Department of When Foil is not Foily
The modern work environment was already becoming more than a bit Orwellian, with employees being electronically spied on by their bosses to ensure productivity, but now the corporate push for total information awareness of workers is hitting new levels of creepiness.
What is this really about? Charles Pierce:
Today, someone from the chop shop took to the pages of Tiger Beat On The Potomac to make the case that, because politics are icky and people are mean, what the country needs is a bipartisan figurehead about whom we can all feel nicey-nice.
Newspapers need to gather "small data" about individual users, such as where they live, work, and what their key interests are, to serve people with greater relevance and value, Jarvis said. "I hope that skill -- building profiles and using them to improve relevance -- is the first that Bezos brings to the Post."
And by terrorists we mean environmentalists and protesters.
We are sliding towards fascism. For real. Read more about Proto death squads
My partner was very disappointed, but after reloading we will try again in a half hour.
That model won't train.
Watching the unfolding emergency management tragedy in Michigan, I realized what anti-tax extremism was about. It is much worse than your normal conservative I don't want to pay taxes. By destroying the tax base, the Koch brothers can engineer financial collapse, race in and scoop up all the assets for cheap. It is the blitzkrieg of disaster capitalism. Read more about Koch brothers financial coup d'etat
(Reuters) - The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.
[Open New Year's Eve thread. And if you go out drinkin, have a diesignated driver or take a cab home! --lambert]
I have to go wrestle with RSS and add (I hope) some keen new functionality but it is not merely my obligation but my pleasure to sticky a New Year's post.... A wish I shared with a friend was for less chairoscuro, meaning a bit less contrast between bright light and dark shadow:
For example, I spent a month in Bangkok while continuing to blog heavily, which is very bright; but the continuing stress of the economy just doesn't seem to let up, and the Fecal Cliff nonsense makes the angst all the worse, which is dark and darker. Read more about Out with the old year, in with the new!