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!



Wow, I can’t believe it’s the end for The Loop!

Educational Media Foundation has agreed to buy The Loop from Merlin Media for $21.5 million and plans to convert it to a noncommercial contemporary Christian music station under its syndicated K-Love brand. Pending government approval, the deal will mark the end of a legacy that began when owner Phil Chess of Chess Records flipped the call letters from WSDM to WLUP in 1977.

Radio Hall of Famer Steve Dahl, who rose to stardom on The Loop in the early ’80s, said: “As I look back on my 40 years on the radio in this market, I am reminded almost daily of The Loop’s impact not only my career, but also rock and roll history in Chicago, and around the world. They just don’t make brave risk-taking local radio stations like that anymore, and that’s everybody’s loss. I hope the last song they play there is AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell!’”

Read more at RobertFeder.com

The best part of the Oscars are the clips of movies past. It seems these people forget they are entertainers not saviors of the world or roll models to be admired. #oscars

This is easily the most disgusting article I’ve read in a long time.

Sierkip Chicken Farm Haan Crows Chickens

I ran across a story in the Washington Post this morning that is easily the most disgusting article I’ve come across in quite some time and it, to me, completely illustrates how we are doomed as a nation. Here’s the headline, “The Silicon Valley elite’s latest status symbol: Chickens”.

It seems the “tech elite” as they are called in the article are spending gobs of money on raising chickens. That by itself is not a problem. With the culture in California, and with the Millennial Generation, surrounding locally sourced everything this would make some sense and I really don’t have a problem with people wanting to raise their own chickens. Whatever floats their boat.

The problem is that they are spending ridiculous amounts of time and money and wasting human emotion and compassion on Chickens! Here’s an example:

In true Silicon Valley fashion, chicken owners approach their birds as any savvy venture capitalist might: By throwing lots of money at a promising flock (spending as much as $20,000 for high-tech coops). By charting their productivity (number and color of eggs). And by finding new ways to optimize their birds’ happiness — as well as their own.

And another example:

Instead of cobbling together a plywood coop with materials from the local hardware store, the rare birds of Silicon Valley are hiring contractors to build $20,000 coops using reclaimed materials or pricey redwood that matches their human homes. Others opt for a Williams-Sonoma coop — chemical free and made from sustainable red pine — that has been called the “Range Rover of chicken cribs.” Coops are also outfitted with solar panels, automated doors and electrical lighting — as well as video cameras that allow owners to check on their beloved birds remotely.

One knuckle head, Moira Hanes who is a Berkeley professor, registered her, “one-eyed special needs rooster, Gwennie, as an emotional support animal.” What the fuck!?! This person is teaching people? Her stupid chicken has a “cross beak disability” and she feeds him fucking baby food mixed with grain.

He also gets a weekly bath and a blow dry — “which he LOVES,”

There’s even a cottage industry for chicken consultants that are charging upwards of $225.00 per hour. One consultant said one of her clients has a personal chef for the chickens. A FUCKING PERSONAL CHEF FOR FUCKING CHICKENS!!!!

Her clients spend thousands of dollars for surgeries and X-rays to keep them alive after the chickens have been attacked by a predator or if they’ve become ill.

One person in this story openly admits that her obsession with her chickens squelched her desire for more children with her husband. She feeds her CHICKENS grilled salmon, steak, fresh lettuce, and ORGANIC watermelon. Nothing says asshole like feeding your chickens this menu.

They are also extremely bigoted:

Watching the chickens is one of the family’s favorite activities. They call it: “Hillbilly television.”

That’s what the west coast elite think of the rest of the country. These are supposed to be the smartest and most enlightened people in the country? These people are fucked.

Instead of giving a fine bottle of wine when attending dinner parties these west coast assholes are bringing a six pack of eggs instead.

Not just any eggs, but a handpicked, coffee-colored collection laid by Queen Elizabeth, Bear or one of the Van Horns’ other heritage breed chickens, inhabitants of a cozy coop on the family’s backyard deck overlooking Sutro Forest. As a final touch, each carton is stamped with the family’s specially designed seal of approval: “VH SF Eggs.”

The bigger problem here is that these dumb asses are raising children of their own too. They are poisoning a new generation of people that will think it is absolutely okay to humanize chickens. They think their compassion towards these dumb birds is something to be celebrated when they should be nothing but condemned.

We’re doomed.

If you have the intestinal fortitude please read this most disgusting of articles at the Washington Post.