🔼What are cookies?
As everybody knows by now, cookies are little text files that store details from one's browsing history and help streamline one's web experience. Cookies are to browsing what taste is to eating.
Even though cookies are beneficial, and sites like Facebook and Twitter won't even work without them, some users prefer to avoid them. To meet these people's leanings, all major browsers have settings that allow users to turn off cookie technology (do an Internet search for "how to disable cookies" to learn more). In practice, the percentage of people that have cookies disabled is very low and most disablers have done so by accident and end up at help desks wondering why the Internet doesn't work for them.
Here at Abarim Publications we don't need people's info or browsing history but we use several services from third parties (like Google, Addthis and sure enough, even our site-wide cookie-warning) and they do use cookie technology.
You will have noticed that we run ads on our pages — sadly, even theologians have bills to pay — and those ads often appear to cater directly to your interests. That's done by means of cookies, and the result is not that you will buy more stuff (because you can only spend your salary once), but only that you'll be exposed to far less irrelevant advertising. That in turn means that companies can spend less on advertizing, and even make their ads more specific (their viewers are pre-selected and thus much better informed and thus far less impressed with nonsensical advertizing ploys).
Cookies basically mean the end of road sides so cluttered with billboards that you can't see traffic signs anymore. Advertizing is evolving from trying to shove unwanted stuff down your throat to offering you broader views and alternatives to your interests. Don't want that? Then turn it off. Even that is your own call.
Abarim Publications receives most of its visitors from the US and Canada and our site is hosted in the US. And although we love hanging out in or near Europe, we are not in any way registered within the borders of the European Union and neither do we specifically target a European audience. So technically we wouldn't have to comply with European Law, but for the EU cookie law we'll gladly make an exception:
🔼Why are we so ecstatic about the EU cookie law?
The majority of our fellow web developers are sorely disgruntled about European legislators forcing them to flash cookie-warnings on their sites, but this mostly out of anarchistic sentiments; we all simply hate being told what to do. Here at Abarim Publications we are what one may call Biblical anarchists: although we grudgingly comply with governments (and solely to avoid arrest and other noisy repercussions), we consider ourselves legal subject to God's natural law only, which means we're wholly free and thus wholly responsible for our own lives and actions.
However, we also believe that most of our world's troubles are either caused or perpetuated by people who deliberately keep other people in the dark about what's going on. We understand that we can never enlighten everybody but all that is needed is a critical mass of folks who are aware, and suspend their support to crooked companies by simply not buying there anymore.
Companies and governments will always home in on the greatest results, which means that we the people are running them rather than the other way around. Companies are like paths in a forest: the more folks that make use of them, the wider the path gets. And a really wide path that has been abandoned will quickly revert back to wilderness.
For decades cigarette manufacturers were able to dupe the public into believing that cigarettes were good for a person. That era ended when a few whistle blowers ignited general indignation and legislators began to demand that cigarette makers printed warnings on their products. The simple revelation that SMOKING KILLS has since improved the quality of life of countless millions of people. A simple compulsory list of ingredients likewise discourages food manufacturers from dousing their products with sugars and empty carbs, which in turn leads to healthier and happier consumers.
The message is as simple as urgent: We the people demand from governments transparency about the level of their interference and from industries information about the effects of their manufacturing processes and ultimately of their products.
Here at Abarim Publications we understand the EU cookie law to be part of a desperately needed campaign that promotes a natural reorganization of our global market: once founded on people's ignorance and allowed to ransack the planet, now reshaped by people's informed decisions and sense of stewardship.
Hence we eagerly look forward to legislation that makes variations of the following statements compulsory:
TO BE STICKERED ONTO EVERY LAPTOP, PAD AND PHONE ON DISPLAY IN STORES:
This device is equipped with a camera and a microphone that can easily be remotely activated without your knowledge or consent. With this device you are essentially bugging your own house or office.
Also note that everything you send, whether via wifi or cable, can and most likely will be intercepted, analyzed and stored eternally by several different governments and private organizations.
TO BE PRINTED ON EVERY MENU (INCLUDING WALL MOUNTED ONES):
Enjoy your hamburger but please understand that our restaurant's famous world-wide standard brings about a diminished bio-diversity of mankind's food staple, which in turn makes it vulnerable to wholesale collapse.
For more information, please do an Internet search for "1840's potato blight".
TO BE DISPLAYED AT CAR DEALERSHIPS:
All cars in our showroom are much too powerful.
Although most modern cars have been designed to operate at speeds that far exceed all known legal speed limits, they will spend most of their lives either parked, idling or slowly rolling down city streets. You can do that in a golf cart.
You the aspiring owner of one of our cars will have to pay fuel, maintenance and road tax as if you were daily hauling freight between countries.
Our cars were designed to make you look tough, but frankly, paying for power that you don't need makes you look rather silly.
CLEARLY VISIBLE AT THE ENTRANCES OF HOSPITALS:
Before you embark on your journey of endless convalescence, please understand that the medical industry is not designed to make people better, but to make people money.
ON EVERY WEBSITE THAT SELLS CRUISES, AND OF COURSE EVERYWHERE ON BOARD:
Welcome to your cruise through one of our world's last remaining nature reserves.
Despite our company's Zero Overboard Policy (ZOP), our ship's exhaust gasses represent a burden to the environment that is approximately equal to four lanes of heavily congested traffic stretching for ten kilometers (six miles).
By purchasing your ticket you are willingly partaking in this ecological assault.
AT THE ENTRANCE OF MULTI-NATIONAL FURNITURE OUTLETS:
This branch of our multi-national store competes unfairly with your local economy. By buying our products you help to end the identity, creativity and autonomy of your native culture.
Your children will not be autonomous artists but will be forced to work for us as uniformed check-out clerks.
ALL COMPANIES WITH PRODUCTION FACILITIES OVERSEAS:
Although our products were made in the third world, we have made sure that everybody involved was paid a decent wage relative to the country's economy, was at least eighteen years old, had access to affordable and nutritious food, adequate shelter, medical care and legal aid, worked a maximum of ten hours per day, had at least one day per week off, as well as the freedom to protest, join a union or even resign.
Please see our website for the details, records and photos of our overseas facilities.
FLASHED ON SCREEN BEFORE EVERY MOVIE:
Despite what Hollywood suggests, the overwhelming majority of gun owners (including police people) never shoot another person.
Killing a human being is such a devastating deed that the overwhelming majority of murderers only do it once, and commonly develop severe psychological problems afterwards.
FLASHED ON SCREEN BEFORE THE EVENING NEWS:
Despite what you see on TV, the world is mostly at peace. Most people never get involved in a premeditated act of aggression. Most people are kind and just and take care of each other.
We only show you the world's grime in order to scare you into buying the products we advertize by means of contrasting utopian imagery.
ON EVERY WEBSITE OF EVERY COMPANY THAT SELLS ANYTHING:
By buying our products you endorse our policies and consent with our methods.
To see what you are really paying for, please visit our company's Wikipedia page and look under "policies, methods and associated brands".
TO BE DISPLAYED ON ALL EUTOPIA WEBSITES:
Your government is not over you but under you. It provides a fundament to stand on, not a yoke to be coerced by.
Please partake in the great discussion on what mankind is and where life might go. And then let's go there.