Coffee Amici was packed this past Friday night for open mic. (A big thanks to Sara for getting me in.) Josh did a high energy set, which I think was due in part to the groovy shoes he decided to wear. I really liked his new song Wrong Side of the Revolution. It is about the Patriot Act and how we as Americans are experiencing the erosion of our freedoms and right to privacy. This song is in the classic “subtle” style Josh is famous for. Check it out!
“Aristotle International used a website to sell the lists, which contain details about registered voters from nearly every state. The data includes birth dates, home addresses, phone numbers, race, income levels, ethnic backgrounds and, in some cases, religious affiliations… Aristotle boasts more than 157 million voter records and sells them online for $25 per 1,000 names, or $80 per 1,000 names for highly prized New Hampshire voters.”
You have the choice to become a registered voter or the right to privacy. This probably isn’t a big deal since most people have savings cards for their favorite local supermarket. Behind the scenes, an IT system is analyzing every purchase you make. However, the savings out weigh most shoppers privacy concerns. It gets more and more scary as we continue our steps in this direction.
Note to self, always fill out online and paper forms with dummy information. The one exception being tax returns and we can only hope that the IRS improves the security of our tax information. Otherwise, I might be writing in a few years that you can buy tax returns for $25 per 1,000 names.