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Monthly Archives: May, 2010

Interview with Anne De Jong, a Dutch anthropologist, before casting off from Greece on the Freedom Flotilla, 25th May 2010

Also see, Israel stations nuclear missile subs off Iran

Three German-built Israeli submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles are to be deployed in the Gulf near the Iranian coastline.

Killing Children: From Ghazi to Detroit

I debated whether to give the following it’s own post, I mean it’s all got to do with the same thread that weaves like a strand through a tapestry of corporate greed, corruption, hatred, and murder for profit. And make no mistake, it will continue and exponentially progress.

Maker of children’s drugs accused of hiding Motrin recall from public

The company at the center of a massive recall of children’s Tylenol and other popular over-the-counter products tried to perform a “phantom recall” of defective Motrin by sending contractors around the country to buy up the medicine from stores without alerting regulators or the public, according to the chairman of a Congressional committee investigating the company.

Paramilitary Tactics Backfire for Detroit’s Top Cop

criticism comes in the aftermath of a new wave of violence that included the death of a 7-year-old girl who was accidentally shot by police during a raid of a home.

FDA Says Millions Got Unapproved Heart Pills

Doctors in the United States wrote more than four million prescriptions last year for nitroglycerin tablets, heart drugs placed under the tongue to reduce the chest pain angina or to stop a heart attack. But the majority of the drugs sold had not been approved for sale, nor had their safety and effectiveness been vetted, by the Food and Drug Administration.

And many doctors, who discovered only last week that pharmacies were giving their patients unproved heart tablets, now say they have no way of knowing whether patients have suffered unnecessarily as a result.

The para-military police state is picking up speed. It wont be long now…

The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it. – Joseph Mengele.

RSA Animate – The Empathic Civilisation

The “realist” in me knows that the MIC are working night and day to control this… it does not benefit them to have a empathic civilisation. You can bet they have “Peasant Protection Measures” in place.

Also see,
Military psychobiology

According to wikipeadia, -for whatever that’s worth-..

psychobiology[1] is the application of the principles of biology to the study of mental processes and behavior. A psychobiologist, for instance, may compare the imprinting behavior in goslings to the early attachment behavior in human infants and construct theory around these two phenomena.

that should scare the shit out of you.

The Most Important Future Military Technologies

“…[W]hat are we getting for our money? That $75 billion budget covers a vast array of projects, from perfecting new weapon systems like the Joint Strike Fighter plane to studying pure physics. Focusing on the research side of R&D, Discover looked at four key areas where the military is placing its bets: hypersonic vehicles, laser technology, using information technology and neuroscience to combine human and machine on the battlefield, and employing sociology and psychobiology to combat terrorism.

It’s the final frontier, your mind. They want into your mind, to control your bodily experiences. Operation Mindfuck 2.0, full spectrum collective controlled dissonance.

“Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Jose Padilla, ghost detainees, wiretaps, the open secret about CONTINUED US-sponsored torture, massive bail-outs for those already wealthy, Obomba’s drones, para military units instead of police, environmental catasterfies due to the petro-mafia et cetera, ad nauseum do not, let me repeat not, represent damage to the political capital of the neocons or the hope&change administration. Those who oppose these things are also cowed by them and those who do not oppose these things revel in the fact that they are doing them. At least with Bushco they were blatant and you knew where they were headed the dems are more incidious because they pretend to be above board but do the same or worse behind a killing smile and the little Eichmanns and The war party buy it.

C. G. Jung once wrote, “Indeed,it is becoming ever more obvious that it is not famine, not earthquakes, not microbes, [not oil gushers], not cancer but man himself who is man’s greatest danger to man.

A SPECIES GONE MAD. (or an empathic human civilization)?

Also see, BP and the ‘Little Eichmanns’

Uppity peasant! :Unemployed Philadelphia Man, Indicted For ‘Harassing Email

Bruce Shore, Unemployed Philadelphia Man, Indicted For ‘Harassing Email’ To Jim Bunning

When Sen. Jim Bunning complained on the Senate floor in February that he’d missed the Kentucky-South Carolina basketball game because of a debate on unemployment benefits — a debate the Kentucky Republican himself prevented from proceeding to a vote — Bruce Shore got angry.

“I was livid. I was just livid,” said Shore, 51, who watched the floor proceedings on C-SPAN from his home in Philadelphia. “I’m on unemployment, so it affects me. I’m in shock.”

Instead of just being angry, Shore took action: He sent several emails to Bunning staffers, blasting the senator for blocking the benefits.

“ARE you’all insane,” said part of one letter Shore sent on Feb. 26 (which he shared with HuffPost). “NO checks equal no food for me. DO YOU GET IT??”

In that letter he signed off as “Brad Shore” from Louisville. He said he did the same thing in several other messages sent via the contact form on Bunning’s website. “My assumption was that if he gets an email from Philadelphia, who cares?” he said. “Why would he even care if a guy from Philadelphia gets upset?”

Bunning might not have cared, but the FBI did. Sometime in March, said Shore, agents came calling to ask about the emails. They read from printouts of the messages sent via the contact form and asked if Shore was the author, which he readily admitted. They asked a few questions, and then, according to Shore, they said, “All right, we just wanted to make sure it wasn’t anything to worry about.”

But on May 13, U.S. Marshals showed up at Shore’s house with a grand jury indictment. Now he’s got to appear in federal court in Covington, Ky. on May 28 to answer for felony email harassment. Specifically, the indictment (PDF) says that on Feb. 26, Shore “did utilize a telecommunications device, that is a computer, whether or not communication ensued, without disclosing his identity and with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, and harass any person who received the communication.”

The language of Shore’s indictment is taken directly from the statute — there’s no description of the actual crime. The Kentucky U.S. Attorney’s Office said it’s a typical indictment but that the Department of Justice prohibited further comment beyond what’s in the charging document. The crime carries a penalty of up to two years in prison and a $250,000 maximum fine.

Shore swears he didn’t intend to make a threat. He’s not sure what he said that crossed the line; he said he doesn’t have copies of the messages sent via Bunning’s site. He said he thought sending angry letters to Congress was a First Amendment thing. “If I send 50 letters to Congress, is that illegal or is it just me wasting paper?”

Harvey Silverglate, a prominent civil liberties lawyer and the author of “Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent,” has long argued that vague laws allow the federal government to prosecute citizens for things most people wouldn’t consider crimes. (The message of his book’s title is that the average person unintentionally commits three felonies a day. “Half of the anonymous Internet comments would” be illegal according to the statute used against Shore, said Silverglate.)

“If nothing else the U.S. Attorney has managed to harass a defendant. Now we have to find out if the defendant managed to harass anybody,” said Silverglate, who looked at Shore’s indictment. “When finally the government is forced by a judge’s order to specify what the criminal harassment consisted of, if in fact the words used are quite innocuous and don’t by any standard rise to the level of a real threat, it’s going to be an example of exactly what my complaint is about.”

Bunning’s office is not involved in the prosecution. A staffer said the office received lots of email over the unemployment issue and turned some over to the Capitol Police — a common thing for a congressional office to do. It’s up to the Capitol Police whether to involve federal or local law enforcement, and up to those agencies to pursue a case.

Shore said he’s been unemployed for the past two years since losing his job as an office manager. He recently received his final unemployment check, joining the ranks of 35,200 Pennsylvanians and hundreds of thousands of Americans who’ve exhausted all their benefits. He said he used a credit card to book a hotel room in Covington for Friday.

He’s particularly alarmed because he’s already got a criminal record: In 1995, he and his girlfriend pleaded guilty to 35 burglaries in Bucks County, Pa. The Philadelphia Daily News dubbed them “Bonnie & Clyde”: “Their last embrace came in their Northeast Philadelphia apartment. Cops with a warrant did some breaking in of their own and caught the couple, well, coupling — surrounded by half the booty they’d burgled.”

Shore said he got out of prison in 1999 and his lived since then with his mother, who is 81. He’s afraid his email indiscretion will wipe out his progress, which includes community college and classes at Temple University, where in 2004 he was on a team that won a $2,000 prize in an IT excellence competition.

“I’m walking around in my head: jail for email, jail for email,” he said. “At this point I’m just looking at my government and going, anything is possible. When do the adults wake up and say, ‘This gentleman is just angry and frustrated?’ I’m just speechless. Shocked. I probably dropped 10 pounds in a week. To think you turn your life around, you don’t do anything wrong after you make a mistake when you were younger…”

How dare he give any lip to his Masters.

Are you a Terrorist Peasant?

‘Dead peasants’ insurance.:

“Man is the only animal on earth that has to pay to be here. How did we manage that? Our basic need for shelter has been turned into a way to make the most money possible for the property market. How did we arrange that???

~Deek Jackson, The Landless Peasant Party

“My cat lives better than most people on this earth…” ~NeonLX

Israeli Nukes for South Africa

One apartheid pariah nation to another- “Hey buddy, want some nukes?”

Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state’s possession of nuclear weapons.

The “top secret” minutes of meetings between senior officials from the two countries in 1975 show that South Africa‘s defence minister, PW Botha, asked for the warheads and Shimon Peres, then Israel’s defence minister and now its president, responded by offering them “in three sizes”. The two men also signed a broad-ranging agreement governing military ties between the two countries that included a clause declaring that “the very existence of this agreement” was to remain secret.

The documents, uncovered by an American academic, Sasha Polakow-Suransky, in research for a book on the close relationship between the two countries, provide evidence that Israel has nuclear weapons despite its policy of “ambiguity” in neither confirming nor denying their existence.

The Israeli authorities tried to stop South Africa’s post-apartheid government declassifying the documents at Polakow-Suransky’s request and the revelations will be an embarrassment, particularly as this week’s nuclear non-proliferation talks in New York focus on the Middle East.

Read it all

Rove Rides Again

Read this piece on Rove and the Chamber of Commerce/ GOP corporacratic big money arising, like reactionary Zombies to rend what is left of America:

One afternoon in late April, Karl Rove welcomed an elite group of conservative political operatives and moneymen into his home in Washington, D.C. Along with his protégé Ed Gillespie, who succeeded him as George W. Bush’s top political adviser, Rove had gathered together the heavyweights of the GOP’s fundraising network. In attendance were the political director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as the leaders of two new megadollar campaign groups loyal to Rove: American Crossroads and the American Action Network. Rove’s plan was straightforward: to seize control of the party from Michael Steele, whose leadership of the Republican National Committee was imploding in the wake of a fundraiser at a lesbian bondage club. By building a war chest of unregulated campaign cash – an unprecedented $135 million to be raised by these three groups alone – Rove would be able to wage the midterm elections on his own terms: electing candidates loyal to the GOP’s wealthiest donors and corporate patrons. With the media’s attention diverted by the noisy revolt being waged by the Tea Party, the man known as “Bush’s brain” was staging a stealthier but no less significant coup of the Republican Party.

“What they’ve cooked up is brilliant,” says a prominent Democrat. “Evil, but brilliant.”

Rove and Gillespie, who effectively ran the Republican Party throughout the past decade, recognized that Steele’s weakness represented an opportunity to stage a quiet comeback. But taking control of the party, they knew, would require a new kind of political machine. The Supreme Court, in its recent decision in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, opened the floodgates for unlimited political spending by corporations and individuals. But the court left in place strict limits on contributions to party committees – and it preserved the legal firewall that bars campaigns from coordinating directly with the outside groups now empowered to spend millions on their behalf.

That’s where Rove and Gillespie come in. As free-agent strategists, they are in a unique position to skirt such prohibitions and coordinate all parts of the GOP – both inside and outside the official party structure – because they’re not officially in charge of any of it. In the run-up to November, they will be the ones ensuring that the many tentacles of the court-sanctioned shadow party – from startups like American Crossroads to stalwarts like the National Rifle Association – operate in concert. “They will be making sure that everybody is expending themselves properly, as opposed to duplicating efforts or working at cross-purposes,” says Mary Matalin, who served with Rove in the Bush White House. “That’s something that the committees and the campaigns really don’t do – legally cannot do.”

As demonstrated by the big-money meeting at Rove’s home – first reported by the National Journal and confirmed to Rolling Stone by one of its boldface-name guests – Rove’s fundraising prowess makes him the undisputed ringleader on the “independent” side of the firewall. At the same time, he continues to strategize with party officials, enabling him to coordinate the GOP’s national effort with individual campaigns across the country. “Members of Congress in both chambers continue to be in touch with him,” Matalin says. “Governors continue to be in touch with him. Individual races continue to be in touch with him. That’s just Karl, and that’s undeniable.”

But there’s more:

To blunt the impact of Rove’s corporate fundraising, Democrats introduced legislation in April that would require groups like the Chamber of Commerce to disclose their campaign donors. The measure would also force CEOs to endorse corporate campaign ads, just as politicians are required to do. “Their interest,” Law fumed, “is to intimidate the business community into unilateral disarmament.”

But campaign-finance experts believe that any new regulations will do little to rein in the excesses of a radically transformed electoral landscape. “We’re on a parallel course here, with two very different concepts of how our democracy should function,” says Wertheimer. “One is based on involving massive numbers of small donors to be the primary funders of elections. The other is based on involving massive amounts of corporate wealth to literally overwhelm our elections and dominate Washington. You couldn’t have two more conflicting approaches to the way our democracy ought to function. This is going to be an enormous battle.”

Read the rest at Rolling Stone

Capitalism VS Democracy…

The First Great Radio Hoax: London, January 16, 1926??

The First Great Radio Hoax: London, January 16, 1926Twelve years BEFORE Orson Welles’ infamous War of the Worlds hoax, BBC radio put out a fake news programme of its own. Ronald Knox’s Broadcasting the Barricades convinced thousands of British listeners that London had been attacked by Communist rioters, Big Ben flattened by mortars, the Savoy Hotel bombed to rubble and a Government minister lynched in the street. [via mefi projects]

The BBC was flooded with anxious calls, provincial mayors dusted off their own cities’ emergency plans and the Royal Navy was told to dispatch a battleship up the Thames. The New York Times had a jolly good laugh at the Brits’ foolish gullability, smugly heading its own report: “We are safe from such jesting”. Oh, really?

“Imagine if the hoax continued; paranoid and unstable radio personalities daily propping up imaginary foes, spreading populist fear against protecting our common interests. When will it ever end?” writes a commenter over at mifi; I think, he, you, and I know that it never ha$.

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