IANA, ICANN and the new threat to online freedom


Just as the data processing industry has Patch Tuesday, the political establishment in Washington DC has Bad News Friday. Unlike Patch Tuesday, which is scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00 AM PST/PDT, Bad News Friday can occur on any Friday near the close of business, but with sufficient time to ensure an early start to Friday Happy Hour at the local Washington DC watering holes. The primary function of Patch Tuesday is to call the public’s attention to critical software updates while to primary function of Bad News Friday is to distract the public’s attention from news which could be damaging to the Washington DC establishment.

On Friday March 14, 2014, at approximately 3:30 PM EDT, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that effective September 30, 2015 NTIA’s contact with IANA would expire and would not be renewed. This gives IANA, which is part of the ICANN, total control of the Internet. As a first step, NTIA asked that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA in the coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS). Basically after September 30, 2015 the Internet will be run by a cast of characters, many of whom may not have a vested interest in the preservation of free speech.

Getting the US Government out of the business of running the Internet is not a new idea. On January 28, 1998, Dr. Jon Postel, the Internet’s great law-giver, hijacked the Internet away from the US Government as a “test”. At the time, Dr. Ira Magaziner, President Clinton’s science advisor, informed Postel that “You’ll never work on the Internet again“. Magaziner’s threat proved to be prophetic because Postel died of complications resulting from heart surgery nine months later.  After Postel’s death, the IANA functions were transferred to ICANN under contact to the US Government which retained oversight.

Under the correct leadership, ICANN could be an effective force to advance the cause of freedom, unfortunately there is no one of Jon Postel’s stature in evidence. ICANN’s record of stewardship has not been outstanding, as too much of their attention has been devoted to making the Internet safe for pornographers, extortionists and scammers of various stripes, when they should have been protecting the Internet user community. There are two critical issues which face the Internet:

1.     End-to-end protection of all Internet traffic with easy to use strong encryption, with the cypher keys under user control.

2.     Replacement of the existing centralized DNS structure with a secure Peer-to-Peer DNS.

It’s not clear that ICANN would be capable of advancing the above agenda but there’s hope this will be proven wrong. The fact that Bad News Friday was chosen to make the unscheduled announcement is a clear indication that the Washington DC establishment doesn’t anticipate a favorable outcome and wants to distance themselves from the fallout. On the other hand, there are many officials in Washington who would be a lot happier if the Bill of Rights didn’t extend to the Internet. The good news is that the Internet can be fixed and there is a growing worldwide community working to address those issues.

The following are some of the stories which are appearing on the Internet pertaining to the Friday announcement.

NTIA Announces Intent to Transition Key Internet Domain Name Functions

NTIA begins transition of Root DNS Management

U.S. Plans to Give Up Oversight of Web Domain Manager

U.S. to Cede Its Oversight of Addresses on Internet

US government set to give up net oversight powers

U.S. to relinquish remaining control over the Internet

You, ICANN. You can run this global internet. We quit, says US govt.

US government begins loosening decades-old grip on the Internet

In sudden announcement, US to give up control of DNS root zone

US government to surrender control of Internet

U.S. government to end formal relationship with ICANN in ’15

Michigan government forces farmer to shoot all his own pigs and piglets #PETA #areyoupayingattention? #OFCOURSENOT


The more I read, the more I realize how close we are to losing our national way of life forever. In fact, I think it has already happened.

As a novice homesteader just getting my own self-sufficiency operations going, I am greatly concerned by the news of the Michigan DNR, which is only one state to the east of my location, slaughtering and causing famers to slaughter “invasive species” pigs that were no threat to anyone. How long until my state would force the local organic farmer I buy my bacon from to do the same.

Oh? You don’t think this news will affect you because you don’t own a farm? Where do you think YOUR food comes from?

In anticipation of the DNR arriving on the scene, one farmer engaged in what can only be described as a heart-wrenching task of shooting his own pigs, one by one, including baby piglets before the DNR arrived. This was to avoid being arrested as a felon. His livelihood is now completely destroyed, as the state of Michigan has put him out of business. Even after this farmer informed the DNR that he had destroyed his entire herd of pigs, the DNR continued to illegally acquire a search warrant by providing false information to a court Judge, then conducting an armed raid on his ranch to verify that the entire herd of pigs had indeed already been shot to death. That this took place satisfied the DNR, which is now showing itself to be engaged in the mob-style destruction of targeted farming businesses through its mass-murder agenda of Michigan’s small-scale farm pigs.

via NaturalNews exclusive: Michigan government unleashes armed raids on small pig farmers, forces farmer to shoot all his own pigs.

I miss Paul Harvey


He said it like he was…

Paul Harvey, 2005
Paul Harvey, 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

via If I Were the Devil – BEST VERSION by PAUL HARVEY audio restored – YouTube.

Secret Service scandal reveals more about Obama’s character than it does about the Secret Service


United States Secret Service EOC COOP Desk
United States Secret Service EOC COOP Desk (Photo credit: martymadrid)

You can learn a lot about the king by watching the king’s guards.

via Secret Service scandal broadens; more military personnel might have been involved in misconduct.

Three comments and then I believe nothing more needs be said by me that would add any substance:

1. Haven’t these Secret Service officers ever seen a James Bond film? The girl is always going to bring you more trouble than you bargained for.

2. Would any of this have happened under GWB’s presidency? I know it didn’t only because the left-stream media would have been all over that.

3. Obama has only himself to blame. The most narcissistic president in United States history has ridden into the White House with the support of acolytes, enablers, and puppetmasters whose political culture requires them to navel-gazingly reject decency and traditional moral values at every turn. I suppose it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to find that this toxic culture has seeped even into the ranks of the President’s closest protectors.

What the heck is the #GSA anyway?


General Services Administration Building (UBC)
General Services Administration Building (UBC) (Photo credit: Arbron)

I consider myself to be a pretty politically savvy guy. What sports is to most men, politics is to me. That’s why I was a bit flummoxed when this whole GSA scandal hit. What is this agency, and why have I not heard about it until now?

I seriously had to hit up Wikipedia for a primer. I still don’t know what this agency does.

So, in essence, it’s just this massive federal agency responsible for pretty much everything in the statist junk drawer. A pile of bureaucratic nonsense taking no definite shape or substance…unless you define “amorphous blob about to gobble up our country” as a shape.

Judging by what we know so far of the GSA scandal(s?), I think I can sum up my evaluation of this agency: the black hole that sucks your wallet dry every April 15th.

Andrew Breitbart’s “natural causes” death…was it?


The minute I heard of Andrew Breitbart’s sudden passing, and how quickly he passed away, I had a feeling of dread. Maybe it’s just because I’m a whackjob conspiracy theorist. Ok, I’ll own a portion of that. I’ve been known to have to be talked down from a few crazy ideas. At least I can admit it, so I don’t have a problem. Right?

But maybe it’s because, despite his family’s (alleged?) history of heart health issues, I had a hard time believing that Breitbart, a guy with as much energy and vibe as he exhibited at CPAC this year and who has pulled off some freakishly awesome video truthtelling over the past few years, would have the propensity to simply keel over in instant death at midnight while walking down the street…in the dark…after just weeks before having claimed to possess incriminating videos of the most power-mad president in U.S. history, Barack Hussein Obama, from his college days…and stuff.

Put this together with one of his last tweets and you have some very interesting material indeed for a best-selling conspiracy book at the very least.

Look, I’m not entirely immune to the idea that it was a bunch of capitalist pig Wall Street-ers behind this and other suspicious deaths around the country. After all, they have a lot to lose if Obama is suddenly no longer “their guy”.

Nevertheless, here are the deliberate, emphatic, and truthful words that I think should immortalize Mr. Breitbart: “Barack Obama is a radical. We should not be afraid to say that.”

Yeah, them was fightin’ words he spoke at CPAC. Those videos he had are toxic now. If he didn’t set a dead man’s trigger, I  hope he at least left them in the care of someone able enough not to get killed in the process of distributing them. Whoever it is that has them, upload them to YouTube, Vimeo, and as many other video sites as you can find! Now! They’re coming for you next!

Breitbart probably never saw it coming…whatever…or whoever… it was that killed him.

South Carolina Republicans have lost their minds and are losing their souls


Newt Gingrich winning South Carolina is a sad commentary on South Carolinian “conservatism”. I sincerely hope it’s only a one-state aberration, non-representative of the American conservative voters. But…

They were given three candidates (I’m not counting the Republi-tarian here). Two of those candidates have clean records when it comes to basic ethics and morality (don’t steal–and no, venture capitalism is NOT stealing–don’t commit adultery). One of them did not.

So, to avoid the horrors of voting for a candidate whose religion had a brief practice of Biblically-based plural marriage 117 years ago, and inexplicably rejecting the one remaining candidate who really is the ideal evangelical/protestant Christian by just about every measure, the record now irrevocably shows that South Carolina EVANGELICAL Republicans chose the adulterous, ethics-violating candidate as “their guy”.

From now on, I don’t want to hear one word from evangelicals about erstwhile Mormon polygamy being a reason Mitt Romney can’t ever win a national election. Not one blasted word.

What a sad waste of political capital in a moment where Republicans, who’ve been struggling to get back to their core purposes (protecting freedom and family), could have instead been seen as standing steadfast in the traditional values that have proven to make good men and women greater.

English: Al Gore and Newt Gingrich applaud to ...

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There isn’t much else to say about that because it stands on its own. But by way of further illustration, Salon.com very “coincidentally” published an article entitled “Our successful open marriage” as if fertilizing the field (with the usual moral relativism B.S.) for sowing the seeds of “moral compromise”. The end result will be that we’ll get a candidate who is no more ethically above the fray than was Clinton (and who was especially hypocritical during the Lewinsky affair) Pelosi and Reid. We’ll get a candidate who cheats on his multiple wives and lusts in his heart for many women in an open marriage arrangement while running against a candidate who (that we know of) has never cheated on his one-and-only wife (the only thing I admire about Obama).  Even though Obama is obviously not squeaky clean in his own ethics, all we’ll have to show is a candidate who personifies the greedy, unethical stereotype the left lives to paint for us every waking minute of every day. “Better the devil you know” and “I take heart that someone older and fatter than me can still have an affair” will become the watchwords of the 2012 election among swing voters and hardcore conservatives, splitting the vote.

Congratulations, South Carolina Republicans. You just made it that much more likely that Obama will be the front-runner, with his terrifically dismal record on just about every measure of American prosperity. You gave us a leading party candidate who, when held up to the scrutiny and mudslinging of the dominant left-wing mouthpiece media, will all but ensure an Obama victory.

I hope you’re happy with yourselves.