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Sunday, July 21, 2013

"Ephemera" – Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was “Ephemera.”

I created a nautical travel theme using vintage steamship ticket ephemera.

The vintage images are from a DuckDuckGo Internet search. Unlike Google, DuckDuckGo respects your privacy.

To learn about other applications that you can use instead of the ones from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc., who are providing everyone's information to the United States Government via the NSA, see Prism break.

In case you didn't see it reported in the news, on July 19, 2013, the rubber stamp Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court renewed the United States Government's authority to collect telephony metadata in bulk, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.

If you mistakenly believe they aren't also recording all phone calls, on June 7, 2013, President Obama's own words prove they are RECORDING all of our phone calls: They have all of the content, but if they want to "go further than just that top-line data" and "listen to (a) phone call" they "have to" ask a federal judge to do "further probing." If you have the ability to go back and listen to the content, then you ARE recording all of the phone calls, not just the metadata.

These are the relevant sentences from the Wall Street Journal transcript:

"When it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening to your telephone calls... They are not looking at people’s names, and they’re not looking at content... If these folks — if the intelligence community then actually wants to listen to a phone call, they’ve got to go back to a federal judge, just like they would in a criminal investigation... And so not only does that court authorize the initial gathering of data, but I want to repeat, if anybody in government wanted to go further than just that top-line data and wanted to, for example, listen to Jackie Calmes’s phone call, they’d have to go back to a federal judge and — and — and indicate why, in fact, they were doing further — further probing."


Julie Steed said...

It doesn't surprise me a bit, but it is chilling. Big Brother...

Wonderful card!

Karla B aka Lady Skyclad said...

It doesn't surprise me either. Great collage!

Deborah said...

All very scary - the UK is just as bad it seems. Do love your nautical ephemera.

sue morris said...

This is awesome!