This logic is flawless as long as you believe that totalitarian states can only appear suddenly and out of an inexplicable vacuum.
But, at the risk of invoking Godwin, remember that the hard-drinking, free-love bacchanalias of the Weimar party scene continued merrily and unabated even as a lot of seemingly trivial little freedoms were being quietly disappeared. One minor and easily dismissible indignity at a time.
Guess I’m just saying, maybe be careful not to gaily and unintentionally Charleston your way into a world in which you’ll only notice that big boot once it’s found a happy new residence on your own pretty neck.
If history’s any indication, those boots often enter our town squares and minority neighborhoods and fancy government office buildings opportunistically. Probably on many of those indolent and carefree evenings when all our noisy glibness and glass-clinking were drowning out the soundtrack of other peoples’ windows breaking.
Google launches balloons in goal to provide Internet world-wide
AP:Inflatable balloons believed to be capable of sharing Internet around the world were launched this week in New Zealand as part of Google’s Project Loon.
The project, which began 18 months ago, is an attempt to share Internet with countries that lack fiber cables. The balloons are powered by solar panels are moved via prevailing winds. Each balloon is reportedly capable of providing Internet to an area twice the size of New York City.
A farmer in New Zealand was the first person to receive Internet access this week as the balloons passed overhead.
Photo: In this June 10, 2013 photo released by Jon Shenk, a Google balloon sails through the air with the Southern Alps mountains in the background, in Tekapo, New Zealand. Google is testing the balloons which sail in the stratosphere and beam the Internet to Earth. (AP Photo/Jon Shenk)