Monthly Archive: July 2013

I live in a country generally assumed to be a dictatorship. One of the Arab spring countries. I have lived through curfews and have seen the outcomes of the sort of surveillance now being revealed in the US. People here talking about curfews aren’t realizing what that actually FEELS like. It isn’t about having to go inside, and the practicality of that. It’s about creating the feeling that everyone, everything is watching. A few points: 1) the purpose of this surveillance from the governments point of view is to control enemies of the state. Not terrorists. People who are coalescing...

For a sense of scale, researchers at the University …

For a sense of scale, researchers at the University of Milan found in 2011 that everyone on the Internet was, on average, 4.74 steps away from anyone else. The NSA explores relationships up to three of those steps. Atlantic Wire: The NSA Admits It Analyzes More People’s Data Than Previously Revealed (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

Because if you want me to “act professional”, I …

Because if you want me to “act professional”, I can tell you that I’m not interested. I’m sitting in my home office wearing a bathrobe. The same way I’m not going to start wearing ties, I’m *also* not going to buy into the fake politeness, the lying, the office politics and backstabbing, the passive aggressiveness, and the buzzwords. Because THAT is what “acting professionally” results in: people resort to all kinds of really nasty things because they are forced to act out their normal urges in unnatural ways. Linus Torvalds, 15 July 2013, linux-kernel mailing list (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

An Amazon fulfillment associate might have to walk as …

An Amazon fulfillment associate might have to walk as far as 15 miles in a single shift, endlessly looping back and forth between shelves in a warehouse the size of nine soccer fields. They do this in complete silence, except for the sound of their feet. The atmosphere is so quiet that workers can be fired for even talking to one another. And all the while, cardboard cutouts of happy Amazon workers look on, cartoon speech bubbles frozen above their heads: “This is the best job I ever had!” “The workers at Rugeley are effectively human robots,” Roberts says. “And...

A federal judge has ruled to allow Chevron, through …

A federal judge has ruled to allow Chevron, through a subpoena to Microsoft, to collect the IP usage records and identity information for email accounts owned by over 100 environmental activists, journalists and attorneys. http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/07/11-3 (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

This is why, yes they are outraged about Prism …

This is why, yes they are outraged about Prism – they have been taught to be outraged because in a neuromarketing sense, it retains their attention quivering at the TV for three minutes through the next series of ads, and they retain more information from those ads and are grateful for their soothing effect, so it makes for greater brand affinity. So as long as Snowdon keeps adrenaline moving as political porn, he will get equal time on CNN, MS-NBC, and FOX News, and as soon as he stops selling stuff, the sleeping giant will roll over and go back...

Wenn ich als Geschäftsführer einer privaten Firma Steuern hinterziehe, …

Wenn ich als Geschäftsführer einer privaten Firma Steuern hinterziehe, werde ich dafür angeklagt. Wenn ein Kanzler von verfassungswidrigen Vorgängen weiß und es hinnimmt, dann kann er allenfalls abgewählt, aber nicht persönlich dafür haftbar gemacht werden. Letztlich ist es nur Sache der Öffentlichkeit und der Zivilgesellschaft, den nötigen Druck zu erzeugen, der in der Lage ist, die beschädigte Verfassung, die teils schlimmen gesetzlichen Regelungen und Paragrafen, nicht zuletzt die noch geltenden deutsch-alliierten geheimen Vereinbarungen zu ändern beziehungsweise abzuschaffen. Dazu muss die Politik aber erst einmal bereit sein. Sueddeutsche Zeitung 9. Juli 2013: Historiker Foschepoth über US-Überwachung (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

SPIEGEL: Woher nahmen die Amerikaner das Recht, hier abhören …

SPIEGEL: Woher nahmen die Amerikaner das Recht, hier abhören zu lassen? Arndt: Das resultiert aus dem Zusatzabkommen zum Nato-Truppenstatut von 1959. Danach ist die Bundesrepublik zur Zusammenarbeit mit den USA zum Schutze von deren Truppen verpflichtet. Man muss dazu wissen: Aus amerikanischer Sicht gab es nichts, was nicht für die Sicherheit ihrer Truppen relevant war. SPIEGEL: Hätten Sie nicht einfach alle Anträge zur strategischen Aufklärung ablehnen können? Arndt: Die Amerikaner sind wild versessen auf Informationen, und die Amerikaner sind der Hegemon hier. Es ist nicht vorstellbar, dass man sich diesem innerhalb des Bündnisses verweigert. SPIEGEL: Hat die deutsche Einheit etwas...

That all persons invested with the Legislative or Executive …

That all persons invested with the Legislative or Executive powers of Government are the Trustees of the Public, and, as such, accountable for their conduct: Wherefore, whenever the ends of Government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the People may, and of right ought, to reform the old, or establish a new Government; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind. Constitution of Maryland, USA, Article 6 (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)