Sunday Musings 20/11/2016

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That’s right, tape over your webcam like Zuckerberg does, because the government is on to you, and if it’s not the government, then it’s a greeb in his mum’s basement watching you bash one off to the new Miley Cyrus video.

Mrs. “Un-elected” May has just pushed through the most savage surveillance bill in the Western world. No thanks to the fucking Labour party, which has been too busy faffing over who’s next to ineffectually lead their party, rather than fighting the Tories in parliament, and fuck you to Guardian, who put out such an outraged article the day after the bill had been passed. What are we meant to do about it now? Excellent journalism, you twats.

The police now (well, almost) have a right, a lawful right, to hack into your software. Here is the exact wording, from the parliament website: “A Bill to make provision about the interception of communications, equipment interference and the acquisition and retention of communications data, bulk personal datasets and other information.” Work your way past the garbage, put in there so the “ignorant masses” stay nice and toasty ignorant, and what it essentially says is, “We’ll take all your shit, then keep it, so we can use it against you just in case we need to.”

Behind the curtain of the “Islamist threat” governments in the West will continue to usher in new bills that threaten the public’s privacy. Public fear of pedophiles and people who are going to steal your cat’s inheritance fund means there has been little resistance to what is, ultimately, the crushing of your civil rights.

Donald Trump is the scariest factor. He controls arguably the most advanced surveillance network on the planet. He has already hinted, in his offhand and charming way, that he would use the NSA against his political opponents.

Sorry?

What?

“Don’t worry,” you say, “I have nothing to hide.” That’s all well and good, but it’s not about you, dear. Greater surveillance means a greater risk to journalist’s sources, and in turn, a massive risk to whistleblowers. The bill is for protection against WikiLeaks, and it is a protection against other mass scandals such as the Panama Papers. Yes. The whole world is controlled by an untouchable, nepotistic elite.  A fact which, as you might have noticed, has totally faded into obscurity. People forget easily when there’s a new cat to laugh at or a bunch of dickhead’s standing really, very still.

A quote came to mind that I read in some book and at some point over my last three years at university, “As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air — however slight — lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” (William O. Douglas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States) There is no sudden realization that your liberties have been taken from you. There is no epiphanous moment, like in Orwell’s 1984, when you finally figure out how wronged you have been, or how much your civil rights have been abused. This is real life. Nothing changes. We’re simply absorbed.

A new generation will grow up knowing nothing else.

We’re safe in the U.K for now, because although the bill has been passed through parliament, good, old Queenie has to give her frail, silver thumbs-up. Long live the Queen.

Long live the Queen in her recently renovated Palace, at a cost of £370 million to the taxpayer. Children are living off spaghetti hoops and old people are dying in their homes because they’re freezing and the Queen gets a new golden toilet seat?

I don’t even know what to fucking say.

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In California the number of trees dead to drought has reached 100 (and 2) million. Trees are good for the planet, did you know that? Over the last six years California has been drought ridden, and the as trees continue to die there is an increased risk of some of the most mental bush-fires you can imagine. Like, hell-on-earth scale. As more trees die, the less chance of rain. It is a downwards spiral. It is a worrying foresight into the future as global temperatures climb steadily.

Donald Trump has seemingly picked out the biggest assholes he could find to staff the new Trump House, the whitest house yet. Bannon is a man who runs the gospel for nationalism and this new alt-right ideology, Breitbart, and he’s been selected as the Chief Strategist. If Breitbart is anything to go on, the new strategies will include racial slurs, fake facts and foul misogyny. Don’t worry though guys, an article released on his own website, refutes these facts. Here’s a hint: if you have to tell your website to release an article telling everyone you’re not a racist, misogynistic liar, then you probably are.

And, in a bizarre twist of events, China has had a cracking good week, chaps. They’ve come out and told Trump he’s a maniac for denying climate change, built new trade bridges with South America and upped their Climate Change Aid for developing countries to $3.1 billion dollars.

R.I.P America. There’s a new boss in town.

Which, to be honest, I’m not so sure I’m happy to hear.

Wait.

Scratch that.

The party is everything. I am the party.

I’ll leave you with this, because aren’t we all really just apes in a fucking VR helmet?

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