Nowhere to Run To; Nowhere to Thrive

nowhere It’s something of a truism in physics that closed systems tend toward entropy. In other words, building walls around a process will make it degrade faster than it normally would. And this principle clearly applies beyond physics. An academic named John B. Calhoun famously documented this effect in rat populations. He gave his animals everything they could possibly need but enclosed them in a limited space. Inside their closed system, …

Free Services Are for Suckers

free services internet Just a few weeks ago, it was revealed that the FBI will be going through a huge stack of emails they stole from a free service, to find some peaceful people they can publicly prosecute. The service was called Tor Mail…and their advertising slogan was Free Anonymous Email. Supposedly, this system was ironclad and immune from government attacks. And, presumably, the operators would do this very hard thing, forever, and …

What You Need to Know About Microsoft’s Spying Ways

microsoft I had a conversation the other day with the best and most knowledgeable computer guy I know. After discussing privacy threats, he made this statement: Everybody buying a Windows computer today is a traitor to humanity. Now, this is a very technically oriented guy, and he quickly agreed with me that most people don’t have a clue about such things. Still, the primary point stands: Whenever any of us buys …

Cryptohippie Responds to the NSA’s Attack on Encryption

cryptohippie Editor’s Note: The founder of FreemansPerspective.com, Paul Rosenberg, has spent many years trying to protect Internet users from unjustified surveillance by groups like the NSA. He is part of the team at Cryptohippie, who offer something called a Virtual Private Network (VPN). It’s a service that helps its users avoid tracking by the snoops. However, it’s just come to light that many such “protection” services have been compromised themselves. Lest …

The NSA’s Secret War Against Online Privacy Seekers

surveillance privacy If you haven’t seen this yet, I’m sorry to drop it on you: On September 5th, Glenn Greenwald and others revealed the extent of the NSA’s destruction of privacy – not just the privacy of people who are oblivious to the situation, but that of privacy seekers as well. You can find the story here or here, and commentary by a legitimate expert here. Here’s What Was Revealed The biggest …

Digital Diversification: How to Do It

digitaldiversification2 Thank God for Edward Snowden. I used to warn people about surveillance and the death of privacy, but most of them found it hard to believe me; it was just too far out of the mainstream. Not so anymore. Just as the diversification of investments has become crucial, so has digital diversification. Not only are the Western nations (especially the US and UK) abusing every piece of data they can …

The New Era of Surveillance is Here

surveillance Some have said it’s better to make decisions under the influence of alcohol than under the influence of fear. But in late 2001, Americans made an entire set of decisions under the influence of fear… and created a monster. We all remember what happened: A frightened public allowed politicians, secret agencies, and militaries to spend any amount of money and build any kind of system they wanted, to “protect us …

The Other (Worse) Side of the PRISM Scandal

prism online surveillance The fallout from the PRISM scandal has reached Stage Two, where faces in front of television cameras promote memorable slogans to give people reasons to accept their abuse and to pretend that everything is okay. And, overall, these slogans and their promoters break down into to two primary models –  predators and battered women. Let’s start with the predators. These abusers –  who are building the largest blackmail archive in …

Will Disney Soon Be Able to Break into Computers… Legally?

break into computer And we thought Hollywood was over the edge when they were suing 14-year-old girls for downloading Madonna songs. Ha! That was nothing! Something called The IP Commission Report (subtitled A Report Of The Commission On The Theft Of American Intellectual Property) just crossed my desk. This new and very impressively produced report, authored by seven sets of hyper-impressive credentials, informs Congress that they should change US laws to go far, …

The Dangers of Telling the Truth: Snowden, Assange, and Manning

telling the truth One of them has been tortured; another is surrounded by armed men and trapped; and the third is hiding ten thousand miles away, in fear of his life. And what were their crimes? Telling the truth. Talk about a sick commentary on the modern world. For those who didn’t know, Ed Snowden is the young man who released evidence of the US government purposely trashing the Constitution that they swore …

Paul Rosenberg on RT: Online Surveillance in the US

online surveillance in the US You will probably be quite familiar with the idea that the government has a nasty habit of spying on Americans who haven’t done anything wrong. Until recently, most of us have been called kooks, conspiracy nuts and worse… But, as the scandals keep coming, the general public is starting to wake up to the abuses. One leading voice in the effort to help people recognize and make sense of what’s …

Will Government Tyranny Be Completed Before Humanity Wakes Up Again?

government tyranny All of our lives have occurred in an era of peak somnambulism (aka sleepwalking), and those of us who enjoy being awake have suffered mightily because of it. Using your mind has come with a price in our time, which is pretty sick, really. You can thank growing government tyranny for that. Humanity, however, does not sleep forever. Eventually humans get tired with the permanent suspension of thought. I know …