Category Archives: Censorship

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The face of FB shadow banning

Updates2021 04 11: to show FB censorship in the guise of a support message 2021 05 31: to illustrate FB censorship of a link to an article in Canada’s National Post The face of FB shadow banning shows itself quite clearly in this: Given that they are interesting if not hot topics for which I had wanted to start discussion threads, and that I have close to 3000 FB friends, it seems hardly possible that as much as a week or even a month later there has not been a single like or comment on many of my initial postings at my FB timeline. Postings since just May 1: Is the … Continue reading

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Is this FB shadow banning?

Is this FB shadow banning? On 2021 04 29 I posted a link to an ABC article on my FB timeline. 19 hours later the posting had not received a single like or comment. Here is a screen shot of the posting: Given that it is a hot topic for which I had wanted to start a discussion thread, and that I have close to 3000 FB friends, it seems hardly possible that almost a whole day later there has not been a single like or comment on the initial FB posting. The posting is listed in my FB activity log. I have no problem with accessing it on my … Continue reading

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FB censorship reaches absurd levels

FB censorship reaches absurd levels. Today I tried to post a comment on a FB-friend’s timeline. Facebook prevented me from doing so, twice, without offering an explanation. Here is the comment that offended Facebook. My previous comment vanished into the black void. To put the COVID-19 pandemic [în India] into context, have a look at the appended graph (interactive at its source). Source of appended graph: https://tinyurl.com/4vb87562 The curious aspect of that is that not even the fact that the graph came from a reputable source (Our World in Data), and that the data displayed in the graph comes from an impeccable source (Johns Hopkins University) prevented Facebook from censoring … Continue reading

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FB censorship intrudes into family life

FB censorship intrudes into family life but not only that. In the name of political correctness, it censors the truth and not merely opinions. The other day, on Facebook, I shared a photo that showed a car with a sheet of plywood stuck in the windshield.  The caption was, “Was gonna go through insurance but sold the plywood and bought a brand new car.” Lumber prices have gone through the roof. The caption of the photo is almost too true to be funny. My daughter shared the photo and posted it at her FB time line, as the initial posting for a new discussion thread. She explained there to someone … Continue reading

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Support, a euphemism for censorship

Updates2021 04 11: to show  screen shot of FB spam notification 2021 04 12: to describe the next stage of FB censorship Support, a euphemism for censorship — A “support message” is not a support message when FB sends it to its clients. That is when the  support message is a notification that a comment a FB client had wanted to post in a FB discussion thread will not be displayed by FB. The other day I wanted to post a comment but found that it never made its appearance in the FB discussion thread it had been intended for. Today I received a Facebook “support message” that solved the … Continue reading

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Evolution and its Consequences : Random Chance or Intelligent Design?

Do evolution and its consequences happen by random chance or intelligent design? Stephen C. Meyer, Douglas Axe, Chuck Darwin, and Me Three Evolutionary Siege Howitzers and a Popgun By FRED REED • OCTOBER 7, 2020 • 11,600 WORDS https://www.unz.com/freed/stephen-c-meyer-douglas-axe-chuck-darwin-and-me/ It seems odd that the author’s logic leads to the conclusion that, when it comes to human evolution, free will becomes a hindrance rather than a boon, at least for as long as we assume that an objective of human evolution is for humans to propagate. That aspect of evolution is a loose end of the essay. After all, an ever increasing number of people insists that the objective of human … Continue reading

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Canadian Federal Gross-Debt History

Usually, Canadian Federal Gross-Debt History focuses on only the accumulated budget deficit.  The expression extremely rarely focuses on the remaining 80 percent of government deficits, that is, on unfunded or unsecured liabilities.  Take this example: FRASER RESEARCH BULLETIN; April 2019 Examining Federal Debt in Canada by Prime Ministers Since Confederation, 2019 By Jake Fuss and Milagros Palacios Full article The following graph is from that article. Note: Few people ever (and neither do Fuss and Palacios) address governments’ unfunded liabilities (at least not in the indicated report). Gross Debt Commonly, Gross Debt is the sum of the accumulated budget deficit.  That is allocated or borrowed money to pay for government … Continue reading

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Freedom and Equality vs Rules and Power

Updated 2019 05 09 Freedom and equality vs rules and power — all are essential for symbiotic coexistence in a successful, thriving society. Many clamor for “freedom and equality” and forget that the price for that is “duties and obligations.” Fairness is a bit more difficult to achieve. There is little fairness in equality of outcomes. The latter is the enemy of and defeats the former. The concepts of fairness and equality of outcomes are incompatible. Still, a successful, thriving society uses the right tools to establish a good balance in the apparent conflict between freedom and equality vs rules and power, by allowing and promoting them to exist in … Continue reading

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Click-Through Rate Page Views per Visit – SEO and GSC

This is Part 5 of Web page ranking and search engine optimization : SEO Updated 2019 04 22, to make addendum. Click-Through Rate (CTR) vs Page Views per Visit – The first is high on Google’s priority list, the second apparently not so much, leading to Google ignoring 94 percent of the traffic to dads&things, or does it?  Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Google Search Console (GSC) help with sorting some of that out. Click-through rate (CTR) is the ratio of users who click on a specific link to the number of total users who view a page, email, or advertisement. It is commonly used to measure the success of … Continue reading

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Web Pages : Page Rank vs Page Reach – SEO

This is Part 4 of Web page ranking and search engine optimization : SEO Updates: 2019 03 31: to provide information and links to source of information on numbers of backlinks linking to fathersforlife.org. 2019 04 18: to add link to Part 5. Web pages, page rank, page reach, web rank, canonical tags, organic search returns and more strange expressions are becoming ever more important in the billion-dollar SEO industry, and an industry the SEO business grew into.  Web page popularity, more commonly called page reach, is deemed of lesser importance and not stressed that much. For example, What Is a Canonical Tag and How Can It Help Your SEO? Do … Continue reading

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