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Post by SquidInk » 06-27-2013 11:59 PM

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/ju ... collection
On December 26 2012, SSO announced what it described as a new capability to allow it to collect far more internet traffic and data than ever before. With this new system, the NSA is able to direct more than half of the internet traffic it intercepts from its collection points into its own repositories. One end of the communications collected are inside the United States.

The NSA called it the "One-End Foreign (1EF) solution". It intended the program, codenamed EvilOlive, for "broadening the scope" of what it is able to collect. It relied, legally, on "FAA Authority", a reference to the 2008 Fisa Amendments Act that relaxed surveillance restrictions.
Hint: Good, trustworthy people don't name their projects 'Evil...' or 'Predator' or 'Punisher' or 'Reaper' or 'Beast'.
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Post by SquidInk » 07-02-2013 01:37 PM

All we need to know about the government we tacitly approve of: They have beam splitters integrated at the peering points. [1]

This isn't about catching you and your partner looking at sexy pictures online, or talking about pressure cookers. This is not about - wait, are you sitting down? - this not about liberals and conservatives.

This is about simulations. It's about what it's *always* about - massive wealth transfer schemes run by a mico-small percentage of psychos who happen to control an insane amount of resources. It's global economics, wrapped in cloaks, and designed to grossly benefit only a few insiders.[2]

It's a friggin' conspiracy. Plain and simple.

[1] http://ixmaps.ca/faq.php , https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc ... 8ZkG#gid=0

[2] http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/06/23 ... print.html , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic ... imulations
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Post by Fan » 07-03-2013 12:02 PM

Yeah. I mean this is out of reach of my brain right now. I can assimilate the idea of recording everything and analyzing it to a degree, but inputting all that info into a virtual world simulation of us, creating personalities that can be tested and screwed with virtually, in order to best manipulate us... wow. It is the end-game though right? This is what they want, a reliable model to test new crazy things on.
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Post by Fan » 07-03-2013 12:27 PM

This is the guy whose work the simulations are based on... lots to learn there, scary stuff. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Kahneman
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Post by Riddick » 07-03-2013 01:21 PM

What a wonderful tool for the puppet masters to pull the public's strings.

Not as if the great unwashed aren't already pretty predicable without it.

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Post by Fan » 07-03-2013 01:22 PM

I swear they got inspired to do this from Asimov: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychohist ... ctional%29
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Post by Riddick » 07-03-2013 03:17 PM

Fan wrote: I swear they got inspired to do this from Asimov: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychohist ... ctional%29
It does all have sort of a sci-fi scent to it, doesn't it? Aside from having foundation for futuristic dystopian dictatorship already in the here and now, that is. Far from being off the mark, Asimov pretty much nailed it.
SquidInk wrote: It's about what it's *always* about - massive wealth transfer schemes run by a mico-small percentage of psychos who happen to control an insane amount of resources. It's global economics, wrapped in cloaks, and designed to grossly benefit only a few insiders.
Yep. For the psychos who run the show, too much money and control is never enough...

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Post by SquidInk » 07-04-2013 09:36 AM

Related: https://docs.palantir.com/metropolisdev ... rview.html <--- copy & paste ---!

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Fan wrote: Yeah. I mean this is out of reach of my brain right now. I can assimilate the idea of recording everything and analyzing it to a degree, but inputting all that info into a virtual world simulation of us, creating personalities that can be tested and screwed with virtually, in order to best manipulate us... wow. It is the end-game though right? This is what they want, a reliable model to test new crazy things on.
I believe so, ymmv.

It's just too much data for any other purpose. I think the fact that these people are interested in everything from consumer habits and purchasing histories to extensive mapping of social networks and circles of influence is telling. There may be an aspect of 'anti-terrorism' involved, but despite what many want to believe, injury by terrorist is statistically extremely rare. The American reaction/policy since 9/11 makes zero sense if taken at face value. It is essentially this: in order to save the American/Western way from terrorists who wish to destroy it, we must destroy it ourselves.

There is something more at work here - there is a conspiracy. The thing to remember is that we (in the west) are an economic people first, and foremost. The fact that we claim politically to be 'free and democratic' is absolutely meaningless. The idea that we may be founded upon 'Judeo Christian' values is irrelevant today. Pointing to these facts is like pointing out that a certain automobile is vastly superior because it is painted brown, while systematically ignoring all questions about it's drive train & chassis - the prime motivators. Economically, we are not free, we are not democratic, and we do not adhere to the principles described in the Gospel. Our most celebrated business formation, the corporation, is indeed an honest reflection of the repetitive, self-similar or fractal pattern of our economic structure. In it's most successful instances, it is secretive, essentially autocratic, unaccountable, and driven solely by delivering profit to a few no matter what the external costs.

To really understand Prism, Palantir, the NSA, all of the weird wars, and even terrorism itself, we are going to have to take a close look at the business structures and the dominate business model that acts as the prime motivator for the top tier corporate/national/military organizations. Here are they key points to consider, imho:
  • We define economic success at all levels in terms of year over year growth, and there are limited ways to grow after a certain point. After you have attained your natural market share, are charging the maximum price possible, & paying the least amount possible for materials and labor things get tricky.
  • For purposes of valuation, etc., businesses like to have predictable revenues --- this cannot be stressed enough. I'll repeat it --- predictable. Predictability (of consumer activity) is worth a lot of money at the top.
  • The ultimate consumer pool would be a group with -- 1. a tightly managed menu of options 2. a highly predictable and easily manipulable pattern of activity. 3. an inability or unwillingness to extricate themselves from this closed system.
Look back across the span of your life and you will, no doubt see a pattern that falls along the lines of the above points. The top tier economic movers have to do it. They have to increase (at the finest granularity possible) their ability to predict the actions of entire populations. This has to be done in order to more & more precisely market to the population (read: conduct psy-ops) and simultaneously restrict their spectrum of activities. It's even more concerning when you consider the near certainty of the existence of a type of anti-privacy, anti-Liberty 'planned obsolescence' program in play in order space out the top tier economic 'growth'.

Everything else - the swat teams knocking down doors, people being jailed for FB posts, in-your-face GM foods, Obama's fascist health plans/delays, the drones, the terrorists, the NSA, big government, the shaming of those who fail to be 'productive citizens', the threat of the removal of access to medicines, etc., all cascades from the same economic locus.


Related: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_economicus
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Post by SquidInk » 07-04-2013 11:34 AM

Riddick wrote: Not as if the great unwashed aren't already pretty predicable without it.
In the near future though, it will be orders of magnitude more so. Eventually, every single transaction of any kind will be monitored & exploited. A few days after that, any un-predicted transactions will get you on watch lists and will result in physical vists from robots of varying sorts.
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Post by Fan » 07-04-2013 11:36 AM

SquidInk wrote: In the near future though, it will be orders of magnitude more so. Eventually, every single transaction of any kind will be monitored & exploited. A few days after that, any un-predicted transactions will get you on watch lists and will result in physical vists from robots of varying sorts.


well, in reality this happens already... I make a bunch of online purchases and about once a month I get that verification phone call from my CC company. This is going to happen for every transaction, including cash (in whatever form that survives), I agree. But yeah, everything interesting definitely gets logged and investigated now.

I think the difference with this system will be they will be able to predict strange purchases BEFORE you make them.
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Post by Fan » 07-04-2013 11:47 AM

see also http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/us/mo ... html?_r=1&

full spectrum dominance right?
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Post by kbot » 07-05-2013 11:20 AM

Fan wrote: see also http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/us/mo ... html?_r=1&

full spectrum dominance right?


From the article:

"Mr. Pickering said that although he was arrested two dozen times for acts of civil disobedience and convicted of a handful of misdemeanors, he was never involved in the arson attacks the Earth Liberation Front carried out. He said he became tired of focusing only on environmental activism and moved back to Buffalo to finish college, open his bookstore, Burning Books, and start a family.

“I’m no terrorist,” he said. “I’m an activist.”

I'm wondering is this is viewed as somehow different from, say, a "community organizer"..........

The article made me wonder about all those times I've received open mail in my mailbox. I just thouht is was badly made or applied glue. Now I'm begining to wonder......

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Post by SquidInk » 07-05-2013 12:29 PM

Yeah, Full Spectrum Dominance is a real thing, with real objectives. It's being deployed globally including here in the 'Homeland' & it's not wingnut fantasy.

The question is why? Why would a military/industrial/intelligence/cryptogovernment complex fielded by the 'most free and democratic nation the world has ever known' adopt policies which will ultimately destroy the very same free nation (and most others), all while claiming to be 'protecting it' - 'it' presumably being freedom, justice, etc. - from a statistical anomaly?

The fact is that in 2013, toddlers with guns have killed more Americans on American soil than 'terrorists' - do we need a war on toddlers? Should we lock down Philidelphia on Ben Franklin's birthday, and tell folks to shelter in place while combat troopers go door to door, searching every home to ensure more Americans don't die? Shall we drastically and permanently alter the way entire nations function over it?

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/ ... s-did-year

No, it makes no sense if you simply believe the 'official explanations'. It's actually quite obvious to anyone who approaches the matter without overblown & illogical loyalties to things like flags, troops, political parties, etc.

Maybe a war on toddlers will finally come to pass if it is found that toddlers are, say, making unpopular alliances with the competitors of powerful business entities...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridas_Corporation
Bridas Corporation is an independent oil and gas holding company based in Argentina.

[...]

Bridas began expanding into the Central Asian energy sector in 1987, and secured its first large-scale contract (gas exploration rights in Turkmenistan), in 1992. Between 1995 and 1997, CEO Carlos Bulgheroni was personally involved in negotiations between Bridas and the governments of Pakistan and Turkmenistan, as well as the ruling Taliban faction in Afghanistan, to build the Trans-Afghanistan Gas Pipeline. These negotiations were in competition with those undertaken by Unocal, and although an agreement with Unocal-led corporation CentGas was reached, the deal was forfeited in January 1998 in favor of one with Bridas. Instability in Afghanistan delayed construction of the pipeline. In 2006, Bulgheroni indicated interest in Bridas' involvement with the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline project, which continued to be hampered by the ongoing war in the Central Asian nation.
  • “The good Lord didn’t see fit to put oil and gas only where there are democratically elected regimes friendly to the United States. Occasionally we have to operate in places where, all things considered, one would not normally choose to go. But we go where the business is.” -- ???
Trust me. Nothing is about 'terrorism'. It's not always about oil, but whether we're talking about immigration, Obamacare, war, Prism/Palantir, or anything else, it is always about big business.
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Post by SquidInk » 07-05-2013 01:05 PM

"Global Information Grid"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Information_Grid
  • "The Global Information Grid (GIG) is an all-encompassing communications project of the United States Department of Defense.

    It is defined as a "globally interconnected, end-to-end set of information capabilities for collecting, processing, storing, disseminating, and managing information on demand to warfighters, policy makers, and support personnel."

    [...]

    The Network-Centric Warfare (NCW) doctrine represents a fundamental shift in military culture, away from powerful compartmentalized war machines and toward interconnected units operating cohesively. The tenets of Network Centric Warfare are:

    *A robustly networked force improves information sharing;

    *Information sharing enhances the quality of information and shared situational awareness;

    Shared situational awareness enables collaboration and self-synchronization and enhances sustainability and speed of command;

    *Speed of command, in turn, dramatically increases mission effectiveness.

    At the enterprise level, forging new paths with whom components of the military communicate will ease logistics burdens, improve communication and combat effectiveness of the war fighter, decrease instances of confusion-related fratricide, accelerate the trend in minimizing collateral damage, and hasten the flow of business. For the warfighter, situational awareness would be improved tremendously by linking what he sees with what an overhead satellite sees.

    The fog of war would be lifted by seamless communication between unit members, off site detection devices, and commanders operating behind the line. Improved coordination may also assist in delivering appropriate firepower or other tangible assets to first responders during domestic attacks and natural disasters worldwide."
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/12 ... _phase_ii/
  • US plans to develop a virtual network world - to be populated by mirror computers and inhabited by myriad software sim-people "replicants", and used as a firing range in which to develop the art of cyber warfare - have moved ahead.

    [...]

    Previously it has been specified that the Range is to be able to simulate a cyber world on the same scale as the entire internet or the US military Global Information Grid. The Range's unprecedented tech is to be able to create simulated computers, nodes and other network entities of any type - if necessary duplicating a never-before-seen piece of kit "rapidly".

    Even more resemblance to a Matrix-esque artificial world is to be achieved with the provision in the Range of "replicants" representing human users, sysadmins and so forth, who will show fear and stress just as real humans do - reacting and changing their behaviour as the frightful code pestilences, mutating malware plagues and other cybergeddon phenomena to be tested in the Range sweep through their universe.
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http://www.hpcinthecloud.com/hpccloud/2 ... scale.html
http://www.hpcinthecloud.com/hpccloud/2 ... yout=print

The link to the original article is spotty, so here's a copy I made

http://pastebin.com/st8nFr2L
  • “Imagine that you want to run a simulation that has billions of agents, each corresponding to a single human being—then we want to feed that simulation with data which has been collected, optimally from all the Twitter feeds, mobile devices of billions of people and so on.”

    In other words, this is near real-time analytics on an unprecedented scale with vast streams of massive data—no problem, right?
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_Ear ... or_Project

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/finall ... vilization
  • The Living Earth Simulator will act as a virtual human-oriented Large Hadron Collider of sorts, in this case simulating how small-scale interactions shape the processes that drive our world. The hope is to make sense of some of the underlying challenges—issues such as global hunger, climate change, economic inequality, and terrorism—that threaten human societies. It may seem to be turning humanity into one gigantic Sims game, but the technology actually has enormous potential for good.

    Modeling the systems that run our human network isn’t necessarily a new idea, but having a platform with the ability to synthesize these networks in one space is. Data will be collected in real time via something called a “Planetary Nervous System” (er, PNS?), a cooperation of data collection networks and agencies from around the world, and also through something called a “Global Participation Network.”

    The problem with our global human infrastructure, according to members involved in the LES project, is that we now have so much data being collected on a global and individual level (ATM transactions, phones, laptops), that the speed at which this information propagates far surpasses any person or institution’s ability to understand how this data interacts with out social economic systems. The project wants to attempt to build a sort of federated entity compromised of experts from around the world across multiple disciplines to create a larger tool for social technical analysis, and synthesize larger problems as a whole.
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