Re: Voluntary End of Privacy ?

Michael Lorrey (
Sun, 28 Jun 1998 12:29:28 -0400

Michelle Jones wrote:

> as we develop more technology that allows our every move and
> action to be tracked and archived, it should motivate us to insure
> that our government does not become corrupt or overly powerful.
> we would compensate, in a sense, for the privacy violating
> technology that we voluntarily use.

As we develop more and more powerful technologies which are more and more
efficient in their potential to be used to interfere or restrain the
individual's rights, the threat of government overreaching becomes even more
amplified, and by neccessity, will force the body of individuals to elect to
discontinue that outmoded practice.

> by the way, mike, what's a tanstaafl? and what is fnord, and what
> has that to do with breakfast? pardon my ignorance... {8^D spike

TANSTAAFL: Acronym coined by Robert A. Heinlein in his novel _The Moone is a
Harsh Mistress_ and it means "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch", which
is also known as the Laws of Thermodynamics, and the central tenet of
Libertarian thought. Heinlein's novel is about a revolution of the Luanr Penal
Colonies against its Earth Opressors, masterminded by a computer technician, a
beautiful young political rabble rouser, a retired rational anarchist, and a
spontaneously born artificial intelligence in the Lunar computer network called
Mike, who thinks its all one big joke...

Fnord (f-nord) n. 1. Mythical Creature representing hidden truth and mind
expanding realizations. First coined by Robert Anton Wilson in his _Illuminatus!
Trilogy_. Exercise for the Reader: Over your bowl of cereal, turn to the
editorial pages of your newspaper. Read Between the Lines. When said fnords come
into focus, shout, "The fnords! The fnords! I see the fnords!"

My statement about fnords is a paraphrase of "believing 6 impossible things
before breakfast". The correct answer to my question, of course, is 23...

   Michael Lorrey
------------------------------------------------------------ Inventor of the Lorrey Drive
MikeySoft: Graphic Design/Animation/Publishing/Engineering
How many fnords did you see before breakfast today?