So, where were we? Oh, yes . . . more fabric.
I assume some readers are rolling their eyes, stifling a yawn, and scratching an imagined itch in their armpit . . . or maybe it’s a real itch; I don’t know.
Anyway, I had an interesting experience a few weeks ago. I had an upgrade to my house alarm system and one morning, while we were at the gym, one of the motion sensor in the house fired, setting off the alarm.
The alarm company had messed up the call order, and instead of calling the local security company, they called El Paso County Sheriff. The Sheriff Office said they do not respond to alarms when the homeowners are not home (as indicated by the fact they could not reach us).
Oh, here’s more fabric before I continue.
Neat colors and designs, eh?
Anyway, the call station then phoned the local security outfit, and they came and checked out the house, making sure none of the perimeter entry points were breached. They weren’t. It was a glitch, and it has not happened since.
But, I then got a call saying that if I wanted the Sheriff Department to dispatch a deputy in response to an alarm when I am not home, I would have to provide a means of entry, typically a lockbox with a key.
I’ve since removed the Sheriff department from the call list, except for hostage situations. But it got me thinking. Every entry point is wired, there are interior motion sensors, and sensors to detect the noise of breaking glass. Honest, I don’t care much when I am not there; all that is mostly to alert me when I am home.
When I am not home, the system is a deterrent, making my house a less likely target as opposed that of my neighbors.
So, why would I . . .
Wait! These are interesting patterns . . .
If you are susceptible to that sort of stuff, those will make your eyes go funny.
Anyway, say we did not have the local security outfit as first responders. We would then have to provide a key and have it accessible from outside the house so that the Sheriff would respond to calls. I mean, a kid might not be able to break into a lockbox, but an adult can surely find a way.
So, in the interest of security, I would make my secure house less secure.
This next fabric is difficult to focus on.
I did not take many photos of the store itself, but here’s two; they give an idea what it’s like in there.
And look! I always wondered what happened to Cousin Itt. I also wonder if Cousin Itt was the original R2D2, but that’s another story.
The reason I mention the security thing is because there was a minor fracas recently when companies like Google and Apple said they would provide better and more secure encryption.
You should have heard the FBI, CIA, NSA, and other law abusers . . . er . . . enforcement agencies bitch.
“Whaa, whaa . . . we won’t be able to do our jobs, catching terrorists and stopping attacks!”
Someone should have asked them how many plots they have averted through their massive and largely unlawful surveillance. They certainly did not stop any of the major ones or, for that matter, any of the minor ones.
It was also interesting having the FBI immediately come out and warn of possible July 4th attacks by homegrown ISIS terrorists . . . which begged the questions . . . where, when, how many, and how come you were not out there arresting them?
The fact is, all the surveillance those agencies do has turned up surprisingly little useful information. Some argued that it’s useful after the fact, but you know, that to me does not seem all that useful. That’s a bit like anti-guns proponents saying cops will keep us safe when in actuality cops just show up after the fact to investigate and, if they get lucky, catch the culprits.
Will you look at that! . . . it’s like being near the sea.
I mention all this because we are having a national discussion (not really) about security, and it pisses me off the media is not doing their job.
We have dimwitted media rear-end-wipes asking questions like:
“You want the authorities catching terrorists, right?”
“You want the authorities able to track phones and rescue kidnapped children, right?”
“You want the authorities prevent the next 9-11 from happening, right?”
The people dutifully nod their heads.
What they should be saying are things like this:
“You want the authorities catching terrorists, right? But, understand that crooks, foreign governments and even people who hate you can use those same tools to steal your credit cards information, social security number, and look into everything you do.”
“You want the authorities able to track phones and rescue kidnapped children, right? But, understand stalkers, murderers, and anyone with nefarious aims will be able to use those same tools to find and track their victims.”
“You want the authorities prevent the next 9-11 from happening, right? But, just so you know, those same tools can be used to plant damaging data on your computer, to steal your banking information, to allow someone to impersonate you and let you take the fall.”
See, if they phrased it like that, we would have an actual discussion about the value of unrestricted surveillance and security that can be circumvented by “the authorities.”
And here we have automotive and space themes:
Why, I half expect to see animal pelts next.
. . . doh! . . .
. . . I don’t think they are real . . .
Plus, we are only thinking of ourselves. Think a moment about other countries; countries with governments that are even less friendly toward their citizens than ours. Those same tools can be used to track dissidents, frame people, persecute people, and have them live under a paranoid reign of terror . . . a bit like here, but multiple times worse.
It’s a shame we don’t learn from history . . . the Gestapo, Stasi, and KGB would have given anything to have even a fraction of the tools available now. All of those agencies were used to keep the population in check, making sure that for reasons of “state security” dissenters and people critical of the government were monitored and, if necessary, re-educated.
“Ah, but,” you say, “we don’t have that kind of government; we are the good guys.”
Right. Our government would never do anything wrong. They would never abuse their power or use mission-creep to expand their power. Incorruptible, they are, serving powerful and lucrative positions in government (positions they would lose if they were voted out of office) with selfless dedication and personal sacrifice for the sole purpose of serving the people they refer to as “ordinary”. No, they would never abuse their position; our government is composed, after all, of the good guys. Why give me one example . . . er . . . two . . . er . . . more than many . . . OK, you know what? Nevermind.
Sometimes the fabric defies description.
I gots to tell you; that stuff looks scary . . . but not as scary as the Halloween stuff.
. . . and it gets worse . . .
More to come, but for now . . .
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