Tag Archives: Liberty

No taxation without nectarization

The latest craze among those determined to tell the world how to live is the idea that unhealthy food should be taxed at a higher rate. The latest manifestation of this is proposed sin taxes on non-diet soft drinks.

Rick Robins has some interesting thoughts regarding this idea:

This proposed tax on sugary drinks has other problems beyond those of most sin taxes. For starters, what exactly is a ‘sugary drink’? Obviously most regular sodas would qualify as being in that category. However, in recent years consumers have already been turning away from regular sodas in favor of healthier options such as diet sodas, flavored waters and the varieties of teas now available. Energy drinks could also qualify for this category given that most of them contain large amounts of sugar and caffeine. Some might even suggest that coffee could qualify as a sugary drink but that is not necessarily true. During a recent trip to McDonalds I ordered a large coffee and asked for two creams and two sugars be put in it. Another customer also ordered a large coffee but he asked to have eight sugars and four creams in his. Just hearing that order made my teeth start to ache! But therein lies yet another dilemma – would the tax on his super-sugary coffee be higher than my slightly-sugary one? And if it were, would I have to begin a “No taxation without nectarization” protest movement?

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Religious Ed

Paul Madsen relates Deism, Theism, and Atheism to various identity notions such as SAML, Info Cards, and Liberty. How about:

Polytheism – OpenID

Mythology – Kerberos

Animism – Biometrics

Cargo cultism – smart cards

 Necromancy – WS-Federation

House of Cards

As both a Liberty Dude and an Info Cardian, I am really enjoying a recent thread (Pamela’s post is here, and Paul’s response is here) that covers trust issues and level of assurance for authentication. But then Phil Hunt has to go and bring the Identity Oracle into it.

Phil makes some good points here, but he is conflating different kinds of claims about a person. Specifically he is conflating claims that a person can make about themselves and claims that must be made by a third party.

First party claims such as personal info can and should be made directly by the consumer who owns them. Information Cards provide a convenient way to do that. I see no compelling business case for a third party to make first party claims in a B2C scenario.

Let me put this in a personal way. I own my personal data. I don’t want to depend on a third party to decide who gets my personal data and who doesn’t. I don’t want a third party involved and I see no reason they should be. If that’s not user-centric, then I don’t want user-centric.

And Phil also makes a mistake I have seen often when discussing Identity Oracles and credit scores. The mistake is saying an identity oracle can divulge whether your credit is good enough for the purposes of the transaction without divulging your credit score itself. I don’t believe that is possible in practice. If you say “Jeff’s credit score is as good as %90 of the people who have not defaulted on a loan of that amount”, then you have for practical purposes divulged Jeff’s credit score. 

(Mirrored from TalkBMC)

Jeff the Bard on Self-Issued Cards

Never read your child Dr. Seuss and then stay up late writing about Information Cards. You might have a nightmare that goes something like this (with apologies to Theodor Seuss Geisel)

Bard is Jeff
Bard is Jeff
Jeff is Bard

That Jeff-the-Bard!
That Jeff-the-Bard!
I do not like
that Jeff-the-Bard!

Do you like
self-issued cards?

I do not like them,
Jeff-the-Bard.
I do not like
self-issued cards.

Would you like them
here or there?

I would not like them
here or there.
I would not like them
anywhere.
I do not like
self-issued cards.
I do not like them,
Jeff-the-Bard.

Would you use them
in your house?
Would you use them
with your mouse?

I do not like them
in my house.
I do not like them
with my mouse.
I do not like them
here or there.
I do not like them
anywhere.
I do not like self-issued cards.
I do not like them, Jeff-the-Bard.

Would you use them
‘cause of SOX?
Would you use them
with Firefox?

Not ‘cause of SOX.
Not with Firefox.
Not in my house.
Not with my mouse.
I would not use them here or there.
I would not use them anywhere.
I would not use self-issued cards.
I do not like them, Jeff-the-Bard.

Would you? Could you?
At a bank?
Use them! Use them!
I’ll be frank!

I would not,
could not,
at a bank.

You may like them.
I’ve been shown.
You may like them
on a phone!

I would not, could not on a phone.
Not at a bank! You leave me alone.

I do not like them ‘cause of SOX.
I do not like them with Firefox.
I do not like them in my house.
I do not like them with my mouse.
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere.
I do not like self-issued cards.
I do not like them, Jeff-the-Bard.

A blog! A blog!
A blog! A blog!
Could you, would you,
on a blog?

Not on a blog! Not on a phone!
Not at a bank! Jeff! Leave me alone!

I would not, could not, ‘cause of SOX.
I could not, would not, with Firefox.
I will not use them with my mouse.
I will not use them in my house.
I will not use them here or there.
I will not use them anywhere.
I do not use self-issued cards.
I do not like them, Jeff-the-Bard.

Say!
With Explorer?
There in Explorer!
Would you, could you, with Explorer?

I would not, could not,
with Explorer.

Would you, could you, with Safari?

I would not, could not,
with Safari.
Not with Explorer. Not with Safari.
Not at a bank. Not on a phone.
I do not like them, Sam, you’ve known.
Not in my house. Not ‘cause of SOX.
Not with my mouse. Not with Firefox.
I will not use them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere!

You do not like
self-issued cards?

I do not
like them,
Jeff-the-Bard.

Could you, would you,
with OpenID?

I would not,
could not,
with OpenID!

Would you, could you,
in Liberty?

I could not, would not, in Liberty.
I will not, will not, with OpenID.
I will not use them richer or poorer.
I will not use them with Explorer.
Not with Explorer! Not on a phone!
Not at a bank! You leave me alone!
I do not like them ‘cause of SOX.
I do not like them with Firefox.
I will not use them in my house.
I do not like them with my mouse.
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them ANYWHERE!

I do not like
self-issued cards!
I do not like them,
Jeff-the-Bard.

You do not like them.
So you say.
Try them! Try them!
And you may.
Try them and you may, I say.

Jeff!
If you will let me be,
I will try them.
You will see.

Say!
I like self-issued cards!
I do! I like them, Jeff-the-Bard!
And I would use them in Liberty.
And I would use them with OpenID…

And I will use them as I log.
In with Explorer. And on a Blog.
And at a bank. And on a phone.
They are so good, so good, you’ve know!

So I will use them ‘cause of SOX.
And I will use them with Firefox.
And I will use them in my house.
And I will use them with my mouse.
And I will use them here and there.
Say! I will use them ANYWHERE!

I do so like
self-issued cards!
Thank you!
Thank you,
Jeff-the-Bard!

(Mirrored from TalkBMC)