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Julian Assange:
'When you post to Facebook,
you're being a rat'

Assange joins party for his book When Google Met WikiLeaks to discuss the consequences of Google's power in the 21st century

James Camp,, Thursday 25 September 2014 16.08 EDT, Article Source

Google chairman Eric Schmidt is actually quite similar to me ... Only he's very banal, Assange said. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty
‘[Google chairman] Eric Schmidt is actually quite similar to me …
Only he's very banal,' Assange said. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

How does a wanted man have a book party? On Wednesday night at Babycastles, a Manhattan videogame-art collective, Julian Assange celebrated the publication of his new book, When Google Met WikiLeaks. He was present via videochat. The collectivists projected him on their walls. A crowd had formed to see the shining-haired hacker king – youngish New Yorkers, mostly. They stood or sat and drank beers as Assange talked about the internet.

Assange said: "Compare the mission statements of Google and the NSA – the NSA, who literally say, ‘We want to collect all private information, pool it, store it, sort it, index it, and exploit it.' Whereas Google says, ‘We want to collect all private information, pool it, store it, sort it, and sell those profiles to advertisers.' Really, they're almost identical."

He said, "Every time you go to a party and take a picture and post that picture to Facebook, you're being a rat. You're being a narc."

Assange now wears a beard. It fuzzed as the feed wavered.

"People who use Google are the product," he said.

Assange has not left the Ecuadorean embassy in London since August 2012. Meanwhile, he is cursed by statesmen, acclaimed by radicals, and copied by anarchists all over. "Thank God for prison!" the hero of Aleksandr Solzenhitsyn's In the First Circle thinks. "It gave me the chance to think." Assange, at least, has been writing.

When Google Met WikiLeaks tells the story of his "secret" meeting in 2011 with Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google. It is presented as a summit of equals – futurology as practiced by two prophets. But in an interview a day earlier, Schmidt had called Assange "very paranoid".

Assange said: "Schmidt is actually quite similar to me – a smart guy, a very smart guy, who grasps structures and systems quickly. Only he's very banal. He lacks language. He doesn't have the capacity for a nuanced understanding of geopolitics."

 New Yorkers watch, drink beer, as Assange talks about the internet Photograph: OR Books/ Courtney Dudley Photography
New Yorkers watch, drink beer, as Assange talks about the internet
Photograph: OR Books/ Courtney Dudley Photography

Assange said, "It really wasn't personal, until yesterday."

He drew up an image of Schmidt's new book. It is called How Google Works. The cover is like Assange's cover – a mock Google homepage. On Assange's, "I'm feeling evil" replaces "I'm feeling lucky."

Assange said, "Mine was leaked long before his came out. Could it be a happy coincidence?"

Assange spoke of revolving doors and unkept promises. He lamented the "standardization of human behavior" imposed by Google. He attacked its "playroom logos and curved fonts", the kiddie aesthetic overlaying the corporate agenda. Assange seemed offended by the unadultness of it all. "Only these banal tech reporters will write anything about it," he said. "No one understood nuclear weapons either, at first, but like the internet they shaped geopolitics."

Assange spoke to an audience that believed him.

"Google never collaborated with the NSA," Schmidt said on Tuesday in response to Assange's claims. "In fact, we've fought very hard against what they did."

At Babycastles, Assange worried only about being "boring." Twenty minutes in, the camera pulled back to reveal MIA. The provocateur and pop star sat alongside Assange and expressed her hope for his imminent freedom. Assange quotes her lyrics in his book – "Armbone connects to the handbone / Handbone connects to the internet" – a mantra for the new paranoia. MIA explained, "I was out living near burning man. Eric Schmidt must have had a bad LSD trip and I tuned into it."

Then MIA wandered off. Assange skipped over his own troubles – the allegations of rape, the memoirs of the disaffected. He took questions and subverted their premises. What is a greater force for good, corporations or nations? "You're assuming a difference between the private sector and the state." Was "paranoia a badge of honor"? The question came from the moderator, Daniel Stuckey of Motherboard. "Well … Schmidt has a difficult job," Assange said. Was he the only grown-up in the room?

"He's so punk," said Liz, a music journalist.

"He's steampunk," said Pamela Drew.

Said Nick, a student, of Assange's plight: "It's more like Brave New World than 1984. It's not like these sexy YA dystopias."

The moderator took a survey – how many Google employees were in the house? No hands. "I'll offer them a deal," Assange said. "Twenty percent off, and we'll mail the book to you in a brown paper bag." Laughter – but could Assange hear it? His publisher, Colin Robinson, confirmed that Assange was for real.


Ed. Note: = "Schmidt had called Assange "very paranoid".

Speaking of Paranoid:

Drones should be banned from private use, says Google’s Eric Schmidt

Google executive chairman says in Guardian interview that technology has potential to ‘democratise the ability to fight war’

Google chief urges action to regulate mini-drones

The influential head of Google, Eric Schmidt, has called for civilian drone technology to be regulated, warning about privacy and security concerns.

Google Political Donations: Where Company Execs Put Their Cash

With the news last week that Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has finally agreed to testify before a Senate subcommittee on antitrust issues in September, we thought it would be interesting to look at which politicians have benefited the most from campaign contributions by Schmidt -- and Google as a whole.

Republicons and Democraps
Have Sold Out 'The People' &
Country, and Nobody Cares !

For the Denialist and Apathetic Inclined

Although it has been said before, here is a final attempt to show why things are, the way they are today, using recorded history.

In my opinion this whole pissing match called government started a very long time ago, but ignited when Democrat President Harry S. Truman fired Republican supporter General Douglas MacArthur for breaking protocol.

There is a tradition in American government that the military is subordinate to the civilian leaders. Generals do not make statements about policy without first clearing them with their superiors. But MacArthur, used to ruling in Japan, ignored the chain of command, and began writing letters about what the United States should do in Korea. He sent a letter to the Veterans of Foreign Wars saying that Formosa would be a fine place to launch an aggressive campaign against China. After the Chinese entered the war -- something MacArthur had assured Truman would never happen -- MacArthur wrote to Speaker of the House Joe Martin saying the United States could only win by an all-out war, and this meant bombing the Manchurian bases. So Harry Truman fired him, and evoked a firestorm of criticism from conservatives who believed Truman to be soft on communism. But there is no question that Truman was absolutely correct. Whether his overall policy was right or wrong, the American Constitution commits control of foreign policy to the president and not to the military. As Truman explained, avoidance of World War III while containing aggression was a difficult line to walk, but that was the policy the United States had decided upon. No soldier, not even a five-star general, could unilaterally challenge that policy without disturbing an essential element of democratic government. [This quote was originally located at ~ http:// usinfo. state. gov /usa /infousa /facts /democrac /58.htm ~ and has been removed]

On 11 April 1951, U.S. President Harry S. Truman relieved General of the Army Douglas MacArthur of his commands for making public statements that contradicted the administration's policies. MacArthur was a popular hero of World War II who was then the commander of United Nations forces fighting in the Korean War, and his relief remains a controversial topic in the field of civil-military relations. [Click to Continue Reading at Wikipedia]

I became interested in the above background when General Alexander Haig said, "I am in control here" [of the United States] after President Ronald Reagan had been shot and was laying on the operating table; "indicating that, while President Reagan had not "transfer[red] the helm", Haig was in fact directing White House Crisis Management, "giving the impression a military coup of the United States had occurred! [Click to Continue Reading at Wikipedia]

Every 'Brass' has their 'pretty boy' and staff. MacArthur's pretty boy was 2nd Lieutenant Alexander M. Haig.

As a young officer, Haig served on the staff of General Douglas MacArthur in Japan. In the early days of the Korean War, Haig was responsible for maintaining General MacArthur's situation map and briefing MacArthur each evening on the day's battlefield events. Haig later served (1950–51) with the X Corps, as aide to MacArthur's Chief of Staff [Click to Continue Reading at Wikipedia]

Since then, I have been trying to figure out what really happened and here is what I come up with, so far.

General MacArthur hated Truman and had many Republican friends in 'high places'.

As the [Korean War] crisis intensified and public backing for the war eroded, MacArthur stepped up his private and public criticisms of the administration. Predicting catastrophe unless dramatic action was taken, MacArthur recommended full-scale military action against the People's Republic of China, including a coastal blockade of the Chinese mainland, intensive bombing of industrial centers in Manchuria and northern China, and the unleashing of at least 50,000 of Chiang's Nationalist troops on the Korean peninsula. He also suggested using atomic weapons against China, although he put forth no precise plan for deployment. By the spring of 1951 he advocated a second major offensive north of the thirty-eighth parallel to unify the two Koreas. His pronouncements found an especially receptive audience among conservative Republicans--including House Minority leader Joe Martinof Massachusetts, California Representative Richard M. Nixon, and Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy--who had vigorously attacked Truman for over committing U.S. power to Europe and giving short shrift to Asia. MacArthur had established a political power base with these Republicans and had never hid his own presidential ambitions. [This quote was originally located at ~ http:// www. lexisnexis. com /academic /2upa /Aph /truman_docs /guide_intros /tru20.htm ~ and has been removed]

There is another person in this group that MacArthur, Martin, Nixon, and McCarthy were friendly with who can be associated with dirty tricks due to his Secret 'Enemies' List; sometimes referred to as the "D List," and that is J. Edgar Hoover, who was known in some circles as Lil' Queenie.

Late in life and after his death Hoover became a controversial figure, as evidence of his secretive actions became known. His critics have accused him of exceeding the jurisdiction of the FBI. He used the FBI to harass political dissenters and activists, to amass secret files on political leaders, and to collect evidence using illegal methods. Hoover consequently amassed a great deal of power and was in a position to intimidate and threaten sitting Presidents.

According to President Harry S. Truman, Hoover transformed the FBI into his private secret police force; Truman stated that "we want no Gestapo or secret police. The FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail. J. Edgar Hoover would give his right eye to take over, and all congressmen and senators are afraid of him". [Click to Continue Reading at Wikipedia]

Even before he became director of the FBI, Hoover was conducting secret intelligence operations against U.S. citizens he suspected were anarchists, radical leftists or communists.

On Jan. 1, 1920, Hoover sent out the arrest orders, and at least 6,000 people were arrested and detained throughout the country. "When the dust cleared, maybe 1 in 10 was found guilty of a deportable offense."

"Hoover is the inventor of the modern American national security state."

"When it came down to bugging bedrooms, you had to be careful not to get caught, but there wasn't anything to stop him. He decided up to a point ... where the boundaries of the law [were] when it came to black bag jobs, break-ins, bugging, surveillance, the constitutionality of gathering secret intelligence on America's enemies — both real and imagined." [Click to Continue Reading at NPR]

The scariest person listed above, besides President (I AM NOT A CROOK) Dick and J. Edgar, was Senator Joseph McCarthy.

The hunt for subversives started during the war itself, and was furthered by congressional committees that often abused their powers of investigation to harass people with whom they differed politically. Then in February 1950, an undistinguished, first-term Republican senator from Wisconsin, Joseph McCarthy, burst into national prominence when, in a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, he held up a piece of paper that he claimed was a list of 205 known communists currently working in the State Department. McCarthy never produced documentation for a single one of his charges, but for the next four years he exploited an issue that he realized had touched a nerve in the American public. Resolved, That the Senator from Wisconsin, Mr. McCarthy, failed to cooperate with the Subcommittee on Privileges and Elections of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration in clearing up matters referred to that subcommittee which concerned his conduct as a Senator and affected the honor of the Senate and, instead, repeatedly abused the subcommittee and its members who were trying to carry out assigned duties, thereby obstructing the constitutional processes of the Senate, and that this conduct of the Senator from Wisconsin, Mr. McCarthy, is contrary to senatorial traditions and is hereby condemned. [This quote was originally located at ~ http:// exchanges. state. gov /education /engteaching /pubs /AmLnC /br60.htm ~ and has been removed]

Joseph Raymond "Joe" McCarthy (November 14, 1908 – May 2, 1957) was an American politician who served as a Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 until his death in 1957. Beginning in 1950, McCarthy became the most visible public face of a period in which Cold War tensions fueled fears of widespread Communist subversion. He was noted for making claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers inside the United States federal government and elsewhere. Ultimately, his tactics and inability to substantiate his claims led him to be censured by the United States Senate.

The term McCarthyism, coined in 1950 in reference to McCarthy's practices, was soon applied to similar anti-communist activities. Today the term is used more generally in reference to demagogic, reckless, and unsubstantiated accusations, as well as public attacks on the character or patriotism of political opponents. [Click to Continue Reading at Wikipedia]

Enter Republican President Ike [Click to Read Wikipedia page on President Dwight D. Eisenhower]

[Ed. Note: I liked Ike ~ Click to Read my favorite Ike quote ~ Dahbud Mensch]

During World War I, Eisenhower (nicknamed "Ike" as a boy) served at several military training camps, establishing himself as a first-rate organizer and trainer of men. He spent two years as executive officer to Gen. Fox Conner, military commander at Camp Gaillard in the Panama Canal Zone. With Conner's help, Eisenhower was admitted to the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1926, he graduated first in his class of 275, going on to attend the Army War College in Washington, D.C. He advanced in his career, holding various posts, including aide to General Douglas MacArthur, then Chief of Staff of the United States Army. Going with MacArthur when the General was named military adviser to the Commonwealth of the Philippines in 1935, Eisenhower helped establish the Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Military Academy. He obtained a pilot's license at age 47. [This quote was originally located at ~ http:// wondersmith .com /clipart /presidents /Dwight _D _ Eisenhower .htm ~ and has been removed]


1. Senator Joseph McCarthy, 2. Harry S. Truman, 3. Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, 4. John F. Kennedy, 5. General Douglas MacArthur, and special mention Lyndon B. Johnson. [This quote was originally located at ~ http:// www .nps .gov /eise /5accomp4 .htm ~ and has been removed]

Enter Republican President (I am not a crook) Nixon

Nixon blamed the country's economic and other problems on Democratic President Truman's administration and argued that things were much improved under the outgoing Republican administration of Eisenhower. [Click to Continue Reading at CNN]

Then there was the "Cold War" and the "Bay of Pigs"

There are some who believe the "Bay of Pigs" was the beginning of a Coup of the United States Government and part of the reason for Democrat President John Kennedy's assassination.

Quick review:

Democratic President Truman totally angers Republican General Douglas MacArthur.

Republican President Eisenhower warns of "The Military Industrial Complex," is quickly shuffled out of media limelight, and ends up playing golf for the remainder of his term.

Kennedy becomes President, defeating Nixon and totally angers the 'Intelligence Community'. (Most 'Intelligence personnel' have a military background and some of them belong to organizations / orders / societies they entered as students.)

At this point, you have to ask yourself what made a difference during these times and the answer is, 'Military controlled' atomic bomb; which annihilated the "Right to Bear Arms" and made things historically 'one sided'; in that, the wealthy 1% of the population that controlled the remaining 99% lost control to their 'Royal Guard'.

The "Cold War" link above could be used as an outline.

Enter Republican President Ronald Wilson Reagan a.k.a. 666, because each of his three names contained six letters.

I put a UFO link for Reagan because when he started talking about UFOs it was about the same time one stopped seeing him in public and on corporate media.

There was a story floating around about Reagan when he was president with no historical reference:

Apparently, because Reagan was a 'favorite son' of military, the Brass decided to show him contents of a secret location and it, using a Hippie term, "blew his mind," to the point where he could not stop talking about it (see above UFO link for speeches).

More interesting during these times was one hardly saw Vice President George H. W. Bush; except for Vice Presidential functions, during the entire Reagan era. What was he doing, running the country from behind the curtain?

Enter Republican President George H. W. Bush

The powerful men of Skull & Bones genuinely believe that they have a strategic and moral "right" to control world affairs. Consequently, they take upon themselves the authority to crush any frivolous threat to U.S. imperial leadership, whether by current allies, such as Japan, Germany or Great Britain, or by Cold War adversaries, like the Soviet Union. The members of the Order, due to their narrow WASP upbringing, view with particular suspicion the maneuverings of Zionist Israel and its affluent, influential lobby in the United States.

Bush, his fellow Bonesmen and their like-thinking elitist allies in the American Establishment see themselves as New World Order warriors, an American samurai caste of sorts, whose mission is restoring American greatness. They intend to utilize the institutional networks of the U.S. government and key private agencies, such as the New York Council on Foreign Relations, to advance their purpose.

The fulcrum for the policy of constructive chaos is, at present, the Middle East situation. Although U.S. military action in the region has for the time being subsided, America's military power will remain a critical determinant in the future of that vital zone of conflict. American military power is aimed at securing undisputed control over the vast reservoir of oil -- not at necessarily fostering any permanent alignment of local states or combinations of regional interests. [This quote was originally located at ~ http:// davidicke .www .50megs .com /icke /magazine /vol10 /articles /skullboneswp .html ~ and has been removed]

Skull and Bones is an undergraduate senior secret society at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. It is the oldest senior class landed society at Yale. The society's alumni organization, the Russell Trust Association, owns the society's real estate and oversees the organization. The society is known informally as "Bones", and members are known as "Bonesmen".

The group Skull and Bones is featured in conspiracy theories, which claim that the society plays a role in a globalist / corporatist conspiracy for world control. Theorists such as Alexandra Robbins suggest that Skull and Bones is a branch of the Illuminati, or that Skull and Bones itself controls the Central Intelligence Agency. [Click to Continue Reading at Wikipedia]

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from Texas [Mr. Gonzalez] is recognized for 60 minutes.

Mr. GONZALEZ. Mr. Speaker, last week I showed that this administration, President Bush's administration, deliberately and not inadvertently helped to arm Iraq by allowing United States technology to be shipped to the Iraqi military and to the Iraqi weapons factories. Throughout the course of the Bush administration, United States and foreign firms were granted export licenses to ship United States technology directly to Iraqi weapons facilities, despite ample evidence showing that these factories were producing weapons.

I also showed how the President misled the Congress and the public about the role United States firms played in arming Iraq.

Today I will show that the highest levels of the Bush administration, including the President himself, had specific knowledge of Iraq's military industrialization plans, and despite that knowledge, the President mandated the policy of coddling Saddam Hussein as spelled out in National Security Directive 26 (NSD-26) issued in October 1989. This policy was not changed until after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, by which time the Bush administration had sent Saddam Hussein billions of dollars in United States financial assistance, technology and useful military intelligence information.

I will also show how the President's policy of appeasing Saddam Hussein was at odds with those in the administration who saw Iraq as a major proliferation threat. [Click to Continue Reading Congressional Record]

Bush's Impending Watergate By Harvey Wasserman May 23, 1991

George Bush should be impeached. Whether he will be impeached depends on the intestinal fortitude of Congress. But the evidence is clearly sufficient to begin proceedings.

The idea that Ronald Reagan and George Bush could have conspired to prolong the torment of U.S. hostages dwarfs the miasma that was Watergate on both a moral and political scale. Ultimately its impact will depend on the willingness of Congress to investigate the facts and act on what it finds. It is time for Congress to once again assume its role in the balance of powers. Impeachment means bringing to trial. The evidence is clearly sufficient to begin the process. [Click to Continue Reading]

Bush Administration Uses CIA To Stonewall Iraqgate Investigation by Jack Colhoun (Early 1990s)

In House floor speeches, Rep. Henry Gonzalez has documented how pre-Gulf War U.S. policy helped Iraq develop weapons of mass destruction. But President George Bush, taking a page from one of the darkest chapters of the Nixon presidency, has enlisted the CIA as part of his campaign to derail the Texas Democrat's Iraqgate investigation. The CIA is investigating Gonzalez for revealing allegedly secret intelligence information, which it claims has harmed U.S. national security interests. [Click to Continue Reading] ~ [This quote was originally located at ~ http:// mediafilter .org /MFF /BushCIAstonewall .html ~ and has been removed]

About two of every seven licenses for the export of "dual use" technology items approved between 1985 and 1990 by the U.S. Department of Commerce "went either directly to the Iraqi armed forces, to Iraqi end-users engaged in weapons production, or to Iraqi enterprises suspected of diverting technology" to weapons of mass destruction, according to an investigation by House Banking Committee Chairman Henry B. Gonzalez. Confidential Commerce Department files also reveal that the Reagan and Bush administrations approved at least 80 direct exports to the Iraqi military. These included computers, communications equipment, aircraft navigation and radar equipment

[A more refined search will show the Reagan and Bush Administration also provided biological and chemical weapons to Iraq]

He cautioned that the DIA "would have never accepted the use of chemical weapons against civilians, but the use against military objectives was seen as inevitable in the Iraqi struggle for survival." The Reagan administration did not stop aiding Iraq after receiving reports affirming the use of poison gas on Kurdish civilian.

Joost R. Hiltermann says that when the Iraqi military turned its chemical weapons on the Kurds during the war, killing approximately 5,000 people in the town of Halabja and injuring thousands more, the Reagan administration actually sought to obscure Iraqi leadership culpability by suggesting, inaccurately, that the Iranians may have carried out the attack. [Click to Continue Reading at Wikipedia]

When contemplating war, beware of babies in incubators by Tom Regan

[The Lie] "I saw the Iraqi soldiers come into the hospital with guns, and go into the room where 15 babies were in incubators. They took the babies out of the incubators, took the incubators and left the babies on the cold floor to die." [Click to Continue Reading at The Christian Science Monitor]

At this point, we will take a short break due to current short attention span and continue in a few days with the 'meat of this article' when this line disappears; however, here is another link one can read showing a number of U.S. Presidents who should have been placed in jail; but then again, THEY are politicians.

List of federal political scandals in the United States and if one wants to see one perspective of how and why, take the time to read this.


Violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution

Violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution

Unlawful electronic surveillance or disclosure or use of information obtained by electronic surveillance in violation of 50 U.S.C. §1809.

Unlawful interception, use or disclosure of Class communications in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2511

Unlawful solicitation and obtained disclosure of the contents of communications in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2702(a)(1) or (a)(2)

Unlawful solicitation and obtained disclosure of non-content records or other information in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2702(a)(3)

Violation of the Administrative Procedures Act

Violation of the constitutional principle of separation of powers

Cartoon of government wire taps on U.S. Citizens from Cagle Cartoons

The Patriot Act
Initiated by Republicons and Supported by Democraps

Nobody Should Be President !!!

Mike Wilhelm ~ Charlatans, Flamin' Groovies, Loose Gravel, and more

Hi Curtis...

Something for the page.

Keep rockin', Mike

Michael Wilhelm

Photo: Ukiah Daily Journal, Karen Rifkin. Mike Wilhelm & Rich Kirch jam unplugged.
Photo: Ukiah Daily Journal, Karen Rifkin. Mike Wilhelm (left) & Rich Kirch jam unplugged.

Blues, Brews and BBQ:
Meals on Wheels benefit
September 27, 2014
6 to 10 PM
Mendocino Lake Event Center
1500 Lake Mendocino Drive, Ukiah, CA

Boogie in the Wine Country! Mike Wilhelm will be opening the show solo acoustic at Blues, Brews and BBQ on Sept. 27 at Mendocino Lake Event Center at 1500 Lake Mendocino Drive, Ukiah, CA.

The headliner is Rich Kirch's Talk That Talk featuring: vocals by Lisa Kindred (Lisa Kindred Band); guitars by Rich Kirch, (John Lee Hooker Band), Dave Aguilar (Norton Buffalo); bass by Ron Perry (John Lee Hooker Band) and, last but not least, drums by Roy Blumenfeld (The Blues Project), Barry Melton Band. Expect a lot of jamming and unexpected surprises.

This show is a Plowshares benefit for Meals on Wheels which will run from 6 to 10 pm. Gourmet BBQ & Anderson Valley Brewing beers, vegetarian menu available as well. Admission includes dinner and music.

Advance tickets are available at Dig Music, Mendocino Book Company and Plowshares. Sponsors include: Thurston Auto Corporation, Frey Organic Winery, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Beckstoffer Vineyards, K-Wine and Max radio stations. Further information at Plowshares, tel. (707) 462-8582.

[Your Burdensome Tax Dollars At Work?]
[Where's the money Rumsfeld; offshore politician accounts?]

US school districts given free
machine guns and grenade launchers

Calls to hand back weapons and gear, from M16 rifles to mine-proof vehicles, obtained under Pentagon scheme

Associated Press in Los Angeles,, Thursday 18 September 2014 00.30 EDT, Article Source

 An MRAP armoured vehicle of the type acquired by US school districts under a Pentagon giveaway of military equipment and weaponry. Photograph: Steven Valenti/AP
An MRAP armoured vehicle of the type acquired by US school districts under a Pentagon
giveaway of military equipment and weaponry. Photograph: Steven Valenti/AP

School police departments across the US have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine-resistant armoured vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.

At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police responded to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, with teargas, armour-clad military trucks and riot gear.

Amid that increased criticism, several school districts have said they will give some of the equipment back but others plan to keep it. Nearly two dozen education and civil liberties groups have sent a letter to the Pentagon and the justice and education departments urging a stop to transfers of military weapons to school police.

The Los Angeles unified school district, the nation’s second-largest at 710 square miles with more than 900,000 students enrolled, said it would remove three grenade launchers it had acquired because they “are not essential life-saving items within the scope, duties and mission” of the district’s police force.

But the district would keep the 60 M16s and a military vehicle known as an MRAP used in Iraq and Afghanistan that was built to withstand mine blasts.

District police Chief Steve Zipperman told the Associated Press that the M16s were used for training and the MRAP, parked off campus, was acquired because the district could not afford to buy armoured vehicles that might be used to protect officers and help students in a school shooting.

“That vehicle is used in very extraordinary circumstances involving a life-saving situation for an armed threat,” Zipperman said. “Quite frankly I hope we never have to deploy it.”

Law enforcement agencies around the country equipped themselves by turning to the Pentagon program, which the defence department has used to get rid of gear it no longer needs. Since the Columbine school shooting in 1999 school districts have increasingly participated.

Federal records show schools in Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, Texas and Utah obtained surplus military gear. At least six California districts have received equipment, state records show.

Democratic congressman Adam Schiff said while there was a role for surplus equipment going to local police departments “it’s difficult to see what scenario would require a grenade launcher or a mine-resistant vehicle for a school police department”.

In Texas, Tina Veal-Gooch, executive director of public relations at Texarkana ISD, said the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, led the district to acquire assault rifles and it had no plans to return them.

In Florida, Rick Stelljes, the chief of Pinellas county schools police, said the county possessed 28 semi-automatic M16 rifles. They had never been used, and he hoped they never would be, but they were “something we need given the current situation we face in our nation. This is about preparing for the worst-case scenario.”

School officials in Utah’s Granite school district and Nevada’s Washoe county school district said they did not have any immediate plans to give back the M16s they received.

San Diego unified school district said it was painting its MRAP white and hoping to use the Red Cross symbol on it to assuage community worries, said Ursula Kroemer, a district spokeswoman. The MRAP had been stripped of weapon mounts and turrets and would be outfitted with medical supplies and teddy bears for use in emergencies to evacuate students and staff, she said.

Jill Poe, police chief in southern California’s Baldwin Park school district, said she would be returning the three M16 rifles acquired under her predecessor.

“Honestly I could not tell you why we acquired those,” Poe said. “They have never been used in the field and they will never been used in the field.”

Notes from ~@~

End of Age Scenario for Couth Kith

Those Without Personal Experience Will Not Understand

Yin and Yang

by C. Spangler


One perspective shows that in this place reality is simple, only exists in duality, and (as presented by the Einstein~Podolsky~Rosen Paradox) is telepathic.

Duality separated from the proverbial You can be observed like sunrise and sunset and is nothing more than an age old struggle of darkness vs. light or negative vs. positive and can be viewed as a "there's that one again" scenario; allowing one to obtain 'observer' mode, which I highly approve of ... as opposed to a 'caught up in' mode.

The upcoming aeon transition (begins during 2050 and aligns 2150 by my calculation) was known far in advance; however, here is where a problem lies. There is no previous experience recorded (currently known) that one can call on for guidance. In other words, everything is new for all facets of this conversion, where light overpowers darkness, people finally get along, and there is no more war.

In the past, here is how I have attempted to described what is to occur when this aeon change happens.

If one looks at a Yin/Yang symbol (above graphic), ... on one side there is a vast amount of dark with a little light spot and on the other side there is a vast amount of light with a little dark spot.

When the 2050 conversion occurs, those in the smaller dot of light will move to the larger side of light and those currently in the larger side of darkness will move to the small dark spot, where they will be constantly observed and kept in check. There is an obscure old saying that relates to this, "You have made your bed, now sleep in it."

Because this is duality there are specific rules that grant powers to the dark side allowing THEM to obtain souls for their new realm, and in order to do this, they will exert massive amounts of negativity in order to create fear; thus obtaining slaves for their new reign in their small dot of darkness. This is nothing new because it has always been like this and is, proverbially, the 'same old, same old' ... stuff.

In realms of astral and casual realities; remembering one definition of Hiranyaloka is a subtle astral heaven where souls of the astral and casual planes are able to converse, it is noted "things do not change, people do" ... meaning, ... until the recording called life plays through perfectly, without incident, this cycle will constantly repeat itself, no matter where this scenario is experienced or played out. For example, Jesus said, "In my father's house there are many mansions" suggesting Earth is not our only home.

Without being aware of it, the general population attempts to achieve liberation; which is, 'freedom from the cycle, of birth and death'.

Most folks I know are in a state of devotional liberation; having achieved freedom from this cycle, and return to the carnal world to help those seeking liberation as an act of Seva or selfless service.

Needless to say, negative aspects of this dualism scenario are well aware of this conversion and make a tremendous amount of noise in order to divert attention from those souls attempting to obtain liberation.

There is no set guide or path to achieve this state of awareness other than one's personal experience; however, here is where selfless service or meditation enter the picture as a calming and growing aid.

Although not specific to what is presented above, and as a temporary conclusion for now, here is a related story as told by someone else on a similar path, and in my opinion food for thought for preparing for this aeon change.

Be Aware: The Nexus Approaches!

Posted on October 10, 2010 by mayasoma

10-10-10 Star Gate Portal

"The human race is headed towards a great change, many spirits will return to the stars and something magnificent is going to happen!" Astral Walker

Can you feel it? The race is on, the diaspora has begun and souls are scrambling to make sense of the intensifying energies on Planet Earth. If only our history books had documented the truth of the astrological cycles as the Maya, and many other indigenous tribes, have long done for their own people, then there would not be so much uncertainty and fear. Unfortunately, that is not how this part of our homo-sapien history is to be played out. At present, the 3D world is going crazy and the only way to manuever these times is to understand the facts. And so, without further ado, here is some of our history…

26,000 years ago, the galactic center of the Milky Way emitted an enormous energetic wave better known as the Nexus. It does this every 26,000 years, as they say, there is nothing new under the sun. This emissions are what have caused the tumultuous transitions from each of our previous world eras. If you are not familiar with these facts, simply research indigenous tribes and their 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and soon to be 5th worlds.

What was released all that time ago will soon reach our earth in full strength. The Nexus has its own personal rhythm and does take some time to cross the galaxies and skies. I believe its arrival correlates to the Mayan Long Count End Date of December 2012. Afterall, the center of the Milky Way is where the Maya believe their Creator Hunab Ku resides. Our Creator has sent out an energy impulse, this Supreme Being is blowing us/creation a kiss. Unfortunately, our consciousness resides too far away from our original empowered selves to simply receive that kiss in bliss.

That incoming energy is meant to completely change our world, in other words, to wake us all up to who we are: infinite Gods and Goddesses with incredible abilities and powers. This incoming beam of bluish-white light will alter and restore our DNA from its current state which only uses 3% of its capacities to a renewed state of 100% remembrance. Translated: 97% of what scientist call junk DNA will be reactivated. WoW…a jolt of electricity that courses through our veins, awakening our souls and minds. No one is going to escape this phenomena. Thank you Hunab Ku!

Our main problem lies then with the Dark Lords who currently control the 3D world. They are also fully aware of the approaching Nexus and have set out a program to depopulate the Earth as much as possible. Why would they do that? Who are these Dark Lords? It’s an old story, again, much of our missing history, but the short and long version of it is there is an inter-galalctic battle on right now, a war that is being waged for souls. If the Dark Lords, negative Et’s, have their way, the coming earth catastrophes will take people into fear and fear is a place where they can trap one’s soul, one’s consciousness, forevermore. On a distant planet, in a distant place, maybe somewhere that looks exactly like our Earth, a new slave race can be created with the trapped souls. The Dark Lords know, full well, that their “time” on Planet Earth is over. A new era has cometh… the age of peace and enlightenment…and they must flee. They intend to flee with as many captives as possible. Sound like a bad sci-fi movie? I wish it were, but these are our current events and the facts are unknown to almost everyone. How frightening! Wake up, please, before you are whisked away to another dimension without personal agreement to do so.

“Right now the realm of darkness is not interested in this (peace). They are organized to block it. They seek to unbalance the Earth and its environment so we will be unready for the alignment in 2012.” Carlos Barrios, Mayan Datekeeper

Take a look around…. ecological disasters leading to worldwide famines and extinction, environmental catastrophes that destroy the lives of millions, economical collapses that create a fearful, dependent race and threats of terrorism and world wars loom over our existence. Is this the four horsemen spoken of in the Book of Revelations? It clearly is the workings of the Dark Lords and its about to get more intense, after all, these are their death throes.

“From that 1987 date until now, Mr. Barrios says, we have been in a time when the right arm of the materialistic world is disappearing, slowly but inexorably. We are at the cusp of the era when peace begins, and people live in harmony with Mother Earth. We are no longer in the World of the Fourth Sun, but we are not yet in the World of the Fifth Sun. This is the time in-between, the time of transition.

As we pass through transition there is a colossal, global convergence of environmental destruction, social chaos, war, and ongoing Earth changes. All this, Mr. Barrios says, was foreseen via the simple, spiral mathematics of the Mayan calendars. It will change, Mr. Barrios observes. Everything will change. He said Mayan Daykeepers view the Dec. 21, 2012 date as a rebirth, the start of the World of the Fifth Sun. It will be the start of a new era resulting from ~ and signified by ~ the solar meridian crossing the galactic equator, and the earth aligning itself with the center of the galaxy.” Carlos Barrios, Mayan Datekeeper

Meanwhile, the Family of Light is exerting every effort for a mass awakening, for gathering, for consciously uniting as we know on some level that everything is dependent on us to do so. We are supposed to be creating an astral force field around the planet and ourselves in the shape of the Flower of Life (see Drunvalo Melchizedek’s work on this matter for more information). This symbol can and will prepare us for the enormity of the approaching Nexus. We are supposed to be clearing our fields as much as possible of debris, creating no new karma, so that we are a crystal clear channel for receiving the Nexus energy. We must give praise and thanks as we have received, and will continue to receive, so much help from the Galactic Federation of positive Et’s.

I ask myself though, have enough souls awoken to make this transition happen with ease? Can geological earth disasters be diminished? The Dark Lords are earnestly working hard to create as many earth catastrophes as possible in these last days in order to capture their slave race of unaware humans. Many will succumb to this fate due to fear, many will go to the stars as their earth contracts are complete, and a handful of ascended beings will remain on the New Earth.

If you happened to be a person who was to die in shock and fear, your consciousness would be lost and confused on the astral plane for a moment. It is in those crucial moments that the negative Et’s can and will capture your essence in a containment vehicle if you are not aware. As quickly as you come into consciousness, get to the benevolent blue light. I have been warned not to be drawn down any tunnels or caves, nor gravitate to any bright yellow-red lights and by no means go with any beckoning ET’s.

The benevolent ET’s, the light ones, are calling us home and their bioluminescent blue-white light is the signal. You can feel this with your heart. They have said Operation Victory is at hand. They have stated that the Dark Lords cannot succeed and all disasters will be minimized (let’s hope so as some seriously dangerous threats are presenting themselves on the earth right now). They have also said the Dark Lords are at their most dangerous as they face defeat, so it is crucial to be fully present! Be aware! Vaccines? Genetically modified foods? Chemical spraying? Understand, these are some of their tools for mind control and keeping the masses asleep. Whatever cometh, wherever you find yourself in these last days where we count days, simply remember, you have only one thing to do: get to the bluish-white light, reach out for the Nexus. If you do, your full consciousness will be re-instated and you will be safe and empowered.

Let us recall the last sign in the Hopi prophecy which states that a blue planet from the Heavens will crash into Earth causing earth destruction, this last sign is what all elders are awaiting as our entry into the 5th world. Possibly, it is not a planet, but an energy wave: the Nexus?

Lightwalkers, we are going home now. We have felt the Nexus approaching for years, even if we could or could not put words to it. Our Creator desires our remembrance and this collective shift to magnificence is welcome. Stay in your heart and the Dark Lords will lose power. It is promised and all is well!

Navajo, awaiting portal 11-11-11 and 12-12-12 to the Nexus!

Karl Cohen ~ Association International du Film d'Animation-SF Newsletter

Last Minute details about 3 upcoming ASIFA-SF Events:



A Siggraph Show ~ Other places you can see The Animation Show Of Shows closer to where you live ~ Animation Festival in Portland, OR, No Entry Fee if you enter by Oct. 1 [Click to read]

Marliese's Corner ~ San Francisco Events

Dahbud Mensch ~ is SANITY the PLAYGROUND of the unIMAGINATIVE ?

Are United States Citizens the New
Palestinians of a "Big Brother" Plan
Established by the Bush Administration &
Supported by an Obama Administration?

'Any Palestinian is exposed to monitoring by the Israeli Big Brother'

Testimonies from people who worked in the Israeli Intelligence Corps tell of a system where there were no boundaries

Israeli intelligence veterans refuse to serve in Palestinian territories

Innocent people under military rule exposed to surveillance by Israel, say 43 ex-members of Unit 8200, including reservists

Israel’s Unit 8200 refuseniks: ‘you can’t run from responsibility’

Transcript of interview with three members of Unit 8200 in which they explain why they refuse to work in Palestinian territories

Israeli intelligence veterans' letter to Netanyahu and military chiefs

Read the letter from 34 reserve soldiers who have served in Unit 8200 explaining why they refuse to serve in Palestinian territories

ISIS Posts Photo of Their Members
Chilling With Sen. John McCain

[Click Here for complete article]

McCain “chillin’” with ISIS Leaders in Syria
Senator McCain “chillin’” with ISIS Leaders in Syria

Why do Congress, Senate, & Politicians like John "Hot-dog" McCain Continue To Support Israel's Murder and Maiming of United States Naval Personnel?

The Warren Buffet Rule
via Cousin Mike

Salary of retired US Presidents = $180,000 FOR LIFE

Salary of House/Senate members = $174,000 FOR LIFE

Salary of Speaker of the House = $223,500 FOR LIFE

Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders = $193,400 FOR LIFE

Average Salary of a teacher = $40,065

Average Salary of a deployed Soldier = $38,000

I think we found where the cuts should be made!


View Illegal Patriot Act Established by Republicans and Democrats

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling: "I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, e-mail, cellphones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

*Congressional Reform Act of 2011*

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the above message.

None of the Above
should be a choice on Voter Ballots!

Notes from ~@~

Remembering our dear friend: Robert Pruzan
Robert Pruzan ~ September 12, 1946 ~ May 29, 1992 ~ Photograph by C. Spangler
September 12, 1946 ~ May 29, 1992

Wavy Gravy ~ Clown, Comic, Artist


I have 4 one man shows coming up at the marsh in Berkeley and a big gig at the City Winery in the cement Apple (NYC) on October 20th, with an added night if the 20th show is sold out. Please post.

Wavy G.

Hippy Icon, Flower Geezer &
Temple of Accumulated Error

Stories by Wavy Gravy

Wavy Gravy at Flying Snail Ranch, photograph by C. Spangler
Wavy Gravy at Flying Snail Ranch, photograph by C. Spangler

at the marsh:
September 27, 2014 5:00 PM, September 28, 2014 2:00 PM,
October 4, 2014 5:00 PM, October 5, 2014 2:00 PM
the marsh is located at 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
$15~$35~$50. (415) 282-3055

Wavy Gravy performs at NYC’s City Winery on October 20. What better way to get ready than to perform for Marsh Audiences for four shows only. In Hippy Icon, Flower Geezer & Temple of Accumulated Error, Wavy Gravy recounts his legendary life and times, spilling proverbial beans. Among many other things, you may possibly hear about Albert Einstein walking five-year-old Wavy around the block or maybe about the time Tom Paxton shared a room with Wavy over the Gaslight in Greenwich Village and Bob Dylan wrote “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” on Wavy’s typewriter or, yet again, just maybe, about Wavy at Woodstock. All performances will benefit Seva Foundation and Camp Winnarainbow.

Artist Biography

He may be best known to millions as a cosmic cut-up and the inspiration for a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor – “I am an activist clown and former frozen dessert,” he says – but it is because of his good work on behalf of the planet and its least fortunate residents that Wavy Gravy has achieved his own brand of sainthood. His friend and satirist Paul Krassner has called him “the illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Teresa.” Wavy says, “Some people tell me I’m a saint, I tell them I’m Saint Misbehavin’,” which is also the name of Michelle Estrick’s critically acclaimed documentary on Wavy.

Hugh Romney, much better known as Wavy Gravy, already well into his official geezerhood’, is more active and more effective in the world then he was decades ago. Back then when still known as Hugh Romney he stood on the stage of the original Woodstock concert and announced….” What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000!” He was at Woodstock as a member of an entertainment/activist commune known as the Hog Farm. Today, the Hog Farm still exists, collectively owning and operating the 700-acre Black Oak Ranch and hosting the annual Pig-Nic. And Wavy lives 8 months of the year in a Berkeley Hog Farm urban outpost, a big communal house he refers to as “hippie Hyannisport” But Mr. Gravy has expanded his activities over the past three & a half decades to include codirectorship of Camp Winnarainbow, a performing arts camp for children which takes over the Hog Farm for 10 weeks every summer, and the organization of all-star rock concerts to raise money for a variety of environmental, progressive, political, and charitable causes, most notably Seva, a foundation he cofounded in 1978, initially to combat preventable and curable blindness in the Third World.

When you spend any stretch of time with Wavy Gravy, strolling around the Hog Farm during the Pig-Nic, hanging out with him at his “hippie Hyannisport” in Berkeley, observing him in action at a public function – you quickly discover that the man with the rubbery face and ever-changing costume is a walking public service announcement for positive social change and compassion.

According to Wavy, his commitment to the kind of work he does was indeed a product of the ‘60s. “That’s when I knew this thing was real,” he says, “that it was the only game in town and I wanted to go to work for it, whatever it was. Once you realize the interconnectedness of all stuff, there’s no going back. I have an old Gravy line, ‘We are all the same person trying to shake hands with our self.’ Remember that the next time you say, ‘pass the gravy.’”

Unsung Hero ~ Still Anonymous ~

Amestizo ~ BLOG + NEW: amestizo ~ submitted the following links ~ Please View:

Major General Albert "Bert" N. Stubblebine III

The Northern Plains Archive Project

The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel - Alison Weir

A Slaughter of Innocents

Israel: Stop Killing Palestinians and End the Occupation

Cree Prophecy

Only after the last tree has been cut down,

Only after the last river has been poisoned,

Only after the last fish has been caught,

Only then will you find money cannot be eaten.

On September 11 Ask Yourself When History Repeats... Do We Notice? - February 27, 1933 Berlin Reichstag Fire and September 11, 2001 WTC/Pentagon Attacks = Hitler and George W. Bush's Administration
When History Repeats... Do We Notice?

February 27, 1933 Berlin Reichstag Fire ~ Hitler
September 11, 2001 WTC/Pentagon Attacks ~ George W. Bush

From Dahbud:
Not wanting to be left out of the cloud,
click for Dick picture!

Simple Response to Denial Question:

WESAYSO Knows Best
Dinosaurs Ep29 1/3

Video Listed Here
Click to View

Never mind about NSA or Yes We Can ...
If you click on Jennifer Lawrence's naked
pictures, you're perpetuating her abuse

Actors may offer their image to public consumption as their professional practice, but what they are not trading is their intimacy. To merely look is an act of sexual violation

Van Badham,, Sunday 31 August 2014 23.05 EDT, Article Source = Click to read

Google's ChromeOS means
losing control of data, warns
GNU founder Richard Stallman

New cloud computing OS released by Google is plan to push people into 'careless computing', warns free software advocate (updated)

Posted by Charles Arthur, Technology Blog,, Article Source

Google's new cloud computing ChromeOS looks like a plan "to push people into careless computing" by forcing them to store their data in the cloud rather than on machines directly under their control, warns Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the operating system GNU.

Two years ago Stallman, a computing veteran who is a strong advocate of free software via his Free Software Foundation, warned that making extensive use of cloud computing was "worse than stupidity" because it meant a loss of control of data.

Now he says he is increasingly concerned about the release by Google of its ChromeOS operating system, which is based on GNU/Linux and designed to store the minimum possible data locally. Instead it relies on a data connection to link to Google's "cloud" of servers, which are at unknown locations, to store documents and other information.

The risks include loss of legal rights to data if it is stored on a company's machine's rather than your own, Stallman points out: "In the US, you even lose legal rights if you store your data in a company's machines instead of your own. The police need to present you with a search warrant to get your data from you; but if they are stored in a company's server, the police can get it without showing you anything. They may not even have to give the company a search warrant."

Google gave ChromeOS a "soft" launch last week, showing off aspects of the software and providing developers and some journalists with Cr-48 laptops set up to run it, while saying that it won't be widely available until mid-2011.

Eric Schmidt, Google's chief executive, praised it in a blogpost: "For me, these announcements were among the most important of my working life – demonstrating the real power of computer science to transform people's lives. It's extraordinary how very complex platforms can produce beautifully simple solutions like Chrome and Chrome OS, which anyone can use from the get-go – as long as you get it right," he wrote. "As developers start playing with our beta Cr-48 Chrome OS computer, they'll see that while it's still early days it works unbelievably well. You can build everything that you used to mix and match with client software—taking full advantage of the capacity of the web."

But Stallman is unimpressed. "I think that marketers like "cloud computing" because it is devoid of substantive meaning. The term's meaning is not substance, it's an attitude: 'Let any Tom, Dick and Harry hold your data, let any Tom, Dick and Harry do your computing for you (and control it).' Perhaps the term 'careless computing' would suit it better."

He sees a creeping problem: "I suppose many people will continue moving towards careless computing, because there's a sucker born every minute. The US government may try to encourage people to place their data where the US government can seize it without showing them a search warrant, rather than in their own property. However, as long as enough of us continue keeping our data under our own control, we can still do so. And we had better do so, or the option may disappear."

The accountability of cloud computing providers has come under close focus in the past fortnight after Amazon removed Wikileaks content from its EC2 cloud computing service, saying that the leaks site had breached its terms and conditions, and without offering any mediation in the dispute.

Stallman only sees one aspect of ChromeOS to applaud: its GNU/Linux heritage. "In essence, Chrome OS is the GNU/Linux operating system. However, it is delivered without the usual applications, and rigged up to impede and discourage installing applications," he told the Guardian. "I'd say the problem is in the nature of the job ChromeOS is designed to do. Namely, encourage you to keep your data elsewhere, and do your computing elsewhere, instead of doing it in your own computer."

• Stallman warns would-be hackers not to download the LOIC software being pushed as a method of expressing anger with sites that have acted against Wikileaks - not because he thinks the protest is wrong, but because the tool's code is not visible to the user. "It seems to me that running LOIC is the network equivalent of the protests against the tax-avoiders' stores in London. We must not allow that to constrict the right to protest," he notes. "[But] if users can't recompile it, users should not trust it."

Richard Stallman writes: "A BBC article reported someone from Sophos said that LOIC was "unknown software" and I thought that meant it was proprietary, but I was mistaken. It turns out LOIC is actually free software, so users can see and change the source code. Thus, its workings are not a secret like those of Windows, MacOS and Adobe Flash Player, so nobody can impose malicious features through it, the way that has been done in those packages."

(Note: deleted a duplicate paragraph at end of story. Added clarification from Richard Stallman re LOIC.)

Cloud computing is a trap, warns
GNU founder Richard Stallman

Web-based programs like Google's Gmail will force people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that will cost more and more over time, according to the free software campaigner

Bobbie Johnson, technology correspondent,, Mon. 29 September 2008 09.11 EDT, Article Source

The concept of using web-based programs like Google's Gmail is "worse than stupidity", according to a leading advocate of free software.

Cloud computing – where IT power is delivered over the internet as you need it, rather than drawn from a desktop computer – has gained currency in recent years. Large internet and technology companies including Google, Microsoft and Amazon are pushing forward their plans to deliver information and software over the net.

But Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the computer operating system GNU, said that cloud computing was simply a trap aimed at forcing more people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that would cost them more and more over time.

"It's stupidity. It's worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign," he told The Guardian.

"Somebody is saying this is inevitable – and whenever you hear somebody saying that, it's very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make it true."

The 55-year-old New Yorker said that computer users should be keen to keep their information in their own hands, rather than hand it over to a third party.

His comments echo those made last week by Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle, who criticised the rash of cloud computing announcements as "fashion-driven" and "complete gibberish".

"The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we've redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do," he said. "The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women's fashion. Maybe I'm an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It's complete gibberish. It's insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?"

The growing number of people storing information on internet-accessible servers rather than on their own machines, has become a core part of the rise of Web 2.0 applications. Millions of people now upload personal data such as emails, photographs and, increasingly, their work, to sites owned by companies such as Google.

Computer manufacturer Dell recently even tried to trademark the term "cloud computing", although its application was refused.

But there has been growing concern that mainstream adoption of cloud computing could present a mixture of privacy and ownership issues, with users potentially being locked out of their own files.

Stallman, who is a staunch privacy advocate, advised users to stay local and stick with their own computers.

"One reason you should not use web applications to do your computing is that you lose control," he said. "It's just as bad as using a proprietary program. Do your own computing on your own computer with your copy of a freedom-respecting program. If you use a proprietary program or somebody else's web server, you're defenceless. You're putty in the hands of whoever developed that software."

Possible Interesting Addendum:

Missing BBS Files & Richard Stallman - OZ

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws
Led to My Epic Hacking

By Mat Honan, Wired, Permalink ~ Click to Read

In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. [Click to continue reading]

Notes from ~@~

The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering) ~

Beautiful Child

One Day ~ Matisyahu ~

Historic San Francisco Haight/Ashbury ~ United State Cafe
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Remembering the United State Cafe

Rock Of Ages ~ DJ Schmolli / Video: Panost ~

George Carlin mix ~ DJ Steve Porter & Eli Wilkie ~

John Flores ~ Graphic Artist

Yeah Yeah Yeah ~ My favorite Beatles songs
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Freedom of expression and freedom of speech aren't really important unless they're heard...It's hard for me to stay silent when I keep hearing that peace is only attainable through war. And there's nothing more scary than watching ignorance in action. So I dedicated this Emmy to all the people who feel compelled to speak out and not afraid to speak to power and won't shut up and refuse to be silenced. ~ Tom Smothers

A Question Of Honour ~ Sarah Brightman ~

Closing Argument

Alan Shore: When the weapons of mass destruction thing turned out to be not true, I expected the American people to rise up. Ha! They didn't.

Then, when the Abu Ghraib torture thing surfaced and it was revealed that our government participated in rendition, a practice where we kidnap people and turn them over to regimes who specialize in torture, I was sure then the American people would be heard from. We stood mute.

Then came the news that we jailed thousands of so-called terrorists suspects, locked them up without the right to a trial or even the right to confront their accusers. Certainly, we would never stand for that. We did.

And now, it's been discovered the executive branch has been conducting massive, illegal, domestic surveillance on its own citizens. You and me. And I at least consoled myself that finally, finally the American people will have had enough. Evidentially, we haven't.

In fact, if the people of this country have spoken, the message is we're okay with it all. Torture, warrantless search and seizure, illegal wiretapping's, prison without a fair trial - or any trial, war on false pretenses. We, as a citizenry, are apparently not offended.

There are no demonstrations on college campuses. In fact, there's no clear indication that young people seem to notice.

Well, Melissa Hughes noticed. Now, you might think, instead of withholding her taxes, she could have protested the old fashioned way. Made a placard and demonstrated at a Presidential or Vice-Presidential appearance, but we've lost the right to that as well. The Secret Service can now declare free speech zones to contain, control and, in effect, criminalize protest.

Stop for a second and try to fathom that.

At a presidential rally, parade or appearance, if you have on a supportive t-shirt, you can be there. If you are wearing or carrying something in protest, you can be removed.

This, in the United States of America. This in the United States of America. Is Melissa Hughes the only one embarrassed?

*Alan sits down abruptly in the witness chair next to the judge*

Judge Robert Sanders: Mr. Shore. That's a chair for witnesses only.

Alan: Really long speeches make me so tired sometimes.

Judge Robert Sanders: Please get out of the chair.

Alan: Actually, I'm sick and tired.

Judge Robert Sanders: Get out of the chair!

Alan: And what I'm most sick and tired of is how every time somebody disagrees with how the government is running things, he or she is labeled un American.

U.S. Attorney Jonathan Shapiro: Evidentially, it's speech time.

Alan: And speech in this country is free, you hack! Free for me, free for you. Free for Melissa Hughes to stand up to her government and say "Stick it"!

U.S. Attorney Jonathan Shapiro: Objection!

Alan: I object to government abusing its power to squash the constitutional freedoms of its citizenry. And, God forbid, anybody challenge it. They're smeared as being a heretic. Melissa Hughes is an American. Melissa Hughes is an American. Melissa Hughes is an American!

Judge Robert Sanders: Mr. Shore. Unless you have anything new and fresh to say, please sit down. You've breached the decorum of my courtroom with all this hooting.

Alan: Last night, I went to bed with a book. Not as much fun as a 29 year old, but the book contained a speech by Adlai Stevenson. The year was 1952. He said, "The tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live and fear breeds repression. Too often, sinister threats to the Bill of Rights, to freedom of the mind are concealed under the patriotic cloak of anti-Communism."

Today, it's the cloak of anti-terrorism. Stevenson also remarked, "It's far easier to fight for principles than to live up to them."

I know we are all afraid, but the Bill of Rights - we have to live up to that. We simply must. That's all Melissa Hughes was trying to say. She was speaking for you. I would ask you now to go back to that room and speak for her.

Boston Legal ~ Stick It, Season 2, Episode 19 [Video at link] Written by David E. Kelley & Janet Leahy ~ Directed by Adam Arkin.

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Until there is a solution for this, Nobody will continue to bring Peace to Our Times, feed the hungry, care for the sick, bake apple pie better than Mom, and believes None of the Above should be a choice on Voter Ballots!

American Dream ~ George Carlin/L.I.L.T ~

Nobody for President 2016 = NONE OF THE ABOVE on Voter Ballots
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Oh, I hope that I see you again I never even caught your name As you looked through my window pane ~ So I'm writing this message today I'm thinking that you'll have a way Of hearing the notes in my tune ~ Where are you going? Where have you been? I can imagine other worlds you have seen ~ Beautiful faces and music so serene ~ So I do hope I see you again My universal citizen You went as quickly as you came ~ You know the power Your love is right You have good reason To stay out of sight ~~ But break our illusions and help us Be the light ~ The Promise by Mike Pinder

Without love in the dream, it will never come true. ~ Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter

And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. ~ John Lennon

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The man whispered, "God, speak to me" and a meadowlark sang. But the man did not hear.

So the man yelled "God, speak to me" and the thunder rolled across the sky. But the man did not listen.

The man looked around and said, "God let me see you" and a star shined brightly. But the man did not notice.

And the man shouted, "God show me a miracle" and a life was born. But the man did not know.

So the man cried out in despair, "Touch me God, and let me know you are there"

Whereupon God reached down and touched the man. But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.

Somebody is looking at whatever you do, so always present your most charming you. ~ Artist: Curtis
Don't miss out on a blessing because it isn't packaged the way you expect.