The Left have finally done the one thing that they’ve wanted to do for years and years:
Shut down Christians.
This isn’t about Left vs. Right, Conservative vs Liberal. It’s about Christian vs Not-Christian. And, what the Left did over the previous weekend has laid bare all of their plans for those who follow Christ.
It’s also their very own ‘crossing the Rubicon’. They cried “the die has been cast” and went WAY past the point of no return. They have committed themselves to suppressing your ability to speak. And, they can’t reverse it.
The question is… what do we do about this?
(and yes, there are things that you can do)
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We Knew That This Was Coming (But, It’s Not All Bad)
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When Friday came around last week, I had a post ready to go. But, something didn’t feel right, so I paused and waited to see what would happen on Saturday. It gave me a chance to add to what I’d written and clean it up a bit. And, as the day wore on and reports of the the silencing of Trump and the imminent takedown of Parler increased, I knew that I had to sit on what I was writing and publish it another time..
Events had rushed ahead of my writing.
By Saturday afternoon, Taiwan time, proof of what the Left were planning to do was everywhere. They had already shut down the ability of the United States President to speak directly to the people. And, they were about to shut down the only viable alternative to Twitter. And, they were doing it in a way that was both thorough and coordinated.
It was an appalling act of speech suppression that has little precedent in modern history. And, I’m not sure that very many of you understand just how big this is. Yes, you’ve heard the screeching from the alt-Right media, and some of what they’ve said is a part of how big this is. But, unless you understand how the Internet works – really works – you won’t really understand why this is so bad. So, let’s talk about the Internet.
What I Saw, Years Ago
As you have heard me say, I’ve been involved with computers since the ’80s, and I watched the Internet take shape. Once it escaped DARPA and academia, every geek on the planet had to get their hands on it – including me.
My first website was itmi.com, and I was the first person to create a website for the Jerusalem Zoo (aka, Tisch Family Zoological Gardens). I was trying wiggle my way into a career as a web designer in Jerusalem, when God pushed me in a completely different direction – technical writing. I could write AND understand computer code, and applying my skills to creating computer manuals paid better than web design. More importantly, it allowed me to get a work visa, so that I could live in Israel. And, living in Israel was more important to me than being paid well.
That didn’t keep me from doing websites. And, for around 25 years, I’ve registered lots of domain names, ordered lots of web hosting services and had a lot of IP addresses. But, I’ve always tried hard to stay away from the technology details of the Internet. To me, the most important thing was truth, and getting it into the hands of those who needed it most – Christians.
I’m still doing my very best to get truth into the hands of Christians, but I have found myself embedded ever more deeply into the gritty details of the Internet. I don’t like spending so much time installing and managing servers, but it has opened my eyes as to who is running most of the Internet, and why. And, that’s a good thing.
How They Can Shut You (And Parler) Down
Once upon a time, the Internet was run and maintained by thousands upon thousands of little companies. Now, after years of ‘consolidation’, there are just a few big companies along with some tiny ones waiting for their chance to be big. And, any one of them can shut you down if they don’t like you.
If you are a business that wants a no-headache solution that will allow you to grow as fast and as efficiently as you want, you order Internet services from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM or Oracle. If you want to set up a domain name, you go to GoDaddy or Domain.com. If you want your customers to find your business, you spend money with Google, Facebook or Twitter.
But, what happens when even ONE of those companies turns off your access to their services?
When that happens, you’re finished. Done.
Yes, there ARE alternatives to all of those companies, and I use those alternatives myself. But, for an organization like Parler, it takes a lot of time and effort to make that switch. Parler had the equivalent of hundreds of servers running on Amazon AWS, when Amazon shut them down.
Did Google, Microsoft, IBM or Oracle let Parler switch to their services?
No, of course not.
What Parler will need to do, instead, is go to each major data center in the US and either physically install their own servers or contract with a company to do it for them. They will also need to create data tunnels linking all those servers and be able to quickly ‘install’ lots processing and storage capacity for those times when Internet traffic peaks. And, they will need to do a massive amount of software (re)development to make all of that work.
Amazon’s AWS allowed Parler to expand quickly and easily, without all the headaches that come with that. So, putting everything on AWS seemed like a really good idea. But, that left them vulnerable to being shut down.
By the way, notice that Twitter uses exactly the same Amazon AWS services, and they have even MORE hate on their platform than Parler EVER did.
Will Amazon shut down Twitter?
OF COURSE NOT!!
But, this isn’t the end of the story. We also need to look at all the software that a company like Parler would need to purchase or lease to make their service work.
What happens if companies like Red Hat (IBM), Oracle, Microsoft or Canonical (Ubuntu) deny you the ability to run their server software?
You are forced to go ‘Open Source’, which requires even more support staff to run and operate. I like the Open Source movement, and I use Open Source software as much as I can. But, it’s a LOT harder to work with, and it’s not as well documented as closed-source software. But, we’re still not done.
What happens when ‘hackers’ find your IP address and start attacking your servers?
I currently have two servers and am about to build up a third. They are constantly being attacked – usually from China and Iran. And, on top of that, a major Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on my current hosting provider, brought down their network (and my two servers) for hours each day over the past two weeks. The provider had to invest in extra capacity to handle the attack. Lord willing Omega Shock will be migrated to a new server that is better protected from such DDoS attacks.
The point is that Parler – and other Free-Speech social media outlets – will need to invest in more and more infrastructure to defend themselves from such attacks. And, that costs money. But, as I keep saying… there’s more.
What happens when Android and Apple deny you the right to run on cell phones?
Like they did to Parler?
Most of you are reading this on a Google (Android) or Apple (IOS) smartphone. Either of those companies could block your ability to read this article on your phone. It would NOT be hard to do, and when they do it… my voice will be even smaller than it is now. Google search is already restricting your ability to find my articles on their search engine, and they’ve been doing THAT for years. But ah… there’s MORE.
What happens when your WEB BROWSER decides that you aren’t allowed to watch or read certain content?
They are already doing that in a small way by requiring that websites allow certain secure connections, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If they wanted to, major web browsers like Safari, Chrome and Firefox could literally block your access to Omega Shock. And the CEO of Mozilla – maker of Firefox – has hinted that this is exactly what they intend to do. But, and you’re getting tired of hearing this, there’s more.
What happens when you can’t get access to the money that you need to pay for all of those services?
They are already doing that. Lots and lots of voices have been silenced because banks and electronic transfer companies have shut down access to donations and the ability to sell merchandise. And, when funding access is shut off, you die. And, as I said… it is already happening.
Are you starting to see the point?
This attempt to shut us down started years ago, but it has now accelerated. It’s also well-organized and choreographed, and their goal is to shut off access to ANY information that does not come from an approved source. They are closing down anyone and everyone who offers you an alternative to ‘the narrative’. They’re winning, but they’re not doing this just because of their ideology.
The Love Of Money
They’re also doing it for the money.
Do you remember what I said about Twitter and Parler using the same Internet service provider?
Right, they both use(d) Amazon AWS. And, Twitter actually has many, many times more hate on its platform. Compared to Parler, Twitter is almost the Nazi Party. And, it should be clear that Parler was also shut down because it became a threat to Twitter’s PROFITS.
I can’t say this with absolute certainty, because I do not have access to any inter-company communications. But you would hafta be deaf and blind not to see that the profit motive was the number one decision point. Twitter was going to lose money, so they got Apple and Google and Amazon to shut down their competition – Parler. Money ALWAYS trumps ideology. Never forget that.
It’s Not All Bad News
But, it’s not all bad news.
The good thing is that they are only able to knock out the big players. They’ve taken down Parler, and they’ll eventually get Gab, Rumble and MeWe. And, they’ll take them down, because they’re the biggest players in the game of free speech. But, they can only take down the biggest players.
Who is left after they are gone?
Lots and lots of alternatives.
This is the gigantic mistake that the Left has made. Taking down the ‘free speech’ platforms doesn’t get rid of the people that hold the views that the Elites don’t like. They’re still there, and now they’re even MORE upset than ever – and even more determined to share their views with everyone.
How will they do that?
By thinking small.
Parler made the ‘mistake’ of becoming a nice big target. They put all their resources in one basket and put it all under one roof. It was easier and cheaper. It was a good business decision. And no one thought that Amazon would EVER do what they did. Or, the other ‘Big Tech’ companies.
Parler went big and got shot down. They will come back to life with more operating expenses, but that was only round one. They WILL get shot down again. All that the enemy of free speech needs to do is find the ip address of each server, and attack it – even block it.
Worse, we’ve already had a major web browser company talk about doing more to block free speech sites like Parler. The head of Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, said that she wants a ‘new Internet’ that can “withstand and gird against these types of challenges.”
The maker of Firefox wants to shut you down.
That’s right, Parler could do everything right, and still get blocked by 99% of all the web browsers that people would use to connect to them. So again, Parler, Rumble, MeWe and Gab will eventually be closed down permanently. It also means that BitChute, Vimeo, DailyMotion and Odysee will be shut down, too – or, forced to conform. How ironic that pornography sites will be just fine. You can get free pornography, but you can’t get free speech.
What will you do when that happens?
Again, I said that it wasn’t all bad news and that there were ways around this. And yes, there will always be ways to get the truth out. Omega Shock is one those ways, but there are a lot others. However, it means thinking small, and that means…
Looking for smaller alternatives to Twitter and Facebook…
…or making your own.
The question is…
…what are those alternatives, and…
…do any of you know how to make your own social media site?
Omega Shock has been a kinda/sorta alternative since 2011. I’m pretty small, and few notice what I’m doing. I also know how to operate on a shoestring budget. But, my time and effort – and the services that I use – still cost money. And, people like me will have the same problem. Time, effort and services aren’t free, and never will be.
God’s Way Is Small
Just remember that we can still keep going, even as the darkness closes in on us. It will take ever-increasing time, effort and money to get the job done. But, I know that we can do it, because we Christians have been doing this for two thousand years. Satan always goes big, and God always beats Satan by ‘going small’.
Seriously, the church was built on scattered small groups that were led by the Holy Spirit. For thousands of years, lots of tiny groups defeated the biggest organizations that Satan could throw at them. Satan failed every single time, and he’s going to fail this time, too. But, it means using God’s strategy, and not the strategy of Satan.
Satan WANTS you to ‘think big’ so that he can knock you down.
God wants you to do the opposite, and has always wanted you to do the opposite. But, our church leaders were seduced by Big Church concepts. They were beguiled by big publishers, big seminaries, big bank accounts and big applause. They loved it all, and Satan captured them. And now, it’s time to return to God’s way of doing things.
God’s way is small. God’s way is shoe-string budgets and almost-empty bank accounts. God’s way is humble and inelegant. God’s way is tiny groups led by the Spirit, who love each other and stand with each other. God’s way is even the way of suffering and poverty. And, if we don’t voluntarily choose God’s way, He will choose it for us.
Here’s my own example of how being small helps:
YouTube is taking down every video that is talking about Ivermectin as an aid against the China Virus. But, they seem to have a hard time finding these videos, if they’re on a channel that is small – or, if the number of watchers is small. I’m getting away with publishing that video, because I’m a Little person.
I’m a Little person.
So, don’t feel intimidated by the fact that your voice is small. Being small is a benefit because they have a harder time stopping you from spreading the Truth. Little is good. I mean… I really know that.
So, to help you get started, let me ask a few questions:
Does your church have technical people that can set up servers and software to help church members talk to each other and talk to other churches?
Does your church have the extra server space to run self-hosted alternatives to Facebook and Twitter?
Do you have people in your church that are willing to help maintain a website?
Would you like to learn how to do that yourself?
Are you willing to teach what you know?
Are you willing to organize and support small group Bible studies?
Are you willing to read your Bible, every day, cover-to-cover, over and over?
Are you willing to live with less, so that God can use you to do more?
Big churches and big organizations are going to be knocked down by Satan. You will be knocked down with them if you don’t start preparing for that. And now is the time to start. Not tomorrow.
What You Might Want To DO
So, there are some things that you can do, to help push back against the darkness, to get the truth out. You might get shut down on Twitter/Parler/Facebook, etc., but that doesn’t need to stop you. There are still things that you can do to help. But, before reading on, there’s one thing that you must do, right now:
Ask God For Direction!
And no, I don’t just mean making a simple request. I mean casting yourself before God and offering your life – and whatever He wants to do with it – to Him. You should have done that already, but if you haven’t… do that now. And, you had better mean it, with all of your heart. I’m serious.
You won’t make it, if you are half-hearted.
Now, where was I?
Ah yes… things that you can do. Let’s start with getting a website.
Because of rising dishonesty from companies offering Internet services, it has been harder and harder to find organizations that are honest or competent. And, finding one that isn’t morally awful is even harder. As a case-in-point, I have learned the hard way to avoid Godaddy and EIG. Like the plague.
You know who Godaddy is. Your church probably registered their domain with them. But, they are a morally awful company that has marketed their product using pornography. They also have no problem with shutting you down, if they get pressure from ANYONE on the Left. They are Pro-Left and anti-Christian.
My alternative to Godaddy is NameCheap. I recommend using their domain registration services, and they have reasonably good customer support. Their knowledge base is also pretty good. But, DO NOT USE THEIR WEB HOSTING.
WARNING: Never host your website with the company that registered your domain. Keep them separate. Always.
Second, stay away from one of the most dishonest web hosting companies on the planet, EIG – Endurance International Group. You probably have never heard of them, because they are careful to never leave a trace of their ownership in the hosting companies that they’ve bought.
Here are a few EIG web hosts and service providers to avoid:
You can find a LOT more here:
What is EIG? Who are they? Full List + Alternatives
Unfortunately, that website can only list the KNOWN EIG companies. EIG is gobbling up more and more web hosts and ISPs all the time. However, there are some companies that we know are NOT EIG… yet.
Here are a few that seem to be pretty good:
If I were starting over, I would use one of those. But, I’ve gotten to the point where I need something more powerful, like a VPS – a Virtual Private Server. Eventually I’ll probably need a dedicated server, but I’m doing my best to avoid that.
If you are just starting out, you will want to stay away from getting a VPS or a dedicated server. Start with a basic ‘web hosting’ account that offers CPanel. Once you hit the limits of what such accounts can give you, check out some of the little companies that lurk here:
Just… um …be careful on that site. Steep discounts are a bad idea. The hosting provider that I am using right now, BuyVM, never offers them. Ever. This was one of the reasons why I went with them.
Most people don’t know that web hosting providers oversell their services. They’ll claim that you’re getting 50 GB of space and lots of processing power, when you are getting a fraction of the space and just a tiny slice of the processor. And, I am sick of such deceptive marketing.
Oh, and ratings. Almost all the ‘ratings’ for web hosting providers are a lie. I estimate that about 95% (or more) of all ‘web host’ reviews are fake. Never trust a review written by someone who earns their living by selling the product that they are ‘reviewing’. And, sometimes… it’s hard to tell if that is happening.
If you are just starting out, you might think that you need some hand-holding, and you might. But, you will do better to have a willingness to learn and even to fall flat on your face and bounce back. Do NOT get started down this road, if you aren’t willing to do the hard work that it takes to earn new skills. You will need to get books from your library or off of Amazon. You will need to watch YouTube videos. You will need to do some serious research online. And, you will need to wade through a lot of dishonest and badly written material.
Keep working hard. Keep learning. You’ll get there.
Then, there are newsletter services. I started out with Mail Chimp, and they’re pretty good for the newbie. BUT, they get expensive really, really quickly. Also, I have a sneaky suspicion that they like to ‘add’ fake subscribers to boost your subscriber base, so that they can charge you more money. I don’t have proof of that, but circumstantial evidence indicates that this is what they did to me as my subscriber base took off.
It’s funny that the number of new subscribers to The Shock Letter rapidly shrank when I moved away from Mail Chimp and went to a self-hosted newsletter application. Yeah, I was real amused, too.
I use DadaMail, and it is the best of the self-hosted newsletter apps. But, a self-hosted newsletter comes with its own headaches. You will need to learn how to push back against web hosting providers, spam lists and spam bots. You will also need to work hard to make sure that email providers will accept your newsletter. It can be a real pain in the butt.
DadaMail has an upfront cost, as well. So, start cheap with Mail Chimp before moving on to DadaMail – or any other newsletter applications like it. And yes, I think that you will need an email newsletter, if you have something to say and want people to hear it.
Other Things That You Can Do
You can also set up a forum or your own alternative to Facebook or Twitter. You can get on YouTube, Bitchute and/or Rumble and blast away. Write your own books and self-publish on Amazon. You can do audio recordings of what someone else has written – with their permission – and publish that. But, whatever you do…
…GET DOING IT!!
And, while you are doing it, make sure that you are always trying to increase the quality of what you are doing. Seriously, continuous improvement is vital.
I will see what I can do to offer more precise guidance, in the future. Maybe I’ll set up a second channel that offers some of what I’ve learned over the years. Having said that, there are lots and lots of people with more technical ability than myself. And, I will try to point you to as many of those people as possible.
I’m also thinking of setting up a forum/discussion group that won’t require as much of my input. I’ve had to carefully moderate the comment section of Omega Shock, and I don’t like that. It stifles discussion, and that hurts the free exchange of ideas and knowledge.
So, if you would like to participate in a discussion group, let me know. I’ll get it set up.
Alternatively, let me know what discussion groups you already participate in. I would be happy to point Omega Shock readers in THAT direction, instead.
Okay, I think that is enough damage for now. See y’all next time!
I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. – Proverbs 22:3
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