Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Fascism

Dr. Lawrence Britt, a political scientist, published research on fascism in which he examined the fascist regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each fascist State:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarceration of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists; terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military are glamorized.

5. Rampant sexism - The government of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are intertwined - Government in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation are often the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated, or are severely restricted.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassinations of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

Benito Mussolini - who knew something about fascism - had a more straightforward definition: “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”

Abraham Lincoln stated, “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me, and causes me to tremble for the safety of our country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people, until wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed.”

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Iraq war veteran and demolitions expert blows the cover on 9/11 inside job.

Meet Torin Wolf. He has a broad and varied background in the US Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom, building construction contractor, certified structural welder, certified asbestos and hazardous materials worker, experienced demolitions expert, teacher, radio show host, and well studied 9/11 truth activist.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

DOJ: We won't enforce a contempt citation, even if it passes the House.

The Justice Department sent a letter yesterday to the House Judiciary Committee that made the administration's position official: a U.S. attorney will not enforce a citation of contempt, should it pass the House.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Smart Frog

I found this picture the other day linked off of Digg. I dont know where the photo orginally came from as there was no picture credit listed, but it's so cool I thought I'd share.



I liked it so much and I wanted it as a wallpaper so I did a little Photoshop and presto made the wallpaper. The original image is justified all the way to the right and everything you see to the left is hand made in Photoshop by me. I didnt clone anything, except the water drops I made by hand. The branch could be a little better on the sharpness but it's pretty much where it needs to be. Enjoy!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Roid Rage

I have 3 eye drops that I have to use now after my eye surgery.
  • Vigamox (1 drop every 4 hours for 7 days)
  • Econopred (1 drop every 4 hours for 7 days)
  • Systane (1 drop every 2 to 4 hours for 3 days)
Vigamox is an antibiotic, pretty standard stuff. And the Systane is just a heavy duty lubricant to keep my eye from drying out.

The Econopred is a steroid though which is pretty funny. Everyone thinks I'm going to get this really muscular eyeball and start snapping out on a roid rage and Crippler Crossface everyone to death.

The suck thing is that they run down the back of my throat and taste awful and a co-worker was just talking to me and I opened my mouth and dribbled some in my mouth as I was moving the bottle away from my eye.

I just hope I dont get crazy Mark McGwire popeye arms.

Eye surgery pics

Okay so these arent actual shots of the surgery, but here ya go. Also these are from my cell phone, so pardon the quality.

This is me in the car right after the surgery. Just a little swelling. Kinda hard to open my eye but I could and already had limited vision thru it. I love my stylish eye guard and I have my nice black-out sunglasses lifted up.

Day 1 eye close up. This is about 4 or 5 hours after my surgery.


Another close-up. You can really see my sclera hickey in this one. To center your eye on the laser, they put a ring on your eye that grabs hold via suction and produces this nice hickey. The thing didnt hurt, but was very uncomfortable. It felt like the pressure would make your eye pop and it made your vision go black.

First night after surgery. My eye's looking pretty good. Today is now 3 days post-op and I still have a good eye hickey going on but nothing else is visible. You cant really even make out the little rings in my eye. No pain or irritation at all. My vision is not stable yet. It goes from super blurry to kinda blurry - although when it's "kinda blurry" it's better than I was. It will take a week or so for it to fully stabilize. I highly recommend someone trying this procedure it was super easy and my doctor (Dr. Farjo) is a total genius and one of the nicest guys I've ever met.

Oh and the reason I have my eye guard back on in this picture is because I have to wear it at night to sleep to keep from rubbing my eye for two weeks. It's not that bad, but the tape gets kinda itchy sometimes.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Eye Surgery

My eye surgery is now complete. I am the proud new owner of one eyeball full of Intacs. About an hour after the surgery I am already seeing a little better. It's still blurry but I can make out letters and shapes at a distance that I wouldnt have been able to before.

My vision will change (worsen and better) until I am fully healed (about a week or two), but on my one-day-post-op check-up I am already better on the eye chart and my doctor said I am even healing faster than what normally happens (I might be Wolverine, but that's not confirmed yet).

I can see now to read and drive, both limitedly and am getting better. Just trying to rest and relax and not strain my eye too much as focusing it changes its shape and stresses the healing factor.

I will post some more about the procedure and some pictures later on.

Are you angry yet?

The America I was born to is not the America I live in today. I just hope it's not beyond saving.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Gut feelings and history repeating

"Voice or no voice, the people can alway be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for a lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country."

Hermann Goering, Hitler's Reich Marshall at the Nuremberg Trials After WWII

Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff's Gut

Bob is a Fag

When I was little my mom would always take me to a doctor in a nearby town (Lima) and I remember being about 7 years old and driving under a train-overpass up there and seeing spray painted in big white letters "BOB IS A FAG". I didnt know what a fag was, but I was smart enough to surmise this wasnt a proclamation of something great or something that Bob would be proud of.

My mother skirted my questioning as to what it meant and it became just a big joke. Everytime we drove under it one of us would always comment, "Well Bob's still a fag". Even after I became aware of the meaning of the word, this was still funny. It's now some 20 years later and it's still there. No one has made the effort to remove it or cover it. Time has taken it's toll though and Bob is more of a "FIG" nowadays instead of a full blown "FAG". Sometimes I wonder if it said "NIGGER" how long it would have lasted up there.

At any rate, myself and few co-workers started talking about this today and they know of it too and we were all laughing that the word looks like "FIG" now. And one of them found this site:

GODHATESFIGS.COM (a paraody of a very hateful and disgusting website from the Westboro Baptist Church). I'd like to personally thank the guy who made the FIG version of the site as I got a lot of enjoyment out of it and it helped erase a small amount of the bile spewed forth into me from the other site.

Oh Lawd!

So I was checking out a website about movies and stuff and saw this poster art and link for the new Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Apparently they dont pay too close attention to their proofreading, which lead me to make the other image. Enjoy! :)



Thursday, July 12, 2007

Michael Moore on Countdown with Keith Olbermann

Fake firm gets nuclear license in U.S. govt sting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Undercover investigators, working for a fake firm, obtained a license to buy enough radioactive material to build a "dirty bomb," amid little scrutiny from federal regulators, according to a government report obtained on Wednesday.The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the license to the dummy company in just 28 days with only a cursory review, the Government Accountability Office said in a report to be released on Thursday.The GAO, which set up the sting, said the NRC approved the license after a couple of faxes and phones calls and then mailed it to the phony company's headquarters -- a drop box at a United Parcel Service location.

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Signing Statements Erode Constitutional Balance

Recently, the General Accounting Office studied nineteen instances where the president issued so-called "signing statements." In such statements, the president essentially begins the process of interpreting legislation – up to and including declaring provisions unconstitutional, hence often refusing to enforce them.The GAO study found that in nearly 1/3 of the cases studied, the administration failed to enforce the law as enacted. This approach is especially worrisome for several reasons.First, these signing statements tend to move authority from the legislative branch to the executive, upsetting our delicate system of checks and balances. Next, these statements grant the president power not given by the Constitution, allowing him to usurp powers of the judicial branch. Finally, the idea of agencies refusing to enforce the law as enacted sets precedent for the type of run away administrative actions our constitution was expressly enacted in order to avoid.Although these signing statements are at record high numbers, the problem is not with a single administration. Contrary to the claims of those who raise this issue for purely political purposes, the most significant challenge to liberty presented by these statements is that they can serve to further erode our constitutional republic.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Aliens


I was discussing the Alien movies with a co-worker and we were reveling in our mutual hatred for Paul Riser and in doing so I got to thinking of a question:

What Alien attack/weapon is your favorite?

A) Acid Blood
B) Main Mouth bite
C) Inner Mouth bite
D) Inner Mouth puncture
E) Claws
F) Tail whip
G) Tail stab
H) Headbutt
I) Dripping slippery goo puddle for people to slip and fall

Post your answer in the comments :)

I think I'm picking "F".

Bush Pardons Libby

I just cant muster up enough bile to spew about Bush pardoning Libby at this moment. It's not that I dont care, I just am too dumbfounded by this guy and his administration and too disappointed in the American public (myself included) for not doing more to stand up and take action.

So I will just post this picture, which is what I feel Bush has just done to all of us.