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Friday, November 28, 2003

From the Mad Prophet's sanctuary...

The "real father of the Internet" revealed

Mary Lou Seymour wrote:

> So, this Thanksgiving, I thought that first I'd give thanks to the
> Internet, and all the techie geniuses, sung and unsung, who have
> brought this great invention to light and given us, the "common
> folk," the power to communicate and to form communities unbounded by
> space and time.

Mary Lou, thought I would put in a plug for one of the people who
created today's reality: my cousin, J. C. R Licklider, the real "father
of the internet."


Long may we be a thorn in their side!

Mary Lou:

What a beautiful gift to be mentioned in your column today! I was
needing a pick-me-up after the implanted payment chip news on Friday --
and this was just what the doctor ordered.

Yes, we are all certainly blessed this Thanksgiving with such a
fantastic community of what my husband and I call "rebel scum" -- a
reference to when Darth Vader and the Emperor are looking out over the
viewfinder of their evil ship at the escaping freedom fighters and
mutter their best pejorative epithet ever: "rebel scum!"


You half expect to see them spit on the ground next, as I am sure our
enemies do regularly when thinking of us.

Long may we be a thorn in their side!

Your co-conspirator, in sincerest friendship and admiration,
Katherine Albrecht

Electronic communications: potential new weapon

Mary Lou, your message is specially welcome today. I've been thinking of
the problem with most concepts of the 2nd ammendment. It is no longer ca. 1776 and the long rifle will no longer aid in obtaining or keeping liberty.
Patriots have no hope of ammassing the normal weapons of war like planes,
tanks etc. But we have a potential new weapon, electronic communication.
I'll pay more attention to your messages in the future. Jim Ewins

Monday, November 24, 2003

Saturday, November 22, 2003

Groups call for Moratorium on RFID chips
Consumer, privacy, and civil liberties groups are calling for a voluntary moratorium on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging. The groups behind the petition are requesting a voluntary moratorium on RFID tagging of consumer items "until a formal technology assessment process involving all stakeholders, including consumers, can take place".

Position Statement & Petition

IT'S HERE. VeriPay, implantable RFID payment chip

From Katherine Albrecht, CASPIAN

It's here.

The implantable RFID payment chip I predicted 4 years ago was unveiled
to the world today in Paris, France (see full story below). The
"VeriPay" chip contains a unique ID number associated with the
individual in whom it is embedded. This unique ID number can be linked
to credit card or other payment method and communicated to merchants by
merely holding the chipped body part up to an RFID reader/sales device.

Though it is not clear which part of the body the company targets for
payment chip implantation, my guess is that the upper arm (where the
company's "Verichip" product is currently embedded) would be too
cumbersome to wave at a reader device. More likely, the chip will be
embedded in an individual's hand or wrist to facilitate the "wave and
go" payment system currently possible with the Mobil Speedpass-Timex
Wristwatch system. (See:

This is personally very relevant to me, since I founded CASPIAN in 1999
on the prediction that this very technology would soon be knocking at
humanity's door.

With sincerest wishes for continued freedom,

Katherine Albrecht
Founder and Director
CASPIAN - Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering

Applied Digital Solutions' CEO Announces ``VeriPay'' Secure, Subdermal
Solution for Payment and Credit Transactions at ID World 2003 in Paris
Friday November 21, 9:30 am ET 2003

Applied Digital Solutions' CEO Announces ``VeriPay'' Secure, Subdermal
Solution for Payment and Credit Transactions at ID World 2003 in Paris
Friday November 21, 9:30 am ET 2003

Thursday, November 20, 2003

From Claire Wolfe's blog

GOT GIGGLES AND GRINS FROM MARY LOU SEYMOUR'S LATEST Liberty Action of the Week column. ML gives us sniggles, freeway bloggers, our own libertarian Simon Jester, and other forms of (legal or illegal) tricksterism. I've always loved Simon Jester. But I spent a heap of time this morning exploring The Culture Jammer's Encyclopedia.

Tricksiness might not change the world (or then again, it might). But it sure is a good way of taking back a little personal power on those days you feel there's nothing you can do to stop the Tyranny Machine.

Friday, November 14, 2003

From Tom Knapp at RRND:

Our "Home for the Holidays?" letter to the editor campaign is up to
107 letters from 16 participants!

I don't know why I put an exclamation point at the end of that
sentence. I mean ... c'mon, guys, there are more than two THOUSAND of
you! As easy as PoliticalNonViolence.Org makes it, I don't see any
reason why 2,000 participants shouldn't have sent 20,000 letters by
now. Perhaps you don't believe it's as easy as I say? C'mon. I dare
you to find out. Point your web browser at:

Click on the "Home for the Holidays?" campaign. It's a breeze. You
choose your state, select up to ten newspapers to hit with your
letter, enter your contact info (so the newspapers know who you are),
and then draft the letter. There's a "sample letter" to help you out,
as well as some factoid references. Click ... you're done.

As a matter of fact, I'm going to make it even easier for you. Point
your browser at:

If you think you can't write a credible letter to the editor, you're
wrong. And to prove it to you, I'm now offering ALL of RRND's readers
free personal use of my e-book, "Writing the Libertarian Op-Ed." No
commercial reproduction or electronic re-publishing, please, but
otherwise, use it to help yourself write op-eds and LTEs that _get
published_. This e-booklet sold a couple of hundred copies at $2.00
each and has lately been a "free" download for Rational Review
Premium subscribers. I'm kind of proud of it, and I think you'll find
it useful.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Vets for peace booted from parade CounterPunch,Jack McCarthy

"[T]he marching vets, who as the V- Day cant has it, "paid the price"-- and
were supposedly the subject of the celebration -- were "yanked" for the
subversive act of passing out leaflets explaining why they opposed the Iraq
war. "(11/13/03)

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Veterans Day 2003

From a reader ...
Mary Lou:
Thanks for another great article, this time for our victimized veterans, and the credit deserved by those who recognize the fraud of our "leaders", and say, "Hell no, I won't go".

A compatible article to yours on our veterans,( Veterans Day) and their plight is presented here in the Dove Report. I told you of this source on NESARA [National Economic Security and Reformation Act]earlier this year, hoping you would look into it, and help publicize, if you feel it has merit. I personally feel it may be our only chance to rid this country of the massive corruption in governments, from State to National. I always (well, almost always) like what you write, though
I don't always have time to write back. Blessings, Sui


Dan Weiner Memorial Shoot and Wake Nov.15

A memorial shoot and wake for our fallen comrade Dan Weiner ( Farewell to a Freedom Fighter) will be held
Saturday, November 15th, Shoot at 3PM

American Shooting Centers
16500 Westheimer Parkway
(281) 556-8199

SHOOT LOCATION: American Shooting Centers
16500 Westheimer Parkway

Driving Directions from Downtown Houston
Drive WEST on Westheimer.
Proceed 2 blocks past Hwy 6 to next traffic light.
Turn RIGHT onto Westheimer Parkway.
You will be entering George Bush Park.
Pass over the dam.
Continue 1.5 miles further.
American Shooting Centers is on the RIGHT.

WAKE LOCATION: 7826 Marinette Drive

From American Shooters Range, take Bellaire Blvd. east to Highway 59 south. Turn right on the 59 south frontage road. Go down to Fondren, which is the next intersection and turn left. Continue down Fondren to the stop light at Sharpview, go through the stop light and turn left at the next intersection, which is Sharpcrest. Go down 1/2 block to Marinette Drive and turn right. Follow the pink balloons to 7826 Marinette Drive.

If you get lost, our telephone number is 713-272-8265.

Please come to both the shoot and the wake. NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES will be provided; however, there will be soft drinks and water as well as barbeque. If you want to drink, please bring your own -- and be prepared to surrender your car keys and spend the night if you get drunk. Marti and I WILL NOT allow a friend of ours -- OR Dan's -- to get drunk and drive.

Harlan Bennett

Farewell, Dan.


From "aerial "

The last moments, they were painless. Dan Conan Weiner, 53 lost his brief but valiant fight with cancer Wednesday, October 29th, 2003. Dan's mom, Ruhama, and Dan's two sisters preceded him in death, also of cancer. His father, Albert, 89, of Albuquerque, NM survives Dan.
Dan Weiner was active in several community organizations. He was on the Board of Directors for Q-patrol for 7 years, and was co-founder and first president of Pinkpistols, Houston chapter. Dan was very active within the Libertarian party, both locally and nationally. Dan edited the Libertarian magazine, "Libertarian Enterprise," and was involved in the Free State Project.

Dan was born January 7th, 1950 in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He left his family to volunteer for US Army service in 1968. He served with distinction with tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam. Dan was honorably discharged in 1973.

When his family decided to move to New Mexico in 1983, Dan got as far as Texas and decided he liked it here.

Per Dan's wishes, the Houston chapter of Pinkpistols will hold a memorial shoot in his honor, Saturday, November 15th at American Shooting Centers, 16,500 Westheimer Parkway at 3PM. A memorial service in honor of Dan's life and memory will be held immediately following the shoot at the home of his caregivers in Southwest Houston starting at 6PM.

The Miller Funeral Home cremated Dan's remains. His ashes will be interred in a private ceremony on the Bolivar Peninsula in November.

He will be missed.