Bezos "saves" Washington Post as Feinstein et al plan to obliterate indy journalism w new shield law; Plus: Linkdump on ancient site, HAARP, UFOs & lulz!
The root of the latest story: Sen. Feinstein During 'Shield' Law Debate: 'Real' Journalists Draw Salaries | Techdirt - Aug 8 2013
Great summary of the issue: Media Lens - All Journalism Is 'Advocacy Journalism'. Covers how being happy about Bezos is its own form of chummy advocacy journalism. Also Matt Taibbi: Hey, MSM: All Journalism is Advocacy Journalism | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone June 27 2013.
The Fear of moar Greenwalds and Snowdens runs deep with the Establishment this year. i.e. Hey, Washington Post: Print that forbidden NSA interview! - Salon.com
Feinstein is catching the heat on this, the GOP is right there too but for the moment its mostly snarky Republicans pouncing on the story. She already has been clear she hates journalists with her handling of Wikileaks etc - tons of summer 2012 stories on this. But the new round is just as bad. Check it:
Feinstein wants to limit who can be a journalist « Watchdog.org - These guys kinda do rightwing hatchet jobs but they have points here. Aug 12 2013. There is a
Dianne Feinstein targets press freedom - Salon.com Jul 2 2012. Glenn Greenwald! (also)
Federal Media Shield Law Should Extend to Unpaid Bloggers and Citizen Journalists | Larry Atkins - Aug 13 2013. Schumer says Wikileaks gets targeted like it should:
SEN SCHUMER: "The world has changed. We're very careful in this bill to distinguish journalists from those who shouldn't be protected, WikiLeaks and all those, and we've ensured that. But there are people who write and do real journalism, in different ways than we're used to. They should not be excluded from this bill."
» Feinstein: You’re Not a Real Journalist Unless You Draw a Salary Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind! - Aug 9 2013 - BAN INFOWARS they don't count as journalists!
For fack's sake - these days usually I do journalism for free -- in part because believe it or not the big organizations in the Twin Cities HARDLY EVER POST THE DAMN PDF FILES & PRIMARY SOURCES OF THE STUFF THEY REPORT ON. DANG IT!!
So many of the best journalists I know are anything but salaried - the radical publishers like Wikileaks and Cryptome.org, the livestreamers out there getting teargassed etc. In other words people connected to the real narratives of our time - and publishing about it. And so our responsible political figures are getting ready to nuke the whole concept of journalism because the full-timers with salary - the what, quarter of them that still exist compared to 20 years ago - are the only "real journalists." Bug off - journalism is publishing. It's research and God forbid sometimes it's also advocacy.
Honestly this is my favorite headline all week and really highlights the interesting verb "govern" : Kerry Says Internet "Makes it Much Harder to Govern" and "Organize" People - | Intellihub.com via:
"Well, folks," he said, "ever since the end of the Cold War, forces have been unleashed that were tamped down for centuries by dictators, and that was complicated further by this little thing called the internet and the ability of people everywhere to communicate instantaneously and to have more information coming at them in one day than most people can process in months or a year.
"It makes it much harder to govern, makes it much harder to organize people, much harder to find the common interest," said Kerry, "and that is complicated by a rise of sectarianism and religious extremism that is prepared to employ violent means to impose on other people a way of thinking and a way of living that is completely contrary to everything the United States of America has ever stood for. So we need to keep in mind what our goals are and how complicated this world is that we’re operating in."
For the Unofficial or OutLaw Journalists - those outside the Bezos Funded Bubble/Shield Law of Feinstein: I want to add Security in a Box - this is some stuff that can include necessary security for journalists as governments increasingly turn to surveillance to whack the civil service into compliance with the whims of political hacks... About Security in-a-box | Security In A Box and Quick Guide to Alternatives
These damn Lenco Bearcats are all over the counrty and always put on display in Minneapolis now: www.lencoarmor.com
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PERPETUAL EMERGENCY! One level of bureaucratic arcana I find interesting is the long running "perpetual national emergency" of the federal government that seemingly has been going since the "deeply weird" credit reorganization and specifically March 9th 1933. Just bumped into the 1973 Congressional report about finally terminating that national emergency, which of course never happens and nowadays Pres. Obama re-issues the emergency once a year with vague references to wars and things. 1973 doc here - rarely does the third paragraph of anything from Congress speak frankly about martial law! https://www.dropbox.com/s/jp0gow6krzhdvtb/Senate-Report-93-549.pdf
FED GOV CONPLAN 3501 DSCA: Here is the latest from July 2013 public version of US Defense Support of Civil Authorities. Just posted by PublicIntelligence.net: Joint Publication 3-28 Defense Support of Civil Authorities July 2013 | Public Intelligence. You definitely need to know about this to understand CONPLAN 3502 Civil Disturbance Operations which is the off-the-shelf modern martial law-style concept of operations plan for domestic crackdowns. Follow PI on Fedbook.
Just creepy: Defense Science Board Report: Unconventional Operational Concepts and the Homeland | Public Intelligence. Go away you people.
I don't really buy the idea that the Obama administration blew up that Texas fertilizer plant but there is some odd new Executive Order involving fertilizers that I'm sure will work out in Monsanto' interest anyway... Obama Signs Executive Order Signifying Previous Texas Plant Fertilizer Explosion Might Have Been Orchestrated - | Intellihub.com. The real EO is here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/01/executive-order-improving-chemical-facility-safety-and-security
Solar tariff mess in Spain: Spaniards rebel against solar panel levy | Reuters. Check this insanity out:
Spaniards who have generated power independently for their own homes under a system known as "autoconsumo" are among the hardest hit by policies which they say punish, rather than encourage, energy efficiency.
Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria accepts the measures are painful but says they are needed to plug the energy deficit.
"I support 'autoconsumo' ... but the power system has infrastructure, grids that the rest of us Spaniards who are in the system have to pay for. And we pay for it through our electricity bill," said Soria.
That is a pretty classic example of "why civilization is doomed, or at least feels that way" amirite??
Misc items today:
best misc headline: NRL Scientists Produce Densest Artificial Ionospheric Plasma Clouds Using HAARP - U.S. Naval Research Laboratory - http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/news-releases/2013/nrl-scientists-produce-... NRL Scientists Produce Densest Artificial Ionospheric Plasma Clouds Using HAARP - yes weather is experimented upon as a surface for tactics in the HAARP array. Any questions you skeptics? :D
World's oldest temple built to worship the dog star - space - 16 August 2013 - New Scientist - that headline not hedged enough of course - Aug 16. Awesome!
This solar flare thing was a joke!! Dammit Fetzer come on man: Edward Snowden: Solar-Flare ‘Killshot’ Cataclysm Imminent | Veterans Today
On the other hand this General James Mattis took a swipe at Israeli settlement as apartheid: Top American General Cites Israel as Unsustainable and Apartheid | Veterans Today
Israeli security contractor Magal lurking all over the place into who knows what: http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/israeli-firm-magal-helping-to-provide-security-at-us-prisons/49331#more-49331
This internet ISP guy Nicholas Merrill another one who has had long nights after being forcibly turned by the NSA into a honeypot I think : http://www.democracynow.org/2013/8/13/former_internet_provider_gagged_by_national
This is phenomenal and interactive: http://www.mindmeister.com/308518551/the-national-security-agency-operates-more-than-500-separate-signals-intelligence-platforms-employs-roughly-30-000-civilians-and-military-budget-10-billion - full story: What the NSA’s Massive Org Chart (Probably) Looks Like - Defense One
THE KLAN WOW: http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2013/08/13/anthony_s_karen_a_photojournalist_s_unrestricted_access_to_the_ku_klux_klan.html - see also links between KKK and Freemasonry - in these pics you see traces of similar thinking. The Scottish Rite and KKK - with all the ritualism both also reminds me a little of the Muslim Brotherhood as well - a complex subject not really well written about by anyone I've yet seen?
The Bearcat thing in NH: Police State Too Much? Send in a Marine! - YouTube
Good guy Einstein: Einstein's Circle of Compassion | Brainwash Update - YouTube - Congrats to Abby Martin for a totally decent show.