Adblock is Adhoc Answer to the Ugly Ad Dilemma

AdBlock Plus mobile browser could devastate publishers

About 215 million people will use ad block services on their computers by June, company estimates

CBC News Posted: May 25, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: May 25, 2015 5:17 AM ET

Twenty-four hours after Ad Block Plus launched its Android browser with an ad blocker built in, it logged more than 200,000 downloads. (Bloomua/Shutterstock)

Online advertising is beyond obnoxious, but I do realize it is a necessary part of getting ‘free’ content…

Instead of my first inclination to think it is a right wing conspiracy to control  media content to the extent that Adblock might force certain progressive-minded  media off the  Web, thereby pleasing the corporate masters of right wing politicians no end, and depriving us of  information regarding what our dictatorial masters are up to, let’s look at the problem as rationally as one possibly can….

I quit  being involved in Huffington Post a couple of years ago, because of obnoxious ads and because they forced you to join Facebook to comment..that was the end of HuffPo for me..I never used Adblock until the ads got so overpowering that you couldn’t even read the content you were trying to get…I realized that news media relied on ads for revenue in the face of disappearing subscriptions, etc. but this is insane..I had one company following me around to every media source I clicked on, with stupid pulsating lights and interference with the copy I was trying to read…how can any company ever expect consumers to want to check out their products when their ads are so annoying? Everyone mutes TV ads because they have become so loud and obnoxious, so why would corps assume that online ads are any less annoying? Seems really self-destructive to me..

Personally, I make a list of advertisers that piss me off, and go out of my way to avoid supporting them..and that goes for any sort of  political or charitable types who  stalk you if you are foolish enough to  give them any donation or information…whatever their ‘public’ policy  might  be, they lie, they sell your info to others who then haunt you to the ends of the earth…

Do any of you corporate types out there get the message? It’s really simple…stop with the noisy nonsense, the flashing lights, the pulsating  headlines, the  interminable ads before you can watch a tiny bit of video (given up on that, too…) The fact that hundreds of thousands of cell phone zombies (surprised they even notice ads…) have quickly downloaded Adblock apps should tell you all you need to know..instead of being  more and more obnoxious, try being  cleverer…

I read the Guardian  every day, and have noticed that they have a bit of mischief on the bottom of every page  now that says …  “We noticed that you are blocking our ads, we need them for revenue to support the site, perhaps we could suggest another way to support us…” or something to that effect…now that is clever,  and it will probably get  some sort of donation out of me because the Guardian has great content (used to buy the  Guardian Weekly as a pricey newsprint tabloid full of good reading from around the world)

I don’t want to stop  reading the Guardian, I  just want the torture to stop…..and that extends to all media, pretty please……

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Why Would the Opposition Take Debate?

Federal election 2015: Conservative move on election debates raises questions

Forget philosophical battles over free-market democracy – how, exactly, is this going to work?

By Kady O’Malley, Janyce McGregor, CBC News Posted: May 17, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: May 17, 2015 5:00 AM ET

 

Big whoop..no one watches anyway, and Harper is so paranoid that he’s not gonna deal with anything real..the other leaders will, and should, refuse to ‘join’ his march to the bottom, and that leaves him all kinds of time to spew his rhetoric, undaunted by any actual debate..and few if any actual  viewers, or voters…after all,  this is so  obviously a desperation ploy to counteract the ineffective 24/7  lack of interest in his YouTube perambulations…
Let’s get real, here, no one watches the debates anyway;   okay, what few people do watch are usually decided voters, so really, what does Harper accomplish except looking foolish (as usual…) and I just cant see the Opposition kowtowing to this stupidity..well, maybe Junior T, he seems to enjoy riding the coattails of Harper….
The MSM tries to make a long, drawn-out meal of the debates for no other reason than the owners are almost without exception Harper supporters, so this should keep them droning on and on for weeks…no one cares….

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Have You Come a Long Way, Baby..?

Was Hydro One right to fire heckler involved in the FHRITP incident?

Vancouver lawyer says Hydro was well within their rights to fire heckler

By BC Almanac, CBC News Posted: May 13, 2015 10:30 PM PT Last Updated: May 13, 2015 10:30 PM PT

This creep is all too representative of a corporate mindset that some businesses are trying to discourage, well, at least in public..let’s be honest here, if the mouthy jerk had not been wearing the corporate logo, can you honestly say that you think he would have been fired?

He didn’t lose his career for being misogynist pig, he lost it for being stupid and saying something publicly while ‘representing’  with the t-shirt…not very bright, and that is why he was fired, not for being one of the boys…

When you really break it down, it’s fairly pathetic..what on earth are these  ‘men’ thinking?  And why do they find it so funny?  Is their emotional intelligence stuck in their pre-teen years?

What would have been great was for this jerk’s mother, sister, girlfriend or wife to suddenly appear and slap him silly..reminiscent of that  Mom who put a slapfest on her teen age son for  participating in a riot  in the States…

Not very impressive behavior, and not exactly  the response I expected, so  good on the  corp for  stopping this  one puerile moron in his tracks..still,  what is going on  that this sort of behavior has become a ‘thing’?

Give your collective pinheads a big shake, boys….

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The Thought Police: Alive and Well and Ruling in Canada

Ottawa considering hate charges against those who boycott Israel

Blaney’s office cites ‘comprehensive’ hate laws for new zero tolerance plans

By Neil Macdonald, CBC News Posted: May 11, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: May 11, 2015 5:00 AM ET

”ll bet Junior Trudeau is so happy he signed off on C-51…right now, my instinct is to declare that I have in fact been boycotting any Israeli products for years, as have many others. If the Cons want to come after me in any way, shape or form I’m happy to oblige them. I’mm betting that lawyers will be lining up to take this all the way to the Supreme Court. This assault on our rights as Canadians in a supposedly free and democratic society adds fuel to the progressive fire…Harper and his Cons have to go!

  You have to wonder if this isn’t the beginning of the end…when the  Cons got elected in the UK, I was depressed beyond measure..and now this, from Canada,  my chosen home, a place that I thought could never be so fascist, so unbelievably right wing ….I can only hope that these Western inclinations are  trumpeting the beginning of the fightback, because after hearing  about this latest outrage on our  civil liberties, I am getting very discouraged…

The received wisdom is that things have to get worse before they get better…I think we are there…

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Harper, You’ve Been Served…

“Woke up this mornin’ feelin’ fine…”

Despite every contrary  act of the Harperoids, have to say that today is a good day..yes, C-51 passed, and, notably, with the self-destructive Junior Trudeau’s tacit approval…Omar Khadr may  get bail, and, realizing how mean-tempered and petty Harper can be, I’m sure he’s doing everything he can, legitimate and otherwise, to prevent it…there is news today that the Cons  managed to somehow neglect to spend 97 million earmarked for social services…Duffy’s lawyer is making  mincemeat of the prosecution, while simultaneously holding up the Senate and its non-rules for public vilification..

Oh, yeah, and  the NDP  kicked some major butt in  what is now being termed “Albertastan’ by those who are poor losers….

I am reminded of an event back  in time, decades ago, when BC’s own nutbar, Bill Vander Zalm, was forced out  by  his own political sins and had to take a walk, and  Rita Johnston, who took over, being assailed on all fronts by every nasty little little manipulation credited to her predecessor…and the  final destruction of Social Credit (or Cons by any other name…)

I’ll be loading up on popcorn, and  sitting back to watch the  ConClown circus continue to spin out of control, with Junior Trudeau bringing up the rear in his naive nonchalance…

With the  Big Oil Bosses spewing their invective and the all- but- the- coffin  expiry of any pipeline coming West,  it will be interesting to  see what Crusty Clark, our BC Lieberal leader, does now that all her pals in  that political  cabal known as ConLibs seem to be  in suicide mode…

Being a BCer for all this time, I am  way too cynical to assume  the total destruction of all that I despise…however,  have to say that even a dyed-in-the-wool old pessimist like me isn’t able to totally remove the  smirk from my lips today…

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Your Big Five Bank Account Needs a Condom…..

New bank fees target kids’ accounts and allow ‘double-dipping,’ say customers

RBC says new fees ‘cost of doing business’

By Rosa Marchitelli, CBC News Posted: Apr 29, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 29, 2015 9:51 AM ET

 

 

 

Want a better deal and money directed where you want it to go? Join a credit union! Stop these banksters in their tracks..they make record profits, pay  almost nothing for interest on your savings, and now apparently their billions in profits aren’t enough..
This kind of idiocy is right up there with voting in the federal  Cons or BC Libs, despite solid proof that they will do nothing for anyone that isn’t part of the 1%…

The ‘cost of doing business’ is the  catchphrase that bites, the  ‘gift’ that keeps on giving…headaches, that is…why anyone anywhere still is willing to deal with these ripoff artists is beyond belief..

Imagine  that you are at a carnival, and  you give some huckster $5  to try your luck at winning a prize..congrats, you win, but no, there is an additional ‘fee’ for your  poorly-constructed,  thrown- together teddy bear..let’s call it a winner’s obligation…and it turns out, once you’ve proudly walked around the  carney ‘s booth with your ‘prize’ there is an additional charge to actually leave the grounds with it, not to mention taxation on your  winning…you’d scream bloody murder, wouldn’t you?

Your  bank takes your money, pays you nothing for ‘handling’ your cash, but in fact charges you to remove it from their premises,  loans it out and makes massive profits,and then tells you  that paying for  the privilege  of allowing them to make money with your money while you make nothing, despite their protestations that  the ‘cost’ of doing business  is going up. out of necessity, is  the good and proper way of doing business…

Anyone who continues to bank with the  Big Five here in Canada deserves, richly, what they are getting…you might want to point out to your bank manager that,  at the very least, they could take you out for dinner before you get screwed…..

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Toxic Spills and the Toxic Con (tsk, tsk…) Response….

 

James Moore fires back at ‘political jabs’ over Vancouver oil spill

Industry minister criticizes rush to blame before all facts are known

CBC News Posted: Apr 10, 2015 4:33 PM PT Last Updated: Apr 10, 2015 9:42 PM PT

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2015/04/the-bc-oil-spill-and-con-clown-james.html

 

As horrible as this event was, it did some good here in BC..this ugliness  made it clear to all the naysayers bleating about jobs that NOTHING is worth even the chance of a spill..not to mention the fact that we need our Coast Guard and emergency stations, we need our lighthouses manned, we need some serious emergency response services here on the Coast, and the Feds have once again proven their contempt and disinterest for any Province besides Alberta or Ontario..

If anyone  ever thought that  the saving of a few bucks to shut down so many of  our emergency services was a swell idea, that  has gone …

If anyone still believed that  this country, under the HarperCons, was capable of defending itself against a major  bitumen disaster, that concept has  floated away in an ugly oil slick..

Here in the people’s Republic of Vancouver Island, we vote  for either the Greens or the NDP, with few exceptions, so it’s preaching to the converted to say that a vote for the Cons is a vote for self-annihilation…for the rest of BC, and hopefully, the country at large, this sort of thing should be a huge  wake up call..let’s make sure that we have a conscientious voice in the Federal government next time around, and a push for the return, at the very least, of our coastal emergency services should be the minimum requirement for anyone  who wants our votes.

The Cons love to admonish us for having the  temerity to protest their stupidities, as if we were recalcitrant  children…and this  child is spoiling for a fight.

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