Monthly Archives: May 2010

Has Facebook Gone Too Far?…


Date: May 31, 2010

News Link

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is urging a federal judge to dismiss Facebook’s claims that criminal law is violated when its users opt for an add-on service that helps them aggregate their information from a variety of social networking sites.”

“Power Ventures makes a web-based tool that users can set up to log into their multiple social networking accounts and aggregate messages, friend lists, and other data so they can see all the information in one place. In a lawsuit against Power Ventures, Facebook claims that Power’s tool violates criminal law because Facebook’s terms of service ban users from accessing their information through “automatic means.”

“But the risk for users is even broader. If any violation of terms of use is criminal, users who shave a few years off their age in their profile, claim to be single when they are married, or change jobs or addresses without updating Facebook right away would also have violated the criminal law.”

As a personal comment…

…It has not gone unnoticed, by me, how some of these big name, “social networking” websites, have been going off the deep end, when it comes to interpreting their own terms of service…and who they will discriminate against.

“MySpace” went bonkers, a year or so back…wanting to sterilize their site of all “sexual predators” [whatever that means, to them]…turning it into this big drama, and threatening people [potential “sexual predators”, by whatever definition], should they not give accurate information on themselves…and even turning people over to law enforcement, for just having an account with them.

Now, Facebook wants to make a big deal, out of what sounds like a complete non-issue.

Some people want to access [and, I guess, edit] Facebook information [personal, profile stuff, messages, etc.], using a third party client of some sort.

With the explosion of so many different networking, blogging, website, etc, options…it is no wonder, that people want to simplify their web activities [as opposed to loading up multiple websites, and entering in many passwords]. I’ve seen the clamoring, for these kinds of solutions, where in you subscribe to RSS feeds, or something of that nature…and content from sites you keep track of, are automatically brought to you.

If one could combine that, with the ability to mesh together this content into one, cohesive page…anyone could have their own, tailored websites, and cover all their favorite basis, in one, simple visit.

So what, if someone is accessing their own account information, through a third party client? If they are doing nothing malicious, then what is the problem?

How does it become “criminal”, in any sane manner?

If you ask me, there are way to many self appointed, “guardians of morality” online…and allowing for anyone to perform these kinds of mental gymnastics, just so they can call an innocuous activity “criminal”, sets one of the worst kinds of precedent, imaginable.

Has the “God Concept” Finally Become Obsolete?…


Date: May 28, 2010

Has it finally been proven, that “god” is not needed at all, to begin life?

They just created, a man made, synthetic, living cell…which reproduces itself.

Synthetic Life Becomes Reality

Artificial Life Created

This is fascinating…

What are the implications?…

This wont be a death blow to religion, that much is for sure…because far to many religious people, are unwilling to believe science…especially when it conflicts with the bible, koran…or, whatever mystical text they believe in.

…But, from a practical, rational standpoint…does this finally “kill god”?

Has the mountain of persuasive data finally overwhelmed, any presumed justification for holding onto a belief in “god”?

Personally, I arrived at this conclusion years ago…and “the case for god” has just kept getting, more and more abysmal…with every passing year…

Man is creating new life…

…Maybe, man is “god” now?…

…and maybe, the whole idea of “god”, isn’t really so critical?

Children “Aren’t” Atheists?…


Date: May 26, 2010

Why do people [even some atheists] have such a problem, when it is pointed out that “atheist” literally means “non-theist”…

…and by default, this makes all humans atheists, at least initially?

Even according to the bible, we are “born wicked, and without god”…

…is that not atheist enough, by christian standards?

I’ve noticed, even some atheists objecting, whenever it is suggested that children are naturally atheist [that is, “non-theistic”].

If one does not have the capacity to understand even the concept of “god”…then how does one believe in “god”?

…How does one, who lacks the capacity to understand, adhere to theistic lore, dogma and doctrines?

How can they be anything, except, non-theistic, when it comes to this question?

It is not offensive, to state the obvious…

…I think, the problem here, is that people are stereotyping atheists…and think of us as little more, than complete jerks who are making fun of religions, and their “god” characters.

Of course, young children are not those obnoxious kinds of atheist.

….and I don’t believe that is what is being said, or implied…but, it is how many people are interpreting it.

It is not a badge of dishonor, to be an atheist…

…and I think, we should stop feeling as though we need to apologise, or make allowance, for the “ass hole element” amongst us.

Children are atheists…They can be born no other way.

They have to be trained, in order to become a theist.

If you think I am wrong, then please, explain your reasoning.

…but, children do not pop out of the womb, with knowledge of religion…This makes them a non-theist.

It is natural…This is the natural state of being.

It is true, yes…they don’t believe in, or stand for, anything at all…except wanting to be fed, held, changed, etc…

…but, guess what?…

Being an atheist [non-theist], is merely a question of your disposition towards religion…and nothing else…

All these other things implied, about “what it means to be an atheist”, are rubbish…and often bigoted.

If anyone gets offended, when children are acknowledged as naturally atheist, by default…then they do not understand atheism.

We Often Think We Are Clever…


Date: May 25, 2010

It starts off promising…warning that we might not be able to understand [because it’s complicated math].

01) EVOLUTION DEBUNKED IN LESS THAN 10 MINUTES

I have to agree with one of the other commentators…

I knew something was fatally flawed with this video, immediately after he says, “evolution claims there was 1 male and 1 female (2 humans), as the original species”…

Firstly, evolution claims no such thing.

Secondly, how do you draw that line of distinction, as to where this so called, “original species” begins?

Thirdly, why would anyone suggest, that a “new” species would evolve onto the scene, “in twos”?

That just seems very weird…There likely would have been many, many such life forms, developing together in different areas and climates.

So, the premise is…humans could not even be 500,000 years old, as a species…because population doubling only happens every 150 years…and there aren’t enough humans on the planet, to qualify such a claim?…

…and it took 450 years, to get 16 people?!…

This is comedy!…Isn’t it?…

You’re aiming to be the next Ray Comfort spoof!…

…Aren’t you, TruthfulChristian?… 🙂

Homosapiens were never known to live much over 100 years, even in the best of conditions…In harsher times, 50 years was about it…Often less.

Truth be told, your “original two” would not have lived long enough, to see grandchildren…and the offspring of your “original two”, would not have lived long enough to have their own children…

The species would have died, by your model…and rather quickly…

You know, TruthfulChristian…You even sound like Ray Comfort…

…You’re not his kid, are you?… 😛

I love how another person takes that very same equation, and applies it to 6000 years [the human history claimed by the bible]…and comes up with two thousand billion…

“Where is everybody?!?”, indeed…

You know…

…When I was a teen, I never did that sort of thing…

I generally was quiet, and attentive…I listened, and learned…

I didn’t spend my time, to busy telling everyone how everything works, “because I already knew all the answers, so why bother with anything else?”….

I think, that was a strength…and a character virtue.

Often times, the most wise amongst us remains quiet…because he is so busy learning from both experience, and the truly educated minds.

Don’t cheat yourself, by thinking that “you already know how the world works”…or, “you already know all you need to know about anything”…

We are all ignorant…every single one of us…

What we can understand in a lifetime, is minuscule…

In understanding this, we are better able to overcome our ignorance, in some issues…and learn enough to get by in life, without putting our foot in our mouth, to often.

Don’t be afraid, to learn things outside the pages of the bible, TruthfulChristian.

You will find most truth there…in this world we live in.

meebo.com…


Date: May 24, 2010

I’d like to direct your attention to the “Send Me a PM” link, above.

For a long time, I’ve wanted to incorporate an IM into my blog[s]…and a live chat room, also…but, I know of the paranoia level, and many people hate it, when you force their browser to load up a bunch of scripts, prior to their consent…They don’t like being forced to download content, from other sites, when they aren’t even familiar with said site.

This is understandable…and my compromise, is in placing such scripts on their own page, as opposed to the main page.

I’ve set up a chat room, but…I’m holding off on releasing this…and it will be private, anyway.

I want to make sure, that the message history clears out, and is not permanent…as that would be a security concern.

On a side note, this has been a problem I’ve tended to run into, when searching for a good chat room service…No easy feature, to clear out the room messages. It seems like a very common sense thing to have, and yet…the services I’ve checked out, typically don’t have it…or, there is something else about the service, that poses a concern…So, I go looking elsewhere.

No matter…If we finally get a community chat room, great…if not…

All the best…

Steve Diamond

Ever think to yourself…


Date: May 22, 2010

…there are just to many freaking options?…

If you ask me…Changing blog hosts, is generally just an awful experience…

Oh, I’m happy to have Blog.com as an option…and I’m happy to be here…

It’s just that, you get your blog just the way you like it…You are accustomed to the features, layouts, etc, of the blog service you’ve been using…You have your custom links, categories and pages all set up, like you want them…and then, something comes out of nowhere and blindsides you…again…

It’s frustrating…

Well, at least my departure from baywords.com, was not caused by malicious vandalism of my blog…unlike another, popular blog service…

There is more than one reason why I left baywords, by the way…and I will elaborate upon that, soon.

I am impressed, that blog.com allows you to have an unlimited number of blogs [not that I want a lot of them], and that each has it’s own media library, apparently…with a 2 GB allowance for content…This might pose some very nice potential, for someone who likes producing media…Hmmm…

By the way, thank you to all who have expressed concern, over the fate of my previous blogging incarnation. It’s not really cause for alarm…baywords.com is having technical difficulties…and the owner(s)/administrator(s) have probably put it on the back burner, since baywords is not a business, but a private project.

Anyway…I need to go to bed, at the moment…So, I shall catch up with you all, soon.

Take care.

Steve

P.S. I just thought I’d share an original music file, I have titled “Cool Ambient”…Sort of a test, of how things work around here.

What I Don’t Understand…


Date: May 10, 2010

…223,190 Kids Legally Beaten in US Schools…

…223,190 Kids Legally Beaten in US Schools…

…BC Response…

…BC Response…

…You keep hearing it, over and over…teachers leaving the profession, a reduction in the numbers of people, willing to become teachers…teachers getting into trouble, and having to follow insane rules, because of legal procedure [to safeguard themselves, and the school from being charged/sued]…

Teachers talk about not even touching kids, and all the things they are paranoid over doing…and what all they cannot do…

…but, they can still get away with spanking?

It blows my mind, that this actually happens, anywhere in the public school system, today.

How is it, that this paradox exists?

For some reason…


Date: May 10, 2010

…BC Response…

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For some reason…

…I’ve always retained this memory, of “Webster” [Emmanuel Lewis], doing a “public service” announcement, aimed at children…where he is directly talking to them, through the camera, and telling them “If any adult touches you and makes you feel funny, go tell another adult [someone you trust]”…

…Typical stuff, for the era…and probably today, too…

Of course, he was…what?…20 years old?…and looked like a six year old…

Never quite sure how I felt about those commercials…Kinda weird, in some regards…creepy, the way they used him, for that purpose…as if he were another child, talking to children…

…I never thought accepting “sex tips” [ie: “run and tell!”] from “Webster”, was all that great a source for advice.

As the years passed by, and I became more sophisticated…I’ve come to view that commercial, in more and more negative ways.

I know…yes, children should be educated about sexual assault…but, “that” just seemed deceptive…manipulative…and it didn’t really even get deep enough, to make good sense.

Always found it interesting…


Date: May 10, 2010

…BC Response…

…BC Response…

Always found it interesting…

…how even in a major case, like the Gort/Sparks mess, the cop being interviewed for television, felt that he had to qualify his answer, when asked about the nature of the acts captured in video, via computer…

…”In my opinion, it was [horrendous…maybe heinous]”…I’ve actually forgotten, the exact word he chose to use, but it implied something alarming…

He didn’t look too broken up about it, though…

If it was so terrible, couldn’t he have just come out and said, “This is the most horrible thing, I have ever seen!…Those kids suffered terribly!”, or something of equal value?

“In [his] opinion”?…

…Well…what are his standards?…

It’s like pulling teeth, to get any real information.

I often wondered, if they weren’t giving blow jobs to those boys, and making videos of it…but, the cop could not just come out and verify something like that…

…It is nowhere near sensational enough…

For the record, I do not condone what they did…especially, in doing so, allegedly, for the political gain of BLs around the world…You don’t use autistic kids and their families, as pawns…

There was definitely a line of decency and human respect, that was crossed in that case.

…and there are also issues, about acclimating people to regular sexual stimulation…when they may never [maybe, in their entire lives] understand, how to properly deal with it…

It was just wrong, delusional and selfish, what they did.

I still object to the way, that LEOs and reporters outright refuse to tell anyone, just what the accused is actually being accused of.

A lot of flimsy accusations get shotgun through the system, “under the radar”…because, almost nobody really even knows, what the accused allegedly did.

Call me a fool…but I still think, there is a primal strain of good sense, within a large section of the population…where in, if they found out that it was nothing more than a horny kid getting blow-jobs, they’d say…”Who gives a damn!…Leave them alone!…Stop wasting tax dollars, on imprisoning/prosecuting people who aren’t violent!…Hell, I fantasized about that, when I was a boy!”

We are at a point in history, where there is a desperate need for transparency…

…It is the only way, we can force honesty and accountability.