Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. Crow Nobo, fol de rol de riddle

    Crow Nobo, fol de rol de riddle said, almost 2 years ago

    Are we in the future yet?

  2. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Government would be able to turn people who annoy them into paupers with a flip of a switch, sure.


    But it would be way more efficient to just contract it out to Blackwater/Halliburton.

  3. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 2 years ago

    You don’t have debit-cards, smart-money cards?
    But I suppose that isn’t Rall’s point.
    A cashless society = privacy-less society

  4. wcorvi

    wcorvi said, almost 2 years ago

    That sounds a lot like, ‘…if you aren’t saying anything illegal, you don’t have to WORRY about tapped phones and e-mail.’
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    But what happens if you say ‘…maybe I’m tired of Democrats, and I’ll vote Republican.‘?
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    Or in four years, ’…maybe I’m tired of Republicans, and I’ll vote Democrat.’?

  5. SwimsWithSharks

    SwimsWithSharks GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    governments will be able to turn people who annoy them into paupers…

    If by “governments” you mean government employee with a grudge and any person or company who bought backdoor software access, then yes.

    The backdoors are for our Patriot Act safety, of course. We can’t be safe unless we give up every privacy.

  6. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    I noticed that too. Good catch.

  7. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Whereas that sounds nice, in reality I really, really wouldn’t want anybody to be able to see what I spend my money on. That’s just a little TMI.

  8. emptc12

    emptc12 said, almost 2 years ago

    If the person spoken of in the last panel is Snowden — do it.

  9. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Yes. And he’s a friend.

  10. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @omQ R

    Yes, exactly so. I have credit and debit cards. But cash is private.

  11. Bilword

    Bilword said, almost 2 years ago

    Say no to drones.

  12. packratjohn

    packratjohn said, almost 2 years ago

    Most, if not all of us, wrote checks for years. Not a big difference between MICR (the magnetic ink on the bottom of the check) and the bar codes/magnetic strips/QRs/microchip/etc that make up our debit and credit cards. I quit writing checks a few years back. Don’t miss them. I do use credit and debit, but I still try to use cash. Seems self-defeating getting money from an ATM, but it’s not. Get a chunk of cash from the ATM. That’s the only traceable transaction. How and where you spend that cash is invisible for the most part. Frankly, I don’t much care about myself, I’m retired and not into anything “wrong”. I fear for future generations. The expectation of privacy is a slowly bursting bubble.

  13. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 2 years ago

    Ted, see Heinlein’s book Friday, published in 1982. Lays it out quite nicely.

  14. mtully

    mtully GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    “This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private.” Hummmpf.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Crow Nobo, fol de rol de riddle

    Damn close.

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