Creates New Utopia or is it a Dystopian Hellhole?

Cristal M Clark 

In case anyone missed it, Facebook is rebranding, morphine or rather attempting to change its image here. Mark Zuckerburg announced Facebook is now Meta this past week. The announcement caused quite the stir among those in the know. You see Facebook wants to become a strange and bizarre product presentation introducing the so-called metaverse.

That translates to the new metaverse is a dream of a future internet that we have only seen in films such as Demolition Man. To make matters much worse it seems that no one really has a set definition of what Meta will look like as of yet, simply because it’s a concept still and far from a reality. 

Facebook describes it as “a set of virtual spaces where you can create and explore with other people who aren’t in the same physical space as you.” 

Mark Zuckerberg’s presentation showed a series of concept videos that highlighted Facebook’s Meta’s vision for a sort of augmented reality one where you can send a holographic image of yourself to a concert with a friend attending in real life, or sit at a virtual meeting table with colleagues.  

This caused some very loud alarm bells to start ringing. First, is this an attempt by Facebook to dodge its current public nightmare of leaks accusing the company of failing on purpose to stop false information, protect teenage girls or maybe how Facebook exploits its users without consent? 

Who knows really. If Facebook failed to stop the spread of misinformation on any of it’s platforms now, it’s a pretty certain bet that they will fail under the guise of Meta at stopping it, nor will they stop attempting to exploit users being more in favor of the almighty advertising dollar.

More pointedly, does any of that really matter? Users of any social media platform, online shoppers, gamblers, gamers, hell cell phone owners are blindly giving intel away as it is. We bleed out information anytime you shop online, play an online game, answer those ridiculous memes designed to obtain things like your mother’s maiden name, year you were born…

I get it, the government, media outlets want to protect us all right? They do right and they want to stop this Evil Mark Zuckerburg from doing what he does like exploit us, right? 

Isn’t that what the news does every single time they interview witnesses to let’s say a bank robbery where someone was shot and killed? What’s more, have you ever looked through the actual sponsored content on your local news outlets website, or CNN’s, FoxNews? You know those flashy ads that read more like they are actual news or advice from a well known doctor? Those sponsored content ads are created to exploit anyone who clicks on them, are they not? 

Anytime a major news anchor drops his or her personal, emotional and vile opinion into a news story, they taint the news, it becomes invalidated. Anytime a major network directs its reporters to be on one side or the other, it invalidates the news, by default. Anytime it runs unproven advertisements like they do when viewing the news online, they are exploiting the audience, filling them with false information too. 

So major broadcasters get to sound the alarm bell over social media, hence they are saying “Hey Mark, this is our goose egg and what is good for the Goose is, not good for the Gander!” 

Who really knows if Meta will work or not, how long it will take to get up and running or if society is even ready for that? Seeing everyone’s reaction to being locked down, I am not so sure it will work out at all. 

Cristal M Clark

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So Much Speculation. 

Cristal M Clark 

I keep seeing these poorly written articles with regards to why workers are quitting jobs lately and you know it’s all speculation really. Most of them are saying it boils down to one reason. 

Some say it’s because employees want more money, others are saying employees want better life balance, while others are saying employees are sick of being mistreated by managers, bosses, co-workers and customers and form many employees, they want to work from home still. Lastly, employees want to be heard right? Companies either don’t take suggestions or they do it in such a way that it causes so much work drama that it never really changes anything. 

The truth of the matter is actually pretty simple, the reason employees are quitting is not one reason over the other but rather all of the above. For the past few decades, it’s been the employer on the top of the food chain, employees feared losing a job, now it’s the employees that are calling the shots and driving change in the job market which is a long overdue correction that needed to happen. 

When a company allows owners, shareholders and upper management to become wealthy while doing very little work not to mention not having one single idea as to how the day to day actually runs within an organization, it poisons the well so to speak. Employees are tired of working themselves to death and having very little show for it. Let’s be honest, most business owners and board members if forced to do it, would be unable to actually successfully run the day to day operations of the organizations they gleefully claim to run. They don’t run the organization, the underpaid staff does. That staff gets your customers, readers, fan base whatever you want to call, it’s your people not your brands that make it happen. Besides the idea of branding is a dying dinosaur since the cat is out of the bag that it is in fact, your employees that make it happen. 

When employees who’ve been with an organization for 3 or more years start thinking about leaving, it’s a sign that something deep within the organization has in fact not been working and damage will be difficult to navigate and mitigate once long term employees start to leave. 

For many it is about a living wage, which is significantly higher than minimum wage in the United States, every state’s minimum wage is so much lower than what an actual living wage is. It is sickening and has allowed employers to exploit workers. It is akin to modern day slavery. Then again so is work life balance and work life balance is not always just about days off, weekends, or sick time it has a lot more to do with flexibility. 

The one thing that strikes me as funny about all of this are the employers whining about not being able to hire staff. Waitstaff for instance, instead of whining about why you cannot hire anyone, maybe try changing how you pay these folks, like oh I don’t know, offer a living wage and stop making your goddamn staff live off of tips. Start a trend here in the US, you know something like that. 

Retail is the same, and the same could be said about hiring people at living wages. Ever wonder why people who are out of work flock to work at Starbucks? They pay a decent wage, bump wages up quickly, have tuition programs and offer a really good benefit package to employees. That shows when you visit a Starbucks, the employees are happy, fun, engaging and enjoy slinging coffee. 

The solution to the employee shortage is literally staring every employer in the face, what is remarkably funny is that many employers still don’t want to admit it and still don’t want to do the right thing. 

What’s worse than not having enough workers? This supply chain shortage right? Well, that’s not all staff shortage issues it will however add to the stress of hiring currently. Cyber attacks are playing an even bigger role in quite a bit of things than anyone realizes yet.

Cristal M Clark

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Facebook’s Newest Venture: Sex Trafficking  

Facebook Continues to Make Bad Headlines

Cristal M Clark 

Facebook hasn’t been one to really give a shit the past few years about any of its data leaks, tracking users without permission, allowing the spread of misinformation, and now not surprising sex trafficking. 

No, you didn’t read that wrong, facebook according to a newly released report published by the Human Trafficking Institute is the most commonly used social media platform for human sex trafficking recruitment in the US. 

Bravo Mark Zuckerberg, bra-fucking-vo, Mark. 

Facebook was the most common platform for child recruitment, with the report noting that “65% of child victims recruited on social media were recruited through Facebook.” That is over half of the online recruitment effort, over half!

Facebook, by the way, is not really all that popular with teens, while roughly 70% of American adults frequent the site, it is not the favored platform among teens. Roughly  51% of teems used the network, while YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat took the top spots in a 2018 survey. Yet, the report says, “Despite Facebook’s reputation as a less popular platform among teenagers, it was a more common platform for recruiting child victims than adult victims in 2020 active sex trafficking cases.” 

Why is that? Because Facebook has some frighteningly lax rules, allows for rampant stalking, does very little to thwart obvious scams, phishing attempts, bots and the like. And, Facebook encourages users to share detailed intel about one’s life. I am sure you have all seen the posts, the shitty memes that ask seemingly innocent questions. 

These bulishit memes are designed to obtain even more information about you, scammers and even sex traffickers utilize that information to steal your identity for the purpose of scamming banks and credit card companies out of money, some use it to stalk people and others, to sex traffic. 

The problem is not the users, the problem is the platform itself. 

If the platform really cared at all about users it would in fact not allow for so much personal information to be shared and would in fact stop these bogus memes, questions tossed out to readers and the like. 

The point is, users of the platform are simply and only the almighty dollar sign to Mark Zuckerberg and to the platform’s advertisers. 

The clear and obvious answer here is that the platform should face strict regulation. I know people don’t like that, but none of you want your daughters sex trafficked so choose one or the other here. Telling kids not to do something is like trying to wrangle feral cats. 

The platform either needs to be taken offline or it needs to be heavily regulated and held accountable for a change. 

Cristal M Clark

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Back by Popular Demand: Anonymous Issues Threat Against Elon Musk

Unsure if Elon Took it Seriously 

Cristal M Clark 

An individual wearing the signature Guy Fawkes Anonymous mask posted on YouTube and Facebook on Saturday, a warning to Elon Musk “This is a message from Anonymous for Elon Musk, for the past several years you have enjoyed one of the most favorable reputations of anyone in the billionaire class because you have tapped into the desire that many of us have to live in a world with electric cars and space exploration, but recently your carefully created public image is being exposed and people are beginning to see you as nothing more than another narcissistic rich dude who is desperate for attention, it appears that your quest to save the world is more rooted in a superiority and savior complex than it is an actual concern for humanity.”

“This has been obvious to your employees for a long time, who have faced intolerable conditions under your command for years. It is also obvious to the young children working in your overseas lithium mines, which are destroying the local environment as well.”

“It seems that the games you have played with the crypto markets have destroyed lives.”

“Millions of retail investors were really counting on their crypto gains to improve their lives. Of course, they took the risk upon themselves when they invested, and everyone knows to be prepared for volatility in crypto, but your tweets this week show a clear disregard for the average working person.”

“As hardworking people have their dreams liquidated over your public temper tantrums, you continue to mock them with memes from one of your billion-dollar mansions, you may think you are the smartest person in the room, but now you have met your match. We are Anonymous! We are legion. Expect us.”

In short the group is accusing Elon of ruining lives by manipulating cryptocurrency markets, the video was posted after Musk posted cryptic tweets on Thursday night suggesting he was ending his relationship with Bitcoin, which in turn caused the cryptocurrency to tumble in value. 

What’s striking about the reports of the video is that social media erupted with support for Anonymous. Several users expressed that they missed the old Anonymous who would stand up for the little guy and actually do something. Maybe the support comes frustration over lack of wages, housing, the loss of democracy in the United States, bat shit crazy politicians, crooked, lying presidents, and the fact that we are still facing horrible issues brought about by the worldwide pandemic in this nation. In fact, some users expressed an overwhelming feeling that they hope Anonymous is making a comeback so as to help people worldwide. 

Who knows if the group has more plans as we emerge from this pandemic but for the time being everyone is wondering just what Elon thinks of the threat, or what will really come of it. 

Cristal M Clark

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Covid 19 Didn’t Develop Naturally?

Dr. Fauci Isn’t Convinced That it Did.

Cristal M Clark 

Now that we are winding down from the global pandemic that killed an estimated as of today, many in the medical and scientific communities are starting to raise the alarm bells on just where Covid 19 came from. 

It does seem all too convenient to have come from a bat? I mean this isn’t a movie, people actually died, many endured health issues long after having the virus…it does seem more plausible that the virus was made in a lab. 

Doctor Anthony Fauci said recently that he is “not convinced” COVID-19 developed naturally and called for further investigation into the virus’s origins after the lab-leak theory had been dismissed by many as a right-wing conspiracy theory for months. I personally would not go as far as to say the theory was dismissed, rather the world decided we needed a vaccine in order to slow the spread of the virus so as to protect the human race. 

Now that we have vaccines, time and effort can be dedicated to the true origins of the virus. Let’s be brutally honest about a couple of things. China lacked the ability to be forthcoming and honest about the virus when it was wiping out people in Wuhan, they even went as far as jailing whistleblowers. I doubt that China would be honest if the virus in fact leaked from a lab in Wuhan. The Wuhan Institute of Virology, just so happens to be where scientists perform research on bat coronaviruses. Dr. Ralph Baric, a virologist in the U.S., has been collaborating with Dr. Shi Zhengli from the Wuhan Virology Institute, sharing his discoveries about how to create superviruses. By the way,  Dr. Ralph has been collaborating with the Wuhan Virology Institute for years as it just so happens to be. It is more plausible that the virus in fact, came from a lab in Wuhan rather than having occurred naturally. Perhaps it is time to stop putting funding into research developing superviruses that can wipe out entire populations, kill, cause lifelong illness and destroy economies and start putting money into research that, oh, I don’t know, is designed to save our fuckng planet?

This virus made its way around the globe a little too quickly, too easily and part of that is because China didn’t really want to warn the world of what it had done and allowed for people to travel worldwide before it became evident to the entire planet that China had been less than honest. 

The WHO disagrees that the virus grew in a lab but has offered little not no proof that the virus is a natural virus. If you think that is the only lab in the world creating superviruses, you might want to think again. Everyone watched this pandemic sweep the globe, bad actors watched it. They saw how easy it was to hide the truth about its origins and how quickly it swept through the planet. They have also watched an entire world go to great lengths in an attempt to not find the true origin of the virus out of ear that it actually was created in a lab in Wuhan that just so happens to specialize in the fine art of creating superviruses, coronaviruses…. 

What’s the next lab grown virus that gets out going to bring us?

Cristal M Clark

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Facebook to Users – Fuck You 

Data Breach Exposes 530 Million Facebook Users

Cristal M Clark 

The hits keep coming for Facebook users, over 530 million users information has yet again been exposed and this time Facebook is refusing to tell which users were affected by the massive data breach. Basically, Facebook is giving every user on it’s site the middle finger on this one. 

Users whose personal data was lifted in a breach sometime before August 2019 and was recently made available in a public database. Phone numbers, full names, locations, some email addresses, and other details from user profiles were posted to an amateur hacking forum. 

In response to the reporting, Facebook said in a blog post on Tuesday that “malicious actors” had scraped the data by exploiting a vulnerability in a now-defunct feature on the platform that allowed users to find each other by phone number. Get this, those fucks actually found the vulnerability back in 2019 and didn’t say a word to anyone. Hoping I am sure that no one would have ever figured it out. 

It’s time to call out Facebook for what it really is, a bad actor. While Facebook touts itself as a safe, family friendly social media site, the truth is that it is in fact, not that. Not that at all. They allow for users to name call and harass one another, choosing to single out specific users that they would like to silence. Not to mention the site panhandles so much fake news and misinformation at an alarming rate that quite frankly it should be shut down and banned on the internet. 

Facebook and instagram both also allow for the illegal sales of controlled substances and willingly turn a blind eye to the prevalent issues. 

The simple truth is, Facebook is a dying breed and should face severe consequences for its continual misrepresentations of what the site really is, the continued data breaches and for the way in which is mismanages misinformation campaigns, infiltration by hate groups and for allowing on multiple occasions, live video of suicides and mass shootings. Not to mention the way that users are stalked and messaged by scam artists, it’s deplorable. 

Overall, Facebook should get a thumbs down. It’s time the United States Government did more in an effort to shut this bad actor site down than just offer up hearings that serve as nothing more than lip service. 

Facebook is nothing but a toxic waste dump.

Cristal M Clark

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America – A Divided Nation or Just The Wrong People in Charge?  

Mass Shootings, Livable Wages, Religious/Corporate Greed

Cristal M Clark 

They say that to understand the problems in America, one must understand who profits from them. Nothing could be more true than that. 

For every mass shooting, for the survivors and families of the victims, it brings back the mental anguish, the unbearable pain they felt and endured. It all comes back whenever another mass shooting takes place. 

And now we are being told that while we come out of the pandemic we as a nation could possibly see an uptick in mass shootings. 

For a while, we have a war of words between those that want better gun control and gun activists, we hear politicians tell each other off, promise change, hurl untrue accusations at one another and then do absolutely nothing to address the goddamn issue. Nothing, not a single thing. I watched that slob Ted Cruz running his mouth the very next fucking day last week after the shooting. What an inept sniveling, lying child of a man.  

Last week we saw yet another mass shooting here in America, in Boulder, Colorado. People who were doing midday grocery shopping, gunned down by a raging lunatic. Immediately after, the NRA started a campaign saying that the Democrats were coming for your guns.

No tact whatsoever, just a baseless claim in an effort to get American’s to freak out over second amendment rights and further profit from gun sales. 

Fuck the NRA and Fuck gun nuts who tout the second amendment as a god given right. It isn’t, plain and simple. America is the only place in the world where it’s easier to get your hands on a gun than it is to secure a car loan. Those are facts folks. 

So when I here gun nuts going off about second ammendment rights, you know what fuck you, I do want to take your guns. 

The issue is mental health and like it or not, if anyone is deemed mentally unwell, we should be taking their guns away. Drugs can affect mental health, substance abuse, medication, age, life events. When one is deemed mentally unwell, he/she should by default lose the perceived right to own a gun. Likewise, if someone is housing a mentally unwell individual, by equal default they should also forfeit their right to have guns in the home so long as said individual lives with them. 

For gun rights activists this concept is viewed as an intrusion. They are refusing to acknowledge and address that elephant in the room. What they care about is money, division among us and themselves. They could give a shit less about the 10 individuals who were gunned down last week and murdered. 

An argument could be made about how unmanageable the idea of taking guns away from mentally unwell people would be yet the reality is simply that it is not such a difficult task that it cannot be done. It really could be as simple as registering one’s car, if Doctors and law enforcement worked together. The DMV knows if you have automobile insurance without having to see a card because insurers report that intel to the DMV via the internet, a system you know. Addressing gun ownership and mental health issues could be resolved utilizing the same check and balance, as well as courts who are dealing with criminals. Feed that into a system and allow law enforcement to unarm dangerous individuals once and for all. The same can be done when people go on certain medications or if someone is abusing drugs or alcohol to such an extent that it very well could lead to them becoming dangerous. 

Truly American responsible gun owners would not take issue with it and understand the word “right” and stop behaving as if it is your privilege. 

Another issue here in America that we have fallen witness to is the idea of livable wages. I am not sure who the fuck believes $15 per hour is a livable wage, allow me to educate you, its not a livable wage you wankers. Anywhere. Spare the argument that by raising minimum wage the cost of a burger will go up. I hate to break it to you, the cost of everything has far outpaced wages in this country since the 2000s due to…ahhh greed. 

Those that continue to vote down a $15 an hour minimum wage are the same who want to jail you for taking voters a bottle of water while they wait in line to vote, which by the way happens to be a fucking right in this country. It’s about maintaining the control over you that they lost during the last presidential election. Here we see this white trash GOP treating voting as a privilege rather than what is, which is a right in this country. Which is funny, because all I ever hear from GOP supporters who also support these types of moves is that they don’t want us to be like other countries, yet here we are, aren’t we? Taking away voter rights sure in the hell sounds like some third world country bullshit to me. 

Remember, these people you voted for, in particular those in the GOP do not care about you, they care only about themselves and what they can gain from your failure and suffering. By keeping you down, don’t forget they serve us, not we them. 

This is one of the only countries where corporations and religious entities are given tax cuts and still allowed to abuse and mistreat the very human beings who make them what they are. We tax the poor to the point they cannot afford food and reward the rich and church through tax breaks. 

Tell me that is not the most fucked up notion you have ever seen?

No matter which side you are on, if you cannot be a decent human being, it makes you pretty unamerican. 

Christianity quite frankly and its hold on this nation is all too terrorist like and it is about time that the FBI start to take a hard and clear look at that, it’s time to come to realistic terms with the idea that organized religion has its icey grips on this nations neck which makes them akin to groups like ISIS. They keep telling people that Trump is a prophet while failing to read their very own teachings upon the subject of the false prophet who comes before the real one does. Trust me, I see that garbage all over FaceBook these days. The point being is that they finally made their move which has been all too clear for those of us watching them, they did what terrorist leaders do in that one fatal move. 

So what do we do to fix everything in this country? Well the first step really should be to rid ourselves of the aging, dying GOP. They have gone off the path of righteousness and fallen victim to of greed, stupidity, rumors, lies and untruths in an effort to control citizens of this nation. Under the GOP we would no longer be, home of the free. 

Cristal M Clark

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QAnon Movement Echos Sovereign Citizen Movement

Radicalized American Citizens

Cristal M Clark 

After QAnon became effectively radicalized by Donald J Trump over the course of four years, the movement whose ideals echo that of the Sovereign Citizen Movement have become a bit more than just whack job conspiracy theorists – they are now deranged and dangerous. When an idea becomes an action once, it will continue to become an action until it is effectively stopped. 

According to the latest prediction by QAnon tomorrow will be a day of action and the day that Donald J Trump takes office once again.  

Whatsmore is that fanning the flames quietly in a nod of encouragement, which feeds the fire, Trump’s DC hotel has raised its prices currently sighting demand, which further acts as a silent suggestion or invitation if you will, to come on down and start something. 

So many people ask me why, why do these people fall pretty to the ideology of movements like QAnon? Some of what they believe are things like 911 was faked by the US Government, Sandy Hook was staged, the list goes on, these groups even have so called video evidence that educated and reasonable individuals walk away shaking our heads wondering how or why people can subscribe to such silly, whacky ideas, honestly. 

I’ve written about the psychological make-up of these types of people back when Trump was elected back around 2016. 

These are not reasonably sane people. They know right from wrong enough so as to know violence is wrong, it’s breaking the law but the way they view the law, politics, this country is fucked up, really fucked up. 

They heard what they wanted to hear several times, it spoke to something they felt inside and becoming part of a movement like QAnon gives them a purpose, they feel empowered, like they are given knowledge no one else has access to. By default many of them do have narcissistic character traits while others do suffer from some form of mental illness.

Either way, they are brainwashed, quite easily.  

What makes this all the worse is that fairly early on, I questioned them owning weapons back around 2016, wrote about it extensively and subtly hinted at the fact that the United States needed to do more so as to stop individuals from these radicalized movements from owning weapons including, taking them away over the individuals propensity to become enraged and react violently. 

But, I was not the only one who tried to raise the alarm bells. 

Enter four years later and you have the attack on the US Capitol. 

At some point in time, we must stop sweeping these radicalized terrorist movements under the rug and dealing with them headon. We must ensure that they do not have access to weapons and some need to be hospitalized for deprogramming. 

That will upset people but it’s what we must do in order to keep our nation safe from these terrorist movements that are based off of lies, manipulation and misinformation. 

It’s fairly clear the whoever is running QAnon, is simply running for the hardon and then subsequently getting off when they see an act of domestic terrorism, people having full blown fits of rage in public over wearing a facemask. 

The amount of misinformation and fake news spewing from QAnon more than prove the movement is nothing more than an attempt to agitate, to disrupt, to see how many people can be duped and how many levels of people they can dupe. We do have some individuals in office right now that share in these movements’ ideologies, or they have but now deeply regret it, the point is, the movement found away all the way to Capitol Hill in the minds of politicians who support the movement and that is not good. 

The process QAnon uses in order to brainwash and recruit is not unlike terrorist organizations. It is only a matter of time before groups like this go from being simple movements to outright terrorist organizations.

Cristal M Clark

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