Current Shamrock Missive

From the Publisher's Desk
March 2010

"Privacy is gone and that is the key element of a free society."
- Harry Schultz


Whose watching you today?

My how times change. I recall as a wee lad when for the first time I received a toy made in Japan. My father, at that time a recent veteran of the Second World War in the pacific, was aghast; "Made in Japan! Don't buy anything made in Japan they aren't made very well!"

Needless to say my father's personal experience during the Second World War didn't endear him with anything to do with Japan. I wonder what my father would have thought had he lived long enough to see Japan rise up to become the world's second mightiest economy. Sorry, I mean the world's third mightiest economy!

China's economy is set to become the second mightiest in the world. See "China to knock off Japan as world's second largest economy"
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/China+knock+Japan+world+second+largest+economy/2468943/story.html

Although China appears to be the first country to recover from the current recession/depression that the rest of the world remains in, our leprechaun sees huge bubbles developing in China that should cause considerable consternation for all.

Least we forget, it was America's real estate and banking bubbles bursting that brought on the world recession/depression we've all been experiencing!

In spite of China's huge financial strides and progress, China's has a less than desirable track record towards its dissidents and critics. Think Tiananmen square during the summer of 1989.

Apparently Yahoo and Google have helped China's Big Brother to achieve that record! See "Google Faces Lawsuit From Chinese Dissident." http://chinaview.wordpress.com/2008/02/04/google-faces-lawsuit-from-chinese-dissident/

In spite of Google's so-called "don't be evil" policy, I find Google most hypocritical. I recently read "The Google Story" by David A. Vise and Mark Malseed [available at Amazon.com for around three pounds sterling, i.e. USD5.]

Impressive as Vise and Malseed makes Google appear, the authors failed to mention some interesting and lesser known facts:
Google's connection with the CIA and its venture capital firm extends to sharing at least one key member of personnel. In 2004, the Director of Technology Assessment at In-Q-Tel, Rob Painter, moved from his old job directly serving the CIA to become 'Senior Federal Manager' at Google.

As Robert Steele, a former CIA case officer has put it: Google is "in bed with" the CIA. See
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article16486.html

Hypocrisy knows no bounds!

So the moral of this missive is: Be very careful what you "Google" these days. Big Brother is watching you not only in China, but in America and elsewhere as well.

Our question for you is, what are you going to do about it?

See you next issue

Shamrock

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
- Edmund Burke, 1784

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