This Could Work!

Eureka! I truly think the man in the video below has hit on a brilliant solution for our so-called deficit and debt crisis in this country. And it’s so simple, why has no one thought of it before?

Just look at it logically –

1. The NSA and who knows how many other government agencies are in fact collecting data on … well, as far as we can tell, everyone on the planet.

2. This process costs money, lots of money. It must surely be a sizable chunk of the United States’ gargantuan military and security budget — though of course we have no real idea how much it costs, as that is no doubt classified information.

3. I propose that our government might actually offer the service Even bellen is seeking — the retrieval of lost emails — for a modest fee. And as a card-carrying computer-crash survivor, I know that, while our government is so busy collecting and storing all our data, they could easily bring in a ton of money for the country by helping find and restore all my (and everyone else’s, I’m not selfish!) lost files, also for a reasonable charge. Heck, they could even sell us backup protection for our emails, photos, recipes, MP-3s, home movies,love letters, postcards, computer programs, all those scintillating tweets and Facebook comments, and on and on.

Inevitably, this must result in balanced budgets, and happy citizens who know their important documents and immortal utterances can never disappear.

Need I say more? This could be the greatest thing since Social Security or the GI Bill. I’m writing my Congressman right now, and starting an online petition. Ready to sign up yet?


Crooks and Liars
Tuesday September 3, 2013 07:00 am
‘Hello, NSA? I Have Lost An Email, Can You Help Me Find It?’
By Diane Sweet
“I understand you keep track of lots of emails and internet data, can you help me? No? So you don’t keep track of emails of people?”
“No, we wouldn’t be able to help you. Can I take down some of your personal information, please?”
The epic troll in this video is Dutch-Iranian filmmaker Bahram Sadeghi.
The Washington Post tracked him down and interviewed him:
When you were talking to the NSA by phone, how much of it went according to plan and how much of it required improvising?
I almost get through the main scenario. I know they are not going to help me. That’s why I had the build-up with extra information, where I say, ‘By the way, I’m from Iran!’ But I was surprised that they asked for my contact information and asked for my provider —
You mean your e-mail provider?
— Yes. So that’s when I thought, ‘What the heck, let’s play the game.’ When I am calling them to help me and they ask for information, I have to give them the information — otherwise I don’t have to call them. By the way, I should also mention that all my friends and ex-colleagues, they all loved the video, but all of them were afraid that I would be followed or even maybe bothered or harassed by the NSA in the future.
Are you worried about that?
I don’t want to worry about that, because in one way or another, NSA is a governmental organization. If I would be afraid of government even when it comes to such an innocent phone call, then we are really lost. You know what I mean?
Yes, we know exactly what you mean.
Via BoingBoing


About l. l. frederick

I'm pretty ordinary, so I find any number of things in the world interesting, among them: books, music, flowers, food, social justice, politics and (sometimes!) people. As for my writing, I've decided that I can be subtle and tasteful when our only problems are esthetic ones. Or when I'm dead, whichever comes first. In the meantime, read at your own risk.
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2 Responses to This Could Work!

  1. Henry Jekyll says:

    Lmao! This was hilarious.

  2. skywanderer says:

    Lol, Frederick – this is an instant classic that should go viral!

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