Monday, August 30, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Mark Stewart with James Miller. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld © 2010)
"Why would we lie about oil and dispersant in our waters, when our livelihoods depend on our being able to fish here?" Miller asked. "I want this to be cleaned up so we can get back to how we used to live, but it doesn't make sense for us or anyone else to fish if our waters are toxified. I don't know why people are angry at us for speaking the truth. We're not the ones who put the oil in the water."
Miller is bleak about his assessment of the situation. He pointed out toward the coast and said, "Everything is dead out there. The plankton is dead. We pulled up loads of dead plankton on our trip on Wednesday. There are very few birds. We saw only a few when there are usually thousands. We only saw two porpoises when there are usually countless. We saw nothing but death."
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Normally the jet stream is a giant loop of high speed winds that whip round the upper atmosphere, writes science correspondent Tom Clarke.
The jet stream isn't involved in day to day weather - it's too high up - but because it pushes the atmosphere around it's very important in steering large scale weather patterns below.
The stream has split in two. One arm has gone north, another south. The patch in the middle is Russia's drought. A circulating pattern of air has been sitting over Russia for far longer than normal, causing the extreme temperatures and wildfires they've had there.
But what's happening over Pakistan is even stranger. The southern arm of the Jet stream has looped down so far it has crossed over the Himalayas into north western Pakistan. Experts at the Met Office tell me this is very unusual.
And the result is that the fast moving jets stream winds high up has helped suck the warm, wet, monsoon air even faster and higher into the atmosphere - and that has caused rains like no-one can remember. It has turbo charged the monsoon if you like. They're not sure that's ever happened before.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
As the brother from another planet, Barrack Obama, recapitulated his mid-June public relations foray into the Mississippi Delta at the behest of Governor Haley Barbour for a photo-op at a local Gulf Port eatery where he dutifully posed consuming Gulf shrimp and an earlier visit to Grande Isle Louisiana on June 4 again sampling the safe-to-eat crustaceans, he lunched on the West Lawn of the White House with the 2009 Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints football team conspicuously (again) dining on supposed Gulf Coast shrimp and andouille sausages.This PR ploy comes on the heels of his birthday bash which involved more fish and shrimp fries(!) and hours of basketball with his brothers(and a sistah) from the NBA in tow. These potent propaganda ploys no doubt associated in the pliable and pre-conditioned minds of the American TV populace not only the health, wealth and success not only of NBA and NFL super-stars but the eminent consumability and salubrious benefits of all Gulf aquatic edibles as well as the miraculous restoration of the GOM by the super technocrats of British Petroleum after the unfortunate admixture of untold hundreds of millions of crude oil and millions of gallons of super toxic Corexit 9500. I think we can all be undoubted assured by the brother president's following words:
"With the ongoing reopening of Gulf fisheries, we're excited that fishermen can go back to work and Americans can confidently and safely enjoy Gulf seafood once again," Obama said. "We're certainly going to enjoy it here at the White House. In fact, we had some yesterday."
In fact the White House was good enough to provide a photo of that sumptuous culinary fare so skillfully prepared by White House chef Sam Kass
Meanwhile, in the Gulf itself, where persons actually dependent on the fisheries there for their livelihoods and the health of their families make their homes, some skepticism was actually expressed which seemed to contradict the avowals of the clean bill of health on the Gulf fisheries issued by the gustatory exhortations of our most august partner in BP's massive ecocide and poisoning of the international food supply.
Capt. Rusty Graybill, a shrimp, crab and oyster fisherman talks with reporters in Yscloskey, La., Friday, July 30, 2010. About 70 percent of Louisiana waters are now open to some kind of commercial fishing, but state waters in Mississippi and Alabama remain closed and so do nearly a quarter of federal waters in the Gulf. Seafood industry representatives hailed the reopening, but Rusty Graybill, a boat captain from Yscloskey, La., who fishes for crab, oysters and shrimp, said "it's a joke." (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni)
VENICE —"Seafood from some parts of the oil-fouled Gulf of Mexico has been declared safe to eat by the government, based in part on human smell tests. But even some Gulf fishermen are questioning whether the fish and shrimp are OK to feed to their own families.
Some are turning up their noses at the smell tests — in which inspectors sniff seafood for chemical odors — and are demanding more thorough testing to reassure the buying public about the effects of the oil and the dispersants used to fight the slick."
"If I put fish in a barrel of water and poured oil and Dove detergent over that, and mixed it up, would you eat that fish?" asked Rusty Graybill, an oysterman and shrimp and crab fisherman from Louisiana's St. Bernard Parish. "I wouldn't feed it to you or my family. I'm afraid someone's going to get sick."
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
The Ludlow Massacre of 1914, provides an interesting historical mirror in which to view the corruption and brutality of the contemporary corporate mafia which runs America. Today the massacres (Waco, 9/11 etc aside) are largely held outside our borders in places like Afghanistan or Central America, but the same greed and callousness of the Rockefeller family is perhaps the continuing link, like a long skeletal vertebrae linking America's oppressive past to what might resemble our future.
This was the deadliest incident in the 14-month 1913-1914 southern Colorado Coal Strike. The strike was organized by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) against coal mining companies in Colorado. The three largest companies involved were the Rockefeller family-owned Colorado Fuel & Iron Company (CF&I), the Rocky Mountain Fuel Company (RMF), and the Victor-American Fuel Company (VAF). Ludlow, located 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Trinidad, Colorado, is now a ghost town...
...The fighting raged for the entire day. The militia was reinforced by non-uniformed mine guards later in the afternoon. At dusk, a passing freight train stopped on the tracks in front of the Guards' machine gun placements, allowing many of the miners and their families to escape to an outcrop of hills to the east called the "Black Hills." By 7:00 p.m., the camp was in flames, and the militia descended on it and began to search and loot the camp. Louis Tikas had remained in the camp the entire day and was still there when the fire started. Tikas and two other men were captured by the militia. Tikas and Lt. Karl Linderfelt, commander of one of two Guard companies, had confronted each other several times in the previous months. While two militiamen held Tikas, Linderfelt broke a rifle butt over his head. Tikas and the other two captured miners were later found shot dead. Their bodies lay along the Colorado and Southern tracks for three days in full view of passing trains. The militia officers refused to allow them to be moved until a local of a railway union demanded the bodies be taken away for burial.
During the battle, four women and eleven children had been hiding in a pit beneath one tent, where they were trapped when the tent above them was set on fire. Two of the women and all of the children suffocated. These deaths became a rallying cry for the UMWA, who called the incident the "Ludlow Massacre."
In addition to the fire victims, Louis Tikas and the other men who were shot to death, three company guards and one militiaman were killed in the day's fighting...
...A United States Commission on Industrial Relations (CIR), headed by labor lawyer Frank Walsh, conducted hearings in Washington, collecting information and taking testimony from all the principals, including John D. Rockefeller, Sr., who testified that, even after knowing that guards in his pay had committed atrocities against the strikers, he "would have taken no action" to prevent his hirelings from attacking them.
The video below with Aaron Russo ties the Rockefeller family into 9/11, the War on Terror, and the contemporary tragedy we are now living in. The bit about socialism at the end I find confusing however, since none of this has much to do with socialism of the modern democratic kind, and everything to do with greed, totalitarianism, plutocracy, corporatism, and gangster capitalism. But let's not get lost in labels. The viral strain of the Rockefeller family in American political history is the topic at hand.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
"We now live in a world where a nation’s security depends in no small part on the security awareness and practices of our agencies, firms, suppliers, schools, friends, neighbors, relatives and, well, all of us....To achieve these efforts, we must recruit, educate, train, invest in and retain a cadre of cyber experts who will be conducting seamlessly interoperability – seamless interoperability across the full spectrum of network operations." Gen. Keith Alexander-NSA director.
"Now, there issues that you get into that – and you know, you can take it from a domestic side. So what’s the FBI do and what do we do with a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court? Both of those now get into classified areas, with oversight. And so I think we do that very well. The hard part is, we can’t go out and tell everybody exactly what we did or we give up a capability that maybe extremely useful in protecting our country and our allies. And so that’s the real – what I see as the two things that we balance.
And so I do spend a lot of time with the court and with Congress explaining exactly what we’re doing, where we have issues, where there needs to be change, what we can and cannot do. And we put that up to the court and we get things back from the court. I think it is growing and getting better. We spend a lot of time on that. The hard part: We can’t tell everybody what we’re doing. It will be analogous to you explaining how you defended your system – your computer system.
You say, I’m defending my computer system using the following steps: one, two, three, four. The adversary will say, thank you, one, two, three, four, now I know how to get around it, and within a day, they’re through. That’s the problem that we face. And so I think the real key to the issue – how do we build the confidence that we’re doing it right with the American people, with Congress and everybody else?"
(this rambling monologue seems to me to betray a certain incoherence or at the least an inability to speak properly)
In his address to Black Hat in Las Vegas, Hayden attempted to frame the context of the unprecedented cyber-war battlefield in geographical terms. His allusion was to the limitless flat plain of western Germany and the indefensible frontiers of the Polish nation so often overrun from east and west. He then suggested the need to create in cyberspace the necessary barriers corresponding to such natural defenses found in nature such as mountain ranges, vast rivers, forests and the like (?). Stretching the general's awkward allusion a bit farther, it is indeed true that the Internet has no borders and cyber attacks from a certain geographic become irrelevant. And yet "protecting command and control and cyber-infrastructure" according to Alexander are all important and essential. In other words the post 9/11 paradigm of attacks originating within and outside of the "Homeland" establish the need to pay particular and special attention to the net outposts within the US as well.
While Hayden's allusion seems somewhat clumsy and overdrawn, the implications are clear. In WWII Poland was occupied and ruthlessly subjected to draconian military occupation in addition to being transformed into the locus of the death and extermination camps. If we view Alexander's remarks in this context it is and given the predilection of the US Military to constantly undertake hostile actions in the name of national security and defense, it is not too far reaching to assume that the deployment, penetrations and intrusions already underway by the NSA/Google cyber corps are but the first expeditionary forays into the Internet battlefield, especially "in the Homeland".This scenario assumes even more relevance when it is admitted that the ongoing CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Yield Explosives) consequence management plans and preparedness scheduled for the third annual assignment of Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard exercises on Oct. 1, 2010 has now been accorded a Cyber component as well.
As in any war and the invasion of any sovereign area, the residents of the area invaded are usually subjected to harsh treatment. Their natural rights are ignored and abrogated. Freedom of movement and association are curtailed, all in the name of security. Many argue that this remains impossible on the Internet, long known for free and unfettered access to all types of information. It is thought that the logistical complexities of restricting internet usage render any such attempts dubious and even impossible. Yet internet censorship and even the infamous proposed "kill switch" might not be necessary. The very openness of an increasingly heavily monitored internet means ultimate transparency and maximum exposure at least for the denizens of the internet who perhaps inadvertently find themselves the objects of an already pronounced matrix of monitoring, spying and surveillance by the NSA/Google or DOD for whatever reason.
The Assange/WikiLeaks/NSA Connection
Largely due to the indefatigable investigations of Wayne Madsen published last March and receiving the attentions of several cut and paste artists on certain sites and blogs with varying and mostly limited commentary, Assange and WikiLeaks have been treated to a more thorough kind of exposure than the folderol accorded to them by the corporate media and a handful of the more credulous and sympathetic bloggers across the net.The most thorough treatment of the Madsen material was generously dispensed at http://arthurzbygniew.blogspot.com/2010/03/soros-co-back-wikileaks-kosher-mob-oval.html-wikileaks-kosher-mob-oval.html and at an Infowars forum, http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=175998.0 although not to my knowledge on the main page. Madsen did not mention anything concerning the NSA and Assange/WikiLeaks and instead attempted to establish a CIA connection.As Madsen notes, John Young who cofounded WikiLeaks with Assange, quit the organization alleging CIA involvement, going on to found Cryptome, an organization which has encountered significant harassment and intimidation from government investigators as opposed to the apparent hands off approach to WikiLeaks. Prior to finding the above documents, we had discovered Assange's association with Ben Laurie a former intel/security specialist with Google who later became one of the principals of the Apache Software Foundation.
Laurie apparently has assumed the status of informal spokesperson and erstwhile "informal board of advisors"member for WikiLeaks.One has to wonder whether Laurie is just freelancing or is acting as an effective colporteur for the NSA. Our subsequent inquiries into Apache revealed an ongoing interface between Laurie's foundation and the NSA as well as the Bureau of Industry and Security /US Department of Commerce. For example, ASF was the hardware provider for the NSA's Red Hat Enterprise Linux S (October 21, 2009) We mention this only in reference to the increasingly blurred boundaries between so-called private sector security companies and their government, military, and corporate proprietary contracts.Yet given Madsen's in depth investigations concerning WikiLeaks and the CIA , such connections can only "add fuel to the fire". Indeed, Apache Webserver, "software of choice of 23 million websites worldwide" and a host of other ASF entities are all provided services by Covalent Technologies which numbers among its clients the major US financial institutions and international pharmaceutical giants as well as the ATF, NASA, and of course the NSA.This is in keeping with Alexander's assertion that "90% of the military's energy is generated and distributed by the private sector ( think BP) and 80% of its logistics are transported by private companies"(how about Halliburton) I think he forgot to mention funding via US treasury bonds gratis the Federal Reserve and Goldman Sachs.