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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.

What Are We Missing?

In the last couple of weeks there has been a sudden onslaught sexual allegations against several ranking members of the political elite and media stars and moguls. I have no clue if any of these allegations are true or possible fabrications.  Even if one has studied the human psyche, one would still end up shaking their head in disbelief of the overwhelming out pouring of allegations popping out at the same time.

You have some allegations that showed up with proof and that person just stepped up and said “I am sorry,” and went back to work. You have some that have ended up in immediate termination of employment and now you hear that the employer is trying to erase all evidence that he was ever employed with them over the last twenty plus years.  Many of these allegations would not stand up to a criminal court review due to the lack of physical evidence but would probably be a crap shoot in civil court, where it is more of a dog and pony show than a trial.  Would we really find out what happened is true or not.

Sexual harassment is wrong. It has been part of human history even before it was put into some form of history.  Everyone has done it in their lives.  To what degree is the question.  To affect someone’s career or livelihood is wrong in my book.  We have seen it from rock stars, to Hollywood, to politics, and all the way down to elementary schools.

One could say it is the “Snowball Effect” which results in the “Shotgun Effect.” You get one or two people to make such an allegation being true or not and soon everyone wants a slice of the pie or an ax to grind.  Thus is the mass of civil court filings hoping for a slip of the tongue for the pounce of a criminal court ruling and watch the money flow.

In this politically correct world that is being shoved down our throats now is missing the rule book. The rules are being made up as whichever side is trying to make a point that fits their agenda.  But as history of human nature shows us the pendulum will swing back, at the wrong time for someone.  The question is, “Will we learn the Truth or something else?”

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?”

Hey GOP Congress!!

We heard all through the election about how you will Repeal and Replace Obamacare. What the heck are you doing?  You had eight years to put something together and you are more worried about possible Russian influence in the election.   Maybe it is time to make you re-read all those history books you used to sit on in school.  You know the real history books.  Not the ones that have been slanted so far to the right or left that are now meaningless.

Since the beginning of this country, there have been other countries trying to influence the election of our leaders to their own ends. Just as we have been trying to influence the election or appointment of leaders in other countries for our own ends.  You can start with the first election of our very first President.  You had our allies the French, who supplied us with weapons, ships, ammo, and personnel that helped train the colonists.  You had our enemies, The British and their Prussian mercenary forces.  Who even after being defeated desperately wanted the trade goods and some relations with the former colonies.  You can follow every election since to see who wanted to influence our elected leaders to gain an upper hand or foothold in the world we live in.

In today’s world, I am not worried about outside influence as much as I am the free lunches, dinners, and vacations you get from all those corporations and special PAC’s that have no problem handing money or special gifts under the table and nothing is done about them. How much are the Health Insurance companies giving you to sit on the problem?  Hell, the Democrats rammed Obamacare through without it ever being read and you cannot even put anything on paper!

So, why are you and the Democrats so worried about Trump?

Is it because he is not of or part of your established order?

Are you worried that the American people are getting tired of you?

Will the next election bring more elected representatives that are not part of your little club?

The above questions will start being asked if you do not get off your rears and actually start getting things done.

Same Old Rut

What is this country coming to? Before the election we had mainstream news reports flying all over telling us that Hillary Clinton, in her position of Security of State, had a private email server and some classified documents somehow got routed to it.  The FBI was not allowed to check it out but somehow everything that was in this server got hacked and released to the public by possibly Russian hackers.  We had people showing us the law that says it is illegal to send classified stuff to or from a private server.  We had hearings in Congress about this and the FBI could not find anything was wrong.  The Press had a field day saying or printing things from known “sources”.  These same “sources” hinted to the Press that there where agents, possibly foreign or domestic, trying to get information on Trump at the time.  I remember seeing or hearing something like this but unable to find any proof at this time, but I digress.

Now we have Congress having more hearings about the possible wire-tap on Mr. Trump before the election and the same Director of the FBI cannot find any truth to this? We have been hearing from “Sources” within the CIA and NSA that officially nothing of the sort was happening but the same “Sources” from both said it did happen.  It is kind of funny because the CIA, from what I have always heard, are supposed to do all their work outside the borders of the United States.

As a private citizen, it is getting to the point where it is time to just shut off any national news coverage and when the next elections come around, vote for anyone not holding office. That is an option.  Congress was scared right after the elections but they are falling right back into that old groove. The Judicial branch is legislating from the bench again and not even trying to hide it.  You thought the results from the last election was bad.  The next one might be over the top.

Why?

The American citizen is getting tired of all that is happening in Washington. We have permanently elected officials that will not change.  They are not there to represent the people that elected them but are only there to fill their own pockets.  We have political groups that have no idea what they are doing.  We have department Directors that are even now checking which way the political wind is blowing before doing anything.  The propaganda machine is getting ready for another round.  The question is: Will the American Citizen continue to sit and wait?

Hey Congress, Get to Work!

You have the numbers and the mandate from the People and yet you are standing around crying because someone has given you a swift kick in the butt. All you want to do is go on these so called news shows and whine about this or that.  The media is not telling the People what is really going on.  The Media is leading you around by the nose, so you do what their handlers want.  The People have voted you into your position to work for them.  Not some lobbyist or some rich corporation that may give you some campaign money a year or so down the line.  So I am asking:

What are the Republican members of Congress doing?

NOTHING!

Eight years ago, the Democrats got the numbers and changed the rules and rammed Obamacare right up you backsides. And you could do nothing at the time.  Someone even said, “If you like your current plan, you can keep it”, “If you like your Doctor, you can keep your doctor”, “We need to pass this bill and get it signed into law, so you can read it”.

Yes, it had a mandatory requirement to sign up. You could get a plan real cheap, but the deductible was so high that if you used it, you would have to file bankruptcy afterwards.  When it went into effect, you had many insurers to choose from, they were all lining up to get the free government money, but after a couple of years, the insurers all bailed out and you were left with higher premiums and only one choice of insurers or plan in many areas.  The plan was not implemented on time or delayed to make parts of it to fail.

You have had all this time to see what failed and come up with a valid replacement plan and all you have to show for it is zip, zero, nada.

I don’t care what the insurance companies want. I do not care what the pharmaceutical companies want.  You were not elected to work for them.  If they are showing a profit, they have a way of making money.  As long as any CEO or Board of Directors is drawing a paycheck or Dividend check, they are making a profit.  We don’t care how much money they are trying to channel into your re-election campaign.  If you do not get to work and make it happen you will be replaced in the next election!  We have seen what happens when an outsider to the political realm steps up and blows the political elite out of the running.  Maybe we will find some more like that.

Is the News really News

As we read the news, the question is, is this True?  It seems that we never get the whole story or get to actually see the facts.  We are supposed to make a life decision after only seeing or hearing one part of the puzzle.

There are those that will take that one piece of the puzzle and fabricate a story that is bent to their views, their way of life, and their way of thinking. There are those that see profit from doing this.  There are those that see fame from doing this, and all of them come from both sides of the political pendulum.

As a reader or viewer of the news we get we have to look at several different sources to even try to get a part of the whole picture but when both sides are against the middle it seems that the only good thing to do is turn it off or throw it away and just continue to live in our own little world. What we need to do is start calling all these media sites out.  Rather than respond to hate or anger that they are trying to instill in you, ask for the source, or request to see the proof.

It is surprising how many people think an editorial or an opinion piece is real news. It is just a person’s opinion about a situation.  The author may have some facts to start their opinion but the article is just an opinion and are not required to name those fact’s sources.  You may disagree with the article but you don’t have to riot in the streets.  If you wish to protest, why don’t you do it for a purpose?  Don’t go off halfcocked with only a piece of the puzzle.

Maybe it has been so long not seeing an actual news item on the national media that we have grown accustom to only getting the opinion of someone in the media, that if we actually get real news, we will kick it to the gutter.