Irish, yes, but I like it too: Watcher’s Council St. Patrick’s Day edition

This week’s Council submissions don’t actually have anything to do with St. Patrick’s Day, but the Watcher’s post does:

Council Submissions

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Non-Council Submissions

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  • 11B40


    Saint Patrick’s Day is still 17 March.


  • Ymarsakar

    I’m not going to say “I told you so” Because I didn’t tell anyone this, not here at least. Over at Grim’s hall and blog, I said something to the effect, before 2008, that the government didn’t need a police state to control us, all it had to do was nationalize Facebook and its servers.

    Well, turned out it’s already true or at least half way there. 

  • Mike Devx

    Ymar is right, I believe.  The government has truly massive capabilities when it comes to data storage, and I believe they are storing EVERYTHING.  Anything Facebook or Google or any other company has on you, they have.

    The problem for the government is, making sense of it all.  Finding and sorting and linking; connecting the dots.  No matter how well you try to organize it, that amount of data is overwhelming.

    But there is no right to privacy anymore.  That’s been gone since Clinton instituted the massive data storage programl I think it was called Echelon back then in the early 90’s.  Since then, there’s no telling what form it’s taken.

  • JKB

    I came across some sad news about a TV star from the late 1970s and early 1980s.  The Love Boat has been sold for scrap  It’s the old story, a star coming into our homes weekly for years then forgotten seeking the adoration in Europe we so cruelly deny.  As is the norm, there were drugs, detentions and misuse by shady characters.  But finally after many attempts to regain past glory, she has been sold to Turkish ship breakers who’ll no doubt chew her up and leave her broken carcass on some distant shore.


    I never use Google and was warned about it a long time ago. I’ve said it before, so I’ll repeat myself (why not, I am a senior and it seems normal enough to me). The internet, cell phones, social media of all types are all tracked and have been for years. Google Street put the finishing touches on it with satellite photos and Congress put the icing on the package giving the nod to the use of 30,000 drones (public/private/federal).

    Ymarsakar – we’re not half-way there, we crossed the finished line.         

          Google’s Information Gathering is Out of Control | Anything …

  • Ymarsakar

    ” Finding and sorting and linking; connecting the dots.  No matter how well you try to organize it, that amount of data is overwhelming.”

    Actually, a facebook user already connects the dots, so the government doesn’t have to. A facebook user has friends, family, political associations, etc, and so on. And this is done by the work of the user, their friends, etc, and so on. Wiretapping isn’t always useful because the FBI and listeners have to get key words, listen to a bunch of junk talking, and hopefully the computer will pick something up that will alert the real humans that something is going on. Facebook users, have done this already. If the government wants to know who you are doing business with, your friends and associations list will provide it to them. If they want to know what your political connection is, so they can sanction you and your business, you’ve provided them that info. If you somehow step against them, like Rush did, they will find you, your family, your friends, and send SEIU goons to picket their house 24/7. And they didn’t need to “crunch” any info to do so. They just get the data, use the data, and send the thugs. There’s not much “centralization” required given the Left’s propensity to operate by whatever ideological their alliance members operate under. They’re not really “centralized” the way most people think. It’s more operated like a terrorist cell. The OWS guys don’t even know that they are owned by the rich Democrats and terror mongers like Dohr/Ayers.

  • Ymarsakar

    Some people were telling me that Obama was either too dumb, lazy, stupid, or ignorant to do anything against America’s First Amendment. He Was Not a Threat, they said. Then Operation Fast and Fury came out. Then what did they say? Nothing much.

    Yeah. Obama may be lazy, but don’t discount all of his evil allies he put in power like Eric Holder, if you want to keep the republic you inherited from your ancestors.

     Google has the problem Mike D pointed out. They need a lot of search bots to look for “keywords” amongst the data. It’s not just given to them in a form they can use, like Facebook users have. Grim once noted that Facebook and Myspace profiles look suspiciously like intel portfolios and profiles Marines and other military intel agencies worked up for their HVTs, or high value targets.

  • Mike Devx

    You may know that Obama gave an energy speech in which he lied and deceived a great deal.  But what else is new?

    One of Obama’s little, infantile jibes, during the speech, was to ridicule Rutherford B. Hayes as a technophobic President, because according to Obama’s whopper lie about Hayes:

    One of my predecessors, Rutherford B. Hayes, reportedly said about the telephone, ‘It’s a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?’ That’s why he’s not on Mount Rushmore because he’s looking backwards.  He’s not looking forwards.  He’s explaining why we can’t do something, instead of why we can do something.”

    Well, Hayes fans are fighting back against this latest Obama deceit.  (Hayes had a telephone installed in the White House soon after the invention; he was visited by Edison; apparently they even assigned Hayes the telephone number “1”.

    And this Hayes push-back, delightfully humorous, could go viral.  It’s fun stuff.

    Here are two links to the push-back campaign against Obama’s silly, nasty high-school level propaganda assault.
    Let’s hope it does go viral.  But even if it doesn’t, whoever started this Hayes push back hit on a good meme, and they should win this week’s non-Council Watcher’s Award!


    Mike Devx, I sent the second link to friends yesterday. They all should become giant billboards splattered everywhere.