Here is a discomforting article on Infowars regarding the government’s intrusive and totalitarian “biometric” database. The article cites the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU which warn that we should expect an “overwhelming number” of false matches in the government’s facial recognition, iris scanning and palm print technologies. The FBI will be placing all the collected biometric information in a combined criminal and non-criminal database. Expect many, many people to be the victims of false identification, unnecessary police harassment and S.W.A.T. raids. I realize there has been some good news on the liberty front, such as the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that warrantless cell phone searches are unconstitutional and a federal court ruling that the feds’ “no-fly” list is also unconstitutional. But this whole biometric database thing is so extreme, so obviously to become a tool of gangsters and government harassment and suppression of dissent, that this, too, should be ruled “unconstitutional.”
Speaking of the ACLU, S.W.A.T. teams and the police state, Radley Balko has this post on the ACLU’s recent report on police militarization. Basically, S.W.A.T. raids are mostly unnecessary, they are terrorizing innocent people, and the drug war is the main reason for them now. End the drug war, legalize freedom (as Ron Paul would say), and stop the damn S.W.A.T. raids.
And Alecia Phonesavanh writes about how a reckless S.W.A.T. team blew a hole in her 2-year-old son.
Michael Rozeff explains the neocons’ militaristic (but non-productive and un-American) vision of America. The neocons value government power, but not decent, honest aspects of life, just armed military might and State power. Very empty souls.
Free Range Kids author Lenore Skenazy quotes from an article in the Boston Globe by psychologist Peter Gray on how kids who are deprived of their natural instincts to play independently while they are children can contribute to greater incidence of depression and anxiety later on in life. (But the school totalitarians don’t want to let kids play independently, and the neighborhood nazis don’t like to see a child playing in a yard unsupervised, or else they’ll call the police. So now a lot of parents and other adults are helicoptering and overprotective of the kids, and maybe that’s a good reason why so many of the kids whose natural inclinations were stifled and suppressed grew up to be depressed, anxious, and miserable. I think that much of our whole society is anxious and miserable, quite frankly, but the processed foods and prescription drugs also have a lot to do with it.)
Jacob Hornberger clarifies libertarianism versus statism in this post aimed at Catholics regarding the issue of immigration. (I can’t believe just how ignorant so many people are on the immigration issue, especially the conservatives. In my view, to many people their Archie Bunker anti-foreigner narrow-mindedness is more important than free markets, private property rights, and economic prosperity.)
James Bovard discusses the war crimes of the American “Civil” War.
And Jonathan Turley discusses the newest idiocy in American culture: social media clauses in prenuptial agreements. (How did so many Americans become so dumb now? is it the processed foods, the video games, the prescriptions, or the zombie texting obsessions?)