Ah, Texas. Such an easy target for mockery. So willing to stand up and say its piece when it believes in something. In today’s world, it must be considered an “extremist state full of extremists”. And it stood up against the US Federal government’s invasive and demeaning Transit Security Agency’s “enhanced security” measures.

‘the Texas House of Representatives unanimously passed “Restrain-the-TSA” legislation, which would make invasive pat-downs a crime at Texas airports… The Texas legislation [PDF] proposes to charge TSA agents with a misdemeanor crime, face a $4,000 fine, and one year in jail for any airport inspection that “touched the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person, including touching through clothing; or touched the other person in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person.’ Ms. Smith, NetworkWorld.com, May 22, 2011

Here a state is actually standing up against the United States’ ongoing degradation of personal liberties. Well done, Texas.

More fascinating to me, though, was the above article’s very brief expose on President Obama’s Science and Technology Advisor John P. Holdren.

‘Holdren has some “disturbing beliefs about America, capitalism and humanity,” according to the Examiner.

‘Long before becoming “science czar,” Holdren co-authored “Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment.” In this “environmental text book,” according to Stop Austin Scanners, Dr. Holdren promoted mass depopulation measures, advocating the “population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation’s drinking water or in food (pp. 787/788).” Additionally, on pages 917, 942/943, Holdren wrote that a “transnational ‘Planetary Regime’ should assume control” which could “dictate the most intimate details of Americans’ lives – using an armed international police force.”

‘As the article points out, Science Czar Dr. Holdren is the “ultimate authority on science/technological issues” for the White House. So is this push of “safe” backscatter and full-body scanners at airports, stadiums, mass transit and elsewhere, part of Holdren’s vision from his book for the American way of life to include an armed police force?’ Ms. Smith, NetworkWorld.com, May 22, 2011

Apparently, Mr Holden has refuted these beliefs before attaining his current role. Still, Holden is (or was) an advocate for “coercive fertility control”, forced sterilization, and other crime against humanity — and who worries about “pronatalist attitudes” in the unenlightened.

“Pronatalist” would, presumably, be his preferred perjorative for “people who like babies”.

How on earth is Holden not considered not considered an insane extremist, while Ron Paul is considered crazy and extreme for advocating sound currency, an end to American invasions and occupations, holding the federal government to obey its own Constitution?


Canada: Refuse the TSA’s Example


Alex Atemenanko, MLA for BC Southern Interior atamaa1@parl.gc.ca
Chuck Strahl, Minister of Transportation ottawa@chuckstrahl.com
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada pm@pm.gc.ca
Dennis Bevington, NDP Transportation Critic BevinD@parl.gc.ca
Joe Volpe, Liberal Transportation Critic Volpej@parl.gc.ca
Michael Ignatieff, Liberal Leader Ignatieff.M@parl.gc.ca


Jason Friesen
xxxxxxxx, BC Vxx xxx

Honourable Ministers:

I am writing to express my great concern about the “enhanced” security procedures Canada is beginning to implement at airports, following the example of the American TSA.

These procedures are an unacceptable breach of civil liberties and basic human rights everywhere they are implemented.
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Social media empowering dictatorship?

UPI.com reports :

National Defense University researchers are encouraging the U.S. Defense Department to develop a strategy to use social media to strengthen national security.

Translation: to support government surveillance of citizens. This is supported by:

[Mark Drapeau, National Defense University associate research fellow] has called on the Defense Department to develop a comprehensive strategy for utilizing social-media technologies to support U.S. government strategic security objectives.

As if they haven’t already, get ready for government employees to be following your twitter feed…
Social media tools could support security

Go Vote NO

“No matter who you vote for… the Government always gets in.”
—Author Unknown

Many Canadians are disaffected by the political process. They realise the governments are all the same. They realise true change rarely happens.

Maybe they even realise that it’s not “Left vs Right” or “Progressive vs Conservative” or any of those handy labels we affix to one another.

It’s the Government vs you.

If you have come to this realisation, go out in the next election and vote “None of the above is acceptable.”

I take a big black felt marker and a pen-style tube of white-out. My vote is counted as “spoiled”. But I would much rather register my protest with all the candidates than hold my nose and vote with “the lesser of evils” — which is still evil. I would rather register my protest than join the masses who believe their voice won’t be heard anyway, so why bother voting at all?

I’ll be voting “none of the above is acceptable” in British Columbia’s next provincial election. What will you do?


Global What?

I’ve had people stare at me in openmouthed disbelief, unable to comprehend my stubborn recalcitrance in the face of Pope Al Gore’s dire proclamations of Man’s Deadly Sins against Holy Mother Earth. I’ve been called several choice imprecatory names alluding to my intellectual and moral deficiency for failing to accept the Gospel According to Al as god-breathed scripture. And yet, every so often, someone points out that perhaps all is not quite as dire as all that.

THE STARK headline appeared just over a year ago. “2007 to be ‘warmest on record,’ ” BBC News reported on Jan. 4, 2007. Citing experts in the British government’s Meteorological Office, the story announced that “the world is likely to experience the warmest year on record in 2007,” surpassing the all-time high reached in 1998.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the planetary hot flash: Much of the planet grew bitterly cold.
Br-r-r! Where did global warming go? – The Boston Globe

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Man is responsible for his own inevitable extinction. Maybe the planet is as bad off as Saint Al preaches. But I just can’t accept that the only viable solution is to regulate every human on the planet, give unprecedented power to politicians, and feel overwhelmingly guilty for the sin of living.
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Faith and Reason

Awhile back, CBC Radio interviewed Sam Harris on his book, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason. I was actually shocked at how neutral the interviewer was: not once did he speak as though he assumed Mr Harris’ views had any validity whatsoever. All the same, I found myself finding bits and pieces of Harris’ message that were actually valuable.
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Why Libertarian Politics Would Lead to Peace, and Why Non-Libertarians Oppose Them So Violently

The mere mention of basic libertarian principles in most circles is enough to elicit red-cheeked, saliva-flying rage. One would think that a simple principle like the Zero Aggression Principle would be seen positively by rational minds.
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