In whatever hell Osama Bin Laden resides in right now, he’s reveling in the fact that he and his 11 followers have produced the biggest bang for the buck in the history of warfare. His group of followers, limited in numbers, armed with no sophisticated weapons of warfare dramatically changed the United States. We became an oppressive surveillance state. We’ve spent trillions of dollars. We’ve destroyed much of the Middle East and Africa. … (1 comment)

Russia is not actually interested in undermining American “democracy”. In fact, the United States isn’t particularly concerned either. But Russiagate continues to give mainstream media a narrative that it can sell to its dwindling core audience. However, when it comes to the real linchpin of American power, the almighty Dollar, things are very different. Since it typically takes millions of Dollars at minimum, to even enter major US elections, it is clear that the American electoral system, like just about everything in the US, is as tied in to the power of the Dollar as any other institution. The entire contrived narrative about Russia is really a thinly placed mask which hides the real worry in the US about Russia’s latest geo-strategic moves. Today, Russia’s Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister took part in an official visit to China where both countries signed agreements to expand bilateral trade in national currencies, as opposed to using the US Dollar as the standard transaction currency. … (1 comment)

The leaks continue. Most of us were concerned when the Mueller investigation hired a bunch of Obama and Clinton sycophants. Last Friday it was leaked to CNN that Mueller planned to release indictments the following Monday. Imagine the sheer coincidence that on Sunday Hillary had a big strategy meeting with the big players in her seemingly never-ending scandals. I’m sure they just got together when they realized that they were in the same place. And I’m sure they merely talked about their grandchildren.

Free speech is one of the more misused concepts in America. Some of this is due to the fact that our government “Dewey Camps” have continued to dumb down the citizenry since the late 1950s. Other reasons include intentional confusion to advance the state’s causes. Hate speech is one of the more evil ways in which the state has conspired to confuse people over the notion of free speech.(1 comment)

It’s “call to action” time. This is one that you need to take some time to contact your US Senators and Congressmen. We all know that our government spends a lot of our money on “research”. Some of the more bizarre examples include $3 million to find out how long shrimp can run on a treadmill! Or how about the $315K to figure out if playing FarmVille on Facebook helps people make friends? Or the $300K to study how people ride bicycles? The list goes on and on. Sen Rand Paul and other have introduced a law to allow we citizens to read and use the research that we paid for. The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act, or FASTR (S. 1701, H.R. 3427) has sat in the House and Senate for four years. It’s time to get this put into law.(1 comment)

Another court has ruled that the public still has the ability to play old music that almost everyone believed they lawfully had the ability to play. The Florida Supreme Court, following in the footsteps of New York State’s high court, ruled yesterday that its state law, which governs sound recordings made before 1972, doesn’t include a right to control public performances of sound recordings, including radio play. Both this decision and the reasoning behind it are good news for digital music companies and radio listeners.

We’ve been highlighting the actions of our government to renew, fix or eliminate Section 702 of the FISA act. Sadly, our US Congress isn’t taking reform too seriously. Protections for US citizens don’t seem in the forefront of their efforts. Mass surveillance works two different ways. So called upstream surveillance collects information as it travels over the internet backbone. Downstream surveillance collects information from companies like Google, Facebook and Yahoo. The very international nature of the internet might actually gain us more protection. Foreign countries are starting to use their court system to question the companies involved in the downstream collection of information. Court rulings are challenging those companies actions insofar as it infringes on their citizens protections. If this keeps up, those companies very existence will depend on our US Congress changing protection laws for us.