Evil Google?

On the most recent This Week in Tech their first news article was about the ad that was broadcasted in New York cities Time-Square. Scroll down to see video. This video was created by the Consumer Watchdog (click to read their article) to try and get the public to understand the power that Google currently has over your info.  But really only a select few will actually understand this video. Not too many people know the name Eric Schmidt and even fewer know that he is one of the CEOs of Google. So how effective is this video if your audience has no clue what is going on.

If you dig deeper into this, you might be able to make the conclusion that this is just a retaliation for something Google did to the Consumer Watchdog back in  February 2009. Read this article from Cad Metz titled Google seeks starvation of growling watchdog (semi-)apology for money-snuffing missive.

–Require the creation of an “anonymous button” that allows individuals to stop anyone from tracking their online searches or purchases: 86% favor; 9% oppose.
— Ban the collection of any personal data on children under the age of 18:  84% favor; 10% oppose.
— Prevent online companies from tracking personal information or web searches without your explicit, written approval: 84% favor; 11% oppose.
— Ban online companies from tracking and storing information related to children’s online behavior so they can target them with advertising:  83% favor;  12% oppose.
— Require the creation of a “do not track me” list for online companies that would be administered by the Federal Trade Commission: 80% favor; 12% oppose.

– Quote from Consumer Watchdog

Did you read that quote carefully, I hope you did cause it just shows how much the Consumer Watchdog does not understand about the internet. First they want a anonymous button. Well in any modern browser there is a feature to switch to a browsing form that that your info is not tracked. Ban the collection of data from youths, well to be able to this, wouldn’t you need to have information on every single user on the internet and need to know when each user under 18 is using the internet, which in turn breaks the actual ban. Prevent online companies from collecting without your knowledge, if you read any websites Privacy Policy you will see that it does tell you what it is collecting and why. And the last one well that is just another data collection database so breaks the same rule they are trying to ban.

Some times I just do not get how some of the smartest people are the dumbest when it comes to thinking through their ideas. Unless they have an alternative  reason to ban and collect your data.

What do you think?

Jason

 

Did God Make Science or did Science Make God

A recent article in the Globe and Mail made me think that peoples faith is really starting to get in the way. Everyone that knows me knows that I am a firm believer that there is no God. I am not preaching here but maybe it is time we all lived our lives and stopped worrying what God/Gods will do to us when we kick the bucket. Really life is much simpler than we give it credit for. You plant a seed, watch as it germinates, first leaf, then the second, within days there is a small piece of life growing on your window sill. Did God do that? or was the simplicities of life happen in front of your eyes.

I know this is a touchy subject for most and I tend to only come by this one every few months to make sure the haters are still around.

But back to the Globe and Mail article, Gary Goodyear Canada’s Minister of State for Science and Technology has been accused of applying funding cuts based on his religious beliefs. If this is true then I give up on government right now because in this country Church and State have nothing to do with each other.

In recent years more and more we hear that there is no difference between science and God, they are one and the same. In fact I have started reading more that God created evolution. Know I think that the fundamentalist are reaching to try and use God as the answer for everything. I have said for years if there is a God it is yourself, you are your own God and the things you do are for the better of yourself. But a great creator that decided that the third planet from the sun within the Milky Galaxy will be the only planet to have life. Well that seems to be a very specific point of view right now we define life as anything carbon based; for what we know their could be silicon based life out there, or life that we cannot even perceive.

From what I can get from reading religious text is that we use God as a way of explaining what we do not understand. Instead of trying to find a way to explain it. This is where that great battle between Science and Faith brewed. But if we start having the faithful say that science is God then they are not using science to explain the unknown they are back to saying the unknown is God. There is a distinction here that I think allot of people are missing or just don’t even want to discuss.

That is find but do not get offended when someone like me brings up this subject and thinks Faith believers are the ones missing the point. So lets keep God out of science and keep the science out of God, we all know our true God is money.

Federal Budget 2009

12:50 PM January 27, 2009
We are only minutes from the release of the 2009 budget.

First let me review the last 2 months.

November 27, 2008 Conservative party of Canada announces that their will be no deficit and there will be a balanced budget for the next 5 years. Fast forward to 3rd week of January it is released that there will be a 64 Billion Dollar deficit. How they really screwed the books that badly that they someone how lost 80 Billions Dollars in 45 days. Cause in November there was going to be a estimated 14 Billion Dollar surplus.

1:00 PM January 27, 2009
Budget Release Details – CBC Newsworld

1:03 – Prime Minister Enters
1:05 – Some kind of delay politicians are slow*
1:06 – Canadians are recommended to spend more money (where am I getting this money)
1:07 – Flarity stand up for the release geez you are lazy
1:08 – Falrity Stands
1:08 – They ask for the motion to approve the budget even before it is read
1:09 – Budget 2009

Stimulus 40 billion over 2 years

5 Deficits in a row to be predicted

2008 11.0 Billion

2009 33.7 Billion

2010 29.9 Billion

2011 13.0 Billion

2012 7.3 Billion

84.9 Billion Dollars will be added to the national debt. That is 2653 dollars for every Canadian.

Infrastructure Building Projects 12 Billion half has already been budgeted for.

1350$ Tax Relief for home improvements. Where are people getting the money for this?

EI Extended by 5 weeks no additional changes. This helps but they didn’t changed the approval process.

Income Tax low bracket increased to 15%, Second bracket 22% Meh! Rather have seen the GST increased, and the actual income tax rate adjusted.

Basic personal exemption increased to 10, 320$. 700$ increase Wow this is basically nothing.

And that is it.

 

1:18 PM – No one is really impressed on this. This just just another bad budget by Flarity like he did repeatedly in Ontario when he was the finance minister under Harris.

I see an election in the near future.

Liberals Party of Canada worked for 12 years to reduce the National Debt, and everything that was done has just been wiped out. Thanks Harper.

And just announced transfer payments to provinces has been decreased. Know what that means, provinces will have to increase taxes to make up the shortfall, any benefit that will come from the Federal Budget is going to be eliminated by Provincial budgets.

Bloc Party will not support Budget.

NDP will not support Budget.

Liberals will wait till tomorrow after reading the whole budget.

Economist has suggested that this is a quick fix, push all the buttons and see what happens budget.

Somehow they hid this in the budget, they are eliminating the right of woman to fight in court for equal pay.

There is also a hiding sale of Capital assets worth 2 Billion but does not mention what assets are being sold.

Okay I am signing off, and all I have to say is that this budget fails Canadians.

What does it mean to be at war?

What does it mean to be at war? This used to be a very simple straight to the point question, but now it seems that you can be at war but not actually be at war.

If you take the current world events, we have the United States in Iraq, under false pretenses, they admit to that but still say that they are doing well. Let us look at this situation a little closer, before the United States invaded Iraq, the residents of Iraq only had one evil to fear and they knew it well and were dealing with it on their own. I am not saying that I condone the actions of the Sudam government, I am just pointing there was only one evil. Today, residence are now dodging the bombs from overhead US aircraft, ducking from mortar shells from insurgents, and have Iran right next door that is acting a little fishy.

What should we be learning from this? Let us go back to the time when the United States was pushing the invasion idea to the UN Security Council. No matter how hard they tried to convince them that foreign intervention was required, the Security Council knew that the US was just trying to secure oil production. Canada did not blink and said not this time you go at this alone, so the United Kingdom said hey what the hell why not play ball on this one. They too lied to their citizens and claimed that the reason for the invasion was because Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

What is interesting is that the US invaded another country because they may or may not have weapons of mass destruction, but in actuality, the US is the only country that has used nuclear weapons on another country, and they didn’t use it against a military force they dropped them on two populated cities of civilians. So we have Iraq which used chemical weapons on its own people which would be considered a form of civil war, and we have the United States that has dropped nuclear bombs on other countries civilians.

I am really trying to see who the better of two evils is. Let me make something clear, I am not saying the US citizens are liable for the crimes against humanity that the government is. But we need to start asking more questions here. During World War II, SS officers were under orders from above to murder and kill Jews and others. Iraq war 70 years later, US troops are under orders to light Bagdad like a roman candle. Today we search and prosecute SS soldiers for crimes against humanity, maybe we also need to start prosecuting US soldiers for the same. Remember the Iraq war is not sanctioned by the United Nations they wanted to continue the diplomatic route.

The US invaded a sovereign nation under false pretenses, lied to its citizens and its soldiers about the reason they were putting them in harms way, they have admitted to lying to these facts. And now find them in a situation they cannot win.

But let us look at this another way, Bush has been quoted saying that enemies of democracy are enemies to the United States. That creates a large list of countries that are now considered enemies.

My view on this topic is straight forward, for some nation’s democracy works and is the greatest aspect of their society, but in other nations socialist governments work. And yes even communist and dictatorships can work. Take Hong Kong, you have a communist government in power, but the people like it that way, everyone has a job, no one is worried about crime, its almost like a utopia. Then take Sweden a pure socialist government, now pure socialist and communist are very close, except that in a socialist nation the government is elected instead of appointed. The point is, the world does not need to be like the United States, just because they enjoy electing every freaking level of government from the President all the way down to the bloody Sanitation manager. Under true democracy, democracy does not work. You are left with endless amount of corruption because the people that are voted into those positions are not always qualified to be there.

Every time I have wrote this topic my access logs have large numbers of dot gov, now as a Canadian citizen I enjoy the freedom of speech and can write this without fear that my government is going to make me disappear, wait we have a Conservative government now, dam if I go missing someone make sure my plants get watered.

I know most of you are saying that I am just on another rant and that my words are falling on deaf ears, but if you stop talking about and stop thinking about, it makes it alright for it to continue, you need to stand, speak your words, stand up for what you believe. I do not care what your opinion is, all I care is you have one and you are proud enough to tell it to me, and let others know. There is nothing worst then a person that is afraid to speak, it is amazing how much your words can do, so if you find the need to bitch me out please do, if you agree with me that is great, if you are unsure of the whole thing then say so and take the initiative to learn more for you can come to a conclusion.

This rant started with me point out no difference of the US and the Nazi’s, but as you can see the main point was that under any form of government you need to speak and show your pleasure and displeasure or you will let the US invade your for no reason.

This rant was brought to by the letter D.

Jason

The Third Way

Well the Klein government finally released some of the details on their “Third Way” plan, and I can tell you right now I don’t like it. I know you are saying to yourself that hell he never likes anything the government is doing. But wait before you go crazy let me tell the reason behind my madness. He’s new plan would see public sector professionals to also work and collect money in the private sector. What does this mean, well if you were working in the public sector then were given the choice to work in the private sector and be able to charge what ever you wanted for procedures, what would you do. This is just going to leave the people that cannot afford to pay for medical procedures with no doctors, and longer wait times. I have nothing against private healthcare, but the simple rule is no public money can ever be spent to fund a private clinic.

What Klein proposes would see public tax payers money to fund private facilities because they believe that the private sector reduce wait times and do it at a lower cost. But wait a minute a private clinic is there to make money so they are going to charge more for procedure over a public hospital would. The public healthcare system is not there to make money hell they don’t charge for procedures. So how can the private sector be cheaper if they are going to inflate the price to make a profit to recoup the capital needed to start a clinic.

My other beef with this idea is that the Klein government is complaining that cost and increasing the spending is out of control. But wait a minute the population of Alberta is booming of late and is seeing 10s of 1000s of people coming each month. More people = more health problems = need more money. This is a very simple equation.

Remember this “Third Way” breaks the Canada Health Act, and is illegal under Federal Laws.

Write your local MLA and MP to fight this, everyone should deserve healthcare even if they cannot afford it.

HA HA HA Part 2

Okay Harper has just announced that he is canceling the Day Care Plan that the Liberals got all 10 Provinces and 3 Territories to sign (by the way not an easy thing to do). Remember during the election the not worthy Prime Minister Harper said that he would not cancel the program but add his to it.

He also announced that he is canceling the current Family Allowance system and replace it with a taxable 100$ a child system.

Now we know where the 23 Billion dollars that was missing is coming from.

I give the Conservatives even less time now, before they fall.

Ha Ha Ha

Well it took not worthy Prime Minister Haper only a few hours to break his campaign promises.

Let us look at some promises that he stresses.

I will not appoint senators unless they are elected. HAHAHAHA Mr. Fortier was not elected as an MP but will be appointed to the Senate for he can be part of the cabinet.

Not worthy Prime Minister Haper, also stressed that he would not allow party jumping and would make them sit as independents until a by-election could be held. David Emersson elected as a Liberal in the Vancouver, has jumped ship and will sit as a Conservative cabinet minister.

So much for his government accountability, it has only been a few hours and he has already broke his promises.
More and more this is pushing me to seek nomination for my riding for I can try and show people what government is all about.