Archives for September 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 […]

Minnesota’s global outlook helps land sustainability conference

For­mer heads of state will meet (in Min­neso­ta, Oct. 2015) on democ­ra­cy, sus­tain­abil­i­ty (Agen­da 21). An announce­ment expect­ed Mon­day in New York will break the news that Min­neapo­lis will host a major glob­al con­fer­ence on sus­tain­abil­i­ty that will attract the for­mer heads of state of near­ly 100 coun­tries to Min­neso­ta in Octo­ber 2015. The theme of “MN2015,” as […]

This Common Home Appliance Can Compromise Your Entire Security

LIFX is a smart light bulb that can be con­trolled with your smart phone via your home­’s Wi-Fi net­work. Turns out that any­one with­in range can obtain the Wi-Fi pass­word from the light bulb. It’s a prob­lem with the com­mu­ni­ca­tions protocol.

Privacy Nightmare: When Baby Monitors Go Bad

A secure crib and a baby mon­i­tor are on the the “must-have” safe­ty check­list for many new par­ents. But when you tuck Junior in for the night, you nev­er imag­ine wak­ing to a scene straight out of The Twi­light Zone: a foul-mouthed baby cam­era with a life of its own.

Police Enter Home, Confiscate Cellphone And Arrest Woman For Recording Them

The author does­n’t men­tion Agen­da 21, but that is what this is. “Com­mu­ni­ty edu­ca­tion” is guid­ing our youth and adults into com­pli­ance, rather than enlight­en­ment. K‑12 edu­ca­tion is not teach­ing the crit­i­cal, inde­pen­dent thought nec­es­sary for informed, inde­pen­dent action; our chil­dren are being taught to “feel” and act as a col­lec­tive, or hive. Amer­i­cans are […]

Top Ten Things Parents Hate About the Common Core

It’s the first school year most par­ents have heard about Com­mon Core. And they don’t like it one bit.” This is the year new nation­al Com­mon Core tests kick in, replac­ing state tests in most locales, cour­tesy of an eager Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion and the future generation’s tax dol­lars. It’s also the first year a majority […]