Friday, September 4, 2009

The border wall blocks a natural migration

An Austin Statesman Editorial

That underlines a message Avila-Villegas wants people to understand: "It's a wall. It's not a fence."

It's a wall that not only blocks animal migration and destroys habitat. Its furious dust-raising construction causes air and water pollution. It also diverts rivers and floodwaters.

Ah, but does it divert migration of Mexicans entering our nation illegally? In some cases, yes. In other cases, a medieval device called a ladder foils Washington's greatest designs. ::MORE HERE::

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

H1N1 and Nanotechnology

BTC- Take your grain of salt. Tell any of your healthcare practioner friends who have been told to take the H1N1 vaccine as a condition of their employment to get a lawyer, contact the labor unions and organize a walk out. At least get them to find out what's in it.

No matter what you believe about H1N1 today; if anyone in a position of authority even hints to the effect that you will be either incarcerated or let go from your job on the conditions of taking a H1N1 vaccine, go get a lawyer. Don't wait.

World Net Daily..
Next step in H1N1 scare:
Microchip implants
Company developing under-the-skin devices to detect 'bio-threats'

A Florida-based company that boasts selling the world's first and only federally approved radio microchip for implanting in humans is now turning its development branch toward "emergency preparedness," hoping to produce an implant that can automatically detect in its host's bloodstream the presence of swine flu or other viruses deemed a "bio-threat."

VeriChip Corporation currently sells a small, under-the-skin Radio Frequency Identification capsule, or RFID, that patients can opt to have implanted, containing a number computer-linked to their medical records, enabling doctors with a special reader to access the information even if the patient is unconscious or unidentified. The company boasts its microchip, roughly the size of a grain of rice, is the only such implant approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

But VeriChip has also turned its attention to other uses for the technology, including microchips that be used to tag and log human remains after a disaster and implants the company hopes will be able to warn if their host is infected with the H1N1 swine flu virus, the H5N1 bird flu virus or other pandemic agents deemed to be a "bio-threat."

VeriChip is working with a Minnesota company, Receptors LLC, to develop the virus-detection technology.

"As we continue to build on our partnership with Receptors, which started with the development of a glucose-sensing RFID implantable microchip, we are moving beyond patient identification to sensors that can detect and identify illnesses and viruses such as influenza," said Scott R. Silverman, chairman of VeriChip, in a statement. "This is an exciting next step for the future of our healthcare division." :::MORE HERE:::

Monday, August 31, 2009


The UK's current administration has a very one sided practice on public identity management, NO2ID reports.

The way Britain undertakes crime scene investigations and the existence of the
DNA database have both come under intense scrutiny following the news scientists in Israel have successfully replicated DNA samples.

The UK has the largest per capita DNA database in the world and the
government often stresses the infallibility of DNA evidence to justify
the expansion of the database. But now researchers at forensic DNA
technology company
Nucleix say that DNA samples can be faked.
They have demonstrated how artificial DNA could be implanted into real blood giving the blood a new profile. A modified blood sample was sent to a US laboratory that works with FBI forensic teams and they failed to catch the forgery. Interestingly though, Nucleix has come up with the solution - an authentication method that distinguishes between real and fake samples. However the mere fact that DNA can be faked may question the reliance on DNA in criminal cases. US defence attorney Michael Cardoza told CNN news: "it opens up an entire avenue of cross examination that was never there before. Can you imagine their expert, the prosecution's expert on the stand - we will now be able to ask them: 'It's possible to fabricate DNA?'", adding "it will give a lot of defence attorneys something to talk about in court, it will make prosecutors work a lot harder".


Conservative MP Damian Green has won his battle to have his DNA removed from the National DNA Database but, as he himself acknowledged, "...this is only a first step. I want every innocent person who has been arrested and whose records are being wrongly held to be treated the same as me."

While a high profile public figure may successfully argue that he is an
"exceptional case", this still leaves hundreds of thousands of people
never charged or convicted of a crime on the database - with thousands more being added every month. Mr Green's case highlights how arbitrary and unfair the system is, and reveals how little the government has done in the nine months since the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the blanket and indiscriminate retention of the DNA profiles and fingerprints of innocent people was unlawful.

It's time to take action. If they won't, we must.

Most people simply don't know in what circumstances they can apply to have their DNA profiles removed, or how. Which is why NO2ID joined forces with Genewatch UK, Open Rights Group, Liberty and others to build - an advice site that can walk you through the process and even help you draft the necessary letter.

Labour MP Diane Abbott and lawyers from Liberty will be holding a 'DNA clinic' in Hackney to provide help and advice to those who want their DNA profiles removed from the national database.

We desperately need to raise public awareness and keep the pressure on -the Parliamentary battle will resume this autumn - so please write a letter to your local paper suggesting that people who are innocent and want to have their DNA removed use - or, if you are in a city, asking whether something similar to Ms Abbott's 'DNA clinic' can be done in your area.

With nearly 5 million people on the DNA database, almost 1 million of them children, you may not be directly affected - but you probably know someone who is.

Chronicle the UK's Identity Minister, Lord Brett, said the ID cards
might not be recognised outside the UK by other EU member states.

According to the Home Office, ID cards will be accepted as travel
documents across Europe when they are launched,[whenever that is.]

On Friday we reported that in an interview with the Oldham Evening
Chronicle the UK's Identity Minister, Lord Brett, said the ID cards
might not be recognised outside the UK by other EU member states.

A NO2ID supporter wrote this week to tell us that Advanced Passenger Information (API) is now a requirement when booking flights with many carriers. "British Airways and Easyjet now make passengers booking a flight online fill in passport information(number, date of issue, expiry, nationality, date of birth) with a threat that failure to do so may mean one cannot fly. This data has to be given before travelling and before the day of departure. When asked,
an Easyjet operative said, 'It is a government/EU requirement'."

OTHER NEWS: ID Convictions & Struggling with Biometrics

Two people have been successfully prosecuted for refusing to provide authorities with their encryption keys, resulting in landmark
convictions that may have carried jail sentences of up to five years.

An entrepreneur whose fledgling business was ruined by a false entry in a court database has had his claim for compensation rejected by a High Court judge. The decision could set a broad and troubling precedent, because Mr Justice Bill Blair QC - brother of the former PM Tony Blair -ruled that the civil service cannot be found liable for the damage caused by its record keeping mistakes.

MUST SEE! ::Does biometrics prevent or promote identity fraud? Dr Edgar Whitley of the London School of Economics "questions whether the government's plan to protect us from identity fraud through its proposed ID card scheme could backfire" in this short video.

In 5,000 schools, children are required to give fingerprints to use the library. And the king of databases will be the national ID card scheme which, the Government hopes, will eventually hold data for identifying every one of us.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama does Bush covers until life sucks

BTC Editorial - Obama disappoints. He disappoints because he's been assimilated into the machine of Bush's predecessors. He disappoints because he behaves as Bush did. Make no mistake - there is simply no possible way for a President to pristinely carry the adulation of the American public at all times. Which means that leaders have to have a fallback plan after the Honeymoon is over. However, so many elected him on the auspices that we wouldn't get the Bush treatment.

Obama still has a chance to come correct. He can change direction any time he chooses. The issue for actors on the world stage is always MOTIVATION. Where does the context for these decisions come from?

This spring, I think Cheney has made himself a little too important. He wasn't getting the cooperation of his former colleague, Obama. Obama himself, his staff and those in current governance are not immune to self-preservation. Cheney as a retiree couldn't settle for skeet shooting, he decided to go duck hunting instead. If he couldn't kill a duck - he could make one lame. He set his sights this spring on Obama and here we are.

For salt, I always blame the CIA. They suck. They don't respect anyones privacy or humanity. They want too much information. They get what they want because they are heavily rewarded to lie, cheat and steal. What kind of people are stocked up in an agency dispatched to upset small 3rd world governments and assassinate democratically elected leaders?

I am someone who still believes in free speech and the cemented ideal center of the U.S. Constitution. I can point out those in Congress and the Senate who actually value the document as is and those who legally observe it when it is expedient for business. Sometimes it really depends on the issue.

Obama always had a plan for the internet. It's really no big surprise with Emmanuel as a sidekick, Jane Harman in an Intelligence Director position and Cheney skulking around as an unwanted consultant that the internet is now a big problem for the incumbent government. I would be insecure too if I farmed out 20 million Americans livelihood overseas, sold them into debt slavery to China over a war most supporters were duped into after 9-11. I'm sure all the complaining is really starting to get to them.

I don't think things are going Obama's way right now; so he is taking it out on the public by trying to castrate our technology and communications. I bet he feels stuck. He couldn't keep Monsanto out of Michelle's garden, much less our food supply leadership. You see, he's been trying to get some kind of health care to sick people. Instead of the lobby sponsors bending a bit and working with some of the Republican interests on how things play out or parsing up the bill and working constructively about specific concerns of Red state Americans; it's been fight or flight, my way or the highway.

Should we allow our nation to be run by bunch of spoiled shortsighted bureaucrats? Is tolerating this cafeteria food fight the best Obama can do?

It's really hard when people call your good thing, bad.

At the end of the day, Obama is one guy. The more isolated our President gets, the more people like Cheney and advisors like Rahm Emmanuel aim to suck the marrow out of him.

In the meantime, the town halls have become stages for Americans who never get a chance to say much of anything on their own behalf. It's a new thing for shortsighted Congressional leaders to deal with auditoriums filled with Americans who are both sick and underemployed because of their stupidity. They never thought they would ever see those people in those circumstances. Most of them were working 2-3 jobs to make ends meet. They've got plenty of spare time now to fix their aberrant government.

America is just filled with bunches of crankypants and fusspots.

Republican or Democrat? Vote anyone but incumbent or you'll get the same. Bush's people who weren't cycled out in the inauguration tides are hanging around like corpses fouling the enduring tide. There's your problem.

Watch out for the wave of workhorse independents who don't have law degrees who will be running for office in an election near you.