Self Destruct

2018 August 13
by drdog09

… Or how to blow multiple billions, tick off investors and lose your client base without really trying.

The Event

Fairly common knowledge that Alex Jones has been banned from Facebook, Twitter and several other broad based social media sites. He has a message for all of you:

Note: In the time it took me to pull this post together the Alex Jones video on YouTube was banned. I am leaving it as is to make a point. You can try it yourself —

Several other notables have subsequently been banned following the Alex Jones termination. Some include GOP candidates. Members of the ‘hit list’ —

  • Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Azealia Banks
  • Chuck C. Johnson
  • Peppa Pig
  • Kaspersky Lab
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Elizabeth Heng
  • Austin Petersen

Its even been rumored that employees within Facebook petitioned to have Donald Trump banned. Surprisingly Apple did an about face about Jones and his app is now back on iTunes.

Now the companies doing this are all private companies who can do as they wish with their platforms. No argument there. My view might be different however were I an investor in these enterprises. Personally however I don’t believe that Alex Jones being banned is because he broke some rules.

Jones is being used as the trigger event for regulation. Within Silicon Valley it is common knowledge that many VC start ups are built for the express purpose of being sold off to a Tier 1 enterprise. Fact in some cases the buyer is already identified before the start up begins. It is a way for a Tier 1 to expand without the inherent risk of debt and hits to the balance sheet. If the venture proves viable then the Tier 1 white knights the start up and its part of the team. Well the same technique I suspect is being used here.

In the world of bits and motherboards the life expectancy of a digital firm, even a successful one, is about thirty years. Only the Tier 1’s, Intel, HP, Sun, Oracle, Microsoft, buck that trend due to their position in the ecosystem. By the way this very site has outlived the average life span of a digital source. The leadership of Twitter and Facebook know this. Both of these enterprises know something else — they are distribution, they don’t produce content their users do. That puts them in a vulnerable position. So what to do? Well why not manufacture a crisis that forces Congress to act. Volunteer to be regulated. Doing so would solidify their position, mask their responsibility as a corporate citizen (more later), and if played right guarantee a rate of return. Not a bad days work if you ask me and your ‘K’ street minions are doing all the work.

Another words the Right is being played to advance Liberal interests.

The Ecosystem

The digital landscape in the US can roughly be broken down into three components:


Highly distributed amongst:

  • End users
  • Gaming
  • Video production
  • Mobile apps

By sheer numbers End users make up the largest component.


Concentrated into:

  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google

There are alternatives to these platforms, Vimeo,, Diaspora. The issue is the four big players are where they are there due to first mover advantage and skillful management of constantly moving the bar forward. Fate has not been so kind to the next layer players.

But here we meet our first break in the ecosystem. The four players above are not just distribution but in the IT biz they are classed as platform providers. Google probably the lone exception as they have over the years used arbitrage to build their own network. The technology layer just below the platform providers are the ISPs — Verizon, GoDaddy, Spectrum. These are the data carriers that make the ‘net function. Of interest is the fact that the ISPs have made their own deal with the devil, which is:


The ISPs play by a different set of rules. Foremost being the fact the Verizons and ATTs are still common carriers even today as ISPs. Being common carriers their risks and reward are lower due to the legal monopoly power they still hold1. That is not however the case on the wireless side of many of these providers. Here they are in the unregulated space. The key point for our purposes here is that being regulated the ISP cannot discriminate. Or in comparison to Facebook and ISPs their hands are tied. An ISP user cannot be blocked on basis of content only if they are attempting to damage the network.

In 1996 an interesting thing happened — Communications Decency Act. It made it illegal to transmit child porn via a network. As originally drafted it included everyone in the food chain, actor(s), producers, distributors, viewers. Well the ISPs recognized very early that they would be in the cross-hairs and did not have the tech, and still don’t, to ID porn flowing through their infrastructure. They lobbied for exemption and won. But note that the likes of Facebook and Twitter are not exempt.

The next item of interest to us is Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Multiple sections to this baby but the one of interest is — After 180 days the government can get your electronic comms through mere subpoena a warrant is not required. There are no limits, your Facebook, Twitter and email accounts are fair game2. Notice that don’t involve just the government, an opposing lawyer can issue a subpoena on behalf of a client3.

The Disruptor

The choice then is remain captive to platform players and their rules or down cycle to the ISPs. Doing so provides you protections that the likes of Twitter to do not care to adhere to. Which means you have to ‘roll your own’. Two decisions:


World is your oyster here. One of course is the one you are using now. All you need to do is pick a platform and go. That approach does require you to have the machine on at all times or a separate machine in your network doing so. If you would rather host on line you might try taking a look at Low End Box. There were at least 6 providers I saw that were providing VPS4 for $20 year and some doubled some features if you prepaid in advance.

The Platform

Then you need to decide how to organize your content:

  • WordPress site as a blogger.

    Many are familiar with this software. Its what we use at BJG. The ISPs these days have front end consoles with a simple click that will install WordPress for you. You just provide the content once the system is installed. The nature of blogs is that they are date driven like a old style paper journal.

  • Wiki site.

    A wiki is a cross referenced site using a special syntax to represent links and images. Most of the content is straight text. The content is not exactly date driven though many wikis can perform in that fashion. The more common ones, Mediawiki, PMwiki, TWiki. The syntax is simple and many Wiki engines can reference content on other Wikis of the same software construct.

  • CMS site.

    Inherently more complex. They provide full customization within the confines of the overall software design. A CMS can host blog like features, landing pages, sales and inventory, live content delivery, etc. Not for the faint of heart however. Familiarity and programming skills are required. Examples are Drupal, Sharepoint, Joomla, NextCloud.

  • AWS single site.

    If you are already an Amazon user its worth consideration. It requires you to sign up for AWS using your Amazon account. Then place an order for an S3 bucket to hold content. You then use what is called a single page site generator aka staticgen. There are a bunch of them, pick from the link provided. The software builds the site to your specs and spits out a series of pages that you then upload to your S3 bucket. The interesting bit is that doing this is dirt cheap. All those ads you see on the YouTube header are staticgen graphic landing pages. Down side is it is not interactive. Change content and you need to regen and upload again.

Probably the biggest use of Facebook is sharing content with family and cat videos. A suitable substitute would be either a WordPress or NextCloud site. Just add the family as users and make everyone have edit rights so they can share. With NextCloud just add user accounts.

A twitter like experience is a bit tougher to replace. Going to would be the first choice. They say they won’t censor, except porn. Self hosting I would suggest NextCloud again. You can have private video calls and forum video calls with multiple family members.

If the citizens of this country want to stop censorship they need to take matters into their own hands again. If a concerted effort was mounted get off Facebook and Twitter where 30% of the viewership just disappeared the platforms as a going concern would be in serious jeopardy.

Your choice America. Take your digital life back or swing to their tune.

  1. Diminishing rapidly as the major ISPs reduce their exposure. Might even disappear with the roll-out of 5G over time. Some of the 5G providers recognize that they may garner higher margins avoiding the common carrier rules altogether.

  2. The irony is the NSA is gathering this data in real time which circumvents the rationale for ECPA. The trip point is that the NSA data gathered, at least directly, is not court admissible. Many a lawyer has attempted to subpoena NSA data to no avail.

  3. Now you know why many firms issue orders to all employees not to keep online email records past 180 days.

  4. Virtual Private Server.

25 Responses leave one →
  1. 2018 August 13 5:51 am
    drdog09 permalink

    By the way Anonymous has threatened to expose who ‘Q’ is.

  2. 2018 August 13 6:16 am
    justrand permalink

    wow, drdog, that post is excellent. A “How To” fight back against the electronic “enslavement” being foisted on America. The question: how to turn that “How To” into a movement??

    thus far the only way to fight back has been to stop using FaceBook, Twitter and YouTube…but I prefer a popular movement to take them on directly

    are you gonna lead the movement?? I’ll be one of your “foot soldiers” 🙂

  3. 2018 August 13 8:31 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Wow, a tour de force. I understand maybe 1/2 of the tech stuff LOL.
    A typo or two, probably “Another words the Right is being played” should be “In other words”?

    Late in the game, quite a few righties are seeing that having an platform not owned by the Left is not a “nice to have” but instead a “must have”.

    On request, knowing absolutely nothing, a couple years ago I build a rudimentary web site for my wife’s cousin. It sucks, I have to admit it 🙂
    A challenge I was not able to surmount, using the hosting company’s simple web page design tool, was making the pages look correct for laptop, mobile phone and iPad. At least one of the devices would not look right (you have to turn the iPhone/iPad horizontal AND vertical so there are 5 test cases to get correct).

  4. 2018 August 13 8:36 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Off topic: was chatting with friends about Boy Scouts. As I recall, there is lots more change going on than just accepting girls.

    Does anyone have a good roundup article on what’s changed?

  5. 2018 August 13 8:41 am

    Can add Gavin Mcinnis (sp?) to the list of those banned from twitter, saw that over the weekend, over nothing too.

    Q – At the risk of linking to YT.. Scott Adams (and no I don’t agree or always think he’s right about everything) but he walks thought some things I did mentally many months ago with regard to Q and I came to a similar view as he:

    Hell even Sundance over at TCTH has finally come around this past weekend to the fact that Sleepy Sessions isn’t some super quiet white hat executing ‘the plan’, why that took so to wake up too I’ll never understand, but better late than never.

    I did find it was pretty curious though that Anon seemingly all of a sudden chose to jump on\into the Q debate, I guess just to embarrass some on the right. IDK wtf that’s about but does seem like there is serious effort underway to silence those disseminating alternate narratives and news\information that are supportive of the administration, nobody’s been targeted yet who throws around wild unsubstantiated negative speculation or venom about this admin.

    “Jones is being used as the trigger event for regulation. ”

    You know you mentioned this the other day, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot since then and you may be right, but I don’t think that’s the short term goal.

    Personally I think it’s more they’ve just decided to drop the mask like so many others and throw their weight around because after all they can, whos going to stop them? Nobody’s leaving the platform in droves (yet anyway, the addicts are hooked including potus). They are trying to move the silence-able window, test just how much they can get away with, particularly heading into the fall and 2020. I get the sense all hell is about to break lose in DC (and not particularly in a good way for Trump), I think some of these tech heads have been tipped off\given the mission to proactively attack supporting orgs and alternate information dissemination networks-persons before that happens where ever they think they can and just don’t care about the fall-out, even if they lose a couple million users, wtf do they care, they’ll just create some more fake accounts to cover the numbers, it’s not like MSM is gonna stop hyping things ‘approved’ users continue to post.

    13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

    Though they’ve had their fair share of going after ‘institutions’ as well, but we ain’t seen nothing yet, their guard was a little down in 2016, that’s not happening again.

    But I do think perhaps your version is their “plan-B”, but I don’t see how that really helps when it comes to censorship, though I absolutely do see how it would help raise barriers to entry and other shenanigans to entrench themselves, and possibly write their own little safe-harbor provisions – while still maintaining their anti-right agenda via their own interpretations of words\definitions (but still have legal protections from the leftists they let say anything).

  6. 2018 August 13 9:26 am
    drdog09 permalink

  7. 2018 August 13 9:28 am

    FBI finally… makes it official strzok fired.

    This isn’t really a win (the firing being official finally), just means to me they’re finally done with him (congress\ig testimony etc) and optics for DS means he needs to fade away, without prosecution, plus he’s out of IG’s reach as no longer government employee right?

    Turkey has just banned short selling , lol, what better way to spook people further, jesus.

    Looks like cap controls are next.

  8. 2018 August 13 9:49 am

    I have to say the SA reaction struck me as over-the-top, almost like something else\more was at play, but then again like Erdo, MBS seems to do (not just say) some pretty rash things at the drop of a hat. No good guys here really to root for, so I’ll just watch from the sidelines and eat popcorn. Almost feels like MBS hates justin personally and was just waiting for an excuse.

  9. 2018 August 13 10:07 am
    drdog09 permalink


    The only good thing about strock being fired is he will lose his clearances.

  10. 2018 August 13 10:08 am
    bc3b permalink

    There are three problems with social media:
    1. they are run by leftists
    2. Their employees are leftists
    3. They use untrustworthy fact checkers (like snopes, which employs hookers and porn stars as fact checkers and its founder has been charged with embezzlement)

  11. 2018 August 13 10:11 am
    bc3b permalink

    KH #8 –

    Justine should let the Ottawa RedBlack cheer team run Canada. They are more masculine (not very) than Justine.

  12. 2018 August 13 10:21 am
    bc3b permalink

  13. 2018 August 13 10:27 am

    Vimeo (mentioned as alternative) Removes Alex Jones Videos today.

  14. 2018 August 13 10:29 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Wish I had the time I would take it on. Alas I don’t right now.

  15. 2018 August 13 10:32 am

    9 – Who’s to say he really will? Those before him have not that we know of.

    He should have already lost such, we’ll see what happens.

  16. 2018 August 13 10:38 am

    A federal judge appointed by President Donald Trump ruled Monday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe is constitutional and legitimate, rejecting an effort by a Russian company — accused of financing a massive political influence operation in the United States — to stamp out the ongoing investigation.

    On the flip side as part of the ruling though she also established that the Kebler Elf, and the Rod at his (or their equivalent replacements) side, can change, restrict, or remove\end Mueller at any time.

  17. 2018 August 13 11:20 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Well that’s a bummer. BitChute then… Till they do the same.

  18. 2018 August 13 11:25 am
    drdog09 permalink

    KH, 16,

    Here’s the ironic bit — — Facesuck themselves admit that they do it.

    Maybe Mueller is investigating the wrong outfit. 🙂

  19. 2018 August 13 11:41 am
    drdog09 permalink


  20. 2018 August 13 12:16 pm

    17 – Eh at least they threw a lifeline toward GAB when MS threw out the 48hr deadline (what a dick move and way to undercut your own platform), but then BitChute probably knew there was no conceivable way to move off the platform in 48hr anyway so unlikely gab was going to take them up on offer. Don’t know if that was just for publicity\good will, or real, I’ll assume bit of both on BC’s part.

  21. 2018 August 13 12:23 pm

    18 – Yeah I saw that yesterday, after waking up from bad dreams of what’s to come, I just laughed to myself about the timing of my ramble the other morning and then finally getting some sleep and then seeing that after waking up. Too funny.

    I may need another couple week break from most of the internet and ‘news’ again just for my sanity.

    Yeah and nothing really prevents data-centers at some point just refusing to do business with BitChute, oh sure Safe harbor and all that, but it doesn’t mean they still can’t say “you don’t align with our mission\ethics etc”.

  22. 2018 August 13 3:15 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    19, love it

    Amazing how 65 million Americans don’t deserve to have a voice in things.

  23. 2018 August 13 3:55 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Well one Dim Senator just declared himself a fascist — — So KH, do you believe it is about regulation now??

    If this were to pass, the only people capable of meeting the regs would be the likes of Facebook, Twitter, et. al. BJG for example would not be able to afford the presumed filing fees to afford an audit.

  24. 2018 August 13 4:00 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Well duh — — It goes without saying that this meeting was the beginning of the ‘insurance policy’.

  25. 2018 August 14 9:45 am

    Yup Dr. been all that and the woman meeting fusiongps both before and after said meeting, how could it not have been??

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