Thursday, January 24, 2013

Safe to say...

Needs a diaper change before the next quorum.
El Bloombito: Come se dice 65 year old virgin en espanol?  

That if male politicians were in any way judged on their physical appearance or by any traditional Western standards of manhood or machismo, unemployment rates would be a lot higher in certain demographics.

Pioneers of...

Computer Graphics?

Internet Porn?

Perhaps proving Mark Twain's contention, and I'm paraphrasing here, that if a boy has a hole in the seat of his trousers he will most often be found with his finger stuck in it; and the laments of my mother and countless other women that the male of the species will always go for the lowest common denominator...

And I love this (CLICK HERE PLEASE), it was only shortly after the awesome power of computers was unleashed that mankind harnessed this power for another primary drive.

A hard drive if you will... (har)

This was the beginning.  Some may say the beginning of the end, yet we're all still here, and over-populated to boot.  It remains to be seen that there are any punishments coming our way for this behavior.  Or perhaps that we're all still here IS the punishment but then we get into philosophical discussions that are far beyond my capacity to grasp.


It really sort of says something about us as a species.  That's not a judgment call on my part.  It's just a question of where our priorities were, are and will most likely remain.


Ever get the feeling you were being watched?

Odds are, you're not paranoid.

I've got a pretty good handle on the idea that I leave a trail of digital bread crumbs across the web.  There is some record of my having viewed something or another long after I've cleared the cache on my computer, and probably after my Google browsing history has been erased (at home) as well.  That I'm not even sure if the record is eliminated on Google's end shows how woefully ill-informed I am on these issues.  It all seemed so much more clear before the advent of home computers and the internet.

There are few people who wouldn't understand that a wire tap or police surveillance without a warrant is invasive.  Why does it seem so much more innocuous (to me, anyway) when it's on the web?  I guess I just took it for granted that my rights were protected.

This article (CLICK HERE) is one of many on the subject that tells me exactly the opposite.  There are legal loopholes that pretty much allow law enforcement agencies to go to the source and ask for whatever they want, and they often get it.  Again, my default is to assume that the majority of cases are criminal.  I think instantly of all the highly publicized child pornography stings and the knee jerk is, "Good on ya, Cops. Thanks for a job well done!"  But what if it's not that cut and dried (and it's not even so cut and dried in those cases, is it?)?  Just say it's a politically motivated abuse of power.  Oh no!  Say it isn't so!

But it's not unheard of.

If you sit down and start writing a laundry list of possible scenarios where the powers-that-be accessing your identity and online history might be crossing the line -- any line -- it gets creepy really quickly.  It's not so different at all than having your door broken down and your apartment flipped.

Yet the average person, like me, most likely defaults to the whatever mode.  It's easy enough for me to say I have nothing to hide, but then again I'm ill-equipped to be making that decision.  I really have no idea at all what the further reaching implications of this breach of privacy might be, and it would behoove me to find out.

Yet even as I type that I feel like a conspiracy theorist with a tinfoil helmet.  And so it becomes that much easier for my rights to be whittled away.  It's so much less tangible without the proper background.  I'm going to have to ruminate on this one for a bit.  The one thing that is clear is that it's probably best to close up these holes that allow these invasions of privacy while we figure it all out, and THEN decide what we can afford to forfeit.