I hate to be the poster child for tinfoil, but... (dons tinfoil hat): I have recently had several comments deleted
relating to the Ukraine crisis.
These comments were not off-topic, they weren't overly emotional, and nobody in particular was accused of anything. They were simply trying to include a dash of Russian perspective that is missing from the threads.
I have mentioned the recently leaked documents stating that the NSA/CIA actively uses paid shills to control conversation in online forums, not once have I accused any particular member of this. So I'm a bit taken aback my taz's characterization:
[A couple of comments deleted. NiceKitty, you need to cool it. Do not make accusations of other members being paid shills, and do not pound the thread with repetitive comments. I get that you're feeling emotional, but this is not all about you and you need to dial back.]
[NiceKitty, contact us about moderation issues if you have questions. Don't comment flood in this thread, and don't accuse people of being shills. If you want people to read something other than what they're reading, feel free to link to sources. If you have complaints about Metafilter, please take it Metatalk.]
I have not accused anybody in particular of being paid shills. I feel the moderator comment is misleading. Mods, can you produce the original posts please? taz: Would you mind linking to the leaked Snowden doc that implicates the NSA/CIA in infiltrating online forums? I'd do it myself, but I'm feeling pretty paranoid. It's needed for context. Also, some more relevant context is available simply by searching Metafilter for "NSA".
And FWIW, I'm really really uncomfortable being the center of attention on this. I'm not sure I can go back to the US after this -- I haven't broken any laws, but you don't have to break laws to be labeled an "enemy combatant". And then you don't get a trial. I'm sure GitMo is lovely this time of year, but I'm not interested!
Secondly, although it is related, I want to discuss the fact that these threads are echo chambers of western perspective. As an American from a military family, I'm not trying to push Russian propaganda, but after living a few weeks in a Russian-speaking country (Belarus) it is obvious to me that western news is a propaganda machine, similar to the worst of Russian. Just 2 or 3 Russian folks would help balance things a bit. Some Ukrainians would be cool too. A few Crimeans. English-speaking, preferably, but Google Translate is pretty good. Again, I'm American so I can't read Russian news. I've been doing the best I can just talking with the few English-speaking people over here. And it appears that the few comments (maybe 10 total, between the 2 threads) that I have made are actively being shut down.
This is a big deal. US media led us into a resource war in Iraq based on flimsy premise, and now 500,000 Iraq civilians are dead, with 1.5 million badly injured. We can re-hash that if people like, but I hope it's pretty obvious in retrospect that the US media was complicit in selling the case for war. As an international community, we have to get this right. This time, we're playing with nukes.
So here I am, well aware that I'm looking like a loon. I have contacted mathowie directly -- no response, but I'm sure he's a busy guy -- and, as suggested by taz, I'm opening this MetaTalk thread to openly discuss the possibility that Metafilter has been infiltrated my NSA/CIA shills, either as members or as mods.
I know this is ugly, and I'm very sorry for the work this thread may create. I can stick around, leave, even delete my account**, whatever you want -- but we need to talk about this. (At some point, I will need to take a break for sure, as I have a dislocated disc in my neck that is quite painful.)
** Full disclosure: I previously deleted my NiceKitty account due to paranoia from a previous NSA/CIA thread. I previously-er deleted my LordSludge account due to a MetaTalk pile-on that I felt was unjustified. Oh, and my girlfriend is Russian, living in Belarus, which certainly influences my perspective on things.