Wired ran a great article explaining the newest attack on our privacy:
Navigation-and-emergency-services company OnStar is notifying its six million account holders that it will keep a complete accounting of the speed and location of OnStar-equipped vehicles, even for drivers who discontinue monthly service.
Adam Denison, a spokesman for the General Motors subsidiary, said OnStar does not currently sell customer data, but it reserves that right. He said both the new and old privacy policies allow OnStar to chronicle a vehicle’s every movement and its speed, though it’s not clear where that’s stated in the old policy.
It’s obnoxious enough that customers may have to agree to the terms to accept the service, but once you leave the company you are no longer subject to the terms and conditions of service. Or at least that’s how it ought to be. This is a disgusting attack on our right to reasonable privacy, and is highly abusable. Until they repeal the Patriot Act, the more data that is gathered, the more we are at risk for being snooped or otherwise monitored without a warrant.
It’s easy to forget the previous battles, so let’s do a fast recap. Cell phones are holding inappropriate information about users (no encryption, mind you). We can be snooped without a warrant, and now we our property can be searched without notifying the citizen, a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment. Now our cars can be tracked, even if we stop using the service (their feeble “it makes it easier to reconnect” excuse is worse than silence or “suck it up and move along, Citizen!”). Without oversight, these abuses of power will not stop. Without full disclosure to citizens, they cannot challenge the process in court. Check and mate.
Get a grip.
I don’t really care about Anthony Weiner one way or the other, but I read the Big Government hit piece yesterday and it pissed me off. (I won’t link that sewer. You’ll have to use your Google-fu.) Then I read this and it pissed me off further.
What is with Breitbart and co.’s seemingly pathological need to target women? First that “It’s not like I was going to rape her or anything” incident in which Breitbart’s crony and protege, James O’Keefe planned to lure CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau onto a boat “filled with sexually explicit props and then record the session.” (And yes, I know that Breitbart took to his fainting couch and called O’Keefe gross and offensive for that unsuccessful scheme, and no, I don’t believe he was uninvolved).
And now the “outing” of a young woman in Seattle for political sport? This is beyond the pale:
*Women, that is.
Georgia State Representative Bobby Franklin hates women, and what’s more, he’s obsessed with stripping women of their rights. The last time we heard tell of Representative Franklin, he was trying to pass a bill that changed rape victims and victims of stalking into accusers until the defendant was convicted of the crime, but oddly enough, he didn’t deem it necessary for any other crime. Plus, he wanted to mandate that a victim of a stalker had to have a landline and give that number to the police in order to be contacted if her1 stalker was released from jail. Why a landline? Only God and Bobby Franklin know why a landline is needed for this onerous deed. Only the FSM knows why Bobby Franklin is such a malevolent, misogynistic fuck-face who wants to hurt as many women as possible in one fell swoop of his pen. Too uncivil? Too unkind to the “Gentleman” from Georgia? Then feast your eyes on his newest bill. My angry black overlady posted a brief post about it early before her head ‘asploded and left her body, so I’m here to clean up the mess. Ew. Angry Black Lady bits are strewn all over! Here is the original post from Mother Jones that sent ABL and me over the goddamn fucking edge. Yes, she excerpted much of it, but I wanted to link it again so everyone can see what a spineless, cold-hearted, evil, and crazy jackhole Franklin actually is.
Franklin got mocked and widely trounced on for the other bill, and it seemed to go nowhere. Whew! Said I. One more ignorant, repulsive, woman-hating piece of shit legislation down, eleven-billionty to go. I didn’t give Franklin another thought as he was not worth the energy and the mind space. Besides, there were so many other astoundingly anti-woman bills flying fast and furious on the federal level that I barely had time to catch my breath, let alone think of some pissant humanity-hating piece of shit representative from Georgia.
Until today. My angry black overlady put a call out to me to read the link above, and I nearly punched a wall. Bobby Franklin was back in the news, and again, it was for his astounding and apparently all-consuming hatred of women. Georgia’s unemployment rate is 10.2% (national is 9.4%). In 2008, their SAT scores ranked 45th in the nation. In other words, Franklin has plenty of things to occupy his time and his work hours–he does not need to be focusing all his
energy hatred on women like this.
(Click to flip Rep. Franklin the bird)
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