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Frontiersman, March 2000
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Cyber Attack on Liberty
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageRecently, I've seen several news interviews with people who claim to be well acquainted with the workings of the internet.  They claim that everything that I do on the internet is traceable back to me.  If that's true, then the cyber attacks launched against Yahoo, eBay, and the likes, during the second week of February pose a puzzling question.  Why can't the FBI locate the perpetrators?  There might be several reasons, but there's one possibility that I haven't heard suggested on the news.  Maybe the FBI doesn't want to locate the perpetrators.  Maybe the attacks were launched from sources within the U.S. government.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWhy would the U.S. government do such a thing?  Isn't that exactly the question that everybody's been asking about the unknown perpetrators anyway?  However, in the case of the U.S. government, the question almost answers itself.  For years, people have been required to get licenses to drive a car, own a business, get a job, get married, own a dog.  The government, at one level or another, requires licenses for everybody from airline pilots to contractors.  The government licenses broadcasters and publishers.  For years, individuals have been required to get a license to participate in amateur radio.  There's even a license for the so-called Citizen's Band.  By now, the motive of the hypothetical government perpetrators of the attacks should be obvious.  You don't need a license to use the internet.  I expect that there are people who would like to change that.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWhy hasn't the government enacted a licensing requirement before now? So far, people haven't been ready to sacrifice their liberty in favor of security in the use of the internet, as they've done in everything else.  In that regard, the U.S. government has promoted a constant stream of propaganda concerning the threat of cyber terrorism to "national security", the threats to your privacy, the threats to your children, the threats of illegal and "substandard" prescription drugs, the treats of unregulated overseas purchases, all posed by unscrupulous users of the unregulated internet.  The recent cyber attacks sure look to me like another piece of a well orchestrated campaign, and it seems to be working.  The people are getting "ready".  Even the "industry" is wavering.  It takes me right back to the 60's and the stupid airline hijackings to Cuba.  Incredible as they seemed even then, they nevertheless resulted in an airport surveillance gestapo that continues even today to increase its power and intrusiveness.  See Watching Big Brother Watch You, on page 2.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWhether or not the government actually launched the attacks is probably irrelevant.  The result is likely to be the same in either case a new licensing requirement.  Imagine, if you can, that you don't have a right to use the internet any more.  Suppose that instead you have to go downtown first, and get a license.  Remember, a license is permission.  If you need permission to use the internet, then it isn't a right.  It's a privilege  It might seem unlikely now, but I can remember a time when seat belts and auto insurance were voluntary.  If the logistics appear daunting, just consider the number of people that are licensed as drivers.  Licensing internet users is well within the abilities of government and, given the international nature of the internet, it's an ideal opportunity to create an international licensing agency.  All the pieces are being carefully put in place, one by one.  Even the new built-in location capability that will soon be required for cell phones fits the scenario.  That is, if the enforcers can find your phone, anywhere in the world, then you won't be able to illegally sneak into the internet with a cell phone.  Some kind of internet licensing requirement seems at least possible.  The excuse is being provided and the people might be just stupid enough to go for it.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun


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A Worse Bigotry
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe opposition to discrimination that began with what were probably good intentions has become a monster.  The original intention, as I understand it, was to secure equal treatment before the law for everyone, regardless of race, religion, etc.  While a government, as governments are presently understood,1 should treat everyone equally, there isn't any reason at all to expect that a person should do so.  Indeed, there's every reason to expect otherwise.  Everyone has different attitudes and opinions.  Everyone should be entitled to have and to express those attitudes and opinions, whether or not they're agreeable to everyone else.  If some of those attitudes and opinions happen to be racist, sexist, or any other "ist", then so be it.  Any attempt to coercively prohibit such thinking, however despicable that thinking may appear to be, is in fact nothing more than another form of bigotry, directed not at a specific group, but at anyone who's opinion differs from the mandated standard.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageSo, if someone doesn't like negroes, homosexuals, Jews, or whatever, then c'est la vie.  Those attitudes already create sufficient conflict, without the intrusive evangelism of insensitive reformers who demand sensitivity in everyone but themselves.  If the hateful ideas that drive the atrocities in the world cannot be eradicated by persuasion and education, then they simply will not be eradicated at all.  Experience has shown, and continues to show, that attempts to coercively prohibit prejudice will fail.  In their failure, such attempts result in resentment and hostility.  They reinforce prejudice, bigotry, and atrocities rather than reducing them.  The hope of achieving courtesy and respect in the world may indeed live within many of us, but it dies an ugly death as regulation or legislation.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun
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A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: "Inside of me there are two dogs.  One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good.  The mean dog fights the good dog all the time." When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, "The one I feed the most."
Source Unknown

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See my essay The Long and Winding Doctrine, Social Contract. It's available upon request.
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Watching Big Brother Watch You
This is reprinted from Khouse eNews, January 25, 2000 For The Week Of 1/25/2000.
Contact khupdate@judah.khouse.org.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageSecurity checks at airports may be spicier in the near future, at least for the security guards who perform them.  A new X-ray-type machine, called BodySearch, employs the latest technology to reveal everything one has on under their clothes ... and then some.  Currently BodySearch machines are used in customs operations at New York's JFK Airport as well as five other major airports around the country.  They will be installed in every major USA airport by June.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAccording to the Libertarian Party's web site, the devices have "voyeuristic" quality and although not yielding photographic-quality images, they do display intimate body parts as well as weapons and other items the person may be carrying strapped to their person.  Even using them in customs work is causing concern.  "In 1998, U.S. Customs employees ordered 2,797 international airline passengers to strip off their clothes at gunpoint, intimately groped them, and conducted humiliating body cavity searches."2  Most of these searches were unnecessary.  Now will airport security attempt to force this on the general public as a routine security procedure?10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol


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"Airport's new X-rated X-rays expose your naked body through your clothes," www.lp.org, January 11, 2000

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Letter to the Editor
Dear Sam:
15x5 Page Background GIF Image.... In regard to the privacy issue [The War on Muffshots, December 1999, and subsequent letters], I think there is a grey area involved ... situations where something might technically be public, or in public view, but where the privacy invader might almost have to be aggressive to "get the goods" as it were.  Still, I think it's funny how we all get stuck on debating these unusual, borderline cases.  I mean, how many men are going around with low angle cameras anyway?
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIn regard to the former Yugoslavia:  If blame is being allocated for the mess, then, beyond the various ethnic politicians, blame must be placed on the German government.  At the very beginning of the crisis, the US basically decided to follow German ideas on what to do, on the theory that this was more a German problem than an American problem.  It was Germany that rushed to recognize break-away Croatia, without even consulting the US, (or against US advice, I'm not sure which).  In retrospect, the western powers were just too eager to fish in troubled waters.
Donald;  Santa Clara, California
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThere are two issues here peeking up women's skirts and protectionist legislation.  From the letters that I'm receiving, it seems that I haven't clearly distinguished between the two issues.  I'll try harder to make the distinction.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe peeking issue results from normal male sexual response to the presence of women.  I believe that the time is long past for women to recognize the existence of such normal male behavior.  Granted, women don't presently have a clue but, as the courts like to say, "ignorance is no excuse".  Women are going to be the targets of sexual attention by men, including peeking, whether they intend to attract such attention or not.  If they can't deal with it, then they should avoid the presence of men instead of trying so hard to force themselves into our workplaces, clubs, military institutions, and so forth.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWhether or not you believe that men ought to be peeking up women's skirts, the protectionist legislation issue is a separate issue.  Anti-peeking legislation is merely the latest example.  For decades, feminist activists of every stripe have been promoting legislation intended to secure special privileges and protection for women by regulating the behavior of men, all under the phony banner of alleged equality.3  As usual, this particular round of protectionist legislation will be more harmful to both men and women than the peeking would have been.  Men have always peeked and always will.  Protectionist legislation prohibiting such peeking won't change male behavior.  It will merely punish men for that behavior, fueling hostility and resentment.  Also, as I've said repeatedly, women don't need protectionist legislation to protect themselves from this kind of covert videotaping.  Each woman can decide for herself which part of her body should be private and achieve that privacy by the way she dresses.  However, and exactly as I would expect, feminists are refusing to act like adults.  They could encourage women to protect themselves.  Instead, they're whining to their male-surrogate authority figure government for protection.  As for how many men are taking such covert videos, the feminists don't really care.  They'll happily use the behavior of a very few men as an excuse to impose protectionist legislation on all of us.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWhile I'm on the issue of sexual privacy, I can't help mentioning the airport surveillance gestapo and their BodySearch intrusion technology, noted earlier in this issue.  If the feminist activists really cared about the privacy of female sexual parts, you'd think they'd be complaining about that issue a case where women really can't protect themselves.  I haven't seen any indication of concern.  Maybe they don't care about peeking by agents of the male-surrogate authority figure.  It's only us ordinary guys who aren't permitted to do it.  I speculate that we're witnessing the conversion of yet another natural human activity voyeurism into yet another special privilege that is reserved exclusively for government agents but denied for the rest of us.
editor
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When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives.
from If this Goes On-
by Robert A. Heinlein

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Dear Buck
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Interested Voter
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Dear Interested Voter
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI'm not familiar with the game you mentioned, but I know a Trump works OK in Bridge.

Acknowledgments
     My thanks to Sir John the Generous http://www.jwebster.com/, and Sir Donald the Elusive for their contributions.
     My thanks to The Affiliate, http://www.the-grand-barn.com/, of Vankleek Hill, Ontario for regularly printing reviews of the Frontiersman.

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US Air Force Communications Difficulties
Source Unknown forwarded by Sir John the Generous
     Problem Number three engine missing.  Solution Engine found on right wing after brief search.
     Problem Aircraft handles funny.  Solution Aircraft warned to straighten up, "fly right," and be serious.
     Problem Target Radar hums.  Solution Reprogrammed Target Radar with the words.

Does Anybody Know?
Source Unknown forwarded by Lady Nancy the Enchanting
     Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
     Can fat people go skinny-dipping?
     Can you be a closet claustrophobe?


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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI received the following letter to the editor and didn't have enough space in the March Frontiersman to print it.

February 2000
Dear Sam --
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe ultra-conservative Republican establishment tried to coronate Bush as the next emperor of the US, but he was challenged by McCain, playing the role of a reformer & social moderate, in spite of his corrupt (e.g. Keating 5) & socially conservative (abortion, civil rights) record.  McCain seems to be beating Bush as I write this, but he has already retreated to the social right.  Nonetheless, a McCain shake-up of the Republican establishment would be pleasant.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe ultra-right have driven Ventura out of the Reform party, & it seems that they would like to kill off all third party action, & let the Reform party wither away.  The media is saying that US independents no longer want a third party movement, which is obviously false.  Ventura has returned to his own Minn Independence party, & has suggested that libertarians throughout the country follow the example of Minn & either form other state Independence parties, or pull state Reform parties away from the right-wing national Reform party leadership, & join them to a national Independence party movement.  If libertarians insist upon continuing to work with Ventura to create a third party, the ultra-right seems ready to turn the Reform party into a nazi party under Buchanan & Duke, rather than let it fall back into the hands of Ventura & the libertarians.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageTrump has dropped out of the presidential sweepstakes, where he had the same billionaire non-appeal as Forbes.  I still say Ventura should try to draft Gov Johnson of NM to run for president in 00, now on an Independence ticket.  And I still fantasize about Marla Maples as a libertarian congresswoman.
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Elliot

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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