Archives for : August 2014

AVERAGE AMERICANS WAKE UP ON DRONES

First, the good news: here’s evidence—from a video channel for young mothers, if can you grok it!—that middle-class Americans are at long, looong last waking up to the fact that the government is using drones to spy on them. The bad news? Spying may be the least frightening threat that drones pose to our citizenry.

FEDS & BANKERS TAKING COVER—FROM WHAT?

Here’s compelling evidence that ex-federal agents and Wall Street executives are quietly going underground. Do they know something we don’t? Of course they do. A better question is: How afraid should we be? If you’re a liberty-loving, government-loathing, big-business-distrusting American who’s paid attention to the signs of an upcoming, highly orchestrated attack on every basic American freedom, the answer is: very.

WHY WE MARCHED AGAINST MONSANTO

Now that the March Against Monsanto  is a few months past, it’s time to remind my readers of what’s at stake in the fight against genetically modified foods. Here’s the first segment in a three-part video series that reveals how corporate greed skirts or skimps on responsible trials and rushes potentially poisonous GMOs to the market for the sake of pure profit.

 

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Clue 5: Part 5

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“SMART DUST” NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT

Here’s the latest on the nano-scale computers—i.e. “smart dust”—that the government’s developing for everything from weather control, to population control, to—wait for it—mind control. Not really worried…? Maybe you’ve breathed in a snootful already.

 

IS YOUR INTERNET TROLL A GOVERNMENT SHILL?

You know the trolls who come hammering down on you whenever you post something skeptical about Washington? Turns out, they may well be government agents—hired specifically to monitor anti-gov opinions on social media, blogs, and chat rooms, then “correct” them with pro-gov propaganda to give the illusion of a grass-roots movement. In short, your average troll is very probably a career bureaucrat.

Government agents pretending to be regular folks is the logical next step of the in a strategy chillingly similar to that of Astroturfing “grassroots” movements, but it’s even more dangerous. This is the kind of stuff we criticize the Chinese government for doing!

THE TREASON OF THE 1 PERCENT

As income inequality reaches historic proportions, it’s important to remember that a moneyed class is, in itself, not a social evil to be redressed; it can even be a force for progress. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were all wealthy landowners, as were the barons who brought forth Magna Carta. Kind of boggles the mind, doesn’t it? Can you imagine the foundational document the Koch Brothers would compose? What’s ruinous to a society is a moneyed class divorced from any notion of civic responsibility—a moneyed class engaged in its own self-perpetuation at the expense of polity. That’s what we have now. And at Fawkes Rising we’re dedicated to discovering who’s aiding and abetting them, and why, and where, and how. We’re not helpless against the new oligarchs…and our first weapon is exposure.

SNOWDEN SUCCESSOR LEAKING NEW STATE SECRETS?

Journalist Glenn Greenwald will neither “confirm nor deny” that his online pub, The Intercept, is being fed intel by a new secret source in the intelligence community—starting with an exposé, posted this week, revealing that half the people on the government’s terrorist list have no terrorist ties. But everybody seems to be primed for another Edward Snowden-style data dump. We’ll be watching this one like the proverbial hawk. (Or even better, like the NSA.)

NYC: SOON TO BE A GATED COMMUNITY?

Manhattan, already a virtual playground for the ruling class and its corporate cronies, is becoming even more nakedly aristocratic. A new luxury apartment complex on the Upper West Side—whose plans incorporate some lower-income units to qualify for building incentives—will have a separate entrance for its poorer residents, located in the back alley. The rich and powerful aren’t even pretending anymore: they’ll use the plebians to get what they want, then almost literally sweep them out of sight. What’s next, a lower tax rate for elites? Oh, wait.

WIKIPEDIA PROTESTS “UN-GOOGLING”

After Google approved tens of thousands of requests by individuals to scrub their names from the search engine—including one request by a pedophile—Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales cried foul, saying Google shouldn’t have the power to “censor history.”

This is a big one, pitting privacy against free speech. As I see it, the only answer is to handle such requests on a case-by-case basis, with an eye for both compassion and community standards.

And the only problem with that, is Google itself. They may have had compassion and standards once…but it’s been pretty much erased from their profile.

EX-POPE POO-POO’S EXIT THEORIES

Erstwhile pontiff Benedict XVI recently stepped back into the limelight to publically dismiss the theories about why he became the first modern head of the insanely rich and powerful institution to take the early retirement option. Unfortunately for his former holiness, the crusading journalists at vatileaks are keeping the church’s many crimes in the public eye. Check out their jaw-dropping survey of how the clergy’s child abuse scandal has been an open wound for 2,000 years.