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  •  Yes, yes, yes! (8+ / 0-)

    THIS. A hundred times this.

    We've blithely ceded our privacy to unaccountable corporations over, and over, and over again. It's only when we found out Bush was looking over the corporations' shoulder that we screamed, and we're screaming again now that we know Obama's doing it too (albeit with more involvement from Congress and the courts).

    When you think about it, it's not even our phone data the NSA is looking at -- it's Verizon's. We gave it to them without a second thought.

    And the data Verizon has on us is nothing compared to what some companies have.

    Maybe that's why we're screaming our heads off and calling Obama all kinds of names -- we're trying to distract ourselves from placing the blame where it belongs -- in the mirror.

    Not to say it's wrong to oppose this surveillance program -- it definitely is not. But the vitriol involved here is, well, excessive.

    Hmm. This sounds like I could diary about this.

    We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. -- Jonathan Swift

    by raptavio on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:21:47 AM PDT

    •  The other half of that conundrum is letting (3+ / 0-)
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      raptavio, Sylv, DRo

      those companies get so big that the "free-market", in terms of a boycott, can't take 'em down.

      Think about that for a while....these corps are so huge, so powerful that even if 2/3 of their customers quit, they would still survive.

      It's the same with media.  Oil.  Airlines.  Search engines. Cars.

      They have been ALLOWED to get so big that we hold no power against them.

      Listening to the NRA on school safety is like listening to the tobacco companies on cigarette safety. (h/t nightsweat)

      by PsychoSavannah on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 10:08:53 AM PDT

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