Whenever I see stories like this one, where the Mayor of Stockton has two computers and a phone seized at the US Border when returning from overseas, I am reminded of this Mitchell and Webb skit. We are supposed to be the good guys aren’t we? Is this really how the good guys operate? Don’t we use warrants and the like?
I am not saying I am signed up for this program, but I will say I know a lot more about some people than I used to. Nudge nudge wink wink….
Mr Orwell would be so proud.
A shop owner in Japan is suing the head of the largest Yakuza gang in the country. This is a very brave woman, the Yakuza is much more deeply embedded in Japanese society than the Mafia is in US culture. They bribe and control people at many levels of government which has kept them from the short of massive hits the FBI gives the US Mafia. Standing up them in this public a way is a very gutsy thing to do.
Starting today you can no longer modify your cell phone. Soon I suspect we will no longer be able to turn them off as they make such handy tracking and listening devices as well. We should not be worried though, we have nothing to hide and those cranks who remember the days where when you bought something you could do what you liked with it will all die off soon. It will make us all safer. It is for the children. If you do not like this you support the Eurasian terrorists. Big Brother loves you.
I enjoyed this video on how to promote honesty in society as it increasingly becomes less religious.
So I watched the Shuttle fly by today on the way to its become a museum piece and all I felt was sadness. I know American politicians from both parties promise one day we will get back to space I do not believe them, unless it will be for purely military purpose. It is simpler to dole out your political favors more directly than funding science. While there are companies that did well with the space program, they can be repaid for their donations with defense contracts instead. Maybe I am wrong. I hope I am wrong but I believe we will leave space, and most other basic science exploration to other countries now and so seeing the shuttle heading to its parking lot was just heartbreaking for me.
This is why the corruption of the current political process, which is shared by all participants is so sad. Once we reduced our politicians to quid pro quo fund raising machines our chances of getting the big decisions right goes down to almost nothing. Democrats and Republicans alike are so focused on paying back those that keep them in office that they are squandering the money we could use for science. Each cut they make is normally a little one, a tax break here, a special project there, but they add up all that money has to come from somewhere. Why do science? Why explore space? That is money invested and they have favors to pay back now so they can raise more for the next election. All that money in our elections is money we are not doing research with. It makes me angry. I would love to see a change.