Search Yourself On Google – What You Find Will Scare You

November 3rd, 2015

Privacy is big business, and your privacy is waning by the day. Basically, you, me, your friend next door or the cubicle over, have no privacy.  Not from your employer, not from your neighbor or just about anyone wanting to snoop into your business. Identity theft is also a big business and you don’t want to be a customer.

If you have a common last name, say Johnson, Nguyen or Sanchez, you can likely fly under a lot of radar, unless you have a bizarre first name like Moon Unit or LeBron. If, however, you have a surname that isn’t overly taken, good luck keeping any sort or anonymity.

Do a Google search of yourself, putting parenthesis around your first and last name, and chances are you will be shocked at what you find – likely several pages of links to other websites that have everything from your home address and UNLISTED phone number, to your unpublished cell phone number, your employers for as long as you’ve been gainfully employed, and oh so much more.

A recent search of myself turned up my recent car purchase including the vehicle’s VIN number. The only places that have the VIN on file are the California DMV, my insurance company and the car dealer. Only my car dealer has worked on the car, so there are no fly-by-night garages that did an oil change. I don’t have any tickets – parking or moving violations, so law enforcement didn’t leak the data.  CarFax surely has the VIN in its database, but it isn’t tied to me.

So, where did this private information come from and become public?  No idea, but I am trying to find out and plug the leak.

Social networks like LinkedIn are great platforms for professional business connections and seeking new employment, however unless you make your profile private, everything in your profile is indexed by Google and Bing, meaning all your jobs, schools and city of residence are easily found by anyone in seconds.

Posting pictures on Facebook can tell anyone with a modest amount of tech skills where you’ve been and where you live by checking the source of the photos you post.

“Checking In” on FourSquare tells people you aren’t home, and when your account is linked to Twitter and Facebook, you are broadcasting the fact you and the family are having pizza the next town over tonight. is a scary place if you are even slightly paranoid of being hacked. There is a good chance the Mormon Church, which owns the website, has your marriage date, your spouse’s name and the names and ages of your kids on file.

There are literally dozens of sites that data mine your personal information for profit. Most, however, will remove you from their files if you make a written request – assuming the website posts contact information so you can actually reach an administrator.

Don’t take this lightly – when a website you’ve never heard of has your car’s VIN, there’s no telling what else is floating out there.  Search, locate and remove. Do it now!

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Truth About Teamsters Union And Hostess Delivery Trucks

January 11th, 2013

In my constant quest to piss off die-hard union workers that sap our city, county, state and federal budgets with their lifetime paycheck entitlement mentality, I applaud the state of Michigan for their right-to-work stance.

The Wall Street Journal had a brief editorial on the matter, that I would love to share:

“Unions can extract monopoly wages and benefits for a time from a profitable industry, but often at the cost of making that industry less competitive and eventually at the cost of union jobs. Thus did Teamster work rules — cake and bread had to be delivered in separate trucks — cost the bakery workers their jobs at Hostess.”

I had touched on the union costing Americans and fans around the world Twinkies, but when the truth comes out that cake and bread could not reside on the same delivery truck, good riddance.  The brands will resurface from another company in the next year and workers will find work, and the unions will have another nail in the collective coffins.

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Tax Cheating Businesses

November 20th, 2012

It has happened to you: You buy something, often something small, from a market and they don’t ring you up.  They just take the cash and put it on the side.  Maybe it’s just a candy bar or a soda.  And maybe it’s only $1.00. But how many one-dollar transactions does the shopkeeper NOT ring up each day?

In a soup restaurant, getting some Pho to go, the bill was $8.47. On the cash register it said $0.00 as I handed her a $10 bill.

They pocketed the sales tax and are not reporting the receipts. Double tax cheats.

The City of San Jose and the State of California are being taken advantage of, and nobody seems to care.

I am writing a letter to each District Supervisor in San Jose, and will note which ones respond and which don’t. I will also note the cheating restaurants.

If you also come across such cheats, maybe you can mention that they didn’t record the transaction. If they give an attitude, maybe they should be reported. We are all tired of taxes being raised for no apparent reason other than politicians cannot balance a budget, while these nickels and dimes into someone’s pocket.

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Union Strike Kills Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Hostess and 18,000 Jobs

November 16th, 2012

Wonder Bread, Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos are dead and 18,000 people are out of work, as a union strike has killed Hostess.

Once again, unions try and bleed a company and do not understand a company needs to adapt to meet competition, and in this case, their greed cost everyone on the payroll and Twinkies fans all over the world.

Hostess files Bankruptcy

Unions kill Twinkies and Wonder Bread, 18,000 jobs lost

The strike essentially shut down Hostess production for an extended period, and with no cashflow, there are no paychecks. Hostess couldn’t ramp up production and has decided to file for bankruptcy and sell off their products to the highest bidder.

Grocery stores are competing with Target and Wal-Mart who now sell milk and eggs and are non-union, leaving specialty stores as the only grocers who can charge a premium for their products and support union-scale wages.

Union leaders must be proud they stood up to “The Man” and held their ground, and union members surely feel good today as they backed union leaders who had their best interests in mind.

R.I.P Wonder Bread, creamy filled Tinkies, foil-wrapped Ding Dongs and log-shaped Ho Hos.

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America Needs A New Ronald Reagan in 2016

November 7th, 2012

America is prejudiced. Americans do not like Mormons, that must be the explanation for Barack Obama’s defeat of Mitt Romney.

Mormons are a cult. They have dozens of wives. They don’t drink coffee, beer or wine. Utah is cold in the winter, and Robert Redford lives there. I never liked Donny and Marie Osmond.

These are some of the excuses, with the words changed, if Obama had lost the election yesterday.  “The black guy had his chance,” Tom the Mechanic, from upstate Iowa, stated as part of his explanation of voting Republican, after supporting Obama in 2008.

Of course, this is in jest, but the reality was, Mitt Romney didn’t click with America. Whether it was the prep school upbringing, never having a Budweiser at a football game, the religion that most of America looks at with some level of suspicion, or his lack of cajones in pouncing on Obama during the debate over the Libya coverup when Obama danced deftly around the question about embassy security.

He should have said, “Mr. President, can you just answer the damn question? We all know the ambassadors work hard, but can you please explain why he is now dead?”

America needs a new Ronald Reagan.  One born in the 1960’s or 1970’s. We need a leader who came up through the ranks, who relied on student loans and hard work to pay for his or her education.  2016 will be wide open for new ideas to clean up the preceding eight years of moving toward socialism, taxes and debt.


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One Week From Election Day – Choose Wisely

October 30th, 2012

We’ve all heard that one vote makes a difference, and that is oh-so true in the swing states, and down to the micro level of swing counties.  This election can shape not just the next four years, but possibly the next twenty years with all the changes Obama can make as a lame-duck leader with no recourse.

Obama Care is step one.  Granting illegal residents the ability to stay in this country with no penalty is another, which can trickle down to the state level where states are considering offering driver’s licenses to the undocumented.  Is it beyond the realm of possibility that unfriendly nations send people to Mexico and to then cross the border with the hordes and then find a way to get state-issued identification which would now allow them to board airplanes, interstate buses and enter government buildings?

For those of you who voted for Obama because he seemed cooler and more in touch than John McCain, now is your chance to vote with your brain rather than someone you would like to play a pickup game of hoops with.  Mitt Romney has some flaws, no doubt.  He went to private schools and has possibly never mowed a lawn or picked out a head of lettuce at the grocery store, so his ability to relate to me and you is close to nil.  That said, I don’t have to like my boss or my coach or my leader so long as I believe he or she can do a great job in moving us in the right direction as a country.

Let’s have Obama go down in history as a nice guy who was elected to the highest office, something like Jimmy Carter, but also be remembered for the horrible job they did while in office of not moving the economy in the correct direction and of his unwillingness to reach across the aisle to work together.  Obama’s way or the highway has been to common a theme.  Let’s change that on November 6th.

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Competing With China Is A Stacked Deck

June 4th, 2012

Next time you hear about Chinese competition in a particular business sector, chomp on this: Nearly 50-percent of all Chinese citizens are employees of the Chinese government.

The companies knocking off Louis Vuitton bags, bootlegging Hollywood movies and stealing software, schematics and other intellectual property, could very well be supported by the government.

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December 2nd, 2011

Tattoos seem to be everywhere these days.  Some say  they are socially acceptable. Celebrities have them, but they don’t need to find a job. Truck drivers, mechanics, tattoo artists, plumbers and janitors have tattoos.  I suppose there are some accountants, architects, computer executives, stock brokers and bank executives that also have tattoos, but I would hedge to guess the number is less than the previous group. Can’t imagine getting past a PWC interview with THUG LIFE across your knuckles.

I, personally, do not like tattoos. I could never take a girl seriously in a dating scenario, if she had a tattoo. I think it looks cheap.

My personal opinion, please note.

It seems most ex-cons have tattoos.

Starbucks makes their employees who have tattoos cover them. Good for them.

I’ve told my daughter that if she ever has a visible tattoo the best job she will ever get is that of a waitress at Denny’s.

I don’t like tattoos, can you tell?

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Politicians Do Not Support Small Business

December 2nd, 2011

Business owners do not believe politicians support small business. Is this a surprise?

Cities pile on fees, licenses and taxes and make life miserable for a cash-strapped business owner. The state also adds on filings and fees for missed deadlines on semi-meaningless forms that have to be signed, dated, mailed and accompanied by a check.

We won’t even mention the Feds.

According to INC. Magazine, the percentage of business owners who feel the Republicans support small business is 23%; the number is 21% for Democrats, and 35% feel none of the political parties are in their corner.


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Don’t Blame Me, Porn is 37% of The Web

November 15th, 2011

Think about this the next time you read this blog and are pissed off about something I write, porn makes up roughly 37 percent of the total number of web pages.  Yes, more than one-third of all the Internet is porn!

My feeling is that anything that doesn’t cost me tax dollars, is not illegal, does not harm anyone physically or emotionally and is done in the privacy of your own home is cool with me.  In other words, if there is a single senator from your home state that wants to show his Wiener to some willing partner on Yahoo Chat, knock yourself out.

That said, if you want more non-porn to populate the cloud, read more blogs, comment on said blogs, patronize news sites, join social networks and create pages, upload pictures to Flickr, or stop sneaking a look yourself!

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