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Monday, June 2, 2008

Back to the Future of 1984

Welcome to The United States of America, the land of the free... that is, if free means being enslaved by terror inflicted upon us by our own government in the guise of anti-terror.

Have any of you been reading the headlines and stories about people who are being arrested and otherwise harassed for taking photos in public places? At first, it looked like this was only happening in the UK, but this insane anti-terrorist tactic has bled over to the U.S. If you scan the headlines from popular blog BoingBoing.net, you'll probably come across at least one story of anti-photography in the U.S. and abroad every day. It's frightening.

Another type of story is alarmingly prevalent on BoingBoing: that of people being kept off of planes because they have a gun printed on their shirt, or a gun charm hanging around their neck. WTF, people? Whatever happened to rational thinking? What happened to plain common sense?

There are too many people in positions of power who seem to lack these basic fundamental skills of human thought. They cannot discern an actual probable threat from a completely non-existent threat.

Books like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451; movies like V for Vendetta and Children of Men are starting to not look so unlikely after all. The futures represented in those fictions are becoming more real every day, and you and I are the victims. Before you know it, they'll start coming after people like you and me who try to exercise our free speech here on the internet and in our daily lives. The only thing we can do is to continue to not stand for the type of idiotic thinking that causes things like the anti-photography and the anti-gun-emblems. We must not silence our voices in this.

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7 comments:

Melliferous Pants said...

Shit - only two more years to get myself knocked up.

The Over-Thinker said...

That's absolutely insane. Big Brother needs to get his act together.

A picture of a gun on a shirt can get you kicked off a plane? You've got to be kidding me.

Have you read A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood? It's another one to add to the pile of "makes you count your lucky stars"...(for now.)

Sra said...

I haven't read A Handmaid's Tale, but I'll put in on hold at my library and check it out. Thanks for the recommendation.

Sov said...

The Terrorists won. Seriously. Their motivation was to:

1. Kill Americans because of our freedoms and our lifestyle. Mission accomplished.

2. Cause Americans to fear everything around them, thinking that it can be used to hurt them. Mission accomplished.

Osama Bin Laden is probably checking Boing Boing and laughing his ass off everyday, watching the scared Americans run around in a panic. Why, they can't even get on a plane without 500 itchy trigger fingers surrounding them. Chaos and panic!

Their plan couldn't have worked out any better.

Sra said...

I agree with you to a point, Sov. I think the plan was to instill fear and panic over the American people, because people who are afraid are easily controlled.

However, I think the "terrorists" were people in our own government. Bin Laden and the Taliban, terrorists though they may be in their own right, were scapegoats in 9/11. I don't believe they had anything to do with it.

Sov said...

The Terrorists won. Seriously. Their motivation was to:

1. Kill Americans because of our freedoms and our lifestyle. Mission accomplished.

2. Cause Americans to fear everything around them, thinking that it can be used to hurt them. Mission accomplished.

Osama Bin Laden is probably checking Boing Boing and laughing his ass off everyday, watching the scared Americans run around in a panic. Why, they can't even get on a plane without 500 itchy trigger fingers surrounding them. Chaos and panic!

Their plan couldn't have worked out any better.

Sra said...

I agree with you to a point, Sov. I think the plan was to instill fear and panic over the American people, because people who are afraid are easily controlled.

However, I think the "terrorists" were people in our own government. Bin Laden and the Taliban, terrorists though they may be in their own right, were scapegoats in 9/11. I don't believe they had anything to do with it.

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