Archive for August, 2013

The Whole World In Their Hands

They’ve got the whole world in their Cloud
They’ve got the whole wide world in their Cloud
They’ve got the whole world in their Cloud
They’ve got the whole world in their Cloud

They’ve got you and me brother in their Cloud
They’ve got the UK and my mother in their Cloud
They’ve got Germany and France in their Cloud
They’ve got the whole world in their Cloud

They’ve got the ACLU in their Cloud
They’ve got NRA and Congress in their Cloud
They’ve got Google and Yahoo in their Cloud
They’ve got the whole world in their Cloud

They’ve got Utah and Virginia in their Cloud
They’ve got your children and your girlfriend in their Cloud
They’ve got your texts and your emails in their Cloud
They’ve got the whole world in their Cloud

They’ve got the whole world in their Cloud
They’ve got the whole wide world in their Cloud
They’ve got the whole world in their Cloud
They’ve got the WHOLE WORLD in their Cloud

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Might over Right

Management theory as well as history teach that behavior flows down. The practices of leaders serves as the guidance for those being led. Ethical behavior or the uniform rule of law breed ethical and lawful actions by those influenced. Corruption breeds corruption throughout an organization, community or government. Like all conditions, it takes less effort to deteriorate than to build. A large and very consistent practice of ethical lawful behavior from the top down is required to foster uniform ethical lawful behavior throughout an organization. Only minor unethical or unlawful behavior at the top is quickly copied throughout an organization. It is true of behavior as much as it is true of corrosion, house cleaning, car repair, language and leaks.

When the highest government officials, and branches begin to operate by different rules, it is evident to individuals throughout the system. This corruption is quickly seen as a shifting in the de-facto rules of governance and most importantly, that variation from established rules may be condoned. as the rule of law breaks down, might or power sets the new rules. disintegration of uniform rules allows factions, mafias, gangs or warlords to set arbitrary rules and enforcement. The rules of the powerful naturally are enforced to benefit the powerful. Current extreme example litter the Middle East and Africa, often encouraged by those economic powers which benefit from the local despotic control.

Federal and international unlawful behavior by government and its contractors and other beneficiaries has risen steadily over the past two decades. Torture, rendition, assassination, selective habeas corpus, attorney client privilege, lying to congress, and 4th amendment violations against citizens as well as others are some of the more aggregators offenses by our government and its contractors. Our judiciary and legislators are working to make these actions legal and to reward business for conformance. Minority rights cannot be protected when corporations are granted the same rights as individuals and even individual power is unfettered. Might becomes right!

The unashamed new world order: “Money makes the world go round”. Finance and its banking structure serve those who maximize cash flow. The defense industries provide this plus profit, might and global destabilization. Telecommunications/Internet industries provide cash flow and the means of global surveillance, the second key to power. Business and the people involved further down the economic supply chain have power and the accompanying privilege of their value to the system on their combination of cash flow, information access and military strength. Of course the entire structure requires the mass of workers and consumers at multiple levels to sustain the matereal which flows power to the top. Maintaining political ignorance at the same time as technical competence is a delicate boundary which like all interfaces, has high energy and significant conflict.

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Private? Citizens

The term “Private Citizen” means one’s private information should not be available to other citizens whether public official, enforcement officer or other governmental position/contractor unless individually authorized by our previously established rule of law.  Holding “Public Office” means that one’s information, particularly regarding any official actions, should be available to “The Public”.  Transparency is the key in the actions of “Public Servants”.  All data collected by the NSA on the activities of elected representatives should be available to and searchable by their constituents.  Data availability should not be a “one way street”.

It appears that we currently have the contrary situation in which the data of private citizens is available to a wide array of elected/appointed officials and contractors while that of public officials is available to the public  only at the whim of that official with little regard for the truthfulness of the information provided.  In fact it appears that for a good part of government there is no accountability to constituents or the greater public.  Even more dystopian is the apparent impunity conferred on government officials and their contractors as demonstrated most recently by the admission of Mr. Clapper of lying to Congress, illegal surveillance, extra-judicial rendition and torture to list a few of the more egregious.

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