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  •  Pitchforks are mentioned over and over... (9+ / 0-)

    What about some kid or nutjob doing some research and is able to develop a dirty bomb or something along these lines from info they find on the Internet? Throw in someone with a Messiah complex and we'll wish there were only pitchforks. A better example is look at the kids and such being able to carry out the school massacres by using the Internet. If they can do it...what about the ones with real ambition to do some real damage to someone/something which hurt them or their family by making them starve or be homeless? For instance...you can buy a low end smartphone for about $50 new or less used which gets WiFi and get your info from a free hotspot. Using a free VPN...this person gets whatever info he needs/buys his supplies and he's off to doing whatever he needs to. With a pre-paid debit card...this person could take down this society for far less than many executives make in a day.

    •  The virus is mutating. (5+ / 0-)
      Then again the tea party people have started to do some odd things of late, even for them. The open carry of assault weapons, killing cops, thinking about things other than what they are told to think about, and actually listening the the voices that they alone can hear, and then acting on those suggestions.

      'How like fish we are: ready, nay, eager, to seize upon whatever new thing.......And how we rue our haste, finding the gilded morsel to contain a hook". ALDO LEOPOLD - A Sand County Almanac

      by flowerfarmer on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:00:21 PM PDT

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    •  The pitchforks reference is a metaphore (4+ / 0-)
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      colbey, blueoasis, Kristina40, 4Freedom

      And a reference to the rising of the agrarian proletariat.  

      "It's not surveillance, it's data collection to keep you safe"

      by blackhand on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:24:44 PM PDT

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    •  There is too much information and worse still, (7+ / 0-)

      hardware available for the crazy to get a hold of. It is what it is. What the rich need to remember is that The bigger your middle class, the less unrest you face. When the middle class shrinks it becomes unstable. Quiet desperation becomes unreasoning blinding hot rage that lashes out at anything it perceives as a cause of its pain. We are seeing that in mass shootings at schools and places of work. These are merely the opening symptoms of a greater decline.
      The solution to repress and terrorize your population works in the short term, but never over the long term. Its freaking historical fact. Short term gains never equal long term survival.

      Give blood. Play hockey.

      by flycaster on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:56:31 PM PDT

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      •  Russell Kirk, John Adams, and other (0+ / 0-)

        conservatives saw it the other way. They asserted, each in their own way, that if a middle class gets large enough many who comprise it will get too uppity and demand more rights.

        Thus the strategy to keep wages low enough to where work is by and large nothing more than what is necessary for survival. Keep them stressed and trying to make it to the next day, week, month, etc. and they won't have the time or energy to be active in civic life.

        Plus you have a few saying openly that it really is the wealthiest who are soceity's benefactors thus they should have more of a say in the political goings on.

        liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

        by RockyMtnLib on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 01:13:39 PM PDT

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    •  A dirty bomb wouldn't do a huge amount of damage (0+ / 0-)

      to an entire country, just a portion of a large city. An atomic device blown up in the atmosphere would fry most people's electronics, but not western government's or their armies, which are hardened to withstand an em pulse.

      What I would fear? The 0.01% using is biological weapons. Spread a disease around, and people suddenly lose sight of the enemy and concentrate on surviving.

      A fo ben, bid bont. - Welsh proverb. ( translation: If you want to be a leader, be a bridge.)

      by Gwennedd on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 09:08:20 PM PDT

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