Lots of people wondering why I've been so quiet - I'm really sorry, the truth is because I have been heads down & tails up with the development team for hours and hours every single day building the greatest social media application we've ever seen, for you all! We progress daily
...and often when my head and my focus is constantly immersed in technical detail like that, the outside world blurs and the days melt into one another and my awareness centers around build requirements & delivery deadlines (which I never, ever miss as I'm sure you've noticed!)
In the not too distant future, someone far cooler, more adept, more interesting & better at the role than me will become the public face of @pan_quake & I'm really excited for that.
In the meantime, I'm building them & you all a product that lives up to all promises & beyond <3
I think the Fediverse is a wonderful thing. That's why I've ensured @pan_quake will be interoperable with it. PQ will contribute to the strength & growth of the Fediverse.
But those telling you that the Fediverse is "free" are lying to your face.
While being promoted as free, paid Fediverse hosting services are attractive to some users precisely because of the hardware costs, technical know-how barrier & ongoing funds required if you self-host instances. The more users in your instance the higher the costs you must meet.
Better worded: while the Fediverse is promoted as "free" participating in it often isn't free at all. Nor is it effortless. Should we invest effort in obtaining digital freedom? Absolutely. Is the Fediverse better than Big Tech? Vastly. But barriers to mainstream adoption remain.
On the surface, I'm the target of the lies but in truth, we all are.
Because I am live-blogging my response, please periodically update the page to see new content. It may take several hours to complete. Once finished, I will present the key evidences in the below thread.
OK, here we go. The article is finished - for now - and here is the tl;dr thread as promised.
4. Use "diversity" as a cover for reinforcing the military industrial complex & your business-as-usual (ie. killing for $$) stance 5. Spend tens of millions of dollars of public money on PR campaigns to teach people how great you are, then celebrate your greatness at every chance
6. Advance "total awareness" intelligence agency agendas, violating your citizen's homes, schools, workplaces, vehicles, streets with ubiquitous spying hardware & software at a level that would put China to shame 7. Make your citizenry a police force, turning them upon each other
Only 4 weeks on, we've had a 50% increase in donations, a 30% increase in donors, 4 new campaign updates posted, 6 new media appearances and some very dodgy and untrustworthy new follow stats from big tech that may or may not be accurate!
Second: more techy geeky stuff
You may remember from last month, we'd completed our use cases, workflows, & mockups.
This month we've been mapping our application properties: the objects, methods & data structures that our code will reference & which define our application
BIG THREAD: When a self-professed "disinformation specialist" turns out to in fact be a specialist in circulating disinformation.
I was surprised at how many people failed to scratch below the surface of @davetroy's semi-recent yet widely circulated pontificating about QAnon
Many people know that I was among the first people in the world to call out QAnon for the giant scam/psyop that it is.
I called it out in a now famous & epically long thread that I wrote in May 2018.
That thread was picked up & amplified by Julian Assange & WikiLeaks.
My thread calling out QAnon for a psyop and warning people not to fall for it was not only written while I was living in Russia, but was widely circulated by many Occupy-related activists & WikiLeaks supporters.
Why? Because we knew QAnon was bullshit & were warning people
Multiple times now, my account or my organisational accounts have been locked out or suspended & I've been able to get others to make enough noise about it to get it fixed in a day
That's a privilege. Millions don't have it. Millions are locked out permanently & lose everything
I actually lost a ton of my photojournalism & event coverage (years worth) when @OccupyNZ was arbitrarily suspended without reason. Likewise, we lost a huge piece of activism history when @OccupyAuckland was suspended years earlier.
Arbitrary suspensions really are book burning
It's the digital equivalent of someone saying "I didn't like your behaviour today so I'm going to set all of your personal photo albums and your home movie collection on fire and I'm not actually going to tell you what you did that made me do this to you. Don't like it? Too bad."
PanQuake - which is probably the most transparent business ever - has released a set of campaign metrics and statistics. It has only been 6 weeks since we launched our campaign, yet our stats are phenomenal.
ZERO corporate backing. ZERO MSM coverage. Yet look what you've done :)
We also released the full breakdown of web traffic to PanQuake.com
These numbers are through the roof, for a grassroots project with a $0 marketing and $0 advertising budget and with no corporate PR or media support.
The phase 1 funding paid for the nuts and bolts, but our staff are all volunteers so the length of the build phase will ultimately depend on whether we are able to raise more funds & employ our developers full time. We will launch a new crowdfunder for that purpose soon.
Each dev that we can convert from volunteering a few hours per week to working for us 40 hrs per week will dramatically decrease the build time. As we don't know how many we can do that with yet we haven't set a fixed delivery date. Instead, we're reporting progress monthly
Nevermind corporate PR campaigns, digital marketing companies or advertising - NOTHING spreads information faster or more effectively than word of mouth
PanQuake has designed a brand new first-time-ever set of amplification tools that takes word of mouth and puts it on steroids
Example #1: PanQuakes
PanQuakes would have let #wallstreetbets fans, in a series of swift clicks, select the best commentary/info about WSB (either their own messages or others or a combination thereof) & in one click convert them into a single link shareable anywhere on the net
Pan means "all". Quake is the huge effect our voices can have when our communications are uncensored and when we have access to brand new functionality that *enhances* our social reach, rather than diminishes it
Here's our logo:
You can follow the fledgling official PanQuake Twitter account here: @pan_quake and see our super cool new website here: panquake.com
Anyone who thinks @jimmy_dore isn't the real deal - he sat in our stream tonight for 3+ hours WITHOUT COMPLAINT while we struggled with endless technical difficulties just so he could complete a 10 minute spot he'd promised us. On a day where he'd trended worldwide.
Our tech people have tried everything and still we can't get YouTube to stop forever-buffering our streams and let us go live. Therefore we are locally recording the entire event right now & will upload through all channels & website ASAP #talkliberation
We will not quit tonight until this is done! We will be launching tonight NO MATTER WHAT. NOTHING WILL STOP US!!!!!
THREAD: If @Bill_Binney says he's being attacked with directed energy weapons, then he's being attacked with directed energy weapons.
The number of people willing to stay silent about it when someone like him is telling you their life is on the line, appalls and disgusts me
In case you're one of the people who've been sticking their heads in the sand, the defense industry's own advertising materials stated that directed energy weapons had been tested & were 'operationally feasible' in 2012
Livid that @KiwibankNZ - who I'm a foundation customer of - blocked my ATM card & all my online payments leaving myself & 2 children stranded in Russian winter/COVID crisis w/ no access to funds because I paid NZD$15.06 (USD$10) to a @DalaiLama-linked mindfulness & meditation org
They said they would unblock my card/account but then didn't and their international "services" helpdesk is not open again until Monday (and even then only for an 8 hour window), meaning we face two days unable to buy food or water or pay any of our bills.