I am at last safely back on the Last Great Frontier following my Excellent Mexican Dental Adventure. Still not sure I’ll survive long term here as I am a long way from being able to actually chew anything, and even getting down soups without choking is rough. However, I think I’ve spent enough time for a while on my dental issues. You can read more of the gory details inside the Diner.
Lots of concern last couple of days over the rapid expansion of the Police State surveillance powers as I hop around through my favorite websites. I’ve set up the Blogger Buffet with my favorite blogs, but what I really need is an I-phone App that allows you to Remote control any computer and bring up your favorite websites. I’m sure one already exists of course.
Anyhow, I don’t see what all the hullaballoo is about here. Basically from its inception, all electronic communications via the internet have been subject to EZ surveillance, recording and data mining. The fact that the NSA is building a new bigger Spy Shop to record everything that passes accross the net is nothing new, they have been doing this already for a long time. The new facility is just designed to handle the greater traffic loads they expect in the future as the whole world gets wired up and they have to keep tabs on 1.3B chinese in addition to just the .35 B FSofA slaves. Individually, your privacy isn’t going to be compromised by this new facility any more than it already is. TPTB already have the power to read all your emails, check all your bank transactions and follow you around as long as you have your Phone turned on all day.
Anyhow, IMHO this is just another example of Malinvestment on the techno paradigm. This facility isn’t going to be collecting much data once the electric grid fails. Maybe they get another 5-10 years running the high tech Brave New World/Big Brother paradigm, but this has about as much chance of long term utility as Carz do.
As an example here, take the Greeks. For just how much longer do you think Greek millenials are going to be scurrying around Athens texting each other on their smart phones? Even assuming they keep the network up and running through some privatization scheme for a while, who’s going to have money to pay their cell phone bill?
All the concern over your electronic data privacy is rooted in the belief that this whole infrastructure is going to stand in perpetuity. Really, its only been around for 20-30 years here to begin with and everybody seems to think we can’t live without it and Da Goobermint will wield it as a means of perpetual control over the population. Poppycock! In 30 years the Data Center in Utah will be just another rotting hulk along with all the strip malls and Instant Oil Change Jiffy Lubes.
For those of you concerned with Da Goobermint spying on what you write on the internet in the next 5 years or so and sending you to GITMO, given the number of people writing anti-Goobermint rants these days, you’ll have to go pretty far to garner any attention. Then in all likelihood once WWIII really gets rolling, the only info you’ll be able to get off the Net is Goobermint Propaganda anyhow. Bloggers will probably have to apply for a License to Blog and sign Agreements not to write anything except what Da Goobermint sends to you daily as acceptable topics with the politically correct spin.
Anyhow, for as long as this does last, the answer to the problem is Information Overload. If EVERYBODY is writing anti-Goobermint Rants on a daily basis, the NSA Goobers are basically going to have to just randomly pick out examples to send to GITMO. At the moment, I suspect my chances of winning this Lotto are less than 1:1000. More well read Bloggers might have slightly higher odds of getting nailed.
So, don’t sweat it. Who knows, if your Comment is read by some NSA apparatchik, it might finally be the one that gets him to wake up and smell the coffee, and a Convert will be gained inside the Belly of the Beast. I personally do not worry abotu this surveillance, and in fact I WELCOME the fact all my prose is being Recorded for Historical purposes. Of course, its just going to exist as a bunch of electronic bits on an NSA Hard Drive and in 50 years nobody will be able to read it again, but at least its out there somewhere after I buy my ticket to the Great Beyond.