Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Nice Libertarian Website

I stumbled on this nice Libertarian website with economics essays etc.  Foundation for Economic Education.
www.fee.org
I think I'll add it to the blog roll. Their publication is called the Freeman.
here is their feed http://www.fee.org/rss/articles

Like Fish in a Barrel

http://news.usni.org/2013/02/08/navy-lincoln-refueling-delayed-will-hurt-carrier-readiness/five-carriers-in-norfolk

This is very dumb strategically.  Obama had these 5 nuclear ships all lined up in a row in the same harbor.
I don't know if they are all still there or not but a commenter underneath said there are 4 more in a row in another harbor that have been there for a few years, but those are decommissioned.  Still!  Geezopete.

Can we say another Pearl Harbor just waiting to happen?  They need to split up and all go to different places, pronto, if they haven't already. It really makes me wonder what the hell O. is thinking.  What a pogue.

Tails - Anonymous Amnesiac OS with Encryption

https://tails.boum.org/

This site has a ISO (image file) of a live DVD with an OS on it that uses Tor and GnuPG.  If you want to get on the internet anonymously and appear like you are somewhere else you can boot up any computer with this DVD (or you can use a thumb drive with it on it too) and leave no trace of yourself except at the ISP that serves that location and the sites you visit. (but the sites will think you are elsewhere).

If you use the DVD option, and it's not a DVD-RW but just a DVD-R then the computer will not be able to write to your OS disk.  So you won't get spyware or tracking cookies on it that persist from session to session, unless there is spyware that is secretly part of the OS itself. (I cannot speak to whether it's clean or not, I am not tech savy enough to know how to find out)

I do not know if it keeps an ISP or website you visit from seeing the computer's MAC address (the serial number on your network interface card or NIC).  Probably not.  So if you are going around with a laptop and this DVD and sitting in wifi hotspots, they may still be able to concatenate the MAC address of the computer with the activity.  There can also be a Man in the Middle attack in place at the hotspot itself.  I guess to get around the MAC address problem you could buy a number of cheap Raspberry Pi's and switch them out every now and then, like people use throwaway phones.  But then that is a sort of not-so-common computer, and so they could just look at who bought all those Raspberry Pi's.  You could also have a program that spoofs a MAC address, but since you'll be running from a live DVD, I don't see a way to add the program.

Tor does not protect against an exit node being a spy.  There are limits to how much Tor can protect your anonymity from the government.  Also do not log into anything like Facebook while using Tor, that defeats the whole purpose of trying to be anonymous and Facebook will try to shut you out by making you take a quiz on your "friends" pictures to prove you are you.  But Tor does allow people in censored countries to circumvent the blocks and communicate with the outside world.  With that, if they turn our internet into something like China's then this would be a good tool to have lying around just in case.

GnuPG is a 2-key encryption scheme like PGP except it's free.  It comes bundled with an email client and a program that will make and store keys for you.  There is a public key, which you give people so they can encrypt things with it to send to you, and a private key, with which you decrypt the things people send to you.  You keep your own and other people's public keys so you can send them stuff.  You can encrypt something with multiple people's public keys so that all of them can open it.

As I explained in the post "a post cryptography world", there are still ways for people to get your data even if you are encrypting it, like getting screen shots or a key logger, a camera behind your back, selling you a computer that has spy hardware in it, even analyzing the fluctuations in the electrical current your computer uses or the magnetic field it makes.  Many popular encryption schemes are also crackable if someone gets hold of your computer and does a memory dump.

So, if it's something really really secret, you might want to just convey the message in person or send a trusted courier with a message, and keep it out of the internet altogether.  Moreover, the use of encryption makes your communication stick out and possibly get more scrutiny.  That being said, encryption used on everything would gum up the resources of those who want to scrutinize people, because it does take CPU time to crack.

Strong encryption takes a long time to brute force crack. Like years.  So if you wrote an email criticizing your boss but it would take 20 years to crack your email, then you've achieved what secrecy you need to, since 20 years from now your boss won't be in a position to care.  But if someone in power really wants your encrypted data now (i.e. it's a matter of national security, or there's someone else's life in danger) then they will try to get your key somehow by hook or crook.  They might imprison you until you give it up, or torture you, threaten you, raid your house, sneak into your house and steal your computer, trick you into giving someone access, set up a sting, etc.

The upshot of all this is: if you just want privacy because you are a privacy buff, or a dissident, or you want to be able to surf p0rn and not leave a trace on your computer for your wife to see, then this DVD is a good thing.  If you want something that will let you do crimes that hurt people, this ain't it and maybe you should be in jail anyway.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Just the facts Ma'am

http://www.assaultweapon.info/

This is pretty cool.  Pass it on.

The pastor in my church needs to see this.  He actually thinks there's all these machine guns lying around causing gun violence.  He would not even listen when I tried to tell him how he was mistaken.  When someone with a pulpit refuses to educate himself about the facts, there's trouble.  But then, logic and the facts have never stopped the pulpited ones from making a mess before.  Why disturb tradition?

On the other hand I know two people who own actual real life machine guns.  One of them is my congressman. In order to own one, you have to go through an ungodly amount of paperwork and waiting. 

I am blessed to live in a red state, where my congressman is a gun collector with NFA items.

Which leads me to wonder, who dubbed the states red and blue?  Didn't they get the colors backwards?  Wouldn't it have made more sense to continue to call the commies red?  (Maybe it's a communist plot!)

One state, two state, red state, blue state.


Seattle Grand Jury Refusers Go Free

I just saw this.  Didn't know about it, probably because I follow mostly conservative media and it would be more like local Seattle lib news.  Two young people have been held in solitary confinement without being charged with a crime for five months in Seattle for refusing to testify before a grand jury about their knowledge of who are the leftists in the Seattle area, following a window smashing at a Federal courthouse on May Day.

They weren't even at the smashup.  The feds just wanted to use their testimony to make a social map of all the leftists.  They clammed up and refused to testify, the whole time being stuck in solitary and not given hardly any phone time compared to the rest of the prisoners.

Not that I agree with window smashing or leftists in general, but nobody should be held prisoner for months and months without charge to try and compel them to name names in a fishing expedition.  That smacks of Gitmo-lite.  And with the NDAA with the indefinite detention clause being upheld, I fear we are seeing the beginning of the slippery slope, but at least these two kids got out.  They're not out of trouble yet, but at least they're out of the pokey for now.

So here is the original story, from around Christmastime
http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/christmas-in-prison/Content?oid=15565849

And here is the story about them getting out.
http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2013/02/27/grand-jury-refusers-katherine-olejnik-and-matthew-duran-are-free

A Post Cryptography World?

https://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/rsa-conference-2013-experts-say-its-time-prepare-post-crypto-world-022613

h/t to cryptogon.com
http://www.cryptogon.com/?p=33763

It says major cryptographers met at the RSA Conference in Israel recently and said that APT's, or in English that's Advanced Persistent Threats are getting around cryptography on even the most isolated computers, so we should get ready for a "post crypto world".

I had to look up the term, I thought it was viruses, but it's more like teams of hackers, either hacktivists, corporate spies, cybercriminals, or maybe teams from other nations, with big budgets, using whatever tricks they can including viruses, emails, messing with the supply chain, infecting hard media, phone tapping and social engineering so they can take over a computer or network and extract its data.  If they have installed a key logger or something that sends screen shots, if they can memory dump your computer, or if they have gone under your desk and installed something like a Power Pwn, it doesn't really matter how much crypto you have.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Persistent_Threat

The definition doesn't include lone hackers, apparently it has to be a team with a healthy size budget.

Hmm.  I'm not sure what the solution would be.  Harden the computers I guess.  Or make disposable ones that you can safely throw away or that reboot from hard media (although the hard media or even the disposable computer itself could be infected at the manufacturer level - there was an article months ago about DoD discovering they had computers with CPU chips in them from China that the chip itself had spy programs in it).

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Big Fat Privacy Book Collection

Here is a large collection of privacy ebooks on Scribd I just found.
http://www.scribd.com/collections/2611239/privacy
Happy Reading!

Monday, February 25, 2013

25 Years of Prepping

I just realized I've been preparing for a tyranny or a giant depression for 25 years and didn't even think about it that much until a few years ago.  Of course my idea of who would be the tyrant has changed over the years, but the chips haven't all fallen yet.  The need seems greater than ever though.

In my misspent youth, friends' brushes with the law made a lasting impression on me.  (I was once a hippie). I learned that if one has any kind of "alternative" lifestyle one should not talk about one's life too much, even to others leading the same lifestyle.  Also reading police blotters in the paper for a while and working day jobs in law offices, I learned that low level criminals mostly get caught because they are careless drivers or don't maintain their cars, rip off their friends, and do stupid things in public, like get in loud fights with their spouse. Or they tell other people about their life of crime. If you must break the law on your principles, pick one law to break instead of all of them, and keep your head down.  Of course it's better to not break the law, but the way they keep writing laws, I'm sure we all break at least 3 of them a day without even knowing it.

The people in power also like to punish activists by arresting them for unrelated or minor offenses, or entrapping them, and then trying to get the maximum sentence.  If you are going to hurt someone powerful in the pocketbook with your activism or whistleblowing, learn how to do it anonymously.

What this means is, if you're going to really fight the man, do it on the sly.  The man has a lot more resources than you do. You will never win a frontal assault.

When I was younger I collected interesting and useful "forbidden" books because I thought they would be banned or become rare and someone had to preserve them. I still do that, but now they're much more diverse and also they're digitized and spread out over several locations. But just because I know how to do certain things doesn't mean I do them now.  It's useful information for another, more brutal time, in extremity, that I hope never comes.  I also save how-to books for things that are over my head, with the idea that I might equip someone with the right background/foundation to understand them.  Imagine if you and your friends could remake the infrastructure for a post-collapse colony/neighborhood out of salvaged materials because you had the how-to manuals.

I learned once how to sail a small dinghy.  I'm not sure if this idea was all that useful, but I can sail, sort of.  For what it's worth.  I could fit in at a sailing club or I could make a pontoon sailboat out of trash and sail it to get away from somewhere or go fishing. And it was peaceful out on the water.

I took karate.  I learned how to shoot.  That was after I got over being a hippie and moved to a state that doesn't have horrible gun control.

I learned how to renovate houses.  There are things I still can't do but I can do a lot.  I've fixed up 17 houses so far, more or less.

I learned how to garden and preserve food.  I have subscribed to the idea that it's good to have at least 3 months of food in the house at all times, since I was around 20 or 21.  My pantry and my foraging have saved me from going hungry on several lean occasions.  I also learned how to identify wild edibles and I go for walks to identify plants and trees that I can harvest from.  I also learned how to cook for large numbers of people.

When I was younger I had the idea that I should keep my stuff to a minimum, and have it be able to be bundled up at a moment's notice so I could leave in a hurry.  I ended up becoming a pack rat later, but I'm working on getting back to that other way of doing things.  When you might have to provide your own utilities and infrastructure and you have more food and equipment put by, things get bulkier. I guess bugging in is always an option, but at least I can have the essentials ready to go.

I have sewed my own clothes and turned old clothes into quilts and pillows, and other garments, for years.  There were years I didn't do much of that but I've still got the knowledge.  I just learned how to make socks, too.  I'd say I have too much fabric.  I could make 10 quilt tops probably with the scraps I have on hand.  Quilting for money became unprofitable when the Chinese took it up, but perhaps there will be a use for it again.

I even tried once to make a knife.  Maybe I'll finish it this year.

Gun Companies That Won't Sell to the Gov in Gun Controlled States

https://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/gun-companies-that-will-not-sell-to-govt/

The list is growing fast.  It is a boycott by the gun manufacturers of all government agencies that have gun control for regular people and a "police loophole" i.e. government officials and cops can still get guns.  Many gun companies have joined the boycott in the last week.

Also see www.thepoliceloophole.com


They should also refuse to sell to any federal agency for that matter, until this gun control nonsense dies down.  Ordinary people really don't want a civil war, at least most of them.  The ones who do are idiots who have never seen war. 

United Way Asked for Sandy Hook Donations 3 Days Before The Killing

I just saw this.

"The United Way of Western Connecticut that gets some of the proceeds from the sale of the Newtown Children’s Choir’s “Over the Rainbow” is the same United Way of Western Connecticut that had put up a webpage, soliciting donations for Sandy Hook victims, on December 11, 2012 — 3 days before the massacre. (See “Sandy Hook RIP/donation webpages created BEFORE the massacre,” Jan. 8, 2013.)"

I guess they didn't get the memo in time either.  I would like to see their bank account to see if anyone actually gave money before the event.

h/t to this
https://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/no-sandy-hook-students-are-in-the-sandy-hook-childrens-choir/
it's near the bottom.  The article is about a choir director who had gotten dismissed from a school job for embezzlement, who formed a childrens choir consisting of her students but containing NOBODY from Sandy Hook Elementary and was booking it fraudulently as the Sandy Hook Children's Choir.

Arlington, Ohio Website Published a Guide How to Talk to Children about Sandy Hook 4 Days Before Shooting

http://whale.to/c/how_we_know.html
This has screen shots of the offending website.  When a crisis happens and then hundreds of articles are trucked out fully written in just a few hours but read like someone took days to write and edit them, the reason why is that the articles were written BEFORE the event.  Same with reactive legislation, although perhaps a politician can deny specific knowledge and just say they had it on a shelf for the right opportunity.  Not so with news pieces!

In other words, hundreds if not thousands of people knew before Sandy Hook happened that it was going to happen, they had carefully crafted media pieces ready to go, and then the event was rescheduled (probably due to one or the other Lanzas not being in the right place for them to kill them unwitnessed) but someone didn't get the memo in time and hit the publish button.  OOOOOOPS!

Then Google cached it and so on, and their attempt to cover it up after the fact also left telltale traces.

This would say to me that the media is totally infiltrated with filthy liars, all over the country, at all levels including both Google and seemingly innocuous low level organizations such as this crisis management place's newsletter staff.  But the very mechanisms that make computer databases on the internet viable, bit them in the ass.

HA, HA!


You want to call into question cache times etc.? That would open a can of legal worms in hacking and porn cases, copyright disputes, etc.  Of course the 9-11 hoax has now made distortions in the fire insurance guidelines for skyscrapers.  So maybe they don't give a crap.

We should watch the fate of the poor webmaster of that site, for any reprisals, strange deaths, etc. I sure am glad I don't work for these puppet masters. They might succeed in fooling me sometimes, just like everyone else, but I'm not in their pay and I will own up to it if I learn for certain I was wrong about something.

I would also like to know what happened on the 9th or 10th of December 2012 that made it necessary for this false flag to be put off for half a week.  Was it because Mrs. Lanza went out of town or something?  Didn't they say she had left Adam at home alone for a few days before this happened?

How did the police know so fast that she had been away, if she was found dead?  It's not like they could have asked her.  Was there a plane ticket or a day planner in her purse?  Did someone who knew her come forth and say she had been away?  Or did the police just know because they'd been waiting for her?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

9-11 Coinkydinks

http://rigorousintuition.blogspot.com/2004/08/coincidence-theorists-guide-to-911.html

This above referenced blog seems not to have been updated since 2004, and I'm just going to lift the post in toto and repeat it here.  My apologies if I step on any toes, but it looks abandoned, and this is a good article.  Some of these points are raised in the movie "Loose Change" as well.  So here is the article.  I added the byline at the top for him instead of the bottom, the rest is a straight copy and paste.

The Coincidence Theorist's Guide to 9/11 

By Jeff Wells

I posted an earlier version of this last week at Democratic Underground. I've added a number of more entries, and links for all.

Happy coincidenting!

That governments have permitted terrorist acts against their own people, and have even themselves been perpetrators in order to find strategic advantage is quite likely true, but this is the United States we're talking about.

That intelligence agencies, financiers, terrorists and narco-criminals have a long history together is well established, but the Nugan Hand Bank, BCCI, Banco Ambrosiano, the P2 Lodge, the CIA/Mafia anti-Castro/Kennedy alliance, Iran/Contra and the rest were a long time ago, so there’s no need to rehash all that. That was then, this is now!

That Jonathan Bush’s Riggs Bank has been found guilty of laundering terrorist funds and fined a US-record $25 million must embarrass his nephew George, but it's still no justification for leaping to paranoid conclusions.

That George Bush's brother Marvin sat on the board of the Kuwaiti-owned company which provided electronic security to the World Trade Centre, Dulles Airport and United Airlines means nothing more than you must admit those Bush boys have done alright for themselves.

That George Bush found success as a businessman only after the investment of Osama’s brother Salem and reputed al Qaeda financier Khalid bin Mahfouz is just one of those things - one of those crazy things.

That Osama bin Laden is known to have been an asset of US foreign policy in no way implies he still is.

That al Qaeda was active in the Balkan conflict, fighting on the same side as the US as recently as 1999, while the US protected its cells, is merely one of history's little aberrations.

The claims of Michael Springman, State Department veteran of the Jeddah visa bureau, that the CIA ran the office and issued visas to al Qaeda members so they could receive training in the United States, sound like the sour grapes of someone who was fired for making such wild accusations.

That one of George Bush's first acts as President, in January 2001, was to end the two-year deployment of attack submarines which were positioned within striking distance of al Qaeda's Afghanistan camps, even as the group's guilt for the Cole bombing was established, proves that a transition from one administration to the next is never an easy task.

That so many influential figures in and close to the Bush White House had expressed, just a year before the attacks, the need for a "new Pearl Harbor" before their militarist ambitions could be fulfilled, demonstrates nothing more than the accidental virtue of being in the right place at the right time.

That the company PTECH, founded by a Saudi financier placed on America’s Terrorist Watch List in October 2001, had access to the FAA’s entire computer system for two years before the 9/11 attack, means he must not have been such a threat after all.

That whistleblower Indira Singh was told to keep her mouth shut and forget what she learned when she took her concerns about PTECH to her employers and federal authorities, suggests she lacked the big picture. And that the Chief Auditor for JP Morgan Chase told Singh repeatedly, as she answered questions about who supplied her with what information, that "that person should be killed," suggests he should take an anger management seminar.

That on May 8, 2001, Dick Cheney took upon himself the job of co-ordinating a response to domestic terror attacks even as he was crafting the administration’s energy policy which bore implications for America's military, circumventing the established infrastructure and ignoring the recommendations of the Hart-Rudman report, merely shows the VP to be someone who finds it hard to delegate.

That the standing order which covered the shooting down of hijacked aircraft was altered on June 1, 2001, taking discretion away from field commanders and placing it solely in the hands of the Secretary of Defense, is simply poor planning and unfortunate timing. Fortunately the error has been corrected, as the order was rescinded shortly after 9/11.

That in the weeks before 9/11, FBI agent Colleen Rowley found her investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui so perversely thwarted that her colleagues joked that bin Laden had a mole at the FBI, proves the stress-relieving virtue of humour in the workplace.

That Dave Frasca of the FBI’s Radical Fundamentalist Unit received a promotion after quashing multiple, urgent requests for investigations into al Qaeda assets training at flight schools in the summer of 2001 does appear on the surface odd, but undoubtedly there's a good reason for it, quite possibly classified.

That FBI informant Randy Glass, working an undercover sting, was told by Pakistani intelligence operatives that the World Trade Center towers were coming down, and that his repeated warnings which continued until weeks before the attacks, including the mention of planes used as weapons, were ignored by federal authorities, is simply one of the many "What Ifs" of that tragic day.

That over the summer of 2001 Washington received many urgent, senior-level warnings from foreign intelligence agencies and governments - including those of Germany, France, Great Britain, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Afghanistan and others - of impending terror attacks using hijacked aircraft and did nothing, demonstrates the pressing need for a new Intelligence Czar.

That John Ashcroft stopped flying commercial aircraft in July 2001 on account of security considerations had nothing to do with warnings regarding September 11, because he said so to the 9/11 Commission.

That former lead counsel for the House David Schippers says he’d taken to John Ashcroft’s office specific warnings he’d learned from FBI agents in New York of an impending attack – even naming the proposed dates, names of the hijackers and the targets – and that the investigations had been stymied and the agents threatened, proves nothing but David Schipper’s pathetic need for attention.

That Garth Nicolson received two warnings from contacts in the intelligence community and one from a North African head of state, which included specific site, date and source of the attacks, and passed the information to the Defense Department and the National Security Council to evidently no effect, clearly amounts to nothing, since virtually nobody has ever heard of him.

That in the months prior to September 11, self-described US intelligence operative Delmart Vreeland sought, from a Toronto jail cell, to get US and Canadian authorities to heed his warning of his accidental discovery of impending catastrophic attacks is worthless, since Vreeland was a dubious character, notwithstanding the fact that many of his claims have since been proven true.

That FBI Special Investigator Robert Wright claims that agents assigned to intelligence operations actually protect terrorists from investigation and prosecution, that the FBI shut down his probe into terrorist training camps, and that he was removed from a money-laundering case that had a direct link to terrorism, sounds like yet more sour grapes from a disgruntled employee.

That George Bush had plans to invade Afghanistan on his desk before 9/11 demonstrates only the value of being prepared.

The suggestion that securing a pipeline across Afghanistan figured into the White House’s calculations is as ludicrous as the assertion that oil played a part in determining war in Iraq.

That Afghanistan is once again the world’s principal heroin producer is an unfortunate reality, but to claim the CIA is still actively involved in the narcotics trade is to presume bad faith on the part of the agency.

Mahmood Ahmed, chief of Pakistan’s ISI, must not have authorized an al Qaeda payment of $100,000 to Mohammed Atta days before the attacks, and was not meeting with senior Washington officials over the week of 9/11, because I didn’t read anything about him in the official report.

That Porter Goss met with Ahmed the morning of September 11 in his capacity as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has no bearing whatsoever upon his recent selection by the White House to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

That Goss's congressional seat encompasses the 9/11 hijackers' Florida base of operation, including their flight schools, is precisely the kind of meaningless factoid a conspiracy theorist would bring up.

It's true that George HW Bush and Dick Cheney spent the evening of September 10 alone in the Oval Office, but what's wrong with old colleagues catching up? And it's true that George HW Bush and Shafig bin Laden, Osama's brother, spent the morning of September 11 together at a board meeting of the Carlyle Group, but the bin Ladens are a big family.

That FEMA arrived in New York on Sept 10 to prepare for a scheduled biowarfare drill, and had a triage centre ready to go that was larger and better equipped than the one that was lost in the collapse of WTC 7, was a lucky twist of fate.

Newsweek’s report that senior Pentagon officials cancelled flights on Sept 10 for the following day on account of security concerns is only newsworthy because of what happened the following morning.

That George Bush's telephone logs for September 11 do not exist should surprise no one, given the confusion of the day.

That Mohamed Atta attended the International Officer's School at Maxwell Air Force Base, that Abdulaziz Alomari attended Brooks Air Force Base Aerospace Medical School, that Saeed Alghamdi attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey merely shows it is a small world, after all.

That Lt Col Steve Butler, Vice Chancellor for student affairs of the Defense Language Institute during Alghamdi's terms, was disciplined, removed from his post and threatened with court martial when he wrote "Bush knew of the impending attacks on America. He did nothing to warn the American people because he needed this war on terrorism. What is...contemptible is the President of the United States not telling the American people what he knows for political gain," is the least that should have happened for such disrespect shown his Commander in Chief.

That Mohammed Atta dressed like a Mafioso, had a stripper girlfriend, smuggled drugs, was already a licensed pilot when he entered the US, enjoyed pork chops, drank to excess and did cocaine, was closer to Europeans than Arabs in Florida, and included the names of defence contractors on his email list, proves how dangerous the radical fundamentalist Muslim can be.

That 43 lbs of heroin was found on board the Lear Jet owned by Wally Hilliard, the owner of Atta’s flight school, just three weeks after Atta enrolled – the biggest seizure ever in Central Florida – was just bad luck. That Hilliard was not charged shows how specious the claims for conspiracy truly are.

That Hilliard’s plane had made 30-round trips to Venezuela with the same passengers who always paid cash, that the plane had been supplied by a pair of drug smugglers who had also outfitted CIA drug runner Barry Seal, and that 9/11 commissioner Richard ben-Veniste had been Seal’s attorney before Seal’s murder, shows nothing but the lengths to which conspiracists will go to draw sinister conclusions.

Reports of insider trading on 9/11 are false, because the SEC investigated and found only respectable investors who will remain nameless involved, and no terrorists, so the windfall profit-taking was merely, as ever, coincidental.

That heightened security for the World Trade Centre was lifted immediately prior to the attacks illustrates that it always happens when you least expect it.

That Hani Hanjour, the pilot of Flight 77, was so incompetent he could not fly a Cessna in August, but in September managed to fly a 767 at excessive speed into a spiraling, 270-degree descent and a level impact of the first floor of the Pentagon, on the only side that was virtually empty and had been hardened to withstand a terrorist attack, merely demonstrates that people can do almost anything once they set their minds to it.

That none of the flight data recorders were said to be recoverable even though they were located in the tail sections, and that until 9/11, no solid-state recorder in a catastrophic crash had been unrecoverable, shows how there's a first time for everything.

That Mohammed Atta left a uniform, a will, a Koran, his driver's license and a "how to fly planes" video in his rental car at the airport means he had other things on his mind.

The mention of Israelis with links to military-intelligence having been arrested on Sept 11 videotaping and celebrating the attacks, of an Israeli espionage ring surveiling DEA and defense installations and trailing the hijackers, and of a warning of impending attacks delivered to the Israeli company Odigo two hours before the first plane hit, does not deserve a response. That the stories also appeared in publications such as Ha'aretz and Forward is a sad display of self-hatred among certain elements of the Israeli media.

That multiple military wargames and simulations were underway the morning of 9/11 – one simulating the crash of a plane into a building; another, a live-fly simulation of multiple hijackings – and took many interceptors away from the eastern seaboard and confused field commanders as to which was a real hijacked aircraft and which was a hoax, was a bizarre coincidence, but no less a coincidence.

That the National Military Command Center ops director asked a rookie substitute to stand his watch at 8:30 am on Sept. 11 is nothing more than bad timing.

That a recording made Sept 11 of air traffic controllers’ describing what they had witnessed, was destroyed by an FAA official who crushed it in his hand, cut the tape into little pieces and dropped them in different trash cans around the building, is something no doubt that overzealous official wishes he could undo.

That the FBI knew precisely which Florida flight schools to descend upon hours after the attacks should make every American feel safer knowing their federal agents are on the ball.

That a former flight school executive believes the hijackers were "double agents," and says about Atta and associates, "Early on I gleaned that these guys had government protection. They were let into this country for a specific purpose," and was visited by the FBI just four hours after the attacks to intimidate him into silence, proves he's an unreliable witness, for the simple reason there is no conspiracy.

That Jeb Bush was on board an aircraft that removed flight school records to Washington in the middle of the night on Sept 12th demonstrates how seriously the governor takes the issue of national security.

To insinuate evil motive from the mercy flights of bin Laden family members and Saudi royals after 9/11 shows the sickness of the conspiratorial mindset.

Le Figaro’s report in October 2001, known to have originated with French intelligence, that the CIA met Osama bin Laden in a Dubai hospital in July 2001, proves again the perfidy of the French.

That the tape in which bin Laden claims responsibility for the attacks was released by the State Department after having been found providentially by US forces in Afghanistan, and depicts a fattened Osama with a broader face and a flatter nose, proves Osama, and Osama alone, masterminded 9/11.

That at the battle of Tora Bora, where bin Laden was surrounded on three sides, Special Forces received no order to advance and capture him and were forced to stand and watch as two Russian-made helicopters flew into the area where bin Laden was believed hiding, loaded up passengers and returned to Pakistan, demonstrates how confusing the modern battlefield can be.

That upon returning to Fort Bragg from Tora Bora, the same Special Operations troops who had been stood down from capturing bin Laden, suffered a unusual spree of murder/suicides, is nothing more than a series of senseless tragedies.

Reports that bin Laden is currently receiving periodic dialysis treatment in a Pakistani medical hospital are simply too incredible to be true.

That the White House went on Cipro September 11 shows the foresightedness of America’s emergency response.

That the anthrax was mailed to perceived liberal media and the Democratic leadership demonstrates only the perversity of the terrorist psyche.

That the anthrax attacks appeared to silence opponents of the Patriot Act shows only that appearances can be deceiving.

That the Ames-strain anthrax was found to have originated at Fort Detrick, and was beyond the capability of all but a few labs to refine, underscores the importance of allowing the investigation to continue without the distraction of absurd conspiracy theories.

That Republican guru Grover Norquist has been found to have aided financiers and supporters of Islamic terror to gain access to the Bush White House, and is a founder of the Islamic Institute, which the Treasury Department believes to be a source of funding for al Qaeda, suggests Norquist is at worst, naive, and at best, needs a wider circle of friends.

That the Department of Justice consistently chooses to see accused 9/11 plotters go free rather than permit the courtroom testimony of al Qaeda leaders in American custody looks bad, but only because we don't have all the facts.

That the White House balked at any inquiry into the events of 9/11, then starved it of funds and stonewalled it, was unfortunate, but since the commission didn't find for conspiracy it's all a non issue anyway.

That the 9/11 commission's executive director and "gatekeeper," Philip Zelikow, was so closely involved in the events under investigation that he testified before the the commission as part of the inquiry, shows only an apparent conflict of interest.

That commission chair Thomas Kean is, like George Bush, a Texas oil executive who had business dealings with reputed al Qaeda financier Khalid bin Mafouz, suggests Texas is smaller than they say it is.

That co-chair Lee Hamilton has a history as a Bush family "fixer," including clearing Bush Sr of the claims arising from the 1980 "October Surprise", is of no concern, since only conspiracists believe there was such a thing as an October Surprise.

That FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds accuses the agency of intentionally fudging specific pre-9/11 warnings and harboring a foreign espionage ring in its translation department, and claims she witnessed evidence of the semi-official infrastructure of money-laundering and narcotics trade behind the attacks, is of no account, since John Ashcroft has gagged her with the rare invocation of "State Secrets Privilege," and retroactively classified her public testimony. For the sake of national security, let us speak no more of her.

That, when commenting on Edmond's case, Daniel Ellsberg remarked that Ashcroft could go to prison for his part in a cover-up, suggests Ellsberg is giving comfort to the terrorists, and could, if he doesn't wise up, find himself declared an enemy combatant.

I could go on. And on and on. But I trust you get the point. Which is simply this: there are no secrets, an American government would never accept civilian casualties for geostrategic gain, and conspiracies are for the weak-minded and gullible.

Talking About the Weather: New Weapons, Secret Wars

I'm pausing in the middle of Dutch Sinse's latest for a "Eureka" moment.  They're talking about HAARP and its ilk.  Antenna arrays, heating up the ionosphere to control the weather for various purposes, depending on who you ask.  This is the usual discussion on Dutch Sinse's site.  He's all about HAARP.  It's officially "just for research of the Aurora Borealis" but it's a joint Air Force and Navy installation, they only let people in for a tour once every 2 years, and there's a military publication about "owning the weather" by 2025, plus a treaty with other nations not to use weather as a weapon.  Aurora Borealis, my ass.

This concept is not new to me, but suddenly I had this insight: I know that the US has waged covert wars before, or at least been involved in counterterrorism (i.e. mini covert wars, probably against non-state actors).  I know this because I had a dorm neighbor who was stationed over in Germany, had seen some kind of action, and he had a big fat scar to show for it.  He couldn't talk about it much but he said it was an "exploding" bullet that didn't explode. (probably he was trying to explain a frangible one, but who knows?)

OK, so either way, we get involved in covert wars, the nature of which is a mystery to most people.  This is not surprising.  It's probably a lot more common than people think.

While the rifle was the big equalizer, putting a light, accurate, affordable weapon in the reach of ordinary people, which resulted in the spread of democracy in the 1700's, the HAARPs of this world are "the new black" in military might.  It's an elite weapon, something only a team of radio engineers with a big budget could make.  It gives governments to have them plausible deniability to the public, while they can zap whoever and whatever they want.  The Russians even had one that operated on the frequency of the human brain, which has been the focus of lots of speculation about mind control. 

There was in 2012 an explosion in Indianapolis that blew away 2 or 3 houses.  Someone on the news eventually said it was a furnace.  Yeah, right.  Home furnaces don't blow up 3 houses at once.  Turns out a radio engineer died in the house that was the epicenter of the explosion.  He was into acoustics, frequencies, radio design, etc.  Could he have been tinkering with his own homemade radio weapon and fried himself by accident, or did he get blown away by one of these big government radio weapons for whatever reason?

You have waited for it till now so here finally is the punchline of my epiphany:

If radio-frequency-weapon wars are the latest rage, and we can mostly get away with it, why are we still putting boots on the ground in places?  Are boots on the ground still necessary sometimes, or is it now essentially just for show, with a side helping of population control?  Just askin'.


10 Reasons Not To Totally Despair

http://www.wanttoknow.info/inspiration/hope_optimism_reasons
The above linked article has 10 reasons to feel hopeful about the future.
Well, it sounds nice.  Thought I'd spread the link.  Some of it is woo-woo, but I don't care.
I will add some more good things:

  • Free college classes on the internet.  I took one this fall on cryptography, it was hard!  Lots of weird higher math.  So don't think they are throwaway easy classes or just cultural indoctrination.  Nope.  Check it out.
  • Someone in Canada discovered a cure for cancer last year and it's cheap to boot.
  • Some communities are focusing on growing lots of free food in public spaces.  Either in the form of food forests or just in parks and planters, and they even have maps to the food.  I stumbled on a giant community garden the size of a football field in the slummy northern part of the city last year. They had a lot of kale and collards growing there then (it was October).  Then I heard something on the radio about it and learned this garden is the brain child of a teenage girl who is now spreading it to dozens of other cities.  You go girl!
  • Doctors cured someone in California of AIDS last year too using a transplant from someone who was immune to it.




Put a Tin Foil Hat On...Not Your Head, Your Smart Meter!

http://halfpasthuman.com/smartmeters.html

Clif High suggests this way to fight back against smart meters.
If fighting the installation of a smart meter on your property by civil means is unsuccessful and they come out to install one of these monstrosities anyway, don't get into an altercation with the installers and get hauled off to jail.  Instead just let them.  Then the fun begins.

The smart meter has an antenna on top, in a glass bulb.  Simply put a multi-layer tin foil hat over the antenna.  This should make it necessary for the power company to come out and remove the foil in order to read your meter.  The tin foil hat will also serve to reflect the microwaves back at the meter and possibly reduce the life of the electronics inside it. 

Heheheh!  Take that, evil smart meter people!

But RTWT, it's funnier the way he tells it.

Also, I may point out, you are not necessarily limited to putting tin foil hats on your own meter only.  And they also make foil tape, like for furnace ducts, which would be harder to remove than just a piece of foil.

British Homeowner Repels Illegal Eviction, Cops Help

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/02/the-people-v-banks-conviction-beats.html
This is a beautiful thing to behold.
Of course in the US maybe it would have ended in violence against the homeowner, but here the homeowner prevails, due to a British law against the use of violence in settling civil matters and improper paperwork on the part of the bailiffs.

The guys trying to evict (bailiffs) had bogus paperwork (it wasn't signed), they had it folded in such a way that the lack of a signature was covered up, and they wouldn't show it to the homeowner.  The homeowner had activist friends with cameras over as witnesses, he had a clipboard full of the right documents, he never lost his cool, he persisted, and he persuaded the cops to uphold the law.

The premise behind the borrower's right boils down in the end to this argument given by a guy behind the camera: the bank didn't have the money to lend in the first place, as the signature on the loan created the money at the same time.  The bank's money did not exist until it was lent into existence, and as such the loan is a fraud the bank perpetrated on the borrower, and not enforceable. This argument calls into question the legitimacy of fiat currency and fractional reserve lending.

But more importantly than that, the bank didn't have the proper paperwork according to the letter of the law, the issue was still in court, and they sent these goons over to bully and trick the homeowner into leaving or stepping aside so they could padlock the place, without having a legal basis to do so, with fraudulent paperwork as a prop.  That is the reason the cops upheld the homeowner's rights.

To get a judge to set a precedent denying the legitimacy of fiat currency or fractional reserve lending would open a giant can of worms for the central banks, who hold a lot of power, so much power in fact, that we have fought several wars over it and you can see we are still in their thrall.  For now.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Russian Army: Sponge Bob Square Pants Song

How Is The Brent Spence Bridge Symbolic of The Economic Collapse?

Every one in a while I hear some news about the Brent Spence Bridge which is the bridge on I-75 that goes over the Ohio River between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky.  This bridge has more traffic on it that it was designed for, is getting run down and needs to be replaced, and there is a big game of hot potato going on to see who is going to pay for it.  There is recent talk about making it into a toll road, which is of course unpopular in Kentucky since the bridge technically belongs to Ohio.
http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/region_northern_kentucky/residents-sound-off-at-brent-spence-bridge-meeting

Below is the official Cincinnati Transit Authority's Brent Spence Bridge site.  You can see all the different proposals about where or how to replace it, including a tunnel.
http://www.cincinnati-transit.net/newbrentspence.html

So, what is the relevance of all this, you might ask?

The other day I was driving through Newport, Kentucky, saw a roadside plaque with some biographical information about Brent Spence and was surprised to learn he was instrumental in the creation of the International Monetary Fund and that he attended the Bretton Woods meeting in 1944 where they decided the US Dollar should be the world's reserve currency!

So this led me to wonder who was Brent Spence?  On research I found he was a bankster and Keynsian supporter of massive public spending in the wake of the Great Depression and WW2.  And now the bridge named after him is falling apart, just like the economic system he helped create.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Brent Spence, in part.  I just took the basic stuff so for more read their link:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brent_Spence

Brent Spence (December 24, 1874 - September 18, 1967), a native of Newport, Kentucky, was a long time Democratic Congressman, attorney, and banker from Northern Kentucky.
...
Spence chaired the U.S. House Banking and Currency Committee (1943–1963, except for four years when Republicans controlled Congress). He was a delegate to the 44-nation Bretton Woods Conference in 1944, to promote fair commerce. This led to creating the International Monetary Fund and Bank, and Spence's sponsoring legislation in Congress. Spence was a strong supporter of the New Deal and the Fair Deal. During President Roosevelt's administration, he supported the Agricultural Adjustment Act, the National Industrial Recovery Act, the Social Security Act, and the Reconstruction Finance Corporation.
 Some of those programs were ultimately struck down as unconstitutional, but some got through.

Here is the relevant part of the Wikipedia entry on the bridge replacement kerfuffle:
found here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brent_Spence_Bridge
When the bridge opened in November 1963 it carried three lanes of traffic each way across the Ohio River. In 1986, the emergency shoulders were eliminated, and the bridge was restriped with four lanes in each direction. The bridge was designed to carry 85,000 vehicles per day, but in 2007 it carried 155,000 vehicles per day.[1] It is expected to carry 200,000 vehicles per day by 2013.[1]

On June 21, 2011, chunks of concrete from the upper deck of the bridge fell onto the lower deck. Construction crews closed lanes on both decks of the bridge, causing traffic delays of two hours or more. All lanes of the bridge were reportedly re-opened by June 22, 2011, but local commuters were encouraged to eliminate the Brent Spence Bridge from their daily drive until at least July 1, 2011. This incident lead to the belief that the Brent Spence Bridge is in immediate need of replacement and in danger of collapse. Residents often believe the bridge to be structurally deficient, but it is actually functionally obsolete.

A study is currently underway to investigate the replacement and/or rehabilitation of the bridge. One proposal is building a new bridge for I-75 downstream. Others include building a new bridge, either at the current location or downstream. If the current bridge is not rehabilitated for interstate traffic, it will either be demolished or rehabilitated for local street traffic.

Cincinnati City Council supports alternative #4, which involves building a new bridge to carry I-75 at the current location, and demolishing the Brent Spence Bridge.[2] Alternative #4 would build a parallel bridge just west of the Brent Spence Bridge.[3] It would again be a two deck bridge, except the top deck would carry all I-75 traffic and the bottom deck would carry south I-71 and local traffic.[3] The I-75 deck would be a total of 6 lanes, with 3 lanes each for north and south traffic.[3] The I-71 deck would be a total of 5 lanes, divided into 3 lanes for south local traffic, and 2 lanes of south 71 traffic.[3] Additionally, Cincinnati City Council has expressed interest in using the bridge for a light rail system that would connect downtown Cincinnati to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.[2]
Just a thing about that light rail: it's a boondoggle that has a lot of political opposition.  It's probably not going anywhere fast.

National Day of Resistance AAR



I just got back a while ago from a Tea Party 2A rally.  It was "National Day of Resistance" today, so I printed up some Appleseed flyers, wore an Appleseed T-shirt and went there to pass them out.  But when I got there I realized I had accidentally printed out 3 times as many flyers for the upcoming Ladyseed as for the co-ed clinic.  So I was running around handing the Ladyseed ones to all the women.  I saw a few other people in Appleseed shirts and we were all like "HUZZAH!" (fist bump) and then catching up.  I'd seen some of them before at a shoot this summer.

This rally was in a big garage behind a Sams Club.  It was very sedate and looked like a mix of rednecks, retired couples, LE types, possible feds (physically fit, unsmiling men around 30-40, with non-rustly jackets on), gun nuts, and politicians.  Half the room was open carrying, and about 10% of them were open carrying rifles.  One lady had a really nice AR. I'd say there was about 100 people there.

NOTE: I was later told at the Tea Party meeting I went to on Monday that there were really more like 1,000 people there, but I had gotten there after most of them had left.  I was there for like the last 20 minutes of the rally.  So the Tea Party is a lot stronger than they are getting press for.   (And I missed out on flyering 900 people, D'OH! but you never know how big a crowd will be.)

I met my newly elected sheriff there.  He was there in his uniform.  He told me he was pro-2A and serious about his oath of office.  Huzzah!  That makes me feel a lot better about living in my area, even though it's still too urban for my comfort level.

I also met a tactical handgun instructor.  He seemed nice.  He had NRA credentials.  He told me his classes were comparable in intensity to Front Sight and those, only much cheaper.  There are a few tactical handgun instructors around here that are very reasonably priced.

The only bad thing about the rally was there was this one guy with a booth selling T-shirts of his own design which some of them had racist messages on them (i.e. "Racist and Proud Of It" etc.), and he kept bellowing that people should get ready for civil war.  I just hope that if media was there that they didn't glom onto him and make him the focal point of their piece.  I don't think he was representative of the rest of the people there.  Some of his non-racist shirts were clever though, but they were all pretty provocative.

On the way home I swung by Wally World to see what they had for ammo.  They were almost clean out.   But they told me the time to buy ammo was when the truck arrived around 3 a.m., and people would wait around for it to hit the shelf, and scoop it all right up, even with a 3 box per customer limit.

A Columbine Survivor's Open Letter to Obama on Gun Control

h/t to Prepography

Mr. President,
As a student who was shot and wounded during the Columbine massacre, I have a few thoughts on the current gun debate. In regards to your gun control initiatives:

Universal Background Checks

First, a universal background check will have many devastating effects. It will arguably have the opposite impact of what you propose. If adopted, criminals will know that they can not pass a background check legally, so they will resort to other avenues. With the conditions being set by this initiative, it will create a large black market for weapons and will support more criminal activity and funnel additional money into the hands of thugs, criminals, and people who will do harm to American citizens.
Second, universal background checks will create a huge bureaucracy that will cost an enormous amount of tax payers dollars and will straddle us with more debt. We cannot afford it now, let alone create another function of government that will have a huge monthly bill attached to it.
Third, is a universal background check system possible without universal gun registration? If so, please define it for us. Universal registration can easily be used for universal confiscation. I am not at all implying that you, sir, would try such a measure, but we do need to think about our actions through the lens of time.
It is not impossible to think that a tyrant, to the likes of Mao, Castro, Che, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and others, could possibly rise to power in America. It could be five, ten, twenty, or one hundred years from now — but future generations have the natural right to protect themselves from tyrannical government just as much as we currently do. It is safe to assume that this liberty that our forefathers secured has been a thorn in the side of would-be tyrants ever since the Second Amendment was adopted.

Ban on Military-Style Assault Weapons

The evidence is very clear pertaining to the inadequacies of the assault weapons ban. It had little to no effect when it was in place from 1994 until 2004. It was during this time that I personally witnessed two fellow students murder twelve of my classmates and one teacher. The assault weapons ban did not deter these two murderers, nor did the other thirty-something laws that they broke.
Gun ownership is at an all time high. And although tragedies like Columbine and Newtown are exploited by ideologues and special-interest lobbying groups, crime is at an all time low. The people have spoken. Gun store shelves have been emptied. Gun shows are breaking attendance records. Gun manufacturers are sold out and back ordered. Shortages on ammo and firearms are countrywide. The American people have spoken and are telling you that our Second Amendment shall not be infringed.

10-Round Limit for Magazines

Virginia Tech was the site of the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Seung-Hui Cho used two of the smallest caliber hand guns manufactured and a handful of ten round magazines. There are no substantial facts that prove that limited magazines would make any difference at all.
Second, this is just another law that endangers law-abiding citizens. I’ve heard you ask, “why does someone need 30 bullets to kill a deer?”
Let me ask you this: Why would you prefer criminals to have the ability to out-gun law-abiding citizens? Under this policy, criminals will still have their 30-round magazines, but the average American will not. Whose side are you on?
Lastly, when did they government get into the business of regulating “needs?” This is yet another example of government overreaching and straying from its intended purpose.

Selling to Criminals

Mr. President, these are your words: “And finally, Congress needs to help, rather than hinder, law enforcement as it does its job. We should get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals. And we should severely punish anybody who helps them do this.”
Why don’t we start with Eric Holder and thoroughly investigate the Fast and Furious program?
Furthermore, the vast majority of these mass murderers bought their weapons legally and jumped through all the hoops —  because they were determined to murder. Adding more hoops and red tape will not stop these types of people. It doesn’t now — so what makes you think it will in the future? Criminals who cannot buy guns legally just resort to the black market.
Criminals and murderers will always find a way.

Critical Examination

Mr. President, in theory, your initiatives and proposals sound warm and fuzzy — but in reality they are far from what we need. Your initiatives seem to punish law-abiding American citizens and enable the murderers, thugs, and other lowlifes who wish to do harm to others.
Let me be clear: These ideas are the worst possible initiatives if you seriously care about saving lives and also upholding your oath of office. There is no dictate, law, or regulation that will stop bad things from happening — and you know that. Yet you continue to push the rhetoric. Why?
You said, “If we can save just one person it is worth it.” Well here are a few ideas that will save more that one individual:
First, forget all of your current initiatives and 23 purposed executive orders. They will do nothing more than impede law-abiding citizens and breach the intent of the Constitution. Each initiative steals freedom, grants more power to an already-overreaching government, and empowers and enables criminals to run amok.
Second, press Congress to repeal the “Gun Free Zone Act.” Don’t allow America’s teachers and students to be endangered one-day more. These parents and teachers have the natural right to defend themselves and not be looked at as criminals. There is no reason teachers must disarm themselves to perform their jobs. There is also no reason a parent or volunteer should be disarmed when they cross the school line.
This is your chance to correct history and restore liberty. This simple act of restoring freedom will deter would-be murderers and for those who try, they will be met with resistance.
Mr. President, do the right thing, restore freedom, and save lives. Show the American people that you stand with them and not with thugs and criminals.
Respectfully,
Severely Concerned Citizen, Evan M. Todd