The origins of the term "Nanny State" can be traced back to British Member of Parliament Ian Macleod, who in 1965 penned a column under the name "Quoodle" for The Spectator. "In my occasional appearances as a poor man's Peter Simple I fire salvos in the direction of what I call the Nanny State," wrote Quoodle, before taking shots at various British ministers -- in particular the Minister of Transport who recently had proposed a 70-mph speed limit on British motorways.
Progressive Insurance wants its insurance agents to take a 30-day ride-along with its customers. While the agents themselves are not physically in the vehicles, the Progressive "Snapshot" device -- which functions much like a car's Event Data Recorder, or "EDR" (also known as a "black box") -- constantly monitors and records every move a driver makes; including how often drivers slam on the brakes, how many miles they drive, and how much time they spend driving at high-risk hours (Midnight to 4:00 AM).
In observational experiments, researchers constantly battle a phenomenon called the "Hawthorne effect," where subjects of experiments alter their behavior when aware of being studied. For example, in 2011, researchers at Carnegie Mellon mailed postcards to customers of an electric company, informing customers they were the subjects of a company study on electricity usage.
In George Orwell's dystopian novel, "1984," which describes life in an oppressive, virtually inescapable Surveillance State, the vocabulary of the populace is so tightly controlled and manipulated by the central government, it becomes a language unto its own: Newspeak. The purpose of Newspeak is to limit individual thought and provide the government virtually complete control over how citizens communicate. This, in turn, allows government agents to engineer whatever reality best serves the interests of the State.
If there is one man who knows about corrupt presidential administrations, it is Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. So, when the man who helped bring down Richard Nixon warns about widespread corruption within the Executive Branch, it commands attention. Woodward spoke last weekend with CBS anchor Bob Schieffer about the Obama Administration's "secret world" of government power, where it operates with impunity, often times well outside the rule of law.