There was an interesting article on BBC site about the referendum in Switzerland. It ended :
Switzerland's system of democracy means citizens can call nationwide votes on issues that concern them.(*)
I considered that interesting because such explanation means also that all other citizens in old democracies in the West cannot really do anything on issues that concern them - such concept is foreign to them i.e. requires an additional comment. Seems like the whole concept about letting people decide is gone from Western democracy - the only thing we directly decide is what asshole is holding office and in US even this does not hold true as many presidential campaigns show and gerrymandering in lower layers of democracy ensure.
* - The full article is here.
I think all the trouble we have with expressing our thought and understanding them come from how inadequate any language is - I think Goedle did have some funny ideas on this.
Other than that I'd say that this practice of Norwegian army is going only to help their warriors keep healthy. Unless of course they go to nearby mcdonalds (admit almost no wesern army goes anywhere where there are no mcdonalds nearby) to supply 'missing' 'vitamins'.
In UK this is 4 letter agency you insensitive clod
It is maybe a common practice in certain organisations to not have your phone in certain areas. That is because you can fake the switching off a phone on purpose or it may be done because somebody bugged the phone which means you are a subject of a dedicated attack - congratulations. Other than that it is all easier for 3 and 4 letter agencies to listen and spy with other means. BTW: swapping simcards is no help really.