Saturday, December 30, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
"At 00:58 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time on 26 December 2004, a single sharp primary (compression) wave was created at the bottom of the Sumatran Trench, 155 miles to the south-southwest of Aceh Province in Sumatra, Indonesia. Travelling through directly coupled earth and water at 18,000 miles per hour, this puny wave arrived at the town of Banda Aceh thirty-two seconds later, causing a minor earth tremor lasting exactly 13 seconds, rougly the same duration as the seismic compression wave from a large nuclear weapon detonated underground in Nevada. Note in the right-hand 'after' photograph that everything in central Banda Aceh, situated directly on the giant Sumatran Fault line, is intact. During the long silent 22 minutes that followed, there were no injuries, no damage, and no seismic aftershocks. Then suddenly and without any warning, a giant tidal wave rose from hell, razing everything and everyone in its path."
Joe Vialls covered this story shortly before his death. Ad hoc in propter hoc, but fuck it.. I'll take the risk. It is beyond concievable that such a thing could have been planned and perpetrated by anyone with a 9 megaton device and an apocalyptic dream of the future. Shake your head and call me allony, but first read this.
Posted by Reverend X at 6:33 AM
Thursday, December 21, 2006
T'was 4 nights before X-Mas n' X gettin pissed,
"Who the fuck pays the bills for alla Craig's lists?"
Oh they chargin' the Pimps, the Freaks and the Ho's,
is wha' everyone says, but nobody knows!
X checked the list, double checked it twice,
While thinkin bout Crocket n Tubbs n that Vice.
No ads and no fees, no popups... no shit
But bandwidth is costin not payin for hits.
City by city, soon X realized,
Somethin is wrong. Craig ain't monetized!
The whole place is free. No cash comin in.
Inequities' den, is givin way sin?
Escorts 'n Hoes cummin and goin'
not frontin out fees for listin' and blowin'
Fences and thieves, retailing their loot.
a social crime network that's all off one root.
No visible means of intaking cash..
No valid reply to "Who's funding this stash?"
Bandwidth is spendy, Craig ain't showin us thrift.
And more and likely craig's reporting the Grift.
Data base fillin' for data mine drillin'
the criminals willin. Craig's makin a killin!
Cuz only the Man does shit this sad
Like runnin a site without runnin no ads!
So after the Nog has run out yo head,
and after the freaks have all gone to bed,
before X-Mas rhymes get stuffed on the shelf,
Go check out Craig's list and see for yourself.
A Happy New Year, ain't spent makin' bail.
Merry X-Mas to all, try and stay outta jail!!
Posted by Reverend X at 12:14 AM
Monday, December 18, 2006
In the news today,
"Former Electricity Minister Ayham al-Samaraie broke out of a Baghdad detention facility Sunday with the help of a group of private security experts, said Faris Kareem, deputy head of Iraq's Public Integrity Commission, an anti-corruption panel. It was al-Samaraie's second escape since he was convicted in October.
Kareem said the security agents were "foreign," but he had no further details."
Here's a clue and a half to everyone that words like "security" and "terrorist" no longer mean intent or activity. They are labels like the names of sports teams. Otherwise it would seem inappropriate for a "journalist" to write that "Security Agents" had just busted a convicted criminal outta jail. Since neither the writer, the editor, nor anybody else seems to have a problem with the wording, maybe we all should have a problem with it, in general.
Posted by Reverend X at 9:55 AM
Sunday, December 17, 2006
So if Canada, the US and Mexico were planning to join together as an economic union similar to the European Union and this happened in a forest full of TV News Reporters, would anyone make a sound? The answer is no.
Now don't get me wrong, I understand why the MSM would be loathe to tell anyone about this. The overwhelming disapproval of the US citizenry might actually force our representatives to represent the will of the people and then we'd be a Democracy again. I for one don't wanna be the one to tell the minute men that Mexican hunting season is over, permanently. I can just picture it,
"Hey guys. You know those broken borders you were bitching about? Well, we fixed. They are No longer bleeding. The are now nonexistent."
Get a rope? Nah, they have guns. They'd just shoot the messenger. Well, if any of this is news to you, then check this out. Or you could just keyword search "Amero"...
Posted by Reverend X at 11:43 PM
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
I would hope by now that everyone who owns a television set and/or watches one regularly, has realized the incredibly powerful effect it has on society in general. I took notice of it's power over 10 years ago. At the time I was managing an Italian restaurant named Piasano's. One night I received a phone call from the owner warning me to be prepared for an insanely busy day the next day. I asked him why and he explained that the new episode of Sienfeld, which had aired that night, featured a plot wherein the characters were trying to get to a fictitious restaurant called Piasano's in order to try the house special, Calzones. I laughed at him and told him he was crazy if he thought that a 30 minute sitcom could effect our business so dramatically. I was wrong. The next day we had a line out the door, from open till close, of people clamoring to order calzones. It increased our sales 1,500%. It was more significant than the 2 Rave reviews we received in the local paper or years we won the People's Choice Awards. All together!
That is one of the effects of TV. In the short term in can cause fads, riots, and wars. We all realize that by slanting the news to one side or the other, TV can convict or vindicate anyone in the public forum. Look at the ongoing war crimes of Israel against the Palestinians or Lebanon.
What most people fail to see is the long term effects of TV on the very soul of a society.
"I'm certain that man is made both good and bad by our institutions. These institutions are responsible for the shaping of our personalities, our morals and the patterns of our social relations."
-Charles S. Johnson
Now aside from the obvious relationship between availability of information and the public opinion of events, the topic I am writing about today is the connection between the successive introduction and development of certain character types and the acceptance of evil by society. To put it bluntly, the poorly written Police Drama and its influence on the Subjugation of the Free World.
Dragnet was the last Cop Show that had characters who actually upheld the law. Since then we have been forced to endure the many incarnations of a singular character. The tough cop who is absolutely committed to protecting society, but in order to do that job, in world where everything is set to the advantage of the petty thugs and slimeball criminal, this cop must bend or break the rules. From Police Woman to Hunter to Miami Vice to The Shield and NYPD Blue, there has been a nonstop descent into the acceptance of a concept so flawed it's funny. Or at least it would be funny if we were not stuck with it's bastard offspring in the real world. Instead of teaching the masses philosophy such as "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely." or "With great power comes great responsibility." the Prime Time Crime Mime has taught us that it is possible to engage in total irony. You can not uphold the Law by breaking it. They are mutually exclusive activities. End of story.
Meanwhile back at the Precinct... So the story continues. 40 years of this slow indoctrination into Oxy-Moronic thinking, coupled with the total avoidance of anything pertaining to critical thinking in our educational programs and what do we have? A leader who openly defies the Law, Law Enforcement agents who behave worse than criminals and a society who not only accepts their victimization, but also cheers the abusers on like heroes. The ends justify the means? No... Allow them to justify their means and we will all come to bad ends. No matter how much you identify with your favorite TV character, remember, that is just bad hack writing and cliches. In the real world nobody is infallible, incorruptible, or particularly interested in going that extra mile for anyone or anything, including you and me or right and wrong.
Posted by Reverend X at 10:04 PM
Here is the conclusion of the United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities,
- "Too many people have been spied upon by too many Government agencies and too much information has been collected. The Government has often undertaken the secret surveillance of citizens on the basis of their political beliefs, even when those beliefs posed no threat of violence or illegal acts on behalf of a hostile foreign power. The Government, operating primarily through secret informants, but also using other intrusive techniques such as wiretaps, microphone "bugs" surreptitious mail opening, and break-ins, has swept in vast amounts of information about the personal lives, views, and associations of American citizens. Investigations of groups deemed potentially dangerous -- and even of groups suspected of associating with potentially dangerous organizations -- have continued for decades, despite the fact that those groups did not engage in unlawful activity. Groups and individuals have been harassed and disrupted because of their political views and their lifestyles. Investigations have been based upon vague standards whose breadth made excessive collection inevitable. Unsavory and vicious tactics have been employed -- including anonymous attempts to break up marriages, disrupt meetings, ostracize persons from their professions, and provoke target groups into rivalries that might result in deaths. Intelligence agencies have served the political and personal objectives of presidents and other high officials. While the agencies often committed excesses in response to pressure from high officials in the Executive branch and Congress, they also occasionally initiated improper activities and then concealed them from officials whom they had a duty to inform.
- Governmental officials -- including those whose principal duty is to enforce the law --have violated or ignored the law over long periods of time and have advocated and defended their right to break the law.
- The Constitutional system of checks and balances has not adequately controlled intelligence activities. Until recently the Executive branch has neither delineated the scope of permissible activities nor established procedures for supervising intelligence agencies. Congress has failed to exercise sufficient oversight, seldom questioning the use to which its appropriations were being put. Most domestic intelligence issues have not reached the courts, and in those cases when they have reached the courts, the judiciary has been reluctant to grapple with them."
Sounds about right. Finally someone in the Government is looking out for "We, the People"! Oh wait, this was written in 1975. Fuck! Admitting you have a problem is only have the battle. The other half is doing something about it!!
So, the samer people who brought you Watergate and Iran/Contra are now either back in charge from within the White House, or on the new James Baker all star problem fixing team. Make a problem. Fix the Problem. Get paid for it. Rinse. Repeat.
And we have, are, and will continue to let them do this to us....
Posted by Reverend X at 7:24 AM