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June 5, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Don’t ask. Do tell. Loudly

Don’t ask for your privacy with please.

Hat in hand.

Quietly with big eyes.

“Oh, they will do what’s right.” (That left a long time ago)

Take your privacy back.

Stand now.

Join Word Press and others

Recognize any? They are standing for YOU:

Read here what Word Press is saying.

Watch a video about it here.

Click to the effort. (“Reset the Net” here)

The net you secure will be your own.

Flashmob anyone?

Stand now.

Or be ready to look over your shoulder and watch every word you say, write, or even think.

“Our objective is to automate our social media monitoring process. Twitter is what we analyze. This is real time stream analysis. The ability to detect sarcasm and false positives is just one of 16 or 18 things we are looking at. We are looking for the ability to quantity our social media outreach,” he told The Washington Post. “We aren’t looking solely to detect sarcasm.” Ed Donovan. Secret Service Spokesman.

From CBS, DC “Secret Service Requests Software to Track Social Media Trends, Detect Sarcasm”

They want to make you safe from words.

Words are all in the eyes of the beholder?

From the Washington Post “Secret Service wants software that detects social media sarcasm. Yeah, sure it will work

” ‘Ability to detect sarcasm and false positives,’ the request reads.” Article has link to actual work order posted on-line. (Proposal open until June 9, at 5 pm.)

The software must be compatible with Internet Explorer 8…like there aren’t any security issues there….Wait…did my computer blink right then?

The fact that a government is even considering monitoring writers and the meaning of their words should be setting off alarms

Thomas Jefferson:

Societies exist under three forms sufficiently distinguishable. 1. Without government, as among our Indians. 2. Under governments wherein the will of every one has a just influence, as is the case in England in a slight degree, and in our states in a great one. 3. Under governments of force: as is the case in all other monarchies and in most of the other republics. To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. It is a problem, not clear in my mind, that the 1st. condition is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population. The second state has a great deal of good in it. The mass of mankind under that enjoys a precious degree of liberty and happiness. It has it’s evils too: the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject. But weigh this against the oppressions of monarchy, and it becomes nothing. Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem. Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.[1] Unsuccesful rebellions indeed generally establish the incroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medecine necessary for the sound health of government.” – Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, Paris, January 30, 1787[2]”  From: here. The Jefferson Monticello.

If the pen is mightier than the sword, bloggers/writers will be the first to go…like in some other countries now.

Stop collection of information by government snooping and trolling for no reason

Keep the net free.

“What you need to know about net neutrality.” (Engadget)

Concerned enough

Mouse loud.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Once the ship has set sail, it's too late.

Once the ship has set sail, it’s too late.



  1. Roy Sexton (Reel Roy Reviews) / Jun 5 2014 4:21 pm



  2. Ally Bean / Jun 5 2014 4:30 pm

    I’m confused. I’m supposed to give my email address to this Reset the Net group so that I’ll be protected [somehow] from government spying? What happens when the government/corporations/nefarious bad guy gets hold of that email list? Won’t life be more difficult for me then, than it is now? I think that I’m missing the point of this campaign. o.0


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 5 2014 5:15 pm

      Saw that, too. You can do this on your own. (Go ahead and read to locate for what works best for you) It’w annoying to have to question everything, but today what choice? Thanks for the astute observation


      • Ally Bean / Jun 5 2014 5:51 pm

        Okay. Will read the website you suggest. It just seemed a bit peculiar to me, ‘ya know?


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 5 2014 6:05 pm

          Some of the things you may already be doing. I think they might have thought this one out a little better, but am willing to put the banner on today to raise awareness.
          Not a fan of anyone – even some of the ones listed (ACLU/Freedom Foundation/Google…)-collecting more emails and info.
          Good to let people know there are options available for individuals. But peculiar is appropriate


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 5 2014 7:16 pm

      The “organic” police/USDA has barged into many farms recently (started around Thanksgiving last year?). This is insane and an abuse of power. Farmers. Really? (But Big Ag. is thrilled and has deep pockets) Ruining people’s lives for what? (answer is scary, too)
      So few are aware how many little fingers are out there in so many little pies..the eventual reveal will be a shock – and too late.
      So I put up a post and glue in a banner. …but if everyone did something.(Thanks for the info about your success with that search engine)
      TOR is ironic. Developed by the US military for use by bloggers/those under oppressive governments who are filtering or blocking news of what’s going on (Sounds like a worthy invention) So why does the US government/Homeland want to ban US citizens from using it?
      Summer reading: Animal Farm, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Lord of the Flies……even the Cliff Notes…
      Thanks for standing watch


  3. robstroud / Jun 5 2014 8:32 pm

    If they’re gonna be watching for sarcasm… I’m in BIG trouble…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 5 2014 8:38 pm

      You and me both…only you have friends in high places? (Safety in numbers….just standing over here by Mad MAgazine founders) Thanks for inkling out a comment


  4. jannatwrites / Jun 6 2014 5:50 am

    I heard about this on the news the other day. Sarcasm. Don’t know anything about that so I’ll be okay. Right? Hello? I’m done for.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 6 2014 3:11 pm

      All our computer screens are blinking wildly….Maybe the just ned some laughs to lighten up? Yeah, sure that’s it. Positive thinking. Positive thinking. Oh, dear…better go sit quietly – away from the keyboard…
      Thanks for unwrapping the foil from a comment


  5. gingerfightback / Jun 6 2014 2:38 pm

    It’ll be ironic that sarcasm is being monitored. Leave us alone!


  6. Paul / Jun 7 2014 8:16 am

    I’ve always had a problem with “official” snooping in our lives.So many people have so much information out there now, it makes it simple for observers to follow.especially those who have free reign on social security numbers, licences, health cards, and everything else under the sun. There will always be a certain amount of citizen vulnerability to a government that needs to have private info for governing reaosns. But when that government uses that info and actively collects more to use it for unstated purposes, it gets scary.Information use must be controled by use, but once it’s out there it can be used any way anyone wants.

    I fully support your direction Phil. Thanks for the heads up.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2014 1:23 pm

      Technology has changed everything…and no one know the full game/potential at this point. Simply opposed to people grabbing and holding everything just because there might be something somewhere in the pile that might mean something to someone at sometime. Having worked with big data, I’m well aware how easy it is to portray things as you wish. Until the technology waters are less muddy (and who’s kicking up all that dirt?) best to be cautious. Targeted warrants for documented reasons with specific limitations. The court are the only thing protecting individual privacy…Respect for the individual and commonsense long gone. Appreciate you keeping an eye on this.


  7. pnwauthor / Jun 7 2014 9:51 pm

    I had no idea sarcasm was illegal.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 8 2014 1:24 pm

      The tender hearted or weak minded may find it a hate crime? (Snort) As you said, it seem obvious that….oh, darn the computer is blinking again…thanks for the astute observation


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