Archive for March, 2013

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Posted: March 27, 2013 in -
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Paul Craig Roberts has a new book.

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The Failure Of Laissez Faire Capitalism And Economic Dissolution of the West 

I don’t always agree with Roberts (especially concerning the Reagan legacy); however, he often make a lot of sense economically and in defense of civil liberties.

“In the late 20th century and early 21st century, governments in the US and Great Britain chafed under the requirement that government, like the people, is ruled by law and took steps to free government from accountability to law.

Appleton says that the result is a “tectonic shift in the relationship between the state and the citizen.” Citizens of the US and UK are once again without the protection of law and subject to arbitrary arrests and indictments or to indefinite detention in the absence of indictments.

In the US, citizens can be detained indefinitely and even executed without due process of law. There is no basis in the US Constitution for these asserted powers. The unconstitutional powers exist only because Congress, the judiciary and the American people have accepted the lie that the loss of civil liberty is the price paid for protection against terrorists.

In a very short time the raw power of the state has been resurrected. Most Americans are oblivious to this outcome. As long as government is imprisoning and killing without trials demonized individuals whom Americans have been propagandized to fear, Americans approve. Americans do not understand that a point is reached when demonization becomes unnecessary and that precedents have been established that revoke the Bill of Rights.”

 

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Self Evident Truths

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Obama signs Monsanto Protection Act! It’s Time to Label GMOs!

We regret to inform you that late last night President Barack Obama signed H.R. 993, which contained the Monsanto Protection Act into law. President Obama knowingly signed the Monsanto Protection Act over the urgent pleas of more than 250,000 Americans who asked that he use his executive authority to veto it. President Obama failed to live up to his oath to protect the American people and our constitution.

Today we’re calling on President Obama to issue an executive order to call for the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.

Not only is GMO labeling a reasonable and common sense solution to the continued controversy that corporations like Monsanto, DuPont and Dow Chemical have created by subverting our basic democratic rights, but it is a basic right that citizens in 62 other countries around the world already enjoy, including Europe, Russia, China, India, South Africa and Saudi Arabia.

Join us in demanding mandatory labeling of GMO foods. Now’s the time!

Public Service Announcement

Posted: March 27, 2013 in -
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Choose carefully.

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Dan Ariely on the Truth About Dishonesty,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBmJay_qdNc&feature=player_embedded

Owlman Chat Roulette

Posted: March 26, 2013 in -
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Yeah we mix it up around here.

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This was probably inspired by that other cnap singing “Call Me Maybe” in women’s lingerie.

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That Greg Palast — the guy who exposed the stolen election of Florida in 2000, the BBC anchor.

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Well at least some people are showing some love for all that research and battling of the nuclear industry shills and trolls.

The Truth About Radiation

by Joe Giambrone

Oh.  And why do I do it?

Chernobyl girl: her brain is in a sack outside of her skull:

 

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Baz Luhrmann’s much anticipated Great Gatsby will open the Cannes Flm Festival on April 15th.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDq_i3Uzsao

I’ll write a more in-depth piece on Baz and his career, which includes stunning, memorable films including Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet & Moulin Rouge.

I never thought I’d come around to liking the look of the Red Epic, and I never expected Baz Luhrmann to choose digital over film, but we’ll see how it holds up.  There is an incredibly fine art to post-processing digital footage that most don’t appreciate.  Skin tones are difficult to get right.

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A new breakthrough at the UN Commission for Human Rights:

UN demands US leaders be charged with War Crimes over Torture

After eight years of stonewalling and resistance by US and UK authorities, the UN special investigator addressed the world body’s Human Rights Commission publicly, demanding the two nations cooperate with the investigation.

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Ben Emmerson, the lead special investigator, described to the gathered UN dignitaries a setting of self-approved legal immunity among US and UK national leaders. He called the two governments’ standing policy, “A policy of de facto immunity for public officials who engaged in acts of torture, rendition and secret detention, and their superiors and political masters who authorized these acts.”

This is one for the Quotables page:

“Platitudinous repetition of statements affirming opposition to torture ring hollow to many in those parts of the Middle East and North Africa that have undergone, or are undergoing, major upheaval, since they have first-hand experience of living under repressive regimes that used torture in private whilst making similar statements in public.”

Emmerson directly calls out Barack Obama:

“The skepticism of these communities can only be reinforced if Western governments continue to demonstrate resolute indifference to the crimes committed by their predecessor administrations.”

 

Western sponsored Jihadi terrorists are behind the recent gas attack in Aleppo Syria, and not the Syrian government of course. The gas killed several Syrian soldiers and was fired at a government checkpoint in the center of town.

West Drops Syria WMD Narrative As Evidence Points to Western-Armed Terrorists

It was telling that the Obama people remained silent on the recent attack while the corporate/fascist press was left to speculate if the gas attack would rise to Obama’s “red line” threat of war (another Crime Against the Peace War of Aggression threat). The Obama regime knew that details would probably leak out, and that this attack would not stick to the Syrian Assad regime. So they remained silent, allowing the propaganda organs to do their despicable work on the US/ Western publics.

Now, the UK Telegraph has exposed the attack for its opposition Jihadi origins, as predicted by many, including Anonymous, who released a video of these same Jihadi terrorists testing SARIN nerve gas on rabbits. That video has now been mysteriously removed from Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oFO6EWTMdpo).

Anonymous has a new video detailing the false flag SARIN stunt perpetrated by Jihadi terrorists:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mFzSFl0fkg%5D

 

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Reviewing Flight (2012) has compelled me to think back and acknowledge where some real self-destruction and cinematic genius had coalesced. Sid and Nancy is as good a place to start as any.

Based on the real life of Sid Vicious, the bass player of The Sex Pistols, we see how raw and unhinged addiction, the music industry and love can all be.  Throw them together and it’s a ride you won’t soon forget (unlike Denzel’s public service announcement for AA).

Roger Ebert was a big booster for the film:

“[Sid] was handed great fame and a certain amount of power and money, and indirectly told that his success depended on staying fucked up. This is a big assignment for a kid who would otherwise be unemployable. Vicious did his best, fighting and vomiting and kicking his way through his brief days and long nights, until [Nancy] Spungen brought him a measure of relief.”

It’s a fascinating descent into complete shyte.  These two, playing off of one another, expose the senselessness of their reckless ideology, its self-destructive mandate.  On a spiraling death plummet, but not without an original stain on the pavement, Sid and Nancy live forever in infamy.

 Trailer From Hell: Sid and Nancy

Other selections in the sub-genre include Johnny Depp’s Blow, a fantastic modern history of the drug trade and one of his most underrated films.  The allure of prohibition is more than just substance addiction.  Drugs have been a thorn in the side of society for so long, and their outlawing provides for a significant underground economy, including the predictable wars and mayhem associated with avoiding capture and prosecution, the creation of warlords and the casualties produced with increasing territory and profit margins.  People get caught up over their heads in so many ways.  Blow is also based on a true story, and Depp’s range is on display here.  Speaking of Depp, what’s a more mind-bending drug fueled descent into madness than Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas?

While Blow tackles cocaine, the larger problem today is arguably crystal-meth.  Spun is a twisted indie take on that menace, and also underrated / unknown.  Powerful performances, powerful situations, and the filmmaking is sharp as a shiny new hypodermic.  Spun is an experience, a trip to take, much like Requiem For a Dream.  There are just so many great drug addled explorations once that Pandora’s Box is pried open.

Yet another addiction drama with a twist is Rush, with Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh.  Undercover narcotics officers get hooked on their own contraband.  The lines between law and outlaw are blurry indeed.  Denzel’s previous drug film Training Day also explored that territory.

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Clicking on the Sid and Nancy imdb page instantly prompted me with Oliver Stone’s The Doors, which is another groundbreaking intense exploration of addiction and self-destruction – and pretty much true, and significant.

Others in this genre include Less Than Zero, with Robert Downey Jr. and Bright Lights, Big City with Michael J. Fox.  I’ve given a nod to The Wackness with Ben Kingsley, and even Charlie Bartlett (Downey again) had more complex characterization than Flight.

Perhaps the crème of them all is Phillip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly.  Mind bending exploration of addiction, prohibition and the images are presented like no other film you would have seen (except perhaps Waking Life).


If you watch all these films, you will instantly see why Flight comes up so banal and inconsequential by comparison.  It’s relegated itself to the cheap, disposable dustbin of obviousness and even preachiness.  Flight is far too simplistic and simple-minded to bother talking about any further.