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There's been a lot of talk about how the state of things has gotten HORRIBLE.

However, as bad as your perception is, just remember, it cannot get worse.  Primarily because it's not bad to start with, but it also cannot get any more scary.

For example, there's no way they could suddenly pass a law to tie the DMV computers to the NSA and FBI computers in some kind of national threat database.   And there's absolutely no way that they could decide to suddenly treat driver's licenses as something that can be arbitrarily taken away for crimes not related to anything having to do with driving.

I mean, it's not like they do that already to "Drug Dealers" and "Deadbeat Dads".

(More ways in which it cannot possibly get any worse on the flip.)

It's not like they could pass a law mandating that potential criminals be sanctioned before they commit a crime.  After all, somebody without a driver's license can't usually get to the site of a protest and commit a crime, so therefore it's logical that those with a stated goal of engaging in civil disobedience have their licenses suspended in order to prevent them from breaking the law.

And why stop there?  It is absolutely assured that people have other "Privileges" that can be taken away if needed.  After all who actually NEEDS to travel out of state?  It's a known fact that many drug dealers work across state lines.  As a result, doesn't it seem logical to require papers when traveling from one state to another?  And those "Papers" could easily be taken away if someone is either a criminal or someone who might BE a criminal soon.   Of course, this will never happen.

And as far as voting goes, we all know that there is widespread use of fake ID in this country.  As a result, it would not be logical at all to demand that all ID's presented at polling stations be checked against the national database.  With a nice big sign at the polling station stating that presenting Fake or Suspended Identification is now a FEDERAL crime, and an officer right there to ensure compliance...  After all, if your ID is legit, it wouldn't matter.  I'm sure YOU would never do anything that might cause you to have your license suspended without notice...

Those lovely little smart meters that the power company is installing all over the country are great too.  It's not like we could tie in who uses too much power in one room as the basis for a search warrant for a black market grow op.  And even if we did, with the lovely little precedent of secret courts, we wouldn't have to know about it.  And the folks who do it are scumbags anyway, so why worry about them?

Course, the good news is that we will catch a few potential terrorists.  And after all, isn't that the best news ever?  Of course, the sad part is that there are ALWAYS more terrorists.  They can crop up at any time and in any house.  So therefore it is logical that we would need to have a passcard system similar to hotels.  I mean, who really wants to carry around KEYS everywhere?  They're noisy, they're jangly and they annoy others.  Therefore, It makes sense that all homes should legally be required to  have a passcard which can log your coming and going!  This would be a great way to spot who is missing for extended periods of time that don't correspond to logged work hours or recreational events...  It might even signify someone who potentially is engaging in illegal activity...

As you can see, It cannot Possibly get any worse than it is right now.  Because right now, it's peachy keen wonderful.  And it only is bad if somebody starts dressing up in uniforms and claiming that getting rid of a specific minority is what is needed.  And ONLY if that minority is yours.

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  •  It looks like the terrorists may have won as our (5+ / 0-)

    own government is screwing us over.  Time to stand up and effect change.

  •  You always have you DNA with you, how long (3+ / 0-)

    before we need to have our DNA confirm before we do anything.

    We better get the grid fixed before that happens.

    And, President Obama can't even get someone appointed to the NLRB so I'm thinking that blaming President Obama for failing to control the military industrial complex is just silly.

    The fact remains that we still need to do it. I just don't know if it is possible or if there is the will.

  •  I was going to post that Clash song (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    detroitmechworks, Mary Mike

    about 30 minutes ago.  Great minds think alike. :)

    There is one point I want to return to though. Today by-in-large it is not the government that is collecting data on us. The data that is being analysed is collected by companies like Sprint, At&T and Dish.

    Let's talk about T.V. for a second. More and more every frame of the digital T.V. shows you watch has META data attached to it. There is info about the clothes the actors are wearing and their hair style and more. It is META data, like the outside of an envelope, or the header of an email.  

    It is not so far away when you will be able with a click to buy the exact shoes that Troian Bellisario is wearing on Pretty Little Liars. In fact many TV shows maintain a style sheet on the exact look of the actors, sometimes link to clothing lines at specific chains. Every click you make on your remote is being track, and every click is building a profile on you.

    And guess what? You agreed to that. You willingly subscribed to cable TV, a third party.

    If you asked me to carry a package to al-Zawahiri, the government is not violating your rights by asking me about your request. I did not twist your arm, you told me willingly. The government argues that the same is true with your phone calls and emails. You asked Sprint to connect your number, with META data, to another number. Sprint is just telling the government what you willingly divulged. You asked Comcast to send your email, along with your IP address, to your Auntie.

    I honestly do not know what the answer is. The Big Data is out there, and analyzing it will be a driving force of the 21st century economy.

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 10:45:57 AM PDT

    •  I killed my TV years ago. (2+ / 0-)
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      se portland, greengemini

      Never regretted it.  (No external hook up to my "Monitor".  Only my kid's PS2 and the DVD player which only rarely plays anything more recent than 2000.)

      Respectfully, the government is full of shit.

      They want to cloak their little cloak and dagger collection games in the terms of "You willingly did it with THEM".

      IMHO no fricking difference between that logic and the Rapist who claims that because the woman he raped wasn't a virgin it wasn't really rape.

      I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

      by detroitmechworks on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 10:50:02 AM PDT

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