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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Silicon Valley Corporatists


James Hall

Remember the days when an entrepreneur would perfect their whiz kid ideas in a garage and bring them to market? Did Steve Wozniak ever envision the behemoth that Apple would become and the cult camp that worships every new product that flows from their robotic coolie assembly lines? 

Riots Over Rotten Apple Mania describes an example of the forbidding underbelly of corporatist business model that Apple exemplifies so dramatically. Notwithstanding this record of 21st century sweat factories, do the venture vulture capitalists of Silicon Valley interject added value in the products and services they fund or does this culture of touting IPO offerings simply game a system to print money based upon imaginary dreams?

The Smart Meter Divide and Conquer Model in Relationships


Toner-Carillo fight 2Heather Callaghan

Uh-oh! A bizarro new study probing human behavior and energy usage almost sounds like the makings of a reality TV show. Why? Because smart meters could be a cause of conflict for roommates, friends and spouses. Anyone sharing a home.

But not for reasons you might think...

No, it is not the negative health effects of smart meters, the invasiveness of surveillance, the insecurity that comes from remote control or the idea that smart meters are actually leading to soaring energy costs that leads to conflict according to researchers. In fact, the idea of preventing smart meters from taking the UK by storm never enters the picture. "Resistance is futile." This study wants you to get used to their calculating presence. Very snug and comfy with smart meters. Use them to monitor your roommates' energy usage and let them know they have no right to that energy. It wants to categorize your behavior and modify it.

Most of all, it wants you to be that hundredth monkey and become an ambassador to make sure none of you are taking using the energy resources that you all paid for.

Engineers vs. Thugs: the Power of Bitcoin, Cryptography & Tech


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Tips from MSM: How Not to Get Raped By a Police Officer


Amanda Warren

Recently, a string of Oklahoma law enforcement officers have been outed for untold numbers of female sexual assault victims at their hands while on duty. Some lurid details appear in this Associated Press story.

Have you seen the picture on the right floating around online? Were you shocked by it like I was? While it doesn't accurately depict exactlywhat was said, except for the words inside quotes, it is indeed the underlying message.

Actually, it's much, much worse than that if you view the news segment it was taken from. Here below we have not only Captain George Brown's comments on protecting oneself from sexual assault by cops, but a news segment with tips - subtly suggesting that women should get used to the idea of potential rape while interacting with police.

US Aggression Drags World into Age of Global Anarchy


Allied with barbaric regional regimes who gestated "Islamic State," Washington's attack on Syria sets dangerous new precedent. 

Tony Cartalucci 

Without a UN mandate or even a cohesive narrative, the United States and its regional allies have begun unilaterally bombing targets in Syria. Together with Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar - the very sponsors of extremists groups fighting inside of Syria, including the Islamic State, its offshoot al Nusra, and other Al Qaeda aligned factions - the US has opened a new chapter on global anarchy.  

Image: After years of condemning the Syrian government's war against extremists at the cost of the civilian population, the US began launching air and missile strikes against "extremists" at the cost of Syria's civilian population. Mind-bending hypocrisy and the utter circumvention of the very "international law" the US claims to be chief arbiter over marks a dangerous leap toward global anarchy. 

Unlike other campaigns of naked military conquest, the US appears to have foregone the facade of UN approval, moral or legal justification, and has instead applied a scatter-shot strategy of proposing multiple pretexts for its aggression - all equally implausible, many contradictory - hoping at least one will stick.  

US Strike on Syria is Desperation Incarnate


Tony Cartalucci

The West was racing against the clock – attempting to justify war with Syria by allegedly “fighting” the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) in Syria before the world fully realized the West and its allies had in fact created ISIS in the first place and was to this day arming, funding, and directing them.

In haste that can only be described as desperation bordering criminal insanity, the West announced that it has begun air and missile attacks on Syrian territory. 

It alleges that it is attacking ISIS, however – and unlike its campaign in neighboring Iraq – the US in particular refuses to provide any details as to what it is actually doing in Syria. 

Students Protest School Reeducation Policies, Rewriting U.S. History to Downplay Civil Disobendience


Melissa Melton

Following a teacher “sick out” that shut down two Denver area high schools, hundreds of students walked out of their classrooms in protest Tuesday over a school board proposal to supposedly support “patriotism” and “respect for authority” but “downplay civil disobedience” in their history curriculum.

Via Fox News:

The school board proposal that triggered the walkouts in Jefferson County calls of instructional materials that present positive aspects of the nation and its heritage. It would establish a committee to regularly review texts and course plans, starting with Advanced Placement history, to make sure materials “promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights” and don’t “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strike or disregard of the law.”
Students organized the mass protest via social media. Some carried signs that read, “History wasn’t meant to be hidden” and “You can’t change history.”
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