Tag Archives: Government

Privacy Concerns

Just read an article about a Congressman trying to hype privacy concerns in regards to the upcoming Congressional questioning of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. I had to laugh.

Why, you ask?

Privacy in America, let alone in the world is a joke. How do you think the Junk Mail industry got started? How do you think Credit Cards got off the ground so fast?

You go to the store and you buy something and then when you get home and turn on your desktop computer and start looking at you social media page and there it is an ad for what you just bought, but it was cheaper next door to the store you just came from. How did this start you ask yourself.

Way back when it was implied in those old comic books where you just had to buy that toy through the mail. The person or company got your name and address from when you bought the item. From that item they were able to assign some values like age, gender, and what you may like. Then someone came along and paid him for that information. Then turned around and convince some other company that you may become a customer to them if they would pay for him to send you these advertisements to you. BINGO! You are now on a list to get JUNK MAIL!

The same thing happens today, just at the speed of electrons. Remember all that fine print that you just browse over? Yep. That’s it. You just agreed to all of that, when you clicked.

Even when you get a new smart phone you have already passed over most of the legalize fine print and signed for it. Sometimes you may think you have optioned out of certain aspects but they come back to the fine print when you bought your smart phone or other items. Most option outs start at the time you option out. They already have your information.

Did these companies and organizations take advantage of you while covering their backsides? Probably. We are not all lawyers, or big corporations, we are just regular citizens trying to make it through the day.

You keep hearing about all these data breaches, but after a week or two you hear nothing more. If your information was part of the breach, the company involved will usually send you a notice that your data may have been exposed and they offer you a year free monitoring service to watch for misuse of your data.  That is like hiring an armed guard to watch your house and notify you if someone tries to get in.  The armed guard will only watch your house, not stop someone from entering and doing what they will.  They will not protect you from the loss.  There needs to be updates through the media about these breaches that hold these people responsible.  There are some companies that will help you recover any loss due to a data breach but you have to pay for that service.

If there is anything to come about all these known data breaches it will probably be buried to cover a company’s bottom line.

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The Truth – How do we find you?

You read or see a report in the newspaper, on TV, or hear it on the radio. Do you accept it as true or do you dismiss it as propaganda?  In the last few years you cannot accept anything at face value anymore.  You will actually find more truth at the local coffee shop or gossip mill than you will find in print or on the boob tube.  Gone are the days when you could pick up the paper or tune into the news on the television and be confident that what you read or heard was the truth or really, really close to the real truth you would ever get to outside a courtroom or a church confessional.

We used to rely on the Media to gather all the facts and then present them to us as un-biased as they could. Now, they would rather speculate some out of this world story that fits their agenda.  Remember when they would do all sorts of things to get ALL the facts before trying to tell us what has happened?  Some of those reporters really went too far at times but the Truth or as close to the Truth came out.

Do you remember growing up and first learning about the Truth? As we got older the Truth started to have varying degrees of Truth to fit the needs of the one telling it.  As it stands now, you cannot trust what the media is telling us and you most definitely cannot believe what our elected officials keep spouting.

We need to take every story told to us and do our own research to try to find the real TRUTH. Unfortunately, most people today cannot handle the Truth.

Government Shutdown

All this talk of a Federal Government shutdown is a bunch of hot air. Politics and the mainstream media, in its dimwitted wisdom, think that the average citizen will buy it, lock, stock, and barrel.  Shutting down non-essential bureaucracies will give the people the feeling of loss and they will come pleading for its return to the status quo.  This has happened so many times before that the average citizen will not notice.  The Media will scream about so many people that work in these offices will not be paid for one, two, maybe four weeks, that it is just absolutely devastating will be the headlines.  Then some back room deal will be made and those federal employees will get all that back pay they did not have to work for.  Compared to the rest of us, if the company we worked for shut down for the same amount of time we would get nothing.  At the end we will be back to the same old pile of manure that we have now.

So let’s call their bluff. Shut everything down.  No power and utilities to any Federal government building.  No payments of any type to anyone or company contractor(s).  No Social Security payments.  No Federal entitlement payments.  Shut down any port or airport that uses Federal employees in its operations.  Tell the troops in the barracks that they are on leave till further notice.  Alert the troops in the field or on bases on foreign soil to draw back to a secured site and hold till relieved.  I can bet that no elected member of Congress would leave their darkened offices and return to their home states to face the overwhelming feedback of those they were elected to represent.  While they live in the candlelight and use five gallon buckets to collect their waste the Citizens can work with our local and State governments to find replacements that actually will work for the People.

There will be some that think that this is politics as usual or that I am not looking at the whole picture. If you want to talk about the budget, then talk about the budget.  Not try to cram every little snowflake or redneck idea into the budget.  It just causes problem that our elected officials are not equipped to handle all at the same time.  Some people can walk, but ask them to walk and chew gum at the same time.  They fail at the task.

WHY?

What is wrong being a Citizen and only just voting? Absolutely Nothing. That is what the establishment wants.  Every voting cycle they will trot out the propaganda you need to hear and as soon as you do your civic duty of voting, you are not needed anymore.

We are told that,”We will take care of everything.” The establishment at all levels of government has failed us.  Our watchdogs, the News Media has failed us.  They have actually joined the Political Establishment and now perform as spokespersons for the establishment.  Where do we turn to find the Truth anymore?  The courts are rampant in their duty to help the establishment hide their past screw ups or criminal behavior.  Look at the amount of sealed settlement agreements that are coming to light now.  Look at how many of the forced signers of these agreements are now coming forth with allegations of wrong doing, some criminal and some socially immoral, and because of the years or lack of evidence are pointing to these super-secret settlement agreements as the only proof they have.  Many of these agreements came with cash rewards for their silence and one has to think, did the money run out and now they are trying to get more?

I do not doubt that some, if not all they are saying happened but it sure begs the question of why now? Is this for some political or financial gain?  Or, are they just pawns is someone else’s game?

We, as Citizens don’t need to have big rallies or riot in the street to change what we see or hear, we just need to ask our friends and neighbors that one question we are always hearing from two year olds, “Why?” “Why?” “Why?”

RECESS IS OVER!

It has been a while since I sat down to do some writing.

Was I trying to get my mind wrapped around something?

No.

Was I trying to come up with a different approach to the problem?

Nope.

Was there something else going on in my life?

Maybe, but I am back!

 

It is time to rattle cages and fire some people up to either do their job that they were voted in to do or start planning to replace them. We have a two party system that is failing to serve the people.  There has been nothing come out of Congress in the last year that has helped or improved our country in the least.  The improvements have come from private sector mostly, with a little help or guidance from the President.  The Stock Market is up.  The economy is moving up faster than it was.  People feel more comfortable and are thinking they have more to spend for the upcoming holidays.  None of this is from anything Congress has done or is planning on doing in the near future.

HEY CONGRESS,

RECESS IS OVER!

One side of congress currently holds the majority on paper but many of them are not doing their job. The same party is in control of the Exceptive Branch and they cannot work together!

It is time for every Citizen to open their eyes and really start looking at the ones that they may have voted for. The ones that are supposed to represent you at all levels and ask, “Are they doing the Job I voted them to be doing?”  I need you to do this at all levels of government from School Board, Township or Parish, to City, to County, to State, all the way up to National Level.  I don’t care which party you may belong to or follow.  If you see something you don’t like, talk to your friends and neighbors.  It is up to every Citizen to break the status quo and make your elected leaders work for you.  If you want to break the current establishment and return us to a Constitutional Republic, lift you head and make your voice heard!