“Liberals” aren’t liberal anymore!

Please refer to my blog, published November 6, 2017, “O True Liberals, True Liberals, wherefore art thou True Liberals?”

https://mrericksonrules.com/2017/11/06/o-true-liberals-true-liberals-wherefore-art-thou-true-liberals/

I guess I was a little bit ahead of my time.

Yes, it’s true…, “liberals” aren’t the real “liberals” anymore.

And they haven’t been for a while.  

In a strange reversal of roles, the “conservatives” have become the new “liberals!”

Don’t believe me?

Well, let’s take a look at what’s been happening in our country.

In recent years, it is the democrats, the former liberals, who have been quashing freedom of speech and freedom of thought, at what had previously been the most liberal places in our country, our colleges and universities!

The supposed places of “higher learning!”

It is the democrats, the former liberals, who have, and who are continuing to hijack our language.

Jim Harbison of the Las Cruces Sun-News, says, “We now live in a Wikipedia society — where anyone can change the meaning of a word to satisfy some misguided or politically correct social engineering goal. Progressives have become masters of vocabulary manipulation and are constantly changing the traditional meaning of words to fit their political agenda.”

“They have co-opted the meaning of words to deceive the uninformed, uneducated and apathetic public. This is not a new concept and it has been in practice for decades. It has, however, become a more prominent tactic of the political left in recent years.”

“In the 1990s, President Clinton famously defended his conduct with Monica Lewinski by stating ‘It depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is.’ I think most people who completed high school English commonly understood the definition of the word to be the third-person singular present tense of the English language verb ‘to be.’ Its meaning was clear to everyone except the Democrats.”

“Liberals [the former liberals] have hijacked many words. For example, the word gay originally meant feelings of being ‘carefree’ or ‘happy.’ Now the most commonly accepted use of the word gay primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual.”

“The term illegal immigration is no longer politically acceptable because it might reflect negatively upon some poor, misunderstood ‘migrant’ who entered the United States illegally seeking a better life. The liberal [formerly liberal] left now identifies them as undocumented immigrants, and sometimes called unregistered Democrats.”

“Even the concept and word ‘taxes’ has not gone unchanged. The government now prefers to call taxes ‘revenue enhancements,’ welfare or public assistance is now ‘entitlements,’ and hunger is now ‘food insecurity.’ Racism is no longer based on religion, color, creed but on political orientation, and anyone who challenges the liberal left’s agenda is branded a ‘racist.’”

We are also not supposed to use the gender specific terms, man, woman, mother, father, sister, brother, grandmother, or grandfather anymore.

It is the democrats, the former liberals, who are the purveyors of widespread censorship in our country.

We are seeing examples of this by democrat held companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Apple, just to name a few.

I have experienced the wrath of Google and Facebook myself, on numerous occasions.  

And now our own government is even getting in on the act, attempting to silence any potential opposition to their agenda.

We have even heard democrats call for “reeducation camps” now, for those in opposition to their madness!

It’s actually kind of scary.

Yes, my friends…, the tables have definitely turned, and I am more than happy to assume the title of “liberal” now.

So, now when you hear these democrat, neo-fascist, socialists, communists, and Nazis in waiting referred to as “liberals,” you will know who the real “liberals” are.   

It is my hope that someday, my children, their children, and their children’s children will be able to look back on what this “liberal” stood for…, true American freedom and true American liberty, and be proud of this old man.  

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Shhh…, Apple (Siri) is listening…

Seriously Apple?

Seriously?

This is now my third blog dealing with Apple’s unethical behavior…, which includes them lying about it.

According to Christopher Carbone of Fox News, “Apple has halted its practice of having human contractors listen to users’ Siri recordings to ‘grade’ them, following an investigative report on the issue.”

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Wait…, what?!

They’re “grading” the recordings!

Ha!

Ya, I bet they are!  It would probably be better described as “ranking,” however!

‘“Too often we see that so-called “smart assistants” are in fact eavesdropping,’ said Silkie Carlo, the director of the U.K. campaign group Big Brother Watch. ‘We also see that they often collect and use people’s personal information in ways that people do not know about and cannot control.’”

“The British publication previously reported that contractors could hear details of private medical discussions and couples having sex.”

Oh yeah…, definitely “ranking!”

I’d like to hear their top 10 list that they have “graded!”

“The Tim Cook-led company [Apple] told The Guardian, which broke the initial story, that it would not restart the program until it had thoroughly reviewed the practice.  It also committed to adding the ability for users to opt out of the quality assurance mechanism altogether in a future software update.”

Oh yes…, by all means…, please…, “thoroughly review this practice!”

And then they go on to call their spying on people a “quality assurance mechanism!”

Hilarious!

It is quite apparent that Apple believes the rest of us are all idiots if they felt that BS would fly.

Please…, give us a little credit!

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“Apple told The Guardian in a statement: ‘We are committed to delivering a great Siri experience while protecting user privacy. While we conduct a thorough review, we are suspending Siri grading globally. Additionally, as part of a future software update, users will have the ability to choose to participate in grading.’”

Oh yeah…, it’s “a great Siri experience” alright…, for these eavesdroppers!

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It’s such a relief that, in the future, you’ll offer us the ability to choose whether we want to be spied on or not!

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In addition, “Apple has repeatedly made privacy a centerpiece of its corporate image, with Cook [Apple’s CEO] even seeming to take subtle shots at Big Tech rivals like Facebook and Google.”

Isn’t there a saying about being careful about throwing rocks when you live in a glass house or something?

Will these giant corporate idiots never learn?

The answer to that is “no,” and we probably won’t either.

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Fox News reached out to Apple for comment on this story, to no avail.

 

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“Apple and Samsung sittin’ in a tree, C-H-E-A-T-I-N-G!”

Here we go again…, with Apple acting unethically…, again.

Please refer my blog of January 4, 2018, where we saw at the time, Apple admitted that, “…we (Apple) sometimes reduced processor speeds on iPhones with aging batteries as a way to balance performance and battery life.”  So, they’re not actually apologizing for what they did, they’re apologizing for, “…not being more transparent with our customers,” regarding, “…how exactly iOS manages battery and performance.”

Apple went on to say, “We have never, and would never, do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.”

Now less than a year later, here we are, seeing Apple do exactly that.  Trying to “intentionally shorten the life of Apple products, and degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.”

What a bunch of absolute liars.

And not to be outdone, Samsung has learned its sneaky lessons well from Apple.

Both Apple and Samsung have now been fined for “deliberately slowing down older phones.”

Now why on Earth would they want to do that?

According to Rob Waugh of Yahoo News UK, “Many phone users suspected it.  Apple and Samsung are both facing multi-million Euro fines for slowing down old smartphones with software updates.”

“The practice makes old devices less functional, and encourages the purchase of new phones,” the Italian antitrust authority AGM said in a statement.

The Italian antitrust authority fined Apple and Samsung 10 million Euros ($11.3 million) and 5 million Euros ($5.7 million) respectively.

AGM said in a statement, “The two companies have induced consumers to install software updates that are not adequately supported by their devices, without adequately informing them, nor providing them an effective way to recover the full functionality of their devices.”

The antitrust authority said that operating system (OS) updates “caused serious malfunctions and significantly reduced their performance, in this way speeding up their replacement with more recent products.”

The antitrust authority also said that, “users of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 received ‘insistent’ suggestions to update to a new version of Android shipped with the Note 7 device.”

“The antitrust authority said that Samsung did this ‘without informing them of the serious malfunctions that the new firmware could cause due to greater stress of device’s hardware and asking a high repair cost for out-of-warranty repairs connected to such malfunctions.’”

Apple users with iPhone 6 devices were likewise urged to update to new software intended for iPhone 7 “without warning consumers that its installation could reduce the speed of execution and functionality of devices.”

Apple and Samsung have yet to comment according to Yahoo News UK.

I’m sure both Apple and Samsung will eventually plead some level of ignorance to their customers and offer some sort of lame semi-apology, then turn around and screw their customers over again somehow next year.

How much do you wanna bet?

I’ll keep you posted.

“If you want to be successful, never lie to yourself.  Lying to everyone else is apparently OK though.” – Mr. Erickson

 

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