Author: Red Robin

The specter of automated censorship

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Since its inception, the free and open internet has completely devastated the Gatekeepers of information. Before the development and rapid evolution of the world wide web, the information we received about the state of the world, our leaders and their activities, were taken at face value.  There was no way to verify the facts, weight […]

Oklahoma City and Norman-area have one of nation’s highest chromium-6 levels in public water supplies

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Good god. Apparently the ‘Erin Brockovich’ carcinogen is still floating around in the water we drink and clean ourselves with, threatening our health and that of those around us. The cancer-causing industrial chemical, hexavalent chromium, is a popular industrial compound, now finding a second life in our groundwater and our bodies.  According to the interactive map, […]

0/24/18 Overnight links

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Media Post: Supreme Court to hear arguments in Microsoft email privacy case in February What have I been saying? The Verge: Artificial intelligence is going to supercharge surveillance Washington Examiner: This email privacy bill is wildly popular.  So why won’t it pass? Washington Times: FBI text messages lost because of ‘misconfiguration issues’ that perplex security experts Fox News: FBI’s ‘missing’ five […]

01/23/18 Overnight links

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The Verge: The NSA’s voice-recognition system raises hard questions for Echo and Google Home The Intercept: Top Republican warns that under new spending bill “the intelligence community could expend funds as it sees fit” and Techdirt: Spending bill would give Administration direct control of surveillance spending Activist Post: Congress quietly pushing bill to require national biometric ID for all Americans […]

01/22/18 Morning links

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Techdirt: Report shows US law enforcement routinely engages in parallel construction. This should be a huge story, but a quick Google search shows that only a handful of websites are covering it.  Basically, police use illegal surveillance methods to gather evidence in criminal cases.  But for the evidence to be admissible in court, the methods used […]

Abort the Surveillance State before its too late

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Yes, the Surveillance State is alive and well, tracking our movements, reading our emails, cataloging our daily activities, creating and storing digital dossiers on us all and placing them in a mammoth database.  BUT, but.  It’s still unformed, in a state of chrysalis. It hasn’t yet reached that future point where turning back would be […]

01/22/18 Overnight links

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Japan Times: Today’s newspapers wouldn’t publish the Pentagon Papers.  Too true, although more specifically today’s establishment newspapers wouldn’t publish them.  They would most likely surface at Wikileaks, with mainstream papers denouncing their release. Mashable: Pentagon’s proposed nuclear strategy elevates cyberattacks to a terrifying new realm. So a nuclear response to a cyberattack sounds reasonable to the people […]

1/21/18 Overnight links

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ABC News: Oklahoma lawmaker sues private investigator after discovering tracking device on car Bloomberg: Dire military warnings at odds with Pentagon chief’s shutdown message Fortune: Section 702: Six more years of surveillance CNBC: The NSA knows who you are just by the sound of your voice–with tech predating Apple and Amazon CNET: NSA surveillance programs live on, in case […]

No surprise here: Oklahoma’s congressional reps are Surveillance State minions

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All five of Oklahoma’s congressional representative’s rejected surveillance reform, voting to reauthorize the spying that Edward Snowden currently lives in exile for exposing.  Not too surprising, as Tom Cole, James Lankford and the other three Republicans have been nothing more than automated rubber stamps for increased military spending and surveillance powers. I realize this is […]

Is this all just a computer simulation?

By: | Post date: January 19, 2018 | Comments: No Comments

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The gnawing fear at the back of the mind of many people throughout history has been that we may just be a brain in a vat, being fed impulses, imprisoned in a never-ending dream.  Or merely a creation of someone else’s dream. The past few years have seen more and more people ask a similar […]