INVASION OF PRIVACY
By Michael S. Hyatt
Reviewed by WorldNetDaily
July 18, 2001
Right now, whether you realize it or not, you are exposed and vulnerable.
Why? It's quite simple: Privacy is ending.
The intimate details of your life -- your home address and phone number, Social Security number, bank accounts, credit history, shopping habits, work history, medical records, travel habits -- are readily available to anyone who might be interested in them. And you may be shocked to learn just how many groups are clamoring for your information: corporations, criminals, private investigators, government agencies and more. Although we've embraced the Internet and other technological innovations that have brought convenience to our everyday lives, these technologies have made us more vulnerable than ever.
In "Invasion of Privacy," best-selling author and consumer advocate Michael S. Hyatt exposes the dangers to your security and how you can protect yourself. Among the many risks:
- Manipulation by marketers: Banks regularly sell detailed account information to telemarketers, and even medical records are sold to the highest bidder.
- Credit card fraud: A problem that has only grown worse with the anonymous purchasing afforded by the Internet.
- Identity theft: Using just your Social Security number, criminals can steal your identity to rack up debt, write bad checks, and commit other crimes -- all in your name.
- Stalking: Thanks to the Internet, stalkers have new windows to break into your life.
- Frozen assets: The federal government monitors your every transaction and can even freeze your assets to investigate what it deems "suspicious activity."
- Frivolous lawsuits: The end of privacy means that nearly anyone with a little know-how can get a list of your assets to decide if you are worth suing.
- Employment insecurity: Employers regularly monitor employees in the workplace, and many now assess prospective employees by getting detailed background information on them -- often without the applicants' knowledge.
- Government surveillance: The government now uses high-tech systems to monitor virtually every transmission of any kind, including phone calls, e-mails, Internet downloads and faxes.
Fortunately, Hyatt offers specific, real-world countermeasures that will help you end the relentless incursions on your private life. His privacy self-assessment will help you determine where you are now (most people don't realize how vulnerable they truly are). And his practical strategies and tips will show you how to achieve privacy protection to match your goals and resources.
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THE NEW AMERICANS
By Michael Barone
Available for sale from Amazon.com thru this website for $19.56, a 30%
Michael Barone of U.S. News & World Report is one of the smartest political
writers in the country. In addition to his journalism, Barone is the
coauthor of the biannual Almanac of American Politics--an essential tome for
inside-the-Beltway pundits and other political junkies--as well as the
curiously underappreciated Our Country, an excellent history of the
United States from FDR to Reagan. In The New Americans, Barone brings his
vast knowledge and sharp talents to the ever-present dilemmas of race and
As millions of immigrants stream into the United States from around the
globe--including many countries that traditionally have not served as
sources of immigration--Barone helpfully calms jittery nerves about cultural
transformation: "We are not in a wholly new place in American history. We've
been here before." In fact, we were here at the last turn of the century,
when newcomers from Ireland, southern Europe, and elsewhere flocked through
Ellis Island. "Many learned savants predicted a hundred years ago that the
immigrants of their day could never be assimilated, that they would never
undertake the civic obligations and adapt to the civic culture of the United
States. History has proven them wrong," writes Barone. "We need to
learn from America's success in assimilating these earlier immigrants, as
well as from the mistakes that were made along the way." The bulk of the
book is a set of comparative studies outlining the surprising similarities
as well as the differences between Irish immigrants and today's African
Americans, between Italians and Hispanics, and between Jews and Asians.
In each instance, Barone believes the experiences of the former reveal
something about the latter as its members struggle to adapt to their new
home. The approach is like the one Thomas Sowell took many years ago in his
landmark book Ethnic America; in many ways, The New Americans is a
much-needed update of that pioneering work.
What's most compelling about The New Americans, however, is how Barone's
own politics, which lean to the right, find a welcoming place for this new
wave of immigrants, contra Pat Buchanan and a certain type of conservative.
"What is important now is to discard the notion that we are at a totally new
place in American history, that we are about to change from a
white-bread nation to a collection of peoples of color," concludes Barone.
"The descendents of the new Americans of today can be as much an integral
part of their country, and as capable of working their way into its highest
levels, as the descendents of the new Americans of a hundred years ago."
GOD BLESS THE GO-GOS
Music CD by the Go-Gos
One of FREEDOM WRITER's favorite musical groups from the 80's, this album &
the group is honored here because the Go-Gos have conquered their drug &
alcohol problems & have reunited to give 2 generations of audiophiles &
concert goers their upbeat harmonies & onstage artistry from a fine group of
musical ladies who, in FREEDOM WRITER'S opinion, look & sound just as good
as then & maybe even better. This CD is on sale from Amazon.com thru this
website for $13.99, a 22% discount.
After a couple of short-lived tour reunions, the Go-Go's have made it
stick. God Bless the Go-Go's is their first studio album in 17 years,
carrying on as if Belinda Carlisle's sparkling solo career and Jane
Wiedlin's slightly less stellar one had never happened. The tough, assured
sound of 1984's Talk Show is front and center here, at once a sonic
counterpoint to the lyrics' general sense of frustration ("Automatic Rainy
Day," "Unforgiven") and barricade in front of their ultimate triumph in its
face ("Throw Me a Curve," "Vision of Nowness"). Carlisle, for her part,
rides the roar and jangle like "Head Over Heels" was just yesterday, as if
the success she had on her own was just another hoop to jump through
before getting back to business. Now in their 40s, these women have matured
without resigning themselves to the world they once swore wouldn't stop
them. God Bless isn't an unflawed gem, but after a few spins, even some of
its lesser concepts begin to sound like pieces of a manifesto the Go-Go's
have patched back together to shout out loud. --Rickey Wright