The richest man in the world, who bought the newspaper of record in the nation's capital, while sitting on a Pentagon board and selling $600 million in cloud services to the see eye aye and never prints it as a disclaimer while reporting on same? That guy? That guy is spying on people and collecting everything they say out loud, everything they search or buy?
Recent political developments seem to have rendered conspiracy theories obsolete.
Things have gone far enough to allow dispensing with appearances, and when you're not hiding what you're doing at all then there's no "conspiracy" involved anymore.
It's just "business" now. It's no longer a secret that the game is rigged and We the Peasants are as screwed as we ever were, because what the fuck are you gonna do about it?
The lessons of running whitewater apply here as far as I can tell; there's no fighting the current, but you can always learn how to read the water to stay away from the rocks, and maybe even surf a few big waves along the way if you're lucky.
Getting lucky isn't an ideal strategy to count on for life or survival, but it's how things seem to actually work and how the rich and powerful became rich and powerful. There's even some science behind this: https://www.technolo...ts-just-chance/
Flip that question around and the luck factor becomes obvious: "If you're so rich, why aren't you smart?"
And ain't it grand that all new cars come with active cellular connections whether you want one or not?