Shhhhhh! They’re reading this – the computers . . . scanning for any juicy TEOTWAWKI gossip. Well, that’s what you could believe based on this article in the Washington Post that talks about a recent trade conference that was organized by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to promote open sources of information as part of their intelligence gathering process. Your tin foil hat won’t even protect you from this one. It wasn’t exactly clear what they intend to collect or how, but I imagine it’d be something that mines computers (much like Google) for internet sites, correspondence, etc. for certain key words and phrases. Then systems must follow links here, there and everywhere to get a picture on what is going on, could go on, or has gone on. Whether that be foreign terrorist threats or some threat at home. Trust me, they’re not using paid government employees to surf internet sites and take notes. It’s all automated, I’m sure.
Google was at the show, if you read the article. Sounds like they had a big crowd at the conference, and they refused to say exactly what they were offering for services.
Knowing that SHTFblog has probably been flagged quite often, I have mixed thoughts on this. On the one hand, I think “Hey, what’s the big idea!? I didn’t do anything wrong!” Then on the other hand, I think, “Well, it’s free, public information that I’m choosing to put out here, and who really cares? I haven’t done anything wrong, nor do I advocate anyone else do
anything wrong – so why bother caring?” I lean more towards the latter as I’ve stated time again that I’m not a big government conspiracy theorist. I think – generally speaking – the U.S. government truly wants to help its citizens. I may disagree on how that help should take shape, but whatever. People disagree all the time, and this is a democracy. The majority rules with individual rights (usually) protected (or at least taken into consideration). I don’t fear the government, but I fear the government’s inability to provide help in times of crisis, and I particularly fear the general public’s reliance on government when good times go bad. As I’ve said before, even the U.S. Government advocates a level of preparedness that far exceeds what the average American has. Three days of food and water is what they were telling people facing Hurricane Ike to have on hand. Then, after the hurricane hits, all the people that stayed behind were complaining that they needed help.
Which brings me to the day’s complaint. It’s a complaint about all of the people that CHOSE to stay behind and face Hurricane Ike – and then bitch about not getting help. HELLO! The government TOLD you to get the hell out WELL in advance. I have no pity on these people. Sense of adventure? Pfft! Whatever – your life is on the line, and you have ample time to remedy the situation by getting out of dodge, and you choose to stay instead? Give me a break. Then the government has to have a whole fleet of helicopters on hand to rescue people that shouldn’t have been there in the first place. This really annoys me.
I think that they should handle these post-hurricane rescues the SAME WAY they handle rescues of hikers stranded on mountains or lost in the woods. If shit really hit the fan, and you couldn’t do anything about it – sure, rescue them. If they were IDIOTS and chose not to heed warnings, and THEN need to be rescued – sure, rescue them – BUT CHARGE THEM FOR THE RESCUE! Why should my or anyone else’s tax dollars go to rescue idiots that purposefully chose to put themselves in harm’s way?
– Ranger Man
BTW: Thanks to the person that bought the Katadyn Pocket Filter from the SHTFblog Amazon “store” the other day. I don’t know who you are, and yet . . . I love you.
Remember, you can show love, too. Don’t find something through Amazon that I’ve listed? No matter, use the SHTFblog Amazon search bar, type in what you’re looking for, and then buy. Ranger Man gets a commission and consequently feels inspired to keep blogging. I don’t care what you buy, just do your Amazon buys here. Don’t give it all to Jeff Bezos. He doesn’t need it.
Lastly, thanks to “Hokie” for a link dropped at AR15.com.