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Journal Journal: TYLER FUCKING HICKS 2

"Tyler Hicks, who always somehow seems to be at the hottest of hot spots and war zones when things explode, did it again today, improbably being inside the mall in Nairobi when the bomb went off."

Like Mumbai, this is NOT what all appearance and "reporting " are telling you.

It is a "Gladio" style operation.

The Matrix

Journal Journal: Comedy Gold

UN nuclear meeting rejects Arab push for Israel to join weapons pact

If adopted, Israel would have been compelled to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and place its nuclear facilities under IAEA monitoring. Diplomats had expected a close vote.

The United States said the move would endanger broader diplomatic efforts to create a Middle Zone free of weapons of mass destruction. Israel said it would severely undermine efforts to hold regional security talks.

User Journal

Journal Journal: Twice the Excitement

Since last I journalled here, I have survived another bout with cancer (this time osteosarcoma, see my homepage in the cancer section for the long story). This time I come away permanently disabled (my ulna nerve in the left arm is pretty much useless leaving me with absolutely no sensation in my left pinky, half my left ring finger, the top of my forearm, most of the top of my hand and a portion of my palm) with a metal plate (titanium or surgical steel, I forget right now and am too lazy to look at the surgical report right now) and 8 screws holding my upper arm together.

I'm a licensed electrician, a handyman, and licensed business owner with a pick-up truck (redneck style, too). No kids, am highly active on Facebook and Twitter, kind of active on Google+, and occasionally still messing around with /.

Not much else to say that you can't find on my homepage.

United States

Journal Journal: USDA: US Rural Population Needed For Cannon Fodder 4

Why does he go to bed at night trying to figure out how to increase farmers? How do the President and other cabinet members view Vilsack's role as the nation's farming czar? What could be the most important contribution that increasing farmers could offer to the nation? Better food? Better soil development? Better care for animals? Better care for plants?

Are you ready? Here's his answer: although rural America only has 16 percent of the population, it gives 40 percent of the personnel to the military. Say what? You mean when it's all said and done, at the end of the day, the bottom line -- you know all the cliches -- the whole reason for increasing farms is to provide cannon fodder for American imperial might. He said rural kids grow up with a sense of wanting to give something back, and if we lose that value system, we'll lose our military might.

http://transitionvoice.com/2013/08/rural-population-not-needed-for-farming-but-for-cannon-fodder/

The Matrix

Journal Journal: CNN: The "Create a Situation" Room 2

We have to create a situation in which it becomes in their interest to participate in a larger, international initiative to define the rules of the game and the solutions for the current problems which go beyond Syria; that is to say the overall potentially explosive state of the Middle East."

--- Zbigniew Brzezinski 01 September 2013 ~ 10AM ET - [link to transcripts.cnn.com]

Cloud

Journal Journal: On the dreaded phrase: "I have an idea for an app" 9

In the past few weeks different people came to me with the dreaded phrase: "I have an idea for an app". If you feel targeted, you probably are, but you're not the first, and you won't be the last. Some even trusted me enough to tell me what their great idea was. Many, though not all, couldn't code their way through a paper bag and thus they look for someone "to code the app for free".

You even might find someone like that, and if you do, it's someone with a lot of time on their hands like a student with not much experience.

What those ideas (if I get to hear them) all have in common is that they need infrastructure behind it. Uploading pictures, movies, heck, even simple text need a place to be stored. That's definitely not your phone, especially if others need to be able to access it. Yeah, you can start off with hosting a little database and web front end on your DSL line (if you have one), but in the long run this will require some serious money. I'm not even talking about the people managing and creating it for you. I'm just talking about bandwidth, storage, electricity.

So, if you have an app idea, assess where you want to store what: if you have no concrete answers to those questions, shelve your idea until you do.. An app is nothing magical, it requires real resources, real work and thus real money.

Movies

Journal Journal: "Terms and Conditions May Apply" 1

"The scariest movie I've seen this year, a horror tale that would have been science fiction had it been made in the 1990s." These are not words to describe the latest zombie or slasher flick, but the description by G. Allen Johnson of the San Francisco Chronicle, in describing "Terms and Conditions May Apply", a new documentary about Internet privacy and the use of consumer information platforms like Facebook and Google for government surveillance. Included are a range of discussions from personalities as diverse as Raymond Kurzweil, Moby and Mark Zuckerberg. The preview trailer at on the film's website is a great 2 minute primer on the subject, for general audiences, and the film's producers provide links to privacy tools, including instructions for leaving Facebook and removing Google personalization.

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