Archive for the ‘Fascism comes to America’ Category

SimState: the end of property rights

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

SimCity is a video game that goes back to 1989 that appears to have become the primary influence on urban planners. In the game, you start with empty land, and you control the development of the growth of the city by micromanaging every detail. The humans living in the city have no purpose other than being counters simulated inside an algorithm that was designed to force the player to accept a specific version of what a successful city looks like. California has just passed a series of laws creating a utopian state of perfect cities.

California passed into law 15 new laws that complete the transition of California to a socialist paradise. Governor Jerry Brown has obviously been colluding with 1960s Soviet Russia, with its centralized planning emphasizing dreary high-rise buildings built along transit routes.

Sacramento Bee: Affordable Housing Bills

The bills include new taxes on home sales, selling bonds to build homeless shelters and low-income housing, and forcing cities to develop plans to integrate low-income housing in their cities and all new development.

The most paradoxical provision requires that the developers of low-cost housing pay the construction workers more money.

The Department of Truth is not taking over the FCC

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Alex Jones has no problem just making stuff up. When he doesn’t understand something, he just creates a theory, then starts embellishing and repeating it.

The “Department of Truth” Amendment that Congress just passed and President Obama just signed reorganizes the (Radio) Board of Governors, which has absolutely nothing to do with the FCC.

Radio World Summary

The BBG is a non-military government propoganda agency, very similar in purpose to the World Service of the BBC. It operates the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio (and TV) Marti to flood Cuba with information. The important part about the BBG is that until recently, it was prohibited from directing its programming at the population inside the United States. The BBG works closely with the CIA.

Carl Bernstein – the CIA and media

As the Internet became a bigger deal, it was pointed out that Americans accessing the VOA website was violating the law, a change was made in 2013 to allow Americans to visit the VOA website.

Background

The language of the just passed law widens the discretion of the BBG to determine who its audience is – could it be domestic? Possibly. Is the CIA going to buy Clear Channel? How do we know they don’t own it already?

The just passed law makes no mention of the FCC

Text

“We’re tasing you for your own good”

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Tasers are not a an alternative to cattle prods.

What the fuck is wrong with our country?

Video of police inside jail killing woman with Taser

Section 606

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

While looking at a recent FCC license authorization, I noticed interesting legal language referencing Section 606 of the Communications Act of 1934 – the law that created the FCC

This license is subject to the right of use or control by the
Government of the United States conferred by Section 606 of the
Communications Act of 1934.

So the US Goverment has a right to take over radio stations and control them? I’m shocked, I tell you.

Not that the law really constrains the President, under what circumstances could the President seize control of all radio and TV stations?

Section 606:

During the continuance of a war in which the United States is engaged, the President is authorized, if he finds it necessary for the national defense and security, to direct that such communications as in his judgment may be essential to the national defense and security shall have preference or priority with any carrier subject to this chapter. He may give these directions at and for such times as he may determine, and may modify, change, suspend, or annul them and for any such purpose he is authorized to issue orders directly, or through such person or persons as he designates for the purpose, or through the Commission. Any carrier complying with any such order or direction for preference or priority herein authorized shall be exempt from any and all provisions in existing law imposing civil or criminal penalties, obligations, or liabilities upon carriers by reason of giving preference or priority in compliance with such order or direction.

How about that “War on Terror”? Thank you very much, George W Bush.

More fruit from the Snowden tree

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

CISCO warns of back door built into equipment

CISCO makes much of the equipment that runs and secures the Internet. Snowden’s leaks already disclosed that the NSA has complete access to CISCO gear, including the ability to install software modifications.

Now we know how for at least some devices. A little boring technical stuff. SSH is the main tool used to connect remotely to devices on the Internet. There are several ways to prove to the remote device that it should let you in. The simple method is sending a userid and password. For many situations, that is impractical. For example, I frequently connect the test machine to the production machine in Texas. If I was using passwords, I would have to constantly type the password (risking someone watching my keyboard) or “hard code” the password somewhere.

A better alternative is a public/private key exchange. Both computers have a secret private key and a public key. You can’t derive my private key if I give you my public key. But if you take my public key and combine it with your private key, the resulting key establishes beyond any reasonable doubt that both ends know who the other end is. Someone recording the exchange of keys still cannot derive a private key or be able to masquerade as a real device.

What CISCO just admitted is every device in their advisory has a hard coded key for its support responsibilities. This allows anyone with knowledge of that private SSH key for CISCO support to connect to the device as an authenticated user. All if takes is for CISCO to provide that key to government agencies, or a hacker or ex-employee to find and leak the private key, and every internet connected CISCO device affected is vulnerable to complete remote control by unknown remote persons.

If Snowden doesn’t get a Nobel Peace Prize, the award has no meaning

What secret is worth $100k a month?

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Former Republican Speaker of the house Denny Hastert has been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury. He was caught in a net of his own making, and my sympathy for him is very limited.

I know I’m in a small minority, but I like Newt Gingrich. Newt (and Rush) led the 1994 uprising under the banner of The Contract With America and swept in a large crop of Freshman Republicans ready to really change government. One of the goals was making laws passed by Congress apply to Congress. The establishment pushed Newt out of being the Speaker after the 1998 election, even though the Republicans maintained control of the House, neutering Bill Clinton’s ambitions. Dennis Hastert replaced Newt.

Hastert has been indicted for “structured bank withdrawals” – he needed $100k a month in cash to pay off some unspecified person for some not yet disclosed reason. The Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 laid the foundation for requiring banks to report cash transactions of over $10,000 and making it illegal to make withdrawals of less than $10k to avoid the reporting by the bank.

In the post 9/11 era, the government needs to know everything about everything – lest an ISIS terrorist unleash Anthrax on Washington DC. The incentive of civil forfeiture for “suspicious” quantities of cash – to fight the war on drugs, of course makes possession of cash a presumptive indicator of criminal intent.

You really don’t think which brand of soap you buy at Walmart isn’t The government’s business, do you? A bar of soap and Shinola shoe polish could be used to make a fake gun to hijack an airplane, after all. The Department of Precrime needs as much information as Big Data can hold. We can never be too safe.

War breaks out at the FCC

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-releases-open-internet-order

Now that the FCC “passed” so-called Net Neutrality with no review period and no opportunity for discussion, the staff of the FCC has written down what Tom Wheeler decided he thinks the law should be – being the czar of all communications.  That text was released today, including staff rebuttals to the points raised by the commissioners opposing the regulations.

http://www.fcc.gov/blog/fixing-flawed-and-non-existent-editorial-privileges

The author is Michael O’Reilly, one of the two minority members of the FCC commission.