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ArchiveFebruary 2019

Cybercrime, and Cyber War will get you long before climate change!



I recently had a discussion with some folks about the worst threat facing the world today.  Climate change was the answer.  Then there was an NPR survey on Facebook asking “what’s the biggest threat to America” … and you guessed it, climate change won the cigar. I wrote Cyberwar, but it didn’t even come up in the top ten list.  People just don’t know what’s really going on. (more…)

Do you HATE telemarketers, robo callers? Are you mad?


death to robo calls

The spam telemarketing calls these days are really irritating me. I had eight of them yesterday. There’s nothing you can do because they use a hijacked, “dead” number, and run a recording. If you trace the number, or call back the number has been disconnected — if you stay, and click to talk to a representative, they gather your personal data from your smart phone, then hang up. The FCC says that 50% of the calls you will receive on your smartphone this year will be spam and scam calls. (more…)

The Problem of Calling Donald Trump an Idiot


who is an idiot?

Most of you already know I don’t usually take sides, and I’m not particularly a fan of Donald Trump. But seriously folks, when is enough, enough?  I’ve been blocking and deleting friends on Facebook because of their prolific, venomous, insidious hate in political posts — I don’t hardly have any friends left!

What is most shocking is that people will lie and spew slanderous garbage just for their own gratification with no thought of reality.   Of course Trump is not an idiot.  You don’t become a billionaire and the President of the United States by being an idiot. Or stupid. So each time someone says that, you know they’re either just lying or they’re stupid.

Everyone needs to read : “The Insidious Problem of Calling Donald Trump an Idiot”


What does data collection mean for a child’s future?


children and computers

We often see parents using technology as a baby sitter.  That’s pretty concerning, but then I see children in the 8, 9, to 12 range with YouTube channels, and Instagram movie channels, and discussion forums on Facebook.  It’s a little bit more than concerning — knowing there are stalkers and predators collecting their every move!

Netscape has taken the initiative to ask  “What does data collection mean for a child’s future?”


He’s done, he’s done. There’s no question about that, he’s done!


I laughed so hard when I first saw this I thought I would wet myself!  But you know, it’s true — the media is way over the top when they slander Donald Trump!

Shortly after this video came out, I offered a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card for anyone who could accurately provide the number of times the media lied in this video — BOOM, the video was removed and the account blocked on YouTube!  Who removed it, or why, I do not know. Here it is again, on a mirror site.

Just remember, this was 2017.


Direct link:  https://youtu.be/xwW9RZCEydw   ----------------------

MEDIA CENSORING: anyone who doesn’t believe that the big sites are censoring conservative content consider this:

Shortly after I proposed a $1,000 Amazon gift certificate to the first person to give an accurate count of the number of times the media lied in this video! The video was removed from YouTube. The original link was:

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Fred Showker explores design, graphics, computing, social media, marketing, and the online world with an eye to entertaining, amazing information that will possibly make you think!

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