August 2010 Archives

Saudi Arabia and India will host the whole Internet

  • Posted on August 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm

RIYADH – NEW DELHI. In an unprecented move against terrorism, crime, corruption and immorality the governments of Saudi Arabia and India have demanded to host all Internet servers in their countries. The demands were sent to Internet service providers and private server owner throughout the world (including Iran, North Korea, USA, UK and Syria). Intelligence agencies of both governments declared that one lawful interception of all communication can save mankind. Since it’s illegal to plant wire-taps and record data transmissions outside their jurisdiction the plan of moving all servers to Saudi Arabia and India was designed.

Indian companies have steadily grown in the past. The IT branch of the economy is strong. There’s plenty of room in the data centres, officials ensured. Saudi Arabia has plans to build new power plants based on solar energy and the remainder of the world’s oil reserves. „Once you have world peace peak oil doesn’t scare you anymore”, told the minister of lawful interception to journalists attending a press conference. The huge costs for the migration of all hardware and systems will be covered in part by selling intercepted information to other countries for a nominal fee. A study from the Gartner Group estimates that this step will reduce the budgets of several agencies (whose names are confidential) by 520 billion USD  per year. A spokesperson from the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information was quoted saying „This is real IT infrastructure consolidation that will save Western companies several billions of money.”.

The bold move is widely appreciated, but some skeptics remain. Their statements are closely monitored and checked against the combined terrorist databases of the Axis of Good. The authorities have already wire-taps in place. Wikileaks declined to comment for fear of being intercepted, but analysts suspect that their servers can only be moved to India or Saudi Arabia if they are found. Internet Search & Destroy teams have already been dispatched.

The USA race Back to the Past

  • Posted on August 7, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Do you remember your history lessons? Let’s give it a try.

“In war-time the word patriotism means suppression of truth.” – S. Sassoon in ‘Memoirs of an Infantry Officer’

Now which memoirs could that be? Where and when did Mr. Sassoon fight? In Iraq? In Afghanistan? On the beaches of Normandy? France? Belgium? Right. World War I. Nothing has changed. Call it Wikileaks or traitors, it’s always the same story. You dig up patriotic values to cover the truth. It’s funny though that the USA were tricked into joining the Allies in 1917. France and Britain hid the truth about the strength of their troops and create quite a false impression for Mr. Wilson. He actually thought about joining the war and not needing to send troops. Now who would try to trick other countries into joining a war? Certainly we are way past these methods. Would be as unlikely as conjuring up stories of weapons of mass destructions or portraying every bearded man and woman as an undemocratic terrorist.

By the way, did you know how Britain spread propaganda about the war to get the US to join? They cut the submarine cables leading to Germany, but they didn’t cut the cables leading to the US, thus putting them into a position of controlling the information flow. It seems DARPA finally found the problem of single points of failure decades later when designing the Internet. And so the ghost escaped the bottle. Hopefully we have sufficient redundant data links to reduce governmental (notice that this word contains mental) disinformation to acceptable levels.

If you want to catch up on the sources, try to view the Declassified episode about World War I (History Channel).

US Medien werden gleichgeschaltet

  • Posted on August 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm

In den USA geht man nun gegen die Überdosis Wahrheiten vor, die die hiesige Bevölkerung nicht verträgt. Damit die Zivilisten besser informiert werden, gibt es vielleicht bald neben dem Raketenschild auch das media shield. Senator Charles E. Schumer stellt sich das so vor:

Schumer and Feinstein are working with representatives of the newspaper industry in crafting the new language that will explicitly exclude organizations like Wikileaks—whose sole or primary purpose is to publish unauthorized disclosures of documents—from possible protection.

Übersetzt sind die representatives of the newspaper industry alle Zeitungen außer dem Guardian, dem Spiegel und der New York Times. Das macht Sinn, denn die anderen haben die Story verpaßt. Es gilt zu verhindern, daß die Konkurrenz mit Hilfe guter Quellen Geschäft macht und Artikel produziert. Crafting the new language bezieht sich natürlich auf den Gesetzestext, wird aber in Folge auch auf die Sprache als solche angewendet. In Zeiten des Terrors darf man nicht mehr alles sagen. Die Sprache benötigt dringend eine neue gesetzliche Regelung, damit Regierungsentscheidungen nicht mehr angezweifelt werden können. Man sollte mit einer Verringerung des Wortschatzes rechnen. Unauthorized disclosures of documents bezeichnet alle Informationen, die staatlich festgesetzte Realitäten in Frage stellen.

Es ist zu erwarten, daß zukünftig Dissidenten im Land der unbegrenzten Freiheiten durch Militärtribunale verurteilt und umgehend erschossen werden. Man wird zusätzlich die Geschichtsschreibung gründlich inspizieren und alle Hochverräter posthum hinrichten sowie alle Spuren ihrer Existenz tilgen. Bei der Gelegenheit kann man auch gleich Korrekturen anbringen. Die Russen waren nie in Afghanistan, und die Erfahrungen der Allierten derzeit haben kein vergleichbares Beispiel in der Vergangenheit. Der Krieg in Afghanistan ist absolutes Neuland. Man kann dort weder von den Russen noch von den Briten lernen, die angeblich im 19. Jahrhundert auch schon dort gekämpft haben. Bei auftretenden Zweifeln werden Gesetze erlassen um diese umgehend zu unterbinden.

One-way Privacy

  • Posted on August 3, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Privacy is a valuable good. Decades ago millions of people fought for the rights we now have. The Internet generation defends its privacy right now. Others, who do not understand the flow of information in our modern world, try to stop individual privacy while maintaing the privacy of their actions at the same time. Sounds strange, but these others monitor the traffic of 12 US-American ISPs and their users. They want to protect the state, they say. They favour one-way streets.

But while these factions demand total secrecy for their actions, they simultaneously demand that you have none for yours. They want to know everything about what you do — and are knowing all of that — while you know nothing about what they do. The loss of privacy is entirely one-way. Government and corporate authorities have destroyed most vestiges of privacy for you, while ensuring that they have more and more for themselves. The extent to which you’re monitored grows in direct proportion to the secrecy with which they operate. Sir Francis Bacon’s now platitudinous observation that “knowledge itself is power” is as true as ever. That’s why this severe and always-growing imbalance is so dangerous, even to those who are otherwise content to have themselves subjected to constant monitoring.

There has to be a balance or otherwise all the men and women who liberated Europe in the 1940s died in vain and fought for tyranny.

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