Posts Tagged ‘dictatorship’

HONDURAS CRISIS

 

Just a little trivial game from Saint Obama and Hillary the Untouchable.

The coup turned Honduras into hell’: President Manuel Zelaya on 10th anniversary of overthrow by US

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U.S. Government Celebrates Its Arming of the Egyptian Regime With a YouTube Video

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Has anyone on earth done more to further the causes of terrorists than the US government?

After Fall of Yemen, US Officials Fear Terrorists Have Seized $500 Million in US-Donated Weapons

Pentagon officials recently admitted that they have lost track of the over $500 million in military assistance that the US has given to Yemen’s failed government. The lost equipment includes M-16 and M-4 rifles, over a million rounds of ammo, Glock pistols, night vision goggles, drones, helicopters, surveillance aircraft, and patrol boats. US officials planned to send $125 million in additional aid, including ScanEagle drones, but instead redirected the shipments to other Middle Eastern and African nations following Yemen’s collapse.

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The Bleak Science Bankrolled by the Pentagon

Social media, of course, played pivotal roles in such episodes, which perhaps explains why the Pentagon Minerva initiative has also funded researchers to develop advanced data-mining tools that can automatically categorize activist groups and rank them on a threat-scale to US interests. One such tool, called ‘LookingGlass’, can identify and locate individuals, and even rank their alleged propensity for violence or terrorism, just by automatically tracking and analysing their social media posts.

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King Abdullah’s Saudi Arabia: Slavery, Terror & Women as Property

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Real foreign policy: the anti-democratic military dictatorship that has murdered thousands of civilians in Egypt gets US military aid on the sly. The US always prefers military dictatorships that take orders, as they are neat and dependent on US arms and training. Obama et al. held onto Mubarak to the end until it was clear that they could retain power through the military and kick Mubarak to the dogs. Nothing has really changed with the marketing campaign, “Arab Spring,” except a lot of corpses piled up, especially in Libya and Syria and Egypt.

Egypt Receives 1st US-Built Missile Craft

WASHINGTON — While most military sales to Egypt remain on hold, the US is going ahead with the transfer of four new fast missile craft (FMCs) built in Mississippi.

 

Still refuses to rule out strike when asked directly.

 

WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER,

IMPEACHMENT IS.

 

 

 

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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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“It’s time to junk some toasters.”

The relaunch of the cheesy 80’s space opera was actually quite a bit more serious, faster paced and more dramatic than the original.  The theme, calling our attention to our own shortcomings, our own deadly sins, is intertwined throughout the various storylines, and repeats during the series.  Galactica is a highly political show, and battles between factions and forces play out plausibly, given the world.  Various political battles seek to alter the destiny of the survivors, pitting democracy against militarism and dictatorship.

We are, in the real world, at the cusp of a technological catastrophe.  Chemical, radiological and genetic experiments and associated pollution — and of course war — now stand to push us toward extinction, our own doing.  This arrogance of our species is reflected in the show in some profound ways.

The Galactica miniseries introduces well-defined characters and setups, some noticeably altered from the original iteration (Starbuck a muscular woman this time, and a possible romance between her and Apollo).

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The show has a militaristic veneer, but war is not the glorious accomplishment sold to the public in many other slick packages.  It’s horrific, costly and futile.  An anti-war slant accompanies this tale of machines evolving to destroy their masters and being quite efficient at doing so.  This is not a new plot device, but it’s done well.  Actually it’s done really well, with so many cliffhanger “you are fracked” moments, that I soon found myself addicted, watching the entire 4 seasons on Amazon Prime.

Machines, and their cold mindset, obliterate 12 planets of humans in a nuclear attack.  The remaining refugees must flee with the last remaining battle star to find a safe refuge.  The Cylons now look and act human, actually like sexy blonde actresses when they choose to.  It’s pulpy, but it repeatedly hammers home its themes.  A vain computer genius compromises the security of civilization, and their defense network is rendered useless.

Personal interests take precedence over what is best for the many, and consequences unfold.  Personal love affairs blind parties and keep them from properly carrying out their duties.  Security is pitted against personal stakes and human foibles.  These character weaknesses are designed into the story.

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Cylons infiltrate the security of the fleeing ships and can turn up anywhere.  What’s more, they are quasi-independent, unlike the Borg of Star Trek origin.  These biological Cylons simulate human complexity so well that they exist in a grey area, not knowing if they too are somehow alive, possess souls and can exercise free will, even in opposition to the Cylon directives and genocidal efforts.  This duality is explored more fully by season two, and individual Cylons challenge preconceptions that this is a species or race based war, and throw it back into more ideological terms of right and wrong, genocide and domination.

Like all sci-fi, and all TV for that matter, plot holes emerge if you want to get nitpicky.  Here, however, I’m not that concerned as the show usually returns to capable hands and mature minds.  They may veer occasionally but usually return the compass needle to true north and progress the story by leaps and bounds.

“If there’s one thing we know about human beings with certainty, they are masters of self-destruction.”

Paranoia runs through the fleet, as the Cylons could be anyone and anywhere.  They blend so well into human life, that often they don’t even realize what they are until they are activated.  In that capacity they mirror saboteurs, sleeper cells, terrorists.  Amping the paranoia post-9/11 is a natural choice.  As the X-Files focused on sinister government operatives who work in the shadows, the shadow government, Battlestar Galactica has exported the unknown and mysterious enemy among us to outer space.

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Interestingly, myth and religion play a prominent part.  Prophecies are being fulfilled, and the old stories are repeated in real time with dire consequences for humanity.  Religion is examined for and against, while the magical wheels turn in the background to fulfill the ship’s destiny.

Oddly, the Cylons too have evolved to embrace religion, a God that comprises everything and everyone, including them.  The Cylons believe they are on a religious mission too, and now that they have achieved humanoid form, the question of whether they do believe, and more importantly, whether they themselves now have souls, is explored.  The Cylons are not one-dimensional “toasters” anymore.  They have unique personalities, rivalries even.  Some may even side with the humans in the interest of self-preservation or perhaps for moral reasons; it’s never completely clear.

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Attitudes toward genocide against the Cylons are tested, as the Cylons for the most part prosecute their genocidal campaign against their creators, these humans of the 12 tribes.

Earth is the 13th tribe, of course, the lost one they are desperately seeking to rejoin.  Their Frankenstein’s monster race of killer robots trails along behind them.

 

Senate Judiciary committee practically offers oral sex to Obama’s new FBI pick James Comey, a GW Bush era torture lackey and revolving-door familiar face.

Obama Nominee to Head FBI Defends NSA Spying in Senate Testimony

“I do know as a general matter that the collection of metadata and analysis of metadata is a valuable tool in counterterrorism…”

“People hear ‘secret court,’ they hear ‘rubber stamp.’ It is anything but a rubber stamp…  I don’t know of a case where a wiretap application has been rejected by a federal judge.”

In their gush to defend the indefensible, the committee’s Senators show that they are all behind ignoring the Bill of Rights, and that they will not hold federal officials accountable for Constitutional violations.

“You don’t know where that important connecting dot is going to come from, whether from the collection of millions of this kind of information or not. And if that’s the answer, and you start thinking about what the parameters may be, it seems as if there wouldn’t be any parameters, because how could you define when that particular dot—that critical dot of information—when that would arise?”-Mazie Hirono

“I would be surprised if this wasn’t the third time you were unanimously approved by the Senate, I hope that is the case.”-Orin Hatch

If you want to truly understand what’s motivating these senators to completely forget that a Constitution exists and that they are bound to “defend” it by their own oaths of office, you’ll need to listen to NSA whistleblower Russll Tice.  They are simply ALL under surveillance, every single one of them.  The first objective of power is to insulate itself.  The NSA is no different.  They spy on their own overseers, and if those people want to remain in the Senate, they will give the NSA whatever it wants.  That is the nature of Kakistocracy, rule by the worst.  Those in power protect the abuses and criminality of those who control them.  Thus, criminality, abuse and lawlessness are normalized.  Welcome to the end game.  According to Tice, the NSA has been spying on key Congress members now for over a decade.  This explains much.

“In fact, Comey repeatedly approved Bush-era surveillance and torture operations, including waterboarding.The surveillance program he refused to sign off on was continued in a slightly different form under Bush and expanded under Obama.”

 

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