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Internet Privacy – When has it gone too far?

Internet privacy is once again in the news. Today in the news, which I  found at online newspaper,  The Hill,  was an article about internet privacy. “The Republican push to eliminate Obama-era consumer data protections is sparking a new national debate over online privacy, and putting internet companies on the defensive.

The measure blocking the online privacy rules is on the desk of President Trump, who is expected to sign it.”

With the eruption of Russian hacking attacks and attempts to weaponize the information collected during these attacks, we question the wisdom behind the president’s obsession to repeal these particular protections.

President Obama’s 2012 comprehensive blueprint for consumer privacy included a BuySecure initiative to safeguard Americans’ financial security and steps to address issues related to big data and privacy in public services and the commercial sector. FACT SHEET: Safeguarding American Consumers & Families

Here are the federal acts we think are currently in danger of repeal, born in 2012 they were not completed until 2015 or later:

The acts are very quick reads; as you can see they are critical to our consumer protections.  Repealing these acts would likely contribute to Russian hackers ability to remain incognito for extended periods of time.  Removing the requirements of ISP or web business notifications to Department of Homeland Security and the FBI when larger attacks occur,  may result in a hacker haven free from retribution.

The rules passed in 2015 and later, also resulted in FCC’s net neutrality rules. The Senate voted to repeal the rules under the Congressional Review Act, with the House following suit. The White House said Trump would sign the measure.

Net neutrality is the idea that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally.  According to the article 13 things you need to know about the FCCs Net Neutrality Regulation, Net Neutrality is important to us as consumers for numerous reasons.  We quoted only the first thing, as it explains the FCC’s Net neutrality order in three key rules:

  1. No Blocking. Simply put: A broadband provider can’t block lawful content, applications, services or nonharmful devices.
  2. No Throttling. The FCC created a separate rule that prohibits broadband providers from slowing down specific applications or services, a practice known as throttling. More to the point, the FCC said providers can’t single out Internet traffic based on who sends it, where it’s going, what the content happens to be or whether that content competes with the provider’s business.
  3. No Paid Prioritization. A broadband provider cannot accept fees for favored treatment. In short, the rules prohibit Internet fast lanes.

Internet privacy has greatly evolved since Cruise Bruise was added to our business network in late 2005.  The cruise industry websites made massive expansions to our original network of websites launched in 1999.  We grew with the internet that ‘had’ evolved and suffered through the internet’s domain name registrations wars and java, html, browser and search engine updates.  It could be argued, that the web growth has been both positive and negative.

As the web improves,  less technical or skilled users have become webmasters.  Naturally, the intelligence level and mental stability of webmasters and blog owners devolved, resulting in a degraded Internet credibility.  The quality of the content was reduced by once built in checks and balances.  This lead to a growing belief in contradictions between privacy and free speech laws.  Public stake holders such as Paypal, Facebook and Amazon struggle to constantly adopted new policies in an attempt to protect visitors.

Just this morning, I checked into Webmasterworld, (where I have been a member for  14 years)  to look at discussions on the topic of Google Search Algorithm updates.  The latest Google Search update, named “Fred”, was a topic covering the most recent post.  I noted, one user with less experience than myself,  stated that the Google update thread topic, “Fred” was “fake news”.  I rest my case.

Mainstream Web Privacy Policy – (The Standard by which all others are measured)

The Paypal website privacy states, “We do not sell or rent your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes without your explicit consent.”

The Amazon website privacy policy states, in part, “Information about our customers is an important part of our business, and we are not in the business of selling it to others.”

The Facebook website privacy policy states, in part, “We are able to deliver our Services, personalize content, and make suggestions for you by using this information to understand how you use and interact with our Services and the people or things you’re connected to and interested in on and off our Services. ”

On the topic of freedom of speech, protected by the first Amendment, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)  website says, “The digital revolution has produced the most diverse, participatory, and amplified communications medium humans have ever had: the Internet. The ACLU believes in an uncensored Internet, a vast free-speech zone deserving at least as much First Amendment protection as that afforded to traditional media such as books, newspapers, and magazines.”

Who Has Control of Internet Privacy?

With the Trump federal government opening up internet privacy,  far beyond what we have seen in the past, states are rushing to put in place their own internet privacy laws. How effective those regulations might be, may hinge on our national constitution. “The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution (Article VI, Clause 2) establishes that the Constitution, federal laws made pursuant to it, and treaties made under its authority, constitute the supreme law of the land. It provides that state courts are bound by the supreme law; in case of conflict between federal and state law, the federal law must be applied.”

So, in effect, if federal law is tighter on civil liberties in some cases but more liberal in other cases, the resulting laws of the land may seem contradictory at best or deranged and psychologically unbalanced at worst. On the current USA government (circa Obama) website page on privacy, the website states,  “While many companies take steps to protect your personal information, there is no guarantee that it is protected to the degree that you’d like. Some companies may share or sell your information to other organizations. If a company’s databases are hacked, you could be a victim of phishing scams or identity theft . . . ” – Protecting Your Privacy (webpage source code)

The page was updated on October 03, 2016 when President Obama was in office. Clearly a different internet privacy policy agenda is now being put in place under President Trump.


State  Laws Related To Internet Privacy

Can states prevail in an internet  privacy war with the federal government? According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the following states have or are in the  process of state sponsored internet privacy laws: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

The website stated,  “This web page documents state laws in a limited number of areas: website privacy policies, privacy of online book downloads and reader browsing information, personal information held by Internet service providers, online marketing of certain products directed to minors, and employee email monitoring.”

History – Internet Privacy Circa 2006

Is internet privacy protecting internet criminal elements? The post below could be seen on Cruise Bruise back on August 11, 2006. After launching the website, we, as most all webmasters did, were checking through our website statistics. Back in the day, webmasters could learn so much more from their website statistics about who their visitor were, what they were looking for, if they found it, and what new content might make the website more relevant to their target market, than they can today.

Later, major internet search websites like Google and Yahoo adjusted their privacy policy to protect their users from revealing unwanted web statistics about their web surfing behavior.


“The most troubling day in our history, was when we discovered within a few hours on November 3, 2006 some very disturbing search queries from arriving visitors.

The following search terms brought visitors to this site, on this day: live sexual assault on minor, cocaine dose – pictures, can i bring marijuana on cruise, ayia napa orgy,  Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate, ghb cruise ship, and cruise weed. Think about the possibility of all those people being on the same cruise with you, and the dangers that a family ‘might’ face aboard.

It is a very dangerous world we live in today. Do not lose sight of that while you soak up the sun and the fun.”

December 2006 To February 2007 Stats – (How people found Cruise Bruise pages in search)
Wikipedia - Tin Foil Hat - Drvec

The term tin foil hat” is associated with paranoia and conspiracy theories.

It could be argued, some of these people would be better served on the Dark Web.  The Dark Web is a hidden, twisted parallel web universe, an alternate internet world which the average person will never see. This is where privacy obsessive compulsive users  and  those  who wear tin foil hats,  intermix with criminals and deviants, with some of those trading in the dark web currency known as the bit coin. They roam freely in the dark recesses of the world wide web, hidden from mainstream internet user view.

These are some of the most enlightening  search terms which brought visitors to Cruise Bruise in the early days. We were the only website covering these topics (as they related to cruises) back in 2006-2008. So, we ranked highly, for these somewhat disturbing search terms, when taken in or out of context. A few words on a page, would trigger our pages at the top of the page,  in search result queries for the oddest search topics. See the search terms which brought visitors to Cruise Bruise.

ABOVE: Cruise Bruise visitor search terms, circa 2006. See link above, for odd full list of search terms bringing internet surfers to our website in 2006.

carnival cruise sex pictures
cruise ship sex
gbh ingrediants
i like to buy sex in costa rica
nude photos on carnival cruise ships
butanediol retailers (July 17, 2006)
bomb dogs on cruise lines ( July 24, 2006)
british Ayia Napa greek cruise orgy photo
cocaine smuggling tips (July 28, 2006)
cruise ship drugged raped photos
cruise ship naked pictures (Sep 24, 2006)
cruise ship photos naked (July 23, 2006 AU)
Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate recipe (August 21, 2006)
group rapes in carnaval
how to bring marijuana on a cruise ship (July 16,2006)
how to smuggle” cocaine (August 21, 2006)
how to sneak onto a cruise ship (July 16, 2006)
“kiddie porn” (now that is scary)
kiddie porn webcams (Nov 14, 2006)
making love cams
Mega TV girls sex pictures Ayia Napa cruise boat

Dark Web Reaches Far and Wide

Consider this thought.  The dark web is a bigger part of the entire picture, because it is more private by design and ‘may’ be a safe zone away from hackers. posted an article, which was very ‘dark web’ and fitting, for Halloween, October 31,  2014. The Wired article, Why Facebook Just Launched It’s Own Dark Web Site, states, “In a first-of-its-kind move for a Silicon Valley giant, Facebook on Friday launched a Tor hidden service, a version of its website that runs the anonymity software Tor. That new site, which can only be accessed by users running the Tor software, bounces users’ connections through three extra encrypted hops to random computers around the Internet, making it far harder for any network spy observing that traffic to trace their origin.”

Sure enough, I went to the Facebook dark web domain to see for myself and  Facebook had indeed gone to the privacy cloaking, dark web. There have been recent rumors since Trump took office that Facebook billionaire CEO Mark Zuckerberg,  has serious political ambitions and may run for President in 2020. It is noted that 2020 has other meanings, such as 20-20 being a medical diagnosis for perfect vision. It looks like Mark Zuckerberg had 20-20 vision before Trump took office and saw this latest federal government, dark, ugly internet development coming.


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Winter Storm Stella Cruise Ship Port Weather Outlook

Winter Storm Stella Graphics

Winter Storm Stella Graphics

Our Cruise Ship Weather website is following the progress of Winter Storm Stella in the Northeast United States cruise ship ports. For March 14 to March 18, 2017.

The four square weather graphic on this page shows the New York City and Bayonne, New Jersey radar, Boston Massachusetts radar and Portland, Maine radar.  The weather graphic bottom right shows the Atlantic Wind Speeds.

Winter storms can bring snow, sleet, and freezing rain across the entire United States and its territories. Even Hawaii gets snow in its Big Island, and major cities as far south as Atlanta and Dallas have been paralyzed by snow, ice.

Blizzards occur when strong wind causes blowing snow and whiteout conditions, making roads impassable. Thousands of people are injured or killed every year in traffic accidents related to slippery roads from winter storms.




What Defines A Blizzard?

Officially, the National Weather Service defines a blizzard as a storm which contains large amounts of snow OR blowing snow, with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibility of less than 1/4 mile for an extended period of time (at least 3 hours).

Winter Storm Stella Outlook

Storm summary number 05 for upper Midwest to northeast winter storm NWS weather prediction center College Park, Maryland
1100 am EDT Tuesday, March 14 2017.

…strengthening winter storm bringing heavy snow, strong wind, and coastal flooding to portions of the northern mid-Atlantic and the northeast…

Blizzard warnings are in effect for areas of eastern Pennsylvania…northern New Jersey…eastern and northern New York…western Vermont…much of Connecticut and Massachusetts…northern Rhode Island …and along the immediate coastline in New Hampshire and southern Maine.

Video: Winter Storm Stella

Cruise Ship Hoverboard Banned By Some Not All Cruise Lines

Advice to passengers who want to take their hoverboard on a cruise – leave it at home. Hoverboards have been identified as a fire risk, making them a danger to cruise ships.

The US airline industry has banned hoverboards from flights aboard American, Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines.

The hoverboards have become so risky for air travel,   The United States Postal Service has stopped shipping hoverboards by air as well.

Amazon and Target both temporarily suspended sales, and has stopped selling hoverboards at all.

The devices’ rechargeable lithium-ion cells contain a potentially flammable solution, which can explode if the battery is damaged, defective or overcharged.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Issued a press statement over a year ago on January 20, 2016. “CPSC is looking into dozens of fires involving hoverboards, which are also called smart boards or self-balancing boards. Many of these fires occurred indoors and could have resulted in serious injuries if not for the quick actions of consumers to extinguish the fire. This is a priority investigation and CPSC is devoting the staff time and resources necessary to find the root causes of the fires.”

For more than a year, the writing has been on the wall, as reports of fires have been increasing. On March 10, 2017, an “off-brand hoverboard”  caused a home fire, killing Ashanti Hughes, 3, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her two sisters are in critical condition.

Hoverboard banning by businesses and colleges has increased December 2015.

  • Toys ‘R’ Us Pulls Hoverboards From Website John Kell. Fortune. February 22, 2016.
  • Target Halts Sales Of Hoverboards Amid Safety Concerns: Report Sarah Berger. International Business Times. February 22, 2016.
  • Airlines Ban Boards For Their Tendency to Spontaneously Ignite Katie Sola. Forbes. December 14, 2015.
  • Delta, United, and American Airlines are the latest to ban ‘hoverboards’ Sean O’Kane. The Verge. December 11, 2015.
  • Travel Advisory. Hoverboards and Similar Devices December 12, 2015.
  • Hoverboards’ no longer welcome on Singapore Airlines flights Stephen Lambrechts. December 22, 2015.
  • All of the USA’s big airlines now ban hoverboards Ben Mutzabaugh. USA Today December 14, 2015.
  • Hoverboards banned by major airlines Ahiza Garcia. CNN. December 11, 2015.
  • Malaysia Airlines bans hoverboards Yahoo News. December 19, 2015.
  • Salve Regina University bans hoverboards amid safety investigation. Associated Press. December 16, 2015.

Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Disney Cruise Line all identify the hoverboard as a prohibited item, but not due to fire risk. They fall into the roller blade, Segway, Heely Shoes, bicycle category for mobility on the cruise ship.

Though Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines do not specifically identify them as prohibited. Technically, if you drive to the port, you could pack a hoverboard to use at other ports during the cruise. But, given the video below, why would you?

Video: Hoverboard fire