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This week (week of 8/5/2018) a major blow was dealt to Free Speech on the internet. Alex Jones, a prominent figure known for inflammatory statements was banned from virtually every prominent social media platform on the internet using very vague Terms of Service violations to accomplish this coordinated banning. Attempts to find concrete evidence to justify these bans by third party individuals has been rendered virtually impossible due to the erasure of all of Alex Jones’s content on those platforms.

I personally don’t much trust Alex Jones as he has made several statements that, to me, have rung too strongly of tin-foil hattery. Jones’ comments aside, his coordinated banning by the big tech giants of social media (Google/YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Discus, LinkedIn, and others) with the coordinated pressure from mainstream media sources (CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, ABC News, etc.) should raise extremely large red flags for everyone who values freedom of speech.

I’m not going to bring up the “private company” argument because it is irrelevant. My personal belief is that all people should have the right to decide for themselves what sources they trust and what news they believe. I take great exception to the notion that any one person or group should have the ability to dictate what sources is considered “trustworthy.” Trust should be earned not declared. It’s like someone introducing themselves as “Honest John.” The red flag should immediately fly up whenever that is the introduction given. This is straight out of 1984 by George Orwell. It’s called being made an “Unperson.” And that is exactly what has happened with Alex Jones.

I made a post regarding free speech before, condemning the actions taken by Google/YouTube almost a year to the day in August of 2017. A post that can be read here…

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My points in that post still stand and are largely relevant to my stance regarding the coordinated banning of Alex Jones. So now the question is…

“What can I do?”

There are a few options available to us. The first would be to get AdBlock (adblockplus.org/) for your computer/phone/tablet/all personal devices. AdBlock prevents the showing of ads and is basically a means of free viewing without the pesky ads. Denying YouTube and other groups ad views denies them ad revenue.

Additionally, I would recommend getting Substratum (substratum.net/). Substratum is a means of encrypting your web use, allowing you to invisibly surf the web while bypassing censors. Substratum is currently in Beta at the moment but will eventually be a first in that it will pay its users in Cryptocurrency. What you can do is download the program (maybe a couple dozen MB so it’s very small) and when not needing to use the internet, you can set your computer to be one of millions of computers worldwide that helps to encrypt web access and bypass censors that might exist. When you need to use it just flip a switch and you can start using it anonymously. There’s more information on their website and I would highly recommend you consider visiting it for a much clearer cut idea of how it works.

As for alternative social media platforms, there are a few options. I do need to warn you, that the prospect of Free Speech means all speech is allowed, even speech that most in polite society would find horrifying. It’s the tradeoff for embracing the idea of free speech so using these alternative platforms will mean encountering some extreme and/or pornographic content and ideas. In most cases you can pick and choose what you see. And in regards to the pornographic content when permitted, the sites have been very good about keeping the porn legal (I.e. no child porn, rape, etc).

Let’s start with the alternate to YouTube: BitChute (www.bitchute.com/). BitChute uses similar technology as torrents to allow for video streaming. You don’t need to worry about pornographic content but there is always the risk of explicit or extreme content. You can pick and choose who to follow.

Next there are two suggestions for an alternative to Facebook/Twitter. We’ll start with Minds (www.minds.com). Minds is fairly similar to Facebook and others but does allow for pornographic content in addition to the extreme content. At the moment, Minds is the only one of these social media options that has easily acquired apps from places like Apple and Google. Similarly to Substratum, Minds uses a sort of monetization for its users which can be used to boost content you create or enjoy so that more people can see it.

Finally there’s Gab (gab.ai/home). Gab is similar to Minds although some have said that Gab is better as it truly embraces Free Speech. Gab does have the very extreme content that some have expressed concern about and also includes pornographic content. However you can mute the users that make such posts and never see them again.

And while gaming focused, I also recommend Discord (discordapp.com/) as an alternative to Google Hangouts or Skype. Discord allows you to make your own server and make it as free or as controlled as you’d like. Allow porn or not. It also comes with voice and video chat features. The only news Discord features is some gaming news, typically regarding program updates and patches and also features a quick launcher for games you have installed on your PC.

So that’s my stance on Free Speech. Whether you take my suggestions is up to you. I do have accounts on all of these services but with the exception of Discord, I do not use them for my fanfiction/fiction works. Some of my content on these sites are NSFW and I would strongly advise discretion if you choose to look me up on them.

You can rest assured though that my fanfiction/fiction/DeviantArt works will remain family friendly and accessible to all.

So to close out this post, I end with a quote from the Game of Thrones by author George R. R. Martin who, although I’ve taken no interest in the Game of Thrones universe, has made this very poignant and appropriate statement on the subject of censorship…

“When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you're only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”

Keep R&Ring and say NO to Censorship.

Boskov

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StarToursTraveler
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Better known as Boskov01, or the artist formerly known as the Star Tours Traveler.

I'm not talented when it comes to visual art but I am a writer. I have a profile on Fanfiction.net and regularly surf DeviantArt for fun and inspiration. DeviantArt is probably the first place I turn for inspiration when it comes to my writing.

Join my Discord server at: discord.gg/9WwHMNe

And before you ask, my profile image is a Dapper Nazgul. Basically a ringwraith from the Lord of the Rings trilogy with an added top-hat and monocle.

I also can be found at Gab, Bitchute, and Minds under the same username (Boskov01). WARNING: My content on these sites are Not Safe For Work (NSFW).
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USSZumwalt Featured By Owner 15 hours ago
Just finished reading the novellas that take place after the Legacy series novels. These gave me a couple of story arc ideas for your upcoming Fifth Tace series: a new Wraith war pitting Atlantis, her human and Wraith allies against the daughter of Queen Death and a Genii Civil War
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StarToursTraveler Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Imma be honest, I think my stargate series has fallen flat as well. It was one of those it peaked my interest for a moment but then i lost interest. Part of it is, First I can't get a good plot going for it. And two, with Stargate supposedly set on modern day Earth, it would run into a lot of the same social issues that've wrecked Star Trek and Star Wars and I don't want to write a bunch of morality stories that could potentially alienate part of my audience. I deliberately walked away from both SW & ST because of the identity politics and dealing with Stargate would mean eventually having to deal with that as well. And I don't want to deal with that. We've got enough of that in mainstream entertainment as it is. I don't want to add to it. So the Fifth Race is probably DOA at this point. Sorry if i got your hype up just to derail the hype train at the station.

I've since moved on to look at other possible projects. I'm even considering an original scifi series of my own. It actually shows some potential.
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Oh come on startours. Was really looking forward to your star wars the shadow wars. I accept your decision but I really do think you should think about restarting it.
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StarToursTraveler Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Not unless there's some drastic changes. And at this point the ship has already sailed. I've already spoiled the ending to the series for everyone. I'm glad you enjoyed the Shadow Wars. But it will take some extreme groveling and apologizing from Lucasfilm/Disney to make me even think about reversing this decision.

Also, while not able to change my username here, I prefer to go by the username Boskov now.
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lDragonSlayerl Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
Thats cool, so what exactly happened with disney or star wars?
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StarToursTraveler Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
What happened?! Oh dude. Disney/Lucasfilm have committed a brazen business taboo. They're attacking their customers. Insutling and belittling them for not liking the product. You don't attack the customers no matter who they are! Disney/Lucasfilm have violated this rule and are feeling the heat for it. Their most recent Star Wars film, Solo, became the first ever Star Wars film to be a box-office bomb. And it was done because it was in direct response to the attacks the fans have been recieving from the higher ups at and within Lucasfilm.

I wrote a more in depth journal entry that covers my feelings on the matter. The Last Tour of the Star Tours TravelerI have some unfortunate news for all of you, especially those of you who are fans of my Shadow Wars series.
As of today, July 2, 2018, my Star Wars: The Shadow Wars series is officially canceled.
It’s over.
Some of you have probably seen this coming given recent journal posts and the ever worsening situation with Star Wars, but I’ve finally reached the point where I cannot bring myself to continue associating myself with Star Wars. I cannot reward a franchise that so willingly scolds me and my fellow fans with the broad and now meaningless brushes of “racist,” “sexist,” “manbaby” and a whole hosts of “-ists” because I and my fellow fans dislike the direction the franchise is headed.
It took Disney a whole of six years to destroy a franchise that took thirty-five years to build up and had cultivated a massive following across the globe. When fans took issue with the new films’ unapologetic injection of toxic identity poli


There's also a ton of videos from people describing the situation in more and better detail.
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Revan-Reborn-12 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Is it good I gave my main character of the story a weakness of his own? Arik Orgus Carsen-Elan of Rebirth of the Revanchist, in case you forgot? His was a powerful one.
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StarToursTraveler Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
A good character always has a weakness of some kind that can be exploited.
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Revan-Reborn-12 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Exactly. Kento's was arrogance and pride. Arik's was pride and wrath. Because my character has Sith Pureblood roots, it inadvertently passed the rare gift of 'blood rage'. Similar to Spartan Race from God of War, but he has a hard controlling him once he enters this state.
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lDragonSlayerl Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018
So will u be stopping Star Wars the shadow wars?
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