Archives for September 30, 2014

Private Property Rights Under Attack by Comprehensive Land Use Plans

Pri­vate prop­er­ty must be guard­ed as price­less free­dom. Land own­ers should reject the sus­tain­able devel­op­ment idea that only gov­ern­ment can pro­tect nature, air, soil, water, open spaces, and the poor.” Humans have always desired to own a piece of land that could be passed on to their heirs. Once they acquired prop­er­ty for home­stead or farming, […]

Mr. Big — Edicts from the Mountain

The news­pa­per in Ida­ho Falls, ID is the Post Reg­is­ter. Yes­ter­day they had an edi­to­r­i­al writ­ten by a mem­ber of [sic] City Coun­cil. Appar­ent­ly, he is a qua­si-staff mem­ber because the Reg­is­ter allows him a bul­ly pul­pit on a reg­u­lar basis. I found that out when I wrote a response to an edi­to­r­i­al he wrote […]

Security Vulnerabilities of Smart Electricity Meters

Who con­trols the off switch?” by Ross Ander­son and Shailen­dra Fulo­ria. Abstract: We’re about to acquire a sig­nif­i­cant new cybervul­ner­a­bil­i­ty. The world’s ener­gy util­i­ties are start­ing to install hun­dreds of mil­lions of ‘smart meters’ which con­tain a remote off switch. Its main pur­pose is to ensure that cus­tomers who default on their pay­ments can be […]