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When Big Brother is a Blockhead

Updated on June 15, 2011

Frustrations abound

Lordy, Lordy, Lordy!  I am so frustrated I can spit.  You know you are living in an alternatively governed country when your internet access is affected.  At the moment, in the country where I reside, I can't mention the name as Big Brother is listening in, Twitter, Virtual Tree friends, Blogger, Wordpress and other Nings are being blocked.  This means one can't give status updates and update one's blog which is all very very very very frustrating.  Facebook works intermittently and You Tube has been blocked for over a month now. 

Being very cunning, many of us accessed Youtube and other blocked sites by using different proxies which are freely available on the internet.  So, if you have a Big Brother at your workplace who blocks staff from accessing personal emails, Facebook, Hubpages and other fun sites, you can continue to access them through these Proxies.  Unfortunately, our Big Brother must have been chatting to that old man who came up with all the wise sayings we like to quote from time to time.  Many of the proxies we use to bypass this are also now being blocked. 

It's getting very difficult to get images off the internet as 70% of the time images are blocked.  So, the hub I was going to do to commemorate the anniversary of the T Square incident in the capital city some years ago when people were driven over by large vehicles with tracks instead of wheels, is a no-no I'm afraid, as Big Brother is being a blockhead and has blocked all access to anything related to the T square incident.  Honestly, what happened to freedom of press, speech and access to websites on the internet.

So, if you are wondering why I have not been active on Twitter, or checking out your excellent videos on Youtube, or updating my blog, or replying to you on Virtually Happy Tree Friends, it is because Big Brother has deemed them to be inappropriate sites at this time.  I might just read something I shouldn't and be intellectually impaired and damaged for the rest of my life.  It is nothing personal I have against you and I am not deliberately ignoring you.  It is completely out of my control.

I better stop before the marching boots arrive to carry me away.  If you do wish to leave a comment, please be so kind as to refrain from using the terms used for describing the particular form of government that loves being a Big Brother, and please please please do not mention the name of the country I reside in.  I'd hate for Big Brother to be an even bigger blockhead and block Hubpages for my inappropriate content!

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    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Just a few things, Paper Moon, think people know about already, but which needs exposing a little more.

    • Paper Moon profile image

      Paper Moon 

      9 years ago from In the clouds

      @ Delores- there is more of a link than one would think.

      Cindy- I can not wait for you to cook and spill the beans.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Definitely Dolores, definitely some stuff happening here that needs to be made known.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Cindy, it must be difficult to write what's on your mind when you have to be so conscious of whether it will be trashed or not. The whole world is headed that way, only here in the US, it's the corporations in charge. n 1983, 50 corporations were in charge of the media. Now it's down to 6. Think that puts a crimp in what we hear?

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      lol TOF think you are so right!

    • The Old Firm profile image

      The Old Firm 

      9 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      LondonGirl: Oh sod, your mums younger than me.

      Cindy: Hey, really it's not so bad. You can drink, travel, earn money as a visitor, live within your income, and within surprisingly broad limits express your opinions. As long as you're not overtly a pain, and using the circumspection required of any bureaucracy, being it c.. or d.. you most likely have few more constraints than Yarpieland or Godzone. - and the monitoring possibly is less covert than those are which we in the out-flung areas of the Empire suffer under the guise of capitalism.

      When you get home, don't expect it all to be sweetness and light, Nasty little drips are the same the world over, and they'll make arseholes of themselves to the limit (and beyond) of they're public position and tiny mentalities. Mostly for personal gain.

      (Gee, don't I pontificate?)

      Cheers, TOF

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      am nearly out....

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      Am I dead, yet? 

      9 years ago

      Hurry out of there, Cindy, before you are blocked in as well. Be safe.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Seriously LG, can't wait now. Have just downloaded all my music onto a portable hard drive and given away all my cds.

    • LondonGirl profile image

      LondonGirl 

      9 years ago from London

      Fantastic hub - not long now until you move continents!

    • LondonGirl profile image

      LondonGirl 

      9 years ago from London

      "All students show strange behaviour, it comes with the territory. I know, I am one. (As well as qualifying for a pensioner discount!)"

      My mother, too. She is 61, and has her free bus pass, and also her student card, as she's doing a post-grad course in music.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Yep Tatjana, am almost out!

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile image

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      OMG!!!! Wishing you all the best...cannot wait your new hubs, after your departure from there.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Yes Christoph, mayn interesting stuff will flow from my pen in about 3 weeks time!

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      Artisan Walker 

      9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      My sympathies for living in a communist country. I've heard about this, and even wrote up a little news bite about on Numerous Fragments. My hopes for your quick freedom are with you.

    • Christoph Reilly profile image

      Christoph Reilly 

      9 years ago from St. Louis

      Ah, all is explained. I remember a few years back, when Google - a staunch supporter of (the f word, rhymes with geedom) on the Internet, agreed with a particular gov't to help them block certain items, imagery and words. One of these words was de - mah - crah - see. Naturally, there was an international uproar, and just as naturally, nothing was done about it.

      Reh - voh - loo - shun!

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Thanks PM, BB missed the cunningly disguised cupcakes!

    • Paper Moon profile image

      Paper Moon 

      9 years ago from In the clouds

      I just hope that you can view it.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Ah, an honest man!

    • Paper Moon profile image

      Paper Moon 

      9 years ago from In the clouds

      LOL, if she did, I probably deserved it.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Thank you kindly Paper Moon! I hope the good wife hasn't shown any more virtual plates at you!

    • Paper Moon profile image

      Paper Moon 

      9 years ago from In the clouds

      I will post the visuals in your honor.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Ok ta muchly, will do!

    • The Old Firm profile image

      The Old Firm 

      9 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      Yup, check out his fishing hub for a clue. Cheers.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Hey TOF, aren't you impressed with this Jaapies knowledge of NZ? lol

    • The Old Firm profile image

      The Old Firm 

      9 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      Taihape is certainly a contender, I'll check it out.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Ah TOF, what about Taihape? I actually been thinking about Arrowtown in the South Island.

    • The Old Firm profile image

      The Old Firm 

      9 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      Stuffed if I know Cindy. The description pretty well fits Mangakino, but the rivers wrong, Mangakino's on a bend in a hydro lake. Putaruru is a contender, but not close enough to the mountains either. I'm still working on it. Near and south of Hamilton with a piddly little mountain nearby people run around.Sounds like carrot country.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Hmmmmmm so I was sworn to secrecy by those intelligence people, but as I no longer luve there....Hey, where do you reckon Bumble Town is?

    • The Old Firm profile image

      The Old Firm 

      9 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      Poor vision? -Oh, PLANE specs, I see.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      lol TOF, but this students was alarmingly strange, we were across the road from the US Consulate, and this students bunked classes to make a trip to Hamilton, to get some plane specs...

    • The Old Firm profile image

      The Old Firm 

      9 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      All students show strange behaviour, it comes with the territory. I know, I am one. (As well as qualifying for a pensioner discount!)

      Confusing, aint it?

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Yeah, had the visit after the 9/11 thing because I'd had a Saudi student in my class who'd shown strange behaviour and then disappeared two days before 9/11

    • The Old Firm profile image

      The Old Firm 

      9 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      More likely The Intelligence Service, Cindy. That's a different bunch. - internal security I think. Mine was external, more Time/Newsweek stuff, with a service leaning. A total waste of time. I resigned.

      (I deleted my first reply, too many key words)

      Cheers, TOF

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Hey OF, when I lived in NZ I had the Service Intelligence visit me at work to interview me!

    • The Old Firm profile image

      The Old Firm 

      9 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      I used to be in Service Intelligence (briefly) Cindy. Now there's an oxymoron!

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Lol TOF you'd make a brilliant James Bond with all the code lingo and double-speak!

    • The Old Firm profile image

      The Old Firm 

      9 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      Hi Cindy, does this make b.p. an enema of the people, and m.a.d. public enema # 2? BB gets up my nose too, than God that's at the other end. I understand from our news that he's gone into the umbrella business, which was also an old cure for applause (clap).

      Love and kisses, TOF

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      I can make a special certificate with a gold star on it, so everybody will know your achievement.

    • blondepoet profile image

      blondepoet 

      9 years ago from australia

      Awww thanks can you put my name on it too Cindy so when I hang it up my visitors will know it is for me

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      I'll definitely design you a goldstar and email it to you BP!

    • blondepoet profile image

      blondepoet 

      9 years ago from australia

      I am sure I read all 30hubs, do I get a gold star Cindy for my super effort?

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      lol Notorious, could be....could be....

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      notorious_HAI 

      9 years ago

      Wonder if it's the same BB at my old workplace....ALL our emails were monitored. No wonder they had to make revenue generators redundant...they spent all their time and money on monitoring our emails.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Yeah Teresa, strange, not a word was mentioned by our local staff about the incident, and tge one that works wuth me said a while ago the first time she ever heard of the incident, was when she started teaching at our school.

      MAD, sometimes I worry about you

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      men are dorks 

      9 years ago from Namibia

      I'll help administring Laughing mom's enema

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Have been watching some of the news, relating to this past event, today for the 20 years on etc. Sad to see. Take care

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      Sheila 

      9 years ago from The Other Bangor

      You still have made this a good tribute to the folk who were there then (vague enough!?) thanks.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Sixty, I love gluwein!

      Jerilee, you serious? The US is heading that way?

    • Jerilee Wei profile image

      Jerilee Wei 

      9 years ago from United States

      Sadly, the US is headed in that same direction, sadly mostly because most aren't even aware, let alone alarmed. The future should be interesting.

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      Clive Fagan 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Great event that but it is always around this time of year and it can get really cold there! But the Gluwein is good!

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Alek, it is most annoying when you are blocked from finding certain images.

      Sixty, thanks so much, was last on virtual tree over a week ago so have lost touch. Hey Sixty, see I kept our flag flying high and did a hub on the Grahamstown Festival.

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      Clive Fagan 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Cindy feel free to leave comments you want posted on one of my hubs and i wiil update virtual tree 4 u. if you wish.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks Cindy for explaining all this. I had no idea it was so bad. Really puts a cramp in your writing style! especially the graphics thing......that would bother me a lot. I integrate graphics into just about everything I write.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      CC, BP and Ivorwen, you don't have to feel sorry for me, at least I have a laptop, food in my belly, roof over my head and cable TV! AndI can still type up hubs and publish them here. It's just that access to certain things are restricted at the moment! And really, in the big scheme of things it's a luxury. How spoiled we are, twenty years ago we didn't have the internet and no I throw a tantrum when BB blocks stuff! lol I should get a life!

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      Ivorwen 

      9 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      So sorry, Cindy.

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      blondepoet 

      9 years ago from australia

      That really sucks I would hate that to happen to me all the restrictions, blooming control freaks.

      Sure I will make an enema what type,I will whip some up.

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      ralwus 

      9 years ago

      BB will never change. Obama will let this pass too as they always do along with the UN. Well, I just deleted a whole coment for fear of those boots marching in on you, so I will now clam up, knowing in 20 some days or so we will learn much more from you.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Hawkesdream, it's driving me crazy!

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      Hawkesdream 

      9 years ago from Cornwall

      It has even been reported on our news here, do understand, totally sucks.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Agree MM, will get BP to design one. She has a thing about enemas. Ask Sufi

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      BB needs a big old enema!

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      FP and Diana, only twenty days left here!

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      Feline Prophet 

      9 years ago

      Well look at the bright side...you'll be outta there soon! :)

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      dianacharles 

      9 years ago from India

      That really sucks...but you should be out of there soon to new, unconquered territories.

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      lol Candie!

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      Candie V 

      9 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Janetta is a pro!! She knows just the thing to unblock even the baddest of the baddies! She's kinda like a loveable pittbull, in an excellent hat!

    • cindyvine profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Eovery, Gypsy, John, Raider, when I leave there will be a few interesting hubs about interesting stuff from this interesting place

      JJ, thanks a lot as some people have sent me private messages which I can't read or reply to on that

      Janetta, tongue sticking out does make it seem better lol

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      raiderfan 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      not cool.

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      Janetta 

      9 years ago

      well that just stinks. humph. I have crossed my arms and am glaring in protest of the BB and his blockages. Now I am sticking out my tongue at BB. Hopefully now he will do some unblocking. Hope I haven't inadvertently caused him to block more because he seems like an ornery old coot who would do that sort of thing...Seriously, though--hope that ends for you soon. That is certainly not ok. :(

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      John Z 

      9 years ago from Midwest

      thanks for this. have read quite a lot on this recently and it helps to focus it for me. good luck

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      Pachuca213 

      9 years ago

      I am glad you wrote this...I did start a Blog about it on VFT and let everyone know what was happening...for you.=)

    • Gypsy Willow profile image

      Gypsy Willow 

      9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Sad turn of events. Interesting hub

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      eovery 

      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Let us know all the secrets around this stuff, because we will be like that in the good all USA before the end of the next eight years.

      Keep on HUbbing!

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