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Bikini Interlude 27

Posted in Society on August 4th, 2018
Bikini Interlude – An Actual Beach Edition

For this, the 27th Bikini Interlude, I decided to hit the beach for once. Aside from that, there’s really no real purpose to this post beyond providing myself and any who come here a brief interlude of beauty.

Related Reading:

Ageless Beauty the French Way: Secrets from Three Generations of French Beauty Editors
Venice Beach: The Last Days of a Bohemian Paradise
National Geographic Readers: At the Beach
The Beach
Babes 2018 Wall Calendar

Jailed!

Posted in Society, Technology on August 1st, 2018

FB Jailed for "hate speech"
Yep! Facebook Has Jailed Me Again

Yes, it’s true; a few days ago I was jailed by Facebook again – another 30 days during which I cannot post, share, comment, or even “like” someone’s post. Above is the “Hate Speech” I wrote in reply to someone’s post calling for Australia to ban calls from India due to all the scammers constantly calling people there.

The funny part iss that the majority of those Indian scammers are breaking Indian laws when they call other countries. Most, due to maximization of profits, use VOIP to do it and using for VOIP for international calling is actually illegal in India…they want the rupies from it.

— jonolan
Facebook Comment

Now, I being reasonably normal and sensible, rather than rant and rave, I simply requested a review by FB’s monitors / admins. I figured that I just got caught by some algorithm.

Jalied - FB Say's Whites Violate Community StandardsYep Again! Facebook’s Employees Agree

But no! If, and it’s a nested series of if’s, Facebook actually does have people review alleged “Community Standards” violations and if those reviewers actually review the complaint instead of just pushing a button to agree with the algorithm, then those reviewers also believe that my comment constituted “Hate Speech” or that they could use the initial, computer-driven jailing as an excuse to silence me for 30 days.

OK, OK! Maybe it was just a particularly rabid Grammar Nazi. I did, after all, misspell “Rupees.”

Think about that. Read the comment I was jailed for again and think about what this means for people when operatives of the largest communication platform in the world can and do silence people at their whim and are utterly unaccountable for doing so. There is even an escalation process. Nor is their the capability for people to contact Facebook via any means other than their “support” portal.

Related Reading:

Internet, Phone, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method
Social Media: Marketing Strategies for Rapid Growth Using: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and YouTube
The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech
The First Amendment (Concepts and Insights)
Indian Food Under Pressure: Authentic Indian Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker

The Fourth Ape

Posted in Humor, Society, Technology on July 22nd, 2018

The Fourth Ape
At Last, The Fourth Ape

Yes, we’ve found the fourth ape or monkey and he’s the culmination and concatenation of the first three. Somehow I don’t think this is what the futurists meant when they waxed poetic about Singularity.

Related Reading:

In Another World With My Smartphone: Volume 8
Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are
The Sarcasm Handbook
Drugs and Society (Hanson, Drugs and Society)