Oct 27, 2018

Plantir, Domestic Law Enforcement & Thought Crime is Here?

Robert Scheer of 'Sheer Intelligence' [brilliant moniker btw Robert!] writes on how American domestic law enforcement since 911, has increasingly been used for Intelligence work not necessarily related to criminal activity. We all should be alarmed at this - It's leading to authoritarian rule step by step!

An excerpt from his column on TruthDig:


"French theorist Michel Foucault saw the writing on the wall. In his 1975 book, "Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison," which drew on the work of the English philosopher Jeremy Bentham, he introduced the social theory of "panopticism" to explain, at least in part, how surveillance functions as a system of power.

Today, we are very much living in a tech panopticon—one in which our purchasing habits, individual data and even physical movements can be tracked without our knowledge. What does this mean for the future of personal privacy? How has the "war on terror" radically altered the ways we fight crime, and in what ways might the state use the increasingly sophisticated tools at its disposal to abuse its authority?

For Jamie Garcia of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, the possibilities are terrifying and limitless. In the latest installment of "Scheer Intelligence," she and host Robert Scheer discuss how local police forces are working hand in hand with Palantir, an organization funded by the CIA. Specifically, they explore how data mining and "predictive policing" pose an existential threat to people of color. Observes Garcia: "It takes us back to post-9/11 in which Congress wanted to set up a way to make domestic law enforcement the eyes and ears of the federal government."

Not even the country's most liberal states are immune to these kinds of civil rights violations. Take California, where Garcia notes the LAPD has ignored the will of the people at every turn to implement a controversial new drone program. "When you have your own city council not listening to the wishes of the community," she laments, "you realize that there is no community control of these [initiatives]."
Despite this, Garcia refuses to abandon hope. "We [have to] talk about how the police is functioning," she concludes. "We just assume, like a public utility, that they're doing their job. That they're providing us ... safety. And I think that will open our eyes to how harmful policing is in our lives.""
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Oct 26, 2018

Genghis Khan's Relatives Face Extreme Cold in Mongolia [Documentary 2004]

Presented by Journeyman Pictures 

For centuries the horsemen of Mongolia have roamed freely over the vast grasslands following the pasture for their animals. Many Mongolians live a life largely unchanged since their famous ancestors. But two summers of serious drought followed by the deadly chill of the worst winter in a generation has killed more than 2 million animals - the lifeblood of the nomadic herders. The winter of 2000/2001 it is feared that the heart of Mongolian culture may wither away with the horses, sheep and goats that sustain it. “Imagine your transportation disappearing, your savings, your income, your food source – everything disappearing”, says a UNDP spokesman. Until recently animals were owned by the state and managed by collectives. Privatisation has changed this and hit poor herders hard.

Icy Winds of Change (2000): Life on the Mongolian steppe is as tough as the nation’s notorious founding father, Genghis Khan. But extreme weather is making this year tougher than most.Subscribe to Journeyman Pictures Youtube channel.

Oct 25, 2018

Great Blunders of WWII: Blunders By Hitler's Luftwaffe 4


An interesting perspective - If one enjoys war history. Many, many mistakes made by leaders, who weren't really leaders, but politicians. Ego gets in the way over better judgment of professionals.

Iraqi Security and Humanitarian Monitor for October 19 - 25, 2018

ISHM: October 19 - 25, 2018 - EPIC:

This week’s headlines: Adel Abdul Mahdi Confirmed as the New Prime Minister of Iraq, 14 Ministers Approved to Form the New Cabinet – On October 24, the Council of Ministers confirmed Adel Abdul Mahdi as the next Prime Minister of Iraq. Reuters reported that 14 Ministers were also sworn amidst disagreements with many political parties … Continue reading  ISHM: October 19 – 25, 2018 →

Good to see Canadian Trade Unions and others alarmed at the recent Coup in Bolivia voice their concerns!

I completely missed posting this to my feed last month — And this is a very important subject. We simply can't allow our so-called Wes...