Your Christmas newsletter in Google Docs is now being proofread by NSA contractors
It should come as no surprise that encryption has become a very topical news item which has been appearing with increasing frequency. Yesterday the Washington Post revealed exactly what was going on by publishing these news stories:
The opening line of the first news report says it all:
The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.
One of the more interesting tidbits from the Washington Post’s story was this item:
In an NSA presentation slide on “Google Cloud Exploitation,” however, a sketch shows where the “Public Internet” meets the internal “Google Cloud” where their data reside. In hand-printed letters, the drawing notes that encryption is “added and removed here!” The artist adds a smiley face, a cheeky celebration of victory over Google security.
Two engineers with close ties to Google exploded in profanity when they saw the drawing. “I hope you publish this,” one of them said.
The question becomes what did Google know and when did they know it. Fortunately the news reports establish a chronology for the events describe by the Washington Post. On or about 2013-09-06 stories began to appear that Google had embarked on an extensive effort to encrypt all the data passing between its datacenters worldwide but there were not too many details as to why other than a distrust of the NSA. Apparently Google had become aware that their networks had been hacked in early September based on these stories which suddenly began to appear about that date.
This was a joint project between the governments of the United States and Great Britain and is clearly illegal under the laws of both nations. This makes Watergate look like a Sunday Social. Clearly corporations need to expand their security perimeters into areas which were previously believed to be secure. All data in motion must be encrypted, even on internal networks!
Just a great, great capture of how home educators feel about SB136.
Across the state, thousands of families are quietly pursing their own path. Not burdening the system, not asking for a handout, not sucking up tax dollars, not filling up the youth prisons or wreaking havoc on the streets. (No, we don’t have numbers on this. But do you know anybody mugged by a homeschooler?)
In a time when the burdens of Illinois are staggering, the menace of unregistered homeschoolers seems to rank — oh, maybe 145,678 on the list of things that need fixing, somewhere after rules on toilet paper ply strength and gerbil husbandry.
You see, Ed (can I call him Ed?) thinks that parents have no business raising and educating their children in the way that they see as best to do so. No, no. That’s not possible because only professional educators should have that privilege.
Yes, a government employee with “certifications” is much more qualified to produce the positive character traits, morals, and educational attainments, and to provide love, tolerance, acceptance, and one-to-one direct learning with a child than the child’s own biological parents.
There are simply too many kids “slipping through the cracks” in home school environments in Illinois. So many of them are idling away their time in boredom and ignorance, turning to drugs and alcohol to beat back the impending doom of their empty futures. Depression over not being able to take the latest standardized test, or to go to the Prom, is causing home schooled kids to be admitted regularly to local hospitals and placed under immediate psychiatric care. And the sibling rivalry! Peer pressure from unrelated individuals in age-based, largely arbitrary grade level peer groups is really just better for the kids in the long run.
Also, let me know (either in comments or via Twitter) what you would say, as a home schooler, to a truant officer knocking on your door (without a warrant) and demanding to “review” your curriculum and educational environment.
State Senator Ed Maloney would like you to turn over your records on how you’ve been educating your own children in the safety of your own home.
You see, he doesn’t trust you. No, he trusts the professionals in the government-run schooling system. You know, the one that you ran screaming from when you pulled your kid(s) out of school for whatever good reason you, as a parent, had for doing so.
So, Maloney (rhymes with Baloney) is sponsoring SB 136, stating “We’re not going for the private school students, we’re going to change that [in the proposal]. What we want to know is where the homeschoolers are. It’s as simple as that.”
You hear that? He’s coming for you and your children. Then he’s going to send a truant officer to your home if you don’t fill out the forms properly.
Is this the education experience you envisioned for your kids when you pulled them from the public schools? More importantly, is this the America you wanted?
Even if you don’t educate your children at home, you have an obligation to fight this tyranny. There is no constitutional mandate for sending a truant officer to your door simply because you and your children have chosen an alternate mode of education. Rather, the constitution is a long list of “thou shalt nots” aimed squarely at big government overreach.
And if this isn’t a clear and present example of overreach, I can’t imagine what is.
Yup, this is what still, post-Tucson, passes for “civility” from the left. I don’t even have to say “I hope they keep it up so that they will continue to expose themselves as hypocrites.” That would be a logical tautology.
Also, below are a bunch of great links from Michelle Malkin today.
Hollywood Enviro-Hypocrite of the Week – True story…my college room mate used to live near Redford’s digs in Utah. My roomie used to ride his four wheeler onto Redford’s property just to tick him off. Redford was the ultimate “Get off my lawn!” liberal then as he is now.
Your patient must demand that all his own utterances are to be taken at their face value and judged simply on the actual words, while at the same time judging all [others'] utterances with the fullest and most oversensitive interpretation of the tone and context of the suspected intention.
Yeah, the Right has had its whackjobs. I’m not denying that. But the next time your leftist friends, family, and co-workers try to pin all violent political acts on the Right, send them this list and remind them where the majority of violence and hatred is truly coming from.
(Warning: Many of those links and embedded images are NSFW.)
After reading this article, I’ve got a slightly more sympathetic perspective on Julian Assange of WikiLeaks than before. He’s not just some dope-smoking hacker sitting in his mom’s basement spilling out confidential stuff online. He’s actually a highly educated family man with a plan. Setting aside the idea that it will likely get him and/or his loved ones murdered, there is a point he is trying to make about conspiracy that I can’t say I don’t respect, at least in part, especially now that conspiracy theory, in many cases, has become conspiracy reality to those of us who actually turn on our brains in the morning.
My point is, if Assange would focus his efforts on shining sunlight on the elites on both the right and the left, but leave our armed forces men and women out of the equation as much as possible (I know, there has to be a balance, but still…), then I’d more than likely be cheering him on.
Here’s hoping he starts digging around in the public records of a certain prominent former resident of a U.S. island state.