Archive for the ‘General Interest sites’ Category

Immigration (illegal type), Facebook, Hobby Lobby

July 5, 2014

Some thoughts on various items this week

Illegal immigration: I was in Texas a short time ago and talked with a person very involved in the situation on the Texas border. The gist of the discussion was that our borders are wide open and our politicians are actively preventing those tasked with border security. The frustration was palatable. While the individual was careful not to point at any specific political party or individual it was obvious he wasn’t talking about Bushes immigration policy.

I’ve been touching on this issue here and there the past six months or so. For what appear to be political reasons we have encouraged the illegal migration of people across our borders. This has created a crises in the border regions and now we are moving them to a neighborhood near you.

So, the question I have is do we want our country to turn into a third world nation? If so, then by all means lets continue this open border policy. If not you might want stand up and say enough. I’ve been in many third world nations and they suck. I mean suck badly.

 

Facebook experimentation: Ok, if you didn’t already get the hint that Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook is not your friend take a look at the Facebook experiments. Without anyone’s consent Facebook decided to conduct some Psychological experiment with the users. The researchers wanted to find out if emotions were contagious. So they manipulated the feeds you saw. Freaking nice huh? So, when the mentally disturbed kid goes off the deep and because he was forced fed a particular idea just blame guns not the liberal ass-clowns at Facebook. I don’t have a Facebook account. I did at one time however I noticed years ago that there were a whole lot of things going on behind the scenes. We all know many companies monitor what we look at and I don’t mind that necessarily, but Facebook takes it to a new level. Granted it’s competing with Google.  However, this is not about using your information this is about manipulating you.

Eli the Computer Guy has a good video on this at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PIXop0SE1s.

Hobby Lobby ruling: Holy cow, the left went bat-shit crazy over this ruling. This is about Hobby Lobby not being forced to pay for all 20 Birth Control methods. Because paying for 16 Isn’t enough for some. Luckily for us that great conservative Bill Clinton signed The Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. A couple of articles from “The Week”.

http://theweek.com/article/index/264218/how-bill-clintons-near-sightedness-led-to-the-hobby-lobby-decision

http://theweek.com/article/index/264229/the-lefts-bafflingly-hysterical-overreaction-to-hobby-lobby-and-harris

News, internet, Mexico

April 28, 2014

It’s been a busy time. Granted, that’s not a good excuse for the laps in posting. But in truth, I don’t know if I have much more to say. The fears I had of this administration appear to be coming true and even many of the vast Obama supporters are feeling discouraged. The Republican party still hasn’t gotten its collective *&(* together. The news media continues to report on their own issues and very little on the actual events around the US let alone around the world. If we could only get the personalities off the news. One can dream right?

Internet forums and comments:

Occasionally, I run across a forum or comments that truly engage readers and inform us on various subjects. I suppose that’s one of the advantages of the internet. Of course you must wade through tons partisan and ignorant rants to find those few kernels of information. There are many blogs and forums where I’ve picked up a lot on history from those with opposing views yet still put out good facts. It is time consuming however.

Mexico:

I suggest a closer look into the Mexican drug war and general situation in Mexico and our border then ask yourselves why we aren’t hearing more about this tragedy in our daily news. This is not to advocate any particular slant on the border or immigrations or security, but rather to build a real understanding of the issue which is almost never talked about in the news.

I was going to post a longer piece on this issue but work got in the way. However the information is out there.

Why are fewer people going to football games?

February 2, 2014

I’ve seen this question in number of articles lately.  The first answer is often that the home experience is much better now with large screen TV’s,  tivo and the like.  The chart below is why I don’t go to football games.  Yes, my home experience is better, or better on the pocketbook. 

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Now add the prices of the concessions.  Apparently there are a hell of a lot of people make considerably more money then I am.

$4.50 average drink

$5.00 average hotdog

$7.00 average beer

I guess that’s not bad considering the price of concessions at the movies.

The poor Blackberry

September 27, 2013

BlackBerry reports large second quarter loss

I once used a Blackberry. I liked it a lot at the time. It was the only phone I could get real time email alerts for my work email. This opened up the ability to leave the desk now and then. But outside of that capability it didn’t offer much. Now with smart phones everywhere it’s dying fast.

blackberry

Batman, Ben Affleck? Really?

August 23, 2013

batsup

Is Ben Affleck really the next batman.  In the upcoming Superman sequel, it’s reported that Ben is the pick for the new Batman. I don’t mind Ben Affleck.  I don’t think our political views are a match but most of his movies have been ok.  But that’s kind of it, just ok.  Batman is a tormented character, that’s why Christian Bale did it so well. Christian seems a bit tormented himself.  Batman is angry, brooding, well the latest incarnations anyway and is Ben the guy for that?  Batman as the Dark Knight isn’t only about justice but vengeance.  He’s big, he’s angry and he’s willing to do what is necessary to remove evil from Gotham. Is Ben? The Batman movies have been on a pretty good roll lately so if true I hope Ben can pull it off.

Ben-Affleck

Apathy in Surveillance?

August 23, 2013

Why Nobody Cares About the Surveillance State

On their face, Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Agency’s secret mass electronic data surveillance system should have created a political firestorm for the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress.

…In other words, the government outright lied to the public and was caught in its own lies…

…And yet, apart from some voices from the antiwar left and the libertarian right (on foreign policy there is considerable overlap between the Tea Party and the Occupy movement), the reaction from this deceived public for the most part has been strangely muted. It is not just the somewhat contradictory nature of the polls taken this summer, which have shown the public almost evenly split on whether the seemingly unlimited scope of these surveillance programs was doing more harm than good. It is akso that, unlike on issues such as immigration and abortion, much of the public outrage presupposed by news coverage of the scandal does not, in reality, seem to exist…

Interesting article at Foreignpolicy.com

Last course for a bit. PMI PMP

January 14, 2013

Starting the PMP (Project Management Professional) course this week.  This will be the last class I take for a while.  Then I’ll be concentrating on taking the exams for the courses over the last two months.  I’ve completed the ITIL Certification so far.  Courses taken: Security +, Network +, CISSP, Project Management fundamentals.

No news is good news

November 27, 2012

So I’ve got a little experiment going on. I’ve cut myself off from TV news. It’s only been a couple of days but my little bubble of a world feels much better now. I’ve decided I really don’t need to know anything. The less I know the less angry I am. You know there was a time when everyone laughed at the village idiot, little did they know he was the one who had it all figured out.

Ok somewhat more seriously, I still check online and scan for anything that might affect me, like the weather or killer asteroids and of course Zombies. Well maybe there is one more thing…

Naked girls plow fields for rain

(Reuters) – Farmers in an eastern Indian state have asked their unmarried daughters to plow parched fields naked in a bid to embarrass the weather gods to bring some badly needed monsoon rain, officials said on Thursday.

I was kind of hoping for a better picture though. 

Best quote so far.

November 15, 2012

Best quote I’ve read on the Petraeous / Allen affair.  This was in regard to the Broadwell and Jill Kelly aspect.

Over at the Daily Beast is a dumb as mud article of the Lewinsky-ing of Paula Broadwell.  It’s a dumb piece but I did find this gem in the comments.

citivas 5pts

11 hours ago

@ProgLibWarrior @Monkeymind Crazy doesn’t like competition…

Does this guy think he’s in the CIA or something?

November 9, 2012

The CEO-in-waiting of the defense contractor who declined to issue WARN Act layoff notices on the urging of the Obama administration — sequestration-related notices mandated by law that would have gone out just before the election — has resigned, citing an affair.

Christopher E. Kubasik, 51, today resigned from his role as vice chairman, president and chief operating officer (COO), effective immediately, Lockheed Martin announced. Kubasik was set to become CEO in January.

He “resigned after an ethics investigation confirmed that he had a close personal relationship with a subordinate employee. His actions violated the company’s Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, but did not affect the company’s operational or financial performance,” the defense giant said in a statement.

Very interesting days ahead I suspect.  I wouldn’t read too much into this just yet.  But it should be a warning to you all, life isn’t a Mad Men episode.  Well not all the time anyway.  Although I do like the Mad Men décor.