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Kareem Fahim


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Are you comfortable with NSA collecting your personal data?

'Top secret PRISM program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Facebook and Apple'

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.


Well, all of us already knew so I don't think it has surprised anyone... but I'd like to know opinions of TED community, are you comfortable with fact that USA Gov. is continuously collecting your personal data?

@People who say 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oAKtBpdZSw


Closing Statement from Kareem Fahim

Majority of people are annoyed by this 'data collection'. Western Govs., defenders of 'freedom' 'democracy' and 'input_word' are mere bunch of hypocrites. Although it is shocking how some people are defending NSA and these faceless entities... (maybe they are 'trolls' or NSA paid users...).

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    Jun 25 2013: Curious here folks...............since I've been on TED it has become obvious to me that TED is nothing but a big 'talk fest' and bitching/venting session with everybody wanting 'SOMEBODY ELSE' making the world a better place for them, the bitchers and venters!

    How many of you bitchers/venters/ Iphone generation are actually willing to put your head on the line?

    Just asking!

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      Jun 25 2013: Hi, BR.

      Here's a thought - everybody here, whatever the background, opinion, thoughts, hopes, everybody on the internet, whatever the background, opinion, thoughts, hopes, everybody not hiding in the woods, everybody, iOS, Android or analog, is somewhere "on the line". You included.

      Cheers and best wishes.
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        Jun 25 2013: Don't know about you and the others Anna ..................but I'm here (on TED) just because I'm curious........

        I haven't ....................... come here for forgiveness
        or come to raise the dead
        or come here to play Jesus
        to the lepers in anybodies head!
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      Jun 25 2013: I will when death holds no sway over me or when i long for it like so many elderly i know but as my people always say "Death comes" I suppose the Q should be "What would you die for?"
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        Jun 25 2013: Ponder..........Maybe the question you should have asked and not stop asking is..........'What have I lived for, and what do I live for?"

        Dead is a long, long time!

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          Jun 26 2013: Excellent post, it made me think.
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        Jun 26 2013: Hi Ken,

        Does it always have to go to that extreme for everyone? I believe the small things can make a difference too.

        Take a look at this video. Such simple acts of kindness, but by the end of it your heart may feel as if it will burst from love overload. :)

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          Jun 26 2013: No Maddy it doesn't have to go to the extreme and yes the small things do matter but blade was talking about what that young analyst did and more and then slapping the teddies for not acknowledging it or deliberately agitating for personal gratification or to invigorate and insert a patriotic feel for everyone or just got tired of the usual conversai and wants to troll for a while.

          What would you give your life for?

          I'll check out that vid now while i have a spare moment.
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        Jun 26 2013: I would die for my children.

        I am giving my life to helping educate and empower others through 3D animation and "serious" video games/game elements. I truly believe my work (in small ways) helps make the world a better place. :)
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          Jun 26 2013: So, when are you going to audition for your next local Tedx? What you have just posted to me could be a great Talk Maddy?
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        Jun 26 2013: I'm definitely planning on trying to. :) I also made a Ted prize wish this year.
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      Jun 25 2013: Maybe the people you're referring to are still looking for their ways and/or trying to find their voices. Building courage to take big leaps into the unknown doesn't come easy for everyone. This community is a wonderful place to start that process.
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        Jun 25 2013: Could be Madeline..................as we all have different buttons and some folks need a crutch more than others and some conquer on their own.

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      Jun 25 2013: I am!
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        Jun 26 2013: What?
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          Jun 26 2013: I am willing to put my head on that line. And I have sacrificed much of my time to make a difference locally and globally.
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      Jun 25 2013: But what do you get out of whining about whiners?

      And are you doing something yourself?
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        Jun 26 2013: Are you still on your local council Jim? Is it a mosh pit or are your fellow councillor's like you?
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          Jun 26 2013: No, I quit to pursue an E2D solution... I'm quite unique when it comes to politics locally... ;-)
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        Jun 26 2013: Geeez Jimmy, didn't think I was whining ..........thought I had made an accurate observation and posted/registered that observation!

        I'm always doing something............................mostly for myself/family, as I know and don't expect anybody else to do it/make my life easier/better.

        Oh ....you mean for the world, ......................hey Jimmy, the world operates on the chaos principle, always did.............always will.

        I let the world do what it does best...............evolve!
    • Jun 27 2013: Within you is the Kingdom of God (atheists substitute Truth here):

      As humans we speak and do things.

      Before we speak, there is a seed in our mind, we can choose to tell the truth or to lie.

      Before we do things to other people, there is a seed in our mind, we can choose to do those things either with or without their agreement.

      Ask anyone two questions (ask your children especially, since there heart is pure!):

      1. Do you prefer that I tell you the truth or that I tell you lies?
      2. Do you prefer that I do things to you either with or without your agreement?

      The overwhelming majority, maybe 95-100 out of 100 will say Truth and Agreement. We all want Truth and Agreement for ourselves but through our selfishness and greed and power trip we don't always do Truth and Agreement towards others. The "world" corrupts those who are corruptible.

      The red pill in the "Matrix" movie is the way of Truth and Agreement.

      Jesus was crucified and died for these sins of the ones who crucified him. They said that he healed people because he was possessed by the devil. Jesus said that the devil can't do good things. In other words they lied about him. As they arrested him and started to hit him, the first thing he said right after the first strike was, if I have done well (which he had!) then why are you hitting me?". In other words he DID NOT give Agreement to be crucified. If he had given Agreement to be crucified it would not of been a crime what they did to him.

      And yes, regardless of one's religion, no religion, race, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation, their Kingdom of God (Truth) is just as valid and powerful as anyone elses. Jesus said "judge not according to the appearance (your selfishness and false division) but rather judge righteous judgement (respect other peoples agreements). The Spirit of Truth is in everyone who speaks and does the Truth. Truth does not belong to anyone but God (Truth). Jesus said there is no one good but God (Truth). Jesus was cool.
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      Jun 27 2013: I think there's a lot of talk on these TED boards because it's really tough to do anything else on a discussion board. What would you suggest?

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