Posts Tagged ‘authority’

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“fire and fury”

STATEMENT BY FORMER NUCLEAR LAUNCH OFFICERS

Every one of these episodes points to a flaw in the nuclear launch process that poses a clear and present danger to the country and the world: Every American president has absolute authority to order the first use of nuclear weapons. No one – not the secretary of defense, not the attorney general, not Congress – can veto that order. There are no reliable safeguards in place to contain this power.

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The anti-war perspective gets some airtime on a corporate network. Has hell frozen over?

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Police States create two classes of “citizen.” Those who are in authority are treated very differently to those who are not in authority. If this was not the case then at least half the congress would be in prison for war crimes, etc.

It has filtered down to the local police level now…

Police Officer Will Not Be Charged For Killing Napster Exec While Texting And Driving — Because It’s Apparently OK For Police To Do That

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XKeyscore: NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’

 

Apparently if you ever visited a foreign website or communicated with a foreigner, that’s enough for them to open up your life to low-level mercenary contractor “analysts” for spying.  Or if you communicated with someone else who visited a foreign website, or communicated with a foreigner — again, enough so-called “justification” for spying on your for the rest of your life.  This is the criminal surveillance state, and Edward Snowden’s revelations expose more and more of this criminal conspiracy.  This is treason against the American people, waging a cyber war against them, and a gross, deliberate assault on the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

 

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The infinitely watchable Juno Temple takes on what she does best: a messed up, too hot to handle obsessed teenager.  A Brit brat playing Yanks, Juno was seen recently in Killer Joe and Little Birds among quite a few others.

There is surprisingly little sex in this buddy road trip movie.  The reputation is enough, establishing Danielle (Juno) as a pariah on the edge of society. Danielle’s mom, a similarly gorgeous Milla Jovovich, whom I didn’t even recognize in her 80s blow-dried hairdo, has hooked up with Mormon head case William H. Macy.  The surrogate father figure is intent on converting Danielle over to his fairytales.  Danielle’s mom is spineless, and she allows the “tough love”(sic) routine.  Danielle’s bedroom is invaded, with her mind next on the platter.

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The third element, Clarke, is also sentenced to the “retard class” at the tyrannical Texas high school, his crime being homosexuality.  The two misfits are stuck together on a class project, with hilarious repercussions that play throughout the rest of the film.  The story takes on discrimination levied at homosexuals and promiscuous girls, the double standards and the oppressive social climate, all of which seeks to dominate and force conformity.

It also does it with hilarious situations and an emotional payoff.  Dirty Girl elevates beyond high school by the end and earns its place on the esteemed Under the Radar list.

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Chick with a cell phone camera vs. the UK police state.

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State Attorney Jerry Hill: Drop charges against Kiera Wilmot

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Kiera Wilmot has been described as an exemplary student and a wonderful young woman. Why is it then that an experiment gone wrong is being dealt with by the police and school as a felony offense? According to the Miami Times:

“7 a.m. on Monday, the 16 year-old mixed some common household chemicals in a small 8 oz water bottle on the grounds of Bartow High School in Bartow, Florida. The reaction caused a small explosion that caused the top to pop up and produced some smoke. No one was hurt and no damage was caused.”

The principal has said that that he doesn’t believe she had any malicious intentions. Yet she now faces two felony charges as an adult. These includ making, possessing or discharging a destructive device and with possessing or discharging weapons on school grounds!

I’ve learned that the charges have not yet been filed and this means that Florida State Attorney Jerry Hill and Assistant State Attorney Tammy Glotfelty have an opportunity to the right thing, use common sense, and drop these charges against Kiera.

Please sign this petition to challenge any decision to so drastically charge this young woman for something that was a simple mistake. Her life should not be turned upside down, her future crushed, because someone wants to make a statement. There was no criminal activity here – she does not deserve to be punished like this. Help Kiera find real justice!

I also recommend checking out this article about the situation

http://feministing.com/2013/05/01/the-effects-of-unchecked-criminalization-teen-charged-with-felony-for-science-experiment/

Commentary

Mike Judge was not talking about 500 years in the future when he wrote Idiocracy.  The nation of zombies is not fiction either, it’s here now.  They keep tapping and yapping and playing video games while the earth burns.  Metaphorically, it’s impeccable.

The society is now a top down authoritarian regime under total surveillance.  Corporate / government partnership has erased the civil liberties that once made America different from military dictatorships.  Justice is selective and does not apply to state crimes.  Citizens are trained not to challenge government criminality, first by being harassed as “conspiracy nuts” — as if the government is incapable of breaking the laws of the land — and then whistleblowers who show proof of government crimes are arrested and disappeared into gulags.  Their evidence is ignored by the corporate partners and the media empires they command.

The distraction society has reached a critical tipping point where people can obsess and communicate constantly as long as it is isn’t about anything actually important.  Actual citizenship, diligence, keeping the state in check is no longer even a part of the society for the great majority in America.  They have abandoned their responsibilities as citizens and accepted the dictates of the criminal political class.  By accepting a criminal state and failing as citizens, America is collapsing every day into outright fascism.

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Abby Martin continues to fight the good fight…
 

Israel / AIPAC Trying to Dictate US Warmaking Power

 

1% vs. 99% Class Warfare

 

Jurors: Know Your Rights!

 

Criminalizing Undercover Journalists / Animal Cruelty

 

FOX News Disinfo, Homelessness, Rand Paul Filibuster Water Fluoridation

 

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by Joe Giambrone

This blog ran into some very strange and ironic issues with the first review we posted of the film Compliance (2012).  Suffice to say, I won’t be posting any poster or still images, as some copyright troll company seemed to claim that these constituted “movie piracy.”  What’s more, these ridiculous, baseless and specious claims (by an entity with absolutely no proven actual authority in the matter) were taken as a serious threat by WordPress.

I finally watched Compliance and have some thoughts.

David Sterritt wrote:

 “And the stupidity of the story is as offensive as its callousness. By the ten-minute mark I’d been struck by several obvious questions.”

Yes, the stupidity of the story is a factor, but at film’s closing we are told that 70 similar incidents have happened in real life, in 30 different states.  Is the stupidity the fault of the filmmakers, or of the low-level corporate cogs who naturally defer to authority, as they have been trained since birth?

It is possible the film veers way too far into exploitation, and that none of the real life incidents went that far.  That part is unclear.  The events of the film are implausible, and yet a similar version has happened on numerous occasions.

I’d prefer to tackle what the filmmakers were obviously going for with this story, and that is corporate/government fascism in practice.  The worker/servant class is stripped and left without rights or recourse, at the mercy of arbitrary power.  On that lavel, the film has something going for it.

This is similar to the Millgram Experiment, where people were told by an authority figure to electrocute others.  The victims were acting and not actually being shocked.  However, a significant number of volunteers would continue shocking people to death if the authority figure told them to.  The results were that, “65 percent (26 of 40)[1] of experiment participants administered the experiment’s final massive 450-volt shock, though many were very uncomfortable doing so…”

Dr. Millgram would later write:

“Ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process. Moreover, even when the destructive effects of their work become patently clear, and they are asked to carry out actions incompatible with fundamental standards of morality, relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority.”

Governments know this well.  Fast food employees, not so much.  As we battle against the tide of authoritarianism and government tyranny, we may need to see more films like Complance to get these facts to register.  It is a disturbing film, but not for who they are, the specific villain of the film for example, but for who we are.  We’ve already complied with the stripping of civil liberties, and rape scanners in airports.  We are under CCTV surveillance and internet spying in absolute violation of the 4th amendment.  We are like Becky sitting naked in a storage room, just waiting for some legitimate authority to show up.  Compliance is a post 9/11 film that should be seen and talked about.

 

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Few films are so beloved as John Hughes’ quirky 80’s tale of high school truancy and the cry for freedom.  A distant relative of mine recently named her baby “Ferris.”  What is it that clicked into place on this film, and why does it still hold up, while so many teen comedies fizzle upon further reflection?

The legend is that John Hughes wrote the script in 6 days, confronted by a fast approaching writer’s strike.  Hughes is the 80’s teen comedy guy, with such films as The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Weird Science to his credit.  Hughes also directed and cast the film with just the right actors at just the right moment.

Ferris (Matthew Broderick) talks to the camera, repeatedly breaking the 4th wall, a high-risk move that fails more often than it works.  Luckily, Broderick had recently been in three different roles that also did this, and he was now so comfortable acting to the camera and so confident that he could pull it off, it just naturally emerged to give the comedy an elevated sense of philosophical musing.

Ferris’ best friend Cameron is the real central character, the project, the one with an arc and a life change to make.  Ferris acts as a hyper-real, charismatic catalyst to bring his friends, and the audience, on a greatest day of their lives kind of joyride.  And joyride they do – in Cameron’s father’s $350,000 classic Ferrari.

The point of the story is to break free and live more, to seize the day.  In that regard, it floats above the usual teen love/angst film, where shy nerds usually search for sex.  That’s not the goal here.  It works on a different plane.  It’s an unconventional storyline, and you can’t easily predict where the caravan will head next.

In the Behind the Scenes the atmosphere on the set is so spontaneous, so elastic and ripe for improvisation, credit really goes to Hughes for being such a collaborator.  Actors ad lib and mold the scenes, and they have great fun doing it.  The way a comedy should unfold.

The conflicts are strong and so memorable.  The school’s principal is on a wild-eyed Jihad to bring Ferris down, at any cost.  So is his jealous sister, Jeannie, who despises how Ferris gets away with everything, but she can’t get away with anything.

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I’ve never met anyone who disliked Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and perhaps its timeless story of industrialized education suffocating the youth, and their natural inclination to rebel and break free will live on forever in the classics section.

Ferris on Netflix.

Save Ferris.

And if you can handle it, one of the best mashups between two completely irrelevant movies, ever:

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Torturing and maiming suspects is funny when women do it.  That’s the message in this latest bit of bad behavior comedy, The Heat.  This is a sign of a decrepit, immoral society without any care for the concepts presented to them.  Torture?  Whatever.  Rights?  Whatever.  The perfect film for our current plummeting descent into quasi-fascistic idiocy.

 

 And for good measure, the two abusive police officers are white, while most of their victims are minorities. So fucking funny, Sandra Bullock, way to go. It’s not like police abuse of minorities is like a real thing or anything.