Archive | October 8, 2013

Canadians Spying on Brazil According to Leaked Snowden Docs

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Canada spied on communications at Brazil’s Mining and Energy Ministry, according to Canadian intelligence documents revealed Sunday by Globo television.

The documents were leaked by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. His disclosures including that the United States spied on the same ministry, on President Dilma Rousseff and her aides, have greatly strained US-Brazilian ties.

In the disclosures broadcast on Globo, documents purportedly from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service leaked by Snowden show a detailed outline of the Brazilian ministry’s communications including phone calls, emails and Internet traffic.

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Man Who Set Self on Fire in DC Was Mentally Ill, Not Political Protester

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The family of John Constantino, the man who set himself on fire at the National Mall, says that he was mentally ill, not a government protester. Meanwhile, rumors persist that there was another man on the scene with a tripod and camera who fled during the event. Some say that the man may have known about the event in advance.

Via Raw Story:

Police have identified a man who apparently set himself on fire last week in the National Mall, and his family members said his fatal actions were not politically motivated.

Washington, D.C., authorities identified the man as 64-year-old John Constantino, of Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

Constantino died Friday night, hours after witnesses said he doused himself with gasoline, saluted the Capitol and used a lighter to set himself on fire.

An attorney for his family released a statement Monday night that described Constantino as a “loving father and husband” who had not acted out of political motives but after “a long battle with mental illness.”

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Jesse Ventura on The DisinfoView: They Killed Our President

Jesse Ventura joins disinformation’s Gary Baddeley once again to discuss his new book, They Killed Our President: 63 Facts That Prove a Conspiracy to Kill JFK. In addition to agreeing that Lee Harvey Oswald was the one person who almost certainly didn’t assassinate JFK, they discuss the Government shutdown, Jesse’s plans to run for president in 2016 with Howard Stern, and his new show for Ora.tv.

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Ted Cruz: Destroying Entire Planet Only Reliable Way To End Obamacare

Ted_Cruz,_official_portrait,_113th_CongressFrom the New Yorker:

…Explaining his proposal to a visibly alarmed Crowley, Senator Cruz said, “Obamacare is like a parasite that needs a host to feed on. If you want to kill the parasite you kill the host, and in this case that means killing this planet. As long as there’s a planet Earth, the nightmare of Obamacare could always come screaming back to life.”

While he was not specific about how he would go about destroying the planet, Cruz said, “This is something that my colleagues and I have been working on for some time.”

The Texas senator refused to speculate on whether there were enough votes in Congress to support his proposal of obliterating Earth, but he ended his interview on a personal note: “Candy, I don’t want my children and my children’s children to live in a world with Obamacare. And the best way to guarantee that is by destroying the world.”

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3,000 Outraged Truckers Plan To Shutdown Washington, D.C.

3,000 truckers plan to descend on Washington, D.C. four days from now, to protest the NDAA’s indefinite detention without trial provision (signed into law by President Obama) as well as to raise awareness for what they perceive as continued Obama administration support for radical Islamic factions in Egypt and Syria.

Despite the limited broadcast media coverage of the truckers’ plan, it could effectively shut down the entire city’s vehicle traffic.

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Half of West Virginia Cloaked in ‘Quiet Zone’ to Protect Telescope and Government Research Facility

quiet-pleaseTired of the constant buzz of the digital age? You might want to move to West Virginia’s “Quiet Zone”: A 13,000 square mile area where Wi-Fi, cell service, and even most radio stations are banned.

Via NPR:

The energy of Wi-Fi or cell signals can confuse or interfere with the telescope’s readings — and it can trip the receivers at the government’s nearby , which is also in the zone.

“Because we’re looking at these very, very faint signals, we need to live in a very, very quiet area. In the same way where if you had an optical telescope, it needs to be high on the mountain away from other light,” O’Neil says.

So a federal quiet zone law and an accompanying state law — the — combine to keep the area very radio quiet. No interference is allowed.

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Christian Dominionist Tea Party Politicians Aiming For The “End Time Transfer Of Wealth”?

pureVia the Huffington Post, Pastor Morgan Guyton takes a disturbing look at the insane Christian Dominionist theology gaining a powerful foothold in the U.S. government, a development previously brought up by Jesse Ventura:

I wanted to do some research into the theological roots of Senator Ted Cruz, the standard-bearer of the Tea Party Republicans behind the government shutdown. Ted’s father, Rafael Cruz, is a pastor with Texas charismatic ministry Purifying Fire International. He has a distinct theological vision for what America is supposed to look like: Christian dominionism…

So to pull all this logic together, God anoints priests to work in the church directly and kings to go out into the marketplace to conquer, plunder, and bring back the spoils to the church. The reason governmental regulation has to disappear from the marketplace is to make it completely available to the plunder of Christian “kings” who will accomplish the “end time transfer of wealth.” Then “God’s bankers” will usher in the “coming of the messiah.” The government is being shut down so that God’s bankers can bring Jesus back.

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What Will The Mainstream Make of Polyamory

A recent post on Modern Mythology raises questions about the recent mainstream obsession with polyamory:

Thanks in part to the Showtime series “Polyamory: Married and Dating,” it seems yet another subaltern is coming out of the closet (or bedroom) and into the mainstream.

It is predictable enough that it would be presented on SHO in a way that is easiest to digest for the American mainstream. Yet the examples posed there are staid modifications to the familiar. I would prefer the actual gamut of possibilities be presented. The show reads as another variation on swingers. So, what are White American suburbanites (or urbanites) to make of this new “fad”?

One of the challenges presented by this desire, (as was discussed in an earlier tongue-in-cheek article, “Postmodernogamy“): at its core polyamory presents not an alternate model to monogamy so much as a revolution against all formal and static cultural mores which say “this way and no other.”

Now that gay marriage seems to be approaching normalcy, new labels are needed to keep the relationship news cycle churning, all the while missing the only radical point presented by what is otherwise nothing more than the simple result of modernization on outdated cultural edifices: There is no model of “typical” polyamory, as it is and should be specific to every unique individual and their unique interactions.… Read the rest

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Destroying Corporate Status Via HyperStyle

Circa 1990, from the monthly VHS-format periodical Dance International Video Magazine, a segment set in the future describes a hypothetical fashion movement known as HyperStyle. Swathed in “barcodes, plastic fabrics, logo wear, Nusilk fabric, virus accessories”, HyperStyle adherents destabilize the corporate order by co-opting and devaluing brand identities…including barcode-vision goggles and NASA sweatpants:

Today’s crisis can be tracked back to 1990. During one of the first green-house summers, a new fashion appeared, that pirated the emerging corporate culture.

Perpet[r]ators of this style hijacking corporate technology graphics and exploited them through wearable clothing. First seen in London, England, c1990.

The designers did not vandalize the corporate imagery, but rather reproduced it exactly. The resultant confusion led to devaluation of corporate status.

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Driver Killed After Ramming White House Gates Believed Obama Was Electronically Monitoring Her

miriam careyThe tragic death of a young woman struggling with mental health issues apparently was inspired by a chilling, very contemporary schizophrenic delusion: that she was trapped in a reality television show under the surveillance of Barack Obama. ABC News writes:

The woman who led police on a high-speed chase near the U.S. Capitol before being shot dead had a history of mental illness and believed President Obama was electronically monitoring her Connecticut home in order to broadcast her life on television, sources said.

Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn., was killed by police [a week ago] after trying to ram a White House gate and leading cops on a chase down Pennsylvania Avenue with her 1-year-old daughter in the car.

According to sources Carey believed she was capable of communicating with Obama. According to sources, Carey had a family history of schizophrenia and was taking medication for a mental illness.

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