Wednesday, May 31, 2006

National Wireless Grids and Individual Spying

From the AFP -
Chicago could soon become the world's largest Internet cafe now that the city hall has put out a request for bids to build a city-wide wireless Internet system.

The goal is to provide inexpensive -- or even free -- Internet access to all residents in order to help Chicago bridge the digital divide, Mayor Richard Daley said in a statement Tuesday.

This joins scores of cities around the country that are planning to offer the service as well as my home city of Racine.
The Real Effect
Now students, let's think critically.

  1. Why would cities want to offer this as a city service?
  2. Is this a service that should be handled by a government?
  3. Is the private sector NOT handling this type of service?
  4. Does anyone believe that a government is the most efficient way to handle most services?
  5. Is there a possible ulterior motive?
Now naturally I can only provide my opinion and relevant facts on this and I believe the answers are as follows:
  1. Publicly to "bridge the digital divide". Code speak for socialism. Whenever government seizes from one to give to another so that things may be equal that is a socialist policy. This ignores the fundamental right to property.
  2. No - perhaps coordinated.
  3. Not only is the private sector providing wireless options, but many companies are leading the way in developing key technology, products and procedure.
  4. Government routinely demonstrates an outstanding ability to be anti-efficient. Projects such as this are problem laden and generally come in overbudget.
  5. Yes. Is it any coincidence that spying seems to be a problem in our culture? Consider the explosion in CCTV, RFID tagging in your Levis and government mandates such as the National Animal Identification System and the defacto nation ID - the Real ID act.
We have cameras going up nationwide, surveillance of phone calls, black boxes in all automobiles, Verichipping starting up and you want to tell me that the city wide wireless grid is for the citizen's benefit? No, this is to set the total surveillance society in place.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Some Time Off

My apologies to all my readers, I recently was in negotiations to procure a new job in another city and had to devote a decent amount of time to getting my 'house in order'. Posts will be coming shortly.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Birdstorm Update

Reuters exclaims -
Experts fear bird flu movie may spur panic
I was thinking the exact same thing. Except I was thinking that the panic would stem from the terrible plot and atrocious acting. From the article -
"I worry that this could very well be portrayed by many as ultimate example of sensationalism..."
Funny, I thought the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) has the market on that one.

The Real Effect

What is frightening is the following information -
Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt has been holding meetings in the 50 states and territories to convince businesses, educators and individuals to prepare for a pandemic that could throw 40 percent of the workforce out of action for weeks on end.

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Calvin Johnson and state Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff announced the launch of their Web site,, to coincide with the TV film.
So what we have is a non event that is being turned into a cataclysmic TV event that is piggybacked by the government. Now that's good policy...

Until tomorrow...

Does Chavez Have a Death Wish?

According to VOA news -
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he plans to raise taxes on foreign oil companies in Venezuela.
The new tax will be 33 percent - up from 16.7 percent.
The Real Effect
It almost seems as though Hugo is egging the west to invade Venezuela. First they sign the alternative free trade union and then this. If there is one thing that is certain about globalists, if you mess with their plans, they invade your country. This could be seen as the reason that is needed to mobilize the Free Trade Area of the Americas (American Union).

We'll have to wait and see how this turns out.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Government Bookeeping Fraud

"Consolidated Annual Financial Reports" is a phrase that few Americans have heard and fewer still begin to understand. I thought in light of the May Day marches and the past Tax Freedom day we would do well to understand this concept. But first we must engage in a little imagination work.

Imagine your own general budget process if you will. Let's say for sake of example you make an even $36,000 a year. This amount would be defined by the I.R.S. as your "income". And for sake of argument, this is the only income coming into your household.
Now, let's pretend you and your spouse were working on creating your monthly budget. At this point, your spouse is highly uniformed regarding your income and has no idea what you make. (Because you don't tell them) Being the shrewd person that you are, you work with them to set up a budget for $1500 a month and then you set up payment for the bills.

After a few months, money starts to get tight and fingers start to get pointed around the dinner table.
"We need more money for our expenses." your spouse argues.
"Well," you say "that means we need to make more money." "Our budget is too high for your needs, we'll have to cut spending money on you."
Now, freeze that situation for a second and you might begin to understand how the Federal, State as well as other institutions have put the tax screws to John Q. Taxpayer for quite a long time. For our astute readers, the omission is obvious. For those of you who require more explanation, such as myself, let me connect the dots. Let's review the facts shall we?
Your income is $36,000 a year or $3000 a month while your budget is $1500 a month.

Think about that for a second.

Your spouse is under the assumed impression that your income is at $1500 a month based off the budget but you being quite crafty have the same budget of $1500 on the side to do with as you please. Quite cunning huh? Well friends, this is what we have been exposed to by the Government as a whole for years.

Every fiscal year for a governing body is fraught with scare tactics about lost educational services, starving homeless and the end of humanity as we know it. Yet the governments are sitting on literally billions of your dollars every year according to their own books. The issue is which books you look at.

Here is just one of thousands of examples -
"The State of Wisconsin at the State-level has approximately $7.44 billion of the taxpayer's money it is not using, i. e. surpluses equal to $1,368 for every man, woman and child in Wisconsin or $5,471 for a family of 4. This does not include all the additional surpluses that exist in the school districts, cities, or counties in Wisconsin." (FY 2003)
Beginning to get the picture? Now think real closely...does the Federal government really need an enormous chunk of the American economy to operate? Or is this just a royal shafting? Let's read more -
"Historically, a budget consists of three parts: 1) Funds brought forward (funds not previously spent); 2) Next year's estimated revenues; and 3) Next year's estimated expenditures. But somewhere along the way the funds brought forward category was lost. In accounting, the previous years' revenues are no longer called revenue but have been converted to Cash and Investments. Since they no longer called Revenues governments have forgotten about them to the public. They are there but not considered in the budget process, but should be."

"For example, the State of Wisconsin Special Revenue Funds (Governmental Funds), considered part of the budget, have fund balances of $209 million that probably will not be considered in the next year's budget. The total cash and investments, funds that were not used during the current year, was $513 million (surplus) and should be part of the next year's budget. So if next year there is a "budget deficit" ask about these funds not being considered or used."
The Real Effect
Let's look at last year's (FY 2005)"funds" shall we? According to the 2005 Consolidated Annual Financial Reports, the Wisconsin government Transportation fund carried over $325,226,000. That's almost $326 MILLION just sitting in the government coffers and not being productive in the commercial economy of Wisconsin. Imagine for a second if you were told you were getting a refund check this year of almost $10,000 for your family? And this is just sending back the excess funds, not cutting spending.

Our government is not a business and does not need BILLIONS in annual cash reserves. Keep in mind that this is only cash overflow from budget years, this does not include capitol assets such as land, bridges, buildings, etc. In addition, this does not include the Federal government or your local government or education institutions.

How about we work at getting that cash back in the hands of the people that earned it?

Edited on 5/7/2010 for appearance, spelling and labels.

Mainstream Media Finally Covers Chicago Drill

Here is the first articles (other)that I have seen so far covering the Chicago terrorism drill. According to CBS, the Department of Homeland Security is testing response for a bird flu outbreak and terrorist attack which include a "mock explosion and building collapse".

An interesting side note, the reporter Kristyn Hartman is covering the from the location at 2300 Patriot Blvd in Glenview, Illinois. Patriot, how's that for propaganda?

One drill is being held at the Northeast Illinois Public Safety Training Academy in Glenview. Residents of the north suburb may notice military helicopters, humvees, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles heading for the academy on Patriot Boulevard while the training goes on.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Jefferson vs. Bush

"If we run into such [government] debts, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses, and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-suffers." - Thomas Jefferson

"We are a nation of communities... a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky."

"Globalization has altered the dynamics in the White House, as well as between the White House and the Treasury." - George W. Bush

Monday, May 01, 2006

Monday updated

Today seems to be a very busy day...

Iran shelling Iraq say Kurdish minister

Bird Flu in New Jersey, but not dreaded N51

Oil Moves Up to Near $73

Local Police Running Spy Units (I'm thinking about running a piece on this)

Bush administration has invoked "Military and State Secrets" privileges to run down a class action suit against AT & T on domestic spying

Think tank says 'Britain 'needs compulsory voting'

Cops buying Cell Phone records

The Real Effect
I also got my first look at the Fatal Contact show being pushed by ABC. You only need to know that it's from the people that brought us....hehehehe......(snicker)....Nuclear Twister. Mwaaaahahaha!