A Primer on Security Culture

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“I don’t accept the idea that if we nothing to hide, we have nothing to fear. Privacy serves a purpose. It’s why we have blinds on our windows and a door on our bathroom. Privacy is important to us, it’s something that we take for granted as being central to our lives. In other words, we have plenty to hide, and it’s always been our right to hide it, until now, because today there are people who don’t want us to protect our privacy, who want, and to a large degree, already have free access to our personal information…we have to recognize that both our individual and collective existence depend upon a base level of control over our own privacy. Privacy is not a privilege, and it is not something to be willingly and casually sacrificed. Privacy is fundamental to being a human being, and it’s worth fighting for.”

Alex Winter

 

 

Security culture, briefly defined, is the direct application of the right to privacy. Some believe that privacy is only valuable insofar as it is relevant to one’s survival. This view typically clashes with the ideologically driven perspective that privacy ought to be thought of as an end, a means, and an insight based upon one’s principles. What integrates the privacy-as-survival and privacy-on-principle camps is security culture, which is not only deontologically consistent, but also empirically demonstrative of what happens when individual privacy is respected or otherwise not disregarded. Continue reading

Report on Manufactures (1791)

Today’s document is a report issued to the House of Representatives on December 5th of 1791 by then-Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. He proposed a mercantilist program of instituting tariffs whose revenue generation would be used to finance subsidies to favored industries of the federal government; feel free to also read the “Report on the Public Credit” &“Report on a National Bank” for Hamilton’s other economic proposals. Any mistakes in transcription are solely that of this humble blogger.

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The Secretary of the Treasury in obedience to the order of the House of Representatives of the 15th day of January, 1790, has applied his attention, at as early a period as his other duties would permit, to the subject of Manufactures; and particularly to the means of promoting such as will tend to render the United States independent of Foreign Nations, for military and other essential supplies. And he thereupon respectfully submits the following Report: Continue reading

Secured Record Archival: How to Protect Your Documents from the Government

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“Do you know where your chief of police lives? Do you know his telephone number? What sort of car he drives? How much money he’s got in the bank? Do you know what insurance company insures his life or his home and so on? I bet you don’t know any of that information but you can rest assured that your chief of police has access to all of that information about you.”

 The Anti-Terrorist

 

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Introduction

Trusting faceless third-parties to keep your records private is downright foolhardy, especially considering just how ridiculously easy it is for adversaries to gain access and deprive you of them. Almost two years ago in 2014, nude celebrity photographs that were originally stored on Apple’s iCloud were leaked; about a year ago in 2015, the Ashley Madison data breach occurred. What these episodes teach us is that anyone’s private records are potentially susceptible to being made public against their will. Continue reading

Quote of the Week: The Refrigerator Speech

 

“I work in an office, people walk right by me, I know they don’t see me, and I go home and I watch my wife and kids. They don’t look up when I sit down…I don’t know, it’s like no one cares that I’m gone. They should love me, maybe they do, but I don’t even know what it is. You spend your whole life thinking you’re not getting it, people aren’t giving it to you, then you realize, they’re trying, and you don’t know what it is.

“I had a dream that I was on a shelf in the refrigerator. Someone closes the door and the light goes off, and I know everybody is other there eating and then they open the door and you see them smiling, and they’re happy to see you, but maybe they don’t look right at you, and maybe they don’t pick you. Then the door closes again, the light goes off.”

– Leonard

Mad Men (“Person-to-Person”)

Home Hardening: How to Fortify Your Domicile Against Intruders

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“The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail – its roof may shake – the wind may blow through it – the storm may enter – the rain may enter – but the King of England cannot enter – all his force dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement!”

William Pitt

 

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Castle doctrine has its roots traceable to the English common law, specifically the Semayne’s Case, 5 Coke Rep. 91 (1604). Sir Edward Coke, the Attorney General of England, reported that:

 

“The house of every one in his castle, and if thieves come to a man’s house to rob or murder, and the owner or his servants kill any of the thieves in defence of himself and his house, it is no felony and he shall lose nothing.”

 

This is what now would be called justifiable homicide, yet the concept of using lethal force to defend one’s home, as is evidenced by this case, is about 400 years old. Stand-your-ground laws negate any duty to retreat, as enumerated in Texas Penal Code §§ 9.41 – 9.43; the 2007 Joe Horn shooting in Pasadena involved the direct application of castle doctrine, and thankfully, the grand jury issued no bill against Joe Horn for killing the two burglars. Continue reading

Quote of the Week: “Pernicious Luxuries”

“Thus to pay the interest of the foreign debt, and to pay four per cent on the whole of the domestic debt, principal and interest, forming a new capital, will require a yearly income of $2,239,163 [dollars] [and] 09 [cents]…but to the sum which has been stated for payment of the interest, must be added a provision for the current service…this sum may, in the opinion of the Secretary, be obtained from the present duties on imports and tonnage, with the additions which, without any possible disadvantage either to trade or agriculture, may be made on wines, spirits, (including those distilled within the United States,) teas, and coffee…that the articles which have been enumerated will, better than most others, bear high duties, can hardly be a question. They are all of them, in reality, luxuries, the greatest part of them foreign luxuries; some of them, in the excess in which they are used, pernicious luxuries…the consumption of ardent spirits particularly, no doubt very much in account of their cheapness, is carried to an extreme, which is truly to be regretted, as well in regard to the health and the morals as to the economy of the community.”

Alexander Hamilton

Report on Public Credit (January 9th, 1790)

A Primer on Simon Jestering

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“Never express controversial opinions around home or at work…any artistic activity that might attract unfavorable attention, such as writing, nude photography, erotic sculpture, etc., should be done under a ‘nom de plume.’”

Barry Reid

 

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Culture jamming began as a response to manipulative corporate advertising. Originally known as “subvertising,” culture jamming evolved over the decades to serve the ends of various activists, no matter their chosen ideology. Projects in more recent years have included the Google Trends experiment, Obama Joker, V for Victory, Unplug the Signal, and Vote4Nobody; for this 2016 electoral cycle, the only candidates worth a damn (which is to say, not at all) are Vermin Supreme, Deez Nuts, and Stubbs the cat. Continue reading

Camp Lone Star (No. 6 – 10)

The following is a partial mirroring of Gary Hunt’s series about political prisoner Kevin “K.C.” Massey. As of today, Massey is currently serving a three year and five month sentence because he was convicted of violating 18 USC §§ 922(g)(1) for the victimless crime of “felon in possession of firearm,” and is expected to be released sometime in 2019. Please read, “Camp Line Star (No. 1 – 5),” before reading this selection.

 

 

VI. Arbitrary & Capricious Justice? [11/24/14]

“Arbitrary and Capricious” is a rather interesting phrase. Most people have never heard of it, so perhaps, it is time to understand what it is and what the legal significance is. Continue reading

Vonu! The Search for Personal Freedom?

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People are looking for solutions to the tyranny they live in their own lives. Reformism offers nothing by false hopes and broken promises, which does little else other than drive individuals further into despair. Any tactic or strategy of direct action, even if only experimental, gives a sense of purpose for those who are willing to take the plunge by giving it a real effort, preferably by documenting their results.

 

 

Vonu, simply defined, is the hardening of one’s lifestyle to such an extent that an individual could be said to have rendered himself nearly invulnerable to coercion; in other words, vonu is the comprehensive application of security culture to every facet of your life. The word, “vonu,” itself is the awkward contraction of the phrase “VOluntary Not vUlnerable,” which means that just because something is voluntary does not therefore mean that it must also be susceptible to coercion. If there were a formulaic way to express the most important facets of vonu, it could be written:

Self-sufficiency, whether that be in the context of “bugging out” or off-grid homesteading, does harden your life by making you independent of the power grid and supply chains. Refusing to give your “sanction of the victim” to Leviathan makes you less dependent upon formal institutions, which better enables you to serve your fellow man through mutually beneficial relationships. Although the word, “minimalism,” has been verbicided, simple living encourages individuals to be conscientious of both their environment and their wallets. Continue reading