# From a comment in Sierra's

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in Sierra’s

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Fish or Man
All cops are Thieves, of which there are two sub-sets: Bul­lies and

All cops are thieves because they are paid by tax­es; tax­es being
defined as assets stolen by gov­ern­ment under threat of duress. THE
OVERRIDING PRIORITY of ALL police-officers, every­where, is pro­tec­tion
of the source of their pay­check, and, more impor­tant­ly, the *means* by
which that pay­check is col­lect­ed.

Moral hypocrisy is thus a *require­ment* for engage­ment of the
pro­fes­sion — the cop is hired (with your stolen prop­er­ty) to “defend”
you. Either a giv­en cop pos­sess­es the rudi­men­ta­ry intel­li­gence to
under­stand the eth­i­cal incon­gruity of this and doesn’t care (which
makes him *evil*), or he doesn’t (in which case he’s a moron).

The bul­lies are, sim­ply put, Baathist Nazi scum; they are cops
express­ly for the rea­son that the avo­ca­tion enables them to legal­ly
steal oth­er peo­ples’ prop­er­ty and boss them around. Dum­b­ass cops are
the typ­i­cal jocks, cops’ sons, and Army one-hitchers who make up the
bulk of every country’s police forces; dis­tin­guish­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic
is excep­tion­al­ly mar­gin­al intel­li­gence — bare­ly more sen­tient than a
par­rot; they receive orders from their supe­ri­ors and car­ry them out
with­out the briefest con­tem­pla­tion of ethics.

Every sin­gle cop is the sworn ene­my of every sin­gle free man, and any
par­tic­u­lar cop accom­plish­es good only via irony, hap­pen­stance, and
that fact that a legit­i­mate mar­ket exists for “pro­tec­tion” regard­less
of the gov­ern­ment nation­al­iz­ing the indus­try.

Mike Schnei­der
[End the War on Free­dom]

A good point.

Mark your calendars… .
Dec 25th, 2004 by Ken Hagler

Mark your cal­en­dars…. April 13, 2029 is the date that aster­oid 2004 MN4 — a quarter-mile wide chunk of rock — may hit the earth. (Of course, it’s already got a Wikipedia entry!) If you’re won­der­ing if that is a Fri­day, I checked already; it is.


The risk rat­ing for aster­oid 2004 MN4 was raised Fri­day by NASA and a sep­a­rate group of researchers in Italy. The asteroid’s chance for hit­ting Earth on April 13, 2029 has now been cat­e­go­rized as a 4 on the Tori­no Scale. The lev­el 4 rat­ing — nev­er before issued — is reserved for “events mer­it­ing con­cern” ver­sus the vast major­i­ty of poten­tial­ly threat­en­ing aster­oids that mere­ly mer­it “care­ful mon­i­tor­ing.”

The Christ­mas Eve announce­ment was unusu­al in that the the Tori­no Scale rat­ing went up, from 2 to 4. Most aster­oids tend to drop on the scale fol­low­ing fur­ther exam­i­na­tion.

I won­der if Bruce Willis has been put on alert yet.

From a sto­ry. [Gadgetopia]

It’s got a 1 in 45 chance of hit­ting Earth, but a few days ago it was 1 in 234. It’s not a good sign when the odds of some­thing hap­pen­ing get bet­ter with time.

Dec 24th, 2004 by Ken Hagler

ARTHUR SILBER: No Kid­ding. In the Depart­ment of “News” We Already Knew If We’ve Been Pay­ing Atten­tion At All, I just came across this brief arti­cle:

America’s han­dling of the occu­pa­tion of Iraq came in for scathing crit­i­cism Wednes­day, with gov­ern­ment offi­cials accused of liv­ing in a “fan­ta­sy­land” and fail­ing to learn from mis­takes made in Viet­nam. A report issued by the inde­pen­dent Cen­ter for Strate­gic and Inter­na­tion­al Stud­ies in Wash­ing­ton charged that the occu­pa­tion had been han­dled by “ide­o­logues” in the Bush… [Lib­er­ty & Pow­er: Group Blog]

‘Metal Gear’ Symbian OS Trojan Disables Anti-Virus ."> Metal Gear’ Symbian OS Trojan Disables Anti-Virus .
Dec 22nd, 2004 by Ken Hagler

'Metal Gear' Symbian OS Trojan Disables Anti-Virus. Omniscientist writes "Just when you thought your Series 60 smartphones were safe, a trojan has surfaced with a two-pronged attack that also in turn disables any anti-virus protection available. Infosyncworld has news about a trojan masquerading itself as a port for the Metal Gear game that disables all anti-virus software on the phone and other necessary utilities like file managers. Also, it affects other phones nearby it via Bluetooth. This trojan has been dubbed 'Metal Gear.a,' quite aptly." [Slashdot]

Interesting. Unfortunately the article doesn't mention whether Symantec's anti-virus product is affected.

# Thom Hartmann at Common Dreams — Hyping Terror For Fun, Profit — And Power
Dec 22nd, 2004 by Ken Hagler

Thom Hart­mann at Com­mon Dreams -

Hyp­ing Ter­ror For Fun, Prof­it — And Pow­er
— con­cern­ing a three
hour doc­u­men­tary,

The Pow­er of Night­mares
, writ­ten and pro­duced by Adam
Cur­tis, that was aired by the BBC in Octo­ber. Guess what? The cur­rent
war on “ter­ror” is the sec­ond time that Rums­feld and Cheney have
invent­ed, out of whole cloth, a rea­son to pour bil­lions of dol­lars
into their war-making com­pa­nies. You can view the doc­u­men­tary

(Real video). A bet­ter copy of the third hour is

. A tran­script, includ­ing links to Bit Tor­rents of the video
(which didn’t work for me), is

. My mir­ror of the tran­script is at
. [root]
Accord­ing to this care­ful­ly researched and well-vetted BBC
doc­u­men­tary, Richard Nixon, fol­low­ing in the steps of his men­tor and
for­mer boss Dwight D. Eisen­how­er, believed it was pos­si­ble to end the
Cold War and elim­i­nate fear from the nation­al psy­che. The nation need
no longer be afraid of com­mu­nism or the Sovi­et Union. Nixon worked out
a truce with the Sovi­ets, meet­ing their demands for safe­ty as well as
the US needs for secu­ri­ty, and then announced to Amer­i­cans that they
need no longer be afraid.

In 1972, Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon returned from the Sovi­et Union with a
treaty worked out by Sec­re­tary of State Hen­ry Kissinger, the begin­ning
of a process Kissinger called “détente.” On June 1, 1972, Nixon
gave a speech in which he said, “Last Fri­day, in Moscow, we wit­nessed
the begin­ning of the end of that era which began in 1945. With this
step, we have enhanced the secu­ri­ty of both nations. We have begun to
reduce the lev­el of fear, by reduc­ing the caus­es of fear–for our two
peo­ples, and for all peo­ples in the world.”

But Nixon left amid scan­dal and Ford came in, and Ford’s Sec­re­tary of
Defense (Don­ald Rums­feld) and Chief of Staff (Dick Cheney) believed it
was intol­er­a­ble that Amer­i­cans might no longer be bound by
fear. With­out fear, how could Amer­i­cans be manip­u­lat­ed?

Rums­feld and Cheney began a con­cert­ed effort — first secret­ly and then
open­ly — to under­mine Nixon’s treaty for peace and to rebuild the
state of fear and, thus, rein­state the Cold War.

And these two men — 1974 Defense Sec­re­tary Don­ald Rums­feld and Ford
Chief of Staff Dick Cheney — did this by claim­ing that the Sovi­ets had
secret weapons of mass destruc­tion that the pres­i­dent didn’t know
about, that the CIA didn’t know about, that nobody but them knew
about. And, they said, because of those weapons, the US must redi­rect
bil­lions of dol­lars away from domes­tic pro­grams and instead give the
mon­ey to defense con­trac­tors for whom these two men would one day

But the neo­cons said it was true, and orga­nized a group -

The Com­mit­tee on the Present Dan­ger
— to pro­mote their
world­view. The Com­mit­tee pro­duced doc­u­men­taries, pub­li­ca­tions, and
pro­vid­ed guests for nation­al talk shows and news reports. They worked
hard to whip up fear and encour­age increas­es in defense spend­ing,
par­tic­u­lar­ly for sophis­ti­cat­ed weapons sys­tems offered by the defense
con­trac­tors for whom neo­cons would lat­er become lob­by­ists.

And they suc­ceed­ed in recre­at­ing an atmos­phere of fear in the Unit­ed
States, and mak­ing them­selves and their defense con­trac­tor friends
rich­er than most of the king­doms of the world.

The Cold War was good for busi­ness, and good for the polit­i­cal pow­er
of its advo­cates, from Rums­feld to Rea­gan.

Sim­i­lar­ly, accord­ing to this doc­u­men­tary, the War On Ter­ror is the
same sort of scam, run for many of the same rea­sons, by the same
peo­ple. And by hyp­ing it — and then invad­ing Iraq — we may well be
bring­ing into real­i­ty ter­rors and forces that pre­vi­ous­ly exist­ed only
on the mar­gins and with very lit­tle pow­er to harm us.

Cur­tis’ doc­u­men­tary sug­gests that the War On Ter­ror is just as much a
fic­tion as were the super-WMDs this same group of neo­cons said the
Sovi­ets had in the 70s. He sug­gests we’ve done more to cre­ate ter­ror
than to fight it. That the risk was real­ly quite min­i­mal (at least
until we invad­ed Iraq), and the ter­ror­ists are — like most ter­ror­ist
groups — sim­ply peo­ple on the fringes, rather eas­i­ly dis­patched by
their own peo­ple. He even points out that Al Qae­da itself was a brand
we invent­ed, lat­er adopt­ed by bin Laden because we’d put so many
mil­lions into cre­at­ing world­wide name recog­ni­tion for it.

Watch­ing “The Ter­ror of Night­mares” is like tak­ing the Red Pill in the
movie The Matrix.
[End the War on Free­dom]

Quote of the day
Dec 21st, 2004 by Ken Hagler

No mat­ter how strange or despi­ca­ble you act, I can do one bet­ter, because I work for the gov­ern­ment.

Mil­lion Dol­lar Hotel

A Bad Day For Civil Liberties .
Dec 21st, 2004 by Ken Hagler

A Bad Day For Civ­il Lib­er­ties. Amer­i­ca died a bit last week, as the Supreme Court ruled against a citizen’s right to sue a police offi­cer for wrong­ful arrest, or for inap­pro­pri­ate use of dead­ly force. This is the lat­est nail in the cof­fin of our… [About Civ­il Lib­er­ties]

That’s not entire­ly true–people still have the right to resist crim­i­nal acts by the police using dead­ly force in exact­ly the same way that they can resist private-sector crim­i­nals. The Supreme Court’s rul­ing sim­ply means that peo­ple have no peace­ful means of redress, leav­ing them no choice but to either sub­mit help­less­ly to any abuse–or shoot dead any thugs who attack them, regard­less of whether the thugs are wear­ing black uni­forms or red ban­danas.

Dec 21st, 2004 by Ken Hagler

ARTHUR SILBER: DON’T “CURE” US! JUST LEAVE US ALONE!. I have occa­sion­al­ly men­tioned the work of Thomas Sza­sz, a man who is one of my great per­son­al heroes. Dr. Szasz’s ded­i­ca­tion to gen­uine human free­dom and his ongo­ing resis­tance to the wide­spread destruc­tion caused by the “ther­a­peu­tic state” con­sti­tute one of the tru­ly great achieve­ments of our time, and his work deserves your very care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion. Look over his web­site, and read some of the many illu­mi­nat­ing arti­cles you will find there.

In con­nec­tion with the sto­ry dis­cussed… [Lib­er­ty & Pow­er: Group Blog]

A very good arti­cle on the trend to treat behav­ior that peo­ple don’t like as a “men­tal dis­ease” and inflict­ing treat­ment on the “sick” per­son against their will. This is espe­cial­ly com­mon as a new form of child abuse, and in this case the arti­cle focus­es on autism.

Mosul: The New Front Line .
Dec 21st, 2004 by Ken Hagler

Mosul: The New Front Line. This attack on an Iraqi-American for­ward base near Mosul sig­nals that there still some effec­tive insur­gent mil­i­tary forces in area,… [Hit and Run]

I wouldn’t be too sure that the attack was effec­tive, rather than just lucky. Iraqis have been fir­ing mor­tars and rock­ets at Fed bases more or less con­stant­ly, and they usu­al­ly miss because they aren’t aimed. Soon­er or lat­er some­one had to get a lucky hit.

Price Controls in Iraq–Still! .
Dec 20th, 2004 by Ken Hagler

Price Con­trols in Iraq–Still!. The Economist reports that “Baghdad’s petrol sta­tions are dri­er this month than they have been since just after the American-led inva­sion of Iraq in 2003. Some dri­vers wait for as much as 24 hours, sleep­ing in their vehi­cles.” The US-controlled pup­pet state con­tin­ues to enforce price con­trols that require petrol be giv­en away (1 cent per litre). Did the Sovi­ets ever do any­thing this stu­pid when they invad­ed and con­quered a coun­try? (point­er from Mar­gRev) . A short­age of petrol in Iraq is like a short­age of Mesquite in West Texas, but some­how US cen­tral plan­ners pulled it off. 
[Mis­es Eco­nom­ics Blog]

There’s a say­ing that a great sales­man could “sell ice to an eski­mo.” Well, a politi­cian could cre­ate an ice short­age among eski­mos.

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