Monthly Archives: September 2014

Fed Auditor Fired for Outing Goldman Sachs for Conflicts

Goldman Sachs has pulled the strings again with the Fed:  an auditor with the Fed (which is not a public body, but is owned by the banks) was fired because she was bold enough to remind her bosses at the Fed that Goldman had engaged in very clear actions of conflict of interest.

Read more here.

 

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Sigh … Who are the Extremists?

David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, has joined a growing league of morons who think any opposition to the military madness against Islam or topics like 9/11 Truth, environmentalism and common sense makes one a ‘terrorist’.

Sigh … this blatant ‘with us or against us’ stupidity will get us all killed.

Why do we keep letting this happen?

How is it that people of supposed credibility can get away with painting so many millions of people with a very broad ‘anti’ brush?

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Judging a (Municipal Candidate’s) Book by Their (Technological) Cover?

Yes, I am going to judge candidates by what they tell me about their appreciation for technology.  Not by what they say, but by their communications tools.

I have a very simple litmus test for the candidates that I will choose for the upcoming municipal election:  are they technologically competent, or at least using best practices when it comes to basic (BASIC!) best practices when it comes to their digital presence.

This litmus test is important to me for the following reasons:

  1. Do they have a basic appreciation of what it means to me that they are technologically competent?
  2. IMHO, any candidate anywhere who fails to comprehend and exhibit basic web and digital best practices are clearly ‘of the past’.  They are dinosaurs that do not comprehend that the future is happening right now.
  3. Not having a web site and various social media pages is a fail.  Period.

Here are a few lists of candidates in various regions:

Ottawa:  http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/your-city-government/elections/mayor

London:  http://www.london.ca/city-hall/elections/list-of-candidates/Pages/Mayor.aspx

Oshawa:  http://www.oshawa.ca/election/2014/candidates-registered.asp

Toronto:  http://app.toronto.ca/vote/campaign.do

Windsor:  http://www.citywindsor.ca/cityhall/municipal-election/pages/municipal-election.aspx

To pass my litmus test, here are my basic requirements of expectations:

  1. A web site that clearly identifies their name
  2. Similar social pages that do the same
  3. A contact email address that is something like ‘info@candidatename.ca’
  4. A toll-free or at least local phone number for the campaign office
  5. Some experimental attributes, such as an app or an open feedback page for voters to register opinion and (gasp!) ideas

For Ottawa, several candidates had web sites listed, but only two had email addresses that matched my criteria:  Mike Maguire and Jim Watson.

In the case of London, only one candidate has what I deem to be a functional political email address and web page:  Matt Brown.

Oshawa:  3 candidates had web sites and 3 used proper emails.

And Toronto?  Well, first the City has an app.  Cool.  The City also lists all candidates on their web page.  I searched ‘F’ and because neither of the Fords have web sites listed (while more than half seem to have invested prudently in the ‘modern, wacky stuff called the Interweb’), I would not vote for them, using my basic criteria.

And there you have it folks.  Try this little test with your local candidates.  If they can’t express with their marketing and basic appreciation of technology, I believe that they are unacceptable as a candidate.

Ageist?  Perhaps my views could be interpreted that way.

Snobby.  Damn straight.

But I will NOT vote for someone who’s ‘old school’ and who sees the web and technology as a threat and not an opportunity.

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World War III Started By Lies

It’s Sunday, it’s a beautiful morning and I have to purge these dirty, ugly about American, Stevie and ISIS so that I can go out and enjoy the rest of my day.

So, I hate to be a negative nilly, but I’m pretty sure Obama declared WW III this past week at the UN conference and our hapless leader chimed right in, begging to be a part of any fight.

ISIS – the ubiquitous, unnamed yet named organization that’s the “NEW IMPROVED” terrorism – has become the target of endless bombings, attacks and destruction at the hands of America, guaranteeing an endless war on Islam.

Stephen Harper was quick to pile on, even to a point where Americans were reminding us that he offered to join the party and wasn’t asked to provide supplies and tools for attacks.

In this report on Global News, the Americans deny asking Canada for support in any mission related to ISIS, and yet the Harper government has repeatedly lied about this simple fact, claiming that they were asked.

Why the lies, Steve?  What’s up your sleeve and how are you planning on turning this into a campaign strategy for 2015 because, after all, we know that’s the ONLY thing that matters to you.

Do you need a war on the NEW & IMPROVED TERROR known as ISIS in order to scare us into thinking ‘you’re the only one who’s able to run the country during a time of instability and frightening villains who are threatening our way of life …’

Blah blah blah.  Same old rhetoric from your playbook of treating us like idiots?

What’s truly disturbing about all of this is that World War III has been declared while we all sleep and the targets were manufactured by the Americans in the first place!

OK folks … go back to sleep.  Keep working in your slave jobs to pay taxes to be funneled into the defense/offense machine that will kill thousands of people in the Middle East.  All in the name of ‘peace’ in the Middle East.

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The CRTC, Netflix and Content

This article highlights the interrogation and ‘Spanish inquisition’ type tactics of the CRTC when it comes to Netflix trying to represent themselves at hearings concerning content distribution in Canada.

Here are my thoughts:  CRTC, go f yourself after reading this comment:

Quote:  “(That’s) a heck of an answer for someone who takes hundreds of millions of dollars out of the Canadian economy.”

Do we ask the same thing of Costco, WalMart, Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowe’s and hundreds of other conglomerates that sponge billions from the Canadian economy?  Do we force them to disclose how many widgets they sell and threaten to tax them out of the country if they sell apples from Chile or garden hoses from China?

I can’t get over the audacity of the CRTC grilling an innovator like Netflix.  If you don’t know, the CRTC works for Rogers, Bell and other media monopolies in Canada, so it’s easy to understand the reluctance Netflix to reveal any data concerning its business as it will just wind up in the hands of its competitors.

The CRTC does NOT represent the interests of Canadians simply interested in content at a reasonable price.

The CRTC has outgrown its usefulness.  Time to shut it down before they bring about another tax, only to hand it over to their friends at Bell and Rogers.

Meanwhile,  we accept a known Fascist with open arms into the so-called pit of Canadian democracy without asking about the coup that they accomplished in the Ukraine.

What’s wrong with this picture?

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