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And let this be a small reminder …

  • That store loyalty cards are disloyal to your privacy and your freedom.
  • That, if you must have such cards, you should get them under a fake name and address.
  • That, if you must have such cards, you should cheerfully and frequently trade them with friends who live in other parts of the country.
  • That, if you must have such cards, you should get the physical versions (monkeywrenched as above) and not use “loyalty card” apps on your oh-so-trackable smartphone.
  • That, if you want the discounts, but also your privacy, you can ask the clerk or store manager to ring your purchase on their own card.
  • That loyalty cards never gave anybody a real discount; they merely give cardholders a cut off deliberately inflated prices.
  • That police have forgotten that they require warrants to investigate us.
  • That police are so desperate to suck money out of us that they’ll violate both law and all human decency to get it.
  • That police are far less interested in solving actual crime than they are in sitting back and finding the laziest ways to raise revenue.


Now, with that said, I’m taking off for the weekend. Please don’t forget to use my Amazon Native Ads (which now appear below most, though not all, blog posts) for your online shopping during the month of November. All purchases made through the ads this month earn an extra-extra large commission — and that seems to apply not only to the listed items, but items found via the search box at the bottom of each ad.

Don’t see the ads? Then go ahead and use my regular Amazon links. Otherwise, this month those ads are your friend — and mine.


  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty November 5, 2016 7:20 am

    Have a good weekend! Still can’t see the ads, but the blank space is now longer than the entire blog post! LOL Wish I could see them. sigh

  2. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal November 5, 2016 8:57 am

    I just don’t get that concerned. Now if they were looking at my bank records and all sorts of more personal stuff than my dog, then maybe I might be.
    What makes that oblivious woman think if one is happening, the others aren’t? LOL

  3. He Who Fakes It Well
    He Who Fakes It Well November 6, 2016 10:21 am

    I’ve swapped out loyalty cards since forever. I know we did some swaps at Conclaves back when the Liberty Round Table was active. But…

    About ten years ago I worked at a large facility for a major computer hardware/software company. Place was chock full of programmers who did stuff like write this commercial snoopware. And there was a window ledge with a pile of loyalty cards. Employees would routinely stroll by, drop a card, and pick up another.

    Even for the privacy clueless, that should be a sign.

  4. Desertrat
    Desertrat November 6, 2016 11:13 am

    Sad to see the governmental abuse of a useful thing. (As usual.) Those cards assist the store computers in tracking relative volumes of sales. That allows a more rational system for re-ordering items to stock. Allows a just-in-time delivery system to maintain adequate supplies on the shelves–which promotes customer satisfaction.

    Trouble is, the only important part is the ZIP code. Names and addresses are superfluous.

  5. Phssthpok
    Phssthpok November 6, 2016 5:49 pm

    As I recall, immediately following the 9/11 attacks Safeway coughed up every ‘loyalty card’ file with a middle eastern sounding name on it to the feds without even being asked to do so.

    Haven’t set foot in a Safeway (voluntarily) since.

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