Tuesday, August 30, 2011

piglipstick: Welcome To The Art Police

Piglipstick brings us this story of an artist deemed possible terrorist. Making an artistic political statement via visual images of banks aflame as commentary -- and art -- escapes the Big Brother enforcers. Remember this story, of a passenger being hauled off his flight for reading a book? Art, photography, books... suspect activities my friends. piglipstick: Welcome To The Art Police

Monday, August 29, 2011

On Brane Space: Pastor Mike Makes the Atheist Blogs!

Pastor Mike wants you! On the National Atheist Registry. Oy.

Brane Space: Pastor Mike Makes the Atheist Blogs!

Chinese Daycare Knife Attack Wounds 8 Children

Another story of an adult attacking children in a school in China: Chinese Daycare Knife Attack Wounds 8 Children. (from Huffington Post.) In this incident, the slasher was a woman:

SHANGHAI -- A worker slashed children with a knife at a daycare center for migrant workers in eastern China on Monday, wounding eight of them, one seriously.
The attack happened at noon at an informal daycare center in Shanghai's suburban Minhang district, home to many migrant workers.

Last year, I posted a few links on Octopus Confessional about reports out of China of attacks on children in schools, as well as passengers.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Vance Gilbert : Racial Profiling First Hand

The surreal world of post 9/11 America includes the fascist everywhere-ness of Homeland Security and its BFF, TSA. Also called "security theater" -- all these stories we hear every day, of Americans humiliated, detained, questioned, searched, groped, harassed. It doesn't matter if you're male or female, handicapped, old or young, or a child. And if you're of color, you get that extra bonus of being further up the line for such invasive treatment, as Vance Gilbert writes, who is the latest victim of racial profiling racism and over the top TSA induced thuggery. Flight attendants now, as part of "security theater" invoke the power of their position to justify their wracked nerves, ignorance, and prejudices, knowing that any complaint or assertiveness on the part of the passenger will only make things worse.

And all this over a book. Like paying with cash, book reading for personal enjoyment seems to be a red flag for suspicious behavior.
Vance Gilbert : Racial Profiling First Hand

I hope Mr. Gilbert receives the compensation he deserves.

Link: Boing Boing.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

DHS "if You See Something, Say Something" Going Strong

Homeland Security is ramping up its Big Brother agenda by pushing its "If you see something, say something" propaganda. Many blogs are reporting on this, including Activist Post, with the latest on the DHS and its juxtaposed surrealism of comic anc damn scary tactics: Activist Post: 10 Things Citizen Spies Should Report to DHS.

As noted by those of us commenting on this, paying with cash is considered "suspicious."

In this particular article by Activist Post, the tables are turned. Great suggestions; let's do our part and help the DHS out by reporting harmful activity, like:

3. Fraudulent foreclosures: The mortgage fraud scandal is indeed the biggest in human history. The involvement of mortgage brokers, ratings agencies, appraisers, robo signers, and every other type of criminality went right up the ladder to banks like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Bank of America. Some even employed real mafia tactics by breaking into people's homes. Now banks are scrambling to provide documentation, as it appears that people have been thrown onto the street without proof. 92% of NY foreclosures lacked proper documents, and that is just the tip of the iceberg for the rest of the nation. There should be a real full-scale investigation of the criminals running this operation at the highest levels. Instead, we see a few courageous people taking matters into their own hands, like the Florida couple who foreclosed on Bank of America.
Other harmful, nasty, un-American activities: illegal wars, the war on children, the war on drugs, and more.

They're not Chips, they're Tattoos!

Presented as too cool innovations that you (sublimely propagandized as literally) couldn't live without, hospitals are using "tattoos" on patients to track their progress. Ironically, the electronic tattoos, given to patients by medical personnel to "help" those patients, may cause cancer:

In the past, public disclosure of these suggested links between microchipping and cancer in animals stirred widespread concern over the safety of implantable microchips in living beings. The animal microchip study findings that created such an uproar were so persuasive that Dr. Robert Benezra, head of the Cancer Biology Genetics Program at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, was quoted in an article about microchipping as saying, "There's no way in the world, having read this information, that I would have one of those chips implanted in my skin, or in one of my family members."

Natural News provides a link to "...the government's agenda to microchip all humans by 2017" at end of article.

Friday, August 19, 2011

TSA Propaganda and Eugene Airport

Another "it can't happen here" moment (see previous post): Eugene's only airport is getting 2 scanners in November, just in time for the holiday travelers:Airport to get new scanners | The once-controversial advanced imaging technology machines will be installed in Eugene in November

The sub-headline to this refers to the scanners as:
The once-controversial advanced imaging technology machines will be installed in Eugene in November[italics mine]
But later in the article the scanners are called "controversial." The scanners will "supplement" airport security. The scanners are new and improved, insist Oregon's TSA Michael Irwin. After all, the new scanners "only" reveal
"generic outlines of passengers’ bodies, or stick figures, instead of revealing, X-raylike images of them."
A feel good piece of propaganda all the way, the article points out that not only will the scanners aid in security, but provide jobs in this depressed area (what area isn't depressed these days?):
The installation of the new devices in Eugene will provide a modest but much-needed boost for the local job market.

TSA expects to hire 10 to 15 part-time workers over the coming months to add to its current staff of 70 part- and full-time employees at the Eugene Airport, Irwin said. The hiring drive is necessary because the new imaging technology requires larger staffs to run.

The article continues to list the many benefits of this: wages, benefits, hours in a shift, and so on, with a notice of place and time for "TSA JOBS" in the area, which will, according to Irwin, "dispel" the bad reputation of the TSA:
Irwin said the goal of the forum is to help prospective candidates navigate the hiring and training process, which usually takes three months to complete and “can be a little bit intimidating.” He added that he will emphasize the critical public service role TSA employees play and “dispel some of the myths about employment at TSA.”

A Quartzsite in Oregon?

If you're thinking "It can't happen here," well, ... seems the town of Oakridge, here in Oregon, is having its own city council woes that have echoes of the surreal mess the town of Quartzsite, in Arizona, has been experiencing; a story I've been following for awhile. (Oakridge is about 37 miles from Eugene.)

The Oakridge city council is supposedly under investigation by the FBI regarding finances, citizens have been threatened with removal at meetings, and one resident called the mayor, Don Hampton, a "Nazi:"
“This is the United States of America,” Ryon said. “You remind me of Hitler. That’s who you are. We should come and say ‘Heil Hitler’ to you. You’re killing this damn town.”

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Attack on Small Farms, and Control

Thank you to Tessa Dick for posting this at her blog:Tessa Dick Presents: It's a Philip K. Dick World!: Another attack on small family farms.

Very scary, to my mind, because this is one more example of nothing other than control. Seemingly unconnected events happening in this country in recent months are very connected. Try it: grab a handful of incidents, new regulations and suggested rules, and you will see they all share the need for control. They don't want you on your own land, not if it's out of the way (as with the illegal land grabs of rural proprieties in California and elsewhere), or stocking up on supplies (the FBI notifying businesses of "suspicious" activity of consumers buying freeze dried food, etc.) They want to track you at all times; therefore, you are "suspicious" if you pay with cash. They want to let us know they can turn off, and monitor, our communications at any time: the "kill" switch, the recent BART shut down of cell phones (had nothing to do with public safety), smart meters, and the glib announcement the power grid will screw up the nation's time keeping.

It's about control.

Jon Stewart: The Media is Pretending Ron Paul Doesn't Exist | Death and Taxes

I wish I supported Ron Paul, because there's a lot about him I like. But I'll never get there -- ever -- for a lot of reasons, which should seem obvious. However, Paul is a threat to a lot of big somebodies, because, as this article points out, "pundits" have decided he's "unelectable." Which should be beside the point anyway -- but, we all know it's one huge paid for carnival act. Still, Stewart makes excellent points about the censoring of Ron Paul, and the gaudy and downright giddiness over the "winners" and players in the Iowa straw poll. Jon Stewart: The Media is Pretending Ron Paul Doesn't Exist

Saturday, August 13, 2011

"Part of a Larger Strategy": BART Shuts Down Cell Phones

More on San Fransisco's shutting down cell phone service of tax paying citizens in the land of the free: POLICE STATE 2011: BART Police cuts cell phone service to stop protest : Federal Jack.

The language used, the phrases and rationalizations given by reporters as well as those involved are always telling. Here's what Casey Jordon, a criminologist talking head, said on CNN:
“They didn’t try to shut down the protest. They simply turned off the cell service so it couldn’t become viral,” Jordan explained. “It really is just a cost/benefit analysis of where your freedom of speech begins to threaten the public safety.”
The propaganda inherent in Jordon's statement: it's all okay, since "they" didn't interfere with any protest. They "simply" "turned off the cell service..." Authorities "simply" shut off everyone's cell phone access, with the intent of preserving public safety. The message is clear: no one is behaving illegally, or like Big Brother, "simply" protecting all of us from ourselves.

Shutting off cell phones was the idea of BART's; Jim Allison of BART "...reportedly admitted that the tactic had been part of a "larger strategy." " [italics mine] What the "larger strategy" is, or was, is not stated.

Telling, too, that the protest in question was to protest the murders and violence committed by San Franscio police.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Renton WA Cops After Cartoonist Who Mocks

Police in Renton, Washington, are after the cartoonist who would doth mock them: Cartoonist Targeted With Criminal Probe For Mocking Police : Federal Jack
The Renton City Prosecutor wants to send a cartoonist to jail for mocking the police department in a series of animated Internet videos. The “South-Park”-style animations parody everything from officers having sex on duty to certain personnel getting promoted without necessary qualifications. While the city wants to criminalize the cartoons, First Amendment rights advocates say the move is an “extreme abuse of power. “Only KIRO Team 7 Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne holds a key document that really lays bare the city’s intent. The document was quietly filed in King County Superior Court last week. It’s a search warrant accusing an anonymous cartoon creator, going by the name of Mr. Fiddlesticks, of cyberstalking (RCW 9.61.260). The Renton Police Department and the local prosecutor got a judge to sign off as a way to uncover the name of whoever is behind the parodies. Halsne talked with three nationally respected legal experts who believe the use of the cyberstalking statute is likely stomping on the constitution. The series of web-based short cartoons feature a mustachioed street cop and a short-haired female bureaucrat. The dry, at times, witty banter between the two touches on some embarrassing insider secrets, some of which seem to match up with internal affairs investigations on file within Renton PD.

At least, the did want to. Safe to say they still want to, but realized how out of control they were for going this far. Who knows what's really going on behind the scenes, but officially, the department has dropped the charges, because of course, they have nothing to stand on.

The Renton Police Department has suspended its criminal investigation into a series of cartoons that surfaced on the Web earlier this year.

"There has been no relevant information that we have uncovered to date on the cyberstalking case to further a criminal investigation," said Renton Police Department Chief Administrative Officer Jay Covington in a written statement. "As a result, we have decided to forego any further action on the search warrant."

However, they are looking at "possible harassment and discrimination."

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Jackie Kennedy Onassis Tapes to be Released

Not surprising, I always thought she thought so. As others in those circles no doubt believed the same:

Jackie Onassis believed that Lyndon B Johnson and a cabal of Texas tycoons were involved in the assassination of her husband John F Kennedy, ‘explosive’ recordings are set to reveal.

The secret tapes will show that the former first lady felt that her husband’s successor was at the heart of the plot to murder him.
She became convinced that the then vice president, along with businessmen in the South, had orchestrated the Dallas shooting, with gunman Lee Harvey Oswald – long claimed to have been a lone assassin – merely part of a much larger conspiracy.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Propaganda from Mike Huckabee: 9/11 "Learn Our History" Vid for Kids

Thank you to piglipstick for this link: Mike Huckabee's Learn Our History Has Debuted A 9/11 Cartoon Video For Kids.Yes, join the "Time Cycle Academy" kids as they led us through moments in American history. There is also a "Learn Our History: The Reagan Revolution." And most ironically, WWII/Nazi History. All with a dose of Christian preaching. I find this very scary; as I commented on piglipstick's blog.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

My Local Water and Electric Board's Pilot Smart Meter Program

My local water and electric board -- EWEB (Eugene Water and Electric Board) -- Smart meters : EWEB is "piloting" smart meters this month. One hundred EWEB customers will receive smart meters, twenty of them from within EWEB:
The smart meter pilot project will include 100 electric customers chosen from within EWEB's service territory. For purposes of the pilot, EWEB will try to find volunteers from a range of locations so that all areas within its greater Eugene service territory are represented. Twenty of the pilot participants will be employee-volunteers.

It's not clear from their site if customers are volunteers, or what. I will call them tomorrow and let them know I don't want a smart meter.

Of course they insist it's all good, all safe, and we have no need to worry about a thing.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Time Disruptions

Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory, 1931

It's allegedly begun; article notes testing of the nation's power grid was to begin in July of 2011, spread out over a year. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is the agency running these "tests." I posted about this in June, and wondered at the coincidence of government GPS testing:
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.
There have been little items in the MSM about this "testing" of the power grid on a national scale:Costly, Secretive Power Grid 'Test' Without Public Consent A few choice, if not surreal and disconcerting, quotes from the article: [bolded sections mine]
"Tom O'Brian, who heads the time and frequency division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, expects widespread (unspecified) effects..."
"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 This will be an interesting experiment to see how dependent our timekeeping is on the power grid, Matsakis said.
"Is anyone using the grid to keep track of time?...McClelland said. "Let's see if anyone complains if we eliminate it."

This is about a lot of things, time being one of them. Ostensibly wanting to know if people use specific devices to keep track of time, assumptions about, and manipulations of the use of cell phones and computers (which brings up issues of control and tracking),disrupting time, losing time, different sections of the country aware of/losing/gaining time at different, well, times, as the following excerpt from the article points out:
East Coast clocks may run as much as 20 minutes fast over a year, but West Coast clocks are only likely to be off by 8 minutes. In Texas, it's only an expected speedup of 2 minutes. Some parts of the grid, like in the East, tend to run faster than others. Errors add up. If the grid averages just over 60 cycles a second, clocks that rely on the grid will gain 14 seconds per day, according to the company's presentation"
I expect lots of little items and twilight sub-stream language and news about "time" to appear in the MSM for the twelve months or so. I also expect to see people irritated with lots of personal annoyances and things going "glitchy" as well as larger disruptions affecting institutions -- and trickling down to us peons. Few will put it together with this plan, thinking, instead, it's just one of those things, or "solar flares" (and if you say anything you'll get the glassy eyed stare.)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Pro Libertate: In Praise of "Rogue" Cops

Not easy to read because it's so damn depressing, but it's very important to read, and brings specific insights into the often murderous police thugs and the few police officers who refuse to take part in these violent and illegal acts: Pro Libertate: In Praise of "Rogue" Cops