Blog Posts - January 2011

REVIEW: TRON Legacy delivers strong identity-technocracy message

By Anonymous, on Jan 17, 2011

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Tron sequel distills the nature of "bad" societal code BTC - While taking a break this Christmas, I was drawn into and captured 3 times by the world of TRON Legacy (regular, 3D, & 3D IMAX). I...

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REDUX: National identity reports, compliance delays and more N(on)STIC

By Anonymous, on Jan 14, 2011

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Special shout to Freedom's Phoenix for finds on NSTIC. Here is second life for news that matters. The latest on "NONSTIC" finds that the proposed identity program is undergoing technical...

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Fed News Friday: What is Money in 2011?

By Anonymous, on Jan 14, 2011

This week, I decided we should lay down some foundational elements of discussion before we go any further. What would Fed News Friday be without understanding where all this money comes from or where it originated from?

LAST WORD: Exhuming Real ID for show

By Anonymous, on Jan 13, 2011

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BTC -   Here's the last word on recent stereo surround sound filling my office about the CIS report. Today's Real ID revival looks like this and sounds like this. But it's really just...

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CIS reports federal identity agenda, budget lacking

By Anonymous, on Jan 13, 2011

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CIS leads a charge to reinforce federal license credentials as "secure" and a worthy investment by State governments to shield us from identity fraud, terrorist attempts and being mistaken for an...

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CIS reports on proliferation of zombie legislation

By Anonymous, on Jan 12, 2011

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BTC - It's like no one listens when I scream "THE ZOMBIES ARE SHUFFLING!" Except, Jim Harper.  What am I talking about?  The Center for Immigration Studies released their legislative agenda...

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REDUX: NIST goes on record about NSTIC..possibly TMI

By Anonymous, on Jan 12, 2011

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“We have a major problem in cyberspace, because when we are online we do not really know if people, businesses, and organizations are who they say they are. Moreover, we now have to remember dozens...

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REDUX: NSTIC, TSA conferences

By Anonymous, on Jan 10, 2011

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JON & KATE PLUS HATE Bill Maher | Myspace Video Here is second life for news that matters: Social Security Information Systems Near Collapse Facebook Wants to Supply Your Internet...

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NSTIC: Stanford post-game analysis

By Anonymous, on Jan 10, 2011

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BTC - The Stanford NSTIC forum held by US Dept. of Commerce Scry. Locke Friday was well attended by privacy and technology field members.  Intepretations of events were delayed because so many...

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The Modern Day Counterfeiter

By Anonymous, on Jan 10, 2011

I recently decided to pick up Case Against the Fed, by Murray Rothbard for a second go around.  One theme he tackles in his short and sweet book is the act of counterfeiting.  You don't hear much on the issue in mainstream headlines, however it is happening all around us.  Counterfeiting is considered one of the most punishable of crimes, even though the privileges of counterfeiting are granted to one particular agency...the Federal Reserve.

The Modern Day Counterfeiter

By Anonymous, on Jan 10, 2011

I recently decided to pick up Case Against the Fed, by Murray Rothbard for a second go around.  One theme he tackles in his short and sweet book is the act of counterfeiting.  You don't hear much on the issue in mainstream headlines, however it is happening all around us.  Counterfeiting is considered one of the most punishable of crimes, even though the privileges of counterfeiting are granted to one particular agency...the Federal Reserve.

Silver Circle's Fed News Friday: Bernanke & Volcker

By Anonymous, on Jan 7, 2011

Paul Volcker is leaving Obama's economic advisory board.  The decision seemed to have been a long time coming. Volcker saw the board as a public relations tool instead of an instrumental step toward financial recovery. Volcker is well known for calming inflation in the 1970-80's as Fed Chairman. His views from his experience in the 80's reflected on his goals in today's economic crisis.

Celebrities Talking about a Liberty Film?

By Anonymous, on Jan 6, 2011

Even the Pope says, "Let's get Silver Circle to Sundance." 

Facets of NSTIC, commerce discussed Friday at Stanford

By Anonymous, on Jan 4, 2011

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BTC -  NSTIC or the National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace will be discussed at Stanford University this Friday.   The program will be crossing into considerations of the...

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No More Commerce Clause?

By Nena, on Jan 4, 2011

How about getting rid of the "General Welfare" or "Necessary and Proper" Clauses as well?  Sounds great to those of us who realize that by simply citing one of these three clauses, the profligate Congress has been able to get away with passing an exponentially increasing number of unconstitutional laws.

Will 2011 be a Year of Transparency?

By Anonymous, on Jan 4, 2011

I'm optimistic.  Wikileaks is still going strong, Julian Assange is out of government custody, the United Nations is now set to investigate the conditions of alleged whistle blower, Bradley Manning, and a large swell of support from across the political spectrum is emerging in favor of the right to record one's interactions with public officials, especially the police. Even more surprisingly Representative Ron Paul is going to chair the House Sub-Committee on Domestic Monetary Policy.  What is the common theme of all these events? None other but a rational distrust of government secrecy.

Skepticism towards state power grows and then wanes.  Moments like Watergate deeply impact how a generation views the political landscape.  Where citizens might have originally trusted the institutions and most of the people involved they began to think of them more as corrupt bums.  With more leaks and secrets coming out everyday and more people recording their interactions with the arbiters of state power those in power will either have to behave themselves better or crack down with an iron fist, and I like to think it'd be the former option.

It is currently mainstream to care about the conditions Bradley Manning is kept in in his Quantico, Virginia cell.  Many people are disgusted by the fact that he is locked in his cell for 23 hours a day during which he can't exercise and is firmly regimented with his time... the man is not allowed to take a nap!  He must say "yes" every five minutes to guards who do not respond, and if he sleeps and the guards are not able to see him they will wake him.  When he is let out of his cage for his one hour per day to exercise it is only to walk around another room.  No calisthenics are permitted!