Daily Archives: August 18, 2010

9/11 Never Forget

H/t to Vicki at Frugal Cafe. Reposting it here so that no one misses seeing it.

To the person and people whose posts I trash

I’m not going to keep your posts if you start them out with 4-letter words. I might not even keep your posts if you don’t. If you have some kind of intelligent debate to make with actual facts to back up your opinions, I might then allow your posts on my blog.

I might not, either.

It all depends on my mood.

I left a community-type website because I could no longer stomach the anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Israel, all leftist-all the time, attitude. They had no tolerance for those of us who didn’t share their opinions but they demanded that we be tolerant of theirs.This is now my blog and I decide whose opinions I will tolerate and whose I will not.

I’m no longer into being a moral relativist in order to fluff their comfort level pillows or yours.

Read my post on About My Blog and then decide if you want to waste your time posting your drivel or not because it’s just one keystroke for me to trash your post.

It’s a promise that I probably will.

Google to become the HAL 9000 of our future

from The Telegraph

Eric Schmidt suggested that young people should be entitled to change their identity to escape their misspent youth, which is now recorded in excruciating detail on social networking sites such as Facebook.

“I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time,” Mr Schmidt told the Wall Street Journal.

This is a scary forecast, isn’t it? He’s right, too. We don’t understand the ramifications of what happens when we “put it all out there” for the entire world to see. And our kids especially don’t understand it. They will face an entire lifetime with this kind of lack of privacy, for the rest of us, it’s all still pretty new to our lives.

In an interview Mr Schmidt said he believed that every young person will one day be allowed to change their name to distance themselves from embarrasssing photographs and material stored on their friends’ social media sites.

The 55-year-old also predicted that in the future, Google will know so much about its users that the search engine will be able to help them plan their lives.

Using profiles of it customers and tracking their locations through their smart phones, it will be able to provide live updates on their surroundings and inform them of tasks they need to do.

HAL 9000 from 2001 - A Space Odyssey

“We’re trying to figure out what the future of search is,” Mr Schmidt said. “One idea is that more and more searches are done on your behalf without you needing to type.

“I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions. They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.”

It sounds like we are looking forward to a future of not one HAL 9000 but a gazillion HALs – all named Google and all inhabiting one giant monolith (pardon the sorta pun, there.) I think I’ve had an epiphany right here and right now! The mystery of the monolith in Kubrick’s movie, and Arthur C. Clarke’s fabulous book, has suddenly made itself known to me. This goes light years beyond cloud computing.

I don’t know that I’m not just a bit bothered that I will have a computer program reminding me that I need to pick up bread and bagels. And I have to disagree with Mr. Schmidt: I DO want google to answer my questions when I have them and I don’t want to be told what I need to do next or more importantly, what I need to PURCHASE next.

Things have become so different since I was in school. We actually used pencils and paper and later on, typewriters. We actually had to look up stuff in — my God — books – some of those were the Encyclopedia Britannica – and take notes. We had to write facts down more than once, which is how we learned those facts.

Now kids have facts at their finger tips and have no need to remember anything, which is what learning is. And it sounds like Google is going to make it easier yet for future generations to remain uneducated.

And one last thing that really disturbs me: I’m finding myself discovering more and more information from the British press than I’m reading from the so-called free press in the U.S.

Mosque builders won’t disclose funding while we pay Imam to travel the Middle East

Isn’t it interesting that the mosque builders won’t disclose their funding while our tax dollars are being spent for this imam to hob knob with his cohorts in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere?

Call me goofy but I can’t help but wonder if this guy isn’t using this tax paid trip to raise funds for his mosque.

Wouldn’t that be just rich? And wouldn’t they all just be laughing at those stupid Americans for financing something like that?

I can seriously entertain this notion.