On being paranoid enough

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“You may say I’m not paranoid enough about government intrusion and snooping, but I say that a civilization in which it is all but impossible to get duplicate entries out of junk mail address databases is not a civilization that is going to be able to figure out how to correlate your pornography rentals, golf club memberships, gas bills, and political leanings. I’m not saying they aren’t evil enough to do it; I’m saying they’re too incompetent to do it.”

—Geoffrey K. Pullum (on Language Log)

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