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Some thoughts about Freedom, corporations, and governments...

When I read news about how some corporation is reading my email for their personal profit, I don't care very much about it.  I take it as axiomatic that most American corporations (a) are only interested in lining their own (i.e. their executives') pockets first, with shareholders only as a secondary concern, and (b) are doing this at the actual expense of their so-called customers (i.e. slaves), and that they (c) spend what is necessary to control the government with an eye to maintaining and increasing points (a) and (b), and therefore (d) are basically the enemy.

So when I read about Google, or Yahoo, or AOL, or Apple, or anyone doing stuff like this, I basically roll my eyes, decide whether I care enough to change providers, and then move on.  In the huge pool of sheep, what one person does makes little difference to the corporation, so if I don't like a particular provider's service, or methods, or product, I can always make a different choice.  Case in point:  I didn't like Facebook's blatant TOS statement that they own my content and data... so I left FB (and Instagram).  I pay a cost for this: almost none of my "former-life" "friends" or acquaintances are on G+, so I'm in essence disconnected from much of the droning I was used to on FB... and yet there are interesting benefits as well (such as many of you!)

My point is:  The amount of control a corporation has over me is, at least at the moment, apparently limited.  If I hate FB enough, I can close my account and leave (Which I did!).  There are hundreds of search engines and social media networks out there, and I can choose any one of them... or none at all.

But... with the government - which has been brought up as counterpoint to corporate spying (or vice versa) many times now - the situation is different, and I'm sure you can tell what I'm going to say, but I'll say it anyway.  With my government, I do not have a choice.  They don't advertise to try to get me to buy... they have an IRS, and they come and take my money.  They don't provide options: if I don't like what the government is doing, I can't "opt out" (yes, I could leave the country, but I would have to find a new country willing to grant me citizenship in order to function in this world, and the process of doing so is obviously much more arduous than the process of, say, changing my email address or porting my cell phone).  I can't choose what government "products" I use or buy, and I can't disconnect them if I don't like it.  The government is, to use corporate terms, the only game in town.

Worse, I did not set up any one of those corporations to serve me.  But "we the people", allegedly at least, did set up our government for the sole purposes of forming a more perfect union, establishing justice, ensuring domestic tranquility, providing for the common defense, promoting general welfare, and ensuring the blessings of liberty.  And those statements beg us to ask, this far along, how our current government (and I refer here not to one political party or another; rather, to the governments of the past 20 or so years) scores against those standards.

Now, Tolkien points out that "It is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway," so I get that it is more easy and entertaining to focus on the negative things here, and ignore the positive, and I grant that there are still many positive things about living in the US, not the least of which is being able to complain about all the negative things about living in the US.

But when we talk about the negative things, it certainly seems to me that a corporation looking at my email in order to sell me more stuff is much more palatable than a government, which is supposed to be answerable to me, is looking at my email in order to violate my constitutional rights protecting me from unreasonable search.  In short the government is supposed to be protecting me from the corporations, when in fact the two seem to be in league against me, and against all the citizens of this country, and others!

Now, I'm a huge Samsung fan, but these political issues are why I absolutely love so-called "evil" companies like Huawei.  The U.S. is so scared that "[Huawei's] cell phones are spying on us!".  Well, GOOD.  How do THEY like it, I wonder?  Karma sure is interesting in that sphere:  If I didn't love Samsung's products so much, I'd go buy and openly carry a Huawei phone, just to make the point that privacy goes many ways.

Consider that study mentioned yesterday, stating that the government is not as much of a democracy as we thought.  ( ) "The preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."

That to me seems to be unacceptable.  We're 18th in the "Economic Freedom Index" and 46th (out of 180) in the "Press Freedom Index".  But what's really worse here is the opiate-like illusion of freedom and control that people in this country seem to hold.  In other countries, there are revolts and changes of government when things get this bad.  But here, everyone "thinks" things are okay, because they "think" they have a voice in government, when in fact they seem not to!  It is the illusion of control, far more than the actual lack of control, that is the poison here, and it is that which, IMO, causes all the "hubbub about the government"

Put another way, it seems to me that corporations, which serve themselves, are almost "expected" to do things like this... but governments, which are "expected" to serve the people, are NOT!

And just to restate, to head off the inevitable debate:  I am not referring, even slightly, to one political party or the other.  Don't care about Pubs, Dems, Tea Parties, Libs, or anything like that.  I'm not picking on Obama, or hinting at Bush.  One man, even one party, does not our government make.  So don't even go there. To quote Denzel Washington's character "Trip" from the epic movie "Glory"...

"It stinks bad. And we all covered up in it too. Ain't nobody clean."

We the people are all covered up in this stink!!!

And, yes, it would be nice to get clean.

But, like Trip, I have no idea how we do that.

So, I'm obviously totally naive and uneducated here, but why do so many people tacitly or passively support what is happening in our country?  I just don't get it.  Bahrain ranks higher in freedom than we do.  Bahrain!  They're still an enemy target in my F19 flight simulator game from the 80s.  Now, they're a more free place to live than the US!

#usa #government #fail #cia #nsa #irs #control  
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Your government at work.
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My latest pickup.  Woo-hoo!  And both of these are unlocked 4G devices!
There's something... rather... rare... in this picture. (And this picture is not shopped.)
Can anyone tell me what it is?
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Thank you +Oliver Jackson !!!
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Well, if you're a #samsung person of any kind, you'll appreciate how my day went:
1. Upgraded (OTA) my two N9005's to Kitkat (International Note 3s)
2. Upgraded (OTA) my T-Mobile Note 3 to Kitkat.
3. Root my N9005s, right away (gotta have my SD card)
4. Root my T-Mobile Note 3 right away (same deal)
5. Decide, while I'm in there, to root my Note 2 (the one I carry as my primary.)
6. Connect Note 2, open Odin. (see where this is going?)
7. Fail to notice that Note 3 rootkit is still selected in Odin.
8. Click Start.
9. Watch process freeze halfway through.
10. Pull battery, restart process with correct root kit.
11. Amazingly, Note 2 boots.
12. Not amazingly, Note 2 now has no modem or baseband... so no cellular connection at all.
13. Heavy sigh, there goes my day.
14. Spend hours redownloading stock 4.3 for my Note 2.
15. Flash it.
16. Offer many prayers while flashing.
17 After 2 hours, prayers answered. Note 2 back on the air, nothing lost (except time, whew!)
18. Reroot with the correct kit.
19. SAMSUNG FTW!!!!!
Still, panic was the order of the day...
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Lol Ohhhhhhh tough ones!
On Moto in Lenovo : It hinges greatly on if they remain separate. Remember what happened to IBM? Lenovo is a black hole for lots of things. One is mobile. Lenovo can't pay people to take their handsets here. They simply don't sell well. Lenovo computers are mainly a professional/student driven market though they've been trying to turn their image with flashy "for people who DO" advertising. If Moto is allowed to run independently from Lenovo it will be a great thing. I see the next few years for Motorola to be really stellar. Possibly coming close to de throning Samsung. Here in the states anyway. They've also acquired a huge patent portfolio in the deal as did Google.

Samsung vs Google? Well mostly these agreements are whispers kept in backrooms but it's clear something has been done. Overall I find Samsung's blatant face slapping to be getting old. Overall it's doing some really shifty stuff behind the scenes effectively using Android to grow a huge market all while perfecting Bada. At the right time Samsung will boot android all together. I think in the future Sammy will split. Stock or near stock phones running Android and phones like the note running Bada. 
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Time for some lunch. It's been a weird week, and I'm feeling a little off balance, so I'm picking up a real lunch today instead of grazing at home. 
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Don't even think about it.
not going to happen.
maybe just a little bit.
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This explains a lot... and is one of several reasons we're still on the decline!
Thanks to +Kirk Larsen for finding this epic truth about our #usa #government #fail  
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Umm, respectfully, Representative Democracy =/= Oligarchy.  It doesn't say Oligarchy on the packaging anywhere.

Just to quote from the first paragraph on each in Wikipedia (yes, I know, Wikipedia, but it will suit for this need)...

Representative democracy (also indirect democracy) is a variety of democracy founded on the principle of elected officials representing a group of people, as opposed to direct democracy.[1] All modern Western-style democracies are types of representative democracies; for example, the United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy and Germany is a parliamentary republic.


Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning "few", and ἄρχω (arkho), meaning "to rule or to command")[1][2][3] is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate, or military control. Such states are often controlled by a few prominent families who typically pass their influence from one generation to the next, but inheritance is not a necessary condition for the application of this term.  Throughout history, oligarchies have been tyrannical (relying on public obedience and/or oppression to exist) or relatively benign. Aristotle pioneered the use of the term as a synonym for rule by the rich,[4] for which the exact term is plutocracy. However, oligarchy is not always a rule by wealth, as oligarchs can simply be a privileged group, and do not have to be connected by bloodlines as in a monarchy.

We have the appearance and trappings of the former, but the operational realities of the latter.

(And contrast those with both the U.S., and corporations.  )

I'm not trying to start a battle.  What I'm saying here is that the study is disturbing because everyone thinks the U.S. is a representative democracy, but it has migrated to more of an Oligarchy.  This is one of the major problems the U.S. faces, and it's nice to have it brought to light, even if nothing can be done about it.
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Time for new tires. Apparently you need something known as "tread" on your tires, and it's absence causes... problems... 
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Trying out "The Melt" which is a grilled cheese shop here in Campbell. 
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I might be able to go this weekend :) But there's a chance I might not :(
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Privacy just went out the window... again... this time from the source.
Thanks to +Kirk Larsen for pointing us all to this critical information!
This one is really bad.  If you operate a web server, odds are you're wide open.  Ugh.
#openssl #https #ssl #compromise #privacy #nsa #cia
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  • Seneca Valley HS
    Life, the Universe, and Everything, 1982 - 1985
  • Montgomery Village JHS
    Life, Agriculture, Drama and Skiing, 1979 - 1982
  • Montgomery College
    Computer Science, 1990 - 1991
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    Computer Science, 1991 - 1992
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    Computer Science, 1992 - 1995