reply to post by Ulala
Review of the decade 2000-2009 ... how was it for you ?
In a few words, it sucked... and still does.
My world; the one I knew for a half a century, is being slowly but steadily replaced with one best described by George Orwell.
Privacy has been replaced with a 'concept' of privacy. Laws written to imitate protecting individual privacy, HIPPA as one example, did nothing but
make your information hard to get for you, not the government or the corporate.
Economics have turned against the consumer, allowing private business to tag people like cattle via credit reports. Life is weighed by net value and
not character. Even automobile insurance now openly rates drivers, not by driving record, but by credit ratings and then denies them an account which
is now required by law in every state.
Privacy is also a joke if you come across a road-side check point where cops, presumably for your own good, will search you and your car without any
reason but a tail light that was dim. You even are forced by law to wear seatbelts... though the danger is only to yourself... and the insurance
industry, if you don't.
Voting is a joke as a new generation of electronic tallying machines are anything but secure but... even with this being proven to be so, government
You can be arrested for questioning a police officer, asking for information on police records or speaking out in a public, city hall meeting.
Smokers, society's new lepers, are paying huge sums in taxes for programs that are presumably aimed at government sponsored children's services but
that to date, not a single penny has gone to.
In some cases and locations, people growing a family garden have been cited for violating laws meant to protect the big corporate food producers.
Locally, a woman and her daughter were clapped in irons for having a yard sale without displaying a tax decal. A young girl was arrested in front of
her class for possessing Midol. A boy was arrested for bringing a small, brass ornamental cannon to school for a history class.
You log on to the internet and every other website is trying to download spyware and malware that forces you to buy expensive and intrusive
anti-spyware software that doesn't work half the time.
People drive like idiots, tailgating and then displaying life-threatening road rages. Others act like morons in public, forcing their taste in music
on everyone within shouting distance.
Banks cheat customers by stacking in-coming debits before in-coming credits and then, charge inordinate sums for overdraft fees. These are the same
banks, by the way, public money was applied to saving.
Hollywood and RIAA go out and arrest and persecute the same people who keep them in business, often dragging grandparents into court for a few songs
their grandchildren found on the web.
Hackers burglarize computers without fear of prosecution, though there is no difference between a hacker and a burglar.
Heck, I can't even talk about certain things here at ATS because they fear retribution.
People today are thin-skinned, intolerant extremists. Anything from science to religion to politics, there is no room except for their own narrow
I could go on... but in reply to the OP question? I really hate the 21st century and also, I am happy to report that, at my age, I will not be around
to see it get much worse.
You are welcome to it.
Edit: More corrections
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