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updated: Jan 20, 2014, 9:52 AM

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How do businesses get your e-mail address to send ads if you have never given it out?

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 COMMENT 487311 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 09:55 AM

other businesses and data mining firms sell your email address to said advertiser.


 COMMENT 487321 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 10:07 AM

Cox sells everyone's email address and phone number. We ordered a Cox phone simply because the bundle price was cheaper than not having the phone. We never even hooked a phone up to it. Yet we were getting several calls a day from random places in LA.

Other service providers do the same thing.


 COMMENT 487332 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 10:28 AM

Is privacy a quaint relic of the past? Like "liberty", or any of those other passing fads?


 COMMENT 487338 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 10:41 AM

Credit card providers, Craig's List Employment section, large search engines and networking/employment sites, anywhere your e-mail address exists! I half expect we will soon hear that the NSA sells our information for a profit. To their credit, banks are required to send you a privacy statement informing us of how they use our information and it gives the choice of not sharing with 3rd party companies.


 COMMENT 487345 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 10:51 AM

Purchase or exchange, reverse directory, white pages, and so on and so forth.............


 COMMENT 487346 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 10:52 AM

To add to the other comments, people that you have emailed yourself who may be infected with malware, or otherwise use poor email practices such as replying to all with every email address visible.


 COMMENT 487352 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 11:01 AM

All the above and in addition they use software programs to create random email addresses and just add the gmail and other well known end parts to these made up random email.


 COMMENT 487353 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 11:01 AM

If someone ever calls you and asks you to do a survey online, this is an invitation for your information to be sold to third parties.


 COMMENT 487357 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 11:17 AM

338 FYI. For decades NSA has protected our liberty. Then we were invaded by a foreign party. Remember 9/11 ? The first invader since the British. We are threatened constantly by cells forming amongst us. "Listening in" is one of the ways to locate and dig them out. Blame the terrorists, not your countrymen and women. I have nothing to hide and everything to gain if an attack can be prevented. And they have. Be grateful. Hundreds of men and women have and are continuing to risk their lives in this race to protect our country and keep disaster away.


 COMMENT 487358 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 11:23 AM

357 - “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” - Ben Franklin

Let these words sink in for a few minutes before you leap to defend the actions of an overzealous, over reaching, untrustworthy Government spy agency acting with impunity and without transparency or civic oversight.


 COMMENT 487383 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 12:20 PM

338, Does anyone honestly believe that when a bank tells you it is respecting your right to privacy - ie "not sharing your financial data with third parties", that their information conforms with reality? In the banking realm, ethics are as redundant as snowplows in the Bahamas.


 COMMENT 487386 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 12:28 PM

357 FYI There was an incredible amount of information our government received prior to the 9/11 attack and more recently the Boston marathon bombers (which included warnings from Russia of the bombers activities and contacts while in Russia), yet no effort was made by our government to do anything to foil those attacks! So, for all the spying NSA does, they do not appear to know how to use the information to protect our citizens.


 COMMENT 487391 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 12:34 PM

357, there have been other invaders since the war of 1812:

April 25, 1846, Mexican cavalry attacked a U.S. patrol in a contested territory north of the Rio Grande.

The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941

Attack on an Ellwood oil field, February 23, 1942.

The Japanese occupied the Aleutian islands in 1942/43 until U.S./Canadian forces ejected them.

8 German saboteurs captured during Operation Pastorius in June 1942 .

And I'm sure I'm leaving out other incidents, not to mention the countless undocumented workers and drug smugglers from various countries over the last century.


 COMMENT 487400 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 12:48 PM

391 - None of those attacks you mentioned happened inside the United States.


 COMMENT 487424 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 01:29 PM

358 Such big and angry words.

Exceptional circumstances require exceptional actions. This is the 21st century - not the 18th.

Right. Franklin said that. He too also had his spies. And he was clearly against too temporary a peace for he and our ancestors clobbered the Brits, right royally, otherwise we would be spelling harbor - harbour and theater - theatre!


 COMMENT 487428 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 01:33 PM

400 Hate to break the bad news...Pearl Harbor, Hawaii is the United States and as for Ellwood Oil Field, heck, that is right here in Santa Barbara County!


 COMMENT 487448 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 02:21 PM

357, as regards 9/11:

From the NY Post Dec. 15, 2013:

In the wake of the attack, there was a Joint Congressional Inquiry, and Pres. Bush inexplicably censored 28 full pages of the 800-page report.

Two lawmakers who recently read the redacted portion say they are “absolutely shocked” at the level of foreign state involvement in the attacks.

Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA) can’t reveal the nation identified by it without violating federal law.

Some information already has leaked from the classified section, which is based on both CIA and FBI documents, and it points back to Saudi Arabia, a presumed ally.


From the contents of these pages, 9/11 was not a terrorist attack but act of WAR against the US by a foreign power whose élite were close to the Bush Administration.

America need to bring EVERYONE, including accessories before and after the fact - no omissions - to swift and severe justice.


 COMMENT 487450P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 02:23 PM

Actually, Hawaii didn't become a state until 1959.

If you want to understand the use of some of the data gathered by NSA, see Nova's " The Spy Factory." I'm pretty sure I've seen it available recently on Hulu and/or Netflix, and you can also get it from the library.


 COMMENT 487453 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 02:34 PM

Certainly not going to argue anything here. But if you believe in a Police State, then you are one of those people who is easily swayed by what the Govt tells you. Which is both scary and incredibly ironic considering who is telling you to "trust" them...

Regardless, history proves that you should never trust the government. Our founding fathers understood this, your grandparents understood this, yet the fear of the boogie man has warped many into blind allegiance.

And yes, its the 21st century but interestingly the Govt still cant read your postal mail. It sure is ironic that anyone can send a letter which is safe from prying eyes but your phone calls, email and all electronic communications are being read and analyzed and worse, logged for eternity.

"Give me liberty or give me death"


 COMMENT 487456 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 02:41 PM

428 - As 450 points out, Hawaii (and Alaska) were not states in WWII.

And one sub lobbing a few shells towards land, in the dark, missing just about everything, does not an ATTACK make.


 COMMENT 487464 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 02:55 PM

Google sells lists.


 COMMENT 487469 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 03:07 PM

391 My focus was on the 1776 Revolutionary WAR. The Hessian mercenaries and the Brits landed on this soil, not 1812 - the belated and failed continuation of the latter.

Ellwood was a feeble attempt by a solitary submarine and came to nothing except provide endless exaggerated and feverish journalism.

1846 gave "Teddy" Roosevelt and his Rough Riders a chance to rattle their sabres. They attacked the Mexicans after they refused to sell their land, and whom, when they naturally defended themselves, they accused of starting the war!

The ’42/43 Aleutian struggle is included in the WW2 theater of battle with the the Japanese: Singapore, Hong Kong, the Phillipines, and forth.

Pearl Harbor was an attack on our Navy, provoking and inducing America to war. Not on our soil.

8 German saboteurs one can equate today with the terrorists behind the Marathon bombing, a genre of people already here and planning more evil.


 COMMENT 487516 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 04:22 PM

Hawaii was annexed to the United States in 1898 under President McKinley and though it was not a state until 1959, it did have congressional (non-voting) representation until statehood.


 COMMENT 487525 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 04:44 PM

Alaska (along with the Aleutian islands) was purchased from Russia in 1867, but wasn't conferred full statehood until 1959.


 COMMENT 487530 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 04:55 PM

516 - Having delegates in Congress doesn't matter. The Philippines had delegates in WWII also, but when they got attacked no one thought that the US was getting attacked.

The issue is a bonified attack on the United States. Putting aside one Japanese sub dumping some garbage on Goleta Beach, 9/11 was the first major attack on US soil in a long time.

357 - I would stop short of using the word "invader", however. We weren't invaded. We were attacked.


 COMMENT 487532 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-20 04:56 PM

The excuses given to us by government, which supposedly "justifies" the unconstitutional/illegal conduct by NSA and others are bogus. They tell us that electronic eavesdropping is necessary to "protect us against terrorists". However, even the greenest rookie in the intelligence community will tell you that a terrorist cell - for their own security and secrecy, will avoid any form of electronic communications media, so as to prevent their plans from being intercepted and their actions compromised. Its rule #1.

Even before email, cellphones and social media, the Provisional IRA terror gang carefully avoided landline phones, using couriers to communicate. They met in remote country locations to strategize and plan bombings. Today, the mandate to avoid the internet would be even stronger... that is, if we are talking about *REAL* terrorists.

The current, endless war is not against phantom, manufactured jihadists. The war is against we the ordinary people.


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