Oliver Stone: Pokemon Go is a New Stage in “Totalitarism” and “Surveillance Capitalism”

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Film director Oliver Stone believes that Pokemon Go is a tool capable of collecting massive amounts of data about its users and represents a step towards “robot society”.

The director of Platoon, Wallstreet and JFK was at Comic-Con 2016 in San Diego to discuss his new movie Snowden. Considering the topic of the movie, the panel were discussing the NSA, online privacy and government surveillance. A question from a fan lead Oliver Stone to lash out against today’s newest worldwide phenomenon: Pokemon Go.

“It’s a new level of invasion,” Stone said of the game. “Nobody has ever seen, in the history of the world, something like Google, ever. It’s the fastest-growing business ever, and they have invested huge amounts of money into what surveillance is, which is data-mining. They’re data-mining every person in this room for information as to what you’re buying, what it is you like, and above all, your behavior.”
-CBS News, Oliver Stone: Pokemon Go is “totalitarianism”

Oliver Stone claims that Pokemon Go is yet another step towards “surveillance capitalism”.

“Pokemon Go kicks into that. It’s everywhere. It’s what some people call surveillance capitalism. It’s the newest stage,” he said. “You’ll see a new form of, frankly, a robot society, where they will know how you want to behave and they will make the mockup that matches how you behave and feed you. It’s what they call totalitarianism.”
– Ibid.

"Snowden" panel at Comic-Con 2016 in San Diego.
“Snowden” panel at Comic-Con 2016 in San Diego.

Shortly after the game launch, observers worried about the massive amount of permissions requested by Pokemon Go upon installation. The game indeed requested full access to user’s Google Accounts on iOS. Although game developer Niantic claims to have fixed this issue, the app still collects massive amounts of data.

Niantic may collect — among other things — your email address, IP address, the web page you were using before logging into Pokémon Go, your username, and your location. And if you use your Google account for sign-in and use an iOS device, unless you specifically revoke it, Niantic has access to your entire Google account. That means Niantic could have read and write access to your email, Google Drive docs, and more. (It also means that if the Niantic servers are hacked, whoever hacked the servers would potentially have access to your entire Google account. And you can bet the game’s extreme popularity has made it a target for hackers. Given the number of children playing the game, that’s a scary thought.) You can check what kind of access Niantic has to your Google account here.

It also may share this information with other parties, including the Pokémon Company that co-developed the game, “third-party service providers,” and “third parties” to conduct “research and analysis, demographic profiling, and other similar purposes.” It also, per the policy, may share any information it collects with law enforcement in response to a legal claim, to protect its own interests, or stop “illegal, unethical, or legally actionable activity.”

Now, none of these privacy provisions are of themselves unique. Location-based apps from Foursquare to Tinder can and do similar things. But Pokémon Go’s incredibly granular, block-by-block map data, combined with its surging popularity, may soon make it one of, if not the most, detailed location-based social graphs ever compiled.
– Buzzfeed News, “You Should Probably Check Your Pokémon Go Privacy Settings”

Senator Al Franken, the top Democrat on the Senate Privacy and Technology Subcommittee recently sent a letter to Niantic expressing concerns about privacy.

The letter notes that Pokémon Go collects profile and account information, location data, and data “obtained through Cookies and Web Beacons.” The game also asks permission to do things like control vibration and prevent the phone from sleeping. Franken wants to know what information and functions exist to support and improve services, and what’s being gathered for “other purposes.”

While this release is undoubtedly impressive, I am concerned about the extent to which Niantic may be unnecessarily collecting, using, and sharing a wide range of users’ personal information without their appropriate consent”.
– arstechnica, Sen. Franken asks Pokémon Go creator: Why all the privacy problems?

Some might claim that a bunch of apps already collect all of that information and that there is nothing new under the sun. That is correct. Pokemon Go is simply yet another incremental step towards high tech control, where users are lured to specific locations and tracked during the entire time. In short, it is yet another level of heat in the pot.

If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will of course frantically try to clamber out. But if you place it gently in a pot of tepid water and turn the heat on low, it will float there quite placidly. As the water gradually heats up, the frog will sink into a tranquil stupor, exactly like one of us in a hot bath, and before long, with a smile on its face, it will unresistingly allow itself to be boiled to death.

 


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Dr Acula
Dr Acula

If you spend time chasing imaginary Pokemon, you deserve being monitored. Preferably by mental care practitioners.

Thy Unveiling
Thy Unveiling

Both your name and your comment made me smile! Now all I can picture is an adorable Ed Wood being lovingly cared for by people in white jackets while his girlfriend knits slippers <3

Christinne
Christinne

Truly said

harvest moon 64
harvest moon 64

dr. acula! nice name… “My screenplay!” scrubs anyone?

and yes well said. i love pokemon more than the next person, but chasing digitized creations is just stupid

Adrian
Adrian

Well said.

JCTheEnd
JCTheEnd

The game was pretty fun at first and I’m probably more “awake” than most any of y’all. Criticizing ppl for having fun with a game instead of criticizing those who abuse the innocents who enjoy the game. Really says a lot about all of your own mental states and how high and mighty you places yourselves.

Digital Herding & Co
Digital Herding & Co

Being one of the remote controlled people running wherever they are directed doesn’t sound a bit “awake” to me. And just because it’s fun doesn’t make it right.

SheSays
SheSays

I was suspicious of this game the moment it was announced on the TV news. Funny that, it being constantly pimped by TV news stations… I thought that’s what commercials were for.

In a way, the premise of the spy thriller ‘Kingsman’ predicted the possible dangers in the world wide appeal of a popular mobile app.

Lucas T
Lucas T

Hmmm for me it’s not just another step towards a totalitarian state. No less than a world-wide sociological experiment is being carried out. It is the first taste we’ve ever been given of VIRTUAL REALITY literally interfering in our “real” reality, the three-dimensional one.
Players will intertwine Pokemon catching with their common chores. The line separating real-life responsibilities and entertainment will get so blurry (as if it weren’t without Pokemon Go) it’s scary. It’s the first attempt to introduce the masses to an “evolution” (no pun intended) from passive stupidity to active stupidity. It’s healthy to allocate some time to chill and get distracted; but this will be real-time distraction that will disguise itself swiftly.
I recommend you inform yourselves about the Cartesian Theatre theory. What is real and what’s not? I welcome you all to the Age of Horus.

farseer
farseer

and yet at the same time also an inevitable one. since the day google maps decided to track location to within, like, 5 feet, (long ago) it was only a matter of time before some braniac thought wait, if phones know where they are geographically at all times, how can i make money off that? pokemon go is just the first “augmented reality” game but there will probably be more. free enterprise, capitalism, human ingenuity was bound to produce this sooner or later. the question is what will the data be used for?

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Its a tool among amongst other things to finally persuade the wanna be zombies to adopt Google glass.

Nick Allen
Nick Allen

App does not function in the background or when screen is off.

any_mouse
any_mouse

Are you sure? This isn’t like the light in the refrigerator.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

@Nick. Mmmm… Coolaid tastes goood.

JCTheEnd
JCTheEnd

@the bag man, man the app LITERALLY does not function when the app is off or in the background for goodness sakes. It’s one thing to try to enlighten others but another thing when you don’t even know what you yourself are even talking about. You wanna spread awareness, do it without being ignorant.

D D d
D D d

Do you yourself?

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Will check out Cartesian theatre therory. But the age of Horus is the outcome of all these idiots being destroyed by their own willingness to adopt servitude and consequently their demise. History and an understanding of comparative religion will make that evident. Right now is the age of Set (Satan)…probably.

Zay
Zay

I mean someone has already lost their life playing this game, another girl was hit by a car and wanted to sue the company. Things are only looking uo from here… -_-
“The free augmented reality game lets players ‘capture’ Pokemon, or digital creatures, at real locations using their smartphones, but has fueled fears over distracted pedestrians, dangerous trespassing and criminals preying on unsuspecting gamers. The “Pokemon GO” craze reportedly claimed its first fatal victim when an 18-year-old playing the game was ambushed in Guatemala. The teenager died after being shot, according to news reports. There have also been multiple reports of “Pokemon GO” players falling victim to robberies and assaults.

A number of players have also wandered into hazardous locations. Four teenagers in the U.K. had to be rescued this week after they entered caves searching for Pokemon characters, the Guardian reports. The game was also involved in a security incident at an Indonesian military base when a player entered the facility while hunting Pokemon.”

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/07/22/how-pokemon-go-is-taking-tech-into-dangerous-uncharted-waters.html

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Wait, fox said that? S**t, I may have to rethink my position. You can get it on Google play right?

childofgod
childofgod

thats not the games fault that just people being stupid. just like you dont text and drive dont just keep looking at your phone while walking. before you even start pokemon go there is a screen that says be careful of your surrondings.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

That’s like saying it’s not the drug dealers fault for selling crack to a fourteen year old.

Lucia
Lucia

Well it isn’t tbh. Parents are the ones respenisble for their children not society or other ppl. Everybody watches upon their interests since the dawn of times.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Lucia, you arent being that lucid.

Marymagajina
Marymagajina

It takes a village to raise a child. So your logic is totally wrong. When you live in a community where people looks out for each other and children, you would have a safer and more loving community. A community of togetherness. Your way of thinking is the reason why so many children gets abducted and rarely found. I guarantee you if you lived in a community where people watches out for each other children, abductees would think twice before entering it. Even if the abductee was a family member, they would think twice.

Bergkristall
Bergkristall

“It takes a village to raise a child” is a communist saying, for the purpose of making parents hand over their children to the state for education and indoctrination. Parents should be the ones responsible for their children and in the past with only one parent working that was possible. Now they take so mch taxes and people have become so materialistic that both parents go to work and children spend much time unsupervised by them.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Its a Nigerian Proverb, not a “comunist saying”. The notion of community should not be confused with the sentralised bureaucratic political doctrine, just because they share a etymological link. That should be obvious to those who appreciate that children do best with multiple nurturing influences.

D D d
D D d

A village concerned with raising the children is nothing to be ashamed or scared about. Seems logical that in older days, when some went out hunting and gathering, others watched offspring while they made bread? That that was not always the parent seems logical too, but does not rule out any parent who wants a go at it him or herself in these days. Better the village than the king or queen that does not care for anything but power.

Laila Lee
Laila Lee

“It takes a village to raise a child” is from an old African proverb. It was about how everyone in a village was responsible for one another. There was a time when non-parents could discipline kids when they saw them doing wrong, when families helped one another. When people collectively looked out for each other. That doesn’t really exist today.

I don’t discount some of what you are saying but this statement is NOT communist and was around before communism even existed.

ghost
ghost

This whole pokemon craze reminds me of the movie “Branded”. Similar concept. Virtual vs “Real” reality and the thin line in between.

JCTheEnd
JCTheEnd

it’s nothing like that at all wtf??

radlegend
radlegend

scary thought indeed!! I’m going to read up about Cartesan Theatre…sounds all to fascinating!!! thanks for sharing

Edith
Edith

Well said!

Christina
Christina

Much like Plato’s Cave

JCTheEnd
JCTheEnd

Have you any idea what Plato’s Cave even is because you sound like you don’t

sue
sue

I can’t help but feel like this game is the attempt to bring virtual reality into everyone’s or a large group of society’s lives. Next, ” fall down and worship the beast”.

Weiss
Weiss

And if Pokemon (or whatever it is on the screen, dunno) enters a FEMA camp, how many sheeple will just mindlessly follow it right in? Hell, who needs an economic collapse, martial law, and a promise of food–they’ll run through the camp’s doors today without a thought, so long as it’s part of the game…

Heather
Heather

My bf works at a prison. People were in the parking lot at 3 am playing the game…and didn’t understand why they were asked to leave.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Yup, Google owns A.I. Boston dynamics, they’re learning about our movements in increasingly sophisticated ways. Until we start augmenting our own reality instead of allowing them to do it for us, we deserve everything we get.

blasphemy
blasphemy

just wanted to point out google no longer owns them they sold them.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Ah, OK, will take your word for it… But you ever heard of the term umbrella corporation?

Nettie
Nettie

They’re being ‘recruited’ in all kinda ways.

raital
raital

ive been waiting for an article on this. i have been stunned at how this game went from zero to non stop media promotion. nothing like that happens by chance. ive brought it up to several friends but they stilll think this is just a coincidence. surely the media cannot be controlled by a few puppetmasters!! at one point i turned the tv off, because i could not stand it anymore. took my dog for a walk in the park. turned on radio on my headphones,…guess what ..more pokemon news. dj would not shut up about it. just incredible. does anybody know anybody in the media? how does this happen? are they told they must give a certain story a certain amount of airplay from their bosses? and they in turn get pressure from thier bosses? why does noone talk? we really are doomed. i hate to be so negative. but as a species we simply do not have it in us to question what is happening on a daily basis to brainwash us. maybe the idea of how we are slaves in this world is too much for most to deal with. god help us. i really want off… Read more »

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Don’t leave just yet, we have work to do raital. It sure as hell is tempting though sometimes. The control is as subtle as it is sophisticated. I personally believe it is rooted in a deep understanding of psychology, as in Pavlovian response. They have engineered the media, academia etc to react to topics in a favorable or unfavorable manner so that no explicit bias has to be suggested from up high… People within these institutions police themselves, and as a result the recognition of “a great conspiracy” is easily refutable.

JCTheEnd
JCTheEnd

I’m just curious. What “work” is there to do? All I see are article promoted on some small ass website being paid no attention by anyone but the likeminded. And this has been going on for YEARS!!! Exactly what work is being completed here, ever. I’ve been waiting for ages to see some action take place and I just pop back up here every several months to see the same s**t. All the talk, none of the action. Again, what “work” is being done??

degunk
degunk

The first person I met that made a living speaking about this kind of stuff said the populace would be lulled to hand over their freedoms by convenience.
Then, there’s that quote that the difference between Orwell and Huxley’s work is that they both wrote that civilization would crumble, but one by totalitarian control, the other by “totalitarian” pleasure.

I really never believed I’d lived to see all three working hand in hand…, at least so quickly.

D D d
D D d

Just take a look into the history of education, and how it was infiltrated by the same people that told us it is a bad thing if we all share responsebility over energy, water, healthcare. No they said it is best to leave it all up to the markets. Well well well, who would think that the people and corporations with big money wanted to buy it all. ”Did you?” It only took a few generations to make halfwit people. When they had kids their own, they carried on with the task, by putting their offspring in front of the television as soon as they could sit up, while e-working and eating sugared food themselves.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

The viewing screens in 1984… I ask you, how the f**k do people not join the dots? Oh yeah, the common man doesn’t read, and the “educated class” has been convinced that they are the true elites… Just like the rest of our “superiors”… so Orwell’s warning isn’t applicable to them apparently.

Raq
Raq

Zombie society. It’s known.

Truth & Light
Truth & Light

Dumbing down agenda in full effect

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Full effect? if they have their way you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Missy
Missy

So, this is the game that has people running into parked police cars, walking off cliffs, and getting fatally gunned down? One person got shot, but still continued his pokemon mission before calling 911… Really?? My question is–what’s wrong with people? People can’t event text and walk, without running into sh**, so they thought a reality mobile game would be any better? This is just terrible, and puts others in danger as well…and I do understand VC’s points, but that’s just obviously one level of this Pokémon weirdness.

Ren Snowe
Ren Snowe

Some has nicknamed the game PokeMongo instead.

D D d
D D d

Don’t believe the hype. The biggest part of the headlines was bought.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

I like you DDd, i agree with a lot of what you say, so with respect, at this point its good to be suspicious of most of the info that comes out, especially the “conspiratorial” websites (since they are subject to more seruptitious control). There are a handful that I trust, and even then it requires independent research to back up what they are saying (the best ones encourage it it seems).

D D d
D D d

A few weeks ago I noticed headlines about that game., Even though no one in my area played, and only vaguely remembered a childish cartoon linked to merchandising. The headlines were idiotic up to ” there was a pokemon at the coffeehouse”. And you know what, it was all over the local editions at the same time, too. Some attentiongrabbing placed items, and voila every chief editor in this country, no the whole world appearantly, finds it way more interesting than sending journalists to find out what it is special about the game. Nooo, it took a Stone to make some headlines himself about the flipside, after the hype has settled a little. Dumb people did not check the agreement they clicked on. So emails other people sent to them are stolen as well. Thank you newspapers for pointing out nothing special about the game for weeks on end, for not connecting the dots, but not for mindlessly cutting and pasting of memo’s of networking relatives instead of reports.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Investigative journalism is pretty much dead.

Marozia
Marozia

That’s why there are so many conspiracy realists around.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Conspiracy realists, I like that.

Aaron
Aaron

I believe Google is also using your data and tracking you via Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, and Android. Not sure why people are focused on an App when Google runs your OS. Maybe it’s because Pokemon Go is new and Google has been around for a while.

any_mouse
any_mouse

It is not a “Google” phone it is an “Android” phone with a cutesy, tasty treat OS version name.

Android OS under the covers is composed of a lot of “google” libraries, unseen by the regular user. The wakeup came for me when I rooted a Verizon phone to get rid of the Verizon bloatware and apps I never use. Before I could do anything with Google Android I needed to have an account with Google or set one up. Otherwise it was smart phone that did not do anything. The Verizon bloatware was not really a bother after that encounter.

anon
anon

Serious question: does anyone use a vpn and if so, do you think it protects against Google tracking in any way? I tend to use an old version of Safari but do use google

D D d
D D d

Everything you do over the internet can get intercepted and decoded, always has been, always will be. Using the internet will be getting harder, that is a change to come, not the information-thefts.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Exactly. I would just take it as given that ALL our activities are known. Yet here we are, discussing it. That gives me hope. The “elites” like to give the impression they are in control… But they’re strapped to this rock hurtling through space just as much as everyone else. They make the ride more bumpy, and convince themselves they are immune…. But they ain’t. There are ALWAYS bigger fish, and like all bullies, their “strength” is just a sham.

Jamecia
Jamecia

I still don’t understand what is so fun about chasing something that is not actually there . Of all the matters of life and this is something we human find pleasure in doing … Smh

Nick Allen
Nick Allen

I know. All those people at churches, what losers.

Snorre
Snorre

In that case you should compare this game with some of the religious suicide sects…

john
john

just becauese you cant see it, doesnt mean its not there.
In fact doesnt matter if you dont believe in God, he doesnt need you to exist.
In fact, for you to exist at all, you need Him.

Mia
Mia

You must be a fun person then. Tell me, what do you do in your free time? Or do you spend your days doing serious-important-adult-like tasks?

Ibrahimo
Ibrahimo

The fact that Pokemon Go is being promoted by almost all the major corporations in the world, shows how they are all under the same umbrella. From Facebook to BBC News, levels of advertising like never seen before. It is very easy to see the fact that had not this massive advertising campaign existed, Pokemon Go would have not seen such an explosion of popularity. It seems as if the concept around the game is highly innovative, but I just see it as evidence of how easily the ruling Zionist elite manipulate the masses into liking and accepting anything they choose.

Follow trends, eat bad food, work to entertain yourself to sleep. Deaf, dumb and blind, they are like cattle, rather they are worse than cattle!

Nick Allen
Nick Allen

I haven’t seen one advertisement for Pokemon go.

D D d
D D d

But i bet you have seen dozens of headlines in your newspapers.. The same way a popstar who affiliates a big company to get the frontpage of the outlet/news-distributors they are linked to via their ”contract”, that way the editors give attention to befriended corporations. Make news, not report it – is what they do a lot of the times. Monkey see monkey do : ”ohw, a lot of people seem to be in pokemon, let me have a look too.” After that the numbers raised significantly.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

No, Nick, but you did see that advert for an opening as a government shill didn’t you? Hint… The opening was your ass.

nita
nita

LOL!!!!!!!!!

Christinne
Christinne

Well, slave masters have just found another way to keep slaves distracted and more retarded: Pokemon Go.

Jesus Save Us
Jesus Save Us

I remember the movie Wall E… Any resemblance to reality is purely coincidental? This is so freakin out. It’s very scary 🙁 for all the world live in lies… facebook, instagram and now pokemon go! I have lost the faith in the world 🙁

Nick Allen
Nick Allen

Yes, people walking outside getting tons of exercise really represents the humans in Wall E.

Walker
Walker

Getting exercise ? By strolling, zombie-like, around the corner and playing with their toyphone like crazy ? I don’t see them running, jumping, doing push-ups… I just see them giving in to the lamest addiction in human history. Oh, and falling of a cliff – you could call that hard-style sport.

Alexandra
Alexandra

That and it’s a bunch of sheep running around glued to their phones. I have a Kindle, I have a cellphone (not a smartphone), but I’m not glued to them 24/7. We like to play Angry Birds on Kindle, but we’re not fanatical.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Don’t give yourself too much of a hard time, a little of what’s bad is good….otherwise it’s dogma.

Mia
Mia

Exactly.

farseer
farseer

this is basically true of all tech that goes online and is free. if someone spent money to develop something and let you use it free, (ie google apps, pokemon go, facebook) odds are you are the product he plans to get money from, not his little app. the data mining is worth millions. i think there is a basis for a whole new economic system here. if we can automate everything to where human beings dont need to work, people should be compensated for their participation in products that mine and sell their information. in this way we can eliminate the need for a traditional labor force while promoting economic activity at all levels. entrepreneurs and paid artists will still be a thing, but only for the ambitious. people content to just live and marry and die happy (most people) could do so without slaving away 40-80 hours a week for a paycheck.
…what, it could work!

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

At the price of? Human “progress” has been on the whole to the detriment of the planet. Mum’s learning about planned parenthood.

The_Truth_With_Love
The_Truth_With_Love

All it is, beyond its frightening invasion of privacy and mass manipulation experiment, is a DISTRACTION from the corrupt and rigged election in the U.S, which is offering the American electorate the worst two candidates possible with the lowest trustworthy ratings ever.

Bernie sold out apparently, endorsing someone that represents everything he spent his entire campaign speaking against. All of a sudden, she’s fit to be president and people should trust her?! If you really want the first woman president, look up Jill Stein from the Green Party. Also, go watch the ‘CLINTON CASH’ documentary on YouTube, then SHARE IT.

Sadly, and pathetically might I add, while people are out chasing digital characters in a virtual augmented reality, their future is being robbed right from under them and they’re too busy with a mundane mind-rotting game to notice.

God Help Us All.

Don’t do digital drugs: Say NO to Pokemon Go.

OneLOVE.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Politricks is yet another distraction.

Birdy
Birdy

If you think about it, it’s like the goggle camera trucks… They just make you chase the Pokemon wherever they want you to go. Who knows where the video data is going or how it might be used. Its far beyond 1984 stuff. Playing at home maps out your entire home with full video & photos and if they need more data they just send you to that area with the Pokemon. It’s insane that anyone would try it without knowing what data they’re taking from you.

dux
dux

pure satanic app

D D d
D D d

They say you can not choose your family, but you can choose your friends.
Well, choose wisely, I say.

cindy
cindy

I imagine the people at the headquarters of Pokemon GO asking themselves, How are we going to get all the personal data of billions of people?? I know, let’s make a childish game and get to control the behaviour of millions of mindless people. Pokemon GO is all hype!

lou
lou

I think that’s how facebook started

Buju
Buju

It is not the ruling sociopaths that makes this insane world possible. The main reason is that half of the worlds population belongs to the sad part of the IQ-scale. And even “normal” intelligence is not that impressive.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

They are a reflection of each other. News flash, the “elites” ain’t that smart. They are lazy and manipulative yes, but intelligent in a universal sense, no. Responsibility is the greatest indicator of intellect. The more variables you factor in, the more you can respond to, God is infinite, with infinite variables, hence omniscience. Ego concerns itself with just one.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

I should also say that yeah buju, the unthinking masses are also the “enemy” Even though both the elites, proles and everyone in between are capable of redemption. If you blindly follow an ideology because you are too scared to question, you will most likely defend your comfort with everything you have… And are therefore potentially a danger to those who think for themselves.

Dresspuss
Dresspuss

There are two types of people in the world: people who think the government is looking out for their best interest and people who think.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Haha. Government. Govern (control), Ment (mind). Drumroll please…. Mind control.

nita
nita

I really like the way you think bag man! really I do.

Marozia
Marozia

My property was on the listing (we had it taken off – without using bloodthirsty threats).
Two guys wanted to ‘pokemon go’ in, even though we had signage up for restricted dog breeds – we have two pitbulls. They even tried to climb over our fence which has barbed wire!!
My 96 yo father ran out yelling at them and told them to buzz off (but in more profane and obscene language).
It’s a pity, I could’ve charged them $100 each to come in!!

D D d
D D d

Could’ve saved on dogfood, too. And if you recorded it all, a fortune on televisionrights for the networks and ad-generation on youtube?

Wondering
Wondering

How did you know it was on the listing?

Christina
Christina

You guys might want to do a little research into Google founder and Transhumanist Ray Kurzweil and his philosophy on “The Singularity”. It’s very disturbing. Current Google owner Peter Thiel is also a Transhumanist who funds research on artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, RF ID chip technology, and memetics. Memetics is an interesting theory and it is why they study everything that you like and all of your opinions and why they give you personality tests. Peter Thiel and Elon Musk are members of the National Space Society (formally L5 Society) which are planning colonies for the elite through their SpaceX program. I’m talking about the basis of movies like Elysium and Interstellar. Peter Thiel is also a current member and attendee of Bilderberg and owner of several software companies that aid the NSA.

D D d
D D d

”With space, do you mean the thing over our heads and planet, or the holes in our planet?”

Bird Fur
Bird Fur

Theil is also a vampire in the news recently touting transfusions of young people’s blood

Lionel
Lionel

You need to check out Netflix’s new over-hyped series “Stranger Things” which is about MK Ultra!

Scrooge McSuckIt
Scrooge McSuckIt

Personally I couldn’t care less.I don’t like to put my real name or photo anywhere be it youtube fb google account they can take the info and shove it up their asses.It’s all bogus names and expendable email adresses anyway.Everyone should do the same.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

I.P. unless you’re using tor, but even then it ain’t foolproof. I’d much rather put my real one in…. More of a f**k you. They can get my body if they want, but my soul? That’s another matter entirely.

hmm
hmm

Every year the Japanese celebrate what is called “Kanamara Matsuri”, it’s a celebration of the male phallic penis. They have a parade with a huge penis, eat penis suckers, and wear penis glasses. It’s No surprise a popular Japanese game mirrors penis worship. The one EYE Willie monster that is in your pocket. Got to catch em all!

D D d
D D d

Thank you. I laughed. Snickeringly.

cindy
cindy

Well they need a penis worship over here in the US. With so much feminists, they are ruining this country!

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Nah, you have the Washington monument. Plus, feminism should be renamed masculinism. It was created to subvert the feminine.

Alexandra
Alexandra

One Eye Willie–reminds me of The Goonies. LOL

Nettie
Nettie

They will all ‘chase’ Pokemon inside FEMA camps. Ironically, it was originally called ‘Pocket Monsters’ but that name wasn’t too appealing, of course

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

It was appealing to those who love a good innuendo.

radlegend
radlegend

Wow. this is amazing! I knew there was something amiss and totally fishy about how WILD this Pokemon Go has become. The hordes of mindless people chasing after this nonsense.
Game or not – this creates a mindless society unable to question anything and who just accept everything they’re fed.
Exactly like the statue of Nebuchadnezzar that people were supposed to bow down to. I doubt they erected it today and tomorrow told people to bow. I’m sure it must have been there for a long time, enough for people to get used to seeing it so much so that, when the time came, and folks were asked to bow, it was a no brainer coz hey, it’d been there for ages so what the heck.
Great analogy about the frog! So freaking true!!! God help us all!!!!!

bradley
bradley

It’s not capitalism if its the GVNT using our own tax dollars against us. Which would be COMMUNISM (state owned tyranny). Welcome to the USSA.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Anarchy for the world. Works fine for nature.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Go f**k yourself downvoters. This is why… We have tried communism, we have tried fascism, we have tried capitalism… All three have worked great huh? Why not try allowing people to exercise responsibility over their own lives, and the lives of others in their own community? We may do a beter job than the systems that have been presented to us. Not convincing? Then keep on sucking on the teet, cus you obviously aren’t mature enough to look after yourself anyways.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

You can down vote but you can’t reply? Says a lot for your logic.

Bay State Observer
Bay State Observer

“Why not try allowing people to exercise responsibility over their own lives, and the lives of others in their own community? We may do a beter job than the systems that have been presented to us. ”

Actually, there IS an economic and political system that promotes something like what you advocate.

It is called Distributism.

Do a Web search for the name and what it supports and opposes. You may find it intriguing.

Thank you for your time.

Alexandra
Alexandra

On Cleveland news today–NFL player stops playing it because he suspects “mind control” stuff–http://www.newsnet5.com/sports/somethings-not-right-nfl-player-quits-pokemon-after-witnessing-mind-control-stuff-near-asu

Gerry Dorrian
Gerry Dorrian

In the original 19th-century experiment boiling the frog, the poor creature’s brain was removed first. Which is probably a good analogy for what happens when you play something like Pokemon Go.

Walker
Walker

Just seing as people react to artistic criticism of their new game (depicting a Pikachu riding the neck of a zombie gamer), I’d say that it’s really to easy for the elite. Arguments are very deep : “my childhood dream finally comes true !” or “those who criticize are Snowden fans, lame haters who never played the game”. Yeah, it is so easy.

Terri
Terri

Meanwhile there have been more terrorist attacks than I can count in the last month and people are preoccupied with Pokemon Go. Although I am looking forward to American Ninja Warrior on Monday . ..

D D d
D D d

Please, is there a corner especially for promotion over here? Contact the webmaster please.

Thy Unveiling
Thy Unveiling

This game/app is beyond disturbing! It seems like for something that just came out, there’s been nothing but bad news about it.

Eve
Eve

The pied piper springs to mind.

Amy
Amy

The fact that the discussion about whether it’s surveillance in disguise or not is even happening, only confirms that Pokémon Go it’s nothing but a profitable social experiment. And society it’s painfully falling for it…

BluBoy
BluBoy

Wow what has the society of this world come to (?) Stupid game made for stupid people.

Sky
Sky

Does anyone remember the creative design director of Pokemon who was killed in a freak accident? Maybe a sacrifice? :/

Bub
Bub

I miss the days when Pokemon was just a simple little game you’d play on your Gameboy or Gameboy Advance.

D D d
D D d

I know of days when children had different blocks of wood, sometimes painted. And that they could imagine it was a train, or a building, or a group of ducks in a pont. And that they enjoyed themselves without electricity.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Yeah man, I’ve got a theory on that. We used our imagination more when we were kids, we invented our own worlds and the things that occupied them more or less. Now the worlds are fully formed and handed to children/consumers by their creators. They don’t like unbridled imagination, primarily because we may imagine a world without them.

lou
lou

Kids imagination is getting wiped out, f**k even lego has to tell you what to build nowadays. The tv/media shows us what trends to follow. It used to be the opposite.

Dean
Dean

Comic Con is double “C” = 33

raintree
raintree

He said Google tracks us. We all use it. I wish we did not. My grandkids play this pokemon. It seems ridiculous to me. I’m really getting sick of all of it.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Find a way of educating them raintree. God knows it ain’t easy though. Having a grandad who’s aware is a good start in itself however.

togmon
togmon

It’s an optional video game. Maybe everything’s not so bad.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

That’s a good point. There are always options.

mynameisneo
mynameisneo

Love how the Comic Con logo is just an eye…

agfdhfg
agfdhfg

A bit nitpicky, but you spelled totalitarianism wrong in the title.

MR nobody1
MR nobody1

I am so confused how so many of my peers spend so much time wanting to go out of their way to catch and play Pokemon Go. It really is such a waste of time

lou
lou

To appease the facebook,tendy,right now crowd

Shark
Shark

This is so stupid. If you have an Android Phone or an iPhone, you already send large amounts of data.

Deogi
Deogi

The CIA has a venture capital company called Incutel. John Hankey from the CIA runs Incutel. In 2001 Incutel bought a company called keyhole, Keyhole was developing keyhole earth which was sold to Google along with keyhole came John Hankey from the CIA. So keyhole earth became Google Earth and then John Hankey started a new company inside of Google called Niantic Labs , Niantic Labs goes on to create pokemon go which tracks everything you Do…Do you see the pattern folks …CIA = Incutel= Keyhole = Google=Niantic Labs ( run by John Hankey CIA )= Pokemon Go, a first test run to see if total control is possible . Keep playing sheeple

vig jr.
vig jr.

Who wrote the “frog thing”?

D D d
D D d

Probably Elton John, again.

SamVuey
SamVuey

All the more reason why “cr-apps” like this one are clearly avoided or else they’ll stuff up my handheld device and computer.

A double-edged sword indeed when you’re not only searching for pokemon but random hackers eventually begin searching out your personal details at the same time,.

Keg Baridi
Keg Baridi

My main concern is that Pokemon Go is a role playing game, which is purely satanic in its origins but cleverly disguised and opens your heart to spiritually oppressive forces…

sbs
sbs

As always, fmho, ‘names ‘count (in a doubled sense)”…
Please refer to your Oxford dictionary and thesaurus about ‘NIantic’ from a linguistical viewpoint: NI (‘national insurance’) and ANTIC (‘trick, clown, – amusing (foolish) behaviour, pranks, larks, …’ a.s.o.).
Best wishes, hopefully to an awakening folks.

Aisyah
Aisyah

And the world the protagonist live in in the film Minority Report.

Aisyah
Aisyah

This reminds me of Joy Camp video, Archon.

Johnny Canuck
Johnny Canuck

Just sorting out the real idiots from the rest of the other idiots. Keep on texting and walking into trees. Get Pokemon and become really stoopid. I ain’t gonna pull you out of the tre. Use your device to figure out how to do it.

If you wear Google glasses, stay the hell out of my favourite watering hole. I have no compunction about grabbing those things and crushing them, just like the bullies of old.

Johnny Canuck
Johnny Canuck

“tre” should be “tree”, referring to that idiot woman that had to be rescued from a tree whilst playing this stupid game.

Za0
Za0

Well, when Google helps remove money from power in this world, things will be quite well. End your addiction to money or remain a slave. The choice is always yours of course.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Money is a means of exchanging energy. In itself it Is benign and actually beneficial. It is HOW it is used currently that is the problem, and indicative of our current lack of spiritual development. If you get rid of money, the energy it represents remains, as does the question…. What is our energy being used for?

Anna
Anna

The government can watch me play Pokemon Go. Really, its chill. Like hell yeah, watch me catch this Jigglypuff dude.

Satan
Satan

Well if Oliver Stone says so, it must be true. The lack of understanding of the android operating system and the permissions needed for certain functions is scary considering the guy is supposed to be on the senate Privacy and Technology Subcommittee. Much of this fear is down to not understanding the system and how it works.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

C’mon then satan, enlighten us, feel free to get technical.

BillyPilgrim
BillyPilgrim

So, it’s true because Oliver Stone says it is?
Just as well; it’s popular and frequently discussed, so it was only a matter of time before you saw a conspiracy in it. Ironically, for you, elements of this vast conspiracy are rather like the Pokemons (Pokemen? Poki?) in the game: they’re everywhere, and you gotta catch ’em all.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

The term conspiracy theorists covers a large and increasing amount of people. Its like saying all Americans are stupid because they define themselves as American. Conspiracy is documented throughout history (et tu Brute?). To believe the desire to fool others has been eradicated in contemporary civilisation is just plain f*****g naive.

hmm
hmm

I would chalk this up to the gay agenda as well

I mean … Pokemon is really.. POKE -A-MAN…… that plays with balls.

Which is why the most popular character is Pikachu has a Lightning bolt poking is ass

No name
No name

Pokemon actually mean “pocket monster” maybe you should do some research before you post stupid s**t

hmm
hmm

POCKET MONSTER? is that the same game is POCKET POOL? hmmm… sounds awful close to self master bating. Does one think about poking a man when he is playing with his pocket monster?

shli
shli

youre just embarrassing yourself. stop

hmm
hmm

The only embarrassment is your cognitive dissonance

D D d
D D d

Did you have too much energy-soft-drink today, or over an extended period when you were about 4?

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Humour is necessary… F**k if you don’t laugh nowerdays you can easily cry… Carry on.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

I think some protest too much…. Harbouring some repressed man love urges, or the fact that EVERYONE enjoys the company of Madame palm and her five lovely daughters from time to time. Guilt is a b***h huh.

D D d
D D d

”Madame Palm and her five..daugthers”? Be careful not to offend the people who know people with one or few fingers less, please, as they have feelings too for the people who have one or few fingers less. But on the other hand – high five for the innuendo.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

I ripped it off, its from the league of gentleman (BBC). F*****g propaganda channel, but used to do good comedy.

D D d
D D d

The League of Gentlemen. Seen it, several times, love the show. Missed that quote somehow, it appears. But, perhabs some readers will now think we may be satanists ourselves for watching that kind of humor and symbol-use 😉

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Dude… I thought the same thing. Haha. It ain’t as black and white as they think.

D D d
D D d

Wait, was it frog lover / hygiene freak who said it?

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Ha, yeah. So many messed up characters. Not sure that show would get airtime nowerdays, not with the amount of money the beeb makes with s**t like Dr.who.

Nick Allen
Nick Allen

Of course, the critics always forget to mention that when your screen shuts off, you’re logged out of the game. It does not function in the background. It’s far less infiltrating than any GPS app like Waze or Google Maps.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

But the point is the amount of time you fools are logged on that matters. Besides I wouldn’t trust your source of information on that one.

Ash
Ash

Pfffft. It’s like sticking a piece tape over your webcam – you may think that your lives are sooooo interesting, but in reality no one cares about what you do. I don’t play Pokemon GO, but if they want to collect people’s info to come up with stuff they would want to buy, then I’m all for it.

the bag man, man
the bag man, man

Humans aren’t compiling the information, A.I. is. Think about the overall picture and you’ll find the mapping is effective for their end.