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Double Rainbow

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The above double rainbow was seen after Mass yesterday evening over the rectory (the house with the sunshine shining on it). The sunshine you see on the far side of the street leads up to the Veterans Memorial.

For a long time, Father Gordon MacRae is trying to get me to read Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six apparently on the exploits of a counterterrorism unit. The problem is that I’m the most un-well-read priest in the world. I read one other book by Tom, The Sum of All Fears, perhaps exactly twenty years ago, which is about the only novel I’ve ever read in my life. The problem is to actually order it.

Meanwhile, the time draws near for the centennial memorial of Joyce Kilmer here at his memorial forest at Slick Rock in the western reaches of Graham County in the Smoky Mountains. In my opinion, Joyce should have a star on the memorial wall of the CIA for his own activities which brought him to his death. The CIA and even its forerunner were not yet founded, but there’s a pretty direct line. Another reason why the CIA has been dubbed the Catholic Intelligence Agency. Joyce was a member of the famed Rainbow Division, actually The Fighting 69th.

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Google’s wiretapping phone calls worse than FaceBook’s aggression

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Google gumshoes

I was with our famous church secretary the other day (a witness!) when a call came in on my cell phone (an Android with all the google stuff) from friends of Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest (in the parish). Kilmer died young in World War I by way of sniper fire. He was perhaps the most famous Catholic poet of his day. The guy on the phone wants me to give a kind of eulogy for Kilmer on July 30 2018 coming up. I’ll meet up with him today.

After my phone call with him was over, like only about 30 seconds later, a notification came in my phone. Google location whatever it is wanted my opinion not just on Nantahala National Forest, but specifically on Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Really?

So, they surveil all phone calls, turning them into text and shoving that txt through their algorithms. Wow. That’s information for sale, right? FaceBook lost over 100 Billion dollars overnight just now because of these kind of shenanigans. Let’s see what happens with almighty Google. Isn’t this wiretapping? But, as it is, this is much more valuable to that which Snowden was against. Google’s free to go, I would say. Heck, Google just hands all this stuff over just to do it.

Anyway, I don’t have tracking turned on. I don’t have location turned on. I don’t want to give any opinions about locations to Google. I certainly don’t want to give Google opinions about phone calls I make right after I make them. I don’t know how to shut all that off. It seems anything relevant is already off. They don’t seem to give the option not to give opinions except when Google asks the question.

Anyway, I don’t care so much for myself. My life is so very very very much an open book forever and ever. But other people might care for their own business models, and whatever. Information is gold as business people say. It seems the Constitution of these USA means absolutely nothing, not to business freakoids, not to law enforcement up top.

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