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Comment: Re:Religion, maybe, but not /faith/... (Score 1) 1037

by Xarvh (#46681027) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

A bit of a No True Scotsman here (you don't get to decide who really "follows Jesus" and who is misguided), but I have no difficulty to believe you are a good human being.
If you like anecdotal evidence, I am a hard core atheist and I have a wealth of friends with a wide variety of beliefs, which they keep away from me just in case.

Comment: Re:People don't care because they're too stupid (Score 1) 513

by Xarvh (#44989275) Attached to: Snowden Strikes Again: NSA Mapping Social Connections of US Citizens

While I agree that suggestions about what to do are better than just complaining, I think you may want to review your stance on voting: http://lesswrong.com/lw/mi/stop_voting_for_nincompoops/

In short: if you really want to make a difference, you have to take back politics from below, possibly even by joining a party, so that you can have a say in who gets to run as candidate.
You can also better control what your representatives are doing and expose or support them if necessary.

Voting is for the lazy, it appeals the masses but if you get only to vote for a lizard or the other, it's mostly a distraction.
Those that control the government are working tirelessly to undermine your power as a citizen.
You are not going to get it back by spending 30' in line to cross a piece of paper every four years or so.
You have to get directly involved.

Comment: Re:People don't care because they're too stupid (Score 2) 513

by Xarvh (#44989237) Attached to: Snowden Strikes Again: NSA Mapping Social Connections of US Citizens

Are you serious!?

Apathy, a lot of apathy and indifference are the only reason why you don't have martial law.
Why would The Powers That Be ever need that?
They say Patriot Act and you swallow the Patriot Act.
They say Save the Banks and you pay to save the banks.
They say Terrorism and you go fight the next useless war.

Why exactly would They need martial law?

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy

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