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Josh-D. S. Davis

Xaminmo / Omnimax / Max Omni / Mad Scientist / Midnight Shadow / Radiation Master

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Tangent on minor freedoms
Josh 201604 KWP
I can't have my server email a 42k text attachment to me.
It might be a virus, or spam, so it's stripped, blocked, and I'm sent a notice about it.

I also can't view header source. It's disabled, and I can't modify the menus.
I guess it might be a support problem.

I can't use another mail client. IMAP is disabled.

To get into webmail, I have to use a secureID token, even internally.

To get into the building, I have to show my badge to a guard.
To get into my floor, I have to badge in at the door.

News articles about privacy issues recently:
  • Pentagon being sued by teens for illegally maintaining information on minors
  • CIA investigating a leak of classified information, specifically, complaints about illegal prisons run by the CIA. They're not concerned about the prisons, but the fact that someone inside told about them.
We don't lose our freedom in one big chunk.
We lose it in tiny little amounts every day.

"Oh, that's nothing, just accept it."

Until eventually, we're all wearing passive RFID tags,
and being told to be good little citizens
just like everyone else.

I'm waiting for this Iran thing to turn into a reason for the president to find some way to suspend elections due to "national emergency".

Paranoia and civil unrest are important tools.

We delegate too much power.
Too little, and nothing can get done.
Too much, and we're not people anymore.
We're a resource pool.

DHS will be by soon to detain me for violations of civilian compliance.

[END: rant]

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A constant threat throughout our history

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations." - James Madison
"The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients." - Edmund Burke
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." - William Pitt, 1783
"Convinced that the people are the only safe depositories of their own liberty, and that they are not safe unless enlightened to a certain degree, I have looked on our present state of liberty as a short-lived possession unless the mass of the people could be informed to a certain degree." - Thomas Jefferson to Littleton Waller Tazewell, 1805.
It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it. - George Washington

Re: A constant threat throughout our history

You are my hero.

I use the masculine form because:
gender is overplayed in language
"heroine" has negative connotations

Re: A constant threat throughout our history

AH - I usually use the "masculine" form of most words like that. For example - I never call myself a mistress of computers - but a master. :-)

Re: A constant threat throughout our history

Again, another example of the femenine form taking on unsavory connotations.

How did this crazy stuff happen?

Though, I think waitress and actress still work best in proper gender.

Re: A constant threat throughout our history

It's only negative when you drop the trailing 'e'... =)

Re: A constant threat throughout our history

But, when I write, I hear my voice speaking it, so it sounds the same.

Re: A constant threat throughout our history

I replied to this didn't I? Hehe - thought I did.
Doesn't bother me. I don't consider myself a mistress of computers. Hero, Master. I think they are pretty generic these days. Heroine isn't bad - but mistress is definitely negative.

Re: A constant threat throughout our history

Unless you say "Mistress Bianca", which has a whole different meaning.

Don't say that! The only thing that is at all acceptable about Dubya being in office is that he CAN'T be elected again, due to the whole two terms rule. You made me shudder just reading that. And the scary thing is that is seems like something that would/could happen.

Books to read:
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
This Perfect Day by Ira Levin

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