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  1. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 9 months ago

    Prism and the drones. Keeping every good person in the world safe from the evil persons in the world.


    The leaders of the EU have announced that no plane may fly from Moscow to Latin America without being searched for Snowdens.


    Of course, even if the European heads of state let the planes cross Europe, they’d still have to fly over US airspace, but it’s easier and cheaper for the US to use Prism and the drones. As President Obama said, he isn’t going to scramble US jets to catch ‘a 29 year old hacker’, not when he can do it with Prism. ‘Thrift, Horatio, thrift.’

  2. jack75287

    jack75287 said, 9 months ago

    I think Europe is more capable of finding a drone in their air space then in the Middle East.

  3. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 9 months ago

    Yes EU! How dare the USA cut down their military costs of protecting your sorriness?
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    If 1 drone replaces 50 pairs of boots, I’m for it. And since you’re not paying us for the service anyway, I don’t think you get to complain, anyway.

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 9 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    Imagine the tactics used in other places are used here for law enforcement by way of drones and targeted murder.

  5. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 9 months ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    Imagine not!
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    Imagine working on a bright future where crime has been reduced, because people have jobs, and people have food, and people don’t live in paranoiac fear of all other human beings.
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    There’s a Townshend song, Crashing By Design, where he talks about how what you create your reality by thinking of it and then becoming obsessed by it and then demanding it.
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    Please understand the difference between military and police.
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    Thank you.

  6. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 9 months ago

    @ahab

    You mean they are clogged?
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    Maybe they should hire a big bald man with an earring to save their day! Mr. Clean leaves a sheen where he’s been!

  7. jack75287

    jack75287 said, 9 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    Good Post today.

  8. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, 9 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    “If 1 drone replaces 50 pairs of boots, I’m for it.


    Except it’s a false economy, if one can call callous murder that. What you save, you rake in more hatred as dividends. Drones are just plain stupidity. Obama embracing it means he has dropped in my estimation of him.”meh", you & I say.


    ”And since you’re not paying us for the service anyway,“


    Oh yes, they are. They actually do pay but also rake it in even more (secondary support services generate jobs and boosts local economies). Your country also got to play big honcho and entered new consumer markets, spreading American consumer joy everywhere. It was a symbiotic relationship which both parties benefited from. It suited your country’s economy just dandy.


    With the end of the Cold War, Europe strategically isn’t as important as before, Americans are leaving their European bases and heading East. Whew, at long last. Although Chagossians are still suffering and I don’t foresee tensions decreasing much in their back-yard, the Pacific. But hey, sell more burgers to the Koreans.


    ”I don’t think you get to complain, anyway."


    I don’t think they get to complain for totally different reasons: because they’re at it, too. It’s faux outrage.


    I also dislike Van Dam very much and wish GC would stop putting up so many of his crappy ’toons here.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 9 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    I do but you may have missed during the past 40 years as our military and police have been cross pollinating. Many police agencies could pass for militaires these days. Not me ask them.

  10. SusanCraig

    SusanCraig GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    gee, I thought everybody spied on everybody anyway… business as usual

  11. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 9 months ago

    @omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    “… you rake in more hatred as dividends”
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    More hatred than if a US serviceman rapes women near the base?
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    We agree that Europe is not the “front lines” anymore.
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    And we agree that the military is what makes the US currency king.
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    And we agree that US Currency being king is what allows for US culture to be invasive and pervasive.
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    Let’s also look at it this way (perhaps I’m “moving the goal posts”) If a Drone replaces an F-15, that is probably a less bad thing. A drone blows up a restaurant, or a house, or a person. An F-15 blows up a block, or a town. A drone is a “Smart Bomb” that can be called back after launch. This is progress.
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    Let’s just agree to agree, for different reasons.

  12. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 9 months ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    The technology is down populating (cross pollination would involve the military adopting the “pollen” of the lower tech police forces.) and there has been some lowering of the barriers to entry of US military Intelligence vis a vis US citizens living in the USA.
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    Our job is to reconstruct those barriers, but in a way that doesn’t require us to entirely restructure the infrastructure.
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    Here’s an example… I live in the North East. The North East is here because of the coastline. We have thousands and thousands of places where boats can come in for an Atlantic storm. Water is everywhere, here.
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    What do they ship on ships these days? Gasoline, Heating oil, Diesel fuel… The coastline is dotted with oil depots.
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    Soon after 9/11 I was tooling across a bridge high above a spot in CT and I noted a tank farm quite near the bridge base. I thought "What keeps someone from floating up that river and launching a shoulder launched missile into that tank farm? The explosion would topple the bridge and it would also take out the Submarine shipyard of Groton Ct!
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    If we eliminate the intelligence infrastructure, then we’ll need to reconfigure the shoreline infrastructure of the nation.
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    Which is better? To try to catch the plot to poison the NYC water supply via intel or to have 100,000 armed guards all along the path of the aqueduct, shooting first and asking questions later?
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    I LOVE B. Franklin, but I do believe that Freedom is something that we pay for with freedom.
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    In the USA, the police do not have the authority to act as a military and the military does not have the authority to act as the police.
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    We can point to events like “Ruby Ridge” and “Branch Davidian” and say that those agencies acted militantly. But the fact of the matter is that once you start firing on law enforcement agents, all bets are off!

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