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59278Re: The boy in the hole

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  • Mary
    Feb 5, 2013
      If we don't speak out; if we don't advocate for our opposing positions, others will choose for us; others will act against our concerns. Those who work in security are not concerned with existential authenticity. I continue to make the point that existentialism isn't a common approach to living. It isn't common thinking, common decision making, or any other 'normal' mode of existence. I think you're saying not doing anything is a path of equal value because we can't guarantee the outcome. Doing nothing to oppose these policies is just as dangerous; look where it's gotten us.


      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, eduardathome wrote:
      > Yes ... what you do is what you are.
      > But in this case doing something IS a threat to liberty.
      > The problem is that people are weighing the event against the means to be
      > implemented to possibly avoid the event in future. Eventually it will be
      > all gone and we will wonder how it all happened.
      > Those "security people" aren't just doing what they can. They are busily
      > thinking up new ways to track the population out there and identify
      > individuals who may be outside the "norm". And of course, the norm is what
      > they define as the norm. What they do is "security" and this soon becomes
      > an objective in itself.
      > I have no doubt that emails in the US are being "filtered" according to key
      > words that Homeland Security feels are indicative of terrorist inclinations.
      > Certainly it is being done in Canada, although I think it is only for
      > specifically targeted people at this time.
      > I think there is an imbalance of event and response which is due to the
      > media coverage of such as "the boy in the hole". There are something like
      > 315 million people in the US. So you have one 65 year old who kills a bus
      > driver and kidnaps a boy. All very tragic but how many bus drivers were not
      > killed and how many boys not kidnapped. That isn't to minimize the event
      > but to put it into perspective. And already Bill is advocating sending up
      > more drones and putting chips in the "crazies". But actually Bill is going
      > further than that. He has the equation of "gun + chip = takedown". The
      > only way to do that is put a chip in everyone and then a registry of arms.
      > So the computer can compare the person [any person] against the list and
      > then signal the takedown. It has to be that way, since there is no way of
      > knowing if Mr. Average is a crazy or not. Huge loss of liberty with Big
      > Brother watching over every individual.
      > eduard
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Mary
      > Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 1:06 PM
      > To: existlist@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [existlist] Re: The boy in the hole
      > Oh eduard. Those "security people" are just doing what they can. Shit
      > happens. Not. This is why existentialism is more about 'what you can do' and
      > how the personal intersects with the public than hindsight about every path
      > is the same. What you think directly relates to how you act. If liberty is
      > important, then what the individual does, whether a private citizen or a
      > government, is important, is worth the trouble, is life and death for many.
      > What's equally threatening to liberty is doing nothing.
      > Mary
      > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, eduardathome wrote:
      > >
      > > You mean "Asperger's".
      > >
      > > The idea of chips is disturbing. The security people won't stop until
      > > they
      > > have chips in everyone. Big threat to liberty.
      > >
      > > eduard
      > >
      > > -----Original Message-----
      > > From: William
      > > Sent: Monday, February 04, 2013 6:07 PM
      > > To: existlist@yahoogroups.com
      > > Subject: [existlist] The boy in the hole
      > >
      > > We got the whole nut bag treatment with this story. Gun violence, veteran
      > > acting out, child abduction, murder, kidnapping and suicide. It appears
      > > the FBI rescued the child who had Augsburgers. This story is one of
      > > modern
      > > disfunctionality. and would seem to defy any conclusion or attempt at
      > > prevention.
      > > Remember Dirty Harry when the nut job invades the school bus? I wonder if
      > > Dikes did?
      > > It may be time to put up the drones and canvass the crazies all the time.
      > > Can the computers do that? can the democracy stand it. We may be able to
      > > detect a weapon and any perp with no gun rights could be intradicted for
      > > cause. The cops stop him and confiscate his weapon and take him to a
      > > treatment holding facility. It would probably require implanting a chip
      > > that identifies the suspect as a mental problem. Gun plus + chip = take
      > > down. I can see this shaping up and think it is big brother to the maximum
      > > extent. The crazies just keep pushing the envelope of evil and is
      > > actually
      > > domestic terrorism. The methodes that work against Islamic terrorism
      > > could work for this domestic scourge. I hate the thought of it but know
      > > it will soon be proposed. A nut job with a gun will be taken down
      > > automatically and we probably already have the technology with the drones.
      > > Welcome to the brave new world. Bill
      > >
      > >
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