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I'd be more concerned about facial recognition used at a political rally rather than an innocent music festival as there's not much blackmail material therein.
When you find me a form of music that doesn't have even the slightest political connotations, I've found the dullest music in existance.
Are you sure that all the technology Americans invented had nothing to do with that?
what technology America invented? a good deal of the shit that was "invented" in the US was invented elsewhere. Also, remember that 90% of the NSA's work is economic espionage, so it really wouldn't suprise me if a good deal of things "invented here" where stolen from elsewhere via espionage.
The US already had its high standard of living before we started extracting resources from foreign lands.
The US was a backward shithole and complete non-rate before WW2. The standard of living of the working class before WW2 was pretty bad, and only getting worse. Corporations gave the US citizens a temporary 20 year reprieve, but started reversing union gains starting in the 1960s. Next generation will most likely to back to pre-war standards of poor.
Because if you look at history there are certainly empires whose standards of living were definitely based upon what they could take from weaker peoples.
Sure, but the point is the viability of the American system is its military strength and its ability to exploit others. Its not exportable. No other system can employ a similar system and get similar results because there simply isn't enough resources on Earth. Also, when you calculate the standard of living of the "American" system, you have to take into consideration how well off that people who make goods for Americans are treated as well, because they are part of the system.
It makes the US completely incomparable with countries that don't have that sort of special relationships. Its why the examples of Socialism vs Capitalism don't hold up.
Let's start with this. Soon after Daniel Ellsberg was revealed as the source behind the Pentagon Papers, White House officials started spreading rumors that Ellsberg was actually a Soviet spy and that he'd passed on important secrets to the Russians: None of it was true, but it was part of a concerted effort by administration officials to smear Ellsberg as a "Soviet spy" and a "traitor" when all he really did was blow the whistle on things by sharing documents with reporters.
Now we get to today:
So we've already written about the massive problems with the Sunday Times' big report claiming that the Russians and Chinese had "cracked" the encryption on the Snowden files (or possibly just been handed those files by Snowden) and that he had "blood on his hands" even though no one has come to any harm. It also argued that David Miranda was detained after he got documents from Snowden in Moscow, despite the fact that he was neither in Moscow, nor had met Snowden (a claim the article quietly deleted). That same report also claimed that UK intelligence agency MI6 had to remove "agents" from Moscow because of this leak, despite the fact that they're not called "agents" and there's no evidence of any actual risk. So far, the only official response from News Corp. the publisher of The Sunday Times (through a variety of subsidiaries) was to try to censor the criticism of the story with a DMCA takedown request. Either way, one of the journalists who wrote the story, Tom Harper, gave an interview to CNN which is quite incredible to watch. Harper just keeps repeating that he doesn't know what's actually true, and that he was just saying what the government told him -- more or less admitting that his role here was not as a reporter, but as a propagandist or a stenographer.
Say it again, we live in a "Free" country. The man who penned the article has admitted to being a government "shill". The OP is nothing more than government disinformation. There is a consistant *Motis Operedni* spanning several decades to lead us to believe they do this regularly.
That may be so, but how does this make the US government good, or the US Government honest. This is a strawman argument.
The US Government might not be as outwardly harsh about dealing with dissent, but thats only because it has more subtle ways which are equally as effective.
I firmly believe if we didn't have hollywood, journalists, and a long tradition of marketing and advertising goons, you'd see the same sort of oppressive state apparatus as you do in China and Russia.
We also have a much higher standard of living because we exploit more from third world nations. The standard of living of the Average American is not by his hand, but by the gun he forces on others. The "Success" isn't even shared equally, and we have a large underclass that for all intents and purposes do not have any real benefit of living in a first world country.
We also have the highest incarceration rate in the world, namely to deal with the organized street militias that prowl the neighborhoods of the disenfranchised, malcontents, and those who violate moralist superstitions.
Thats litterally how pimps control prostitutes.
You are the product, means that not only are these companies spying on you, they are proccessing information to sell to advertisers much in the way a spy agency would go after a mark. They find your psycological weak points to convince you that their product is awesome and then have you harrass the companies neigh sayers.
At the end of the day, you loose your freedom to decide what products you want, and your opinions are owned by advertising corporations. Their clients pay for your opinion, and they manipulate you into believing.
You are the product.
Next ask, "who is manning the cameras", and expect them to be just as sketchy. Oh the cops? So you trust the police to look for actual theft? Looking for petty theivery is very much on the low list of priorities, and on the top is enforcing strict moral code of looking for an excuse to bust people performing sexual acts or consuming intoxicants. If the music is the slightest bit "counterculture", its any excuse to arrest as many of the party goers as possible, generally making up a reason.
There is never a good reason why you'd want cops at such an event. Unless you expect crews to show up for the show(motorcycle clubs, HC three letter crews, urban corner clubs, etc...), don't hire external security either. Get people who are closer to the music community to resolve disputes.
The other known theif clause sounds too damn close to outlawry, where someone is subjected to being an outlaw and denied rights as a sentance for comitting a crime. This in history has never worked out well.
How much financial damage can the police do through harrassment to ensure the cameras stay up, such as imposing fines, threatening to revoke permits, taking them through court systems, having uniformed and un-uniformed officers harrass festival goers until they don't want to come back or get them to leave before they spend too much money.
Waiting for a financial incentive to get large companies to protect your rights for you is foolish. Unpopular opinion: you might as well trust the government to "protect your rights"
Part of tommorow's "Terms and Services" which for the last 3 years have been legally binding and a felony to breach is that you must only say and think positive things about the product.(drink your verification cans)