He says liberals put the walking id there. From The Guardian:
…there is a kind of chronic complacency that has been rotting American liberalism for years, a hubris that tells Democrats they need do nothing different, they need deliver nothing really to anyone – except their friends on the Google jet and those nice people at Goldman. The rest of us are treated as though we have nowhere else to go and no role to play except to vote enthusiastically on the grounds that these Democrats are the “last thing standing” between us and the end of the world. It is a liberalism of the rich, it has failed the middle class, and now it has failed on its own terms of electability. Enough with these comfortable Democrats and their cozy Washington system. Enough with Clintonism and its prideful air of professional-class virtue. Enough!
And though I disagree with a significant portion of this, thanks, Leftover, for the link. It’s food for thought.
For all kinds of reasons I don’t understand, the Interwebs have been burning up over Olympic darling Gabby Douglas’s hair. (Go to Google, type in “Gabby Douglas,” and the Google Gods helpfully add “hair” to the end of that. Sad to know even the Google Gods objectify.)
If you’ve been watching the Olympics — and I have been, obsessively, in a way that’s starting to worry me — you know that Gabby is a gymnastics phenom who defies gravity. She has a killer smile, and she is African American, and somewhere in the manual that means we all get to comment on her hair. I haven’t posted on this because the discussion seemed too stupid for color television, but here: Read what Krissah Thompson has to say at the Washington Post and then, if you feel the urge to comment on anything but Gabby Douglas’s spirit, charm and athleticism, teach yourself this song:
So much for Google’s motto, “Don’t Be Evil.”
Read what Wired magazine has to say about the behemoth’s Street View cars, which were supposed to map the world, but ended up, from 2007 to 2010, gathering private citizens’ (and public ones’, too) personal information such as passwords, emails and photographs.
Here‘s Google’s response. Boiled down, the company’s engineers have said they weren’t aware of the cars’ data collection capabilities, so it’s a big oops that they may now be the owner of some really cute pictures of my grandbabies. I love sharing those photos. I just prefer to choose which ones go out.
Regulators are certainly not happy in Great Britain, where they are reopening an investigation on the information gathered by Google. Switzerland has placed some restrictions on the information-gathering, too.
Meanwhile: Street View airplanes, any one?
So much for privacy, and in this world of Facebook and the Interwebs-is-forever, what is privacy? Our technology is pushing us toward a new definition, and I’m not sure I like that. You?