Fixing Europe’s “Right To Be Forgotten” Disaster

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Problem:

Folks requested the ability to be able to take down articles/news/etc. that are either old or contain incorrect information about themselves. However, sometimes, that bad information is a small part of a larger story or cannot be removed in the internet world for other reasons.

Bad Solution:

The European Court created a “Right to be Forgotten” law, forcing search engines (aimed specifically at Google) to have to remove links to articles when that specific person’s name is searched. However, there’s no real guidelines, so folks send in all sorts of demands to Google to remove links.

Stupid Result:

Somebody’s wants their personal comment in the comment section of a very relevant news article “forgotten”, so he sends his demand to Google, who has to now manually remove that page result from searches involving his name. This leads those involved wit that article to think that Google is removing all links and they get mad, worried, and ironically, posting more links to that page, thus focusing even more attention to it. And to get even worse, every demand sent to each search engine (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.) will be handled differently by each company, thus guaranteeing unhappy people and follow-up lawsuits/legal actions. Yuck.

My Better Idea:

Here’s my much better idea for how to fix this:
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Reality of $1/Hour

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So today, unions sponsored another set of protests (and calling them strikes, as if those employees that were involved were already in a union) in an attempt to bully McDonald’s, Taco Bell and other fast food chains to increase their minimum wage from ~$7-8/hour to $15/hour. Almost double.

I’ll skip the issues of these unions just trying to increase their own membership and destroying entire industries to do it. I’ll discuss unions in another post.

Tonight, I just want to show some simple math.
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Reality of Government Surveillance

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So this whole business of project Prism, and the other projects made for mass surveillance of all Americans electronic activity is rather interesting on a few levels that I don’t read anyone mentioning.

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No Reason to Lie

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In politics, people lie in order to gain what they think is extra political power. They deceive those they claim to represent in order to appear to be “one of the boys”, however they think that is defined. I despise this. It doesn’t matter which political party you talk about, they all have people who do this. No group is exempt from having idiots in their midst.

One story is a perfect example that I’ve been neglecting to write about for far too long.

Allow me to introduce to you ex- Republican Senator Larry Craig. The “ex-” is on purpose because he is no longer a Senator. The reason why is the story I shall tell.
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Most Inspirational American

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There are times in your life when you absolutely need to gain inspiration from the achievements of others. Those stories of folks who overcame obstacles and achieved great things in spite of them. There are many people who have inspired me personally for many reasons. I completely adore “rags to riches” stories, or any personal story which shows a person working their ass off and getting rewarded for it.

  • Bill Gates
  • Eminem
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Lee Iacocca
  • Michael Jordan
  • Sam Walton
  • Steve Jobs
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • And so many more

Have all inspired me. They all overcame obstacles and found success in their field of choice.

However, when it comes to the “American Dream”. I mean the “You can do anything you set your mind too.” dream, there is one person that exemplifies that for me.

In my opinion, the most inspirational American is so completely overlooked it borders on criminal. The person I’m talking about is…
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Reality of Economy

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Lets look at the basics of a monetary economy. Consider this article as “Economy 101”.

First, what’s money? Money is simply a medium for simpler exchange of goods and services.

Example without money:
Person #1: “Hi, I’d like to take that bed you made. I’ll offer you these fifty pizzas I made today.”
Person #2: “I don’t need fifty pizzas. But if you have 80 pounds of pepperoni. I could trade that for something else I need.”
Person #1: “OK, Deal. (Now what am I going to do with all these pizzas?)”

Example with money:
Person #1: “Hi, I’d like to take that bed you made. I’ll offer you $500.”
Person #2: “Sorry I need $600 to sell it.”
Person #1: “OK, Deal.”

Money really is that simple. However, the facts of using it are what gets a lot of people confused. Let’s talk about the issue of profit and loss.
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Reality of Historical Records

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Something to consider:

  • A person gets injured and goes to the hospital. Because they are embarrassed about what really caused the injury, they report the cause as something else.
  • A crime occurs, but for various reasons, the victim doesn’t report it.
  • Someone doesn’t like a co-worker, and falsifies reports, making them seem guilty of something.
  • During war, records are altered in order to remove evidence of wrong-doing in order to escape the wrath of a superior officer.
  • A business manager fudges the sales figures.
  • A witness to a crime exaggerates how many people were involved.
  • A politician alters the records to obscure who they received money from and how much.
  • A person lies on their tax records in order to gain tax benefits.
  • A scientist who lives off funding and grants exaggerates the impact of (or completely lies about) the subject of their research in order to seem more important.
  • People running an organization cover up details of a problem in order to prevent a scandal.
  • etc.
  • etc.
  • etc.

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Reality of Self Defense Laws

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I have resisted commenting on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman shooting case on purpose. There was too little public information and too many issues that folks try to combine together. However, I wish to focus now on one of those subjects. The issue of “stand your ground” and other self defense laws.

I will not discuss details of the above mentioned case. As the Philosophy of Reality recommends, it’s not wise to try to state opinions as facts when I simply don’t have enough inside information to feel that I know the Truth of what happened. Better to wait and learn more. However, that case has brought a lot of discussion about the Stand your ground law that was cited as reason for not initially charging Mr. Zimmerman with anything. It is this and similar laws I wish to discuss here.
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Interesting Scientific Discovery: Sex and Smell

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NOTE: This is a repost of an article I had up on a now dead forum I made. I first posted this June 28 2005:

There’s been lots of scientific study involving sex lately. (The creation of Viagra and so many other similar drugs is of course a huge hint of this fact) However, these studies are often showing us things that many just wouldn’t have suspected.

I heard about this little discovery on the Dr. Dean Edell radio program. I don’t remember the specifics, so I’ll sketch out what I do remember.

In studying the changes in the hypothalamus (the part of the brain involved during sexual attraction) a study involving testosterone, estrogen and smell in an attempt to understand the whole “aphrodisiac” thing, found this out.
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Brainstorms #2

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NOTE: This is a repost of an article I had up on a now dead forum I made. I first posted this June 27 2005:

One time, I was talking to a guy while he was waiting for his wife to finish shoe shopping. We came across a great idea for a business. I ran this idea across other people and have received almost unanimous agreement on this idea. So I’m placing it out for others to consider and see what you think. Here’s the idea:
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