There are limits. I follow the rule… “Never ask ‘personal’ questions”. If you want me to know something, you’ll tell me. If I find someone invasive, I cut them off and block them. If I respect your privacy, I expect the same from you. If you ask me questions… know that I refuse to answer all those on my private life and affairs. I know this means that you wouldn’t “friend” me, but I’d ask, “Who needs such ‘friends?'”
I NEVER Google anyone… full stop. I have no pressing need to do so, as I’m not a police detective or judge… no ordinary person has the need to do so. However, since the ability is there, people fall victim to sinful temptation, using the usual set of excuses for falling into Satan’s snares (“I had to do it” … “Everybody does it” … “I needed to find the truth about this person”). Let’s not be coy… to Google someone is the same as peering over a transom, listening in on someone’s private phone chat, or opening another person’s mail. Full stop. As one monastic told me, “To Google someone without need is sinful prying into another’s life. Christians don’t do things like that”.
By the way… NEVER reply to “conservative” attacks. “Conservatives” tend to be of low intelligence and have few scruples, so you not only would go nowhere with a reply, all that you’d do is provoke an unending mud-fest (which pleases the “conservatives” greatly, as it relieves them of the obligation to think and act rationally). Trust me… let them rant and let their “amen-corner” praise them! They’re not all of humanity… not by a long shot. Leave schmidiots like Rod Dreher and John Whiteford be… that actually heaps hot coals on their head, as they fancy themselves to be “important”. I have more good-sense than that… the government doesn’t spy on me for the simple fact that I’m unimportant and powerless… just as Whiteford and Dreher are!
Can you believe that the righties think that the government has a supercomputer that monitors all of us and our activities in the cyberworld? Let me tell you a secret… the NSA has intercepted radio traffic for years via ELINT (that’s open source; it’s isn’t some deep secret)… however, it can only use part of that intel because there aren’t enough translators, analysts, and office staff to put it into shape. Intel is EXPENSIVE… mostly, due to the cost of hiring competent humans to package and interpret it (that’s why Stratfor is a set of posturing phonies… they simply lack the resources, both human and financial, to do real intel). That is, there isn’t the money to do so… ergo, only the most important people and “stories” get attention. Most “conservative” hype over such is just that… hype. Usually, it’s just an excuse to justify godless piranha libertarianism (which is the most evil ideology out there… do note that most libertarians have a “religious” veneer, which makes them WORSE than the militant anti-religionists).
In short, I respect my online interlocutors. Note well those who don’t… their ignorant prattling tells you more about themselves than they it does about their targets…