Richard, I love the Stoics and wikipedia on your buddy Epictetus reminds me of a prayer: Lord, please grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
Ok, earlier this week I asked you what we can do about Big Brother and you said to get rid of him via getting rid of several govt agencies whose acronyms I dare not type lest drones appear over my house! Anyway, I don't think Big Brother's going anywhere, so what else do you recommend so that one has a modicum of privacy? Hey did you ever see the movie, which I admit I love, Enemy of the State? Maybe we could all live as did the Gene Hackman character ha ha. So *they* let Obama win? Both times? All I can say is that someone must have said to us in some previous life: may you live in interesting times (-: ________________________________ From: Richard J. Williams <rich...@rwilliams.us> To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 9:05 AM Subject: [FairfieldLife] Who Controls the Media? Who has the capability to connect directly to the point of origin concerning information? Microsoft, Google, Apple, Yahoo, and Facebook? So, who controls the media in America? A cabal of old, grey men and women own all the media: the internet, newspapers, magazines, television, music and movies? If you're older than eighteen, you're OLD. Epictetus: "Stay away from most popular entertainment. Most of what passes for legitimate entertainment is inferior or foolish and only caters to or exploits people's weaknesses. Avoid being one of the mob who indulges in such pastimes. Your life too short and you have important things to do. Be discriminating about what images and ideas you permit into your mind. If you yourself don't choose what thoughts and images you expose yourself to, someone else will, and their motives may not be the highest. It is the easiest thing in the world to slide imperceptibly into vulgarity. But there's no need for that to happen if you determine not to waste your time and attention on mindless pap." 'Skype's secret Project Chess reportedly helped NSA access customers' data' The Guardian: http://tinyurl.com/nq9ybus