In fact, I'd be more than a little hurt to find out that I was in the small minority of websites that they didn't download. From an Obama Administration point of view, my blog is politically incorrect...though should Rand Paul become President, my blog would be disturbingly mainstream. I'm not sure how I would cope with that. Maybe I'd be forced to go fishing instead of blogging?
There is no steganography in the graphics that I post here (secret messages embedded in graphics), or none that I know of. The message (below-right) is loud, clear and unambiguous.
Most of the people who comment regularly on this blog are not in the mainstream, would never desecrate the American flag or do anything to hurt anyone except in defense of their lives, or the lives of people that they love. Which would suggest that the NSA might not find much here of interest. But you never know.
One reason that the NSA downloads the Internet every day is because there is secret writing in some graphics and there are messages contained in blogs. You can only capture them if you download the whole damned thing -- every day. I understand this and do not object. And there is no Fourth Amendment privilege in a blog. You write them to be read.
Truth be told, the US isn't the only country which downloads the Internet. The Russians do it too. And to my Russian friends, I can only suggest that they might learn something if they read it. Most Russians think a lot like Americans, share a similar sense of humor and are bewildered by the British concept of a joke -- as are many Americans. I don't know whether or not the British download the Internet. Now that they are sharia friendly, they may not be allowed to download porn, which means that the Rule 5 blogs are free from British scrutiny (but not Russian -- Russians love porn). Yes the NSA downloads porn, but since porn on USGOV computers is forbidden (not the case in Russia), they need to classify the downloads: TS/NF/WN/ORCON/LIMDIS -- or something to that effect so that the public won't know that every smutty picture and video is captured for all time in a vault in their facility in Utah.
One day in the dim and distant future when it's all declassified and historians paw through the collection, descendants of porn stars (professional and amateur) will have the opportunity to see what great grandma and grandpa looked like 'in action'... thanks to the National Security Agency's efforts to preserve the Internet.
From that perspective, a little gratitude toward NSA may be in order.
As of January 1, 2017 this blog began to receive anonymous posts. I try not to delete them, but if you want to be taken seriously here, you need to identify yourself, if only by some sort of cryptonym.
Welcome to Virtual Mirage
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the cat. "We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad," asked Alice?
"You must be," said the cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."
Virtual Mirage - What's on the other side of the mirror? Ask Alice how deep the rabbit hole really goes.
This blog is an extension of MY JOURNEY because sometimes my journey needs more explanation, and sometimes there is more to be said than can be expressed on one ordinary blog.
Sometimes it's politics (very serious), sometimes I address the human condition with a dose of humor, and other times it may seem as if the track is headed in a unique direction. I can be a complicated guy at times.
There are a few things you'll find I consider:
* Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
* Sometimes the questions are complex but the answers are simple.
* Love is the only condition where the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
* Steers do not sign treaties with meat packers. (think on that)
* Taxes are NEVER levied for the benefit of the taxed.
* The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no victory possible in defense.
WHITE POWDER (Novel)
There is something intoxicating about a secret.
THE OLD WHORE (NOVEL)
In the peculiar culture of the Central Intelligence Agency, "old whores" are people who will do whatever it takes to get the job done, irrespective of the cost.
EXILES FROM EDEN (NOVEL)
Sparks fly as two star-crossed lovers meet. He runs toward trouble as she yearns for something missing. And it ends in a flight from and toward justice.
Today, I balance work and play as much as anyone can. All things remaining equal, play is more important. Life is short - it's important to make every day count for something, if only to yourself.
I'm a former tinker/tailor/soldier/sailor who has now decided that maybe it really wasn't all done for nothing.
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