Yes, you have too much information online

For proof, let’s look at Tom in Belgium:

This isn’t an exaggeration. Four years ago, I posted this:

Both are from Safe Internetbanking, in Belgium. We worry about the government spying on us, when in reality every business has everything it needs to know about you. Obviously, you know this because you see what happens online when you look at an ad or order anything. The next day, all of the advertisements you see online are related to the thing you bought the day before. And since the government and businesses know everything about you, how hard is it for a hacker to take your life over?

The Europeans are far more strict on Internet privacy, and look what happened to these people. Imagine what happens in the U.S. Checkout the Safe Internetbanking site. It has some good advice.

Why is there a highway four blocks away from my apartment?

Partly because here in Washington, D.C., and in many other parts of America, the powers that be wanted to get black people out of the way. From Vox:

I’m in Southwest D.C. We have a highway here. We also had a thriving minority community decades ago, but then urban renewal came along and many families were relocated.

The PBS special “10 Towns That Changed America” explained the significance of the Southwest urban renewal. It begins around the 37:20 mark in the video below.

The Panama Papers and piggy banks

You’ve probably heard some talk about something called the Panama Papers, which sounds like someone has been rolling joints, but involves rolling bank accounts.

Anyway, since it’s complicated and involve god awful sums of money but very rich people who are doing things legally and illegally, here’s an explanation that we all can understand. (Via Vox).

The IKEA biathlon

This is either in Norwegian or Swedish, but we really don’t need a translator.

And by the way here’s what a biathlon is:

One sport that seems to confuse people more than others at the Winter Olympics is biathlon, which is cross country skiing combined with rifle shooting.

While the inclusion of guns in the Olympics may seem like a weird mix, there is actually a perfectly logical explanation.

The sport has its roots in hunting techniques that have been used Scandinavian countries for centuries. Hunters would often take to skis with rifles mounted on their backs to find prey.

These strategies were later used by the Swedish and Norwegian militaries. In fact, the first recorded biathlon competition occurred in the 18th century between the militaries of Sweden and Norway.

A look at a GOP campaign promise from 2012

This story ran in The Hill on May 23, 2012:

Mitt Romney says his administration would lower the unemployment rate to 6 percent by the end of his first term.

“I can tell you that over a period of four years, by virtue of the policies that we’d put in place, we’d get the unemployment rate down to 6 percent, and perhaps a little lower,” Romney says in a Time magazine interview.

The 6 percent prediction is a bold claim that Romney will surely be held to by Democrats if he’s elected.

What a bold and exciting promise! The Republican presidential candidate vowed to the American people that when his first term was over, he would cut dreaded employment to 6  percent by 2016! That’s really living on the edge!

To show how bold a prediction that was, look at what appeared in the news today:

Hiring in America slowed down in January, with government data released Friday showing the economy added 151,000 jobs — less than the blockbuster growth of recent months but enough to keep the recovery on solid ground.

The data also showed a 2.5 percent spike in wages over the past year, an encouraging sign that the strength in the labor market might finally be translating into bigger paychecks. The unemployment rate also dipped to 4.9 percent, inching closer to what many economists believe is its lowest sustainable level.

If you’re listening to Republicans say that the economy is awful and promising that under a Republican administration there will be jobs for all who want them, just remember this. Mitt Romney promised that he would make the unemployment rate higher than is now. That’s exactly what I believe he would have done.

And policies enacted by Democratic President Barack Obama have put the unemployment rate below 5 percent.

When you elect Democrats, you get what you deserve. When you elect Republicans, you deserve what you get.