who is REALLY in command? -- who really pulls the strings?
Ask yourself, who "pulls the strings" in a termite mound, now take a good look at big city full of hairless apes and compare it's form and function to a termite mound.
If the truth be really known most of this mass spying is economic espionage, the "five eyes" have been engage in it since at least the end of WW2.
And yeah I remember 1979 quite well, it was the year before I got married, Stevie Wonder was singing "peace has come to Zimbabwe". Maybe in 20yrs time people will start to realise that the Syrian war and much of the "Arab spring" was triggered by severe drought rather than facebook. Much of rural Syria simply walked away from their farms in 2009-10. 10% of the population was internally displaced before it exploded, first into food riots, then a civil war and all the side-battles between splinter groups and factions that entails. In the cold war Syria was to the Russians what Israel was to the US, Putin and Obama have so far done a pretty good job of containing the conflict within Syria's borders, which is definitely a GoodThing(TM) for everyone who's not in Syria..
The cable I am using from home to type this post is currently running at 19Mbps down and 0.5 Mbps up, I don't know anyone who has satellite TV but quite a few that have cable. I live in the burbs about 20km east of Melbourne CBD. It's a different story for my daughter who lives 300km east of Melbourne CBD, her experience is closer to what you describe. It costs me ~$70/m and last time I looked ~250GB limit.
if you have to hammer them to get them to take real security issues seriously, its not worth it.
If you can convince them then it is definitely worth it since you will have helped secure the jobs of everyone else at the company. The difficult question is at what point does the boss' disinterest in network security become a threat to everyone's job?
Having said that, the most reliable sign that the situation is not going to change is if your boss treats you like a personal assistant rather than a professional advisor.
It's a hard life lesson for geeks to learn that "correct" is not sufficient evidence to convince others to follow your lead in the real world. Of course you should cover your arse, but if that is your only motivation then your no better than the DR. Evil you describe in your post. If you turn the issue into a battle of wills, or a gotcha moment, then you will more than likely lose the argument and it will become more difficult to raise the subject in the future. Nobody benefits from that, least of all the programmer.
OTOH arseholes do exist and if you have one as a boss in a small to medium sized business there is little you can do about it other than to walk out. Don't think of it as quitting, think of it as sacking the boss.
Disclaimer: Developer with 20+yrs experience, computers are easy, people are difficult.
change the priority to the other projects
Setting priorities is a manager's job, it's your job to keep a list of the jobs your manager has given you and periodically remind them they can use more than one priority number. If there's no response then your're free to pick the jobs that interest you the most. When you busy, it's easy to forget that having a long list of shit to do is always preferable to the opposite situation.
Agree our muscles, indeed our whole body is optimised for endurance, it's said that endurance hunting is the oldest form of human hunting,. muscle fibre is obviously important but it's probably our sweat glands that gave us the initial endurance upgrade to out-compete expert endurance hunters such as wolves and other pack animals stalking the savannah. Some say we were pushed out of the woods by other apes, others point to modern apes wading upright in waist deep water collecting fruits and seeds One thing is certain, the invention of animal skin water bags gave us the ability to out last a camel in the desert.