Friday, August 30, 2013

appalled, astounded, stunned

Police storm homeschool class, take children by force


Bob Unruh
WND
30 August 2013

"A team of 20 social workers, police and special agents stormed the family’s Darmstadt, Germany, home. HSLDA reported a Judge Koenig, who is assigned to the Darmstadt family court, signed an order authorizing the immediate seizure of the children by force.

“Citing the parents’ failure to cooperate ‘with the authorities to send the children to school,’ the judge also authorized the use of force ‘against the children’ … reasoning that such force might be required because the children had ‘adopted the parents’ opinions’ regarding homeschooling and that ‘no cooperation could be expected’ from either the parents or the children,” HSLDA said."

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DISCLAIMER
Resident blogger educated her children at home from late Eighties to early this century. One child completed her Ph. D in English (B.A., University of the South) this summer and the other has been abroad with his wife and daughter for five years, teaching English in a smattering of countries.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

for whom the bell tolls

Email service used by Snowden shuts itself down, warns against using US-based companies


Glenn Greenwald
The Guardian
9 August 2013

"What is particularly creepy about the Lavabit self-shutdown is that the company is gagged by law even from discussing the legal challenges it has mounted and the court proceeding it has engaged. In other words, the American owner of the company believes his Constitutional rights and those of his customers are being violated by the US Government, but he is not allowed to talk about it. Just as is true for people who receive National Security Letters under the Patriot Act, Lavabit has been told that they would face serious criminal sanctions if they publicly discuss what is being done to their company."

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

not in Kansas anymore

Please Ignore the Man in the White Coat Who Is Reading Your Mind


Ashlee Vance
Bloomberg Businessweek
2 August 2013

"...the rat is having its mind controlled by human thought—and there’s evidence all around that our minds might soon come under control, too."

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Hat tip: Steve Quayle

ADDITIONAL LINKS
Early experiments in 'reading' the mind (2008)
The military's $4 million grant: thought helmets (2008)
Remote control of your brain (2008)
The very NSFW article above links came from (2009)
"Trauma-based mind control" (2013)
And is this real??? (1998)
And now all of this begins to make sense (2013)

Friday, August 2, 2013

dangerous precedents looming in journalism

Congress and the Justice Dept's Dangerous Attempts to Define “Journalist” Threaten to Exclude Bloggers


Morgan Weiland
Electronic Frontier Foundation
23 July 2013

"Congress introduced federal shield bills in May—both ironically named the “Free Flow of Information Act of 2013”—that arguably would exclude bloggers, freelancers, and other non-salaried journalists from protection because they are not included within the bills’ narrow definition of who qualifies as a journalist.

If these bills—support for which the White House reaffirmed in its DOJ report—pass without change, Congress effectively will create two tiers of journalists: the institutional press licensed by the government, and everyone else. That’s a pretty flimsy shield if what we are really trying to protect is the free flow of information."

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just in case you missed this one...

Team Obama Steps Up Racial Standards for Neighborhoods


Chris Stirewalt
Power Play | FoxNews
23 July 2013

"A new interactive database will help regulators, local housing officials and individuals take action on a newly proposed regulation that would require agencies to “affirmatively further” the inclusion of minority residents in white neighborhoods."

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Hat tip: Red Flag News

you know that summer is near (Mt. 24:32)

Yes, Threats to Religious Liberty Happen Here


Ryan T. Anderson
National Review Online
30 July 2013

"Some on the left are criticizing Senator Ted Cruz’s recent comments about how the drive to redefine marriage may threaten religious freedom — but a closer inspection of the issue reveals his worries were accurate, prescient, and maybe even too cautious."

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ADDITIONAL LINKS
Gay couple in UK suing to have wedding in church (The Telegraph)
Research by the Heritage Foundation on marriage
Research by Family Research Council on loss of religious freedom in military *
Religious Liberty as Founding Principle of America

* Contains link for pdf file of the complete document

the future on Obamacare

10 Reasons Why Obamacare is Going to Ruin Your Medical Care...and Your Life


Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.
Activist Post
1 August 2013

"By forcing individuals to purchase compliant healthcare plans but not forcing employers to provide those plans, Obama is creating a swell of 10-13 million workers that must enroll in health insurance, but cannot obtain it from their employers. These workers thus have no choice but to use the government-controlled health insurance exchanges, or else pay a financial penalty."

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ADDITIONAL LINKS
The "Big Brother' Database
Invasive insurance demands (already)

language as farce

Decoding the NSA: How the Agency Manipulates Language...


Michael Krieger
A Lightening War for Liberty
1 August 2013

"It’s no wonder, that “Big Brother” and the “Party” in George Orwell’s 1984 emphasize language in order to exert mind control on the population of Oceania with tactics such as “doublespeak” and “Newspeak.” After all, if we lose the ability to use language to effectively communicate with one another, what do we have left?"

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ADDITIONAL LINKS
The original article from Slate

Thursday, August 1, 2013

that slippery slope

The Essence of DNA Identity


"Sartre"
Old-Thinker News
10 June 2013

"With the inception of DNA science, the practice of biological engineering has gone wild. Extracting a DNA exemplar at birth is much different from forcing an arrestee to give up a saliva sample. The entire foundation of Western Civilization, based upon the inborn natural human rights of personhood, is violated when state mandates claim their license over your singular essence."

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divisions between night and day

House Defeats Effort to Rein in N.S.A. Data Gathering


Jonathan Weisman
The New York Times
24 July 2013

"A deeply divided House defeated legislation Wednesday that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting vast amounts of phone records, handing the Obama administration a hard-fought victory in the first Congressional showdown over the N.S.A.’s surveillance activities since Edward J. Snowden’s security breaches last month."

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Rep. Amash On Reining In NSA Surveillance

Robin Young & Jeremy Hobson
Here & Now | 90.0 WBUR Boston | NPR
31 July 2013

"“But we have a Constitution that already balances liberty and security. And the Constitution tells us we can’t collect this kind of information on Americans.”"

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ADDITIONAL LINKS
The Mother Jones Interview with Sen. Wyden
Overview by Ron Paul
National Review Online analysis