Archive for October 19th, 2003

Technology Takes On Big Brother

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from
Wired News

Here’s a story that inspires faith in technology.
The ultimate concept is that when EVERYONE has a cell phone with a built
in camera, all sorts of evil abuse and illegal activites will be exposed.
Rodney King Redux.

"RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan)
is part of a modern generation of activists around the world who are
relying on new technologies — from hidden cameras
to satellite communication — to collect evidence of wrongdoing, promote
their causes or simply provide an alternative voice to the mainstream
press."

The article goes on to describe cases in Argentina, Iraq
and "indigenous peoples around the world" in which technology is aiding
activism.

Big Brother Ramps Up to Challenge

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from
Wired News

NEW ORLEANS — Spooks, suits, generals and
geeks gathered here this week to discuss a common goal: an all-seeing,
omnipresent set of eyes in the sky to keep an unblinking view of the
entire world at once.

"We need to know something about everything all
the time," Stephen Cambone, undersecretary of defense for intelligence,
told the gathering of nearly 1,400 at the Geo-Intel 2003 conference
here at the French Quarter’s edge. "We need an illuminator, throwing
into relief all the pictures and activities on the Earth’s surface.
And then we need to be able to switch on the spotlight, or alert other
systems, to dive deep."

Similar to my problem with the concept of armed struggle against
the people who have all of the arms.

Don’t Try This at Home

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Illusionist David Blaine is assisted as he leaves his perspex box after
44 days.

 

As any serious student of the Mystic Arts knows,
fasting for 44 days is no big deal, given the right physical and mental
preparation. But there is a cost to reaching that far into bio-psychic
reserves of a human being, and if his motives are no more transcendant
than getting attention and making money, then he is headed for a day
of terrible reckoning. On the other hand, he IS a professional illusionist….

US magician David Blaine was whisked to hospital late yesterday after
ending a 44-day fast during which he was suspended above London’s River
Thames in a glass box.

During his fast he was subjected to intense
public scrutiny, intermittent ridicule and – experts warn – possibly
permanent damage to his health.

The small transparent container next to Tower Bridge was lowered to the
ground shortly before 10pm local time (0700 Am EST) and a thin, weak and
bearded Blaine – who had access to water but no food during his high-profile
ordeal – walked out with tears in his eyes to thunderous applause from
a crowd of several thousand.

"I learnt how strong we all are as human beings," Blaine said
after leaving the box which had been his home since September 5.

"Most importantly I learnt to appreciate all the simple things in
life such as the smile from a stranger, and the sunshine and the sunset."

from
smh.com Australia

Ex-Hippy, Eaten by Bear, Live on Tape

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Timothy Treadwell photographed this bear on an Alaskan trip. He had lived
among the Alaskan bears every summer for the last 13 years. A bush pilot
discovered
the bodies of Treadwell and his girlfriend at their campsite on Monday. (Timothy
Treadwell photo)

Timothy Treadwell was a typical aimless New York wastrel of my generation
who ended up in California surfing and doing drugs, until a Speedball
overdose in the late 80’s sent him to Alaska to try to get all the
shit out of his system.

Not even he suspected the spiritual affinity to the great brown bears
(there are 30-40 thousand of them in Alaska) that turned him into a modern
day Grizzly Adams.

 

Actually he was more like a bear version
of John Lilly, who lived with dolphins in the 70’s. Treadwell camped,
played, ate and slept with the
powerful, up to 500 lb creatures who can kill a person instantly with
one swat of one enormous paw.

Of course, academic and professional conservationists bristled at his
"unscientific" approach to bear preservation.  They felt
the animals merely tolerated his presence, and he contributed little
to the
body of knowledge about them. And they warned he was unrealistic about
the danger he was in.  Turns out they had a point.

"He was out there for 13 years, and it was probably a combination
of skill and luck, and the luck ran out," said Louisa Willcox, a
friend of Treadwell’s and director of the Wild Bears Project for the
Natural Resources Defense Council.

This past Sunday, Treadwell and his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, 37, were
mauled to death by an old male bear outside their tent in Katmai National
Park in Alaska.

Now a horrific audiotape has surfaced with a live recording of Treadwell
providing lunch for one of his ursarian buddies. A video camera was found
at the campsite. The attack was recorded on the last three minutes of the
tape, but there is only audio. Investigators
believe that Huguenard was inside the tent when Treadwell ran into the
bear, and that for some reason he may have been wearing a voice-activated
microphone.

According to Alaska state troopers, the tape begins with Treadwell screaming
that he is being attacked. "Come out here; I’m being killed out here," Treadwell
said.

"Play dead!" Huguenard yelled in reply. She then urged him to "fight
back."

He asks her to get a pan and to come hit the bear. And then the tape ends.

from The
Los Angeles Times

Satan Thinks Differently

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Hypnotically
encased iMacs trick unsuspecting computer users into accepting Darwinism

When I first came across several posts about this article,
I was sure it was a spoof.  But when I actually visited the site, "Objective:
Christian Ministries" I found how wrong I was. This site has to be seen
to be believed. All this time I was an unwitting tool of Godless Communism!
 Who knew?

However, these propagandists aren’t just targeting the young.
Take for example Apple
Computers,
makers
of the
popular
Macintosh
line
of computers. The real operating system hiding under the newest version
of the Macintosh operating system (MacOS X) is called… Darwin!

That’s right, new Macs are based on Darwinism!
While they currently don’t advertise this fact to consumers, it is well
known among the computer elite, who are mostly Atheists and Pagans. Furthermore,
the Darwin OS is released under an "Open Source" license, which
is just another name for Communism.

They try to hide all of this under
a facade of shiny, "lickable" buttons, but the truth has finally
come out: Apple Computers promote Godless Darwinism and Communism.

But
is this really such a shock? Lets look for a moment at Apple Computers.
Founded by long haired hippies, this company
has consistently supported 60’s counter-cultural "values" But
there are even darker undertones to this company than most are aware
of. Consider the name of the company and its logo: an apple with a bite
taken
out of it. This is clearly a reference to the Fall, when Adam and Eve
were tempted with an apple by the serpent. It is now Apple Computers
offering
us temptation, thereby aligning
themselves with the forces of darkness.

I hereby offer to sell my soul to Steve Jobs for a 17-inch Powerbook G4…

from Objective:
Christian Ministries
 objective.jesussave.us)

Bolivian Update and NarcoNews Eulogy

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I still haven’t found any authentic Bolivian Bloggers to give us the inside scoop on the regieme change in that Andean redoubt, but via NarcoNews comes this definitely not from the mainstream media analysis by two independent Bolivian jounalists, Andrea Arenas Al