A few things in that infographic irk me a bit...
Turkey? Iran? Seriously?
People need to STFU about "North Korea" and look at what is happening AT HOME!
The surveillance state in North Korea? Is this a joke? It's a bad joke... The real surveillance states are the US and the UK, and their doting bunch of lackey followers, like the sheeple north of the US.
How can anyone possible look to "the west" as any sort of "bastion of freedom" when the US Constitution has been systematically eviscerated over the last 10 years or so, and the lackeys are following suit to one degree or another.
Heck, you don't even have the right to free speech in Australia. Never have.
We need to get our own problems sorted first. And no, neither Syria nor Iran are problems. Killing Syrians and Iranians will NOT bring "freedom and democracy" to anywhere.
The problems are the criminals that have hijacked the system. When they are brought to justice, either in handcuffs or in coffins, THEN things can be put right.
The symptoms are all out in the open. There's nothing controversial there. The ONLY thing that is remotely controversial is that the systemic rape of freedom and liberty is intentional and perpetrated by a sick group through a brilliant system of compartmentalization that makes it all too easy to dismiss...
@IainB - Nice round-up of some of the relevant threads!
Regarding skepticism, I would certainly count myself a skeptic. That's where my formal education is.
However, there is a "jump point" where you eventually have to stop doubting because it's no longer productive. This is going to vary from individual to individual, but that's neither here nor there.
It's all about connecting the dots. Now, if we simply want to doubt, then any drawing can be dismissed as merely a collection of dots, and that the picture isn't there - only the dots are.
So the question really is, "How densely packed do the dots need to be before you hit your 'jump point'?"
In the last couple years we've seen a massive acceleration of attacks on freedom and liberty. The insanity has been taken to entirely new levels.
Each day we have new reports of things that simply defy imagination.
Here's one... And this is just being dismissed as "oh, that's ok. That's normal. That's just business as usual..."
-- turn back now if you have a weak stomach...
Seriously... Stop reading if you are in any way squeamish.
I'm not going to stick this in a spoiler...
You've been warned...
Pepsi uses aborted human fetal tissue in their flavouring. Look it up! (I'm not kidding.)
And that's "normal"? This is the kind of thing that the world has come to?
Cannibalism is "normal"? Eating babies is OK?
The sheeple have been so utterly desensitized that anything goes now. There is no level of insanity that is off-limits.
We don't think you need freedom of association, so, we're taking that away now.
And, your rights to keep your kids, well, we don't really think that's necessary any more...
Dom Portwood: Hi, Peter. What's happening? We need to talk about your TPS reports.
Peter Gibbons: Yeah. The coversheet. I know, I know. Uh, Bill talked to me about it.
Dom Portwood: Yeah. Did you get that memo?
Peter Gibbons: Yeah. I got the memo. And I understand the policy. And the problem is just that I forgot the one time. And I've already taken care of it so it's not even really a problem anymore.
Dom Portwood: Ah! Yeah. It's just we're putting new coversheets on all the TPS reports before they go out now. So if you could go ahead and try to remember to do that from now on, that'd be great. All right!
Freedom of speech is the first casualty. The first in a long line...
We either speak up now, or we graciously accept the gags forced into our mouths later. Though somehow I'm inclined to think that they'll actually be those gag-balls that you see with plastic gimp outfits in S&M stores and... uh... Not that I would know what's in S&M stores... Movies! Yeah! I saw it in Pulp Fiction!
But seriously - speak up now, or be shut up later. We have 2 options there. I'll go with the first. And if I'm wrong, hey, it's a lot better than being right. Better safe than sorry.