Big Brother, ‘Prism’ and the Tentacle Porn

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have always assumed They (you know, ‘Them’?) were watching Us, even before the whole ‘Prism’ story broke. Of course, the sheer volume of data being collected would make it almost useless if they actually were looking all of it without some kind of filter or AI to crunch the data and connect the dots for the mere hyoomans. That’s argument one for Them having to rather selective with the data They have access to. It’s probably still a good idea to keep jiggling the wires, though, what say? Make losts of random calls to say “Squad B: the old cat on the south fence is gray!” to whoever answers the phone, and you actual evil-doers out there just remember to dial at least five wrong numbers (and keep them on the phone as long as possible using coded-sounding language) for every co-conspirator’s number you call, just to keep the waters nice and murky.

Since privacy is the respectful acknowledgement that everyone’s got something you really don’t want to know about, if I was running a benevolent modern Surveillance State, here’s what I’d do: to keep from wasting time on the merely secretive behaviors of average citizens,  I’d establish the Bureau of Whimsy to get to know everyone’s secret greasy hearts, their quirks and hang-ups, to separate ordinary oddball behavior from the actually suspicious. “Oh HIM? He’s just rooting around for tentacle porn again. Add him to the Creepy But Harmless List and get back to watching what the non-kinks are up to”. That’s what I’d do.

Hey, speaking of tentacles, does anyone else remember the Octopus Conspiracy? It was a big non-story in the media a decade ago.

Intelligence Chief James Clapper Answers A Craigslist Missed Connection“, as told by Paul Bibeau.

The Onion reports “Area Man Outraged His Private Information Being Collected By Someone Other Than Advertisers“!!!

Big brother is watching! Sales of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984″ have skyrocketed in the wake of revelations of US government surveillance. I’ll worry when the same happens to “Catcher in the Rye”.

Why it’s so much harder for the government to spy on your snail mail than your email (hint-hint, evil-doers).

Bill Maher writes that economic incentive to legalize weed and the failure of the War on Drugs have produced a sea change in America that’s here to stay.

Take this with a pillar of salt: young people who consider themselves “spiritual but not religious” are more likely to commit property crimes than those who identify as just “religious” or “spiritual and religious,” according to a study from Baylor University, a Baptist institution.

Pope Francis has acknowledged the existence of a “gay lobby” in the Vatican. I’ll bet it’s decorated more tastefully than the rest of that dump!

Get real, comrades! Russian lawmakers on Tuesday approved a bill that would ban the “promotion of homosexuality”. What, they hand out discount coupons?

“I’m hoping he will confess that he’s a psychotic Bipolar and he’s going to start taking psychiatric medicine” is one reply to the story that total ass-clown Glenn Beck has a document that will take down the “entire power structure, pretty much everything.” Pardon me for not tuning in to hear whatever ooze-spurt that idiot will emit.

Combining two of my favorite things: drones and sushi! London-based chain YO! Sushi is testing a new way to get food to customers’ tables. Yes, it does look pretty messy!

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