Monthly Archives: November 2010

>’You’re Next,’ Assange Tells Bankers

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After months of allegations against him Julian Assange indicates in an article in Forbes Magazine that he’s not going to give up any time soon. With US threats to bring criminal charges against him, China carrying out DOS attacks on the site and Sarah Palin saying he should be ‘hunted down like Osama bin-Laden’, he seems to be keeping a fairly low profile in London.   FM has returned to an interview he gave recently and is speculating that the bank in question might be the Bank of America:

Assange: If you think about it, we have a publishing pipeline that’s increasing linearly, and an exponential number of leaks, so we’re in a position where we have to prioritize our resources so that the biggest impact stuff gets released first.
Me: So do you have very high impact corporate stuff to release then?
Assange: Yes, but maybe not as high impact…I mean, it could take down a bank or two.
Me: That sounds like high impact.
Assange: But not as big an impact as the history of a whole war. But it depends on how you measure these things.

From the Daily Mail:

“It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume.You could call it the ecosystem of corruption but it’s also all the regular decision-making that turns a blind eye to and supports unethical practices: the oversight that’s not done, the priorities of executives, how they think they’re fulfilling their own self-interest.”

I’d have preferred to see this first, before the so-called US Cablegate documents. I also hope Assange has a strong team around him and is arranging protection – although some are already saying it’s bluff and double-bluff in the murky, stinky political world.  I prefer to think Assange is one of the good guys in all this.   Let’s hope Wikileaks doesn’t turn out to be Pandora’s Box.

UPDATEVlad Tepes has more info, including the news that Assange has been granted asylum in Ecuador.

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>Stop It! Stop It Right Now!

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This whole homeland security business in the name of ‘protecting the people’ has gone too far.

An American actor, Mark Ruffalo, has been placed on the US terror watchlist for screening an award-winning documentary, Gasland.

The film won the special jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film festival and chronicles how communities have been affected by a boom in natural gas drilling.

Can anyone tell me how he poses a terrorist threat?  What of the judges at the SFF or the audiences who watched the film, the director, the producer?  Perhaps they should also be on the terror watchlist.  And let’s not forget those who refuse TSA’s scanners or object to intrusive pat-downs, or those who prefer to grow/rear their own food, or smokers, drinkers, Vitamin C-poppers … …

It’s absolutely ludicrous.  Welcome to 21stC McCarthyism.

>"Don’t Get Spastic"

>It’s easy to see from the above comment that not everyone pays as much attention to their choice of words as the British do. Imagine the outcry if it had been William Hague who’d uttered these words on an international platform; he would have been denounced, hounded by all sections of the media and, at the very least, had to apologise.

Dutch foreign minister Uri Rosenthal, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to be under the linguistic cosh. How strange and out of place it seems to see that word in writing.

Rosenthal was discussing the reaction to the drips from Wikileaks and he has a point.  Prime Ministers, Presidents, state officials have all indulged in overblown rhetoric in the past 24hrs (“de-stabilising the whole world”).  So far, nothing that has been released via the msm has warranted such a hysterical reaction. If Wikileaks can cause them to go into sanctimonious meltdown over a string of embarrasing revelations how will they react to a real threat?  Wait until the analytical bloggers get their teeth into the cables – then they can meltdown.

EU Observer has opened a special section for articles relating to the EU: The EU Files

>Anjem Choudary Gets Own Ch4 TV Slot

>Yes.  Sit down, rub your eyes, open, blink, then rub them again.  Sorry, the post title is still there.

Anjem Choudary, who was involved with al-Muhajiroun and Islam4UK which planned a protest march through Wootton Bassett, will have free reign to give his views during an edition of the channel’s daily opinion slot, known as 4thought.tv…The format of the short programme allows guest presenters to give their views unchallenged.

Channel 4 receives a percentage of the obligatory licence fee/tax we pay to the BBC.

See also Taliban ‘spiritual mentor’ speaks in House of Lords and this, Britain ‘fears islamic fury’ over Wikileaks.

>We’re In The Money

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I’m using the word ‘we’ in the same way that Cameron & Osborne use it: ‘We’re all in it together’, ie selectively.  Here’s one who was guaranteed not to be ‘in it’:

The headline says he’s back but that’s misleading because to my knowledge he’s never been away. He’s constantly on tv/radio, writing books/articles and dropping his crap everywhere.

“… he is to chair Global Counsel LLP, with the support of one of Britain’s biggest blue-chip firms.  FTSE 100 marketing services giant WPP Group has made a significant investment into Global Counsel, which is expected to advise multinational firms.  Reports also suggest that Global Counsel – which will be run by … long-time cohort Ben Wegg-Prosser – will look to expand through exploiting growing markets in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.”

Nasty piece of work.

>A Step Closer To Food Wars?

>Urgent call to action on Senate Bill 510 Food Safety Modernization Act – video

The US Senate will vote on the bill this evening. Further info can be found HERE.

Britain doesn’t need laws like this – we already have fines from council jobsworths and health & safety rules to keep us in our place.   What have we become?

Three days ago in the EP Dan Hannan spoke against the EU’s regulation of herbal medicine and vitamin supplements. It may seem unconnected but it isn’t. It has everything to do with who controls what we choose to put into our own bodies:

This photo shows US troops on a role-playing exercise recently.

UPDATE: from Dot Connector, ‘Surviving the coming food crisis’

>Leslie Nielsen, RIP

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