Hon. Paul Hellyer

Sirius Business: Paul Hellyer and the Reptoid Cabal

[Disinfo editor's note: Reptilians won the "favorite cryptid" poll, so here's a read that you may find interesting.]

Paul Hellyer was Minister of Defense of Canada from 1963-1967, and this was the capstone for what was a pretty mercurial political career. He was very concerned about United States influence in Canada’s economy and militarization of space. Despite this, he was a pretty low-profile figure who went on to write several books about economics. This changed when he saw the 2005 Peter Jennings’s documentary “Seeing is Believing”, and subsequently read Col. Philip John Corso’s controversial book “The Day After Roswell”. Corso claims insider knowledge of reverse engineering alien spacecraft, claims that many equally controversial figures have discounted.

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The Day After Roswell – Hellyer’s Epiphany

Paul Hellyer denies any knowledge of UFO activity during his tenure in the Ministry of Defense, but he also cites high-level American military people who support Corso’s version of the Roswell incident.… Read the rest

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The Web Revolution That’s Changing How the World Gets High

[disinfo ed.'s note: excerpted from DRUGS UNLIMITED: The Web Revolution That’s Changing How the World Gets High by Mike Power. Copyright © 2013 by the author and reprinted by permission of Thomas Dunne Books.]

It is mainly the young who are suffering the consequences of society’s inability to update our drug laws effectively for the modern age. Almost one third of young people are searching for ways of getting legally high, according to the latest survey commissioned by the Angelus Foundation, a campaign group founded in 2009 by Maryon Stewart, whose twenty-one-year-old daughter Hester, a gifted medical student and keen athlete, died after taking GBL in 2009. (Gamma-butyrolactone, a paint stripper and industrial cleaner, can be used as an intoxicant and is poplar on the club scene. It is active at 1 ml, and causes euphoria and disinhibition, but overdoses, where users fall into a coma-like state, are commonplace since it is so potent.… Read the rest

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Maher and Harris Were Wrong on Islam, but Not for the Reasons You Think

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Bill Maher and Sam Harris. Image: HBO via Youtube

If I had been watching live, I probably would have guessed that the Bill Maher/Sam Harris/Ben Affleck video (with a mediocre cameo by ex RNC chair and full time goofball Michael Steele) would go massively viral. And go massively viral it did. Why? Simple. Maher and Harris are bigots! That was the basic counterpoint of Ben Affleck who, while not interrupting Sam Harris, spent most of the clip scowling and holding his mouth shut with his hand. That’s how you stand up to bigotry.

I don’t mean to imply I wasn’t on his side. Ultimately, his arguments, and those made after the clip by long time Maher critic Reza Aslan, win by default as Maher and Harris made a clumsy case that was impossible to believe – even for atheist-leaning agnostics like myself. The crux of Harris’s argument is that Islam was a “really bad idea.” Okay, but what do we do about that really bad idea?… Read the rest

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The Twisted Art by Zdzisław Beksiński

h/t Reddit. via Wikipedia:
Zdzisław Beksiński (24 February 1929 – 21 February 2005) was a Polish painter, photographer and sculptor, specializing in the field of utopian art. Beksiński did his paintings and drawings in what he called either a 'Baroque' or a 'Gothic' manner. His creations were made mainly in two periods. The first period of work is generally considered to contain expressionistic color, with a strong style of "utopian realism" and surreal architecture, like a doomsday scenario. The second period contained more abstract style, with the main features of formalism. Beksiński was murdered in 2005.
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Latest Intellectual Property Chapter Of TPP Agreement Leaked

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is supposed to be secret, but once again a draft has leaked, this time the Intellectual Property chapter. Mike Masnick reviews some of the copyright law provisions, writing at Techdirt:

…In the copyright section, it appears that US goes beyond existing US law in asking that “making available” be considered one of the exclusive rights protected under copyright law. Some US courts consider “making available” to be considered part of the “distribution” right, but others have disagreed (saying that the distribution right only covers works that have actually been, you know, distributed). While the legacy entertainment industry likes to pretend this is settled law and merely making available equals distribution, that’s not entirely clear. No matter, in the agreement, the US (and Japan) push to require everyone to include “making available” as an exclusive right for copyright holders.

There was great fanfare a few years ago when the USTR announced that, for the first time ever, it would include some language about fair use to appease those who were concerned about how these agreements only ratcheted up the enforcement side of copyright, and not the public’s rights.

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Australia is on the road to a Tea Party revolution

A singlet sold briefly at two Woolworths outlets with the phrase ‘love it or leave it’. Photograph: George Craig/@heartsR4love

A singlet sold briefly at two Woolworths outlets with the phrase ‘love it or leave it’. Photograph: George Craig/@heartsR4love

via The Guardian:

It’s the swaggering and unthinking bravado that hits you. Australian prime minister Tony Abbott threatens to “shirtfront” Russian leader Vladimir Putin when he arrives in Australia for the G20. Moscow responds via Pravda by comparing Abbott to Pol Pot and Hitler. Australian senator Jacqui Lambie then praises Putin as a “strong leader” with “great values”.

This is what passes for mainstream political dialogue in 2014. It’s unsurprising that a recent Griffith University study found Australians are deeply disenchanted with the political process.

“We are no longer citizens, we no longer have leaders”, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told The New Yorker last week: “We’re subjects, and we have rulers.”

He articulates a feeling many of us have about the modern world, of the political and media elites merely shifting deck chairs on the Titanic while powerful interests consolidate power and reduce our privacy.

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Ireland to close corporate tax loophole used by Google and others

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Well now isn’t that special.

Via the LA Times:

Bowing to pressure from U.S. and European officials, Ireland will phase out a notorious loophole that helps multinational corporations legally dodge billions of dollars in taxes in their homelands.

A tax maneuver known as the Double Irish has allowed major U.S. technology companies such as Google Inc. to funnel income through subsidiaries in Ireland to slash their tax bills at home.

The decision to close that loophole won’t affect Ireland’s low corporate tax rate or other special tax breaks that have lured the likes of tech giants Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Oracle, all of which have set up Irish subsidiaries to help them shelter foreign profits from U.S. taxes.

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The City Council of Worcester, MA Says Comcast is Not Welcome

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via Ars Technica:

The City Council in Worcester, MA does not want Comcast coming anywhere near its residents. The cable company is seeking a license transfer from Charter as part of a customer swap that’s tied to its purchase of Time Warner Cable, but the council is trying to block it.

“It’s a terrible company,” City Councilor Gary Rosen said after a vote last night, pointing to Comcast’s “deplorable and substandard” customer service in other municipalities. “In my opinion, they should not be welcome in this city. Comcast is a wolf in wolf’s clothing; it’s that bad. They are awful, no doubt about it. Maybe we can’t stop it, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t speak out.”

The vote is advisory only, the paper wrote. If Augustus takes no action today, the transfer will automatically be approved. If he rejects the transfer, Comcast is expected to appeal the decision to the state cable commission.

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Kratom can reduce opiate addiction, get you high, and is legal in the US.

Mitragyna speciosa leaves by Uomo vitruviano via Wikimedia Commons.

Mitragyna speciosa leaves by Uomo vitruviano via Wikimedia Commons.

Have you tried Kratom?

via AlterNet:

Why are people across the U.S. chewing on the small, glossy leaves of the Southeast Asian Kratom tree? It’s an ancient plant medicine related to coffee, and it produces a high that’s both euphoric and legal. Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) has long been used in Thailand and Malaysia to relieve pain, settle the stomach and reduce opiate dependence. Now it’s taking off in the West.

According to SageWisdom.org, Kratom leaves can be chewed fresh or dry, powdered, or brewed into a tea. It is not usually smoked, because the “amount of leaf that constitutes a typical dose is too much to be smoked easily.” It’s most commonly sold in powder form in packets, both online and in kava bars—alcohol-free bars where people can consume tea made from the legal, Polynesian kava root— and head shops.

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[Poll] Have you ever had a paranormal experience?

By 826 PARANORMAL via Flickr.

By 826 PARANORMAL via Flickr.

In keeping with the tradition of Halloween, this week’s poll will be a short yes or no question: Have you ever had a paranormal experience? If the answer is yes, feel free to recount what happened in the comments.

Here are last week’s results:

Favorite Cryptid?

  • Reptilians (18%, 98 Votes)
  • Bigfoot (Sasquatch) (17%, 91 Votes)
  • Mothman (14%, 75 Votes)
  • Kraken (13%, 74 Votes)
  • Loch Ness Monster (8%, 43 Votes)
  • Chupacabra (8%, 42 Votes)
  • Jersey Devil (6%, 34 Votes)
  • Hellhound (5%, 30 Votes)
  • Yeti (5%, 26 Votes)
  • Goatman (3%, 17 Votes)
  • Giant Anaconda (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Grassman (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Shunka Warakin (1%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 551

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