Libertarian Commentary on the News, #13-24A: Europe and Syria and the US

Europe’s fall – US tyranny – Liberty stolen
EU bows to US over data protection

(PressEurop) US President Barack Obama’s administration persuaded the European Commission to redraft its data-privacy legislation in January 2012 and drop a clause that would have stopped American spy agencies from eavesdropping on international calls and emails. The economic daily reports that it “would have nullified any US request for technology and telecoms companies to hand over data on EU citizens,” such as those revealed in the recent Prism scandal.

Nathan: Indeed, the FedGov(US)(tm) bully-state does not just bully its own “citizen” but the people and nations of the world.  I’ve no love for the EU and the member-states’ governments, but I can’t help but feel a bit sorry that they are also victims of FedGov(US) ™ imperialism in all its many forms.

Islamic wars: Arab street front – Stupid FedGov(US) ™ tricks
“U.S. considers taking in Syrian refugees”

(L.A. Times via Freedom Outpost.com) A resettlement plan under discussion in Washington and other capitals is aimed at relieving pressure on Middle Eastern countries straining to support 1.6 million refugees, as well as assisting hard-hit Syrian families. The State Department is “ready to consider the idea,” an official from the department said, if the administration receives a formal request from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, which is the usual procedure.  The United States usually accepts about half the refugees that the U.N. agency proposes for resettlement. California has historically taken the largest share, but Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are also popular destinations

Nathan: Why NOT? Christians persecuted for their religion, whether from Egypt or Germany (the homeschoolers) can’t flee to the US, but we can ALWAYS welcome some more jihadis who need a break from their Arab street activities, or their families who need to get off the stove to avoid getting treated like their menfolk treat the ferengi and those who don’t agree 100% with their brand of Islam.  And we all know we need a LOT more IEDs and drive-by shootings and honor killings and beheadings right here in the US: we have fallen so far behind the UK on that score.

FedGov(US) ™ tyranny – Stupid government tricks
US pols call for smartphone kill switch “to deter thieves”

(The Inquirer [UK])”United States law enforcement officials are calling for smartphones to be fitted with kill switches to curb mobile theft. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the Save our Smartphones (SOS) coalition on Thursday, an initiative involving state officials, police chiefs, district attorneys, attorneys general and consumer advocacy groups. He cited statistics that show one in three robberies in the US involve the theft of a mobile phone, with a total of 113 mobile phones pinched in the US every minute.” [editor’s note: And it’s just pure coincidence that these “kill switches” could also be used to brick, say, every phone being used around a political protest, etc. And of course they will promise to never, ever, ever do anything like that – TLK] (06/14/13)

Nathan: Tom is right.  More to the point, there is already a process with at least Verizon  and AT&T, and I assume others, to “kill” a phone.  If your phone is lost or stolen, you call an 800-number (which can be found on line if you don’t have it on paper, as you should) and they – gasp! – turn your phone off, and incidentally help you not pay for all those 25-cent-a-minute calls to Mexico that often seem to pop up after the phone is stolen.  How do I know this?  Because in 1994, I had a cell phone (a bag phone, remember those) stolen together with a camera and other stuff from my car in Fort Collins ($250 damage from breaking the window in to steal the stuff).  They didn’t catch the thieves (the cops were “too busy” to take fingerprints or follow up on the dozen or so calls the thieves made before the theft was discovered and reported TO THE PHONE COMPANY).  But I was saved a lot of money and hastle.  Also, I know, because just a few weeks ago, I misplaced my smart phone, and the battery died.  A call to the company (Verizon, evil though they are) and within a few minutes (5 as I recall) they “killed” the phone and activated the tracer with GPS to help locate it.  (It had slid under the car seat and lodged in a corner.)  They confirmed that I was the owner and reactivated it.  No cost, no cops, no “kill switch” except what we’ve always had.  The SOS Coalition is nothing but shills for the same terrorist thugs that brought us the “datagate” NSA and IRS and DOJ scandals.

Mama’s Note: All these stories neglect to mention that it is the phone owner’s responsibility to keep it safe. Situational awareness and even minimal self defense would very rapidly reduce the theft to near zero. How many people have you seen walking by, or even driving, who are so totally engrossed in their conversations that they don’t seem to see or hear anything else? I watched a young woman “texting” as she walked and laughed quietly to myself when she bumped into a lamp post! She was very lucky that we don’t have thieving “street urchins” here because her phone – and purse – would have been very easy to steal right then.

War on some drugs – FedGov(US) ™ stupid tricks
Obama Outspends Clinton, Dubya Going After Recreational And Medical Marijuana Users

(Personal Liberty Digest) According to a new report produced by Americans for Safe Access, a leading advocate of medical marijuana, the Obama Administration has not just been tough on American pot users — it has spent much more on medical cannabis enforcement than both the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton White Houses. Read More…

Nathan: My oh my, what a surprise?  Hardly, to anyone keeping even causal track.  Yet it seems the pot-smoking crowd (except those that are libertarian) don’t seem to know this – or bother to check and see: they luv their “messiah” too much to believe something like this.  (Of course, the “death-to-marijuana” “conservative” crowd also don’t seem to believe that their sworn enemy is doing what they want on this issue.)

Mama’s Note: Some people seem to have seriously split personalities on this subject as well. They advocate “legalization” of cannabis for use, but insist that all dealers and producers continue to be persecuted and jailed. How’s that supposed to work? And those who actually think that some sort of “tax and regulate” idea – like alcohol – is the solution to any of the problems… what can I say? Those who want to control others will never be satisfied in any case.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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