Saturday, December 20, 2014

Activist Post: These 15 Arguments Will Destroy Chemtrails Deniers

Image source: Pixabay.com


Activist Post has an excellent 15 point article on the reality of chemtrails, and why they're not "contrails." For example:
Activist Post: These 15 Arguments Will Destroy Chemtrails Deniers: 4. Spraying planes seem to fly in senseless patterns. They often fly in directions not commonly known for commercial flight including making U-turns and sharp turns.
All the other points are right on as well, including the fact anyone with a photo collection can pull out photos taken prior to the year 2000 and note the lack of trails, the mismatch of weather conditions and what's happening in the skies, unmarked planes waaaaaaaay up in the sky, and so on.

I've been following chemtrail activity for years now. When I first heard about them, I thought the issue lacked a juicy interest factor; in other words, kind of boring, kind of pedantic. Once I started looking up and taking notice (including, as with UFOs, the lack of noticing among the majority of people) I realized: this is really something. This is really not right.

Some years ago the too often under appreciated Fortean researcher Colin Bennett wrote this observant article on chemtrails: Chemtrails: A Fortean View
A New Look at a Mystery of the Skies


(Thanks to Steve Carrington of Anomalous Universe on Facebook for the Activist Post link.)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cops Are Scanning Social Media to Assign You a “Threat Rating” | The Free Thought Project

If you post "negative" things about our police state, you're a potential threat:

Cops Are Scanning Social Media to Assign You a “Threat Rating” | The Free Thought Project: Intrado is one of many companies who cater to the police state, giving police these ostensibly helpful tools which actually erode civil rights and leave a huge opening for corruption and abuse.

Private companies are currently, and have been acquiring large portions of your tax dollars from federal grants. These funds are in return being used to build and implement actual “Pre-crime” technologies.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Religion

I don't have a problem with any person's religion; I have a problem with a person's religion making problems for me!

I'm going to be 66... My experience has been that proselytizing religions are toxic mechanisms officiated and otherwise populated by too many—tolerated—hypocrites and psychopaths.

The only thing making any sense to me at all has been secular humanism because, existentially, it's never "God" providing for the clear benefits of community... ...in any monotheism... be it patriarch Judaism, its male progeny Christianity, or grandson Islam. It is the individual human—individually—buying in to that community making such so. 

Compassion, support, and appreciation tendered needy individuals clearly providing for good quality of life, in the aggregate, is the product of individual human beings finally. God is not (has never been) necessary in this process and and has only ever been shown, in my view, that it is to be avoided. 

Good deeds, paid forward, in efficacious behaviors of good humanism trumps the monied organisation of Gods produced in man's image to do his bidding.  Ever derided Paganism has, and has ever had, the more positive affect.



"Paranoia runs deep ... " not that there's anything unjustified about that. Look OUT not UP!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Channeling Driftglass #1



Channeling Driftglass #1

~~Both Sides, Where?~~


Republicans unthinkingly reduce their fatuous constituency to the lowest common denominator of bigotry, ignorance, and loathsome fear by way of a "Southern Strategy."  This strategy invites an extremely unhinged if mindlessly fervent contributing person to a monolithic voting base.  This is a voting base who will believe what errant authorities tell them... ...if it's about the way one should feel regarding "God," homosexuals, and a woman's right to choose.
.
...But! The Democrats!
.
Republicans deny all science and sensibility.  This denial manifests in their pursuit of dangerous reductions to the costly but necessary oversight and accountability of immortal corporate persons by reasonable regulation and regular inspection holding them to the most tenuous of reasonable accounts.
.
...But! The Democrats!
.
Republicans fomented two dire economic recessions contributing to the suffering of millions fueled by unpaid for cash giveaways to big business.  As a result, it caused a financial meltdown rivaling the Great Depression and needlessly degraded the faith and credit of the United States.
.
...But! The Democrats!
.
Republicans started wars for profit based on craven lies and gluttonous distortions. They are wars longer now than any war in US history.  They are wars that are senselessly if profitably being fought, still.
.
...But! The Democrats!
.
Republicans furiously if fatuously foment a foul agenda to facilitate the mixture of  Church with State where that initiative has been the harbinger of horrendous doom everywhere it's been employed in history and around the World.
.
...But! The Democrats!
.
Republicans ignore a crumbling infrastructure, the evil of a for profit health system, the reverse affect of a for profit prison system, and the horror of a for profit prosecution of needless war.
.
...But! The Democrats!
.
Republicans squandered a Democratic surplus, incurred trillion dollar deficits, and just... ...lost... ...some 2.1 Trillion dollars in black programs announced a couple of days before the Twin Towers fell on September 11th.
.
...But! The Democrats!
.
Republicans kick back every jobs bill, kill every extension to unemployment, evaporate food stamps, put people in the streets, and defund every program designed to give a deserving person a leg up.  They plan, even now, to cancel the insurance of 10 million people.
.
...But! The Democrats!
.
Republicans plan to make the EPA toothless and impotent, destroy public schools, Privatize Social Security, Voucher Medicare, defund Medicaid, and would seem to be the ready champions of dirty air, toxic food, and polluted water.
.
...But! The Democrats!
.
Republicans suppress the vote, intimidate the voter, abuse the voting process, and erode the legislation written to protect same.
.
...But! The Democrats!
.
Republicans purport that "trickle down" rewards the hard working faithful, hoping we won't notice that it's more like being "trickled on" as the pecuniary movement of aggregate wealth actually gushes, and decidedly, up!
.
...But! The Democrats!
.
Republicans lie without the remotest shame, unblinkingly, and with confidence.  They support flat-Earth paradigms of religious creationism, disrespect the aspiration to intelligence, abhor the arts, detest education, and gloat toxic ethics of anti-science.
.
...But! The Democrats!
.
Wait!
.
But! The Democrats, WHAT?!
.
Notice the obvious dearth, reader, of corresponding Democratic infidelities in any way comparable to Republican crimes and misdemeanors.  See, there cannot be the remotest reasonable comparison.  Were there the remotest comparison it would be giddily iterated by the Republicans on every stage and platform they control (which is virtually all of them).   They do not.  No... all we get from them is the likes of such that "Obama is a Nigerian foreigner and homosexual Muslim actually married to a trans-gendered man...".  Hope weeps
.
What do the Democrats do, then, to justify the "Both Sides Do It" meme stumped and championed by high-speed journalistic sellouts the likes of  David Brooks, David Gregory, Chuck Todd, Luke Russell, George Stephanopoulos, et sig al?
.
These are the discursive agents convincing the masses that the politics is "equivalent," that there is "no difference" to the extremes of each... that each is equal with regard to foibles and failures.  That it's a horse race blessed and cursed on either side fundamentally the same... that Republicans and Democrats run neck and neck in an equivalence born of good persons doing right as they honorably see that honor...
.
Democrats!  Just as extreme?  Just as incompetent?  Just as inept?  Just as hypocritical?  Just as bungling?  Just as criminal?  Just as compassionless, psychopathic, and insentient?  No.
.
No.  Search history, head, and heart, reader.  Both sides, and decidedly, DON'T!  There is but one Party pulling the trigger on our national demise.  The blame can come to rest squarely in the most profound of profound legitimacies.  An alternative Party lacks "tusk" and "trunk," but empowered?  It knows the people's success!  That's the history.
.
Yes, anything else is but the province of corporate psychopathy desperately trying to avoid the lawful fetters of its just social responsibility.  It dooms itself and us, sincerely and will surely see its members hanging lifeless from swings, someday, on deserved lengths of the coldest piano wire.



"Paranoia runs deep ... " not that there's anything unjustified about that. Look OUT not UP!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy - Salon.com



Excellent -- and brave, on this Veteran's Day -- article in Salon about the knee jerk patriotism we are force fed on a daily basis. Since 9/11 it has been exaggerated to surreal extremes.

You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy - Salon.com: Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as “heroes.” The rhetorical sloppiness and intellectual shallowness of affixing such a reverent label to everyone in the military or law enforcement betrays a frightening cultural streak of nationalism, chauvinism, authoritarianism and totalitarianism, but it also makes honest and serious conversations necessary for the maintenance and enhancement of a fragile democracy nearly impossible. (Salon)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

I’m terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too - Salon.com

Similar reasons I don't buy new cars, have a smart phone, etc. Bad enough I use Facebook and the internet in general:

I’m terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too - Salon.com: I just bought a new TV. The old one had a good run, but after the volume got stuck on 63, I decided it was time to replace it. I am now the owner of a new “smart” TV, which promises to deliver streaming multimedia content, games, apps, social media and Internet browsing. Oh, and TV too.

The only problem is that I’m now afraid to use it. You would be too — if you read through the 46-page privacy policy.

The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.” It records “the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.” It ignores “do-not-track” requests as a considered matter of policy. (Salon)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

...Self-loathing Black People... #8

Mychal Massie 
...smoothly and unblinkingly argues that slavery was preferable to current conditions for black people ...
"Instead of taking a moment to think about whether racist attitudes might have actually caused the societal ills he [lists], Massie claims that black people now have a 'disdain for modernity' because of liberal policies. "
Massie continues:
“But don’t tell blacks that, because the majority are too blind, dumb and ignorant to understand this. There was a time blacks embraced being Americans and the virtues of same; but that mindset has ultimately taken a backseat to the shrill invidious voices of those who preach the vitriolic heterodoxies of Marxism.” 
I would propose our Mr Massey has never seen Django Unchained!  No, any black man who speaks like this is on a "paleface payroll."



"Paranoia runs deep ... " not that there's anything unjustified about that. Look OUT not UP!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Law Will Allow Employers to Fire Women for Using Whore Pills

Jezebel.com, one of my favorite blogs, reports on Arizona's HB2625, which would give employers the right to fire female employees for being on the pill -- unless said female is on the pill for "non-sexual" reasons. Scarier still, is that the bill was created by a woman: Republican Debbie Lesko.



Law Will Allow Employers to Fire Women for Using Whore Pills: Yesterday, a Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Republican Debbie Lesko's HB2625 by a vote of 6-2, which would allow an employer to request proof that a woman using insurance to buy birth control was being prescribed the birth control for reasons other than not wanting to get pregnant. It's all about freedom, she said, echoing everyone who thinks there's nothing ironic about claiming that a country that's "free" allows people's bosses to dictate what medical care is available to them through insurance. First amendment. The constitution. Rights of religious people to practice the treasured tenets of their faiths, the tenets that dictate that religious people get to tell everyone who is not of faith how they're supposed to live, and the freedom to have that faith enforced by law. Freedom.

Further, Lesko states, with a straight face, that this bill is necessary because "we live in America; we don't live in the Soviet Union." (Jezebel.com)
I agree with Jezebel that this won't pass, but as points out, that doesn't make it any less depressing. That such a thing was thought of in the first place, by a woman, and even got to the point where it is now, is enough.






"Paranoia runs deep . . . " not that there's anything wrong with that.Wake UP!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Clowns in France and Mothy Territory, Ebola Capers

Evil clowns in France, attacking citizens and causing havoc:
France - Panic as clown terror spreads to southern France - France 24: In the Mediterranean city of Montpellier a man disguised as a clown was arrested after beating up a pedestrian with an iron bar, while three motorists in different towns complained about "scary clowns" threatening them.

evil clowns attacking French citizens source here

Really does seem like another planned event of chaos unleashed onto the world. Crazy, random, unconnected to any other thing, and yet, so surreal one wonders at things like synchronicity, and predictive programming, and all manner of conspiracy.

Speaking of synchronicity, Mothman author Andy Colvin (Mothman Speaks, etc.) posted a link on his FB page about a clown enclave in Mothy territory.

Of course there's the evil serial killer clown in this season's American Horror: Freak Show. The freaks in Freak Show are misunderstood and for the most good -- in their way. The real evil lurks in the bigotry of the Pleasantville type citizens and local cops. We don't know yet if the evil clown in Freak Show is a stand alone figure, a true outsider of the most horrifying kind with no connection to the carny folk, or if he's an escapee, or what.

Evil clown, American Horror: Freak Show


Ebola panic has gripped the world, or at least the U.S. and the MSM would like us to believe it's world wide panic. States are arguing with states over quarantine protocols, conspiracy theories as to the New York doctor who, we're told, has ebola and is now in quarantine. Theories include: he's not really who "they" are saying he is, it's not the real Dr. Craig Spencer.  Whatever all that is about, one question: what was Dr.Spencer doing running around New York -- one stop included a bowling alley --  just after he came back from treating patients with ebola?! He was showing symptoms, and, if he didn't think for whatever misguided, paranoid reason, he wasn't infected with ebola, you'd think he'd settle down a bit and find out what's what. Something is off about this story.

Ubiquitous ebola virus image


Nurses are lauded as heroes, and as trouble makers. And as sexy nurses. I don't know if this is legitimate or not, but here's a Halloween costume that's a twist on the usual sexy nurse costume:

Bad taste Halloween costume. On the other hand, that's what Halloween is, in part, dressing up as things we fear.



Odds Are, You Are Suspicious | American Civil Liberties Union

Odds Are, You Are Suspicious | American Civil Liberties Union: According to the Guidelines for Amtrak Customer Service Employees in Texas, which the ACLU has received as a result of a FOIA request, ticket agents may come in contact with travelers whose conduct is "indicative of criminal activity." Amtrak says supposed indicators of such activity should immediately be reported to trained law enforcement personnel. (source: ACLU.)


One thing they list as suspicious behavior: looking around while talking on the phone. I always do that, I like to look (what, I'm supposed to stare into my hand?) and nothing wrong with being aware of your surroundings in general. Some of us have active imaginative minds, hard to quell the old creative process inside your head, especially when out in public. Which brings me to another one of their suspicious behaviors that surely indicate nothing but trouble: whether or not you get off the train ahead of everyone else, or, after. In other words, go with the flow. I always leave last, or sometimes first if I can. One reason is due to anxiety and claustophia; why get mushed in a crowd, when I can wait a moment, gather my things in peace, and not get swept along with the rush? Taking pics of trains and what have you is another suspicious activity. The idea anyone would want to take photos of where they've been as touristy keepsakes and a journal of where they've been, let alone any artistic reason for taking photos, escapes such Kafka like bureaucrats. And paying cash? Forget about it; that definitely means you're a psychotic sociopathic terrorist bent on mayhem. 




Clearly the message is: don't panic, don't think, don't wonder, don't take care of yourself. Just blend in quietly, follow along, shut up and keep quiet and keep moving.

All this post 9/11 lie of keeping us safe from terrorists has now become so deeply set into our daily lives it's not questioned much. For when it is questioned that only means you're trouble.



There are even more insidious reasons behind these guises of protecting citizens from harm. As the article points out, racial profiling and civil asset forfeiture among them:

We have reason to believe that Amtrak's policies also provide grounds for civil asset forfeiture, a process that effectively allows cops to engage in highway robbery, and often results in racial profiling. The documents we received include agreements between Amtrak and the Las Vegas Police Department, Reno Police Department, and Louisiana state police. The agreements not only officially enable a practice of confiscating money and property from passengers without due process, but also mandate "[e]quitable sharing of forfeited assets;" in other words, state agencies get a cut of assets seized by Amtrak police. Reports of asset forfeiture indicate that the police target those they associate with criminal behavior and drug trafficking – black and Latino men. (ACLU)
So think hard about traveling with a lot of cash. I'd suggest hiding it well but no doubt that won't stop them from finding it. Cash sniffing dogs are not so outside the fascist reality.




...Self-loathing Black People... #7

Ben Carson

Worse than being an authoritarian swine embracing a pompous plutocracy while ignoring history and betraying people who made your success remotely possible, is having no sense of irony whatsoever. 


"Paranoia runs deep ... " not that there's anything unjustified about that. Look OUT not UP!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Hidden "Beacons" Were Also Installed In L.A. And Chicago

Hidden "Beacons" Were Also Installed In L.A. And Chicago: Devices identical to those secretly planted in New York City phone booths have been installed in public spaces in Los Angeles and Chicago, BuzzFeed News has learned.
The Bluetooth devices known as “beacons” were installed in bus benches in Los Angeles and train stations in Chicago. Additional information obtained suggests that the devices were also installed in San Francisco, though BuzzFeed News was unable to independently confirm that allegation.

The beacons are manufactured by Gimbal Inc., the San Diego company that made the 500 beacons that were removed from New York City phone booths earlier this month, after a BuzzFeed News investigation revealed their existence.
Taken together, the programs reveal a broad initiative by Gimbal to quietly partner with outdoor advertising companies in major American cities. And they clarify the extent to which technology companies, cities, and brands have begun experimenting with new forms of commercial persuasion, with scant public notice.

Ebola Dots


Connecting the dots in the Ebola event.

Graph: "Africa's Killers" shows Ebola being the least of worries.

Graph source: Redditt

Where did this all start in the U.S.? Texas. Keep that in mind.

Last night, listening to Coast to Coast, the news comes on. But instead of a round up of several items, from world to sports to celebrity, all that was said was "Alert! Ebola in New York City." And then the story of Dr. Craig Spencer, a doctor with Doctors Without Borders, returns to NYC from Guinea with fever and diarrhea and is now at Bellevue in a "designated Ebola center." The news then assures us all is good, not to worry, there is no danger, and Ebola can only be contracted via contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. News alert ends with another "This was a Fox News alert."

Paul Allen, billionaire and Microsoft co-founder, has pledged $100 million in the fight against Ebola. Some of the money going to the CDC, some to UNICEF, the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg also gave money to the CDC -- $25 million. (Source, Maria La Ganfa, Los Angeles Times)

The New York Times reported on an Ebola vaccine. According to the article by Denise Grady (by line, Galveston, Texas), a vaccine was developed several years ago. Well received by peers and supposedly to be on the shelves in 2010. For some reason, the vaccine just "sat on a shelf." Grady reports that reasons for the stall included the fact Ebola "was rare" and that drug companies "…resisted spending the enormous sums needed to develop products useful mostly to poor countries with little ability to pay for them.' Oh if that doesn't say just about everything right there! (Lack of market shelved promising Ebola drug, October 24, 2014)

Now that the virus has invaded the comfort zones of the rest of us, it's serious business, and so a "flurry of research" is happening right now.




...Self-loathing Black People... #6...

Condi Rice

What a butt-headed bastardization and bowdlerized bucket of
ebullient bullshite... step off Condi! Aggrievement is abundantly justified in needlessly cruel psychopathic plutocracies, and Federal entitlement returning something paid back on a life's investment is required when it will come in no other way! No. Other. Way!

"Paranoia runs deep ... " not that there's anything unjustified about that. Look OUT not UP!

...Self-loathing Black People... #5...

Jesse Lee Peterson

What is it about Xianity that corrodes institutional, National, and personal memory, then turns a dismissed, derided, degraded, brutalized, excluded, cheated, abused, betrayed, and discriminated-against class of people... into the fawning lapdogs of a dwindling white majority?



"Paranoia runs deep ... " not that there's anything unjustified about that. Look OUT not UP!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Renting Sidewalks? | eugeneweekly.com

Alley Valkyrie, writer, artist and activist, wrote an article for Eugene's Eugene Weekly on this city's "sidewalk commerce" law, which allows businesses to rent the public sidewalks in front of their businesses to conduct business (sell wares, etc.) However, as Valkyrie points out, this is not being done. Instead, the law allows businesses to hassle the homeless and other so-called undesirables; in effect, business owners are now working as cops:

Renting Sidewalks? | eugeneweekly.com: These businesses all have sandwich boards outside so that they can claim that they are using the space, but they are not using the space for its intended purpose of vending, and the employees of these businesses often tell people who are not customers to move off the sidewalk and then call the police if they do not comply with the order. Last month, a man who was conducting a poetry reading on the public sidewalk outside Sizzle Pie was arrested and charged with criminal trespass when he did not comply with orders to move from the spot. Businesses like Sizzle Pie, encouraged by the city and in conjunction with police, are misusing the law in order to displace the poor and homeless from downtown Eugene. (Alley Valkyrie, Eugene Weekly.)
Valkyrie gives good advice on how to fight this, including letting the businesses know you do not accept this misuse of the law.



Spam Hacking Comment

If you find a comment on your blog using the name of John Ambrose and "welcoming" you to the Illuminati -- all its riches, secrets and powers, you know, the usual stuff -- do not click on it, do not put it through, do not click and follow the link. It will screw up your blogs, log-in info and email.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Blog tag

"Paranoia runs deep . . . " not that there's anything wrong with that. Wake UP!

I notice Octopus Confessional contributor Alfred Lehmberg has played with the above: ""Paranoia runs deep ... " not that there's anything unjustified about that. Look OUT not UP!" Heh. Very good Mr. L.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

...Self-loathing Black People... #4...

Tavis Smiley: 

A black sheriff of Nottingham in the employ of pretending princes and max-zoom fundies, has no sense of economics, no sense of irony, no sense of fairness and no sense of history.  Additionally he fails to understand that there is no "living" where one cannot live on a prevailing wage and access to WIC, SNAP, and food-stamps are restricted.



"Paranoia runs deep ... " not that there's anything unjustified about that. Look OUT not UP!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Yep


Text is small, zoom in for easier reading. Thanks to Karyn Dolan on FB for the image.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

...Self-loathing Black People... #3

Kamau Bakari

Shown here in cowboy pinwheel and oreo double stuff... ...with his new BFF, a tax cheat and unblinking traitor, a racist and fulsome bigot, a hypocrite and psychopathic scofflaw, and a man willing to put his own interests ahead of a just society, fair taxes, a level playing field, and justice for all.  Seriously, Bakari could likely sign-up with the Klan if he can hang out with this guy!  No sense of history, cut and print, ...waiter, Check!

_______________________________________________________________________
"Paranoia runs deep ... " not that there's anything unjustified about that. Look OUT not UP!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Connecticut declared in state of 'public health emergency,' prepares for quarantine | Police State USA

Connecticut goverrnor Dannel Malloy declared the state in quarantine October 8th:

Connecticut declared in state of 'public health emergency,' prepares for quarantine | Police State USA: The governor’s October 7th declaration read as follows:

“In response to the epidemic of the Ebola virus currently affecting multiple countries in western Africa, and in order to provide the Commissioner of Public Health and other appropriate officials with all authorities necessary to prevent any potential transmission of the Ebola virus within the State of Connecticut, I hereby declare a public health emergency for the State, pursuant to the Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-131a, for the duration of the epidemic. Specifically, in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-131b, I authorize the Commissioner of Public Health to Order the isolation or quarantine, under conditions prescribed by the Commissioner of Public Health, of any individual or group of individuals whom the Commissioner reasonably believes to have been exposed to, infected with, or otherwise at risk of passing the Ebola virus.”
– Governor Dannel P. Malloy, October 7, 2014
Note the vague time line in the following: "…I hereby declare a public health emergency for the State . . . for the duration of the epidemic."  Also, gives the Public Health Commissioner authority to quarantine anyone believed to have been "…exposed to, infected with, or otherwise at risk of passing the Ebola virus."



Troubling but it gets worse -- much worse. The Commissioner has the power to order "mass vaccinations." If a citizen were to refuse:

Section 19a-131d states that any individual who refuses to comply with any portion of the order may be punished with with fines and imprisonment for up to one (1) year.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

...Self-Loathing Black People... #2

Eric Rush

Self-Loathing Black People... #2  "Erik Rush Asks: Is Obama Trying 'To Facilitate An Ebola Outbreak In The United States?"

Wait... what?

This may not be what happens when you huff too many helium balloons, but it sure happens when you drink the kool-aid, eh? Your insides are bleached fish-belly white and you lose all sense of history...

█_Æ£_█


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Deport The President... ...Really?

That's the thing about insanity, it is as tireless as it is boundless. It has no rules, no memory and no shame. It has the frenetic energy to wear you down.  The only _allowable_ weapon against this implacable evil is the vote in November.  A vote in NOVEMBER is a VOTE for President Obama!  ...His last two years.  Let's see some actual production for a change like Barry's first two years (ACA?)  before the Republicans were able to cheat and gerrymander their way to unblinking obstructionism once again in 2010!  VOTE in November or _repeat_ 2010!

Deport the President as an illegal alien?

"Paranoia runs deep ... " not that there's anything unjustified about that. Look OUT not UP!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Parents against drug tests seek ‘opt-out’ clause | News | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon

The South Lane school district (Cottage Grove area, Oregon) just a twenty minute drive down I-5 from here, has begun drug testing its students, as reported by the Register Guard:  Parents against drug tests seek ‘opt-out’ clause.


Plenty of parents and students upset, with good reason. The community as a whole, regardless of parenthood status, should be upset. The obvious issues of drug testing in general and the miserably failed "war on drugs" aside, other aspects of this action by the South Lane school board should have us all concerned.

The school board won't reveal the name of the donor or donors who contributed "at least" a thousand dollars to pay for the testing.

One can't help but make the connection between this abrupt decision and the possibility marijuana will become legal in Oregon. (Since Colorado and Washington have legalized pot, there have been steady trickles of anti-marijuana articles in the MSM.)

Other factors, according to the article: parents want to see the documents; school board says it will do so but it will "cost more than $500.00."

Parents did not have a voice in the decision, it was simply enacted.

I found the following very telling:

Failing one drug test will result in a several-game suspension. Students who fail one test are also required to be assessed by a local rehabilitation organization. Failing a test two times will result in a year-long suspension from the team, but students can have the consequences reduced if they go through a treatment program, which parents contend would be costly. (italics mine.) (Register Guard)
Does the unnamed donor have a connection to the "local rehabilitation organization?"

Superintendent Krista Parent says, of students who want to opt out:

Superintendent Parent said the the school board would have to vote on a possible opt-out, but warned that such an option could defeat the policy’s purpose, which is to help students say “no” to drugs. The students who choose to opt out may be the ones who abuse drugs. (Register Guard)
 Scary to think an educator doesn't consider that a student could be against such policies based on principle, rather than assume the individual is guilty of drug use.





Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Why Judging People for Buying Unhealthy Food Is Classist — Everyday Feminism

Judging the poor is a classist act, (and often times sexist) and here's why. One quote from the article:

Why Judging People for Buying Unhealthy Food Is Classist — Everyday Feminism: Brooke McLay wrote about taking a homeless woman shopping and the food choices she made. The woman, Tori*, a mom of two young girls, explained “I’m in Crisis Housing, so no lock or key for our stuff. Everything we own is in the wagon; it has to go everywhere with us or it gets stolen.” (Everyday Feminism)
Other factors the article points out: difficulty in getting to the store in the first place (walking, buses, etc.)



Easy for us to judge, shake our heads and sigh, and be holier than thou. I admit, I've been that way myself at times. But let's calm down and knock it off and try to understand.

Just in Case: Taxing Pot





Moral objections to smoking reefer out the window; it all gets down to money. Oregon might be the next state, hopefully, to legalize weed. And the authorities are getting ready to rake in the take if that happens. We haven't voted on it yet, and so of course no telling if grass will be legal in Oregon or not. Polls suggest that it might become the reality. Anyway, if pot does become legal in Oregon, Lane County, Springfield and Eugene will be ready. They've all been meeting to put into place legislation taxing reefer.

County working on marijuana tax | News | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon: The Lane County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday directed county attorneys to draft an ordinance that would impose a countywide tax on both recreational and medical marijuana sales, should voters back legalization in November.

Lane County follows Eugene and Springfield, among other Oregon local governments, in considering marijuana taxes with the vote on Measure 91 on the immediate horizon. (Register Guard)




Taxing point in general is expected. Booze, cigarettes, gas, you name it, are taxed. But medical marijuana is part of the tax plan, which is curious. Are other medicines taxed? Are my blood pressure meds taxed? (Oregon does not have a sales tax by the way.) So why put a tax on medical marijuana?



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blue Wave?


...Talk of a Blue Wave, forgetting it's so necessary given religious fundamentalism worming its way into the Statehouse to legislate the morality of hypocrites and the ethics of psychopaths... United Religion, Church, Corporation, and State is the definition of Fascism and the recipe for same...

I'd see a Blue wave combating this disgusting idolatry of insentience and ignorance-worship roll in like the Tsunami compelled of an arriving asteroid: a white-hot wave of churning rock and boiling stone a thousand meters high and entirely irresistible at six times the speed of sound... Current Republicans must be SLUICED from our halls, there's right wing enough in the "DEMOCRAT" party, eh?  That kinda Blue wave.



"Paranoia runs deep . . . " not that there's anything wrong with that. Wake UP!

Mysterious Interceptor Towers: Whose?


Who is putting up interceptor cell towers? Mystery Deepens.

Mystery indeed. Article says the NSA is not responsible, but then again, they're the NSA and that's what they say. Anyhoo, when I tried to "blog this" using my handy feature to post to this blog, it didn't work. Numerous tried, nothing. First time that's happened. Coincidence? You know what they say about that.

International white collar criminals, organized crime, military, bankers (oops, already mentioned organized crime)  who knows. Theories abound.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

7 things you should know about the Forest Service's media restrictions in wilderness | OregonLive.com

And here's another item -- again, thanks to David Paulides -- about fees, permissions and what could happen to you if you take photos in a national forest. Say, don't we pay taxes and things as well as have free speech?

7 things you should know about the Forest Service's media restrictions in wilderness | OregonLive.com: As we reported, under rules being finalized, a reporter who shot a video or photo on an iPhone in 36 million acres of wilderness would first need to pay for a special permit.

Permits cost up to $1,500, says Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers, and reporters who don't get them could face fines up to $1,000.

First Amendment advocates say the rules ignore press freedoms and are so vague they'd allow the Forest Service to grant permits only to favored reporters shooting videos for positive stories.

Alfred Lehmberg, New Contributor


I'm pleased to announce that Alfred Lehmberg is a contributing blogger here at Octopus Confessional. Now we're really in for a ride! Thanks Alfred for joining us.

Don't Take That Photo! The U.S. Forest Service Might Fine You $1,000

Grateful to author and researcher David Paulides, of the 411 books, for this link, who posted it on his FB page.



If you're not familiar with the work of Paulides, I encourage you to read his books. He has done in depth research into disappearances in the forests of the United States and Canada, and what he has discovered will surprise the hell out of you I'm sure. Eerie and strange, and veers into areas that might be unexpected for some. Hugely important in my opinion, and believe me, you'll rethink how and when you venture into the woods.

Don't Take That Photo! The U.S. Forest Service Might Fine You $1,000: Hey hikers, that scenic forest photo you just posted on Instagram may cost you a thousand dollar fine. According to a proposed update to U.S. Forest Service regulations, still photography or video taken in any of its 439 Federal Wilderness Areas is subject to permitting (costing up to $1,500) or you can face a $1,000 fine per photo.

A little-noticed USFS “interim rule” has been in place for four years, and is now being updated to include new restrictions on vaguely defined “commercial filming” in wilderness areas.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Interpretation Of Christianity




I fail to see Matt Barber's justification for a penchant to shoving his hypocritical, pestilent, and hate-mongering interpretation of Christianity up my a$$, down my throat or in my ears... befouling all social sense and sensibility!  I resent, reject and revile same. Step OFF, Barbi!


http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/matt-barber-cant-decide-whether-he-loves-or-hates-freedom-religion-foundation

...Self-loathing Black People... #1


...On the other hand you tortured prisoners in your care, essentially got thrown out of the Army and was REMOVED from Congress after one term once people got a good whiff of you, eh?



"Paranoia runs deep ... " ...not that there's anything wrong with that, per se.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Florida Makes Off-Grid Living Illegal – Mandates All Homes Must Be Connected To An Electricity Grid | Collective-Evolution

Scary, but not surprising. They've been working towards making it illegal to be "off the grid" no matter in how small a manner that may be, since 9/11.

Florida Makes Off-Grid Living Illegal – Mandates All Homes Must Be Connected To An Electricity Grid | Collective-Evolution: It’s no secret that an opposition to sustainable living exists. Earlier this year, Texas state brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community and threatened to shut it down. Each one of the community members were initially handcuffed at gunpoint. It was called “The Garden of Eden Community,” and was totally self sustainable. You can read more about that here.

This time, it’s Robin Speronis that’s come under fire. She lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source. That’s just like saying our dependency on corporations isn’t even a choice. The battle to live without most utilities has been ongoing for Robin, the self-sufficient woman has lived for more than a year and a half using solar energy, a propane camping stove and rain water.

In the end, she was found not guilty of not having a proper sewer or electrical system; but was guilty of not being hooked up to an approved water supply.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Urban Outfitters Sells "Vintage" Blood-Spattered Kent State Sweatshirt



From: 
Urban Outfitters Sells "Vintage" Blood-Spattered Kent State Sweatshirt: In a strident display of bad taste, Urban Outfitters was selling a $130 "vintage" Kent State sweatshirt with fake blood splatter this weekend as an apparent homage to the 1970 shooting that left four dead. The sweatshirt is now listed as "sold out" in Urban Outfitter's online store. The shirt appears to have been a one-off sale, the site imploring customers, "We only have one, so get it or regret it!"

Read the rest at link.

Terror Attacks/ Super Soldiers - Shows - Coast to Coast AM

Should be interesting…



Terror Attacks/ Super Soldiers - Shows - Coast to Coast AM: First Half: William R. Forstchen, PhD, is a noted historian and public speaker on topics ranging from history to technology and cultural issues, to space technology development, to security threats. In addition to his expertise on EMP, he'll discuss his analysis of ISIS and detail the level of terror it could bring to the US heartland. (Coast to Coast)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Predictive Programming - Theory and Practice with Alan Watt

Predictive programming abounds. One definition:

Predictive Programming - Theory and Practice with Alan Watt: Alan Watt explains:
"Hollywood is the magician's wand (holly-holy) which has been used to cast a spell on the unsuspecting public. Things or ideas which would otherwise be seen as bizarre, vulgar, undesirable or impossible are inserted into films in the realm of fantasy. When the viewer watches these films, his/her mind is left open to suggestion and the conditioning process begins.  These same movies which are designed to program the average person, can give the discerning viewer a better understanding of the workings and the plan of the world agenda. 'Be-aware'. Predictive Programming - The power of suggestion using the media of fiction to create a desired outcome."

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Police Technology Encroachments - Shows - Coast to Coast AM

This is chilling, particularly the "authentication microchip" and mind reading tattoo. Tonight's Coast to Coast:



Police Technology Encroachments - Shows - Coast to Coast AM: x-prosecutor and civil libertarian, Bill of Rights sentry, and privacy patriot, Lionel, will discuss how the futuristic police force is already here. He'll cover numerous examples including how police skirt entrapment laws by inventing crimes that duped miscreants find themselves participating in, search warrants based on prediction of future crimes, and an edible "authentication microchip," along with an electronic tattoo that can read your mind. (Coast to Coast)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Monkey Virus Conspiracy: Tonight's Coast to Coast

This will surely prove to be interesting -- and frightening. Tonight's Coast to Coast, guest Ed Haslam, discussing the murder of Dr. Mary Sherman in context of her research.Monkey Virus Conspiracy - Shows - Coast to Coast AM

Friday, July 18, 2014

Activist Post: U.S. Military Seeks To Brain Scan Troops For "Signs of Potential Betrayal"

From the Activist Post: U.S. Military Seeks To Brain Scan Troops For "Signs of Potential Betrayal":



"… Defense One, which cites the inside killing of "several troops in recent years." But a former Army counterintelligence agent sees the opportunity to apply new technology that presumably can screen people for mal-intent. The system is called HandShake:
Here’s how the HandShake system works: A U.S. soldier would take, say, an Iraqi officer and outfit the subject with a special helmet that can pick up both electromagnetic signals (EEG) and perform functional near-infrared imaging (fNIRs) which images blood flow changes in the brain. The soldier would put the subject through a battery of tests including image recognition. Most of the pictures in the tests would be benign, but a few would contain scenes that a potential insider threat would remember, possibly including faces, locations or even bomb parts. The key is to select these images very, very carefully to cut down on the potential false positives.

Friday, July 11, 2014

CDC Shuts 2 Labs After Another Dangerous Gaffe - New one involves dangerous strain of bird flu

Hello? Anyone awake? Anyone?

CDC Shuts 2 Labs After Another Dangerous Gaffe - New one involves dangerous strain of bird flu: (NEWSER) – Another day, another report of a potentially deadly lab mistake by the CDC. The latest one, involving bird flu, has prompted CDC chief Tom Frieden to shut down two research labs temporarily and to halt the shipment of risky germs, reports AP. The bird flu mistake actually happened in May but didn't get reported to senior CDC officials until this week. It seems a CDC lab contaminated a sample of relatively harmless H9N2 bird flu with the far more dangerous H5N1 strain before shipping it out to an Agriculture Department lab, reports the New York Times. The second lab realized the mistake quickly, and officials don't think anybody got contaminated.
But it gets worse.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Man Faces Jail Time For Installing Wind Turbine on Own Property | The Free Thought Project



 Citizen in trouble for doing the right thing energy wise. Our government should be rewarding people who do things like this, not threading them with jail:

Man Faces Jail Time For Installing Wind Turbine on Own Property | The Free Thought Project: A Minnesota man is risking jail time by refusing to remove a wind turbine from his property. The local government and a few nosy neighbors have been disputing the construction of this turbine for over 4 years, since it was built in 2010.

Jay Nygard actually owns a company called Go Green Energy, which sells wind turbines in other areas of Minnesota, but he isn’t able to do so in Orono where he lives because of permit and licensing laws. These are the same laws that are preventing Nygard from building on his own property.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Facebook's Social Experiments

"You Consented to Facebook’s Social Experiment - ABC News: Here’s the line in the policy that Facebook says allowed it to manipulate the feeds without telling users before, during or after the study took place for a week in January of 2012:

“[I]n addition to helping people see and find things that you do and share, we may use the information we receive about you…for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.”

This is where the “ethical conundrum” begins, said bioethicist and lawyer Leslie Meltzer Henry, who works at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the University of Maryland Carey School of Law."
Indeed. We scroll impatiently on TOS and such and then click. And know in the back of our minds that we are being watched and monitored and tweaked with. No surprise here but still, it does bring a chill.



And, in recent days I've noticed a plethora of FB posts that ask: (paraphrasing) "How smart are you? Bet you can't name a city that doesn't have an A in it," or, "If you think you're so smart, think of a word that begins with A and ends in E" and, "You probably can't think of any names what begin with Z (or have Z in them, some such…) "



Of course one can't help but wonder if this isn't some more FB backed social investigation into the minds of the hoi polloi. How many people will mindlessly click on Like, Share, and most of all, argue (as many have done) that of course there are names that have Z and there are city names with A in them.



What does this mean? Just more evidence of in your face data collecting, spying, the arrogance of corporations taking great advantage of our need to enjoy ourselves at their expense, and so on. The usual.




Facebook's Social Experiments

"You Consented to Facebook’s Social Experiment - ABC News: Here’s the line in the policy that Facebook says allowed it to manipulate the feeds without telling users before, during or after the study took place for a week in January of 2012:

“[I]n addition to helping people see and find things that you do and share, we may use the information we receive about you…for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.”

This is where the “ethical conundrum” begins, said bioethicist and lawyer Leslie Meltzer Henry, who works at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the University of Maryland Carey School of Law."
Indeed. We scroll impatiently on TOS and such and then click. And know in the back of our minds that we are being watched and monitored and tweaked with. No surprise here but still, it does bring a chill.



And, in recent days I've noticed a plethora of FB posts that ask: (paraphrasing) "How smart are you? Bet you can't name a city that doesn't have an A in it," or, "If you think you're so smart, think of a word that begins with A and ends in E" and, "You probably can't think of any names what begin with Z (or have Z in them, some such…) "



Of course one can't help but wonder if this isn't some more FB backed social investigation into the minds of the hoi polloi. How many people will mindlessly click on Like, Share, and most of all, argue (as many have done) that of course there are names that have Z and there are city names with A in them.



What does this mean? Just more evidence of in your face data collecting, spying, the arrogance of corporations taking great advantage of our need to enjoy ourselves at their expense, and so on. The usual.




Saturday, June 28, 2014

Man in Pig Mask Arrested for Impersonating Police Officer | The Free Thought Project

Meanwhile, in England:

Man in Pig Mask Arrested for Impersonating Police Officer | The Free Thought Project: Steven Peers, a 46 year old father of four was recently arrested in Manchester for impersonating a police officer. Mr. Peers was not attempting to commit any crime, but was actually wearing a noticeable costume in hopes to call attention to, and raise awareness about police corruption and misconduct.

Monday, June 23, 2014

City Cracks Down On 9-Year-Old For Opening Free Library In His Front Yard | ThinkProgress

Cities shutting down front yard vegetable gardens, and now it seems that reading violates some type of code: City Cracks Down On 9-Year-Old For Opening Free Library In His Front Yard | ThinkProgress.



The Little Free Library Movement is something that has taken off in a big way; we have a few here in my city of Eugene. It's world wide. Something I've been considering doing myself. A wonderful idea. But, not according to the bureaucrats in Leawood, Kansas. What a great message to send to a young boy who loves reading -- hassle him for wanting to do something free and positive for his community that involves learning and facilitating reading.



The article says there were complaints, if true, that's as scary as the city bureaucrats who insist the library is an "unattached structure." Who in their right mind would complain about a free library?



Spencer, the young boy who is working to keep the library, has a Facebook page to generate support and convince Leawood to stop being ridiculous bureaucrat clowns.




Friday, April 25, 2014

Oregon's Art Robinson wants your urine

Love the 1950s vibe of this cartoon in Robinson's brochure


We received a weird brochure in the mail today from "Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine." Which is Oregon politician and GOP religious nut Art Robinson's personal and private little lab on his ranch in Cave Junction, Oregon. From the brochure:

From Cave Junction ranch and lab, Art Robinson provides provocative voice for Oregon GOP | OregonLive.com: Inside, the lab looks like a bit of OHSU plunked down on a pasture -- except for the hunting trophies on the wall and an old pipe organ in the center of the room, with the sheet music to "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee" placed above the keyboard. (Oregon Live.com)
This sounds like something from a novel by Vonnegut or some such, but it is real. Robinson's lab is under the "nonprofit" category, as the return address on the brochure reveals, and is a public entity.

The brochure asks us to send a urine sample to their lab. If we do, we'll be in on Robinson's cutting edge scientific discoveries, that will not only help the medical field, but education:
 We need samples of your urine in order to calibrate analytical procedures that can revolutionize the evaluation of personal chemistry -- and thereby improve our health, our happiness and property, and even the academic performance of our children in school.  (from Oregon institute of Science and Medicine mailer/brochure, April 2014.)
Nowhere in this four page glossy, full color brochure does it tell us what, exactly, Robinson's "Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine" will do for us once he has his hands on our pee.

If we return the pre-paid reply included in the brochure, we will receive a "…brief questionnaire  asking your age, sex, and some simple health questions." "…six months later" we will be asked for another urine sample. Assured we are not obligated to continue with giving pee samples we are encouraged to continue, since "… a series of samples at six-month intervals makes possible longitudinal experiments that are of increased value." (Robinson)

Robinson is a notorious character in Oregon; here's what his advice on what to do with nuclear waste:
"All we need do with nuclear waste is dilute it to a low radiation level and sprinkle it over the ocean – or even over America after hormesis is better understood and verified with respect to more diseases." (Robinson 1997: Oregon Loon Watch/Daily Kos)
In 2011, Robinson accused OSU of harassing three of his six children, stating that Oregon State University was trying to expel his three children as "political payback." He's said that public education is "child abuse" and should be abolished. (He's also created his own home school curriculum.) And so on.


"Nonprofit" -- what a mad scam!


And now, Robinson has spent quite a bit of money mailing out full color four page brochures, soliciting citizen's urine, which will be collected, tested and kept in his own private lab on his Oregon ranch.

The brochure wasn't addressed to us specifically (and obviously political affiliation wasn't considered since we are not Republicans, nor Christians) but mailed under a generic "postal customer" designation.

A lot of money spent, in hopes of receiving good citizen's urine.












Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Just Say No to Tasering Students and Militarizing Our Schools

Staged and faked scenarios in schools, usually violent (accidents, crashes, alien invasions, war, etc.) and police presences that harm and arrest students.

Just Say No to Tasering Students and Militarizing Our Schools: When The New York Times (NYT) calls the tasering of students as a "disciplinary" measure torture, it is time to take notice that our schools have been infected with the appalling post 9/11 acceptance of harsh interrogation and discipline.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mental Health Evaluation Form


I surprised myself earlier today with my response to the following episode. I had to go to the health clinic -- this clinic is owned by (though they contract out) and a part of the institution where I'm employed. When I checked in at the front desk I was handed a form that asked questions having to do with my emotional and psychological state. I'm paraphrasing here but the questions, maybe about two dozen of them (maybe less) were along the lines of:
1. Have you had trouble sleeping?
2. Has your enjoyment of activities decreased in the past two months?
3. Have you had thoughts of suicide or self-harm in the past six months?
and so on in regards to depression, stress, bad dreams, thoughts of suicide, etc. Without thinking about it I said "This is quite a form, it's a bit odd" and the woman very nicely explained everyone gets the form, it's standard, no one sees it, etc. I said I understood all that but it still seemed odd and I wasn't going to fill it out. Later the doctor said she understood that and I was under no obligation to fill it out; the staff was not defensive or pushy in any way. They all explained very patiently that "no one will see this form," and "everyone gets this to fill out," and "it's done once a year," but my issue is: why? If I'm going in for a routine female related exam (pap, what have you) why in the world do I need to fill out a form about mental health? But I did think the whole thing odd -- if I do feel those things, in need of counseling etc. then of course I'll pursue that but to fill out a form like that "just because" seemed, well, odd.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

375-pound military drone crashes near Pennsylvania elementary school, report says | Fox News

National Guard flies unmanned drone and crashes it, near a school:

375-pound military drone crashes near Pennsylvania elementary school, report says | Fox News: Pennsylvania authorities are investigating Thursday as to why an unmanned drone crash landed near a Pennsylvania elementary school.

The Lebanon Daily News identified the 375-pound drone as a RQ-7 Shadow, operated by the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. A military official called Wednesday afternoon's incident a hard landing, but the drone was apparently run over by a car.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ultraculture | Wake Up & Stay Free

Ultraculture | Wake Up and Stay Free: "NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming is one of the world’s most prevalent methods of mind control, used by everyone from sales callers to politicians to media pundits, and it’s nasty to the core. Here’s ten ways to make sure nobody uses it on you… ever."
Interesting, and I don't argue with the basic idea here. Always beware of manipulations, always. While some of NLP is useful for the so-called "new age" self actualizing work that some of us happily use for our own work, this is a chilling article that gives us background into the mind control realm of NLP.

It is pretty interesting that one of the founders of NLP, John Grinder, was once:

"Grinder was at the time an associate professor in linguistics at the university (he had previously served as a Captain in the US Special Forces and in the intelligence community, …"
And this photo of Richard Brander, another founder of NLP, in black with red tie. NLP via clothing choice. Screams devil/satan/mafia/don/mad genius. Brander, accused murderer, free, and still runs NLP workshops:

NLP co-founder john Brander (source wiki commons)

So, ten pointers from the author on how to avoid having someone dump NLP all over your fanny. Personally, I can think of several on-going examples in my own life where people, whether or not they are intentionally using NLP or aware of such a thing, do their best to manipulate using similar methods.



Thursday, March 27, 2014

DARPA Quote of the Day

 "By seeking out scalable approaches for dynamically controlling the electromagnetic spectrum or distributed cooperative efforts to achieving air dominance, DARPA can help reduce the cost of future systems."


Defense.gov News Article: DARPA’s Role to ‘Change What’s Possible,’ Director Says:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pussy Riot Members Attacked


Real he-men attack two members of Pussy Riot; the irony of the fact they were wearing anti-Nazi symbols does not escape:

Russia: Pussy Riot suffer burns and head injuries after being attacked at McDonalds | euronews, world news: The men, who were wearing St George ribbons which commemorate the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, used pepper spray and poured rubbish and green antiseptic over them. [italics mine]

This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried To Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School

Bad news, and shame on Scholoastic. Good news, and thank you to all who worked to change Scholastic's propaganda attempts.



This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried To Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School: While developing activities on coal and the climate crisis in 2011 for Rethinking Schools magazine, I ran across a curriculum,The United States of Energy, from Scholastic, the venerable education publisher.
It was a colorful series of lessons, aimed at fourth-graders, which explored the various sources for energy in the United States. The material on coal discussed its many “advantages.” But when I looked for discussion of the disadvantages … nothing.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bitcoin CEO found dead

Another death, no doubt to be labeled "suicide":

First Meta CEO found dead in Singapore: Autumn Radtke, the 28-year-old CEO of an upstart bitcoin exchange, died last week under mysterious circumstances at her home in Singapore.

The U.S.-born head of First Meta was found dead by police on Feb. 28, with the cause of death yet to be determined. In a statement on its website, First Meta said the company "was shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke."

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the company's director and nonexecutive chairman, Douglas Abrams, said the exact cause of Radtke's death was "still under investigation."

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Just World Theory of Economics




Chris Hedges | Suffering? Well, You Deserve It discusses the "just - world theory" of economics. Just world theory is not just the idea that the wealthy or those with property deserve for whatever reasons (in fact, the article says, it isn't questioned how one acquired their money, it just is) but, and this is the crucial thing to get, those who are poor deserve to be poor. Quoting from the article:

Clinging to the old neoclassical model could . . .  erode and perhaps destroy social cohesion and require the state to engage in greater forms of coercion. [italics mine]
Look at the actions of cities across the United States towards the homeless. Instead of true help, laws are made, on a daily basis, to further ensure that the homeless, despite age, gender or state of health, are vilified. This includes those that would help the homeless, in many cases. Being homeless is a crime; illegal to camp, sleep, "loiter," give food, money or blankets to the homeless, panhandle, etc. None of these laws help anyone, only punish.

People are jailed for not paying bills. This is illegal yet it not only continues, the number of people jailed for being poor has increased.

People go without needed medical care; this is nothing new and yet even with the promise of Obama care things remain dicey for many. This includes me, and I have had the blessing of fairly good health insurance through my employment. It costs me a lot of money each month however, as any health insurance does. Even so, I cannot afford the procedures pushed at me from health care providers. Fortunately, they are not life threatening issues but for many, such is not the case.



Many employers do not offer paid sick leave, and this is another way economics punishes the poor. Call in sick, often you're fired. If you're not fired, you're not paid. So you go in sick, which makes you sicker. And then you get others sick.



It's also nothing new that if you can't afford legal advice, you're screwed.



And so it goes, the list is endless.



Something I've noticed, (on the local level as well as nationally) is the attitude that the sick, the homeless, the "not us" demonstrate terrifyingly punitive responses to these issues. From incredible naivety, such as the letter writer to the local paper who insisted employers wouldn't punish good employees for calling in sick, to the sheer heartless suggestions the homeless should be shipped out of town, the reaction is to punish or ignore, not help without judgement.



Just-world economics in practice isn't new, and that's what makes this so godamned sad. That in this age we accept this as natural and even ethical --  as many a Christian subscribes to this philosophy (mangling the whole "give a man a fish … teach him to fish" *Biblical meme) should be an embarrassment.

* That quote about "giving a man a fish…" is not a Biblical story, it is a Chinese proverb.












Sunday, February 23, 2014

Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal | Off The Grid News

Sad, scary, and frustrating, but not at all surprising. Wonder if this will be appealed and considered unconstitutional? Hope so.


Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal | Off The Grid News: Living off the grid is illegal in Cape Coral, Florida, according to a court ruling Thursday.

Special Magistrate Harold S. Eskin ruled that the city’s codes allow Robin Speronis to live without utility power but she is still required to hook her home to the city’s water system. Her alternative source of power must be approved by the city, Eskin said.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Scientists mystified as 20 earthquakes hit Oklahoma in one day | Mail Online

"…or even a natural occurrence." Possible but given the history of high strangeness earth upheavals in Oklahoma, unlikely:

Scientists mystified as 20 earthquakes hit Oklahoma in one day | Mail Online: An area of Logan County around Oklahoma City felt the brunt of the quakes, which were as large as magnitude 3.5
Residents feared for their personal safety and for their property but scientists remain unsure what's causing them, much less how to predict or stop them
Scientists say it could be the result of fracking, changes in lake water levels or even a natural occurrence



8th Banker Commits Suicide: JP Morgan Hong Kong & 30 Stories Down! | Political Vel Craft

There are no coincidences. This makes the 8th banker to commit suicide. What's interesting about this one is that the victim, "…surnamed Lee…" was seen standing on the roof, police attempted to stop him from jumping, and he was seen falling to his death. It's always difficult to sit from afar and speculate on another's life --  at the very least it's distasteful and disrespectful -- but even with witnesses to this apparent suicide, it is possible that this tragic event was staged.

8th Banker Commits Suicide: JP Morgan Hong Kong & 30 Stories Down! | Political Vel Craft: Moments ago a third JPMorgan banker committed suicide, this time at the JPMorgan Charter House Asia headquarters in central Hong Kong, where a 33 year old man who was said to have been an FX trader for JPM, just jumped to his death.

Not much is known yet about the circumstances of the suicide, however according to early reports, the man was 33-years-old, surnamed Lee, and believed to be a forex trader for JP Morgan.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Register Guard: State hands education to private sector

     In today's Eugene-Springfield area newspaper, The Register Guard, this opinion piece by Roscoe Caron "retired middle school teacher . . . teaches in the University of Oregon College of Education."

State hands education to private sector | Opinion | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon: To begin with, almost all of Oregon’s big business players, from Bank of America to Weyerhaeuser, are members of the Oregon Business Council. Those corporations also fund the council’s Employers for Education Excellence organization, which since 2008 has been pushing a redesign of Oregon schools with “outcome based budgeting” as its foundation.
     As is happening with schools everywhere in the U.S., private industry is taking over education, just as the lines between government (including and of course, all about, the office of the president) and corporations is nonexistent.

     The article points out no teachers are involved in the creation of these state mandates, nor do they sit on these boards that design such laws. Scary what one commentator left at the paper's page said; that teachers are not included because they have their own agendas. With thinking like that, it's not surprising at all they are getting away with ripping apart education and putting it back together in mad Dr. Frankenstein ways.

     Among the educational reforms and mandates, such as "common core" curriculum and so on, is the endless data collecting built into the testing, curriculum and computer programs ostensibly presented to make educator's, and administrators, lives easier.

    The definition of fascism, while open to debate about nuances and particulars, is the implantation from the government of authoritarian actions, in partnership with corporations. (Is it a coincidence that the Pledge of Allegiance is now required, by law, to be said by staff and students in every Oregon school once a week?)

   

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Another Banker Commits "Suicide" By Shooting Himself EIGHT Times With A Nail Gun... | Alternative

News item, can be found all over the place, this one from The Daily Mail, of another banker's "suicide."  

Another Banker Commits "Suicide" By Shooting Himself EIGHT Times With A Nail Gun... | Alternative: Daily Mail:
     A CEO has committed suicide by shooting himself multiple times with a nail gun, a coroner reported on Friday.
     Richard Talley, 57, founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was found dead in his home on Tuesday with up to eight wounds to the torso and head.
His company was being investigated by state insurance regulators at the time of Mr Talley’s suicide.
Related posts: Cthulhu in your face

______________________________________________________________