Oooh. A scary massive database.

I’ll tell you something. When I read this…

‘CATALIST’: Obama’s Database for Fundamentally Transforming America
“The Democrats and the institutional left have a new political tool that allows them virtually to ignore moderates yet still win elections.
[…]
To understand the power of Catalist, you must understand the complex Catalist architecture, and how it is different than anything used by the GOP or conservative causes.

Imagine the Borg in Star Trek. Every Borg unit can see what all the other units see. They share data and react in unison.

Similarly, the data feeding the central Catalist database are coming from a wide swath of sources. Public records, pollsters, campaigns, non-profits, activist groups, unions, parties, commercial data — scores and scores of sources are feeding the central database data.

For example, when an environmental group does neighborhood door knocking for cash, the results of those contacts are fed into Catalist.

You have your own individual voter file in Catalist. Everyone does. Under that file might be a massive amount of information about you — more than probably exists in any other database in the world. Whom you work for, what car you might drive, donations you have made, assumptions based on your neighborhood, anything in a public government database about you, consumer preferences, partisan preferences, what licenses you have, what you might have said to pollsters on the phone, memberships, how you treated the young left-wing activist knocking on your door a few years ago, and on and on and on.”

…my first thought was, “So he joined the Direct Marketing Association? And downloaded a file from The Foundation Center?”

Let’s not forget Acxiom.

Probably bought Google Analytics Premium, too.

On the one hand, privacy advocates have been trying to warn people about this sort of thing for years. I know, because I was one of them.

On the other hand, you’ve got to remember that ‘CATALIST’ has been brought to you by the same people who built HealthCare.gov. Yeah, that one. Not only does it not work, but they not only don’t know that much about the users, they can’t even nail down the number of sign ups to the nearest 500,000.

Still worried?

Try to recall this map to instant and perpetual victory in Afghanistan.
afghanistan-flowchart

That worked well.
I strongly doubt that “Mitt Romney sought and won independent voters overwhelmingly, but still lost” because of CATALIST. Frankly, I doubt that he overwhelmingly won independent voters too smart to subscribe to a fixed party because of waffling RINOs like… Romney. Romney lost to the incumbent because those who cared couldn’t see much – if any – difference in end results for liberty, no matter which scumbag politician won the nonbinding popularity contest.

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2 thoughts on “Oooh. A scary massive database.

  1. mamaliberty2014 September 23, 2014 / 9:50 am

    “…because those who cared couldn’t see much – if any – difference in end results for liberty, no matter which scumbag politician won the nonbinding popularity contest.”

    This… just one of the minor reasons I don’t “vote” anymore. And, ultimately, why such things as the proposed secession in Scotland is a dead letter… no matter who “wins.” None of them want any rational change for liberty, just power to decide who robs whom, and how often.

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  2. TRX September 24, 2014 / 8:32 pm

    > On the one hand, privacy advocates have been trying to warn people
    > about this sort of thing for years. I know, because I was one of them.

    You too?

    I gave up long ago. And when 2001 rolled around, and the Patriot Act went in, people were all freaked out, telling me about this new abuse of power. And I just shrugged, oy vey.

    When I tried to tell them about it in the ’80s and ’90s they acted like I was selling them I’d just beamed down from the Mothership. By 2001, all the parts of the Patriot Act had been in place for years; all the Act did was tie them together in a nice easily-accessed package.

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