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Monday, May 29, 2006

time for a real world break

Thanks to LondonYank for reminding me to take some time off from all the depressing stuff I've been sifting through online lately. It keeps me busy and seems like useful projects, but I can easily OD, I think. Good to get outside and some fresh air away from the neocons' reek.

Friday, May 26, 2006

wow! wikipedia - 2006 Iranian sumptuary law controversy article already up.

Already wikipedia has an article up on the 2006 Iranian sumptuary law controversy. I'm impressed.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Outing the MSM, a growing cooperative movement

(orignial posting at Daily Kos)

Just in case you haven't been paying attention, there does indeed seem to be a growing desire/movement in the blogosphere to call the MSM's blatant propaganda pieces for exactly what they are, and to back it up with solid research. Here are a few examples of sites/threads where such things are going on.

Some of these have been around for quite awhile, some are recent threads, but I will include several along with some brief descriptions of what seems to be happening.


Over at Democratic Underground we have this recent thread:


What If Dems Fought Back Against Corporate Media Shills Like Tim Russert?

which seems to be primarily Tim Russert and Telecommunications Act of 1996 focused, but looks to have a desire for research and cooperation to expose these shenanigans for what they are.


Then we have the popular thread at DailyKos


PsyOps: Walking Back the Cat which has as a primary focus an effort to "retrace the train of evidence and assumptions until the double agent, the false source or the analytic error is identified" primarily at least with respect to propaganda pieces pointing towards war with Iran, but also looking towards research and cooperation.


The Huffington Post has a couple of features:


Russert Watch where the descriptive blurb reads, ""Russert Watch" is where we take on one of the Beltway's major media players, Meet the Press' Tim Russert. Every Sunday, after the show, we'll count the bodies... and the missed opportunities."


and Eat The Press with the description- ""Eat the Press" is the Huffington Post's ongoing coverage of and commentary on the media. Hosted by Harry Shearer and his band of media critics, this is where we turn our gaze on the ever-more powerful fourth estate--keeping watch on the watchdogs."


Then we have such cooperative efforts and organizations as  


SourceWatch


 "a collaborative project of the Center for Media and Democracy (http://www.prwatch.org) to produce a directory of the people, organizations and issues shaping the public agenda."


ePluribus Media community


"We are "dedicated to researching and exposing truth and encouraging the highest standards of ethics and journalism."


Our goal is to shine a light on government propaganda and restore the dignity and integrity of the free press, the lifeblood of democracy in America. Our objective is to enhance the vitality and effectiveness of the American news media, an institution vital to the future of this nation."


The Center for Cooperative Research


"The Center for Cooperative Research seeks to encourage grassroots participation and collaboration in the documentation of the public historical record using an open-content model."


Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)


"FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints."


This list goes on, I'm sure. That's where you can help. Add links in the comment section.


Another suggestion: if you feel called to do this, try linking to postings which expose propaganda using keywords for the propaganda. This will help to put the debunking in view in the search engines. Example:


Iran yellow band debunking


Use tags as well in this effort.


This trend ties in well with some of my earlier posts, I think, which were designed to be expanded on and to get people started looking at the bigger picture and techniques (read: tricks and lies) being used. See, for example


tricks and lies vs. truth, love and hope: part of an attempt to see the bigger picture and Looking for the forest themes amongst some recent media story trees

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

some more tricks and tools

(dirty)Tricks:
PsyOps
PsyOps tracking
character assassination
Ad hominem arguments

Tools:
research
education

POPULATION: Global Food Supply Near the Breaking Point - time to start growing spirulina?

"The world is now eating more food than farmers grow, pushing global grain stocks to their lowest level in 30 years.

Rising population, water shortages, climate change, and the growing costs of fossil fuel-based fertilisers point to a calamitous shortfall in the world's grain supplies in the near future, according to Canada's National Farmers Union (NFU).

Thirty years ago, the oceans were teeming with fish, but today more people rely on farmers to produce their food than ever before, says Stewart Wells, NFU's president.

In five of the last six years, global population ate significantly more grains than farmers produced."

Read more here:

POPULATION: Global Food Supply Near the Breaking Point

Time to start to grow your own spirulina perhaps?

From what I've read, it has a protein per acre yield of 40 times that of soybeans (the next highest protein per acre yield). It has been eaten, harvested and cultivated for centuries in Africa and by the Aztecs among others. It is NOT the same as "Klamath Blue Green Algae" which is not a single unique species. Based on what I've read, the amount of land needed to grow enough spirulina to meet the world population's protein needs would be about the same size as the state of Kansas. Coincidentally, this is roughly the same size as Lake Chad in Africa where spirulina grows naturally. Live spirulina cultures can be purchased from the University of Texas at Austin's algae collection among other places. The one to get is spirulina platensis, LB 2340.
The nutrient ingredients are generally pretty inexpensive if purchased in large quantities (50 pound bags usually) They range from about 5 to 25 US dollars per 50 lb bag, with the more expensive ones generally being used in pretty small quantities. The dry ingredients will mix up into many thousands of gallons of nutrient solution (I haven't attempted to figure out how much, exactly, but it translates as lots, basically).

In survival conditions, the information states "In case of necessity ("survival" type situations), nitrogen, phosphate, sulfate, sodium, potassium and magnesium can all be brought by urine (from persons or animals in good health, not consuming drugs) at 5 ml/l and iron by a saturated solution of iron in vinegar (use about 0.1 ml/l)." I would guess that in such a situation, probably the simplest way to bring the pH up to the optimal range would be by using wood ash.

More information, links etc. can also be found in the wikipedia entry for Algaculture, which of course includes other algaes besides spirulina as well as information which will be useful for spirulina cultivation.

From what I've read, I believe there have been several projects aimed at getting villagers in third world countries growing their own spirulina.




Thank you Jean Rohe

Why I Spoke Up by Jean Rohe

"Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right, when wrong to be put right." Carl Schurz

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I hate having to give personal information to newspaper websites to read stories

How about you? 1.- there are enough people and organizations out there tracking or trying to track personal information without having to give it away to those sites as well, and 2.- these are the sources of "information" which I'm often sceptical of, and which seem to me to be increasingly "bought and paid for" as I've mentioned. Whether I'm looking for a quote (or story) to illustrate an example of stellar journalism or one to offer up as an example of what I don't like is immaterial. I just hate the principle. That's why I like this site-

Bugmenot.com

for logging in to sites with free passwords to avoid cumpulsory registration.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

continuing the looking for forest themes post

Okay, so Jason's Rove indictment story at truthout turned out to be a black eye for the left/liberal blogosphere - henceforth the "blogosphere". I had thought that we might see an official indictment announcement on Friday (yesterday), but no such luck. Nonetheless, I was sure that in either case this whole thing could/would be spun as the "blogosphere" is inaccurate. So what? Well, get used to it.

I have neither the time nor the inclination to back up all the things I'm going to mention now with "hard proof" (though if someone else wants to take on some of that, more power to them). Whether or not you believe in some or all of the following things I mention is not particularly important to the overall arc of my continuing argument. If it doesn't resonate with you as you read it, that's fine, too.

Whether or not you can take one or more of the things mentioned here and find (or create) a hole or weakness in it is not that important to me either. You see, I'm painting with very broad strokes now, and the framework I'm using to present this is like a cable rather than like a chain. A few weak or broken threads in a cable will weaken it, but it can still hold weight, unlike a chain. So, below follows some more food for thought, some of which may have played a role in that story or in the bigger picture I'm looking at (i.e.- more trick of the trade):


Moles
Trolls
divide and conquer
black ops
disinformation
lies
fear
playing both sides

Keep looking for the bigger picture. Sniping at each other won't help. Feeding the trolls won't help. Losing sight of the bigger picture to get involved in championing a single issue or cause won't help (at least not much). What will help? If I told you that, I would be suspicious of me if I were you. The fact is, I don't know for sure. I can give you a list of some tools which I think we have at our disposal, which I will do at the end of this essay.

How deep does the rabbit hole we seem to be in go? I dunno. I'll just mention a few of the points which I feel beyond a reasonable doubt in my mind that I've passed personally. There are some others that I'm pretty sure I've passed as well, but I won't mention them in this essay. That way I can be labelled as only a middling (as opposed to way out there)wacko conspiracy theorist when you proceed to conflate me with all the other conspiracy theorists for dismissal.

If I were on a jury asked to determine beyond a reasonable doubt on the following questions, they would be answered at this point in my mind:

Q: 9/11 (Kean commission) report, taken as a whole- lie? Yes
Q: Majority of Congress bought and paid for? Yes
(so while I think that this impeachment button is a great idea in an ideal world, I have to say that I have doubts about its effectiveness under current conditions)
Q: Majority of the Judicial branch of government bought and paid for? Yes
Q: Majority of the mainstream media bought and paid for? Yes

BushCo.- Guilty as charged pretty much whatever you want to bring to the table IMO.

So, here is my list of what I think might be a few of the tools at our disposal:

Elimination of the imposible (lies) to the best of our ability using
reason, logic, critical thinking, discernment, scientific methodology, etc.

Cooperation
Truth (if you can find it)
Fun
Nature
Humor
Irony
Satire
Playfulness
Light
Outside the box thinking (cliched as that may be at this point)

Tuning up and using your own personal truth/bullshit detector as much as possible.
My theory on this is that it is somewhat like a metal detector and somewhat like having an ear for music. "That rings true" "That really resonates with me", etc. We have so much BS flying through the airwaves at this point that if we aren't careful our truth detectors can get clogged up. A personal media fast and purge may be in order in some cases. While some people have "perfect pitch" and others have "tin ears" in musical terms, perfect pitch can be learned at least to some degree, I seem to recall reading. I suspect tuning up our own personal truth/bullshit detectors to be similar in nature.

Love
Hope
Spirituality
I don't recommend holding your breath for a "hail Mary pass" I haven't seen much evidence that that is on the immediate horizon. Perhaps that's my myopia, perhaps it's not 4th down yet (though it sure seems close to it to me). My personal suspicion is that the adage "God helps those who help themselves" is pretty accurate. Seems like BushCo. etc. are helping themselves, but I sure hope that's not what the phrase means, otherwise I'm already in hell and I ain't got a hope. Well, except that there may be a bigger God than the one that's helping them out.

One of my favorite lines in literature is from The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman (that's right, from a "comic book") Here's a brief set up for the quote: Dream is playing a game of "reality" in hell with the demon Choronzon, where the stakes are getting his helm back vs. eternal torment.

"I am anti-life, the beast of judgement. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, gods, worlds... of everything. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?"
"I am hope."

of course, that wins the game for Dream.

Friday, May 19, 2006

intervention

I know this guy (well, to be honest, we aren't close)who shows (from what I can tell anyway) classic symptoms of being an addict who is about to hit bottom. He is surrounded by enablers, yes-men(and women) and, of course, his suppliers. His friends are useless in fixing this; they seem to be part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

A few guys have tried talking to him about his problem, but I don't think he has gotten the message. He may well be about to lose his mind according to some sources. He has certainly been exhibiting questionable behavior and his sanity has come under doubt in certain quarters. I firmly believe that he poses threat to others and needs to be stopped somehow. What he is doing is illegal. If he can't be stopped, it may be time for an intervention. If he can be rehabilitated, I believe we can find him a new job closer to home among the available employment opportunities. Finding his replacement may be challenging, but surely we can find someone who would do a better job and doesn't have his problem

ABC News: New Tape Stirs Up 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

Not that I'm holding this story up an an example of stellar journalism (investigative or otherwise), but at least it doesn't conflate various conspiracy theories and theorists. It also has some substantive quotes from the parties being written about. See, I don't conflate the mainstream media. There are actually quite a few mainstream media articles which have been valuable for the work done towards 9/11 truth, as you can see here (among other places). Without mainstream media coverage, we would know very little in comparison to what we currently do about what did/did not/might/might not have happened on 9/11.

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Let's talk about conflation

Now, I haven't studied formal logic or debate etc., so I'm not an expert on all this stuff. Just putting forth my 2 cents. You can see here what wikipedia says about conflation. Now, perhaps there is a somewhat different term which is more apt to what I was describing earlier (bloggers/"conspiracy theorists" etc. lumped together as a group so that they can be dismissed), but for right now let's go with the word conflation as the best one I know of to describe this phenomenon.

Okay- here are some examples of it to my mind (sources included)



"On Friday, Truthout posted another story by the same correspondent, Jason Leopold, reporting that Mr. Rove had told President Bush and White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten that he would be indicted imminently."

"The Rove attorney says he spent part of that day at the vet with his cat and that Mr. Fitzgerald was in Chicago. A spokesman for Mr. Fitzgerald declined to comment.

The denials set off a round of blogging. One site said Mr. Leopold was the victim of White House disinformation. Another cast doubt on whether Mr. Rove's attorney took his cat to the vet."

"Mainstream news organizations say bloggers can say something is going to happen every day for months and then claim to be ahead of the pack when it does -- or forget about it when it doesn't. Bloggers complain that traditional reporters don't credit them for scoops when they are proved right." All from the Wall Street Journal

It seems to me that little distinction is being made here between Jason Leopold and your average Joe blogger. Hence, to my mind, conflation.


The next several paragraphs are quoted from an article called Conspiracy Theories Flourish on the Internet published by the Washington Post in October of 2004.

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David Ray Griffin considers himself an unlikely recruit to what is called the "9/11 Truth Movement." The retired theologian, who taught religion for three decades at Claremont School of Theology, initially dismissed the notion that it was not an airliner that hit the Pentagon. But after visiting several Internet sites raising questions about the attack, he ended up writing a book. "The New Pearl Harbor," published in the spring, argues that a Boeing 757 would have caused far more damage and left more wreckage strewn around the Pentagon.

"There are reasons why people doubt the official story," he said. "There are photographs taken, and there is no Boeing in sight."

Suspicions formed as the Pentagon still smoldered.

For 2 1/2 years, the attack on the Pentagon has been discussed and researched by members of Knight-Jadczyk's online group, the Quantum Future School.

The group's talks formed the basis for articles in which Knight-Jadczyk argues that after the attack on the World Trade Center, eyewitnesses at the Pentagon were predisposed to see a large airliner. She believes that the Pentagon was attacked by a smaller plane and that members of the Bush administration were somehow complicit because it was beneficial for war-profiteers and Israel.

Interviewed by telephone from what she said is a 17-bedroom castle outside Toulouse, where she lives with her Polish physicist husband and five children, Knight-Jadczyk acknowledged that her group is considered "fringe."

Knight-Jadczyk, 52, a Florida native, has been a psychic and a channeler. She is now involved in experiments in what she calls "superluminal communication," which she described as involving "time loops" that would enable people to communicate with their former selves.

Knight-Jadczyk said she never imagined anyone outside her group would ever view "Pentagon Strike."

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My beef here is that David Ray Griffin and Knight-Jadczyk (whoever that is) are being conflated or lumped together under the category of conspiracy theorists; since we can all read for ourselves what a "wacko" Knight-Jadczyk seems to be (reads the subtext), we can therefore dismiss Griffin as well, simply by association.

Okay, so what if you know basically nothing about U.S. print journalism and were reading an article which I wrote entitled something like: "Large circulation newspapers can't be trusted to report accurately on the facts"

In that putative article I write the following The New York Times said this (demonstrably incorrect fact, neglecting to mention the retraction made the next day, of course)
and then went on from there to give you several innacuracies reported in the National Inquirer. Get the idea?

Wait a minute, you might say, aren't you conflating when you refer to the MSM as an entity? Well, to a degree, yes. Let's look at the context. I'm a left/liberal blogger. If I had a readership, it would likely consist of left/liberal readers. I blog about things that other left/liberal bloggers blog about a lot. See, for example- here, here, here, or here

I am also thrilled when I am able to point out an example of good investigative reporting by the more mainstream press, as I think are the majority of other left/liberal bloggers. Most of us are more peanut gallery observers than anything else, but we are generally pretty discerning (and acerbic if needed). So, no I don't lump the NYTimes with the National Enquirer. Here's a bit of evidence to the contrary in terms of any tendency I might have to conflate the mainstream media. So I take issue with David Ray Griffin's name being mentioned in that article in that context.
If the author of that piece were actually to offer substantive comparisons of the two (Griffin and Knight-Jadczyk), their views, points, etc. in a compare/contrast manner (and change the title of the article, please), then I have no beef.
Get it? Also, if the author of the piece were a "conspiracy theory blogger" writing for an audience of other "conspiracy theory bloggers" I have less beef (though I doubt I would continue reading the blog beyond the point that I've quoted. Anyone who can draw that little distinction isn't worth my time to read (except as an excercise in setting an example of how to conflate/dismiss).

End of conflation diatribe.

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Looking for the forest themes amongst some recent media story trees

I don't often take the time to write pieces like this, but I started reflecting this morning and decided now might be a good time to take a bit more of a look at the forest (instead of getting lost among the trees). As a metaphor- consider an aspen stand. Looks like a bunch of different trees, but actually they are all essentially part of a larger single organism- same DNA, same root structure. One big tree despite appearances to the contrary.

Now with this analogy in mind, I'm going to take a quick look at some of the recent news stories and their spin(s) in the MSM vs. the blogosphere. This is all just hypothesis, of course.


What are some of our recent themes? Let's see-

Bad Reporter (no cookie)/ Good Reporter (don't report/spin)


Recycled News


The blogosphere is an inaccurate source of information.


9/11 was the way we say it was (or maybe incompetence, depending on which spin works better)


NSA wiretapping is legal, but it's for national security purposes (not for say finding leakers (which is legal if we do it despite what Fitz might say))


Spying is for your own good, America


Don't look at that, here's something else to distract your attention


recent evidence- Jason Leopold


the MSM spin- silence, denials by interested parties (Robert Luskin), a general discrediting of the blogosphere


A good analysis here


My prediction: we get the official Karl Rove gets indicted mainstream (look for it here first-  then press conference) announcement on Friday, most of Jason Leopold's article turns out to have been substantially true (the times were red herrings), the blogosphere gets a black eye from the MSM. Nice one Karl.


(themes- bad reporter, leaking is legal if we do it, the blogosphere is an inaccurate source of information)


Judith Miller-  old news, not reported on, Administration was incompetent on 9/11. Good reporter. A distraction from involvement in the case bad reporter was reporting on. Now that's news!


(themes- good reporter, 9/11 incompetence, old news, don't look at that)


Pentagon release of security video and MSM spin


(9/11 is the way we say it was, the blogosphere is inaccurate, don't look at that, recycled news)


NSA wiretapping


(old news, wiretapping legal, leakers bad unless we do it, spying is for your own good)


Stephen Colbert (NYTimes considers it newsworthy only several days later and only as an example of what those crazy bloggers are up to)


(themes- don't look at that (silence), those crazy bloggers)


I could go on, things seem to have a way of tying in with each other- (general Hayden, immigration (spying) etc.) but I think you start to see the gist of things here.


now for my hypothesis- all this is more or less a holding manuever until they can get the internet locked down. We are no longer being ignored- we are definitely in the ridicule and fight stages. Whether we can win or not is still open to question.


some of the tactics being used are-


distraction


conflation (all bloggers (conspiracy theorists, etc.) are lumped together for dismissal) my conflation rant


straw man arguments- pick an easily demolished (and often set up and/or trivial argument to destroy, destroy it and then imply that you've proven the case that x has no validity)


and of course, spin.


Pick it apart and tell me why I'm wrong, please. That's what scientific methodology is all about. That's what you won't hear from their side of the fence.

(originally posted at Dailykos- please feel free to critique, shoot down (rationally), support, enhance, pass along, etc. It is intended as a seed article, and could easily be expanded upon. I may do that at some point, but feel free to take the initiative for yourself.)

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

while I was looking for pentagon 9/11 photos

I ran across this article by Christopher Dickey. Now I have no realistic hope that Newsweek will actually print my e-mail commentary, but the general gist of it was something along the lines of- "great nice strawman argument there. Loose Change quotes Hunter S. Thompson, therefore all 9/11 "conspiracy theorists" are clearly wackos. Go back to sleep America, the corporate media and the goverment have everything under control." What doesn't seem to get mentioned enough is that most of the best so called "9/11 consiracy theory sites" are actually primarily conspiracy debunking sites. The consiracy being debunked is the one about the 19 hijackers. Obviously a consiracy involved there, right? They didn't just coincidentally decide to go out and hijack 4 planes independently. So we have an official conspiracy theory palmed off as the truth of how it happened. The problem is, that particular consiracy theory has more holes in it than your average sieve. Most of the best 9/11 sites are simply pointing out those holes. Occasionally, they will attempt to offer a scenario which better fits the known facts. You know, scientific methodology? Falsifiable and testable theories? That kind of stuff. Anyway, I know I'm unlikely to ever have the blog readership to start my own personal "digital lynch mob", but sometimes I'd like to. Then again, sometimes, despite the fact that I don't believe in hell or eternal damnation, sometimes I think I might like to sit in judgement for 15 minutes or so, so that Shrub would have eternal punishment (starting immediately, but I'd have to figure out Cheney as well) in the Crawford McDonald's. "Y'all want fries with that?"

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Smoking gun? Where's da plane? It could be there (except for the contrafactual evidence), who can tell what that thing is? Now be honest...







You see the nose of a 757 here right? Now the security cameras are supposedly only taking a shot per 1/2 second, so keep that in mind as you watch the video roll.. basically, this shot is about the best evidence there is for a 757 (or not), except for the shot to follow from the second video camera. Those confiscated tapes from the Sheraton and Citgo "apparently" didn't show anything of interest. Move along, move along. Nothing to see here















Thanks to Physics 911 for the last image. Some or all of these images may be subject to copyright, but I believe my usage here constitutes fair use for educational (not to mention archival) purposes.

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the smoking gun to kill all the nasty 9/11 conspiracy theories

Dan Simmons redux

So Dan's May message is up for the world to see now: to be found here or cached here. Not a "story" this month. Rather verbose, nonetheless, with included lies, damn lies and statistics section.

Dan apparently seems to believe (or perhaps wants readers to believe that he does) "official renditions" of such events as the London bombings, 9/11, Madrid, etc. i.e. Al-Qaeda, plane hijacking terrorists with box cutters. You know the story.

Nonetheless, Dan offers up a few "fixed star quotations" from other authors- guiding lights for his efforts, I suppose.

"Be uncomfortable; be sand, not oil, in the machinery of the world." —Günter Eich (German poet)

"If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think, they’ll hate you." —Don Marquis

"The only real education comes from what goes counter to you."—André Gide.

"Clear your mind of cant." —Dr. Johnson on explaining what we must do to become real readers.

"My trade is to say what I think." —Voltaire

Therefore, I'm sure that Dan, should he ever encounter these words, will be sure to check out the following recommended web pages, which offer what I consider to be food for thought at the very least. Oh, and Dan, do you really expect us to buy that it never occurred to you that you would be writing a message about a message? Or was that only applicable prior to your writing of the April message? Did you just plan to lay that one out there on its own like "a turd in a birdbath"? (John Irving) (pardon my French)

Anyway, some links for your consideration-

Recommended site: Physics911 (lots of good reading material there- scientific methodology, terminology and examination of the evidence seem prevalent).

Reply to Popular Mechanics re 9/11

The 9/11 Commission Report: A 571-Page Lie

How To Fake A Terrorist Campaign

(let me know if you need more; you can also find more recommendations in some of my previous postings here)

Since your readers now know what fixed constellations you guide your writing by, perhaps you have either not encountered such things in your past readings, have already read and dismissed them as "crackpot conspiracy theories" or else just possibly had an ulterior (conscious or subconscious) motive in your recent messages. Otherwise you might have wanted to mention some alternative possibilities besides "the party line" things which you seem to be taking for granted as "the truth". Let me know if you need more, though I know I've also posted some other sources for that type of info in previous posts.

Now, I'm not claiming that any or all of these are "the truth". Just offering them up as potential possibilities. After all, "The only real education comes from what goes counter to you." etc.

Now what's my ulterior motive? I'll be honest, here- I think America has more local and pressing issues to be dealt with than bombing Iran (and or "Islam") back into the stone age before your putative 100 year war starts. Like perhaps regathering the shreds of our Constitutional democracy while any such still exist, perhaps... maybe seeking a policy of containment for the naked agression and violence which asserts for itself its nuclear prerogative at will- you know, good old Uncle Sam? We know who already has enough nuclear weapons capability to destroy the entire planet several times over and who threatens other countries with them. See above^

(by my count, there have been several nuclear wars in this planet's history already- including usage of depleted uranium weapons we can count at minimum WW2, U.S/Iraq Wars 1 & 2, Kosovo (whatever that was) and Afghanistan at the very minimum; and guess who did the nuking in every case?)

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Space Invaders

The following is satire (doh!)

Read Dan Simmon's April message (or the cached version in case it disappears again) to get the background.

The space invader appeared abruptly in my kitchen on April 30th, 2005, 60 years to the day after Hitler offed himself. I nearly knocked the frying pan off the stove and fried her with hot oil, but managed to catch it with the potholder. Close call, but I could almost see the livid scars left from that terrible accident which had almost happened. Before I could reach down to preheat the oven to 451 degrees Fahrenheit, she announced in a husky voice that she'd come back in time to talk to me about the most probable course of future history. Being a more than occasional Fantasy/SciFi reader, but not a "dittohead" I said, "Yeah? Prove it, then."

This "Meursault", neurotic, time traveller, space invader, whoever she was- shrugged. "Why bother? Just think of this as a cautionary tale or dream or whatever. It doesn't really matter, anyway, because no matter what kind of "instant replay" or "flashforward" of your potential future I gave you, you'd just find some way of denying it or blowing it off, wouldn't you? Revelations are so passe these days, unlike in olden times." I nodded hesitantly. "Yeah, I suppose I probably would."

"Okay, then, dream lady, say your piece, so I can wake up an' deny the fact of your existence except as a figment of my feeble imagination or blame you on pizza induced indigestion or whatever.."

"Now, I won't tell you everything about your potential future- that would take too long, bore your ADHD ass off and would not be likely to change things in any case. Even the New Madrid earthquake only made the Mississippi flow backwards temporarily." "Wow, hey what's up with the green words?" "It's called a hyperlink, it's a mystical meta source of information for your reading pleasure. Think of it as kind of like a Rolaids to combat your dream indigestion. I know how lazy you suckers are. you might click on it out of curiousity or for the novelty of it, but you'd be waaaay to lazy to actually go look up a reference to something I mentioned, whether or not you thought you knew all about it already. I'll toss them in occasionally throughout my speech to make me look like I know what I'm talking about when I talk over your head." Boy did I ever hate it when I talked down to myself, even in my dreams. I could have sworn she winked then, but maybe it was just a speck of dust in her eye or something.

"Alright, so what do you want to say to me?"

"I want to talk to you about war", she said.


“Oh, hell,” I said, “this is going to be a lecture about Iraq, isn’t it? Look . . . I voted for John Kerry last year and . . .”

"Pffft. Skerry. Bonesman just like Magog. What were the odds? A few billion to one against? Now I don't know about you, but when I sit down at the bridge table and pick up a hand that holds 13 spades, my first thought is not gonna be- wow, this must be my lucky day! No, it's someone must have stacked the deck."

“After Nine-eleven, we’re fighting terrorism,” I began, “not . . .”

She waved me into silence. "Know what a Category mistake is?” Boiled down- you can't fight a war against terrorism. Just like you can't have a war on drugs, right? You have wars against people or countries, not ideas or substances."

"But that's not what I came here to talk to you about." "Remember when Donald Rumsfeld declared war on September 10th, 2001? Probably not, right? Ever ask yourself where did all those "missing trillions" in the defense budget money go? Wasn't it convenient that we never had to revisit that issue, due to the events of the next day? Ever wonder if there is really any gold to speak of left in Fort Knox, since apparently there hasn't been an audit there since the Eisenhower administration? Ever ask yourself how much money the Global Security Fund has stashed away for a rainy day? Until you stop looking at this whole war thing as a chess game being played by two opposing sides and start looking at who really moves the pieces and plays both sides (hint- follow the money trail), you really won't get it. You'll just keep paying your tax dollars to build those new weapons. Which means they gotta find a use for the old ones. Your country (and the world) is in the last high spin cycle before it hits the dryer, pal. Just look at the amount of money the wealthiest 30,000 Americans are saving each year in tax breaks recently if you want a for instance. Ever wonder what gasoline would cost if you (through your taxes) weren't subsidising it? About $15 a gallon. Forget your ideologies for just a second if you can, and think about THAT one. Hydraulic despotism. Ever wonder what Dune was really about? Substitute the word oil for spice and you begin to see... oh, and about your fears of your, our . . . civil liberties . . . being abridged by your own government... Remember, just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you..."

"Marke welle thee fate of alle who meddle withe suche as theye do notte understande..." She looked directly up at the guy writing this now and said, "thate goes fore youwe as welle youwe dafte owlde foole."

Only they were going to die, they were all going to burn to death. And I realized in my dream, it was a horrible way to die. And then some dude from Porlock on business of some sort (I think he might have been named Svlad Djelli, but I can't recall..) woke me up.

Shit, I really gotta lay off of those midnight pizzas- too much truthiness.

Some of the books mentioned, referred to (at least obliquely) and/or shamelessly paid tribute to in this message include: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Stranger by Albert Camus and Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

NYTimes: don't like that one? Here's another one...

This story will take a bit more digging, but I can give you a few sources to start you out: David Ray Griffin on the 9/11 Commission report
background on David Ray Griffin

read his books

try also:

Crossing the Rubicon

see also: Complete 9/11 Timeline

(There is a lot more content out there, so I'm just going to give those as starting points. The truth is out there. Good luck finding it.)

note to the NYTimes

Hey, I got an idea for a story for you- it's not exactly "news", but you don't seem to mind that as long as the blogosphere covers it first, right? Try this one:

BUSH IMPEACHMENT TRIAL POSSIBLE WITHOUT CONGRESS DOING ITS JOB as you can read in the article, there has not been a lot of MSM coverage of this one yet, so it should be right up your alley...

Evidence in the blogosphere; more here

some Colbert coverage

Well, the blogosphere apparently made the Stephen Colbert story coverable (5 days after the fact) news. Hmm... pat yourselves on the back, bloggers. I didn't feel like subscribing to the MSM, so I have no idea what their "story" actually had to say. I'll wait until they actually start covering news as news, rather than as reaction to news before I go there, I think... then again, with the blogosphere to choose from, why bother? Not that I have anything against linking to MSM, when they actually tell the truthiness, you understand...
I still say, "weep for us, angels, when the fate of the world can be divined in the Neilsen's ratings", but that's another story for another day...

(57K + thank you's and rising...) (RSS feed)

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Tracking Stephen Colbert

Thank you's have passed the 30K mark and blog Colbert mentions at Technorati are in the several K per day range currently, as you can see below- Stephen Colbert has moved into the top two blogged about personalities according to one source (spots usually reserved for the Antichrist and Harry Potter)

Posts that contain Colbert per day for the last 30 days.
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the new blog search engine Sphere

I haven't had much chance to check it out yet, but Sphere definitely looks interesting in terms of returning good results from blog searches with the spam at the bottom. Speaking of spam, at least Technorati has gotten the arthritis-bedding cabal out of the hot tags box (though they continue to tag away...). More on Sphere later once I have some time to play with it. Spam at the bottom, yay! We'll have to try it out to know how well it really works, of course.

Monday, May 01, 2006

arthritis bedding check in...

Well, it's just wonderful to see that there is an increasing correlation between arthritis and bedding over at technorati. The splogger(s) is/are doing well by it, no doubt. A couple of their terms seem to have dropped off the hot tags list, but , , and are all still going strongly. Die sploggers, die!

Bush challenges hundreds of laws - The Boston Globe

"Lord, I am sooo tired. How long can this go on?" Look at those sick grins. Bend over and take it yet again, Amerika. Bush challenges hundreds of laws - The Boston Globe: "null"

Full Text of Stephen Colbert Monologue from Correspondents’ Dinner, 4/29/06 from Perspectives of a Nomad

Thanks to Perspectives of a Nomad for transcribing the full text of Stephen Colbert's White House Correspondents' Dinner roast. Powerful stuff. My gut feeling is it probably struck a nerve or three. Rocky lost. heh. Yup. So did Bush, probably BOTH times, but I guess we'll likely never know, will we? Good old diabolical Diebold. Friends in O-high-o places are good to buy. Anyway, watch the video and/or read the text if you haven't already. ...::Perspectives of a Nomad::... Politics and Current Events from a Jewish World View: Middle East, Israel, Iran, Europe, Russia, China, America, and more. Update- this looks to be a more complete (includes the audition video) and accurate transcript

Video links here

Thank Stephen Colbert for his cojones here

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