Too Big To Care?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Friday endorsed a $5 billion settlement with Facebook for its violations of privacy of its users. The proposal now goes to the Justice Dept. for final approval. In addition to the fine, the settlement is expected to require Facebook to implement new measures to protect user’s personal information.

The proposed settlement comes after Facebook sold massive amounts of personal information during the last two election cycles. In 2017, Facebook acknowledged that a personality-prediction app it developed had been sold to several analytics firms. And note that wording— “sold”, so it was a conscious decision not an accident. Continue reading “Too Big To Care?”

How Can You Be Mad About July 4?

You would think that the July 4 holiday would be relatively non-controversial. I mean, what could be bad about gaining independence from the King of England and establishing the representative type government since ancient Greece (though, no doubt it was not inclusive of all of the people of the country but certainly more so than a monarchy)? Continue reading “How Can You Be Mad About July 4?”

Stupid Quotes of the Week

Stupid things politicians say (which I realize is redundant in most cases)…

A week in review and as we look back, this past week was full of amusement. And in the interests of being non-partisan we have two entries:

1) President Trump, who while extolling the virtues of our founding fathers during Independence Day, talked about their bravery in seizing the airports during the Revolutionary War (which is dumb because any historian knows the Continental Army already controlled the airfields) and,

2) Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL), ( apparently trying to take over the championship belt previously held by former Rep. Corrine Brown) who said that the laws against making fun of members of Congress should be enforced and people who do that should be prosecuted (she will be retaking junior high civics class in the fall semester)

P.S. Please send bail money for when I’m prosecuted.

Quick Takes-Government Control

This week gave us two wide-ranging examples of the desire by some to have the government involved in most everything…yes, even kid’s lemonade stands

Texas Makes Lemonade Stand Legal

Think government interference hasn’t gone far enough and the government bureaucrats aren’t trying to control every aspect of our lives?

The governor of Texas signed a bill into law this week that would allow kids to run lemonade stands on private property. The bill is in response to police who shut down a lemonade stand that some kids had opened to raise money, so they could buy their Dad a Father’s Day gift. The police had responded after a complaint that the stand violated local codes.

A Solution In Search Of A Problem

Speaking of government desire for control, this week will mark a year since the Federal Communications Commission repealed ‘Net Neutrality’, the Obama Administration’s regulation of the internet. The Wall Street Journal wrote an editorial this weekend on the hysteria that surrounded the repeal of the Obama era regulation a year ago.

Prior to the repeal, critics said that it would basically be the end of the internet as we know it. Bernie Sanders, socialist and advocate of government control, said “This is an egregious attack on our democracy.”

The Senate Democrats official Twitter account argued that “If we don’t save Net Neutrality, we will get the internet one word at a time”, telling us that the internet would become so slow as to be unusable for normal people who couldn’t or wouldn’t pay increased fees.

Yet that hasn’t happened. On the contrary, internet speeds and bandwidth have increased. How else could so many people have streamed ‘Game of Thrones’? The internet hasn’t fallen apart, it hasn’t become the bastion only of the rich who can pay more for faster speeds and nothing really has changed since before it was regulated.

And if you remember, the FCC did not implement ‘Net Neutrality’ until 2015. Yet somehow the web had grown exponentially prior to that, and web surfers had been fine before then. It seemed like a solution in search of a problem. And despite cries from liberal groups across the spectrum on how its repeal would be disaster, no one has really noticed any change, have they?

China Is Still Bad, And Communism Is Still Evil

Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square protests in China. On this day in 1989, the Chinese government mobilized the armed forces to put down peaceful protests, killing hundreds and wounding thousands in Tiananmen Square and around other parts of the city of Beijing. The brutal crackdown on protesters was followed by the imposition of martial law across the country, mass arrests, expelling of foreign journalists, and a purge of Communist Party officials who were thought to be sympathetic to the protests.

About two weeks ago was also the anniversary of the ‘Cultural Revolution’ in China, where the founder of the Communist Revolution in China, Chairman Mao, announced that he had directed that the country be purged of remaining opponents of the Communist Party. This was a massive crack down, lasting for years, that touched every part of Chinese society. An estimated two million people were killed, and tens of millions of people were forcibly taken from their homes and relocated to the countryside, in an attempt to rid the cities of the educated and upper classes for no reason other than they were educated and so considered ‘capitalists’.

These two anniversaries are reminders of the roots of the Communist regime that rules China. Unfortunately, not much has changed in how the Chinese government deals with dissent, or potential dissent, that they view as a threat to their power. Continue reading “China Is Still Bad, And Communism Is Still Evil”