Here is an article about electronic surveillance and you. I have always liked Montana.
Montana made history this spring after passing the first state law to prevent the government from spying on anyone in the state by tracking personal information stored in their electronic devices.
The new law made Montana a pioneer in the age of electronic privacy rights by requiring state and local government entities to obtain a probable-cause warrant before remotely engaging personal electronic devices.
Have you ever been out running or walking and had a close encounter with someone’s untethered mutt? What if the canine was lupine?
Yet another reason to pack heat.
SPOKANE, Wash. — An Idaho man cycling to Alaska suffered a scare after being chased by a gray wolf.
Thirty-five-year-old William “Mac” Hollan of Sandpoint says he also needed the help of friends to thwart a wolf that chased him last week — half-way through his 2,750-mile trip to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
Hollan told the Spokesman-Review the wolf charged out of the forest about 60 miles west of Watson Lake in the Yukon Territory.
Hollan — along with his cycling partners and other witnesses — says the wolf made an initial chomp at his pedal. As he peddled faster, the wolf kept pace and nipped several times at his bike packs.
He was finally rescued by a passing motorist and watched inside the vehicle as the wolf ripped his tent bag.
Apart from stories like these, I am all for the fostering of the return of wolves, especially where I am. The deer population is too large, which causes all sorts of problems. I suspect that the increase of Lyme’s Disease might be connected to the deer population. Dunno.
If Montana is being responsible, I am not so sure about Idaho. At Cato Institute, there is piece about…
Idaho Cooperates with Homeland Security on National ID
By JIM HARPER
In June 2011, I noted here how a new cardless national ID system was forming up using state driver license data. It hasn’t gone very far. Passage of an immigration reform bill containing a national E-Verify requirement would slam down the gas pedal.
But a few days ago, Idaho became the third state in the union to sign up for the Department of Homeland Security’s RIDE (Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify) program, which is administered by the ID-friendly American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. Idaho joins Mississippi and Florida in volunteering state driver information to the DHS.
As the full name of the program suggests, RIDE is an “add-on” to E-Verify, the government’s highly problematic system for “internal enforcement” of immigration law via government background checks. RIDE is intended to let the E-Verify system check the authenticity of driver licenses that are typically provided as one of the forms of ID during the broader verification process. E-Verify’s problems are legion—I documented them in my 2008 paper, “Franz Kafka’s Solution to Illegal Immigration“—and we highlighted them again on Capitol Hill in March.
Read the rest there.
Atlantic Monthly has a silly article about Pope Francis. Can you spot the errors? You might start with the suggestion that he is something of a hipster and go on to his offering indulgences on Twitter. HERE.
From the great Benedictines in Norcia:
How many steps are we away from What we read in Revelation 13?
Then I saw another beast which rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. It works great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men; and by the signs which it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast, it deceives those who dwell on earth, bidding them make an image for the beast which was wounded by the sword and yet lived; and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast should even speak, and to cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.
At Vultus Christi Dom Mark posted something that must be shared:
In a Holy Fear
Holy Mass celebrated worthily, reverently, and carefully is itself the most convincing of sermons. The priest who stands before the altar in a holy fear, and who serves the Lord in reverence and with love, will touch more hearts than the most eloquent of preachers.
Not to Be Seen but to See
At the altar a priest preaches with his whole being. He enters into the sanctuary not to be seen, but to see, and in seeing the radiance of the glory of the Lord concealed in the Mysteries of His Body and Blood, he becomes to all a sign of His real presence and a witness of His glory, and this more perfectly than Moses when he descended from the holy mountain transfigured by the divine brightness.
You have probably heard of “malware”, which nefarious ne’erdowells slither into your computer. Have you ever heard of “Ransom-ware”? The NY Post had an article that was troubling.
Cyber gangs catch Internet porn watchers ‘in their underwear’, demand ransom for return of PC control
A pornography consumer who called the police in tears is among hundreds of Australians whose computers have been hacked by cyber criminals while viewing adult websites.
According to Fairfax, foreign gangs have been holding porn consumers ransom after infecting their PCs with viruses known as “ransomware”, which includes the “ukash”, “reveton” and “trojan.ransomlock” viruses.
The cyber criminals, who falsely claim to be members of the Australian Federal Police, “kidnap” a computer user’s data and demand a ransom for its return,
In this case, they have reportedly been activating the webcams on the users’ computers.
The viruses lock the desktop and post an incriminating image of the person on their screen before warning they have breached federal laws relating to child pornography, copyright or privacy, Fairfax reports.
The hackers then demand the victims pay a fine of $100 or $199 using a credit card or money transfer service.
They are threatened that if they don’t pay the fine within 72 hours, data files on the computer can be encrypted or wiped.
But even if a consumer pays a ransom for this kind of attack, it’s no guarantee they will regain control of their computer.
Not that you are sitting around looking at porn, mind you. However, if the ability to do this is out there, then there is no telling how and when the viler blackmailers will apply it to less unsavory sites, to capture the innocent. Be careful about where you surf, and what you click to open. I also recommend both my old Internet Prayer and the Litany. And keep your anti-virus software up to date.
Have you ever read the so-called “Intervention” by Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci? You should: HERE
In Ol’ Blighty some folks are putting together a Liberal Arts school along the lines of TAC or WCC. Good luck to them! Benedictus College HERE
Finally, a single mother of 11 children is trying to make it through nursing school. I’ll bet you can help. HERE
Really finally, from the Hounds of God: