Friday, May 17, 2019

Stopping Online Extremism

Brian Joseph Johns
Though it is certainly a noble cause and certainly justified, the only way that they'll ever successfully stop online extremism is if they stop offline extremism and social abuse by any groups.

Most hate is an attempt to provoke an extreme reaction from another group or person. There are many groups that operate under the premise that if a group creates a hostile reaction from someone, that they are somehow indebted to the group that provoked it.

Actually that is whole idea behind extremism in the first place. The goal with any extremism (and terror based martyrdom) is to create a debt that will be paid by future generations to the group that instigates a hostile reaction from others by way of social abuse or terrorism.

This doesn't necessarily mean violence or terror alone is the only means to procure this sort of "debt". It can happen as a result of social abuse and harassment that is not contained with the same attention that is received by online activities. In other words, it seems that abusive hatred is allowed to occur in real life (off line) more so than it is to occur in virtual life (online). This is the case not only from your common run of the mill hate groups but from a variety of different groups making up just about every cultual group, targeting others in a given community.

Some are more guilty than others, but for this reason the only way we'll see an end to this is if we stop it offline just as we do online.

Most of this occurs as a result of the same "no means yes" logic that is often used as a rape defence plea. You know, the whole idea that hate means love? The idea in such a belief is that if you can provoke someone else to treat you as hatefully as you treated them, that it actually means love and as a result it creates a connection between the people involved in such hate for each other.

The biggest difference is that hate is an activity that defies free will. That is because a person treated hatefully is more likely to react with hate as a result of fight or flight syndrome, which is the result of evolution and hormones in the body that increase when we are confronted by hostility. So treating someone hatefully as a group or as an individual is an attempt to deny someone else their free will by provoking a reaction that is very much not free will. Such people are trying to force a similar connection that occurs between people who have a strong love for each other. So in a sense, its like a group of people trying to connect themselves to someone who wants nothing to do with their abusive ways and treatment of others. In this sense, it is just as much a form of social rape of a person's peace and privacy and the groups who do this often symbolize it through colours despite the laws there are against doing as much in Canada.

So, in order to stop the online variety, they're going to have to stop the offline kind as well.

That's actually the entire reason that I stopped writing A Lady's Prerogative and anything else I work on here. It didn't stop the kind of abuse that I experience, but I'm still very much in control of my own life and I don't reward abusers. I am still very much against any form of Freemasonry that employs situational puppet strings to manipulate people. I'm against any hate group that does the same, trying to provoke hostile reaction from a victim.

I'm not any character from Disney or DC or any book, television show, movie, theatrical play or video game. I am not a professional athlete or a music star. I've played music professionally in my life but was never really a music star. I've worked professionally as an application developer and programmer and PC technician as well. I've also been a furniture mover and landscaper as well which are both great ways to earn cash as they're like a paid workout.

I am not Chuck (any Chuck) and I am not a Rose or a Gun. My love interest is still very much Mandarin Chinese and still the same Woman. I am not a member of Christianity at all, nor am I Muslim or Jewish with all due respect. I am not a Freemason, Rosicrucian or Scientologist and I say that with all due respect.

I don't use, buy or sell narcotics. I drink alcoholic beverages occasionally. I do eat meat, including fish, chicken and sometimes even pork. I rarely if ever eat beef. I am not a member of any blood centric ideology. I do not have a fetish for African or Caribbean Women, and I say that with all due respect towards Women of those cultures. There are many beautiful Women of those cultures but I find myself mostly drawn towards Women of the Far East of Asia truthfully and that is because my last two girlfriends are from that part of the world (Chinese and Korean), and in both cases it was a very good relationship experience, however one that was not accepted by society and its racist views towards certain mixed culture relationships. In fact, both Women were stalked by haters for being in a relationship with me because I am Caucasian. I am not imagining this or remembering someone else's life as if it were my own. I play piano, not guitar. I don't even have a guitar. This is my truth.

Nothing I have stated here is hate. In fact it is asserting my own history and identity, to which I have rights. Most hate groups will do as much as they can to erase their victims from reality by attributing aspects and the output of the victim's life to the credit of other people while denying the victim's identity and existence. Whether this is a form of aggressive religious conversion, I can't say.

I'd recommend though that if they want to stop online extremism that they start with the offline variety.

Brian Joseph Johns

200 Sherbourne Street #701
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5A 3Z5



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Unknown Dream...

Butterfly, butterfly

Spread your wings,

to see you fly.

In the night,

in the sky.

Butterfly, butterfly.

The living way,

not night or day.

There in between,

the struggle plays.

What sight does bring,

the blindness draws.

What hearing bares,

does deafness pause.

We think we know,

what lays extreme.

Yet how we fear,

what is unseen.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Learning From Our History

Brian Joseph Johns
Yesterday was a typical Thursday for myself. I ventured out to one of the local food banks, in this case the Allen Gardens Food Bank as I often do every two weeks.

As many of you know, I've spent much effort learning of other cultures at least as much as I have my own cultural heritage. Much of my early learning came from television stations like TVO and PBS, which give a very unbiased look at a wide variety of topics from history.

There are many people who believe that what you choose to eat and drink influences your biases in terms of whether you're being warm or cold blooded in relation to the cultural origins of the foods you eat. For instance, there are some people who believe that if your Spanish or South American and you drink coffee, that you are being very blood centric largely based upon the misconception that coffee originated in Spain and with the Spanish.

There are misconceptions in that very topic with regard to the drink tea, which most people believe to be primarily British. Hence if you drink a cup and you happened to be of British descent, you're being very warm blooded (as opposed to someone who isn't British drinking tea would be cold blooded). Once again we have a misconception about the origins of tea as we do coffee. I'd learned of these things both from reading and from shows I've watched on TVO, PBS and even BBC.

In my community its a constant hot versus cold game between the citizens thereof and one from which I most often try to keep myself away but despite my best efforts, I often get drawn into it. Thursday was just such a case.

I happened to drink a cup of courtesy coffee from the food bank and someone had claimed that I had "flipped blood" as a result. I'm part Spanish so they were clearly referring to that aspect of my heritage. I'm also part Welsh, French and Cree (Aboriginal). So sometimes I'm watched closely by people for whatever reason for what I eat and drink to further them in this hot or cold, red or blue game.

So I happened to bring up the fact that coffee isn't actually Spanish at all. It originated from Arabia and Turkey and during the reign of the Ottoman Empire, it was spread throughout central Asia and Europe. As the Holy Roman Empire and the Ottoman Empire fought and lands changed hands, coffee made its way further throughout Europe and Asia and of course within Spain itself.

It was Spain that brought coffee to the Americas during its conquest of South America and that's where the history of coffee in South America began. So coffee isn't even originally Spanish but I still drink it and love it. Thanks in large part to the British, Spanish, Dutch and French and the Silk Road, we have a global trade network that largely resulted in coffee becoming associated with South America, as it was one of the most plentiful crops (aside from other currently illegal crops).

Likewise, tea is actually from China and it is their cultivating methods and that gave us all of the varieties of tea that we now enjoy throughout the world. You see, the British were looking to grow tea in India, one of the holdings of the British Empire at the time. A spy was sent to China and this man learned directly from the tea growers there how to cultivate and process tea. This spy took several plants and the knowledge of the process and brought it to India where he setup tea plantations for the British Empire.

The British Empire having the largest trade network in the world at the time brought tea everywhere else. Ultimately though we have to remember that coffee originated from Saudi Arabia and Turkey, while tea and the processes required to cultivate it and harvest it originated from China. That doesn't make the British Empire the big bad wolf anymore than it does Spain.

I learned these things from channels like TVO and I'm not in the least bit offended with that knowledge even with heritage being partly Welsh and Spanish. I think its important to know history and to know about ourselves in that way because when we honour the truth in that way, we're really learning from the whole of our past and doing so opens to doors to a more peaceful world.

So when I heard the Ford is cutting funding to public television stations like TVO in Ontario, that kind of struck me seeing as this all happened recently and I have to wonder if there isn't a movement to keep us from learning about our history or views that don't cast the our origins in the best light.

The truth is that nobody should ever avert learning from their own history or their own mistakes. When we learn from our own past or of that of others, we're progressing greatly and in strides compared to if we buried and forgot about the worst of our history. Part of our identity comes from that very aspect, and being able to understand ourselves means being able to understand our own history. Even the worst parts of it. So covering that up by limits the educational outlets of our children and society is definitely going to hurt us in the long run. Honouring the truth of history too will garner us many allies that we didn't realize that we had all along.

I'm proud of my heritage but I'll never let it be a ball and chain that limits my opinions or options in life. The best way to deal with people who would use the truth of your history to confine you is to be knowledgeable rather than ignorant of it. Having said that, I'm very much opposed to these budget cuts targeting public television stations like TVO, TFO and the CBC.

Friends Of Canadian Broadcasting is in fact doing something about this. They plan to call 10,000 different Conservative MPs and let them know the facts which indicate the 73% of Ontarians support increasing funding for TVO and TFO including 66% of which would vote or voted for Doug Ford.

If you want to donate to this cause click this link (or the one above).

Anyway, I hope that you're all doing well and perhaps I'll be posting soon. Oh and I still don't play guitar.

Brian Joseph Johns

200 Sherbourne Street #701
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5A 3Z5