"Each member had his own appeal, and at the beginning RZA tells of managing this internal diversity to extend their collective draw: “I recall telling GZA, ‘You’ll get the college crowd,’ Raekwon and Ghost, all the gangstas.” But as the members have grown into their careers in the two decades since their debut, each has pursued their own interests, from clothing to books to albums to movies. Still the remaining eight members join from time to time in collaborations and no one has fallen by the MC Hammer wayside. The Wu-Tang Clan operated like a clandestine society, so sure of their internal cohesion that they could risk splitting up to maximize their influence. They’re a loyal team of specialists—what leftist organizers might call an affinity group. But while most affinity groups last at most a couple months, RZA built his with a solid long-term plan from the beginning. This kind of planning requires a collective dedication to a project that’s engineered to last, one that accounts for and promotes the individual growth of its members over time."
#you are being watched
Tech companies large and small have long been trying to use smartphones to connect consumers’ online activity to what they do in “real” life. Google is now telling advertisers it has a way to do just that – and it involves tracking consumers’ smartphone locations all the time, wherever they go, even when they’re not using a Google app.
Google is beta-testing a program that uses smartphone location data to determine when consumers visit stores, according to agency executives briefed on the program by Google employees. Google then connects these store visits to Google searches conducted on smartphones in an attempt to prove that its mobile ads do, in fact, work.
An Ex-Cop's Guide to Not Getting Arrested - Mike Riggs - The Atlantic Cities →
#hide in plain sight
If police want to hassle you, they’re going to, even if you’re following the above tips as closely as possible. What then? Every interaction with a police officer entails two contests: One for “psychological dominance” and one for “custody of your body.” Carson advises giving in on the first contest in order to win the second. Is that belittling? Of course. “Being questioned by police is insulting,” Carson writes. “It is, however, less insulting than being arrested. What I’m advising you to do when questioned by police is pocket the insult. This is difficult and emotionally painful.”
"Sorm’s tactical and technical foundations were developed by a KGB research institute in the mid-1980s, and have been updated ever since. Now, the Sorm-1 system captures telephone and mobile phone communications, Sorm-2 intercepts internet traffic, and Sorm-3 collects information from all forms of communication, providing long-term storage of all information and data on subscribers, including actual recordings and locations."
NSA director admits to misleading public on terror plots - Salon.com →
#you are being watched
“There is no evidence that [bulk] phone records collection helped to thwart dozens or even several terrorist plots,” said Leahy. The Vermont Democrat then asked the NSA chief to admit that only 13 out of a previously cited 54 cases of foiled plots were genuinely the fruits of the government’s vast dragnet surveillance systems:
“These weren’t all plots, and they weren’t all foiled,” Leahy said, asking Alexander, “Would you agree with that, yes or no?”
“Yes,” replied Alexander.