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Snowden August 21, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.

What if they are watching every step we take?

What if they are reading, saving, and collating our e-mails, library cards, movie queues, blog posts, account data, fitbit readouts, grocery store purchases, etc.?

What if they keep track of the books we read and the movies we watch?

What if they eavesdrop on our conversations and use facial recognition software as we window shop?

What if they watch us while we’re sleeping and know when we’re awake?

What if they know when we’ve been bad or good . . . and decide to tell Santa on us?

Hmm . . . “let’s give them something to talk about.

A little mystery to figure out.”

Let’s do something wild and crazy and unexpected.

Let’s be who we are and say what we will because . . . we can.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Ally Bean - August 21, 2019

Paranoia runs deep, into your soul it’ll creep. It starts when you’re always afraid, step out of line and they’ll take you away. 🎶

And so it goes…

nrhatch - August 21, 2019

Good song:

The more afraid we are, the less willing we will be to step out of line.

2. Jill Weatherholt - August 21, 2019

Yes, let’s do that! So there’s a movie? Oh brother.

nrhatch - August 21, 2019

The movie is fabulous, Jill . . . as long as it doesn’t give you nightmares.

Jill Weatherholt - August 21, 2019

No doubt it would. 🙂

3. joyroses13 - August 21, 2019

Now you have the song, “Let’s give them something to talk about.’ running through my head!
If they really I have something to hide then listen away! Just hope they don’t poison my coffee! :p!

nrhatch - August 21, 2019

Another good song that sparks my resolve to be ME.

Speaking of poison in coffee . . . has anyone seen Tippy? He seems to be MIA.

joyroses13 - August 21, 2019

Yup! That song brings back a fun memory. When I was 20 I was working at a restaurant as a waitress. The bus boy and me got along great, became close friends, though everybody at the restaurant wanted to believe it was more than that. We went out to breakfast one morning together before our shifts started. Came back and parked right in front of the restaurant and sure enough there were some employees looking at the window at us. My friend said, “Should we give them something to talk about?” I said, ” sure! ” and……. now onto your question about Tippy! 🙂
He is exploring Yellowstone, trying to catch some unicorns. He was talking about it in the comments in one of his last posts, thats how I know. He said the trip was coming up soon and being that he is MIA, I am assuming soon is now! He does just like to leave people hanging, doesn’t he!

nrhatch - August 21, 2019

Your story mirrors one of mine with that song. 😉

Thanks for the update on TG. That’s it. He did say that he was going to Yellowstone for a fortnight. So, I guess, we’ll see him in September.

joyroses13 - August 21, 2019

Ahh! Do tell. 🙂 LOL!

You are welcome and with the way things are going September will be here before we know it!

nrhatch - August 21, 2019

I can’t tell you . . . since “they” might be listening. 😆

4. L. Marie - August 21, 2019

“Let’s be who we are and say what we will because . . . we can.” Indeed! Let’s do it!

nrhatch - August 21, 2019

The world has become more like “1984” and “Brave New World” than I anticipated would happen while reading them in H.S..

But while we can . . . we should! JUST DO IT!

5. Rivergirl - August 21, 2019

Yes, I’m sure they are watching, and listening. But damn…. we post our entire lives to social media so whose fault is it really? ( says the woman who loves to blog 😉 )

nrhatch - August 21, 2019

I don’t see it that way.

What we post on-line (in blogs, on FB, etc.) may be fair game for collection ~ we put it out there, after all. But what we say in e-mail or private phone conversations should NOT be up for grabs.

Rivergirl - August 21, 2019

No, of course not.

nrhatch - August 21, 2019

I know! We’ll flood the airwaves with flotsam and jetsam. That’ll teach ’em!

6. Kate Crimmins - August 21, 2019

My life is pretty boring (at least for watchers) so if someone is tracking me, they have my sympathy.

nrhatch - August 21, 2019

I hate to think of tax dollars being used to spy on us . . . especially since 99.9% of the collected “intel” will be boring crap of no use or interest to anyone. 😛

7. colonialist - August 21, 2019

I’m with Kate here: the answer for these people is to bore them to death! I discovered a new crochet stitch today . . .

nrhatch - August 21, 2019

I expect that, until a person is “of interest,” most data is collected and stored without anyone listening in because that would be boring. But once someone “drops a stitch” (and becomes of interest), “they” can pull up back-dated data to peruse. It’s like having a perpetual (and illegal) search warrant in place for all of us, all the time.

I wish I could believe that only the Russians and the Chinese would spy on their own citizens. But I don’t. Uncle Sam is likely the biggest Peeping Tom of all.

colonialist - August 21, 2019

The worst scenario is when they think they have scented something and then go to all lengths to manufacture it.

nrhatch - August 21, 2019

Yup. Treachery remains alive and well in the 21st century!

8. Val Boyko - August 21, 2019

Yes indeed! Worry never makes the truth go away or makes us feel better.

nrhatch - August 21, 2019

The situation concerns me, because it’s apt to get worse as more and more of “our life” is lived on-line. But most of us are not self-reliant enough to go off grid. We are too reliant and dependent on others for food, clothing, shelter, entertainment, etc.

We are Here.
It is Now.

Val Boyko - August 21, 2019

That’s the truth.

9. William D'Andrea - August 21, 2019

I’ve often said that a video recording of my typical day would make a good treatment for insomnia. I wonder, who would possibly have the time to read everything that’s recorded? I get a lot of advertisements for products over the internet, which I constantly delete. That’s actually how I spend a good amount of my time on the internet.

nrhatch - August 21, 2019

A video of my days would likely produce a similar result. In fact, next time I am awake when I’d rather be sleeping, perhaps I’ll review the more mundane moments until I nod off! 😛

Most of the adverts pass under my radar without notice. I don’t do much on-line shopping so they are not “enticing.”

10. Joanne Sisco - August 23, 2019

If they’re going to watch then the least they can do is give me a hand once in a while … you know, laundry, grocery shopping, and the damn weeding still isn’t done …

nrhatch - August 23, 2019

I don’t know if I’d trust spooks to do my laundry or grocery shopping, but I’ll happily delegate the weeding to them! :mrgreen:

Joanne Sisco - August 23, 2019

If they’re going to be peering over my shoulder they might as well make themselves useful 😉

nrhatch - August 24, 2019


11. Debra - August 24, 2019

Bottom line for me? I’m probably too routine and boring to land on anybody’s list. Maybe I should do something outrageous. Problem is, I can’t even think of anything. LOL!

nrhatch - August 26, 2019

I prefer to fly “under the radar” . . . like you, outrageous behavior is not my norm. :mrgreen:

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