Archive for October 22nd, 2007

On The Eve Of Destruction Video

By Barry McGuire… 🙄

This is a Go-With for previous article by Basheert

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The Spin, I’m In! The Nuclear Genie is Ready!

by GEF @ 5:58 PM MST

The Spin, I’m In! The Nuclear Genie is Ready!!

Christina Aguilera – Genie in a Bottle

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On the Eve of Destruction

Posted by Basheert @3:30pm
Courtesy of Truthdig

Scott Ritter has a chilling article in Truthdig – I suggest you all medicate yourselves before reading.


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anthony @ 21:05 BST

This inscription, on the fireplace of the State Dining Room in the White House, was composed by John Adams, first Vice-President of the United States and its second President.

It reads:

“I pray Heaven to Bestow the Best of Blessings on THIS HOUSE and on All that shall hereafter Inhabit it. May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under this Roof.”

During the French Revolution, when men of property were cacking themselves over fear of Jacobins Under the Bed (much as we were doing over the Reds during the McCarthyite era and today over the “terrorists”), Adams foolishly signed into law the tyrannous Alien and Sedition Acts, precursors of today’s so-called Patriot Act.

For all his faults, he did at least have the wisdom to keep America out of war with Great Britain, despite a powerful anti-British war-party amongst the anti-Federalists (forbears of today’s Democrats), during Washington’s second administration, and, during his own Presidency, with France, despite hotheads like Alexander Hamilton (First Secretary of the Treasury, Agent number 7 of the British government, and wannabe Napoleon), in his own Federalist Party (forbears of today’s Republicans), who were clamouring for war with Revolutionary France.

Commenting on Cheney’s influence on the present incumbent, Geezer writes:

Well, the US president of every administration has been a figurehead, the problem with Duhbya is that he doesn’t have the ability to figure…

Quite so, Geezer, quite so.

John Adams was indeed a figurehead, both in the sense that he spent much of his time away from Washington at home in his beloved Quincey, leaving others to mind the shop (I mean, store), as Eisenhower did when Tricky Dickie was VP, and as Reagan did when Bush père was VP, and in the sense that, as Gore Vidal says, he was “not without intellectual interest”.

George Bush fils, too, is certainly a figurehead in the first of the two terms outlined above, leaving it to his VP to run the show, but, alas, is somewat less of a figurehead in the second of the two terms, not having the ability to figure, and being somewhat more of a, yes, you’ve guessed it…

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California Bars Mandatory Human RFID Implants

by Geezer Power …10:37 am

RFID Chips: The New Privacy-Killer
Written by Alan Bellows on October 14th, 2005 at 2:09 pm
From DamnInteresting.com

RFID chipIf you’re the type to be a bit bothered by the privacy-breaching potential of shopper loyalty cards, then RFID tags should make you pretty twitchy. Short for Radio Frequency IDentification, these transponders come in sizes as small as a grain of sand, can be manufactured for dirt cheap, and hold the potential to expose uncomfortable levels of information about you to whomever is interested in finding out.

From the Boston.com article:
Why is this so scary? Because so many of us pay for our purchases with credit or debit cards, which contain our names, addresses, and other sensitive information. Now imagine a store with RFID chips embedded in every product. At checkout time, the digital code in each item is associated with our credit card data. From now on, that particular pair of shoes or carton of cigarettes is associated with you. Even if you throw them away, the RFID chips will survive. Indeed, Albrecht and McIntyre learned that the phone company BellSouth Corp. had applied for a patent on a system for scanning RFID tags in trash, and using the data to study the shopping patterns of individual consumers.


“TOTAL RECALL” – Arnold Schwarzenegger looks back at his films

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 8:22 PM neilhut

Who remembers that film? Total Recall, where Arnold had been brainwashed about his experiences mining on Mars and was sent back down to earth, given a new life ( and sexy wife ) and had a RFID chip emplaned in his brain to track his movements.

Well it seems that experience did have an impact on the Californian Governor!!

As of yesterday it is now illegal now for California employers to force anyone to have an RFID device implanted under his or her skin as a condition of receiving something—such as a paycheck or government benefits or a trip to Mars..

Arny signed Senate Bill 362 yesterday, prohibiting the forced implantation of RFID (radio-frequency identification) chips. This will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2008. Clearly RFID technology is not, in and of itself, the issue. RFID is a minor miracle in some ways, with all sorts of good uses, but forced ‘tagging’ of humans would not be good.

I guess that Arny will not have to make a run for it just yet…

Billions of intelligent devices are being released into the environment, each size of grain of sand, with software, hardware, operating … all » system, memory, wireless communications… as replacement for traditional barcodes. WalMar aleady insists on all boxes being tagged with these RFIDs in warehouses. These chips can also be fused with brain tissue enabling animals to transmit basic thoughts. Human beings are already tagging themselves – to get admission into night clubs for example. That’s all in the past. What about the future? Dr Patrick Dixon Futurist seminar on technology trends for Dimension Data. Patrick Dixon is an international conference speaker and author of 12 books including Futurewise.

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by GEF @ 8:28 AM MST

Iran’s hawks winning nuclear policy argument

By Edmund Blair – Analysis

TEHRAN (Reuters) – A change in Iran’s top nuclear negotiator indicates President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and those who oppose any compromise in an atomic standoff with the West are winning the policy argument in the Islamic Republic.

Saeed Jalili, a close ally of Ahmadinejad, has replaced Ali Larijani, who had been backing a more pragmatic line in talks aimed at allaying the West’s suspicions that Iran is seeking to build atomic bombs, a charge Tehran denies.


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On the Eve of Destruction

anthony @ 14:06 BST, updated 21:05 BST

Bush and Cheney

The former intelligence officer and weapons inspector argues that the president’s recent World War III comment offers some rare insight into the highly secretive world of George W. Bush’s White House, where the leader of the free world gets advice from reckless neoconservatives, “war criminal” Dick Cheney and “God.”

Scott Ritter | Truthdig | Oct 22, 2007

Don’t worry, the White House is telling us. The world’s most powerful leader was simply making a rhetorical point. At a White House press conference last week, just in case you haven’t heard, President Bush informed the American people that he had told world leaders “if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing [Iran] from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.” World War III. That is certainly some rhetorical point, especially coming from the man singularly most capable of making such an event reality.


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anthony @ 13:05 BST

Hillary Clinton may be the front-runner, but her campaign has been doing a bit of damage control in Iowa over the senator’s vote to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, a move critics believe is a prelude to war with Iran. Clinton sent out a mass mailing explaining her vote and insisting that she opposes military action “without full Congressional approval.”

Politico: The letter is included in a mailing that advertises an “important letter from Hillary inside.”

“Let me be clear on Iran—I am opposed to letting President Bush take any military action against that country without full Congressional approval,” the letter’s second paragraph begins, after a more general paragraph describing Iran as one of America’s “adversaries.”

Clinton is on the defensive because she was alone among the Democratic candidates in voting for a resolution September 27 that pressed the Bush administration to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group. Sens. Joe Biden and Chris Dodd voted against the bill, and former Sen. John Edwards opposed it.


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Old Enough Now to Ask How Dad Died at War

anthony @ 12:15 BST

LISA W. FODERARO | NYT | Published: October 21, 2007

LANCASTER, N.Y. — CamerynLee was only 3 years old when her father, Lance Cpl. Eric J. Orlowski, a Marine Corps reservist, was killed in an accidental shooting during the first days of the Iraq war. Now 8, she is suddenly hungry for information about the man she remembers only in sketchy vignettes: Did he like chicken wings as much as she does? How about hockey? Was he funny?


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