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  •  I personally think equating conferences (0+ / 0-)

    to actual 'associating' can be problematic...if you've no chance to meet or interact with them, are you really 'associating' with them?

    While you dream of Utopia, we're here on Earth, getting things done.

    by GoGoGoEverton on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 10:05:02 AM PDT

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      Of course conferences are associating. It's a blatantly obvious example of associating. And among the most essential examples of associating: physically gathering to discuss political conditions with people critical of the current government.

      This is so draconian that it's undeniable. Listening to you is like listening to Fox News spinning Bush if he did this in 2000-2008, which he surely did.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 11:19:10 AM PDT

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    •  Apparently your experience is very different (0+ / 0-)

      from mine.  I find I spend the bulk of my time in in free-wheeling discussions with individuals or small groups.  And even in panel sessions, there's a wealth of subliminal communication going on in the reactions of audience and panelists that at times will inspire thoughts I doubt would ever come from reading emails or the like.  Amazing as technological advances in communication are, there's still dimensions to face-to-face interactions that technology cannot yet duplicate.

      "That capability at any time could be turned around on the American people and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything ... There would be no place to hide." - Senator Frank Church

      by jrooth on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 11:33:23 AM PDT

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