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Your Android's Privacy Just Went Where?

Submitted by janroe on Wed, 30 Apr 2014 - 11:30

Since the very early 2000's I used to be a great fan of that up and coming fast and excellent search engine. The enthusiasm has been waning.

About two weeks ago my "smart" phone informed me that I needed to update What's App. Such updates happen all the time. But this was different.

The big G Play Store that handles the update demanded to sign in with a big G Account. Sign in with big G Account or Register for a new one. No "skip" or "later". big G Account or no go.

US Second Amendment

Submitted by janroe on Thu, 31 Jan 2013 - 12:39

#1 with 30330 reads on 31 December 2015

Leader in Private Gun Ownership

"The US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world - an average arsenal of 88 guns per 100 people. That puts it first in the world for gun ownership - even the number two country, Yemen, has significantly fewer - 54.8 per 100 people". (Quote: The Guardian)

Social, Socialism, Socialist - Communist?

Submitted by janroe on Fri, 6 Jul 2012 - 13:52

Updated: 27 November 2015.

This article finds that mainstream English language media and politicians are confusing the terms "socialism" and "communism". In nutshell form, it clarifies the difference between socialism and communism, their purposes, core characteristics, historical context, and defines modern-day democratic socialism and social democracy.

CEO Pay Curtailed

Submitted by janroe on Mon, 4 Mar 2013 - 12:44

Who would have thought it.

"The People against rip-off - [Vote] Yes on 3 March 2013" reads one of the campaign texts of the "Rip-Off Initiative" (original Swiss German: "Abzocker Initiative"), lesser known as the Minder Initiative after the entrepreneur who started and followed through on it.

On 3 March 2013, the Swiss people voted with a 68% majority to legally limit the pay received by CEOs employed with Swiss companies. As measure of enforcement they added up to three years imprisonment and up to six years salary forfeiture.

Higher taxes for the rich?

Submitted by janroe on Thu, 6 Dec 2012 - 11:26

This is the question holding up the passage of a national budget in the United States.

On one side there's a newly re-elected President who championed that the rich, the upper 1-2% must go back to paying their fair share of taxes, the rate that they paid earlier, before the Bush tax holidays. With him is the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives, while the party holds a majority in the Senate.

The Libor Banking Fraud

Submitted by janroe on Fri, 3 Aug 2012 - 22:00

This article examines what Libor is, how it is determined, what the scandal is about, and who benefited and lost out. It examines aspects of self-regulation in the financial and banking sector. The article offers information and opinion, but is not intended as actionable financial or legal advice.

If you had money in the bank, or a bank loan in the past few years, the Libor bank fraud could have affected you.

And this comes in the middle of a world recession caused by these same banks in 2007.

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