Mike Arrington who is a lawyer, has what almost certainly is an accurate read on the denials from Silicon Valley companies on how they're supporting the NSA. Read their exact words. They're not technically lying but they are providing the government with all the information they want. It's a good must-read.
I got through the first half of last night's Game 1, and it was late and I was tired, and I didn't care who won. For me, basketball isn't about the skill of the players, it's the story. So when a player or a team I admire does something wonderful it presses a button for me. These two teams are no doubt the best teams in the 2013 NBA, and I'm sure the one who wins will deserve the victory. But I would care much more if the Rockets, Warriors or Pacers were facing off against one of the established giants. Then there would be drama, and that's what gets me going.
I don't think there's much we can do about the situation with the NSA getting access to all our online stuff. That was all decided as people shrugged off the dominance of the Internet by a few giant companies. Users said they could do what they want and didn't have to worry about the big picture. We argued, they called us idealists. You guys care about that stuff, we don't. Well now the chickens have come to roost as a famous preacher once said. This is what happens when you let Zuck have all your stuff.
I don't think it's too late for us as a species, but it's getting there. The real battle isn't the battle for privacy or freedom, it's for survival. There's no doubt that climate change is real. We're destroying the atmosphere of our home. And we have no Plan B.
So if you're waking up, let's go -- let's work together to start solving real problems we have now. I think if we're doing that, the spooks won't be able to stop us, and I don't think they'll want to. Why? Because they live on this planet too. They're people not that different from you and I. Esp if you are a computer geek.
I bet quite a few of them even read this site. ;--)