Folks, I know someone who lives tech free in the firm belief they’re invisible to ‘the guvmint’.
Mind you, he’s been extremely anxious since I casually mentioned that people like him would be the first suspects on my list of individuals who needed extra-close watching.
Cue the black ops choppers… (for the record, he’s just a super-introverted soul who minds his own business and keeps his nose out of everyone else’s).
Meanwhile, I’ll grudgingly admit I’ve become one of the sheep people aka: Sheeple.
I’ve pretty much accepted all my daily ditherings, online habits and possibly discreet nose pickings are being watched by anyone with the right technology. Howdy China! Hiya Russia! Good Morning CIA! ASIO? Hello? AFP? Anyone at home?
But, if you have a phone, tax file number, birth certificate, drivers’ licence, visited a store, walked up town, driven on a highway, gone to the beach, been to work, surfed the web, popped into a church or played in a park, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been photographed, monitored, logged, or listened to as well.
And, as we scan the QR codes, and transmit heaven knows what to Big Brother via the 5G implants from our Covid jabs, it occurs to me that all the spying heavy lifting is being done by us.
That’s a massive amount of information being uploaded to who knows where? But, I’m sure (insert heavy sarcasm font) they can be trusted not to exploit all that delicious data we’re freely handing over to them.
Still, don’t be too alarmed. Not because we’re currently living with a Federal Government who are so incompetent they can’t roll out a vaccine programme, COVID app, find a potential rapist in their own ranks, or be trusted to look after a pet rock.
Basically, it’s because if you’re anything like me, then you’re absolutely boring the pants off anyone spying on you. And as my (and possibly your) daily life is so dull, the watchers will turn their gaze to other’s slightly more interesting, devious, suspicious, or much prettier in a swimsuit.
To put it in pastoral terms, the shepherd merely glances over their grazing flock, their real focus is on the strays and potential predators.
Personally, I’ve always been a big fan of hiding in plain sight, it’s the last place anyone thinks to look.
Speaking of which, I hope my mate is OK, he hasn’t answered any of my letters lately?
This article first appeared in the Regrow Queensland e-zine. Check it out!