Friday, October 31, 2008

5-11 Campaign Presents

5-11 Campaign Committee 

 Americans Against Real IDs


Contact: Sheila Dean

511’s Stasi Party 
Emceed By Jack Blood


WHAT : 5-11 Stasi Party , music, entertainment & public satire showcase.

The themed event will mimic a bar in East Berlin where former Stasi government is celebrated in retrospect: phones to snitch on your neighbor, signups for a national ID & random "harassment" by policing bullies. Participation is expected from many active political groups, curious citizens and those seeking entertainment in Austin’s famous Red River District. 

WHEN: November 7th, 7 P.M. 

WHERE: Elysium, 705 Red River St. Austin, TX

WHY : 5-11’s benefit showcase is planned to increase awareness about local actions to stop Real IDs and raise money to anchor legislative efforts at the Texas capitol.

HOW: The showcase will feature performances from bands local to Austin, TX to raise money to establish their cause in Austin. The money raised from the benefit will go to costs to advocate to the great State of Texas.

SPONSORS: Brave New Books, KAOS 95.5,  BeatTheChip, Motorblade Flyering

5-11’s Stasi Party November 7th, 2008
Elysium- Red River District 705 Red River St. Austin, TX



7 PM - Cocktail Tunes with DJ Pyro
8 PM - The Lovers
9 PM - Nemion 
10 PM - Carrier Monkey
11 PM - DJ Manny

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

LAST WORD: Voting and Your ID

Elections are cutthroat times. A local candidate is being forced off the ballot while you are reading this blog because it is the week before the election.  In light of the fray, here is BeatTheChip's hard-knocks election experience at the polls. 

Here is what happened to me when I went to vote.

I voted early this election at a University campus.  Some say early voting is not a good time to vote because they focus too much on the results and some votes get thrown out.   Just know - I did vote. You may e-mail me[]and perform an exit poll on who I voted for IN THE END.

Nevertheless, a poll worker was actually standing in line ahead of me.   The only way I knew he was a poll worker was when turned around and saw the mounting line behind me and then asked me for my I.D.   To which I replied knowing my facts, "There is no law in this state that demands that I show you my license."  

TRUE STATEMENT:  Most states do not have voter ID laws.  You only have to show a document (It could be a billing statement.) that shows your first and last name and an address

The poll worker then said, "Yes, you do!"  I reiterated that there is no law in the State of Texas that mandates that I show him my ID.  He then said, "Either that or a voter registration card."   Unfortunately, this is where I was duped.  I didn't need a voter registration card.   As indicated above... all I needed was a piece of mail substantiating my  residence.

I replied, "I don't HAVE to show you my ID, but I will oblige you."  This was an exercise in frustration.  I was asked 5 minutes later to show my ID, again, at the registration check-in : a red table to the right and a blue table to the left.  I immediately asked if there was any difference in the direction I went.   The clerk replied, "No."

Great. Onto the next hoop jumping contest. "May I see your ID?"   Annoyed, I handed the woman my California license.  She immediately flipped over the back of the license and scanned the bar code on the back.  I was really shocked when I saw this.   She then whined and said, "Ohhh... it's not coming up!"   That would have been the only benefit, in this case, to having an out of state license that wasn't recognized in their voter rolls system.

NOTE: It is intended for you to make the connection that the DMV or DPS motor vehicle database codes and records were available in voter recognition programs.  

I then replied, "It's alright. I know I wasn't purged from the voter rolls.  Would you like to enter my name so that I can vote?"  Annnd ..countershock in  3..2..1.. with raised eyebrows she flipped my license back over and then punched in my name.  Amazingly enough my name and Texas voter registration information came up.    Both attendants then squirmed in their seat and licked their lips like nervous cats.  One attendant had to resticker my name to the voter registration readout form because they weren't used to this type of computer evasion.

I just got lucky.   Had I cao-taoed to any one of these people with a Texas state ID, every action I took during my voting experience would have been recorded.

I then proceeded to the voter wheel-of-fortune where I dialed in my varied 3rd party campaign trail mix and then hit the red button.    A woman who had voted in the booth next to mine began to pace back and forth behind me saying, "Is that right?  Should I have to lose my vote because the machine didn't recognize my candidate?"    It was both distracting and disturbing. has great advice on what I did both wrong and right when I voted and how you can preserve your vote on electronic-election day.  

May you do better than I did.

RFID chips, Licenses and The Real ID Act

BTC - It has come to our attention throughout the use and veritable abuse of our tax dollars at the the federal level, that RFIDs for every license everywhere (and in Texas)  is now a real potential.    If your State's Motor vehicle agency accepts grant funding for the Real ID, they will comply with the complete letter of the Real ID Act of 2005... down to the jot and tittle.  

What does that mean?  It means that the most sensitive keys to your conventional identity will be demanded , possibly scanned and stored in a vulnerable digital database and shared with international sources.  It also means your "license verification documents" may be stored on an RFID chip to prove you are a citizen wherever you go in the U.S.   It is either the RFID chip or the magnetic strip or the bar code on the back.   The bar code is the most secure of the three. All are covert and evil means to catalogue consumers habits.   If your ID keys are embedded in the license's RFID chip, trouble will be waiting to find you.  Anyone with a UPC reader with intent to hack the code, can get whatever is stored in your chip, including your SSN# and your mothers maiden name held on the birth certificate.

What is the point of all this again? Why would you need an internal passport verifying your citizenship? 

AH!  Yes..this is to move us closer to the North American Community,  a continental shift in both borders, monetary systems and a slam dunk for the globalized government.   Also known to Canadians as the SPP or the Secured Prosperity Partnership for the Americas.  They want one guy on top, so one person can run the few guys at the top.  It's  not a power structure we can relate to when we are paying for it.  There's still the a functional Constitution for them to overcome.

Do we obsess much? We have to.  Identity theft trends are at an all time high in organized crime rings.  The people aren't going to be cut a break.   Real ID's as currently regulated are a threat to citizen's personal security. Hence, there is the a problem reconciling public security in the name of  Homeland Security.

RFID readers will become integrated into your day to day and if someone hacks a RFID reader camera and they get your info, they get your info.  Thanks for playing ...good luck to you? 

Word from the 5-11 Campaign has brought us to a new policy for licenses requiring birth certificates.


The point of the look but don't touch policy is to provide the adequate qualifying documents to quell the demands for both citizenship and identity documents, but to not surrender your documents to an insecure database.  This is to keep copies of your most sensitive information from also being embedded into the now infamous Radio Frequency ID chip (RFID).    This information will be broadcasted wherever it can be found and sussed out by organized crime rings to steal identities by either hacking into RFID readers on street corners or just planting criminals with UPC readers in strategic places where that information later becomes a source of both unique information and revenue.

How the policy works is when a license administrator asks you for a birth certificate or Social Security card or other relevant proof of national citizenship, you show them your documents with the caveat that the information not be entered into an database, scanned, copied or recorded for recollection.  You are present with the document as verification so they may verify it, but not record it.  So the administrator may look, but not touch the document in terms of verifying it, but not to record or to have on record.

If they contest this, ask to speak to a manager.  If the license administrator or their manager will not concede to this process, call your Congressman.  They have the right to verify your documents for accuracy, but not to retain copies for their personal sense of wellbeing, security and emotional ease or to satisfy a quota supplied from an information sales contract. Somewhere in the chain-of-command is a professional who will be reasonable and understand what you are doing.

WHATEVER YOU DO... do not allow them to walk off with your identity documents.  Unless the Real ID Act and it's heinous regulations are fully repealed you will need to be concerned. 

Don't let the sense of bureacratic entitlement cheap shot you out of your security.  Stand your ground and get your license.