Efforts to understand, improve, or do less harm to the world around me.


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Selling your privacy, buying theirs

I found this really painful: rich people using their influence to keep their privacy when they made their riches on buying and selling other people's privacy. The irony is bitter. I realize that when you're rich the rules really are different (for good and bad), but it's hard to escape how hipocritical it is. That privacy is only important if and only if one has money is a dangerous preceedent and a very slippery slope.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Yet another shooting with 9 dead.

There's a story background but this particular quote from a Chicago Tribute article unfortunately sums it up:

The sheriff has been vocal in opposing state and federal gun-control legislation. In 2013, Hanlin sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden after the shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school, declaring that he and his deputies would refuse to enforce new gun-control restrictions "offending the constitutional rights of my citizens."

Also thought what the President had to say was a worthwhile read.

To fight the general sense of impotence around this topic, you might want to donate to someone who got shot trying to help.