Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Guess who was telling the truth?

Remember this?
"I, sitting at my desk," said Snowden, could "wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the president, if I had a personal email".
US officials vehemently denied this specific claim. Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee, said of Snowden's assertion: "He's lying. It's impossible for him to do what he was saying he could do."
But training materials for XKeyscore detail how analysts can use it and other systems to mine enormous agency databases by filling in a simple on-screen form giving only a broad justification for the search. The request is not reviewed by a court or any NSA personnel before it is processed.
XKeyscore, the documents boast, is the NSA's "widest reaching" system developing intelligence from computer networks – what the agency calls Digital Network Intelligence (DNI). One presentation claims the program covers "nearly everything a typical user does on the internet", including the content of emails, websites visited and searches, as well as their metadata.
Analysts can also use XKeyscore and other NSA systems to obtain ongoing "real-time" interception of an individual's internet activity.
Under US law, the NSA is required to obtain an individualized Fisa warrant only if the target of their surveillance is a 'US person', though no such warrant is required for intercepting the communications of Americans with foreign targets. But XKeyscore provides the technological capability, if not the legal authority, to target even US persons for extensive electronic surveillance without a warrant provided that some identifying information, such as their email or IP address, is known to the analyst.
One training slide illustrates the digital activity constantly being collected by XKeyscore and the analyst's ability to query the databases at any time."

Read more here:
http://gu.com/p/3hy4h

Massive solar flare narrowly misses Earth, EMP disaster barely avoided | WashingtonExaminer.com

Paying Attention yet?
Massive solar flare narrowly misses Earth, EMP disaster barely avoided | WashingtonExaminer.com

"Pry, Cooper, and former CIA Director James Woolsey have been recently demanding that Washington prepare the nation's electric grid for an EMP, either from the sun or an enemy's nuclear bomb. They want the 2,000-3,000 transformers in the grid protected with a high-tech metal box and spares ready to rebuild the system. Woolsey said knocking out just 20 would shut down electricity to parts of the nation "for a long time."
But Washington is giving them the cold shoulder, especially the administration. Woolsey told Secrets that some in Congress are interested in the issue, but the administration is just in the "beginnings" of paying attention."

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Just sharing a link to give you something to think about.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Expert panel on EMP threat: Electric grid protection urgently needed




We recently missed being impacted by a coronal ejection from the sun by one week. EMP is a serious threat and not just from a possible nuclear attack.

 Here's the takeaway if you don't have time to listen to the whole thing: " It's inexcusable for a nation with the wealth and the economy that we have, that the insignificant funds necessary to protect (against) what has been deemed inevitable (are) not being expended to keep the population safe" and "You can't negotiate with the sun." Call your reps in Congress TODAY and get them on board with the Shield Act (AKA HR 2417)


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bees

photo courtesy of Belanne Pibal©

For those who have been paying attention, there is a mysterious disorder that has been killing off bees. We have been losing our bees at an alarming rate for several years now. Did you know that 60% of commercial hives are used to pollinate the almond crop in CA? 60%.

We are now at the point where one bad winter could leave us with severe food shortages. There is a new study out that may have some clues to the losses in our bee populations and the news is not good. (For those who can't make heads or tails of the study there is an easier article here.)

Where many have blamed one pesticide or another or a class of pesticides, this new study suggests that the problem lies in the cocktail of chemicals including fungicides that are used on our crops to keep them healthy. While these chemicals may protect the plants, they are leaving the bees far more susceptible to any number of problems that can threaten bees. Parasites, infections, you name it and not surprisingly, these chemicals that the bees get through the pollen, (which they collect to feed the hive), cause the bees natural resistance to these plagues to drop like a rock.

It's time to go back and re-examine the use of chemicals on our crops...before the next bad winter.

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." ~ Gen 1:26

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Lying in the Age of Obama

I just read a wonderful article by Victor Davis Hansen. I thought it well worth sharing here, especially the conclusion at the end. Please read it. It starts thusly:

"A Nation of Liars
The attorney general of the United States lied recently to Congress. He said he knew of no citizen’s communications that his department had monitored. Lie!
In fact, Holder knew that his subordinates were targeting reporters. He also did not tell the truth about the New Black Panthers case. He had sworn that there was no political decision to drop the case. Not true; the decision came from the top. He again lied about the time frame in which he first learned of the Fast and Furious case.
The director of national intelligence also lied, likewise while under oath to Congress. At first James Clapper confessed that he had given the “least untruthful” account.  ..."

Read the rest of it Here.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

"Lesbians in Space" & other government approved text books S2E4


The Zimmerman trial

This is a my attempt at a short note on the Zimmerman - Martin trial. There was a lot going on here, but, if you've been following it since it occurred, you probably already knew what the outcome would have to be. That is because regardless of whether or not George Zimmerman was doing more than his civic duty, whether or not young Mr. Martin was behaving badly, the bottom line is that at some point, young Mr. Martin struck Mr. Zimmerman in the head. Any blow to the head can be deadly because we keep our most important stuff there. At that point the use of lethal force became Mr. Zimmerman's prerogative.

What concerns me far more about this whole mess is the fact of the involvement of the DOJ. The reports are that not only did the DOJ send out a contingent to help organize rallies(or foment race riots which, thankfully did not occur in spite of their meddling-a testament to the character of Americans at that time) but they also interfered with the employment of the chief of police and a few others in the Law enforcement hierarchy in this community. That's inexcusable.

When did it become the DOJ's place to do such things? Did they have the approval of Florida's governor to come into his state and behave badly? How did they dare to violate a state's sovereignty in so bold a fashion and why is the media continuing to frame this case in the most provocative way? It would almost seem that this administration and their media lackeys WANT there to be race riots and for what purpose? If you've been paying attention, you already know and if you haven't, I strongly suggest you start giving a damn about politics.

As for Mr. obama's personal role in stirring this pot, it's shameful. He could have been a unifying force reinforcing the respect for families and good parenting, but instead he chose to be divisive as he has throughout his time occupying the Oval Office. For this reason alone, (as is true for his actions and inactions in Benghazi, as is true for his continual gifts of aid and comfort to our enemies, as is true for his role in Fast and Furious, in spying on the American people, in destabilizing governments across the globe and for flouting the rule of law along with his own oath of office here at home) he is UNFIT for office. Where is the Congress and why are they allowing this man to continue to sit there in violation of their own sworn oaths?

 The Congress is supposed to be doing what is best for the nation, not for themselves, their re-elections, their parties or their constituents-except as that serves to make the nation stronger- or anyone else, but for the nation. And yet, they continue their partisan bickering and squabbling while the nation disintegrates around them. Shameful.

"For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.
 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.
 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it." ~ Jeremiah 6:13-19

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ex-Sanford Police Chief Tells CNN He Was Fired For Not Arresting Zimmerman

And this is the man who was fired with the direct help of the Obama administration's DOJ.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Friday, July 5, 2013

To Alter or Abolish

Mr. Obama has once again shown how jarringly out of step he is with American ideals in his comments to Egypt yesterday. "The United States continues to believe firmly that the best foundation for lasting stability in Egypt is a democratic political order with participation from all sides and all political parties," His urging to restore leadership to a democratically elected government not only presumes that democracy is the form of government the people of Egypt want, but hints that he would rather like to see his muslim brotherhood compatriot Mr. Morsi reinstated.
This statement: "Obama said the United States expects the military to "ensure the rights" of Egyptian citizens "during this uncertain period." indicates a fundamental lack of understanding of the American ethos. One that, sadly, is shared by too many Americans.

 We just finished celebrating Independence day in America. It is a day that commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This document recognizes that both the form and authority of government comes from the people and that the people are to be those who decide their form of government. Should this apply to Egypt? In my opinion, BECAUSE I am an American, it should. To quote the D.O.I. "--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."  However, I recognize that the people of Egypt are adults who can make their own decisions. Perhaps, at this point, they would prefer a military dictatorship or even some sort of monarchy. The point is it is up to them to decide. At least by my uniquely American understanding.

In the opinion of the founders of this nation,  a democracy is less desirable than any other form of government because it provides the least stability. It is mob rule rather than rule of law. So to see the usurper who is sitting in the seat of the POTUS urging the citizens of another nation, who have just stepped up to the plate of designing their own government, to adopt a democratic form of government is appalling. He might as well be saying, yes, set yourselves up for failure, so that I can assist my good buddies in the muslim brotherhood into power again.
"And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do." ~ Gen 41:55

Afterburner with Bill Whittle: Dependence Day


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Immigration Madness

The senate went ahead and passed the monstrosity put forth by the supposedly(by their republican membership) conservative Gang of Eight. The claim is that we neeeeeeeed immigration reform.
That we need it for a number of reasons and that it wouldn't be fair, somehow, not to reform it.

The question arises "fair to whom?" The overwhelming argument seems to be that those who have come here in violation of our laws are owed some sort of consideration. That even more we must cater to those who have come here illegally and made or brought children with them who are then plunged into a morass of criminal victimization, being both criminals by their presence here and fodder for criminal elements, not the least of whom are the very coyotes who effected their infiltration into our nation.

This is not fair to us. The citizens to whom the Congress is supposed to owe their allegiance. The citizens who elected them. The citizens who can and should recall them.

I will grant you that it is very sad that children are affected. Children are often affected by the criminal actions of their parents. Does that mean that our laws should no longer be enforced against anyone with children? No one would or could reasonably argue that the harm done to the children of thieves or murderers, who are citizens, by enforcing the law against them is reason enough to let them go free. Yet that is the very argument we are given for immigration.

There is the argument that they are here doing jobs that "Americans won't do". Rubbish. Unemployment is still rather high in this nation and there are people who would do any job they can get just to put food on the table. I know some of them. Construction workers alone would refute that argument.

It seems to me that the truth is that the Congress is running out of money and rather than cut spending responsibly, they would rather find new people to tax. Apparently spitting on the current citizens and those who have bothered to come here legally is A-OK with the gang of Eight and those other senators who voted for this bill. 

Mr. Whittle, of PJMedia, has said the problem is one of jobs. Maybe it is, but that doesn't justify allowing our laws to be disrespected.

A real solution might have been for Congress to fully fund ICE for the next 3-5 years and let them do their jobs. During that 3-5 years, while the American people are being reassured that the law is being enforced properly, the Congress could create a realistic guest worker program and streamline the application process for citizenship. Perhaps that sounded too difficult and complicated. It was easier, no doubt, to allow special interests to write a huge omnibus bill on the order of obamacare, full of God alone knows what and pass it so we can find out what's in it.

Shame on them.

"He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster." ~ Proverbs 18:9