05/30/2005: Thought for the Day:
This is from a mailing list I subscribe to. The author is a middle-aged-to-senior female, several children, homemaker, and seemingly the last person on earth who should be worried about her profile:
And there are some precautions; I shop online with credit card, but my in-person day-to-day purchases are usually made with cash, so I do not leave a trail of gasoline receipts or other such petty stuff. I take enough money with me, so that I am not constantly hitting the ATM. If, when traveling, I need cash, I give the hotel a check for it rather than use a machine; it usually takes them days to cash it, and the hotel could be traced in any event. Ever since the Patriot Act passed, I buy books with a political orientation only in bookstores for cash. These are small things--habit now, rather than preoccupation.
My profile is Very Low. I keep remembering what my father-in-law, who was a very wise and overeducated type, always said: "Never think that it can't happen here. It may not, but the possibility should always be at the back of your mind."
So maybe I really am paranoid. I just assume that I am not because it's the government (and influences thereupon) I distrust rather than my neighbors or the space aliens.
Len on 05.30.05 @ 10:45 AM CST