Friday, January 23, 2015

TTOT ... Are You Being Watched ... legally ...also, ISIS, Kentucky Bonnie And Clyde, and Doomsday Clock! Smile!

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In 1949, George Orwell had the vision to see the future.  

It was not an optimistic vision.

In his novel, "1984", he forecast a day when the government would be able to control mankind through a network of inspection points, video monitoring, and other means.  

Could this be happening now?

You laugh ... or chuckle and shake your head "no" at that.  But, do you really believe that it's not occurring?

What do you say, "Let's get paranoid!"

It is speculated that the future will depend on a new technology.  This isn't a technology of voluntary efforts, but rather one that tracks everything you do in life.  A technology that will collect information about you in all facets of your life.  

There will be NO SECRETS!   Nor, will there be any privacy (as if you have any now if you're married).

If you go to a porn site on the web, this will be collected into your personal history.  If you talk badly about the government, this too will be entered.  If you use your credit card to purchase feminine hygiene products, you'll find this also in your collected history. 

Okay, guys, that makes you wonder about picking up those "special" items for your wife at the department store, doesn't it?

The information collected will be used to build a new "status" for eachindividual.  This status will be called, "Collected Reputation."  

Now, guess what it will be used for?

Employers will use this information for the purpose of deciding to hire you or not.  Talk badly about big business and you might find yourself in the unemployment line for a long time.  Speak harshly about the government and the NSA may be knocking on your door.  Use profanity on Facebook and the masses of the religious may swarm to your door to show you the way to repentance.  

And, that's just the beginning.

Personal privacy will become nonexistent.  The chips in your arms, the cards in your wallet, the phone in your pocket, and the travels on the Internet will all become public information.  "Will all become" ... excuse me, "ARE" public information.

Now, aren't you sorry you went to that porn site last night?

Already, tracking cookies are following you.  Have you noticed how the advertising you see on Facebook generally comes from places you've visited on the web?  Yep, they know you've been there and want you to come back.  So, while you were there, a tracking cookie was attached to you.  Now, it can follow you, see where else you go, count the number of times you return to its location, and present more of its products to you in the side advertising bars of various websites like

Technology ... Big Brother Is Watching ... and "Where You Lead I Will Follow!"  Just another way to control the populace and take away man's rights to privacy.  Remember, cattle have no secrets on the way to the slaughterhouse!


Oh, and be careful going to porn sites!

Anyway, it's time to be thankful, tens times over and ten times under!  There are so many items to discuss this week.  Let's see what we can come up with!


1)  ISIS Video Productions.  Could ISIS be getting into faking video productions?  Experts are looking into the fact that the recent video taken of two Japanese prisoners seems to have been faked!

Although stated that the video has been taken in the same surroundings as the previous ones, experts are looking at this and finding that there is light coming from two sources.  Now, unless the Earth has changed solar systems and we are now receiving light sources from two suns, this video was obviously made indoors with a backdrop of the desert.

"It's my guess that the security agencies are spending most of their time investigating the "change of the solar system" idea, 
rather than the other.  
Perhaps George Lucas should be consulted.  
If he's not available, there's always Jar Jar Binks!"

2)  Northeastern Snowstorm.  A snowstorm is forecast for this weekend to hit the Northeastern United States.  Some say that as much as eight inches of snow may fall.  The storm system was created because it is Winter and things like this happen during this season!  Duhhhh!!!!

"Anyone here wanna shoot an ISIS production video?"

3)  McDonald's To Eliminate Menu Items?   Allover the nation, McDonalds stores are screaming for corporate headquarters to eliminate two major areas of the menu.  

"Get rid of the Cafe" and 
get rid of the Happy Meals!

Parents and kids are screaming all over the world, "Don't get rid of my Happy Meal!"           

It seems that neither product seems to be a major area of concern to the company who feels best looking at a plate full of profits, instead of a plate or cup full of product.

So, have we seen the last of the Happy Meal?   

Remember, this is the meal that hooks many of our children on McDonald's in the first place.  Hooks them into the world of fast food munchies and obesity.   The meal that gives a token toy for inhaling the food that is bad for children and adults to consume.

I think I'm going to go purchase a Happy Meal right now, 
and be prepared if they do cut these food items.  
Let's see, I wonder if a Happy Meal will have 
enough preservatives to store it until 2034?  

4)  Clinton Film Stalled.  A documentary film by Martin Scorsese about President Bill Clinton's time in office has bee shelved.  One would assume it's because of artistic differences, and the fact that Scorsese wanted to present things truthfully, to which no politician would agree.  

It's my guess that Hilary put an end to the filming.  It might not set too well to have old memories of infidelity and blue dresses brought up during her run for the presidency.  

Anyone need some mouthwash?

5)  Carl Jr's Superbowl Ad.  Once again, Carl Jr's will be doing it for the men at the Superbowl!  Yep, there's a regional commercial for the Western Untited States that shows an attractive young lady eating a hamburger.  Problem for some is that the hamburger is dressed up more than the lady!

I'm not sure what the hamburger name is, how much it costs, 
or if it's even available in this area.  It's not my business to 
tell Carl Jr's how to make their hamburgers,
 but, like most male members of society,
 I can't argue with the way they make their commercials.

Anyone for a hamburger?

6)  Bill Belichick.  The head football coach of the New EnglandPatriots seems to be getting lessons on how to avoid controversy from politicians.  Amid the questioning on why 12 of 14 footballs were found to have two pounds less air in them than allowed by the NFL (making them softer to catch and such), good ol' Bill side stepped and basically said, "You'll have to ask my quarterback, Tom Brady about that."

It seems as though even NFL coaches are not immune to society's curse of "Blame Shifting" these days.  Although, let's remember that Belichick has only been in the NFL for forty years, so there's probably a lot he doesn't know.  (cough, cough)

Just think, Bill, it's only two years until the next elections take place.  
That's plenty of time for you to tune up your game and run for political office.  You should do just fine!

7)  Doomsday Clock.   Due to global warming, the threat of nuclear war, and man's insistence to ignore all warnings, the Doomsday Clock is now set at three minutes to midnight.  Never has it been this close to forcasting total destruction of the human race.

The Doomsday Clock is operated by a group of Atomic Scientists who measure facets of society, the environment, and natural history.  It is their position to try to keep the world from avoiding catastrophic disaster.  Could it be that their funding was cut back that has brought forth this fury and wrath?  Or, could it be a real warning of things to come?

Hell, forget about paying bills and just party!  
It's all almost over!

8)  Abortion Bill Takes Funds.    It's called the "No Taxpayor Funding For Abortion Act" bill.  On the anniversary of "Roe vs. Wade", Republicans in the House Of Representatives passed a bill to cut any public funding for abortions.  

It should have been named the "You Play, You Pay" Bill!

No, I'm not a Republican.  Nor am I a Democrat.  I'm an American that is fed up paying for kids having kids and ignoring the fact that we all have a certain amount of personal accountability for us to be responsible.  

Still, let's remember that most of the kids being born these days are in homes where common sense doesn't exist.  Single parent households where the parent is still in junior high school for the most part.  Do we want to keep these folks from having a possible abortion and saving the world from having more and more stupid people?

I guess the government thinks so.  Just goes to show they really do want the masses to be more stupid.  Without active thinkers, it's so much easier to get over on the public!  Thus, forget any chance of the bill not passing in the Senate!

So, take the dip and breed another welfare slip!
You gotta love our country, don't you?

9)  Bill Cosby.  Damn it, did you or didn't you?  There is a few getting ready to take you to court.  Let's just put it all out on the table and be straight!  You're not a politician so that should be simple.  Sit down and have a cup Jello with me and we'll talk about this.  What? The Jello tastes a little funny?  And, you're getting sleepy?  Just out of curiosity, Bill, do you wear boxers or briefs?  

10)  NO, we're not Bonnie and Clyde.   This last week, a couple of teenagers from Kentucky (must have been inbreds) decided they were in love and wanted to get away.  So, they stole a truck, then another, and then another, went to a Walmart in Georgia and cashed a bad check, and were finally picked up in Florida sleeping in one of the stolen trucks.  Now, they're back in Kentucky getting charged for their crimes.  Trouble is, the girl lied to the guy time and time again, and told him she was of age.  Well, she was ... of age thirteen!  So, now the teenage boy has a rape charge against him, too!

Too bad she wasn't his sister!  They'd have gotten away with it then!

Okay, that's it for another week of being thankful.  Sorry this one may seem a little rushed (it was) but I completely ran out of time this week.  Give me another chance next week and I promise I'll eather do better or nothing at all!  




  1. I rarely shop online, so it wasn't until 2 years ago that I was a victim of the cookie. I was shocked the first time I read a blog, and the lights I had been looking to buy were in an ad on the sidebar. It completely threw me. And I don't like it. Yet another reason why I don't shop online.

    Are they really thinking of getting rid of the Happy Meal?!? Wonder what they would replace it with. It's not the food but the stupid toy that gets the kids excited to go there.

    1. Christine - good to see you!

      I do a substantial amount of shopping online, but only at one or two sites. I also clean out my computer about once a week with a couple of different programs, as well as run a boot scan fairly often. These cookies are not really nightmares, at least not in comparison to the WIN32 virus traps out there you get by simply arriving at various sites. My concern is more for the future and how our privacy will no longer be ours.

      The Happy Meal was named as one of two items McDonald's employees think as a waste. I think it's too important in getting McDonald's etched in the minds of children for them to drop, though. We'll just have to wait and see. lol

      Many Thanks!

  2. I had a really interesting conversation with my banker this week. I am still scratching my head. They asked me some security questions that only I would know the answer to. Which was true, except how did they know the questions? That's what I want to know.

    1. Val - Thanks so much for stopping in today!

      It's amazing the amount of personal information there is on the web these days. Plus, anything that doesn't qualify for the "Personal and Confidential" status is fair game for anyone to post. A basic credit bureau can bring about all types of information, such as credit card habits, auto loans and types of vehicles purchased, and so much more. It's not surprising they were able to ask. Just shows they've done their homework. lol

      Many Thanks!

  3. I learned the hard way about online "privacy" about two years ago when I got suspended from my job for two months without pay for a comment I made online. There were four of us who were suspended and it was a humbling and life changing experience for people who have always been good employees and never been in trouble at work before. We definitely have to be more careful, or choose to do our socializing and purchasing offline. They do still publish porn in magazine form, don't they?

    1. Jen - Really appreciate you coming by again this week!

      That's a terrible lesson to learn, but unfortunately, not one that's uncommon. If you notice, I never mention anything about my day job or the people I work with. It's way too dangerous to comment and way too easy for one of them to see and complain about it. Thus, silence is golden in that area.

      Playboy? I think it is, but it's been so long since I looked at one I honestly can't say for sure. I'll keep my eyes open this week and let you know. lol

      Many Thanks!

  4. I got nuthin. That happens sometimes. I do lovev to read your stuff though. That big brother poster always freaked me out... im surprised to find it still has the same effect on me!

    1. Ivy - Don't worry, my friend, that happens to me all the time. lol

      I appreciate your kind words about these posts. They really are a lot of work, even though they seem quite spastic, and it's nice to know that someone appreciates the effort.

      Big Brother is Watching poster ... yeah, it is scary. What's scarier though is the fact that the more we advance the closer it, as a reality, comes. The last twenty years have changed society so much because of the information age in which we live. The next twenty may be even more ominous.

      Many Thanks!

    2. Ok so NOW im really spooked! Hahaha thanks a lot Rich!

      Oh and 'spastic' has gotta be one of my all time favorite words. If you were big brother you would already know that!

    3. Ivy - No need to be scared, my dear. Btw, why do you think I used the word "spastic" anyway? I always try to please! lol

      You know you forced me to say that, don't you? lol

  5. The whole Internet thing scares the bejezus out of me, can't lie. My husband assures me that I am not going to be whisked away, am unlikely to have my identity stolen, and will likely not get fired from my job for being on the Internet. Of course, I quit my job to work for myself, so I guess that one, at least, is probably true. I worry about whether my online presence will somehow bite me in the butt or keep my kid out of college or something. I think I have to go quit the Internet now...
    Anyway, I loved 1984 when I first read it - still do. Scary shit, though, if you think about it, especially since so much of it is pretty much the way things are.
    McDonald's is killing the Happy Meal? Really? Not that I frequent McDonald's all that often, but the Happy Meal is a bit of childhood nostalgia for my age group because I think we were the ones who first had them. Sad.
    I'm sure the Clinton movie thing has everything to do with Hil's designs on the presidency. Big Sister is watching now...

    1. Lisa - Welcome back!

      The power of the Internet, especially the information hostage situation that's been happening as of late, is somewhat frightening. Still, we must go on and do what we must, as fear is already used way too much to control the masses by our political system. I don't think your child's future is in danger at this time, but, as things become more and more intense, their child's may be due to their future actions on the web.

      1984 ... a phenomenal book, especially since it was written so very long ago (hell, it was only five years before I was born, lol). It is becoming so much more of a reality than ever imagined, though. That is indeed scary.

      The Happy Meal may be safe for now. I personally believe it's way too important in creating the McDonald's habit in our children for them to do away with it. Still, we'll just have to wait and see. Stranger things have happened, for sure.

      I agree with you about the Clinton's. The last thing needed is for the public to be reminded of Bill's infidelities and other down points in the wake of the future election.

      Many Thanks!

  6. Chip me up! (not the MacDonalds kind though, GET RID OF ALL OF IT!)

    Doesn't bother me. I have Adblock plus and no GPS turned on and to be frank I don't care if a cookie follows me home.

    Sometimes teens be stoopid, but on the whole, adults be worse.

    1. Hey Sis, good to see you!

      I'd love some real fish 'n chips with some light vinegar, please. I'm waiting for you to bring me some! :)

      I have all sorts of protection for the puter, and really don't worry much either. My concern is more for how our information can and will be used against us and our children in the future. The old expression, "If I have nothing else I have my privacy" may be one to be forgotten. I'm not so worried about my life as I am for the lives of those following me. They will be the ones to suffer.

      Teens can and will be stupid. I will admit to doing many stupid things when I was young. And, as this blog is a testament, adults don't do much better, and sometimes, much worse. There was much made about this story in the local area as sensationalism ruled again. Kind of sad, actually, for the male member of the duo, as his future will now be forever tainted.

      Many Thanks!

  7. 1984 was just dated about 30 years too early, right?

    1. Hey, Kristi - Appreciate you stopping in!

      30-40 years I'd say. He had no idea how close he would come to the truth, I'm afraid. We're only seeing the very beginning of what can be a nightmare of the future. We'll just have to wait and see, or perhaps, our children will have to be our witnesses.

      Many Thanks!

  8. If all worried about how much we are watched online we would never be online all we can do is go about our lives the best we can

    1. Jo-Anne - Welcome back! So good to see you.

      I completely agree with you. We have to continue our lives as normal. My fears are not so much for us, but as a possible warning for our children. As the governments of the world seek more and more methods of controlling the masses, one can be assured that they will use everything in their power. The Internet, and the power it yields in personal information, can be an extremely powerful tool for them.

      Think of it in this manner. How many times have you heard negative references to Jane Fonda's visit to North Viet Nam during the war there? Imagine if there were multiple images, films, documentaries, personal statements, and anti American rhetoric of hers posted on Facebook during that time? Now, she proclaims it was all a mistake and probably has had some avenues taken from her success as an actress because of what we have on file. With all the extra stuff that today's social media would present, she would probably have been declared a complete traitor and been incarcerated for her actions. Big difference, isn't there.

      For every action there is a reaction is the old adage/ rule. Fortunately, until today, there have only been so many ways of those actions being made public. Now, there are many, and there will be many more in the future. Our children and grandchildren may be the ones paying as privacy ends and everything is choreographed, instead of being accepted as a personal act. That's what is scary to me. C'est Le Vie! lol

      Many Thanks!

  9. Oh yes. 1984....Totally with you on that but sadly I think to a certain extent it is needed.

    Bonnie and clyde..snort

    1. Erin - Good to see you, my friend!

      Unfortunately, the lack of control most humans demonstrate these days do require some surveillance be operating these days, but I'm against the lengths that it will be used in the future. Protection, yes, job discrimination, no. There has to be some outlet for humans to lash out at the inhumanities of the world and the governments that rule. Personal attacks in the manner of Big Brother are simply going too far in controlling individual thought and expression. I won't be around to see it, but many others will. I fear for them.

      Yeah, the news really sensationalized this one. lol But, as the saying goes, "If she wasn't good enough for dad ..."

      Many Thanks!

  10. I sure hope McDonalds doesn't get rid of the Happy Meal! I enjoy my Nugget meal and the toy is a nice treat...some times I share my toy with my granddaughters, some times I do not.
    That Bonnie and Clyde bit was annoying...those kids were nothing compared to Bonnie and Clyde, they were just kids on the run. But got caught. Luckily.

    1. Hey, Sunshine! Good to see you!

      I can see just you playing with the Happy Meal toys. lol Your poor grandchildren, watching you run that plastic car all over the restaurant ... only wanting you to share a little! lol That's hilarious.

      I get so fed up with the way the news tries to make something out of nothing. The kids were being kids. They weren't the first to run off together, and won't be the last. Definitely not one of the stranger than fiction additions, to say the least. lol

      Many Thanks!