Monthly Archives: August 2012

Anarchist Gang Kills Two

We would hear a lot more about this if they were right wing…

What is surprising is that all of these guys are military folks and were truly planning quite an anti-government display. It is really quite amazing that this happened and a bit mind blowing.

LUDOWICI, Ga. (AP) — Four Army soldiers based in southeast Georgia killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect an anarchist militia group they formed that stockpiled assault weapons and plotted a range of anti-government attacks, prosecutors told a judge Monday.

Prosecutors in rural Long County, near the sprawling Army post Fort Stewart, said the militia group of active and former U.S. military members spent at least $87,000 buying guns and bomb components. They allege the group was serious enough to kill two people — former soldier Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York — by shooting them in the woods last December in order to keep its plans secret.

“This domestic terrorist organization did not simply plan and talk,” prosecutor Isabel Pauley told a Superior Court judge. “Prior to the murders in this case, the group took action. Evidence shows the group possessed the knowledge, means and motive to carry out their plans.”

One of the Fort Stewart soldiers charged in the case, Pfc. Michael Burnett, also gave testimony that backed up many of the assertions made by prosecutors. The 26-year-old soldier pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter, illegal gang activity and other charges. He made a deal to cooperate with prosecutors against the three other soldiers.

Yahoo

This should be more widely reported — this is the second instance of domestic, politically motivated attacks in the last month coming from the left.

Jury: Samsung Should Pay Apple More Than $1 Billion

The case we talked about yesterday as it was resolved in Korean courts was now resolved in American courts:

(CNN) — A federal jury in California on Friday recommended that Apple be awarded more than $1 billion in damages after finding Samsung was guilty of “willful” violations of a number of Apple’s patents in the creation of its own mobile products.

The jury did not recommend awarding Samsung any money in its counterclaims that Apple had violated some of its patents. The judge and lawyers from both Apple and Samsung continued to discuss the jury forms late Friday afternoon.

“This is a huge win for Apple,” Mark Lemley, a Stanford law professor, said over e-mail. “$1,051,855,000 is just large enough to make it the largest surviving patent verdict in history.”

In aftermarket trading, Apple stock jumped more than $12 a share, to more than $675 a share.

Samsung said the verdict should be viewed “as a loss for the American consumer.”

“It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices,” the company said in a written statement. “It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies.

(Because we all know that the whole decision comes down to a shape, right?)

“The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew,” the company said in a statement.

And just a reminder:

On August 24, a South Korean court found that both parties had infringed on each other’s patents, banning the sale of the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, two iPad models and Samsung’s Galaxy S2. Apple was ordered to pay Samsung $35,000 and Samsung to pay Apple $22,000

CNN

Some more analysis from another publication — I naturally find it difficult to get all of the facts together in a case that I normally would not pay so much attention to:

Apple was seeking $2.5 billion in damages, and it called on the jury Aug. 21 to impose a heavy penalty on Samsung. “They will not change their way of operating if you slap them on the wrist,” Apple attorney Howard McElhinny said in his closing argument.

Naturally. Korea (and many Asian countries as a whole) literally have a large percentage of people who make their living off of purely imitations. Just think of the amount of counterfeit fashion that exists in Asian markets or the mere fact that Asian music markets have been particularly guilty of ripping off the songs of one another and their Western counterparts to generate hits.

It wasn’t a clean sweep for Apple. The jury didn’t agree to some of Apple’s claims around the iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. Still, the overall impression after a read through of the 20-page verdict form, which contains 33 multi-part questions, showed the jury bought into Apple’s copying claims, particularly around the iPhone.

 Forbes

It makes sense that it would be the iPhone at the center of the question…

I will try to find more to illuminate our ideas on this but, obviously, it is a difficult issue that I do not fully understand — I think a lot of bloggers must just be looking for information on the whole of the case at this point.

Samsung, Apple “Resolved” In Korean Courts

It is always interesting to see what will happen when one court who has all of its local interests at heart attempts to be objective in something that would obviously be too painful to stomach if things were really, truly, gotten to the bottom of….

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court ruled Friday that technology giants Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. both infringed on each other’s patents, and ordered a partial ban of their products in South Korea. The court also denied accusations that Samsung copied the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad.

The Seoul Central District Court ordered Apple to remove the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and iPad 2 from store shelves in South Korea, ruling that the products infringed on two of Samsung’s five disputed patents, including those for telecommunications techology.

Wow, big surprise — the hometeam wins? It is not as if Seoul has a history of making bad calls when the hometown benefits:

However, it does appear that the ruling did come in time for iPhone 5 and other innovations to be coming out and making their debut early this September… Perhaps not a terrible blow to Apple as a whole.

The court also denied Apple’s claim that Samsung had illegally copied its design, and that the shape and big display screen existed in products before the iPhone and iPad.

“Based on the similarity in these features, it is not possible to assert that the two designs are similar,” the court said in a ruling issued in Korean that was translated by the AP into English.

Business Week

Next of all, AP, who the hell is creating such ridiculous and retarded translations for you on what would apparently be a professional basis? I would be a far better candidate because I have something called ‘common sense’ — come and hire me!

But to say that Apple were not huge innovators of the general look / feel of the smart phone is rather ridiculous; perhaps the ‘big screen’ style, no, does not belong to anyone… Perhaps at this point in the development of technology one cannot really weight in unless they are involved in the field as some of these innovations definitely probably originate in just pushing the capabilities of the technology to the max…

I merely think it is a low blow the South Koreans are doing on Apple in all likelihood.

More Fighting Over Useless Rocks

I always remembered hearing that it is the Americans (a term meaning, of course, only U. S. Americans) who were infected by such a shrill, screaming nationalism that bordered on the irrational. Now, thinking of that makes me chuckle. Surely as far as many standards in the West go it could be said that the Americans certainly have a relatively strong nationalist bent that does, from time to time, manifest itself in very asinine displays & country music videos… but at the end of the day there is always some sort of narrative that can be followed.

American nationalism comes from general sense that freedom, democracy, free enterprise, hard work and rugged individualism can combine into this unique thing we call the American dream. Of course, whether or not that still exists is up for debate as many who graduate from Universities struggle to find any work at all, forget the guaranteed picket white fence upper middle class guarantee…

However, it seems to be Asia takes the cake when it comes to utterly reckless, pointless and insane political protests.

You will never see so much passion poured out for collections of small, rocky outposts. Whether it is the Japanese against the Koreans, or the Japanese against the Chinese, or even the Chinese against the Filipinos there are always some youths willing to smash cars and restaurant windows or stage bizarre nationalist actions up to and including self-mutilation (protestors do not mind cutting off fingers for Dokdo)…

And, of course, it is kicking off now between Japan and China:

BEIJING — Angry youths on Sunday overturned cars and smashed shop windows in anti-Japanese protests across China stemming from a long-standing dispute over uninhabited islands claimed by both countries.

Not to be outdone in nationalist fervor, 150 Japanese activists tried to land on the islands in the East China Sea by boat Sunday to commemorate World War II deaths. When that failed, 10 of them swam to one of the rocky islands and tried to plant a Japanese flag.

The demonstrations in China were the largest since 2010, when a Chinese fishing captain whose boat collided with a Japanese coast guard vessel was arrested, leading to a protracted standoff.

The largest street protest was in Shenzhen, where thousands of people, mostly students, overturned Japanese-made police cars and smashed the windows of Japanese restaurants. Demonstrations also took place over the weekend in Chengdu, Xian and Jinan, among other Chinese cities, as well as in Hong Kong. Japanese chain stores including Uniqlo, which are wildly popular among young Chinese, were forced to close for the day.

“Japanese, get off our Diaoyu islands,” read most of the banners, while others exhorted Chinese to “kill all the Japanese.” The islands are known as Senkaku in Japan.

Photographs that circulated on Chinese microblogs during the day showed a young man with a metal pipe destroying a Honda police car. Another showed a demonstrator in an anti-Japanese T-shirt taking photographs — with a Canon single-lens reflex camera. Canon is a Japanese company.

LA Times

What makes all of this so mind boggling is that the fighting is about nothing. It is literally about rocks. Rocks that, of course, may represent some increased income in extended fishing rights or theoretically there could be natural gas or oil reserves nearby, but to the economies of South Korea, Japan and China? In all reality this is a small drop in the bucket.

This is the true face of nationalism in its extremes.  A meaningless fight over rocks.

German Postal Service Refuses Service To Far Right

I love it how they are always able to find some way to deny the basic rights that should be guaranteed in a Republic to them — they enjoy making it out as if they are pure, unadulterated Nazis (which legally has not been proven and if it had htey would be imprisoned) and thus they can refuse them service because of the funny last portion here:

(Reuters) – A German far-right party’s legal challenge against the German postal service over its refusal to deliver the party’s magazine will be decided in the Federal High Court in September.

A leader in the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) said on Friday the challenge on freedom of speech grounds was raised by NPD deputies in the Saxony state assembly, one of two state assemblies in Germany where the far-right party has seats.

Holger Szymanski, a spokesman for the NPD in the Saxony parliament, said the party believes its constitutional rights to free speech are being violated by the postal service’s refusal to distribute its newsletter, “Klartext”.

“From our perspective, ‘Klartext’ is quite obviously a magazine,” said Szymanski, whose party is seen by police agencies as the most significant neo-Nazi party in Germany since the end of the Third Reich.

The postal service is the latest company to run into a legal challenge from the NPD. Since 2008 it has refused to send out “Klartext” in the Leipzig region.

Lower state and district courts in Saxony have backed the postal service’s position regarding “Klartext” and said it should not be considered a magazine but rather propaganda intolerant of different opinions. The high court said on Thursday it would issue its ruling in September.

Reuters

I just do not get it… People have the right to free speech; we certainly do not agree with everything that they are doing but the desire to fight the far right on every single front possible is failing to do anything other than victimizing (and thus inadvertently lionizing) the far right. In a way, they are only going to accomplish the opposite of what they had set out to do and make their position seem far more intriguing (and even valid to some people) because of the fear and hatred they inspire in the weak hearted, decadent and generally soulless German & EU governments.

I know really nothing about this alleged “Nazi” group (which, again I say, has not been proven as such and appears only to be the target of such a foul accusation)… But the idea of just removing people’s rights to free speech as such?

And they think Americans are “stupid” and “intolerant.”

More Far Right Witch Hunting

Just the latest installation of the policing of the Olympics in an attempt to make sure that the liberal, PC machine has its final say.

 

The German rower Nadja Drygalla has left the Olympic village following media allegations that her boyfriend is a far-right extremist.

The German Olympic Committee said Drygalla, who had already finished competing at the Games as part of the women’s rowing eight team, left of her own accord after a 90-minute conversation with German officials.

“Miss Drygalla confirmed credibly her commitment to the Olympic Charter,” the head of Germany’s committee Michael Vesper said. “She is leaving the Olympic Village so as not to be a burden for the team.”

Though German officials did not give the reason for her departure, the German public broadcaster ARD reported the 23-year-old former police officer was suspected of sympathising with right-wing extremist ideology.

Media reports said her boyfriend was a leading member of the “Rostock National Socialists” and had fought a state election for the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD).

Guardian

I doubt that many people during the Red Scare questioned the validity of what they were doing and whether or not history would judge them poorly — it was merely something that was right because all the Communists and their fellow travelers were a grave threat to the freedom of the West, right?

Well, now we repeat the Red Scare on an international level (in the entire Western World) with the far right wing as the new target of the liberal machine.

Of course, responses to this, or the Greek high jumper, or the soccer player saying dirty things about the south Koreans immediately will be but they are racist and they do deserve to be persecuted! They are Nazis!

Of course… Golden Dawn and many other groups do not claim to actually be out and out Nazis. Whether or not they are closet nazis is debatable but what is not debatable is the fact that they are being persecuted… And just as people were fine & dandy with the persecution of the Communists so, too, now are people willing to jeopardize freedom of speech in order to get at these guys.

Overall… History is going to look back at events like this and have a chuckle at how allegedly high and mighty these liberals were.

Romney On Culture Of Palestine/Israel

It is interesting to see someone take this line of talk who is so in the spotlight…

JERUSALEM (AP) – Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East. His campaign later said his remarks were mischaracterized.

“As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,” the Republican presidential candidate told about 40 wealthy donors who ate breakfast at the luxurious King David Hotel.

Romney said some economic histories have theorized that “culture makes all the difference.”

My Way News

Of course, he is going to be messed with in spite of the fact that he is saying something that is logical and… Well, truthful, more or less.

One of the big issues any society has can be a culture that allows crime or  tacitly accepts prostitution, racism or a thousand other potential evils. Criticizing the Palestinian culture as not being as inclined as the Israelis towards economic growth? By itself, it may not be entirely right but the nature of Palestinian corruption has been known for a long time. Much of the “aid” meant to actually go towards improving the living standards of Palestinians has been put into violent operations or embezzled. 

It is a problem that goes back decades. Many Persians and Turks would also gladly criticize that Arab culture, at its base, has some issues with corruption. 

… But liberals like to pretend that it is impossible for a culture to have any ‘flaw.’ Of course, they will accept the ‘racism’ of previous European or American culture as a ‘flaw’ but they cannot accept any other concepts within a culture as being flawed… 

In short, we all know that it is difficult having a discussion with someone who thinks only within the political box that they were given from childhood and refuses to acknowledge it is even possible for cultures to objectively have negative aspects.

Hamas Condemns Visit To Auschwitz

Just to put things into perspective on how different things are — apparently in the ME holocaust denial is quite acceptable. Of course, this is something that many of us have known but the idea of outright coming out and condemning a visit to a famous, actual historical site… Well…

A spokesman for the Palestinian militant movement Hamas has criticised a visit by a Palestinian official to the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, media reports say.

Fawzi Barhoum was quoted as saying the visit by Ziad al-Bandak, adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, was “unjustified and unhelpful”.

He also called the Holocaust an “alleged tragedy”, media reports say.

Hamas spokesmen have previously described the Holocaust as fabricated.

BBC

The ridiculousness of this cannot be emphasized enough.