Anyone who has been targeted online, especially via mainly anonymous users on Google+, will, I am sure, be breathing a sigh of relief over the impending loss of the platform, as announced on Google’s site.
A number of reasons have been offered for this de-platforming, such as ‘low usage’, ‘security vunerabilties’, and ‘challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations’.
Whatever the reason, I for one will not be mourning it’s loss, but am also in no doubt whatsoever, that the abusers, the stalkers, the weirdo’s and the ghouls that are allowed to currently roam free, and cause absolute mayhem on the platform, will migrate elsewhere, and carry on regardless.
‘Shutting down Google+ for consumer (personal) accounts on April 2, 2019
30 January, 2019
In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations.
We want to thank you for being part of Google+ and provide next steps, including how to download your photos and other content.
On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts.
Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your content, just make sure to do so before April. Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.
The process of deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts, Google+ Pages, and Album Archive will take a few months, and content may remain through this time. For example, users may still see parts of their Google+ account via activity log and some consumer Google+ content may remain visible to G Suite users until consumer Google+ is deleted.
As early as February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events….’
‘Ye Sons of the heroes, whose bravery tamed,
The proud-soaring Eagles of Rome;
Ye sons of the patriots, whose ready swords shamed,
The Saeson that threatened your home:
Say what is your Watchword? “It is, and shall be,
We are Sons of the Cymry, we are Sons of the Free.”
When the Norman by treachery entered your land,
Your ancestors rushed from their hills;
Repulsed the invader – then sheathed the red-brand;
The mountain-air Freedom instils!
What then was your Watchword?
“It was, and shall be,
“We are Sons of the Cymry, we are Sons of the Free.”
The Leek is your emblem, and bravely your Sires,
That emblem have borne in each clime;
The thought that inspired them, your hearts yet inspires;
And will to the end of all time!
For what is your Watchword? “It is, and shall be,
“We are Cons of the Cymry, we are sons of the Free.”
Oh! cherish the language your ancestors spoke;
Religion, and Liberty’s tongue!
‘Tis upright, and honest, uncalled by a yoke;
The language the Cymry bards sing!
To you then how sacred, that language should be,
The language of Cymry, the word of the Free!
And never let discord, or cowardice come,
In the seats where your fathers have dwelt;
Oh! never let Fashion, that new-fangled Drum,
Be heard, where the Bard’s strains were felt!
Beware of the Saeson; our Watchword must be,
“We are sons of the Cymry, we are sons of the Free.’
For this first post of 2019, I have decided to write about a couple of things, which, to be honest, were/are of such little significance to me personally, that I have until this point in time, not had cause to give them a moment of serious thought.
However, as they are still being used by those who prefer to dwell in some of the more murkier corners of the www, as a stick, [albeit more of a pathetically thin twig in reality] to try and take swipes at me with, I am going to offer an alternative [and true] version.
As with most things that people read on the interwebs, there is almost always another side to any story, and as is often the case, that other side of the story, although decidedly less shouty, and altogether more measured and rational in it’s telling, is usually overlooked.
This article may also fall victim to that scenario, coming as it does more than a couple of years after the actual events, but what the hell, I am going to write it anyway.
I shall begin by telling you why I finally decided to put this into the public domain, as its as good a place to start as any.
I was sent a link to a blog on or around the 20th December 2018, written by none other than Barbara Hewson on the 13th December , entitled ‘The Devil’s Cleaners – Part 1’, where Ms. Hewson has begun to lay out what, to her mind at least, appears to be every imaginable sleight that has been leveled against her, and two of her associates.
I used to have a modicum of respect for Ms. Hewson, as I felt that she really had some interesting things to say, and on the surface at least, came across as someone who was not easily fooled, and could easily hold her own against anybody.
As a Barrister, I also assumed that she was a highly-intelligent woman, and one not prone to ‘conspiracy-type beliefs’, who was a staunch advocate for those who had been wrongly accused, and was scathing in her many dealings with those she believed made false allegations.
At least that is what I thought.
In the above mentioned ‘The Devil’s Cleaners’, Ms. Hewson has made a number of claims, and in one paragraph she states:
‘Poulton inhabits a criminal milieu. She ran two troll groups on Twitter: one named Troll Patrol in conjunction with her (now former) partner Lee Taylor Ryan, the “Lotto Lag”; and another named Team Outlaw, run in conjunction with Roydon Jones aka Outlaw Jimmy, who has a conviction for malicious communications ….’
You see what I mean about ‘conspiracy-type’ beliefs?
I cannot of course comment about whether her claim about Lee Ryan is true or untrue, but what I can do, is categorically state, that there is not, nor has there ever been, a ‘Team Outlaw’ in any capacity, and especially not in the format that Ms. Hewson states as fact.
That fantasy claim has been doing the rounds online, ever since Sonia Poulton posted a single Tweet in or around 2013, which contained the hashtag #TeamOutlaw, as a response to a few people, myself included, who had taken it upon ourselves to defend her from a group of Twitter bullies.
There never was a ‘Troll Team’ or a ‘Team’ of any type, it was a complete fabrication, concocted by the same group that were harassing and bullying Ms. Poulton on Twitter.
It is a fantasy which ranks alongside the claim(s) that this site is being funded by, and run, by the Greater Manchester Police, and/or the British Security Services – as was recently alleged in a video that appeared on YouTube.
Ms. Hewson’s other claim is correct, however, I do have a conviction for malicious communication, it’s hardly a secret, I have never once denied it, but as Ms. Hewson appears to see it as something that she (and her associates) can use to define what kind of person I am, then you dear reader, are about to be told the real story.
The bizarre set of circumstances that led me to court, and the true details of the trial which handed down that conviction, have never before been made public, there has been an inordinate amount of hearsay, speculation and bullshit of course, but not a single, accurate, and honest account of what actually transpired.
Before I begin to lay that out for you, I will refer back to Ms. Hewson one more time, because even though I did once, as previously stated, have a modicum of respect for her, I remain somewhat puzzled by her behaviour.
I am perplexed by the way that she appears to despise those who make false and vexatious complaints, yet has [metaphorically] jumped headlong into a rather grotesque ménage à trois, with two of the most prolific and vexatious complainants that lurk online.
And I can state that with confidence, as I have been the recipient of a number of those entirely false and vexatious complaints/allegations, three of which, led to two arrests, and one which led to me being questioned under caution.
But that is another story altogether.
The true account of what led to my malicious communications trial, and ultimate conviction, will appear here in due course, and when you have read it, and digested the true facts, it will be your choice entirely as to whether you believe justice was indeed served, or something was really not quite right about the whole thing.