Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Mar 2017 22:47 UTC
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The United States, a country in North-America bogged down by extensive corruption, just passed a bill allowing ISPs to share and sell users' browsing history without their consent.

Internet providers now just need a signature from President Trump before they’re free to take, share, and even sell your web browsing history without your permission.

The House of Representatives passed a resolution today overturning an Obama-era FCC rule that required internet providers to get customers' permission before sharing their browsing history with other companies. The rules also required internet providers to protect that data from hackers and inform customers of any breaches.

The corrupt US senator who sponsored this clearly atrocious bill, Marsha Blackburn, from an area in the southern part of the country called Tennessee, received 693,000 US dollar in bribes from AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and other related companies who operate in the country's dysfunctional telecommunications sector.

In the United States, officially a representative democracy, it is entirely normal for high-level figures - up to and including the president of the troubled nation, a man named Donald Trump - to receive vast sums of money to enact laws written by corporations, regardless of their effects on civil liberties or the poor and needy people of the country.

Americans, as citizens of the nation are called, often lack access to basic necessities such as healthcare, parental leave, clean drinking water, high-quality infrastructure, and so on. This is in spite of the country's vast natural resources and wealth, to which only a few percent of the country's population of 320 million have access to.

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A few percent?!
by jasutton on Wed 29th Mar 2017 01:11 UTC
jasutton
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Thom,

While I agree with your basic premise that politicians in the US are corrupt (as they are just about anywhere outside the US also), and that this bill is unjustifiable, your final paragraph where you state that only a few percent of the US's citizens have access to clean drinking water, healthcare, et. al., simply isn't true; in fact, the opposite is true.

As someone who actually lives and works in the US, I can attest to the fact that anyone can go to any Emergency Room and get treatment if needed, even if they have no way to pay for it. I can attest to having traveled throughout my country and finding infrastructure to be built up sufficiently for me to travel to an area to which I've never been and survive quite easily. And while the taste of the tap water varies from place to place, it is always safely drinkable. Your attempt to point to one case of unsafe drinking water and suggest that it reflects a common occurence in my entire country (to which you don't live) seems disingenuous at best, and downright malicious at worst.

I understand our respective countries have very different governmental structures. I'm okay with that. I won't attempt to deeply analyze your country, as I have no experience there, but my quick perusal of Wikipedia suggests that a big difference between our countries is that mine taxes less and provides less to it's citizens (allowing them to make their own choices, and yes, even mistakes) while yours tends to tax more and provide more (more safety nets). While you might imagine that your country has FAR lower poverty than mine because of this difference in structure, yours has about 91% of it's citizenry above the poverty line while mine has about 85%; not really that far off.

I am what most in the US would classify as "middle class." My tax rate after everything is said and done is around 30% (which is average for the population). I have a job in technology in which I work around 40 hours a week, sometimes more, and sometimes less but still pays the same regardless (salaried, not paid hourly). I have paid vacation days every year. I have health insurance for which my employer assists with, but doesn't pay for completely. I have always had clean drinking water, even when I was growing up in a family which was significantly poorer than I am today. I have a wife and a child on the way.

What I have experienced in my country, and have embraced, is the opportunity to make my life better by making good choices for myself and my family. I agree that not everyone has the same opportunities, and that motivates me to give of myself to help others on a personal level.

Ultimately, my country isn't perfect, and I don't think you would claim that yours is either. My bottom line is that attacking another country (which is what I perceived from your post) without having any experience there doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

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