Facebook Allowed Advertisers to Target Users Interested in “White Genocide” — Even in Wake of Pittsburgh Massacre

This is precisely the reason I deleted my Facebook account. They are completely evil, and don’t care about anyone. All they want is your information, and your money. Everything else is secondary. Eff that.

Despite efforts to debunk “white genocide” theory, Facebook sold advertisers ability to market to users with interest in the myth just days after bloodshed.

Source: Facebook Allowed Advertisers to Target Users Interested in “White Genocide” — Even in Wake of Pittsburgh Massacre

I’ve never hated Daylight Savings Time more

Tonight, Saturday night, I will have to work 9 hours, instead of 8, because of Daylight Savings Time. My work shift is 10pm until 6am, and it’s “fall back”, so the 1am-2am hour will be repeated, making me work 9 hours.

The European Union has chosen to abolish Daylight Savings Time. Last week was their very last time change. I wish the US could do the same, but I have totally lost hope for this country. I see no end in sight to the madness. Even if the “blue wave” is able to take control of the house, the madness won’t end.

I find it totally hilarious that Republicans have stolen the most popular Democrat messages, like preserving the most popular parts of the Affordable Care Act. They fought for eight years, and voted over 50 times to repeal the ACA, more than 50 times they knew they’d never get the Senate to agree. Every day, I see the same attack ad on Youtube about how the “crazy Democrats” want to take away your employer (partially) funded health care. They don’t bother to mention that the single payer system would reduce health care costs for everyone and eliminate the NEED for employer , because that fact would be too inconvenient. Everyone I know who has kids complains about how expensive their “employer paid healthcare” is.

I hope I’m wrong, and this country isn’t lost forever, but I’d rather expect the worst, and be pleasantly surprised, than hold out hope for sanity in this country, and be royally disappointed, again. I still can not believe my own relatives were stupid enough to vote for Trump, and even worse, still support him, because they believe more than anything, that Democrats are all evil. Trump inflames this belief, and they don’t watch anything but Fox News, so they never hear a single dissenting voice. Even when one of the Fox News hosts admits something Trump said is not the truth, they choose not to believe it.

Dexter (Season 5)

When I first started watching Dexter on Netflix, I heard that the story loses it’s lustre after about 4 seasons. In fact, one of my good friends told me his favorite season was #4, featuring John Lithgow.

I paused so many times during season 4, avoiding the next show for days at a time, that I decided that, so far, Season 4 was my least favorite. Dexter just seemed to act very much unlike the character which attracted me during the first 3 seasons. It’s a dark series, I think anyone would say that, but what I think attracts any fans is that he is usually true to his goals, to punish serial killers he finds. Season 4 just shows a Dexter that is confused and lost.

But Season 5 is totally different. His preteen children are sent away, and Dexter is presented with a series of brand new dilemma, mostly involving finding a murderous soul mate. He seems to embrace her need for revenge, and lets her join him in submitting to her primal instincts. It’s one thing to allow him to take revenge against evil people, but something else for him to let a victim of torture to do the same thing, with his assistance. He spends half the season trying to convince her not to do it, and the rest helping her.

I am really enjoying Season 5. It’s back to being dark, and satisfying. And the stars this season are Jonny Lee Miller (of Sherlock fame), and Peter Weller (of Robocop fame), both excellent actors, playing two evil bastards I love to hate. Such a great show.

The Haunting Of Hill House (again)

I am REALLY enjoying this series, now that the story has finally progressing nicely. There’s still a bit of time jumping around, but at least they’ve stopped introducing new characters, and started explaining stuff.

I’ve finished the first 8 episodes, 2 left to go. And it’s getting really good too. Looking forward to the conclusion.

Social Media is a Disease

I’ve tried to get away from Facebook before. Lasted several weeks too, but I always came back, to it’s siren song of old friends. A couple of months ago, I deleted the Facebook app from my cell phone, and started only visiting the website a couple times a month. This time around, I also deleted the Twitter app, the Reddit app, and the Facebook Messager app. I’ve decided I’m done with social media in general.

Today I decided to take the extraordinary step of deleting my Facebook account. Hopefully it sticks, because Facebook is not easy to quit. When I requested to deactivate my account, they asked why and presented a long menu of options. The first one that struck my eye was “I don’t find Facebook useful anymore.” I selected that, and was presented a popup suggesting I might find it more useful if I connected with more friends. As if it was MY FAULT that I don’t enjoy Facebook anymore. I must be anti-social, which is why I don’t enjoy social media in general.

Of course, they never actually delete your account, they simply disable it, and invite you to come back anytime, and all your content will still be there. Geez, take a hint, Mark! I’ve read stories of other people who deleted their accounts, and found them re-enabled without their request, for various reasons.

I still have a WhatsApp account, but honestly, I’m thinking of dumping that too, because Facebook owns them, and has been trying hard to figure out a way to monetize that service. Also, I know the US federal government has told all the huge technology companies that they “NEED” a way to snoop on the private communications of all US citizens, “to protect the children” and ferret out all the terrorists. Because they’re too STUPID to figure out any other, more legal, solution.

WhatsApp was built with end-to-end encryption, meaning the company has no way to snoop or interfere with any communications using the service. But the US Government wants tech companies to stop using end-to-end encryption, because it’s just too strong for them to break easily. They have been complaining endlessly about “going dark” and the need for technology companies to cooperate with them. They have asked for secret back doors multiple times in the past, but they’ve always been shot down. But now? I don’t trust Facebook at all, so why should I trust their “trusted” communication service.

One thing I’ve learned is that without social media, the Internet is a whole lot less interesting. I’ve stopped spending hours on my phone and computer reading what other people are doing, and a lot more time writing my own content, on my own blog. And I guarantee you, exactly the same number of people are reading it. That being, none.