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Comment Re:Why the hell are people accepting this? (Score 4, Insightful) 622

This is the kind of crap that was held up as examples of why communist countries were so much worse than the US.

People, the government is supposed to work for you, not the other way around.

How many times in the last 12 years have you heard "the President's job is to keep us safe"?

How many times in the last 12 years have you heard "the President's job is to keep us free"?

Most people vote for low taxes, baseball stadiums, security theater, and enforcing their values on everyone else. Freedom and privacy get trumped by too many of those things.

Comment Re:Easy (Score 5, Funny) 622

Live in a cabin in the mountains that is over 100 miles from the nearest cell phone tower. Also ensure that you have top cover so satellite surveillance cannot see your house. Add enough insulating material (dirt would be easiest) above your cabin so that there is little/no thermal footprint. And never leave your new found cabin, since cars and feet all leave tracks.

I cover my footprints with aluminum foil, so the satellites and drones can't spot them.

Comment Re:Faster isn't better (Score 2) 160

Slightly faster reactions to a visual input is a poor tradeoff for reduced person to person social interaction and physical activity.

I dunno... this kind of skill could pay off big when the aliens take over and put us all to work at "spot the letter", to generate energy for their [technobabble].

Comment Re:"Liberty-Minded"? (Score 1) 701

So we can't be free to go without a seat belt because we aren't allowed to be free from government interference in the medical marketplace?

Really, once you accept that a government hand in health care grants the government authority to dictate our actions, there is virtually nothing which is beyond the scope of the government.

Comment Re:Good luck... (Score 2) 701

And any attempt to go against the wishes of the actual rich (as opposed to the merely wanna be rich) will result in them being shutdown by whichever police force got the bribe quickest. Freedom doesn't just come, you have to fight for it.

If you're a bank executive you can make unethical gambles with other people's money, try to hide your losses, and bring down the world economy putting millions of people out of work. Go to jail? No, you don't even lose your annual bonus that's worth more than most people earn in 50 lifetimes.

But if you paint a sign and get out in the streets to protest, you run a serious risk of being billy-clubbed and pepper-sprayed by the police.

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