Operation Pillar of Cloud: Palestine is a dog that Israel keeps starving and chained up in its back yard, and kicks nearly to death every four years. Less than four years after the Hypocrites of the Apocalypse used banned white phosphorus, and illegally used cluster bombs against civilians in the midst of a massive bombing campaign, in which even UN convoys and headquarters were hit with 'friendly fire', they are doing it all again. And let us not forget, partisans are not stationed in civilian areas because they want to use civilians as shields, but because they live there. And what gives Israel the right to complain of human shields, when they plan on killing the civilians standing in the way, in any case? Giving someone ten minutes to get out of their house does not excuse blowing it up. And the hypocrisy and war crimes go on and on.
- • Captains of industry • Ignorance is strength • Nimble suits • Right but not correct • Pussy Riot •
Ignorance is Strength
The Rug of The Freedom of The November
...and Right-wingers not just wooly headed, but dreamy poets as well : "opportunity called November"
- "We are unwilling to let this cabal of radicals pull the rug of freedom out from under us in our lifetime. Now we have this glorious opportunity called November" -Rep. Rep. Michelle Bachman
- Hush, sweet prince Reagan, Lo, it doth come all 'p'on the Silken Winges of Opportunytie, and those assembled before, verily shall they dub it, The November
- Feel downtrodden? Your freedoms trampled under foot? People in power suits walking all over you? New evidence has emerged of a possible reason why, and a possible solution. Just tug on the rug. Oh, if it were only that simple
The Industrial-representative-military complex has already eaten itself. It is just too stupid to die
Divined from the entrails of an imaginary scapegoat:
- 2009 : Obama chooses the Republicans' health care plan, hoping everyone will finally agree with it. Reps create the name "Obamacare" (WP) and declare war on it
- 2029: The Dems disband and join the Reps, hoping everyone will finally agree. Reps create the Fatherland Party, leave the Republican Party and declare war on it
Non-witch's innocence proved by drowning. God be praised.
"If we're using a database lacking citizenship information to exclude non-citizens of, you know, one ethnicity or another from voting, you can't blame us if we exclude some citizens of, ahem!, one political party or another, by mistake"
- Sure, no problem. And if we were to use this recall order to seek redress and express our feelings about this policy, you couldn't blame us if we removed from power, you know, some Florida governor or his henchmen, by mistake
Capitalist Cloud Cuckoo Land
You probably know the Law of Supply and Demand as saying that the price of something goes up when the supply decreases, but knowledge of the Law itself has fed back into the loop, causing speculators to sell when the price goes up, and therefore the supply increases.
- If it is Opposite Tuesday, then this not a Law, it is Fizzbin
Neurotics build castles in the sky. Psychotics live in them. Capitalists float a futures market on the expected returns of rent from them
This is either, a Fahrvergnügen
Driving Excitement Moment (aka Traffic Jam
), or lunch break at the Feed and Seed
, depending on whether the guy is waiting for a line of cars in front of him or waiting for his burger and fries to digest. You decide. Kind of makes a mess of the argument that public transportation is lame because you have to wait for buses
- "...Packed like lemmings into shiny - metal - boxes / contestants in a suicidal race..." - The Police, Synchronicity II
Fully occupied buses get between 50% and 125% more miles per gallon per passenger than fully occupied cars. This model, of course, is not ideal; car occupancy is an average of 1.5 passengers rather than four, and bus occupancy goes from nearly full occupancy at rush hour to almost empty at other times.
Minibus and microbus routes have been used to great effect in Oxford England and other cities, often in developing nations, and achieve high levels of occupancy. With greater efficiency and smaller buses, the time between buses can also be reduced. But the key is public participation. The more people turn from private to public transportation, the lower the wait time, and the more expansion of bus routes.
Steven Colbert says that Elmo's arabic-language program for kids was the US' most successful deployment of a puppet in the Afghanistan region since Hamid Karzai
Dearth from above
Neocon warhawks are soft and fuzzy airheads; they just grit their teeth as they speak empty euphemisms, so one thinks they must mean something by it:
- Case in point: Michael Ledeen, who has advocated "the kind of warfare that not only destroys the enemy's military forces, but also brings the enemy society to an extremely personal point of decision..."
A Few Men Good at being Bait
- See Drop weapon
"We don't want you on the wall, we get that you don't care much for the parties you don't get invited to, you don't really know much about us, let alone anything 'secret', and those in the right need not "admit" to anything"
- Daily Kos Comics
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| |Press freedom and the Occupy movement
Journalists covering the occupy movement (WP), an on-going protest movement, have been arrested, leading to criticism from press freedom groups that journalists' constitutionally protected rights are being violated.(rights protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution)
In 2012, Reporters without Borders (WP) listed the United States as 47th in its Press Freedom Index (WP), dropping a full 27 places in just one year. The watchdog group made explicit mention of US response to the Occupy movement, saying:
The United States (47th) also owed its fall of 27 places to the many arrests of journalist covering Occupy Wall Street protests."
Arrests of journalists
September 24 2011, New York City
Journalist John Farley of WNET Metrofocus was arrested while attempting to interview women who had been victims of the pepper-spraying by police. Despite wearing press credentials and identifying himself as press to police, Farrley was arrested. He reported being handcuffed and imprisoned for nine hours. He was initially charged with disorderly conduct but all charges against him were dropped.
October 1 2011, New York City
Three journalists, Natasha Lennard of the New York Times, Kristen Gwynne of Alternet, and documentarian Marisa Holmes were arrested covering the events of October 1.. 
On October 1, 2011, police arrested about 700 marchers on the Brooklyn Bridge. By October 2, all but 20 of those arrested had been released with citations for disorderly conduct.
On October 4, a group of protesters who were arrested on the bridge filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging that officers had violated their constitutional rights. 
November 2 2011, Milwaukee
Kristyna Wentz-Graff of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was arrested while covering an Occupy protest.  The arrest drew criticism from Journal Sentinel editors, the Wisconsin News Photographers Association, the Milwaukee Press Club and the National Press Photographers Association. Ultimately, Wentz-Graff was ultimately not charged with any wrongdoing. 
November 3 2011, Oakland
Although she was clearly wearing a press pass, Journalist Susie Cagle was arrested in the early hours of November 3 and spent 14 hours at 2 different jails. She was charged with failure to leave the scene of a riot. Cagle is one of several journalists covering the Occupy movement that have been arrested. Additionally, Cagle reported having been subject to and witness to mistreatment of protestors during her imprisonment.
Cagle was again arrested while covering an Occupy Oakland march on January 28, 2012.
November 13 2011, Chapel Hill
Two journalists were arrested: Katelyn Ferral, of The News & Observer, and Josh Davis, a graduate student in Journalism at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
November 15 2011, New York City
Police arrested about 200 people, including journalists representing the Agence France-Presse, Associated Press, Daily News|Daily News, DNAInfo, NPR (WP), Television New Zealand, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair|Vanity Fair, as well as New York City Council member Ydanis Rodríguez. An NBC reporter's press pass was also confiscated.
While the police cleared the park, credentialed members of the media were kept a block away, preventing them from documenting the event. Police helicopters prevented NBC and CBS news helicopters from filming the clearing of the park. Many journalists complained of being treated roughly or violently by the police.
The Society of Professional Journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and the New York Civil Liberties Union expressed concerns and criticisms regarding the situation. The Organization of American States Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression issued a statement saying that the "disproportionate restrictions on access to the scene of the events, the arrests, and the criminal charges resulting from the performance of professional duties by reporters violate the right to freedom of expression."
On November 21, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, the Associated Press, Dow Jones, NBC Universal and WNBC-TV joined in a letter written by New York Times General Council George Freeman criticizing the New York Police Department's handling of the media during the raid. 
December 12 2011, New York
Dec 12 saw arrests of a number of journalists. 
January 28 2012, Oakland
On January 28, Oakland Police arrested about 400 individuals in the largest mass arrest in Oakland history. Among those arrested were at least six journalists.
Among the journalists arrested include Kristin Hanes of ABC News-KGO, Susie Cagle, Gavin Aronsen of Mother Jones magazine (WP), Vivian Ho of the San Francisco Chronicle, John C. Osborn of East Bay Express, and Yael Chanoff of San Francisco Bay Guardian.
One of the imprisoned journalist emerged after 20 hours of imprisonment and reported witnessing police brutality and cruel treatment.
January 31 2012, Miami
Carlos Miller, a member of the National Press Photographers Association, was documenting the eviction of Occupy Miami when he was arrested. Upon his release, his camera footage of his arrest appeared to have been deleted, but Miller was able to recover the footage despite the attempted deletion.  Miller is currently facing a single count of resisting arrest.
The Occupy movement has sparked new interest in citizen journalism (WP) due to fears about censorship (WP) and bias in the media. New media outlets formed during the Occupy movement include the Occupied Wall Street Journal and InsightOut News.
The movement also increased the popularity of livestreaming (streaming media) livestreaming|(WP) as a way of disseminating information from the front lines of chaotic situations. However, these new media (WP) journalists also have complaints about harassment and arrests from the police.
- ↑ http://minnesotaindependent.com/58135/in-maryland-bachmann-calls-democrats-a-cabal-of-radicals In Maryland, Bachmann calls Democrats a ‘cabal of radicals’, Andy Birkey, April 27, 2010, Minnesota Independent
- ↑ Aruspicina: study of entrails to see the future Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan (1651). "Lastly, to the Prognostics [who] have added innumerable other superstitious ways of Divination[:]...Sometimes in the Entrails of a sacrificed beast; which was Aruspicina..."
- ↑ www.democracynow.org/2012/6/1/justice_department_orders_florida_to_stop Justice Department Orders Florida to Stop Voter Purge Targeting Latino, Democratic Voters
- ↑ http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/12/2796905/noncitizen-voter-hunt-targets.html Hispanics, NPAs more likely to face noncitizen voter purge than whites, GOP
- ↑ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/31/florida-voter-purge_n_1561137.html Department Of Justice Tells Florida To Stop Purging Voter Rolls
- ↑ Manufacturing Climate Solutions – Carbon-Reducing Technologies and U.S. Jobs Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC), an affiliate of the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University
- ↑ Demonstration of Caterpillar C-10 Duel-Fuel Engines in MCI 102DL3 Commuter Buses
- ↑ Thomas Rubin, in the "free minds and free markets" outlet Reason Foundation, criticized the report as being "far removed from actual “real world” experience." because the average occupancy of buses is so low. But it is Rubin who is not accurately portraying the real world, by using an average value, see main text
- ↑ Passenger Transport (Fuel Consumption). Hansard. UK House of Commons. URL accessed on 2008-03-25.
- ↑ http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-collections/415044/puppet-power/
- ↑ U.S falls to 47th in press freedom rankings after Occupy crackdown
- ↑ Reporters Without Borders: Targeting of Occupy journalists drops U.S. to 47th in press freedom
- ↑ Charges dropped against first reporter arrested at Occupy Wall Street
- ↑ Video - Charges Dropped Against Jailed MetroFocus Reporter
- ↑ Covering the march on foot and in handcuffs
- ↑ Natasha Lennard - 
- ↑ Kristen Gwynne - NYPD Mass Arrests of Occupy Wall Street Protesters: Firsthand Account from AlterNet Staffer Trapped on Bridge
- ↑ Marisa Holmes on Democracy Now
- ↑ "700 Arrested After Wall Street Protest on N.Y.'s Brooklyn Bridge". Fox News Channel. October 1, 2011. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/01/500-arrested-after-wall-street-protest-on-nys-brooklyn-bridge/?test=latestnews. Retrieved October 1, 2011.</li>
- ↑ "Hundreds freed after New York Wall Street protest". BBC News (BBC). October 2, 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15143509. Retrieved October 2, 2011.</li>
- ↑ ELIZABETH A. HARRIS (October 5, 2011). "Citing Police Trap, Protesters File Suit". The New York Times: p. A25. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/05/nyregion/citing-police-trap-protesters-file-suit.html?_r=1. Retrieved October 17, 2011.</li>
- ↑ Kristyna Wentz-Graff, Milwaukee Photojournalist, Arrested At Occupy Protest</li>
- ↑ Journal Sentinel Mayor says it's 'very clear' arrested photographer was journalist</li>
- ↑ No citations for Journal Sentinel photographer arrested while covering rally</li>
- ↑ Daetz, Ama (November 3, 2011). "Journalist arrested while covering Oakland protest". KGO-TV. http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=8418546. Retrieved November 21, 2011.</li>
- ↑ "Human Rights Group Condemns Journalist Arrests At Occupy Protests". The Huffington Post. November 17, 2011. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/17/human-rights-group-condem_n_1100282.html. Retrieved November 21, 2011.</li>
- ↑ </li>
- ↑ Occupy protests in Oakland and New York: a weekend of police clashes</li>
- ↑ "My first-hand account of today's arrest"</li>
- ↑ Estes, Adam Clark (2011-11-16). "Press Is Not Forgetting the Journalists Arrested at Zuccotti Park". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on 2011-11-18. http://www.webcitation.org/63HneHjTy. Retrieved 2011-11-18.</li>
- ↑ McCarthy, Megan (2011-11-17). "Bloomberg Spokesperson Admits Arresting Credentialed Reporters, Reading The Awl". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on 2011-11-18. http://www.webcitation.org/63Hngyiiv. Retrieved 2011-11-18.</li>
- ↑ "Several Journalists Among Those Arrested During Zuccotti Park Raid". CBSNewsYork/AP (CBS News). 2011-11-15. Archived from the original on 2011-11-16. http://www.webcitation.org/63FSXRa1j. Retrieved 2011-11-16.</li>
- ↑ 33.0 33.1 Ventura, Michael (2011-11-16). "DNAinfo.com Journalists Arrested While Covering OWS Police Raids". DNAinfo. Archived from the original on 2011-11-18. http://www.webcitation.org/63HnkhWBB. Retrieved 2011-11-18.</li>
- ↑ Memmott, Mark (2011-11-15). "New York Police Clear Occupy Wall Street Protesters From Park". NPR. Archived from the original on 2011-11-18. http://www.webcitation.org/63Hno1k7M. Retrieved 2011-11-18.</li>
- ↑ "Journalists detained at NYC Occupy protests". Associated Press. The Wall Street Journal. 2011-11-15. Archived from the original on 2011-11-18. http://www.webcitation.org/63HnqegCw. Retrieved 2011-11-18.</li>
- ↑ Malsin, Jared (2011-11-15). "Reporter for The Local Is Arrested During Occupy Wall Street Clearing". NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute (The New York Times). Archived from the original on 2011-11-18. http://www.webcitation.org/63Hnti54Z. Retrieved 2011-11-18.</li>
- ↑ Weiner, Juli (2011-11-15). "Journalists, Among Those a Vanity Fair Correspondent, Arrested While Covering Occupy Wall Street". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 2011-11-18. http://www.webcitation.org/63HnxWeXm. Retrieved 2011-11-18.</li>
- ↑ Siegal, Ida; Colletti, Roseanne Councilman Rodriguez Gives Details of His Occupy Wall Street Arrest. WNBC. URL accessed on December 20, 2011.</li>
- ↑ Johnston, Garth (2011-11-15). "Police Arrest OWS Reporter As He Pleads "I'm A Reporter!"". Gothamist. Archived from the original on 2011-11-18. http://www.webcitation.org/63HqESagQ. Retrieved 2011-11-18.</li>
- ↑ Arrested Journalists list: Karen Matthews|Karen Matthews, Seth Wenig, Associated Press; Matthew Lysiak, New York Daily News; Julie Walker, NPR; Jared Malsin, The New York Times; Patrick Hedlund and Paul Lomax, DNAinfo NEws; Doug Higginbotham, freelance video journalist working for TV New Zealand; An unidentified Vanity Fair correspondent; An unidentified Agance France Presse photographer; from Atlantic Wire</li>
- ↑ Nov 15 arrests: Julie Walker of NPR, Jared Malsin of The Local East Village, Jennifer Weiss of Agence France-Presse, Justin Bishop of Vanity Fair, Matthew Lysiak of New York Daily News, Karen Matthews and Seth Wenig of the Associated Press, Patrick Hedlund and Paul Lomax of DNAinfo,and Doug Higginbotham of TV New Zealand.</li>
- ↑ Exclusive Video: Inside Police Lines at the Occupy Wall Street Eviction. Mother Jones. URL accessed on 2011-11-17.</li>
- ↑ David Badash. Defiant NYC Mayor Bloomberg To Occupy Protestors: ‘No Right Is Absolute’. The New Civil Rights Movement. URL accessed on 2011-11-17.</li>
- ↑ Stableford, Dylan (2011-11-17). "Press clash with police during Occupy Wall Street raid; seven journalists arrested". The Cutline (Yahoo News). Archived from the original on 2011-11-17. http://www.webcitation.org/63HLuZt3W. Retrieved 2011-11-18.</li>
- ↑ Willis, Amy; Chris Irvine (2011-11-15). "Occupy Wall Street eviction: as it happened". The Telegraph (London). Archived from the original on 2011-11-17. http://www.webcitation.org/63FxCrrjf. Retrieved 2011-11-17. "CBS News NY News Desk tells me their helicopter was forced down by NYPD -- they had to go down for fuel but weren't allowed back up. #ows"</li>
- ↑ Gitlin, Sarah; Janine Balekdjian (2011-11-15). "Reoccupy Wall Street". The Columbia Daily Spectator. Archived from the original on 2011-11-17. http://www.webcitation.org/63FxWzwQd. Retrieved 2011-11-17. "A CBS helicopter that tried to cover the eviction aerially was forced to leave the airspace over the park by the NYPD, depriving the world of a view of what, exactly, the police were doing."</li>
- ↑ Journalists obstructed from covering OWS protests. Committee to Protect Journalists. Archived from source 2011-11-15. URL accessed on 2011-11-18.</li>
- ↑ SPJ condemns arrests of journalists at Occupy protests. Society of Professional Journalists. Archived from source 2011-11-18. URL accessed on 2011-11-18.</li>
- ↑ "Human rights group concerned over journalists’ arrests at Occupy protests". Associated Press. Huffington Post. 2011-11-17. Archived from the original on 2011-11-18. http://www.webcitation.org/63HyxJz54. Retrieved 2011-11-18.</li>
- ↑ "Journalists arrested and obstructed again during Occupy Wall Street camp eviction". Reporters Without Borders. 2011-11-16. Archived from the original on 2011-11-18. http://www.webcitation.org/63HdyEWIx. Retrieved 2011-11-18.</li>
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- ↑ reporter:John Knefel, Nick Isebella, Justin Wedes, Paul Sullivan, Lorenzo Serna, Jeff Smith, Charles Meacham</li>
- ↑ Busted for Tweeting</li>
- ↑ RT News</li>
- ↑ Washington Post - OCCUPY OAKLAND: After 2nd arrest, comics journalist Susie Cagle shares her on-the-ground experience</li>
- ↑ Aronsen, Gavin (29 January 2012). "Journalists—Myself Included—Swept Up in Mass Arrest at Occupy Oakland". Mother Jones. http://motherjones.com/mojo/2012/01/journalists-arrested-occupy-oakland. Retrieved 31 January 2012.</li>
- ↑ Yael Chanoff - Occupy Oakland inmates at Santa Rita attacked- developing story</li>
- ↑ Salon - Occupy Oakland protesters denied medication in jail (2/2/12)</li>
- ↑ Ars Technica - Journalist recovers video of his arrest after police deleted it</li>
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Govardhan Eco Village
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It was also a good year for peace, apparently
The ONLY year, after 1945, in which the US did NOT instigate military conflicts, coups, assassinations, war crimes, and/or create secret organizations, operations, or military doctrines leading to them, according to the admittedly unexhaustive list at List of military interventions by the US :
Anarchopedia:Article in the news archive • • Pretenders to the Ottoman Dynasty • • 2011 Egyptian media censorship • • 2011 USA intervention in Haitian elections • • Operation Avenge Assange • • Killing the drug fields: Paraquat poisoning from Operation Intercept to present • • Venesat-1
A drop weapon is a weapon carried by a soldier for the purpose of creating false evidence (WP), placing it on or near a slain individual to make that person appear to be an enemy combatant or insurgent. Alternatively, a drop weapon or other item is left in the open; any individual who picks it up may be fired upon; a process known as baiting.
The use of drop weapons has been the cause of some controversy in the Iraq War.
Baiting is a similar procedure, in that the perpetrator leaves items on the ground, but it has far different ramifications. Items are left for people in the area to find and pick up; doing so is considered evidence of insurgency. This is despite there being a multitude of reasons for them to do so, including simple curiousity and importantly, the desire to AVOID being branded as insurgents because of damning evidence left outside their houses. Rather than falsification of evidence, baiting creates the danger of legal entrapment (WP) for the perpetrator, and thus illegal killing of the victim. According to documents quoted by the Washington Post, the U.S. military's Asymmetric Warfare Group (WP) encouraged snipers to drop items "such as detonation cords, plastic explosives and ammunition" then kill Iraqis who handled the items.
In one incident United States Army (WP) Sgt. Evan Vela was sentenced to a 10 year prison term for murder after being convicted of murdering an unarmed Iraqi and planting evidence.
- "Baiting is putting an object out there that we know they will use, with the intention of destroying the enemy...Basically, we would put an item out there and watch it. If someone found the item, picked it up and attempted to leave with the item, we would engage the individual as I saw this as a sign they would use the item against U.S. Forces." - Capt. Matthew P. Didier, the leader of an elite sniper scout platoon attached to the 1st Battalion of the 501st Infantry Regiment, in a sworn statement. Josh White and Joshua Partlow, Washington Post Staff Writers, Monday, September 24, 2007 , in the Washington Post
The Asymmetric Warfare Group is said by Captain Didier to have sent boxes of the kind normally used to hold ammunition filled with "drop items" to his unit, the 1st Battalion 501st Infantry Regiment in order "to disrupt the AIF [Anti-Iraq Forces] attempts at harming coalition forces and give us the upper hand in a fight."
The Independent newspaper quoted a spokesperson for the US military as saying: "We don't discuss specific methods of targeting enemy combatants. The accused are charged with murder and wrongfully placing weapons on the remains of Iraqi nationals. There are no classified programmes that authorise the murder of local nationals and the use of 'drop weapons' to make killings appear legally justified."
- Iraq, 27 April, 2007
Spec. Jorge Sandoval, it was found by a military court, shot an Iraqi man, who was cutting grass with a rusty sickle, on the order of Staff Sgt. Michael Hensley. The two men then placed a spool of wire into the pocket of the dead man. Hensley and Sandoval were charged with murder, of which they were acquitted and with planting evidence, of which they were found guilty.
- May 11th, 2007
In the village of Jurf as Sakhr along the Euphrates River most of the sniper team chose an area to hide and sleep in. One of the members of the unit, Staff Sgt. Michael Hensley stayed on guard. While on his guard he witnessed an Iraqi man, Genei Nesir Khudair Al-Janabi, slowing creeping towards the hide area where the other snipers were sleeping. At this point he put in a call to then-first-lieutenant Matthew P. Didier, for permission to make a "close kill". The request was authorized on a "as needed" basis. Hensley again ordered another man, Sgt. Evan Vela, to make the kill, and several minutes later Didier received word from of the kill from Hensley.
In court documents Hensley is quoted as saying "I thought that he was trying to alert insurgents," Hensley said. "I felt like I had no choice or we would be further compromised."
Jorge Sandoval and Evan Vela were charged with murder, and the two men plus Hensley were charged with planting an AK47 on the body of Al-Janabi. Sandoval was acquitted of murder. Sandoval, Vela and Hensley were convicted of planting evidence, and Evan Vela was convicted of murder.
The defense claimed two somewhat contradictory justifications: one, Vela was sleep-deprived, and did not mean to kill, and two, that he was ordered to by Hensley, and was only carrying out orders.
Pretenders and micronations are a fascinating subject, because in their impotence, they lay bare the lack of any real power that states have. All is in the mind of the governors or the governed, or Guns or Butter (WP)
One of the first micronations (WP) to be established, in 1865, was the Kingdom of Redonda, on a Caribbean island; there are hundreds more today. Many micronations have diplomatic relations with other micronations; inasmuch as no macronation, or undisputed country, will recognize a micronation, their diplomatic relations are usually limited to other micronations. However, micronations often make pronouncements with respect to nations, or declare policy with respect to nations, some more substantial than the common micronation declaration that they 'give gifts' to nearby or encompassing nations rather than pay taxes. According to the declarative theory of statehood of the Montevideo Convention, countries need population, territory, government, and diplomacy to be considered sovereign. Many micronations will not recognise less serious micronations than themselves. While micronational diplomacy usually consists of friendly contact between micronations, some micronations, such as the Principality of Seborga and the Madison Kingdom of Talossa, refuse to recognise any micronation as an unofficial or official policy. The reverse is also true; the Hutt River Principality is visited by officials of the Australian government, despite its unrecognized status.
In at least three instances, the foundation of a micronation was a protest against the laws or administration of the nearby macronation. The Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands (WP) was founded in response to Australia's ban on gay marriage.The Mittagong, New South Wales city council decided to divert construction of a sewer line, after the Principality of Dubeldeka was formed, to the outskirts of its property; the founders of the micronation claim that the hotel they planned to restore would have been destroyed by the original course of pipelaying. The Principality of Wy decided being part of a local council that denied them road access was not worth it, and seceded in 2004. The NSK micronation opposes the very concept of nations, and Cyber Yugoslavia is critical of Yugoslavian nationalism.
The dissolution of the Soviet Union created areas that were no longer parts of the former USSR (WP) or Russia (WP), nor established states; micronations whose sovereignty and relationship to other countries was unclear, yet whose national borders and ethnic constituency still had precedence in history.
The largest intermicronational organisation in micronational history is the Organisation of Active Micronations (OAM), which boasts over 80 member nations. The League of Small Nations (LSN), modelled after the League of Nations (WP), consists of the Dominion of British West Florida, the Sovereign Barony of Caux, the Grand Duchy of Greifenberg and the Republic of Molossia. There are also intermicronational organisations that are reputable, while accepting nations and micronations that do not necessarily meet all of the Montevideo Convention requirements for a state, such as the Micronational Professional Registry (MPR) and the League of Secessionist States (LoSS) The United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA) claims recognition from an organization in Italy by the name of International Parliament for Safety and Peace.
The continent of Australia swells the number of micronations considerably; micronations there attend to diplomatic business at micronation conferences, including the April 2010 PoliNation conference on an island just off the coast of Sydney, Australia.
Ambassadors to other micronations tend to visit, rather than live in them, or conduct diplomacy at a distance. Ambassadors can be assigned to macronations (most commonly to the macronation that surrounds a micronation), but are never recognised as ambassadors by the macronation. The definition of state visit remains the same for micronations as larger ones. Grand Duke Paul of Greifenberg made a state visit to President Kevin Baugh of Molossia on April 21, 2008, where they talked about micronationalism. On May 23, 2008, Grand Duke Paul visited Baron John I of the Barony of Caux. From June 27–30, 2008, Prince Christopher and Princess Erin of Vikesland visited Molossia. During the visit, they engaged in joint military and rocket projects. All of these state visits were between members of the League of Small Nations.
Micronations typically use definitions of embassies and ambassadors loosely. Lovely, for example, declares any location its flag is displayed to be an embassy. Some will declare just about any location to be an embassy, including a webpage. Some micronations consist purely as embassies. The citizens of Atlantia, a micronation on the Australian continent, all claim dual citizenship, both Australian and Atlantian.
Micronational war (WP) is usually done jokingly. For instance, micronations, such as the Conch Republic, and the Hutt River Province in 1977, have declared war on the macronations that surround them. Macronations generally ignore this. Wars may be declared between micronation; Molossia helped to create another micronation, Mustachistan, and after a territorial dispute went to war with it. Molossia also declared a never-ending war on East Germany (WP), which it claims still exists, on Ernst Thälmann Island. Slightly more serious incidents include Sealand, off the coast of England, whose territory is an island that was a military base during World War II base, that once fired warning shots when a British Navy boat came close to shore, and 'civil wars' in which citizens of a micronation declare war on it, hacking into its website to crash it.
The lie of WMDs in Iraq admitted
The USA retains over 10,000 nuclear warheads, down from a Cold War average of 20,000
Eight years ago, Colin Powell, on behalf of the Bush administration, set the USA, with its nuclear arsenal still at half its Cold War level, on a course for war with Iraq, with a cry of WMDs! OMG! The administration bulldozed their way past Intelligence agencies that decried their evidence as faulty, but Powell's and later Bush's 16 words speeches went on as planned. With the war, the fabrication of the war, and the aftermath of the war, there was much to obscure the fact that one of the reasons for the Bush administration's success in pulling a war out of a hat was that they had the pretext of a real person, albeit unreliable as a source, who was behind the story as they told it. Now, the source of the information, codenamed Curveball, has come clean.
"Key Bush Admin "Source" Admits to Lying about Iraqi WMD"
Weapons of mass destruction are nuclear, biological, or chemical
- An Iraqi defector whose claims were used to help build the case for the U.S. invasion of Iraq has admitted for the first time that he lied. In an interview with The Guardian of London, Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi—codenamed "Curveball"—says he fabricated tales of mobile biological weapons laboratories and other secret sites under Saddam Hussein. Janabi says he was hoping to topple Saddam Hussein’s government and was "shocked" when his claims were cited in then-U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s infamous address to the United Nations eight years ago. Top Bush administration officials insisted on highlighting Janabi’s claims despite widespread doubts amongst U.S. intelligence. - Headlines for February 16, 2011, Democracy Now!
Satirical graphic made in reaction to the internet blackout in Egypt
This shows a different side to the plausible deniability tactic, and a double standard for the reliability of information: providing just enough information to silence dissenters makes information reliable for allies and supporters, where just enough doubt for allies and supporters makes dissenters' information unreliable.
The Hacktivism (WP) group Anonymous (WP) displayed the altruistic side of direct action for the uninitiated, with low-tech faxes, to update Egyptians behind the information 'Iron Curtain' during the January 2011 internet block in Egypt.
In 2009, the Fanmi Lavalas party, closest to Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was forbidden participation in Haiti's November '10 elections by the provisional election council created by the current president, Rene Praval. Under cover of the Egyptian protests, the US, to the orchestrated swell of allegations of voter fraud as a pretext for runoff elections, pressured Haiti to remove Jude Celestin, the candidate least affiliated with right-wing Haitian government, US-backed Haitian governments, Haitian dictators, or all three, after the election was criticized as unfair. The US also pressured Haiti to add Michel Martelly to the ballot, to face Mirlande Manigat in the revised election.
Election fraud debunked; voter boycott proved
Michelle Martelly won the subsequent runoff election, that was also "marred by problems". The fact that 71% of Haitians stayed away from an election without Lavalas was used to justify the runoff election and give credence to the claims of voter fraud by Celestin. But at the runoff election itself, the turnout was even lower; 25% instead of 29%. The recent voter turnouts are a slump back to pre-Aristide levels; 60% or more of Haitians voted in all the elections in which Jean-Bertrand Aristide or his Lavalas party were on the ballot.
• Michel Martelly, 'popularly known as' "Sweet Micky" — a moniker sometimes used interchangeably to refer to himself as well as his band — is a Haitian performing and recording artist, composer, and musical sociopolitical activist, who breaks the expected lefty mold of American and British entertainers with his well-hidden support for the Duvalier regime. Between the time of the 1991 coup d'état and the return of Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1994, he also supported the government of disbanded Haitian military and pro-US forces that deposed Aristide and took power. He ran on a platform of nothing much in particular, being described as a joke candidate by many reports. However, he claimed nepotism and voter fraud by Celestin, as did Mirlande Manigat.
Coalition to Save the Preserves was a name chosen in 2002 by Mark Sands to cover up his arson of a building that he did not want in his area by portraying it as Propaganda of the deed (or more specifically, 'eco-terrorism').
The fact that Sands had been perpetrating a hoax, however dangerous a hoax, never seemed to fully sink into the minds of some US. security agency employees, and most likely others decided it would be expedient to ignore this fact, and they have issued numerous lists of terrorists with the CtStP included:
Understandably, Sands' Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) activity was something of a threat to real direct action (WP) advocates, and Earth First! (WP), with considerably fewer resources than the FBI or the later security agencies, was at the time, at pains to point out that it was not responsible for his activity
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 U.S. Aims To Lure Insurgents With 'Bait'
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 U.S. Snipers Accused of 'Baiting' Iraqis, Pauline Jelinek and Robert Burns, The Associated Press, Tuesday, September 25, 2007
- ↑ Stark writes to Defense Secretary Gates to express alarm at military "Baiting" of Iraqis
- ↑ Snipers Baited and Killed Iraqis, Soldiers Testify, Paul von Zielbauer, New York Times, September 25, 2007
- ↑ U.S. Army Snipers Accused of 'Baiting' Iraqi Insurgents Published September 25, 2007 "sworn statements and testimony in the cases of two other accused Ranger snipers indicate that the Army has a classified program that encourages snipers to "bait" potential targets and then kill whoever takes the bait", "The transcript of a court hearing for two of the three accused snipers makes several references to the existence of a classified "baiting" program"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Murder or Exhaustion in Iraq?, Time
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Weapons left by US troops 'used as bait to kill Iraqis', Kim Sengupta, Baghdad, Tuesday 25 September 2007
- ↑ 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 Fed up with your country? Create your own!, Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press, May 2, 2010. Seattle Times
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Rewards for Rebellion: Tiny Nation and Crown for Life Hutt River Journal, New York Times, page 1 & 2. Norimitsu Onishi, February 1, 2011
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 A nation to call their own; Talek Harris,AFP, in the Washington Times, July 25, 2010, pages 1-3. Also printed in Australia hosts independent micronations, China Post, pages 1&2
- ↑ Montevideo Convention Wikisource, can also be seen at Mt. Holyoak education database
- ↑ Our Sovereignty Republic of Molossia. Molossia'a statement on sovereignty, molossia.org
- ↑ Micronational diplomacy
- ↑ The Kingdom of Talossa
- ↑ We Could Have Invited Everyone; Art in Review. Roberta Smith, July 15, 2005 New York Times
- ↑ "Mini-states Down Under are sure they can secede", by Nick Squires, The Daily Telegraph (UK), 2005 February 24
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 "If at first you don't secede...", by Mark Dapin, The Sydney Morning Herald - Good Weekend, 2005 February 12, pp 47-50
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 18.2 Utopian Rulers, and Spoofs, Stake Out Territory Online; Stephen Mimh, May 25, 2000. New York Times
- ↑ New York Times, 25th May 2000; "The NSK state denies in its fundamental acts the categories of fixed territory, the principle of national borders, and advocates the law of transnationality." Utopian Rulers...
- ↑ Fate of Soviet 'Little Nations' at risk as union disintegrates Miami Herald - November 21, 1991. "Most of the "micronations" are the remnants of Slavic and Turkic tribes that once roamed what is now the Soviet Union. Some are descendants of fiefdoms"
- ↑ Organisation of Active Micronations
- ↑ Member Nations Organisation of Active Micronations
- ↑ Member Nations League of Small Nations
- ↑ Micronational Professional Registry (MPR)
- ↑ LoSS: League of Secessionist States
- ↑ United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA): UMMOA/AMOMU
- ↑ Micronations Life Matters, Past Programs, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- ↑ Greifenberg State Visit, 22 April 2008, XXXI Khamsin Molossia News
- ↑ Leaders of Greifenberg and Barony of Caux Meet, Tuesday, 27 May 2008, Greifenberg Press Agency (GPA)
- ↑ Vikesland State Visit, 30 June 2008, XXXI Khamsin Molossia News
- ↑ How to Start Your Own Country, YouTube
- ↑ 'Lonely Planet' Explores Micronations; Lonely Planet, November 1, 2006, National Public Radio
- ↑ (2008). Principality of Hutt River - Official website. URL accessed on 2011-3-29.
- ↑ Molossian 'war' with Mustachistan
- ↑ Molossian 'war' on East Germany
- ↑ 36.0 36.1 Key Bush Admin "Source" Admits to Lying about Iraqi WMD, Headlines for February 16, 2011, Democracy Now!
- ↑ 37.0 37.1 Security1871Share13diggsdigg73inShareAmid Digital Blackout, Anonymous Mass-Faxes WikiLeaks Cables To Egypt 28 Jan '11, Andy Greenberg, The Firewall
- ↑ 38.0 38.1 Michel Martelly Wins Haiti Presidential Election Democracy Now!, 5th April 2011
- ↑ Forum Haiti : Des Idées et des Débats sur l'Avenir d'Haiti (in English)
- ↑ Anatomy of an official lie; Chez-nous, Dick Bernard, March 3, 2006
- ↑ Elections held in 2000 Haiti Parliamentary Chamber: Sénat
- ↑ Last elections Haiti. Chambre des Députés (Chamber of Deputies)
- ↑ "His Music Rules in Haiti: Sweet Micky's provocative music moves Haitians with an infectious beat and political overtones" Miami New Times, Elise Ackerman, May 29, 1997
- ↑ 44.0 44.1 Michel Martelly, Stealth Duvalierist The Dominion, news from the grassroots, 16 Dec, '10
- ↑ Michel Martelly, de la chanson à l'élection, Kahina Sakkai, Paris Match, Feb 04, 2011
- ↑ Trumped-Up Eco-Terrorism: An Arsonist's Tale JAMES HIBBERD, New York Times, 12 February, 2002
- ↑ A Homeland Security Model for Assessing US Domestic Threats Shawn Cupp and Michael G. Spight, PDF
- ↑ Coalition to Save the Preserves (CSP) Terrorist Organization Profile, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (WP)
- ↑ Earth First! Journal
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Rebel suicide bomber kills top Syrian officials
It has been pretty hard to tell who the bad guys are in Syria, a regime used by the US to torture extrajudicial prisoners, that is now being double-crossed by the US, perhaps to the point of backing the rebels against them. Someone has been massacring civilians, and possibly both sides.
The grey area has grown and darkened now that the rebels have used assassinations, like the Obama administration's drone strikes...only with suicide bombers. Like Al-Qaeda, the PLO, and almost every group on the US' terrorist list. So does that mean that the rebels supported by state leaders all around the world, in lockstep with the US, are terrorists? Or is suicide bombing now OK? Is this something the US opposes? Is there an outcry of "terrorist actions"? No. How about something like "brutal"? Well, no. In fact, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta used the same blaming the victim technique as was used on Haiti's Aristide, when rebels tried to take over his country; Assad will be held responsible if it does not safeguard its stockpile of chemical weapons.
Does this utter absence of criticism means that suicide bombing is going to follow torture in the transition from a crime with which the US pot can call its enemies' kettles red, to just another military option? And if it does, then that means that the rest of the 'terrorists' are just irregular military with fewer military options than the US, as Anarchopedia has always contended.
Legislative coup d'état removes President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay
Lugo’s opponents’ had planned the coup, and U.S. officials had known about it, as early as 2009. "Capitalize on any Lugo missteps to break the political deadlock in Congress, impeach Lugo and assure their own political supremacy", reads a diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.
The announcement of Lugo's impeachment proceedings came just a day before he was given two hours to prepare his legal defense; Lugo declined to address the proceedings. Legislator's statements were long on quotes of constitutional rules and short on rationale. In particular, there were no concrete examples of his 'misconduct'. Lugo has strong support in the populace, but the legislature was filled with the same party as had ruled Paraguay for 61 years. On the 25th of June, 2012, Fernando Lugo said he would create a parallel cabinet, and bring his case before the coming week's summit of the Mercosur trade bloc in Mendoza, Argentina
- "The two things to look out for is, one if military aid to Paraguayan army will continue. The U.S. is a supplier of much material and financial support to the security forces in Paraguay, and two, if it will take advantage of the crisis to go forward with a long sought military base in the region, which the Pentagon, Southcom (WP), has wanted for a while"-Greg Grandin (WP)
O, Drug War, where is thy Sting?..Really, where did it go, have you seen it around anywhere?
One of Project Gunrunner's (see Operation: IRONY) plans to deprive Mexican drug cartels of weaponry, the ATF's (WP) Operation Fast and Furious, gave them weapons instead. It thereby achieved optimum Oppositeness. Or did it? See CIA drug trafficking
Labor Day protests
International Workers' Day (WP) also known as May Day (also, outside of the US and UK, known as Labor Day) rallies and protests were a mix of the traditional yearly events and a resurgence of Occupy Movement (WP) events
Guardian full day listing of events , and in pictures
SFGate: 15 minutes, 30 people, 30 businesses trashed, no arrests
The Sacred Temple of the All-Seeing Eye, Bluffdale, Utah
During the Cold War, the National Security Agency intercepted the communications of Russia and China and a handful of communist states, while the US busied itself with taking over the world secretly. Now that other countries are fighting back, and the US does its regime changes largely in the open, the NSA has given itself the task of intercepting, decoding, and assessing ALL communications, EVERYWHERE, ALL THE TIME.
In order to do this, the NSA is building the largest intelligence complex ever; more than five times the size of the US Capitol, in Bluffdale, Utah, in the heart of Mormon country.
The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say), by James Bamford. James Bamford interview on Democracy Now!
"Seven countries in five years"
Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran
See:Seven countries in five years
Seven government and countries, all of which have already been the targets of extra-diplomatic actions and military US action in past years, were overtly targeted for invasion and overthrow by the Bush administration in late 2000. This objective has been achieved in two, although resistance to foreign occupation of Iraq and Libya will continue for the foreseeable future.
General Wesley Clark, not the staunchest ally of human rights himself (authorizing the use of depleted uranium rounds and attacks on civilians in Yugoslavia, for example), was nonetheless moved for whatever reason to deplore this policy publicly. However, it was six years before he did so, in an interview with Democracy Now!, a conference at the Commonwealth Club of California, and elsewhere.
The third name for Blackwater, Academi
Blackwater is now Xe is now Academi
- Blackwater Worldwide changed its name to Xe, and has most recently (better to not say now, as it could change again any day, it seems) changed it again to Academi. This was more than sufficient to get the Blackwater Watch article and its other two incarnations removed from Wikipedia entirely; see Xe Watch#Deletion from Wikipedia
Anarchopedia:Current events archive
- ↑ http://www.democracynow.org/2012/7/18/bomber_strikes_syrian_regime_in_damascus Bomber Strikes Syrian Regime in Damascus, Killing Assad’s Defense Minister, Brother-in-Law July 18, 2012, Democracy Now!
- ↑ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/07/201271901412429234.html US says Assad 'losing control' of crisis, Al Jazeera
- ↑ "U.S. Undecided on Whether Lugo Ouster was a Coup" Democracy Now!
- ↑ Latest News-(this link will rot, so replace) Former paraguayan president fernando lugo organizes a shadow government, Pedro Servin, Associated Press
- ↑ Coup in Paraguay: Will U.S. Join Latin America in Condemning Ouster of President Fernando Lugo? Democracy Now!
- ↑ Declan Walsh and Ewen MacAskill. American who sparked diplomatic crisis over Lahore shooting was CIA spy. The Guardian. URL accessed on 2011-02-21.
- ↑ Chaudhry, Asif US official guns down two motorcyclists in Lahore. Wikipedia:Dawn (newspaper). URL accessed on 13 February 2011.
- ↑ US official Raymond Davis on Lahore murder charges. BBC News. URL accessed on 31 January 2011.
- ↑ Perlez, Jane (29 January 2012). "U.S. Seeks Release of Official in Pakistan". Wikipedia:The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/30/world/asia/30pakistan.html. Retrieved 13 February 2011.</li>
- ↑ Democracy Now!: "America is Not Broke!": Michael Moore addresses thousands in Madison, Wisconsin March 07, 2011</li>
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Such that you may know...
- No one is certain what the 'p' in "pH", the standard of acidity and alkalinity, stands for. The "H" stands for Hydrogen
- Jasmine Revolution may refer to:
- North Carolina Stop Torture Now! was responsible for media attention to the subject of extraordinary rendition, and yet had its article deleted from Wikipedia
- The US 'Hearts & Minds' campaign in Hīt, Iraq, and presumably other areas, was largely about buying the support of a few individuals
- Hunt Saboteurs were successful in convincing the U.K. government to ban fox hunting. Drag hunting with human-laid scent trails is now in some cases used instead, but partly because it was advocated by their mortal enemies, hunt saboteurs, some hunt clubs are 'cutting off their nose to spite their face' and refusing to implement the alternative
- The Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit (LEIU) is an privately owned but government funded organization used by the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) to amass files on private citizens while evading the United States Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
- "...everyone knows what 'fairness' means..." The average world income is the same as the U.S. "poverty line" See, Egalitarianism "...the world economy is not a zero sum (WP) game..."
- ...The name of Montreal's anarchist bookstore, Librairie l'Insoumise, means "The Insubordinate", a derogatory moniker given to the French anarchist and participant in the Paris Commune, Louise Michel. She was accused of:
- Trying to overthrow the government
- Encouraging citizens to arm themselves
- Possession and use of weapons, and wearing a military uniform
- Forgery of a document
- Using a false document
- Planning to assassinate hostages
- Illegal arrests, torturing and killing
- All before she had even become an anarchist. She was not radicalized until she was sent to prison
- ...Because they are much smaller than previous types of satellites, Microsatellites can be placed in orbits much closer to Earth. Because they are closer, the area from which they can receive signals and to which they can send them is much smaller, in the opposite way to a goalie protecting more of a soccer goal with the same reach, the further out from the goal he is, or the same way as a torch/flashlight shines its light on a smaller area the closer to a a reflective surface it comes. Despite the fact that this requires many microsatellites to be launched at the same time, to cover the same area, it is still cheaper to launch and maintain the 'constellations' of satellites, as their formations are called, and they cover their assigned areas faster