Neoliberal News of the Day: Feb. 11th, 2013

CISPA’s back: Hacking, online espionage resurrect cybersecurity bill – “The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection act (CISPA) will be reintroduced before the US House next week following a spate of cyber espionage and hacking attacks. Civil liberties advocates have criticized the bill for violating privacy laws.”

(Killed Aaron Swartz then set off a few NSAnonymous attacks and PRESTO!! CISPA is back in the mix!)

Software that tracks your every move and predicts future behavior draws heat – “A video obtained exclusively by The Guardian shows how software developed by the US defense contractor Raytheon, can gather vast amounts of personal information from social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.”

The Real New World Order. Bankers Taking over the World – “Pure barbarity is what the promise of Western Civilization has been reduced to. What a wonderful world we have made!”

Thousands March to ‘Lift the Burden’ of Austerity in Ireland – “Over 100,000 Irish citizens took to the streets Saturday in protest of six years of severe austerity cuts and rocketing costs of living since the financial crisis plunged the country’s banking system into an endless debt spiral.”

Sandy Hook Tragedy: Corporate Media’s “Lone Gunman” Storyline Losing Ground -

In a December 26 court plea to postpone release of contents yielded through five search warrant, Connecticut State Attorney General Stephen Sedensky argued that unsealing such findings might “seriously jeopardize” the investigation by divulging evidence heretofore known only to other “potential suspects.”

Pointing to “information in the search warrant affidavits that is not known to the general public,”  Sedensky also argued that opening the warrants would “identify persons cooperating with the investigation, thus possibly jeopardizing their personal safety and well-being.”

The prosecutor’s statement came less than two weeks after Connecticut State Police Lieutenant J. Paul Vance told reporters how there were “some cards that we’re holding close to our vest.”

French helicopter bombards area in Mali’s Gao – “Witnesses said on Monday that the French army helicopter targeted a police station, which was used by the fighters a base last month.”

Israel announces plans for 90 more settler units in West Bank – “Many countries, including some of Tel Aviv’s allies, have condemned the latest Israeli plans to construct the illegal settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

Daniel Ellsberg: Obama, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Senators Voting for Indefinite Detention Are “Enemies of the Constitution” – “American Government Claims Power that Even King George Didn’t Claim Daniel Ellsberg said this week

Obama’s Shakedown of Medicare -

In a political era of corporate dominance it was inevitable that doublespeak would become the official language of Washington, DC. Now “cuts” to social programs are referred to as “savings,” while the destruction of these programs is “reform.” This is the essence of President Obama’s doublespeakish “Race to the Top” public education “reform,” as well as his yet-to-be-announced deficit plan based on Medicare “savings.”

Barack Obama is Pushing Gun Control at Home, but He’s a Killer Abroad – “President Obama’s appeals to respect human life in the US are at odds with his backing for drone strikes in foreign parts”

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  1. http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/02/421822.shtml

    Controlling Reality With Magical Thinking

    Magical thinking is another word for “journalism.” We must avoid talking about the Boogie Man. We all want the Boogie Man to go away and not hurt us, so we have no choice but to resort to magical thinking. We cannot allow the conspiracy community to be on-line at the moment, since the Boogie Man is on the loose and something might go wrong. We must believe everything the Main-Line Media tells us and not ask any questions, because this is an “emergency.”

    Everything has to be hushed up, and all the names of the ones cited in the Boogie Man’s manifesto have to be redacted. Of course this guarantees that this incident will build up to 9/11 proportions. We will stop protesting and complaining just like we did after the 9/11 emergency, when Osama bin Santa was never actually found. Why would any one think the Boogie Man will ever be found? We can believe everything the Main-Line Media feeds us and keep quiet forever. We can agree with them that he is really a lousy shot, makes strange phone calls to victims, is a “detestable coward,” etc. Since these magical incantations will keep him at bay. When all we really can say (probably) is this is a totally screwed-up person with a totally screwed-up situation (if any of it is real). He already has a Facebook following, but you have to be a bit stupid to be “on” Facebook to begin with.

    But if we just keep not mentioning him at Indymedia, and just let the Main-Line Media feed us its magical incantations forever, everything will be fine. Right.

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