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The AntiSocial Network

Scientific American reports the best use of technology since the TV Remote. Image

The Cloak app, for example, collects location info from Instagram and Foursquare to let you know where your so-called “friends” are—so tat you never have to see them. It scans their most recent check-ins, and plots those locations on a map. It can even alert you when the guy you owe twenty bucks to is nearby.

Cloak developers Brian Moore and Chris Baker say they came up with the idea after too many chance encounters with ex-girlfriends. They plan to expand Cloak to interface with other apps, including Facebook. And they insist their feelings won’t be hurt if they suddenly stop bumping into their Cloak-using friends.

—Larry Greenemeier, Mar 28, 2014


Your Checklist to see if you might benefit from the Cloak App:

  • Do you retreat from others in anticipation of rejection?
  • Are you preoccupied with being rejected or criticized in social situations?
  • Do you fear embarrassment when participating in new activities?
  • Do you have poor self-image or feelings of social ineptitude?
  • Do others think you are self-involved and unfriendly?
  • Do you Create elaborate fantasy lives in your head?

If you agree with two or more of the above, you may be ready to hide away from friends and relations!

Just Click the App Icon and start avoiding today.Image


Posted by on March 28, 2014 in Uncategorized


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The ethics of vaccination

ImageI recently came across an interesting article on vaccination. The article, written by Dr. Stemwedel of San Jose State University, addresses the ethics of non-vaccination with respect to the social contract.

Although this aspect of the argument may be mentioned in other articles, it is seldom given such thorough treatment.

What I find most comical is that parents can bypass the social contract and decline to vaccinate their children but still send them into public school (etc.). Apparently (although I may be wrong here), all you have to do is express an ethical opposition to vaccination and that’s acceptable.

Are all obligations of the social contract as easily dispensed with while still keeping the benefits?

Can I send my son to school with a pack of Marlboros because we don’t agree about the dangers of secondhand smoke? After all, it’s just my one son who will be smoking in class. -I know this is an absurd argument, but don’t we forbid smoking in class for the same reason we insist on vaccination? And I would be pretty disappointed if my son started smoking – he is only 8.

What other elements of the social contract can be ethically declined?

Must I pay taxes even when the guy I voted for lost?

Can I be the one guy who declines to be burdened by speeding laws?


By the way, last year saw an outbreak of Measles in Wales that has been attributed to declining vaccination rates over recent years.


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Posted by on July 7, 2013 in Uncategorized


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