Friday, December 31, 2010

The 2010 Climate B.S.* of the Year Award

"We are upsetting the atmosphere upon which all life depends. In the late 80s when I began to take climate change seriously, we referred to global warming as a "slowmotion catastrophe" one we expected to kick in perhaps generations later. Instead, the signs of change have accelerated alarmingly."
~David Suzuki, Ph.D, Scientific Activist, Environmentalist



Finally the time has come to recognize the top climate change liars and the deniers for good or ill. Nominated are to top five and the B.S. award goes to...


The 2010 Climate B.S.* of the Year Award


There are always those out there that will deny the truth. They will deny the facts no matter how they are presented regardless of the proof. When the master of the Knights Temple warned the occupants of Tyre that they would be attacked by the Mamluks and destroyed if they didn't prepare he was ignored. They were destroyed by the Mamluks. When he warned the residents of Acre that they were to be attacked and destroyed he was ignored. They were destroyed by the Mamluks, oops.
For years doctors and researchers warned the cigarette smoking caused cancer, heart disease and a host of other illnesses, all denied by the cigarette lobby and their stooges. Today there is no doubt that cigarette smoking can lead to an early death.
History is fraught with those who would deny the facts staring them in the face. Climate change is one if not the greatest danger facing mankind, yet there are those who would deny that it is happening and would, to the detriment of mankind, do nothing about it until it is too late. Here is the fabulous B.S. award for those liars and deniers, who would have us stick our collective heads up our collective arses.
Welcome to the 2010 Climate B.S. of the Year Award.

2010 saw widespread and growing evidence of rapidly warming global climate and strengthening scientific understanding of how humans are contributing to climate change. Yet on the policy front, little happened to stem the growing emissions of greenhouse gases or to help societies prepare for increasingly severe negative climate impacts, including now unavoidable changes in temperature, rainfall patterns, sea-level rise, snowpack, glacial extent, Arctic sea ice, and more. These physical impacts will lead to sharply increased disease, military and economic instabilities, food and water shortages, and extreme weather events, among other things. Without appropriate risk management action, the United States will be hit hard. There is no safe haven. Yet confusion and uncertainty about climate change remain high in the minds of too many members of the public and Congress.

Why? In large part because of a concerted, coordinated, aggressive campaign by a small group of well-funded climate change deniers and contrarians focused on intentionally misleading the public and policy makers with bad science about climate change. Much of this effort is based on intentional falsehoods, misrepresentations, inflated uncertainties, and pure and utter B.S. about climate science. These efforts have been successful in sowing confusion and delaying action – just as the same tactics were successful in delaying efforts to tackle tobacco’s health risks.

To counter this campaign of disinformation, we are issuing the first in what may become a series of awards for the most egregious Climate B.S.* of the Year. In preparing the list of nominees, suggestions were received from around the world and a panel of reviewers – all scientists or climate communicators – waded through them. We present here the top five nominees and the winner of the 2010 Climate B.S.* of the Year Award.

Fifth Place. Climate B.S. and misrepresentations presented by Fox “News.”

There are many examples of bad science, misrepresentations, omissions of facts, and distortions of climate reality coming from Fox “News” (far too many to list here, but we note that Joe Romm just gave Fox his 2010 Citizen Kane Award for “non-excellence in journalism” for their misrepresentations of climate science). It seems that Fox has now made it their policy to deny the reality of climate change and has told its reporters to misreport or cast doubt on the science. This policy of disinformation was implemented by Fox News executive Bill Sammon, who ordered staff to cast doubt on climate data in a memo revealed this month. Fox’s political commentators have long used this tactic in their one-sided and biased discussions on climate change but Sammon’s memo seems to direct News staff to slant reporting in direct contradiction to what the scientific facts and scientists actually say.

Fourth Place. Misleading or false testimony to Congress and policymakers about climate change.

While Congress held more hearings in 2010 on climate change than in other recent years, these hearings elicited some astounding testimonies submitted by climate deniers and skeptics filled with false and misleading statements about climate science and total B.S. Examples?

Long-time climate change skeptic Patrick Michaels testified before the House Science and Technology Committee and misrepresented the scientific understanding of the human role in climate change and the well-understood effects of fundamental climatic factors, such as the effects of visible air pollution. Including these effects (as climate scientists have done for many years) would have completely changed his results. Michaels has misrepresented mainstream climate science for decades, as has been noted here, here, and elsewhere, yet he remains a darling of the skeptics in Congress who like his message.

A newer darling of Congressional climate change deniers is Christopher Monckton, who claims to be a member of the British House of Lords (a claim rejected by the House of Lords). Monckton testified before a Senate committee in May and presented such outlandish B.S. about climate that experts (such as John Mashey, Tim Lambert, John Abraham, and Barry Bickmore, to name a few) spent uncounted hours and pages and pages refuting just a subset of his errors.

Third Place. The false claim that a single weather event, such as a huge snowstorm in Washington, D.C., proves there is no global warming.

In February 2010 a big winter storm dumped record piles of snow on the mid-Atlantic U.S., including Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, prompting climate change deniers to use bad weather to try to discredit the reality of global warming. Limbaugh said, “It’s one more nail in the coffin for the global warming thing.” Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe got attention with an igloo on the national mall and labeled it “Al Gore’s new home” (combining bad science with a personal attack). Senator Jim DeMint said, “It’s going to keep snowing in DC until Al Gore cries ‘uncle.’”

Record snowfall is not an indicator of a lack of global warming, as has been pointed out in the scientific literature and many, many rounds of Congressional testimony. It merely means that there was a storm and temperatures were close to or below freezing. Indeed global warming can contribute to greater snowfalls by providing extra moisture. Many scientists testifying before the Senate and House of Representatives have explained the difference between a steadily warming planet and occasional extreme cold events in particular spots. But we can expect to see more examples of this kind of B.S. when it gets cold and snowy somewhere, sometime, this winter.

Second Place. The claim that the “Climategate” emails meant that global warming was a hoax, or was criminal, as Senator Inhofe tried to argue. In fact, it was none of these things (though the British police are still investigating the illegal hacking of a British university’s computer system and the theft of the emails).

Global warming deniers used out-of-context texts from the stolen emails to claim that global warming was a hoax or that scientists had manipulated data or were hiding evidence that climate change wasn’t happening. These claims are all B.S. A series of independent scientific and academic investigations in the U.S. and the U.K. unanimously concluded that nothing in the stolen emails made any difference to the remarkable strength of climate science (see, for example, the Penn State vindication, theIndependent Muir Russell and Lord Oxburgh reviews, a British Parliamentary Panel review, and other assessments). Unfortunately, the media gave far more attention to the accusations than to the resounding vindications, and climate deniers continue to spread B.S. about this case.

The bottom line of “Climategate?” As a letter in Science magazine signed by 255 members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences said in May 2010: “there is nothing remotely identified in the recent events that changes the fundamental conclusions about climate change.”

AND THE WINNER OF THE 2010 CLIMATE B.S.* OF THE YEAR AWARD

First Place goes to the following set of B.S.: “There has been no warming since 1998” [or 2000, or…], “the earth is cooling,” “global warming is natural,” and “humans are too insignificant to affect the climate.” Such statements are all nonsense and important for the general public to understand properly.

The reality is that the Earth’s climate is changing significantly, changing fast, and changing due to human factors. The reality of climatic change can no longer be disputed on scientific grounds – the U.S. National Academy of Sciences calls the human-induced warming of the Earth a “settled fact.” The evidence for a “warming” planet includes not just rising temperatures, but also rising sea levels, melting Arctic sea ice, disappearing glaciers, increasing intense rainfalls, and many other changes that matter to society and the environment. The recent and ongoing warming of the Earth is unprecedented in magnitude, speed, and cause.

This winning set of B.S. appears almost daily in the conservative blogosphere, like here and here andhere, consistently in the statements of climate change deniers, and far too often in real media outlets. Actual science and observations from around globe have long shown the opposite (for example, hereand here are nice rebuttals with real science). The planet continues to warm rapidly largely due to human activities, and average global temperatures continue to rise. The most recent decade has been the warmest decade on record and 2010 will likely go down as either the warmest or second warmest year in recorded history.

Associated B.S. argues that the famous “hockey stick” graph has been disproved. This graph shows the extraordinarily rapid warming of the twentieth century compared to the previous 1000 years. The graph and analysis have been upheld by subsequent researchers and numerous scientific assessments, including one from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

To the winners: congratulations, it is long past time your B.S. is recognized for what it is – bad science.

And to the public and the media: be forewarned: all of these and similar bad arguments will certainly be repeated in 2011. It is long past time that this bad science is identified, challenged, and shown to be the B.S. that it is.

The 2010 Climate Bad Science (B.S.) Detection and Correction Team

Peter Gleick, Kevin Trenberth, Tenney Naumer, Michael Ashley, Lou Grinzo, Gareth Renowden, Paul Douglas, Jan W. Dash, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Brian Angliss, Joe Romm, Peter Sinclair, Michael Tobis, Gavin Schmidt, plus several anonymous nominators, reviewers, and voters.

[* “B.S.” means “Bad Science” doesn’t it?]

For more information, contact Dr. Peter H. Gleick or Nancy Ross, Pacific Institute, 510 725-2385.nross@pacinst.org.







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Monday, December 27, 2010

the TSA should be listed as a terrorist organization

“So we’re in line, going through one at a time. One of our soldiers had his Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it gets better. A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the soldier that they’re going to confiscate his nail clippers.” An American soldier returning from Afghanistan

Lest we cast dispersions on the TSA. Check out the following website, http://www.dba-oracle.com/travel_tsa_reform.htm full of information of how to survive the indecency of a TSA inspection and the petty bureaucracy that they have become. In truth the TSA should be listed as a terrorist organization. They terrorize the American public and dare you question or complain they take retribution. Is any American really safer flying because of the TSA. Most probably not. The airports have security gaps as shown recently by a pilot who has since been harassed by the TSA for showing up their incompetence.
Checking pilots is weird. Doesn't TSA get it. The pilots fly the plane, they don't need a gun, in fact some pilots are certified to carry a gun in the cockpit. The TSA still doesn't get it they don't need a bomb, they fly the plane. What part of "they fly the plane" don't they get?

Yet they screen old white or black people, really old people because they must be dangerous.
This old guy really looks like a terrorist. Really dangerous. What fucking morons!
Back in August 2, 2002, a screener at Hartford’s Bradley International Airport poked through the wallet of Fred Hubbell, an 80-year-old World War II combat veteran who had already undergone two full searches in that airport that morning. "What do you expect to find in there, a rifle?" the exasperated Hubbell asked. He was then arrested for "causing a public disturbance" and fined $78." Nothing has changed, in fact it has gotten worse. The TSA violates our fourth amendment to the constitution with impunity.

This is a chance for the undereducated losers, to stop and delay and humiliate people they see as superior to themselves. They can't be questioned, or challenged or criticized or you get arrested and persecuted. Do Americans have rights, not according to the TSA and the government bureaucrats. It is only a matter of time before the TSA goes too far and beats somebody who refused it's abuse and they kill a traveler. They have already assaulted people with the help of airport or local police, including assaulting an American war hero in uniform.


It is time to reform the TSA and higher professionals. Trained and educated security specialists. Use the back scatter machines on profiled suspicious individuals not American citizens. Time to stop groping little children and feeling up adults. Unless every American looks like a terrorist. Which is stupid. The TSA is not to be believed, they are the danger to our freedoms. This is the thin wedge of totalitarianism. They are the new gestapo.
TSA’s Legal Justification for Gate Grope

The GOP is promising to cut spending by cutting social programs and entitlements like social security, medicare. While the GOP preserve tax cuts for the very rich they are proposing cutting programs that serve the very poor. These guys are real scum bags.

Listen to this lying piece of shit. He fought for tax cuts for the very rich. But he doesn't give a fuck for the Average American who gets fucked as long as his buddies have their tax cuts.

Attack on American freedom from the Gay Old Party, GOP, and big telecoms
GOP moves to block weakened 'net neutrality' rules

The Right say it ain't so, therefore it ain't so.
Eight great figures summarizing the evidence for a “human fingerprint” on recent climate change







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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas and for the richest Americans it's a very Merry Christmas

"Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves."
~Eric Sevareid


Merry Christmas and for the richest Americans it's a very Merry Christmas. The compromise has been made and the Republicans that were holding the government hostage got their way. So what has changed? Nothing, the poor are still poor and the working class still struggles and the rich, well the rich, they produce nothing, invest their money, guard their gains, and they just get richer and richer and richer thanks to the GOP. They have tilted the playing field to their advantage. See: Income Gaps Between Very Rich and Everyone Else More Than Tripled In Last Three Decades, New Data Show



There is some good news; Don't Ask Don't Tell has been overthrown, and good riddance to a bad policy. There is a little justice in the world. A large group of Americans can now serve in the military with dignity.
When the story is written about the past two years of the Obama administration is will be seen as a success despite the opposition of the Extreme Right and their bed mates the Tea Party and the Gay Old Party.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
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Here is the stupid stuff.
Media Matters Honors Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin With Year-End Award



What Me Worry, the Right say it isn't happening.
Energy and global warming news for December 24: Growing hypoxic zones reduce fish habitats; Ocean acidification may disrupt the marine nitrogen cycle

Fox and the strangled truth

Fox Distorts The Facts To Attack Cape Hatteras Environmental Regulations





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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Examination of the information he released to The Economist, The Guardian UK, and New York Times show that Assange was responsible

~“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~Benjamin Franklin

It seems that Julian Assange of WikiLeaks got himself in trouble for believing that lies and cheating and causing death and mayhem need to be examined in the light of day and those responsible be called out on it. The forces at work to destroy Julian Assange have tried to paint him as irresponsible, someone that is causing great harm to the cause of freedom and helping the enemies of the west. If that were the case, and it isn't in my opinion, then Assange would deserve to be prosecuted and jailed. What we have instead is a witch hunt and I doubt that they will bring him to trial because in the hands of a skilled lawyer who knows what information would be discussed to show that he was being a responsible journalist while embarrassing major players in the world of politics and diplomacy.
Examination of the information he released to The Economist, The Guardian UK, and New York Times show that Assange was responsible and careful and no one has died as a result of what he has released. Quite the contrary thousands of people have died due to the irresponsibility, lies, deception of American policy, both Afghanistan and American lives. Assange is that rare breed of man, he is an idealist and a whistle blower. "Assange has stated in interviews that what he envisions is a world where corruption is minimized and corporations and governments that operate in ethical and legal ways are rewarded, while those that break laws and ethics codes are exposed and prevented from thriving." He may be naive but he has ethics. The charges leveled at him are lies and distortions designed to cover for the embarrassment of the disclosures that show our leaders and politicians to be less honorable, dishonest and corrupt. Instead of taking the high road they took the low road and chose to discredit him and worked with corporate entities to shut down one of his servers and stop his access to Master Card payments to him. Of course Master Card will still put through donations to the Klu Klux Klan, they are just a hate group. In an indepth report ELAINE SHPUNGIN Ph.D, FOR BUZZFLASH Shpungin examines, "Five Major Governmental/Corporate Media Attacks on WikiLeaks and Why They are Wrong",
http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/12079
It's a good read and worth the time.






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Thursday, November 25, 2010

This is democracy for sale to the highest bidder.

Fascism should be more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.
Benito Mussolini (1883 - 1945)


The truth can be a painful thing. Security my ass, the security screening at airports is all about big business buying our government to make a profit. NOT, I repeat NOT our security. We have the best government that money can buy. If a company that sells proctological probes decided to invest in persuading congress that the traveling public would be safer if examined internally and was willing to spend about a hundred million dollars in lobbying congress and willing to donate enough to the campaigns of enough congressmen and senators, especially Republicans, guess what? The TSA would be insisting that it is necessary to have a proctological exam before boarding a plane. The TSA would be required to stick a probe up your ass regardless of age or sex. That is exactly what is happening right now with the full body scanners. These corporate scum bags are getting rich exposing you to radiation and if you refuse to have your ball radiated they will grope them and make you feel uncomfortable. This is democracy for sale to the highest bidder.
See the video.



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A Thanksgiving Day thought.
A note on Thanksgiving. It is a unique American holiday although our Canadian neighbors to the north also celebrate a Thanksgiving. One group that may not celebrate Thanksgiving is native Americans. They got fucked by the arrival of the white man to North America. The history of the settlement of America is a story of misery, exploitation and genocide against native Americans. While I am thankful for the life I have and for the blessings of America, it is not lost on me the price paid by the indigenous people. Today must be a sad day in their history, not one of Thanksgiving but one of sorrow.

Thanksgiving: Celebrating The Genocide Of Native Americans

Hey Tom you are going to become Bubba's bitch.
Tom DeLay's Light at the End of the Tunnel is a Prison Cell

Sending the Hammer to the Slammer
Tom DeLay’s money-laundering conviction is a holiday gift to liberals—and a reminder to the House’s new ruling Republicans of how power can corrupt.







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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

(pilots) disdain for the TSA checkpoint worker. They are “the government equivalent of being a Wendy's burger flipper,

"I stood there, an American citizen, a mom traveling with a baby with special needs formula, sexually assaulted by a government official. I began shaking and felt completely violated, abused and assaulted by the TSA agent. I shook for several hours, and woke up the next day shaking." Blogger Erin Chase

"The woman who checked me reached her hands inside my underwear and felt her way around." ABC News producer Carolyn Durand

"She said 'spread your legs.' And then she took her full palms and started at my neck and ran all the way down my body, full palms, constant contact. And when she got down to my feet, she was in constant contact from my ankles all the way up to my groin, across my groin, and down the other leg. And she did that twice." Wendy James Gigliotti

"The female officer ran her hand up the inside of my leg to my groin and she did it so hard and so rough she lifted me off my heels." Female air traveler Ella Swift

"She put her full hand on my breast and said, 'What is this?'. And I said, 'It's my prosthesis because I've had breast cancer.' And she said, 'Well, you'll need to show me that'." Flight attendant Cathy Bossi

"I think we all understand the concerns Americans have. It's something new. Most Americans are not used to a real law enforcement pat-down like that." Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

"One agent watched as the other used his flat hand to go slowly down my chest. I tried to warn him that he would hit the bag and break the seal on my bag, but he ignored me. Sure enough, the seal was broken and urine started dribbling down my shirt and my leg and into my pants."
A 61-year-old bladder cancer survivor

"Molester, pervert, disgusting, an embarrassment, creep. These are all words I have heard today at work describing me. ...These comments are painful and demoralizing." An anonymous TSA worker

If some total stranger walked up to you in the street and said "I am either going to see you naked or touch your genitals", What would be the likelihood of that person walking away from that encounter? Robert Colella

"As an experienced traveler for work who was in tears for most of the search process, I have never experienced a more traumatic and invasive travel event!" CNN employee Rosemary Fitzpatrick

I will not board an airplane in America until the TSA body scanners are gone. No one is seeing my naked body unless I let them. I will also not settle for being GROPED in public as an alternative. Meagan Quinn

"As the TSA agent was frisking plaintiff, the agent pulled the plaintiff’s blouse completely down, exposing plaintiffs’ breasts to everyone in the area."
A lawsuit filed on behalf of a female college student from Amarillo Texas

The sexual humiliation of detainees at Abu Ghraib is not so very different then the sexual humiliation being heaped on American air travelers at airports. Why is TSA torturing us to protect us? Bruce Sargent

"My experience with TSA was a nightmare I had to endure. No one deserves to be treated this way."
A 37-year-old Texas woman who had her nipple ring removed with a pair of pliers before she was allowed to pass through security

"So we’re in line, going through one at a time. One of our soldiers had his Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it gets better. A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the soldier that they’re going to confiscate his nail clippers." A soldier returning from Afghanistan

The agent went up my right leg first and then met my vagina with full force….the same on the other leg with the same result. She then used both of her hands to feel my breasts and squeezing them. At this point I was in shock. A flight attendant named Megan

I spend on average $30K per year on business travel. The airlines get the bulk of this but hotels, car rentals, meals and miscellaneous expenses add up as well. Where I can cut travel, I will. When those associated with airport travel feel the financial pinch just watch how fast this all will change. Jay Glover

It is difficult to imagine New Yorkers being porno-screened and sexually groped on crowded subway platforms or showing up an hour or two in advance for clearance for a 15 minute subway ride, but once bureaucrats get the bit in their teeth they take absurdity to its logical conclusion. Paul Craig Roberts

"Not if I could avoid it. No. I mean, who would?" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when asked if she would like to go through the new pat-downs

"If you are asking me, am I going to change my policies? No." TSA Administrator John Pistole during a Congressional hearing

"I Think You're Doing A Terrific Job." U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller to TSA chief John Pistole

I introduced legislation last week that is based on a very simple principle: federal agents should be subject to the same laws as ordinary citizens. If you would face criminal prosecution or a lawsuit for groping someone, exposing them to unwelcome radiation, causing them emotional distress, or violating indecency laws, then TSA agents should similarly face sanctions for their actions.
" Congressman Ron Paul

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Story on Daily Beasts points to the issues as pilots see it. In truth the Joke is on us.

To those intrepid American travelers who plan on confronting those TSA functionaries at Airports across America. I salute you. See is the We Won't Fly, Opt Out Travel With Dignity website set up as a grass roots movement. While it will be a hardship for many people stuck on line who want or need to travel it is a fight for common sense and decency. We have rights as Americans and they should not be violated. The TSA needs a more rational policy. It is time to STOP being politically correct. Profiling targeted groups or suspicious individuals is far more rational and not racist but realistic. But read on my friends and see what the professionals think.

"1. NOT EVERYONE THINKS GIVING PILOTS A PASS THROUGH SECURITY MAKES SENSE.
When the uproar about body scanners and pat-downs began bubbling up, the pilots’ union for American Airlines began pushing for pilots to be exempt—something the TSA eventually granted. The logic promoted by the union was simple: Nothing pilots might bring through security could rival the aircraft they control for sheer lethality. That’s a widely held view among pilots, but a minority worries about a different scenario. Suppose a pilot were blackmailed—by a threat against family, say—to carry something through security and hand it off to a hypothetical bad guy once past the checkpoint? In this view, the exemption for pilots could leave air travel susceptible to so-called proxy bomb tactics, which were used at one point by the Irish Republican Army.

2. PILOTS ARE IN FAVOR OF PROFILING.
One frequent complaint in online discussions is that applying security measures indiscriminately means resources are being wasted. In other words, while TSA workers are patting down the crying child in the YouTube video, the real bad guy might be cruising through. In this view, political correctness and a reluctance to single out subsets of travelers are weakening the system. Profiling need not be racial, some pilots point out, but could instead be behavioral—singling out passengers for extra screening based on suspicious answers to interview questions.

3. THEY THINK THE AVERAGE TSA WORKER IS AN IDIOT.
If there is one theme that emerges clearly time and again in pilots’ online discussions, it’s disdain for the TSA checkpoint worker. They are “the government equivalent of being a Wendy's burger flipper,” according to one typical comment from AirlinePilotForums.com. “Barney Fife is more suited for their job,” writes another. Anecdotes frequently portray TSA workers as mindlessly hewing to procedures at the expense of exercising the judgment needed to sniff out the evildoers.

4. SCANNERS AND PAT-DOWNS PRESENT AN OBVIOUS SECURITY GAP.
If the goal of body scanners and pat-downs is to detect explosives secreted somewhere on the body, then the solution from the terrorists' point of view is obvious and long known to drug mules, say some pilots. Instead of traveling on the body, the bomb will need to go inside the body. And since “enhanced” security hasn’t yet moved to the point of routine cavity searches, the scanners and pat-downs don’t provide foolproof protection even as they prompt all kinds of drama. (Writing for The Daily Beast recently, former cop Bill Richardson sized up the pat-downs with a similar analysis.)

5. AVIATION SECURITY IS ALWAYS A STEP BEHIND.
Another frequent complaint among pilots on the boards is how TSA measures appear reactive rather than proactive. A foiled plot using explosives hidden in printer cartridges is followed by a ban on printer cartridges, and so on. Where is the evidence, some pilots wonder, that the TSA is looking at the next threat instead of the last one? “The whole idea of TSA is to lock the barn door after the horse has been stolen. All they do is protect us from a plot that has already failed,” complains one commentator.

6. THEY’RE WORRIED ALL THIS IS BAD FOR BUSINESS.
If pilots are this exasperated, what must the customers feel like? In this view, the TSA’s consistent bumbling and public-relations lapses are starting to threaten the livelihood of the pilots. “For every passenger that vocally opposes this, there is also at least one that will likely stay silent and stay home. I imagine this will likely start affecting traffic by the first of the year, if not before,” wrote one participant on AirlinePilotForums.com.

7. THE TSA IS FORGETTING AIRPORT WORKERS.
Some argue that each time the TSA ratchets up the measures applied to passengers, it fails to crack down similarly on the myriad airport workers with access to the facilities and planes beyond the checkpoint. A few airport workers chime into these discussions with descriptions of relatively lax procedures that might allow terrorists to circumvent the TSA choke points.

8. ROLLING OUT NEW SECURITY MEASURES PIECEMEAL IS POINTLESS.
If the need for close-body searches is so vital—prompting the requirement for pat-downs for anyone who doesn’t want to go through a body scanner—then why isn’t the TSA patting down everyone at the airports that haven’t yet introduced the scanners? TSA officials themselves have said one reason they avoid giving details about new measures is to keep from providing intelligence to would-be terrorists. But some wonder if it’s really that hard for bad guys to figure out that they should go to an airport without the scanners.

9. THEY AREN’T CONVINCED THE NEW SCANNERS ARE SAFE.
Pilots are particularly attuned to the health dangers of radiation, since airliner crews are exposed to more of it than the average person. (Up at 35,000 feet, there’s much less of the Earth’s atmosphere to shield humans from cosmic radiation.) So amid a debate over just how much of a health threat is posed by the backscatter X-ray devices used to conduct full-body scans in some airports, more than a few crew members aren’t reassured by government assertions that there’s no danger. “I am already exposed to enough radiation while spending 18 hours a day on a plane,” wrote one poster, explaining why he opted out of the body scan.

10. THE MEDIA DOESN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT AVIATION NEEDS.
It’s practically a staple of the aviation message boards: pointing out how members of the media aren’t sufficiently schooled on matters of flying and criticizing the coverage that results. (Surely this report won’t escape the wrath of some commenters, either.) Each time a story is published with a technical error, the heckling begins anew. In the view of some pilots, journalists just don’t get it—and more broadly, no one who isn’t a pro can truly understand what’s needed in aviation now." Thomas E. Weber The Daily Beast.


Common sense, it would be too much to ask.
TSA Administrator Pistole: No New Procedures for Screening for the Moment

Taiwanese parody of TSA screening.


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American Hate Groups
The Southern Poverty Law Center has listed 18 anti-gay Hate groups.
Go to the Southern Poverty Law Center for more.

*Abiding Truth Ministries
Springfield, Mass.

*American Family Association

*Americans for Truth About Homosexuality

*American Vision

*Chalcedon Foundation
Vallecito, Calif.

Christian Anti-Defamation Commission
Vista, Calif.

Concerned Women for America
Washington, D.C.

Coral Ridge Ministries
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

*Dove World Outreach Center
Gainesville, Fla.

*Faithful Word Baptist Church
Tempe, Ariz.

*Family Research Council
Washington, D.C.

*Family Research Institute
Colorado Springs, Colo.

*Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment
Downers Grove, Ill.

*Illinois Family Institute
Carol Stream, Ill.

Liberty Counsel
Orlando, Fla.

*Mass Resistance

National Organization for Marriage
Princeton, N.J.

*Traditional Values Coalition
Anaheim, Calif.


Readers Comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for compiling that. You might like this, too:

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/im-looking-through-you-tsa-version

Anonymous said...

In the link I posted, there was a link to an article in The Nation that this is linked to the Tea Party which prepared in advance.




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Monday, November 22, 2010

At this rate pedophiles will stop going into the priesthood and join the TSA

"The Fourth Amendment (Amendment IV) to the United States Constitution is the part of the Bill of Rights which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures." Wikipedia

The TSA debacle still continues. The government and TSA are now trying to spin the security issue as protecting the public and a necessary evil. If this is the way it has to be to travel then the terrorists have won and we have lost. We no longer have the protection of the constitution against illegal search and seizure, due process be damned.

The truth is these scanners are big business and a lot of money for the sellers who were awarded their contracts under the Bush Administration. Whether or not they are safe is a matter of opinion. If they go out of order and over radiate someone will they tell you, I doubt it. This is business not safety, lets not kid ourselves. They are using intimidation to make people step into these machines. They want a compliant sheep to do what they say or else they will make it unpleasant.

The situation is such that if you refuse to be radiated you will have your gonads groped by someone untrained. In the case of a woman her breasts and genitalia. To add insult to injury the TSA agents use the same gloves on everybody unless you scream for them to change them. They will grope adults old and young, clean and dirty, a young child, girl or boy and never change their gloves. Possibly passing on an infection to an unsuspecting adult or child.

The TSA has a dismal record, they react instead of pro-act. For the most part they know that most of the people that they search are no threat but they treat everyone the same, guess it is being politically correct.

America it is time for common sense. A family from Iowa with two kids in tow and a baby is no threat. Ask a few questions, go through a metal detector, and be done with it. Stop pulling over 90 year old couples on a vacation to see their grand children. Stop feeling up little boys and girls. At this rate pedophiles will stop going into the priesthood and join the TSA. The TSA is making it legal for them to enjoy their sick perversions. To add insult to injury if you refuse to be groped they threaten you with arrest and prosecution. Don't they do that in China for crimes of conscience. Wake up America, this something worth fighting for.



Science and the Environment (something the Tea Party, evangelicals, and conservatives say does not exist) but they don't believe in evolution either, ha, ha, dumb fucks.







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Monday, November 15, 2010

When does our security trump our individual rights?

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.”
Honore de Balzac


In the name of security at airports the rights of Americans have been eroded to the point that you have virtually no rights. The attached link points out the ridiculousness of the system. I remember on one trip the TSA agents were pulling people out of line to randomly search and frisk them. They pulled out an old couple that appeared to be in their late seventies or early eighties. This, to be seen as, not profiling and treating everyone equally. That old couple posed no threat, it was stupid and absurd. Now they have back scatter radiation devices, Advanced Imaging Technology, to put you through. The government tells us it's safe. Who wants to bet it's safe? Bet their childrens' health? Is it safe for pregnant women, someone with cancer or an infant? I wouldn't bet on it. Remember the government approved Thalidomide only to be removed after causing birth defects. I would like to wait and see the results of these radiation scans over a twenty five year period. Government functionaries told the workers at the World Trade Center after 9/11 that the air was safe to breath, wrong, it wasn't and we see the sick and dying now as a result of the exposure to toxic air.

Would I subject an infant to the radiation of one of those machines? No. If you refuse the radiation exposure they will want to pat you down and check the genital areas of your body. Imagine refusing to have your family zapped, only to have to get patted down and felt up. It is humiliating for an adult but what parent will allow them to do it to their children. What they should do is profile and use the current metal scanning equipment. The attached blog has it all and is worth a look and asks an important question. When does our security trump our individual rights?

http://johnnyedge.blogspot.com/












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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It is "I" or "We" never the greater good of mankind or for all the people.

"We needed to have the press be our friend ... We wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported."
~Sharron Angle, during an interview with Fox News Channel's Carl Cameron, Aug. 2, 2010


The Right screams and rails and attacks but never proposes anything that is for the greater good. It is "I" or "We" never the greater good of mankind or for all the people. It is shorted sighted and selfish. Liberal progressive policies don't seek self aggrandizement but seek the greater good of all mankind.

Liberal progressive policies seek to improve the lives of all Americans not the privileged few. Their policies are designed to protect the many from the few, the greedy the powerful and the privileged, so that all Americans can enjoy the dream of America.

The power of the corporations seek to over ride the rights of all Americans. They are spending billions of dollars to brain wash the American public into voting against their own self interest. The corporate interests want to privatize social security and there by destroy the safety net for all Americans. They want to eliminate the Obama health reforms thereby improving the bottom line of the health insurance industry while depriving the American public of the health care that they deserve.

The powers that be want to deprive Americans of all the protections the constitution provides and create for themselves a slave society while they destroy the middle class.

Is the Tea Party in touch with reality? I don't think so. They are about protecting some perceived white man control of America. They have simplified the issues. They spout FOX NEWS sound bites but they have no real answers. Are the Democrats the way to go? Maybe not, but they are better they the alternative. The country is beginning to recover and it has been a long hard struggle. The Democrats didn't create the problems America faces, they inherited it and have worked damn hard to correct it. We need to give them a chance to get the job completed. If we turn the country over to the Conservatives regardless of what they call themselves it will be a giant step backwards and all Americans will be the worst for it.










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Friday, October 22, 2010

The Tea Party movement is all about defending white rights

The spirit of our American radicalism is destructive and aimless; it is not loving; it has no ulterior and divine ends; but is destructive only out of hatred and selfishness.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson



We all know about Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell but who are the rest of the Tea Party radical loonies running for office. Here are ten courtesy of Politico. It is finally the time of the crazies and they are being supported by the billionaire Koch brothers and big business. In a better economy they would be seen as they are, fringe nut cases who appeal to the baser instincts of people and their greatest fears. The Tea Party movement is all about defending white rights, and getting rid of anyone in the white house that would threaten their perceived white superiority and privilege. In truth they are throwbacks to the bad old days of the fifties, if you were not white you were a second class citizen in America. It was a white man's America and everyone knew his place, especially the Negro. So now we have lunatic fringe politicians running for office that history will judge to be extreme radical conservatives. The Tea Party will sell the country to the big corporations and they will work against their own self interest with the distorted view of winning back American for middle American white people. The myth that Obama is a socialist and will take away their rights is a canard perpetuated by a carefully crafted propaganda message supported by the stooges at Fox "white man" News and corporate, and right wing think tank supporters. A message designed to protect the rich, and powerful corporate interests. Who will it hurt, all working Americans and the middle class and especially minorities who the Tea Party sees as unworthy and unwelcome. So my friends here we are, the Tea Party folk who would join government together with big business to rule America. Opps, isn't that what Fascism is, "a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology. Fascists seek to organize a nation according to corporatist perspectives, values, and systems, including the political system and the economy."

"Joe Miller, Alaska Senate nominee

Miller is the Sarah Palin-backed candidate who flew under the radar until he surfaced to defeat Murkowski in late August. A Yale-educated lawyer who has never held political office, he had hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of TV advertising from the Tea Party Express, a California-based independent group led by a longtime Republican consultant. He faces Democratic nominee Scott McAdams, mayor of a small Alaska town — and in this Republican state, that makes him the favorite to win in November. Since Murkowski has decided to run a write-in campaign, however, the race will be scrambled.

Jesse Kelly, Arizona 8th District nominee

Jesse Kelly is a towering former Marine — he’s 6 feet, 8 inches tall — who is so conservative that he’s slammed Palin for endorsing candidates who are too moderate. He soundly beat state Sen. Jonathan Paton, the National Republican Congressional Committee’s preferred candidate, in the August primary and will face Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords this fall. Kelly is a competitive candidate, but Paton was a highly touted national recruit, and his defeat left many Republicans with diminished hopes that they can knock off Giffords.

Ken Buck, Colorado Senate nominee

In the primary, national Republicans backed Norton, not Buck, Weld County district attorney. Norton had early money and staff — and hammered Buck for his gaffes, giving special attention to his remark that Coloradans should back him because he “doesn’t wear high heels.” Buck won a narrow victory, and he’ll face Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in November. Polls show the race is extremely close.

Dan Maes, Colorado gubernatorial nominee

He called the Denver bike-sharing program a socialist plot organized by the U.N. — and the tea party loved it. Few expected Dan Maes, a long shot in Colorado’s Republican gubernatorial primary, to end up as the nominee, but a plagiarism scandal sank establishment favorite Scott McInnis and left Maes with the GOP nod. Maes’s win has all but handed a once competitive race to Democratic Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who has been airing cheerful ads as Maes and his now third-party challenger, former Rep. Tom Tancredo, attack each other.

Marco Rubio, Florida Senate nominee

At the outset of the campaign, few thought former state House Speaker Marco Rubio had a chance against Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, a prolific fundraiser who once rode high in the polls. But Rubio tapped into deep grass-roots conservative antipathy toward Crist; in April, the governor announced he was quitting the Republican Party to run as an independent. The move made it a three-way race between Crist, Rubio and the Democratic nominee, Rep. Kendrick Meek, with Rubio holding a slight lead in some polls.

Rick Scott, Florida gubernatorial nominee

ormer Rep. Bill McCollum was the soft-spoken attorney general and establishment favorite in line to become the Republican nominee for governor. Then health care executive Rick Scott, backed by personal millions, crashed in with the tea party and crushed McCollum in the primary. Scott’s win sets up a race with Democratic nominee Alex Sink, the state’s chief financial officer, who has a slight lead in recent polls.

Raul Labrador, Idaho 1st District nominee

State Rep. Raul Labrador has never really gotten along with the NRCC. First, the NRCC aggressively backed Marine Corps veteran and Palin favorite Vaughn Ward. After Labrador beat Ward in the primary, his relations with the GOP establishment remained cool: He’s still not in the top tier of the NRCC’s Young Guns program. Labrador doesn’t appear to have gained much traction against freshman Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick, who has received significant support from the business community, making the congressman the slight favorite even in this overwhelmingly Republican district.

Rand Paul, Kentucky Senate nominee

Rand Paul’s tea-party-backed upset victory in the GOP Senate primary was a repudiation of Washington’s highest-ranking elected Republican, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the state’s GOP godfather, who backed Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson. Paul, an ophthalmologist and son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, is in a close race with the Democratic nominee, state Attorney General Jack Conway, to replace retiring Republican Sen. Jim Bunning.

Sharron Angle, Nevada Senate nominee

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the quintessential Washington insider in a state hit unusually hard by the recession, was thought to be a dead man walking — until former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle emerged as the nominee. Angle took down establishment-backed Republican Sue Lowden, a former state senator and chairwoman of the state Republican Party. Polls show Angle and Reid neck and neck, but even that’s a remarkable accomplishment for Reid, who trailed Lowden by double digits in early polls.

Mike Lee, Utah Senate nominee

Sen. Bennett was the first casualty of the tea party: He didn’t even make the GOP primary ballot after businessman Tim Bridgewater drew the most support at the state party’s convention. Lee, who clerked for now-Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and was a lawyer for former Gov. Jon Huntsman, came in second at the convention but beat Bridgewater in the primary after they split tea party support. In solidly Republican Utah, Lee is almost certain to win in November."
Politico.com

A Wacky World and here are the wackos.

Guess Glenn Beck is getting his message out

An Asshole

Buying America

A man of little character





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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I guess the CIA would gladly admit that they committed assassinations

"There are two histories : official history, lying, and then secret history, where you find the real causes of events."
~Honore de Balzac

A reader comments below regarding Roland Haas.
"You said this: "While the government makes no comment or admits any knowledge of Haas' past relationship the book reveals an unknown world of assassinations."
I guess you missed where the CIA did actually comment on Haas after his death, something they rarely, if ever, do. See here: http://www.ajc.com/news/cia-assassin-or-great-599587.html I'll save you the trouble of looking it up. From the article: "'This individual was never a CIA employee,' said Paula Weiss, CIA spokeswoman. Specifically, the national intelligence agency said Haas wasn't a contractor, freelancer or hired in any capacity." Also, US Army Reserve Command, where Haas worked at Fort McPherson, did not take a position on Haas's book and stated that he wrote it on his personal time and was exercising his right of free speech. They tried to deflect all they could, because bringing more attention to the matter would have embarrassed them. It is sad that some folks have to live vicariously through a fantasy that someone else has dreamed up to fit a certain worldview. Haas knew exactly what to write while still alive--he never had to clear his book through the agency since he was never employed by them and he could always use the old, "Well of course they will deny they employed an assassin trick." Haas never figured that he would die within a few years of writing the book and that the agency actually would comment."
Anonymous,

I guess the CIA would gladly admit that they committed assassinations, yea right, no way. Unfortunately with Haas' death he can no longer defend his statements. But according to an unnamed source who worked for The Company he knew of Haas. While he did not confirm, he did not deny Haas' activities. An agency that is secret and cloaks it's activities would find Haas' book an embarrassment and since he was never officially on payroll they can arguably deny any knowledge; credible denial. As they said in Mission Impossible, "if you or any of your IM force is compromised the secretary will disavow any knowledge of you." I guess Haas has been disavowed.

FOX, weird shit, NEWS