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Re: News Stories Which Highlight the Structure of the System
« Reply #180 on: April 23, 2012, 10:11:26 pm »
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Re: News Stories Which Highlight the Structure of the System
« Reply #181 on: April 25, 2012, 02:50:16 am »
US Journalists Targeted By Pentagon Propaganda Contractors

Posted by timothy on Sunday April 22, @01:27PM
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Quote from: 'Jeremiah Cornelius writes'
"While conducting investigative reporting on civilian contractors in the Pentagon's "InfoOps" Internet propaganda operations, two reporters found themselves the subject of a highly targeted, professional media manipulation effort. Reporter Tom Vanden Brook and Editor Ray Locker found that Twitter and Facebook accounts have been created in their names, along with a Wikipedia entry and dozens of message board postings and blog comments. Websites were registered in their names. Some postings merely copied Vanden Brook's and Locker's previous reporting. Others accused them of being sponsored by the Taliban. 'I find it creepy and cowardly that somebody would hide behind my name and presumably make up other names in an attempt to undermine my credibility,' Vanden Brook said. If these websites were created using federal funds, it could violate federal law prohibiting the production of propaganda for domestic consumption."
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Re: News Stories Which Highlight the Structure of the System
« Reply #182 on: April 25, 2012, 03:48:50 am »
Part of why the system is so durable to resistance and activism has to do with the ineffectiveness of activism. The following article does a good job of arguing that far too many activists see being an activist and making political statements as a role to be played rather than an action that some individuals choose to take. As a result the act of dissent becomes a specialized job of those who are experts at dissent (and acting like a martyr) i.e. activists and leaves the domain of the average person. A trend that is counter to the very purpose that they are espousing.

http://libcom.org/library/give-up-activism

I am not sure if this is the right place to put this post. But whatever.

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Re: News Stories Which Highlight the Structure of the System
« Reply #183 on: April 25, 2012, 04:49:31 am »
US Journalists Targeted By Pentagon Propaganda Contractors

Posted by timothy on Sunday April 22, @01:27PM
from the hey-this-feels-creepy dept.

Quote from: 'Jeremiah Cornelius writes'
"While conducting investigative reporting on civilian contractors in the Pentagon's "InfoOps" Internet propaganda operations, two reporters found themselves the subject of a highly targeted, professional media manipulation effort. Reporter Tom Vanden Brook and Editor Ray Locker found that Twitter and Facebook accounts have been created in their names, along with a Wikipedia entry and dozens of message board postings and blog comments. Websites were registered in their names. Some postings merely copied Vanden Brook's and Locker's previous reporting. Others accused them of being sponsored by the Taliban. 'I find it creepy and cowardly that somebody would hide behind my name and presumably make up other names in an attempt to undermine my credibility,' Vanden Brook said. If these websites were created using federal funds, it could violate federal law prohibiting the production of propaganda for domestic consumption."

But wait, why would they do that? After all, if they have nothing to hide then they have nothing to fear, right?

Right??

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Re: News Stories Which Highlight the Structure of the System
« Reply #184 on: April 26, 2012, 09:50:22 am »
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Re: News Stories Which Highlight the Structure of the System
« Reply #185 on: April 28, 2012, 10:39:36 pm »
A friend from HS posted this on his facebook (name withheld for privacy reasons):

To all my Facebook Friends And Family, If you have served time in Prison, Please remove me from your friends list. The agency I work for is Firing Employees for having friends that have served time. Thank you.

Follow-up response to "Isn't that a bit illegal?":

You would be surprised. However, it is very understandable. It is a conflict of interest for someone in corrections. Some corrections officers have been fired for unknowingly or knowingly having friends who were once inmates. I am confidant that everyone on my friends list are not ex-con's but on the odd chance that someone has a dark past that I don't know about, well I just can risk it. I need my job. Honestly, have thought about taking this down.
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Re: News Stories Which Highlight the Structure of the System
« Reply #187 on: April 30, 2012, 12:08:47 am »
http://thebaffler.com/notebook/2012/03/too_smart_to_fail

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A résumé filled with grievous errors in the period 1996–2006 is not only a non-problem for further advances in the world of consensus; it is something of a prerequisite. Our intellectual powers that be not only forgive the mistakes; they require them. You must have been wrong back then in order to have a chance to be taken seriously today; only by having gotten things wrong can you demonstrate that you are trustworthy, a member of the team. (Those who got things right all along, on the other hand, might be dubbed “premature market skeptics”—people who doubted the consensus before the consensus acknowledged it was all right to doubt.)
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Re: News Stories Which Highlight the Structure of the System
« Reply #188 on: April 30, 2012, 07:58:38 am »
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Another way of putting this idea might be to say that the individuals who got things wrong—the ones who saw few problems in financial deregulation, anyone who thought derivatives eliminated risk, anyone who counted on markets to police themselves—were “one of us.” There can be no consequences for them because they merely expressed the consensus views of the time. Like John Maynard Keynes’s “sound banker,” they might have failed, but they failed in the same way that the rest of “us” failed. To hold them accountable for what they said and did would expose the rest of “us” to such judgment as well. And obviously that can’t happen.

Diego Gambetta gave this as the same reason as why academic cartels tend to flourish - someone who wants consensus is spouted, not an insufferable genius type.  As soon as more corrupt, politically able but less intelligent academics manage to get positions on review boards, departmental positions and so on, the tendency is for them to close ranks against people who might well be very smart and bright, because they'll be shown up.  Failure, conversely, is OK, so long as blame can be equally distributed.

Franks can be kinda hit and miss at times, but so far, this is not a bad article.

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Re: News Stories Which Highlight the Structure of the System
« Reply #189 on: April 30, 2012, 07:33:30 pm »
http://thebaffler.com/notebook/2012/03/too_smart_to_fail

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A résumé filled with grievous errors in the period 1996–2006 is not only a non-problem for further advances in the world of consensus; it is something of a prerequisite. Our intellectual powers that be not only forgive the mistakes; they require them. You must have been wrong back then in order to have a chance to be taken seriously today; only by having gotten things wrong can you demonstrate that you are trustworthy, a member of the team. (Those who got things right all along, on the other hand, might be dubbed “premature market skeptics”—people who doubted the consensus before the consensus acknowledged it was all right to doubt.)

There is an assumption at the heart of this article that I have to disagree with.  That assumption is that the economic collapse was a mistake.
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Re: News Stories Which Highlight the Structure of the System
« Reply #190 on: April 30, 2012, 08:12:19 pm »
http://voicesoftruthtv.com/?ep=not-for-sale-at-any-price&from=1&sec=episode

[2003] The State of Hawaii 'apparently' colluded with a hired archaeologist and Walmart to survey only 1/2 of a property site for native burials (they half they knew didn't contain bones).

(Can I just say fuck Walmart at this point?)

Their contractors just dug them up when breaking ground and left them exposed to the elements (one of the most disrespectful things you can do in Hawaiian culture is expose the dead to sunlight and the elements). When a protest formed and wouldn't leave unless they were "covered", the walmart employee threw cardboard over them. The protesters were pissed, and demanded at least coral-sand.

The families finally got remains returned and reburied them at a site behind the old graveyard / new Walmart loading docks.

Worth watching.

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Re: News Stories Which Highlight the Structure of the System
« Reply #191 on: April 30, 2012, 08:13:47 pm »
http://voicesoftruthtv.com/?ep=not-for-sale-at-any-price&from=1&sec=episode

[2003] The State of Hawaii 'apparently' colluded with a hired archaeologist and Walmart to survey only 1/2 of a property site for native burials (they half they knew didn't contain bones).

(Can I just say fuck Walmart at this point?)

Their contractors just dug them up when breaking ground and left them exposed to the elements (one of the most disrespectful things you can do in Hawaiian culture is expose the dead to sunlight and the elements). When a protest formed and wouldn't leave unless they were "covered", the walmart employee threw cardboard over them. The protesters were pissed, and demanded at least coral-sand.

The families finally got remains returned and reburied them at a site behind the old graveyard / new Walmart loading docks.

Worth watching.

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Re: News Stories Which Highlight the Structure of the System
« Reply #192 on: April 30, 2012, 08:15:20 pm »
Well, American tourists to have a tendency to look like bloated whale carcasses, and seeing them sunning themselves on the beach would be equivalent to exposing their corpses to the elements, which is apparently very disrepectful in their culture.

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Re: News Stories Which Highlight the Structure of the System
« Reply #193 on: April 30, 2012, 08:22:25 pm »
Rog, in our current post-American pseudo-Anarchist Libertarian paradise, possession is 9/10th of the law and those dead people owned that land already.


This is a purely legal matter between the American Business people and those native tribes who don't have mass-produced weapons-infrastructure. We should really leave this up to the courts court-appointed arbiter.
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Re: News Stories Which Highlight the Structure of the System
« Reply #194 on: April 30, 2012, 08:24:30 pm »
Well, American tourists to have a tendency to look like bloated whale carcasses, and seeing them sunning themselves on the beach would be equivalent to exposing their corpses to the elements, which is apparently very disrepectful in their culture.

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