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I think the Woke Left will win, certainly in the short run but possibly for the very long run as well.

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I really look forward to the Live Not By Lies documentary being made (and provided financial support). Just like the book, it will be an excellent vehicle to tell the important stories of Kamila Bendova and other people with real world experiences under communism and totalitarianism .

My concern is many people that need to hear these stories will not watch the documentary, or read the book because the premise goes against their ingrained (indoctrinated) beliefs. Hopefully enough people in the middle and with open minds will do so.

Here's a current example of the indoctrination that's happening on college campuses. This link is for next weekend's "Join the Communists" event near the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. https://alphanews.org/join-the-communists-minneapolis-to-play-host-to-marxist-school/

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I needed the words of your heroine back in 2003 when I dreamed of a thingamajig that could keep my schedule, make a phone call and take a photo... or back in 2009 when a king lost friend talked me into this wonderful thing called Facebook that would help us stay connected. Lord have mercy.

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And I needed the Benedict option sooner than I got it ;)

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"I mention to her that tens of millions of Americans have installed in their houses so-called “smart speakers” that monitor conversations for the sake of making domestic life more convenient. Kamila visibly recoils. The appalled look on her face telegraphs a clear message: How can Americans be so gullible?"

In capitalist America, you watch TV.

In Soviet Russia, TV watches you!

Of course TV (and phones, smart speakers, computers etc.) also watch you in America now. The double reversal of the Soviet Russia reversal joke is pretty much complete.

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Facebook probably rejected because of the violent imagery. Hope you can take the same sentiments and find an image where a foe is vanquished without depicting physical assault. BTW I am not saying that their decision was reasonable but I have had some memes and cartoons rejected for similar reasons.

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Not crazy about the memes (granted, subtlety is dead everywhere) but I think you/the studio may be able to appeal successfully; I’ve heard of that happening when someone with some prominence pushes back and the social media company can’t come up with a plausible reason to back what was probably an algorithm’s decision.

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Why won't Facebook allow ads to be bought for the movie version of Living Not By Lies? If memory serves, several years ago FB began to employ CCP censors to enhance its screening processes. That may be why.

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Clicking my search bar no longer results in Substack being listed in my "Frequently Visited" list. I still get Netflix although I haven't been subscribed for months. It's google of course.

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Kamila Banda fought the great fight probably knowing her views wouldn't win in her lifetime. Yet she won. That's why we have to fight the powers that be. We might win eventually.

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If the memes supported Devil worship or the occult, no matter how hideous — I'm sure they would pass.

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Support can’t be done from Canada?

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I also don’t love the marketing images. How about a photo like the guy at the Nazi rally (I think it was a Nazi rally) with his hands in his pockets while everyone else is giving the Nazi salute?

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Although like most Americans I have a smart phone, I am NOT getting a Google Assistant or Alexa. If it answers right away, it’s listening to you. Employees of Google, etc. have admitted to listening to people’s conversations for fun. My life is pretty plain vanilla but it’s way too Big Brother for me. I’ll turn on my own lights & pick my own music, thank you.

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I'm the person who usually skips over pictures in a book, and... I was a little confused by the meme attempts, thought the one was fairly gruesome, and skipped over them without figuring out what they're supposed to say. The reason why a lot of memes work is because they are eye-catching, so fairly bright, and the meaning is immediately apparent. As others have said, FB probably inadvertently did you a favor here.

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This is "kind of" off topic but certainly related to responding to totalitarianism.

Second day back in Budapest for me - In the past I've said her how people in Budapest are so often friendly, helpful and kind.

I went to a hummus restaurant (across from A Table on Weselenyi) and noticed the guy who helped me - turned out to be the manager - kind of "glowed" because he was so especially kind, helpful and friendly when he spoke to people, even more than usual here, which is saying something. People left smiling after he spoke with them.

We got into a conversation when he brought the check. About his brother maybe going to live in Clearwater, Florida where I grew up, about how he might want to go there so he could wear the kippah (didn't ask....people dressed as traditional Jews are in the street here in the Jewish quarter where I'm staying, but he probably meant everywhere in town?....) but anyway....

One turn of the conversation led to another - we talked about how people treat each other - and he said "Do you know Elie Wisel?" and I said yes, and he said Elie Wisel was his great-uncle, yep, his grandfather was the brother of Elie Wiesel.

I sputtered, literally shed a tear, and what came out first was "I'm trying not to bow down, which would be very wrong".

We went on to talk about how he tries to treat people, how he hopes maybe, just maybe he can make their day a little better. I can return to the cafe regularly and talk to Ronnie Wiesel.

This is Budapest.

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