Ted’s essays

Independence Day

Renaming it “4th of July” is not merely laziness. Of course it is the 4th on your calendar, but it is a celebration representing some brave fighters’ Declaration of Independence from a powerful parasitic class of people who had demonstrated a monopoly on violence and oppression. They won a round. The ruling elite had to reorganize. It took a hundred years and another major military war that the freedom fighters lost… not by much, mind you, but they did lose. I just ask you today to spend a little time thinking about independence from oppression, the risks those rebels took and the benefits they won for many subsequent generations. Consider also who is threatened by such thinking and why their […]

kicking the hornet’s nest

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined. — Patrick Henry A good friend and fellow practical philosopher has been regularly telling me over the last few years that It has to break in order to fix the myriad messes that have evolved in our current world human societies. Over the years others who I share mutual respect with have tried to get me into that frame of reference. But that has always been too much for me to accept. I have spent a great deal of myself over the last two decades working to avert exactly […]

assassination attempt on GAB failed

The tech giants are about to experience The Streisand Effect. You might remember the big star suing someone for posting coastal California pictures that included her mansion. In 2003, Streisand sued photographer Kenneth Adelman for distributing aerial pictures of her mansion in Malibu. But Adelman was no paparazzo—he operated the California Coastal Records Project, a resource providing more than 12,000 pictures of the California coast for scientists and researchers to use to study coastal erosion. At the time Streisand sued Adelman for $50 million, the picture in question had been accessed a whopping total of six times—twice by Streisand’s lawyers. Nonetheless, her lawsuit stated that the photos explicitly showed people how to gain access to her private residence. Of course, […]

social media’s social disease

The late August headline was quite public; the subject almost public. The big players seem a bit confused about their popularity, assuming THEY OWN the little people who use their platforms. Facebook, Google and Twitter execs are holding a secret meeting in San Francisco to discuss ways to prevent meddling in 2018 elections Executives from Silicon Valley’s top tech companies will meet on Friday to discuss how to prevent meddling on their platforms during the 2018 midterm elections. Facebook invited a dozen firms to convene at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, according to BuzzFeed News, which obtained an email detailing the meeting. This meddling they want to prevent is from those pesky, persistent even, supporters of politicians other than Clintons, […]

independence

I came across the article below in Waking Times. It describes recognizing and escaping The Matrix that nearly all of us live in. I am somewhere on the trail from here to there; quite happy to be looking at the machinations and mayhem from outside the tumult. Not that I can be fully removed from, nor that it won’t take me along when it goes down, but I will at least understand where I am and why along the way. It is far more peaceful to know when to drift, when to swim, and in what direction rather that futilely thrashing and flailing. I have been pondering what I might post on our “Independence Day”. Of course I was […]

driven … by what?

From Basics of Resistance by Claire Wolff and Kit Perez: “Every person is driven, at the core, by a deep-seated need. An individual may crave acceptance, love, power, money, recognition, honor, or something else. In many cases, people don’t know themselves well enough to know what their primal drive is, or they tend to see their drive as solely positive. They might think their drive is “to serve” or to “stand up for liberty,” but these aren’t primal drives; those desires are driven by underlying primal drives. To reach the core, we need to ask ourselves why, enough times to that everything is stripped down to basic elements.” Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Hmmm, I’m not sure it is […]

poking Big Brother in the eyes

THEY can access every part of your computer, your cell phone and your smart appliances. THEY can turn them on even when you have turned those appliances off. THEY monitor, collect and store every bit of electronic traffic coming to or from you. Amendment IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Of course “the founding fathers” did not anticipate personal computers, e-mails and cell phones. Therefore invading our privacies on those was […]

resisting the all-seeing-eye

This came as a newsletter from the search engine I have been using for quite a while. I highly recommend duckduckgo for all your websearches. They have even more suggestions for ducking, at least a little bit, the Surveillance State. -Ted How to Live Without Google Remove Google from your life? Yes, it can be done! Google trackers have been found on 75% of the top million websites. This means they are not only tracking what you search for, they’re also tracking which websites you visit, and using all your data for ads that follow you around the internet. Your personal data can also be subpoenaed by lawyers, including for civil cases like divorce. Google answered over 100,000 such […]

Tor – what for?

Wondoze Exploder is still the big dog in Internet browsing tools. Mozilla Firefox escapes some of its more onerous aspects, and is a strong second. Firefox adds a modicum of resistance to The Great Database accumulating everything there is to know about everybody they wish to control – roughly everybody. The best computer brains on the planet include many who are less than in love with Big Brother. They are freedom of thought’s friends. Somewhere much lower on that food chain are those who have sold their souls to The Man … the programming prostitutes. Fortunately, the A team is on our side. You do, of course, have to do your part. That brings me back to Internet browsing… and […]

what day is it?

July 4th is flags, beer, barbecue and fireworks. What for? All of our lawyers are contracted affiliates of the British Bar Association. Sixty percent of the USofA senators and 43% of our congresscritters are lawyers. British bankers own “our” federal reserve, and, thus complete control of our money. So Brits own our courts, our legislature and our economy. What exactly did the colonists of 1776 win independence from? And about this flag USofA politicians, courts and ENFORCERS of their laws wave around… It is The Flag Of The Admiralty. What exactly are you celebrating?

Friday evening meeting in Hamilton, MT

Local Libertarians will be gathering from 5:00-8:00 this Friday evening, May 12th, at BJ’s restaurant in Hamilton. Join us to answer the following burning questions. 😉 What does a Libertarian look like? How do they talk? What do they eat? Who are their friends? Come see this Friday evening in Hamilton, Montana. In the middle of our unscripted, informal gathering we will have a live national libertarian discussion via Internet. Here is a .pdf of the poster:Kibbe Poster Hamilton

cannabis in Montana

Imagine trying to run a grocery store, auto shop or dentist office where legislation limited you to serving THREE customers. That is what the legislature and governor did to medical cannabis in Montana. Mind you, this is a substance used by humans for over a thousand years with zero deaths, quite unlike legal pharmaceuticals with very short histories and thousands of deaths every year. In Montana, possession of even a single joint for non-medical purposes can land a person in jail for six months, while possession of 60 grams or more (a little over two ounces) can result in a sentence of up to five years. These stiff marijuana penalties cause related negative consequences. In 2012, there were 1,502 arrests […]