Wednesday, February 6, 2019

THIS & THAT #42




Big Brother IS Watching You
If you think that you can sit in front of your computer with the door closed and just enjoy the privacy of the moment, think again.

BEWAREnaïve one; you may be being watched at this very moment. It may not be by Google, or Facebook, or your friendly, local politician, or an unfriendly national entity.

There is no privacy anymore, nothing personal that you can hide, and as a journalist, I recently found that out for sure.
                   








          
Pick A Subject
As a journalist, I have no limitations about the subjects that I want to write about. A quick perusal of my writings in magazines, newspapers, blogs and books indicates that I have written about a myriad of subjects including the Holocaust, education. advertising, corporations, press freedom, travel around the world (Australia, New Zealand, England, Lithuania, Canada, France, Israel, Hungary, Poland and more locales), profiles, music, race cars, bicycles, celebrities, common people, table tennis, Holocaust denial, basketball, pro athletes, inequities in life, family searches, Japanese internment, massage, Tai Ji, relaxation techniques, reunions, life, death, and too many other subjects in between to list here.

Author Beware
Unfortunately, whenever and whatever you search for, some unprincipled  person may be keeping an eye on your searches, for devious and self-aggrandizing purposes. I have recently been researching the subject of massages, both safe and standard ones, and ones that offer a “happy ending.”

For those of you who live in what you consider safe and secure suburbia, the latter quote indicates rubs that rub you the right way to perhaps give you a satisfied smile when the actual massage is over. During my research, I may have watched a few-too-many interesting, albeit salacious, massage videos.

The Price You Pay
If you go into unchartered waters with your search, you may be the subject of an unwanted search by an unscrupulous computer maven, who decides to squeeze penance out of you, by threatening to expose your “discretions” to all on your email lists. But that person could offer you an alternative, for example, I just received a spam email from such a person, who told me directly that he (or she) would refrain from exposing my legitimate searches of a non-mainstream topic, but only after I send $718 to this person’s BITCOIN WALLET within forty-eight hours.

There’s a friendly closing stating, “I hope you will be prudent. Bye.”

The Price You Don’t Pay
I have discussed the entire conundrum with my dear wife, and we have agreed that I should just publish this piece.

If need be, I can explain what happened to any of the recipients of this attempt to blackmail me, who ask, “What is this nonsense all about? 

For the Moment
will publish this piece, possibly under an alias, get on to my next writings on Trump and his Bawl Wall, and the young, naïve women who are now media stars, and are scrambling to discover what to do next.

But always remember, there’s the possibility that no matter how hard you try to avoid those unwanted eyes…….     
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