We are entering the end times.
No, this is not some post declaring an impending apocalypse, nor am I affirming the accuracy of the Mayan calendar prediction that the end of the world is little over a week away.
I'm referring to the end times of this epoch....a transition of Dystopian Ages.
All the pieces are in place. The Age of Big Brother is nigh.
Think I exaggerate?
Have a look-see, right here.
In a radio interview, Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin (who’s been one of the best at covering the surveillance state in the US) made a simple observation that puts much of this into context: the US surveillance regime has more data on the average American than the Stasi ever did on East Germans.And, of course, as we've already seen, much of that data seems to be collected illegally with little oversight... and with absolutely no security benefit.
To be fair, part of the reason for why this is happening is purely technical/practical. While the Stasi likely wanted more info and would have loved to have been able to tap into a digitally connected world like we have today, that just wasn't possible. The fact that we have so much data about us in connected computers makes it an entirely different world. So, from a practical level, there's a big difference.
That said, it still should be terrifying. Even if there are legitimate technical reasons for why the government has so much more data on us, it doesn't change the simple fact (true both then and now) that such data is wide open to abuse, which inevitably happens.
The ability of government officials to abuse access to information about you for questionable purposes is something that we should all be worried about. Even those who sometimes have the best of intentions seem to fall prey to the temptation to use such access in ways that strip away civil liberties and basic expectations of privacy.
Our freedom has been traded for the security of Big Brother's watchful eye.
Oh, and while we're at it, make sure that whenever you're out in public anywhere in today's Brave New World Order, be sure and SMILE!
We are all the stars of the new, global 24/7 REALITY show....our 21st century candid camera!
So: those spooky new "circular" dark globe cameras installed in your neighborhood park, town, or city—they aren't just passively monitoring. They're plugged into Trapwire and they are potentially monitoring every single person via facial recognition.
In related news, the Obama administration is fighting in federal court this week for the ability to imprison American citizens under NDAA's indefinite detention provisions—and anyone else—without charge or trial, on suspicion alone.
So we have a widespread network of surveillance cameras across America monitoring us and reporting suspicious activity back to a centralized analysis center, mixed in with the ability to imprison people via military force on the basis of suspicious activity alone. I don't see how that could possibly go wrong. Nope, not at all.
Yes, I've noticed these cameras put up all over the place here in the 50th occupied State of USSA Inc.as well. Right now most public places are under their watchful gaze.
The last phase will be getting the eyes and ears of our 21st century, Globalized Stasi into our homes.
The company has filed a patent, published last week, for a system designed to be used in the home to target advertisements at people. Using a combination of image and audio sensors, it would detect actions in your living room while you were watching TV. These sensors, deploying facial and profile recognition, would pick up “physical attributes” like skin color, facial features, and even hair length, and also detect “voice attributes” to help determine the tone of your voice, your accent, and the language you speak. Inanimate objects aren’t off-limits—the technology could also spot beer cans and wall art.Combined, this would mean that your TV or set-top box would effectively be watching and listening to you while you snuggle up on the couch with your partner to watch the latest episode of Homeland.
Have no fear, Sheeple. Afterall, you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide, right?
There is a common meme I see all over the comment threads of teh MAndrosphere.
Many people breathlessly await the inevitable collapse of society, so that those of us who understand the truth of our situation can begin to rebuild teh Paayttreearrky and put teh Womynz back in their rightful place, bare foot and pregnant, cooking food in teh kitchenz!
Others predict the take over by extreme Patriarchal cultures like the Mooozzzlums.
Many say they CAN'T WAIT!!!!! The modern, progressive Womynz who are strong and independent and don't need the Menz will finally be shown the errors of their ways!
Ya'all are missing something pretty big as you await the collapse. This "collapse" is deliberate, planned, and in the process of gradual implementation.
As a society, we've been slowly and inexorably sliding towards the metaphorical cliff's edge for quite some time.
There will not be some massive realization and re-discovery by teh womynz that they need the menz to protect them from the savagery of a post-apocalyptic landscape.
No, when the "collapse" reaches a catastrophic climax, what will arise from the ashes, will be a technocratic and totalitarian world government that no longer hides behind the illusion of freedom for the masses. Their rule will be Authoritarian, and their power over we the Sheeple, near-complete. Orwell warned us. Huxley warned us. Wells warned us. Quigley too. This is not some dystopian fantasy...
THEY ARE DOING THIS OUT IN THE OPEN AND RIGHT IN OUR FACES.
At this point, to deny this is willful ignorance. Oh wait, I forgot. Ignorance is Strength.
Pay no mind. Carry on. Nothing to see here but the rantings of crazy conspiracy theory.
We are in the last days of disappearing freedom.
Enjoy the decline, because at least during this phase, we still have some amount of personal freedom and rapidly diminishing privacy. Once we reach the collapse stage, you won't be allowed to enjoy anything not officially approved and controlled.
But for now, they wait. And of course, they watch.