Beto Stop Apologizing - Privacy is Dead

Axios Codebook, (Axios’ other newsletter that features a more tech perspective rather than Mike Allen’s more traditionally political newsletter), has an interesting take on Beto O’Rourke’s apparent past as a member of a Texas-based hacking group in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Beyond the fact it's ridiculous that Y'all-love-me? Beto felt it necessary to apologize for some comments he made at the time as a teenager and young adult as a member of the Cult of the Dead Cow, there's a further point to be made here amidst all the worries about social media's influence on the political and cultural zeitgeist of our times. It's a further worry, in fact.

This is just getting started, folks.

As the Axios Codebook newsletter puts it:

•2018 was the first election in history where someone with access to Facebook in high school was elected to federal office. That honor is split between Reps. Katie Hill, Abby Finkenauer and Ocasio-Cortez. (Facebook only started to allow kids 13 and up to join the service in 2006; it was previously limited to college students.)
•While the trio would have had access to Facebook, social media wasn't yet the pervasive force we know today. That shifted around 2012, when Facebook crossed the 1 billion visitors a month mark and smartphones became ubiquitous.
•Based on a back-of-napkin calculation, 85% of the Democratic nominees are 44 years old or older. Someone who was 13 in 2012 will be 44 years old in 2043.
•God help us in 2043.

I think it's safe to assume we'll need divine intervention a decade or two before we ever get to 2043. And I also think it's safe to say that Republican nominees might just have to worry about Twitter comments before 2043. You might even say some of them worry right now, even if Axios sees fit to only commiserate with the challenges social media are creating in terms of only one side of the aisle.

This is what happens when there is no longer privacy. When privacy becomes harder and harder to maintain as we shift into the world of IoT (internet of things) where your smart TV is an eavesdropping tool unless you're a professional cryptographer who can ensure your device is computationally, if not cryptographically, secure. And if you don't know the difference between those two terms then you're not a cryptographer (or you haven't grimly and confusedly tried to plough your way through an introductory textbook on cryptography. Hint: use a magnifying glass when looking at diagrams of AES schemes).

And a clear majority of future politicians when they grow up will likely still not be - unlike Will Hurd - sufficiently fluent in technology to be able to translate tech's challenges into coherent and focused policy proposals. I may be wrong but I feel they'll be too busy fighting and apologizing over their digital life streams that have been sprayed like pheromones over the web during their younger years.

Because for the iGeneration or the indoor Generation, privacy is an odd concept. Discretion even odder. Why be discrete when you can scream and shout and sue for discrimination of one sort or another when people react to whatever the hell it is you did? Of course, it gets a little trickier when you run for office and they start screaming and shouting at you, not with you.

Maybe radical identity politics is nurtured and feeds off of our privacy-bereft connected world. Where things that used to be hidden or covered are proudly dragged out into the light and shouted out with joyful defiance.

If that's the case then Beto is really very old fashioned. He should shout out his hacking past loud and proud and defend his right to be a punk-hacker and a kid with strong opinions. It doesn't matter if he decided it would be cool to be a politician later on as an adult. He should not have to apologize. Even if he doesn't have one frickin' well-thought-out, actual policy proposal.

Doesn't Beto realize that privacy is dead?

Posted by Keeley at March 22, 2019 5:00 PM
Comment #440366

Robert Francis O’Rourke (BETO) is a total fraud, and an idiot. A few weeks ago, BETO said that he wanted to tear down all of the walls and fences along the U.S./Mexico border.
That’s lunacy. That is not what the majority of U.S. voters want. That’s not want some Democrats want either (though many Democrats apparently would like that).

Also, on 27-SEP-1998, Robert Francis O’Rourke tried to flee the scene of the accident, but a witness blocked his escape route.
Then, in Robert Francis O’Rourke’s first debate, he lied about trying to flee the scene of the accident (which he was arrested for DUI).
Despite all of that, his felony was reduced to a misdemeanor, and then the charges were dropped in OCT-1999.
Robert Francis O’Rourke was also arrested in 10-MAY-1995 for burlary, but the charges were later dropped.

It’s interesting how so many of the same people complaining about low wages, low income, poor access to healthcare, jobs, and other related issues are also promoting open-border and free healthcare for everyone.

So, let’s have wide-open borders, free healthcare for all, and perhaps universal income too, get rid of ICE and CBP, and eliminate all immigration laws, let anyone and everyone come to the U.S., and see what happens?
It’s bound to be a wonderful experiment, eh?
What will it be like when the U.S. population (currently about 328 Million) doubles or triples in a very short time? Perhaps we should ask China and India how their populations are working out for them?

Posted by: d.a.n at March 22, 2019 5:09 PM
Comment #440368

After all, 70% of all babies born at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas are by illegal immigrants.

That’s only one of almost 300 Public hospitals in Texas, and Texas is only one of 50 states.

Therefore, why not let anyone and everyone come here?

Posted by: d.a.n at March 22, 2019 5:15 PM
Comment #440369

Posted by: d.a.n at March 22, 2019 5:23 PM
Comment #440373

Congratulations author, this article makes even less sense than most of your previous “writings”, so it’s very appropriate for this site. No one I know is even discussing Beto O’Rourke. It’s March of 2019, in case you were wondering about the date. I think there was another article “about” Beto here a week ago, so I don’t know why this would be here. I guess it’ll be Beto Friday’s for a while. It looks like the author is revealing himself as a Texican. Beto doesn’t matter much away from there.

Posted by: ohrealy at March 22, 2019 9:53 PM
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ohrealy wrote: Beto doesn’t matter much away from there.
HHMMMmmmm … it seems Ed O’hrealy doesn’t care that much about BETO either.
ohrealy wrote: Congratulations author, this article makes even less sense than most of your previous “writings”, so it’s very appropriate for this site.
Yet, Ed O’hrealy seems to think his nasty, racist, hateful writings here make sense ?!?
Posted by: d.a.n at March 23, 2019 12:45 PM
Comment #440991

These webspammers ( and just now received 1000 times more spam back in their contact forms, blogs, twitter, facebook, chat, and email accounts, and they were also reported via Google Webspam Report site.

Posted by: d.a.n at April 2, 2019 9:10 AM
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