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10
Sep
10

Steadfeast Resolve: 9-11 and the War of Terror® (ninth-year anniversary)

Twelve American soldiers face charges over a secret “kill team” that allegedly blew up and shot Afghan civilians at random and collected their fingers as trophies.

Five of the soldiers are charged with murdering three Afghan men who were allegedly killed for sport in separate attacks this year. Seven others are accused of covering up the killings and assaulting a recruit who exposed the murders when he reported other abuses, including members of the unit smoking hashish stolen from civilians.

(source)

Foreign news articles like the one above pose a grave threat to national security in a post-9-11 world and should be censored in the U.S. Not only does this type of propaganda stoke the fire of global anti-American sentiment, but our freedoms and safety are threatened when America’s moral high ground in the execution of the War of Terror® is undermined. Free speech must always yield to the greater interests of national security and idealogical unity.

America is fully justified in taking the battle to the Mohammadan terrorist menace wherever it hides. This justification extends to the killing of non-terrorist men, women, and even little Muslim babies. Though they may technically be classified as non-combatants under international law, those who dwell in and around hotbeds of regional terrorist activity are potential future terrorists, including offspring. The position of slaughtering “gentile babies”  to eliminate future threats is fully supported under Talmudic “halachic” law as expressed by Israeli rabbi, Yitzhak Shapira:

There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults.”

To some this may be an extreme position. I caution those of this mind to remember the events of 9-11 as we enter into the ninth anniversary of patriotic mourning for our fallen heroes. Almost 3,000 of America’s bravest and hardest workers sacrificed their lives when 19 Arab hijackers engaged in a conspiracy to outwit the most sophisticated air defense system in the World, defied previously accepted laws of aerodynamics by flying airplanes into buildings at impossible speeds, and accomplished the incredible feat of knocking down three NYC skyscrapers with only two planes.

Following the 9-11 attacks, patriotic Americans fully supported the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. These military campaigns were necessary to exact brutal revenge on the Muslim people (a.k.a. potential future terrorists) wherever they lived to prevent another 9-11 type attack. Our brave political leaders and fearless generals delivered the Islamisists an undeniable message that terror is absolutely unacceptable under any circumstance. When the terror stops they might get their country back, it’s that simple people!

Some mistakenly argue that since a majority of the 9-11 perpetrators were Saudi Arabians (15 of the 19), including 9-11 terror mastermind Bin Laden (who methodically a plotted the brazen attacks on his laptop in an Afghan cave between his dialysis treatments), the U.S. should have instead bombed Saudi Arabia. Had the U.S. done so, diplomatic relations and countless high-dollar contracts would have been jeopardized. The Bush family, high officials in the Bush (and now Obama) administration, oil and gas corporations, and military defense contractors (who were supplying the Saudis with weapons, missile systems, and critical infrastructure protections) would have suffered severe economic harm as a result of a Saudi invasion. Invading Saudi Arabia would have also likely disrupted oil production leading to skyrocketing gas prices which would have negatively affected the U.S. economy. What’s good for business is good for America.

Muslim countries are pretty much interchangeable as each is a proxy for the overarching terrorist mindset that has infested their religion and culture, thus making it perfectly acceptable to invade any, or all of them. When the terror attacks stop, the U.S. soldiers and corporate mercenaries may or may not come home depending on the attitude of the Muslim people, among other factors (e.g., the full depletion of all natural resources, global opium demand forecasting, oil and gas pipeline completion timetables, and regional stability guaranteeing the safety and secured hegemonic status of our greatest ally, Israel.) In other words, don’t hold your breath, Achmed!

Like it or lump it Muslim people, America is in it for the long haul in the War of Terror®. President Obama has boldly demonstrated his commitment to forcefully restore peace in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and to protect the homeland from crazed jihadists. Through the implementation of innovative homeland security measures (i.e., increased government surveillance, restrictions on free speech,  eroding terrorist friendly 4th Amendment protections, and the deployment of the Internet kill-switch), Obama has put every American back into the national security driver’s seat.

The Clash of Civilizations will result in an eventual victor, and it will not have an Islamic face. Osama bin Laden and his jihadist fly-boys should have thought of that before they single-handedly perpetrated the 9-11 attacks (without any help from the neo-con cabal, rogue members of the military-intelligence community, or foreign intelligence services and their domestic allies). Know this – the Christian/Judeo monotheistic religion tag-team can not, and WILL NOT, be beaten.

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Here is a link to a list of  tin-foil hat conspiracy nuts who question the government’s official position on 9-11. Although they once held high ranking positions in the U.S. government and military, their hatred of America has muddled their critical-thinking faculties. The list of unpatriotic scumbags includes: Max Cleland (former U.S. Senator – GA), Louis Freeh (former FBI Director), General Albert Stubblebine (U.S. Army – Ret), Ray McGovern, and many other unhinged and reality-detached individuals. They put our country at risk by spouting off their idiotic hate America first nonsense. Have pity on their souls, as they are doing the Devil’s work by attacking the Shining City on the Hill (American Providence).

05
Jun
10

Obama expands “secret war” against cowardly Islamic terrorists

It has been almost nine years since America was traumatized by Islamic barbarians hell-bent on destroying our freedoms. Three days after September 11th, 2001, President George W. Bush climbed upon the rubble of the fallen WTC towers and made a vow to the American people to avenge the senseless deaths orchestrated by third-world cave people. Despite his valiant efforts to command-in-chief a two-front war, sign the USA PATRIOT ACT, and push for telecom immunity for terrorist eavesdropping,  Bush was weak, and did not take enough fight to the enemy.

Thank God for President Barack Obama.

[T]he Obama administration has significantly expanded a largely secret U.S. war against al-Qaeda and other radical groups, according to senior military and administration officials. Special Operations forces have grown both in number and budget, and are deployed in 75 countries, compared with about 60 at the beginning of last year. (Washington Post)

To the bleeding-hearts lefties, the weak-kneed Quaker pacifists, and the dope-smoking, anti-war, college crybabies, the phrase “secret war” has troubling implications. They decry the extra-judicial death-squad assassinations, the CIA drone attacks killing hundreds of non-combatants, rendition disappearances, and other necessary unpleasantries in the Global War of Terror (GWOT). But, they must be reminded of the fact that WE did not start this fight and sometimes you have to play dirty to win.

War is never perfect, or clean, or fair. The scraggly camel fuckers who outwitted the most technologically advanced air defense system and cunningly planned the 9-11 attack on the same day that numerous NORAD war game scenarios were scheduled punched below the belt. Osama and his boys awoke a sleeping giant that day. Unfortunately, America had to wait almost a decade before we had a ballsy and decisive leader who was willing to exact the brutal revenge that the people required.

Obama, one senior military official said, has allowed “things that the previous administration did not.”

The quote above speaks volumes. The clear implication is that by vetoing available extraterritorial and aggressive GWOT measures, Bush’s promise to “take the battle to the enemy” fell short. In contrast,  President Obama is a man who refuses to allow international law (which is thoroughly anti-American) or the pesky opinions of the international community to dictate the manner in which justice must be served. One condemnation coming from a United Nations report “questioned the administration’s authority under international law to conduct such raids, particularly when they kill innocent civilians.” Must the  feckless U.N. diplomats be reminded that it was the U.S. financial center and the Pentagon that was attacked on 9-11, and not their shitty Turtle Bay monolith full of stuffed shirts and foreign accents.

Now, America has a brave and dedicated leader who not only grasps the existential threat posed by the Moslem cave people, but is willing to cut them off at the knees. President Obama has not forgotten the scores of Koran-thumping sleeper cells in this country patiently awaiting their bomb mission orders.  He is also cognizant of the ever-present urban center dirty nuke threat that could make 9-11 look like a rookie outing. Soon, America will know true peace, once Islamic terrorism (and all other anti-American sentiment) is dealt the knockout punch.

I’ve got two daughters, nine and six years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I do not want them punished with a baby ~ President Barack H. Obama (America’s 44th President)

04
May
10

President Obama Threatened to Murder Jonas Brothers With Targeted Drone Attack

During his speech at the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Obama uttered the following words:

The Jonas Brothers are here; they’re out there somewhere. Sasha and Malia are huge fans; but boys, don’t get any ideas. Two words for you: predator drones. You will never see it coming. You think I’m joking?

It is shocking to me that the President of the United States would brazenly joke about liquidating our Nation’s greatest musical treasure. The Jonas Brothers are a gift from GOD (aka Disney) and all should cherish the sanctity of their precious lives. Their songs, especially “When You Look Me In The Eyes” and “Baby Bottle Pop Theme Song”, are revered anthems that comprise the soundtrack of the lives of countless struggling adolescents (and grown-ups like me) trying to make sense of an insane world.

One could infer from President Obama’s words that the Jonas Brothers are a loathsome band of child molesters (the First Children are both under the age of 12 and the youngest Jonas Brother is 17). Given that these men are quite obviously buggerers (their mere presence overpowering numerous gaydar installations), I seriously doubt the Jonas Brothers constitute the slightest sexual threat to females (of any age).

Mr. President, please preserve your remote-controlled instruments of wanton destruction for those more deserving than these musically-gifted choco-starfish afficionados (i.e., Muslim wedding party and funeral attendees, street market shoppers, non-combatants, women, children, and the occasional terrorist).

We Ain't After the Sweet Stank...Only the Hairy, Sweaty, Brown DANK!!!

14
Apr
10

Tax Day Plea: U.S. National Security Dependent on Timely Filed IRS Returns

This is a direct appeal to anyone who reads this. Please file your tax return by tomorrow’s deadline (April 15th). Ensuring that the State is adequately funded is a civic, legal, and moral duty for every U.S. citizen. The U.S. Treasury is facing the threat of severe under-funding due to the current economic meltdown, corporate offshore tax havens, and greedy deadbeats who refuse to fulfill their end of the social contract.

The safety and security of Americans home and abroad is strengthened when patriotic and responsible citizens fulfill their legal obligations under the I.R.S. tax code. The criminal reprobates who refuse to pay taxes selfishly place our country in great risk from the threat of aggressive nations, state-sponsored terrorists, and rogue Islamic jihadist murderers who hate Americans for our multitudinous freedoms and liberties.

How might your failure to pay taxes put millions of Americans home and abroad in peril? Military spending accounts for 53% of the U.S. budget. Therefore, when you fail to pay your taxes, the world for Americans becomes less safe by more than half. Here are some concrete examples of how military spending protects you and your fellow citizens from those that hate you and your way of life.

  • MILITARY SPENDING FIGURES – U.S. military spending for FY08 was $623 billion compared to the $500 billion aggregate military spending of all other countries combined. Under President Obama’s wise leadership, $708 billion has been requested for FY11 (which will make the U.S. about 13% safer than three years ago).
    • Since the U.S. spends more on military spending than all other countries combined, this guarantees that if all other countries conspire to attack us at once, they will be destroyed.
    • Although President Obama’s nuke reduction bluff will decrease the stockpile of atomic weapons in foreign nations, increased annual military spending acts as an insurance policy against emerging WMD technologies that the Asians are probably developing.
  • IRAQ WAR – The CBO estimates that by 2017 total costs for the War in Iraq could reach $1.9 trillion dollars (partially due to interest from debt financing).
    • Iraq is teeming with angry Muhammadists (due to the +1 million civilian war casualties) and a fragile government that will likely never achieve self-governing stability.
    • Ongoing military presence in Iraq will protect continuous petroleum supplies for the U.S. and global markets by safe-guarding BP and Dutch Shell drilling and refining operations and by derailing irresponsible nationalization efforts.
    • The continuing occupation of Iraq will act as a safeguard against attempts to reinstate their WMD program, torture facilities, and rape rooms.

    Below: What happens to bad people in Iraq who defy U.S. military personnel

  • AFGHANISTAN WAR – The total cost of the Afghanistan War (Operation Enduring Freedom) is roughly $300 billion dollars. President Obama’s recent brave decision to ramp up the war by sending 30,000 additional troops (and 56,000 disposable contractors) sends an unmistakable message to the terrorists that America will never lose its resolve in the War of Terror.
    • Continuing Afghan operations will ensure that Osama bin Laden, and his fellow cave people conspirators responsible for the 9-11 attacks, will eventually be brought to justice.
    • Military incursions and random drone bombings in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region will dissuade potential Islamic radicals from choosing terrorism as a career option.
    • U.S. military presence in the country will generate friendly relations in Central Asia by ensuring the Trans-Afghanistan Oil Pipeline (TAP) meets its 2014 construction deadline.
    • Success in the War in Afghanistan will guarantee that the World will respect (and fear) our country when they see that America succeeded where Alexander the Great and the Soviets failed miserably.
    • U.S. military presence in Afghanistan provides security to opium harvesting operations. This will promote goodwill among international drug cartels, pharmaceutical corporations, junkies, and pain-ridden recipients of opiate prescriptions.

  • PROJECTED MILITARY POWER
    • The Department of Defense owns over 600,000 individual buildings and structures, at more than 6,000 locations, on more than 30 million acres.
    • An estimated 1,000 of these military installations are in foreign countries (potential enemies).
    • Over 250,000 active duty military personnel are deployed in 135 countries (out of 195 countries in the World). Until 100% global U.S. military saturation is achieved, the 60 unoccupied countries pose a potential grave threat to national security.

Please do the right thing on April 15th. The survival of future generations of Americans hinges on your willingness to contribute to the defense of this great nation. If you choose to avoid this obligation, you will be hunted down, criminally charged, and imprisoned like the vile scum that you are.

01
Apr
10

The First Lady’s Voodoo Garden

According to disreputable Skull and Bonesman and Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank:

The first lady of the United States, dirt on her knees, then taught the children how to do “the rhubarb dance,” which consisted of wiggling fingers and casting a voodoo-like spell on the herb and chanting, “Grow, rhubarb, grow.” She then marched them rhythmically around the plot. “You gotta shake it!” she instructed. (Source)

27
Jan
10

Manned Moon Mission Swindle Axed from NASA Budget

We certainly don’t need to go back to the moon ~ Obama administration official (source)

President Obama’s soon to be released budget proposal will withdraw funding for manned space missions to the Moon.  The Constellation Program, designed to “return” astronauts to the Moon by the year 2020 was announced by Obama’s villianous predecessor, George W. Bush. In place of the Constellation program, NASA will focus on the more realistic ten year goal of using “heavy-lift” rockets to explore low Earth orbit.

Obama’s decision to kill the Constellation program is most likely due to mounting public disbelief regarding the Apollo Program and the infeasibility of landing a man on the Moon, even with today’s technology.  Recent news reports exposing rampant cocaine abuse at the Kennedy Space Center undermined Americans’ faith in NASA mission capability. These critical factors, along with tax replacement revenue streams in the form of higher than expected yields from CIA Afghan opium harvesting operations and projected oil profits from future Haiti drilling efforts also likely aided in President Obama’s decision to gut the funding.

NASA space missions have been a reliable cash cow for decades for the purpose of  funding clandestine black budget programs. These parallel programs focusing on advanced weaponry and space militarization are bankrolled using billions of dollars funneled out of the official space program. The NASA space program is merely window dressing to justify the forcible extraction of huge sums from the American people in the name of space exploration. The military black projects financed through NASA are in direct contravention to the agency’s stated public mission to “Improve life here, To Extend life to there, and To find life beyond.”

American citizens have been increasingly skeptical about the Apollo Mission Cold-War psy-op.  In 1962, John F. Kennedy made a bold commitment to land a man on the Moon by the end of the decade. Miraculously, within a span of only seven years, this incredible scientific feat was ostensibly accomplished. In 2004, George W. Bush announced 2020 as the target date for a return manned Moon mission. Here, a nimble application of Occam’s razor is in order. Are we to believe that 40 years after the original Moon landing it would take more than twice as long (16 years) to recreate this achievement? Given Moore’s Law, RAW’s Jumping Jesus Phenomenon, and the 15+ billion dollars dedicated to the effort annually, it is inconceivable that the Luna reunion would take so long.

Our noble leader is not willing to deceive the American people with the false promise of a future manned Moon missions. Nor is he willing to fund the black budget by pillaging the citizens under the pretext of faked space exploration adventures. George W. Bush’s disingenuous con, the Constellation Program, preyed on our national aspiration to reach the stars and beyond. The inauguration of President Obama marked an emerging era of transparency and open government. Please pray for our leader to fulfill his campaign promises and to restore faith in the American exceptionalism model.

Recommended reading:

How Stanley Kubrick Faked the Apollo Moon Landings: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Lies by Jay Wiedner

Wagging the Moondoggie by Dave McGowan

16
Jan
10

Obama’s Ministry of Truth?: Analysis of Cass Sunstein’s “Cognitive Infiltration” Strategy

THE MINISTRY OF TRUTH

The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

To ensure survival, oppressive governments purposefully shape, distort, and conceal potentially damaging information. Public perception must be craftily managed, lest the house of cards collapse due to the implosive effect of exposure. The free-flow of information, particularly the sort divulging deep-seated political corruption and large-scale government illegality, would spark intense moral outrage leading to pesky legislative hearings, lost elections, criminal trials, impeachment proceedings, etc.

An oppressive government wishing to obscure its anti-democratic hubris, must taint the jury pool to avoid conviction in the court of public opinion. The following article is demonstrative of the methods and tactics employed by rogue governmental factions of the mistakenly labeled freest country on the face of the Earth to co-opt and marginalize information that is deemed too dangerous for public consumption.

From the Raw Story article “Obama staffer wants ‘cognitive infiltration of 9/11 conspiracy groups”:

President Barack Obama’s appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated “cognitive infiltration” of groups that advocate “conspiracy theories” like the ones surrounding 9/11. Cass Sunstein, a Harvard law professor, co-wrote an academic article entitled “Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures,” in which he argued that the government should stealthily infiltrate groups that pose alternative theories on historical events via “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine” those groups.

Sunstein’s article, published in the Journal of Political Philosphy in 2008 and recently uncovered by blogger Marc Estrin, states that “our primary claim is that conspiracy theories typically stem not from irrationality or mental illness of any kind but from a ‘crippled epistemology,’ in the form of a sharply limited number of (relevant) informational sources.”

In Cass Sunstein’s view, those who have a healthy functioning epistemology obtain their news and information from government-approved  mainstream media sources. Surely Sunstein is aware of the U.S. government’s long history of co-opting journalists and infiltrating news organizations to ensure favorable reporting (see Carl Bernstein’s 1977 Rolling Stone article The CIA and the Media and Alex Constantine’s article Mockingbird: The Subversion of the Free Press by the CIA). Former CIA Director William Colby boasted that “The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” The Pentagon pundit scandal (also referred to as “psy-ops on steroids”) is a recent example of the U.S. government shaping public perception through the recruitment of active and retired members of the military to sell the Iraq war to the American people through the MSM.

Those suffering from Sunstein’s diagnosis of “crippled epistemology” are merely individuals who obtain news and information from sources outside of the government’s long arm of control. From the government’s perspective, there is a risk that increasing numbers of citizens will resort to unapproved news outlets to feather their reality nests. When a critical mass of those who reject the state-engineered MSM corporate propaganda is reached, the state’s fragile body of lies is placed under heightened scrutiny.

Sunstein, whose article focuses largely on the 9/11 conspiracy theories, suggests that the government “enlist nongovernmental officials in the effort to rebut the theories. It might ensure that credible independent experts offer the rebuttal, rather than government officials themselves. There is a tradeoff between credibility and control, however. The price of credibility is that government cannot be seen to control the independent experts.” [see Pentagon pundit scandal (also referred to as “psy-ops on steroids.”]

Sunstein argued that “government might undertake (legal) tactics for breaking up the tight cognitive clusters of extremist theories.” He suggested that “government agents (and their allies) might enter chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine percolating conspiracy theories by raising doubts about their factual premises, causal logic or implications for political action.”

Truth has a remarkably tenacious nature, and as a result, is quite difficult to suppress. Therefore, the malefactors promoting the deception must employ a variety of obfuscation tactics to derail attempts to bring their activities into the light. Through the use of agent provocateurs, the limited hang-out, ad hominem attacks, mis-info and dis-info campaigns, appeals to authority, and other deceptive tactics, the typical citizen is unlikely to question the architecture of his externally designed reality tunnel.

The controllers are well aware that perceptions are malleable.  Deference to authority is deeply ingrained through social conditioning and the subconscious desire for a strong unyielding leader. In Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler expressed the propaganda power of the “big lie”:

[T]he broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.

The “big lie” is inconceivable to the average bloke whose daily life is rife with the telling of little white lies. Due to their ubiquity, these falsehoods of little import merely grease the wheels of social interaction, and as a result, are bandied about with minimal contemplation. The “big lie” requires not only more devious preparation, but also acts as a guilt-filled anchor continually punishing its purveyor. Governments and psychopaths have a distinct advantage in that they possess no conscience in need of assuagement.

Sunstein “wants to hold blogs and web hosting services accountable for the remarks of commenters on websites while altering libel laws to make it easier to sue for spreading ‘rumors,'” wrote Ed Lasky at American Thinker.

In other words,  if your conspiracy-busting, divide-and-conquer, dis-info strategy fails to stem the flow of damaging information, you can always wage war against the First Amendment.  Advocating an end-run around the First Amendment through legislative and/or judicial modification of defamation law would surely obtain the intended chilling effect on free speech, but at what cost? As a Constitutional law professor, surely Cass Sunstein understands the sanctity and the necessity of free speech in a democratic society. But then again, if we are to take him at his word, his allegiance must surely lie elsewhere.

If you don’t have this freedom of the press, then all these little fellows are weaseling around and doing their monkey business and they never get caught  ~ Judge Harold R. Medina

17
Dec
09

Happy Xmas (The Surge is Under Way)

Just in time for Christmas, The U.S. Defense Department says the first of the additional 30,000 troops (and up to 56,000 military contractors) ordered to Afghanistan by President Barack Obama have begun to arrive in the country. I cannot think of a more fitting gesture to usher in the Prince of Peace’s birthday. The WWJB (Who Would Jesus Bomb) bracelet and sticker brigade is surely rejoicing.

Dear readers, I wish to remind you of a quote from Obama’s October 2, 2002 Iraq war speech.  “I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.” In Obama-speak, a “dumb war” is a war that does not materially benefit the military-industrial complex, fund the black budget through opium trafficking, or secure trans-national oil pipelines. Energy, dope, and war-profiteering is the name of the game in the nasty business of geo-politics. For the common folk,  these are politically unpalatable justifications for maiming, killing, and destroying other people’s stuff. Our handlers know that we can’t handle the truth. Therefore, the ulterior purposes are conveniently concealed under the endlessly recycled “threat to national security” rationale.

Many on the Left (progressives and left-leaning moderates alike) feel utterly betrayed by Obama’s war escalation strategy. As the luster rapidly wears off Obama’s thin coat of veneer, increasing numbers of his former supporters are agonizing over his George W. Bush emulation antics (In fairness to Obama and W, the November 22, 1963 coup d’état in Dallas foreclosed the ability of one man to steer the course of the nation unimpeded). I know exactly how they feel. As a former card-carrying Republican I proudly voted for George W. Bush in 2004. I let my country down when it needed me the most, and for that, I am deeply ashamed. Please accept my apology America.

War is over, if you want it ~ John Lennon

04
Nov
09

Please Mr. President, Don’t Kill Our YouTube!

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Secret copyright treaty leaks. It’s bad. Very bad.

The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama’s administration refused to disclose due to “national security” concerns, has leaked. It’s bad. It says:

* That ISPs have to proactively police copyright on user-contributed material. This means that it will be impossible to run a service like Flickr or YouTube or Blogger, since hiring enough lawyers to ensure that the mountain of material uploaded every second isn’t infringing will exceed any hope of profitability.

* That ISPs have to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers or face liability. This means that your entire family could be denied to the internet — and hence to civic participation, health information, education, communications, and their means of earning a living — if one member is accused of copyright infringement, without access to a trial or counsel.

* That the whole world must adopt US-style “notice-and-takedown” rules that require ISPs to remove any material that is accused — again, without evidence or trial — of infringing copyright. This has proved a disaster in the US and other countries, where it provides an easy means of censoring material, just by accusing it of infringing copyright.

* Mandatory prohibitions on breaking DRM, even if doing so for a lawful purpose (e.g., to make a work available to disabled people; for archival preservation; because you own the copyrighted work that is locked up with DRM)

Original Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

09
Oct
09

President Barack Obama: The Nobel Committee’s “Prince of Peace”

From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party:

WAR IS PEACE


FREEDOM IS SLAVERY


IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH*

As humanity is rapidly hurtling towards the transcendental object at the end of time, news of almost any sort has lost the ability to shock, much less surprise. The masses are ceaselessly bombarded with grim tales of impending economic implosion, unjustified and illegal wars of aggression, and tales of neverending political treachery. The unattended funeral of human decency failed even to merit a mention in the obituary column.

The psyche is under constant assault by the contemporary Medes class. They are the propagandists who control not only what you read, view and hear, but what you are to think about it.  Their modern-day form of sorcery employs memes (mind viruses) to hijack the rational, logical, and critical-reasoning faculties. The modern-era existential threats of terrorism and rogue state sponsored nuclear annihilation have been exchanged for Orwells’ Eurasia and Eastasia. It doesn’t matter who you hate, as long as you hate.

For people on the Left, The election of Obama ostensibly marked a clear delineation in foreign policy from W’s wild-west shoot-em-up reign of terror. Now that the honeymoon is over, the bride has discovered that hubby is an intravenous drug user and has infected her nether-regions with a severe case gonohhrea. Also, he put a second mortgage on the house to pay off his huge gambling debts. A similar grim awakening has shaken many of Obama’s faithful devotees concerning campaign promises and platitudes to STOP THE VIOLENCE.

war-is-peace-796575The thousands of innocent Afghan and Pakistanis murdered in the predator drone strikes may have some difficulty in understanding the Nobel committee’s decision to award Obama the Peace prize. The Iraqi people might be confused as to how the commander-in-chief of a foreign occupying army and blood-thirsty corporate mercenary force could warrant such recognition. The untold number of “War of Terror” detainees renditioned and tortured extra-judicially are undoubtedly perturbed. The decision is also perplexing given that the U.S. Senate just passed a 626 BILLION dollar WAR FUNDING bill ($2,086 per American). Coincidentally (or maybe not), Obama’s peace prize was awarded on the same day the the U.S. bombed the moon violating the Outer Space Treaty.

To the objective rational observer (read: very few Americans), it is incomprehensible that a man at the head of a government responsible for the above atrocities would receive the Noble Peace Prize. The theory of cognitive dissonance explains how individuals can rationalize and justify seemingly incongruous belief systems. (i.e., I am anti-war and I support the President’s foreign policy).  To avoid the anger, shame, or stress of feeling duped by a politician who promised one thing and delivered another, an attitudinal shift must occur. Through a subconscious accord, the cognitive dissonance one feels is diminished and it is business as usual in one’s subjective political reality-tunnel.

I don’t mean to come off as an Obama basher, I have no opinion about the man really. Given that the U.S. president is at best a middle manager with 27 security clearance grades above his, Obama’s primary motivation is avoiding a premature fate. The best way to do that is to nod your head frequently, read only the words you see on the glass monitor, and put your signature where directed.

Nobel Committee head Thorbjoern Jagland said that Obama was given the Award “because we would like to support what he is trying to achieve”. I am not really sure what Obama is trying to achieve, but lets hope that in the future it requires fewer bombs, bullets, and body bags.

* 1984, George Orwell




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