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MOTHER JONES Shuts Down Rainer Shea's Account on Medium?

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The lights keep going out: Medium shuts down Rainer Shea's account on spurious grounds @ The Greanville Post


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In February of last year, Mother Jones senior reporter and pro-war propagandist Shane Bauer publicly demanded for the popular blogging site Medium to ban anti-war journalists from its platform. Bauer, who tweeted that Medium should “reign in the garbage published on Syria by people like [Caitlin Johnstone]”, was unable to immediately get his authoritarian request fulfilled. Johnstone, the prominent anti-war blogger who Bauer wants to silence so badly, wrote right after Bauer’s tweet---


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Poor Mother Jones has been spinning in her grave over the authoritarian establishment bent the rag using her name has been demonstrating. There needs to be a boycott campaign waged against it.

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I'm glad to see the inclusion of the Jimmy Dore video, discussing how Facebook is now cutting off people like Lee Camp and Jimmy Dore from their followers.

By forcing everyone to accept only mainstream (government) narratives, these centralized sites and services are effectively chasing their users to look for better. Their willingness to do this is quite fascinating.

Lee Camp talked about duplicating his work to multiple alternate venues (Steemit, Minds, Bitchute, etc.), which he's done and I applaud him for it. But, he misses one important point that should be made here...

As long as you continue to use Facebook and Google, their power continues. I don't just advocate for having a "backup". These companies need to die.

Along with Facebook and Google, you have the Atlantic Council, Newsguard, and a whole den of other "think tanks" and "authoritative bodies" that are simply government proxies, who are all working to neuter every centralized site (like Mother Jones) from any "unofficial" narratives.

Facebook and Google's data-mining is what gives this whole censorship regime its power. That's why these proxies have attached themselves to these two companies.

The world needs to wean itself off of Facebook and Google.

If they can't track you, they can't know your surfing habits or who you're communicating with. If your work is not on their servers, they have nothing to follow and "pass judgment" on. Governments can't order a blacklist on a decentralized platform.

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Nicely Put, D.A.

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I am wondering how long a lifespan any alternative sites have. including this one. we will not be able to access the truth if the sites no longer exist. no matter how decentralized the mechanism.

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"no matter how decentralized the mechanism."

Not necessarily. You have to really wrap your mind around what it means to be decentralized.

Decentralization not only means the content is not being hosted by the site itself, but also that the content is distributed between encrypted user nodes. The only ones who access the assembled content are the users.

Nobody outside the user membership and permission chain can monitor what is going on, and nobody can hold the site "responsible" for content it doesn't have possession of.

This is basically how torrenting works. Torrents also had that extra stigma of "facilitating piracy of copyrighted works". To this day, torrenting has survived.

It's very difficult to take down a decentralized operation, particularly if it isn't facilitating anything that's actually illegal. Yes, it is possible for people to create memberships to such a site, in order to watch what goes on, but again, what will they see? There's no infringement going on, just protected speech between consenting people.

This leaves government with the requirement of having to take individuals to court for activities that are legal under the 1st Amendment.

My 2 cents.

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One of my favorite daily go-to's was 108Morris108.

Brief, incisive one-man output based on an obvious understanding of what's really going on globally. Morris's last video was particularly pointed, and I got a little prick of worry for his safety.

I went on YouTube today for my morning dose of Morris, the man with funny hair and hats.....

This is what came up:

Black page that read 'THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT EXIST'

They got him. Little doubt that Caitlyn's next.

We are cooked, my friends. The War is Over.

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"Black page that read 'THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT EXIST' "

They may have taken his YouTube channel down, but he's still out there. A quick look shows Morris is on Vimeo, Patheon and Twitter. In the near future he'll probably be on any number of alternate venues, like Bitchute, Minds or LBRY (if he isn't already).

YouTube can keep deleting accounts to its own peril.

"Little doubt that Caitlyn's next."

Caitlin is being harassed by Medium right now. Lee Camp and Jimmy Dore are being slowly cut off from their YouTube followers. They'll never be silenced, though, as they've already jumped on the alternate venues as well.

The list gets bigger every day. Just accelerates user migration.

"We are cooked, my friends. The War is Over."

The war is actually going to get interesting in the next while. Every censorship move drives hundreds of people to other platforms. Newer platforms that don't have the same frailties as the old ones. As this gains momentum, those hundreds will turn into thousands.

Facebook, Google and others could actually fade away as quickly as they first appeared.

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Thanks, DA. I was surprised by how low I felt when Morris disappeared. I just really like the guy and enjoy his insights. Hard to know these days about anyone; but you gotta pick a few and hope you're getting the truth, as they best see it.


I don't have a Twitter acct., but accessed some tweets by Morris.

Apparently, he submitted an appeal and also said he had made some sort of technical error...so maybe he caused the closure.

You know me....I don't get it, but glad others do.

Yes, some people suggested to Morris to move to Bitchute or some other venue. I'm sure he's savvy enough to do this.


I'll check out the ones you listed; and thanks for the optimism. Would love to see the big guys buckle. :)

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"...he submitted an appeal and also said he had made some sort of technical error...so maybe he caused the closure."

Yeah, this is sort of what illustrates what's going to hang YouTube in the end. The fact that anyone submitting content would need to satisfy "policies" that merely reflect the site's biases, as a condition of keeping their account, speaks volumes.

I'm sure whatever Morris is saying on social media is just politically correct for the occasion. Whatever he did, shouldn't warrant shutting him down.

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I look forward to cooking in Hell, with all my friends. I'd like to be crispy on the outside, medium rare in the middle.

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