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Is the Government Blocking Cell Phones in Cars?

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MSNBC reported that the Department of Transportation is considering software that, if you reach a certain speed in your car, would disable your cell phone from use. If this isn’t Big Brother, then I don’t know what is. As quickly as it comes out, it’ll be hacked and disabled, so what’s the point? Spend that money on educating the idiots who text and drive and kill people; don’t punish the masses!

Lamarr can’t even bring himself to pretend that this is a good thing. He had to give that up pretty damn fast, and I have to agree. Yes, there have been a few deaths and injuries related to talking (or texting) on the phone while driving. There have also been deaths attributed to women putting on makeup, men shaving their faces on the way to work, people looking to see if their screaming child is okay and someone changing the radio station. Are we going to allow the government to ban or disable all of those things, as well?

It’s more important in Lamarr’s mind – and mine – to try and educate people. Blocking them does nothing. As pointed out in the intro paragraph, this is going to be hacked to kingdom-come pretty damn fast. Why would the government waste a ludicrous amount of money on this software?

Everyone should not have to be punished for a few bad apples who weren’t careful. Yes, it is sad that they died. No, it shouldn’t have happened. But monitoring us to this level will do nothing to truly solve the problem.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with Lamarr and myself, or do you feel that the government is getting something right this time?

Is Big Brother Taking Over in the UK?

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The Telegraph in the UK reports that the Coalition Government is reviving its controversial Big Brother snooping plans. Every phone call, every email, every text, and every website visit would be stored for a specified period of time on EVERY Briton. Although they claim the “content” wouldn’t be kept, that just doesn’t seem possible.

Lamarr is outraged over this. He feels that the UK is going way too far. Every citizen who has a telephone or Internet access will be monitored in an almost creepy way.

The government claims that the actual content isn’t being kept, only records of what calls are made or received and what websites are visited. How can you really keep track of text messges and emails and NOT keep the content of those items? Do we really believe that they won’t?

Lamarr says that they need to have more freedom, and stop doing these mean things. This is definitely a touchy subject, no matter which side of the fence you are on. What are your thoughts?

As a side note, Lamarr threw a podcast online to talk about his vlog from last week regarding what you feel is legal and illegal. You’re all invited to listen in and leave your thoughts with him after.

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