Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #619 - Go Long on Freedom & Short on Surveillance
It's Saint Patrick's Day, and I don't care to discuss that. The whole "we must get drunk today because it's this Irish holiday but we're not Irish" thing fills me with loathing.
But I might where green today just because Ireland is very close to SCOTLAND (IE. holy land) and what the Hell.
Thought it was time for some not-so-paranoid and oh so much frightening issues with the new administration and our surveillance society. See? I even made a category for it called SURVEILLANCE SOCIETY.
There's some Cory Doctorow comment here. I am excited about seeing Cory along with Scalzi at Penguincon at the end of next month.
These three articles were made all the more relevant as Trump cried wolf in claiming that Obama had wire-tapped him.
that the UK wiretapped him...
Even though legal wire taps must be created by court order with due cause as determined by a judge, as we know from Edward Snoden, the NSA has always been spying on us (Trump included).
None of this means we all should not be as paranoid (or even more so) than this "president" that somehow got into office about the surveillance society in which we live and how it can turn Big Brother on us (or already has).
I am reading a book that relates to this nonesense about surveillance by one of the grandmaster writers of the "off the grid" thinking: John Twelve Hawks and his excellent Against Authority, see preview below.
I need a quickie as I have a Calculus quiz today. FOOD FOR THOUGHT.
Oh yeah, one other thing. Yesterday while studying, I started a Musical Monday called "America is Waiting" (for a message of some sort or another) after the song from Eno & Byrne's seminal album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts that I try to get students to listen to each semester. So one of the iamges seemed fitting here.
Stay tuned for the playlist in two weeks.
FROM WARREN ELLIS
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FROM - http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/29/politics/donald-trump-immigrant-policy-social-media-contacts/index.html
White House discussing asking foreign visitors for social media info and cell phone contacts
FROM CRAPHOUND: http://craphound.com/news/2017/01/12/why-the-trump-era-is-the-perfect-time-to-go-long-on-freedom-and-short-on-surveillance/
FROM LOCUS: http://www.locusmag.com/Perspectives/2017/01/cory-doctorow-its-time-to-short-surveillance-and-go-long-on-freedom/
Reflect and connect.
Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.
I miss you so very much, Mom.
Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.
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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1703.17 - 10:10
NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.