Wednesday, November 28, 2012

United Nations - #4374 - UN Advances Effort to Grab Control of the Internet - American Thinker (2) Here's How Authorities Can Legally Spy on Your Digital Life and Congress Could Make It Easier - The Blaze (3) Thomas Sowell: An Overdue Book - Stephen Moore's - Who's the Fairest of them All? - Real Clear Politics

UN Advances Effort to Grab Control of the Internet - American Thinker - Next week, the UN's International Telecommunications Union will convene a meeting Dubai aimed at grabbing control of and taxing the internet, all in the name of global peace, justice, and harmony. The revolutionary interactive telecommunications medium is simply too useful for ordinary people to inform and express themselves, and too democratic for the majority of regimes that comprise the United Nations. Far from being a democratic institution devoted to peace, the UN represents the interests of its members, whose numbers are overwhelmingly comprised of repressive third world regimes. Claudia Rosett of PJ Media continues her invaluable work covering the attempt to strangle communications freedom in its crib: Here it comes again - another United Nations-sponsored grab to control the Internet. Next month, Dec. 3-14, the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is holding a conference in Dubai, at which UN member states will meet to update the ITU treaty arrangements for international communications. The window will be open for everything from proposals for UN-regulated and administered fees to, as The Hill reports, language from China and Iran, which, in an effort to share with the world at large their own domestic practices, "could lead to online censorship and government monitoring of Web traffic."  Read more.......

Here's How Authorities Can Legally Spy on Your Digital Life and Congress Could Make It Easier - The Blaze -There is frequently talk of warrantless spying on citizen communications and online data, but what about how the government and law enforcement can track people — legally? With the scandal between the former CIA Director Gen. David Patreaus and his former mistress Paula Broadwell coming to light thanks to content stored in an email account, many have begun to wonder about the privacy of their own communications. Tech experts say it really comes down to outdated laws. Laws which Congress is expected to update soon, but this update might not be in favor of more privacy. TheBlaze spoke with “ethical hacker” Michael Gregg, the COO of Superior Solutions and author of a dozen IT security books, who said most people have no idea how much information about them is readily available in the digital age...... Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said he wanted to update this law to require a probable-cause warrant for non-public Internet communications. Last month, Leahy went as far to say that the bill would “[provide] enhanced privacy protections for American consumers by [...] requiring that the government obtain a search warrant.” But CNET reported Tuesday that Leahy has rewritten the bill in response to concerns from law enforcement to provide even more surveillance capabilities than before. Here’s more from CNET:  Read more......

Thomas Sowell - An Overdue Book - Stephen Moore's Who's the Fairest of Them All? If everyone in America had read Stephen Moore's new book, "Who's The Fairest of Them All?", Barack Obama would have lost the election in a landslide. The point here is not to say, "Where was Stephen Moore when we needed him?" A more apt question might be, "Where was the whole economics profession when we needed them?" Where were the media? For that matter, where were the Republicans? Since "Who's The Fairest of Them All?" was published in October, there was little chance that it would affect this year's election. But this little gem of a book exposes, in plain language and with easily understood facts, the whole house of cards of assumptions, fallacies and falsehoods which constitute the liberal vision of the economy.......At high tax rates, vast sums of money disappear into tax shelters at home or is shipped overseas. At lower tax rates, that money comes out of hiding and goes into the American economy, creating jobs, rising output and rising incomes. Under these conditions, higher tax revenues can be collected by the government, even though tax rates are lower. Indeed, high income people not only end up paying more taxes, but a higher share of all taxes, under these conditions. Read more..... Article contributed by Steve Peters.

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