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    Today, 03:44 PM
    Okay under some circumstances, something like On-Star in a car could be abused. There may also be cases where eager people try to find evidence before they have a warrant, so they try to snoop through Social Media. Another concern is any kind of Datamining or letting AIs hunt for suspicious activity or put phone or network traffic through a filter to listen for key words. I don't know how much car gadgets come into play with that, but more for filtering email and phone calls. Are the words I'm typing here being intercepted and searched for keywords? If so, how much should I care? I have mixed feelings about it because what I post to this forum is Public. However what I say on the phone or send in Email is my business. That could be evidence to be collected, but only after a Warrant. So yeah, Information Technology can be weird and have it's issues, but my feeling is it's not worth rolling back a few hundred years.
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    Today, 02:20 PM
    I wasn't sure what you were getting at saying people are Tethered or affecting Freedom. Is it just the dependence on technology that bothers some people? Or maybe the on-board computers that run GPS or other Apps including Bluetooth that can then tether the car to the phone? Do people rely to much on convenient gadgets or using so technology creates a vulnerability for hacking so it's a Privacy concern? How people include technology in their lives can have issues and it's always developing. I'm just not sure any issues are worth hoping for an EMP to knock everything out.
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    Today, 01:43 PM
    I still like going to the movies and usually go to a Matinee showing and usually manage to avoid peak show time so it's not crowded. I still haven't seen Deadpool 2 or Solo, but might check them out.
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    Today, 02:56 AM
    I guess I'm wondering if parts of the system can be reformed instead of tossing everything and starting over. I think our system is okay, it's just that certain ultra wealthy people or companies are able to buy influence over it. The absurdity is mostly so that the candidates can buy the most Commercial Air Time. Stuff like this is why I think ending the old Television based media will be good. They've also let the debates turn into an awful spectacle.... again thanks to ratings. It would be nice if this was completely replaced by a free format with no commercials and more open access to candidates. Basically, getting the old media out might reduce the need for all this campaign money in return for selling political influence. If more regular people can have influence it would feel more like a Representative Government again. I won't say that means all taxes just go away, but average people having more say in what goes on would be more like Taxation With Representation. I think this is still a decent nation and system of government, but it has clearly been hijacked by powerful wealthy interests. The politicians seem to have to decide whether to take that money or refuse it and lose to the opponent who outspent them. I would rather see a reform solve this than hope for everything to fall apart.
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    Today, 12:07 AM
    Tethered? By having an account or email address? Could a person also be considered Tethered by ownership of their house or car? Or their job?
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    Yesterday, 07:48 PM
    Be patient as Tech evolves. I think the presence of GNU/Linux and the Free Open Source Software movement helps. I also think Television Media will eventually die and be replaced by on-demand streaming content including news. The old commercial driven 24 Hour News cycle constantly trying to hold attention for ratings is a disaster. I hope Radio news dies as well to be replaced by something like subscriber premium podcasts. I'm also holding out and hoping Facebook's dominance is vulnerable. If we keep advancing, I wonder if highly advanced portable fabrication Tech could lead to so much self sufficiency, people would be more free.
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    Yesterday, 05:58 PM
    I see technology as empowering people, which I suppose can be good or bad or merely squandered. As for aggression, it sounds like some people here are want to see the system collapse and then pick up the pieces in a harsher survival of the fittest world of some kind. Maybe some see Taxation as Theft or aggression, but I don't see throwing away what we have now to solve that as a good trade off.
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    Yesterday, 03:53 PM
    As smarter foreign policy and modern leaner military. I sometimes we're always arming ourselves like we're still in the Cold War. Otherwise, maybe there is potential for drone tech having a role in transporting goods so less road damage. Or do the opposite of that Foxconn nonsense coming to Wisconsin. These colossal businesses should be paying taxes, not getting huge breaks. Thats not smaller government exactly, but rebalancing the tax burden.
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    Yesterday, 03:45 PM
    I've worked 70 hour weeks most of last year truck driving out on the road. I managed to get a local job now, but I still think truck driving sucks.
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    Yesterday, 03:39 PM
    I'm for what we've achieved even with our flaws. I don't follow the ideas mentioned here that we need to destroy America so it can be rebuilt. I'm also not sure what the appeal is for the embrace of Dog-eat-dog survival of the fittest. I think we have to much of that and its what leads to things like ENRON. Not trying to push for a central architect of society, but questioning the appeal of that kind of cut throat culture or why people want a more primitive lifestyle or dislike modernity so much.
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    Yesterday, 02:26 PM
    I might be one of those people since I don't see the need to toss out modern society. Or maybe I'm no longer sure what you're seeking to achieve or desire to be. I mean maybe people could just trade places with these immigrants and go live in failing nations?
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    Yesterday, 01:46 PM
    I'm not sure if Liberty is necessarily in conflict with Civilization and Technology and we should hope to toss away all this human advancement to see if people forced to adapt become Sovereign Citizens or something. As for introducing Scarcity and Fear under dire circumstances, I think we'd find out how the Canadians handle a flood of hungry Americans looking for work and opportunity in a modern society instead of finding rugged individualism in the left over husk of a fallen country.
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    Yesterday, 12:47 PM
    So do we really want to aspire to be a brutal dog-eat-dog Natural Selection world? I think the Left wants to move beyond that and maybe it could be thought of as Artificial Selection. We've long been operating under a Darwinian Natural Selection model, but maybe they think it doesn't have to remain that way or we can do better. Maybe that's naive though and Humans are not capable of that moving beyond such cut throat behavior or just looking to screw each other over.
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    Yesterday, 11:46 AM
    I wonder if IMAX influences Hollywood favoring Spectacle? Consider Zippy's chart showing a decline in attendance, but somewhere in the mix is massive Blockbuster event movies that attempt to drive people to IMAX Cinemas where tickets are more expensive and I don't even know how much more costly concessions are there. IMAX is not really a venue for comedy so maybe that is why it's moving to Netflix.
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    Yesterday, 11:15 AM
    So... basically the main reason to hold their kids is kind as collateral so the parents won't run off? How about we just say they all have to be chipped when they come in so they can all be precisely tracked? Then if for any reason they wander if they can easily be found?
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    Yesterday, 11:06 AM
    But we're still getting the Blockbusters and the MARVEL machine keeps churning out Avengers flicks. Also even aside from Deadpool, I expect some good humor from Ant-Man and The Wasp coming soon. It's apparently the Non-Spectacle comedy that's dried up for some reason.
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    Yesterday, 10:32 AM
    Maybe MARVEL is really stealing the show. However, there is no mention here of Sausage Party. That is not my kind of movie and I never saw it, but my understanding is it was very successful. The article mentions people moving to TV and afterward Seth Rogen put together PREACHER for AMC. Also while trying to feel out the success of Superheroes, Amazon dusted off The TICK for another online TV series. For what it's worth, The Happy Time Murders is coming out late Summer, though I think it looks fucking stupid.
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    06-21-2018, 06:01 PM
    Did he do any writing or blogging on psychiatry? Seems like a more interesting subject thanthe politics.
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    06-21-2018, 12:48 PM
    No I don't. I was trying to be rhetorical and didn't come across well I guess. There are issues with the border, but I'd like to think we can improve things without shooting down families.
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    06-21-2018, 01:24 AM
    What if a person actually pays for an image from a Stock Photo company it gets censored by this automated process?
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    06-20-2018, 06:08 PM
    So you're basically looking for people on either side to be consistent? The Left should step up in criticism of all cases where power is misused to take children? So what is this saying about the Right who seems fine with the separation of kids and parents on the border and consistency? I guess I just find this line of argument a bit weird.
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    06-20-2018, 09:47 AM
    This technology brings people together instantly with constant new updates on social or current events. People are social and kind of like this, yet this is so immediate and constant, it virtually encroaches on their space and I think a weird side effect of this is an emerging New Tribalism that pushes back. I think we see this play out online with quickly escalating arguments, vicious bickering, gossiping, or un-friending. My thoughts on this are influenced by Marshall Mcluhan who wrote The Gutenberg Galaxy discussing evolving forms of Media; in particular the shift from Oral Tradition to the Literature that was made possible with the Printing Press. He made the case that Literature as a solitary pursuit allowed a person to absorb information at their own pace alone. This kind of learning contributed a lot to a much more Individualistic-Man seeking to learn about themselves and their place in the world or more time for contemplation. I've heard a few commentatores jokingly say that if Mcluhan were alive today, he'd say we were now in the Zuckerberg Galaxy where information is so constant that people barely have time to for contemplation before encountering other news or opinions from their peers. I think another Tribal aspect is to flock to banners and group identities. Also, the information content received probably has less effect than the multiple forms of Media transmitting it or bombarding people's senses. Just sharing. I think this guy was brilliant and watched from the side as Media was developed by idiots.
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    06-20-2018, 07:31 AM
    Well, that is sure to happen if they keep going to prison for relatively minor infractions. Maybe they're trying to find another way.
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    06-20-2018, 06:09 AM
    Well... they're detained aren't they? Isn't the next likely step to be deported? Or are they all just being held until they can meet their job placement case worker? Maybe the issue is they weren't simply gunned down at the border and we're spending to much money on the process? :confused:
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