Archives for : November 2014

Big Things Promised

Hacktivist organization Dramatis Personai, has been making noise on social media, promising another privacy rights protest in Los Angeles on the 20th. After a flurry of activity in the month of October, including blacking out the major news networks and calling out social media giants for their shady data practices I know they were a particular favorite of Fawkes so I will follow the story. I’ve reached out to Dramatis mouthpiece, YoureWelcomeSOS, and hope to hear from him soon.

 

-Bob

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The New Terror

For the past several months, the name ISIS has become synonymous with evil. And a great deal of press has been given to the extremist organization. What the mainstream media hasn’t really investigated, however, is its origins. Killing indiscriminately halfway around the globe in a war America “isn’t” involved in, they are actually a manufactured evil. Even minimally exploring the emergence of ISIS reveals the depressing truth of American interventionism. Shortsighted at best, the US government’s involvement is tantamount to war crimes.

Publicly, the US government opposes ISIS but the militants were funded and supplied by American taxpayers. Looking into government actions in the Syrian civil war reveals sordid dealings in which the government supplied arms to “moderate rebels.” Evidently, the criteria for “moderate” are up for debate. A Syrian General with known ties to the CIA admitted as much when he stated on Syrian National television that he was working directly with Islamic extremists. State Department officials can, of course, deny direct involvement with these extremists, since they only supplied the General but that kind of logic would be criminally incompetent if it were true. Eventually the arms provided to the “moderate” rebels would end up in the hands of Syrian extremists and the US government fully expected this.

Crazy as it seems, the government believed pro-Sharia extremists would benefit them in Syria. Aiding them was a strategic choice, one that may directly result in the first major terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11. Leaks from the intelligence community have confirmed that the US government employed the same strategy that gave rise to Al-Qaeda, which involves arming a rebellious faction to aid against a common enemy, discrediting the faction once they are no longer useful and eventually going to war with said faction, providing untold riches to the military industrial complex. Looks like we can expect a ground war in 2015.

 

-Bob

Phone Calls

The calls have not stopped coming and frankly, it’s driving me up the wall. It isn’t funny. And it isn’t clever. What is with all the clicks and beeps? Why are you trying to scare me?

I beg again that whoever is responsible PLEASE STOP.

 

-Bob

Obama Plays Hero Once Again

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Political affiliation aside, I have to applaud President Obama for the way he manipulates policy discussion to make himself constantly look like a hero. On Monday, the President came out in favor of Net Neutrality, making him the patron saint of Internet freedom advocates everywhere.

This is the same man who appointed former telecom lobbyist Tom Wheeler to head the FCC. As telecom’s most influential player, Wheeler has cleared a path for the monopolistic mega-mergers that his agency now stands poised to approve. And he’s, of course, the man who gets to decide whether the Internet remains open and free or operates on a two-tier system of paid “fast lanes.”

Standing apart from it all is President Obama, who has largely escaped criticism for his hand in this mess. Read this offensive Times article, which makes the dubious claim that the White House’s position “evolved” and you’ll see how brilliantly the President has manipulated the public.

Despite what he says, he is still intent on destroying Internet freedoms. Cable providers were among Obama’s biggest donors and you can bet that with the FCC’s new proposed rules expected any day Internet fast lanes will soon become a reality.

Of course, it’s all smoke and mirrors anyway. The United States government can flip the Internet Kill Switch whenever they’d like and tap into any telecom’s pipes to collect reams of data on you and yours. That, again, is another way in which the President has earned my resentful respect: he’s a master magician who has us blinded over a debate – Internet freedom – that was decided in a secret court years ago.

 

-Bob

Indyref Fraud

I’ve gone down the rabbit hole of election fraud history. Not only is it crazy that 100+-year old tactics still work today, it’s equally shocking that this kind of fraud is always written off as losers’ paranoia. Scotland’s recent failed bid for independence had many crying foul. Thanks to an eagle-eyed nationalist, we have definitive proof that Indyref was rigged.

 

-Bob

A Little Decency Please

I know I’ve only been at this a few days now. Yes, I am no Fawkes Rising. Your avalanche of e-mails have made that abundantly clear. But, seriously …

I’m honestly trying my best here. So please stop trolling me, passing my number around, and whatever else you’re planning to do. No one deserves a perpetual salvo of ominous phone calls. The menacing breathing, the clicks on the other end of the line — I mean, c’mon!

If you’re that displeased with what I’m doing, write. It. down. This is a blog, you know.  Opposing viewpoints are welcome.

And so is a little courtesy.

 

-Bob

Poisons at Home

Spend any time reading about the ways humanity is poisoning itself – airborne pesticides, mercury dumping, vaccines, etc. – it’ll make you completely agoraphobic. But even staying home won’t protect you from the toxicity. In this brilliant video essay, one holistic-living advocate draws connections between water fluoridation and the fertilizer industry that will have your head spinning. Never forget: money drives everything.

 

-Bob

The .01%

Digging around the site, I see Fawkes has previously written about the Bilderberg Group. It’s a compelling read if you haven’t checked it out already. If you don’t know the story, they’re a group of ultra-elite politicians, generals, executives, etc. (think the .01%) and they’re responsible for global policy. Why has no one made a movie about these guys yet?!

I stayed up a bit past my bedtime and found this phenomenal work by Business Insider, which includes a handy graph that shows the unquestionable influence the known members of Bilderberg wields with every major multi-national corporation, policy group and media outlet.

It’s quite the web they weave.

 

-Bob

 

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The New Voter Suppression: Voter ID Laws

I’m not one ego spout theories about 9/11 or Ebola being government-manufactured (sorry, Fawkes!). I am acutely aware, however, of how those in power will stop at nothing to keep that power.

With the elections having just wrapped, it’s important to note that voter suppression, while less brazen than, say, the era of Tammany Hall, was in full effect this year, especially in Texas.

The voter ID laws that SCOTUS allowed to stand in that state are troubling and will have profound ramifications if they are allowed to stand for future elections.

Of course, leaders love non-Presidential elections regardless. With numbers indicating near record low turnouts in several states, they didn’t have to do all that much suppressing to stay in power.

They counted on you staying home and many of you did.

Let this be your friendly remember that the best way to strike at corrupt politicians is to vote them out of office. Remember this for the future: vote early and often!

 

-Bob

Evan Baxter & The Election

Another election day has come and gone. After Angela Lovett’s narrow triumph, I wanted to address the campaign season’s wild card: “hacktivist” STOP’s dramatic interruption of the second Tooms/Lovett debate and what (if any) effect it had on the election’s outcome.

Despite the spectacle of STOP’s interruption and the subsequent frenzy surrounding the revelations he brought to light, they seem to have barely played a role in voters’ decision-making.

It seems that no one is really asking how much Lovett knew. As the former head of the country’s top spy agency, the answer is probably “A lot.” People seem fine with the simple promise of reforms to Internet privacy rights without any assurances. But it’s worth asking if America just made a giant mistake in the fight for not only Internet privacy but the future of piracy in general.

I’m sure wherever Fawkes is, he’s asking himself the same question: Did STOP, aka Evan Baxter, die in vain?

-Bob