Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Heavy turnout this morning in Virginia's election; some thoughts on secession; the NSA should read my public posts
I was surprised (and not “glad” like British composer Hubert Parry) when the line for the polls for the Virginia gubernatorial race was long at 10 AM this morning in north Arlington. And I did vote for the libertarian candidate, Sarvis. Both major party candidates have real problems with credibility with me.
I used to work as an election judge, with a shift from 5 AM until about 9 PM (the polls open at 6 AM and close at 7 PM). Some of the same people were there. It’s a very long day.
I hear that in Colorado, eleven counties want to secede and form a 51st state (very red). Actually, that’s just ten in the northeast, which would become another “Great Plains” state. (Is Sterling, where I had my epiphany, leading to my book, in August 1994, center of cattle mutilation country, included?) The eleventh is in the northwest and would join Alan Simpson’s or Dick Cheney’s Wyoming. It has been said that voters in Texas could split the state into six states, but I heard that after moving there in 1979. It would sound like an easy way to get more influence in the Senate – except that it probably wouldn’t get through.
All of this reminds me of the mentality in the early days of the nation, about the time of the American Revolution, when some thought that landowners should have more voting power because they had more “responsibility”. Imagine how this was seen in the South.
Imagine also how this plays out in other areas. Suppose people with children had more votes? Suppose only people with dependents could have free entry onto the web. Things could have gone that way.
As for the continuing battle over NSA surveillance, I get the idea that meta-data collection could lead to citizens facing a backlash if a more hostile administration occurred. (I don’t see Obama’s administration that way; some do.) It could also lead to prosecutions in bizarre situations.
Almost all of my postings are public. I hope NSA reads them. Have at it. See if they match other intelligence. Once in a while, I make a posting about something clandestine that has come my way (like the hostile email from a Nigerian rebel group, posted on the International Issues blog Aug. 15, 2008). In fact, I have called authorities on a few occasions and not posted two or three items. (I go for “see something, say something”; I don’t guarantee journalistic shield or anonymity.) If government computers are blocked from seeing normal amateur blogs (including those on Myspace or Facebook), it’s possible that valuable intelligence could be missed. Sometimes ordinary people learn things that the snoops miss. I probably would have been a good NSA or CIA analyst if I had come of age in a more progressive time. Why do I feel this way? Just one major attack could end my way of life, propelling me into a world in which I am useless. I am not prepared for life as a Doomsday Prepper (even in Sterling, CO).