Come Heller high water …
- In the end, Zuckerberg’s lip-flapping to Congress about “transparency” and “doing the right thing” meant absolutely nothing, and here’s how I know: Facebook didn’t bother to send me an instant message, email or post telling me I wasn’t among the 87 million people whose information was directly harvested by Cambridge Analytica, Trump’s political data firm. Instead, I found out from the lovely yet formidable Marcia, who located her answer by going to Facebook’s help desk and typing in Cambridge Analytica, which wouldn’t have occurred to me to do in a million years. Don’t you think that’s the sort of instruction that should have come my way from Facebook itself? Instead they apparently thought it would be more fun and efficient if they made me wonder for a while before searching all over the site for a button (because that’s how I’d do it if I were in charge) that said, “Click here to find out if Mark Zuckerberg bought one of the lesser Hawaiian islands with the money he made selling his customers data without their permission.” Thanks, Zuck. I feel like a real zucker now.
- And by the way, while I didn’t have my information sucked directly into the vacuum vortex of Cambridge Analytica, they got it anyway because, according to Facebook, “Based on our investigation, you don’t appear to have logged into ‘This Is Your Digital Life’ with Facebook before we removed it from our platform in 2015. However, a friend of yours did.” When I found out which friend it is, I’m unfriending them for life, unless it’s a close friend. Then I’ll just issue a 3-month suspension.
- Even more disturbing than that, though, was Zuckerberg telling Congress that Facebook collects information on people who aren’t even Facebook users through the data they pull from inboxes and smartphone users who are users. That puts the creep in creepy.
- It’s impossible to escape the painful irony of Gov. Snyder cutting off bottled water assistance to Flint, where many people still don’t trust drinking the water coming from their taps, and at least 12,000 homes still haven’t had lead pipes removed, while letting Nestle pull 400 gallons of water per minute for free from Osceola County, just a hundred miles from Flint. Honest to god, how does that man sleep at night?
- And then there’s the Line 5 pipeline at the Straits of Mackinac. Snyder has rejected calls to shut down the oil and gas pipeline, assuring us all is well and a leak isn’t likely. Then, as if on cue, a ship’s anchor this week damaged electric cables at the bottom of the Straits near the Line 5 pipeline, causing a coolant leak. The same anchor also dinged Line 5, causing minor damage. Doesn’t that tell you Line 5 could have been the one that was damaged more severely, which would have meant an ecological disaster? And doesn’t that mean critics – and not Snyder – have been right all along? Of course it tells you that. Because it’s just logic. If it doesn’t tell you that, then you’re clearly qualified to be governor.
- A new study says coffee and alcohol can help you live past 90. If so, I may live forever on my coffee consumption alone.
- I just realized this column is one crabby thought after another. I blame the weather. Like you’re not crabby out it, too. Spring, wherefore art thou?
- “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” – Henry Ford