Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Deep Thought of the Day
I guess this is the one thing that keeps people from totally freaking out completely.
Naked Short Selling-- Why Aren't People in Jail?
About a year ago, Goldman Sachs was fined about half a million dollars for naked short selling but no one went to jail.
In a nice moment of synchronicity, as I was typing this, I just saw "Inside Job" win the best documentary award at the Oscars, and the director came up and said how three years after the huge financial scandal (what the movie was about)-- no one has gone to jail!
For the Record
Ah yes, 9/11. The day that changed everything-- that started two major wars, half a dozen smaller wars, killed a million human beings, that started the severe decline of our country-- and the day that 99.99% of public figures don't give a shit about now that the PTB got away with murder.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Louis CK Is Convinced Donald Rumsfeld Is an Alien Lizard Who Eats Babies
Louis CK is awesome.
US General in Afghanistan Deployed Psy-Ops Against US Senators
It is outrageous of course, and the pols are dumb saps, but come on...
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Bosnian Pyramid-- Huge Hoax or Massive Cover-Up of a Historical Bombshell?
This video shows some shots of the site:
However, look at wikipedia on the Bosnian pyramids, and the dissenting sources they have. The establishment seems very intent to label this as a hoax. They may be really trying hard to cover up a major bombshell. Or they are right. Or somewhere in between? I have a really hard time figuring out what is going on here, without delving into the whole matter and studying it for hours. If anyone else has info on this, please share!
(thanks to j for original tip)
Deep Thought of the Day
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Is the Genesis Song "Watcher of the Skies" About the Ultimate PTB?
Watcher of the skies watcher of allSeems like this is from the perspective of the quarantiners, sung to the quarantined, with some allusions to quarantine escape and failing to escape at the end. The lizard shedding its tail seems particularly noteworthy, as the lizard is symbolic for the ultimate PTB, the evil cosmic criminals.
His is a world alone no world is his own,
He whom life can no longer surprise,
Raising his eyes beholds a planet unknown.
Creatures shaped this planets soil,
Now their reign has come to an end,
Has life again destroyed life,
Do they play elsewhere, do they know
More than their childhood games?
Maybe the lizards shed its tail,
This is the end of mans long union with earth.
Judge not this race by empty remains
Do you judge God by his creatures when they are dead?
For now, the lizards shed its tail
This is the end of mans long union with earth.
From life alone to life as one,
Think not now your journeys done
For though your ship be sturdy, no
Mercy has the sea,
Will you survive on the ocean of being?
Come ancient children hear what I say
This is my parting council for you on your way.
Sadly now your thoughts turn to the stars
Where we have gone you know you never can go.
Watcher of the skies watcher of all
This is your fate alone, this fate is your own.
The Shock Doctrine
The basic idea being that any sort of shock-- natural calamity, war or terrorism-- can be used by the PTB to ram down a fairly severe form of capitalism ("unfettered capitalism") on a society. Klein clearly eschews "conspiracy theory" but still seems very smart, is not a dogmatic liberal, and has some interesting points to make. Most notably to me were her explanations of the use of torture, and how the threat of torture is really used to terrorize and subjugate people. Noteworthy, is how the US really advertised the abuse it carried at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, etc. They were sending a message. Basically, the Shock Doctrine technique is one part of the mix used by the PTB to fuck over the people. Though ultimately, this technique is a conspiracy, it doesn't get us too far into deeper conspiracy matters. Nonetheless, still a noteworthy topic.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Raymond Davis-- American Terrorist
Not that what he did is so bad, compared to the endless drone killings resulting in the deaths of hundreds innocents and making the Obama administration guilty of war crimes.
Evil fuckers, all of them.
Anyway, judging from the equipment Davis was carrying, he was either doing targeting for drone strikes, or finding good spots for false-flag bombings. Foul and evil work.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Why Governmental and Corporate Corruption Will Never Be Fixed-- Absent Regime Change?
9/11 is essentially the same way-- so many people and organizations seem to be involved, it's hard to focus on a single perp. Thus in some sense, yes-- the system is so deeply involved, that there is no way for it to investigate and punish itself.
On the other hand, this does seem like a cop out. While thousands of people may be involved in some of these crimes to some degree, there are still key players that made the whole thing possible. These are the ones who must be investigated and prosecuted and sent to jail.
In the example in the link, Angelo Mozilo is clearly a perp who got off because the whole banking system is corrupted, and there were too many perps around him. It seems that the prosecutors couldn't pull the trigger, either because of corruption or overwork or not enough resources. While there really is no excuse for letting a criminal off, it seems they have a much better chance of escaping justice.
Real "regime change" would increase the chance of the 9/11 perps, war perps and banking perps being brought to justice but there are so many variables that there's no guarantee of a good outcome. How likely is regime change anyway?
I still have hopes-- possibly naive but they are still there-- that we can have justice within the system.
Parade of the Sockpuppets
HB Gary people are talking about creating "personas", what we would call sockpuppets. This is not new. PR firms have been using fake "people" to promote products and other things for a while now, both online and even in bars and coffee houses.Raw Story has a similar story.
But for a defense contractor with ties to the federal government, Hunton & Williams, DOD, NSA, and the CIA - whose enemies are labor unions, progressive organizations, journalists, and progressive bloggers, a persona apparently goes far beyond creating a mere sockpuppet.
According to an embedded MS Word document found in one of the HB Gary emails, it involves creating an army of sockpuppets, with sophisticated "persona management" software that allows a small team of only a few people to appear to be many, while keeping the personas from accidentally cross-contaminating each other. Then, to top it off, the team can actually automate some functions so one persona can appear to be an entire Brooks Brothers riot online.
Persona management entails not just the deconfliction of persona artifacts such as names, email addresses, landing pages, and associated content. It also requires providing the human actors technology that takes the decision process out of the loop when using a specific persona. For this purpose we custom developed either virtual machines or thumb drives for each persona. This allowed the human actor to open a virtual machine or thumb drive with an associated persona and have all the appropriate email accounts, associations, web pages, social media accounts, etc. pre-established and configured with visual cues to remind the actor which persona he/she is using so as not to accidentally cross-contaminate personas during use.
And all of this is for the purposes of infiltration, data mining, and (here's the one that really worries me) ganging up on bloggers, commenters and otherwise "real" people to smear enemies and distort the truth.
This is an excerpt from one of the Word Documents, which was sent as an attachment by Aaron Barr, CEO of HB Gary's Federal subsidiary, to several of his colleagues to present to clients:
To build this capability we will create a set of personas on twitter, blogs, forums, buzz, and myspace under created names that fit the profile (satellitejockey, hack3rman, etc). These accounts are maintained and updated automatically through RSS feeds, retweets, and linking together social media commenting between platforms. With a pool of these accounts to choose from, once you have a real name persona you create a Facebook and LinkedIn account using the given name, lock those accounts down and link these accounts to a selected # of previously created social media accounts, automatically pre-aging the real accounts.
Republicans Love Constitution Long Time Baby, Give Good Suckee-Fuckee
Today, Democrats offered a motion to recommit on legislation to extend expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Act to ensure that PATRIOT Act powers are not used to violate the Constitutional freedoms and protections guaranteed to all Americans. The motion included two parts:Sadly, it's only House Dems that are decent, as the Obama administration happily supports this shit, as well as outrageous unconstitutional actions like what was done to Jose Padilla.
No Constitutional shortcuts. When investigating American citizens, the government must comply with the Constitution, even in national security investigations
Challenging unconstitutional action. If a citizen challenges the government's use of PATRIOT Act power in a court of law, the case must be expedited to ensure the individual's rights are upheld.
A total of two House Republicans -- Texas' Ron Paul and North Carolina's Walter Jones -- voted for this, while 234 did not.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Deep Thought of the Day
And I feel fine.
Mike Ruppert, on other hand, wants you to take some survivalist training course.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
That being said, overpopulation is not an insignificant concern unless some free energy source is invented or allowed to be released. It's not that the planet can't sustain 10 billion humans, but the issue is what kind of quality of life would they have-- or the vast majority anyway. The video makes a good point about inequality, and there is going to be massive inequality no matter what the population.
Dear Poor People, Thank You for Going Without Heat So We Can Buy Another Week of War
Dear low-income American,America is so awesome.
I know times are tough. I know many of you saw your savings and home values hurt by Wall Street recklessness. I also know that, with official unemployment above 9 percent, it is tough to find a job, and many have been forced to choose part-time employment that lacks benefits. But as a result of extending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires, the budget deficit has grown.
So, despite your problems, you are going to be “asked” to sacrifice. Your president is planning to cut $2.6 billion from Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps people afford keeping their homes warm during the winter, despite the fact that due to the economic downturn the number of poor people needing help has increased significantly.
As a result of your going without heat next winter, we will be able to afford almost one whole week of fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which cost about $468 million a day. Although when you add in the many hidden costs like increased long-term veteran’s health care due to the conflicts, your sacrifice is probably only really going to cover maybe half a week.
I hope you understand that when we had to choose between providing basic necessities to our citizens or fighting about five more days in Iraq and Afghanistan because of [insert newest justification here], we clearly just had to choose the wars over you.
Democrats in Washington
Monday, February 14, 2011
Our Horrible History, Our Horrible Present
400 women and children were incinerated or boiled to death at 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 13, 1991, when two F-117 stealth fighter-bombers each dropped a 2,000-pound laser-guided “smart bomb” on the civilian shelter at Amiriyah.Sadly, this is not a particularly novel story.
It was one of those highly accurate “surgical strikes.” The first bomb sliced through 10 feet of reinforced concrete before a time-delayed fuse exploded, destroying propane and water tanks for heating water and food.
Minutes later the second bomb flew precisely through the opening that had been cut by the first and exploded deeper in the shelter creating an inferno.
Fire rose from the lower level to the area where the women and children were seeking shelter – and so did the boiling water. Those who did not burn to death immediately or die from the bombs’ impact were boiled or steamed to death in the intense heat.
So seriously-- WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH US?
EVERY DAY THAT THE US WAGES WAR, IS ANOTHER DAY OF FUCKING HORROR.
PLEASE DO SOMETHING TO STOP THIS.
Crazy Loughner "Mug Shot" Not the Real Mug Shot
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Port of San Diego Nukes
Still Bullshit After All These Years0 comments
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Deep Thought of the Day
Friday, February 11, 2011
One Ugly War Criminal
Perfect timing for the "war criminal" shout.
Fuck the fucktards shouting "USA".
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Deep Thought of the Day
Reasonable = wishy-washy
33 of the Day
Otto Rene Rodriguez said that he was given C-4 explosives and $2,000 by (CIA operative) Luis Posada Carriles to enable the bombing at Havana's Melia Cohiba hotel on Aug. 3, 1997. He was later captured in Cuba with 3.3 pounds of C-4 that he said was given to him by Posada.
Alan Grayson Is Very Shrill
REP. GRAYSON: Well I’m in favor of a four-letter foreign policy — MYOB, mind your own business. I think that covers just about any interaction that we need to have with other countries. This idea that we can micromanage our foreign relations, and micromanage the lives of other independent people, I thought that went out with colonialism.Clearly, this man was unfit to be in Congress.
DYLAN: How then do you get there? In other words if you look at American foreign policy right now as defined by George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld in the hours and weeks following 9/11 and everything really having been derived from that grand architecture, how do we even begin a path toward a new foreign policy whether it is your version or anything else?
REP. GRAYSON: Well we begin that task by bringing our troops home. We don’t need to occupy two other countries 8000 miles from our shores, and it has cost an amazing tremendous amount of harm both in dollars and in blood. There was a study that was done a couple of years ago of troops returning to the United States from Iraq. The study found that 15% of all the troops come back from Iraq with permanent brain damage. I am not talking about headaches, I am talking about things that you can see on a CAT scan — and it is permanent. Now we’ve had almost two million Americans serve in Afghanistan, in Iraq. It means, if you do the math, that we’ve heard about a quarter of a million young Americans permanently scared for life for brain damage — and for what? And why do we need to spend four trillion dollars pursuing the war in Iraq? How is that necessary? We are a country now with a net worth about 50 trillion dollars. We spend 8% of all the wealth accumulated over the course of two centuries. And we dropped into the sands of Mesopotamia. It just doesn’t make any sense. We have to bring the troops home — and we have to mind our own business.
DYLAN: What do you see as the greatest political barrier to moving in that direction?
REP. GRAYSON: I think the greatest political barrier is the fact that the right wing keeps throwing up “leaders,” so called “leaders” to prove, I think they have to prove their manhood by invading and lording it those foreign people. And that was basically what was happening with George W Bush. He know that he was AWOL from service for over a year, and he felt that he could somehow cover that up and make up for it by invading two other countries.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Ted Rall-- The Left Needs to Start Embracing Violent Action
The idea is that the left's protests are meaningless without some threat of violence or rioting. It's hard to disagree, actually. The whole interview is worth listening to, imo.
Holy Crap Watch
“A quarter of U.S. homes are underwater.”Aww, fuck that. What we really need is more tax cuts for the rich!!!!
The number of U.S. homes worth less than their outstanding mortgage jumped in the fourth quarter as prices fell and lenders seized fewer properties from delinquent borrowers, Zillow Inc. said in a report today.
About 15.7 million homeowners had negative equity, also known as being underwater, at the end of the year, up from 13.9 million in the previous three months, the Seattle-based real estate information company said. The total represented 27 percent of mortgaged single-family homes, the highest in Zillow data dating to the first quarter of 2009.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Our Man in Egypt: Omar Suleiman
The intelligence chief tapped by Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak as his vice president and potential successor aided the U.S. with its rendition program, intelligence experts told ABC News, and oversaw the torture of an Al Qaeda suspect whose information helped justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq. (snip) Ron Suskind, author of the book The One Percent Doctrine, called Suleiman the "hit man" for the Mubarak regime. He told ABC News that when the CIA asked Suleiman for a DNA sample from a relative of Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Suleiman offered the man's whole arm instead. (snip) Suskind said Suleiman "was our point man in Egypt for many years. Everything went through Omar. We never had to talk to anyone else. When we wanted someone to be tortured, we'd send him to Egypt to have them tortured. We wanted to get intelligence and we didn't need it to be stuff that could be doublechecked."So much for true reform and "democracy". Disgusting.
"As chief of the Mukhabarat, or General Intelligence Directorate," said John Sifton, who authored the 2007 Human Rights Watch report on torture conducted by Egypt's other intelligence agency, SSI, Suleiman oversaw joint intelligence operations with the CIA and other Arab countries "which featured illegal renditions and tortures of dozens of detainees."
Monday, February 07, 2011
Deep Thought of the Day
Odd 9/11 Observation #9243
But one thing you rarely ever hear is the name of the original UA pilot for UA175-- Victor Saracini.
The odd thing (for me anyway) is that that the name Saracini immediately conjures up the word "Saracen".
Saracen is essentially synonymous with muslim.
So it's ironic that the most famous 9/11 plane was piloted officially by a muslim after the hijacking, and even before, by a muslim, via the name of the pilot. Either this is just an amazing coincidence, or some weird synchronicity, or something planned as an inside joke.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Kudos to ...
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Three Second Hit Fly-By Witnesses0 comments
People Who Sucked Above the Call of Duty, Recently
SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas-- for violating tax law for 20 years or more.
Donald Rumsfeld, for being an evil asshole, and writing a book blaming the lack of Iraq war planning on being a wuss about his son.
Conservatives, for freaking out about the "Muslim Brotherhood" and because they are idiots.
This is a perfect example of why Reagan was so infuriating-- the "there you go again" moment. Carter made a perfectly good, valid, important point about social security and health care and Reagan's stance on it, and Reagan blows it off with some stupid catch phrase, and the media slobber all over themselves about Reagan.
*I hate what he did, but for some reason I have trouble hating the man-- or anyone in politics for that matter, anymore. I just feel like they are dumb, deluded, sick puppets.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Carmen Taylor Update
Fort Smith Little Theatre members are opening their 2011 season with a murder that's "light and easy," said one official.
The theater group will perform a two-hour version of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" at 8 p.m. Feb. 10-12 and Feb. 16-19, and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the theater, 401 N. Sixth St., and the popular whodunit will be light in nature and tone, said Paula Sharum, director of the play.
"We are playing this story with a very light hand," she said. "Agatha Christie likes a lot of things tongue-in-cheek - she walks right next door to the comedic side - and so we are playing this light. It's not dark, if a murder can ever be light and easy."
The story centers around Monkswell Manor, a recently converted guest house where Mollie (Melissa Vitale) and Giles Ralston (Matt Hutchinson) scurry about to prepare for visitors. Once a regal estate, Monkswell Manor is the setting where a murderer runs rampant.
The Ralstons' fear that a fierce blizzard will prevent the arrival of some of the house guests are eased temporarily when Christopher Wren (Zach Callahan) arrives. However, something odd about Wren, as well as the arrival of Major Metcalf (Ron Watson) and Mrs. Boyle (Carmen Taylor), runs the risk of changing the mood and possible safety inside the manor.
Mrs. Boyle is a bad person:
The audience learns just before she is murdered that Mrs. Boyle was the magistrate who sent three children to live with foster parents. The children were all abused and the youngest killed, but she disavows any responsibility for the tragedy.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
PTB Like Horse Racing?
Looking at the wiki page for Secretariat, I see he was 533 kg and was also honored with a 33 cent postage stamp. Also one of his major race times was 1:33.