April 18, 2014

California City Closes Down Bible Study in Private Home

What were these slaves thinking??? They thought they could get away with having a group of like minded individuals, (Christians) gather in a private home and worship God without approval of their Government Master? I think not! Every good slave should know they can only have freedom of assembly or freedom of religion when a permit is properly applied for and approved with the appropriate Government agency. After all, slaves don’t have rights, they can only ask permission. (yes, I am being sarcastic)

This article from InfoWars.com is only a sign of things to come.

Kurt Nimmo
Inowars.com
September 21, 2011

In Orange County, California, it is illegal to hold a religious meeting in your home.

This is what Chuck and Stephanie Fromm, of San Juan Capistrano, discovered when they were fined $300 earlier this month for holding a Bible study class on their property.

Officialdom in the county said the couple were singled out because it is considered illegal to hold “a regular gathering of more than three people” on private property. Officials stated that the Fromms require a license to hold meetings in their home.

San Juan Capistrano authorities claim home Bible study is not allowed because it is a “church,” and churches require a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) in residential areas.

The Fromms face additional fines of $500 per meeting for any further “religious gatherings” in their home, according to the Pacific Justice Institute.

The city’s action is a brazen violation of the First Amendment, which guarantees free worship without government intervention.

PJI and the Fromms plan to appeal a decision made by the city to uphold the fine and restriction to the California Superior Court in Orange County, according to KCOY 12 News, a Fox affiliate.

Ironically, the city of San Juan Capistrano was founded as a mission in the late 1700s by Catholic priest Junipero Serra. A local chapel established by Serra is the oldest standing building in California.

3-Year-Olds Branded “Racist” & Put In Government Database

Turn on, tune in, drop outThis type of article makes me kick myself for not posting more in the past 6 months. Even though my life has been extremely busy, Governments have been even busier expanding their their tyranny on the people. 

The next round of targets for government intrustion into personal liberty is on a highly volatile group of individuals who are known to make their voices heard regardless of the situation. Since there is no easy restraint on this group of people, the Government has decided to label and place into a database for future tracking. What group of dangerious trouble makers am I talking about? Is it convicted felons? NO….  Is it violent criminals? NO….. Is it repeat offenders? No….. In fact, it is none other than those pesky indiviudals that you hope not sit near in a restaraunt or on an airplane. It is those pesky 3 year olds.

This is sickening and proves that Government wants total control and the noose is tightening around our necks… Below is the article that was originally posted on Alex Jones’ Prison Planet.

Kids’ future careers jeopardized by committing hate crime of saying the word “gay”

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
Thursday, September 15, 2011

 

Over 30,000 British schoolchildren, some as young as three, have had their names registered on a government database and branded “racist” or “homophobic” for using playground insults, infractions that could impact their future careers.

The shocking figures were disclosed after civil liberties group the Manifesto Club made a Freedom of Information Act request which betrayed the fact that kids who used petty jibes are now being treated as thought criminals by education authorities.

34,000 incidents of “racism” in total were reported for the year 2009-2010, with nursery school toddlers as young as three being put on a state database for using the words “gay” and “lesbian”. One child who called another “broccoli head” was also reported to authorities. Other cases included a child who used the word “gaylord,” while another who told a teacher “this work is gay,” was also added to the thought crime database.

The majority of the reported cases involved primary school children.

“The record can be passed from primaries to secondaries or when a pupil moves between schools,” reports the Daily Mail.

“And if schools are asked for a pupil reference by a future employer or a university, the record could be used as the basis for it, meaning the pettiest of incidents has the potential to blight a child for life.”

Schools are being pressured to report such incidents to authorities and face punishments for not doing so under anti-bullying policies.

This is a clear example of how hate crime laws have brazenly been hijacked by the state to get children institutionalized on criminal databases at an early age. This is about the state dictating what your child can think and say – it’s the thought police on steroids.

Orwell talked about the state reducing language via Newspeak in his book 1984. By eliminating the very words that come out of children’s mouths and punishing them for thinking certain thoughts, all critical thinking is ultimately abolished, and Big Brother assumes the supreme power to dictate reality – a dictatorship over our very minds.

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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show

Geert Wilders and Hate Speech Trial

Geert Wilders - NewWaveSlave.comOne of the most basic elements of freedom and individualism is the right to free speech. If there are natural right that are endowed to us by our creator, freedom of speech is certainly one of those rights. As free people, we “own” ourselves and thus, we “own” our speech. So any time I hear about the restriction of of the freedom of speech, I immediately perk up and look to the basis of where it is coming.

The restriction of the freedom of speech is easy to see when it is enforced by a nasty dictator. Everyone is against that type of thing. However, Western society isn’t ruled by brutal dictators (for the most part), but we are restricted in our freedom of speech in a  more elegant form enslavement. (the lack of freedom of speech IS a form of enslavement.)

Enter multi-culturalism and laws that regulate hate speech. These such laws are nothing more than an elegant form of shackles and chains that restrict what supposedly free people can and will say. Once a court can determine what any speech may be “hate speech”, it is an instant muzzle on the people of that government. How do you define hate speech? Is it mean? Is it not nice? Is it something that isn’t flattering to a protected class of citizens? The answer is…  All of the above.

Hate speech can be defined as anything the court wishes. It is dangerous and I am waiting for the day that the United States will have an official “Hate Speech Law”. To prove my point of hate speech laws as a form of enslavement and a judicial system gone wild, I would like to introduce you to Geert Wilders.

Geert Wilders is a Dutch politician in the Netherlands who dared to make a negative comment against Islam and Koran. Mr Wilders is being prosecuted for describing the Koran as “fascist” and for comparing it to Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf, a text that is banned in the Netherlands. Prosecutors pointed to a series of quotes and remarks he has made in recent years. In one opinion piece he wrote: “I’ve had enough of Islam in the Netherlands; let not one more Muslim immigrate,” adding “I’ve had enough of the Koran in the Netherlands: Forbid that fascist book.”

Mr Wilders faces five charges of inciting racial hatred between Oct 2006 and Mar 2008. If found guilty, Mr Wilders faces over a year in prison or a £6,600 fine.

I do not know much about Geert Wilders, but I hope everyone in America and around the world takes notice of what is happening to free speech. It is quickly disappearing under the guise tolerance. While appearing before the court, Mr. Wilders made a fantastic opening comment which reminded of Hank Reardon in Atlas Shrugged. Mr. Wilders made the most of the moment and below you will find the translated version of the speech.

The Lights are Going Out All Over Europe

The lights are going out all over Europe. All over the continent where our culture flourished and where man created freedom, prosperity and civilization. The foundation of the West is under attack everywhere.

All over Europe the elites are acting as the protectors of an ideology that has been bent on destroying us for fourteen centuries. An ideology that has sprung from the desert and that can produce only deserts because it does not give people freedom. The Islamic Mozart, the Islamic Gerard Reve [a Dutch author], the Islamic Bill Gates; they do not exist because without freedom there is no creativity. The ideology of Islam is especially noted for killing and oppression and can only produce societies that are backward and impoverished. Surprisingly, the elites do not want to hear any criticism of this ideology.

My trial is not an isolated incident. Only fools believe it is. All over Europe multicultural elites are waging total war against their populations. Their goal is to continue the strategy of mass immigration, which will ultimately result in an Islamic Europe — a Europe without freedom: Eurabia.

The lights are going out all over Europe. Anyone who thinks or speaks individually is at risk. Freedom-loving citizens who criticize Islam, or even merely suggest that there is a relationship between Islam and crime or honour killing, must suffer, and are threatened or criminalized. Those who speak the truth are in danger.

The lights are going out allover Europe. Everywhere the Orwellian thought police are at work, on the lookout for thought crimes everywhere, casting the populace back within the confines where it is allowed to think.

This trial is not about me. It is about something much greater. Freedom of speech is not the property of those who happen to belong to the elites of a country. It is an inalienable right, the birthright of our people. For centuries battles have been fought for it, and now it is being sacrificed to please a totalitarian ideology.

Future generations will look back at this trial and wonder who was right. Who defended freedom and who wanted to get rid of it.

The lights are going out all over Europe. Our freedom is being restricted everywhere, so I repeat what I said here last year:

It is not only the privilege, but also the duty of free people — and hence also my duty as a member of the Dutch Parliament — to speak out against any ideology that threatens freedom. Hence it is a right and a duty to speak the truth about the evil ideology that is called Islam. I hope that freedom of speech will emerge triumphant from this trial. I hope not only that I shall be acquitted, but especially that freedom of speech will continue to exist in the Netherlands and in Europe.

Breaking The Chains that Bind,
NewWaveSlave.com

Obama Takeover of Emergency Alert System

This is an absolutely shocking video. It is from well known conspiracy expert Alex Jones, and it is very well documented. It basically explains how the Government and Obama administration plans to takeover the airwaves through the Emergency Alert System also known as (EAS). The Government is hard-wired into the stations so they can interrupt and takeover the airwaves so they can get “important” messages to the people.

Think about it, at any time the President chooses, he can takeover the airwaves and send any message he chooses. This is very much like 1984 and is down right scary. It is an instant propaganda machine that you can not get away from. The Government is also planning to takeover X-Box machines and wireless internet networks so that no one will be able to not see the propaganda, err.. I mean “important message”.

Please watch this video and pass it on to those you care about. It is extremely important that people become aware of what is happening. By the way, this is not only the Obama administration. This has been going on for years and show the continuity of the plans to dominate the people. This is bigger than any single individual. WATCH AND PASS THIS LINK TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

Here is the intro from the video: Even the Washington Post describes it like something out of Orwell’s 1984. The FCC has approved a presidential alert system. Obama may soon appear on your television or call your cell phone to warn you about the next specious al-Qaeda underwear bombing event.

Commissioners voted last week to require television and radio stations, cable systems and satellite TV providers to participate in a test that would have them receive and transmit a live code that includes an alert message issued by the president. No date has been set for the test, according to the Post.

Once again, the government has imposed an unreasonable and absurd mandate on business and the American people.

“The Federal Communications Commission today took action to help pave the way for the first-ever Presidential alert to be aired across the United States on the Nation’s Emergency Alert System (EAS),” the FCC announced on February 3 in a press release. “The national test will help determine the reliability of the EAS system and its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential danger nationwide and regionally.”

As Next Generation EAS systems become operational over the next few years, they will complement other public alert and warning systems now being developed, including FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) and the Commercial Mobile Alert System that will enable consumers to receive alerts through a variety of multi-media platforms on their smart-phones, blackberries and other mobile broadband devices.

Ninja Generation: Over Charged and Under Educated

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Education is one of my favorite topics and the article below is a recent study that states that college students do not learn very much in college.  That is no surprise to me or the readers of this blog, but this is yet another piece of research that proves what we already know:  college is over priced and under delivers the promise of a valid education and the opportunity of a bright and prosperous career.

It is of little wonder the recent batch of college graduates are called the NINJA GENERATION – No Income, No Job, (no) Assets  Today’s typical college graduate walks out with a mountain of student loan debt and little to show for that “investment” of both time and money.  The article is very good and I feel it be extremely appropriate for this site and a classic example of how we have slowly become New Wave Slave’s.  The country has been dumbed down and is under the false perception that we are smarter than each generation before us.

Here is my original (and most popular) article on the Ninja Generation and a video too!

Breaking the Chains that Bind,
NewWaveSlave.com
Todd Watson

The article is written by Scott Jaschik for InsideHigherEd.com (original link below)

If the purpose of a college education is for students to learn, academe is failing, according to Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, a book being released today by University of Chicago Press.

The book cites data from student surveys and transcript analysis to show that many college students have minimal classwork expectations — and then it tracks the academic gains (or stagnation) of 2,300 students of traditional college age enrolled at a range of four-year colleges and universities. The students took the Collegiate Learning Assessment (which is designed to measure gains in critical thinking, analytic reasoning and other “higher level” skills taught at college) at various points before and during their college educations, and the results are not encouraging:

  • 45 percent of students “did not demonstrate any significant improvement in learning” during the first two years of college.
  • 36 percent of students “did not demonstrate any significant improvement in learning” over four years of college.
  • Those students who do show improvements tend to show only modest improvements. Students improved on average only 0.18 standard deviations over the first two years of college and 0.47 over four years. What this means is that a student who entered college in the 50th percentile of students in his or her cohort would move up to the 68th percentile four years later — but that’s the 68th percentile of a new group of freshmen who haven’t experienced any college learning.

“How much are students actually learning in contemporary higher education? The answer for many undergraduates, we have concluded, is not much,” write the authors, Richard Arum, professor of sociology and education at New York University, and Josipa Roksa, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Virginia. For many undergraduates, they write, “drifting through college without a clear sense of purpose is readily apparent.”

The research findings at the core of the book are also being released today by their sponsor, the Social Science Research Council. (Esther Cho of the council is a co-author on that paper.)

The main culprit for lack of academic progress of students, according to the authors, is a lack of rigor. They review data from student surveys to show, for example, that 32 percent of students each semester do not take any courses with more than 40 pages of reading assigned a week, and that half don’t take a single course in which they must write more than 20 pages over the course of a semester. Further, the authors note that students spend, on average, only about 12-14 hours a week studying, and that much of this time is studying in groups.

The research then goes on to find a direct relationship between rigor and gains in learning:

  • Students who study by themselves for more hours each week gain more knowledge — while those who spend more time studying in peer groups see diminishing gains.
  • Students whose classes reflect high expectations (more than 40 pages of reading a week and more than 20 pages of writing a semester) gained more than other students.
  • Students who spend more time in fraternities and sororities show smaller gains than other students.
  • Students who engage in off-campus or extracurricular activities (including clubs and volunteer opportunities) have no notable gains or losses in learning.
  • Students majoring in liberal arts fields see “significantly higher gains in critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing skills over time than students in other fields of study.” Students majoring in business, education, social work and communications showed the smallest gains. (The authors note that this could be more a reflection of more-demanding reading and writing assignments, on average, in the liberal arts courses than of the substance of the material.)

In section after section of the book and the research report, the authors focus on pushing students to work harder and worrying less about students’ non-academic experiences. “[E]ducational practices associated with academic rigor improved student performance, while collegiate experiences associated with social engagement did not,” the authors write.

In an interview, Arum said that the problems outlined in the book should be viewed as a moral challenge to higher education. Students who struggle to pay for college and emerge into a tough job market have a right to know that they have learned something, he said. “You can’t have a democratic society when the elite — the college-educated kids — don’t have these abilities to think critically,” he said.

The book rejects the idea of federal mandates on testing or the curriculum, suggesting that such requirements rarely work. And the book acknowledges that many college educators and students don’t yet see a crisis, given that students can enroll, earn good grades for four years, and graduate — very much enjoying themselves in the process. But in an era when “the world has become unforgiving” to those who don’t work hard or know how to think, Arum said that this may be a time to consider real change.

The culture of college needs to evolve, particularly with regard to “perverse institutional incentives” that reward colleges for enrolling and retaining students rather than for educating them. “It’s a problem when higher education is driven by a student client model and institutions are chasing after bodies,” he said.

The analysis in the book stresses that there is significant variation within institutions, not just among institutions, with students in some academic programs regularly outperforming others at the same campuses. Arum said this suggests that institutions can improve student learning by making sure that there is some consistency across disciplines in the rigor of requirements. “You need an internal culture that values learning,” he said. “You have to have departments agree that they aren’t handing out easy grades.”

Further, he said that colleges need to shift attention away from measures of “social engagement” (everything that’s not academic) and toward academic engagement, even if some of those measures of non-academic engagement help keep students engaged and enrolled. “It’s a question of what outcome you want,” he said. “If the outcome is student retention and student satisfaction, then engagement is a great strategy. If, however, you want to improve learning and enhance the academic substance of what you are up to, it is not necessarily a good strategy.”

(If this sounds like a swipe at the National Survey of Student Engagement, Arum said it shouldn’t be taken that way. He praises NSSE for asking questions that focus on the student experience, and says that many of NSSE’s findings on the minimalist levels of academic work and studying are consistent with his own. Rather, he faults college administrators for paying little attention to those findings and more on NSSE measures of non-academic satisfaction.)

Arum acknowledged that the tough economy may be acting against reform, given that many professors report that increases in class size and course loads are leading them to cut down on the ambition of student assignments simply to keep up with grading. With fewer full-time positions, professors at many institutions “are overwhelmed,” he said. But Arum challenged faculty members to be creative in finding ways to assign more writing and reading to students.

Distribution of the book is just starting, but there are signs it could generate buzz. The Social Science Research Council will host a panel this week in Washington featuring experts on assessment and higher education, with representatives from leading think tanks and foundations. The book will also be discussed at next week’s meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Debra Humphreys, vice president for communications and public affairs of AAC&U, said that she viewed the book as “devastating” in its critique of higher education. Faculty members and administrators (not to mention students and parents) should be alarmed by how little learning the authors found to be taking place, she said. Humphreys also said that the findings should give pause to those anxious to push students through and award more degrees — without perhaps giving enough attention to what happens during a college education.

“In the race to completion, there is this assumption that a credit is a credit is a credit, and when you get to the magic number of credits, you will have learned what you need to learn,” she said. What this book shows, Humphreys added, is that “you can accumulate an awful lot of credits and not learn anything.”

AAC&U programs have in the past stressed the value of academic rigor and also of engagement of students outside the classroom. Humphreys said that she agreed with the book that some activities students enjoy may not add to their learning. But she said it was important not to view all engagement activities in the same way. It is important, she said, “not to lump together activities such as being in a fraternity or just hanging out with friends” with activities such as extracurricular activities that may in fact be quite educational and important, even if not linked to a specific course.

Students could benefit especially, she feels, from the point in the book about the variation among those at the same institution. “I don’t think we are doing well enough at helping them understand that choices matter,” she said. “Choices in the academic courses they take, how much they are working outside the classroom, how much they are studying, how much they are partying — that balance is important.”

Here is the original link

Government Seizes Private Pensions in Europe

govt takeover 401k IRA - NewWaveSlave.comGovernment take over of 401k and IRAs may happen sooner than I imagined.  I have written about this before and I will continue to write on this important topic, but here is an enlightening article about our socialist friends in Europe.  If you want a glimpse into the future of the United States, all you have to do is to look at Europe.  We are following their broken model of big government and social welfare and we getting the same results.  Large debts, low productivity, and loss of personal freedoms.

This is a hugely important topic and one I will do my best to keep you aware.  Here is the article & original link

People’s retirement savings are a convenient source of revenue for governments that don’t want to reduce spending or make privatizations. As most pension schemes in Europe are organised by the state, European ministers of finance have a facilitated access to the savings accumulated there, and it is only logical that they try to get a hold of this money for their own ends. In recent weeks I have noted five such attempts: Three situations concern private personal savings; two others refer to national funds.

The most striking example is Hungary, where last month the government made the citizens an offer they could not refuse. They could either remit their individual retirement savings to the state, or lose the right to the basic state pension (but still have an obligation to pay contributions for it). In this extortionate way, the government wants to gain control over $14bn of individual retirement savings.

The Bulgarian government has come up with a similar idea. $300m of private early retirement savings was supposed to be transferred to the state pension scheme. The government gave way after trade unions protested and finally only about 20% of the original plans were implemented.

A slightly less drastic situation is developing in Poland. The government wants to transfer of 1/3 of future contributions from individual retirement accounts to the state-run social security system. Since this system does not back its liabilities with stocks or even bonds, the money taken away from the savers will go directly to the state treasury and savers will lose about $2.3bn a year. The Polish government is more generous than the Hungarian one, but only because it wants to seize just 1/3 of the future savings and also allows the citizens to keep the money accumulated so far.

The fourth example is Ireland. In 2001, the National Pension Reserve Fund was brought into existence for the purpose of supporting pensions of the Irish people in the years 2025-2050. The scheme was also supposed to provide for the pensions of some public sector employees (mainly university staff). However, in March 2009, the Irish government earmarked €4bn from this fund for rescuing banks. In November 2010, the remaining savings of €2.5bn was seized to support the bailout of the rest of the country.

The final example is France. In November, the French parliament decided to earmark €33bn from the national reserve pension fund FRR to reduce the short-term pension scheme deficit. In this way, the retirement savings intended for the years 2020-2040 will be used earlier, that is in the years 2011-2024, and the government will spend the saved up resources on other purposes.

It looks like although the governments are able to enforce general participation in pension schemes, they do not seem to be the best guardians of the money accumulated there.

United Nations Makes Move to Control the Internet

united nations internet controlThe United Nations has made a move to staff a working group on, now get this title: Internet Governance Forum. Just by the title alone, any reader of this blog should know this is an obvious attempt to control the flow of information and watch every move made those on cyberspace.

This is dangerous stuff and the speed at which this movement is growing, is gaining ground on a daily basis. The United States has recently jumped on the band wagon of controlling the internet with the recent passage of Net Neutrality by the FCC.

Remain vigilant in your research and spread the word about the move to have the internet controlled by government. Remember, governments HATE free speech and they don’t want their citizens to have any ability to speak out on a platform that can have real change. Let’s stop this.

Breaking the Chains that Bind,
NewWaveSlave.com

Ian Munroe, CTV.ca News

Officials from 18 countries held an impromptu, late-night meeting earlier this month at the United Nations office in Geneva, and made a decision that rattled Internet technocrats around the world.  This move is only the beginning steps to governmental control of the internet, and eventually, global control by the United Nations.

Autocratic governments like China and Iran attended the meeting, as did several democratic ones. Despite protests by Portugal and the United States, they voted to staff a working group on the future of the Internet Governance Forum — an important theatre of discussion on matters of cyberspace — by governments alone.

The seemingly arcane move reverberated through a community of technical experts, academics and civil society groups who felt they had been unfairly excluded.

Fourteen technical organizations that help oversee how cyberspace runs wrote an open letter asking the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UNCSTD) to reverse its decision. Meanwhile the Internet Society, an umbrella group that helps manage technical standards online, posted a petition to its website in protest.

“A significant fuss has been kicked up about it,” said Byron Holland, president and CEO of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, which manages the .ca domain.

Even Google waded into the fray. Vint Cerf, a vice-president at the online behemoth and one of the pioneers of the Internet, added his name to the petition, alongside 2,600 others. He also attacked the UN decision in a Dec. 17 blog post on Google’s website.

“We don’t believe governments should be allowed to grant themselves a monopoly on Internet governance,” Cerf wrote. “The current bottoms-up, open approach works — protecting users from vested interests and enabling rapid innovation. Let’s fight to keep it that way.”

Eleven days later the UNCSTD buckled under the pressure, according to the Internet Society, and agreed to include up to 20 non-governmental groups.

The episode underscored what has become an uneasy relationship between organizations that have helped gently steer the Internet since its infancy, and UN bodies that came to focus on Internet governance during the 2000s as cyberspace continued to unfurl across the brick-and-mortar world.

“The root of the debate here is a philosophical difference between how you approach the future governance of the Internet,” Holland told CTV.ca by phone. “Everything that goes forward from that will have a very different tone or direction.”

Technocrats like Holland have also been hinting at a specific threat: that the UN could become a forum where authoritarian governments who are riled by the free flow of information work to put the breaks on its superhighway.

Cyber peace treaty

A second UN body — the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which manages the world’s radio frequencies and orbiting satellites — has been debating who should govern the Internet for years.

Its secretary general, Hamadoun Toure, would like to spearhead the creation of a “cyber peace treaty” to prevent the Internet from becoming another domain in which countries wage war against one another, as they do by air or at sea.

“Cyber threats can reach critical infrastructure of any country, the nerve centre of any nation,” Toure said by phone from Geneva. “A sophisticated attack can bring even the most powerful nation to its knees.”

There have been several recent examples of such events. During a dispute with Russia in 2007, Estonia was hit by widespread cyber attacks that knocked out bank, newspaper and government websites. Similar denial-of-service attacks struck Georgian media and government websites a year later as Russian tanks rolled into South Ossetia.

Then last July, the discovery of the Stuxnet worm led to speculation that a foreign government was trying use malicious software to cripple Iran’s nuclear program.

But there are a number of hurdles to creating an international agreement that would discourage such attacks. One is who would forge it.

“If we were to have a roundtable on this, you would see not only governments around it. Are we mentally prepared for that, to have around the same table private sector, civil society, consumer groups and governments?” Toure said. “That is what it will take for meeting the challenges of a cyber peace treaty.”

Risky business

Critics of Toure’s proposal worry that non-governmental groups would not be given an equal seat at the table, and point to the ITU’s plenipotentiary conference in October.

There, delegates discussed a Russian proposal to take over managing Internet domain names. Currently that task falls to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a private organization whose president and CEO was barred from attending the meeting.

Others say the ITU’s government-to-government approach is too slow and clunky to manage something as fast-moving as the Internet, or that it could pave the way for less open regimes to introduce new online controls.

“We have to be careful about what institutions take the lead,” said Ron Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab and the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies at the University of Toronto. “The Chinas, the Irans, the Saudi Arabias of the world want to impose a territorial vision of control over cyberspace — and if the ITU got its wishes, that’s essentially what would happen.”

In future, the debate over who should govern the Internet would do well to bear in mind its success stories like Google and Facebook, said Olaf Kolkman, director of NLnet Labs and chair of the Internet Architecture Board.

If the ease of accessing an unfettered online world helped those billion-dollar corporations evolve from tiny start-ups in garages or university dorm rooms, he suggested, then closing off the Web could lead to stagnation. It might also wall off opportunities for everyone who has yet to set foot in cyberspace.

“If we can preserve the spirit of openness moving forward,” Kolkman wrote in an email, “we will see much of the innovation coming from developing countries, and the billions of people who have yet to come online but who will change the shape of the Internet when they do.”


Indiana adds Armed Guards in Unemployement Offices Expecting Civil Unrest

I was talking with a friend the other day about the crumbling of the United States, and even the world as we know it.  I told him it is over.  I quickly changed my response to:  “Well, it isn’t over yet, but the Fat Lady is starting to sing”.  I then proceeded to explain that as the economy continues its decline and welfare benefits begin to get reduced, expect riots in the streets due to complete dependence on the Government by tens of millions of people.  On one hand, human beings tend to respect the unwritten social rules of order.  But…. when things get tough and people start to get hungry, or their family is starting to really suffer… expect the unexpected.  The easy living have we have known, will breakdown faster than we can imagine.  This is just the beginning to an ever increasing police state.

The following article reinforces my conversation and I would advise you to brace yourself to see more of this type of thing as reality sets in of the current depression.  Enjoy.

Police State - Indiana UnemploymentStory from ZeroHedge.com

As America reaches its two year anniversary from the immediate economic collapse that followed the Lehman bankruptcy, punctuated mostly by vast and broad layoffs across every industry, arguably the most relevant topic that few are so far discussing is the expiration of full 99 weeks of maximum claims (EUC + Extended Benefits) for cohort after cohort of laid off Americans. And since these people are certainly not finding jobs in the broader labor market (which continues to contract and thus make the unemployment percentage far better optically than the 10%+ where U-3 should be), their next natural response will be to get very angry at the teat that has suckled them for so long, and is now forcing them to go cold turkey. Which is why we read with little surprise that now in Indiana, and soon everywhere else, unemployment offices are starting to add armed security guards. Of course, the official explanation if a benign one: “Armed security guards will be on hand at 36 unemployment offices around Indiana in what state officials said is a step to improve safety and make branch security more consistent.” Why the need to improve safety all of a sudden? The 99 weeks cliff of course. Which means that on your next trek to the unemployment office to collect that last stimulus paycheck from Uncle Sam, you will most likely see the masked fellow below.

More from Indiana news on what is a harbinger of things to come.

No specific incidents prompted the action, Department of Workforce Development spokesman Marc Lotter told 6News’ Norman Cox.

Lotter said the agency is merely being cautious with the approach of an early-December deadline when thousands of Indiana residents could see their unemployment benefits end after exhausting the maximum 99 weeks provided through multiple federal extension periods.

“Given the upcoming expiration of the federal extensions and the increased stress on some of the unemployed, we thought added security would provide an extra level of protection for our employees and clients
,” he said.

Some offices have had guards for nearly two years but those guards were hired on a regional basis, meaning some offices had armed guards while others did not, Lotter said.

The cost of the armed guards varies dramatically around the state. Lotter said the agency is trying to be more consistent and that it plans to employ armed guards in all 36 offices where unemployment insurance benefits are handled.

The overall cost for the security is $1 million, paid for with federal funds designated for administration of the unemployment system, Lotter said.

Other agency offices that provide job training or are not full-service branches will continue to have unarmed guards.

Lotter said state employees in the affected offices have also recently gone through stress-management training in which they learn how to respond appropriately to angry clients.

“This is a stressful time for people in the economy,” he said. “That’s why we’re not only taking this step (of hiring guards), but we’re also increasing our training for our staff to be able to help people as they’re trying to cope with these changes.”

Next up: armed guards at your local social security office, grocery store, and soon, everywhere else.

Government Using Anti-Terrorism Laws to Crush Dissent

The following post is a perfect fit for what NewWaveSlave.com is all about. It isn’t often that I post other people’s work because I want to be as original as possible, but this is definitely worth reading. I first saw the article posted at Zero Hedge and I have included the link to the original author who uses the alias of George Washington. He is a regular contributor to ZeroHedge.com and I encourage you to read the complete article and follow the links as well.

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Original Link: http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2010/09/government-using-anti-terrorism-laws-to.html

The following quotes all have something in common:

“It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error”
– United States Supreme Court decision in American Communications Association v. Douds

“To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men.”
- Abraham Lincoln

“Those who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
- Ben Franklin

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
- Thomas Jefferson

“Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
- Robert F . Kennedy

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”
- Samuel Adams

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.”
– Teddy Roosevelt

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
– Teddy Roosevelt

“The citizen who sees his society’s democratic clothes being worn out and does not cry it out, is not a patriot, but a traitor.”
- Mark Twain

“Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of government power, not the increase of it.”
- Woodrow Wilson

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent”
- Thomas Jefferson

“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.”
- Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural

“In this point of the case the question is distinctly presented whether the people of the United States are to govern through representatives chosen by their unbiased suffrages or whether the money and power of a great corporation are to be secretly exerted to influence their judgment and control their decisions.”

- Andrew Jackson

“I am more than ever convinced of the dangers to which the free and unbiased exercise of political opinion — the only sure foundation and safeguard of republican government — would be exposed by any further increase of the already overgrown influence of corporate authorities.”
- Martin Van Buren, Eighth President of the United States

“As we view the achievements of aggregated capital, we discover the existence of trusts, combinations, and monopolies, while the citizen is struggling far in the rear or is trampled to death beneath an iron heel. Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people’s masters.”
- Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States

“I again recommend a law prohibiting all corporations from contributing to the campaign expenses of any party.… Let individuals contribute as they desire; but let us prohibit in effective fashion all corporations from making contributions for any political purpose, directly or indirectly.” Teddy Roosevelt added, “The fortunes amassed through corporate organization are now so large, and vest such power in those that wield them, as to make it a matter of necessity to give to the sovereign — that is, to the Government, which represents the people as a whole — some effective power of supervision over their corporate use. In order to insure a healthy social and industrial life, every big corporation should be held responsible by, and be accountable to, some sovereign strong enough to control its conduct.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted.”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

“It was natural and perhaps human that the privileged princes of these new economic dynasties, thirsting for power, reached out for control over government itself. They created a new despotism and wrapped it in the robes of legal sanction. …And as a result the average man once more confronts the problem that faced the Minute Man….
- Franklin Roosevelt

“A small group had concentrated into their own hands an almost complete control over other people’s property, other people’s money, other people’s labor — other people’s lives. For too many of us life was no longer free; liberty no longer real; men could no longer follow the pursuit of happiness.”
- Franklin Roosevelt

“These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power. Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power. In vain they seek to hide behind the flag and the Constitution. In their blindness they forget what the flag and the Constitution stand for.”
- Franklin Roosevelt

“Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
-Thomas Jefferson, American Declaration of Independence

What do the quotes all have in common?

The great Americans who said them would be considered terrorists today.

Specifically, according to Department of Defense training manuals, protest is considered “low-level terrorism”. And see thisthis and this.

An FBI memo also labels peace protesters as “terrorists”.

Indeed, police have been terrorizing children, little old ladies and other “dangerous” people who attempted to protest peacefully.

And a 2003 FBI memo describes protesters’ use of videotaping as an “intimidation” technique, even though – as the ACLU points out – “Most mainstream demonstrators often use videotape during protests to document law enforcement activity and, more importantly, deter police from acting outside the law.” The FBI appears to be objecting to the use of cameras to document unlawful behavior by law enforcement itself.

The Internet has been labeled as a breeding ground for terrorists, with anyone who questions the government’s versions of history being especially equated with terrorists.

The government is also using anti-terrorism laws to keep people from learning what pollutants are in their own community. See thisthisthis and this.

Claims of “national security” are also used to keep basic financial information – such as who got bailout money – secret. That might not bode for particularly warm and friendly treatment for someone persistently demanding the release of such information.

The state of Missouri tried to label as terrorists current Congressman Ron Paul and his supporters, former Congressman Bob Barr, libertarians in general, anyone who holds gold, and a host of other people.

And according to a law school professor, pursuant to the Military Commissions Act:

Anyone who … speaks out against the government’s policies could be declared an “unlawful enemy combatant” and imprisoned indefinitely. That includes American citizens.

The Founding Fathers, Supreme Court justices and presidents quoted above would vigorously protest.

Note: Government apologists are also eager to label anyone “taking a cynical stance toward politics, mistrusting authority, endorsing democratic practices, … and displaying an inquisitive, imaginative outlook” as worthy of a Stalinist trip to the insane asylum. I guess the famous Americans quoted above were not only terrorists, but they were also crazy.

Thanks to the author:  George Washington:  www.WashingtonsBlog.com

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The Dust Bowl & Great Depression Video

Today is Labor Day and I thought would do something a little different this morning.  This is a bit of a departure for me, but I wanted to share a little project I worked on while I was enjoying my morning tea at Panera Bread Company.

Images from the Dust Bowl and The Great Depression have always had a big impact on me.  They  remind me of my parents and grandparents so I guess that is why I have always had a soft spot for history from this era.  I often wonder how our country could handle such a devastation if it were to happen today. I’m betting we couldn’t handle it. The people from the 1930′s were tough as nails and I have great respect for those who did everything humanly possible to provide for their family.

Dust Bowl Facts

The Dust Bowl lasted from around 1930 to 1938 which became known as “The Dirty 30′s”.  The storms were literally made of dust and dirt and it dumped tons of dirt on anything in its path.  The storms became known as “Black Blizzards” and were the cause of many deaths called “Dust Pneumonia”.  It is estimated over 100 million acres and 250 million tons of top soil were lost.  Over 500,000 became homeless and began living in “Tent Cities”.

The generation that lived through the Dust Bowl and The Great Depression are good examples of the individualism this country lacks today.  ”The Greatest Generation” as some have called it, went on to fight and win WWII and then set the foundation that we have all enjoyed.  I am afraid their hard work and sacrifice has allowed us to become soft and lazy and too dependent upon the Government for our welfare.  What do you think?

Breaking the Chains the Bind,

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