Thursday, January 27, 2011

January 27 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Color Coding Terrorism Is Sooo '20th Century' - The DHS Cancels The Color Coded Threat Alert

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Cabale News ServiceJanuary 27 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Color Coding Terrorism Is Sooo '20th Century' - The DHS Cancels The Color Coded Threat Alerts

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The American political circle jerk continues as the Republicans put forth their thoughts on US elections... The elimination of the little check box on your tax form to contribute to the elections... Meanwhile corporations continue to donate.

It's the third day of street revolts in Egypt. Suez and Cairo are under siege. Eight to ten people have been killed, including a number of police.

In Tunis Tunisia there is ongoing strife regarding the removal of all officials affiliated with the Ben Ali government. There has been a request from what remains of the Tunisian government for international arrest warrant to capture the Western-Affiliated (one pundit called Tunisia under Ben Ali "The model Western client state") former strongman leader who apparently looted the national treasury as well. Swiss banks have already frozen his accounts.

More on the Egyptian situation from Foreign Policy Magazine, and "Anonymous", the hacker group that went after Paypal and Amazon with dDos attacks for cutting off Wikileaks sources of donations. "Anonymous" is offering their assistance to the Egyptian rebels.
Unrest in Egypt continues amidst police crackdown

Protests in Egypt continued for a second day, despite an official ban on further demonstrations put in place by President Hosni Mubarak's regime after tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets on Tuesday. Egyptian police moved to crush the scattered protests on Wednesday, using tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, and batons to force the protesters to disperse.

In the city of Suez, east of Cairo, demonstrators set a government building on fire. They also threw gasoline bombs at the offices of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Egypt's ruling party, but failed to burn the building.

The NDP released a statement on the demonstrations reiterating the government's claim that they have been organized by the banned Muslim Brotherhood (A Straussian Neoconservative organization -ed.) , and saying that the parties organizing the unrest are "exploiting the enthusiasm of youth to achieve chaos." [More]
Expect Free Speech... The Egyptian liberation elements have an internet 'Posse':

Anonymous can not, and will not stand idly while people are being denied their basic rights and human liberties. Yet, there are still a lot of governments worldwide who fail to even aspire to the standard of freedom that was set by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These governments believe they have the right and privilege to impose upon their own people an 'official' version of 'reality' which isn't in any way tampered by the truths of everyday life under which its citizens are living. Anonymous believes this is an outright crime which can not go unpunished.

The Egyptian people are living under inhumane conditions; being denied their basic rights to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, and the free access to information. By imposing censorship upon its own people and condemning these freedoms, the Egyptian government has revealed itself to be criminal, and has made itself an enemy of Anonymous.

To the Egyptian Government: Anonymous challenges all those who are involved in censorship. Anonymous wants you to offer free access to uncensored media in your entire country. When you ignore this message, not only will we attack your government websites, Anonymous will also make sure that the international media sees the horrid reality you impose upon your people. Anonymous will not spare anybody who supports this suppression. It is in the hands of the Egyptian government to end this: continue your repression and you will be subject to civil protest - lend an ear to the claim of freedom from your people and the hostilities will cease.

To the Egyptian people: We stand together and united against this oppression. This struggle is not just for you alone, but for the whole of humankind. Citizens can no longer endure their governments abuse. When forced by the threat of oppression, we will be loud as hell - and when the people roar, it will send shivers down the spines of all those who stifle our freedom and take our precious liberties away... [In Full, With An Opportunity To Join Them...]

Spork YOU! Nancy Pelosi had proposed the Capitol cafeteria go 'Green' a while back. The cafeteria did so and now it's going to be canceled because our hard working representatives are quite unhappy with the biodegradable plastic forks. It's rugged in there too, even WITH real flatware... Dennis Kucinich is suing the cafeteria for a busted tooth caused by an unpitted olive

The Department of Homeland Security is FINALLY going to scrap the moronic and generally unused Color Code Terror Alerts by April.

Guy Debord LIVES on the Mexican border - The National Guard on the Arizona border surveiled people catapulting kilos of Marijuana over the border. They seized 45 pounds of weed and the catapult.
Grainy surveillance video shows drug smugglers putting a new twist on their crime by using a catapult to launch small bales of marijuana across the Arizona-Mexico border.

The video was taken the night of Jan. 21 by National Guard troops monitoring a series of surveillance cameras near Naco, Ariz., officials from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

The black and white video shows at least four men near an SUV loading a three yard catapult and flinging the pot over the border fence.

Border Patrol agents contacted Mexican authorities to thwart the smugglers, officials said.

The men reportedly fled from the area to avoid apprehension, officials said. [More @ ABCNews]

There's nothing more notable to see since the city drove the counterculture out of town and the surfers now days consist mostly of cubie workers driving their solitary SUVs to the beach once a month with the board strapped to the roof for show. If you have nothing better to do in Santa Cruz (California) today, the World Series trophy will be on display.

In OTHER News:

Anti-imperialist Historian and Author Howard Zinn passed last year on this day.

Read his classic history book, "A People's History Of The United States" online, suitable for Junior High School age plus, at History Is A Weapon (Direct link to text)

From Truthout:
The number of US Troop Casualties From Roadside Bombs in Afghanistan Soared in 2010

US military statistics show that the number of troops "killed by roadside bombs in Afghanistan soared by 60 percent last year, while the number of those wounded almost tripled," The Washington Post reports. In 2010, 268 US troops "were killed by the improvised explosive devices, or IEDs … about as many as in the three previous years combined." Military officials believe the rise in deaths and injuries is a direct result of "the surge in U.S. and NATO troops, as well as the intensified combat." [source]
...and it's expected to get worse. Expect bloodshed on a whole new scale.

The 'scale' looks like this:

Expect Mayhem - 2010 Afghanistan TB-AGE Comparison-chart
[More, The 2011 "Weather Report" For America's War On Afghanistan
It's Going To Be A Stormy Blood-Soaked Year

Finally, Jim Hightower on the State Of The Corporatist State:
Obama Inc.

Wednesday 26 January 2011

by Jim Hightower

Exciting news, folks. Obama and team say they're recalibrating, recasting, retooling and rebranding his presidency! And they've come up with a dandy new slogan to sum it all up and get America moving again. Ready? "Win the future."

Takes your breath away, doesn't it?

If you're old enough to remember Gerald Ford's hapless presidency, Obama's fabulous new slogan might have a familiar ring to it. In 1974, with rampant inflation gobbling up the paychecks of workaday families, Ford blamed the American people, asserting that they were simply spending too much. So he ordered thousands of red-and-white buttons that said "WIN!" It was an acronym for "Whip Inflation Now," which Ford thought would happen if only the public wore the buttons to remind each other to buy less.

This was, in a word, stupid -- and it helped make Gerry a one-term president.

Obama, however, hopes his slogan will catch on. As explained in his Jan. 25 State of the Union speech, it refers to what he sees as a sort of global Super Bowl in which the U.S.A. is competing to "out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world." He has declared that this is "our generation's Sputnik moment," adding that, "My No. 1 focus is going to be making sure we are competitive."

Hooray, let's go! Washington should harness the idealism, creativity, energy and can-do spirit of grassroots people into a bold national program to revitalize America's economy, educational system, infrastructure and middle class.

But, wait -- it turns out that Obama's not proposing a true Sputnik response, like Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson produced in the 1950s and '60s. They launched such public efforts as a national program of science education and the Apollo moon landing. Instead, Obama is trusting Corporate America to "win the future" for us, offering deregulation and more tax breaks to entice them... [In Full]


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