A few months ago I decided to join yahoo.com’s, ‘Answers’ forum. In particular I was interested in fielding questions in the, ‘hunting’ (and, ‘firearms’) section. So, ...... even though past experience has taught me to despise yahoo.com; and, I suspected (Rightly, as things turned out!) that Yahoo would, somehow, abuse my personal information, I went ahead and gave Yahoo the phone number they demanded. Voilà, then, for the first time in 6 or 7 years I was a member again! Now under another one of my usual online, ‘noms de plume’ I began answering questions on guns and hunting in their, ‘Answers’ forum. Well, wouldn’t you know! ....... Guess what happened, next? First, I met all of the onsite, ‘piss around the tree’ gun forum regulars; and, then, I began getting mysteriously, ‘down voted’ by other board members who, I could easily tell were no better than hobbyists, and barely knew which end of the gun a bullet comes out of! It wasn’t too bad, though. I know how to handle myself online; and my, ‘feathers’ aren’t easily ruffled. (I, also, like to think that this old man was able to genuinely help some of the youngsters out with, what I’ll admit, were some really stupid questions; but, when a person is my age, I think this is one of the more useful things to do. So, overall, I felt good about the whole Yahoo, ‘Answers’ experience!) Then — THEN — in answer to a young ‘un who needed help preparing a school research paper on, ‘Why people should not own guns’ I wrote this reply: What happened, next? Well, right now, I’m sort of locked out of Yahoo Answers’, ‘Hunting Forum’. I say, ‘sort of’ because I can still sign in; but, the title page never changes! The only thing I see — all of the time — is the same old questions that I’ve been looking at, now, for the past week. Just like the mainstream news media’s, ‘Fake News’ Yahoo’s point-of-view and political message remain the same; and, nothing ever changes! It was bad enough when, every now and then, Yahoo wouldn’t allow my (I think!) insightful gun-orientated replies to appear on screen; but, now, I’m not even able to read any of the new questions! (Yahoo has this amazing ability to censor and leave invisible online any reply that doesn’t meet their narrow, 100% politically correct guidelines; and the Yahoo, ‘Thought Police’ always have the final word on what either does, or does not get published on any of their forums.) Not that I particularly care because, deep down inside, I really don’t; but, more and more of late, I’m beginning to feel like some sort of an Orwellian, ‘lost soul’ — A real, ‘Winston Smith’ if you’re able to understand what I’m talking about! When I was young I used to genuinely like people; but, now that I'm old, (Gasp!) I’ve begun to believe that humanity, as a species, is thoroughly duplicitous, self-serving, and inherently self-destructive! Even worse, there is absolutely, positively, and utterly no hope, whatsoever, for mankind NOT to ultimately destroy itself along with numerous other species of life on this planet — Earth is well on its way to becoming another desolate, ruined, and god-forsaken planet Mars! If it doesn’t happen today, if it doesn't happen next week, or next month, or even next year, all you’ve got to do is wait. ‘Why?’ Because the final result of all these horrible intellectual distortions is already out there in, ‘the ether’ waiting to occur; and the outcome is already both a physical, as well as a spiritual foregone conclusion. Just as the Book Of Matthew has prophesied, ‘For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time; no, nor ever shall be again. And except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved; but, for the elect’s sake, those days shall be shortened.’ (Matthew 24:21-22) As for Yahoo’s, surreptitious, ‘Thought Police’? Well, ....... to paraphrase Hubert H. Humphrey: ‘The first sign of political tyranny, of intellectual dogma, is a demonstrable unwillingness on the listener’s part to stop a moment, stand still, and consider.’ My Yahoo, ‘Answers’ account became unresponsive, intellectually dysfunctional, and academically inert NOT because I was saying things that were either untrue, or demonstrably incorrect; but, instead, because what I had to say either made a few of the old time forum regulars (internet gun forum, ‘experts’) look silly, or else my remarks were so politically intolerable and offensive to Yahoo’s general anti-Second Amendment political position that, YAHOO WOULD NOT ALLOW ME TO SAY ANOTHER WORD ABOUT EITHER GUNS, OR HOW TO USE THEM WELL! Which, I will admit, might be great technical information to keep away from criminals; (Like they’re not able to find it elsewhere, though — Yes!) but, on the other (and, I think, more important) hand, honest law-abiding people need to know how to defend themselves properly with a gun even more than criminals do! You know, I used to believe in other people; I used to trust them, too; and I used to believe in the intellectual freedom and inherent worth of the worldwide web, as well; but, nowadays, all of that quixotic idealism has just melted away like an ice cream cone thrown into a volcano. However, (and as I've, somewhat, sadly been forced to learn) a volcano is definitely the wrong place to hold your next ice cream party! Trying to, 'eat ice cream in hell' didn't work for Sancho Panza; and it hasn't worked for me, either!