Is the TV show Colony the future of the US?

I was watching a TV show on Netflix called Colony and it seems like it could be the future of the US.

Why would I say this? Elements of this show are what many US citizens want, and it surprises me.

For one it has a wall surrounding LA. Then as if that isn’t enough, an overwhelming military force to enforce martial law. Mysterious disappearances by the military, along with undefined detention. Just like Guantanamo and other examples that currently happen.

It has food and labor shortages. The disappearance of people who could challenge authority. A reliance on home-grown food due to a lack of available food. Rich people who enjoy luxury while others are oppressed. Health care overburdened by people who can’t afford preventative care. Where bacon and coffee are considered luxuries? A drone doing surveillance.

I have spoken before about how inequality hurts everyone rich and poor alike. I have spoken about the concerns of human rights that are ignored. I have spoken about food deserts and the indifference of rich people to poverty. None of this is new, but this show shows how ugly this is.

What kind of future are we going to have in the US? Is it one in which we have people suffer when it isn’t necessary? Is it one in which we have apathy about human rights and individual expression?

I don’t think the future is either bright or hopeless. I see lots of people who have hope for a future that gives them a chance. I see that in many ways, people are better off now than in the past. I also see that in some ways people are worse off. For example I have written before that the income inequality between blacks and whites is the highest it has ever been.

What kind of future is up to our choices every day. Please consider each choice not only for yourself but for others.


Does your mail or Internet stop on your iPhone?

Does your mail or Internet stop on your iPhone? Well it happened to a coworker and this is what I did.

She called me and said that her mail stopped the day before and needed it to work. I looked at her account and her account was working and not locked out. This is a common problem when things don’t work. Then I did a series of tests of her account since we were migrating to Office 365. I spoke my coworker who was doing the Migration and he said that it shouldn’t affect her.

So then that left me puzzled. If we weren’t having a system problem, then the problem must be on her end. I had her do the reset > reset network settings under general in system. That didn’t fix it. I had her delete the email account and then try to reset it up but it would not verify her password and details. She had the right information and I reset her password. I was sure this wasn’t a system problem.

So that left her device. In a last-ditch attempt I explained how to do a hard reset of her iPhone and asked her to call me back and test email. She called me back and said that worked.

She was thrilled everything was working fine. I was pleased as well. I expressed to her that if that didn’t work then taking her phone to an Apple store would be the fastest way to resolve the problem. Since I knew Apple/iOS better than anyone else at work there wasn’t anyone who had greater experience at the company than I.

Sometimes I am convinced that the problem isn’t a system problem and have asked users to go to the Apple store when they have a personal device. That has worked great when one user had a problem with his iPad not starting, and I knew it was a failure of the hardware.

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