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Arron Schaar
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Software Engineer in Silicon Valley
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James De'Angelo may have found the root of the problem of why our "democracy" is no longer functioning for the 99%.  He traces it back to a transparency Bill that was passed in 1970.  

At the heart of a democracy is your ability to vote in secrecy.  This means that you can't be bribed or threatened to vote a certain way.  As we've all noticed, the voting booths go out of their way to ensure that WE have our privacy when voting, however, a Bill in 1970 removed that privacy from our representatives.  Their voting records must be public.  This allows for direct bribery of our representatives via lobbyists and SuperPACs.   As James explains, the correlation is undeniable and even members of congress talk about how toxic it has become.   However, no one seems to know why.

His solution is simple.  Our Representatives must have their voting privacy restored so that they can vote on their principles.  They'll be able to take money for X and do Y.   On the surface this sounds like a bad idea, but what it means is that lobbyists don't know how their "bribed" representatives are actually voting.  This means that their $$$ is potentially less effective b/c there is no way to verify it worked.  

Another positive side effect is that our Representatives can not be tarred and feathered for ridiculous things like being "soft on crime" or other bullshit, when really they're voting against it based on a simple principle such as "small government".     Do you think that Obamacare would have passed if our Representatives were not obligated to vote along party lines?  Members are directly called out by their own party to follow lock-step.  

Is this the root of the problem in Congress?  If so, the solution is so simple.  


Here's the full video. It's an hour long, but he's really thorough with LOTS of evidence.

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Wow, awesome browser based bitcoin wallet!

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Classic bureaucrat corruption
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Rand Paul, do you think the 4th amendment applies to my Visa statements?

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Crypto currencies changing the World.

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The packet capture shown in these new NSA slides shows internal database replication traffic for the anti-hacking system I worked on for over two years. Specifically, it shows a database recording a user login as part of this system:

http://googleblog.blogspot.ch/2013/02/an-update-on-our-war-against-account.html

Recently +Brandon Downey, a colleague of mine on the Google security team, said (after the usual disclaimers about being personal opinions and not speaking for the firm which I repeat here) - "fuck these guys":

https://plus.google.com/108799184931623330498/posts/SfYy8xbDWGG

I now join him in issuing a giant Fuck You to the people who made these slides. I am not American, I am a Brit, but it's no different - GCHQ turns out to be even worse than the NSA.

We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here. The warrant system with skeptical judges, paths for appeal, and rules of evidence was built from centuries of hard won experience. When it works, it represents as good a balance as we've got between the need to restrain the state and the need to keep crime in check. Bypassing that system is illegal for a good reason.

Unfortunately we live in a world where all too often, laws are for the little people. Nobody at GCHQ or the NSA will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process. In the absence of working law enforcement,  we therefore do what internet engineers have always done - build more secure software. The traffic shown in the slides below is now all encrypted and the work the NSA/GCHQ staff did on understanding it, ruined.

Thank you Edward Snowden. For me personally, this is the most interesting revelation all summer.

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Is Google secretly building a huge floating data center on SF's Treasure Island? We got the scoop: http://cnet.co/1gN4ODS
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I'm in Washington, DC, this week talking about the NSA and our 4th Amendment rights -- and to speak at a "Stop Watching Us" rally Saturday. An interview Thursday with RT America:

Gov. Gary Johnson slams NSA spying

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Impressive screen.  Are these screens on any smaller models?
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