spreading of fear and hate labeled as free speech, extreme emotionally-charged reactions as a valid way of formulating ideas as opposed to acting from a place of compassion and acceptance and well, general dysfunction. Collectively, we seem to have lost our respect for individual freedoms and privacy. We think nothing of exposing our innermost thoughts to strangers, ranting publicly about personal peeves and allowing quasi-governmental control agencies to examine everything we do in life and organize us into a huge filing system. All for convenience and a sterile, homogenized existence that continues to look more like the simple survival of the herded cattle we imprison, poison and eat for pleasure every day.
Since I just gained access to my WordPress account and don’t feel confidant that I’ll have that access tomorrow. I’ve rushed this piece, letting the words flow without hesitation. I just wanted to get these thoughts out while able. I read many posts by my favorite bloggers these past months, but was unable to hit the like button or comment. I intend to “like” and comment on some of them, it depends on my access.
I appreciate anyone who has taken the time to read this “rant” – especially those who stop and let these facts sink in. Something is going on…