DisgraceBook Update

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Another day, another holler.  Just found the feedback box to protest my ban from DisgraceBook over allegations of posting pornography.  I just sent them a web link from the story I posted here yesterday.  I will be sure to report on the action taken, but since there’s only fourteen hours left on my “ban” at this point, the clock will probably run out before Facebook pulls their head out of their ass.  And it’s sad (for them..lol) really, because in the meantime I’m already working out an exit strategy.  Given the trampling of the weeds at the edge of the compound from the massive amount of traffic they’ve lost in the rush of exiting teens, the route is already cleared.
I’ve another interesting and slightly distressing observation to share with you.  I went to post on USA Today and there was no way to get into their system because of my Facebook interconnection.  That in and of itself is enough for me to sever ties with Facebook and I’m thinking of avoiding USA Today (and any other site I find that is so reliant on Facebook for “approval” on my character before posting that I can’t participate in OUR SHARED public arena).

Note To Self: Stop Shaving

SupportsGayRights .philrobertson

Did you see how livid the GodSquad was when their momentary hero got temporarily banned from the Duck Sucker Show?  OMG, the pearl-clutching and hand wringing!!  In relation to the stuff he got slapped on the wrist for saying, in comparison to my “offense”?  No comparison at all, but then like most of you, I obviously don’t command the necessary divine blessings (or ZZ Top stylist) necessary for the adequate protection of my free speech rights!  They say it’s a free country, and I’ll bite.  I’m free to leave Facebook and tell my story on the way out as they continue to free-fall like so many other “broken” social networks of bygone eras.  That trail is so littered with the rotting hubris of bulk, it’s a wonder that Facebook hasn’t gotten any smarter than their predecessors.

Facebook Censored

That said, I think it’s important to make a point of exposing this abuse of membership for both their survival and the survival of free speech rights for the average Joe.  Now that Facebook has become such a gatekeeper and monolithic entity it resides (along with my beloved Twitter) in the bowels of my iOS devices, I’m forced to hold them to a higher “public” standard on issues affecting my ability to comment and post on issues important to me.  Ferchrissakes, people are posting calls to assassinate the President through flimsy “tongue-in-cheek” cartoons and dog-whistle rightwing code on their social network and they don’t get blocked or banned!  Great, let the Secret Service sort them out.  I’m not going out of my way to squelch their rights (and neither is Facebook for that matter), but here I sit, unable to even submit a public reply on my own Facebook account at this point!!

I am in the process of offloading/downloading my entire Facebook profile now.  I can’t wait to see the file size on that!  I will likely delete everything and leave a skeletal profile for ease in logging onto other services.  I’m also still able to “direct message” followers on MySpaceBook, so there’s that to consider.

At the end of the day, Facebook has shown itself to be entirely more reckless and out of control than even I am and that my friends, it the path to complete and total destruction.  You can be ABSOLUTELY SURE that just as soon as my 24 hour ban gets lifted I’m going to be reposting the ‘pornography’ that got me banned in the first instance, just out of principle alone.  I’m going to force their hand one way or the other and let the world have a ringside seat to the circus.

Obligatory.  I’m an outlaw on a steel horse I ride…
The Steel Horse I Ride

Enjoy.

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Panic in the Trenches

The pearl clutching panic among the FTB Girlyban conspirators is still going full bore.  Not since that billionaire dick (Koch) was caught giving a fiscal reach-around to those global warming deniers, have so many loud-mouthed public blowhards been so afraid of having their insider conspiracy exposed.  The degree of anticipatory fear shown by the  #FTBullies  (that Thunderf00t might actually do the kind of document dumping that makes me proud of Bradley Manning), has me wondering if Thunderf00t is actually sitting on equally explosive information.  It is just as likely that they are freaking out because they are afraid Thunderf00t will release their secret “brownie” recipes.  It would be imprudent not to speculate.


Not enough resolution to determine if jewelry passes the Surly Amy standards of acceptable public display.

For all their over-the-top brouhaha, the FTBullies are fun to watch and mock.  It isn’t everyday that you can witness intellectual or cultural evolution of this magnitude in real time!!  We were all getting totally “mocked out” on creationists and religious apologists anyway.  Even the sight of PZ dry humping Ken Ham’s fiberglass Dino-donky was starting to fade in allure.  And then there was this:


The Bukkake Factory is considering suing her for trademark violations.

You know what I’m telling you is true because back in the old days (before BigPappa fell under the spell of the red-headed hippie chick above), we used to have real cohesive internet social gatherings.

Holy Christ on a Cracker!,how I long for the good old days when a certified sacrament of questionable moral acquisition could be openly desecrated by BigPappa to the delight of all skeptics.

I blame the presence of so many jack-booted Girlyban enforcers, heavily armed with their intimidating “douche detectors”  for harshing the mellow of the entire movement.  There isn’t enough Preparation H available on the entire planet to stem the massive output of “butthurt” being spewed by the hyper-vigilant  SHE ORG division of Girlybantology Inc.


I would be too busy spending money to blog if I had the presence of mind to go bullish on hemorrhoid cushions early last year.

In my wildest dreams, I never imagined having a front row seat to a New Century religious movement that blended (tiny) bits of rationalism, Scientology, secrecy, radical feminism, Fox TV “debating” techniques, Muslim fanaticism and hero worship; all in one fell swoop!  Given the breakaway faction’s science geek provenance, it isn’t specially shocking to see them borrowing freely from their more successful peers on the lunatic fringes.  I guess we should count our blessings that they haven’t yet tried to enforce a Klingon-Only language policy at Skepticon or TAM.  That could be a bit much to bear, as the guys are still getting used to the mandatory guyliner applications and hair braiding sessions.

I honestly do regret having to see many great men of skepticism and science slandered (Dawkins, TF, Krauss, Grothe, Hitchens, ElevatorGuy…) while simultaneously witnessing former giants of our movement toilet-hugging drunk on their power (PZ, Dillahunty).

Enjoy.

Mounting Casualities

Looks like Thunderf00t and Greg Laden have been run off Free Thought Blogs.:

We are parting company with two of our bloggers: Thunderf00t and Greg Laden. We wish them both the best but, unfortunately, their behavior towards other members of the community has made it impossible to keep them as part of our network. This is not a matter of a disagreement or difference of opinion, but of behavior that we cannot condone or support.

Didn’t take Thunderf00t long to get accused of bad behavior.  About a week if I recall.   There must be something we didn’t see, because the only “behavior” I ever saw him display was rational examination of what are the most irrational claims being thrown at atheists and skeptics since the quieting of the flat Earth contingent.

Congratulations to the the American Girlyban!!  Your list of scalps continues to grow even as the level of attention (and mockery) you bring to yourselves and skeptics in general hits new levels of vapidity.  I am not sure what Greg Laden is accused of.  I had already quit reading FTB and only returned when Thunderf00t joined.  I need to go back and examine what dastardly deed caused Mr. Laden’s eviction.  I suspect it was rational thinking based on Thunderf00t, but maybe the Gasbagging Girlyban are fingering him as “creepy elevator guy”?  I always assumed it was PZ Myers, but whocouldanode?

I left the following comment on this blog in response to the news that yet another (male) blogger is throwing in the towel from the continual bashing he is getting from the Gasbaggers.  Best Wishes to CoffeeLovingSkeptic.

I try to steer away from the more vulgar assessments of Baby Becca, even if I agree that what she is doing IS downright vulgar.  I never met her (or any of you) except on the blogs.  I attend ALL the major conferences though (on Youtube…lol).

She will not be shamed (or reasoned) into admitting her inter-group terrorism is unnecessary and obnoxious, no matter what approach one uses.  I came out-of-the-gate (Attack of the American Girlyban) with a mix of humor, mocking satire, and sarcasm hoping to induce a bit of shame.  At the end of the day, nobody who worries about security at heavily attended events held in classy hotels (often casinos with uber security btw) should be taken seriously.  Such concerns are CLEARLY irrational.

Many skeptics of higher regard than myself weighed in on the initial creepy elevator guy incident, the most noted being Richard Dawkins, who not coincidentally said exactly the right thing in about the right tone of voice.  Dawkins is certainly not considered a firebrand by anyone except the crazy religious crowd.  When his viewpoint was met with such hostility, it prompted me to engage.  Not only because I am a HUGE Richard Dawkins fan, but also because his viewpoint and mine were in accord.

It was almost a year ago today that I penned the original American Girlyban column.  I won’t link whore.  Google finds me quick enough for those who desire, and unlike CoffeeLovingSkeptic, I won’t be cowed into submission or silence by a bunch of spoiled, yuppie post teenagers with bad attitudes.  Nothing short of a massive “cloud” failure is slowing down my output.  I do Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr and Yelp.  I have been blogging since before Blogger was Blogger (Pyra Labs).  My Yahoo email account was established in 1998, and it wasn’t my first.  So bring it on.

FWIW, I am not “doing” Freethoughtblogs anymore.  Thunderf00t was the last straw for me, though with the introduction of the all the earlier banning and blocking, it was already coming to resemble a bad replica of nearly any Creationist or ID website.  They can all sit around over at Freethoughtblogs curling each other’s hair and painting each other’s toenails while PZ Myers does tantalizing things to them with octopus tentacles.  I don’t care.

I have taken to cross-posting my longer comments to my blog before submitting, since these days, one never knows if their comments will meet with the approval of the host.  I don’t mind being shunned, but I won’t be shouted down.  There weren’t any WMD’s in Iraq, and there is nothing dangerous for women attending conferences of skeptics that requires the level of bullshit, whining and focus that the American Girlyban have proffered.

Enjoy.