"You have to find the right distance between people. Too close, and they overwhelm you. Too far, and they abandon you."
Exactly What the State Says to Deceive You About Surveillance
Shortly after the earliest articles sourced to Edward Snowden appeared, Americans newly aware of the cell phones in their pockets started wondering: Would the NSA ever collect the location data that all of us generate? The possibility proved worrisome to the public and privacy experts alike. A surveillance state that routinely tracked our movement would feel dystopian and enable abuse, as various TV, web, and print commentators noted.
Even Congress seemed to be concerned. A letter signed by 26 senators declared that NSA bulk collection of phone records has a significant impact on privacy.* “This is particularly true if these records are collected in a manner that includes cell phone locational data, effectively turning Americans’ cell phones into tracking devices,” it stated. “Has the NSA collected or made plans to collect Americans’ cell-site location data in bulk?”
Now we know that the answer is yes.
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This is Casey! I got him when we first moved to our new house when I was 8 from the ASPCA in Westchester County, NY, so I guess that would be around 1998. His old owner had to surrender him when he was one year old because she was moving into a nursing home that wouldn’t allow cats, and that is how we got him! Love at first sight.
His original name was Peaches (NOPE) and when we got in the car “Casey Jones,” by the Grateful Dead was playing, so there you have it. He might have been the best cat to ever exist, he acted more like a dog than my actual dog does. Now I live in LA, and when I went home to NY in May I had a feeling it would be the last time I would see him, so I kissed him lots and hugged him lots, and in July my mom told me they had to put him down because of kidney failure. He was 17 and my best buddy, and I miss him every day, but I had so many good memories that will last forever :)
#my future husband
“My personal opinion is that they executed Bin Laden,” begins Jeremy Scahill, unblinkingly.
“If you strip it down, what you had is an unarmed elderly man, in his bedroom, shot in the face by the most elite force in the world. Almost everything that the White House officials told us that happened in the compound that night turned out to be a total fabrication.
“I would have loved to have seen Bin Laden put on trial for his crimes. He had been indicted, in the 1990s, and was a reprehensible criminal, but I don’t believe for one second they were given orders to capture him, I think the whole point was to kill him.”
“I wasn’t like, boo hoo, Bin Laden’s dead, but I wasn’t jumping. America’s a very nationalistic country, and in episodes like that of his death, it becomes jingoism. People are drinking, dancing in the street, chanting USA like they’re at the World Cup, like they won it… It’s sick that we turned it into a sporting event.”