William Thien

As you know I support legislation offering increased privacy for internet users. I tend to believe that Americans focus a lot on what the government might be doing with information gleaned from our personal use of the internet while paying little if any attention to what private concerns are doing with that same information. I came across this story, EU pushes for more privacy for Internet users, while switching between various television news broadcasts this evening. The article details the European Union’s efforts to legislate greater privacy for internet users.

Reference: http://www.dw.de/eu-pushes-for-more-privacy-for-internet-users/a-18517884

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Now that the program enabling The NSA to collect all telephone records of United States citizens has lapsed, perhaps everyone can take a breath of fresh air.

But there are mechanisms out there (I’ve written to this effect prior in an essay titled Government Spying vs. Corporate Espionage) that are in my opinion more pernicious and more detrimental to the liberty of Americans and we are monitored by those mechanisms every day, some would say willingly. Every time you get on the internet you are being monitored. But that’s not the insidious thing, that you are surfing the internet and being monitored. What is really unfortunate is that your information is being collected and sold wholesale to anyone and any organization that wants it. Unlike the government program, the corporate program, so to speak, is not regulated as thoroughly, if at all. Any company, the media, any concern that wants information about you can get it and do whatever they want with it. There are huge companies now just waiting to sell you to the highest bidder. Your surfing habits are being run through algorithms and psychological profiles are being drawn.

It’s not just so you can see well-tailored advertisements, you are being analyzed. Corporations are reacting to what you are doing, media are reacting to what individuals are viewing, building files, simply because you are looking at a catalog or chatting somewhere. They want that information. What was once an open and free form of commerce and communication has become a sort of electronic hydra or lamprey sucking at the evolving lives of The American people and there is no effort to have it removed. Instead the focus is always on the government. I do not here say that I believe in such blanket forms of search as was being conducted, but let’s not forget what is really happening either. Let’s not be misled by all of the hyperbole.

You haven’t put up the wall of privacy like you would were you to conclude that you were being spied upon such as by an enemy government, so you are relaxed and social in a normal context when you are surfing, and so you are vulnerable. Your family members are vulnerable. Files are being created on them at a very young age. We haven’t seen the negatives en masse of such corporate behavior yet. Give it another five or ten years.

To me that is what is truly disconcerting about any surveillance going on whether it be on your telephone or the internet. I’m not saying I agree with any blanket surveillance by our government, rather I disagree with the unbridled corporatized blanket collection of internet activity, use of smartphone data, and the like. To me that is just as if not much more insidious.

Who knows who is buying your information and what they are doing with it? You don’t even know who to point the finger at in that regard. That is where legislation needs to catch up with The American People to protect them.

It makes you wonder, what’s the greater threat to our liberty?

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One of the problems I have with many politicians who consider themselves conservatives by default, primarily because they are members of the GOP, is that often their policies, ideals, and belief systems result in massive increases in the size of government, and no true conservative would go for that.

Outlawing abortion, for example, increases government in a massive way. Banning birth control does the same as both outlawing abortion and banning birth control are in direct opposition to human nature. People are going to have sex, even if they can’t afford to raise the resultant progeny. That means that single women will have to fall back on the government to birth and raise that child. And they do. Last year over fifty percent of children were born to single mothers. HALF of all babies were born to single mothers. Now you know that means bigger government.

One of the things we can do is examine policies proposed by these so-called conservatives and see how they might affect the size of government. Perhaps a litmus test is simply to ask, well, will that increase the size of government or will it decrease the size of government? If it decreases the size of government, then it may be a conservative measure. If it increases the size of government, then it is likely a liberal measure.

But we should all consider that any proposed government program by default means more government.

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In the past I have written that there is one very effective way to make a decision about a candidate if you are having trouble picking one at the ballot box and that is to consider the candidate’s wife beforehand. Politics, they say, makes for strange bedfellows. Naturally then a candidate’s spouse can have a direct influence on the decisions an elected official makes, if they share the same bed that is.

But we have entered into a new age of politics in America where we can expect during the next presidential election to see multiple lady candidates, from both parties no less, and that means instead of considering the candidate’s wife, you might want to look into the candidate’s husband this time if you are having trouble picking a candidate at the ballot box.

I know I’ve been saying we need to talk about someone else as conservatives, but what does that mean for Hillary Clinton?

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That means we’d have two presidents sleeping in the same bed at the same time. In that case politics really does make for strange bedfellows, you could say.

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Hollywood has a saying that goes, “any publicity is good publicity.” In other words, whatever it is, if it gets people talking about movies it will be good for business.

I believe the Clintons have used the same publicity methodology with great success for decades.

And, I must say I am fed up with listening to so-called “conservative” talk radio hosts harp about Hillary Clinton all day long. I realize the Clintons make great fodder, and it must be difficult to find something to fill up the time. But there are real, substantive conservative issues talk radio could be focusing on but as one radio personality leaves and another takes over for a different time slot during the day, what’s the first thing the next radio host talks about? Hillary Clinton.

It is time for talk radio to talk about something else. Unless so-called “conservative” talk radio wants an outcome other than they claim by definition.

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To me what is crucial in this observation is ““equality” is frequently being used by one portion of society offensively against another rather than as a measure of equalization.”

Equal rights laws are being used as an “offensive” tool, a form of social self-promotion, not as a measure of social equalization for which they were meant. The laws are being used as a form of revenge for past deeds of generations long gone and circumstances for which no one race or sex has any control over.

Sexual harassment accusations are waged merely to get rid of men in the workplace, for example. There is no federal legislation to prevent that kind of behavior and the cost to investigate false allegations is huge.

In order to protect American employers, there should then be legislation enabling employers to reject applicants that fall within those social categories that file such workplace complaints at a statistically significant level. There should be such protective legislation since it is statistically more significant that such applicants will file some form of EO claim causing economic duress to the company.

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I was around during the sixties and seventies when the great social rights movements in the country were aimed at instituting “equality.” It almost made sense. Everything was done to ensure equality and that movement carried on until recently.

Lately, everything has been about something else entirely. Realizing that the public doesn’t buy the “equality” argument anymore, that “equality” is frequently being used by one portion of society offensively against another rather than as a measure of equalization, and with the public finally concluding that nobody is really truly “equal,” they’ve changed their tune hoping to carry on with the so-called reforms.

Now, the catchall isn’t “equality” anymore, it is “diversity.” Instead of insuring equality, we are supposed to “Celebrate Diversity.”

Well, what is it? Is it “Equality” or is it “Diversity? Are we all the same or are we all different?

What’s it going to be? Because you can’t…

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