And just like that, Duck Duck Go just got rid of the best reason anyone had to use them.
DDG has been running a high spend radio campaign in my area featuring people describing "creepy" targeted marketing chasing them after a search. The selling proposition is typical noncommittal adspeak. "I signed up for DDG, and I noticed a difference right away. Notice it doesn't claim they don't sell your information or never will, or make any other specific claim or promise. Just a completely subjective, "I noticed a difference."
@destraht And just like that, Duck Duck Go just got rid of the best reason anyone had to use them. Not because that this particular decision was the worst one ever, but rather that they are willing to make these sorts of decisions in the first place, and that sets the precedence for tampering where they really should be hands off.
@houseoftolstoy It seems that they're going to do whatever it takes to get a social credit score and new digital only system going. I don't know how that they are going to be able to pull that off without impoverishing the people so much that it all immediately loses appeal. It seems that they're going to need to shock the people so hard with something that they feel that it's somehow patriotic or necessary to live in a much more diminished state without fleeing.
I recently thought up a theory: the reason for the extensive suburbification around many cities was motivated by fears of nuclear war. That is, population centers were built less densely as a means to reduce loss of life in the event that nukes come down. If true, the people were of course not told to prevent panic in existing densely populated areas. This sort of effort needed different branding, thus "The American Dream" was sold on the premise that single family suburban homes were best.
Even with the panic of nuclear war largely gone and pretty much anyone who would have created such plans, we are still planning and zoning based on the idea sold to people rather than the underlying motivation. Thus, suburban sprawl continued on. I do not think it is a coincidence all of this started after WWII and during the Cold War. Car companies and construction companies sure benefited, but I do not think they could singlehandedly drive such things. After all, governments control zoning, not corporations. I see them as merely riding on the coattails of the trend that was pushed for reasons that they were probably not privy to.
More evidence I can think of is the government backing mortgages and providing all sorts of incentives, especially for first time homeowners. Government at all levels also provide funding for new developments, which skews pricing in favor of new development. That is one major factor for our infrastructure being so bad. It costs a lot to maintain, but when it is initially funded by government, private companies have less costs to front. This of course means that maintenance and costs bite us later and over time, but at the time the motivation would make sense if the theory is true. It certainly does not help our current debt issues, but is not the only reason we have our debts. We are just going to end up having this turn out even worse with a likely coming collapse.
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Who is the intended audience for all the propaganda regarding Ukraine and Russia? It does not appear to be targeted at either anyone in Russia or Ukraine. The Russian people should already be aware about how their country has been labeled the most recent bad guys for a while. The Ukrainian people do not need the news to tell them what is happening on their own doorstep (and should be able to see when western news outlets are lying).
No, the intended audience is the people in western countries. But why is it people in western countries being targeted with this propaganda? I cannot say for sure, but I have a theory. My theory is that the media wants people to be mad at Russia so that people will accept the incoming harsh economic conditions, many of which becoming worse as a result of the West trying to sanction Russia. Even if Russia is not outright blamed, perhaps they are hoping to spin it as being for "the greater good." Biden is already doing that.
Another theory that is plausible is that our media is so out of touch and moronic that they think that their style of "news" is going to make a real difference with the people of Ukraine and Russia. As I have stated before, I really doubt the people in either country are holding on to every word of our corrupt and dishonest media. But our media is indeed both arrogant enough and deluded enough to attempt this without even considering how useless it will be to act as if they always do.Read More
@houseoftolstoy I will be curious to see how many 25-35 year old Westerners with romantic notions in their head enlist into either the Ukrainian military or a militia. Denmark for example just made it legal for its citizens to enlist into the Ukrainian military. That seems pretty crazy to me, so we'll just see how many. I'm guessing that it would be promoted on MSM since it will be official army. Next is the mercenaries, and at least for me that makes sense because they're making some pretty good money, and aren't expected to be cannon fodder. I'm very suddenly living on the edge of a kill pit.
One lesson we all should learn with this recent Ukraine propaganda is that the idea that we should go over and fight in other countries that have little to nothing to do with your own country out of patriotism is just silly. This is really not that much different than what has happened with countries like Iraq, Syria, or really the vast majority of conflicts the US has inserted themselves into.
In a strange way, the American left got a wish fulfilled with their opposition to the American right and their patriotism. At least for me, my sense of patriotism has never been lower. This country is becoming something I do not want it to be, and the idea that I should enlist in the military to "serve my country" rings hollow.
I do not want to see America fail, and it is still my home, but it is becoming less and less the country I want it to be. I certainly am not going to sign up to fight if Biden is demented enough to try and send troops over there.Read More