Okay bitches; let’s get right to it, lots to talk about.
Today, Friday, 3/9/12:
First, read that. Now I certainly am not appalled about some lack of privacy issue here, as the writer says, “Social media is almost the equivalent of speaking loudly at a crowded party”. What does upset me is the complete and utter waste of time and resources the government is spending launching investigations because of word triggers that would keep them from better utilizing the time and resources to fight actual terrorists. It occurs to me that I have likely had a few posts here or there flagged because of words on this list. Which gets me thinking, if you are also opposed to the government randomly spying on US citizens instead of targeting people who, I don’t know, have ties to terrorist groups or countries that sponsor terrorism…why not point out to the DHS the folly of their ways? We can talk all day long about how it is likely ineffective, plays right into the terrorists plan of getting us to overreact and bankrupt our country by hiring analysts to dig through haystacks for a shiny pin they will likely miss in this haystack of information anyway, or we can SHOW them.
Here is how I see this going down: You, me, and anyone we can convince to join us (particularly those who have nothing to fear from an FBI investigation (Big deal, you guys found out I like adults-only hardcore porn and have some fetishes that you don’t share…scary!)) start posting today, multiple times, on our Facebooks, Twitters, LinkedIns, MySpaces, (if it still exists), etc… words that are on this watch list or likely would be. The key is, use them completely innocently, just enough to flag the little computer program and make someone spend physical time looking at your posts. Then the analysts will complain to Michael (I believe myself to be High Lord and Protector of America) Chertoff that they are wasting time looking at all this increased “chatter” and it is keeping them from their real jobs, of say…examining the people who threaten to kill for using some supposed prophet’s image or likeness, name, or whatever other backwards-ass superstition they have a problem with.
Here is the post I will likely start with: “So glad that US Border Security is good and people do not try to smuggle Dirty bombs into San Diego or elsewhere. Terror is like an infection and must be decapitated.” That is 6 or more words on the list. Now think about what happens when a lot of people post it.
International Women’s Day! Now the GOP can try and keep them from gaining access to contraception in more countries than ever! Also, to all my friends that are posting the KONY2012 video…just stop, sit down, and learn about it before you go spreading the fancy YouTube video. The LRA is hardly active in the region and losing for quite some time, we already have special forces looking for him, the US can’t save every one of the 80% of people in this world living in oppressive regimes (& we might make that list), it is sad what has transpired but is about 15 years too late, & posters on one day will not change this.
I love my job, when I am allowed to do my job and do not have to catch people lying and being underhanded in the course of doing so. That is all.
Today I am thinking about Hannah. I am thinking about how much I love that she is a real person and not just the half of a couple including myself. She has not morphed into being me and I have not morphed into being her. She still has her Hannah-isms, (6 and a half dozen of one or the other) she still disagrees with me on a lot of things, she gets as disgusted with the co-dependent qualities of some people as I do, and I just really love her a lot. I know I COULD live without her, but I am happy that I don’t. I love that we both believe that just because you are part of a couple, family, group, etc…, you do not fail to exist as an individual.
I used to have a lot of friends; we would go places and hang out all the time. I wonder what happened? Oh well, at least I have a guitar, three chords, and the truth. My guitar is black. Oh, and drums. And a laptop.
Leave it to the day I get 4 hours of sleep the night before for everyone and their sister or brother or cousin to call out. So busy. No sun because no windows. So tired. Grrrrr. Lame post for a lame day. Deal. Grrrr.
Today was supposed to be fun. Hannah was going to a concert in Tahoe with her girlfriends, I was going to get together with some friends and have a few drinks, maybe do some karaoke, hit the new indoor trampoline park, and just generally have a great time. The problem was when I realized that I do not seem to have any friends. Ugh. So instead, I played with my laptop, recorded today’s entry with the webcam for a VLOG type experience and made it really funny, (then somehow managed to not save it, hence your extreme disappointment), and stayed up late while surfing educational materials on Reddit; never once going to the NSFW areas. Honest.
Stay tuned for next week’s entry as I know it will just be super awesome for all!