I was a little shocked to read a news item this morning about a guy from Canada who at the time was staying in New York, but had gone back to Toronto where he lived but while attempting to go back to New York was refused entry because of his blog! See the Yahoo News artical here . I think the US has taken their pranoia waaay to far. Come on guys lighten up a little will ya? Not every Canadian wants to blow you up! LOL I mean why would we? Your country trades goods and services with us fairly don’t ya? Ooops, (NAFTA, softwood lumber etc), sorry bad example. Your country respects our decisions don’t ya? Ooops, (Canada NOT supporting your decision to attack Iraq, etc) sorry again, another bad example. Well, in any case, our two country’s are as close as any in the world. We harbour no ill feelings towards you, and you guys barely recognize that we even exist, so how perfect can that be? Just kidding…relax. You don’t need to send me more hate-mail. I’m only joking.
My point is that someone is being persecuted for something he wrote in a blog entry on the internet. What was amazing for me to find out, was that the border guards actually know what Google is and even, how to use it. What concerns me though, is that the content that is out there on the internet isn’t that reliable, necessarily. Anyone could put up a web page with someone’s name on it saying they are a terrorist, whether they actually are or not, and to think that the border guards are searching for, and relying upon such information is just astounding. Even though, I realize sometimes you can’t ignore such possible false information, you shouldn’t over react either, which is what I think these border guards did. This perhaps is another reason for attempting to at least stay a little bit anonymous on the internet. Some people take what they read on it verbatim. There is no regulation as to what could be there and what could be said about someone or something and whether or not its actually true. Early on in the internets life people were visiting medical type websites taking what they were saying as advice that they might get from an actual doctor. It wasn’t necessarily information that came from a doctor per se, but it may not have been totally true for any one person either. “You can’t always beleive what you see on TV”. How long have we been told that by our parents and at school? The knowledge to question everything should be at the fore-front of the way we interect with all communications media. TV as well as the internet. I try to take everything that I read on the internet with a grain of salt. If it answers a question I have about something then its up to me to take its advice or not. Its just not automatically accepted by me at least, as the way it is. I guess alot of people do, and thats part of the problem.
JOKE OF THE DAY:
A group of Americans are touring Ireland. One of the women in the group is a real curmudgeon, constantly complaining: “The bus seats are uncomfortable, food is terrible, too hot, too cold, accomodation is dreadful…”
One day, the group arrives at the site of the famous Blarney Stone. “Good luck will be followin’ ya all your days if you kiss the Blarney Stone,” their guide says. “Unfortunately, it’s being cleaned today and so no one will be able to kiss it. Perhaps we can come back tomorrow.”
“We can’t be here tomorrow,” the nasty woman shouts. “We have some other boring tour to go on. So I guess we can’t kiss the stupid stone.”
“Well now,” the guide says, “it is said that if you kiss someone who has kissed the stone, you’ll have the same good fortune.”
“And I suppose you’ve kissed the stone?” the woman scoffs.
“No, ma’am,” the frustrated guide responds. “But I have sat on it.”