Google Controversy – Child Porn Ads, Data Retention Laws, and What Congress Plans to Do About It

With questionably-qualified self-interested politicians in charge of all three branches of government, how can we possibly expect the government to make reasonable decisions? We know how foolishly they deal with illegal immigration policies — making decisions for political, rather than practical or just reasons — yet we still respect their opinions on the stories when it comes to cracking down on issues that are seemingly one-sided like the current Google controversy. Thanks to Google news sources, we know that politicians are quick to criticize companies which are trying to do the right thing, but neglect taking action against those who are actually committing the crimes.

The latest Google news is the whole hubbub about predators viewing child pornography on the Internet, which was initiated by congressmen who figured it would be necessary to engage in IP tracking and data retention. While those who follow Google news already know that there is nothing secret about what you do online, long term data retention is a completely new idea and is utterly ridiculous.

Google news shows that granting such power to law enforcement gives them a blank check to look into your data at any time – even after you have terminated your contract with a DSL or cable internet provider and even if you have never done anything wrong. Sure, according to Google news, the law was designed to protect victims of child pornography and aid the cops in apprehending those who actively view and propagate child porn, but why should the rest of the Internet users need to have their website views scrutinized by some FBI agent with nothing but time on his hands.

This leads us to the Google controversy – Google’s supposed, yet largely unproven, profiteering from child pornography websites. According to some SE news sources, these child porn sites have run ads on Google’s AdWords program (potentially without Google’s knowing it). As you can most likely guess, it wasn’t long until it was brought to the attention of a few congressmen who decided to sue Google because the search engine giant apparently “acted negligently and inflicted emotional distress on the public” according to various Google news outlets. Furthermore, as reported by SE news, if Google loses, they will have to pay significant amounts of money to those who filed the lawsuit.

Ultimately, certain congressmen and countless New York lawyers want nothing more out of Google than a couple of hundred million dollars. Now don’t get me wrong here — those who view child porn rightly deserve to be apprehended and do not deserve to be defended – but when it comes to protecting children, the United States Congress only appears to be interested if they can use it to levy a few fines or earn a few more votes. What happened to holding those who actively view the child porn responsible for their actions? Shouldn’t they be the ones having to pay for their crimes instead of the search engine they happened to use at the time?

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Four Good Reasons Not to Talk About Weight to Your Meth Addict

There are four good reasons why you should never talk about weight to a meth addict.Now’s not a good time.Unless you’ve beat meth addiction yourself, you cannot know how hard it is to walk away from that drug. It is an experience that is accompanied by huge lifestyle changes, relationship issues, most likely loss of personal belongings, and possibly serious health issues. Not only do you leave the comfort of a drug that has held you captive, the addict is faced with the reality of the damage that was caused while away in drug-land. The last thing they need is for you to tell them that they are fat.Fat vs. healthy.When the addict is lost in meth addiction, food is usually the last thing an addict needs to survive. Most meth addicts are known for the sucked-in, skinny look; size 0 pants are hanging off an inverted butt, arms and legs look breakable, and cheek-bones clearly show. To the meth addict, they don’t see that. Usually for the first time in the addict’s life, they don’t have to worry about weight issues. In fact, when they do it, they can literally eat whatever they want. HOWEVER, part of the side-effects of quitting meth is that the addict is HUNGRY. The addict continues to eat whatever they want and in no time, the addicts’ skin is starting to press up against the no longer saggy pants and panic begins to tug deep within that all of a sudden, they are feeling fat. No, really, is actually healthy but to the addict, it feels like fat. And it is a horrible feeling.Please don’t notice my butt’s bigger.As the meth addict is trying to adjust to life without meth, and eating is a comfort as well as a necessity, the body slowly starts to fill back out. The addict is more than likely trying to hide the fact they are in recovery and just are trying to manage the drastic change that just occurred by leaving meth. The since of loss is real, the emotions are raw, and the cloths are getting tighter. So do them a huge favor and don’t exclaim about the obvious that their butt is getting bigger. I know, it’s usually out of support and excitement that a family member might bust out and say, “Wow, you are looking so much better! Look, you finally have a butt.” No, please skip the comments. For an addict, hearing “It so nice to see some meat on your bones” is not a compliment. Besides the fact that you are pointing out the obvious, it also means that you are putting the addict in the spot light and pointing out something on them when really, hiding is mostly what they feel like doing. Depending on how long the addict is sober will depend on the response to the person needing to voice the compliment, but speaking from experience, smiling, and gritting my teeth was the way I dealt with it. Please, just keep the comments about the addicts’ positive physical changes to yourself and stick with “Hey, nice to see you! Let’s go do something fun (and hopefully not addicting) together.”There is one quick way to shrink.One of the biggest struggles with meth addicts and gaining weight is that each one of them KNOWS one good way to blast that weight right off. Not only would it take care of the weight issues, the addict knows that it would fill that emptiness and hyper-active drive that is now non-existent. So many addicts who are faced with weight issues have to deal with the fact they now have to deal with weight issues in a healthy way. It’s not going to work anymore to eat whatever they want. It’s not going to work anymore making fun of people who exercise. The addict is trying to get whatever life back they can and deal with recovery when everything inside of them is saying that it is just easier to go back to the open arms of meth. I’ve heard that some addicts even think they can go back to using meth JUST ENOUGH to control the weight issues without completely losing grip and being wrapped in the meth grip. That is pretty absurd especially since you need more meth to get the same the same high but the addict wants so much to have the best of both worlds. But that’s not meth’s calling card.So the next time you are talking to your addict, do them a huge favor and keep your comments about how they look and their weight to yourself. If they really mean anything to you, do your part and ask yourself ‘do I want to help them or tempt them to chain themselves up again? ‘

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Fast Payday Loans VS. Credit Cards?

When finances get tough and you need access to credit, which comes in the form credit cards and Texas payday loans, emergency situations don’t have time to wait for traditional bank loans or lenders. They often take their time running your credit and making you wait for approval. If you need fast cash and don’t have a lot of time to spare, don’t make financial decisions in haste. Take some time to consider the advantages and disadvantages of how you will acquire the money you need and then decide which financial route you will take.The first thing you need to consider is whether or not you have a credit card and if so, does it even have any available credit? If the answer to either question is “no”, then this is not an option for your particular situation. If you are thinking about applying for a credit card to help you deal with your financial fix, keep in mind that it could take weeks to get approved and get your card in the mail. A financial emergency may not be able to afford that much waiting. Even so, you may not get approved for the amount you need, putting yourself back at square one with your cash crunch. With an overnight payday loan with Approved Money Center, you can apply online in minutes and get approved the same day. Your money will then be deposited directly into your bank account on the following business day. No waiting- no check cashing- no driving around town.You need also consider that when you use a credit card, it may end up taking months to pay it off which will cost you a lot more than you needed in the first place. Interest charges can really add up and if you are late on your payment(s) you will be charged a substantial late fee as well. Payday loans are meant to be utilized for short-term and temporary financial times, paying them off when you get your next paycheck. You will still be charged a fee for being able to borrow but once you payoff your initial loan amount and fees, you will be free and clear of your payday loan debt. In the event that you can’t payoff your loan in full, most lenders will work with you.In the event that you have enough credit available on your credit card, make sure you can use that card for your emergency bill. Some auto mechanics require that you pay cash for repairs. Certain vendors don’t take plastic credit because credit card companies charge business’ high usage fees. There are other circumstances that may call for cash. While you most likely can take a cash advance on your credit card, be mindful that you will pay an even higher interest rate on the money you borrow as well as any fees that may be charged for a cash advance transaction on your credit card.A payday loan lender will never charge you more because you need the cash quickly nor should any lender ever ask you for any money up front in the form of fees or an application charge. Take a moment to work the numbers and figure out just how much it will cost you to borrow these two ways: a short-term payday loan or a credit card cash advance. Which one will you be most likely to pay off sooner? Which one will cost you more? Figure that out first and then make your decision.While you may have a much lower interest rate on your credit card, you must be realistic about how long it will take to pay it off. If what you charge ends up being long-term debt, you can bet your going to pay quite a bit over the duration. If you can pay it off before the end of the billing cycle, you most likely won’t pay anything in interest charges or fees (except if you are charged for taking out a cash advance with your credit card). With a loan from a payday lender, you will be expected to pay back what you borrow within a couple weeks depending on your pay cycle. You’re are free and clear once you payoff your lender.Only you know your budgets’ potential to pay back what you borrow. That goes for your financial tendencies as well. It’s best to consider how you deal with your finances and how disciplined you will be in paying back a credit card cash advance or fast cash payday loans.

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