Weekly Round-Up

This week's round-up has a bit of a theme; something that I have found myself becoming really fascinated with - and appalled by - of late. I refer to the whole online privacy/NSA revelations deal that has been drip-drip-dripping into the public consciousness over the past weeks. I don't offer these to depress or alarm you, or even to piss you off. However, I do find it remarkable, even historic, that the curtain is finally being pulled back and that any illusions we may have had over what our government feels it needs to do to keep us safe has been put into some kind of perspective. It's not just the NSA either, we start off with an FBI item -

FBI Can Remotely Active Microphones On Android Devices

NSA Surveillance Can Penetrate VPNs

Utah Residents Will Get To Pay Extra For NSA Domestic Spying

XKeyscore: NSA Tool Collects "Nearly Everything A User Does On The Internet"

NSA To English Dictionary

The 217 Representatives Who Voted To Keep NSA Spying On All Your Data

And in closing, the final paragraph of George Orwell's 1984 (subtle, eh?)

He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark mustache. O cruel needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving beast. Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.

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