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Is a society where it is impossible to do anything at all illegal without being caught a good thing?

Because eventually that's where society in America and on Earth may well be headed, do anything to break any law and the evidence to arrest, arraign and convict you will be on a computer somewhere and it will be meta analyzed by sophisticated algorithms so that any lawbreaking will be detected and acted upon.

In my mind the desirability of such a tightly controlled society is highly dependent on the rules that society has.

Are you convinced enough of the rationality and sheer sanity of our rules and those who make and enforce those rules that you would be comfortable living in a world similar to that of Minority Report where every crime was instantly detected?

Sometimes I think about Smirk and Sneer having that sort of power and it really chills my soul.










Ever had an OP unexpectedly "blow up in your face"?

Yeah, I've had it happen back on DU2 and got my ass handed to me and no I'm not linking to it even if I could find it.

I've had my thinking changed several times by that sort of thing, make an assumption and make an ass of myself.

Most of the time these days I manage to get my brain engaged before I hit <enter> but every now and then...





Thanks to naivete I made an error in judgement in my early twenties

That was my age when Nixon was forced from office in disgrace, naively I was convinced that no Republican would be President again for at least a generation, that it would take that long for the Republican brand to shed the stench of Nixon and rehabilitate itself to the point a Republican President was again a possibility.

We all know how that worked out, we had one Democratic President for one term and then it was Mourning In America with Ronaldus Maximus for eight horrendous years and then Poppy Bush for another four. We have not to this very day begun to climb out of the hole in our society those two unspeakable creeps put us in.

I get the impression reading for the last few days that a great many DUers who should know better think that there will never be a Republican President again and they don't have to worry about granting powers to that office that they would surely come to bitterly regret should a Republican once again hold it.

One thing I have learned in six decades of life is that you could run the Republican party through a wood chipper and it would reassemble itself like that liquid metal Terminator in T2, they are too useful to the 1% and have more money than God, Allah and Yahweh combined as well as all the moral sense of a rabid badger on meth.

Dismiss the possibility of another Republican President at your extreme peril.



Just put a new SSID on my wifi router

Booz Allen Surveillance Unit 12C4U

Some of my neighbors are unfriendly, this should nip it in the bud.

If tomorrow Obama changed his mind and decided the surveillance program was all wrong

Do you think any of those now arguing about government surveillance would change their positions, pro or con?

The argument about domestic spying isn't one the other side is having to any extent

The right and the Republicans are fine with almost any level of domestic spying with very few exceptions, leave their guns alone and talk enough about Jeebus, Free Markets and Mooslim Terrism and they'll happily goosestep into something that makes 1984 look like a Disney toon while calling anyone that doesn't cheer loud enough a traitor.

If there is any significant opposition to domestic surveillance it's going to have to come from the left and the Democrats.

What I see so far doesn't make me particularly sanguine about the prospects of even slowing the growth of surveillance.




Hot business tip of the day for entrepreneurs: Fear is monetizable

Tears to my eyes dept:Tanker truck full of Scotch whisky tips over and catches on fire in Woodbridge

http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2013/06/tanker_truck_full_of_scotch_wh.html#incart_river#incart_hbx#incart_best-of

Author Raymond Chandler is said to have once remarked that there is no bad whiskey, only some whiskeys that are not as good as others.

The tanker truck full of Scotch whisky that tipped over on a Woodbridge residential street? That would fall into Chandler's not-as-good category, especially after the truck caught fire.

Captain Roy Hoppock of the Woodbridge Police Department said that a B-Line truck carrying the spirit flipped for unknown reasons on King Georges Road in the Fords section of town at 9 this morning. The driver was treated for minor injuries, Hoppock said. First responders quickly put out a fire that started after the crash.

Lori Kessell, who lives down the street, said she heard a loud boom at about 9 a.m. and smelled what she later found out what burning fiberglass. The intersection where the truck flipped is a dangerous one, the scene of many crashes, Kessell said.

Help wanted: No ugly applicants, please

If you want only beautiful people working for you, now there's a website that will help you weed out any unattractive riffraff.

BeautifulPeople.com, the online dating site that only permits attractive people to sign up, now has an offshoot site for employers. Only 20 per cent make it through the 48-hour vetting process by members of the opposite sex to become BeautifulPeople.com members. The rest of us? Well, we are the 80 per cent.

BeautifulPeople.com tells Mashable that its new service is aimed at employers who want to hire "good-looking staff." The service will offer individuals and companies access to its 75,000 attractive members.

"An honest employer will tell you that it pays to hire good-looking staff," said Greg Hodge, managing director of BeautifulPeople.com, in a statement. "Attractive people tend to make a better first impression on clients, win more business and earn more."


Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Help+wanted+ugly+applicants+please/8477713/story.html#ixzz2VJFmR1wf

So many things in life turn out to be counterintuitive

I recall the absolute euphoria on the part of the left and triumphalism on the right in the US at the fall of the Soviet Union, the many discussions of what would be done with the "Peace Dividend", some seemed to think it was the "End of History".

Looking at it from the other end of the binoculars though a decent argument can be made that the implosion of the Soviets as a remotely credible alternative to the West allowed the 1% to stop worrying about what the 99% might do if pushed too hard and the velvet glove came off the capitalist invisible golden fist. It didn't take the Peace Dividend long at all to disappear into everlasting war on terror.

So many on DU seem to be cheering the demise of the Republican party, even though I substantially loathe everything Republicans stand for there's a little something in the back of my head that cautions about being careful what I wish for because I might get it.

All that money and power currently sloshing around in the Republican party isn't going away, it will inevitably find expression somewhere and if the Republicans aren't a valid outlet for that expression then some other outlet will be the lucky recipient.



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