Archive for June, 2021

Google The Gatekeeper Wall (June 28, 2021)

Posted in First Amendment, Google, Monopoly, Technology on June 28, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “I was at Firefox to avoid the Google fist and simply sought to duck over and go to duckduckgo.  Das ist verboten.  Google monitors all requests and demands another step in its monitoring of Internet traffic.  When the desired website is one of the sites blocked by Google, the demand appears.  The Behemoth blocks.  But Google does not block a search of nyt.com or msm.com.  Google has offered absolutely no reason why it needs to determine whether the request is coming from a robot.  The one thing its AI knows is that the request is not coming from malicious software, a browser plug-in, or a script that sends automated requests but rather is coming from a very sentient and sapien human being.”

J          “Not only are they monitoring your searches, they want you to know that they are monitoring your searches.  They are brazen because they can be brazen.”

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K          “I went to Firefox to search for ‘Mother Teresa’ and the request was sent over from Firefox to Google and then deemed suspicious.”

J          “Search for ways to promote world peace or cure cancer and your service may be terminated.”

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K          “The CAPTCHA security measure is a clever acronym.  Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.  Alan Turing’s legacy endures.”

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J          “The Internet is evil.  There may be a dozen solid reasons why the Internet has improved our lives, but in the final analysis, it is evil.  Google’s hip motto was an ironic and prescient admission of just what Google and the Internet would do.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Should You “Friend” The Tech Beasts And Behemoths? (October 23, 2017)”.]

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Yes, indeed, it is really me trying to discern Truth.

Solstice (June 21, 2021)

Posted in Solstice on June 21, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Yesterday really.  11:32 p.m. on the Coast East.  The day triggers introspection.  The party has just started and the punch bowl is pulled back unrelentingly a little at a time and then more quickly.”

J          “The great rheostat starts turning down the lights.  We need to light up our lives.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Weather / Climate.  Oh, And Have A Happy Solstice! (June 17, 2019)”, “Another Solstice (June 20, 2011)” and “Solstice (June 21, 2010)”.]

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Party on!

Juneteenth (June 14, 2021)

Posted in Race, Slavery on June 14, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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[See the e-commentary at “King Seale Newton X Davis Dellums Day.  Oh, And Happy Martin Luther King Day! (January 21, 2019)”, “Charlottesville . . . Chancellorsville? (August 14, 2017)”, “Rerouting History (February 15, 2016)”, “The Confederate Flag:  What Does It Mean To You? (July 6, 2015)”, “Celebrate Virginia’s ‘Celebrate Slavery Month’ (April 12, 2010)”, “King Daze (January 20, 2014)”, “Dixie Visited (September 17, 2012)”, “Brown Is The New Black (February 18, 2008)”, “Seeing 2020:  A Sanctuary City Is Legal If It Respects And Protects ____________.  Oh, And Happy Martin Luther King Day! (January 20, 2020)” and “Columbus And The Redskins (October 14, 2013)”.]

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Remember

Sixth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2021 (June 7, 2021)

Posted in Pushitzer Prize In Commentary on June 7, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The envelope please.  . . .  This year’s Pushitzer Prize in Commentary is awarded to . . . Pepe Escobar . . . for stirring the pot, asking hard questions, demanding answers, rejecting lies, spotlighting uncomfortable truths, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.  And being a journalist.”

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K          “I don’t always either.  I cannot think of anyone I agree with all of the time . . .  or even most of the time.  But I do know who I agree with some of the time.  Most of the time.  At least much of the time.  This time.  I often disagree with myself.”

J          “You can’t really be provocative unless you provoke.  If you controvert the established hierarchy, you are likely to be disregarded, but you may be able to trigger controversy.”

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[See the e-commentary on the ongoing international crime at “The Persecution Of Assange And The Feckless MSM (September 21, 2020)”.]

[See the e-commentary on the Commentary Award at Fifth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2020 (May 4, 2020)”, “Fourth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2019 (April 15, 2019)”, “Third Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2018 (April 16, 2018)”, “Second Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2017 (April 10, 2017)”, “First Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2016 (April 18, 2016)” and “Pulitzers Are Pro-War?  Pressing The Pushitzers (April 22, 2013)”.]

[Please send nominations for the Pushitzer Prize in Commentary for 2022 and a supporting letter by January 21, 2022 to e-ssay@gci.net and send the entry fee to your favorite charity.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth.  They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power.  Because they control the minds of the masses.”  Malcolm X

For good and honest stuff

Dissent is patriotic

Plant a garden

Antony Blinken Hypocrisy Award coming soon!