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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 7:06 pm on August 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Judge Esther Salas – The Importance of Privacy 

    Today I watched a video of Judge Esther Salas, who’s son and husband were recently shot by an intruder at their home.
    The poor woman lost her son and her husband is still under intensive care in the hospital.

    Apparently the intruder dressed up as a delivery guy with a FedEx package.
    This intruder was later found dead in his car with a package addressed to the judge.
    He was an attorney, had a complete dossier on the judge and her family.

    Now, there are several conspiracy? videos on YouTube claiming that the judge was attacked because she did high profile cases and had taken on Epstein’s case.
    Since the judge herself hasn’t admitted any specific correlation between taking Epstein’s case and the attack at her home, I’m not going to pursue that lead.
    I’m not a crime detective so I prefer to stay out of the murk.
    Every time someone gets murdered, Hillary Clinton’s name comes up.
    How much money does Hillary Clinton have? It must cost a lot to hire all those hitmen.
    Anyway, Hillary Clinton and her crimes don’t concern me. If Trump didn’t throw her in jail, she must be innocent, right?
    I’ll leave that to the Democrats and Republicans to battle over.

    The judge talked about internet privacy. And that’s what this article is about.
    Esther mentioned that all the judges’ addresses and personal information is available online.
    But that’s not it.
    If you’re an adult living in America, there’s a 50% chance that your personal information is available online.
    There are numerous websites specifically dedicated to harvesting and publishing personal information.
    That information includes your full name, the names of all your family members, relatives, and associates, your address, your email, your phone numbers, your income and the list of all your previous known addresses.
    What I’m mentioning here are details that were readily available to me on open websites. And that’s without much digging.
    There are websites with a paywall that include details of criminal records, education, employment history, vehicle records and so much more.

    If someone doesn’t want to pay for that information, they can do a little digging themselves and gather pretty much everything they need by putting two and two together.
    There are websites that list the birthdays of celebrities. There are sites that list employment information and professional background e.g. LinkedIn. And of course, social media like Facebook and Twitter can provide the rest of the missing pieces.

    Now, most governments in the world are known to have some form of surveillance and they have detailed information about their citizens. But that information isn’t public. It is controlled by the government and accessible only by the government agencies.

    However, in the US, there are private companies that have set up websites that aggregate data about the population and provide them either for free or a minimal fee.
    The data business has thrived in the US. Marketers and data brokers are harvesting and selling personal information and making a profit from it.

    You won’t find these kind of publishing websites for any other country, especially India and China.
    The information is harvested, aggregated and sold among companies, but it’s kept secret. It’s not published for the general public.

    Now, will these types of websites pop up in the future? Probably.

    Imagine websites that catalogue the personal information of citizens of every country.
    That’s the future of online privacy.
    The US has proven to be a fertile testing lab for this type of privacy invasion.

    When your personal information is published online, it can be accessed by anybody. That compromises your privacy and safety. It’s easy to target someone and harm them when you have so much detailed information available online. All you need is a motive and a plan.

    I just watched a bunch of China videos by the YouTuber serpentza, where he describes the Chinese surveillance system and how he was constantly harassed by the cops and state officials for being a foreigner.
    Imagine constantly being followed by the state police who keep detailed logs of all your activities.
    Imagine how much harm these people can cause you if and when they have a motive.

    And this is the problem with surveillance and privacy. It’s not just online privacy but offline privacy that gets invaded. And you never know who might use that information against you. It could be some psychopath stranger, your colleague from work, your boss, your local cops or the government.
    Nobody can be trusted with your personal information.

    Most people aren’t concerned about privacy because they don’t care. They don’t think anyone could harm them with that information. Well, they’re wrong.
    You never know whom you might piss off and who may want to hurt you to take revenge.
    Even the most lovable folks have enemies. That’s just the way of the world.
    Better be safe than sorry.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 7:02 pm on August 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Covid-19: Indian Government Arrests Critics 

    I just read an article from The Guardian about the Indian government arresting dozens of journalists who exposed the government’s failed response to the pandemic.

    I think I’d mentioned previously that the Indian government was in no way capable of handling the pandemic.

    The Indian government is a cesspool of greedy, power-hungry, control-freak, corrupt egomaniacs.

    The Indian government doesn’t care about it’s people. It only cares about it’s image.
    And this ideology is led by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This guy will say and do anything to look good in front of the cameras. And when the people behind those cameras don’t paint him in good light, he terrorizes them.

    What are the current stats of Covid-19 in India? Let’s look it up.
    I’ll look it up now; you can look it up from the future. Either way, the results will be pretty horrifying.

    So the world just crossed 18M cases.
    And India just crossed 1.8M cases.
    Interesting numbers!

    India’s just behind Brazil and the US. So the only people presumably worse than Narendra Modi are Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump. That is, if we were to blame the pandemic on the leadership.

    Now why’s the Indian government arresting journalists?
    How bad is the pandemic in this densely populated hellhole?

    There aren’t enough tests to go around in India. The hospitals are throwing out everyone except the rich and the seriously ill patients. There aren’t enough medical workers to attend to Covid-19 patients. Many of them are exhausted and slacking at work because they are being forced to do their jobs.

    The government workers stopped disinfecting the streets after a few gimmick shows for the media. People have been forced to go back to work because the Indian government would rather genocide 300M Indians in a single stroke than provide something like Universal Basic Income.

    Corruption is at an all-time high in India. Government employees are making the best of the pandemic by exploiting the citizens for bribes in exchange for services.
    Does Narendra Modi know this is happening? Because if I do, and he doesn’t, then he should resign immediately. He has no business leading the nation when he has no idea how his government is screwing the citizens in the midst of the pandemic.

    There are a lot of blind Modi followers in India. And this pandemic will be an eye-opener for them, as they either die, lose their loved ones, or get screwed by Modi’s government in some way.

    Isn’t it a shame that your average Indian citizen would rather gag on Modi’s ding than admit Modi’s failures?

    Well, there are 298M more cases to consider. The pandemic will keep spreading and people will keep suffering. Unless the government crooks are included in those numbers, it would be hard to justify them without remorse.
    So, when is Modi getting infected with Covid-19?

     
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