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Thursday, February 20, 2003
Cost of Insecurity?

I wrote an earlier rant about the Total Information Awareness (TIA) program. Uncle Sam sniffin' our butts. Well, it seems that the company involved, TriWest Healthcare Alliance is in deep doo-doo.

Apparently, the folks that had their health care information stolen are trying to bring suit against TriWest, and to make it a class action suit.

This quote from the article kills me, "Dave McIntyre, TriWest's president and chief executive, has apologized to customers and stressed that computer systems and security were enhanced after the break-in."

A damned defense contractor and he'll set up security after he's been raped and pillaged.... and this will be part of TIA. Got me another "warm and fuzzy"!

I gotta go.


Monday, February 10, 2003
Makes You Stop And Think

Each Monday, I read Fred On Everything. Whether you agree or disagree with his points of view, his columns are very thought provoking.

I was reading his rant this week. The last paragraph scared the hell out of me:

"A peasantrified population is, among other things, politically malleable. A bright child of seven who reads turns into a kid of eighteen who thinks, at least during moments of hormonal respite; who graduates to serious history and literature and, when lied to, will go to the library and check out a book. Those who live for television will believe what they are told, having no inkling that they are being bamboozled. Is this intended, or just incidental to the larger aims of our cultural vandals? I don't know. "

It's so very true. If you have kids, think about their primary source of information. TV, plain and simple.

We are becoming so mentally lazy, that we only allow ourselves 30 minutes each day to be spoon-fed the daily news. Whatever the current Ken and Barbie of the airwaves babbles our way, we believe. It takes actual effort to come to our own conclusions.

I hope to do a rant in the next few days on the upcoming Desert Storm II. I'll try and make my own decisions based on facts, not propaganda.

I gotta go,