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  •  There are some positive aspects to this. (29+ / 0-)

    Now we know where to send letters asking for gifts at Christmas time.

    Address them to Occupant; 1600 Pennsylvania.

    He sees you when you’re sleeping
    He knows when you’re awake
    He knows if you’ve been bad or good
    So be good for goodness sake…

    You better watch out
    You better not cry
    You better not pout
    I’m telling you why
    Uncle Sam is coming to town.

    •  Controlling the MIIC = Dodd Frank "controlling... (30+ / 0-)

      ...Wall Street." It ain't happening. The country was almost blown away, financially, just under five years ago. And, all the serious people entered into the Grand Kabuki known as Dodd-Frank to "handle it." Well, they handled it, alright! Now the TBTF's are much bigger, income inequality's a shitload greater, Wall Street's buying up homes for cash,  and we're still more than 2,000,000 jobs down from where we were in November 2007, when the Lesser Depression "Great Recession" (what a joke it is calling it that) first started.

      See Krugman from yesterday: "The Big Shrug."

      Now, we're going to "control" the "Military Industrial/Intelligence Complex."

      It's too bad the country's run by five corporate gangs: Big Energy, Big Ag/Food, Wall Street, the Military Industrial/Intelligence Complex, and Big Pharma. Because the only one that's "controlling" anything is them.

      And, anyone that thinks we're going to "CONTROL" the MI/IC, without a MAJOR realignment with regard to how we're looking at these matters these days,  is f*cking kidding themselves, too!

      So, people like yours truly make a big thing about all those "conspiracy theories," posting commentary from highly credible sources, like Jim Bamford, regarding the rise of our surveillance state, 18+ months ago, when Stellar Wind was first made known to the public, and here we are...AGAIN! And, exponentially worse than we were 18 months ago.

      Rinse! Repeat!

      Yeah, go sign a petition and write a letter to your congressman. See what that'll getcha...


      Our political system has failed us, and monumentally so.

      Don't mind know, all these "conspiracy theories," and such....

      "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

      by bobswern on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 11:37:38 AM PDT

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    •  Time to start watching "Person of Interest" on CBS (7+ / 0-)
      "You are being watched. The government has a secret system: a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. I know because I built it. I designed the machine to detect acts of terror, but it sees everything. Violent crimes involving ordinary people, people like you. Crimes the government considered irrelevant. They wouldn't act, so I decided I would. But I needed a partner, someone with the skills to intervene. Hunted by the authorities, we work in secret. You'll never find us, but victim or perpetrator, if your number's up... we'll find you".

      Season one opening voice-over by Mr. Finch

      The patellar reflex is a deep tendon reflex which allows one to keep one's balance with little effort or conscious thought.

      by SpamNunn on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 12:01:55 PM PDT

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    •  Is it possible that there is a REAL positive? (0+ / 0-)

      The rise in successful internationally coordinated terrorist plots has clearly been aided by recent advances in communication.  The top "brass" certainly knew not to use telephones and the internet, but did people under them really get that?  Will knowledge of these data farms, or the threat of their existence, stop the easy flow of communication between those seeking to plan and use violence (and perform internet research on "tools of the terrorist trade")?  Could such coordinated plots be significantly slowed down, permanently, because of this?

      West. No further west. All sea. --Robert Grenier

      by Nicolas Fouquet on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 04:58:18 PM PDT

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