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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 6:28 pm on September 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Covid-19: A New Chapter 

    Time flies.
    A part of me is grateful for having spent 5 months in self-isolation. It gave me an opportunity to reflect on life in general and distinguish the important things from the irrelevant crap that has plagued our modern world.

    Today marks my last regular day on the internet.
    From tomorrow, I won’t be accessing the internet like I used to.
    I don’t think I’ll miss it.
    I don’t think it’s very important either.
    Personally, the internet has become a place for self validation. All these posts and journals and articles – for what? What have I really been trying to accomplish here? And who in the world cares?
    And that’s the big picture.

    The pandemic reduced my scope and focus. It’s micro. It’s not the end of the world.
    And as I spent more and more time reading the news and scrolling through hundreds of videos and comments and opinions, I became bored. I was frustrated because I was not making any progress in life. Time was flying by and the realization that it was all going to waste was awakening.

    One’s life should always be focused on the big picture. What’s the most important things in life? What makes a difference in your life? What helps you grow?
    For me, it’s the answer to the question: What’s the last thing I want to accomplish before I die?

    And so the pandemic will go on. Considering my predictions, the worst is yet to come.

    I have no idea what the future holds for me. I just pray that my health remains undisturbed and my work continues to flourish.

    I’d like to congratulate India on attaining the 2nd position in the Covid-19 marathon.
    I predict that India will overtake the US by November.
    For the past few days. India has had twice, and thrice the number of cases in the US and Brazil.
    As the Covid-19 death rate continues to make records, the population of dogs in India is increasing dramatically. Interesting phenomenon.

    I have 4 months to make a difference in 2020. I already wasted 5 months due to the pandemic.

     
  • 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.

     
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