Category Archives: Pottersville

Metadata Is Like An X-Ray

How your innocent smartphone passes on almost your entire life to the secret service

Ton Siedsma is nervous. He made the decision weeks ago, but keeps postponing it. It’s the 11th of November, a cold autumn evening. At ten past eight (20:10:48 to be exact), while passing Elst station on the way home, he activates the app. It will track all of his phone’s metadata over the coming week.

Metadata is not the actual content of the communication, but the data about the communication; like the numbers he calls or whatsapps, and where his phone is at a particular moment. Whom he e-mails, the subject of the e-mails and the websites he visits.

Wall Street understands the value and meaning of metadata. That’s how they make their money. Metadata allows you to see relationships, to make connections, to see what’s otherwise hidden.

That dragnetting metadata is permitted without a warrant is a violation of rights that would cause our Founders to launch a new revolution.

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Gene Simmons Is A Moron

KISS My Ass – Washed Up Rocker Tells The Poor To Worship His Money

You don’t remember the last poor person who gave you a job? That would be your audience at your last arena show. That would be the person who just paid $1.29 to download “I Was Made For Lovin You” on iTunes. That is the poor person who gave you a job.

All of the fortunes in entertainment are built on the foundation of customers who are poor. People who are poor need the fuel entertainment provides more than any self-absorbed one-percenter jetting around the world in first class or a private jet.

Never forget that.

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The Silicants

The tech utopia nobody wants: why the world nerds are creating will be awful

The backlash against Glass is the implied rejection of the kind of casual sociopathy which leads a person to become a surveillance camera, to put a computer between themselves and their every interaction with other people. The philosophy of Glass is inward looking. It improves the life of the wearer at the expense of those around them.

And:

A simple fact remains: there is something intrinsically repellant about a world in which our food, jobs and personal relationships are replaced by digital proxies in the name of ultra-efficient disruption. The geeks, with their ready willingness to abandon social norms, are pulling us toward a utopia nobody wants.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me throughout.

Silicon Valley is a very, very sick culture populated not by human beings, but by a new digital deviant hybrid species: Silicants.

Previously here:

Our Jules Verne Ant-Like Future
Babylon Lives Again

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Murdochville

Here We Go Again: How Murdoch’s Offer For Time Warner Fucks Hollywood

Back in 1983, some 90% of the U.S. media was controlled by 50 companies. I thought Hollywood had it bad enough when studios started gobbling up networks, and cable companies started taking over studios and networks. Now 90% of media is controlled by 5 companies — Comcast, Viacom, CBS, Walt Disney, Time Warner and 21st Century Fox.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

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See Ya In September, Dow

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September 15, 2008
September 16, 2008

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Pottersville, New York

Photos taken Wednesday, June 18, 2014; reduced from original, click to enlarge.

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Attorney Fees Need To Be #Occupied Next!

City Agrees To Largest Occupy Wall Street Settlement Ever

Today, lawyers announced the largest settlement with New York City yet, with the city paying out $583,024 to 14 protesters who were arrested for disorderly conduct on January 1st of 2012.

Sounds like some justice, right?

No, because this:

Two of the defendants who settled at an earlier stage will receive $5,000 from the city. The remaining 12 will receive $20,002. The protesters’ lawyers will receive $333,000 in costs and fees.

What the fuck?

Maybe the protesters are happy, but that split stinks.

Previously here:

Protest category

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Disgusting

Amazon and a Mattel Unit Plan a ‘Content Hub’ Focusing on Children

“This is a sign of things to come,” Mr. McQuivey said of the Fireman Sam partnership, noting that Amazon could easily make similar merchandising deals with home decorating, cooking and health and fitness shows. “These programs are product placement from beginning to end,” he said. “Amazon is perhaps the only video distributor in the world that can let people immediately act on those impulses.”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Thank god I grew up in a world where programs were made for entertainment and not as glorified stories for products.

And he didn’t mean “people” back there. This show is for children.

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Cecily McMillan: Jail Time

Another day, another travesty.

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Cecily McMillan: Jury Said Guilty

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The Free Market, Like Everything Else, Is A LIE

Where the World’s Unsold Cars Go To Die

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The car industry would never sell these cars at massive reductions in their prices to get rid of them, no they still want every buck. If they were to price these cars for a couple of thousand they would sell them. However, nobody would then buy any expensive cars and then they would end up being unsold. Its quite a pickle we have gotten ourselves into.

Instead of letting “deflation” do its damned job — that is, price things at market-level — the bastards in power let ordinary people twist in the wind.

When I think of all the want out there and I see all of this waste — and it can’t be only with cars — I have to ask: How long do we intend to put up with this bullshit?

Every day brings a new revelation that shows Occupy Wall Street was correct.

We are trapped in a system that’s consciously designed to keep us in a state of want and frustration. Such a system is against the innate rights of man. Such a system is illegitimate and should not exist.

Update Monday May 19 2014: I’ve had to strikeout what no longer applies because the article turns out to be plagiarized and bullshit: That Zero Hedge Article On Unsold Cars Is Bullshit.

I, more than anyone, get the appeal of this story because it seems to largely rip off an article I wrote — including the images and headline — more than five years ago (which itself was largely a rehash of a Guardian article).

Shit. Next!

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