The Facebook Fly-Trap
Why I quit Facebook and what they're doing with all the data we give them
I posted a shorter version of this piece in December 2020 when I’d finally deleted all of my Facebook and Instagram data and closed my accounts. I’m not going to tell you how to live your life; I know a lot of people are still on those platforms, fighting for health freedom or feeling they can’t afford to leave. But I think its important to understand what is being done with your personal data. What I touch on in this piece is just the tip of the iceberg, but maybe it will be enough to get you started withdrawing your energy from this giant energy harvesting system.
I remember thinking years ago that it was kinda weird that Facebook and Google were offering all these services for free. Now, at the end of 2020, it’s starting to make sense.
I don’t think like this, maybe because I’ve got a lot of fire in my chart or maybe because I’ve never had access to the kind of capital you would need to think this way.
BUT…if you wanted nearly unlimited power and wealth and you were young and ambitious, wouldn’t it be genius to give everyone in the world something new and cool and useful for free…in exchange for a little of their personal data?
And then over time, you realize that they’ll happily give you details on everything they think, feel, and do — even when you start charging them for the privilege of being on your platform and giving you their data.
At some point you realize you can just take their data whether or not they realize you’re taking it (remember when Google and Facebook claimed they weren’t recording us through our phones and we believed them?). And you realize that machine learning/AI will soon be so advanced that you will possess all the information you need to actually control people’s minds.
By 2020 you will know enough about each user’s behavior and thought patterns to create a personalized echo chamber for each user. A place where they only read the news you want them to read, where their opinions are constantly validated by their online “friends” and where they can be manipulated by the addictive need for approval to think whatever you want them to think.
I don’t know how much of this endgame was planned by the Silicon Valley tech bros from the beginning and how much of it is just a case of too much power and wealth corrupting those who wield it. But I've been seeing the potential for mind control of the masses that was built into these platforms every time I log on to Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube.
Some of the executives who helped build Facebook have come out publicly, warning us that big social media platforms including Facebook, Google, and Twitter have been engineered in a way that is open to manipulation by dark forces.
The Almighty Algorithms of Social Media Platforms
Former Facebook president Sean Parker says Facebook’s algorithms were designed to hack people’s reality by “exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”
“The thought process that went into building these applications…was all about ‘how do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible,’” Parker says.
Venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya, at one point the longest-tenured member of Facebook’s executive team, says social media is modifying people’s behavior in potentially cataclysmic ways. “The short-term dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works,” Palihapitiya says. “It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other.”
“You can use money to amplify whatever you believe and get people to believe that what is popular is now truthful.”
I’ve been increasingly withdrawing from Facebook and Instagram over the last few years because it just didn’t feel good to be there. But this year it’s like a switch was flipped. People who have followed my writing and astrology for years are now gaslighting me as mentally ill. People (or bots) I don’t know comment on posts insinuating that I’m a “white supremacist” or “conspiracy theorist” (insert your favorite woke key phrase du jour). My partner and I have been accused of “causing harm” because we continue to write about and teach people to heal old trauma and empower themselves.
When I’ve posted scientific studies that challenge the C0vid narrative, I’ve been accused of posting harmful, shocking and “dangerous” content.
“We live in a world now where it is easy to confuse truth and popularity,” Chamath Palihapitiya says. “You can use money to amplify whatever you believe and get people to believe that what is popular is now truthful and what is not popular may not be truthful,” he says.
It’s disheartening to me to see how many people in the spiritual community are now parroting the propaganda they’re being fed in their algorithmic echo chambers. Even more discouraging is their willingness to dismiss any alternate viewpoints with anger, condemnation, smug moralizing, and outright threats of harm.
There’s a soul sickness and unthinking obedience to the will of the mob that reminds me of the worst of junior high school. The people who shout the loudest or dish the meanest putdowns have scared all the other kids into standing silently by while the mean kids bully anyone who dares challenge their authority. For what?
Chamath Palihapitiya says it’s the nature of the beast. “We get rewarded with these short-term signals – hearts, likes, thumbs-up – and we conflate that with value and we conflate it with truth. And instead what it really is, it’s fake, brittle popularity…that leaves you even more vacant and empty [than] before you did it.”
I'm starting my exit from social media with Facebook and Instagram, but planning to get off of YouTube and Google as well. I believe that Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook/Instagram), Jack Dorsey (Twitter), Sergey Brin (G00gle) and Susan Wojcicki (YouTube) have used and continue to use their outsized influence (acquired through the data we gave them, knowingly or unknowingly) to line their own pockets while participating in creating needless suffering for hundreds of millions of humans this year.
I’m tired of the fake fact-checking labels. I’m tired of watching good people with ideas worth considering being silenced and blacklisted. And I’m tired of watching people I care about trying to walk on eggshells to avoid being bullied by self-righteous zombies spouting the woke phrase of the week and demanding a public confession of thought crimes.
I could speak just as easily to the 2020 U.S. Presidential election as to the Covid-19 fear pandemic. The mechanisms being used by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google to convince their users that Joe Biden actually won the U.S. presidential election are similar. As is the willingness to hack the consciousness of everyday people in order to consolidate control in the hands of the few. (1)
The Covid-19 Wake-Up Call
But the global Covid-19 propaganda blitz and people's reactions to it on social media are what tipped me off to how much mind control has actually taken place already. The Covid-19 mono-narrative (that Facebook and others continue to amplify through algorithms that limit people's exposure to truth while force-feeding them politically useful lies and half-truths) is as ridiculous as it is terrifying. Especially when you look at some of the hard scientific facts that anyone with a web browser and the willingness to use a non-Google search engine can easily validate:
SARS-CoV-2 has a 99.7 percent survival rate.
The median age of death from Covid-19 is 79 years old worldwide. This is above the average lifespan of humans in most countries on Earth!
Most people who do get it experience minor or no symptoms.
Most people who are hospitalized from it are either very old and/or seriously, chronically ill.
Children are at statistically zero risk of dying from SARS-CoV-2 (despite the heroic efforts of The Washington Post and The New York Times to convince us otherwise).
The myth of asymptomatic spreaders was debunked months ago by the World Health Organization.
Deep down, most of us know the truth of this. We've seen the videos of Dr. Fauci and other pro-mask medical propagandists ripping off their masks as soon as they think the cameras are off. We've seen the videos of Nancy Pelosi and other politicians violating their own lockdown and social distancing orders. We know that spending hours in a throng of thousands of protestors can't be less dangerous than going to church for an hour or going to the supermarket.
Deep down, we all know that the global panic created by the media and Big Tech over Covid-19 is not about keeping us safe. So why are Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and friends working so hard to keep the hysteria alive? Could it be that the draconian restrictions on human freedom introduced in the name of Covid-19 are more about control than they are about saving lives? As more and more people suffer under waves of lockdowns, who is getting richer and gaining more control? For starters, the corrupt politicians, Big Tech oligarchs, Big Pharma conglomerates, and media shills who get richer and more powerful the more we the people buy into the fear, dread, division, and despair they’re selling us.
Almost every justification used by public health authorities to push the mass vaccination campaign, vaccine mandates, and continued social control measures was based on lies. That these lies were repeated often enough to become accepted as truth by the most-heavily brainwashed among us doesn’t make them any less false.
Facebook, Twitter, and Google/YouTube did their part to keep the “safe and effective” narrative going. Obviously, by continuing to censor and ban those with the temerity to contradict the official lies (Robert Malone, Alex Berenson, and many more). But also by repeatedly labeling as “misinformation” posts by regular users that poked fun at the official story or stepped outside the increasingly narrow lines of the box now known as “The Science” (TM).
Anyone whose brain hasn’t been completely scrambled yet knows the real misinformation spreaders are the politicians and health officials themselves, along with their lapdogs in the corporate press. Remember when Tony Fauci said vaccinated people became ‘dead ends’ for the virus? Or when Uncle Joey assured Americans “you’re not going to get Covid” if you get the jabs? Or when CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said “vaccinated people don’t carry the virus” and “don’t get sick”?
Here’s a fun clip of Fauci lying about Fauci lying (h/t el gato):
I thought the Omicron variant might signal the end of COVID Phase I. The high transmissibility plus the low risk profile for healthy populations — and the much higher risk profile for heavily-vaxxed populations — should have put an end to this tragic global theater piece. And…
They’re ploughing right ahead. Like a convoy of farm tractors moseying through the streets of downtown Toronto, they’re rubber-stamping vaccines for the kiddies, boasting about new Covid boosters for next winter, moving forward with vaccine passports and mandatory ‘quarantine facilities’ and — of course — leaving in place as many of the nice new control measures they managed to enact in 2020 and 2021.
And why shouldn’t they? They’re getting filthy rich on government bailouts, just as Jeff Bezos, Zuckerberg and the rest of the Big Tech oligarchy got filthy rich(-er) when much of the world was threatened into staying home and living their lives online in 2020.
Pfizer turned a neat profit of $81 billion in 2021. Moderna, which had never made money before, should post a profit of around $18 billion for fiscal year 2021. (This doesn’t include the $10 billion they received from U.S. taxpayers to develop the vaccines.)
Wall Street banks are expected to post record profits in 2021, based largely on $5 trillion in Fed spending since the start of the pandemic. As Matt Taibbi notes, “the bulk of this new wealth…is being converted into compensation for a handful of executives.’
“Buybacks have also been rampant in defense, pharmaceuticals, and oil & gas, all of which also just finished their second straight year of record, skyrocketing profits. We’re now up to about 745 billionaires in the U.S., who’ve collectively seen their net worth grow about $2.1 trillion to $5 trillion since March 2020, with almost all that wealth increase tied to the Fed’s ballooning balance sheet.”
“Vaccine Aristocrats Strike Again” — Matt Taibbi on Substack
Why Are So Many People OK With This?
“You can use money to amplify whatever you believe and get people to believe that what is popular is now truthful and what is not popular may not be truthful.” - Chamath Palihapitiya
The fact that Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are doing exactly what Palihapitiya predicted just a few years ago — and are doing it in a way that is creating so much division, hatred, and resentment on a global scale — seems obviously problematic.
Even more chilling, however, is how they are doing it. In the video above, Parker and Palihapitiya were talking about the algorithms built into the social media experience. What they didn’t dive into is what Hebrew University professor Yuval Harari calls “humans as hackable animals.”
Think about it this way: The major tech companies have been collecting our data for 20 years now. Machine learning and quantum computing have made it possible to aggregate and process that data in ways we couldn’t imagine when we starting agreeing to let them have near-total access to our personal habits, desires, and drives.
As Harari says in this interview, “Some governments and corporations, for the first time in history, have the power to basically hack human beings. If you have enough data and you have enough computing power, you can understand people better than they understand themselves. And then you can manipulate them in ways which were previously impossible.”
I think we are seeing this play out in real time, as people rush to comply with vaccination mandates, most of them knowing that the vaccines are rushed, experimental, unnecessary, risky, and potentially lethal. These same people then defend the authorities that gave them the orders, parroting the same propaganda buzzwords like “misinformation” and “safe and effective” even when the authorities flat-out contradict themselves.
I mean, how do we get to a place where maybe 40 percent of society is willing to die for a career politician like Tony Fauci, an old white man who got rich and famous helping his buds at the drug companies instead of doing his job and helping Americans get healthier? And someone who obviously doesn’t give a shit about anyone but Tony Fauci?
We Are the Ones Who Need to Change Things
Most of us can probably agree the world needs to change, sooner rather than later. That's why Tatiana and I started Cosmic Fire - to create a safe and vibrant place for artists, healers and visionaries to come together and amplify the thoughts and creative actions that will actually change the world in a positive way. Because we've got to be real with ourselves at this point: The government isn't going to save us. It's up to us to take our power back and create the change we desire.
The architects and enforcers of the Great Reset have no plans to give us back the freedoms they’ve taken from us this year. Not in 2021. Not ever. They are telling us this openly. Billionaire eugenecists who want to clear the planet of billions of useless eaters and place those who remain under total, unbreakable control DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU.
They don’t care about ending racism. They don’t harbor a special place in their hearts for LGBTQ people. They don’t care about the animals or the trees or the oceans or the environment - other than their insane need to have it all for themselves.
I’m tired of helping these parasites get richer and acquire more control over the people of the world by contributing my time, attention and data.
So I’m going to go live my life and take back my time and attention and direct them into doing more of what I love – seeking freedom and beauty and adventure, making music, being in Nature, and relating to real people who can still think for themselves and who value kindness more than “fake, brittle popularity.”