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September 28


Back fresh from the post Irma imposed hiatus.

Although we began as usual with the CASAA update; we quickly moved onto a story about how political beliefs affect your brain, and why differing political beliefs may be so hard to change.

An interesting sort of thought I had on all of the recent news was that we have such outrage over first ammendment protected speech in sports while we have people with no earthly idea that American citizens in Puerto Rico were now  in some cases both homeless and without power. The story in brief does little justice but you should see the pictures for a sense of scope. Nobody does shock and awe like mother nature.

Then Verey,Margo and I began to talk about the absolute mess the interconnected home is for keeping your private life private,with metadata alone more can be gleaned from the traffic from your devices than you would think.

Then we moved right along to the War On Drugs,the first was just the beginning of many stories tonight but most told of this from different viewpoints.

The second story was devistating and put the first story in a different type of light.

Of all the unintended consequences of this I was incredulous that the government thought they understood your pain better than you or your doctor.

On an odd aside we talked about hacked medical devices  and the danger they pose to patients.

From there we talked a bit about Neuralink

Our last story before we went full on ooh shiny moments was a story about the EU and their copryright infringement study.


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June 11

AN-0209-Surveillance-and You-A-Net-Effect

We started with a CASAA update.

Then Verey and I dove right into surveillance.

In America everyone seems to be having a hard time grasping the ultimate surveillance powers our president has but nobody seems to want to discuss how those powers were wielded by the previous administration.

We all know we're being watched on many fronts but what happens when that surveillance is something we invite into our own homes?What happens when we allow something to listen to every word,every song,monitor every purchase become something akin to a family member?What does that say about the comfort level we have with being under total surveillance?

As bad as government surveillance is  we assume there is some means to an end in it.But what about advertising surveillance?What about not just the watching and the like counting and the eye movement tracking but what if advertisements playing on t.v. could call you out by name?What if that were just the beginning of a whole new wave of watching and tracking?

Adults sort of grasp the implications of what being watched,being tracked being monitored does but do children?What kind of world is it when the school systems subject them to this sort of treatment every single day and there is no way to opt out?

What happens when after decades of this sort of treatment people are forced to confront the idea that there may be nothing left to hide?

With facial recognition software how do we protect children from being caught in the net swallowing not just our privacy but our very identity every single day?

Reporters are not immune from the dragnet capturing us all and at times the sheer volume of surveillance on them and their work is overwhelming and scary.

In the future where our economy becomes ever more tied to plastic and chips and less tied to the anonymity of cash what does the surveillance net look like?

What happens when restaurants,bars,movie theatres and public places we congregate track us not just as we enter but also at the point of purchase,following our eyes,capturing and tracking our behaviors for analysis?

Tracking for advertising purposes is surveillance and in Dublin that takes on a totally different meaning with no way to opt out.

The panopticon is all around us and we helped to build it,to bring it to fruition and it now takes on a life all it's own.

With nowhere to hide and no way out where do we go from here?


February 18


Tonight we had a bunch of off topic stuff,but the main heart of the show is about surveillance and privacy.

Jeannie,Verey and I  got right to work discussing a bunch of topics that we normally don't.

None of these have articles or links but we just talked quickly about protestors,politics and the divided state of us.

Not very happy stuff.

Our first story was the lovely story about the massive cocaine smuggling ring the TSA was helping to run.

Then we talked about the book American Spies and the differences between words we commonly use and what they mean and those same words used by the intelligence community mean.

With no oversight and no judicial understanding of what is done or how it's done we now live in a panopticon.

Then we talked a bit about the differences between the surveillance laws in America versus the ones in Scotland.

And onto how work can use many,many different types of systems to track your workday.

What disturbed me probably most of all was the story of Sidd Bikknnavar and his being forced to unlock a NASA work phone by Customs and Border patrol.

What I find most disturbing of all is the way this man was treated even after his close scrutiny by the government previously.

He is already a part of the Customs and Border Projection Global Entry Program because of his work with NASA so he had to pass scrutiny the likes of which most of us never will.

Still he was subject to something most people should be wary of,the inspection of his work phone.

After a bit of serious discussion about that we moved onto the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act

Most people are aware of Stingrays but aren't also aware their fitness trackers can be tracked by the same device that tracks their phones.

After we dissected that we moved right along to the story about the San Jose City council and their smart streetlights scheme.

All of the smart grid things are fine if protected by robust rules but there are always ways  to install surveillance gear after these streetlights are paid for.

EFF has attempted to head off mass surveillance there before it happens.

Then we talked about the Orlando cop who mistook donut glaze for methamphetamine.

Lastly we talked a bit about India and it's scary surveillance grid and strange government.


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January 28

AN-0192-Surveillance Curtailing Rights

Today we started as usual with the CASAA update.

Alex is going to be very busy over the next few months.

When we started the Anti_Nanny portion of the show we began discussing the General McCrystal deceleration of  how our rights will be curtailed by the obsession we have with being interconnected with our things.

He has ideas that we will NOT choose to change the way society is heading and will instead choose to change our vision of what privacy truthfully is.

What I think is happening is people are beginning to grasp that our society was much freer when we had things that didn't connect to the internet,our privacy rights continue to be eroded by what we choose to do and our interconnection.

Then we talked about the facial recognition program that KFC unveiled in  an ordering kiosk in Beijing.

What is both troubling and sort of surprising is the thought that anyone would be interested in this sort of ordering being suggested by a  computer algorithm based on how old you look,your sex ect.

Possibly the more disturbing thing we talked about tonight was without question the surveillance of your waste by epidemiologists.

This ties in to  the drug war ,the war on chronic pain patients and policing.

I recommended the book Chasing The Scream by Johann Harri

And the website

We talked about chimeras and the new pig human hybrid.

There's a lesson in all this somewhere from science fiction.

And finally we talked about the elite running away from the future they helped to create.

That tied into the story about super rich doomsday preppers.

IMHO this story was full of inaccuracies and I recommended the book  Tragedy and Hope by Carroll Quigley.

Finally we ended with the story about the Trump administrations thoughts on  CIA black sites.

I said I didn't see the need for Trump to do this since we still participate in the use of extraordinary rendition.




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November 8

AN 0185 ACLU wants 23 secret surveillance laws unveiled

Fed ignore watchdogs 15,222 times costing billions of dollars in tax revenue.

Ceviche causes mother to face jail time.

We need to trust the FBI MORE claims Washington Post.

Bogus Russia Trump connection nonsense.

Current administration diverting billions of dollars to bail out health insurance companies tied to Obamacare.

ACLU wants 23 secret surveillance laws made public.

AT&T spying on customers for the government for profit.

Seven minutes per machine to steal an election.

Ultrasonic adware and why it's a danger to you.


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October 18

AN 0182 Stingrays Surveillance and Your Rights

Venezuela backs off of price controls.

Wikileaks:Bloomberg interested in Secretary of State job.

North Dakota's War on the First Amendment.

Update on Amy Goodman and the pending riot charges.

Scotland Yard :Teaching people to use Crypto is terrorism.

Fed's walk into building demand everyone's fingerprints to open phones.

Man mixing LSD and cough syrup saves dog from imaginary fire.

Chris Selley wonders how parents put up with this nonsense.

Venn diagrams on the overlap between government and large business.

The surveillance state goes local;Stingrays and secrecy.


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October 16


After pur usual Casaa Update we moved right into the action.

Since Verey is from the U.K. and I am from the U.S. it's interesting to me that we discuss the differences and differing thoughts both governments seem to have about  cyber attacks,privacy and surveillance.

I know it's something we discuss often but it's still nice to get a U.K. point of view.

And then we doscussed why we dislike skype and whatr it is doing in conjunction with Cortanna to “help” you by making your life eaiser.

But you have to wonder is it really easier or just less digitally secure?

Because Very has coded and I have not we talked about the upcomming software appocalypse.

If you own your data shouldn' t you be informed of a breach?

And what would a rogue NSA realy look like? Is is Snwden and colligues or is it something else?

Only time will tell.

The internet and the death of privacy.

A bit on the U.K. home secretary.

In news from Down Under we learned of a bit of an issue.

Does more surveillance really make us safer?


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July 3

AN-0212 Privacy-Good-Service- Liberty or Right?

Friday evening we started off with a focused lens on what privacy really is.

To start off we had the CASAA update and then got right into the thick of things.

We've talked quite often on this show about the little losses of liberty that happen daily,constant video and audio surveillance,facial recognition,traffic shaping and yet nothing quite gets to the heart of it.

But some things do come close to the heart of things for instance the TSA wanting to look at what books you're reading.

We did swing wildly off topic and cover the problems in Portland's water supply because it's a real problem and people deserve to know about it so they can take steps to protect themselves.

Once we covered the idea that there's something in the water we dove right into the working plan Australia has to ban working cryptography for the five eyes nations.

Then we got right into the heart of the problem if you value your privacy what is it worth to you and not just to you but to the telecom conglomerates who want to charge you heinous ammounts of money to”protect” it.

And then we chatted a bit about the employee who took some smart meters offline.

I  got pretty shocked over this WANANCRY story as well.

One topic I have always found interesting is the right to be forgotten.It's my inderstanding that it;s codified into their data protection laws. The reason I bring that up is the reputation fixers we have in America. They do a very unusual job in so many at times unethical and illegal ways.

But if you act badly do you have the right to be forgotten online?

And what about other countries what rights do they have when it comes to money and privacy?

We talked a bit about the ELSA vulnerability and the  CIA

But the endiing which just made me very sad was about why none of us are able to prove we've been spied upon by the NSA/



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June 25


The first hour was the CASAA podcast.

Tonight's Anti-Nanny portion of the program was full of stories about the government and it's differing agencies “protecting you”

The loss of all our privacy to the Surveillance Industrial Complex is just a side effect of all that comes next.

The first thing we touched on was the recent appearence by Edward Snowdon on Ron Paul's Liberty Report.I recommend watching the entire thing because he and Ron touched upon the Deep State giving it a real definition and a way to understand the things and decisions shaping our world today.

The reason why I mention the Deep State is because in my humble opinion those are the forces driving the goverenment/buisness surveillance of people in every country today.

What the government can't surveil easily they attempt to get companies to backdoor for them.

But once we shine some light in the dark places it looks as though at least some corporations are attemtping to help people protect themselves from the mass intrusion into the privacy and security of their computers and routers.

But as time has proven when you allow mission creep calling for security you somehow become even less secure, an excellent example is the recent facial recognition programs at airports.

As time goes on with things like the Wikileaks we start to hear more and more about the programs and computer manipulations by the CIA,FBI and NSA to name a few.

Those manipulations tell us nothing is scared or private up to and including your emails.

Many people don't feel as though the government is helping them or that the laws are upheld so they have no faith in anyone.I can't blame them for that but the ACLU is attempting to find out how so many of these things are allowed and that has to be hard work.

And although we focuse almost exclusively on America here it's far from the only country with the spying problem.Take Germany for instance what's happening there right now is horrifying.

I mentioned the ACLU before and their work to uncover various surveillance techniques by government but they are far from the only ones doing this work.EPIC is doing very good work to uncover many similar issues too.

At times the courts are making really good decisions to protect our rights.

A question before them now concerns the privacy of our data.

All this talk of the federal government surveilling us doesn't address the same issue with the local police but maybe we should.

We can cry and moan complain or meekly accept our fate to be watched or we can band together and make a noise loud enough that it can never be ignored.

In the end the decision really is ours.


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June 5

AN-0208-Biometrics :Technology Versus Privacy

As usual we started with a CASAA update.

Then we moved right into the different types of biometrics and how they are being used.

With more to come later.

We went right into how the Chaos Computer Club in Germany was able to break the biometrics iris scanner on the Galaxy S8.

This has to lead people to understand security and biometrics are not as unbreakable as we think they are.

But as we have talked about in the past biometrics are sure as hell invasive. (There is a story in that episode about facial recognition and fast food ordering.)

And because we talked a bit about types of biometrics we discussed a few more emerging types.

And since we already know about the bank spoofing from earlier we chatted about voice print harvesting.

Then how much money the military was expected to spend on biometrics in the future here's a hint it's a hell of a lot.

In a weird way it also ties into the next story about the government wanting a very easy to use form of biometrics mostly it seems to be facial recognition.

Oddly enough they are doing this search as a contest and the prize money is not very impressive for all the work this would entail.

Then we moved onto types of facial recognition and how they are evolving as a form of surveillance.

And then onto the newest thing your face and or fingerprint in leu of plane tickets.

What I found slightly disturbing is that the programs the airlines are running will be run in conjunction with government entities.

I never like that but I like it far less when they all seem to be teaming up together.This is the same government reading our emails and skype messages.

I'm not comfortable with that and never will be.

The we took a mother nature enforced lightning break.

But Verey and I eventually worked it all out and I came back to talk for a bit more about all of this technology and your rights.

There is a reason lawyers don't want you using a fingerprint to unlock your phone.

Then we talked about your fourth and fifth amendment rights and your phone.

Hint the fifth amendment only works if you strictly invoke it.


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