Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ron Paul Scared Snowden Will Be Drone Struck

I love moments like this when politicians reveal some bizarre stupidity or cater to their rough-around-the-edges supporters that do not quite understand reality as it is:

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) warned Tuesday that the U.S. government may use a drone missile to kill Edward Snowden, who recently leaked classified information on National Security Administration surveillance programs.

“I’m worried about somebody in our government might kill him with a cruise missile or a drone missile,” Paul said during an interview on Fox Business News. “I mean, we live in a bad time where American citizens don’t even have rights and that they can be killed. But the gentleman is trying to tell the truth about what’s going on.”

Snowden, a former NSA contractor, fled to Hong Kong before disclosing over the weekend that he was behind the leaks of information on NSA’s sweeping monitoring of phone calls and Internet data.

The News Informer, via Waheedgul on PoFo

Unless Snowden decides to go hang out in Waziristan or Baluchistan, he is going to be pretty safe sitting pretty in Hong Kong. His only ear is his extradition to the United States which, of course, is a distinct policy. Many smart people I know have thought it odd that such an extradition has not happened yet — perhaps there are negotiations over it now, or some sort of inner strife within the China or Hong Kong relationship (but this is all speculation on my part).

The idea that the US would send a drone strike into Hong Kong is patently absurd and the definition of ridiculous yet this populistic, libertarian-esque American politician is ridiculous enough to make such a statement. Has the guy gone bloody senile? I’m embarrassed that I have agreed with teh guy on a few points and considered him a good candidate a few times back in 2005-2006 (or whenever yesteryear was and I still tinkered with this sort of politics).

I am guessing Paul cannot be this stupid and merely concocted such a statement to get the media attention. As they say, no press is bad press. 

Corpses Of Red Haired Giants in Nevada?

I stumbled across this blogpost when perusing Varg Vikernes’ Thulean perspective. I am not sure how accurate it is but apparently some of this evidence is even on display in Nevada.

Basically, some Native American tribes has a legend about red haired giants which they had fought and killed. They were fierce warriors and apparently cannibals, and they stood as tall as twelve feet (according to the Natives). In their legends they are listed as red haired but apparently there is no evidence of that that has been confirmed scientifically.

Rather, this blogpost says that there is evidence that they were, indeed, quite giant and that they potentially had knowledge of calendars (and thus, by default, astronomy) that is generally more advanced than the Native American peoples. This is all quite a mystery but, again, apparently these giant skeletons have been found and even put on display in Nevada though this is simply from a blogpost so I cannot really tell the veracity of it.

Look for yourself at the Ironlight post here.  

NSA Leak Journalist Says More To Reveal

Lately everyone has been talking about Snowden and the fact that he has leaked some details concerning how the Obama administration is directing (or a party to) how the NSA is spying on the American people.

What we are left with now is the journalist saying that there is potentially more to reveal:

(CNN) — As U.S. federal agents build a case against the contractor who exposed controversial electronic surveillance programs by the National Security Agency, one of the journalists who has been working with him says more secrets are set to be revealed soon.

“There are extremely invasive spying programs that the public still does not know about that the NSA regularly engages in or other capabilities that they’re developing,” said Glenn Greenwald, a columnist for the Guardian, the British newspaper that broke the first story based on secret NSA documents.

“To the extent we can shine light on them and bring transparency to them consistent with national security, we fully intend to do so and to do so as quickly as we can,” he said in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

Greenwald received the documents from Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old employee at the computer consultant Booz Allen Hamilton, a contractor for the U.S. electronic intelligence agency.

Snowden told the Guardian that he left behind his family and a six-figure job in Hawaii to reveal the extent of the NSA’s collection of telephone and Internet data, which he called “an existential threat to democracy.”

“We are working on stories right at this moment that we think are very valuable for the public to know that don’t in any way harm national security but that shine a light on this extremely secretive though momentous agency,” he said.

 CNN

First, this is always a grossly misunderstood topic. The idea that the NSA or any joint collective of all of the organizations has the manpower to sift through all of the garbage, political or apolitical, that is posted on Facebook or the internet is a joke — especially, consider the sheer linguistical feat this would call for.  It is generally thought that the greatest terror threats to the US are external (9/11 was foreign origin and it can be argued that the Boston Marathon was also)… Do you really think we can not only monitor the US citizens, but monitor the US citizens and the entirety of the world communicating in hundreds (if not thousands) of languages and dialects?

And the idea that the government is actually concerned that Robert T. Nobody in Des Moines, Iowa has a very critical opinion of the ‘big government,’ or that Leslie Marie Activist wants you to be a vegan and hug trees, is quite hilarious. The governments number one priority is to not cause actual attacks on American soil or against American targets — who executes these attacks? Mostly, they have been far right wing extremists (McVeigh, Rudolf) or foreign born Islamic extremists or even the ecoterrorism group ELF. And then there is the issue of the constant and unrelenting string of Chinese spies sent to work in our government agencies…

The problems that our government faces are immense — the idea that they care about the 2 cent opinions of private Americans is rather comical.

Next, it is always fun to hear some journalist say that they will reveal the ways that the government is spying on you but it will not hurt national security. The idiocy behind this statement is absurd. The very thing that they are doing is trying to reveal the capabilities of the US government and its agencies which tells all terrorist or Foreign Intelligence what they can and cannot do to pursue you.

Overall, this whole affair is quickly becoming more ludicrous.

Discovery Of Monsanto GM Wheat Threatening Exports

What an interesting development:

The discovery of a Monsanto-created, genetically modified strain of wheat in the US that was never approved by the United States Department of Agriculture has imperiled US exports of a staple world food commodity.

Japanese authorities have already opted to cancel part of a tender offer to buy US western white wheat and have suspended imports of both that variety and feed wheat, Reuters reported on Thursday.

“We will refrain from buying western white and feed wheat effective today,” Toru Hisadome, a Japanese farm ministry official in charge of wheat trading, told the agency.

Japan, the biggest buyer of US wheat behind Mexico, will continue buying hard red winter and spring wheat from the US as well as grains from Canada, which are used for the production of bread and noodles.

However, Hisadome said the government has asked US authorities to provide more details of their ongoing investigation and Japan will stop buying the suspended species of wheat until a test kit is developed to identify genetically modified produce.

There is currently no US approved test kit to identify genetically engineered wheat. The USDA has said it is developing a “rapid test” kit.

Russia Today

I am not sure what it is – this obsession with genetically modified foods that could actually bring much aid to the world. These are things that are often lauded by the “scientifically inclined” who feel that technology is the saving grace of the world. But there is such a rich condemnation for genetically modified food.

However, it is quite a legitimate concern when it turns out that we have unapproved strains popping up in the world which is something that I cannot fully understand, in the least. No doubt, this must’ve been planned in some way by Monsanto — perhaps, during testing some things got out which nobody suspected. I have heard that the practices of this corporation are incredibly unscrupulous — that is a different topic but perhaps it is finally time for the government to legislate on the topic or somehow take some form of action.