Nothing to Hide

I am so tired of the “if you have nothing to hide, why not give a DNA sample/allow the cops to search your car/reveal your online identity?”

Everyone has something they would want to have hidden. EVERYONE. Let me spin a hypothetical:

Saturday you take your spouse and two kids to the theater to see a Disney Movie. Nothing more innocent in the world, right? Right after the previews start, a gaggle of giggling teens let their friends in through the emergency door.

You’re annoyed, but no big deal.

SOMEWHERE ELSE in the building, a horrific crime occurs. One where DNA will be a critical piece of information in finding and convicting the perp. Your room had those teens sneak in, so there’s a possibility the perp snuck in with them. The cops cordon off the building, and let everyone go only after taking a swab of their cheek.

Awful experience, so you take the family out for ice cream.

FIVE YEARS LATER, you’ve been laid off, through no fault of your own. You’ve never been sick in your life. You are a dream potential employee. But no one will hire you. “Health reasons.” you get it again and again.

Turns out, a year after you went to the movie, the town privatized their police force. To that private police force went the database full of everyone’s DNA profiles from the movie theater. They sell this database on to someone else. And the insurance company now has access to it.

You have the DNA markers for Alzheimer’s. You’re over 65, so Alzheimer’s is now a real worry. You cannot get a job. But you did nothing wrong. You’ve been a model citizen your entire life. You’ve now lost your house. Your spouse has left you.

Are you SURE you don’t have anything to hide? Wouldn’t it be nice if there were laws to protect you from this sort of thing? Don’t you wish there’d been a chance for you to check that database? Wouldn’t you have liked to know that database even EXISTS?

Now, any number of holes in this story. For instance, there ARE privacy laws like HIPAA for health data, and PCI for credit card data.

Now I’ll do a Google Search for “data breach” “2015.” About 766,000 results (0.32 seconds)

Privacy is important. It matters. It could mean everything to you. Tomorrow.

Further reading:
You May Have 'Nothing to Hide' But You Still Have Something to Fear
Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide'


Well, friends, the time has come for me to look for a job.

Don't worry! Howling Moose Gardens is still a thing.

I'm looking for a temporary/flex/remote job to sustain the home fires (e.g. Jones) while HMG is on winter hiatus.

I'm hoping for a writing job, but something technical (technical writing?), something at a food coop, or even flipping cappuccinos would fill the bill.

I'm on a few job boards, and hitting the pavement. If anyone has a lead, let me know!

Pics from Minnesota windstorm of June 21, 2013

Trees down by my house. Both of those boulevard trees are as mature as the rest in the pic. Both had their roots cut and sidwewalk redone by the city recently.

Same size tree, just down the block. See how the sidewalk was redone? The tree going down SHOULD have destroyed the entire sidewalk, but they cut the roots. Only trees whose roots were cut fell, at least on my block.

Windstorm Cleanup.

Entire album here.

Thank GOD there was no damage to my house, but this is my neighbor's garage:

All is well

Just wanted to let everyone know, even though my part of town got hit pretty hard by the storm last night, Jones and I are perfectly fine. My house is undamaged. My trees, on the other hand... =) I doubt I'll have power in the next few days, but I should be finding coffee shops etc. to inhabit to keep my electronic life going.

My cell phone is powered, if anyone needs to call.

Come help build my aquaponics system

I'm having "farm work days" out at my aquaponics greenhouse. Building the infrastructure is taking a lot longer than I planned (bad planning...) If you're interested, there are jobs for all skill levels, from painting to power tools. See or the Howling Moose Gardens blog for more info.

A taste of what would be in store...

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Or, just come out for a tour!
bloody computer

NBC = Blowj0bs R us? New show - Free Agents

Yes, I have been living under a rock for the last few months, as I try to get my new business up and running. But NBC, WTF are you thinking? Here's the advertising image for their new fall show, "Free Agents."

I assume it's a comedy. All I can see is "Hank Azaria gets a blowjob." Thanks, NBC, for reminding us that sexual harassment is the only thing women are good for in the workplace.

Aquaponics blogging has moved

So, now that Howling Moose Gardens is a real thing, and I'm actively spending my days doing it, I've started a business blog for it, over at

I've recently posted a video, an invitation to work days, and some random blathering.

Please also note, Howling Moose gardens is also on Twitter, Facebook (although that's mostly a feed of the twitter stream), and the most active spot for HMG goodness is on the Backyard Aquaponics forum thread.