June 14, 2013

The Weeklies #257

The Weekly Loss. Earlier in the week the world lost Iain Banks. I recently wrote about Banks and his impact on me. After a heroic struggle with cancer whilst trying to complete his final novel, Banks died on Sunday. If there's a silver lining, it's that he did finish his novel which is due out later this month. Needless to say I'm saddened that he's no longer with us.

The Weekly Weather Situation. Severe!

The Weekly CNN Headline. Did 'Octomom' Defraud Welfare? Maybe, but she sure as hell defrauded nature.

The Weekly Read. I joined the rest of the world by finally reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. It is one of the rare occasions that something lives up to the hype. It is, quite simply, wonderful. Sure, it's about kids with cancer and as with stories of kids with cancer the outcomes aren't always happy but Green's depiction of the kids, their relationship and their struggles are incredible.

The Weekly Question. So, all this domestic snooping stuff - justified and okay or just flat wrong?

Posted by Chris at June 14, 2013 7:34 AM

Flat out wrong. The roads would be safer if we were required to submit to a breathalyzer every time we got into our car. DIU deaths would drop to near zero and the police could stop worrying about drunk drivers and focus on other things. But none of that makes daily breathalyzers for everybody a good idea. The snooping stuff is the same thing. I don't believe it's done much for security, but even if it did, so what? The end does not justify the means.

The possibility of the occasional wacko plotting against us is one of the costs of living in a free society.

Posted by: COD at June 14, 2013 8:40 AM

Flat out wrong. The excuse is terrorism, but they are collecting anything and everything from where I sit. Just imagine what they have on the average person from chat, e-mail, skype, facebook, and phone calls.

This is our private lives and most of us aren't terrorists and yet, everyone is being treated as such. How many people see our information and how protected is it?

A country that welcomed all, where people came in droves to start over for the opportunity. Our country was based on broad freedoms and privacy.

Our great country is turning into a bunch of cowards that take the easy way out. Everyone should be mad and fighting for what our country stood for. I have never been more disgusted with anything in my life.

I worry where this will end and the massive ramifications for future generations.

Posted by: One Mom's Opinion at June 14, 2013 11:54 AM

Flat out wrong.

I'm not a criminal. I say this often in regards to the TSA. This? This is over the line. And when I learn this has been going on since the 1950s and the McCarthy era, and they never found a reason to STOP?

There was a time I would have said "I am PROUD to be an American." Now? I'm not so sure.

Posted by: Mindy at June 14, 2013 1:20 PM

The Fault in Our Stars is actually based on a teenage girl who passed away. Her mom is a FB friend of mine, super amazing woman. Talk about strength and dignity.

Posted by: alektra at June 14, 2013 3:43 PM

Flat out wrong. Ive been reading sci-fi since I was 7 so I also feel like it is inevitable? We lived in very small villages where everyone knew everything about you, we are now back to that. I think we'll change to accomodate. Back in the day, cheating on your wife or being divorced was a political career ender, now it's not. We get more tolerant the more we learn about people because "everyone" now includes more people. All this to say, although I think it is wrong, I think the toothpaste is out of the tube.

Posted by: That Girl at June 14, 2013 6:19 PM