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If you pay any attention to the currents of High Weirdness flowing through the world you may have seen some amazingly detailed photographs presented as sightings of a very improbable UFO. Response from reasonably serious UFO researchers has been complete incredulity, with the suggestion floated that it’s a viral marketing campaign for some upcoming film or video game.
The latest chunk of information is awesome, though. I mean, if there were any question left that that’s what it was, I think it’s pretty clear now…. But check this out — a “revelation” from a former Fed or something, who was working on the commercial exploitation of alien technology (the CARET program — Commercial Applications Research for Alien Technology) and he revealed some Official Documents from the program, which reveal that the alien technology in question looked just like these craft, down to the mysterious writing on them!
I’m linking cause the images in the “linguistic analysis primer” section are totally sweet.
Glenn Greenwald – Salon:
That the Bush administration, and specifically its military commanders, decided to begin using the term “Al Qaeda” to designate “anyone and everyeone we fight against or kill in Iraq” is obvious. All of a sudden, every time one of the top military commanders describes our latest operations or quantifies how many we killed, the enemy is referred to, almost exclusively now, as “Al Qaeda.”
But what is even more notable is that the establishment press has followed right along, just as enthusiastically. I don’t think the New York Times has published a story about Iraq in the last two weeks without stating that we are killing “Al Qaeda fighters,” capturing “Al Qaeda leaders,” and every new operation is against “Al Qaeda.”
The Times — typically in the form of the gullible and always-government-trusting “reporting” of Michael Gordon, though not only — makes this claim over and over, as prominently as possible, often without the slightest questioning, qualification, or doubt. If your only news about Iraq came from The New York Times, you would think that the war in Iraq is now indistinguishable from the initial stage of the war in Afghanistan — that we are there fighting against the people who hijacked those planes and flew them into our buildings: “Al Qaeda.”
What is so amazing about this new rhetorical development — not only from our military, but also from our “journalists” — is that, for years, it was too shameless and false even for the Bush administration to use. Even at the height of their propaganda offensives about the war, the furthest Bush officials were willing to go was to use the generic term “terrorists” for everyone we are fighting in Iraq, as in: “we cannot surrender to the terrorists by withdrawing” and “we must stay on the offensive against terrorists.”
Yeah, I’d kinda noticed that too… even on NPR.
‘This Is Not Right’ | KOMO-TV – Seattle, Washington | News Archive:
During the stay she made sandwiches for the kids and was careful to pack the knives she used to prepare those sandwiches in her checked luggage. She says she even alerted security screeners that the knives were in her checked bags and they told her that was OK.
But Beaman says she couldn’t find a third knife. It was a 5 1/2 inch bread knife with a rounded tip and a serrated edge. She thought she might have lost or misplaced it during the trip.
On the trip home, screeners with the Transportation Security Administration at Los Angeles International Airport found it deep in the outside pocket of a carry-on cooler. Beaman apologized and told them it was a mistake.
“You’ve committed a felony,” Beaman says a security screener announced. “And you’re considered a terrorist.”
America would be better off without the TSA. Seriously. Just dismantle it. Abolish it. Make it go away.
She says screeners refused to give her paperwork or documentation of her violation, documentation of the pending fine, or a copy of the photograph of the knife.
“They said ‘no’ and they said it’s a national security issue. And I said what about my constitutional rights? And they said ‘not at this point … you don’t have any’.”
Yeah, see, that’s the problem, isn’t it? That’s not how America’s supposed to work. Somebody needs to read the TSA this “Constitution” and note that it describes rights as “inalienable” and “endowed by [the] Creator,” not “provisionally granted by the Federal Government unless a two-bit TSA functionary decides to deny them.”
How Hollywood, Congress, And DRM Are Beating Up The American Economy — Intellectual Property:
Kick ass article by Cory “Boing Boing” Doctorow which explains the general decline of the real American economy in terms of a failed bet on a misguided vision of an “information economy” starting back in the eighties.
Sounds likely to me.