Comic 437 - I am filled with shame.

12th Jun 2013, 10:21 AM
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12th Jun 2013, 10:21 AM
This problem started long before the current or previous president, but it needs to end. Americans are often stereotyped as having short attention spans for political scandal, but we can't let that happen. Political groups on both ends of the spectrum need to come together to push back against this violation of our privacy, we can worry about what to do with politics after this is gone. Make no mistake, this IS a violation of our basic rights. I've joked in the past that people are angry about the government watching them when they willing give up so much MORE information via facebook and twitter; the difference between them is that the former is voluntary and any data mined is used to sell cheap viagra; whereas the latter is entirely INVOLUNTARY and potentially could be used to determine whether or not a citizen is a potential enemy. You CAN'T punish the innocent to root out the guilty, because everyone loses in the end. Violating our right to not be searched without cause IS punishing the innocent for merely EXISTING alongside the guilty. You may think that this won't hurt you because you aren't doing anything illegal, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. The government does not give up power, and even if this power is currently only being used with the absolute best interest of the American people in mind, eventually someone will come into power that will abuse it. This has been shown time and time again.

We can't let the system get away with this one. And if working within the system doesn't allow for a peaceful resolution to this problem, maybe it's time to get rid of the old system and get a new one that will fix this.

On another note, there was a time when I photoshopped myself to be less fat for my comic, then one day I decided that being happy with my as it is was a lot more in line with my laziness.


12th Jun 2013, 10:42 AM
There are going to be economic costs too. Increasingly other governments and non-USA corporations are sensitive to the risks. Built in backdoors in software code and operating systems don't just allow the NSA to spy, these are potential exploits for hackers too. If American-designed electronics are not trusted, international marketshare will plummet. If businesses can't risk communications with other businesses in the USA due to the potential that someone else ALSO is spying on the communication (not only government on a pretence), that will raise costs and further hamper trade. The greed for power is killing the source of that power.
12th Jun 2013, 10:45 AM
I posted the above, why does it say "Guest" ?
12th Jun 2013, 10:48 AM
Odd, sometimes ComicFury's non-member comments seem to do that for no real reason.

As a computer person, I should have considered that massive security hole myself. Very good point.
12th Jun 2013, 11:26 AM
Already, my communications with clients are done only in certain ways for the sake of security. We never use emails or internet for sending any info. But I have to consider the longterm results of government policies as part of my business. The leaders who made those decisions for spying on everyone everywhere all the time are fools. Monkey thinking; they try so hard to take more out of the jar they get their hand stuck in the jar instead. It's like the bankers who are killing the goose, destroying the financial system, and will end much poorer because the money they desire becomes worthless the more there is, until they'll be stuck with mountains of useless paper.
13th Jun 2013, 9:20 PM
This stuff ALWAYS goes bad.

You ARE doing something illegal. If you think you aren't, you just don't know enough laws.

Governments are made out of people. Some of those will use the information they get in personal, petty, evil ways. There was a guy in the British version of Homeland Security who got rid of his wife by putting her on the no-fly list while she was visiting her parents.

Back when this particular bit of badness was starting, it was the "why do you hate America" lefties objecting. Hell, remember when this crap was being passed, the debates about whether somebody had appeared on TV without a big enough flag lapel pin?

Now that the theocrats see it as a way to attack the scary black guy, maybe we can get something done about it. Probably not, but maybe.
17th Jun 2013, 12:30 PM
And of course, what is legal today may not be tomorrow...

On a wildly different note, Jack you should buy yourself a Jaguar. About to buy myself a XJR (4.0V8 supercharged) and of all the people I know who should be seen driving a Jaguar, your one of them.
17th Jun 2013, 8:36 PM
The beautiful thing about those kinds of laws is it means that ANYONE can be taken in for something, it's just a matter of whether or not those in power want to grab that person or not.

I'm curious as to why. I'm not sure if there's a personality I convey here, or if there's a stereotype I'm unaware of for big fat guys without shirts driving Jaguars. I can't tell if I'm being complimented or insulted...I'll assume complimented, though.
21st Jun 2013, 3:25 AM
Hah, That's the second time I have done that to you now ;-) I must have a very ambiguous way of speaking I guess.

It's entirely the personality Jack. And the beard.