Does this explain it? I thought so, but no.
Why am I so consistently pissed at tech-tyrant types? Because they OUGHT TO KNOW BETTER. They madly support tyranny and ferociously defend CIA and NSA. They "work" for privacy by deploying encryption and Bitcoin. Encryption is NSA's specialty. Bitcoin shows all the marks of being a false flag by the intel agencies, and even if it's not, it still passes directly through NSA's servers.
You can't have it both ways. If you really want privacy, stop talking and spending DIRECTLY through NSA.
How can they be so dumb? It has to be a generational thing. When you've grown up inside the digital fishbowl you can't describe water. Older techies started with analog, which is intrinsically decoupled.
Still, analog thinking doesn't automatically
prepare you to detect the obvious machinations of clandestine agencies.
Convective thought, spurred by noticing an old shortwave magazine
: It's not just analog, it's SHORTWAVE.
Growing up with shortwave, listening and hamming**, I routinely encountered spy stations and clandestine "underground" broadcasts.
Here I've slopped together several pages from a 1956 guide, at a time when US and USSR were supposedly battling for dominance. China was the real enemy of both. Most of the frequencies on these pages are outside the semi-official SW broadcast bands. Clandestines often transmitted off-band to provide a flavor of illegality.
Listeners understood that the FLAVOR was often fake. We understood false flagging and spoofing. We also understood that the regular official in-band stations were all engaged in propaganda. We treated VOA and BBC and Moscow and Peking on equal footing, examining the truth claims of each.
You can see several obvious 'clandestines' here: Voice of Revolutionary Party for Reunification, Pathet Lao, Fukien Front Station, Radio Freies Tirol, Espana Independiente, Radio Free Russia, Radio Free Portugal.
The Fukien Front stations were especially common in this list. I didn't recognize the name. Looked it up and found very little online. A couple of vague refs in newspapers, and this footnote in an obscure textbook.
In other words, it was part of the battle between Chiang and Mao, focused at that time on Quemoy and Matsu. One word tells me who owned the clandestines. Dulles.
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BUT: No, this still doesn't explain why the modern techies are so impenetrably obtuse. Modern propaganda and modern clandestines are STILL easy to recognize, and there's plenty of information available to help you spot the false flags.
It must be the fishbowl after all. Radio and print are naturally independent. You can send and receive shortwave signals, and you can print and read samizdat, without being PART of the government's system. Governments have always sent and printed their own propaganda and monitored dissidents, but the governments were just USING the ether along with the rest of us. They didn't OWN the ether. In the digital world, NSA owns the ether and provides lots of tools to help you DYSUNDERSTAND the situation.
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** Footnote: In the 50s and 60s there was a strong overlap between hams and Birchers. A local ARRL meeting and a local JBS meeting looked similar. Not surprising ... when you observe how the world works, you want to do something about it. In 1970 the Birchers were turned out by Roy Cohn. Birchers who stayed in after the trans surgery were the same sort of fools as modern tech-tyrants. "Rebels" helping Deepstate to make real rebels look crazy.
Labels: Age of Stings, Asked and sort of answered