WordPress is spying.

In recent days, I am unable to comment on posts even though I’m signed in, unless I sign in again on the blog I’m trying to comment.  I haven’t even been able to click “like” because of this.

Today, I get a banner message on the top of two political blogs saying the functionality of WordPress is unavailable to me unless I sign in.  Even though I’m signed in.  So I sign in on both.  Then a message comes up in my browser saying that WordPress would like to track my location and activities.  I of course click “don’t allow” (like that will stop them).  Surprise – I am still not signed in, still unable to comment.

Fuck you WordPress, I’ve never signed up for Twitter for exactly this reason.  You don’t get to spy on me to learn what I’m saying on other platforms that are not related to this one.  You don’t get to muzzle me based on what I say or do on other platforms.

BTW Fuck you FBI.  Just in case.  You should really have better things to do but who knows?

Orwell’s universe lives

Prescott wants to be a drone test site

The city council in its ‘wisdom’ voted unanimously for endorsing this government approved spy program:  City Council endorses unmanned drones in spite of citizen concerns

our new privacy invaders

They think this will ‘bring jobs’ to the area.  Are they really that stupid? These drones will be manned at some un-named site in somewhere like Utah, not here.  What jobs will they bring?  They will be manufactured somewhere else as they already are.  Embry-Riddle will not suddenly gain a large number of students and instructors as a result of this program.  So what jobs will they bring?

These will be our new eyes and ears for the government.  As you might think, citizens are less than happy:  Letters to the editor regarding the drone program

I particularly like the comment that states the county will use these to spy on citizens for un-permitted or non-zoned changes to properties.  I think this in fact may be the only reason that it might ‘bring jobs’ because it’s too expensive to fly their plane around looking for code violations/un-permitted changes to private properties — if the drones are doing their work effectively, they can hire at least one, and maybe two new people to process the fines at the plans department.  That’s about the only jobs it will create.  At least initially.

I can’t wait for someone to use the drone for target practice.  And knowing my neighbors/community members, that is not by any means out of the question.  Or, barring that, widespread purchase/implementation of anti-drone technologies like a hoodie that hides your heat signature or Domestic Drone Countermeasures, a company that manufactures software that prevents drones from capturing images.

Stories like this make me wish for a zombie apocalypse.  Because our current slow slide is going to be pretty crappy and dingy for a long time before it gets any better, if indeed it ever does.