Monthly Archives: May 2014

Yeah Right

Like I believe the director of the NSA

Hundreds Of Congressmen To Resign Over VA Funding Failure

Unless scapegoat can be found.

Of course they didn’t fund the wars either.

Now, If Only A Man Will Suggest It

Then it will be worth discussing.

It was deeply cathartic to watch NBC’s Brian Williams interview Edward Snowden; the overpaid and overconfident Ken doll of the MSM visibly learned something and on national television, to boot.

One, that a guy half his age was almost laughably smarter than he was, and two, that his “sources,” upon whom he has so obsequiously relied upon all these years were so full of shit it sticks out.

Well far be it from me to allow other people to grow and learn.

Too, also: JSYK

If A Headline Is A Question

Should the following one be speculation?

Also too, Is your pet rock physic?

NSA Breaks Computing Barrier

Finds a Snowden Email

As recently as December 2013, NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines gave a prepared statement to The Washington Post saying that “after extensive investigation, including interviews with his former NSA supervisors and co-workers, we have not found any evidence to support Mr. Snowden’s contention that he brought these matters to anyone’s attention.”

On Thursday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence changed its tune. On its official blog, the ODNI published Snowden’s e-mail.

I’m sure a real journalist at a Village outpost will follow up,

But ask the NSA, as part of a freedom of information request, to do a seemingly simple search of its own employees’ email? The agency says it doesn’t have the technology.

“There’s no central method to search an email at this time with the way our records are set up, unfortunately,” NSA Freedom of Information Act officer Cindy Blacker told me last week.

I’m sure only bloggers and journalist that blog can see the problem here, so I won’t bother with the national and cable outlets, but there seems to be contradictions in the NSA stories.

Update: They were forewarned.

Not Wishing To Be Rude, But

The best way to combat aging is to drop dead.

You first of course.

Keeping To Journalistic Standards

This blog is officially reclassified as a book review.

We’re So Sorry, Uncle Albert

The butter wouldn’t melt so we stuck it in a pie,

E-mail and SMS hold-outs are a danger to the Internet because they foul up media giants’ tracking, according to analysts with an interest in flogging social tracking services to media giants.
. . .
Vulture South is now working on a new way to tell its contacts about things. It’s called the telephone, and we’ll be interested – nay, fascinated – to see if it catches on, and how many social media tracking scum analysts will bid to the “Five Eyes” partners for that vital edge in content marketing. ®

Arrr arr arr

Racketeers For Capitalism

This will fall on deaf ears,

The truth is hard to bear, but the facts are clear. America’s wars have been fought in order to advance Washington’s power, the profits of bankers and armaments industries, and the fortunes of US companies. Marine General Smedley Butler said, “ I served in all commissioned ranks from a second Lieutenant to a Major General. And during that time, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism.”

This is probably not the best excerpt from Mr. Robert’s piece, but it ties in nicely to the title, which more important :-/. It also ties into Lindorff’s piece,

I was shocked to find myself in almost perfect agreement today with a recent column by the neoconservative pundit Charles Krauthammer.

Usually Krauthammer has me groaning, but yesterday his column nailed it.

He was writing about what he correctly observes as the end of “American hegemony” in the global political sphere.

This will of course make better sense if you read the two articles, but I’m confident you won’t, and will take this post as definitive in forming your perception of it, and thus a threepeat. Because ignorance is no excuse, but bliss is as bliss does.

If you think that I am insulting your intelligence again, then by all means do rectify it.

My Worst Addiction

Online drug, ! it in send you flying
if I ain’t facing the wall, I;m surely dying.
Gotta get a fix, I’ll txt my needs over to you,
I gotta a phone smarter than either me or you, too.

The power of that Roman empire rested in its leaders’ control of communications. The Mediterranean was their lake. Across their European empire, from Scotland to Syria, they pushed roads that 15 centuries later were still primary arteries of European transportation. Down those roads the emperor marched his armies. Up those roads he gathered his intelligence. The emperors invented the posts to move couriers and messages at the fastest possible speed.

Using that infrastructure, with respect to everything that involved the administration of power, the emperor made himself the best-informed person in the history of the world.

That power eradicated human freedom. “Remember,” said Cicero to Marcellus in exile, “wherever you are, you are equally within the power of the conqueror.”

The empire of the United States after the second world war also depended upon control of communications. This was more evident when, a mere 20 years later, the United States was locked in a confrontation of nuclear annihilation with the Soviet Union. In a war of submarines hidden in the dark below the continents, capable of eradicating human civilisation in less than an hour, the rule of engagement was “launch on warning”. Thus the United States valued control of communications as highly as the Emperor Augustus. Its listeners too aspired to know everything.

You know when fckers can’t put down the phone long enough to drive a missile down the freeway, something is seriously wrong in their heads. How important can that sht be really?

The thing is is your sending that stuff not through your infrastructure, through the big government’s infrastructure, and don’t give me the private companies infrastructure, like those lickspits are anything but a distinction without a difference.

And your asxs is hooked, just like the heroin addict, cigarette smoking and adle brained alcoholics you sneer at when you’re not texting the Earth shaking tweets and txt messages to your friends.

Free people my ass.

Ht /.

Methadone linkage for the paranoid, but still happily addicted. This stuff requires encrytion before you put it on the wire or in the air, which may preclude you using it as it also might entail RTFMs.

Flying The GOP Flag

For those about to serve, we salute you!

This is a problem that affects veterans, too: The Pew’s Stateline estimates that around 250,000 uninsured veterans would be eligible for Medicaid if their states accepted the expansion.

The point here isn’t to minimize the problems at the VA, which need to be fixed — and fast. But anyone who feels morally outraged over the extended wait times at the VA should be appalled by the literally endless wait times the poor are enduring in the states that are refusing to expand Medicaid.

This sort of ideological purity, via dKos, brings to mind this post linked to by Atrios, because we are dealing with essentially the same frame of mind,

No matter how much any of these people — every one of whom holds himself out to the world as a journalist, every one of whom is at least chronologically an adult — cares about the First Amendment, or about a free, watchdog press, or about the notion of a fourth estate, or even about democracy itself, what they care about more is seeing someone they dislike getting called names. Maybe they care about a free press and all that a great deal. Maybe they care not at all. But however much they care, they care more about finding a way for that disliked person to get taken down a peg.

That describes the Republican obstruction of Obama’s policies for the last six years, wanting Obama to fail has always been more important than any issue that he may have addressed, including closing Gitmo, a festering canker on America’s ass that could have been excised with the transfer of prisoners to an under utilized facility in Illinois.

Which reminds me of the “Get a room!”, meme not too long ago, directed at a young couple kissing too provocatively in public. (I’ll leave that to the reader to exercise, if they so wish.)

One must conclude that small mindedness in DC is inversely proportional to the number of small minds therein, and where, “know thyself,” is probably more applicable to previous graph than the current one.