This is the perfect example of how the sanctity of the business gets in the way of doing what’s right.
Its incredible to think that a few unimportant businesses can lobby to keep states from stopping a widely recognized problem.
The thing to note here is this isn’t just about rednecks and wild hogs. This is an example of what happens when NobodyisFlyingthePlane. We put these businesses before the environment. Its almost mind blowing to think about how often squeaky wheels subvert the greater good.
The lobbying of the few outspend the needs of the many. This is going on all the time in Washington at every level and it paralyzes our system of governance.
NobodyisFlyingthePlane. We focus on the wrong things when we talk politics and the economy. Debt is not the enemy at the moment.
NYTimes: The Jobless Trap
Its a scary world of food we live in. What will it take to wake up to the corporate machinations that are molding the world around us into something we don’t want?
“The big question is this: ‘What happens when you manipulate food, take it apart and put it back together again, all the while adding new or altered ingredients?’”
For instance: Warner writes of your food being “constructed from powders,” and uses as an example the Subway Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki sandwich. (The name alone feels like it took five geniuses two weeks of brainstorming to devise.) “Of the 105 ingredients,” (you read that right) “55 are dry, dusty substances” whose names sound familiar only to those who read labels, names like disodium guanylate, calcium disodium EDTA, and other things you probably don’t have lying around your kitchen.
NYTimes: Lost in the Supermarket http://nyti.ms/YbFPvL
Nine out of ten people surveyed:
said they were worried that their data would be compromised and then used to steal money from them
So its not just the staff at NobodyisFlyingthePlane. Most people think the data explosion of the last decade presents problems.
75 percent said regulation preventing the misuse of personal data is not strong enough.
Most people think current regulation is inadequate. Will that lead to changes?
Well…just look at how things turned out for an overwhelming majority in favor of new gun control and background check legislation.
Apple keeps voice recordings of every Siri request and dictation you’ve made on your iPhone for 2 years. That is not good for privacy.
The staff here at NobodyisFlyingthePlane is evenly split between Android and iPhone so we well know that what one does so does the other. The slight differences in the length of time or methods of anonymization are irrelevant.
Everything you speak into your phone is stored on servers! Anonymizing the data is useless if the data itself contains personal info. A letter dictated might well include the name and address of the sender and recipient with tons of personal info squozen in between.
They looked at these most benign and practical of solutions, offered by moderates from each party, and then they looked over their shoulder at the powerful, shadowy gun lobby — and brought shame on themselves and our government itself by choosing to do nothing.
NYTimes: A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip
One man’s view of the cureent and future state of e-books from a guy who designed the Kindle. Regrettably its true that whats great about e-books is also what dooms printed books. I’d love it if printed and digital books could coexist for a long time. Both have their virtues. I’d also love it if online general stores didn’t have so much power that they could take over whole industries and remake them in their purely profit driven image. http://nyti.ms/10KKG9k