Monday, October 31, 2016

The freedom of the internet and the planned misuse by the People's Republic of China's police state

From The Washington Post:

Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and awards you a single score that measures how “trustworthy” you are.

In this world, anything from defaulting on a loan to criticizing the ruling party, from running a red light to failing to care for your parents properly, could cause you to lose points.

And in this world, your score becomes the ultimate truth of who you are — determining whether you can borrow money, get your children into the best schools or travel abroad; whether you get a room in a fancy hotel, a seat in a top restaurant — or even just get a date.

It is the scenario contained in China’s ambitious plans to develop a far-reaching social credit system, a plan that the Communist Party hopes will build a culture of “sincerity” and a “harmonious socialist society” where “keeping trust is glorious.”

A whole range of privileges would be denied, while people and companies breaking social trust would also be subject to expanded daily supervision and random inspections.



Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Deja Vu

Barry Goldwater, another scary person from 50 years ago, Goldwater was the republican candidate who lost badly to LBJ, the democratic president, in 1964.  See this vintage political advert, a Republican who agonized over Goldwater, from the LBJ campaign:

From Wikipedia:

Goldwater's provocative advocacy of aggressive tactics to prevent the spread of communism in Asia led to effective counterattacks from Lyndon B. Johnson and his supporters, who claimed that Goldwater's militancy would have dire consequences, possibly even nuclear war. In a May 1964 speech, Goldwater suggested that nuclear weapons should be treated more like conventional weapons and used in Vietnam, specifically that they should have been used at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 to defoliate trees. Regarding Vietnam, Goldwater charged that Johnson's policy was devoid of "goal, course, or purpose", leaving "only sudden death in the jungles and the slow strangulation of freedom".

Goldwater's rhetoric on nuclear war was viewed by many as quite uncompromising, a view buttressed by off-hand comments such as, "Let's lob one into the men's room at the Kremlin." He also advocated that field commanders in Vietnam and Europe should be given the authority to use tactical nuclear weapons (which he called "small conventional nuclear weapons") without presidential confirmation.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Halloween Cat

The dark side of humanity. People have an unwanted pet, usually a cat, and dump it in the country. They are domesticated animals but some people think they will survive as a wild animal. Instead they starve, breed, and have a miserable life.

Here is the latest. We have already had it neutered and given a three year rabies shot. It loves people and would make a good pet. It is a dark tortoiseshell with yellow eyes, a Halloween cat.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Trump resources

Article from Sam Harris - As real as it gets

Music from 30 days, 30 songs - By Artists for a Trump-free America

Steven Colbert explains - One diagram explains every conspiracy against Donald Trump

Who will be president from the New York Times - Just hope it comes true

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Mini Library cleanout

The library was overfull and the lights needed to be secured and the front repainted. Time to clear out some of the Bodice Rippers, Vogue Magazines, New Age books.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Luxury passenger train sighting

Seen along Highway 36, a private train for hire starting at $9,750 per day. It is an odd mixture of old carriages, pushed by a modern commercial engine. There is minimal passenger service in Texas, the population is spread out, the distances large, and airfare is half the price or less.

See for details.