The Moonbats are all screaming "gulag," but we got the judges and you can't elect them out of office. And we got the total information awareness system, even if Congress didn't ok it. Scream all you want, Moonbats, you are all going down.
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Military hierarchy and corporate teach the same lessons in obedience; adverstising
and propaganda teach the same lessons; and we are surveilled on line at
work. We have internalized the system. This is the
mega-trend. Those who get out in front of it will rule us down to our
DNA. And we will be as happy as consumers, as timid and accomodating as employees, as safe as children in an abusive father's arms. Billmon on Hobbes here:
But it’s true that however bad it may be, the corporate workplace is only an
8-hour police state, one you can tunnel free of every night. But it is
a training ground of sorts, a place where habits of thought and social
roles are acquired and reinforced – patterns that are then reflected in
the popular culture. The lesson learned is submission to authority, or
at least the passive acceptance of hierarchical relationships. It
teaches people to be good bureaucrats, and good bureaucrats understand
that if the organization is tapping phones – or infecting test subjects
with syphilis or dumping toxic waste in rivers or shipping undesirable
people off to concentration camps – it must have a good reason.
What counter-force? Not the democrats who would manage all this better. I suppose the counter-force would be our democratic traditions asserting themselves with good humor and good sense through some unlikely rallying points, Dumpsters here and there. Given that Special Agent Morans is listening closely and is not too good at hermeneutics, let us be explicit: We are freedom-loving American citizens loyal to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and all that has made this country great. Surely, there can no objection from our Supervisors?
Here is where the liberals go to support Carol Fisher. She is not the only one who is delusional. We ought to lock them all up until they come to their senses. You can see why we need 24/7 surveillance - we have to protect them from themselves. They are better off in straightjackets or they might hurt themselves.
Says hereWealth Bondage got Carol Fisher good. After a lifetime of teaching English, I have accomplished nothing. None of these conservatives can read for hidden meaning. That is why, I guess, they are so easily victimized by press and politicians. Come children! Time for class.
Yes, Sir, we must tap and record all phones, Sir. We must protect our nation against Terrorists. We don't invade the privacy of innocent citizens, right, Sir? No! I must fiercely protect them, right Sir? But the less said the better, right Sir? Top Secret! The liberals might catch us. You can count on me, Sir.
We in government use the telcos to spy on tens of millions of Americans. In return we let the telcos over-turn internet neutrality and fleece their customers. Then we leave government and go on the Board of a telco. We get the telco to give some money to the favorite charity of the Senator in charge of regulating the telecoms. Laws are passed at our behest. Our stock options soar. Everybody wins over and over and it just keeps on getting better. The poor? Stupid son of a bitches get what they deserve. The market is free, buddy, don't blame me you got screwed.
The Author FunctionflensingBill Schambra at Gifthub. I do wish the preppy little AF would write his own material. Gutless wonder. He can't do his own wet work, so he gives me the scalpel, leaving me with the liability when Bill loses both arms and a leg on the operating table as I am trying to heal him. No anesthetic and we are out of Thunderbird. God save the English language, even if Bill doesn't make it.
Should scientific research funded by tax dollars be made readily available on the internet, or should market models prevail? Andy Carvin:
Last week, US Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Joseph Lieberman (D-Connecticut) proposed the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 , a groundbreaking bill that will shake the foundations of scientific research publishing. The bill proposes that scientific articles based on research funded by the federal government must be made freely available to the public over the Internet within six months of publishing. If enacted into law, the bill would force scientific publishers to release the full text of articles that would otherwise be accessible to libraries and professionals who pay hefty fees for access. All federal agencies that spend at least $100 million a year funding scientific research would require its grantees to participate in the program, hosting the research texts online in a "stable digital repository."