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Protecting Us, or Spying on Us? (Feedback)

Thanks for all your comments. To be honest, I thought this would be one of those topics that not many people would have an opinion about, so I was pleasantly surprised to read your arguments.

I think the reality is that our privacy disappeared with the invention of mobile phones. I read an interview with an FBI agent recently. He said that when he started working, people in law enforcement used to joke about how great it would be if they could persuade every citizen to carry around a tracking device everywhere they went. He then said, “We never imagined that people would start doing it voluntarily!”

Some people argue that the younger generations will never even understand the concept of privacy because they are used to sharing almost all their personal information with everybody through social media like Facebook and Twitter.

An Australian friend of mine said she was horrified to see the kinds of things her teenage nieces were posting on Facebook, and so she sat them down for a serious talk on the subject. That must be a very difficult topic for parents to deal with, so I’m glad I don’t have any kids!

Here is some feedback on your comments.

I don’t really want to be monitored my phone calls or emails by the government
I don’t really want my phone calls or emails to be monitored by the government.

some innocent Muslim university appicants must have been refused to enter just because they were Muslims.
… must have been refused entry just because they were Muslims.

I don’t want to be monitored my private life by anyone.
I don’t want my private life to be monitored by anyone.

Governments are involved in a real life game of bad guys vs. good guys which leads to all sorts of crimes: killing people with drones, wars, and spying on people, etc.
The drones are another topic all by themselves! Is it really okay to have what are basically robots going around killing humans? Movies like Terminator don’t seem so far-fetched anymore!

I saw a lot of local people whistling through their fingers, punching the air with their fists and raising a war cry like, “U-S-A! U-S-A!, U-S-A!”.
Scenes like that disturb most right-thinking Americans as well.

Obama says, “America will not bow down to terrorism.”
In my opinion, it’s really easy to win the “war on terror.” All we need to do is refuse to be afraid or change the way we live. If we do that, we win. Personally, I’ve already won. They might kill me, but they certainly can’t make me live in fear. I wish our governments could understand this.

My youngest son and I are going to Guam from tonight and come back on Sunday morning.
Hope you are having a great time!

That’s it for today. (There were hardly any mistakes in the comments this week!) Have a great weekend.


  1. Biwa on Saturday June 29th, 2013 at 09:08 AM

    Hi David,

    Thank you for the feedback. 🙂
    I like what the FBI agent said. It’s true, and I guess many people (including me!) are too unconciously disclosing our personal information.

    Thinking when you buy something online, the company suggests you even more things to buy using our purchase histories whether you like it or not. I guess it’s too easy for them to specify our preference, family structure and many other things, even if you are expecting a baby in the near future!

    It’s just that we need to bear in mind that if you transmit some information to people, it’s too easy to be traced back. However, I guess that is the price we pay for our present (current?) convenience.

    By the way, it seems that housing loan rates are rising. I hope you get a good rate. (^^)b
    Have a nice weekend everyone!

  2. YU on Saturday June 29th, 2013 at 02:46 PM

    Hi David,

    Thank you for your feedback.

    I really don’t understand why so many people in the world today like to share their privacy or personal information with people they don’t know at all, it’s not my business, though. In my opinion, other people are not really interested in us than we think. They might like to hear your misfortune, but I don’t really think they are interested in your ordinary, peaceful and quiet life.

    Even some of my friends of the same generation like to disclose their privacy through social media. On the other hand, more and more parents are complaining to their kids’ schools or other organizations about their personal information protection. That’s very funny, isn’t it? Their words and actions are contradictory.

    > If we do that, we win.

    Do you mean, “相手にしなければいい、こっちが怖がったり過剰に反応したり迎撃するからテロリストたちはテロを止めない”?

    Hi Fumie,

    Wow! That’s nice!
    I know many people speak Japanese in Guam, but I hope you have some chances to practise English there!
    I’m looking forward to hearing stories from your trip!

  3. amo on Saturday June 29th, 2013 at 07:41 PM

    Hi David,

    Sorry that I couldn’t write a comment on the topic in time. The topic reminds me of a TV drama called ” Person of interest.” Have you heard of it?
    ” You are being watched. The government has a secret system, a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. I know because I built it. I designed the machine to detect acts of terror,……”
    This is opening narration from the drama. I wondered if the governments would go that far in the real world when I watched it for the first time. Anyway, like others, I don’t want my private life to be monitored by anyone. But as you said, it’s going to be almost impossible to prevent it.

    Hi Fumie,

    I bet you are having a fabulous time with your son in Guam. I can’t wait to hear your stories when you come back 🙂

    Hi everyone,
    Have a nice weekend!!


  4. ashmoleanmuse on Sunday June 30th, 2013 at 09:22 AM

    Hi amo,

    Person of Interest is one of my favourite American TV shows. Truth is stranger than fiction, eh?

  5. Biwa on Sunday June 30th, 2013 at 09:32 AM

    Hi Ash,

    >Truth is stranger than fiction, eh?

    I haven’t seen either “The Terminal” nor “Person of Interest”, but I quite agree!

  6. Biwa on Sunday June 30th, 2013 at 06:31 PM

    Hi everyone,

    I guess there’s something weird with my sentence above. 🙁
    Which is correct and most natural?

    1) I haven’t seen either A or B.
    2) I have seen neither A nor B.
    3) I haven’t seen A or B.

    I went shopping all day, and my legs are quite stiff!

  7. Fumie on Monday July 1st, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Hi Biwa, David, Yu and amo,

    Thank you for your messages! We came back in one piece! Korean Air isn’t as dangerous as it used to be, I guess.
    YU, as you said many people speak Japanese and there are many Japanese people so we don’t need to speak English in Guam. Though I spoke Japanese with Japanese people and I spoke English with non-Japanese and they answered me in English. So I spoke English and Japanese about 50-50.
    We had a fabuous time although the schedule was very tight. I will write our trip on my facebook page later. If you are intersted in it, please visit there.

  8. YU on Monday July 1st, 2013 at 09:04 AM

    Hi Fumie,

    Welcome back!
    I’m glad that you seem to have had a great time in Guam!

    > So I spoke English and Japanese about 50-50.

    That’s nice.
    Did your son speak English there, too?

    Unfortunately, I can’t see your facebook pages because I don’t have an account, but I saw your profile photo. You three all look nice! Are they your middle and youngest sons? Actually you just look like my best friend living in Shikoku!

    See you!

  9. Fumie on Monday July 1st, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Hi YU,

    Thanks for the comment! I encouraged my son to speak English several times. He only spoke easy ones like “Thank you” or “See you.” I let him go to ABC store next to our hotel alone to see if he could do shopping in English. He came back with a drink and said I said “Thank you” to the stuff.

    Yes, that is the picture of my middle son, my youngest son and me. I don’t want to put my picture anywhere but it’s better to do that if we are facebookers.
    >Actually you just look like my best friend living in Shikoku!
    Oh, really! What a coincidence.

  10. David on Monday July 1st, 2013 at 06:07 PM

    Hi Biwa,

    All of your sentences are fine. “Neither … nor …” sounds a bit more formal.

    Hi Fumie,

    Welcome back. Glad to hear you had a good time.
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