Thursday, September 22, 2011

My tin foil hat is going pretty well with my tailored wookie suit these days...

It's kind of funny that when the public speaks out about a law is passed or a regulation or something that nips away at our freedoms like a duck nibbling on a piece of bread is said to be the beginnings of a slippery slope, we're called conspiracy theorists.  Of course things won't be taken to that next illogical step, say the folks passing those laws or implementing those regulations using a dismissive and derogatory tone when questioned about the wisdom of implementing something like the TSA, the Patriot Act, or even Obamacare.  We're from the government and we're here to help.

If you don't want to be sexually molested or be seen naked, don't fly.  Vehicle monitoring is for your own safety, should you be in an accident, it can't possibly be used without your knowledge.  You have no right of privacy when your car is in your driveway at your home, but police continue to arrest people who are filming them in the course of their duty as a public servant on a public street.  Health insurance can't possibly be used to punish those who do not adhere to government guidelines of fitness (you must eat your broccoli, don't smoke, eat whole grains, watch your cholesterol).  The public doesn't deserve to keep its hard-earned money, the government can best decide where to spend it.

But of course it's expanded, now the NFL wants fans to be physically frisked before going to a game.  Onstar changed its terms of service so that even after you cancel the service, they can monitor and sell your vehicle logs unless you specifically deactivate the data connection (and we're supposed to take their word that if you request it, they'll do it).  The FBI is putting trackers on people's cars under the aegis of the Patriot Act.  In Chicago, the new Mayor wants to force enrollment into government 'wellness plans'. The government has forgotten that they are the servants of the public, not the other way around and devalue the currency of the land (dropping the markets again, BTW), pass laws that are shown to have no majority assent and haven't even been read, and treat even the most basic value of security in one's home as an outdated concept.

I dunno, but maybe they should be passing out more tin foil hats and Wookie Suits.  We might just get out of this mess if more folks started wearing them and taking off their rose-colored glasses.


Old NFO said...

Well, I SHOT some rose colored glasses last weekend at the range, does that count? And yeah, we DO need to get our freedom back.

Midwest Chick said...

NFO, they count, but since you never wore them they only count for half points. ;-)

Chuck Kuecker said...

Re: OnStar - if the equipment is physically present in your car, and connected, it can be accessed by GM or any agency with the proper passwords and equipment.

Like a cell phone with a charged battery, it is never really "off". "Deactivating the data connection" does not disable the capability of them accessing your unit - it just keeps YOU from calling for help, etc.

(I AM and electrical engineer, I just don't play one on TV.)

Midwest Chick said...

Hi Chuck--thanks pointing this out! ASM826 at Random Acts of Patriotism has posted a youtube video that shows how to disable it physically and I should have updated.

The post is here: