The Logic of the Surveillance State. You start noticing that certain western states suddenly agree that putting up cameras all around various cities are a good way to, allegedly, fight crime. Yeah, after the fact. It doesn't stop crime, but it is an excellent way to monitor everyone. And, as Welsh points out, as pattern recognition becomes better, the elites can have their datamining fine tuned to watch those who may cause them discomfort. In the end, this will fail, but as much as I know it is going on, and given that I've never bought the American exceptionalism argument, I am still shocked that people aren't absolutely outraged by this unprecedented instrusion by the government. Notice that I said "the" government and not "our" government, because it's not our government any more.
Julian Assange loses extradition case. But he has two weeks to ask the UK supreme court to reopen his case. I wonder if Anonymous will respond. More importantly, has anyone figured out what that "insurance policy" Assange and Wikileaks distributed a while back might be? As I understand it, if Assange or Wikileaks feels threatened--as in Assange being railroaded by the compliant Swedes on behalf of the U.S., who he believes will try to extradite him to punish him for Wikileaks publication of the materials given to them by Pvt. Bradley Manning, among other things--then a key will be sent to everyone who downloaded the insurance file. It has to be explosive, but what exactly is in it? We may very well find out in two weeks.
'Underwear bomber' was working for the CIA. The biggest terrorism threat we have is the fucking CIA/FBI/Homesland Security clusterfuck. Take the money, get the fuck out of Afghanistan and Iraq and every other goddamn place where we shouldn't be. Give reparations to the countries we fucked up (using the money we are saving not have a gazillion mlitary bases), keep the rest of the money that formerly went to the clusterfuck and use it for education, infrastructure repair and investment, and heavily subsidize alternative energy so that every American who wants to can buy electric cars or solar panels or whatever they need to remove themselves from Exxon's teat. Prosperity ensues.
I think that those of us on the left have to reach out to those on the right who also hate this filthy violation of our rights for the purposes of stopping this unholy invasion of our privacy. No really. Many of them hate it too. And I think it is clear now that this screening bullshit is not about security. It's about money and getting the 99% of us who don't keep Gulf Streams at Teterboro Airport to accept that we are proles who they can touch and violate at will. No. They. Can't.
A co-worker was avoiding plane travel because the thought of a TSA screening made her angry and disgusted. Recently, however, she had to take a plane and was required to be pat down (despite going through the "I can see you naked cancer machines"). She said it was humiliating, and she was so appalled by the experience that she looked at the screener afterwards and said "so, was it good for you?" Honestly, the screeners deserve nothing but contempt, as do their bosses--they even more so.
Want to get rid of criminal TSA agents? Fire them all.
Riots may be controlled with chemicals. Anyone who thinks using these filthy weapons is justified is a traitor who doesn't deserve citizenship. Kudos, police forces, you have radicalized this middle-aged woman who feels like she wasted three fucking years getting a fucking law degree. Why was it a waste? Well, the law is a lie--there is no justice. Now back in the day when I thought jsutice actually existed, I wasn't exactly a blind supporter of the police, but I didn't think they were all thugs either. Now I do. And I'm not the only one. Remember when W et al. talked about Saddam "gassing his own people." Apparently it's not a fucking crime any more. Not when the thug cops do it.
‘Security Theater’? TSA Confiscates Woman’s Frosted Cupcake. Yes, ABCNews.com, it is security theater, and I, for one, am convinced that the same vile assholes making money off of the "I can see you naked cancer machines" are probbly heavily invested in drug companies that manufacture chemotherapy likely to be used 20 years from now when an "unexplained" cancer spike suddenly appears. And I repeat: Michael Chertoff and Janet Napolitano should be forced to walk through those filthy 4th amendment violating machines for the amusement of the criminally insane until they drop from exhaustion or radiation poisoning. Then they should be nursed back to good health, and the walk of shame can continue.
Census shows 1 in 2 Americans are poor or low-income. The republicans are bastards, but the democrats--who did nothing to address the Wall Street created fiscal "crisis" during the first two years of Obama's president WHEN THEY HAD A MAJORITY IN BOTH FUCKING HOUSES--should hang their heads in shame. No, they should resign since it is obvious that most of them are either unwilling or unable (or both) to do their fucking jobs. Richest nation that ever existed, my ass.