Tue Sep 06, 2005 at 06:19:29 PM EST
Update [2005-9-7 9:21:43 by luaptifer]: obtained Dr. Hexham's permission for a more extensive excerpt of The Plague of Plagiarism
As a skeptic, I always need evidence.
"The truth shall set you free."
Is the story that helped destroy the defenses of humankind's most lethal predator one of the most important ever to be told?
Though I'll offer that thought, I won't argue the point. Because what really matters most, about Addiction Incorporated, is that Victor DeNoble dared and was able to tell the truth about his tobacco research, despite the potential consequences to such a high-profile whistleblower.
The following is an appeal I received from the Union of Concerned Scientists, which I obviously support:
Dear UCS Supporter,
During the Bush administration, the White House worked to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from protecting us from formaldehyde pollution, smog, and global warming. In fact, White House officials secretly manipulated or suppressed EPA scientific analysis on each of these issues and many others.
And we all suffered for it.
"A squirrel dying in your front yard may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa." - Eli Parser's paraphrase of Facebook's driving algorithm.
I find TED Talks to be almost unfailingly signficant in some aspect of a given topic's presentation. That is the objective, after all, to use Internet power to inform the world of great ideas.
And, so, it's blunt non-irony to watch MoveOn's Eli Pariser calling the gatekeeping innovators of the Internet to task for having inverted that power. Instead, he says that a 'filter bubble' is fostering global myopia through a process that uses the hidden algorithmic analysis of individual web navigation patterns to personalize the websurfing experience.
National Business Group Uses Illegal Tactics to Intimidate and Undermine Opposition
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two advocacy coalitions urged the FBI this week to launch a full-scale criminal investigation into unlawful activities committed by the Chamber of Commerce (COC) and those of its law firm, Hunton & Williams (H&W), and three military intelligence contractors hired by the law firm – HBGary Federal, Berico Technologies and Palantir Technologies, collectively called Team Themis. StopTheChamber.com (STC) and VelvetRevolution.us (VR) sent letters to the FBI detailing how these organizations jointly conspired and conducted a proposed $12 million Watergate-like campaign against STC, VR and their staff, as well as other organizations and reporters.
Although this apparent criminal operation violated both federal laws and constitutional protections, neither the FBI nor the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced any investigation.
The overwhelming evidence that commercial media and world energy regulatory agencies are bound by nuclear corporate interests just keeps falling out of the nuclear catastrophe in Japan.
Arnie Gundersen discusses inconstancies between what the NRC, TEPCo, and the Nuclear Industry are saying privately and publicly. Documents from the French nuclear firm, Areva, and the NRC reveal what the industry knows about the Fukushima disaster.
I recommend that your diet of nuclear catastrophe information includes Arnie Gundersen's every-other-day updates because it seems as though it's only through this former nuclear engineer that we are going to get straight-shooting interpretation of events and the insider information which happens to cross his desk.
When major executives of large nuclear interests are quoted in statement of this headline, it's past time to listen. Watch Arnie Gundersen's report from April 6, 2011 and you may get the news.
In London, Thom Hartmann found and bought the only first-person account of the 1773 Boston Tea Party in existence.
George R. T. Hewes coined the phrase, 'the Boston Tea Party' and authored the history of the party that led to the American colonists' overthrow of the East India Company puppets, their British colonial rulers.
The original tea party was caused by the granting of corporate tax cuts to the biggest corporation in the world, the East India Company. The rulers of the colonies wanted to kill their indigenous colonial competition who were also trying to sell tea against the wishes of the global mega-corporation.
The American experiment in democracy was the result of that revolution.
The astounding pace with which astonishing events are rolling out of this end of the timeline around the world and here at home have preoccupied my days and nights the last few months, it seems. I've been hoping to catch up on things but the phase 'humanly possible' rudely interrupts my everyday agenda.
The tripled-disaster of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant destruction in Japan are not the least important of events and with a science/technology background, I'd feel compelled to commentary, if possible.
Cites Richard Wyatt, John Woods And Robert Quackenboss For Participating In Dirty Tricks Spying Plot Against NGOs, Reporters And Unions
Complaint Ties Leaked Emails To A Dozen Criminal Violations And Intentional Torts
Washington, D.C. -- On Wednesday, February 23, 2011, two watchdog groups filed a lengthy bar complaint with the Board of Professional Responsibility in Washington D.C. against Hunton & Williams attorneys Richard Wyatt, John Woods and Robert Quackenboss for their participation in a dirty tricks campaign against the groups. The complaint can be viewed at http://www.velvetrevolution.us/images/H_W_Bar_complaint.pdf. Two weeks ago, 71,000 emails created by investigators working for Hunton & Williams were leaked by the hacktivist network Anonymous. They showed that the lawyers, on behalf of their clients, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Bank of America, solicited and conspired with the investigators to engage in a long list of criminal conduct and intentional torts against reporters, NGOs and Unions. This has been reported widely in the national press, including the Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/14/AR2011021406281.html?wprss=rss_nation
Originally posted 2011-01-28 11:39:57 -0500. Bumped and promoted. -- GH
Just grabbing and posting a couple of things that might help Egyptians and increasing numbers of their neighbors use the Internet when it is turned on.
One item for us Arabic-challenged surfers, http://www.commondreams.org/uprising .
Here's what you can do. Contributing to the Tor network requires a bit of technical savvy and a devotion of your time and your computer's resources. If that's you, and you're willing to learn about the Tor network, help reopen these channels of communication by joining the Global Proxy Cloud (instructions linked on the right). Through a download of Tor, a free anti-censorship program developed by The Tor Project, a computer running a Tor bridge over an extended period can help the network run faster.
Here are a couple of things I passed on to an Egypt-linked friend last night.
Sam Spade Network Information Tool
You might also pass on this tool for investigating network information, http://www.softpedia.com/get/Network-Tools/Network-Tools-Suites/Sam-Spade.shtml ,
It's what I used to ping hosts in dot eg.
Lastly, an article describing its use.
I think Darrell Issa forgets the true nature of modern Republicanism and its heart of crooked gold.
Man, this could be a 'blast', so to speak, when Issa lines the crooks up with subcommittee chair appointments!
Maybe journalism can revive itself if the ducks are going to line themselves up like that. Especially in a context of "Oversight and Reform", the hypocrisy amplifier effect will never be so large again!!
The sorry-ass state of shareholder value-captured media, just perhaps!?
From yesterday's OpEdNews
Imagine the look of contempt on Karl Rove's face this past Sunday as he swaggered toward his star turn on CBS's Face the Nation only to be served with our subpoena sanctioned by the Secretary of the State of Ohio.
The federal subpoena orders Rove to testify in deposition. Our attorney, Cliff Arnebeck, intends to ask Mr. Rove about his role in the theft if the 2004 election, and to discuss his orchestration of tens of millions of corporate/billionaire dollars in the one coming up on November 2, 2010.