Big Data

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Yottabytes
Since Edward Snowden revealed details of the massive surveillance program the NSA uses to spy on pretty much everyone in the world who uses a computer or phone, the NSA data centers has been in the news.

Much of the information attributed to leaks by Snowden were already public knowledge. In fact, prior to its recent opening, the Pentagon proudly released information on the Utah data center. The agency boasted the fastest Cray computers in the world that could handle mind-boggling amounts of data, and a facility that covers a million square feet of space. As any tech will tell you, you can never have enough storage, and the NSA has more storage than anyone in the world. We’re talking yottabytes – a number so large that no one has yet coined a term for the next higher magnitude.

The 5 Eyes
A lot of storage is needed to handle the staggering amounts of data being funneled into the NSA from their data centers all over the world.

The Five Eyes, comprised of five English-speaking countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US, all share information on defense, science, technology, and national security. Originally set up as The Technical Cooperation Program to share signal intelligence during the cold war, the dark government agencies working together no longer have to ask for your personal information, they just take it.

Enjoy Rockwell from 1984 – Somebody’s Watching Me:

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Syria

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Who Controls the Terrorists
“If you tell me… that we misused or got corrupted with $50 billion, I’ll tell you, “Yes.” … But, more important, more important — who are you to tell me this? … What I’m trying to tell you is, so what? We did not invent corruption, nor did those dissidents, who are so genius, discover it. This happened since Adam and Eve. … I mean, this is human nature.”
– Bandar bin Sultan

Presidents, Prime Ministers and Royalty all seem to kowtow and bow to the Saudi Royal family. Less than a century ago the Arabian Peninsula was populated by nomadic tribes controlled by families. What changed things? World Wars I and II and the discovery of oil.

Prior to the petroleum business, the main source of income on the Arabian Peninsula came from tolls paid by pilgrims traveling between holy cities. During WWI Britain was fighting the Ottomans and with the help of the Sharif of Mecca, created a united Arab state. In 1926 the head of one of the Arab families,  Ibn Saud, declared himself the King. The rest, as they say, is history.

With untold oil-wealth the Saud family has become very corrupt. Today we have Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, bon vivante, man about town, ewok look-a-like and bestie to the Bush clan threatening heads of state who do what Saudi Arabia wants.

In 2008 Bandar threatened PM Tony Blair and the British government with a UK terrorist attack if they didn’t shut down an investigation into alleged multi-billion dollar illegal arms deals made between  British Aerospace Systems and Saudi Arabia. Read more here.

Now Bandar has made President Putin an offer he thought couldn’t be refused. Saudi Arabia wants the Syrian government toppled so it can run its gas pipeline through the country and  Russia’s support of Syria puts a damper on those plans. Just like Al Capone, Bandar offered Putin a deal he thought couldn’t be refused – if Russia will back down on its support of Syria the Saudis will “allow” Russia to control its own oil and gas pipeline and Putin can be guaranteed that Chechen terrorists won’t threaten the security of the Olympic games in Sochi. Whoa! Read more here.

Thank goodness there is one hard-assed leader that will stand up to this thug’s threats. Putin told him to pound sand. Way to go Vlad!

As for Obama, he is still using George Orwell’s language of “newspeak” on the American people. Yesterday when he addressed the country (and the world) on Syria he called our nation a Constitutional “Democracy”. The U.S. is a Constitutional “Republic”. Unlike a democracy, in a constitutional republic, citizens are not governed by the majority of the people but by the rule of law. We’re listening, Obama.

Enjoy David Bowie – This is Not America: