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    When I talk about the gov. on my phone in any kind of conspiracy, I notice the next morning my battery in my phone is completely dead. It is the only time it happens. I suppose the gov. supercomputers flag it for analysis that night and turn my data on, my mike, and camera and listen till my battery dies. lol

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    I may be out of the norm here, but I don't own an i-phone or a smart-phone or anything fancy...I just own a regular 5 yr old cellphone that makes calls and texts (I don't go online with it). Also, I don't do Facebook (it's the devil!!). However, I do have a profile on a dating site, so I figure I'm already out there...so why not here.

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    Quote Posted by Spellbound (here)
    I may be out of the norm here, but I don't own an i-phone or a smart-phone or anything fancy...I just own a regular 5 yr old cellphone that makes calls and texts (I don't go online with it). Also, I don't do Facebook (it's the devil!!). However, I do have a profile on a dating site, so I figure I'm already out there...so why not here.

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    I would bet money that they already have an AI system. If you have ever seen the movie "Eagle Eye", I bet that movie is pretty close to the mark. It is a great movie by the way, if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.

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    Quote Posted by pugwash84 (here)
    I use mine because I am not bothered if people know who I am, I will say how I feel and what I think on here and to peoples faces lol x
    your like a breath of fresh air xxx ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Let truth through love prevail :peace:

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    Some helpful information regarding security thank you all. I agree that one can't stay anonymous at all once one uses electronic devices.

    The reason I removed my picture which I had used for some months was, that I got tired of looking in the mirror every time I logged in. Though I very much appreciate and like the avatars with real pictures and your previous one was way, way better, Spellbound
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    Quote Posted by norman (here)
    Here's my bottom line on this kind of issue.

    The really high ups can NOT be stopped from knowing whatever they want to know about you. That's 'gold rule' Z.

    What has to be grasped here is subtle but vital.

    The methods those high-up actually use to manipulate and control, is less like a direct magic of raw power in your face, as in "I know everything about you so I can do whatever I want with you", and more like " I control the entire psychological ecosystem and I can manipulate others much lower down than me to make you do what I want you to do. I don't even care who you are, I just care about my control over all of you".

    In that regard there are reasons to be very careful about how much info about yourself you make cyber public.

    err... with that said, as best as I can, right now, I'm far more worried about what stupid system operatives can know about me than I am worried about what the highest crooks on the planet can know about me.

    I'm not sure that really made my point clear, but hope so.
    Point check ,Roger that Norm. Now for a long presentation by PI and Cyber Investigator colorful guy SteveRambum a annual speaker at the HOPE - Hackers Of Planet Earth convention every year. Published on Jul 22, 2014
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    Good luck Carmody Muwah ha hah LOL

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    For the last few years I've used real pictures of myself for my avatar and for a profile pic. Last night, I forwarded a thread link to some friends and they commented back to me asking why I was using a real life picture....saying it was unsafe to do so. Upon that response, I then changed my avatar to an AC/DC album cover from 1981. I see that some folks here at Avalon (including Bill) use real pics for their avatars while others do not. My question therefore, is it safe to use a real life picture of oneself for one's avatar (or profile) in an online forum?? Or is that a dangerous thing to do (tempting fate). What are the dangers here?? Identity theft?? What is the difference between posting a real picture here vs say an online dating site?? Admittedly, I'm not very tech savvy, but I've always wondered about this.

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    Chicks Mannnn! LOL

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    Why not? I'll jump right in.

    Paperface makes me think of Paperlate



    How about flat Nonin
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    She looks beautiful

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    I need more lessons from Paula (you know)

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    Yeah, I agree with everyone about not wanting to make it easy for the bastards; though ultimately any semblance of privacy is a forlorn hope.

    That said, one of my issues with a "real" image is that pictures of my face seem to lack consistency - I never look the same way twice. I'm not a shape-shifter or anything, but I can't seem to find a "representational" pic that seems true.

    That, and the fact that the screech owl is one of my spirit animals (the other is a white tiger).

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