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October 30, 2011

Open Thread - Oct 30

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Posted by b on October 30, 2011 at 18:38 UTC | Permalink

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Al Qaeda Plants Its Flag in Libya

<http://www.vice.com/read/al-qaeda-plants-its-flag-in-libya>

"Earlier this week, I went to the Benghazi courthouse and confirmed the rumors: an al Qaeda flag was clearly visible; its Arabic script declaring that “there is no God but Allah” and a full moon underneath. When I tried to take pictures, a Salafi-looking guard, wearing a green camouflage outfit, rushed towards me and demanded to know what I was doing. My response was straightforward: I was taking a picture of the flag. He gave me an intimidating look and hissed, "Whomever speaks ill of this flag, we will cut off his tongue. I recommend that you don't publish these. You will bring trouble to yourself.”"

Posted by: david montoute | Oct 30 2011 20:10 utc | 1

David, I like the vibe of your blog, and that is an excellent article on Evo and the TIPNIS. Andean Capitalism.....you have to laugh....or cry...or both, maybe. Round and round we go. When it stops, and how it stops, nobody knows. All that populist struggle for Capitalism in Socialist cover. And people wonder why I'm wary of this Occupy thing. It's for this very reason.

Posted by: Morocco Bama | Oct 30 2011 21:22 utc | 2

The Ghaddafi photoshop is getting weird - the French insist on it

http://videos.tf1.fr/infos/la-mediasphere/photo-de-kadhafi-tout-s-est-joue-en-10-secondes-6796804.html

Now the photo they are talking about in the above video clearly is photoshopped!

http://snippits-and-slappits.blogspot.com/2011/10/dead-qaddafi-images-photoshopped.html

I am quite prepared to believe that Gaddafi went to Sirte for a last stand prefering that to suicide or the hard life in the desert, having decided that 69 is a good age to die, however, this guy Mansur Dao, who survived - survived! - in the same car and gives interviews from captivity, actually returned from Niger to be with him
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8746033/Muammar-Gaddafis-security-chief-arrives-in-Niger-capital.html

http://www.teinteresa.es/mundo/Mansur-regreso-Niger-regimen-Gadafi_0_576544425.html

The videos clearly have been altered, too, that's natural, but why insist on a crude photoshop?

Plus, there is this video of the captured Mansur Dao, which looks very natural and seemingly did not get any treatment, but why is there a guy quietly filming all this? And is the discussion really about killing him whilst being filmed? And who are the dead at min 0.33 (right side)?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1UwufwlFao

plus, Mansur Dao still seems to be in politics, no English translation here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q_spFfCfEg

Do Libyans really think they have a chance to get Ghaddafis out of the news, ever?


Posted by: somebody | Oct 30 2011 21:24 utc | 3

By the way, for those who are interested, we viewed an excellent movie last night. Perhaps some of you have heard of it? It's a Swedish film entitled The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo.

Here's a link:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1132620/

It renders some interesting insight into some dysfunctional cultural undercurrents in Swedish Society, amongst other things.

Posted by: Morocco Bama | Oct 30 2011 21:41 utc | 4

Read all 3 "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" books last year and indeed the Swedish movie was very cool (David Fincher making an American version thats out in December that looks equally good trailer online).

As for the links:

- In a closed door meeting with security officials Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah said "Any war Israel decides to wage in the future (against Lebanon) will center on Tel Aviv" also adressed other things like US-Iran chances for war, Syria, and a recent breach by Mossad into its ranks.

http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/nasrallah-tel-aviv-will-be-first-target-future-war

- BBC Documentary last week (aired only in UK) very interesting but biased about Pakistani helping the Taliban speaks to alot of US experts, US Generals, Taliban commanders, and ISI officials (broken into 6 10 minute parts).

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YFbnpyiceY
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDuJJ5T5bTY
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-Hqx1T8zC0
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuVON8uSkYs
Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMndWdiyf2k
Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghQeJ_-5UNM


Posted by: Colm O' Toole | Oct 30 2011 22:35 utc | 5

@Morocco Bama. Thanks for the compliment. The last word has yet to be written on the TIPNIS story. The world at large seems to think it's been resolved, but much of the local press, as well as friends of mine who work in the Bolivian government, say that the TIPNIS communities have only achieved a temporary respite. Similar conflicts are pending in Peru too, which also has a "progressive" left-ish government which is nevertheless committed to a big developmentalist strategy and the opening up of the Amazon.

As for the AlQaeda flag story, it's impressive to watch the lengths NTC sympathisers will go to deny that this is, in fact, an AlQaeda flag. But a quick Google Images search settles the question quite easily. Since MI6 has been working with these networks against the Gaddafi regime since at least the mid 1990s, i'm not sure how this flag incident can come as such a surprise. I guess that Western arabophile "revolutionaries" only see what they want to see.

Posted by: david montoute | Oct 31 2011 1:31 utc | 6

Regular Open Threads are a brilliant way to divert off-topic comments to a thread where it's impossible to make an off-topic remark.
It's very Edward de Bono-ish.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Oct 31 2011 3:41 utc | 7

MB @ 4.
I've only seen one Dragon Tattoo movie and it's hard to ignore its mind-f**king aspects (which is quite OK in a fictional film).
Toward the end the hero climbs the stairs of a light house and, halfway up, discovers a room about 10 times bigger than could be concealed within the upper walls of a light house.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Oct 31 2011 4:30 utc | 8

Re corporate psychopathy...

Qantas has just deep-sixed its reputation by grounding every plane its fleet without notice - thereby 'punishing' tens of thousands of customers, and indirectly inconveniencing hundreds of thousands more people and organisations, to teach the unions with which it is squabbling - a lesson.

... another example of right-wing-ish "It seemed like a good idea at the time" thinking.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Oct 31 2011 7:55 utc | 9

@ Hoarsewhisperer, that Qantas affair. According to British newsmedia (bbc, guardian), they've been forced to resume flying and resume negotiations with the unions. But those reports are quite pro Qantas. Can you clarify the whole story a little ?

Posted by: Philippe | Oct 31 2011 8:46 utc | 10

In quiet Japan plans are being clarified for the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi nuke plant. The whole operation will take 30~40years at an cost of estimated the cost of about 1.15 trillion yen. That doesn't account for the cleaning up & decontamination of the surrounding area…
And, btw, none of the nuclear plants in Japan are currently producing electricity. The country has survived the summer without black-outs or anything.

Posted by: Philippe | Oct 31 2011 8:57 utc | 11

Looks like Congress has declared war on the internet

clamp down


Long time coming, but most MOA's know that this has been in the works for a while, can't let the people have the tools to use against the system! And what is not mentioned in the article above is that they now have the technology/software to isolate individual connections so that anything you post is seen from your end (as if you posted the said posting, and it's available to everyone) but not seen in the wild. In other words, you see it, and assume others see it too (the public). But it's not seen in public, only on your machine and a few others. Minimized isolation. Think About that...

Also see, People & Power - The Koch Brothers

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Oct 31 2011 12:30 utc | 12

Remember kids, this is not ignorance, this is malice, they know exactly what they are doing, (it benefits them, the police, and everyone in authority) though they want you to think it's mere ignorance from congressmen...

All they have to do now that it's set in motion is mention two events of terrorism, or pedophilia and then catapult the propagenda... It's a high dollar science (read psyop) with your money paying for it. We pay for our own slavery.

It's not as simple as Back When The Senate Tried To Ban Dial Telephones, even then, there were circles of small secrets communities whom knew what these things mean. In that the people will talk and truth will out.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Oct 31 2011 12:44 utc | 13

Philippe @ 12.
Briefly and approximately, Qantas was the Oz Govt-owned International-only airline. It was privatised circa 2000 and sought to expand its brief to carrying fare playing interstate passengers within Oz in a limited way (we have to fly from Melb to Brisbane via Sydney to collect our passengers for a flight to NZ so we'll sell tickets to anyone wanting to fly one or both interstate legs).

After privatisation they began seeking to reduce o'heads by out-sourcing a wide range of jobs including servicing and flight crew to lower wage countries. They've also started up a low-cost international competitor to Virgin - Jetstar (both Virgin and Jetstar can now carry interstate passengers on mainstream domestic routes).
Qantas also has a large minority stake in a low-cost Asian airline and is attempting to 'unify' this operation with bits of the Oz operations - with respect to 'flexibility' of staffing.

These relatively rapid changes have spooked the (unionised) employees of the "Proudly Australian" airline and its offshoots and for more than 12 months there have been a series of 'work-to-rules' campaigns, by elements in the work-force, over incremental wage claims and union desires for a clear statement of policy intentions from Qantas to its employees. The w-t-r campaigns cause minimal disruption but tend to inhibit day to day operational flexibility.
On Saturday Qantas spat the dummy, on the grounds of union intractability, and shut down their entire operation, grounding every aircraft and locking out all its employees. Shock 'n' Awe?

The pundits are divided over whether this was sensible. The CEO assures us that he's received nothing but fulsome praise from the corporate world and Qantas shares were the ONLY stock to rise in value on the stock exchange today. The stranded passengers are saying they "won't forget" what Qantas did to them.

PS I don't follow the fortunes of airlines and haven't flown in a commercial plane for 20 years or so. The above will almost certainly contain inaccuracies. It's a hot topic and if I see a good summary in the media I'll post a link.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Oct 31 2011 13:32 utc | 14

Apologies Philippe,
On second thoughts I've got better things to do than leaf thru news reports looking for a 'good' one.
If you're vitally interested you could try the following Oz papers in about 6 hours time.

TheAge
SyneyMorningHerald
CourierMail
HeraldSun
AdelaideAdvertiser
TheAustralian
(All .com.au)

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Oct 31 2011 13:54 utc | 15

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film contains graphic, sadistic, sexist violence which characterizes so much of our ‘entertainment’, but the good news for me was that [spoiler alert] the 'good guys' win in the end, and you don’t have to wait until the end for the payback to start.

Posted by: Watson | Oct 31 2011 14:11 utc | 16

@16, yes, it's graphic, but it's by no means gratuitous. Colm, I saw where they are making an "American" version, and I've seen the previews, but I have to scratch my head, or shake it. I know why, and it's a sad statement. It's a great story, but many in the U.S. will never know it because they're too lazy to watch films with subtitles. I prefer foreign films to "American" films, with some exceptions, but few. Many "American" films these days are so over the top, they're simply not credible, even with artistic license granted in spades. From the previews of the "American" version of this, it looks like they took it over the top as compared to the Swedish version, but I could be wrong.

Speaking of Swedish Cinema, another great film out of Sweden was Let The Right One In. Best vampire film ever, in my opinion.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1139797/

Posted by: Morocco Bama | Oct 31 2011 14:51 utc | 17

Uncle $cam @ 12.
OK. I've thought about it.
Several years ago a person claiming to manage an Oz website with a comment facility, mentioned that one of the resources available to her was the ability to 'bozo' unwelcome commenters.
She explained bozo-ing as the ability to make unwelcome comments visible only to the originating person/computer. Apart from thinking banning would be simpler and foolproof, and doubting that the cost of achieving such a trivial alternative to banning could be justified, I accepted what she said as true.
The news you're relaying suggests that it was.

However, after learning about bozo-ing I occasionally checked the occasional "iffy" comments I'd made on the www on someone else's computer to see if I was being bozo-ed (I wasn't). As far as I can see, this new variation on bozo-ing can't remain undetected once suspicions are aroused.
So I doubt that the story has any foundation in fact.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Oct 31 2011 16:34 utc | 18

Further to # 18.
Any form of mass-spying suffers from the same problem as the fabled Echelon - too much trash accumulating too quickly to intelligently sort the gems from the junk.
On the other hand, I don't doubt that govt/intel spooks have already got every individual computer they're interested in set up to spill its guts on demand.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Oct 31 2011 16:56 utc | 19

On Quantas:

When the airline was privatized there were certain conditions bound to it, like not selling it offshore and keeping to Australian rules/workforce.

The idea the new Quantas management then developed was to ruin Quantas to later through it back onto the government while making lots of money.

That's why the holding founded Jetstar which runs outside the rules put on Quantas and forces Quantas to subsidize it. Over time Quantas will be squeezed out and then a profitable Jetstar will be split off into another company and sold while the dead Quantas corps goes back to the taxpayer.

That is the short story.

Details are in this PPRUNE comment.

Posted by: b | Oct 31 2011 17:08 utc | 20

Airstrike on Somali civilian camp kills 5, wounds 45-MSF


* Kenyan troops entered Somalia 16 days ago
* Jets have struck port city of Kismayu too
* Somali PM in Nairobi for talks on offensive (Adds Somali government, U.N. comment)

By David Clarke

NAIROBI, Oct 31 (Reuters) - An airstrike on Sunday in Somalia killed five people and wounded 45, mostly women and children, in a camp for people displaced by drought and violence, aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said.

Kenya's military spokesman confirmed on Sunday its jets struck the town of Jilib, where the camp is located, saying 10 al Shabaab insurgents had been killed. He dismissed reports of any civilian casualties as propaganda from al Shabaab, an insurgent group linked to al Qaeda.

Somalia's Defence Minister Hussein Arab Isse also denied the airstrike had hit a civilian camp. He told Reuters the target in Jilib was a convey of al Shabaab vehicles heading towards Kenya and dozens had been killed.

"I can confirm five dead and 45 wounded," said Gautam Chatterjee, Head of Mission for MSF Holland in Somalia. He said three children, one man and one woman had been killed.

"In our hospital in Marare, we received 31 children, nine women and five men. All of them of with shrapnel injuries."

Not sure the jets were Kenian, might have been France or the U.S.

The Kenian troops seem to be bogged down in their invasion for now.

The African Union troops from Uganda and Burundi now in Mogadishu are also in trouble: Uganda: UPDF Suffers Heavy Losses in Somalia

Kampala — Two al-Shabaab suicide bombers yesterday blew themselves up at an Amisom base in Mogadishu and conflicting accounts indicate anywhere between 3 and 80 Ugandan soldiers were killed.

Burundi anxious over 51 dead soldiers in Somalia

Posted by: b | Oct 31 2011 17:44 utc | 21

@ 20.
The link is reluctant to fire up but the theory harmonises quite smoothly with unfolding events and perceptions.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Oct 31 2011 18:38 utc | 22

@ Hoarsewhisperer comment 14, 15 - thanks anyway, I got more or less the idea of the modus operandi in this. Weeding out the unions & hollowing out the company to resurect it.

Posted by: philippe | Oct 31 2011 23:07 utc | 23

Mr. Fish on Obama's insensitivity towards civilian deaths:

http://www.truthdig.com/cartoon/item/white_guys_20111031/

Posted by: Cynthia | Nov 1 2011 0:36 utc | 24

UNESCO vote: Great video of US State Department flack getting grilled:

Link

Posted by: Biklett | Nov 1 2011 6:44 utc | 25

The Greeks aren't happy with the Germans.....again. This photo sums it up rather succinctly:

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0ets1Ufb5N6bk/x610.jpg

Posted by: Morocco Bama | Nov 1 2011 13:05 utc | 26

Im sure I'm not the only person who's noticed that Greek PM Papandreou has outraged the Euro-trash and their bankster ex-friends by having the temerity to conduct a referendum on the fact-free bailout.

A financial pundit on the TV news put it nicely when he asked:
"How dare he ask the people what they want!?"

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Nov 1 2011 15:58 utc | 27

There seems to be a bit of bailout brinkmanship going on behind the scenes. I'm inclined to believe the pundits who were saying, 10 days ago, that a workable bailout won't be possible without a big contribution from China. The other side of the coin of Chinese reluctance to help is that China really can't afford to let Europe go broke.
Given Euro-trash reluctance to lick Chines boots, this looks like degenerating into a "who blinks first" situation.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Nov 1 2011 16:21 utc | 28

Papandreou is between a rock and a hard place.

He can no longer enforce Euro core ‘finance’ measures/deals without facing revolution, chaos, bloodshed.

He can’t refuse on his own, or with Parliament, etc.

So a referendum buys time (? maybe) and if YES he can go ahead, won’t happen, if NO, he can claim democratic legitimacy.

However, a referendum takes a long time to organize, what happens until then? Will the bond holders, creditors, and others accept some hair cut, 50% or whatever, knowing that some vote will, what? annul the deal? put it on hold? cancel it after the fact? Not acceptable.

This means all deals are off, cards up in the air, a spanner is thrown into the works, and Greece will default. As it should have done, long, long ago, before digging itself deeper in.

Star-kozy is outraged!

From SF GATE:

The first recorded default in Greek history occurred in the fourth century B.C., when 13 Greek city states borrowed funds from the Temple of Delos. Most of the borrowers never made good on the loans and the temple took an 80% loss on its principal. (..)

Greece has defaulted on its external sovereign debt obligations at least five previous times in the modern era (1826, 1843, 1860, 1894 and 1932).

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/09/26/investopedia61478.DTL#ixzz1cTRegbCU

Posted by: Noirette | Nov 1 2011 17:07 utc | 29

Who is Zuccotti?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hBIP5ytCIY

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/culture/2011/10/3895592/bloomberg-says-theres-no-daylight-between-city-and-brookfield-touts-

hmmmm.....it appears he's a 1%er.....and yet he doesn't have an issue with this Occupy thing and its taking place in his park. Either he knows it's not a threat to him, or he's just a Good Samaritan. I'm going with the former, and if that's the case, how can he be so confidant....unless....

Breaking with my Hasbara tradition, it appears his wife has written several books about the Holocaust. Oh my.....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Zuccotti

Posted by: Morocco Bama | Nov 1 2011 17:34 utc | 30

@29, if the vote is no and binding, and Greece defaults, expect Papandreou's life to be endanger. The Plutocrats won't take this lightly. They may make it look like an assassination by a Commoner, but it will most assuredly be "them" behind it.

Posted by: Morocco Bama | Nov 1 2011 17:38 utc | 31

It's starting to get very interesting. I wouldn't put the fasten seat belt sign on just yet, but at least be moving your finger toward the switch.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/8863728/Greek-military-leadership-changes-spark-opposition-outcry.html

In a surprise development, Panos Beglitis, Defence Minister, a close confidante of Mr Papandreou, summoned the chiefs of the army, navy and air-force and announced that they were being replaced by other senior officers.

Neither the minister nor any government spokesman offered an explanation for the sudden, sweeping changes, which were scheduled to be considered on November 7 as part of a regular annual review of military leadership retirements and promotions. Usually the annual changes do not affect the entire leadership.

Posted by: Morocco Bama | Nov 2 2011 1:08 utc | 32

Fukushima: TEPCO: New criticality seen at No.2 reactor

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant says the No.2 reactor may have recently gone critical.

Tokyo Electric Power Company said on Wednesday its latest findings suggest that the state of criticality may have continued temporarily.

TEPCO detected radioactive substances, xenon-133 and xenon-135, in gas taken from the reactor's containment vessel on Tuesday. Both materials are produced during nuclear fission and have a short half-life of 5 days and 9 hours respectively.
...
After detecting the xenon, TEPCO poured a boric acid solution into the No.2 reactor to suppress nuclear fission. It said temperature and pressure in the reactor are basically unchanged.


Nothing to see here, please go back to sleep...

Posted by: b | Nov 2 2011 9:00 utc | 33

Morocco Bama,

Greece is to become the model for the new world order. Perpetual indentured servitude. So much debt you can never pay it off, you live like a pauper and can barely keep up on the interest payments. Holes up and down each arm, being bled as quickly as possible. Peak interest bloodflow.

But the beasts always hunger for more, after the Greeks are subdued they'll turn to the next country and force them to prostrate themselves. Thank goodness Iceland is an out-of-the-way island that most people don't pay attention to. Sovereign default is no longer tolerated.

Posted by: Cynthia | Nov 2 2011 14:36 utc | 34

Cynthia, yeah, I find it hard to believe the Plutocrats will let the Greeks default without an unbelievable amount of bloodshed. The people of Greece have shown they will lay it on the line when it comes crunch time, so we will see when this thing really gets ratcheted up. It looks like a Military Coup is in the works, and if that's the case, I'm not hopeful for the people of Greece. The military, as history has shown, will do the the bidding of the Plutocracy and ultimately make the Commoners take in the pants in perpetuity for the debt.

Posted by: Morocco Bama | Nov 2 2011 15:50 utc | 35

It's always good to have back-up when the Plebians get out of line. The EU was thinking ahead.....and now we're there.

http://www.golemxiv.co.uk/2011/10/foreign-riot-police-now-operating-in-greece/

Did you know that the EU has its own riot police that can operate in any European country but is answerable directly to none of them? No I didn’t either.

They are called the European Gendarmerie Force (Eurogendfor) . They are based in Italy but funded and staffed by six signatory nations who are France, Italy, Holland, Spain, Portugal and Romania. However, according to the Treaty which established Eurogendfor they can operate in any EU country and are available to others who invite them to do so. The country which invites them in is refered to as the ‘Host’.

The Gendarmerie are specifically set up to deal with riots and civil unrest and as the treaty spells out they are to be....

....The force is 3000 strong based in Italy composed of two rapid deployment brigades. Since Greece is not a member of Eurogendfor few if any of its troops/officers(?) will speak Greek. Yet they may now be operating in Greece. I have checked with friends in Athens and they tell me it is true.

Well, at least it's not Gladio, although I'm sure something similar is operating there, as well.

Posted by: Morocco Bama | Nov 2 2011 16:04 utc | 36

It seems to me, Morocco Bama, that Greece is making plans to replace its military with a militarized police force that's specifically trained to terrorize and brutalize anti-austerity protesters:

http://www.athensnews.gr/portal/8/49916

Thanks to the birth of Homeland Security, coupled with the extension of the Patriot Act, police departments across America have already become highly militarized. So our well-trained police thugs will have no trouble terrorizing and brutalizing massive crowds of anti-austerity protesters when they start flooding the streets, as well as the internet.

You can already see glimmers of this happening to OWS protesters throughout the US. More evidence that the Patriot Act has deliberately been extended in order to make it easier for our country to collapse into a police state.

Posted by: Cynthia | Nov 2 2011 16:36 utc | 37

This one was good for a laugh:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-K7Vp1L2TJQ8/TrEKDAgCMpI/AAAAAAAAAxw/Am2pYVoErUc/s1600/02_11_11-Steve-Bell-on-Gr-006.jpg

Posted by: Morocco Bama | Nov 2 2011 17:40 utc | 38

could Papandreu be "the One"? his call for a referendum is fuel on the bonfire (not only in Greece - it legitimizes protests all around the globe), and his military appointments seem to aim at preventing a coup, rather than organizing it

(just can't help hoping)

Posted by: claudio | Nov 2 2011 20:24 utc | 39

Papandreu is just a sleazy politician that tries to cover his ass when it's already on fire by doubling a bet he already lost. The last thing that on his mind is what the Greeks want or what would be their best interest. To late on the game to even a passing chance of that being on his mind.

The best outcome out of this would be if the EU plays on his bluff and drops dead Greece immediately and there is a default by next week.

Posted by: ThePaper | Nov 2 2011 21:18 utc | 40

One has to wonder just how much sh*t lies buried around…
Radium suspected in second Setagaya Ward hot spot. Radioactive hotspot have been appear regularly over the past 2 months in the Tokyo area; people being slightly paranoid have started checking for higher levels of radioactivity since the Fukushima Daiichi blow-up. Turns out, most of the hotspots found in the Tokyo area are actually the result of someone carelessly storing or throwing away rubbish.

Posted by: Philippe | Nov 3 2011 7:38 utc | 41

A very nice small film about Afghan people.

And a good analysis by M K Bhadrakumar on the Istanbul conference about Afghanistan. The U.S. again overreached and had its ass kicked: US's post-2014 Afghan agenda falters

Posted by: b | Nov 3 2011 18:42 utc | 42

Dear Comcast Customer:

On Wednesday, November 9 at 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the nation's first ever Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. The purpose of this test is to help determine if the national-level system will work as designed, should officials ever need to send a national alert.

This test will last approximately three minutes and will be seen on all local, cable, and satellite TV stations across the country, as well as radio.

Hmmmm...........

Posted by: Morocco Bama | Nov 3 2011 21:26 utc | 43

What a sweet, happy couple with such promising careers. Who says there are no jobs. Norman Rockwell couldn't have painted a more "American" picture.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-03/cyber-macgyvers-trade-hacking-expertise-for-u-s-scholarships.html

Jordan Jueckstock and his wife Jessica applied to the University of Tulsa’s Cyber Corps Program after receiving an e-mail from a professor with the subject line “Do you want to be a MacGyver?”

References to the TV secret agent aside, the Jueckstocks got full scholarships and a stipend to attend the two-year master’s program, paid by the U.S. government. In return, the former software developers, both in their mid-20s, must work for a federal agency for at least two years after graduation.

The U.S. is beefing up its cybersecurity as more and more sensitive data -- from medical records to power grids -- go online, becoming vulnerable to attacks and viruses. By offering scholarships, the government aims to win the tug of war with private contractors, Silicon Valley and Wall Street for the small pool of qualified computer-security specialists. The recruitment strategy has been successfully applied to get more doctors and military officers into government service.

“If we can get these students to stay for two to five years, that’s a win,” Mischel Kwon, former director of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, said in a phone interview. She now runs the Cyber Defense Lab at George Washington University.

The government is proposing to increase the budget for its Scholarship for Service program by 67 percent to $25 million next year, according to the National Science Foundation, which administers the program. Since the program began in 2001, about 1,500 graduates have joined 140 federal agencies, including the National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

I would say that Jordan and his wife are now part of the 1%.......so we can bring some further clarity to that term.

Posted by: Morocco Bama | Nov 4 2011 12:50 utc | 44


‎"So revolutions broke out in city after city... What used to be described as a thoughtless act of aggression was now regarded as the courage one would expect to find in a party member; to think of the future and wait was merely another way of saying one was a coward; any idea of moderation was just an attempt to disguise one's unmanly character; ability to understand a question from all sides mea...nt that one was totally unfitted for action. Fanatical enthusiasm was the mark of a real man, and to plot against an enemy behind his back was perfectly legitimate self-defense. Anyone who held violent opinions could always be trusted, and anyone who objected to them became a suspect." ~Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War, trans. Rex Warner.

"Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was." ~Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime.

Posted by: Monolycus | Nov 5 2011 4:35 utc | 45

IEEE Spectrum - 24 Hours at Fukushima - A blow-by-blow account of the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl

close study of the disaster's first 24 hours, before the cascade of failures carried reactor 1 beyond any hope of salvation, reveals clear inflection points where minor differences would have prevented events from spiraling out of control. Some of these are astonishingly simple: If the emergency generators had been installed on upper floors rather than in basements, for example, the disaster would have stopped before it began. And if workers had been able to vent gases in reactor 1 sooner, the rest of the plant's destruction might well have been averted.

The world's three major nuclear accidents had very different causes, but they have one important thing in common: In each case, the company or government agency in charge withheld critical information from the public. And in the absence of information, the panicked public began to associate all nuclear power with horror and radiation nightmares. The owner of the Fukushima plant, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), has only made the situation worse by presenting the Japanese and global public with obfuscations instead of a clear-eyed accounting.

Posted by: b | Nov 6 2011 9:34 utc | 46

Swarming video

Posted by: b | Nov 6 2011 16:25 utc | 47

Is this thing on?

Posted by: Monolycus | Nov 8 2011 23:19 utc | 48

Accidently discovered MOA again. Simply overjoyed :)

Trying to post, get a comment posted message/display, but no actual post ?

Any ideas ...

PS so very happy to see b, R'Giap, Annie, DoS et al :)

Posted by: Outraged | Nov 10 2011 13:14 utc | 49

Hi Outraged, happy to see you back!

Trying to post, get a comment posted message/display, but no actual post ?

There is a little bug: If you post a comment with a link the spam software ask you to fill out a code. If the comment you want to post is long, that code request is under the comment and on a small screen not visible. Scroll down after you hit "post" and fill out the code field.

Posted by: b | Nov 10 2011 15:29 utc | 50

More insurgent labels to come...

Congratulations Occupy Wall Street. You're Officially Making Companies Scared

The CME Group, which runs the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, is out with its 10-Q filing and the Occupy Wall Street movement is included in the report. [Footnoted via Dealbook]
It appears the Occupy Wall Street movement has garnered enough attention to be considered a new "risk factor" for the company, according to the regulatory filing.


Random thought, anybody remember the e-mail sent to fortune 500 CEO's pre 911, telling them not to fly that day?

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Nov 11 2011 0:13 utc | 51

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