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No wonder the government

Is collecting digital information from EVERYBODY. I don't know about the mid and big-sized cities where you live, but in the ones near me everybody is walking around glued to their smart phones and not speaking to one another. For a rube like me from a rural area it feels like being a stranger in a strange land.

These poor people are giving up their social skills and ignoring beauty and miracles all around them and the government is gleefully shadowing and vacuuming up every digital crumb, including a map of where you've been all day and storing it in a mega-zeta-byte facility in Utah.

Turn off your smartphone unless you need the damn thing! You're giving up your freedom for it, not to mention losing your humanity for it. Ask yourself, how far away are you from becoming a cyborg (and I don't mean owing to health conditions)?

Most people are running from reality and a very few are seeking to merge with it. I'm starting to feel like Keenau Reeves in The Matrix.

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RE: poor Parkas, here's how it's gonna go down...

...They don't want to know my sperm count? T_T

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Barlow on Snowden

The Stickers on Edward Snowden’s Laptop
By JOHN SCHWARTZ

For online activists around the world, one thing stood out in a photograph published on Sunday by The Guardian: Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked information about the scope of United States government surveillance, adorned his laptop with stickers showing support for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor Project.

John Perry Barlow, a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, proudly drew attention on Twitter to the Guardian image of Mr. Snowden’s laptop.
(full story at above link)

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20,000 sign Snowden Pardon Petition

The White House has a website that requires 25k signatures for them to consider an idea or project or law or whatever. 20k have already signed the petition to pardon NSA whistle-blower Ed Snowden.

Meanwhile Snowden has left Hong Kong for parts unknown where is expected to release more sensitive information.

Right or wrong, good or bad, Ed Snowden has brass balls and he is my Alpha Dog of 2013 (declared with half the year yet to go!)

~ Run Rudolph, Run! ~
(Because if that pardon doesn't come, you'll be running the rest of your life Ed)

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poor Parkas, here's how it's gonna go down...

the DEA, who's droning this site for thc, lsd, duty-free mexican vanilla, dryer lint and various other sundries, is now going to contact the FBI who will then contact the CIA who will then counter-contact themselves, thereby secretly triggering a super secretive email to the NSA who will then secretively fire up their super secret Cray supercomputers to find out everything 'bout ya except your IQ and sperm count. Then they'll come knockin' and want to know all about.........prom!

Trouble Ahead, mahn!!!! Don't open the door!!

(Of course, at the speed that each of these agencies communicate, this chain of events should take around 5 yrs to come to fruition.....so be expecting some company around the summer of 2018. :))

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@Parkas

As Jerry would have said: Too strange, man -- too strange!

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RE: Spinning PRISM

This story is so surreal for me. Not because Ed Snowden is the Julian Assange of the NSA but because he went to prom with my wife. Like, a bajillion years ago.

It's a small world after all...!

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Spinning PRISM

The media is spinning the PRISM story (after Ed Snowden, PRISM whistle-blower, claims asylum in Hong Kong). PRISM is the program by which the intelligence agencies spy on foreign entities.

The spin is that everybody in America supports this so why even talk about it, other than build momentum to literally hang Snowden as a traitor. Even Feinstein wants his ass on a platter and she is the most liberal Democrat sitting on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The FISA Court is the entity to which these intelligence agencies must go to get permission to target. There is only a government appointed lawyer to represent the public's interest so it is basically a rubber stamp. This process was brought about by the Patriot Act, which was renewed last December.

I remember when the ACLU used to make noise about this kind of stuff and I believe there are more than 14 Americans who oppose an omnipotent intelligence apparatus that can learn anything about anybody at any time for any purpose. This system is rife for abuse.

The telling fact is that just a few US Senators know something about these programs and when the entire Senate is tomorrow being briefed on these programs they won't be able to comprehend because they are clueless.

And so are we. But a 29 year-old sub-contractor to the NSA isn't.

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Syria as Powder Keg With Fuse Burning

Many of the quatrains of Nostradamus come to mind as the petty tyrant of Syria is now proven by the French to have used weapons of mass destruction and the Russians have made good on their pledge to help their proxy with state-of-the-art anti-aircraft weapons to make sure the war does not turn on an air blockade by NATO and other allies (of Syrian air domination) of the rebels.

The avowed terrorist organization Hezbollah of Lebanon is now fighting on behalf of Syria and drawing Israel into the war. Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon have been destabilized with massive refugee camps. Turkey so much so that civil war is emerging from many factors.

It should be pointed out the destabilization spreads even further -- from Iran & Iraq to Egypt. In the middle of this Bermuda Triangle of misery is the Armageddon Valley.

It is hard to say why Iran, Iraq, Russia, China and a few radical elements within Lebanon would stand in the way of a very aggressive response by NATO, an unmistakeable response that would swiftly turn the tide in this battle and forcefully strengthen the democratic forces fighting the Assad regime.

I am disappointed in Obama's timid foreign policy in this matter and, frankly, Kerry's statements on the matter are scaring the hell out of me!

Diplomats speak of mistakes in Bosnia and Rwanda and what they would now do differently when millions of people are in danger of being slaughtered. This situation is far worse, orders of magnitude worse.

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Big Brother is Reading This

They are collecting masses of data through all types of communication. The Utah Data Center was the original prototype platform for collection which I wrote about here about a year ago.

The concept, as they outline it, seems innocent enough -- they match possible suspects of interest to IP addresses and phone numbers and then see what addresses and names that leads them to.

But does anybody really believe that is the extent to which they will limit themselves? The system is rife for political abuse... just look at the current scandal at the IRS.

Is the protection of the state and it's citizenry that of a higher magnitude than the freedom and privacy of those citizens? It is the price we pay for our bloated economic hegemony that allows us our vastly inflated lifestyle.

This end justifies this means?

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