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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 December - Surfing Notes


Right Side News

Satirist of Drones Arrested by NYPD

Written by The Daily Bell

Dominant Social Theme: This kind of agitation needs to cease.
Free-Market Analysis: There are two problems with the arrest of Essam Attia. The first is that the police apparently went out of their way to arrest him. Thus the NYPD is applying the law unequally.
The second problem is that what Attia is doing is satire and is thus a legally protected activity.
There is another graver problem, as well, which has to do with the culture that propounded the arrest to begin with. The officers, especially the senior officers that gave the go-ahead, probably know the charges won't stick. But the idea is to intimidate.
Why is the NYPD in the business of intimidating artists who want to express legitimate concerns? Well, from the standpoint of dominant social themes, we can make an educated guess.
The larger dominant social theme is that authorities know best. The subdominant theme is that people ought not to mock authority.

3,000 Foreign Jihadis to Terrorize Egyptian Opposition?
The title of a recent Al Akhbar report declares: “Morsi summons 3,000 jihadis from Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia, Somalia and Iran to be an …

Immigration Reform News and Impact on US Homeland Security December 10, 2012
Right Side News reports from the Federation for American Immigration Reform on:
  • Closed-Door Amnesty Negotiations Begin on Capitol Hill
  • California AG: Honoring ICE Detainers Optional
  • STEM Bill Stalls in Senate
  • Open Borders Republicans Call for Amnesty, Increased Immigration
  • Illinois Senate Approves Driver's Licenses for Illegal Aliens
  • Maternity Mansions Highlight Issue of Birthright Citizenship
  • President Obama's Illegal Alien Uncle Granted New Deportation Hearing
  • Inspector General: Illegal Aliens Working in Capitol

North Korean Missile Launch Challenges U.S. Foreign Policy*

Pyongyang may seek to preempt South Korea’s announced intention to launch its own satellite.  ....North Korean belligerence  Wowsers. Who did they invade.  

* Confidence that ìt is all about you. And Americans wonder foreigners consider them arrogant. 

Pyongyang’s previous missile launch attempt in April 2012 was “strongly condemned” by the U.N. Security Council (UNSC), which made clear that in its judgment “any launch that uses ballistic missile technology, even if characterized as a satellite launch or space launch vehicle, is a serious violation of Security Council resolutions 1718 (2006) and 1874 (2009).”[3]

That`s the UN Security Council that is comprised of WMD armed nations.

1945 - 2003 Nuclear Tests Graphic

VIDEO: U.S. Strategic Nuclear Policy: A Video History, 1945-2004

Sandia Labs Historical Video Documents History of U.S. Strategic Nuclear Policy


October 11, 2011 Twenty five years ago, when President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met at Reykjavik, Iceland on 11-12-October 1986, their far-reaching discussions involved proposals to abolish nuclear weapons by first moving toward a zero ballistic missiles option. Weighed down by mistrust and competing objectives, the discussions on ending the nuclear arms race collapsed. That Ronald Reagan supported nuclear abolition at Reykjavik is a lacuna in an otherwise informative and highly professional video documentary on the history of U.S. nuclear policy produced by Sandia National Laboratories obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and published today for the first time by the National Security Archive.

One of the most distinctive productions of the Department of Energy, “U.S. Strategic Nuclear Policy,” is a four-part nearly four-hour long oral history/video documentary. Completed in 2005 by Sandia under the direction of staffer Dan Curry (scriptwriter and interviewer), this is an engrossing piece of work that that will be a significant resource for historians, social scientists, students, and the interested public. Starting with World War II and the atomic bombing of Japan, this policy-oriented documentary takes the story of U.S. nuclear policy, with a focus on the history of nuclear deterrence through the course of the Cold War, and then from the early post-Cold War period to the aftermath of 9/11.
The coverage of nuclear war planning and targeting, from war plans during the early Cold War to the creation of the first SIOP are particularly arresting. Besides using film footage of nuclear tests, summit meetings, and the like, the producers use, to good effect, images of government documents produced during all the phases of U.S. nuclear history, from the Cold War into the 1990s. Viewers even see the cover pages of documents that remain classified, such as the SIOP of the 1980s, although sometimes blurring the text to preserve secrecy. Sandia director Thomas Hunter explains at the beginning of the film that one of the purposes of the documentary was to promote discussion of two questions: 1) what will be the role of nuclear weapons, and 2) what will be future requirements for nuclear weapons? The language on the film box, referring to the “timeless” relevance of nuclear deterrence, suggests that the producers of the film assumed that the answers would take for granted the necessity of nuclear weapons. This affirmative approach plainly fits Sandia’s objective of assuring the reliability, safety and security of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
The influential role of the RAND Corporation is spelled out clearly, from the debates over massive retaliation to Robert McNamara’s early tenure as Secretary of Defense. The late William Kaufmann, RAND consultant and MIT professor, explains why he thought Eisenhower-Dulles nuclear strategy was not only “horrendous” but incredible. The discussion of the RAND base vulnerability study demonstrates the close connection to Air Force interest in preemptive strategies. As Eden and James Schlesinger observe, the problem of survivability would raise pressure, during a crisis, to preempt and “get in the first blow.”

Global Research


A look at day two of Milwaukee’s series on the paper industry

world’s paper producers and how they’re all affected by the growing Chinese paper industry.
The Chinese tree matures in just six years, as opposed to 60 years for the hardwood.
In addition, the Chinese industry is using updated technology to turn all that pulp into paper.
Find the Journal-Sentinel‘s “Paper Cuts” series home page here.

Behind the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s series on train safety

 Ports to Plains

Western states look to capitalize on energy boom

National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

There are a number of measures—such as a water resources development bill, a rail reauthorization bill, and reauthorization bills for a number of smaller programs—that are due for action in 2013.  


Community Leaders throughout PTP Region Back KXL

For Immediate Release
(Lubbock, TX) – The Keystone XL Pipeline is important to our regional economy and national energy security more than 125 local elected officials and other local leaders from ten states in the Ports-to-Plains Alliance region said in a letter delivered to Nebraska officials who are holding a public hearing today in Albion, Nebraska.

 DTU Space

Does corruption limit China’s growth, or pose a threat to its existence?

Glass houses, stones, etc.

Her agency was accused of accepting for too long the oil company's low estimates for the amount of oil leaking. It also was criticized for a report saying that by August of that year most of the spilled oil was gone, or at least not visible. The agency said much of it had dispersed naturally, had burned or was removed. A few weeks later, a study by independent scientists reported an invisible, 22-mile underwater plume of oil ingredients. And NOAA acknowledged the deepwater oil was not degrading as fast as they initially thought.


DHS and its Customs and Border Protection agency have deployed drones — originally bought to guard America’s borders — to assist local law enforcement and other federal agencies on several occasions.

The practice is raising questions inside and outside government about whether federal officials may be creating an ad-hoc, loan-a-drone program without formal rules for engagement, privacy protection or taxpayer reimbursements. The drones used by CPB can cost between $15 million and $34 million each to buy, and have hourly operational costs as well.

In addition, DHS recently began distributing $4 million in grants to help local law enforcement buy its own, smaller versions of drones, opening a new market for politically connected drone makers as the wars overseas shrink.

The double-barreled lending and purchasing have some concerned that federal taxpayers may be subsidizing the militarization of local police forces and creating new threats to average Americans’ privacy.

Homeland Security increasingly loaning drones to local police
Far from the killing fields of Afghanistan, a Predator drone was summoned into action last year to spy on a North
Good ideas! It doesn't matter how much clean energy we produce if we just keep pumping out the dirty stuff anyway.
Shut down the tar sands project in Utah before it begins and reject the Keystone XL pipeline. | We t
It is not enough that we the people shoulder the burden of reducing the carbon out put by buying more efficient cars, by buying solar panels, by buying mass transit tickets, or


‎4:38PM EST December 11. 2012 - SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — At least five homes went up in flames Tuesday afternoon and a badly burned section of Interstate 77 in West Virginia was closed after a natural gas line exploded in an hour-long inferno.

Don't think you could be indefinitely detained by Barack Obama?

Think again.

Naomi Wolf reports: "The transcript from the hearing has some jaw-dropping exchanges between Judge Forrest and the US government attorney representing Obama. Repeatedly Judge Forrest asked Obama's lawyers to define "associated forces" and "material support" or "substantial support" and repeatedly they declined to do so
or were unwilling to do so, as you see below.

In my notes, Judge Forrest gave them six or seven chances to define the NDAA in a way that would not endanger peaceful US critics, activists, commentators or journalists, and they could not or would not take those opportunities she gave them to do so.

Specifically, the government's lawyers could not or would not rule out detaining reporter Chris Hedges under section 1021 or 1022 of the NDAA, and they did not rule out the example of a nonviolent book that simply showed support for the Taliban's worldview that the US was excessively imperialistic, falling under its aegis.

Most distressingly, the fact that the United States' lawyers confirmed on the record that NDAA could be used for those purposes, makes the many letters I have seen, sent from Congresspeople and Senators to their constituents -- in which these leaders directly asserted to their constituents the contrary of what the Government's lawyers confirmed last Thursday -- all the more distressing: either Congress' disinformation, sent from their offices to US citizens at a critical moment, emerged out of our leaders' serious ignorance about what this law does, or else the disinformation was disingenuous:

Judge Forrest was pushing to determine the boundaries of the NDAA law

Obama’s lawyer said that it would take a case of someone being detained under the NDAA, to find the parameters of the law.

Judge Forrest: “Is it really adequate to say you have to go to a DC court, in detention, to figure this out? Are you going to have to wait for courts other than this one to decide who ‘associated forces’ are? Is this the only way we can figure this out?”

She asked the government lawyer for an example of a boundary around “associated forces.”

Judge Forrest: “I don’t want precision. I want a boundary.”

Obama lawyer: “I don’t have specifics.”

Judge Forrest: “Associated forces”? What are they?”


Judge Forrest: “If you can’t stand here and say, “1021 won’t touch Ms O’Brien …unless, if you did, we would be done — if you can’t do that, you leave us in a tough spot here.”"

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/apr/02/qanda-naomi-wolf-ndaa-free-speech

Read More of Naomi Wolf's #NDAA Hearing Notes: http://naomiwolf.org/2012/03/ndaa-hearing-notes/

Read Alexa O'Brien's Letter about the NDAA and her lawsuit: http://www.alexaobrien.com/secondsight/ndaa_hedges_et/ndaa_letter_to_my_friends_and_family.html

Sign & Share the STOP NDAA Petition: www.STOPNDAA.Org

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1 Billion AGAINST Indefinite Detention without trial law: https://www.facebook.com/Billion.against.Indefinite.detention
The age old excuse....


Freudian slip- David Cameron admits 'we are raising more money FOR the rich' via @BienSoeur
Freudian slip- David Cameron admits 'we are raising more money FOR the rich' via @BienSoeur - via @TenPercent
Rick B: Human, Blogger, Artist, Fool, Depressive, Merciless ruler of Kepler-22b (one of these is a lie) {Avatar by Han
Nurse Rise ~ Nurses for Safe Water and 2 others shared Tar Sands Blockade's photo.
BREAKING NEWS: Judge Halts Construction on Section of Keystone XL!

Mike Bishop
has won a temporary restraining order against construction on his land! A Nacogdoches, TX judge ordered TransCanada to cease work there until a hearing on December 19th. The hearing could lead to a temporary injunction which could stop construction for months or longer.

Click LIKE and SHARE to spread the word about Bishop’s struggle to save his land.

Watch this video and read more about Bishop’s fight to save his sustainable biofuel farm: http://tarsandsblockade.org/judge-halts-construction/
A password-cracking expert has unveiled a computer cluster that can cycle through as many as 350 billion guesses per second. It’s an almost unprecedented speed that can try every possible Windows passcode in the typical enterprise in less than six hours. ~ Just what the government needs....
The budget for the Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton investigation: $39 Million.

The budget for the 9/11 investigation: $15 Million.
1 Billion AGAINST Indefinite Detention without trial law and RT shared a link.
They can hear you: US buses fitted with eavesdropping equipment — RT
Cities across America are equipping their public transport systems with audio recording devices, potentially storing 

Cities across America are equipping their public transport systems with audio recording devices, potentially storing every word spoken by passengers onboard. Rights activists say the surveillance plan by far exceeds what is necessary for security.

­The multimillion dollar upgrade is underway in several US cities, including San Francisco, Eugene, Traverse City, Columbus, Baltimore, Hartford and Athens, reports The Daily, which obtained documents detailing the purchases.

The money partially comes from the federal government. San Francisco, for example, has approved a $5.9 million contract to install the eavesdropping systems on 357 modern buses and historic trolley cars over the next four years, with the Department Homeland Security footing the entire bill. The interception of audio communication will apparently be conducted without search warrants or court supervision, the report says.


Big Brother is watching you: Every car in Royston is tracked by police | Mail...

Big Brother is watching you: The town where EVERY car is tracked by police cameras. By Anna Edwards UPDATED: 03:01 EST, 30 July 2011.

Big Brother is watching you

George Orwellís 1984 presents the depressing world of Oceania, a totalitarian state that often resembles a technologically advanced Stalinist Russia. The novel constructs the face of an omniscient government through the briefly subversive life of Winston Smith, an average, outer party (middle class...
  It is way past time to end that particular madness.
Jimmy Carter Backs Marijuana Legalization Push
Former President Jimmy Carter gave a full-throated endorsement of state efforts to legalize marijuana on Tuesday during an appearance at a CNN forum. Carter, who as president supported an era of marijuana


‎"These people are harvesting the country!"

~ Chris Hedges

I agree! The plunder is on and they are using Orwellian Laws to intimidate and restrain us, while they effect the biggest heist of the millennium.

Chris Hedges lecture, "Occupy the Future," at MIT (in HD)
Author-activist Chris Hedges discusses how problems with the current political system sparked the Occupy movement and where the movement is
The wandering gypsies
The one thing that is almost guaranteed from these emails, assuming they exist in the form that Mix's attorneys are claiming, is that they could expose the cover-up by BP executives, and tell the story of how they intentionally misled everyone about the nature of their oil geyser. And given what we already know, it seems incredibly likely that the oil giant's leadership knew from the start how much oil was flowing from the broken wellhead.
Internal BP Emails Could Expose Extent Of Corporate Cover-Up Of Gulf Oil Disaster
Attorneys for Kurt Mix, a former engineer for BP, claim that a spate of previously unreleased emails will “exonerate” their client in the current criminal case being pursued
If you didn't think the media was working with BP to help perpetuate and substantiate their lies, take a look at this - from ABC News - Day 100 - Ripped from the pages of Troll Jane's playbook...
Exposed BP Oil Spill: Fraudulent, Faked, Hoax! Disappearing Vanishing Evaporating Dissipating Oil?
This series of videos was taken directly from the MSM, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, & CNN, NBC, & Fox
I've been around plenty of glaciers, and this calving shot is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. Watch the world crumble before your eyes.

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