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Catch today’s newest episode of Waking Up Orwell featuring a NASHUP or News Mashup with Lady Gaga, Dylan Rattigan, Ron Paul and sound bites from the film  The Best Government Money Can Buy.

Pinellas FL County courts find Real ID can be a “Willey” matter

BTC – Adrian Wyllie, the Chair for the Libertarian Party of Florida, has become a burr in the side of the Pinellas County criminal justice system. His offense? Driving without a Real ID certified license in the State of Florida. After over 2 months public provocation, the sheriffs department issued a citation.

Wyllie had his day in court- the results should surprise anyone. We are joined in a discussion with Mr. Wyllie over these current events.

The legal battle over Real ID certified licenses in the State of Florida will continue to be challenged in a recently sponsored Tallahassee based legislation, HB 109 (R-Larry Ahern).


More sea changes for Waking Up Orwell include basic ad revenues


Dear Readers,

Bad things happen to good people everyday. Waking Up Orwell was narrowing on adding it’s air content to a Seattle metro station, when a sponsor was unable to monetarily sustain their end of the agreement. It’s a tough time for a lot of businesses right now; but it is also a really tough time for Waking Up Orwell.

Our broadcast goals are very tough to do on a low-to-no budget, but it is important not to settle for Internet broadcasts when you can really do better. We feature the high-pitched sounds of alarm on electronic privacy and ways you can manage on your own two feet.  We are your call to defend yourself from data surveillance and arbitrary government intrusion.

We intend to continue to serve and empower you.

We have shelved almost everything else to devote time and effort to shopping this program to the right affiliates and porting in the program to be a success this Summer. It wouldn’t be the first time in broadcast history for a sponsor to default on a contract or agreement when it came time to deliver. All the more reason we really need your referrals and assistance to support sponsorship of Waking Up Orwell. 

We need sponsors now to move forward and to reclaim our airspace duties.

The Seattle Metro area is an at risk community for arbitrary digital surveillance. Washington State has been one to consider the impacts of digital privacy only after it impacts the community. You could say they have a “privacy blind spot” when it comes to municipalities and their budgets. Supporting Waking Up Orwell’s programming in this region will encourage local businesses and local leaders to put consumer and public privacy higher in the list of considerations before opting-in more blanket surveillance tools, like the new FBI surveillance Iris and Fingerprint appliances for iPods.

Alt-media denizens, like myself, will provide the missing voice of community advocates in towns where there are dense populations of H1BV or highly skilled immigrant workers present in the US on a very specific work visa. These populations are very quiet and will not speak up or oppose federal prying into the communities they share with busy citizens. It is up to you and me to stand up and make privacy a front and center feature in these places.

There is no better way to make yourself heard than to get your voice on the local radio dial when people are listening in.

Support Waking Up Orwell’s voice today, by visiting our multimedia website: to refer contributors to keeping us on the air.

Thank you and many happy returns.

For Waking Up Orwell and,

Sheila Dean

BTC- I know I’m being evasive about the radio program.  It’s because every time I open my mic, someone gets really pissed off.  The details will be there when they are there. Patience.

READY…. SET…. GO!  On KPDO 89.3 fm Pescadero

AHOY! LAND.. ye scurvey pirates!!

BTC – It looks like Wednesdays 10 AM  – Noon  PST are THE good day to broadcast Waking Up Orwell up the Golden Coast.

Waking Up Orwell, the dystopian program you all know and love, will re-broadcast in South Bay and Penninsula.   The show is looking for the following:

  • Guests
  • Segment Sponsors and special reports
  • Station affiliates for syndicated programming
  • Station Underwriters
  • Volunteers for press, web and promotion 
  • Activists networking (for D.I.Y Government segments, specials and PSAs) 

Waking Up Orwell will continue to be featured initially online via   Waking Up Orwell’s website is still under construction.

NOW… please support KPDO by sending $$$ support to develop KPDO’s youth programming.  

BTC –  This is the first blog post in over 2 weeks. Due to a very unexpected and treacherous downturn in my health I took some time off.  I learned a lot about the endocrine system and the benefits of a very awesome raw food liquid diet.  Exercise and a daily sauna is now becoming part of all of this.

I am very happy to report that progress is being made on Waking Up Orwell. Broadcasts are expected to resume this fall.  Keep checking back for details on that.  Podcasts will still be the first available news from due to resume in the next 2 weeks.  A new website is being worked on exclusively for WUO so more radio affiliates can be involved.  Happy to say, I am still tinkering on the analog technology known as a “book” even as I resume my show.  Renewed vitality helps.

Much good is expected.

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Thanks again for reading Beat The Chip.

Your Wonky Editor,

Sheila Dean

WHOIS Evan Ratliff?

On the lamm with WIRED’s Evan Ratliff

AUDIO::: TAX RELIEF SPECIAL: The Story of evading a WIRED identity 

BTC – For Tax Day only, we are switching from our regular formatted programming to bring you a special talk with Evan Ratliff, a co-editor for WIRED Magazine who created an assignment to disappear with strategic aims to not be found. WIRED’s sponsored contest had escalating tiers of money for the digital bounty hunter who could track down and catch Ratliff in his remote locations. 

Evan was in and out of disguises for the duration of his extended assignment. He toured with a band, became a semi-granola hippie and even adopted a disguise as balding stereotype in a suit to evade getting “caught” for prize money. He shares a very unique story of how he did his best to evade being actively identified by those who tracked him down with arcane and creative digital clues. Relax, as much as you can, in this moderately paranoid yet entertaining tale of public evasion. 


Ratliff is a freelance journalist whose writing appears in Wired magazine, The New Yorker, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Outside, Discover, Men’s Journal, New York, and many other publications. A contributing editor for Wired, he is the co-author of Safe: The Race to Protect Ourselves in a Newly Dangerous World (HarperCollins, 2005), about innovation and counterterrorism. A former fellow at both the International Reporting Project and the Japan Foreign Press Center, he has reported from Russia, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Brazil, and elsewhere on science and technology, the environment, terrorism, politics, and transnational crime.


Senators Raise Privacy Concerns About Body Scanner Technology 
c/o EPIC

Three United States Senators have written a letter to Secretary Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security, urging the Department to reconsider the whole body scanners currently planned for U.S. airports. Senators Collins (R-ME), Kyl (R-AZ), and Chambliss (R-GA) encouraged Secretary Napolitano to consider “auto-detection” devices instead of human screeners to address privacy concerns. The Senators noted that the current technology allows airport officials to “view detailed images of passengers’ bodies” and also that other systems could “save the government and airports money on physical space for screening.” 

Restrictive Immigration Policies Confound Security 
c/o Cato FLOGGER Jim Harper

Shuttering GITMO, not this week but “as quickly as we can” says AG Holder

Senator Leahy seems to be pushing for more Patriot Act oversights

TRACKING WINOS: Winemakers pitched on RFID to ward off “fraudulent wines”

Wikileaks Collateral Murder video – if you haevn’t seen it yet.

A speed camera causes an accident

PARAMILITARY BACON ALERT … according to microblogger Tracy Ward, the Kansas City Police Department is seeking to stock up parts of the city with ShotSpotter misery.

“KCPD and Councilwoman Cathy Jolly are seeking federal taxpayer money ($2 million) to turn Emanuel Cleaver’s porkulus project “KC Green Impact Zone” into something that more closely resembles the Baghdad “Green Zone” with a new surveillance system from ShotSpotter.”  Hearsay?  We’ll be looking for the details in the days to come.