Monday, December 31, 2012

Brandon Bryant: Drone operator followed orders to shoot a child... and decided he had to quit | Mail Online

Drones. A topic many ignore because the initial message we get from the image is almost toy like. It's just a toy. A remote controlled plane toy. Semantically, the word "drone" does just that: drones quietly on in our subconscious, just a silent toy we are detached from. We forget these drones are operated by humans thousands of miles away; like a video game. Killing from afar. The obvious tragedy of what it does to the victims, as well as the less obvious toll it takes on the "detached" humans operating the drones from afar. What will be the effects of this long distance killing by machine be on our humanity in a few years?

Brandon Bryant: Drone operator followed orders to shoot a child... and decided he had to quit | Mail Online:
'Did we just kill a kid?' he asked the pilot next to him.

'Yeah, I guess that was a kid,' the man replied.

Thoughts jotted in his diary on uneventful days clearly show the heavy burden his job was placing on him.

'On the battlefield there are no sides, just bloodshed. Total war. Every horror witnessed. I wish my eyes would rot,' he wrote on one occasion.

He began to shut himself off from his friends, and his girlfriend complained about his bad moods.

'I can't just switch and go back to normal life,' he said to her. He stopped sleeping and began to exercise instead.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Petition | USDA: No More Lion Burgers! Ban the Sale of Lion Meat |

Petition | USDA: No More Lion Burgers! Ban the Sale of Lion Meat | It's unbelievable that restaurants in the US are allowed to serve lion meat. It's almost impossible to find out where the meat comes from -- it could be imported, from animals in zoos or circuses, or from lions raised on farms in the Midwest -- the people who kill lions and sell them as meat aren't exactly forthcoming ... and they don't have to be because lion meat isn't really regulated by the government.

Lockdown Drill Scares School in East Harlem -

Another "drill" lockdown. Note that the student population "erves 300 students with special needs, including those with severe emotional disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy and other disorders." This is a targeted population for these kinds of scenarios. Lockdown Drill Scares School in East Harlem -

Sometimes the local police are in on these drills, but in this case, they weren't. They arrived at the school in response to a 911 call made from within the school.

Shooting "Drill" in Albany Oregon School (2007)

Very scary. This from 2007, Albany Oregon. Just amazing what lengths authorities go in the name of "being prepared." Within these systems are the willing participants, who, for the most part, are unaware of the part they're playing.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Where is piglipstick?

The piglipstick blog hasn't posted since July. No word on why they're off the intranets, just, gone. Wondering if anyone knows why, or where...

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Hemp Conspiracy: Why U.S. Hemp Farming Was Banned | TruthTheory

The Hemp Conspiracy: Why U.S. Hemp Farming Was Banned | TruthTheory: For thousands of years industrial hemp was a common staple. It fed us, clothed us, housed us, sailed our ships with hemp rope and sails, it was part of our livelihood.

Then, in the early 1900s, it was banned and pushed aside.

Why? Why did this wonderful, useful plant get labeled with a criminal stamp?

Around the turn of the 20th century companies like DuPont created chemicals that were used in processing of paper; DuPont also created chemicals used for pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, which were used extensively by the cotton industry (cotton is MUCH more chemical and water intensive compared to hemp). While this was going on, William Randolph Hearst invested in timber and mills to produce the paper for his newspaper, which was the largest chain in the U.S. at the time. His investments in the timber industry were backed by Mellon Bank.

The U.S. Secretary of the Treasury at that time was Andrew Mellon, who happened to own Mellon Bank (and was one of the backers for DuPont as well).

National Guard for School Security? | P.A.N.D.A. People Against The NDAA

From PANDA:National Guard for School Security? | P.A.N.D.A. People Against The NDAA: Sen. Barbara Boxer has suggested that the National Guard be used for school security. If the NDAA is a slippery slope, this is a cliff.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Google starts watching what you do off the Internet too — RT

Google starts watching what you do off the Internet too — RT: Google is all but certain to ensure that all user data collected off- and online will be cloaked through safeguards that will allow for complete and total anonymity for customers. When on-the-Web interactions start mirroring real life activity, though, even a certain degree of privacy doesn’t make Conversions API any less creepy. As Jim Edwards writes for Business Insider, “If you bought a T shirt at The Gap in the mall with your credit card, you could start seeing a lot more Gap ads online later, suggesting jeans that go with that shirt.”

Monday, December 17, 2012

Facebook Now Suspending Accounts Which Question Mainstream Media Reporting/Account of Events – Secrets of the Fed

Facebook Now Suspending Accounts Which Question Mainstream Media Reporting/Account of Events – Secrets of the Fed: It seems that Facebook is now in the business of shutting down the accounts of journalists who question the mainstream medias reporting of the news. Saturday night I was alerted by Facebook that I would have to wait three days until I was able to log onto my personal Facebook account again. I was informed the reason for this punishment was the result of meme I had shared. Facebook told me it “…violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities”. I was further warned that “If you continue to abuse Facebook’s features, your account could be permanently disabled”.
Below is the image I had shared on my Facebook “Fan page” entitled “We Know The Secrets of the Federal Reserve” ( which posts memes as well as stories from our alternative media website

Sunday, December 16, 2012

5 Unbelievably Creepy Surveillance Tactics | Alternet

At the top of the list, listening in on bus riders -- see post below. In fact, the city where I live, Eugene, is among the small handful of cities nationwide  putting eavesdropping into practice. Soon, all buses everywhere will be watching you, via cameras, as well as listening to your conversations. 
5 Unbelievably Creepy Surveillance Tactics | Alternet: Since the erosion of Americans' civil liberties depends on high levels of public apathy, some of the most dangerous privacy breaches take place incrementally and under the radar; if it invites comparisons to Blade Runner or Orwell, then someone in the PR department didn't do their job. Meanwhile, some of the biggest threats to privacy, like insecure online data or iPhone GPS tracking, are physically unobtrusive and therefore easily ignored. And it'll be at least a year or two until the sky is overrun by spy drones.

So when a method of surveillance literally resembles a prop or plot point in a sci-fi movie, it helps to reveal just how widespread and sophisticated commercial and government monitoring has become. Here are five recent developments that seem almost unreal in their dystopian creepiness.
There are several more intrusive methods, including "tagging" of school children. Those behind the chipping and monitoring of school kids would have us believe it's to help students, for example, helping students avoid being tardy:

It's probably best to train people in robotic discipline early, and many US schools, aided by surveillance technology vendors, are on it . . . One pilot program for middle schoolers used GPS to make sure kids aren't late:
Each school day, the delinquent students get an automated “wake-up” phone call reminding them that they need to get to school on time. In addition, five times a day they are required to enter a code that tracks their locations... students are also assigned an adult “coach” who calls them at least three times a week to see how they are doing...

Local Buses Listen in on Riders, Right Here in Eugene

My for now home town of Eugene, Oregon: local bus line LTD watches riders via cameras on buses, as well as listening to their conversations. All part of a federal program. Disingenuously, Andy Vobora, the bus company's media person, assures us this surveillance has been going on for "about a decade" and after all, we all want to feel safe:

Concern raised over bus surveillance systems | Video and audio monitoring have been part of LTD for a while, but many people were unaware of the devices: n article published on The Daily website last week said government officials are installing audio surveillance systems on public buses nationwide to listen to riders’ conversations. Eugene was included in the list of areas that already have or soon will have such surveillance, the website reported.

Some residents took to LTD’s Facebook page and other media outlets to air their concerns about the practice, which they say is a violation of privacy. But LTD spokesman Andy Vobora said many of the district’s buses have been equipped with audio monitoring devices for about a decade, and LTD has had video cameras on buses even longer.

LTD didn’t make its initial decision in secret to record conversations on buses, Vobora said. He said LTD invited community comment at that time. To this day, signs inside the buses remind riders they are being recorded, he said.

Smart TVs can spy on their owners — RT

An obivous question: why have this capability -- what's the purpose? Article goes on to assure us that there is a "silver lining."
Smart TVs can spy on their owners — RT: iewers, beware: while you’re watching TV, your TV might be watching you back. A security firm discovered that Samsung’s Smart TV can give hackers access to the device’s built-in camera and microphones, allowing them to watch everything you do.

The Malta-based firm ReVuln posted a video showing its team of researchers hacking into one of the Samsung TVs and accessing its settings, channel lists, widgets, USB drives, and remote control configurations. The security flaw allows hackers to access any and all personal data stored on the TV.

“We can install malicious software to gain complete root access to the TV,” the video writes.

With this access, hackers can use the Smart TVs built-in camera and microphones to see and hear everything in front of it. Instead of just watching TV, viewers could themselves be watched without knowing it.

But this flaw isn’t present in just one specific model. The vulnerability affects all 11 Samsung televisions of the latest generation. The Smart TVs have many of the same features as a computer, but lack the same kind of protection. The devices do not have security features such as firewalls and antivirus software.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Truth Denied Breaking News - WATER RIGHTS and RESTRICTIONS:What the Government has not told you!

Right to water? You might find yourself in jail or fined: The Truth Denied Breaking News - WATER RIGHTS and RESTRICTIONS:What the Government has not told you!

University students to face fingerprint scanners to prove they are attending lectures - and they're not illegal immigrants | Mail Online

University students to face fingerprint scanners to prove they are attending lectures - and they're not illegal immigrants | Mail Online: University students may have to scan their fingerprints in future to prove they are going to their lectures.

Newcastle University plans to introduce biometric scanners to bring the institution in line with the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and clamp down on illegal immigrants.

Students and staff at the North-East university will be monitored through the Student Attendance system from the start of next academic year.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

'12 Ways We’re Being Eyeballed, Indexed and Monitored to Oblivion'

If five ways (see post below) isn't enough, here's twelve:12 Ways We’re Being Eyeballed, Indexed and Monitored to Oblivion - Just Wondering – Alternative News and Opinions

Is Privacy History? Top 5 Ways You Are Being Digitally Monitored and Catalogued Daily - Waking Times : Waking Times

All this surveillance is leading up to something, which is obvious, it seems to me. But read on to find out what that is:Is Privacy History? Top 5 Ways You Are Being Digitally Monitored and Catalogued Daily - Waking Times : Waking Times: What if somebody told you that you were being monitored inside and outside your home 24 hours a day? Would you believe them? Most people wouldn’t. However reality is often scarier than fiction. Chances are if you’re reading this, you likely live in a nation that utilizes the following tracking methodologies that have only one purpose…to digitally record and catalogue your every move.

For the past two decades, there has been a malevolent movement across industrialized nations to track individuals without their knowledge and with a total disregard for privacy.

New Drones Rape Your Mind | Science and Technology

New Drones Rape Your Mind | Science and Technology: An almost invisible drone hovers over your home and activates its sensors. It begins to probe your environment, your computer files, your telephone voice and text messages. And then it kicks in the Level Two Artificial Intelligence Scanners and begins to rape your mind. All the while you have no idea anything has invaded your most private inner sanctum: your brain.

Science fiction? Unfortunately no. This is the next stage of drone technology the U.S. Air Force is working hard to perfect. Everyone you know could be a target soon, including you…

"Tweet on a Military Op May Make You Instant Target"

On, link reading: "Tweet on a Military Op May Make You Instant Target." So of course I clicked on it, to find this: The Age 404 Page. So, is this post a SPOILER ALERT? Is the error message a glitch, a mere coincidence, -- did we drink the Kool-aid or fall into a psy op trap? Of course, there's always the "jesus christ but you're paranoid!" explanation.

Everyone is fair game: Spy agency conducts surveillance on all US citizens — RT

Everyone is fair game: Spy agency conducts surveillance on all US citizens — RT: The Obama administration overruled recommendations from within the US Department of Homeland Security and implemented new guidelines earlier this year that allow the government to gather and analyze intelligence on every single US citizen.

Since the spring, a little-know intelligence agency outside of Washington, DC has been able to circumvent the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution and conduct dragnet surveillance of the entire country, combing massive datasets using advanced algorithms to search and seize personal info on anyone this wish, reports the Wall Street Journal this week.

Franken Fruit: Scientists have come up with a blue strawberry by splicing them with fish genes -

We're going to hell. Assuming our DNA is so altered that "hell" is an irrelevant concept...Scientists have come up with a blue strawberry by splicing them with fish genes -

Eugene, OR: Arrest at 'Free Speech' Zone

Used to be, this area in what is called "downtown" is a free speech area. In fact, it is called "The Free Speech Plaza" and has been known and used as such for some time. For some reason, abruptly and arbitrarily, county administrator Liane Richardson decided to close off the area (fence all around) at the free speech plaza "for cleaning." In a previous article, Liane Richardson was quoted as saying the area was closed for "health and safety" reasons. "

It's really about control -- this is the same area that so far, has managed to legally get away with their "exclusion zone" policy. A citizen can be banned from downtown for up to a year. It's also about ignoring the homeless. "Camping" is illegal on city "public" property. The timing is interesting; it's winter in Oregon, the Christmas season, and we expect the homeless to just go away. Can't have homeless in sight as we go about our shopping.

See Occupy Eugene  for links and info on these issues.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Jim Sparks: Alien Agenda on Coast to Coast

Abductee Jim Sparks on Coast to Coast tonight:Alien Agenda - Shows - Coast to Coast AM

Serial killer assignment withdrawn from curriculum |

Offered, then withdrawn. I suspect the entire exercise was intentional, for surely, no teacher or school administration could seriously believe that such an assignment was a good idea. If nothing else, simply considering the CYA (cover your ass) angle; the outrage from at least one outraged parent wouldn't be worth the hassle. Serial killer assignment withdrawn from curriculum |

But as we've seen, these kinds of violent and fear filled scenarios have been inserted into school curriculums -- from elementary to high school -- for awhile now. Often under the guise of "fostering critical thinking skills" or "facilitating creativity" these violent and frightening episodes are often presented as actually happening. Parents are often not notified, and half the time neither is the whole school staff. Sometimes local police and other authorities are in on the so-called academic exercise.

Some of the choices in the assignment:
Your task choices:

1. Draw a cartoon panel about how your serial killer murdered someone. (2)

2. Produce a detailed artwork about your chosen serial killer. (3)

3. Choose two serial killers, compare them and decide which of them is worse and why. (3)

4. Write a poem about a serial killer. (2)

5. Write a newspaper article about a serial killer who hasn't been caught yet. Describe what they are doing, why people should be scared, what they should look out for etc etc. Make it look like a real newspaper article (at least 200 words). (4)

6. Write an interview with a serial killer as if you were a journalist a make up their answers. (3)

7. Do an A-Z chart of serial killers. (2)

8. Construct a serial killer survey and record the results. (2)

9. Categorise 10 different serial killers into their different motivations (hedonistic, visionary, mission orientated, power/control) and why you have chosen that. (4)

10. Do a similarities and differences table between a spree killer and a serial killer. have at least 10 examples of each. (3)

11. Invent a psychological test which you could give to someone which would accurately assess if someone was a potential serial killer. (5)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Eastern OR: White supremacist gang linked to Pendleton assaults

Sounds like the police chief is being a bit apologetic: White supremacist gang linked to Pendleton assaults | Local & Regional News for Eugene, Springfield Oregon | Eugene News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KVAL CBS 13

NYPD Proves Street Artist Right by Tracking Him Down and Arresting Him

Interesting to see where this will go. He's an artist; will the ACLU get involved?
NYPD Proves Street Artist Right by Tracking Him Down and Arresting Him: Essam Attia is the New York street artist responsible for placing fake NYPD ads reading "Drones: Protection When You Least Expect It" around town. In September, he gave a video interview to Animal NY, with his identity and voice obscured, in which he discussed this project and his art in general. Wednesday morning, the NYPD arrested him at home.

The NYDN reports that he's charged with "56 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, grand larceny possession of stolen property and weapons possession,"
that last, according to the article, because a .22 pistol (unloaded) was found under his bed. I'd imagine many citizens of NYC have guns for protection.

Still—great work by the NYPD to prove Essam's point: you are all being watched. Poke humor at the ALL SEEING GOVERNMENT EYE, and it will make you pay. IT KNOWS ALL.

(h/t to Boing Boing for link.)

Russ Baker and Why JFK Assassination Still Matters

Baker was the guest last night on C2C; excellent show. For those that choose to believe Oswald acted alone and there was no conspiracy -- despite what our own government ruled in the '70s -- or that, conspiracy or no, it just doesn't matter, I say: wake the fuck up. As Baker correctly observes, all that is happening today in the U.S. is directly related to what happened that day in November fifty some years ago. WhoWhatWhy - Groundbreaking Investigative Journalism

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Kaiser Permanente Issues Warning on Genetically Engineered Food

Kaiser Permanente Issues Warning on Genetically Engineered Food: A health care institution is weighing in to warn people about potential dangers of genetically engineered (GE) food. On the heels of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ warning on pesticides, the nation’s largest nonprofit health care plan, Kaiser Permanente, has published in its print newsletter, Partners in Health, tips on limiting exposure to genetically engineered food. In the Fall 2012, Kaiser Permanente has published an article, “What you need to know about GMO: