Microsoft announced it would provide a BILLION dollars to certain groups for “Cloud space”. This came after their push to give a “free” copy of Windows 10 to everyone running Win 7 and Win 8.x. Of course, some naive folks might just think that Redmond is a wonderful company that loves to give things away to poor folks. I’m a tad more jaded than this.
What I’ve noticed is this push to get everything hooked up to the internet via the Internet of Things, smart cars, smart phones, smart TVs, etc. Another odd, and I think troubling thing, is that, from what I see, car company execs have gotten their marching orders that the powers that be, are demanding self driving cars by a certain date.
Now, sitting atop this, is TREASURE MAP, that cute little project of the NSA to map, in real time, every device worldwide, that is hooked up to the internet, IN REAL TIME. Meaning if you boot up your tablet to the Net, good old NSA is gonna know when, where you are, and if Google plays ball, what you are researching…or via phone company help, who you are calling, or whatever you are doing via the help of ISPs.
Now, keeping all that in mind, there is the government mandate that now, all transactions with healthcare, such as billing on your doctor visits, if they involve the govt, MUST be digital, and able to be done electronically online. And, the old saying is “as Medicare goes, so goes private insurance” as far as technical guidelines.
What you must do is back up…like 30,000 feet altimeter reading, and look at the big picture. Social media, free emails, digital banking, digital healthcare records…all this, when sifted through the tools used by the NSA and GCHQ, and given their enormous storage capacity and info processing speed, means they could now probably track any given person from birth to death…perhaps not 100 %, but since most of us are creatures of habit, with remarkable ability to “fill in the gaps”. In just ONE recent hack, over one million people’s medical records were hacked (I think it was 115 million) and that was just ONE of many hacks. If we had old fashioned paper records in folders, that would literally be impossible, unless the government was taken over by a group that had millions of armed troops that could visit every doctor’s office and take the records by force, but even then, each file would have to be scanned via OCR, corrected for misread characters. Thus, with government fiat, they enabled invasion of your privacy that millions of armed enemy mercenaries could not accomplish.
Now, the latest I’ve heard, which at first I rejected and said…no…a conspiracy fantasy, but which now, I am beginning to believe, is that the government could soon, mandate that you carry a chip which contains your medical records in digital format….one that could regularly be updated. Of course, they would couch its use in terms like, “in a medical emergency if you were unconscious, we could see what drugs you are allergic to, what procedures you have had done, what medications you are on…etc”. Yeah, right. Governments must ALWAYS find this altruistic “it’s for your protection” to pass the most fascistic of laws…and they usually can and do.
You also see this “tap your phone to pay your bill” bullshit…and I’ve even seen people who have an implant so that they only have to scan their forearm to pay a bill. This is creepy taken to the n-th degree.
Look, this autodriving car, the push toward having all your shit on “The Cloud”, digital banking that takes out actual paper and metal currency, is not just the future beckoning you to better days. It is more like something out of a dystopian science fiction movie.
To scan you is to track you. To upload your personal shit to a cloud, or any storage device available to any governmental agency, known or unknown, is to give up your privacy. You might THINK your random number generator provided password that is 64 characters long makes you safe, but it doesn’t. Why do you think some state governments are trying to pass laws to mandate smart phone makers BY LAW will have to install backdoors into your smart phones ? For your own good ? LMAO.
Quit literally, in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s…any privacy we had was limited by their technology, and what we agreed to make available. One woman once said “a man is only as faithful as his options”….and while that sounds fairly jaded, it can be expanded into a better saying… “a government only respects your privacy to the extent it cannot find a technical way to invade it”.
I know that they want you to think we are all headed into a beautiful Utopian “Tomorrowland”(not the Disney movie of course) kind of world, with cars that drive themselves, park themselves, automatic payment of your meal, instant transmission of your medical records to a specialist you may have to go to…but think of the other side..instant monitoring of everything you say, do, everything you search, everywhere you go, but a gigantic government that loves to prosecute poor people so that some DA with political aspirations can carve another notch on his or her convictions belt.
As we move closer to this “Tomorrowland” (not the Disney movie of course), I can see the ghost of Aaron Swartz whispering warnings to us. This is NOT, I repeat NOT, being done for your convenience, for your good. It is done for one and ONLY one reason…to enable the real time monitoring of every human on earth. Facebook putting satellites in orbit to enable the Internet in Africa? Yeah, cuz Zuckerberg really cares about what poor tribesmen ate for breakfast on a facebook post.
Again, from 30,000 feet, and a bit of proper paranoia, the various technological “advances”, all hooking everyone into the internet…into one central, MONITORABLE,
hub, is turning Earth itself into one giant PANOPTICON.
“The Panopticon is a type of institutional building designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. The concept of the design is to allow all (pan-) inmates of an institution to be observed (-opticon) by a single watchman without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched. Although it is physically impossible for the single watchman to observe all cells at once, the fact that the inmates cannot know when they are being watched means that all inmates must act as though they are watched at all times, effectively controlling their own behaviour constantly. The name is also a reference to Panoptes from Greek mythology; he was a giant with a hundred eyes and thus was known to be a very effective watchman.
The design consists of a circular structure with an “inspection house” at its centre, from which the manager or staff of the institution are able to watch the inmates, who are stationed around the perimeter. Bentham conceived the basic plan as being equally applicable to hospitals, schools, sanatoriums, daycares, and asylums, but he devoted most of his efforts to developing a design for a Panopticon prison, and it is his prison which is most widely understood by the term.
Bentham himself described the Panopticon as “a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example.” Elsewhere, in a letter, he described the Panopticon prison as “a mill for grinding rogues honest”.“
The name “Panoptes” is from Greek myths about a giant with a hundred eyes, which made him a great watchman. But, the internet has far more than a hundred eyes, more than a million eyes….and the software that the NSA and GCHQ are using, make the two organizations, a “watchman” that puts the Greek Gods to shame. In Norse mythology, Odin, king of the gods, had his own spies…two ravens that left in the morning and came back to him at night, telling him everything that happened. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huginn_and_Muninn. They were named Huginn and Muninn. Huginn watched or governed thought, and Muninn watched over memory or mind. I find it interesting that some drone makers are now making drones that physically look like various birds from hawks to even smaller birds…like Huginn and Muninn, they are sent out to be the “eyes” of our current “gods” or leaders, complete with video and audio recording capabilities.
So, we have now come full circle to where we CAN be monitored 24/7 by smart phones, smart cars, smart heart monitors, smart homes, smart TVs, smart energy monitors outside the house, in short, if it says “smart”, it means they have a “smart” way of watching you and recording what you do, night and day.
So, before you are seduced by a car that can drive itself, park itself, being able to have a wave of your arm deduct money from your account to pay your restaurant bill, remember a simple fact…bad as it is that the government, as evil as it is, can have access to your bank account, your phone records, sites you visits on the Net, hackers can too. Hospitals are now taking the killing of patients through hacking of medical devices like pumps and pacemakers seriously…very seriously at the top of the corporations that control hospitals. They won’t admit that to you, but they are.
So, before you grin at these commercials extolling the “wonders” of a “connected world”, understand that you are losing any privacy you thought you had, and by losing privacy, losing control as well.
Thanks for reading this.