Somewhere to lay my head? Or banned for life?

I used to be a huge fan, and member, and major user, of Airbnb. As recently as October, 2015, when I traveled to Yellowstone from Spokane, WA with 3 others, we had marvelous accommodations from Airbnb, in Red Lodge and Missoula, Mt., and Griggs, Idaho. I have used them in big cities like Seattle, middle cities like Spokane, and tiny towns like Moscow, Idaho. The hosts were all great, and I treated the properties like they were mine. That was then, this is now. I will no longer use Airbnb for any reason. Not because I did not have positive experiences with the hosts nor complaints about accommodations, not because the lodgings were not bargains….they were. But when I travel, I am simply looking for a place to lay my head at night, social credit be damned. I use and to find hotels, because Airbnb has become the Gestapo of accommodations.

From Stephen Green, “Airbnb—a major provider of travel accommodation and tourist activities—bragged in March that it now has more than 6 million listings in its system. That’s why a ban from Airbnb can limit travel options. Airbnb can disable your account for life for any reason it chooses, and it reserves the right to not tell you the reason. The company’s canned message includes the assertion that “This decision is irreversible and will affect any duplicated or future accounts. Please understand that we are not obligated to provide an explanation for the action taken against your account.” The ban can be based on something the host privately tells Airbnb about something they believe you did while staying at their property. Airbnb’s competitors have similar policies.”

Continuing the article: It’s now easy to get banned by Uber, too. Whenever you get out of the car after an Uber ride, the app invites you to rate the driver. What many passengers don’t know is that the driver now also gets an invitation to rate you. Under a new policy announced in May: If your average rating is “significantly below average,” Uber will ban you from the service. Canadian firm PatronScan helps restaurants keep digital track of their customers, so you might want to remove that MAGA hat before coming into view of any security cameras. In New York, the state’s Department of Financial Services has given the A-OK to insurance companies scanning your social media for bad behavior, with higher premiums for anyone flaunting their naughtiness. On the flip side, “a Facebook post showing you doing yoga might save you money. Android (Google) is ‘free, with the operating system powering something like 80% of the world’s mobile devices, but clearly, it isn’t without cost to free-thinking users.”

I have been saying for years now and the latest pronouncements merely underscore my concern: Perfectionist Progressives (i.e. left-leaning and leftist liberals) are the true totalitarians. They are possessed by the Spirit of Totalitarianism, which distorts their concern for others into the need to control how others think, what they say, even what they believe. It doesn’t matter whether they are technocrats—Google hypocrites saying “don’t be evil” while the embodiment of it—or politicians, or media hacks, or ultra-privileged tenured college profs, controlling others is their spiritual food. It follows then, that they hate, more than anything else, someone who is not cowed, who doesn’t fear their censure nor covet their good opinion, anyone they can’t control or back down. Such a person is doubly dangerous when he or she is in a position of influence, the more influential the greater the threat. If you accept my 1st proposition that PPs are control freaks, then my 2nd, that their enemies are those they can’t control follows, and my 3rd, that more influence makes a more dangerous enemy, is practically a given. Who has more influence than the president of the United States? Yet who’s less subject to being popular with the “intelligentsia”? Donald Trump fulfills the criteria. Perhaps that’s why the NY Times has torched their editorial integrity in favor of the 1619 narrative.

Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

2 thoughts on “Somewhere to lay my head? Or banned for life?”

  1. You’re right to be concerned and sounding the whistle on these tactics. On the bright side, you are not alone, there are thousands of others who see it too, who see the potential for control and abuse, for a totalitarian mindset.


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