Everything You Know Is A Lie

One of the images below has been Photoshopped. Guess which one. Some news organizations apparently aren’t as good at actually looking at stuff as you are.

(Click the image to read the full story at EliteDaily.com)

(Click the image to read the full story at EliteDaily.com)

NSA Is Building New Surveillance Center In Utah


This is the National Security Agency HQ in Fort Meade, Maryland. The NSA is currently constructing a gigantic new data intercept and storage facility in Utah where they can monitor and store all forms of communications, both foreign and domestic.

Feel safe?

CERN To Reconstruct World’s First Web Page

(Click the image for the full story at CERN.ch)

(Click the image for the full story at CERN.ch)

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the World Wide Web CERN will reconstruct the very first Web page ever published back in 1993. A team of translators and digital archaeologists have determined that the page reads “ERROR 404: The tablet you have requested is unavailable. Reasons for this may include the tablet is being re-inscribed, the tablet was dropped and is broken, or there may be too many people trying to read the tablet. Please try again later.”

Latest Freedom House Report On Free Speech On The Internet

Here is a story about the latest Freedom House Freedom On The Net report, and here is a link to the full PDF report. China is reported to be the most repressive nation, tightly controlling Internet access and bloggers. Russia and Saudi Arabia are also high on the Internet repression list, along with countries like Iran and Egypt.

The U.S. is called a “free” nation in regards to Internet access and rights of users, although the political battles over SOPA and PIPA are termed a potential “threat” and “would have suppressed legitimate, unquestionably legal speech”. The primary problems with access in the U.S. are due to infrastructure:

Although the United States is one of the most connected countries in the world, it has fallen behind many other developed countries in terms of internet speed, cost, and broadband availability. In 2011, approximately 78 percent of all Americans had access to the internet, but only 66 percent of adults used high-speed broadband connections. While the broadband penetration rate is considered high by global standards, it puts the United States significantly behind countries such as Japan, South Korea, Norway, and Sweden.

Introducing Google Now!

Unsure of who to vote for? Google Now will decide for you, and vote in your name automatically six or eight times!

Haven’t taken the time to make a will? No problem! Google Now has detected your neglect of your posterity and has already made itself the sole beneficiary of your estate!

Wondering what to do with that “extra” kidney you have? Google Now has access to black market organ dealers worldwide – you’ll just wake up in a strange hotel room with a fresh surgery incision neatly stitched into your side!

Google Now – it thinks for you because you’re slow, vulnerable, and at the information hegemony’s mercy!

Google Reveals What A Complete Tool Google Is

Google has released a “transparency report” that reveals it is working hand-in-glove with international governmental agencies to censor its search results and to rat-out its users. The report shows that in the last half of 2011, the United States alone requested 6,192 individual pieces of content be removed from Google’s search results, blog posts or archives of online videos. That’s a 718% increase from the first half of 2011, and Google complied with 42% of those requests.

It’s difficult to know which is worse: the idea that U.S. attempts to censor the Internet increased by 718% in just six months, or that Google caved-in on almost half of them.

IPv6 Being Rolled-Out To Expand Internet Address Space

Internet Protocol version 6 is being rolled-out to expand the number of available Internet addresses to 340 undecillion: An undecillion is 1 trillion trillion trillion, or “a shitload” as members of the Internet Society who are responsible for the internet protocol standard says.

Lesbian Couple To “Wed” At Disney World Japan

Disney World in Japan has agreed to allow a lesbian couple to hold a symbolic marriage ceremony at the theme park. At first park officials insisted the couple must dress as a man and a woman, apparently hoping no one would notice they were both women, but relented after an Internet backlash erupted.

House Passes Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Representatives (REDACTED) and (REDACTED) appear before (REDACTED) to announce the passage of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA. "The average person won't notice any difference" (REDACTED) said. "We just want to make sure countries like (REDACTED) and (REDACTED) can't harm the U.S. in cyberspace."

Wikileaks Julian Assange To Host Chat Show

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will pair-up with Regis Philbin, who is coming out of retirement to co-host "LIVE! with Regis and Julian". The new Internet chat show will feature guests from the worlds of politics, intelligence, diplomacy, and soap operas, as well as featuring how-to segments on releasing top secret files to the public and making the perfect omelet.


Gracelessland will not have a post today as we stand in solidarity with the campaign to stop the "Stop Online Piracy Act", a flawed bill that would endanger the privacy and rights of everyone who uses the Internet. Or it could just be a good excuse to take a day off - either way, all you'll see here today is this graphic someone else made.

SOPA Supporters Get Some High-Powered Help

Supporters of the "Stop Online Piracy Act", or SOPA, brought some heavy hitters before Congressional hearings into the need for the legislation. Particularly effective at convincing some recalcitrant Senators and Representatives was Mr. Joe S. Talin, a lobbyist for various media organizations, and a former official in the now-defunct Soviet Union.