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Internet Censorship is Now Rampant — It is High Time to Bookmark Your Alternatives

The New Censorship

With every passing week, we are seeing growing censorship of the Internet. The key  mass media phrase of 2016 and 2017  has been “Fake News.” But much of what  is being called fake news isn’t, while much of what the mainstream media is pushing is indeed what is “fake.” Meanwhile, The Powers That Be are enforcing their view of “Community Standards” [1] to quash free speech [2]. I won’t re-hash this with a huge laundry list of particular incidents, because they are too numerous and have been well-documented. Rather, I will suffice with just a few summaries:

Some Alternatives

Despite all of this depressing news, there are now some great alternatives springing up.

  1. For your web searching, dump Google!  Not only is it now horribly biased, but it keeps a log of all of your search phrases for a very long time.  Instead, I recommend using ixquick, also known as StartPage [16]. It is less biased, and also promises to keep no search phrase histories. To always remember to use it,  I recommend that you re-assign ixQuick as your browser’s default search engine.
  2. To remove one more revenue stream from the ravenous Google octopus, I recommend ditching gmail and instead getting an e-mail account at Reagan.com [17].
  3. For social media, instead of Twitter, Facebook, 4chan, et cetera, I would recommend that you bookmark GAB [18].
  4. For viewing video blogs (vlogs) from firearms enthusiasts, I recommend that you begin to ignore YouTube and Vimeo. Instead, bookmark sites like full30.com [19] and theguncollective.com [20].
  5. For all other videos, remember that ixquick [16] has top-left corner buttons marked “Web”,  “Images”, and “Videos”.  Searching under “Videos” there, you can avoid the overt bias of YouTube’s search box. The results will be all over the Internet–not just on YouTube. Just be forewarned that some the search results might direct you video sites that also include p*rn videos.
  6. Stop depending on social media to keep track of news! Their “news” selections are skewed and filtered. Instead, bookmark news aggregation sites that match your worldview.  Some of my favorites are TheDrudgeReport [21], NewsMax [22], WorldNetDaily [23], and Yer Ol’ Woodpile Report [24].  BTW, you will also find lots of news pertinent to preppers and survivalists aggregated in the daily columns here at SurvivalBlog.
  7. Instead of Snopes.com [13], factcheck.org [14], and politifact.com [15] –all leftwardly biased. I recently heard about a conservative alternative –at least for current events news–called NewsBusters [25], but I haven’t yet delved into it.
  8. Instead of Wikipedia, use Conservapedia [26] and InfoGalactic [27]. (The latter is an intentionally unbiased “branch” of Wikipedia.)
  9. In general, you should subscribe directly to your favorite web sites/pages/blogs/vlogs/podcasts. But some sites don’t have a subscription feature.  (We don’t, to preserve your privacy.) For those, simply bookmark them and put them in your browser’s top bar buttons. I may be biased, I’d prefer it if you made SurvivalBlog.com your browser Home Page.


In conclusion, I should clarify that America has not yet reached the stage of The Great Firewall of China [28] (or that of the new GreatWallLite [29]). But it is clearly moving in that direction. Censorship can concurrently be both overt and subtle.  Do your best to work around it. That way you will be seeing all the news out there–not just a filtered subset of the news.  The Mark Zuckerbergs of the world want to treat the Internet like an enormous mushroom farm.  That is, they want to keep us in the dark and feed us manure.  Don’t let them succeed.

It is high time to take some prudent countermeasures by at least bookmarking some alternative sites. And what if things eventually get worse? Be ready. Start practicing with using a VPN account [30], and install a darknet browsing tool, such as The Onion Router (Tor.) [31]

Unless you are proactive about avoiding censorship then you may become the victim of it, possibly without even realizing it. Stop being treated like a mushroom!- JWR



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#1 Comment By mack On October 26, 2017 @ 9:53 am

Looking for a free VPN service that is good to use at least with 1GB of data per month. Any suggestions? Thank you.

#2 Comment By david On October 26, 2017 @ 10:59 am

In #9 above, you comment that Survival Blog does not have a subscription feature to preserve readers’ privacy, and you suggest bookmarking. The problem with bookmarking is when you’re trying to scan thru ~400 news sources per day. Another alternative is to use an RSS feed reader, like feedly, which is how I got to this post today.

#3 Comment By Joe On October 26, 2017 @ 11:20 am

Thank you sir This old non techy definitely needed this info

#4 Comment By BC On October 26, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

Thanks for your suggestions for dumping Google. I would like to comment on Reagan email. I’ve had it for several years and am not happy with its function, especially on my IPhone. There is a hefty $40/year charge and for that, you’d think they would be able to improve the email.

#5 Comment By zelmer On October 26, 2017 @ 3:04 pm

Another possibility for email is GMX.us. I haven’t used it much but it is free (they send an occasional ad email about once a week).

#6 Comment By RJT On October 26, 2017 @ 1:31 pm

The fault of liberalism is that it constructs a cruel fantasy divorced from reality that they insist on enforcing upon all.

#7 Comment By Beautiful Pearl On October 26, 2017 @ 2:03 pm

on a report today about tyra patterson the news reported she made a 911 call in 1994 years before september 11, 2001 and years before 911 existed. Just the facts mame just the facts.

#8 Comment By Hugh James Latimer On October 26, 2017 @ 3:25 pm

911 has existed in some form long before 1994. I can remember 911 being advertised in the local phone book clear back in the 70s. What is different is that there generally was no location information tagged to the call (enhanced 911 or e911) and the call centers were not unified. Sometimes the call was redirected to the police or the sheriff, sometimes to the fire department and sometimes to a specific call center. Nor were the calls always recorded.

#9 Comment By Beautiful Pearl On October 26, 2017 @ 4:16 pm

I guess my point is that on September 11, 2001 I remember that morning so well because it was such a beautiful fall morning and no one ever thought that 9-11-01 was anything more than something that would end in football games at the end of the week. 9-11 was not connected to disaster. Even though my point is small the media should not have said incorrectly said this. Thank you for your wise comment.

#10 Comment By Anonymous On October 26, 2017 @ 9:57 pm

I was working for the police department back in 86 or 87 when we got E911 with location information. So it’s been around longer than that.

#11 Comment By Ned2 On October 26, 2017 @ 3:34 pm

For a search engine, try duckduckgo dot com.
Completely private, no spam, too many benefits to list.

#12 Comment By captsnwife On October 27, 2017 @ 1:05 am

Yes. I’ve moved away from Startmail/Ixquick because their search results are drawn from Google. Google does not see you searching because of Startmail’s proxy walls, but Startmail’s search results are just as biased because of their use of Google. I find DuckDuckGo better and more varied search results.

#13 Comment By Rooster On October 26, 2017 @ 3:36 pm

ProtonMail and ProtonVPN are two encrypted services that offer a max amount of protection and are free (for the basic services). DuckDuckGo is also a search engine alternative that is accessible from government computers (since ixquick is not). My two pennies.

#14 Comment By Jesse Davis On October 26, 2017 @ 5:46 pm

I use DuckDuckGo for my search engine, Proton mail for encrypted email, and IP Vanish for my VPN service. I deleted my FB account and stay away from Google. When I do use Google Maps I am not signed in, so it does not know it’s me.

#15 Comment By Mallet On October 26, 2017 @ 6:52 pm

Also…”Internet for people, not profit — Mozilla
Did you know? Mozilla — the maker of Firefox — fights to keep the Internet a global public resource, open and accessible to all.”

#16 Comment By Deplorable B Woodman On October 26, 2017 @ 7:10 pm

Other conservative sites for news. I have capitalized to break up the sites into more easily remembered words:
AmericanThinker dot com (EXCELLENT site! Cannot recommend highly enough)
TownHall dot com
IOTWReport dot com (I Own The World – news with a snarky twist and humor)
ThisAintHell dot us (military related)
Pigazette dot com (more snark)
WesternRifleShooters dot WordPress dot com (very hard right, not to be confused with AltRight)

I am currently using DuckDuckGo as my search engine, and Bravo as my browser

#17 Comment By Sheepdog and Son On October 26, 2017 @ 9:09 pm

As a message to the readers: I had been using briefly “Ghostery” as a search engine (thanks to another reader). “Ghostery” is a search engine that allows you to see the names of the “trackers” Imbedded in a website.
These “trackers” provide information to third party sites. This information provides these sites with a person’s browsing habits to create an individual profile of the user. This is most commonly used for marketing practices.
However it is not clear who these third party sites truly are.
A person’s browsing habits are stored and sold to the highest bidder. This becomes an existential threat if the laws of the land enact new censorship laws. This is especially worrisome if the laws are retroactive.
This has already happened with the DOJ soliciting information about visitors to the infamous Antifa website.
I am impressed that this website has the least amount of trackers for any survival/prepper oriented website.
By my survey they are 2 I’m bedded, the average of other popular sites are between 18 and 20. This speaks volumes to the integrity of the curators of this site.
I humbly agree that a person should take proper safeguards against such intrusion. Especially considering that once was considered “normal folk”
IE: Christian, heterosexual, gun enthusiasts ; Survival oriented peoples are now being “red flagged” to some degree.
Thank you for your honesty and integrity

As a sidenote, I recently became a fan of Matt Bracken and his work and efforts. Bracken is a former Navy SEAL and now author. He seems like a logical fellow who imbues a great deal of sensibility and at some times humour to his work; his work provides real value for the reader in my humble opinion.
Bracken about 2 days ago was banned for 30 days from Facebook for posting supposedly negative comments.Facebook was one of the tools he used to reach out to those concerned with survival.
Where do we go from here if logical,balanced,sensible people are censored?

#18 Comment By AJ On October 27, 2017 @ 12:19 am

You may want to take a look at Ixquick again!

When you open the page, right next to the search bar. It says Powered by Google.

#19 Comment By captsnwife On October 27, 2017 @ 1:07 am

Startmail just “grabs” from Google. Google cannot see your searches because of Startmail’s proxy wall. However, Startmail DOES reflect the biases of Google, so your search results will be highly censored, like the article says. DuckDuckGo is more like the “old days” of search.

#20 Comment By Anonymous On October 27, 2017 @ 12:59 am

Searched ixquick… the first thing the website says is GOOGLE ENHANCED .. So you’re saying ditch google to go to a google enhanced web site wtf

#21 Comment By captsnwife On October 27, 2017 @ 1:08 am

I use Startmail for email. The only problem I have is that to use a credit card for the subscription (about $5 a month) it forces you to create a new VISA account, which seems to me just another giant target for hackers.

#22 Comment By Charles K. On October 27, 2017 @ 2:28 am

As to Ixquick: It says it is enhanced by google. It also goes on to explain how it works and why it is private.

I use FireFox with a combination of Ghostery and No Scripts. No Scripts can be somewhat difficult as much of what you are looking to read or see on many web sites requires certain scripts to run. If you leave both on full bore, you are not going to read or see very much of what you are looking for. With Ghostery I have seen as many as 70 to 80 trackers on one page. It would be nice to be able to surf without being tracked everywhere you go. With both it is also very difficult to know which scripts or trackers (sometimes the same thing) to turn on so I can read or see what I’m looking for in the first place. With No Scripts if I click to temporarily run all scripts on a page, more scripts show up that also block what I’m trying to read or see. If you’re not careful you could end up turning on 30 or 40 scripts, makes life both difficult and rather disturbing in a creepy sort of way.

Search engines: I have finally switched over to duckduckgo, for now. Planning to play with Ixquick as well to see which is more effective.

Amazon: I used to be an Amazon Associate. I found there was just too many ways for Amazon to avoid actually paying for the sales made by my traffic to them. I’d dump Amazon in a heartbeat for my own purchases if I could find a viable alternative.

Email: Never download your email, always read as webmail. Automatic downloading is just asking for a virus to infect your computer or phone. In the 12 years I have had this computer I have never had an active virus, and Norton has managed to find any dormant or latent viruses that could have infected me but didn’t. Thank God.

No rant today. Have a blessed day folks.

#23 Comment By Mike On October 27, 2017 @ 4:17 am

Please place the entire body of each post in the RSS feed. This was the format several years ago and was much more convenient as the entire post was readable (on PC, phone, etc.) without having to click the link and wait for the entire post to load.

#24 Comment By Hugh James Latimer On October 27, 2017 @ 6:13 am

We’d love to do that. Sadly, the reason the whole body was taken out and replaced with just a synopsis was the blood sucking leeches. Literally hundreds of fly-by-night survival blog types that were nothing more than a gateway to Amazon affiliates were using our content to attract readership in violation of our copyright terms. We fought them for a while and then realized it was a losing battle. Now RSS feeds only have a summary.

#25 Comment By Sandra T. On October 27, 2017 @ 4:41 am

How does all of this work with Mac Book Pro? My search is Safari, and I bookmark my favorite sites.

#26 Comment By MP On November 15, 2017 @ 11:31 pm

I definitely concur with the folks talking about Google results in ixquick. I do use ixquick, but I am aware of the shortcomings–i.e., it shows the same biases as Google. I did a search on “Supreme Court, The 2nd Amendment and the NRA” without the quotes, and the first page was full of hits were all anti-gun articles on sites such as Politico, wikipedia, Slate, etc. intermingled with a handful of NRA or other somewhat pro-gun articles. To be fair, this same mish-mash was presented by other search engines, but still, be very wary. FWIW, it was only by putting quotes around that phrase that I could get the actual article of that title as the first hit.