Archive Monthly Archives: April 2016

Modern Times And Future Crimes

Life as you’ve known it is over. The world is becoming a very different place. No one has ever experienced life as what it's evolving into ever before. Your parents can't hold your hand or prepare you for what's coming. Your grandparents have no referential stories to share. The only ones that can give you a glimpse of the horizon are the ones studying what is on the precipice of technology and its dominating intentions for our culture.

That's the driving force behind Clear Your Tracks.

I’ve been hearing more and more elderly people saying that they’re relieved that they won’t see how scary things are going to get for the future generations with all the crazy technological advances. I tell them they have no idea how quickly those advances are occurring. If you plan on living the next five years, you’re going to see some crazy stuff.

Technology grows at an exponential rate. Look at the rate for which the internet itself gained users. It took nearly 3-4 decades before the internet gained 360 million users in the year 2000. In 2005, it reached its first billion. And it was only six more years before that number reached 2 billion in March 2011.

This kind of exponential growth has always proven hard for people to wrap their heads around and predict its effect. Life for humans in the industrialized nations is coming into a new world of interconnectedness with many millions more commonplace devices being released to the marketplace with wifi capabilities over the next few years.

These are our modern times and future crimes. It’s the wild, wild, web and it’s gearing up to become the wilder, wild, web and the only way to protect yourself is to know how to defend yourself.

There is no one coming to your rescue. You decide, right now, to make your move.

Clear your tracks.

You’re Crazy If You’re Not Paranoid

“Just because you’re paranoid, don’t mean they’re not after you.” Kurt Cobain

They’re cominggggg.

Actually, they’re here already.

The machines. Computers. Robots. Droids.

Call them what you wish, but they’re here to stay for the foreseeable future. I'm just speaking matter of factly here. Speaking generally, we can surmise as to why that is. Why are they here? Why were they invented, and why do we insist on their presence in our lives? These are quite subjective musings.

Ultimately, most might say because they’re fun. They provide a lot convenience and amusement, which is pretty high on the priority list in the modern, civilized cultures. Others would say they increase productivity. They allow more and perhaps even greater quality work to be done.

Additionally, governments certainly favor “the machines,” because it makes it easier to “manage” people, ala Carroll Quigley. That’s basically the game they play. If you can control their thoughts, you control their actions. And if you can get them to willfully volunteer those thoughts while relinquishing their right to any privacy about such rights so to get yourself off the hook, then we really have something special. Just make it so amusing and entertaining that most will not ask or care why. They’ll just consent.

Social media (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.) is where most people spend their time online. If the “powers-that-be” wish to shape public opinion on a particular matter, it’s much easier to do that now with Facebook than it ever was 30 years ago with network news. We can see this in practice by the CIA’s involvement in Facebook, and Google (which owns YouTube.)

Technologies built right into the computers themselves can be used to track movements, monitor activity through the built-in camera and gain remote access to the microphone in your smartphone even if it’s turned off!

I’m not saying these things are coming. I’m saying they’re here! I’m typing on such a device, and you’re reading this from one right now. My friend, you’re crazy if you’re not paranoid. You know that word, “paranoid,” coming from the Greek meaning “outside the mind”? It’s like thinking outside the box or beyond the status quo. As more and more people become aware of the liberties that are being stripped away that box and the status quo will expand so that the “paranoid” will be seen as “ahead of their time.”

Of course, it helps that we have the documentation and technology to show that all this is really happening too.

Please Respect Our Privacy

Dear Internet status quo, please respect our privacy.

Not just when we have the bathroom door closed.

Not just when we have the “Do Not Disturb” sign hung.

Not just when it’s sealed in an envelope.

Not just when the doors are locked.

Not just when we are naked.

Not just when we’re on private property.

ALL THE TIME. EVERYWHERE.

That means the Digital World too.

Like an email that is sent between two parties.

Pictures we share of our children.

How many cat videos I watch an hour.

Which political candidates I like and dislike.

Where I shop, what I search for, what I buy, how I paid for it and where it was sent.

What I blog and where I’m blogging from…

The list goes on but let the point be clear. Our rights in the physical world are much more easy to protect and police. Which means they’re also harder (not hard) to violate. In the digital world, which in one respect appears to be more freeform, it is much easier to spy and surveil on one another. While many people remain unaware of the vulnerabilities of the internet, the number of informed citizens is growing.

It won’t be in the too distant future that it will be commonplace for everyone to be aware of locking their virtual door and sealing their digital envelopes. Looking at the older generations still alive now, we see they are much more often than not, intimidated and unaware of how the internet works. On the other end, 5-year-olds are learning way more than what most of us might consider basics. These days kids are learning how to use the internet before they know how to ride a bike.

With this changing world, we need to adapt in empowering ways. Demand your rights. Demand your privacy. They’re available, but they won’t be served to you on the proverbial silver platter. You have to know them so you can demand them. Perhaps we can be polite?

“Please respect our privacy.”

…perhaps not.