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In the wake of the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, cybersecurity is suddenly top of mind across the country. Not wanting to let a good crisis go to waste, President Biden ordered an overhaul of federal software systems on Wednesday. But if that already sounds like a bit too much of a top-down approach, you’ll be disappointed to hear that it doesn’t stop there.
Article by Patrick Carroll from FEE.
“The Biden administration is looking to require companies to upgrade cybersecurity measures as part of its $2.3 trillion infrastructure spending plan in the wake of the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline,” the Washington Examiner reports. “The administration is interested in requiring that grant recipients implement cybersecurity protections and in issuing tax credits for such improvements.”
“Part of the expectation for local authorities, states, or other bodies seeking to get funding is that there be robust cybersecurity, resilience, and planning written into that,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said. “This is not an extra. This is not a luxury. This is not an option. This has to be core to how we secure our critical infrastructure.”
On the surface, it’s easy to think that this move is unequivocally good. After all, who is against cybersecurity? But the thing we have to remember here is that resources are scarce. If more resources will be spent on cybersecurity, then less resources have to be spent somewhere else.
So, what is being sacrificed in order to make these improvements possible? What quality standards or other projects will we have to forego? They don’t say, of course. They never mention the costs. And that’s precisely the problem.
The question here isn’t whether cybersecurity is important. That’s obvious. The question is about trade-offs. What will we have to give up for this increased cybersecurity, and is that cost really worth it?
These are questions that governments don’t like to answer, which is bad enough in its own right. But more than that, these are questions that governments are simply not equipped to answer, even if they wanted to.
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Only consumers know what trade-offs they are willing to make in terms of quality, affordability, and security. But the way consumers make these preferences known is through market interactions. Governments have no way of knowing what will benefit consumers the most. The best they can do is order companies to do things that sound good and hope that it comes close to the actual preferences of consumers.
But hope is not a strategy. If we actually want resources to be allocated in ways that get the trade-offs right, we need to let consumers make their own decisions with their own money.
This development also shows how, as FEE’s Dan Sanchez warned about Biden’s economic plan in July of last year, government “investment” in business leads to government control of business, and moves the country down one of the two paths toward a command economy, as explained by Ludwig von Mises.
“He who pays the piper,” as they say, “calls the tune.”
‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report, Conservative Playbook, and the American Conservative Movement have appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. Both of our YouTube accounts were banned. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Medium canceled us. Apple canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancellation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
The lies associated with Covid-19 are only slightly more prevalent than the suppression of valid scientific information that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We should be allowed to ask questions about the vaccines, for example, as there is ample evidence for concern. One does not have to be an “anti-vaxxer” in order to want answers about vaccines that are still considered experimental and that have a track record in a short period of time of having side-effects, including death. One of our stories about the Johnson & Johnson “vaccine” causing blood clots was “fact-checked” and removed one day before the government hit the brakes on it. These questions and news items are not allowed on Big Tech which is just another reason we are getting canceled.
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There are more topics that they refuse to allow. In turn, we refuse to stop discussing them. This is why we desperately need your help. The best way NOQ, CP, and ACM readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We are on track to be short by about $4100 per month in order to maintain operations.
The second way to help is to become a partner. We’ve strongly considered seeking angel investors in the past but because we were paying the bills, it didn’t seem necessary. Now, we’re struggling to pay the bills. We had 5,657,724 sessions on our website from November, 2020, through February, 2021. Our intention is to elevate that to higher levels this year by focusing on a strategy that relies on free speech rather than being beholden to progressive Big Tech companies.
During that four-month stretch, Twitter and Facebook accounted for about 20% of our traffic. We are actively working on operating as if that traffic is zero, replacing it with platforms that operate more freely such as Gab, Parler, and others. While we were never as dependent on Big Tech as most conservative sites, we’d like to be completely free from them. That doesn’t mean we will block them, but we refuse to be beholden to companies that absolutely despise us simply because of our political ideology.
We’re heading in the right direction and we believe we’re ready talk to patriotic investors who want to not only “get in on the action” but more importantly who want to help America hear the truth. Interested investors should contact me directly with the contact button above.
As the world spirals towards radical progressivism, the need for truthful journalism has never been greater. But in these times, we need as many conservative media voices as possible. Please help keep NOQ Report going.
They’re Trying to Shut Us Down
Over the last several months, I’ve lost count of how many times the powers-that-be have tried to shut us down. They’ve sent hackers at us, forcing us to take extreme measures on web security. They sent attorneys after us, but thankfully we’re not easily intimidated by baseless accusations or threats. They’ve even gone so far as to make physical threats. Those can actually be a bit worrisome but Remington has me covered.
For us to continue to deliver the truth that Americans need to read and hear, we ask you, our amazing audience, for financial assistance. We just launched a GiveSendGo page to help us pay the bills. It’s brand new so don’t be discouraged by the lack of donations there. It’s a funny reality that the fewer the donations that have been made, the less likely people are willing to donate to it. One would think this is counterintuitive, but sometimes people are skeptical because they think that perhaps there’s a reason others haven’t been donating. In our situation, we’re just getting started so please don’t be shy if you have the means to help.
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