GOP Banishes Paul Supporters at Convention

Filed under:General — posted by Q Ball on 8/28/2012 @ 2:28 pm

The Republican Party ignores Ron Paul supporters at its own peril. The GOP consistently talks about how the DNC is a bunch of elitists and now the GOP has proven itself to be no different.

English Teen Arrested for Twitter Comment

Filed under:Culture War,Technology — posted by Q Ball on 8/7/2012 @ 4:20 pm

From The Guardian:

A 17-year-old boy arrested as part of an investigation into Twitter messages sent to the diver Tom Daley after he and team-mate Pete Waterfield missed out on a medal on Monday has been issued with a harassment warning.

DOJ Sues Those Who Challenge the Authority of NSL Warrant-less Data Collection

Filed under:Bill of Rights — posted by 3wire on 7/20/2012 @ 12:46 am

From: EFF

… Not only does this briefing show that the Department of Justice continues to strongly protect the FBI’s NSL authority, it highlights a startlingly aggressive new tactic used by the Department of Justice: suing NSL recipients who challenge the FBI’s authority, arguing that court challenges to such authority themselves amount to breaking the law.

Andrew Napolitano – Drug War Update

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Culture War,Our Money — posted by 3wire on 4/11/2012 @ 5:22 pm

War on Drugs


Feds Want Way to Hack Xboxes and Wiis for Evidence

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Gaming,Technology — posted by 3wire on 4/9/2012 @ 4:27 pm

From: Threat Watch

The Department of Homeland Security has launched a research project to find ways to hack into gaming consoles to obtain sensitive information about gamers stored on the devices.

One of the first contracts for the project was awarded last week to Obscure Technologies, based in California, to devise a forensic tool that will siphon data from the Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3 and other consoles.


LA City Coucil Considers Unconstitutional Ban on Speech

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Culture War — posted by Q Ball on 3/21/2012 @ 6:19 pm

LA is proposing the ban on racist and sexist comments on radio. I don’t agree with that type of speech, but I am not willing to sellout my freedom to ban it. California needs to come to terms with its self and secede. If they want a “utopia”, they can go ahead and try but not at the expense of these United States.

When Bureaucrats Get Bored, They Raid

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Our Money — posted by Q Ball on 2/24/2012 @ 6:47 pm

Gibson Guitars has been raided twice because the government claims Gibson bought wood that was illegally logged in India and Madagascar.

Who is winning SOPA? Read Rupe Murdoch’s Twitter feed

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Technology — posted by 3wire on 1/15/2012 @ 5:43 pm

From: CNET

The White House raised concerns yesterday about controversial antipiracy bills being debated in Congress and one way to measure how furious some copyright owners are with the President Obama is to read the Twitter posts of Rupert Murdoch.


The Individual and Freedom

Filed under:General — posted by Q Ball on 1/8/2012 @ 11:12 pm

“Freedom is a tenable objective only for responsible individuals.”
-Milton Freidman

According to US Justice Department logic: Bernanke is a domestic terrorist

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 12/27/2011 @ 11:59 pm

by Simon Black

“The United States Department of Justice delivered a very clear and unfortunate message on Friday:

“Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism. While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country.”

These remarks were released by the US Attorney’s office in the western district of North Carolina following the conviction of one Bernard von NotHaus, the creator of the ill-fated Liberty Dollar.

As you likely recall from a few years ago, Liberty Dollars were privately minted gold and silver rounds. Paper certificates, akin to warehouse receipts were also issued, effectively giving the bearer a right to claim a certain amount of gold or silver at the group’s warehouse in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

This is traditionally how the system of money used to function – precious metals would be stored in private, secure storage facilities, and paper certificates were issued as a medium of exchange that entitled the bearer to redeem metal from the vault. Liberty Dollars represented a return to that system.

Clearly, the Justice Department feels otherwise… instead viewing these silver rounds as an attempt by terrorists to undermine the US dollar.

Interesting choice of words. Undermine? “verb [transitive]. to erode the base or foundation of something. to damage or weaken, especially gradually. ”

Funny, this sounds a lot more like quantitative easing than anything else. Ben Bernanke, in creating trillions of new dollars and debasing the value thereof, is guilty of the same insidious acts, and similarly, he represents a clear and present danger to the economic stability of the United States.

Somehow, though, I doubt that Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano or Attorney General Eric Holder will end up labeling Mr. Bernanke as a domestic terrorist.

Von NotHaus faces up to 15 years in prison on one count and 5 years on two others. Punitively, this is more serious than engaging in female genital mutilation (5-years, section 116 of Title 18, US Code), certain types of assault (as little as six months, section 113), or, ironically, bank robbery (10-years, section 2113b).

The US government obviously has its priorities straight.

As for the total amount of Von NotHaus’ gold and silver booty? A whopping $7 million, roughly .000083% of Bernanke’s $8.4 trillion money supply. Von NotHaus was so insignificant he wasn’t even in the ballpark of a rounding error. By definition, this couldn’t possibly constitute a danger to the economy.”

MTV advert: welcome to the Police State

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 12/18/2011 @ 8:17 pm

Originally released in 2008 and yet, in light of the NDAA, completely applicable today.

List of who voted for and against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 12/17/2011 @ 12:29 pm

“This year’s National Defense Authorization Act has just passed through the Senate. The only obstacle is President Obama and historically he caves into vocal opposition, and looking at the lengthy list of Senators voting Yea, this abomination this could very well pass.
The restructured version of the bill kept the provisions but exempted U.S. citizens to be held in military custody and included language stating that the bill did not extend new authority to detain U.S. citizens. If we need to dissect this swiftly passed Act to this degree, warning signs should be blaring in your head and the fact that, that particular provision was even contained in the bill should alarm you. Why was that provision contained in the bill to begin with?

The NDAA will stifle our Constitutional Rights and most probably will pass, and most definitely without the approval of Americans. This is reminiscent of the Patriot Act. Our government is now allowed to spy on their citizens. We are not supposed to fear our government, and now, regardless of any restructuring done in this Act, it’s a step in a very wrong direction.

Regardless of how politicos spin the passage of NDAA, it opens the door to invasive tactics which infringe upon our freedom. It’s one step in a direction America should never venture into.

…keep your eye on this list of Yeas, and vote them out. Sure, some of the 13 Senators possibly came to the realization that Americans will retaliate at the voting booth if they allow the passage of NDAA, but whether it’s out of conscience or political posturing, those opposing the Act should be held up, while those passing it, should pay a stiff price by occupying an unemployment line.”

Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Government claims ownership over our water

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 12/11/2011 @ 6:15 am

“Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I’m about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else.

As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting property owners from “diverting” water that falls on their own homes and land have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states. Only recently, as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads with law enforcement over the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use.

Federal agents raid Mormon food storage facility, demand list of customers storing emergency food

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 6:12 am

NOTE: the story, below appears to have been incorrect.

“As of late Monday, Oath Keepers had pulled the food storage raid story from their website, and gave an explanation that stated:

“We have pulled this story about the Mormon cannery being visited by federal agents because the source of the information at the cannery is now denying that he ever told us that event occurred.””

(See the note after the story for one important caveat)


“As was the plan all along, the so-called “War on Terror” has officially devolved into a war on the American people

This was clearly illustrated by the recent traitorous passage of the egregious National Defense Authorization Act by the US Congress (…). But in order to fully implement the ultimate goal of total control and tyranny, the federal government is now actively collecting the names of individuals that are preparing for the future by buying and storing emergency food supplies.

Oath Keepers, an association of active servicemen devoted to upholding their oath of guarding the republic and protecting individual liberty, has reported that federal agents recently paid a visit to a Latter Day Saints food storage cannery in Tennessee. Though they had no reason to be there, these agents allegedly interrogated the facility’s manager and demanded to see a list of customers that had purchased, and were storing, food there.

Oath Keepers Tennessee Chapter President Rand Cardwell confirmed the incident, according to reports, as he is in close contact with a fellow veteran who happens to store his own food at the facility in question. According to the man’s account, agents entered the facility and began demanding payment records and personal information for everyone connected with the operation.

This unprovoked act of intimidation is highly concerning, but it is also somewhat contradictory. On the one hand, the federal government has been instilling fear into the American public for years, and has even made announcements urging the public to be prepared. But on the other hand, this same government is now pursuing those who are heeding these precautions as if they are terrorists.

Oath Keepers suggests the government might be trying to gather intelligence on food-storing Americans in order to later come and confiscate that food, or worse — after all, freedom-loving patriots who are preparing for social upheaval are a threat to the power structure that seeks to tighten the noose of tyranny around the neck of society.”

NOTE: even though the raid may not have ocurred, there are still alarming reports associated with this story:

“But the full context to the story does not seem to end there. It turns out authorities have been poking around and asking Tennesseans about their emergency preparations, even going door-to-door with questionnaires.

Local Nashville news broadcasters at WTVF-TV reported on house-by-house Metro Public Health department efforts to check on citizens’ emergency preparedness, including the off-putting line that ”The county still wants to know exactly what you are doing to start thinking ahead:”

In addition, a terrorism watch precursor pamphlet from the “Bureau of Justice Assistance” has been circulating the internet that targets completely legal, commonplace behaviors for many conservatives who want to be ready for an emergency. The bulletin lists sweeping generalizations about who might be a terrorist, and many of the indicators revolve around food storage and emergency preparedness.”

Replacing A Smart Meter With A Safe Analog Meter

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 12/4/2011 @ 1:50 pm

This video demonstrates a way to protect your home from EMF pollution and unlawful surveillance.

“Smart Meters” have been misrepresented as safe and lawful. They have not been shown to be either, and they are known to be otherwise.

Smart Meters emit dangerous pulsed EMF radiation (a class 2b carcinogen) into private property, and they are instruments of surveillance as defined by Federal Wiretapping Law because Smart Meters monitor personal activities by electronic means inside private homes and businesses.

Power companies, local governments and regulators have badly failed to investigate and confirm the legality and safety of Smart Meters, preferring instead to take the advice and directions of “experts” and “stakeholders” who stand to make billions on this destructive and invasive technology.

Never before has such a poorly conceived and dubious program been undertaken against, ultimately, every person on the planet who receives distributed electrical service.

The dangers to the public are so obvious that to be a proponent of Smart Meters is to be suspect of intentional wrongdoing or severe ignorance.

There will soon be massive backlash against not just Smart Meters but the wider attitude by wealthy elites that they may invade, control and exploit people’s private lives as they wish.

People are awakening to these frauds at an accelerating pace. This video is just one tiny part of that general public awakening.

Today, it may seem radical to refuse or reject a Smart Meter on your home. Soon, most of us will have difficulty understanding how a program as unwise and offensive the Smart Meter program could have been contemplated in the first place.

Swiss Government study: downloading leads to sales, so we’re keeping it legal

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 1:48 pm

“The Swiss government commissioned a study on the impact of copyright-infringing downloading. The independent study concluded that downloaders use the money they spend to buy more legitimate entertainment products.

So they’ve concluded to maintain Switzerland’s extant copyright law, which makes downloading for personal use legal.

It’s a rare victory for evidence-based policy in a world dominated by shrill assertions of lost jobs and revenue, backed by funny-number “statistics” from industry-commissioned researchers.

‘Indefinite Detention’ Bill Passes Senate 93-7

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 12/3/2011 @ 7:47 pm

The Senate last night codified into law the power of the U.S. military to indefinitely detain an American citizen with no charge, no trial and no oversight whatsoever with the passage of S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act.

Americans completely stripped of all rights under Section 1031?

One amendment that would have specifically blocked the measures from being used against U.S. citizens was voted down and the final bill was passed 93-7.

Another amendment introduced by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein that attempted to bar the provision from being used on American soil, an effort to ensure “the military won’t be roaming our streets looking for suspected terrorists,” also failed, although Feinstein voted in favor of the bill anyway.

Senator Al Franken asks Carrier IQ exactly what it’s doing

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 12:29 am

“Almost inevitably, the government is waking up to the Carrier IQ smartphone tracking story: Senator Al Franken, Chairman of the Senate’s subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and Law, has asked Carrier IQ to clarify exactly what its software can do. Franken specifically wants to know what data is recorded on devices with Carrier IQ, what data is sent, if it’s sent to Carrier IQ or carriers themselves, how long it’s stored once received, and how it’s protected once stored. In other words, all the same questions we’ve been asking since this story first broke. Franken’s asked Carrier IQ to respond by December 14, so hopefully we’ll have some real answers soon — the company hasn’t responded to repeated requests for comment from us or any other press outlet that we’ve seen.

Senator Franken led a rather pointed hearing of the privacy subcommittee over the summer after the iPhone’s location tracking system led to some controversy — he asked Apple and Google exactly what information Android and iOS devices were recording, and closed the session by saying that he had “serious doubts” about how well consumer privacy was protected on mobile devices. We’ll see if Carrier IQ can put those doubts to rest.”

Chase exec: we tricked naive borrowers into taking out subprime loans

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 12:26 am

“An award-winning Chase vice-president has gone public with accusations that his bank deliberately tricked naive borrowers into taking out high-commission loans they could never pay back (his team wrote $2B in loans during the subprime bubble), putting the lie to the narrative that subprime was about greedy borrowers taking money they knew they shouldn’t:

One memory particularly troubles Theckston. He says that some account executives earned a commission seven times higher from subprime loans, rather than prime mortgages. So they looked for less savvy borrowers — those with less education, without previous mortgage experience, or without fluent English — and nudged them toward subprime loans.

These less savvy borrowers were disproportionately blacks and Latinos, he said, and they ended up paying a higher rate so that they were more likely to lose their homes. Senior executives seemed aware of this racial mismatch, he recalled, and frantically tried to cover it up.

The Gathering Storm – Pat Condell

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 11/29/2011 @ 8:58 pm

Wake up, Europe, and smell the treachery.

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