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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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George Washington’s Farewell Address: A ‘Warning Against the Impostures of Pretended Patriotism’

George Washington’s Farewell Address: A ‘Warning Against the Impostures of Pretended Patriotism’ | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
On Independence Day, against official claims that mass domestic surveillance is needed to ensure U.S. security, Truthdig reprints the farewell address of the first president of the United States.
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Wealthy corporatists have been playing poor whites for fools since the founding. They still are.

Wealthy corporatists have been playing poor whites for fools since the founding. They still are. | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Tim Wise says the "white" race was created by the wealthy elite to trick poor, landless Europeans into siding with them. The corporatists, then as now, were selling the lies of racism, the American...
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Mormon Church Gives First Ever Donation To LGBT Youth Group

Mormon Church Gives First Ever Donation To LGBT Youth Group | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
This contribution marks a significant moment in the relationship between the church and the gay, bisexual and transsexual community. - Kent Frogley, President Utah Pride Center Board of Directors 
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Obama to deploy more U.S. troops to Iraq in fight against Islamic State | The Heralding

Obama to deploy more U.S. troops to Iraq in fight against Islamic State | The Heralding | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered further 450 U.S. troops to be deployed to Iraq in order to advice and assist the Iraqi forces in their reclamat
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Under Cover of Darkness, Female Janitors Face Rape and Assault

Under Cover of Darkness, Female Janitors Face Rape and Assault | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Across the country, janitors at companies large and small say their employers have turned a blind eye to complaints of sexual assault, and attacked their credibility when they report abuse at the hands of supervisors or co-workers.
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House rejects Authorization of Use of Military Force bill against Islamic State | The Heralding

House rejects Authorization of Use of Military Force bill against Islamic State | The Heralding | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The House of Representatives led by the Republicans has rejected an amendment to the Defense bill on Thursday, a day after President Barack Obama ordered 450
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Rhode Island Uses Nullification in Hemp Debate

Rhode Island Uses Nullification in Hemp Debate | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Will the debate on whether the sovereign states may produce industrial hemp within their borders strengthen federalism, as states nullify unconstitutional federal laws?
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Breaking: Embattled Archbishop Of St. Paul Resigns After Archdiocese Charged With Sex Abuse Coverup

Breaking: Embattled Archbishop Of St. Paul Resigns After Archdiocese Charged With Sex Abuse Coverup | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Archbishop John Nienstedt, who waged war against the gay community, has resigned after his archdiocese was charged with the coverup of child sex abuse by a priest.
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Port Of Seattle Votes To Delay Arrival Of Shell Oil Rigs, But The Fight’s Not Over Yet

Port Of Seattle Votes To Delay Arrival Of Shell Oil Rigs, But The Fight’s Not Over Yet | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Facing public pressure, the Port of Seattle voted Tuesday to request that Shell's Arctic drilling rigs be delayed.
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Senate Vote Is a Victory for Obama on Trade, but a Tougher Test Awaits

Senate Vote Is a Victory for Obama on Trade, but a Tougher Test Awaits | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Senator Mitch McConnell aligned with the president to push the deal, which would link 12 nations on either side of the Pacific into a trading bloc and expand the president’s trading authority. The legislation still requires House approval.
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The lies we are told about "free trade"

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"Last week didn’t go as hoped for by the President. The House, thanks mostly to a demonstration of leadership by Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, put the brakes on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as fast track authority."

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Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Illinois Republican is accused of taking the money out in chunks of less than $10,000 to evade reporting requirements, and of lying to the FBI about it.
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In Nebraska vote, sign of broader conservative backlash to death penalty

In Nebraska vote, sign of broader conservative backlash to death penalty | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Nebraska Legislature abolished the death penalty by overriding the governor's veto. The vote points to a broader trend nationwide.
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The Trick of Whiteness, Historically and Today - @timjacobwise

The Trick of Whiteness, Historically and Today - @timjacobwise | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

There was no "white" race until it was created as a trick by the elite to get poor, landless Europeans to side with them against indigenous peoples and people of color in support of chattel slavery.

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The Intercept’s Summer Reading List

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Every Man Dies Alone
By Hans Fallada
The most fascinating book I’ve read about surveillance and its crushing effect on political dissent is Hans Fallada’s Every Man Dies Alone.
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U.S. House rejects measure to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq and Syria | The Heralding

U.S. House rejects measure to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq and Syria | The Heralding | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The House of Representatives has rejected the resolution on Wednesday with which President Barack Obama would be forced to pull out all American troops from
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New Details About Drone Attacks Reported From Documents Leaked by Snowden

New Details About Drone Attacks Reported From Documents Leaked by Snowden | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
  An MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle prepares to land after a mission in Afghanistan in this photo from 2007. (Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / U.S.
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Map: The Largest Donors to State Elections

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The post Map: The Largest Donors to State Elections appeared first on The Bulletin.
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In Pennsylvania, Ballot Access Is Not Equal

In Pennsylvania, Ballot Access Is Not Equal | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
It took just 500 write-in votes for lifelong Democrats Chelsa Wagner and John Weinstein to get their names on the November ballots as Republicans, but it
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Gaius Publius: Astroturf “Progressive” Support for the TPP – Meet “270 Solutions”

Gaius Publius: Astroturf “Progressive” Support for the TPP – Meet “270 Solutions” | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
[Diarist's Note: Gaius Publius, via Naked Capitalism Publisher Yves Smith, has provided the diarist with authorization to reproduce their post, in its entirety, for the benefit of the Daily Kos ...
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‘Fast Track’ Would Hand the Money Monopoly to Private Banks—Permanently

‘Fast Track’ Would Hand the Money Monopoly to Private Banks—Permanently | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
If successful, the rush to “fast track” a trio of controversial trade deals would nip attempts to implement public banking and other monetary reforms in the bud.
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Brennan Center on Twitter

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Since 2010 election, 21 states have new #voting restrictions: http://trib.al/P2uAU3B #votingrights pic.twitter.com/EUfL8yQCHt
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Here's How Much Corporations Paid US Senators to Fast-track the TPP Bill

Here's How Much Corporations Paid US Senators to Fast-track the TPP Bill | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A decade in the making, the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is reaching its climax and

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