Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Occam's Razor -- and Einstein's Caution

"All other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best." --William of Ockham (with apologies)

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." --Albert Einstein

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

"Don't tell them, then it will not exist" --Goebbels

Debates Ignore Questions About Presidential Power and Civil Liberties

A new study by the watchdog group Media Matters has found that Democratic and Republican candidates have been asked few questions about their views on executive power, the Constitution, torture, wiretapping, or other civil liberties concerns during the first 17 presidential debates. According to Media Matters there has been only one question about wiretapping. Not a single question about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or renditions. The words "habeas corpus" have not once been spoken by a debate moderator. Candidates have also not been asked about whether telecoms should be granted immunity over their role in domestic spying. Last week's debate ended with Senator Hillary Clinton being asked whether she preferred diamonds or pearls. The question was asked by a UNLV student who has since said that she was forced by CNN to ask that question instead of a pre-approved query about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. --Democracy NOW! November 20, 2007

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The ULTIMATE Mockingbird

William Arkin in the online Washington Post, Feb. 1, 1999, described a voice-morphing technology developed at the government’s Los Alamos laboratory. Arkin reported that digital morphing, including appearance, “has come of age, available for use in psychological operations.” --Why Were The Tapes Destroyed?, By Paul Craig Roberts, 04/02/08 "ICH"

Operation Mockingbird was the seminal PsyOps (psychological operation) instigated on the U.S. public beginning in the early '50s, and a natural evolution of war induction and maintenance which officially began in the U.s. with President Woodrow Wilson's creation of the "Committee on Public Information"