Archive for the Society Category

Google: “Be Evil” (September 28, 2020)

Posted in Amazon, Elections, Facebook, Google, Magazine Reference, Monopoly, Privacy, Society, Technology on September 28, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “’Don’t Be Evil’.   An age of overwhelming edgy sarcastic anxiety and detached cynical irony really is not a healthy and productive age.”

J          “Our society has not aged well.  Bad wine.  White wine that has gone sour and not red wine that improved with age.  And Google and Facebook and Amazon provide the most perverse ironies of our age.”

. . .

[See “The Big Tech Extortion Racket” in “Harpers” dated September 2020 by Barry C. Lynn.

“In 2018, an Irish technologist named Dylan Curran downloaded the information Google had collected about him.  All in all, Curran found, the corporation had gathered 5.5 GB of data on his life, or the equivalent of more than three million Word documents.

In an article for article for “The Guardian”, Curran wrote that within this trove he found

“every Google Ad I’ve ever viewed or clicked on, every app I’ve ever launched or used and when I did it, every website I’ve ever visited and what time I did it.  They also have every image I’ve ever searched for and saved, every location I’ve ever searched for or clicked on, every news article I’ve ever searched for or read, and every single Google search I’ve made since 2009.  And . . . every YouTube video I’ve ever searched for or viewed, since 2008.”

In addition, Curran discovered that Google keeps a detailed record of what events he attends and when he arrives, what photos he takes and when he takes them, what exercises he does and when he does them.  And it has kept every email he has ever sent or received, including those he has deleted.”]

[See the e-commentary at “Goggle” and “Facebook” and “Amazon” and other topics such as “Privacy” and related issues.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Bye Don 2020 (also sported on lawn signs)

Re-Elect The Mother Fracker (also sported on ball caps and t-shirts)

Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague: What Is A [Labor Day] Weekend? (September 7, 2020)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Society, Work on September 7, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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J          “The appeal of that show is still beguiling, yet the series appealed to the whole family wholeheartedly and to me.  ‘What is a weekend?’, the Dowager at Downton Abbey inquired at dinner.  What was a declining way of life for the wealthy is now an emerging way of life for the villagers.”

K          “And when you are self-unemployed under the old way of life, you only knew it was the weekend because your friends could come out to play.”

J          “But you are employee of the month every month.”

. . .

K          “The circus had its own calendar and dedicated days.  In the fall and winter, Friday night was demarcated by high school football, Saturday afternoons by college football and almost all of Sunday by professional football.”

J          “And the professional game metastasized into Monday night and then into the Thursday night edition of Monday night football that became Thursday night football.  Tuesday and Wednesday are the weekend for football.  The circus markers are gone or limited.”

. . .

J          “A friend notes that she only knows the day of the week if the newspaper does not arrive which means it is Saturday.”

K          “And then there is always Sunday night.  A friend described the Sunday night malaise that set in every week around 5 o’clock began sooner each year and then set in earlier in the day and then set in upon getting up and then set in around 5 o’clock on Saturday night and then set in earlier in the day and then set in upon getting up and then set in around 5 o’clock on Friday night.”

J          “On Sunday night, you are only seven days away from Sunday night and a fortnight away from Sunday night.”

. . .

K          “And the winter solstice this year falls on a Monday.”

J          “And the day the sun starts returning springs on a Tuesday.”

. . .

K          “Until recently, of course, one typically spent five days in an office and two days in or operating out of a home.  Now seven days are spent in a home office that creates a sense of uninterrupted house arrest.  I even use the word ‘prisoner’ in some conversations to describe my confined circumstances.”

J          “Although I am likely to cancel the furlough, I booked an airline ticket in December that I hold in my hand to hold out hope of getting a work release from the prison I am booked in today.  The ticket is a psychological get out of jail card for fee.”

K          “Book ’im, Danno.”

. . .

J          “What is a weekbegin?”

K          “T.G.I.?.”

. . .

[Follow the criminal proceedings – by the English and American court systems – against Julian Assange at Consortium News.]

[See the e-commentary at Labor Day and Labor Day weekend at “Laboring Day (September 2, 2019)”, “Labor Day.  Oh, And Happy Labor Day! (September 3, 2018)”, “On Writin’ And Livin’ And Laborin’ (September 4, 2017)” and “Doctorin’ And Lawyerin’ And Laborin’ (September 5, 2011)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Labor on!

What is a weekend?

Unions – The folks who brought you the weekend

Everybody’s playing for the week

“Eight hours of work, eight hours of sleep and eight hours of what you will”

T.G.I.?.

“A job?”

Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  The Country Is Moving From The City To The Country (August 17, 2020)

Posted in Climate, Covid / Coronavirus, Population, Society, Voting on August 17, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The exodus over the last century from the fertile farm, verdant field to the bright lights, big city is now reversing direction.”

J          “In my neck of the woods out at the cabin, the prices of rural property are sky rocketing as people flee the sky high prices and confined life in skyscrapers.”

. . .

J          “With aerosolization of the Virus, the skies may not yet be safe to fly.  Instead of flying in an aluminum aircraft tube in the jet stream, folks are driving around towing an aluminum Airstream.”

K          “You can camp and stream at all the wi-fi hot spots while avoiding the Covid-19(84) hot spots in a mobile cave.  Driving around in a recreational vehicle or towable camper allows you to cover substantial distances while practicing social distancing.”

. . .

K          “Blue cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles in blue states are bleeding population to the red towns and red states.  This tectonic movement is profound for both the city and the country.”

J          “And the great migration is triggered not by global climate change as everyone surmised but by even more immediate economic and epidemiological threats.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “‘Peak Land’: The Exodus Toward The Equator . . . or the North Pole? (April 4, 2011)” on the population shifts triggered by climate change.  See “Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie (June 26, 2017)” and “Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie, Part 2.  Oh, And Happy Valentine’s Day (February 12, 2018)” on the escape plans of the jet set who will take to the jet stream.  See “Living In The “Peoplocene Age”.  The Inconvenient Truth:  Renewable Energy Is Not Sustainable; The Population Must Be Restrainable.  (December 12, 2016” and “Over Over-Population:  10 Billion Little Miracles (And Counting) (And Costing) (January 26, 2015)” on population challenges.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Two is one; one is none

See the USA

“Le temps du loup”

19th Amendment

Seeing 2020:  Failure Is Success.  Defeat Is Triumph.  Loss Is Win.  (January 13, 2020)

Posted in Book Reference, Society, War on January 13, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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1984:

War is Peace.

Freedom is Slavery.

Ignorance is Strength.

2020:

Failure Is Success.

Defeat Is Triumph. 

Loss Is Win.

. . .

Bumper stickers of the week:

A house of cards with its halls of fun house mirrors

Keep calm and panic

Mission accomplished

The Möbius Loop Of Stupidity, Dishonesty, Hypocrisy, Incompetence, Indifference, Arrogance, . . .  Oh, And Happy Thanksgiving! (November 25, 2019)

Posted in Society on November 25, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Each day is an interminable Möbius Loop of stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference, arrogance, stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference, arrogance, stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference, arrogance, . . .”

J          “My days are blessedly different and gyrate around incompetence, indifference, arrogance, stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference, arrogance, stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference, arrogance, stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, . . .”

. . .

K          “Punctuated occasionally by a tincture of truth.”

J          “And permeated once in a while by a cameo of beauty.”

. . .    

J          “There is something to be said for stable health.”

K          “I’ll say.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The Power Of Small Thinking (March 12, 2018)”, “America’s Fraud Factories (October 18, 2010)” and “Oh, And Happy Holidays! (December 24, 2018)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Think even smaller

Don’t think about it so much

Waiting for Sisyphus

Don’t think about it so much

Peak Stupidity; Peak Ill-advisability

King Seale Newton X Davis Dellums Day.  Oh, And Happy Martin Luther King Day! (January 21, 2019)

Posted in Bush, Class, FBI, McCain, Press/Media, Race, Society on January 21, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “We lost Ron Dellums last year and yet the gang described and dismissed by some as the MSM misdirected attention to McCain and Bush I.”

J          “Adding another name makes it sound like an architecture firm.  Are we trying to celebrate too many folks on one day?  Some are concerned that setting aside February is inadequate and dismissive.”

. . .

J          “Rather than a day of service, it should be a day of musing.  Folks should discuss King, warts and clay, and his concerns and contributions.  And who killed him and why.”

. . .

[See the article titled “A Call to Reinvestigate American Assassinations” in “Consortium News” dated January 20, 2019.]

[John Clifton “Jack” Bogle – May 8, 1929 – January 16, 2019.  One of the investment giants of the twentieth century, he created the first index fund.]

[See the discussion of Martin Luther King’s famous Riverside Speech fifty years ago on April 4, 1967 at “Bush Escalates World War III (January 15, 2007)” and the e-commentary at “Race and Class And Crime: Jail White People.  Oh, And Happy Martin Luther King Day! (January 15, 2018)”, “King Seale Newton X Day (January 16, 2017)”, “King Daze (January 20, 2014)”, “King (January 16, 2006)” and “The FBI File:  The American Imprimatur Of Success (January 18, 2016)”.]    

Bumper stickers of the week / Signs at the Women’s March in Washington:

Words matter

“What does being a ‘nasty woman’ mean, Mommy.”  “It means we are getting shit done, honey.”

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears.  It was their final, most essential command.”  1984, George Orwell

It is so bad even introverts are here

Literarily everything about this is so awful

Now you’ve fucking pissed off grandma

ITMF

Furlough Trump

Fuck being ladylike

We need leaders who bleed

Kremlin names Trump employee of the month

Lock him up

Wave in 2018.  Tsunami in 2020

Shut down sexual violence

“Strong woman” is redundant

The Wall is a white supremacist monument

Our rights are not up for grabs and neither are we

Make empathy great again

You haven’t seen nasty yet

My body  My choice  My country  My voice

A woman’s place is in the Resistance

If I wanted the government in my uterus, I would fuck a senator

Go ahead, underestimate me.  This will be fun

Wall out bigotry

She levels are rising

It’s not like he can even read these

All in all, he’s just another prick without a wall

My body  My rules

Be vigilant, stay active, it is the time to meow

We want a leader not a cry baby tweeter

Cut taxes.  Fill your own pot holes.

Women are the Wall.  Trump will pay

Obama, when are you coming home?  The babysitter is weird

Make out, not war

Heart of I.C.E.

Girls just want to have FUNdamental rights

Talk politicsely to me

Trump needs four walls.  All padded

Tiny hands, but a big dick

It’s Mueller Time [on a Miller Beer label]

You’re so vain, you probably think this sign is about you

Oh, And Happy Holidays! (December 24, 2018)

Posted in Society on December 24, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “I can see.”

J          “I can hear.”

K          “I can smell.”

J          “I can touch.”

K          “I can taste.”

J          “I can think.”

. . .

K          “I can think.”

J          “I can taste.”

K          “I can touch.”

J          “I can smell.”

K          “I can hear.”

J          “I can see.”

. . .

[David B. Collum, the other David who provides a review of the events of the departing year, delivers his “2018 Year in Review” titled “Views From Inside My Matrix” available at Peak Prosperity.] 

[Savor the commentary in the song “White Wine in the Sun” by Tim Minchin.]   

Bumper stickers of the week:

Good health . . . good thing.

Salud!

Darkness . . . And Light.  Oh, And Happy Winter Solstice! (December 17, 2018)

Posted in Economics, Education, Energy, Environment, Politics, Society on December 17, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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J          “There is far too much darkness.  I know what needs to be known and I know what needs to be done.  And I know what needs to be known because I rejected so much of what I was told I needed to know.  And yet what needs to be done cannot be done.  The whole system is laced with so many checks and balances that keep a concerned citizen in check and everything out of balance.”

K          “And there is far too little light.  I understand so much, yet I do not understand why I do not have the good sense and the maturity to quit caring.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The Power Of Small Thinking (March 12, 2018)” and “On Standards & Quality (July 20, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Think big!

I think big, therefore I am

Happy Winter Solstice!

Developing “De-Community” (December 10, 2018)

Posted in Collapse, Community, Society on December 10, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “‘Community Fortnightly’ magazine rejected the commentary without comment.  The theme did not advance their dogma or comfort their readers.”

J          “Even those committed to debating anything are usually against discussing everything.”

. . . 

K          “He also was eyeing for someone who would understand and appreciate his concerns and observations and was not surprised that I was all ears.”

J          “Some topics just cannot be discussed with more than a few individuals who are comfortable discussing uncomfortable topics.”

. . .

K          “He lectures on the need to develop ‘Community’ after a Collapse which includes pro-actively pursuing ‘De-Community’ to protect the budding ‘Community’ from threats.”

J          “That concern has migrated near the top of my list of to-dos but is not something that others will even consider doing.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “On Community (June 3, 2013)” and “‘Free’ Speech At The ‘Forum’ (October 22, 2018)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

‘De-Community’ . . . Coming To A Community Near You

The Promise Of AI (Artificial Intelligence) (August 20, 2018)

Posted in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Book Reference, Collapse, Energy, Environment, Movie Reference, Society on August 20, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “The inevitable consequence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the greatest science fiction cautionary tale of our time . . . and of all time.”

J          “We will know we have truly created Artificial Intelligence when AI either eliminates Homo sapiens from the planet or culls almost all but a few select Homo sapiens who are then kept on a very short and easily retracted leash.”

K          “Clearly that is the definition of Big ‘I’ Intelligence.”

J          “In the interim, we should try to create Big ‘R’ Intelligence.  Real Intelligence.”

K          “When you think about it, Real Ignorance has not been all it is cracked up to be.”

. . .

[See the movie “Colossus:  The Forbin Project” and the novel “Colossus” by Dennis Feltham Jones (as D. F. Jones) for a more benign vision that involves a supercomputer preventing us from killing each other directly through war rather than indirectly but very effectively through our current life styles.]

[See the e-commentary at “Save The Planet; Save The People?  Oh, And Happy Earth Day! (April 23, 2018)” and the many other e-commentary linked there.]

Bumper stickers of the week: 

There is no PLANet B

Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science fact.