Well, The Pic Is Nice, At Least


Pic of the day:  North America from satellite.

If you lived here, you’d be home by now.

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If the government can round up someone and never be required to explain why, then it’s no longer the United States of America as you and I always understood it. Our enemies have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They have made us become like them.

Garrison Keillor

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The Patriot act, amongst other pieces of legislation makes it possible to be searched without your having done anything.  Surveillance can be ordered based on the books you read and the web sites you visit, without you ever having done anything wrong.

Fisa codifies the Presidents right to wiretap warrantlessly. It has been used to store in an NSA database nearly two trillion calls, both foreign and domestic, in their database.  No doubt both you and I, dear reader, are in that database.

Other laws have similar hazards attached to them, and are entirely legal.

Our conception of freedom, of who and what we are as a nation has not been under attack for years.  It has been a delusion, a lie we told ourselves unwittingly, about what we are.  And now that CISPA is on the horizon, there will be more unnecessary attacks upon our idea of what freedom is.

And they have tried twice with similar legislation.  And if CISPA fails, due to public backlash, or no support in the Senate, or the Presidents veto, it matters not.  Some other similar abuse of freedom will eventually get through the halls of congress in the name of progress and slowly strangle yet another part of the dream of what We The People think we should be.

Garrison Keillor, in the quote above is right in one respect.  We are no longer the U.S. of A. that we understood ourselves to be. But I’m not sure we ever really were.   The other problem with his statement is that he attributes this to “enemies.”  No enemies are involved.  Every abuse visited upon the freedom of the American people has been visited on the American people by the American people, for the betterment of the American people.

We have seen the enemy, and they is us, apparently.

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All that said, life in America isn’t all that bad. The people are still nice.  The food is still decent.  The jokes are still funny.  The customer service still sucks. The beer is still cold.  The sports are still fun.   Marketing and Advertising are still evil.  Technology is still too expensive.  It’s gotten invasive to a startling extent though, where it wasn’t before.

You just have to be aware that every word you say on-line and on your phone is public information.  And not only is it public, it may be used against you at anytime by your government, who loves you and wants to protect you.  From who, I dunno.  Seems to me that those who wish to help us do us the most harm with their invasive use of technology, but that’s just me.

The place ain’t too bad, though.  A bit run down in comparison to what it was when I was a child, but it’s to be expected.  No nation stays number one forever.

Just ask Rome.

Or the Byzantines.

Or the Monguls.

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.

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