I’ll Tell You What You Want to Hear

The title sums up just about every business and sad to say, church in the era we are living in. Internet spying, or shall we call it, cyber demographics sets high standards. Companies collect information, then sell it to other companies so they can tell you what you want to hear. They do this to sell you want you don’t need. They do it everyday, and the sad part of it is, they are very successful at it. Business wants to keep one step ahead of, not just the general public, but the individual, and they are getting there.

On a mass scale, I’ve seen this happen in real estate. News releases shuffle the facts around just enough to make it look like listings are way down. That motivates agents to go out and get listings, more listings, and more listings. Listings drive the market. Control the listings and you control the market. Low and behold the truth finally came out in the 3rd quarter of 2017. Sales were off 52%. That means the market in 2017 had a total lack of buyers. It was a buyer’s market all along, but news releases told agents, it was a sellers market. We saw some of the largest increases in housing prices I’ve ever seen. Why? It was a lack of communication. Agents kept telling buyers, there was a lack of good homes for sale. The truth was, there was a greater lack of buyers to compete with, so take your time, make a sound, educated offer, and look for a great deal on a new home. There wasn’t a lot of competition out there for buyers to worry about, but statistics were presented to make people think, there was a lack of good, quality homes for sale.

As far as cyber demographics is concerned. People brainstorm ways to present just about every product to you in a personalized manner. It may be customized based on your internet browsing habits, an email you sent, and maybe even a phone call you made. Imagine that, people taking your phone conversations and turning them into a marketing tool aimed at you. Is it happening? If it isn’t, give it some time.

The fact of the matter is, businesses can spend less time designing and building quality products and stick more money into selling you whatever they have. They will develop a need in your life for whatever they have.

At the present time, we don’t know who to trust, who is spying on us, or how they will eventually use that information for, or against us. Cyber blackmail is not a new thing, and people will figure out how to acclimate your Internet browsing, emails, phone calls, and who knows what to — well blackmail people. Change a line or two, and the scammers have what they want, someone on the hook. What is next? We can only imagine. We do know, the government isn’t about to do anything about it. We are in our own in this world. Until we elect honest people who can run for reelection on what they’ve done, not on telling us what we want to hear a few days before the election. Come to think of it, telling people what they want to hear has been in politics long before the Internet was invented.

Finally a site trying to make America a better country. I don’t know about you, but I am weary of hearing complaints and no one wants to roll up their sleeves to do a thing about – anything. This doesn’t seem like much, but this is an idea that should work. That is if people get behind it. If this fails, it only shows why Congress feels like they can do anything and we are really powerless to do anything about it. Visit USA-eVote.com today and let your voice be heard. If no one else does it, at least you showed you still care about America.

 

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The Future of the Internet

Most people would not look at me as an expert on the Internet. I have been around computers since 1975 when we had to use binary code to teach a computer how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. That was about it, other then those punch cards with little square holes.

Image result for first computersThe first computer I used in engineering was the size of a room. Very slow, and kept crashing I had to first draw a tractor cab on paper, plot all the points using geometry, write down X,Y,Z coordinates, then put points on the computer and connect the dots. That was it.

The first project I worked on, I drew half a tractor cab, then asked the computer guy how I could copy and flip the thing to make a whole cab. No one ever heard of that. A room full of vice presidents meet for weeks to figure out if it was worth the cost to pay a programmer to come up with a way to do that. They couldn’t see much use for a copy and flip command. How things have changed.

I eventually wound up at a company that saw a use for computers and invested in new computers and drafting software developed by engineers and designers that actually worked for a living. That was great. It was one of the first systems that worked, was stable, and did just about everything. There was also the ability to extend its usefulness with simple macros and sub-routines. We could do everything but make that computer sing.

We of course hired engineers from other companies with experience on other software, most on the leading seller. We would show them what we could do with the press of a button. They watched as the computer popped up a series of questions, then did an amazing amount of drawing on its own. That taught me two things. We can teach a computer to do parts of our jobs for us, things we do on a consistent basis, and most people don’t want to take the time to study chores they do over and over again. Most people want to do their work and leave it up to some computer programmer to suddenly make life easier for them.

In the old days, people who actually worked for a living were regular employees by day and computer programmers by night, so to speak. We had accountants developing accounting software, engineers writing engineering software, so on and so forth. They made programs that worked, and didn’t go through major updates and changes like we see today. The company I worked for sent me back to school to learn enough programming so I could communicate with the systems guy and tell him, we need the computer to do this and that, and know it was possible. Visual Basic was the key. Take one part of this program, add in that part from another program, and make something totally new. I had sort of a gift to see how useful computers could be.

Now we have people all over the world sitting in Internet cafes, or in their living room with a laptop trying to make money the old fashion way, steal it. The world is full of Internet thieves. I still get 1-2 letters per day via email with new variations on millions of dollars they have in a bank account, and they need help getting the funds to the US. Oh, and the old inheritance scheme. Are people still falling for that?

Now we have sophisticated scams. Most of them seem rather harmless and may go unnoticed. Even top antivirus programs use forms of spyware and sell off all the information on your computer. Who can you trust these days? My favorite antivirus program is Spybot. They are about the only ones left you can trust. The rest have fallen victim to big money from personal information sold all over the world. What is that information used for? All kinds of things. I can see how this is going to turn into a long series of stories.

Your information was first stolen to target your shopping habits. Major companies track the sites you visit on the internet, and then flood every site you visit with that product, or similar products. Those companies also buy information stolen from your computer to refine your custom made Internet experience. Bet you never considered that aspect. Those companies also developed and employ their own brand of spyware buried in operating systems. The bigger the company these days, the more deadly their spyware is.

Not long ago a computer worked off an operating system that only took up a few kilobytes of information. People were stunned when new operating systems took up a few megabytes of hard drive space. Today operating systems take up gigabytes. What are they doing with all that space?

Today most systems come with spyware included free of charge. People used to steal information, send it to their computers over the Internet, then process it, looking for information they could sell. Well why not use your computer to process and store that information, then send the important stuff of to the spy company? That made sense, and that’s what most people are stuck with today. Linux makes a safe operating system, but today, people want someone to do everything for them. With Linux, you have to know some basic programming, a sort of DOS system and a few commands to add programs to your computer. It is not impossible to break into, but very difficult. Linux requires a password to add any program to the hard drive. Since most of the world uses an operating system designed to do everything for you, thieves don’t bother to waste time on the 2% of the world that uses a stable, safe system. In a heartbeat, major software companies could fix that spyware and virus problem, but they are the biggest spies in the world.

You could go in and fix your operating system by taking out the spyware codes. But once you take out one program, there are 999 backups on your system to replace it. I don’t know how anyone could deal with the situation today. It has gone wild. So what does the future hold?

Everyone knows advertisers use information to flood you with ads to click. There is a lot of money in that. The last few elections taught us how politicians use stolen information to custom make banner ads to target individuals. Much of that was used to fuel the fake news sites. Using information from the Internet, they knew which stories to write and buy to target both sides of the political arena. The truth no longer matters. Attracting people to a site and getting them to click on ads is all that matters. It is all about money.

Now that the news has gotten their fingers in the pie, you can expect they will learn to use stolen information about people as well as the smaller, fake news people did. But they are looking at talking everything a step further – customizing news to suit the individual. In other words, I’ll see one news story, and you’ll see a totally different angle on that same news story. All they need is a person to enter a few basic pieces of information and let the computer write thousands of variations. As soon as the computer sees you on the site, in less than a second, a new custom website is revealed that agrees with your insight on life, to a degree. Your candidate is the best person in the world, and the opponent is a raging demon. How will they change other news? What happens when someone designs a computer program with an imagination, of some kind?

A Great Coffee

Imagine buying a new home. The first thing you want to do is wake up and have a great cup of coffee on that first morning. The question is, how do you make a great coffee at home? There are a few tricks to follow.

People go out and spend a lot of money on coffee these days thinking they can’t make that great coffee at home. There is one little trick that can turn any cup of coffee into a great cup of coffee. Use a little condensed milk in your coffee. It has to be sweetened condensed milk. About a half of teaspoon will do. That is the base. Now we can go from there.

Like chocolate coffee? Use a good brand of hot cocoa in your coffee. There are brands with different flavors to choose from. That is one option. Another is to buy a good brand of hot cocoa, add the sweetened condensed milk to your coffee, a teaspoon or so of hot cocoa mix, and then some artificial flavoring. Just a drop or two will do. I use mint, raspberry, and a mixture of caramel and coconut to make the coffee taste like a really great macaroon cookie. Take a look at the available flavors and let your imagination soar.

Now you have the basics to make a great cup of coffee. You don’t need to go out and spend a fortune, wait in line, or even leave the house. Now that is living.


 

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Milwaukee and the Great Depression

It worked once during the great depression, why wouldn’t it work again? During the great depression Milwaukee developed a plan. In stead of setting up the soup kitchens and feeding people day to day the County of Milwaukee created programs that put people to work. Among these projects was the creation of America’s greatest public parks system, including Alfred Boerner’s botanical gardens.

https://boernerbotanicalgardens.org/

Milwaukee embarked upon projects like Grant Park along the lake shore, County Stadium, the County Zoo and others.

Http://www.milwaukeecountyhistsoc.org/exhibits/past_exhibits.html

At first the country looked at these projects with scorn and ridicule, calling them a waste of money. It did not take long for other cities, states and the federal government to take notice of the first city in the United States to emerge from deficit spending to a city collecting more taxes than what was necessary to fund these enormous projects during the great depression.

Our elected representatives need to study history and find out how our forefathers defeated the last depression. Why not copy a system proven by trial and error and finally success during the bleakest economic turn down in the history of this world?