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Neil Young's Big Decision On Archives: Facebook and Social Responsibility

The NYA Dilemma?

Once again, Neil Young speaks truth to power as he faces a "big decision" on access to his Archives due to Facebook's lack of social responsibility.

In a recent posing on NYA Times-Contrarian, Neil Young writes that:
"Censorship is a big responsibility and the Social Media Giant is seemingly not up to defending democracy, at least not yet."

The issue of tech giants and censorship has come up previously and it appears to have reached a cross-roads -- not just with Neil -- but with virtually all things internet related. In February, Neil Young wrote that tech giants rip off artists, who are being forced to distribute their music in the digital world. (And this is just one more reason why we sing this song because we love the man.)

And our advice to Mr. Young?

Ditch Facebook.

Ditch Facebook before Facebook ditches you, Neil. You'll be glad you did.


We'll go into that below.

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As long time Thrasher's Wheat readers know, we have had confrontations with Facebook over the years since being suspended in 2015. (See An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO FACEBOOK and An Open Letter (#2) to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO FACEBOOK.)

Facebook: An Epic Orwellian Fail

Tech Giants, we the people, do NOT trust you. You guys have blocked us, shadow banned us, de-monetized us, de-platformed us, memory-holed us, and harassed/trolled us relentlessly. But all of your efforts have failed -- we're still standing. Enough.

Eyes Wide Shut, Mouth Closed

"They" have tried to take us down by canceling our advertising partnerships, or blocking our ability to run Google Ads, or hacking our Twitter account, or filing fraudulent transactions on our PayPal account, or disrupting the ISP service of our partner and Thrasher's Wheat Radio, or screwing around with our Amazon partner links, or jerking us around about Willie for a Nobel, capping our LIKES below 30K and unsub'g folks automatically, throttled our once robust reader comments eco-system suspending the Gigs for the Gulf page based on false copyright infringement claims, trying to make exposing environmental crimes a crime, disrupting freedom of speech and assembly, or humiliating and mocking our efforts when we try and stand up, algorithmic censorship to lower our rank off of Top 10 Search results or gaslighting us with "fake Neil news", sending in all sorts of trolls and spammers to disrupt the Neil community, or making exposing a war crime a war crime or blasting us with near Stuxnet-like levels of crippling attacks on our servers, dropped from Google News as a legitimate (non-fake) news source and on & on...

Is that the best you got? We're still here. Just remember, TW has been around longer than Google, Amazon or Facebook. The corruption on the highest floors will cease and Justice will triumph. The Truth and The Light will always prevail and overwhelm the darkest of the Darkness of Corruption.

Social media can often be seen as serving as the direct prophecy of George Orwell's 1984 novel's "Two Minutes of Hate".

(Note, if you found the above clip puzzling, "Watch The Dystopian World of 1984 Explained" on YouTube @

As usual, everyone supports freedom of speech -- as long as it aligns with their views and politics. It's an angry world but we won't quit...

ps - And "Thank You" Mr. Zuckerberg for suspending our FaceBook account, saving us from all of your FB troll-bot zombie hordes (not referring to rusties)! Or Mr. Z - Liar? Idiot? Or Both?.

"First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up, because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me."
~~ Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945

No fear... never stand down ... The Big Shift crushes it... wake up and open the Tired Eyes...

'She was welded to the eagle's beak
 sun green leaned into that megaphone
and said, "truth is all i seek" '

~~"Sun Green"
by Neil Young

ps - and if you still really want to know how we feel about all of this, we have all been here before, we have all been here before...

So don't do it Neil. Just say no to Big Brother.

peace & love,
thrasher and thrashette

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At 8/14/2018 09:58:00 AM, Blogger Maheto said...

Yes, Facebook is rubbish, as well as an annoying, clunky, dated interface, littered with ads and populated by questionable accounts, like the 3 fake ones I set up over the years to serve various projects...just like all the Russian trolls and bots did and helped deliver us into the stubby orange hands of Don Cheeto Mussolini. The sooner it becomes a Myspace-like internet ghost town the better.

BTW, don't use Julian Assange as an example of some sort of valiant crusader. He and Wikileaks are at best dupes, and at worst willing accomplices, of the Russian intelligence services. Never did he/they ever hack into what are all the criminal and nefarious accounts of Trump and his cadre of cons, grifters, nazis and traitors.

At 8/14/2018 12:06:00 PM, Blogger mark said...

........ Orwellian
.... is EXACTLY what Facebook is
...... Go Trump, break up the 'New Media' monopolies

At 8/14/2018 12:18:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Facebook & its creator are beyond creepy. F Zuckerface.

At 8/14/2018 12:39:00 PM, Blogger Tamara in Montana said...

well said Maheto, on both counts!

At 8/14/2018 03:26:00 PM, Blogger Art Carey said...

Since evil-oldFacebook can’t play CDs, spite those guys and gals and release Archives 2 — and with mp3 downloads, of course.

At 8/14/2018 04:16:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Excellent writing about a huge problem in our society today. I posted comments early in the morning and they never showed up(?!). It makes me wonder about Big Brother. Yes, F fb! Thanks for hanging in there and delivering the goods on our hero in spite of the campaign against you and free thinkers. Alan in Seattle

At 8/14/2018 04:18:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

On Blu ray !!! Screw mo3's and their pathetic resolution. But if you want it, ok. Yes, I would like to buy it all on Blu ray disc!

At 8/14/2018 04:21:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Oh, ya right! You think that fucking moron is some kind of superhero?! Wrong! He is hell bent on speeding up Global Warming and bringing devastation to the land. You are really missing the logic here. He's a fucking Billionaire who care's only for himself, and you think he is some kind of good guy. Wake up.

At 8/14/2018 04:24:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

The DNC rigged it's own Primary, thereby losing the election and giving us Trump! Wake the fuck up. Assange exposed them, and now they have their revenge. Is there any hope for society when so many think like you do and get spoon fed by the mainstream media. I am quite unimpressed with your awareness. Go back to sleep and let Joe McCarthy's ghost rest again. The CIA has you right where they want you: clueless and thrown off the real story.

At 8/14/2018 04:26:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

fb can't play "CD quality" would be more accurate. Nobody ever thought of "playing a CD on fb" until you said it.

At 8/14/2018 07:00:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@Alan - hmmm, bummer if a comment of yours got hosed whether unintentionally or w/ malice. I do see a few here from you. We haven't rally heard any reports of garden variety comments being vaporized/censored, etc.

As far as we can tell, everything that successfully publishes, stays. so maybe a technical glitch, particularly if on sketchy wifi.

At 8/14/2018 07:07:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Angry world indeed.

At 8/14/2018 08:57:00 PM, Blogger Lone Red Rider said...

Perhaps it is time for NYCH to tell the "Sun of Greendale" Story.....

At 8/14/2018 11:47:00 PM, Blogger anon said...

Buncha wackos...

At 8/15/2018 09:36:00 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Transparent integrity is going to rule the day so work on "peace on earth" and these media driven issues are just going to sort themselves out before your eyes. Previews are over for integrity issues and the main feature presentation is beginning to roll out with Facebook and Monsanto being the first to be in trouble. Truth and integrity can be judged by the individual human by listening to someone and notice if the hair on your arm or back of your neck stands up. That is your innate telling you, in a Geiger counter kind of way, that you are hearing truth. Doesn't work all the time because we are new to it but people are going to be like Samurai with it soon, especially the gifted young people now, so watch for integrity markers EVERYWHERE.

Isn't it weird to think about that you have one set of complex DNA that has trillions of "identical" brothers and sisters in your body right now. It is all spinning so there is this field around those trillions of DNA molecules that form your innate. Think about it! Spiritual truth is the highest calling for a human and when someone else's DNA relates to your DNA through vibration it rings a bell. Go listen to something on "Comes A Time" or almost anything by my dear friend and pal Aretha Franklin from my Detroit days. By ringing the bell, then the your hair on your arm and neck stand up.

What a system! Sorry, with my friend Aretha in hospice care I've been thinking about this innate stuff a lot and kind of putting it down in writing down that I've really digested it and can teach others about my little side of the story that isn't the whole picture for sure.

Tell a tale with some emotion that is 100% true and see if that integrity marker works with you when the hair on your arm stands up? Now, watch out, because the combo of emotion and truth creates stuff around you be it good or bad. Innate just wants to give you the experience with no judgement so caution is advised. This is such a good time to have an "intention" where it "is" and isn't hoped for, longed for or tried, it "is."

Pretty sure the acoustic fans of Neil Young will get this but it seems to me that all Neil Young fans are looking for transcendence, not in the future or the past. but right now and Uncle Neil calls it "weld." Where the many become one in a positive way.

"Find out that now was the answer to answers that you gave later," is a favorite lyric from "Country Girl" by Neil Young that I hope to hear at the Bentley Library live from a solo recording at the Canterbury House in 1969 next week. Have a feeling they need some fund raising to transfer thousands of analog tapes to digital up there from the Canterbury House and Ark Coffeehouse soundboard recordings from every show they ever presented including three nights with Joni Mitchell 1968 1969, Doc & Merle Watson 1969, Gordon Lightfoot 1967, Little Feat 1971 and the list goes on and on and on.

The "angry world meme" is via the six guys who run the media in our world right now. They have no integrity at all so ignore 'em and think global but act local in your home, in your yard, in your neighborhood and in your town. It is really weird but when you change everything around you changes. Free energy and peace on earth is the goal now above any divide and conquer meme they come up with from every direction you can think of with a good dose of surprise thrown in for good measure.

Lay it on me I'm not deleting this...

At 8/15/2018 02:25:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Jim. I get where you’re coming from. It’s ONE WORLD, ONE PEOPLE and the sooner WE get it the better. We are on our own. Be the change, be the rain. WAKE UP!!!! We are on our own. The human race is racing towards life or death. We chose which one, not politics, media, not dogma. WE get to decide. There is no us and them. It’s just US. Live a life of love and understanding without fear. We are on our own.

At 8/15/2018 02:52:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Here’s a great example for us to make the world a better place From Pearl Jam.

“We all got together and started having conversations and elevating the discussion. Empathy became action, and in a very short amount of time, we were able to raise $11 million - as a starting point - to eradicate what is a complex issue. And it is a complex issue.” - Eddie Vedder

A HUGE thank you to the more than 160 businesses—both big and small—philanthropic partners, and individuals that have committed more than $11 million to fight homelessness.

Even more important is seeing our community and fans rally around this effort. Tens of thousands of you have taken action by signing up for The Home Shows mailing list, watching stories of our neighbors with lived experience with homelessness, volunteering, getting registered to vote - and voting.

And this is just the beginning. You have more influence than you think—and now is the time to use it.

Email your elected officials and let them know what you want from them. Ask your employers what they’re doing on this issue. Support businesses committed to ending homelessness. Go out of your way to say “Hello” and “How can I help?” when you see a neighbor experiencing homelessness.

Then, keep learning, donating, volunteering, paying attention, and believing. The more than 12,000 people living on the streets of our city need us to.

“We can beat this and we can do it together. We need your help. It’s a wave and all of us are the water.” - Eddie Vedder

Ed, Stone, Mike, Jeff & Matt


As part of The Home Shows Initiative, more than 160 businesses, individuals, government agencies, and foundations are banding together to fight homelessness in King County. We look forward to sharing more about beneficiaries of The Home Shows Initiative soon. Take action with us and learn more.

Our mailing address is:
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At 8/15/2018 06:07:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Jim - we understand where you're coming from here. Thanks so much for sharing.

No doubt that truth and integrity will triumph. It so evident where this will all end up someday when the war is over.

In the meantime, check our latest posting Something Different for Our TW Supporters and Detractors. It seems this post hit a nerve somewhere.

So thanks to all for the great comments -- both supportive and otherwise.

Sorry to hear about your friend Aretha in hospice care. All the best.

@ Dan - Thanks for sharing the PJ campaign. Those guys definitely get it as well. We'll try and work up on a post as well.

throw your hatred down....

At 8/15/2018 06:14:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Jim - interestingly and ominously, it seems that comments are getting pre-censored here on TW. We saw your 1st comment come through and it indicates published yet does not appear visible on blog.

So FU BB. This will not stand. Better listen to Johnny Cash, BB.

This is what came through and we'll try to manually insert your original comment. And we'll look for Dan's blocked comment also. Anyone else post a comment that didn't appear?

"Good for Uncle Neil! Everyone is becoming awake and aware so if you don't have transparent integrity in any field you are gonna be in trouble. Have a feeling Big Pharma is next keeping people just well enough and holding back cures. Just looking at vaccines and the Cochrane Database, the gold standard of comparative studies, Big Pharma is in very serious trouble in terms of integrity. "Studies funded from public sources were significantly less likely to report conclusions favourable to the vaccines. The review showed that reliable evidence on influenza vaccines is thin but there is evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions and spurious notoriety of the studies. The content and conclusions of this review should be interpreted in the light of this finding." Climate change is clearly here but there is an integrity issue with the cause being man made vs. the sun when Grand Solar Minimum happens. Sadly, the prep for Global

At 8/17/2018 01:54:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

Awesome philanthropy from our local heros to help our local homeless population. Thank you Pearl Jam!

At 8/17/2018 01:58:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

So maybe there is something to the missing posts after all. Thanks a bunch google. But our we have something you can't kill under our hood, and your time is gonna come.

At 5/14/2019 07:12:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

In the interest of trying to keep the wheat fresh, here's an update on the 1984 clip above.

In George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Two Minutes' Hate is a daily period in which Party members of the society of Oceania must watch a film depicting the Party's enemies (notably Emmanuel Goldstein and his followers) and express their hatred for them.

In case anyone is interested, here is what Goldstein actually says in that scene (you can't make it out, cause the crowd is shouting over it, but that's what he says according to the subtitles)

"Nothing the Party says is true. Nothing the Party does is good. Even the war itself isn't real. The Party wants you to believe we are at war so as to channel your aggression away from their rightful target: the Party. Big Brother is not real. He is pure fiction, created by the Party. The real rulers of the State are unknown, faceless manipulators who, because they are not known are able to wield power without let or hindrance. People of Oceania, you are being duped. The Party doesn't serve the people — it serves itself. We are not at war with Eurasia. You are being made into obedient, stupid slaves of the Party. Open your eyes. See the evil that is happening to you. The Party drops bombs on its own citizens. It is the Party, not the Eurasians, who are our enemies."

"Open your eyes. See the evil that is happening to you."

some real truth -- if you can handle it...


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