Citizen Four

Have you ever considered that your government is violating your rights? Have you ever thought that governments and corporations around the world were working together to spy on millions upon millions of people? If the answer to either of these questions is no, it's time to watch the documentary Citizen Four. If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then it's also time to watch Citizen Four, because it always feels good to have your suspicions confirmed.

In this film we follow Edward Snowden during his first meet up with the press in a hotel in Hong Kong, through the leak, all the way through him taking asylum in Russia. While watching the doc, we almost feel like another report in the hotel room with Snowden; unable to comprehend the technical jargon he is throwing at us, so we just take notes and nod our head. However, once we start to understand the implications of what we're being told, we stop nodding and we start to get angry. 

Prior to watching this doc, I had not done any research on Snowden, or looked at the leaked documents/information for two reasons. 1) I most likely would not understand a word of the technical documents, and 2) I don't want to be put on some blacklist. That second justification sounds like a joke, but it is not. Google searches are stored, and provided to NSA. Pretty damn unsettling if you ask me.

The film begs the viewer to ask the question, is my privacy really worth giving up for my safety? That's an incredibly valid and scary question to ask, and one that I don't think anyone wants to answer. After all, our privacy is one of our main freedoms and can we truly say that we are free, if we no longer have the ability to have a private conversation?

Podcastage Ep. 72: Bad News Montana and Polyamory

Hey y'all. It is Wednesday and that means that it is time for another episode of Podcastage. ON this episode, you get a quick glimpse into my morning routine and how I get out of bed every morning, but immediately following that we go into my discussion of the next state on my no downloads list. Montana. I talk directly to the state of Montana, and then share some horrible news about Montana, as well as ask for some help finding the good in Montana because I know that there is some.

Then I go into my regular diatribe format where I rant about the Ashley Madison leak. It is a touchy subject but I had a very long discussion with some folks online about the situation and I feel like there were some good points made in the discussion so I figured that I could share the thoughts about it. So I hope you get something out of the rants, and I hope you enjoy the podcast.

Also, please don't forget to leave a review on iTunes for my podcast! I would like you a lot more than I already do if you do this for me. Thanks to you ladies and gentlemans.