November 01, 2014

"The Modern Western Civilization" and "You"






The Late Roman Stage of Modern Western Civilization, Or the Tytler Cycle Revisited

by Jakub Bożydar Wiśniewski

As originally posted on: Jakub Bożydar Wiśniewski
September 14, 2012


You want economic growth? Print a lot of colored paper tickets or create a lot of virtual bookkeeping entries. You are in debt? Inflate it away (see above) or go into more debt. You lived beyond your means? Live even more beyond your means. You want to save for the bad days in the face of impending crisis? Spend everything on luxuries instead. You did a good job of serving the needs of others? Expect confiscation. You did a bad job of serving the needs of others? Expect bailout. You live by your own means? Expect calls for confiscation. You live at the expense of others? Expect calls for empowerment. You want peace and stability? Try to police the whole world. The world erupts in war and chaos because it doesn't want to be policed? Police it even more methodically. Your political meddlings distorted the world economy? Meddle in it even more fervently. And so it goes.

Yes, this is the common wisdom of modern Western civilization. And yes, it indicates as clearly as possible that the modern Western civilization is in its late Roman stage once again. And while it is not yet certain that it will share the fate of Rome, this scenario is now more probable than not.

October 30, 2014

The System






Sarcastic "God Bless You" Triggers Miami Cop To Go On Psychotic Tirade

by "Chris"

As originally posted on: informationliberation
October 29, 2014


A mentally unstable Miami Beach police officer, identified as Kenneth MacLeod, was filmed going on a psychotic tirade against a young man, Albert Valdes, for sarcastically saying "god bless you" after the officer wrote him a $1,000 ticket for having his license plate accidentally flipped up.

The officer, who appears to be experiencing a bout of roid-rage, threatened to throw Valdes in jail for being a "sarcastic bitch," noting that he will be "fucking a bigger bitch," which he promptly proceeded to be, staring the youth down aggressively while telling him he's "been here longer than [he's] fucking been alive," and threatening that if he wants to "test him" he'll throw him in jail.

The youth responds he'd "like to go to work," to which MacLeod tells him "then don't be a little wise ass 20-year-old punk."

I guess he feels such an attitude is reserved only for law enforcement.

Miami Beach police say they're looking into the incident, but say the young man has yet to file a complaint.

No doubt the same people who hired this unstable psycho will also serve as a good check on his power.

The System







Antares Rocket fails after apparent Russian Cyberwar attack

by "Kilgore Trout" [a/k/a "Kilgoar"]

As originally posted on: The Internet Chronicle
October 28, 2014


INTERNET — Tuesday evening, shortly after liftoff, an Antares rocket exploded over its launchpad in Virginia. Millions of social media users watched as the free market’s solution for resupplying the International Space Station went up in flames. Officials said that there was something in their launch software teasing them with Soviet symbols just moments before the explosion. If this rocket’s failure is truly the result of cyberwarfare, then this is the second hack to destroy infrastructure since the stuxnet virus destroyed several Iranian uranium centrifuges.

Russia has increasingly regressed to a cold war stance during its invasion of parts of Ukraine, but this is the first known Russian



aggression towards a US company. The Yuzhnoye (Ю́жное) Design Bureau of Ukraine sold many of its Soviet-era mass-production technologies to Orbital Sciences, the American manufacturer of the Antares rocket, and experts agree that Russian infiltration in all parts of Ukraine makes them the likely culprit behind this violent cyber attack.

Vladimir Putin was interviewed by Russia Today, and said, with a wry smile, “Russia would never sink to the level of the US and stealthily invade helpless countries full of necessary resources or attack its competitor’s infrastructure with viruses.” Putin winked at the audience, smiling wider now, “But maybe the Soviet Union would.”

October 29, 2014

The System




Ex-CBS reporter: Government agency bugged my computer

by Kyle Smith and Bruce Golding

As originally posted: New York Post
October 27, 2014


A former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a “government-related entity” that planted classified documents on her computer.

In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” at what the analysis revealed.

“This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America,” Attkisson quotes the source saying.

She speculates that the motive was to lay the groundwork for possible charges against her or her sources.





Attkisson says the source, who’s “connected to government three-letter agencies,” told her the computer was hacked into by “a sophisticated entity that used commercial, nonattributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency: either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency.”

The breach was accomplished through an “otherwise innocuous e-mail” that Attkisson says she got in February 2012, then twice “redone” and “refreshed” through a satellite hookup and a Wi-Fi connection at a Ritz-Carlton hotel.

The spyware included programs that Attkisson says monitored her every keystroke and gave the snoops access to all her e-mails and the passwords to her financial accounts.

“The intruders discovered my Skype account handle, stole the password, activated the audio, and made heavy use of it, presumably as a listening tool,” she wrote in “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.”

Attkisson says her source — identified only as “Number One” — told her the spying was most likely not court-authorized because it went on far longer than most legal taps.

But the most shocking finding, she says, was the discovery of three classified documents that Number One told her were “buried deep in your operating system. In a place that, unless you’re a some kind of computer whiz specialist, you wouldn’t even know exists.”

“They probably planted them to be able to accuse you of having classified documents if they ever needed to do that at some point,” Number One added.

In her book, Attkisson says CBS lost interest in her coverage of the deadly attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, and killed her stories of the federal “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal.

Both CBS and the White House declined to comment.

October 27, 2014

The System





ISIS sees journalists as 'desirable targets,' FBI warns

Bureau has 'credible information' that Islamic State members are being urged to kidnap reporters, bring them to Syria.

As originally posted on: Haaretz.com
October 25, 2014


The FBI on Thursday warned news organizations that the Islamic State views journalists as "desirable targets" for retribution attacks against the United States, the Washington Post reported.

The bureau has "recently obtained credible information indicating members of an ISIL-affiliated group are tasked with kidnapping journalists in the region and returning them to Syria," it said in a bulletin, referring to the terrorist group as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

"Members of this group might try to mask their affiliation with ISIL to gain access to journalists," the statement continued.

The Islamic State has already beheaded two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and two British aid workers. They are believed to be holding additional hostages.

The FBI said that, based on open-source statements and postings online, it believes Islamic State members view U.S. media personalities "as legitimate targets for retribution attacks as the U.S.-led air campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria continues."

It added that Islamic State supporters have used social media sites to call for retaliation against the U.S. and its interests abroad.

The FBI sent the bulletin to news organizations so they "may take appropriate steps to notify their journalists in the field."

The Committee to Protect Journalists says more than 70 journalists have been killed covering the Syrian conflict since it began in March 2011 and 20 more are still missing, according to the Washington Post.

October 25, 2014

The System





Bomb ISIS with porn, beer and weed. Problem solved in 1 week or less.

by "Anarchist Banker"

As originally posted on: Anarchist Banker (anarchistbanker) on Twitter
August 8, 2014

The System







Taylor Swift’s 8 second subliminal white noise message decoded

by "Kilgore Trout" [a/k/a "Kilgoar"]

As originally posted on: The Internet Chronicle
October 23, 2014


INTERNET — Earlier this week a puzzling 8 second Taylor Swift song seemingly featuring nothing but white noise was the most popularly downloaded song in Canada, disseminating subliminal instructions to millions of vulnerable teenage listeners. Wednesday, a terror attack struck the heart of Canada as shooters rampaged through the streets of Ottawa, its capital. Experts have shown a direct connection between Swift’s hit single and the terror sweeping through Canada.

Expert in subliminal psyop warfare at DARPA, Dr. Angstrom H. Troubador, said, “Taylor Swift has been radicalized by subliminal programming, fallen in with hackers who want to fight the surveillance state, and replicated the programming that radicalized her into an 8 second clip of so-called white noise containing specific programmatic instructions: Kill the government. The shootings in Ottawa are the beginning of a wave of terror like we’ve never expected, except instead of militant Islamists, this time it’s computer geeks. If I was to tell you the message that was coded, it could instantly brainwash anyone who read it or heard it read out loud.”

October 24, 2014

The System







DUTCH AND GERMAN BIKER GANGS ARRIVE IN KOBANI TO FIGHT ISIS

by Frances Martel

As originally posted on: Breitbart
October 22, 2014


Last week, the Netherlands legalized the choice of some members of No Surrender, a biker gang, to travel to Syria and Iraq and fight alongside Kurdish forces against the Islamic State. They are no longer the only European biker gang to enter the fray, as German group Median Empire also announces its presence in Kobani, Syria.

An extensive report highlighting the war against the Islamic State from the perspective of European biker gangs in Spanish newspaper ABC notes that Median Empire, a group named after a Mesopotamian civilization, has chosen to showcase those who leave the comfort of Europe to protect minorities in Iraq and Syria from the jihadist scourge. Unlike No Surrender, a group comprised mostly of various European ethnicities, Median Empire boasts a largely Kurdish membership, so for these bikers, the fight is personal.

The group announced on Facebook that they had a presence in Kobani, currently the scene of an arduous battle for control between Kurdish forces and the Islamic State and have posted photos as proof.

"Our youths were in Kobani today," the post reads, "and have told me that they have been shot at but nothing has happened to them. They are fine." The post concludes, "While others prattle on, our boys are on the front lines, fighting the Islamic State."

The fight for Kobani has become particularly important in the quest to stop the spread of the Islamic State. Kobani rests on the border between Syria and Turkey. If the Islamic State gains control of it, it would have almost unchallenged passage between Turkey and Syria. While initially appearing to be successfully conquering the town, Kurdish forces have managed to keep the jihadists at bay as brutal fighting continues in the town.

The ABC article quotes one of the Median Empire bikers currently voyaging to the front lines. Azad, as he requested to be called, explained that, since emigrating from Kurdish territories when he was nine years old, his life is comfortable. "We are in Europe now, everyone is fine, we have jobs, money, a warm place, and enough food," he explained. "I see a bunch of people who have forgotten where they come from."

Meanwhile, No Surrender, which does not boast a particularly Kurdish membership, announced this week that at least three more members have begun traveling to Syria from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Breda. The No Surrender fighters are on their way to Mosul, Iraq--a city under the full control of the Islamic State.

October 23, 2014

The System





Twitter 'source of all evil': top Saudi cleric

AFP
October 21, 2014


Riyadh (AFP) - Twitter is nothing more than "a source of lies" and evil, Saudi Arabia's top Muslim cleric said, in comments that sparked lively debate Tuesday on the microblogging site.

"If it were used correctly, it could be of real benefit, but unfortunately it's exploited for trivial matters," Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said on his "Fatwa" television show broadcast late Monday.

Twitter is "the source of all evil and devastation", the mufti said.

"People are rushing to it thinking it's a source of credible information but it's a source of lies and falsehood."

The social media platform is popular among both men and women in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, where some supported the mufti's views but many others objected.

"This is why I will repent, and close my account to distance myself from this great evil," one Twitter user wrote with apparent sarcasm.

"Respected sheikh, how can you judge something without using it?" another post asked.

But a supporter of the sheikh wrote: "I swear the mufti has spoken the truth; the evils of Twitter are many."

Saudi Arabia adopts a strict version of Sunni Islam, including a segregation of the sexes, that influences all aspects of life in the Gulf kingdom.

October 22, 2014

The System





She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder.

No newspaper dares to publish the truth about the drug lords in Tamaulipas. Those who break the silence on Twitter and Facebook are marked for death.

by Jason McGahan

As originally posted on: The Daily Beast
October 21, 2014


MEXICO CITY — She was a crusading Twitter journalist in a bastion of organized crime who chose a photograph of Catwoman as her online avatar and christened herself Felina. Like a comic-book avenger, her alter ego defied the forces of evil in her real-life Gotham of Reynosa, a border city in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas located a short drive from McAllen, Texas. Tamaulipas is notorious as a state caught in the iron grip of organized crime. Extortion, kidnappings, shootouts, arson, bodies excavated from arid pits, all of this happens in Tamaulipas, practically on a daily basis, but hardly any of it gets reported because of a media blackout the cartels decreed four years ago that is as strictly enforced as martial law after a coup.

Two rival drug cartels in Tamaulipas, the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas, have final say over what gets printed or broadcast in the local media. By necessity the people of the state increasingly have turned to social media to share information about organized crime and its infiltration of the government. They are referred to as citizen journalists and have received international attention for their innovative use of sites like Facebook and Twitter to defy the imposition of the blackout.

Felina was an administrator for Valor por Tamaulipas (which means Courage for Tamaulipas), the most popular citizen news hub in the state, with more than 100,000 followers on Twitter and over half a million on Facebook. A sampling of the site’s content varies from the sensational to the specific. There are photos of young teenagers holding military-grade firepower with captions or comments that identify them as members of organized crime. There are posters of missing persons and news alerts about violence that are timely and specific: “At 10am there were isolated gunshots heard coming from Unidad Obrera”; “Since 12:25a.m. Explosions and machine gun fire at Cañada/Fuentes, and pickup trucks passed at high speed on 20th Street”; “In Balcones sector 2 white Ford pickup with 3 armed Men on Everest Street and Seventh.” Soldiers at the Mexican army base in Reynosa also post news alerts to the site about violent confrontations between the army and the narcos.

Felina posted under the handle @Miut3 and was best known for her posts of danger alerts that pinpointed the location of violent incidents in real time. People sent her bits of information as a way for them to resist the hegemony of the cartels. She also wrote posts pleading with victims of crime not to remain silent, to file a police report even if it meant having to brave reprisals. She would post emergency telephone numbers as a way to try to help.

Understandably the narcos wanted to know the real identities of Felina and her compañeros at Valor por Tamaulipas. A year and a half ago, a cartel had hundreds of leaflets distributed throughout Tamaulipas offering a reward of 600,000 pesos (about $48,000 at the time) for anyone who would divulge the names of the site’s administrators. At around the same time there were videos posted online of executions of individuals alleged to be contributors to the site. The founder shut it down and left the state, hoping that time away would diminish the danger. But when Valor por Tamaulipas went back online the situation only intensified: The number of followers to the site quadrupled and the threats resumed.

On Oct. 8, Valor por Tamaulipas received the following tweet: “We’re coming very close to many of you watch out felina.” The sender’s account was a shell but the message had the feel of authenticity. It was one in a series of posts that arrived on the same day. Each had an exasperated tone, demanding to know why the supposed generosity of the narcos toward people of low income went unreported, and why the focus on the Gulf Cartel but nothing on the crimes of soldiers and police? The concluding message defamed the site’s administrators as liars and threatened war on each of them by name, or at least by handle: “This is for you bandolera, felina, valor and all the rest who make things up.”

The founder of Valor por Tamaulipas, whose identity remains unpublished, said the need for secrecy had become greater than ever before. But he said Felina could not be convinced to alter her behavior to account for the increased danger. In a post on the site the founder described her as someone “who moved heaven and earth” for anyone in need. Her activity as a citizen journalist had fed into a larger vision of building a supportive community in Tamaulipas. She raised money; she organized blood donations, and helped people find affordable housing and free medical care. She listened but did not heed warnings from her peers that by raising her public profile in the community she risked being discovered. The founder removed Felina as an administrator after one last argument about helping someone in need of orthopedic shoes.

Felina nevertheless continued to post a high volume of news alerts to the site at the hashtag #ReynosaFollow. Until early in the morning of Thursday, Oct. 16, when this message from Felina @Miut3 was posted:

# reynosafollow FRIENDS AND FAMILY, MY REAL NAME IS MARÍA DEL ROSARIO FUENTES RUBIO. I AM A PHYSICIAN. TODAY MY LIFE HAS COME TO AN END.

The next message, sent moments later, is supposedly her warning friends and family not to make the same mistake she did, using social media to report on organized crime, because “there is no point.” The message after that is a warning to her followers and to three prominent citizen journalists that the cartels “are closer to us than you think.” The last message sent from Felina’s account is not written but rather consists of two photos: in the first, a middle-aged woman keeps her hands folded in front of her and looks directly at the camera; in the second the same woman is lying on a dirty floor with a coup de grace bullet wound in the face. The founder of Valor por Tamaulipas confirmed that the photos are of Felina. Twitter has since shut down her account.

How was Felina’s identity discovered? She may have been kidnapped, at first, for another reason completely. Staff at the Tierra Santa Clinic in Reynosa witnessed armed men riding in two pickup trucks pull into the parking lot and kidnap Del Rosario at between the hours of 10 and 11 a.m. after she had completed her shift last week. She was kidnapped along with another physician and a nurse.

The motive, according to a report in Zócalo Magazine, was revenge for the death of a 4-year old boy whose teenage parents had brought him to the clinic for treatment that morning. According to the report, Del Rosario administered a dose of Diazepam to treat the boy for a seizure and complications ensued, leading her to have him transferred to a hospital, and he died en route. But when the kidnappers went through the doctor’s cellphone, according to the Zócalo story, they saw her Twitter account, realized she was Felina, and executed her. With her cellphone, they were able to terrorize her followers with the photos and messages.

The founder of Valor por Tamaulipas disputes this version of events and has characterized it as disinformation. Meanwhile, fellow citizen journalists who knew her personally have had to change their cellphone numbers and delete old correspondence with her for fear the cartel will use it to track them down.

The state prosecutor’s office in Tamaulipas confirmed that a Dr. María del Rosario Fuentes Rubio was reported kidnapped on the day before the photos and messages were posted to Felina’s Twitter account. Officially the case remains a kidnapping because, according to the coroner’s office, the body of the woman in the photographs has yet to be recovered.

The founder of Valor por Tamaulipas posted a statement on the site expressing grief at the loss of “an angel who gave everything, her life, her future, her safety and peace, she gave it all for the good people of our state.”

“Today Miut3 ceased to report,” the founder said. “But what the criminals don’t know is that Miut3 is part of our soul and she will never permit us to surrender to organized crime. She will never surrender, and how disappointed she would feel knowing that a single one of all those whom she helped were to succumb.”

October 20, 2014

The System





After Careful Thought, Teen Applies To College Where Family Donated Building

As originally posted: The Onion
October 20, 2014


CORAL GABLES, FL — Saying that she had given the decision considerable thought, local high school senior Katie Simmons told reporters Monday that she would be applying to Bristol College, a school where her family had donated funds for a new 50,000-square-foot library. “There are so many great choices out there, but I feel like I should at least consider Bristol,” said the 17-year-old, noting that while she would like to go somewhere that has a strong academic reputation and a vibrant social scene, it couldn’t hurt to apply to the institution where her family handed over the largest single gift in the school’s history to construct a new state-of-the-art library and digital media center. “Bristol’s a pretty good school, and I could definitely picture myself there, so I guess there’s no harm in filling out the application, right?” Simmons added that she was keeping her options open by also applying to the school whose president plays golf with her dad once a month.

October 18, 2014

The System





President Obama To Send In Carol From The Walking Dead To Destroy ISIS

by Sarah Wood

As originally posted on: Free Wood Post
October 17, 2014


President Obama is about to tell ISIS to “look at the flowers.”

In an effort to combat the increasing presence of ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, President Obama is sending in Carol from The Walking Dead to take them out in a matter of minutes.

“Airstrikes are working,” said the or president in an exclusive interview with Free Wood Post. “However, they are just no working fast enough. After watching last week’s episode of The Walking Dead the answer to our problems revealed itself. Carol is a badass. She took Terminus out in only a matter of minutes…. and they were just as ruthless as the militants we are dealing with in the Middle East. My administration and the rest of the nation are looking forward to watching her tear apart their regime.”

We here at Free Wood Post are just as excited.

The System





#catheterday

by "⚡ CZAR DOZ ⚡"

As originally posted on: ⚡ CZAR DOZ ⚡ (Zardoz_Moot) on Twitter
October 18, 2014

October 16, 2014

The System





Big Question: Can ISIS take down Saudi Arabia? Probably...

by John Robb

As originally posted on: Global Guerrillas
October 13, 2014


ISIS is the open source insurgency (see Wikipedia) I warned about when I began writing Global Guerrillas back in 2004.

For example:

- It operates very differently than the insurgencies we faced prior to Iraq.

- It's composed of many groups held together by a simple set of rules (minimal vs. the maximum rule sets we see in nations).  

- It's fluid.  It redily finds good use of new technologies and uses social media to good effect.

- It embraces the global black market and thrives on criminal enterprise.

- The groups participating in the insurgency learn and communicates stigmergically (see Nature 2009) -- which is similar to how we learn online.  Try it fast --> copy anything that works (from targets to techniques to technologies).

- Since there isn't a hierarchy, it can spread very quickly to new areas as new groups self activate to join it.

- There's lots more.

The big question is when does ISIS stop expanding?

More specifically, can ISIS expand into Saudi Arabia?

Based on what I see:  Yes.

If so, we're about to see an open source insurgency take down the heart of the Middle East.

Worse, the US government and its allies don't have a clue how to fight it nor any real desire to do so.  They just wish it would go away.


PS:  Even if the US and its allies did want to stop ISIS, they don't know how to fight an open source insurgency (the Sunni Awakening was dropped into their laps, it wasn't engineered).  They are still trying to cram the round pegs of today's facts into the square holes of traditional models of insurgency.