by johanna faust
I have been wondering if something was up, ever since, oh, just after the propaganda business about Cyber Shock Wave.
Then Gmail asked me also. Now I expect on some level I am about as anonymous as if naked and trying to juggle in the Town Square at quarter past noon: but I am one of those innocent enough - or in love enough - to still believe the motto, to still believe in Google. Call it a personal thing. (And save the derision). Still, I was surprised, and after the Spokeo thing, which, bear with me, Gentle Reader, I go into below -- well I got to thinking. Is there some contextual event that affects all these entities and is therefrom deducible? Like, did a whole bunch of classified databases just become available for the querying? Did the powers that be, drooling over the promise of details, specificities, arrays, impose new and more strict federal surveillance protocols that all internet players have to meet? Did data mining just reach a sort of critical mass, a singularity, where in the mind boggling rapidly and exponentially growing arrays of NSA-hosted energy-sucking terabytes, some Function in some Program (itself neutral, but evil by design) recognized a pattern, a set of patterns, a hypothesis, the test of which merely required millions of us unsuspecting end-users to post one more seemingly trivial bit of personal information?
I was wrong.
...If you don’t want to live in a police state I suggest boycott Google after calling them and telling them that until they stop the SMS verification or make it optional that you won’t ever use a Google product or else one day Google may require a Social Security Number just to use an account...
O fateful moment! They wanted my email imformation, they wanted my password, and they did not understand any part of the word 'no.' Well maybe the part that might get me to click the evil checkboxes of their affiliates, in an attempt (futile) to get off of their mailing lisits. I told them repeatedy, in no uncertain terms. My language got nasty. These are the lowest of the low: they then resorted to cheap, halfhearted, and hackneyed psychological manipulation in subsequent emails. To see them all, go here; its the last one I got which is most interesting, and relevant to the topic at hand:
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