News broke last night that Parler is being pushed off Amazon’s web services. Let’s get out the obligatory question, “Why the &$#% were they relying on Amazon in the first place?”
Okay, what’s done is done. They learned the hard way that reliance on any of the Big Three in Big Tech—Google, Apple, and Amazon—is a losing endeavor for any company that is not completely woke. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a budding social media company like Parler or a ma and pa store in a San Francisco suburb. Eventually, you’re going to get cancelled.
There wasn’t much Parler could do about Google and Apple since apps are embedded in society. Most Americans use apps on their mobile devices. Many use ONLY apps when doing anything other than using their phones as… wait for it… phones. Since Google and Apple are everything when it comes to mobile apps, we have to start asking ourselves if that’s the best way to move forward if we’re not woke.
In an ideal world, the answer is clearly “NO!” These companies hate you if you’re not woke. They utterly despise you. They’ve been brainwashed into believing conservatives and anyone who loves freedom is a bigot who would rape and murder their children if ever left alone with them. But this is not an ideal world. Most have embraced having Google, Apple, and Amazon embedded in our lives. We can get rid of Amazon, for the most part. First, obviously, we should stop using them. Second, if you run a website or anything that uses their resources, move.
Apple and Google are harder in this mobile-only world. A short-term fix is to stop using apps. There are mobile web alternatives to just about everything. The dangers of apps have been well documented on conspiracy theory websites and for the most part, these warnings have been accurate. But it takes a commitment and it requires owners of freedom-loving services to deemphasize their apps. If Parler had done this with an explanation to their base (and, of course, had not been on Amazon in the first place), they would have been okay by directing everyone to their mobile web version. Instead, they’re on the verge of death right when they should be rising to prominence.
Getting rid of our technological dependency on the Big Three is challenging but not impossible. Use DuckDuckGo or some other private search engine instead of Google. Abandon Apple altogether. That’s not to say any of the alternatives are better, but for now they are. And then we get to the hard part. The tough sell.
It’s time to start disconnecting altogether. No, I don’t mean going off-the-grid, though there are clearly reasons to do that as well. But we have to assume that at some point in the future, everything that has to do with conservatism or Christianity or simple “unwokeness” is going to be blocked. It may not happen, but it seems to be heading in that direction. Does that mean we should all become ham radio operators? Maybe. But until there’s a true free-speech, free-thought alternative among ISPs, email providers, social media, and other communication tools, we should prepare for not being welcome on them.
We may find it hard to imagine ISPs doing to us what they do in China, North Korea, and Iran, but if we look around and follow the natural progression of a society that seems bent on reducing freedoms for the sake of forced security, we have to start thinking in drastic terms. We cannot assume anything is going to be available if it’s not somehow protected. We also have to watch as our protections are systematically lifted in exchange for woke protection alternatives. These aren’t things that anyone wants to talk about until it’s actually happening, which is why we’re in this mess in the first place.
Call these the ramblings of someone seeing devils around every technology corner if you wish, but there’s no longer much of a difference between being paranoid and being lucid. The two states of mind go hand-in-hand as society plummets into a dystopian near-future.
‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report, Conservative Playbook, and the American Conservative Movement have appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. Both of our YouTube accounts were banned. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Medium canceled us. Apple canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancellation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
The lies associated with Covid-19 are only slightly more prevalent than the suppression of valid scientific information that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We should be allowed to ask questions about the vaccines, for example, as there is ample evidence for concern. One does not have to be an “anti-vaxxer” in order to want answers about vaccines that are still considered experimental and that have a track record in a short period of time of having side-effects, including death. One of our stories about the Johnson & Johnson “vaccine” causing blood clots was “fact-checked” and removed one day before the government hit the brakes on it. These questions and news items are not allowed on Big Tech which is just another reason we are getting canceled.
There are more topics that they refuse to allow. In turn, we refuse to stop discussing them. This is why we desperately need your help. The best way NOQ, CP, and ACM readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We are pacing to be short by about $3700 per month in order to maintain operations.
The second way to help is to become a partner. We’ve strongly considered seeking angel investors in the past but because we were paying the bills, it didn’t seem necessary. Now, we’re struggling to pay the bills. We had 5,657,724 sessions on our website from November, 2020, through February, 2021. Our intention is to elevate that to higher levels this year by focusing on a strategy that relies on free speech rather than being beholden to progressive Big Tech companies.
During that four-month stretch, Twitter and Facebook accounted for about 20% of our traffic. We are actively working on operating as if that traffic is zero, replacing it with platforms that operate more freely such as Gab, Parler, and others. While we were never as dependent on Big Tech as most conservative sites, we’d like to be completely free from them. That doesn’t mean we will block them, but we refuse to be beholden to companies that absolutely despise us simply because of our political ideology.
We’re heading in the right direction and we believe we’re ready talk to patriotic investors who want to not only “get in on the action” but more importantly who want to help America hear the truth. Interested investors should contact me directly with the contact button above.
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