I was a bigger Twitter user than I was Facebook, but I was on both platforms. Like many, I enjoyed a lot of the conveniences and benefits each had to offer. Throughout 2020 things began to change and I eventually reached a point where I decided I needed to pull the plug on both accounts. It was a personal decision based on some issues I had with both companies releasing more and more policies that moved further away from being a platform (where they simply provide the capabilities at one end of the spectrum) to playing a larger role as content moderators (determining what content on their platform was considered appropriate). On the platform side, I loved what both had to offer, but with respect to their playing the role of moderator I found myself becoming more and more disenfranchised by the day. The more the tech giants began to censor content and promote only ideas that aligned with company policy (their way of thinking), the more I realized I needed to leave the platforms so that they couldn’t profit off my usage any longer. I know, I’m just one person so it will not make a noticeable impact, but I feel a lot better knowing I’m not aiding them through my usage of their platforms, a form of consent in my mind.

After leaving, I began to look for alternative options. I found Parler as a Twitter replacement (sort of) but it didn’t meet my needs so I kept looking until I found Gab. Gab is exactly what I was looking for in a Twitter replacement and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you Andrew! I was using Signal for secure messaging but when I discovered Jack’s connections I opted to move to Telegram for secure messaging. Finding a good Facebook alternative has proven more challenging. I tried diaspora and vero, but they were not what I was looking for. Eventually I stumbled upon MeWe and it seems the most promising.

I created a list of things that are important to me:

  1. Who’s in control of the content I see? Am I’m in control of the content I see or is the platform with its secret algorithms. If algorithms are in play, do I have the ability to configure them to my taste (i.e. toggle filters on/off).
  2. Freedoms vs Censorship. Where does the company fall on the spectrum of pure platform vs content moderator? For instance, does it censor content about the origins of the Corona virus or does it inject labels/links about “facts” on a particular topic as it deems appropriate?
  3. Data Privacy. How is my usage data used? Is my privacy important to the company?
  4. Transparency. Are the company policies transparent? Are their practices public? Is the code open source or proprietary?
  5. Reach. A social platform has more value to me the greater the reach. Does it have the potential to reach millions or grow to reach millions?

buy 12 -15 lbs prime brisket

  • Trim excess fat off of the brisket leaving only a thin layer, but save the fat you remove for later use.
  • Prepare Rub
    • 3 Tbsp fresh ground coffee
    • 3 Tbsp sea salt
    • 3 Tbsp coconut sugar
    • 6 tsp smoked paprika
    • 6 tsp ancho chili powder
    • 3 tsp garlic powder
    • 3 tsp onion powder
    • 3 tsp ground cumin
    • 3 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • fully rub seasoning into the meat on all sides

Smoking Instructions:

  • prepare smoker with full hopper of pellets and bring to desired heat (~225)
  • place brisket on the grill fat side down (be sure to use the fat you trimmed off and place under meat to add flavor throughout the cooking process)
  • monitor brisket internal temperature, when it reaches ~165 place in tin tray and pour 1/2 cup of fresh espresso over meat and seal in with top cover plate of foil
  • return brisket to grill, encased in foil, and continue cooking until it reaches ~195
  • Estimate 1 hour per pound but it depends on other factors, so keep an eye on the internal temp always
  • When pulling from grill immediately place in an insulated cooler to keep warm until ready to serve