Lockheed following me around


A couple of weeks ago, I googled the F-35 boondoggle. Wikipedia, in what I suspect is an entry made by Lockheed itself, says that The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fifth-generation multirole fighters under development to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with stealth capability.

What it doesn’t say is, as Time Magazine says,  the $400 billion program is the most costly in the history of the world. Its price has jumped by nearly 70% since…2001. What it doesn’t say is that even the optimists say it will cost more than $30,000 per hour to fly and that it still doesn’t work well enough to fly in a warzone (where we are still flying the A-10 Warthog which costs about $61 million compared to the F-35 $294 million).

Anyway, the point is that Lockheed ad are now following me around; I think they are try to sell me a  Littoral Combat Ship shown, above, projecting freedom somewhere. When I Google something – editorially, so to speak – Google knows and uses it to steer ads to me. That is pretty amazing and more than a little creepy. Forget NASA spying on us, they are pikers compared to Google.


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