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21) Message boards : Politics : Goodbye to more freedoms, liberties and privacy (Message 1593878)
Posted 29 Oct 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
Where does the growth of the surveillance state end?
Every time some idiot with a gun or a bomb in his underwear makes the news, we loose more freedom.

The governments invaded our circle of freedom after those Saudis attacked the U.S. on Sept 11.
Surveillance and monitoring of citizens increased... but, you know, just enough to keep us safe.

Some crazed fanatical goat herder makes threats against Canadian citizens and, once again, surveillance and monitoring of citizens is increased.

A couple of mentally ill lost souls attack and kill Canadian soldiers and once again the security state steps up to further worm it's way into our lives.

Every time they take another bite out of our privacy, our freedoms and liberties, they use the same twisted logic that it's for our own safety and security.

Follow this logic to it's extreme conclusion and you find the surveillance/security state has placed us in small concrete cells surrounded by armed guards and cameras pointed at us 24 hrs a day.
We will certainly be safe then.
22) Message boards : Politics : Goodbye to more freedoms, liberties and privacy (Message 1592991)
Posted 27 Oct 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
I'm pleased to see not everyone going over the top with this...

http://www.canada.com/News/canada/Government+exploits+attacks+military+push+security+agenda/10326560/story.html

I'm feeling so damned manipulated right now.
Both national news services are running live reports from the funeral of the murdered reservist soldier.
The government has sickeningly placed this victim of a lunatic/fanatic as their poster-boy for why we need less privacy and freedom.

Who would dare argue when so many flags are waving?
Who would dare point out the cynicism while so many grieve?
23) Message boards : Politics : Goodbye to more freedoms, liberties and privacy (Message 1592983)
Posted 27 Oct 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
I swear the right wingers keep files filled with their extremist wish lists ready to be presented as legislation at the very moment something happens.

Some lonely loser gave Prime Minister Harper the opportunity to open the "INCREASED SURVEILLANCE" file and slap it on the table, all the while acting like he and a few ministers worked tirelessly to craft the bill.
No.
The lonely loser with a gun is just the pretext for more police state laws.
Our governments keep repeating that we will not be intimidated and we will not give in to terror.

What the hell do they call this if it isn't giving in?
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ottawa-shooting-harper-government-wants-to-make-terror-arrests-easier-1.2811571

Our Prime Minister had a fairly close experience with the gun laws he has been promoting and I thought he might have had a change of direction while pondering his fate while hiding in a meeting room with chairs piled against the door.
I'll even go further and say he probably peed his trousers too.

But I digress.
The point I'm making is how quickly rightist governments seem to have an entire package of laws drawn up after any incidents that relate to whatever the government has on it's agenda.
This opportunist collection of bobble-heads is going to put Canadians further into a surveillance police state without even a passing thought about the ramifications,
24) Message boards : Politics : Chimps... Are they people too? (Message 1587528)
Posted 16 Oct 2014 by Profile Robert Waite


We have about 98% commonality with chimps


This is correct TS.
Homo Sapiens and Homo Troglodytes (Chimpanzees) share the same DNA with a difference of only 2%, give or take a decimal point or two.

I have an easier time welcoming Homo Troglodytes into the inner circle of what defines humans than accepting corporations into personhood.
25) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : What are you reading? (Message 1585558)
Posted 12 Oct 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
I am reading "The Third Chimpanzee".
Written over ten years ago, some topics within the book are slightly dated, but overall it's well worth anyone's time.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49234.The_Third_Chimpanzee
26) Message boards : Politics : on the political correctness of political correctness (Message 1585454)
Posted 11 Oct 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
Common sense is one of those terms that everyone thinks applies to their own way of thinking.
Political correctness is a term that applies to the act of not being a jerk to others.
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Real Pictures of Real Seti Friends (Message 1582906)
Posted 7 Oct 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
Thank you Lynn
(insert bashful grin here)
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Real Pictures of Real Seti Friends (Message 1582791)
Posted 7 Oct 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
Had the chance to meet Robert Waite today. We spent a pleasant afternoon over a few beers with my long suffering husband (who took the picture).

We can now vouch for each other's realness.



After a relaxing 8 hour drive, I'm finally at home again.
Thank you Esme and Terry for an afternoon of good conversation, plenty of laughs and just a small amount of gossip.

I was thrilled at the opportunity to meet over a few pints and I hope to do it again.

PS: Esme is much taller than I imagined. Couple that with her sharp intellect and she really is the full package.
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : is it a hoax? (Message 1576798)
Posted 24 Sep 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
She should have had the extra breast installed on her back.
Yeah, it would look funny but she'd be fun to dance with.
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Your Epitaph (Message 1574843)
Posted 20 Sep 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
A few scant years of awareness sandwiched between two eternities of oblivion.
I don't think a carved stone will mean anything to anyone...
unless it's giving directions to the nearest pub.
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : book readers (Message 1572990)
Posted 16 Sep 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
PS: My favorite book of all time is probably 'The Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck.

Everyone should read this book while making comparisons to the way modern neo-cons are treating the masses.
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : book readers (Message 1572989)
Posted 16 Sep 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
I started reading Science fiction in '69 and am still an avid fan.
I use it to calm myself after reading more serious books like 'The World According to Monsanto' by Marie-Monique Robin.
I'm into the 4th chapter and it's one of the most frightening books ever.
I knew Monsanto is evil before buying this book, but the depth of evil is shocking.
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The NEW youtube thread.... (Message 1568619)
Posted 7 Sep 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CxTRRJ7qdk
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The NEW youtube thread.... (Message 1568617)
Posted 7 Sep 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
If the shoe fits...
steal the other one


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnJcCBypF00
35) Message boards : Politics : The reassertion of whiteness in Canada (Message 1561685)
Posted 24 Aug 2014 by Profile Robert Waite

Because I have been 'labeled' as racist for discussing things as I see them.


If you see things in a racist manner and say those things in a racist manner, then maybe you are a duck.
36) Message boards : Politics : The reassertion of whiteness in Canada (Message 1561375)
Posted 24 Aug 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
Nor did I Bill.
This CONservative/reform party is a throwback to the McCarthy era of subversives hiding everywhere.
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman's home thread. (Message 1561145)
Posted 23 Aug 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
May I suggest a theme song?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brJozYDT0Ts
38) Message boards : Politics : Energy channeling herbalist nut job (Message 1559196)
Posted 19 Aug 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
Was it in his book A Pale Blue Dot that Sagan bemoaned the growth of pseudoscience due to the way it deflected people from real scientific inquiry?
39) Message boards : Politics : First Scientific Proof Of God Found (Message 1554818)
Posted 11 Aug 2014 by Profile Robert Waite


And the only people that will understand molecular biology are people that have studied it in university. And the people that have studied molecular biology in university won't read a book that has "God" in the title of the book because the world of science doesn't allow scientists to talk about God or Religion. Therefore, the book would almost be pointless. The general public just won't understand a book about molecular biology.


I feel that I must disagree with this Johnney Guinness.
A book founded on solid science would be read by the scientific community even if you called it 'The Big Book of God Stuff That's Really, Really Real and How I Came to Discover and Decode it in the Human Genome and then had a nice Holiday at the Beach.'
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What are you YouTubing today? (Message 1542256)
Posted 15 Jul 2014 by Profile Robert Waite
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvc4GUQpe70


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