Seen On A Newsgroup-Why the Metadata the NSA Has on You Matters

Seen On A Newsgroup…

Why the Metadata the NSA Has on You Matters
http://gizmodo.com/why-the-metadata-the-nsa-has-on-you-matters-512103968

From the article:

They know you rang a phone sex service at 2:24 am and spoke for 18 minutes.
But they don’t know what you talked about.

They know you called the suicide prevention hotline from the Golden Gate Bridge. But the topic of the call remains a secret.

They know you spoke with an HIV testing service, then your doctor, then your health insurance company in the same hour.
But they don’t know what was discussed.

They know you called a gynecologist, spoke for a half hour, and then called the local Planned Parenthood’s number later that day.
But nobody knows what you spoke about.

Maybe if they hired some engineers they could figure it out.
Spending a couple more billion in the process.<g>

Speaking of which, I hear a lot of yelling about the costs of
state medicine, but not a peep from the “opposition” about the costs of snooping.

Maybe the money spent saving a life from a “terrorist attack” would be better spent, saving thousands on thousands of lives, on an effective health policy.

I’m probably biased …

Warning lands Batavia teacher in hot water – DailyHerald.com

Kids are forced to incriminate themselves on a voluntary mandatory non-anonymous anonymous survey so teach acquaints them with their 5th Amendment rights not to disclose shit, so The Powers That Be get all nuclear on him… It’s just for your own good kids, honest

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130525/news/705259921/

Mark Zuckerberg supports Keystone XL Pipeline, Arctic Drilling

https://www.google.com/search?q=Mark+Zuckerberg&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=rcs#hl=en&gs_rn=11&gs_ri=psy-ab&gs_mss=Mark%20Zuckerberg%20supports%20Keystone%20XL%20Pipeline%2C%20Arctic%20rilling&pq=mark%20zuckerberg%20supports%20keystone%20xl%20pipeline%2C%20arctic%20drilling&cp=55&gs_id=28y&xhr=t&q=Mark%20Zuckerberg%20supports%20Keystone%20XL%20Pipeline%2C%20Arctic%20Drilling&es_nrs=true&pf=p&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US%3Aofficial&channel=rcs&sclient=psy-ab&oq=Mark+Zuckerberg+supports+Keystone+XL+Pipeline,+Arctic+Drilling&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&fp=b713101655ffca46&biw=1152&bih=616

Climb Aboard Little Wog, Sail Away With Me | TBogg

african-slave-ship-inside-diagramClimb Aboard Little Wog, Sail Away With Me | TBogg.
By: Wednesday December 26, 2012 9:18 am

During the holiday break (at least it was my holiday break, maybe not yours) snooty elitist New York magazine published an article by Joe Hagan about his adventures aboard the post-election  National Review cruise on the S.S. Brutally Disappointed where he documented passengers – who ranged in color from alabaster to eggshell white as long as they stayed out of the noonday sun – commiserating with each other  over the failure of the Republican party to woo enough of the dusky horde over to their side of the aisle in the previous weeks election.

So sad.

Some key scenes:

Then, at 3 p.m., the group gathered into the Showroom at Sea, a three-tiered amphitheater decorated in a bright-red Art Deco style, for the first of several sessions deconstructing the loss. Onstage were Reed, now in lime-green pants embroidered with pink swordfish and navy polo shirt with white piping on the collar; and Scott Rasmussen, the pollster who consistently overrated Romney’s chances of winning the election. Rasmussen blasted the assembled Republicans with one crushing statistic after another. The exit poll data, he said, “create a negative brand image of the Republican Party as a party that only cares about white people.”

The audience murmured unhappily.

“And that image is hurting among the youth,” he continued. “It is hurting across the culture. It is something that has to be addressed across the party. It has to be addressed. You can’t just wish it away.”

Reed expanded on the theme. “You can’t run and win a national election in an electorate that is becoming decreasingly white and increasingly minority and lose 80 percent of the minority vote,” he said. “That math just doesn’t add up.”

Rasmussen offered some friendly advice about approaching minorities. “You show them that you really care, you talk to them as grown-ups on a range of issues, you get them involved,” he suggested, “and you accept the fact that it’s a long-term investment. And you accept that you can learn as much from them as you can teach them.”

This was harsh medicine to reluctant patients, and afterward some of them made their discomfort known. “That depressed me!” one woman said. To my right, a man snapped, “That’s bullshit!”

The man was Bing West, former assistant secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan, a former Marine and a National Review contributor.

West, mocking Rasmussen, said: “If you stupid Republicans weren’t so goddamn bigoted you would have won the election!”

His wife, Betsy, who bears a resemblance to Nancy Reagan, patted him on the back and apologized on his behalf, saying, “I don’t know why he said that. He’s usually not like that.”

…and then:

I met a man near the railing who was there as a caregiver for a 70-year-old National Review cruiser from Palm Desert, California. He was gay and seemingly liberal and had come on the cruise only to push his boss around in a wheelchair. As he smoked a cigarette, he recounted a conversation the two had about the ship’s largely Indonesian and Filipino staff.

BOSS: You notice none of the workers are white.

CAREGIVER: Except the managers upstairs.

BOSS: Well, that’s the way it should be.  [[More at Link]] Continue reading