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O tempora! O mores!

From Latin, literally meaning "Oh, the times! Oh, the customs!" Used to express frustration or exasperation at some aspect of modern times (in comparison with times of old). Taken from an oration by the Roman consul Cicero (106–43 BC) as he lamented the corruption into which Rome had fallen. In the poll, over half of students had never heard of Benjamin Franklin. O tempora! O mores! These days, we value politicians who sling insults and revel in ignorance over those who know and respect the law. O tempora, o mores!

O tempora! O mores!

Oh, the times, oh, the customs! This Latin phrase comes from an oration of Cicero, in which he bitterly denounced the corruption of the Rome of his day. It was subsequently used by the erudite to criticize their own era. Quote Cicero if you wish, but be prepared to be greeted by blank or at least quizzical stares . . . more than half your listeners will think you're complaining about a Japanese restaurant's tempura.
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The Tempora operation involves attaching intercept probes to transatlantic cables where they land on British stores from North America, the Guardian said.
The privacy watchdog has challenged the government and telecom companies on two counts: "For the failure to have a publicly accessible legal framework in which communications data of those located in the UK is accessed, after [it is] obtained and passed on by the US National Security Agency through the Prism programme", and secondly, "indiscriminate interception and storing of huge amounts of data via tapping undersea fibre optic cables" through the Tempora programme.
Revealed to German magazine (http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/interview-with-whistleblower-edward-snowden-on-global-spying-a-910006.html) Der Spiegel by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/487676/20130708/edward-snowden-nsa-uk-gchq-tempora-data.htm) Tempora is claimed to be a more advanced data collection tool than those used by the NSA.
"Tempora is the first 'save everything' approach in the intelligence world.
The GCHQ's (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/481941/20130622/edward-snowden-charge-gchq-nsa-prism-whistleblower.htm) Tempora programme mines every bit of computer data and misses nothing, Snowden told the Hamburg-based weekly.
"Tempora is the first 'save everything' approach ['full take'] in the intelligence world.
The 30-year-old former NSA contractor explained that unlike other surveillance systems, which collect only metadata, Tempora vacuums every bit of data.