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Catherine Fitzpatrick
New York City
Russian translator, blogger, news writer, human rights activist, and long-time student of international affairs.
Interests: International affairs, Russia, Central Asia, civil society, human rights, humanitarian issues, governance, NGOs, UN, OSCE, Gov 2.0, virtual worlds, Internet policy, digital law, cyberspace
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Anonymous = unaccountable. I use my real name. *Capability* is not *actuality*. Just because the government in any form, or a corporation in any form has the capacity to monitor or access all communications does not mean that it does so. And even if you can show they do by some technical contortion, they don't consciously watch and monitor these communiations to harm ordinary people -- they don't consciously do anything. A machine gathering data that is only a pile of data to be searched is not monitoring you. If a conscious human being decides to sift that data, then you have a case, but then you can't concede that this is a legitimate activity in a liberal democratic state like the US. Because it is indeed legitimate. What I find is that people like Snowden claiming falsely that Hayden "lied" or that the NSA monitors you won't even concede warranted surveillance for probably cause. What of warrantless surveillance? Warrantless surveillance can be legitimate as well and is the precursor to warranted surveillance. If a platform monitors key words and bans accounts on that basis, rightly or wrongly, we don't hear you complaining. If a government monitors conversations for key words to then match later -- or in the case of the Snowden claim, collects headers or phone numbers to match to known suspects -- that's a good thing. That's what the Muhtorov case proves, BTW, and in fact the ACLU after complaining backed away from it. Ultimately, he was sentenced for abetting terrorism. Monitoring his phone number and linking it to a known terrorist group in Turkey was a good thing, not a bad thing. That law-enforcement has access to Google and other platforms' data is a legitimate activity. That's because in a democratic state under the rule of law, they need to do this. Only extremists want to deny them this access. PRISM "captures data without a warrant" -- and so what? Google scrapes everybody's email without a warrant, too, to serve them ads. The question is whether there is then a dive into that collection of data by a conscious force that then violates the 4th amendment. Show me a case that this has happened that someone has successfully defended, and I might worry more. Pro tip: that would not be Aaron Swartz's case. Greenwald got the story of PRISM wrong -- as you do -- because of living in that geek alternative universe outside of the rule of law. Once again, the claim that this is "massive amounts of data on everyone" is patently false. It's not "everyone." And if it is "a lot of people who are innocent," then the challenge once again is to FIND A CASE. Find a case where that data was USED to violate the rights of a person who was not a suspect in a crime. Go ahead, I'll wait.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2018 on Snowden's Lies or Code-as-Lie at Wired State
By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick Once again, I'm going to answer Raph Koster with a blog post rather than a post on Facebook, not only because of length, but because I've always found that the worst possible haters on earth are friends of friends. Raph wrote: On the one hand, if... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Wired State
So I have a rentals gatcha at my office. I try to copy the methods of stores : ) It's only $5, and it has a week's free rental anywhere, or the "one month free anywhere". Most people try the gatcha a few times and move on, because they aren't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at Second Thoughts
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Conversation from today about this hugely overpriced gatcha. $2,499 is what I have seen others are charging for the entire set (gone now), not just this rare. BTW, I'm charging $1000, but keep looking -- at this second, I see it for even less. [12:12] Dessi Tyran: (Saved Fri Nov... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at Second Thoughts
By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick If you live in New York City, be sure to turn your ballot over tomorrow and vote on three propositions. I recommend NO (Campaign finance limits), NO "Civic Engagement" Commission), YES (Term limits for community boards). I particularly urge you to vote NO on Proposition 2,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Wired State
Facebook removed this post as "spam" -- I don't know whether it was merely because of its length (they could just give that simple answer, and so, so that's not it) or because it challenges their own received wisdom on Kavanaugh, who knows. So it goes here. To summarize: this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Wired State
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I recently bought more land inworld for my existing rental communities (see for example this great furnished and landscaped camp in Hector). So now I have a few parcels for sale in separate areas: Teleport to Derwent Rent for $1200/wk/1405 prims or buy for $45,000 Teleport to Atis Rent for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at Ravenglass Customized
I love all these things! Dragon Magick Wares Temple Of The Moon Marcus Inkpen's Retreat Dryads etched glass & waterfall by Quiet Sinatra The Cave. Mesh by Ivrai Abramovic F*Firenze Bowl Laurel by Terra d'ombrA Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at Ravenglass Customized
I rarely have "Marketplace Madness," a close relative of "Rental Dementia," but sometimes it comes up. A person who buys a cat on the MP likely already knows something about the Kittycats -- if they don't, they will learn. I suspect this person knows but is just concocting drama to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at Second Thoughts
I gave a rule in areas that only cost 0.66/prim -- which is subsidized, in the land preserve, where I am trying to offset costs and keep nice wooded areas open to the public -- that the limit is one per person. Most people abide by this. Some rip me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Second Thoughts
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Remember this? You would if you were a child in the 1950s. You may know doobeedoo Littlething. I always had admiration for her, she ran several gatcha stores and her tastes in gatcha were similar to mine, her displays were nice and easy to get around and the prices, while... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Second Thoughts
Some tenants are just really super needy, and they adapt a learned helplessness and keep asking for service or asking questions they know the answers to just to socialize and get attention. I'm not good at giving it to them. As I always say, if you are unhappy with your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at Second Thoughts
Look over to your right. See my Twitter feed? For some reason, the Twitter feed function from SL is working to send text, SLURLS AND Photos, but the Postcard function doesn't send the photos. It works maybe 10 percent of the time with Typepad, I can't get it fixed (it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at Ravenglass Customized
This was quite remarkable! I was invited to show Ravenglass and SL Public Land Preserve on the "Designing Worlds" virtual world TV program. The hosts are Saffia Widdershins and Elrik Riel and they do a remarkable job of rendering our world and its experiences. They are both professionals in RL.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Ravenglass Customized
Eric Chenoweth June 13 at 3:27pm · I am always intrigued by those commenting on how any changes to admissions to the specialized schools will "wreck" or "destroy" these "special" "jewels" of the New York education system. Richard Cohen has decided to comment on something he knows little about and to slander Bill DeBlasio with this idiocy: "Stuyvesant’s student body is majority Asian American. The mayor thinks this is a 'monumental injustice....'" No. What is an injustice is that 0.69 percent of Stuyvesant's students are African American and only slightly more Latino in a city with a 70 percent black... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at The Park Bench
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SO, I'm never sentimental about free gifts at events, I think they should have less of them. I examine each one before I take it, then I still throw some out when I get home and unpack. BTW among this batch you will likely see an earlier Redeux gifts round... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Ravenglass Customized
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50L Friday was awful today -- not a single thing to get, in my view. I mean Home & Garden because I don't bother with clothes. I was thinking Midsummer Enchantment would have things I like -- nope, stuff I have, or like what I have. I love LORE, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Ravenglass Customized