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Robert Ariail

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  1. rzgainer

    rzgainer said, about 2 years ago

    Amen brother, say on.

  2. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Data may have been collected but have we actually lost any liberties? I am as free today to do whatever I want as I was five, ten or twenty years ago.

  3. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 2 years ago

    Some of us remember when LBJ had enough dirt on the Senators that he got 72 to vote to cut off a filibuster and pass Civil Rights.


    Prism is great. With Prism, Obama knows lots more about more people than LBJ ever did, and he can use that information to keep the world safe.


    After the Gestapo and STASI, the Germans all hated Prism, but Obama knew enough about Merkel that she had to thank Obama for Prism, and she had to tell the German people that Prism had saved thousands of German lives (details classified Top Secret, so we can say no more).


    Just think what the US president will be able to do with Prism. As the Greatest Force for Good in the World, the US President now has almost limitless power, and everyone should be eternally grateful that Prism is giving him this power to keep the world safe. (Not to mention keeping the US president safe from any effective criticism.)

  4. omQ R

    omQ R said, about 2 years ago

    I like the cartoon; put its point across very well.


    I second olfart’s concern. I know the government as well as corporations are data-mining. I’m fairly careful what I put out there which corporates crave, and I’m savvy enough to not expose my likes & dislikes, especially on that farcebook. Most youngsters, though, seem indifferent or ignorant of the pitfalls. I think they’ll rue it one day. My daughter will certainly be made aware.
    I’m also pragmatic enough to be aware that governments data-mine, number crunch it to seek trends, patterns etc. Massive amounts of processing power needed to crunch through so much data….and it’s getting ever more massive; I don’t fall for the fear -mongering but I appear to have even fewer protections from governments without proper over-sight in place, or from callous politicians. That’s my biggest concern. If anything, what this NSA “revelation” (which has been an open secret in the security tech business for a fair while now) has shown me is that we should not allow complacency. Do not shrug off lack of over-sight so easily. Insist on it.

  5. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, about 2 years ago

    If corporations are so smart, why has Commonwealth Financial called me 500 times looking for Kim P_______?
    I ask the person robocalling, after waiting, if she has considered suicide, to make the world a better place.

  6. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 2 years ago

    One of the main reasons this isn’t getting the protest it deserves is because the question has shifted from “how can this hurt me?” to “how can WE use this to hurt THEM?”.
    Welcome to the Divided States of America.
    (And now cue the drones screaming “This is because of [insert hated politician here]!”, and proving my point exactly.)

  7. echoraven

    echoraven said, about 2 years ago

    …and Obama expanded it. Slow down on the Kool Aid buddy.

  8. warjoski

    warjoski GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @Rad-ish

    The question is will you be able to do those things five, ten, or twenty years from now? Govenments seldom know how to regulate themselves. The line they won’t cross gets fuzzier and fades. Letting this go now means it will be harder to stop tomorrow.

  9. Ardvarck

    Ardvarck GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Where do I find this “approved” list?

  10. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @warjoski

    Its a good question. Will we all become little NSA,IRS slave robots? Actually with legal pot in my state, I have more freedom than before.

  11. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 2 years ago

    It is a good cartoon. Mines require good air circulators to protect those working the mine. Keeping a close eye on the safeguards designed to protect people, like a dying canary, is the least we should do. The potential for abuse is enormous. The inevitability of abuse is nearly guaranteed. Mandatory penalties must be levied against those who abuse this resource.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    I agree with Senators Wyden and Udall, if you don’t have probable cause for a warrant and “data gathering”, it shouldn’t be happening. Idiots blaming Obama, and not “W”/Cheney, and the prime movers and shakers of the Patriot Act need to go get some reality, and maybe be monitored.

  13. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    The June 24th The New Yorker cover art by McGuire is perfect as well. I am reminded of the treatments of hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia. The damage occurring is quiet and cumulative, but unseen until an eventhappens. It’s easily ignored until it’s too late.

  14. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    I recall snow coming off the eves of my house one warm summer day. I took a few steps into the yard to find a Sharp shinned hawk wolfing down a Junco. It’s downy feathers floating peacefully everywhere. The sparrows were still at the feeder, but utterly silent.

  15. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    This is not new and it’s not news, and unfortunately Obama did sign the Anti-American patriot act. His BIG Mistake. It was a betrayal. He should have had Bush, Cheney, all his criminal cronies on trial and sent to prison where they belong.
    This was surprise that he did that.. Still he was way better choice , both times, than any of those (Best) that GOP could offer.

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