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Glassholes by Anthony Freda

A Mini NSA On Your Face

eOnline reports:

A new app will allow total strangers to ID you and pull up all your information, just by looking at you and scanning your face with their Google Glass. The app is called NameTag and it sounds CREEPY.


The “real-time facial recognition” software “can detect a face using the Google Glass camera, send it wirelessly to a server, compare it to millions of records, and in seconds return a match complete with a name, additional photos and social media profiles.”


The information listed could include your name, occupation, any social media profiles you have set up and whether or not you have a criminal record (“CRIMINAL HISTORY FOUND” pops up in bright red letters according to the demo).

Since the NSA is tapping into all of our digital communications, it is not unreasonable to assume that all of the info from your digital glasses – yup, everything – may be recorded by the spy agency.

Are we going to have millions of mini NSAs walking around recording everything … glassholes?

Postscript: I love gadgets and tech, and previously discussed the exciting possibilities of Google Glasses.

But the NSA is ruining the fun, just like it’s harming U.S. Internet business.


Spy Agency Engaged In Internet “False Flag” Attacks

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xavi1951's picture

Karosene lamps are great for reading books.  Too bad some terrorists took out the grid and it is taking years to get it back.  Google probably lost in the market.

How sad.

earnyermoney's picture

Let's see Reggie pimp this Orwellian Police State. A loud mouthed shill for the alphabet soup government agencies.

AnAnonymous's picture

As usual, with that 'american' propagandist author, it is all about to save the face.

It takes an 'american' to invent such a means to negate privacy. After managing to destroy freedom, truth, justice etc that resisted thousands years of assault by tyranies, 'americans' are pushing their energy into destroying privacy.

What is the point of the article? To conceal the fact it all comes from private companies. The big, bad State is behind and might just work to collect the fruits of a private company's labour, helped by the millions of 'american' middle classers, happy to sccan as many people as they can, in their relentless quest for security.

What has the NSA to do with that? Nothing. NSA might relay directly to a suitable authority when an enemy is detected. But what else? What can 'americans' oppose to that? They want that.

This propaganda article only exists to try and hide that this effort does not come the government. It is organic to an 'american' society. It comes from within.

It does not result from government intervention meddling in civil matters. It comes from with within.

Welcome to an 'american' world. It is a cosy place to live in,when you are part of the group. Otherwise, feel free to ponder on the use of banishment as a means of social control.

the grateful unemployed's picture

the point is not to conceal, even if the effect is the same. the corporate government alliance is behind the NSA bureaucracy whose role is to distribute the basic and the not so basic needs of citizens in the new jobless society. success used to be attributed to individual effort. by this new order for the citizen to be secure in their home they need insurance. ACA is an insurance plan not a healthcare plan. if we keep going down this road all things will be insurance, food is starvation insurance. how much insurance do you need? if you're overweight and out of shape you might need special insurance. the term insurance is obtrusive, mandatory, and a method of means testing the individual against their claim for government regulated personal needs. the government is really only half the problem, and consider how the non independent fed now monetizes government debt in order to provide the tbtf banks with their insurance, GS has the older FDIC, although they have no retail banking business, you get the picture of how deeply the seperation of government and business no longer exists. which is the true definition of fascism, and makes it inevitable that the leader whoever he or she is will be a fascist, despite our misgivings. but hitler never got anywhere without the german people. so you win, at least the shadow argument, and the number of down arrows suggests people really don't know what is happening, and pick up on the tone of your reply, rather than the content which is what the mob did in Germany. we have to police ourselves

teslaberry's picture

well said. 


one thing however, insurance while forced upon humanity by higher ups----------is itself a product of technology. 


insurance could not easily be written out on ventures without detailed record keeping and 'checking'. 

the history of technology is hitting an inflection curve now ESPECIALLY with recording and checking technology. distributed sensors that record and report informatoin -----and are self powered now without need for recharging as they 'scavenge' ambient energy ----------are the future. 


between advanced sensing, the 'internet of things' and advanced recording and data mining. the possbilities of organize and control technology is made possible in a way never before possible. 

while you can blame 'governments' and non governments for using these tools, you cannot ignore the fact tha the tools are inherently attractive to anyone seeking power. 

and the tools of technology aren't going away unless there is massive global wide chaos, on an order far more devastating than world war 2. let us not forget , world war 2 ended after 6 years and then technological progress ACCELERATED. so anything that could stop technological progress would have to be very very devastating , much more so than a mere repeat of world war 2. 

when you look at humanity as a hive of insects. it really doesn't look as if we have the capability to destroy ourselves as a hive. our modular design allows us to build destroy and revuild religions, countries, nations, ethnicities.....over time, some 'isms' are always destroyed making room for other human insects to self organize or expand their existing organizations across the globe. 


the real threat at this point is planteary dinosaur killing asteroids, or a massive plague or something. global warming , if it indeed is happening fast enough to affect 'civilization' could actually wind up being a good thing.....


the way I see it, with or without the American, European, or possibly chinese or russian empires-----the technological engines of humanity will wait for no one. and society wide insurance for things not yet dreamed of are in the works. 



what happesn when a single city operated in a high tech country with the best country can make cars that operate 5 times more efficiently on gas, with robots that build the cars 5 times more cheaply than humans, at 5 times the speed. 

you get 1 motor city capable of putting 25 cities, and their human workers out of business. 


think about how doesn't make a profit but yet has been putting out MANY brick and mortars out of business. this is our future one way or another. you cannot stop information technology . you can only try to build the type of world you would like to see that USES it. if you fight it, you lose on the time scale of history and the social scale of humanity at large.. 

Toolshed's picture

Yawn.........what's that smell? Oh look, it's that troll again. Doesn't he ever bathe? Don't they have soap in China?

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

He might not be myopic but he is for sure a Chinese citizenism citizen and these days, it means a poor propagandist.

It is outlived propaganda that has shown nothing credible in reality.

MaxThrust's picture

Firstly GG will be taken up by all the unemployed youth we seem to have around these days with nothing to do.
Then when jobs become available, no one will apply because these people are to busy playing games with their buddies online.

EBT slavery is on its way

Oh, one more thing, I've already gone rural and it's brilliant.

I feel I have stepped of this planetary merry-go-round and into a life of freedom and self reliance. I don't think I have been this happy in 20 years.


Stud Duck's picture

Max, welcome to my rural world. A bit of advise while interacting with rural people: 1) don't go around with a "I am superior attitude, declaring you mental poweress", 2) Listen to the old cogers stories, ask them questions about the stories they tell about the "old days" as we will be returning to those proceedures of survival sooner than most think, 3) Alway offer to your neighbor help with physical labor tasks, most will decline you offer, but watch out for the person that takes you up on it, as they have burnt out the locals and need new free labor without returning the favor. 4) Pay the guy well that shows up and plows your drive, he is spending lots on that fuel to help his neigbors out during bad weather and has his own to take care of, show him extra appreciation, offer to help with the dreaded task of fence building that all livestockmen have daily. Offer him a bottle of Crown and some home made bread, ect.

All rural people suspect outsiders, especially from the city, They think you are going to import all the bad things of the city or were pushed out of where you came from.

Actually, in my observation, the worst are those that went off to the big city, then return with the big city attitude, even when they grew up locally. The worst are those that inherited the old man's land return and have the attitude they built it all themselves.

There is a plethora of advise I could give you, but these are the most imporrtant. Good luck man, your going to need it in that rural area. Those neighbors of your can be really great or can freeze you out, all over nothing but a comment about politics. so stay away from politics and religion discussions. Those are the worst traps for outsiders.


besnook's picture

rest assured you will always be a flatlander until you have two generations of kids growing up there. most of what you advise or observe in your post are the exact reasons you will never be included as a local. shut up, be humble, figure out the local power structure and respect it, volunteer as a grunt and not as a leader no matter how poorly the .org is run and only take a leadership position if asked to by them and not by you.

local people will be nice to you and will later discuss whether they like you or not and many will treat you with open contempt especially if you possess the condescending urban attitude or ignore a piece of local history to do what you want or try to "improve" the local way of life.

doctor10's picture

An interesting piece of remote, all but forgotten history, is that a wide-brimmed hat obscured the face from the King's Men riding into town on their horses looking for you. So few were the men on horses, and often so hostile the general local populace, they would not generally dare to get down off them to look at the faces under the brim.

AnAnonymous's picture

'American' societies are going to ban anything that could disrupt the good use of the gear.

How? Simply by applying the good old 'american' middle class ostracism.

People who wont submit to the face scanning by their peers will be excluded from the group. The group is all for 'americans'.

'Americanism' is all about submission.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Well, then, I guess I'll just be excluded from the group. No big deal.

Another worthless postulate of your theory of american citizenism is left stinking by the roadside.

ebworthen's picture

"Glassholes", I get it, a play on "assholes".

Right on target George.

Manic by Proxy's picture

Here's a worthwhile experiment. If one can identify Google glasses and assumes that the wearer is de facto invading privacy, shine a laser into the glasses. I wonder what that would do. If such events occur at a high enough frequency, it is likely those glasses will stay at home. Such an experiment would be easy to conduct on a wide scale, considering the ubiquitous distribution and low cost of small, hand held lasers.

Winston of Oceania's picture

You would likely be arrested for assault, you can damage the eyes with just a pointer.

Kina's picture

Well, knowing that the NSA is watching everything is something you can use to your advantage ... and render their surveillance useless, even put them at a disadvantage by living a double existence.


With your everyday stuff act like a normal harmless clean living citizen,.. and do all the dirty naughty playing around stuff totally away from anything that can identify you.

Randoom Thought's picture

1. Just because you CAN do something does not mean that you SHOULD.

2. Good does not come from evil acts.

logicalman's picture

The only decent use I can think of would be to make cops, judges and politicians wear them when on duty with live access at any time for anyone with a web browser.

Smarten things up in no time.

Smiley's picture

Never happen.  They'll just regurgitate the same old "Technical difficulties in retrieving the data" crap they give when dash cams and personal audio recorders all of a sudden cannot download records of 'alleged' police misconduct incidents.  Then there is the almighty Trump Card:  Some mealy mouthed, blathering, rambling mish-mash about officer safety-something-or-another complete with slow motion video and sappy music of a cop playing with his/her/its kid.

Stud Duck's picture

Agree with you completely. In a conversation with Crazy Horse 1-6, (yes he was a neigbor of mine but has moved on) he advised he just disabled the gun cam, did not want anything to blow back on his spendid military record. I assure you that "collateral murder" was a every day occurance in Iraq, per interviews wwith the young men that were there.

HoofHearted's picture

Well, look at the positive side. Now they can stop asking us for ID for no damn reason.

Big Brother is doing all it can to make your life doublplusgood and keep you from having to do too much to make that happen!

Don't you love Big Brother? OK, then, we have a nice camp for you so that you will.

El Vaquero's picture


Postscript: I love gadgets and tech, and previously discussed the exciting possibilities of Google Glasses.

But the NSA is ruining the fun, just like it’s harming U.S. Internet business.

No shit.  Google glass sounds like it could be a nifty little gadget, but I will not fucking touch it.  I already have enough portals for the NSA to peer into my life.  I don't need another!


With the way I live my life, I'm either on every single damned naughty list the government has, or I haven't popped up on their radar at all.

Stud Duck's picture

Pal, I had 4 (thats four) expando manila folder on myself way back in the mid 70's due to my accociation with Pedro Bisonette (Wounded Knee deal). I had a friend on the inside check my folder out, he advised there was over 3,000 pages and most info on it would be blacked out. My inside guy was shocked that he ran with someone with such a file. Later, another friend applied for a top secret job with Bendix right out of college, came back from his security interview, told me he endured 45 minutes of three scary guys grilling him over his accociation with me.  I soon learned that there was no use applying for a government job, even with a Masters in Economics, so I went into farming, cattle ranching and semi trucks, never looked back, as all I did was tell the truth as I knew it.

I can just imagine what they have on me now!

xavi1951's picture

Interstate transportation of stolen cattle and using illegal workers on the farm...........

dontgoforit's picture

They will have whatever they want on any of us at any time, whether it's true or not.  Don't forget it. 

Colonel Klink's picture

I'm right there with you Cowboy!

Fíréan's picture

Is there a wifi signal blocker, as is a mobile signal blocker,  that would prevent the remote google glass from accessing any data base other that which is physically located on the wearer of the device ?

medium giraffe's picture

Wifi signal blocker?  Fuck that, tear the bastard things of their stupid sheep faces and stop them under your boot heel. 


Stud Duck's picture

Thanks for the link, just ordered mine as soon as I saw your link! Thanks again. One needs items like it to added to ones arsenal against evil doers!

Marge N Call's picture

That's freaking cool. Thanks for the link.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

off topic but of interest


Last night, NBC News' Michael Isikoff released a 16-page "white paper" prepared by the Obama DOJ that purports to justify Obama's power to target even Americans for assassination without due process (the memo is embedded in full below). This is not the primary OLC memo justifying Obama's kill list - that is still concealed - but it appears to track the reasoning of that memo as anonymously described to the New York Times in October 2011.

This new memo is entitled: "Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a US Citizen Who is a Senior Operational Leader of Al-Qa'ida or An Associated Force". It claims its conclusion is "reached with recognition of the extraordinary seriousness of a lethal operation by the United States against a US citizen". Yet it is every bit as chilling as the Bush OLC torture memos in how its clinical, legalistic tone completely sanitizes the radical and dangerous power it purports to authorize.


1. Equating government accusations with guilt


2. Creating a ceiling, not a floor


3. Relies on the core Bush/Cheney theory of a global battlefield


4. Expanding the concept of "imminence" beyond recognition


5. Converting Obama underlings into objective courts

This memo is not a judicial opinion. It was not written by anyone independent of the president. To the contrary, it was written by life-long partisan lackeys: lawyers whose careerist interests depend upon staying in the good graces of Obama and the Democrats, almost certainly Marty Lederman and David Barron. Treating this document as though it confers any authority on Obama is like treating the statements of one's lawyer as a judicial finding or jury verdict.


Life-long Democratic Party lawyers are not going to oppose the terrorism policies of the president who appointed them


That's why courts, not the president's partisan lawyers, should be making these determinations.


That's all this memo is: Obama-loyal appointees telling their leader that he has the authority to do what he wants. But in the warped world of US politics, this - secret memos from partisan lackeys - has replaced judicial review as the means to determine the legality of the president's conduct.


6. Making a mockery of "due process"


Read the full article and hopefully this one makes it to a full out blog post.

DaveyJones's picture

"Equating government accusations with guilt"

shit I left the prosecutor's office too early

well it will save money, trials should be short 

blanketof ash's picture

well once you have policies like this in place, perhaps not so difficult to expand on the domestic threat classification. Labor organizers, protest organizers, bloggers, assorted undesirable what-nots, all domestically drone-able. Love these thin ends of wedges.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Obama minions doing what they do best.


Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation

Note: The first rule and last five (or six, depending on situation) rules are generally not directly within the ability of the traditional disinfo artist to apply. These rules are generally used more directly by those at the leadership, key players, or planning level of the criminal conspiracy or conspiracy to cover up.


Rule 17

17. Change the subject. Usually in connection with one of the other ploys  listed here, find a way to side-track the discussion with abrasive or controversial comments in hopes of turning attention to a new, more manageable topic. This works especially well with companions who can  'argue' with you over the new topic and polarize the discussion arena in order to avoid discussing more key issues.

Rule 23

23. Create bigger distractions. If the above does not seem to be working to distract from sensitive issues, or to prevent unwanted media coverage of unstoppable  events such as trials, create bigger news stories (or treat them as such) to distract the multitudes.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

I thought the whole point was not to be assimilated by the Borg. Now we are willingly signing up? I turned down microchipping my dog. Will people protest when it becomes mandatory for their kids? I'm losing my ability to be shocked any more.


krispkritter's picture

I remember some couple making the news, well over a decade ago, by having their kids microchipped in order to 'protect them'.  The public opinion was split about 50/50 on the topic.  Today I don't think most people would bat an eye at it after having their kids innoculated out the wazoo, RFID for classes, and so on.  Scary if you ask me...

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Wow, that's hysterical. The only reason I can think of to microchip would be to make a body more quickly identifiable when found deceased. How could it possibly make one more safe? " Stop, don't kill me! I'm microchipped!" "Whoa, thanks for telling me, I could have made a terrible mistake." Geez, are people now that fucking stupid. I should get a one way ticket to Mars.


Anusocracy's picture

Apparently nature is working on its first 'intelligent' hive.

Certainly not an impossible task - a humant colony.

Walt D.'s picture

Priceless George. Whatever happened to "Don't be Evil"? Google is turning into Fascist government's jailhouse bitches.

SAT 800's picture

Anyone who uses U-tube as their window on the world; which I do, and have done since before Google bought it, can feel, see, and hear Google making gulping noises as they try to swallow the whole world. They're a corporate menace; like Microslop.

palmereldritch's picture

That was always the plan and their maxim serves their purpose:

Trojans often employ a form of social engineering, presenting themselves as routine, useful, or interesting in order to persuade victims to install them on their computers.[1][2][3][4][5]

Colonel Klink's picture

That looks like Henry Kissinger's face!

the grateful unemployed's picture

if i smack those silly glasses off their sily faces they aint scanning nothing

Trucker Glock's picture

Save the effort of smacking the glasses off and just stomp on them whilst they're wearing them.

Skateboarder's picture

That's the most important part.