BBC NEWS | Europe | Belgian ‘suicide bomber’ is named


Stunned Belgians are starting to get a clearer picture of the Belgian woman identified as a suicide bomber killed in Iraq last month.

La Derniere Heure newspaper published a photo of the woman it said was the bomber, and interviewed her mother.

I don’t remember this at the time.

No stereotypes here. Maybe that is why it didn’t make the news because she doesn’t fit the “normal” picture.

BBC NEWS | Europe | Belgian ‘suicide bomber’ is named

BBC NEWS | Europe | Belgian ‘suicide bomber’ is named


Stunned Belgians are starting to get a clearer picture of the Belgian woman identified as a suicide bomber killed in Iraq last month.

La Derniere Heure newspaper published a photo of the woman it said was the bomber, and interviewed her mother.

I don’t remember this at the time.

No stereotypes here. Maybe that is why it didn’t make the news because she doesn’t fit the “normal” picture.

BBC NEWS | Europe | Belgian ‘suicide bomber’ is named

Sarah Stillman: The Use and Abuse of Civil Forfeiture


Forfeiting freedom one legal loophole at a time.

Sarah Stillman: The Use and Abuse of Civil Forfeiture

Sarah Stillman: The Use and Abuse of Civil Forfeiture


Forfeiting freedom one legal loophole at a time.

Sarah Stillman: The Use and Abuse of Civil Forfeiture

Detaining my partner: a failed attempt at intimidation


This is obviously a rather profound escalation of their attacks on the news-gathering process and journalism. It’s bad enough to prosecute and imprison sources. It’s worse still to imprison journalists who report the truth. But to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic. Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members of people they felt threatened by. But the UK puppets and their owners in the US national security state obviously are unconstrained by even those minimal scruples.

If the UK and US governments believe that tactics like this are going to deter or intimidate us in any way from continuing to report aggressively on what these documents reveal, they are beyond deluded. If anything, it will have only the opposite effect: to embolden us even further. Beyond that, every time the US and UK governments show their true character to the world – when they prevent the Bolivian President’s plane from flying safely home, when they threaten journalists with prosecution, when they engage in behavior like what they did today – all they do is helpfully underscore why it’s so dangerous to allow them to exercise vast, unchecked spying power in the dark.

Terrible but as a friend pointed out to me poc get arrested and detained for no reason every day of the year. 

So this is terrible but we live in a terrible fucking world.

So that would be a reason to defy all of this.

Detaining my partner: a failed attempt at intimidation

Detaining my partner: a failed attempt at intimidation


This is obviously a rather profound escalation of their attacks on the news-gathering process and journalism. It’s bad enough to prosecute and imprison sources. It’s worse still to imprison journalists who report the truth. But to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic. Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members of people they felt threatened by. But the UK puppets and their owners in the US national security state obviously are unconstrained by even those minimal scruples.

If the UK and US governments believe that tactics like this are going to deter or intimidate us in any way from continuing to report aggressively on what these documents reveal, they are beyond deluded. If anything, it will have only the opposite effect: to embolden us even further. Beyond that, every time the US and UK governments show their true character to the world – when they prevent the Bolivian President’s plane from flying safely home, when they threaten journalists with prosecution, when they engage in behavior like what they did today – all they do is helpfully underscore why it’s so dangerous to allow them to exercise vast, unchecked spying power in the dark.

Terrible but as a friend pointed out to me poc get arrested and detained for no reason every day of the year. 

So this is terrible but we live in a terrible fucking world.

So that would be a reason to defy all of this.

Detaining my partner: a failed attempt at intimidation

Glenn Greenwald’s partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours


So the family of journalists are terrorists now?

Excellent work Britain you are doing a great job protecting our freedoms…

Glenn Greenwald’s partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours

Glenn Greenwald’s partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours


So the family of journalists are terrorists now?

Excellent work Britain you are doing a great job protecting our freedoms…

Glenn Greenwald’s partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours

Texan drought sets residents against fracking – video


Fracking industries are drinking the milk shake.

Global warming is drying the milk shake.

Water will cost more than oil.

War is coming.

Texan drought sets residents against fracking – video

Texan drought sets residents against fracking – video


Fracking industries are drinking the milk shake.

Global warming is drying the milk shake.

Water will cost more than oil.

War is coming.

Texan drought sets residents against fracking – video

Inside the ‘ALEC Universe’ | Eye on ALEC, Q&A, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com


One guy I was talking to, who was from one of these right wing think tanks was saying we need to curb Obama’s reckless power with these administrative regulations, and he wanted a federal constitutional amendment saying Congress has to approve federal regulations. I said, I don’t think most people are going to want to amend the Constitution for that. I don’t think that ignites people. Maybe it does on the far right, but most people don’t really care about that. And he said, “Oh, well, you really don’t need people to do this. You just need control over the legislature and you need money, and we have both.”

That sentiment was underscored so many times to me, that they don’t want people involved in the political process, or in the policy process. And that seems to be the intent in a lot of ways: You have a think tank in every state and all they do is come up with these very, very regressive policies, you have corporations who are going to benefit so they fund it all, and then you have the legislators as your foot soldiers to carry out the tasks.

This is terrifying. The illusion of freedom and democracy is collapsing before our eyes because it’s getting to the point where it isn’t even necessary for those with power to pretend any more. 

Something should be done.

But what?

Inside the ‘ALEC Universe’ | Eye on ALEC, Q&A, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

Inside the ‘ALEC Universe’ | Eye on ALEC, Q&A, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com


One guy I was talking to, who was from one of these right wing think tanks was saying we need to curb Obama’s reckless power with these administrative regulations, and he wanted a federal constitutional amendment saying Congress has to approve federal regulations. I said, I don’t think most people are going to want to amend the Constitution for that. I don’t think that ignites people. Maybe it does on the far right, but most people don’t really care about that. And he said, “Oh, well, you really don’t need people to do this. You just need control over the legislature and you need money, and we have both.”

That sentiment was underscored so many times to me, that they don’t want people involved in the political process, or in the policy process. And that seems to be the intent in a lot of ways: You have a think tank in every state and all they do is come up with these very, very regressive policies, you have corporations who are going to benefit so they fund it all, and then you have the legislators as your foot soldiers to carry out the tasks.

This is terrifying. The illusion of freedom and democracy is collapsing before our eyes because it’s getting to the point where it isn’t even necessary for those with power to pretend any more. 

Something should be done.

But what?

Inside the ‘ALEC Universe’ | Eye on ALEC, Q&A, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

Orson Scott Card Worries About Obama Turning “Urban Gangs” Into His Personal Police Force


Orson Scott Card is a questionable man and I don’t know why I’m sharing this lunacy but I am sharing it.

Orson Scott Card Worries About Obama Turning “Urban Gangs” Into His Personal Police Force

Orson Scott Card Worries About Obama Turning “Urban Gangs” Into His Personal Police Force


Orson Scott Card is a questionable man and I don’t know why I’m sharing this lunacy but I am sharing it.

Orson Scott Card Worries About Obama Turning “Urban Gangs” Into His Personal Police Force

Martin Manley Life and Death – Home


Martin Manley has been planning his death for a year.

Now he is dead he releases this website for public consumption:

Today is August 15, 2013. Today is my 60th birthday. Today is the last day of my life. Today, I committed suicide. Today, is the first day this site is active, but it will be here for years to come. Release of rights.

Before I get into the nuts and bolts of this site, I first must say to those whom I have a special bond with, please don’t think that I didn’t consider your feelings. I’m sorry… very sorry for the hurt and pain I will have caused by my actions. In all probability, I won’t be able to justify it to you – at least not today. Maybe someday you will come to understand… better. If not today, maybe someday you will be able to read what I’ve said and learn why. Maybe someday you will be able to forgive me. I love you!

This site is divided into two major categories. The first is the suicide. The second is my life. To the left side of this page, you will see categories. Under some of them are subcategories. You can click and read anything you want. My life is an open book now that I’ve closed the book on my life.

Martin Manley Life and Death – Home

Martin Manley Life and Death – Home


Martin Manley has been planning his death for a year.

Now he is dead he releases this website for public consumption:

Today is August 15, 2013. Today is my 60th birthday. Today is the last day of my life. Today, I committed suicide. Today, is the first day this site is active, but it will be here for years to come. Release of rights.

Before I get into the nuts and bolts of this site, I first must say to those whom I have a special bond with, please don’t think that I didn’t consider your feelings. I’m sorry… very sorry for the hurt and pain I will have caused by my actions. In all probability, I won’t be able to justify it to you – at least not today. Maybe someday you will come to understand… better. If not today, maybe someday you will be able to read what I’ve said and learn why. Maybe someday you will be able to forgive me. I love you!

This site is divided into two major categories. The first is the suicide. The second is my life. To the left side of this page, you will see categories. Under some of them are subcategories. You can click and read anything you want. My life is an open book now that I’ve closed the book on my life.

Martin Manley Life and Death – Home

Chomsky: The U.S. Behaves Nothing Like a Democracy, But You’ll Never Hear About It in Our ‘Free Press’


I won’t say very much about the first, environmental catastrophe. That should be obvious. Certainly the scale of the danger should be obvious to anyone with eyes open, anyone who is literate, particularly those who read scientific journals. Every issue of a technical journal virtually has more dire warnings than the last one.

There are various reactions to this around the world. There are some who seek to act decisively to prevent possible catastrophe. At the other extreme, major efforts are underway to accelerate the danger. Leading the effort to intensify the likely disaster is the richest and most powerful country in world history, with incomparable advantages and the most prominent example of RECD – the one that others are striving towards.

Leading the efforts to preserve conditions in which our immediate descendants might have a decent life, are the so-called “primitive” societies: First Nations in Canada, Aboriginal societies in Australia, tribal societies and others like them. The countries that have large and influential indigenous populations are well in the lead in the effort to “defend the Earth”. That’s their phrase. The countries that have driven indigenous populations to extinction or extreme marginalization are racing forward enthusiastically towards destruction. This is one of the major features of contemporary history. One of those things that ought to be on front pages. So take Ecuador, which has a large indigenous population. It’s seeking aid from the rich countries to allow it to keep its substantial hydrocarbon reserves underground, which is where they ought to be. Now meanwhile, the U.S. and Canada are enthusiastically seeking to burn every drop of fossil fuel, including the most dangerous kind – Canadian tar sands – and to do so as quickly and fully as possible – without a side glance on what the world might look like after this extravagant commitment to self-destruction.

I know I keep sharing his work but it just seems so important.

A long transcript of a speech but worth reading all of it.

Chomsky: The U.S. Behaves Nothing Like a Democracy, But You’ll Never Hear About It in Our ‘Free Press’

Chomsky: The U.S. Behaves Nothing Like a Democracy, But You’ll Never Hear About It in Our ‘Free Press’


I won’t say very much about the first, environmental catastrophe. That should be obvious. Certainly the scale of the danger should be obvious to anyone with eyes open, anyone who is literate, particularly those who read scientific journals. Every issue of a technical journal virtually has more dire warnings than the last one.

There are various reactions to this around the world. There are some who seek to act decisively to prevent possible catastrophe. At the other extreme, major efforts are underway to accelerate the danger. Leading the effort to intensify the likely disaster is the richest and most powerful country in world history, with incomparable advantages and the most prominent example of RECD – the one that others are striving towards.

Leading the efforts to preserve conditions in which our immediate descendants might have a decent life, are the so-called “primitive” societies: First Nations in Canada, Aboriginal societies in Australia, tribal societies and others like them. The countries that have large and influential indigenous populations are well in the lead in the effort to “defend the Earth”. That’s their phrase. The countries that have driven indigenous populations to extinction or extreme marginalization are racing forward enthusiastically towards destruction. This is one of the major features of contemporary history. One of those things that ought to be on front pages. So take Ecuador, which has a large indigenous population. It’s seeking aid from the rich countries to allow it to keep its substantial hydrocarbon reserves underground, which is where they ought to be. Now meanwhile, the U.S. and Canada are enthusiastically seeking to burn every drop of fossil fuel, including the most dangerous kind – Canadian tar sands – and to do so as quickly and fully as possible – without a side glance on what the world might look like after this extravagant commitment to self-destruction.

I know I keep sharing his work but it just seems so important.

A long transcript of a speech but worth reading all of it.

Chomsky: The U.S. Behaves Nothing Like a Democracy, But You’ll Never Hear About It in Our ‘Free Press’


http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:video:colbertnation.com:428601

Stephen Colbert nails it again.

Using satire to make a wonderful point.

There are good people in America and they are in the most unexpected of places.

Fuck Stereotypes.


http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:video:colbertnation.com:428601

Stephen Colbert nails it again.

Using satire to make a wonderful point.

There are good people in America and they are in the most unexpected of places.

Fuck Stereotypes.

Daily Kos: Texas Defends Voting Laws: “We Don’t Want Democrats To Vote”


I had to include the quote below from the Texas Attorney General defence.

DOJ’s accusations of racial discrimination are baseless. In 2011, both houses of the Texas Legislature were controlled by large Republican majorities, and their redistricting decisions were designed to increase the Republican Party’s electoral prospects at the expense of the Democrats….The redistricting decisions of which DOJ complains were motivated bypartisan rather than racial considerations, and the plaintiffs and DOJ have zero evidence to prove the contrary. It is perfectly constitutional for a Republican-controlled legislature to make partisan districting decisions, even if there are incidental effects on minority voters who support Democratic candidates.

Daily Kos: Texas Defends Voting Laws: “We Don’t Want Democrats To Vote”

Daily Kos: Texas Defends Voting Laws: “We Don’t Want Democrats To Vote”


I had to include the quote below from the Texas Attorney General defence.

DOJ’s accusations of racial discrimination are baseless. In 2011, both houses of the Texas Legislature were controlled by large Republican majorities, and their redistricting decisions were designed to increase the Republican Party’s electoral prospects at the expense of the Democrats….The redistricting decisions of which DOJ complains were motivated bypartisan rather than racial considerations, and the plaintiffs and DOJ have zero evidence to prove the contrary. It is perfectly constitutional for a Republican-controlled legislature to make partisan districting decisions, even if there are incidental effects on minority voters who support Democratic candidates.

Daily Kos: Texas Defends Voting Laws: “We Don’t Want Democrats To Vote”


In America, when you are poor, you can instantly disappear like this into the subterranean rabbit holes of our vast jail and prison complex. You crawl out weeks, months or years later. You try to pick up where you left off. You avoid the cops. You look for work. There is no work. It is a constant cat-and-mouse game the state plays with the poor. The hunters. The hunted. The poor, no matter what they do, are always potential prey, minnows in a sea of sharks. It is not only the masses in the Middle East and the jihadists who despise us for our purported “values.” The vast, persecuted underclass, the human refuse callously cast aside by our corporate state, the legions of poor our bankrupt media have rendered invisible, the young, violent street toughs with no education, no jobs, no prospects also see through the empty rhetoric of the power elite when it speaks about our freedoms and democracy.

Chris Hedges (via azspot)

Chris Hedges is a raw wound of truth.

It hurts to read.


In America, when you are poor, you can instantly disappear like this into the subterranean rabbit holes of our vast jail and prison complex. You crawl out weeks, months or years later. You try to pick up where you left off. You avoid the cops. You look for work. There is no work. It is a constant cat-and-mouse game the state plays with the poor. The hunters. The hunted. The poor, no matter what they do, are always potential prey, minnows in a sea of sharks. It is not only the masses in the Middle East and the jihadists who despise us for our purported “values.” The vast, persecuted underclass, the human refuse callously cast aside by our corporate state, the legions of poor our bankrupt media have rendered invisible, the young, violent street toughs with no education, no jobs, no prospects also see through the empty rhetoric of the power elite when it speaks about our freedoms and democracy.

Chris Hedges (via azspot)

Chris Hedges is a raw wound of truth.

It hurts to read.

8 Signs the Rich Have WAY Too Much Money


The Sunlight Foundation offers these staggering statistics:

A mere 31,385 people – less than 0.01 percent of the nation’s population – contributed 28 percent of the country’s total political contributions. Nobody was elected to the House or Senate without their money.

8 Signs the Rich Have WAY Too Much Money

8 Signs the Rich Have WAY Too Much Money


The Sunlight Foundation offers these staggering statistics:

A mere 31,385 people – less than 0.01 percent of the nation’s population – contributed 28 percent of the country’s total political contributions. Nobody was elected to the House or Senate without their money.

8 Signs the Rich Have WAY Too Much Money

Daily Kos: MUST-SEE: Bill Maher exposes how Art Pope is destroying North Carolina (now with video!)


So Art Pope (Who originally I thought was a Pope of Art who had appointed himself to declaim on all things in the art world until a friend informed me otherwise) seems to be the motherfucker of the moment, buying North Carolina and making it his own fiefdom.

This is not good, right? 

People should be fighting, right?

Is this happening anywhere else?

Are we all fucked?

http://www.artpopeexposed.com/

I think people like him have always been doing stuff like this. Maybe it’s just more obvious now and maybe people just don’t care enough.

I don’t know. I just live here.

Daily Kos: MUST-SEE: Bill Maher exposes how Art Pope is destroying North Carolina (now with video!)

Daily Kos: MUST-SEE: Bill Maher exposes how Art Pope is destroying North Carolina (now with video!)


So Art Pope (Who originally I thought was a Pope of Art who had appointed himself to declaim on all things in the art world until a friend informed me otherwise) seems to be the motherfucker of the moment, buying North Carolina and making it his own fiefdom.

This is not good, right? 

People should be fighting, right?

Is this happening anywhere else?

Are we all fucked?

http://www.artpopeexposed.com/

I think people like him have always been doing stuff like this. Maybe it’s just more obvious now and maybe people just don’t care enough.

I don’t know. I just live here.

Daily Kos: MUST-SEE: Bill Maher exposes how Art Pope is destroying North Carolina (now with video!)

Florida to exhume remains found at notorious Dozier School for Boys


Now I don’t want to keep singling out Florida as some kind of ante-diluvian hell.

But it really does seem like some kind of anti-diluvian hell.

Florida to exhume remains found at notorious Dozier School for Boys

Florida to exhume remains found at notorious Dozier School for Boys


Now I don’t want to keep singling out Florida as some kind of ante-diluvian hell.

But it really does seem like some kind of anti-diluvian hell.

Florida to exhume remains found at notorious Dozier School for Boys

U.S. Education Reform and National Security


“reshape education in the United States and put this country on track to be an educational, economic, military, and diplomatic global leader.”

They want you to be soldiers, drones and workers for hegemony. 

They do not want you to be thinkers, dissidents and questioners for a better world for all.

U.S. Education Reform and National Security

U.S. Education Reform and National Security


“reshape education in the United States and put this country on track to be an educational, economic, military, and diplomatic global leader.”

They want you to be soldiers, drones and workers for hegemony. 

They do not want you to be thinkers, dissidents and questioners for a better world for all.

U.S. Education Reform and National Security

There will be No Secrets soon.


As each means of secrecy is crushed soon there will be nowhere to be free. Why do I feel more and more like a tin-foil hat wearing lunatic?

I don’t even use these services but I feel that it is important that they be allowed to exist. 

First it was Lavabit:

My Fellow Users,

I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on–the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.

What’s going to happen now? We’ve already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect Lavabit as an American company.

This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.

Sincerely,
Ladar Levison
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC

Defending the constitution is expensive! Help us by donating to the Lavabit Legal Defense Fund

Then there was this about the Tor servers:

Two of the seven directory authority servers that the Tor Project uses to run its anonymous browsing service have been compromised, along with a new server that the project uses to host metrics and graphs.

The project’s organizers discovered the attack earlier this month and are advising users who run Tor nodes to upgrade to a new version of the software. However, the organizers said that there is no risk that the attackers could have matched Tor users to their browsing habits.“By design, Tor requires a majority of directory authorities (four in this case) to generate a consensus; and like other relays in the Tor network, directory authorities don’t know enough to match a user and traffic or destination,” Roger Dingledine, the original developer of the Tor Project wrote in an email this week.

“We’ve been very lucky the past few years regarding security. It still seems this breach is unrelated to Tor itself. To be clear, it doesn’t seem that anyone specifically attacked our servers to get at Tor. It seems we were attacked for the cpu capacity and bandwidth of the servers, and the servers just happened to also carry out functions for Tor.”

I need bunnies and ponies and alcohol.

There will be No Secrets soon.

There will be No Secrets soon.


As each means of secrecy is crushed soon there will be nowhere to be free. Why do I feel more and more like a tin-foil hat wearing lunatic?

I don’t even use these services but I feel that it is important that they be allowed to exist. 

First it was Lavabit:

My Fellow Users,

I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on–the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.

What’s going to happen now? We’ve already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect Lavabit as an American company.

This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.

Sincerely,
Ladar Levison
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC

Defending the constitution is expensive! Help us by donating to the Lavabit Legal Defense Fund

Then there was this about the Tor servers:

Two of the seven directory authority servers that the Tor Project uses to run its anonymous browsing service have been compromised, along with a new server that the project uses to host metrics and graphs.

The project’s organizers discovered the attack earlier this month and are advising users who run Tor nodes to upgrade to a new version of the software. However, the organizers said that there is no risk that the attackers could have matched Tor users to their browsing habits.“By design, Tor requires a majority of directory authorities (four in this case) to generate a consensus; and like other relays in the Tor network, directory authorities don’t know enough to match a user and traffic or destination,” Roger Dingledine, the original developer of the Tor Project wrote in an email this week.

“We’ve been very lucky the past few years regarding security. It still seems this breach is unrelated to Tor itself. To be clear, it doesn’t seem that anyone specifically attacked our servers to get at Tor. It seems we were attacked for the cpu capacity and bandwidth of the servers, and the servers just happened to also carry out functions for Tor.”

I need bunnies and ponies and alcohol.

There will be No Secrets soon.

Documenting San Diego’s Disturbing Lack Of Street Lights


The lights are going out in America, one city street at a time

Documenting San Diego’s Disturbing Lack Of Street Lights

Documenting San Diego’s Disturbing Lack Of Street Lights


The lights are going out in America, one city street at a time

Documenting San Diego’s Disturbing Lack Of Street Lights


So here’s a subliminal military recruiting tool that I was not familiar with.

Rambo and The Force of Freedom…

I love the fact that this show was from 1986, the same year that the Iran-Contra Scandal came to light.

You have got to love serendipity like that.

Here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia article for the show which hasn’t been sourced so I can’t confirm whether it’s accurate but it does accord with what I imagine happened so that will have to do for now:

The cartoon generated a mild controversy at the production studio, with writers wondering how they could present a child-friendly main character who was created as a troubled Vietnam War veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The show’s child psychology advisors believed that the target audience, young children and preteens, would not grasp that aspect of David Morrell’s character. They recommended that the cartoon not make any references to Vietnam, POWs, or Rambo’s experiences in 1982’s First Blood and 1985’s Rambo: First Blood Part II.

Here also is an excerpt from The New York Times about violence in cartoons that came out just before it’s release:

The “Rambo” program will start in April with five weekly episodes timed to the arrival of a Rambo line of “action-figure” dolls in toy stores, manufactured by Coleco Industries, makers of the Cabbage Patch Kids.

Next fall, the show will begin a cycle of 65 episodes currently in production.

Do the show’s producers think that the R-rated “Rambo: First Blood Part II” is an appropriate source for children’s entertainment?

“When you think that the President has mentioned him, the symbol of Rambo transcends the film,” said Amy Kastens, a spokesman for Anabasis Investments N.V., producers of the television series. “That symbol is a symbol of good. He’s very patriotic. He stands for strength, he only does good, and he undoes evil.”

She added that the lead character of the children’s shows will not be a Sylvester Stallone look-alike. “It’ll be a total departure from the film,” she said of the television show. “There won’t be any violence. He will have giant muscles and all of that. But he will be a guy who loves nature and won’t look for trouble.”

The show will become “a sales tool” for the toys, Mrs. Kastens said. Although not directly involved in the “Rambo” film production, “we are working in conjunction with the producers to make sure that the product line and cartoon series carry the same messages,” said Barbara C. Wruck, a spokesman for Coleco.

So let us embrace shameless propaganda to sell toys and also a fictional idea about the super warrior and the inherent goodness of American foreign policy.

My reality is that as a 10 year old at the time of the original release I am now having flashbacks to loving this show.


So here’s a subliminal military recruiting tool that I was not familiar with.

Rambo and The Force of Freedom…

I love the fact that this show was from 1986, the same year that the Iran-Contra Scandal came to light.

You have got to love serendipity like that.

Here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia article for the show which hasn’t been sourced so I can’t confirm whether it’s accurate but it does accord with what I imagine happened so that will have to do for now:

The cartoon generated a mild controversy at the production studio, with writers wondering how they could present a child-friendly main character who was created as a troubled Vietnam War veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The show’s child psychology advisors believed that the target audience, young children and preteens, would not grasp that aspect of David Morrell’s character. They recommended that the cartoon not make any references to Vietnam, POWs, or Rambo’s experiences in 1982’s First Blood and 1985’s Rambo: First Blood Part II.

Here also is an excerpt from The New York Times about violence in cartoons that came out just before it’s release:

The “Rambo” program will start in April with five weekly episodes timed to the arrival of a Rambo line of “action-figure” dolls in toy stores, manufactured by Coleco Industries, makers of the Cabbage Patch Kids.

Next fall, the show will begin a cycle of 65 episodes currently in production.

Do the show’s producers think that the R-rated “Rambo: First Blood Part II” is an appropriate source for children’s entertainment?

“When you think that the President has mentioned him, the symbol of Rambo transcends the film,” said Amy Kastens, a spokesman for Anabasis Investments N.V., producers of the television series. “That symbol is a symbol of good. He’s very patriotic. He stands for strength, he only does good, and he undoes evil.”

She added that the lead character of the children’s shows will not be a Sylvester Stallone look-alike. “It’ll be a total departure from the film,” she said of the television show. “There won’t be any violence. He will have giant muscles and all of that. But he will be a guy who loves nature and won’t look for trouble.”

The show will become “a sales tool” for the toys, Mrs. Kastens said. Although not directly involved in the “Rambo” film production, “we are working in conjunction with the producers to make sure that the product line and cartoon series carry the same messages,” said Barbara C. Wruck, a spokesman for Coleco.

So let us embrace shameless propaganda to sell toys and also a fictional idea about the super warrior and the inherent goodness of American foreign policy.

My reality is that as a 10 year old at the time of the original release I am now having flashbacks to loving this show.


Noone should forget the horror of Karl Rove on stage at this awful spectacle where, for one night, journalists and politicians show us all that they are but different faces on the same bobbing head.

David Gregory, host of Meet the Press, dances in the background.

Karl Rove gyrates in the foreground.

If this were a piece of performance art it could not more perfectly illustrate the symbiotic relationship between press and politics.

 

Those guys from Whose Line is it Anyway are still awesome, though…


Noone should forget the horror of Karl Rove on stage at this awful spectacle where, for one night, journalists and politicians show us all that they are but different faces on the same bobbing head.

David Gregory, host of Meet the Press, dances in the background.

Karl Rove gyrates in the foreground.

If this were a piece of performance art it could not more perfectly illustrate the symbiotic relationship between press and politics.

 

Those guys from Whose Line is it Anyway are still awesome, though…

New jobs disproportionately low-pay or part-time


Debt bondage anyone?

Let’s all get on that bandwagon…

New jobs disproportionately low-pay or part-time

New jobs disproportionately low-pay or part-time


Debt bondage anyone?

Let’s all get on that bandwagon…

New jobs disproportionately low-pay or part-time


1967 in review with Woody Allen and William F. Buckley Jr.

Particularly interesting is their  analysis of the Middle East given that, a year later, there was a War.

I won’t spoil it by quoting the section. Watch it, it’s not long.


1967 in review with Woody Allen and William F. Buckley Jr.

Particularly interesting is their  analysis of the Middle East given that, a year later, there was a War.

I won’t spoil it by quoting the section. Watch it, it’s not long.


Because Detroit hasn’t had to put up with enough shit already.

MInd-boggling video of a billowing, high-carbon, high-sulfur cloud from the mountain of petroleum coke – waste from Canadian tar sands shipped from Alberta to Detroit, and the dirtiest potential energy source ever – illegally stored by the Koch Brothers along the Detroit River. Produced by Marathon Refinery but owned by Koch Carbon, the pet-coke piles have for months been producing “fugitive dust” – ie: thick black crud – that blankets the homes of outraged residents and lawmakers; analysis shows the dust contains elevated levels of lead, sulfur, zinc and the likely carcinogenic vanadium. Environmental officials say the Koch Brothers broke the law by not getting a permit for their toxic dump, and they can’t guarantee there won’t be another “dust event,” but not to worry: The Kochs reportedly plan to move the mess to some other poor beleaguered place. We await the day we can exercise our right, not just to free expression and clean air, but to the end of Koch power.

FULL STORY AT COMMON DREAMS.


Because Detroit hasn’t had to put up with enough shit already.

MInd-boggling video of a billowing, high-carbon, high-sulfur cloud from the mountain of petroleum coke – waste from Canadian tar sands shipped from Alberta to Detroit, and the dirtiest potential energy source ever – illegally stored by the Koch Brothers along the Detroit River. Produced by Marathon Refinery but owned by Koch Carbon, the pet-coke piles have for months been producing “fugitive dust” – ie: thick black crud – that blankets the homes of outraged residents and lawmakers; analysis shows the dust contains elevated levels of lead, sulfur, zinc and the likely carcinogenic vanadium. Environmental officials say the Koch Brothers broke the law by not getting a permit for their toxic dump, and they can’t guarantee there won’t be another “dust event,” but not to worry: The Kochs reportedly plan to move the mess to some other poor beleaguered place. We await the day we can exercise our right, not just to free expression and clean air, but to the end of Koch power.

FULL STORY AT COMMON DREAMS.

Worldwide Caution


REMEMBER TO FEAR EVERYTHING AND NEVER LEAVE THE BORDERS OF THIS FAIR COUNTRY –

EUROPE:

Current information suggests that al-Qaida, its affiliated organizations, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. and Western interests in Europe.  Additionally, there is a continuing threat in Europe from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis.

MIDDLE EAST and NORTH AFRICA:

Credible information indicates terrorist groups also seek to continue attacks against U.S. interests in the Middle East and North Africa.  The U.S. government remains highly concerned about possible attacks against U.S. citizens, facilities, businesses, and perceived U.S. and Western interests.

AFRICA:
A number of al-Qaida operatives and other extremists are believed to be operating in and around Africa.

SOUTH ASIA:

The U.S. government continues to receive information that terrorist groups in South Asia may also be planning attacks in the region, possibly against U.S. government facilities, U.S. citizens, or U.S. interests.

CENTRAL ASIA:
Supporters of terrorist groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, al-Qaida, the Islamic Jihad Union, and the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement remain active in Central Asia.

Keeping it vague, keeping you afraid.

Is Australia the only safe option?

Worldwide Caution

Worldwide Caution


REMEMBER TO FEAR EVERYTHING AND NEVER LEAVE THE BORDERS OF THIS FAIR COUNTRY –

EUROPE:

Current information suggests that al-Qaida, its affiliated organizations, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. and Western interests in Europe.  Additionally, there is a continuing threat in Europe from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis.

MIDDLE EAST and NORTH AFRICA:

Credible information indicates terrorist groups also seek to continue attacks against U.S. interests in the Middle East and North Africa.  The U.S. government remains highly concerned about possible attacks against U.S. citizens, facilities, businesses, and perceived U.S. and Western interests.

AFRICA:
A number of al-Qaida operatives and other extremists are believed to be operating in and around Africa.

SOUTH ASIA:

The U.S. government continues to receive information that terrorist groups in South Asia may also be planning attacks in the region, possibly against U.S. government facilities, U.S. citizens, or U.S. interests.

CENTRAL ASIA:
Supporters of terrorist groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, al-Qaida, the Islamic Jihad Union, and the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement remain active in Central Asia.

Keeping it vague, keeping you afraid.

Is Australia the only safe option?

Worldwide Caution

10 Million Americans Have Had Their Homes Taken Away by the Banks — Often at the Point of a Gun


Everyone to the Poverty Warehouse.

10 Million Americans Have Had Their Homes Taken Away by the Banks — Often at the Point of a Gun

10 Million Americans Have Had Their Homes Taken Away by the Banks — Often at the Point of a Gun


Everyone to the Poverty Warehouse.

10 Million Americans Have Had Their Homes Taken Away by the Banks — Often at the Point of a Gun

Meet the NSA’s New Data Centers: Russia, China, and Venezuela


The surprising locations of the servers… reportedly include China, Ecuador, Russia, Sudan, and Venezuela. In short, the NSA has managed to either place or gain access to servers in a collection of countries that are deeply hostile to the United States. Put another way, computer technicians in every one of those countries are probably combing through their systems right now to figure out ways to boot out the NSA.

This is an interesting angle on the latest of Edward Snowden’s revelations.

Meet the NSA’s New Data Centers: Russia, China, and Venezuela

Meet the NSA’s New Data Centers: Russia, China, and Venezuela


The surprising locations of the servers… reportedly include China, Ecuador, Russia, Sudan, and Venezuela. In short, the NSA has managed to either place or gain access to servers in a collection of countries that are deeply hostile to the United States. Put another way, computer technicians in every one of those countries are probably combing through their systems right now to figure out ways to boot out the NSA.

This is an interesting angle on the latest of Edward Snowden’s revelations.

Meet the NSA’s New Data Centers: Russia, China, and Venezuela

What WikiLeaks revealed to the world in 2010


  1. US Forces killing Reuters journalists in Iraq
  2. US Helicopter pilots gunning down 12 civilians
  3. US Ignoring Iraqi abuse of prisoners
  4. US hid real list of civilian deaths
  5. Clinton ordered spying on UN officials
  6. President Obama and GOP working together to kill Bush Torture probe.
  7. US stopped high court cases concerning Guantanamo and Extraordinary Renditions
  8. US Pressured Germany not to prosecute CIA officers for torture and rendition
  9. US leaders involved in general lying to American public
  10. Yemeni President lied about US origin of drone strikes.
  11. Obama administration fueled conflict in Yemen
  12. India tortured Kashmir prisoners
  13. UK trained Bangladesh police force that some accused of being a death squad.
  14. UK suppressed facts about US interests in Iraq.
  15. Pope Benedict refused to co-operate in child abuse probe.
  16. Revealed truth about Coup in Honduras
  17. China behind the Google Hack.
  18. US special forces working inside Pakistan
  19. Military knew about the dangers of engaging in Afghanistan

So those are a few things that we know now that we did not know before Wikileaks.

What WikiLeaks revealed to the world in 2010

What WikiLeaks revealed to the world in 2010


  1. US Forces killing Reuters journalists in Iraq
  2. US Helicopter pilots gunning down 12 civilians
  3. US Ignoring Iraqi abuse of prisoners
  4. US hid real list of civilian deaths
  5. Clinton ordered spying on UN officials
  6. President Obama and GOP working together to kill Bush Torture probe.
  7. US stopped high court cases concerning Guantanamo and Extraordinary Renditions
  8. US Pressured Germany not to prosecute CIA officers for torture and rendition
  9. US leaders involved in general lying to American public
  10. Yemeni President lied about US origin of drone strikes.
  11. Obama administration fueled conflict in Yemen
  12. India tortured Kashmir prisoners
  13. UK trained Bangladesh police force that some accused of being a death squad.
  14. UK suppressed facts about US interests in Iraq.
  15. Pope Benedict refused to co-operate in child abuse probe.
  16. Revealed truth about Coup in Honduras
  17. China behind the Google Hack.
  18. US special forces working inside Pakistan
  19. Military knew about the dangers of engaging in Afghanistan

So those are a few things that we know now that we did not know before Wikileaks.

What WikiLeaks revealed to the world in 2010


When will the white community start owning up to and fixing the violence of their thuggish children?

Just so we’re clear Ant Man is getting his own movie. Basically a steroid version of Honey I Shrunk the Kids is coming to the Big Screen (ironic in itself) and yet Storm, a superhero who can freaking control every single aspect of weather, not only doesn’t have a spinoff movie, but doesn’t even have real screen time in All Three X-Men Movies.


This is problematic.

Just so we’re clear Ant Man is getting his own movie. Basically a steroid version of Honey I Shrunk the Kids is coming to the Big Screen (ironic in itself) and yet Storm, a superhero who can freaking control every single aspect of weather, not only doesn’t have a spinoff movie, but doesn’t even have real screen time in All Three X-Men Movies.


This is problematic.

Manning judge alters charges to assist Gov’t ahead of verdict


July 28, 2013. By Nathan Fuller and Jeff Paterson. Military Judge Col. Denise Lind has allowed the government to change its charge sheet for the ‘theft’ offenses at the eleventh hour, adding yet another layer of injustice to Bradley Manning’s court martial. The defense has filed a motion to declare a mistrial on the theft charges, arguing that this late change irreparably prejudices PFC Manning.

Will it be thrown out of court? Doubtful – but this seemingly last minute change to meanings of words does seem a little problematic.

Manning judge alters charges to assist Gov’t ahead of verdict

Manning judge alters charges to assist Gov’t ahead of verdict


July 28, 2013. By Nathan Fuller and Jeff Paterson. Military Judge Col. Denise Lind has allowed the government to change its charge sheet for the ‘theft’ offenses at the eleventh hour, adding yet another layer of injustice to Bradley Manning’s court martial. The defense has filed a motion to declare a mistrial on the theft charges, arguing that this late change irreparably prejudices PFC Manning.

Will it be thrown out of court? Doubtful – but this seemingly last minute change to meanings of words does seem a little problematic.

Manning judge alters charges to assist Gov’t ahead of verdict

What Univision’s milestone says about U.S. demographics


Spanish-language television reached a new milestone in America. Univision finished first among broadcast networks during July sweeps in two highly sought-after demographics: 18- to 49-year-olds and 18- to 34-year-olds. According to Nielsen, between June 27, 2013, and July 24, 2013, Univision averaged 1.8 million viewers ages 18 to 49 nightly, beating out English-language networks FOX, NBC, CBS and ABC, all of which have been struggling with declining audiences for decades.

Well isn’t that interesting?

Yes, yes it is.

What Univision’s milestone says about U.S. demographics

What Univision’s milestone says about U.S. demographics


Spanish-language television reached a new milestone in America. Univision finished first among broadcast networks during July sweeps in two highly sought-after demographics: 18- to 49-year-olds and 18- to 34-year-olds. According to Nielsen, between June 27, 2013, and July 24, 2013, Univision averaged 1.8 million viewers ages 18 to 49 nightly, beating out English-language networks FOX, NBC, CBS and ABC, all of which have been struggling with declining audiences for decades.

Well isn’t that interesting?

Yes, yes it is.

What Univision’s milestone says about U.S. demographics

The First Death


A cry for Freedom in the dark.

The First Death

The First Death


A cry for Freedom in the dark.

The First Death

Tsunami of Public Outrage Builds in Colorado as Fracking Invades Cities


One day all of America will be a churning, roaring strip mined wasteland.

Tsunami of Public Outrage Builds in Colorado as Fracking Invades Cities

Tsunami of Public Outrage Builds in Colorado as Fracking Invades Cities


One day all of America will be a churning, roaring strip mined wasteland.

Tsunami of Public Outrage Builds in Colorado as Fracking Invades Cities

Why the right hates Detroit


Tomorrow this will be all of us unless we fight back. But fight back with what and how?

Why the right hates Detroit

Why the right hates Detroit


Tomorrow this will be all of us unless we fight back. But fight back with what and how?

Why the right hates Detroit

New threat posed to Shaker Aamer


So it seems that Saudi Arabia may be the rug under which the American Security Forces are attempting to sweep Mr. Shaker Aamer.

This seems to be a touch, what’s the word, inhuman?

New threat posed to Shaker Aamer

New threat posed to Shaker Aamer


So it seems that Saudi Arabia may be the rug under which the American Security Forces are attempting to sweep Mr. Shaker Aamer.

This seems to be a touch, what’s the word, inhuman?

New threat posed to Shaker Aamer

20 Things You Should Know About the Bill That Could Ruin America


Oh dear. Better had wake up and have some participatory democracy and such like

20 Things You Should Know About the Bill That Could Ruin America

20 Things You Should Know About the Bill That Could Ruin America


Oh dear. Better had wake up and have some participatory democracy and such like

20 Things You Should Know About the Bill That Could Ruin America

Suicides Eclipse War Deaths for U.S. Troops


It would seem to be a problem that the armed forces of the United States of America are doing a better job at killing themselves than are the enemy that they are supposed to be fighting

Suicides Eclipse War Deaths for U.S. Troops