This is what happens when a society tacitly agrees that, while (theoretically, at least) its citizens have rights the government may not abridge, the government is free to subcontract that job to every other important institution that affects the lives of its people. Employers, for example, may drug-test employees without cause, and they may monitor the political and social media activities of those employees even when those employees are off the job. Your children lose their Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights — and most of their First Amendment rights — as soon as they walk through the schoolhouse doors. There have been, of course, no effective counterweights to any of this. Union protection in the workplace is gone. Schoolchildren have no effective lobby for their rights. Of course, Verizon cooperated with the government. Even if they hadn’t been ordered to do so, do you think there would have been 15 minutes of serious debate in the boardroom over the privacy rights of their millions of customers? How’s that no-call list thing working for you?
This is the surveillance state writ large, with large corporations and the government in close cooperation, and hallowed by a warrant from a secret court that was supposed to be the last line of defense against this sort of thing. (Even though the FISA court has been a rubber stamp for years, which was an argument back during the previous administration for why that administration should have gotten a warrant. Ah, thim was the days.) And because we are supposed to be a self-governing political commonwealth, we are complicit, too. All of the powers under which the NSA operated were approved, over and over again, by the Congress, the members of which we freely elect, and none of whom will ever win an election on issues like this because, all tricornered hats and the outrage of the Paul family aside, there is no electoral constituency for the Bill of Rights any more. All of the powers under which Verizon operated were approved, over and over again, by its customers, who now know what the company was doing, and who, I predict, will keep handing over the data. Given the dark, midnight nature of government secrecy, a lot of the infrastructure behind this current outrage was put in place in the daylight. The fault, dear Brutus…"
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars(via stoweboyd)
but in ourselves, that we are underlings.
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
“GQ neatly demonstrate their differing ways of valuing men and women. Spot the odd one out in these covers.”
Of course. Of course.
the real problem here is that they like lana del rey
I’m not complaining.
I decided to start tracking all posts tagged with #fuck you mom
wooooooooooow you wouldn’t even fucking exist without your mother.
This fucking asshole. People who openly berate their parents over something not abuse, drug, or neglect related deserve to lose their parents and their fucking iphones.
Just checking but everyone here realizes I’m reading something someone else wrote right I don’t think that’s too difficult to figure out
HAHAHA I FUCKING LOVE JOSH AHAHaHasfjkasfhasf