My phones have been ablaze long enough regarding the Snowden whistle blowing, with tons of clients asking if they should sell Google $GOOG, Facebook $FB, Verizon $VZ, AT&T $T, and more. I’ve had enough interrogations that I feel I should take off my dress shoes, heft up my belt, and climb, climb, climb onto my soapbox!
I want to be alive. This may shock you, but I never want to be on an airplane when a terrorist attacks. I want to recline my first class seat, sip my whiskey ($BEAM), read my Kindle ($AMZN), and feel totally safe. If that means I had to have all butt a cavity search (ZING!) at the gate, then so be it.
I have some breaking news for you: THE GOVERNMENT SPIES ON YOU. If it makes you rest any easier, the government has ALWAYS spied on you. Their algorithms separate the citizens from the horrors and they’re able to quell a good many threats.
9/11. Boston. Think of how many attempts have been thwarted between those two incidents. While our country may have sucked wind with mortgages, banking issues, and economy blunders over the last few years, I have never lost faith in our intelligence. Each day, I rest my head on my goose-down pillow and don’t lose a wink of sleep that our country will be attacked because I know that we have the smartest and wiliest intelligence in the world.
If you aren’t doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to fear. These guys aren’t listening to you tell your best friend how that “chick” you met on Craig’s List was a tranny. These guys aren’t listening to your boring, mundane, awful life where your biggest thrill is beating the railroad arms en route to work. NO. The government is monitoring for awful, horrible spectacles that want to bring harm to you and your family. Bad guys want to kill you. They want to kill your children. By monitoring the country, our great nation is able to avoid that.
So if you blow the whistle on your Fortune 500 company that’s secretly ripping off employees, then BLOW THAT WHISTLE. If you run to the press when you find out that certain garments within your company are being manufactured by malnourished and under-fed retarded 4-year olds, then BLOW THAT WHISTLE.
I don’t want to be killed by a coward. I don’t want to be killed, PERIOD. I am very amazing and I help a lot of people (some call me heroic), and if I lose a small amount of privacy to remain safe, then so be it. The government doesn’t need to divulge their every action. Can you imagine if our current media covered D-Day? Wolf Blitzer and his motley crew would be airing every detailed strike and every attempted route and we’d have a different outcome!
We’ve also become a world where we don’t exactly like to be private. With social media, everyone wants to have their voice heard. I know everything about a girl I went to high school with nearly 40 years ago! WHY DO I KNOW THIS?! Because she puts every recipe, every picture, and every check-in online for the world to see!
So if you’re offended and you don’t like this, move to China—have Facebook $FB blocked and have every Wifi connection you plug into be connected to the government or possibly hacked (as an email account of mine was when I visited a few months back). Head to Mexico where there is no law and the government is just as corrupt as the cartel! Go to Greece where money has no value! There is ALWAYS AN OPTION IF YOU ARE UNHAPPY. Or you can stay here and know that whatever is being done is for the greater good of our amazing country.
And whatever you do, don’t let one unrelated news piece affect your investment strategy and the way you look at your companies. Keep calm and invest on.