Monday, October 22, 2007

Second Hand Smoke, A New Perspective

The take-no-prisoners war on smoking has been raging for several years. Local governments don't want to ban cigarettes entirely because of the revenues gained from taxing them. They've banned smoking in indoor public places, now they're hitting the outdoors. I don't smoke, so the fate of cigarettes will not affect me. I am worried that, when they've taken the issue as far as they can, they'll need to find something else to ban. Coffee, maybe?

The current argument to make the environment smoke-free, is to tell us how dangerous second hand smoke is? Frankly, I don't buy it. Here's my article containing my observations concerning smoking.

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Big Brother and Your Car

In my recent article "1984 in the 21st Century," I failed to look at surveillance devices that involve your car. The combination of two technologies, EDR(Electronic Data Recorder) and GPS(Global Positioning System), can become useful tools for federal as well as local authorities to monitor and control you using the vehicle that you drive.

An Electronic Data Recorder is similar to an airplane "black box." Airplane recorders analyze data following a crash to help determine the causes for the crash. Simple data recorders are installed in every automobile having air bags to monitor for conditions requiring air bag deployment. Advanced boxes can record a number of things. They include the vehicle speed, the engine speed, whether the occupants were wearing seat belts, the acceleration, and 38 other points of data. The length that this data is kept can vary from seconds to months depending on the EDR's memory. Currently EDRs are used mainly to help determine the cause of accidents for police and insurance agencies. This is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants advanced "black boxes" installed in every new vehicle starting in 2008.

Many new cars already come equipped with GPS. It can help guide you to an unfamiliar destination. When integrated with your vehicle's internal system, a remote controller can unlock your doors if you left your keys inside the car. If someone steals your car, it can turn off your engine leaving the thief stuck in the middle of the road. When you combine GPS with EDR technology you can monitor how safely your teen is driving and where he or she hangs out.

Certainly there are many benefits to both the GPS and EDR technology.

Once this technology is deployed in every car, it's just a matter of passing another state or federal law and it will wind up under government control. In the hands of a greedy corporate alien government this technology could drastically interfere with your lifestyle. Combining the speed reading from the EDR and the position from the GPS, the system can determine if you are exceeding the speed limit for a given location. If you are, a ticket could instantly be generated and sent or emailed to you. Or maybe, you were just getting some gas at a station a block away and you forgot to put on your seat belt. Too bad, your car sensed this violation and your ticket is on its way.

What is even scarier is that your car will tell the government exactly where you are. One day as you are taking a leisurely drive, your car could begin talking to you with a calm, gentle female voice. It could deliver a message like this:

Attention Please! Your vehicle's engine will turn off in 60 seconds. Please pull to the side of the road. A Homeland Security Officer will join you shortly to interrogate you regarding case number 534679800. Thank you for your cooperation.
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Monday, October 08, 2007

1984 In The 21st Century

In 1949 George Orwell published his novel "1984" depicting how a government can exert total control over its people. For many years some of the technology described in the novel was not readily available. The 21st century is seeing the maturing of the tracking and surveillance technology so conducive to population control.

This article describes some of the technology that can help usher in the age of "Big Brother."

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Monday, October 01, 2007

The High Lama Describes Our World

In 1937 the movie "Lost Horizon," based on the James Hilton novel of the same name, was first released. It starred Ronald Coleman and Jane Wyatt and was directed by Frank Capra. This film introduced the Utopian land of Shangri-La. The leader of Shangri-La was referred to as the High Lama (played by Sam Jafee in the movie).

What's very interesting is how the High Lama described the world of his day. This description was based on how the world was perceived in the thirties. Here is what he said:

Look at the world today. Is there anything more pitiful? What madness there is! What blindness! What unintelligent leadership! A scurrying mass of bewildered humanity, crashing headlong against each other, propelled by an orgy of greed and brutality.
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Doesn't this describe the world of the twenty-first century? In fact, it could even describe the world as it existed during the time of Christ. Why is it that science and technology keep progressing, but man's psyche seems not to grow with time? Man's entire existence has always been based on greed and brutality and it looks like it isn't about to change soon.

The High Lama gave us one very good reason why mankind cannot rise to a higher spiritual level. He called it "unintelligent leadership." The corporate alien leaders of today are using technologically advanced mind control techniques to make sure that we will continue being "propelled by an orgy of greed and brutality."

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