To Ad Block or Not to Ad Block

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That is the question fellow zobopians! Is it my fault journalism is dying? If journalistic websites can’t book advertising revenue, then … time to die. ☠

Ad blockers are just doing their job. Ad blocker shaming will get you nowhere.

If you don’t want websites tracking your online movements, then you use ad blockers. If you want to support journalism, then DON’T use ad blockers. We all should know by now that the future is not going to be private for anyone.

[This photo was altered to make a point.]

If you want FREE stuff online, then that makes YOU the product. So go right ahead and ad block to your hearts desire. Who’s really losing? 🤷🏽‍♂️

Until neXt time…

Cover Your As If

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Hello fellow zobopians!  Let’s see how well social media and blogging can play an important role in teaching the Healthcare Marketplace a lesson.  Always cover your as if!


Until neXt time… Cover your as if part 2.

Possible Gmail Scam

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Hello again zobopians! My next blog post came to quick for my taste. I like to mull things over before I post again. But this junk e-mail got me thinking. How can anyone’s Gmail account be over the limit when the limit is astronomical. Computer storage is cheap and expansive. Scammers think we’re all dumb!
Do you get this e-mailing? (The information in the header below tells you where it’s from.)

December 9, 2014
Support Service Reporting:

You have exceeded the email quota limit.

The Gmail team

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Need help? If you received this message in error, click not my account.

You received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google product or account.
© 2014 Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

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From Gmail Tue Dec 9 05:57:35 2014
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Return-Path: <>
Received-SPF: none (domain of does not designate permitted sender hosts)
X-Originating-IP: []
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by with SMTP; Tue, 09 Dec 2014 04:57:35 +0000
Subject: You have exceeded the email quota limit
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 05:57:35 +0000
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Privacy And Accountability

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Hello zobopians! I sure hope you’re enjoying the music on my Twitter feed. But it’s time for brain food. Here we go!

Whenever a conflict arises between privacy and accountability, people demand the former for themselves and the latter for everybody else.

Privacy is a highly desirable ‘product’ of liberty. Society would be a lot happier and safer if people let everything be known, (i.e. Twitter, facebook, etc). That way nobody could use anything against you. Would this encourage people to exhibit or inhibit? Where’s the balance?

I’ll leave you with this :
“In all of history, we have found just one cure for error – a partial antidote against making and repeating grand, foolish mistakes, a remedy against self-deception. That antidote is CRITICISM.” –origin of quote, unknown.

Who Watches The Watchers?

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Good day fellow zobopians. Yes, that’s what I’m calling you all now, ‘zobopians’. It has a nice ring to it. Today’s thought is; Who watches the watchers?

Cameras aren’t the only surveillance devices spreading in our cities. Around the country, (and world), police departments are using devices with sound pickup. The microphone devices can pinpoint bursts of gunfire and also the sound of human voices.

If you want to live in a transparent society, we must answer the question:
Will average citizens share, along with the powers that be, the right to access these universal monitors? Will common folk have, and exercise, a sovereign power to “watch the watchers”?

surveillance camera

Chicago camera

The Snitch

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Just a small thought for you zobopians today.

The “snitch“.  The government weapon of choice against criminals and law-abiding citizens alike.  U.S. school administrators are paying for incriminating information.  College campuses may be riddled with informants.

Unless you are prepared to encrypt all your email transmissions, install security systems and firewalls, and always communicate through anonymous re-mailers, YOU HAVE NO PRIVACY.

IRE: Institute for Regional Education

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“…intensive information gathering on every American.  Human experiments with drugs and psycho-surgery, electronic surveillance.  The era of the computer, invasion of privacy.  Growing government and corporate power over our lives, a people plagued of by de-humanizing, loneliness and violence.  Dramatic?  Perhaps.  But we are losing control of our technology and out lives…”

**Note: Did you find that interesting?  I got this snippet from a DVD I don’t even have anymore.  It could be from a film called “Koyaanisqatsi“.  Maybe you could look up the IRE and discover for yourself.  Come on, it’ll be a nice search project for you!  Your always on the internet anyway.  Just don’t allow yourself to get brainwashed.

Cookies and Cryptopeople

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*Note: I once posted this on my old blog, which is no more, so here it is again.  Enjoy. Learn.


Have you ever opened your e-mail and see banner ads?  Sometimes you see them, sometimes you don’t.  That’s because the ads themselves are so small, they’re virtually invisible.  These ads are called web-bugs (or web beacons), small graphics files, and are all but invisible.  They are normally the size of just one pixel (a tiny dot).  Web bugs are referred to as clear GIFs.  The web bug isn’t attached to the e-mail message directly.  It’s located in a separate file on a separate web site that is linked to the e-mail message’s code.  The web bug is activated when you open the e-mail message and the e-mail program finds and locate the referenced file.  When the web bug is accessed, your browsing is tracked and a cookie is placed on your hard drive {file}.  This form of cookie abuse is made possible because modern e-mail is nothing more than a web page delivered to your inbox.

Quote time : “Computers now constitute, or will soon constitute, a dangerous threat to individual privacy…It will soon be feasible to compile dossiers in-depth on a citizenry.” —Horst Feistel (1973), German-born cryptographer.

21st Century Business Model

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Thanks to web portals like Facebook, Yahoo, Google, etc.,  there is a new business model for the 21st century.

If you’re not paying for it, you’re not the customer.  You are the product.



|Yahoo & MS