From the Publisher's Desk
"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"
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
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'
As Robert Steele, a former CIA case officer has put it: Google is "in bed with" the CIA. See
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
"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
- Edmund Burke, 1784
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