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Sun Jun 30, 2013, 03:57 PM

They Really, Really Care!


It’s a new dawn. Our government has struck the perfect balance between freedom and security. This may have been twelve or more years in the making, but now we know the government cares enough to let us make our own mistakes, while still watching every move we make. You know it’s the right thing to do; because what could be more American than all three branches of government united against privacy? Well, in the New America, anyway. They worry about us. So, like a concerned parent, they check all our web searches, track our movements, store our emails, monitor our phone records, keep track of what we read, buy, who we know, where we go and what we watch. Forever. But yet they don’t go sticking their noses in where they don’t belong… Like Credit Default Swaps. Now that’s caring.

Sometimes people are just don’t know what’s good for them. That’s why state and local governments are joining the federal government in tracking where we go and when we go there. License plate readers are on the tops of many police cars, taking pictures of all the cars they encounter, where and when they were there - and they are coming to your neighborhood soon. It’s all stored in central data bases to be accessed by dozens of government agencies, for any purpose. Congress and the Bush Administration got one thing right. They knew George Orwell’s 1984 wasn’t a warning, it was a blueprint. With the added, and not inconsequential benefit of being a great big money-maker for the right companies. We can be thankful that some on the left have finally caught on!

Total Information Awareness was very unpopular when it was introduced ten years ago. But, people much more powerful and richer than the average person knew it was the right thing to do. There is a time to treat the average person like an adult and let them learn from their own mistakes. Such as when they are signing mortgage papers. But they can’t be trusted to spy on themselves - even though they may do a decent job on FaceBook. So, Total Information Awareness is here under different names. And it’s important to denigrate those who would challenge these programs, or even make us aware of them. (It’s possible they make not like what’s being done, even when it’s for their own good.)

As most will know, when the power of the state is challenged by trouble-makers – they call themselves whistle-blowers, people of conscience and journalists – those trouble-makers need to be silenced. A tried and true method is the ad hominem. Take the ‘journalist’ causing problems right now for the administration. Even though many of the things being said about Glenn Greenwald aren’t true, the important thing is that someone said them. Just as the main stream media knows, when one person says, ‘these are the facts’ and another person says, ‘no, these are’ it is vital not to fact check the information, the key is to allow people to repeat what they’ve heard. It’s the patriotic way to run a news outfit. And our news outfits have been patriotic for years. (Bush didn’t bring us the Iraq War by himself, you know.)

A very important aspect to all the cameras, facial recognition software, storing of all our data, predictive software for future crimes, and total observation – which gets better every year – is not just so people will censor themselves and watch what they say and do (and to know if someone is protesting the corporations or the government). Or even for possible control in the years to come. It’s freedom. People still need to be free. And our government knows no one is actually free unless money can be made. That’s where real freedom comes in. All three branches of government are united on this front, too.

Nothing essential to freedom will change. If you are paying big bucks to a congressman or senator, you know your phone call will be returned every time. And you know that in America, a legislator or regulator will earn their money. They know they don’t work for some tree-hugging, wacko that whines every time someone’s water is set on fire. No, they work for you! If you offer a seven figure job to someone once they’re out of public service, then it’s understood that money comes after a job well done while they’re in public service. See, it’s all good.

Now we need to come together as good citizens and attack those who embarrassed our leaders.

(Even though we already knew about it… But it was bad to bring it up… And the people who told us about it are traitors… And we need to have this conversation… But those who told us about this are more important than the programs… And it kept us safe… And it’s legal anyway… But hurt national security… Did I say this is nothing new?)

Squirrel!

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Reply They Really, Really Care! (Original post)
20score Jun 2013 OP
sibelian Jun 2013 #1
suede1 Jun 2013 #2
20score Jul 2013 #29
Arctic Dave Jun 2013 #3
20score Jun 2013 #24
punkin87 Jun 2013 #4
20score Jun 2013 #27
SammyWinstonJack Jun 2013 #5
forestpath Jun 2013 #6
nashville_brook Jun 2013 #7
20score Jul 2013 #31
Scuba Jun 2013 #8
DirkGently Jun 2013 #9
suede1 Jun 2013 #10
punkin87 Jun 2013 #12
suede1 Jun 2013 #25
suede1 Jun 2013 #11
nineteen50 Jun 2013 #13
zeemike Jun 2013 #14
marym625 Jun 2013 #15
20score Jul 2013 #30
JoePhilly Jun 2013 #16
galileoreloaded Jun 2013 #17
JoePhilly Jun 2013 #20
galileoreloaded Jun 2013 #23
sibelian Jun 2013 #19
JoePhilly Jun 2013 #21
20score Jul 2013 #34
20score Jun 2013 #22
L0oniX Jun 2013 #18
woo me with science Jun 2013 #26
marions ghost Jun 2013 #28
Hell Hath No Fury Jul 2013 #32
WillyT Jul 2013 #33
suede1 Jul 2013 #35

Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 04:01 PM

1. Kick....

... recommend...

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 04:09 PM

2. Yea! I feel safer now!

Love it!

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Response to suede1 (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 12:31 AM

29. Thank you!

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 04:30 PM

3. Well done.

 



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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 09:23 PM

24. Thanks, Artic Dave.

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 04:31 PM

4. Very well said!! Funny and truthful.

How come these license plate readers aren't bigger news?

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Response to punkin87 (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 10:22 PM

27. Thanks!

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 04:34 PM

5. Squirrel!

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 04:37 PM

6. K&R

 

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 04:49 PM

7. you just want inflammable water and other ponies!

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #7)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 09:39 AM

31. :)

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 04:52 PM

8. Kick

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 04:58 PM

9. Truly we should be thankful they care enough to


charge us billions for storing our "metadata." I wasn't using mine anyway, and had no idea where to put it all!

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Response to DirkGently (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 05:15 PM

10. I know, right?!

I'm just waiting for my master password from them, so I can access my data!

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Response to suede1 (Reply #10)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 05:44 PM

12. Not yours anymore.

Have to get a job with a security corporation. Then you can have it.

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Response to punkin87 (Reply #12)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 09:42 PM

25. Damn!

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 05:28 PM

11. Kick!

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 05:48 PM

13. Seems ou government hates our

liberty and freedom.

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 06:10 PM

14. We have come a long way already

We now obey Big Brother....but it is not enough to obey him, we must love Big Brother....and a cage full of rats on your face will make that happen.
K&R

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 06:13 PM

15. the government loves women best

I have always felt loved by our government. Being a woman I know I am part of the population that the government cares most about. Some states love us more than others but on a whole, we know we're cared about deeply.
Iowa cares about us the most imho. The governor himself is so interested in our uterus he wants to keep decisions about what we can do in his hands alone. What a guy!
Well done 20Score! Love it!

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Response to marym625 (Reply #15)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 08:56 AM

30. Thank you!

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 06:29 PM

16. Why would we trust this government with a single payer health care system?

Wouldn't they just data mine our medical records and then use the information against us?

And given this, should the members of DU stop supporting single payer Health care?

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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #16)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 06:41 PM

17. You don't understand EMR. You should get smarter. Nt

 

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Response to galileoreloaded (Reply #17)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 07:07 PM

20. Why would you think EMR data is any different than any other data?

As part of any single payer health care system, the government will be paying doctors and doing analysis on specific medical outcomes.

The doctors will be required to indicate their diagnosis and treatment plan to obtain reimbursements.

And the government will crawl through the data looking for patterns.

If the government is using our phone and email data against us in a fascist manner (an many are claiming), there is no reason to assume that they will not do the same with our medical records. In fact, one must assume that their evil intent expands beyond basic communications and into all records about us, including medical.

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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #20)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 08:48 PM

23. Why does anyone need blood pressure info on every 12 yo ?

 

Ill pass, but may your chains rest lightly.

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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #16)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 06:43 PM

19. ...

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Response to sibelian (Reply #19)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 07:08 PM

21. In what way?

If we now have a Fascist government (as some now claim), certainly that government should not be trusted with any aspect of our medical records.

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Response to sibelian (Reply #19)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 10:58 AM

34. That is cool!

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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #16)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 07:28 PM

22. The opposite would actually be true.

If there is money to be made, then our records really aren't safe unless there are some protections. There would be no money to be made if everyone is covered, hence, our medical records would be safer. (At least if employers weren't able to access them.)

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2013, 06:43 PM

18. But but but ...they stomp on bunnies.

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Sun Jun 30, 2013, 09:58 PM

26. ...

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Sun Jun 30, 2013, 10:44 PM

28. The nanny state

"like a concerned parent, they check all our web searches, track our movements, store our emails, monitor our phone records, keep track of what we read, buy, who we know, where we go and what we watch. Forever"

The most insulting thing to the American people IMO is how the PTB have treated us all like children in this. We don't need to know what's going on. It's all for our own good...

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 09:43 AM

32. K&R

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Mon Jul 1, 2013, 09:45 AM

33. K & R !!!


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Mon Jul 1, 2013, 12:55 PM

35. Kick

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