First, thank you to everyone for the debate and comments. Trying to get my head around several important things.
@quietman very disturbing. Hypothetically, could this eventually lead to the government having complete say in individual health care choices or prescriptions and approving or denying them rather than your own personal physician? The financial implications are awful to consider. The privacy and security implications are huge. And there is that little thing called HIPAA. I have not really looked at Obamacare closely but am aware many in the medical profession are quite apprehensive. And many young people are no longer studying medicine.
@yabba you are always full of much history and all kinds of interesting things...TY
@synergy thank you for all the insights, and …sorry but your tortie cat avi is kyoot.
Hi newbleeping…I do not know. I do think it is most important for people to be educated and aware, especially young people because they think, “Oh, it’s fine, I am not the one saying or doing anything wrong.” Is it really that simplistic?
@patriot. Thank you for clarifying your point. No, we are not so naïve as to believe this is ‘new’ news. Who said it is Snowden’s fault? Whistleblowers are supposed to be protected by Federal Law. He was smart enough to get out of Dodge, and the sad reality is, once you blow the whistle, your days are numbered. And that is also unfortunate. Again, blame should be placed with Congress and the Administration(s), not just the current one.
And last, but certainly not least, Animal posted in General Chat a link to another related article today: The German government is warning key entities not to use Windows 8. Why? Read it, i was blown away (by this and more). So, thank you.
Animal said it best, hope it is ok to quote him here, “Interesting development with the German government and their ideas on the NSA's reach. The title is a bit over the top, and rather sensationalist. But this is what happens when you get caught with your hand in the proverbial cookie jar. You can't put the genie back in the