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Iris Scans – Angel Clark Show

Three Polk County, Florida schools subjected their students to iris scans without their parents’ permission. A high school, middle school and even an elementary school were involved in the iris scans. It looks like a child told a parent what had happened, and the parent blew the whistle on the whole thing.

It was confirmed Wednesday that Daniel Jenkins Academy, (high school), Davenport School of the Arts (middle school), and Bethune Academy (elementary school), planned a pilot scan program with a security program and the schools allowed officials from Stanley Convergent Security Solutions to take iris scans of an unknown number of students. Parents of the students were sent a letter on Friday, May 24, although the letters were dated for delivery the day before. The letters stated that the scanning program would begin on May 20, and allow for students to opt out. However, all students were scanned before any letters were sent home.

This Facebook post from one of the parents states:

    I have been in touch with the principal at my son’s school this morning regarding the iris scans. She verified everything my son told me, she says the scans were completed on May 22. She said that she was following instructions from the Polk County School Board (PCSB), and that she knew very little, if anything, about this before it occurred, she just did as she was told. She gave me the name and number for her two contacts at the PCSB whom she said were pulling these strings on this “security pilot program”.

    By the time we were able to make a phone call to PCSB (a time span of about 1 hour), the secretary told us that this pilot program had been suspended. When we did get a return call from one contact, she reiterated that the program has been suspended, like this should appease us. My husband continued to ask where our son’s private scans were, and she said the company was instructed to destroy the information. When we asked how do we know this has happened, there was no answer.

    It is interesting that this letter went home on Friday afternoon at 3pm. Like I told you originally, everyone was gone by 4pm when I tried to make calls. So when exactly did this program get suspended? As of Friday afternoon, it was still in effect. Are they trying to say that somehow it was suspended by Tuesday morning (Monday being a holiday)? It seems like they are mostly focused on this program, like the program was the problem. It’s not, it’s the invasion of my family’s Constitutional right to privacy that is the problem, as well as the school allowing a private company access to my child without my consent or permission. This is stolen information, and we cannot retrieve it.

Last September in Park City Utah, DNA samples were taken from high school students. The High School has apparently agreed to participate in a study where students will give DNA samples to a lab as an outbreak drill to test new lab equipment. The purpose is that in the future, they may want to determine how new H1N1 type diseases are spreading. The teens were bribed with a chance to win an iPad, then earlier this year they had the teens wearing biometric bracelets and bribed them with $15 iTunes gift cards.

In other disturbing yet similar news, look at what technology will soon be available. Can we say, Too Invasive?!

Motorola has announced it is looking at alternatives to traditional passwords in a bid to make logging into online sites, or accessing mobile phones, more secure.

Among the ideas discussed are electronic tattoos and authentication pills that people swallow.

The tattoos, developed by Massachusetts-based engineering firm MC10, contain flexible electronic circuits that are attached to the wearer’s skin using a rubber stamp.

 

The mobile devices could then be used to confirm the owner’s identity and log them in to accounts automatically.

 

Once swallowed the ‘vitamin authentication pill’ creates an 18-bit ECG-like signal inside the wearer’s body that can be picked up by mobile devices and authentication hardware outside.

This could be used verify the wearer is the correct owner of the device or account.

Dugan continued that the pill could be taken every day for 30 days, if necessary, without any problems.

Woodside added Motorola would not be shipping these ‘right away’ but they have ‘tested it authenticating a phone, and it works.’

He continued: ‘Having the boldness to think differently about problems that everybody has every day is really important for Motorola now.’

Dugan, who used to be head of the US Pentagon’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, explained that each signal emitted by the pill could be unique to each user.

Both these ideas move away from traditional passwords and towards technology that turns the user into a physical authentication token.

Explaining the reasons behind the plans, Dugan said: ‘Authentication is irritating. In fact its so irritating only about half the people do it.

When your state Senator tells you that Common Core is bad…and you don’t listen, We FIRE YOU! The next round of votes will likely make many of our state representatives think twice about their actions. They will either feel like they got caught red handed or believe they are above it all. Don’t sit by silently and allow them to get away with giving up our freedoms!

Representative Rob Bishop addressed the Utah Senate and took some questions. Go to the 11:50 mark on this video and Senator Margaret Dayton asks him about Common Core. Watch to the end as there is another question asked and Rep. Bishop gives a very clear answer about states being hooked by the feds on Common Core.

I wrote the following article for our county GOP this year. In thinking about this article it helped solidify some of my thoughts about the freedoms that are being taken away from our children. Most parents do not understand that these freedoms are being taken away. When we as parents allow our children’s rights and freedoms to be taken away from them, we are clearly stating that their future desires and freedom to pursue their dreams does not matter. Right now there is a great deal of back room dealing going on, which is no surprise to most adults, however, you may be surprised to find out just what is being done that will greatly change our children’s lives.

More and more parents are beginning to hear about the Common Core Standards. These standards were pushed through public and private partnerships and a carrot was dangled from the U.S. Dept of Education for states to adopt these standards. There are so many ways that I could go here to show the rights that are being taken away from our children, but lets go with the SLDS {state longitudinal database system}. Why is the SLDS bad for our children? Because it tracks our children. It’s like identity theft! Whether knowingly or not, parents are giving away personally identifiable information over to the government so that our children can be tracked from cradle to grave.

What does this have to do with conservative principles? Well read my article first, then I will conclude at the end.

“How do Conservative principles impact the happiness and prosperity of all Americans?”

Do we have a model conservative? Who embodies that term? I would say on earth there is no such person.

What is the most succinct definition of Conservative Beliefs?

“Conservatives believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense.  Believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals.

Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems.”

I believe we need to use the word conservative as an adjective. Conservatism is not ideology; it is a state of mind, a type of character and a way of looking at the civil social order.

What many of us refer to as conservatism is actually a body of sentiments. I think we have seen recently that it’s nearly impossible to create a list of conservative convictions. I do believe that most could agree on particular adages. These adages may change from circumstance to circumstance or the necessities of the generation we are in, however, there are certain adages that conservatives adhere to and believe reflect their core beliefs.

#1 - Moral Order. There exists an abiding moral order that is God given to man. You might say it’s a moral order that was made for man and that man was made for it. Moral truths are permanent. Order signifies harmony, which to Christians is the inner order of the soul. The essence of order and morality is that all social questions are the responsibility of private morality. Any society that believes in an enduring moral order, a sense of right and wrong, with personal convictions about justice and honor will always be a good society.

#2 – Customs, Assembly, & Consistency. You could call this by other names, but customs, assembly and consistency is what enables people to live together peaceably. It’s when we discard our customs, our assembly, and consistency that we lose that link to generations before us. Whenever social justice has been used to abolish customs, assembly and consistency, we have seen new customs, assembly, & consistency be created to replace the old. This is a slow and painful process that often emerges as an inferior replacement. Changes are necessary but should be done gradually and discriminatory without undoing old interests all at once.

#3 -  Direction. Conservatives believe that we were given direction from God in the form of morals. God gave us personal revelation, but it is perilous to weigh every societal issue on the basis of private judgment or rationality. In politics we do well to abide by precedent and precept and even prejudice.

#4 – Reflection. Reflection or prudence is a virtue. Conservatives act only after sufficient reflection, having weighed all the consequences.

#5 – Agency. We all come from a variety of thoughts and circumstance and none of us are perfect. We know that there will be imperfection and that there will be evil and inequality. We would grow bored or lash out in rebellion if there were to be a utopian domination. To seek for utopia is to end in disaster. We must have agency in order to protect our freedoms. Great civilizations were built on the foundation of freedom. Private property is essential in order to have a more stable and productive society.

Private property and agency are powerful instruments for teaching man responsibility and providing motives to integrity. Agency allows for the affording of leisure to think and freedom to act. Conservatives believe in voluntary association not in involuntary collectivism. All decisions should be made locally for those who come from a similar series of thought, therefore providing different thought processes to be implemented where a similar thought is acceptable by the majority of the community. A federal administration cannot confer justice, prosperity, and tranquility upon its society who is deprived of their responsibility and agency. Voluntary performance of individual duty teaches prudence, efficiency and charity.

#6 – Restraint. Conservatives aim to limit and balance political power so that anarchy and tyranny may not arise. When every person claims a power unto himself society falls into anarchy. Enforcement of laws, constitutional restriction, and political checks and balances maintain a healthy tension between authority and liberty.

#7 – Heritage. Change is necessary; therefore progression must happen but only with an equal dose of continuity. Change must happen in a regular manner that is stable.

“The great line of demarcation in modern politics is not a division between liberals on one side and totalitarians on the other. No, on one side of that line are all those men and women who fancy that the temporal order is the only order, and that material needs are their only needs, and that they may do as they like with the human patrimony. On the other side of that line are all those people who recognize an enduring moral order in the universe, a constant human nature, and high duties toward the order spiritual and the order temporal.” by Eric Voeglin

Are we as a nation after temporal pleasure or are we after eternal blessings? What makes Conservatives different? How do our principles impact the happiness and prosperity of all Americans? Our principles make it so that no matter what the desire of your heart is, you are free to pursue it!

So, what does Our Children’s Rights have to do with Conservatism?

Let me list the bullet points here again:

  • Moral Order
  • Customs, Assembly & Consistency
  • Direction
  • Reflection
  • Agency
  • Restraint
  • Heritage

 

Our job is to do the very best by our children that we can do, and if we are not instilling these values and knowledge to our children, and if they do not have the freedom or agency that we have had, then we are unnecessarily giving up their rights for them. For more information on how we truly are giving up these rights please visit the following sites and dig deeper into what is happening to us as a nation.

Common Core Facts

What Is Common Core?

Keep Education Local

Utahns Against Common Core