New Years 2005

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 01 Jan 2005 13:00:00 GMT
# From stanleyscoop:
"You don't expect government officials and bureaucrats to obey the law because of high moral standards; You expect them to obey the law because they know that if they don't, those who aren't shot will be hanged." -- Michael Shirley

# From kaba:

"Secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy ... censorship. When any government, or any church, for that matter, undertakes to say to it's subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything. You cannot conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him." -- Robert A. Heinlein

# I remember thinking as a child that I would be forty-four years old in the year 2000. Well, here it is 2005. I pass the half century mark in only 15 months, assuming I survive that long. Hard to believe.

The blessings of liberty to you and yours in this new year.

# I got a new fuse yesterday for my twenty-year-old PS Audio Elite Integrated amplifier's power supply. It blew the instant I inserted the plug. Time to get a new amp.

# John Kaminsky - - can you say "conspiracy theory"? Thought you could. But what if there really is a conspiracy? Many of Mr. Kaminsky's articles are posted at [clairefiles]

"The Perfect Enemy" reveals that the al-Qaeda terror network is a fictional creation of the bloodthirsty maniacs who have seized control of the United States of America and now threaten the health and well-being of everyone in the world. It is also the title of the pivotal essay in John Kaminski's second collection of Internet essays, which have been featured on hundreds of websites around the world.


Having trouble convincing your friends and family that the U.S. government is lying to us and that the so-called terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 were actually an inside job?

Here is the evidence you need to change their minds!


The Internet Essays Of John Kaminski

The false fabric of History is unraveling beneath an avalanche of pathological lies to justify endless war and Orwellian new laws that revoke the rights of all Americans. While TV and newspapers glorify the dangerous ideas of perverted billionaires, the Internet has pulsated with outrage and provided a new and real forum for freedom among concerned people all over the world who are opposed to the mass murder and criminal exploitation of the defenseless victims of multinational corporate totalitarianism.

# Claire Wolfe at Backwoods Home Magazine - The Little Trailer that Could - on using a trailer as a versatile super bug-out-bag, and how to improve the DC electrical system.

In these parts, about every third homestead has a trailer sitting in its driveway or its backyard. A few of these are brand-new highway palaces, bigger and fancier than most Hardyville houses. But most are older travel trailers -- the kind of thing you can pick up for $750 or a thousand bucks in the weekly Wooden Nickel or Hardyville Horsetrader or whatever your local freebie paper is called.


If your trailer is parked permanently, you may be able to create a full-scale solar or wind system for it. But I'm in the process of coming up with a more modest (but also less expensive), "even-a-girl-can-do-it" retrofit. For a few hundred dollars, this system will give my very own Herb Tarlek Haven a bit of power independence in two stages.

# Garry Reed, The Loose Cannon Libertarian - The Christmas Grinch List - Mr. Reed checks out some post-election predictions from a stolen-election complainer.

Immediately following what rabid Rightists dubbed "The most important election in the history of civilization" (i.e., the 2004 presidential vote-fest) came much teeth-grinding, fist-shaking and hair-yanking from losing Lefties about the "Stolen Election." Apparently, after generations of Democrats reportedly stealing elections from Republicans, the liberal set was shocked, shocked that the neocons just might have learned how to steal one from them.

Hollywood vainbrains vowed to flee the country while enraged Bush-bashers bogged down the email maze and webways with Appalling Predictions rivaling the Biblical End Times. One such digital diatribe contained the following foreboding forecast based on the Bush ballot win:

"... just wait until Christmas when gas prices are $3.25 a gallon, the stock market is floundering around 9,000, unemployment hits a 14-year high, Congress issues itself another pay raise, the military announces a "new forced retention" program, and the death toll in Iraq has topped 2,000 (yes, I'm making a prediction)."

# Clive Thompson at Wired - The BitTorrent Effect - on Bram Cohen's distributed download protocol. A new beta was released just 12 days ago. [wes]

The Pirate Bay is a BitTorrent tracking site in Sweden with 150,000 users a day. In the fall, it posted a torrent for Shrek 2. Dreamworks sent a cease-and-desist letter demanding the site remove it. One of the site's pseudonymous owners, Anakata, replied: "As you may or may not be aware, Sweden is not a state in the United States of America. Sweden is a country in northern Europe [and] US law does not apply here. ... It is the opinion of us and our lawyers that you are fucking morons." Shrek 2 stayed up.


The music industry watched songs get stolen for years, yet as soon as it gave people what they wanted - a reasonably cheap and easy way to pay for individual tracks - customers swarmed to the legal option: the iTunes Music Store. What if the movie industry pursued a similar model? Use peercasting to distribute movies cheaply, and make it so easy and inexpensive that most of people will go the legal route. As BigChampagne's Garland points out, the film industry might even find that it will be easier for them to bring customers to its side than it is for the music industry, because Hollywood doesn't suffer from the problems that plagued the record business. Music buyers had long felt bitter about album prices. Moviegoers generally do not feel that way about films. While music consumers want to own their MP3s forever, movies are usually a one-hit blast - fewer viewers will want to permanently own the movies. That means creating a digital rights management system for downloadable movies is likely to be a lot easier than it is for music. Music lovers hate DRM limits on their MP3s because they expect their music to behave like a piece of property - something they can own forever and transfer from device to device. In contrast, Blockbuster has long proven that people are happy to just rent movies.


Cohen knows the havoc he has wrought. In November, he spoke at a Los Angeles awards show and conference organized by Billboard, the weekly paper of the music business. After hobnobbing with "content people" from the record and movie industries, he realized that "the content people have no clue. I mean, no clue. The cost of bandwidth is going down to nothing. And the size of hard drives is getting so big, and they're so cheap, that pretty soon you'll have every song you own on one hard drive. The content distribution industry is going to evaporate." Cohen said as much at the conference's panel discussion on file-sharing. The audience sat in a stunned silence, their mouths agape at Cohen's audacity.

# sells self-defense products via mail order. Stun guns, pepper sprays, mace, tasers, spy & surveillance equipment, knives, martial arts, batons, crossbows, sling shot, blowguns, soft air guns, alarms. No physical address in evidence, but their shipping map implies that they are in North Carolina. I did NOT add them to my Arms Manufacturers page because of the lack of a mailing address.

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