You know I somewhat agree with you, but at the same time I get this queezy feeling in the pit of my stomach. Not because of what the Government would do... but because of what the American people won't do. Track record so far for all of this spying is Gov=1 People=0. The people don't care enough, or they are too involved in their gadgets to even care about what is going on around them.
Look at the whole picture. They have phone records, and internet data from different sources. There is not one reason I can think of -as to why they would not be collecting bank records, credit cards records, and I bet you they have travel records as well like where you went how long you stayed etc. They could probably be looking at all of your purchases and rentals too. It's not far fetched just remember what Snowden said; "If he released just half of what he has it would be enough to start a revolution."
The US Constitution may be the law of the land but they have broken the rules of the US Constitution so many times to where that you can find articles, videos, and the like of people running the Government making jokes of it, and even calling it just a #$%$#$@ piece of paper. ...and the American people continue to ignore what is going on.
You can lead them to Capital Hill, but you can't make them think.
But the side effects of many of them read like a book, and many new drugs the side effects are worse than the original reason for the drug treatment. You have new drugs that can cause cancer, blindness, cause the heart to stop, cause uncontrollable tics and some are tics are violent and not reversible after the drug has been stopped. Your stomach can bleed, your blood pressure can sky rocket, you can have seizures. Take for instance diabetes medications may increase your risk of serious heart problems. However, not treating your diabetes can damage your heart and other organs. So either way you can have heart problems. So next time your Doctor writes you a prescription ask your Doctor, what are the side effects then be sure to ask the Pharmacist as well. Some Doctors don't know all of the side effects because the newer drugs can have a multitude of them. Now add "Less effective" and you really have to ask yourself if the newer drugs are worth the price and the side effects associated with them.
Someone will mess with their Blackberry's if they don't unlock phones.
Honestly I don't know how much each Congress person dishes out per month on their phones. I wish they would share this info I bet it would be an eye opener.
If I pay cash for my phone I should be able to take it to any carrier to set up phone service. Not every phone carrier or phone service is made equal. One has lousy phones, the next has lousy coverage, while another could have lousy support. Some have a combo. This needs to change if you claim good support then show it. If you have commercials blaring all over the TV channels that you cover my areas then you better cover them because those are the areas that matter to me the most. If your support is crap then you deserve to go out of business. Don't lock down my phone because I encounter these problems a lot and as it is now I can't change because I am either locked out of my phone or I am under a 2 year contract.
As it stands now I own my phone free and clear. But I have not changed carriers because they don't like my phone, and I refuse to purchase a new one. So what did my carrier do? They went up on monthly fees. Consumers can't win because a select few own the market. We don't even have a fighting chance. Unlocking, levels the playing field maybe some consumers don't understand this, but once it catches on many will ask why it wasn't done earlier.
a treaty on copyright exceptions for the blind for which covers many areas including reading.
If the MPAA and it lobbyists won't agree in helping the blind or visually disabled then perhaps it is time to round them up and take them to court. We waited long enough for the disabilities act to be taken serious.