Mike German is the National Security Policy Counsel
for the American Civil Liberties Union.
He was an FBI agent specializing in domestic counterterrorism for many years.
In a December 24, 2010 Democracy Now! / Amy Goodman radio interview, he states:
“…after 9/11, those standards have been diluted significantly to where
now the FBI literally requires no factual predicate to start an investigation.” ….
“…, your innocence doesn’t protect you anymore,
that they can literally start collecting information on anyone.”
[Read further important excerpts from that interview at this link.]
The FBI Deputizes Business
By Matthew Rothschild - (February 7, 2008)
Today, more than 23,000 representatives of private industry
are working quietly with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.
The members of this rapidly growing group,
receive secret warnings of terrorist threats before the public does --
and, at least on one occasion, before elected officials.
In return, they provide information to the government, which alarms the ACLU.
But there may be more to it than that.
One business executive, who showed me his InfraGard card,
told me they have permission to "shoot to kill" in the event of martial law.
EXPOSÉ: THE “CHRISTIAN” MAFIA
Where Those Who Now Run the U.S. Government Came From
and Where They Are Taking Us
By Wayne Madsen
Murder, Spies & Voting Lies (The Clint Curtis Story) (2008) - (68 min./total video)
One way or the other, make sure that you
(and everyone else that you know)
see this extremely important documentary!
[Info about the documentary from www.BradBlog.com ]:
"After the Florida Election in 2000, one man found himself on the wrong end of a smoking gun."
That's the tagline for Murder, Spies & Voting Lies: The Clint Curtis Story,
the brand-new documentary film by Patty Sharaf which has now finally been released!
Kansas City Star is among the first out of the box to review the film,
calling it a "Must See!"
and declaring that it "plays like a high-tension political thriller."
The terrifying feature-length documentary, shot in high-definition video, details, for the first time,
the complete Clint Curtis/Tom Feeney/Yang Enterprises vote-rigging scandal,
in all of its, yes, sometimes very gory detail.
It also tells a tale of the media,
as it details my attempts to tell the story over the last four years,
to a corrupt, detached, and too-often frightened corporate media.
The BRAD BLOG broke the Curtis story originally in late 2004,
and we've been investigating and reporting on it ever since.
[Here’s the Link TV URL for the 1-min. promo for the ‘MSVL’ documentary.]:
[Here’s the direct URL for the ‘MSVL’ DVD]:
[Here’s the Amazon info & URL for the ‘MSVL’ DVD.
Be sure to read some of the viewers reviews of ‘MSVL’ there, too.]:
Journalist Brad Friedman (Bradblog.com) pokes at the seamy side of American democracy in this beautifully filmed documentary.
Whistle-blower Clint Curtis, a computer programmer by trade,
sticks to his claims that he was asked to make vote-rigging software for electronic voting machines
by former US Congressman and loyal Bushite,Tom Feeney (R-Fl).
Tension rises when the vote-rigging scandal dips into a murder mystery.
While Clint Curtis testified to a Congressional Judiciary committee caucus in December 2004,
and passed a lie detector test shortly thereafter, mainstream media has paid scant attention to his story.
Independent filmaking is filling that gap.
Memorable personalities emerge in the documentary:
attorney Bob Fitrakis who sued for a recount in Ohio,
social critic Gore Vidal, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney,
and researcher Richard Hayes Phillips.
Security expert Harri Hursti explains the shocking internal shortcomings of problem voting machines.
Not to be missed.
Spies & Voting Lies:
The Clint Curtis Story
(7-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tJG7dIF480
[Here’ the ‘MSVL’ 7-part (68-min. total) YouTube URL/s]:
GASLAND (2010) - http://www.gaslandthemovie.com - “The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudi Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown."
Terry Hansen’s book illustrates -- both historically and currently -- why (and how)
there truly is an orchestrated, ongoing disinformation campaign in regards to UFOs.
[Note: If, in reading this book, you find that Chapter Two ("Hyperdimensional Physics") a bit abstrusive/tough-going, then consider temporarily skipping ahead to Chapter Three; but, do come back to Chapter Two for occasional reference as needed.]
According to a Sunday, July 12, 2009, “St. Louis Post-Dispatch” review (by Harry Levins) of Craig Nelson’s non-fiction book, Rocket Men, Nelson makes a point in the book that: “Today, the Pentagon is taking control of America’s space program away from the civilians at NASA, a shift that dismays Nelson.”
Well, if you read the “Introduction” of Hoagland’s Dark Mission, you’ll find out immediately, on page II, that:
“But contrary to common public and media perception that NASA is an open, strictly civilian institution, is the legal fact that the Space Agency was quietly founded as a direct adjunct to the Department of Defense, tasked with specifically assisting the national security of the United States…” “…It says so right in the original NASA Charter:”
“Sec. 305… (i) The [National Aeronautics and Space] Administration shall be considered a defense agency of the United States for the purpose of Chapter 17, Title 35 of the United States Code…” [Emphasis added]
Hoagland goes on to immediately say that: “In another section of the act, this seldom-discussed defense responsibility -- the ultimate undercutting of NASA’s public façade as a strictly civilian, scientific agency -- is blatantly spelled out:
“Sec. 205… (d) No [NASA] information which has been classified for reasons of national security shall be included in any report made under this section [of the Act]…” [Emphasis added.]
Later in the book (in Chapter Seven, on pages 317 - 318), Hoagland mentions that then NASA-head, Dan Goldin, gave a March 29, 200, speech a JPL [Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA] in which he said (right in the second paragraph of his prepared speech):
“I’d like to acknowledge Admiral [Bobby Ray] Inman, head of the JPL Oversight Committee at Caltech.”
Hoagland further notes that: “…Admiral Bobby Ray Inman [is] the former director of the National Security Agency [NSA], deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, vice director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and former Director of Naval Intelligence.” Hoagland goes on to highlight that [Admiral Inman has] “…legal oversight responsibilities of JPL’s supposedly civilian space agency activities…”
IN OTHER WORDS, Bobby Ray could very well say, “I spy or it don’t fly!”
[It also should be noted that Admiral Inman was also the former head of SAIC (Science Applications International CORP.) based, at the time, in San Diego, CA (with offices world-wide, including at least two in the St. Louis Metro area.) SAIC is a massive, privately held company that deals almost exclusively in top-secret government contracts, and specializes in computer technology and underground facilities. --- [For more on SAIC, see this Aug. 24, 2009, article “SAIC and the Invisible Hand of Privatized Intelligence” at this URL: http://mcaf.ee/f879e ]
According to an article, “Mood Music - Using Sound To Mess With Your Head, Scientifically” written by Justin O’Neill and Frank Mullin -- originally published in the Fall 2010 Brown Medicine Magazine (and then republished on page 4 in the December 2010 issue The Dana Foundation’s Brain in the News):
“In casinos, barely noticeable ultrasonic screamers raise arousal to near panic -- another stressor that drives gamblers to spend money.
It’s sonic mind control, and it’s becoming a lot more common”
The article references “…NeuroPop, a music company that uses science to mess with our heads -- through our ears.” It notes that NeuroPop was founded, along with a partner, by Professor of Neuroscience Seth Horowitz, Ph.D. Toward the end of the article, it states:
‘A NeuroPop soundtrack could add a whole new layer to the videogame experience. Horowitz thinks, because “we can do some really stunning things. We have sounds that make you feel like you’re sick -- like you’re dying. It’s like being surrounded by fingernails on blackboards.” ’
[Personal note: Along same this line of subliminal influence, back in the 1980s, my wife and I went to a movie -- “The Arrival” starring Charlie Sheen -- at the Village Square (now defunct) movie theater in St. Louis County. Every Saturday, before noon, the theater offered bargain $1.00 movies. After we got our popcorn and sodas (Diet Coke), during the first half-hour the movie some sort of glitch caused the movie to disappear from the screen while the soundtrack still played. In the place of the movie, though, upon the screen was this message, in large type: “Eat Popcorn - Drink Coke”. The interruption only lasted for a few seconds -- again, while the soundtrack continued to play. There were a total of six of us in the theater at the time. Needless to say, we all looked at each other with our mouths hanging wide open! --Bike Bob ]
Spies for Hire: Carlyle Group to Become Owner of "One of
America's Largest Private Intelligence Armies"
May 19, 2008 - Democracy Now!
The secretive investment fund the Carlyle Group
is in the process of buying part of Booz Allen Hamiliton,
the major military and intelligence contractor.
We speak with investigative journalist Tim Shorrock,
author of the new book
Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.
“Gates was on the board of directors of VoteHere, a strange little company that was the biggest elections industry lobbyist for the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). VoteHere spent more money than ES&S, Diebold, and Sequoia combined to help ram HAVA through. And HAVA, of course, was a bill sponsored by by convicted Abramoff pal Bob Ney and K-street lobbyist buddy Steny Hoyer. HAVA put electronic voting on steroids.” -- Bev Harris Founder, Black Box Voting - (Nov. 8, 2006) - http://www.bbvforums.org/cgi-bin/forums/board-auth.cgi?file=/1954/45174.html
From Military-Industrial Complex to Permanent War State - http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/17-6 - ‘Fifty years after Dwight D. Eisenhower's January 17, 1961 speech on the "military-industrial complex", that threat has morphed into a far more powerful and sinister force than Eisenhower could have imagined. It has become a "Permanent War State", with the power to keep the United States at war continuously for the indefinite future.’
FAMILY OF SECRETS:
The Bush Dynasty,
America’s Invisible Government,
and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years
(2009) book by Russ Baker
“…is massively documented and heavily annotated, but it reads like a spy thriller.
Combining gripping stories, explosive revelations and trenchant analysis,
Family of Secrets is much more than a new look at a presidential family.
It is a secret history of the elites
that have shaped American politics
over the last century.”
“Meet John Doe”...(And, Prescott Bush: His Foe)
If you haven’t seen the 1941 Frank Capra film, “Meet John Doe”
(starring Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck and Walter Brennan),
then you might want to check out this excellent online review of the film:
the review notes:
“The film was intended to combat pro-Nazi Fascist forces present in America . . .”
Given the time period, it’s obvious that the premise of the film
(maybe not so loosely) based on the real-life attempted
Fascist/Nazi-supporter coup to take over America
by Prescott Bush (George W. Bush’s grandfather)
and his pro big business gang back in the 1930’s.
Bush’s anti-American, treasonous attempt
is well-documented at the following URL.
(Also below is an excerpt from that info.):
"There was a scheme in the 30's and Prescott Bush was one of the leaders of this scheme,
an industrialist who admired fascism and thought that was a good idea -
to have a coup in the United States
along the lines of the coup they saw taking place in Italy and Germany," said Wolf,
referring to the testimony of Marine Corps Maj.-Gen. Smedley Butler,
who was approached by a wealthy and secretive group of industrialists and bankers,
including Prescott Bush - the current President's grandfather,
who asked him to command a 500,000 strong rogue army of veterans
that would help stage a coup to topple then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
A recent BBC radio report confirmed that there was an attempted coup led by Prescott Bush.
"Smedley Butler had been involved with violent regime change throughout his career,
but he was approached by these conspirators, including Prescott Bush,
and he outed them and he testified to Congress that they were planning a coup in the United States -
it's in the Congressional record," said Wolf,
adding that the coup was being bankrolled by German industrialist
and one of Hitler's chief financiers Fritz Thyssen.
USDA Will Automate
Employment Verification Using
The Work Number for Everyone.
WASHINGTON, D.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 1, 1997--
“Now 1 in 4 government employees under contract with TALX
[based in St. Louis suburb: Maryland Heights, Missouri]
for automated verifications.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will join
the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
and several other federal government agencies in using
The Work Number for Everyone,
a national automated service providing employment verifications.”
[Coincidentally(?), in Maryland Heights, MO, TALX Corp. is within a mile or so (as the crow flies) from World Wide Technology. WWT specializes in providing product and personnel tracking via high-tech solutions, such as RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification chips). Their website is http://www2.wwt.com/ --- “Birds of a feather flock together.”(?)]:
World Wide Technology Enables 900 Suppliers in Under Six Months
with ClearOrbit's Purchase Order Collaborator
“[02/02/06] - ClearOrbit, the leading provider of real-time supply chain execution software solutions,
announced that St. Louis, MO-based World Wide Technology (WWT)
has implemented ClearOrbit's Purchase Order Collaborator (POC)
for 900 global equipment suppliers in under six months.
World Wide Technology specializes in helping customers rapidly build and deploy
technology infrastructure on time and cost effectively
for hundreds of high-technology, telecommunications, and automotive clients.
The efficiencies gained through the implementation of POC are dramatic
and directly impact World Wide Technology's ability
to deliver supply chain savings to its customer base. ….” -
More Information on RFID Tracking ===> [ Link ]
Bob Altemeyer's - The Authoritarians
Ayn Rand Railed Against Government Benefits, But Grabbed Social Security and Medicare When She Needed Them - http://mcaf.ee/31d27
The Government Is Trying to
Wrap Its Mind Around Yours
By Nita Farahany - Sunday, April 13, 2008; B03 - [Washington Post]:
“…a question I think we should be asking as the federal government invests millions of dollars in emerging technology aimed at detecting and decoding brain activity.
And though government funding focuses on military uses for these new gizmos,
they can and do end up in the hands of civilian law enforcement and in commercial applications.
As spending continues and neurotechnology advances,
that imagined world is no longer the stuff of science fiction or futuristic movies,
and we postpone at our peril confronting the ethical and legal dilemmas it poses for a society that values not just personal safety but civil liberty as well.”
Nita Farahany, an assistant professor of law and philosophy at Vanderbilt University,
is the editor of the forthcoming "Genes and Justice:
The Impact of Behavioral Genetics and Neuroscience on Criminal Law."
On the day of our interview, we also discovered that he planned to hold a party for the new Republicans he helped elect.
As we have documented, Koch not only financed the rise of the anti-Obama Tea Party,
he has also helped guide the movement to support the narrow business priorities of his conglomerate Koch Industries:
and Koch’s Americans for Prosperity hands out Tea Party talking points attacking clean energy.
Building on this research, the Los Angeles Times reported this weekend about the central influence of Koch in the new GOP Congress.
According to the Times, just before David Koch spoke to ThinkProgress
following House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) swearing in ceremony,
he had met with Boehner in the Speaker’s office.
Koch’s top political deputy, former Jack Abramoff operative Tim Phillips,
met with the new Energy and Commerce Committee chair Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) that day as well:
"We Were a Stalin-esque Mouthpiece for Bush"
Fox News Insider
(Media Matters for America - Feb. 10, 2011)
"They’re a propaganda outfit but they call themselves news,"
says a former insider from the world of Rupert Murdoch.
Things don't go better with the Koch brothers.
MARK KARLIN, BUZZFLASH EDITOR FOR TRUTHOUT
It's amazing that many middle-class Americans fall for the siren song that government is the source of all evil
when many global corporations are putting US citizens out of work;
sitting on profits generated by gullible consumers; and polluting our air, water and food.
That's why the Koch brothers are the latest in a long line of ultra-wealthy, right-wing investors
in running the federal government through owning politicians and financing propaganda
that diverts attention from corporate misdeeds.
Koch Industries will have to spend a lot - billions of
dollars, perhaps -
if climate change laws are passed or regulations put into effect.
Not to mention that the Koch brothers represent
a whole wing of billion-dollar corporate polluters who want the EPA to be defanged.
As a result, the Republicans, particularly in the House,
have marked the EPA as one key target
in budget reduction -
and vigorously oppose protecting us from global warming.
The Republican strategy of attacking the deficit
is a shrewd move to reduce positive restraints on corporations.
In the financial sector, for instance,
this means Republican proposals to cut the budgets of agencies
that regulate banks and Wall Street.
The Koch brothers know how to fund front organizations
to stir up Americans who feel displaced
by inciting them with emotional diversions.
It's a magic trick, of sorts, to distract our eyes
while our pockets are picked and our lungs are filled with toxins.
No, things don't go better with the Koch brothers.
In fact, they will get a whole lot worse.
“MUFON Under Siege?":
"40-Year Organization Object of Dirty Tricks
from USG [United States Government]?”
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Thugs
Used 'Terror Tools' for Disinfo Scheme
Targeting Me, My Family, Other Progressive U.S. Citizens, Groups
why they are likely to get away with it...
(Brad Friedman - 2/14/2011)
Nervous system manipulation
by electromagnetic fields
(February 16, 2011 by Barbara Peterson)
The TV and your computer monitor
can be used to manipulate your nervous system.
Here is the proof. Read it and weep:
Nervous system manipulation
by electromagnetic fields from monitors
Computer monitors and TV monitors
can be made to emit weak low-frequency electromagnetic fields
merely by pulsing the intensity of displayed images.
Experiments have shown that the 1/2 Hz sensory resonance
can be excited in this manner in a subject near the monitor.
The 2.4 Hz sensory resonance can also be excited in this fashion.
Hence, a TV monitor or computer monitor
can be used to manipulate the nervous system of nearby people.”
“It is thus apparent that the human nervous system
can be manipulated by screen emissions
from subliminal TV image pulses.”
Underground Bases and Tunnels: What is the Government trying to hide?
“The Emperor's New Hump - The New York Times killed a story that could have changed the election—because it could have changed the election” - http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=2012
Depleted Uranium Released During Canadian Plane Crash - Little-Known Use of DU in Commercial Jets Exposed - (American Free Press 2004 - By Christopher Bollyn) - http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/depleted_uranium.html
Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba
Book: U.S. Military Drafted Plans
to Terrorize U.S. Cities
to Provoke War With Cuba
There is a real-life,
“robot war” system
already in place
that utilizes satellite telemetry/sensing.
It’s code-named “Milstar.”
Essentially what “Milstar” has done
is take the “auto-pilot” control of nuclear launch capability
the hands of “fallible”, “slow-to-act/respond” real live humans!
The Milstar system employs those DSP (Defense Support Program) satellites,
and both hard-to-track mobile and below-ground
“hardened” nuclear strike/response facilities,
and ties them all together
under this now-fully-automated/functioning system.
Of course, nothing could ever go “wrong”
with a no-human-intervention system
like that, now could it!?!
For more info
you can find the real facts
on the now-operative
Milstar system in this book:
Blank Check: The Pentagon’s Black Budget
written by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter
(of the “Philadelphia Enquirer”) Tim Weiner.
The 1990 book (ISBN 0-446-51452-7)
was published by Warner Book, Inc.,
666 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10103.
[From the book’s back cover]:
“Tim Weiner...uncovers the Pentagon’s big secret: $100 million a day to spend any way it sees fit, whether it serves or disserves the American people. He deserves another Pulitzer Prize for this one.” --- Studs Terkel
“Tim Weiner shines his searchlight on dark corners that the Pentagon would like to keep hidden from the American public.” --- David Wise, author of The Spy Who Got Away, and, The Invisible Government
“The Pentagon’s $36 billion black budget is a license to steal. In BLANK CHECK, Pulitzer Prize-winning Tim Weiner tells the entire, shocking story.” --- U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder, (D., Colo.), member, House Armed Services Committee
[From the book’s inside flyleaf]:
BLANK CHECK is the story of the Pentagon’s secret budget—the black budget. A remarkable work of investigative reporting, this book presents the first detailed look into the multibillion-dollar cache used to fund every defense program, every espionage mission, every weapon, and every war that the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Director of the CIA want erased from the public ledger and shielded from public debate.
Over the past three years, the black budget has consumed more than $100 billion -- $100 million a day. In blatant defiance of the United States Constitution, this system of secret spending has stripped Congress of its power over the federal budget and robbed taxpayers of their right to know how their money is spent.
Spying on Internet Users - Beware the government's avatars, especially fear your own
(Feb. 23, 2011) - By Wayne Madsen
‘The Department of Homeland Security is conducting massive spying on Internet users through a program called "Avatar Identity." The existence of the program was disclosed to WMR by a source who stated that the development of avatars for every user of the Internet had its beginnings with the U.S. Air Force and the Advance Research Projects Agency (ARPANET) at the outset of the fielding of World Wide Web (WWW) technology in the early 1990s.
At the core of Homeland Security's Avatar Identity Program is the reliance on genetic algorithms developed for the analysis of the stock market to come up with prime investment strategies. The program was developed through the aegis of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), which inherited many of the invasive Internet surveillance programs from its Pentagon cousin, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA), after its programs, including the proposed Total Information Awareness program, were defunded by Congress
The Avatar Identity Program appears to coincide with another Air Force project to solicit "persona management software" to create virtual users on the Internet in order to conduct perception management campaigns to inundate chat rooms, letter to the editor, and on-line polls to sway public opinion on key issues.’
‘…. The program matches recommendations from White House Office of Information Regulatory Affairs chief Dr. Cass Sunstein, who has referred to such operations as "cognitive infiltration."
However, Homeland Security's Avatar Identity program involves the creation of an avatar for every Internet user that pulls information from the actual user's Google searches, Twitter messages, Facebook postings, on-line commerce activities, and other web interactions and feeds the transactions to the avatar program. Intelligence analysts then query the avatar for details of the user's activities.’ - http://www.opinion-maker.org/2011/02/spying-on-internet-users/
Corporate-Funded Online 'Astroturfing' Is More Advanced and More Automated Than You Might Think - (February 24, 2011 - - The Guardian) - http://mcaf.ee/4728a - Every month more evidence piles up, suggesting that online comment threads and forums are being hijacked by people who aren’t what they seem to be. The anonymity of the web gives companies and governments golden opportunities to run astroturf operations: fake grassroots campaigns, which create the impression that large numbers of people are demanding or opposing particular policies. This deception is most likely to occur where the interests of companies or governments come into conflict with the interests of the public. For example, there’s a long history of tobacco companies creating astroturf groups to fight attempts to regulate them.
Journalist Returning from Abroad Has Notes, Computer and Cameras Searched and Copied by US Authorities at Airport - http://mcaf.ee/04f35
NY Times Report: Fracked Water Thousands of Times More Dangerous Than They're Telling Us
(February 28, 2011 - By Steven D. | Sourced from Booman Tribune) - http://mcaf.ee/b5f7d
Good old hydrofracking. You know about it right? It's the method to produce natural gas by fracturing rock formations with millions of gallons of water and toxic chemicals. It's been contaminating groundwater in the Western US for many years and now it is being pursued with a vengeance in the East, particularity with respect to the Marcellus Shale formation that extends across Pennsylvania and New York.
Everyone in the know has warned us for years that hydrofracking was highly dangerous to sources of groundwater used for human consumption. But only now are we being told how much worse is that contamination of our water supplies. So bad it will make you ill after you read this investigative report from the NY Times:
With hydrofracking, a well can produce over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet underground. Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the wastewater by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself.
While the existence of the toxic wastes has been reported, thousands of internal documents obtained by The New York Times from the Environmental Protection Agency, state regulators and drillers show that the dangers to the environment and health are greater than previously understood.
The documents reveal that the wastewater, which is sometimes hauled to sewage plants not designed to treat it and then discharged into rivers that supply drinking water, contains radioactivity at levels higher than previously known, and far higher than the level that federal regulators say is safe for these treatment plants to handle.
One Dollar: It’s More Than Bank of America (and Boeing, CitiGroup, Exxon-Mobil, General Electric, Wells Fargo, etc.) Pays in Federal Taxes! - http://mcaf.ee/61b7e
does the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
have to do with Climate Change?
The Chamber is controlled by
with its dirty money
opposes every single effort
to curb climate pollution.
America for Sale:
An Exclusive Excerpt from
Matt Taibbi’s New Book
on the Economic Meltdown
Our cash-strapped country
is auctioning off its highways, ports
and even parking meters,
finding eager buyers in the Middle East
(By Matt Taibbi - December 1, 2010 - Rolling Stone)
The Smug Wealthy
Have Gone Too Far --
We're Finally Fighting Back
(March 6, 2011 - Michael Moore)
By trying to destroy us
has given birth to a movement --
a movement that is becoming a massive,
nonviolent revolt across the country.
Contrary to what those in power
would like you to believe
so that you'll give up your pension, cut your wages,
and settle for the life your great-grandparents had,
America is not broke.
Not by a long shot.
The country is awash in wealth and cash.
It's just that it's not in your hands.
It has been transferred,
in the greatest heist in history,
from the workers and consumers
to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich.
Today just 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined.
Let me say that again.
400 obscenely rich people,
most of whom benefited in some way
from the multi-trillion dollar taxpayer "bailout" of 2008,
now have more loot, stock and property
than the assets of 155 million Americans .
If you can't bring yourself to call that a financial coup d'état,
then you are simply not being honest about
what you know in your heart to be true.
OpenSecrets.org - Nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy. Whether you’re a voter, journalist, activist, student or interested citizen, use our free site to shine light on your government.
CorpWatch.org - Holding Corporations Accountable
USuncut.org - US Uncut is about taking action against unnecessary and unfair cuts to public services across the US. Washington’s proposed budget for the coming year sends a clear message: The wrath of budget cuts will fall upon the shoulders of hard-working Americans.
Maddow/ Naomi Klein: GOP
Disaster Capitalism - (11-min. video) - http://mcaf.ee/52349 - This
must-see/hear video highlights the Republicans “Shock
Doctrine” strategy to take advantage of “crisis” situations (such as
the trumped-up governmental financial deficits; which, to whatever extent they
may exist, they do so because of massive tax cuts given to the rich.) Their plan: To replace government and
services on all levels with “privatized” corporate profiteering!
Pulitzer Prize Winner Seymour Hersh And The Men Who Are Trying to Paint Him as Crazy - ( Hersh cited ties between U.S. Military’s Joint Special Operations Command and a secretive Catholic order called the Knights of Malta, and now he's under attack. - http://mcaf.ee/98a1d
Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media - (Thursday 17 March 2011 - By Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain - The Guardian/UK) - Military's 'sock puppet' software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda - http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks
NSA’s Treasure Trove - “The Quiet Zone” was originally broadcast on the (up until then) popular weekly “Wired Science” PBS television show on Dec. 26, 2007. Without any explanation or notice, that was the very last time “Wired Science” appeared on PBS.
The video segment is 10 minutes long. While the entire video is well worth watching -- with the first half essentially covering radio astronomy, the most important part is the last half (beginning at about 6-1/2 minutes in) which exposes -- for the very first time for public view -- the NSA (National Security Agency) “Naval Security Group Activity” (land-locked) Sugar Grove, West Virginia, domestic “listening post” which covers the entire spectrum of electromagnetic communications.
During this last-half of the video, James Bamford -- author of three books on the NSA -- details some of the capabilities of the NSA’s Sugar Grove site. While he particularly highlights the facility’s “domestic surveillance” capabilities (which, by the way, such use by the NSA is proscribed by law…in other words: illegal), he does not mention that it is a major part of NSA’s “ECHELON” program.You can watch this must-see video via this URL: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/wiredscience/video/308-the_quiet_zone.html
The Legal Threat of Being SLAPPed
[SLAPP] - Overview> - [excerpt]
Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell
Short of a gun to the head, a greater threat to First Amendment expression can scarcely be imagined. — Judge J. Nicholas Colabella (1992)
Strong statement or overstatement? Judge Colabella was referring to the threat posed by Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or "SLAPPs." SLAPPs are lawsuits filed in response to or retaliation for citizen communications with government entities and employees.
Citizens have been sued for testifying before their city councils and county commissions, about building permit and zoning change applications, for expressing concerns to school board members, and for reporting violations of environmental laws to regulatory agencies, to give just three of thousands of examples. In short, these citizens were sued for doing exactly what the Constitution allows and encourages them to do, which accounts for Colabella’s strong words in Gordon v. Marrone, a 1992 New York case.
The particular provision of the First Amendment that is threatened by SLAPPs is the petition clause ("Congress shall make no law" abridging the "right of the people" to petition the Government for a redress of grievances"). George Pring and Penelope Canan, the authors of the leading work on the topic, SLAPPs: Getting Sued for Speaking Out (and the coiners of the acronym), have dubbed the petition clause "the unknown soldier of the Bill of Rights."
While the petition clause may be less renowned than the First Amendment’s guarantees of free speech, press and religion, the right it protects is every bit as basic to our form of government. - http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/petition/topic.aspx?topic=slapp
Nuclear Power's "Peaceful Atom" Became a Serial Killer - The nuclear industry is a
snake-oil culture of habitual misrepresentation, pervasive wishful thinking,
deep denial, and occasional outright deception. - (March 25, 2011 - By Chip Ward - Alternet) - http://tinyurl.com/4tdlxk5
Smoking Gun - Roadway Surveillance Cameras’ “Stand-Alone” Agenda:
There was an article on the front page of the Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, St. Louis Post-Dispatch entitled, “Green lights are a work in progress” -- with the subtitle, “Region’s 3-year plan includes millions to coordinate more traffic signals.” Near the end of the article (on the continuation on page 16A), there was a brief mention that:
“…. Few additional signals will be added to the network. Instead, future upgrades will include adding surveillance cameras…” [Bold emphasis added.]
From what can be readily observed, the surveillance cameras "upgrades" program is disturbingly well under way throughout the St. Louis Metro area. The tall pole, 360-degree, inverted black-dome surveillance cameras have now been installed at many intersections, and all along numerous state and county roads in St. Louis County and adjacent counties.
A brand new, 4-way intersection -- constructed where there was no previous roadway intersection -- was recently opened (in early 2011) just east of I-270 on Dorsett Road and Old Dorsett Road in Maryland Heights (St. Louis County), Missouri. A 360-degree, inverted black-dome surveillance camera was installed at that brand new intersection, along with four brand-new “regular” traffic-light cameras, too! (So much for the “surveillance cameras” merely being an “upgrade” to the system…they obviously have another “stand-alone” agenda!)
[Note: There are additional installations of tall-pole, 360-degree, inverted black-dome surveillance cameras now at many of the roadway intersections throughout Maryland Heights; as well as all along I-270 and other roadway connectors throughout the Metro area. --BikeBob]
As these 360-degree, inverted-black-dome surveillance cameras are now becoming ubiquitous, there are some serious violations of privacy concerns to be considered. Through the use of augmented infrared vision, these surveillance cameras also can “see in the dark.” These surveillance cameras are also capable of seeing extreme detail (example: being able to tell whether or not you have shaved) from a distance of a mile or two away! So, if you live within direct-line-of-sight of one of these surveillance cameras, it would be wise to keep your window blinds closed!
But, no need to be that concerned…“they” can’t watch everything/everybody all the time…can they? Actually, YES “they” can, AND do! These surveillance cameras utilize 24/7 digital streaming video -- which is real-time archived to computer servers. Real-time analysis of the digital video stream is being constantly done automatically via software…”red-flag” tagging any “suspicious activity.” Additionally, it must be kept in mind that ALL the 24/7 digital-stream images/video is permanently archived on computer hard drives. Anything/everything the cameras “see” is part of the “permanent record.”
Finally, here’s a pertinent excerpt on the subject. The excerpt is taken from the Sunday, April 13, 2008, Washington Post article, “The Government Is Trying to Wrap Its Mind Around Yours,” which was written by Nita Farahany, who is an assistant professor of law and philosophy at Vanderbilt University, and is the editor of "Genes and Justice: The Impact of Behavioral Genetics and Neuroscience on Criminal Law." [Emphasis added]:
Consider Cernium Corp.'s "Perceptrak" video surveillance and monitoring system, recently installed by Johns Hopkins University, among others. This technology grew out of a project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- the central research and development organization for the Department of Defense -- to develop intelligent video analytics systems. Unlike simple video cameras monitored by security guards, Perceptrak integrates video cameras with an intelligent computer video. It uses algorithms to analyze streaming video and detect suspicious activities, such as people loitering in a secure area, a group converging or someone leaving a package unattended. Since installing Perceptrak, Johns Hopkins has reported a 25 percent reduction in crime.
Wholesale surveillance unwarranted - (Sunday, August 30, 2009 - By Karl Skala - The Columbia [Missouri] Daily Tribune) - http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2009/aug/30/wholesale-surveillance-unwarranted/
You Are Being Watched - Spotlights the high costs of camera surveillance systems, both in terms of money and civil liberties. Do we want a society where we live under an ever-watchful video eye? - http://www.youarebeingwatched.us/
Gerald Celente's Top Trends for 2011
(6-1/2 min. YouTube audio/video)
'America lives in a fascist state' - Gerald Celente
(11-1/4 min. YouTube audio/video)
You Thought the Koch Brothers Were Bad? Turns Out They're Even Worse Than You Thought - (April 5, 2011 - - AlterNet) - Charles and David Koch's reach into virtually every aspect of political, economic and physical life on the planet is probably greater than you thought possible. - http://mcaf.ee/32048
Former Minnesota Governor
‘Letter To The Ruling Class’
Take Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computers and the second-richest Texan, who qualified for an agricultural property tax break on his sprawling 1,757-acre residential ranch in suburban Austin and saved over $1 million simply because his family and friends sometimes use the land as a private hunting preserve to shoot deer. Or take billionaire publisher Steve Forbes, who got more than a 90 percent property tax reduction on hundreds of acres of his multimillion-dollar estate in upscale Bedminister, New Jersey, just by putting a couple of cows out to pasture. They are not alone. All across the country, a huge number of America’s wealthiest are tapping into agricultural tax breaks—and none of them have to do any real farming to qualify.
Not only are agricultural tax breaks allowing wealthy landowners to shift their tax burden onto other less-affluent taxpayers but they are also helping bankrupt public schools, which derive the bulk of their funding from local property taxes. - http://www.thenation.com/article/159943/tax-day-farms-owned-rich-provide-massive-tax-shelter
Greg Mortenson's stories
He has written inspiring best sellers,
including "Three Cups of Tea,"
but are the stories all true?
(April 15, 2011 - “60 Minutes”/CBS News) - [Transcript])
Programmer under oath admits
computers rig elections
US elections are rigged
tried to pay him
to rig their election vote counts.
(12 min. - YouTube audio/video)
The Tea Party
Don't Know About
The documentary production company
has dedicated itself
to furthering the interests
of the far right
(April 19, 2011 - AlterNet)
[As noted at the following URL]:
Geolocation is a rather secret feature
of some browsers and toolbars.
It allows the creator of that program
to get a fix on the location of your computer
to within a few meters of where you actually live.
For the potential dangers
read the article from BBC News entitled
attack knows where you live' here.
The question is therefore
how to effectively disable this feature.
At this moment this site offers solutions for
Apple Safari, Firefox, Flock,
Google Chrome, Google Toolbar,
Opera and Twitter:
How You Can Have a Billion-Dollar Income in America and Pay No Taxes - Tax journalist David Cay Johnston explains what's so rotten about our taxation system and the distribution of wealth in this country. - (4-20-11 - by Terrence McNally - AlterNet) - http://mcaf.ee/cae85
How the Koch Brothers Indoctrinate Their Employees with Right-Wing Anti-Worker Propaganda - Before the landmark Citizens' United ruling, the kind of corporate propaganda Koch Industries is using wouldn't have been legal. - (April 23, 2011 - by Mark Ames and Mike Elk - The Nation) - http://tinyurl.com/3kgdmez
America’s Nuclear Nightmare - The U.S. has 31 reactors just like Japan’s — but regulators are ignoring the risks and boosting industry profits - (April 27, 2011 - by Jeff Goodell - Rolling Stone Magazine) - http://mcaf.ee/xarw1
Bobby Kennedy assassin brainwashed by 'girl in polka dot dress' - The man convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 was brainwashed into shooting him by a mysterious girl in a polka dot dress, his lawyers have claimed. - April 29, 2011 - ) - http://mcaf.ee/l7oqb
The GOP's Shady Plan to Privatize Prisons - In the name of balanced budgets, Republican governors and legislators are pushing controversial plans to privatize prisons. - (April 28, 2011 - by Suzy Khimm - Mother Jones) - http://mcaf.ee/hc8wk
Meet Bart Ehrman: A One-Man God Fraud Squad - A world-renowned Bible scholar says the Bible is full of fibs, forgeries and downright lies. - (April 29, 2011 - by Anneli Rufus - AlterNet) - http://mcaf.ee/optwc
In Harm's Way, But in the Dark - (Sunday, August 8, 1999 - by Joby Warrick, Washington Post Staff Writer) - PADUCAH, Ky. – Thousands of uranium workers were unwittingly exposed to plutonium and other highly radioactive metals here at a federally owned plant where contamination spread through work areas, locker rooms and even cafeterias, a Washington Post investigation has found.
Unsuspecting workers inhaled plutonium-laced dust brought into the plant for 23 years as part of a flawed government experiment to recycle used nuclear reactor fuel at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, according to a review of court documents, plant records, and interviews with current and former workers. The government and its contractors did not inform workers about the hazards for decades, even as employees in the 1980s began to notice a string of cancers.
Radioactive contaminants from the plant spilled into ditches and eventually seeped into creeks, a state-owned wildlife area and private wells, documents show. Plant workers contend in sealed court documents that radioactive waste also was deliberately dumped into nearby fields, abandoned buildings and a landfill not licensed for hazardous waste.
The sprawling Kentucky plant on the Ohio River represents an unpublished chapter in the still-unfolding story of radioactive contamination and concealment in the chain of factories across the country that produced America's Cold War nuclear arsenal. - http://mcaf.ee/qsg2n
Facebook, Google, Yahoo
spying tools for US intelligence
says Wikileaks Julian Assange
(13 min. - YouTube audio/video)
"Unequal Protection": The People's Masters - (May 3, 2011 - by Thom Hartmann - Berrett-Koehler Publishers) - http://www.truthout.org/unequal-protection-peoples-masters/1304366817
Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of larger units of production at the expense of the smaller ones. The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society.
Strategy for Privatizing Public Schools Spelled out by Dick DeVos in 2002 Heritage Foundation Speech - (May 03, 2011 - Rachel Tabachnick) - Right-wing think tanks have determined that school vouchers are key to eradicating public education and Dick and Betsy DeVos lead the way in execution of the well-funded plan. The money is tracked in two extensive reports on Talk2action [1 and 2]. DeVos video excerpt below fold. - http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/5/3/12515/58655
The Shocking Truth
(5 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Later that year, Silkwood was found to be contaminated with 400 times the legal limit for plutonium. Silkwood contended that she had been exposed to the plutonium as retaliation for her whistleblowing.
Having arranged to turn over papers that would have allegedly showed the culpability of Kerr-McGee for multiple risks at the nuclear plant, she was killed when her car ran off the road while she was en route to meet a New York Times reporter. No documents were found in her car and the circumstances of the accident indicated that Silkwood may have been rammed from behind.
In a civil trial, Kerr-McGee made the rather difficult-to-believe claim that Silkwood intentionally poisoned herself with plutonium. Subsequently, 44 pounds of plutonium were found missing from the plant. - http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/12508/
Get Motivated! - (Sheeping The Fleece!)
"Shock Doctrine" Economics Ruining America - (May 7, 2011 - by Stephen L. Goldstein - The South Florida Sun-Sentinel) - WARNING: Reading Naomi Klein's "Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" will disturb your sleep and haunt your waking hours. If you're a real American, it will make you want to scream — and do something to put "the bad guys" in their place. Everyone — especially Milton-Friedman, free-market lovers like Kingsley Guy — should read "Shock." If enough people do so, it could save the country. If they don't, our democratic/representative government and capitalism will be permanently replaced by the un-American, corporate-socialist state that has already taken hold — and it will be our own fault.
A high-level player with one of the most notorious narco-trafficking organizations in Mexico, the Sinaloa “cartel,” claims that he has been working with the U.S. government for years, according to pleadings filed recently in federal court in Chicago.
That player, Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla, is the son of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia — one of the purported top leaders of the Sinaloa drug-trafficking organization. Zambada Niebla was arrested in Mexico in March 2009 and last February extradited to the United States to stand trial on narco-trafficking-related charges.
The indictment pending against Zambada Niebla claims he served as the “logistical coordinator” for the “cartel,” helping to oversee an operation that imported into the U.S. “multi-ton quantities of cocaine … using various means, including but not limited to, Boeing 747 cargo aircraft, private aircraft … buses, rail cars, tractor trailers, and automobiles.”
The revelation that Zambada Niebla claims to have been a U.S. government asset, working with its sanction, is a shocking development in the so-called drug war and has gone largely un-reported by the U.S. media. The claim, if true, adds credence to theories long in play that the Mexican and U.S. governments are essentially showing favor toward the Sinaloa drug organization and its leadership, including El Mayo and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Lorea, as part of a broader strategy to weaken and ultimately eliminate rival narco organizations. U.S. and Mexican government officials, of course, have consistently denied that any such arrangement is in place. - http://mcaf.ee/eotpi
The Secret History
The secret History of Hacking
is a public domain documentary
about the pioneers of
the hacking craze.
(50 min. - YouTube audio/video)
The New American Century (2009) - (1 Hr & 34 Mins - This is the Complete Full Movie - YouTube audio/video) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fk6qkHs0oM&feature=related
“THE NEW AMERICAN CENTURY explores the historical, philosophical and economic
background that suggests a matrix for such events that is much closer to home
than the so-called "Islamic terrorism".
The film provides solid evidence for the true reasons behind the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, whose unfolding is described in chilling detail in a document called "Project for the New American Century", published in the year 2,000, that seems to have served as the actual blueprint for such dramatic events.
As a follow-up to Inganno Globale, The New American Century presents the historical, philosophical, economical and political background -- some of which is totally unknown to the public -- that lend support to the accusation that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were in fact an inside-job.
"Historically accurate, narratively captivating, The New American Century is one of the best films about the facts behind the 9/11 attacks". -- Webster G. Tarpley
"The New American Century is a stunning film. It should be seen as widely as possible, in cinemas, bars, clubs, at meetings and, of course, through the internet. I'm sure the film will continue to be a source of debate and political education for many years." -- Ken Loach.
This film is astonishing, it goes in detail through the untold history of The Project for the New American Century with tons of archival footage and connects it right into the present. This film exposes how every major war in US history was based on a complete fraud with video of insiders themselves admitting it. This film shows how the first film theaters in the US were used over a hundred years ago to broadcast propaganda to rile the American people into the Spanish-American War. This film shows the white papers of the oil company Unocal which called for the creation of a pipeline through Afghanistan and how their exact needs were fulfilled through the US invasion of Afghanistan. This film shows how Halliburton under their "cost plus" exclusive contract with the US Government went on a mad dash spending spree akin to something out of the movie Brewster's Millions, yet instead of blowing $30 million they blew through BILLIONS by literally burning millions of dollars worth of hundred thousand dollar cars and trucks if they had so much as a flat tire. I have seen a ton of films, this film contains a massive amount of incredible footage I have never seen before anywhere, it is an historical documentary which exposes all the lies of the past so that you can understand the present. - This film is a must see”
The FBI Comes After Activists - (Dec. 6, 2010 - by Matthew Rothschild - The Progressive) - Imagine 25 FBI agents coming to your door at 7:00 in the morning and staying for ten hours and then leaving with 30 boxes of your belongings.
Well, Joe Iosbaker and Stephanie Weiner don’t have to imagine it.
Because, on Sept. 24, the FBI descended on their home.
The FBI agents at their home even went through their son’s T-shirt drawer and separated “those that were controversial from those that weren’t.”
At one point, the agent in charge was called in to evaluate one of the shirts because it said “Hell Boy” on it, Weiner recalls. - http://mcaf.ee/hc4ap
DEADLY SPIN: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans - [book] - Since Wendell Potter walked away from his executive position at a top health insurance company in May of 2008, he has worked tirelessly as an outspoken critic of corporate PR and the distortion and fear manufactured by America’s health insurance industry. It is a PR juggernaut that is bankrolled by millions of dollars, rivaling lobbying budgets and underwriting many “non-partisan” grassroots organizations. How would Potter know? He wrote many of the industry’s talking points himself.
From clandestine meetings carefully organized to leave no paper trail to creating third party front groups, Potter lets the reader in on the dirty secrets most big corporations would rather have the masses be in the dark about because the stakes are high and the profits even higher.
DEADLY SPIN is not just an exposé of health insurers but a stark warning that corporate spin is distorting our democracy. - http://mcaf.ee/vukat
The Koch Brothers are Now Buying Professors to Spread
the Gospel of Greed - (5-10-2011 by Mark Karlin on - Truthout) - The Koch brothers
pretty much own the Tea Party; they pretty much own a lot of right-wing think
tanks that have steered the nation toward a radical Ayn Rand vision of the
world; and now they are buying up professors and dictating extreme right-wing
Yes, ThinkProgress reports that the Koch Foundation reached an agreement in 2008 to fund professors at Florida State University, as long as they would teach right-wing economic theory. In fact, the Koch Foundation had to approve any faculty hires who were paid with its "donated" funds.
The Saint Petersburg Times reports:
A foundation bankrolled by Libertarian businessman Charles G. Koch has pledged $1.5 million for positions in Florida State University's economics department. In return, his representatives get to screen and sign off on any hires for a new program promoting "political economy and free enterprise."...
Under the agreement with the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, however, faculty only retain the illusion of control. The contract specifies that an advisory committee appointed by Koch decides which candidates should be considered. The foundation can also withdraw its funding if it's not happy with the faculty's choice or if the hires don't meet "objectives" set by Koch during annual evaluations.
In short, what is happening at a public university in Florida is the sellout of open inquiry by replacing it with corporate control of the faculty and the curriculum - and an extremist one at that.
If this is a harbinger of things to come in our cash-starved public institutes of higher learning, it may signal the end of academic freedom at institutes of higher learning. They could become nothing more than propaganda diploma mills. - http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/12682
Drug Regulators Are Protecting Profits Over Patients, Warn Researchers - ScienceDaily (May 10, 2011) — Medicines regulators are protecting drug company profits rather than the lives and welfare of patients by withholding unpublished trial data, argue researchers on the British Medical Journal website.
They call for full access to full trial reports (published and unpublished) to allow the true benefits and harms of treatments to be independently assessed by the scientific community.
Despite the existence of hundreds of thousands of clinical trials, doctors are unable to choose the best treatments for their patients because research results are being reported selectively, write Professor Peter Gøtzsche and Dr Anders Jørgensen from the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110510211607.htm
Jimmy Carter’s October Surprise Doubts - (May 12, 2011 - by Robert Parry - Consortium News) - Special Report: Ex-President Jimmy Carter tells an interviewer that he isn’t sure what to believe about the longstanding suspicions that Republicans went behind his back in 1980 to stop him from freeing 52 American hostages in Iran, a failure that contributed to his political demise. But Robert Parry reports that there is a wealth of historical evidence. - http://mcaf.ee/knr12
(82 min. - video documentary)
"From my research and that of others, I really think this may be the smoking gun," says Navy Capt. Mark Lyles, chair of medical sciences and biotechnology at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. "It fits everything — symptoms, timing, everything."
Lyles and other researchers found that dust particles — up to 1,000 of which can sit on the head of a pin — gathered in Iraq and Kuwait contain 37 metals, including aluminum, lead, manganese, strontium and tin. The metals have been linked to neurological disorders, cancer, respiratory ailments, depression and heart disease, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Researchers believe the metals occur both naturally and as a byproduct of pollution.
(36-1/2 min. YouTube audio/video)
Katie Couric [CBS News]
writer and director of "Inside Job,"
a new  documentary
that explores the origins of
the 2008 financial meltdown.
[Includes some brief film clips from the documentary.]
How Fox News Outfoxes Americans - (May 13, 2011 - by Danny Schechter - ConsortiumNews) - To understand how so many average Americans can be duped into embracing right-wing positions that go against their own interests, you must look at how Fox News (and right-wing media outlets) use faux populism and phony outrage as propaganda techniques, a topic explored by Danny Schechter in this guest essay. - http://consortiumnews.com/2011/05/13/how-fox-news-outfoxes-average-americans/
A look at the "sovereign citizen" movement - Byron Pitts reports on a movement the FBI now considers one of the nation's top domestic terror threats - (May 15, 2011 - Transcript - 60 Minutes/CBS)
(CBS News) This is a story about a group of Americans you've likely never heard of: they're called "sovereign citizens." Many don't pay taxes, carry a driver's license or hold a Social Security card. They have little regard for the police or the courts, and some have become violent.
The FBI lists them among the nation's top domestic terror threats.
By some estimates, there are as many as 300,000 sovereign citizens in the U.S. And with the sluggish economy and mortgage mess, their ranks are growing. - http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/05/13/60minutes/main20062666.shtml
Sheds New Light on NSA’s Warrantless Wiretapping and Data Mining - (May 16, 2011 - By Kim Zetter - Wired) - New details about the NSA’s post–Sept. 11 domestic surveillance programs have emerged in a stunning New Yorker article about NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, who faces trial next month for allegedly leaking information about waste and mismanagement at the agency.
The article provides new insight into the warrantless surveillance program exposed by The New York Times in December 2005, including how top officials at the intelligence agency viewed the program. Former NSA Director Michael Hayden, in 2002, reportedly urged a congressional staffer who was concerned about the legality of the program to keep quiet about it, telling her that she could “yell and scream” about the program once the inevitable leaks about it occurred.
Asked why the NSA didn’t employ privacy protections in its program, Hayden reportedly told the staffer, “We didn’t need them. We had the power,” and admitted the government was not getting warrants for the domestic surveillance.
The New Yorker also spoke with a former head of the agency’s Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center, or SARC, who invented software codenamed ThinThread that is believed to have been adapted by the NSA for the warrantless surveillance. The program had privacy protections built into it, but the official says he believes the NSA rejiggered the program to remove those protections, so that it could collect data on everyone, including people in the United States. - http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/05/new-yorker-on-thomas-drake/
Privacy storm after police buy software that maps suspects' digital movements - Used by the U.S. military, security programme Geotime tracks suspects' movements and communications and displays them on a 3D graphic - (May 12, 2011 - Damien Gayle - Mail/UK) - http://mcaf.ee/06d3k
and DeVos Families at Intersection of Radical Free Market Privatizers and
Eli Pariser: "The Filter Bubble" - (51-1/4 min. - audio - May 17, 2011 - The Diane Rehm Show/NPR) - A quiet revolution is taking place on the Internet. The top 50 websites collect an average of 64 bits of information each time we visit. The personal data they track -- from our politics to the shoes we just browsed on Zappos – help advertisers tailor offers just for us. But one online pioneer believes we pay a big price for that customized experience – living in our own information universe. In our so-called “filter bubble,” we receive mainly familiar news that confirms our beliefs. And we don’t know what’s being hidden from us. Diane and her guest, Eli Pariser, talk about understanding the costs of online personalization.
Billboards that target you in real time - (4-30-11 - by Caitlin Petre - The Filter Bubble) - We knew this day would come, if only because we saw Minority Report: A new NYC-based start-up, Immersive Labs, makes outdoor ads that scan your face as you approach and guess your age and gender. Combining this info with data about the weather and nearby social media activity, Immersive’s billboards then serve up the ad most likely to get your attention. They gauge success by measuring how long your eyes linger on the chosen ad. And the system gets smarter with each new passer-by.
While these ads raise obvious privacy concerns, Immersive Labs CEO Jason Sosa told the Huffington Post that they don’t save face-scans or collect any personally identifiable information. Still, one wonders how far companies like Immersive are going to take this. Right now, the ads just scan for age and gender, but might they one day add, say, race or body-mass index to that list? If they can pick up Foursquare and Twitter data, will they soon personalize ads based on data pulled from your mobile phone as you walk by?
Of course, targeted ads are nothing new — we’re used to seeing them pretty much all over the Internet. But Immersive’s ads raise the question: is there something about the very public nature of a billboard that sets it apart from other forms of targeting?
(Caitlin Petre is a PhD student in the Sociology Department at NYU, where she studies how the migration of news to the internet is changing journalistic ethics and practices. Caitlin's writing has appeared in Newsday, Newsweek and the Albuquerque Journal.) - http://www.thefilterbubble.com/billboards-that-target-you-in-real-time
A Former Jerry Falwell Follower Reflects On How The Religious Right Gets It Wrong - (May, 2011 - by Jason Childs - Church & State) - I want you to know that the fundamentalist political movement is the beginning of a cultural revolution that will take our nation to a very dark place. You have to understand that this has been methodically planned and is being carried out with the utmost vigilance. In accordance with their worldview, my old friends do not in the least care about what you think. They are against democracy, and they are seeking to end the rule of the majority in our great country.
They truly believe that if you
have not been “saved,” you are living under a curse and are incapable of
knowing what is best and that because of this you should be ruled over. You
should also know they do not believe that even centuries-old Christian
communities (Catholics, Anglicans, Greek Orthodox, etc.) are “saved,” only
those who think like they do.
You might be thinking that a minority fundamentalist group of zealots can’t really take over the direction of a society. Just look at Iran, or the countless other places where people have allowed this to happen. Are you all really going to sit back and watch this happen? They will begin to attack all sources of accurate information. Public radio was first, next will be museums and then science books. Just listen to them argue against the scientific facts about the peril our planet is facing, because it does not fit in with their ideas. They represent a clear and present danger to our union. - http://www.au.org/media/church-and-state/archives/2011/05/conversion-story.html
Chemtrail Spray Operations
Captured on Doppler Radar
(7-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Jon Stewart and Actual Historian Refute Beck Fave, David Barton, on Religion and Law - (May 19, 2011 - Sourced from Right Wing Watch - Alternet) - University of Pennsylvania historian Richard Beeman was yesterday’s guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart following an appearance by pseudo-historian David Barton. Beeman, like other real historians, notes that Barton greatly embellishes the religious views of the Founding Fathers and misrepresented the Constitution.
“The Constitution is federally devoid of any mention of religion except for one provision which says there shall be no test for public office or any position of public trust, so the only mention of religion is keep religion out of our government,” Beeman says, and “the debate in the [constitutional] Convention is virtually devoid” of religious references. Barton, on the other hand, made this pathetic case that the Constitution incorporates the Bible.
Right Wing Watch looked into Barton’s many fabrications, falsehoods, obfuscations, revisionist history, as well as his total neglect of the Fourteenth Amendment’s incorporation of the First Amendment to the states and his warped view of constitutional jurisprudence while he was on The Daily Show.
During part II of the interview with Beeman, Stewart noted that while Barton told him that he was OK with Sharia law in the US, he would likely make the opposite case to his conservative supporters.
Such dishonest actions reflect the fact that Barton is a political activist, not a historian -- he even was paid by the Republican National Committee to mobilize church groups to support President Bush’s reelection and Republican candidates. As Kyle notes, even his documentary on African American history is brazenly partisan.
Forced Pooling: When Landowners Can’t Say No to Drilling - (May 19, 2011 - by Marie C. Baca, Special to ProPublica) - As the shale gas boom sweeps across the United States, drillers are turning to a controversial legal tool called forced pooling to gain access to minerals beneath private property--in many cases, without the landowners' permission. - http://mcaf.ee/rkvpo