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Comment Re:Hold the phone (Score 1) 11

I have Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Bosnia and more. I carry electronics and I'm hostile as hell to the American surveillance regime.

The worst I've gotten is an apologetic patdown in US borders. I get more trouble in Eastern Europe and South Asia by far. I've had Bosnians want to know what I was doing in Belgrade for 4 months and Indians suspicious about my trips to Pakistan.

I'm not even saying that this guy didn't get delayed and searched multiple times. But there's something about his account that just doesn't ring true. It's not in what he says but the way he says it. And this "I will never set foot one in such a horrible place again" after visiting Somalia and Yemen shows a real lack of self-awareness and perspective. It's a tone I've seen before in visitors from francophone Canada and interestingly, from certain Northern European/Scandinavian countries. Often, it is accompanied by a faux-libertarian, Randian, anti-collectivist, anti-immigrant and anti-environment agenda. It's easy to complain about "the Green religion" when you live in a pristine place where there's no pollution. It's easy to complain about "collectivism" when you've already got universal healthcare and free education through university. And it's easy to complain about the "attack on culture" when you see five black faces working in menial jobs.

Comment Re:Hold the phone (Score 1) 11

But this is not about what society "others" have. It is about the society that this one has become.

Show me the essays he's written about what Yemen and Malaysia and Somalia have become. They didn't start life as places where women and gays are stoned to death.

The author was drawing a moral equivalency between getting hassled and inconvenienced at the border and violent sexism and homophobia and beheadings and basically saying the former is the one where he draws the line but not the latter. No sale.

Comment Hold the phone (Score 1) 11

No one will miss you, Niels Gerson Lohman. I am sorry for your inconvenience, though I find it interesting that you'll gladly go to Yemen, Malasia and Somalia where young women are mutilated by religious extremists, where gays are killed and where carrying certain books (Bible for example) could bring a death sentence.

All that's just hunky-dory with you as long as the scenery is good, but because you were inconvenienced in the US, you will never visit here again.

Your sense of entitlement is amazing. I do not understand how you could have so little self-awareness. You are welcome to never come back to the US. We will soldier on without your regular visits.

One must never underestimate the faux outrage of the privileged.

Comment Re:Trust no one (Score 1) 330

TFS clearly states that the author is a fan of Schneier,

That's how it's done, son. Concern trolling is all about that first phrase: "I'm a fan of X, but..." As in, "I'm a big fan of Bruce Schneier, BUT are we sure we can trust him?"

See, you start by claiming credibility, then drop the hammer, ruefully. As in, "I want to see poor people get health care as much as anyone, BUT..." or, "I'm a strong believer in personal privacy, BUT..." or, "I think open source software is a fantastic idea, BUT...". It's how FUD is done. If you just come out and say, "You can't trust Bruce Schneier," then you're required to actually give some evidence that he's not trustworthy. But if you start by saying you're a "BIG FAN" of Bruce Schneier, but..." then you've got the unsophisticated readers saying, "Wow, if he's a BIG FAN of Schneier's but thinks there are reasons we shouldn't trust him then maybe we shouldn't trust that backstabbing sonofabitch, amirite?"

If you're going to develop a good Internet BS detector (and trust me, you're going to need one to survive), you've got to learn the ropes and tropes.

Comment Re:Time to start (Score 1) 361

There's no such thing as "verifiably secure".

Is that really true? As you say, "minimize the number of people you need to trust".

I'm prepared to trust somebody, and crowd-sourcing trust might be effective.

We're not going to make it impossible for the NSA to impose their will if they're willing to start assassinating foreign nationals. But we can raise the bar so high that it's not worth it for them.

Comment Re:Time to start (Score 5, Insightful) 361

Sounds like it's high time time to start a VPN provider in SeaLand

This, though maybe not in SeaLand.

The first country that offers verifiably secure email and VPN services to the world will enjoy an economic boom and the love of billions. And if it's a country like Iceland, it could go a long way toward making them wealthy. And if the US decides to invade Iceland, then at least the gloves can come off and the world can declare the United States a rogue state. But I don't see that happening, because at some point, if the rest of the world really starts to turn sour on the US, you'll start to see things change over here. But as long as we have to cover of the EU and Asia as our allies, the US spymasters can pretend that all is well. But with every week there's a new revelation about a president of a free country having their email hacked by the NSA, maybe we're closer to a worldwide shunning than we think.

I'd gladly pay for secure email that I knew was beyond the reach of the upskirting creeps in the NSA. And I would love to be able to pay a place like Iceland, Finland, etc for that privilege.

No one who values freedom, economic, social or just the freedom to not be watched, should be quiet about this. Me, I've become a one-issue voter thanks to the revelations about what the NSA is up to. Any legislator who voted against reining in those bastards is now on my list to support any opponent who will vote to put a stop to ubiquitous surveillance in the US.

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