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Sabu Busted, Turned...Anonymous Stunned

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 03:53:55 +0000

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Legendary hacker Sabu, a "ringleader" Anonymous activist has  evidently been an FBI informant for months, helping to build cases against other core group Anons, including the notorious LulzSec, which he started last May.

A rookie mistake, going online without cloaking his IP address, revealed his identity as Hector Xavier Monsegur, a 28 year old self-taught, unemployed computer programmer with no college education, living on welfare in public housing in New York.

Sabu's 45,000 twitter followers, who reveled in his exploits against government and security company websites, Visa, Mastercard and Paypal, and even the US Senate, are all a-twitter over the revelations.

Five major arrests in the US, England and Ireland today led to the announcement about Sabu by the FBI.

While some in Anon IRC and twitter feeds continue to assert a defiant bravado, comparing Anon to a hydra, which will grow back two heads for every one cut off, others are freaking out, erasing their hard drives and going into hiding before the cops come for them.  Condemnation of Monsegur is bitter and harsh.

Since his arrest last June, Monsegur maintained his practice with Anon while helping to prevent over 300 attacks, according to the FBI, who also say he quickly copped a guilty plea deal to get out of up to 120 years in prison. He's presently out on $50,000 bail.

Barret Brown, a journalist closely associated with Anonymous expressed concern about serious damage to the group, saying "God knows what else he's told them".  He predicts major Anonymous response.

Reuters report

Anon Twitter Feed

This news comes at the same time as some shocking revelations about Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, chronicled in another diary today.

In the murkey underworld of international cyber intrigue, it's hard to tell what to believe, but at the present moment the milieu is reeling under a double barrel blast of harsh news.

Assange, J'accuse

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BREAKING: Nephew of Libyan King Seizes Oil

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 20:04:05 +0000

In defiance of Libya's internationally recognized National Transitional Council, a distant nephew of the former Libyan king Idris, Ahmed al Zubair, said to be the longest held political prisoner of Gadhafi since the 1969 revolutionary overthrow of the monarchy, has just stepped up to seize power over the oil in Cyrenaica, the Eastern portion of Libya.

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AntiSec Dumps on Monsanto Again... for Crimes Against Humanity

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 15:38:43 +0000

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One of the companies that developed and supplied the US military with Agent Orange during the Vietnam war, and for a time made bovine growth hormones, Monsanto is now the largest seed company in the world, specializing in pesticide resistant genetically engineered seeds and pesticides like Roundup.  And that's just the short list.

Opposition to Monsanto's practices is huge, worldwide.  A Google search on Monsanto reveals millions of hits with further background info...just a sample:

A Monsanto History

YouTube Search: Monsanto Evil

AntiSec has been targeting Monsanto since last July, and published it's latest dump of internal emails and documents yesterday, with this message:

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Monsanto:

Your continued attack on the worlds food supply, as well as the health of those who eat it, has earned you our full attention.

Your crimes against humanity are too many to name on one page, you have put over 9000 small-time farmers out of business by using your enormous legal team to bury them with your malicious patent lawsuits.  You have continually introduced harmful, even deadly products into our food supply without warning, without care, all for your own profit.  

Rest assured, we will continue to dox your employees and executives,continue to knock down your websites, continue to fry your mail servers, continue to be in your systems, and continue to expose your bullshit.

Expect Us

AntiSec Communique

CNET report

This latest AntiSec release comes after recently hitting private prison prison contractors, the CIA, and various security contractors.  

For a chart tracking the numerous hacks of Anon and affiliates over the past year:

Hack Chart

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Greenpeace Convinces China to Ditch GE Rice

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 19:08:41 +0000

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Top Chinese government officials have decided to curtail development of genetically engineered rice in their country, in the world's first state level GE ban.

While the decision is not yet final, the draft legislation has top tier support, and will now go through the legislative process, to severely restrict any research or deployment of GE rice or any other GE food products, culminating a 7 year struggle by Greenpeace on this and other issues in China.

A lynchpin in the decision has been China's staunch determination to prohibit foreign control of it's domestic production and markets, rejecting restrictive patent claims on GE seed stocks by corporations like Monsanto.

Greenpeace Convinces China

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Occupy: Infiltration is much Worse than Surveillance

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:16:27 +0000

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Diaries decrying DHS monitoring of social media tend to ignore more direct organizational infiltration by police (and other) provocateurs and saboteurs, which is much more insidious than merely "keeping tabs" on public, or even private media discussion and plans around protests, demonstrations and organizations.

There is no doubt some overlap, in terms of monitoring, in identifying targets of opportunity for infiltration and sabotage, and infiltrators can enhance the "mere" monitoring of communications.

But monitoring in itself is of minimal threat to peaceful, non-violent, legal first amendment actions and organizations...except to the extent that is used to gain intel for potential sabotage.

There's really no way to prevent monitoring or infiltration, per se, beyond legal constraints, which can and should be enforced and advocated.  But all the "security culture" in the world, especially when it tends to emphasize anonymous participation, which not only protects activists, but also cops, heh...cannot protect us, really.

But when there's a firm commitment and consensus to eschew "violence", and everyone sticks to that, it effectively robs the cops of their most common, prevalent and effective tactic for discrediting and cracking down on movement activities.

Regardless of their rationale for it, those who advocate "violence", and other extremely confrontational tactics, especially against the consensus of the larger group, must be considered suspect, at the very least...and to the extent that they persist in that, and especially act in defiance of consensus in this regard, bringing down the heat on everyone, they must be ejected, ostracized, and denounced, preferably with documentation, which should be circulated to all movement contacts.

Even that, however, leaves us open to swirling accusations, even from infiltrators, aimed at sowing distrust and division in the movement, even if most groups engage in a very principled and democratic practice around such warnings about troublemakers.

In fact, overly broad permissions on "official" websites and other accounts, have led to a number of instances of direct sabotage of communications, including dissemination of false information and accusations to sow conflict among groups and individuals, in classic COINTELPRO style.

And there's no way to really stop independent, rogue, or police false-flag operations, no matter how democratic and disciplined other elements of the movement may be.

Indeed, this was a major factor back in the 70's, in deciding to stand down from mass mobilizations, and all the "radical" posturing, to concentrate instead on direct local grassroots organizing, where people are more likely to know each other, and to avoid activities likely to detract from and destroy the grassroots support they rely on, in the communities they themselves live in.

To the extent that mass actions do ensue, they absolutely must be very seriously considered from this perspective, as to how to prevent the whole thing from degenerating into a clusterfuck of police manipulation, for media exploitation against the movement.

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Occupy: Become a Primary Solution, rather than Part of the Problem

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:45:07 +0000

Occupy needs to stop playing footsie with the proto-fascist Tea Party and Black Bloc police provocateurs, stop being so coy about electoral struggle, and step away from the anti-Democratic electoral boycott and splitting sentiments so prevalent among purported Left/Anarchist milieus.

ONLY a mass electoral uprising, explicitly to purge the Right, the Republicans (and Blue Dog ilk) from the levers of power, and to suppress them, legislatively and judicially, will even begin to materially resolve the glaring contradictions we are all so concerned about.

Ignoring the real politik of right wing majorities in the House and Senate (from day one of this administration, despite putative Democratic "Majorities", rotten with remnant Blue Dog ilk), is nothing but a contrived, duplicitous, disingenuous rhetorical ploy to blame less than optimal material results on the Prez and the Party, instead of blaming the Right, the actual source of obstruction, sabotage, and shortcomings of the present administration.

Opportunist, subjective, hyperbolic jive, like "no difference" between the parties, "no guts, spine, balls", "betrayal" and "sellout", even asserting that riots in the streets are "what democracy looks like" (rather than an indication of a profound lack of democracy), can only serve to perpetuate and worsen the conditions we presently face, serving only the interests of the Right, and the dictatorship of it's monopoly corporate fascist Chamber of Commerce sponsors.

The whole world is watching and waiting, with bated breath, hoping and praying that we will rise to the occasion, and defeat our own anti-democratic right wing reactionary conservative and fundamentalist traitors, by any means necessary, EVEN, preferably, even...democratically, electorally.

Any genuine US revolutionary is obligated to recognize and accept the leadership of the masses in this regard, who REJECTED Right wing line, AND Left electoral boycott and splitting lines, to "vote with our feet" by marching to the polls, to elect Obama and Democratic Majorities (such as they were), in resolute, determined response to an explicit rhetoric for justice and peace, to save the planet,.

I think history will judge us harshly, if we fail to step up and give this our best shot, at this critical moment, Right Now, going into the Democratic primaries, which will determine the field going into November.

Seize the Time!

Seize the Power!

Bring the Better Democrats!

All Out for the Primaries!




Anonymous Calls Out Black Bloc

Wed, 08 Feb 2012 08:32:46 +0000

BB fans are outraged, of course, calling this a fake...Who knows?

It seems consistent with anon line, though, such as it is....

And I agree that the BB tactics are not consistent with the very broad and substantial national Occupy consensus to remain non-"violent" no matter what the pigs do.

There's been a couple of diaries lately, discussing pros and cons on this topic, including:

OWS must resist violence to succeed

Perspectives on Hedges Cancer in Occupy




Swiss: Interest Rates Manipulated on Hundreds of Trillions of Dollars

Fri, 03 Feb 2012 19:26:58 +0000

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Surprise, surprise!

In the face of recent charges brought by US DOJ against Swiss banks, for sheltering US tax dodgers, it has just been announced that Switzerland is investigating a dozen US, European and Japanese banks for conspiring to manipulate lending rates.

The Swiss Competition Commission said today that it has received information of possible collusion between derivatives traders, influencing interest rates on some $350 Trillion of derivatives and other financial products to their own profit.

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..Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, HSBC Holdings, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Mizuho Financial Group Inc., Rabobank Groep N.V., Royal Bank of Scotland Plc Societe Generale, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and UBS.
U.S., European Union and British regulators are also investigating whether banks understated interbank rates to reduce borrowing costs and downplay investor panic during the banking crisis.

Not being wonky enough to really understand or explain what all this means, heh, I'll leave that to others in Comments...but just saying, raising or lowing interest rates on hundreds of trillions of dollars, by even a fraction of a percent, has got to amount to...pretty huge money, no?

Reuters

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Anonymous Hacks FBI/Scotland Yard Conference Call, Posts It on Youtube

Fri, 03 Feb 2012 18:07:26 +0000

An audio recording of a conference call between the FBI and Scotland Yard has been posted on YouTube by Anonymous.

BBC and other sources report that the agencies have confirmed the authenticity of the 16 minute audio recording.

The 1/20/12 call between the agencies, including at least one M15 (Brit CIA) participant, was to discuss progress of investigations into Anonymous, Lulzsec, Antisec, etc.

Also published by Anon was an email announcing the call and inviting participation from the agencies, including names and email addresses of recipients.

While the content of the recording doesn't seem to include any major revelations, the mere fact of the intercept and it's publication is causing some hubris.

As one anon commented on Twitter:

"The FBI might be curious how we're able to continuously read their internal comms for some time now."

The security breach is under investigation, according to authorities.

Media refs:

Naked Security

Inquirer

BBC

AnonymousIRC Twitter feed




New Leak at Fukushima: Frozen Pipe "Drops Off"

Thu, 02 Feb 2012 15:59:20 +0000

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Number 4 reactor at the Fukushima power plant, crippled by earthquake and tsunami damage, was initially reported to have leaked "about 6 liters" of spent fuel rod coolant water from a frozen pipe that "dropped off" Tuesday night, but that was later revised to more than 8 tons of water, which is said to have been contained inside the reactor building.  

Tepco officials said the leak was stopped by closing a valve, but did not speak about the likely radioactivity of the leak, which started about 5pm Monday night, but was not discovered until late Tuesday night, or reported until Thursday.

Having already found and plugged numerous other coolant leaks since the disaster, Tepco said it would continue checking for any other new leaks.

Reuters  

Record snowfalls along the  Sea of Japan (east coast) have prompted warnings of avalanches and disruption of traffic in that area, which saw some 250 deaths in 2006 from winter storms.  

The west coast, where Fukushima is, has not been as hard hit, but is also having severe winter weather.

Since the Fukushima melt-down last March 11, Japan has stepped up inspections at all nuclear power plants, closing down all but 3 out of 54 reactors.  

IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) teams arrived early last week to review the inspections, and is expected to make a report by the end of this month.

 While the government is pressing to bring many of these plants back online before summer, when hot humid weather will spike demand for power, critical experts say the present stress tests now being conducted are of little or no value in ensuring safety, and pointing out that IAEA has previously issued flimsy reports asserting "everything is fine", when it wasn't, really.  

Japan has already abandoned plans to generate over half it's power with nukes by 2030, and begun to move toward alternative sources, but the Prime Minister, Yoshiko Noda, says some of the nukes will still be needed, meanwhile.

Guardian

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Aaron Barr Fired...Again...For Obsessing Over Anonymous

Sun, 22 Jan 2012 16:33:52 +0000

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Aaron Barr, cyber security analyst and former CEO of HBGary Federal, who was pwnd by Anonymous for threatening to expose Anon "leadership", has now been fired by his most recent employer, Sayers and Associates, for "spending too much time" in continuing his obsessive pursuit of Anonymous.

Barr lost his CEO position at HBGary due to Anon exposure of incredibly lax security at the supposed high-level cyber security firm, with a massive Anon hack on the company's computers.

Anon publicly posted of a vast trove of HBGary email exchanges with the US Chamber of Commerce, individual corporations, and government agencies plotting to track, identify and attack political activists they don't like, and to sell that service to oppressive regimes around the world, including developing new software to deploy an army of automated sockpuppets to troll venues like dkos.

More recently, Barr, who dyed his hair blue as a disguise, and a friend and associate, Thomas Ryan, were revealed to be lurking around Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park and online, sniffing for links to Anonymous.

Ryan was communicating with FBI and NYPD about his investigations into OWS, and inadvertently included some of those emails with an archive of OWS communications that he published, intending to expose how OWS was coordinating activities...thus outing himself as a spy, and drawing heat from Anon, LOL...

The lulz continue...

Daily Caller and Huffpo reports.




Over Half of German Renewable Energy Owned by Citizens and Farmers

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:16:10 +0000

Treehugger has an interesting report that utility companies account for less than half of alternative power generation in Germany. Over $100 billion worth of private investment in solar and wind has raised Germany's renewable energy share to over 20% of electricity consumed. Solar power output in Germany is up 60% for 2011. This is an important trend we should emulate in the US, I think.   While some of the large solar arrays, wind farms, etc. may still be required to provide the huge juice needed by industry, we don't really need that kind of grid for most home and business use, so much, it seems to me. Decentralized local grids would truly mean more "power to the people", instead of perpetuating the present contrived centralized dictatorship of corporate dominance and manipulation of the energy market and virtually our entire economy. With sufficient progressive Democratic plurality in the House and Senate, the necessary incentives and subsidies could really focus on putting solar panels on the roof of virtually every structure in the nation, as well as other kinds of localized wind, hydro, etc. appropriate alternative tech applications. This would save citizens huge money on their utility bills going forward, and a crash war-effort kind of comprehensive program to fully roll out the new green paradigm, all the way, on all fronts, would allow us to put everyone back to work, bring the troops home, have health care and education, etc. I also think that a properly funded and staffed EPA would fairly quickly put a report on the President's desk, informing him that there really is no such thing as "clean" coal or "safe" nukes, and that we must go green, all the way, immediately, to save the planet. And I believe the Prez would say "OK, let's do it!", if he had the backup, And the jackup, heh, in Congress, to "make" him. Only under such circumstances, of a fully functional, science-based EPA and Energy Department NOT dominated by corporate hacks, would we be able to trust any determination that the latest generation of nuclear power technology is safe "enough" to deploy, to supplement alternative sources of energy, should that really prove "necessary" or desirable, going forward. But that would take generations to actually determine and deploy, while existing alternative tech is now ready for immediate deployment, far more cheaply and safely. And the more aggressively we roll out the alternatives, the more the costs will go down, with economy of scale in manufacturing, research and development. Meanwhile, existing obsolete nuke (and other polluting tech) de-commissioning, which will also take generations, could be accelerated, as the alternatives come on line to replace them. The only thing holding us back is the relative right/left plurality in the House and Senate.   As long as the right, the Republicans (and Blue Dogs), and their corporate sponsors, retain sufficient plurality in Congress to block, delay and sabotage all progress, the whole world is screwed, regardless of the issue. The principal problem with the Democrats, such as they are, is the very considerable amount of coercion, co-optation and, yes, corruption, that emanates from the right. ONLY removing that pressure from the right, democratically, electorally, legislatively and judicially will allow us to surge forward into the 21st Century, for justice and peace, to save the planet. The ultimate, real, root issue is democracy. Bring the Better Democrats! All Out for 2012! Death to monopoly corporate fascism! [...]



"ZOMG!!! DOJ Cracking Down on Medical Marihuana Patients!!!"....Not

Fri, 30 Dec 2011 20:22:26 +0000

There's been a lot of hubris over the DOJ raids on retail storefront commercial medical marihuana "dispensaries" in California, with dramatic images of "jackbooted stormtroopers", armed to the teeth, rousting them for selling a legal medicine. Having been warned of the crackdown, the "dispensaries" have mobilized their patrons, who need their medication, like granny in a wheelchair, to show up and protest on camera during these raids, objecting obstreperously and being treated rudely by "fascist paramilitary pigs with masks on, pointing large weapons at everyone", while a crowd chants, "Shame, Shame, Shame!" While all of this is more or less..."true"...the "analysis" that typically accompanies this story is reflected in headlines like the title of this diary, accusing Obama of "betraying" and "attacking" pot heads, supposedly reneging on his previous promise Not to prosecute state sanctioned medical marijuana patients, doctors, caregivers and growers. That spin is a damn lie.   Obama has Not gone back on that promise, and is Not "cracking down" on those medical marihuana patients, their doctors, or their caregivers and growers who are in compliance with state law.   In that regard, his policy is a complete reversal of Bush policy. What he has directed DOJ to crack down on is the rapidly proliferating multi-million dollar profiteering of a burgeoning quasi-legal retail commercial storefront "dispensary" industry, which is not specifically mentioned in the state law, and is alleged to operate contrary to federal Commerce law.   Yes, the dispensaries have been designated a step too far, in the present DOJ leniency toward medical marihuana.  But this is not an attack on medical pot, per se. Advocates for the "dispensary" networks, which sprang up all over the state even before legalization, and have been a principle source of medical marihuana for many people, claim this is the only way for patients to get their medicine, so, "therefore", DOJ, by attacking the storefronts, is "attacking patients" and the whole medical marihuana paradigm. But in fact, in the face of the crackdown, people are merely being compelled to seek alternative legal means, which are, in fact, provided for in the state law, and do not conflict with federal Commerce law, or require commercial retail storefronts. The California law, as it stands, probly needs some tweaking to better define and facilitate those alternative means, since it was written mainly with the dispensary networks in mind, and the present wording is very vague...but the program does allow for caregiver/growers to transport the medicine to the patient. And that's what they're now doing, quickly replicating and expanding upon previous home delivery networks, which have also long operated with impunity, thus contradicting the supposed "need" for storefronts. That's how we roll in Oregon, where I live, and it's worked just fine, for years now.   We rejected a "dispensary" scheme referendum last election, brought by the Libertarians, because we don't "need" it, and it would just draw heat from the feds. DOJ is now warning other states contemplating legalization that they should avoid the "dispensary" pitfall, because while medical marihuana, per se, will not be prosecuted by the feds, retail commercial storefronts selling pot will be. Further analysis below the squiggle... Some relevant links: Home Delivery Justice Dept. Policy House Democrats Introduce Federal Legalization Legislation [...]



32 Anons Arrested in Turkey

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 20:14:08 +0000

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Just prior to recent elections, up to 10,000 joined youth demonstrations in the streets across Turkey against internet censorship, while online activists shut down government websites.

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Now that the elections are over, the government is rounding up activists alleged to have been involved in those actions.

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Turkish Police are pretty notorious for harshly suppressing demonstrations, in general, and ill-treating detainees.

Here's some media reports on the most recent arrests of local Anonymous activists in Turkey.

Turkish Police arrested 32 people in 12 provinces on suspicion of being members of the international “hactivist” movement.

...the total of 35 arrests in the last few days puts Anonymous, which is also the subject of a major FBI investigation, under more pressure.

The Americans issued 40 arrest warrants for alleged Anonymous members in February, and six British people are currently on bail after raids by Scotland Yard’s specialist cyber crime unit. Participation in a Distributed Denial of Service attack carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years in Britain.


The Telegraph
Last week, on the eve of legislative elections in Turkey, Anonymous hacked several Turkish websites, including that of the Turkish telecoms authority TIB, which regulates Internet use and helped develop the government's Internet censorship programme.

Nine minors arrested in the sweep were subsequently released, Anatolia said.
In November, a Turkish court quashed a three-year ban on the popular video hosting site Youtube, which was the fifth most popular site in the country until it was closed for showing clips deemed disrespectful to Ataturk.

The Vienna-based Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe has voiced repeated concern over Turkish policies that restrict access to information, which some suggest are hampering Ankara's progress towards EU membership.


Agence France-Presse



Spanish Police "Dismantle Anonymous"

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:53:23 +0000

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Al Jazeera website, as a network, has tended to be sympathetic to Anonymous, in recognition of substantial Anon material support for uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and the region.

An unofficial guest Opinion on the Al Jazeera website brings a bemused analysis, mocking the Spanish Police for being clueless, and talking out their ass, with their recent claim to have arrested Anonymous "leadership".

"The dismantlement of the leadership of the hacktivist organisation Anonymous," they said. The way the announcement was made has caused netizens to make fun of what they consider the authorities' lack of understanding of the internet's architecture and culture. This is another sign of the gap between people and their political representatives, a key cause of citizen mobilisations against the two main political parties in Spain, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) and the People's Party (PP).

Al Jazeera Guest Opinion

According to the Police...

"Three of its leaders were arrested in our country. One of them kept a server in his house, from which attacks were coordinated and carried out against government, financial and business websites all over the world (...) Through DDoS (Distributed denial of service), they attacked the Sony PlayStation store, the BBVA bank, Bankia, ENEL and the websites of the governments of Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Chile, Colombia and New Zealand."

Official Spanish Police Communique (Spanish)

Anonymous responded quickly with DDoS, shutting down the Spanish Police website, lol, and issued a communique, below the squiggle...

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Homeland Security Guts RW Extremist Investigative Unit

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 02:45:17 +0000

Southern Poverty Law Center reports that the Homeland Security unit for investigating "non-Islamic" domestic right wing terrorism has been virtually shut down, due to coming under fire from right wing Republicans.

A big flap ensued previously when a 2009 report to law enforcement was leaked to the media, detailing a rapidly growing threat of extreme right wing terrorist attacks.  

Conservative pundits and Republicans screamed bloody murder about being branded "terrorists" by the report, which simply described common perspectives subscribed to by right wing terrorist groups subject to investigation, which just happen to correspond exactly with common right wing Republican rhetoric and talking points.

You might recall having seen this go by, at the time, and the flap that ensued:

Full '09 Report pdf

Now, Daryl Johnson, the man who wrote the report has left the agency, after being relentlessly attacked and having his staff and funding decimated by Republicans feigning outrage over his supposed  "prejudice".

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Homeland Security "non-Islamic" investigations across the entire spectrum have been virtually suspended, he says, at a time when SPLC cites rapid growth in the numbers of both right wing extremist groups and recruits to those groups, as well as terrorist acts by members of those groups and their "lone wolf" adherents.

"Eventually, they ended up gutting my unit. All of this happened within six to nine months after the furor over the report. Since our report was leaked, DHS has not released a single report of its own on this topic. Not anything dealing with non-Islamic domestic extremism – whether it’s anti-abortion extremists, white supremacists, 'sovereign citizens,' eco-terrorists, the whole gamut."

Johnson says it keeps him awake at night, worrying about the prospect of undetected mass-casualty attacks, which he thinks are more likely to occur under present circumstances.

SPLC does good work, investigating and reporting on all kinds of political extremism and terrorism, and has won some huge landmark lawsuits literally destroying various KKK formations, Aryan Nations, and other such groups.

They are appealing to Janet Napolitano, Director of DHS, to re-evaluate the present situation.

They issue weekly email reports with the latest headlines on such topics, and feature a considerable archive of detailed reports and information on specific groups and individuals, their activities and history.

Current Story About Johnson, SPLC Site




Suits vs Tie-Dyes: Reversing the Degeneration of the Species: Updated: More Pix

Thu, 19 May 2011 12:00:02 +0000

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Dude in teh suit Could be a "Democrat"

But if he is, he was co-opted, corrupted or coerced by Republicans, and their clients and sponsors.

Remove the right, and such influences will be very substantially mitigated, even, conceivably, virtually eliminated, more or less.

It's ALL about relative right/left plurality in the House and Senate.

DFH that I am, I aspire to something...different from capitalism as we now know it, especially in it's moribund form, fascism.

DFH that I am, Ima commie, with a small c.

Every DFH's dream...justice and peace, to save the planet.

Love, even.

The Death Culture's worst nightmare.

I am so looking forward to rolling out the new green paradigm, and putting everyone back to work, bringing the troops home, etc. etc. democratically, electorally, maybe even without a civil war, or...whatever is necessary, brothers and sisters.

We must have democracy, immediately, to surge forward into the 21st Century.

This is a national emergency, more serious than any war, Evah.

The ice caps are melting, faster and faster.  It's do or die.

Bring the Better Democrats!

All Out for 2012!

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May Day: All Power to the People!

Mon, 02 May 2011 04:00:02 +0000

All images in my diaries can be dragged and dropped to your desktop

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A few May Day pix, and an invitation to discuss revolutionary theory, principles, and practice...




Trolling Dkos...Attack Drones Buzz

Mon, 02 May 2011 01:00:02 +0000

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Obama brushes off "critics" from the right, and the "left"...

In reading Adept2's recent popular diary, and watching the video clips, I had a comment waaaay down at the end of the thread, which I've decided to bring as a diary

What impresses me most...

...about Obama, even in the first clip, where they are trying so hard, so ridiculously and disingenuously, to make fun of him and put him down, he comes off so confident, cheerful, and competent...

When joking around self depreciatingly in the second clip, he comes off as a brilliant, witty, and...cheerful person, even as he socks it to his opponents.

AS IF this man really even Needs a teleprompter, to tell it like it is.

He's a strong candidate, strongest I've ever seen, since Bobby, when I first started really paying attention (tears well up).

It's understandable how the right would hate his guts, and fear him, so much.

But how people on the "left", especially here on dkos, could consistently, ruthlessly slag him and attack him the way that so many tend to do, is just beyond comprehension.  It's irrational, and thus, suspect.

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Trolls: GTFO...HR is BACK! Clean Up Dkos!

Fri, 22 Apr 2011 19:07:18 +0000

UPDATE: Title revised, to more correctly reflect my actual position, from "Troll Patrol", to "Trolls: GTFO".  Many negative comments have ensued, in the mistaken understanding that I was advocating group vigilante action in this regard, which I do not, or a "witch hunt" (sez teh ebil witch?, lol!).

I see it as a personal responsibility of each member of the community, to "patrol", in the sense of being alert for HR worthy content, and to take appropriate action...To implement the TU/HR system built into the site, for it's intended purpose, according to the rules, such as they are, and participate in community moderation.

Unless sanctioned by admin, to be part of a formal moderation committee, which, if implemented, as some have suggested may be necessary, I think should be democratically selected by the community.  

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With the advent of DK4, a re-calibration of HR/TU status was required, to fine tune the formula for eliminating trolls.  So, for a time, that part of the machine was turned off, except to monitor and accumulate data.

During that period, we saw even more proliferation of trollish remarks, since no matter how many HR's they got, it had no effect on their TU status.

That toxic atmosphere resulted in many community members abandoning or stepping back from the venue, thus leaving the proportion of trolls even higher and more overwhelming, and encouraging further incursions, to further discredit and destroy the dkos community.

Yesterday, though, the HR/TU machine was turned back on, and now trolls will see their mojo decimated, TU status revoked, and auto-ban invoked, if they persist in attacking and insulting the community, Democrats, and Obama, bringing right wing talking points, or advocating electoral boycott and splitting.

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Fukushima: Greenpeace Urges Wider Evacuation Zone

Sun, 10 Apr 2011 20:47:19 +0000

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Field testing by Greenpeace radiation monitoring teams has been consistently recording unacceptably high levels of contamination on gardens and crops outside of the present exclusion zone declared by the Japanese government.

Recently, in Minamisoma, residents say they have received no information about radiation levels, nor any warnings about potential hazards, despite reports of government testing in the area.

Yet in several parts of Minamisoma, measurements by Greenpeace were up to 4.5 microSievert per hour on garden spinach, unacceptable for human consumption, compared to the reading reported by the only official government monitoring location, of .07, which might be considered relatively "safe".




Fukushima: Greenpeace Monitors Japan: Evacuate!

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 13:00:02 +0000

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Greenpeace monitors have warned the Japanese government to evacuate the town of iitate, due to elevated radiation levels of a year's dose in just a few days, but no evacuation has been ordered or advised by the government.

Greenpeace rocks.  Governments tend to suck.




CIA Already in Libya "Several Weeks", to Arm Rebels

Thu, 31 Mar 2011 11:12:31 +0000

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According to NYT National Security Correspondent Mark Mazzetti, President Obama signed a secret "Finding" several weeks ago, approving CIA teams on the ground in Libya, to gather intelligence, establish contact with the uprising, and arm them.  

A "couple of dozen" CIA officers are there now, helping coordinate air strikes, and establishing liaison, toward figuring out who they might give the weapons to.

None of this been formally announced or acknowledged by the administration or the military, as of this posting.

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NPR Interview with Mazzetti




Anon Operation Metal Gear

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 23:24:54 +0000

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The HBGary emails revealed that "security" contractors and government "security" agencies are presently developing software to engage in major cyber psyops.

Codenamed Metal Gear by Anon, the softwear crawls social networking sites to collect personal information and identify anonymous online activists for harassment and arrest.

Secure anonymous online communications are necessary to avoid suppression, torture and death in many countries, and have been instrumental in organizing recent North African and Arabian uprisings.

This new software in the hands of unscrupulous corporations and government agencies could prove very dangerous to civil rights, human rights, consumer rights, labor rights, etc. activists all over the world.

But it gets worse...much worse.




New Update 9:05 pm PST: 5 Reactors in Danger: Fukushima Overheating, Venting, Could Meltdown.

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 22:09:31 +0000

As a result of the catastrophic tsunami that just hit Japan, 5 nuclear power plants are now in emergency mode, and it's reported that US military have flown in to help.  An Al Jazeera analyst says the engineers are struggling valiantly, but not doing a very good job, thus far, having been compelled to vent contaminating radioactive gases into the atmosphere to prevent a blowout.

Sun Times

A real threat is posed of potential meltdown(s), projected to be worse than Chernobyl, should the worst case scenario ensue. While this is a completely different kind of Nuclear plant, evidently the large quantitiy of fuel in these reactors could make a very nasty dirty bomb.

As pressure rises to 1.5x normal within the primary containment dome, in order to prevent a complete blowout, they have begun venting radioactive steam into the atmosphere, which it is acknowledged will spread some local contamination, but 1000x less than would be released if there is a blowout.

A blowout would allow all of the coolant water to boil out, which would cause temperature and radiation to rise drastically, causing the fuel to melt and explode, spreading radioactive contamination on a very large, wide scale, even worse than what happened at Chernobyl, potentially.

Radiations Leaks Detected

The previously ordered Fukushima evacuation perimeter has been expanded to over 10 miles, as thousands of people flee.

Evidently, when power went down, they ran out of backup batteries, which stopped the cooling system pumps.  Replacement batteries were flown in by helicopter, other access being blocked by tsunami wreckage.  

They have recently also brought in backup power generators to replace those damaged by tsunami, and are trying to restart the cooling system.

Emergency conditions at other 4 plants in the complex have also been announced.

Will continue researching and update any major developments over next couple hours, as they appear in comments or online.




Getting Real...

Sun, 08 Aug 2010 20:50:30 +0000

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That cartoon figure celebrating our imminent demise could just as well be labeled "the left", seems to me....

I am sooo tired, bored, and fed up with the incessant drum-beat of passive-aggressive hand-wringing angst, whining and sobbing / screaming, hostile, furious, snarling hyperbole...from so many supposed "progressive" and "left" agitators here (in hysterical concert with Chamber of Commerce sock puppets, Libertarians, Greens, et al) ruthlessly castigating Obama and "teh Dems" for not being the most absolutely ideal totally perfect and supremely effective "Majority" imaginable.

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Get over it!   We do NOT have a progressive majority...YET.




Individualism versus Democracy

Sat, 13 Mar 2010 16:05:02 +0000

One very common error in the debate over individualism vs collectivism is that it almost always conveniently ignores the stark fact that international monopoly capitalism was the dominant paradigm, exercising absolutely ruthless control over the entire planet, at the time of the Russian revolution.

It was not a level playing field, and nothing that happened in Russia occurred in a vacuum.

Most significantly, US industrialists deliberately financed and technically supported Hitler, to build up the Nazis, to sic like a mad dog on Russia, to kill or cripple the revolution.  

WW1 and civil war in Russia had already bled the Russian people severely, and destroyed much of the infrastructure, thus already handicapping the revolution substantially, in terms of resources available for the new paradigm they sought to implement (ie: to put the rational popular democratic public interest over and above arbitrary, capricious pursuit of private profit by elites, against the public interest).




Things ARE looking up...See the bright side!

Sat, 27 Feb 2010 16:54:46 +0000

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Despite all-out propaganda blitz, 24/7, on all channels, for over 40 years, geared up to hysterical proportions for the '08 elections, the "American" peoples rejected monopoly corporate fascist commercial mass media "analysis", and stepped up to elect Obama, Democratic Majorities in both houses of Congress, and a substantially enlarged Progressive Caucus...endorsing an explicit rhetoric of justice and peace, to save the planet.

Up in the face of the most insidious and ruthless death culture counter-revolutionary pig paradigm in human history...

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Sobbing, Snarling Passive Aggressive Freak Out!

Sun, 31 Jan 2010 22:22:16 +0000

What a spate of GBCW drivel we've been seeing here on dkos lately, coming from all over the political spectrum!  

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One let slip her Libertarian tendencies, heh...but others are more subtle, or even duplicious about their motivations and objectives, as they rant and moan, rend their garments, and self-immolate...or threaten to do so, if we, or Obama, or "teh Dems" don't get a clue, lol.

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And why not?  The situation is dire, regardless of your perspective, heh.

The ice caps are melting, and the right has stolen our lunch, over and over, and keeps threatening to kick our ass, if we don't STFU and let them continue to do so.  

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A Supreme Act Of Judicial Treason

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:39:03 +0000

Because of the gravity of the crime against the Constitution committed by a gang of 5 right wing judicial outlaws on our Supreme Court, we are launching two critical action pages at once.

Subject:  Against The People Of The United States, And What We Can And Must Do About It.

Date: Jan 24, 2010 12:06 AM

By any fair legal definition, the decision yesterday by The Supreme Court 5 constitutes nothing less than an act of TREASON against the people of the United States. Having read and analyzed the entire 183 page decision and all of its concurring and dissenting opinions ourselves, we are fully prepared to support this accusatory conclusion.




Whatever...

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 03:08:14 +0000

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Nothing of significant enough substance will be achieved with the present balance of power in the Congress.

A more substantial Progressive Caucus plurality is required, to suppress the deeply entrenched traitorous anti-democratic Blue Dog/Republican monopoly corporate fascist fifth column.

I'm not wonky enough to be able to sort out all the pros and cons of all the HCR controversy.  

All I know for sure is that whatever we actually get at this juncture will be far less than optimal, because the right still retains too much power in Congress, despite the "Democratic" Majority, and a larger Progressive Caucus.

On the other hand, anything that saves even a few million lives is better than the greater evil.

Frankly, I just don't see why some people are saying that killing this HCR bill will in any way prevent revisiting the issue after the midterm elections.

On the other hand, neither do I see why passing this bill would in any way prevent further fleshing it out and improving it, after the midterms.

That said, the struggle continues.  




Racist, Fascist Implications of Electoral Boycott and Vote Splitting

Fri, 04 Dec 2009 17:26:46 +0000

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Some absolutist idealists call for boycott of elections, or voting for guaranteed loser "alternative" parties and candidates "on principle", usually putting forth the "analysis" that even the most progressive bourgeois liberal Democrats are "nothing" but capitalist shills, who "only" represent the interests of their own class, and thus serve "only" the dominant paradigm of monopoly corporate fascism.




Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda...Afghanistan: A Crisis for Capitalism

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 04:01:37 +0000

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Rather than speculate about what Obama might say Tuesday nite, or actually be able, or willing, to actually do about Afghanistan, I'd like to deal more with the real root issue of how we got into this mess in the first place, and how to avoid such messes in the future...

That's what I think we need, to even begin to deal effectively now, with the present situation.

First of all, some historical perspective is necessary.  And I'm not talking about the history of Afghanistan, which is irrelevant...but the history of the US, and it's foreign policy.

Let's go back to the beginning, with a jump back in time...




Polls...Say What?

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 19:07:19 +0000

Front Pager Jed Lewiston's Diary today has an interesting report on the popularity of the concept of a massive federal jobs program, even among Republicans in the South, heh.

Hey, bubba!  You want a freakin' job?

HELL yeah!

Sign 'em up, Barak!  Put us ALL to work, PLEASE!!!???  ...Building out the new green paradigm!!!

Oh, and about those corporate executives, and their hacks and politicians....you know, the ones who "make" over $250k a year?

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Energy Conservation by Reducing Consumption

Wed, 04 Nov 2009 01:17:42 +0000

Before I get started, let me make it clear that I do not endorse the Green Party, or any other "alternative" guaranteed losers.  

I think all progressive elements should gravitate to, and take over the Democratic Party, to establish a Progressive Caucus coalition super-majority in Congress, and all down the ladders of power, to the state and local levels.

That said....

Energy producing industries typically project a "need" and "demand" for a steady rise in energy consumption, as a basis for asserting our urgent "need" for their modes of energy production, whether it's oil, gas, coal, nukes, or any of the alternatives.

But the fundamental flaw in such projections is that they are based on a contrived assumption, that we will, in fact, demand, consume and "need" more and more energy in years to come, domestically, as well as internationally, as the developing world catches up with US consumption levels.

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Justice for Palestinian Prisoners?

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 16:20:32 +0000

Gilad Shalit, tank crew captive video to be released by Hamas, in exchange for 20 female palestinian prisoners.

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http://palestinianprisoners.blogspot...

http://www.haaretz.com/

Discussion below the jump...




Death to Capitalism

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 20:11:20 +0000

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And also, while we're at it, death to capitalism's moribund form, fascism!

Capitalism, as we now know it, anyway, has proven to be inherently anti-democratic, elitist, and prone to degeneration into outright fascist tendencies.  

Whatever benefits accrue for the general population seem grossly offset by the very substantial and consistent propensity for egregious criminal, murderous, rapacious policies and practices that are distinctly against the public interest, soley for the outrageously unjust profit of a tiny minority.

Is this really the best we can do?




Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Mon, 28 Sep 2009 19:41:27 +0000

The cynical defeatism so prevalent in these threads among those left elements posing "no hope for change", is just more of the same old elitist sectarian weaseling for hegemony that has so consistently condemned the US left to marginalization and rejection by the masses.

This is truly ironic, given the fact that public opinion has trended substantially to the left over the last 40 years, such that the right is no longer politically correct in this country.  

Much of the left are unable, or unwilling, to recognize the fact that we are winning the revolution, and that all that remains is to resolutely suppress the counter-revolution, democratically, electorally.

Locked into an absolutist idealist oppositionalist perspective that anything short of the total destruction of capitalism, in one fell swoop, is defeat, the more dogmatic, doctrinaire, rhetorical elements of the left refuse to accept any theoretical prospect of gradual, incremental social evolution.

Which is strange, considering that theory, of social evolution, is the entire basis of socialism, toward the eventual realization of communism.

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Updated Geneva Initiative Issued on Mideast Peace

Wed, 16 Sep 2009 21:20:12 +0000

A private organization of Israelis and Palestinians has just issued a very detailed, updated draft of their original 2003 Geneva Initiative proposal for mideast peace.

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Looking Back vs. Looking Forward

Sun, 23 Aug 2009 19:51:40 +0000

Just seven  months into the Obama administration, we see far too much backward-looking condemnation of Obama, for doing "the same thing" as Bush.

That's not really fair or accurate, as a general summation of the situation.

In many regards, the present situation, under Obama, is not different "enough".  But there are also a lot of indications of material difference in perspective and approach, both in rhetoric, and in action, coming from Obama and at least some elements of his administration.

One of the most prevalent, and completely incorrect assertions cropping up, more and more, is that we now have "a Democratic majority in Congress" and yet we still can't ram through needed changes...a whack perspective that gets expressed with all kinds of angst filled expressions of WTF??!!

That perspective is either really, woefully ignorant, or a deliberately disingenuous, contrived construct, seeking to sow demoralization and abandonment of the party, to bolster guaranteed loser "alternative" party building, or weaseling sectarian hard-left bids for their own splinter-group posturing for hegemony within a bankrupt electoral boycott "strategy".




Right vs. Left:  You Say You Want a Revolution?

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 18:03:08 +0000

The right brings hysterical draconian rhetoric, in an oppositionalist frenzy against any prospect of popular democratic revolutionary justice and peace, to save the planet.

How should we respond?  Should we STFU, to avoid a conflict?  Should we cower before the palpable prospect of civil war, brought by the right, to prevent the onset of democracy?

Should we kiss their ass, and try to make up for our impertinent demands, our selfish needs for health care, housing, education and jobs, viable pensions and a sustainable green paradigm?

Should we abjectly submit to the corporate fascist elites, their theocratic tendencies, and their brownshirt terrorism?

Should we turn on each other, in a panic, and fight each other, over the best way to respond to the all out, full court press assault on everything we believe in and have worked all our lives for, over the generations?




Passive-Aggressive whining and snarling just won't cut it...

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 21:19:22 +0000

Dkos threads are swamped with weaseling poseurs, trying to demonize and demoralize the party and the electorate with incessant assertions of contrived outrage over the "failure" of Obama to overcome the real politik of a LACK OF SUFFICIENT VOTES IN THE CONGRESS to ram through his programs, as long as the Blue Dog/Republican coalition maintains their present plurality.

Demanding the impossible is easy...changing the reality is more difficult, requiring a material, explicit grassroots campaign to seize the power electorally, democratically, in this country, by replacing the traitors with progressives in 2010 and 2012.

The solution is certainly not to allow duplicious propagandists to succeed in splitting the party and poaching support for guaranteed loser "alternative" parties and candidates, nor in bolstering the insane hegemony- seeking ploys behind hard-left calls for electoral boycott.




I Read the news, today...oh boy...

Sat, 08 Aug 2009 20:51:18 +0000

I have been contending on local comment threads on our local daily newspaper's web site.

On any given article in the newspaper, online readers can offer their analysis and comments about the issues of the day.  

A recent article, "reporting" on the formation of a new local "coalition" to seek "non-partisan" grassroots community cooperation, to deal with local economic, social, and, ultimately, of course, political issues, inspired me to respond today.

It's a doozy, actually, and provides a glimpse into the shifting parameters of struggle that we face, going forward.  "Libertarian" Republicans, posing as "progressives", "independents", and revolutionary "anarchists".

Below the fold are links to the original article, and the web page for the organization it promotes.  From the original article, you can access the comments, including mine, and response from others.




Spamming Dkos with Negativity? It's Not Over Yet...

Sat, 04 Jul 2009 20:47:50 +0000

I'm no Obamabot.  I harbor no illusions about his ultimate perfection, or his leadership being absolutely ideal, by a long shot.

But, especially in politics, there are no absolutes, except that there are no absolutes.  Everything is relative.

Picture John McCain, croaking of a heart attack from looking at Sarah Palin's ass...picture Joel's Army, being a heartbeat away from the presidency...

Then thank God (or the people of this great nation) for stepping up and choosing Obama, instead.

Sick and disgusted over the remaining preponderance of Blue Dogs, and their unholy alliance with what's left of the Republicans?  Disappointed that Obama has not declared and implemented socialist utopia, yet?

Well, drop your outraged indignation and foolish angst, and get your ass back to work on 2010 and 2012!




Re: Korea

Thu, 28 May 2009 02:41:27 +0000

It's easy to ridicule North Korea and it's leaders, especially based on bourgeois commercial mass media reports.  

I would just remind people how skewed, exaggerated, bogus, and absolutely false such reports tend to be, especially when they are deliberately trying to smear anyone who dares to challenge monopoly capital.

True, even independent alternative media and much of the left decry what do seem to be genuinely problematic aspects of North Korean policy and practice.  

I'm not seeking to defend, apologize for, or dismiss such issues...but...

I'm just saying...

Let's get real, about what could be a very dangerous situation.




A Second Life is Possible: Earth Day All The Time

Sat, 04 Apr 2009 20:35:09 +0000

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Second Life has been harshly criticized, for everything from major corporate marketing incursions and spam, to annoying wannabe "enterprising"  Babbits and Land Barons, Griefers, Gorians, etc. etc.

But many educational and political organizing groups are also using SL to develop a virtual line and practice, for justice and peace, to save the planet.  With millions of participants in SL from all over the world, communication and political education campaigns have some real potential here, and have substantially supplemented  RL (real life) activities and actions.

Progressive groups in SL have banded together to cross-promote this Earth Week Festival in SL, which has been put together by a broad coalition of environmental groups and other social justice elements.

Some other contacts and tips, for those who want to check out Second Life, after the jump.




Obama: Right, or Wrong? A Call for Pros and Cons

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 18:43:43 +0000

There's an old saying, that "The enemy of my enemy is my friend".

While I don't necessarily subscribe to that chestnut in any absolute sense, my ears do perk up when I hear right wing reactionary conservatives go into hysterical attack mode against someone like Obama.

It naturally makes me think that this person must have something going for them, if the right hates and fears them so much, heh.  

When they started calling Obama "the most liberal Senator in the Congress", it piqued my interest in him substantially, even knowing that it wasn't really true,

As absurd as it may be, for them to call Obama some kind of flaming commie, or "socialist", for consorting with "terrorists" like Bill Ayers, and "anti-American ideologues" like Rev. Wright, I think such reactions are really a good  opening for further discussion of the real implications of the right wing line, and pressing the contradictions of that line and practice, in so many ways.

Polarization is good, if we don't let the opposition use it to beat us over the head, but wield it as our own powerful weapon to clearly delineate and define the issues.




Protests Against Israel in Second LIfe

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 13:10:39 +0000

Protesters have showed up in the Second Life Israel sim daily since the attacks on Gaza began, but an initial wave of outrage managed to attract international media coverage, after a blogger reported on those events.

http://nwn.blogs.com/...

http://online.wsj.com/...

The story was also picked up by Faux "News" and other outlets, but generally presented with an extremely negative perspective, without acknowledging how the discussions evolved to a somewhat higher level after the initial wave had subsided.

In Second Life Israel, which features beaches and countryside, temples and schools, historic landmarks and cities, reality has encroached on the virtual world with the demonstrations, which some residents consider the ultimate insult to their escapist entertainment, and others see as an opportunity to openly discuss and debate the most pressing issues of the day.

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Bush Declares World Peace

Wed, 24 Dec 2008 23:09:48 +0000

President Bush offers the ultimate Christmas Eve gift!  World Peace!

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You won't Believe this amazing press conference!  He actually explicitly admits regret for US war crimes, and promises to completely change policy, for peace, from now on!  Is this a ploy, to avoid impeachment?!

Discussion after the poll and the jump.




Fascism vs. Democracy

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 19:50:07 +0000


When the Nazis came for the communists, 
I remained silent; 
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats, 
I remained silent; 
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists, 
I did not speak out; 
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews, 
I remained silent; 
I was not a Jew.
When they came for me, 
there was no one left to speak out.

Please note that Jews were 4th on the list.

Nazi Germany's extreme right wing reactionary fundamentalist conservatism was NOT primarily about the Jews.

And what about now, in the US?  

Are Republicans and Blue Dogs "fascist"?

Are anyone who stands up to them and opposes them "communists"?