Archive for April, 2014

The Incredible Power Of Concentration – Miyoko Shida





My whole life I’ve studied war, what it is, whose interests it serves, the mountains of corpses, the machinations of empire.  As USMC General Smedley Butler put it: “War is a racket.”

This is not secret information.

This is not hard to locate.  The realities of war are well-covered territory, skewed and biased as much of the reporting is.  But lies and propaganda are also well studied, mentioned, talked about, written about, even explored in documentaries and discussed on television.

Yet, infinitely repeating is this story, the young ignorant soldier who goes off for God knows why and becomes a murderous monster in the imperial machine.   Perhaps he could have studied the issue before signing on the dotted line?  Perhaps the time to investigate what’s going on is before you agree to become a willing murderer for the state?

How high of a moral bar is that for people to simply educate themselves and learn a few things about the world before participating in its destruction and carnage?  

Anyway, this song is making the viral rounds, 20 million hits.  Enjoy.


Here’s something else to learn about.

Charter of the United Nations
…All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.



In a message “straight from the horse’s mouth,” a former oil executive on Tuesday urged New York state to pass a ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, saying, ‘it is not safe.’

“Making fracking safe is simply not possible, not with the current technology, or with the inadequate regulations being proposed,” Louis Allstadt, former executive vice president of Mobil Oil, said during a news conference in Albany called by the anti-fracking group Elected Officials to Protect New York.



EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome





The 686-meter project, which resembles a nuclear plant’s cooling tower, would be capable of generating at a average rate of about 435 megawatt-hours over the course of a year,

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Wired covers a new “Decentralized Market” that seeks to replace Silk Road.  The implications for crime are obvious.  What do you think should be the limits of this secret black market technology?  Obviously the governments of the world will be tracking this progress closely.

Western governments are doing everything in their power to centralize control and monitor all activity that exists, anywhere, in any form.  This development is a logical response to that, but it brings with it sinister implications.

I’m not at all sure the developers care about the harm this may bring to the world.  This isn’t a neutral type of technology, but disruptive.  Its legitimate uses are not so easy to see.



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Propaganda is subtle sometimes, dependent on the associations and wording.  Today we find this curious opening sentence, linking three unrelated developments as if they are intimately connected and causing one another:

“The mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city was shot in the back and pro-Russia insurgents seized more government buildings Monday as the U.S. hit Russia with more sanctions for allegedly fomenting the unrest in eastern Ukraine.”

The sentence obviously means to pair the shooting of the mayor with “pro-Russia insurgents.”  The editors glaringly and knowingly mean to associate a terrorist shooting with the West’s official enemies: the pro-Russian separatist protesters.

These editors know full well that most people don’t read entire articles and just skim the first paragraph or two.  This is not a controversial statement. Everyone knows that readers tend to skim the headlines and opening paragraph and to ignore the bulk of the articles.

“Hennady Kernes, the mayor of Kharkiv, was shot in the back Monday morning while cycling on the outskirts of the city… Officials have not commented on who could be behind the attack — and Kernes was a man who could have angered both sides.”

So the plot is thicker than the lead paragraph suggests.  And it’s even a reversal, a plot twist:

Kernes was a staunch opponent of the pro-West Maidan movement that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych in February and was widely viewed as the organizer of activists sent to Kyiv from eastern Ukraine to harass those demonstrators.”

If Kernes was an opponent of the neo-nazi Maidan fanatics (whom Obama/Kerry/Nuland just adore), then it is more likely that the nazi Maidan movement shot him in the back, not the pro-Russian separatists.  That, however, is not what casual readers would get from the headline and opening paragraph.  That makes this another in a long list of propaganda exercises that corporate media (in the US and Canada) seek to foist on the gullible public.

Ukraine crisis: Kharkiv Mayor Hennady Kernes shot in the back



RT  US Deception Re-Cap:






If anyone is dumb enough to think they are implementing total city surveillance to protect people from purse snatchers, I have  a beautiful paid vacation for you.  Just get in the cattle car.


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