CHAPTER 1: 001-01-0001

When the day comes that you lay How to Deceive to rest it is essential that you preserve the information you walk away with and keep it like a gun in a holster. This book is your weapon against the future, the talisman that keeps you out of the system, and that system being any and every database that stores your personal information.

Realistically I cannot keep you out of every database but would sure wish I did have that power. This chapter is very important and shows how we as humans and citizens became catalogued like cattle on a farm. 0001-01-0001 is one of the earliest social security number assigned it looks like binary code and it is obvious to me that this was the first step of digitizing Americans.

Remember, Big Brother and Big Business does not create things for our benefit. They are created for either profit or some type of social control. So before you click yes to downloading or accepting the terms of service keep in mind that there is always a man behind the curtain who has other plans for your information.

English: Detail of Preamble to Constitution of...

English: Detail of Preamble to Constitution of the United States Polski: Fragment preambuły Konstytucji Stanów Zjednoczonych (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The birth of social security numbers came in the mid-thirties when Big Brother devised the New Deal Social Security program. This program focused on the three R’s: Relief, Recovery and Reform. And in less than three months over twenty five million social security numbers were assigned. The original purpose of the number was to be able to track an individual’s accounts in the social security program and bring everyone under the Interstate Commerce Clause of the US Constitution. Yes, perhaps this was a great idea nearly a hundred years ago, however, now the social security number has turned into our digital identity. You are not you; you are your number. There are no people. There is only a sea of floating (and drowning) numbers.

The Commerce clause sounds like circular mumbo jumbo that the average individual probably cannot comprehend, and I don’t mean it as an insult. It just seems that we should be able to understand the laws that govern us. Or maybe they should have a section for guys like me called the “No Mumbo Jumbo” section; just strait up how to for dummy’s section. Check it out.

THE COMMERCE CLAUSE

The Commerce Clause is an enumerated power listed in the United States Constitution under Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3. It states that the United States Congress shall have power “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.” Courts and commentators have tended to discuss each other these three areas of commerce as a separate power granted to Congress. It is not uncommon to see the Commerce Clause mentioned as “The Foreign Commerce Clause”, “The Interstate Commerce Clause”, and “The Indian Commerce Clause”, each of which refers to a different application of the same sentence in the Constitution.

ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8 OF THE US CONSTITUTION

The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imports and Excises in order to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States of America; [Altered by Amendment XVI “Income Tax”].

To be honest there is much more to the Commerce Clause. I suggest that you take the time to educate yourself because if we were to go over it all, this fascinating read you are experiencing would turn into a textbook study session, and that’s no fun for anyone. However, I do believe the first line in Article 1, Section 8 tells plenty. It reads that Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes. It appears that somewhere along the mix there was a politician behind the curtain saying, “Hey, we can keep track of who owes us money by assigning numbers!” In reality it should have been named not the social security number but the Tax Collection Number. This number that began with the idea of providing social security has been changed, rearranged and deranged into a control number that we need in order to have the most basic services that a human must have.

Most people who know me think I’m just a loud mouth liberal afraid of government control. Hmm… maybe they are not too far off. Seriously though I dig the idea of America and freedom. For example, on my back—shoulder to shoulder—I sport a tattoo that reads freedom. Then—on my ankle—a professional tattoo in Chinese reads to deceive again. I guess there is some sort of theme going on in my ink. The idea of capturing the American dream in the land of opportunity is sexy. It gives us hope. But the truth is that if you do not have a nicely polished social security number you will have some major problems accomplishing those desires in order to grab at that dream. The stars get further away if that SS# of yours has a bad FICO which measures your credit risk. Try getting the dream with a crappy FICO.

Right now I am sitting in my home, looking around and I realize that my electric company wanted my social security number to turn on my electricity. The cable company also wanted my social security number to get HBO so I can watch Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm. The water company wanted my number too. Shouldn’t water be free? It’s a human need. Yet being short on cash I had to charge my big screen TV, and Visa needed my social security number. In order to live in these cool digs I had I had to provide my social security number. The home, motorcycle and car insurance companies wanted my social security number. The freaking publisher wanted my social security number so they can pay me to write this book. I am social security numbered out!

Is this really a social security number? Or is it a number to provide credit card companies and lending institutions security from those with less polished numbers? I guess the tarnished need not apply.

DID YOU KNOW?

Social Security cards, up until the 1980s, expressly stated that the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everything in the United States now has a number it has become convenient to use it anyway. Needless to say, the message was removed.

Here we are, seventy-five years since the first social security card was issued to John David Sweeney, Jr. Oh, how things have changed. Big Brother and Big Business have found a tremendous amount of uses for the nine dastardly numbers. Also to obtain a driver’s license one must provide a social security number, to obtain a voters registration card in some states the number is needed.

DID YOU KNOW?

Auto insurance companies are now running credit reports on the insured and utilizing a person’s credit score to evaluate the premium. Dig this… my credit sucks but I have not had a moving violation in over twenty years. Like the song says. “Living in America!”

But fear not good citizens, HAVA will protect your social security number…

HAVA: the Help America Vote Act of 2002, P.L. 107-252 (HAVA). This requires States to verify the information of newly registered voters for Federal elections. Each State must establish a computerized statewide voter registration list and verify new voter information with the States Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).

By Frank M. Ahearn & Kyle Dowling

George Orwell who wrote the Preface to How to Deceive

George Orwell who wrote the Preface to How to Deceive, the New Times Bestseller, was finally going to be interviewed by Stephen Colbert.

In the audience were comics and political newscasters of all sorts. Bill Maher accompanied by Cornell West and Ann Coulter. Maher had originally tried to secure the interview but Colbert managed to steal it away with a case of his Ben & Jerry’s Americone Dream Ice Cream. Also in the crowd was Jon Stewart next to Bill O’Reilly, the two arguing over the armrest between them. Eventually O’Reilly ceded since the armrest was too much in the middle for his liking, and in the back sat Geraldo Rivera twirling his mustache, praying for Colbert to blow the interview.

“This one’s for you, Papa Bear,” said Colbert to O’Reilly as he headed up to the hot seat. He accepted the claps and cheers, many happening because of the ‘Applause’ sign. He then lowered into his chair and sat across the table from the legendary writer, refusing to shake his hand as Orwell stuck it out.

American comedian and television show host Ste...

American comedian and television show host Stephen Colbert. Photographed June 3, 2006 at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Now you wrote the novel 1984, correct?” he continued with Orwell nodding. “Well, my friend let me tell you something. I’ve got some problems with it. I don’t remember 1984 quite the way you described it. Let me tell you a little something about my 1984, about what I remember because let’s not forget, my brain is outstanding.”

Stephen’s finger pressed against the wooden table, “In 1984 President Reagan announced he would seek a second term—a great time for America. The Senate rejected amendments to permit spoken prayer in public schools—not such a great time for old glory. The CIA’s Information Act passed which secured America’s safety… and you can see how that’s panned out.”

Colbert moved on as Orwell simply sat and listened. “And in 1984 the US and Iraq regained diplomatic relations, a clever ruse even back then.” He breathed. “There was no dystopian society, no Winston Smith, no thought-crime. There were hair bands, Madonna and David Lee Roth demonstrating the spin kicks.

Stephen pulled up the copy of How to Deceive. Opening to the preface page he stated, “You wrote the preface to this book. In it you said, and I quote, ‘How to Deceive is the most important book of 2012. Read it; study it. The words between the covers will be remembered and referenced for years to come.’ Well, frankly, I’m afraid that’s hogwash. This coming from a man who lived in France and wrote about farm animals. I believe, sir, that YOU have deceived us with your rubbish thoughts.”

“Here, here,” shouted O’Reilly from the crowd. Dirty looks spread about, never penetrating his rough exterior. Colbert kept on laying the grit to the writer, “You, Mr. Orwell—master of newspeak—shame on you!” He held up the book, “This book, How to Deceive, is propaganda. Don’t you see?”

Orwell attempted to say something but was cut off, “Not yet sir. You’ll have your turn.” Colbert continued, “Now I don’t know much about Ahearn and Dowling—they don’t have an iPhone app—but I can tell you this. These guys are rabble-rousers. They are teaching America to lie, telling Americans to create false identities to deceive government and big business because they claim the two deceive us in turn.”

Colbert proceeded. “We are not being lied to, sir. The case of Goldman Sachs was an accident, poor judgment. Who hasn’t had a bad day? City Bank, Bear Sterns, AIG, AmTrust Bank, Mutual Bank, Colonial Bank… Mr. Orwell, can you not see the propaganda of this book?” He slammed down the book.

“Now what do you have to say for yourself, Jorge,” asked Colbert? Orwell leaned forward from the chair. “Stephen, if you tell a lie big enough, and tell it frequently…” he paused. “It will be believed. That is the message of How to Deceive”.

“Which novel is that from, sir; the one about disobedient farm animals or the one about disobedient humans,” asked Colbert?

Orwell stated “Adolf Hitler…”

By Frank M. Ahearn & Kyle Dowling