October 27, 2006

Aaron Russo's movie now widely available

freedom-to-fascism-poster.jpgThis just in from Aaron Russo, producer of the must-see film "America: From Freedom to Fascism":

"The time has arrived we are now offering the DVD for sale at the website for 19.95 or you can watch it on pay per view for $5 with the highest quality resolution on the internet or you can watch it for free on google video in a lower resolution. All of this can be done by going to the Freedom to Fascism.com website and clicking on your choice of how you want to view the film. The objective is to see the movie and wake up America! Have house parties and spread the message of freedom to fascism across the world. You may also sign up to become an affiliate. the ball is now in your court!"

I highly recommend this film as an eye-opening look at what's happening in America today and how it all got started. You can't leave the theater (or the pay-per-view, in this case) without feeling like you've just had your world shaken.

By the way, I am in the film (towards the end) where I discuss the VeriChip and RFID. (See my earlier blog entry on this). However, I should point out that I earn nothing from video sales. My desire here is simply to get as wide a viewship as possible for the important information this movie contains.

-Katherine Albrecht

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August 30, 2006

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RFID is a technology of interest to everyone. It matters not whether you're conservative, liberal, or somewhere in the middle. No one likes the idea of being tracked and monitored by a technology. In fact, CASPIAN has thousands of members that come from all positions on the political spectrum and all walks of life. To join CASPIAN, you simply tell us that you agree with this basic statement: "It is wrong to spy on people through the products and services they buy."

That said, you might still wonder privately where you fit in the political spectrum. Michael Benoit, Candidate for California's 52nd Congressional District, sent me a link to a very telling quiz titled "The World's Smallest Political Quiz." See: http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz.html

The quiz promises to help you "find out where you fit on the political map." Warning: You might be shocked at the results.

--Liz McIntyre

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June 9, 2006

Dr. Albrecht, Finally!

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I am thrilled to report that as of 11:00 AM yesterday, I am now officlally Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.

An Ed.D. is a Doctorate in Education (each of Harvard's graduate schools has a separate designation for its doctorates, e.g., D.B.A. for the Business School, Th.D. for the divinity school, D.Des. for the design school, Ph.D. for Arts & Sciences, etc.). My doctorate is in Human Development and Psychology, and within that, my research focus is Consumer Education and privacy.

My dissertation, titled "Supermarket 'Loyalty' Cards and Consumer Privacy Education: An Examination into Consumer Knowledge about Cards' Data Collection Function," is a quantitative (statistically-based) research study to determine people's awareness of a commonplace privacy threat. I found that only 25% of American consumers know that supermarket cards collect a record of their purchases, and that education plays a significant role in that awareness.

I offer many heartfelt thanks to all the professors, family members, friends, and loved ones who have supported me to achieve this goal. I could never have done it without you.

- Katherine Albrecht

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March 20, 2006

South Africa Talks "Spychips"

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I was thrilled to speak with Kate Turkington last night on Johannesburg's number 1 news and information station, Talk Radio 702. Ms. Turkington is one of South Africa's best-known travellers and travel writers. Her weekly Sunday night 3-hour live Radio702/Cape Talk talkshow, Believe It Or Not, is the longest-running radio talkshow in South Africa.

Some of her past guests include: the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Goldie Hawn, Dr. Andrew Weil, Gordon Smith (The Psychic Barber), Stephen Jay Gould, Professor Phillip Tobias, Desmond Morris, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Desmond Tutu, cabinet ministers, leading religious figures, Richard Dawkins (The Selfish Gene) Neale Donald Walsch (Conversations With God), Ela Gandhi (Daughter of Mahatma Gandhi) Nadine Gordimer, Arthur Blessitt (The Man Who Carried The Cross Around The World In Every Nation), Psychic and Prophet Aaron C. Donahue, leading literary figures such as John Sandford, Graham Hancock, Bruce Feiler and other authors too numerous to mention.

On the Sunday evening show, she interviewed me (Liz McIntyre) about the book Spychips, as well as Dr. Steven Covey (author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) and author David Plotz of The Genius Factory.

Thanks to everyone who is helping us spread the word about the serious privacy and civil liberties implications of RFID around the world!

- Liz McIntyre

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March 16, 2006

Coast to Coast listeners are the best!

We have been overwhelmed with email from my appearance on Coast to Coast AM this morning. I can't say enough thanks to all of you who have joined CASPIAN, ordered our book, and offered to volunteer. Together, we are going to have a huge impact on the direction of this country.

Don't forget to go to www.noNais.org and take the action steps on the home page to prevent the farm registration and animal tagging program from going into effect.

Gratefully,
Katherine

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March 11, 2006

Aaron Russo's new movie is a hit!

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March 4, 2006

Hollywood Showing Overwhelmed
1000 Show For Russo Screening
of "America.From Freedom to Fascism"

On Thursday evening, approximately 1000 Americans gathered in Hollywood to view producer Aaron Russo's compelling new feature film on the ongoing battle for Freedom inside America.

The Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills, which seats almost 500, was overwhelmed by the overflow crowd which in the end, was forced to wait outside in a long line stretching down the block until WTP Chairman Bob Schulz and Aaron Russo reworked the agenda in order to accommodate two showings of the film, "America ... From Freedom to Fascism" that evening.

All told, the approximately 750 who got to see the screenings were markedly enthusiastic, and as at previous screenings elsewhere, gave the film and Russo rousing ovations....

Following the showing this Sunday in Atlanta the next showings of Russo's new film will be next weekend in Medford/Ashland, Oregon (Sat. 3/11) and Portland, Oregon (Sunday 3/12) and Spokane Washington (Monday evening 3/13). The following weekend (March 18/19) the film screens in Chicago, Illinois and Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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While I'm not really a tax protester, I am very familiar with Aaron Russo's new film because I flew to Los Angeles to spend a day filming a segment for it last year. (I also got to meet fellow author and muckraker G. Edward Griffin, above, who is in the film, while I was there.)

Libertarian director Aaron Russo is a gruff, likeable bulldog with a heart of gold. I can't say enough good about my experience working with him on this film.

I am so glad the movie is coming to New Hampshire and I can't wait to see how it all turned out.

More information on Aaron Russo's Movie:

* Watch the trailer (I'm in it!):
http://www.freedomtofascism.com/

* Check the showing schedule:
http://www.givemeliberty.org/RTPLawsuit/Misc/RussoEventSchedule.htm

- Katherine Albrecht

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March 9, 2006

Coming down the doctoral home stretch!

For the last few months, when I haven't been doing radio interviews I've been frantically crunching data and writing up the first draft of my doctoral dissertation. I've already passed my orals, so as soon as I polish the draft into a publishable thesis, I will don the flamingo-colored Harvard doctoral robe and graduate this June with my Doctorate in Education. (Finally.) Hooray!

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The topic of my research is supermarket frequent shopper or "loyalty" cards, the issue that got me started on the consumer privacy kick back in 1999. (See http://www.nocards.org) What I discovered by surveying shoppers in several states was quite surprising -- essentially, nobody knows the supermarket is collecting their data when they scan a shopper card.

When we surveyed several hundred people across five states and asked them, essentially, "Do stores use cards to make a record of your individual purchases?" 75% o them answered incorrectly. This is amazing news. It means people are unknowingly handing their data to the marketers and retailers -- not doing so willingly, as the industry would like to have us believe.

-Katherine Albrecht

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October 29, 2004

The Blog

Here we go!

After years of resisting it, I'm finally starting a blog. My goal is to share the news and experiences that get me thinking, learning, fuming, smiling, or pondering over a new aspect of the retail privacy problem, and, when time permits, to share my thoughts on what we should be doing about it.

I hope you find these thoughts interesting and useful.

In freedom,
Katherine Albrecht

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