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Googly, Googly… revisited… Facebooky… Facebooky…

How is anyone surprised by the “Big Reveal”, in every entendre imaginable, from Facebook that ALL OF YOUR INFORMATION WAS USED IN A WAY THAT YOU DON’T LIKE… AND THEY TOOK YOUR FRIENDS INFO TOO… BECAUSE YOU LET THEM.

How is the news?

We’ve been talking about this for over 5 YEARS!  It’s now 032118…

And, I’m always fashionably late to the party!

Where have you been?

(Update 091113: Yesterday, Google lost a similar decision to the one below.  It was on Appeal before the Ninth Circuit.  The Folks at EPIC are happy… but doesn’t the this story make more sense and a seem little less conspiratorial now that we know the NSA has been collecting all of our data and doing so with the aid of our allies?  Originally Posted 072712)

“In April, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission fined Google, saying the company “deliberately impeded and delayed” its investigation into Street View.

It’s unclear what, if any, penalties would be imposed on Google by Britain’s ICO or regulators in any of the 10 other jurisdictions in which the company had wrongly retained Street View data.

“We need to take a look at the data… There’s all sorts of questions we need to ask,” an ICO spokesman said, speaking on condition of anonymity because office rules prohibit him from being named in print.”

The above quote and where I decided to begin and end it may seem a little confusing, but there is a point…

Today we find out that Google has not destroyed/deleted all of the street view info it was caught collecting in Britain. Keep in mind, when I say “street view info” that includes wi-fi networks and names, e-mail addresses and various and sundry other items of information having nothing to do with a street, or the view from it.

Here’s the fun part however… Britain’s regulators, the IOC, are very “upset”. There has been aplenty “tough” language directed at Google for this blatant breach. Yes… they are terribly, terribly upset don’t you know.

While Google has apologized, it is clearly not enough for the IOC.  In all fairness it’s not enough for me either but here’s the punch line; the IOC is demanding to see the information for “forensic analysis”.  Seriously… You Brit’s are Brilliant!  “Yes, yes, I will need to see all the pornography you have so I can determine if it is actually pornography.  I will also need plenty of time to review it… alone…”

So why did I take the above quote from where I did?

Without question Google was harvesting the same information here in the U.S. that it was in Britain.  No doubt about it.  And the U.S. is watching closely what is going on across the pond… very closely.  But why?

If the IOC is successful in gaining access to the Google information for “forensic analysis” because Google has been very, very bad… then U.S. regulators will not be far behind the Google spanking bandwagon.  What red-blooded, privacy cherishing, citizen wouldn’t want Google to be punished for collecting a bunch of info it shouldn’t have?

Well… this one.  If punishing Google requires the government seeing all of the intel, I would prefer Google to get away with it and we can deal with them in the market place.   Think about this for a second, who would you rather have possessing your secrets, a private company answerable to the legal system or a government answerable to no-one?

The monster under my bed has always scared me the most by whispering “don’t worry…  I’m from the government and I’m here to help…”.  Now he’s muttering “googly… googly..” and my parents still don’t believe me.

Your freedom is directly correlated to your ability to live your life anonymously.  If you care.

Apparently, like the rest of the planet, I may just elect to drink myself to sleep.  Unlike the rest of the planet I will only do it late at night… straight from the bottle… in front of a full length mirror… crying…

NSA disguised itself as Google to spy, say reports  (link added 091213)


Love NSA Style.

I’m not Sure I Understand The Meaning of “Several”…

The NSA has discovered several instances of analysts abusing their power to spy by doing so on their “love interests”.

“Several” apparently means at least a Dozen…  and that doesn’t count each infraction by each person.

Nor does it count for the fact that these are just the ones they Caught.

Nor is there is there any sign that those individual innocent Americans were notified of the Spying.

Nor does there seem to be any Jail Time Associated with this new Government Facilitated Cyber Stalking paid for by those being Stalked.

Are you scared yet… or at the very least creeped out?

We all knew it was happening.  And why wouldn’t it?

With that kind of power who can resist?

That’s the point.


Love NSA Style II

We talked about this… and sure enough…

NSA Employees Spy on “Love Interests”.

Yep.

Put on your “Shocked Face”!

So the idea that they “cannot” look at your personal information has been illustrated as the profoundly stupid statement the rest of us knew it was when uttered by President Obama.

You cannot remove Human nature from reality.  This has been our point all along.  I do not expect, nor do I believe, Philosopher Kings to exist.

To think that your daughters sext messages are not being poured through and disseminated to fellow government employees is naïve at best.

To delude oneself into thinking the less than wholesome pictures you and your “friend” took of each other are safe and sound hidden in a file somewhere is foolish.

To try to convince yourself that the gift that keeps on giving you picked up from a one night stand is private information discussed only between you and your doctor is ridiculous.

First they took ownership of your production… now, with no privacy, they own your life.  Nothing is yours.

This cannot be any more serious.

Right after the TSA agent is finished feeling up your teenager, what else will he be able to find out?

And,

You better hope you don’t make a bureaucrat angry… like the guy at the DMV, a Local Cop with a chip on his shoulder or the wife of an IRS auditor…

Plus, make darn sure nobody working at, or with, the NSA decides to “Love” you.

From the article:

“NSA said in a statement Friday that there have been “very rare” instances of
willful violations of any kind in the past decade, and none have violated key
surveillance laws. “NSA has zero tolerance for willful violations of the
agency’s authorities” and responds “as appropriate.””

(Aside from the now clichéd use of “very rare” does anyone think there is meaning left in the phrase “zero tolerance”?)

So what happened to these people?  Were they fired?  Jailed?  A very stern letter written and placed quietly in their file?

Was the subject of the Unconstitutional Violation of Privacy notified?  Were they given the opportunity to Sue?  To send dead roses?  Anything?

Enough Denial.

The Socialists in both parties are all for this kind of police state.  Iron Felix must be looking up wishing he was born a hundred years later.

It’s time to wake up and be vocal… here… with your family… friends… in line at the grocery store… everywhere.

Third News recently asked “Where did the Hippies Go?”

Good question…  at least they knew how to misspell a sign.


Don’t Worry…

Any time I violate your rights, I let myself know.

(Except when I don’t because it doesn’t really matter anyway.)

Before you read any further… Put on your “Surprised” Face.

The NSA violates your rights routinely. 8-9 times a day… every day… and they plan to do it forever.

Everybody feel better now?

Have you ever wondered who exactly you should fear in life? Have you spent even a moment considering the possibility that the very people you support might be involved in exactly the behaviors you loath and define as tyrannical? Odd’s are you have.

If you feel a sense of betrayal, you’re not alone.

My life is small… but it was mine.  Now that’s not even true.

The only good that is coming out of these revelations regarding the breadth and depth of our countries Domestic Spying programs are the names and faces of those who condone it.

We are seeing Politicians as well as Business Leaders showing their true colors.

Because you are small… your life is not yours to keep private.

I was having a conversation a couple of days ago with a student from Sweden. He is here pursuing further education and we struck up a dialogue about Von Mises. This lead us , in a round about way, to the collection of data by the NSA.

This young man was understandably upset about the collection of data… when it came to our collecting it on Swedes.

I smiled in understanding.

I explained, however, that really was not the problem. Of course he was dismayed, but I explained that he should worry more about his own government collecting data on Swedes should concern him more. I then went on to explain my belief that the Chinese are most likely collecting data on U.S. Citizens and while American’s should not be happy about such an endeavor, and do everything they can to stop it, I fear it less than my own government doing it to me.

I explained how tyranny and oppression come from within, not from external sources.

In other words, the Chinese will not be kicking in my door because I made some bureaucrat mad down at the Department of Motor Vehicles, or slept with an intelligence officer’s wife, be a member of the “wrong” political party and failed to comprehend then file the correct tax forms, etc. I then went on to cite history’s myriad examples of institutionalized tyranny which was enabled solely on a Governments ability to monitor the speech and actions of its citizenry and administer “punishment” which my not have been condoned but was approved by silence and or intimidation of the population.

Almost to his satisfaction, I finally agreed that our collecting information on the Swede’s should not be looked upon kindly by him and would not expect him to do so.  I feel his pain…

This conversation turned into a discussion about how the United States was founded and why “we” are great.

I made it clear, and he agreed as I knew he would, that “we” are not great because of the individuals making up the United States but rather because of the structure of our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

It was how we were set up… not some cosmic accident of our birth.

And that it is this structure that is being destroyed.

(This, of course, will come as surprise to many of our folks here at home just as it did to him hearing an American state it.  It is exactly this surprise that should scare all of us back to our senses.  It is this surprise that seems to be keeping us out of the streets in protest.  It is this surprise that the very leaders a majority of us supported are the very people perpetuating the loss of the only thing we really own… our lives… our privacy… and the knowledge they shall not be infringed upon in any way.)

Well, our Rights ARE being infringed upon.  It’s happening right now… right in front of us…

And, we’re being asked to rest soundly in the knowledge that if there is any “infringing” going on the ones doing the infringing will be sure to let themselves know… maybe… sometimes… occasionally…

And then, boy, they’ll do something about it… maybe… sometimes… occasionally…

But it has to remain secret, of course.

We don’t want the Terrorists to win…

(I suppose it could depend on how you define “win” as I could consider having all of my privacy ripped away at least “place” or “show”.)

Unfortunately, after decades of government education, for too many defense offered by NSA Domestic Spying supporters passes for logic.

The Communist Chinese must be smiling.

It seems we have more in common than we thought.


What does “Legal” Mean?

“Legal” means what can be used in court.  That’s it…

It is not a law of physics which prevents “Authorities” from looking at, reading or listening to your stuff.

It also doesn’t prevent “leaks” of your private information.

It does not insure that the guy you made mad at the Department of Motor Vehicles doesn’t check out your bank accounts.

It does not prevent the middle-aged Intelligence guy sitting in a dark room from looking at your daughters Facebook page, texts, phone calls, diary and pictures on her, and later her friend’s, computer.  Of course that’s after he’s finished with the report from her latest doctor’s appointment, school transcripts, mapping out her daily routine, her favorite movie stars and what kind of guys she likes…. and there’s no way you’ll ever know.

“Legal” cannot protect you from the Humans that make up Government.

It cannot assure you that someone you might know is not messing with your credit rating.

It does not stand in the way of political ideologues, who are employed by the Government, from making your life difficult in a million little ways… because you just don’t “think” right.

So when someone says “You have to trust Government for it to work”… you know not to trust that person… with anything… ever.

The only way to make sure they’re not doing it, is to not LET them do it.  Not in any way.  Not “with over-sight” or “new special laws protecting you”.  Not at all.  Period.

We are not supposed to trust the Government.

It is exactly the opposite. Inherently not trusting the Government is how we were designed. It is why we are free.

Or at least as Free as we currently are.

Next week:  What does “I’ve ordered a Review” mean?


Could They just be having a little Fun?

Is it possible that the Terrorist A-Holes are having a little fun with the United States?

Is it possible that they set out to determine the extent of which their lines of communication have been compromised?

The latest alert the public has been given which basically states “There could be a Terrorist attack, Somewhere at Sometime… we think, because they sure are talking a lot.” is as absurd as it sounds.

Of course there could be a Terrorist attack somewhere at sometime. This is always the case.

Nothing New Here.

Or is this an all out effort to save the NSA Domestic Spying program?

Might be both.

This Administration is desperately trying to tie the Domestic Spying Program together with our spying efforts abroad.

They are not connected.

They want you to believe terminating one spells doom for the entire program.

It does not.

The fact that having supercomputers read, and listen, to every electronic communication made by Innocent Americans is unconstitutional seems to escape far to many us. The added fact that all of your communications are being archived, just in case the Government decides you’ve done something wrong (like voting for the wrong party?  Not donating enough to the right one?  Saying something out loud which is just mean?  Starting a group that teaches people about the Constitution… oh, wait… they’re already doping that.) also seems to lack the frightening impact it should have.

Now we are learning that practically every agency has used this information.

It is being received with yawns…  and trial coverage of people who deserve nothing more than being ignored and forgotten, guilty or innocent.

This is just a thought piece.

I simply can’t explain how we have gone from proper outrage at such a discovery to acceptance to acquiescence in a few short weeks.

Scary… all of it.


The NSA has Already Read This.

Or Have you Forgotten?


Waiting for Them to Die…

It appears our Embassies in the Middle East will remain “closed” as we wait for the Terrorist’s who have explosives implanted in their bodies to become extremely Ill… or better yet, Die.

This is where we are at.

This is the level of depravity our enemy nurtures.

It is also a small glimpse of the white-hot hatred our enemies feel towards us.

They Hate our Individual Freedom.

They Hate our Individual Liberty.

They Envy the Accompanying Prosperity.

All of which they consider Sin.  Which is why we must defend all three.

It is Why we cannot tolerate Domestic Spying by our Government… but, as we all do, understand we need it Abroad.

It is Why we must Defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights… and stop giving Socialism, and all its relatives, sustenance.

It is Why we are Unique in the World… and why the World knows it.

We are not the Chosen People… We are the Chosen Design.

Do our politicians listen to what they say… or has it all become a quaint rite of passage?  A Formality?  A Joke?

…I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same

What do we take seriously?  Does Moral Relativism allow us to pick and choose that which we agree with, and that which we don’t, while pledging to defend it all in totality?

If so, could the people having explosives sewn into their bodies be considered Heroes?  How about Freedom Fighters… because “Freedom” means something different to everyone?

Is Definition, Meaning and Contrast lost forever?

We know where we are at… but we can’t remember how we got here.

The path Forward promises, and has delivered, more of the same.

It appears too few of us know the way back… even though the map is well-preserved, behind bullet-proof, UV protected glass in the National Archive.

Is that document really that important?

I don’t get the feeling it is to us…

but it certainly is to those who recognize it must be destroyed.

Sadly, one must at least acknowledge a level of respect greater than ours, even though it fosters Hatred.