Now that the next shoe of Mr. Millipede has dropped — the news that yes, my goodness, the UK can bloody well spy as well as the USA NSA. So there put that in your pipe and smoke it.
The UK spied on world leaders at the G20 summit. Of course they did — anyone who reads spy mysteries can guess that everything and anything is bugged. Remember Maxwell Smart’s shoe phone?? That was so 2009. Get over it already. Oh but wait there is more, much much more.
According to the Guardian online news the UK spooks have hooked into the fiber optics communication cables and have probably out produced the NSA in data collection of EVERYTHING.
No wonder the TSA wants to see all passengers nude and they want to sexually molest as may children as possible. This is merely early training for the upcoming generation to be submissive and to accept anything that the Federal Government or the Military Industrial Corporations deem necessary to maintain a compliant population. Remember that the training manual for big brother is the one used by Big Brother in the text book — 1984. I’m trying to write this as satire — you know like a form of humor?
Exclusive [from the Guardian]: British spy agency collects and stores vast quantities of global email messages, Facebook posts, internet histories and calls, and shares them with NSA, latest documents from Edward Snowden reveal
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One key innovation has been GCHQ’s ability to tap into and store huge volumes of data drawn from fibre-optic cables for up to 30 days so that it can be sifted and analysed. That operation, codenamed Tempora, has been running for some 18 months.
Well no wonder the UK doesn’t want Edward Snowdow — and why Snowdow is in Hong Kong or anywhere except the USA or the UK.
Most people may not care that the US and the UK have collected a massive amount of data on all of us. Most people tend to be honest and don’t break laws. Except about those secret laws that the congress loves to write and then there are the secret courts. Oh excuse me did I just blunder into an alternative universe where the US is now the USSR? You know that country that used to be behind the iron curtain where everyone spied on everyone else? And there was the KGB who spied on the spies. So much money was spent on spying — hummm I’m wondering if that is one of the reasons why there is no longer a USSR?
Why is all this money being spent on spying — billions of dollars and billions of pounds to collect and store massive amounts of mostly useless information — unless one is in the blackmail business?
Has the US Justice Department brought charges against any bankers involved in robbing US citizens — nope. Has this Justice Department gone after the wall street brokers who manipulated just about everything financial that can be manipulated? No Not that gang of crooks. Here’s a long article about the last mystery of the Financial crisis by Matt Tabbai of Rolling Stone.
The whole spy competition is for bragging right about which spy shop can bag the most data in the world on the most people in the world. Of course the billions of poor folk who can’t afford the electronic toys and computers apparently aren’t worth spending money on. Those are the ones that the drones take out. Somehow it seems like there’s another piece of this puzzle that’s missing.
Update with this link: Militarizing Capitalism
A few sentences from the above link:
We are reaching the point of no return as a nation, assigning to privatization much of the business of data mining (and it emphatically is a business) wherein our private lives are stripped as nearly bare as possible, the information routed to government for purposes of surveillance, and to private business—often the same information—so as to stimulate wants and sell goods and services.
The future of democracy? Regrettably, bleak, when surveillance is central to the execution of public policy.
As one contemplates the scene, which I intimately associate with Obama (given his active promotion of secrecy, surveillance, and the criminalizing of divulging information exposing despotic government and illegal activities), possibly more than his predecessors, one comes to see the psychopathological nature of American capitalism, as requiring surveillance at this stage of possible senescence, in order to sustain itself.
What I’ve been saying is that this deep collection of metadata and microdata on ALL of us started at about the same time that the TSA stripped passengers bear (using digital xray technology) before allowing them to fly. ALL the security experts — the real ones who know all the games that governments pay — call the TSA gate stripping and sexual molestation — Security Theater*. Anyone who has lived on secure military bases or real professional security experts know that the strip tease forced on mostly women by the TSA has absolutely nothing to do with security and everything to turn citizens into submissive slaves. It is mostly women who have endured sexual abuse at some point and many of us will not willingly allow the TSA perverts to abuse us mentally and physically. (I’m not forgetting the boys who are sexually molested — young boys seem to be a favorite target of some TSA creeps.)
We are being stripped bear — what for? Who gains if the population — is turned into submissive blobs? Behavior Psychologists discovered a behavior anomaly called “Learned Helplessness”. The first test subjects were rats — white lab rats. What happened was that rats were tortured for a long period of time with no way to escape. The Psychologists assumed that as soon as the wall was removed that the rats would scamper off and act like normal rats. That isn’t what happened. The rats had to move physically removed from the torture cell and helped to discover that they were out of the torture chamber.
The Psychologists started to study what they came to call Learned Helplessness.
Further research with other species including humans demonstrated that Learned Helplessness isn’t unique to white lab rats. I’m making a wild guess — but could it be that the polls which seem to show that most citizens don’t care if the government is stripping them naked and stealing from them is an indication of a form of learned helplessness?
There are several aspects of human helplessness that have no counterpart among animals. One of the most intriguing aspects is “vicarious learning (or modelling)”: that people can learn to be helpless through observing another person encountering uncontrollable events. (from the Wikipedia link above.)
* Security theater is the practice of investing in countermeasures intended to provide the feeling of improved security while doing little or nothing to actually achieve it. Some experts such asEdward Felten have described the airport security repercussions due to the September 11 attacks as security theater.