Posts Tagged ‘liberties’

A Smoking Issue

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

This is a reply I just had to write for some reason on a Facebook group thread I came accross:

I appreciate where both sides are coming from. I just don’t see why there has to be a law – best government is that which governs least, and all that – except that it’s mostly to do with politics, politicians promising good health so they try to make laws that restrict a bar owner’s freedom of choice over whether to allow smoking or not.

By supporting these laws, the people, you and me, are just playing into the hand of the politician, who’s next agenda will most likely be to restrict something that you actually enjoy doing.

I’ve gone on enough, but whatever, here’s my simple view:

Bar A allows smoking: people who smoke or don’t mind smoking go there, have fun and are happy.

Bar B does not allow smoking: people who don’t smoke or don’t mind not smoking for a while go there, have fun and are happy.

Bar C: sees which bar is doing better financially and chooses their policy accordingly.

I would prefer to control my own reality, rather than leave it up to those bumbling politicians, but that’s just me.

Human Contact Through Inhuman Means

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

“It’s not especially private, but I still don’t want you reading it.” — My brain, Me

Yesterday I dug up the GNU Privacy Guard email encryption software again, inspired by a recent wave of news about the possibility of employers being commissioned by the Australian government to monitor our emails, the old take the people’s liberties by saying you’re protecting them from ‘terrorist threats’ trick. O what insult to intelligence. My only assumption on their reason for going to the public for help in cyber-snooping is that they are too incompetent to be ‘up for the job’ themselves — if you know what I mean.

I’m unsure of what we the people have demanded in regards to secrecy of correspondence in this country. It seems, from these articles, that email spying by government agencies is just fine and dandy, but for employers it would seem to be illegal, which personally I find to be a little back to front. Perhaps it is strange to think that the government should stay out of privacy for the main part, to hold the that government be restricted in passing any law denying free access to any information, to put privacy not in the hands of any bumbling third party, but in the power of he who values it most, the individual.

I think you’ll find that although I’m not an especially private person, I do respect privacy, and am vehemently against forceful invasion of privacy, particularly by government organisations, or dangerous cults. Working the machines in an office though, I can divulge that it is extremely easy to track electronic correspondence and especially email, though I think the person I’d keep an eye on is the IT guy and not the company administrators, who most likely wouldn’t have a clue. So to those concerned about their own privacy, don’t rely on ineffectual totalitarian control — which doesn’t work from what I can tell anyway — and take your privacy into your own hands.

That’s my little rant over anyway. This post is really just about the creation of a contact details page that I made. Included on that page is my PGP Public Key so that anyone can encrypt an email to me and it would take anyone else about a hundred million years to crack. Also, if anyone does have a public key, could they send it to me, or leave it in the comments here, so I can add it to my keyring.

Human contact is a valuable thing in this age on inhumanism.

Version: GnuPG v1.4.7 (MingW32)


That’s my public key anyway. I use a Firefox add-on called FireGPG to add encryption to emails.