The REAL Culprits in Identity Theft and Loss of Privacy

If you listen to the propaganda coming out of the Federal Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies set up to protect us from each other, the Internet is rife with nefarious characters out to steal your personal information, invade your privacy, and otherwise violate you through various dastardly deeds like hacking your computer, rummanging through your trash, etc.

One of the most useful pieces of information these evil doers want to obtain is your Social Security nunber. This humber is the key that opens so many doors to your identity. Just about anything you do of any importance, banking, credit, investing, even driver’s licenses, requires your Social Security number. Once one of the most protected pieces of personal information, now most people freely give our their numbers to almost any supposedly legitimate institution that asks for it. Continue reading

I’m so proud of my little girl!

I’m sorry I’ve been away for awhile. There has been a lot going on in my life these past few weeks, most of it unpleasant, so I will spare you the sob story. But something really neat happened yesterday involving my fifteen-year-old daughter Heidi.

Heidi is a freshman in high school and one of her favorite subjects is art. The other is music. Heidi plans on majoring in one or the other in college. Continue reading

Climate Change Adds Twist to Debate Over Dams – New York Times

Climate Change Adds Twist to Debate Over Dams – New York Times

I’ve talked about environmental politics and indigenous peoples politics in earlier posts. The article linked above from the New York Times is about some dams on the Klamath River in Oregon that bring environmentalists and indigenous peoples together as antagonists.

What’s really funny about this situation is that the power company that owns the dams is using environmentalist issues to argue for keeping the dams. Given the fact that power companies tend to be some of the biggest producers of the gases that are polluting the air. It is ironic that they are using the fact that hydroelectric power is clean power in their opposition to the indigenous peoples demand to remove the dams, which is also supported by the commercial fisherman of the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading

Rolling Stone : Teenage Holy War

I’ve been a fan of Rolling Stone magazine for almost forty years. I used to be a refular suscriber but let my subscription lapse about twnety years ago, although I did read it in the library on occasion. Now my fifteen year old daughter is a subscriber, so I get to read it on a regular basis again. At least as much as my eyes will allow.

The latest issue has an article about the latest Christian fundamentalist recruiting crusade. Scary stuff! BattleCry is a combination of Christian fundamentalism and militaristic rah-rah. A new army of Christian soldiers out to convert the world by the sword. Sounds an awful lot like the so-called enemy in Bush”s war on terror. The only difference is these kids are Christian rather than Moslem, so that makes them the good guys! A bit hypocritical, don’t you think? Continue reading