American Samizdat

Monday, May 31, 2010. *
Interview with Anne De Jong, a Dutch anthropologist, before casting off from Greece on the Freedom Flotilla, 25th May 2010

Also see, Israel stations nuclear missile subs off Iran
Three German-built Israeli submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles are to be deployed in the Gulf near the Iranian coastline.
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Things are heating up, Uncle.
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Sunday, May 30, 2010. *

I debated whether to give the following it's own post, I mean it's all got to do with the same thread that weaves like a strand through a tapestry of corporate greed, corruption, hatred, and murder for profit. And make no mistake, it will continue and exponentially progress.

Maker of children's drugs accused of hiding Motrin recall from public
The company at the center of a massive recall of children's Tylenol and other popular over-the-counter products tried to perform a "phantom recall" of defective Motrin by sending contractors around the country to buy up the medicine from stores without alerting regulators or the public, according to the chairman of a Congressional committee investigating the company.

Paramilitary Tactics Backfire for Detroit's Top Cop
criticism comes in the aftermath of a new wave of violence that included the death of a 7-year-old girl who was accidentally shot by police during a raid of a home.

FDA Says Millions Got Unapproved Heart Pills
Doctors in the United States wrote more than four million prescriptions last year for nitroglycerin tablets, heart drugs placed under the tongue to reduce the chest pain angina or to stop a heart attack. But the majority of the drugs sold had not been approved for sale, nor had their safety and effectiveness been vetted, by the Food and Drug Administration.

And many doctors, who discovered only last week that pharmacies were giving their patients unproved heart tablets, now say they have no way of knowing whether patients have suffered unnecessarily as a result.

The para-military police state is picking up speed. It wont be long now...

The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it. - Joseph Mengele.
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Friday, May 28, 2010. *
RSA Animate - The Empathic Civilisation

The "realist" in me knows that the MIC are working night and day to control this... it does not benefit them to have a empathic civilisation. You can bet they have "Peasant Protection Measures" in place.

Also see,
Military psychobiology

According to wikipeadia, -for whatever that's worth-..

psychobiology[1] is the application of the principles of biology to the study of mental processes and behavior. A psychobiologist, for instance, may compare the imprinting behavior in goslings to the early attachment behavior in human infants and construct theory around these two phenomena.

that should scare the shit out of you.

The Most Important Future Military Technologies

"...[W]hat are we getting for our money? That $75 billion budget covers a vast array of projects, from perfecting new weapon systems like the Joint Strike Fighter plane to studying pure physics. Focusing on the research side of R&D, Discover looked at four key areas where the military is placing its bets: hypersonic vehicles, laser technology, using information technology and neuroscience to combine human and machine on the battlefield, and employing sociology and psychobiology to combat terrorism."

It's the final frontier, your mind. They want into your mind, to control your bodily experiences. Operation Mindfuck 2.0, full spectrum collective controlled dissonance.

"Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Jose Padilla, ghost detainees, wiretaps, the open secret about CONTINUED US-sponsored torture, massive bail-outs for those already wealthy, Obomba's drones, para military units instead of police, environmental catasterfies due to the petro-mafia et cetera, ad nauseum do not, let me repeat not, represent damage to the political capital of the neocons or the hope&change administration. Those who oppose these things are also cowed by them and those who do not oppose these things revel in the fact that they are doing them. At least with Bushco they were blatant and you knew where they were headed the dems are more incidious because they pretend to be above board but do the same or worse behind a killing smile and the little Eichmanns and The war party buy it.

C. G. Jung once wrote, “Indeed,it is becoming ever more obvious that it is not famine, not earthquakes, not microbes, [not oil gushers], not cancer but man himself who is man’s greatest danger to man.

A SPECIES GONE MAD. (or an empathic human civilization)?

Also see, BP and the 'Little Eichmanns'
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Excellent video! Thanks for sharing... and doesn't the military messing with minds make you feel all warm and fuzzy? Yeah, me too.
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Thursday, May 27, 2010. *
Bruce Shore, Unemployed Philadelphia Man, Indicted For 'Harassing Email' To Jim Bunning

When Sen. Jim Bunning complained on the Senate floor in February that he'd missed the Kentucky-South Carolina basketball game because of a debate on unemployment benefits -- a debate the Kentucky Republican himself prevented from proceeding to a vote -- Bruce Shore got angry.

"I was livid. I was just livid," said Shore, 51, who watched the floor proceedings on C-SPAN from his home in Philadelphia. "I'm on unemployment, so it affects me. I'm in shock."

Instead of just being angry, Shore took action: He sent several emails to Bunning staffers, blasting the senator for blocking the benefits.

"ARE you'all insane," said part of one letter Shore sent on Feb. 26 (which he shared with HuffPost). "NO checks equal no food for me. DO YOU GET IT??"

In that letter he signed off as "Brad Shore" from Louisville. He said he did the same thing in several other messages sent via the contact form on Bunning's website. "My assumption was that if he gets an email from Philadelphia, who cares?" he said. "Why would he even care if a guy from Philadelphia gets upset?"

Bunning might not have cared, but the FBI did. Sometime in March, said Shore, agents came calling to ask about the emails. They read from printouts of the messages sent via the contact form and asked if Shore was the author, which he readily admitted. They asked a few questions, and then, according to Shore, they said, "All right, we just wanted to make sure it wasn't anything to worry about."

But on May 13, U.S. Marshals showed up at Shore's house with a grand jury indictment. Now he's got to appear in federal court in Covington, Ky. on May 28 to answer for felony email harassment. Specifically, the indictment (PDF) says that on Feb. 26, Shore "did utilize a telecommunications device, that is a computer, whether or not communication ensued, without disclosing his identity and with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, and harass any person who received the communication."

The language of Shore's indictment is taken directly from the statute -- there's no description of the actual crime. The Kentucky U.S. Attorney's Office said it's a typical indictment but that the Department of Justice prohibited further comment beyond what's in the charging document. The crime carries a penalty of up to two years in prison and a $250,000 maximum fine.

Shore swears he didn't intend to make a threat. He's not sure what he said that crossed the line; he said he doesn't have copies of the messages sent via Bunning's site. He said he thought sending angry letters to Congress was a First Amendment thing. "If I send 50 letters to Congress, is that illegal or is it just me wasting paper?"

Harvey Silverglate, a prominent civil liberties lawyer and the author of "Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent," has long argued that vague laws allow the federal government to prosecute citizens for things most people wouldn't consider crimes. (The message of his book's title is that the average person unintentionally commits three felonies a day. "Half of the anonymous Internet comments would" be illegal according to the statute used against Shore, said Silverglate.)

"If nothing else the U.S. Attorney has managed to harass a defendant. Now we have to find out if the defendant managed to harass anybody," said Silverglate, who looked at Shore's indictment. "When finally the government is forced by a judge's order to specify what the criminal harassment consisted of, if in fact the words used are quite innocuous and don't by any standard rise to the level of a real threat, it's going to be an example of exactly what my complaint is about."

Bunning's office is not involved in the prosecution. A staffer said the office received lots of email over the unemployment issue and turned some over to the Capitol Police -- a common thing for a congressional office to do. It's up to the Capitol Police whether to involve federal or local law enforcement, and up to those agencies to pursue a case.

Shore said he's been unemployed for the past two years since losing his job as an office manager. He recently received his final unemployment check, joining the ranks of 35,200 Pennsylvanians and hundreds of thousands of Americans who've exhausted all their benefits. He said he used a credit card to book a hotel room in Covington for Friday.

He's particularly alarmed because he's already got a criminal record: In 1995, he and his girlfriend pleaded guilty to 35 burglaries in Bucks County, Pa. The Philadelphia Daily News dubbed them "Bonnie & Clyde": "Their last embrace came in their Northeast Philadelphia apartment. Cops with a warrant did some breaking in of their own and caught the couple, well, coupling -- surrounded by half the booty they'd burgled."

Shore said he got out of prison in 1999 and his lived since then with his mother, who is 81. He's afraid his email indiscretion will wipe out his progress, which includes community college and classes at Temple University, where in 2004 he was on a team that won a $2,000 prize in an IT excellence competition.

"I'm walking around in my head: jail for email, jail for email," he said. "At this point I'm just looking at my government and going, anything is possible. When do the adults wake up and say, 'This gentleman is just angry and frustrated?' I'm just speechless. Shocked. I probably dropped 10 pounds in a week. To think you turn your life around, you don't do anything wrong after you make a mistake when you were younger..."

How dare he give any lip to his Masters.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010. *

'Dead peasants' insurance.:

“Man is the only animal on earth that has to pay to be here. How did we manage that? Our basic need for shelter has been turned into a way to make the most money possible for the property market. How did we arrange that???

~Deek Jackson, The Landless Peasant Party

"My cat lives better than most people on this earth..." ~NeonLX
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Mr Jackson's FKN News is a classic work of satire that's pointing right at the problem. I find myself laughing at his sketches skewing the PTB – the chuckles passing my lips are bittersweet however, as the humor is due mostly to how much of what he says is true.

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Blogger Uncle $cam said...
Modern economy is nothing but a Ponzi Scheme. Modern American Politics is a "Good Cop/Bad Cop" dumbshow to keep we peasants docile, confused, and if we get angry, to make sure it isn't directed at our Lords and Masters.

The least 10 years (and really the last 30, though in the last decade it has become crushingly obvious) have demonstated that it really is probably as simple as that, though the smokescreens and propaganda and actual nuts and bolts of it is considerably more complex.
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Monday, May 24, 2010. *
Israeli Nukes for South Africa
One apartheid pariah nation to another- "Hey buddy, want some nukes?"

Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state's possession of nuclear weapons.

The "top secret" minutes of meetings between senior officials from the two countries in 1975 show that South Africa's defence minister, PW Botha, asked for the warheads and Shimon Peres, then Israel's defence minister and now its president, responded by offering them "in three sizes". The two men also signed a broad-ranging agreement governing military ties between the two countries that included a clause declaring that "the very existence of this agreement" was to remain secret.

The documents, uncovered by an American academic, Sasha Polakow-Suransky, in research for a book on the close relationship between the two countries, provide evidence that Israel has nuclear weapons despite its policy of "ambiguity" in neither confirming nor denying their existence.

The Israeli authorities tried to stop South Africa's post-apartheid government declassifying the documents at Polakow-Suransky's request and the revelations will be an embarrassment, particularly as this week's nuclear non-proliferation talks in New York focus on the Middle East.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010. *

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Funny, when I was screwing around getting prerequisites completed for entering an MBA program in the 1970's, this whole thing was studied as part of a case study program of successful marketing and management in an intensive summer course.

Freaking thugs.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010. *
Rove Rides Again
Read this piece on Rove and the Chamber of Commerce/ GOP corporacratic big money arising, like reactionary Zombies to rend what is left of America:

One afternoon in late April, Karl Rove welcomed an elite group of conservative political operatives and moneymen into his home in Washington, D.C. Along with his protégé Ed Gillespie, who succeeded him as George W. Bush's top political adviser, Rove had gathered together the heavyweights of the GOP's fundraising network. In attendance were the political director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as the leaders of two new megadollar campaign groups loyal to Rove: American Crossroads and the American Action Network. Rove's plan was straightforward: to seize control of the party from Michael Steele, whose leadership of the Republican National Committee was imploding in the wake of a fundraiser at a lesbian bondage club. By building a war chest of unregulated campaign cash – an unprecedented $135 million to be raised by these three groups alone – Rove would be able to wage the midterm elections on his own terms: electing candidates loyal to the GOP's wealthiest donors and corporate patrons. With the media's attention diverted by the noisy revolt being waged by the Tea Party, the man known as "Bush's brain" was staging a stealthier but no less significant coup of the Republican Party.

"What they've cooked up is brilliant," says a prominent Democrat. "Evil, but brilliant."

Rove and Gillespie, who effectively ran the Republican Party throughout the past decade, recognized that Steele's weakness represented an opportunity to stage a quiet comeback. But taking control of the party, they knew, would require a new kind of political machine. The Supreme Court, in its recent decision in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, opened the floodgates for unlimited political spending by corporations and individuals. But the court left in place strict limits on contributions to party committees – and it preserved the legal firewall that bars campaigns from coordinating directly with the outside groups now empowered to spend millions on their behalf.

That's where Rove and Gillespie come in. As free-agent strategists, they are in a unique position to skirt such prohibitions and coordinate all parts of the GOP – both inside and outside the official party structure – because they're not officially in charge of any of it. In the run-up to November, they will be the ones ensuring that the many tentacles of the court-sanctioned shadow party – from startups like American Crossroads to stalwarts like the National Rifle Association – operate in concert. "They will be making sure that everybody is expending themselves properly, as opposed to duplicating efforts or working at cross-purposes," says Mary Matalin, who served with Rove in the Bush White House. "That's something that the committees and the campaigns really don't do – legally cannot do."

As demonstrated by the big-money meeting at Rove's home – first reported by the National Journal and confirmed to Rolling Stone by one of its boldface-name guests – Rove's fundraising prowess makes him the undisputed ringleader on the "independent" side of the firewall. At the same time, he continues to strategize with party officials, enabling him to coordinate the GOP's national effort with individual campaigns across the country. "Members of Congress in both chambers continue to be in touch with him," Matalin says. "Governors continue to be in touch with him. Individual races continue to be in touch with him. That's just Karl, and that's undeniable."

But there's more:

To blunt the impact of Rove's corporate fundraising, Democrats introduced legislation in April that would require groups like the Chamber of Commerce to disclose their campaign donors. The measure would also force CEOs to endorse corporate campaign ads, just as politicians are required to do. "Their interest," Law fumed, "is to intimidate the business community into unilateral disarmament."

But campaign-finance experts believe that any new regulations will do little to rein in the excesses of a radically transformed electoral landscape. "We're on a parallel course here, with two very different concepts of how our democracy should function," says Wertheimer. "One is based on involving massive numbers of small donors to be the primary funders of elections. The other is based on involving massive amounts of corporate wealth to literally overwhelm our elections and dominate Washington. You couldn't have two more conflicting approaches to the way our democracy ought to function. This is going to be an enormous battle."

Read the rest at Rolling Stone

Capitalism VS Democracy...
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Anonymous Uncle $cam said...
Mandate. Meaning. Money. The Rise of Rove's Republic.
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Saturday, May 15, 2010. *

The First Great Radio Hoax: London, January 16, 1926Twelve years BEFORE Orson Welles’ infamous War of the Worlds hoax, BBC radio put out a fake news programme of its own. Ronald Knox’s Broadcasting the Barricades convinced thousands of British listeners that London had been attacked by Communist rioters, Big Ben flattened by mortars, the Savoy Hotel bombed to rubble and a Government minister lynched in the street. [via mefi projects]

The BBC was flooded with anxious calls, provincial mayors dusted off their own cities’ emergency plans and the Royal Navy was told to dispatch a battleship up the Thames. The New York Times had a jolly good laugh at the Brits’ foolish gullability, smugly heading its own report: “We are safe from such jesting”. Oh, really?

"Imagine if the hoax continued; paranoid and unstable radio personalities daily propping up imaginary foes, spreading populist fear against protecting our common interests. When will it ever end?" writes a commenter over at mifi; I think, he, you, and I know that it never ha$.

ןooʇ- ɹɐןןop ʎʇɹıp ssɐʇɐɟ ɹnoʎ ɹoɟ buıbbǝq ʇɔnpoɹd ɐ sı ʌʇ uo ɹɐǝɥ puɐ ǝǝs ɹo ɹɐǝʍ puɐ pɐǝɹ noʎ ןןɐ

˙˙˙ʎʇıןɐǝɹ pǝʇɐıpǝɯ ɹnoʎ oʇ ʞɔɐq 'ʍou
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
I enjoy your site... I like how the graphics change at the top of the page and I wonder where you found such a collection of critters to stick up there?

The press and media are the warm blankets empire wraps our minds with, so we don't notice how cold, mean and terrible the bumbling bureaucracy's mouth feels feeding upon us.

Thanks for keeping at it!

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comments... comments? i have been coming here regularly since at least 05 or so - aint never seen no way to give back -- so much to say - only a tangent to this here post. Mr. $cam, may i call you uncle, you fucking rock. thank you for being a part of my family. thank you so very much. cool upsidedown font, too. all of this is far too general, especially since this unexpected opportunity comes after a spate of being incapable of reading or posting, brought on by a dawning comprehension of the situation in the gulf. so -- to give back -- something i feel as though you ppartially inspired -- my first, uh, piece -- written earlier this year. and, what the fuck, a poem. be seeing you.
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Friday, May 14, 2010. *

Take a looksee at the PBS and NPR Corporate Sponsors. In particular, look at the list of sponsors for the "independent" NewsHour on PBS......

BNSF Railway
Bank of America
Pacific Life

Had a friend tonight say, that they 'still watch', but didn't want to see.
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Anonymous evil is evil said...
Well, at least one is not pure evil.
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Thursday, May 13, 2010. *

Zizek - Living in the End Times

Zizek analyzes the end of the world at the hands of the “four riders of the apocalypse.” There should no longer be any doubt: global capitalism is fast approaching its terminal crisis. Slavoj Zizek has identified the four horsemen of this coming apocalypse: the worldwide ecological crisis; imbalances within the economic system; the biogenetic revolution; and exploding social divisions and ruptures. But, he asks, if the end of capitalism seems to many like the end of the world, how is it possible for Western society to face up to the end times? In a major new analysis of our global situation, Slavok Zizek argues that our collective responses to economic Armageddon correspond to the stages of grief: ideological denial, explosions of anger and attempts at bargaining, followed by depression and withdrawal.

After passing through this zero-point, we can begin to perceive the crisis as a chance for a new beginning. Or, as Mao Zedong put it, “There is great disorder under heaven, the situation is excellent.” Slavoj Zizek shows the cultural and political forms of these stages of ideological avoidance and political protest, from New Age obscurantism to violent religious fundamentalism. Concluding with a compelling argument for the return of a Marxian critique of political economy, Zizek also divines the wellsprings of a potentially communist culture—from literary utopias like Kafka’s community of mice to the collective of freak outcasts in the TV series Heroes.

Thinking caps on, fellers...
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It's good to see you're working again!

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ahhh, means alot thanks.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010. *

Barack Obama administration seeks to change police questioning law
The Obama administration is urging the US Supreme Court to overturn a landmark decision that stops police from questioning suspects unless they have a lawyer present.

The Justice Department, in a brief signed by Elena Kagan, the solicitor general, said the 1986 decision "serves no real purpose" and offers only "meagre benefits".

Elena Kagan, the US Supreme nominee, helped shield Saudis from 9/11 lawsuits, has ties with Goldman Sachs, believes in the Obomba policy of "indefinite detention."

Hows that change working out for you guys?

Also see,

Kagan's comments on indefinite detention seem to have new relevance after comments Sunday by Attorney General Eric Holder, in which he declared that even US citizens don't need to be read their rights if they're suspected of being involved in terrorism.

Miranda warnings and the public-safety exception.

Eric Holder: Miranda Rights Should Be Modified For Terrorism Suspects

Attorney General Eric Holder said for the first time today on ABC's "This Week" that the Obama administration is open to modifying Miranda protections to deal with the "threats that we now face."

"The [Miranda] system we have in place has proven to be effective," Holder told host Jake Tapper. "I think we also want to look and determine whether we have the necessary flexibility -- whether we have a system that deals with situations that agents now confront. ... We're now dealing with international terrorism. ... I think we have to give serious consideration to at least modifying that public-safety exception [to the Miranda protections]. And that's one of the things that I think we're going to be reaching out to Congress, to come up with a proposal that is both constitutional, but that is also relevant to our times and the threats that we now face."

America's system of Miranda rights developed out of a 1966 Supreme Court ruling which found that the Fifth Amendment and Sixth Amendment rights of an alleged rapist and kidnapper, Ernesto Arturo Miranda, had been violated during his arrest and trial (Miranda was later retried and convicted).

The Court ruled that before being interrogated, people in custody must (among other things) "be clearly informed that he or she has the right to remain silent, and that anything the person says will be used against that person in court," and that they "must be clearly informed that he or she has the right to consult with an attorney and to have that attorney present during questioning."

Holder, who was making his first appearance on a Sunday morning news show, also declared that the Pakistani Taliban was behind the attempted bombing of Times Square by Faisal Shahzad last week.

"We've now developed evidence that shows that the Pakistani Taliban was behind the attack," Holder said. "We know that they helped facilitate it. We know that they probably helped finance it. And that he was working at their direction."

[Video @ link]


Snoop Drones: First Texas, Now Florida

MIAMI -- The Miami-Dade police department will begin experimenting with high-tech drones as law enforcement tools beginning next year.

Although the military has been using unmanned aircraft systems for years, this will be the first time they are used in law enforcement.

"We are aware it is a great responsibility. The FAA is looking at us to see if we can professionally manage this program, More..
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Tuesday, May 04, 2010. *

I have moved completely autocratically this time and changed the AmSam guiding animus/patron saint to Rachel Corrie. From Lenny Bruce, who followed the original: Bucky Fuller.

Comment if you have other ideas. Thanks!


posted by Dr. Menlo at 4:17 PM
Blogger Don Durito said...
Rachel Corrie is a great choice.

Hopefully once the dust settles a little I'll be able to start posting more again.

Otherwise, Notes From Underground is still working, and every once in a while I get to post something. Been very swamped.
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Blogger Philip Shropshire said...
I have a great picture of Rachel. Her problem was that she was killed by politically connected thugs...she would be a household name if only an evil swarthy undocumented mexican taliban person had whacked her...
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AmSam is . . .
publishing just temporarily at blogspot while I figure out CNAME. Don't move links! It is instantly publishable at this url.
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Good to see, brother....
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