Since I have accumulated a significant amount of posts at Google Blogs (with something close to 5 years of input, and nearly 2000 posts, see here, and here), however, I will continue to monitor things there, as well as to utilize the trove as a living archive.
As I do this, I want to be clear about a few things here before I stop posting on Google.
I have stopped in the last few months of the campaign because I wanted to, first of all, give the BLM movement a chance to be heard without one more white voice adding to the din; that cacophony being, of course, the ever escalating information deluge everybody has to contend with, these days, in the process of trying get a consistent message out; especially when so many, well funded efforts, are out there, to work agendas that both try to hinder, and help, at the same time. As well as where few on either side of that divide really know what their talking about in the first place.
I also wanted to keep quiet because I firmly believe that, if you are going to hold off criticizing one side (because I do feel we need a change in leadership, to get anything important done), you must also stop criticizing the other.
That being said, however, doesn't change the fact that I can assure you that I have plenty of criticism available, for both sides.
Now, as to the reason I am leaving this site, is to finally admit, publicly, that starting at Google Blogs in the first place, was a huge mistake.
A hugely painful mistake as it represents years of writing effort. Effort that seems to have been buried by either money grubbing incompetence, or because some of the content was getting too controversial for the Parent company to handle; or the ever present possibility of some combination of both as well, of course.
I can can say that because, not only have the company screwed with their blogging system three times now (First trashing Google+ -- which was connected to Google Blogs --, then cancelling Google+ completely, once the new changes really made things worse; and now screwing with Google Blogs itself.
This beyond the fact that they did comparatively nothing to help promote the blogging content as a whole, of course; because, at one time, way back when, Google+ was an amazingly diverse, and wonderfully creative, expressive place. And it wouldn't have hurt their image, one little bit at all, to show, if they were truly proud of the role they were playing in the world, that they could take whatever criticism might crop up, precisely because of their regard for that kind of creativity in general.
Perhaps more importantly, though, is the fact that my appeal to the tech community, which I thought were my contemporaries, went largely ignored.
Now whether this was the fault of the messenger, the message, the intended audience, or another example of some combination of "all of the above," matters not nearly as much as the fact that important questions were being asked.
Things like: If you find yourself in a completely new operating environment, relying on an operating system created centuries before, for a completely different, much more primitive environment, how can it not be time for a completely new operating system?
Or like: How can you continue to have a viable Democracy when information cannot be allowed to move freely; precisely because it has become both a commodity, and money itself.
Or Like: Could the economy be booming along a good deal more now, not so much because its so great, but because you have the mutually, negatively reinforcing, combining of, first, money becoming as electrons in circuits, seeking the path of least resistance (which fosters corruption), and secondly, the issue of it's need to continue the ever maddening dash to get closer to the speed of light itself, making every cog, in an old machine, turn ever faster and faster, like a turbine going redline, which, among other things makes pretty much everything crazy.
And lastly, because of this incessant need to go faster, and faster, do we also have the ever increasing amount, and severity of competition itself. Ever more grueling. Ever more demanding, and occurring in too many dangerous instances; as has been made abundantly clear in what we see now in world economic markets, world resources, and the techno-military industrial realm, where weapon, and useful tool otherwise, in both commercial, and civilian life, become ever more blurred.And notice also that this all revolves around the growing econo-environmental crisis that Capitalism, as a cost based form of economy, cannot hope to contend with. Not when you come to realize that the effort its going to take, to properly heal things, will be at least 50 to 100 years in the making. And I can say that because it isn't just going to be about healing the planet, and us. It will also be about getting ever greater numbers of us off planet, and involved in all aspects of making habitat out there, as well as here.
[Post Note: This edited part of the regular CNN "What Matters" email feed (just after the last Presidential Debate), for 10-23, has a quite pertinent reference to the real degree of severity that we face with climate change. And I can assure you all that, even the "Green New Deal," good start though it might be, is not going to be nearly enough to get done what is going to need getting down to turn things around, because it is far worse than almost everyone in the know has been admitting. J.V.]CNN ''What Matters'' On Climate Change -- 10-23-2020
How thawing permafrost could fuel climate warming
Arctic researcher warns the 'the ice is dying' after landmark expedition
Unprecedented data confirms that Antarctica’s most dangerous glacier is melting from below
[Post Note: And this is the last post in "Capitalism Is Obsolete." J.V.]There Is No Going Back, There Is Only Going Forward, Whether We Want To Or Not
[Post Note: My two videos on YouTube. J.V.]KingTVLotterClip