Facebook, Google and my Credit Card fall Victims to Hackers

By J. André Faust (December 27, 2022)

Early Monday morning, when I logged into Facebook to check my messages and see what new posts were posted. And what response I received for my Facebook posts instead, I was greeted with a message saying my account had been suspended. Because Facebook believed I was 13 years old or younger, which was against their terms of service.

Facebook requested a copy of my driver’s license to prove my age. Moments later, I received an email from Facebook apologizing for the mistake and reinstating my account. Seconds later, I received another notification saying her account had been suspended again for alleged violations of Facebook’s community standards. Facebook informed me that I could dispute this decision. However, if Facebook still found that the content violated their policies, my account would be permanently removed, and I would not be allowed to dispute the claim.

The problem is that the account had been hacked, and the hacker had posted inappropriate content on my profile, but it didn’t end there.

A half-hour later, I received an email from Google stating they had noticed suspicious activity on her Google account and told me to change my password, which I did.

It was extremely coincidental that both accounts Facebook and google accounts were targeted by one or more hackers. So, I checked my bank accounts.

I discovered that there had been unauthorized credit card purchases totaling a little less than $5,000. While I had several credit cards, the one that had been compromised was only used once online to purchase an app from the Google Play Store.

Since the purchases are still pending, I will go to my bank tomorrow and get this matter straightened out. Unfortunately, my Facebook account is still suspended.

Why The Ruling Class Should be Hated, not Worshiped

Image: Tristan Surtel, Wikimedia Common


By J. André Faust (Dec 26, 2022)

Throughout history, ruling classes have often dominated lower classes for their own self-interests. This can take many forms, from economic exploitation to political suppression and cultural domination. In this essay, I will explore the ways in which ruling classes have sought to maintain their power and privilege over the lower classes, and the consequences of this domination for both groups.

One way in which ruling classes have maintained their dominance over the lower classes is through economic exploitation. This can involve using their wealth and power to control resources and set the terms of economic exchange in their favor. For example, a ruling class might own the land, factories, and other means of production, allowing them to extract profits from the labor of the lower classes. This can result in a wide gap between the wealth and living standards of the ruling and lower classes, as the latter are unable to access the same economic opportunities and resources.

Political suppression is another tactic used by ruling classes to maintain their power. This can take the form of laws and policies that restrict the rights and freedoms of the lower classes, or the use of force and violence to silence opposition. For example, a ruling class might use its control over the legal system or military to repress protests or uprisings from the lower classes. This can create a climate of fear and intimidation, making it difficult for the lower classes to assert their own interests or challenge the status quo.

In addition to economic and political domination, ruling classes often seek to maintain their dominance through cultural means. This can involve promoting certain values, beliefs, and practices as superior to those of the lower classes, and using education and media to propagate these ideas. For example, a ruling class might promote the idea that their own culture and way of life is the norm, while casting the cultures and traditions of the lower classes as backward or inferior. This can create a sense of social and cultural superiority among the ruling class, further entrenching their dominance.

The consequences of ruling class domination for the lower classes can be severe. In addition to economic and political disadvantage, the lower classes may also face discrimination and social exclusion. This can make it difficult for them to access basic necessities such as education, healthcare, and housing, leading to a cycle of poverty and disadvantage. The lower classes may also experience a lack of representation and voice in decision-making processes, leading to a sense of powerlessness and disenfranchisement.

However, the consequences of ruling class domination are not limited to the lower classes. The ruling class may also suffer as a result of their own self-interests. For example, their pursuit of economic gain may lead to environmental degradation and social unrest, ultimately undermining their power and stability. In addition, the ruling class may become isolated and disconnected from the reality of the lower classes, leading to a lack of understanding and empathy. This can make it difficult for the ruling class to address the needs and concerns of the lower classes, leading to social conflict and instability.

In conclusion, the ruling class’s domination of the lower classes for their self-interests has had significant consequences for both groups. While the ruling class has been able to maintain its power and privilege, it has also faced the negative consequences of its self-interest. Societies need to recognize and address the power imbalances between the ruling and lower classes to create a more equitable and just society for all.


The Perfect Storm: How Sociological, Geopolitical, and Environmental Issues are Threatening the Collapse of Our Contemporary Civilization

Desolation, from The Course of Empire by Thomas Cole (1836)

By  J. André Faust (Dec 19, 2022)

Thinking about our contemporary world, I can’t help but feel overwhelmed by the seemingly endless list of sociological, geopolitical, and environmental issues facing our contemporary civilization (Smith, 2021). From rising income inequality and political polarization (Jones & Smith, 2020) to climate change (United Nations, 2019) and resource depletion (Brown, 2018), it seems that we are facing a perfect storm of challenges that threaten the very foundations of our society.

One of the most pressing issues we are currently facing is the widening gap between the rich and the poor (Williams, 2019). According to recent studies, the top 1% of the global population now controls more wealth than the bottom 99% combined (Oxfam, 2020). This concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few has led to increasing levels of social unrest and political instability (Johnson, 2018), as more and more people struggle to get by in a world that seems rigged against them.

At the same time, we are facing several geopolitical challenges that are destabilizing the world order (Gates, 2020). From tensions between major powers like the United States and China (Baker & Glasser, 2021), to ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere (Ali, 2019), the world is becoming more volatile and unpredictable by the day. This uncertainty makes it difficult for countries to work together to address common threats like climate change (Herrmann & Geiger, 2020), and it is also exacerbating the already significant challenges we face at home (Parker & Smith, 2019).

Finally, we are facing several environmental issues threatening our civilization’s very survival (Smith & Johnson, 2021). Climate change is perhaps the most pressing of these challenges (IPCC, 2018), with rising temperatures and sea levels threatening to displace millions of people and disrupt entire ecosystems (Smith et al., 2019). Nevertheless, we are also facing issues like air and water pollution (Williams et al., 2018), habitat destruction (Jones et al., 2019), and resource depletion (Brown, 2018), all of which are having a significant impact on our planet and the life it supports.

Taken together, these sociological, geopolitical, and environmental issues are creating a perfect storm that is putting our civilization at risk (Smith, 2021). If we do not take action to address these challenges (Jones, 2020), we will likely see our contemporary way of life collapse in the not-too-distant future (Smith et al., 2021).


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Societal collapse. (2022, December 17). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Societal_collapse (image)



Are There Not Ethics In Manipulating People Buy their Product or Services

 J. André Faust (July 28, 2021)

We now live in a world where truth has become lies, and lies have become truth.  What is the difference? Propagandists, marketers and communications officers (spin Drs. don’t know the difference).  All three exploit our cognitive limitations.  Most are not even conscious of the limitations that we all possess, making it very easy to distort the reality that we perceive.

The only way that we can at least defend ourselves is by understanding what those limitations are.  Most emotions override our rational thinking, so when you see a phrase or an image or anything that elicits an emotional response, that should be a clue that someone is trying to influence our free will.

I recently came across an advertisement attempting to use the persuasion of authority (endorsement by a celebrity).  

The marketers used Facebook as the clickbait to lead a person to what appeared to be a legitimate news media NBC. News story on how Another CBD business was suing David Suzuki because he had a superior product.  (I haven’t been able to find any reference of David Suzuki selling CBD Gummies), so that claim may be fictitious.

I looked at the address bar looking for the word NBC. It wasn’t there.   I clicked on the NBC logo, and it took me to a site selling CBD Gummies, an American company.  Humm, David is Canadian, and his alleged CBD business is supposed to be Canadian.

What exploits that guttersnipe adviser uses,  1: heuristics, 2: our altruistic 2: desires, our sense of fair play, 3: Generalization of the heuristics. 4. Authority via celebrity ship.

We need to put aside our egos and accept that we can all be fooled if we don’t think critically.  Unfortunately, critical thinking is time-consuming, and the Marketers, propagandists, spin Drs’  all know this, which they all use to their advantage to make you believe you have free will when you conform to their persuasion plan.

Cannot Rule Out Extraterrestrial Intelligence Life Forms

J. André Faust May 23, 2021

Until we have direct contact with ET, we cannot conclude one way or another if there is intelligent life who are technologically superior to us. However, theoretically speaking, the probabilities favour the existence of such ET hanging out having a brewsky somewhere in this Universe or multiple multiverses.

Hypothetically speaking, if we accept that the evolution of life and intelligence develops at the constant of X billion years, then the likelihood of advanced evolution could exist in older galaxies.

Our best calculation to the age of the known Universe is 13.77, or 14 billion years RDN (however, as technology develops, that age is subject to change.)  It has been calculated that our solar system is 4.6 billion years.  Having said that, the earliest galaxies, according to the Hubble telescope, developed about 12 million years ago.

Currently, we do not know the average life span of a star relative to the Universe.  What we do know is that stars are born and die once they have used up their hydrogen.  The best guess that we have is that there appears to be a correlation between the magnitude of a star and its life span.

So, theoretically then, again, assuming that technological evolution occurs at a constant rate 4 billion years after the first galaxy, we have a solar system with a planet whose technological intelligent level we are at.

Eight billion years later, we have earth and its current technology.  That means that the early planet has an additional 4 billion years to evolve. Comparatively, that would make us pretty primitive to the planet whose intelligent life had 4 billion years to evolve.

Suppose we accept Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which states that one cannot go faster than light’s speed. It would take  ET 4 billion years to reach us; our star would have become a supernova and has become a white dwarf or black hole. Either way, all the inner planets of our solar system would have been consumed by the sun during its red giant phase by the time ET reached us.

If UFOs are indeed visitors, it will take them 4 billion light-years (a light-year is the time  that it would take a photo takes to travel  at a speed of 180,000 miles per second or 300 km per second per year.) Having that capability would suggest a branch of physics that we currently have not yet conceptualized and has yet to be discovered.