Category: Social networking

February 17, 2012

Regaining control of my privacy

by Nori — Categories: Social networking, Wising upComments Off on Regaining control of my privacy

Last week I cancelled my Google account. For me, that was only the first step in regaining control of my privacy.

Don’t believe that it’s necessary to actively take steps to retain your privacy? Oh honey . . . it’s true. I’ve noticed sites are now mining cookies and search history so they can target me. They’re culling not only what I look at but my email addy as well (used as my login for various sites including my rss feed). Lately I’m getting a lot of spam (unsolicited emails) on things I’ve just done a search on. Early this week I looked at pans with ceramic coating. Shortly thereafter I noticed I had a dozen emails in my spam folder on this type of pan all coming into my login email. Coincidence? I sincerely doubt it.

I don’t know about you, but this kind of thing really pisses me off. If you’ve been following the news you’ve been hearing about Google and how it mines your data from not only your computer, but from your Android phone. Pair that with new hacking software written to grab account information off any device using Google Android or Google Chrome and you’ll begin to understand the scope of the problem. If this doesn’t concern you . . .And this isn’t limited to just Google. It’s only the most prominent of the offenders.

So this morning I did a search for a privacy plugin and installed Ghostery for Firefox.

Then this morning I had this in my rss feed. Target figured out a teen girl was pregnant before her father did.

Are you concerned yet?

February 2, 2012

Google, thanks and goodbye

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Social networking, Wising up — Tags: Comments Off on Google, thanks and goodbye

Google has recently changed the way they are managing their privacy policies with no option to opt out of the targeted advertising that will result from the change.  Being the anti-social anti-authoritarianist I am, that makes me uncomfortable.  Can you say “big brother”?  Being the reactionary I am, you just know I had to do something about it . . . and I did.  So, Google, thanks and goodbye.

While I could give each of my presences in Google-land a different login so my separate activities remained . . . well, separate, I think that’s a bit pointless when all my identities use the same computer.  Hello?  Connect the dots here.  I wouldn’t put it past Google to tie all those presences together and worsen the problem.  No thanks.  Hmm, I didn’t mention being paranoid, did I?  Well, maybe just a little.  So I chose to take a different route and divest myself of as much of my Google usage as I comfortably can.

Up until last night I used Google four ways; mail, chat, search engine and rss reader.  I have a GMail account which I don’t use as a mail client.  That account allows me access to GTalk which I do a stunning 12 times a year . . . maybe.  This puppy’s not used enough to do any harm.  I’m almost never there and when I do kick GTalk on I make a point to go into my GMail account and clean out the YouTube notices.  (Note to self, cancel those YouTube subscriptions and kill that info source.)  I use Google as my primary search engine because the way Yahoo handles click-throughs on image searches is really frustrating.  I won’t change this because if I’m not signed into a Google account, my search results aren’t tied to me so no harm there.  The one that was going to bite me was the rss reader.  <wince>  I read a fairly prolific number of items each day, so that one I had to change.

Last night I went in search of a new rss reader.  The first one I downloaded wasn’t making me smile but the second one is definitely going to work.  I’m now happily using BlogLines.  And, I have to say, it is impressive.  It makes the Google rss feed reader look like a kindergarten app.  <wince>  Sorry Google, but in comparison, you suck.

So here’s the silver lining thing . . . I never would have considered trying BlogLines if it hadn’t been for Google’s policy change.  Thanks Google!

December 31, 2011

On personal integrity

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Social networking, Wising upComments Off on On personal integrity

My brother, who’s an extremely bright fellow, is also a sailor.  He and his wife live on a small sailboat while he works nights and she works days.  They’re preparing for the day they can sail off to warmer climes.  I tell you this because it leads into this next bit.

I sent Dan a video link to a video about a young lady who lives aboard a sailboat.  She’s self-sufficient with a solar panel et al and strikes me as a lovely and responsible person who works to pay for what she has and does.

Dan responded with this link about 4 young people who spent two winters sailing the Bahamas.  After watching the video, I sent Dan this response.

I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about the four young people who sailed the Bahamas for two winters.  While I thought their adventures were interesting I also found their actions in getting to the point where they could indulge themselves disturbing.  That they would steal to further their goals was unappetizing.  That they would use and damage other people’s property for their own ends with no apparent guilty conscience or desire to provide restitution was disturbing.  It spoke to a lack of responsibility, personal integrity and moral fiber I found wholly unappealing.  I also think if it were you or I, we could have gotten the mast stepped without resorting to misusing or abusing someone else’s property, so I guess the video speaks to a lack of ingenuity as well.

The sailing stuff was good.  I wouldn’t want to do it but I’m sure the participants learned a lot about themselves even if the entire adventure appears to have done little to build character.  Their actions epitomized the occupy movement, the “so what if you’ve worked hard, sacrificed and been smart, you’ve got more than I do and I want my share of it.” mentality.  Sad.

It isn’t hard to determine which of the two I admire. What about you?

December 1, 2011

Adam Carolla NAILS it

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Social networking, Wising upComments Off on Adam Carolla NAILS it

This is a must watch. Adam Carolla explains why the occupy crowd has the mindset they do. And yes, it’s our fault . . . ALL of us. The point is to learn from this and FIX it.

November 10, 2011

The Occupy crowd, climate change and Greek socialism

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Government, Politics, Social networking, Wising upComments Off on The Occupy crowd, climate change and Greek socialism

There are a lot of concepts, concerns and ideas whirling around in my brain.  I’ve heard or read bits of stuff that have struck a chord but most of these bits are so brief they don’t warrant a post of their own.

This week I heard someone say the occupy crowd were children in adult bodies.  That is SO true for a number of reasons.

  • If you do an internet search on “occupy violence vagrancy” you’ll get over 35,000 hits.  <wince>  To give you a flavor of why this is significant, the majority of major news outlets support the occupy movement so the reports of incidents of violence include assault, rape, theft and property damage are not carried by the big liberal media.  The reported poor behavior, separate from the flawed ideology being spouted, is an indicator of the lack of sophistication/education/maturity of the movement and its supporters.  This behavior is the complete opposite of the Tea Party rallys.  No violence, no property damage, no crimes against persons.  The “tea baggers” showed respect each other, the constitution and the rule of law.  I don’t think that’s something you can say about the occupy movement.
  • CATO’s daily podcast for today is Donald J. Boudreau talking about the 1% and income mobility.  The podcast is well worth listening to.  I think I listened to it four or five times to really let it soak in.  According to Boudreau, the rich don’t stay rich.  The percentage of income increase actually falls as the levels of income and upward mobility for the other classes rise.  It took me a while to understand that, which is why I listened to the podcast so many times.  I’m a visually learner, not an auditory one.  Boudreau also ties income mobility to our free market system.  To translate what I learned from Boudreau into “me” speech, the Occupy movement is uneducated, clueless or deceptive.  At this point I’m going to say, take your pick.  Listen to the podcast and see if you don’t agree.

A lot of the floaty bits are climate related.

  • With the launch by Japan of the new CO2 measuring satellite the carbon tax scheme is crashing like a poorly constructed house of cards.  The satellite proves countries who supposedly produced all the CO2 actually don’t.  I can hear the anthropogenic warming crowd scrambling to do damage control as we speak.  I’m watching to see how they explain the elevated CO2 levels over uninhabited and heavily forested bits of the globe as well as the significantly reduced CO2 levels of the industrialized nations.  It should be pretty entertaining to watch the spin.
  • The BEST data is another scheme by which climate alarmists are trying to manipulate public opinion.  Of course they won’t release their data until AFTER the IPCC meets.  That prevents the more responsible scientists from dissecting the data.  I’ll bet you lunch at Plaza Jaliscos or the beer of your choice it will come out that the data was manipulated to show it supports man-caused global warming.  Anyone want to take that bet?
  • The anthropogenic climate change debates in Australia and England are very hot right now.  It’s like watching kabuki theater.  Politicians seeking to gain power are screaming that Australia will be a dust bowl and it’s all due to man’s evil actions.  Of course this stentorian rhetoric was given just as a tremendous thunder storm rolled in and thoroughly soaks the “dust bowl” area.  Oops.  As they say, timing is everything.
  • England’s facing rising energy prices and 1 in 4 families are facing choices in whether they stay warm, drive to work or eat.  This is beyond stupid when England has just discovered a huge reserve of natural gas that could heat their citizenry’s home at a fraction of the current rate.  Instead of leaping on this new find they’re still putting up inefficient and ruinously expensive windmills.  Due to a really poor showing by their government run meteorology office, they’re requested the funds for better computers.  I wonder how much this latest scramble has to do with their abysmal performance when compared to the absolutely brilliant forecasts by Piers Corbyn.
  • Changes in CO2 are proving to not be tied to global temperature, proving the lack of validity of the greenhouse gas effect.  The levels of CO2 are rising while global temps are dropping.  Can you say “junk science”?
  • And one more goody on this front.  I watched somebody explain how the use of windmills actually causes more pollution because the wind is a variable commodity and the power plants have to ramp up and back down constantly to cover the ever changing power deficit.  A defined amount of power must be produced consistently and windmills can’t do that without power plant backup.  If you understand fuel economy you know the harder you step on the gas the more fuel you use to produce the same end result.  If you’re constantly on and off the accelerator you will have really poor gas mileage.  Power plants are no different.  Smooth and even saves fuel and the up and down of wind power actually wastes fuel and causes greater pollution.  I think this is one of those “unintended consequences” we keep hearing about.

And a tiny bit about Greece.  The president of that fine nation (note sarcasm) is a socialist.  That government, has been following socialist tenets and is now facing an identical ending to that of every country governed using that ideology, a heart breaking financial, emotional and political mess.  This is another case of those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it.  The question in the case of the leadership of Greece is, was it stupidity or arrogance.  Was the president so arrogant that he felt would work under his leadership despite having never worked before?  Or was he so stupid he couldn’t look at history and understand what happened to other failed socialist nations?  If you are an Occupy sympathizer, you might want to take note.  Aside from being contrary to our Constitution and Bill of Rights, income redistribution and the idea that a job is a right are both socialist tenets.  Socialism has never worked in the past which gives an excellent indicator of how well they would work in the future.

I’m sure there are other bits floating behind my eyeballs but they haven’t fermented long enough.


November 8, 2011

DOS attack on HeritageAction?

by Nori — Categories: Economics, Energy, Government, Social networking, Taxing the American Public, Wising upComments Off on DOS attack on HeritageAction?

One of the sites that’s doing a good job of highlighting the disparity between liberal spin and cold hard fact is the Heritage Foundation.  I tried to get to their spin-off Heritage Action this morning and got a 503 (no server available) this morning.  Denial of service attack was the first thing that came to mind.  I’ve seen it before . . . if someone doesn’t like the the view they try and paint over the window.

The word IS getting out.  It’s getting out on CO2 and anthropogenic global warming.  It’s getting out on what’s really going on in government.  It’s getting out on how bigger government is stripping us of our rights and freedoms.  The word IS getting out.

June 24, 2011

Responsible Government

by Nori — Categories: Economics, Government, Politics, Social networkingComments Off on Responsible Government

I can think of nothing the government does more effectively than the private sector. Can you? Welfare, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, border enforcement . . . they are all costly, poorly managed and riddled with unintended consequences. National security is supposed to be Government’s primary purpose yet we have a porous border that truly threatens our security.

With few exceptions, the problem isn’t that those we elect to public office don’t intend for the programs they create to be wasteful and not perform as expected, it’s that the “I’m the government and I’m here to help” mindset fails to acknowledge and accept the actual outcome. Instead, supporters continue to ride on the intention of the action. Once the unintended consequences are known, any attempt to reverse the action is attacked with rhetoric about the original intention with no acknowledgement of the actual crappy result. It’s much easier for government to create a problem than it is for the problem causing legislation to be reversed.

A group advocating for a certain program or policy may intend for it to do a certain thing, but when the actual result becomes known, the supporters have too much hubris to say “oops, sorry, wrong, kill it” because to do so would reduce their clout/influence/power and our impression of their effectiveness as our elected representative. As a result we end up with programs that cannot/do not do what they were originally intended to do with no expeditious way to defund, remove or eliminate the action. This is the mindset we must change in Washington. We need responsible realists willing to look at the actual result, not the intended result who are willing to reverse course and undo, undo, undo.
So the question when evaluating any action should be . . . does it do what was intended better/cheaper than the private sector could do/does the very same job? This single question should be the score card for EVERY government action (program/policy/bill/whatever). EVERY SINGLE ONE, right after is it the government’s JOB to do this thing. If the unintended consequence of the action does not meet expectation or intended result, if it cannot meet those expectations in a cost effective way, it should be scrapped.

If we did this, it wouldn’t take very long before we get a government very reduced in size and much more efficient and responsive to the people instead of our current unweildy monolith. If we begin to tie the result, including unintended consequences, around the neck of every legislator who supported the action (certainly every bill’s sponsor) we might start to see some caution in what is passed into law.

Changing who is making the decisions in DC isn’t going to change the mindset. We MUST require that the effectiveness of the action be the trigger for whether the action remains in force or is summarily scrapped.

December 2, 2010

Conservative site crashing

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Social networking, Wising upComments Off on Conservative site crashing

I’m extending a plea to any person or organization with a website who might possibly offer support/information or extend a request for help.  If you go on Fox News, PLEASE make sure your site is set to handle the rush of traffic because I guarantee you, there WILL be a rush of traffic.

Just in the last three days two sites I tried to access have experienced unintentional DOS attacks due to traffic directly from people trying to get to the site to help or get more information.

The first was Fathom Events.  I was trying to find a local theater showing Glenn Beck’s “Broke” scheduled to show today.  While the website didn’t become unavailable in the literal sense, it was unavailable as the site traffic was so stiff some of the functions failed to function.

The second was Operation Shoebox.  I tried to get on the site to donate for postage to get Christmas packages over to our troops.  Total crash, forbidden 403 error.  <sigh>  It came back up pretty quick, but this was SO unnecessary.

I think webmasters fail to realize how big the surge will be when a plea or offer of info is presented on conservative media.  Conservatives step up to the plate.  Conservatives give.  They give time, they give effort, they give money.  If you’re asking a conservative, be prepared for the response.

November 12, 2010

A new decadent lifestyle

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Well, I’ve finally done it.  I now have a wireless network.  I can finally sit in front of the TV and program.  I won’t (can’t concentrate), but I could!

What the wireless network gives me is the ability to get my husband connected to email and the internet using the laptop while sitting in his chair in the living room.  He can now deal with his own email.  That is SUCH a nice thing.

November 9, 2010

On Hollywood

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, General, Social networkingComments Off on On Hollywood

I’m a little bit of a fashion junkie.  In my 30’s I belonged to a high fashion sewing group.  I made high quality lux clothes out of silk and linen and wool for wearing to work.  I designed my own patterns and generally enjoyed the creativity and exchange of ideas.

Because I like fashion, I enjoy watching Fashion Runway.  When I’m working within sight of the tv I’ll turn on a fashion show if no interesting home improvement show is available.

Yesterday I watched two episodes of the Rachel Zoe Project.  If you’ve never watched the show it’s where these supremely shallow and self-involved people dress other supremely shallow and self-involved people.  It’s like watching a slow moving emotional train wreck.  I feel for these people.  All they can do is complain about their situation and each other.  The interaction between Zoe and her husband (Bergman) is painful.  They don’t seem to like each other enough to be married, let alone have sex, yet they’re talking of having a child.  Ack!

The perfect Hollywood contrast is Mark Harmon.  He treats everyone with respect.  His co-workers laud him mightily, he doesn’t use his fame or power as a lever, and he’s humble.  His private life is PRIVATE.  What a contrast.

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