Friday, March 2, 2012

Signs of the times

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. ~ Irene Peter
• Italian tax collectors have police stopping Ferraris in the street, and checking yachts berthed in the harbours, as they search for high rollers who haven't declared enough income to support their lifestyles (and paid enough taxes in this famously tax-avoidant country).

• A Brock University research study concluded that low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies that stress hierarchy and resistance to change, and attitudes that can contribute to prejudice. [Note: I just report this stuff.]

• The Westminster Kennel Club dog show ditched Pedigree brand dog food as a sponsor for this year's television coverage, even though it has been the event's major sponsor for the last 24 years. The reason --- Pedigree's commercials about the plight of shelter dogs were downers, detracting from the show's "celebration of dogs."

• A man was killed in Mumbai, India, for spending too long in a public toilet.

• If you still doubt that the surveillance society is here, consider that retailer Target can tell when you're pregnant by monitoring what you're buying. Cellphone calling patterns can identify you as a drug dealer and give your location to police. An amazingly detailed profile of you can be assembled by putting together all the pieces you've scattered around via online surveys, Facebook "Likes," sites visited, maps viewed, ads clicked, Google searches, and so on. More on this here.

• Two words: Motorized Rollerskates.
Looking for change? Check the sofa.

1 comment:

  1. What's with the Westminster Kennel club! They should be ashamed.

    Creepy Google. If only we had an Emperor and everyone knew her/his place, eh?