Thomas Paine

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

Saturday, January 5, 2013

5 January - Morning Picks

Seeking harmony
Seeking harmony (Photo credit: PTorrodellas)
Vintage Ad #1,717: The Plain Truth About Hippies
Vintage Ad #1,717: The Plain Truth About Hippies (Photo credit: jbcurio)
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English: Screenshot of the Groklaw website as rendered by Opera browser on 22. June 2008 ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Skjermbilde av Groklaw, slik Opera viser siden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
author: Mark Nowotarski Notes The 1998 State S...
author: Mark Nowotarski Notes The 1998 State Street Bank decision may be partially responsible for the sudden jump in issued software patents in 1998. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: Freedom of Expression trademark certificate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Press Conference with David Kappos, Under Secr...
Press Conference with David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and Sharon Barner, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Deputy Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office. September 23, 2010 Palais des Nations, Geneva U.S. Mission Photo: Dominique Nicolas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Swimmers Below the Waves Captured in Incredible Underwater Photography

 

After UN Internet Grab Fails, China Seeks to End Online Anonymity

Maybe software patents can be fixed

Tech law blog Groklaw reports that the United States Patent and Trademark Office is inviting developers to attend a duo of roundtable discussions on the future of software patents, to be held in New York and in the Silicon Valley next month. They’re calling it the “Software Partnership,” and the intention is to get developers’ input on how their broken software patent system can be fixed.
It can’t.
Most developers will tell you that patents, which were introduced to incentivize innovation with mechanical inventions, have the opposite effect when applied to code. Code builds upon code, and assigning owners to each (vaguely defined) idea being built upon has resulted in a patent system that presents developers with their single biggest disincentive to innovate.

 They Called It Propaganda

Once the hooks are in and the narrative creators or propaganda pimps have a majority, any dissent, any voicing of an opposing idea is met with swift and unbridled violence. 

Barbara said...
Boredom is hypnotising. TV news is so boring, people just start believing what they hear like they are in a trance. If the newscasters just sit there and tell you what to think, people just accept it and go to sleep. It is better to not even watch those shows.

They say it is hard to hypnotize someone who isn't willing. The way to beat it is to not be willing to even let them try. The devil is very subtle and can change your mind before you even realize it. If you know someone is speaking evil, why even give them the chance to corrupt you?

Pentagon Internet filtering blocks major LGBT, political blogs (including PHB), lets hate groups through

The Neutered Gospel

arechj_1999 said...
‘But all I did was read from His book’, I would retort, ‘all I did was
read from the Bible!’

2Cor 3:6 says that "the letter kills but the spirit gives life"

Just reading the "plain truth" is a killer because the bible is Holy Spirit encrypted. When you read the surface text literally it gives the opposite meaning of the spiritual intent.

For example -- "have you ever looked at a woman with lust? You should pluck out your eyes. Have you ever stolen? You should chop of your hands." All I did was read the bible... Hmmmmm.

I think the world is tired of religion and all it's baggage.

As the age of Aquarius dawns on us and God begins to pour out his Holy Spirit from above in earnest relgion will slowly die and the Love of God will finally start to spring to life.

The "Plain Truth" of literal bible reading's days are numbered. Time to open our spiritual eyes and ears and get the real message of God's love out there.
Bob McC. said... The entirety of the Gospel, or "Good News", is that there's now a new covenant established completely based on God's grace and mercy. Our salvation and relationship with God is possible only because of the sacrifice Christ made IN OUR PLACE by dying on the cross. There is no longer the list of do's and don'ts to which we must adhere to "earn" our redeemed status with God. I believe you're mixing up justification and sanctification. The Gospel message is...We are justified through Christ as a free gift. Anything else is a works-based theology..........

 Anonymous said... I'd like to know why more emphasis isn't placed on the fact that Jesus tells us quite plainly that the kingdom of God is inside us as well as all around us. This means that each and every one of us carries the divine spirit inside of us--and consequently knowing ourselves means we will know God. People have been trained to look outside ourselves when we have the answers IN us. The spirit of the divine was breathed inside of us at the beginning. We have what we need inside us but most of us have forgotten that or have been told differently. Knowing and understanding God shouldn't be made into a business of CONTROLLING the population--it should free us and make us brighter.

Mike Hedley. Brisbane Australia said...
Michael, I agree with your writing and would like to add a comment for consideration. The enemy uses the bad side of culture to stop us from growing in Christ. He uses this method to hold nations and towns in bondage through territorial boundry control. In most cases regardless of country or town, Christians take this negative side of their culture into the church and the leaders cater for them. If you don't believe me ask members of your church if this is effecting the church and you will be shocked to find many will think you are a crank. Dear Jesus, I pray that you will reveal this truth to us and that we can repent quickly and serve you completely in your will until the day of judgment. Amen

Madness

We stand before the precipice of being silenced, gagged, bagged and tagged, allowed to freely express only preapproved opinions, sanitized, prepackaged, and in lockstep with our betters, becoming a giant amalgam of automatons too fearful of reprisal to step out of line. The mask that is the illusion of freedom is slowly slipping off in this nation, and what lies beneath is a truly frightful thing to behold.

How far down the rabbit hole will we descend? How much more madness is yet to be displayed passing itself off as normal? Only time will tell, but I fear by the time enough people have awoken from their stupor, by the time enough people have been jarred awake from their slumber, what now remains of sanity will have been lost and the many will remain subject to the madness of the few. 

 

Sami al-Hajj and Bilal Hussein: Their Names Mostly Unknown in U.S., Jailed Journalists Have Spent Combined Six Years in U.S. Military Prisons Without Charge

July 19 2007  The release of BBC reporter Alan Johnston earlier this month after 114 days in captivity in Gaza made headlines around the world and was hailed internationally as a victory for press freedom.
During Johnston’s nearly four months in captivity, calls for his release came from world leaders and human rights organizations alike. Over two hundred thousand people signed an online petition calling for him to be freed.
But perhaps the most poignant of Johnston’s supporters came from deep within the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. Sami al-Hajj, an Al Jazeera cameraman who has been jailed without charge at Guantanamo for the past five and a half years, sent a letter via his lawyer calling for Johnston’s release. He wrote: While the United States has kidnapped me and held me for years on end, this is not a lesson that Muslims should copy."
In comparison to journalist Alan Johnston, Sami al-Hajj’s story of abduction has been largely ignored by the corporate media and kept out of the global spotlight.

 

Some Cluster Bombs More Newsworthy Than Others

headline on the front page of theNew York Times (12/21/12):
Syria Unleashes Cluster Bombs on Town, Punishing Civilians

What kind of government would deploy such weapons, a reader might wonder? The Times gives one answer, if you're reading carefully: 
The use of cluster munitions is banned by much of the world, although Syria,like the United States, is not party to that international convention.

On December 17, 2009, Barack Obama ordered a cluster bomb attack in Yemen that reportedly killed dozens of civilians. The attack was not widely reported; the Times weighed in on it months later, in the midst of a piece (8/15/10) about Obama's shadow war against Al-Qaeda:
As word of the December 17 attack filtered out, a very mixed picture emerged. The Yemeni press quickly identified the United States as responsible for the strike. Qaeda members seized on video of dead children and joined a protest rally a few days later, broadcast by Al Jazeera, in which a speaker shouldering an AK-47 rifle appealed to Yemeni counterterrorism troops.
The Times account is more restrained than its reporting on the attack in Syria:
A Navy ship offshore had fired the weapon in the attack, a cruise missile loaded with cluster bombs, according to a report by Amnesty International. Unlike conventional bombs, cluster bombs disperse small munitions, some of which do not immediately explode, increasing the likelihood of civilian causalities. The use of cluster munitions, later documented by Amnesty, was condemned by human rights groups.
An inquiry by the Yemeni Parliament found that the strike had killed at least 41 members of two families living near the makeshift Qaeda camp. Three more civilians were killed and nine were wounded four days later when they stepped on unexploded munitions from the strike, the inquiry found.
The lesson to be drawn is that, at the very least, the use of cluster bombs against civilians is newsworthy depending on who is using them. If it's an enemy state, like Syria or Qaddafi's Libya, you can expect to read about it, and in clear language on the front page. "Qaddafi Is Using Cluster Bombs in Civilian Area"–that's the page 1 headline in the New York Times (4/16/11). As FAIR's Jim Naureckas noted at the time, the destruction was described in vivid terms: "Where a crowd had assembled for food, bits of human flesh had been blasted against a cinder-block wall."
And an article like this will mention, almost in passing, that our own government does the same:
At the same time, the United States has used cluster munitions itself, in battlefield situations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in a strike on suspected militants in Yemen in 2009.
Of course, it is much more difficult to report on the United States' secret drone war in a remote part of Yemen. But one Yemeni journalist did that. Abdulelah Haider Shaye provided an indispensable link to the carnage on the ground. (See Jeremy Scahill's excellent piece in the Nation3/13/12.)
Where is he now? In prison in Yemen, doing time  on a dubious terrorism charge.


 

 The 'war on terror' - by design - can never end | Glenn Greenwald

In October, the Washington Post's Greg Miller reported that the administration was instituting a "disposition matrix" to determine how terrorism suspects will be disposed of, all based on this fact: "among senior Obama administration officials, there is broad consensus that such operations are likely to be extended at least another decade." As Miller puts it: "That timeline suggests that the United States has reached only the midpoint of what was once known as the global war on terrorism."

They bombed al-Jazeera's reporters. Now the US is after our integrity

Al-Jazeera reporters have been tortured and killed in defence of their values. That's why the WikiLeaks story must be challenged
A lot can change in five years. In December 2005 the Guardian opened its pages for me to respond to a leak – the Bush-Blair memo in which both leaders discussed the possibility of bombing Al-Jazeera's Qatar HQ, where more than 1,000 people work.
And just by the way, the US imprisoned an Al Jazeera camerman for 7 years with no charges at GITMO  
US attacks on Al Jazeera - both planned and actual - are one of the most under-appreciated disgraces of the last decade 
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 Hullbaloo
From his own lips:

During an interview with Noticias Univision 23, the network's Miami affiliate newscast, Obama pushed back against the accusation made in some corners of south Florida's Cuban-American and Venezuelan communities that he wants to instill a socialist economic system in the U.S. The president said he believes few actually believe that.

"I don't know that there are a lot of Cubans or Venezuelans, Americans who believe that," Obama said. "The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican."

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In the aftermath of yet another mass shooting, this one at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, the national debate regarding gun control again polarizes the nation.  According to the NRA, schools need to be armed in order to ensure the safety of our children, while many school districts are moving to arm teachers.  Pro-gun control activists again point to statistics which demonstrate the lax control of firearms and direct correlation to gun violence.  President Obama has put gun control reform at the top of his to-do list.  It appears to be the "Obamacare" moment of his second term.
The deaths of 26 people, 20 of which are children, is our watershed moment.  It is time for the United States to engage in an honest, serious discussion about gun violence, gun control and the extreme influence the NRA has on legislation and policy.
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