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We're Living in a Deep State Paradise
12 JULY 2018
NORMANDY, FRANCE - Clowns to the left of us... jokers to the right - what a hoot it is to watch them jump and howl.
Trade barriers... LGBT bathroom policies... the Dow... Elizabeth Warren... Rudolph Giuliani... unemployment... QT [quantitative tightening]... Canadians sneaking across the border to buy our shoes - there's no shortage of louche entertainment in yesterday's events.
But what about tomorrow? We learn from the papers that computers can beat us at chess, write better essays, and drive our cars.
So far, so good.
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Already, in addition to the IRS's "no passport" list are the feds' "no fly" and "hit" lists. An interesting feature of these lists is that you never know if you are on them... or why. The feds don't have to prove anything.
An interesting case arose recently wherein a man found out, apparently by accident, that the feds were trying to kill him.
He went to a wedding in the Middle East... and in came a missile attack. Who were they shooting at? Then, he realized it was him! He thought it was an accident; the spooks had mistaken him for someone else.
But there was nowhere to go to appeal... no court in which he could prove his innocence. The whole matter was hidden from view, behind a sordid screen of "national security."
Meanwhile, in May, China officially began its "social credit" system. The idea is to amalgamate electronic sources of information on each of its 1.4 billion citizens and then target them for rewards or punishments, depending on their scores.
The Week magazine was on the case:
For the first time in history, the internet, with its electronic surveillance, and the collusion of data accumulators - Google, Facebook, Amazon, and others - make it possible for the authorities to control and manipulate every aspect of life.
Algorithms can now do what used to require whole squads of spooks, snitches, and sinister agents.
Did you ever attend a meeting of the group Americans for Limited Government? Did you ever talk to a known undesirable? Do you believe Congress is run by a bunch of incompetent crooks? Do you read the Diary? Are you insincere?
Put away the waterboards. Send the torches and pliers back to the tool shop. There is no longer any need to ask, let alone to torture. The feds already know everything.
The National Security Agency (NSA) has been monitoring our telephone conversations for years. Amazon, Facebook, Google, and others know what we do, what we want, and even what we think. And now, Big Technology is working with the feds to use this data to control us.
Again, back in China... The New York Times:
That's just one piece of the system. The data flow in from GPS, social media, credit cards, banks, job sites - just about everywhere.
Then, the feds can manipulate outcomes simply by editing the "news"... or denying access to important services... or applying individualized rewards or penalties. Even highway tolls can be adjusted for each car, depending on what behavior the authorities want to modify.
The New York Times again...
Just 18 years ago, America's five largest corporations were companies that provided essential goods and services - ExxonMobil, General Electric, Ford, General Motors, and Walmart.
Now, the five largest corporations all truck in data: Apple, Amazon, Alphabet (Google), Microsoft, and Facebook.
And they are using this data - in collusion with the feds - to create a Deep State paradise.
"But what do I have to fear," asks the good citizen? "I don't do anything wrong. I have nothing to hide."
Here at the Diary, we have a sunny disposition and undying faith in public officials. What do we have to worry about? After all, the "government is all of us," Hillary Clinton assured us. It would never do anything that wasn't for our own good, would it?
We are serene... and overjoyed, of course. With so much new control, the Deep State will help us be better people... never jaywalking... never speeding... never trying to save on our taxes... and certainly, never, ever criticizing our democratically elected leaders, no matter what numbskulls they appear to be.
In short, it will work like a lobotomy, helping us be model citizens.
We're all for it. Sincerely.
NSA, are you listening?
Bill Bonner, Bonner & Partners
Vivek Kaul's Diary
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