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Deja Vu All Over Again

So Texas law enforcement and and child welfare have raided the rural compound of a splinter religious group based on reports of child abuse.

This sounds awfully familiar.

We can certainly hope that this ends more peacefully, but given the reality of those in charge of what we laughingly call the “American Criminal Justice System”, the real question becomes: is Jerry Boykin involved in anyway?

April 5, 2008   5 Comments

Communications

I was thinking about the Dineh situation, having become interested in them through the mystery novels of Tony Hillerman, which made the connections to the Athabascan people I knew from Alaska, and then back to their mutual roots in the Yenesai region of Siberia from my Russian studies. They are all semi-nomadic in that they have permanent winter dwellings, but follow food sources at other times.

It seemed to be that there had to be a way to establish communications within the nation without causing harm, or building more than a minimum of artificial structures, and there are, but they are being built in “third world” areas because “everyone knows there are no huge expanses of wilderness in the United States.”

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April 5, 2008   10 Comments

This Is Outrageous

The Associated Press is reporting that the Navajo Nation likely to lose Internet service

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — The thousands of Navajo Nation residents who rely on the Internet to work, study and communicate across their 27,000-square-mile reservation will be out of luck Monday, if their service provider shuts access as planned.

“It’s going to be a sad day,” said Ernest Franklin, director of the tribe’s Telecommunications Regulatory Commission.

A tribal audit last year revealed that Utah-based provider OnSat Network Communications Inc. may have double-billed the tribe, and it raised questions about how the tribe requested bids for the Internet contract.

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April 5, 2008   6 Comments

Florida Government – the short course

To help people to have been trashing Floridians from ignorance, here are a few facts about Florida government and politics.

Qualifications for office:

Legislature – you must be at least 21 years old, a registered voter, a US citizen, a resident of Florida for at least two years, and a resident of the district.

State-wide Offices – you must be at least 30 years old, a registered voter, a US citizen, and a resident of Florida for at least seven years.

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April 5, 2008   1 Comment