Saturday, August 09, 2003
Following an embarrassing leak of its proprietary software over a file transfer protocol site last January, the inner workings of Diebold Election Systems have again been laid bare.
Carlyle Group Inc., a private equity firm whose senior executives include former U.S. cabinet members and ex-President George H.W. Bush, has turned a $180-million 1997 investment in United Defense Industries Inc. into $1.2 billion.
"The fate of the world depends on the United States, and President Bush is leading us in the wrong direction," Soros said in a written statement. "ACT is an effective way to mobilize civil society, to convince people to go to the polls and vote for candidates who will reassert the values of the greatest open society in the world."
Now, I don't know much about Soros--and please correct me if I'm wrong--but he seems to be a relatively good guy what with his Open Society work and all, and now this . . . I have actually fantasized about this sort of scenario--I mean us little people, how much can we do? Are there any good rich guys out there who can save the world from the likes of Bush & Co.?
Friday, August 08, 2003
secret meetings to plan new generation of nuclear weapons
Guardian | 'Dr Strangeloves' meet to plan new nuclear era
As negotiations with the Palestinians lurch forward and the separation wall snakes its way through the West Bank, two veteran leftists have reached a startling conclusion: There cannot be two states for two peoples in this land.
The Bush administration has repeatedly mischaracterized scientific facts to bolster its political agenda in areas ranging from abstinence education and condom use to missile defense, according to a detailed report released yesterday by Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.).
Yea, all criticism of the White House is "political" or "partisan," right? Fact-challenging is responded to with name-calling. Damn cheap-labor conservatives . . .
The Bechtel Group, one of the world's biggest engineering and construction companies, has dropped out of the running for a contract to rebuild the Iraqi oil industry, as other competitors have begun to conclude that the bidding process favors the one company already working in Iraq, Halliburton.
Well, if they say Halliburton "has no inside track" . . . then I guess we have to, uh . . .
The brilliant political mind has been showering J.Lo with gifts, compliments, and an array of other romantic dictums, which Rove is using strategically to achieve his personal goal of marrying Lopez.via GWBush04.com
Thursday, August 07, 2003
A sizeable if as yet unknown proportion of Iraqi families will contain a relative whose life was ended or put on hold by the US or British forces. Even if only in self-interest, the US and UK administrations should be putting the needs of the injured at the very heart of its strategy to “win hearts and minds”. Instead, along with deaths, the maimed civilians of Iraq have been brushed under the carpet, with the exception of a few recipients of “high-profile” rescues...
Among the many remarks that Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz no doubt wishes he hadn't made, the following, from prewar congressional testimony last February, stands out:
It's hard to conceive that it would take more forces to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq than it would take to conduct the war itself and secure the surrender of Saddam's security forces and his army. Hard to imagine.
It's one thing to be wrong. It's another to be incapable of imagining yourself wrong. Much of what has gone wrong in the Bush administration's postwar Iraq policy can be attributed to a failure of imagination. But there was no excuse for this particular failure. In the previous dozen years, U.S. armed forces had taken part in five major post-conflict nation-building exercises, four of them in predominantly Muslim nations. There is a record of what works and what doesn't. Had Wolfowitz studied the record, or talked with those who had, he wouldn't have made such a wrongheaded remark.
US government scientists and Pentagon officials will gather today behind tight security at a Nebraska air force base to discuss the development of a modernised arsenal of small, specialised nuclear weapons which critics believe could mark the dawn of a new era in proliferation.
PHONY TO THE CORE: The 'Ole Family Ranch' in Crawford is a Set Completed the Same Day the Election was Stolen
Have you seen all those article and pictures of Bush "at home on the ranch" in Crawford - the ones that imply that he is "just an ole ranch hand" more comfortable on the family homestead than in the "Big City," be it Austin or D.C.? Well, if you bought this image, you've been royally snuckered. The Bush family homestead in Crawford is nothing more than an elaborate set. The house, built in 2000, was designed to be ready for Bush to step into - like a set awaiting an actor - during the 2000 presidential election. Not only was the "ranch" created in 2000 - so, essentially, was the "town" of Crawford! Before then only about 400 people lived in the area. The Crawford Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture were formed shortly after the ranch was finished.
The Bush administration is actively seeking to gag or punish social service organizations that challenge the party line on such matters as health care for poor children and HIV prevention, according to a new report. Nonprofits that disagree with the president's own solutions, or go further and blame him for problems in the first place, have come to expect unpleasant consequences. Those might include audits of federal-funds spending and reviews of content, such as workshop literature.
Wednesday, August 06, 2003
hardhitting attack on the criminals who have positions of power in the bush administration
Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Masters of deceit
All Aboard the Black Magic Bus! by Adam Gorightly
In this excerpt from The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control and the Manson Family Mythos, self-described crackpot historian Adam Gorightly looks at Chuck Manson’s dark connections to Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and how they may have motivated one of the most notorious mass murders in the 20th century.
The Ong's Hat Mystery Revealed: An Interview with Joseph Matheny
NWD interviews Joe Matheny, author of Ong’s Hat: The Beginning, in order to find out what’s the real story behind the documents that claim a group of renegade scientists and ontological dissidents/adventurers had opened a gateway to a parallel dimension, went through, and settled there. Hope? Hoax? Or something cooler?
Nothing Natural///Black Planet by Adrian Gargett PhD
Using philosophers such as Sade, Deleuze, Bataille, and Clausewitz, Adrian Gargett analyzes war, death, nature, and the inescapable march towards nothingness, in this prison camp of mortal flesh.
The Montauk PsyOp by Alexandra Bruce
Alexandra Bruce, author of The Philadelphia Experiment: Parallel Universes and the Physics of Insanity, investigates the origins of the Philadelphia experiment and Montauk project, and finds evidence they may be part of a long term government Psyop, aimed at influencing humanity’s consciousness.
Book Review of TSOG: The Thing that Ate the Constitution by Jaye Beldo
The Lone Nutter reviews The Illuminatus! Trilogy and Cosmic Trigger author Robert Anton Wilson’s latest tome.
Thou Sayest: Is Brainwashing Possible? By William H. Kennedy
Esoteric expert William H. Kennedy uses the latest mass media manifestation of mind control – the Elizabeth Smart case – as the launching point for an investigation into the mind control and brainwashing phenomenas (with Robert Anton Wilson and Fu Manchu making special guest appearances along the way).
AIDS by Kenji Siratori
Extreme writing by Japanese experimental writer and author of the cyberpunk classic Blood Electric.
Conquest by Convergence: The Case Against Elite Convergence by Paul David Collins
The author of The Hidden Face of Terrorism: The Dark Side of Social Engineering, From Antiquity to September 11, smashes the myth of elite convergence (“according to this hopelessly flawed view, the problems of injustice and inequity that destabilize societal order are remedied when opposing factions of the ruling class arrive at an agreement”) by using political and business intervention in the Congo as an example of how elite interests can converge, and still end up exploiting the masses.
SARS and the New World Order by Barry Chamish
Israel’s number one conspiracy theorist investigates the origins of the SARS virus and the NWO’s possible reasons for releasing it.
Memory/System/Prediction by Kurt Eckhart
Kurt riffs on how the evolution of the symbiotic relationship between the virtual and the real has lead us to this current historical moment, where the internal contractions of both Communism and Capitalism have become manifest, and how a post-scarcity anarchism that “reconciles the Utopian urges of Communism with the complex utilization of localized information inherent in Capitalism” can be incubated in the current political/economic systems about to be chucked into the dumpster of history.
Deprogramming 101 by Victor Thorn and Lisa Guliani
Victor and Lisa on anti-war rallies and the false right-left divide.
You Can’t Always Get What You Want by Jason Lubyk
New World Disorder’s editor on the failure of the anti-war movement to prevent the expansion of Empire, why it’s not necessarily a bad thing, and what to do next.
(and big thanks to Doc for the web design and Joe for helping out)
Tuesday, August 05, 2003
Another al Qaeda terror wave beginning? US corporations and people are getting punished for Bush administration policies....
Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | 13 die as terror returns to Indonesia
The ferocity in which the London INDEPENDENT is going after the Blair gang is exemplary; would it be that there were a journalistic institution in the US that would go after the Bush cabal in the same way and spirit; this is just one of about five articles today attacking Blair et al
News: "A sorry, sorry affair"
In 13303, President Bush declares a national emergency as the basis for protecting the Development Fund for Iraq (an entity intended to fund reconstruction efforts with oil proceeds, overseen by an international board including World Bank officials) as well as all Iraqi petroleum, petroleum products, “interests”, proceeds, and contracts related to Iraqi petroleum. Claiming that interference with Iraqi petroleum, petroleum products, and “interests therein” jeopardizes reconstruction efforts in Iraq, EO 13303 offers a wide range of protections to certain persons, entities and assets associated with the Iraqi oil industry. The document is apparently intended as a sweeping grant of immunity to individuals, corporations, agencies and others involved in Iraqi oil sales, marketing, or other oil-related activities.
The Order provides protection at both the front end—the activities that generate the oil—as well as the back—the profits and proceeds that ensue. U.S. companies engaged in petroleum-related work in Iraq are purportedly given broad immunity from suits for environmental damage, workplace harms, contractual disputes, and numerous other wrongs. For example, a U.S. oil company benefiting from human rights abuses, no matter how egregious, apparently falls within the Order’s immunity from suit. Similarly, the Order purports to protect any assets derived from Iraqi oil from judgment, garnishment, or any other seizure in U.S. courts. For example, if a corporate entity or an individual engages in criminal activity in the U.S., its assets traceable to Iraqi oil are protected by this order. The list of situations in which a person or corporation could get away with, if not murder, then at least millions, is endless.
Now Halliburton civilian contractors are getting killed in Iraq in part because of Cheney's desperate folly in pushing Iraq war to get Halliburton contracts
U.S. Civilian Contractor Killed in Iraq
I wish I could say that general understanding of the Middle East, the Arabs and Islam in the US has improved, but alas, it really hasn't. For all kinds of reasons, the situation in Europe seems to be considerably better. What American leaders and their intellectual lackeys seem incapable of understanding is that history cannot be swept clean like a blackboard, so that "we" might inscribe our own future there and impose our own forms of life for these lesser people to follow. It is quite common to hear high officials in Washington and elsewhere speak of changing the map of the Middle East, as if ancient societies and myriad peoples can be shaken up like so many peanuts in a jar. But this has often happened with the "orient", that semi-mythical construct which since Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in the late 18th century has been made and remade countless times. In the process the uncountable sediments of history, a dizzying variety of peoples, languages, experiences, and cultures, are swept aside or ignored, relegated to the sandheap along with the treasures ground into meaningless fragments that were taken out of Baghdad.
Monday, August 04, 2003
The British and US governments are drawing up a controversial new strategy to convince the public that Saddam was developing weapons of mass destruction - an admission that they have so far failed to make a convincing case.
Heart experts today said it was 'unusual' for someone to wear electrode pads while walking following revelations that David Kelly had four of the special monitors on his chest when his body was found.Kind of odd.
I am now retired. Shortly before my retirement I was allowed to return to my primary office of assignment, having served in NESA as a desk officer backfill for 10 months. The transfer was something I had sought, but my wish was granted only after I made a particular comment to my superior, in response to my reading of a February Secretary of State cable answering a long list of questions from a Middle Eastern country regarding U.S. planning for the aftermath in Iraq. The answers had been heavily crafted by the Pentagon, and to me, they were remarkably inadequate, given the late stage of the game. I suggested to my boss that if this was as good as it got, some folks on the Pentagon's E-ring may be sitting beside Saddam Hussein in the war crimes tribunals.
Saddam is not yet sitting before a war crimes tribunal. Nor have the key decision-makers in the Pentagon been forced to account for the odd set of circumstances that placed us as a long-term occupying force in the world's nastiest rat's nest, without a nation-building plan, without significant international support and without an exit plan. Neither may ever be required to answer their accusers, thanks to this administration's military as well as publicity machine, and the disgraceful political compromises already made by most of the Congress. Ironically, only Saddam Hussein, buried under tons of rubble or in hiding, has a good excuse.
The Complete Bushisms - Updated frequently. By Jacob Weisberg and Nobel Prize Winner slams Bush as worst president ever
Here's latest Bushism: "We had a good Cabinet meeting, talked about a lot of issues. Secretary of State and Defense brought us up to date about our desires to spread freedom and peace around the world."—Washington, D.C., Aug. 1, 2003 (Thanks to Tanny Bear.)
The Complete Bushisms - Updated frequently. By Jacob Weisberg
And another slam on Bush as worst president ever by former Nobel Prize winner:
US Nobel Laureate Slams Bush Gov't as "Worst" in American History
By Matthias Streitz
Tuesday 29 July 2003
George A. Akerlof is a 2001 Nobel prize laureate who teaches economics at the University of California in Berkeley.
BERLIN - American Nobel Prize laureate for Economics George A. Akerlof lashed out at the government of US President George W. Bush, calling it the "worst ever" in American history, the online site of the weekly Der Spiegel magazine reported Tuesday.
"I think this is the worst government the US has ever had in its more than 200 years of history It has engaged in extraordinarily irresponsible policies not only in foreign policy and economics but also in social and environmental policy," said the 2001 Nobel Prize laureate who teaches economics at the University of California in Berkeley.
"This is not normal government policy. Now is the time for (American) people to engage in civil disobedience. I think it's time to protest - as much as possible," the 61-year-old scholar added.
Sunday, August 03, 2003
Jeffry Zeldman repots: "Gunfire marked our first night in Seattle. Street warfare broke out when rival gangs spotted each other following an annual torchlight parade."