The Right to be Remembered

James Corbett, June 24 2017

...the real solution here, as always, is in our own hands. Unless and until the internet is "shut down" (which is not going to happen, at least not for good), it is essentially impossible for The Party to actually scrub alternative news and information from the web.

Like many other people in the online era, Mario Costeja González found himself in an uncomfortable situation: When people Googled his name the top result was a piece of potentially embarrassing information from his now-distant past. But unlike many other people in the online era, he did something about it: He went to court.

The story goes like this: In 1998 González' home was foreclosed as a result of debt which he subsequently paid off. But over a decade later he discovered that when people Googled his name the most prominent result was a link to a 1998 article from the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia detailing the foreclosure. He contacted the newspaper to ask them to remove his name from the article, but they refused to do so on the grounds that the announcement of the foreclosure had been mandated by the Spanish Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. So he took his complaint to the the Spanish Agency of data protection, which rejected his complaint against the newspaper but upheld his complaint against Google, calling on the search engine to remove the link to the article from its results. Google counter-sued in the National High Court of Spain and, in the end, the court ruled that search engines are "in certain circumstances obliged to remove links to web pages that are published by third parties and contain information relating to a person from the list of results displayed following a search made on the basis of that person’s name."

The case contributed an important legal precedent to the so-called "Right to be Forgotten," the idea that people should be free to live their lives without worry that they will be forever stigmatized by an event in the past that is no longer relevant. The great irony in González' case, of course, is that now when people Google his name they're greeted with tens of thousands of search results about his case, discussing in great detail the very foreclosure that he had worked to expunge from his Google trail. Such is life in the age of the internet, a medium which has introduced us to "The Streisand Effect."

But as distressing as it must be to be attempting to separate yourself from your digitally preserved past, it has to be noted that the entire concept of the "Right to be Forgotten" comes with a corollary that is even more horrific: In order for the search engines and databases to grant your "Rig...

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It Has Begun

Bob Rinear, June 21 2017

What about if a storm is predicted to bear down on your town? What do you do in the few days ahead? Well let me say it like this, if it’s Sandy size or Katrina size, none of this is going to matter much.

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India and Pakistan, Friends At Last (?)

James Corbett, June 17 2017

So have India and Pakistan turned a corner? Has China and its SCO partners found a way to bring these bitter enemies together in peace and harmony? Well, let's not get carried away here.

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Chicken Little

Bob Rinear, June 14 2017

When does that stop? How does it stop? Does it have to stop? Logic says yes it will indeed end. But I’ll be damned if I know just how. We have already seen so many impossible things, that I can’t wait to see the next one. Get your popcorn and watch the show.

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The Qatar/Gulf Crisis Explained

James Corbett, June 10 2017

In reality, like any other geopolitical bombshell there may be one specific incident that sparks the powder keg,... but there are a number of different factors that compel each of the players at the table to act for their own interests.

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Predictions

Bob Rinear, June 7 2017

My point is this folks. Predicting the future with any accuracy is a tough game even when you have rock solid, 100% true current information. Trying to do it while being lied to on just about every topic imaginable is a recipe for defeat.

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The Climate Hoax Tipping Point

James Corbett, June 3 2017

Yes, the world is reaching a tipping point, but it has nothing to do with the trace amounts of life-giving carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Instead, the climate hoax itself is reaching a tipping point, the point at which the public stops listening to the apocalyptic predictions of the "End Is Nigh" crowd.

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The Saudi Arms Deal: What You’re Not Being Told

James Corbett, May 27 2017

That crazy, creepy glowing orb. 1000 years from now it could very well be that the only thing the historians of the future remember about our era is that some group of dignitaries touched a glowing orb in a darkened room and the internet lost its collective mind.

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The .380

Bob Rinear, May 24 2017

The arguments will never end. Ever. All you can do is make up your own mind. For me it’s quite easy, I have the right gun, the right ammo, I train religiously, and I will indeed stop the threat. No need for cannons.

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Big Data Exposed

James Corbett, May 20 2017

Think of Big Data as a malevolent technocratic Santa Claus: it sees you when you're sleeping, it knows when you're awake, it knows if you've been bad or good (even in advance!), so be good for goodness sake!

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Ransom, The Test

Bob Rinear, May 17 2017

...we all think of war as bombs and tanks and fast planes that give Pentagon geeks all forms of war porn. But war doesn’t have to be waged with bombs. Cyber war can kill just as well as bombs, and doesn’t take out the infrastructure.

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The Struggle For Health Freedom

James Corbett, May 13 2017

The principle of health freedom is really the underlying principle of freedom generally: that I own my body, and that no presumed governmental authority wearing whatever hat or badge can force me into ceding that ownership to them.

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The Greater Fool

Bob Rinear, May 10 2017

The greater fool theory states that the price of an object is determined not by its intrinsic value, but rather by irrational beliefs and expectations of market participants.

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The Globalist Trade Agreement You Didn't Hear About

James Corbett, May 6 2017

So cross the Trade Facilitation Agreement off your list of worries. It has already arrived, and it arrived not with a bang or even a whimper but a silent, self-congratulatory smile and a knowing nod among the globalist jet set.

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Trump, the Mystery

Bob Rinear, May 3 2017

In fact we selected you to be President, because the truth is our country is hanging by a thread. 50% of our people live paycheck to paycheck. We’re the strongest country on earth…that’s going belly up.

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