Cassi Creek Espionage between nations is as old as human kind.
City dwellers spy upon rural folks to see how the crops look. City states snoop on the affairs of other city states. The Vatican spies on everyone, as does Mossad. The Soviets carried out very successful espionage campaigns against NATO nations, the U.S., China, and the Warsaw Pact nations. The Soviets and East Germans had massive internal espionage networks.
Not to be outdone, the FBI did its best to convince the Boy Scouts to serve as junior spies, hunting for communists in their neighborhoods. The BSA decided not to play along until the target became open homosexuals.
Espionage is much easier than we would expect because of our innate tendency to gossip about others. That’s not going to change. Anyone who thinks that privacy still exists at a personal level in today’s world has eaten one too many kind veggie burritos in the parking lot. There’s always information flow on Shakedown Street.
High winds kept us sleeping lightly last night. They arrived and departed with the sunset and sunrise. We were lucky, had no damage. Down valley there was one Bradford Pear split and fallen. Mike, our down stream neighbor woke up to find 20 feet of pine tree fallen across his deck. Once again, we were lucky. There are large branches in the road all the way down valley.
For the history majors: