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Pressed Freedom

You might walk away from this post thinking I believe what reporters tell me, and you are right to a point. You might think I think much of polls, which I don’t at all. But polls do sometimes have value.

In 2014 the US is in 46th place in terms of freedom of the press as shown in a Reporters Without Borders survey.

So yeah, I can link news articles. But for shits and giggles I searched out the results of all the years they did this. Here you go, the US world press freedom rankings from 2002 on. I wish the ranking went as far back as Nixon, but I will take this.

2002. 17
2003. 32
2004. 22
2005. 44
2006. 53
2007. 48
2008. 36
2009. 21
2010. 20
2011. 47
2012. 47
2013. 32
2014. 46

It is hardly the most transparent administration ever. How do I know it originates there? A fish rots from the head down.

It is very interesting. We got the post 9/11 bump I would have expected and then as the world relaxed I wasn’t surprised at the decline. We got a bounce that would correlate well with the coming of the Messiah changing of the guard and the (ig)Nobel Peace Prize but then tanked as rapidly as a proverbial three day old fish. There is a synopsis that goes along with each year but I have not read any of them prior to 2012.

But fairly consistently we suck and blow surprisingly bad given how proud we are of freedom of the press.

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Have a cringe.

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Have a Vermeer. Good art always relaxes me, like a kitten, just not quite as much.

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Have some snow. Please.

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Apparently Apple owners are not caring for the loss of their bitCoin app.

Geez, people, it isn’t like bitCoin is used to buy drugs, prostitutes, weapons, documents, and assassins or anything like that.

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Yeah, I am a fan of recycling.

No deposit though.

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You should be afraid.

Napolitano and her tendrils of control are reaching out for you.  You already can’t buy the Drixoral ™ that was tried and true, because your gov’t has decided to protect you from criminals by criminalizing your freedoms, and now… they’re going to track anydamnthing they want.  Special.  Super.  I understand that nitrates can be used as fertilizer or explosives, but I’m deeply concerned about the tendril thing.  Tendrils scare me more than bombs, in all honesty.  Bombs don’t etch into our freedoms with weedlike persistence like government agencies do.

Napolitano thinks that Israeli tactics to airport security won’t scale?  It will if you profile, like any thinking human being would.

Can’t wait until we get a new president – one who actually believes in the Constitution and that the police/nanny state is not the answer.  What next?  Cameras everywhere like in Britain?

Two more years to the next election… well, we’re 50% of the way there, right?

I’d post a graphic but I’m on a laptop and I have no interest in GIMP’ing on it – or Inkscaping – and my CS5 is on my home computer.

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Historically speaking, talk of this sort always leads to control of a population.  Total control.

Best we nip this in the bud right now.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists will continue to look for U.S. vulnerabilities, making tighter security standards necessary.

“[Terrorists] are going to continue to probe the system and try to find a way through,” Napolitano said in an interview that aired Monday night on “Charlie Rose.”

“I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime. So, what do we need to be doing to strengthen our protections there?”

If this is the cost of my safety, I’ll take my chances with the terrorists.

Two conclusions can be drawn – one, she is a vile totalitarian or two, she is one of these people who is so convinced of her personal powerlessness that she should never be in a position to wield power, because she’s got no natural aptitude for leadership.

Either way, this is bad.  Very bad.

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