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Great summary of a detailed paper about corporate surveillance by Glyn Moody. Get the 93 page paper here, http://crackedlabs.org/dl/CrackedLabs_Christl_CorporateSurveillance.pdf

As Moody points out, the only thing missing is what to do. That's a valid criticism. Telling people about problems without giving them something they can do tends to demoralize them. Richard Stallman often gives recommendations in his political notes and on his web pages. Read them.

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Want to visit the US? Now you need to provide 15 years of your history and social media handles. The Bush administration liked surprising people with their knowledge of all of this without asking. The Trump administration wants to pretend it does not know? I suppose that enhances the humiliation of the violation. It's also going to grow the "Trump effect" where no one wants to visit anymore. 

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Credentialing used as a smear and censorship tool. Looks like selective punishment. Shame on them.

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Really Crazy Advocacy of Censorship I have to think the commissioner's bad reasoning is deliberate, and it's so off base that it seems to have confused The Consumerist a little. They misunderstand the depth of crazy and miss a beautiful non sequitur that we should all ridicule.

The Consumerist refutes the insane market driven argument with some good research to show that the censorship service is and always will be available for people who want it because a censor is not a communications provider. That's good but it misses the point that the market advantage is not that the ISP will censor what you read, it's that the ISP will keep your neighbors from being able to publish things. The idiots arguing for censorship think that it will only apply to people they don't like. The more direct argument, that there is no real competition in broadband is a better one because it strips the idiot of their illusions.

The non sequitur at the end of the Forbes article is worth it's weight in gold for summarizing all of arguments made to strip scared people of their rights. The loony commissioner claims net neutrality is wrong because free publishing feeds terrorism. Those who disagree should ask the family of a Manchester bombing victim. Wow, just wow. He might as well have said, "Bananas feed terrorism! Just ask the family of a Manchester bombing victim!"

A more fruitful causal relationship to explore than a free press is Her Majesty's government support of the terrorist cell that did the bombing, or the turmoil caused by incessant wars over oil. A website and crazy literature will only go so far. Government money, guns, and a safe haven for tortured people wanting to commit policy advantageous murder goes a lot further. But, hey, when it backfires, that's a great time to clamp down on dissidents and all those whiners who want the freedom our governments are supposed to stand for. 

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I wish this were funny.

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Every year, coal kills almost as many Americans as there are coal miners. How many lives is one coal miner's job worth?

"By swapping solar photovoltaics for coal, the US could prevent 51,999 premature deaths a year, potentially making as much as $2.5 million for each life saved. A team has calculated US deaths per kilowatt hour per year for coal related to air pollution-related diseases associated with burning coal."
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