Archive for December 12, 2020

Nextdoor’s icon. Kind of like a Monopoly piece

After getting tired of the Facebook, and now YouTube, censorship of anything remotely conservative, I decided to plot my social media exodus. If you read anything online, anyone contemplating leaving Facebook is an idiot, but since I don’t trust the media anyway, I wanted to try it myself. Over the next few Saturdays, I’m going to outline alternatives to Facebook, YouTube and Google, give each the pluses and minuses, and give you a guide on how to transition successfully.

My view of Twitter, even before the election

But I won’t help you with Twitter. Twitter has always been hot garbage. You’re on your own there.

The first platform that you should try is Nextdoor. I found this gem on a list of alternative social media sites, and it does not disappoint. Nextdoor connects you with your neighbors. When you register, you put in your address, which then places you in a pre-defined neighborhood. You then get dropped right into a well-designed home page that shows you posts from your neighbors plus nearby neighborhoods.

The first big difference from Facebook is that there isn’t a friends list to maintain. Nextdoor lets you see only the people in your neighborhood. When you go to post something, you can only post in a number of categories: for sale, safety, general, lost and found and recommendations. When you look at the general feed, its not at all like Facebook. There aren’t annoying Vox articles linked by your liberal friends, or anti-vax memes from that crazy mom down the street. Nope, its just local news.

Which is not a bad thing. I found a city council meeting I had missed, so I got updates on nearby construction projects. I also found out our water metering people were hacked by ransomware, which is why they haven’t sent us a bill. I never saw any of that on Facebook, and those things actually affect me a lot more than most of the things I read on Facebook.

For your interest areas, there are local groups, although not nearly as many as Facebook. It didn’t take long to find a conservative group that was working to support local people running for office. I also quickly found a gardening group and pawpaw (the fruit) group. I had to start a group for dads, but there were a million mom groups already. Although it doesn’t have the number of groups of Facebook, the fact that I can make a group with people in the area only is kind of nice.

The other great feature is the “for sale” section. One of the big benefits of Facebook is the Marketplace section, where you can find a ton of items for sale, or sell your items quickly. I’ve made a killing selling firewood through Marketplace, and that was something I didn’t want to lose. Nextdoor has similar functionality. Even better, I’m not wasting my time looking at items that are hundreds of miles away but offer “free shipping.”

Overall, Nextdoor has about 75% of what I want in social media. I get local things that matter to me, local groups that I care about, and can sell to my neighbors. I miss out on out of area relatives and friends, which is why Nextdoor can’t replicate Facebook. To be fair, they don’t claim to do that, and if you live near most of your family, maybe you won’t mind.

I now find myself checking Nextdoor a lot more than Facebook, and certainly enjoying it more. Maybe you will too, I’d recommend giving it a try.

This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency.

Today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio we will be talking about the disappointment at the supreme court in conjunction with our announced topics:

  • Why it’s important not to give an inch on the election
  • The dangers of letting this go
  • What’s in it for some in the GOP who are playing along with the left.

It all begins at 10:15 EST, until Youtube pulls me you can watch it here

(Had to use the Youtube link as they are no longer offering the embed code)

Hope to see you there

Rubble’s a-bouncing

Posted: December 12, 2020 by datechguy in Uncategorized

2020 made the rubble bounce this week on the ruins of whatever integrity Journalism with a capital “J” still had.

For readers with Dora-level memory banks, a few weeks ago – just before a certain presidential election, in fact — the New York Post broke a story about then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, and how Hunter was up to his eyeballs in Chinese and Russian payoffs, with mysterious messages in secret emails about saving “10%… for the big guy.”  This reporting, the Post explained, was based on “primary-source documents” stored on Hunter’s personal laptop.

You might think such a juicy story would set the wolves howling, with a frenzy of media interest descending on the Bidens. I mean, it had everything — sex, drugs, foreign enemies, even possibly implicating the Democratic presidential candidate on the eve of the election. This thing’s a blockbuster, you might think.

You’d be wrong.

“Journalism” immediately went to work burying the report in a bald effort to help Joe Biden get elected. First, the Democratic party machine went into motion. Over 50 former intelligence officials published a letter claiming the same; among its luminous signatories were former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Directors Leon Panetta and John Brennan, along with acting directors, chiefs of staff, and other officials of the CIA, DIA, NSA, and a range of other alphabet-soup bureaucracies.

CNN pushed the Russian disinformation lie. So did the New York Times. NPR said it would not cover the Hunter Biden story because they didn’t want to “waste our time on stories that aren’t really stories.”

Twitter and Facebook, too, suppressed the story, and Twitter even locked the New York Post out of its Twitter account for posting the story because – try not to laugh – the story was based on “hacked material.” Somehow I suspect Chelsea Manning has never been locked out of his account.

Well, after all that suppressing of information from the American public, turns out, the New York Post had it right all along, and well, with the election safely behind us, the media has decided it’s safe to report on the story.

A more egregious example of journalistic malpractice the reader will be hard-pressed to find.

As for me, I see no reason to believe anything they ever say again.

Well, except for the New York Post.