The first thing I have to say is that the "Internet Drill Hole" is not JUST data mining. It's a Texas context reference to indicate that there are parallels for Texans in the internet economy to the oil economy. You drill into a location you hope that is profitable, find something that makes you money. It's just there for the taking, all you have to do is find it. It's true for oil, and it's true for internet commerce. We all can see the drill hole. It's right there. What we can't see is what's down below. Some people can, and they can make a lot of money. So today's event started like this: Nigel is anonymously browsing a website. An interesting website, let's say. Some people might be interested in which website it was, but Nigel isn't telling. Then the phone rings. It's an out-of-state number that I don't recognize, so I answer. "Hello?" Robocall Voice: "The FBI .....xxx.....yyy....zzz...." <click> Huh. stupid robocallers. I hate them. I could cut off their nuts and feed them to my pit bull. But then I wonder; what's the cumulative effect on the entire country if robocallers are calling possibly millions of people every day, and giving them the exact same 1st impression? Those two words "The FBI..." I have no idea how the robocaller intended to monetize a sales pitch that started with "The FBI...". Some robocallers start off with "The IRS..." so maybe it's something like that. I don't know. I didn't feel like getting my daily dose of automated fear from... From... From the Government? So then I start entertaining the idea that the Government is paying robocallers to send-out massive robocaller campaigns that are pseudo-sales calls, but in reality they serve another, more sinister purpose. Suppress anti-government activity? Have a chilling effect on Nigel's willingness to expound his anti-government, anti-slavery theories, all the while holding and pointing to his weapon? Back in the olden days, when we were all being indoctrinated to hate the Soviets, we would believe anything the government would tell us about the KGB. They were capable of anything. Could do anything to anyone at any time and for any reason. We felt pretty confident in that reality. However, today the NSA has powers and uses them constantly that the KGB could not even dream of. And so this wondering mind wants to know what our Defenders of American Freedom might be doing right in front of our faces, only people are afraid to say it out loud. I just paid my cell phone bill. They asked "security questions" like the maiden name of my aunt's sisters illegitimate child, and the address next door to the girl I finger-fucked in 3rd grade. And it occurred to me that those data/facts only apply to one person in the entire planet, and my phone company knows who I am in a way that no one except the NSA knows. And these facts are probably verifiable and can be cross-referenced. The more data they have, the more about "you" they know. Now, thanks to Verizon, the NSA knows about the finger-fucking and the illegitimate child. So, I'd like to announce my intention of creating false fingerprints from this point forward. I'm going to start claiming to have different SSN's, DL/s, previous addresses, etc... at every opportunity, in an effort to obfuscate my identity and obstruct the prying eyes of my government. It's just the patriotic thing to do.