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Redacted. More Fear = More Money

15 Jun

(I got less that six hours of sleep last night and feeling the need to sleep now. Trying to put it off for an hour or two. . . .)

I don’t think the men in black could convince me that this surveillance is worthwhile. Of course, there is money being made, and that is part of it. But the bigger part of it is that these guys, politicians of the right and the left, are terrified of another 9/11 on their watch. Shred the Constitution? Sure!

Even if Congress tried to stop abuse, which they wouldn’t, they would be overridden by the unitary executive because national security. Let’s face it, at this point the NSA/CIA/DIA has enough to blackmail just about anyone with something to lose to do anything. So, I figure the surveillance state is pretty much baked in. That a 3 month employee could have access to this crap, take it, not be detected until he revealed himself leaves me feeling secure that no rogue employee would ever go stalk an ex gf with this data or anything.

There is at least one implementation under which I would have less concern, and that would be that *everyone’s* information, all of it, on everybody, is publicly accessible and everyone is in the same boat. Where you live, what you get paid, what your boss gets paid, all of your email, all of your phone records, all of your credit card records. Everything. If there’s any such thing as a level playing field that is as close as I can imagine coming to it.

Total Public Awareness night solve a lot of societal problems – like when people see what the markup really is on that item or how many kids died to produce it they might make different choices. But again, like Single Payer it won’t really work unless everyone is in it with equal access. And the 1%ers might have to go Galt. Did anyone here ever read The Falcon and the Snowman? Similar kind of story, 40 years ago about a couple kids discovering that the national security apparatus was completely nuts. The one guy is in jail still. Don’t remember what happened to his friend.

There are lots of companies that develop “products” from the basic intelligence infrastructure. The comments about the PRISM slideshow appearing to be a pitch are probably correct, but do not detract from the seriousness of the content.
It is actively encouraged to have separate groups work the same data, to then compare conclusions. Which opens up the field to a lot of contractors, in a surging growth area. The salaries are high, because the contracts are in the stratosphere, and the trained talent is playing hard to get.

The whole thing is a huge drain on the nation’s resources, and probably won’t protect us from the next big threat, because they tend to be myopic. Now they are aiming at Iran, and NK. Back in the 80s they gloriously missed what Gorbachov was up to and its consequences, because they all needed the Soviet Union to keep ticking, as fighting the Russkies was paying for them all.

They’ll screw up in similar fashion this time, and probably because they have deluded themselves into thinking they can follow,everything to be sure, there is money to be made off totalitarianism (let’s call it what it is). And people are making money off it and will want to continue making money off of it. But i don’t think that explains it, at least not completely. I think the risk to Ghoulgle & Fadedbook would outweigh the value of money they made — if they made money at all. And of course we all know the person whom Snowden “revealed” himself too was Glenn Greenwald, yes? But, you know – boring!

And a few words about Hong Kong where our hero is hiding awaiting his fate, or is he gone? Why Hong Kong might be a good choice? I guess I agree if this guy has defection to China as a backup plan. If he does, then I think my respect for him goes down a notch. Can’t really put in words why, but it somehow does… Maybe it’s because one is wondering why the hell someone who’s upset over “totalitarian” spying on civilians might want to live in the PRC of all places. Yeah, I think that’s part of it. Also, if he really wants to be a hero (I don’t know if he does) then he should face the consequences in the US and let public opinion decide whether he is a hero and free him if that is the consensus. He might face the death penalty no? I won’t ask that of him. I’m kind of assuming that’s off the table or can be gotten off the table. Maybe I’m wrong. I’m with noblejoanie, who is noblejoanie for good reason. He would have to have a pretty thick skin to go to china and why would they offer? Yeah. I don’t think China would want to touch him. He probably isn’t valuable enough to them for the bad biz they would get for it.

Slightly different circumstances

I probably don’t know enough about either. But yeah, if you don’t think you can move the needle, don’t go public. Hide. He doesn’t seem to be seeking hero or martyr status, just an honorable man who won’t make Greenwald take the fall for him. This guy is what Democracy looks like. It pains me to think of what his family is giving up, what he is giving up. I admire Efward Snowden for leaking the information. I doubt very much if I could do what he did – and what he did really is important for everyone. But the reality is that he has stepped on some very big and very sore toes and revenge will be sought I am afraid.

Maybe as someone who works in the private sector in N. Va. I take it slightly too personally, but this sentiment strikes me as no better than right-wing hating on government employees. How the government splits up the work between federal employees and contractors isn’t up to anybody at the working level. Nobody is virtuous or a villain because of which organization cuts their paycheck. The work is largely similar and people go where the jobs are.

Defense spending vs. domestic spending

I can argue about policy without venting bile on an entire class of people who, right or wrong, believe in the value of their work. As most people do. This ain’t Wall Street, you realize. Worker bees in this field can have comfortable existences, but don’t get rich. Singling out a chunk of the middle class as “grifters” because you don’t like the current composition of government spending strikes me as aiming at the wrong target.

Would the same happen after another attack? Would Republicans fall in line behind Obama as Democrats did for Bush? The program was theoretically useful, as long as terrorists were not aware of it and tended to yak away on their phones. Were the really dangerous terrorists really so naive as to think there was no surveillance? Anyway this surveillance will now catch only the really dumb terrorists (and not lone wolves). // To finish this analyze, I’d been working a three long days in a row. In Yakutia, we’re very interested to clarify what’s going on in the world to worth to comment on eyakutia.com as I said. More at albertnikanorov.org

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NSA – PRISM – Snowden = RL

13 Jun

What sort of important information are deserved has to brought light to be in the public websites? And there are many various political views that will see things differently and that going to happen on the internet. Was he almost made right decision to the intelligence capabilities of National Securite Agency? And how all this could be done? This news are very interesting topic to discuss in Yakutsk.

A whole lot of people talking about NSA‘s leaks in the last days that one guy had revealed ‘meticulously’ studied documents. His name is Edward Snowden, and he had had  spend thousand of hours in various places of our world to finish the project that I will name like: “So? No suprises here”. In particular, I think the abbreviature NSA can be unscript by each pre-school kid in America, in USA in general. By the way I do not know now, but it really looks like that things going to spread the word describing even ex-girl of ‘hero,’ or ‘non hero’ act of Snowden. However, Is he traitor? The Washington Post, The Guardian are popular news gathering organizations, so they have all chances to manipulate and to influence to the minds of persons like me what they want to know about me what I have to think about the case after reading a bunch of articles on their news websites. Okay.

On the other hand, I haven’t take yet my look at these  documents, but any gossips about Privacy Policу wasn’t surprice for me at all, that Google, Facebook, Skype, Yahoo and others are collecting all posted information by the users and work with goverment structures to save bounds from, for instance, terrorists. No questions here, no! It’s frustratin’ and waste of time to see reactions of users that yelling about ‘private life’ on the internet. What the hell? The internet isn’t our rooms, or secret diaries that we keeping, that’s the internet, the first public place to be understood. And where there isn’t any boundaries comparing with real life. I don’t understand that sort of ‘asnwers’ to the last news about leaked .doc files. The people who sayin’ that facebook are working with FBI. And there are two choices. Don’t  use them at all if you want to safe your private life. Who cares? The colossal scale of information are hosted on the servers of such companies like Google, and these guys can manipulate with them strictly, you know what? We have to applaude them not treat!

For instance, my first name is Google, last is Facebook. My name is Google Facebook, nice to meet you. I’d like to introduce, no, stop, before to begin there’s a ‘laptop’, please use it. You would ask: Why? But you would add: But firstly let me give to use it in short period of time, and I would say my conclusion. I’m relying like: Okay! So time goes by, and you ended up with nice: ” – Oh, it’s great product, easy to use, well documented, simple and so on so forth”. But It can’t surprise me, but it suprised you. Why? Because I’d been working on this project in long period of time, all day and many nights. I know every corners and details how it works. So if you’re using my product I just have to know ‘what’re you doing on there. What exactly?

No big deal, just shut your mouth up and logged off from the internet. Is it sounds harshly, broadly, rudely? By the way, who cares at all events? If you’re caring your private life you will just logged off. In some instances, let’s take a look at dropbox, twitter, iCloud, many many of them. We are changing the way of keeping our files at hand. We are using virtial hard disk drivers instead of our ‘material’. In our local computer we are hosting/saving just videos, photos and musics and may be a few documents. Let’s clarify: our life is going on in various file sharing services,  like: Google Docs, and even yandex-money for local transactions. Though, it will hardly suprice anybody. What would you say about bitcoin?

Needless to say when we are going to send documents to each other one answer to do that is ‘links’. We aren’t just clicking on them, we’re sending it to our friends, workers etc. etc. We are lazy to save it flashdrive, take a walk, and give the result of something to hand if there’s an option just to press on ‘Enter’ at a blow. Why not? So if anybody has a secret not to be tracked that can be leaked, would have rather kept secrets not in bits and bytes, keep them with the help of your’s neurons. Obviously to say our brain is the most fascinating computer in this universe that can be used without any cabel world wide web connections. // Albert Nikanorov. wallmarkets@gmail.com. I like my Google Mail badly.

Deal B%ks – Connecting the dots

14 May

A few words about Sector of foreign literature in the Scientific library of the North Eastern Federal University named after M. K. Ammosov.

Systematically organized collection of worldwide known magazines and authentic books utterly surprises you at the first sight when you enter this room – that was my first impression as an eager reader in the  Scientific library of NEFU.

“The New York Times”, “Scientific American”, “Newsweek”, “The Economist”- such a range of best publications in the periodicals and original books of famous and not very famous foreign writers as well, in the distance of several steps to us, that was a big impact for me. So, how about the New Yorker? That’s not the problem; you can find it just typing on the browser of local computer machine where I’m typing this article, too, for future readers.

 

But there is another question: How about sources in other languages? How about German? French? Japan? Yes, there are 12 languages all in all. You’ll find almost any of them find, at least one book or a magazine for your aims.  As for me, since my first visit (May 2011) till nowadays I got used to sit here day by day.

 

Then, is it an open minded friendly atmosphere here? Definitely! Just one word: Britannica. WHY? It is a room where such a collection is kept! So just open one of them in order to get access to the wisdom of the world, and dive into your theme of research etc. etc. to finish it around the archive of human being that will not be published in paper version anymore. Nostalgia J

At least all of us will be deeply impressed by reading these works in such a kind of, as I said, atmosphere of calm and concentration.

Everything is supposed to be real: to find the right material for developing one’s education or just approaching a dream – it may come true in this room. Not bad. When I was a child I had dreamed about reading “The New York Times” and other US newspaper so that after entering the university there was a great surprise by the fact that I had found almost all of them in one place near the main building where I’m studying journalism. Wow! 5 rubles a day and you can take home any magazine or book. Really! Yes, my dream had half come true now.

But the sector of foreign literature has some problems to my mind. For example this year the sector got only five books from abroad. But Vera Petrovna (head of the sector) thinks it’s not bad and believes that situation will improve in the future.

In my humble opinion to take an authentic book with a smell of worn out pages is the best studying experience than touching hi-tech retina displays, which may be good, but old school is good school, even better school — of passed past times.

Myconversation with Vera Petrovna:

1)      Good afternoon Vera Petrovna, tell me a little about your feelings at your first coming here for your first workday?

Answer: My feelings were similar to yours. In the nineties, with the falling of “iron curtain” we all enjoyed somehow or other a sense of freedom.

2)      How long have you been working here? What kind of problems did you face in the library during these long eighteen years?

Answer: Since 1994 we faced different small and great problems. Some were solved, some are being solved till now. We had established cooperation with foreign partners for international book exchange: Library of Congress (U.S.A.), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany), Columbia University, European Section of Book exchange and others. We had subscribed to several foreign periodicals to satisfy our users’ needs.

But what upsets me, it’s the fact that there are few people who really try to widen their outlook or study foreign languages exceeding the limits of learning process. But still there are such persons.

3)      The next question is about the total book fund of your sector:  how many books of foreign writers one can find here?

Answer: Nearly five thousand in total. Scientific books, fiction. So we have “Great Books of the Western World” – 60 volumes, from Homer to Kafka, about 130 authors and original texts. Nearly every book is published abroad and has an only copy.

4)      I’ve found so many dictionaries that helped me with my reports and my topics in English and some dictionaries of oriental languages that were useful, too. Who provides you with such materials?

Answer: Some dictionaries were ordered, some – acquired in a common way.

Some oriental dictionaries were presented. By the way, recently, two Korean – Russian dictionaries were presented to our sector by the rector of NEFU Mikhailova Evgenia Isaevna

5)      If we compare the total book fund of the nineties and the present time what sort of changes had happened and is going to, may be, for the near future? I mean that the university has now the status of “federal”.

Answer: In the nineties we supplied our collection from leading Moscow and other central libraries of Russian Federation, and by means of book exchange with foreign partners. Now we can claim for books, but it should have financial support. And we go on cooperating with foreign partners, e.g. Library of Congress, which cooperates with the whole world. And we get literature from China and Korea as well.

6)      Thank you very much for your answers and I hope that after this publication you’ll meet your future readers to find right answers to questions. What do you need for your library except books?

Answer: We need users and readers for the library, because libraries work for people, for their needs, interests and their education.

<Albert Nikanorov: info@albertnikanorov.com>

Raw Nerve

8 May

Again, so sick. I mean I’m very proud that I helped to somebody with him/her tasks, and today in the evening I had a talk with my aunt about tomorrow plans, (whole life belongs to planning, it’s crazy thing) and that talk was very interesting in point of take a walk with her, because she’s my lovely aunt, and I love to take a walk especially with her. The current language is reading like a convs. I can change it to more figurative way of thinking.

Okay, I don’t know what to say

5 May

Okay, I do not know what to say, but I know where I can find what I want to say, really. Before this time the aim was to publicate two posts per day, but for now that’s not about this, the aim is to public ‘worth for reading’ materials, and it doesn’t matter how much time need to be in order to have ‘have done’. But firstly and foremost I have to analyze my vocabulary and if so start to learn by heart even whole passages that I found very and very interesting to be useful in my posts. Okay, I started, therefore I’ll finish soon. Time is 10:56:34.

Time is 19:45:48 and this is another day, I have no idea how to proceed.

I can’t believed it

3 May

I had skipped three days in a row to mark ‘my table’ so far in which I didn’t recognized any intentions to be understood by me to have well ‘have done’. Grammatic rules and near of it was my first enemy to start to write a post, and all the time I had thoughts that I have poor vocabulary to write anything in the English language, and one of the folks sent me a link about ‘Stop Learning Korean language‘ as well, I read the post, there was a blog and I thought: ‘ – Suck of it’, I’ll continue my learning process at all events, but I guess this is my current ‘low weeks’ I mean the time where I can’t be productive, it’s like I’m charging my battery and of course this fact either very infcluenced on my behavior nor in style for doing something useful: big deal – zero results. Talker, not maker.

Fail early, fail often

And I have to confess: before I had ‘copy and paste‘ some sentences, I mean structure of sentences to describe my feelings, and if you guys we’ll notice something more smart than I could be, you’ll find these sentences at here: Crookedtimber. I forgot almost all in order to write such an excellent posts, how to say it, I’m loosing my sense of English language, there was a time when I was in, in stream of English language’s unconsciousness (is that correctly typed?) Everything changed when my aunt asked me: ” – Is this yours? Are writing all this stuff? Excellent!” And I said, yes, it’s all me and to be honest that is not so big deal, it’s just happening, but 70% of words and phrases wasn’t and isn’t mine at all, and after this conversaion my liar head started to killing my responsibilty and I was feeling bad reaction by me that I’m lying to draw just image, suck! this image I was saying all the time before, and made some confessions on my Russian blog, so this game is start, the battly between real-Albert and just image of Albert, who will win? We’ll see, the future is long!

 

Quote 29 Apr

I want to feel nostalgic, I want to feel like there’s this place, where everything will be alright. A better place, a place I should be in, a place I can go back to. But even just visiting it, the facts are plain. It doesn’t exist, it never has. I’m nostalgic for a place that never existed.