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Via E-Mail we were sent a blog, that was created by the writer of the mail, showing a illustrated journey of Christopher Hitchens.  After reviewing the blog, we decided to share it here on the ARose website, so that it can gain more attention.


What a wonderful way of remembering our Atheist hero:


By ARose



The Economist - A one sided claim


In the 23rd issue of the Economist, dated December 17, one article strikes the eye; its called "Creating a digital totalitarian state".

It starts with mentioning the Gary Shteyngart's novel of 2010, "Super Sad True Love Story". The story is portrayed in the future, where the Chinese currency is global and all people wear an "aparat" Round their necks with a RateMePlus technology. Personal details are shown in public on ubiquitous Credit Poles, posts on street corners with "little LED counters at eye level that registered your Credit ranking as you walked by."

The novel basically features the destruction of privacy.

The Economist now claims, that the Chinese government is now maybe on its way creating a similar system, and has already started due to signs in digital social control.

The magazine claims, ending its first paragraph, that the project is a response to the party's collapse of confidence in public institutions, and to keep track of the changing views and interests on China's population. It seeks to collect information on the honesty of ordinary citizens, public officials and companies alike.

Here would be time to make a breaking interference. The West had been showing signs much earlier in a similar regard.

Nineteen Eighty-Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English author George Orwell published in 1949. The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public manipulation, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (or Ingsoc in the government's invented language, Newspeak) under the control of a privileged elite of the Inner Party, that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as "thoughtcrime."

The tyranny is epitomised by Big Brother, the Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality but who may not even exist. The Party "seeks power entirely for its own sake. It is not interested in the good of others; it is interested solely in power."

The second part of the Economist article heads with “A question of trust".

It mentions Chinas years of economical growth, but also widespread corruption; out of date vaccines.

It points out that China is a One-Party-State, yet immediately here one can mention, that the USA is a basically Two-Party-State, that non regardless who wins the presidential election follows a One-Direction-Policy; to be a global, imperial super power.

Within the second part of the Economist article it is said, that President Xi Jining is a leader with even more authoritarianism than its immediate predecessors. The "planning outline" published in 2014 said the government "pays high regard to the construction of a social-credit system".

The third part of the Economist article is called "Getting to know you"

It starts as followed: Such thinking is in keeping with the party's long record of using bureaucratic tools to restrict freedom and invade privacy in the name of public order.

Sounds familiar? If not, then here is the counter part. The USA has PRISM.

PRISM is a former secret code name for a program under which the United States National Security Agency (NSA) collects internet communications from at least nine major US internet companies. The program is also known by the SIGAD US-984XN. PRISM collects stored internet communications based on demands made to internet companies such as Google Inc. under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 to turn over any data that match court-approved search terms.

The difference is in its approach. Instead of spying directly on people, the US requests data from private companies, that store all communication, and then hands it over to government.

PRISM was enabled under President Bush by the Protect America Act of 2007 and by the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which immunizes private companies from legal action when they cooperate with U.S. government agencies in intelligence collection. In 2012 the act was renewed by Congress under President Obama for an additional five years, through December 2017. According to The Register, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 "specifically authorizes intelligence agencies to monitor the phone, email, and other communications of U.S. citizens for up to a week without obtaining a warrant" when one of the parties is outside the U.S.

Corporate executives of several companies identified in the leaked documents told The Guardian that they had no knowledge of the PRISM program in particular and also denied making information available to the government on the scale alleged by news reports. Statements of several of the companies named in the leaked documents were reported by TechCrunch and The Washington Post as follows:

Microsoft: "We provide customer data only when we receive a legally binding order or subpoena to do so, and never on a voluntary basis. In addition we only ever comply with orders for requests about specific accounts or identifiers. If the government has a broader voluntary national security program to gather customer data we don't participate in it."

Yahoo!: "Yahoo! takes users' privacy very seriously. We do not provide the government with direct access to our servers, systems, or network."

"Of the hundreds of millions of users we serve, an infinitesimal percentage will ever be the subject of a government data collection directive."

Facebook: "We do not provide any government organization with direct access to Facebook servers. When Facebook is asked for data or information about specific individuals, we carefully scrutinize any such request for compliance with all applicable laws, and provide information only to the extent required by law."

Google: "Google cares deeply about the security of our users' data. We disclose user data to government in accordance with the law, and we review all such requests carefully. From time to time, people allege that we have created a government 'back door' into our systems, but Google does not have a back-door for the government to access private user data."

"Any suggestion that Google is disclosing information about our users' internet activity on such a scale is completely false."

Apple: "We have never heard of PRISM. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer data must get a court order."

Dropbox: "We've seen reports that Dropbox might be asked to participate in a government program called PRISM. We are not part of any such program and remain committed to protecting our users' privacy."

(Source: Wikipedia)

One may leave this to ones trust or belief, yes in this case belief may be the best term, if these statements are true or not; doubt is yet always a wise adviser.

"Getting to know you" is truly not a Chinese 'alone' phenomena.

The same paragraph reads further: Wholesale surveillance, increasingly of the digital sort, is a central pillar of Chinese communist rule. (This statement alone is already hanging itself too far out of the window.) A system of block-by-block surveillance called "grid management" is being set up in several parts of the country: police and volunteers keep tabs on groups of a few hundred people, supposedly to ensure the rubbish to collected and disputes resolved.

The usage of the internet has grown in China, reaching around 60% of the population. Chinas cyberspace "Great Firewall" blocks access to thousands of web sites to complement the surveillance system, by keeping out 'China critical" informations.

The West does not block internet access to thousands of sites, but counters in a black and white scheme, by portraying certain sites and people as 'the bad', 'the far right' or 'the enemy'. In short, China tries to hide information to avoid critical thinking; the West corners and labels certain information as bad and brainwashes citizens into a direction declared as good. It results also into the reluctance to critically think; a bit religion like to ad this appendix.

Towards the end of the part three the article mentions that according to leaked documents (leaked from whom or where?), America's National Security Agency can collect 42bn internet records a month and 5bn mobile-phone location records a day.

It is finally acknowledged, that although there are many real name registrations for example, also countless fake name registrations can be observed. It is unclear how censors plan to tackle virtual private networks, which mask a user's IP address, it says.

"Who's naughty and nice" brings the reader to the fourth part. It starts with the following intro: The emerging social-credit system builds on this history of monitoring and control of people's private lives. Lists are central to the project: you need lists of identities to order the data you gather. And lists are a Chinese speciality. One could make a major objection here, as lists are not only Chinas speciality, but the speciality of all countries running a 'big brother' system.

'Lists' are elevated high on this part, as lists are a natural result of many areas of life, business or government. Hotels have lists of their customers, companies of their clients, and schools of their students. All for a purpose, like marketing, turnover and statistics.

Yet if those lists are used to restrict or separate people, we find the disturbing part of it. It says therefore: People on the list can be prevented from buying aeroplane, bullet-train or first- or business- class rail tickets; selling, buying or building a house; or enrolling their children in expensive fee-paying schools. There are restrictions on offenders joining or being promoted in the party and army, and on receiving honours and titles.

This starts quit neutral, but shifts towards China, but leaving the clear option to also experience this outside China.

The fifth heading is a it derailed, as it writes "Sins with Chinese characteristics".

Sin is a religious term, and China obviously cannot be compared with such. This part deals with the victims of such a control system and its blacklisting.

From the title it goes straight to the point:

From blacklisting debt-defaulters the system could be expanded a bit, say, to keep track of companies that sell poisoned milk or build shoddy houses...

... Other sorts of "untrustworthy behaviour" meriting attention include: "conduct that seriously undermines... the normal social order of cyberspace transmissions", as well as "assembling to disrupt social order (and) endangering national defence interests".

Looking at that already doesn't define a 'China only" surveillance or control system. Tracking companies selling poisoned milk, one would highly expect from western countries too.

The article now mentions Google, Facebook, data-brokers and marketing companies in western countries, saying that the vast quantities of personal information is not causing serious harm to civil liberties, at least not so far, and 'the social-credit project of China could become a 360-degree digital-surveillance panopticon. Why so carefully "could'? Isn't it already, but not in regard to China, but to the West? It further says that companies that hold data such as Alibaba, Baidu (Chinas largest search engine) and Tencent (a popular sucial-meggaging app) routinely obey government demands for data. That makes it sound as if the US doesn't.

Now it becomes shockingly false when it reads: Big-data systems in democracies are not designed for social control. China's explicitly would be. And because its leaders consider the interest of the party and society to be the same, instruments of social control can be used for political purposes.

The West is running also surveillance systems, and just uses private companies data if needed. Alibaba in China is also a private company, so retrieving information from Alibaba is the same as it would be from Facebook or Ebay; Baidu the ‘pendent’ of Google. Not much of a difference when removing the wrapping.

Towards the end it mentions that companies work out credit scores; and of course they do. In Germany we can find the "Creditreform" or "Schufa". When listed in their system, the individual will no longer be able to receive a loan or worse, be labelled credit unworthy. For the person involved it makes no difference. If the stamp he or she has to carry is private or from the state; he or she is blacklisted!

The sixth part is called: What could go wrong?

This part deals with the scoring rates and limits it should or may set. It writes that a commentary in Beijing Times complained about plans to punish people who do not pay their electricity bills, by limiting foreign travel and bank borrowing. It says further: A recent high-level "social-credit summit" in Shanghai, for example, talked about how scores can be checked, and mistakes rectified; many argued that legal protections needed to be improved.

What we hear here is again not China typically unique, and the article waters down even more towards the end when stating that government has not yet determined whether it wants the system mainly for cracking down crooks or to go the full Big Brother.

Finally the last part also doesn't sound exclusively Chinese, but could be templated onto a US discussion too. Its says: But the government is creating the capacity for a long-tentacled regime of social control. Many of the elements are ready; the databases; the digital surveillance; the system of reward and punishment; and the we-know-best paternalism. What remains is to join the pieces together. If and when that is done, China would have the worlds first digital totalitarian state.

The US defines itself as the number one super power, imperial with presence on all seas of the globe. It defines what is good or bad, it rewards and punishes, even for across its borders. The President is called the most powerful person of the world. Its flag flutters on all Hollywood movies, and all global crisis, resolving and heroes are American in its productions. The US controls not only within its borders, but spies on Europe and its leaders, like the German chancellor. It flies drones to kill from German soil, and its satellites have spun a net around our earth.

We, the citizens of the world may be in high need to think and realise critically, that the world has not just one good or a bad defined by one side only.

If this article were not written by a private publishing company, it could easily pass as western propaganda.


By Thomas Fleckner


Footnote: The article is not meant to be in defence of China and its government, nor is it meant to propagate China and its government. This review of the Economist article is meant to point out the one sided western publication, inventing a 'good and bad' setting by default.




ALFA - A new party, a new hope?


Since July 19 2015 Germany has a new party.
Split off from the AfD (Alternative for Germany) the new ALFA Party (Alliance for Process and Renewal) was founded Mr. Bernd Lucke MEP, who was elected chairman. Further selected asfounding members were the deputy chairmen Bernd Kölmel MEP, Gunther Nickel and Reiner Rohlje, and the general secretary Mrs. Ulrike Trebesius MEP.

Its ideology and program content calles for the Greek exit from the Eurozone and the withdrawal from the EURO corrency, yet the remaining within NATO.

Regarding the current situation in Germany and Europe, ALFA stand for a auxiliary culture instead of welcoming culture. ALFA stands fully on the right to political asylum and protection of refugees under the Geneva Convention for Refugees.

Yet; "A welcoming culture is an expression of naive and illusory thinking," Kölmel said. "What we need instead, is realism and a sense of proportion. Therefore, we need a hand, remove disincentives and on the other hand take the plight of refugees seriously, and it also take a considerable burden in purchasing. Where it is necessary, we want to make determined effective aid. Germany must not develop into foreclosed island, but not limited to one country, winding up his act."

In Kölmels extensive report ALFA speaks among other things, for the following measures:

- Reintroduction of border controls

- No-boats politics: Following the example of Australia ALFA will completely stop the illegal landing of boats through the use of naval forces. Migrants who wanted to go with boats and ships illegally to southern Europe would be invariably returned to their original countries. The only way to fatal accidents in the Mediterranean and the criminal trafficking in leaving a lasting curb.

- Fight against the human trafficers

- Make asylum applications apply close to their home

- UN-protected areas in failing states

- Deportation of applicants without identity cards

- Application only from non-EU States

- Sponsorships for developing countries

- Offer views of immigration and education

- Reintegration of refugees camp

It seems there are several overappings with the Dutch PVV. It seems the sleeping Germany has some politicians waking up, people that don't belong to the far right wing and nazist grouping.

ALFA should be observed and seen as a chance against the established and lame left and center parties.

By thomas Fleckner





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Google Glass (styled "GLΛSS") is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project, with the mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format, that can interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands.

While the frames do not currently have lenses fitted to them, Google is considering partnerships with sunglass retailers such as Ray-Ban or Warby Parker, and may also open retail stores to allow customers to try on the device. The Explorer Edition cannot be used by people who wear prescription glasses, but Google has confirmed that Glass will eventually work with frames and lenses that match the wearer's prescription; the glasses will be modular and therefore possibly attachable to normal prescription glasses.

Glass is being developed by Google X, which has worked on other futuristic technologies such as driverless cars. The project was announced on Google+ by Project Glass lead Babak Parviz, an electrical engineer who has also worked on putting displays into contact lenses; Steve Lee, a product manager and "geolocation specialist"; and Sebastian Thrun, who developed Udacity as well as worked on the autonomous car project. Google has patented the design of Project Glass. Thad Starner, an augmented reality expert, is a technical lead/manager on the project.


Although head-worn displays for augmented reality are not a new idea, the project has drawn media attention primarily due to its backing by Google, as well as the prototype design, which is smaller and slimmer than previous designs for head-mounted displays. The first Glass demo resembles a pair of normal eyeglasses where the lens is replaced by a head-up display. Around August 2011, a Glass prototype weighed 8 pounds; the device is now lighter than the average pair of sunglasses. In the future, new designs may allow integration of the display into people's normal eyewear.

According to several Google employees, the Glass was initially projected to be available to the public for "around the cost of current smartphones" by the end of 2012 but other reports stated that the Glass was not expected to be available for purchase by then.

The Explorer Edition is available to testers and Google I/O developers in the United States for $1,500, to be delivered in early 2013, while a consumer version will be available in 2014 for "significantly less" than the Explorer Edition. On July 2, 2013, Google launched an informational press site for Glass, which stated that the company's goal "is to make Glass available to a wider group of Explorers later this year, with even broader availability next year." Originally, Google stated in a Google+ post that consumers can expect Glass to launch sometime in 2013, which was then brought into question when Eric Schmidt said in an April 2013 interview with BBC Radio 4's The World at One, that Google Glass is "probably a year-ish away."

The product began testing in April 2012. Sergey Brin wore a prototype of the Glass to an April 5, 2012, Foundation Fighting Blindness event in San Francisco. In May 2012, Glass was demonstrated in the first test video shot with the eyewear, demonstrating the 720p HD first-person video recording capabilities of the device. Sergey Brin demonstrated the Glass on The Gavin Newsom Show where California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom also wore the Glass. On June 27, 2012, he also demonstrated the Glass at Google I/O where skydivers, abseilers, and mountain bikers wore the Glass and live streamed their point of view to a Google+ Hangout, which was also shown live at the Google I/O presentation. In February 2013, Google released a demo video showcasing the voice-augmented display of the Glass filming various experiences in first-person.

On June 21, 2013, the Spanish doctor Pedro Guillen, Chief of Trauma Service of Clínica CEMTRO of Madrid, became the first physician in the world to broadcast a surgery through the use of Google Glass. Thanks to the Spanish company Droiders, rights holder of this system in Spain, a chondrocyte implantation in the knee of a patient who was 49 years old, could be streamed worldwide over the internet, allowing another physician, Dr. Homero Rivas (Director of Innovative Surgery, School of Medicine, Stanford University, California), an expert in telemedicine, to participate in the surgery.

As of early 2013, Google is working on models that can be used with prescription lenses, which will be available to Explorers before the end of 2013.

Random members of the UK public were approached with the Glass product in late June 2013 and provided feedback while using the device. Users tested various functions of the new technology, including voice recognition, image-taking, and the search engine, and the footage shown by the Guardian publication conveyed only successful attempts. Glass will be sold on the UK retail market in early 2014.

Glass Explorer program

The Glass Explorer program is an early adopter program available for developers and consumers to test Google Glass, and gauge how people will want to use it. Entry into the Explorer program was made available to the general public on February 20, 2013, and ended on February 27, 2013. The program's promotional material stated that "bold, creative individuals" who wanted to test the device were being sought out. Applicants were required to post a message—of 50 words or less—on Google+ or Twitter with the hashtag "#ifihadglass" featured. Successful applicants were required to attend a Google Glass event in either New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles to pick up the developer version for US$1,500. The consumer version will be between 300 and 500 USD.

The Explorer Edition receives data through Wi-Fi, or it can tether via Bluetooth to an Android device or iPhone, and use its 3G or 4G data; the Glass also has a GPS chip. Users issue voice commands by first saying "ok glass", followed by the command, or they can scroll through the options using a finger along the side of the device. The Explorer Edition also features an interchangeable sunglasses accessory that twists on or off. Monthly updates to the Glass are planned after the program starts.

On April 16, 2013, Google announced that production was complete for the initial Glass Explorer Edition units and the corporation would begin shipping. On the same day, Google also released a web-based setup page for Glass, as well as the MyGlass companion app. Developers were also given first access to the Mirror API for Glass.

Following the XE7 update to the Glass Explorer Edition in early July 2013, evidence of music and video players, in addition to the device's volume control, was noted.



Google Glass has the ability to take photos and record 720p HD video. While video is recording, a recording light is displayed above the eye, which is unnoticeable to the wearer.


A touchpad is located on the side of Google Glass, allowing users to control the device by swiping through a timeline-like interface displayed on the screen. Sliding backward shows current events, such as weather, and sliding forward shows past events, such as phone calls, photos, circle updates, etc.

Technical specifications

For the developer Explorer units:

  • Android 4.0.4 and higher
  • 640×360 display
  • 5-megapixel camera, capable of 720p video recording
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth
  • 16GB storage (12 GB available)
  • Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 SoC 1.2Ghz Dual(ARMv7)
  • 682MB RAM "proc".
  • 3 axis gyroscope
  • 3 axis accelerometer
  • 3 axis magnetometer (compass)
  • Ambient light sensing and proximity sensor
  • Bone conduction transducer


Applications (Glassware)

Google Glass applications (Glassware) are free applications built by third-party developers. Glass also uses many existing Google applications, such as Google Now, Google Maps, Google+, and Gmail.

Third-party applications announced at South by Southwest (SXSW) include Evernote, Skitch, The New York Times, and Path.

On April 15, 2013, Google released the Mirror API, allowing developers to start making apps for Glass. In the terms of service, it is stated that developers may not put ads in their apps or charge fees; a Google representative told The Verge that this might change in the future.

Many developers and companies have built applications for Glass, including news apps, facial recognition, photo manipulation, and sharing to social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter.

On May 16, 2013, Google announced the release of seven new apps, including reminders from Evernote, fashion news from Elle, and news alerts from CNN. Following Googles XE7 Glass Explorer Edition update in early July 2013, evidence of a "Glass Boutique", a store that will allow synchronization to Glass of Glassware and APKs, was noted.

The first cooking application for Glass, KitchMe, was released by in June 2013.


Google offers a companion Android app called MyGlass, which allows you to configure and manage your device.

Voice activation

Other than the touchpad, Google Glass can be controlled using "voice actions". To activate Glass, wearers tilt their heads upward or tap the touchpad, and say "O.K., Glass." Once Glass is activated, wearers can say an action, such as "Take a picture", "Record a video", "Hangout with [person/Google+ circle]", "Google 'What year was Wikipedia founded?'", "Give me directions to the Eiffel Tower", and "Send a message to John" (many of these commands can be seen in a product video released in February 2013). For search results that are read back to the user, the voice response is relayed using bone conduction through a microphone that sits beside the ear, thereby rendering the sound almost inaudible to other people.


GlassBattle developed by BrickSimple and Escape developed by Advanced Mobile Applications (AMA Studios) are two Glass games that were released prior to the official release of the product. GlassBattle, which is adapted from the board game Battleship, was the first of the two to be publicized.


There have been parodies and criticisms aimed at the general notion of augmented reality glasses, ranging from the potential for Google to insert advertising (its main source of revenue) to more dystopian outcomes. However, Google has stated it has no plans to insert advertising.

In November 2012, Glass received recognition by Time Magazine as one of the "Best Inventions of the Year 2012", alongside inventions such as the Curiosity Rover.

After a visit to the University of Cambridge by Google's chairman Eric Schmidt in February 2013, Wolfson College professor John Naughton praised the Glass and compared it with the achievements of hardware and networking pioneer Douglas Engelbart. Naughton wrote that Engelbart believed that machines "should do what machines do best, thereby freeing up humans to do what they do best".

Privacy concerns

The eyewear's functionality and minimalist appearance have been compared to Steve Mann's EyeTap, also known as "Glass" or "Digital Eye Glass", although Google Glass is a "Generation-1 Glass" compared to EyeTap, which is a "Generation-4 Glass". According to Mann, both devices affect both privacy and secrecy by introducing a two-sided surveillance and sousveillance.

Concerns have been raised by various sources regarding the intrusion of privacy, and the etiquette and ethics of using the device in public and recording people without their permission. There is controversy that Google Glass would violate privacy rights due to security problems and others.

Privacy advocates are concerned that people wearing such eyewear may be able to identify strangers in public using facial recognition, or surreptitiously record and broadcast private conversations. Some companies in the U.S. have posted anti-Google Glass signs in their establishments. In July 2013, prior to the official release of the product, Stephen Balaban, co-founder of software company Lambda Labs, circumvented Google’s facial recognition app block by building his own, non-Google-approved operating system. Balaban then installed face-scanning Glassware that creates a summary of commonalities shared by the scanned person and the Glass wearer, such as mutual friends and interests. Additionally, Michael DiGiovanni created Winky, a program that allows a Google Glass user to take a photo with a wink of an eye, while Marc Rogers, a principal security researcher at Lookout, discovered that Glass can be hijacked if a user could be tricked into taking a picture of a malicious QR code.

Other concerns have been raised regarding legality of the Glass in a number of countries, particularly in Russia, Ukraine, and other post-USSR countries. In February 2013, a Google+ user noticed legal issues with Glass and posted in the Glass Explorers community about the issues, stating that the device may be illegal to use according to the current legislation in Russia and Ukraine, which prohibits use of spy gadgets that can record video, audio or take photographs in an inconspicuous manner.

However, Glass has a 10-second limit to all recorded videos unless otherwise chosen. Also, the way anyone must start filming is rather conspicuous, because users must voice their intentions to the device or long-press the camera button.

Concerns were also raised for the privacy and security of the Glass user in the event that the device is stolen or lost, an issue that was raised by a US congressional committee. As part of its response to the governmental committee, Google stated in early July that is working on a locking system and raised awareness of the ability of users to remotely reset Glass from the web interface in the event of loss.

Pre-release bans

Due to the potential privacy violating capabilities of Google Glass, several facilities banned the use of Google Glass before its release to the general public. Others, such as Las Vegas casino Caesars Palace, banned Google Glass, citing their desire to comply with Nevada state law and common gaming regulations which ban the use of recording devices near gambling areas. Additionally, there was a petition on the White House website calling on President Obama to issue a nationwide ban on Google Glass until clear limits on privacy can be established on the technology.

Safety concerns

Concerns have also been raised in regards to operating motor vehicles while wearing the device. West Virginia state representative Gary G. Howell has introduced an amendment to the state's law against texting while driving that would include bans against "using a wearable computer with head mounted display." In an interview, Howell stated, "The primary thing is a safety concern, it (the glass headset) could project text or video into your field of vision. I think there's a lot of potential for distraction."

But from testimonials of explorers, the prism screen is above the right eye, not in the direct field of view. "The screen seems to be off to the side of the line of sight, so I don't see much potential for intense distraction."

Terms of service

Under the Google Glass terms of service for the Glass Explorer pre-public release program, it specifically states, "you may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person. If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google's authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty." Wired commented on this policy of a company claiming ownership of its product after it had been sold, saying: "Welcome to the New World, one in which companies are retaining control of their products even after consumers purchase them." Others pointed out that Glass was not for public sale at all, but rather in private testing for selected developers, and that not allowing developers in a closed beta to sell to the public is not the same as banning consumers from reselling a publicly released device.

Google has also stated prior to the release of the product: "We don't allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material." However, by July 2013, the MiKandi business had developed a Glassware photo app that allows users to submit photos that are then voted on by other app users, similar to the Hot or Not website.

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Saturday, 02 September 2017
  German elections countdown to the known. But....   With all means the present government and the main stream 'leftist' tendentious media has done all to suppress or even blend out all positive... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Commemorating the LGBTQ Pride in 2019
Saturday, 06 July 2019
    Commemorating the LGBTQ Pride in 2019   Attending the annual Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) pride march is surely one of the most rewarding achievements any LGBTQ fellow... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE PATAS now in the library of european science
Sunday, 30 June 2019
  PATAS now in the library of European science   When searching for references about Atheism and Agnosticism, Freethinking and Non religious people and movements, people mostly fell back on... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE The 2018 Metro Manila LGBT Pride March
Wednesday, 04 July 2018
  The 2018 Metro Manila LGBT Pride March   The LGBT community of Metro Manila has come a long way since its very first ever LGBT Pride March which took place twenty-four years ago. On 2018-June-30,... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE PATAS 6th anniversary - Age of Reason, reasoning amidst social reality
Saturday, 24 February 2018
  PATAS 6th anniversary Age of Reason, reasoning amidst social reality   When writing about the PATAS 6th anniversary, we have to reflect on the idea and the origins of the short form PATAS. PATAS... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE The 2017 Pride March in the Shoe Capital of the Philippines
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
  The 2017 Pride March in the Shoe Capital of the Philippines   Forty-eight years after the Stonewall riots which inspired the very first ever LGBT Pride Parade in the world a year later, and... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Humanism Betrayed - The BHA exposed
Tuesday, 06 September 2016
  Humanism Betrayed - The BHA exposed   Secularism is a movement towards the separation of religion and government. Religious laws based on scriptures such as Christian doctrines or Sharia... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE It's Labor Day again - May 1
Friday, 01 May 2015
  The 1st of May Labor Day is celebrated in more than 80 countries world wide. Mostly Labor Unions march the streets with their members to remember the fights for better working conditions,... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE The true and twisted definition of Human Rights
Friday, 30 January 2015
  The true and twisted definition of Human Rights     The organization of Islamic cooperation is composed of 56 States of which Islam is embraced and used as the state religion. This... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE The Atheist oasis in the east of Europe
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
  The Czech Republic is an east European country with a very special touch. Next to Estonia, it is the most irreligious country in east Europe, one of the former east block countries. Of course... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE North Koreans are vaccinated with propaganda from childhood
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
    The same as religions indoctrinates peoples from early age, North Korea's regime programs it's citizens into a constant mindset of war. As North Korea was always known for it's... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE There is a new Leftist campaign; discreetly wanted but stupidly open
Monday, 11 March 2019
  There is a new Leftist campaign; discreetly wanted but stupidly open   Most people who oppose the so-called main stream are discriminated against by the latter; portrayed as pub-level talkers,... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Oh no? There is no islamisation going on? You must be kidding!
Sunday, 08 July 2018
  Oh no? There is no islamisation going on? You must be kidding!   Our false center left Merkel, Rutte, Juncker block, including all the fake opposition formed of the Greens, the far left (Die... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE We are democracy! ?
Saturday, 16 December 2017
  We are democracy! ?   The AfD presents in the Bundestag an application for complete border protection and rejection of the present uncontrolled influx of migrants. Under a huge verbal... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE The third attempt to conquer Europe – Historical evidence
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
  The third attempt to conquer Europe – Historical evidence   Europe is in danger, it is about to lose its freedom, culture and history.   In old days, it was a pure religious war, but now in... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE There is a responsibility
Saturday, 18 November 2017
  There is a responsibility   Club leaders are responsible for their club, organization leaders for their org’s, political leaders for their country; but it doesn’t end here. Labels come with... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE The leftist puppets and totalitarian like mainstreaming
Monday, 11 March 2019
  The leftist puppets and totalitarian like mainstreaming   The world has a new innocence role model. A 16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg. Since the climate summit in Katowice and her appearance at... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Peter Tatchell; a disgrace for the LGBT community
Monday, 18 June 2018
  Peter Tatchell; a disgrace for the LGBT community   Peter Tatchell was arrested in Russia, for demonstrating for LGBT rights in Chechnya. The sign Tatchell was wearing around his neck read:... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE This is how coward the Greens and CDU Germany are
Saturday, 02 June 2018
This is how coward the Greens and CDU Germany are   I gave it a try to post in their party official Facebook sites. What happened was most astonishing. No reaction at all. No even one comment... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE How the German TV promotes supporting and hiding illegal Muslim migrants
Saturday, 22 April 2017
  How the German TV promotes supporting and hiding illegal Muslim migrants   German public service broadcaster ARD is featuring a weekly series called "Lindenstrasse". Its a leftist... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Seperation of church and state? I dont think so!
Friday, 21 October 2016
  Donald Trump Heckled by New York Elite at Charity Dinner   Lets put the topic aside. But secular democracy should be without priests! U.S. presidential campaign tensions seeped into a... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Why Humanism is not a left wing exclusiveness
Saturday, 22 April 2017
  Why Humanism is not a left wing exclusiveness   Humanism is an outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanists stress the... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Do-Gooders are not good doers - The downfall of Humanism
Saturday, 22 April 2017
  Do-Gooders are not good doers - The downfall of Humanism     An alien space ship crashes in the Arctic, and a group of army pilots fly to check it out. Inside the space ship they find wounded... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE ARose askes for help .... Please read! Please share!
Monday, 28 November 2016
  Slow Dance This is a poem written by a teenager with cancer. She wants to see how many people get her poem. It is quite a poem, please pass it on. This poem was written by a terminally ill... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Europäischer Humanismus entgleist
Sunday, 27 September 2015
  Europäischer Humanismus entgleist     Was ist Humanismus? Humanismus ist eine philosophische und ethische Haltung, die den Wert und die Wirkung des Menschen  in den Vordergrund... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Unboxing Humanism
Monday, 01 July 2013
    The dwellers within the eclipsed peninsula of Scandinavia are unsung evidences that one can be morally principled without religion so long as you have empathy, ethics, and conscience as... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE A Special Occasion for the Atheists of Metro Manila
Monday, 08 May 2017
  A Special Occasion for the Atheists of Metro Manila   In a country where its society is influenced by the Catholic religion, a meet-up which is being attended by non-believers is quite rare and... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
Friday, 14 August 2015
  “A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it,    or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.”... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE The irony of the religious LGBTs
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
  They even agree with the anti LGentimeBT snts of the Catholic priests who declaim their biases on their pulpits. The Catholic leaders indeed have an evident and obvious repulsion against LGBTs... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Atheists and Humanists should act as role models
Saturday, 01 June 2013
    Only certain countries are lucky and privileged to be secular, and situated with an Atheist or at least not religious dominant influenced society. But be it so, many countries are... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE When the belief is satisfied, reality is left behind Pets and Atheism –
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
    Followers of religions believe in life after death, well, not all of them to be fair. This gives them an imaginary eternity, a feeling of perpetual comfort and salvation from the... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Germany is dropping in its safety ranking
Monday, 11 March 2019
  Germany is dropping in its safety ranking   According to a recent ranking for gays and lesbians, Germany has become less secure. Sweden, Canada and Portugal are the LGBT-friendliest travel... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Indonesia: Another case of religion poisons everything
Saturday, 20 May 2017
  Indonesia: Another case of religion poisons everything   On May 17 2017, we could read that a Sharia court in Indonesia’s Aceh province had sentenced two men for having gay sex. The court... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE The LGBT Quest for Equality Continues
Monday, 20 June 2016
  The LGBT Quest for Equality Continues     It has already been a week since the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history took place in Orlando Florida in 12 June 2016, where... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE The right to raise children
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
  In many constitutions it is clearly stated that men and women are equal, thus should be treated equally, have the same rights and opportunities. In our world the standard for families is... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Looking back at the 2013 IDAHO day
Friday, 24 May 2013
  Last May 17, different LGBT groups in Metro Manila celebrated the IDAHO Day in the Cubao Expo.  IDAHO stands for International Day Against Homophobia and is celebrated annually to... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Walmart removed Israel costume from its assortment
Friday, 30 October 2015
  Ahead of the American Halloween, retail giant Walmart had to react to the growing criticism from Muslim and ethnic Arab US citizens, due to its offer of an IDF costume. The IDF is the Israel... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Bizarre Texas law finding - Dildo attack!
Friday, 16 October 2015
  Questionable gun laws have always existed in Texas. But the law, which was passed and was enforced on August 1, 2016, is even going too far for many Texas weapons friends. (Read the law... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Mike the headless chicken
Friday, 15 March 2013
  Browsing the internet is the fastest way of coming round the world nowadays, getting the latest information’s and sometimes the most curious   MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE The muslim terror doll
Sunday, 17 February 2013
 The Muslim terror doll   MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE The bike in the tree
Thursday, 03 January 2013
  Nothing supernatural happened when the mother named Helen Puz, 99 years old, of son Don read in the neawspaper, that in Vashion Island, Washington   MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE @TheHitch - When readers share
Saturday, 21 July 2018
  @TheHitch - When readers share   The readers of i-ARose are often not only readers, but writers and creators of publications themselves.   Via E-Mail we were sent a blog, that was created by the... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE The Economist - A one sided claim
Sunday, 25 December 2016
  The Economist - A one sided claim   In the 23rd issue of the Economist, dated December 17, one article strikes the eye; its called "Creating a digital totalitarian state". It starts... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Win an amazon gift code - Great chance!
Thursday, 19 November 2015
    Sweeten your season with a chance to win purchase balance for amazon     This is a great opportunity to win an amazon gift card / code. Don't miss this, so that you can buy... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE ALFA - A new party, a new hope?
Tuesday, 08 September 2015
    ALFA - A new party, a new hope?   Since July 19 2015 Germany has a new party. Split off from the AfD (Alternative for Germany) the new ALFA Party (Alliance for Process and Renewal)... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Google Glass - See the future is here
Thursday, 01 August 2013
  Google Glass (styled "GLΛSS") is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project, with... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Nudging - The 'other' way of mass manipulation
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
  Nudging - The 'other' way of mass manipulation   "Nudge or nudging is a concept in behavioural science, political theory and economics which argues that positive reinforcement and... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE The Original 25th of December Celebrations
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
  The Original 25th of December Celebrations   Before the onset of the New Year, people around the world would annually celebrate a festivity called Christmas.  And those folks... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE The human psychology on ones position - Radicalism
Saturday, 19 November 2016
  The human psychology on ones position - Radicalism   Radicalism is a result of oppression, suppression or isolation. It is the call for attention in regards to something... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE The Abuse of “Conditioning” By Religion
Sunday, 18 September 2016
  The Abuse of “Conditioning” By Religion   Religion is in our face every day even if we have made it out of the hands of those who abuse the minds, the religious conditioning is still... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE
IMAGE Pascal’s Wager: Is it Your Best Bet?
Thursday, 15 August 2013
  The Wager.   “What if you’re wrong?” It’s a common question theists ask to non-believers.  What if you’re wrong and god exists and sends you to hell for your non belief?... MOD_GLOBALNEWS_READ_MORE_TITLE

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