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Are You A Terrorists?

Take the Test to See If You Might Be Considered a “Potential Terrorist” By Government Officials

Find Out If You Are Doing Things Which Might Be Considered Suspicious

There have been so many anti-terrorism laws passed since 9/11 that it is hard to keep up on what kinds of things might get one on a “list” of suspected bad guys.

We’ve prepared this quick checklist so you can see if you might be doing something which might get hassled.

The following actions may get an American citizen living on U.S. soil labeled as a “suspected terrorist” today: see Washington blog for all the details.

The List:
Speaking out against government policies
Protesting anything
Questioning war (even though war reduces our national security; and see this)
Criticizing the government’s targeting of innocent civilians with drones (although killing innocent civilians with drones is one of the main things which increases terrorism. And see this)
Asking questions about pollution (even at a public Congressional hearing?)
Paying cash at an Internet cafe
Asking questions about Wall Street shenanigans
Holding gold
Creating alternative currencies
Stocking up on more than 7 days of food (even though all Mormons are taught to stockpile food, and most Hawaiians store up on extra food)
Having bumper stickers saying things like “Know Your Rights Or Lose Them”
Investigating factory farming
Infringing a copyright
Taking pictures or videos
Talking to police officers
Wearing a hoodie
Driving a van
Writing on a piece of paper
(Not having a Facebook account may soon be added)

Holding the following beliefs may also be considered grounds for suspected terrorism:
Valuing online privacy
Supporting Ron Paul or being a libertarian
Liking the Founding Fathers
Being a Christian
Being anti-tax, anti-regulation or for the gold standard
Being “reverent of individual liberty”
Being “anti-nuclear”
“Believe in conspiracy theories”
“A belief that one’s personal and/or national “way of life” is under attack”
“Impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”
“Insert religion into the political sphere”
“Those who seek to politicize religion”
“Supported political movements for autonomy”
Being “anti-abortion”
Being “anti-Catholic”
Being “anti-global”
“Suspicious of centralized federal authority”
“Fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”
“A belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in … survivalism”
Opposing genetically engineered food
Opposing surveillance

Many Americans assume that only “bad people” have to worry about draconian anti-terror laws.
But as the above lists show, this isn’t true.
When even Supreme Court Justices and congressmen worry that we are drifting into dictatorship, we should all be concerned. Washington blog

I’d like to add, if you’re a politicians not running as a democrat or republican

excellent reaction Keiser

simplicity simplicity simplicity
Plan B
If state were countries
Open Source State

“If any State in the Union will declare that it prefers separation with the first alternative, to a continuance in union without it, I have no hesitation in saying, ‘let us separate’. I would rather the States should withdraw, which are for unlimited commerce and war, and confederate with those alone which are for peace and agriculture.” -Thomas Jefferson


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Open Source State

“There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.”Henry David Thoreau “Civil Disobedience”


It’s time to create an Open Source State. bartopen

To do this you need a lot of people, educated people, to move into a state and filibusterer legislation.

What other untapped demographic in the U.S. could provide such a large number of creative and well educated people?

Those with outstanding student loans, of course.

What better resource full of diverse, talented and dedicated people are there in the U.S., but a whole lot of educated folks  in endless education debt.

All it takes is one state representative to write a bill that offers them sanctuary. If need be give them refugee status. Put it on the table, spread the word. A few grants later you’ll be using their talents to develop a more just and fair society. We have all the models, it’s only a matter of using these models for the benefit of people, rather than corporations.

“Don’t try to fix a broken system, create a new one to displace it.” – Buckminster Fuller

One Model: If you have a student loan all interest – usury – is forgive – people work off the principle by contributing towards a better society – if that means working towards free education for all citizens, so be it – and only a portion of the principle is deducted from your salary; all income based, with no employment discrimination based on educational debt.

That’s just one of the many ideas that can be incorporated.

Over the course of the next few weeks I will be working to develop more open state idea. Perhaps someone else has already started working in this direction, or you had the notion yourself, or maybe you think it’s just a good idea whose time has come? Please, use the comment box below to share your thoughts, links and ideas so that we can actively move towards solutions to the ills that we currently face in our society.

It’s Time.

Light this candle!

But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it. – Henry David Thoreau


It’s Over – Eating Machine
Money, Power, Wall Street
Money Out Pack
B Corporation
Occupy Bank
Occupy Media
Rosanne Barr – An American Hero
Third Parties
How Wall Street Killed Financial Reform
The Financial Terrorists
Bailout the Movie
Military Industrial Complex
The Green Party Debate
Suck it up
Utah legalizes gold, silver coins as currency
Prometheus Radio (LPFM) Project

…one will do what is right or best just as soon as one truly understands what is right or best” -Socrates

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.” – Mark Twain

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore

The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, and Trust


okay so you think it’s a lot of work

First of all we have to agree that anything worthwhile is a lot of work, but this can be joyous work, and who doesn’t enjoy joyous work especially, for all the right reasons?

…so let’s say a massive group of people moves into a city and we help each other out, we then take over the city government, legally, through elections and start changing the laws. Soon more like minds will be attracted to what’s happening and join us; remember one Koch Brother can’t replace 100 people at the voting booth. Not to mention more educated people vote, and people with student debt are a demographic that is  educated .

As those people move into the city they will also begin to move into state government, their ideas will spread to the locals and those people will become more politically active. As those numbers grow they will put massive pressure on the sitting state elected officials, even if they are funded by a Koch Brother; keep in mind those who would take Koch money will eventually find no reason to run.

Then, as proper legislation is passed we do what the lobbyists do, we learn from what Matt Taibbi wrote so clearly and eloquently here  SUE SUE SUE & IF YOU CAN’T WIN, STALL. We fight fire with fire, love fire and we work and hope that our fire shines brighter and truer than theirs, and that it catches on to inspires others across the country. It’s just a matter of going from 0 to 1,  you just have to start.

– that’s real grass roots.

If you want to read the whole Taibbi article again How Wall Street Killed Financial Reform

read the study
People Aren’t Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say


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Microsoft makes boldest move yet embracing open source

microsoftlogo.jpgIn a major turnaround for Microsoft, the company Thursday promised “greater transparency” in its development and business practices, outlining a new strategy to provide more access to APIs and previously proprietary protocols for some of its major software products, including Windows and Office.

The move, inspired by the ongoing antitrust case against Microsoft in the European Union, shows the company finally acknowledging the significant impact open source and open standards have had on the industry and the company’s own business. It also should mean the end of Microsoft’s patent threats against Linux and interoperability concerns surrounding Office 2007 file formats.

During a news conference with top executives Thursday, Microsoft said it is implementing four new interoperability principles and actions across its business products to ensure open connections, promote data portability, enhance support for industry standards, and foster more open engagement with customers and the industry, including open-source communities.

These steps are “important” and represent “significant change in how we share information about our products and technologies,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement. “For the past 33 years, we have shared a lot of information with hundreds of thousands of partners around the world and helped build the industry, but today’s announcement represents a significant expansion toward even greater transparency.”

Under increased global pressure, Microsoft has limped toward a more open development policy for some time with strategies like the Open Specification Promise, which it published in September 2006 as a pledge that it would not take any patent-enforcement action against those who use certain technology APIs (application programming interfaces). The company launched an open-source Web site last year, a move that was notable for one of the first official uses of the term “open source” by the company. Microsoft previously would release APIs and code to developers and other companies through something it called the Shared Source Initiative rather than specifically calling its policy open source.

However, at the same time as it appeared to be more open, Microsoft continued to make bold claims and threats against technologies like Linux that it said violated many patents the company holds. While the open-source community mostly scoffed at Microsoft’s claims, some companies—including Novell—signed specific deals with the vendor to protect customers from indemnification and promote interoperability with Microsoft software.

Microsoft also continued to promote proprietary file formats it designed as the default for Office 2007—Office Open XML (OOXML)—in favor of another file format, ODF (Open Document Format for XML), which already has been approved as a global technology standard by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Microsoft submitted the OOXML specification to another standards body, Ecma International, in November 2005 in an effort to have it fast-tracked through the ISO. However, approval by the ISO has been stalled and the process riddled with complaints that Microsoft is not acting in the transparent way typical of an international standards process.

The announcements on Thursday don’t affect the company’s continued efforts to standardize OOXML, Ballmer said during the press conference.

Thursday’s news includes broad, royalty-free publishing of APIs and the establishment of an Open Source Interoperability Initiative to provide ongoing resources and documentation to the community, and marks more commitment than the notoriously proprietary software maker has ever shown toward embracing open standards and open source.


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