RANT: A digital “national ID card”?


January 7, 2011 4:31 PM
Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans
Posted by Declan McCullagh

*** begin quote ***

STANFORD, Calif. – President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today.

It’s “the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government” to centralize efforts toward creating an “identity ecosystem” for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said.

That news, first reported by CNET, effectively pushes the department to the forefront of the issue, beating out other potential candidates including the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The move also is likely to please privacy and civil liberties groups that have raised concerns in the past over the dual roles of police and intelligence agencies.

*** and ***

“We are not talking about a national ID card,” Locke said at the Stanford event. “We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities.”

The Commerce Department will be setting up a national program office to work on this project, Locke said.

*** and ***

Schmidt stressed today that anonymity and pseudonymity will remain possible on the Internet. “I don’t have to get a credential if I don’t want to,” he said. There’s no chance that “a centralized database will emerge,” and “we need the private sector to lead the implementation of this,” he said.

*** end quote ***

“Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining” …. book title by the pre-eminent jurist of our day Ms. Judy Sheindlin!

(BHO44 should pit her on the Supreme Court!)

Remember Social Security?


*** begin quote ***

Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the message was removed.[11]

*** end quote ***

Yeah, right! Identity theft would be IMPOSSIBLE without the Gooferment mandating SSN!

They couldn’t get “Real Id” past the American Sheeple. So let’s try the digital equivalent!

“We, The Sheeple” are so stupid they’ll let it slip by.

“I wouldn’t believe you, if your tongue came notarized.” … attributed to Judge Marilyn Milian, but may have an earlier history.

# # # # #

MONEY: Pensions are an attractive pot of money


*** begin quote ***

The article goes on to detail other pension grabs in Bulgaria, Poland, France and Ireland. Obviously, this is a cautionary tale for America. If fiscal austerity becomes a real issue in the U.S. the way that it’s been reaching critical mass in Europe — don’t think that U.S. lawmakers regard your either your personal wealth or money they might owe you as sacrosanct. Government has a habit of looking out for itself.

*** end quote ***

Too arms! To arms! Bad ideas have a way of flowing over “the pond”. Where will politicians find a lot of quick easy money? Sure, your retirement! And, the politicians and bureaucrats only have to strong arm about 2200 “custodians”. Who happen to be the very people that were “bailed out” with taxpayer money last year. So how much of a bonus did you get, Taxpayer? Mine must have gotten lost in the mail. I’d suggest that everyone take keyboard to hand and share this story. Then, get to your congress critter with a stern warning — keep your mitts off my retirement! Argh!!!

# # # # #

SOFTWARE: My personal version of the “Browser Wars”

If the BROWSER is the “eyes” into the Web, then I’m having worries about being “blind”.

Safari 5.0.3 (6533.19.4) — too Apple centric; object to “Yet Another” Microsoft!

Chrome 8.0.552.231 — don’t understand / object to the WEBAPPSTORE

FIREFOX 3.6.13 — broken (LASTPASS not active; toolbars broken)

Opera 11.0.1156 — leader (LASTPASS barfs)

INTERNETEXPLORER whatever — not even installed; object to the “Evil Empire”

Any others I can audition?

# # # # # posted 2011-01-09 15:27