Wednesday June 1st, 2011
|18 Signs That Life In U.S. Public Schools Is Now Essentially Equivalent To Life In U.S. Prisons
posted 06/01/2011, 7:04 PM (EndoftheAmericanDream)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
In the United States today, our public schools are not very good at educating our students, but they sure are great training grounds for learning how to live in a Big Brother police state control grid. Sadly, life in many U.S. public schools is now essentially equivalent to life in U.S. prisons. Most parents don't realize this, but our students have very few rights when they are in school. Our public school students are being watched, tracked, recorded, searched and controlled like never before. Back when I was in high school, it was unheard of for a police officer to come to school, but today our public school students are being handcuffed and arrested in staggering numbers. When I was young we would joke that going to school was like going to prison, but today that is actually true.
The following are 18 signs that life in our public schools is now very similar to life in our prisons....
#1 Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has announced that school officials can search the cell phones and laptops of public school students if there are "reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school."
#2 It came out in court that one school district in Pennsylvania secretly recorded more than 66,000 images of students using webcams that were embedded in school-issued laptops that the students were using at home.
#3 If you can believe it, a "certified TSA official" was recently brought in to oversee student searches at the Santa Fe High School prom.
Here's some other recent gems:
> D.A.R.E. to Snitch on Your Parents and Get Taken by Social Services
> Students Tagged with RFID Chips in "Smart Badge Program"
The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher - By John Taylor Gatto, New York State Teacher of the Year, 1991
|An Open Letter to the Troops: You're Not Defending Our Freedoms
posted 06/01/2011, 7:04 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)|
Yesterday – Memorial Day – some people asserted, once again, that you are “defending our freedoms” overseas.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Those people are just repeating tired old mantras. The reality is that you are not defending our freedoms with your actions overseas. In fact, it is the exact opposite. Your actions overseas are placing our freedoms here at home in ever-greater jeopardy.
|The Heavy Cost of the Bush-Obama Murder Rampage
posted 06/01/2011, 7:03 PM (Anthony Gregory)|
In every election cycle, the politicians love to pretend there is a difference among them on the foreign policy questions. Yet on these issues of unsurpassed importance, we see the Democrats and Republicans are all part of the same bloodthirsty gang.
On the superficial level of presidential politics, Obama and Bush appeared light-years apart. They play opposites in the DC-approved official culture war between those who pretend to be genuine red-blooded Americans of ... (more)
|If This Is the Free Market, Why Do I Feel So Unfree?
posted 06/01/2011, 7:02 PM (Kevin Carson)|
It’s remarkable, considering how frequently our politicians and cable news commentariat remind us of the “free market” we live in, just how existentially unfree things seem down here where the rubber meets the road. We constantly see the Washington Consensus and the neoliberal order equated to “our free market system.” But as I always understood it, a free market was simply a system of free exchange. So why does this so-called “free market system” seem to require, for its survival, a regime o... (more)
|Socialism Meets the Drug War
posted 06/01/2011, 6:57 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger )|
The headline of this recent New York Times article highlights the problem: “Drug Trade Flourishes in Spanish Port Town.” The article is referring to the Spanish town of Barbate, Spain, a port town located in the southern region of Andalusia.
Like other socialist countries, such as Greece, Italy, and Portugal, Spain is suffering a severe economic collapse as a result of the massive ... (more)
|Stimulus Wears Off
posted 06/01/2011, 6:56 PM (Michael Pento)|
The artificially engineered U.S. recovery is already starting to falter as a continuous procession of disappointing data continues to confirm the sad truth. Recent numbers on GDP, durable goods, housing, regional manufacturing, initial unemployment claims and leading economic indicators all indicate a sharp slowdown in GDP growth. Just today the ADP Employment report showed that the private sector added a paltry 38,000 jobs in May, down from 177,000 jobs in April, significantly below expectation... (more)
|How the Patriot Act affects my small business and makes me racist
posted 06/01/2011, 6:55 PM (Project Idealism)|
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
For almost the past five years, I've been running my little software company. Sometimes employing people, sometimes sending along work to independent contractors, working to build wealth with software, and feeding my kids and paying my mortgage with the skills that I've acquired.
In short, I'm a small business, and a productive member of the economy of the United States.
I've realized though that there's something terribly wrong.
I'm worried that the... (more)
|Anti-Piracy Groups Send 3.6 Million File-Sharing Cash Demands
posted 06/01/2011, 6:55 PM (TorrentFreak)|
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
As the United States recoils in horror at the rapid acceleration of so-called ‘speculative invoicing’ schemes designed to force cash from alleged file-sharers, over in Europe the Germans are showing how it’s really done. According to information published by Germany’s Internet industry association, rightsholders there are targeting 300,000 alleged file-sharers every month – a staggering 3.6 million a year.