TSA Announces “biometrics vision for all commercial aviation travelers”

Papers, Please! – Today the US Transportation Security Administration released a detailed TSA Biometric Roadmap for Aviation Security & the Passenger Experience, making explicit the goal of requiring mug shots (to be used for automated facial recognition and image-based surveillance and control) as a condition of all domestic or international air travel.

This makes explicit the goal that has been apparent, but only implicit, in the activities and statements of both government agencies and airline and airport trade associations.


It’s a terrifyingly totalitarian vision of pervasive surveillance of air travelers at, quite literally and deliberately, every step of their journey, enabled by automated facial recognition and by the seamless collaboration of airlines and airport operators that will help the government surveil their customers in exchange for free use of facial images for their own business purposes and profits.

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How to Crush the Gold Cartel

circulationPaul Rosenberg – I have friends who are convinced that a cartel is manipulating the gold and silver markets. I have other friends who disagree, but today I’ll hang with the former. And they plead a good case, with there being 100 times more paper gold than physical and a small group in full control of daily price setting… among other things.

Accordingly, many holders of gold and silver go on about breaking this cartel, even though nothing ever really changes.

Today, however, I’m going to tell everyone exactly how to break the cartel. I’m not sure how many people will take it to heart – there are easier “solutions” being thrown at them all the time – but I’m going to explain it all the same. Each holder of metals can do with it as he or she wishes.

The Simple Plan

If you want to crush the cartel, there’s one simple thing that must be done. Here it is: Continue reading “How to Crush the Gold Cartel”

Black Leaders Support Trump’s Prison Reform Push

trumpLiberty Planet – Pundits are calling Pres. Donald J. Trump’s domestic policies the “Colorblind Economy” because it has improved employment opportunities for Americans of all walks of life, particularly African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans. But outside of the incredible economic engine he has harnessed, Pres. Trump is far from colorblind. Recognizing the African-Americans have disproportionately suffered, the president is calling for passage of prison reform legislation after the mid-term elections.

In a recent high-profile meeting with rapper Kanye West and NFL hall-of-famer Jim Brown, the president discussed prison reform in an outside-the-box forum that called for creating business and job opportunities in historically black communities.

“Trump is on his hero’s journey right now,” Kanye West reportedly said wearing a MAGA Hat. “He might not have thought he’d have a crazy mother-#@#@r like Kanye West run up and support, but best believe — we are going to make America great.” Continue reading “Black Leaders Support Trump’s Prison Reform Push”

How To Find Healing That Lasts

healingMary O’Malley – How would your life change if you trusted that your challenges are a part of your journey home – back to yourself and back to life – instead of feeling that your challenges are here because you have done something wrong or you are being punished or God fell asleep on the job? What would happen if your illness, your difficult relationship, your demanding boss, your compulsions, and maybe even your troublesome pet were showing up in your life to help you heal?

The healing you long for comes when you discover how to play the warmer, warmer/colder, colder game. Remember that game from your childhood? You hide something and when your friends are searching for it, you say “warmer, warmer” when they come close to where it is hidden, and when they go away from it, you say “colder, colder.” Continue reading “How To Find Healing That Lasts”

Change, Choice, Control and Priorities

electricityJennifer Hoffman – For the last 5 days I had no electricity, as my area was hit by the high winds and heavy rain from hurricane Michael. When the power first went out I waited for a few hours for it to return and went to bed in the dark, thinking it would be on by morning. When it wasn’t, I realized it might be out for a while and I was going to have to change my routine and my life to accommodate this unwelcome, inconvenient, and unwanted change. I did and now that the electricity is back, I realized it was a big lesson in changes, choices, control, and priorities.

It’s funny how you don’t realize how much of your life is run by electricity until it is not working. I had no hot water, no heat or air conditioning, no way to cook, no phone or internet, and no lights. After the sun goes down it is very dark in the house with no artificial light. So I had to get out the candles, flashlights, and lanterns and they provided the light to help me navigate through my house. But I could not do the things I normally do because all of them required electricity. Continue reading “Change, Choice, Control and Priorities”