"People have often been willing to give up personal identity and join into a collective. Historically, that propensity has usually been very bad news. Collectives tend to be mean, to designate official enemies, to be violent, and to discourage creative, rigorous thought. Fascists, communists, religious cults, criminal 'families' — there has been no end to the varieties of human collectives, but it seems to me that these examples have quite a lot in common. I wonder if some aspect of human nature evolved in the context of competing packs. We might be genetically wired to be vulnerable to the lure of the mob." ~ Jaron Lanier
Original article - A cybersecurity bill introduced by Republican Senator John McCain could dramatically expand the domestic reach of United States intelligence agencies and potentially give them massive troves of emails, civil liberties advocates said. "This is a privacy nightmare that will eventually result in the military substantially monitoring the domestic, civilian Internet," said Ms Michelle Richardson of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Original article - (Editors note, as a resident of Arizona I am opposed to the immigration laws, and state intervention in this matter, the following article illustrates yet another point of contention.) Arizona Governor Jan Brewer took the time to sound off on the nation's immigration woes while walking by giant new surveillance trucks, unmanned aerial drones, night-vision goggles and giant outdoor camouflaged monitoring centers at a major border security expo in Phoenix.
Original article - The so-called farm-to-table movement has quickly evolved from an upscale fad to an increasingly attractive mainstream business opportunity, with more and more farmers and restaurant operators enthusiastically embracing it every day. "It's being led by chefs, because they understand the benefits of freshness and the growing consumer demand for that," said John Matthews, founder and proprietor of 4-year-old Bradenton-based Suncoast Food Alliance, which represents 17 farms in...
Original article - (Note from editor, this is yet another example of why solid preparedness is necessary.) The stories from tornado survivors across the South and Midwest were remarkable: schoolchildren took cover under desks, people hunkered down in a church basement or hid out in a bank vault. One family even piled on top of one another for protection.
Column by Jim Davies. Exclusive to STR Underlying approaches to the great problem of how to rid society of government parasites without violence is the insight of Etienne de la Boëtie: "Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces...
Original article - "The news about the growing reach and repressive capabilities of the national security state in the United States of explode America keeps getting more and more frightening. Bombs...."
Original article - Not only don't the Chinese wear their seatbelts like good little commies, civil disobedience t-shirts are now the rage. Tell me again which is the "free world"?
Original article - Gary Gibson examines the irony of Obama's inauguration on MLK Day.
Column by Neil M. Tokar. Exclusive to STR Today is February 20, 2013, and as I write this column under a rather morose sky, my spirits are lifted by the fact that today is Kurt Cobain’s birthday! Yes, on February 20, 1967, Nirvana’s lead singer was born. Later in life, Kurt went on to say what is going to be my central point: “The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.” In this column, I am going to discuss how the young can go about liberating themselves from...
Original article - “We ask that the United States earnestly takes steps to resolve in a timely way the political issues around the debt ceiling and prevent a US debt default to ensure the safety of Chinese investments in the United States,” Mr Zhu told reporters in Beijing. “This is the United States’ responsibility,” he added."
Original article - "The court denied in summary order a petition for a writ of certiorari from the groups, led by Americans for Safe Access, which had sought Supreme Court review of a DC Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding the DEA's ruling that a change in marijuana's classification required the Food and Drug Administration's recognition of acceptable medical uses for the drugs."
Original article - "CNSNews.com reported that, because there are only a little over 230 active-duty Catholic priests to serve some 275,000 Catholic military personnel, the government has contracted with non-military priests to help perform Mass and other religious functions. But according to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, these non-active-duty military priests face arrest if they perform Mass or other religious services on military bases during the government shutdown, even if they volunteer...
Original article - "He didn't have nothing in his hands at any time or period at all before they came, any time while they were here, anything. They just came in and shot him. He didn't say nothing, the police didn't say nothing, anything, it was like a silent movie. You couldn't hear anything, all you could hear were the gun shots go off and I seen them going into his body and he just fell down," cried Alcia Herron, Roberson's fiance.