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By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/29/2013 (2 years ago)

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Government will soon have the power to predict everything.

At the opening of the 1999 blockbuster file, The Matrix, Morpheus, the guide, offers Neo, the hero, a choice. The choice is to take one of two pills. "This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember, all I'm offering is the truth - nothing more."

You will shortly be asked to bow before the idol. What will you do? Did you really  think it was just a story for children?

You will shortly be asked to bow before the idol. What will you do? Did you really think it was just a story for children?


By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

7/29/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: government, prediction, astrologers, matrix, PRISM, NSA, online, database

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This may be one of the most important articles you read on Catholic Online, or anywhere for that matter. This may be your only warning of what's coming.

You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

In The Matrix, Neo realizes the world in which he lives in an illusion, fabricated by a computer that has enslaved every human and uses them as living microchips. However, a small band of humans has actually escaped this enslavement and lives an impoverished existence deep underground in a settlement called Zion. From their base in Zion, they fight back against the Matrix.

The film is naturally a critique of modern society and the fact that we swim in a world that feels comfortable and enjoyable, a pleasant wonderland where life is good and we can be ambivalent, even ignorant, without consequence. 

Over a decade ago, this was a critique of our blasé attitude towards the rest of the world and life in general.

What Americans don't understand is that we are now much closer to living in "The Matrix" than we think.

Are you ready to take your red pill? You'll be surprised to see just how far the rabbit hole goes.

The entire purpose of the NSA Utah facility is to spy on our communications.

The entire purpose of the NSA Utah facility is to spy on our communications.

In early June, Edward Snowden informed the world that the U.S. government was conducing massive surveillance of worldwide communications which included metadata -supposedly anonymous information, on Americans. Although the program, known as PRISM, operates with metadata, the NSA also has the ability to target specific individuals and their communications.

Most Americans have adopted a wait and see attitude towards the program, not knowing if the program, which has allegedly stopped over 50 terrorist attacks, is worth the sacrifice of privacy. In fact, many Americans seem okay with the program, since it allegedly operates on anonymous data.

In October, a massive facility comes online in Utah, which will allow the storage of one yottabyte of data. It's an astronomical quantity of information, well beyond anything we can presently comprehend. When this facility comes online, we will be inadvertently entering a brave new world of mass surveillance and control.

Control? That's what many people don't realize is the danger. It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, yet every other element is already in place. Consider this:

1.    The NSA is constructing a massive surveillance facility capable of monitoring most, if not all of the world's communications in real time. When needed, those activities can target individuals anywhere in the world. Even in the Oval Office.

2.    We surrender a massive amount of specific data online. Our IP address is linked to our computers and devices, our social networks include our pictures, our preferences and likes, and all sorts of information. Our financial records are all online, think about your credit report. Any criminal record, or other public record you have is now databased somewhere online too. Finally, with the advent of Obamacare, your medical records will all be online. In short, everything anyone would ever want to know about you is going to be stored online, in searchable databases.

3.    New predictive software can actually reveal where you will be in the future and what you'll be doing. A new program called "Far Out," discussed by Catholic Online in this story here, boasts the ability to predict where you will be months, even years in advance. It works by identifying patterns in your behavior and interactions between individuals. It then makes predictions that are amazingly accurate long into the future. The program proves that predictive software exists and it can gaze farther into your future than you think.

4.    An important business is that of trendspotting, which is predicting what fads will be popular in the future. Trendspotting gives marketers a "heads up" which allows them to position products in front of where people will be in the weeks and months ahead. This multi-million dollar industry proves the power of predictive methods.

5.    Our media is already controlled by just a few powerful corporations and is interested in money far more than truth. The notion of a free press in America has long been discredited.

Now, imagine a giant government database where the private and public information for every person is aggregated. All that's left is to apply the algorithm that will do the analysis.

Combining these records, an algorithm could conceivably discern your attitudes, political affiliation, your health, and even how long you're likely to live. Where you work, how much money you make, who and what you like, all that's already in the equation. Social networks like Facebook already use this information to display ads for content you might prefer. If Facebook can do it, why not the government?

The implications are horrifying.

Imagine the government tapping into this wealth of data to make decisions about you. Everything from hiring to healthcare. Who needs a death panel when a computer can predict your lifespan? The matrix will make your major healthcare decisions for you.

More nefarious, what happens when the politician in power decides to use the data to start predicting the future? Just as Nebuchadnezzar consulted astrologers, so might Obama consult the NSA to discern trends.

Like Nebuchadnezzar, every person of power will seek to know the future, for purposes of control.

Like Nebuchadnezzar, every person of power will seek to know the future, for purposes of control.

That's powerful information to have. Where will people be, and what will they be thinking months from now? More importantly, with all of the world's data flowing through government hands, what happens when someone decides to manipulate it? Eventually, public perception can be managed by suppressing some thoughts and ideas while secretly promoting others.

What agendas will our future leaders have for us? How will we know our perceptions are being shaped? In the past, governments have spent massive budgets to shape public perception through propaganda, and control of the media. There's no reason to believe they won't do the same using 21st century technology. To a great degree it's already happening. Now it can happen in ways you haven't even imagined.

As Neo was warned, "The Matrix has you."

Welcome to "Zion."

How do you like it?

The writing is on the wall.

The writing is on the wall.


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