Monday April 2nd, 2012
|Are We Oppressed by Technology?
posted 04/02/2012, 9:01 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)|
Do we really need an iPad 3 after it seems as if iPad 2 was released only a few months ago? Was it absolutely necessary that Google give us Google+? Do phones really have to be "smart" when the old cell phones were just fine? For that matter, is it really necessary that everyone on the planet be instantly reachable by wireless videophone?
The answer to each question is no. No innovation is absolutely necessary. In fact, the phone, flight, the internal combustion engine, electricity, the railroad — none of this is absolutely necessary. We could freely choose to live in a state of nature in which most children die in childbirth, those who do not live only a few decades and "medicine" amounts to sawing off limbs if you are lucky enough to have a tool that can accomplish the deed.
It's true that those people who bemoan the pace of technological development are not really longing for the state of nature. They are just sick of being hounded, badgered, hectored and pushed — as they see it — constantly to learn new things, acquire new gizmos, keep up-to-date and buy the latest thing.
A survey from Underwriters Laboratories last year revealed that half of consumers "feel high-tech manufacturers bring new products to market faster than people need them." There are many concerns such as privacy, safety, finances and the like, but mostly, I suspect that what's behind the report is a more inchoate kind of unease.
Learning new things can be uncomfortable. People sense that they were getting along just fine with the technology of the last few years, so why should they upgrade? They sense that always going for the new thing implicitly casts aspersions on our current or past lifestyles.
I get this all the time when I talk to people about new stuff. Their first response is often: "No thanks. I've had it with all this techno wizardry and digital age mania. Whatever happened to a world in which people had authen... (more)
|The Hutaree Case: Next, Time, They'll Send in the Drones
posted 04/02/2012, 9:01 PM (William Norman Grigg)|
Next time the Regime identifies a group of people as "domestic terrorists," the result might be a summary mass execution, or imprisonment in military custody, rather than a trial. This is one very plausible result of the dismissal of "seditious conspiracy" charges against members of Michigan’s Hutaree militia.
Thanks to the legal environment created by the NDAA, the Feds won’t have to run the risks involved in submitting the next "domestic terrorism" case to the s... (more)
|Understanding The Slave Mentality
posted 04/02/2012, 9:00 PM (Alt Market)|
In the initial stages of nearly every recorded tyranny, the saucer eyed dumbstruck masses exhibit astonishing and masterful skill when denying reality. The facts behind their dire circumstances and of their antagonistic government become a source of cynical psychological gameplay rather than a source of legitimate concern. Their desperate need to maintain their normalcy bias creates a memory and observation vacuum in which all that runs counter to their false assumptions and preconcepti... (more)
|BitTorrent Crackdown Center Prepares to Punish Pirates
posted 04/02/2012, 8:59 PM (TorrentFreak)|
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In a few months millions of BitTorrent users in the United States will be actively monitored as part of an agreement between the MPAA, RIAA and all the major ISPs. Those caught sharing copyright works will receive several warning messages and will be punished if they continue to infringe. Today the center responsible for administering the scheme announced its Executive Board, which surprisingly enough doesn’t include any neutral executives.
Starting this summer, the Center for Cop... (more)
|'Massive Wealth Destruction' Is About to Hit Investors: Marc Faber
posted 04/02/2012, 8:59 PM (CNBC)|
Runaway government debts have triggered uncontrolled money printing that in turn will lead to inflation that will decimate portfolios, according to the latest forecast from "Dr. Doom" Marc Faber.
Investors, particularly those in the "well-to-do" category, could lose about half their total wealth in the next few years as the consequences pile up from global government debt problems, Faber, the author of the Gloom Boom & Doom Report, said on CNBC.
Efforts to stem the ... (more)
|Ireland Faces Popular Revolt Over New Property Tax
posted 04/02/2012, 8:58 PM (Associated Press)|
Debt-mired Ireland is facing a revolt over its new property tax.
The government said less than half of the country's 1.6 million households paid the charge by Saturday's deadline to avoid penalties. And about 5,000 marched in protest against the annual conference of Prime Minister Enda Kenny's Fine Gael party.
Emotions ran raw as police backed by officers on horseback stopped demonstrators from entering the Dublin Convention Centre. Many protesters booed and heckled... (more)
|Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses all
posted 04/02/2012, 8:54 PM (The Independent)|
A man whose lies helped to make the case for invading Iraq – starting a nine-year war costing more than 100,000 lives and hundreds of billions of pounds – will come clean in his first British television interview tomorrow.
"Curveball", the Iraqi defector who fabricated claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, smiles as he confirms how he made the whole thing up. It was a confidence trick that changed the course of history, with Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi's lies used to ju... (more)
|Harshly worded letter from SC trooper raises concern
posted 04/02/2012, 8:54 PM (WSOCTV)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
YORK COUNTY, S.C. — A harshly worded letter written by a South Carolina state trooper is raising concerns with the state Highway Patrol.
Eyewitness News obtained a copy of the letter after a man was stopped for reckless driving in York County. That driver did not want to talk about the incident, or have his name used in this story.
|Kim Dotcom Back Online, Prepares To Release Music Album
posted 04/02/2012, 8:50 PM (TorrentFreak)|
A New Zealand court has granted Kim Dotcom some basic rights following a hearing today. The Megaupload founder will now be allowed to access the Internet and have a daily swim to help ease a back problem. Dotcom will also be allowed to finish a music album he’s been working on. TorrentFreak was given a sneak preview and we liked what we heard.