Improving your online privacy

I’ve written several times in the past about the threat to privacy and private information posed by the Internet and social media companies who see us as the product they sell to others, to be exploited for their greatest advantage.  That’s why I’m still not active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or any of the other big names in social media.  The only one I use is Gab, and they guarantee the privacy of their members, making it a much safer environment. If you’ve wondered how to improve or safeguard your online privacy, there are ways.  Many of them have been

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Doofus Of The Day #1,024

Today’s award goes to Cathay Pacific, a Hong Kong-based airline.  It seems they sent one of their Boeing 777’s to get a new paint job.  Unfortunately, someone (several someones, including the supervisor[s], I guess) couldn’t spell.  Cathay tweeted: Needless to say, people went overboard with their comments on the pictures.  My favorite response was this one: You can read the others below Cathay’s original tweet.  I’ll say this for the airline:  it doesn’t seem to mind poking fun at itself, and allows its fans to express their humor as well.  Good for them. Peter

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The best response yet to Swetnick (and Ford, and Ramirez, et al)

The latest allegations against Judge Kavanaugh are so ridiculous, so over-the-top, that any person with two working brain cells to rub together can see them for the lies they are.  They’re nauseating.  I think the best point-by-point rebuttal comes from Twitter user Benny Johnson.  Follow the string for yourself at that link, if you wish.  Here are the screen captures. Swetnick’s claims are, on the face of it, a tissue of lies.  It is impossible for any objective observer to take them seriously.  There is simply no way any human being in her right mind would have behaved as she did, going back to

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When “fake news” and gossip kills people

Way back, in the first year of this blog, I described how township gossip led to the death of a friend, in the most horrific and ghastly way imaginable.  It remains one of my most painful memories. Now comes news that unfounded rumor has led to two more deaths, just as ghastly. Ricardo Flores’ goal was to study hard, become a lawyer and earn enough so that his parents could return from the United States — the destination of multitudes from this impoverished corner of south-central Mexico. . . . That dream came to a violent end one afternoon last month after

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Doofus Of The Day #1,015

Today’s award goes to Sony Pictures. Sometime in the past few hours, somebody at Sony attempted to upload the ‘official red band trailer’ for its upcoming movie Khali the Killer. . . . The trailer, just 1h 29m long… wait… We’ve picked a screenshot that doesn’t ruin the plot but as it clearly shows, this is no ordinary trailer. Weighing in at nearly 90 minutes it’s particularly long. In fact, it’s the entire movie – we checked. There’s more at the link.  A tip o’ the hat to Australian reader Snoggeramus for providing it. The “trailer” has since been taken

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