Encryption Bad, Police Good; Upvotes to the Left

I am exhausted. This whole anti-encryption rant is such a crappy straw man that I am actually surprised it works on people. Barr should drop the shtick and tell people what is really going on: The Government want unfettered access to anyone’s device on a moment’s notice. Granted, this is prohibited by the constitution, but why not try anyway?

Honestly, we live in times when encryption is the rule, instead of the exception. It’s in all of our tools, on all of our machines, wrapping all of our traffic and it comes in a tremendous number of flavors. Saying encryption on iPhones is bad is like saying curtains in houses are bad because they stop you from seeing in. It’s a stupid argument because the premise is stupid. We have a right to private communications, we don’t have to let government in.

Exploitative FBI

This comes at a time when some iPhone hacking groups and exploit — ahem, I mean, security groups are not buying new iPhone exploits because they claim they have a surplus of them. So how is it that the FBI, a national agency that has connections to the NSA, CIA and more cannot get into an iPhone they have physical access to when there is a glut of iOS exploits in the market? Does this make sense?

Of course not.


They want the access because they don’t want to have to pay for exploits, or the talent to find them. Maybe they’re behind? Maybe it’s just a power play to grab more rights back from the people. I don’t know. It’s odd they haven’t mentioned any Android devices or the BitLocker encryption on millions more devices that should, in theory, be as hard to access, and yet no word from AG Barr on those devices.

I’m honestly glad that they’re being so blunt about it. It’s easier to see the real intention behind it. Though people will still fall for it. I see no end to the “Punisher Skull”/”Thin Blue Line” stickers on people’s vehicles. People want to be told what’s best for them, rather than looking for themselves. Including those ninnies who show up to various state capitals, protesting stay-at-home orders, heavily armed (“open carry”) because they can’t get their hair cut.

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Political Apathy

This year has been longer, in many respects, than any I can remember. It’s not just the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s everything. When you have lots of stuff to do and things to occupy your time, news cycles and information tends to be a little more sporadic, a little more manageable. Even with all of that, I tended to pare it down to just the things I’m interested.

Now that we’re all stuck inside and dealing with the fallout of how our leaders have responded to the crisis (good or bad), the news seems more in-your-face. No longer can I go days without hearing what this person said or how that political party is messing things up. All we get now is news, concentrated and brimming with information that just makes me want to push it away more.

I don’t think I’m alone in this thinking, either. We, I should say Americans, but it’s more than just that; Have it good. We’re well taken care of in many respects and while things can always be better, we still feel good about how our systems work. Though this is a whole topic itself. The point I’m trying to make here is that we’re pampered to the point where we don’t feel the need to protest things in large numbers anymore, we don’t strike or demand better politics. We have fallen in love with the two party system and are more than willing to take sides.

Political Escape

I used to watch the Daily Show as a way to escape, to laugh at the absurdity of the circus that is professional politics. I used to be invested in helping decide who we should elect to lead us. I used to join the voices for justice when wrong was discovered.

Now? Now I just sit home and sleep. I repeat the same daily actions. I don’t even know (or frankly, care) what our sad excuse for a leader is doing to appease the bullies and paranoid supporters who seem ready to die or kill for him. I just want out. I’m tired and I just don’t care anymore. If this is where we have decided to go, collectively. I want out.

Awesome Local (area) Politics

JEA is Off the Market, Boys and Girls

Merry fucking Christmas!

Awesome News

Edward Snowden on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast

I’m not an avid Joe Rogan watcher. I know he’s done some notable interviews with famous people and that has gotten him and his show a lot of attention over the years. I just never bothered to watch it.

He recently interviewed Edward Snowden, who released a new book called “Permanent Record”. The interview is a long one, and fascinating to listen to. If you care at all about this country, you owe it to yourself to listen to someone who was, basically, exiled because he spoke truth to power.


Truthful Quote from a Shitty Nazi

“Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”1

Seriously. Though Herman was, beyond a doubt, a monster. He was also a very smart monster.

Which sounds a lot like our current time-period with this quote from Gustave Gilbert:

“There is one difference,” I pointed out. “In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.”

To which Herman replied:

“Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country”

Emphasis mine. Sound familiar? Yeah. The wacko’s in office who denounce any voices who oppose the war in Iraq. Who lied to our faces on national television. Who, when faced with legal road blocks and constitutional separations, simply ignored them by claiming we’re at war (war with an idea mind you…).

I then look at us. The people. Why aren’t we doing anything to stop our rampaging bull of a government. I mean, christ they fire a guy in Pakistan and their lawyers riot. Let me repeat that. RIOT. We can’t even be bothered to get a letter writing campaign together when thousands of our men and women die every day in a war against an idea in a country we didn’t even have any reason to invade. Yes, Saddam was a monster, yes he killed thousands, but we went against the entire world’s advice and invaded anyway. Killing thousands.


Why can’t we get rid of someone who is so clearly harming our country? Why can’t we have a sane attitude toward the rest of the world?

Sometimes I dream of a better future…

1: Snopes Quote

Update: Markdown makes text taste better…