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  •  I'd be surprised if they could not do (6+ / 0-)

    any of the things that you are talking about.

    My point, however, what more focused on what they read into that data and what the think they know about people based on the data they have collected.  

    Marketers who are highly motivated to get it right by virtue of the fact that they stand to gain profit by building a reputation for delivering messaging to customers who buy and will buy the products and services they are helping to sell get a lot wrong seem to get it very wrong very often at least with respect to me.  I receive some really weird spam; laughable direct mail and see comical Google ads all of the time.  Although, something in my digital profile seems to draw those ads.

    So, with respect to the government collecting and judging all of this data about people, I think it is very reasonable to believe that they are coming to erroneous conclusions more often than not.

    It is still bugging me that the Boston brothers plans were not thwarted by this program.  The Russians identified one needle in the haystack as being a potential threat and yet they never picked up on what those two were doing even with this massive database and spy network?  That's weird to me unless one is open to the possibility that they came to erroneous conclusions about them, too.

    •  True, it is highly probable that their matrix for (4+ / 0-)

      search isn't close to being accurate and I think that's because a whole bunch of us on the 'net don't adhere to most of the 'social norms' (ie facebook), especially in specialty forums.

      I don't see many ads as I've put in an ad blocker, set up the pop-up blocker, and routinely delete cookies, cashe, and history files.  What ads do show up, I generally ignore.

    •  Regarding Boston brothers: (1+ / 0-)
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      Since the FBI already knew about both Tsarnaev brothers, had received warnings from the Russians, and had interviewed family members well before any bombs went off, I do not believe that data mining limitations had anything to do with the FBI "missing" something about them.  

      This is the kind of situation that has human intervention written all over it.  Either someone decided not to notice something deliberately, or the roles of the brothers in the attack are not as have been described to us.

    •  unfortunately, the combo revelations of this (0+ / 0-)

      program as well as Russian Security actually us to watch this guy looks really really bad imo.

      I'm not much of a conspiracy kind of guy just because I understand human nature and if three people know something, one will intentionally or inadvertently let the "cat" out of the bag .... so to speak anyway.

      Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
      I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
      Emiliano Zapata

      by buddabelly on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 05:31:12 PM PDT

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