I’m finding it harder and harder to laugh at this stuff. It’s friggin’ real people. We laugh at the satires while we sink further and further into the despotism they portray. The USA is doomed.
I know its difficult to laugh at but sometimes satire is one of the few outlets we have to get the anger out. I think we need more satire. There isn’t nearly enough. It is sometimes through the clown that the truth gets out ala Shakespeare’s fools especially the least funny but also the most truthful, the one in King Lear who through his satirical jests told the truth of King Lear’s tragic situation. You are correct that we are sinking into a despotic state and that the USA is doomed but honestly, sometimes you have to angrily laugh at what is going on or we will go crazy, become depressed, etc. I suppose it helps as a coping mechanism.
The part I’m laughing at is the people who are so technologically clueless that they don’t realize this has been going on since probably the Carter administration at the latest. I’ve known about it ever since I took a networking course in college where we learned to do it.
P.S. – That includes President Obama who claims “we’re only looking at who you talk to, not listening to your phone conversations” as if it isn’t a simple database lookup on the NSA server after getting a warrant to retrieve the conversation.
That’s the part I’m not laughing about. If you said anything about this for the last several decades you were simply excused as a tin foil hat wearing fool. But, you’re right. It’s been going on in different ways for much longer than we’d like to admit. The only game changer is the advance in technology that allows for much more automation of gathering this massive amount of clean data tuat exists in the digital data pool… and, ironically, it’s that same technology that made the *leak* possible in the first place. Years of the cries of so-called conspiracy theorists are now justified… until the hole is plugged and people get back to their comfy couches, “Friends” re-runs, and air conditioning.
THE STRONG AND FEARLESS
While the dying fighters bleed to death all over
In Syria, Afghanistan
A heavy bee hangs swaying on a stalk of clover
In the sunny garden
Contemplate serenely the size and scale of it
The little to the big
And if some grave misfortune troubles you a bit
Feed it to the pigs
For nothing is a bother or too serious
Until it reaches where you are
There may be spreading and malignant crisis
But it is afternoon and it is far
But I say watch and listen if you come awake
From your late June sleep
You may think a false alarm is only a mistake
But the strong and fearless weep
June 19, 2013