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State Crimes Against Democracy

January 31st, 2011

State Crimes Against Democracy

by Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff

New research in the journal American Behavioral Scientist (Sage publications, February 2010) addresses the concept of “State Crimes Against Democracy” (SCAD). Professor Lance deHaven-Smith from Florida State University writes that SCADs involve high-level government officials, often in combination with private interests, that engage in covert activities for political advantages and power. Proven SCADs since World War II include McCarthyism (fabrication of evidence of a communist infiltration), Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (President Johnson and Robert McNamara falsely claimed North Vietnam attacked a US ship), burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist in effort to discredit Ellsberg, the Watergate break-in, Iran-Contra, Florida’s 2000 Election (felon disenfranchisement program), and fixed intelligence on WMDs to justify the Iraq War.1

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China fakes news report using scene from ‘Top Gun’

January 30th, 2011
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Chinese Air Force Officer and Ace, Comrade Tom Cruise

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BEIJING, Jan 30, 2011 (AFP) – China’s state broadcaster is facing questions after Internet users spotted that footage in a report on air force manoeuvres in a national newscast was taken from the 1980s Hollywood film “Top Gun.” China Central Television, or CCTV, aired the footage in a January 23 report on a People’s Liberation Army Air Force training exercise, showing a plane firing a missile at another. The second aircraft plane was destroyed in a fiery explosion, and the dramatic footage was shown in between interviews with air force officers.

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The Grover Norquist Solution at KPFA/Pacifica

January 28th, 2011

If Grover Norquist had been a consultant for the gatekeeper group of paid staff that seems to run things at KPFA, he might’ve recommended something like: “You should reduce Pacifica Radio down to a size where you can “drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.”     Daniel Borgström

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Jesse Ventura Sues TSA, Cites 4th Amendment Violations, Sexual Harassment

January 25th, 2011

Jesse Ventura

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura sued the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration on Monday, alleging full-body scans and pat-downs at airport checkpoints violate his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.Ventura is asking a federal judge in Minnesota to issue an injunction ordering officials to stop subjecting him to “warrantless and suspicionless” scans and body searches.

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Old Spice “Flex” Ad

January 25th, 2011

I notice the actor quickly says, “So powerful it can block BO for 16 hours.” Can block doesn’t mean it will block whether it’s for 16 hours or ten minutes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EzfaRAe5tA

“Can” is a good example of a weasel word.

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Full-body scanners are waste of money, Israeli expert says

January 15th, 2011

A leading Israeli airport security expert says the Canadian government has wasted millions of dollars to install “useless” imaging machines at airports across the country.

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U.S Senator Diane Feinstein responds to The Swill Bucket, applauds TSA’s efforts

January 6th, 2011

Dear Mr. Hamilton:

 Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) use of whole-body imaging scanners and pat-downs.  I appreciate the time you took to write and welcome the opportunity to respond.

 As you may know, the TSA began using advanced imaging technology (AIT) in February of 2007.  These scanners produce a three-dimensional image of passengers, allowing TSA officials to quickly and efficiently search for prohibited carry-on items.  Following the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 over the United States on December 25, 2009, the TSA has accelerated scanner installation, placing 450 whole-body imaging scanners across the country.

 I understand you have concerns that full-body scanners and pat-downs may pose privacy concerns.  You may be interested to know that the TSA has taken steps to ensure every passenger’s privacy.  Specifically, images from AIT machines are viewed in a remote location, away from the screening process.  Once the TSA official has viewed the image, that image is then permanently erased.  In addition, only passengers who alarm a walk-through metal detector or a whole body image scanner or opt out of the AIT machines are subject to a pat-down. These pat-downs are performed by same-gender TSA officers and all passengers have the right to a private screening with a witness at any time.

 I believe the failed Christmas Day bombing plot is a reminder that it is important to meet our critical national security needs.  I understand these procedures have caused inconvenience and discomfort for passengers; however, critics of these security screenings must consider the possible consequences of relaxing our security measures.  Protecting American lives from terrorist attacks is, and must be, the nation’s highest priority.  Please know that I value your opinion and will keep your concerns in mind as I work to strengthen airport security, while continuing to protect individual privacy.

 If you have general concerns about TSA policies, I would encourage you to visit http://www.tsa.gov to view current policies for travelers. Additionally, if you have not already done so, I would encourage you to contact the TSA directly to share feedback about current policies. This may be done either by phone at (866) 289-9673 or by email at TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov.

Once again, thank you for writing.  Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841.  Best regards.

Sincerely yours,

 Dianne Feinstein

 United States Senator

Further information about my position on issues of concern to California and the Nation are available at my website http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/.  You can also receive electronic e-mail updates by subscribing to my e-mail list at http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ENewsletterSignup.Signup. Feel free to checkout my YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/Senatorfeinstein

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The Urinal Game

January 6th, 2011

This is an instructional game that teaches about the importance of personal space:

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/games/urinal

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UCD Students: Note on Swillers site

January 4th, 2011

Vanessa pointed out that it wasn’t clear what to do after you get to the Swillers site (tab at top right of this page). My apologies; I’m new to this feature of  The Swill Bucket too. I’ve attached a link to a screen shot of what to do after you log in. On the page that comes up, go to the Tools tab at the top left of the page and then “Blogs.” This is your personal blog. When you get there, there’s a link to “Write a blog post.”  Then, play around with the site for awhile and become more familiar with the features: jazz up your profile, add a photo or icon, etc.

http://theswillbucket.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/SwillersBlog.jpg

If you have questions, use the comments link for this post or email me: shawn@theswillbucket.com

Thanks,

Shawn H

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Mobile prison guard towers coming to a neighborhood near you!

January 3rd, 2011

Welcome to the Fourth Reich!

Mobile Prison Guard Towers Coming to a Walmart near You. Unbelievable!

Brochure on this amazing new product

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