LNP Capitulates

For the last fifteen to twenty years Australia has been carpet bombed with hate and fear, ignorance, stupidity and prejudice by the obscene greed of Murdoch, the IPA, Howard, Abbott, Turnbull and the others who have sought to screw the poor to give to the rich as their sole objective. In spite of everything that has been thrown at the Australian peoples the penetration of the neo-lib ultra-greed has been low. Yes, there has been a rise in racial and ethnic hatred and vilification of the disadvantaged, we do have One Nation, but considering the amount of time, effort and money that has been poured into creating those conditions we should all now be living in the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max. But we are still here. We have survived. The Libs are now copying Labour in an attempt to cling to power, but they have done too much harm for too long for too many for that to work.

Yesterday’s Claytons Labour budget was still a neo-lib budget with all its the hidden inequalities and unjustifiable aspects. Turnbull/Morrison still rely on fear, internal security and defence as the backbone of their budget, but have capitulated by finally accepting in a limited fashion that the Australian people have a voice that has to be listened to. Not a great budget, but it does mark the beginning of the end for the horrible little people that currently call themselves the government front bench.

It is not time to relax. Now, more than ever it is time to push for Australia to re-establish itself in the world as a fair and progressive country with a belief in equality for all. Time to close the unthinkable horror of concentration camps. Time to stop judging people by their gender, their belief system or what they wear on their heads. Time to treat the disadvantaged with dignity and respect, and to end poverty in what is one of the richest countries of the world. Time to bury the extreme right under the same rock as Azazel never to be seen again until the day of judgment. Time to tell Murdoch that he cannot buy Australia, and Australia will be around long after he is dead, buried and forgotten.

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In God we trust. All other we monitor.

That is the unofficial motto of the USA National Security Agency. It watches everyone in America and by far the greatest source of information is the Internet through its massive surveillance program PRISM.

Anyone following the news over the last few days will be aware of PRISM but what is not so well known in Australia that nearly all of worlds internet traffic (possibly excluding China and North Korea) is routed via America.

Officially Internet traffic will take the easiest route because that is the way the Internet is designed, but somehow the easiest route seems to invariable include the USA.

Once your email passes the USA border it can be logged and read by the NSA.

The Internet has no territorial borders. The NSA can operate anywhere without leaving home like the geeks in Seattle who go to work and play computer games on an Air force computer, with the result that people in Afghanistan are being assassinated via drone. Then the geeks go home for tea.

That is the real problem with surveillance as it exists in the Internet age. Like the military it is at arms length. Nobody gets his/her hands dirty. It is just a computer game.

It is easy to do anything from a distance with no emotional involvement. No moral questions, no ethical demands no humanity. The Internet and technology are great tools and are without judgement.

They can be used by anyone for any purpose, sacred or satanic, and all point between. By putting everything at arms length via technology we are losing our humanity. We see numbers and images but do not make the connection we are dealing with real people.

You are now a number, coded and cataloged on the computers of the NSA without the slightest trace of humanity being attached. You naked with nowhere to hide.

The excuse is that the NSA is protecting us from terrorists. Who protects us from the NSA?