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Our Surveillance Society: What Orwell And Kafka Might Say

Our Surveillance Society: What Orwell And Kafka Might Say | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Revelations that the federal government is collecting massive amounts of data about telephone calls and Internet traffic has some people nervous that George Orwell's vision of Big Brother constantly watching them has come true.
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This is an Interesting article. It does not make me sympathetic to allowing my government or industries to spy on me and on my dime at that. Nor does it help me understand the concept of these groups are spying on me to keep secrets that are so important "to me" I am not allow to know them and if I were to spy to find these important secrets of mine, I would likely be caught and sent to jail. The article does a fairly good job of showing the conflict between privacy and protection. We all really need to give this some serious thought and not just accept this data collection and spying as inevitable because at these very, early stages the opportunity for abuse seems to scream out already. Who watches the watcher to make sure that doesn’t happen? The mere idea is enough to tape up every mouth and visionary or innovative thought in the world. The ability is tremendous for governments and participating industries the globe over to silence those that get in their way before anyone hears their voice or offers competition. Only they will have that power to watch and collect all this data and those citizens that attempt to use the same power towards governments or industries are already being locked up.Excerpt: What would have surprised Orwell, he says, was not that governments are collecting huge amounts of data about individuals, but that private actors are as well.Even if it didn't turn out that the federal government has a direct pipeline into Verizon, Google, Yahoo and other such companies, those companies would control huge amounts of information about Americans on their own.And it's not just the corporations performing surveillance. What Orwell calls the "proles" in his novel — the average citizens who help the state keep an eye on everybody — are also tracking and documenting each other's movements in real life these days.With the advent of smartphones and widespread surveillance cameras, no conversation or movement in the public sphere can be considered private. Further curator insight:Talk about money and power and politics and mix this into it... not a pretty picture. This is certainly not something we should sit back with a wait and see attitude about. We seemed to have done that already before we even knew about this had grown to such a grand scale. It might be time to use a post office and landlines where there must still be warrants issued to tape into. Limit our zeal for online everything...shopping and all else. Buy nothing and eat nothing that wasn't local, pay only in cash and refuse to give any numbers to do transactions for anything. Hold regular town hall meetings and if reps want to know what’s happening they must show up like everyone else. Also we might need to be every picky who we send to the state houses, or national ones and make sure they work ONLY for the citizens and keep us informed with all details. We need to locally decide who to write in on ballots on a local basis rather than vote on corporate sponsored offerings for representatives to represent us.
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Party Recon's comment, June 10, 2013 12:30 PM
Repeal The Patriot Act, FISA, and NDAA. I would rather live in fear of my enemy than my government.
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Education, Education, Education! Wake Up America We Have a Problem!

Education, Education, Education! Wake Up America We Have a Problem! | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Smart Options & Common Core. A replay of my discussion with Victoria Young, author of Education's Missing Ingredient: What Parents Can Tell Educators (2009) and, The Crucial Voice of the People, Past and Present (2012). Victoria has exposed the truths about this country's education debacle as well as any person I have come across. Her honesty is absolute and her research transparent and revealing. Her activism is tireless. We cover the FACTS about Testing and also Common Core and the condition o
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Christie Argues About Pensions with Teacher's Husband at Town Hall Meeting - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

Christie Argues About Pensions with Teacher's Husband at Town Hall Meeting - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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Investigations of California Group Homes Marked By Delays and Uncertainty - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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Test Refusal Justified - The Crucial Voice of the People

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"Next generation" tests aren't your old garden-variety standardized tests. Denied information, the public can't understand how test refusals are justified.
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Torture victims to get $5.5 million from Chicago police

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The city of Chicago says it will pay $5.5 million to compensate victims who were tortured by law enforcement under the administration of a former top cop.
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Obama Drops Cuba from Terror List, Readies for Showdown with Congress - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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Life After Guantánamo - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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Iranians Are Much Talked About on Sunday Morning TV, But Never Heard From

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Sunday morning news television is where Washington sets its media agenda for the week and, more importantly, defines its narrow range of conventional, acceptable viewpoints.
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New Mexico Governor Signs Historic Property Rights Protections Into Law

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Governor Susana Martinez signed HB 560 into law, ending the practice of civil asset forfeiture in New Mexico.
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How St. Louis Police Robbed My Family of $1000 (and How I’m Trying To Get It Back)

How St. Louis Police Robbed My Family of $1000 (and How I’m Trying To Get It Back) | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
On a late spring evening eight years ago, police pulled over my mother’s 1997 Oldsmobile Aurora, in the suburb of St. Ann, Missouri, as she raced to pick up a relative from St. Louis’s Lambert International Airport.
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Bill Maher May Have Finally Gone Too Far (Video)

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Bill Maher is at it again.
The comedian and host of hit HBO talk show “Real Time With Bill Maher” recently found himself at the center of another anti-Muslim controversy.
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Ex-Lobbyists for Spies Are Overseeing Government Spying

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Increasingly, the task of overseeing the National Security Agency is going to former lobbyists for NSA contractors and other intelligence community insiders.
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NEA: No Child Left Behind rewrite doesn’t level the playing field

NEA: No Child Left Behind rewrite doesn’t level the playing field | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The head of the country’s largest teachers union said that her organization does not support a bipartisan proposal in the Senate to replace the nation’s main federal education law because it does not go far enough to create equal educational opportunities...
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Gov. Rick Scott Sues Over Health Care Money, Medicaid expansion - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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US Fails to Stem Flow of Illegal Firearms to Mexico - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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NSA Review Committee Finds 'No Significant Value' in Mass Phone Surveillance

NSA Review Committee Finds 'No Significant Value' in Mass Phone Surveillance | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Will they stop spying on us now?
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Menendez: "I'm not backing off" - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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Industrial Hemp Farming Act Vetoed By New Mexico Governor

Industrial Hemp Farming Act Vetoed By New Mexico Governor | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Governor Martinez vetoed Senate Bill 94 sponsored by Sen. Cisco McSorley (D-16-Bernalillo) within the timeframe allotted for approving bills sent to her desk.
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Now waiting on explanation from #SusanMartinez!!!!

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Exposed: Indiana Police are Covering Up Gay Cop’s Lover’s Death

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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is actively participating in a cover-up regarding the death of one of their officer’s gay lovers.
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Army Recruit Charged With Helping ISIS Watched by FBI, Given Clearance by Army

Army Recruit Charged With Helping ISIS Watched by FBI, Given Clearance by Army | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A Kansas man arrested and charged Friday morning for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State was under surveillance by the FBI last year when he checked himself into a mental institution and was not regarded as an immediate...
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Corporate Congress Next Week: Smorgasbord

Corporate Congress Next Week: Smorgasbord | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
After a two-week spring break (really?? who gets two weeks off for spring break?), the Corporate Congress is coming back to the nation’s capital next week. On the agenda is a smorgasbord of attacks on the public interest:
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Ten deputies suspended after beating suspect in California

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The San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies were put on paid leave after a video showed them kicking and punching a man following a 2½-hour chase involving a stolen horse.
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