This blog is dedicated to the memory of David Weintraub, who took on insidious astroturfers and won.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Graffiti: Vandalism, Propaganda or Nonsensical Rubbish

An image can say so much without the written word; from fine art in galleries to photos circulating in social media and newspapers articles, you name it!

But what of graffiti? I think I only tried it once on a desk at school! Oh, did I get into trouble, cannot even remember what I wrote but I sure remember the 500 lines I had to write for bad behaviour. Anyone else been there with that one?

I was interested in finding out viewpoints on graffiti, it seems to be everywhere, a sign of our times perhaps? Well in doing a wee bit of background research, I found it is no new phenomena in society at all.

In fact, the term graffiti appears to stem from street art in New York City, USA! According to this article, one of the forefathers was TAKI 183. A Greek-American teenager named Demetrius fed a revolution and new wave of graffiti artists worldwide?  

However, delving further into the past to a time well before photography, I found an intriguing image left by prisoners held for treason in The Tower of London, England. It makes me wonder what hell these people were going through at the time. Was it the thought of death by order of a monarch?

image source: The British Library.

Is graffiti a moment in time, a piece of history, or a thinking point perhaps?

Going back to the first image at the top of this entry, one can see a colourful image of `big brother`. Does that type of image spread propaganda; does it somehow feed into avaricious consumerism or can art possibly make a true difference in our world?

With the widespread ability to view photos and images on the net, if a message is effective in its delivery, or should I say, catches the eye, it spreads like the plague- be it positive or negative.

The above graffiti images are by Banksy and shared from Twitter. They got a heap of retweets, although the official Banksy site claims it does not participate in social media.

What do such images say about today's world? Do they symbolise social decay or social freedom? The so called graffiti artist Banksy has certainly made a name for himself! His work is making huge sums of money and in many places it is protected if on a street wall and seemingly considered as a precious piece of art. This I find confusing. Is it not graffiti which in many countries is a criminal offence? And what of other less well known graffiti artists? Is their work less meaningful than his? What I am trying to get at is whether Banksy is making a positive societal difference through critiquing plunderous politicians and others profiting off of societal issues or is he just out to make money.

I did a mini poll on whether people think graffiti is an act of vandalism, and yes, I know, some of you may say polls are a waste of time and can be biased; but on the other side of the coin, could different cultures, backgrounds and ages provide interesting, varied responses?

Here`s a basic view of what was received:

Ok, so it was a very small poll, but I found the replies interesting!

And here's one more opinion:

"I think it should be viewed as artistic expression. If it is racially motivated or driven by hate, then this is negative reinforcement"

That's a mixed bag of views, but who knows if graffiti is a criminal act and worthy of a prison sentence?
How would you react if something negative was scrawled on your house? After all, it is known that repeated abuse can harm a person`s mental health. One man's graffiti could be another's pain.

(See "Repeated experiences of racism most damaging to mental health" via Science Daily.)

More Images:

Hate propaganda image from Northern Ireland

Homophobia in the USA

Political oppression in South Africa under Apartheid:

image source: flikr 2010

In terms of freedom of speech in an age when censorious oppression was common in South Africa, the above graffiti said so much, don`t you think?

I therefore ask can graffiti help foster positive change. I would like to think so. It seems possible that graffiti can create awareness of what is happening in society.

Here again is Bansky! Is this a factual statement or his opinion? 

These are some of the thoughts running through my head on graffiti: They can be rebellious, heart-breaking, evocative, promote unity or disunity, inspire love and hate, call for war or peace and be cries of dark despair or nonsensical rubbish. One may love or hate graffiti, call it what you will, but I do smile at some of the images I experience through viewing street art.

My attempts at writing have been inspired by this blog, and so I have to say a big

Friday, July 22, 2016

Random tidbits from a day in the internet freak, bubble boy life

                         alleged picture of blogger from another time
                         and another place

It's a matter of context. I'm not saying regular guy bloggers cannot make an impact. I'm not saying regular guys are necessarily fellas. I did not invent the word tomato to depict the better half. If you have a problem with that, take it up with Hollywood.

But before we continue, I must first take the Youtube uploader to the woodshed to apply a truth staple.

Thanks for supplying the lyrics. Unfortunately, the above is not what was sung and makes System of a Down appear as homophobic.

It should read, "All you maggots smoking fags on Santa Monica Boulevard."

For those out of the across the pond loop, fags over there are cigarettes. In Amerikkka, they have quite a different meaning. It is a word used to disparage gays and lesbians.

What kind of moron would make such a mistake? A homophobe? Who smokes maggots? Should the uploader see an ear specialist? Sometimes it is very difficult to pick up words. Accents can throw us off. Some people such as Marlon Brando liked to mumble. He wasn't a singer, but it's the same process. You're watching a great movie and Brando is in it. He said something about Stella, but for the bubble boy life of ye, one wonders wtf he just said.

Get control of your facts!

It's said that the deep internet is very difficult to access since none of it can be located through search engines. Wait a second. I'll get back to that quickly, but first I need some more SOAD to get me through writing. This is what's called a playlist. It's like the shampoo ad with so on and so on and so on. It takes a long time to end. It provides good medium mileage.

(on edit: it doesn't seem like Blogger allows me to embed playlists. This is the link if you want to listen to more SOAD.)

Okay, so as I was saying before I rudely interrupted myself, there is a deep internet hidden to regular guys. I have nothing to do with it and it's not my fault. What I'd like to do is provide a deep internet, one that is not shallow, and not to be confused with things Hal Turner or one of his colleagues might want to entrap us with.

I found a kindred spirit. Her name is Leslie Jones. I don't know much about her. She is in a Ghostbusters remake or sequel. She might also be an SNL cast member. As the alleged reincarnation of Lenny Bruce, I have that entertainment angle in common with Ms. Jones, but that's not what I'm talking about. I see she got trolled on at Twitter and then gave a goodbye cruel world tweet, only to return mere days later. That's the interwessonality of how we are kindred. I also give goodbye cruel world medium exits only to pop back in at some point with, "Hey, fellas! I'm back. What did I miss?"

I've also been trolled on by Breitbart's cointelpro division. She got attacked by some wackadoo named Milo Yiannopoulis. I couldn't care less about Breitbart and their twisted entrapment schemes?

The great thing about a tidbit entry is you can leave stuff hanging and move on.


Oliver Stone has directed a movie called Snowden which will find its way into cinemas around September. He is also warning about Pokemon Go. Apparently one is requested to share their google browsing and email records in order to play. I am being vindicated all over the place. The Snowden docs confirmed I was prescient with the paid fake and useful idiot schtick. Now Stone seems to have taken my bubble boy internet freak, Truman Show National Security Project, Hal Turner philosophical exposes and put it into his own language. He calls Pokemon Go very dangerous and a sign that we are living out horrific surveillance capitalism nightmares. He says this is totalitarianism, that we are being taught what to think based on what is stolen during this age of no more privacy.

Cops are trained to lie. Many of them are deranged psychopaths suffering from steroid rage. Many of them are borderline mentally retarded. These are people who would struggle as guests on Wheel of Fortune. So forget about Jeopardy with Alex Trebek. Maybe they'd do well on the Howie Mandel game show. Is that still on? It was ridiculous. Hot tomatoes would stand on the stage holding a briefcase or wtf. The contestants choose which ones to open. One of them has the big prize, but the closer you get to it, the riskier it is to continue. It's basically a glorified version of Go Fish. I guess you had to be there. The point is that cops are morons and vicious criminals who are above the law.

Someone would have to be too busy playing Pokemon Go to have missed this one. The kid on the right is autistic playing with a toy truck. The Black dude is his social worker or therapist. I'm not a news service. I'm mailing in a blog entry. Anyway, the dude with his hands up explained that was the situation. He said please do not shoot. So of course he gets shot by the pigs.

Even folks with authoritarian personality disorder are saying, "Listen, fellas. We love cops. They are great guys and not crackheads. But this one don't look right, I must say."

Charles Kinsey is his name. Apparently he asked, "Why did you shoot me?" The response was, "I dunno. This is a dangerous job and Black Lives Matter has us on edge."

Now they are saying the cop was firing at the autistic kid mistaking the truck for a gun. That's the ticket? Meanwhile, no one knows the cop's name and of course once again criminal police must be protected. Every reasonable doubt must be exhausted!

North Carolina recently passed a law making it impossible to see videos of police breaking the law. Is it called the Nothing to See Here, Move Along law?

Tidbits, schmidbits. What did McLuhan mean by which all content becomes meaningless?

                          "Violent arrest of teacher caught on video; officers
                          face investigation"

You can click on the above link and watch the video. This shite never ends. That is what's meant by that content becomes meaningless. It wasn't until the Eric Garner and Michael Brown assassinations that Obama got up off his arse and noticed there was a problem. And to quote Elvis Costello, "Pretty words don't mean much anymore."

There is always a context to this idea that content is meaningless. Such videos have indeed been making an impact on the Amerikkkan consciousness. North Carolina is saying that certain content has become too meaningful and must legally become a form of hidden internet.

McLuhan wasn't saying just roll up into a fetal position, suck your thumb and pray for salvation. He was saying get a busy and start noticing how the medium has taken over our minds and bodies. He was talking fancy in contrast to Oliver Stone's in your face, minimalist, wake the  f_ _ _  up infotainment style.

The Austin police officer who assaulted Breaion King is a vicious piece of shit, period. You can look at the video and see that he is a steroid freak. The douchebag's name is Bryan Richter. He wasn't fired and arrested as any normal person would recognise as the next move. He was given "counseling and additional training."

I have nothing to do with violence against police. I have tried to explain at Twitter that this is a boomerang effect, that this is Physics 101. As humans under pressure, we either fight or flight. Most of us do the latter. Some such as Eric Frein, Christopher Dorner and recently others decide to fight back. One would have to be a total nutjob to fight the police. It is a death sentence whether in the fight or through rotting in prison. Yet, it does happen.

I couldn't care less about dead cops. I have nothing to do with any of it and feel that they are proven scum. Sorry. People die everyday. I'm not advocating for or condoning violence against police. I am saying that for every action, there is an equal reaction. Police need to stop killing and assaulting people. Police who break the law need to be fired and arrested. That is the problem. Cops getting ambushed is called a symptom.

The police are certainly shedding no tears for their countless number of victims. We are looking at three basic conspiracy fact ingredients which are perpetuating state-sponsored police fascism; 1) Cops are borderline mentally retarded. If a candidate is too smart, they will not be hired. 2) Cops are afflicted with authoritarian personality disorder as defined by Altemeyer. 3) Content is rendered by authorities as hidden or meaningless.

Breaion could have ended up dead like Sandra Bland. It was pretty much the same scenario. Foreign countries are now offering travel advisories for any of their citizens visiting America. They are warning their people of the Amerikkkan pigs!

There is now so much content proving police brutality. How much is needed until anything changes? Was this what McLuhan meant by that all content becomes meaningless?

Yeah, Ivanka Trump is a sweetie, but I digress, and this makes me look sexist and pro-Trump.

It should be interesting to see what Bernie comes up with next week. I see he is starting to go into Elizabeth Warren mode on Twitter, but I sense his heart isn't into it like Littlefeather.

Hillary might be declaring her VP choice today. It seems like she will pick someone who will further alienate BernBots. I suppose the DNC figures they can never get our vote anyway, so they need to go after the Richard Nixon vote to compensate.

Michael Moore thinks Trump is going to win. He was on the Bill Maher show. His content was decent, but the other two guests were DNC tools. Joy Reid was one. She is despicable. I forget the other clown's name, but I did see through a brief socratisation yesterday that he despises the Green Party. The DNC is pretty much a cult at this point. Christians seem fixated on Satan. For the fake left, it is all about the demonic Republicans. It is a religion. Someone would have to be in complete denial to not see that Hillary is truly a criminal. Not everything is about Dick Cheney or Andrew Breitbart for crying out loud.

Which brings us to.......

The Final Tidbit:

Alex Jones crashed the set of The Young Nazi Turks. Wow, this is nuts. Cenk goes into "WHERE'S THE PLANE" mode.

I think both Cenk and Alex get a bit on the side from the Military-Industrial Complex. The French might refer to them as agentes des provocatueron or I just made up some new words. Ye knuckleheads can watch for youse selves.

I need to come up with a theme song, in fact two of them, one for the beginning and one for the end. Like one sees at the end of t.v. shows. Because content and grammar become meaningless. Because everything is rigged and fake. Bread and circuses have been replaced with weed and free movies.

fin fin

Wow, Ana goes nuts, too.

                          "Stfu, bitch"

She really said that. As the kids would say, keep it classy, Ms. Token Armenian.

And as for this blog entry, that's it. You can go now. It's over. That'll do it. I tried my best to provide a tidbit of meaningful content, hence the title.

Omg, I have to just add one more screenshot. Cenk got violent with Alex and had to be restrained.

Imho, Cenk = Hal. Turner. There's no other explanation for why someone like him acts like that in public. He freaked out at the airport. He freaked out in the above. There's something extremely fishy about that  f_ _  f_ _ _  f_ _ _ .

I'm done. I mean it this time. Or I'm done, done. That means it's over. Get out of the pool. Finish up your drinks. It's closing time.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

There is an increase in child sex trafficking globally: Is the internet partially to blame?

                      (image from 10 Surprising and Counterintuitive
                                 Facts About Child Sex Trafficking)

You could say I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet when it comes down to any form of abuse, even more so when it is to do with child sex trafficking!

Looking at statistics on international sex trafficking (and these can never be totally accurate due to unreported cases), there has been an increase in both boys and girls under the age of 18 targeted for sexual exploitation.

Child prostitution, according to The International Labour Organisation, is at the top of the list of worst forms of child labour.

And indeed, figures from the United Nations Office of drugs and crime (2014) confirm a clear increase for victims of both sexes.

What on earth is wrong with people? Why are so many minors taken advantage of for sexual pleasure and can the internet be partly to blame?

I suspect children mean nothing to traffickers and are seen as easy money, a commodity to be used and sold over and over again. As Equalitynow.org states:

"Trafficking women and children for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. This is despite the fact international law and the laws of 134 countries criminalise sex trafficking"

Okay, my anger has subsided. Let me get down to some of the nitty-gritty of how the internet is in some way complicit in child sex trafficking.

I researched many websites. Some of which, I have to say, were not my cup of tea, but each to their own, if you like pornography and prostitution-that is as long as it doen`t involve under-age people. But how can we ever be sure?

Here is one example I found on mybackpage.com. They advertise sex online here in the UK, but also in other Countries.

 How old is this person? She certainly does not look over 18. Has she been forced into prostitution?

And some of the personal ads are all over the net if one dares to look (oh my) providing provocative images of providers of sex. Once again, how can one be sure they are not a minor?

This particular Ad was in Craigslist. "Sweet looking submissive girl..."

Don`t get me wrong. There could be genuine adverts for adults. Maybe personal ads are a safer way of advertising sex than walking the streets?

Here below is a listing from Twitter:

OK, that's from 2014, and apparently the myredbook.com website and others have been taken down due to concerns of child sex trafficking.

I took a glance at twitter hashtags too and it did not take long to find #incall and #excorts on there. So what, you may say, is there any harm in that?

How about websites such as eros.com?
On entering the site, it states categorically:

"Eros has a zero tolerance policy for child pornography or minors advertising or utilising our site. I agree to report any illegal activities which violate terms of use"

Great, so users can be reassured that those advertising their services on there have not been trafficked and not under age? Another site, rubmaps.com, who advertise erotic massage parlours, is where users leave their feedback on ratings of sexual prowess of the masseurs!

What would happen if these kind of sites were taken down by authorities? We would then be talking about a heck of a lot of sites. I mean, you are talking twitter and facebook too for that matter?

The argument here is that a website should be held to account if they (quoting Politiscope.com):

"knowingly profit from the advertising of sexual activity that involves a minor or a person who is forced or coerced into the act"

This seems to be a rare thing though because most websites are covered by The Communications Decency Act of 1996; whereby websites are not necessarily held liable for user content. I guess this is essential for maintaining freedom of speech, but I believe this makes for a very sketchy, narrow protective line with slippery slope potential.

Take for instance Craigslist.com which came under fire in 2010 for facilitating the advertisement of erotic services in their personal ads; a lot of money was being generated from the adverts. They sent out this message in an attempt to smooth out the situation:

That was all fine and dandy, but the personal pages are still up and running. Are they not?

And so the internet remains an easy haven for child sex traffickers? The recent article below explains just how simple it is for people to be tracked down. The dangers may seem obvious to most of us, but probably not to minors. 

Ok, I am not keen on tabloids, but it makes a good point. However, I wonder how many children on the internet are interacting with sexual predators they mistakenly feel are genuine.

And what about this thing called "sexting", in which kids share sexual images with their assumed online good friend, but are then coerced into sexual exploitation because of subsequent threats to post those images?

The above excerpt is from this Guardian link.

The more I have looked into this, believe me, the horrors of what is happening evokes anger, frustration and utter contempt for the perpetrators.

Though convictions seem to be few and far between, they do happen. Below is an excerpt from an FBI web page with details on one crime family's members pleading guilty to child sex trafficking among other crimes.

Can we have hope of this ever being stopped? Although the subject makes me think the world is awash with evil, I have to believe so. At least there is more awareness of how easy a child can be trafficked. These children are not criminals but victims and must be treated so, if they are rescued.

Is it up to individuals to intercede, investigate and then report suspected trafficking? Should governments be doing more?

Are the Amber Alerts effective?

I would use that for sure.

This needs to stop.