Sunday, October 22, 2017

Congress Vs. Tech Giants ???

Here is a report suggesting the US Congress is going to take on the tech giants:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/22/facebook-google-twitter-congress-hearing-trump-russia-election

What I find strange is that "our" Congress did not seem to mind when Facebook, Google, Twitter, and their ilk were instrumental in the destruction of several governments around the world ... but now it somehow is upset when those tools are turned against them. This is the equivalent of arming Saddam, creating al-Qaeda, or selling weapons to Nazi Germany. Every time we enable a group to destroy someone else's country, it boomerangs on us.

Dear Congress - This is a fight you are NOT going to win. The tech giants have more money than you, a much smarter staff, and the means to police and if they choose to rule the world (something you don't have). Just how the hell are you gonna fight that?

Here's What's Wrong With Israel, In A Nutshell

The basic thing which is wrong with Israel is that Zionism appears to be the enemy of Judaism.

The best example of this is the fact the IDF is fighting against ultra-orthodox Jewish demonstrators. You can read about it here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5001110/Israeli-soldier-karate-kicks-violent-crowd-bay.html

The current nation-state of Israel does NOT respect the Torah/Bible. This brings into question whether they even respect G-d.

They most certainly have no use for Jesus Christ.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Best Las Vegas Shooting Quote ???

"What we are being asked to believe happened is so utterly unlikely that it deserves to be dismissed out of hand, along with everyone who dares to insult our intelligence in this manner.

"In the end, only one question remains: How gullible are you?"
Dmitry Orlov

Source - http://cluborlov.blogspot.ca/2017/10/the-limits-of-gullibility.html

If you read all of Orlov's essay, you may get the impression he thinks the whole thing was a hoax. I do not - there WAS a shooting, people DID die, hundreds WERE wounded, and the only real questions are "who did it?" and "why?"

As to why all these witnesses described things in the same manner, I would posit that it's because they all watch the same TV shows and movies which plant the same images and phrases into everyone's head. The "entertainment" industry controls both our morality AND our language, so I would put the blame (if that's the best way to describe it) at their door.

What Every US State Does Best


Keeping Them Out

In the 1990s, San Francisco removed all of the benches from Civic Center Plaza. In 2001, all remaining seating in nearby United Nations Plaza was removed in the middle of the night. Over the years, public seating has been removed from virtually the entire city. While this anti-homelessness strategy has given way a little with the emergence of the city’s many parklets, it’s still in full effect.

Decades after the full-scale seating removal in Civic Center Plaza, there is still nary a bench. Unfortunately, you cannot say the same for the number of unhoused who congregate there.

Civic Center Plaza, like so many urban plazas everywhere, gives the appearance of public space while simultaneously restricting access to it.

You can read the rest @
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/20/opinion/designing-inclusive-cities.html

It seems to me that US cities are designed for the benefit of taxpayers. And for some reason, most taxpayers don't want to be around homeless people.

I don't see that changing, unless some catastrophe brings us all together. Then we'll let the homeless in, mainly because most of them will be former taxpayers who will demand the services they believe they paid for.

Face it - our society benefits the few, who don't give a damn about the many. How then could ANYONE ever think this was a "Christian" nation (with the possible exception of Joel Osteen and his ilk, who don't seem to know what Christianity really is)?

Some Encouraging News

Here is the story of an 11 year old girl's astonishing invention:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/20/559071028/troubled-by-flint-water-crisis-11-year-old-girl-invents-lead-detecting-device

WOW !!! There really are some smart kids out there.

Israeli Extortion In Texas ???

Now this is odd:

The city of Dickinson, Texas is accepting applications for aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey, but is raising eyebrows with the text of their application form, which compels all applicants to swear they are not boycotting Israel, and will not boycott Israel for the duration of the aid deal.

You can read the rest @
http://news.antiwar.com/2017/10/20/to-get-hurricane-aid-dickinson-tx-residents-must-swear-they-wont-boycott-israel/

I've got a better idea - stop sending our money to Israel and use it instead to benefit US citizens in need. Or is calling some of us "citizens" against the law, too?