Mr. Locky Downy

If you are not a fan of the Oogie Boogie song from ‘A Nightmare before Christmas’ then there is probably something wrong with you. It’s the best Christmas song ever.

So, here it is suitably corrupted for the modern age.

Mr Locky Downy

Well well well. What have we here?
Coronavirus huh? Ooo, I’m really scared.
So you’re the bug everybody’s talking about.

You’re joking. You’re joking.
I can’t believe my eyes.
Ninety nine percent survival rate?
This thing’s not even trying
It’s useless, it’s silly,
But I can make it worse
I’ll ramp up all the fear till
No-one will leave the house

When Mr. Locky Downy says infection’s close at hand
You’d better pay attention now ‘cos I’m the lockdown man
And if you aren’t in double masks you’ll get a hefty fine
And when I watch you trembling then you can watch me smile

(everyone) Release us now or you must face the dire consequences
The children aren’t infecting us, oh please come to your senses

You’re joking, you’re joking,
I can’t believe my ears
I’ll have to shut the sceptics up
They’re breaking through the fears
It’s funny, I’m laughing,
It never seems too much
And now, if you’ll excuse me,
I’m about to do my stuff

(everyone) What are you going to do?

I’m going to do the worst I can.

Well, the wheezing of the masked to me is music in the air
‘Cos I’m a cruel lockdown man, for health I just don’t care.
It’s much more fun, I must confess, when profit’s on the line
Not yours of course but mine dear boy well that’ll be just fine.

(everyone) Release us fast or you will have to
Answer for this heinous act.

Oh brother, you’re something, you put me in a spin
You aren’t comprehending the position that you’re in
It’s hopeless, you’re finished, you haven’t got a prayer
‘Cos I’m Mr. Locky Downy
And you
Ain’t going

Cue Sage laughing like a Morecambe and Wise audience….

Strange days

Well, Trump leaves office in four days. I don’t see anything stopping that. There are still those outlining wild plans for how he can continue but I don’t really think he can now. I mean, he had four years. Now he has four days.

Be fair to the guy, he did a lot of work bringing peace to the Middle East, he boosted the American economy, he didn’t start any wars… he actually did a lot of good things. Sure, the man’s an arse but what politician isn’t? You have to have an inflated sense of self-importance to even want the job.

Still his opponents are not satisfied with their win. They want him impeached, prosecuted, jailed. They want his supporters purged and sent to re-education camps or just killed. Really. If there’s one thing worse than a bad loser, it’s a bad winner. You won, just let it go.

So, was the election rigged? I have no idea. It does look that way but it needs proof. Trump is declassifying things left and right at the moment, so maybe we’ll see something. Maybe not. He’s already declassified documents on the Bidens’ activities in Ukraine that would be very damaging to the Biden administration but that doesn’t matter because there isn’t going to be one. Biden will be taken down by the 25th Amendment and Harris will take over. Possibly within days.

If you’ve listened to any of Joe Biden’s speeches, it’s clear he’s suffering with the early stages of dementia. He’s not going to be President for long. Which begs the question – if the Dems planned to steal the election anyway, why not go straight in with Harris as candidate?

Meanwhile, Washington DC is filling up with National Guard troops. Estimates vary between 20,000 and 30,000 troops. They are even being flown in from Puerto Rico. Why? A thousand of them would be far more than enough to deal with any angry mob, and the right-wing on Twitter are urging their side to stay away. They think it’s a trap and it probably is.

I have seen theories that the USA is a corporation and there needs to be no president on the 20th in order to dissolve the corporation and make it a country again. True? Not a clue. I’ve never heard that put forward before and have seen no references to back it up. I saw a video where a guy claimed that today, Trump will take control of all TV channels and all Internet and phones globally, and put out all the proof he has. Is that even possible? I’m sure the USA has the technical capability, but taking over all non-US communications would surely be an act of war against every country in the world simultaneously. It would be a very dangerous thing to do.

So many more. One that does have a tinge of credibility is that the democrats do not yet have control of the military. Someone asked who is sending all the troops into Washington, and it seems that the orders can only come from Trump. Maybe I’m wrong, I don’t know much about the ins and outs of American political structure. So is something wild going to happen? We only have to wait a few days to find out.

Part of me would like to see a spectacular show, another part would rather it all went quiet and people stopped trying to kill each other. Which, I suppose, means I’d be happy either way.

Well, what brought down Trump is apparently Covid. It’s the same all over. Governments are getting blamed for a virus. It’s a bloody virus. You cannot stop it. Lockdowns, masks, all the bollocks we have to endure all over the world will not stop it. Slow it down, maybe, but in the end the total infections and total deaths will be the same as if we’d just let it run. It’ll just take a bit longer to happen.

Here’s someone who knows what he’s talking about. (thanks to SubRosa for the link). Many deaths are likely to be due to treatment errors rather than the virus. Hydroxychloroquine is a perfectly safe drug at 200-400 mg per day. You can take it daily for years, and many in malaria-affected areas do just that. The trial that said it was bad started with a 2.4g dose (2400mg) and continued with higher than recommended doses. At that level it causes heart problems, often severe.

Remember being told it wasn’t a respiratory virus but affected your heart? It wasn’t the virus. It was the treatment. It was based on an amoebiasis epidemic that was treated at that level… with hydroxyquinoline, not hydroxychloroquine. The video goes into details of this utter balls-up, and others.

Then there is the mRNA vaccine, which is on track to have a far better kill record than the virus. The treatment and the cure are actually far worse than the disease! That’s before we get to lockdowns and isolation and cancelled appointments and cancelled surgeries and all the rest.

The FBI and UK spies are starting to say this was all set up by China through play-acting to force the West into a shutdown. Well duh. That became clear some months ago. I suspect this will be the way Boris eventually gets out of it because he has no plan at the moment. He’ll blame China.

China won’t like it, as it doesn’t like the fact that the USA now recognises Taiwan as a separate country. This is likely to start a war that will be initiated by China. They are being provoked into it. They are belligerent and confident enough to do it.

I suspect though, that this time they have made too many enemies at once. We shall see.

Interesting times ahead. I wouldn’t dare even try to predict where it ends.

Something is happening

I have no idea what it is, but it’s something big.

There are reports of blackouts all over the world. The one in Austin, Texas, seems to have been caused by unprecedented snowfall (yeah, it’s that solar minimum we aren’t allowed to mention because y’know, warming). But there was a big outage in Pakistan and reports coming in from all over Europe. Are they real? It’s becoming impossible to tell in the Age of the Censor.

Troops on the streets of Washington DC, verified with videos. Who put them there and why? What are they doing? No idea. An expanding no-fly zone that started over Washington and at the moment extends from South Carolina to New Jersey. Flight information confirms it. What’s that for? And who is ordering it?

Is all this Trump or the Anti-Trumps? Well, social media has silenced Trump and all his support so the orange blabbermouth can’t tell us. The other side is saying nothing.

It’s getting wild now. There was even mention of the Pope getting arrested during a Vatican blackout. I don’t think that’s possible. The Vatican is regarded as a separate country run by the Pope. He’s not likely to order his own arrest. So I call bullshit on that one.

And yet, the information I’m scanning here suggests something is going on, something big, but nothing is confirmed. There are no signs of anyone, anywhere, being arrested for anything but lots of threats from both sides that arrests are imminent. The social media and MSM blackout is total. Even on Parler and Gab, it’s all just hyperbole. Nothing can be confirmed.

Lots of rumour, lots of speculation, nothing concrete. Something is happening but which side is doing it? And what are they doing?

I think this week could prove very interesting indeed.

Or it could be just another lockdown disappointment.

Firefox no more

So, the Mozilla organisation has joined the Internet Speech Control Club. I am really, really disappointed, as a long-term user of the Firefox browser. I have downloaded Opera and am considering Brave as a backup to replace Chrome. It’ll take a while to move all my Internet accounts over but I feel I have no option. I cannot support this censorship.

Look, whatever you think of Donnie, King of the Oompa Loompas, once this kind of control sets in it is going to affect you sooner or later. And you can’t complain if you supported its inception.

Trump has been banned from Twatter, Farcebok, Instantgroan and no doubt others. He’s not alone, they are having quite the purge at the moment, deleting everyone who does not think the leftie groupthink. Sure, if you’re happy with that, cheer it on, but look at Twatter’s stock market lines. All the rest will follow. They will become Leftie echo chambers and nobody else will bother going there. Advertising revenue just slammed into a wall. Capitalist businesses see little point in advertising to communists. Don’t you get that?

Parler is strugging under the weight of Twitter refugees fleeing to their platform. I access it on a desktop via a browser (currently Firefox but that will have to change). Apple and Google are banning Parler’s app from their stores because they don’t impose the same communist approval moderation. Mozilla will no doubt follow suit soon, hence the necessity to try other browsers.

I haven’t been on Gab in a while. I tried it but was put off by the rampant antisemitism on there. We are talking ‘one step from gas chambers’ levels here. I don’t want to be part of that. Parler didn’t have that, it felt more balanced, but it was hard to use. Well, it’s new, it needs a lot of tweaking.

Twatter has just allowed a tweet from the Chinese Communist Party declaring that their enslavement and forced sterilisation of Ugyhurs is a great success and good for them. They allow the Ayatollah of Iran free reign to call for the nuking of Israel and the deaths of gays. They are happy to let BLM and Antifa and various Dem senators and representatives call for the harassment and extermination of their political opponents. Don Trump tweets for calm and peace and they deleted it and banned him. There is nothing anyone can show that proves he called for an attack on the capitol. He didn’t.

All this ‘free stuff’ isn’t really free. It’s all about advertising. If you have several million people on your platform, you can get advertisers to pay a lot of money to access those people. But… when you tell your customers they are not welcome, who are those (capitalist) advertisers advertising to? They will soon realise they are trying to sell stuff to people on benefits who can’t afford what they are selling.

So it’s goodbye to Firefox. It’ll take a little time to get used to new browsers but I think it’s worth it. Firefox has joined the Cancel Crowd and will soon not allow access to sites they disapprove of. One day, that might be this one, so best get out now.

Well, they had a good run.

2020 in hindsight

It was pretty crap, as years go. It was my 60th on the planet and every single one of the other 59 were so much better.

I guess it started in fire and ended in ice. Australia and several American states had massive forest fires, many of which were found to be deliberately set and were made worse by Green policies that prohibited clearing of detritus. At least Scotland was spared that – but then most years it’s so wet here you’d struggle to start a campfire.

My father died very suddenly in February. The funeral was at the beginning of March so at least CStM and I could travel to Wales. Things started shutting down as we were on our way back. We were unable to return in June for the long delayed interrment of my father’s ashes. Incidentally, CStM had saved up a tidy sum for my birthday, we were going to take a holiday. By the time my birthday arrived we were barely able to leave the house. So that’s been indefinitely delayed. I just hope there’s a holiday destination still solvent when this all falls down.

Terrifying images appeared of Chinese people dropping in the streets, tales of crematoria working round the clock to dispose of the rapidly accumulating corpses, images of empty streets and people in hazmat suits spraying something… it really did look like a very deadly virus was on the loose.

Then it hit Italy, via a Chinese-run leather works. Italy was soon overwhelmed. The hospitals were filling, people were dying. The virus seemed to have a very high rate of hospitalisaztion and death at that point. Looking back, it becomes clear that only hospitalisation and death was then being counted. People who stayed home sick, from severe flu to a bit of a cold – and those who already had natural immunity due to previous exposure to similar viruses – were being ignored.

Once those were factored in, the kill rate for the virus dropped far below 1%. The hospitalisation rate dropped too. There were reports of scientists concerned that the virus would burn out before a vaccine was ready. Concerned? Yes, concerned. There’s a lot of money in vaccines.

So they kept it going. Change to ‘cases’ (positive tests from a test already known to be unsuitable for diagnostic purposes) so people who aren’t sick can be counted. Lockdowns have never been tried before. China went so far as to board up people in their houses. The first lockdown didn’t do much so… keep doing the same thing over and over and see if you get a different result. That’s a definition of something.

Oh, in the middle of all this came the murder hornets and the UFO footage. The hornets came to nothing. I see the UFO footage is back though. Plus, every other day was a report of an asteroid that might hit the Earth. By the end of the year we were actually hoping one would. They seem to have stopped that now. They realised it wasn’t scaring us, it was giving us hope.

All over the USA, Europe, everywhere, emergency hospitals were built to cope with the predicted onslaught of patients. They have been quietly dismantled, never used. There are doctors online claiming that if only we had all worn masks they would not now be overwhelmed with patients. I have my doubts – real doctors are well aware that masks in the hands of the untrained are worse than useless.

Meanwhile, a woman was arrested for filming an empty hospital, and the internet is abuzz with doctors and nurses performing dance routines in empty wards. They are either trying to tell us something or they are just taking the piss. You decide.

Hospitals in Brazil. Or America. Or what happened when a woman filmed an empty hospital in the UK. Winston Smith is a busy boy. These videos aren’t even staying on BitChute for long.

So, is there a real virus? Yes, there is. It’s an unpleasant one, for some it’s extremely nasty and for those who are already old or sick it has the potential to be deadly. However, it is not any worse than seasonal flu which can do exactly the same thing. Seasonal flu has vanished. It’s all Covid now.

I have seen reports from people who claim viruses don’t exist at all, that they are the waste products put out by sick body cells. You can prove Koch’s postulates with a virus. I don’t think this has been done with this particular one but for many others it has been done. You can prove infectivity, you can prove spread. Viruses are real. If no virus was ever real, then the eradication of smallpox in the wild by vaccination was not possible. The reduction in polio incidence by vaccination could not have happened. Trust me, viruses are real and this one is too.

Also, most vaccines work. I don’t think any of them are 100% but if they don’t stop you getting the disease they will at least reduce the severity and the time it takes to get over it. I’d say most are at 50% stopping you catching it and a bit less than 50% cutting down the severity. There are always going to be a few people where the vaccine doesn’t work, or had side effects. We are all different. Nothing is going to work for everyone.

I once had a rabies vaccine before visiting China. Waste of time. They’d eaten everything that could have given me rabies. I was told at the time that the vaccine won’t stop me getting rabies but it will give me enough time to get to a hospital for treatment. Considering what I knew about rabies, I thought ‘good enough’. The treatment, incidentally, is horrible but the fatality rate of rabies makes it worth the pain. In the end I escaped rabies and all the other things I was vaccinated against before going there.

I speak as one whose mother was offered thalidomide for her morning sickness in the latter half of 1959. She declined. I am really glad she did, it damaged so many people. So here’s my take on the new mRNA vaccines.

I am not touching them. I will discourage my family from accepting them. This ‘rollout ‘is an experiment on the population conducted by government. And it is going to be a disaster. Coronavirus vaccines always have been – but it’s impossible to find that research now. It’s been buried. Videos of doctors telling the truth about it are deleted.

You don’t believe your government will experiment on you without you knowing? Hahahaha.You really think they’ve stopped?

Meanwhile, we are hearing that a ‘negative test’ will give you access to pubs and so on – but a negative test is like your car’s MOT. You were fine at the time of the test. You might have caught it on the way home. It is meaningless.

And now Spain leads the way in sewing little Covid images onto your clothing

The vaccine, as stated by the manufacturer, will not stop you catching the disease. It will not stop you spreading it. You still have to wear masks and not touch family members. The vaccine changes nothing. And nobody is asking ‘well then, what’s the point?’ They are all clamouring for this injection that will do them no good at all.

If you don’t accept it you will go on The List. Excluded from society. Well, speaking as a smoker, you lot excluded me from society over a decade ago so what’s new here?

China’s Wuhan district, where people dropped in the street and homes were boarded up, is now entirely back to normal. No second wave. Nobody mourning the loss of their entire family. It’s party time there. Face it. We were scammed.

Nobody has dropped dead in the street outside China. None of the urgently-built extra hospitals were needed. Hospital staff all over the West are posting dance videos in empty hospitals. If you don’t see it, it’s because you don’t want to.

I am not going to push this, I have given up trying to reach the unreachable, as I have with the Church of Climatology. If they want to believe Siberian permafrost is melting while it’s -50C there, let them. I am busy preparing for what is coming, let them enjoy their pretend science while they can.

So, we have reached the end of 2020. My uncle died at the end of it, on Christmas eve, again nothing to do with covid other than that his cancer treatment was delayed by dancing nurses. If you want to tell me the NHS is being overwhelmed, tell it to some drone who’ll fall for it. I’m done listening to this shit.

On a lighter note, my daughter became engaged to her boyfriend at New Year. I am pleased, he’s a very good guy and shares my delight in destructive toys like bows and axes and so on. I think, in celebration, I’ll let him put a crossbow bolt through a lithium battery. I have some dead tablets we can use.

So it’s not all bad going into the New Year. Still I think we might see some politicians getting their just desserts this year.

And some so-called ‘scientists’.

Santa is coming…

Book assembly is under way. Waiting for two author contracts but the rest are in, those who wanted cash payments are mostly paid (one wants part books and part cash, that’s a legitimate option, it’s in the contract) and the stories are formatted ready to assemble the book.

My knackered hand was worse today. I had to take the car for MOT on Monday. It’s an automatic gearbox so the left hand doesn’t have much to do between the start and end of the journey. However, the courtesy car was a manual box. All that gear changing, especially in that very narrow box, did a fair bit of damage. The good news is that my car passed easily, all it cost was the price of the test. I was surprised, it’s been lying idle most of the year and I had expected a few parts to have decayed.

The courtesy car was free, I just had to refill the tank, so I shouldn’t complain but… does it always have to be one of those that looks like the escape pod from a real car? It was so small and low down I was worried about my arse scraping on the road. Emblazoned with decals and adverts, it looked like the sort of car you’d expect 50 clowns to get out of. It really, really didn’t like the road up to the farm. I’m lucky I didn’t rip the bottom out of it.

I only used it to drive home and back to the garage some hours later. It was essential especially now that you aren’t allowed to wait in the garage, and there is no public transport out here. It wasn’t a bad car apart from the feature nagging me to change up a gear when I knew the tight curve we were on was about to go up a steep hill. If I change up here, car, you really won’t thank me.

Still, it’s all over now. and book assembly is under way, which involves mostly copy/paste and mouse work so it can be done one handed. I hope to have the proper splint to replace my strap-on tomorrow. That’s strap-on bandage, you filthy minded swines! It’s getting sweaty and in need of a wash. I should get another one.

I do need those last two contracts though. I can’t publish those stories without them.

Never Mind the Baubles

… here come the Sick Pistols. (thanks to Roo B. Doo for that title).

Well it’s that time again, my hand is still strapped up but it’s beginning to accept short periods of two handed typing. It’s growing back slowly. I have of course imbibed large quantities of painkiller so there might be some digressions.

Fill the wards with those infected, falalalala, lalalala

Tis the season to get tested, falalalala lalalala

*ahem* There is a reason for the madness. I am struggling with a title for the Christmas anthology. I’m thinking a dark cover, the moon in the background with Corona spikes and a silhouette of Santa with glowing eyes. But what to call it? I have been brainstorming with Roo B Doo on this and we haven’t come up with one we both like yet.

The Darkest Christmas

Santa gets the Sack

The Christmas Downgrade

The Disease in Santa’s Sack

Viral Christmas


Track and Trace Santa

Season’s Vaccines

Any more input welcome. I need a title to put on the author contracts. All but two have responded to edits, pretty good since they only went out in the last two days. It’s nearly there now, but I can’t publish without those contracts agreeing to let me – and there needs to be a title on the contract. Nobody sensible would give me an open contract for the amounts I can afford to pay. And I won’t ask them to.

So I need a title soon, I have until the last author responds and on past experience, that’s not likely to be very long. It’s going to be a pretty grim Christmas for those of us who aren’t rich or pompous enough to ignore their own rules, and the title should reflect that. Many of the stories do.

In other news, my daughter’s boyfriend has borrowed one of my slingshots. He has a bet that he can knock over a can at 30 yards with a cactus fired from a slingshot. Well of course I loaned him one of the good ones. This is exactly the sort of thing everyone should be doing. I can’t use them anyway until my hand heals.

I think he’s a good fit for the family.


I am typing one handed – and you can get that filthy grin off your face right now. I have sprained my wrist – what did I just say about filthy grins?

This is exceptionally bad timing, I have a lot to do and could have done without something to make it more difficult. Good thing Roo B Doo takes on some of the editing load.

It’s Amazon’s fault. They took me by surprise with a delivery. Currently their delivery service is overloaded so parcel tracking is hit or miss and delivery times are a bit random. However, one arrived today and the driver wanted to see ID.

I was somewhat taken aback, there was a perfectly ordinary box on the ground outside my front door and I hadn’t ordered any whisky or anything sharp. I wasn’t expecting to need ID for anything.

It was seriously cold out there and I was just in a dressing gown so once he’d put the details in, I grabbed the box and took it inside. Well, it was a lot heavier than it looked. It was two trays of cans of bitter lemon. Yes, Amazon have bitter lemon as an age restricted item. I’ve loved this stuff since I was a kid, when and why did it become adults-only?

I didn’t notice anything at first but soon my left wrist started to ache. Then it started to ache some more. Then I couldn’t use that hand to pick anything up, it’s like all the strength has gone. It’s now at the point of being wrapped in an elastic support bandage and resting as much as possible.

No, I won’t be bothering the NHS. I doubt they can do much more than I’m already doing anyway, they might give me painkillers but I have several bottles of that already and they won’t approve of mine.

There remains the big question though. Why is bitter lemon age restricted? I’m pretty sure it’s not restricted in the shops – but then one look at me will soon tell any shop staff that I’m well over 18 anyway. Previous orders have come via Royal Mail, they don’t even ring the doorbell these days, they just leave it in the garage and put a note through the door. Although that might have less to do with Covid and more to do with the fact that we’re rarely awake when the post arrives.

Incidentally, I have never been asked for age verification in any shop or pub, ever, Not in 60 years. The only time I have ever had to show ID is on my own doorstep, when accepting whisky (and now lemonade) deliveries. Yes, I am often in a dressing gown when they come to the door, there is little reason to get dressed when you have nowhere to go and gardening season is over for several more months yet.

I have now been asked to show ID more times when undressed than when dressed. And today, for the first time, I had to show ID for cans of pop. A load of cans that have now left me one-handed until it heals up, which hopefully won’t be long.

I might stay in bed all day tomorrow. It’s probably safer.


Okay. A bit on 5G and this damn virus.

I recently saw a map on Twitter which compared the installation of 5G in the UK with coronavirus outbreaks. They matched up remarkably well. Which is not really surprising.

Out here, in this house built at least as far back as 1760, we can get 4G in one part of the house and no reception at all in another part. It’s built with thick granite walls. If you stand by the kitchen window you get perfect reception. If you sit in the living room – nothing. We are not expecting to see 5g in our lifetimes out here. Our landline phone and internet is still coming along copper wires and we don’t expect that to change any time soon.

It is not possible to create a virus with any electromagnetic waves. It is not possible to control a virus with electromagnetic waves. They have no nervous system, they are not even one complete cell by any definition. There is nothing to control.

What can be controlled is where and when 5G gets installed. No company would start by installing expensive infrastructure out here. Hell, the roads from the 1700s are still here because the newer roads are on different routes. You can even find milestones and retaining walls. A farmer who lived here not-too-many years ago amassed a huge collection of Pictish flint tools and arrowheads that he turned up when ploughing the field that’s right next to the house. I have a collection of handmade nails I’ve raked out of the fireplace after burning some of the old timbers from the cottage down the hill. You can still see the round mounds that were the bases of ancient settlement huts. Yeah, not much happens here.

In densely populated areas though, it’s different. Lots of people in one place, a good spot to roll out 5G. It has a limited range so towers have to be close together. Would you like to set up 15 towers between here and the nearest village, most of them doing nothing but relaying this one house to the internet? Of course not. How about another 20 or 30 to connect that village to the next one? For maybe a couple of hundred subscribers at most?

No, you roll it out in the cities. Where you’ll get the best return on investment, because the population is densely packed in those places.

A densely packed population is also where any virus will thrive. So it comes as no surprise that 5G installations coincide with high levels of infection. Of anything.

Correlation does not always equal causation.

Throwing shit into the wind

So it seems that an American newspaper, the New York Post, has published something very damaging to the Joe Biden presidential campaign. Sure, I know what it is but I don’t have any way to know if it’s all true, partly true, or not true. I don’t have access to the sources. So I’m not going to dwell on it.

I’m not American, I don’t live in America, I have never visited America (one day I’ll be rich enough, maybe) and I’m in Scotland where we have quite enough crap going on with two layers of idiots in government so American politics is of only passing interest to me at the moment.

The New York Post has been going for about 200 years. I doubt they’d deliberately publish something that would land them with massive libel charges. And we are not talking about libelling Jimmy Nobody here, we are talking about a story concerning a presidential candidate, one month before the election. If they are wrong, if they are lying, this could get them wiped off the newspaper map. So I would hope they’ve done their homework on this.

Anyway, none of it matters.

Farcebok and Twatter have gone all out on censorship on this one, to the point of labelling the story in the 200-year-old New York Post as a ‘dangerous link’. They even stopped one of the newspaper’s editors posting that link. They are clearly suppressing any negative news about Biden and trying to distract from it and it has worked – although not as, I suspect, they intended.

They have now made it clear that they are not open platforms for free speech. They are publishers, they edit and censor content according to their own preferences. You only get to see what gets through the editorial process. Anything they don’t like is quashed.

This changes the game for them. They are now subject to publisher regulation and are not merely platforms. It’s a hell of a big change, because a publisher is responsible for what it publishes, while a platform is not.

WordPress, those operating the mechanics of this blog, are a platform. They don’t edit or censor what I say on here. All of this stuff is my responsibility. If I were to send death threats or advocate violence, that would be on me, not on WordPress.

I (as Leg Iron Books) am a publisher. I edit and assess stories before publication. If I get one that is likely to get me in serious trouble, I won’t publish it. Sure, the contracts include things like ‘if you plagiarised this, it’s on you’ but this goes beyond that. I will not publish paedo porn, books that are a clear incitement to violence, fanfiction, that sort of thing. Because I know that accepting that stuff for publication will make me complicit. If I was just passing on anything and everything with no editing or censorship I could claim I was just a platform, but if I did that the quality of books and stories would be atrocious. Fanfiction about Bigfoot as Bigknob would be coming through along with Harry Potter getting reamed by Snape (these things actually exist online). Therefore, as a publisher, I have to watch out for what I publish because I could get bankrupted, even though that wouldn’t take very long at all.

Farcebok and Twatter have now confirmed that they are publishers, not platforms. This means they are responsible for what appears on their sites. There is so much hate, incitement to violence and more on those sites and they have just accepted personal responsibility for all of it.

When you throw shit in the wind, you really need to check which way the wind is blowing.