Sunday, July 31, 2011

Escalation in Arizona: Firearms confiscated

You'd think the people with whatever bit of "power" they have in Quartzsite, Arizona, would realize the entire nation is aware of their insanity, and clearly illegal, activities. But they seem to know no shame. The Justice of the Peace approved city councilman's Joe Winslow's request for a restraining order against Mike Roth, who, Winslow feels, is a threat to him and the entire town. Mike Roth owns guns, and part of that order issued contained the mandate for Roth to give up his guns. This probably isn't legal in any way, but, the cops arrived at Roth's door, and Roth compiled. Escalation in Arizona: Firearms confiscated

Victory! Julie Bass No Longer Facing Jail For Growing Veggies | Care2 Causes

Looks like it's good news for Julie Bass, the Oak Park, Michigan woman who faced jail time for growing veggies in her front yard. I've read other reports that said the charges were put on hold and she was being harassed for not having the proper license for her dog; let's hope this news is the last word: Victory! Julie Bass No Longer Facing Jail For Growing Veggies | Care2 Causes
The article points out other cities, including Portland, Oregon (and, I'd add, several other cities in Oregon, including Eugene) where growing veggies in your front yard is encouraged. Maybe other cities will take note.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

"Authorities" over riding their authorities...

My recent post on power tripping police and related security personnel theorized that, as paranoid as it might sound, there is an insidious and intentional force behind these pathological behaviors. Cops, TSA agents, security guards, politicians on the municipal levels are going way beyond their job descriptions as well as crossing ethical and moral lines. There is also a trend of police, cops, guards, and so on utterly ignoring their superiors and the law and doing just what they please. This all done despite the fact they know they're being taped, photographed and recorded. I speculate that aside from the global anxiety we're all experiencing in these times, these cops and cop types are being literally being fed something. Shot up with drugs, something in the water, literally there are pills of many hues in the Kool-Aid. Whatever the transmission, something is changing the brain patterns of these goons to behave very, very badly, often with fatal results.

Two more items of people with badges: this story about a TSA agent intimidating a female driver because she wasn't driving fast enough:
An off-duty Transportation Security Administration agent faces a misdemeanor harassment charge after allegedly tailing, flashing his badge and blowing his car horn at a woman who was driving too slowly for him, police said on Wednesday.
Police in South Windsor, Connecticut, said Donald Eichler, 63, was upset that the motorist ahead of him was traveling 5 to 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit of 40 mph on a busy Connecticut road early on Tuesday.
As the article points out, TSA officers have no local authority.

Here's a story about a Wal-mart security guard who decided to ignore the facts as well as the store manager's orders, and cause much harm to this family, who were accused of stealing less than $3.00 worth of chicken. After accusing the couple of stealing and refusing to look at the security tape, the guard made his intentions known, and acted on them:
The complaint continues: "The assistant manager said in presence of plaintiff and her husband: 'I see where she scanned it, I see where it's been rung up.' Plaintiff responded: 'I did scan it, I told you.' Ricky, plaintiff's husband said I'll pay for it again if you want me to. The assistant manager then said to the security guard: 'Well what do you want to do?' The security guard said he wanted to put plaintiff and her husband in jail."
When the security guard found that Mary Hill Bonin had worked at another Wal-Mart, he called that store and informed it "that she was being charged with a Theft of Property in the Third Degree," even though the assistant manager already had told him that the chicken bones had been bought and paid for, the Bonins say.
Overruling the assistant manager, the Wal-Mart guard called police, who handcuffed man and wife, led them out through the store that way and threw them in jail. [italics mine]
Charges were dropped, but that's little solace for this family who lost everything because of this.

England: Color Coding Students

Students with different abilities in different color uniforms, to attract ". . . those from well-off families."Colour coded children: School puts bright children in different uniforms | Mail Online

Friday, July 29, 2011

Global Internet Control

Three items on controlling what we do, and who gets to see what we do, on the internet. This story about China: 'Grandpa Wen' left helpless as internet drives wave of unrest through China - Telegraph. The people are protesting. Too bad there isn't much of that here in the U.S. where a bill was just passed, 19 to 10, that allows ISPs to monitor our bank account numbers, credit card numbers, and our browsing history:
The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation on Thursday that would require Internet service providers (ISPs) to collect and retain records about Internet users' activity.
CNET reported the bill would require ISPs to retain customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses for 12 months.
Supporters of the bill say it's to track pedophiles (it's all about the children) but Democrat Rep.John Conyers said:
"This is not protecting children from Internet pornography. It's creating a database for everybody in this country for a lot of other purposes."
The article lists who supports the bill. Not surprisingly, cops:
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Center for Victims of Crime, the National Sheriff’s Association, the Major County Sheriff’s Association, the International Union of Police Associations and the Fraternal Order of Police.
And from Japan, this: Japan's attempts to control what people are saying on line about the aftermath of Fukushima, radiation, etc.:
(Thanks to piglipstick for that link)
Friday, July 15, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (METI) – Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, opened a call for bids (tender) regarding the “Nuclear Power Safety Regulation Publicity Project”, for contractors to monitor blogs and tweets posted about nuclear power and radiation.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Paranoid Thought for the Day: Police Behaving Badly

Almost every day, we get a news item about police behaving badly -- very badly, and sometimes, their behavior escalates to committing murder. Videos and recordings of police reacting with pathological violence towards "suspects" can be found all over the web. Sometimes the suspects are drunk or have a weapon but it seems that most of the time, the "suspects" are not armed, not intoxicated, and the degree of violent over the top behavior by police to a routine situation is severely out of proportion. Many of these stories are tragic; the recent beating to death of an unarmed, homeless, mentally ill man by several cops, for example.

These episodes are being discussed on various forums, as they should be. Several sites and blogs are up that expose these cases. It's an us vs. them (us being, us, and them, the cops and state) mentality. We need to know our rights, and be prepared. It's assumed, and rightly, that many cops are power crazed, defensive, and psychotic. But why?

We've always had bad cops. That's not news. But since 9/11, it's gotten worse. A whole lot, very much, worse. And I think there is literally something in the water.

Crazy town councils have been passing laws and behaving very badly as well. Illegal, intrusive, and controlling, all over the U.S. we've seen examples of usually small town city councils going nuts. Quartzsite, Arizona is an obvious example.

I think there's a connection. I think "they" -- the Social Engineering Dr. Evils -- (I refuse to become all Rense/Makow/Icke like and say "Illuminati") are aiding in the orchestration of these illegal, thuggish, psychotic acts by police and local politicians. Some pheromone they're putting in the metal of cop badges, who the hell knows. A paranoid theory, of course. But nothing surprises me these days. It seems the last two years or so, things have just gotten extremely weird on every level, from the local to the cosmic. And I think those in power know this as well, and are happy to help it along.

Climate Change and Disaster in Montana | Naomi Klein

From July 7th, but the situation is still very bad, and it doesn't seem to be getting much attention in MSM. Climate Change and Disaster in Montana | Naomi Klein

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Quartzsite, AZ: The 'sane' person in the room can be a matter of perspective

The 'sane' person in the room can be a matter of perspective

To those of us on the outside of Quartzsite, the little town certainly does seem seriously whacked-out. The best that outsiders can tell, a lot of it is loon vs. loon. It's hard to discern the precise politics of that isolated town near the Colorado River. But it is clear the police chief believes his opponents are anti-government types. And Chief Gilbert clearly sees it as his duty to protect the government from them. Any way he can.

USDA Attacks Rural America with Smart Meters | Farm Wars

It gets down to this: the government/DHS wants to know what everyone is doing at all times, and what they're doing it with...

USDA Attacks Rural America with Smart Meters | Farm Wars

Friday, July 22, 2011

Quartzsite, Arizona: 'Nazi'-cop town 'firing' officers, stops paying mayor

Update on the small town of Quartzsite, Arizona, where the police chief has been out of control: 'Nazi'-cop town 'firing' officers, stops paying mayor. Now the state of Arizona is involved, investigating charges of corruption.
The state of Arizona is now investigating allegations of massive corruption among government officials in Quartzsite, Ariz., the town that's the focus of worldwide attention after police forcibly removed a woman from speaking at a town-hall meeting, and where the mayor today says he's not being paid and mo
st local police officers are wrongly being fired and have been ordered not to leave their homes.

That last sentence, about being "ordered not to leave their homes" -- what? The town fired several officers, and sent them a letter, which contained these instructions:
That letter instructs the officers: "You are required to remain at your place of residence between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and noon and between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Failure to be present at your residence during those hours without express written approval from the investigator, Assistant Town Manager Al Johnson, shall be considered dereliction of duty and may result in additional disciplinary action, including dismissal."
Is this legal??!! The article clarifies: the police officers haven't been fired, but have been put on ""paid, adminstrative leave until such time that you are told otherwise or until your employment is terminated," but either way, it seems illegal to mandate they stay in their homes. Are they under house arrest?


FEMA and Homeland Security Propaganda

Are you awake now? (thanks to piglipstick for link.) Report if you see something "that just isn't right." Fusion centers will take of the rest.

Old News – Same TSA Tactics The PPJ Gazette

They're getting us ready; that's been clear for some time. The TSA and DHS are moving in, aside from airports they're in, or will soon be in, train stations, bus stations, stadiums, malls, and now, schools:Old News – Same TSA Tactics.
A TSA representative presented an overview of the administration’s Intermodal Security and Transportation Exercise Program (I-STEP) as a vital resource to help school districts and private bus companies develop table-top training to prevent criminal and terrorist attacks on and using school buses.

Santa Cruz Cty Sheriff Wowak Enabling Illegal "Smart" Meter Installations : Indybay

I have family in Santa Cruz and used to live there. I miss that place! So naturally I am especially interested in this, but even if Santa Cruz didn't have sentimental meaning for me I'd still comment on this. Here's another example of law enforcement ignoring the law and doing what decides it wants to do: Santa Cruz Cty Sheriff Wowak Enabling Illegal "Smart" Meter Installations : Indybay
Joshua Hart, Director of Stop Smart Meters! spoke of the shock and dismay from members of the public who witnessed the sheriff essentially enabling PG&E’s illegal behavior: “Imagine calling the sheriff to report a burglar in your house. The sheriff responds, but instead of arresting the burglar, he arrests the homeowner for getting in the burglar’s way, thus facilitating the theft in progress. That is exactly how Sheriff Wowak is behaving, allowing corporate criminals to violate the law with impunity.”

Despite decisive action taken by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in passing ordinance 5084 on January 11 2011 prohibiting “smart” meter installation, and a letter from County Counsel Dana McRae indicating that county law enforcement would enforce the law, Sheriff Wowak appears to be giving PG&E a free pass to inflict their dangerous smart grid debacle onto an unwilling public.

Three arrests of “smart” meter protesters have been made over the last month in Santa Cruz County, and protesters say they will continue protests and civil disobedience until the County Sheriff acts to prevent further installation.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Oklahoma City parents complain police wrongly rounded up teenagers in Bricktown | NewsOK.com

Another story of power mad police and over reacting: Oklahoma City parents complain police wrongly rounded up teenagers in Bricktown | NewsOK.com. In this case, police in Bricktown, Oklahoma, rounded up 20 teens who were waiting outside a movie theater for their parents. Teens told police their parents were there, in some cases, even pointing to their parents who are across the way getting their cars, etc. No matter; teens arrested, hauled off and kept in a "crisis intervention center" for over six hours.

Bricktown has an 11:00 p.m. curfew for minors. These teens were outside the movie theater a good twenty minutes before 11:00 p.m, and, the ordinance states that the 11:00 p.m. time is not firm if the minors in question are waiting for an adult. One thing I find interesting about this case is the revved up, over eager attitude of the police. It seems that in too many stories where police overstep, they really overstep... they're anxious, on a hair trigger, nervous. They jump in before anything's happened; they're very nervous. One wonders if there isn't some kind of drug put into police station water coolers or something.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Small Arkansas Town Wants To Ban Free Speech And Freedom Of Assembly, No “Group” Will Be Able To Meet Without Cities Permission :

There have been several stories recently about towns and their Big Brother ways. We've had: citing citizens for growing vegetables in their front yard, arresting a woman for speaking at a city council meeting, and demanding that residents and businesses give their keys to the police. They're all bad, and it's not a contest, but I think that last was the worst. Until I found this story on the Intel Hub site (and Fed Jack) of a small town in Arkansas that wants to make it illegal to discuss anything about the city, anywhere, including one's own home: Small Arkansas Town Wants To Ban Free Speech And Freedom Of Assembly, No “Group” Will Be Able To Meet Without Cities Permission. This is obviously illegal and rationality says no way can this get any further. Given the mad mad mad state of the world right now, nothing would surprise me. What astounds me is that presumably sane, "normal" people on these town councils, etc. even think of these things at all, and think about them seriously enough to make them laws.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Oak Park drops charges against home gardener Julie Bass, but hits her with two other misdemeanor crime charges

From Natural News, updates on Julie Bass's situation in Oak Park, MI. Oak Park drops charges against home gardener Julie Bass, but hits her with two other misdemeanor crime charges

Seems the city backed off, sort of, on the veggies in the front yard issue, but have the right to "reinstate" the charges at any time. Meanwhile, they're harassing her about dog licenses, which, Bass blogs, has already been taken care of.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Read Draft Minutes Of SECRET COUNCIL MEETING � Qtown.US News

Qtown.US News reports: Read Draft Minutes Of SECRET COUNCIL MEETING Qtown.US News

From UsWGO Alternative News: CONFIRMED: Psychiatric Manual DSM-IV-TR Labels free Thinkers, non conformers as Mentally Ill | USWGO Alternative News

It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority. ~ Benjamin Franklin
Question authority? Think for yourself? Basically accept it's a given systems exist to perpetuate themselves and bureaucracy feeds upon itself fueled in part by the drones who work for those systems? Then you're mentally ill. CONFIRMED: Psychiatric Manual DSM-IV-TR Labels free Thinkers, non conformers as Mentally Ill | USWGO Alternative News (and thanks to Skylaire Alfvegren on FB for link.)

Wait, there's more. I posted an item here in February about "healthy eating disorder." So shut up, don't argue, and eat your veggies Big Mac and fries.

Mayor Ed Foster Comments On The State Of Emergency In Quartzsite, Arizona - BlackListedNews.com

Ed Foster, mayor of Quartzsite, Arizona, in his own words about the state of things in his town. Mayor Ed Foster Comments On The State Of Emergency In Quartzsite, Arizona - BlackListedNews.com

(Updated) Defending "Pleasant Uniformity" : Oak Park's anti-veggie law

Updated post...

Oak Park, Michigan

The other side of the story, sort of. I don't agree with this but, here you go, by Jessica Newman, "...recent law school grad and former Oak Park resident who happens to be the daughter of the city’s director of public information": In Defense of the Town That’d Jail a Woman for Her Garden | Moneyland | TIME.com

The idea behind the Oak Park, Michigan's philosophy: "“pleasant uniformity," is a bit scary. Still, it's a city, not a private home owners organization or gated community. Most of all, in these times, where our world is literally falling apart on every level -- literally, physically, geographically, socand economically -- a citizen growing her own veggies is a good thing. What a difference among communities; in the city where I live (Eugene, Oregon) it's not one bit unusual to see veggies growing in front yards, whether they're in raised beds or not. (We have a few tomato and pepper plants in our front yard right now, among the roses and other plants.)

One of the issues on a local level seems to be the interpretation of the word "suitable." Newman writes that Oak Park has ordinances to keep alive the 1950s "pleasant uniformity" where the houses are painted "...in a limited palette of hues...", as to "suitable" yards:
One of these ordinances provides that any vegetation planted in the front of the home must be “suitable” for a front yard. For the past 66 years, the community’s residents have interpreted “suitable” to mean standard shrubbery, grass, and the occasional flower garden; inoffensive and conventional to be sure, but the reigning preference among Oak Park’s citizens nonetheless.

"...the occasional flower garden" ?!

As far as I, or anyone else from what I can gather, know, there is not direct and specific bit about raised beds and/or veggies in one's front yard. "Suitable" is the word used, and things have gone a certain way since the 1950s. But "suitable" doesn't mean "don't grow veggies." I think part of what's the issue here is, as Newman writes, Ms. Bass's thumbing her nose at authority:
But she acted with intentional disregard of her knowledge that the project had been deemed inappropriate for the front yard of her home, ...
Newman also seems to think she knows what "average people" want:
...early identical ordinances at work, designed to keep neighbors from building swing-sets and garden mazes on their front lawns. These may very well be lovely lawn ornaments, and even appreciated design by many, but the average citizen would prefer to see such décor contained to the back yard.

She gets downright snarky here:
If the majority of Oak Park’s citizens disagree with the code, and wish to see a cucumber in every yard, ...
Then she goes on to imply that Ms. Bass encourages harassing city employees (she does not, read her blog) and trivializes Julie Bass in general, calling her "irritated" at the city's actions. The gist of Newman's piece is that Ms. Bass isn't conforming, and the city is simply protecting all good "average" citizens from unsuitable vegetation.


Ms. Bass responds to Newman's article on her blog.
Comments left at the blog give more information as well. Seems Ms. Newman didn't quite get things right...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Update: Quartzsite, AZ

The most recent article, from the Palo Verde Valley and Quartzsite Times, on the clearly illegal and fascist events in Quartzsite: Emergency declared in Quartzsite after threats made over video - Palo Verde Valley Blythe/Quartzsite Times - Blythe, California and Quartzsite, Arizona

They arrest -- against the mayor's objections who was the only authority yet the police ignored him -- a woman who had the floor at a town council meeting. One city council member didn't like what she had to say, so he had the cops haul her off.

A few days later, the town council had an emergency meeting, which was illegal according to mayor Ed Foster, who arrived at the town hall but refused to enter the building because it was an illegal meeting. Then, they locked the doors, another illegal act. Yet an attorney, Martin Brannan, advised the council to hold the meeting in the first place, as well as lock the doors.

Among other things, the council decided town hall meetings would be:


Council meetings would be rescheduled for 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
That seems inconvenient, shutting out those who have to be at work at that time during a weekday. Other similar changes to meetings were approved as well.

The mayor says the meeting was illegal (not to mention the other things the council and police chief have done; Foster has gone to the FBI, the state and the feds to help with what's going on in Quartzsite), here's the statute, according to the article:

According to ARS 38-431.2, paragraphs C through J, legislative bodies, like town councils, must post notices of public meetings, including the agenda, at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Paragraph D says that, in the event of an emergency, meetings may be held "on such notice as is appropriate to the emergency."
The police and council members on their side are insisting the meeting wasn't an emergency or martial law, and that Jones was arrested because technically she didn't have the floor since she was "speaking to the audience" and not the council when she was arrested.

Obviously this is a story to keep a close watch on.

Facebook Blocks Quartzsite, AZ Link

I've tried to post a link to this article on Facebook; each time, FB rejects the post, and up pops a message that the post is "spam," has been "blocked," and contains information that has been "flagged" for "abusive content." I tried posting it many ways; from blogger, from the article's site, directly on FB, etc.
“At about noon today, the town council, at the request of the police chief, declared an official state of emergency. Sgt Xavier Frausto was dressed in tactical gear when he and the police chief demanded the mayor get in their car,” wrote Jones.
That’s right, according to this report, police in tactical gear ordered a sitting mayor to a potentially illegal secret meeting.- World Net Daily
The Mayor instead drove himself to the meeting which he himself later called illegal.

Here's the story, reported by World Net Daily. I posted a link earlier today but this is an update with more info. It seems the police chief in Quartzsite, Arizona, tried to forcefully take the mayor to a state of emergency meeting; he refused to get in the cop car and went on his own. 

Jennifer Jones reports on this at her blog The Desert Freedom Press.  She was the woman arrested in June as she had the floor at a town meeting; a city councilman took offense and ordered her arrested, even though that was clearly illegal, and the mayor, who has the authority, tried to stop it. Police chose to ignore his orders however.

Jones has a link on her blog post to a Washington Post article about the events in Quartzsite,which I urge you to read.

Cracked Pot Cracking: Michele Bachman Signs "Slavery Marriage Pact"

"If you took a cracked pot and you cracked that cracked pot, you'd be approaching the level of cracked pottery we are talking about here," ~ Rachel Maddow, on Michele Bachman
Michele Bachmann signed the "slavery marriage pact" which would be pretty damn funny except, it isn't. At all. It's horrifyingly ignorant, and, of course generally homophobic and fucking stupid. Rick Santorum also signed it. What is it, if you haven't heard? Read it here. You'll be amazed, I promise. Oh yes, they back pedaled and changed things around but it's still ... cracked.

Coming Soon to an Airport Near You by Wendy McElroy

They call it "pre-crime detection." FAST: Future Attribute Screening Technology.

On July 5, a headline in the bioethical news source BioEdge declared, “‘Pre-crime’ terrorist detector field tested in US.” BioEdge explained that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finished initial testing of Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST), which is “designed to spot people who intend to commit a terrorist act.” According to DHS documents, however, FAST targets a far broader range of people, from “individuals planning to cause a disturbance or use false documents to individuals who are planning an assassination or terrorist attack.
Coming Soon to an Airport Near You by Wendy McElroy

US government caught in fake vaccination program harvesting DNA from civilians to target terrorists

From Natural News: US government caught in fake vaccination program harvesting DNA from civilians to target terrorists:
The scheme was carried out in the town of Abbottabad, where Bin Laden's family was believed to be hiding. And the purpose of the vaccination scheme was to acquire the DNA of Bin Laden family members in order to identify where Bin Laden was hiding (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/201...).

This is the first time the mainstream media has gone public with a story admitting that vaccines are used as weapons of war, and it proves that vaccination programs sometimes have nothing to do with public health at all (and everything to do with killing people, which was the entire purpose of locating Bin Laden).


The article goes on to explain that the CIA already had DNA from Bin Laden's sister...and that the government secretly collecting DNA isn't new. In 2007 it was reported that hospitals were taking DNA from newborns without parents consent. As the article points out, this gives support to anyone labeled paranoid around all those health propaganda campaigns to get vaccinated for swine flu, or whatever the disease of the day is. These campaigns have very little to do with protecting our health, and a lot to do with chilling agendas.
Related internal links:
Berkeley Wants Your DNA
Flu Vaccine Gift Cards
Swine Flu Signals: Come On Down!
New Calif. Law Requires Vaccine for Grades 7-12

Monday, July 11, 2011

New Hampshire Judge Caught On Video Ordering False Arrest | Pixiq

Judge lies, has man falsely arrested and fined. Charges were dropped, but what of the fine, and the fact the judge lied and was caught at it? So far, nothing's been done in that regard. More here: New Hampshire Judge Caught On Video Ordering False Arrest | Pixiq

'State of emergency' in 'Nazi'-cop town?

Things are getting scarier in the small town of Quartzsite in Arizona. Recently, a video went viral showing the police arresting and hauling off a citizen who was speaking at a city council meeting. Jennifer Jones had the floor; the mayor told the cops to "stand down" and that Jones had the floor, but they ignored him, choosing instead to follow the fascist commands of a city councilor who didn't like what she had to say. Ms. Jones had the right to say it, and she wasn't breaking any laws. That didn't matter. The police took Jennifer away, as her fellow citizens remained seated, looking on. I did a brief search on Quartzsite, AZ, and found that there is a history of hassling residents by the police, including Jones as well as her husband.

Now, the town is wondering what's behind a closed door meeting called by the police:
About noon today, the town council, at the request of the police chief, declared an official state of emergency," Jones said online. "Please help!"
The Arizona Republic reported the emergency meeting was held "to beef up security after receiving death threats."

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Today's Quote. . .

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it" -- Upton Sinclair

Friday, July 8, 2011

Yeah, But . . . "Secret agents raid Apple store webcam 'artist'"

Note that the word artist is in quotes, which serves to trivialize Kyle McDonald's character, his profession, and the idea of artist. But, moving on. I've read this short article, I've come across brief items elsewhere on this story, and I still am not clear on exactly what it is McDonald's supposedly done wrong, or why the US Secret Service is so interested. BBC News - Secret agents raid Apple store webcam If McDonald got permission (though, seemingly,it does seem lax that he simply relied on the okay of a store security guard; it'd seem to me he'd also get permission from the store manager for his project) that there hasn't been a crime. I must be missing something here, or, they're not telling why they're so interested. All that's been offered so far is that the Secret Service is investigating "fraud":
A spokesperson told the BBC that the investigation was taking place under US Code Title 18 /1030 which relates to "Fraud and related activity in connection with computers."

Do YOU Know what the VIPR is?

Another good post -- if not also chilling -- from piglipstick:piglipstick: "Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR)"

The VIPR is a cousin/off shoot of the TSA, as piglipstick describes:
Thanks to TSA Chief John Pistole’s determination to “take the TSA to the next level,” there will soon be no place safe from the TSA’s groping searches. Only this time, the “ritualized humiliation” is being meted out by the Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) task forces, comprised of federal air marshals, surface transportation security inspectors, transportation security officers, behavior detection officers and explosive detection canine teams.

These teams will be (and are already are, in some places, but get ready for soon they'll be everywhere) in malls, schools, stadiums, arenas, train and bus stations... they don't need your permission to search.

This isn't about our safety or protection from terrorism (the latter of which, we cannot be "protected from" since it's terrorism. Think about that very harsh and chilling fact) but it is everything to do with control. As piglipstick ends his post with, this is the TSA motto posted at the TSA office in New York:
“Dominate. Intimidate. Control.”

Oak Park, MI Hates Veggies (and rainwater)

The woman who is facing jail time for growing veggies in her front yard has a blog; in the post titled "frankencity" (scroll down a bit) she lists several things she hasn't done, even though she's wanted to, because it's against the law. One thing that struck me as outrageous was the sanction against collecting rainwater:
i desperately wanted rain barrels to collect water for our garden. ryan, our carpenter extraordinaire even offered us a discount on them because of the work he did on the garden beds. we didn’t do it because oak park doesn’t allow it.
oakparkhatesveggies
Related internal links:
Woman Faces 93 days in jail for growing veggies,
Trying to not sound like a wild-eyed conspiracy theorist.
External link: Natural News: Collecting Rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water

Woman Faces 93 Days in Jail for GardenDoes Michelle Obama Know About This? | The Agitator

Scary scary scary... woman plants veggies in her front yard in raised beds; city comes out, cites her, she might end up in jail. The city planner -- who says only "suitable" plants are to be planted in front yards, should come to Eugene. You can't walk half a block without seeing several veggie and raised bed yards in the front of people's houses.

Just one more action to control us and what we eat, how we live, ...

Does Michelle Obama Know About This? | The Agitator

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

On Truthout: Michigan Guts Democracy and Now Aims for Workers' Paychecks | Truthout

Now, extremists in the state are pushing for passage of a so-called right to work law that would limit the ability of the workers to maintain or attain the middle class. A new study by University of Michigan research scientist Roland Zullo illustrates how such a law would be bad economics for working families. Despite supporters’ claims, “right to work” (RTW) is a misnomer—”it has nothing to do with the right of a person to seek and accept gainful employment,” writes Zullo. Further, the law would not fix Michigan’s economic woes.
Michigan Guts Democracy and Now Aims for Workers' Paychecks | Truthout


Monday, July 4, 2011

From Doc 40: SHORT ATTENTION SPAN APOCALYPSE

At Doc 40, thoughts on the media's -- as well as the rest of us -- gnat sized attention span regarding Fukushima. This "...deafening lack of extended interest..." as Doc 40 writes, is something I've, and I know many of us, are aware of. The good news, as pointed out in his post, is that there does seem to be concerns about right-at-this-very-moment issues in the U.S. regarding disasters and the potential effects on our own nuclear sites: Doc 40: SHORT ATTENTION SPAN APOCALYPSE

Back to the point about raised by Doc 40 about the media's lack of focus on Japan; this lack of attention and general distracted state is why I think if aliens ever were to land right out in the open somewhere, whether it's the White House or some other countries' power place, within a year we'd be back to business as usual. "Aliens," we'd say. "What aliens? Oh yeah, them. I remember...whatever happened with that?"

That is, if they haven't eaten us for lunch...