Category: Snippits
Idiots in high places

no-privacy

New GOP bill seeks to let ISPs sell your web history to advertisers. If the NSA can’t keep its data secure, what hope has every ISP in the land? If collected and kept, it will become available.

Quick: Name five people you’d love to show all the internet traffic that has ever gone through your router. Every page you and anyone else using your unsecured Wi-Fi ever visited, every ad ever served to you from any of those pages, how long you lingered on the pages you visited, whether you scrolled down or signed up or bought anything, and all of it time-stamped. Better yet, would you donate that information to a private mindshare broker, which brags about using a botnet AI to conduct psy ops and sway elections for the highest bidder?

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) have introduced Congressional Review Act resolutions that would overturn the FCC’s privacy rules for ISPs. The resolutions will allow ISPs to sell the web histories of their customers to whatever “trusted partner” they wish.”

In Australia, it is already spread far and wide within the Commonwealth Government. If anyone is careless with the data or hacked it will become widely available. The Coalition passed the Act which made that possible. Bless the little dears. They have the intellect of infants.

Which side of politics are public servants going to leak against?

 
Joyful aging

laughing-old-age

So much depends on how we perceive things:

The old have no opportunities, no possibilities in the future. But they have more than that. Instead of possibilities in the future, they have realities in the past—the potentialities they have actualized, the meanings they have fulfilled, the values they have realized—and nothing and nobody can ever remove these assets from the past.

and

The pessimist resembles a man who observes with fear and sadness that his wall calendar, from which he daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a man who removes each successive leaf from his calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after first having jotted down a few diary notes on the back. He can reflect with pride and joy on all the richness set down in these notes, on all the life he has already lived to the fullest. What will it matter to him if he notices that he is growing old? Has he any reason to envy the young people whom he sees, or wax nostalgic over his own lost youth? What reasons has he to envy a young person? For the possibilities that a young person has, the future which is in store for him? “No, thank you,” he will think. “Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferings are even the things of which I am most proud, though these are things which cannot inspire envy.
Viktor E Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust

Time is a precious commodity. Probably best not to waste it.

 

 
Le Pen up la Kaiser

“German interests do not justify the vassalisation of the other people of Europe” Marine Le Pen to Merkel and the European Parliament.

Marine Le Pen puts Angela Merkel and the EU on notice that she is the change candidate. The EU establishment will be even more keen to stop her than the US one was to stop Trump. Or the British to stop Brexit. Life as they know it will not continue if she becomes President.

Let’s see if the French peasants and workers are as bolshie as their British and American peers. Will France tell the EU establishment to stick a baguette where the sun does not shine?