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.

Vatican Fulfills Ancient Prophecy About Anti-Christ: Calls for ‘Central World Bank’


I don’t believe in the Rapture, per se, but I do believe in the signs of Christ’s Second Coming and that He will come again…if only to rescue those who want to be rescued from complete and total annihilation at our own hands because of our own stupidity.

Euro Zone: Vatican Calls for ‘Central World Bank’ to Be Set Up – CNBC

Update: The October 2011 article on CNBC is now down the memory hole. Luckily others had copy/pasted it for posterity. I quote:

The Vatican called on Monday for the establishment of a “global public authority” and a “central world bank” to rule over financial institutions that have become outdated and often ineffective in dealing fairly with crises.

A major document from the Vatican’s Justice and Peace department should be music to the ears of the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrators and similar movements around the world who have protested against the economic downturn.

The 18-page document, “Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of a Global Public Authority,” was at times very specific, calling, for example, for taxation measures on financial transactions.

“The economic and financial crisis which the world is going through calls everyone, individuals and peoples, to examine in depth the principles and the cultural and moral values at the basis of social coexistence,” it said.

It condemned what it called “the idolatry of the market” as well as a “neo-liberal thinking” that it said looked exclusively at technical solutions to economic problems.

“In fact, the crisis has revealed behaviors like selfishness, collective greed and hoarding of goods on a great scale,” it said, adding that world economics needed an “ethic of solidarity” among rich and poor nations.

“If no solutions are found to the various forms of injustice, the negative effects that will follow on the social, political and economic level will be destined to create a climate of growing hostility and even violence, and ultimately undermine the very foundations of democratic institutions, even the ones considered most solid,” it said.

It called for the establishment of “a supranational authority” with worldwide scope and “universal jurisdiction” to guide economic policies and decisions.

Such an authority should start with the United Nations as its reference point but later become independent and be endowed with the power to see to it that developed countries were not allowed to wield “excessive power over the weaker countries.”

Effective Structures

In a section explaining why the Vatican felt the reform of the global economy was necessary, the document said:

“In economic and financial matters, the most significant difficulties come from the lack of an effective set of structures that can guarantee, in addition to a system of governance, a system of government for the economy and international finance.”

It said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) no longer had the power or ability to stabilize world finance by regulating overall money supply and it was no longer able to watch “over the amount of credit risk taken on by the system.”

The world needed a “minimum shared body of rules to manage the global financial market” and “some form of global monetary management.”

“In fact, one can see an emerging requirement for a body that will carry out the functions of a kind of ‘central world bank’ that regulates the flow and system of monetary exchanges similar to the national central banks,” it said.

The document, which was being presented at a news conference later on Monday, acknowledged that such change would take years to put into place and was bound to encounter resistance.

“Of course, this transformation will be made at the cost of a gradual, balanced transfer of a part of each nation’s powers to a world authority and to regional authorities, but this is necessary at a time when the dynamism of human society and the economy and the progress of technology are transcending borders, which are in fact already very eroded in a globalizes world.”

This article reads like it came right out of a Tim LaHaye novel.

Better yet, forget novels. It’s ripped straight from the prophetic headlines of the Book of Revelation.

After reading and reviewing the book Aftershock: Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown and then Shadow Government: How the Secret Global Elite Is Using Surveillance Against You, which also describes a concerted effort to merge all banks into one, I have a hard time believing that what I’m reading daily in the news is just part of an imagined conspiracy theory.

Cover of "Aftershock: Protect Yourself an...

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The very real possibility of there being a single world bank in the near future should ring every alarm bell in every human being’s mind. The puppetmasters are now acting in the open. They have leveraged the principle of the Overton Window to break down our barriers and defenses against authoritarianism and have reduced our individual and sovereign governments to ashes by their Machiavellian machinations.

Now they stand at the precipice of that New World Order we were conditioned to think was the invention of the mad Jim Birchers and their ilk. I, too, used to think they were nuts until I actually started paying attention to the news of the world, current events, politicians, and the like. I’m not exactly a card-carrying Jim Bircher, but I do think they have a point and that the preponderance of evidence in this debate is definitely in their favor!

It’s very clear to me now that we, as individuals, can no longer count on our present government to stave off foreign and elitist influence into our daily lives. We are forcibly becoming part of a new scheme to centralize the world’s wealth into the hands of a secret and untouchable few. Their new world diktats will control the details of every aspect of our lives. Their systems of control will spy on our every transaction and our every movement through the world economy they are setting up.

Reverse of the Great Seal of the United States.

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It’s still the same old game of three-card Monte. It’s just that it’s moving to the global playing field. Anyone who thinks that this is Occupy Wall Street’s, or anyone’s, great moment to equalize wealth distribution is about to learn a very painful and troublesome lesson. The Builders are about to erect a new tower to Heaven, with us as their slaves to help them build their monolith. They seek to dethrone God and become gods among men.

They will fail. They have forgotten their history as we also have forgotten ours.

 

Blinded by the LightSquared: Obama’s revved up for another pay-for-play scandal


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First it was Operation Gun Runner (a.k.a. Fast and Furious), then it was Solyndra, and now a rotten deal with LightSquared that has extremely dangerous implication for national defense, general and commercial aviation, and, of course, finding the closest Starbucks. Most people will really only care if that last one becomes a problem.

Now the Pentagon has been raising concerns about a new wireless project by a satellite broadband company in Virginia called LightSquared, whose majority owner is an investment fund run by Democratic donor Philip Falcone. [Air Force] Gen. [William] Shelton was originally scheduled to testify Aug. 3 to a House committee that the project would interfere with the military’s sensitive Global Positioning Satellite capabilities, which control automated driving directions and missile targeting, among other things.

According to officials familiar with the situation, Shelton’s prepared testimony was leaked in advance to the company. And the White House asked the general to alter the testimony to add two points: that the general supported the White House policy to add more broadband for commercial use; and that the Pentagon would try to resolve the questions around LightSquared with testing in just 90 days. Shelton chafed at the intervention, which seemed to soften the Pentagon’s position and might be viewed as helping the company as it tries to get the project launched, the officials said.

via Michelle Malkin » LightSquared: The next Obama pay-for-play morass?.

I never want to hear another Progressive friend or acquaintance hurl that old canard about how only Republicans are corporate prostitutes. As screenwriter Robert Towne astutely put it, “Of course I’m respectable. I’m old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.”  Except Obama’s missing out on the “respectable” part as he nears the end of his first term. And his reign might just be cut too short to get respectability.

Are Americans “paranoid” when Obama’s really out to get us?


Today, at Patterico’s Pontifications, we read:

But then I thought to myself, what more perfect example could there possibly be about why many conservatives get paranoid about Obama? I mean since Obama has become president conservatives have often wondered: is he really this bad at his job, or is he some kind of evil genius trying to intentionally frak up this country?

Now, consider this syllogism.

1. An unpatriotic act is one that unjustifiably harms this country.

2. Obama has declared that adding $4 Trillion to the debt was an unpatriotic act.

3. As President, Obama has added $4 Trillion to the debt.

4. Therefore Obama is knowingly, intentionally, and unjustifiably engaging in conduct that harms this country.

Now, tell the truth liberals, is there anything at all unreasonable about that syllogism? No.

But there is a reason why that syllogism fails, because there is a hidden premise in it. Let’s call it step 2.5 and insert it back into my syllogism:

1. An unpatriotic act is one that unjustifiably harms this country.

2. Obama has declared that adding $4 Trillion to the debt was an unpatriotic act.

2.5 Obama actually means what he said.

3. As President, Obama has added $4 Trillion to the debt.

4. Therefore Obama is knowingly, intentionally, and unjustifiably engaging in conduct that harms this country.

And as far as I can see, that is the only logical defense to the charge that the President is knowingly and willfully harming this country: that he is a cheeseball politician willing to say one thing to be elected and to do another once he actually has power.

But when he behaves this shamelessly and other people conclude that he is harming this country on purpose, he has no one to blame for it but himself. Which, if he was less shameless, he would recognize.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

Every time I make this point to a Progressive Statist (and I’ve been doing so for months now) all I get is stunned silence, stammering, then sputtering and rage, followed by a complete change of subject. They cannot answer this logic because they have no facts to back up their own assertions to the contrary. Every time.

From my observations of such conversations over the years, I have come to two conclusions:

  1. True conservatives vote on the basis of logic and reason, mixed with a certain amount emotion across the patriotic spectrum. They eschew voting based on political expediency for the sole purpose of holding onto power. Power is not a means to an end…it is a thing to be kept in check.
  2. Progressive Statists vote on the basis of emotion alone, whether or not the emotion is patriotic or treasonous. They reach for political expediency like a heroin addict reaches for his needle. They hold onto power until their knuckles are bloody and slip into withdrawals when they lose it, promising always to “do better next time” they try to quit the power trip if we’ll just give them another chance, yet always backsliding.