In bygone era before ponzinomics™, both The Fly and I ruminated and vented strongly over the unfortunate inability to milk the farmer, while it was evident that indeed that farmer was quite adept at milking us, via outlandish milk prices and absurd $1 bagels.
As many frustrations are wont to lead towards innovation, ours birthed the phrase “Milk The Farmer,” a tautological way of saying “get long commodity POT/MOS etc”, banking coins in the process, as well as the financial satisfaction of “gettin’ some.”
This got me to thinking.
The way data storage costs are being increasingly commoditized towards zero, and with the obvious clear advantages to owning this data, it seems all but completely certain (as much as anything can ever be…) that EVERYTHING can and will be stored.
It also stands to reason that if a corporation provides a service, it may be stated or just implied that they can monitor your use of that service, for internal or actual legal reasons. Finally, it seems logical that the corporation would want to comply with law enforcement, if for some or any reason they requested the data and the request was legal.
With these things in mind, I just put a list together of stocks that make “police statey” type stuff inside The PPT that might benefit from this growing trend.
I call this list BIG GOV.
DON’T YOU SEE WHAT I’VE DONE HERE?
I am positioning myself to fuck the police, and yes, like the non-consensual sex with the farmers of America, it is gonna feel great.
Now, I’m no paranoid, tin-hat, can of corn fucker, but it makes absolute sense to explore this space for strong companies with an edge.
By the way, the direction this is headed is not about the legality/illegality of the data gathering, it’s about services.
These made up, off-the-top of my head scenarios may be implausible, but bear with me.
You don’t like that my supermarket catalogs your shopping habits with incredible detail, and that I routinely sell that list to the courts or the DMV, or whatever, implicating parents or drivers who, say, spend “too much” of their income on alcohol? Then don’t shop at my store, maybe I’ll go out of business. Maybe the DMV mandates as part of a safety program that “Driving is a privilege, not a right” should extend to the actuarial likelihood that you may ever drive drunk, thus creating a plausible reason for collecting that data. I mean, you don’t support drunk driving, do you?
You don’t like an automatic sensor that sends you a speeding ticket if you cross at any speed above 75 after 2am? Don’t drive on my freeway. Maybe the projected savings here are 250m in state emergency accident costs.
Don’t like my hypotheticals?
WELL THEN DON’T USE MY SERVICES.
Obviously this is impossible, as you need groceries and driving licenses. These examples aren’t intended to be literal, just conceptual.
From an industry standpoint, the backdrop is strong. Now I just need to find individually strong companies…so that I may live out yet another dream and fuck the police.
Do you guys know of any strong companies in this space?
13 Responses to Milk The Farmer? How About Fuck The Police State?
I think Wall St fucks over the farmers a lot more than the farmers fuck over Wall Streeters. $1 for a bagel? $3 for a gallon of milk? Can you afford it?
obviously. First, I burn several gallons of gas just spinning my tires on the way to the store to buy bagels and milk I don’t plan on eating. I let the bagels get stale then I throw them at birds from my car. Pigeons are +5, Pelicans +100. The milk I just end up spilling out on the sidewalk for my homies who locked up and can’t drink milk.
Fucking WEBSENSE. I used to hate that company, when i used to work at the firm.
net security isn’t as cool as CCTVs for every man, woman, child, and cellphone.
NUAN will be in big on the greatest violation of personal privacy legalized by congress–all of your shit that will piped from the doctors office (and elsewhere) to some fucking asshole with a work visa and a new desk somewhere in a federally funded office building. Credit card numbers, sexual preference/practices, number of nightly hits to iBC–you name it. I have a couple more along that line but will need to search the watchlists for the symbols.
(“You can’t jail the revolution”)
oh NUAN, I remember that one…
Fuck the Police… takes me back to old NWA
yup, that’s what I was going for…
I agree with the thesis and the general thought process that leads to the list. One day the urge of Americans to go all electronic, cashless, virtual data, etc will rise up and strike back.
Soon, only your thoughts will be private.
It will be very interesting when vehicle speed monitoring detects a speed zone violation, then instantly debits the fine from your checking account. That could trigger an overdraft, a fee, another missed payment, then an instant credit score change resulting in jacked up minimum payments on other accounts. Someone could bust the speed limit 10 mph on the way home from the grocery store and come home to find their financial world has blown up.
Eventually we as a society may have to decide if no fudge factor and instant one-way enforced obedience is acceptable. I like living in a world where there is a little bit of a gray zone, because in some areas there is none. I like some balance.
And you have not seen “pissy” until you see how powers will react when their data mining and privacy invading processes are rejected. Insurance companies are well aware that personal information is the only edge you (the buyer) have. That is why they are doing their best to get it.
Sometimes a work around is easy- give out fake personal information. Your grocery store club card does not have to be registered with your actual true data. I pay with cash and they know me by my cat’s name.
right on cue…
FYI-The farmer is not the reason you pay so much for milk and bagels. Do you know how many dairy farms bit the dust the last two years due to the low wholesale price of milk? Someone else is raping consumers (blame the transportation and packaging costs), and it sure as shit isn’t the lowly dairy or grain farmer. Wheat’s at $3 a bushel right now… How many bushels do you think it takes to make one fucking bagel? You think you have it bad, but at least you have the ability to pay and gripe about those “high” prices. Imagine losing your entire livelihood due to circumstances out of your control.
the farmer stuff is a running joke, stemming from MON MOS AGU type of plays, I’m not trying to make light of what sounds like a shitty situation for a lot of people
Wait a minute…if the state is successful at reducing accidents, a huge part of the economy (car dealers, repair shops, etc) will suffer and likely make this recession much worse.