DFQ2

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

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.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cenk Uygur is a verified ratfvck3r

                                                              Where's the plane?

TMZ said he got booted off the plane by a cop, but a Cenk tweet says he never boarded. I don't find that part very important anyway. I do think his behaviour was incredibly outrageous considering there are stories coming out all the time about people kicked off of planes and arrested. He definitely could have been charged with disturbing the peace. If it weren't for his subsequent participation in Democracy Spring, I might theorise he was drunk or something. Yet, the agenda for Democracy Spring was to generate a maximum number of arrests for their protest against money in politics. Put the two together, and it appears that Cenk had a revelation while stuck in the terminal; that, "Hmmm, maybe I can use this situation to rile up the big audience The Young Turks have developed into coming down to D.C. to add to the arrest totals."

Cenk Uygur is extremely shady, period. He has been an Armenian Genocide denier. He recently came out with a fake update on that position due to increasing pressure from the Armenian community and I suppose a few internet addicts such as myself. He had his co-host Ana tweet out a link in which Cenk says he wrote some stuff when younger that he now takes back. He doesn't go into specifics. He even says that he doesn't know much about the topic and will be refraining from discussing it in the future. There was nothing on his own timeline. He wants this topic to disappear.

However, the Armenian Genocide denial story will never go away until it is officially addressed. The momentum for global acceptance of Turkish crimes against humanity is unstoppable. It's why I jumped on this stuff as soon as stumbling on it.

I've finally gathered up enough steam to quit Twitter. I went straight into the heart of its underbelly and now realise it could be the most evil of all the medium genres. There are some obvious reasons why it's so lame. There isn't enough space to write. I tried to overcome that by writing in a way by which folks could scroll down, then read upward in order and not as separate micro-blog entries. There is too much small talk, spam and sloganeering. I don't do shallow. I don't do silly things such as non-grammatical because sentences. Dave Letterman was getting battered by Bill O'Reilly one time on his show. They were discussing the Iraq War. Bill was trying to corner Dave in a yes or no way, as in did we need to get rid of Saddam, yes or no, or something to that extent. Dave responded he couldn't answer that because thoughtfulness.

The most annoying part of Twitter is that one can see clearly how people are manipulated by the internet social structure, no different than how most are manipulated by education, t.v., and all sorts of medium we take for granted. Marshall McLuhan said that content becomes meaningless. He said that the medium takes over our central nervous systems. Paulo Freire in Pedagogy of the Oppressed said that we must decide whether to be active thinking subjects or passive listener objects. No one is vetting sources or we are basically still in the early stages of internet consciousness and eventually people will wtfu.

Anything that obfuscates the truth about social reality is violence. The best part of having a personal blog is one can become free of any outside interference. People can drop comments? There are options. Comments can be disabled or they can be put in a moderator queue. A lot of online publications have come to terms with the trolling problem by simply shutting down all comments. In real life before this twisted internet shite, one could write letters to the editor. Now any variety of looooser can drop violent thoughts onto articles. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed reading peanut gallery comments. It would be nice to experience one day of internet life without having contact with any of that. I do appreciate a good post by anybody, anon coward or not. Yet, if one must navigate through a heightened noise to signal ratio in order to get to the nuggets, it no longer seems productive or worth the hassle.

The medium is most definitely the message. The ptb's do not like independent thought based on solid research and reflection. They want conformity and order. They use the word herding. It is in a Snowden document pertaining to the online covert, cyber magician schtick. It is illegal for our government to perform psychological operations on us, but that doesn't mean it is not happening. It truly is and can be easily verified. They say there is nothing to see and move along. Don't fall for that. 

The goal of any thinker should be to transcend or circumvent this monstrosity of rigged, fake activism. Nonetheless, there is no getting around the fact that the social structure is what it is implying that no regular guy is an island.

Twitter will f_ _ _  with your head. It is too fast and there are too many messages to process. It may seem that a little 140 character box should make it easier to respond to or understand content, but that actually does the opposite. It becomes drama or all sorts of inane forms of time wasting. I am online for neither chit-chat nor mindless clicking.

There is also the logistical difficulty of blocking out messages. One is too in the open on Twitter to prevent harassment. Anyone can respond to anyone else's tweets. There is too much ego politics concerning the Twitter stats. There is too much spam. For lack of better words, there is too much garbage and too many scumbags. If we wouldn't break bread with certain people in so-called real life, why would we want anything to do with them on social media? 

Here someone can drop comments and as explained above, I can either let them through or block them out completely. Twitter is violence because there is too much begrudging and small talk. It's not just the louder voices like mine which attract the attention of bad players. Any person who asserts him or herself with independent confidence will be fvcked with. You can bet on it. I have seen this time and time again in my approximately ten years as an internet addict. Regular people do get attacked.

People who stay in their so-called lanes have an easier time of it but that also boxes them into evolving into passive, listener objects and more easily manipulated. I used to substitute teach. I was on a trajectory to become the greatest social studies teacher of all time, but it is a highly competitive job market for that specialty. If I had stayed in my lane, I'd be making 50 grand or wtf as a full-time teacher. We cannot regret any bad luck experienced, although that is easier said than done. As modernity slogs forward deeper into 2016, as it seems inevitable Bernie will not win the presidency barring a Hillary indictment, we are headed towards some very violent, aggravating moments in our collective history.

This entry is my personal way of segueing off of Twitter back into a milieu of total freedom. The internet is real life. I am a breathing, thinking, whatnot subject striving for not only enlightenment but also social and environmental justice. This cannot be accomplished alone, but it can also not be accomplished within a contaminated, corrupted internet social structure.

I feel that my best contribution to society as a writer will be to go back to my anti-conformist roots. I will always be a teacher. That was my training and experience. I do care about humanity. I do care about individual readers who may have stumbled onto my schtick. I am thinking of Millennials who are too young to be jaded. They have quick minds. It is a yin-yang. Older folks can help younger people avoid ptb traps. Youth can inspire older folks to recapture what was lost after years of conditioning by the harsh system.

We have entered a point in history in which anyone can write and partake in an online democracy. Yet, we must never forget that there is a real world called nature which cannot be accessed by any electronic device. We must seek out sanctuaries from this hideous thingie called social media which is cementing power for both corporations and military.

There needs to be a complete boycott of the mass media. Twitter with its retweets is pushing our buttons. It is telling us what to think and who to literally follow. There should come a point for anyone with a working brain to realise that corporate t.v. news is utter rubbish. Then there should come a point in which folks also realise that the internet for the most part is simply an extension of that. Twitter cages in academic thought just as much as CNN does.

Too many folks make the mistake of thinking the internet is any different from the television. Cenk Uygur preyed on this idea as have countless numbers of internet personalities. People feel insignificant and for good reason. We don't have much power. Look at Bernie. He has power and still cannot get over the hump of DNC and media corruption. So why should anonymous nobodies like ourselves ever expect to change the world?

musical intermission

I'd love to change the world
But I don't know what to do
So I'll leave it up to you
end of musical intermission

start of Charles Bukowski intermission

"So, you want to be a writer?"


end of Charles Bukowski intermission

The significance of the intermissions:

The medium is the message. Content becomes meaningless. All we have are pockets of awareness. We are on our own. We are shut out from the political process. That means social change will only take place as a result of protests and hardcore activism. We are in a time crunch. Both planet and society can only absorb so much negative energy.

Bernie is saying it's about us, not him. One person can only do so much. That is why I added the Ten Years After song. I leave it up to the Millennials. And Bukowski nailed it. If writing is such a struggle, then don't do it. If writing has some hidden agenda or whose basis is rooted in monetisation, don't do it.

I am not giving up on writing, but I cannot do everyone's homework. Bernie can't wave a magic wand and complete society's homework. I used to get very edgy and wordy trying to explain everything for anything that caught my attention. I was trying too hard, thus some of my writing was very good, yet other parts were basically forced.

So I am not about to go running around like a chicken with its head chopped off writing 10,000 words on Cenk Uygur. My main goal is to motivate and inspire younger people to not only research social theory but to also create it. I want them to figure out how to ultimately take over ownership of the medium. That will not be possible until the profits are starved from corporate t.v. and internet. One can critique whomever they like, but all that is doing is maintaining their power. We are merely reacting to them.

Arianna Huffington was one of the most inept bloggers I ever followed. She pulled some crazy stunts including piecing together Clooney quotes from interviews and making it seem he had written an original entry. Instead of going oopsies, sorry, she doubled down in a manner very similar to how Hillary never takes responsibility for her robber baron, warmonger racist ways. To the Arianna's of the world, all publicity is good publicity. Donald Trump did not invent that idea. He manipulated the medium to cover his arse 24/7 by making the most outrageous comments. It was deliberate and it worked.

Trump was so outrageous that many started to believe he was a Clinton plant, some form of controlled opposition. This other dude Studebaker wrote an interesting thesis a few months back which contradicts the conspiracy theory. He argued that Trump was faking at being a lunatic because that's the language of citizens comprising the GOP electorate base. Donald's primary goal was to win the nomination in that one cannot become President before first winning one of the two major party nominations.

Since securing it, Trump has already backed off on some of his more outrageous stuff. Instead of saying Muslims will not be allowed into Amerikkka, he is now saying that was a mere suggestion.

The problem with the DNC's twisted strategy for winning the general election is that for all of Trump's negatives, Hillary Clinton has just as many if not more. The only thing preventing an indictment is the overall corruption of the political social structure protecting her. Both sides suck. In a choice between Hillary and Trump, I will be rooting for the latter. I believe that the DNC is a dead end and needs to change or die. One can fight the system from within the system for only so long until one realises that is also a dead end. I imagine Hillary as president will soil the left for many years to come after her guaranteed carnage. Look at what she did to the Middle East as Secretary of State. The DNC basically finished up the GW job of creating the Islamic State. War is big business.

What we are seeing through Twitter is a complete whitewashing of the progressive movement. Uygur has established himself as the #1 alternative internet power. Dumbasses can't get enough of him. There is also someone named Nomiki Konst who is another paid fake Bernie Bot. There is a Jordan Chariton from The Young Turks who also gets a lot of attention through the manipulation of progressive emotions. Konst is a member of the Truman National Security Project. She claims it is a progressive organisation. It isn't; not even close. For example, it's in fricken cahoots with Madeleine Albright. Is she a progressive?

Democracy Spring

This event was so popular that even Rosario Dawson fell for it. We are always susceptible to falling for fake activism. There is now a body of literature which explains how the CIA/Military-Industrial Complex goes about interfering with other countries. They call it waging non-violence. It is a kinder and gentler form of imperialism. All the same names keep popping up. Omidyar. Peter Ackerman. Jack Duvall. The ICNC - International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. Soros. Akin to Konst's promotion of the Truman Project as progressive, the same is being done with fake activist groups established by CIA front groups such as NED, AEI, and USAID. For this to take hold, true progressives must be spun as a lunatic fringe. How else are the Hillary's and Obama's to front as progressives? The #BernieOrBust movement is an acknowledgement of this dirty secret that behind the facade, Hillary, Obama, et al are truly fascist pigs.

It will be very painful when Bernie inevitably throws support to Hillary. It will be interesting to see how that sort of sheepherding goes. Bernie is authentic. I can't blame him for not going third party despite the widespread election fraud. I think in a three way race between himself, Hillary and Trump, he would win. Yet, Bernie has made a decision to not do that because if Trump won in that scenario, Sanders would be attacked as a Nader. Chomsky has said he will vote for Hillary as a no-brainer if the choice is between her and Trump. I don't want to vote for Trump, but the thought of Hillary Clinton as president is a deal breaker. She is despicable, vile and menacing. I don't imagine a write-in vote for Bernie will do any good. So for me, it would come down to voting for Jill Stein hoping the Green Party can develop into a legitimate third party or I will hold my nose and vote for Trump.

Hillary or Trump will suck either way, but there is something about the DNC which scares me more. I am only one vote, so there are no worries from that angle. I am not a Trump supporter. I am worried about who ends up holding the bag. Hillary could destroy the left in a similar way to how Bush/Cheney ruined their own party. Look, the DNC has been a failure. The right continues to gobble up governor, representative and senator seats. Obama has even been lobbying for a conservative to be placed in the open Supreme Court slot. He is anti-whistleblowers. He has done nothing for his own race. He bailed out the banks. He promoted the charter school movement. Do some fricken homework on neoliberalism.

While so many at Twitter were blindly promoting Konst, Cenk, Jordan and Democracy Spring, I got a busy. How can anyone support anything or anyone without a vetting process? I refuse to live that way. Of course, there is a learning curve to the internet. We all at first think no way could everything be rigged and fake. Unfortunately, it is. I didn't have much to go on, but I knew there had to be more to it than some clown named Kai Newkirk. I ended up reading about a CIA-styled fake progressive named Paul Engler. He is the name behind Newkirk and Cenk. He is a promoter of "waging non-violence." For those new to this angle, ye might want to peruse this entry I made years ago and especially the comments in which Al Giordano showed up. Google Peter Ackerman, for crying out loud.

The fake activism schtick exported by Amerikkka in order to destabilise leaders such as Chavez is now being applied here at home. In my opinion, Democracy Spring was nothing short of a psychological operation, honeypot and entrapment. To say that we are living under Orwellian fascism is not hyperbole.

That'll about do it. I have written this as a way to finally get myself to quit Twitter. I will still use it to promote entries from here or to make a few tweets, but I will no longer use it as a base. I needed Twitter to get away from donkeytale and now I need DFQ2 to get the heck away from Twitter.

Epilogue:

In addition to being the big wig at ICNC, Ackerman was also the twisted mind behind something called Americans Elect. It eventually fizzled out, but for a time it looked like a possible avenue to promoting a third party. Buddy Roemer almost won their nomination. It's a pretty weird story out there for anyone interested. Guess who Roemer is buddies with. His name is Cenk Uygur who was given millions of dollars by the Budster to boost The Young Turks. It's a small world, no?

I will be vindicated with this as I have been with many other topics. But I am not going to go nuts over it. I am going to heed Bukowski's advice on writing. I could go on forever. Cenk once interviewed an "ex-CIA" clown with Cenk pretty much sounding like Moulitsas in that the CIA now has a lot of regular guys in it, that this is not your dad's CIA. Turkey is a garbage country which is part and parcel of a CIA global vision. Cenk pretty much is running interference for both Turkey and the CIA. Yet, most of his work is devoted to a manipulation of progressives who agree with Bernie that enough is enough.

He had some drama between himself and MSNBC which catapulted his propaganda schtick as the fake true media. We have basically entered the Reign of Cenk Era or wtf. They all suck. Cenk is no good. I can definitely go on and on, especially with ad hominems. I must wrap this up before veins burst forth from me noggin. Did Uygur not ambush Bernie in the interview then promote the subsequent corporate spin that it's time for unification? Did The Young Turks not ambush Susan Sarandon with a smear based on her Trump comments?

The CIA is all about balance and fake activism that serves corporations and military. The Ackerman's and Uygur's of the world are no different. They are bought gatekeepers. They are the controlled opposition. They are out to brainwash you. They are out to get your info to put into your PRISM file. This is conspiracy fact. Stop being passive listener objects and take control of your spiritual and intellectual destiny. Circumvent the medium or become absorbed by it.

My work here is done, done.

el fin

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Within You Without You

The universe consists entirely of our own consciousness. Every intrusion from outside or extrusion from inside out is false, what Buddha calls 'illusion'. 

Dreams can be a powerful motivating force for change within individuals. People continue to transform themselves and their circumstances by turning their day dreams into reality. The practical application of a personal idealism upon ourselves unleashes enormous power of the individual.

Yes, this mighty sword is double edged. We may turn our dreams into reality and reality into our living nightmare. The choice is always our own even as we lack understanding of our motivations and our reasons for speaking, thinking and taking action.

The inward turning of our idealism creates enlightenment and an enlightened human cannot stay contained only within herself. One does not speak of her enlightenment nor profess it to others. Her fully realized self will swell up and out beyond her self containment. Her unspoken radiant being-in-itself will cause others in her orbit to become aware and perhaps take note, maybe even beginning their own inner journey towards the glowing light.

In this unfolding process of the centuries lies the way to redemption for humankind.