Contemporary Philosophical Comments for the Day, Courtesy of an Everyday Man on the Street

“You’re not like that in real life, so don’t be like that on Facebook.”

– enlightened man on the street, an English teacher, living in South Korea

Cited from the innermost mind of the blog author:

“One of the most grating linguistic phenomenons of the last days was the deterioration of human speech and diction into a series of ever escalating, and more or less meaningless, abbreviations. People, especially the very young, began to speak and text each other  in their own abbreviated language, which reflected a plunge from actual speech and diction into sputtered bursts of jargon instead. When common street speech, gang vernacular and slurred pronunciation were added into the mix, what emerged instead of human language was a chopped up rehash of ‘webslang’ which did not sound altogether different from the chattering of chimpanzees or other primitive primates from a half million years earlier.”

Tags: Facebook idiocracy, the everyday man on the street, diction, language, linguistics, common vernacular, slang, internet slang, Kali Yuga society, end of days speech diction styles, the last days on earth, deteriorating language phenomenon

Meet the Man Who Wants to Play God. He Works for Google, By the Way.

After I first saw this jaw-dropping article out of Australia which was picked up in the states by The New York Post, I decided to see if I could find out more about the personal beliefs of Ray Kurzweil.  [ See links to part of what I found at the end of this essay and re-post.]

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My over all impression of futurists who believe that humanity can tinker with and make improvements upon the legacy which evolution via intelligent design has given us is that they are operating at a distinct disadvantage, that disadvantage being primarily that they either assume Deity to be irrelevant to the future of humankind, or they ascribe “old human Deity concepts from the past” as being indicative of the improbability of any actual real and present Deity. This is a grave error in judgment.

The most common mistake that truth seekers make when investigating the actuality of Deity is to look to human sources for intelligent information and evidence. There is little. Every sacred scripture every penned by men claiming to be inspired by God has been used by other men to wage endless wars of savagery, unimaginable carnage and ferocious oppression of stated enemies, infidels, women, children and acts of brutality wrought upon the innocent land itself. You won’t find evidence of God in most of the acts of men. It’s an exercise in futility to look there.

Many modern scientists, finding no evidence of God in the actions and behaviors of most men, and lacking the spiritual sight to find evidence of God in nature or astronomy, are thrilled to relegate the entire search to their perception of menial tasks not worthy of their time or trouble, when in fact, just the opposite is true.

What will bring immortality to men and women will NOT be nanotechnology, ever.  What NANO-worship will bring is a false superstate of technological global fascism wherein technology will be used to exalt it’s creators and suppress / oppress all dissenters. It’s not rocket science that I see this coming. It’s in plain view already on the horizon of social engineering and international government corruption.

Only God grants true immortal life. Only the truly God-indwelt spiritually alive human being knows and fully understands this fact.  There are no shortcuts. There is no way to “cheat” mortal death and attain immortal life outside of the ordained passages into Eternity which have been tried and tested in the greater Cosmos for billions upon billions of years. [ By the way the universe is much older than 14 billion years. Our own local creation is over 400 billion years old. See http://urantia.org for more details. ]

The desire to live perpetually on the physical plane could be likened to desiring to remain in the fourth grade of K12 school forever, because one didn’t know how wonderful the future grades would be and assumed that everything one learned in the fourth grade was all one would ever need to learn. How tragically childish and wrong such a half-philosophy is.

I have several facts I’d like to share. These are for readers and for Ray Kurzweil to ponder, and they exemplify what I am talking about here, proving beyond all shadow of a doubt that he has absolutely no idea of where he is going, what he doing, where he is leading the blind, and the dire implications of where it all might go.

1) The human soul is Divine in nature and cannot be duplicated, replicated, copied, or re-fabricated by any means in the known universe. Only God, the Creator, can endow a mortal being with an incarnate soul.

2) The ascending souls of sentient beings which hail from worlds like our own experience more than 500 complete transmutations of Divine Selfhood as they travel toward Paradise, based upon their expanding comprehension of advanced Divine concepts which are presented to them at each level of attainment. It is utterly and absolutely true that “Comprehension is the passport to Paradise.”

3) Were the human philosophers and scientists of our world ever to attempt to even begin to try to “imitate” this Eternal and far ancient system of universal education, it would take them more than 500 million years to create, and cost more than the gross national product of several thousand inhabited worlds. It is NOT possible to imitate or even partially re-create artificial fabrications of the Divine Education and Spiritualization programs which exist in the known Cosmos.

This is the true meaning of the phrase:  “In my Father’s House there are many Mansions.”

4) The “universe” is actually a monumental university, whose size, breadth, depth and complexity is impossible to denote or describe via any written language, including all of the languages of earth. “Books” are the miniscule tiny mortally created imitations of pieces and parts of this UNIVERSE/ MULTIVERSE, which attempt to encapsulate individual intellectual grains of sand on this inexplicably huge cosmic beach, and hopefully thus preserve atomic parts and parcels of it.

5) No “book,” language, code, computer program, or library of all of these will ever be capable of encapsulating the entire compendium of Cosmic Knowledge. The Mind of God cannot be discerned or comprehended by mortal men and women, much less be accurately described, contained, or portrayed by same. Nonetheless there are those who do try.

6) All religion and philosophy is an attempt to escape this cosmic actuality described in #5.

7) Science, technology, anthropology, genetics, medicine and astronomy become null and void eventually, as decades and centuries pass,  when their practice is not re-ignited by an inspired, Divinely indwelt practitioner. Another way of saying this is to state that a Godless man makes a much less brilliant scientist, over time, than a God knowing man. This will be proven again and again as the 21st century unfolds. Godless science will lead to global technological Fascism and worldwide spiritual despair.

The most monumental waste of time, effort, money, resources, and talent I can conceive of are contemporary efforts being made by inventors and scientists like Ray Kurzweil to imitate God by developing AI systems that they imagine might be “worship worthy” in decades to come. I have never seen a more replete example of the spiritual emptiness of a modern scientist than the man who believes he can imitate God by creating an artificial imitation of a Divinely indwelt human being, which he then believes to be somehow superior to himself. This I liken to a kind of cosmic ignorance bordering on insanity. If it weren’t so utterly tragic and pathetic it might possibly be laughable.

But it is no laughing matter than men like this are now perched on the “leading edge” of AI research, where they fully intend to act out the classical role of the blind leading the blind down the primrose path of Artificial Intelligence to it’s inherently disastrous end in decades to come.

The evolution of science and high technology has urgent important decisions to make in the next twenty years, among the most important being whether to utilize what is learned to enslave the human race, or to use it to liberate the everyday man. That is THE philosophical query which should be consuming every brilliant mind of science and invention during these early years of the 21st century.

Instead what seems to be consuming “the leaders of science and invention” is the notion that the biological functioning of the human body is actually comparable to “software” programs. That would be akin to comparing a tricycle to the space station, with the tricycle being the software program and the human body being more like the space station.

What science has yet to discover is that there is an intimate relationship between types and varieties of human and Divine DNA and the inherent capacity for a human being to comprehend advanced spiritual concepts. That explosive fact has fully escaped our brilliant leaders and thinkers. In every generation of humanity escalating wars are diminishing the human gene pool by huge chunks, taking the lives of vital young men before they can marry and bear young, leaving the rest of humanity with less and less desirable genetic material to work with, to breed from, for all future human generations to come. This horrific fact alone, is a justifiable reason to internationally OUTLAW acts of war which take human life and to enact severe punishments for the crime murder as well.

Instead the tide which I see rising is one of a renewed human savagery and blatant ignorant disregard for the sanctity of human life, where the everyday man [ even when he is still a boy ] now murders another before he is even capable of procreating, where murders are committed over the most trivial of incidents, where wars are waged with such reckless abandon and blood-lust that one wonders if this is a species which deserves to continue to exist on the cosmic panorama.

We don’t NEED to create artificial life forms which will then outlive us, overlord the species, and tell us how to live our lives. We need to cherish the lives we have been given and live them in a manner that pays tribute to our Creator, not shame the rest of our own species by living the most  paltry, petty, and putrid human life possible.

If Ray Kurzweil would like to nanotize the interior of the human mind and body, and if he insists in pursuing this nano-Frankenstein science, then I have a suggestion for him. Build a nanobot which when injected into the bloodstream of a serial killer will instantly alter his genetic make-up such that the desire to kill, maim, torture, rape and murder will leave him, rendering him docile, lamb-like, and capable of existing placidly in a prison environment without having to be kept on isolation lockdown for 80% of the time. He is already spending his life in prison for his disregard for human life and his sociopathic incapacity to comprehend that killing another sentient being is both morally, socially and philosophically wrong. If you need human guinea pigs for your nano-experiments, use the prison population of hardened sociopaths and killers to play with. They have already proved their worthlessness to human society. They are now costing the states hundreds of millions of dollars annually to feed, house, and medicate.

Begin there and make the effort worth something. Use nanotechnology to solve immediate and overwhelming social, scientific, genetically inherited, dire issues of economic and moral concern which are affecting every state in the nation.

Sex offenders by the dozens are being let loose from prisons in Oregon, Nevada, and California because counties can no longer afford to house them. The crime rate is spiking due to this. Aim your efforts in that direction instead of building AI sex toys to play with.

Essay authored by Screenshot on October 24th 2013

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Re-posted from http://nypost.com/2013/10/21/google-executive-plans-to-live-forever/

“You and I are walking around with outdated software running in our bodies, which evolved in a very different era.”  – Ray Kurzweil

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Google executive plans to live forever

By News.com.au

October 21, 2013 | 10:07am

Google executive plans to live forever
Ray Kurzweil

Google executive Ray Kurzweil takes 150 vitamins a day – the first step in his plan to cheat death.

The 65-year-old futurist and inventor, who is director of engineering at Google, is using a “bridge to a bridge to a bridge” system he says will enable him to live long enough to see a biotechnology revolution.

“I test myself on a regular basis, and it’s working,” Kurzweil told Maclean’s.

“All my measurements are in ideal ranges. I scan my arteries to see if I have plaque build-up, and I have no atherosclerosis. I come out younger on biological ageing tests. So far, so good.”

But he says this vitamin program is not designed to last for a long time.

“The goal is to get to bridge two: the biotechnology revolution, where we can reprogram biology away from disease,” Kurzweil said.

“Bridge three is to go beyond biology, to the nanotechnology revolution.”

Bridge three would see small robots – or nanobots – augmenting people’s immune systems.

“We can create an immune system that recognises all disease, and if a new disease emerged, it could be reprogrammed to deal with new pathogens.”

Kurzweil describes human biology as a “software process”.

“You and I are walking around with outdated software running in our bodies, which evolved in a very different era,” he said.

“We each have a fat insulin receptor gene that says, ‘Hold on to every calorie.’ That was a very good idea 10,000 years ago, when you worked all day to get a few calories; there were no refrigerators, so you stored them in your fat cells. I would like to tell my fat insulin receptor gene, ‘You don’t need to do that anymore.’”

And he says that extended life would not see people living like “a typical 95-year-old for hundreds of years”.

“The goal is not just to extend life. The idea is to stay healthy and vital, and not only to have life extension, but life expansion.”

This story originally appeared on News.com.au.

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Bizarre Little Moments on the Internet When You KNOW One of the Big Boys is Lying

This is not news. For 99% of readers it will be frivolous. But for those of us who are often UP, late at night, working on dozens of web related projects that require high speed connectivity, uninterrupted, this was one of those moments when I thought it only fair to document what took place.

I am investigating Bitcoin and everything that’s associated with it – the good, the bad, the deep techno-geekiness of all of it – and the very very ugly end where some oily  web operation like “Silk Road” somehow manages to flourish for quite some time until brought to it’s stoned and inglorious end by the FEDs. Yaaay. Really glad that Silk Road is gone. Thanks FEDs. What a totally creepy misuse of Bitcoin.

So last night it’s about 4 am and I’m running multiple “web projects” while I look into some software that helps the little folk on the web mine Bitcoins. Nothing out of the norm is going on with my computer. I have two tabs open.

The computer freezes. In mid freeze I glance at what was on the bottom left of the browser, which will tell me what, if anything, was trying to load on the web page. Caught in mid freeze is the url http://apis.google.com.

Aha.

There’s only one problem with that. When you go and take a peek at http://apis.google.com there is supposedly nothing there.  Here’s what the page looks like:

spy-bot

So even though my browser caught the offending URL source in mid-freeze, where it had crashed my machine, and I was not visiting Google or any part of Google at the time, whatever comes snoopping from http://apis.google.com pretends to be a “404” error code dead-end page. Except that it’s not. Here’s what the source code for the page looks like. {Are you ready for this?}

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Are you kidding me?

Whatever originated from http://apis.google.com crashed my machine last night, 
was uninvited by me, as I was NOT querying Google at that moment for anything, 
and caused me to lose 3 days of work. 

I don't profess to be the Queen of Web Geeks. But WTF. You know .... it's not just FB 
which is data-mining and snooping on everyone who uses the internet. 
It's some of the other Big Boys too. Aheeem.

Maybe "Google of America" doesn't want "Google of China" to get the running head start 
on world internet commerce dominance via accepting Bitcoin. 

Or am I just deranged from lack of sleep? 

Yeah, that must be it.

Obama Administration Should Have Hired Top Web Techies Out of California to Build Obamacare Enrollment Portal

I would have thought it would be common knowledge by now that if one wanted to hire someone, a company, a firm, an internet conglomerate, an association of internet experts, WHAT HAVE YOU, to build a state-of-the-art e-commerce portal, albeit it for the purchase of healthcare plans in this case, the place to go for that kind of technical and internet related expertise is CALIFORNIA.

California is only home to dozens of the very tippity-top internet companies in the world, including  Google, Ebay, and Facebook for starters.  The founder of WordPress also hails from California. There’s a reason that Mark Zuckerberg early on moved his infant company to Palo Alto California. That’s where all the best internet brains are percolating.

Canada….. Really?

AJ Strata ‏@AJStrata 4m

@EdMorrissey #tcot #Obamacare debut polling so badly we may be at start of #ObamacareDeathSpiral http://ow.ly/q480O

I love the Canadians just as much as the next American. I see and visit with traveling Canadians every summer out here on the Oregon coast.  But by no means do I believe they are better web developers than Americans are. Those contracting dollars should have been kept right here at home.

Apparently it hadn’t dawned on the effete intellectuals of the Obama administration that America fairly RULES the internet in terms of technical and creative expertise in web design, IT applications, E-commerce portal development and more.  And then there’s the issue of at least making an appearance that AMERICAN JOBS are important in all of this.  American internet technology experts are among the best on earth. How sad that the Canadian built site had to fail, and in an EPIC manner, before Obama turned to our own best and brightest to try to fix it. What the hell?

A website that can easily handle 20 million visits a day should not have been too tall an order for a proficient web development team. Almost every large commercial site built today handles those kinds of numbers routinely.

Let me get this straight: the federal government can build a spy data center in Bluffdale Utah big and powerful enough to literally consume and “mirror the entire internet” but they can’t build a website for enrollment in Obamacare that can handle 20 million visits per day? That just doesn’t add up.

And since the NSA hot shots are building a gargantuan DATA CENTER in Bluffdale Utah which is literally big enough to “mirror the entire internet” in it’s interior, why the hell didn’t the Obama people turn to their contractors to build the portal?  It only made sense. According to the NSA’s own documents and press releases, the Bluffdale data center is an internet technological wonder in and of itself – paid for with our tax dollars, mind you. Didn’t their contractors have the skills to build the Obamacare portal as well?

I’d like to reiterate my initial doubts about the whole Obamacare behemoth, the same doubts I have had all along. Why should we believe that the federal government can run the American healthcare system better than private enterprise can? The floundering site is just one more bad omen for this program.

50% of All Thefts in San Francisco Are Smart Phones, National Theft Epidemic Prompts Prosecutors to Push For Smart Phone ‘Kill Switch’

Every year it gets worse.  Innocent people are often maimed for life when they get slashed up during an Iphone robbery. It eventually gets to be “not such a smart idea” to stand on a street corner and use your Iphone. The thefts are not new of course, but they are getting bolder and more frequent. When 50% of all street crime in a given U.S. city [ in this case, San Fran ] is smart phone theft, you know it’s getting really bad. I gathered some video of the escalating trend of smart phone theft from the past few years to illustrate the point. All in all, it becomes a case of “be careful when and where you use it” if you want to keep your face, your life and your Iphone.

2009 New Jersey:

May 2012:

December 2012:

Other Bizarre Moments:

Re-posted from Reuters:

Prosecutors push for ‘kill switch’ to prevent smartphone thefts

A woman looks at her smartphone prior to the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
 

By Ronnie Cohen

SAN FRANCISCO | Wed Jun 5, 2013 9:48pm EDT

(Reuters) – In a push to curb cellphone thefts, prosecutors for New York state and the city of San Francisco said on Wednesday they plan to meet with industry representatives to urge them to install switches to disable stolen smartphones.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said they will meet on June 13 with representatives of the four largest smartphone manufacturers.

They said they will ask the industry to place “kill switches” on mobile devices to render them inoperable when stolen, eliminating any incentive for theft.

“With 1.6 million Americans falling victim to smartphone theft in 2012, this has become a national epidemic,” Gascon said in a statement. “Unlike other types of crimes, smartphone theft can be eradicated with a simple technological solution.”

Gascon and Schneiderman said representatives of Apple Inc, Google Inc’s smartphone maker Motorola Mobility, Samsung Electronics and Microsoft Corp would attend the summit in New York.

Last month, two men in San Francisco severely cut a 27-year-old tourist’s face and throat while robbing his iPhone. In April 2012, a 26-year-old chef was killed while being robbed of his iPhone on his way home to the Bronx.

“The theft of handheld devices is the fastest-growing street crime, and increasingly, incidents are turning violent,” Schneiderman said. “It’s time for manufacturers to be as innovative in solving this problem as they have been in designing devices that have reshaped how we live.”

Representatives for Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, Google and a cellphone trade group either declined to comment or were not immediately available for comment.

Gascon and Schneiderman have both criticized the cellphone industry for what they perceive as its perceived unwillingness to solve the escalating problem.

About 50 percent of San Francisco robberies involved stolen mobile devices last year, Gascon said. A recent study found that lost and stolen cellphones cost consumers $30 billion in 2012, his office said.

Some companies have measures in place to reunite smartphones with their rightful owners. For instance, Apple has the application Find My iPhone which allows a user to track a missing device on a map and remotely lock it or erase data.

A nationwide database has been created for stolen cellphones, but law enforcement officials say its use is limited because many stolen devices are shipped overseas or modified so they cannot be easily identified as stolen, according to a New York Times report from May.

(Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Lisa Shumaker)

Analysis & Opinion

 

UM Alabama Coach: Bomb Sniffing Dogs and Rooftop Spotters Were On Hand BEFORE the Explosions

This news story does not appear on Google News and will not come up in a news search. [ Go figure. ] However, it comes up right away in a regular Google.com search:

UM Coach: Bomb Sniffing Dogs, Spotters on Roofs Before Explosions

Here’s the YT reporter who put out the news lead on it:

Tags: UM Coach Alabama, bomb sniffing dogs, rooftop snipers, boston bombing

Death of Online Privacy: If You Use Skype or Gmail, FEDS Want to Listen and Read in Real Time

You knew it was coming. Here it is. I had already warned readers about Yahoo.com email. Now it’s federal open season

English: Gmail logo

on Gmail as well. NOTHING you send or receive on Gmail is to be considered private. Ask General Patraeus. He knows all about that.

Pro: Google Glasses Fuse the Human Being to the Internet. Con: Google Glasses Make Every Human Being a 24-7 Mobile Surveillance Unit

The Ban on Google Glass Begins (and they aren’t even available yet)

I’ve been putting this off for months now [ opining about Google Glasses aka “Google Glass” ]. Now that The Five Point Cafe in Seattle has decided to throw down the gauntlet [ and YAY! good for them ] and ban wearing Google Glasses inside the well known eating and drinking establishment, I’ll weigh in as well.

I’m actually familiar with the Five Point Cafe. Every over-worked web designer and Seattle musician knows the establishment as well. It’s just a great place to have breakfast or just relax, have a drink and unwind WITHOUT being bothered, stared at, hit on, or subjected to someone getting up in your face for [ fill-in-the-blank ] reason. I nursed many a late night out, Sunday am  hangover at the Cafe in the 1990s, when I lived in Seattle.

Just about the last thing anyone wants to deal with when they are staring into that first cup of coffee on Sunday morning is some geek with a smartphone taking video of the cafe you are sitting in, or some geek with a pair of Google Glasses on, surveying the cafe interior for their Facebook travel page.

As the promo video below demonstrates, once you wed your soul to a pair of Google Glasses, you are never off the internet. You become the seeing eyes and listening ears for any locale you travel through and you can discreetly bark off instant voice commands to post any photo or video to the web as you go about your life. That’s not unlike carrying a smart phone 24-7 where one can do the very same thing, as everyone loves to point out.

But there IS a difference. When someone is taking a photo or video with the smartphone, you can usually see that they are taking a photo or video, and discreetly step out the way if you choose NOT to be included in their “coolest street scene ever” shots. Ladies who don’t want creepy photos taken up their dresses on the low-down can usually figure it out when some strange guy keeps squatting to tie his shoe next to them, for like …  5 or 6 times, as soon as they see his smart phone in his hand.  Videos posted to YT have documented this newest and ugliest version of the 21st century ‘Smartphone Peeping Tom’ on store surveillance cameras numerous times.

With the coming release of Google Glasses it’s going to be a lot harder for people to know who’s shooting video and taking photos if they are passing through a crowded location and numerous people in the crowd are wearing Google Glasses. Assume if you see someone wearing a pair that they can choose to take photos or video at any time and that you could end up being in their images whether you want to or not. 

I doubt any stranger is going to coming running up to you for you to sign a release for being caught in their Google Glasses video pan by accident. Legally, we are in a whole new territory here.

Exception:  If you happen to be stone drunk, or just dead tired,  nursing a coveted cup of Seattle Jo before getting on the highway for a long road trip, and you happen to be getting yourself sobered up highway travel in Seattle’s Five Point Cafe, you can relax. No one is going to snap your hilariously disheveled “hangover face” and post it to the internet without your knowledge or consent. No Google Glasses allowed.  Jaw dropping ass whuppings by gangs of really mad, terminally unemployed grunge band drummers reserved for any violators and are fully enforced to make a point.

I’ve whipped up a short list of the PROs and CONs of wearing Google Glasses. These techno-specs conjure up a whole plethora of possible legal, ethical, philosophical and privacy concerns. Below are several examples.

Google Glasses PROs: All the Usual Goodies Provided by High Tech Photo and Video Toys

>> You are walking through NYC’s Central Park and you catch the last 6 minutes of the most amazing juggling act ever. A guy with his face painted like The Wizard of Oz is actually juggling three tiny chihuahuas dressed in tuxedos in and out of 10 gallon stetson hats while crooning Patsy Cline tunes. Weird. Awesome. Grab video of that and post it to your YT acc0unt.

>> Driving through Glacier National Park you take photos and video of some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Pacific Northwest, and post it to your travel blog before you get back to the hotel. Wonderful.

>> You go to a Lady Gaga concert in Paris and she splits her pants doing a pole dance. You are only three rows back and you catch the whole thing on video, replete with her snarling and blowing kisses as she runs off stage to change pants. Amazing. It’s on the internet going viral before she returns to the stage with a fresh pair of pants on. Your YouTube account makes a wad of money on the advert income. And you got it first! YES! [ Vigorous fist pump. ] Google Glasses are so awesome.

Google Glasses CONs: Three Problematic Scenarios

>> You are an ex-cop, now the lead guard at one of the most notorious and dangerous prisons in the United States. Every work day is a life threatening hazard and you’ve been injured 14 times in the past 4 years since you took this job. You don’t love this job –  or even like it, but it’s a job and you have a wife 3 kids and a mortgage. One morning your Warden gives you a pair of Google Glasses to wear while you make your rounds. He shows you how to use voice commands to record any violent acting out on your floor with the glasses. He says you can issue a soft voice command and document any inmate who wants to give you grief and then post it to an account used by the prison for legal and medical incidents. “These are for your own legal protection” he states. “When it’s your word against the inmate’s as to what happened, the video won’t lie.”  He tells you the inmates won’t know the glasses are recording photos or video when you interact with them.  “Shouldn’t the inmates be informed?” “Nope,” he says. “If we tell them, they will just cavort for the cameras and behave worse than usual, to see if they can get on the internet and get some attention.” You find the whole situation dubious, but for today you are required to wear these glasses. Three months later you, the Warden and the prison system are sued within an inch of your life by a clever inmate who reads law texts for fun – for taking photos and video of prisoners without their knowledge or consent, and using it as evidence in the legal system. A whole fresh can of worms is opened up legally in the American penal system as to the legality of taking video “on-the-foot” of prisoners by a prison guard, as he passes by prisoner’s cells, and whether such video violates the civil rights of the prisoners, especially if they did not know in advance they would be photographed or video taped by the passing guard.

>> You work in a huge insurance firm. The office building where you work is 30 stories tall and has more than 1300 agents employed there. You’ve been working for this firm for nine years. You recently learned that a small group of veteran insurance executives, their secretaries and several top salesmen have a little “private sex club” that they enjoy sharing on the 28th floor of the building on Fridays about 2 pm. The janitor told you about this one day when he sold you some pot. You didn’t believe him. He told you where it was and said “Walk by some Friday about 2:20 pm, put your ear to the door and listen.” So you did. Woah. You are really jealous, really furious, and wonder why you were never invited, but would be scared to participate if you WERE invited because you are happily married and you love your wife. But you are still mad and this is your chance to GET EVEN. You decide to lay-in-wait for the participants to exit one Friday and you find an excuse to be on the 28th floor. All you have to do is wear your Google Glasses and be standing far enough away that no one exiting the room can see they are different from regular glasses. You end up recording video of every person who walks out of the room, then go white when you see the last man out of the room is the President of the firm. TMI dude. Now what? You know too much to ever forget about what you know, but there is no to rat to but the big boys in Chicago. You will lose your job, for starters. You could bring down the whole firm. Or not. You could sit on the big secret, or even use the footage to blackmail some of the guys leaving that room who stole sales from you and you hate them for it. Then there’s Jack. Jack always hits on your wife at the annual office party and you really especially hate him for that. Now you have video of Jack leaving that room. You could nail him. Should you keep the video, or erase it and act like this all never happened? [ There is a great movie script in here somewhere, don’t you think? ]

>> You’re a really tough, really tired, really bitter L.A. cop whose been on the force for 21 years.  Those 21 years have felt like 42 years. You’re coming apart at the seams and you have been for 6 years now. You have stood in front of a judge twice for slapping your wife so hard it left a mark for a month on the side of her face. Your teenage daughter is living in West Hollywood and you haven’t seen her since she left home when she was fourteen. You are not even sure what color her hair is or if you would recognize her if you did see her. All you want is OUT of this GD job, but you don’t know how to exit your career without losing face. You have just been assigned to dreaded foot patrol in McArthur Park, concluding immediately that someone on the force has it in for you, and now you’d like to know who. At issue these days is gang members wearing Google Glasses then provoking the cops to any sort of confrontation while wearing the techno-specs, then catching video of the melee and posting it all to the internet before the officer even has time to call for back-up. Laws aren’t on the books for this stuff and no one knows how to proceed. But you have already decided how you are going to handle this one. Anyone wearing a pair of Google Glasses who even looks your way is going to get their face and glasses smashed together into one bloody goo, then hauled off the to the slammer for 30 days minimum. A medical person may – or may not – get to them to stitch their face up and pick the metal out of their forehead for a week or two. Once two or three of these unfortunates make it back out onto the streets, the word will be out: “Like the way your face looks? Better leave your Google Glasses at home then, where they will remain separate from the flesh on your face.” Personally, you don’t even care if you stand in front of a judge again over messing up some jerk’s face and twisting his Google Glasses into the side of his skull. You are on your way out anyway, why not do it with LA COP panache?

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