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(The Week UK)   Apparently Brits don't care about governments spying on them because of James Bond. Tally Ho   (theweek.co.uk) divider line 23
    More: Interesting, James Bond, Ian Fleming, Sky Atlantic, British Embassy, military intelligences, Stasi  
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2014-02-20 11:25:43 AM
comediva.com
 
2014-02-20 11:27:55 AM
Jason Bourne could learn a thing or two from his suave counterpart then?
 
2014-02-20 11:31:17 AM
Huh, I figured they'd be shaken, not stirred with patriotic feeling.
 
2014-02-20 11:36:28 AM
I will be in my apartment.
 
2014-02-20 11:37:10 AM
They're just afraid of what will happen if they complain too much.

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2014-02-20 11:55:28 AM
Brits have been around the block, Americans are a nation of scared, spoiled children
 
2014-02-20 11:57:42 AM

MaliFinn: Brits have been around the block, Americans are a nation of scared, spoiled children


HA! Maybe 80 years ago, but have you seen the place since they disbanded the Empire? May as well call the UK "Britanniastan" now!
 
2014-02-20 12:00:51 PM
But it brings us to another truth, if only in passing. In Britain, espionage conjures Fleming and Bond, sex and danger, dark deeds done for fine reasons. If short-cuts are taken along the way, they merely hasten the path towards a greater good.
In Germany, though, spying and surveillance provoke darker thoughts - of the SS and the Stasi and the crushing fear of state tyranny.



So, it really comes down to how you view, and if you trust, your government with power.

Explains why Americans seem so schizophrenic about it.
 
2014-02-20 12:03:44 PM

sendtodave: But it brings us to another truth, if only in passing. In Britain, espionage conjures Fleming and Bond, sex and danger, dark deeds done for fine reasons. If short-cuts are taken along the way, they merely hasten the path towards a greater good.
In Germany, though, spying and surveillance provoke darker thoughts - of the SS and the Stasi and the crushing fear of state tyranny.


So, it really comes down to how you view, and if you trust, your government with power.

Explains why Americans seem so schizophrenic about it.


Pretty much. In America your acceptance of a lot of things depends entirely on whether or not your political party matches the president's.
 
2014-02-20 12:06:20 PM

TV's Vinnie: MaliFinn: Brits have been around the block, Americans are a nation of scared, spoiled children

HA! Maybe 80 years ago, but have you seen the place since they disbanded the Empire? May as well call the UK "Britanniastan" now!


Have you seen it?
 
2014-02-20 12:09:12 PM
Hoboclown: In America your acceptance of a lot of things depends entirely on whether or not your political party matches the president's.

The same people that where calling Bush a Nazi are now willing to bend over with no lube for Obama. There is no truer meme pic than the "It's not fascism when WE do it"
 
2014-02-20 12:17:17 PM

Oldiron_79: Hoboclown: In America your acceptance of a lot of things depends entirely on whether or not your political party matches the president's.

The same people that where calling Bush a Nazi are now willing to bend over with no lube for Obama. There is no truer meme pic than the "It's not fascism when WE do it"


Yep, and the same people who defended Bush's policies are working themselves into a froth because Obama is continuing them.
 
2014-02-20 12:22:51 PM

Hoboclown: Oldiron_79: Hoboclown: In America your acceptance of a lot of things depends entirely on whether or not your political party matches the president's.

The same people that where calling Bush a Nazi are now willing to bend over with no lube for Obama. There is no truer meme pic than the "It's not fascism when WE do it"

Yep, and the same people who defended Bush's policies are working themselves into a froth because Obama is continuing them.


Your statements would indicate that both sides seem to be bad. However, I am still uncertain when deciding for whom I should vote.
 
2014-02-20 12:33:48 PM

Dimensio: Hoboclown: Oldiron_79: Hoboclown: In America your acceptance of a lot of things depends entirely on whether or not your political party matches the president's.

The same people that where calling Bush a Nazi are now willing to bend over with no lube for Obama. There is no truer meme pic than the "It's not fascism when WE do it"

Yep, and the same people who defended Bush's policies are working themselves into a froth because Obama is continuing them.

Your statements would indicate that both sides seem to be bad. However, I am still uncertain when deciding for whom I should vote.


For the monarchy, of course. God save the Queen!
 
2014-02-20 12:41:16 PM
That's an interesting theory.

Might the explanation for Americans not caring much about the NSA be Maxwell Smart?

If not, let me be the first to say "Missed it by that much!"
 
2014-02-20 12:44:45 PM

Oldiron_79: Hoboclown: In America your acceptance of a lot of things depends entirely on whether or not your political party matches the president's.

The same people that where calling Bush a Nazi are now willing to bend over with no lube for Obama. There is no truer meme pic than the "It's not fascism when WE do it"


But the liberals are revolting! So maybe they're not quite so happy as you think.

You can be sure that a lot of right wingers under Bush thought he was a liberal and a RINO just like his father and Ronald Reagan. Liberal Republicans would have been up in arms against Bush but by his election, there weren't any left. Most of them quit back when Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove took over in the 1990s.
 
2014-02-20 12:50:37 PM

Slaxl: TV's Vinnie: MaliFinn: Brits have been around the block, Americans are a nation of scared, spoiled children

HA! Maybe 80 years ago, but have you seen the place since they disbanded the Empire? May as well call the UK "Britanniastan" now!

Have you seen it?


I haven't seen a leper taking a dump, but I'm sure it's not a nice thing to witness.
 
2014-02-20 12:51:47 PM

TV's Vinnie: MaliFinn: Brits have been around the block, Americans are a nation of scared, spoiled children

HA! Maybe 80 years ago, but have you seen the place since they disbanded the Empire? May as well call the UK "Britanniastan" now!


Unless you're 80 you've never seen it any other way.
 
2014-02-20 01:01:23 PM
Kind of like the visions of the proud Canadian Mountie against Jesse James?

If institutionalized, it can create a national identity. I think it's the institutionalization of the thing that drives it.

In a country of constant surveillance, what's a little more.

/Don't carry your kitchen knife anywhere. Hooligan.
 
2014-02-20 01:50:26 PM

MaliFinn: Brits have been around the block, Americans are a nation of scared, spoiled children


HEY! not all of us just a rather sizable majority.
 
2014-02-20 02:03:02 PM

Dimensio: Hoboclown: Oldiron_79: Hoboclown: In America your acceptance of a lot of things depends entirely on whether or not your political party matches the president's.

The same people that where calling Bush a Nazi are now willing to bend over with no lube for Obama. There is no truer meme pic than the "It's not fascism when WE do it"

Yep, and the same people who defended Bush's policies are working themselves into a froth because Obama is continuing them.

Your statements would indicate that both sides seem to be bad. However, I am still uncertain when deciding for whom I should vote.


BSARBSVR: your go-to argument when someone criticizes the Democrats and you have no response to their criticism.

MaliFinn: Brits have been around the block, Americans are a nation of scared, spoiled children


"een around the block" seems like a very polite way of saying "watched as they went from an empire to a shell of their former selves."  It also seems to be a polite way to acknowledge that Britain is suffering from an almost seventy year period of post-war malaise where they coast off of past accomplishments.   But hey, now you'll be able to win your own literary prizes again now that you carved out a no America exception because Americans kept winning.
 
2014-02-20 02:03:58 PM

llortcM_yllort: Dimensio: Hoboclown: Oldiron_79: Hoboclown: In America your acceptance of a lot of things depends entirely on whether or not your political party matches the president's.

The same people that where calling Bush a Nazi are now willing to bend over with no lube for Obama. There is no truer meme pic than the "It's not fascism when WE do it"

Yep, and the same people who defended Bush's policies are working themselves into a froth because Obama is continuing them.

Your statements would indicate that both sides seem to be bad. However, I am still uncertain when deciding for whom I should vote.

BSARBSVR: your go-to argument when someone criticizes the Democrats and you have no response to their criticism.

MaliFinn: Brits have been around the block, Americans are a nation of scared, spoiled children

"been around the block" seems like a very polite way of saying "watched as they went from an empire to a shell of their former selves."  It also seems to be a polite way to acknowledge that Britain is suffering from an almost seventy year period of post-war malaise where they coast off of past accomplishments.   But hey, now you'll be able to win your own literary prizes again now that you carved out a no America exception because Americans kept winning.


FTFM.  I am an idiot who can't format things
 
2014-02-20 03:46:00 PM
The Brits have James Bond to protect them...sheesh, all we have in America is
Maxwell Smart.
 
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