The difference between “conspiracy theory” and “news”

It’s about seven years, these days.  It is an amusing coincidence that on the very day I’m being accused of being a “conspiracy theorist”, (and admittedly, I openly subscribe to the Conspiracy theory of history), one of the past “conspiracy theories” about which I wrote, and for which I was mocked as being paranoid at the time, is now being reported as news:

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April. The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.

The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.

The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19.

I have said for years that it is a safe assumption that the NSA collects everything via Carnivore or some other system.  They’ve got everything, your emails, your text messages, your history of viewing Brazilian Goat porn, your bank account balance, and so forth.

None of this is a surprise.  How else could the economic system described in relation to The Number of the Beast come about?