To Protect And Infect Part 2: Jacob Appelbaum covering NSA, iPhone and other high tech gadgetry!

Regardless of your political ideology, technical background or country of origin, I had urged watching this one hour regarding NSA technology. I had watched this reviewing possible issues regarding Apple iPhone’s and the NSA with privacy. This was originally published at the close of  last year. The run-time for this youtube video was about an hour long. I had found this profound in respect to gadgetry, security, and politics. The presenter had provided illuminating examples along the way with humor. I had cautioned you against some unexpected expletives in advance. I had believed this as being one of the most thought provoking presentations of my lifetime. I had re-posted this with no additional comment. Just watch it!

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Jacob Appelbaum (Wikipedia)

Apple, Jacob Appelbaum and the National Security Agency (Fortune)

OMG, Facial hair!

Over the past few months, I had chosen to skip on shaving. I had few different reasons to begin with and picked up some along the way. So I had wanted to share a few visceral reactions from good friends and family for starters.

1. “Shave that off now!”

2. “You look like a terrorist.”

3. “You look dirty.”

4. “Trying to look younger?”

Recalling those laughs, I had wondered, “What do people think that don’t know me?” Then I had remembered a couple of memories in high school, after 911 and recent travels.

In high school, I had a good friend from the neighborhood with shoulder length hair. The guy was musically gifted and decently smart; however, by his selection of denim wear and longer locks, he had received a bit of social shunning. For almost a year, I had emulated him letting the follicles flow. Unsurprisely, it had gone over like a thud with military folks but, my girlfriend didn’t mind. Oddly enough, my mother had also enjoyed this expression of extra “curls.” Living close to Mayport Naval Station, I had rationalized the negative response in the context of being a Navy brat. The hair had proved my point about appearance and perception. Right before graduation, I had gone for a refreshing buzz-cut. This illuminating experience had contrasted greatly with the next.

After 911, I had travelled to FSU’s Doak Campbell Stadium for a college football game. I had followed two other friends in the gates. At a security checkpoint, my friends had whisked by an officer. Reaching the threshold of his checkpoint, he had stopped me immediately for pat and scan. On one hand, I had understood the act. On the other, a smart “terrorist” could have selected a bomb mule, by cohersion or subversion, of people without my darker physical attributes (i.e. skin, hair, etc). Returning back to central Florida, I had received a similar visual review but, logical considering recent events.

The third experience had come recently from a visit to DeLeon Springs State park. Coming out of the water, I had started up the concrete sidewalk. Putting on my sunglasses, I had noticed a few people in my peripheral vision looking at me with disgust. I hadn’t really said or done a whole lot there. Somewhere between the shades and facial hair, it had invoked a negative response. This time it had bothered my psyche. Don’t these folks know I had loved these public lands, let alone the United States. Whatever the reason, I had felt slighted by their collective gaze. I had thought of the quote,”the eyes are the window to the soul.” If playing a joke based off appearance, it had landed squarely on my shoulders. So, I had left somewhere between angst and empathy. The facial hair had served a purpose beyond some of the original intent.

Here were some of the reasons for it:

A. Cuts down on time and money.
B. Grow longest lengthwise lifetime.
C. Halloween
D. Get an emotional rise out of people who don’t know me.
E. Friend made a suggestion for team bearding.
F. See how much gray hair in facial hair.
G. Symbolic of another physical goal, I’ll share in another post.
H. Symbolic of another personal goal, that I won’t share in a post.

For today, the facial growth had meant a symbol of my individuality, much like a snake skin jacket from the movie Wild At Heart. Wild Heart just had happened to be one of my favorite movies of all time!

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Scientists discover that eyes really are ‘the window to the soul’ (Mail Online)

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OPINION: Mice, the Brain and the NSA

There has been lot of conversation over the NSA and Orwellian USA ala 1984. More interesting has been the journey from the Patriot Act to recent NSA Prism disclosures. For any level of personal liberty and freedom to flourish has required civil participation, enlightenment and shared sacrifice. The recent fake public outrage of government overreach has been exhausting. The general population has deluded themselves with mass TV consumption and self-indulgent Internet surfing. This fast food for the mind has fattened these pigs for proverbial slaughter. With this mental disengagement, society has moved closer toward a historical Wag the Dog event unleashing the Dogs of War. Perhaps people have forgotten President Eisenhower warning of military industrial complex.

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Mix in the Associated Press debacle with DOJ and IRS revelations, liberals and conservatives have been targets of federalist power. All the government intrusion had been positioned to make the Boston Bombings a remote possibility. Had our intelligence community been incapable of taking leads from their Russian counterparts? Perhaps the end game had been to fish out a bigger terrorist network. Has that made the public disposable? Bloggers have pondered Jeffersonian ideals before Glenn Beck’s call to arms. However, the current administration has sent an institutional reboot to the recycle bin. True power my fellow Americans, has come from within, not from going without.

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What has given me pause, the biological experimentation of mice! The individual acts of cloning from one drop of blood to improving cognitive function of mice have been wonderous. Now we have graduated to generating false memories. What corporate and intelligence operations had supported these endeavors? Why cause fear, when one has made the ability to manufacture it. All three of these stories have grand potential shifting to humans subjects. A republic’s worth had only value as credible as the population’s desire to avoid subjugation. People have focused on talking points about amnesty for illegals, Casey Anthony, Obamacare, and Travon Martin. What kind of critical thinking has this nation nurtured? Surely gaming console kills have not saved us from the special interest legislation from DC.

Moving through mazes, mice have been motivated to move forward to survive. Americans have done far less, allowing anonymous additions to federal legislation for corporate welfare and tax loopholes. What had people expected, less your name Apple, Bush, Exxon, Google, GE, Hilton, Kennedy, Obama, etc (i.e. the influential and/or the affluent). For minds echoing paranoid and delusional thoughts, Dick Cheney, had been a conspiracy of one. If I had been given absolute power, perhaps I would try to rule the world like Pinkie and the Brain. Eluding most folks, someone else has been operating at your expense. Why worry if the NSA or another institution has the ability to generate false memories? Americans have avoided the present reality in favor of a Phantom Menace.

“The greater the resolve, the greater the result.”

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“Pinky and the Brain Take Over the World” song by yourfavoritemartian
Dogs Of War” song by Pink Floyd

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