"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse." -- James Madison - (1751-1836)

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. " :
Ayn Rand in "The Nature of Government"

"Throughout history there have been tyrants and murderers. And for a while they seem invincible, but always they fall. Always."-Mahatma Gandhi

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings: Helen Keller

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is , more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime ; he is a good citizen driven to despair.--H.L Mencken

"When even one American-who has done nothing wrong-is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth-then all Americans are in peril" Harry S. Truman

"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."- Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943

"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed: Ayn Rand - (1905-1982) Author - Source: Atlas Shrugged, Francisco's "Money Speech"

"Loss of freedom seldom happens overnight. Oppression doesn't stand on the doorstep with toothbrush moustache and swastika armband -- it creeps up insidiously...step by step, and all of a sudden the unfortunate citizen realizes that it is gone." ~ Baron Lane

U.S. Constitution - R.I.P.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

New Phone Service Will Eavesdrop, Sell Ads

The Skinny: Internet Telephone Will Be Supported By Advertising Related To The Conversation

Some people have just devised a new way to listen into private telephone calls and use the information gathered from them for their own purposes - and for once they don't work for the NSA.

The New York Times reports on today's launch of a new Internet phone service that will be supported by advertising related to what people are talking about in their calls.

Dreamed up by Pudding Media, a start-up based in San Jose, Calif., the service is similar to Skype (let's hope not too similar) but is free. The trade-off is that the company will use voice recognition software to monitor the calls, select ads based on what it hears and push the ads to the user's computer screen while he or she is talking.

I wonder how many people will sign up for this incredibly intrusive scheme....allowing constant surveillance on private conversations in return for free phone service?...Personally, I can't imagine ever thinking this would be a good idea....besides..can you imagine the ads that would be generated from MY conversations...HA HA HA....could be amusing in a
dark humor big brother is always watching sort of way....

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