Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Cold, Hard Facts Behind 'Surveillance Capitalism'

Be careful, your dumbphone is telling on you every day in every way.
image of a penny with 'In God We Trust' Crime prevention starts with YOU! The issue of Facebook compromising user privacy goes WAY BEYOND what we have heard. Here's a story I dug up for one of my client's social media outreach work that spells it out. You NEED TO READ this.
How Surveillance Capitalism Can Impact Public Safety and CII Users | #ESC_LLC #Privacy #Surveillance #PublicSafety | Mission-critical communications users must be aware that personal devices and applications are subject to data surveillance. To read this informative article about Digital DNA and how service providers can put your data at risk, go to: http://ow.ly/spUS30k4fxs and turn to page 20. Or you can download a PDF printout of the story by clicking here.
What impresses me about the story is the extent to which telcom companies have gone to secure their right to infringe on the privacy rights of everyone on the planet who dumbly buys and uses a smart phone. According to the author of this story, not only are there apps loaded into our cell phones that CANNOT be uninstalled (Amazon is one of them), but there are terms of agreement buried in these phones that most of us have never seen, let alone know exist. (see sidebar on right, click to enlarge.)

There's not much that can be done by or for anyone outside of the Mission Critical community, but the U.S. Government should, they MUST take steps to better secure data encountered and transmitted by those in mission critical roles, such as defense contractors, civilian employees, and those in the military. The rest of us have a decision to make, whether to give up all those free apps and the cell phone in general or to go on as we are, allowing others to exploit our data.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Everything Is Happening In An Instant

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“What's happened to the time?”

A common phrase for those of us who expected more time but suddenly realized that what time we imagined we had is now up.

Some scientists have gone on record to say that all of time—everything that has ever happened or will happen—is all happening at once. In other words, it's all
happening simultaneously.

I have heard this before, and it's not something that you can easily wrap your mind around, but it is something that we can sense deep within us. I've always known that things are different than what they appear on the surface.

The fact is, the more science learns about the reality we live in, the more we know we know nothing and the more weirder things get.

Here's the conundrum for me: It's not just everything I've ever done or will do from birth to death that's included in this statement, but everything before, in between, and after I'm gone! We're told that it “all” happened in an “Instant.”

So, what's an “instant?”

“...an infinitesimal space of time; especially : a point in time separating two states at the instant of death” (http://bit.ly/2FPlbh5).
“...according to theoretical physicist Lee Smolin, the time has come to grapple with this ancient conundrum: 'Understanding the nature of time is the single most important problem facing science,' he says” (Robert Matthews, Academic and science writer, http://bit.ly/2HZCPAC).
If you consider the fact that “everything” that has or will happen in the entire universe happens in an instant, then you've got to face the thought that your own lifetime is or was a fraction of an instant—which evidently is a blip on the sea of an instant in time. Is any of this making any sense at all?

The only way that any of this can possibly make any sense is in a totally digital world where everything and everyone are but blips of data in a massive computer the likes that none of us could possibly begin to imagine. ...blip...

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

DIVORCE: Mistaken Signals, an Aging Disposition

Divorce is dumb and it's tragic
image of a penny with 'In God We Trust' This blog post is about the unfortunate situation in this nation involving divorce. I have to say up front that I have seen far too many great marriages end in divorce because of what I'd call "mistaken signals." I almost had a divorce myself because of my own suspicious mind.
Marriage and divorce are both common experiences. In Western cultures, more than 90 percent of people marry by age 50. Healthy marriages are good for couples’ mental and physical health. They are also good for children; growing up in a happy home protects children from mental, physical, educational and social problems. However, about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher. (click here)
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
Here's a hypothetical situation that is so close to my own that I actually hate to bring it up, but if it's true for me and for others I have observed, then it's got to be the case for many. If I can help just one married couple avoid a needless divorce, then it's worth the effort.
  1. A man loses confidence in his own manliness, which is something that happens to the best of men as they age....
  2. He begins to watch for signs of changes in his wife which could signal her having contact with another man.
  3. The woman, even though she is faithful to her man, could lose faith in him as he slips into the bowels of suspicion. She's aware of his problem and at first it's cute, but after a time it becomes annoying because she feels that she has to justify everything she does.
  4. The man magnifies any change at all into a full blow issue, ramping up his observation of his wife in her daily activities. Perhaps she's late getting home a few nights from work, perhaps she has a few new phone numbers on the cell phone, or maybe new contacts she's texting to.
  5. He begins to monitor her email, watches her facebook, watches her activities on Google+. He leaves work a few minutes early to see if she's where she's suppose to be--alone, all the while verbally accusing her of infidelity and demanding to know who she's talking to.
  6. Now she is growing tired and frustrated with the accusations of things that she's not doing, so she begins to circle the wagon by changing her email password, defriending her husband on facebook, buying herself a throwaway cell phone for personal communications. Now he's made it a point to identify anyone and everyone she talks to. He installs a special app on her cell phone that enables him to monitor her conversations.
  7. His wife's efforts to keep her hubby isolated from her personal life (to keep him from contacting friends) is an even bigger sign to hubby that he's right, that his wife is cheating on him at every turn. He begins to follow her to and from work to see where she goes. He sits across the
    street from were she works to make sure she's where she's suppose to be. He installs a GPS tracker on the vehicle so he can follow her every move. He knows where she goes, how long she's there, and when she comes and goes. He's on to her, so he thinks...
  8. She grows tired of the difficulties, tired because her spouse is not supporting her efforts (like she's working two jobs), and she falters, throwing herself into another man's arms all the time looking for the man she married--a man who went AWOL some time ago.

Conclusion:

Now, there is no denying that the wife finally did do the very thing that her hubby was accusing her of, and if he actually catches her at it, he may feel vindicated of the allegation that some have assigned to his paranoia that "he's simply lost his mind."
In reality, if it hadn't been for his lack of self esteem and security as well as all the accusations, name calling, and aggressive behavior toward her friends--with whom noting was amiss--perhaps his wife wouldn't have faltered and failed in the end.

I ask you, who's fault is it if this married were to end in divorce?

Hers or his?

Should the hubby go in for a psych eval to determine whether he was having a senior-related moment?

How could this marriage be saved in the end analysis?






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Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Solution to an Out of Control Congress

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I'm back!

In my last diatribe (blog post) I ranted and raved about the crybaby, whiny Leftists and their Liberal bleeding hearts throughout American society and the issue of President Donald Trump (click here).

I apologize for being so angry when I wrote that post. The fact is, these misguided folks are entitled to think and say as they wish. My only caution is NOT to allow them to dethrone this president based on seemingly popular OPINION because that is NOT how elections are conducted here in the U.S., especially where it involves seats as important as that in the Oval Office of the White House.


Frankly, judging by the antics of the past four or five presidents, we ought to call it the BIG HOUSE.

If you're not sure what "big house" means, check out the definition to the right, courtesy of Urban Dictionary.

What we've seen and heard over the last few months is encouraging. Many of the personal attacks launched by the political Left against Trump as well as others who appear to support him have not only tasted like sour grapes to the public, even Liberals, but many times they've actually backfired on those who launched them. The public have woken up from a long sleep, or so it would seem. Many of us are absolutely fed up with all the nonsense being reported by news media that should know better. Trump coined the term "fake news," and it's certainly a good description of what it really is.


We need to stop taking Washington's word for anything.

Here's the Solution to Congress' Problem

Did you know that originally Congress was slated to travel to the nation's capital to conduct the people's business for ONLY 6 weeks a year. The rest of the year they were to go back home to their families and their regular work. Herein lies the problem with the system as it is today.

Where early Congressmen were ordinary people etching out an ordinary living leading ordinary lives, today's Congressmen and Congresswomen are career POLITICIANS (that last word should have read LAWMAKERS but we know that most of them are political and not pro-Americans). If we had the same system that we had when this nation was formed, perhaps there wouldn't be such a disconnect between our Congress and its people.

We need Congressmen with their ear to the ground and their boots firmly planted on U.S. soil.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The 'Big Liberal, Whiny Crybabies'

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I took a few minutes to read a post on a long-time Jewish Friend on Facebook when I came to the realization that if the 'Big Liberal, Whiny Cry Babies' get their way with our newly elected President, it will set a precedence. Not only that, from this time forward, we are assured of the fact that if a Republican who truly represents Conservative values is elected to that post, that the 'Big Liberal, Whiny Cry Babies' will do their crying, rioting, killing, and disrupting all over again, so what's the use... right?

Here's the thing, a man was elected president supposedly because an overwhelming majority of Electoral Votes went to his bid for the presidency. To allow 'Big Liberal, Whiny Cry Babies' to tar and feather President Trump and run him out of the White House on a rail makes this nation look like a nation of fools. Here we are, some of the most immature and lackluster presidents since 1992--both parties included, and the Proletariat's want to use 'Political Terrorism' tactics to have it their way--like little kids rebelling against their mommies and daddies.

My message to you is that you are making a mockery of one of the biggest, foremost positions in society and treating it as if it's a dog catcher's job. If you're one of these whiny little Leftist creeps, here's what I think of you...


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