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Beryl John-Knudson

Duluth, MN
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7 years 7 weeks

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Posted on 06/27/13 at 01:17 pm in response to Why Putin relishes the Snowden affair

If the press; media and the government continue to pursue 'popular appeal'; to label the messenger, in a sad attempt to downsize his credibility and ignore the human rights issue so revealed that is shredding the soul out of our Bill of Rights... then freedom of the press becomes a mere spit ball by honoring the name calling campaign from a formula-challenged press hiding in the back row unable to recognize or too sucked up to report with decency, the issue, the Right of Privacy?


Posted on 06/24/13 at 07:40 am in response to 3 inches of rain over two days, 72,500 still without power

Security was tight...rucksacks, backpacks were not a welcome sight at Grandma's Marathon and police came out in force wearing what appeared to be camouflage tan and green; special forces on the waterfront in a foggy-blue background. A secure time was had by all.

Now St Louis County Courthouse has, starting next Monday, followed suit locally with another first... by banning packages, bags, sacks... or any type containers will not be allowed.

What's a lawyer to do sans briefs,...

Posted on 06/23/13 at 09:28 am in response to GOP amendments torpedo giant farm bill

If Bachmann claims she was an "insurgent" when she worked for the IRS...then claiming such insurrection under one position, what then is a self-described "insurgent ' on one position also worth exploring one's insurgent or non-insurgent position as a member of the Intelligence Committee?

Is an act of a 'self-described insurgent' raised at some point, possibly, to that of 'traitor' in relation to the position she now represents?

A point worth questioning:
The word '...

I understand there are a number of new craft beers coming out this season under the label "Booze-Hamilton", "Booze Allen", and one just called "Hamilton"...not to be confused with one of our earlier presidents?

All are distributed under the same brew-meister coalition of corporation and government supporting one common theme, "ANYTHING YOU DRINK CAN BE USED AGAINST YOU"

"You have the right to remain silent..."

"But what's the point? You know all about me already Officer...

Posted on 06/17/13 at 01:48 pm in response to Economic contest: 'Wisconsin's not even in the game' with us

Could-Be Department:

If the IRS were targeting the use and abuse of non-profit status and the majority of abusers were T-Party advocates, the case is not Tea-Party members being abused essentially, but T-P being the majority abusing the system...but then, who knows?

Posted on 06/17/13 at 09:34 am in response to Strib goes back to the future with serial 'Ghost' novel

The serialization of fiction in newspapers was done in the forties and fifties at Christmas time; a serial children's tale honoring the season...and one looked daily for the next installment.

Working on a Minnesota paper during its Centennial year, prime story source was doing research on the paper's old news from its early years; the turn of the century.

Most issues in the early 1900's contained 'new book portions'; quasi-popular fiction. Way back when they did serialize...

Posted on 06/17/13 at 04:00 pm in response to Warning: 10 miles of I-694 construction

"Meta data trolling" sounds like privacy takes a big hit here... is essentially now sacrificed for the 'public good'?

But consider also so affected:
Protective side issues like 'taking the fifth' is rendered meaningless because government by way of hired corporations knows all already eh? So what's to 'take' here if it's already known data-wise, surveillance-wise/

Then too, the Miranda Code loses its credibility. May not effect you, but even if one's soul is as white as...

Posted on 06/11/13 at 06:56 am in response to Edward Snowden: NSA leaker reveals himself, expects retribution

Clapper whose record of extensive career achievements weren't bought in an army surplus store, was amazingly inarticulate in his interview with Andrea Mitchell in defense of the agency's overstepping - baby steps; giant steps... possibly tramping toward the land of military totalitarianism?

Overreaction here? Maybe, but...

To accept, embracing Big Brother as a necessary protection from terror; protection from ourselves, is not the wisest way to go here? Question is an active...

Posted on 06/10/13 at 08:16 am in response to Ellison: 'We need to review the law' after NSA news

How do you spell SURVEILLANCE in a closed society?


Posted on 06/07/13 at 06:38 am in response to Franken to look for more info on NSA phone records requests

The heart of justice becomes the heart of darkness as Privacy is sacrificed - auctioned off to the highest corporate bidder?

This is a time when 'whistle blower' is no longer considered a positive label in government circles and Constitutional advocates and investigative journalists are left dumpster diving behind Homeland Security and its attendant agencies seeking to revive some form of shredded justice buried among the coffee grounds and orange peels?

Entrails of the Bush...