Nanny State: January 2010

25 January 2010

The Left (a polite nudge)

17 January 2010

Obama staffer wants ‘cognitive infiltration’ of 9/11 conspiracy groups

In a 2008 academic paper, President Barack Obama's appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated "cognitive infiltration" of groups that advocate "conspiracy theories" like the ones surrounding 9/11.

Cass Sunstein, a Harvard law professor, co-wrote an academic article entitled "Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures," in which he argued that the government should stealthily infiltrate groups that pose alternative theories on historical events via "chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine" those groups.

As head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Sunstein is in charge of "overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs," according to the White House Web site.

...Sunstein argued that "government might undertake (legal) tactics for breaking up the tight cognitive clusters of extremist theories." He suggested that "government agents (and their allies) might enter chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine percolating conspiracy theories by raising doubts about their factual premises, causal logic or implications for political action."

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14 January 2010

I Pledge to Join Young Americans for Liberty

05 January 2010

Coming to an airport near you

"You got two choices...pat-down or get naked. Let's keep the line moving, please."

Here is the backscatter Xray machine you've heard about.

I predict that within five years, we will not be able to carry on anything on an airplane. I used to think we would have two lines to be screened, male and female, because we will have to be naked to be screened, but the backscatter Xray machine will serve the same purpose. Ain't technology grand?

04 January 2010

The Trouble with Profit-Driven Healthcare System

'Nobody's out there trying to prevent cancer, they're all so busy treating it because you get paid for it.'