Monthly Archives: February, 2008

Yet one more example of the fucking farce of ‘ The War Against Terror’©, or T.W.A.T™.

I just flew back from Australia, where I was speaking about the erosions of our civil liberties. Believe me, the rest of the world is agog at our inaction as what makes us Americans is being set aflame; and they are more scared of what an unsheathed US could do to the rest of the world than we are.

They also get more news out in the rest of the world about these depredations than we do here in our media bubble.

For instance: As the Australian reported earlier this week, New South Wales Justice of the Peace Mamdouh Habib is suing the Australian federal government — which under the Howard administration had colluded with the US in committing various abuses against detainees and due process — for having allowed him to be arrested wrongly in Pakistan in 2001, kidnapped and sent illegally to Egypt. There this Justice of the Peace was illegally imprisoned and tortured for six months. After that the United States held him for FOUR YEARS in Guantanamo. His complaint notes that he is a law-abiding citizen who was swept up under false pretexts. “It turns out that Habib has incontrovertible proof of his good standing,” the Australian noted. “[H]e is a fully accredited Justice of the Peace in NSW. A search of the NSW Attorney General’s Department website reveals that not only Habib, but his wife Maha Habib, is a JP.” To become justice of the peace in New South Wales, the Australian added, “you have to be NOMINATED BY A MEMBER OF THE NSW PARLIAMENT and submit to a full character inquiry, including a criminal records check by NSW Police.” (ALL CAPS mine)

Get that? A justice of the peace in a developed-world democracy. Had you heard of that?

Me neither.

It is rumored, that Bush Sr. was known to have said, “if the masses knew what we’ve done we’d be chased down and hung”, or something to that effect. Who knows if the statement was made by him or not, however true it may or may not be. I believe it is true in one aspect, if from the man himself or not. Read my lips, the Bush family and cohorts are traders to this nation. And you will know it when they finally collapse the American economy on their grandiose and megalomaniac visionary ideology of empire.

The same farce Wolf speaks of above is the same farce with which the elite systemically control the masses. Mostly financially. Read the post below, 7 Trillion goddamn dollars, of your money spent to enrich the already rich. Not only do they want all the money and all the power, they want you to have none. Let em/ eat dirt, or each other. Because, as I read recently, the only people who believe in class war, is the elite.

The War on Terror was presented as such a noble cause that any means justified its ends. The same argument was used in promoting the War on Drugs. And in defending the Revolution against Royalist reactionaries, the Mother Church against Protestant heretics, etc, etc…

It was the image of the fellow with the pointed hood at Abu Ghraib that relly brought back associations with the Inquisition.

Now that we have arrived at this new serfdom, few individuals actually recognize it exists, but make no mistake, you will and soon.

Iraq war may cost US USD 7 trillion

A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon we’re talking about some real money!

Noble Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz estimates that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may cost the US up to USD 7 trillion.

You know, with a T

Exxon suxx. McCain duxx.

Nineteen goddamn years is enough. I’m sorry if you don’t like my language, but when I think about what they did to Paul Kompkoff, I’m in no mood to nicey-nice words.

Next month marks 19 years since the Exxon Valdez dumped its load of crude oil across the Prince William Sound, Alaska. A big gooeysmallalaksaoil.jpg load of this crude spilled over the lands of the Chenega Natives. Paul Kompkoff was a seal-hunter for the village. That is, until Exxon’s ship killed the seal and poisoned the rest of Chenega’s food supply.

While cameras rolled, Exxon executives promised they’d compensate everyone. Today, before the US Supreme Court, the big oil company’s lawyers argued that they shouldn’t have to pay Paul or other fishermen the damages ordered by the courts.

They can’t pay Paul anyway. He’s dead.

That was part of Exxon’s plan. They told me that. In 1990 and 1991, I worked for the Chenega and Chugach Natives of Alaska on trying to get Exxon to pay up to save the remote villages of the Sound. Exxon’s response was, “We can hold out in court until you’re all dead.”

Nice guys. But, hell, they were right, weren’t they?

But Exxon didn’t do it alone. They had enablers. One was a failed oil driller named “Dubya.” Exxon was the second largest contributor to George W. Bush’s political career. Enron was firstr. They were a team, Exxon and Enron.

To protect their corporate backsides, Enron’s Chairman Ken Lay, prior to his felony convictions, funded a group called Texans for Law Suit Reform. The idea was to prevent consumers, defrauded stockholders and devastated Natives from suing felonious corporations and their chiefs.

When Dubya went to Washington, Enron and Exxon got their golden pass in the appointment of Chief Justice John Roberts. On Wednesday, as the court heard Exxon’s latest stall, Roberts said, in defense of Exxon’s behavior in Alaska, “What more can a corporation do?”

The answer, Your Honor, is plenty.

For starters, Mr. Roberts, Exxon could have turned on the radar. What? On the night the Exxon Valdez smacked into Bligh Reef, the Raycas radar system was turned off. Exxon shipping honchos decided it was too expensive to maintain it and train their navigators to use it. So, the inexperienced third mate at the wheel was driving the supertanker by eyeball, Christopher Columbus style. I kid you not.

Here’s what else this poor ‘widdle corporation could do: stop lying.

On the night of March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez was not even supposed to leave harbor. Here’s why. Tankers are not allowed to sail unless unless a spill containment barge is operating nearby. That night, the barge was in dry-dock, locked under ice. Exxon kept that fact hidden, concealing the truth even after the tanker grounded. An Exxon official radioed the emergency crew, “Barge is on its way.” It wasn’t.
Had the barge been in operation, it would have surrounded the leaking ship with rubber skirts – and Paul’s home, and Alaska’s coast, would have been saved. But Exxon couldn’t wait for its oil.
Paul’s gone – buried with Exxon’s promises. But the oil’s still there. Go out to Chenega lands today. At Sleepy Bay, kick over some gravel and it will smell like a gas station.

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Comrade, we’ve noticed a disturbing change in your email habits. care to come clean or do we just start with the taser now?

The Air Force is developing a data-mining technology meant to root out disaffected insiders based on their e-mail activity–or lack thereof, according to an article in this month’s International Journal of Security and Networks.

The technology, based on something called Probabilistic Latent Semantic Indexing (PDF), scours an organization’s e-mail traffic and constructs a graph of social network interactions illustrating employee activity. If a worker suddenly stops socializing online, abruptly shifts alliances within the organization, or starts developing an unhealthy interest in “sensitive topics,” the system detects it and alerts investigators.

All part and parcel of the Military psychobiology techniques of of ‘systems intelligence’ vs ‘Social intelligence’ using an AI platform project to track the algorithm of social dissent.

Also, tangentially related, U.S. to Pay Millions to Spy on Gamers

U.S. Spies Want to Find Terrorists in World of Warcraft
By Ryan Singel February 22, 2008

Having eliminated all terrorism in the real world, the U.S. intelligence community is working to develop software that will detect violent extremists infiltrating World of Warcraft and other massive multiplayer games, according to a data-mining report from the Director of National Intelligence.

The Reynard project will begin by profiling online gaming behavior, then potentially move on to its ultimate goal of “automatically detecting suspicious behavior and actions in the virtual world.”

The cultural and behavioral norms of virtual worlds and gaming are generally unstudied. Therefore, Reynard will seek to identify the emerging social, behavioral and cultural norms in virtual worlds and gaming environments. The project would then apply the lessons learned to determine the feasibility of automatically detecting suspicious behavior and actions in the virtual world.

If it shows early promise, this small seedling effort may increase its scope to a full project.
Reynard will conduct unclassified research in a public virtual world environment. The research will use publicly available data and will begin with observational studies to establish baseline normative behaviors.

The publicly available report — which was mandated by Congress following earlier concerns over data-mining programs — also mentions several other data-mining initiatives. These include:

Video Analysis and Content Extraction – software to automatically identify faces, events and objects in video

Tangram – A system that wants to create surveillance and threat warning system that evaluates known threats and finds unknown threats to issue warnings ahead of an attack

Knowledge Discovery and Dissemination – This tool is reminiscent of the supposedly-defunct Total Information Awareness program. It seeks to access disparate databases to find patterns of known bad behavior. The program plans to work with domestic law enforcement and Homeland Security.
The report gives no indication why the find-a-terrorist cell in Sims project is called Reynard, though that is a traditional trickster figure in literature.

11 Notes I Would Attach to Bricks I’ve Thrown Through Bank Building Windows

I was reading this interesting Uncle Scam post and it got me thinking what note would I attach to bricks or pieces of concrete that I’ve thrown through bank building windows. I came up with 11 such notes. This certainly isn’t an endorsement of perhaps justified vandalism against the state. As I’ve been saying quite a bit lately: I have the same respect for the rule of law as does the current president of the United States, perhaps even slightly more, which probably isn’t saying much.

  1. Look, I read the financial reports, its not as if you’ll be standing here a long time anyway…
  2. I’ll turn myself in as soon as the attorney general I appointed charges me.
  3. I would appreciate it if you would ignore this brick just like you ignore impeachment and a million dead iraqis.
  4. Hey, I tried voting…
  5. If life was fair, I’d get a parade and you would be locked up for usury you bankin’ bitches…
  6. Hey, you said you wanted the house back because I couldn’t pay the mortgage…
  7. Redline this!
  8. And I’m not too thrilled with the insurance industry, either.
  9. There might be some anonymous people out here who aren’t just only upset about scientology. Just sayin’…
  10. This is in no way a modern day cointelpro psyop meant to trigger massive detention camp arrests, followed by subsequent rioting and thereby a legitimate “shock doctrine” excuse to cancel elections and permanently keep Bush in power. But if you need more explanation call me at NSA headquarters, across the street from the book deposity and remember the codename is “Operation Grand Slam”.
  11. I’ll have you know that despite this latest attack against the evil institutions of the state I still have more respect for the law than the current president of the United States. I mean, at least I haven’t killed anybody, yet.

Hocico – Drowning – Banned Videoclip – By Edward 209

Well disturbing, but very well done. Watch it before they take it down. Oh, and fuck Disney…

Bank Of America Won’t Let You Access Your Money

Silly Bill. He thought Bank of America would let him spend $5,800 on a home theater system just because he had over $10,000 in the bank. He tried to charge the system to his Bank of America Visa Platinum Check Card but was declined. Confused, Bill called Bank of America customer support for an explanation and had the sort of conversation that makes you want to drive a fork through your ear someone’s forehead.

So tonight I went to my local Best Buy, planning on surprising the wife with a new bigscreen TV.

We get there and, believe it or not, the Best Buy people are helpful, friendly, informative and DON’T try to push Monster cables on me. (I know – I nearly fainted too).

Having done my homework, I picked out a receiver, speaker system, wall mount, some blue ray movies , and a 58″ plasma TV. Total cost : $5870.69

So I head to the register to pay for my newly acquired goodies and my card – despite having a few grand more than the total in my “available funds” is declined.

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Puzzled – I call Bank of America , wait on hold about ten minutes, go through countless adverts for bank services, double authorizations etc and FINALLY I get to a human. Of course in spite of all of this the woman wants my information all over again even though I just typed it in. She wont even help me til I provide it and so I do.

I explain that I am in the store, at the register, and that I know I have available funds.

She puts me on hold about 5 minutes , then comes back and says “Im sorry – that’s over your daily limit. There’s nothing I can do. Was there anything else I can help you with?”

Remembering to keep a cool head, I ask about a supervisor giving me an override on the limit. She says “let me transfer you to the ATM department.” And before I can explain that this isn’t an ATM problem, she disconnects me.

Frustrated – I dial again, more menus, get a human, get transferred, get another human, get transferred, (every time re-verifying my ID)finally I get to the FOURTH person who apologizes 10 times and says “don’t worry sir – I can help you!”

I think I’m getting somewhere but then a supervisor comes on and explains to me that “Everyone in the United States that uses Bank of America has a daily spending limit of 5000.00 no matter what.”

Stunned, I ask for an exception and in a parent-giving-me-a-cookie tone he says “well, I suppose we can up that to 6000.00 just this once.”

At this point I am over an hour on the phone but we try the transaction again. Declined.

More hold time. He comes back and says that he is sorry but 6000. is the limit and buying gasoline and dinner earlier in the day is going to put me at more than 6 grand for the day and so I can come back tomorrow and buy the TV or I can go to my branch and get a money order.

Fuming, and doing my best to remain calm, the conversation goes like this:

“Let me get this straight – I have an “available” balance of nearly 10 grand in my account?”

“yes sir”

“And its not pending or a deposit waiting to clear, that’s my money, confirmed and in your bank?”

“yes sir”

“And you have kept me on the phone for over an hour, asked me multiple times to verify my identity and are satisfied that I am who I say I am?”

“yes sir”

“And you are going to deny me access to MY money?!?!”

“No sir – we are not denying you your money, your’re just over your daily limit.”

“My daily limit? This isn’t a credit card. It’s a PLATINUM Visa checkcard. I understand that you have to put limits in for my protection but I need to make this purchase”

“Im sorry theres nothing I can do”

At this point, after nearly an hour an twenty minutes on the phone, I lose my cool. I am embarrassed, have essentially shut down a register lane on a Friday night at Best Buy and am obviously the talk of the store both from employees and customers.

I ask to speak to a supervisor and am told that I am speaking to one. I ask to speak to HIS supervisor and am told that’s not possible.

Out of desperation I ask again and he says “wait just a moment”

More hold. Ten more minutes. I am fuming. He comes back and excitedly tells me “try it now.”

So for the umpteenth time I swipe my card. This time it comes up “authorization code needed”

I relay this to the BoA guy and he says “well, we are making progress”

A few more minutes of hold time later and he comes back with the code and makes my purchase go through.

I have NEVER experienced such shoddy customer service ever. Im sure Im preaching to the choir when I say this, but Monday morning I am cancelling my BoA account, and fellow consumerists – Stay the heck away from Bank of America!

As a side note, after the transaction was completed I said to the supervisor, “So, what if I was say, Donald Trump and wanted to spend 30 grand on something?”

His response, ” Well , for Mr Trump we would have made an accommodation ahead of time.”

I said “And if I’d decided tonight to buy the $14,999.99 71″ plasma TV in here this evening?”

“You wouldn’t not have been allowed to do that.”

At that point I hung up.

Sheesh!

Bank of America, though still thoroughly decrepit and evil, may have been sending a helpful signal. Large purchases like home theater systems should be charged to a credit card, ideally one that offers rewards and extended warranty protection. As Bank of America would say, it’s for your own good.

Had this very same scenario happen recently –at a credit union no doubt–, albeit with a much lower withdraw. It burns me to no end that they can tell me how much of MY own money I can spend…

The Pissed & Powerless Call a Press Conference – the spirit of Jerry & Abbie re-emerge

Bremerton police said four banks were vandalized early Thursday, with each incident involving windows broken with pieces of concrete that had notes taped to them, reported KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.

According to police, the vandals did not go in any of the banks.

“No entry was gained and nothing was taken, so it appears this was the delivery of some kind of message by the perpetrators,” Andy Oakley with Bremerton police said.

Police said the content of the notes were all the same and read as follows:

“Directions: Attach to brick and throw through window”

“Here is your brick back.”

“Recognize it? You should.”

“It is part of the wall that you, as one of the elite upper class, have helped to build between the minority ruling class, and the majority working class throughout history. By flaunting your decadence, you have made yourself a target.”

“Get used to it!”

“Social youth chaos-f___ s___ up!”

More like this please!… no really, PLEASE.

Onion News Network
Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

or (if going to the Original link works better)

I usually roll my eyes, and hate lame ass skits like this, my mom and others use to send me link after link and e-mail after e-mail of stupid, silly, cute stuff, her first few years on the WWW. It got to where I wouldn’t even open em, straight to the trash, and deleted em (only so many cute bunnies and cats and lame ass limericks and joke/care cards etc.. you can take…lol ) but, this one is quality. Bravo…

The Myth of the Surge : Rolling Stone


Hoping to turn enemies into allies, U.S. forces are arming Iraqis who fought with the insurgents. But it’s already starting to backfire. A report from the front lines of the new Iraq

I haven’t had any respect for Rolling Stone for years, but it was for their Music and Culture reporting. I have to admit this is top notch war reporting.

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