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Welcome to my new “home” for Pake family updates, new blogs, photos, and other random stuff in my post social media world. Everything that I might have posted on social media before will be here now.


July 10, 2019

Facebook Normalizes Calls for Violence Against People They Don’t Like

(UPDATE: FACEBOOK HAS NOW REVERSED COURSE ON THIS COMPLETELY INSANE POLICY, but it really makes you wonder who the f*ck is running the show. This never should have seen the light of day, but I saw it with my own two eyes yesterday, as did everybody else who was paying attention.)

Oh look, another week, another round of crazy, insane, and completely unbelievable actions by these “social” media companies. It’s now an official part of Facebook policy and community standards that it’s OK to call for violence against people that Facebook or the media have deemed “dangerous”. But what if Facebook lies? What if the media lies? Hint: They do every minute of every day, and anybody to the right of CNN is the “standard” these companies are using to define “hate speech” and “dangerous individuals”. I follow some of the super scary banned people that have been deemed “Dangerous” by Facebook, and they’re a threat to no one. Oh but only the “other” alt social media networks are “Nazis”?

Facebook Issues New Policy Saying It’s Acceptable to Post Death Threats Against Me
Facebook Sanctions Violent Threats Against 'Dangerous Individuals' | Breitbart
"Facebook Issues New Policy Saying It’s OK To Post Death Threats Against Me": PJW
New Facebook Policy Normalizes, Approves Death Threats Against Banned “Dangerous” Conservatives

This is so unbelievably INSANE that I couldn’t even believe what I was hearing and reading yesterday, and had to go and track down the actual Facebook community standards page myself to make sure it wasn’t a photoshop or “fake news”, and it wasn’t.

https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards/credible_violence/

In other news, Instagram now has new AI tools to warn people whenever they’re about to commit “hate speech”, which I’m so sure is totally unbiased also. And this week Google has scrubbed search result suggestions for Jeffery Epstein and Clinton, but search suggestions for Epstein and Trump remain active. Nope, nothing biased or rigged there either. Duck Duck Go search results aren’t rigged.

Now see the post below about what Steve Wozniak said, and here’s your weekly reminder that everybody needs to get off of these Big Tech social media platforms ASAP. I’m on Gab, which is de-centralized and has 1A Terms of Service, but not really using it yet. I can’t see even maintaining my ‘shell’ Big Tech social media accounts past the end of this year, this is such a travesty and disgrace. I feel dirty just going on any of these platforms, knowing what they’re about and what they’re really up to. Wise up and GTFO of Big Tech.


July 9, 2019

‘The Woz’ Says Delete Facebook

Steve Wozniak, the Co-Founder of Apple, says most people should get off Facebook [and Instagram] permanently, because the total lack of privacy isn’t worth it. (Gizmodo) (The Gateway Pundit)

The revelations that Facebook has been selling out private message conversations and even “secret” group data has been the final nail in the coffin for me. Facebook has argued openly in court in the Cambridge Analytical trial that users have zero expectation of privacy on their platform. There’s plenty of things that I’ve discussed with others on Facebook, both in the capacity of a young adult cancer survivor and advocate and as an individual, for which I have had at least a minimal expectation of privacy. The realization that that privacy doesn’t actually exist just makes these “social” platforms a non-starter to me anymore, in addition to all of the other concerns and gripes that I’ve had with them.

It’s tough to get off completely. The few accounts I’ve held onto are really just shell accounts with little to no personal data, just to keep in touch with others. I really need to get off my butt and write some blogs and other things about all of this.


June 30, 2019

After a week of reading about corruption at Google by way of Project Veritas, and then yet more censorship and collusion by Big Tech to attempt to cover it up, and then all of the noise about the first Democratic debates, I’ve already reached complete burnout for the 2020 election cycle, and it’s only the summer of 2019. Oh boy. Yup, news is now off, I’m off and paying zero attention to what little social media I’m still on, and now even alt-social media is off as well. I might @getongab, which is a fascinating company that’s reinventing social media from the ground up with their July 4th re-launch, but otherwise wake me up on November 4th, 2020.

I got a Kindle for Father’s Day, which I’m very much enjoying and have already finished a book on. I’ve actually been reading C.W. Lemoine’s SPECTRE series via Kindle on my iPhone. This is a fantastic spy and military espionage type thriller series that I’m reading the last book for now, but actually want to go back and re-read the whole series again because it was so great. I also have a bunch of other books both purchased and not that I’ve been meaning to buy and read, so now I’m finally doing it, which is going to be so much better than all of the hot air on the news and social media between now and Election Day 2020. It’s the base $90 Kindle, but got the bundle for a little bit more which threw in a power cable and a nice case for a little bit more. The resolution is fine at 167 dpi. If you like jerking the settings around and reading with much smaller font sizes, that’s the only reason I can see wanting to go with a fancier one with 300dpi resolution. At the default text size which is just about perfect, you only see a little bit of blockiness on the lowercase “w”, but only if you look too close. At a normal reading distance, the text all looks great, it’s lightweight and very easy to hold, and I love the screen overall.


June 28, 2019

If you haven’t seen Project Veritas massive bombshells on Google this week, you really need to watch their video and read all of the documents that brave insiders and whistle blowers have dropped. These Silicon Valley elites truly think they’re Gods and above everybody else, and will stop at nothing to push their radical-left agenda through, all while claiming to be totally neutral and unbiased “platforms” which they clearly are no longer. They’re two-faced liars when Google owned YouTube stated on Twitter that “we apply our policies fairly and without political bias. All creators are held to the same standard” in the face of such damning evidence from Project Veritas, which is why it became one of the most “ratioed” posts ever on Twitter. What a freaking joke social media and these Big Tech companies have become. There’s not a single day that goes by that I have any regrets about largely deleting my social media accounts and presence. It’s a total war zone! Better things are coming! Follow James O’Keefe and Project Veritas on Twitter.


June 19, 2019

Well, schools got out Friday, June 14th, and we promptly took off for our annual trip to Rehoboth Beach, DE for Father’s Day. The weather was perfect and we all had a great time, and William and I ran the Seashore Strider’s Father’s Day 5K race which runs right through the beach area. We both did great and hit new personal bests in timed races. William did a 28:05, and I managed to break into the 30’s with a 30:24. William did 4 minutes better than last year, and I did 2 minutes better. We were both extremely pleased, and then proceeded to celebrate by stuffing our faces with all of the amazing food that Rehoboth Beach has to offer. I’ll get up a photo blog or two, but for now albums are up on the 2019 page.


June 8, 2019

BIG CATCH UP UPDATE

For Puffles fans, I’ve finally updated his pages and photo albums. We finally got him groomed on June 7th, so he’s looking much better and a whole lot less shaggy now. It’ll be more comfortable for him for the summer, too.

Puffles Main Page (links to big photo albums)
Puffles Latest Photos (the highlight reel)

In other news, William had his moving on ceremony for his Cub Scouts Pack last weekend. He’s looking forward to doing some projects over the summer and a bunch of fun things next year. William wants to go all the way through Boy Scouts and up to Eagle Scouts. I think that’d be great, but we’ll see!

Lastly, we’re starting to enjoy the first days of Summer 2019! We had our first seafood bake, are loving our porch and enjoying some summer rains, and I had my first PBR of the year (lol!)

You can get to all of our photos albums from the year at StevePake.com/2019


June 7, 2019

Censorship on Google/YouTube

Whoa boy, another week, and yet more Big Tech censorship, “carpet bombing” style by Google/YouTube. The best thing to read for a WTF happened recap is Nick Monroe’s thread on Gab.

Who is Nick Monroe? I’d never even heard of him until he was banned from Twitter. Why was he banned? Because he made really good and informative threads on news and current events, often beating the mainstream media to the punch, or busting their narratives and telling you things they didn’t want you to know, which a lot of powerful people at the Big Tech and media companies don’t like. So they got him banned from Twitter, and now he does the same stuff on Gab and Telegram.

Here’s just a small smattering of other articles about this that might be worth reading.

Michael Tracy’s piece at The Spectator sums it up best:
Steven Crowder and the folly of the internet playground

See also:
Carlos Maza’s Reign of Terror
The Section 230 Illusion
Big Tech Is Armed and Waiting to Repel U.S. Antitrust Onslaught
Overthrow the Prince of Facebook

As you can see, as soon as censorship became an option, social media has now become a war zone with big media companies fighting to stay alive by trying to ban or demonetize smaller and independent journalists that have been stealing their market for pennies on the dollar, just like Nick Monroe. There’s also foreign governments and security agencies who have influence on these platforms, that can get anyone they want banned, including American journalists who say inconvenient things about them. And then there’s the traditional left vs. right dichotomy that everybody should understand, with the alt-left tech overlords that own these platforms being horrified that the right has used them effectively to get their message out, and so are all too happy to go along with banning people based on political grounds while the left pretty much continues to say and do whatever the f*ck they want, including inciting violence and physical threats of harm against others, without repercussions. This is all documented extensively in Nick Monroe’s Gab thread, who was banned from Twitter.

Social media is a big f*cking joke right now, and all of this is why I refuse to continue contributing to these “platforms” and their power by posting any of my personal content on them, in addition to grave concerns about and the terrible record these companies have had on privacy. #DeleteFacebook #DeleteBigTech

Anyways, enough of that. This is all total bullsh*t and I just don’t have time for it.

It’s the weekend. I’ll post some photos up soon.


May 31, 2019

Official Site Re-branding. I meant to do this last year, but too busy.

StevePake.com: The Life of a Young Adult Cancer Survivor

This is just the start, and more accurately reflects where I’m at today. This site isn’t just about being a young adult cancer survivor any more, but rather my life and my family as a whole. In addition to the name change, I’m going to be re-plumbing my website over the coming weeks/months. If you happen to have any of my blogs bookmarked, the URLs are going to change, but if I do everything properly they should automatically forward to the new one. I also finally have a new secure email back-end that isn’t based on Big Fascist Tech. If you hit the email form in my contact link, it will go to the new email setup. Now that that’s in place, I can finally figure out how to get an informal email/newsletter list going. There will also be a lot of new pages and sections going up this year, filling in for the fact that I’ve killed most of my social media accounts, and tweaks to my home page, one step at a time. Enjoy. :)


May 28, 2019

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: We had a fantastic weekend at Shenandoah National Park.

We’ve mainly stuck with the central region of the park in the past and a few known hikes like the 3 mile Hawksbill Mountain Loop, but now that everybody is a bit older, we’ve gotten more adventurous. We started at the very north end of SNP from Front Royal entrance, and then went almost all the way south to Mile 80, and did a few new hikes with nearly 1000 feet elevation gains while staying two nights at the Skyland Resort in the central region. Shenandoah National Park never disappoints. I’ll write up a photography blog soon, but the full photo album is already up below. You can also see this and other photo albums of our adventures this year at my 2019 page. I bought the annual pass, so we look forward to coming back again in October to take in the fall foliage.


May 24, 2019

Hope everyone has a nice Memorial Day weekend! Turn off your phones, close all screens, delete social media apps, and just enjoy the people around you whether friends or family, and have a nice time. Looking forward to a nice off-grid weekend. Will have photos to share right here later.

Photo with my full-frame Canon EOS RP and Canon 35mm f/1.4L lens at full aperture.


May 20, 2019

RACE WARS! aka HyperFest 2019 at VIR

Monday PM Update: Blog is up. Click above or right here: http://www.stevepake.com/photography/2019/5/20/hyperfest-2019

William got the Fast and the Furious boxed DVD set for Christmas. We’ve still only watched the first few, but he loves the movies (duh!) and really loved the ‘Race Wars’ scene from the first one, so I thought it’d be fun to take him to a real racetrack and motorsports festival that also ties in (kinda) with the XBox Forza Horizon games he loves so much, too. I’d heard of HyperFest years ago from a friend, so decided to go earlier this year, and made the 4 hour drive all the way down to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on Saturday, and then camped out overnight at the track and came back Sunday. It was awesome and a lot of fun, albeit hot, but we managed to stay well hydrated and also hopped in the car for a bit as needed with the A/C running to cool down. VIR is one of the premier race tracks in the U.S., and it’s also featured in the Forza Motorsports series on the XBox, and Gran Turismo series for Playstation, so it was really cool to see the track in person after racing on it virtually over the years. Race spec cars screaming at full blast and all of the drift cars were amazing to see (and hear!) in person. Full photo album below. I’ll eventually write a photography blog about it after I pick out a few favorites.


May 12, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mom’s out there. Some old blogs of mine. People are finding these somehow and they’ve been getting some traffic today.

Happy Mother’s Day to the Strongest Woman I Know
Happy Mother’s Day 2018

I’ll be honest, we’re not big on these “Hallmark” holidays, because in our world you need to love and appreciate the people in your life every day, because they could either be gone or things could be very different in the next. This woman is loved and appreciated every day, and she knows it.


Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby District Competition

William’s Cub Scouts “Coupe de Will” Pinewood Derby car competed at the Potomac District Regional competition yesterday, after finishing 1st in his den and 2nd in his entire Pack earlier in the year.

Links to the District competition photo album, and the blog from a few months back which I’ve just updated, are both below.

The blog…

The blog…


May 11, 2019

I’ll close off what’s been an extremely infuriating, depressing, and heartbreaking week with a cute picture of Puffles taking a rest amongst the dandelions after a run around the park. I’ll have some more photos posted on his page soon. :)

Personal Facebook account officially deleted.
Personal Instagram account officially deleted.


May 10, 2019

I’m still too pissed off and irate at the trust the world, and myself, had granted these social media companies, that they have now completely betrayed for anyone that doesn’t share their bigoted left-wing Jew/conservative-hating, terrorist-coddling Silicon Valley ideology, so I’m just going to drop some links here while I continue to delete and/or purge my social media accounts.

For these companies to be removing non-threatening peaceful dissenters exercising their rights and labeling them as “dangerous” people with “extremist or dangerous ideologies”, all while propping up Hamas and other terrorists organizations and left-wing hate groups that do actually go out and physically threaten, harm or KILL people is never something I expected to see ever, but it’s happening. Read Laura Loomer’s lawsuit.

Facebook Calls me ‘Dangerous’. Imagine My Shock. No, Really…
Purge, censor, and silence: Tech giants go full-Orwell to prepare for 2020 elections
Alternative Social Media Sites Condemn Facebook’s Blacklisting of Conservatives
It’s Time to Break Up Facebook
Whistle-blower: Facebook Is Promoting ISIS Propaganda
Twitter Has A Problem With Its Treatment of Jewish Americans
Living In A Digital Gulag On Holocaust Remembrance Day
Why conservative censorship on social media has become an all-out assault
Forget Facebook, They Want to Revoke Your Access to Banking

It’s NOT a matter of left or right politics and whether you agree with someone or not. You don’t have to agree, and you don’t have to like someone. This is America, not Communist China. People that have broken no rules have a right to speak on “public square platforms” period. You might be a fascist if… you actually agree with and support all of these politically motivated social media bannings and deplatformings.

I never thought I’d be turning my writing talents and energy towards defending freedom of speech and basic civil rights in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WTF?

LATE UPDATE: HUGE! Facebook Hits Conservative Icon MICHELLE MALKIN! Removes Her Post Defending Laura Loomer and Gavin McInnes (Breitbart)

Just coming to the defense of people who have been wrongfully banned will get you censored. This is just unreal and totally Orwellian. I can’t even believe it.

#DELETEFACEBOOK


May 9, 2019

It seems that I don’t even really need to write my own blog about exiting social media, when plenty of others with far more time to write are making my point for me. The op-ed by Chris Hughes, Facebook’s co-founder and Mark Zuckerberg’s college roommate is a must read. It’s long, but worth it.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/opinion/sunday/chris-hughes-facebook-zuckerberg.html

A key point that Hughes makes is as follows:

The most problematic aspect of Facebook’s power is Mark’s unilateral control over speech. There is no precedent for his ability to monitor, organize and even censor the conversations of two billion people.

Exactly. Who on earth does Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg think they are to have the ultimate say on what billions of people can and can’t say? That’s just insanity, totally un-American, and I refuse to submit to this. I refuse to have everything I post on that platform be run through the narrow ideological prism of Silicon Valley political and PC police filters, checked by human moderators if the “wrong words” or language are found, and only if Mark Zuckerberg approves can it be posted. This is a complete insult. I refuse to be censored by anyone, not just by right of being an American, but because I’m a writer as well. Mark Zuckerberg is not my big brother. What the hell is this, Communist China?

Image Credit: New York Times

I’m not sure where I stand between the regulating Facebook argument presented by Hughes, and the “platform access is a civil right” argument being presented elsewhere. I agree that the FTC allowing Facebook to acquire Instagram and WhatsApp was definitely a terrible mistake in hindsight though, and unwinding the mergers and spinning them off as separate as Hughes suggests certainly seems like a good move to me. It’s a shame that my grievances, mainly with Facebook, have now bled over into Instagram as well and led me to abandon both platforms, which pretty much makes the case for unwinding their mergers. I would have been happy to just stay on IG, but the same backwards policies and grievances now apply there too. What alternate choice do I have? Not really any, because of Facebook’s monopolistic control over social media.

My solution for now is none of the above. Most normal people don’t have their own website, but I do, and it can do what I need it to do - let friends know what we’ve been up to, share some photos and blogs, and how to get in touch. I’m not a public figure or a journalist of any sort, don’t care about “likes’ or number of followers, and have zero qualms about blowing things up and starting over, so there’s no real need for me to be on social media anyways.

Feedback? Wanna chat? Psst: Join my new website chat group on Telegram. It’s centered around Young Adult Cancer, but all family, friends, and followers are welcomed to join and chat, and your messages on Telegram will never be monitored or filtered through some stupid algorithm in Menlo Park looking for ‘wrongthink’ before approval.

Telegram Chat: https://t.me/YACCbySteve


May 7, 2019

Our Annual Summer Kickoff Color Party will be held in the vicinity of July 4th this year (working on an exact date), both for the hopefully slightly warmer weather, but also because we’ll have a DUNK TANK. It will also be rain or shine, after the total fiasco last year with the completely unpredictable weather and totally unreliable forecasts!!


May 4-5, 2019

Debbie got an early Mother’s Day brunch at Le Diplomate in D.C. since we might have a number of conflicts next weekend (no album yet), and then William and I headed out to Cunningham Falls State Park in Thurmont, MD for the Cub Scouts Spring Campout. After missing the last one or two Cub Scout meets due to our crazy schedules in April, William was super excited about the campout and we had a great time. It did rain all night, but fortunately the weather held off for all of the activities, and we were well-prepared so didn’t get wet.

In other news, I’ve started training for the Rehoboth Beach Father’s Day 5K run with William. He did his first 5K training run in 29 minutes (!!!!!) a few weeks ago, meanwhile I managed a 34:20 on Sunday. That’s pretty good, but I’ll never be able to keep up with this kid. He’s like a little human F-16 Viper, super fast and agile but no fuel tank, and I’m like a C-5 Galaxy or something. Lol! It’s not about who’s faster obviously. Running is good for both of us and we’ll have fun doing it, and that’s what counts. Enjoy the few pics and link to the full Cub Scout campout photo album below.


May 3, 2019

My social media purge has begun. I deleted my Twitter account this morning and took it off my social links here. I rarely if ever used it, and got virtually no traffic from it either. I’m going to be deleting and/or hollowing out numerous other social media accounts that I own, with the exception of my @yacancerbysteve accounts on both Instagram and Facebook, which are purely for engagement with the cancer community that I’ll leave intact. Sad that it’s the end of an era, but this is where I get off the social media clown show.

Deep-sixing and/or gutting a bunch of my social media accounts might seem crazy now, but believe me, whether later this year or next, a bunch of you are going to be wanting to do the same thing. Social media has been a slow train wreck in the making for a number of years now with all of the privacy issues, spam and garbage content, and now rampant platform bias, censorship, and free speech issues just to name a few. When Facebook announced that they would be hiring tens of thousands of human moderators and developing algorithms to “help combat fake news” and remove “dangerous individuals” back in 2017, I laughed my ass off and broke out the popcorn. Well, here we are in 2019, and I’ve just decided this is the point where I jump off, aside from cancer community support focused accounts, oh and the dog.

Most people don’t have their own website. Well, I do, and unlimited storage and bandwidth also, so I might as well use it. Onward…


May 2, 2019

I’ve created a new page for Mental Health Awareness Month with a curated collection of my blogs that are centered around mental health. You can check it out here!


April 29, 2019

NEW CANCER BLOG:Why I Don’t Give a Bleep About Cancer Anymore

This is a bittersweet blog about a lot of things. It’s about living a good life, putting yourself out there and making a difference for others, and most importantly of all, managing to live past my worst fears after cancer. Check it out.


April 26, 2019

Updated Spring 2019 Album: Just a reminder that friends don't let friends buy electric lawn mowers!

Grass needed to be mowed *before* we went on vacay, but didn't have time to get to it. Came back and it was nearly a foot tall. LOL! But no worries, the 5.1 NET HP Honda mower chewed right through it no problem. My weak POS electric mower would have had to make two passes through the whole yard at minimum, and would have needed two charges on the battery per pass, for 4 charges total. Literally would have taken me all day, but instead just the usual 30-40 minute job with the Honda gas mower. :)

See my blog about what a freaking scam electric lawn mowers are here: http://www.stevepake.com/life/2018/5/25/the-truth-about-electric-lawn-mower-horsepower

By the way, if anybody local truly does have a small yard with nice even grass and not much weeds to chomp through that would be suitable for a "light duty" electric mower, the one mentioned in that blog is available and for sale at a really good price. Hit my inbox. Lol...


April 22, 2019

We just got back from Turks and Caicos, and it was fantastic! If you just want to see a bunch of cool photos, click the photo album link below, or for a bit more context and what’s what, read the blog.

Full Photo Album: http://www.stevepake.com/islandtime/turksandcaicos2019/
The Blog: “Turks and Caicos With My New Canon EOS RP


April 14, 2019

Photo Drop - Chicago last week. I was in town for the big Promat show, and had a bit of time to walk around. Trigger warning for a few Trump hotel photos, but don't miss The Bean aka Cloud Gate. I missed twilight the evening I planned to go because our dinner ran way too late, but sunrise photos the next morning turned out to be so much better. :)


April 6, 2019

The DC Cherry Blossoms were great. We caught them a little past peak, but they were still gorgeous and the weather started clearing as we were midway through walking around the Tidal Basin.


April 4, 2019

I had a spare afternoon/evening in Phoenix last week after a trade show, so went to the Phoenix Botanical Gardens with a colleague. This was really neat to see, because we obviously have nothing like this on the east coast. I love the iconic terrain of the American southwest. We need to plan some trips out here.


April 2019

I’ve created a new page just for our 2019 photo albums, which you can check out below. I just don’t have the time to write photo blogs for the most part, but I do have time to dump a bunch of new photos online, so they’ll all be indexed yearly here.