“Keep your friends close and your silmarils closer.”— Old Feanorian saying
Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving)
The Matrix (1999) Written and Directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski
I don’t think he’s correct. Put something harmless, let’s say, a fluffy little bunny, into the wrong place, let’s say, Australia, and you it may get out of control. Similar with a virus: Put a bird virus like the bird flu (or any other type of flu actually) into the wrong environment, let’s say, a human body, and suddenly it gets out of control…
So by that logic, the real problem is that humans are living in an environment they weren’t meant for and where they have too few natural enemies to reach some kind of equilibrium. Since humans have been around for hundreds of thousands of years and population growth has only become a problem recently (starting with the boom-and-bust pattern of early agricultural societies), this is certainly closer to the true problem than what the esteemed agent is saying.
But if he said “It’s not humans that are the problem, it’s the dynamics inherent in agricultural and, by extension, city-based systems”, he wouldn’t be Agent Smith, he’d be Primitivist Smith and The Matrix would have been a very different film.
Why I’m using Duck Duck Go, and you should too.
I’d used DuckDuckGo in the past, and while I liked the fact that they are gung-ho about user privacy, the search results just weren’t as nice. With Apple’s addition of DuckDuckGo as a search option in iOS 8 I thought it was time to give them another chance, so I switched all of my devices and browsers over to DuckDuckGo as a default search engine.
It’s really good. Surprisingly good. I’m talking prefer-it-to-google good. They have a page showing some of their newer features and a page detailing their !bang syntax to easily search other sites (like “!as rice cooker” to search Amazon Smile for a rice cooker. I used to forget to go to smile.amazon.com to support my favorite charity, but no longer!). I also really like the “Official Site” badge; it’s been very helpful in search for the dozens of apps I want to install on my new computer.
But aside from all of the cool features it has, the biggest reason to use it is privacy. Google is an advertising company and you and their other users are the product they sell for billions of dollars. They build profiles of you to target their advertising so they get more clicks. They tailor the results to what they think you’re interested in, so you only see your side of polar issues. And your data can leak to the links you click, to Google employees going rogue, to hackers, or to the government on a silver platter from Google.
Can you imagine other search engines having a setting to turn off advertisements?
They also have a nice primer at FixTracking.com on how to configure your current browser for both DuckDuckGo and other ways to avoid being tracked / profiled / sold.
So here’s my challenge to you—switch your default search engine to DuckDuckGo for a week. Afterward, you might use another search engine for the occasional query, but I bet you won’t switch the default back.
Oh, and if you’re still one of those neanderthals that types in the search engine’s domain name, clicks the box, then types their search query—try ddg.gg :p
Oh man, DuckDuckGo is so great.
As you all know (since you read all my posts of course òó) you can use DDG to search other sites by using bangs (like !w for wikipedia, !gi for google images etc). I just noticed that DDG even redirects you to sites according to the preferred region you chose.
So, you put !w after your search term and you haven’t entered a preferred region - you are sent to en.wikipedia. But you change it to Germany for example (with one click btw, if you have chosen the area in question before) and use !w again - suddenly you’re at de.wikipedia.
This is so great. I can’t recommend DDG enough. Best search engine I know.
10 year old Yemeni girl smiling after she was granted a divorce from her husband- a 30 year old man
Here’s what I found after looking into it.
Nujood Ali was nine when her parents arranged a marriage to Faez Ali Thamer, a man in his thirties. Regularly beaten by her in-laws and raped by her husband, Ali escaped on April 2, 2008, two months after the wedding.
On the advice of her father’s second wife, she went directly to court to seek a divorce. After waiting for half a day, she was noticed by a judge, Mohammed al-għadha, who gave her refuge. He had both her father and husband taken into custody.
Indeed, publicity surrounding Ali’s case is said to have inspired efforts to annul other child marriages, including that of an 8 year old Saudi girl who was allowed to divorce a middle-aged man in 2009.
BUT In 2013 Ali reported to the media that her father had forced her out of their home and is withholding her money granted by publishers. Her father has also arranged a marriage for her younger sister, Haifa.
I GOT THE INFORMATION FROM THIS WIKI PAGE
Also this girl has her own book