Sunday, June 1, 2014

Something to Know - 1 June

Tom Toles

1.  The recent revelations that have poured out of the Edward Snowden adventure, points out that our nation's security chiefs are party to all of the voice and Internet communications across the world-wide web and phone companies.  That we know.   What is also being combed is all of the pictures and images available from our conversations and social media.  This is how it works.  Oh, by the way, if you have the iPhoto application on your iMac, you can see that there is a grouping of all of your pictures by facial recognition. If I choose to, I can display all of the images of my son, just by a push of a cursor.  Take this capability to its fullest extent, the vast trove of stored images on NSA servers can pick and display all of your images in any and all of the places where your image was taken - not just your own and friend's cameras, but Big Brother cameras in malls, buildings, and surveillance instruments.  Now that  I have written this, this entire introduction to this link has undoubtedly been snatched and recorded into a file that the NSA has on my writings.   Really neat....huh?

2.  This piece by Frank Bruni of the NY Times speaks of his opinion that news reporters seem to drag themselves into being sociologist-anthropologist-psycholanalists on events that un-nerve the core of their readers.   Not being content on exercising journalistic skills in reporting on dynamic news events, they feel compelled to do the whole enchilada before the body gets cold:

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
-- John Lennon

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