US media outlets depend on our national ADD when reporting on President Trump

US media outlets depend on our national ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder in case you didn’t know) when reporting on President Trump. They are counting on the fact that few of us will watch the entirety of any of President Trump’s press conferences. How do I know this? Because I watch the press conferences and then read the reporting. Before I go any further take the time to watch the Trump/Putin press conference in Helsinki. It’s a little over 45 minutes but at least you’ll see and hear it for yourself.

There was nothing new in this press conference other than President Trump citing the “Pakistani gentlemen” that were working for Debbie Wasserman Schultz. I haven’t seen that put forward in the press and it was still largely ignored by most media reporting on the press conference. There was a brief mention of it in the Washington Post’s editorial but it was poo pooed as a right wing conspiracy theory.

Here are the editorial headlines that do not describe what I saw.

Chicago Tribune: Trump dances to Putin choreography

The Wall Street Journal: The Trump First Doctrine

The New York Times: Why Won’t Donald Trump Speak for America?

The Washington Post: Trump just colluded with Russia. Openly.

The editorials contain some truth and some accurate quotes but they are not entirely in context nor do any of them really convey the truth of the press conference. They are painting  a picture of a President that is under the thumb and controlled by Russia when in reality this was Trump being Trump. Self promoting and bombastic while also poking his opponents in the eye.

Today’s Supreme Court decision is a victory for liberty, freedom of association, and freedom of speech

If President Trump was good for anything he was good for placing Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. Without that appointment the decision today would not have happened and labor unions would have been able to continue to strong arm people into supporting the unions’ political causes.

This one decision (and the slashing of regulations across the board) makes me glad that Trump was elected President over Hillary Clinton. A President Clinton would have turned the Supreme Court further into making law where it doesn’t exist instead of applying the laws as written.

The confiscation of one person’s rights to serve another is never justified.

The anti-union National Right to Work Foundation, which funded the challenge, predicted the ruling would free more than 5 million public employees from supporting their unions.

For the unions, which traditionally support Democrats, the ruling will mean an immediate loss of some funding and a gradual erosion in their membership. Union officials fear that an unknown number of employees will quit paying dues if doing so is entirely optional.

The ruling is likely to have a political impact in many states where these unions have been strong supporters of the Democratic Party.

Read more from the LA Times.

A license plate, a tweet, and how utterly stupid we’ve all become.

More proof that we are doomed as a society. We’re primed to be invaded and taken over by almost any outside threat because our navel gazing has reached epic proportions. I think those are enough clichés thrown into a couple sentences.

On Tuesday, Twitter user @petegaines posted a picture on Twitter of the license plate “1488” and questioned why the state issued it.

“Hey @ILSecOfState why do you allow Nazis to get Nazi slogans on their Tesla’s personalized license plates?” @petegaines tweeted.

That number is a combination of two figures celebrated by white supremacists. The first two numbers stand for “14 Words” and references the slogan, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” The second two numbers, 8 and 8, represent the eighth letter in the English language — H — and when put together are meant to stand for “Heil Hitler.”

And what is the response from the State of Illinois?

Officials with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office said state records only go back to 2002, but show the plate was associated with another person who shares the same last name as the current plate holder, who took over the number earlier this year.

Family heirloom or not, the plate’s days are numbered.

“We are going to pull the plate,” said Dave Druker, secretary of state spokesman. “We checked with the Anti-Defamation League and they confirmed those numbers are associated with white supremacy. So our plan is to reach out to (the plate holder) and offer him another license plate.”

And the guy who has the plate that was kept in his family?

The plate holder said that can’t happen soon enough.

“I’m going to be storing the car until I can get the plates changed,” he said.

He just rolled over to the fascists.

I used to have a license plate, “TITAN 88”, would that get me in trouble today with some tweeting asshole? The plate was our neighborhood football team and 88 was my number. The 88 was for a favorite player on the Dallas Cowboys not for Hitler. Why are people so fucking stupid?!?

From the Chicago Tribune. 

Don’t blame the FCC for breaking the Internet blame the EU and the GDPR

Don’t blame the FCC for breaking the Internet blame the EU and the GDPR. Most likely you’ve never heard of the GDPR. Why? Because American media hates the Trump Administration and the Trump appointed Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai.

So-called “net neutrality” never existed and was never implemented as planned by the Obama Administration. So, you’ve never experienced what people are calling “net neutrality”.

The GDPR, however, went into effect on May 28, 2018. GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and it is the brain child of the fascists in Europe who want to kill American businesses that dominate the World Wide Web and the Internet. As proof, on May 29th many web sites that were based in the United States put up the following page (or something similar) to any IP address originating within the EU.

If crap like this isn’t breaking the Internet I don’t know what is.

What is the stupid GDPR? Here’s a link to a description in Wikipedia. Here is a link to a PDF of the actual regulation from the EU. It’s 88 pages of total bullshit strictly aimed at targeting American companies.

With the GDPR it doesn’t matter if your connection is fast, slow, metered, or un-metered.  It’s all about the data.

And what about the data? What’s so damned important about your data. What data are we talking about anyway? What web sites I visited? My location information? Who the hell cares? Plus, if you don’t know by now that nothing in this world is truly free you need to exit the planet. Do you think that Google’s, Facebook’s, Microsoft’s, or Amazon’s servers run for free? No, you have to pay for them in some form or fashion.

In the cases of Google and Facebook most of their revenue comes from advertising. That’s how they provide you a service. When you watch TV do you think that the people selling the advertising don’t have demographics on who watches the shows? Ever heard of Nielsen? That’s why you can watch over-the-air television for free. The TV stations sell advertising.

Now, who do we really need data protection from? It’s the government not private or public companies. It’s the government that you don’t want to let know what web sites you visit or your location. Why? Because the government can try to shut you up if you want to protest them. They can figure out who the opposition is and where they are. All Google and Facebook want to do is profit from advertisers selling you stuff. So they would like to optimize the ads you see so they’re more effective.

This has been a long and rambling rant because I’m so sick and tired of Americans and Europeans being mad about the FCC and “net neutrality”. The EU already broke the Internet and they will continue to do so. Their efforts are aimed at extorting American companies and controlling the citizens of the EU.

Welcome to your autonomous driving future.

This video was taken here in Chicago on the south bound Dan Ryan.

The Sequence to Success

If you stop and think about this for just a moment and not have a knee jerk reaction this concept makes tons of sense.

Brookings scholars Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill call it the “success sequence”: getting at least a high-school diploma, working, and then marrying before having children—again, in that order.

And here is some of what they found.

We found that at ages 28 to 34, 53% of millennials who had failed to complete all three steps were poor. The poverty rate dropped to 31% among millennials who completed high school, 16% among those who had a diploma and a full-time job, and 3% for millennials who also put marriage before the baby carriage. Among childless and unmarried millennials 28 to 34 who followed the education and work steps, the poverty rate was 8%.

Seems sometimes the traditional path is the best one.

From the Wall Street Journal

I have the answer to the Facebook and social network privacy problem.

I have the answer to the Facebook and social network privacy problem. Yes, that’s right, only I can come up with this simple solution to all the world’s ills.

Facebook, Google, Twitter, Snacpchat, and any other social network or service should institute a paid tier. If we pay for the service then these social networks and Internet companies can stop feeding us advertising and selling our personal information.

If you want the service for free you can still have it. But, you’ll go into it with the full knowledge that you could have paid instead to avoid any of this personal privacy ugliness.

You get what you pay for and, in the case of Facebook, you, me, and everyone else that uses Facebook don’t pay a dime. You think Facebook’s servers worldwide run on candy and happy thoughts?

Let’s make 21 the national age of consent

The age of consent across the world.

If you’re old enough to enlist in the military, which is currently 18, then, to me, you should be old enough to take part in any legal activity that any other consenting adult may partake.  But you’re not. So-called vices are unavailable to you, such as drinking alcohol and smoking. Now with the latest kerfuffle regarding raising the age to purchase a firearm to 21 there is another lawful, and Constitutionally protected right no less, activity that is proposed to be taken away from people we call adults.

If we are to do this why not be consistent and raise the age of consent for everything to 21… Including enlistment in the military. If people don’t have the maturity to educate themselves on firearms as a civilian then they certainly don’t have the maturity to decide to give up their life for their country either.

Here’s a list of things that I would make illegal until a person turns 21:

  • Military Enlistment
  • Selective Service (Military Draft)
  • Smoking
  • Drinking Alcohol
  • Purchasing Firearms
  • Voting
  • Driving
  • Marriage
  • Employment
  • Consent to contract
  • Consent to have sexual intercourse
  • Impregnation (Male and Female)
  • Parenting (If a child is impregnated and carries to term that person must give up the child for adoption)

I’m sure there’s lots more I’m missing but I think this is a fair list.

Google Search is broken and now near useless.

Like everyone else I use Google for searching the web. Google, as a search tool for the Web, has been getting worse and worse over the years but most recently when I use it I find the search results near useless. It’s my theory that AdWords, Google’s advertising platform, is largely to blame.

Most of the time I’m searching for information on a subject. Take the search term, “inexpensive limited ingredient dog food“. Companies that purchased the keywords in this search want to sell me dog food. But, really what I’m interested is information about this type of food and not how to buy it.

The first search results page is littered with sites that are not really sites I find reputable for information or for purchasing and even a few pages into the search I still can’t find information from what I would consider to be an authoritative independent source.

It’s like this for almost everything I search for now.

I’ll use myself for the ultimate proof of how search is broken. Take my web site’s domain name, kevinbae.com. It has my freaking name in it. If you search for me, “kevin bae”, my domain name should be on the first page of results regardless of how popular (or unpopular) my site is to the general public. It should be assumed that if someone is searching for someone with my name that perhaps a web site with a TLD of kevinbae would be a good place to start.

You can’t find anything about me until the second page of search results where they list my twitter account and on the third page where there is an entry that has to do with my work. But still nothing for kevinbae.com until the fourth results page. Ridiculous.

Try the same search for, “kevin bae“, on Microsoft’s Bing.com and bam! There I am at the very top of the search results. Perhaps I need to move on over to using Bing for all my searching needs.

What further complicates search on Google is that they are trying to customize your searches. If you’re logged into your Google account while making a Google search everything you’ve ever done while logged into your Google account gets used to try to make Google search smarter. But, it’s not getting smarter it’s getting dumber and more useless by the day.

Bing it baby!