Cram It, Clown!

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 01 Nov 2001 11:42:40 GMT
Thanx to Lester Drinnon for the happy face flag you see to the left. It's sufficiently silly for my purposes. After all, the U.S. government definitely qualifies as a Bozo no-no.

The Magician at Laissez Faire City Times - The 911-B God-Evaluation Form - Twenty questions to ask any God before accepting him/her/it/whatever as Lord. Hehe.

Sunni Maravillosa at Laissez Faire City Times - Real Airline Security: Never Fly Unarmed - Sunni says to get the feds out of the airline industry. And she will never again fly unarmed. Check out Project: Safe Skies. Especially don't miss Sunni's Sheep, Wolf, or Sheepdog? and Claire Wolfe's essay where we learn why Claire almost flew east to give a lecture but decided to never fly again unarmed.

I value my life too much to place in the hands of such moronic policies, and the enforcers of same, any more. When the American government won't allow me my fundamental human right--affirmed by the Second Amendment--of self defense, but will allow some general to blast my "errant airliner" out of the sky, that's time to say, "Enough's enough." I will not fly on any commercial aircraft until I am able to carry a firearm of my choice, loaded with frangible ammunition, with me on the flight. I have co-founded a campaign to work for the repeal of laws and regulations that bar peaceable citizens from carrying weapons aboard aircraft. Project: Safe Skies educates people about the savings--in time, money, and lives--such a change in policy would bring about. We also have tools for contacting airline executives and legislators to put pressure on them to make these changes.

Wolf DeVoon at Laissez Faire City Times - The Scourge of Religion - Mr. DeVoon is not fond of religion. To tell the truth, neither am I. Spirituality, on the other hand, is a scientific endeavor whose goal is to uncover reality. Irrational beliefs undesirable. Open mind required. No fundamentalists need apply.

Alan Kennington - cryptography and steganography software - good list of links with short descriptions. Added to my links page in the "Crypto" section. Don't miss his essay at the bottom of the page. Mr. Kennington says that pgpi has a very useful site map. I agree.

Some "law enforcement" people say that spying on the populace is fine because "if you're doing nothing wrong, what have you go to hide?". But this implies that everyone should be happy to have a 24-hour-a-day surveillance camera in their bedrooms and bathroom. Ask anyone if they would be happy for you to go round to their house and make a video of them having sex or having a shower. Not many people would accept this. This does not imply that having sex or a shower are bad or harmful. So the next time someone asks "what have you got to hide?" when they want to have the means to spy on you, ask them: "Can I make a video of the next time you have sex? You haven't got anything to hide, have you?"

I found InstPundit.Com in my referrers. Wow! How does this guy write so much? His site must be nearly a full-time job.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds at Fox News - Gun Control Book Based on Faulty Data - Arming America: The Origins of the National Gun Culture, a book by Michael Bellesiles that "proves" early Americans had way fewer guns than commonly believed, made quite a splash when it was released. The traditional media, mosly victim disarmers, were quick to rejoice. Patriots screamed. Turns out Mr. Bellesiles was careless at best, possibly outright lying. His sources actually proved exactly the opposite of his conclusion. Americans have always been armed to the teeth. Gonna stay that way, too. Mr. Reynolds writes InstaPundit. [zem]

The Liberty Committee - Citizens' Call: Capture or Kill - Ron Paul has introduced two pieces of legislation to help GW in tracking down the individuals responsible for Bloody Tuesday and future similar acts. H.R. 3074, the "Air Piracy Reprisal and Capture Act of 2001", updates federal law to recognize acts of piracy beyond the high seas. H.R. 3076, the "September 11 Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001", authorizes GW to issue letters of marque and reprisal with respect to Bloody Tuesday and other similar acts should they occur in the future. Neither is available yet at Thomas. The Liberty Committee requests that you call your representative in support of this legislation and that you tell 10 other people about it.

Declan McCullagh at Wired - A Senator's Lonely Privacy Fight - Russ Feingold is trying to get the senate to at least discuss the complex 243-page so-called "anti-terrorism" bill. He's added a few simple amendments. Seems to me that the whole bill should be scrapped. It's way too complex, and the police already have way too much power. Kuro5hin discussion and links to related stories here. [wired kuro5hin]

Freshmeat - Java Anon Proxy "attempts to provide a secure and scalable technical infrastructure for anonymous communication."

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