The Better Man?

2014 April 7
by drdog09

#1 “The majority of people in developed countries spend at least some time interacting with the Internet, and Governments are abusing that necessity in secret to extend their powers beyond what is necessary and appropriate.”

#2 “…I believe that at this point in history, the greatest danger to our freedom and way of life comes from the reasonable fear of omniscient State powers kept in check by nothing more than policy documents.”

#3 “The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to.”

#4 “…I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”

#5 “The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything.”

#6 “With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your e-mails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your e-mails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.”

#7 “Any analyst at any time can target anyone. Any selector, anywhere… I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge, to even the President…”

#8 “To do that, the NSA specifically targets the communications of everyone. It ingests them by default. It collects them in its system and it filters them and it analyzes them and it measures them and it stores them for periods of time simply because that’s the easiest, most efficient and most valuable way to achieve these ends. So while they may be intending to target someone associated with a foreign government, or someone that they suspect of terrorism, they are collecting YOUR communications to do so.”

— Eric Snowden



Montag knew this. Montag’s father and his grandfather had been firemen. It had been his duty for many years to start fires. He knew it was his duty to burn books, but this day would be different.

Montag arrived on the scene to do his job, but found a woman who wouldn’t leave. He complained that she had all of her books but still wouldn’t leave. Undeterred, Montag proceeds with the other firemen to douse her books-and her-with kerosene. The woman shouts out and goads them. She is indignant that they would touch her books at all and she still wouldn’t leave. She says to them: “Play the man, Master Ridley; today we will light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, that it won’t be forgotten.”

They keep dousing her with kerosene and she says it again: “Play the man, Master Ridley. Today we will light such a candle.” … The reference is to 16th century figure Hugh Latimer, who literally became a human candle. He was burned at the stake in 1555 for heresy-opposing the state religion. He wanted to promote the idea that the Bible should be translated into English, which the state forbade.

In America today, we’re not yet burning people at the stake, fortunately. Nor are we burning books. But your government is interested in what books you read. They’re interested in what you say in your phone calls. They’re interested in what you write in your emails.

As we all now know from the National Security Agency (NSA) revelations last summer, such government surveillance of citizens has been going on for a while now.

In the Summer of 2012, I asked for a report on this subject and was given a classified briefing. I wanted to know to what extent your privacy was being invaded. To what extent government was reading your emails, listening to your phone conversations without a judge’s warrant. At the time, I couldn’t tell you the answer because it was classified.

— Rand Paul


In deference to Mr. Paul, good man that he probably is, what did he risk? Family? Job? Locale? Nary a thing did his personage risk other than being identified as asking for a report. And that under the color of non disclosure never to see the light of day. Mr. Snowden pretty much sacrificed it all. That he is not sitting in some Egyptian jail cell right now being brutalized by his pervious employer is a miracle.

In today’s environment no one is safe. ANYTHING can be disclosed about you. Dregged up. Used against you. Does not even matter if it is legal, all it requires is that it not be `socially acceptable` to some agrieved minority. Remember Mr. Eich. His crime was merely making a donation.

Today is Firefox Monday, use a different browser.

14 Responses leave one →
  1. 2014 April 7 6:53 am
    drdog09 permalink

    What’s plan B if plan A fails in the economy? —

  2. 2014 April 7 7:16 am

    What’s plan B if plan A fails in the economy? —

    You will be issued a tin bill and be directed to go pick shit with the chickens.

  3. 2014 April 7 8:06 am

    The putin doctrine continues unabated.

    Soviet paid thugs doing their thing.

  4. 2014 April 7 9:58 am
    drdog09 permalink

    OKCupid, the website that started the mess with Mozilla has dirty laundry as well. (At least in the eyes of the Left) Come to find out that their CEO contributed heavily to a Republican Congressman that proposed amendments stronger than DOMA against same-sex marriage. Pot meet Kettle. Heard it on Rush.

  5. 2014 April 7 11:15 am
    justrand permalink

    drdog: “OKCupid, the website that started the mess with Mozilla has dirty laundry as well. “

    They must be rooted out as well!! How DARE their CEO have contributed to [shudder] a REPUBLICAN?!? And one who wanted to [Saint Hillary protect us] support “traditional marriage” to boot!!!

    In the SF Bay Area people with views contrary to The Collective are approached calmly and rationally, in an effort to persuade them, gently of course. In the example below a young lady has expressed one such contrary opinion. A Thought Policeman Manners Minder calls out to her…

  6. 2014 April 7 11:22 am

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  7. 2014 April 7 12:09 pm
    justrand permalink

    drdog, I had switched to Mozilla last year because it was better in so many ways to IE.

    What would you suggest I switch to now? Since I am determined to get off Mozilla! 👿

  8. 2014 April 7 12:16 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    U.S. Supreme Court endorses slavery…..denies 13th Amendment……in the name of hyper-political correctness for certain types of popular sexual behavior (homo)……of course, when we denied private property rights for racial anti-discrimination laws we opened the door wide to this…….the government is the de facto owner of you and all your stuff:

    “In declining the couple’s business, Elane Huguenin did not injure or defraud anybody. The same is true of Antonio Darden, a gay hairdresser from Santa Fe who earned nation-wide publicity a couple of years ago when he announced that he would not accept business from New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez because she is an opponent of same-sex marriage. Both Huguenin and Darden sought to exercise their property rights by declining proposed business transactions. Only Darden was permitted to do so, because he – unlike Huguenin – belongs to a “specially protected” class.

    In its ruling upholding the actions of New Mexico’s “human rights” soviet, the State Supreme Court claimed that the lesbian couple had a right “to obtain goods and services from a public accommodation without discrimination on the basis of … sexual orientation.” This assumes that business owners like Huguenin have a duty to provide such services – and no right to decline participation in that transaction. In other words, involuntary servitude – despite being explicitly banned by the 13th Amendment – is justified in the service of “anti-discrimination” policy.

    Attorneys on behalf of Huguenin appealed that ruling to the US Supreme Court, contending that it violated the free speech and religious liberty “guarantees” of the First Amendment – which it manifestly did. Huguenin’s legal counsel could have argued that the state’s Human Rights Act — which was amended in 2003 to include “sexual orientation” within the protected categories — represents a wholesale violation of property rights. This argument would only find traction, unfortunately, in a society where property rights are properly understood.

    Huguenin’s counsel could have pointed out that the preferential treatment of property owners such as Mr. Darden – who is allowed to discriminate against some customers on ideological grounds – violates the principle of equal protection under the law. But such preferential treatment is the entire point of “civil rights” enactments.

    The US Supreme Court has declined Hugeunin’s appeal, tacitly ratifying the state supreme court’s endorsement of involuntary servitude in the name of “tolerance.””

  9. 2014 April 7 12:53 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Well if you are Winders still, then I might suggest Pale Moon. Its is an optimized version of Firefox for Windows. It does not brand out with a FF http header even though it uses their code. The other I like is Midori. Its simple and fast. Of course there are some old stalwarts, Google Chrome (though politically that has baggage), Opera.

  10. 2014 April 7 1:04 pm
    justrand permalink

    pale moon…sounds like a beer! 🙂


  11. 2014 April 7 1:06 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    WEC, the problem with the argument presented is defeated in the presentation of the argument itself. Counsel for the defense pleaded a 1st Amendment argument rather than a 13th Amendment argument. Now the observation presented is what I would have presented to SCOTUS being the stronger case and one which the Solicitor General in arguing for would trade the piss off of one minority class (gays) for another minority class (blacks). Considering who currently runs the DoJ they probably would have folded and SCOTUS realizing this would have done a 5-4 against.

  12. 2014 April 7 1:11 pm
    justrand permalink

    I just read up on Midori, it sounds pretty good. It’s a shame Mozilla turned out to be such bunch of a$$holes…but then, if I wait a day, the Midori CEO may say something like: “God bless America”, and be forced out too!

    I truly fear we are much closer to 1984 than 1775

  13. 2014 April 7 5:56 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #12 Your correct in your analysis……I was only commenting on the reality: we are slaves to the government!

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