Before you lemming-like sign onto a distributed or cloud based computing panacea, I recommend that you seriously contemplate the risks – incremental as well as immediate – to your privacy and autonomy in such a move. Here’s a good article at Survival Cache.
…As the race to the cloud continues and more of your life will be on the cloud, be aware of your own personal critical infrastructure. Access to money, credit, personal information, electricity, communication, and medical records...
The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was “deeply concerned” about research into whether the H5N1 flu virus could be made more transmissible between humans after mutant strains were produced in labs. Two separate research teams — one in the Netherlands and the other in the United States — have found ways to alter the H5N1 avian influenza so it could pass easily between mammals… Scientists fear H5N1 will mutate into a form readily transmissible between humans, with the potential to cause millions of deaths. go here Bird flu | The Raw Story.
President Obama keeps pushing for gun control.
“I just want you to know that we are working on [gun control]. We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar,” President Obama told Sarah Brady, the former president of the Brady Campaign, this past spring.
His push as been quiet but relentless.
Just this past week Obama signaled that he was going to just ignore two new parts of the 2012 Omnibus Spending bill. Although he signed the spending bill into law, he simultaneously issued a so-called “signing statement,” a note that presidents have started attaching to legislation stating how they interpret the law they are signing or whether they believe part of it is unconstitutional.
I am posting this as an example of the myriad and oblique ways that threats to your freedoms and liberties are being eroded or trending in that direction. You may or may not have followed the controversy regarding the sale and purchase of unpasteurized milk over the past year, I have only vaguely so. Yet the trend and tone on the post referenced below is familiar and disturbing. It relates to a lawsuit reportedly filed against FDA by a 501(c)(4) non-profit calling themselvesFarm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF.) Original Heidi Stevenson is here, excerpts follow. Read more…
“The other day, the New York Times published a story with data that demonstrates that gun permit holders in North Carolina are 20x less likely to commit a felony than the average American [not entirely sure the math is right here, but… “via Coyote Blog – Gun Permit Holders Substantially More Law Abiding.
To which one brilliant commenter (one Mr.I Got Bupkis, Don’t Tread On Me) posted this gem regarding the intent of the 2nd amendment: Read more…