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The Privacy Paradox

The more steps you take to enhance your privacy, the more interesting you become to 3 letter agencies and the more likely that more targeted surveillance methods will be used on you. So should you just give up your privacy or should you go all out? What’s the optimal strategy?

Avoiding Automobile Surveillance

Your car is probably spying on you and sending your data to private companies and the state. Connected cars are a relatively new threat to personal privacy, one that is getting worse and doesn’t get nearly enough attention. Find out how the surveillance happens and how to fight back!

The Nonlinearity of Intelligence

“I know from my own experience that there is much more to ‘intelligence’ than an IQ number. In fact, I hesitate to believe that any system could really reflect the complexity and uniqueness of one person’s mind, or meaningfully describe the nature of his or her potential.” – Daniel Tammet

The Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance is a creepy 1930’s relic which should be abolished from the American education system. It’s a kind of jingoist brainwashing that goes against the spirit of education. Education should include a critical, honest reflection of one’s own country, its flaws and its history, not mindless daily chanting about how great it is.

Shining Light on the Dark Side of Law Enforcement

The US constitution is supposed to protect citizens from thug overreach. However, evidence from the past decade shows that thugs have been stomping all over our civil liberties daily by colluding with intelligence agencies.

Bringing Civility to Public Discourse With the Steel Man Technique

Philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett described a method for arguing with a person that holds opposing views. If you’ve ever heard of the straw man fallacy, it’s just the opposite of that. With the straw man, you misrepresent your opponent’s argument to make it easier to take down. With the steel man, you face the most charitable interpretation of your oppenent’s argument.

Stop Amazon's Police State

Amazon’s Orwellian Surveillance Hellscape

Amazon is providing police departments with warrantless access to thousands of Ring doorbell cameras giving cops unpredecented, persistent surveillance capabilities of private homes and neighborhoods. This is yet another dangerous partnership between the empire of the megacorporations and the state.

Avoiding Consumer Surveillance

Your purchases are being tracked. What you buy, where you buy it, when you buy it and what else you buy along with it. Consumer surveillance must end for privacy’s sake. In this post I teach you how to avoid it from an individual perspective.

Raising the Bar on Privacy

The central premise of this post is: Even if you believe that “privacy is dead”, you still have every reason to make surveillance more difficult for Big Brother. Resistance is not futile. If you accept that it is, you’re playing into the hands of the surveillance state. Surveillance on all of us is far too easy therefore we need to raise the bar on privacy.