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  1. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 9 months ago

    @David

    Except that the group you describe ALSO have learned the hard way that pictures of you projectile vomitting have a way of showing up at job reviews and interviews.
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    So they ALSO have a respect for privacy in the way that Depression survivors have a respect for savings.

  2. 1opinion

    1opinion said, 9 months ago

    With all the horror people were expressing about Obama’s NSA spying on Americans, even Congressional Republicans , who claim to hate anything Pres. Obama does, would not vote to curtail the information gathering.

  3. Adrian Snare

    Adrian Snare said, 9 months ago

    @David

    Isn’t that something…I am that way and an opinionated old(73) fool….

    ……………………or……………………
    now that you know everything…
    what-ch gonna do ????
    quickly turn the page…..is best….

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 9 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    Just remember that many Depression survivors had savings before it.

  5. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 9 months ago

    @1opinion

    Just remember the NSA spying was despite whomever is president.

  6. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 9 months ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    I get that. Valid observation of the difference. Thank you.
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    @David
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    Same too.
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    I see the actions of the NSA as absolutely terrible in the case of a dystopian future view.
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    But I don’t have a dystopian future view. I have a view of the future where things are dramatically different for the better. I see a future where we all realize that this world is so small that we all need to live together.
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    I see a future where “ethnicity” is irrelevant. Where we all live with the philosophies that have brought us to this point of civilization.
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    I see a future where this form of capitalism has morphed into a much less consumerismist format into a much more symbiotic exchange of goods for services.
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    In that environment, privacy is less important anyway. And the ability to go back to predict future trends is probably not a bad idea.
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    I don’t believe that “evil” will be a thing of the past. I don’t live in fear of it (unless we as a society live in fear, at which time “fear itself” is the triumph of “evil”)
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    This is why I can’t get as excited by the NSA actions as some can. I understand their fears, I understand what they are based on. I just reject their fears.
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    On the other hand. If the dystopian future occurs, then the data will be all that stands between you and “evil” (at least group evil, maybe individual evil, not institutional evil)

  7. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    Anna Smith is a nurse and mother of two who lives in rural Idaho, works the night shift at a Spokane hospital and goes to the gym a lot. She rarely follows the news and knows little about the debate over government surveillance and privacy that has rocked Washington.

    None of that is stopping her from suing the president of the United States.

    Smith is the plaintiff in one of six legal challenges filed over the government’s sweeping collection of telephone and Internet records. Her attorney is her husband. She doesn’t understand the legal technicalities and worries that the case could distract from her job and parenting duties.

    But the Idaho native knows how she feels about the prospect of anyone tracking calls from her cellphone: She’s outraged.

    “It’s none of their business what I’m doing: who I call, when I call, how long I talk,” Smith, 32, said.
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    http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2021474663_nsalawsuitxml.html

  8. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    OK idiots it is not “nothing to hide” as so much nothing to find. They are sifting a ocean of information to find a sand castle in the middle. How about this there is more freely given information then they collect. And Toles you are an idiot. The NSA DOES have something to hide because what they do find is on very bad people. those people will stop doing what they are doing and we would have nothing to use to find them. It took us so long to find Bin Lauden because of the blather mouths in congress started bragging how we could track cell phones. So we had to find him the old fashion way.By getting information from detainees at Gitmo and tracking down his carriers.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 9 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    Just remember that the “dystopia” we are shown is from the ones under the boot. Not the elites who are running things, usually live very well.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 9 months ago

    @Harleyquinn

    Mistakes can happen, they have quotas to meet. Just look at the FBI creating cells just to bust them and put poor people away for many years.

  11. GreggW

    GreggW GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    @russell5419

    And as we know the government NEVER makes mistakes!

  12. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, 9 months ago

    @David

    Your description does not fit conservatives, and you have the wrong party as being elitist.

  13. 1opinion

    1opinion said, 9 months ago

    @David

    Democrats have their socialists,
    Republicans have their sociopaths.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 9 months ago

    @jrmerm

    Considering both parties have elites and the Cons love the idea of elites should be enough for you to understand that it isn’t black and white, cut and dried.

  15. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 9 months ago

    @jrmerm

    “…you have the wrong party as being elitist.”
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    There is some truth to this. The left is a crowd that thinks it is in the nation’s long term interests to foster things like "fine art’ (whatever that means) and “High Culture”. It is not exclusive to the left, see the Koch’s at Lincoln Center etc etc.. (A good book to read that semi addresses this NYC elitism of the left is “Closing Time” by Joseph Heller). If you want of have “made it” into “Old Money” you must adopt a “Noblese Oblige” of Northeast Liberals. It’s just the way it is (for a good read about the working of North Eastern Liberalism – and the birth of NeoConservatism – read “Good As Gold” by Joseph Heller. What you see will shock you, including that Neo Con is just because the Liberal Literati of 1970s NYC could not suffer Irving Kristol and so Irving – a Liberal – started his own club house… Our fortunes are tied to a fratboy spat!)
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    So there is some truth to say that the Left is Elitist. But the right has been the party of management. (Go to a Chamber Of Commerce meeting and try to find a Democrat some time.)
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    Democrats ARE the party of the working class.
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    Which group sound more “elite” to you?

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