Friday, August 28, 2009

Government Will Run Just About Everything (At Least They Are Trying Hard)

The best news I read today was the last post, Barney Frank saying Ron Paul's Audit the Fed bill will probably pass in October.

However, aside from that one piece of news, and buried underneath the extensive coverage of Ted Kennedy, news continues to be 5D to me - dismaying, disheartening, depressing, disingenuous, or demoralizing.

Bill would give president emergency control of Internet (Declan McCullagh, 8/28/09 CNET; the author of the article is a CBS writer who dare asked questions about health care bill H.R. 3200. See my post.)

The ever-obliging and eager-to-please Senator Jay Rockefeller has crafted a bill S. 733. The recently revised version of this bill would "allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "non-governmental" computer networks and do what's necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for "cybersecurity professionals," and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license. "

(Has the United States elected a king? or worse?)

Students' take-home assignment: Census kits (8/26/09 USA Today)

To counter the growing fear that the 2010 Census is a gross invasion of privacy, the government has already started a preemptive strike. They are arming school children with "Census kit" to take home and basically educate the parents.

"Anyone tempted to ignore the 2010 Census will have a tough time doing it — especially if they have kids in school.

"The government has launched Census in Schools, an all-out campaign targeting superintendents, principals, teachers, students and, indirectly, parents, as schools open across the nation this month and next. The message: The Census is coming and here's why everyone should care. "

The government is also partnering with Sesami Street to sell the concept to pre-schoolers.

(Red Guard of Mao's China, Komsomol of Soviet Russia, Hitler Youth in Germany under Hitler. Obama Youth Brigade in the U.S. 2009.)

The National Endowment for the Art of Persuasion? (Patrick Courrielche, 8/25/09, Big Hollywood)

"Backed by the full weight of President Barack Obama’s call to service and the institutional weight of the NEA [National Endowments for the Art], the conference call was billed as an opportunity for those in the art community to inspire service in four key categories, and at the top of the list were “health care” and “energy and environment.” The service was to be attached to the President’s United We Serve campaign, a nationwide federal initiative to make service a way of life for all Americans."

With the other key categories being "security and safety", "education", and "community renewal". Artists to be the lackeys of the government. (Again, nothing new. Stalin did it. Hitler did it. Mao did it.)

(In case you are not aware of it yet, "community" may not mean what you think, just like "gay" doesn't mean "merry" or "cheerful" any more.)


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