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Saturday, June 01, 2013

Noted...

Sorry for being away from the keyboard for such an extended period of time, but for much of this day I didn't have one. A keyboard, that is. Bloody things choose the worst times to go out on you.

FBI rubout. It's starting to seem as though the Bureau is out to kill everyone involved with the Boston bombing case. And yes, I know I said I didn't want to talk about this incident any further -- but you have to admit: The latest news is really, really weird.

We've been given two very dissimilar tales about the death of Ibragim Todashev, associate of the Tsarnaevs. In the first version, Ibragim went for a knife; in the second, a ceremonial sword.

Perhaps more importantly, we were first told that Agents were pressuring him to confess to...something. In version two, we are told...
Todashev became violent as he was signing a written statement based on his confession to the triple murder...
That's a pretty big damn difference. Did he confess or not? Why wouldn't the guy demand a lawyer?

In the most recent version, the sword (originally a knife) has become a broomstick. Perhaps tomorrow the feds will claim that Ibragim rushed forward with a banana, leaving the agents with no choice but to unleash the tiger.

Marcy Wheeler is taking a careful look at this bizarre incident, and she has picked up on another notable oddity:
When the FBI first admitted that it had killed Ibragim Todashev, it indicated there were at least 5 people at the scene: Two Massachusetts State cops, the FBI Agent being blamed for shooting Todashev, and “law enforcement personnel” — plural — whom it chose not to describe at all.
Okay. If they weren't feds and they weren't staties, then...who? Were they just local cops?

In this Washington Post version, those "other law enforcement" officials stepped out of the room (why?) before the shooting began. According to the AP, these other lawmen -- the ones who stepped out -- were responsible for the original "knife lunge" report.
Three law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Todashev had lunged at the FBI agent with a knife. However, two of those officials said later in the day it was no longer clear what had happened. The third official had not received any new information.
What may we deduce from this brief passage? First, it is clear that reporters know who these other lawmen are -- even though journalists refuse to humor us with such details. Second, the Three Other Lawmen (the ones who left the room for unspecified reasons) were the ones who told journalists about the knife attack. Why did they speak of a knife? Obviously, because that's what the FBI agent(s) told them.

If the FBI agent(s) who shot Ibragim Todashev lied to local cops about why the shooting occurred -- well. That's big.

Maine stands up for privacy. This is the best news I've seen in ages. Finally, a real pro-privacy movement is starting to shape up.
On Wednesday, the state House voted 113-28 in favor of legislation that would in all but exceptional cases prohibit law enforcement agencies from tracking cellphones without a warrant. If enacted, LD 415 would make Maine the first state in the country to require authorities to obtain a search warrant before tracking cellphones or other GPS-enabled devices. The law would also require that law enforcement agencies notify a person that she was tracked within three days, unless they can prove that secrecy is necessary, in which case a delay can be granted for up to 180 days. LD 415 would additionally require the publication of an annual report online detailing the number of times location data were sought by law enforcement agencies.
Every state in the union should follow the Maine example. More than that: We need a Constitutional amendment.

Why they hate us. A couple of days ago, Naked Capitalism published an excellent piece explaining the real reasons for the continuing animus toward the United States. Are we finally mature enough to discuss these matters truthfully without fear of being called traitors or terror-enablers?
If you have a hard time thinking of cross-border drone strikes as a form of occupation, consider this, my own comment from the same post:
It’s hard to come to grips with that last point from the comfort of your chair — without putting yourself in the shoes of those who constantly watch the skies in fear of soulless, pilotless American planes. If a foreign nation sent a drone to kill someone in your neighbor’s house — in Albuquerque, say, or a Cleveland suburb — and your daughter were visiting at the time, and died … what would be the odds you’d immediately think of revenge?

I’d put those odds at just below 100%, assuming you still had a pulse and weren’t blown up yourself. After all, did not the invasion of Iraq ride a national tidal wave of revenge for piloted attacks against New York and Washington, in other words, “9/11″?
What this says is, they don’t hate us for our freedom, they hate us for our bombs, our support of their dictators, our bases, our need for their oil, our need to make the entire world comply with our desire never to lose and never to change.

Put more simply, is “terrorism” the comforting name we give to what in many cases is, in fact, the growing third-world war against worldwide empire? Is the empire creating its enemies? If so, America is indeed “at a crossroads” — but not the one Obama envisioned.

Saperstein then lays his finger on exactly why this matters, why a change of direction, if it were real and the right one, provides a point of hope:
[E]ven in this mostly great speech, [Obama] fails to come to grips with the gratuitous disaster, the self-inflicted wound, that the Iraq War has been for the US and the huge amount of damage it did to America’s standing in the Middle East. Among other things, the approval of America’s foreign policy in Turkey went from more than 70% to 10% and in Pakistan to 5%, and the war removed Iran’s natural enemy and moved Iraq close to Iran politically...
Honey. Is this true? Is it really possible that most of the honey we consume is a fake corn syrup concoction?
Much of the honey hitting supermarket shelves is derived from an ultra filtering procedure that heats honey to high temperatures, forcing the natural substance at high pressure through extremely small filters to remove pollen. In this way, manufacturers conceal the identity of the source of the honey, which is a technique used by the Chinese, who have illegally dumped tons of their honey on the U.S. market for years. The Chinese are responsible for dumping dangerous antibiotics, artificial sweeteners, and leeching copious amounts of heavy metals into imported honey products.
• 100 percent of Winnie the Pooh sold in Walmart stores had all pollen removed.

• 100 percent of honey from individual packets from KFC and McDonald's had all pollen removed.

• 77 percent of honey from big box stores like Costco, Sam's Club, and Target had no traced of pollen.

• 100 percent of honey from drugstores like Walgreen's and CVS Pharmacy had all the pollen filtered out.
The pollen-removal signifies that you are getting artificial Chinese glop.
By using in-house private testing, some US manufacturers have found out that their Asian imported honey is watered down with high fructose corn syrup and a myriad of illegal sweeteners and antibiotics.
China. Again. Remember the great dog food contamination scandal? I'm starting to wonder if there is any actual Chinese food in Chinese food. How do you know that you have genuine Kung Pao Chicken in that white container? Maybe it's a spiced-up globule composed of rice, plastic, Neosporin and a bunch of stuff swept up from the barbershop floor...

Conspiracy theory run amuck. People wonder how I can get so pissed off at our growing "conspiracy culture," even though I believe that the JFK assassination was a coup d'etat. (Right now, this blog is running an ad for an invaluable new book about the JFK assassination. Check it out!) What ticks me off is the sheer weirdness of the claims one now finds floating through paranoia-land. For a choice example, see this YouTube offering by someone calling himself "Dallasgoldbug," who has a few strange things to say about the Underwear Bomber.

(Why are right-wing conspiracy freaks so obsessed with gold? They constantly tell us that only gold carries "real" value, even though you can't eat the stuff and you can't use it fill up your gas tank. Maybe Will Cuppy was right: "It's so shiny.")

According to Dallasgoldbug, Kurt Haskell -- the man who has offered eyewitness territory which inconvenienced the official account -- is really "a cointelpro." That's the name of an FBI project Hoover was running decades ago. Using the name of a program to describe an individual reminds me of the scene in The Campaign in which one candidate accuses another of being "an Al Qaeda." What idiocy!

I hereby proclaim the Haskell-as-spook claim to be the stupidest conspiracy theory of the week.
Comments:
It's not just the chinese: look at the horse meat. Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. So forth.
 
The Chinese "honey" is mostly corn syrup and industrial waste? There should be a revolution over the quality of our food, except most of us are too full of high fructose corn syrup and GMO wheat and corn to move.
 
I sometimes wonder if malt liquors (Colt 45, Steel Reserve, Country Club, St. Ides, Magnum, Hurricane, Cobra) are actually industrial ethanol, water, and artificial flavoring and coloring.
 
How can we find out if our CostCo honey is real or not. We've been getting our honey from there for years.

For heaven's sake! How can we protect ourselves from this shit?

Seriously.
 
Ah. Duh. The answer is get honey from the local Farmer's Market. And ASK if it's their own honey.
 
If something is cheap in the store I have to question its authenticity or whether it was produced with slave labor. If it's expensive at the farmer's market I wonder if I'm just getting the same thing but with a farmer's market mark-up. There's no winning with me.

At any rate I usually buy raw honey. It doesn't fly off the shelves, so it gets hard and there's often a thin top layer of wax and other bits I'd rather not think about too much about. There are better ways to tell if you're getting the genuine article.

This topic makes me want to bring me the true cost of food. Cheap food often has a dark history. The only way to get cheap, high quality food is to produce it locally. Everything else has a lot of other costs associated with it that should make it quite expensive by comparison. When it isn't, watch out.
 
There is a legend that the Scottish orangey drink Irn-Bru ("It's made from girders") was originally an industrial dye, but made things too orange and was therefore turned into a particularly corrosive and toxic soft drink. I don't know if it's true. But I wouldn't drink it.

Otherwise, it's normally safe to assume food isn't what it seems. Pips in jam are specially carved from wood, and inserted into the jam to make it seem more like it's made from real fruit. "Wholemeal" bread is made from white flour with the bit removed from the original flour reintroduced. The weight of chicken, and anything else sold by weight, is inflated by injected the meat with water and hydrogenated vegetable oil. And so on.
 
You ain't seen nothin yet Joseph. Dallas Goldbugs (Ed Chiarini) has a website, wellaware1. Check it out. Walt Disney was really Hitler and Jackie Kennedy was really Marilyn Monroe. Most terrorist events in the US are done by actors, a lot of them coming from certain families. That's his take.
I know what your saying about conspiracy and I'm glad you're a guy who likes research, lots of research. But I've found in the last few years that there is a huge split in the "conspiracy community". Such as, many people hate, I mean hate, Ed and Alex Jones. (And Ed would say that Alex Jones is played by the actor John Ritter (?))! They feel that they are setting up authentic researches who are trying to figure out the "truth". Some of them say that the alternative media is just another arm of mainstream media. A place for people to go and chase their tails, living in a state of constant fear and that this is planned.

Gotta admit things are pretty weird and it does make me reach for my old 70's copy of Subliminal Seduction (about advertising) and those old Vance Packard books.
I do believe that in some sense things are not what they seem. I just don't know what they "really" are, so I read everyone, except Alex Jones and his type, I try and stay away from baffoons.
Kitty
 
Kitty, just when I think I've heard everything...

Thanks for boggling my mind. I didn't think anything could boggle it anymore. I just spent a couple of minutes looking into Ed.

Wow.

He lives in a very, VERY strange world.

I almost admire him!
 
Yup.
Ed is kinda like Joseph Cannon meets Philip K. Dick. Heh.

Gotta admit that Jim Morrison morphing into Chevy Chase made me kinda uneasy ........................

Kitty
 
Kitty, one would think that a combo of Dick and Cannon would be more of a straight shooter.
 
OMG, The Candidate.

Best Horror Movie since Cabin In the Woods(which was the best horror movie, ever)
 
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