Monday 24 November 2014

An Old Fart Like Me

I don’t always read the paper in the morning, mainly because I don’t have delivery, but even when I did; it was hit or miss if I would actually read it. I have access to the newspaper digitally through the Calgary Library and some days I will read the paper. Today I read the paper.

The news people like to focus on these horrible, negative stories, and even if the story is basically a feel good kind of thing, the news guys will slant their reporting to make it sensational in some way. I live in Calgary and all of the news outlets pander to the majority of conservative thinkers that live here. The papers don’t say anything negative about the oil patch and are immensely critical of those who do. The entertainment and sports sections are pretty factual, if just a little slanted to all things Canadian, Albertan and certainly any item concerning a link to Calgary will get big press.

The day after mankind landed a spacecraft on a comet; there wasn’t any mention of it in our paper at all. I checked several times because I just couldn’t believe it. I suppose that if it had crashed it would have been news or if there had been some link to our petro-chemical industry it would have been news worthy. I guess the news people just couldn’t find a negative spin on it or make it sexy enough to sell papers. Crazy frickin’ world!

Oh, you have to try this game, I hope you are better at it than I am.

I can remember when we would wrap garbage in the paper, now the paper comes with the garbage already in it. I guess that’s progress…

I won’t bore you with all of the crap that was in the paper today, but one article did get my interest. It was about a father that was claiming his son was innocent of hacking emergency centres across North America. There has been some new information that has come to light from the group “Anonymous”. They told him that there were audio signals coming from his house and he should check the light bulbs in his home. The light bulbs?

Well, he did and it seems that he found what he believes to be listening devices. I don’t know how that is going to play out, but if the government went to the effort to frame a kid and then bug his fathers house, there is no way in hell that kid will ever see the light of day. I don’t know what that kid id to piss off the rich and powerful, but he should apologize for pretty much everything he can think of.

I think that the government could do pretty much whatever they want to and we are the ones paying for it with our taxes. The only comforting thing about this is that the government are so lazy and incompetent very few of us will ever have to worry. We can start worrying if they contract surveillance out to a private firm. Well, you can start to worry; because the chances of them being interested in an old fart like me is beyond remote.  

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