China is launching a comprehensive “credit score” system, and the more I learn about it, the more nightmarish it seems. China appears to be leveraging all the tools of the information age—electronic purchasing data, social networks, algorithmic sorting—to construct the ultimate tool of social control. It is, as one commentator put it, “authoritarianism, gamified.” Read this piece for the full flavor—it will make your head spin. If that and the little other reporting I’ve seen is accurate, the basics are this:
- Everybody is measured by a score between 350 and 950, which is linked to their national identity card. While currently supposedly voluntary, the government has announced that it will be mandatory by 2020.
- The system is run by two companies, Alibaba* and Tencent, which run all the social networks in China and therefore have access to a vast amount of data about people’s social ties and activities and what they say.
More @ Liberty Upward
*Alibaba is a Chinese company not unlike Amazon, with a partner component selling wholesale merchandise. It has made it’s founder and chairman Jack Ma, the richest man in China.
Welcome to the Brave, New World. A major multi-billionaire capitalist in charge of companies controlling a communist population.
h/t Brock Townsend
Well, BILL, anyway…
‘We’ used to say “Bill Clinton was the best gun salesman in the United States!” (Due to the Assault Weapons Ban, Waco, etc…)
I like to think I stand on them, and admire those who do also.
Unless, of course, their principles are diametrically opposed to mine!
One would think that working as a county clerk, and gay marriage was upheld by The Supreme Court, and licensing gays violated my principles, that it would behoove me to look for employment elsewhere(?)
The same thing applies to pharmacists who dislike dispensing a ‘morning after’ pill to their customers.
Or going to work at the Walmart sporting goods department, and being told you must sell guns and ammunition. And you are anti-gun.
This just in – an Islamic flight attendant is objecting to be required to serve her passengers alcohol! (as if she didn’t know this going in!)
If working there and doing your assigned job violates your principles – QUIT!
There’s an old saw, emblazoned on many a sampler and kitschy poster, stating “When you work for a man, WORK for him!”
Perhaps the women in the news are hoping to become another cause celebre, and make it to the Supreme Court?
In another lifetime.
I’m certainly not pristine in holding to my principles. I AM human. I worked for a polygraph company (not as a polygrapher) and federal legislation was pending to severely restrict private polygraph pre-employment companies. (It passed). But the boss had us calling in on company time (we were getting paid to do this) in an effort to sway the Congress to not pass the bill.
And, having had some (not all) negative experiences with polygraphs, I privately supported the legislation.
But, I also needed a paycheck, so…
I chose getting a paycheck over standing on my principles.
I was laid-off six months later, regardless, I’m sure in part to the decreased company revenue.
I probably should have quit.
CUBA. That bastion of Freedom in the Western Hemisphere, has been removed from the ‘official’ list of those nations known to sponsor terrorism.
And travel restrictions have been lessened.
I wonder what has changed?
And I wonder about all those folks who suffered torture and death under the Fidel/Raul Castro regime? Who are still imprisoned.
And their families, both in Cuba and in The United States.
Of course, we still do mega-business with The People’s Republic of China, and Vietnam.
Perhaps we are just playing catch-up?
who shot up attempted to shoot up wounded a cop and became DRT* had lived and worked in Arizona.
One reportedly owned a pizza shop. The other was on probation. Somehow, they obtained a firearm and went to Texas to attempt to decimate the free speech of folks making fun of Mohammad.
fascinated annoyed by folks who come here or choose to live here, but don’t understand basic tenets of the Republic, like Free Speech.
If you don’t want to see cartoons making fun of your religious founder, go live in Saudi Arabia. I’m certain the State there doesn’t allow such fall-de-ral!
I remember one of the clowns who flew the planes into the Twin Towers lived here (right across from my former workplace TMCCC!) and went to flight school here.
It not Arizona’s fault. We just happen to be a somewhat-free venue.
A paradox, for sure.
from Free North Carolina, in part…
Christopher De La Viña,an Hispanic student wants to know.
As a child in public schools and now as a graduate student in history, I have learned one thing to be true about the United States: It is a White country. The founders were White, White men established its core principles and political system, and White men and women built the nation into what it is today.
Even before I became aware of the importance of race, I never thought this was “racist” or unfair; it was simply a fact. America has always been a White country and always should be. Why, then, … are White people giving away their country?More @ Elliot Lake News
The Firearm Blog recently brought THIS to our attention…
Glock Demanding Customer Private Info
And Texas’ old one…
AND a federal one.
(and rather libertarian principles…)
I believe contracts between people (and corporations) should be voluntary in nature.
If your religion (or principles, or personal beliefs, or bigotry) coerce/convince you to not do business with someone because of their beliefs, or creed, or disability, or gender, or age, or sexual preference, et al, then, by all means, DON’T DO BUSINESS WITH THEM!
Be prepared to reap the attention of the Federal government.
Federal law already prohibits denial of goods or services due to a customer’s race, color, age, disability, or gender. (Thank you President CLINTON!) Why do States feel the need to rubber-stamp the federal law?
HOWEVER, I also believe, as they do in Texas, that businesses have to right to refuse service. Period. No explanation is necessary or required.
And THE MARKETPLACE will make the ultimate decision!
If a business excludes certain persons from engaging in contracts with them, then they will make less money.
More open businesses will prosper more.
Because there are more capitalists then there are bigots.
I’m certain there are more businesses ready, willing and able to do business with any customers brought to them by anyone with a wallet.
In Indiana, Arkansas, and Texas!
Imagine a world where government stays out of such things?
Why would I want to do business with someone who wishes to not do business with me? Just to force my agenda on THEM?
A pizza place in Indiana closed because of protests by persons who didn’t like their refusal to cater a gay wedding. Here’s a hint – go elsewhere!
And the pizza place received unsolicited contributions from freedom-loving folks (to the tune of over $450,000!)
Here an exemplar:
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS KILLING US!
h/t Free North Carolina, The Blaze
The last and final SEVEN episodes start tonight!
Because JOAN HOLLOWAY!
(Yeah, I know, I’m a dirty old man!)
The ubiquitous and intense (and sometimes sexy) show, which reveals for us mores and folkways of Madison Avenue in the 60’s and 70’s is back. Complete with the political incorrectness, drinking and smoking in the workplace, and sometimes the degradation of women.
It was a different time.
We have evolved.
But we still like women.
Now, I’m not a believer in magic bullets. JFK’s or any others.
Physics is physics.
Thompson/Laguard, etc. Relative Stopping Power based on physics and empirical evidence. Not fancy video of watermelons and gelatin.
Having said THAT, this does look pretty impressive!
And, with .45 ACP and 12 Ga. shotgun rounds in the wings…
Of course, with a name like R.I.P., you can bet the anti-gun folks will rip into them. Ironically.
As they have with many others.
Remember Black Talons?
(FTC – no one gave me anything. Now go away!)
h/t Doc in Yuma