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Governed by free money in BF Skinner’s utopia

Presented without comment. 50 years thereafter, the matrix is so obvious. Take the time!

The described governing scheme (‘government of some kind’) is ever more effective the better access to information it has about human behaviour as the BBC documentary already noticed in 1966 – decades before PC’s, facebook, Google, etc. This technological revolution and a wholly unconscious people – willing to give away the most intimate informations for a bigger TV screen, a 10$ discount on their mobile plan, or just to buy the ‘be cool’ label – greatly decreased the cost of behavioral policies these days. Billions of people are accessible through social media – they willfully accepted Panopticon. Never before the goal of a ‘passive and happy’ (i.e. conformist / non-defective people) can be achieved at such low costs.

The idea of ‘nudging’ people towards right behaviour using incentives schemes is currently becoming openly accepted and applied – again without any attempt to conceal it. ‘Behavioral public policies’ are currently advocated by Angela Merkel, done by the British or the Americans – originating like always from some (freak) economist’s mind. In the interesting case of America, the most powerful advocate for such policies is Cass Sunstein – which ‘coincidentally’ happens to be on the NSA oversight panel. What a great choice – once again – of the (peace) nobel laureate president! We can expect, that he’ll sure nudge you away from any ‘conspiracy theories‘ whatsoever as one of his proposals was to tax people who hold conspiracy theories.

Of course not long ago we’d openly recognized the aforementioned policies as fascist. Today we look at them through the lens of pure reason and technicality. But then again – that’s what any fascist regime always claimed.

Focusing though on what matters most: Who is handing out the poker chips in the (real) matrix? What is the most powerful yet concealed ‘Behavioral public policy’? And why do you call yourself free obeying to it?

-JAS

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Google has a revolving Door with State Dept.

….as well as the CFR. Some astonishing (or not anymore?) comments from Assange about just how close Google (and via Eric Schmidt thus presumably Apple, etc.) and the US State are intertwined.

 

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Weekly Spotted

Due to other personal obligations, I am finding way too little time to write on TES. However, I am collecting noteworthy stuff everyday by myself and referrals. I will begin to simply put some of the links in a weekly or fortnightly format.  The idea is to provide some dots to connect (or argue against) – and every now and then some own piece. Of course you’ll get all of this served with occasional sarcasm:

FED basically confirms that it was front-run until June 2013

On 13th of May the Businessweek referred to an academic study that strongly suggests (’empirically robust’) that information about what next decision the FED would take, have been consistently leaked at least from 1997 to 2013.  Soon thereafter Businessweek updated their article adding the FED statement. It says that the FED took measures last October (2013) to avoid this in the future. Of course, using the following contemporanous approach, nobody could expect that to happen. How could cow-bell-ringing possibly not be appropriate anymore in 2013 to make sure nobody leaks it before?

In response, Federal Reserve spokesman Joe Pavel said that the Fed “enhanced its media release security procedures” last October “to better protect the information against premature release.” The Fed used to ring a cowbell to announce when news media could send out reports over open lines. Now it seals reporters off from the outside world during the “lockup” and flips a switch to open the communications circuit when the news embargo is lifted.


Inflation starts with the Economists sentiments towards it

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Heartbleed (OpenSSL Lücke) und die NSA

Was schon viele Kritiker (ChaosComputerClub, Jakob Applebaum, u.v.m.) ansprachen wurde nun wieder einmal eindrücklich offenbart: Die Internet-Überwacher lassen absichtlich entdeckte Fehler in Programmen wie Windows, Mac, iOS u.v.m. offen. Dieses mal zeigt sich dies besonders gravierend bei der OpenSSL Sicherheitslücke mit dem Namen “Heartbleed” offen.

Anstatt, dass sie die Öffentlichkeit oder Entwickler bei Entdeckung informieren, nutzen sie die Lücken für sich – und Kriminelle gleichwohl. Dies schadet der Sicherheit, hat aber den netten Vorteil für die Überwacher, erst ihre Existenzberechtigung zu schaffen – oder zumindest zu bestärken. Man kann jetzt lang und breit darüber lamentieren ob dies “richtig” oder “falsch” ist. Immerhin könnten die Überwacher wie üblich behaupten, der Wissensvorsprung um Sicherheitslücken habe in der Summe mehr Sicherheit geschaffen durch verhinderte Terrorangriffe (Lacher unbeabsichtigt, 1). So liegt der Fall aber nunmal nicht. Stattdessen weiss die “NSA” ganz genau, dass es falsch ist sowas zu tun. Deswegen dementierte sie zuerst, von der OpenSSL Sicherheitslücke “Heartbleed” gewusst zu haben (weiterer, unbeabsichtiger Lacher), anstatt es zuzugeben. Das Kleinkind wurde also wieder beim Lügen erwischt. Zusammengefasst durch computerbase.de:

Wie der Branchendienst Bloomberg unter Berufung auf zwei mit der Materie vertrauten Personen berichtet, wusste die NSA seit mindestens zwei Jahren über die jetzt als Heartbleed bezeichnete Lücke in der Kommunikation zwischen Servern Bescheid. Eine E-Mail aus dem Büro des Direktors der Geheimdienste leugnet eine Kenntnis vor 2014 jedoch. Die Kenntnis dieser Lücke ermöglichte der Agentur die Beschaffung von Passwörtern und anderen sensiblen Daten, die sie braucht, um ihre Lauschaktionen durchzuführen und Netzwerke zu unterwandern. Die Praxis, solche Lücken geheim zu halten und auszunutzen anstatt sie abzustellen, ist übliche Vorgehensweise, wenn auch sehr kontrovers diskutiert. Die jeweilige Sicherheitslage entscheide über die Vorgehensweise, die beim Direktor der Agentur festgelegt wird.

– JAS

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Applebaum’s mindbuggling NSA update: “We are under martial law”

I came across this recently held speech by Jacob Applebaum. Applebaum gives a short one hour wrap up about the powers of the NSA. It is just great after we all lost a bit the overview around the numerous leaks thanks to Snowdon. It really is clear that we live in the 1984’s world. Simply mindbuggling. All my fears and guesses, when the first articles of Snowdon came out, seem to be true, e.g. that the NSA is exchanging information with the British GCHQ (and many others).

Tons of remarks of the witful Applebaum let you guy “wow” and think in different dimensions unimagined before. E.g. the somewhat surprising question, why Hugo Chavez, whose regime was on the top 6 NSA spylist, may have gotten cancer. (Applebaum’s speculative answer I won’t recite here).

I cannot believe anybody can watch this and say “we all knew we were spied upon, nothing has changed from cold war times”.


Since we are left in a bit of a paranoid mood after Appelbaum’s speech 😉 : I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of information Twitter perceives to be “sensitive” and consequently decided not to show to me. Hint: Twitter doesn’t seem to like #ENDTHEFED 😛
twitter_censor0twitter_censor1– JAS

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