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The Spy Factory

Posted by Jesse on February 5, 2009

PBS Link to the NOVA program “The Spy Factory” aired on Feb 3, 2009

Liten to James Bamford interviewed by Scott Horton:

[from antiwar.com] James Bamford, author of The Puzzle Palace, Body of Secrets, A Pretext for War and now, The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, discusses what the NSA knew about the 9/11 hijackers before the attack, the infighting between the CIA, NSA and FBI, the 9/11 hijackers proximity to NSA headquarters in Maryland prior to the attacks, the abandonment of law and limits on their domestic spying after 9/11, the complicity of major telecoms in helping the state tap the entire internet, the enormous new date storage and mining facility in San Antonio, Texas and the Israeli companies who make the software that runs the Big Brother database.

——————-Quote of the Day:

Can anything be more ridiculous than that a man has a right to kill me because he lives on the other side of the water, and because his ruler has quarrel with mine, although I have none with him? – Blaise Pascal

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Obama ignores largest National Security threat – the Pentagon

Posted by Jesse on February 5, 2009

From antiwar.com radio:

Chalmers Johnson, author of Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic, discusses the enormous and expanding U.S. defense budget amidst a general economic collapse, the army of defense lobbyists ready to fight against any spending cuts, how military spending diverts economic resources away from beneficial uses and how defense contractors make the largest and most dubious defense projects into sacred cows by spreading production to as many congressional districts as possible.

MP3 here. (22:46)

Chalmers Johnson is the author of Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire, The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic. His latest article, “Economic Death Spiral at the Pentagon”, co-written with Tom Engelhardt, is at Tomdispatch.com and at Antiwar.com.

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See: The Political Economy of Fear:

At every point, opportunists latch onto existing fears and strive to invent new ones to feather their own nests. Thus, public-school teachers and administrators agree that the nation faces an “education crisis.” Police departments and temperance crusaders insist that the nation faces a generalized “drug crisis” or at times a specific drug crisis, such as “an epidemic of crack cocaine use.” Public-health interests foster fears of “epidemics” that in reality consist not of the spread of contagious pathogens but of the lack of personal control and self-responsibility, such as the “epidemic of obesity” or the “epidemic of juvenile homicides.” By means of this tactic, a host of personal peccadilloes has been medicalized and consigned to the “therapeutic state” (Nolan 1998, Szasz 2001, Higgs 1999).

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For a good exposition on why the “Left” is just as bad (if not worse) as the “Right” on the subject of militarism, have a listen:

Justin Raimondo, the editorial director of Antiwar.com, discusses his article “Beware the New Globalism,” the shift in U.S. empire from Bush’s unilaterism to Obama’s multilateralism, how the economic meltdown is only the latest justification for global regulation, the appeal of smaller and more efficient regional governments, the likelihood of increased international cooperation on Iran sanctions and intervention in Africa under the Obama administration and how the U.S. is eschewing a democratic republic in favor of plutocratic socialism.

MP3 here. (53:44)

Justin Raimondo is the editorial director of Antiwar.com. He is the author of An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard (Prometheus Books, 2000). He is also the author of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement (with an Introduction by Patrick J. Buchanan), (Center for Libertarian Studies, 1993), and Into the Bosnian Quagmire: The Case Against U.S. Intervention in the Balkans (1996).

He is a contributing editor for The American Conservative, a Senior Fellow at the Randolph Bourne Institute, and an Adjunct Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and writes frequently for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.

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Telling stories can be truthful.

Posted by Jesse on January 31, 2009

this video reminded me of this post by heather macintosh:

“fiction and non-fiction are only different techniques of story telling. for reasons i don’t really understand, fiction dances out of me….and non-fiction is wrenched out by the aching broken word i wake up to every morning.”…

“the theme of much of what i write, fiction as well as non-fiction, is the relationship between power and powerlessness, and the endless circular conflict we’re engaged in”

`arundhati roy

here’s the playlist for the documentary:

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=A6C7477A824CC094

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Daily Show – Satire or Truth?

Posted by Jesse on January 29, 2009

Jon Stewart proves Obama is Bush

Result: Government continues to advance, the people remain divided. And there are those call this progress? and Change?

Real change Requires Revolution

Dissecting Obama’s Speech

Real World order is Chaotic, What is Anarchy?

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Cspan w/Paul Singer covers “New Ethics Rules”

Posted by Jesse on January 26, 2009

Good interview. I didn’t see the whole segment. Singer seemed reasonable, answered well, and had a good take on lobbying: It is protected by the first amendment; and this isn’t the first time standards have been issued in the realm of ethics.

Bringing Sunlight to Congress Ron Paul

New Rules, Same Game Ron Paul

Good and Bad Lobby Groups Michael Rozeff

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This book contains so many great statements. I am familiar with a decent amount of Paul’s work, but his insight, forethought, and principled positions on the various matters that confront this nation still amaze me. Thank you for dedicating your life to such important work Dr Paul.

(My local newspaper ran an editorial and put Paul and Greenspan in the same sentence together when commenting on free markets vs. keynesianism! No mention of Mises. They obviously don’t know their economic schools of thought, libertarianism, or Ron Paul’s history.“She [Ayn Rand] attracted many government and industrial leaders including former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul” What?! One would think a newspaper would know something about black & white. J.M. Keynes & Ayn Rand – Bangor Daily New)

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PS- Obama continues his assault on rigid ideology. Yeah right. Who and what is he referring to? I doubt he will ever find the time to explain his position. He’s just too important and has no time to talk about it. Just trust him (and his non-ideology).

Obama, your “approach” just doesn’t cut it for me.

“Let me be clear.” – I promise to work with people who are inspired by your message of hope, toward a better future for all, but I do not trust you, your administration, or your “global coalition”.

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