George Orwell And Winston Smith Would See Us As Fools

George Orwell And Winston Smith Would See Us As Fools

Why do we give away our privacy so freely, in exchange for cute puppy videos? As Internet users, we are quite naive and dumb. We love Facebook, but we get annoyed when we are confronted by ads. Well, welcome to the brave new world where nothing is for free, and your very private data is a readily tradable commodity. But don’t rush to blame others. Blame yourself for being so easily fooled. At the same time, forget about being monitored by ultra-secret national ‘big brother’ spying agencies. Your biggest danger comes from what you voluntarily use every day because you think it is free, and that you are at liberty to say, like

Why I Pay For Stuff – Because Free Usually Sucks

Why I Pay For Stuff – Because Free Usually Sucks

Free is great, but it almost always comes at a cost Everyone loves a bargain, but free is rarely a great buy. In the last year or so, I have noticed that my small selection of time filling games on my iPhone are now blasting me with ads every two to three minutes. Even worse, one of them blasts out ads with sound even when I set my phone to silent. Aside from my few games, many of the freebies I use are for my WordPress blogs. Again, however, a lot of these applications and plugins that I have used for years, are either becoming infested with advertising or have had key features

The Polite Language Of Racism

The Polite Language Of Racism

Immigrant or Expat? I am an Australian man, who married a Swiss woman. We met, and lived in Australia for many years, but of course travelled to Switzerland quite often. However, as is sometimes the case, circumstances in our professional lives changed and we made the decision to settle permanently in Switzerland. So I immigrated. Or emigrated. Or migrated. I wasn’t expatriated, nor did I expatriate myself. But by doing so, I became known by many people in Switzerland as an expat, not an immigrant or migrant. Even years later, when I gained Swiss nationality, I was still referred to as an expatriate and not an immigrant. This is true today. I’m an Aussie expat living in Switzerland,

Trump The Oligarch vs Hillary The Autarch – And Lies

Trump The Oligarch vs Hillary The Autarch – And Lies

I should have added Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as characters in my new book; God Has Gone Fishing. Call it a premonition, or a foretelling of impending doom, but the battle of the Oligarchs and Autarchy in my latest book keeps playing out for real now in the media every day. The battle lines in this year’s US presidential election are exactly what I wrote about when I penned the first draft of God Has Gone Fishing well over two years ago. The anger in this election is symptomatic of a population that has finally come to understand that they have been lied to, cheated, robbed and thrown to the wolves

I Might Have Written My Last Book

I Might Have Written My Last Book

Times change, people change, and the world changes. It seems such a short time ago when self-publishing gave authors like me a fantastic chance. An opportunity to connect directly with readers, and I grabbed it with both hands. While it lasted, those times were wonderful and I recall with such affection the few years when I was running off to the post office almost every day, mailing off signed copies of my books. Yes, I’m talking about a time before ebooks. It might come as a surprise to many, but self-publishing started a long time before the advent of ebooks and Kindle. To me, they were the best years of my

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