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January 25, 2003 2:43 PM   Subscribe

Back in the good old days, before The Privacy - Nightmare,
before the deep thinkers went missing in action, before The Permissions Crisis, before the Team Leaders took over with their earth-gobbling death machines and our consciences were drugged into submission, Nigerian security chiefs offered their German counterparts sage advice on combating black magic. And nobody ever spied on the birds!

Except for the Conservative Midwest, where people had other interests, Americans spent their spare time happily perusing ECHO - The EPA's Enforcement and Compliance History Online, freely offering their comments on federal regulations at Regulations.gov, and reading stimulating independent content like The Talking Blogroll Blues, ... [more inside]
posted by sheauga (8 comments total)

 
... Caracas Chronicles, Rice Cooker, Defense Tech, Orcinus, Michael Darby, Dissecting Leftism, Totalitarianism Today, American Open Technology Consortium, blueblanket blog, IncuBLOGula, and Environmental Science and Postmodernism.

Promote security through obscurity - start a blog! "None of these journalists will worry at all about what will happen to them for what they said or what they asked." (Just don't let your editor / department head find out.)
posted by sheauga at 2:44 PM on January 25, 2003


Somebody tell me which one of these links is the important one.
posted by Stan Chin at 2:51 PM on January 25, 2003


Random selection will work just fine ...
Your move.
posted by sheauga at 3:02 PM on January 25, 2003


Back in the good old days, before The Privacy - Nightmare,
before the deep thinkers went missing in action, before The Permissions Crisis, before the Team Leaders took over...nobody ever spied on the birds!


Dude, are you by any chance Stephen Malkmus?
posted by Sonny Jim at 3:23 PM on January 25, 2003


Fun...

thanks
posted by i_cola at 3:29 PM on January 25, 2003


Thanks for the compliment!
posted by sheauga at 3:36 PM on January 25, 2003


did you ever hear of information overload? If governments think that more intrusiveness is better, they'd better look at the experience of the folks who lived in East Germany or in other Soviet satellites where privacy was pretty much abolished. There were problems of course, for some but the worst problem was that there weren't enough bureaucrats to actually look at, sort, make sense of, or even find what was wanted because of the vast quantity of information that was collected. Now multiply that by the power of say ten. And that's what our new homeland security will have to be coping with. I think the whole thing will bog down and prove to be so inefficient that even the real criminals and terrorists will feel pretty secure.

If you want to help, then just load your e-mails with lots of good metaphors, like bomb, anthrax, kill, etc. If someone actually picks such words up can you imagine what they will do with a few million million of them?
posted by donfactor at 11:54 PM on January 25, 2003


Thanks sheauga! Interesting stuff.
posted by azazello at 6:12 PM on January 26, 2003


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