Now you know why I haven’t been posting. Why give the statist bastiches more ammunition? OTOH, it’s a bit late to worry about that, isn’t it?
PRISM. I don’t know why they picked that program name, but it’s perfect for destroying a united state. “White light” is a blend of any and all frequencies, a united state of visible light. But put it through a prism, and every bit of it is spread out and split apart according to its particular wavelength. It is utterly divided.
Of course, nothing profound ever occurs to me without associated inanity. So naturally I remembered the “Rainbow Passage”, which I had to recite dozens of times while getting fitted for respirators.
When the sunlight strikes raindrops in the air, they act like a prism and form a rainbow. The rainbow is a division of white light into many beautiful colors. These take the shape of a long round arch, with its path high above, and its two ends apparently beyond the horizon. There is, according to legend, a boiling pot of gold at one end. People look, but no one ever finds it. When a man looks for something beyond reach, his friends say he is looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
I will always wonder who the heck wrote that. A “boiling pot of gold”? That sounds more like something to avoid.
PRISM is a hilarious thing. See, the problem is that even the most advanced software is just that: software.
They can store every single piece of data and run it through whatever software they have. Ultimately it’s 100% worthless, even for executing control over the populace. Software doesn’t understand syntax and context of a language, thus it will always fail. It can flag a ton of things, but since it’s just software and has no factual understanding of language it’s basically just a huge money sink.
Of course the entire thing is also 100% useless for fighting terrorism. Any terrorist worth his salt will not say “Tomorrow we’ll bomb the Washington monument with a truck of C4.” He will use code words, harmless words. he will say “Tomorrow we’ll visit auntie with a big cake.” The terrorists out there are insane, but they’re not stupid.
And here’s something for the NSA. Bomb. Obama. Jihad. Tea Party. Biden. Joe. Hitler. Chickens. Hamburger. Washington. Tomorrow. Nuclear. Pork.
Of course, their definition of terrorism isn’t exactly the same as ours. “If these Tea Party terrorists get their way we’ll soon be out of jobs!” You can sort through that ocean of data if you know who to investigate in the first place.
Oh btw, it’s not related to the NSA going nuts, but you will find it interesting: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000280436