Today is July 4th. We here in the United States like to remember this as the day when a bunch of upstart yokels from the colonies had the unmitigated gall to decide we wanted to rule ourselves. Terrible thing, that. It sets a bad precedent for the other subjects, some of whom may decide that they want self rule as well. Allow that to happen and pretty soon, the whole empire will be in shambles.
So, there was a war.
It became pretty brutal in this area; loyalists and indians banded together to pillaged the countryside. Families massacred, women shot down, children scalped, old men hung from trees, etc. Part of the local history, although not really the stuff they teach in school these days. It happened, none the less.
Therefore, we celebrate our independence and revel in our freedoms that were so hard won. Freedoms to do things like speak our mind, own firearms, enjoy limited government intrusion in our lives. As human beings, we have rights to legal safeguards that ensures the legal system will not be abused. We enjoy the freedom to travel within our own boarders unmolested. We can worship or not worship in anyway we choose.
We are free, for example, to exchange ideas and develop technology that benefits us and others. Free to learn about things like open source software and even help write the code. Imagine my surprise then, to find out by visiting a website called “Linux Journal,” I am now an extremist? I have frequented many such Linux websites, forums, subreddits, and so on over the years, all in an effort to better understand and apply the open source operating system. I am now, apparently, on a watch list.
This is an article from ars Technica that outlines the NSA program: The NSA thinks Linux Journal is an Extremist Forum.
This is an article from the Linux Journal website: Are you an Extremist? WARNING: If you click that link, then clearly you are.
My only conclusion to this is open source software is bad because of TEH TERRORISM!!11!!! Well, that and it appears to be eating into Microsoft’s and Apple’s market share.
So, put me on a watch list and make sure you spell my name right. You can track everywhere I go. Hell, I’ll even making entertaining for you.
Happy Fourth of July, Extremist!