Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Hometown City Council Makes FOX, er Faux, News...

To really appreciate this story a bit of context on the culture of Eugene, Oregon and how that culture responds to issues. Which basically is a passive aggressive response to everything (don't get me started on the "round abouts")  while doing sometimes comic, and always surreal, topsy turvy maneuvers in a mad scrambling act to cover their asses.

City council member Mike Clark recently decided he wants the city council to recite the pledge of allegiance before every meeting. (As if the meetings aren't long enough already with time wasting crap.) Letters to the editor are still coming in on this ploy, which is a disingenuous political move on Clark's part. Clark and his supporters are crying "diversity" not understanding that the majority system is not the diverse thing that needs to be recognized.

The majority of the city council agreed to appease everyone -- the patriotic zealots, the fundie Christians, the right wingers, the lefties, the hippies, and all the other groups in this "diverse" town. They won't say the pledge at every meeting, but will say it four times a year: on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day and of course, the Fourth of July.

This made Fox faux national news. You can guess what they have to say about this. Go on, guess. According to this article, plenty of irate phone calls and messages have been coming into the city, like this one:
“Thank you,” wrote Loren Pierce of Reno, Nev. “You have made our decision easy for us. We have decided to move our 120-member family reunion away from Eugene, you communist bastards.”
(The comments left at the above article are  entertaining as well as frightening.)

On a local level, as the letters to the editor in the local paper (Register Guard) demonstrate, ignorance is Queen. There are plenty of people who don't know the history behind the words " nation ... under God..." in the pledge and  think that any thing not Christian is an attack upon Christianity. My favorite one  is the idea that having open disagreement in discourse is un-American, while, of course, it is very American. No, I take that back ; my favorite one is the religious fanatical opinion that "under God" is inclusive. Not true, but even if it were, it's beside the point. History be damned; many of those who see nothing wrong with it don't know how those words came to be included in the pledge. Or that ironically, the pledge was written by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister, who did not want any mention of a deity and that is why there is no mention in the pledge.
 He [Francis Bellamy] decided to craft a pledge that school children would say aloud in front of the flag -- a pledge that would reflect his socialist beliefs. As published in Youth's Companion, the first version read, "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Until George MacPherson, pastor of then President Eisenhower's church, came along and in a political and transparent move -- taking advantage of the commie in every corner hysteria that America suffered from at the time -- urged   Eisenhower to add the "under God" to the pledge in 1954.  Before that, there were efforts to have "under God" or something similar amended to the pledge, along with various salutes and mandates. In fact, in the 1940s, the Supreme Court ruled that students in public schools could be forced to recite the pledge; but that ruling was overturned in 1943.

For more on this read David Greenberg's 2002 article Why we're not one nation "under God," in Slate magazine.

None of that matters to those who think their belief in their version of a God trumps everything.

Monday, June 27, 2011

SF Wants to Ban All Pet Sales

All right, I'm convinced that San Fransisco has been targeted for a city wide mind control/social engineering experiment by the usual cabal of Dr. Evils. (it wouldn't be the first time.) Among the many other bans SF has been toying with, is this one on pets. Not just some pets, like exotic animals, or wildlife as in, it's illegal to keep a bear cub in your apartment stupid, but all pets.

The intentions behind such sweeping crazy bans is good: protect animals, reduce the number of shelter animals that are otherwise destined to be killed, etc. But it just isn't reasonable. Interesting to see where this one goes.

Pet-sales ban: San Francisco considers banning the sale of all pets — even goldfish -

Previously posted related link on Animal Forteana:San Francisco Considers Goldfish Ban
reposted at Animal Forteana

Intentional Time Disruptions: Messing With The Power Grids

This national news item appeared in our local paper the other day; here it is on-line: Power grid change could make clocks run fast and mess up stop lights starting next month .

A U.S. Navy spokesperson happily says:

A yearlong experiment with the nation's electric grid could mess up traffic lights, security systems and some computers - and make plug-in clocks and appliances like programmable coffeemakers run up to 20 minutes fast.
'A lot of people are going to have things break and they're not going to know why,' said Demetrios Matsakis, head of the time service department at the U.S. Naval Observatory, one of two official timekeeping agencies in the federal government.

Acknowledging the national disruptions that will follow, another spokesperson comments:

Is anyone using the grid to keep track of time?' McClelland said. 'Let's see if anyone complains if we eliminate it.'
No one is quite sure what will be affected.
They admit they're not sure what effect this will have, how deep the effects will be, or even if it's going to do any good or not. Different parts of the country will experience different degrees of time disruptions, ranging from 20 minutes loss in the east, to about 8 minutes in the southwest.

Why do I think there's a lot more under this story than what appears?

Interesting and possible connection; this story that I blogged about from January of this year about the FAA's warning of disruptions to GPS "issues" in the southeast. FAA-Warns of ongoing GPS issues in southeastern US de to Defense Dept "tests" which coincided with the bird die-offs in December of 2010 and into the new year. Speaking of bird die-offs, we haven't heard much about those for awhile...

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Outcry in America as pregnant women who lose babies face murder charges | World news | The Guardian

This is a frightening article that covers a range of issues, from the so-called war on drugs and its effect damage that campaign has inflicted, to further draconian applications of these laws:
Amanda Kimbrough is one of the women who have been ensnared as a result of the law being applied in a wholly different way.
During her pregnancy her foetus was diagnosed with possible Down's syndrome and doctors suggested she consider a termination, which Kimbrough declined as she is not in favour of abortion.
The baby was delivered by caesarean section prematurely in April 2008 and died 19 minutes after birth.
Six months later Kimbrough was arrested at home and charged with "chemical endangerment" of her unborn child on the grounds that she had taken drugs during the pregnancy – a claim she has denied.
"That shocked me, it really did," Kimbrough said. "I had lost a child, that was enough."
She now awaits an appeal ruling from the higher courts in Alabama, which if she loses will see her begin a 10-year sentence behind bars.
Outcry in America as pregnant women who lose babies face murder charges | World news | The Guardian

Monday, June 20, 2011

Duck and Cover, It's a Drill! -- Maybe.

I've been following these stories for awhile now. In the UK, staged events, often surrounding UFO landings and abductions, have been put on ostensibly to foster "critical thinking" and "creativity." In reality, parents often aren't notified in advance that these events are not real but staged; often much of the staff is unaware as well.  Staged murders as well as fake UFO landings and alien abductions, robberies, shooters, bombings, and other faux events have taken place in schools in the UK, the U.S., and Canada.

While in the past scenarios similar to the one that follows, (Pro Libertate: "You Can No Longer Think of Yourselves as Peace Officers": Militarizing "Lockdown High") parents often weren't notified, the  parents in some of the following events were told that their children would be subjected to a staged drill. The thing was, the students themselves had no idea it was fake. Which is clearly the point: terrorize the students, and have them gratefully -- and unquestionably -- accept what the 'real" (i.e., non-parents) authority tells them to do. Furthermore, there is this astounding item:
"...parents had been instructed not to answer if his child issued a desperate plea for help."
That recently took place in Illinois. Students, like the following, were scared to death, literally thinking they were going to die:

It was Friday the 13th, and Skylar Walters thought he was going to die.

The 16-year-old inmate of Orangeville Jr.-Sr. High in Illinois was in gym class when a deranged-looking man barged into the school and began firing what appeared to be a handgun at several of the other students.

As the intruder fired his gun, he called out the name of a particular student; the youngster quite sensibly fled the building. Other kids "were just running everywhere and crying and hiding," Skylar recounted.
The article cites many more examples of this kind of thing; there's even a professional acting troupe that "performs" these little demonstrations of violence and fear.

I'm a bit confused about one thing William N. Grigg, the author of the above mentioned  article, writes:
Parents were required to participate passively in the scenario played out in Orangeville: They weren't informed about the event until curtain time, and then ordered to participate in an information embargo targeting their terrified kids.
Who "ordered" the parents; it's not clear how a school can "order" parents to do anything, and specifically in this context. On rereading the article, it seems the local police gave that order. Which is extremely terrifying. Wake UP Out There!

Reasons for these violent drills are given by authorities to justify these jack boot tactics: public safety, emergency preparedness, making sure students know what to do in case of a real lockdown, and so on. All disingenuous , and all highly patronizing excuses masking the real reasons.

(Thanks to  End of the American Dream for link.)

My previous posts on staged events:

Twilight Coincidence? NBC apologizes for cutting “under God” from Pledge of Allegiance before U.S. Open - The Early Lead - The Washington Post

“When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross” — Sinclair Lewis

Every now and then, the issue of the words "one nation, under God"  in the pledge of allegiance comes up, and it's then we get to see the fascist responses of the fanatics. The latest:NBC apologizes for cutting “under God” from Pledge of Allegiance before U.S. Open. Interesting, because the words "under God" was omitted, then NBC issues an apology in a passive aggressive move. Yet what seems like a passive aggressive action by apologizing to appease, and an innocent omission by leaving the words out in the first place, is a calculated action.

Coincidentally, this issue has come up again in my own city, where Mike Clark, a local councilman wants to make sure the city council opens its meetings with reciting the pledge of allegiance:
If Oregon legislators and schoolchildren routinely recite the Pledge of Allegiance, Eugene City Councilor Mike Clark says the City Council should, too.
Clark will ask his seven council colleagues and Mayor Kitty Piercy on June 20 to consider saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of their twice-monthly meetings in the council chamber.
“I always wondered why we don’t do it,” said Clark, who was first elected to the council in 2006. “Our example does matter.
“We should be setting the kind of example that respects our flag and our country.”
Letters to the editor have been pouring in, with people on both side of the issue of course. Lots of convoluted self-righteousness rantings about America being founded on Christian principles, and the disingenuous bullshit that "God" isn't specific, just general and can mean any God. That last one is utter nonsense of course; let's just see how those who insist keeping "under God" in the pledge is a good thing if we replaced them with "under Gaia," or some such.

The earth's ills, which are our ills, are not going to be healed because we keep the words "under God" in the pledge (which, for those who are willfully ignorant, were added to the pledge in 1954... Google it for Christ's sakes) or pass a law the city council has to say the pledge before every meeting.

While I am adamantly against the words "under God" in the pledge, as well as mandates that the pledge be said in classrooms, etc. I'm not on the uber-skeptic/Libertarian side either. I "believe" in a supreme consciousness/intelligent design/what the fuck ever. It's just not wrapped up in a flag hanging on a cross.

Image source: Blue Gal and Bay of Fundie

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Gulf of Mexico Legal Biological Military Operation on Vimeo

"What do 50 USC 1512 & 1520a, 111 STATUTE 915, Public Law 105-85 and 483 U.S. 669 have in common?

They are the US Codes, US Statute, US Congressional, and US Supreme Court means by which the US Department of Defense was given the legal Federal authority to conduct the synthetically bioengineered experiment in the Gulf of Mexico to eliminate the BP oil and gas."

Gulf of Mexico Legal Biological Military Operation on Vimeo

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Cedar Falls City Council: Give Us Your Keys

Extremely scary: Cedar Falls City Council voted and passed a mandate requiring commercial property owners (which includes rentals like duplexes and apartments) to keep keys to the properties in lock boxes that any city employee can access. A chilling experience, watching this video of the city council meeting, with the Fire Dept. and City Council justifying their actions and treating the citizens as ignorant peasants...Hopefully, this will indeed turn into the "can of worms" one resident called this mandate and go to the courts, and the national media. Watch the video of the city council's utter disregard for the constitution here.

From POST-MAC BLUES: Radio Misterioso

dia sobin at Post-Mac Blues has a link and post about Greg Bishop's Radio Misterioso, and guest Women of Esoterica contributor Farah Yurdozu. Read more at: POST-MAC BLUES: Radio Misterioso

Giant Squid To Be "The New Panda?"

I vote "yes"...
Giant Squid Could Become Ocean’s Panda Bear | Wired Science |