Your Phone Company is Watching

Back in 2012 or so, I posted a video hidden within a rant I had made. I rant from time to time. Scratch that. I rant a lot. I blog my rants from time to time.

Anyway, I think about this video often.

Malte Spitz asked his telephone company what type of data they had been collecting on him. An innocent question… what type of information are you collecting?

The results astounded him and he effectively communicated why we should all be concerned.

For those of you out there who don’t find any significance to the Snowden releases, the information our NSA collects, and why blanket collection of data is a dangerous tool… I ask you to watch the movie.

It’s a quick 10 minutes. If you’ve seen it before, it’s time to watch it again.

Malte Spitz asked his cell phone carrier what it knew about him–and mapped what he found out.

My Internet Quote

I don’t think I’ll ever come up with a better quote than this:

The Internet is like a big city. Sure, there’s great museums and entertainment, but there’s also bad, bad places filled with bad, bad people. Fred Posner

I first used it on Palner.com explaining SIP Brute-force attacks to non-techs. =)

Facebook: I’m Breaking Up with You

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Missed it. Was on Facebook.

Listen… I’m grateful for our relationship. I do not regret these past 7+ years. After all, you and I have shared some significant events.

When we first got together I was single, had an amazing dog, and was finishing up my degree. You were great in helping me connect with other students in my classes and even helped me keep track of assignments, projects, and more.

You helped me through some rough times.  Continue…

Best Rocky Balboa Quote Ever

Let me tell you something you already know…

The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.

It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.

You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. Continue…

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Taxes on my Taxes

So, yesterday I got my electricity bill and it was a little over 180 bucks. It’s Gainesville and hot, so I expected a decently high electricity bill. Add air conditioning with more cooking (and a bunch of hot showers) and $180 is expected.

Of course, my real electricity bill is $150. There was $30 in taxes.  Continue…

What is a hero?

Words contain power– power that becomes diluted with overuse. The word hero gets thrown around so often it has completely lost its power. It’s become an expected title bestowed on anyone doing a good deed. Which brings me to my question… what is a hero?

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A Quick Look at my County Taxes

Here’s the quick and dirty breakdown (I’ve rounded the percentages):

  • Board of County Commissioners: $666.82 (31%)
  • Library: $113.91 (6%)
  • School Board: $931.65 (46%)
  • Water District: $32.14 (2%)
  • Unincorporated Services: $31.88 (2%)
  • Sheriff: $129.17 (6%)
  • Fire Protection: $103.51 (5%)

So, the biggest amount seems, by far, to go to the School Board. I spend over $900.00 on public education– and being that I have no kids, I think that’s very generous of me. Of course, not realizing  this until now is completely my own fault. Continue…

TSA and the Sacrifice of Freedom

There’s no big secret where I’m going here. Not too much of a secret where I’ve been either. Most everyone knows that I’m a former police officer — if you didn’t, well you do now. I’m not one to label myself a conservative, liberal, or anything like that. I’m registered NPA (no party affiliation) and that’s exactly like I like it. When I vote, I vote for whom I like, although lately that seems an impossible task… but as usual… I digress.

If I were to lean one way or another, I’d most likely say my beliefs are somewhat libertarian. I believe that government is necessary, but must be severely limited. I want government out of my house, away from my body, and focused on protecting our nation from those that would cause us harm. Continue…

Obama, BP, and the Killing of the Gulf of Mexico

Back in the 90’s, one of my favorite commercials used the tagline, “At BASF, we don’t make a lot of the products you buy; we make a lot of the products you buy better.” Well my friends, when thinking about our government’s response to the continued pouring of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, I can only think that our government didn’t make the crisis in the Gulf; they made the crisis in the Gulf more catastrophic.

First, let’s ask the most simple question. How much oil is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico?

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Why I Do Not Support the Health Care Bill

Sick, Poor? No thanks.

You already know where I’m going— it’s in the title after all. At this time, I do not support the health care bill. Now before I get into the many reasons why I do not support this legislation, let me spell out the following disclaimers.

I am a small business owner. I am not a Republican. I am not a Democrat. I proudly check the NPA (no party affiliation), when I register to vote for one simple reason— I vote along my ideals and conscious; not along some party mantra. As a general rule, I feel that the government continually mismanages money and our current news media fails to account the statements of government officials to any fact check or truth test.

With that introduction out of the way, I can now describe why I believe our government failed us— as we should expect it to. After all, the Founding Fathers did not want us to depend on our government; and for good reason. Continue…