Can you imagine this in the hands of theocracy?

Google / Alphabet wants all of your data about everything you do, everywhere you go, anything you think, everything you say. And they can sell or give their info to anyone. And as some say, any database is hackable.


Of course, so do Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft. And, probably, Republicans, Democrats, Catholics, Evangelicals, and the governments of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Philippines, Egypt, Russia, Turkey, Nigeria, Islamic State, Israel Julian Assamge / Wikileaks, and every hacker, everywhere.

I can't believe big corporate brother/sister/ain't/uncle/mom/dad/neighbor/cousin think that have the right to personal, private data. or that everyone is happily giving them those rights.

I know I seem paranoid, but how much of the course of recent history, going back say, 100 years, and how many places, have governments done their damndest to control, eliminate dissenters, minorities, and social and political undesirables.  How often, when a corporate baron has had absolute freedom to do whatever he wants, has he done exactly that?  How often do the faceless, unaccountable minions, upper and lower levels, of corporations, do whatever it takes to further their careers?

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I should add, there have already been reports of governments or thugs in Egypt and Iraq, using either Facebook or the gay hookup app Grinder, to identify and locate gay men who are then either arrested or abducted, tortured, and murdered.  I can only see that becoming more of an issue.

If, in the next election or the one after that, we get a "religious freedom" candidate, Cruz, Fiorina, or fellow spawn of theocratic slime as president, with sympathetic congress, it could be really ugly even in the relatively enlightened USA.  Maybe I'll be lucky and be dead then.

My info's being in the hands of theocracy doesn't bother me. I'm 85, not an easily-impressed kid.

My info's being in the hands of business will result in more annoying advertising.

My info's being in the hands of government will make me a more active civil libertarian.

My info's being in the hands of a theocratic government frightens me.

I just took Google off my computer and am going with Safari. 

Frank Zappa touched on this kind of thing a while ago. 


"I'm The Slime"

[backing vocals Tina Turner & The Ikettes]

I am gross and perverted
I'm obsessed 'n deranged
I have existed for years
But very little has changed
I'm the tool of the Government
And industry too
For I am destined to rule
And regulate you

I may be vile and pernicious
But you can't look away
I make you think I'm delicious
With the stuff that I say
I'm the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I'm the slime oozin' out
From your TV set

You will obey me while I lead you
And eat the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that we don't need you
Don't go for help . . . no one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled
It has been stuffed into my mold
And you will do as you are told
Until the rights to you are sold

That's right, folks . . .
Don't touch that dial

Well, I am the slime from your video
Oozin' along on your livin' room floor

I am the slime from your video
Can't stop the slime, people, lookit me go

I am the slime from your video
Oozin' along on your livin' room floor

I am the slime from your video
Can't stop the slime, people, lookit me go

We can only wistfully wish we had Zappa now to run for president. At this point ironically he would have actually elevated the tone of the election. (You have to dig to find that bar, I know.)

Picture a Trump presidency.  Now add a religious right congress.  Then the Speaker and VP tell President Trump (shudder) that they'll relieve him of the boring tasks and leave him to welcoming visiting starlets in the Oval Office.  How safe would a liberal humanist Democrat be then?

Retiring in Denmark is sounding better and better.

Want to bet atheists would be on the list of undesirables.

Kathy, No atheists will exist in Trump's nation.

Yes, Bertold, Denmark has many attributes that appeal to me as well. 



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