It wouldn’t be Trump’s military parade, it would be ours

From Bloomberg in an article titled, House Republicans Prepare to Endorse Trump’s Military Parade:

House Republicans are preparing to endorse President Donald Trump’s plan for a military parade in the nation’s capital, with warfighting vehicles rolling down city streets and planes flying overhead.

The display in Washington would be authorized under the Republican-proposed draft for the annual defense policy measure, according to a bill summary released Friday. The measure is scheduled to be taken up by the House Armed Services Committee on May 9.

Bloomberg isn’t the only cog in the wheel known as the mainstream news media to refer to the military parade as “Trump’s military parade.” Everyone seems to be doing it.

I googled “Military Parade” and these are the top-three results:

We as a nation spend a lot of discretionary money on our military. It’s one of the reasons we have the largest, most lethal fighting force the world has ever seen. The thing is, unless the average American has volunteered to serve in the military they will probably never know just how massive our military force is.

I’m not a fan of Donald J Trump. I didn’t vote for him. I would never vote for him. That said, when he said we ought to have a large military parade like he witnessed in France, I agreed with him.

Trump was right.

A broken clock is right twice a day. Even a buffoon like Trump can be right sometimes.

Living in a representative democracy, we Americans should have a better grasp and understanding of how our discretionary money is spent. The largest chunk of our discretionary spending is spent on our military.

In comparison to the rest of the world, we spend a lot more money on our military than the rest of the countries do.

If our elected leaders choose to build and maintain the world’s largest, most expensive military in the world than we should know just what that military looks like.

A large military parade might help do that. The bigger that better I say. It should be a national holiday and carried on all three national broadcast TV networks.

Google is charging monthly for G Suite and I want it to stop

My wife noticed a weird charge appearing on our Capital One credit card statement. It was for five dollars and it was identified as:

GOOGLE *SVCSAPPS_richa

I had no idea what that means. I disputed the charge with Capital One.

I then received a letter from Capital One dated April 19. They informed me that I’ve been changed not five dollars, but ten dollars in total. It’s a recurring charge that happens every month. In the letter, Capital One strongly urged me to contact the merchant and cancel the recurring charge.

They want me to contact the behemoth known as Google and ask them to stop charging me five dollars a month. Got it.

I did some research. It turns out that GOOGLE *SVCSAPPS is Google-speak for G Suite by Google Cloud. I don’t really know what that is, but evidently, I signed up for it for my web developer business website a few months ago. I have no memory of doing this. Absolutely none.

I tried to log into the G Suite account but didn’t have any luck. I typed in the domain of my web developer business website and pressed the giant blue “GO” button.

This is the response I got:

It won’t let me log in using my regular Google account. I tried logging out of my regular Google account and tried again. It then showed my regular Google account and asked me to log in. Once I did, it then showed me the above message just like it did before.

I don’t know what to do at this point. If Capital One cannot remove this recurring monthly five dollar charge Google is applying to my account, I guess I’ll have to report the card as lost and/or stolen and get a new card. I don’t know what else to do. I truly don’t remember signing up for Google’s G Suite. It’s not something I think my web developer business would ever need. I only have one employee and it’s me.

Then again, do I really want to risk pissing off Google? Maybe I should just let them charge me five bucks a month for something I don’t use and have no memory of ever requesting. I do not want to get on Google’s bad side. Google helps me make money with my web developer business.

I like how PayPal handles recurring billing. At any time, you can go into your PayPal account and not only see any recurring payments you have set up, you can cancel them. It’s a much more efficient way of doing things. It’s only one more reason PayPal will be the only processor when our robot and artificial intelligence overlords take over.

Let the record show that I am very pro-robot and pro-AI. When it comes to intelligence, artificial is the only way to go. I’ve always said that. I hope our future technological overlords remember that.

What am I saying? Of course they’ll remember. They’re artificial intelligence, not forgetful biologic intelligence.

Authorities warned well ahead of time about Nikolas Cruz

Facts are beginning to emerge about mass murderer Nikolas Cruz and how law enforcement had ample warning that the man posed a risk to society, yet did nothing to stop him.

Cruz posted a comment on YouTube saying, “Im [sic] going to be a professional school shooter.” The man who operates the YouTube channel, Ben Bennight, took a screenshot of the comment and notified YouTube. He also contacted his local FBI field office. FBI agents were unable to connect the comment to an individual even though it was posted by a user using a “nikolas cruz” Google account. Google owns YouTube.

Ben Bennight, American hero. Just because the FBI and YouTube failed to act on his information does not make him less of a hero.

This goes beyond incompetence, not only with the FBI but with YouTube. As soon as they were alerted by Ben Bennight, they should have retrieved all relative information about the user, IP address, MAC address, past comment history, email address, etc, and contacted both the FBI and the user’s local law enforcement. Ben Bennight shouldn’t have had to contact his local FBI field office. YouTube should have already done it.

Ben Bennight did everything right. Everyone else? They did everything wrong.

The police were even more incompetent than the FBI and YouTube. There are 30 incident reports going back to 2011 of their dealings with Nikolas Cruz.

From CNN:

The incident reports, which are as recent as September 2016, describe Cruz as suffering from mental illness and being “emotionally handicapped,” and being on behavioral medication. One notes, “He has mentioned in the past that he would like to purchase a firearm.”

He was still allowed to purchase an AR-15. I hate to sound like a Republican, but we don’t need more gun laws, we just need the authorities to do their jobs.

AR-15 assault weapon.

If the police properly performed their sworn duties, maybe people wouldn’t feel the need to arm themselves. Who knows, if we could count on the police to actually serve and protect, maybe we wouldn’t feel the need to own guns.

The first time someone online threatened to kill me, I didn’t know what to do. This was years ago. I knew the person’s name and where they lived. I picked up the phone and called my local police department. I explained the situation. The officer wanted me to come in and fill out a report. He said then if someone did kill me, they would know where to look.

Someone online threatens to kill you? Call your local police. If nothing else, you’ll get a good laugh and it will help break up the tension you might be feeling.

I decided not to go the police department and fill out that report. I decided to go a different route.

Why does Google like making me feel dumb?

I went to Google this morning to look something up and I was confronted with the above screen art. It shows a scientist (I guess) doing something sciencey. Either that he is smoking crack. Maybe he’s doing both.

I have no idea who this guy is.

When I mouse over the image, I learn that it is Har Gobind Khorana and today is his 96th-birthday.

Big deal. Context is everything.

When I turn to Wikipedia, the website dedicated to making people feel more informed, not stupid, I learned that:

Har Gobind Khorana (born 9 January 1922 – died 9 November 2011) was an Indian American biochemist.

He shared the 1968 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Marshall W. Nirenberg and Robert W. Holleyfor research that showed how the order of nucleotides in nucleic acids, which carry the genetic code of the cell, control the cell’s synthesis of proteins. Khorana and Nirenberg were also awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University in the same year.

Wikipedia attempts to teach, Google attempts to make people feel stupid. Most of the time I don’t need Google to make me feel stupid. That’s my default normal feeling.

I’ve had type 2 diabetes for over ten years and I’ve there’s anything I know from the disease, it’s the lack of real knowledge I have about it. I learned yesterday that the best fruit for me to eat with diabetes is cherries.

Cherries?

That small super-sweet stemmed fruit and taste more like candy than they do fruit. They evidently have the glycemic index of all fruits. That means how it affects your blood sugar. Cherries evidently affect it the lowest of all fruits.

I guess I’ll go with that until I read another website with shaking pop-ups and instant quizzes about diabetes.

I went ahead and bought a book on Amazon that is supposed to list the GL values of over 800 foods. If I have to go to one more website and wants me to activate updates just because my cells are lousy at processing insulin, I will throw something.

I didn’t end up in the hospital because of my type 2 diabetes, but it didn’t make things better. It compounded the problem.