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miraweb said...

It's always good to have a dream, dear.

June 23, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
miraweb said...

Alprova poses the question: I wonder, is that even possible to remove yourself from any detection by a soul on this Earth of your existence in the year 2013?

I'm not sure what the year 2013 has to do with the rightness or wrongness of an idea. An old idea may be very worthwhile. A new idea may be pure crap.

Any idea must stand or fall on its merits, not its age.

There is a context to the Snowden release. We all have become more aware of the reach of behavioral tracking. Every "valued customer" card feeds into a database. Every "Facebook like" feeds into a database. Google can (and did) drive by your house and lift your unsecured network traffic. When you use your debit card, that becomes a data point.

When you go to a casino, you will be categorized by your behaviors and you will receive drinks and incentives as often as your profile shows will keep you parting with your money. The casino will know if you are a borderline addicted gambler - and will happily carry you across that border in a very sophisticated way.

There is no firewall between private information gathering and public. A friend of mine recently spotted a "recommended connection" on LinkedIn who was a doctor that had only performed a disability examination for him. That information could only have been released by an insurer or Social Security. How did LinkedIn get it?

Information is power and information is money. We have every right to be concerned about this.

If the right to be live life outside of a monitored fishbowl is valued in 2013, we need more protections than we had in 1793, not fewer.

June 23, 2013 at 3:17 p.m.
miraweb said...

One of the best conversations on these very issues. If you are in a hurry, start around minute 10:00.

(It moves into in English at about 2:30.)

June 23, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.
miraweb said...

Alprova writes: I sleep better at night, knowing that there are people working behind the scenes to prevent another 9/11.

I think we all do and there are some very dedicated people who are keeping the nation safe. A few weeks ago Snowden was numbered among them. My belief is that he still is.

Power must always have limits.

That is why we have a divided government and why we demand transparency when great powers are sought.

We allow that we need a CIA, FBI and NSA but we also insist that their missions should be limited and their authorized operations conducted with close oversight.

Many people are rightfully outraged that their communications between friends, colleagues, and family have been declared "fair game."

The question is not is it useful, or even legal, but is this the society we want for ourselves and our children?

We are not the country we would be in such a world.

A free society must be able to determine when the price is too high and the powers granted too dangerous.

If a program is hidden from the public because the public would be outraged by it, then something has gone wrong.

June 23, 2013 at 12:38 p.m.
miraweb said...

If Deen's deposition seemed awful it was because of a long pattern of behaviors - not just stupid one incident one stupid day.

The reason she is in court is because, as an employer, she was stupid, self-absorbed, and foolish.

As it happens, she has an employer of her own and just learned the meaning - bigoted, racist, or not - of a "career ending move."

Something a lot of people have run into in less public circumstances.

June 22, 2013 at 6:46 p.m.
miraweb said...

Paywall? No.

I come primarily because Bennett is a sharp observer and I like his work. As much as I would like to see him still get a paycheck, I'm not paying for the honor of writing for the TFP.

June 21, 2013 at 1:27 p.m.
miraweb said...

^^^^winning elections, my dear man.

June 20, 2013 at 6:41 p.m.
miraweb said...

Issa is looking like a rank amateur.

If your invented narrative only works if 1) there is no transcript of the actual facts and 2) everyone in Congress - a group not really known for keeping its mouth shut - has a copy of that transcript. You really aren't going to get very far playing fast and loose there.

There was a reason why the NSA didn't talk to hardly anyone in Congress about asking Verizon for everyone's phone calls. Anything that outrageous would have been out on the street faster than you could order a pizza.

June 20, 2013 at 6:33 p.m.
miraweb said...

It is an interesting strategy. Two wars and a near depression have a generation coming of age who is Really Paying Attention.

That can't be good if you can only win if all the young adults (and the women, and gays, and Latinos, and African-Americans, and . . . ) stay home.

I'm not sure "scandal fatigue" is going to outweigh a grand double-war sandwich topped with persistent unemployment and a splash of crushing student loans.

This generation will be in it for a long time to come.

June 20, 2013 at 6:26 p.m.
miraweb said...

yeah . . . yeah . . . yeah . . .

June 20, 2013 at 1:55 p.m.
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