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Comment: I don't think most people care, but they should (Score 1) 253

Liberties have always been sacrificed to presumably enhance security. Every day we are bombarded with news about how vulnerable we are. Government takes advantage of this. They sell us on sacrificing (what seems to be) trivial liberties to make us safer. Look at how our children don't think twice about being behind a locked fence at school. That is supposed to make them safer. I think that environment will make them quite comfortable in prison camps. I think we need to take security seriously, but not rely on the government (at any level) to provide it. No matter what measures we take, bad things will happen and people will get hurt and killed.
I remember my dad telling me that locks only keep the honest people out. Come to think about it, maybe that is why the government is always able to get in...Even when measures are taken to keep them out.

Comment: Re:Get used to it. We are not unique (Score 2) 272

Government is a leaving, breathing thing. It subsists on liberties. The more liberties it consumes, the bigger it gets. The bigger it gets, the more liberties it needs. It has no sense of moderation and will consume liberties until there no more. Then it will die. Then, like the Phoenix, another will rise from the ashes and start the whole process again.

Comment: Re:Why did he do it - and why didn't they ask? (Score 1) 427

There are those who know what is best for all of us. When they see mere mortals doing something that doesn't fit in with their world view, they decide to do something about it. I worked with a guy who thought no one should drive faster than 55mph. He got great satisfaction from not moving aside for anyone trying to pass him. This guy thought people shouldn't use their phones and drive. He probably got great satisfaction from depriving people of their signal. Remember, we are all control freaks to some extent.

A large number of installed systems work by fiat. That is, they work by being declared to work. -- Anatol Holt