The latest flap is about the US Government spying on/listening to 35 world leaders. Of course, foremost among them is German chancellor, Angie. I can't imagine anything more boring for a US spy than listening to discussions about German domestic politics/politicians. I doubt that much useful information ever reached the ears of US policy makers.
During my youth, there existed such thing as a telephone party line. Limited access to telephone capacity required sharing. Anyone with a connection to the number could listen in on other parties conversations. Young people might not understand lines in old movies of someone on the phone saying "Hang up, Mrs. Jones, I know you're listening."
One learned to keep quiet about secrets or embarrassing information during telephoning: someone was always listening....
Just like now!
_ People like to complain about being ignored. I’m sure that all have heard someone whine “You never call me.” It’s always about them.
I have a simple response. I explain, as I would to a dim child, that the telephone works in two directions. One can make calls, as well as receive calls.
If someone wants to hear from me, before I get around to calling, then it is a simple matter of picking up the phone and calling. I will be happy to speak with anyone that makes the effort. Sometime, I might even make a call...
Of course, I have been known to use the above phrase (What’s a little hypocrisy between friends?), when wishing to harass my children. I do not expect to be called, but do like to make them feel guilty of neglect.