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dystopian realities
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/03/opinion/sunday/china-surveillance-state-uighurs.html
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Imagine that this is your daily life: While on your way to work or on an errand, every 100 meters you pass a police blockhouse. Video cameras on street corners and lamp posts recognize your face and track your movements. At multiple checkpoints, police officers scan your ID card, your irises and the contents of your phone. At the supermarket or the bank, you are scanned again, your bags are X-rayed and an officer runs a wand over your body -- at least if you are from the wrong ethnic group. Members of the main group are usually waved through.

You have had to complete a survey about your ethnicity, your religious practices and your "cultural level"; about whether you have a passport, relatives or acquaintances abroad, and whether you know anyone who has ever been arrested or is a member of what the state calls a "special population."

This personal information, along with your biometric data, resides in a database tied to your ID number. The system crunches all of this into a composite score that ranks you as "safe," "normal" or "unsafe."Based on those categories, you may or may not be allowed to visit a museum, pass through certain neighborhoods, go to the mall, check into a hotel, rent an apartment, apply for a job or buy a train ticket. Or you may be detained to undergo re-education, like many thousands of other people.

A science-fiction dystopia? No.
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

  • Brother Daniel
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Western conservatives will be torn between "see I told you all along that China was horrible" and hating Muslims enough to cheer this stuff on.

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Western conservatives will be torn between "see I told you all along that China was horrible" and hating Muslims enough to cheer this stuff on.
it's the world into which we are heading.
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

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Yeah.  Some of the same surveillance technology is in use in the US today, and has been for several years.

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It's photoshop.  I would really like a few sets of those paper napkins. :/

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