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Comment Re:Link is broken (Score 0) 144

"In the mean time if you wish to live in this society, obey its laws.(this is more of a general statement against a ton of people lately that seem to think that breaking the law is ok if you don't think its just, not necessarily you entroplus)"

Suck my big, veiny, throbbing dick. And don't tell me what to do, asshole.

  “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
  Martin Luther King Jr.

“An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law”
  Martin Luther King Jr.

“If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law”
  Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

“An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so. Now the law of nonviolence says that violence should be resisted not by counter-violence but by nonviolence. This I do by breaking the law and by peacefully submitting to arrest and imprisonment.”
  Mahatma Gandhi, Non-violence in Peace and War 1942-49

“It was civil disobedience that won them their civil rights.”
  Tariq Ali

“I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.”
  Martin Luther King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“When EVIL men make bad laws, righteous men disobey them."
Pastor Butch Paugh

“Civil disobedience, as I put it to the audience, was not the problem, despite the warnings of some that it threatened social stability, that it led to anarchy. The greatest danger, I argued, was civil obedience, the submission of individual conscience to governmental authority. Such obedience led to the horrors we saw in totalitarian states, and in liberal states it led to the public's acceptance of war whenever the so-called democratic government decided on it...

In such a world, the rule of law maintains things as they are. Therefore, to begin the process of change, to stop a war, to establish justice, it may be necessary to break the law, to commit acts of civil disobedience, as Southern black did, as antiwar protesters did.”
  Howard Zinn, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times

“An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.”
  Mahatma Gandhi

Harriet Beecher Stowe
“But now what? Why, now comes my master, takes me right away from my work, and my friends, and all I like, and grinds me down into the very dirt! And why? Because, he says, I forgot who I was; he says, to teach me that I am only a nigger! After all, and last of all, he comes between me and my wife, and says I shall give her up, and live with another woman. And all this your laws give him power to do, in spite of God or man. Mr. Wilson, look at it! There isn't one of all these things, that have broken the hearts of my mother and my sister, and my wife and myself, but your laws allow, and give every man power to do, in Kentucky, and none can say to him nay! Do you call these the laws of my country? Sir, I haven't any country, anymore than I have any father. But I'm going to have one. I don't want anything of your country, except to be let alone,--to go peaceably out of it; and when I get to Canada, where the laws will own me and protect me, that shall be my country, and its laws I will obey. But if any man tries to stop me, let him take care, for I am desperate. I'll fight for my liberty to the last breath I breathe. You say your fathers did it; if it was right for them, it is right for me!”
  Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin

Comment Of course not (Score 4, Insightful) 393

Why would the average person give a fuck about their privacy? Most people have nothing to hide, and unless they are a fanatic or a hobbyist, they could not care less who reads their stuff.

This security stuff is NOT about the average guy, though. It's about movers and shakers... politicians, lawyers, businessmen, members of the media... people who have power in some ways to affect change, and who communicate in ways which REQUIRE privacy.

Likewise, the NSA monitoring the average person does not matter in the least. It is about them monitoring movers and shakers. It's about people who could potentially upset the powers that be.

So cut me a break with the ruminations about whether Joe Six Pack or Susy Soccer Mom is going to encrypt their email. The real question will be, will the next candidate for high office, who aims to shake things up, and who thinks the current Republicratic overlords need to GTFO... the question is... will he us it, and will he continue to be monitored.

Comment Re:not exactly a lot of money (Score 4, Insightful) 99

It's more than just the monetary cost. It's a morality issue.

Is it moral to take, under threat of jail, funds from anyone, no matter how small, to pay for Facebook likes?

Our government is immoral. Cases such as this serve to highlight it.

Apologist for our immoral government will continue to say, "oh, what's a million dollars here or there" not realizing or denying how obscene their position actually is.

Comment Re:Whole Trial is bullshit (Score 1) 325

> Therein is the problem, laws should not be based on "feelings". So called "stand your ground" laws are bad policy.

It's not about "feelings". It's about "state of mind". And "state of mind" has EVERYTHING to do about the law.

Medical doctor touches a hotties ass in a clinical setting, that's therapeutic.

Pervert touches a hotties ass in a subway, and gets locked up.

Same action. Only difference is state of mind.

Comment Re:I guess it was worth it then... (Score 5, Funny) 136

"I used to deal with guys like you every day and not only could you not remember that you gave me permission to call you - you asked me to. "

Think about it. You spent your day... you made your living... virtually barging in on people who don't know you, who for the most part don't want to talk to you, and who get "all twitchy" because they can't remember if they ticked off an opt-out box or not.

You were, in other words, a professional asshole.

Comment Same as it ever was. (Score 1) 7

I am once again struck by how correct Orwell was when in 1984, state agencies had names which meant the exact opposite of what they actually did.

In this case, the National Security Agency in fact makes a practice of delivering not security to the citizenry, but violations of their personal privacy.

This may have all begun when the name of the War Department was changed to the Defense Department... just when overseas actions were really beginning to ramp up.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 476

What crash? There will be no crash, just a steady devolving and regression. Every civilization has it's rise, glory and decline and fall, and we're witnessing the fall. As in the Roman fall, it will take generations. But happen it will.

We'll become more and more like Greece, which now has a 77% unemployment rate for those between 20 and 24 years old.

Where is the "Pork Fat" there? I tell you where it's not... it's not out whoring so they can eat that day.

If it makes your miserable life any more tolerable, keep hoping and dream "the man" gets what's coming to him.

He probably won't. You, however, being much more closer to the edge, most likely will.

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