Monthly Archives: April 2012

Papers, please

I received two interesting bits of news in today’s SANS NewsBites.

Item The First:

 –TSA Testing New Document Authentication System
(April 20, 2012)
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is testing a new system to authenticate travel documents. The Credential Authentication Technology/Boarding Pass Scanning System (CAT/BPSS) aims to detect fake boarding passes and photo identification documents. It also collects and displays travelers’ ID photographs, but once the document are authenticated, the data are deleted from the system.
http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/security/232900686

Reportedly, nobody in the government yet realizes that they are acting out every movie script with the generic third-world totalitarian government that demands papers be produced before allowing the harried hero and heroine to travel to their destination — OR THEIR DOOM.

Item The Second:

 –Executive Order Allows Sanctions for Using Technology for Human Rights Abuses
(April 23, 2012)
President Obama has announced sanctions against Syria and Iran “and those who abet them, for using technologies to monitor, target, and track its citizens for violence.” The sanctions include visa bans and financial restrictions. The sanctions arise from an executive order that specifically mentions the use of technology for human rights abuses.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17817520
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-announces-sanctions-for-tech-used-in-human-rights-abuses-in-iran-and-syria/2012/04/23/gIQAOGm3bT_story.html

No word yet on whether this will be applied to police departments and ATF agents who use technologies to monitor, target, and track US citizens for violence, or even to levy sanctions against those FDA guys who got on the Internet, only to discover Amish selling — of all things!!! — raw milk, and then ran in with guns out, pushed everyone around, and dumped all the milk.

Obama reportedly giggled after signing the order while calling up another drone-strike assassination of an American citizen he’d been monitoring, targeting, and tracking.

Obama reviewed actions he has taken to prevent mass killings since assuming office.

They included increasing the number of troops to preemptively kill people all thoughout the Middle East… in order to avoid mass killings later.

“That does not mean that we intervene militarily every time there’s an injustice in the world,” he said. “We cannot and should not.”

“No,” he emphasized.  “We frequently must intervene militarily before there’s injustice.  We cannot wait — we must strike first and kill them before they kill themselves or each other.”

Then he went back to spit-shining his Nobel Peace Prize.

Two perspectives on government-enforced morality and welfare

In the first, Connor Boyack takes the religious angle, where morally-superior folks feel justified forcing people to choose the right when they don’t do it voluntarily.  Via Immorality and Irresponsibility: A Justification for Statism? | Connor’s Conundrums:

One such argument claims that because people are unrighteous, the government must do for them what they will not do for themselves.

Those who advance this argument often point to some common examples to support their claim. Because people do not give enough to charity, the welfare system is needed to take care of those unable to provide for themselves. Because children whose families are poor or who live in remote areas would otherwise not have access to a school, a public education system must be financed by taxpayers to provide education for all. Because drug use is prevalent, regulations and prohibitions are needed to criminalize the production and consumption of these illicit substances. The list is lengthy, and each justification is based on the core idea behind this argument: widespread immorality and irresponsibility implicitly authorizes the government’s attempts to enforce a standard of morality that people would otherwise abandon.

He goes on to expound on a 2009 speech by the Apostle D. Todd Christofferson thoroughly refuting that rationalization.  A christian would work with compassion and education, not compulsion.

And from another perspective, the Cato institute explains why welfare-by-compulsion, and pretty much all other government programs, fail to meet their goals:

In addition, whatever the intention behind government programs, they are soon captured by special interests. The nature of government is such that programs are almost always implemented in a way to benefit those with a vested interest in them rather than to actually achieve the programs’ stated goals… Among the nonpoor with a vital interest in antipoverty programs are social workers and government employees who administer the programs and business people, such as landlords and physicians, who are paid to provide services to the poor. Thus, anti-poverty programs are usually more concerned with protecting the prerogatives of the bureaucracy than with actually fighting poverty.

via Welfare and Private Charity | Cato @ Liberty.

Primal food storage

I’d consider myself a “semi-primal” — I eat meat and veggies, but also bread and sugar.

I’d like to go more primal, but cannot think of what I’d snack on or eat during emergencies.

Happily, Rick Miller of Liberty Study wrote an article with good suggestions.  Unfortunately, most of it does not sound delicious or satisfying.

You decide!

When considering dry food to store, one can come up with quite a few choices:

Dried Mushrooms
Kale Chips (dehydrated kale)
Basically any dehydrated veggies
Jerky
Canned Fish/Seafood (choose wisely – low mercury, high omega-3)
Seeds (including chia and/or hemp)
Nuts
Oils (especially coconut and olive)
Ghee (clarified butter)
Pre-cooked Bacon (nitrate-free)

via Primal Prepping by Rick Miller.