"Pay my troops no mind; they're just on a fact-finding mission."

Drinking from the Firehose of News: 02 August 2012

Back when I was posting about scantily clad cosplayers and tabletop role-playing games, I managed to post four times a day, but I usually didn’t say anything deep in any of those four posts.

Here are an assortment of links to current events. Again, I am not editorializing deeply, but I took the time to look at each source and verify that it was blog-worthy.

Military police in the USA:

Police repression:

Botched police “sting”:

USA military trains at home:

Rex 84 (this link was all right when posted, but has since been giving timeouts and network errors):

Information activism:


USA war criminals:

Ryan Crocker says: Remember the laws of unintended consequences; recognize the limits of U.S. capacity; and understand that a foreign power’s exit from a conflict can be as dangerous for the country as the original conflict.

Banks have done  more injury to religion, morality, tranquillity, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they have done or ever will do good. … The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks. … And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies:

Bankster electricity:

New lobbyists for high-priced influence peddling:

USA tries international Internet censorship:

USA flies drones at home:

Proxy war described by Pepe:

Ray McGovern warns of “fixed” intelligence:,0,5791324.story

When the government finds the people inconvenient, the government dissolves the old people and elects a new one:

USA woes on Pakistan border:

There are many wonderful manosphere, introsphere, whateversphere blogs that I would like to comment on.

But if I spend the time to leave a comment on each blog that I like, wordpress will lock up for about two minutes of loading time per comment. Until I get a faster Internet connection, that’s not a viable strategy. In the meantime, I can provide some links, and perhaps people will read the linked content.

3 responses to “Drinking from the Firehose of News: 02 August 2012

  1. Eric Patton August 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    re Chavis Carter: It’s very possible to get things passed police searches, unless they strip search you. Statistically speaking, not many black men commit suicide, so it’s unlikely that’s what happened. Whether he was struggling for the gun and it went off or there was foul play is open to investigation. Though deciding to shoot someone in the back of your cruiser while he has handcuffs on would be a bizarre way to start a cover-up.

    There will always be a long line of friends and family members on both sides coming out to tell you how innocent each side is.

    Either way, just like with the Trayvon Martin case, the media will do everything it can to play up racial divisions to get more pageviews and ratings, which means more advertising dollars. As much as the media loves to talk about how the 4th estate checks everyone else’s power, the truth is they will happily slant the news if it gets people pissed off. And if it pisses people off, it will spread virally, generating them more income.

    re Rex 84: That link isn’t loading. But both the Army and Marines have formed units for crowd control and have been having training exercises in cities around the US in preparation for civil disturbances for at least 4 years. Conspiracy circles are still using the old term, though I doubt it’s still called that or has the same operational specifications given advances in non-lethal technology, small unit communications and tactics. Frankly, I don’t blame them. We have a system that has come to incentivize chaos and volatility. However bad things may be now, it would be extremely worse for everyone if something resembling an actual insurgency develops.

    re Israeli Rhetoric: The guy that got us into Iraq and falsified the WMD data was actually a former Jordanian banker, and an Iranian spy:

    The Neo-Cons were incredibly corrupt, and tried to cover-up their interactions with him after he was revealed to be dirty. But he still weaseled his way back into power after being caught laundering money.

    Either way, there has been and will be an on-going quiet war between Israel and Iran. Of course we give money to Israel, but we also give money to Pakistan, who then supports Iran. Money from Iraq has likely found it’s way into Iran thanks to Ahmed Chalabi. We’re flooding so much aid into the middle east that we inevitably end up funding both sides of the conflict.

    re Google, Amazon, lobbying: Microsoft found this out the hard way years ago, lobbying gives very high returns on investment versus other methods. One of the big issues is sales tax right now, most of the real growth of the past decade has come from technology/internet companies. States have been trying to dig their way into this economic growth by charging sales and state taxes, or trying to create an entirely new form of tax. But the Tech companies don’t want to pay state or other extra taxes, meanwhile many of those States couldn’t balance their budget to save their life.

    • zhai2nan2 August 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      re Israeli Rhetoric: The guy that got us into Iraq and falsified the WMD data was actually a former Jordanian banker, and an Iranian spy:

      Ahmad Chalabi was a bit player – a fall guy for the elites who wanted the war.

      Israel has been pushing the USA to go to war for years.

      Richard Perle, who later became a core member of PNAC, was involved in similar activities to those pursued by PNAC after its formal organization. For instance, in 1996 Perle composed a report that proposed regime changes in order to restructure power in the Middle East. The report was titled A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm and called for removing Saddam Hussein from power, as well as other ideas to bring change to the region. The report was delivered to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

      I have difficulty imagining that Ahmad Chalabi had more influence than Richard Perle and his cronies.

      The USA gives insanely huge amounts of money to Israel, but it’s hard to trace exactly where foreign aid goes. As Wikipedia says about Pakistan:

      However U.S-Pakistani relationship has been a transactional based and U.S military aid to Pakistan and aid conditions has been shrouded in secrecy for several years until recently .[9][10][10][11] Furthermore a significant proportion of U.S. economic aid for Pakistan has ended up in back in the U.S., as funds are channeled through large U.S. contractors. A U.S. lawmaker also said majority of U.S. economic aid has not left the U.S. as it spent on consulting fees and overhead cost.

      There are so many revolving doors and incestuous relationships that it’s hard to trace what money stays in the other countries and what money returns to the USA to be spent by Beltway insiders.

      • Eric Patton August 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm

        Chalabi knew what they wanted to hear.

        PNAC was rather clever, it’s existence is public knowledge, with it’s own website, though glossed over. It was therefore “leak proof” in a sense, even before Wikileaks came out.

        Edit: I’m not exonerating the neo-cons though. They were jumping out of their pants looking for excuses and went out of their way to doctor the intel.

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