The Gift of Gab

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Hunter, Twitter, and the need to cultivate an alternative

I’m still reeling from Facebook AND Twitter blocking the new Hunter Biden story, even though the Twitter CEO has since apologized (but not unblocked the New York Post’s Twitter account, as of earlier this morning).

The thing is, the story doesn’t indicate Joe Biden did anything wrong. Hunter merely introduced his illicit benefactors to his father while he was VP. I guess Joe may have denied it, but a VP probably meets, what, 10,000 people a year? And given his mental abilities? Surely, it’s believable he didn’t know or couldn’t remember.

Sure. The whole troubling specter that is Hunter Biden should disqualify his father from being President of the United States, but if that’s the case, I suspect it disqualifies every President we’ve had since Reagan. The federal government and politics are irredeemably corrupt.

In other words, the media would’ve shrugged this off, just as it has shrugged off Joe Biden’s apparent mental struggles, close-talking, inappropriate touching, hair sniffing, not to mention his own Chinese booster clubism. 

But the social media giants blocked the Hunter Biden story.

It’s unbelievable on many fronts: meddling in an election, showing partisanship even though they staunchly deny it, casting severe doubts on the polls that show Biden winning in a landslide, raising the specter that the story portends far worse things for Joe Biden.

It also shows the need to cultivate an alternative to Facebook and Twitter, especially Twitter, which has a terrible track record on such things. I think Zuck tries to keep FB reasonably level on such things, though that’s just a hunch on my part.

I’d encourage everyone to Grab the Gab.

Set up an account at Gab.

Here’s my fledgling account. I’ve had it for a few years. I don’t use it much because, well, it simply doesn’t have Twitter’s popularity and, to be honest, it attracts some real morons. Whenever Twitter bans someone, they go to Gab, resulting in a disproportionate number of troubling users.

But the Twitter hegemony must be broken and we have to start somewhere. Gab’s interface is nicely done and I’ve heard its CEO interviewed. He seems like a real decent guy: a libertarian, but no freak show. His sole goal with Gab (besides to make a lot of money) is to allow people to speak their mind with no censorship, unless it’s physically threatening or slanderous.

Anyway, if you set up a Gab account, follow me and I’ll follow you. In the meantime, I’ll look into getting mine polished a bit more active. We’ll see.

Gardening Corner

“Wood Chips” by E. Studs Mulligan

I love to spread wood chips. If I can find a tree company to dump a pile of fresh wood chips in my driveway, I have a difficult time staying at the office, I get so excited at the prospect of hauling them.

The benefits of wood chips in the garden are legion, but note: I’m talking about wood chips, not mulch. It’s best to have the coarse stuff, straight from the tree companies, with all the leaves and a bit of greenery mixed in, so you get a slice of nitrogen with all that carbon.

1. Exercise. You load ‘em, you push ‘em, you spread ‘em, then start over. It’s not unusual for me to log 10,000 steps in a day, just hauling wood chips, and my arms and upper back get a little bit of resistance exercise as well.

2. Immediate gratification. You see immediate results. You can transform a rag-tag area of the garden into a beautiful landscape in an hour.

3. Intermediate gratification. They keep out freezing cold and blazing heat. They keep in moisture.

4. Long-term gratification. They decompose and provide nutrients to the soil. They decompose and leave a beautiful tilth for planting.

5. They provide walkways, keeping mud off your shoes. I recently put a layer at my potting station, giving me a dry area to stand. It also gives me a little cushion, like a standing mat.  

HSP Traits 7 and 8

For context, see Monday’s entry.

7. You have a hard time saying “no.”

Acknowledge that part of the problem here might be a degree of narcissism. If you say “no,” somebody else will probably do the job instead. Don’t think that you’re so dang special that it just has to be you. 

You should also try delay. When asked to do something, tell the person you need time to think about it. Then discuss it with your spouse, a friend, a spiritual adviser, then give a response you actually want to give.

Or take control of yourself and just start saying “no.” I fear I suffer from a lot of the HSP traits (including this one). I started saying “no” a few years ago. Yes, I constantly feel like a jerk, but it’s a better arrangement.

8. You need alone time.

This one is easy: carve out the time to be alone.

This means you need to say “no” (see point 7).

I’d also submit that it means you need to err on the side of saying “no.”

That last one is tough. In his book, Saints: A Closer Look, Thomas Dubay emphasized that saints always say “yes.”

Well, that observation damn near killed me at one point. As a father with seven children and an attorney who understands nonprofit law, requests for assistance/time flow faster than cocaine at a Hunter Biden party. By saying “yes,” I found myself preferring death to another outside time commitment. (More —>)

You’ll probably need a spiritual adviser or someone to help you sort through such things.

I’d also add that you may want to squeeze as much out of your “alone time” as possible. Don’t use it to watch TV or read Facebook. I think you’re better off drinking a pint of whiskey by yourself on your porch while listening to music. And if you really want to maximize whatever alone time you have, practice prayer and meditation. Such things don’t come naturally, but they offer a steroid shot for the mind and soul.

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