For those unaware, ThemTube (aka YouTube) is in the midst of perhaps the biggest mass purge ever. Anything and anyone critical of Israel, or who questions certain historical events (holocaust), is being deleted, demonetized, deplatformed, and/or censored regardless of the validity of their claims. It's not just Israel either, it's anything and anyone critical of popular and politically sensitive mainstream narratives. Project Veirtas had a video removed for simply REPORTING NEWS and they are, by far, not the only ones.
A commenter on this site credited me recently for having "the balls to post stuff on the Zio cartel running the world". I suppose for some people having balls is a requirement for addressing sensitive topics, but it isn't for me. I simply seek the truth and i don't give a shit where it may lead or what the consequences are for me personally because it's the right thing to do.
Anyway, the point to this rather pointless post is to gripe about ThemTube, and also to claim a victory. My series of articles, Rescuing Israel: The Holocaust, has a truck load of links to 3rd party sources and many of those links are… or rather were… links to ThemTube videos and one by one those videos have been removed — hundreds of them — and this has forced me to find alternative sources. Just in the last few days i have had to seek out new sources for over 100 ThemTube videos and the Internet Archive has been a huge help in many cases. What scares me about the Internet Archive is that it's the only platform of it's size and scope that i'm aware of. Sure, there's the privately funded 'archive' which is great for archiving web pages, but you can't upload audio or video files and the size of the archive is way smaller.
So today i claim victory insomuch as i managed to bypass ThemTube censorship, but for how long? Freedom of speech is being continually eroded and assaulted by a lot of very powerful organizations. How long until their wrath forces websites like the Internet Archive to comply with their absurdly broad definition of "hate speech"?
"To determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question: Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize?" — Kevin Alfred Strom, All America Must Know the Terror That is Upon Us, Aug 14, 1993 (source)
Enjoy the Wild World Web friends… while it lasts.
I added the Invidition add-on to Firefox Extensions – My Picks. Invidition is a fairly nice add-on that redirects all links to YouTube videos and embedded YouTube videos to one of the Invidious instances which provide an alternative front-end to youtube.com. By using the add-on one can avoid youtube.com completely whilst still being able to watch YouTube videos. Think privacy.
As for the state of the Mozilla Firefox Add-ons site (AMO), it is in sad shape. Many of the new add-ons being published are garbage and many contain what i broadly define as malware. While Mozilla's choice to discontinue the older XUL add-ons in favor of Web Extensions is nice for security, the move has resulted in an influx of developers apparently coming from Google Chrome since both browsers use essentially the same extension API. The fallout from these changes, as well as the implementation of an automated extension review system, has resulted in a significant number of malware containing add-ons being published to AMO every day. While these malicious add-ons seem to be removed from AMO within roughly 24 hours, they still present potentially serious risks for those who install them before they are removed and disabled.
I think a lot of the innovation that once surfaced on AMO has dried up and it's rather sad and annoying to see that replaced with money hungry morons, among them a bazillion VPN providers with piss-poor "privacy" policies, and piles of "Adobe Flash" add-ons, virtually all of which are outright malware. It's also frustrating to watch hundreds and even thousands of ignorant sheep installing this garbage.
If you have a desire to help Mozilla do what it damn well should be doing without your help, create a Firefox Account, go to addons.mozilla.org and start down-voting and flagging these malicious add-ons.
Always remember to run the 'ghacks' prefsCleaner script after every update to either their user.js or my user-overrides.js.
On rather important thing i added to my user-overrides.js is the following comment:
* ALWAYS READ THE 'LATEST CHANGES' SECTION NEAR THE TOP and if there are any * preferences in it that have been removed, these preferences need to be reset * from about:config in Firefox
If you really want to be sure any old prefs or incorrect pref values are removed from prefs.js, exit Firefox and rename it to prefs.js.bak, then restart Firefox.
Recent changes as follows:
* added 'webgl.dxgl.enabled' * added 'browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.asrouter.userprefs.cfr.addons' * removed 'browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.asrouter.userprefs.cfr' - depreciated * moved 'browser.display.use_document_fonts' to ghacks diffs section * moved 'layout.css.font-loading-api.enabled' to personal prefs section * minor edits
In the article, Tor verses a VPN – Which is right for you?, i attempt to address some of the primary differences between using the Tor network and a VPN without suggesting one or the other. My reason for writing it was because i'm seeing people recommend Tor wholeheartedly without being clear about its disadvantages and i wanted to hopefully provide a more neutral overview.