Is it me, or is technology getting creepy?

It seems that Google / NEST is all about spying on you and whoever wanders by the devices that they are making. Sure they deal with security, but whose? The governments/Google’s, or you?

I just read this and I was disturbed to say the least. These devices used Google’s Face Recognition software / service… Seriously? So now they want to track who is coming and going into my house? Do not evil? Just who is defining evil at Google these days?

I wouldn’t let the government have a peek into my underwear drawer (metaphorically speaking) why would I let some random company? When are people going to wake up? The App Color went under considerable controversy because it left your iPhone’s camera and mic on all of the time. So now we are going to buy a device that will spy on us 24/7 and store that data… Umm where will it store that data? And who has access to it? And can the Feds or State officials get a search order to peruse it? What about hackers? What about hackers getting in and turning your bedroom into an instant internet porn room? Without you knowing, and of the above.

Without privacy there is no Freedom. We are getting closer and closer to just that.

Read here:

Nest Invades your Home… Or the second coming.

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There should be no protections for those committing crimes.

So there is a weird trend in the US court system. It seems that if you are hurt by someone protecting themselves or others that you the criminal can then sue the defender. All I can say is WTF… You have to be kidding. You are committing a crime, your intent is to hurt someone else. Honestly if you survive the defense you should be happy, not suing someone who was either protecting themselves or others.

In a stressful situation is someone who has a gun or a knife aimed at them supposed to consider what is appropriate response? The police get off with this all of the time and they are better equipped and trained than someone in the street. So why should that citizen be held to any standard of what is appropriate response? Seriously? You point a gun at me and I have the means to harm you to protect myself I will. What is wrong with our justice system that a suit like this can even be considered much less heard?

The expenses of the defense are outrageous. That citizen does not have a government backing them etc…

Let’s get real about this. If someone is committing a crime where bodily harm is threatened then whatever response is given that stops that crime should be protected buy the law. Somehow in this country we have lost the right to protect our own property. This is insane.

Please reach out to your representative and ask them to create some protections for defenders.

Wake up and Smell the Coffee…

Starbucks defender to be sued.

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Where are gun crimes really committed?

I ran across this recently. It’s actually very interesting, and informative.


Gun Crime Map Detailed


Enjoy, and make your own assumptions, but base it on real data.

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Do Viruses Deserve Endangered Species Protection?

It’s a fair question.  People worry about cute birds, or tigers, or elephants…  But what about viruses?

They carry genetic material as well, that could very well be useful to us as a species?  Yes they kill and weaken us, but so do Tigers…

Seriously, what if we find out that viruses are crucial to our survival?  But only after we have killed that one off?

Shouldn’t Viruses have the same protections as higher order creatures?

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Threats to US security from the rest of the world.

Make no mistake about it, there is not one country that is truly a friend of the US. Much like a CEO, once you are on the top there are no friends in your world. Sure there are people you get along with (UK, Canada, etc) but more are out for your blood (Russia, China, Middle East, etc).

So why does the US Military still rely on technology from abroad? Why does it allow that technology to become a critical path to our operations or why does it allow that technology to even touch sensitive data or computers or???

The most recent example is the fact that the US Military uses a Russian companies technology to protect it’s computers. Seriously? Isn’t that like letting the fox into the hen house? I mean even from the outside it doesn’t take a genius to see that Russia would like better than nothing for the US to fail or to fall into disrespect or for them to harm the US in anyway they are capable. So what happens? The US Military allows a Russian companies technology to protect it’s computers. Oh yeah, talk about trojan horse. Let’s see the software that they are relying on protecting from virus’s spawned not only by criminals but also by nation states (Russia, cough), to have full access to the very same computers that those virus are targeting.  Kaspersky is a potential threat.

It doesn’t take a security expert or a computer expert to understand that this make little to no sense, and is actually very very dangerous…

Perhaps the US government needs to spend sometime brushing up the laws and rules that govern who you can and cannot buy from. Otherwise we might as well put all of our most secure data on a thumb drive and drop it off at the Russian and Chinese Embassy’s.

Wake UP and Smell the Coffee…

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How can this be?

So apparently Obama was strong on gun control and trying new ways to inflict that control on law abiding citizens etc..

The Republican’s were supposed to be against gun control and trying to make sure that the 2nd amendment stayed free of obstructions.

So how do you balance this PR with the above?

Federal Gun Prosecutions Up 23 Percent After Sessions Memo
07/28/2017 12:00 AM EDT

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that, following the memorandum from Attorney General Sessions to prioritize firearm prosecutions, the number of defendants charged with unlawful possession of a firearm increased nearly 23 percent in the second quarter of 2017 (2,637) from the same time period in 2016 (2,149).

Federal Gun Prosecutions Up 23 Percent After Sessions Memo

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A warning to Amazon and Facebook…

The reason people use the internet is the diversity of the information and what can be found in exploring. You will note I didn’t put Google in here, even though some of their policies are anti small business / website. So if you believe that people go to Facebook to enjoy their friends and learn about what they are doing, you are likely right, I question if they go there to see things that don’t otherwise know about, ie; explore. Do people go to Amazon to find things to buy, for sure, do they go there to see what their friends are doing or to find more things to buy than what they are interested in? Not very likely.

So my warning to both of these companies is. Don’t kill the goose that laid the golden egg. Facebook and Amazon are basically creating war on small websites and alternative ideologies. Amazon’s sucking down ad revenues from Google is one thing. Making sure that your add gets shown alongside a similar product that they are selling is entirely different.

Facebook deciding what’s “correct” for you to see or not, is not very friendly to the openness of the marketplace of ideas out there. For example if you are selling tactical gear Facebook can and has determined that you can not advertise there. Obviously their prerogative, but is it good for the internet as a whole?

I posit to you that if Amazon and Facebook win the majority of the ad dollars as strange as this sounds it will spell the end of the internet as we know it. It increases the chance that the internet becomes a bar and a store, and that’s pretty much it. It’s great that both companies are successful, but they should stop and think about what’s best for the environment they live in, and censorship and competition against your advertisers is not likely best for that marketplace of ideas and interests.

Things continue down this path and the internet becomes a bar and a store, then the interest in that is going to wane and die. That would not be good for Facebook and Amazon. What do they do when their audience gets bored because there are only two places to go on the internet, Facebook and Amazon?

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China investment in the US

So it is my understanding the a US company can not completely own a company in China. Ie; if Google opens a Google China, a Chinese firm or individual needs to own a portion of that entity in order to do business in China. It is my further understanding that the portion owned needs to be 51%.

Given that, why are we allowing Chinese companies to come in and completely buy a US company? OR open an entity in the US that is not 51% owned by a US corporation or individual?

Seems lopsided and another example of our stupid government not understanding business or what’s good for US business.

Meantime we allow Chinese companies to patent and trademark in the US when they have ZERO intention of honoring those agreements that we already have in place.

My question here is why are we allowing this as a nation when they are not allowing us to do so in their country?

Note every country has a right to do as they please. But the US should note that and respond similarly. It’s not like you are starting a war if you simply state. Look you don’t allow US companies to outright own a entity in China, so no Chinese National or Company can do that in the US.

The US reaches out and forces other Countries to do as the US wants them to do in other instances. For example Canada forces US citizens to follow US laws concerning corporate ownership etc even though the rules in Canada for their citizens are not the same. Doesn’t make sense that the US would not reach out and simply apply that strong arming to China as well.

Wake up and Smell the Coffee…

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The Truth will set you free…

So I know many of you watched the debates last night and are still likely digesting what happened.

So let me give you my two cents.

Both Hillary and Trump are not truthful people. Both try to cover up things they have done wrong.

It seems to me that their attitude is admit nothing and deny all. Rather than one of. Acceptance that we are not all perfect, and that mistakes happen, even to the best of us. In fact the best of us admit to mistakes and then work to never go there again.

Give me someone who has learned from their mistakes not someone who continues to deny that which is a mistake.

1. Hillary made at the minimum a HUGE mistake in keeping emails on her private server. What was she thinking, that she could keep them secret from the people she is serving? Had to be because she certainly knew that the Russians and Chinese were hacking our government servers daily for the last several years, years that she was intimately involved with the government at the highest levels. So why not live up to the fact that it was a mistake and that she knew better, but was hoping to keep it a secret…? At least then it goes away as a question in peoples minds and then they can decide for them selves how important that mistake is to them.

2. Trump and his birther comments, and taxes. Really? You can’t just stand up and say, look to the best of my knowledge that the time it was what I thought. Because of my insistence the certificate was produced and I am happy to find out that I was wrong. (NOTE everyone is wrong sometimes) On the taxes, beautiful move on saying he would release them as soon as HIllary releases the 33,000 deleted emails.. 🙂 But he could have put all of that to rest by simply saying, the system is broken and I know better than most how it’s broken and if elected I intend to make changes that will make it harder for those with money to get away with paying nearly no taxes. And further on the comment about his loan for his father? Who really cares? All of our parents have helped us out. Some more than others because they were able to do that. Don’t you think all parents would loan their kids as much money as they could to help them start a business etc..? It’s not a story, yet Trump chooses to make it a story by his rambling nonsensical monologue about it.

So folks, it has NEVER paid to lie. Once you are caught it’s all over. Instead own up to it. Hell even Bill Clinton, eventually owned up to his mistakes and came clean. Likely not totally, but enough to put it all to rest and move on from.

Stop lying. Stop trying to think that “We the People” are as stupid as you seem to think we are. Stop listing to your advisors and actually go out and listen to what the people honestly think and say about you and your competition…

Just Wake up and Smell the Coffee…

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This seems like a very bad idea…

On the order of mixing beer and guns, is the mixing of dodgy water craft and wine…

In case you want to take your life in your own hands, here is where to go:

Get Drunk and Kayak…

Dodgy watercraft and wine... What could go wrong?

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