"Now the FCC are trying to take away the free internet," she says, referencing SOPA. "I remember Goebbels. I grew up over there."

From BoingBoing's comments:

Anselm Yesterday 10:43 PM
Folks, listen up. When the Patriot Act passed, my grandmother called my mother and said "Get out! Get out now! I've seen this before- this is how it starts! Come back to Germany!"

And now Mrs. Rainey is saying the same thing.

For those who don't know- Germans don't invoke names like Goebbels as a joke. That was a very serious accusation, and not one that should be met with disbelief or even anger, but with an instant stop and a moment of self-reflection.

cnawan Today 01:41 AM
F*ck. f*ck. f*ck.
I cannot stop crying.

My mother-in-law married a german whose uncle was in the Waffen SS. (needless to say his family don't talk to him any more.) Vater-in-law has been helping intellectually disabled ppl in AU for years. Mutter-in-law's parents (badass academics) went on a cycle tour of Europe in 1935 - they came back to NZ and told Rotary Club members/whoever that sh!t was going down in Europe.

No-one would believe them.

Make your own judgment.

If I had any family left in the USA, I would tell them to

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Comment by Pat on November 17, 2011 at 12:28pm

@Tenken.  The one that really struck me was North Korea!  150 out of 150 for press freedom, and they can't even get a ranking for basic democracy and corruption.  Then again, what do you expect from a country where citizens are born and die in "Total Control Camps."

Comment by Tenken on November 17, 2011 at 11:11am

I don't think it's so urgent that we need to get out of the country right this moment.  It definitely could head in that direction though.  Let's hope the people finally stand up for themselves before that happens.

Woah.  That's so terrible for the people in the bottom countries!  It's eye-opening to see how bad it gets and in how many countries.

Comment by Pat on November 17, 2011 at 10:07am

Interesting site on how individual nations rank in terms of freedoms.  The site is affiliated with a not-for-profit British charitable organization called World concern.  While it lists the US as one of the freer nations in the world, it's certainly not the "freest."

Comment by George on November 17, 2011 at 9:11am


You're studying psychology?  Have you studied "delusion" or "denial" yet?  

Honestly, I'd like to study psychology so I could figure out what's going on in your head.

Comment by Rob van Senten on November 17, 2011 at 8:51am

@Sassan K.


I know that you're thrilled about the US, but honestly, the "most free country in the world"? Where is that based on, and is this objective or subjective? 

Comment by Sassan K. on November 17, 2011 at 8:08am

uh no, you are paranoid. We live in the most free country in the world and actually have more rights in regards to free speech and free expression than Europe.

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