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Old 08-17-2010, 10:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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google working for the CIA..scary thought..
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This article would have been interesting enough without the "loot destitute Americans" headline. I guess all those E. Long Island people who are building illegal swimming pools are destitute? That's what I hate about much of the media these days. You might have a perfectly good story but that's not good enough on its own, it has to be spun all the way to its most paranoia-inducing interpretation before it can be made public.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's messed up and possibly illegal for the government to use this type of technology to tell if I've got my weeds trimmed. But it doesn't make me feel any less "safe" than I did before, and it has failed to convince me that the government is out to get all the poor folk as seems to be the real purpose of the article- as opposed to simply keeping people informed.
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this is a bullshit article.

the only reason technology such as google earth is made commercially available, is because space agency and military resources are already far, far superior.

point is, those issues being enforced by this nefarious use of something provided for entertainment purposes, are requirements of law.

if you need permits for pools, porches and junk piles, it is to the benefit of a wider community and as such fails to infringe upon anyone's individual rights.

the general public remains as a any government's biggest threat. is the author of this piece protesting that laws are being enforced or that it is being done in a cost effective way (for once)?
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I kind of see Paolo`s point here. The military or other government version of technology is always going to be superior to commercially available versions.
That being said, don't believe movies like "Enemy of the State". They're not that good.
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That being said, don't believe movies like "Enemy of the State". They're not that good.
Instead of labouring the idea that every work of fiction is based upon fact, i suggest the following to be logical and true:

The government functions to control a population.

The best method of population control is through the use of technology.

The research and development of such technologies is incredibly expensive and best afforded by those authorities who have access to funds of the magnitude of national banks.

America has forever been a militarised state, where most tax coffers are diverted into tools of coercion and control.

Gene Hackman doesn't need to portray a sweat on the silver screen, for it to be obvious that those who claim to serve us, in fact are working to merely fence us in.
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the original purpose of government is to protect it's citizens. but yes, it has found that the best protection is control.
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I love how the article's title says "Destitute Americans" and then goes on to show an image of an upper middle class neighborhood with a focus on a house with a friggen huge pool.

I never knew destitute Americans can afford in-ground pools and custom porches.

The junk cars and bushes fit though haha.

Google Earth images are years old anyway. The image of my house is a good 2-3 years old.

Besides, these Americans are breaking rules anyway. No big deal. I don't see how this affects me in any way. The government can spy on my house. I don't care. In fact, they can let me know when they are watching so I can flip them off and moon them on my back porch.
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