Posts Tagged ‘1984’


Truth = Treason

by adminadam in home, quotes, videos

“When Truth Is Treason” — From Community Christian Church in Springfield, MO. (16:44 runtime)

War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.

  1. “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell

  2. “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” — Voltaire

  3. “The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is apt to spread discontent among those who are.” — H.L. Mencken

  4. “A wise prince will seek means by which his subjects will always and in every possible condition of things have need of his government, and then they will always be faithful to him.” — Niccolo Machiavelli

  5. “If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.” — Frank Herbert

  6. “Public opinion, because of the tremendous urge to conformity in gregarious animals, is less tolerant than any system of law.” — George Orwell

  7. “One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression. Patriotism becomes the order of the day, and those who question the war are seen as traitors, to be silenced and imprisoned.” — Howard Zinn

  8. “If those in charge of our society — politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television — can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.” — Howard Zinn

  9. “Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.” — George Orwell

  10. “The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.” — George Orwell

  11. “Think you of the fact that a deaf person cannot hear. Then, what deafness may we not all possess? What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us?” — Frank Herbert

  12. “Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.” — Frank Herbert

  13. “Where you stand depends on where you sit.” — Nelson Mandela




by adminadam in videos

Do you close the curtains at night? Do you have deep and fascinating intimate conversations? Do you make jokes sometimes that you most certainly wouldn’t make if you knew strangers were listening? Do you pick and choose your friends carefully? Do you use caution when you write emails, knowing the connection isn’t secure? Do you whisper sweet nothings to your dearest love?

I say: whether you are an Upstanding Citizen (i.e. “nothing to hide”) or a Dissent-is-Patriotic type, the following video should give you some good food for thought.

Kind of makes me want to quit facebook and google entirely, honestly.


PredPol @ Tacoma

by adminadam in home

In a move out of Minority Report, one police precinct in Tacoma, Washington will now begin an increased-surveillance, federal-funded, crime prediction program. The software that they will deploy to analyze and predict crime is named PredPol and stands for ‘Predictive Policing’. It is meant to predict the likelihood of any given crime being committed within a 500-square-foot-area, based on the people which frequent that area. It knows who you are through gait analysis and facial recognition. It also computes sociological data on the citizenry as well, it seems.

According to the company website, the “PredPol Difference” is this:

In contrast to technology that simply maps past crime data, PredPol applies advanced mathematics and adaptive computer learning. It has resulted in predictions twice as accurate as those made through existing best practices by building on the knowledge and experience that already exists.

It’s about catching bad guys using computers! Now who wouldn’t like that, right?

Well, these guys apparently: The Barefoot Bandit Brigade.


On the 13th of February the BBB took down 17 cameras from around Seattle. Many of these were apparently pointing, not towards the coast for observation and protection of Puget Sound waters, as advertised, but towards the land. Towards the People, that is. Whoops! Messed that one up, didn’t you guys? (It was a mistake in the installation process, I’m told.)

This vandalism or what have you was also, in part, a reaction to the continued detention of the ‘Grand Jury Resisters’, ostensibly Anarchist activists who protested the grand jury process by remaining silent. Read more about this here. Very interesting to note that Grand Juries can strip you of your 5th amendment right to remain silent or not provide self-incriminating evidence. You have to speak (lest you be thrown into the terrorist slammer apparently!) … Now back to the BBB.

So this dude and his friends in the BBB dismantled and stole 17 expensive spy cameras. I don’t think they liked the Puget Sound surveillance system very much… So I wonder how folks will respond to PredPol in Tacoma now (which is roughly connected to Seattle). Maybe we’ll all decide to just let the program do its thing there as a way to say thank you to the government for being so open and transparent about what it’s doing and who it’s watching this time around. Yeah, we’ll see about that, right?

Either way I must say I am not surprised that Anonymity is being targeted for elimination to such an extent: although this example is Canadian, I think it helps to paint the picture well in that you can be thrown in jail for 10 years if you wear a mask while protesting. Basically, if you can’t catch guys like these in the BBB, you can’t really catch anyone can ya? Better call in the reinforcements!


Yeah, we got profiles on all you little guys. Oh, and good work, Ash. Keep on reportin’ suspicious activity!

Watch out Tacoma. Ash is comin’ — and he appears to be wielding some new Master Balls..!