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.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.