Have you ever been just writing along in Microsoft Word, and then right before your eyes, you watch your words disappear? I have. More than once. Most of the time it was when I was writing some insidious opinion on Obama, or Clintons, or the Bushes.
I figured I was going nuts–until I came across this article the other day:
The journalist Luke Harding’s book, The Snowden Files, came out earlier this month. But judging by Mr. Harding’s assertion that his words were somehow deleting themselves while he wrote about the NSA, it’s a wonder it came out at all.
While he was working on the book about Edward Snowden’s exploits, Mr. Harding writes in the Guardian, the sentences he wrote about the NSA would periodically garble or delete themselves.
From the Guardian:
Something odd happened. The paragraph I had just written began to self-delete. The cursor moved rapidly from the left, gobbling text. I watched my words vanish. When I tried to close my OpenOffice file the keyboard began flashing and bleeping.
Over the next few weeks these incidents of remote deletion happened several times. There was no fixed pattern but it tended to occur when I wrote disparagingly of the NSA. All authors expect criticism. But criticism before publication by an anonymous, divine third party is something novel. I began to leave notes for my secret reader. I tried to be polite, but irritation crept in. Once I wrote: “Good morning. I don’t mind you reading my manuscript – you’re doing so already – but I’d be grateful if you don’t delete it. Thank you.” There was no reply.
A month later the mysterious reader – him, her, they? – abruptly disappeared.
Well, I can’t tell you how I felt when I read this. I am certainly not as important a character as the reporter that is writing about Snowdon. and yet, years ago, when I was in contact with a young women in D.C., whose father was in the CIA, she all of a sudden told me she couldn’t talk to me anymore. We were really great friends. This was back when Bill Clinton was President. I have wondered ever since if I struck someone somewhere in Georgetown as being “dangerous.”
I do still have one reader there according to my stats.
But, I’m not special in any way. I happen to believe the government has a dossier on every “patriotic” American, and it’s no conspiracy when Homeland Security even lists us as a threat.
Basically, it’s a form of censorship. And now that Obama has given the internet to the world, something, which by the way, he had NO authority to do, this kind of thing will become the norm. Wait till China and Russia put their two cents in.
The truth is, the liberals have been desperate to silence the internet for many years because it really is the last place that the normal citizen’s voice can be heard.
If you think our government does NOT want to censure us…look at what the I.R.S. did to the Tea Party groups.
Let’s go back: Remember the E-PARASITE legislation, a bill proposed by Congress that was formerly known as the Senate-backed PROTECT IP Act? It was intended to punish copyright infringement–as well as toy with its definitions to a harrowing degree. Websites would be guilty until proven innocent. Search engines would punish you to the dustbin of the superinternet basement. Obama’s FCC Diversity Czar, Mark Lloyd was on record for praising Hugo Chavez for shutting down private media companies.
FROM CONSERVATIVE: Robert McChesney is the founder of Free Press, a group with close ties to the Obama administration. He has ADMITTED what the REAL GOAL is with Net Neutrality: “At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.” emphasis added
And now that Obama has given the internet over to other countries, he endangers our very lives. What’s bad about this? Well for a start. Censorship. Internet Taxes—and worst of all, he is putting us in more danger of a cyber attack by our enemies
Brad Blakeman (Pentagon) cautioned that he is more concerned about the situation today than he was in 2010, saying “I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. [Robert] Kahn, one of the inventors of the Internet at the Pentagon, as well as Admiral McConnell, about the Internet and cyber-attacks. And our country is hit tens of thousands of times a day through the Internet in cyber-attacks both on our private sector and public sector. “The information we are able to gather through the type of control we have on the internet is one of the reasons why America is safer than we would be if we were under international control. This is a matter of national security, as well as economic security.”
As for whether this could lead to some type of UN-sponsored international Internet tax, Blakeman said, “Absolutely. They could set rates. You know, we give out the IP addresses as the domain names for relatively small amounts of money, which is then passed on to the consumer through programs they have through their Internet providers. The cost of it is so low and now we’re going to be beholden to an international body who’s going to start determining rates or worse yet, access to the Internet. Who gets a domain name? Who gets an IP number?”
But go figure: the big boys love it: Google, Zuckerface, Verizon, AT&T, and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller argued that the transition will help ensure the Internet remains free and open.
Right…if Mr. One World Government thinks it’s a good idea, that should make us all feel better.
For now, we might be safe. But AFTER the next elections…I wonder.
My friends amforatas in Australia thinks that the internet will always be free…that the internet will change the world, and no government will be able to control it.
I hope he’s right, because as much as Hillary Clinton and Obama stand up and give great speeches about ‘freedom of speech’ it’s all a ruse.
They mean…and want..to control it all. We’ve seen the internet crushed by dictators in other countries, could it happen here?
The FCC is directly interfering with our free market system, by giving bureaucrats power over Internet carriers. The Net Neutrality Act seems to be part of a larger effort by the Obama administration to exert power and speech restrictions over the entirety of the Internet, what you can see when you are on it, and how you access it. However, what we have today is a fundamentally broken system that funnels most of the wealth and most of the power into the hands of the ultra-wealthy and the gigantic corporations that they own.
I gave a factual account of what the president was going to do and sure enough now in 2014, safely re-elected, our internationalist president is seeking to give our most important precious asset, the Internet, to basically international control. The United States developed it with taxpayer dollars at DARPA, which is at the Pentagon, as an open architecture networking. We didn’t keep it for ourselves, we monetized it and were able to make countries a lot smarter, a lot freer and now the president seeks to be beholden. Now they’re going to have a say beyond their borders. This is one of the worst acts that a President of the United States could ever do because it’s so destructive to our country.”
And Nobody Wins, when one traitorous man, gives away what was not his to give…
Putin REALLY wanted his Russian Olympics to show the world the music and the history of Russia and he spared no expense. It’s the most expensive Olympics ever held. So, when one of the rings in the Olympic symbol didn’t show up at the opening ceremonies, and the giant structure could not be illuminated by fireworks as planned…no problem. While the rest of the world saw the snowflake that didn’t blossom into a ring, Russia saw what Putin wanted them to see on THEIR T.V’s.
Obama, on the other hand, while claiming to have the most transparent administration in history, has kept secret just about everything he does. Obamacare was done behind closed doors, the new Asia treaty is being done secretly without Congress, and today, he told French President …..
“I can do anything I want.”
From Nourishing Obscurity (thanks to amfortas for the info)
This past Sunday evening former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down for an interview with German television network ARD.
The interview has been intentionally blocked from the US public, with virtually no major broadcast news outlets covering this story. In addition, the video has been taken down almost immediately every time it’s posted on YouTube.
In contrast, this was treated as a major political event in both print and broadcast media, in Germany, and across much of the world. In the interview, Mr. Snowden lays out a succinct case as to how these domestic surveillance programs undermine and erode human rights and democratic freedom.
He states that his “breaking point” was “seeing Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress” denying the existence of a domestic spying programs while under questioning in March of last year.
So which President wins the contest at being the biggest dictator when it comes to censorship this week?
Obama! It’s one thing to make an artistic decision, it’s quite another to bar the American people from being able to listen to one of the most important interviews held about the NSA.
And for that, Obama wins the gold.
And speaking of imperfection….
Does Bob Costas have pink eye? or was it just a case of Botox gone wrong? Let’s ask Joan Rivers, shall we?
This is refreshing…an American calling it like he sees it about Obama and his policies, and he is just trying to warn his neighbors against what’s coming: But, the city of course, wants him to take it down, because…it’s too big. Nobody Thinks it’s sort of the same thinking they have about gun control: you can have a gun, just so it only shoots so far.
You can have a sign, as long as it’s little enough that nobody sees it.
They slice away the 1st and 2nd amendments…slowly…like a piece of cheese.
If I lived by this farmer, I’d bake him a cake for his birthday…
It’s said, Sam Adams started the Revolution, and he did it with the mighty pen. And since he really didn’t want his name on all his ranting against the crown…he made up all kinds of names for his penname:
Philo Patriae and Paces, Vindex the Avenger, Determinatus, Decant Ara Togae, (weapons are under my cloak!) Principiis Obsta: (principle obstacle) , Valerius Poplicola, Candidus, and Populus. He was also: An American, A Tory, Alfred, A Son of Liberty, A Puritan, and A Religious Politician– among many.
And Sam wasn’t the only one who wanted to remain anonymous.
Benjamin Franklin was Silence Dogood, and Polly Baker and Richard Saunders and Anthony Afterwit, Martha Careful, Alice Addertongue, Celia Shortface, Harry Meanwell, Fanny Mournful, Obadiah Plainman, Busy Body, and Sidi Mehemt Ibrahim.
John Adams was Sui Juris, U, Davila, and Humphrey Ploughjogger…and my personal favorite: Novanglus. (which means New England.)
James Madison was Helvidius and Cato…
After Thomas Paine wrote an anonymous pamphlet criticizing President George Washington‘s policies, John Quincy Adams (John’s son) wrote a series of anonymous articles called “Publicola”, defending the president. They were so well done people assumed his father wrote them.
And I even write under a pen name…Joyanna is a combination of my first name and my grandmother’s name…and Adams is not my married name, but I picked it out of respect to the founding Adams, as I am a direct descendant of that family on my mother’s side.
I really didn’t want anyone to know my married name.
In this country, writing under a pen name, thus remaining anonymous, has been protected by the Supreme Court.
In its 1960 decision in Talley v. California, the Supreme Court ruled that a law forbidding individuals from distributing handbills without identifying their identity unconstitutionally infringed on the First Amendment’s guarantee to free speech. The Court declared:
Anonymous pamphlets, leaflets, brochures and even books have played an important role in the progress of mankind. Persecuted groups and sects from time to time throughout history have been able to criticize oppressive practices and laws either anonymously or not at all. . . . Before the Revolutionary War colonial patriots frequently had to conceal their authorship or distribution of literature that easily could have brought down on them prosecutions by English-controlled courts. . . . It is plain that anonymity has sometimes been assumed for the most constructive purposes.
SO…what in the world is this new bill being proposed in the Illinois Senate all about?
A new bill proposed in the Illinois State Senate looks to completely wipe out any form of anonymity on the internet by requiring that the operators of basically any website on the entire internet take down any comment that isn’t attached to an IP, address, and real name-verified poster.
It’s called the Internet Posting Removal Act and was introduced on February 13th by Illinois General Assembly veteran Ira I. Silverstein [D]. Not wanting to leave any bases uncovered, Silverstein includes that an “Anonymous Poster” means “any individual who posts a message on a web site including social networks, blogs, forums, message boards, or any other discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages.”
If James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay were alive and publishing under the false name “Publius” today, they would be prime candidates for prosecution under Virginia’s anti-spam law, and the Internet Posting Removal Act. They would most likely be using the Internet to get their message out to as many fellow citizens as possible. They could be arrested for speaking their minds on important issues of the day.
Clearly, Obama’s government wants to know WHO is writing the essays and blogs against them. Sure, there are some bad people out there spamming, but making it a crime to not sign your real name is not how are country was founded.
It is a right, given to us by our founders. If not for them, we wouldn’t be here.
And I’m sure Alice Addertongue would agree with me 100 percent!
“Enemy of the State” is one of my favorite movies. Will Smith plays the main character, and he is hunted by the NSA because, although, he doesn’t know it, he was slipped a video of a Senator having someone murdered. It’s a great action film, but I wonder how many people believed in what the film was trying to educate the American public on: Everything we say or do, can be, without warrant..observed. The fact is, all of our data is being stored. The new technology that we are all excited about, is being used by our government to spy on us….and yet, we all are conditioned that it’s necessary.
If you talk about this to ANYONE..they always say, “Well hey! I’m not doing anything wrong, why should I worry?”
Or…as they once said in Nazi Germany, “They didn’t come after ME..I wasn’t Jewish, so I just didn’t worry about it.”
It was around the time of that movie, (1998) that I started noticing blackouts when I was listening to the radio. I couldn’t blame them on just random radio waves causing static, because I observed that they always happened right when some conservative talk show host was about to reveal something sinister about our government. They happened when I listened to Rush Limbaugh, or Alex Jones on Coast to Coast, and many other stations. They still happen time and again, but ONLY when some secret is about to be revealed, so no…I don’t believe my neighbor is turning on his Wi-Fi at the exact same time I’m waiting for the secret to be revealed. Nope—- because this even happens when I’m listening to the radio in my car at the exact moment when I am going, “Wow…I can’t BELIEVE they are going to talk about this…finally…somebody is going to talk about this!” And then you hear the first word and then—–ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…
Last night I was listening to the radio, and George Noory was interviewing a man who’s FACEBOOK account had been taken down…because he put up a Gandhi quote:
The reports are absolutely true. Facebook suspended the Natural News account earlier today after we posted an historical quote from Mohandas Gandhi. The quote reads:
“Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.” – Mohandas Gandhi, an Autobiography, page 446.
This historical quote was apparently too much for Facebook’s censors to bear. They suspended our account and gave us a “final warning” that one more violation of their so-called “community guidelines” would result in our account being permanently deactivated.
Evidently, this is happening to many conservatives sites. I’ve never been a fan of Facebook, because frankly, I think it’s a government dream which is gathering information on you, and your friends, and every single thing about you. And how does this make us any different than China? When Obama gathers all the heads of the great social media sites in the White House, it’s not to talk about his golf game.
He is collaborting with them.
According to an article on Drudge: China has tightened internet controls, legalizing the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain “illegal” information.
So, now we are starting it here. We are becoming China.
Because this is happening in bits and pieces, no one is much concerned about this. But yesterday I checked out a book at the library, and for the first time (I’m been checking out library books for over 50 years.) I found blocks of paragraphs …just blacked out. (see photo)
So, they couldn’t block the book, but now it seems the government can blank out what they don’t want the public to read.
Add up all these little bits and pieces and you can see what’s coming.
Now, the aim is to “fundamentally” change America, and destroying our Bill of Righs..free speech, guns, and right to privacy is already in the making. And the words of Sam Donaldson are freightening. He indicates that tea party people’s ideas are old and outdated, but the fact is, these old and outdated rights of freedom are being replaced with the new tyranny of soft communism…and Sam considers himself privy to the “new America” where one man will decide just about everything.
The tea party people are for freedom. It’s that simple.
The “tea party” people, are being attacked like the Jews of old. And pretty soon, putting up any quotation from the Constitution will be taken down.
It’s been done bit by bit…on purpose, but be prepared for one day to wake up, and like my friend Mona says…on our TV will be…”THE STATE.”
And if you don’t go along with it…you will be…the enemy. If you are a “tea party” American patriot…you already are.
Remember…once upon a time Sam Adams head was on the top of King George’s list. You are in…good company.
Our founders gave us the best Constitution in the world…let’s not lose it.
–My favorite video of the day.
Free speech. Both Hillary and Obama’s whole purpose of the Benghazi response–by Susan Rice, Hillary, and Obama at the UN…, was to start the United States on the path to making it a crime to speak against Islam. That’s not to say they both shouldn’t be impeached for the crimes they BOTH committed in letting those poor men die…but they know they won’t. They have now consolidated their power.
They are implenting the U.N. wishes, and Obama’s.
They are beyond touching. We should all be screaming “TERM LIMITS” at the top of our lungs, right after we finish shouting “Impeach the bastards!” for at least ten days straight in front of the White House. In fact, I’m still for taking all power away from the office of the President, but I take it I’m the only one on that boat. If Nobody pays any attention whatsoever to the Constitution? What good is it?
Obama should be impeached. Instead, he has his friends calling him “the savior.”
And so, while vaccines will someday be mandatory, and chips in our school children…mandatory, can we expect that we will be forced to HONOR all Muslims for fear of arrest?
They already did it….they arrested a man for speaking agaisnt Islam. And you bet they wanted you to notice. If they had arrested a “white republican” the nation would have been up in arms…But they were very clever, they picked out a Muslim…and that’s how it’s done! You got the message, but didn’t riot too much. He didn’t LOOK like an American.
You must admit…when it comes to being dictators, these people are good.
Nobody Thinks it’s very sad that Rand Paul is the only Congressman delivering this message to us…telling us just how far our rights have been taken away, without even much of a peep. And I got this in an email or I would have missed it.
Yes, we are being censored, photographed, spied on, and watched with creepy Big Brother eyes, and we don’t even know it, —-OR think about it much, do we?
Recently I downloaded Google Crome and I couldn’t even put up a post on WordPress. I was thinking it was WordPress…but no…I took off Google Crome and was back in business. I can’t help but wonder if I was being ‘tea party censored’ or it was a computer thing. I suspect, both.
Anyway, I thouight Rand’s message was an important one. So—Rand wins the ‘Nobody’s Fool’ award of the week!
(If I had a lot of money…I’d send him some!)
Whether you’re a Christian or not, it’s pretty clear that Christmas for quite some time now, has been a Christian holiday.
Well..duh! Now, can somebody PLEASE tell our politicians to bug off and let Christian Americans keep their traditions?
I got this email last week, and it’s a reminder of just how much our government is telling us what we can “say” and how we cannot offend anyone. I’m guessing this email has been going around the internet for quite some time, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it.
Somebody, as you will read, got so angry at our politicians and “elites” telling what we can or cannot say at Christmastime, that he took the famous “Twas the Night BeforeChristmas” poem and used it to lodge a very effective complaint.
Good for him. I especially liked the Wolf Blitzen part–really made me laugh.
(Thanks to Tom Bebee)
TWAS THE MONTH BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Not a Christian was praying, nor taking a stand
See the PC Police had taken away,
The reason for Christmas, no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About Sheppard’s and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say
December 25, is just a holiday.
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks, and credit,
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it.
CD’s from Madonna, an X-Box, an I-Pod
Something was changing, something quite odd.
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kuwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken and Fonda
As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
At K-Mart, and Penny’s and Staples and Sears
You won’t hear the word Christmas, it won’t touch your ears
Inclusive, sensitive, di—ver–si–ty,
Are words that are used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen,
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry and Clinton.
At the top of the Senate there arose such a clatter,
To eliminate Jesus in all public matter.
As we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith,
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate your ‘Winter Break” under your “Dream Tree”
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me
Choose your words carefully, Choose what you say
Shout “Merry Christmas” not “Happy Holiday!”
Please all Christians join together, and wish everyone you meet
Christ is the reason for the Christmas season,
If you agree, please forward, if not, just delete
Bob Dylan, the famous anti-war propagandist turned Christian homebody was “censored” by China. He went over there to make a butt load of cash, and many of his old hippie fans, like Maureen Dowd, are in shock. Bob Dylan agreed to be censored?
“He sang his censored set, took his pile of Communist cash and left,” Dowd wrote. She called him a “sellout” because China wanted to see his list of songs.
“As far as censorship goes, the Chinese government had asked for the names of the songs that I would be playing. There’s no logical answer to that, so we sent them the set lists from the previous three months. If there were any songs, verses or lines censored, nobody ever told me about it and we played all the songs that we intended to play.”
Nobody Remembers when John Lennon recorded “Serve Yourself” in response to Dylan’s’ “Gotta Serve Somebody.” Looks like Dylan has done both on his tour of China and Bill Clinton wants to put the same rules up here.
Come you masters of war…you that build the big guns You that build the death planes, you that build all the bombs, You that hide behind walls. You that hide behind desks. I just don’t want you to know I can see through your masks.