Category Archives: Court System
SEGMENT – 9/11
My son, for the first time, this year, asked me about the Towers.
In many ways, 9/11 for him, is much like Pearl Harbor for me. That is to say that it is an event with which he will have to live with the consequences, without having lived through the actual event. The war(s) resulting from 9/11 have now been declared “the longest” in our history. But for fourty-six years we lived with the consequences and fallout from World War II…
Segment – The Elimination of Privacy In America
You’ve heard the stories about Google and Facebook and probably even JC Penny’s monitoring your online use and “targeting” ads for you to see every day. For me, it’s rather humorous. Because of the nature of my work, I spend a good deal of time researching things that I would otherwise have no interest in. Then I get ads related to those things, which I ignore and click on “Not relevant to me.”
Then, like most of you, I go out and buy a living room table on my credit card.
And in some room full of computers somewhere, somebody takes notice of that.
What does it mean that Dave just bought a dining room set at a furniture store in Bremerton, Washington? What information can we glean from this purchase? what might it predict that Dave will do next?
Don’t think that’s happening?
You might think that Equifax is *just* a credit reporting company.
But it’s not *just* that. And while you might think that 143 Million Americans getting their data breached because of Equifax carelessness, it’s what they may have been doing with that data in the first place that should really make you mad.
SEGMENT – Traffic Court
I have to go to Traffic Court today. I guess that’s not 100% accurate, I chose to go to Traffic Court today because I received a Red Light Camera ticket via mail. Oddly enough, the pictures that came with a sworn statement, signed by a local LEO, are clearly my truck. Stopped at a red light. Brakes on and not moving. So my wife said, and I quote, “You’re fighting this one…”
EDITORS NOTE: WARNING!!!! ADULT LANGUAGE
Dave is having a tough time of things recently, and anger has boiled over into a verbal lashing out at the irritants that further inflame his anger. Like Kirk and Spock using a subsonic transmission to annoy their shipmates and colonists on Omicron Ceti III, the news of recent days has irritated Dave to the point that his enhanced calm is no longer going to keep him from whacking something. Or somebody.
First, it was I-580 and it’s FastTrak® (don’t you just hate the faux spelling of words?) confusion for people who can’t actually see, let alone read the small print at the bottom of the sign that says HOV is Two or More Persons.
Then it’s misplaced joy over the Obamacare ruling.
Lastly it a new “book” released by an anonymous Congressman who says that we’re all stupid and Congress is a joke. Really? We didn’t already know that? So why is he (or she) coming out NOW with this book?
At the end of the day, Dave will still be angry, but maybe a little steam venting will help him to sleep better or at least enhance his calm and return to the ship to resume normal operations?