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10 Examples Of How "Big Brother" Is Steadily Creeping Into Our Daily Lives

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The American Dream blog,

Virtually everything that you do is being watched.  Do you drive a car?  Do you watch television?  Do you use a cell phone?  As you do any of those things, information about you is being recorded and tracked.  We live at a time when personal privacy is dying.  And it is not just governments that are doing this.  In fact, sometimes private companies are the biggest offenders.  It turns out that gathering information about all of us is very, very profitable.  And both government entities and private companies are going to continue to push the envelope when it comes to high tech surveillance until people start objecting to what they are trying to do.  If we continue down the path that we are currently on, it is inevitable that we will end up living in an extremely restrictive “Big Brother” police state where basically everything that we do is very closely watched, monitored, tracked and controlled.  And such a day may be much closer than you think.  The following are 10 examples of how “Big Brother” is steadily creeping into our daily lives…

#1 Our cars are rapidly being transformed into high tech “Big Brother” surveillance devices.  In fact, a push is being made to require all new vehicles to include very sophisticated black box recorders

As if the government wasn’t already able to track our movements on the nation’s highways and byways by way of satellites, GPS devices, and real-time traffic cameras, government officials are now pushing to require that all new vehicles come installed with black box recorders and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, ostensibly to help prevent crashes.

 

Yet strip away the glib Orwellian doublespeak, and what you will find is that these black boxes and V2V transmitters, which will not only track a variety of data, including speed, direction, location, the number of miles traveled, and seatbelt use, but will also transmit this data to other drivers, including the police, are little more than Trojan Horses, stealth attacks on our last shreds of privacy, sold to us as safety measures for the sake of the greater good, all the while poised to wreak havoc on our lives.

 

Black boxes and V2V transmitters are just the tip of the iceberg, though. The 2015 Corvette Stingray will be outfitted with a performance data recorder which “uses a camera mounted on the windshield and a global positioning receiver to record speed, gear selection and brake force,” but also provides a recording of the driver’s point of view as well as recording noises made inside the car. As journalist Jaclyn Trop reports for the New York Times, “Drivers can barely make a left turn, put on their seatbelts or push 80 miles an hour without their actions somehow, somewhere being tracked or recorded.” Indeed, as Jim Farley, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Ford Motor Company all but admitted, corporations and government officials already have a pretty good sense of where you are at all times: “We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you’re doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing.”

#2 A new Michigan law will ban thousands of preppers and small farmers from owning farm animals.  What are they going to do next?  Ban us from growing our own food?

#3 Have you ever collected anything?  If so, the FBI might swoop in and grab your collection someday even if you have not committed a crime.  If you think that this sounds crazy, you should consider what happened to a man named Don Miller recently

FBI agents Wednesday seized “thousands” of cultural artifacts, including American Indian items, from the private collection of a 91-year-old man who had acquired them over the past eight decades.

 

An FBI command vehicle and several tents were spotted at the property in rural Waldron, about 35 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

The FBI did not have any evidence that a crime had been committed prior to seizing the collection, and Mr. Miller has not been arrested or charged with any crime.  The FBI says that it is going to catalog the collection “to determine whether some of the items might be illegal to possess privately”…

The aim of the investigation is to determine what each artifact is, where it came from and how Miller obtained it, Jones said, to determine whether some of the items might be illegal to possess privately.

#4 A father of a 4-year-old girl has been told that he will no longer be allowed to send healthy homemade lunches with his daughter when she attends her pre-kindergarten program because they conflict with federal guidelines.

#5 Do you watch television?  Well, if you have a newer television there is a very good chance that your television is watching you as well

In November, the British tech blogger Doctorbeet discovered that his new LG Smart TV was snooping on him. Every time he changed the channel, his activity was logged and transmitted unencrypted to LG. Doctorbeet checked the TV’s option screen and found that the setting “collection of watching info” was turned on by default. Being a techie, he turned it off, but it didn’t matter. The information continued to flow to the company anyway.

#6 A plan that is being proposed in Fairfax County, Virginia would ban “frequent and large gatherings at neighborhood homes“.  This would include parties, scout gatherings and home Bible studies.

#7 At a public school in Florida, a 12-year-old boy has been banned from reading the Bible during “free reading time”…

A Florida schoolteacher humiliated a 12-year-old boy in front of an entire class after she caught him reading the Bible during free reading time.

 

The teacher at Park Lakes Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale ordered Giovanni Rubeo to pick up the telephone on her desk and call his parents.

 

As the other students watched, the teacher left a terse message on the family’s answering machine.

 

“I noticed that he has a book—a religious book—in the classroom,” she said on the recording. “He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom.”

#8 In the USSA, a young child cannot even build a tree fort with his friends without the threat of being confronted by the police state.  Just consider what happened to one little fifth-grade boy down in Georgia a few weeks ago

A fifth-grader says he was terrified when a police officer pointed a gun at him and his friends while they built a tree fort.

 

Omari Grant, 11, said he and his friends often play in a wooded area behind his home and were building a fort when a neighbor in the next subdivision called police to complain about what the boys were doing.

But no one anticipated what Omari and his mother say happened next.

 

“I guess the release of tension was like, ‘Mom, he had a gun in my face, Mommy. Mommy, he had a gun in my face,’” said Janice Baptiste, Omari’s mother.

The officer reportedly used very filthy language as he pointed his gun at the boys, and he forced them to get out of the tree and lay down on the ground

“I was thinking that I don’t want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said,” Omari said.

 

Omari said the officer holding his gun also used foul language and made him and his friends lay down on the ground.

 

“I learned that they’re supposed to help you not make you feel scared to even come outside,” Omari said.

#9 People like to joke about “the eye in the sky”, but it is no joke.  Technology that was originally developed for “blanket surveillance” during the Iraq war is now returning home

Persistent Surveillance Systems has developed a surveillance camera on steroids. When attached to small aircraft, the 192-megapixel cameras record the patterns of the planetary life they fly over for hours at a time.

 

According to the Washington Post, this will give the police and other customers a “time machine” they can simply rewind when they need it. Placed strategically at the highest points of any town or city, these cameras could provide the sort of blanket surveillance that’s hard to avoid. The inventor of the camera, a retired Air Force officer, helped create a similar system for the city of Fallujah, the site of two of the most violent battles of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. It’s just one example of how wartime surveillance technologies are returning home for “civilian use.”

#10 Have you ever purchased storable food?  If so, you should know that it is now considered to be “suspicious activity” in some areas of the country.  Just check out what is happening in New York state

1-866 SAFE NYS is part of Safeguard New York, an NY State counterterrorism program that uses promotional material to encourage citizens to report people for engaging in “suspicious activity….which makes them stand out from others”.

 

An accompanying letter provided by the state trooper listed such “suspicious activity” as the purchase of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), flashlights, weather proof ammunition, night vision equipment, match containers, or gas masks.

For even more examples like this, please see my previous article entitled “19 Signs That America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Giant Surveillance Grid“.

Sadly, most Americans are totally oblivious to all of this.

Most Americans are so addicted to entertainment and to their electronic devices that they have no idea what is going on in the real world.

I came across the following video entitled “Look Up” on YouTube earlier today.  I think that it does a great job of showing what our obsession with our electronic devices is doing to us.  Watch it for yourself and see what you think…

 

 

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Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:34 | 4734265 Four chan
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i grew up in the 60s and 70s, today is a police/nanny state no question about it. militarized local police and all.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:37 | 4734275 The Gooch
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Fuck You Uncle Janet!

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:43 | 4734292 Almost Solvent
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Lists! Moar lists!

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:02 | 4734353 Soul Glow
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Can Snyder write an article without making a list?  That is the question.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:18 | 4734413 DoChenRollingBearing
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#11 Cameras at intersections (guilty unless proven innocent), just a scammy Stealth Tax Increase.  More details once I know "The End"...

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:34 | 4734659 zerozulu
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How can someone blame .gov for all this?. People asked for it and they got it.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:00 | 4734892 Anusocracy
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Psychopathy is a spectrum disorder.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 07:30 | 4735276 medium giraffe
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Full spectrum dominance disorder.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 21:55 | 4738280 Anusocracy
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Yup.

My definition of psychopathy is the manipulation, control, and use of other people as objects without their consent.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:33 | 4734468 Sokhmate
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1. It

2. Depends

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:14 | 4734594 nmewn
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As the statist-vegan-atheistic-paranoid-exhibistionist I am, I welcome our new tyranical overlords ;-)

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:01 | 4734350 FreedomGuy
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Suddenly the Middle Ages don't seem all that bad. We may get to high tech serfdom once again.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 08:38 | 4735400 TrumpXVI
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At some point, people will have to wise up and go back to the tried and proven Medieval practice of forming secret societies; out of local networks.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:42 | 4734491 royal
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Mmmm...tig ol bitties.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 08:32 | 4735386 TrumpXVI
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I work in a research instititute which has recently become a subsidiary of a major university.  Everybody who works here (including our volunteer staff) is now being fingerprinted (electronically) and backgound checked.  They require a list of all residences back to 1975 AND a list of everyone you LIVED with!  The fingerprints go to the FBI to be checked against a sex offender database.

In the paperwork we are told that the fingerprint files will be deleted and not stored, not by the private company conducting the data collection nor by the FBI..........really??  Really, really???

Right.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:38 | 4734282 NoDebt
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Just ten?  Hell, I could do that standing on my head.  What we need around here are more lists with like 37 things on them.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:41 | 4734285 DirkDiggler11
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The only metal that matters is Lead. "collect it" or become a slave. It's that simple.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:42 | 4734287 atomicwasted
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"I think that it does a great job of showing what our obsession with our electronic devices is doing to us.  Watch it for yourself and see what you think…"

Says the guy posting a story.  ON THE MOTHERFUCKING INTERNET.

Jesus, guy.  Come on.  You had a good set of stories and then blew it with luddite bullshit at the end.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:48 | 4734959 Georgiabelle
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I watched the video. It's excellent, and totally on point. The author is not suggesting that you never again use electronic media. He's just urging us to look up and make eye contact with the world every now and then. There is so much we are missing because our heads are always down, eyes glued to the screen. 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:42 | 4734288 Overfed
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More lists of things that piss me off! As if my blood pressure wasn't high enough!

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:43 | 4734293 cherry picker
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Over five decades ago I built a treehouse, rode a bicycle home without a helmet, at lunch at school my mom prepared, built snow forts in the winter and participated in snow ball fights, built soap box cars and rolled them down country roads, went tobaganning in the winter, worked in the garden, helped my father build a house, went fishing and lived free.

Nowadays my parents would be sent to jail for raising me the way they did.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:50 | 4734309 NoDebt
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I know.  Me, too.  But, probably like you, I was the only one of 14 neighborhood children to make it to adulthood because government hadn't child-proofed the world yet.  

I loved my friends, but now I love big brother even more.  Thank you, big brother.

If we could only save ONE MORE it would all be worth it, no matter the cost financially or to our freedom.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:06 | 4734335 Grande Tetons
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I remember as a kid in the 70s and 80s we would bike around and hunt for girls to hit on. We did this riding piece of shit bikes, no helmets, cigarettes hanging out of ouir collective mugs and another fucking kid doubling on front of the handle bars...behind was a no no...less you wanted to be called fag all day.   

Every once in a while the kid doubling up front had a couple of cold ones tucked away. 

Nothing ever happened. We just had fun. 

 

Edit...when, by the way did it become necessary to look you are training for the Tour de France to ride a bike in the fucking park. 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:06 | 4734371 NoDebt
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I know.  Banana seats, "ape hanger" handlebars, metallic purple paint.  It's just such a shame that only 1 child in 20 lived to adulthood back then.  Be honest, most of your friends died riding bikes without helmets.  Or eating "pirate food" that had the old skull-and-crossbones poison warning on it.  

The government says this is how it was back then and as I look back, I have to admit it's true.  We only remember the fun parts.  We forget about the bodies of all our dead childhood friends we stepped over on the way to the playground.

 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:11 | 4734382 Grande Tetons
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Remember that scene of Wilhem Dafoe in Platoon where he gets filled full of lead while rasing his arms to heaven? Yep, that is what not wearing a helmet can lead to. 

It is the ones we left behind...without helmets. 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 23:51 | 4734872 Oh regional Indian
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Nice, relentless sarc-ing there nodebt.... :-)

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:26 | 4734929 Anusocracy
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I want to live in a world that is a cross between the wonderful worlds of Demolition Man and Idiocracy.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:28 | 4734934 billhilly
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and discipline....

Growing up in the 50s, 60's 70's in a nice middle class neighborhood myself and all my friends were disciplined by way of the belt on a bare backside.  Inside, outside, it didn't matter, if you did the wrong deed you took the punishment.  It was always given fairly and with the sentiment of love but it also taught the lesson needed..

Today, you'd have the cops at your door if you strike a child.  My neighbor was watching his 8 y.o. grandson who then decided to start fire to the carpet in the house.  After putting it out the grandfather proceeded to dish out some well deserved punishment with his belt.  Well, the kid decided to call the cops, who filed a report, and at 3am a knock came on the door.  CPS took the child from the home (he was staying a few days with the grandparents) and held him until the parents returned.  I don't believe there were charges pressed on the grandparents. 

Cripes, if I ever tried that shit as a kid my father would have given me another licking when he got home. 

I always ask, "why does a child not put their hand on a hot stove for the second time"?  Because it hurts too damn much.  The same with discipline.  There needs to be a measure of discomfort for it to be effective and enlightening.  Just my two cents.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:51 | 4734949 billhilly
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and the cops back then were your friends too.  Our local cops would ride through the neighborhood and always stop and talk friendly to you.  Often they would pass by and throw out some pieces of candy. And heck, they knew most of us by name.

Once I got caught by them doing something I shouldn't have been, and they actually apologized to me for having to take me home to my parents...and yes, the belt taught me to NEVER do that again !

Someone below this comment called them "officer friendly" and that brings back strong memories because this is exactly what we called them. We, as kids, truly looked up to the cops and respected the hell out them...they did indeed "serve and protect"  Don't let anyone ever say times haven't changed that much !!!

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 04:23 | 4735157 intric8
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Yer not from around these parts, now are ya boy? Nice stories and all, but dont disparage us billyhilly. zh is not a bunch of inbred, confederate flag waving yayhoos who have barely finished highschool. I will use my beauty to offset your unfortunate choice of avatar though, fair enough?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 06:00 | 4735217 Flux
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"zh is not a bunch of inbred, confederate flag waving yayhoos who have barely finished highschool..."

I'm not entirely sure about that, Intric. I suspect a large percentage of the Zero Hedgelings haven't finished high school, and/or are unlikely to.

Not that there's anything inherently wrong with being an inbred, confederate flag waving, child-beating uneducated yahoo.

Oh wait ...

 

 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 06:54 | 4735251 nmewn
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Right, as opposed to, US flag waving, heavilly pierced yahoos who actually did graduate high school, yet can't balance a checkbook, have no idea where the Ukraine is cept "over there", were taught law is a late model car with lights on top of it, think economies are static things and had to take remedial reading before being accepted into college to study poetry which they thought was a sure thing to put bread on the table.

And the great thing is, we get to hear the laments of "government teachers" everyday blubbering that there will never be enough of other peoples money deposited into their bank accounts to remedy any of these inequalities.

But keep it coming anyways ;-)

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 09:41 | 4735589 billhilly
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Tolerance intric8, tolerance.  No disparagement intended.  I don't place the ZH crowd into any particular categories.  All points of view are welcome...and appreciated. 

The article is on how big brother encroaches into our lives more and more.  My points are strictly to show that the militarization of the police and the reach into our doors and windows by which they even try to tell us how to raise our children (California wants to outlaw spanking I believe) is growing insidiously day by day.  I cannot think of a greater threat to our freedoms than the growth of, and strangulation by, our government.

It also used to be that finishing high school, even barely, was considered a very good start.  Trade school afterwards and/or an apprenticeship is an excellent way to learn skill and responsibility.  It also makes for a wonderful middle class...you know, the backbone of great nations. 

As for the avatar, well I guess I missed the guidelines about how they must conform to beauty standards...btw, which Gov't manual were those rules in again?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 10:07 | 4735710 intric8
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Hear! we all know all aspects of our lives are being tweaked, and we are being increasingly conditioned to accept a reduction in our liberties. As you pointed out, a decline in traditional values may indeed be directly proportional to a decline in the amount of good ole fashioned butt whippings that so many kids could use these days. Its the destruction of the family unit that is key to the advance of any socialist state. What better way to accomplish that by a refrain in discipline? Or the promotion of the idea that youth should rely on their own knowledge and ideas, and discard the learned experienced ways of their backwards parents? That will invariably lead to a breakdown in the family unit, in most cases. The more infighting and distraction across the spectrum of the population, the easier it is to rob liberties right under their noses. keepin the population dumb sure helps too. Your admirable temperment has me impressd billy boy, though your pic kinda indicates otherwise. Everyones perty in their own way i supposes. Cheers.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:12 | 4736051 billhilly
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I appreciate your kind words and wisdom.

..."destruction of the family unit" also comes from within the family itself.  Lack of adequate, understandable guldelines/rules, lack of enforcement of consequences, lack of sound moral example, all these create an atmosphere where disrespect and delinquency can occur.  It used to be a family unit could survive, even prosper to a degree, on one parental income.  While one parent was away doing "bread" labor, the other was in home maintaining/creating a supportive and ethical environment.  This is so very much more difficult to attain in today's world.

After school in my day there was a bit of time for play but then it was time for homework.  If it wasn't completed by dinner then it would cut into the 1 hour of TV time allowed in the evening.  Today it's video games, computer time, cell phones and the minimalization of parental oversite which erodes from within. 

The dumbing down of youth, and adults too, is indeed an epidemic which needs addressing.  Apathy can do just as much damage as can drugs and alcohol.  To inspire our young, through morality and good example should be goal number one.  Tolerance, compassion, and loving kindness are far too absent in our modern world especially from our national and business leaders.  These are the true foundations upon which stability, prosperity and happiness are constructed.

We could be too late to make any appreciable reversal in our path.  It may consist of demolishng the existing structure any starting again from scratch.  Messy as it might be, it likely needs to be done.  The promise through all this though is the beauty and wisdom that can be seen in some of our young people.  Youthful eyes can be bright and wide open and I see much light coming from within them.  I have faith and hope.

 

 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 08:35 | 4735394 TrumpXVI
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Bring back LAWN DARTS!!!

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 01:31 | 4735015 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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My dad tells a story of him and his friend going fishing with his friend's father when he was around thirteen. They had a beer or two and on the way back dad drove the truck into a ditch. His friend's father was the chief of police for the town. I'm sure they all had a blast that day. That was the seventies. Shit like that would be a national travesty today.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 04:00 | 4735134 Tom Terrific
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I grew up on a farm during the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  What I did then would place me in a NDAA sponsored FEMA camp now.  I had my own chemistry lab stocked with chemicals bought through the mail order places I found in the back ads of Popular Science.  Chemicals that now would get you thrown in jail if you even thought of ordering them which BTW you can no longer get.  I made rockets and b*mbs.  I actually by accident blew off a couple fingers when I was 16, taken to the hospital, made the local papers, but no one even concieved that you could maybe be arrested for something.  It was essentially just being a somewhat out of control kid, but nothing nefarious as it would look today.  We made home made wine.  We experimented with organic extractions of local plants.  We raised whatever animals that we wanted.  We had guns and no one thought anything about it.  We could set the back pasture on fire to burn off the weeds and it was no big deal, except that the town fire department came out to put it out.  There was no arrest or fine.  You could make whatever your heart desired as long as you didn't hurt anyone.  We built tree houses.  We drove cars in high school like lunatics.  We had a sense of freedom that can't be described to any of the young kids now.  It was a great time to be alive and by doing things like we did we also learned things and lessons.  Now we live in a police nanny state that will send the pigs out and possibly kill you despite doing nothing wrong.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:58 | 4734340 Ralph Spoilsport
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Wonder how we all survived riding bicycles without helmets back in the day. Doing that now in many municipalities will get you a ticket from Officer Friendly.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:04 | 4734362 Grande Tetons
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I was in Canada for a couple of years...Grad School. I actually got a speeding ticket on my bike! No shit! 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:13 | 4734398 i_call_you_my_base
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They treat kids like criminals these days too. It used to be you got into a fight and were suspended. Now you get cuffed and booked.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:45 | 4734695 Greenskeeper_Carl
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Nah, it wasn't even like that. My grandfather used to coach high school in rural GA, he would give them boxing gloves and let them have at it. And after they had their fist fight, that would be the end of it. He said sometimes they would be friends again when they were done. Often they had guns in huntingracks on their trucks that they drove to school. many had pocket knives, etc. but the idea of shooting or stabbing anyone didn't occur to them. Now days of you forget you have a filet knife in your vehicle from a fishing trip and the school finds out, you are expelled and probably arrested. Progress, bitches.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:14 | 4734402 Wahooo
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We had rock fights. And that was among friends. LOL

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:18 | 4734419 i_call_you_my_base
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Or rock-in-the-snowball fights.

We also used to have BB gun fights. But "only five pumps."

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:45 | 4734503 A Lunatic
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LOL! We got our BB's taken away for that. Our folks should have taken the guns becasue it was not long before we discovered that soaked barley would serve for ammunition in a pinch. It's a wonder no one lost an eye. We had lots of dart fights too, OH YEAH!!

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:31 | 4734935 A Nanny Moose
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You'll shoot your eye out kid!!!

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 01:05 | 4734983 IridiumRebel
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Yessir! You got 5 pumps and ten seconds we'd say. Couldn't shoot at the head though. Body only. I graduated early 90s too.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 07:20 | 4735272 Boozer
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Still have my Crossman 760 my dear ol dad bought me.

We had a two pump limit.  Also have scar from well thrown rock

above my eye...good times indeed.  My 15 year old son can't believe

the stuff we got away with and the fun we had with guns, fire, m-80's...

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 09:41 | 4735588 Zymurguy
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My boys constantly beg me to tell them stories from my childhood in the 70's and 80's... shit I can't tell them 1/2 of what I did.  From teh BB gun fights, real fights, tormenting neighbors, forest explorations, secret forts, bike stunts(crashes), etc. to later all the real B.S. we did once we could drive... heck, I sure hope the statute of limitations has run out on all that stuff!

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:26 | 4734446 Nobody For President
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Me to and also. 'Cept is was in the 50's.

Rode a bike without a helmet. Had a dog. Had a .22. Fished. Wandered around in the woods.

As a young teen, set pins in the bowling alley for a dime a line and set traps at the gun club on Sunday - both really potentially dangerous jobs. (Pinsetters alwayscould be spotted by their knobbed knuckles, and the trap could break a finger easy if the 'puller' didn't stop in time). Swam in the river a lot.

Worked with my dad in the woods (he was a busheler -= fell and bucked trees and got paid by the 1000 board feet = a bushel). Dangerous fucking shit - learned to fall a tree and drive a stake with it 200 feet away. Can still do it, handy skill on the homestead sometimes. Later in high school, drank beer (which in today's high school is pretty tame) and drove old cars too fast.

No TV. No electronic shit. Yet we had a good time, and most of us survived.

Fucking nanny state is just more control.

We know what's good for you.

So a whole bunch of debt slaves will live to 100 without ever being alive.

JUMP you fuckers.

 


Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:34 | 4734467 Grande Tetons
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Nobody FP,

Funny the stories all sound the same up until the 90s.  Boys used to boys until they became girls. 

I have a son...and I want to keep him that way. 

Stay clear of those that aim to neuter you, boy! 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:36 | 4734476 fonzannoon
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I graduated HS in 1995. I share a lot of the same stories. Pretty much all of the shit we did back then and would not trade those memories for anything. 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:41 | 4734490 Grande Tetons
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OK, 95 is the cut off. 

Here you there...I would not trade my youth of then for today. 

This is what Justin Bieber was like in the 50s...not my era..but man we got the message. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yRdDnrB5kM&feature=kp

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 02:02 | 4735053 james.connolly
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Funny 1995 is when the INTERNET went mainstream ...

 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:46 | 4734510 i_call_you_my_base
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I agree with you. 1993-1995 was the turning point.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 01:59 | 4735049 james.connolly
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50's for me too,.... let's see stealing older brother's heroin and snorting,

at night 14 years old mind you running around at night like a pack of dog's find girls of the same age that wanted to 'pull trains'

by day blowing shit up and shooting at each other with real guns,...

I didn't see many die until high-school, quite a few guys got their eyes poked out in school by pencils in fights

everyone in my gang carried pliers and screw-drivers, you can imagine where the screwdriver was for, but the plier was for pulling teeth, everybody wanted to be a dentist,

the strangest thing for me is in the 90's I see these gangs with broken fingers the 'crips' they call them, when I was a kid we would lay the other guys legs across the gutter and break the femur, no fucking broken fingers when I was a kid it was broken legs,...

yep under 10 years I remember the bb-guns there wasn't a live bird to be seen anywhere, ...

>>>

Now kids live in front of video games and then go nuts, ... most of the kids from when I was a kid, either became normal parents, or died along the way,... but nobody slaughtered their classmates,...

I think the hardest thing now for kids is they can't have a relatioship with all the PORN and video games, the kids reach 20 years and have never had a relationship,... and they snap,

When I was a kid, most guys by 15 years old had knocked a gal up, and they had no choice but to find jobs and get their shit together,

Now kids stay at home, until they're ready to go out and kill people at a movie theater,...

FUCK The USA,... I bailed long ago,... as  soon as I found there were better places

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 08:57 | 4735456 Dutch
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Worked in a family owned butcher shop at 15. The deal was, drop your apron and walk out the back door when the inspector walked through the front door. Paid in cash. Somehow, didn't lose any fingers, but do have some scars on my hands. In some ways, best job I ever had. Meatcutters in the 70's were an interesting bunch of people. Someone would get in serious trouble in about ten different ways, if it went that way now.

Back then, when the cops caught you underage with beer at midnight in a parking lot, they told you to pour it out and get on home.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:46 | 4734297 Ignatius
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I used to fear a collapse, lately I find myself praying for it.  Not because I'm unaware or insensitive to the pain it will cause me or fellow citizens, but I just don't see how else we can peel back the layers of unwarranted monitoring, nanny state regulation and the corporations using governments to still birth any competing enterprise.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:08 | 4734342 NoDebt
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If you're like me, you are probably wondering if you'll still be young enough to still be worth a damn to anyone when it happens.  I expect it'll happen about a week before my surgery is scheduled to to replace an arthritic hip.  

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:13 | 4734399 Ignatius
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"Worth a damn?"  Me?  Baby boom retired.  I tend my fruit trees and garden.

I'll likely get my throat cut by the angry young in the first wave.  Not without a fight, mind ya.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:03 | 4734558 james.connolly
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Of course, COLLAPSE of the USA is the only thing we can hope for, the trouble is that ODD's of that happening are decreasing the NAZI's are getting stronger, the USD gets'  stronger everytime somebody DIES,...

USD is MURDER, and MURDER s going ASTRO, FIAT to INFINITY,

Every zio-brat a billionaire, every cop a millionaire,...

Hardly going to end anytime soon.

The only people bitching are those that aren't making the BIG bucks.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 05:34 | 4735200 hot sauce technician
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If history has taught us anything it's that markets can be manipulated only for so long. Fundamentals will always prevail. 5 years. In 5 years time the global bankster-military-industrial behemoth will already have ceased to exist.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:05 | 4734325 Ralph Spoilsport
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A friend who lives near Bel Air, MD let his car registration lapse by 3 weeks waiting on a part that caused the car to fail the emission test. He drove past a county cop with a license plate reader and they pulled him over 10 minutes later when he left Home Depot. Technology in the name of making the cop's job easier. Time to decide how much "police protection" we really need since we pay for it.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:05 | 4734367 FreedomGuy
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Police used to be your friends and neighbors. You got a warning for most anything "normal". Now they are part of the Dept. of Revenue and the ruling class.

I will let them read the black box on my car to see how fast I have been going right after they do the same to every cop in the country in their police cars, private cars and sports cars.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:29 | 4734457 A Lunatic
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My neighbor is a cop. He drives down the middle of the road texting, speeding, driving erratically, sometimes parked in in the middle of the road yacking on the phone, one headlight out; watched him drive through the buss stop full of kids and cut off the school buss one morning while on the phone.....All shit that would get me pulled over and fined or jailed.......

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:56 | 4734536 FreedomGuy
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The son of the DA in the hometown I left a couple years ago was caught actually street racing by the Highway Patrol. Oh, BTW, he was a cop, too.  Cops walk a very large gray area between you and the "bad guys". The State prefers to enforce the law on YOU because you don't resist, you pay up and it is not dangerous to harass you. Real bad guys shoot back, don't pay and are generally a net loss.

Every time you see a dozen cops running a large speed trap or my personal favorite, a seat belt inspection-trap ask yourself what they might be doing in terms of reducing really dangerous crime and criminals.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 23:03 | 4734749 GeezerGeek
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You call them speed traps. I call them mobile profit centers. A rose by any other name, and all that.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:23 | 4734621 cynicalskeptic
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Off duty NYC cop let loose a dozen rounds here - over the line in Westhester County after a night  drinking.  Shot a random guy in a passing car who's in intensive care.

Refused a Breathalyzer test when stopped.  Arraignment was closed to the press and public (illegally).  The guy was charged with assault.  period.  

Any one else would be charged with a slew of things including DUI.  Cops should be held to HIGHER standards but say that publicly and you'll be harassed to death. literally.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 02:14 | 4734993 mumcard
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No higher standard, just the same standard.  This higher standard crap starts them thinking they're better than the rest of the herd.  They're just people...and that includes all the fucked up baggage that comes along with people.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:58 | 4734339 Yen Cross
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  I picked up this article the other day and thought it was funny and creative.

  Driver caught using cell phone jamming device - New York News

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:08 | 4734378 FreedomGuy
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I had seen that article. I think the day is about here that when the cops and security state want you they will simply remotely turn off your car and lock you inside it. Once Google perfects remote drive it will probably drive you straight to the police station where you find out what the revenue ticket is including court costs and remote driving fees. But, hey, at least we live in a free country, right?

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:58 | 4734545 DESMO_RR
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Blown big block 66 El Camino. The only one that shuts it off or locks the doors is ME! And even in Kalifornia I usually get pulled over just so they can have a look at it.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:02 | 4734555 FreedomGuy
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You know, I actually thought it could make old cars more popular. My first car in 1981 was a '67 Camarro convertible. It was basic, you could stand in the engine well to work on it and no black boxes except the electrical connections on the firewall.

Keep that El Camino. I used to run around on the dirt and gravel roads with my crazy cousins in S. Florida in one of those. I think it had a 20lb clutch and the rear end was danerously light. Just the kind of trouble teenagqe boys new to testosterone used to love.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 21:41 | 4742032 DESMO_RR
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The most enjoyable aspect of driving it, by far, is leaving a tree hugging Prius driver sitting at the beginning of a 1000 ft long cloud of tire smoke and 15 inch wide posi tracks wondering how much evil evil gasoline I just burned in a few seconds :) Good times!

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:00 | 4734343 Nadine of Tyrol
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Don't forget the "smart" appliances you will be required to purchase and hook up to your "smart" electric meter.  This arrangement is required in the Climate Action Plans that are being mandated all over the country.  Big Brother will even know when you make a piece of toast or a cup of coffee!  In fact, GE is starting to offer loans so that you can finance all your new appliances.  All in the name of saving the planet from the evil CO2 of course.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:08 | 4734376 Ralph Spoilsport
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I'm trying to imagine what kind of monstrosity a simple gas range will look like with an internet connection.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:48 | 4734515 Occams_Chainsaw
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Wireless bro....won't know it at all....

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 23:57 | 4734882 Oh regional Indian
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The machines are taking over, creeping in....

http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/the-age-of-machines/

ori

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:08 | 4734375 Lumberjack
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 It's almost funny how we are creeping into theirs. 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:10 | 4734383 22winmag
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The only difference between Ukraine and the U.S. is they realize they are at war... we don't.

 

If it's dressed in black or wears a blue helmet, open fire while you have a chance.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:11 | 4734389 Wahooo
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Had to click this article. Here's 10 more for ya:

1. Wake up in the morning under sheets and blankets whose every square inch of composition and manufacture is regulated by the Feds.

2. Breath air regulated by the Feds for cleanliness.

3. Reach for glasses with lenses and coatings that are tested and manufactured according to federal regulations.

4. Place feet on carpet whose composition is regulated by the government for my safety.

5. Turn on lights using electricity regulated by the Feds.

6. Take a piss in the toilet whose flow is regulated by the Feds.

7. Wash hands in water that is purified by fed standards.

8. Walk through a house whose construction is regulated by a bazillion codes.

9. Pour water into a coffee pot whose electrical components are regulated by the Feds and whose import is governed by trade regulations.

10. Add coffee whose grade and import is regulated by the Feds.

There's 10 that affect me before I even have my first cup of coffee in the morning.

Tell me we're not fascists.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:13 | 4734588 Proofreder
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To each his own ...

As for me, in the summer months in NE Minnesota, I ...

Wake up under fine imported egyptian cotton sheets covered by a wool Hudson Bay blanket - from Canada

Breath cool, clean Northern air imported direct from the Artic by wind

(don't need glasses, yet)

Turn on lights using self-generated solar power, from canada-manufactured panels.

Wander outside and pee at the edge of the garden to keep the deer away.

Wash hands under manual garden pump and return to log cabin, totally unregulated.

Toss a handful of fatwood under the wood stove burner and put on a pot of coffee

       using the batch of beans uncle Bob brought back from the fall hunting trip to Columbia.


Fascists ?  Who you mean We, Wahoooo ??

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:52 | 4734961 IridiumRebel
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http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/ordinances.html
Have a read and then go throw that stove out...it's ILLEGAL.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:18 | 4734401 Drifter
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"Patriots" have a narrow view of freedom. All that matters is their guns. Long as they have their guns everything is fine.

Everything else can go communist. Taxed to death, watched all the time, "papers please" to get a job, get a bank account, get insurance, go to the doctor, buy a house, fly somewhere, topped off with humiliating sexual groping by govt goons before they get on that plane.

No other communist nation has govt goons sexually groping people getting on a plane. Only America.

I think it's a deliberate govt smack in the face to "patriots". Humiliation aimed squarely at them.

"Sure, have your guns. But we're really gonna humiliate you if you wana get on a plane. We're gonna have big fat nasty govt goons that your taxes pay for put their nasty hands all over you, and not just you, your wife and kids too. We're really gonna rub it in ...if catch our drift."

Seems "patriots" are too stupid to recognize blatant communism even with nasty govt goon hands feeling them up. And their wife. And their kids.

But even that humiliation is ok, they still have their guns.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:20 | 4734424 james.connolly
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You want your guns you can have your gun's but NEVER expect to leave the house with them.

99% of USA citizen gun owners can't hit the side of a barn, ... owning a gun is like owning a rock or bow&arrow, ... and little to nobody in the FSA actually trains, and training ain't going to the gun-range.

You can't take your gun out of the house, ... so you can't train, and un-trained man with a gun, is NOTHING.

 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:28 | 4734452 Ralph Spoilsport
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LOL! Why not say 100%?

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:39 | 4734483 james.connolly
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1% of gun owners, not general citizens.

Look most 'cops' can't hit the the barn 2 out of 17 in the magazine,

A trained man that can shoot was rare in the wildwest, and its rare now, the problem is that threre are few teachers, and fewer places to train.

You train for 'real' and it will be called a 'terrorist training camp'

You don't train for real and your just a pet rock holding a gun.

Training for real requires owning your own land, and keeping your mouth shut.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:50 | 4734519 james.connolly
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Are they really training?

Show me what they are doing? Are they fat asses?

Who are the teachers?

I have been through most sniper schools and SOG school's in most USA forces also throughout the  world, ... unless these schools have retired instructors from DOE teaching these men how to be snipers, which takes 6 months 18 hours a day, they ain't fucking training, they're going to DISNEYLAND and drinking beer drinking coffee and circle jerking.

Even in the MIL most guys drop out of training, its grueling, my guess is that FAT-ASS is gong to these schools for a few day's and shooting at paper for an hour a day, or maybe they got a little clint-eastwood fake steel target city, ... again show me what they're doing, and tell me who the teachers are.

 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:54 | 4734533 A Lunatic
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Billy the Kid never went to sniper school.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:57 | 4734969 james.connolly
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5% off sniper-school is 'shooting' 95% is observation, and 100% is escape and evade.

Learning observation requires intelligence.

Escape & Evade requires being in top fit condition.

>>>

Training is training, whether SEAL, DELTA, or AIR FORCE PJ,...

>>>

Law suits alone prevent civilian schools to do little more than show videos, drink beer, and tell war story's.

If somebody was actually teaching men how to KILL, they would be shutdown by the GUBMINT,

 

Still waiting somebody give me a real name of a real teacher running these schools?

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:57 | 4734541 Ralph Spoilsport
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You've obviously got an agenda and nothing I say is going to change that. You didn't look at any of the links because if you did, you'd see people like John Mosby who puts his name right out there. I passed on your comment as another example of a disinfo agent. You don't sound like someone who has the training you claim to have.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:53 | 4734963 james.connolly
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MOSBY BIO: I am a 35-year old family man. I grew up in the "survivalist" movement, before serving nearly a decade in Army special operations. Since leaving the military in 2003, I have been active in the liberty movement, and training individual survival tactics,

>>>

This guy?

Let's see, that means he retired from the MIL at 23 years of age, and join SOG when he was 13 years old.

He grew up in the movement starting at 3 years old, and at 13 he was put in charge of the US-mil, at 24 he retires, where he starts a biz and teaches NUMB-NUTZ to be solidiers ...

This is a joke right?

 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 01:08 | 4734986 Ralph Spoilsport
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He's just doing the same thing that you do - not being completely clear about his background.

"I’m not hiding, folks. I use a pseudonym, borrowing the name of a legendary American guerrilla leader, whose exploits are so renowned in military special operations circles, that his unit, despite being a Confederate Army unit is STILL considered part of the historical lineage of both the Ranger Regiment and Special Forces. There is nothing nefarious about that. It’s a common practice in literary circles. It’s a historical practice in SF unconventional warfare. It’s a small, token gesture to help protect the security of my family. If you define that as some sort of cowardice, or hiding, have a nice cup of fuck off and die."

https://mountainguerrilla.wordpress.com/about/

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 01:20 | 4735005 james.connolly
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Well arithmetically he's a retard, which means he was NEVER a fucking SOG, because a SOG has to learn trigonometry just to shoot.

Did you know that rifle have to write the COSINE table's on their stock, and/or memorize them? This guy thinks that he was 13 years old when they made him a SOG, ... so he's JOKER? I don't think so, I smell IDIOT.

Your passing us SHIT  Ralph, ... show us a real man who trains the village idiots in the USA?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 09:06 | 4735475 james.connolly
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Some have asked me "Why cosine table important to a professional killer?" OK, I will tell you why.

Let's talk about elevated shoot both below and above your target, the say the Texas Book Depository is 200 Meters, but its 5th floor which is 150 meters above the horizon. When you shoot a bullet might drop 2" if its sighted on a 200Meter combat range, but while the distance to target is 353 target by range finder ) the horizontal vector is only 200 meter's, so the compensation your input into your scope is for 200 meter's and NOT 353 Meter's the actual horizontal difference, as the vertical component has not effect.

When the shoot dial's in the distance with a laser ranger-finder he get's 353 meter to target, but only the 200 meter horizontal vector is important, so that is the compensation value of interest. The idea is to HIT your target +- 1CM of the desired, out to 800 Meter's, elevated firing is an often failure, but its why it took the MARINE on the school book despository 4 hours to be brought down, and the local cop's fired all day and never hit him, ... why? because he was dialed into 200 meter and they were dialed into 353 meter, ... trignometry is essential for perfect kills. In this case dialing in 353 meter's would have shot over the head of the victim. Dialing in 200 meters, the horizontal component is a perfect hit.

How pray tell? We guesstimate about 45 degree or 30 degree, ... cos 30 is 1/2, cos 45 is 1/sqrt(2), or .707, in this case the elevated firing was 45 degrees above the horizons, so multiply .707 times the 353 range finder distance, yields the actual horizontal component of 200 meter.

 

 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:11 | 4736531 Ralph Spoilsport
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Copy and paste...copy and paste...must.convince.people.how.badass.I.am 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:08 | 4736525 Ralph Spoilsport
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Thought you might be interested in a reply by John Mosby his own self to your comments:

"In regards to the article….you’re as free as you choose to live. Strength is freedom. The moral strength to do what you believe is right, and the moral strength to face the potential consequences…which may require the physical strength to fight for your liberty.

As for James.Connolly’s statements about my bio…..I would argue that he should use deductive reasoning and logic….I was 35 when I wrote that….3 years ago. I served in uniform from the age of 18 in the early 1990s, until I got out, in the early 2000s. He’s an idiot."

Who should we listen to? Mosby, or a wannabe who is desperate for attention.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 23:33 | 4734827 Things that go bump
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You don't have to be a sniper to shoot a gun and hit something. Hell, even my old man could bring home a deer once a year. So, they're not top notch, that doessn't make them nothing. 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 01:05 | 4734982 james.connolly
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I looked at your sites, ... it all could be titled "PEE WEE HERMAN" Goes camping,

All 1-3 day shit, and ALL have the caveat, "We ain't going to teach you anything real, cuz if we did we would go to jail".

Please unicorn's step this up and list some real fucking schools, do I have to post the links?

 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 01:13 | 4734991 Ralph Spoilsport
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You've failed at your mission here. Nobody cares enough to even bother down voting you.

                                                    (-.-)zzZ

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:49 | 4734517 Occams_Chainsaw
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Hey now....I can hit the broad side of a barn from the inside....c'mon....give us hicks some credit.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:23 | 4734436 Ralph Spoilsport
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Forget the /sarc tag?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 12:32 | 4734511 Drifter
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"... But don't even think about using 'em, or you won't have 'em anymore, we have a thousand laws we can use to take 'em away from you, and we'll send a swat team, you'll give 'em up or die holding on to 'em, maybe your wife and kids too.  And yes we know what you have, we did 'papers please' on that too if you recall."

Stupid dumbass "patriots" don't recognize communism when it's not wearing a red uniform.  

They don't see communism in suits and ties, fancy oval offices, and stately capital buildings.  They don't see communism in blue uniforms and fancy patrol cars with flashy lights.  They don't see communism in familiar 3 letter acronyms like IRS, FBI, DEA, BLM, DHS, HHS, HUD, DOE, EPA, etc.

These things look so "American".    Couldn't possibly be communist. 

The communist overthrow of America happened long ago.  We've been living under communism for decades.

And dumbass "patriots" don't have a clue.  They're still waiting for it to appear.

America is the first communist nation with 400 million privately owned guns.

It's the new communism dumbass "patriots" don't even recognize.

And yes they're moving right ahead implementing communism in complete disregard of those 400 million guns, because they know those guns won't ever be used against them.  

"Patriots" might win a little standoff over some cattle, but the only guns pointed at anyone were BLM guns pointed at "patriots".  None once did any of those "patriots" on that line point a gun at BLM, when there should have been hundreds of guns pointed at BLM and thousands more on the way.

It wasn't really a standoff at all.  It's not a standoff till both sides are pointing guns ready to shoot.  And that won't ever happen.

 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:17 | 4734412 james.connolly
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US gov't report: 'climate disruption' has arrived, and we're to blame

?5 minutes ago?

The US government–mandated Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has released a mammoth 841-page report on the impact of climate change on the US, region by region, focusing on its effects on water, human health, agriculture, urban life, and ...

>>>

The reason the USA went FULL RETARD is the 'weather' right? ow we're told that WE ARE TO BLAME FOR THE WEATHER, go figure?

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:29 | 4734454 kchrisc
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Sorry, but the real reasons are: 1) They are broke and need a really scary excuse to extract more wealth from us. (“How dare you live in a house! That will be $1,000.”) and 2) They need another boogieman to blame the dying, and eventually dead, economy on. ("The climate did it with a knife in the pantry.")

 

"Save the humans, guillotine a sociopath."

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 23:13 | 4734768 GeezerGeek
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As for those who issue government reports regarding 'climate disruption', I fart in their general direction. That's probably why someone's knocking at my door right now: I polluted the atmosphere.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:23 | 4734434 MedicalQuack
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Excellent choice on the video and we can all say we are sucked in a little or a lot  I just did a post too called "people don't work that way" and God's sakes cool it on the technology and I used to be a developer and like technology so when the likes of folks like me are bitching, time to wake up:)  I just thought I had to add that tidbit. White House big data report, a joke and did nothing to discuss the data selling epidemic either.  I'm getting tired as are most of you of others trying to make us behave with software as I said people don't work that way and the models are failing. 

http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/2014/05/people-dont-work-that-way-world-o...

There are "mature" people in technology, yeah the old guys and they know as they both were coders and right now look at where the traditional software that we like and gives us help and efficiencies sits...you read the news and they are just old news for God's sakes but I trust both of these guys a lot more than I do what else is out there.  Larry Ellison link though has a good video and he makes his point and he's tired of kids being stuck with their noses in phones and you know he can say that because what he does is not for kids, it's enterprise software so he sees it and Bill Gates said connecting all to the Internet is a joke as a priority. 

Larry Ellison, CEO Oracle, HCM Conference Keynote–”Be Careful About Virtual Relationships With Artificially Intelligent Pieces of Software That’s Smarter Than You“, It’s Really All About People”–Algo Duping and the Killer Algorithms Living Amongst Us…(Update) Video

 

Bill Gates: The Internet Is Not Going To Save The World, As A Priority It’s A Joke, But Eradicating Disease Might..
Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:23 | 4734437 A Lunatic
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What could ever be so fascinating or important that one cannot bear to look up long enough to see where they are walking?? I see these dumbshits wandering around like zombies all over the place, bumping into shit, driving all over the road while they stare glassy eyed into their electronic crystal ball.......

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:58 | 4734548 FreedomGuy
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I have noticed they are not all youngsters, as well.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:24 | 4734440 kchrisc
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#8: Awesome. A few less kids that won't grow up and then be surprised that "officer friendly" is really a sociopath working for corporate and bankster masters out of the DC US.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:25 | 4734442 james.connolly
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microchip_implant_%28human%29

Human's need chips, ... funny all the company's that run this shit are in the UK, funnier even more they're all owned/controlled by BUSH legacy family.

Funniest of ALL is that Obama, put these company's in charge of OBAMA-CARE.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:25 | 4734443 Blood Spattered...
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That article about the kids getting harassed by the cops is disgusting, fucking pigs.

25 years ago we had cops at our schools before and after classes watching the crosswalks.  They handed out baseball cards. 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:32 | 4734465 james.connolly
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Blade Runner: 1981 - "If you ain't COP, you are little people"

Been this way since about then,

Go live in a country where COP & PEOPLE are on the same level.

In the USA 'COP' means GOD, and its too fucking late to change anything,

Until the USA is worthless it will only get worse, COP's were always PINKERTON's ( paid whores for corporations ),

Post Vietnam, and Post IRAQ they made sociopathic returning cops in to solidiers on our streets, it ain't going back.

 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:28 | 4734451 james.connolly
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Once upon a time ZH hated OBAMA-CARE, then they found out that ObamaCare was just a COVER to "CHIP" every USA citizen, then ZH came to love OBAMA-CARE .. Go figure ... when everybody thought that OBAMA-CARE was "Obama" they hated it, when they found  out it was OWNED by the BUSH-FAMILY Hate went to love, and love went to OMERTA.

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Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:32 | 4734936 Savyindallas
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Show me where ZH came to love Obamacare. I haven't seen this at all. ZH loves Bushites? Are you nuts? I have never seen any hint of this.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:46 | 4734956 james.connolly
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Truth is stranger than Fiction, just exactly who of the UNICORN's dislike "obamacare" ( a stupid name ), the BUSH-FAMILY got the contract for OBAMA-CARE worth BILLIONS of USD.

ABC-MEDIA is owned by SERCO-GROUP ( BUSH-TRIBE ),

The problem here is differentiating ownership, and lemmings,... but given the 1,000's of avatar's here with 4+ year live's that are clearly trolls, it shows quiet clear that how the honey-pot is engineered.

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ZH is a right-wing site, ... that's a given for its constant harp on the left, .. but most of all ZH is a place where lemmings can be watched by the police-state out the UK.

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Show you where ZH loves Obama-Care? By their silence is telling,... Given that Obama-Care  is just CORPORATE WELFARE for the BUSH-FAMILY, why doesn't ZH talk about that?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 01:15 | 4734994 Ralph Spoilsport
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                                                (-.-)zzZ

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:58 | 4734970 Ralph Spoilsport
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He's mimicking the real James Connolly who is still a hero in Ireland. Connolly felt that too many people were just talking and not acting when it came to the Irish Independence movement. There's even a statue of him in Chicago. This fellow using his name to try and rile people up so as to expose themselves better hope he doesn't meet the real one further down the road.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 04:21 | 4735154 james.connolly
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Show me where ZH has denigrated the NAZI BUSH family for running ObamaCare? They haven't made a peep, about this 1920 BUSH/NAZI company being put in charge of OBAMA-CARE, its always about 'obama' who will be gone, in coming 2 years, but nothing about the NAZI ownership.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:30 | 4734459 scuttlebutt
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We need more Eric Snowdens to expose the truth. But what we need even more are people who give a shit!

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 04:07 | 4735143 Mabussur
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Is that Edward's long lost brother ?

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:33 | 4734463 intric8
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New york will be the worst place to live if you value freedom, next comes states represented by rogers and feinstein.

Common core wasnt mentioned. Its probably the start of indoctrinating kids and youth in a statist 'acceptable' format. Just how fucked are we?

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:46 | 4734697 Proofreder
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Common Core - it's probably ...

You know nothing - just another idiot hoping to catch some attention with this new catch phrase

a lever, a wedge, something to put between us and them.

Common Core is simply a suggested sequence of instruction designed to improve critical thinking skills.

Obviously something you were never exposed to.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 23:40 | 4734842 Things that go bump
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They can hardly teach them to read with Common Core. How can they hope to indoctrinate them?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:10 | 4734908 Armed Resistance
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Actually, I believe you are wrong- and here's why:

Any time you make something MANDATORY it is bad for society as a general rule. The government controls the purse strings of fiat money and forces states to participate or risk falling behind the fiscal curve. Most of the participants had signed on before the content had even been written.

The premise that every child should be at the same level is absurd. Teachers, districts and states should be competing to explore new methodologies to continue the progression into more effective teaching methods. The fact is no matter if you are in athletics or academics, there are simply differences in innate talent among us. Eventually you will likely see honors and AP programs disappear as they are labeled "racist" or unfair.

This program is about control and the dumbing down and reducing free-thinkers for generations to come. That's why they incorporate bullshit about revising "outdated" content like the Bill of Rights.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:41 | 4734950 IridiumRebel
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+1000 absolutely correct .

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 01:06 | 4734984 Things that go bump
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The very bright child will go forth on his or her own in spite of them, as they are generally self-motivated. Most of them have the inner resources to escape any tedium thrown at them - the child who is not really present even through they are sitting right there in the classroom, as they are off having adventures in their head, quite beyond the reach of any teacher who doesn't challenge and engage them, and they have all the internet to explore. 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:38 | 4734946 IridiumRebel
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You'll have to excuse my pedogigical training via my Masters in Education but you are utterly wrong. Common core is the culmination of 30 years of trying to kneecap the freedom of teachers to teach in their own style, but now it is mandated by the Feds. This shit started with "A Nation at Risk" by E.D. Hirsch detailing faux decline that has become real decline as more government oversight is clamped down. In 2009 the Assoc of Governors along with shitheads like Arne Duncan have pushed this shit. Now it's here and it sucks. They want dumb meat debt slaves and this "system" is just what they want....less critical thinkers. Shut your fucking mouth if you have no clue upon what you speak of.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 01:19 | 4734978 intric8
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Proofreder- There are thousands of teachers robbed of their latitude and prowess because of this common core bullshit. Toss in michelle obamas school lunches and you have EVERYONE, teachers and students alike, SICK of government oversight and meddling with every aspect of their lives. Kindly fuck off with your statist ass-kissing position that this wasteful and overreaching program is better for kids. You hear about that one student who was suspended because she refused to take a test? How they gave out ice cream to everyone else complying with common core testing? Kind of like nuland and cookies, no?

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:38 | 4734482 JuliaS
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We may be experiending a Luddite moment here. What is happening aside from corruption (which historically is nothing new) is full automation of life. People are getting replaced by intelligent machines and everywhere the the lack of presense used to be an issue is getting flooded with cheap repeatable devices. Keeping an officer on every streetcorner is not feasible. Putting a camera or a dozen even, is quite possible. Having a plane in the air costs a lot. Launching a battery powered drone is cheap.

Big Brother is not a government force directed at citizens, but a technological progression in general. If one refuses to participate in it, he gets left behind and eventually taken advantage of by those possessing the edge. Since the desire for control far exceeds individual desire to stay current in the world of latest tech, it does appear as if they're gaining extra leverage. But any decent hacker will tell you that the amount of things one can do nowdays to get back at the government also far exceeds previous means. It is easier and safer to gain access to incriminating information. Far easier to distribute leaks. Far easier to use the same data network that empowers the government to monitor the government itself.

Life seemed steady in the last few decades and people got accustomed to non-disruptive forms of progress, even though it was clear early on where things were headed. Now the tech is here and it's starting to affect availability of jobs. It amplifies everything. One of those thing happens to be governmet's immesurable desire for control and self-preservation, but what do you expect? They're always looking after themselves at the expense of everyone else, if not with computers, then with guns, fiat, laws. They use the best tools available.

And guess what. When it comes to money - you can't have your own money. Challenge their monopoly and they'll get you. You can't have bigger guns. If you do - they'll get you. You can't live by your set of laws. If you try - they'll get you.

Information technology is the only area where you can be equal with them - where tools available to you are indifferent from tools available to them. It is one place where you can reach millions without spending a dollar. You have control of the media. Meanwhile the so-called "Big Brother" is losing domination, desperately throwing money at newspapers, radio and television and other ancient forms of throught control.

The modern man has access to all the information he or she desires. Knowledge is power. The question is only whether you're going to use access to your advantage, or spend all your time on social networks discussing the best color of socks.

The 2nd industrial revolution is here, but it's only bad news if you're a luddite.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:46 | 4734508 james.connolly
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GOOGLE REP tell's us that since he is getting rich, that his TECH is good for US,

No it fucking NOT, ... its only good for you because ZIO-BRAT's are becoming billionaires,.. ( google, facebook, ... )

LUDDITES hated technology,

We HATE GOVERNMENT, big fucking difference asshole from AIPAC/GOOGLE.

GOOGLE is CIA, not a fucking thing to do with TECHNOLOGY.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:43 | 4734497 james.connolly
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Parents are drugged (TV&Prescription) assholes, children are victims ... so the narrative,

GUBMINT will now be able to 'CHIP' all children, to track them and make them safe from predators,....

Funny the most likely predator is the COP, but never mind.

Funny that a man-child is MOST likely to be RAPED in  prison and least likely to be raped in the "FREE WORLD".

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Why is tracking bad? Once they track you , then they can control all doors, banks, purchase; in other words once your all chipped they will not need Cop's.

Once the 'CHIP' is in your body, nobody can go off the GRID, not an option, today its still an option to carry a mobile, use a credit card, drive a car,...

Tomorrow there will be no option, your a prisoner in your own home.

 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 05:49 | 4735212 Overdrawn
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They are already controlling our purchases, remember not so long ago when Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and the big banks refused to accept donations for Wikileaks.

What is the chip thing in passports and credit cards?  Can they track peoples movements with that yet?

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:52 | 4734524 Psquared
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Here's an obvious question. Why is it that with all this surveillance we are no less likely to be mugged in the parking lot of Walmart or have our homes broken into while we are at work.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:56 | 4734538 james.connolly
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 criminal always knows where the camera is,

Only morons (public) isn't AWARE, ...

Same for a COP (Criminal) they always know where cameras are,..

The only people who aren't aware of the camera, are victims.

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USA is a KLEPTOCRACY a nation of criminals, and they run the cameras.

 

 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:05 | 4734565 greggh99
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Actually we are less likely to be mugged. The violent crime rate nationwide reached a high in 1992 and has been steadily declining since.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:37 | 4734672 Oldwood
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Because most of the criminals now work for our government.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:21 | 4734919 IridiumRebel
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...And the criminals know that many Americans are packing too.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:54 | 4734531 james.connolly
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Obama HealthCare RFID Chip Implant. Published: 11 Jan 2013.

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RFID is passive, but the truth is FREESCAL KL-02 is active, it has an passive RIFD component when the battery dies, but the battery's is designed for long life, and futures battery's will be charged by human blood (O2).

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SERCO got the OBAMA contract to chip all sheep in the USA.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:29 | 4734643 Bill of Rights
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Record this, fuck off.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:53 | 4734723 AdvancingTime
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 It recently came out thanks to information leaked by  Edward Snowden that the "black budget" last year was a massive 52 billion dollars. This is the money used in "secret" spy operations, and it is enough to send shivers down the back of those who value privacy and freedom.

The totalitarian society of Oceania described in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is a warning as to what can happen when power goes unchecked. In Orwell's novel, all citizens of Oceania are monitored by cameras and are fed fabricated news stories by the government. More on this subject in the article below.

http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2013/09/are-we-creating-orwellian-society...

 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:21 | 4734918 Kina
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I guess when the NSA send me a message real time as to what Porn clip they would like to watch....time to shut down.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 02:25 | 4735069 q99x2
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Look at it this way. Spider's got eight eyes. How many spiders we crush in the last year? Besides its not even our big brother. It's like our big step brother from brussels. He is a meth addict. Built a machine so complex that it is finding more meaningful connections between static criteria than what he thinks he's looking for. Dude needs a 12 step program.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 04:23 | 4735158 james.connolly
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War Declared on GOOGLE June 5, 2014 'WAR BEGINS'

http://rt.com/news/157120-reset-net-mass-surveillance/

More than 30 civil liberties groups and tech companies have formed a coalition against internet surveillance and NSA spying, with a ‘Reset the Net’ day of action planned for June 5 to mark a year since Edward Snowden’s leaks.

“Don't ask for your privacy. Take it back,” the website urges.

The site offers the opportunity for its visitors to sign a pledge: “On June 5, I will take strong steps to protect my freedom from government mass surveillance. I expect the services I use to do the same.”

The coalition has been organized by “Fight for the Future.” Among its members are Reddit, Imgur, DuckDuckGo, CREDO Mobile, and the Free Software Foundation, who are enforced by the civil liberties groups and others, as Boing Boing and Greenpeace.

The collective is calling on software developers to assimilate anti-NSA features into their products, such as mobile apps, or perhaps adding security features such as SSL (Secure Socket Layer), HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security), and Perfect Forward Secrecy which are data encoding features intended to prevent the government being a go-between for communication interceptions.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 05:24 | 4735193 james.connolly
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NSA Posts Message to Assholes; Wannabe Assholes Wanted a Few Good Men, Not!

Here's a good one ZH troops, today the NSA sent out a message, but its encrypted, if you can break the encryption, they will give you a job.

http://rt.com/news/157040-nsa-encoded-tweets-jobs/

 

Twitter detective Daniel Shealey gave the Washington Post the inside scoop on this cryptogram-solver, and the end result is slightly more prosaic than some would have hoped:

Want to know what it takes to work at NSA? check back each Monday as we explore careers essential to protecting your nation.

The Daily Dot later contacted the agency and received confirmation that the tweet is in fact part of a month-long campaign of coded tweets that will “explore careers essential to protecting our nation.”

“NSA is known as the code makers and code breakers,” NSA spokeswoman Marci Green Miller told the online daily in an email. “As part of our recruitment efforts to attract the best and the brightest, we will post mission-related coded tweets on Mondays in the month of May.”

The agency has been known to directly appeal to hackers and crackers before, regularly throwing down the gauntlet at the annual DEF CON hacker convention to recruit potential cyber warriors.

The agency also made it known that those with a slightly checkered past should not automatically be dissuaded.

“If you have a few, shall we say, indiscretions in your past, don't be alarmed. You shouldn't automatically assume you won't be hired. If you're really interested, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot.”

The organizers of the hacker convention, however, were slightly less forgiving towards the NSA’s “indiscretions” when DEF CON 21 rolled around last August.

Just over a month after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid on the agency’s dragnet surveillance programs, DEF CON’s founder Jeff Moss asked federal government employees give the 2013 hacker convention a pass.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 07:29 | 4735283 medium giraffe
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It's probably just an encrypted ebook copy of Mein Kampf.  Do I win a prize? 

I once got arrested for pot possesion. Does that help my case, or does it need to be something more vocational, like child abuse or battery? 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 06:46 | 4735243 Comte d'herblay
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The public is equally complicit in their own government, corporate and institutional surveillance. 

Those who join the cloud are fully aware that their stuff is now and forever a part of the atmosphere, and as such, no longer private or secret. The "Social Media"  is several billion people strong telling the most intimate thoughts and activities of their lives.

Why all the secrecy is necessary anyway is a questionable.

What is it that human beans, on the grid, are so afraid of?  What awful thought and actions are they doing or thinking that they haven't offered up themselves that is so precious?

I think not much.

And likely the deepest secrets, many still possess and would never reveal on any network. 

When the public backs away from the voluntary release of their private lives then maybe this might have some merit. Until then, remember Pogo.

 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 08:46 | 4735424 gcjohns1971
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Nothing a little EMP won't solve.

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