Obama: We need to stop fetishizing our phones

When President Barack Obama first took office in January 2009, the smartphone revolution was just getting underway. Obama, like many CEOs his age, had already been bitten by the BlackBerry bug by the time he took the oath of office and was sworn in as president. Early in his first term, we had already addressed his BlackBerry addiction...
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87. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

White supremacists ARE Christians. My goodness; the ignorance of the blind

47. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

@chebner Christian on a suicide mission = Martyr Muslim on a suicide mission = Terrorist Cruise missiles, drones, and carpet bombing to annihilate millions of innocent lives. Very brave (cowardly)... How can you be so blind?

63. threefontstreet

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 06, 2016

Again, what Christians are going into dense populations and killing themselves along with everyone else in the name of Jesus? You are pulling things out of your rear. As you Anti-West cowards usually do.

82. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

It's a pitty to know that those from the West are regarded as Christians. Yeah, Christians by name only! What true Christian, - like the U.S's motto "In God we trust" - will go and bomb it's innocent people along with the "rebels and ennemies"? Christianity is proven by actions, actions which do not dishonour God, not buy mouth and motto. You do

83. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bro, never argue with fools. Every post you've made in this thread is historically, and factually true. Post 58, is so off base, it's not even funny. And Adreno is simply Arte8800's attempt to get back onto the site.

114. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Agreed.

59. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 904; Member since: May 07, 2014

Why using suicide bombs is labeled as terrorism? Why not indiscriminate bombing from the sky done by NATO and Russian called terrorism? Why not drone strikes against civilians in Pakistan is not called terrorism? Why not bombing the whole population of Gaza by the Israeli settler is regarded as terrorism?

65. threefontstreet

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 06, 2016

So NATO targets innocent people on purpose like Isis? Haha, go move to the middle East you coward instead of sitting i n your most likely safe Western home.

70. willard12 unregistered

I believe the answer is about 6 (including 2 police officers) at an abortion clinic 4 days before the Syed Farook shooting.

29. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Apples and Oranges.

43. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Even worse, people believe that all these things about Islam are true. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciutXxazCqI

56. Vrils

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

the difference is made by their reasoning for the attack. MUSLIMS have religious reasoning (things like 'Alllah wanted me to kill innocent Christians'). Those white people who killed other white people are NOT 'extremist christian' because they do not kill MUSLIMS so he they do not have religious motives therefore they are NOT 'christian extremists'

64. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Exactly Muslims = neanderthal thinking, violence against woman and children, wars in almost every country being Islamic. Etc etc etc etc.......in how many countries that are Christian, do you see terror attacks, wars, suicide bombers, kid warriors etc etc etc....

85. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

And the crazy Quran (islamic bible) who teaches muslims ti fight all those who do not believe in allah and his messanger muhammed. Who can be this blind to see who are the Extremists!

110. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

where does it teach muslims to do that?

112. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

“Lord…give us victory over the unbelievers.” Quran 3:147 “I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers.” Quran 8:12

118. calmaroc

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

A person who twists facts is truly a disgusting individual: How it actually goes for Quran 3:147 And their words were not but that they said, "Our Lord, forgive us our sins and the excess [committed] in our affairs and plant firmly our feet and give us victory over the disbelieving people." How it actually goes for Quran 8:12 [Remember] when your Lord inspired to the angels, "I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip."

107. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

They were terrorists. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.” It has nothing to do with being Muslim. Ted Kaczynski and Timothy McVeigh are terrorists. Dylann Roof and James Holmes are terrorists. None of them are Muslim. Race and religion have nothing to do with the labeling of terrorists. It's their actions.

117. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

This is true. At work just the other day, I received a memorandum from my state government detailing a list of known and suspected terrorist actions. One incident labeling a domestic terrorist was a man (a white guy) who killed his girlfriend and posted pictures of it online, then claimed he wanted "suicide by cop". Nothing to do with race or religion, but still seen as a domestic terrorist.

20. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Fetish? Does this blithering idiot even know what the word means? I don't f#ck my phone. I don't want to. There's no way that I could ever get off by having sexual contact with my phone. A fetish is something that someone can only get off on. Like feet or anal or chubbies or a certain race or something. This moron is our (the USA - I live in Arizona) president. The scary part is that his replacement is guaranteed to be even worse. The issue isn't about a couple crazy mofoing terrorists' privacy. If Apple were to develop this imagined, completely BS "alternative" OS, Big Brother will have the ability to hack a huge chunk of the population's devices. Giving over the source code would be even worse. And who's to guarantee that this information won't be shared with other countries? No doubt France, Great Britain, Israel, etc would love this. A smartphone is a computer, in every sense of the word and definition. Has the US government ever demanded that Apple or Microsoft unlock computers? Have they ever demanded the source code? (honest question, I don't know). And again, for the record, I've enjoyed my OnePlus One. I'm really liking my Nexus 6. But I don't want to f%&k them. I like smaller tits, bodypainting, and girl-on-girl, but those are merely preferences/peccadilloes, but they're not fetishes. Either Obama chose the wrong word, or he's ignorant of what the word means. Either way, he's a goddamned idiot.

26. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

You're a fool. Before you half ass attempt to trash someone at least make sure you don't leave yourself wide open to look like a fool. If you never learned this in school (assuming you went) words can have multiple meanings kid. You typed that long bullshit response revolving around wordplay that in the end proved once again why you don't trust people on the Internet. Taken from Webster " a strong and unusual need or desire for something" http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetish

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well at least we know you know know what a fetish is dummy. Before you call people out, make sure you aren't wrong. Fetishes don't have to always be sexual in nature dummy. Here us what the word he says means you stupid ignorant loser: have an excessive and irrational commitment to or obsession with (something).

37. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

You're both right about the definition of "fetish". I thought that the primary definition was about sexual proclivities, but apparently it's not. Funny though that neither of you argued against my other points of Obama being a fringging idiot, and a "phone" being no different than a computer, The issue isn't about justice or vengeance, but about the rights, freedoms, and liberty of the populous. I'm the last one to defend crazy assholes that shoot up places in the name of their imaginary friend. But there's no way that their actions justify taking away the rights, privacy and liberty of everyone else in the bullsh#t illusionary name of safety.

41. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

People's rights are not all absolute. If someone kills someone else, they lose their right to freedom and in some cases their right to life. The right to privacy is also not absolute, otherwise there would be no lawful search or seizure. The problem is encryption doesn't allow for a lawful search, which puts anything a person stores on an encrypted device out of law enforcement's reach. Before computers the only thing that was out of law enforcement's ability to search was a person's mind, which is protected by the fifth amendment to protect against self incrimination. Some are saying this also falls under the fifth amendment. The problem with that is that they aren't forcing an individual the incriminate themselves, but the company that makes the device, who is not in jeopardy of incriminating themselves. While again I don't want the government to have full access to my personal thoughts or information for no reason, I understand that if I break the law I have given up those rights.

119. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

But everyone else using iOS hasn't given up theirs. Why should they suffer from your breaking the law?

71. willard12 unregistered

When you call someone else a blithering idiot and it turns out that you are the blithering idiot, just take the loss and move on. Any point you try to make henceforth will be coming from a blithering idiot.

90. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Though he missed out the meaning of "fetish", yet he nailed some factual points. Because you made an error once, doesn't make you an idiot in all pf your posts!

24. jellmoo

Posts: 2531; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

This piece of Obama's quote is what got to me (check it at the source): "If the government can’t get in, everyone is walking around with a swiss bank account in their pocket." A Swiss bank account is perfectly legal. There is nothing wrong with having a Swiss bank account. Equating expecting to have privacy rights on your mobile device to having a Swiss bank account is indicative of how ridiculous this is. Using phantom terrorists as an excuse to erode privacy and coerce a company to work against the best interests of their customers is disingenuous at best, and downright sinister at worst.

31. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

And with a swiss bank account you don't have to worry about the government being able to seize it for their own gain.

39. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

"Using phantom terrorists as an excuse to erode privacy and coerce a company to work against the best interests of their customers is disingenuous at best, and downright sinister at worst." So if the terrorists and the threat is real, then what? With the way Apple is setting things up, encrypting everything from the devices to their cloud backup, there would be no way to get at the information should it be relevant. I have been saying from the beginning of this debacle the same thing he is saying here, that neither side is or can he 100% right, and taking a more moderate approach is what we should be looking at. Terrorists, bombings, mass shootings, etc are real things. Whether you believe this instance is real or not, those threats are real. To ignore them is just as bad as simply agreeing with the government and giving them unabridged access without a necessary reason.
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