Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Jun 2013 11:40 UTC
Legal This story is getting bigger and bigger. Even though most Americans probably already knew, it is now official: the United States government, through its National Security Agency, is collecting the communications and data of all American citizens, and of non-Americans using American services, through a wide collaboration with the large companies in technology, like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and so on. Interestingly enough, the NSA itself, as well as the US government, have repeatedly and firmly denied this massive spying on Americans and non-Americans took place at all.
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Really, the people in the USSR were better off.

Their bread and circuses were at least nutritious and intellectually enriching.

And they knew they could get their bread, unlike here. (And healthcare, too.)

The Soviet healthcare system was utterly abysmal. It was literally 100 years behind the best practice in Western countries. The Soviet medical staff were typically poorly trained, very poorly paid and unmotivated. Medical equipment was usually outdated and totally inadequate. Pharmaceuticals supplies were limited and frequently of poor quality.

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